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the livin’ is easy this summer at the lucas. This week... The Adventures of Priscilla: Diamonds Forever Queen of theAre Desert, July 10th, 8:00pm featuring Pre-Show Drag Show July 31st, 7:30pm

about the event: All proceeds benefit First City Network’s LGBT Community Center Fund. We’re opening doors at 6:30pm, so show-up early and in costume for pre-show raffles + beer and popcorn specials! Tickets are $16 general admission. (This includes a $1 Historic Preservation Fee). Show you ticket stub at Club One on Jefferson after the show, and see the 10:30 pm drag show for FREE!

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Friday / 31

Film: The Intruder

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Considered by cult film fanatics to be one of the most hilariously bad action films ever made, and stars mediocre New Zealand actor Peter O’Brian as “Rambu,” a vigilante and former cop who takes revenge on the gang who killed his wife. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

People of the Sea Luncheon

The Rotary Club of Savannah West hosts this luncheon, complete with a presentation on the safety, security and wellbeing of seafarers. Attendees may call ahead or pay at the door. 12:30-1:30 p.m Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay St. $20 912-826-0206

Welcome to the State of Poverty Simulation

Step Up Savannah, Inc. hosts this simulation, an experiential learning experience designed to help people better understand poverty. The simulation requires groups of 35 to 75 people to assume the roles of families living at or below the poverty level. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Free; registration required

Thursday / 30 Savannah Sand Gnats

Vs. Asheville. Thirsty Thursday. 7:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8

THURS, 7/30

Concert: You Made Me Love You Back this season after a sold out performance last Summer, Natasha Drena pays tribute to the legendary Judy Garland. Having swept the Atlanta Awards Season for her portrayal of Garland in “End of the Rainbow,” Natasha is back home in Savannah singing everything from torch songs to standards and swing. Don Hite will be tinkling the ivories, andJenny Woodruff will join for a very special duet. 8-10 p.m., Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St., $25, 912-525-5050.


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

Film: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

This 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transgender woman, played by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp, across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus that they have named Priscilla, along the way encountering various groups and individuals. The film will start at 8pm, and afterwards there will be a special presentation with Miss Gay America herself, Blair Williams. 7:30 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $15

Savannah Sand Gnats

Vs. Asheville. Facebook Flashback Friday. 7:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8

Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors

Savannah Summer Theatre Institute presents this brand new concept production of the beloved play “Little Shop of Horrors.” 7:30 p.m. Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Dr. $20

Theatre: The Last Five Years

No Day But Today Productions is excited to bring Jason Robert Brown’s emotionally charged musical that ingeniously chronicles the 5-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from breakup to meeting, of two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20

Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie

The year is 1922 and all of New York is dancing the Charleston. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. 7-9:45 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $12-$15 912-238-9015.

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Concert: Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating nearly 25 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. 8 p.m., Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel St., Springfield $25

Saturday / 1 Concert: Doyle Dykes

Amazing guitarmanship, imaginative arrangements, and great sound are the hallmarks of Doyle Dykes. Doyle has developed a distinctly recognizable sound and amazes audiences with his skill, while subtly capturing hearts with sincerity and soul. 8 p.m Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. $30 plus tax

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. Free and open to the public. 912-756-3697

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.

Gardening Session

Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of every month. first Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Free and open to the public

Savannah Art Walk

An inclusive and inspiring Art Walk of our Historic Downtown. Our Savannah Art Walk includes twenty exceptional Galleries, as well as collaborative endeavors with Andaz and Bohemian Riverfront Hotel to offer wine pours a gratis for our guests. first Saturday of every month, 4-8 p.m Downtown Savannah, downtown. Free 912-507-7860.

Savannah Bazaar

Come be a part of Savannah’s creative community with artists vending their work, live music and poetry, food and drink, and kids’ activities. 1 p.m Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd.

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Vs. Asheville. Fireworks after the game. Community Night. 6:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8

Stopover in the Yard w/ Missionary Blues

Stopover in the Yard is a collaboration between MusicFile Productions and The Grey to combine food, music and drinks in an expansive, family-friendly outdoor area. Chef Mashama Bailey serves enticing Southern fare including grilled meats, seafood and vegetable dishes. Entry costs $21 per person and includes food, music and a drink (choose beer, wine or housemade Chatham Artillery Punch on draft) or pay $11 for music only. Admittance is first come- first served. 12-3 p.m The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $21

Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors

Savannah Summer Theatre Institute presents this brand new concept production of the beloved play “Little Shop of Horrors.” 7:30 p.m. Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Dr. $20

Theatre: The Last Five Years

No Day But Today Productions is excited to bring Jason Robert Brown’s emotionally charged musical that ingeniously chronicles the 5-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from breakup to meeting, of two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20

Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sunday / 2 Book Reading: My Soul Rhythms

Local author Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb will read from her new e-book, “My Soul Rhythms: Prayer Stories to Ignite Your Spirit.” 4-6 p.m Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

Concert: Death, by Aria, pt. 1

The Savannah Voice Festival opens with an up close and personal introduction to its Festival Artists in this feast of music, offering opera arias, musical theatre and song. Get to know the season’s artists and enjoy an evening of great music in a casual cafe setting. 4-5:30 p.m Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. $35

Savannah Sand Gnats

Vs. Asheville. Bring your dog to the game. Kids eat free and run the bases after the game. 2:05 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $8

Savannah Songwriters Series

Phillip Wise, making his Savannah Songwriters Series debut, joins Navi Singh, Robert Benton and Daniel Nickels. 6-7:30 p.m Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 East Victory Dr. Free

Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors

Savannah Summer Theatre Institute presents this brand new concept production of the beloved play “Little Shop of Horrors.” 2 p.m. Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Dr. $20

The year is 1922 and all of New York is dancing the Charleston. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. 2-4:45 & 7-9:45 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $12-$15 912-238-9015.

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Savannah PirateCon The fourth Savannah PirateCon is upon us. Plan on raiding some drinking establishments for some spirits, splicing the main brace, and getting squiffy. 1 p.m., River Street, River St. continues on p. 5


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SUN, 8/2 Film: Solaris

A 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem’s novel Solaris (1961). The film, co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the fictional planet Solaris. 7 p.m., Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street., $5 suggested donation

Theatre: The Last Five Years

No Day But Today Productions is excited to bring Jason Robert Brown’s emotionally charged musical that ingeniously chronicles the 5-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting, of two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. 3 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20

Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie

The year is 1922 and all of New York is dancing the Charleston. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. 3-5:45 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $12-$15 912-238-9015.

Monday / 3

Tuesday / 4 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.

Recital: Amy Shoremount-Obra, soprano

This beloved Festival alum returns after her successful Met debut to offer an accessible, exciting and beautifully sung concert with Christopher Cooley, pianist. 6:30 p.m St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 West Macon Street. $45 advance, $50 at door

Richmond Hill Farmer’s Market

Vendors include Hardwicke Farms, Sage Wishes, FraLi Gourmet, Savannah River Farms, Woodland Swamp Farm, Sikes Honey, Foods of the Farm, and Farm Fresh Produce. There will also be free balloons, reusable shopping bags, corn hole, and a bouncy house. 2-7 p.m. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill.

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. 912-238-2426.

WED, 8/5

Concert: Death, by Aria pt. 2

The Savannah Voice Festival introduces its VOICE Studio artists in this second part of an introduction to the Festival, offering opera arias, musical theatre and songs. Get to know the aspiring singers and enjoy an afternoon tasting of great music in a casual cafe setting. 6:30-8:30 p.m Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive.

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Sherrill Milnes Master Class


Legendary baritone and artistic leader of the VOICE Programs Milnes shares the process of great singing with audiences while he works with the 2015 Studio Artists. 1-3 p.m Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive.

Film: Phantom Lady

The PFS pays tribute to late actress Ella Raines by screening the third film she ever made, a dark and intense murder mystery produced by Alfred Hitchcock’s former screenwriter and the first film noir directed by Robert Siodomak. 8 p.m, The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave., $7

Wednesday / 5 Lecture: Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope Jonathon Bryant will discuss and sign copies of his book, “Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope.” 6 p.m Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Free

editor’s note

Game-changers on the horizon? by Jim Morekis

I’VE ALWAYS been a politics junkie, sometimes to a degree which friends and family have occasionally said is unhealthy. But I’ve never forgotten that politics follows culture, not the other way around. Culture is by far the most important driver. Politics, however, is often just more fun— and I guess that’s why I enjoy writing about it so much. Here in this pivotal local municipal election year, with a presidential election on its heels in 2016, there are several interesting storylines which actually have a lot in common when you look closely. Let’s start with the obvious: Donald Trump, the gift that keeps on giving. Jokes aside, his candidacy teaches all kinds of important lessons for those that care to look beyond the circus show. Chief among the cardinal rules: Never Underestimate Your Opponent. Trump enjoys a level of support within Republican grassroots that is puzzling party leaders and mainstream media alike. But that’s the point. Regardless of what you think of Trump, he capitalized on something that was already there: Deep dissatisfaction with the status quo and an eagerness for someone, anyone, willing to take it on directly. The fact that party leaders and the mainstream media still don’t get it just reinforces their cluelessness. I’m not a Republican, but I do speak fluent Republican. Allow me to translate: The conservative grassroots really wanted Sarah Palin at the top of the ticket against Barack Obama in ’08, but were convinced by the party that John McCain—a man the grassroots had loathed and mistrusted literally for decades—was more “electable.” In 2012 they again listened to party leaders, holding their collective noses and voting for One Percenter Mitt Romney —original author of what would become Obamacare! I doubt Republicans will end up nominating Trump, if only because the sheer weight of media opinion against him is so enormous.

But in any case I feel sure that conservatives will refuse to listen to the Republican establishment this time around. The culture will drive the politics. Meanwhile, the halls of social media echo with the sound of liberals laughing with triumphal glee at the possibility of Trump being the Republican nominee. To these liberals I solemnly present the second cardinal rule of politics: Be Careful What You Wish For, Because You Usually Get It. Combined with rule number one, it can be a real killer. I’ve lost count of how many times Democrats have assumed some election is a slamdunk because they were running against a “crazy, insane” Republican, only to get a thorough butt-whipping at the hands of said “crazy, insane” Republican. (There are currently 31 Republican governors and only 11 Democratic-controlled state legislatures, so we can clearly see who tends to get the last laugh.) Democrats are going through their own Trump moment, albeit with much less of a carny atmosphere. Presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is rapidly bleeding support to Bernie Sanders in a way which deeply concerns party leaders. While Sanders represents the first genuine heartfelt embrace of traditional, oldschool Democratic Party economic policy since maybe the Kennedy administration, it’s also true that he is a literal Socialist, as in with-a-capital-S. As with Trump, it remains to be seen whether the establishment and the media will take Sanders seriously no matter how well he polls. The bottom line—which doesn’t take a political scientist to figure out—is that Americans across the board seem to really dread the predicted Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush matchup, and many are acting accordingly to keep it from happening. Now to Savannah: the only candidate who has filed papers to challenge Mayor Edna Jackson’s reelection is Murray Silver, who declared around the first of the year. But rumors have swirled for almost that long about a mythical late entrant to the race that would upset the whole apple cart. Many folks hoped O.C. Welch would be that deus ex machina, but he long ago missed the deadline for City residency.

I’m not sure what Welch was really up to in flirting with a run he must have known he couldn’t legally make, but the end result was, as Silver himself has written, getting Silver to take the bait in a very bitter, very public vendetta between the two. There are at least two other rumored candidates thinking about a mayoral run, the most public of which is former state legislator and retired WTOC TV news anchor Sonny Dixon. In what’s become the norm locally these days, Dixon openly mused on his Facebook page (which, significantly, is a verified Public Figure page, not a personal one) about running, asking friends what they thought. Needless to say, most were very supportive. Dixon says he’ll wait until he’s back from vacation to decide... which is pretty brilliant marketing when you think about it. Dixon built his TV career on portraying an aw-shucks good ol’ boy Everyman—his picture is next to the word “folksy” in the dictionary—but Sonny’s no dummy, and his candidacy would be no joke. He already had a career in politics once before, and the particulars of that career seem to work in his favor for a City run. Dixon was a conservative Democrat while representing West Chatham in the Georgia House of Representatives for eight years. He got out of politics just before the mass exodus of white Southern Democrats to the Republican Party. In other words: Dixon can convincingly appeal to local conservatives, but because he never formally switched parties he’d also be able to tell a Democratic-leaning audience he still knows and respects Democrats. Dixon could also represent an insidegame threat to Jackson, in that the local powers-that-be—the Chamber, SEDA, the Port, the tourism agencies, etc.—might see him as a credible alternative who is already a card-carrying insider. Simply put, of the shortlist of potentially game-changing late entrants to the Savannah mayoral race, Dixon is the one with by far the most widespread name recognition and the most plug-and-play instant ability and expertise to rewrite the whole script. I have no idea what he’ll decide, and this shouldn’t be taken as necessarily an endorsement, but I do admit the politics junkie in me is rooting for Dixon to throw his hat in the ring. cs

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Editor, Savannah is a city of character, not a city of characters. The feeling of the Hostess City cannot be summed up by a bench, a statue, a “hey y’all,” or even a Panama hat. Notable personalities have helped preserve its character. Citizens like Thomas Gamble, Lee Adler, Sarah Parsons, and W. W. Law (just to name a few) have saved this jewel of city planning for generations to come. As National Trust Guide to Savannah Rhoulac Toledano claims, “A viable historic city is the best gift a community can give to itself and to civilization.” Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee is the Storytelling Capital of the World, and as such, story tellers and their listeners gather there from all across America to share stories. Savannah is the original capital of the British Colony of Georgia and people from all over the world come to hear of its history: A narrative that is not merely in a dry detail of events, but a series of authentic historical facts, determined with acuteness, commented on with deliberation, and relieved by pleasing anecdote or interesting episode. A tour guide accreditation system needs to be established. This could possibly be accomplished under the auspices of Historic Savannah Foundation that could work with Armstrong State University to offer coursework that culminates in a certificate of completion. There are many precedents for granting licenses and permits to tour guides. The UK has a four-badge system, which reserves the Blue Badge for the most competent and accurate guides. France grants a license professionelle guide conferencier —a university level diploma. In Italy, where tourism is one of the leading industries, tour guides are held to a high standard to ensure that consumers are protected and that they receive the highest level of service. For example, after earning a degree in Art History, the applicant is required to pass an intensive exam issued by the province in which he or she wishes to work. You can easily spot a licensed guide by the credentials they wear around their neck or carry on their person. I am by no means insisting on a college-level diploma, but merely that guides demonstrate a basic knowledge of the facts so that the visitor is not shortchanged. The National Park Service has a buzzword: “Infotainment.”

People want entertainment but they also want good reliable information. Seeing a badge of accreditation will help tourists know whom to choose as their guide. Robert M. Edgerly

Expiring federal tax credit threatens Georgia’s solar industry

Editor, With the state’s Solar Power Free Market Financing Act now law, Georgia is expected to have a banner year for new solar installations in 2015. But after that, the future begins to look murky because of the looming expiration of the federal investment tax credit (ITC) for solar energy. In fact, the uncertain fate of the solar ITC is beginning to create real angst in the marketplace and could result in the elimination of many good-paying jobs in the future. Today, there are 173 solar companies at work across the state, employing nearly 3,000 Georgians. Just as impressively, there’s more than 235 megawatts (MW) of clean solar energy now online – nearly half as much as our entire country had in 2004! By the end of this year, Georgia is expected to have 400 MW of installed solar capacity – enough to power more than 43,000 homes. Much of this economic activity is a direct result of the federal ITC. Consider what’s occurred since it was enacted in 2006: • 150,000 new solar jobs have been added across America; • Enough new solar has come online to power 4 million homes; • More than $66 billion has been invested in new solar installations; • And one-third of all new electricity added to the U.S. grid last year came from solar. As it stands now, the 30 percent federal ITC will expire at the end of 2016, threatening to derail the rapid progress solar energy is making across Georgia. By contrast, competing energy sources, such as fossil fuels, have had preferential treatment in the U.S. tax code for up to 100 years, while solar has had the federal ITC as an incentive for private investment for less than 10. We’re strongly urging Georgia’s Congressional delegation to support extending the ITC for at least five years. By then, many analysts are predicting, solar will reach grid parity in most electricity markets, helping to create a level playing field among energy producers, which will benefit consumers, the U.S. economy and our environment. That’s a win-win in anyone’s book. Rhone Resch President and CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association


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Talking with… Morris Butler

Darien shrimper remembers the good times and the bad times By Orlando Montoya SAVANNAHPODCAST.COM

“There used to be shrimp everywhere,” he remembers. “The shrimp we’re catching now for the whole year, 20 years ago, the boats used to catch that in three months.” You might call the 1980’s Butler’s “salad days” if, as I suggested earlier, you take that salad with some mayonnaise, celery, mustard and seasoning. But this seafarer doesn’t fatten his memories in Miracle Whip. When he recalls some of the unsavory risks he took as a young shrimper, he shakes his head. “You didn’t pay any attention to the danger of things like jumping off the boat onto the dock,” he says. “But now, you do things the senior citizens way, slowly and carefully.” He’s never been hurt on the job. But once, a captain was rushing back to the dock, took a shortcut and rammed their boat onto an unseen sandbar. That jolted him. “We got the nets up,” he says. “Finally, we got off the bank. We laughed about it later.”

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There are few things more noble about coastal living than Wild Georgia Shrimp. Served in a salad on toast with crisp lettuce and tomato, its succulence is cool and regal. I call it King Shrimp. And the monarch of this realm, in my opinion, is the hard-working harvester who gets up early and stays out late so I can enjoy it. Darien shrimper Morris Butler has been doing just that since he was 10 years old, at his father’s side. His loyal subjects can’t wait for his feast to show up in a market. “A whole lot of people are calling me about it,” the 58-year-old waterman says, silencing his ringing cell phone. “I had a couple of guys call me. It’s just a glorious time.”

I’d give you his number, but trust me, he’s hard to find when the shrimp are running. He might be out working for 12 or 20 days straight. Once he went 58 days without a day off. “There’s good money in it,” he says. “It’s a good job. It’s what you make of it.” Butler remembers bad years, like 1979, when shrimp nearly vanished. And he remembers good years, too, like 2012, when the little things “jumped around the boat like rain.” This year, the haul is good but the going rate isn’t. “We wish the price had been as great this year as it was last year,” he says. “But it’s not and there’s nothing we can do about it but thank God for what we’re getting.” If shrimpers were catching what they were back in the 1980’s, price wouldn’t bother him as much. Average harvests have sunk by about a third to half since then.

10 Morris Butler has been a fixture in McIntosh County’s tight-knit shrimping community for four decades. Photo by Kathleen Russell

Then there was the captain who took him out in a nasty storm. Two other boats didn’t make it back. But he holds no grudges, even after working with lots of captains. “A good captain produces,” he says of the best. “He takes care of the boat and looks out for crew, safety first. It’s how you treat brother to brother, honest and fair.” He once captained his own boat, “God’s Property.” But then his kidneys failed, the economy tanked and, well, nobody called for shrimp those years. But he came back. And to honor his dedication, his shrimping peers voted him this year’s Grand Marshal of the Blessing of the Fleet boat parade, held this past April in Darien. You might call it a coronation for a grateful, good humored VIP of Valona, home port of the “Sundown,” the boat he now works. And call him a king when you slather that sandwich. cs

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Time to bring education into the 21st century by Alan Shusterman

A RECORD number of high school students are celebrating their hard-earned diplomas this year. The celebrations won’t last. Despite their hard work, these students will soon find that they’re far from prepared for life after graduation. Academically, they’re worse educated than most of their foreign contemporaries. Occupationally, they’re ill-equipped for

the 76 countries evaluated in the study, only Luxembourg performed worse. This poor academic performance translates directly into inadequate workforce skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, industries. Because of a lack of qualified applicants, companies take more than twice as long to fill STEM positions than equivalent nonSTEM ones. What’s more, current school practices are also making students psychologically unhealthy. The incidence of anxiety and depression among American adolescents

Once students master foundational core knowledge and skill requirements, they need resources and time to pursue their own projects, internships, and other opportunities for applied learning. Rather than trudge through unnecessary extra science classes, for example, an aspiring writer should be encouraged to work on the novel kicking around in his head. By the same token, a science-lover should be able to spend her time in the laboratory rather than taking unwanted extra English courses. Apart from academics, schools should address students’ emotional and social

...we must completely reimagine the American model of schooling, drawing on the science- and technology-driven practices that have revolutionized the modern world. the jobs our economy needs. And emotionally, they’re less healthy than any generation in recent history. America’s K-12 educational system is to blame. Despite huge advances in classroom technology and the science of learning, our nation’s schools remain a relic of another era. Modernizing our schools isn’t just a matter of changing funding formulas and tweaking mechanisms for accountability. Instead, we must completely reimagine the American model of schooling, drawing on the scienceand technology-driven practices that have revolutionized the modern world. U.S. students are rapidly falling behind their international peers. In a recent report, America’s schools ranked 28th in the world based on the average math and science scores of 15-year-old students.  Even worse, the report found that almost a quarter of American 15-year-olds failed to acquire “basic skills” in math and science. Of

has reached alarming levels. Nearly one in five high school kids contemplated suicide in 2013, many due to stress from school. If we’re to reverse these trends, we need to completely change the way we teach young people. That starts by acknowledging that every student is different. As a result, students need educations customized to their evolving individual needs. This idea is far from new. Individualized teaching has long been recognized as superior to standard one-size-fits-all instruction. One study showed that individually tutored students performed better than 98 percent of students educated in a standard setting. The problem is that such tutoring has long been prohibitively expensive. But with the advent of new technology, programs such as Khan Academy and Coursera are demonstrating that personalized, selfdirected learning is possible on a large scale. 

growth. Those who embrace socio-emotional learning experience very real, measurable benefits—including enhanced academic achievement. For example, in January, Developmental Psychology published a study of gradeschool students who were taught meditation and mindfulness techniques. After 12 weeks, the students showed a 24 percent decrease in aggression and a reduction in depression-like symptoms—plus a 15 percent improvement in math scores! Nearly every business model and academic field has been radically disrupted by new research and technology in recent decades. Yet our archaic industrial age model of K-12 schooling persists. For the sake of our future, our economy, and our children, it’s time we brought American education into the 21st century. cs



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Queens of the (New) Age by anna chandler

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There’s a whole lot of fun happening behind the curtain at The Lucas. Over the last two years, the historic treasure has been awash in the glow of timeless cinema, cult classics, and movie marathons fit for the whole family—and the weekends just keep getting better. “Our big mission is to diversify our audience base,” Managing Director Erin Muller explains. “We’re really trying to make the theatre more accessible; we want everyone in here to have a good time.” In addition to offering entertainment for a variety of budgets, ranging from weekend movies to the Philharmonic, the Lucas is also devoted to supporting local nonprofits and community effort. This weekend, it’s a trifecta of fun and goodwill: a screening of cult sensation The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a drag show hosted by Tricksie Turner, and a presentation by Savannah’s own Blair Williams (Miss Gay America 2015!), all benefitting First City Network’s effort to build an LGBT center in Savannah. First City Network (FCN), Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization, has been discussing the creation of a center for around 15 years. “There are a lot of communities that have a community center, or a community focal point, for the LGBT community,” Billy Wooten, Chair of FCN’s Board of Directors, points out. “We look around: a lot of these communities don’t have the resources that Savannah has, and don’t have the population in their community that Savannah has, but they had the wherewithal that they could establish a center and keep it fronted and keep it going. So, we felt like our time had come.” While brainstorming effective fundraising techniques, Wooten recalled the film


Help fund Savannah’s first-ever LGBT center: go see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!

screenings and plays he had attended in the past that doubled as fundraisers for LGBT organizations and causes. “I went to The Lucas and talked with their staff, and they had already put Priscilla on the calendar!” he remembers. “We thought, ‘this is kind of fate, isn’t it?’ You walk in, want to do something, they’ve already penciled it in! It was a natural partnership, and natural to bring in Club One as a partner, as well.” “There must have been something in the air, because we talked about the movie, and within two weeks, they approached us!” Muller exclaims. In 1994’s Priscilla, audiences are swept across the Australian desert with Anthony ‘Tick’ Belrose (Mitzi Del Bra), Adam Whitely (Felicia Jollygoodfellow), and Ralph Wait (Bernadette Bassenger). In a lavender tour bus christened Priscilla, they’re heading toward a resort in Alice Springs, where the trio’s set to perform a drag show. Between car problems, encounters with locals, and confrontations with the past, it’s a memorable romp with standout performances by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp. Before the screening, the Lucas will welcome Club One’s star queens to the stage.

After the film, Williams will conduct a special presentation. While downtown’s drag show HQ threw a party for Williams after her Miss Gay America crowning, Muller is pleased to highlight the grand achievement once more. Similar to the Miss America pageant, with 50 contestants, interviews, and onstage questions, Williams has worked hard for the crown, competing in 1991, 1992 (second runner-up), 1994 (third runner-up), 2012 (fifth overall), 2013 and 2014 (first runnerup in both) before her 2015 win. “This is another way for the community to come together and celebrate a member being voted such a prestigious title,” Muller says excitedly. All proceeds go toward FCN’s community center. “You gotta have a group of people with energy to really run this type of drive,” Wooten explains. “And it all came down to money. When the economy is tough, it’s tough to raise funds. I think the timing now is very good.” One local couple has made a $25,000 pledge, contingent on FCN matching it, and the development of a business plan and vision. “We’ve already had a few people who have quietly said, ‘we will help you match that pledge,’” Wooten says. “The money we raise from our event will go toward that.”

Blair Williams, Miss Gay America 2015, with stills from the film to each side.

Wooten says additional literature will be available at the Priscilla screening so attendees can learn more about how to get involved. “We need a focal point for the LGBT community that would offer programming, opportunities, options for safe harbor for anywhere from the youth to senior citizens,” he says. Bullied teens, abuse victims, and folks seeking safe shelter for the night will all be welcomed. From emergencies to the seemingly little day-to-day stuff—like finding an LGBT-friendly accountant or dentist—the center will serve all facets of the community. “There’s a number of outstanding organizations for people suffering abuse,” Wooten notes. “But to be an LGBT-themed center, we will certainly be at the forefront of those issues. When people need or want a gay-friendly doctor, they can call us. If they want a gay-friendly banker, they can call us. If they’re interested, there are classes about tax returns and retirement for same-sex couples—that’s the type of information we would have, and data trends on healthcare, options for those who are living with HIV and AIDS. There’s a lot of publicity and discussion these days about the transgender community…finding a safe, confidential space for a group to meet where they can talk and share and support each other— sometimes, that can be difficult.” “Having a center they can call their own, where they know they can meet and be safe, and be in a confidential setting—that’s tremendously valuable.” cs The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) When: Friday, July 31 Where: The Lucas Theatre for the Arts Cost: $15

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Why are there so many transgender women in Thailand?

into pretty much any bodily orifice amounts to spiritual defeat for a monk, “even if only the width of a sesame seed” (not an optimistic bunch, these guys). It wasn’t for lack of thinking about it: the Buddhist code of monastic conduct called the Vinaya lists 27 categories of people, creatures, and objects that one shouldn’t have sex with, including men, women, dead women whose flesh has or hasn’t been eaten away by animals, female monkeys, wooden dolls . . . you get the picture. Amid this overall disdain for getting off, heterosexual sex and homosexual sex were viewed as (at least for monks) equally sinful. Transsexualism is also surprisingly well-defined in Buddhist scripture, and is described in great detail in several stories. The historian Peter Jackson has argued that pre-existing Thai notions of gender interacted with Buddhist thought in a way that uniquely conflated gayness with transness; for many years gay men were simply understood as having women’s desires, and often referred to as kathoey too. But while same-sex inclinations were long thought in Thai Buddhism to be sinful, they were also thought to be congenital—meaning they couldn’t be changed during a person’s lifetime, and therefore had to be accepted. Of course, this doesn’t exactly constitute a Caitlyn-Jenner-on-the-cover-of-Vanity Fair level of public acceptance—no one’s claiming Thailand is a perfect role model for the equal-rights movement. But compared to Christianity’s effects in the West, Buddhism has helped create a society that’s probably more accepting of divergence

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there are some 200,000 prostitutes in the country, and the industry produces $2.5 billion to $4 billion each year, or around 1 percent of GDP. (A comparable percentage in the U.S. comes from “arts, entertainment, and recreation”—which I suppose might cover some of the same things.) Kathoey—Thai slang for transgender women; the English term “ladyboy” is widely considered pretty offensive—are often the most visible part of the industry, even if the estimated rate of transgender people in the population is the same as in most other countries, roughly 0.3 percent. Even outside the sex industry, transgender women in Thailand may be more socially integrated than their peers elsewhere in the world—in one study of 200 trans women there, the subjects were found on average to be better educated and more affluent than Why are there so many “ladyboys” in Thailand, and why are they such a huge part of the the country as a whole. And contrary to the suspicions of some, every participant in the sex industry? Also, what’s up with the pingpong-ball act? —Luke, an Ohioan in Bangkok study identified as female or transgender; none were men dressing up as women solely “PICK sexier topics,” Straight Dope staffers in order to attract tourist cash. But, thanks in large part to the sex trade, are always complaining. “Stop writing about Thai trans women have become a more visthe environment and give us something ible part of the cultural landscape than their hashtaggable.” Well, here you go: a column on possibly the most notorious sex industry counterparts in the U.S. and most other countries. So what gives? in the world. Much of it, it turns out, is probably BudBut the joke’s on them, because half of this is going to be about Buddhism, and the other dhism. The religion was adopted in Thailand by way of India about 800 years ago, half about the foreign-economy-warping might of American military power. Still: sex, and 95 percent of Thais now identify as religion, and guns—what’s more compelling Buddhist. Traditional Buddhists were never exactly sold on the whole sex idea in gento the American demographic than that? eral. Reaching nirvana means achieving the To start with the possibly obvious, the absence of all desire, and sticking anything Thai sex trade is booming: it’s estimated


news & Opinion | blotter 2015 Sav/Chatham County Homicide Total through Sun. July 26:


Undercover Narcotics team busts man for cocaine, MDMA

A Savannah man faces multiple charges and possible federal prosecution “after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s street drug team converged on Downtown robbery results in homicide his car Wednesday afternoon,” police say. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Tyrone Anwan Broadnax, 34, was are investigating the shooting of a 21-yearcharged with trafficking in cocaine, possesold Hinesville man during a reported sion of MDMA with intent to distribute, robbery in the parking lot of a post office possession of cocaine with intent to distribSaturday night. ute and other charges after undercover offiHakeem Lamar Clark died at Memorial cers converged on his Chevrolet Impala. University Medical Center where he was Police drug agents were working in the transported after the 11:18 p.m. shooting. Southside Precinct “when they observed Violent Crimes detectives are seeking a car previously seen in a high drug activinformation “on two slender black males ity area and followed it to West 37th and with hats or caps over their faces who were Montgomery streets. After observing a attempting to rob Clark and three friends hand-to-hand transaction in a parking lot in the parking lot at West Bay and Fahm and the traffic offenses, police and West Chatham Precinct patrol officers stopped streets when the shooting took place. Both were wearing dark pants. One wore a striped the vehicle. An accompanying Metro K-9 shirt and the other a white shirt,” police say. alerted on the vehicle in which drugs and a weapon were located,” police say. The four male victims were standing in Seized were 52.5 grams of cocaine in front of their vehicles in the parking lot, “discussing plans for the night when the two crack and powder forms, 18 grams of MDMA and a pistol reported stolen in suspects walked up and demanded their March. The drugs were packaged in 95 plasvaluables. During the robbery, Clark was tic bags, suitable for sale. Police also seized shot.” cash from the vehicle.

Pickup driver sought in possible road rage incident

Police “are seeking help from the public in locating a pickup truck and identifying its driver after shots were fired at a couple in the Daffin Heights area” Thursday afternoon, a spokesman says. A male and female in their early 20s reported at 12:39 p.m. they were followed by a male in a pickup truck who fired shots at their vehicle near Ward and East 57th streets. “The pickup driver may have taken offense at a traffic situation,” police say. The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-30s with short hair and he was driving a newer model, dark gray Toyota Tundra two-door pickup.

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Cann Park shooting investigated Some of the Metro drug team’s haul Broadnax also was charged with violation of probation for the 11th time since an arrest for armed robbery in 1995. He has been arrested by area authorities 24 additional times since then and has served four prison terms.

Police are investigating the shooting of a 25-year-old Savannah man in the Cann Park neighborhood Tuesday night. “Brian Keith of a Garrard Avenue address was transported from West 44th and Stevens streets for treatment after the 6:15 p.m. shooting. Initial reports described the wounds as non-life threatening,” police say. cs




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after a hard day at work, expecting peace (1) The mayor of Whitesboro, New York, and quiet, but began complaining about the defending to a Village Voice reporter in July boyfriend’s machine-gun-fire game. the 19th-century-based town seal that fea• The Washington Post’s running tally tures a white settler appearing to push down counts more than 400 people shot to death an American Indian man, denied any racin the United States by law enforcement ism and said the image is “actually” a typical already this year with five months to go, but “friendly wrestling (match) that took place 2014 figures from Norway reveal that offiback in those days.” (Accordcers there shot at people ing to Whitesboro’s website, only twice all year. Proporthe Native American suppostionally (64 times as many edly uttered, after the “match,” people live in the U.S.), “UGH. You good fellow too American police would still much.”) (2) In April, the U.S. have fired only 128 rounds Watch for Office of Special Counsel last year if they showed sharks! ordered the Federal Bureau Norway’s restraint. (Bonus of Prisons to stop relocating fact: Norway’s cops missed whistleblowing employees their targets both times.) to “offices” that were abandoned jail cells. The bureau Can’t Possibly Be True Perspective had insisted that the transApparently, “uncooperative” child denPharmaceutical comfers were not punishment for tal patients (even toddlers) can be totally panies justify huge drug reporting agency misconduct restrained on a straitjacket-like “papoose price markups on the board” without parental hand-holding, even -- even though one of the ground that the research “offices” had no desk, comduring tooth-pulling, as long as the parent to develop the drug was, puter or phone and required has signed a “consent form” (that does speitself, hugely expensive. cifically mention the frightening practice). A the employee to walk past In February, a Canadian recent case arose in Carrollton, Georgia, but prisoners’ cells to get to work. company, Valeant Pharmaa Georgia Board of Dentistry spokesperson ceuticals International, decided to raise the told Atlanta’s WSB-TV that such restraints The Continuing Crisis price of two heart-saving drugs (Nitropress, are permitted (though should have been • Lindsey Perkins pleaded guilty in June Isuprel) by 212 percent and 525 percent, accompanied by an explicit warning of in Newport, Vermont, for an incident in respectively, even though it had conducted potential physical or psychological harm). which she joy-rode on the roof of a stano research on the drugs. That was because, The father of the “screaming” girl said he tion wagon with her 5-year-old son while a reported The Wall Street Journal, all Valewas initially barred from the exam room 20-year-old man drove at 50 to 55 mph on ant did was buy the rights to the alreadyand was led to believe, when he signed the the state’s scenic Route 14 near Coventry. approved drugs from another company consent form, that he was merely authoriz• In February, the Office of Residential (which, of course, had thought the drugs -ing anesthesia. Life at Wesleyan University (Middletown, research and all -- had been fairly priced at the lower amounts). Said a Valeant spokesConnecticut), intending to tout its dedicaperson, “Our duty is to our shareholders Wait, What? tion to inclusiveness and the creation of a and to maximize the value” of our products (1) A shortage of teachers led Howard S. “safe space” for minority students, posted a (even, apparently, if it owned the product for Billings high school in Chateauguay (in the notice on its website inviting applications less than a day before jacking up the price as French-sensitive province of Quebec, Canfrom the “LBTTQQFAGPBDSM” comada) to announce that 11th-grade French munities. The probable translation: the les- much as five-fold). classes would this year be conducted using bian/gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, only the Rosetta Stone computer program. queer, questioning, flexual, asexual, (vulgar Too Much Information (2) Among the new rules proposed by Cali- word), polyamorous, bondage/discipline At a charity event in Philadelphia in July, fornia’s Occupational Safety and Health and sadism/masochism communities. in the course of attempting to set a GuinStandards agency in May was one to require ness Book record for pogo-stick workouts, actors in pornographic movies (whose male Police Report Jack Sexty, 25, bounced 88,047 straight actors OSHS has already ordered to wear • Cosbying 2.0: A court in Castroptimes (over a 10-hour, 20-minute session) condoms) to wear goggles -- lest bodily Rauxel, Germany, fined a 23-year-old man -- to add to his several previous Guinness fluids splash into their eyes during scenes. in July after he admitted that, one evening records. Sexty, who said he was physically (Further, all equipment and surfaces of sets last year, he put “four or five drops” of a uncomfortable at times during the 10-hour must be decontaminated after each scene sedative into his girlfriend’s tea without her ordeal, suggested that he may have “inadand at day’s end.) knowledge -- so that she would doze off for vertently” set yet another pogo record -- as the evening and not bother him while he maybe the only person ever to answer a played video games. She had come home “number two” call of nature while pogoing. The whimsical premise of the iconic movie “Groundhog Day” (that someone can wake up every day believing it is the previous day) has largely come to life for a patient of a British psychologist writing recently in the journal Neurocase. Dr. Gerald Burgess’ patient, following anesthesia and root-canal treatment, was left with a memory span of only about 90 minutes and awakens each day believing it is the day he is to report for the same root canal. He has been examined by numerous specialists, including neurologists who found no ostensible damage to the usual brain areas associated with amnesia. The patient is able to manage his day only by using an electronic diary with prompts.

He explained that a guy had offered to hold a pot underneath him as he jumped and did his business -- but Sexty confessed, “I couldn’t be very accurate (aiming for the pot).”

Least Competent Criminals

But A Successful Parent: Scott Birk, 31, was arrested in New Berlin, Wisconsin, in July, thanks to a big boost the police got from his 6-year-old daughter. A Wal-mart security guard noticed, on video, someone breaking into a jewelry case and pocketing earrings, and approached Birk as a suspect, in time to overhear the girl tell her dad “several times” to stop breaking into jewelry cases. Officers running an ID check found no driver’s license and asked how he had gotten to the store, and he said they walked. But Daddy, she said, we came in our car, and she cheerfully pointed it out to police. A search turned up more items stuffed in Birk’s shorts, and he was charged with theft and violating a previous bail condition.

Recurring Themes

Summer is state-fair season, i.e., the time of sugar- and fried-fat-based comfort snacks that rarely appear anywhere except at state fairs. Recent samplings: caviar-covered Twinkie (Minnesota), mac-and-cheese cupcake (Minnesota), deep-fried Oreo burger (Florida), deep-fried gummy bears (Ohio), deep-fried beer (Texas) -- and old favorites such as chicken-fried bacon (Texas), spaghetti ice cream (Indiana), Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich (California) and the hotbeef sundae (Indiana, Iowa).

A News of the Weird Classic (October 2010)

Playboy magazine has long published an audio edition, and the Library of Congress produces a text edition in Braille. However, as a Houston Chronicle reporter learned in August (2010), a Texas organization (Taping for the Blind) goes one step further, with volunteer reader Suzi Hanks actually describing the photographs -- even the Playmates and other nudes. “I’d say if she has large breasts or small breasts, piercings or tattoos,” said Hanks. “I’ll describe her genitalia. I take my time describing the girls.” “Hey, blind guys like pretty, naked girls, too!” By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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music | interview people, too, helps, and listening and playing in front of people is a huge thing. I’m used to playing in front of people. A lot of folks aren’t—they freeze up. they say, ‘how do you get to next level?’ If you play by yourself all the time, you’ll never stretch at all. When you do get in front of people and play with another musician, they’ll pull things out of you. It’s always good to do something that is out of the norm. You don’t have to do it all the time, but it is good for you musically.

Pickin’ & grinnin’ with Doyle Dykes by Anna Chandler

A gem of the bluegrass community, Doyle Dykes has developed an unmistakable style in his half a century behind the guitar. The distinctive fingerpicker has graced stages from the Grand Ole Opry to small town churches, fascinating guitar aficionados and thrilling music fans of all genres. With lightning-quick hands and an easy, fun-loving presence, Dykes turns a single guitar into a veritable orchestra. A friend of Randy Woods (“a gift to the area,” Dykes calls the Lowcountry luthier), he’s looking forward to his Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor performance. We chatted with Dykes about technique, his upcoming LP, 50 Years Behind the Guitar, and his family’s deep roots in music.

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I play more around the chords. I just look at it sort of like a soloist singing with a piano behind him or her. The melody line should What influenced you as you were always be up front, and I always play the learning? melody line a little louder, then the background kind of underneath that. And, of Lot of what I mentioned: Merle Travis, course, dynamics are also a big thing. If I Chet Atkins. Les Paul was another I listened was going for anything, that would be one to a lot when I was a kid. I also listened to of them. a lot of gospel quartet music, and then the A lot of the recordings and voicings I music of the ‘70s when I was growing up use are from quartet music, and that sort of got a little more progressive. I used to love thing—listening to choirs. I traveled with Bread—some of the chord changes and all The Stamps early on when I was just a kid that they did. Chiand listened to them and cago was one of my The Gatlin Brothers, I understand Barry Lackey was a huge favorite groups, I and they would sing and influence on your playing when you were loved that style; and I would try to emulate young. Were you self-taught? Did you take believe it or not, that on guitar, too, and lessons? Barry Manilow! that gives you a little bit I loved orchestra of a different style than DD: As a kid, we didn’t have the type of stuff, I just loved it. just trying to learn to facilities they have today, as far as learning I listened to a lot of play something. with all the technology— it’s amazing! You’d orchestration type never seen Merle Travis on television hardly things and found You’re doing someever, unless it was on The Porter Wagoner myself trying to thing so technical that Show. You never really got to see people do emulate that on requires so much focus that sort of thing. guitar, so that’s kind onstage, but you always Barry was the first guy I ever saw play of where that style play with such a fun fingerstyle; I didn’t even know that a way went. spirit. This far into your career, does playto play. I didn’t have a teacher. My dad was I just never set out to just professional ing still require a lot of focus, or is a lot of a good guitar player. He played with a flat guitar player, I just love playing music and it muscle memory? pick and didn’t play that [fingerpicking] love the guitar. It was a hobby, but as long style until later on. I got him into it, and he as I played and made a living doing that, I It depends on the song. A lot of what we do played that way until he died. did okay, you know? If I tried anything else, is repetitious. People say, ‘how you rememI just learned by playing, mostly. My dad it never seemed to work as well. Who tells ber all these songs?’ Some, you don’t! Othshowed me some chords, I got chord book. you you’re going to be a professional guitar ers, I go back and have to relearn how to I had an ear; my family is musical on both player until you’re just out there? This is play. sides, my mom and dad’s. We always had what feeds my family, this is my passion and Once you do, and you’re playing, you music, lots of singing and playing…that’s what I do for a living. I just fell into it. don’t want to just be hung up and ‘how do what the family did when we got together, I do that?’—you just let it flow. There are we’d play music. I was raised around that. Listening to orchestral music—that’s certain songs you can pull that off in front My granddad was guitar player, and for 33 really interesting, and makes so much of a crowd, but sometimes I ‘ll do something years he had me up in church playing early, sense. By yourself, you’re handling the and think, ‘what in the world am I doing this and I learned to play by ear. I could hear the bass, the melody… for?’ and just a stretch myself a little bit. 16 chord changes. I never did take any private But I think that playing with other

It’s always good to do something that is out of the norm. You don’t have to do it all the time, but it is good for you musically.

For songwriting, do you need to get away and have focus? It’ll be something I had in my head, or sometimes when I’m warming up at sound check, I’ll find myself playing—‘that’s kind of cool.’ If it stays in my head long enough, it must be viable. A lot of songs get written that way. A lot gets written on the road. Driving, I’ll have something in my head and will write it—that’ll happen a number of times. Some of my best songs were written that way, where I couldn’t wait to stop and get a guitar! Gitarre 2000 was written that way— some of those songs are the most meaningful songs. If it’s in your head that long, it’s something that’s strong. You’ve worked with Taylor and Guild on custom guitars; what are you looking for in a custom instrument? For a fingerstyle guitar, a three-quarter neck is always good. I like for a neck to be rigid, I like for a lot of the energy to be translated through the top of the guitar, and no one does that better than [luthier] James Olsen. The guitar I’m playing with him is the one I really didn’t have anything to do with: it’s his genius, and I wouldn’t change anything. But if I was having another company build a guitar, I would start with a grand auditorium type size, narrow it down, make it a little thinner than most companies, because I like a quicker response when I’m playing with my right hand. I like a good pickup system. It’s more of the wood for the tone…sometimes, to get a perfect top, that guitar has to be around awhile to sound as good as an Adirondack top. You can see the grain, and it’s further apart—you have all that energy that gets through the grain of that wood. What’s coming up for you? Working on any recordings? This week, actually, there’s something my son is doing for me on the record I’ve been

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working on. I’ve been playing guitar for 50 years, and we’ve put some things together from my developmental years that had a big influence on my playing. My uncle on my mother’s side was also very musical…he was one of the most talented musicians. People deserve to hear him, and I want to put some of this music on there. I actually play with him on one song, ‘Little Red Wagon.’ We took what he did, and we added the band with all my family members, the grandkids are singing on there, and my son did the guitar on that one. I’ve been working on that, and it should’ve been done already, but sometimes I’ve found there are things in life that come first. We have a new granddaughter born not long ago, health issues. Life happens to everybody. When you put other things first that should be first, it happens easily—just not always when we think it should.

kind of nice, to remember him. Grandpa was a huge influence on me in a lot of ways other than music, too. I found a tape of Merle Travis and myself playing at Grandpa’s house…I got permission from his family, and I’ll probably put that on there. My brother found a tape of me playing when I was 14. I played along with myself, and hopefully it’ll be entertaining. If we decide not to do it, we’ll put it on YouTube, do something with it...I think it deserves to live. We’re looking forward to your show at the Pickin’ Parlor.

Do you have a title or release date?

I think Randy Wood is a gift to that area. He’s such a talented man. There’s so much—Gregg Allman is in that area. The music of the churches is amazing. A lot of good music comes out of the Savannah area. I really want to honor Randy, too, and let people know what a gift he is to the area. CS

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Savannah’s got a lotta love for our Wilmington, North Carolina brethren Weedeater. What first began as a side project for guitarist/vocalist Dixie Dave Collins during his time with sludge pioneers Buzzov*en has grown into a Southeast staple. Slow-churning guitars that break apart like a nasty cough, Collins’ dryly sinister rasp, and Travis Owen’s astounding and theatrical drum chops make theirs a can’t-miss performance. Their first LP in two years, February’s Goliathan, (following the best-named LP ever, … And Justice for Y’all), carries on the tradition of proudly Southern, dragged-body doom. Kicking off with “Processional,” a quiet, organ-driven opener that calls like distant funeral music, Collins sets the tone, softly growling a simple melody: “I really hate your face/I hate the things you do/I know you don’t like me/I’m coming after you.” Cuts like “Battered & Fried” stand out amid familiar churning gristle—a front-porch banjo lead brings it all back home. Produced by Billy Anderson, who’s spent time behind the board for EYEHATEGOD and Neurosis, this long-awaited effort locks in Weedeater as the South’s metal gem. They’re currently on tour with Brooklyn’s Kings Destroy. A hybrid of doom, stoner rock, and hardcore, it’s a perfect pairing for Wednesday night. Wednesday, August 5, 10 p.m., $15

Most everyone knows it, but few are saying it. It doesn’t feel right to type it out: Hang Fire—as we know it at its convenient Whitaker Street location, at least—will close its doors this summer. It’s been one of those things that, maybe if you don’t say it out loud, it won’t happen, you know? Where the hell else in town can you catch an ambient drone act, get a little wet from a shirtless vocalist showering himself in PBR, pick up a fresh new zine, and see a drag show inspired by computer typefaces, and, typically, do it all in the same week? I won’t venture into how much the little venue’s impacted my life in Savannah as a musician and all-around human—we’re on deadline here, and there simply isn’t time to repair a tear-soaked keyboard—but I will say: Hang Fire could never have been the screwball emporium of all that is local and good without the divine leadership of Wes Daniel and Heather Flagle. Why have they succeeded? Because they believe in FUN. They believe in taking risks and saying ‘yes’ to the absurd and unheard of. We should all learn to think more like them. So: when life gives you lemons, slice ‘em up at happy hour, convince your favorite band to reunite, and fly the frontman in from Brooklyn just for the occasion. Wes Daniel, you party genius. Andrew W.K. has nothing on you. The guys in All Night Drug Prowling Wolves used to play with Daniel’s old band back in Atlanta, says Tom Cheshire, aforementioned flown-in frontman. As All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, Cheshire and company created some of the best rock ‘n’ roll in Georgia—think The Replacements meets The Clash with a little Southern grit on it (if you don’t already have it, download 2010’s Make It Right—you won’t regret it). Cheshire loves Savannah—while you may have last seen All Night Drug Prowling Wolves around here three years ago at The Jinx, his “new” band, West End Motel, came through not too terribly long ago. Though they went their separate ways around 2011, ANDPW gets back together every once in a while for a good cause: we’re glad that honoring Hang Fire is one such an occasion. House of Gunt starts off the show, ‘cause Hang Fire is the best. Long live Hang Fire! Saturday, August 1, 10 p.m.

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Complicated Animals @The Sentient Bean

Breezing up from Jacksonville, Complicated Animals, the musical lovechild of singersongwriter Monica da Silva and producer/musician Chad Alger, is going to transform The Sentient Bean into a jazzy seafront lounge. “People always say, ‘What kind of music is it?’ says da Silva. “I always said, ‘kind of Brazilian, kind of American!’ We always felt kind of indie, kinda bossa nova.” Thus, Complicated Animals dubbed their sound “indie nova,” touching on Brazilian tradition and Belle & Sebastian-style pop whimsy. Da Silva took up piano and flute at just six years old; Alger began drums at three. Now, Alger handles guitar duties, while Da Silva carries the melody in her crisp-as-an-autumnleaf croon, breaking away from the mic for a turn on the flute and melodica. In February, de Silva and Alger released In this Game, their debut EP. The duo worked on the record for a year while tucked away in a Michigan cabin. “It was a rotation between coffee, wine, work, music, bonfire—stuff we hadn’t been doing before,” da Silva recounts. “It helped us get back to nature and what we were wanting to do.” The results are perfectly summery and gently catchy; stream it on the beach beneath a big umbrella, on the porch with mimosa accompaniment, or driving with the windows down.

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Summer Sunday: Set to Sail, Kennedy Curse @The Foundery Coffee Pub

Pub goin’ up on a Sunday! The Foundery’s summer series has been a diverse collection of local and touring bands, and this week’s show is no different: Sunday’s all about pop-punk and emocore. Set To Sail heads down from Fredricksburg, Virginia. All you Drive-Thru Records babies out there, grab a piping brew from the counter and settle in for a nostalgia trip. Anthemic choruses, big power-chord guitars, sensitive (and a little scorned, little bitter) lyrics, everything cutting out for a quiet bridge, only to cannonball back in—it’s taking this recovering Hot Topic rat right back. Is that some palm muting? Do I detect a screamo-style yowl gently buried in that multitracked-vocal chorus? Get these kids on an Atticus …Dragging the Lake comp, stat! Kennedy Curse toughs things up with Coheed and Cambria, Silverstine, and Alexisonfire influences. Remember: it’s all-ages! Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m.

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an Enter the Isaac McCaslin zone Local painter describes the fleeting, organic nature of creativity mind.” In the few short years that he’s lived here, McCaslin’s monumental pieces of flying WE HAVE a disconnect about waste. Shell brain detritus have earned him a reputation middens are interesting. But landfills are as one of the city’s most gifted painters. gross. Each painting has scores of elements. They’re the same thing, only separated by Snakes, sofas, computers, balloons and Roman ruins peek out in fantastical landthousands of years. scapes drenched in dark hues and odd “Just because it’s my time’s rubbish… perspectives. doesn’t make it less significant,” says SavanYou could spend hours describing them. nah painter Isaac McCaslin. “It makes it “I can’t just stick to one idea when I have more significant.” McCaslin thinks about trash. He creates new ideas and I’m making something,” he says. “So it just builds up.” what only can be described as large, oilEach painting is like an archaeological dig. based “mental landfills.” You sift through layers of cast-off memoA dump not far from his home provides ries like a psychological analysis. Lie down, inspiration. He walks in the refuse and colMr. McCaslin. What do you see? lects modern artifacts of our throw away The snake in “Spectacularly Dying” culture. comes from a camping trip. The artist saw “None of my paintings are depicted in a real space,” he says. “I just look at them as my his nieces and nephews, depicted in the By Orlando Montoya

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painting, playing with a lizard. The pushcart in “Collector of Fine Things” comes from a California hitchhiking trip. He spent a lot of time with homeless people. The busts in the same painting come from a visit to the High Museum in Atlanta. And it goes on and on like this, piled high, Bacon Park and Chevis Road style.   “The more there is for me, the more of a puzzle it becomes,” he says. “I like the puzzle aspect of it.” McCaslin can add elements to his paintings for months. The end is never clear. And the work of getting to the end comes in fits and starts. Like other creative people, he describes his most productive times as fleeting, like a freak rain shower or a winning lottery ticket. “The zone doesn’t happen a lot. It’s a

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Even I see the connection. And I’m no art history expert. Veronese happened to be a mannerist painter, someone who bended reality to include many elements. “They stopped caring about realism as much and started giving way to distorting space,” McCaslin says. Only El Greco and the rest painted angels, counts and saints. McCaslin’s “landfills of the mind” contain much more mundane objects of contemporary living. Is it beautiful? Definitely. “Don’t let anybody tell you what’s beautiful,” he says. “Be persuasive about what you think is beautiful and interesting. And use that power of persuasion to make your statement loud and clear.” cs

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special place,” he says. “If you get in the zone, stay awake for as long as possible. I can go nights without sleeping if I’m in the zone.” He’s known for working days on end in his Starland District studio. I bet that’s the same way Rubens and Veronese worked. Peter Paul Rubens is a 16th Century Flemish name I got from McCaslin’s lips. And Paolo Veronese is a 16th Century Italian name I got from art history. Either way, we’re talking about the Old Masters. Part of what makes McCaslin’s paintings so special is this connection between the very old and very new. “From a materials and techniques perspective, the way I see it is that it’s really hard to beat the Renaissance masters,” he says.

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Inkling: The Illustrations of James McInvale —

Inkling showcases a variety of thoughtprovoking and conceptual illustrations and images created in ink by Graduate Illustration student James McInvale. Opening reception July 30, 5-8pm. July 30-Aug. 2, 5-8 p.m. Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave. Tibby Llewellyn and Hugh Wayne — Tibby is a self taught Batik artist. Some of her fine art pieces are framed and some are wearable scarves and wraps. Hugh creates functional clay trays embellished with crabs, shrimp, turtles and sea horses reflecting the low country area. Aug. 1-31. Gallery 209, 209 E River St. Prints from the Collection — Carefully stored

away and sheltered from damaging light, Telfair Museums holds a treasure trove of fine prints by some of the most widely known artists in all of Western art history. This exhibit features approximately 40 European and American works dating from the 16th century through 1945 and includes works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Goya, and others. The exhibit includes one of the most recognizable images in the world, Adam and Eve, by Albrecht Dürer. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

Continuing Exhibits 56 — “56” by Kimberly Reed is an exhibi-

tion of 56 small oil paintings for $56 each. Through Aug. 1. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St.

City Transversed — Lisa D. Watson’s wall pieces are made with 90% reclaimed materials. On display will be the I-95 Savannah River Bridge, CSX - Savannah River Bridge, the Houlihan Bridge, the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Factors Walk, RRX - Henry Street and Islands Expressway Bascule Bridge. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s — This unique exhibition, titled after the 1992 Nirvana song, showcases 65 works from paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations to photographs, prints, videos, and digital art. Covering a range of social issues and geopolitical milestones, the show centers around three principal themes: multiculturalism and the “identity politics” debates, the digital revolution, and globalization. Jepson Center, 207 West York St. Folk Art: Simply Profound — What is folk art?

Exaggeration and simplicity converge to describe the folk artist as he deals with family, God and the human condition. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

From Bankers to Presidents: The Work of Joseph Gallettini — Gallettini was Savan-

nah’s foremost ship model builder, and his work is displayed at the museum. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

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work includes dreamy watercolors of Savannah scenes and florals all with a French influence by happenstance. John Forbes a.k.a. Jean de Charent has painted delightful vignettes also with a French twist and wit. Through Aug. 31. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts.

The Highwaymen — The exhibit features several well known black artists known as The Highwaymen. A total of 26 artists, one woman and twenty-five men, traveled the highways of Florida from the early 1960s to the early 1990s selling oil paintings from the trunks of cars. Reception July 30, 6-8:30pm. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

One of the highlights of the Telfair’s new exhibit at the Telfair Academy: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528), Adam and Eve, 1504, Engraving on paper, 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches Gift of Julianna F. Waring, 1972.23.8

i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin — The summer highlight exhibition, which debuted at Mana in Miami during Art Basel last year, explores fashion, film, and painting through the work of artist, musician, performer, fashion innovator, and actor André Benjamin (aka André 3000), filmmaker Greg Brunkalla, and painter Jimmy O’Neal. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Karen Macek and Heather MacRae Trulson —

Karen Macek is an artist and designer working in oil, acrylic and computer graphics. Heather MacRae Trulson works in acrylic, ink and watercolor. A portion of sales will benefit the Daily Impact Fund, providing extra patient services not covered by Medicare or insurances. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Drive. Landfall: SCAD Summer Sales Exhibition — 2015 SCAD summer sales exhibition featuring artwork by SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni. Through Sep. 5. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E Broughton St,. Life’s a Beach: Photographs by Martin Parr — One of Britain’s most beloved photographers takes us on a color-saturated journey through a place loved by all, the seaside. Martin Parr has been photographing this subject for many decades, creating images that range from close-ups of sunbathers to rambunctious swimmers caught

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If you’ve ever been in painful, no-endin-sight love, go see The Last Five Years. If you’ve ever fallen out of love—clean breaks, messy spirals, crumbling last hours—go see The Last Five Years. If you’ve ever wanted to see a loving, creative community at work, go see The Last Five Years. Presented by No Day But Today Productions (founded by stars from several Savannah troupes), Jason Robert Brown’s 2002 musical is sure to be an emotional journey, chronicling the many thrills, pains, and complications of a marriage. Dan Finn and Cecilia Tran Arango star as Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt. Jamie, a budding novelist, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, fall in love in New York. Through the nontraditionally structured play, Cathy tells her story backwards, while Jamie tells his story chronologically. The two only share the stage during the middle of the show, at their wedding. “Different people look back on relationships in different ways,” observes JinHi Soucy Rand, who co-directs The Last Five Years with Chris Stanley. “Some will start like, ‘oh, her? She was such an asshole!’ And then they start working backward, and they get to the point of ‘oh, she’s so beautiful!’ Likewise, there are some people who say, ‘it was the greatest thing in the world, and yeah, things went bad.’ Somebody remembers it forward, and someone remembers it backwards.” An unflinchingly realistic portrayal of modern romance, Rand points out that the story will be familiar to many. “The characters aren’t necessarily genderspecific or orientation-specific,” she says, “because I think that anybody who comes to see the show will be able to relate to one [character] or the other in how they are during different stages of romance: the lust, the excitement, the promises, and the moments of calm, and the moments taken for granted.” “That’s what drew me to it the first time I heard it,” Finn agrees. “It’s very much about real people—neither one of the characters is perfect, they’re both kind of flawed and normal, everyday human beings.” “He’s the machismo kind of guy, very sure of himself, very confident,” Finn says of Jamie. “That’s not how I would describe myself in any way! It’s cool to explore that part of a personality. Also, he’s someone who really does have affection, really does care for Cathy, and really does love her. I think he kind of learns near the end of the play exactly what it is he needs in a relationship: he needs someone to love him, needs adoration to make himself happy.”

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Dan Finn and Cecilia Tran Arango star as Jamie and Cathy. “Dan has such a natural way of acting, and his voice was right there from the beginning,” praises Rand. Arango says that the story’s underlying theme—success, and the resentment that comes out of it—may resonate with folks who have felt that kind of strain in a relationship. “He’s a young rising novelist/writer/ author, and she’s a struggling actress,” Arango explains. “His career’s taking off, and she’s struggling…and there was a point at

both of their lives where they thought they could take on the world.” “It’s a combination of supporting your artist lover, yet not being able to avoid some competing with your artist lover,” Rand elaborates. “It’s being supportive of someone so close to you while things in your life are at a different place and need a different kind of support.” With songs written in a pop/jazz/rock style, Rand advises The Last Five Years’ visceral nature will appeal to a variety of

audiences—even folks who have preconceived notions of the nature of musical theatre. “A lot of times, you can capture more about emotions of the moment through music and lyrics than you can in straight prose,” she points out. “Rather than finding a way to analyze the moment, it’s more about getting the emotion of the moment out through a choice of words that are intense. I think it is a rather intense telling of the story, because it just really highlights the things that have to get out.” Arango says that the score’s “roller coaster” of emotions presented a welcome acting challenge. “You’re going from one high to an extreme low,” she explains. “So it’s two extremes that you have to make sure you’re portraying correctly. It’s basically a he-said, she-said scenario. You have to really listen to what’s going on.” This is Muse Art Warehouse’s fifth summer, making The Last Five Years a particularly special experience for Rand, who founded the creative space with husband Mark in 2010. Plus, the production reunites a talented group of close friends. “The whole group of us, we all did Rent together at Bay Street Theatre,” says Finn. “There’s a bond that we made a couple years ago when we worked on that production, and I think that has continued over the last few years,” Rand says. “We’re very supportive of each other in our individual projects.” Finn agrees. “They’re my theatre family, and my friend family here in Savannah,” he says. “It’s great to share this with people that I really care about, in a show that I really enjoy, too.” While the story can certainly be painful, Rand points out that the production’s strength is the way it laces song, tragedy, and hilarity to make the story come alive. “There’s this comedy and this tragedy, sadness and everything,” she says, “but those are not the things you remember. There’s so much more going on in a relationship, and I think that this show includes that.” “I saw an awesome tagline another production used: ‘fall in love with a story that will break your heart,” recalls Arango. “It’s so true! The music is phenomenal. It’s just very, very emotionally powerful.” cs The Last Five Years When: Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2; Friday, August 7-Sunday, August 9 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. on Sundays Where: Muse Art Warehouse Cost: $20 general admission, $15 students

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them will struggle to express their delight over this decadent delight. The bar is really just a small counter— most folks drink at the tables—but you’ll wanna check out the beer listings here. Ron became entranced with IPA and craft beers during his time in California and strives to have at least 50 varieties on hand: “Beer is a passion of mine!” he will tell you. Among the favored brews you’ll find fruity faves like Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Ale, Hell or High Water Watermelon Wheat Beer and even Abita Rootbeer. Shocktop, Southbound and Sam Adams Rebel IPA are all on the list, and, due to a fortunate discovery during a Maui vacation last year, Ron is introducing Kona Fire Rock to happy locals—what better beverage to imbibe with your Kahanamoku’s Hawaiian’ pizza? cs Half ‘n’ half style is the way to go here! Nights’ pizza here, as well as the ‘Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Wings, use her smooth, traditional Thai peanut sauce. Though PB&J wings have gotten immensely popular up north in the last year or so, when Jon introduced them, he wasn’t sure how they’d go over with the Savannah crowd. He need not have worried. Dipped in his specially made Sweet Jalapeño Jelly, they are deliciously memorable and not at all sweet as what’d you’d expect. I had a hard time choosing which pizza varieties to try because the menu definitely goes a coupla levels higher than most retail joints. Take my advice and get a half n’ half—you don’t wanna regret missing out on anything! Ingredients have a most decidedly

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SINCE 2010, PERC Coffee Roasters has made a name for itself in Savannah by providing roasted coffee on a wholesale basis to all kinds of local establishments, gaining a lot of name ID in the process. PERC will now expand gingerly into the area of retail sales at their spacious facility on East Broad, currently used for roasting, packing, and weekly free cupping events. But PERC’s restaurant and coffeehouse clients probably shouldn’t worry too much about competition—they’re only going to do so on Saturdays, and it will only be coffee, with no food items. “We’re really all about the coffee here — educating people about it and helping them enjoy it,” says Jon Chandler, a PERC manager. “We’ll have a specially curated menu of coffees each week. We’ll talk about each coffee so people can know more about what they’re drinking.” PERC is the labor of love of founder/ owner Philip Brown, who came to Savannah drawing on his extensive experience with the Athens-based Jittery Joe’s. Chandler says no one will get PERC confused with Starbuck’s anytime soon. “There will be some milk-based drinks on the menu, but this isn’t where to go if you want anything with a lot of sugar, or if you like to request five Splendas or something like that,” he laughs. “The menu will focus on bringing out the individual flavors of each coffee offered. Any milk product we use would be to enhance or bring out those flavors, rather than mask them.” For example, this weekend’s menu will comprise an espresso, an espresso over milk, a pour-over coffee, a cold brew, and the weekly special, based on the freshest and/or most interesting bean in the shop that week. Right now, the Saturday hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. are sort of a beta test. “We’re going to just start out with the four hours now, and see how it goes, if we need to tweak the hours,” says Chandler. The East Broad facility will remain one big open space, but with the front portion dedicated to retail. The rear portion will continue to serve as PERC’s roasting and 26 packing area.

If you’ve been to PERC, you know its location is pretty far out of the normal tourist circles, to say the least. Chandler says the heavily local character of the neighborhood suits them fine, because they aren’t seeking the tourist market, but rather locals who themselves are seeking great coffee. “Plus, more and more things are coming this way,” he says. “Green Truck is already nearby, Cotton & Rye is here. And more activity will continue to move this way.” And if you’ve been to one of PERC’s free

Taylor Wyrosdick will be barista when PERC opens for retail coffee enjoyment on Saturdays; top photo is Taylor at a recent Friday cupping event. weekly cuppings each Friday at 11 a.m., you probably know barista Taylor Wyrosdick. Wyrosdick will run the show on Saturdays, and will be main curator of the menu. “There are a lot of great coffee places in town and a lot of places doing it very, very well, like Foxy Loxy and the Collins Quarter, just to name a couple. We are a coffee roaster and a wholesaler first and foremost, and that won’t change,” Wyrosdick says.

“So when we started talking about doing this, we talked about a more condensed, small menu, and offering people coffee in a way that we want it, in a place where people can sit down, have a really good cup of coffee, and have it made in the way that we feel it should be made,” he adds. Wyrosdick says his goal is “for people to taste the coffee for what it is, as opposed to ordering it and having it altered. Just a really good honest expression of the coffee itself.”

And for those accustomed to Wyrosdick sharing his expertise at the cupping events, “You can also sit down and ask us questions. It will be a learning experience at the same time, as well as drinking great coffee.” cs PERC Coffee 1802 East Broad St. Retail hours beginning Aug. 1: Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All drinks $1.00 between 10am-noon on opening day

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O Love the premise, hate the execution. That’s the takeaway from Pixels, which might have made for a decent summer popcorn picture had it not been co-opted by Team Sandler and turned into a piece of junk aimed primarily at unemployable openmouth breathers who couldn’t spell “nitwit” even if you spotted them the consonants. It’s based on a short French film from a couple of years back, and that version is reportedly clever and amusing (maybe it will be included as an extra on Pixels’ Bluray release?). But this big-budget version is merely moronic and pandering, escaping a one-star bomb rating only because a couple of sequences somehow manage to deliver the goods, because some of the cleverness peeks through on (rare) occasion, and because it’s clearly a notch above the noxious, theaterclearing likes of Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill and Little Nicky. In a nutshell: Aliens view footage of a 1982 video arcade championship match. Aliens misinterpret it as a hostile act and, in the present day, retaliate by attacking Earth with space invaders made up to look like characters from popular games from back when (Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, etc.). Since the military proves to be ineffectual, U.S. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) enlists the aid of three championship gamers: his best friend Sam Brenner (Sandler), whose arcade defeat back in ’82 has led to an unfulfilled life as a TV installer; Ludlow Lamonsoff ( Josh Gad), a conspiracy-theory nut who still lives in his grandma’s basement; and Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage), an egotist who refers to himself as “The Fire Blaster.” Whenever the humans win a round, the aliens provide them with trophies, the most prominent being the beloved character Q*Bert. Q*Bert is seen doing all sorts of cute things meant to elicits awwws from

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Pixels: a great idea done terribly. easily amused audience members. He’s also seen pissing orange all over the floor and not seen (thankfully) having sex with Josh Gad’s character. Since this is a typical man-child wishfulfillment fantasy, the male leads also get trophies: Sandler hooks up with gorgeous Michelle Monaghan; Gad hooks up with gorgeous Ashley Benson; Dinklage hooks up with a pair of cameo performers whose appearances are mildly amusing. Speaking of Dinklage, what does it say that he delivers the only funny performance in a movie in which his co-stars are all noted comedians? Sandler is Sandler: shambling, mumbling, easy to take and just as easy to forget. Gad continues to demonstrate that he’s woefully unfunny in film after film (voicing animated snowmen aside, of course), and he somehow thinks that screaming his lines will make them funnier (no, just sadder). Not much better is James—like Gad, he possesses all the comic instincts of a dead jellyfish. Often playing like Ghostbusters if it had been made by Billy Bob Thornton’s

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of Ant-Man may not be a marquee name among the masses, but he’s enjoyed a lengthy career in comic form. Created by Stan Lee and co. in 1962, Ant-Man was the alter ego of scientist Hank Pym—a founding member of the Avengers, he was also responsible for accidentally creating the villainous robot Ultron (obviously, the films stray dramatically from the inked page). Others later donned the Ant-Man suit, most notably Scott Lang beginning in the late 1970s. This screen version neatly folds these threads together by positing Pym (Michael Douglas) as an older man no longer able to suit up and Lang (Paul Rudd) as the younger guy he chooses to succeed him. Pym’s recruitment of Lang is charged with urgency, as he needs someone to assist him in stopping his former protégée, the ruthless Darren Cross Slingblade character, Pixels is sloppy in vir(Corey Stoll), from discovering the formula, tually every department, from the scripting the so-called “Pym particle” that allows a (how would our heroes know ahead of time man to shrink to insect size, and selling it to that they would need “ghost” cars to battle the highest-bidding evildoers. Pac-Man, since the ghosts are always the What allows Ant-Man to flourish is that bad guys and Pac-Man is the good guy in it largely turns its back on the solemnity the classic game?) to visual effects that could and self-importance that occasionally hamhave been memorably retrograde but instead per Marvel features and instead traffics in hit the same old CGI beats. the same sort of freewheeling frivolity seen A few moments succeed in rising above in last summer’s smash, Guardians of the the mire—Brenner’s flight from a rampagGalaxy. For that, thank the four screenwriting Pac-Man is well-orchestrated by direcers—Shaun of the Dead’s Edgar Wright tor Chris Columbus, and Dinklage’s chosen (who was the initial director until the usual cadence for his dialogue is both unexpected “creative differences” forced him out), Attack and amusing. But in virtually every other the Block’s Joe Cornish, Funny or Die’s respect, Pixels is hardly worth a fistful of Adam McKay and Rudd himself—and quarters, let alone full ticket price. To quote their ability to include witticisms both verAliens’ Bill Paxton, “Game over, man! Game bal (“tales to astonish” is there for the comic over!” fans) and visual (love the bug zapper, and is that oversized toy with the happy face a nod ANT-MAN to Ghostbusters?). Rudd and a scene-stealing OOO Michael Pena (as Lang’s ex-con buddy) After the overkill of Avengers: Age of further contribute to the gee-whiz spirit, Ultron, it’s nice to see Marvel return to a with Douglas and Evangeline Lilly (as Pym’s comparatively small-scale effort—in more daughter) staking out most of the dramatic ways than one. content. The diminutive superhero at the center As for the effects, they’re generally



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excellent, particularly in a bravura innerspace sequence that hearkens back to the 1957 classic The Incredible Shrinking Man. Ironically, only the ants fail to convince. Granted, they’re not laughable creations on the order of the insects seen in the ‘70s shlock flick Empire of the Ants, but they’re fake enough to bug all but the most forgiving of Marvel devotees.


OOO Here’s a line from a Box Office Mojo article that caught my eye: “Trainwreck, at 2 hours, 5 mins, comes closer to [ Judd Apap tow’s] leaner hits, Knocked Up (2 hrs., 9 mins) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (1 hr., 56 mins), than his longer movies, Funny People (2 hr., 16 mins) and This Is 40 (2 hr., 13 mins).” Two hours and five minutes is now considered lean? Given this slant, I have to assume that around the Apatow household, the 4-hour, 40-minute Shoah is considered TV-sitcom length while the 15-hour, 40-minute Berlin Alexanderplatz passes for a comfortable feature-film length. At any rate, the real reason Trainwreck comes closer to Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin is because, like those films, it’s funny and engaging and well worth seeing, conditions that did not apply to Apatow’s overlong—and long-winded – disappointments Funny People and This Is 40. Certainly, this new picture could stand being 10 or 15 minutes shorter—its length is particularly felt toward the end, when it begins to feel like it’s going to be dragged out as interminably as a Peter Jackson Middle-earth saga. But any last-act hemming and hawing is easily negated by the majority of the picture, which serves as the cinematic coming-out party for comedian Amy Schumer. A hit on television and on the stand-up stage, Schumer vies for big-screen respectability by both scripting and starring in this picture about a young woman named (natch) Amy, who as a child was told by her horndog dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy is an impossibility. Amy’s sister Kim (Brie Larson) was given the same speech but ignored it, and now has a husband and stepson; Amy, on the other hand, embraced her father’s dubious wisdom and has spent her adult life committed to a series of one-night stands. She does have a lunkhead boyfriend (WWE wrestler and straight-to-DVD action star John Cena, cast against type) but cheats on him, and when she’s not drinking or boffing, she’s found working at a sleazy rag called S’Nuff, the sort that offers articles with names like “Ugliest Celebrity Kids” and

“You Call Those Tits?” It’s a story assignment for S’Nuff that leads to her meeting Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), a sports doctor whose patients include NBA superstar LeBron James (playing himself in a sizable supporting role). Amy and Aaron hit it off, and for the first time in her life, she’s forced to question her dad’s outlook on life and love. Like all Apatow efforts, Trainwreck offers a mix of the silly and the sincere, with most of the best comic bits packed into the first half. The second part turns more serious and, consequently, more familiar, which is largely why its length begins to make its presence known. But Schumer is terrific throughout, as adept at her dramatic scenes opposite Larson (a calming presence as her sensible sibling) as when flashing her sizable comedic chops. Her long-term prospects as an A-list movie star have yet to be determined, but she’s off to a roaring start, barreling across the screen like a runaway train.


O It’s a toss-up as to what reigns as the most risible element in Terminator Genisys, the fifth—and flimsiest—film in the deathless series (with two more installments already being planned!). There’s the out-of-leftfield reason given as to why the Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger no longer looks like the young(ish) cyborg from past pictures but instead looks like a refugee from a Miami nursing home. There’s the fact that Arnie’s Terminator, a character that in past incarnations inspired fear and awe, is now called the decidedly nonthreatening “Pops” by those around him. There’s the casting of Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, whose chirpy demeanor makes this often feel like Teen Beach Terminator. There’s the mere sight of Jai Courtney once again attempting to act. And then there’s that off-screen bit of hilarity: the fact that series creator James Cameron has taken to the press circuit to rave about this piece of junk. It’s a shame to see this once-great property sink to such a depressing low. The first two films are acknowledged classics, the third fell a bit short but was still a valiant— and respectful—effort by all concerned, and the fourth (Terminator Salvation) remains an underrated piece of sci-fi sizzle. Terminator Genisys exists for no other reason than to line studio coffers, which of course is the raison d’etre of many an unnecessary sequel. But a film can be an unwanted follow-up and manage not to destroy everything that preceded it through its addition of daft new wrinkles to the story frame.

Perhaps not since Alien 3 have I felt a sequel so betrayed everything that came before it. As before, the John Connor of the future ( Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to prevent the Terminator (Arnie in CGI-enhanced younger mode a la Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy) from killing Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), a waitress who will eventually become a warrior as well as a savior of humanity. But wait! The timeline is in flux, alternate realities exist, and Kyle discovers that Sarah is no longer a mousy woman but already a full metal badass, having been trained since childhood by the good Terminator (the big guy again). The noodling of time has also resulted in the appearance of both a liquidy T-1000 (the G.I. Joe series’ Byunghun Lee) and a cop who transforms into J.K. Simmons when the movie picks back up in 2017. The shift to the 21st century also leads to an encounter with a similarly time-traveling John Connor, who has been assimilated by the villainous operating system Skynet with some uncredited assistance from the Borg. With John Connor now compromised, can Jean-Luc Picard be far behind? Despite the Herculean efforts by Cameron to make all the time travel material believable in the first two films, there were some obvious holes, but we didn’t mind because the results were so damn entertaining. Bereft of genuine excitement, this entry can’t hide the rampant ludicrousness.

An accident results in Joy and Sadness being ejected from the control center, and it’s at this point that the movie really takes off, both visually and philosophically. Riley’s at a crucial, critical age for any young person, waving goodbye to childhood innocence and about to undergo changes that will make her feel like a stranger both in her own body and in a world suddenly a lot more complicated. Certainly, a kid needs all available emotions to navigate such murky waters, and the beauty of Inside Out is how it allows Sadness to basically be the equivalent of both the outcast nobody wants to be around as well as the friend everybody wants by their side in a pinch. As expected with an A-list Pixar piece, there’s plenty of humor to go along with the heart, particularly in the peeks inside the control rooms of Riley’s mom (Diane Lane), dad (Kyle MacLachlan) and the hysterical twofer seen at film’s end. There are also the expected gags engineered to please the parents even more so than the children, with a few threatening to raise the bar for future animated endeavors.


OO Certainly, Jurassic World will emerge as one of the summer season’s top grossers, but is it really better than the 1993 blockbuster helmed by Spielberg in the same calendar year that also saw him tackling Schindler’s List? Of course not, though it’s easily an improvement over the two sorry sequels that INSIDE OUT followed. OOOO Chris Pratt is Owen, who works at JurasInside Out relates the story of an 11-year- sic World as a combo dinosaur wrangler old girl named Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn and velociraptor whisperer. Like his filmic Dias). More accurately, it relates the story of forefathers Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, what’s inside Riley—specifically, core emohe’s not sure man should be messing around tions that have been with her since birth. with nature—in this case, creating a new First and foremost, there’s Joy (Amy and improved dinosaur meant to be bigger Poehler), the “control room” leader and the and bolder than anything that’s ever walked one responsible for trying to make Riley the earth. enjoy every moment of her life. That’s a tall Having learned nothing from the lessons order, considering the other emotions are all imparted via the aborted Jurassic Park— vying for prime-time programming. namely, that out-of-control dinosaurs love to snack on humans—the scientists, capitalists There’s Anger (Lewis Black), there’s Fear and paleontologist powers-that-be over(Bill Hader) and there’s Disgust (Mindy seeing Jurassic World ignore all modes of Kaling). And then there’s Sadness (Phyllis common sense and soon find their baby, the Smith), the emotion that Joy is perpetually so-called Indominus Rex, wreaking havoc all attempting to most keep at bay. over the themed island. Yet once Riley moves from her cherThe lovingly crafted critters seen in the ished childhood home in Minnesota to ’93 model have naturally given way to a ramshackle abode in San Francisco—a move dictated by her dad’s efforts to get his CGI counterparts, but for the most part, the effects work proves to be potent, with startup business off the ground—it’s hard for Joy to keep Sadness from not only affect- enough bravura sequences (the aquatic mosasaurus maneuvers, the pterodactyl ing Riley’s current mood but also infecting the shimmery orbs that house her most pre- attack) to satiate the faithful. CS cious memories. 29

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Activism & Politics

Savannah Area Young Republicans

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

Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. 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. Tubby's Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. 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. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Auditions and Calls for Entries

Call for Applicants for Step Up Savannah

Step Up Savannah is looking for emerging leaders — young and more seasoned — to participate in a leadership course starting September 14. The Neighborhood Leadership Academy at Savannah State University brings together established and emerging leaders to enhance their leadership skills with a focus on advocacy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Upon completion of this free 12-session course, graduates will be asked to serve as resources to Step Up and other community organizations. It is open to men and women, 21 years and older in Savannah/Chatham County. Participants will be asked to work in small groups to research and present on a neighborhood or community issue during the course. Interested applicants must submit an application and be interviewed. Completed applications are due on Aug. 7. Through Aug. 7. 912-401-0672. Step Up Savannah, 428 Bull Street. Call for Artists for 2016 Exhibitions

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The City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting exhibition proposals at the Cultural Arts Gallery for the 2016 calendar year. The 1,700 square foot community gallery serves the Savannah area with exhibitions and educational programming that strengthen awareness and stimulate dialogue through artistic expression. In conjunction with each exhibition, artists are encouraged to develop and present a learning opportunity to the public such as a workshop, lecture or demonstration. All mediums will be considered for a non-degree seeking solo or group 30 exhibitions, including video and installation

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pieces. Proposals should be professionally presented and should include a cover letter; a resume; an artist statement; a previous exhibition record; 10-12 digital images of the work to be considered; and a self-addressed stamped envelope if the proposal needs to be returned. Through Sep. 11. 912-651-6783. arts. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Call for Entries for Group Exhibition

The Gallery at Sulfur Studios is now accepting entries for an upcoming group exhibition, "Body and Mind," in September 2015. Artists are asked to submit work that deals with the intersection of physical and mental experiences. Work that deals with the human form in a metaphorical manner is especially sought out. Entries due by August 28th at midnight. Through Aug. 28. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. 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 calendar year, while funds are available. Programs are to be completed prior to October 1, 2015. Project funding is available up to $2,000 for specific and innovative arts, cultural, or heritage projects or presentations that have a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s diverse populations. The Weave-A-Dream committee seeks proposals that actively involve youth, seniors, and those who have limited access to arts based programs in Savannah. Programs engaging participates ranging from 6 -11 graders with disciplines of production, animation, photography desktop publishing, CAD, metalworking and carpentry are of particular interest to Weave-A-Dream. While other programs such as performing, visual, media, theater, folk, design (architecture), or literary arts are also encouraged to apply. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must be a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered in Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed programs must also be produced within the City’s corporate limits. No individual artist applications will be accepted. Through Aug. 2. 912-651-5988 ext. 8969. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Call for Speakers for Geekend 2015

The theme of Creative Coast's Geekend 2015 is Growth. All entrepreneurs, developers, marketers, social media mavericks, technology enthusiasts, designers and 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. 912-447-8457. thecre- Creative Coast, 415 W. Boundary St.

Coastal Georgia Breaking the Cycle will host a symposium on substance abuse and freedom from addiction as part of National Recovery Day on September 19, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Lake Mayer. Volunteers are needed for this event in the following areas: reception, food, greeters and cleanup. For more information on how you can participate call volunteer coordinator Teneka Gerido at 912.661.7014. Through Sep. 19. Downtown Savannah, downtown.

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.

Call for Volunteers for Breaking the Cycle

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.. 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 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. 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 Deadline is August 31. undefined. 912-395-1500. Benefits

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. 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@ forsythfarm-

$5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities

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, walkins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-years-old. ongoing. (912) 5252151. Shoes to Trees Program

Help with West Broad Street YMCA with the Shoes to Trees program. Help the MORE Foundation send millions of tree seeds to offset carbon and help Y’s overseas support themselves. Funding for this life-changing program comes from used athletic shoes donated by members, volunteers, donors, community partners, and more. Every donated pair sends 10 tree seeds to a Y overseas. Every pair removes one ton of carbon from the atmosphere. Now collecting gently used athletic and soccer shoes sizes 7-11. Through Aug. 31. 912-233-1951. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. 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. 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. ArtLab Summer Classes

Art Exploration Sessions on Saturdays from 12-1pm for ages 6-11. Projects will include color exploration, mixing experiments, creation with found objects and beyond. Tiny Artists Classes on Saturdays from 10:45-11:30am for ages 2-5. Parents and kids work together to create small projects introducing textures, colors and discovering art all around us. Take a creative break on Saturdays. Please call or email to sign up. $15 per class, sibling discounts available Saturdays.. 912-388-1939. ArtLab, 2417 Waters Ave. Beading Classes

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Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-920-6659. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. Belly Dance at the Beach

Magic Carpet Dance Studio, Savannah's Exclusive belly dance studio is now offering special belly dance classes on the Beach on Tybee Island! We will meet at the 10th street beach access and carve our little dance oasis in the beautiful sand with the clashing waves in front of us, and the magical ocean breeze! $15ea drop in, or $10ea with punch cards Sundays, 5:306:30 p.m.. 912-663-5114. beckywaller99@ Magic Carpet Dance Studio, 6409 Abercorn Street, Suite E. Board Game Nights

Bring your favorite board game or learn to play one of ours! Join our community of gamers and make some new friends while having an awesome time. Guild Hall members get in free, and non-members must simply purchase a $2 Day Pass. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Build Your Own End Table

Ever wanted to build your own furniture? Then now's your chance! We're hosting a two part workshops that will provide you with materials and teach you how to build a pine wood end table. This class gives you access to two three hour sessions to build the perfect table. Safety goggles are required for this class. They will be available for purchase on the day of the class, or you may bring your own. $35 for Guild Hall members $40 for non-members Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.. 844-MY-GUILD. events@ events/2015-06-22/BuildYourOwnEndTable. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Champions Training Center

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

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. 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. savstate. edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St.

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-3514578. Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912-897-7656. 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. 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.

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. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Music Instruction

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

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

Savannah Musicians' Institute ofFamily Law Workshop fers private instruction for all ages and The Mediation Center has three workshops experience levels in Guitar (electric, per month for people who do not have legal acoustic,classical), Piano, Bass, Voice, representation in a family matter: divorce, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, legitimation, modifications of child support, Saxophone, Music Theory/Composition/ visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, Songwriting. 609 69th Street, Savannah 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 GA. ongoing. 912-398-8828. smisavannah@ 912-354-6686. 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

New Horizons Adult Band Program

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

Tuesdays 6-9pm and Wednesdays 9:3012:30am. $60/4-session package or $20 drop-in fee. At the Studio School. ongoing. 912-484-6415. melindaborysevicz@gmail. com. Studio Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you've started, School, 1319 Bull St. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons revise it or pursue publication. Award-winEmphasis on theory, reading music, and ning Savannah author offers one-on-one improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. or small group classes, mentoring, manuongoing. 912-232-5987. script critique, ebook formatting. Email Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts Photography Classes Beginner photography to post production. classes at the Neighborhood Resource Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Monclass. See website for complete class list. Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. 410-251-4421. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon- Piano Lessons Piano lessons with a classically trained Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 instructor, with theater and church experix115. savannahpha. ence. 912-312-3977. ongoing. georgiacom/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource Georgia Music Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Knitting & Crochet Classes Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modSee the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. ern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious com. Learn to Sew inquiries only. ongoing. Sewing lessons for all ages and skill levels. Pole Fitness Classes Private and Group classes. Tuesdays.. 912- Pole dancing is a beautiful artform, and a combination of dance, flexibility and gym596-0889. Kleo's nastics. Pole dancing has quickly become Sewing Studio, 36 W. Broughton St. #201. Life Coaching one of the most popular forms of fun and

exercise for women. It can help you lose weight, gain beautiful muscle tone, make you stronger than ever and build confidence like no other form of exercise can. Join us on Tuesday nights and get fitter and stronger than you've ever been, with this amazing full body workout. Schedule TBA $20 Every other Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. 912-988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. A. Roper Studio - Voice 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. Russian Language Classes

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

SAT Prep for Critical Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing

This one-week (5 day) series focuses on strategies used in active reading that pertain specifically to the SAT, and addresses writing strategies used on possible topics during the writing portion. $160.00 per prson Through July 31, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 912-478-5551. conted@georgiasouthern. edu. programs/personaldevelopment/satprepsavannah/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Sherrill Milnes Master Class

Legendary baritone and artistic leader of the VOICE Programs Milnes shares the process of great singing with audiences while he works with the 2015 Studio Artists. Mon., Aug. 3, 1-3 p.m. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive.

SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management Certificate Program

The SHRM EssentialsÂŽ of HR Management is an introductory course offering a complete overview of human resource roles and responsibilities. If you are just starting out in the profession, or are looking for an effective way to boost your employee management skills, this is the program for you. $548.00 per person / SHRM Member Fee: $499.00 Thu., July 30, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 912-478-5551. conted@ cgc. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Vocal Lessons

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

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Interested in the art of Woodturning? Then you've come to the right place. This demonstration, hosted by the Lowcountry Turners. This workshop will introduce you to lathe safety and techniques, show you how to create salt and pepper grinders from a single block of wood, and will also feature a wood swap. This is an invaluable experience offered just to our members and their guests. Free for both Guild Hall and Lowcountry Woodturner members , $2 for non-members Thu., July 30, 6 p.m. 844-MY-GUILD. WoodturningDemonstration. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery 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@ 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. 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 non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. 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. Chatham Sailing Club

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Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. Young's Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Exchange Club of Savannah - Weekly Lunch

Meets every Monday (except on the fifth Monday of the month), 12pm-1pm. Weekly speaker, and honor a student of the month and year, police officer and fireman of the year. Charities: Jenkins Boys & Girls Club; Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. 32 Guest are welcome Mondays, 12-1 p.m..

912-441-6559. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street.

Low Country Turners

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. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

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. 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. Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA

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

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

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

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

RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors 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. 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. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St.

Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. charlesfund@ 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. 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. Savannah Go Green

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

Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet each month at 6pm to discuss upcoming Meets every Wednesday. Different locations events. Must be age 21-40. Jaycees Builddowntown. Call for info. No fees. Want to ing, 101 Atlas St. first Tuesday of every learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. month.. 912-353-7700. savannahjaycees. Knittin’ Night com. Knit and crochet gathering held each Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public the Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels 4th Monday each month, Sept. through welcome. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-238June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub. 0514. Wild Fibre, org. Barnes Res409 East Liberty St.

taurant, 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. 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. 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.. 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.. 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. 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.

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@ Concerts

13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing)

“If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-3449768. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Concert: Death, by Aria, pt. 1

The Savannah Voice Festival opens with an up close and personal introduction to its Festival Artists in this feast of music, offering opera arias, musical theatre and song. Get to know the season’s artists and enjoy an evening of great music in a casual cafe setting. $35 Sun., Aug. 2, 4-5:30 p.m. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Concert: Death, by Aria pt. 2

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of an introduction to the Festival, offering opera arias, musical theatre and songs. Get to know the aspiring singers and enjoy an afternoon tasting of great music in a casual cafe setting. Mon., Aug. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. PICKConcert: Doyle Dykes Amazing guitarmanship, imaginative arrangements, and great sound are the hallmarks of Doyle Dykes. Doyle has developed a distinctly recognizable sound and amazes audiences with his skill, while subtly capturing hearts with sincerity and soul. $30 plus tax Sat., Aug. 1, 8 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. Concert: Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out

Fronting one of the most popular bands in bluegrass history, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out is celebrating nearly 25 years as one of the genres most awarded and influential groups in modern day bluegrass. $25 Sat., Aug. 1, 8 p.m. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. PICKConcert: You Made Me Love You Back this season after a sold out performance last Summer, Natasha Drena pays tribute to the legendary Judy Garland. Having swept the Atlanta Awards Season for her portrayal of Ms. Garland in "End of the Rainbow," Natasha is back home in Savannah singing everything from torch songs to standards and swing. Don Hite will be tinkling the ivories, and Jenny

Woodruff will join for a very special duet. $25 Thu., July 30, 8-10 p.m. 912-525-5050. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

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Recital: Amy Shoremount-Obra, soprano

This beloved Festival alum returns after her successful Met debut to offer an accessible, exciting and beautifully sung concert with Christopher Cooley, pianist. $45 advance, $50 at door Tue., Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. stjohnssav. org/. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 West Macon Street. Savannah Songwriters Series

Phillip Wise, making his Savannah Songwriters Series debut, joins Navi Singh, Robert Benton and Daniel Nickels. Free Sun., Aug. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. johnnyharris. com/. Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 East Victory 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

Beginner and intermediate ballet, modern dance, barre fusion, barre core body sculpt, gentle stretch & tone. Tuesdays.. 912-925-0903. Ballet School, 10010 Abercorn St. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class

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1 Low points 7 Close pals 11 “Just a ___!” 14 Animal spotted in zoos 15 Actress Remini 16 ___ on the side of caution 17 “I’ll play some background music. How about ‘___’, that #1 hit from 2012 ...” 19 First name in soccer 20 Obamacare acronym 21 “I doubt it” 22 Surname in cartoon scent trails 24 Summon, as a butler, “Downton Abbey”-style 27 Dish alternative 29 Vanessa of “Saturday Night Live” 30 “Better yet, let’s have that ___ ringtone character perform the theme song ...” 34 Black, white or (Earl) Grey, e.g. 36 He warned against the all-syrup Squishee 37 Ear or mouth ending 38 “While you’re solving, think of the soothing sounds of a ___ in your ear ...” 44 Israeli weapon 45 College sr.’s exam 46 Eighth mo. 47 “I’ll provide the clues in a visually pleasing ___ font ...” 51 Bates and Thicke, for two 55 German sausages, informally 56 Partner of dental and

vision 58 What Frank mistook his intervention for in “It’s Always Sunny” 60 Cherokee or Tahoe, e.g. 61 “___-la-la!” (Captain Underpants call) 62 Poetic planet 63 “If these clues get you nowhere, you can ___ to stimulate the mind!” 68 Crocodile feature 69 “Hey, Jorge!” 70 Basic shelter 71 Approval from a futbol fan 72 Restaurant reviewer’s website 73 Water under the bridge, maybe


1 Like some strict diets 2 Tree that yields gum arabic 3 Dana of “Desperate Housewives” 4 Fluish 5 ___-com 6 Court note-taker 7 Uninteresting 8 180-degree turn 9 Small amount 10 Civil War historian Foote 11 Leatherneck’s motto, briefly 12 One of five lakes 13 “That really stuck in my ___” 18 “Double Dare” host Summers 23 ___ on the Shelf (Christmas figure) 25 “The Girl From Ipanema” saxophonist

26 Open, in Cologne 27 Pitch-raising guitar device 28 College town northeast of Los Angeles 31 College student’s stereotypical meal 32 At lunch, perhaps 33 Day-___ paint 35 Feeling of apprehension 38 Florida footballer, for short 39 ___ Aduba (“OITNB” actress) 40 Victoria Falls forms part of its border 41 Fat, as in Fat Tuesday 42 Athlete’s leg muscle 43 Hybrid citrus from Jamaica 48 They eagerly await your return 49 Like songs that get stuck in your head 50 Blue stuff 52 Curtain-parting time 53 Airport serving Tokyo 54 Alpine race 57 Atrocities 58 Color of a corrida cape 59 Like folk traditions 60 Cash-free transaction 64 “Green Acres” theme song prop 65 Bent pipe shape 66 Human cannonball’s destination 67 So ___

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

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-925-7416. 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@ 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. 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. 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@ 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. 912596-0889. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners Belly Dance Classes

Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle JULY 29-AUG 4, 2015


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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@ Happenstance Bellydance

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

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

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

Learn to dance Salsa & Bachata. For info, call Austin (912-704-8726) or Omar (Spanish - 787-710-6721). Thursdays. 912-7048726. 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. 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. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St.

Kids/Youth Dance Class

West Coast Swing Class

LaBlast- Dance Fitness designed by Louis Van Amstel from DWTS

$8 Community Yoga Classes

Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@ savannahballroomdancing. com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. 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@ 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. 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. FriFree Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer days 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fit7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ness classes for all ages every Thursday, in ongoing. 912-354-5586. Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the "Little Movers" class for toddlers. Tues. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Thur. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Sun. 5pm12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 6pm and 6pm-7pm. Salon de Maile, 704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, 31406. pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-652-6780. sdavis@ Tuesdays.. Salsa Night Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Come and shake it to the best latin grooves Montgomery Crossroads. FUNdamentals Dance Lesson and bachata the night away in Pooler Group dance lessons every Tuesday and where it's cooler. Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesday: fundamental 912-988-1052. medi.tavern314@gmail. steps, styling, and techniques. Wednescom. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield day: advanced elements. $15/person $25/ Way. Savannah Shag Club couple Tuesdays, 8 p.m. and Wednesdays, 8 p.m.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@ Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post savannahballroomdancing. com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Travis Street. Home Cookin' Cloggers Abercorn St. Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No ongoing. Doubles beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Irish Dance Classes A class designed to maintain that summer Glor na Dare offers beginner to champion body by dancing and having fun. IncorpoIrish Dance classes for ages 5 and up. rates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. Adult Step & Ceili, Strength and Flex$10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, ibility, non-competitive and competitive Fridays, 10 a.m. 912-312-3549. reservetoprograms, workshops, camps. Certified. salondebailedancestuWednesdays.. 912-704-2052. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.

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. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Fitness

Savannah Power Yoga offers a community yoga class nearly every day of the week for just $8. 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. $8 Mondays-Fridays, Sundays. (912) 349-2756. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. 5Rhythms

A moving meditation. A path to higher vibration. A spiritual practice for some. A workout for others. With limited guidance and an eclectic mix of music, each person moves through the 5 rhythms of: flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. In this practice the "energy" of these rhythms is explored through each persons authentic way of moving. There is no right or wrong way and no steps to follow. No experience is needed. Led by Dana Danielson. Last Friday of every month. Sign up at or simply show up. ongoing. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 E Victory Drive. $8 Community Meditation Classes

Join us for breath work, guided meditation, and yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique to relieve stress, quiet the mind, and find the calm within. All proceeds support local organizations. $8 Sundays, 6-7 p.m. 912-349-2756. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. AHA Yoga Classes

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

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

Looking for a fun way to tone and burn calories? Savannah Yoga Barre offers daily barre classes to help you reach your fitness goals. Diverse classes ensure there's something for everyone. All levels are

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encouraged to attend. Start where you are and go from there. Classes start as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6:45 p.m. $15 drop-in or use class pass ongoing. 912200-4809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. 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. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St.

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.

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. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.

Nonstop Fitness Spin Class

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

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

Open House - Pure Barre!

Free Yoga for Cancer Patients

Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Living Smart Fitness Club

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. NonStop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave. Join us for an evening at Pure Barre. Learn more about the Pure Barre technique and studio, receive discounts on packages, and win prizes while enjoying light food & drink. Free Wed., July 29, 6:308 p.m. 912.665.1129. Pure Barre Savannah, 5521 Abercorn St., Suite 500.

St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Pilates Classes Health Information and Resource Center Daily classes for all skill levels includoffer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which ing beginners. Private and semi-private is an exercise program to encourage Bellydancing Fusion Classes Dude's Day at Savannah Climbing Coop classes by appointment. Carol Daly-Wildhealthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays Mixes ballet, jazz, hip hop into a unique Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climber, certified instructor. Call or see website and Wednesdays the classes are held at high energy dance style. Drills and choing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesfor info. ongoing. 912-238-0018. savanreographies for all levels.Small classes Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See days, the classes are held at the center, in downtown Savannah, and on request. website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include $10 per person. Email for info. ongoing. 912-495-8010. Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact Ave. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. aerobics with cardio and strengthening ex- Pregnancy Yoga Blue Water Yoga Happy Hour Boot Camp Classes ercises (Mondays/Wednesdays). Mondays, Ongoing series of 6-week classes. ThursCommunity donation-based classes, Tues. Amanda Jessop, certified strength and Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, days. A mindful approach to pregnancy, and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am- conditioning specialist, teaches classes labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Rec10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water for those who enjoy challenging and fun $120. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912reation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Mommy and Baby Yoga Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. egs5719@aol. workouts and have goals to lose weight, 704-7650. savannaMondays. Call for times and fees or see com. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 tone up, or get in shape for the new year. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Quarterman Dr. Different packages available: Classes start website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. savanna- Bull St. CommUNITY Classes continues on p. 36 Savannah out at $8 Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.. The Community Class (with a user-friendly 832-470-2257. amanda@channelyourinner- Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. $5 cash price) has a rotating roster of SYC channelyourinnerathlete. teacher training graduates & SYC regucom/work-with-me/sports-conditioninglar teachers. It is affordable, fun and a boot-camp/. Tom Triplett Community Park, great chance to take class from fresh and U.S. Highway 80 West. enthusiastic new teachers. These teachers Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park volunteer their time/talents to teach these Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (acclasses and funds from these classes are donated to a local charity. $5 Wednesdays, cessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga. street strider rentals. Guided hikes schedcom/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. uled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am-10pm. Core Pilates Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598This fun and challenging Pilates class 2300. PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM will tone your entire body while focusing Skidaway on building core strength. Betsy HunterIsland State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. NAMED THE TOP BURLESQUE Hughes is at your service every Mon-Wed- Insanity Workout Group Class Fri 9:45 at Savannah Yoga Barre. $15 drop- INSANITY turns old-school interval trainPERFORMER IN THE WORLD ing on its head. Work flat out in 3 to 5-min in or class pass Mondays, Wednesdays, 2 SHOWS FRIDAY NIGHT! blocks, and take breaks only long enough Fridays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. 912-200-4809. 3 SHOWS SATURDAY! to gulp some air and get right back to Savannah Yoga Barre, “THE ROCK OF SAVANNAH” 2132 East Victory Drive. LIVE FRIDAY NIGHT!

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Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-355-8811. 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. Free Dance and Fitness Classes at Lake Mayer

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March 21-April 19

“I am very much in love with no one in particular,” says actor Ezra Miller. His statement would make sense coming out of your mouth right about now. So would this one: “I am very much in love with almost everyone I encounter.” Or this one: “I am very much in love with the wind and moon and hills and rain and rivers.” Is this going to be a problem? How will you deal with your overwhelming urge to overflow? Will you break people’s hearts and provoke uproars everywhere you go, or will you rouse delight and bestow blessings? As long as you take yourself lightly, I foresee delight and blessings.


April 20-May 20

In her article on untranslatable words, Esther Inglis-Arkell defines the Chinese term *wei-wu-wei* as “conscious non-action . . . a deliberate, and principled, decision to do nothing whatsoever, and to do it for a particular reason.” In my astrological opinion, the coming days would be a favorable time to explore and experiment with this approach. I think you will reap wondrous benefits if you slow down and rest in the embrace of a pregnant pause. The mysteries of silence and emptiness will be rich resources.


May 21-June 20

“I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road -- there one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal in the dirt.” The character named Dmitri Karamazov makes that statement in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel *The Brothers Karamazov.* And now I’m thinking that you might like to claim his attitude as your own. Just for a while, you understand. Not forever. The magic of the side paths and back-alleys may last for no more than a few weeks, and then gradually fade. But in the meantime, the experiences you uncover there could be fun and educational. I do have one question for you, though: What do you think Dmitri meant by “precious metal in the dirt”? Money? Gold? Jewelry? Was he speaking metaphorically? I’m sure you’ll find out.


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June 21-July 22


“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason,” says comedian Jerry Seinfeld. His implication is that rejecting traditional strategies and conventional wisdom doesn’t always lead to success. As a professional rebel myself, I find it painful to agree even a little bit with that idea. But I do think it’s applicable to your life right now. For the foreseeable future, compulsive nonconformity is likely to yield mediocrity. Putting too much emphasis on being unique rather than on being right might distract you from the truth. My advice: Stick to the road more traveled.


July 23-Aug. 22

I expect you to be in a state of constant


birth for the next three weeks. Awakening and activation will come naturally. Your drive to blossom and create may be irresistible, bordering on unruly. Does that sound overwhelming? I don’t think it will be a problem as long as you cultivate a mood of amazed amusement about it. (P.S. This upsurge is a healthy response to the dissolution that preceded it.)


Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Expiration dates loom. Fond adieus and last laughs and final hurrahs are on tap. Unfinished business is begging you to give it your smartest attention while there’s still time to finish it with elegance and grace. So here’s my advice for you, my on-theverge friend: Don’t save any of your tricks, ingenuity, or enthusiasm for later. This *is* the later you’ve been saving them for. You are more ready than you realize to try what has always seemed improbable or inconceivable before now. Here’s my promise: If you handle these endings with righteous decisiveness, you will ensure bright beginnings in the weeks after your birthday.


Sept. 23-Oct. 22

A company called Evil Supply sells a satirical poster that contains the following quote: “Be the villain you were born to be. Stop waiting for someone to come along and corrupt you. Succumb to the darkness yourself.” The text in the advertisement for this product adds, “Follow your nightmares . . . Plot your own nefarious path.” Although this counsel is slightly funny to me, I’m too moral and upright to recommend it to you -- even now, when I think there would be value in you being less nice and polite and agreeable than you usually are. So I’ll tinker with Evil Supply’s message to create more suitable advice: “For the greater good, follow your naughty bliss. Be a leader with a wild imagination. Nudge everyone out of their numbing routines. Sow benevolent mischief that energizes your team.”


Oct. 23-Nov. 21

“Every time you resist acting on your anger and instead restore yourself to calm, it gets easier,” writes psychologist Laura Markham in *Psychology Today.* In fact, neurologists claim that by using your willpower in this way, “you’re actually rewiring your brain.” And so the more you practice, the less likely it is that you will be addled by rage in the future. I see the coming weeks as an especially favorable time for you to do this work, Scorpio. Keeping a part of your anger alive is good, of course -- sometimes you need its energy to motivate constructive change. But you would benefit from culling the excess.


Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Much of the action in the world’s novels takes place inside buildings, according to author Robert Bringhurst. But characters in older Russian literature are an exception, he says. They are always out in the forests,

happenings | continued from previous page traveling and rambling. In accordance with astrological omens, I suggest that you draw inspiration from the Russians’ example in the coming days. As often and as long as you can, put yourself in locations where the sky is overhead. Nature is the preferred setting, but even urban spots are good. Your luck, wisdom, and courage are likely to increase in direct proportion to how much time you spend outdoors.


Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Has a beloved teacher disappointed you? Are there inspirational figures about whom you feel conflicted because they don’t live up to all of your high standards? Have you become alienated from a person who gave you a blessing but later expressed a flaw you find hard to overlook? Now would be an excellent time to seek healing for rifts like these. Outright forgiveness is one option. You could also work on deepening your appreciation for how complicated and paradoxical everyone is. One more suggestion: Meditate on how your longing for what’s perfect might be an enemy of your ability to benefit from what’s merely good.


Jan. 20-Feb. 18

French and Italian readers may have no problem with this horoscope. But Americans, Canadians, Brits, and Aussies might be offended, even grossed out. Why? Because my analysis of the astrological omens compels me to conclude that “moist” is a central theme for you right now. And research has shown that many speakers of the English language find the sound of the word “moist” equivalent to hearing fingernails scratching a chalkboard. If you are one of those people, I apologize. But the fact is, you will go astray unless you stay metaphorically moist. You need to cultivate an attitude that is damp but not sodden; dewy but not soggy; sensitive and responsive and lyrical, but not overwrought or weepy or histrionic.


Feb. 19-March 20

Which signs of the zodiac are the most expert sleepers? Who best appreciates the healing power of slumber and feels the least shame about taking naps? Which of the twelve astrological tribes are most inclined to study the art of snoozing and use their knowledge to get the highest quality renewal from their time in bed? My usual answer to these questions would be Taurus and Cancer, but I’m hoping you Pisceans will vie for the top spot in the coming weeks. It’s a very favorable time for you to increase your mastery of this supreme form of self-care.

Pregnancy Yoga Classes

Pregnancy is a transitional time when many physical and emotional changes take place. Pregnancy Yoga is about honoring these changes in ourselves, our body and our baby. Yoga strengthens the rapidly changing body and increases the ability to relax, and helps to prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood. Pregnancy Yoga classes are offered as a 6 week session on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7:15 pm. The class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy and no prior yoga experience is necessary. $120 - six week session Thursdays. 912-704-7650. douladeliveries. 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. Renagade Workout

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

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

Ultimate outdoor power workout! Group physical training program conducted by former military personnel. Build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals lasting approx. 45 minutes. First Class FREE Mondays-Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-675-0952. 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. 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop. com. Savannah Disc Golf

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

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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. Free Hearing and Speech Screening

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

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At first I was totally uncomfortable, not so much because she and Ella were lesbians, Somatic Movement Improvisation but because I was in 5th grade and worried This class is for everyone who moves! about what my friends would think. Ella Dear Erin, Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Improve your dynamic alignment, breath, had been hanging out with us for a couple of You were totally off-base with Dept. grounding, and the ability to access fluid years at that point and we all thought of her Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.movement. You will improve in all your your advice to T.C., the gay Fri. No appointment needed. Test results movement activities, while awakenas our cool older sister. I was worried that man who doesn’t want to be ing more fully within your own life as an in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counthey wouldn’t like her (or me) anymore. gay. Instead of encouraging him embodied experience. 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7:15pm 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. Planned Parenthood Hotline

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

This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Safety Net Conference

The Clinical Mental health program of South University is hosting a SafetyNet conference, to provide training and resources to mental health professional in the Savannah area. Please join us for free CE’s (7.5), good toward license renewal and LPCA Supervisory Registry and the opportunity to learn, network, and share with other mental health professionals. Call Dr. DeLaney to RSVP (912) 790-4162 or email Sat., Aug. 1, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. South University, 709 Mall Blvd. 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. 912-236-CITY. 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. 912-547-6263. ongoing.

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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@ 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. stand38 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

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lineages welcome. Children of all ages welcome. Suggested donation $10. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Catholic Singles

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

Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles, leaping lizards, chomping turtles and Columba House snakes licking their chops. Sundays, 10 a.m. Ski- Columba House is an inclusive, welcoming daway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. hospitality space dedicated to building and Coffee with a Ranger sustaining a community of faith commitStart your morning right by getting coffee ted to social justice with the city's young and having a discussion with a park ranger. adults, college students, and creative Fridays, 8:30 a.m. demographic. Tuesday evenings 6:30-8pm, skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 includes dinner and a program focused on Diamond Cswy. justice. All are welcome. Free and open to Dolphin Project the public. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-228Dolphin Project's Education Outreach 9425. Columba House, 34th Street between Program is available to speak at schools, Abercorn and Lincoln Streets. clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presen- Gratitude Circle in the Squares Join Joanne Morton and others on tation with sound and video about estuaWednesdays for a weekly gathering of posrine dolphins and their environment. Age/ grade appropriate programs and handouts. itive energy. All are welcome. Free hugs. View calendar for the square of the week. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinWednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-676-4280. First Saturday Hike moderately-paced, 3-mile hike will in- tude/. Downtown Savannah, downtown. clude a talk about the different ecosystems Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided of the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellant. Parking pass is silent prayer, and minutes to receive $5. $2 first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 912-727-2339. 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongolister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 ing. Fort McAllister Rd. Gardening Session

Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of every month. Free and open to the public first Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Knot Tying

Learn some handy knots for everyday use. Sundays, 3 p.m. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Wilderness Southeast

A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. 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. capitolcom. org/georgia. Buddhist Meditation

Visit for location, schedule & events. Teacher: Un Shin Beach, Sensei. Newcomers and all

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. Open Meditation

Open meditation session at Studio ZhaZhee LLC. By donation (suggested $5). Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Come as you are. Mondays-Fridays, 12:30-1 p.m.. 845-453-5172. Studio ZhaZhee LLC, 125 W Duffy 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. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. South Valley Baptist Church

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

Thursdays. 912-826-0206. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. Tapestry Church

A church for all people! We don't care what you are wearing, just that you are here. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap

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

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

Everyone is welcome. Unity of Savannah is not concerned with where people come A Bible book club for those wanting to read from, what they look like, or whom they the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book love – Unity is just glad that each person club format, not a traditional Bible study. is here. Sunday 9:15am meditative service All welcome, regardless of race, creed, and 11:00am celebratory service show sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm- what the New Thought Movement is all 7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233about. Children’s church 11am service. 5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. Unity loves all people, just as they are. 37th Street. Sundays. 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers) org. Unity Church of Un-programmed worship. 11am SunSavannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. days, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 912-308-8286. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Read the Bible in One Year

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Off ACL Blvd. & Westlake Ave. 2 & 3BR, 1 Bath Apts. Newly Renovated, hardwood floors, carpet, ceiling fans, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $575$715/month for 2bdrs and $695-$850/month for 3bdrs, utilities may be added to rent if requested. 912-228-4630 Mon-Sat 10am-5pm www. *For Qualified Applicants* WE ACCEPT SECTION 8 *$250 Admin Fee *1401 East 38th: 3BR/1BA Duplex $725 *13 Helmken: 2BR/1BA $650. Several Rental & Rent-To-Own Properties. GUARANTEED FINANCING STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829 Call 912-721-4350 and Place Your Classified Ad Today!


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.

SOUTHSIDE: 3 bedroom/1.5 baths, furnished kitchen, laundry room, carport, fenced backyard, Call 912-844-5995 outside-pet ok w/deposit. $925/ month + dep. available 8/1. 912352-8251 SHARED LIVING: Fully Furnished Apts. $170 weekly. SOUTHSIDE: Lewis Drive. 2BR, FOR RENT: 1131 E. 54TH ST. Townhouse. Stove, No deposit. All utilities 2 Bedroom/1 Bath. Stove, 1.5BA included. Call 912-844-5995 refrigerator, all electric. $535/per refrigerator, dishwasher, total month + deposit. Call 912-308- electric, central heat/air, washer/ dryer connections, no pets. $650/ 0957 Automotive month $650/deposit. 912-657FURNISHED APTS. $180/WK. 4583. Private bath and kitchen, cable, Cars/Trucks/Vans utilities, washer furnished. AC & VERY NICE HOUSES FOR RENT heat, bus stop on property. No *15 Gerald Dr: 3BR/1BA, CH/A $800 FENDER BENDER ?? & Body Work. deposit required. Completely *318 Forrest Ave: 3BR/1.5BA, Paint safe, manager on property. CH/A, $810. Call 912-507-7934, Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call Contact Darrell, (912)346-5583; 912-927-2853, or 912-631-7644. 912-355-5932. Linda, (912)690-9097 or Jack, Room for Rent (912)342-3840.


Furnished Efficiency Apt. includes utilities, electricity, gas, garbage and water. 1yr. lease & security deposit. $650/month. Close to Savannah Mall & Armstrong State University. 912-429-2073

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2603 EPPINGER STREET FOR RENT: 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths. Very spacious, washer/dryer hookup. $975/per month. Call 912-2726919

*1926 & 1930 FENWICK: Two 3BR/1BA Duplexes $700/mo. *1704 E. 35TH: 3BR/1BA House $750 *All above have carpet, A/C/ heat, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer hookup, fenced yard. References, application. One-year lease minimum. Deposit same as rent. None total electric, No smoking, pets negotiable.


SPECIAL! SPECIAL! *11515 WHITE BLUFF ROAD: $650/month for 1BR/1BA Apt. with $500/deposit. *1303 EAST 66TH STREET: 2BR/2BA $795/month, $500/ deposit. *207 EDGEWATER ROAD. Nice location. 2BR/2BA, all electric, $795/month. *1812 N. AVALON: 2BR, 1.5BA $720/month.


310 EAST MONTGOMERY CROSSROADS, 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 Good Music Is Food For The Soul. Find it online in Soundboard at

ROOMS FOR RENT $75 MOVE-IN SPECIAL TODAY!! Service Directory Clean, large, furnished. Busline, cable, utilities, central heat/air. Business Services $100-$130/weekly. Rooms with bath $145. Call 912-289-0410. FOR ALL TYPES OF *Paycheck stub or Proof of MASONRY REPAIR income and ID required. Brick, Block, Concrete, Stucco, Brick Paving, Grading, Clearing, FURNISHED, includes etc., New & Repair Work. Call utilities, central heat/air, Michael Mobley, 912-631-0306 Comcast cable, washer/ dryer. Ceramic tile in kitchen Happenings & bath. Shared Kitchen & Browse online bath. Call 912-210-0144, for... leave message Activism & Politics ROOMMATE WANTED: Single, Mature Individual. Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, washer/dryer. $280/ Biweekly; $280/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr.Brown: 912-663-2574 or 912234-9177.

ROOMS FOR RENT - ADULT LIVING: $150 weekly. No deposit. Furnished rooms. All utilities included. Call 912844-5995 ROOMS FOR RENT: West side Savannah: 38th/42nd Street. Adult Living. Furnished, all utilities included. Washer/Dryer on premises, cable TV, WiFi/ Internet. $150/weekly. $100/ deposit. Requirements: Pay stubs/ ID. Call 912-677-0271

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