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GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER December 29th at 3pm & 7pm
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The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets.
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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Public ice skating at the Savannah Civic Center. Session times vary. $7 per person, skate rental included. Dec. 16-Jan. 1 The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $7 912-651-6615. savannahcivic.com
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The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. 3 & 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts 32 Abercorn St. $28-$68 nutcracker.com
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Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker, set designed by Carl Sprague. Photo courtesy of MOSCOW BALLET
Each week, this popular organic farm stand, managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more. In addition, 100 percent grass fed ground beef in various quantities are available at the farm stand, which is raised and distributed by Bethesda Academy’s Cattle & Beef Operation. Specialty cuts are also available. 3-5 p.m. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org. bethesdaacademy.org
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Drop off your Christmas tree at the airport recycle lot so it can be turned into mulch. Residents are asked to remove all lights, string, wire, metal hooks, nails, ornaments, tinsel, fake snow and bags before dropping off trees. While there, drop off holiday wrapping paper and cardboard in the nearby recycling container. Dec. 26-Jan. 7 Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, 400 Airways Ave.
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Tom Coleman directs this play based on a short story by Arnold Sundgaard Produced by Stratton Leopold. “KEN” tells the true account of a nightmarish train ride which the story writer took in 1933 while he was a student at the Yale Department of Drama. When a fellow student dies, he is elected—under pressure—to take the casket containing the boy’s body back to his parents’ home in Portland, Oregon. The story centers around his trip, the funeral that follows and the events that changed his life. Thursday-Friday, December 29-30, 7:30 PM Saturday, December 31, 3:00 PM Thursday-Friday, January 5-6, 7:30 PM Saturday, January 7, 3:00 PM Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $15 online at www.showclix.com / $20 door
Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration SAT / DEC 31
Raise a toast to the New Year in true Savannah-Style at the Savannah Waterfront Association’s 4th Annual “Up the Cup” Countdown. Don’t miss out on a digital light show, countdown clock, and a non-traditional “ball drop” with a Savannah twist. 8 p.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free and Open to the Public 912-234-0295 email@example.com riverstreetsavannah.com
Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. They meet on Wednesday nights for open theological discussion on hot button issues. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. They are open and affirming of the LGBT community. Order for Compline by candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at 8PM. 8 p.m. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. facebook.com/commongroundssavannah
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2017 marks the 17th annual Tybee Polar Plunge, a tradition held every New Year’s Day at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Join more than 1,000 hearty and brave souls as they plunge into the chilly Atlantic at noon. And don’t miss the Gang of Goofs contest at 11 a.m. Watch dozens of fun-loving folks sporting t wacky costumes as they parade in front of celebrity judges. 11 a.m. Tybee Pier Pavilion Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St. $25 Adults / $15 kids under 12 10% discount for members of the Tybee Post Theater
Film: The Most Terrible Time In My Life
This extremely entertaining black and white action drama takes place in early 90’s Japan and Taiwan, but was intentionally shot to resemble classic Hollywood crime films of the 50’s and 60’s. It’s filled lwith inside references to such movies and to vintage American detective novels from the same time period. .8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. -$7
Home for the Holidays Adoption Special
Help Chatham County Animal Services find homes for all the shelter animals. Adoptions before December 31 will be free and include spay/neuter, dewormer, vaccinations, heartworm test, FELV/FIV test, and a microchip. Dec. 27-31, 1-4:30 p.m. Chatham County Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood
The Ghosts of Christmas Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight In this production based on Charles The program features the home by candlelight. Listen to early 19th century music. Taste short bread and cider. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations from lively, trained docents. At the end of the evening will be a demonstration of early 19th century dancing. Dec. 26-30 Davenport House, 324 East State St. $12 advance, $15 door
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Chase Anderson portrays Dickens, Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future, and other spirits in the drawing room of this haunted house. Dec. 29-31, 7:30 p.m. Sorrel-Weed Mansion, 6 West Harris St. $22.50
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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russianmade costumes and sets. 3 & 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $28-$68
New Year’s Bluegrass Festival
Featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Seldom Scene, and many other bluegrass performers. Dec. 29-31 Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beach View Drive North. $25-$45 adamsbluegrass.com
Tom Coleman directs this play based on a short story by Arnold Sundgaard. Produced by Stratton Leopold. 7:30 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20 door
Friday 12.30 The Ghosts of Christmas
In this production based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Chase Anderson portrays Dickens, Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future, and other spirits in the drawing room of this haunted house. Dec. 29-31, 7:30 p.m. Sorrel-Weed Mansion, 6 West Harris St. $22.50 $12 advance, $15 door
Tom Coleman directs this play based on a short story by Arnold Sundgaard. Produced by Stratton Leopold. 7:30 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20 door
Saturday 12.31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Curl up in your beach chair or on a blanket to watch the fireworks display as they are set off from the Walter W. Parker Pier & Pavilion at midnight. Tybee Island
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Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration
Raise a toast to the New Year in true Savannah-Style at the Savannah Waterfront Association’s 4th Annual “Up the Cup” Countdown. Don’t miss out on a digital light show, countdown clock, and a non-traditional “ball drop” with a Savannah twist. 8 p.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free and Open to the Public 912-234-0295. info@riverstreetsavannah. com
Wild Night on Ossabaw
Spend New Year’s Eve on Ossabaw Island on an overnight trip featuring a nature walk through the maritime forest, a short history walking tour, and s’mores and tales of Ossabaw Island around the fire pit after dinner. 1 p.m. Ossabaw Island, 1 Cane Patch Rd. $250-$350 ossabawisland.org
Forsyth Farmers Market
Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com
Tom Coleman directs this play based on a short story by Arnold Sundgaard. Produced by Stratton Leopold. 3 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20 door
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The 17th annual New Year’s Day plunge into the brisk Atlantic at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. The Gang of Goofs contest precedes the plunge at 11 a.m.with revelers in wacky costumes on parade in front of celebrity judges. 11 a.m. Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St. $25/$15 tybeepolarplunge.com
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Good news for 2017, with a warning by Jim Morekis
IT WASN’T necessarily a surprise, but Savannah did indeed get an early Christmas present of sorts this past Thursday, Dec. 22, when City Council unanimously voted to adopt a new 2017 budget that would restore deep and controversial funding cuts that had been proposed for the arts and social services. As was the case with the previous Council meeting dealing with the topic on Dec. 8, a large and motivated crowd of citizens showed up to voice their strongest possible support for restoring the funds. This time, however, there was a bit of street theatre, as the folks from Art Rise Savannah and Emergent Savannah helped organize a rally next to City Hall prior to the meeting, with kids activities and artsand-craft displays, showing the streetlevel positive impact of both the arts and the social services on young minds.
Notably, the restoration of the Cultural Affairs programming budget will be to 2016 levels, rather than to the Commission’s recommendations for 2017. This effectively wipes away the diligence and hard work of the Cultural Affairs Commission in reviewing and prioritizing the programming efforts of local nonprofits. I agree with Cultural Affairs Chairman Raymond Gaddy — also our resident Brew/ Drink/Run columnist! — that the funding should have taken into account the Commission’s recommendations. But that said, this was much better than the cuts going through as planned. Not to mention better than a tax hike. I was also heartened that Hernandez said the proposed three-year phaseout of funding for individual nonprofits was no longer being considered as an option in this round of budgeting. While he did leave the door open for this in my opinion misguided concept, I was happy to see it not be an issue this time around.
I can tell you that in the case of the Cultural Affairs Commission, this literally couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Commission diligently works to grade local nonprofits and contextualize their contributions from year-to-year to their targeted audiences and stakeholder groups. While there is always room for improvement— and there is plenty of waste that could be addressed — it is simply inaccurate to say that local nonprofits are generally not held to standards of accountability in the use of taxpayer funds. The task of educating the public does of course largely fall to the media, and one of my New Year’s Resolutions for Connect Savannah is for us to do a better job of informing the public of the more basic, yet often overlooked aspects of civic engagement locally. But to me by far the most interesting comments at the meeting came from Alderman at Large Brian Foster, who is basically seen as the financial guru of the current Council.
The rally to restore the funding was not only an inspiring display of the power of community, it was a reminder that citizens can and do have the power to sway our elected and appointed officials. It also makes one wonder why more citizens don’t become more organized to affect positive change in this manner. It was not only an inspiring display of the power of community, it was a reminder that citizens can and do have the power to sway our elected and appointed officials. It also makes one wonder why more citizens don’t become more organized to affect positive change in this manner, when you can see that it can indeed get immediate results. The upshot of the meeting wasn’t literally the best-case scenario, but it came pretty darn close. City Manager Rob Hernandez, in what I feel was quite a magnanimous gesture, restored the proposed budget cuts in the least impactful manner to the public at large: By finding the money in his own office’s budget. While there is still an effort on City Council to raise property taxes to help balance the budget — an idea championed by Alderman John Hall in particular — it seems we avoided that controversy again.
In any case, folks in the local nonprofit community now have time to plan for next time the threatening proposal pops up. One of the things I learned covering this controversy is how ill-informed many Savannah citizens are about the process of funding local nonprofits. I was amazed how much bad blood exists in some quarters of the public towards local nonprofits, whether cultural or social services organizations. This disconnect is in effect the flip side of the enhanced community engagement I mentioned above. Simply put, there is a body of opinion out there that says virtually any public investment in local nonprofits is an irresponsible waste of money. More to the point, there is a dangerous misconception that most nonprofits just get whatever they ask for without any accountability whatsoever.
Speaking in broad terms about the budget — and being basically supportive of restoring the funds in question — Foster did warn that Savannah very soon faces a potential fiscal crisis. He said Savannah is “many, many years behind from a capital standpoint” in funding big-picture sectors such as drainage and public safety. Meanwhile, Foster says that over half a billion of dollars in private investment in Savannah is in the pipeline for the near future. You don’t have to be a financial guru to see that these two facts will inevitably collide, probably sooner rather than later. I believe this is what City Manager Hernandez is referring to when he mentions the need to significantly reexamine how Savannah builds its budgets in the future. Word to the wise: Next time it might not be so easy to get your funds restored. Forewarned is forearmed. cs
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The end of the world with Jane By Jessica Leigh Lebos
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Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to go looking for comfort on the darkest day of a very dark year from another misanthrope. “It’s cold and miserable and I want to throw up,” Jane Fishman informs me when I knock on the front door of her Parkside bungalow. “Yeah, well, perfect weather for this dumpster fire of a year,” I growl back, brushing the dots of mist clinging to my coat. We both laugh, because being mildly depressed during winter is such a cliché, as is already the term “dumpster fire” to refer to 2016. Jane doesn’t do clichés. She prefers— nay, champions—unconventionality both in her writing and her other favorite endeavor, digging in the dirt and planting stuff. The two converge once again in her latest book, I Grew It My Way: How Not to Garden, a hilarious, informative collection of local herbal lore and urban horticultural adventure that heralds appreciation for nature’s overlooked gifts. I figure I’ve brought the perfect offering, a few Meyer lemons purloined from the ungated backyard of a vacant house on my block. Or not. “Oy, I’m up to my ears in citrus!” she says as she adds the deep yellow orbs to a basket overflowing with oranges and grapefruits. “The orchard over on 38th Street is going nuts.” We head towards the kitchen, Pavarotti hollering from the record player. “Maybe your mood would improve if you didn’t listen to opera in the morning,” I suggest, taking in the dining room table full of partially-wrapped holiday presents and indigo seeds ready to be sorted. She shrugs and squeezes me a glass of orange juice from her grandmother’s ancient steel countertop contraption, a pulpy shot of straight-up sunshine. “There, that’s better, isn’t it?” she says after we toast, the twinkle that’s been temporarily robbed by the dreary weather returning to her eyes. I saw that same sparkle the first time I visited Savannah—exactly 20 years ago this week, come to think it—when the dear lady who would become my mother-in-law (God rest her sweet soul) dragged me over to meet Jane at the synagogue social hall. My future MIL thought it remarkable that she knew two newspaper columnists (back then I was 10 a cub scout at Northern California’s Pacific
No one, but no one, grows broccoli in the lane like Jane Fishman. Photo by Betsy cain
Sun, one of the country’s oldest altweeklies) and seemed a little star struck by Jane, who shook my hand, bemused. I remember telling her that any town that can deal with a sassy Jewish woman writer is my kinda place. (When I tell Jane this story, she giggles. “What the hell was I doing at Mickve Israel anyway?”) When I moved here for good a decade ago, it never occurred to me to wonder if Savannah was big enough for the both of us. Instead, I read her books and columns religiously (“oh my god, stop it with the religion already,” she groans, rolling her eyes) and basically followed her around (not easy, since she likes to hide out in three different gardens around the city and sometimes on Ossabaw Island.) I still haven’t figured out how to grow a banana but I did pick up a mysterious, three-pronged jumping lily at one of her bi-yearly plant swaps. Jane rides her bike everywhere and wears blue nail polish to cover the crud under her nails. She spends her Social Security checks on local art and healed her own broken kneecap with a paste made from a comfrey plant growing in her driveway. She once got arrested for keying a street sweeper and had to do 40 hours of community service pulling weeds at the Bamboo Farm. She is the eccentric, DGAF auntie my children always needed and probably the closest thing to a mentor I’ll ever have. “Oh pssssht.” Jane waves off my
sentimental drivel and hands me a cup of sorrel tea made from the deep red petals collected from the sprawling bush on the city-owned side of the back fence. We sip the hibiscus-flavored brew and talk shop instead. We’re both best motivated by deadlines and agree wholeheartedly with Dorothy Parker, that grouchy scribe supreme who put it best: “I hate writing, I love having written.” Jane must love the past pluperfect tense a lot, because she’s already working on two more books, Something about 70, which promises to be a most unconventional treatise on aging, and an homage to her late mother, When Did You Get So Jewish? “My mother always thought it was hilarious when I started putting Yiddish in my columns,” she recalls. “Who knew people would think being Jewish was so funny?” We get all subdued again as we consider that might not be the case in the coming alt-right assault on the media and beyond. “Let’s go see the chickens,” she says. We visit for a few minutes with her menopausal girls, only giving up a single egg every other morning between them these days. Then we head out the back gate to the lane, where Jane has fashioned an amazing garden in the strip of earth between the wooden fence and the garbage truck route. Frilly skirts of kale, proud crowns of broccoli, sweeping fans of collards are
lined up in surprising order (in her book, Jane loves to brag about how disorganized she is) next to turmeric shoots and garlic toes pushing up green stalks. This incredible winter bounty is fed by compost heaps of broken egg shells and carrot ends moldering into magic a few yards down, waiting to be shoveled and spread directly onto the ground. “I hate raised beds. They remind me of coffins,” she grumbles, pulling a stray weed in an area marked off by a Barbie leg. That sets off my misery again, flooded with frustration about Savannah’s pernicious problems and the heartbreak of Aleppo and watching Clown Voldemort and his Sinister Council of Ignoramus Deatheaters usher in the end of the world. “Oh, Jane, what are we going to do?” I cry, feeling the cloak of darkness hovering above in the slate-colored clouds. She hands me a comfrey leaf. “We wait until spring.” This is the solace I’ve come for, I realize as she continues to poke her blue nails around the plants, humming with contentment. This is what I need to hear from the wisest person I know on the darkest day of a very dark year: That nature always comes through no matter what, and the days only get longer and brighter from here. Wishing a blessed and bountiful 2017 to all. cs
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Christmas wishes for the less privileged by John Bennett
Signs like this a regularly ignored because cars parked in bike lanes are rarely, if ever, towed.
stop without a shelter or a bench. In aggregate these predicaments deliver a clear message to those who must endure them: If you don’t have a car, you don’t matter. The danger to people who travel by bike and on foot is more easily quantified. More people are killed on bicycles in Chatham County than anywhere else in the state. We also know increased motor vehicle speeds, such as those yielded by the Bay Street experiment dramatically increase mortality rates for people who are hit by cars. Our leaders, with a greater understanding what life is like for people who don’t drive, could improve conditions significantly. Next, Santa, please bring the journalists of Savannah alternatives to the word “accident” for describing traffic crashes, collisions, and wrecks. So strong is the habit to call anything involving a car or truck an “accident,” that one local TV station used the word in a graphic with the news of a man using a truck to murder a dozen people in a Berlin marketplace. While it’s true that most people do not intend to harm others with their cars, to call every crash an “accident” before the true cause is known desensitizes us to the heartbreaking toll of preventable crashes. A recent study by AAA found, “About 87
percent of drivers engaged in at least one risky behavior while behind the wheel within the past month.” These behaviors — driving while distracted, impaired or drowsy; speeding; and running red lights — are very much “accidents” waiting to happen. Words shape our perception of reality. If we can stop reflexively using the word “accident” and use more appropriate descriptors, we will be forced to confront the true causes of traffic crashes and the cataclysmic loss of life. (It would also help if the police department could find a new name for the Major Accident Investigation Team, and stop using the “A-word” in media releases, which are often republished verbatim). My last appeal is not to Santa, but to my fellow citizens. Please offer assistance to the Savannahians who serve the most vulnerable and struggling among us. Please stand with those who work to preserve the art, culture, and history that make Savannah a place like no other. Please support the people who fight to protect our delicate and irreplaceable natural resources. They will all face historic challenges in the years to come. Let’s do all we can to help them succeed. cs
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DEAR SANTA: First, forgive me for using this tired trope in my column this week. I think I’ve been pretty good this year otherwise, so I hope you’ll let the “Dear Santa” cliché slide. Truth is, I don’t really need anything. My house escaped Hurricane Matthew with only minor damage and five days without power after the storm made me grateful for what I have. Instead, I’m asking for gifts on behalf of distinct groups of people in our community. Santa, I ask you to give our elected leaders empathy for the thousands of people in our community who do not enjoy the privilege of driving. Every single local elected official, despite their differences on policies and politics, shares one common trait: They all use their personal automobiles for almost every single trip they make in our city. Going to work, to school, to the store, to the doctor, and to other destinations can be difficult and sometimes impossible without a car. According to census data, 8.3 percent of households in the Savannah area do not have access to a motor vehicle. For African-American residents, the figure is nearly double at 15.9 percent. Many households that do have access to a car are just a broken timing belt or missed title pawn payment away from losing it. Caila Brown, chair of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign board of directors, wants Savannah to be “a place where people are not endangered or humiliated when walking or biking from where they are to where they need to be.” How is this humiliation manifested? Consider the following scenarios. A mother activates a pedestrian signal (aka a “beg button”), then waits for five minutes for the walk signal to appear and her chance to scramble across six lanes with grocery bags in her arms and her children in tow. The don’t walk signal starts flashing red before she’s made it halfway across the intersection. Impatient motorists yell and blare their horns. A bicycle commuter faces similar harassment when she must steer out of one of Savannah’s few bike lanes to avoid cars parked there, right next to a sign advertising the empty threat of towing. A senior citizen sits in the rain on an overturned shopping cart, waiting at a bus
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News & Politics Year in Review
LET’S GET this out of the way: This is a roundup of the top 10 local news and politics stories from 2016. So Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton aren’t listed here. We figure you can get plenty of that on your Facebook feed. Instead what we have for you is a Top Ten list of the most notable happenings — the good, the bad, and the ugly — in Savannah in 2016. Did we mention Donald Trump isn’t on this list? He’s not on this list. This is a local paper. So no Hillary Clinton either. Sorry! So here without further ado is our Top Ten Year in Review of LOCAL News and Politics stories. We understand you will disagree with some of them. And we understand that some folks will still give us a hard time for not mentioning Trump or Clinton or the FBI or the Russians or Wikileaks or Bernie Sanders or “fake news” in this list of LOCAL, Savannah-based stories. But as they say: It is what it is!
day. It dipped back to a Category 4 in the first days of October but packed no less of a punch as it tore through the Bahamas and Haiti, where it destroyed homes and crops and left more than 1600 people dead. The southeastern U.S. braced itself for impact as Matthew crept along the coast. Florida and South Carolina declared a state of emergency and issued evacuation
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It started out as a just another gray blob on the radar sometime in mid-September, but by the time the tempest was within swirl distance of the Caribbean, it had its own name. Hurricane Matthew was upgraded from a tropical storm on September 29 and reached its Category 5 zenith the following
The cleanup from Hurricane Matthew will continue well into 2017, but the loss to Savannah’s legendary tree canopy is irreversible.
12 New City Manager Rob Hernandez, at the podium with City Council
orders days before the hurricane made landfall, but Georgia governor Nathan Deal and Chatham County authorities waffled in the “cone of uncertainty.” A joint press conference with county leaders and CEMA yielded more confusion, and Tybee Island went ahead and called a mandatory evacuation anyway on Oct. 5. Gov. Deal ordered the rest of the county— as well as five surrounding counties—to evacuate the next morning. An estimated 90 percent of residents east of I-95 left for safety, though some diehards remained to weather the storm, along with thousands of first responders, hospital staff and government employees. Hurricane Matthew slammed into Savannah on Friday night Oct. 7, uprooting trees and ripped off roof shingles. Winds at 96mph on Tybee Island and storm surges of almost eight feet were recorded at Fort Pulaski, washing away sand dunes along the coast. The next morning as Matthew moved on to terrorize Charleston, SC and the Outer Banks, locals ventured out into the eerie calm to survey the damage: Four hundredyear oaks downed across live power lines, homes destroyed, debris everywhere and the tragic death of Jefferson Davis, the
father of two young children. Citizens were allowed to return to the city on Oct. 10, though curfews remained in place through Oct. 12 as Georgia Power crews worked to restore electricity to 250,000 homes. The feared looting and crime wave never came to pass, and neighbors rallied together to feed, clothe and shelter those affected by the storm for weeks afterwards. In the months since, local officials have coordinated with state and federal agencies to provide financial aid and remove more than almost a half million cubic yards of debris. At the end of November, the City of Savannah agreed to participate in a FEMA program that will ameliorate the cost of dragging all those walls of tree trunks and branches to the chipper, now estimated at more than $22 million. In order to receive the funds, the city has to get the job done by the end of April, though new City Manager Rob Hernandez—on the job literally one day after the hurricane—has said that the collection process could be wrapped up by the end of February. – Jessica Leigh Lebos continues on p. 14
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social services funding in an attempt balance the 2017 City budget – was an indication of his approach, we’re in good hands. In the end Hernandez opted to cut initiatives and studies emanating from his own office to restore the cuts. When was the last time anything like that happened here? – Jim Morekis
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The interior of the legendary Johnny Harris — now a vacant lot.
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city. We learned in 2016 that Savannah is not All of it gone in the span of seconds, the as desensitized to horrific street crime as gallery now closed down, the suspects still we may have thought. at large. The gunning-down of art gallery owner And the attack on Reid was just one of Kevin Reid in September while walkmany high-profile armed robberies and ing downtown shocked and horrified the straight-up gun battles in the tourist area entire city. this past year, some fatal, others not. Reid was walking on East Waldburg The uptick in over-the-top, brazen vioStreet with his wife at about 9:45 p.m. lence in Savannah’s most sacrosanct and when they were approached by at least lucrative area sounded an ominous note of three suspects in an apparent robbery dread even as the new hotels seem to reach attempt. higher and higher to the sky and wall in He was shot and later succumbed to his the entire downtown. wounds on the way to the hospital. And as of this writing, there would be Reid was the owner of Australian eight more homicides in Savannah after Aboriginal Art Gallery on Broughton the killing of Kevin Reid -- a total of 50, Street, and was an active Tourism Leader- only three less than in 2015, the deadliest ship Council member. His death year in Savannah since the 1990s. was a cause of mourning Yes, the murder rate is virthroughout the area, tually unchanged from both for those who former Mayor Edna knew him personJackson’s last year in ally and for what office -- an office she his murder lost mostly due to represents. that murder rate. Maybe the While new most poiMayor Eddie gnantly symDeLoach has bolic thing the benefit of a about it was that police department Reid was in a way at full staff for the a real microcosm first time in decades of this particular -- the understaffing no era in Savannah. doubt being one reason He was someone street crime got so out of from literally the other control -- he will also in the side of the world who fell Split is the most macho end be judged by the same grim banana-based mascot ever in love with Savannah metric most Savannah mayand decided to stay here ors are judged by. and make a difference in And as the victims pile up, local arts and culture. the money still piles in. When Reid had worked with indigenous will the tipping point be reached? And can peoples in his native Australia for years, it be stopped? – Jim Morekis traveled all around the world. Came here, 14 invested money in a new and promising
Hiring Rob Hernandez
The hiring of Rob Hernandez seemed oddly anticlimactic in a city accustomed to long, drawn-out battles over the hiring and firing of new City Managers. But that seems par for the course for this no-nonsense, military veteran administrator who seems to prefer not to make things about himself. Much of the battle was already won with the victory of new Mayor Eddie DeLoach and a slate of new aldermen in the 2015 elections. Running on an implicit platform of removing City Manager Stephanie Cutter without explicitly saying so, her departure seemed a fait accompli even as the vote totals came in. A much-maligned but very pragmatic deal was soon reached: Cutter would “retire” with full pension, but also pull down a full year’s salary after her replacement was hired. Ridiculous waste of taxpayer money? A travesty of public administration? Probably. But the cynical and expensive sweetheart deal did avoid a contentious, almost certainly racially divisive effort to remove her. Savannah is accustomed to dog-andpony show “national searches” for City appointees which always seem to result in yet another crony insider hire. So the quickness with which City Council settled on Hernandez — with experience in South Florida and in Atlanta — and more importantly, voted for him unanimously, came as a pleasant surprise. Hernandez started work almost concurrently with Hurricane Matthew’s once-inseveral-lifetimes assault on Savannah and the Georgia coast. While coping with that he also had to put together a 2017 budget which attempted to legit If the most recent challenge – over Hernandez’s initial decision to cut arts and
In case you thought 2016 was all bad news: Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Savannah Bananas, the feel-good hit of the summer. Many of us mourned the departure of the Savannah Sand Gnats to Columbia, S.C., sad to see the end of decades of minor league baseball in town going back to the sport’s earliest days. When Savannah citizens wouldn’t build the Gnats a new stadium — which is our right as taxpayers — the Gnats decided to move to a place that would, which is their right as a business. But the historic digs of Grayson Stadium proved more than adequate for Jesse and Emily Cole, who made a deal with the City to use the hallowed ground for college summer league team play, sprinkled with various dance-offs, dress-up games, and all manner of vaguely double-entendre, Banana-themed contests in between, you know, the actual baseball. And it worked! Better than almost anyone thought it would. Huge and diverse crowds packed the games, drawn not only by the high-energy hijinks and reasonable prices, but by the spirited play on the field. Turns out these college kids are far more enthusiastic about crowd interaction and signing autographs than the Sand Gnats players and management ever were. With the players living with host families during their time away from school, they forged real relationships with the community which carried over into fan support at the games. Add in the not-trivial fact that, as a summer league, Bananas players use honest-to-goodness wooden bats instead of those ridiculous NCAA aluminum bats, that means us baseball purists were pleased as well. (And let’s not forget the hottest Insta follow in town, Daisy the Bat Dog!) Sellout after sellout at Grayson led to a inaugural Cinderella season for the Bananas straight out of the movies, as they won the Coastal Plain League Championship series in their fairytale first year in existence. It will be a tough season to match in 2017, but my guess is the crowds will be even bigger next year to see what happens. – Jim Morekis
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Parkside neighborhood and others conOur grandparents danced in the grand cerned with light and noise pollution and ballroom under the star-studded ceiling. heavy traffic on Victory Drive. We stuffed ourselves with baked chicken The MPC denied a rezoning request and Brunswick stew in the charming win- for the storage facility at its November 1 dow booths. We shipped bottles of barbemeeting, though it did approve a land use cue sauce to loved ones not as blessed as amendment submitted by the developers’ we were to have a taste anytime we had a local counsel, attorney Robert McCorkle. hankering. Residents have vowed to continue to the But nostalgia doesn’t pay the bills. fight. The owners of Johnny Harris restaurant Those still hungry for a taste of the past announced in the fall of last year that it for can visit the new Bowtie Barbecue at was in negotiations to sell the iconic build- 6724 Waters Ave. at Eisenhower, owned by ing on Victory Drive to an Atlanta-based the great grandson of “Red” Donaldson, development firm, along with the rest of who bought Johnny Harris in 1942. the 11-acre parcel that has been a respite And JH’s famous barbecue sauce is still for the horses of Wicklow Farms for sold online, but to many it just won’t taste decades. quite the same. – Jessica Leigh Variance requests to make Lebos way for a retail strip shopping The Ballad of Tony and center, including a five-story Yusuf storage unit, were presented The long-running saga of to the MPC soon after, causing an uproar among citizens Savannah’s two most controfurious that officials would versial politicians — Alderman allow the destruction of the Tony Thomas and County Combeloved building and one of missioner Yusuf Shabazz — the city’s last undeveloped came to a head this summer. green spaces. Thomas had been the subject In spite of the rancor and of allegations of illegal behava petition to designate it as a ior for years, but it wasn’t until historic landmark that gara web video series called ‘The nered thousands of signaAlderman Tony Thomas Troll Chronicles’ broke in Febtures, Johnny Harris could ruary that he appeared to be in not be saved. Restaurant real trouble. president Norman After a GBI investiHeidt declared in Janugation of the charges ary that even if the deal of providing alcowith ARS Ventures hol to minors, ChaLLC didn’t happen, the tham County District company was still going Attorney Meg Heap to tear down the place announced a grand jury that housed fond memowould be convened in ries for generations of July to look into the Savannahians. matter. “We simply cannot After a month of hearallow the Johnny Harris ing testimony, on Aug. Restaurant building to 26 the jury announced be used by a non-owned it had decided not to entity. Therefore, we recommend a criminal have decided that even indictment. if this development falls County Commissioner Yusuf Shabazz While it was undoubtthrough, we will demoledly good news for ish the building ourThomas, most jurors selves and continue to market the property actually cited the statute of limitations as for sale,” wrote Heidt in a letter to MPC the main reason for not charging him. director Tom Thomson. Heap would say, “Multiple victims’ testiTrue to his word, Johnny Harris served monies corroborated that Mr. Thomas disits last fried drumstick on May 28. Lines plays a pattern of grooming young males to wrapped around the restaurant with peobecome sexual partners.” ple from near and far eager to sample one She went on to say that Thomas “clearly” last bite of their favorite dishes. violated state law, and “unfortunately they Demolition began on August 6, the bull- are only misdemeanors and not felony dozers quickly reducing the brick edifice to cases.” rubble and razing until there was no trace “Testimony included a pattern of of the legendary barbecue shack that first behavior by Mr. Tony Thomas that could opened in 1924. be described as a person trying to obtain The bare piece of land is still up for big sexual contract with another person in a development, to the chagrin of nearby continues on p. 16
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predatory manner,” Heap said. Commissioner Shabazz, fresh off a slap on the wrist for a hit-and-run charge involving a city traffic worker as Shabazz was behind the wheel of his van, faced a runoff in July’s Democratic primary against Tabitha Odell. (Because no Republican was in the race, the winner of the primary would be the de facto next 5th District Commissioner.) Many observers thought Shaundra Smith McKeithen, who had challenged Shabazz’s wife Estella in 2015 for City Council, might prove the Commissioner’s most formidable opponent. But when McKeithen didn’t make the runoff, it became a head-to-head contest between Shabazz and Odell, wife of Recorder’s Court Judge Harris Odell, himself a former County Commissioner. While only a tiny sliver of the electorate — just nine percent of eligible voters — decided the race, Odell was the clear victor with 61 percent of the vote. And just like that, the 5th District has a new County Commissioner. As for Tony Thomas, he isn’t up for reelection again until 2019. – Jim Morekis
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Savannah: Moviemaking Central
One of the biggest but most oddly underthe-radar developments in the country right now is the fact that Georgia is by some measures currently the third-largest film and TV industry hub on the planet. That’s right: The ol’ Peach State ranks behind only Hollywood and Bollywood. Let’s not kid ourselves though. It ain’t all about the Spanish moss and the Southern hospitality. Georgia offers by far the most generous tax incentives for the film industry in the nation, and there is absolutely no question that in the money-driven film/TV biz, that is the game-changer that brought our state into such rarified company. From The Walking Dead to The Hunger Games to the growing Tyler Perry empire and many more examples, Georgia — mostly the metro Atlanta area — is hosting literally hundreds of major projects to the tune of roughly a billion dollars in statewide annual economic impact.
Clockwise from top left: Baywatch on Tybee, Live Oak Public Library Bull Street Branch, and Patrick Mumford, from the police bodycam footage
Savannah is experiencing its own share of that boom, and 2016 was a peak year. The most notable but far from only example is the Baywatch reboot filmed on Tybee. It stars literally the world’s biggest movie star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who brought his familiar common-man touch and genius Instagram presence to folks all over our little town. Other key projects filmed around Savannah include the acclaimed series Underground, Coup D’Etat starring Michael Caine, A Little Mermaid starring Shirley MacLaine, Misfortune starring John Cusack, and Lizzie starring Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny. That said, the local film industry wasn’t without controversy in 2016, as the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) took over virtually all activities of the Savannah Film Office, previously a standalone effort under the City Manager’s purview. Critics said SEDA’s track record, including its questionable relationship with convicted director Randall Miller, wasn’t the best. Some brought up questions of possible conflicts of interest as well. But as they say in the biz, money talks and bullshit walks, and as long as the moolah and the jobs and the publicity all keep rolling in, everyone will be happy. Scarlett O’Hara herself must be smiling down at us. – Jim Morekis
The Tasing of Patrick Mumford
In 2016 Savannah joined the long national list of viral videos of controversial police incidents with a serious case of mistaken identity. As captured on bodycam, Savannah Metro officers rolled up on Patrick Mumford in a driveway on Martha Street and told him he was being detained. He asked why, and one officer said, “You got a warrant, dude.” Savannah Metro was trying to serve a warrant on one Michael Clay, wanted for assault and stealing a cellphone, at an address on Martha Street. Except this wasn’t Clay. When police asked Mumford’s identity, he was slow in responding and was tased rather quickly and arrested, all of it on video. Massively complicating issues of course was the fact that Mumford is African American and the first officers to respond were white. Given the parameters of the case, it didn’t take long after the video was released for it to go national, with prominent mention by activist/gadfly/columnist Shaun King. While one is tempted to say it’s understandable that cops would be on edge given the military-style ambushes on them for much of the last year, the fact is this incident occurred on Feb. 1 of 2016. And it probably only came to light at all
because of a lawsuit against the City by Mumford, who eventually settled the case for $100,000. An angry Chief Lumpkin released the full versions of the bodycams in an attempt to set the record straight. But candidly the unedited footage didn’t do much to dispel the sense that this incident didn’t have to happen this way at all. And while Lumpkin did suspend four officers involved in the incident, again it only happened long after the fact, when the public became aware. In the end one is tempted to say it could have gone worse, much worse. Which itself is kind of a sad comment. – Jim Morekis
Potboiler at the Library
For all of the tension and tragedy available within its pages, the real drama at the library surpassed anything found inside any book. The abrupt departure of Live Oak Public Libraries’ longtime executive director and several other key managers in April revealed a department plagued with accusations of a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, and financial misconduct. Central to the latter was confusion around sums of money revolving from the library coffers to its separate fundraising arm, the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation. LOPL’s Regional Board of Trustees pulled up Jason Broughton from his position as the Assistant Director for Public Services to serve as the Interim Director. Overwhelmed by staff complaints, Broughton requested assistance from the state library, which recommended forensic financial and humans resources audits. The summer swirled with rumors as more employees resigned under the investigation. In September, the audits reported a mess in upper management levels, including gift bags stuffed with paper containing the personal information of employees and a paycheck issued with a $454,534 mistake. The head of the Human Resources department and the department coordinator were both fired, an act followed by the hasty appointment of two new members
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to the 11-member library board—both of Don Logana whom were related to employees A native of Syracuse, NY, the big accused of misconduct. One of man with the big heart was voted the new board members, the Best Investigative Reporter current Superintendent of by Connect Savannah readSchools, resigned almost ers in 2014 and Best Local immediately. TV News Anchor 2015. The Soon after, the Chatham WTOC anchor was killed County Commission quion I-17 by a drunk driver on etly added a line item proNov. 20. posing for a six-month notice Michael Curry to dissolve the Memorandum of On November 19, the 13-year Understanding (MOU) between veteran of Savannah’s Master Lady Chablis Chatham County and Live Oak Firefighter force died of an aorPublic Libraries. tic aneurysm during a rescue Fears abounded that the operation of 47 people from the county would divest itself Savannah River after a gatefrom the regional library way collapsed. A participant system it has shared with in dozens of local charities, Liberty and Effingham Curry left behind a wife and counties since 1945. two children. Not so, says County Kevin Reid Manager Lee Smith, who The art lover and entresaid it was just time reinpreneur was shot and killed by vigorate the MOU to reflect masked assailants while walkcurrent policies and encourage ing with his wife near their home more transparency. The disDon Logana downtown on Sept. 21. Reid had solution passed, and the county become a well-known presence in the is currently conducting its own community as owner of the newlyaudits, which will either coropened Australian Aboriginal roborate or contradict the Art Gallery owner. His murfindings of the state-manderers remain at large. dated audits. Leonard Miller In the midst of the turThe last of Savannah’s legmoil, the county was hit endary freehand sign paintby a literal disaster. In the ers and muralists—his work wake of Hurricane Matthew recognizable by its bright colon Oct. 7, the libraries were ors and looping script—passed among the first government away on January 5. Also known facilities to reopen to the public, as the Sand Man for his beach Michael Curry offering free internet and power creations, Leonard (pronounced sources to citizens. Le-NARD) was a beloved fixture The grand Bull Street Library on Tybee Island and at his church, celebrated its 100th anniwhere he loved to sing hymns in versary this fall, and the his glorious baritone. Savannah Children’s Book Sheldon Pinckney Festival brought its usual A true song-and-dance kid-themed delights to man, the former Calvary Forsyth Park on Nov. 12. drum major wowed crowds The search continues at the Savannah Theatre for an Executive Director to for the past 12 years after a oversee the 19 library LOPL long stint in Orlando at Disneysystem. – Jessica Leigh Lebos world. The native entertainer, also Kevin Reid a church soloist and beloved memRest in Peace ber of the local theatre community, Lady Chablis passed away at Hospice Savannah The local star of the Club at the age of 48. One drag stage rose to fame Bill Avila as a central character in The 92 year-old Navy vetMidnight in the Garden eran and local rock ‘n’ roller of Good and Evil, playwas laid to rest Nov. 3. The ing herself in the film music man also served as a version. She became an local booking agent through international icon for the the ‘70s and ‘80s and contintrans community, touring ued to be involved in the scene, the world with her signature most recently jamming on his sass and continuing to fill seats standup bass with the Midtown at home until her death on Sep- Sheldon Pinckney Pickers on Wednesday nights. cs tember 8 at 59.
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RNA gets confused by multiple similar DNA strings and the wrong gene gets edited; even when the enzyme finds and cuts the correct DNA, it can still dart off and snip some other segment too. The resulting potential for cellular mayhem is serious: a mistargeted edit could activate a gene causing cancer. Efforts to minimize off-target trouble spots are complicated by the fact that each person’s genome is different and may contain more repeated segments than is typical. We may soon be able to correct genetic problems or add immunities in utero, but such prenatal tinkering refuels perennial fears of creating designer babies, customized for attractiveness or intelligence. CRISPR-edited genes may also head out into the ecosystem: scientists anticipate being able to quickly wipe out pest species (mosquitoes being the classic) using something called a gene drive, which would cause a sterility mutation to spread through the population. The low cost of CRISPR research democratizes the research process, but it’s not like there’s much regulation to keep mavericks in line. There are more restrictions on the embryo-modification front: some countries ban it outright, or permit it only for research; others have spelled-out
but unenforceable guidelines. A year ago, scientific bodies in the U.S., the UK, and China called for a moratorium on making heritable changes to human DNA. Since then, though, Swedish and British biologists have begun CRISPR-based research on healthy human embryos; the understanding is that these won’t be brought to term, but this may be a tough door to keep closed. With scientists predicting that competition between China and the U.S. for CRISPR supremacy will become the fiercest scientific rivalry since the space race, it’s unlikely either government will want to set up too many regulatory hoops. On the other hand, there’s existing intellectual property law. And though the research itself may be cheap, any resulting medical treatment likely won’t be. In recent SEC filings, two CRISPR research firms stated their investors’ profits will hinge on the availability of insurance coverage. The biggest obstacle to the life-altering breakthroughs that CRISPR may yield could well be our kludgy healthcare system. Those designer babies ain’t gonna pay for themselves. By cecil adams
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Elderly woman injured when shots fired into residence
Police detectives are investigating after shots were fired into a home in the 5500 block of LaRoche Avenue and left one elderly woman injured, Dec. 22. At approximately 8:53 p.m., Metro responded to the scene locating Beautine Saukter, 76, suffering from minor injuries. “Reportedly, shots were fired into a home she was occupying and she was grazed as a result. Several occupants, including children and other elderly women occupied the home along with Saukter at the time of the incident. Saukter was treated on scene and there were no other reported injuries,” police say. Investigators do not believe this incident to be random. Detectives are working to identify any suspects and to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.
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East 49th Street shooting is 50th homicide of the year
Detectives of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department arrested and charged Tamaron Varner, 25, in the shooting death of Joshua DeBerry, 35, on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Varner also faces pending charges in a separate shooting on Tuesday, Dec. 20 that seriously injured O’Neal Scrivens, 48. At about 11 a.m. on Dec. 21, Metro located Varner at his house on the 700 block of East 39th Street, where he was arrested. “At about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday Central Precinct patrol officers responded to the 400 block of East 49th Street finding DeBerry outside his house suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound. DeBerry was transported to Memorial University Medical Center, where he died,” police say. Investigators believe DeBerry “was shot during a dispute with Varner regarding a business transaction.” Evidence also linked Varner to a Dec. 20 shooting on the 700 block of East 39th Street that injured Scrivens, police say. Varner is charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime in DeBerry’s shooting death. Regarding Scrivens’ shooting, Varner also faces charges of criminal attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.
Bank robbery on Victory Drive
Unit launched an investigation into a bank robbery on Monday, Dec. 19 at Wells Fargo, on the 1900 block of East Victory Drive. Metro responded to the scene at about 2 p.m. after a male suspect entered the business and demanded cash while threatening employees. Employees complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect reportedly fled in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, standing 5-5 to 5-6. During the incident he wore a gray hoodie with a baseball cap and black pants.
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Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Island Precinct detectives are investigating several related entering auto incidents that occurred in an overflow parking lot, Dec. 10. Metro responded to the 100 block of Eisenberg Drive just before midnight after several victims noticed their cars were broken into. Electronics, cash and personal items were stolen from the vehicles. Two of the vehicles had broken windows, while two were left unlocked. The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s. He is tall and slender. During the incident, he wore a dark-colored hoodie with a skull cap and khaki pants.
news & Opinion News of the weird Holes Against Humanity
The rebellion against the absurdities of Black Friday this year by the organization Cards Against Humanity came in the form of raising money to dig a pointless hole in the ground. During the last week of November, people “contributed” $100,573, with Cards digging initially for 5.5 seconds per donated dollar. In 2015, according to an NPR report, Cards raised $71,145 by promising to do “absolutely nothing” with it, and the year before, $180,000 by selling bits of bull feces. (Asked why Cards doesn’t just give the money to charity, a spokesperson asked why donors themselves don’t give it to charity. “It’s (their) money.”) [NPR via KUOW Radio (Turnwater, Wash.), 11-27-2016]
Government in Action
New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation has completed its twoyear project of assigning ID numbers (with arboreal characteristics) to every one of the 685,781 trees in the city’s five boroughs. More than 2,300 volunteers walked the streets, then posted each tree’s location, measurements, Google Street View image, and ecological benefits for the surrounding neighborhoods (rainwater retained, air pollution reduced). (Privacy activists hope the National Security Agency is not inspired by this.) [Architecture Daily, 11-28-2016]
The Continuing Crisis
• A note in The New York Times in October mentioned a website that comprehensively covers everything worth knowing and wondering — about shoelaces. Ian’s Shoelace Site shows and discusses (and rates) lacing methods, how to mix lace colors, how to tie (comparing methods, variations and, again, ratings), lengths of laces (how to calculate, which formulas to use, what to do with excess lengths), “granny knots,” aglet repair and much more — neatly laid out in dozens of foolproof drawings for the shoelace- challenged (because no one wants to be caught in a shoelace faux pas). [Ian’s Shoelace Site, http://bit.ly/1mVIpDO] • Though the presidential election of 2016 was certainly more volatile than usual, one reaction to the outcome was the apparent ease with which some in
and other sea animals in the ice deck of its “Freezing Port” rink so that skaters could look down as they glided along, gazing at marvels of nature (all dead in advance, of course, purchased from a fish market). Nonetheless, the park manager apologized for grossing out so many people and closed the exhibit (melting the ice and conducting an “appropriate religious service” for the fishes’ souls). [CNN, 11-28-2016] • The government-run Channel 2M in Morocco apologized for a segment of its daily TV program “Sabahiyat” that featured a makeup artist demonstratIronies ing techniques for obscuring • (1) The county executive in blemishes on women subjected Cleveland, Ohio, complained to domestic violence. The model 2017 is starting, in November of lack of funds being worked on had been made please keep (because the county’s credit up with a swollen face and faked hands inside is “maxed out”) for necesbruises. Said the host, “We the car sary renovations to its wellhope these beauty tips will known sports and concert help (victims) carry on with venue, the Quicken Loans your daily life.” (Bonus: The Arena. (2) In November, program aired Nov. 23 — two after a companion asked days before International Day Victoria Vanatter, 19, what for the Elimination of Violence blood-sucking was like, she let Against Women.) [The Guardian him slice her arm with a razor (London), 11-27-2016] to have a taste, but the two then • Cunning Strategies: (1) Shogo argued, and Vanatter allegedly Takeda, 24, said he desperately grabbed a knife and slashed him needed a job at the elevator mainfor real. Police in Springfield, tenance company in Yokohama at Missouri, arrested her after which he was interviewing (with both people were stitched up the president) on Nov. 10, but somehow at a hospital. [Cleveland Scene, could not resist taking the man’s wallet 11-30-2016] [Springfield News Leader, from a bag when the president briefly left 11-18-2016] the room. (Takeda had dropped off his • Recurring: The most recent city to resume beforehand and thus was quickly schedule a civic-minded conference with apprehended.) (2) Mark Revill, 49, pleaded community leaders to discuss options for guilty in November to stalking the actor affordable, accessible housing in a meetKeira Knightley. He said he had become ing place that was highly unfriendly to the frustrated that his flood of love letters was non-ambulatory was Toronto, in Novembeing ignored and so approached the front ber. The first proposed site required a door of Knightley’s London home and seven-step walk-up, but following com“meowed” through the letterbox. [Japan plaints, officials relocated it — to a building Times, 11-21-2016] [London Evening Stanwhose only rest room was in the elevatordard, 11-21-2016] free basement. [Toronto Star, 12-7-2016]
America’s next generation of collegetrained leaders were sidelined by selfdescribed emotional pain. The Wall Street Journal reported that special attention was given by administrators at Tufts University, the University of Kansas and Ivy League Cornell, among other places, where their young adults could “grieve” over the election and seek emotional support, such as use of “therapy dogs” in Kansas and, at the University of Michigan, the availability of Play-Doh and coloring books for distraction. [Wall Street Journal, 11-9-2016]
• The Space World theme park in Kitakyushu, Japan, opened a popular (with visitors) ice-skating rink in November, but was forced to close it two weeks later for being hugely unpopular (with social media critics). The park had placed 5,000 fish
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(1) A substitute teacher at Sandhills Middle School in Gaston, South Carolina, was charged with cruelty to children in December after she, exasperated, taped two kids to their desk chairs for misbehaving. (2) A second-grade teacher at Landis Elementary in Houston was charged
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with felony cruelty after video showed her punching a serial troublemaker in the head as he fought her while she walked him to the principal’s office. (3) A high school teacher in Glasgow, Scotland, got in trouble in November for proposing in a journal that teachers be allowed to cuss back at students who cuss them. He wrote that limiting teachers to “Don’t call me that” sends the wrong message. [The State (Columbia, S.C.), 12-3-2016] [KTRK-TV (Houston), 11-2-2016] [The Scottish Sun (Glasgow), 11-19-2016]
(1) Add goat horns to the “religious covering” items permitted to be worn in government identification cards. It took Mr. Phelan MoonSong of Millinocket, Maine, two trips to the BMV, but his ID, after his name change, was finally approved in December, based on his “Paganism” religion. (2) In December, a 21-year-old man became the most recent to fall to his death during a roadside “pit stop.” Four passengers alighted from a car on the side of Interstate 15 near Escondido, California; two urinators returned without incident, and a third also fell about 40 feet but survived. [WGME-TV (Portland), 12-6-2016] [San Diego Union-Tribune, 12-7-2016]
The Passing Parade
(1) In November, an arranged custody swap of a child from one grandmother to another in a Wal-mart parking lot near Dallas ended when both ladies pulled guns and started firing. One granny was hit in the neck and the other arrested after she also fired at an off-duty officer trying to calm things down. (2) A 22-year-old man pedaling a vending cart through downtown Victoria, British Columbia, in November with large-lettered “420 delivery” on the carrier was stopped by police and found with a stash of marijuana. (Selling recreational cannabis is illegal, even though the man had conscientiously printed underneath the sign, “NO MINORS.”) [KDFW-TV (DallasFort Worth), 11-30-2016] [Victoria Police Department release, 11-10-2016] By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE
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Early to bed Just because you won’t be awake for the countdown doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous New Year’s Eve. Make it a dinner date with these unique experiences.
Vic’s on the River
This local favorite is serving up delicious Southern fare to send off 2016 in style. For $64.95, patrons get a four-course meal featuring a starter (Baked Oyster Rockefeller and Fried Green Tomatoes, anyone?), a main course (lamb, duck, pork chops, oh my), and dessert. Each meal is accompanied by a sweet gem lettuce wedge salad.
salads, Bacon Salt Filet, Honey Cinnamon Pork, Spicy Thai Teriyaki, Brasa Chicken, or half a lobster tail and a featured pasta for an entrée. The meal includes three cooking styles, Bouillon, Champagne, or Coq Au Vin, and don’t forget dessert: there’s Chocolate Layer Cake for the chocoholic or Bourbon Pecan with Milk Chocolate or Amaretto Meltdown for some decidedly Southern fare.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
Take your celebration down to the river with a family-friendly cruise. Nosh on a delicious dinner buffet during your twohour tour, which boards at 5 p.m. and departs at 6 p.m. $65.95 per adult, $39.25 for kids ages 5-12, and free for kids under 4. There’s also a 21-and-up only cruise boarding at 8:30 p.m. and sailing at 9:30. That grownup party will feature hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and a cash bar for $79.95 a head. Advanced reservations can be made via savannahriverboat.com.
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The Melting Pot
Dip into 2017 at Broughton Street’s The Melting Pot. Guests can create a customized experience, selecting between Bourbon Bacon Cheddar or Sparkling Gruyere Swiss cheeses, Alpine Ridge or Caesar
Hit The B Historic for a four-course meal by Chef Will Herrington at $60 per person with early seatings ranging from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Want to spend the whole evening at the posh restaurant? Nab a $90 ticket for a late dinner starting at 8 p.m. That ticket includes a bottle of sparkling wine and entry into Kitchen 320’s private party room, featuring live music from the incomparable Voodoo Soup and a screening of the ball drop. Get your tickets via eventbrite.com.
Dance all night Welcome 2017 with a shimmy and a shake at these hotspots.
Club 51 Degrees
WXYY FM is broadcasting live from 51 Degrees’ New Year’s Bash. All three floors of the downtown dance club will be decorated and blasting your favorite tunes. Doors open at 8 p.m.; treat yo’self and your crew to VIP tickets, available by calling 234-7265.
DJ Michael Pata and DJ Cesar are on the decks with MC Steven Espina down at Elan. Look for plenty of drink specials and free shots every two hours. Doors open at 8 p.m.
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Catch Liquid Ginger’s New Year’s Eve set at Wild Wing Cafe in City Market.
Keep it classy If your New Year’s is all about getting dolled up and sipping the finest bubbly, check out Sav’s upscale offerings.
New Year’s Eve Masquerade at Savannah Cocktail Co.
Don a mask, dress to impress, and sneak down the alley to Savannah Cocktail Co. for a swanky last call for 2016. The ticketed event includes a complimentary draft cocktail, a midnight champagne toast, passed hors d’oeuvres, music, photos snapped by a professional photographer, party favors, and much more. Tickets are $75 a person; get ‘em at savannahcocktailco.com. The party kicks off at 9 p.m.
year-round favorites, there are plenty of hometown hops to go ‘round!
Wild Wing Café (City Market)
City Market is always a hub of entertainment and revelry during New Year’s, so if you wanna throw yourself into the heart of it, make your way to the Wing. If you’re trying to watch the big game, catch it on the giant inflatable screen outside (they’ll screen the ball drop outside, too), and if you want to dance and rock out, head inside to catch Liquid Ginger’s performance. Expect champagne, confetti, prizes, party hats, and much more.
Laid-back If dressing up and partying down isn’t your thing, check out these spots for casual celebration in a relaxed environment.
Foxy Loxy Café
If you have little ones, Foxy’s bash is the perfect place to take them to greet 2017. Enjoy fireside s’mores in the courtyard with half-off bottles of wine for the adults. DJ Jose Ray will spin vinyl from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., and there’s a champagne toast when midnight strikes.
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Sip champagne from a red solo cup at midnight at the River Street bar and enjoy live entertainment from Shelby Lee Lowe and Daniel Lee Band. Bucking around on the famed mechanical bull sounds like a pretty good way to shake out 2016, right? There’s a $10 cover charge to celebrate.
New Year’s Eve 2017 at Moon River Brewing Company
Tired of all this fuss about champagne? Spend the night enjoying local beers down on Bay Street in Moon River’s enchanting beer garden. From seasonal flavors to
Street Clothes will be at El-Rocko Lounge.
Give ‘em a show! Epic New Year’s Eve at The Wormhole
New Year’s doubles as The Wormhole’s birthday, so there’s all the more reason to sip the bubbly at the neighborhood bar. Whether you’re making it an early one or staying out all night, there’s music running from 6 p.m. until close including performances from Perpetual Care, Henry Jones Band, The Mercers, Pussy Launcher, and more. Welcome their eighth year of entertainment in the Starland District with your friends and neighbors. Buy your tickets in advance via wormholebar.com for just $5 a pop.
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Rock out with Greto O. and the Toxic Shock at the Jinx.
2016 was a drag. Send it off with the stars of Club One Cabaret! In addition to performances by the downtown institution’s queens, guests will enjoy a balloon drop, over $5,000 in cash and prizes, (including six annual all-access passes), a champagne toast, and much more. Doors open at 5 p.m. with two drag shows at 10:30 and 12:30. Get tickets via cluboneonline.com.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at El-Rocko Lounge
F*** You 2016! NYE Bash with The Chromatic Dragon
Tell 2016 how ya really feel with a cathartic party at Savannah’s nerd pub. Attendees are invited to dress up and pay homage to 2016—Harambe? Prince? Pepe? Alan Rickman? The possibilities are endless—for a costume contest. Obamabo will provide live music all night and The Dirty Dolls Revue will entertain with their Nerdlesque routine. The fun begins at 8 p.m.
El-Rocko’s sparkly countertops and golden glitter vinyl seating already makes it feel like a champagne room—just add you and your pals, and get an instant NYE to remember. With a show from absurdist entertainers DIP and Savannah rock band Street Clothes, guests will enjoy champagne at midnight. Don’t forget a photo in the old-school booth!
This year it’s a dance party with DJ Square One and a show from Savannah punks Greta O. and the Toxic Shock and a free champagne toast at midnight at the Congress Street club.
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Let’s get weird! These ain’t your average NYE parties.
Glam Rock New Year’s Eve 2017 at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
Dress up in outrageous glam rock fashion to ring in 2017 at Lulu’s. Groove to the tunes of David Bowie, KISS, Guns N’ Roses, and all your favorites, enjoy halfprice fondue for two with any full bottle of wine, and best of all—no cover! The party kicks off at 8 p.m.
Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration
It’s our strange little oh-so-Savannah tradition, and explaining it to outsiders requires bragging about our awesome to-go cup rules and the sacredness of such freedoms—so sacred that, instead of dropping a ball at the strike of 12, we hoist an enormous Wet Willie’s cup up the side of a historic building and scream and dance and drink while it happens. Perhaps the outsider raises an eyebrow at this oddball celebration. Bless their heart. It’s a Savannah thing, y’all! The fun begins at 8 p.m. on River Street and feature a digital countdown clock and a firework display. CS
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Trivia & Games
The Chromatic Dragon Geeky Trivia Night, 8 p.m. Dub’s Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. The Jinx Rock n Roll Bingo, 10 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Team Trivia, 8:45 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m. World of Beer Trivia, 7 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Hercules Bar & Grill Karaoke, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke hosted by K-Rawk, 8 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Totally Awesome Bar Weird Wednesdays Open Mic Comedy
Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.
Thursday 12.29 Live Music
Barrelhouse South The Mantras, Groove Fetish, 10 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Danielle Hicks Duo, 6:30 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band, 9 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch, 8 p.m.
The Heavy Pets, The Steppin Stones @barrelhouse south
Florida jam band favorites The Heavy Pets return with formerly-of-Hilton-Head-now-based-in-Nashville band The Steppin Stones. friday, december 30, 9 p.m., free, 21+ Jazz’d Tapas Bar Cosmo Duo Jekyll Island Convention Center New Year’s Bluegrass Festival Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt Eckstine, 7 p.m. River House Ricky Standard The Shrimp Factory Luke Landers Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) The Marshall Brothers Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jon Lee’s Apparitions Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Acoustic Thursday, 6 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 6 p.m.
Trivia & Games
The Britannia British Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Butt Naked Trivia with Kowboi, 7 p.m. Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Trivia Pour Larry’s Explicit Trivia, 10 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar 80s and 90s Trivia, 8 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Applebee’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill Trivia and Karaoke, 7 p.m. The Chromatic Dragon Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Doodles Karaoke, 9 p.m. Flashback Karaoke, 8 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke, 8 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Karaoke Savannah’s Music City Bar and
Grill Karaoke, 8 p.m. World of Beer Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Congress Street Social Club DJ Blackout, 10 p.m. The Jinx Live DJ, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao Mediterranean Tavern DJ Kirby Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.
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Friday 12.30 Live Music
Barrelhouse South The Heavy Pets, The Steppin Stones, 9 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Johnny Octane Band, 7 p.m. Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Damon and the Shitkickers, 10:30 p.m. Fiore Italian Bar and Grill Anne Allman, 6:30 p.m. The Funky Brunch Cafe Jeff Beasley, 7:30 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar The Fundamentals Jekyll Island Convention Center New Year’s Bluegrass Festival, Dec. 31 Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Greg Williams, 7 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Tradewinds, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub General Patton and the Heads of State, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Guns 4 Hire, 9 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. River House Ricky Standard Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Justin Morris Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland
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Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 7 p.m. The Islander Karaoke, 10 p.m. The Jinx Scaryoke, 10 p.m. Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Sunny’s Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/DJ, 10:30 p.m.
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Saturday 12.31 Live Music
17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. Barrelhouse South New Year’s Eve w/ Roshambeaux and Lyn Avenue, 8 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Jon Lee and the Apparitions, 7:30 p.m. Bayou Cafe New Year’s Eve Party w/ David Harbuck and Jerry Zambito and the Bayou Blues Band, 9 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Jackson Evans Trio, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Werd Life, 10:30 p.m. Flashback @Sundown, 9 p.m. The Funky Brunch Cafe Willie Jackson Blues Band, 7:30 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar The MS3 Jekyll Island Convention Center New Year’s Bluegrass Festival The Jinx New Year’s Eve w/ DJ Square One and Greta O. & the Toxic Shock Jukebox Bar & Grill New Year’s Eve w/ Outlaw Gypsy, 7 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Justin Morris, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Charlie Fog Band, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Live Music, 9 p.m. The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. River House Ricky Standard Saddle Bags New Year’s Eve w/ Shelby Lee Lowe and Daniel Lee Band, 8 p.m. Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Southern Rock’s Finest The Shrimp Factory Rachael Shaner Wild Wing Cafe New Year’s Eve with Liquid Ginger Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) New
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The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch, 12:30 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton, 8 p.m.
Trivia & Games
Applebee’s Karaoke, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Doodles Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Islander Karaoke, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Karaoke, 8 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.
Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m.
Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m.
Club Elan New Year’s Eve w/ DJ Pata and DJ Cesar, 8 p.m. Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe Foxy New Years Eve with DJ Jose Ray and Press Play, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Little Lucky’s DJ Sweet Treat Melissa Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap Tree House DJ Phive Star
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Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) The Night at Aqua Star, 7 p.m. Bernie’s (Tybee) A New Year’s Eve Affair, 10:30 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s New Year’s Eve The Britannia British Pub New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m. Candlelight Lounge New Year’s Eve The Chromatic Dragon F*ck You, 2016 New Year’s Eve Party Churchill’s Pub New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m. City Market New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m. Club 51 Degrees 51 Degrees New Years, 8 p.m. Club One New Year’s Eve Cabaret, 5 p.m. Savannah Cocktail Co. New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party, 9 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge New Year’s Eve Extravaganza w/ DIP and Street Clothes Fannie’s on the Beach New Year’s Eve Hyatt Regency Savannah New Year’s Eve Jazz Gala Rachael’s 1190 New Year’s Eve Rousakis Plaza Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8 p.m. Savannah Smiles New Year’s Eve, 7 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge New Year’s Eve Glow Masquerade, 9 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club New Year’s Eve Uncle Harry’s Gentlemen’s Club/ Scores New Year’s Eve Vic’s on The River New Year’s Eve Dinner
Sunday 1. 1 Live Music
17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) Equinox Trio Jazz Brunch, 11:30 a.m. Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. CoCo’s Sunset Grille Post Plunge Oyster Roast w/ Christy Alan Band, 3 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/DJ, 10:30 p.m.
Monday 1. 2 Live Music
Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mic with Craig Tanner and Mr. Williams, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m., Open Mic, 6 p.m.
Trivia & Games
Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina Team Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Britannia British Pub Bingo, 8 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Bingo
Boomy’s Karaoke, 10 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Molly Mondays, 10:30 p.m.
The Jinx DJ Lucky Bastard, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao
Tuesday 1. 3 Live Music
Bay Street Blues Ben Keiser Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Jam Night with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Thea, piano/vocals, 6 p.m. The Jinx Hip-Hop Night, 11 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Open Mic, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Open Mic Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 5 p.m.
Trivia & Games
Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Coach’s Corner Trivia, 8 p.m. CoCo’s Sunset Grille Trivia, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Trivia, 10 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7:3010 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Battle of The Sexes Game, 9 p.m. Mellow Mushroom Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Trivia, 9 p.m. The Wormhole Trivia, 10:30 p.m.
Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 7 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
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Bay Street Blues 17 E. Bay St. 912-236-6655
Bayou Cafe 14 N. Abercorn St.
Bernie’s (Tybee) 13 Tybrisa St. Tybee Island
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Blueberry Hill 546 Dean Forest Rd. 964-8401
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The Britannia British Pub 140 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Wilmington Island 912-898-4257
Candlelight Lounge 8606 White Bluff Rd. Casimir’s Lounge 700 Drayton St. 912-721-5002
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Congress Street Social Club 411 W. Congress St.
Doodles 586 S. Columbia Ave. Rincon 912-295-2536
Rachael’s 1190 1190 King George Blvd.
Five Oaks Taproom 201 W. Bay St.
Flashback 10010-B Ford Ave. Richmond Hill 912-428-1643
Foxy Loxy Cafe 1919 Bull St. Savannah-Downtown 912-401-0543
Club 51 Degrees 121 West Congress St.
Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub 311 W. Congress St.
Fia Rua Irish Pub 10132 Ford Ave. Richmond Hill 912-459-4160
The Olde Pink House 23 Abercorn St. Pour Larry’s 206 W. St. Julian St. 912-232-5778
The Rail Pub 405 W. Congress St.
Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant 402 MLK Jr. Blvd.
River House 125 W. River St. Rusty Rudders Tap House 303 W. River St. 912-944-6302
Ruth’s Chris Steak House 111 W. Bay St. Savannah-Downtown
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Wet Willie’s 101 E. River St. 912-233-5650
Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) 417 Pooler Pkwy. Pooler
Jazz’d Tapas Bar 52 Barnard St.
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Sunny’s Lounge 5630 Ogeechee Rd. Savannah-Southside
Fiore Italian Bar and Grill 7360 Skidaway Rd. Isle of Hope
Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina 2518 Hwy 17 Richmond Hill
Fannie’s on the Beach 1613 Strand Ave. Tybee Island
The Shrimp Factory 313 East River Street Savannah-Downtown
Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill 65 Fairmont Ave. Savannah-Southside SEED Eco Lounge 39 Montgomery St. Savannah-Downtown
Mediterranean Tavern 125 Foxfield Way Pooler Mellow Mushroom 11 W. Liberty St.
El-Rocko Lounge 117 Whitaker St.
Club Elan 301 Williamson St. Savannah-Downtown Club One 1 Jefferson St. Savannah-Downtown
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Club 309 West 309 W. River St.
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Dub’s Pub 225 W. River St.
Hyatt Regency Savannah 2 West Bay St.
Mansion on Forsyth Park 700 Drayton St.
City Market Jefferson at West Saint Julian St.
Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill 417 East River St.
Doubles Nightclub 7100 Abercorn St.
The Funky Brunch Cafe 304 E. Broughton St. Hercules Bar & Grill 2500 Dean Forest Rd.
Churchill’s Pub 13 West Bay St.
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Abstractions — Calvin Thomas of Cal Wood Art presents his abstract paintings. Jan. 2-Feb. 2. galleryespresso.com/. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Love Stories, Enchantments & Fantasies Art Show — New Years Eve art show. This will be a fun art exhibit and sale featuring Savannah local artist Jade’ Beard. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The Fit Lab, 2011 Mills B Lane.
Continuing Exhibits Face to Face: American Portraits from the Permanent Collection — Spanning the period from the American Revolution to World War II, the paintings in this exhibition demonstrate the broad range of American portraiture found in Telfair’s permanent collection. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Fiber Guild of Savannah — The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs is a group of fiber artists who meet regularly to share inspiration and techniques using a wide variety of fiber-related arts. Spinning, weaving, dyeing, quilting, knitting, basketry, rug making, paper manipulation, needle felting, and crocheting are just some of the crafts its members explore. Through Dec. 31. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.
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Grand Divertissement à Versailles: Vintage Photographs by Bill Cunningham — This exhibition features exclusive images from the 1973 fashion show known as the Battle of Versailles. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.
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Gestalt: An Installation by Chris Nitsche — Through early January, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum will be presenting a large interactive installation by local artist and SCAD professor Chris Nitsche, and a selection of his preliminary sketches will be on display in the Museum atrium. Through Jan. 14, 2017 Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
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Holiday Employee Group Show — Not only do they serve you coffee with a smile, but the employees behind the veil have major talent to showcase. Through Jan. 2, 2017. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. I Have Marks to Make — One of Telfair’s longest running community programs, 22 years strong, I Have Marks to Make showcases the therapeutic power of artmaking. The exhibition features artwork by individuals of all ages with disabilities or in rehabilitation from injury or illness. More than half of the works in the exhibition are created in Telfair’s outreach sessions to health and wellness
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organizations throughout the community. Through Jan. 1, 2017. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.
exploration. Through June 11, 2017. telfair. org. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.
If We Must Die... — The installation showcases two unique sculptural works by the Jamaican-born artist — the “of 72 project” and selections from “Invisible Presence: Bling Memories” — installed together for the first time. Ebony Patterson is acclaimed for her ability to ascribe meaning to adornment. Through Jan. 1, 2017. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.
Robert Moran Isley — Robert Moran Isley is best known for his out-doors (pleinair) pieces, but all his paintings display a similar loose brushstroke and an exquisite understanding of light and composition. Through Dec. 31. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.
Intersection — Will Penny will use manipulated light and motion graphics on the prominent facade of 347 Abercorn St. to reflect a theme of environment, economy and energy. Through Dec. 28. Judge Realty, 347 Abercorn St. Mind’s Eye — Mind’s Eye by Cara Griffin is an exploration of the interplay between one’s internal perception and external projection of reality. This body of work uses rudimentary geometry, intentional space, and loosely applied paint strokes to imitate portraiture. The paintings ultimately represent the inherent tension in the search to shape that which is (un) familiar. Through Jan. 9, 2017. Starland Cafe, 11 East 41st St. Mixed Greens, Farmer’s Almanac — Through Dec. 31. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Objectified: Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection — Objectified considers the traditional genre of still life as represented in the works of Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. Presenting still lifes from the late 19th century through the present day, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the genre as a form ripe for artistic
Small Works — Small Works is an annual juried exhibition of artwork by SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff. All works are for sale and measure 18 inches or less in all dimensions. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E Broughton St,. Tiny Treasures — Presented by the Coastal Bead Society. Through Jan. 20, 2017. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St. The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts under the Romanovs — The Tsars’ Cabinet illuminates a period of sociopolitical change and comments on the fascinating personal lives of the members of the Romanov dynasty through a display of superbly crafted objects. Spanning 200 years of Russian history—from Peter the Great in the early 18th century to Nicholas II in the early 20th century—these objects, used both publicly and privately by the Romanovs, rise above functionality into the realm of art through ornate stylistic expression, exemplary craft, and thematic explorations of nationalism and militarism. Museum members free, nonmembers general admission Through Jan. 6, 2017. 912-790-8880. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.
Food & Drink A Slice of Thyme
Making room for ‘shrooms
Ancil Jacques of Swampy Appleseed Mushrooms forages for living treasure By Jared A. Jackson
layers of what our food industry can and will eventually look like, we find more cross-sections of culture and community than most of us locals can even imagine. As chefs and food lovers alike begin to see the importance of eating and shopping with ingredients that represent the flavor of our area. I’ve been watching as we have slowly been ridding our city of the corporate chains that have defined food to our tourism market, and in their place will be, in an ideal world, shops and restaurants that reflect what it means to be a local in this city. Let me also make sure people understand that the “Coastal Empire” is a lot bigger than Lowcountry boils and oyster roasts. Locals have the responsibility of making sure we support the local chefs and farmers who are representing how we believe our city should be represented. The farmers market is a large tool for us to use in this transitional period of us defining our food culture. The market allows us as a community to be able to appreciate what local farmers are spending their time growing, and the difference in flavor and quality when things are homegrown instead of shipped here from a massive grow facility. Markets allow us to take control of what we put in our bodies in an even more personal level, and gives us a deeper appreciation for the food that we consume. I know that farm to table has been a term some would consider “trending” (which it is in a good way) but the concept came from a genuine place of chefs attempting to give us have a chance to relate to our food on a much deeper level. Fortunately for me, and for you all, my partner has a friend that is a regular at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market, and who once in awhile (weather and conditions permitting) allows his customers to get a look into his world and his passion. Mushroom hunting is something most Ancil Jacques of Swampy Appleseed Mushrooms knows people don’t even think about being a pos- where in the wild to find the good stuff for your culinary sibility on a Saturday afternoon. But if they delight. Photos by melissa delynn knew Ancil Jacques, they would know that is is something that if the conditions are right, would be something they could look continues on p. 32
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forward to. Foraging for mushrooms are something you have to have a lot of knowledge and experience in, but if you have the know how, you can bring home dinner for the family by simply knowing what to look for. Hiking through nature, as you are scanning every inch of the ground, every dead tree, as you listen to the complexity that these fungi bring into our world on a microscopic level. “Mushrooms are very good at what they do,” Ancil explained. “One of the most well adapted organisms that this earth has produced, one mushroom could easily expel ten million spores that could be picked up with the tiniest drift, and be carried across continents and large bodies of water.” To think about the fact all of our clothes and every breath that we take as humans contains mushroom spores really puts things into perspective when you can comprehend how endemic they are to our environment. “After flying dormant for sometimes up to year, the spores will find water on whatever their host is, and begin to germinate and create a large network of tendrils that are the body of a mushroom. If the actual mushroom is the fruit just like an apple, the mycelium is the tree of the mushroom, which is usually located underground,” Ancil says. “If we did not have this fungus, we would not have any of these large forests we have today because the mycelium is responsible for germinating all of our seeds and allowing our trees to communicate about their environment.”
Mushrooms seem to be the unsung heros of the environment. It is ironic how something so small and microscopic could be responsible for how we shape the world around us. From forest communicating, to making sure the population of certain insects remains under control, all the way to the germination of most of our plants and trees that help us breathe everyday. Mushrooms can be a great source of sustenance for a vegetarian looking for something fleshy to sink their teeth in. Mushrooms seem to be, if you know what to look for, something you could lean on if you needed to eat while camping, or if you just wanted something different to incorporate in your at home cooking. Or if you are a chef looking to add something local as a special to your menu, going through Ancil, or even foraging with him, will open up a door that changes the scope of how we engage with this fungus we all sort of like to forget about. Opening up a different perspective about something we all sort of love to forget about, allows us to continue to transition into this new phase of our food industry. Ancil is just one of the many passionate people out there attempting to try and change things from within, and are doing what they love everyday. If you are interested in going foraging with Ancil or are interested in finding out more information about the mushrooms and other ingredients he has to offer, visit him at his Facebook page https://www. facebook.com/SwampyAppleseedMushro oms/?fref=ts or make sure to visit him on Saturdays at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market. Let’s keep stirring that pot, people. cs
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201 Seafood Restaurant & Tapas Lounge expands West Chatham scene By Jessica Leigh Lebos
Executive Chef Michael Pfab (below) oversees a menu of super fresh signature creations at 201 Seafood Restaurant & Tapas Lounge, where customers can dine in one side of the building and dance the night away in the other. Photos by Jon Waits/@ jwaitsphoto.
Diners are met with a dazzling display of fresh seafood upon entry, lobster tails, oysters, whole fish and octopus tentacles glimmering like pirate booty in a treasure chest. Along the wall are wine pairings presented as works of art, a background of rich wood aglow under amber light fixtures. “We wanted to showcase our local seafood and environment with a modern twist,” says Pardeshi, pointing out Savannah gray brick and driftwood installations juxtaposed with shimmering water features and sleek leather booths.
Pardeshi conceived the venture with help from his brother, Raj Patel, with whom he has shared enormous success next door at Sam Snead’s, the posh sports bar that has served as Pooler’s main hotspot for the last eight years. The Mumbai-born brothers also own Taste of India on Savannah’s south side and saw an opportunity to capture the untapped
market of nearby industry executives, West Chatham foodies and commuters from other counties. “There was no real fine dining out here, really no place for seafood and certainly nowhere to go for a VIP experience,” says Pardeshi, a former SCAD design student who created the luxe interiors. When it came to designing the menu, the brothers handed the reins to Executive Chef Michael Pfab, a family friend and former chef de cuisine at Vic’s on the River and Melt in New York. Also a veteran of corporate resorts and hotel kitchens, Chef
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At first, the airport exit off I-95 may seem like an odd place to build a highend, multi-million dollar restaurant and nightclub. But mull it over with a plate of steamed mussels and a perfectly-crafted old-fashioned and it makes perfect sense. Local “restaurantrepreneur” Sandi Pardeshi chose to put his vision in Pooler for some of the same reasons growing families decamp here from the city proper: Less red tape, easy parking and plenty of elbow room. At 10,000 square feet, 201 Seafood Restaurant & Tapas Lounge is a grand, gargantuan testament to good food and great times in a corner of Chatham with a conspicuous dearth of both. Bisected down the middle with separate entrances, one side serves upscale American fare with a modern ambience while the other offers DJ-driven, dancefueled nights, both exciting options for nearby residents as well as Gulfstream and JCB expense card holders and overnight hotel dwellers eager to entertain clients somewhere more interesting than Ruby Tuesday.
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Pfab knew that a key in 201’s success would be serving haute cuisine in comfort food portions. Some restaurants with a price point of $18-$35 for an entrée may try to rely on style over substance, but he says both are top priority under his watch. “I’m used to cooking for refined palates with big appetites,” laughs the Johnson & Wales-trained culinarian. “I do not want anyone to leave here hungry.” Indeed, each dish that comes from his kitchen is large and plated beautifully, from the grilled octopus appetizer with white beans arranged in a star ($14) to the broiled whole fish brought to the table on a wooden tray, styled grandly on a bed of fragrant basmati rice and julienned vegetables (market price). Each dinner menu item seems a signature creation. The truffle-scented lobster mac-and-cheese ($28) has already become a talked-up stand-out on 201’s Yelp page, and the bouillabaisse—brimming with scallops, clams and jaw-dropping 3-inch mussels—arrives in a bath of tangy tomato broth ($30). Five fat scallops, seared and glistening with citrus vanilla butter ($32), may be the best iteration of its kind within two hundred miles. Where there’s surf, there’s turf, and Chef Pfab does a spectacular turn for the carnivores. (Don’t worry, non-meat eaters:
“I’m used to cooking for refined palates with big appetites,” laughs the Johnson & Wales-trained culinarian. “I do not want anyone to leave here hungry.” he has you covered with massive salads, roasted cauliflower, parmesan risotto and a host of other tempting vegetarian options.) A 12-ounce, bone-in veal strip steak ($38) tops the “Fur and Feather” section of the menu, followed by an herbed chicken breast ($23), a hunky beef tenderloin ($38) and a brisket-and-short rib burger topped with house-cured bacon ($15). Even the rustic dishes get Chef Pfab’s flavorful touch. “I’m a pork chop guy,” chuckles the chef, describing the 10-inch heritage-bred tomahawk served with a merlot-steeped bing cherry mustard sauce ($26.) The curated wine list holds up to the robust victuals (you’re gonna a need a Burgundy with some teeth to go with that veal steak) and there’s an insane selection of rare whiskeys and single malt scotches. The craft cocktails stand on their own as
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reason to avoid Tanger Outlet traffic or to drop in as a buffer on your way home from a long trip. Goza Blanco tequila and apricot-infused agave syrup gives the house margarita a lip-smacking zest, and the pisco sour is the real deal with egg white and Peychaud’s Bitters. After dessert (try the Apple Brown Betty with figs and pecans served with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream in its own cast iron pot, $8) and post-dinner drinks (Smoking Hot Toddy, anyone?), it’s time to burn it off on the liquid lava dance floor. The restaurant’s hearty vigor gives way to the colorful, kinetic energy of the lounge, all fun and flash from the minute you step on the foyer’s LED-lit square. A three-dimensional mural of Savannah and its musicians by Tybee artist Denise ElliotVernon practically thrums on its own, though it might be the surround sound system designed by Michael Gaster.
Gaster also installed several half-moon trusses with spinning pixels to light up the atmosphere, elevated with Vegas-style touches like a 50-foot cutout bar and a life-size gingko tree in the center of the room. A rotating team of DJs keeps the energy up, along with a late-night snack bar serving up charcuterie, cheese and tapas. Ballers can find bottle service in the VIP lounge, a self-contained sanctuary with its own servers, satellite TV and sound system. Pardeshi and Patel pushed to open the nightclub in time for the holidays, and the 6,000-foot psychedelic hotspot is bound to be packed for New Year’s Eve. A $25 cover gets revelers in the door ($75 for the VIP lounge), and $5 drink specials ought to make midnight come fast and fancy. “We want to bring in the new year with a party people talk about for months after,” grins Pardeshi. “We want 201 to be the place to be in 2017.” With its fine fare, destination dance floor and easy access, the mammoth compound has already made a big impression—and Pooler may never be the same. cs
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The year in craft brew news, national to local WHAT IS there to say about 2016 other than it was a wild ride, in general and in the craft beer world? A lot has happened over the past twelve months, so let’s look back. Nationally there were two big stories in the beer world. The first was the merger between two of the macro-breweries when on July 20 the Justice Department approved the $108 billion merger of Belgium based Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) and SABMiller. This merger of the two largest breweries created an umbrella company that controls over 350 beer brands including Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Corona, Beck’s, Stella, and Pilsner Urquell among others — around 75 percent of all beer sold in the U.S. The interesting result of these mergers and the general trend of craft breweries being purchased by macro breweries was the creation of True Craft, a craft beer investment fund founded by Stone Brewing owner Greg Koch. True Craft’s goal is to take minority stakes in small breweries so they can grow but there isn’t the incentive to take money from the big guys. Statewide craft brewing news was mixed. The same day the AB InBev and SABMiller merger was announced it was also announced that Athens based brewery Terrapin Brewing was purchased by MillerCoors. This takeover wasn’t wholly a surprise as MillerCoors has held a large stake in the company since 2012. The outright purchase of craft breweries by larger breweries and investment funds was a recurring theme in 2016. On January 24 news broke that a compromise on Senate Bill 63 (SB63) also known as the Beer Jobs Bill had been reached. This was after the entire bill had essentially ben scrapped in 2015. The Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and Department of Revenue issued a statement that new regulations would be released that would:
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Assassin’s Creed is many things, and none of them good.
/ The search for a worthy video-game adaptation continues to rank up there with the search for the Holy Grail — good luck finding either — and Assassin’s Creed ensures that the hunt will go on for at least a little while longer. Assassin’s Creed is many things, and none of them good. Narratively, it’s the most boring film of 2016, stultifying enough to risk sliding audience members right into comatose states. Visually, it’s the ugliest movie of 2016 – and keep in mind that I saw Robert De Niro’s prosthetic penis in Dirty Grandpa. And emotionally, it’s a complete flatline, with even a laxative commercial offering more opportunities for laughter, tears and what-not. It also represents a spectacular waste of talent, with Michael Fassbender (also a producer), Marion Cotillard and Brendan Gleeson among the formidable actors braying for their blood money. The plot deals with surly Callum Lynch (played by Fassbender) being hooked up to a machine that allows him to experience the trials and tribulations of his ancestor, a Spaniard named Aguilar (played by Kevin James in a rare dramatic role; just kidding; also played by Fassbender). Aguilar is a member of the Assassins, which means he must fight the members of the Templars (is this a movie or a contentious lodge meeting?) as they all search for the apple from the Garden of Eden. This paves the way for boring action scenes, boring characterizations, and boring exchanges that make even the notes from an HOA meeting sound riveting. Last year found Fassbender and Cotillard co-starring in a film based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth; this year finds them co-starring in Assassin’s Creed. I’m sure an entire term paper can be written
on what this signifies about the current state of Hollywood or on what this says about the battle between art and commerce, but since we’re on the subject of the Bard, he can best sum up this “boltinghutch of beastliness” known as Assassin’s Creed with a choice Macbeth quip: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
/// Stage-to-screen adaptations often fail to expand in ways that take advantage of cinema’s limitless potential, meaning viewers are often left with what’s little more than a filmed play. For the most part, Fences, based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, falls into that camp, with director Denzel Washington (his third time at the controls, following the solid efforts Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters) doing very little to fill the parameters of the large screen. Yet sometimes the material is simply too strong to be crippled by a lack of celluloid dazzle – that was the case with, for instance, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and that’s certainly the case here. Reprising their roles from the 2010 Broadway revival, Washington and Viola Davis are nothing short of remarkable as Troy and Rose Maxson, living in 1950s Pittsburgh and dealing with issues involving family, infidelity and dashed dreams. Washington remains so faithful to Wilson (who passed away in 2005, at the age of 60) and his text that he even credits the screenplay solely to the playwright (a far cry from Kenneth Branagh, who earned an Oscar nomination for adapting Shakespeare’s Hamlet verbatim). Between the power of the prose and the potency of the performances, Fences easily earns its screen cred.
// It becomes clear before long that the futuristic sci-fi outing Passengers, aka Grab ‘Em By the Pussy: The Movie, could only have been written by a man. The picture stars Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, one of the 5,000 hibernating passengers aboard a spacecraft heading to a habitable planet 120 light years away. A glitch causes Jim to awaken 90 years too soon; realizing he will die alone long before the ship reaches its destination, he decides to wake up a hottie, Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), to keep him company. It’s an interesting if troubling premise, and scripter Jon Spaihts initially plays fair with the moral implications of such a scenario. But the final stretch finds the picture copping out at every turn – not only by having the characters (particularly Aurora) make ridiculous choices straight down the line but also by steering right into absurd action-film conventions. The film’s visual design is excellent, but even it gets trumped by the story’s icky implications.
/ Bryan Cranston earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for headlining last year’s superb biopic Trumbo, so it’s a bit disconcerting seeing him sitting on a toilet with no paper at his disposal in a scene from the new comedy Why Him? Is this meant to signify that the actor is about to flush his career down the commode if he keeps appearing in dreck like this? Hopefully, that won’t be the case; still, this one’s an unfortunate addition to his resume, though he certainly tackles the material with the same conviction he bestowed on Dalton Trumbo (no one can ever accuse him of not being a consummate pro). Cranston stars as a father who adores his college-age daughter (Zoey Deutch) and is distressed when he learns that her boyfriend Laird (James Franco) is a vulgarian with seemingly more money than sense. The dad and the dude clash frequently, but there’s no bite to any of this because it’s clear that, beneath the abundant tattoos and an affinity for profanity, Laird is basically an honest, eager-to-please guy. With no tension in the plot, what’s left is a series of gags involving a tea-bagging buffalo, Pitch Perfect’s Adam Devine flashing his bukkake photos, and a living room flooded with animal urine. Why Him? Why me?
/// Rogue One comes equipped with the subtitle A Star Wars Story, but let it be known that this isn’t your father’s Star Wars, your mother’s Star Wars, or even your own Star Wars. It’s a different strain
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of space opera insofar as it lacks the light touch and breezy action of the previous seven pictures in the franchise (I refuse to count that awful Clone Wars cartoon flick). That’s not necessarily a bad thing. While Rogue One never comes close to matching the heights of the series at its most dazzling (basically, Episodes IV and V, with honorable mention to Episode VII), it’s still a worthy addition to the canon, neatly circling back on the story to right before A New Hope opens. It follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as she’s tasked to snatch the plans for the planet-destroyer – the Death Star, of course – that the evil Empire is building. Jyn has a personal stake in the matter – her father (Mads Mikkelsen) had a hand in its creation – and she bands with a steely Rebellion operative (Diego Luna), a blind Force follower with Zatoichi-like skills (Donnie Yen) and other assorted heroes to fulfill a mission that’s imperative to the survival of the resistance. The employment of CGI to bring back younger versions of characters remains extremely creepy and unconvincing (see also Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy and Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War), and there’s probably one seat-shaking battle too many. In most other respects, from the addition of engaging new characters to the answering of lingering questions from 39 years ago, Rogue One will keep the faithful satisfied until the next adventure hits the multiplex.
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//// As effervescent as the finest bottle of champagne, La La Land is an intoxicating motion picture that should particularly please anyone whose heart skips a beat whenever Fred dances on the late show or Judy sings on TCM. More than just a godsend to film fans, though, the picture also has the power to capture the spirits of viewers who don’t even particularly care for musicals. A large reason for that all-inclusive embrace is the casting, as director Damien Chazelle has selected two stars who could enchant audience members of any age. Chazelle’s past pictures as writerdirector were 2009’s jazz-infused Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, so named after characters in Jacques Demy’s musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (a heavy influence here as well), and 2014’s Whiplash, which won Oscars for film editing, sound mixing and supporting actor J.K. Simmons. Clearly, Chazelle harbors a musical affinity, and that’s nowhere more apparent than in this latest effort, the sort of oldfashioned entertainment where ordinary folks suddenly break out into song and dance. Initially, it appears that neither protagonist has much reason to tap their toes. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress whose auditions invariably end in “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” declarations, while Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a talented pianist whose insistence on playing experimental jazz gets him frequently bounced by club owners who only want him to perform covers of soothing standards.
Mia and Sebastian first encounter each other in heavy traffic, and it’s antagonism at first sight. Subsequent meetings, however, lead to an eventual thawing and then a starry romance. If there’s one area in which La La Land doesn’t take its cues from Old Hollywood, it’s in the ferocity of the character conflicts. When, for instance, Mia and Sebastian inevitably fight, it feels raw and real, forcefully removed from the make-believe of the film’s artifice. And yet that dichotomy proves to be a smart choice on Chazelle’s part, as it allows every victory to be more savory, every defeat to be more painful, every compromise to be more bittersweet. The songs are a uniformly strong lot, with Justin Hurwitz providing the music and the team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul supplying the lyrics (John Legend, who appears in a supporting role, also contributes one tune). In fact, the technical merits are basically a laundry list of award-worthy contributions, from Linus Sandgren’s cinematography to the production design by David Wasco. Yet it’s the dynamic duo in front of the cameras that really sells this package, with Gosling and especially Stone marvelous as two kids poised to take on the world with that proverbial spring in their step and that archetypal song in their heart.
/ December is a breeding ground for Oscar-bait movies, but Collateral Beauty takes an even greater lunge at the gold than similar films. I daresay it’s not gonna
happen: The closest this train wreck will get to Oscar is if some guy with that name makes the poor choice to go see it during its theatrical run. Boasting a premise that could only work with better scripting and the sort of honest sentimentality that a director like Frank Capra could have pulled off, this wince-worthy drama centers on Howard Inlet (Will Smith), a company head whose 6-year-old daughter died two years earlier. His gloom is threatening the future of the company, so his three best friends, who also happen to be his three best co-workers, try to find a way to shake him out of his stupor (as one compassionately complains, it’s been two whole years, so why is he still grieving?!). Whit (Edward Norton), Claire (Kate Winslet) and Simon (Michael Pena) come up with an icky plan: Knowing that Howard has been blaming the concepts of Love, Time and Death for his misery, why not hire three actors to play those abstractions as physical manifestations? And why not film those thespians pretending to be Love (Keira Knightley), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Death (Helen Mirren) interacting with Howard, digitally remove them from the footage, and then have Howard declared mentally incompetent since it will look like he’s merely a crazy guy talking to himself? Wow. That’s supposed to be the tactic that will make audiences line up behind Whit, Claire and Simon? Even Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko would find such a grotesque maneuver beneath him, but in the script by Allan Loeb (whose credits include two Jennifer Aniston stinkers, The Switch with Jason Bateman and Just Go With It with Adam Sandler), nothing anybody does is ever considered out of line. Worse, all three friends have problems that coincidentally can be aided by the three performers (Simon has an incurable disease and is facing Death; Whit wants his little girl to Love him; Claire wants a baby but Time is running out), but the resolutions to all three plot threads are insipid and uninspired. Mirren has a few amusing moments as an actress so conceited she thinks she should play all three abstractions, but everyone else is hamstrung by the odious or irrational characters they’re playing. As for Smith, earning an Academy Award nomination for The Pursuit of Happyness was the worst thing that could have happened to his career. Since then, he’s been obsessed with snagging an Oscar and has largely been wasting his talents on humorless roles that suppress his natural buoyancy and charisma. But after Seven Pounds and now Collateral Beauty, even a Wild Wild West sequel is starting to sound good. CS
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First Tuesday Tour of City Hall The First Tuesday Tour series gives an overview of the history, architecture, and art of historic City Hall. Participants will also hear stories about some of the City’s more fascinating characters and learn about their City government. The tour is free, but space is limited and registration is required, at savannahga.gov/FirstTuesdayTours. first Tuesday of every month, noon. 912651-6411. firstname.lastname@example.org. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Green Party of Chatham County People, Planet and Peace over Profit! Meets Saturdays and the first Tuesday of every month. Join the Facebook group, @ChathamGreens, to find out about upcoming local events. ongoing. No physical address given, none. One of the Guys Guys, have you found yourself in a social rut, or just have a need for the art of conversation? Make a change in 2016. The past decade a diverse group of guys have been getting together about every two weeks to share dinner and opinions on just about any topic. No membership requirements or dues. Just an open mind and willingness to expand your friendship
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material. Wed., Dec. 28, 5:15-7 p.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. 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 Applicants for TEDxSavannah The theme for the May 19 TEDx is “Bridge,” and applicants will be asked to explain how their TEDx talk will tie into that subject. Each talk must be no longer than 12 minutes, and talks of lesser length are encouraged. TEDxSavannah is looking for speakers who can use the theme to address issues relevant to Savannah and, most importantly, offer solutions or calls to action. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15. Selected speakers must be available for an orientation and rehearsals
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1 Pound cake ingredients 5 Like apples ready to bake 10 Torre pendente di ___ (European landmark, to locals) 14 Short pants? 15 Speed skater ___ Anton Ohno 16 “SVU” part 17 Diamond’s diametric opposite on the Mohs scale 18 Former Orange Bowl site 19 Walk back and forth 20 Cut ties with, on social media 22 I’d be lion if I said it 24 Lane who sang with Xavier Cugat 25 Title for several Trump cabinet picks 28 Musical miscellany 31 Indeterminate quantity 32 Corp.’s stock market debut 33 Nondairy dairy case item 34 Buccaneers’ bay 36 Pack away 37 1040 filers 38 Cheri once of “SNL” 39 Olympic vehicle 40 Find loathsome 41 Clip joint?
42 Like eight 43 Pokemon protagonist 44 Like some trees or tales 45 Like old rawhide bones 47 Pacific salmon variety 49 Cutty ___ (Scotch whisky) 50 Keystone’s place 51 Wendi ___-Covey of “The Goldbergs” 55 Benjamin Netanyahu’s nickname 57 Non-literal expression 59 Christmas lights location 60 Menaces to hobbits 61 Bourne of “The Bourne Ultimatum” 62 It has its points 63 Hotel counts 64 1997 environmental treaty site 65 “Note to ___ ...”
1 Caesar’s “And you?” 2 “___ Torino” (Clint Eastwood film) 3 Strange sport? 4 Splenda, mainly 5 “I’m here so I can greet you ... not!”? 6 Declare one’s view 7 It may have a fork 8 Shade caster 9 “You really think zen
master is on my list of attributes?!”? 10 Chrysalides 11 “Birdman” director’s Beetle, e.g.? 12 “Attack, dog!” 13 Finished off 21 “May ___ excused?” 23 “Lit” binary digit 25 Camera used in extreme sports 26 Farthest orbital point from earth 27 Bottom-of-the-line 28 Coffee orders 29 Ciudad Juarez neighbor 30 Item that plays “Soul Meets Body,” for short? 31 Catch a whiff of 35 “___ of Two Cities” 36 Smooth quality 44 Clue hunter, informally 46 Political org. from 962 to 1806 48 Mr. Kringle 49 “Get outta here!” 51 Soybean soup 52 3/5, for example 53 Avocado shape 54 Soft toy substance 55 Literature Nobelist Dylan 56 Burning anger 58 Box on a calendar
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DJ Jose Ray and Press Play will spin records and MC for NYE in the courtyard. This is a weather dependent event. Fire & Wine will run as usual. The kitchen will serve food until midnight. Sat., DEC 31, 7pm-1am, FOxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St., 912.401.0543, foxyloxycafe.com
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Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: MonFri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha. com/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Knitting & Crochet Classes Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. Life Challenge Coaching In an environment of patience, nonjudgement and compassion, we will explore the source of your challenge, the beliefs that hold your challenge in place, and discover & enact healthy and healing life changes. For appointment, contact Cindy Un Shin Beach at email@example.com, or Text (only) to 912-429-7265. ongoing. Online only, none. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments and Styles Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels for Guitar (electric, acoustic, bass, classical, jazz), Piano, Flute, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Voice as well as Music Theory/ Composition/ Ear Training. We teach public, private and home school students as well as adults at all experience levels. Located at 15 East Montgomery Crossroads in Office #205 near White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA. ongoing. 912388-1806. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org. chrismorrisphotography.com. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. Pole Fitness Classes Pole dancing is a beautiful artform, and a combination of dance, flexibility and gymnastics. Pole dancing has quickly 42 become one of the most popular forms of
Wild Night on Ossabaw
Spend New Year’s Eve on Ossabaw Island on an overnight trip featuring a nature walk through the maritime forest, a short history walking tour, and s’mores and tales of Ossabaw Island around the fire pit after dinner. $250 per person in the Club House for housing, two meals, programming, and transport to/from Ossabaw. $150 per person for camping (bring your own tent), two meals, programming and transport to/from Ossabaw. Sat. Dec. 31, 1 p.m., Ossabaw Island, 1 Cane Patch Rd., ossabawisland.org fun and exercise for women. It can help you lose weight, gain beautiful muscle tone, make you stronger than ever and build confidence like no other form of exercise can. Join us on Tuesday nights and get fitter and stronger than you’ve ever been, with this amazing full body workout. Schedule TBA $20 Every other Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. 912-988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. R&B Soul Adult Line Dancing The R&B Soul line dance group Savannah Show Stoppers are conducting line dance classes every Monday night at the West Broad St. YMCA and every Tuesday nights at the John Delaware Center. Both classes starts at 6:30. Lamont Hunter, the founder of the Savannah Show Stoppers, is the Instructor. Donations Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-220-7712. email@example.com. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Reiki Treatment Reiki relaxes & rejuvenates; promotes emotional & physical healing; reduces neuromuscular & arthritic pain. E-mail request for appointment/ Fee base at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Text (only) 912429-7265 ongoing. Online only, none. 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. Sass & Swag Adult Hip Hop Sass & Swag is a high energy, adult hip hop dance class. Learn hip hop grooves you can take to any party or club, and learn a choreographed routine to today’s hottest hits. Mondays at 7:30 pm. $15 Mondays, 7:30 p.m. 323-5391760. DANCEHOWIWANTTO@GMAIL. COM. DANCEHOWIWANTTO.COM. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Youth and Teen Aerial Silk Classes Youth Class ages 8+. Teen Class ages 11+. Learn to dance and work with Aerial Silks and Hoop while suspended in the air. Weekly classes held on Fridays through the month of September only. Very limited space available, reserve your spot and register online today. $20/ class $75/September package ongoing. 954.682.5694. email@example.com. thestudiosav.net. thestudiosav.net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave.
Clubs & Organizations
1 Million Cups 1 Million Cups (1MC), a program of the Kauffman Foundation, is seeking entrepreneurs to share their new business ideas with a weekly audience. Participants receive feedback and exposure with the opportunity to strengthen their idea
and gain connections in the Savannah community. 1MC meets every Wednesday at the Creative Coast 9-10a. Apply to present online: www.1millioncups.com/ Savannah Free Wednesdays, 9 a.m. 1millioncups.com/savannah. Creators’ Foundry, 415 W Boundary St. 13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-344-9768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email@example.com. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Faith Based Business Networking Event - Savannah Our mission is to Grow, Encourage, Inspire, Ignite & Equip Christian Business owners on how to do business with a Kingdom mindset. We promote and celebrate excellence in the business arena while developing the future generations of leaders through Christian values, disciplines, honor, integrity and expression of skills. Register early before the event closes out and please share this event by inviting a guest. Free first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912-257-6248. info@
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kbnalliance.com. https://eventbrite.com/e/ christian-business-networking-eventsavannah-tickets-17883772846. Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave. 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. Georgia Nature Photographers Association-Coastal Chapter Coastal Chapter of the GNPA. The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-234-2571. alfie.wace@gmail. com. gnpa.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962. honorflightsavannah.org. Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912-344-5127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. Safe Kids Savannah A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website
or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. safekidssavannah.org. Savannah Brewers’ League Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-4470943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. The Savannah Chinese Corner The Savannah Chinese Corner welcomes anyone interested in Mandarin language or Chinese culture. Meets every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon. Check the Facebook group to see meeting location. ongoing. https://facebook.com/groups/ SavannahChineseCorner. Downtown Savannah, downtown. 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 Club This is a new club for the board game “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and times, please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. 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. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. savannahnewcomers.com. ongoing. Savannah Parrot Head Club Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. email@example.com. savannahphc. com. Savannah Toastmasters
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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. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation Meets second Tuesday each month (except
October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net.
2016 Skatefest Public ice skating at the Savannah Civic Center. Session times vary. $7 per person, skate rental included. $7 Through Jan. 1, 2017. 912-651-6615. savannahcivic.com. savannahcivic.com. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Savannah’s only after-hours cemetery story event! See this great Victorian with Shannon Scott and all of the intrigues from
Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Donatello was a renowned Italian sculptor. His favorite piece was “Lo Zuccone,” a marble statue of the Biblical prophet Habakkuk. As Donatello carved his work-inprogress, he addressed it. “Speak, damn you! Talk to me,” he was heard to say on more than a few occasions. Did the stone respond? Judging from the beauty of the final product, I’d have to say yes. One art critic testified that “Lo Zuccone” is a “sublimely harrowing” tour de force, a triumph of “forceful expression,” and “one of the most important marble sculptures of the 15th century.” I suspect you will have Donatello-like powers of conversation in 2017, Aries. If anyone can communicate creatively with stones -- and rivers and trees and animals and spirits and complicated humans, for that matter -- it’ll be you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist, you are always working on a major art project: yourself. You may underestimate the creativity you call on as you shape the raw material of your experience into an epic story. Luckily, I’m here to impress upon you the power and the glory of this heroic effort. Is there anything more important? Not for you Leos. And I trust that in 2017 you will take your craftsmanship to the highest level ever. Keep this advice from author Nathan W. Morris in mind: “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece, after all.”
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
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According to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, “A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.” Let’s amend that thought so it’s exactly suitable for your use in 2017. Here’s the new, Taurus-specific version: “A messy, practical, beautiful type of perfection can be realized through a patient, faithful, dogged accumulation of the imperfect.” To live up to the promise of this motto, make damn good use of every partial success. Gemini gymnast Marisa Dick has created a signature move that has never been used by any other gymnast. To start her routine, she leaps up off a springboard and lands on the balance beam doing a full split. The technical term for this bold maneuver is “a change-leg leap to free-cross split sit,” although its informal name is “The Dick Move.” The International Federation of Gymnastics has certified it in its Code of Points, so it’s official. During the coming months, I expect that you will also produce one-of-a-kind innovations in your own sphere.
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French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954) turned out to be one of the supremely influential artists of the 20th century. But he was still struggling to make a living well into his thirties. The public’s apathy toward his work demoralized him. At one point, he visited his dealer to reclaim one of his unsold paintings. It was time to give up on it, he felt, to take it off the market. But when he arrived at the gallery, his dealer informed him that it had finally been bought -- and not by just any art collector, either. Its new owner was Pablo Picasso, an artist whom Matisse revered. I think it’s quite possible you will have comparable experiences in 2017, Virgo. Therefore: Don’t give up on yourself!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
I hope you will be as well-grounded in 2017 as you have ever been -- maybe even since your past life as a farmer. I trust you will go a long way toward mastering the arts of being earthy, practical, and stable. To do this right, however, you should also work on a seemingly paradoxical task: cultivating a vigorous and daring imagination -- as perhaps you did in one of your other past lives as an artist. In other words, your ability to succeed in the material world will thrive as you nurture your relationship with fantasy realms -- and vice versa. If you want to be the boss of reality, dream big and wild -- and vice versa.
bootleggers to murderers and those loved, lived and are now part of these immortal story grounds. $35.00 Saturdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-319-5600. shannon@shannonscott. com. zerve.com/shannonscott/BonCemAH. savannahga.gov/cityweb/cemeteriesweb. nsf/cemeteries/bonaventure.html. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. Bring One for the Chipper Drop off your Christmas tree at the airport recycle lot so it can be turned into mulch. Residents are asked to remove all lights, string, wire, metal hooks, nails, ornaments, tinsel, fake snow and bags before dropping off trees. While there, drop off holiday wrapping paper and cardboard in the nearby recycling container. Through Jan. 7, 2017.
“The self in exile remains the self, as a bell unstruck for years is still a bell,” writes poet Jane Hirshfield. I suspect that these words are important for you to hear as you prepare for 2017. My sense is that in the past few months, your true self has been making its way back to the heart of life after a time of wandering on the outskirts. Any day now, a long-silent bell will start ringing to herald your full return. Welcome home!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
In accordance with your astrological omens for 2017, I’ve taken a poem that Shel Silverstein wrote for kids and made it into your horoscope. It’ll serve as a light-hearted emblem of a challenging but fun task you should attend to in the coming months. Here it is: “I’ve never washed my shadow out in all the time I’ve had it. It was absolutely filthy I supposed, so I peeled it off the wall where it was leaning and stuck it in the washtub with the clothes. I put in soap and bleach and stuff. I let it soak for hours. I wrung it out and hung it out to dry. And whoever would have thunk that it would have gone and shrunk, for now it’s so much littler than I.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Walk your wisdom walk in 2017, Sagittarius. Excite us
with your wisdom songs and gaze out at our broken reality with your wisdom eyes. Play your wisdom tricks and crack your wisdom jokes and erupt with your wisdom cures. The world needs you to be a radiant swarm of lovable, unpredictable wisdom! Your future needs you to conjure up a steady stream of wisdom dreams and wisdom exploits! And please note: You don’t have to wait until the wisdom is perfect. You shouldn’t worry about whether it’s supremely practical. Your job is to trust your wisdom gut, to unleash your wisdom cry, to revel in your wisdom magic.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
As I was ruminating on your astrological omens for 2017, I came across a wildly relevant passage written by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. It conveys a message I encourage you to memorize and repeat at least once a day for the next 365 days. Here it is: “Nothing can hold you back -- not your childhood, not the history of a lifetime, not even the very last moment before now. In a moment you can abandon your past. And once abandoned, you can redefine it. If the past was a ring of futility, let it become a wheel of yearning that drives you forward. If the past was a brick wall, let it become a dam to unleash your power.”
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Naturalist John Muir regarded nature as his church. For weeks at a time he lived outdoors, communing with the wilderness. Of course he noticed that not many others shared his passion. “Most people are on the world, not in it,” he wrote, “having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them -- undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.” Is there anything about you that even partially fits that description, Aquarius? If so, I’m pleased to inform you that 2017 will be an excellent year to address the problem. You will have immense potential to become more intimate and tender with all of the component parts of the Great Mystery. What’s the opposite of loneliness?
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Seven Chilean poets were frustrated by their fellow citizens’ apathy toward the art of poetry. They sarcastically dramatized their chagrin by doing a performance for baboons. Authorities at the Santiago Zoo arranged for the poets’ safety, enclosing them in a protective cage within the baboons’ habitat. The audience seemed to be entertained, at times listening in rapt silence and at other times shrieking raucously. I’m sure you can empathize with the poets’ drastic action, Pisces. How many times have you felt you don’t get the appreciation you deserve? But I bet that will change in 2017. You won’t have to resort to performing for baboons.
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savannahairport.com/. Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, 400 Airways Ave. Common Grounds Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. We meet on Wednesday nights for open theological discussion on hot button issues. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. We are open and affirming of the LGBT community. Order for Compline by candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at 8PM. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. facebook.com/ commongroundssavannah. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. Critical Mass Savannah Join Savannah’s bicycle community for a free ride to raise awareness for bike rights. Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Drinks After Work This group is for people that enjoy getting out mid-week, being social after work, and want to discover new places in the downtown Savannah area. Come have a cocktail, make new friends, and get over the hump. The group will meet on Wednesdays at various establishments throughout Downtown Savannah and nearby area. http://www.meetup.com/Drinks-afterwork/ https://www.facebook.com/ groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. com. meetup.com/Drinks-after-work/ events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Dungeons and Dragons: Tavern Quests Geared for a casual play audience with short sessions each week. D&D Tavern Quests table consists of 3-7 players; therefore, we require at least 3 players, plus the DM. Players can rotate between sessions, and new players are always welcome. Each play event is stand-alone, with new story-lines at each session. Free for Members - Non-members $7 Mon., Jan. 2, 6-9 p.m. 912-200-9377. https://facebook. com/events/540176209511794/. Jolly Goblin Games, 518 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Early 19th Century Holiday Story The house will present tours emphasizing the celebration for an early 19th century holiday season similar to ones the Davenports would have known in their fine home on Columbia Square. Through Dec. 31. davenporthousemuseum.org. Davenport House, 324 East State St. The Exchange Club of Savannah In a rut? The Exchange Club of Savannah welcomes men and women like you to support, serve and encourage the best teachers, students, firefighters, crime fighters, leaders and organizations in our community. Check us out at savannahexchange.org or find us on Facebook. Mondays, noon. 912441-6559. firstname.lastname@example.org. Savannahexchange.org. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. Free Monthly Expectant & New Parent Support Group This FREE monthly support group is held
on the first Tuesday of each month. No preregistration is required. Please join us for conversation, support and refreshments. Children are welcome! FREE first Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. 912-5446387. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. Friday Night Magic at Jolly Goblin Games Each FNM session is a 4 round standard constructed tournament. Minimum of 8 players, maximum of 64. Earn a pack per win for each match you play, and earn awesome Wizards promos. This month it’s Clash of Wills. $5.00 Fri., Dec. 30, 7-11 p.m. 912-200-9377. Jolly Goblin Games, 518 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Ghosts of Christmas In this production based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Chase Anderson portrays Dickens, Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future, and other spirits in the drawing room of this haunted house. $22.50 Dec. 29-31, 7:30 p.m. sorrel-weedhouse.com. Sorrel-Weed Mansion, 6 West Harris St. Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. Tours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and must be scheduled. To schedule a tour, contact Megan Chandler at 912-525-5029 or email@example.com. ongoing. 912-525-5023. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight The program features the home by candlelight. Listen to early 19th century music. Taste short bread and cider. Hear the story of early 19th century holiday celebrations from lively, trained docents. At the end of the evening will be a demonstration of early 19th century dancing. $12 advance, $15 door Through Dec. 30. davenporthousemuseum.org. Davenport House, 324 East State St. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Curl up in your beach chair or on a blanket to watch the fireworks display as they are set off from the Walter W. Parker Pier & Pavilion at midnight. Sat., Dec. 31. Tybee
Island, Tybee Island. The original Midnight Tour One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 ongoing. 1-866666-3323. 6thsenseworld.com. 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. PBJ Pantry A free food pantry held every Thursday, 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 ongoing. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Savannah Storytellers Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. liveoakstore. com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. ongoing. savannahsca.org. Southbound Brewery Saturday Tours and Tastes Savannah’s first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah’s first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco. com. southboundbrewingco.com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. A State of Innovation: Ray Anderson and the Business of Sustainability Visit the Georgia Historical Society Research Center during regular business hours, January 1 through 31, to see “A State of Innovation: Ray Anderson and the Business of Sustainability.” Free and open to the public, this exhibit showcases the breadth of materials available for research at the Georgia Historical Society. The exhibit will also be shared through the Georgia History Festival website and blog. Free and Open to the Public Sun., Jan. 1, 12-5 p.m. 912.651.2128. PMeagher@ georgiahistory.com. georgiahistoryfestival. org/. georgiahistory.com/. Georgia Historical Society, 501 Whitaker St. Tybee Polar Plunge The 17th annual New Year’s Day plunge into the brisk Atlantic at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. The Gang of Goofs contest precedes the plunge at 11 a.m.with revelers in wacky costumes on parade in front of celebrity judges. $25/$15 Sun., Jan. 1, 11 a.m. tybeepolarplunge. com. parks.chathamcounty.org/ Parks/BoatRampsandFishingPiers/ TybeeIslandFishingPierandPavilion.aspx. Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St. Under The Rainbow On Thursday nights come out to the coolest
spot in Pooler for Under The Rainbow. Every week we will host a different event that will cater to those that play over, around and under the rainbow. Thursdays, 8-11 p.m. 912-988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way.
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. Blood Pressure Screenings St. Joseph’s/Candler’s SmartSenior offers blood pressure screenings on every Monday from 10 AM to Noon in the SmartSenior office, #8 Medical Arts on 836 E. 65th Street. No appointment is necessary; the screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (912) 352-4405. ongoing. St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Arts Building, 836 E. 65th St. 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. continues on p.46
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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. 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. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.
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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 46 enjoy many special events throughout the
year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork. org. Gay AA Meeting True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBTQI community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. PO Box 6044, Savannah, GA 31414. 501c nonprofit. ongoing. email@example.com. savannahpride.com. Stand Out Youth A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every
Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-288-1034. firstname.lastname@example.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. 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. Wild Night on Ossabaw Spend New Year’s Eve on Ossabaw Island on an overnight trip featuring a nature walk through the maritime forest, a short history walking tour, and s’mores and tales of Ossabaw Island around the fire pit after dinner. $250-$350 Sat., Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ossabawisland.org. Ossabaw Island, 1 Cane Patch 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. wildernesssoutheast.org.
Pets & Animals
Home for the Holidays Adoption Special
Help Chatham County Animal Services find homes for all the shelter animals. Adoptions before December 31 will be free and include spay/neuter, dewormer, vaccinations, heartworm test, FELV/FIV test, and a microchip. Dec. 27-31, 1-4:30 p.m., Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr.
Home for the Holidays Adoption Special Help Chatham County Animal Services find homes for all the shelter animals. Adoptions before December 31 will be free and include spay/neuter, dewormer, vaccinations, heartworm test, FELV/FIV test, and a microchip. Through Dec. 31, 1-4:30 p.m. Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Low Cost Pet Clinic TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin.com. tailsspin. com. TailsSpin Pet Supplies Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Village. Operation New Hope Operation New Hope allows inmates to train unadoptable dogs from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goals of the program are to decrease the recidivism rate among Chatham County inmates, help inmates learn a new skill, and help previously unadoptable dogs find loving homes. The graduated dogs are available for adoption can be viewed at www.humansocietvsav.org, and www. chathamsheriff.org. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. chathamsheriff.org. humanesocietysav.org/. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. St. Almo’s Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. . 912-234-3336. caninepalacesavannah.com. Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St.
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