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December 23 – 29, 2015 news, arts & Entertainment weekly connectsavannah.com

Savannah Music:

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Tybee Comedy Revue w/ Collin Moulton SATURDAY / 26

A night of stand-up comedy with Collin Moulton, one of the most sought-after headliners today. He brings a fast paced and highly engaging family friendly mix of clever stand-up and physical comedy that appeals to people off all ages. 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Tybee Post Theater 10 Van Horne Ave. $15 general admission; $13.50 Theater members 912-472-4790 info@tybeeposttheater.org tybeeposttheater.org/

Wednesday / 23 December Nights and Holiday Lights This walking tour of various illuminated displays across 8 acres of the botanical gardens includes ambient music and access into a model railroad display. Dec. 17-24, 6-9 p.m Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd. $8 adults, $5 youth, kids under 2 free

Film: Beat the Devil

The PFS salutes the late, great actor Humphrey Bogart with a rare public viewing of one of his least-known, most delightful performances. Directed by John Huston, it’s the rip-roaring tale of a quartet of international crooks stranded in Italy. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

Odd Lot Improv Christmas Eve Eve Show

Odd Lot’s traditional improv comedy variety show for the holidays! Appropriate for all ages. 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $5

Skatefest

Film: Beat the Devil WEDNESDAY / 23

The PFS salutes the late, great actor Humphrey Bogart with a rare public viewing of one of his leastknown, most delightful performances. Directed by John Huston, it’s the rip-roaring tale of a quartet of international crooks stranded in Italy. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean 13 East Park Ave. $7

The Civic Center is bringing back its annual family-oriented ice skating event. Ice skating sessions last 1.5 hours and all ticket purchases include skate rental. Single session tickets and punch passes are available for sale at the Savannah Civic Center box office, and in the arena’s Skateshop during the event. Dec. 12-Jan. 2 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 single sessions, $35 for 6 sessions savannahcivic.com

Thursday / 24 December Nights and Holiday Lights This walking tour of various illuminated displays across 8 acres of the botanical gardens includes ambient music and access into a model railroad display. Dec. 17-24, 6-9 p.m Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd. $8 adults, $5 youth, kids under 2 free

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are available for sale at the Savannah Civic Center box office, and in the arena’s Skateshop during the event. Dec. 12-Jan. 2 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 single sessions, $35 for 6 sessions savannahcivic.com

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Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

Christmas Jam Concert

This annual concert by the Coastal Jazz Association is a gathering and homecoming concert and jam session, with many local and regional jazz singers and musicians participating. It also servers as a fundraiser for jazz scholarships. 5-8 p.m Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St. n $30 t

Skatefest

The Civic Center is bringing back its annual family-oriented ice skating event. Ice skating sessions last 1.5 hours and all ticket purchases include skate rental. Single session tickets and punch passes are available for sale at the Savannah Civic Center box office, and in the arena’s e Skateshop during the event. Dec. 12-Jan. 2 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 single sessions, $35 for 6 sessions savannahcivic.com

Saturday / 26 Comedy: Tybee Comedy Revue w/ Collin Moulton

We’ve got a great night of stand-up comedy with Collin Moulton, one of the most sought-after headliners today. He brings a fast paced and highly engaging family friendly mix of clever stand-up and gut busting physical comedy that appeals to people off all ages. 7:30-9:30 p.m The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $15 general admission; $13.50 Theater members 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater.org. tybeeposttheater.org/

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

Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St. $10 adults in advance, $12 at door; $6 kids advance, $8 at door

Skatefest

The Civic Center is bringing back its annual family-oriented ice skating event. Ice skating sessions last 1.5 hours and all ticket purchases include skate rental. Single session tickets and punch passes are available for sale at the Savannah Civic Center box office, and in the arena’s Skateshop during the event. Dec. 12-Jan. 2 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 single sessions, $35 for 6 sessions savannahcivic.com

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Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and Film: Joy skilled interpreters, who show visitors Joy is the wild story of a family across through the home, are among the highfour generations centered on the girl who lights of the presentation. The perforbecomes the woman who founds a busimance requires that guests be able to ness dynasty and becomes a matriarch in walk up and down stairs and maneuver in her own right. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, the candlelit rooms. Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Donna Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Mills. Davenport House, 324 East State St. 7 & 10 p.m $10 adults in advance, $12 at door; $6 kids Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower Square advance, $8 at door Cinema 6, 1100 Eisenhower Dr. $7.50 if you mention CinemaSavannah continues on p. 6

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Skatefest

The Civic Center is bringing back its annual family-oriented ice skating event. Ice skating sessions last 1.5 hours and all ticket purchases include skate rental. Single session tickets and punch passes are available for sale at the Savannah Civic Center box office, and in the arena’s Skateshop during the event. Dec. 12-Jan. 2 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 single sessions, $35 for 6 sessions savannahcivic.com

Monday / 28 Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m

Davenport House, 324 East State St. $10 adults in advance, $12 at door; $6 kids advance, $8 at door

Skatefest

The Civic Center is bringing back its annual family-oriented ice skating event. Ice skating sessions last 1.5 hours and all ticket purchases include skate rental. Single session tickets and punch passes are available for sale at the Savannah Civic Center box office, and in the arena’s Skateshop during the event. Dec. 12-Jan. 2 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 single sessions, $35 for 6 sessions savannahcivic.com

Tuesday / 29 Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation. The perfor-

mance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St. $10 adults in advance, $12 at door; $6 kids advance, $8 at door

Skatefest

The Civic Center is bringing back its annual family-oriented ice skating event. Ice skating sessions last 1.5 hours and all ticket purchases include skate rental. Single session tickets and punch passes are available for sale at the Savannah Civic Center box office, and in the arena’s Skateshop during the event. Dec. 12-Jan. 2 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 single sessions, $35 for 6 sessions savannahcivic.com

Wednesday / 30 Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Dec. 26-30, 6-8:30 p.m Davenport House, 324 East State St. $10 adults in advance, $12 at door; $6 kids advance, $8 at door

Let There Be Peace On Earth

Sankofa Center for the Arts presents this dance, which encompasses the uniting message of love and joy while sending out a plea for peace and harmony, which is needed in light of the harrowing and unspeakable violence our community, our country, and the entire world. Donations will benefit Toys for Tots. 3-5 p.m Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street. free 912-312-5353

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news & Opinion Editor’s Note

Big announcements, after the election by Jim Morekis

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IN THE brief few weeks after the runoff election which ushered in sweeping change in City government, some interesting things happened—things which might have made that election turn out quite differently had they happened just a little bit sooner. For example, a week after Alderwoman Mary Osborne was defeated largely because of her neglect for the Waters Avenue corridor within her district, a City enterprise zone to attract new business was unveiled for… wait for it... ... the Waters Avenue corridor. A day later, the City announced a whopping $27 million in improvements to the east end of Broughton Street. Most importantly, after the election Metro Police, Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap, Sheriff’s Dept. and federal officials announced a sweeping new approach to law enforcement directly involving federal agencies and much more strict sentencing of repeat violent offenders. It was a move many voters demanded for at least the past year leading up to the election. But it came after the election. In other words: The one thing that probably could have changed the course of the election had it been done before the election, happened after the election.

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Now, a lot of variables and a lot of different agencies, departments, and bureaucracies had a say in all the above decisions, and it would be foolish to boil any of it down to one easy solution one way or the other. For example, given the public outrage at the $3 million Fairgrounds purchase —announced just before the election and which became the last straw for many frustrated voters—it’s understandable that the City might want to wait until after the election to announce that much more expensive plan for Broughton Street that would not only indebt voters further, but which wouldn’t help low-income voters in any way. But I’m not the only one frankly perplexed at the timing of all these very important announcements. I’m not saying it’s good or bad…. just puzzling. Reading the tea leaves, you really wonder what was going on behind the scenes. If, as one must assume, most of these things were in the works before the election, it makes sense that the outgoing administration would want to claim credit for them before the next administration is sworn in next month. Frankly, if I were them I’d probably do the same thing. And maybe the explanation is just that simple. But the fact that the significantly enhanced law enforcement measures— going to the very heart of the core issue of the whole election—were unveiled only after the current administration’s defeat surely is telling.

I can’t help but speculate it might be a reflection not only of a general lack of confidence in the outgoing administration—which essentially destroyed the City/County police merger—but in City Manager Stephanie Cutter, who by many accounts has been at serious loggerheads with Chief Lumpkin on police salaries and promotion/retention issues. And that leads us to the great unspoken election issue: Whether or not Stephanie Cutter will remain as City Manager, by charter the City’s most powerful single position. In interviews with candidates before the election, I endeavored to ask each one whether or not they would vote to keep Cutter. While only a couple—Murray Silver and David Self—openly recommended that she be let go, I got the distinct sense that a major priority for Mayor-Elect Eddie DeLoach and the new Council majority will be to, at minimum, broach the subject of replacing Cutter. I submit that a graceful and face-saving way out for everyone would be to simply host a grand retirement party for Ms. Cutter, thanking her for her exemplary service in a time of great turmoil and transition, and ensuring that she receive the handsome pension to which she is entitled. Nothing negative need transpire. And then everyone can turn the page without the need for a long, knock-downdrag-out fight over who will take the reins of Savannah into the future. cs

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Paris climate talks should be celebrated

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greenhouse gases (GHGs) was signed by nations producing over 99 percent of those heattrapping emissions. Second, the negotiations established a global framework for tracking and re-calibrating the GHG reductions at intervals of no more than 5 years through mid-century. If targeted increments of reduction are missed, renewed negotiations will be conducted as needed. Moreover, essential subsidies for speeding the transformation to clean energy technologies were adopted, boosting the already healthy pace of private-sector investment. Perhaps most importantly, there was unanimous

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News & Opinion The (Civil) Society Column

Take me to church attended rituals in some of Savannah’s most impressive churches, including the glorious wedding of Jean and R. Wade By Jessica Leigh Lebos Campbell at the Cathedral of St. John jll@connectsavannah.com the Baptist last year. In my practice of radical religious egalitarianism I have always recognized myself They had me at “hallelujah.” as a respectful observer, a humble heretic The two singers on the small wooden seeking unity in a world that drives us stage had started off softly. But when the apart at every turn. keyboard began to hum and the drums But detached reflection isn’t an option kicked in, their voices really began to soar, at Resurrected Faith Ministries, where and I was up out of my padded chair, arms the gospel is a highly participatory activin the air. ity. My family and I attended recently Now, I’m not much of a churchgoer. I to support Britannia Jones, who cared can barely make it to synagogue regularly devotedly for my mother-in-law through these days, let alone branch out into other her long decline. Our kids grew up together religions. A girl needs at least one day a in those eight years, and the Jones famweekend to have late brunch and do yard ily never left us in the days following her work, am I right? death on Thanksgiving. It is one of the I have had the honor of visiting a few great privileges of my life to have shared Christian houses of worship over the years. with Britannia the task of bathing Marcia’s My parents instilled in me great respect body for the last time. for all religions and encouraged my burJust a week after we buried my mothergeoning spiritual curiosity, driving me all in-law, Britannia’s father, Mr. Jake Cox, over town to the Sikh ice cream shop and passed away, too. So much loss in such a a Buddhist meditation class and a babysit- short a time tightened our circle in a ribter’s Catholic confirmation. (“Get back bon of grief. And so we went from sitting here right now!” hissed my mother when shivah—the Jewish ritual of mourning—to I started down the aisle for a communion singing hosannas in the tradition of Resur“cookie.”) rected Faith. As much as I’ve meandered the spiritual The congregation of about 25 meets path, it’s always led me straight back to in a tiny storefront off Highway 80 in myself, where my heritage is suffused with Bloomingdale, a long way from the tall meaningful traditions, a deep awe for the steeples of downtown and the stained natural world and an unshakeable belief glass sanctuary of our own Congregathat we’re all in this together. tion Mickve Israel. At first, our motI’m a flower-worshipping ley Jew crew—me, my husband, daughter of Israel, but I sure do the kids, my father-in-law and adore the Christmas story, brother-in-law—felt conspicuous with all the kindness and as we took our seats. “Do they do the cookies frankincense. And I’ve here?” my daughter whisalways had a major girl pered loudly. crush on Our Lady of “Shhh, no, different Guadalupe, which is church,” I said, as the what’s bound to hapgrandmotherly pen when you woman next to grow up the her gave us a only Jewish wink. feminist on the Then the music block in Tempe, started and the Arizona. uneasiness lifted I’ve lit as Britannia’s candles husband, in Italian Willie, held basilicas, down the walked the baritone. Stations While of the we Cross didn’t in know Jeruthe salem and words


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to sing along, we’re used to religious services bringing us to our feet. (Synagogue = Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. Sit down. Repeat for an hour and a half, three on major holidays.) Britannia went first to pay homage to her father, followed by her aunt and other relatives. Tears flowed freely and shouts of worship filled the small room, a welcome release for all the emotions we’d tamped down over the last few weeks. It was especially touching to witness my normally reserved father-in-law give testimony for Mr. Cox, who was an accomplished craftsman and carpenter and had helped my father-in-law with several projects around his home. “He was very strong, a real man,” he sniffed to calls of “Amen!” After the words of remembrance, it was all over but the preaching. A tall woman in gold shoes approached the pulpit, and with a bow of heads, Pastor Veronica Skipper began to speak. “We are here to celebrate a life. And yet, we all have an appointment with death,” she intoned in a voice that rumbled to my toes. “What are you doing to prepare yourself for your appointment?” I know she meant Judgment Day with a capital “J,” which doesn’t get much play in the Torah. But the question piqued even the agnostics among our group, reminding that we are accountable for our actions on earth, if only to the ones we love. Pastor Skipper made it clear her job isn’t to judge anyone, only to spread the Good Word of repentance and forgiveness. “I know y’all have different words for it,” she said, nodding to our family. “But we are all praying to the same God. All the paths lead to the same place.” This struck me as Truth with a capital “T”, and I heard myself holler “Hallelujah!”

right back. Soon enough, all of us were up clapping, no longer visitors to a different religion but welcome members of the family. Surely one of the great peaks of my spiritual path was watching my husband in his new Goorin Bros. fedora dancing and high-fiving with Willie’s mother. The songs filled our souls, but all that joyful noise makes a body hungry. Afterwards, we gathered in the back room for a meal prepared by the restaurant that Pastor Skipper runs during the week, Sarah Jane’s Southern Kitchen in the Savannah Mall food court. Our bellies rumbled as we piled up plates with fried chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese and yellow rice. “The green beans are cooked with pork,” warned a new friend apologetically. “That’s OK,” I said, confessing that I don’t mind repenting for bacon now and again. Some might consider it blasphemous not to care whether we pray perfectly, or all alike, or even at all. But the more I embrace—and am embraced by—beliefs other than my own, the more I suppose that the keys to heaven, which may for some be a metaphor for happiness on earth, have less to do with the dogma than the faith. I’m no theologian, but maybe the diamond-cut common denominator of all religions isn’t agreeing on a deity or a scripture, but sending off our own and each other’s loved ones with grace. Perhaps the greatest faith means believing in our own inherent value and purpose, and the most holy acts are the kindness and inclusion we show others. It’s what I’ll be meditating on this Christmas, in between watching the new Star Wars and enjoying the sacred Jewish tradition of Chinese food. Too soon to get an “amen?” cs

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Serendipity on St. Catherine’s

‘Archaeology superstar’ David Hurst Thomas discusses recent findings By Orlando Montoya

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A FEW months ago, I gazed awestruck at the earthly remains of a woman who quite possibly could have been among the first of her people to see Europeans. And when I say “earthly remains,” I mean they were still in the earth! Archaeologists were hunched over, carefully brushing away the dirt from the bones of a Guale (pronounced “wally”) woman, among the Native Americans who lived on our coast. Her people buried her on St. Catherine’s Island, now a privately-owned refuge south of Savannah, around the time that Columbus sailed to America. The remains—and about 70 more skeletons—were the latest discovery by American Museum of Natural History archaeology superstar David Hurst Thomas. “I’ve worked on St. Catherine’s Island for 41 years and one of our objectives was to find a site just like this,” he says. “Ultimately, this site found us.” Thomas has been making history on Georgia’s coast since 1981, when he found the long lost Franciscan mission of Santa Catalina de Guale, buried under a maritime forest. The Spanish mission and those like it throughout “La Florida” (as Europeans called this area long before Oglethorpe) profoundly influenced indigenous cultures, to say the least. Thomas has been coming back over the decades to learn more about that influence and expand our knowledge of the “contact period.” But you can’t do that without discoveries. “My students are tired of hearing me say ‘I’d rather be lucky than good.’ But that’s very true,” he says. “We’ve come into a number of things that we easily could’ve missed.” And Thomas literally came within days of missing the contact period burial ground. It was 2013. Thomas was wrapping up another mission site project when Catholic Bishop Gregory Hartmayer came to celebrate Mass at the hot and buggy outdoor mission site. (Catholics still consider the site an active church, making it one of the nation’s oldest.) 10

Thomas, who is not Catholic, approached Hartmayer, a Franciscan, during the Mass for a blessing. The Bishop blessed him and his crew for their few remaining days of work. The next day, a huge live oak tree fell into a rapidly eroding marsh bank. The fallen tree revealed unseen bones and artifacts, the burial ground that eluded Thomas for decades. “The Franciscans will tell you there are no such thing as coincidences,” he says. So a few months ago, he returned to remove the bones for study. He previously thought his island work might be done for a while. But Thomas deeply respects Native cultures. “This site won’t be there in two or three years,” he says. “There’s nothing respectful about having 70 skulls wash out into the marsh.” Of course, it’s too early to tell what the site, called Fallen Tree, will say about the extinct Guale and their encounter with Dr. David Hurst Thomas, below, spearheaded research on St. Catherine’s Island beginning in Europeans. But Thomas is asking big the 1980s. A rumored burial ground was recently discovered when a tree fell over, above. questions. Like “Why did the people vanish?” The standard answer involves disease, a HoloTechnologies in the emerging field of his profession to embrace Native American caust of Old World germs. New research “bioarcheaology” should provide help. But sensibilities in archaeology. might finesse that answer with much don’t expect any definitive answers any So before I stared at those bones, needed nuance. time soon. Thomas believes in the scienThomas asked me not to take a picture. “The Fallen Tree site gives us a perfect tific process. And I didn’t. cs chance to see how rampant the new disHe also believes in doing right by indigeases were or how resistant they were,” he says. “It’s just the right slice of time.” enous cultures. He was among the first in


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Do people actually hurt themselves running with scissors? Why is running with scissors considered so dangerous that moms everywhere chastise their kids for doing it? It seems to me like a pretty oblique way to hurt yourself. Shouldn’t they be telling clumsy kids to tie their shoelaces and sheathe their machetes instead? Are there any actual reports of people falling on scissors? —Tyler AS A rule of thumb, Tyler, for any question of the form “Has anyone ever managed to sustain a significant head injury while [insert name of activity]?” the answer is almost always yes. I’ll refer you to a story from Mississippi earlier this year in which a guy was mowing his lawn when the mower blade launched a three-and-ahalf-inch length of heavy-gauge fence wire straight up his nose and into his sinuses. He was fine, somehow, but I think you’ll find the takeaway from this week’s column to be: from a purely safe-side standpoint, most human behavior is probably best conducted while wearing protective eyewear, if not a full face mask.

So, running with scissors: sure, suitably cautionary real-life tales are out there. A quick search soon turns up the recent case of a scissors-wielding three-year-old Australian boy who tripped and fell while running, thereby introducing the blades into his frontal lobe via the left eye socket. (He, too, pulled through OK.) One small latter-day Phineas Gage isn’t much of a sample size, admittedly. We therefore turn to the data. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), a project of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, estimates consumer-product-related injuries by sampling emergency visits to hospitals across the country; in other words, it won’t give us a comprehensive report of all such incidents, but rather a snapshot of what they look like as reported by NEISS-sampled hospitals and thus a decent idea of the rate at which they occur in the larger population. For 2014, my assistant Fierra found 678 NEISS injury records in which scissors factored somehow. Mind you, these include the gamut: stabbings with scissors, suicides with scissors—even, in theory, walking with scissors. Refining her search to cases where the injured party was rapidly on the move, Fierra found exactly three instances last year: • A 23-year-old man fell while running with scissors, lacerating his forearm. • A two-year-old girl fell while running with scissors, lacerating her face. • Running outdoors, a ten-year-old boy fell on a pair of gardening scissors, injuring his elbow. (This one’s an uneasy fit, I think; the gardener’s at least as culpable as the boy.) On average, between 2009 and 2014, NEISS collected 3.6 reports per year involving RWS injuries. Of these, 14 befell

children under the age of 17; two of four incidents involving people 17 and up had something to do with alcohol. Extrapolating, we can estimate the average number of RWS incidents in the U.S. over the past five years as 131 annually. No fatalities were located. Broadening our inquiry, we find a clear pattern—no matter what activity the victim was engaged in (locomotor or otherwise, at high speed or low), the eye was definitely at particular risk: • A study conducted at a hospital in Verona, Italy, found that scissors were the most common cause of eye injury—13 percent—for children under the age of six. • In Turkey and Canada both, research suggests that scissors are responsible for around a tenth of all eye injuries. • Statistics from a hospital in Taiwan implicated scissors in nearly 14 percent of eye injuries. They seem to be doing a little better in Qatar, where five years’ worth of records from one hospital suggest that their national rate of pediatric eye injuries from scissors is only about 3 percent—tied for prevalence with palm trees. As I say, people will ably hurt themselves with whatever’s at hand: Fierra also, for example, dug up a rather gruesome case study out of Japan about a four-year-old boy who suffered a penetrating head injury (again, via the eye socket) after falling on a wooden chopstick.

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2015 Sav/Chatham County Homicide Total through Sunday Dec. 20: (21 solved)

Three shot in two incidents Sunday night

Detectives are investigating two shootings, occurring on Sunday night and early Monday morning, that left three victims with gunshot wounds. “At about 10:44 p.m. on Sunday, Metro responded to Memorial University Medical Center, where Jerome Robinson, 34, and Joe Strobert, 24, arrived in privately owned vehicles seeking care of gunshot wounds,” police say. “Minutes earlier, Metro responded to reports of a discharging firearm at Augusta Avenue and Portland Street. Robinson and Strobert were reportedly shot while attempting to leave the area.” Investigators are now searching for the occupants of a dark colored late-model Nissan Altima, last see traveling east on Comer Street. “Also, at about 1:36 a.m. Metro responded to reports of a fight at an IHOP restaurant on the 1800 block of East Victory Drive. Responding officers observed evidence that shots were fired at the scene,” police say.

a gunshot wound. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he succumbed to injuries,” police say. Grady is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He’ll be transported to Savannah.

Deshaun King, 19, arrived at MUMC in a privately owned vehicle seeking care of a gunshot wound. King was reportedly shot at the restaurant before police arrived.

Three shot in armed robbery attempt at Victory & Montgomery

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Unit is investigating an armed robbery attempt on the 500 block of West 35th Street that left three people with gunshot wounds on Thursday night. “At about 9:50 p.m. Metro responded to McDonald’s restaurant near Victory Drive and Montgomery Street, where Zaierrea Addison,33, Takreem Collins, 37, and Willie Kemmerlin, 48, sought help after being shot at by a group of unidentified robbery suspects,” police say. Collins and Kermmerlin were grazed by bullets and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Addison suffered serious injuries. The three victims were transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment. “The victims were reportedly riding together in a car when the incident occurred. The events resulting in these injuries remain under investigation. Detectives are working to identify suspects,” police say.

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Detectives investigate a shooting that injured a man and woman early Friday. “Just before 1 a.m. Metro responded to Candler Hospital where Kendrick Felder, 27, and Christian Heyward, 25, sought care of non-life-threatening bullet wounds. They arrived together in a privately owned vehicle,” police say.

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Two men shot on Lewis Drive Suspect in Dec. 6 murder arrested

With aid by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Service, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police detectives located and charged a man for his suspected role in a shooting that claimed the life of Aaron Anderson, 20. Friday, Ernest Grady, 19, was located in Atlanta where he was arrested at 3 p.m. “On Dec. 6, Metro responded to the 300 block of East Anderson St., where Anderson was found outside of a residence with

Violent Crimes detectives are investigating two reports of shootings on the 100 block of Lewis Drive Wednesday night on Savannah’s Southside. “Just before 9 p.m. Metro responded to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where Jacorey Baker, 18, and Davris Jones, 24, arrived in two privately owned vehicles, reportedly seeking care of gunshot wounds,” police say. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 912/234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using keyword CSTOP2020.

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As if 2015 weren’t bad enough for the Department of Homeland Security (e.g., in June, internal DHS tests revealed that its Transportation Security Administration failed to stop 67 of 70 guns passing through airport screeners), a U.S. congressman revealed in December that, based on a congressional staff investigation, 72 DHS employees currently appear on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. He admitted to Boston Public Radio that DHS’s record makes him squeamish about our ability to vet Syrian refugees. (Being on the FBI list is not a prohibited category for buying guns, either, and in fact, the Government Accountability Office reported that 91 percent of listees’ attempts to purchase guns in the last 10 years succeeded.)

The Continuing Crisis

• The vice president of human resources at the Washington Post issued a formal memo in December to reassure female employees in its sleek new office building that people in the seveth floor’s central “hub” could definitely not see up their skirts as they walked on the indoor eighthfloor balcony overhang, even through the clear glass barriers. The memo cited HR’s “multiple” futile attempts, from many viewing angles, to see no-no’s, and thus concluded that the ladies are safe. Nonetheless, the memo encouraged all employees, when in the seventh floor “hub,” not to look up.

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• Dr. Raymond Schinazi was a federal government employee when he led the team that discovered sofosbuvir, which completely cures hepatitis C patients with an 84-pill regimen, but, as he recently told CBS News, he only worked for the government “7/8th’s” of the time — and, conveniently, it was during the other 1/8th that he found sofosbuvir. He admits now that he made $400 million selling his sofosbuvir company in 2012 to Gilead Sciences, which famously set sofosbuvir’s price for 84 pills to $84,000. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs, with 233,000 war vets with hep-C, tells Congress that it needs much more money, even though Gilead has “cut” the VA’s price in half (to $42,000 per treatment, or $9.66 billion). (In a 2013 medical journal, Dr. Schinazi revealed that sofosbuvir could be manufactured for about $17 a pill, or $1,400 for an entire treatment.)

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The Foreign Press

Villagers in Betul, India (in Madhya Pradesh state), celebrate on the day following Diwali — the huge “festival of lights” — a good-luck practice of dipping their children into a pool of cow dung, which they view as so “pure” that it will help bring them a life free of ailments. The latest series of videos depicting the ritual appeared on India Today in December.

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Drugs — Is There Nothing They Can’t Do? Brandon Terry and Ms. Casey Fowler were detained after calling 911 five times to report possums jumping out of their refrigerator and microwave, worms from their floor, and midgets in camouflage. They denied any drug use, but police said it was likely “bath salts.” (Spartanburg, S.C., November)

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15 Shows to Remember by Anna Chandler

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With concerts happening almost every night of the week, a look back at the last year in music is quite the blur, but there were certainly some shows that are etched into our memory. Take a look at the 2015 music calendar with us, and let’s raise a glass to more fantastic shows in 2016!

Blind Boys of Alabama. Photo by Cameron Witting Kittenfest Musicians. Photo by jon waits | @jwaitsphoto

February

Blind Boys of Alabama

The legendary A-Town Get Down headliners made a diverse crowd rise to its feet in a powerful performance of spiritual music.

April

Kittenfest

April showers brought in Kittenfest, an allages music festival right over the bridge. While the festival, which highlighted prog, folk, rock, hip-hop, electronic, punk, metal, and more, may not be back in 2016, it was a fun weekend among the swamp and trees while it lasted.

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January

King Tuff, Ex Hex, Creepoid

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Okay, it’s cheating, but with Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Stopover, and spring tours, March is the month for music in Savannah—we couldn’t pick just one! Natalie Prass lit up Hang Fire on the verge of her big break: the Nashville songstress’s name is ever-present the year-end lists of music critics. She finished her Hang Fire set climbing all over the stage and floor, belting out a Supremes cover—if we hadn’t fallen in love with her yet, we sure did right then. Savannah Music Festival highlights included Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Dianne Reeves, Dawes, Shovels & Rope, Roseanne Cash, a co-production of Carmen with Savannah VOICE Festival, and, perhaps the biggest surprise of the fest, DakhaBrakha, an intense Ukrainian folk quartet that absolutely brought the house down on closing night. Stopover had another wild year: blistering Spanish trio Capsula destroyed at The Jinx, Southern Culture on the Skids welcomed everyone at Charles Morris Center with flying fried chicken, Parlour Tricks brought their gleaming pop to Trinity United Methodist Church, and Terror Pigeon! created an interactive danceparty-love-fest at Club One.

Dr. Ralph Stanley.

May

Dr. Ralph Stanley

88-year-old bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley came to Springfield to share his legacy.

Man Man.

June

Man Man Weird, wild, and unexpected, the fabulous bizarro world of Man Man came to Savannah for the first time, courtesy of MusicFile Productions.

July

Fucked Up

The prolific (and super-nice) Canadian punks played an impassioned set at Southern Pine Company for an all-ages crowd.


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August

Hang Fire’s Last Hurrah

While word got around at the end of the night that the beloved downtown bar was granted an extension on their lease, Hang Fire’s big closing party was unlike anything the venue’s seen before, with a line wrapped all the way down Congress Street. From late afternoon to early morning, Superhorse, Triathalon, House of Gunt, Carpet Coats, and more bid farewell to the little stage. While they won’t be at their Whitaker Street spot in 2016, word is the bar’s moving to a new location and big things are on the horizon. Southern Culture On The Skids.

Cusses.

November

Cusses

It was a bittersweet evening at The Jinx as Cusses played their final-for-now show. Between heartfelt memories, hits, deep cuts, and a loving candle vigil tribute for Robyn Reeder, it was a night to remember.

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September

Revival Fest The down-home fest at Georgia State Railroad Museum boasted great food, good brews, and tunes from the likes of Fruit Bats, Southern Culture on the Skids, Those Darlins, and more.

October

Blues Trinity

Savannah’s sharpest players, including Eric Culberson, Laiken Love, Eric Dunn, Ray Lundy, Anders Thomsen, and more united for a tribute to Albert, Freddie, and B.B. King and blew the roof off the place.

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From hip-hop to hardcore, a look at the best Savannah-based releases of 2015 by Anna Chandler

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It seemed like everywhere you turned this year, someone was throwing an album release party. From intimate singer-songwriter gigs to all-out unforgettable bashes, there was plenty to celebrate in 2015. It’s been a busy year for our local labels, as well: Soft Science Records, Dope Sandwich Records & Tapes, the young Bomb Shelter Records, Retro Futurist Records, Graveface Records, and Furious Hooves released multiple albums and EPs, many encased in beautifully unique packaging. We’ve selected a few of the best local releases from 2015; give them a spin!

Forced Entry CS (Soft Science Records)

Hardcore band Forced Entry’s debut album laces its boots tight, clenches its fists, and storms in, ready to brawl and spit blood. The hissing, fizzly production quality is wonderfully nostalgic while listening on tape. Plus, the handmade wood and glass cases that the CS cassettes come in must be smashed in order to access the product; and, that, friends, is inarguably genius.

Basik Lee Crazy Shit (Dope Sandwich Records & Tapes)

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In 2015, Steven Baumgardner a.k.a. Basik Lee returned to his post as Jinx Hip-Hop Night host, wailed out soulful tunes while strumming and picking a classical guitar, and, seemingly out of nowhere, dropped his first full-length hip-hop LP in years. With a little help from guests like Super Toine, Solo, Kaos, Slim Jim, Dope KNife, Miggs Son Daddy, and C. Jizzy, it’s a triumphant return.

Culture Vulture Culture Vulture (Bomb Shelter Records)

The three-piece’s debut combines all the best elements of Culture Vulture’s math rock, prog rock, experimental, and jazz fusion sound. Matt Pelton (drums), James Webber (guitar, keys, alto sax), and Nick Gilbert (trombone) are incredible players; listening to them track-by-track is as much a treat as watching them illuminate the room in a live setting.

Richard Leo Johnson Duval Rey “Same Place New Day” and Roscoe Houndstooth “Listen to the Sky” (Soft Science Records)

Experimental acoustic guitarist Richard Leo Johnson slips into pseudonyms on this avant-garde exploration of a double LP. We are lucky to have such a borderless, inventive artist in our midst.

Kylesa Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist)

Our hometown heroes continue to ensnare fans across the globe with their refusal to be fenced in by genre. Exhausting Fire is spacious and smart on timing, knowing when to hit the hardest and when to pull back and let the listener yearn for more.

Payne Bridges GA Flame LA Burn (self-released)

Singer-songwriter Payne Bridges’ debut EP captures her knack for writing catchy toe-tappers and heartfelt, Southern-tinged ballads.

Niche Heading East

The Accomplices Mountain Buzz

(Retro Futurist Records)

(self-released)

Niche’s ‘70’s-inspired sound is at its finest here, immense, dusty and alive with searing dueling guitar leads. The boys aren’t afraid to create experimental caverns in songs and explore textures and deconstructions, but when it all comes down to it, this one’s a real rocker.

Philip Polk Palmer Here in the Deadlights (Siber Records)

“This town looks better in the books,” Philip Polk Palmer coos on his darkly watery ode to his hometown. Spiritual in that ominous, sordid Savannah way, Here in the Deadlights is a swampy, eerie thing, creeping like an alligator toward a still boat through murky fog. With clear shoegaze, post-rock, and noise influences, go into it imagining Nick Cave leading a funeral procession down Bonaventure Road with Ian Curtis conducting a choir, then filter the whole experience through a fully loaded pedalboard. And if you ever move away to Savannah, keep this disc near for those moments when you need to mentally wander back to the Lowcountry.

Crazy Bag Lady Hunks (Retro Futurist Records)

Crazy Bag Lady’s first LP captures the brighter, poppier elements of their tunes, making for an infectious treat of a rock record.

Happy Thoughts Just the Tip [the mixtape] (Dope Sandwich Records & Tapes)

Miggs Son Daddy and Dope KNife are an artistic match made in heaven—in addition to breathing new life into Dope Sandwich as a collective and label and creating videos and visual art together, their duo Happy Thoughts brings out the best in each of them as rappers. Just the Tip gets its hooks in you and refuses to let go.

The Lowcountry string band’s latest EP shows the band pushing and experimenting more than ever: rocking it on “Transatlantic Blues,” winding into an open jam on the title track, and setting fiddle player Colleen Heine loose on lead vocals on the gentle, sweet tune “Lean on the Wind.” The release party at Georgia State Railroad Museum was a blast, too.

Between Symmetries Movetur (self-released)

This young Savannah band’s debut EP is chock-full of solid, ‘90s-inspired rock ‘n’ roll. Spacious and intense, shaded in early emo influences with memorable guitar leads, it’s all driven by vocalist/guitarist Adam Jenkins’ powerful vocals, which he pushes from introspective murmurs to hero-rock heights.

Triathalon Nothing Bothers Me (Broken Circles Records)

On the heels of their Broken Circles debut Lo-Tide, Triathalon enchanted both old fans and new with Nothing Bothers Me, a record that pulls from their usual surf, Motown, and soul influences but isn’t afraid to bend, waver, and get weird with it. The addition of keys absolutely makes this record, brightening up the fuzz as the listener is buoyed along through ‘90s R&Bstyle melodies and jangly, catchy hooks.

Generation Pill Out​-​pāShənt (Bomb Shelter Records)

The three-piece released what’s perhaps the rawest, most honest record out of Savannah this year. James Lee and Josh Taft bring a visceral kind of physicality to their songwriting, and the haze of grimy distortion and layered samples that encircle those lyrics make for a textural dream.


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Baroness Purple (Abraxan Hymns)

They may not reside in Savannah anymore, but there’s a reason Baroness still call the Hostess City home. Resilient, tender, sweeping, and briny as a salt marsh, Purple may be their best yet, merging the softer side of Yellow & Green with the band’s classic heaviness.

Jeff Zagers Still / Alive

The Casket Girls/Stardeath and White Dwarfs What Keeps You Up At Night (Record Store Day split) (Graveface Records)

Ryan Graveface’s spectral pop project, The Casket Girls, is a perfect pairing alongside Stardeath & White Dwarfs, the brainchild of Dennis Coyne (brother to Wayne of The Flaming Lips). CS

(Wharf Cat Records)

An immersive beauty of a record, Jeff Zagers is pushing boundaries with his timelessly rich vocals, innovative textures, and sonically healing compositions.

Heavy Boots Sister Lives (Furious Hooves)

Heavy Boots’ Rachael Perisho may have moved away, but before leaving Savannah, she left us with this little gem of a cassette. With support from members of Triathalon, Perisho’s ambient croonings unfurl into a full, engrossing experience.

Trophy Wives Soft Serve (Furious Hooves)

Right before the release of their debut LP, punk four-piece Trophy Wives announced they’d be taking an indefinite hiatus—which, when you hear how much they’re capable of on Soft Serve, is kind of heartbreaking. But, much like Atlanta’s The Coathangers, Trophy Wives’ members picked up instruments for the first time to start their band. Born out of Savannah’s house show scene, it’s been rewarding to watch the band grow; its members are already onto great new things--make sure to catch drummer Rachael Boswell with Crazy Bag Lady/Sunglow/The Toxic Shock’s Daniel Lynch in their duo The Lipschitz. Recorded and mixed by Triathalon/Wet Socks’ Hunter Jayne, Soft Serve hits like the Trophy Wives live experience: captivatingly intense, bare and furious, with everything distilled down to fury, dripping sardonicism, and unapologetic feminism.

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Cult Cyph Bushido Blades & Blunt Guts

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Hot Plate Plans Are Built On Thin Ice (self-released)

dope KNife Smash EP

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Quattlebaum’s Homecoming Concert @Sulfur Studios

Savannah native Austin Quattlebaum is heading home for the holidays with his signature banjo, guitar and kick drum in tow. A one-man band with an explorer’s spirit and proud roots, Quattlebaum was born and raised in Savannah, spent some time in the Appalachian Mountains, worked as a river guide, lived in a van while touring in support of his music, and eventually found his way to Portland, Oregon, where he started a bluegrass band, Crow and the Canyon. He also tours with San Francisco eight-piece folk band The Sam Chase & The Untraditional. Though he may be a resident of Portlandia now, his childhood home shines through in the swampy tones and sleepy Southern lilt of his banjo and melodies (and in his titling, as well—it doesn’t get much more Savannah than The Ghost Tangled in the Oaks, the name of his 2013 LP). An upholder of tradition who jolts new light into vintage practices, Quattlebaum’s a talented player, utilizing clawhammer and three-finger banjo techniques, as well as flatpicking on the guitar. He’ll play two full sets of music beginning at 7 p.m., surrounded by the artwork of Maggie Hayes; go tap your toes and welcome the troubadour home. Wednesday, December 23, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., $10-15 sliding scale donation, all-ages

40th Annual Christmas Concert & Jam Session @Savannah Station

A Lowcountry tradition, Coastal Jazz Association’s Christmas day homecoming concert is a delightful community event to round out a day of gifts and food. Savannah superstars, both current residents and talented folks visiting home for the holidays, will gather onstage for an exciting, one-of-a-kind jam. The concert is a benefit for the Coastal Jazz Association; your cover charge will keep monthly concerts going and benefit scholarship funds that allow young people to pursue their jazz dreams. Friday, December 25, 5 p.m., $30, all-ages

I.C.E., StandxOff, Forced Entry, The Toxic Shock @Sulfur Studios

“Call me crazy/I’m a loose screw/but I’m the sanest bitch that you ever knew.” Hitting hard as hell and speaking with brutal, confident honesty about mansplaining, taking control of the narrative, and taking no bull, Washington, D.C./ Richmond, Virginia band I.C.E. delivered one of the strongest EPs the punk and hardcore community saw in 2015. Born out of the capital’s historic hardcore scene, I.C.E. may be a young project, but its members are no strangers to the stage: you’ve seen ‘em before playing in Pure Disgust, Protester, and Red Death. D.C. youth crew-inspired band StandxOff join the bill, with Forced Entry and The Toxic Shock as local support. Tuesday, December 29, 7 p.m., $5, all-ages

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Year In Review:

We asked the stars and crew of local theatre: What’s your fondest memory of 2015? Here are the best theatrical moments in their own words.

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“THE STANDOUT for me was not only being able to play the lead Dr. Vivian Bearing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play W;t, but even topping that was to have the playwright Margaret Edson come into town at the invitation of The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble to give a talk on the play, then to see our production of the play and answer questions for the audience and the cast afterwards. Imagine! A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright in Savannah especially for The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble. I still am savoring her kindness, Oh the horror! Savannah Children’s Theatre thrilled with Little Shop of Horrors. Photo by her intelligence, and, dare I say it...her wit.” geoff L. johnson Dandy Barrett, Managing Director, The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble

“THE CAR from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a real triumph for us! It was so highly anticipated and when it finally arrived, the show got a little more magical. Our Junior Company’s production of Little Shop of Horrors was such a highlight of the season for so many reasons; the cast was so talented, the puppetry work by David Poole was amazing. That was a special one. Our summer camps this year were amazing! Such a talented group of students...Peter Panic, 101 Dalmatians, The Big Bad Musical, Seussical Junior, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” was definitely one of the funniest, sweetest shows and casts we have ever had the pleasure to work with. And finishing out the year, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a real treat to watch come together. Definitely a great way to ring in the holidays.”

Laura Keenan Wild, Creative Dramatics II Director, Savannah Children’s Theatre

“THE THING that sticks out in my mind the most is, of course, the Encore in the Park. Bringing free Shakespeare to Forsyth changed my life. Getting to watch almost 400 people experience live theatre, right there in the middle of the park, no strings attached, was a game changer.”

Evan Goetz, Creative Director, Savannah Stage Company

“I STARTED off this year with a production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the 24 Savannah Children’s Theatre where I

played several roles, including Mr. Coggins. I remember particularly the car that was rented for the production and how exciting it was to see a replica of the movies famous car! My next memorable show was a production of the play The Wizard of Oz for the Richmond Hill Community Theatre. I was cast as the Scarecrow and put in a lot of work into that production as it was my first lead role. It was so much fun getting to work on it and very physically demanding as I was required to fall often. The next memorable show I did was The Kiss of the Spiderwoman, my first show with the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble. I was cast as a prisoner and Aurelio, the best friend of the man character. I really enjoyed this production. It was dark and dramatic, and it challenged me as an actor to always be in that head space and acting while on stage. I also had my first solo singing lines in this show, which was amazing to do. I was asked shortly after the production to be a member of The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble and gladly accepted. My last memorable moment has been doing my current production in The Underpants with The Collective Face. I was not originally cast in the show but lucked out with an opening that became available. I have loved every minute of this show! It is so funny and it is such a talented group of people that I have the privilege of being on stage with every night! I have loved portraying Benjamin Cohen, the sickly, asthmatic, hypochondriac in the show. I connect to the character in a way I haven’t with any other character before and am truly honored to have had this experience!”

Corey Hollinger, actor

“OUR SOLD-OUT improv season. Not a seat left in the house all year. So many laughs. So much beer. Every time the Pay What You Can policy was used. It’s one more person getting to experience live, professional theatre at a price that they’re comfortable. Knowing that money isn’t going to stand in the way of someone getting to engage in art.”

Jayme Tinti, Artistic Director, Savannah Stage Company

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Owens-Thomas House shows evolution of Christmas traditions by Kayla Goggin

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A RICHLY decorated tree aglow with bright lights and shimmering store-bought ornaments stands in the corner of a living room. Wrapped gifts gather underneath it as stockings sway on the decorated mantle and mistletoe greets you at the door. There’s probably a crackling fire (or a yule log on Netflix, at least) somewhere in the picture too. These are the traditions that say “Christmas” to us in 2015. But where did they come from and how “traditional” are they really? Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House invites you to step inside this holiday season and explore the genesis of American Christmas traditions. The museum is offering their “Evolution of Christmas Traditions in America” tour through January 4, 2016. The house, built in 1816 and lived in until it officially became a museum in 1954, is the perfect setting for an exploration of American Christmas ritual, which really only entered the zeitgeist in 1820. The tour examines holiday traditions through 1875. Christmas traditions at the Owens-Thomas House. Photo courtesy telfair museums “What we try to do is give people a sense, not of how Christmas was celHowever, if you were a slave at the Yum! Nothing says Christmas like dinebrated at a particular moment, but how it Owens-Thomas House during Christmas ner with your racist oppressors. changed over time,” Shannon Browningyou would’ve been busy preparing the Owens-Thomas House Interpreters Mullis, Assistant Curator of History and house to entertain guests. At the time, cel- don’t shy away from these less-than-flatLead Interpreter at the Owens-Thomas ebrations centered around the New Year, tering bits of history. In fact, a significant House, told me when I went on the tour the Winter Solstice, or Twelfth Night more part of the tour is dedicated to the Christearlier this month. so than Christmas. mas experience of slaves, a group on whose So how different was a 19th century Savannah Christmas from a 2015 one? In the 1820’s no one was really giving backs the city was built and whose narraThat question begs another question: for gifts in celebration (mass production of tive is too often erased from the history of whom? For much of the house’s history it toys and other consumer goods wasn’t a American holiday rituals. was staffed by slaves. What would Christthing yet), but a big feast was common. And make no mistake—Christmas tramas have been like for a Savannah slave? What kind of Christmas did Owensditions are performative rituals. Rituals If you guessed “not great”, you were Thomas House slaves enjoy/endure? “It which were, in many cases, invented very right! If you were a plantation slave with a was the custom at Christmas for the family recently by writers and artists. master whose heart was made of calcified to prepare a large meal for their slaves and Santa Claus, for example, was brought manure, you may not have gotten a day off allow their slaves’ friends over for dinner,” into the American Christmas tradition by for Christmas at all. Browning-Mullis told me. Washington Irving and the KnickerbockAccording to Browning-Mullis, the averThere’s one problem, though—none of ers, who claimed Saint Nicholas was the age was three days of celebration during the slave-owners would’ve known how to patron saint of New York when it was a which slaves were given a break from field- cook. So this was either the worst meal of Dutch colony. work and allowed to eat and drink liquor all time or the slaves cooked the meal ear“They thought America didn’t have at their leisure. It would’ve been the only lier in the day and the slave-owners just enough tradition and ceremony,” Brown26 time a year this was allowed. served it up. ing-Mullis says. “So they projected these

things onto the holiday that didn’t exist. They invented traditions but almost convinced themselves it was really historic.” If you take a moment during your tour to kiss under the entryway mistletoe, you can say a silent “thanks” to Irving as well— his description of it in an 1820 short story called “Christmas Eve” helped popularize the plant as a standard holiday decoration. It took until the 1870’s for Christmas trees to regularly appear in Savannah homes, and they did so in response to the lightning quick commercialization of the holiday. Parents would decorate a table top tree with gifts for their children, homemade ornaments and candles; then it would be presented on Christmas with the candles lit like a birthday cake. At the Owens-Thomas House, this has been re-created in the family dining room. “Christmas—once it was finally being celebrated in America— was always a commercial holiday,” Browning-Mullis explained. “People want to think that there was this moment in America where it was all about family, but it really wasn’t. The holiday started being celebrated when people started advertising Christmas gifts. So Christmas trees were seen by some people as a way to de-commodify the holiday. Maybe you were buying mass produced gifts, but you were hanging them on this actual tree and making an occasion out of it.” As you move through the house, rooms are staged in such a way that it feels like the Thomas family may have left only a moment ago. In the main bedroom, a doll’s dress is being sewn as a gift for a child; in the family dining room, paper ornaments are half finished. The aristocratic families who once lived there can’t be called “relatable” by most of the modern Savannah community, but the artistic re-creation of their Christmas rituals brings them new life. So while it seems that Christmas has always been a holiday co-opted by capitalism, the traditions that surrounded it in the 19th century were performed in the same spirit as our modern traditions: to bring people together. cs

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Happy New Year from 1820

Davenport House to hold seasonal candlelight tours by jim morekis

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ONE OF Savannah’s premier house museums—and the original inspiration for Savannah’s downtown preservation movement—the Davenport House usually offers fun living history holiday-themed tours by candlelight. And they usually try to have a different twist every year. “Oh, we always have twists!,” says executive director Jamie Credle. “This year we’ve done some more research

The living history tours are about 50 minutes each; drop in anytime from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 26-30

on the lifestyles of the 1820s, and found more information about the animals they owned and how they might have incorporated their pets into daily life. We always research a topic and make sure there’s

plenty of interesting info infused into the stories we tell.” Along with furry friends, the theme this year is an 1820s New Year’s Eve celebration.

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cake out—it would be fruitcake back then, because it kept so much longer.” The Davenport House will hold the tours from 6 p.m. to about 9, but “it’s not a two and a half hour show,” Credle explains. “It’ll take 50 minutes start to finish, ending with shortbread and cider. You can come anytime between 6 and 8—we’re not starting tours after 8 p.m.” As part of the New Year’s theme, there will be a singalong with “Auld Lang Syne.” “Our staff and the guests will sing Auld Lang Syne as you might back then, celebrating with people you don’t necessarily know and thinking about surviving another year.” Upstairs at the bedroom level will be an ongoing living history vignette, in authentic period costume. “Two girls and their uncle will be wrapping gifts, while one of them reads from the back of a newspaper a story about a visit from St. Nicholas,” Credle says. “You’ll see what it was like when the family first read ‘The Night before Christmas’ together.” A very special treat comes in the form of another “twist.” “Over the past several years we’ve created some period dance groups,” Credle says. “Nobody here is Baryshnikov or anything, but we’ll be demonstrating early 19th

museum in Savannah, the Davenport House is the beacon of the preservation movement here. That grassroots movement is the reason we now have a two billion dollar tourism industry,” Credle says. “Davenport built the house with his own hands, in one of the most popular styles of the city at the time,” she says. An example of early 19th century port city life, the Davenport is also one of the earliest houses still standing in Savannah due to the many fires which swept the city in the 1700s, destroying most of the Oglethorpe-era buildings. But this holiday season, Credle says the “experiential component” is what matters most. “This is a real family thing. It’s light but very authentic. We think people will get something very special out of it, seeing Savannah at night. And Broughton Street being so beautiful this time of year.” cs century dancing styles like the quadrille and the waltz.” If guests want, they can join in. “This will spotlight an era that’s little known in America but very vibrant and very key to the development of our city,” Credle says. “This celebration is set in the era when Davenport built the house. Enslaved people also played a very

important role in the house. We talk about all of those things.” For those who don’t know, the Davenport House—named for its builder and original owner, Isaiah Davenport—was what inspired Savannah’s original preservation movement in the 1950s. “It’s very enriching for people to understand that while we’re not the first house

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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. Through Dec. 31. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street.

Jonathan Gregory Keller — From an early age he was interested in the arts and loved to create abstract artwork. Through Dec. 31. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Mickalene Thomas at Giverny — In her reimagined renderings, the artist replaces the European subjects of these images with powerful and glamorous African American women, inviting questions about conventional beauty, racial identity, and the traditional art historical narrative. Through Jan. 3. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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handwritten instructions for plenty o’ pirate grub and pithy summaries of Trice’s research. Beginning with a mention in the first chapter of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, he found Savannah has ties to pirate history and to barbecue itself. We also learn that whistling on board was forbidden as bad luck, but the ship’s cook was required to whistle while he was making plum duff—a pudding that was one of the rare sweets allotted at sea—to ensure that he was not eating the precious raisins. Explanations of a ship’s bell system and the origin of the Jolly Roger can be found between treatises on how to tenderize conch (aka “Hurricane Ham”) and prepare a bouillonlike concoction for “portable soup.” Rum was used liberally as a preservative, a flavoring, and well, by itself. “Freshwater was scarce There may not have been barbecue on board pirate ships, but A and often poisonous, so sailors drank rum to stay Pirate’s Progress reveals the secret to Angel’s famous “Devil’s Dandruff” spice rub. Photo by Jon WAits hydrated,” says Trice. “A lot of it.” This plunderer’s compendium seems a Some dishes, like Dog’s perfect gift for the cooking buccaneer in Body Pease Pudding—something like a your life, especially when paired with a solid split pea soup—may not appeal to genuine “Savannah Roux Spoon,” also for modern palates but held important nutritional value to men who often went months sale near the Angel’s register. Hand-lathed by artisan Steve Cook of Coastal Wood without seeing a fresh vegetable. “You’re dealing with a time period when Design, these flat-nosed utensils are perfect for carmelizing the main ingredient of there was no such thing as a balanced diet,” reminds the chef. “These sailors just Rum Rat’s “Mushrooms on Toast.” Though he’s landlocked in the kitchen needed to get enough fat and calories to be these days, the pirate’s way remains a able to perform their tasks.” romantic notion for Trice—and a kind But not all of Rum Rat’s culinary escaof honorable one in the context of ship pades ought to stay in an 18th-century galley: Home cooks can easily execute politics. time-honored fare like Savannah Red “They were breaking the caste systems Rice and Poisson Cru, a lime-and-coconut and feudal systems. A man could be the cured tuna entrée with a chili kick. son of a shoemaker and end up flush with Trice also generously shares the reciwealth,” he says. pes for his famous barbecue sauces and “On board the ship was the only true rubs, including his vinegar-based “Angel democracy that existed back then.” Drops” and the ghost chili-infused “Devil’s But even though he cheekily titled A Dandruff.” Pirate’s Progress after the 17th-century Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, Wait, but doesn’t isn’t a pirate sworn to Trice has no plans to chuck his barbecue never reveal the secret to his treasure? joint for the marauding life. “Bah, anyone who keeps their barbecue “I enjoy history, but I also enjoy painless sauces secret is just hiding the fact that it’s dentistry,” he laughs. cs all quite simple,” growls Trice with a distinctive “arrgh”-like brogue . 32


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/// Um, is anybody out there even reading this? In all my years of reviewing movies – certainly, in all the years that the Internet has been in existence – never has there been a film as critic-unfriendly as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The reason is different from the norm – the norm being, of course, that a studio is hiding its awful picture from reviewers lest they warn the public that it’s wasting its collective time and money on garbage. With this seventh entry in the franchise that began back in 1977, that’s not the case. Instead, the issue is that viewers are so eager and excited to see this picture in a virginal manner that they want absolutely no spoilers whatsoever. It’s an understandable position: After the relative disappointment of the prequels and the positive buzz surrounding this latest chapter, it’s not surprising fans want to experience it in innocent, wide-eyed wonder, with no chance of attached baggage. So where does this leave critics, all of whom have seen the repeated comments from Facebook friends that all reviews will remain unread (at least until after the initial viewing)? I’m generally very strict about not adding any spoilers to my reviews anyway, but with this picture, I’m wary of detailing any plot. But surely I’ll be allowed to reveal the film’s first line, glimpsed in that now-iconic opening scrawl that fades into the background: “Luke Skywalker has vanished.” And with that, the film begins to work its magic, by bringing back many familiar faces and introducing new characters who will help carry the franchise forward. Among the old-school players are Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher); newbies include reluctant heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) and cocky fighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

These characters are indicative of the respect writer-director J.J. Abrams and co-scripters Lawrence Kasdan (who also co-penned The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Michael Arndt pay toward the past, present and future of the franchise. The original stars haven’t lost a beat with their characterizations, while the newcomers prove to be an irresistible lot. The casting of a woman and a black man in the central roles doesn’t feel like forced political correctness but a natural progression, and the characters are two of the richest yet seen in the Star Wars universe. There are also some notable new villains, though I’ll keep them under wraps. The first three Daniel Craig James Bond films honored the storied franchise’s history, but SPECTRE overplayed its hand by making awkward connections where none previously existed (Bond and Blofeld? Really?). Force doesn’t fall into that trap – rather, all of its ties to the original trilogy are measured and make sense. There are also some visual cues to its predecessors, many guaranteed to delight the faithful. Perhaps the film’s strongest component is its visual effects. That may sound like a no-brainer, but after the prequels, it’s anything but. The effects work in those movies was often excellent, but the absolute reliance on CGI ultimately stifled much of the wonder and left audiences grousing about the artificiality of it all. With The Force Awakens, Abrams has graciously patterned the look after the 1977, ’80 and ’83 efforts, with many of the visuals created with models (as opposed to computers) and actual earthbound locations (as opposed to green screens). It’s a noble and appreciated gesture, and it’s enough to make a grown fan cry.

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SISTERS

// Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are fine actresses as well as superb comediennes, yet they never quite pull off the sister act in Sisters. As with everything they do together, they are such the BFFs – and respond to each other accordingly – it’s impossible to accept them as related by blood. That’s mentioned only as an aside and certainly not as a knock on them – indeed, they do far more for this film than the film does for them. Discovering that their childhood home is being sold, sensible Maura (Poehler) and reckless Kate (Fey) elect to send it off with a raucous house party. The late-inning moralizing is as clumsy as that from any Will Ferrell or Vince Vaughn outing, and the hilarious bits are tempered by many that barely merit a wan smile. But the ladies are in good form, and post-Trainwreck Jon Cena is again on hand to unexpectedly flex his comedic side.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

/ As much an introspective character study as an exciting racing flick, 2013’s Rush examined the heated rivalry that existed between Formula One superstars Niki Lauda and James Hunt back in the 1970s. Criminally unseen and underappreciated in this country – perhaps no surprise, since it ain’t about NASCAR – the picture was directed by Ron Howard and starred Chris Hemsworth as Hunt. Apparently taking pleasure from their partnership, the helmer and the hunk have reunited for In the Heart of the Sea, adapted from Nathaniel Philbrick’s awardwinning book. But don’t expect a comparable rush from this new effort, as this one’s strictly a slog. Philbrick’s 2000 book told of the 1820 encounter that reportedly prompted Herman Melville to write that classic of American literature, the 1851 novel Moby-Dick. After heading out to sea from Nantucket, Massachusetts, the whaling ship the Essex was attacked and sunk by a rampaging sperm whale. Crew members then found themselves adrift in lifeboats for a span of several months, many eventually perishing from hunger and dehydration. This story is dutifully and dully told in the film version, with the bonus of seeing Melville (Ben Whishaw) himself interviewing one of the survivors (Brendan Gleeson) decades after the incident. While it’s always nice to see Gleeson no matter the role, these wraparound scenes add precious little to the narrative – instead, they merely serve as tedious interludes breaking up equally tedious flashbacks. Because the movie’s characters are 34 exceedingly trite, Hemsworth, as first

mate Owen Chase, has little to do but glower Fletcher Christian-style at inexperienced captain George Pollard (Benjamin Walker) before switching gears to suffer nobly in that lil lifeboat after the creature goes all Titanic-iceberg on the ship. And what about that whale? He merits little screen time, though he pops up every now and then to remind the survivors that he’s stalking them through the high seas. This notion of an oceanic animal acting like an avenging angel places this picture in the same class with such landmarks of cinema as 1977’s risible Orca, in which a killer whale tracks down the slayer of his pregnant mate, and 1987’s laughable Jaws: The Revenge, about which co-star Michael Caine famously (and honestly) stated, “I have never seen it, but by all accounts, it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.” The former Opie’s big-screen opuses, even the more static ones, almost always benefit from crisp visuals (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, etc.), but that’s not the case here. The look of Howard’s film is distractingly dim and muddy – although even then not enough to hide the obviousness of the CGI, which looks artificial for great chunks of the grueling running time. As noted, the real-life events were potent enough to spur Melville to write his novel, and they have to have been more compelling than the snoozy tale here. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be blessed with a masterpiece, as a bored Melville doubtless would have put down his pen and gone fishing instead.

CHI-RAQ

/// “No peace, no pussy.” “No pussy, no power.” Those are the defining lines of the hour, In Spike Lee’s riveting motion picture Chi-raq, A film already subjected to ridiculous flack. Based on Aristophanes’ ancient Lysistrata, It instead examines today’s social strata. Specifically, the poor in Chicago, Illinois, In a crime zone with no hope and even less joy. The entire movie is spoken in rhyme, A risky gamble, but it works all the time. Teyonah Parris is superb in the primary role, As a brainy, sexy woman with a definite goal. Hoping to stop the men from killing each other, She devises a plan to save every brother. No more sex from any female in the hood, If that doesn’t stop the deaths, nothing ever could. The angry gang members all shout,

“Fuck that noise,” But they think of laying down their murderous toys. It’s a powder keg of a film from first frame to last, Anchored by Lee’s fury and a powerhouse cast. As a priest, John Cusack has a tremendous scene, Railing against killings both senseless and mean. Angela Bassett projects dignity as a local sage, While Nick Cannon impresses with his bottled-up rage. There’s Samuel L. Jackson, a favorite of Lee’s, Blaring “Wake Up!” among his omniscient pleas. Chi-raq is one of the best films of the year. Top 20, maybe Top 10, certainly near.

CREED

// For a stretch of 30 years (1976-2006), Sylvester Stallone wrote the scripts for six Rocky films—if ever a series could have benefitted from fresh blood, it was this one. The franchise has been gifted to writer-director Ryan Coogler, but what’s disappointing about Creed is how closely it follows the template of the previous pictures. It’s as if Coogler, who made his startling feature debut with the powerful Fruitvale Station, was too afraid of messing with a sure thing, and the result is a movie that might as well have been written by Stallone himself. It’s certainly not bad—it’s the best entry since 1982’s Rocky III—but aside from the character shift, there’s nothing here that’s especially original, and one’s enjoyment depends entirely on how charitable one is feeling in the nostalgia department. Michael B. Jordan is excellent as Adonis Johnson, the result of an adulterous tryst by the late Apollo Creed (played in earlier pictures by Carl Weathers). Grown up, he returns to Philly and asks Rocky Balboa (Stallone, of course), his father’s nemesiscum-friend, to take him under his wing. Stallone is never better than when he’s playing this role he nurtured from birth, and his relaxed and generous performance shows that he has no problem moving from series star to supporting sage. But too many beats are far too familiar: There’s even a Rocky-cribbed scene where Adonis is surrounded by fans and friends as he jogs down the Philly streets, and anyone who doesn’t know exactly how the climactic fight will turn out clearly isn’t paying attention.

TRUMBO

/// The best movies are often the ones that educate as well as entertain, and with the magnificent Trumbo, we have a film that succeeds on both fronts. And the most important movies are often the ones that, regardless of setting or time frame, manage to lend a voice to today’s issues, and in that regard, the picture again passes with high marks. In a 21st century largely defined by the manner in which right-wing politicians in this nation have successfully used fear and bullying in their strategy to divide and conquer, this look at the Hollywood blacklist during the days of the Red Menace hysteria seems especially timely … and pointedly frightening. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston is superb as Dalton Trumbo, the brilliant screenwriter whose work on such hits as Kitty Foyle and A Guy Named Joe made him one of the film capital’s most successful wordsmiths. But Trumbo was an acknowledged Communist, and once World War II ended and the Cold War began in earnest, Trumbo and those like him were soon targeted by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. What followed was a national disgrace, as any entertainer with leftist sentiments, even Democrats like Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg), were thrown to the zealous politicians. Some were jailed, others cracked and willingly gave names, and almost all found their careers derailed. But Trumbo fought to survive, writing scripts and placing others’ names on them—this necessary deception ended up winning him two Academy Awards (for Roman Holiday and The Brave One), neither of which he could claim. Such an abbreviated synopsis provides but a mere peek at everything going on within the confines of this simultaneously weighty and breezy picture, which looks at his home life (Diane Lane plays his wife while Elle Fanning portrays his oldest child) almost as much as his professional one. Trumbo isn’t portrayed as a saint: His workaholic tendencies alienate him from his family, and, like most people who subscribe to any one ideology, he can be somewhat of a hypocrite (as a friend notes, he’s a share-the-wealth Commie whose private property includes a lake). But there’s never any doubt that he was needlessly persecuted, and while the reallife Trumbo eventually stated that there were no heroes or villains during this era of the blacklist, that’s not exactly true. Folks like actor Kirk Douglas and director Otto Preminger (respectively, and winningly, played by Dean O’Gorman and Christian Berkel), men who bravely helped break the blacklist, could be counted among the heroes, while columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren), politicians Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon (both seen


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Auditions for Armstrong Youth Orchestra Open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school and including Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: savaayo@yahoo.com. Info is also available at www.savaayo.org. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com ongoing. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call for Entries for Elementary Student Artwork The City of Savannah is seeking 36 submissions of original elementary student

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Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at www.laurenl.com/creativity_ coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL.com ongoing. Online, 2222 Sedwick Drive. artwork celebrating the 50th anniversary of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District (designated in 1966) to display in an exhibit in City Hall’s first floor rotunda. Submissions will be judged by a panel of artists, preservationists, and City leaders. The winning entries will be framed and displayed by the City of Savannah in City Hall for the period July-December 2016 for all our citizens and visitors to enjoy. These winning works will become the property of the City of Savannah and will not be returned to the artists. Work not selected for display will be returned to the artists after judging. Up to 6 winners will be chosen, including a “Best in Show.”All winners will receive an award certificate, prize of art supplies, and reproduction of their winning work for their portfolio. Winners will be announced to the public during an exhibit opening at City Hall. For more information, visit savannahga. gov/artcontest or contact Luciana Spracher at lspracher@savannahga.gov or 912-6516411. Through March 11, 2016. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Call for Entries for “IN:LINE” The Gallery at Sulfur Studios is now accepting entries for a group exhibition to be held in January and February of 2016. Artists are encouraged to submit work that explores the theme of Line. Lines connect, separate and demarcate. Lines

can be used to define or to obscure, they can point the way or bar the path. The lines featured in submitted work may be actual or metaphorical and work in all media will be considered. Entries are due December 30, and the show runs January 27-February 13. Entry fee is $20 for up to 3 works. To submit your work, please visit sulfurstudios.org/callfor-entries Through Dec. 30. sulfurstudios. org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. Call for Entries for Savannah GIF Festival The 2nd Annual Savannah GIF Festival will feature multiple categories as well as live music to accompany the silent animations during the inaugural screening. During the first GIF Festival in January of 2015, Savannah musicians Sunglow, Garret Kemp, and Chris Glass, played live electronic sets. A video featuring music by Sunglow can be found at giffest.xyz. The musical artists for next year’s screening will be announced at the start of the year. Artists interested in having their animations featured in the upcoming festival can find our submission page at giffest.xyz. Submissions are completely free and there is no limit to the number of animations that can be submitted. Submission deadline January 20, 2016 at 6 pm. Through Jan. 20, 2016, 6 p.m. info@artrisesavannah.org. giffest.xzy. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the

Arts, 207 West York St. Call for Participants in PTSD Study Are you a recent combat veteran experiencing psychological or emotional stress related to your combat? You may be eligible to receive first-line medication and talk therapy interventions with proven effectiveness. PROGrESS is a study looking to learn more about how to effectively treat recent combat veterans with PTSD. The therapies are not experimental. You will be randomly assigned to receive either psychotherapy, medication, or both. For more information about the PROGrESS study, please call 912-920-0214 ext. 2169. ongoing. Online only, none. Call for Performers, Vendors and Volunteers for Savannah Asian Cultural Festival The Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, which will take place April 15-16, 2016 at Armstrong State University, is currently seeking live performers, Cultural Marketplace vendors and event volunteers. There is no cost for performers to participate. All vendors must be consistent with the theme of the festival. The cost for vendors is $85 per booth. The festival’s Cultural Marketplace will offer the opportunity to learn more about each country and discover the traditional arts, crafts, fashions and treasures unique to each nation. From Ming-shared jewelry to calligraphy sets, original paintings, handbeaded clothing, Asian accessories and henna body painting, an entire continent’s worth of treasures can be found at the festival. If you would like to participate as a performer, vendor or volunteer at the 2016 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, please contact James Anderson at james. anderson@armstrong.edu or (912) 3443224. Through April 15, 2016. about. armstrong.edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call to Artists for Telfair’s Public Art Installation, “Boxed In/ Break Out” The call to artists seeks entries for Boxed In/Break Out, a museum-sponsored public art installation that involves activating six windows at the Jepson Center facing Barnard Street. The artist chosen would have a detailed plan for how to utilize all six windows in a cohesive manner through self-created art that fulfills the following criteria: creativity, originality, feasibility, visual appeal, as well as resourcefulness and suitability in the space. Boxed In/Break Out is intended to highlight and provide an exhibition opportunity for the work of a local artist, through public display, promotional materials, and an artist talk. In addition to museum-supported promotion, the artist will receive a $1000 honorarium. The window installation will be up from April 28-August 28, 2016 and deadline for submissions are February 1. For more information on how to apply please visit: http://www.telfair. org/boxed/ Through Feb. 2, 2016. Telfair


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Museums, PO Box 10081. Homeschool Music Classes Music classes for homeschool students ages 8-18 and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. ongoing. CoastalEmpireMusic.com. Oatland Island Seeks Memories and Recollections for 40th Anniversary Oatland Island Education Center is looking for memories of Oatland Island in honor of their 40th anniversary. People who were part of the Youth Conservation Corp that helped to build Oatland Island Education Center in the 1970’s. Great memories from field trips. Special family memories of Oatland Island. Send your photos and stories to memories@ oatland40th.org. Deadline is August 31. undefined. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org.

Benefits

$5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities Bikram Yoga Savannah offers a weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Thursdays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 for class and proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. This is a regular Bikram Yoga class. ongoing. 912.356.8280. bikramyogasavannah.com. SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal

shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-yearsold. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@ savannahga.gov.

Classes, Camps & Workshops

Art, Music, Piano, Voice Coaching Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-920-6659. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. Beginner Belly Dance Group Always wanted to learn a true art form of dance? Join our Beginner Belly Dance Group Class. Your deal includes your very own Hip Scarf! 1 class for 4 weeks: Every Tuesday at 7pm #SdeBDanceStudio #bellydance #shimmy #deal — at Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio. $30 Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.. 612-470-6683. salondebaile.dance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Beginning Belly Dance Classes continues on p. 38

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Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. 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; entry for non-members is $15. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Cake Baking & Cake Decorating We educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave feeling a sense of accomplishment. Great for Mommy & Daughter dates, Birthday Parties, and Educational Workshops. $20 Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.. 912-826-3976. rinconsweets@ gmail.com. thecakemixacademy.com/kid-sclasses.html. The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Cake Decorating Classes for Children Educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave feeling a sense of accomplishment. Great for Mommy & Daughter dates, Birthday Parties, and Educational Workshops. $20 Wednesdays, 5-7:30 p.m.. 912-826-3976. rinconsweets@ gmail.com. thecakemixacademy.com/kid-sclasses.html. The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Champions Training Center Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. ctcsavannah.com. 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. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. savannahstate.edu. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Clay Classes Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. claystudio@gmail.com. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. savannahaux.com. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at www.laurenl.com/creativity_ coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, 2222 Sedwick Drive. DUI Prevention Group 38 Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated

drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. Krav Maga / Tactical Self Defense: Dynamic Defensive Tactics combines the Israeli self defense techniques of Krav Maga with tactical fighting concepts. This is NOT a martial art but a no nonsense approach to self defense. With over 37 years of experience, Roger D’Onofrio will teach you solutions, which are aggressive, simple and effective, to the violent situations of today. Note: these are private sessions for adults only. ongoing. 912-308-7109. ddt_910@ yahoo.com. Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. mediationsavannah.com. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Intro to Circuit Design Series with Raspberry Pi Intro to Circuit Design Series with RaspberryPi to take place in our Miskatonic Labs. This series of classes includes: 1. Dec 2 - Install Raspbian on Raspberry Pi 2. Dec 9 - Design Gameboy cartridge plug board with KiCad. 3. Dec 16 - C / C++ / Python programming basics with Raspberry Pi. Also interface with breadboard circuits 4. Dec 23 - Assemble Gameboy cartridge plug board and learn how to dump ROM / RAM 5. Jan 6 - Design USB joystick with https:// www.adafruit.com/products/296 and some buttons /3D model enclosure 6. Jan 13 - Print enclosure and assemble joystick $20 per class Wed., Dec. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. 844-MY-GUILD. events@theguildhall.com. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Knitting & Crochet Classes Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. Music Instruction Georgia Music Warehouse, near corner of Victory Drive & Abercorn, offering instruction by professional musicians. Band instruments, violin, piano, drums and guitar.

All ages welcome. ongoing. 912-358-0054. georgiamusicwarehouse.com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels in Guitar (electric, acoustic,classical), Piano, Bass, Voice, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory/Composition/Songwriting. 609 69th Street, Savannah GA. ongoing. 912398-8828. smisavannah@gmail.com. savmusiciansinstitute.com. New Horizons Adult Band Program Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. pmasoninsavannah@gmail.com. Photography Classes Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. chris@chrismorrisphotography.com. chrismorrisphotography.com. Piano Lessons Piano lessons with a classically trained instructor, with theater and church experience. 912-312-3977. ongoing. georgiamusicwarehouse.com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. 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. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Russian Language Classes Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. Soul Progression Yoga In this practice of yoga, we use the asanas(postures) as an artistic expression of ourselves as we open our hearts, physically and energetically to set the foundation with an intention for having a more open heart in our daily life. This class offers a deeply rooted spiritual foundation integrating alignment techniques and enlightening messages woven throughout the practice. Open to all Levels Class Prices:

Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ gmail.com. branchesyoga.com/schedule/. branchesyoga.com. Branches Yoga Center, 242St.4 Drayton.

Clubs & Organizations

Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion.org. Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Chatham Sailing Club 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. pranschkec3@gmail.com. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Bead Society Coastal Bead Society monthly meetings, 12 noon on the third Friday of the Month at the Coastal Georgia Center, 303 Fahm Street, near SCAD. All beaders are welcome. ongoing. wyrnut18@gmail.com. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. honorflightsavannah.org.


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Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Low Country Turners A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. Philo Cafe Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Facebook.com/SavannahPhiloCafe. Mondays. athenapluto@yahoo.com. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912344-5127. New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. Safe Kids Savannah A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. safekidssavannah.org. Savannah Brewers’ League Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-447-0943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. charlesfund@gmail. com. panerabread.com/. Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. savannahnavyleague.us. Savannah Go Green Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub.org. barnesrestaurant.com. Barnes Restaurant, 5320 Waters Avenue. Savannah Newcomers Club Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years.

to learn and share our work. The group makes over 100 “wee care” gowns for memorial hospital each year. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912 536 1447. debcreation@hotmail.com. smocking.org. Coastal Center for Developmental Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net.

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Odd Lot is teaming up with the brilliant Chefs of Savannah Coffee Roasters to bring you a whole new dining experience. The always surprising talent of Odd Lot will perform a fully interactive Friday night Murder Mystery while you dine on a delicious three course meal. Seating is at 6:30pm Friday nights. Reservations are strongly recommended. Four actors and three courses all for $40. It’s certain to be a night to remember. Great for groups, parties, or anyone who loves a good show. $40 Fridays, 6:30 p.m. justin@oddlot.org. oddlot.org. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events to help learn about Savannah and make new friends. ongoing. savannahnewcomersclub. com. Savannah Parrot Head Club Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc. com. Society for Creative Anachronism Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. savannahsca.org. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Veggies and Vegans Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays.

Toastmasters Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla A volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. fourth Wednesday of every month.. 912-598-7387. savannahaux.com. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. Waving Girls--Smocking Arts Guild of America The Waving Girls welcomes smockers and all those who create fine heirloom items. At each meeting there is an opportunity

Comedy Night Join us for an evening of ice cream and laughter...the perfect combo for your Friday night! All ages welcome. Free Fridays, 8-10 p.m. craftbeercustard.com. Exit Strategy Icecreamists, 310 E Bay St. Comedy: Tybee Comedy Revue w/ Collin Moulton We’ve got a great night of stand-up comedy with Collin Moulton, one of the most soughtafter headliners today. He brings a fast paced and highly engaging family friendly mix of clever stand-up and gut busting physical comedy that appeals to people off all ages. $15 general admission; $13.50 Theater members Sat., Dec. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposttheater.org/. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Odd Lot Improv An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” $5 Mondays, 8 p.m. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Odd Lot Improv: On The Spot Mysteries Dinner Theatre Odd Lot is teaming up with the brilliant Chefs of Savannah Coffee Roasters to bring you a whole new dining experience. The always surprising talent of Odd Lot will perform a fully interactive Friday night Murder Mystery while you dine on a delicious three course meal. Seating is at 6:30pm Friday nights. Reservations are strongly recommended. Four actors and three courses all for $40. It’s certain to be a night to remember. Great for groups, parties, or anyone who loves a good show. $40 Fridays, 6:30 p.m. justin@oddlot.org. oddlot. org. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street.

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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 Ballet Toning Always wanted the body of a ballerina? Well.. YOU CAN! Our class is designed to stretch, tone, and enhance your body to become healthier than ever. Join us and check out the calendar for dates to enroll. (this is apart of our fitness package of 10 classes for $80) $10.00 Mondays, 5 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango Wednesdays, 7 p.m. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Lessons Sundays 1:303;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. 912-9257416. savh_tango@yahoo.com. Awaken with Chakradance™ A free-flowing, meditative dance, with eclectic music selected to resonate with

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each specific chakra, along with guided imagery. No dance experience or chakras knowledge needed. $20 ongoing, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ comcast.net. chakradance.com/. synergisticbodies.com. Synergistic Bodies, 7901 Waters Ave. Ballroom Group Dance Class Weekly ballroom dance classes focus on two types of dance each month. Open to partners/couples or to solos. The $35 for 4 weeks or $10 drop in Mondays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ballroom/Latin Group Class Group classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesdays focus on fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes are more specific, with advanced elements. $15/person and $25/ couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. and Tuesdays.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Basic Shag Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Beginner’s Belly Dance Classes Learn basic moves and choreography with local Belly Dancer, Nicole Edge. Class is open to all ages and skill levels. Walk-ins welcome. 15.00 Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.

912-596-0889. edgebelly@gmail.com. edgebellydance.com. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners Belly Dance Classes Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. cairoonthecoast.com. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/person. Tues. 7pm8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3.com. cybelle3.com. C.C. Express Dance Team Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest. Dance for Peace A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. xavris21@yahoo.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Dance Lessons (Salsa, Bachata) Learn to dance Salsa & Bachata. For info, call Austin (912-704-8726) or Omar (Spanish

- 787-710-6721). Thursdays. 912-704-8726. salsa@salsasavannah.com. salsasavannah. com. Dance Party Dance on Thursdays at 8pm--fun, friendship, and dancing. Free for Savannah Ballroom students. $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912-3353335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Free Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fitness classes for all ages every Thursday, in the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the “Little Movers” class for toddlers. 12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-652-6780. sdavis@ chathamcounty.org. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. FUNdamentals Dance Lesson Group dance lessons every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesday: fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday: advanced elements. $15/person $25/ couple Tuesdays, 8 p.m. and Wednesdays, 8 p.m.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@ gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Home Cookin’ Cloggers Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Irish Dance Classes Glor na Dare offers beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up. Adult Step & Ceili, Strength and Flexibility, non-competitive and competitive programs, workshops, camps. Certified. Wednesdays.. 912-704-2052. prideofirelandga@gmail. com. Kids Hip Hop and Jazz Mondays, 6 p.m. salondebailedancestudio. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Kids/Youth Dance Class Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-3353335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. LaBlast Dance Fitness 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 Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Line Dancing


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Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty Dance classes - hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step. Modeling and acting classes. All ages/levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. ongoing. 912-2728329. Modern Dance Class Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah Tues. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Thur. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Sun. 5pm-6pm and 6pm-7pm. Salon de Maile, 704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, 31406. Tuesdays.. salsasavannah.com. Salsa Night Come and shake it to the best latin grooves and bachata the night away in Pooler where it’s cooler. Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. 912988-1052. medi.tavern314@gmail.com. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Savannah Shag Club Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio A class designed to maintain that summer body by dancing and having fun. Incorporates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912312-3549. reservetodance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.

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$8 Community Yoga Classes 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. info@savannahpoweryoga. com. savannahpoweryoga.com. savannahpoweryoga.com/. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $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. savannahpoweryoga.com/. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Al-Anon Family Groups An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. The message of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope for friends/family of problem drinkers. Al-Anon

is for adults. Alateen is for people age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. check website or call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. savannahalanon.com. 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 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. info@savannahyogabarre.com. savannahyogabarre.com. 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. beastmodefitnessga.com. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Beginning Pole Fitness Pole fitness is a fun and flirty way to get in shape! Taught by Pole Dance America National Professional Champion Sabrina Madsen, you’ll learn the basics of pole dance in a safe and welcoming environment. Gain strength, balance and confidence. Beginner Classes are open to all shapes and sizes and are for ladies only (men welcome at our Intermediate Class). $25 for drop-in or $100 for a package of 5 classes Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. 801.673.6737. info@firstcityfitness.com. firstcityfitness. com/pole-fitnessparties.html. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Blue Water Yoga Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. egs5719@aol.com. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Core Pilates This fun and challenging Pilates class will tone your entire body while focusing on building core strength. Betsy HunterHughes is at your service every MonWed-Fri 9:45 at Savannah Yoga Barre. $15 drop-in or class pass Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. 912200-4809. info@savannahyogabarre.com. savannahyogabarre.com. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Fitness Classes at the JEA Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-3558811. savj.org. savannahjea.org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Free Caregiver Support Group For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. continues on p. 42

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1 How-___ (instructional books) 4 Kind of bar lic. 7 “Today” rival, initially 10 Chiding sound 13 “Not my call” 15 FF’s opposite, on a VCR 16 “That’s ___ quit!” 17 Malaria medicine 18 Canniest, for instance 20 Group that keeps count from AK to WY 22 “A garter snake!” 23 DDE’s command in WWII 24 Denounces strongly 26 Armenia and Georgia, once 29 James Bond’s first foe 31 Former Texas governor Perry 32 “Don’t reckon so” 34 Singer-songwriter Redding 36 Reticent 37 WWII naval cruiser named for a Hawaiian city 40 Night wear, for short 42 ___ Kong International Airport 43 Congressional assent 44 Feels sorrow over 46 They’re known for 10s and 20s, but not 30s

48 Slipper tips 51 “Snowy” heron 53 Sombrero, for one 54 Audio collectibles 56 1929 Luis Bunuel/ Salvador Dali surrealist short film 61 One side of a drill bit, e.g. 62 What student loans cover for 63 Namath, in 1977 64 “May ___ now?” 65 Palindromic 1992 album from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones 66 Bauxite, e.g. 67 Maze runner 68 Gees’ predecessors 69 1/6 of a fl. oz.

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1 Canadian wool cap 2 Catalogued musical works 3 Stones’ companions 4 “___ Eyes” (1975 Eagles hit) 5 Air purifier emissions 6 Waiting for the London Underground, perhaps 7 Take hold of 8 Restaurant request 9 One of four in an EGOT 10 Dessert made with espresso

11 Steadfast 12 Actress Cattrall 14 1300, to civilians 19 Equipment 21 Dictator 25 Astronomer’s view 27 OR personnel 28 Pageant adornment 30 Like a mechanic’s rag 33 Yell that puts the brakes on 35 Wintertime bird treat 37 Password accompanier 38 Not one minute later 39 Chinese philosopher ___-tzu 40 Tense beginning? 41 As they say, go for it! 45 Denominational offshoot 47 Town square centerpiece, maybe 49 “Billy ___” (2000 movie) 50 Lampoons 52 His and her 55 Break of day 57 “Young Frankenstein” heroine 58 “Sho ___!” 59 “Vaya con ___” 60 Bar assoc. member 61 To and ___

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Free to attend. Open to anyone in need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. savannahcommons.com. Free Yoga for Cancer Patients St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing offers Free Yoga for Cancer Patients every Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Candler’s Heart & Lung Building, Suite 100. The very gentle movements and breath work in this class will give you much needed energy, it will make your body feel better, and it will give you a mental release. This class is free to cancer patients. Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 912-819-8800. sjchs.org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Functional Training Class Celebrate fall with a Saturday morning workout class. All levels welcome. A smooth mix of cardio and strengthening exercises. Call Kara 912-667-0487 if interested. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Dude’s Day at Savannah Climbing Coop Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop.com. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. Happy Hour Boot Camp Classes Amanda Jessop, certified strength and conditioning specialist, teaches classes for those who enjoy challenging and fun workouts and have goals to lose weight, tone up, or get in shape for the new year. Different packages available: Classes start out at $8 Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.. 832-470-2257. amanda@channelyourinnerathlete.com. channelyourinnerathlete.com/work-with-me/ sports-conditioning-boot-camp/. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West. Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. gastateparks.org/ SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912-429-9241. Living Smart Fitness Club St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center offer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which is an exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesdays, the classes are held at the center, at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening 42 exercises (Mondays/Wednesdays).

Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Mommy and Baby Yoga Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Nonstop Fitness Spin Class Join us every Thursday at 5:30pm for Spin. Space is limited, please call 912-349-4902 to reserve your spot and to inquire about our other classes. 10 classes for $50 Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 912-349-4902. kristi@ nonstopfitnesssav.com. nonstopfitnesssav. com. NonStop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave. Pilates Classes Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol Daly-Wilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-238-0018. savannahpilates. com. pilatessavannah.com/. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@aikyayoga. com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. 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. ann@ douladeliveries.com. douladeliveries.com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong Simple meditation in motion. Done standing. Tuesday evening @ St. Thomas Episcopal, Isle of Hope. 5.45pm. Balance, Breath, Calm. Taught by Tricia Richardson. 658-5592. Tuesdays. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Ave. Qigong Classes Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 ongoing. qigongtim.com/. 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 MondaysFridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-675-0952. rocknbodyfitnessbootcamp@gmail.com. rocknbodyfitnessbootcamp.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. 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. 912495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop.com. Savannah Disc Golf Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. savannahdiscgolf@gmail.com. savannahdiscgolf.com. Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club With a one-year, $35 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. savystrider.com. SIZZLE- Dance Cardio The hottest cardio class to keep or get you in shape for summer. Sizzle is designed to give you cardio, strengthening, and stretch training that you need for that bikini body. Enroll now and get the first class free. $10.00 or $80 for 10 classes Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912.312.3549. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Somatic Movement Improvisation This class is for everyone who moves! Improve your dynamic alignment, breath, grounding, and the ability to access fluid movement. You will improve in all your movement activities, while awakening more fully within your own life as an embodied experience. Led by international teacher Janet Kaylo. Wear light, loose fitting clothes suitable for dance or yoga. No experience necessary. $15 drop-in Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-2004809. info@savannahyogabarre.com. savannahyogabarre.com. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Turbo Kick Cardio Workout Lose calories while dancing and kick-boxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586-822-1021. facebook.com/turbokicksavannah.

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors Free for cancer patients and survivors. The classes help with flexibility and balance while also providing relaxation. Located at FitnessOne, on the third floor of the Memorial Outpatient and Wellness Center. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. 912-350-9031. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Yoga for Meditators Yoga for Meditators One hour of gentle slow flow and yin yoga with breath work to prepare the body to sit comfortably in meditation, followed by a half hour guided meditation based on the work of Jon KabatZinn’s mindfulness based stress reduction program to reduce anxiety, depression and chronic pain. You will experience a full cycle of self-care starting with the body and ending with the mind. By practicing mindfulness in this way you may experience a deeper connection with the world and your place in it and a more accepting attitude towards life’s difficulties. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM, $15. Visit savannahzencenter. com or find us on Facebook. Located at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. Text (912) 429-7265 for more info. ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E. 40th St. Yoga Teacher Training Program Interested in teaching yoga or simply deepening your practice? Join us for our annual 200-hour yoga teacher training program. The journey begins on October 9 and takes place over the course of 9 weekends in an 8-month period. You’ll work in a timeframe that allows you to fully digest and incorporate new knowledge and skills into your yoga practice as well as your everyday life. While our 8-month program prepares you for teaching yoga to others, it’s not necessary to want to teach yoga to benefit from this training. Whether you choose to teach yoga or not, our 200-Hour training will help you develop your unique style and cultivate your inner voice. Through May 15, 2016. ytt@savannahyoga.com. savannahyoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Zumba Fitness (R) with April Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongoing. 912-349-4902.

Health

Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Free Enrollment Help for Medicaid and PeachCare Parents can find the help they need to renew or sign up their children (ages 0-19)


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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. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free Hearing Screenings The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912355-4601. speechandhearingsav.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis.com. Know Your Water What everyone ought to know about our drinking water (bottled, tap, distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered, alkaline and spring.) Are you paying thousands of money for water that is making you sick? Find out what water is best for your body. FREE Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. 703-989-6995. oggisavannah@gmail. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. La Leche League of Savannah A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-8979544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga.html. Living Smart Fitness Club An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-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.

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Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-2647154. 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. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. The Savannah 7-Day Diabetes Repair If you are ready to take control of your life and health, call today, enroll in this fun but intensive seven week program to heal your body of diabetes. You will learn how changing can heal. You can reverse diabetes by following a new protocol, even if you have been diabetic for years. Includes over a year of follow-up support. $450 Thursdays, Saturdays. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

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Healthy Kids Club The Healthy Kids Club’s mission is to educate and inspire children to take part in their local farmers market while enjoying nutritious foods and empowering their families to make healthy choices at home. Saturdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m. wifarmersmarket@aol.com. Wilmington Island Farmers Market, 111 Walthour Rd. Holiday Open Studio! Scribble Art Studio would like to help your holidays run more smoothly. Drop your child off for some fun holiday art. $15+ Mon., Dec. 28, 12-5 p.m. and Tue., Dec. 29, 12-5 p.m. 912-713-7376. info@thescribbleartstudio. com. thescribbleartstudio.com. thescribbleartstudio.com. Scribble Art Studio, 212 E. 37th St. Irish Dancers of Savannah Savannah’s first organized Irish dance school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up. Learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Adult classes available. Thursdays.. 912-897-5984. irishdancsav@ aol.com. continues on p. 44

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Savannah Children’s Museum School Year Hours SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to savannahchildrensmuseum.org ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Toddler Time Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different naturebased theme. $5 parking Thursdays, 10 a.m. gastateparks.org/skidawayisland. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. Skidaway

Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.

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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.

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

The raw materials you have at your disposal in 2016 may sometimes seem limited. You might not have access to all the tools you wish you did. You could be tempted to feel envy about the vaster resources other people can draw on. But I honestly don’t think these apparent inhibitions will put you at a disadvantage. Within your smaller range of options, there will be all the possibilities you need. In fact, the constraints could stimulate your creativity in ways that would have never occurred if you’d had more options.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You know what physical hygiene is. But are you familiar with imaginal hygiene? Educator Morgan Brent defines it like this: “Imaginal hygiene is the inner art of selfmanaging the imagination, to defend it from forces that compromise, pollute, colonize, shrink, and sterilize it, and to cultivate those that illuminate, expand, and nourish it.” It’s always important for everyone to attend to this work, but it’s especially crucial for you to focus on it in 2016. You will be exceptionally creative, and therefore likely to generate long-lasting effects and influences out of the raw materials that occupy your imagination.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Your mind sometimes works too hard and fast for your own good. But mostly it’s your best asset. Your versatility can sometimes be a curse, too, but far more often it’s a blessing. Your agile tongue and flexible agenda generate more fun than trouble, and so do your smooth maneuvers and skillful gamesmanship. As wonderful as all these qualities can be, however, I suggest that you work on expanding your scope in 2016. In my astrological opinion, it will be a good time for you to study and embody the magic that the water signs possess. What would that mean exactly? Start this way: Give greater respect to your feelings. Tune in to them more, encourage them to deepen, and figure out how to trust them as sources of wisdom.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

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Swedish movie director Ingmar Bergman won three Academy Awards and was nominated for eight others. Numerous filmmakers have cited him as an important influence on their work. His practical success was rooted in his devotion to the imagination. “I am living permanently in my dream, from which I make brief forays into reality,” he said. Can you guess his astrological sign? Cancer the Crab, of course! No other tribe is better suited at moving back and forth between the two worlds. At least potentially, you are virtuosos at interweaving fantasy with earthy concerns. The coming year will afford you unprecedented opportunities to further develop and use this skill.

ongoing. Georgia Equality Savannah Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. ongoing. Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBT community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. Call for location. ongoing. 912-288-7863. heather@ savpride.com. savpride.com. Stand Out Youth A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Avoid pain and pursue pleasure. Be kind, not cruel. Abstain from self-pity and ask for the help you need. Instead of complaining, express gratitude. Dodge time-wasting activities and do things that are meaningful to you. Shun people who disrespect you and seek the company of those who enjoy you. Don’t expose yourself to sickening, violent entertainment; fill your imagination up with uplifting stories. Does the advice I’m offering in this horoscope seem overly simple and obvious? That’s no accident. In my opinion, what you need most in 2016 is to refresh your relationship with fundamental principles.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

North American land from the French government. At a price of three cents per acre, the new republic doubled its size, acquiring what’s now Louisiana and Montana and everything between. I don’t think you’ll add that much to your domain in 2016, Sagittarius, but it’s likely you will expand significantly. And although your new resources won’t be as cheap as the 1803 bargain, I suspect the cost, both in terms of actual cash and in emotional energy, will be manageable. There’s one way your acquisition will be better than that earlier one. The Americans bought and the French sold land they didn’t actually own -- it belonged to the native people -- whereas your moves will have full integrity.

Many of the atoms that compose your flesh and blood were not part of your body 12 months ago. That’s because every year, 98 percent of you is replaced. Old cells are constantly dying, giving way to new cells that are made from the air, food, and water you ingest. This is true about everyone, of course. You’re not the only one whose physical form is regularly recycled. But here’s what will be unique about you in 2016: Your soul will match your body’s rapid transformations. In fact, the turnover is already underway. By your next birthday, you may be so new you’ll barely recognize yourself. I urge you to take full charge of this opportunity! Who do you want to become?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

The English word “ain’t” can mean “am not,” “is not,” “are not,” or “have not.” But it ain’t recognized as a standard word in the language. If you use it, you risk being thought vulgar and uneducated. And yet “ain’t” has been around since 1706, more than 300 years. Most words that are used for so long eventually become official. I see your journey in 2016 as having resemblances to the saga of “ain’t,” Libra. You will meet resistance as you seek greater acceptance of some nonstandard but regular part of your life. Here’s the good news: Your chances of ultimately succeeding are much better than ain’t’s. My old friend John owns a 520-acre farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Blueberries are among the crops he grows. If he arranges their growing season so that they ripen in July, he can sell them for $1.75 a pint. But if he designs them to be ready for harvest in late summer and early fall, the price he gets may go up to $4 a pint. You can guess which schedule he prefers. I urge you to employ a similar strategy as you plot your game plan for 2016, Scorpio. Timing may not be everything, but it will count for a lot.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In 1803, the U.S. government bought a huge chunk of

The coming year will be a favorable time for you to nourish a deeper devotion to truth, beauty, and goodness. Anything you do to make your morality more rigorous will generate benefits that ripple through your life for years to come. Curiously, you can add to the propitious effect by also cultivating a deeper devotion to fun, play, and pleasure. There is a symbiotic connection between the part of you that wants to make the world a better place and the part of you that thrives on joy, freedom, and wonder. Here’s the magic formula: Feed your lust for life by being intensely compassionate, and vice versa. I predict that 2016 will be your Year of Fruitful Obsessions. In giving this positive spin to the cosmic tendencies, I’m hoping to steer you away from any behavior that might lead to 2016 being your Year of Fruitless Obsessions. One way or another, I think you’ll be driven to express your passions with single-minded intensity. Focused devotion -- sometimes verging on compulsive preoccupation -- is likely to be one of your signature qualities. That’s why it’s so important to avoid wasteful infatuations and confounding manias. Please choose fascinations that are really good for you. Your symbol of power in 2016 will be the equal sign: =. Visualize it in your mind’s eye every morning for 20 seconds. Tattoo it on your butt. Write it on an index card that you keep under your pillow or on your bathroom mirror. Gestures like these will deliver highly relevant messages to your subconscious mind, like “Create balance and cultivate harmony!” and “Coordinate opposing forces!” and “Wherever there is tension between two extremes, convert the tension into vital energy!” Here are your words of power in 2016: “symbiosis” and “synergy.”


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for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-657-1966. info@standoutyouth.org. standoutyouth. org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. What Makes a Family A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.

Nature and Environment

Coffee with a Ranger Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Dolphin Project Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinproject.org. How to Build a Shelter from a Tarp Our naturalists will demonstrate several different ways to construct a temporary shelter out of a 10x10 tarp. Be prepared for an emergency and protect yourself from wind or rain. $2 per person and each car requires a $5 Park Pass. Mon., Dec. 28, 2 p.m. gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. Invasive Species Hike Join a ranger for a three-mile hike on the Redbird Creek Trail. He will point out the many invasive plant species that live in our area and explain why they are harmful to our environment. $2 per person and each car requires a $5 Park Pass. Sun., Dec. 27, 10 a.m. gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. Recycling Fundraiser for Economic Opportunity Authority Support EOA through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Recycle empty cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, to EOA for recycling. They will receive technology products and cash. Businesses may also recycle items on behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. dwproperty@aol.com. fundingfactory.com. Walk on the Wild Side A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. wilderness-

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Religious & Spiritual

12-Step Recovery Eucharist/Holy Communion 12-Step Recovery Eucharist/Holy Communion is offered at 8:00AM every fourth Friday of the month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th St & Abercorn, Savannah. Everyone is welcome. fourth Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. 912925-4609. alan.phyllis@att.net. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts. Band of Sisters Prayer Group All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/ georgia. Buddhist Meditation All ages, lineages, and newcomers welcome. Our schedule is: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM- for 30 minutes mediation followed by study group, $10. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM- one hour of gentle yoga followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation, $15. Sundays 9-10:30 AM- Mediation, dharma talk and tea, $10. Reiki healing is offered by appointment. Text Rev. Cindy Beach at (912) 429-7265 for more info or visit savannahzencenter.com or find us on Facebook. Located atLocated at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. $10-$15 ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E. 40th St. Catholic Singles A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ diosav.org. diosav.org/familylife-singles. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Visitors are invited to attend the worship service and join the congregation in caroling the neighborhood immediately after the service. Thu., Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Gratitude Circle in the Squares Join Joanne Morton and others on Wednesdays for a weekly gathering of positive energy. All are welcome. Free hugs. View calendar for the square of the week. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-6764280. magicpassionlove.com/savannahgratitude/. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the

Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. revwasson@gmail.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Read the Bible in One Year A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. savannahquakers@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Service of Compline Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. South Valley Baptist Church Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing.

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THERE’S a reason that people don’t share movie spoilers. It has as much to do with not ruining the film for others as it does with prolonging our innocence. A few months back I wrote a column about Samantha Smith, the elevenyear-old American whose letter to Soviet President Yuri Andropov played a key role in the Cold War detente. What I didn’t tell you is that she was just thirteen when she died in a plane crash. I didn’t mention it because I didn’t want her tragic death to overshadow her incredible life. Another reason that people don’t share movie spoilers is because grief can cause us to lose sight of our personal power. Fourteen years ago, I had a psychic vision that Paul Wellstone, the Minnesota senator whose life’s mission was to “stand up for the little fellers, not the Rockefellers,” was going to die in a plane crash. When my prediction came true it was the worst day of my life, not just because I felt in my heart that it was a deliberate assassination, but because seven other people died along with him —including my best friend’s mentor, a woman who had spent many nights in our home— and I was unable to stop it. It took more than ten years for me to speak a single sentence about that day without bawling my eyes out. Now I can resoundingly say that Paul’s death was a defining moment in my origin story; the crossroads where I could embrace my psychic ability as a burden or a gift. The reason that people don’t share spoilers is because there’s always another chapter, another trilogy, another beginning. This might seem like the bleakest, most random Christmas column ever, but I write it because this year—above all others—it just doesn’t feel like Christmas. No need for a spoiler alert warning. The reasons are well documented in the 2015 Year In Review. This is my Christmas column is because in every tragedy there is a gift. Always a new hope there is. In 2016 that hope is you. 45


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Connect Savannah is seeking an experienced Sales Account Executive for an immediate opening. Candidates must have local business contacts and a verifiable successful record of print, digital or broadcast sales. The ability to identify, qualify, cultivate and grow new business is essential. Customer-centric focus, presentation skills, creativity, energy and accountability are expected. Base salary, commission, auto allowance, paid vacation & holidays, insurance and 401K.

Please email cover letter and resume to: sales@connectsavannah.com

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