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January 20-26, 2016 news, arts & Entertainment weekly


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Savannah Children’s Theatre does Spamalot ART+TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL / Jan. 27–31



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savannah sings 2016 Thursday, January 21st @ 7:00pm A two part Invitational Youth Choir Festival event, featuring a concert program by some of the area’s top school and community youth choirs as well as a showcase of the Festival Men’s Chorus!

week gray’s reef ocean film festival Saturday, January 30th, all day

cool hand luke (1967) Saturday, January 23rd @ 8:00pm When petty criminal Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn’t play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard’s resident heavy.

Join Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary as we explore all the Wonders of the Ocean! Secrets of our ocean will be revealed, including exciting creatures and underwater freedom.

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A F C C H A M P I O N S H I P | 3:05P M New England Patriots AT Denver Broncos N F C C H A M P I O N S H I P | 6:40P M Arizona Cardinals AT Carolina Panthers THURSDAY NIGHT bucky & barry

FRIDAY NIGHT 5-8pm - Brandon Reeves Late night - bootless SATURDAY NIGHT 5-8pm - Johnson Brothers Late night - bethany & the southside boys





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Seersucker Shots Wed / 20

A quick hit of lit featuring Rita Hickey, Myles Ehrlich, CC Perry, and Josh McCuen. Joseph Schwartzburt will host the evening, and Brian Dean will provide musical accompaniment. 7 p.m The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

Concert: Thursday Night Opry Thurs / 21

The quarterly Thursday Night Opry produced by Trinity Sanctuary Concerts returns on January 21st featuring Jason Bible, A.M. Rodriguez, CC Witt, Markus Kuhlmann, Anna Chandler, Jay Rudd, and Eck Bohymn. 7-11 p.m Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. $10

Wednesday / 20 Chatham Days

For the month of January, local visitors can come rediscover the military history and educational programming at Old Fort Jackson for Chatham Days. The special offer entitles Chatham county residents to a discounted buy one get one free admission throughout the month of January. Just bring one valid photo ID with a Chatham county address to redeem the offer. Jan. 2-31 Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. 912-644-0179.

Lecture: Dr. Diane Lewis

Trustees Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America and The Garden Club of Georgia, invites the public to hear Dr. Diane Lewis speak about The Great Healthy Yard Project. There is no charge for this event. Parking behind the Coastal Georgia Center is free. 10:30 a.m Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Free 912-667-4824.

Low-Brow Literary Reading

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival FRI / 22

All film screenings reflect the mission of educating, inspiring, and motivating audiences on issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth having. Featured films this year are The Reinvention of Normal, Knee Deep, and The Fisherman’s Son, among many others. Jan. 22-23 Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

PULSE Art + Technology 2016 begins Wed / 27

In its 10th year the PULSE Art + Technology Festival offers wildly inventive, interactive technology-based art. The five-day celebration invites the public to participate in amazing interactive art experiences and hands-on workshops. Avant-garde visual artists from around the country present electrifying performances and give lectures that teach and illustrate new art forms. PULSE is fun for all ages and includes a family day brimming with activities, artists demonstrations and performances. Jan. 27-31 Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. $15 non-Telfair members 4

Deep kicks off their semester with readings of pieces that are so bad they’re funny or just plain funny. A portion of the proceeds go towards funding Deep’s programs. 6 p.m Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 MLK, Jr. Blvd.

Seersucker Shots

A quick hit of lit featuring Rita Hickey, Myles Ehrlich, CC Perry, and Josh McCuen. Joseph Schwartzburt will host the evening, and Brian Dean will provide musical accompaniment. 7 p.m The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

Thursday / 21

Concert: Savannah Sings 2016

The Invitational Youth Choir Festival is a two part event featuring a concert program by some of the area’s top school and community youth choirs as well as a showcase of the Festival Mens Chorus under the direction of artist in residence, Dr. Patrick Freer, who is the professor of music education at Georgia State University. 7 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

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Concert: Thursday Night Opry

The quarterly Thursday Night Opry produced by Trinity Sanctuary Concerts returns on January 21st featuring Jason Bible, A.M. Rodriguez, CC Witt, Markus Kuhlmann, Anna Chandler, Jay Rudd, and Eck Bohymn. 7 p.m Trinity UMC, 225 West President St. $10 o

Film: At What Cost? Pipelines, Pollution and Eminent Domain in the Rural South

The 50-minute film by Augusta filmmaker Mark Albertin highlights the struggle of landowners who stand to be affected by the Houston-based energy giant’s Palmetto Pipeline project, which was denied a certificate of public convenience and necessity. The ruling from the Georgia Department of Transportation meant Kinder Morgan could not exercise eminent domain to acquire the land needed for the $1 billion pipeline. l However, the company did appeal this decision and a ruling is expected early this year. 7 p.m Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. free, but $10 donation appreciated

Lecture: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement

The Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts this presentation, which will summarize findings from the U.S. Government Accountability Office report on Southeast Asia: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement. Dr. Emil Friberg and Michael Simon will speak. 8 p.m Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Friday / 22

Concert: Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

In the first of a special jazz series, the Tybee Post Theater presents The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet performing a fresh take on Gypsy Jazz and Argentine music. 8 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $20 general admission, $18 theater members

Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower Square Cinema 6, 1100 Eisenhower Dr. $7.50 if you mention CinemaSavannah

“The Hillary Paradox” Book Signing

An evening tailor-made for political junkies, feminists and all those who love them. Lisa Solod, contributing author to “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox,” and her editor Joanne Bamberger will be in attendance to read the book. 7 p.m The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

Lecture: Dr. Ira Byock

Dr. Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. His lecture, Saying the Four Things that Matter Most, will help facilitate emotional healing in the wake of personal tragedy, family strife, divorce, or in the face of death. noon Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Lecture: Dr. Olavi Arens

In honor of the approaching 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the lecture by Armstrong professor Dr. Olavi Arens will examine the United States’ emergence as a world power at the end of the war as well as the brief Wilsonian moment in world politics with the reality of a new international economic order. noon Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

Lecture: The Values of Frederick Douglass

K. Carl Smith, author and lecturer, presents this informative event including a question and answer session. 6 p.m Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Free and open to the public

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

All film screenings reflect the mission of educating, inspiring, and motivating audiences on issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth having. Featured films this year are The l Film: Room Reinvention of Normal, Knee Deep, and Both highly suspenseful and deeply emo- The Fisherman’s Son, among many others. tional, Room is a unique and touching ex- Jan. 22-23 ploration of the boundless love between a Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire Theatre: Spamalot Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: and his Knights of the Round Table and the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not adventure brings, he holds tight to the one to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French thing that matters most of all--his special people. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. bond with his loving and devoted Ma. continues on p. 6 7 & 10 p.m


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8-10 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E Victory $15-20 912-238-9015.

Urban Gypsy Traveling Trunk Show

Hundreds of items to choose from; most items $6. Plus henna art, local jewelry, chair massage, tarot readings, dancing and free glitter. 12-8 p.m Fri./Sat./Sun. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. free to attend, open to the public

Saturday / 23

Concert: Nothin’ Fancy

From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, one of the most entertaining bands in bluegrass, Nothin’ Fancy; Winners of SPBGMA’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year six times. 7:30 p.m Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. $20 plus tax

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.

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

All film screenings reflect the mission of educating, inspiring, and motivating audiences on issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth having. Featured films this year are The Reinvention of Normal, Knee Deep, and The Fisherman’s Son, among many others. Jan. 22-23 Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Theatre: Spamalot

Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. 3 & 8 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E Victory $15-20 912-238-9015

Sunday / 24

Local Chefs Charity Dinner

Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. 3 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E Victory $15-20 912-238-9015

Tuesday / 26

Theatre: Spamalot

Monday / 25 City Hall Art Tour

From its basement to top floor, City Hall is filled with beautiful and unique art work, some commissioned when the building was constructed, other pieces given to the City as gifts, and still others collected by the City over the years. Residents and visitors are invited to join us for a special tour of all things art in City Hall. Reserve your spot by contacting Luciana Spracher at or 912-651-6411. 9:30 a.m. & 3 p.m Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street.

The six-course event will feature dishes prepared by several local chefs, and donations received throughout the evening will benefit Blessings In a Book Bag, which provides weekend meals for local foodinsecure children and their families. 6:30 p.m The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive. $40

Civil War in Savannah Walking Tour

These guided evening hikes will explore the role of Savannah during the Civil War and Sherman’s stay in the city. 5-6:30 p.m Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon St. $15 912-395-5070

Tongue: Open Mouth and Music Show hosted by Melanie Goldey

A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work. fourth Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.


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Too late for Johnny Harris, but not too late to learn by Jim Morekis

I’VE LIVED in the Parkside neighborhood around the corner from Johnny Harris Restaurant for nearly 20 years. The amount of development that has come to that portion of the Eastside hasn’t been unwelcome. But it’s come at a price. There’s no question that the improved amount of nearby options for shopping and services in that area have increased the quality of life for residents like me. But the attendant congestion in the Victory/Skidaway/Waters sector has become very difficult to deal with, presenting quality-of-life issues of its own. For better or worse, the character of the area has changed with economic development. That’s the usual tradeoff. It was always thus. It was sad a few years ago to see the iconic and charming retro-design of the old Backus Cadillac demolished, to be replaced by Whole Foods/Pet Smart. Then again, I never bought a Cadillac from Backus! I do, however, shop at Whole Foods fairly regularly, and Pet Smart occasionally. So for me personally, it was a win. We’re all part of this system we often claim to abhor. One of the great joys of living in the area has been what I’ve always thought of as one of Savannah’s neatest secrets: The little touch of country in the city that is Wicklow Stables and the adjacent Truman Linear Greenway along the canal. Tucked behind Victory Drive’s nascent sprawl and sheltered from the Truman Parkway’s runway-like noise level, the Stables and their vast pasture have always been such a pleasant place to stroll or bike past. When my daughter was younger we’d often stop and look at the horses, petting the ones who would come up to the fence, maybe bringing an apple or a carrot to feed them. With the Greenway, it also forms an important mini-wildlife preserve and flyway for migrating birds. Sadly, Wicklow Stables is part of the larger Johnny Harris parcel, owned by the

Heidt family. All 11 acres of the parcel are scheduled for sale and redevelopment by Atlanta firm ARS Ventures. Almost certainly, the legendary Johnny Harris Restaurant itself, a landmark for nearly a century, will be torn down. Candidly, I never much cared for the food at Johnny Harris and almost never ate there. But it was always comforting to know that whatever else happened, there’d always be that oasis of old Savannah nostalgia amid the strip mall development on Victory. And now that will be gone too. You won’t find a bigger advocate of historic preservation than me. But I’m afraid the grassroots effort to “Save Johnny Harris” is too little, too late. It’s one thing to “save” something from a sinister outside force. But in this case,

business-focused DeLoach administration would do anything to change that course. John Bennett of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, who writes the always-brilliant News Cycle column for us biweekly, points out that the MPC itself acknowledges that after the parcel’s redevelopment the number of new weekday trips will be 5,055 and the number of new Saturday trips will be 6,864. That’s a lot of new trips in a corridor already gridlocked much of the time. It’s almost certainly too late to “Save Johnny Harris.” Like Pinkie Masters, Hang Fire, Juarez, Leoci’s, etc. etc., that will be one more Savannah institution we’ll have to bid farewell, like it or not. But we can pressure our governing bodies to force ARS to incorporate walking and biking options to link with the Tru-

You won’t find a bigger advocate of historic preservation than me. But I’m afraid the grassroots effort to ‘Save Johnny Harris’ is too little, too late. the Heidt family wants to sell the parcel on their own volition, and they’re well within their rights to do so. How would you feel if someone told you that you couldn’t sell your house or your car because they just didn’t want you to? Right. There’s a chance the Johnny Harris building itself might be incorporated into the new development, which would be wonderful. But unfortunately our local Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) never required that when they approved the project. And the time for citizens to make their voices heard was at that meeting, not at this week’s Savannah City Council meeting, where the issue might be on the agenda. Indeed, the last time City Council looked at the issue was to vote 6-3 to approve the rezoning. It’s doubtful, but not impossible, that the new, more

man Linear Greenway, Daffin Park, the Washington Avenue bike lane, and on to Savannah’s small but growing network of bike paths. As Bennett wrote, “If we don’t think carefully about how new developments work with existing neighborhoods and land uses, we’ll be inviting suburban sprawl to creep further into the city core, degrading historic neighborhoods.” Bennett continued: “With its Victory Drive Project, ARS Ventures can get it right the first time and create a place that improves quality of life for people who live near it. The firm could offer a new standard for redeveloping similar sites around the city and around our state. If it doesn’t, Savannah will be stuck with the consequences for decades to come.” That’s how Bennett closed his column, and that’s also as good a way to close this column as I can think of. cs

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News & Opinion The (Civil) Society Column

Sign o’ the times: RIP Leonard Miller By Jessica Leigh Lebos

been plenty of small businessowners who preferred Leonard’s simple signage. He started making signs for Belk’s in the ‘70s when he got out of the Air Force and struck out on his own soon after; some folks remember when you’d have to leave a message at a beauty parlor if you wanted to hire him and wait for him to call back. “He could sit down with a pencil, and ten minutes later he had painted what you wanted, completely freehand,” reminisces Gerald Schantz, who commissioned him to decorate Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp restaurant on Tybee Island with several dozen quotes by Einstein, Gandhi and a couple of Leonard originals. (Our family favorite: “It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.”) “You never knew when he was going to show up, mind you, but he always did a marvelous job.” While he lent his sonorous vocals at church services and early morning raptures, his clients knew him for his

Courtesy of Rexanna Lester

One chilly morning years ago, I was riding my bike to work through Daffin Park when I came upon the strangest of visions: There at the roundabout was a large black man leaning up against a beat-up van, singing in a velvety baritone. The trees framed him in a curtain of moss, and a ray of sunshine had broken through the mist, bathing him in a heavenly spotlight. “Praise be to God on this beautiful day!” he bellowed, nodding to me in greeting as I slowed to a stop. “Hi,” I said, blinking hard, trying to decide if this was a holy visitation or that I just hadn’t caffeinated properly. “Hello,” he intoned with a toothy smile. We stared and grinned at each other for a long minute, then he returned his gaze to the sky. I took in his weathered hands and cut-off jeans and concluded that angels probably don’t wear orthopedic shoes. “Ok, well, have a good day,” I said, pushing off. “Oh, yes, ma’am, I will,” he laughed, turning to fiddle with the equipment in the back of his van. He resumed his song, and his melodic voice floated above me all the way to Grayson Stadium. That was my first close encounter with Leonard Miller, the legendary sign painter and self-taught artist who passed away last week at 59 from complications caused by diabetes. I had long heard of this prolific local talent, and after our exalted meeting that morning in the park I began to notice his work everywhere. The man and his van got around, and his signature looping script graces buildings and businesses all over Savannah and beyond: The iconic clown at Bradley Lock & Key, the window dressing at Sekka Bikes, the list of ice cream flavors at Seaside Sweets. Our whole family became big fans of Leonard (pronounced “Le-NARD,” he’d remind you firmly,) and my kids have learned to recognize his handiwork. “There’s a Leonard!” they squeal every time we discover a new instance of his perfect lettering. One time we ran into Leonard eating a meatball sub at Nickie’s 1971, and you’d have thought he was a YouTube star the way they fawned all over him. While some companies are all about slick marketing campaigns and “brand 8 identity” these days, there have always

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Artist and signpainter Leonard Miller (above left) leaves a legacy of bright color, iconic missives and an iconic Savannah “brand.” Photo above by jon waits/@jwaitsphoto

sweet-as-tea disposition and his habit of whistling as he painted a wall or meditated on a new project. Leonard also constructed large-scale outdoor mobiles—there’s one weathering outside Coach’s Corner on Victory—and could camouflage a shipping container with foliage so realistic it disappeared. Other works have also disappeared, but not in a good way. Many businesses have closed over the years, taking with them the primary-hued murals and wall-mounted

menus. Other masterpieces have simply been painted over or torn down to make way for the next hotel or chain store. There has been a focus in the last decade of the importance of documenting and preserving the tradition of African American sign painting, examined through the lens of Leonard and other Savannah “wall dogs,” Jimmie Williams and William Pleasant. Their work was heralded in a 2004 photography retrospective at the Beach Institute and an

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Leonard was especially revered on Tybee Island, where his signs and artwork decorate businesses and vacation homes. Photos by jon waits/@jwaitsphoto

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lecture with anthropologist Susan Falls in 2010 as vital representations of a rich culture and history. In spite of such attentions, the wrecking ball of commercial progress continues its slow erasure. But perhaps slower on Tybee, where Leonard especially revered for building intricate sandcastles, earning him the sobriquet “The Sandman.” While those arches and moats are gone with the tides, his murals and script still decorate some of the island’s toniest homes, thanks to his friendship with award-winning interior designer Jane Coslick, who brought him out to the island to paint zebra-striped garage doors and wall art in her trademark beachy bright hues. “He had no idea how fabulous he was,” she laments. “He would never say, ‘I can’t do that.’ He’d say, ‘let me think about that for a minute,’ and

then he’d figure it out. He was brilliant.” Coslick’s chic designs make regular appearances in glossy coastal shelter mags, and she made sure Leonard received print credit when one of his painted windows appeared in Cottage Style. When she found out that Leonard also crafted vibrant scenes of the beach and shrimp docks on pieces of plywood, she encouraged him to sell them at the Isle of Hope Art Show. Original Leonard Millers now hang in some of the South’s most impressive art collections, though his most visible legacies can still be found on the city’s streets. “You can’t really understand Savannah without knowing about Leonard Miller,” says SCAD professor Rexanna Lester, who uses examples of both his signs and fine artwork to deepen her ESL students’ insight into their adopted home. “He drew the city in ways that captured life here that

no one else could.” Yet for all his breadth of talent and local fame, Leonard Miller remained humble and unabashedly devoted to the higher realms. He lived with his parents throughout his life, and all who loved him were constantly scolding him for undercharging for his services and his artwork. “He was not concerned about money,” sighed the Rev. Lee Wright at Leonard’s funeral last Monday. “He was most interested in using the talent God had given him.”

The passing of Leonard Miller is indeed a setback in the battle against gentrification and corporatization, a harbinger of a future when the plywood signs of Savannah’s poorer and lesser-known neighborhoods will fade away. It’s also, more simply and sadly, the loss of one of our greatest characters, a gentle giant who never once let the devil find his hands idle. I can almost see him now, painting the halls of heaven and whistling while he works. cs

One of Leonard Miller’s rare large-scale mobile sculptures can be see on Victory Drive.


News & Opinion politics

Hillary hate: Where is it from and why is it so persistent?

Essays explore why even feminists and supporters don’t really like Clinton that much; signing is at The Book Lady by rachael Flora

AS WE barrel into the 2016 election, when all Americans are politically at odds, one opinion rises up from the rest. Nobody likes Hillary Clinton. But why? Writer Joanne Bamberger sought to find out with her new collection of essays, “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox,” that she’ll read and discuss at The Book Lady on Jan. 22. Bamberger is also editor-in-chief at The Broad Side, a blog that focuses on feminism and politics and the intersection of those worlds. She and local author Lisa Solod met through their online writing, which often had common themes. Solod contributed an essay to the anthology and will join Bamberger in discussion. The essays, written by women from a variety of backgrounds, are focused on Hillary and her likability. Don’t expect it to be all praise, though — some of the writers A trend in the essays developed: are not fans. Whereas older women tended to dislike “The publisher and I had both assumed Hillary accepting Bill’s infidelity with when we were putting this together that Monica Lewinsky, younger women tended we’d have three distinct sections: a chapto embrace it. ter on people who love her, a chapter for Older women didn’t think her compeople who hate her, and a chapter for mitment to Bill made her any sort of role those on the fence,” Bamberger explains. “It really did not shake out that way! People model, but younger women liked her attitude and could better relate to her had nuanced, conflicting feelings. ‘Yes, situation. I’m going to vote for her, but I’m still con“Can’t we view it as if she was loyal to cerned about X.’” In essence, the book seeks to find X, that him, wouldn’t she be loyal to us?” Bammysterious quality that makes Hillary uni- berger posits. Another aspect to the generational gap versally unlikable. is the novelty of feminism and how it’s It seems simple to assume women want been taken for granted by Gen-Xers. a woman to represent them in the White “I don’t think [young people] see femiHouse, but many women are hesitant to nism in the same way my generation does,” endorse Hillary. There’s not a clear, defining moment of when the Hillary hate-train Solod says. “Obama was astonishing for my generation. I think America was ready for a started rolling. Some might cite Benghazi or the private black president before a woman president, email scandal, but people disliked her long and I still don’t think we’re ready for a woman president. You just can’t count the before that. sexism and misogyny.” So why don’t women like her? Is it the Solod’s essay, “The Responsibility of pantsuits? Privilege,” suggests that Clinton’s place in After poring through the essays, Bamsociety as a wealthy, educated woman can berger found that many women don’t like cause her to lose sight of other women’s Hillary simply because she never left Bill. struggles. “There still seems to be a theme within “She’s anointed in a sense,” she says. these writers and some of the questions “She has a leg up because she’s so much we’re getting in discussions,” she says. “Do in the public eye and has a reputation; she people still hold that against her?”


“It was a topic I wanted to explore in 2008 when Clinton ran for president,” Bamberger explains. “There was so much talk about, is she likable? Is she authentic? All these things we generally never ask in regards to a male candidate. We really don’t ask those questions about most female candidates. ‘Is Senator Barbara Mikulski likable?’” needs to treat that as a gift. She’s a woman who has obviously made her way in the world, and she needs to remember the women that haven’t had the chances she has. I think she does.” Veronica I. Arreola’s essay, “Inspecting Hillary’s Privilege Knapsack,” addresses that same privilege through the lens of a woman of color. “[That essay has] given me an interesting way to think about what everyone is saying, what lenses they’re viewing things through, how have they formed their decisions based on their own personal experience,” Bamberger says. “It’s really important to consider how we treat other communities.” Each essay presents a valid point about why Hillary could be liked or disliked. There’s even an essay about those infamous pantsuits. But a bigger question remains: why do we need to like Hillary to elect her? As both Bamberger and Solod note, it would be historic for a woman to be elected president. If we’re waiting for someone better than Hillary, who exactly are we waiting for? Hillary is the most qualified of any woman to have run for the presidency so far. Why does she have to be likable to be elected? Do we really have to imagine ourselves having a girls’ night in with her to vote for her? “It was a topic I wanted to explore in 2008 when Clinton ran for president,”

Bamberger explains. “There was so much talk about, is she likable? Is she authentic? All these things we generally never ask in regards to a male candidate. We really don’t ask those questions about most female candidates. ‘Is Senator Barbara Mikulski likable?’” She’s right — when was the last time called Donald Trump’s likability into question? Bamberger cites studies by Pew and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation that show that 80-90 percent of women need to like women candidates in order to vote for them. Those women would also still vote for the male candidate they were leaning towards, even if they didn’t like him. (That explains the Trump thing.) “If she doesn’t wear makeup, has glasses on, it’s all fair game,” Solod says. “Basically the only thing they say about Bernie is his hair, he never combs it, but he doesn’t get his every piece of clothing, every wrinkle, scrutinized. What’s important is his policy and experience. It’s bizarre.” For anyone, male or female, looking to define the relationship with Hillary Clinton, “Love Her, Love Her Not” is a helpful place to start. cs

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Should we give up toilet paper? I learned that in India people clean up differently after going to the bathroom­—pouring water down their backsides with one hand while cleaning themselves with the other. Toilet paper, I’m told, doesn’t even factor into the equation. What I want to know is: Which is better for us and for the environment? Should we, as Americans, be switching? ­—Anonymous, for obvious reasons HECK, they don’t just eschew toilet paper. Many in India eschew toilets altogether, with 67 percent of rural households reporting, in a 2011 survey, defecation en plein air. Part of the Indian style of relieving oneself stems from a lack of widespread indoor plumbing, sure, but the water method isn’t just about not having toilets that can handle Western-style TP; using water rather than tissue to clean one’s parts is common in plenty of places that have the economic wherewithal to afford sturdy sewage systems­—Japan, for instance. So your question’s a good one: What are they on to? And should we be taking cues?

The stakes aren’t low. As of 2009, Americans were using 36 million rolls of the stuff each year, something on the order of 15 million trees. Recycled material’s fine if you don’t mind a slightly scratchy experience, but popular ultrasoft varieties require tree fiber—some of it from oldgrowth forests. (Less than 2 percent of toilet tissue sold for in-home use in the U.S. is made from 100 percent recycled paper.) This isn’t the only way that TP is problematic, environmentally speaking. Scientific American reported that, trees aside, U.S. TP consumption requires, per annum, 473 billion gallons of water, 253,000 tons of chlorine (for bleaching; this can have harmful downstream effects on the immune and reproductive systems of wildlife), and 17.3 terawatts of energy. That’s some footprint. The obvious alternative is the bidet— historically a stand-alone fixture, but increasingly available as an electronicallycontrolled add-on to an existing toilet bowl. Let’s assume that, given the environmental impact of TP, bidet use is probably better for the planet. But is it better for the body? Alas, the scientific world is not flush with information regarding health and bidet usage. A 2011 paper out of South Korea reported that, at the correct setting, the electronic bidet could reduce anorectal pressure in people experiencing conditions such as fissures or hemorrhoids. But researchers seem keener to demonstrate its potential for improving the lives of elderly or disabled people, for whom wiping might be a challenge: • A 2007 study found that an electronic bidet could be used by patients with spinalcord injury to successfully induce bowel movement.

• In 1995 the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering introduced to the world the “Port-a-Bidet,” which people with disabilities could tote around to ease the experience of going to the bathroom away from home. • A preliminary report in the journal Gerontologist suggests that “wash-anddry” toilets may improve resident comfort and cleanliness in nursing homes. • A Yale infectious-disease specialist has proposed that bidets may help prevent urinary tract infections in the elderly. On the other hand, a 2010 study of subjects in Japan, where bidet usage is common, linked regular warm-water cleansing with the aggravation of vaginal microflora. And you’ll thank me for not describing the pictures published in a case study of an elderly patient’s perianal burns, caused by an excessively hot stream. So, a mixed bag. We should note that in some places where water is involved, the prevailing toilet design is different from the American style—more of a hole that the user squats over. Here there’s a clearer benefit: the simple act of squatting, as opposed to sitting, requires less straining on the part of the defecator—an easier experience all around, plus it may reduce hemorrhoid risk. In a public-facilities setting, there’s also the obvious hygienic plus of not coming into contact with a seat that’s touched more asses than you’ll find at a Kenny Chesney concert. Why haven’t Americans gone in for the bidet thus far? It might have to do with good old American exceptionalism. Like the hydrogen bomb and the Big Gulp, toilet paper is a proud U.S. invention, whereas it was the decadent French who brought us the bidet. (The word bidet, by the by, originally translated as “pony”—a reference

to what one looks like astride the thing.) Things may be changing, but in both directions. On the one hand, there’s U.S. defecatory imperialism: we’re TPing the globe, as increasing usage in Brazil and China accounts for more of the toilet paper revenue picture overall. On the other hand, last year the New York Times published not one but two articles about nascent American enthusiasm for a particularly high-tech line of Japanese bidet toilet seats, the Toto Washlet series, tricked out with heaters and dryers and pulsating sprayers. Toto (which recently opened a $60 million toilet museum back in Japan) has apparently dialed up its sales push in L.A., Chicago, Boston, and New York, hoping to finally establish a U.S. beachhead. Who knows? It might end up finding a solid market here after all. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654.

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Non-fatal Shootings


Man charged with murder in October death of four-year-old

Detectives of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department arrested and charged James Emmanuel Robinson, 23, with murder in connection to the suspicious death of a four-year-old Savannah girl in October 2015. Robinson was arrested at a residence on the 2100 block of Gamble Street. “The child died on Oct. 27. Three days later SCMPD, the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) and the Chatham County Coroner’s Office initiated a suspicious death investigation following an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Medical Examiner’s Office,” police say. Robinson, who was the live-in boyfriend of the victim’s mother at the time of death, attempted suicide after being questioned by police on Oct. 29, according to reports. “Siblings of the victim, ages seven, five and three, were removed from their residence by DFACS. Robinson is also being investigated for criminal acts against the victim’s three-year-old sibling,” police say.

Burglar runs, is later arrested after homeowner announces she’s armed

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police “arrested Nathaniel Snowton, 54, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Jan. 13, near the 100 block of East Jones Street following a residential burglary,” police report. Metro units responded to the scene and “learned someone had entered the rear

of the residence and fled after the homeowner announced she was armed,” police say. “Officers located the suspect hiding in the back courtyard of a neighboring yard and apprehended him after a brief foot pursuit. In addition to the reported burglary, the suspect was also in possession of two Georgia licenses that were not his.” The suspect was charged with burglary 1st degree, obstruction by fleeing, criminal trespass and two counts of theft of lost or mislaid property. He was transported to the Chatham County Detention Center without incident.

Memorial University Medical Center with a non-life-threatening wound,” police say. “Davis was reportedly shot during an altercation with an acquaintance. The suspect is described as a black male who may be driving a light colored vehicle.”

18-year-old, two minors arrested for burglary

Man shot in drive-by on West 39th

Detectives are investigating a shooting on the 200 block of West 39th Street that injured Darris Jones, 24, on Friday around 6:30 p.m.. Metro responded to the scene, finding Jones with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Jones was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center. Jones was reportedly exiting his vehicle when several shots were fired by unknown subjects possibly riding in a large SUV or pick-up truck. Investigators believe a vehicle similar the suspect’s vehicle collided with another vehicle, fence and street sign while attempting to swiftly flee the area. The vehicle never stopped. It was last seen traveling south on Montgomery Street. No additional injuries were reported.

Would-be victim and bystander capture robber

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police arrested Richard McGriff, 39, at about 8 p.m., Jan. 12, near the 200 block of West 38th Street following an armed robbery and aggravated battery. “The male victim was delivering a pizza in the area and asked the suspect if he had placed the order. The suspect replied that he had and asked the victim if he had change for a $50 bill,” police report.


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“At that time, the suspect aimed a black bag shaped like a handgun at the victim and demanded his money. The victim left the pizzas, fled to the passenger side of an oncoming vehicle, and asked the driver for help,” police say. “As the suspect left the area with the two pizzas, the victim noticed the bag was tied around the suspect’s arm. The victim then chased the subject into a nearby yard where a fight ensued. During the altercation, the suspect attempted to stab the victim in the face. The victim and a bystander held the suspect down until Metro officers arrived on scene,” police say. The suspect was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries.

Man shot on Lynah Street

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating a shooting on the 1000 block of Lynah Street that injured Patrick Davis, Jr., 28, about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. “Metro officers made contact with Davis on the 1000 block of Googe Street. Davis was transported by ambulance to

SCMPD arrested three suspects after neighbors reported a burglary in progress Jan. 12, in the 200 block of Sandlewood Drive. Khadijah Fantasia Ashley Allen, 18, was arrested along with two 14-year-old males. Allen and the first minor were charged with party to the commission of a crime (burglary in the 1st degree). The male suspect is also charged with possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 18. The second male suspect was charged with burglary in the 1st degree. “Just before 5:30 p.m., observant neighbors reported at least two black males entering the back yard of the Sandlewood Drive residence with a female possibly serving as a lookout near the front of the house. Once on scene, officers were alerted to an alarm activation at a residence on nearby Sandle Cove,” police say. “Responding Metro officers observed two juvenile males fleeing Sandlewood Drive on foot and pursued the juveniles before the arrest. Allen was arrested shortly after,” police say. “Further investigation revealed forced entry at the two residences and a subsequent canvas of the area led to the discovery of property stolen from the houses.” Allen was transported to Chatham County Detention Center without incident. The minors were charged and released to their guardians. cs All cases from recent local law enforcement incident reports. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 912/234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using keyword CSTOP2020.

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Great Moments in Leadership

(1) In November, the president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, in the stands but “bored” with his country’s “Super Cup” soccer final that had been tied, 1-1, for a long stretch, ordered officials on the field to stop play abruptly and proceed to a game-ending 10-kick “shootout.” (The Tevragh-Zeina team won.) (2) Jorge Servin, Paraguay’s head of indigenous affairs, was fired in November after he apparently kneed an indigenous woman in the stomach as she protested her people’s treatment by the government. (3) The head of Croatia’s human rights committee, Ivan Zvonimir Cica, posing alongside President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic to commemorate International Human Rights Day in December, had his pants inexplicably come loose and fall to his ankles.

Least Competent Criminals

Most Recent Net-Cash-Loss Theft: The manager of the Nandos Riccarton restaurant in Christchurch, New Zealand, is pretty sure that he knows who swiped the contents of the store’s tip jar that December evening (based on surveillance video), but the man denied the theft and walked out. The manager told police there was less than $10 in the jar at the time — but also that the man had paid his $14.90 tab for food, yet hurried off without eating it.

Recurring Themes

Approaching Maximum Capacity: The Smoking Gun website suggested in December that the Fairbanks, Alaska, counterfeiting arrest of Chelsea Sperry, 31, might have set a woman’s “record” for orifice-concealed contraband. Her vaginal inventory included 16 counterfeit bills (face value $890), one genuine $10 bill (in a different orifice), two baggies of meth, another containing seven morphine pills, two baggies of heroin and 40 empty baggies (apparently anticipating further sales, although it was not reported why the empty baggies — and the $10 bill — were not stored openly, for example, in her pocket). cs

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Jucifer albums are lyrically heavy on story, from fiction (I Name You Destroyer) to historic accounts (За Волгой для нас земли нет). What’s your lyric-writing process like? How does instrumentation complement narrative? Writing has always felt like channeling to me. When I respond emotionally to a character, whether a fictional person or historic figure, even an environment, lyrics flow forth rapidly. With this channeling there’s always an accompanying rhythm, something that guides the words to fit a pattern. It’s not automatic writing per se, but is closer to that than to a labored, cerebral act.  Not to say it’s thoughtless by any means, but that it feels charged by the emotion in a way that demands momentum. Finding words in context of a story I’m trying to tell feels like tapping into a wellspring, something ever-present but operating in the background when I’m not writing.  Instrumentation, along with song style, production, visual art—all aspects of the way we release music—is deeply entwined with narrative for us. For example, between the two albums you mention, the sound and overall vibe is very different, matching their disparate topics. Both of us ‘see’ music, and also experience it as taste, smell, sense memory or most often, empathetic sense memory, since most subjects we cover aren’t things we physically experience.  The idea behind a song always manifests in the way we’re moved to play; from note choice to tempo, degree of aggression or lack of it; again every choice made in the process of writing and recording as well 16 as how an album will be packaged. For us,

it’s imperative to do justice to events and people that we write about, and the duty with that is to evoke them in the fullest possible way. District of Dystopia cuts right to the bone of American politics, foreign policy, and war. What do you think are the biggest issues we’re facing during this election season? Now perhaps more than ever, we notice the Machiavellian tactics used to divide the masses and keep them disempowered. Whether we see this more clearly because we have unprecedented access, or because it’s been ramped up of late, I can’t say.  But what seems clear is that our twoparty system represents us rather poorly, and that political currency is too often spent to ensure we the people remain at odds with one another rather than to protect us and help us thrive. Certain ideas that, to me, appear paramount in the dream-America we grow up being taught to love seem lost in the noise of people screaming for their right to deny others’ rights.    More quietly, beneath the noise and beneath our identity of America as a good thing, runs the machinery that forces a person with multiple sclerosis to need $75,000 worth of meds every month while we’re scoffed at for seeking a $15 minimum wage and are told that poverty only happens because we’re lazy. Politicians in cahoots with corporations craft barriers to voting, and loopholes to make leaders and legislation we’ve voted for impotent, while we’re told our vote can secure our future. What’s at stake with this election is what’s always at stake—but what never seems to be won—justice, safety, mercy, reason. And nah, I’m not holding my breath. What were the challenges and benefits of recording District of Dystopia in the RV?

Jucifer in Dieweg Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Fabrice Lavollay

We planned to work within the limitations of that production style, so achieving what we wanted was pretty straightforward. The main challenge was probably just doing the mastering.  We’ve always been intimately involved with the mastering process as producers, but actually engineering that ourselves was something new. Overall, engineering everything DIY was an awesome experience.  One of the great benefits was being able to work on our own time.  Another was that we didn’t have to explain what we wanted things to sound like to another person. We’re always more comfortable doing things ourselves than delegating. continues on p. 18







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The White Wall of Death is [in] famous—how did that setup develop? There’s something intrinsically powerful about the visual and the act of engulfing an audience in noise. When I started to play live shows, I immediately wanted the sound of my guitar to envelop me. I also wanted the guitar to have weight and depth beyond a typical guitar sound—to carry all the frequencies of a couple guitars and a bass or two.  The more amps and cabs I used, the more I was able to create that sound I imagined in my head. Then when Edgar and I met and started playing together as a two-piece, he had the same desire as me to be surrounded by guitar. So every time we could, we added to our setup.   By the late 90’s, the Wall had gotten really big, but still had stock grilles on the cabinets. We saw a lot of bands starting to take this idea, and occasionally one would use photos of our gear on their own marketing stuff as if it was theirs. Meanwhile, we’d get skeptics coming up to say, ‘Yeah, so how many of those actually loaded with speakers?’ despite our shows being so loud.  And this whole boutique amp thing, the idea that putting a certain brand of gear onstage somehow makes a band legit, was infiltrating underground metal. We were tired of all that, so we pulled the grilles off and painted everything white.  We created a visual trademark for the stage beyond brand-worship and beyond just our bodies—which for a lot of bands wouldn’t be important—but for us, having put so much work and thought into our setup, is one of the best decisions we’ve

made. We made this setup because its sound is the most ultimate we can imagine, because it helps us be lost in the music, because along with the lighting we design, it puts us fully into the songs—not just mentally, but physically, like a womb that lets us birth all the rage and sorrow that moves our subjects but also releases us fresh and renewed, every single damn night. The White Wall requires us to spend about 10 hours of setup and teardown every time, but the feeling it gives us is worth every minute and every bruise.  To me, it’s like escaping time and gravity; like becoming part of angels in the most fearsome sense they’re described.  It’s the greatest joy to do that for ourselves and the greatest honor to share that with an audience.   Seems like we’re seeing more and more bands/musical couples adopting the nomadic lifestyle lately. What kind of advice would y’all offer, having done it for so long now? I think the key is that both people know how to roll with uncertainty, and 100% love each other’s company.  To live with another person in a stressful, unpredictable situation requires being able to rely on them totally. I wouldn’t advise any couple to live this way if they already have problems getting along in one place.   Even a band that’s a happy couple might not find nomadic life sustainable. It’s something people think sounds romantic and great, and at times is incredibly so, but in the end it’s still life, just with added

potential for problems. The stress of travel, added to the stress of performing, added to the stress of manifesting your own destiny, is a lot. Don’t expect to be able to do that indefinitely with anyone who isn’t your favorite person in the entire world, or possibly at all. Being nomadic is being homeless; it’s the only way to go for some of us, but most people would find it pretty torturous. You’ve got a documentary coming out; is this is all footage you compiled yourselves? What was that process like? Yeah, we compiled all the footage.  For a long time we figured it was just to document our lives, not necessarily planning to share it with other people.  We were keeping track of our history together, like any family does. But we’ve both always been into photography, so maybe we’ve collected a little more along the way.   Like many films, I guess, it’s kind of a love letter. Not to ourselves, but to the way we’ve chosen to live, to all the awkwardness and difficulty but also the adventure and glorious beauty we’ve been able to witness. I think it will please people who enjoy seeing other people do weird, difficult things—and maybe be a little weird and difficult themselves—while also giving a travel documentary experience. CS

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Richmond, Va., duo Lobo Marino are back at The Bean to soothe Savannah’s ears once again through their meditative, hooky tunes. With intertwined vocals, Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price combine tribal influences, Appalachian textures, drone circularity and pop structures to create a sound that’s entirely their own. Percussive, melodious, and trance-like, there’s an unrivaled tranquility that’s summoned from harmonium bellows and bass drum skin while Lobo Marino plays. Oh Ma! is the latest venture from Melissa Hagerty and Tyler Cutitta of Omingnome and YonahBug, featuring loops, autoharp, guitar, theremin, and drums. Known for sonic experimentations, psych-folk musings, and mystic crystal revelations, Hagerty and Cutitta’s new project will certainly be one to watch. Make sure to catch ‘em now, as the Bean show serves as the duo’s tour kickoff. Oh Ma! will be hitting the road with Permajam, a music-infused permaculture collective; during their trip, the group will visit permaculture communities along the East Coast. Wednesday, January 20, 8 p.m., $5, all-ages

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Savor an evening of acoustic soul with Genna & Jesse. Comprised of Genna Giacobassi & Jesse Dyen, the fiercely independent and DIY duo craft warm, seductive, and cheerful tunes that will inspire a variety of musical palettes. With an old soul steeped in jazz and folk, Giacobassi’s velvety vocals coast across piano keys on ballads like “Don’t Be Surprised.” Dyen boasts a storyteller’s intonation; when the two join in harmony, it’s like earth meeting fire. As a teenager in Michigan, Giacobassi studied voice at the esteemed Interlochen Arts Academy High School. Later, she relocated to the Bay Area to build up her songwriting repertoire. Listen for pop, country, and blues influences woven throughout their catalog. Driven by a joyful spirit and love of performance, the newlyweds have taken to the “permatour” lifestyle (just like Lobo Marino and Jucifer, also featured in this week’s issue). That free spirit, paired with beautiful tunes, makes for a perfect date night— select a bottle of wine for you and your love and enjoy a nice weeknight out on the town in cozy Foxy Loxy. Tuesday, January 26, 7 p.m., all-ages


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Scott H. Biram, Strahan & The Good Neighbors, A.M. Rodriguez @The Jinx

The “Dirty Old One Man Band” himself is heading back to The Jinx to deliver his signature blend of old country, metal, and punk. With a classic outlaw croon, roughed up on the surface and curling with Southern twang, the Lockhart, Texas native grew up in the punk scene, gaining a taste for old-time roots music during college. While in school, Biram delved into bluegrass and started two groups, Scott Biram & the Salt Peter Boys and Bluegrass Drive-By. His current one-man band setup—chain-gang style riffs and soulful open strumming on a 1959 Gibson hollow body nurtured by an amplified stomp board—has been his mainstay since the late ‘90s. Biram’s rabid dedication to his craft was never more evident than what transpired after the songwriter was hit head-on by a semi in 2003. While confined to his bed, Biram spit out an EP, Rehabilitation Blues, and even performed onstage in a wheelchair, draped in IVs, at Austin’s Continental Club, just two months after the wreck. 2014’s Nothin’ But Blood continues the Biram tradition of hardedged, raw roots licks and a passionate, road-warrior spirit. Bluesy Americana band Doug Strahan & The Good Neighbors join Biram for fifteen dates on his Southeast tour. Savannah’s A.M. Rodriguez, whose vintage country sound and Texas drawl perfectly complements Biram’s, opens the night. Friday, January 22, doors at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m., $10 via, 21+

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Piano in the Arts: Joe Alterman Trio @Armstrong State University Fine Arts Auditorium

Get ready for a rollicking evening of jazz during the grand return of Armstrong’s Piano in the Arts series. Highlighting pieces by Cole Porter, Les McCann, and Rodgers and Hart, up-and-coming American pianist Joe Alterman and his trio (Scott Glazer on bass, and Justin Chesarek on drums) will hit favorites from “Blue Moon” to “Soft Summer Breeze” to “Isn’t She Lovely?” Alterman, an Atlanta native, attended New York University in 2007 and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music, studying under the likes of Don Friedman, Joe Lovano, and John Schofield. His talents have landed him gigs at noteworthy venues like Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan, Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., Germantown Performing Arts Center in Memphis, Atlanta’s Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, and many more. A fluid and vivacious player, Alterman has an album coming out in collaboration with bassist James Cammack of Ahmad Jamal Trio and has performed with greats like Les McCann, Houston Person, and Tony Middleton, and a myriad of noteworthy players. “His concerts are always fun,” says Benjamin Warsaw, Armstrong Piano Department Chair. “Audiences get up, clap, and dance—you won’t want to sit still at this concert! You’ll be tapping your foot the entire time.” Trio bassist Glazer is an Atlantan, as well; a Georgia State alum, he’s toured the world while performing with Grammy winner Earl Klugh, The Last Waltz Ensemble, Houston Person, Dr. Dan Matrazzo, and more. He has a group of his own, Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo, specializing in Southern soul, jazz, blues, rock and bop. Justin Chesarek graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors of Music in Education and received his Masters of Music at Georgia State. He’s gone on to grace stages with Houston Person, Jerry Bergonzi, and Johnny O’Neal and play at esteemed festivals like Montreaux Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival. Warsaw encourages audiences to come see spirited jazz placed front and center. “We’re so used to hearing jazz music as background music,” he notes. “You go to a bar, you go to a restaurant, you just hear jazz in the background.” The Joe Alderman Trio gig kicks off a new year of the Piano in the Arts series. “I started this program about three years ago,” Warsaw recounts. “This is our third season, and it started as a way to provide different types of music—always featuring the piano—for Savannah audiences.” Each performance is complemented by a free class, open to the public, the following day. “It’s an opportunity to see them perform and then get close-up to how they learn and how they teach themselves,” he explains. Alderman’s class takes place Friday, January 22, at 3 p.m., in the Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium. CS Thursday, January 21, 7:30 p.m., $15 (discounts available), all-ages

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Indie folk hero Paleface returns to Savannah to deliver his critically-acclaimed, poignant tunes. Alongside his partner in music and life, Mo Samalot, on drums, Paleface learned the musical ropes from alt icon Daniel Johnston. A force in the New York folk scene in the early ‘90s though the 2000s Paleface kicked around New York with roommate Beck, attending open mics together and sharing songs. The songwriter could often be found alongside anti-folkers like The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, and Regina Spektor at Lach’s Antihoot. Paleface and Samalot are featured on the acclaimed Avett Brothers’ record Emotionalism and tour relentlessly as a duo. Friday, January 22, 9 p.m., $5-$15 via Cantina Trivia Pour Larry’s Explicit Trivia Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Trivia


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The Holy Grail of Musical Comedy Savannah Children’s Theatre takes on Monty Python’s Spamalot by anna chandler

Undaunted by French taunters? Unflinching in the wake of a flesh wound? Undeterred by an evening jam-packed with the silliest of silly songs? Step forward, noble knight. You have proven worthy of a seat in the crowd at Savannah Children’s Theatre’s production


of the hit musical farce Spamalot. Channeling all the absurdity of its source, the 1975 classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot has enough slapstick, ‘Who’s on First?’-style playfulness, and screwball songs to be enjoyed by any folks aged 13-130. Perhaps you (gasp) haven’t seen Holy Grail, the most famous artifact of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python’s cinematic legacy (fix that ASAP and be blessed

with a slew of new movie quotes to throw out at random). Perhaps your nostrils flare in disgust at the suggestion of a healthy serving of Spam. Fear not, for it’s time to gather round for a wild ride through Medieval English “history” and legend as adapted by comedic genius Eric Idle, with music by Idle, John Du Pre, and Neil Innes. Intrepid leader King Arthur and his servant, the coconut-clopping Patsy, are on

a mission to gather Knights of the Round Table to join Arthur in Camelot. First, he recruits Sir Robin, the musical, quick-stepping entertainer, then the valiant fighter Sir Lancelot. But a chance encounter with a simple peasant named Dennis Galahad changes everything. Political radical though he may be, Galahad has been gifted Excalibur, a sword to only be bestowed upon the person fit to

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rule over England, by the mythical Lady of the Lake. Upon their arrival in Camelot, the merry band of misfits is issued a mission from God himself: find the Holy Grail. Spamalot marks the eighth Children’s Theatre performance for Chris Bass, who plays Sir Galahad. The Children’s Theatre has allowed Bass to explore acting for the first time. “I got into it late in life,” he explains. “I’ve really enjoyed it; each [show] is a new adventure.” Bass’s role as the narcissistic Galahad will be his biggest yet. As a lifelong Monty Python enthusiast, it feels quite appropriate for Spamalot to be his “breakout” moment. “I’ve been a Monty Python fan a long, long time,” he says with a smile. “Since I was in my teens, I think! I even probably snuck watching it when I was 9 or 10.” Though inspired by the film and comedic stylings he adored as a child, Bass is trying to bring his own flavor to the character of Galahad. “For my own character, I’m trying not to do as much of the Monty Python aspect and more of a stage presence, but still trying to keep that humor and timing that comedy has to have,” he explains. “It’s an exciting thing.” SCAD Performing Arts student Nick Castillo makes his Savannah acting debut as Sir Lancelot. Experienced in the theatre scene of his hometown, Philadelphia, Castillo has enjoyed delving into Savannah’s offerings. “I barely knew any [of the cast], I wasn’t sure of the environment, but I stepped into a regular casting call, and I’m really loving

it,” he says. He may not have been familiar with the Children’s Theatre community, but Castillo was certainly acquainted with the source material. “Oh my god, I love Monty Python!” he gushes. “I’m also a film student, so I love Life of Brian, and I love this adaptation so much, too.” Castillo hints that his character’s arch varies from the Lancelot of the Holy Grail film; while he doesn’t want to reveal any spoilers, he divulges that, “it’s a very, very fun character to play.” “It’s always fun to have people at SCAD come over,” says Savannah Children’s Festival Creative Dramatics II Director Laura Keenan Wild, who will also star as The Lady of the Lake. “It brings a totally different element to our program to have another person who’s working to be a professional in the field.” Alex Holcey, a Visual Arts student at Savannah State University, is another collegiate knight gracing the Children’s Theatre stage for the first time, playing the “Strangely Flatulent” Sir Bedevere. “I love the character, I love everybody in the cast—they’re great,” Holsey praises. While he may not have been under the spotlight, the Savannah native is no stranger to the Children’s Theatre, as his older sister and younger brother have been involved with the organization for some time. He’s enjoying getting to perform alongside them for the first time through Spamalot. “The highlight for me is hanging out with family and friends while I’m here,” he affirms. “I think this one has more of a

presence,” he suggests. “It’s a fun character to play, for sure.” From rousing numbers like “The Song That Goes Like This” to Python classic “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” there’s plenty of merriment for the whole (aged 13+) family. “Spamalot is just full of fun, excitement, and mystery,” says Holcey. “You really just have to see it for yourself.” “Be ready to laugh, be ready for a lot of irreverent humor, and just really be ready to enjoy yourself and see something you might not expect,” advises Bass. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of taking in a Spamalot performance will be seeing the wonderful ways in which the Children’s Theatre invigorates and inspires the youth of Savannah. “I support everything they do,” Bass says warmly. “They’re a great hinge to have in this community, and great for children who are coming in and may be socially awkward. But they come into this environment and blossom. And having been there since 2010, I’ve seen kids go from the shyest things in the world to coming out and growing. It’s a really great place.” CS

Monty Python’s Spamalot

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culture style antidotes for closet and mind with her Urban Gypsy Traveling Trunk Show, a glittery haven of upcycled clothes, chic accessories and good vibes. Savannah has become a regular stop on her circuit, and Elle will pop up her tapestry tent at Sulfur Studios Jan. 22-24. There are always treasures to be found in her ever-evolving inventory, where most items are $6. Part curated thrift shop, part G-rated rave, the event also features tarot readings, henna painting, spontaneous dancing and plenty of positivity from Elle herself. We caught up with the itinerant fashionista as she was packing up her van and talked vintage leopard onesies, clothing karma and how kitsch can be a portal to meaningful human connection. Yay, I need an infusion of your fabulousness! What keeps bringing you back to Savannah? Elle Erickson: I love Savannah anyway, and to be able to come and interact with so many awesome artist and creative people. I feel like the town really gets what I’m doing. And the people are just so lovely. I just have a blast. Elle Erickson returns with her bags of tricks and treasures for three days of shopping, fun and frolic. Photo by christopher Gill

You’ve transformed several galleries around town for your shows, bringing props and creating a fantasy world overnight. Is this is your first time at Sulfur Studios? Yes! I’m excited about it! Though I haven’t seen the space so I don’t know how much square footage I’ll have. I hope there’s enough room for the henna and the tarot. But whatever it is, it’ll be great. Even if it’s just me, one rack of clothes and some glitter, it’ll still be fun! What’s in store for us this season?

The Southeast’s mobile style maven pops up at Sulfur Studios Jan. 22-24 By Jessica Leigh Lebos

The Urban Gypsy Trunk Show has set up in warehouses, galleries and festivals across the

26 Southeast, offering racks of colorful clothing for $4-$10 a garment.

Got the basic blues? Elle Erickson has the cure. This lady knows how the right outfit can boost a mood, especially if it’s a bargain. The Asheville, NC-based style maven travels the Southeast bestowing unique

This time I’ve got a lot of fur pieces and vintage lingerie. Plenty of accessories and capes. I also have a full rack of menswear. I have everything from Talbots to Ann Taylor to the weirdest, craziest vintage leopard onesie, which someone is going to love! Your grandma could come in and find something at the same moment as a high school goth kid. I feel like there is an exact thing for every person. How do you gather your inventory? I do a lot of thrifting, and I go to estate sales. I also purge friends’ closets, and sometimes my own. Once in a while, I go out in my front yard and there are just crates of amazing clothes that seem to have dropped from the sky. That’s my favorite. There’s definitely karma involved. It’s gotten to the point where people give me


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MADE FRESH RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD - OR CLOSE TO IT! CHOOSE FRESH. CHOOSE QUALITY. CHOOSE LOCAL. Part curated thrift shop, part G-rated rave, the Urban Gypsy Trunk Show always has something funky and fabulous up its sleeve. Photos by christopher gill

these wonderful pieces, because they know they’re going to go to a happy place. I’m always amazed at how affordable everything is. Most things cost six bucks! How do you even do that? Look, I could obviously charge more and get away with it, but I like keeping the prices reasonable and budget-friendly. Part of the experience is being able to walk out and not have that icky feeling that you spent too much. It’s guilt-free shopping! And the recycled aspect takes it to a whole other level of conscious consumption.

people feel better. People come up thinking it’s this kitschy little thing, but by the end of it, we’re getting into these deep conversations and making meaningful connections. People really need that, and they’re not getting it in their lives. I’m doing a Kickstarter in the spring to build more of them. I want to travel across the U.S. and leave a trail of them in different cities. It’s the simplest thing, but anyone can sit down at it and create a portal for human connection.





So the trunk show is an excuse to spread all kinds of other magic.

How do you describe your personal style?

It’s true! I’m not even gonna hide it anymore. Clothes are just the vehicle I use so I can tell you about all the stuff I really care Well, I don’t follow trends. I never go for about. I’m certified in plant-based nutriany specific look. I just go with whatever tion, and I’m so passionate about helping catches my eye and I put it together. Some- others become physically and mentally body recently called me “Boho Cinderella.” healthy. People come to the Urban Gypsy [laughs] Trunk Show to shop for clothes, but I also put out documentaries out like Forks Over What’s with the “Psychiatric Help” Knives and Happy. booth you’ve started setting up at the I hope to inspire people to pay attention shows? to things like healthy eating and self-love and to realize that they’re not stuck in that That’s my obsession right now! It’s based crappy job or mediocre relationship. It’s on the Peanuts comic strip, you know, amazing what getting out of your comfort Lucy sitting there doling out advice. It’s zone can do. something that I saw at Burning Man a I’m having so much fun in my life and few years ago—someone had set up an art I’m living my passion. I want other people installation in the middle of the desert, and to do the same. cs anyone could walk up and run the booth, Urban Gypsy Traveling Trunk so I did! Show I loved the experience so much I had a friend build me one, and I’ve been popWhen: Jan. 22-24; Fri.-Sat. noon-8pm, Sun. ping up with it ever since. I have a menu for noon-7pm glitter applications, free advice and hugs, Where: Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. Info: all these things to choose from to make

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Adam Turoni’s sweet dreams come true

Savannah’s artisan chocolatier acquires new skills, a new location, and a prestigious national award by jessica leigh lebos

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When we first met chocolatier Adam Turoni in 2012, he had just opened his eponymous sweet shop on Broughton Street. A starry-eyed protégé of James Beard Award winners Peter Greweling and Alice Waters, the 22 year-old had developed his own unique recipes and hoped to transform his small wholesale business into a sustainable retail venture. It took all of about a week for Chocolat by Adam Turoni to become one of the busiest stores on the west end. Shoppers loved the charming cloister of antique curio cabinets, stocked with enchanting confections like tiny fig-shaped cognac truffles and almond bark dusted in 24K gold. Its young proprietor stayed late into the night, replenishing the shelves and experimenting with new combinations of form and flavor to delight his customers. Now at a seasoned 26, Turoni employs a staff of ten, has opened another shop on Bull Street and achieved national recognition for his delicious innovations. There are still stars in his eyes, but that may be because they’re reflecting the sparks coming from the blowtorch in his 28 hand.

Adam Turoni (above) has been named one of North America’s Top Ten Chocolatiers by Dessert Professional magazine for his delectable innovations and techniques.

Fire and chocolate don’t normally go together very well, but testing the limits of chemistry and physics has always been Turoni’s passion. The CIA-trained chef still spends his nights working out how to

bring his “impossible” ideas to the table, and he’s wielding the torch for a truffle version of crème brûlée. “It’s the science that makes it so much fun,” he says, cheerfully offering that it

took weeks to develop a way to make a crisp, caramelized shell without ending up with a messy puddle. “Now, stand back,” he warns with a playful grin as he flicks the switch, lowering the flame towards a marble slab counter holding several dozen spiral-shaped candies, already glittering with crystalline sugar. Each batch has been submerged in a bath of simple syrup for an entire day to allow the tiny sparkles to form, and they shine like diamonds as the blaze kisses the tops of the truffles. It’s this kind of fearless experimentation that has earned Turoni accolades and awards, including Connect’s 2015 Best of Savannah. Visit Savannah brought him to New York last year to showcase local tastemakers to national magazine editors, and Southern Living featured his Savannah Bee Company Honeycomb Chocolate Bar in its 2015 “Best of the South” issue. This month brings the most prestigious honor yet: Turoni has been named one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers of North America by Dessert Professional magazine, the leading trade publication for culinary insiders.

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“It’s like Vogue for the dessert industry,” he explains excitedly. “Being recognized like this by my own industry just blows me away. It’s the biggest achievement I can imagine.” He and business partner Alexandra Trujillo de Taylor will travel to New York again this week to accept his award at the Institute of Culinary Education, and he’ll have to pack his blowtorch: He has been asked to create his crème brûlée truffles in person for Dessert Professional editorin-chief Matthew Stevens, who demanded to know what made Turoni’s creations so special when they met at the Visit Savannah event last year. “I told him I try to apply the traditional Turoni and business partner/designer extraordinaire Alexandra Trujillo de Taylor conceived techniques and modern technologies in the new Bull Street shop as the “library” to Broughton’s “dining room,” all under the roof of the new ways to create layers and flavor in a whimsical Southern mansion known as the House de Chocolat by Adam Turoni. single piece of chocolate,” says Turoni. “We shipped him some samples, and I guess he was impressed.” Savannahians can taste the champion the eyes as it does the palate. like wooden card catalog drawers and that confections for $3.50 a piece at Chocolat Applying her signature unorthodox the treats are arranged alphabetically. by Adam Turoni’s Bull Street store, which elegance, Trujillo de Taylor has created Popular favorites like bacon-flecked praopened in August. The former silver boua magical backdrop of antique books and lines are available on the shelves, though tique next door to Gallery Espresso “has vintage typewriters that extends the the Bull Street locale also carries exclusive always been dream location,” says Turoni. theme of a whimsical Southern mansion. pleasures like the aforementioned crème “When it opened up, we jumped.” “We call Broughton Street the dining brûlée buttons, strawberries ‘n’ cream As at its sister shop on Broughton, the room, and this is the library,” says the furtruffles (braised homemade jam enrobed delectable wares are presented in a fanciclad designer, pointing out that the custom in white chocolate) and the delightfully ful setting that offers as much a feast for made trays have been fabricated to look boozy Golden Bailey’s Truffle.

The slightly different inventories gives people a reason to visit both shops. “We think of both locations as two rooms in the same house, and one can go from one to the next with a sense of discovery,” continues Trujillo de Taylor with an elegant wave. “Everyone is invited to tour the House of Chocolat by Adam Turoni!” The shop is a sumptuous addition to the Bull Street corridor, which broadens the downtown shopping district and gives visitors a more nuanced experience of the city. “There are so many distinctive pockets of Savannah, and people want to explore them,” muses Turoni. “There is more foot traffic here every day.” While he and Trujillo de Taylor won’t discount adding another room or two to their maison de chocolat—perhaps even in Charleston—Turoni plans to spend the latter part of his 20s in this bright kitchen at its marble counters, coming up with new ways to use hazelnut gianduja spread and constructing tiny topiary trees made of pistachio paste. “I want to keep combining everything I’ve learned in my culinary education to make things no one has ever seen or tasted before,” he says, carefully adjusting the torch’s flame. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.” cs


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Shining a Spotlight on Oscar contenders By Matt Brunson WHEN THE nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced, it was easy to imagine those snagging nods to quote Mad Max: Fury Road by declaring, “Oh, what a day. What a lovely day!” Those who were skipped over, however, probably felt more like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character getting mauled by that bear in The Revenant. Here, then, are the highlights, low points and other notes of interest associated with this year’s crop.

Highlights • The 10 nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road. Unless James Cameron or Orcs are involved, the Academy generally tends to overlook horror, science fiction and fantasy films in the major categories. And while director George Miller’s apocalyptic beauty racked up the accolades from the critics’ groups and the industry guilds, there was always a chance the Academy would ignore it for Best Picture as they did The Dark Knight. Happily, the film snagged an impressive 10 nominations, among them Best Picture and Best Director. • The first Oscar nomination for Carter Burwell. Burwell has spent three decades creating wonderful scores for the Coen brothers, particularly those featured in Raising Arizona and Fargo. He also composed the music for Velvet Goldmine, Being John Malkovich, Twilight, Mr. Holmes and many more. So it’s gratifying to see him finally land a Best Original Score nomination for his exquisite work in Carol. • The Best Original Screenplay nominations for Ex Machina and Inside Out. Were there any 2015 releases as imaginative as this pair? I think not, and the nods for Alex Garland (Ex Machina) and Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley and Ronnie del Carmen (Inside Out) were richly deserved.* The technical nods for Sicario. While I’m disappointed that Benicio Del Toro didn’t earn a Best Support30 ing Actor nomination for the film, it was

has more screen time than co-star (and Best Actress nominee) Cate Blanchett and Vikander at least runs even with co-star (and Best Actor nominee) Eddie Redmayne. The Academy’s blunder will continue to allow the studios to get away with such nonsense. • Only one nomination for Trumbo. The year’s best movie earned some nods Low Points here and there from various industry • No Best Picture or Best Director guilds (including the Screen Actors Guild nominations for Carol. This was easand the Writers Guild), but it never was ily the biggest disappointment of the day expected to earn any Oscar nominations and cast a pall over the rest of the celebraaside from lead actor Bryan Cranston (who tions. It’s déjà vu for director Todd Haynes, made it in) and supporting player Helen whose 2002 masterpiece Far From Heaven Mirren (who did not). Still, it would have dazzled the critics but only earned four been nice to see it pop up in a few more nominations from the Academy. Carol places. fared a bit better—it earned nominations • The return of #OscarsSoWhite. in the same four categories as Heaven and Last year’s race, which featured an allthen managed two more for a total of six white-all-the-time roster of actors and – but it still was snubbed for the top prize actresses, gave birth to this popular and for its openly gay director. Clearly, the hashtag, and it’s being brought back for same strain of homophobia that led to the an encore run. Despite the opportunity whole Brokeback Mountain-Crash debacle to recognize actors and directors of color still exists, as the predominantly male from such films as Straight Outta Compton, membership still shies away from works Beasts of No Nation, Creed, Chi-raq and featuring LGBT characters. Tangerine, the (94% white) members of • The field-leading 12 nominations the Academy ignored them all. Creed only for The Revenant. It figures that the received one nomination for (white) actor worst-reviewed of the eight Best Picture Sylvester Stallone while Compton likecandidates—81% Fresh on Rotten Tomawise only snagged a solitary bid for (white) toes, with all but one of the other nominees screenwriters Jonathan Herman, Andrea in the 90s—garnered the most nominaBerloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus. tions. A sweep mentality seemed to be in Perhaps anticipating this, the organization effect, as the film picked up dubious nods is having Chris Rock host the ceremony for Best Production Design (as fellow critic and recently gave Spike Lee an honorary Ken Hanke stated on my Facebook page, award. Nice try, but #OscarsStillWhite. “How does a movie that takes place almost entirely in the woods get a Production Other Thoughts Design nomination?”) and Best Costume • For the most part, all Meryl Streep Design (over the more opulent and imaginative threads seen in Macbeth, Star Wars: has to do is show up on the set and she receives an Oscar nomination. Not this The Force Awakens and Crimson Peak). • The Best Supporting Actress nomi- year, though: Despite being eligible for both Best Actress (Ricki and the Flash) and nations for Rooney Mara and Alicia Best Supporting Actress (Suffragette), she Vikander. Carol’s Mara and The Danish was sensibly overlooked for both. Girl’s Vikander absolutely deserved their • On the other hand, all John Wilnominations—but in the Best Actress catliams has to do is whistle a few notes egory. Instead of refusing to take the bait, on the set and he receives an Oscar the Academy mindlessly went along with nomination. That’s also the case this year, the studio’s efforts at category fraud, a ridiculous development considering Mara with Williams earning his 50th— yes, 5-0

nice to see one of the year’s most visually dynamic pictures recognized in three other spots: Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins’ 13th nomination, and he has yet to win), Best Original Score (Jóhann Jóhannsson’s mood music is appropriately nerve-wracking) and Best Sound Editing.

—nomination. He’s up in the Best Original Score category for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. • Sicario cinematographer Roger Deakins isn’t the only person in the running who’s 0-for-13 with the Academy. Composer Thomas Newman is similarly hoping for a lucky 13 as he’s up for Best Original Score for Bridge of Spies. • In addition to her newly anointed status as a Golden Globe winner (for her performance on TV’s American Horror Story), Lady Gaga is now also an Academy Award nominee, up for Best Original Song (with Diane Warren) for “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. While it’s the pop superstar’s first nomination, it marks the eighth for Warren—despite landing nods for tunes from such films as Mannequin, Armageddon and Beyond the Lights, she has yet to win.

OSCAR’S 8 BEST These were the films nominated by the Academy for Best Picture. 1. The Revenant (12 nominations) 2. Mad Max: Fury Road (10) 3. The Martian (7) 4. Bridge of Spies (6) 5. Spotlight (6) 6. The Big Short (5) 7. Room (4) 8. Brooklyn (3)

BRUNSON’S 10 BEST These were my picks for the year’s best movies. 1. Trumbo 2. Inside Out 3. Carol 4. Mad Max: Fury Road 5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 6. Spotlight 7. Ex Machina 8. The Big Short 9. Brooklyn 10. Chi-raq

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Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong are Ice Cube are back for laughs in Ride Along 2


// Gloria Estefan’s “Congo” and KRSONE’s “Sound of Da Police” are two of the more prominent tunes heard over the course of Ride Along 2, but if the picture had a theme song, then Simon and Garfunkel’s “Keep the Customer Satisfied” would best fit the bill. Enjoyed the first Ride Along? Certainly, plenty of moviegoers did—to the tune of a sizable $135 million—and the Universal Pictures brain trust isn’t about to mess with a successful formula. Their strategy: Hire the same director (Tim Story), employ the services of a couple of the same writers (Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi), offer the same standard-issue plotting and similar comic riffs, and then kick back and practice saying, “Show me the money.” Grouchy Atlanta detective James Payton (Ice Cube) and his future brother-inlaw, motormouth rookie cop Ben Barber (Kevin Hart), again prove to be an odd— and at-odds—couple even as they now set their sights on Antonio Pope (a sneering Benjamin Bratt), a prominent Miami philanthropist who’s actually involved in planning assassinations, dealing drugs, selling arms, and seemingly every other heinous activity this side of running fingernails down a chalkboard. To bag this bigwig, the pair will need the assistance of a competent Miami detective (Olivia Munn) who Ben inexplicably keeps insulting as being too manly (Olivia Munn?) and a computer nerd (Ken Jeong) who was privy to Pope’s most incriminating files. As before, there are a few moments of genuine wit (a geek exchange in the back of a van) as well as several stretches of tiresome shenanigans (an alligator makes an appearance). Cube and Hart again work well together, although this time there are limitations—while I’ve been praising Hart in one mediocre movie after another, this

is the first time that his shtick finally starts to wear thin. Maybe they’ll give him better material in Ride Along 3.


// The Revenant shares some DNA with Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and it goes beyond the fact that both showcase Leonardo DiCaprio in Oscar-swooping mode. Like Wolf, both are stylistic studies in overkill, and both serve as masturbatory material for a segment of American males who clutch them like crucifixes in an attempt to ward off the encroaching new world order that they feel downgrades machismo and manliness. In these respects, the film has less in common with such accomplished frontier flicks as 1972’s Jeremiah Johnson and 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans and instead brings to mind Mel Gibson’s garish snuff films The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, chest-thumping works of endurance rather than enjoyment. Set in 1823 and loosely based on a true story, the film casts DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, an accomplished frontiersman and guide traveling with a military outfit led by Captain Andrew Henry (the ubiquitous Domhnall Gleeson, also presently seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Brooklyn). An attack by Arikara Indians leaves most of the party dead, and Glass himself is later critically injured after a close encounter with a grizzly bear (and, no, he is NOT raped by the bear; that was a sophomoric rumor started by right-wing imbecile Matt Drudge and spread by both his sycophants and by Internet dwellers). A redneck soldier named John Fitzgerald (British actor Tom Hardy, laboring mightily to convince us he’s a Southern boy), who hates Glass just because, agrees to look after the wounded man for a large payment; instead, he eventually commits

a great atrocity against him before leaving him for dead. But Glass will have his revenge, and like those cute pets in The Incredible Journey, he attempts to travel many miles to reach his desired destination. Yes, it’s the familiar revenge motif, but here such a simple scenario buckles under the weight of Iñárritu’s approach. The picture is a bruising beauty in terms of its visuals—no surprise, since the cinematographer is Emmanuel Lubezki, coming off back-to-back Oscars for Gravity and Birdman—and there are a number of powerful scenes spread throughout (that sequence with the bear is astounding). But Iñárritu’s artfulness too often feels at odds with the threadbare story, and his attempts at injecting elements of mysticism (apparently a requirement for any director making a movie involving Native Americans, Michael Mann and Kevin Costner admirably excepted) prove to be heavy-handed. And then there are the paper-thin protagonists Glass and Fitzgerald, neither of whom are particularly interesting as screen characters. If DiCaprio finally wins his Oscar for this movie, it’s yet another example of the Academy rewarding the right performer for the wrong picture— he’s committed to his grunts, groans and growls (largely the extent of his dialogue), but then again, so was Charles Bronson in Death Wish. And while I’m not about to spoil the ending, let’s just say that the manner in which it sidesteps the piece’s primary thrust is both insincere and hypocritical (on the part of Glass and Iñárritu). It’s basically an example of having your cake—or, in this instance, caked-on blood and mud—and eating it, too. continues on p. 32 31


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/// Um, is anybody out there even reading this? In all my years of reviewing movies— certainly, in all the years that the Internet has been in existence—never has there been a film as critic-unfriendly as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The reason is different from the norm—the norm being, of course, that a studio is hiding its awful picture from reviewers lest they warn the public that it’s wasting its collective time and money on garbage. With this seventh entry in the franchise that began back in 1977, that’s not the case. Instead, the issue is that viewers are so eager and excited to see this picture in a virginal manner that they want absolutely no spoilers whatsoever. It’s an understandable position: After the relative disappointment of the prequels and the positive buzz surrounding this latest chapter, it’s not surprising fans want to experience it in innocent, wide-eyed wonder, with no chance of attached baggage. So where does this leave critics, all of whom have seen the repeated comments from Facebook friends that all reviews will remain unread (at least until after the initial viewing)? I’m generally very strict about not adding any spoilers to my reviews anyway, but with this picture, I’m wary of detailing any plot. But surely I’ll be allowed to reveal the film’s first line, glimpsed in that now-iconic opening scrawl that fades into the background: “Luke Skywalker has vanished.” And with that, the film begins to work its magic, by bringing back many familiar faces and introducing new characters who will help carry the franchise forward. Among the old-school players are Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher); newbies include reluctant heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) and cocky fighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). These characters are indicative of the respect writer-director J.J. Abrams and co-scripters Lawrence Kasdan (who also co-penned The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Michael Arndt pay toward the past, present and future of the franchise. The original stars haven’t lost a beat with their characterizations, while the newcomers prove to be an irresistible lot. The casting of a woman and a black man in the central roles doesn’t feel like forced political correctness but a natural progression, and the characters are two of the richest yet seen in the Star Wars universe. There are also some notable new villains, though I’ll keep them under wraps. Perhaps the film’s strongest component is its visual effects. That may sound like a no-brainer, but after the prequels, it’s any32 thing but. The effects work in those movies

the National Football League, the basedon-fact Concussion admirably never goes easy on the monolithic organization, as Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) uncovers the tragedy of dormant brain damage in many ex-players and subsequently finds the NFL stonewalling him at every turn. In all other respects, this plays like a welltailored TV movie of the week, the sort that hits every expected narrative beat just before the fadeout to commercial.


KLeonardo DiCaprio in the heavily Oscar nominated The Revenant

was often excellent, but the absolute reliance on CGI ultimately stifled much of the wonder and left audiences grousing about the artificiality of it all. With The Force Awakens, Abrams has graciously patterned the look after the 1977, ’80 and ’83 efforts, with many of the visuals created with models (as opposed to computers) and actual earthbound locations (as opposed to green screens). It’s a noble and appreciated gesture, and it’s enough to make a grown fan cry.


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


/// Screenwriter Adam McKay has graduated to the big leagues, expertly guiding this sterling adaptation of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. It’s a look at the financial crisis that occurred earlier this century, the one involving the housing bubble,

the market collapse, and the banks that were too big to fail. As a subject, it stands to be both dry and complicated, and Wall Street trader Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), who repeatedly breaks the fourth wall to serve as the piece’s narrator, is aware of this. Thus, with his guidance, the script’s great swatches of humor, and superlative performances by the entire cast (including Steve Carell and Christian Bale as two of the outsiders who saw the crisis coming and sought to profit from the banking industry’s greed and stupidity), the film lays out the case in layman’s terms. It’s an invigorating watch, at least until it enters the home stretch—at that point, the real-world tragedies pop up to unsettle and infuriate us while the villainous CEOs laugh all the way to their own banks.


/// After seeing his past three films (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter) all earn Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, David O. Russell probably will find his run crashing to a halt with Joy, a movie whose structure almost invites hordes of people to hate it. And admittedly, this film about Joy Mangano, the struggling divorcee who invented the Miracle Mop and subsequently became a wealthy entrepreneur, gets off to a rocky start, with Russell pushing the story dynamics and the character eccentricities to an obnoxious degree. But once the film settles down, and once the supporting players make more room for lead Jennifer Lawrence to strut her stuff, Joy—both the movie and the character— makes significant strides in its march toward success.


/ An earnest if plodding drama about one man’s David-and-Goliath fight against

/// The Hateful Eight runs just over three hours in its limited roadshow edition and just over two-and-a-half hours in the wider version that will be shown everywhere (the latter excising the overture, the intermission, and a few minutes of narrative). Either way, the film moves on the screen like a cheetah on fire, feeling far shorter than many of the 100-or-so-minute duds I’ve endured this year. The credit for that, now as always, goes to Tarantino’s writing; the vibrant monologues and exchanges are in the service of a Western-cum-murder-mystery, as a disparate assortment of characters are stranded in a desolate cabin in post-Civil War Wyoming. Chief among these badasses are a pair of bounty hunters, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell), as well as Ruth’s prisoner, the murderous Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a racist not at all happy that the South lost the war. The over-the-top gore isn’t nearly as awkward, embarrassing, oppressive or tiresome as Tarantino’s overuse of both the “n” word and the “b” word (bitch). As Spike Lee once said of the former, “I’m not against the word...and I use it, but Quentin is infatuated with the word. What does he want? To be made an honorary black man?” I think we all know the answer to that one.  


// With its bald ambitions, The Danish Girl might as well be called The Oscar Bait Movie, with its pedigree beyond question thanks to the participation of director Tom Hooper (Oscar for The King’s Speech) and star Eddie Redmayne (Oscar for The Theory of Everything). The story’s a worthy one—the saga of transgender pioneer Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe—but it’s given little room to breathe, and Redmayne’s performance is technically proficient rather than emotionally stirring. For the latter, one has to turn to co-star Alicia Vikander. As Gerda, Einar’s infinitely patient and understanding wife, she’s the only person here who’s worthy of Oscar attention. CS


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The 2nd Annual Savannah GIF Festival will feature multiple categories as well as live music to accompany the silent animations during the inaugural screening. During the first GIF Festival in January of 2015, Savannah musicians Sunglow, Garret Kemp, and Chris Glass, played live electronic sets. A video featuring music by Sunglow can be found at The musical artists for next year’s screening will be announced at the start of the year. Artists interested in having their animations featured in the upcoming festival can find our submission page at Submissions are completely free and there is no limit to the number of animations that can be submitted. Submission deadline January 20, 2016 at 6 pm. Through Jan. 20, 6 p.m. info@ giffest.xzy. jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Call for Nominations for 2016 HSF Preservation Awards The Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), a leading preservation organization committed to preserving and protecting Savannah’s heritage, is now accepting nominations for the 2016 HSF Preservation Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating excellence in historic preservation. The deadline for HSF Preservation Award nominations is Monday, February 29, 2016. All entries must be hand-delivered or postmarked by this date. Award winners will be announced at the HSF Preservation Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The nomination form and full details on eligibility, submission criteria and key dates can be accessed online at awards. Through Feb. 29. 912-233-7787. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Participants in PTSD Study Are you a recent combat veteran experiencing psychological or emotional stress related to your combat? You may be eligible to receive first-line medication and talk therapy interventions with proven effectiveness. PROGrESS is a study looking to learn more about how to effectively treat recent combat veterans with PTSD. The therapies are not experimental. You will be randomly assigned to receive either psychotherapy, medication, or both. For more information about the PROGrESS study, please call 912-920-0214 ext. 2169. ongoing. Online only, none. Call for Performers, Vendors and Volunteers for Savannah Asian Cultural Festival The Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, which will take place April 15-16, 2016 at Armstrong State University, is currently seeking live performers, Cultural Marketplace vendors and event volunteers. There is no cost for performers to participate. All vendors must be consistent with the theme of the festival. The cost for vendors is $85 per booth. The festival’s Cultural Marketplace will offer the opportunity to learn more about each country and discover the traditional arts, 34 crafts, fashions and treasures unique to

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Chinese Language Classes

The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-358-3160. Savannah State University, 3219 College St.

each nation. From Ming-shared jewelry to calligraphy sets, original paintings, handbeaded clothing, Asian accessories and henna body painting, an entire continent’s worth of treasures can be found at the festival. If you would like to participate as a performer, vendor or volunteer at the 2016 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, please contact James Anderson at james. or (912) 3443224. Through April 15. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call to Artists for Telfair’s Public Art Installation, “Boxed In/ Break Out” The call to artists seeks entries for Boxed In/Break Out, a museum-sponsored public art installation that involves activating six windows at the Jepson Center facing Barnard Street. The artist chosen would have a detailed plan for how to utilize all six windows in a cohesive manner through self-created art that fulfills the following criteria: creativity, originality, feasibility, visual appeal, as well as resourcefulness and suitability in the space. Boxed In/Break Out is intended to highlight and provide an exhibition opportunity for the work of a local artist, through public display, promotional materials, and an artist talk. In addition to museum-supported promotion, the artist will receive a $1000 honorarium. The window installation will be up from April 28-August 28, 2016 and deadline for submissions are February 1. For more information on how to apply please visit: Through Feb.

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


$5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities Bikram Yoga Savannah offers a weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Thursdays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 for class and proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. This is a regular Bikram Yoga class. ongoing. 912.356.8280. A Night at the Copa The Kiwanis Club of Skidaway hosts this charity fundraiser with hors d’oeuvre, a buffet dinner and a seat for the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Black tie is not required; Caribbean outfits are encouraged. $125 Thu., Jan. 21. The Plantation Club (at The

Acrylic Painting This ongoing painting class is designed to meet the student where they are in their painting experience, whether they are just beginning or have been painting awhile. Each 4 week session will have a focus on certain elements and principles of design and corresponding techniques. Students will be given several project options for each unit of focus. Beginners welcome! **Mentoring option available for this class: bring your own projects and receive feedback and guidance as you work. $140, 4 week sessions Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Art, Music, Piano, Voice Coaching Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Basic Drawing and Oil Painting A multi-level ongoing class designed to train the student to see and render life accurately and with sensitivity while working from direct observation. Both drawing and oil painting techniques and materials will be explored, along with color and value principles. Beginners welcome. $140, 4 week sessions Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-920-6659. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. Beginner Belly Dance Group Always wanted to learn a true art form of dance? Join our Beginner Belly Dance Group Class. Your deal includes your very own Hip Scarf! 1 class for 4 weeks: Every Tuesday at 7pm #SdeBDanceStudio #bellydance #shimmy #deal — at Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio. $30 Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.. 612-470-6683. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Beginning Belly Dance Classes Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940.


continued from previous page Cake Baking & Cake Decorating We educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave feeling a sense of accomplishment. Great for Mommy & Daughter dates, Birthday Parties, and Educational Workshops. $20 Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.. 912-826-3976. rinconsweets@ The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Cake Decorating Classes for Children Educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave feeling a sense of accomplishment. Great for Mommy & Daughter dates, Birthday Parties, and Educational Workshops. $20 Wednesdays, 5-7:30 p.m.. 912-826-3976. rinconsweets@ The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Champions Training Center Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. Chinese Language Classes The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Clay Classes Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, ---. DUI Prevention Group Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. Krav Maga / Tactical Self Defense: Dynamic Defensive Tactics combines the Israeli self defense techniques of Krav Maga with tactical fighting concepts. This is NOT a martial art but a no nonsense approach to self defense. With over 37 years of experience, Roger D’Onofrio will teach you solutions, which are aggressive, simple and

effective, to the violent situations of today. Note: these are private sessions for adults only. ongoing. 912-308-7109. ddt_910@ Empowering You to Communicate Effectively Designed for business leaders and HR practitioners and submitted for SHRM and HRCI credit, this 2-hour workshop will examine effective communication that occurs in personal interaction, online, in print and in public speaking/presentations. Success or failure in a professional setting, particularly one as interactive as human resources, often hinges on an understanding and application of effective communication techniques. These skills grow with discipline and practice. $75 Tue., Jan. 26, 8:30-10:30 a.m. 912.478.1763. academics. professionaldevelopment/empoweringhr-to-communicate-effectively/. cgc. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. 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. Master Class with Kim Norvell and Stephanie Mobley Join us for a special Master Class co-taught by Kim Norvell and Stephanie Mobley. What a blessing to have people in your life that support and challenge you to be the best version of yourself. Kim and Stephanie work every day as colleagues and friends to do just that. Join them for a two hour class that will offer you challenge and leave you feeling supported AND elevated. 4 PM - 6 PM Pricing: $20 in Advance | $25 Day of $20 in Advance | $25 Day of Sat., Jan. 23, 4-6 p.m. (912) 349- 2756. info@savannahpoweryoga. com. Savannah

Power Yoga, 7630 Skidaway Road, Unit J-3. Music Instruction Georgia Music Warehouse, near corner of Victory Drive & Abercorn, offering instruction by professional musicians. Band instruments, violin, piano, drums and guitar. All ages welcome. ongoing. 912-358-0054. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels in Guitar (electric, acoustic,classical), Piano, Bass, Voice, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory/Composition/Songwriting. 609 69th Street, Savannah GA. ongoing. 912398-8828. New Horizons Adult Band Program Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. 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. Oil Painting Basics A multi-level 8-week class designed to train the student to see and render still life accurately and with sensitivity while working from direct observation. Both drawing and oil painting techniques and materials will be explored, along with color and value principles. Beginners welcome. $275, 8 week sessions Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m.. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Oil Painting the Figure This 8 weeks session will emphasize laying down paint efficiently in each 2 and a half hour session to convey the flow, form and energy of the model’s pose. Using striking colors to contrast, Karen will demonstrate how to build up color to highlight different aspects of the body. (alla prima oil or pastels welcome, 8 poses total) $350, 8 week sessions Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m.. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Old Masters Methodology This ongoing course is based on passages written by Leonardo da Vinci in his notebooks on the technical principals of painting. The student will be guided from the initial drawing stages, through the grey-scale “Verdaccio” underpainting, and finally into the mixing of a four-color full value palette. Through this approach the student will gain a greater ability to see the subject, learn the meaning of the related artistic terminology and language, gain

the ability to see color as value; and gain insight into the historical significance of this incredible process. $140, 4 week sessions Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Open Artist Studio Open studio time for artists to work on personal projects, gain guidance from peers. No formal instruction. Working artist present. $10 Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m.. 912.484.6415. info@ Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Photography Classes Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. Piano Lessons Piano lessons with a classically trained instructor, with theater and church experience. 912-312-3977. ongoing. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. Portrait Drawing and Painting A multi-level 8-week class designed to train the student to see and render the portrait accurately and with sensitivity while working from direct observation. Both drawing and oil painting techniques and materials will be explored, along with color and value principles. We’ll start with drawing and move into an alla prima oil painting approach. Beginners welcome. $350, 8 week sessions Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Programming for Designers Series of Programming classes for Artists and Designers. Jan 20 - Music visualization: In this class you will use Processing to create a program that reads an MP3 and produces visual feedback! Much like a DIY Windows Media Player visualizations, only personalized for you and WAY cooler! Jan 27 - Image and Video Manipulation: Use Processing to view and edit images and realtime video Feb 3 - Playing with Language: Use Processing to interpret text and generate its own responses. Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.. 844-MY-GUILD. miskatoniclabs. com. Miskatonic Labs, 518 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 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

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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. Slow Flow Yoga This class gently flows and pulsates with fluidity of movement and breath. You will progress through a series of postures. Open to all Levels. Class Prices: Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ Branches Yoga Center, 2424 Drayton Street. Soul Progression Yoga Focus on use of the asanas(postures) as artistic self expression. This class offers a deeply rooted spiritual foundation integrating alignment techniques and enlightening messages woven throughout the practice. Open to all levels Class Prices: Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ Branches Yoga Center, 2424 Drayton Street. Watercolor Basics Basic fundamentals of watercolors for beginners. This class introduces students to techniques like washes and dry brush and how to use salt or rubbing alcohol to create different textures. Students will also learn how to layer colors accordingly to create desired effects and details. **Mentoring option available with this class: bring your own projects and receive feedback and guidance as you work. $140, 4 week session Mondays, 3:30-6 p.m.. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Weekly Figure Drawing Classic figure drawing & painting sessions with a live model. No instruction. Drop ins welcome. $20 drop in or $60, 4 week sessions Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. 912.484.6415. info@ Studio School, 1319 Bull St. What’s a State Earned Income Tax Credit? Join Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI), Step Up Savannah, and the Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA) in a conversation about how to help advocate for a state EITC and what it would mean in Georgia. FREE Fri., Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m. 912-232-6747. jjohnson@stepupsavannah. org. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St. Youth Drawing and Painting/ Portfolio Prep An ongoing multi-level class designed to train the student to see and render life accurately and with sensitivity. Working from direct observation, the fundamental principles are first mastered 36 through drawing. Students then move

on, as ready and willing, to oil or acrylic painting. An excellent class for those interested in developing a portfolio for school admission. $140, 4 week sessions Tuesdays, 3:30-6 p.m.. 912.484.6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St.

Clubs & Organizations

Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. 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. 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. cgc. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-

1962. 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. Lecture: Dr. Diane Lewis Trustees’ Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America and The Garden Club of Georgia, invites the public to hear Dr. Diane Lewis speak about “The Great Healthy Yard Project.” There is no charge for this event. Parking behind the Coastal Georgia Center is free. Free Wed., Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. 912-667-4824. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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 Mondays. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912344-5127. New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. Safe Kids Savannah A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. Savannah Brewers’ League Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-447-0943. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. charlesfund@gmail. com. Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. 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. Barnes Restaurant, 5320 Waters Avenue. Savannah Newcomers Club Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events to help learn about Savannah and make new friends. ongoing. savannahnewcomersclub. com. Savannah Parrot Head Club Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc. com. Society for Creative Anachronism Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. 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.. 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. Waving Girls--Smocking Arts Guild of America The Waving Girls welcomes smockers and all those who create fine heirloom items. At each meeting there is an opportunity to learn and share our work. The group makes over 100 “wee care” gowns for memorial hospital each year. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912 536 1447. Coastal Center for Developmental Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship


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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@


Comedy Night Join us for an evening of ice cream and laughter...the perfect combo for your Friday night! All ages welcome. Free Fridays, 8-10 p.m. Exit Strategy Icecreamists, 310 E Bay St. Odd Lot Improv An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” $5 Mondays, 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Odd Lot Improv: On The Spot Mysteries Dinner Theatre Odd Lot is teaming up with the brilliant Chefs of Savannah Coffee Roasters to bring you a whole new dining experience. The always surprising talent of Odd Lot will perform a fully interactive Friday night Murder Mystery while you dine on a delicious three course meal. Seating is at 6:30pm Friday nights. Reservations are strongly recommended. Four actors and three courses all for $40. It’s certain to be a night to remember. Great for groups, parties, or anyone who loves a good show. $40 Fridays, 6:30 p.m. oddlot. org. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street.


13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-344-9768. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Concert: Harvard Concert Choir Free Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 West Macon Street. Concert: Nothin’ Fancy From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, comes one of the most entertaining bands in the bluegrass genre, Nothin’ Fancy; Winners of SPBGMA’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year six times. Their music and comedy combine to make every show an event. $20 plus tax Sat., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. Concert: Savannah Sings 2016 The Invitational Youth Choir Festival is a two part event featuring a concert program by some of the area’s top school and community youth choirs as well as a showcase of the Festival Men’s Chorus under the direction of artist in residence, Dr. Patrick Freer, who is the professor of music education at Georgia State University. Thu., Jan. 21, 7 p.m. savannahsings2016.weebly. com/. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Concert: The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet In the first of a special jazz series, the Tybee Post Theater presents The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet performing a fresh take on Gypsy

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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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Jazz and Argentine music. $20 general admission, $18 theater members Fri., Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Piano In The Arts: Joe Alterman Trio Begin your New Year with young American pianist, Joe Alterman and his trio as they perform jazz standards and original compositions. Pieces by Rodgers and Hart, Les McCann, and Cole Porter will be included in this evening of foot stompin’ jazz. This season’s jazz performance will surely be one to remember! Concert will be held in the Armstrong State University Fine Arts Auditorium. Thu., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Southern Piano Music from the Civil War Savannah, GA — The Arts on Skidaway Concert Series presents an evening of Civil War era piano music performed by Dr. David B. Thompson on Friday, January 22nd at 7:00 pm at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. Admission is free. The American Civil War shaped every aspect of life in the South, and music was an important part of that life. This often highly emotional music was an integral element in the existence of all who heard it, whether actively involved in the war effort or not. Along with songs and military band music published in the South during the Civil War, a considerable repertoire of solo keyboard music written by white, black, male and female composers also exists. This unique lecture/performance by Dr. Thompson brings this largely unknown repertoire to modern ears. Dr. Thompson will be dressed in period clothing and his performance will include a brief discussion of the Southern composers whose music was prominent during the Civil War and the keyboard’s role in Confederate society. Throughout the program, he will read excerpts from diaries, letters and memoirs in an effort to relay the moving effects of keyboard music in the home and the

grief experienced by families whose keyboards were destroyed. Selections to be performed included traditional dances such as the waltz, mazurka, schottisch and polka; marches; song arrangements and descriptive fantasies. These works demonstrate the range and scope of the Civil War piano repertoire and include general references to Civil War personalities and the specific connection to the South’s role in the war. Dr. Thompson is Professor of Music at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. Fri., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. siumc. org/. Skidaway United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway.


Adult Ballet Class Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. Adult Ballet Toning Always wanted the body of a ballerina? Well.. YOU CAN! Our class is designed to stretch, tone, and enhance your body to become healthier than ever. Join us and check out the calendar for dates to enroll. (this is apart of our fitness package of 10 classes for $80) $10.00 Mondays, 5 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Lessons Sundays 1:303;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-9257416. Awaken with Chakradance™

A free-flowing, meditative dance, with eclectic music selected to resonate with each specific chakra, along with guided imagery. No dance experience or chakras knowledge needed. $20 ongoing, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ Synergistic Bodies, 7901 Waters Ave. Ballroom Group Dance Class Weekly ballroom dance classes focus on two types of dance each month. Open to partners/couples or to solos. The $35 for 4 weeks or $10 drop in Mondays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ballroom/Latin Group Class Group classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesdays focus on fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes are more specific, with advanced elements. $15/person and $25/ couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. and Tuesdays.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Basic Shag Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ongoing. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Beginner’s Belly Dance Classes Learn basic moves and choreography with local Belly Dancer, Nicole Edge. Class is open to all ages and skill levels. Walk-ins welcome. 15.00 Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. 912-596-0889. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners Belly Dance Classes Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/person. Tues. 7pm8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. C.C. Express Dance Team Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest. Dance for Peace A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Dance Night Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit or call 912-704-8726

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“Worst of Pop Culture, 2015” —a year to remember.



1 Muppet with an orange nose 5 Certain physical measurement, for short 8 “___ first you don’t succeed ...” 12 Short, shrill sound 13 ___ fro 15 “___ arigato, Mr. Roboto” 16 Poultry herb 17 Nomadic mob 18 Class with graphs, for short 19 2015 superhero film reboot with a 9% score on Rotten Tomatoes 22 Iggy Azalea/Britney Spears collaboration, listed on Entertainment Weekly’s Worst Singles of 2015 23 “Mission: Impossible” character Hunt 25 “Full,” at a theater 26 Hatha and bikram, for two 29 Weather map lines 31 Get hold of again 32 Feline tooth 33 President who’s thanked a lot? 37 College in New Rochelle, New York 38 “Oh, yeah!” 39 Santa-tracking defense gp. 40 Paper wounds

41 Canadian vocal tics that aren’t as commonplace as Americans think 42 Doesn’t say outright 44 Little ___ (“Languages for Kids” learning series) 45 Short-lived Rainn Wilson cop show, listed on Yahoo’s Worst TV Shows of 2015 47 Change places with one’s wrestling teammate 50 ___ of Sauron 51 Seafood selections 55 Power shake need 57 Rooster’s morning perch 59 Choir 60 Mix it up (var.) 61 2015 Adam Sandler movie that got an epic ten-minute review/rant from “MovieBob Reviews” on YouTube 62 Much-maligned 2015 reality show which put contestant couples in the titular enclosure (later to be interviewed by therapists)


1 Some CDs 2 Nissan hybrid 3 Cones of non-silence? 4 Cattle site 5 Gives a leg up to 6 Sacrificial figure 7 Part of Roy G. Biv

8 Visionary 9 Market research panel 10 Love, in Xochimilco 11 Massive quantity 13 “Yeah, about ___ ...” 14 Prefix meaning “one-tenth” 20 It’s designed to stay up all night 21 “Punky Brewster” star Soleil Moon ___ 23 Trinket in “The Hunger Games” 24 Totally destroy 27 “___ a stinker?” (Bugs Bunny catchphrase) 28 Back twinge 30 Hedgehog of Sega fame 31 “M*A*S*H” character 34 Nutsoid 35 Like craft shows 36 High degree 42 “Messiah” composer 43 In the future 45 Go nuts with a whole season, e.g. 46 “Fantastic” character in a Roald Dahl novel 47 1/16 of a cup, briefly 48 Et ___ (and others) 49 Baby boomer followers 52 Get from ___ (make progress) 53 Doofus 54 Glasses, in comic book ads 56 Hosp. locations 58 Cries of surprise


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for updated locations. Thursdays, 10 p.m. Gatsby’s, 408 West Broughton Street. Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit or call 912-704-8726 for updated locations. Fridays, 10 p.m. Latin Chicks (Waters Ave.), 5205 Waters Avenue. Dance Party Dance on Thursdays at 8pm--fun, friendship, and dancing. Free for Savannah Ballroom students. $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912-3353335. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Free Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fitness classes for all ages every Thursday, in the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the “Little Movers” class for toddlers. 12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-652-6780. sdavis@ Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Free Trial Shimmy Chic: Belly Dance Fitness Shimmy and Shake with a BRAND NEW dance fitness program that we will start offering in January after the holiday break. Shimmy Chic is a low impact, high cardio workout that is designed to teach beginners and challenge the seasoned dancer. You will learn the true skill of belly dance while getting a great workout. Our instructor, Kit Dobry, is the only one certified in the Savannah area to teach this great workout! *Yoga mat is required Join us for a FREE trial Thursday, December 17th. FREE Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.. 612-470683. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Home Cookin’ Cloggers Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Kids Hip Hop and Jazz Mondays, 6 p.m. salondebailedancestudio. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Kids/Youth Dance Class Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-3353335. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. LaBlast Dance Fitness Created by world renowned dancer and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Louis Van Amstel, LaBlast uniquely combines a wide variety of ballroom dance styles and music genres. Do the Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Merengue, Salsa and Samba set to everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country – and burn fat and blast calories! No experience and no partner necessary. $15.00 drop in or 10 classes for $80.00 Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays,

6-7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@ Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Line Dancing Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty Dance classes - hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step. Modeling and acting classes. All ages/levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. ongoing. 912-2728329. Modern Dance Class Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. Salsa Lessons Learn to dance salsa and bachata, and try it free before you buy it. Call 912-704-8726 to reserve your space and visit salsasavannah. com for more information. ongoing. Salsa Savannah Latin Dance Studio, 408 Bull Street. Salsa Night Come and shake it to the best latin grooves and bachata the night away in Pooler where it’s cooler. Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. 912988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Savannah Shag Club Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing ongoing. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio A class designed to maintain that summer body by dancing and having fun. Incorporates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912312-3549. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.


Awaken with Chakradance™ Thursdays Join us for a free-flowing, meditative dance and experience the healing power of Chakradance™. With eclectic music selected to resonate with each specific chakra, along with guided imagery, Chakradance™ will take you on a spiritual journey, free the energy in your body and open you to a deeper experience of life. No dance experience or prior knowledge of the chakras is necessary. Limited to 12 participants – email to reserve a spot today! $20 Thursdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@comcast. net. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. Board Game Night Join us on Tuesdays at 8:00pm for our


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newest event: Board Game Night! We will have our Game Master on hand to teach everyone a new game. Meet new people or play with friends! Tonight is about getting together and playing a classic or a new favorite. Grab a friend, you’re playing board games tonight! Tue., Jan. 26, 8-10 p.m. 912289-0350. The Chromatic Dragon, 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chatham Days For the month of January, local visitors can come rediscover the military history and educational programming at Old Fort Jackson for “Chatham Days.” The special offer entitles Chatham county residents to a discounted buy one get one free admission throughout the month of January. Just bring one valid photo ID with a Chatham county address to redeem the offer. Through Jan. 31. 912-644-0179. Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. Civil War in Savannah Walking Tour These guided evening hikes will explore the role of Savannah during the Civil War and Sherman’s stay in the city. $15 Tue., Jan. 26, 5-6:30 p.m. 912-395-5070. massieschool. com/. Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon St. 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. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. Forex Global Currency Exchange In order to help reduce the cost of business, WTCSav is now providing access to foreign currency exchange services with no transaction fees through the purchasing power of our global World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) network. If companies have foreign vendors, customers, subsidiaries or employees and can send or receive funds in foreign currencies, they can save up to 80 percent per transaction through better exchange rates. Registration required. Tue., Jan. 26, 9-10:30 a.m. 912447-9704. World Trade Center Savannah, 131 Hutchinson Rd. 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 ongoing. 912525-5023. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Lecture: Dr. Olavi Arens In honor of the approaching 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the

lecture by Armstrong professor Dr. Olavi Arens will examine the United States’ emergence as a world power at the end of the war as well as the brief Wilsonian moment in world politics with the reality of a new international economic order. Fri., Jan. 22, noon. html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Lecture: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement The Savannah Council on World Affairs hosts this presentation, which will summarize findings from the U.S. Government Accountability Office report on Southeast Asia: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement. Dr. Emil Friberg and Michael Simon will speak. Thu., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Magic: Draft & Draught Let’s launch Oaths of the Gatewatch in style! This is a Draft & Draught like no other! Magic AND Beers?! Best. day. ever. Your entry fee includes 3 packs and a $5 beer voucher. Free soda for those under 21. $15.00 Sun., Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m. 844-MY-GUILD. events@ events/2016-01-24/DraftandDraught. The Chromatic Dragon, 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Monday Night Fight! It’s a Monday Night Fight! Go head-to-head with favorite videogames such as: COD, Smash Bros, Soul Calibur and so much more! The name of the game here is to have fun and to learn new games with friends, so it’s a different game every Monday! Every Monday night beginning at 8:00pm! You must purchase food or drink to play. Mondays, 8-10 p.m.. 912-289-0350. events@ The Chromatic Dragon, 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 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. 1-866-666-3323. 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. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. PULSE: GIF Making Workshop Middle and high school students will learn how to make great interactive web animations in this short workshop. Animations produced in the workshop will be posted online and will be projected in the Jepson Center on the night of the GIF festival, January 28. Thu., Jan. 21. telfair. org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. PULSE: Video Game Design Student Workshop STEM Academy instructor Corey Powell leads this introduction to Stencyl for middle and high school students. Stencyl is a game development software that is inspired by and builds upon the model of MIT’s Scratch and makes it possible to create beautiful

games for web or mobile. No experience necessary. Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m. jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. 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. 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. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Tongue: Open Mouth and Music Show hosted by Melanie Goldey A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work. fourth Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. 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. Urban Gypsy Traveling Trunk Show Urban Gypsy Trunk Show is the most fun you will ever have shopping. Join us for a huge and fabulous resale clothing shopping party. Hundreds of items to choose from; most items $6. Plus henna art, local jewelry, chair massage, tarot readings, dancing and free glitter. free to attend, open to the public Fri., Jan. 22, 12-8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 23, 12-8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 24, 12-6 p.m. 912-657-1122. info@ events/1646463538950162/. sulfurstudios. org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street.


$8 Community Yoga Classes Savannah Power Yoga offers a community yoga class nearly every day of the week for just $8. All proceeds support local organizations. See schedule online for details. Most classes are heated to 90 degrees. Bring a yoga mat, towel and some water. $8 Mondays-Fridays, Sundays. (912) 349-2756. info@savannahpoweryoga. com. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $8 Community Meditation Classes

Join us for breath work, guided meditation, and yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique to relieve stress, quiet the mind, and find the calm within. All proceeds support local organizations. $8 Sundays, 6-7 p.m. 912-349-2756. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Al-Anon Family Groups An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. The message of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope for friends/family of problem drinkers. Al-Anon is for adults. Alateen is for people age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. check website or call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. Barre Classes Looking for a fun way to tone and burn calories? Savannah Yoga Barre offers daily barre classes to help you reach your fitness goals. Diverse classes ensure there’s something for everyone. All levels are encouraged to attend. Start where you are and go from there. Classes start as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6:45 p.m. $15 drop-in or use class pass ongoing. 912200-4809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Beach Body Workouts with Laura MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Beastmode Fitness Group Training Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm-9pm. ongoing. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Beginning Pole Fitness Pole fitness is a fun and flirty way to get in shape! Taught by Pole Dance America National Professional Champion Sabrina Madsen, you’ll learn the basics of pole dance in a safe and welcoming environment. Gain strength, balance and confidence. Beginner Classes are open to all shapes and sizes and are for ladies only (men welcome at our Intermediate Class). $25 for drop-in or $100 for a package of 5 classes Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. 801.673.6737. firstcityfitness. com/pole-fitnessparties.html. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Blue Water Yoga Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Core Pilates This fun and challenging Pilates class will tone your entire body while focusing on building core strength. Betsy HunterHughes is at your service every MonWed-Fri 9:45 at Savannah Yoga Barre. $15 drop-in or class pass Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. 912200-4809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive.

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Fitness Classes at the JEA Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-3558811. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Free Caregiver Support Group For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone in need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. Free Yoga for Cancer Patients St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing offers Free Yoga for Cancer Patients every Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Candler’s Heart & Lung Building, Suite 100. The very gentle movements and breath work in this class will give you much needed energy, it will make your body feel better, and it will give you a mental release. This class is free to cancer patients. Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 912-819-8800. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Functional Training Class Celebrate fall with a Saturday morning workout class. All levels welcome. A smooth mix of cardio and strengthening exercises. Call Kara 912-667-0487 if interested. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Dude’s Day at Savannah Climbing Coop Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912-429-9241. Live Music Yoga w/ Lobo Marino Join Emily Strickland for a Live Music All-Levels Yoga Flow class featuring Lobo Marino, a Richmond, VA-based duo. The room will be filled with chant-likes tones built primarily with harmonium, bass drum, and other unique instruments. 1/21/16 from 5:45-6:45 pm. $20 for all. $20 Thu., Jan. 21, 5:45-6:45 p.m. 912-2004809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Living Smart Fitness Club St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center 40 offer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which

is an exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesdays, the classes are held at the center, at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening exercises (Mondays/Wednesdays). Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Mommy and Baby Yoga Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Nonstop Fitness Spin Class Join us every Thursday at 5:30pm for Spin. Space is limited, please call 912-349-4902 to reserve your spot and to inquire about our other classes. 10 classes for $50 Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 912-349-4902. kristi@ nonstopfitnesssav. com. NonStop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave. Pilates Classes Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol Daly-Wilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-238-0018. savannahpilates. com. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@aikyayoga. com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Pregnancy Yoga Classes Pregnancy is a transitional time when many physical and emotional changes take place. Pregnancy Yoga is about honoring these changes in ourselves, our body and our baby. Yoga strengthens the rapidly changing body and increases the ability to relax, and helps to prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood. Pregnancy Yoga classes are offered as a 6 week session on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7:15 pm. The class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy and no prior yoga experience is necessary. $120 - six week session Thursdays. 912-704-7650. ann@ Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong Simple meditation in motion. Done standing. Tuesday evening @ St. Thomas Episcopal, Isle of Hope. 5.45pm. Balance, Breath, Calm. Taught by Tricia Richardson. 658-5592. Tuesdays. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Ave. Qigong Classes Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 ongoing. Renagade Workout

Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912376-0219 ongoing. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912-596-5965. ongoing. Rock’n Body Fitness Bootcamp Ultimate outdoor power workout! Group physical training program conducted by former military personnel. Build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals lasting approx. 45 minutes. First Class FREE MondaysFridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-675-0952. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Ladies Day at Savannah Climbing Coop Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. See website for info. ongoing. 912495-8010. Savannah Disc Golf Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club With a one-year, $35 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. SIZZLE- Dance Cardio The hottest cardio class to keep or get you in shape for summer. Sizzle is designed to give you cardio, strengthening, and stretch training that you need for that bikini body. Enroll now and get the first class free. $10.00 or $80 for 10 classes Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912.312.3549. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Somatic Movement Improvisation This class is for everyone who moves! Improve your dynamic alignment, breath, grounding, and the ability to access fluid movement. You will improve in all your movement activities, while awakening more fully within your own life as an embodied experience. Led by international teacher Janet Kaylo. Wear light, loose fitting clothes suitable for dance or yoga. No experience necessary. $15 drop-in Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-2004809. Savannah Yoga

Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Turbo Kick Cardio Workout Lose calories while dancing and kick-boxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586-822-1021. Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors Free for cancer patients and survivors. The classes help with flexibility and balance while also providing relaxation. Located at FitnessOne, on the third floor of the Memorial Outpatient and Wellness Center. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. 912-350-9031. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Yoga Teacher Training Program Interested in teaching yoga or simply deepening your practice? Join us for our annual 200-hour yoga teacher training program. The journey begins on October 9 and takes place over the course of 9 weekends in an 8-month period. You’ll work in a timeframe that allows you to fully digest and incorporate new knowledge and skills into your yoga practice as well as your everyday life. While our 8-month program prepares you for teaching yoga to others, it’s not necessary to want to teach yoga to benefit from this training. Whether you choose to teach yoga or not, our 200Hour training will help you develop your unique style and cultivate your inner voice. Through May 15. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Zumba Fitness (R) with April Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongoing. 912-349-4902.

Food Events

Local Chefs Charity Dinner The six-course event will feature dishes prepared by several local chefs, and donations received throughout the evening will benefit Blessings In a Book Bag, which provides weekend meals for local foodinsecure children and their families. $40 Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. theflorencesavannah. com. The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive. Fire & Wine Join us for half-priced bottles of wine, courtyard fire-pits, free marshmallows for roasting, and s’mores kits every Saturday night from 7-11pm! FREE 912-401-0543. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Forsyth Farmers Market Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Prepare Sunday Suppers at Union Mission Local organizations are invited to sign up to prepare Sunday Supper for people who are homeless and live at Union Mission’s shelters for homeless people. Groups must sign up in advance and bring/prepare a


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meal, beginning at 2pm on Sundays. Call for information. ongoing. 912-236-7423. Tybee Island Farmers Market Featuring a variety of produce, baked goods, honey, granola, BBQ, sauces and dressings, popsicles, dog treats and natural body products. The market is non-smoking and pet friendly. Stephen Johnson, 206 Miller Ave.


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. index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Free Hearing and Speech Screening Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. 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. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. Know Your Water What everyone ought to know about our drinking water (bottled, tap, distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered, alkaline and spring.) Are you paying thousands of money for water

that is making you sick? Find out what water is best for your body. FREE Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. 703-989-6995. oggisavannah@gmail. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. La Leche League of Savannah A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-8979544. Lecture: Dr. Ira Byock Dr. Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. His lecture, Saying the Four Things that Matter Most, will help facilitate emotional healing in the wake of personal tragedy, family strife, divorce, or in the face of death. Fri., Jan. 22, noon. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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. 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. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

Kid’s Happenings

Healthy Kids Club The Healthy Kids Club’s mission is to educate and inspire children to take part in their local farmers market while enjoying nutritious foods and empowering their families to make healthy choices at home. Saturdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m. Wilmington Island Farmers Market, 111 Walthour Rd. Irish Dancers of Savannah Savannah’s first organized Irish dance

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school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up. Learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Adult classes available. Thursdays.. 912-897-5984. irishdancsav@ Savannah Children’s Museum School Year Hours SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Toddler Time Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different naturebased theme. $5 parking Thursdays, 10 a.m. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.


First City Network Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985), is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork. org. Gay AA Meeting True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. Georgia Equality Savannah Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. ongoing. Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBT community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. Call for location. ongoing. 912-288-7863. heather@ Stand Out Youth A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-657-1966. 42 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.

Literary Events

“The Hillary Paradox” Book Signing An evening tailor-made for political junkies, feminists and all those who love them. Lisa Solod, contributing author to “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox,” and her editor Joanne Bamberger will be in attendance to read the book. Fri., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St. Lecture: The Values of Frederick Douglass K. Carl Smith, author and lecturer, presents this informative event including a question and answer session. Free and open to the public Fri., Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Low-Brow Literary Reading Deep kicks off their semester with readings of pieces that are so bad they’re funny or just plain funny. A portion of the proceeds go towards funding Deep’s programs. Wed., Jan. 20, 6 p.m. Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Seersucker Shots A quick hit of lit featuring Rita Hickey, Myles Ehrlich, CC Perry, and Josh McCuen. Joseph Schwartzburt will host the evening, and Brian Dean will provide musical accompaniment. Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

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. 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. Interpretive Center Scavenger Hunt Explore the museum with our dedicated park staff as you search for the hidden treasures. Sat., Jan. 23, 2 p.m. gastateparks. org/info/skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Knot Tying Learn handy knots for everyday use. Thu., Jan. 21, 3 p.m. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Recycling Fundraiser for Economic Opportunity Authority Support EOA through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Recycle empty cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, to EOA for recycling. They will

receive technology products and cash. Businesses may also recycle items on behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. Survival Skills We will talk about how to prevent getting lost and show you simple items to take with you on a hike that could be life savers. Wed., Jan. 20, 3 p.m. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. 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/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115.

Pets & Animals

Low Cost Pet Clinic TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin. com. TailsSpin 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, and www. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. St. Almo’s Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-3336. Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St.

Religious & Spiritual

12-Step Recovery Eucharist/Holy Communion 12-Step Recovery Eucharist/Holy Communion is offered at 8:00AM every fourth Friday of the month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th St & Abercorn, Savannah. Everyone is welcome. fourth

Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. 912925-4609. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts. Band of Sisters Prayer Group All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. georgia. Buddhist Meditation All ages, lineages, and newcomers welcome. Our schedule is: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM- for 30 minutes mediation followed by study group, $10. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM- one hour of gentle yoga followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation, $15. Sundays 9-10:30 AM- Mediation, dharma talk and tea, $10. Reiki healing is offered by appointment. Text Rev. Cindy Beach at (912) 429-7265 for more info or visit or find us on Facebook. Located atLocated at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. $10-$15 ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E. 40th St. Catholic Singles A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ Gratitude Circle in the Squares Join Joanne Morton and others on Wednesdays for a weekly gathering of positive energy. All are welcome. Free hugs. View calendar for the square of the week. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-6764280. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Read the Bible in One Year A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race,


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creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. and third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Service of Compline Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. South Valley Baptist Church Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. Sundays on Thursdays Worship Service Thursdays. 912-826-0206. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. Tapestry Church A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover

his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. ymcaofcoastalga. org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm-10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sundays, 11am. Email, call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-234-0980. uusavannah. org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. Unity Church of Savannah Everyone is welcome. Unity of Savannah is not concerned with where people come from, what they look like, or whom they love – Unity is just glad that each person is here. Sunday 9:15am meditative service and 11:00am celebratory service show what the New Thought Movement is all about. Children’s church 11am service. Unity loves all people, just as they are. Sundays. 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah. org. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd.

Special Screenings

Film: At What Cost? Pipelines, Pollution and Eminent Domain in the Rural South The 50-minute film by Augusta filmmaker Mark Albertin highlights the struggle of landowners who stand to be affected by the Houston-based energy giant’s Palmetto Pipeline project, which was denied a certificate of public convenience and necessity. The ruling from the Georgia Department of Transportation meant Kinder Morgan could not exercise eminent domain to acquire the land needed for the $1 billion pipeline. However, the company did appeal this decision and a ruling is expected early this year. free, but $10 donation appreciated Thu., Jan. 21, 7 p.m. cgc.georgiasouthern. edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Film: Room Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all--his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma. $7.50 if you mention CinemaSavannah Fri., Jan. 22, 7 & 10 p.m. Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower Square Cinema 6, 1100 Eisenhower Dr.

Film: Cool Hand Luke When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn’t play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard’s resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy’s unbreakable will. Luke’s bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison’s dreaded solitary confinement cell, “the box,” make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers. $9 General Admission & $6 Student/Senior/Military Sat., Jan. 23, 8-10 p.m. 912-525-5050. schedule/cool-hand-luke/. lucastheatre. com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Telluride Mountainfilm Festival All film screenings reflect the mission of educating, inspiring, and motivating audiences on issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth having. Featured films this year are The Reinvention of Normal, Knee Deep, and The Fisherman’s Son, among many others. Jan. 22-23. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Sports & Games

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912-201-2000. The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. Adult Coed Flag Football League 8x8 Coed Flag League. Play adult sports, meet new people. Sponsored by Savannah Adult Recreation Club. Wed. nights/Sun. mornings, at locations around Savannah. $450. Minimum 8 games. Ages 18+. Coed teams. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-220-3474. Bears Elite Football Learn the fundamentals of football. Ages 4-12. Sign up now. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 912-272-6684. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave.

Derby Devils Roller Derby Classes Roller derby league offers 12-week courses for beginners, recreational scrimmaging for experienced players and two annual bootcamp programs. See website for info. ongoing. Grief 101 Support Group Seven-week morning or evening adult support group offers tools to learn to live with loss. Tuesdays, 10am-11am; or Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free of charge. Offered by Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Saturday Group Run or Walk

Join us in our quest for fitness. Beginners are welcome. We can help you exceed your fitness goals. Free Saturdays, 7-8:15 a.m. 912-398-4130. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Sav. Strider Weekly Group Run or Walk Downtown Join us for a run or walk downtown or over the bridge if you’re feeling froggy. The best part is afterwards when we get coffee or whatever else your heart desires from Savannah Coffee Roasters. Free Sundays, 7-8 a.m. 912-398-4130. runthecity@live. com. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street.

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

The next four weeks could potentially be a Golden Age of Friendship . . . a State of Grace for Your Web of Connections . . . a Lucky Streak for Collaborative Efforts. What can you do to ensure that these cosmic tendencies will actually be fulfilled? Try this: Deepen and refine your approach to schmoozing. Figure out what favors would be most fun for you to bestow, and bestow them. Don’t socialize aimlessly with random gadabouts, but rather gravitate toward people with whom you share high ideals and strong intentions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

On a clear day, if you stand at the summit of Costa Rica’s Mount Irazú, you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It’s not hard to get there. You can hop a tourist bus in the nearby city of San José, and be 11,200 feet high two hours later. This is a good model for your next assignment: Head off on a stress-free jaunt to a place that affords you a vast vista. If you can’t literally do that, at least slip away to a fun sanctuary where you’ll be inspired to think big thoughts about your long-range prospects. You need a break from everything that shrinks or numbs you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

A filmmaker working on a major movie typically shoots no more than four pages of the script per day. A director for a TV show may shoot eight pages. But I suspect that the story of your life in the near future may barrel through the equivalent of 20 pages of script every 24 hours. The next chapter is especially action-packed. The plot twists and mood swings will be coming at a rapid clip. This doesn’t have to be a problem as long as you are primed for high adventure. How? Take good care of your basic physical and emotional needs so you’ll be in top shape to enjoy the boisterous ride.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)


The city of Paris offers formal tours of its vast sewer system. Commenting at an online travel site, one tourist gave the experience five stars. “It’s a great change of pace from museums full of art,” she wrote. Another visitor said, “It’s an interesting detour from the cultural overload that Paris can present.” According to a third, “There is a slight smell but it isn’t overpowering. It’s a fascinating look at how Paris handles wastewater treatment and clean water supply.” I bring this up, Cancerian, because now is a favorable time for you to take a break from bright, shiny pleasures and embark on a tour of your psyche’s subterranean maze. Regard it not as a scary challenge, but as a fact-finding exploration. What strategies do you have in place to deal with the messy, broken, secret stuff in your life? Take an inventory.

Savannah Bike Polo Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. See facebook for info. ongoing. savannahbikepolo. Savannah Morning News Table Tennis Tournament Players and guests will see an exciting format of tournament play by Savannah’s business leaders and elected officials -- many of them in costume -- as well as entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvre and cocktails, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Union Mission and Newspapers in Education. $100 to visit, $150 to play Sat., Jan. 23, 3-9 p.m.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

“When I look at a sunset, I don’t say, ‘Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple in the cloud color.’” Pioneering psychologist Carl Rogers was describing the way he observed the world. “I don’t try to control a sunset,” he continued. “I watch it with awe.” He had a similar view about people. “One of the most satisfying experiences,” he said, “is just fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset.” Your assignment, Leo, is to try out Rogers’ approach. Your emotional well-being will thrive as you refrain from trying to “improve” people -- as you see and enjoy them for who they are.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The future is headed your way in a big hurry. It may not be completely here for a few weeks, but even then it will have arrived ahead of schedule. Should you be alarmed? Should you work yourself into an agitated state and draw premature conclusions? Hell, no! Treat this sudden onrush of tomorrow as a bracing opportunity to be as creative as you dare. Cultivate a beginner’s mind. Be alert for unexpected openings that you assumed would take longer to appear.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You Sagittarians are often praised but also sometimes criticized for being such connoisseurs of spontaneity. Many of us admire your flair for unplanned adventure, even though we may flinch when you unleash it. You inspire us and also make us nervous as you respond to changing circumstances with unpremeditated creativity. I expect all these issues to be hot topics in the coming weeks. You are in a phase of your cycle when your improvisational flourishes will be in the spotlight. I, for one, promise to learn all I can from the interesting detours that result from your delight in experimentation.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Capricorn world-changer Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and sent to jail on 29 different occasions. His crimes? Drawing inspiration from his Christian faith, he employed nonviolent civil disobedience to secure basic civil rights for African Americans. He believed so fiercely in his righteous cause that he was willing to sacrifice his personal comfort again and again. The coming months will be a favorable time to devote yourself to a comparable goal, Capricorn. And now is a good time to intensify your commitment. I dare you to take a vow.

More than one-third of all pregnancies are unintended. The two people involved aren’t actually trying to make a baby, but their contraceptive measure fails or isn’t used at all. According to my analysis, you heterosexual Libras are now more prone to this accidental experience than usual. And in general, Libras of every sexual preference must be careful and precise about what seeds they plant in the coming weeks. The new growth you instigate is likely to have far-reaching consequences. So don’t let your choice be reckless or unconscious. Formulate clear intentions. What do you want to give your love to for a long time?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

I was a rock musician for years, which meant that I rarely went to bed before dawn. I used to brag that my work schedule was from 9 to 5 -- 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., that is. Even after I stopped performing regularly, I loved keeping those hours. It was exhilarating to be abuzz when everyone else was asleep. But two months ago, I began an experiment to transform my routine. Now I awake with the dawn. I spend the entire day consorting with the source of all life on earth, the sun. If you have been contemplating a comparable shift in your instinctual life, Scorpio -- any fundamental alteration in your relationship to food, drink, exercise, sleep, perception, laughter, love-making -- the next few weeks will be a favorable time to do it.

The birds known as mound-builders are born more mature than other species. As soon as they peck themselves out of their eggs, they are well-coordinated, vigorous enough to hunt, and capable of flight. Right now I see a resemblance between them and many of you Aquarians. As soon as you hatch your new plans or projects -- which won’t be long now -- you will be ready to operate at almost full strength. I bet there won’t be false starts or rookie mistakes, nor will you need extensive rehearsal. Like the mound-builders, you’ll be primed for an early launch. You are not purely and simply a Pisces, because although the sun was in that astrological sign when you were born, at least some of the other planets were in different signs. This fact is a good reminder that everything everywhere is a complex web of subtlety and nuance. It’s delusional to think that anyone or anything can be neatly definable. Of course it’s always important to keep this in mind, but it’s even more crucial than usual for you to do so in the coming weeks. You are entering a phase when the best way to thrive is to know in your gut that life is always vaster, wilder, and more mysterious than it appears to be on the surface. If you revere the riddles, the riddles will be your sweet, strong allies.


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1 More 2 Save Mental Health Support This is a group for consumers of all Mental Illnesses. It’s a place to come learn, relax and speak on a weekly basis about symptoms, emotions and overall health. Every Tuesday at 7pm. Venues subject to change. Free Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912 344 8019. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Alcoholics Anonymous For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Family Support Group For individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Second Monday, Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior Citizens, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-236-0363 x143. Amputee Support Group Open to all who have had limbs amputated and their families or caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7778. Back Pain Support Group Second Monday of every month,7:00pm. Denny’s Restaurant at Hwy. 204. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Debbie at 912-727-2959 ongoing. Brain Injury Support Group For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Breast Cancer Survivors Group Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. fpc. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cancer Support Group For anyone living with, through or beyond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Children’s Grief Support Group Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Citizens With Retarded Citizens For families with children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7633. Citizens With Retarded Citizens, 1211 Eisenhower Drive. Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Assoc. Meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the lives of polio survivors. Call or see website for info. Polio survivors and guests are invited. Free and open to the public. ongoing. 912-927-8332. Connect for Kids This group is for children who have a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Debtors Anonymous For people with debting problems. Meets Sundays, 6:30pm at Unity of Savannah. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6108. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Eating Disorders Anonymous Free, volunteer-led support group for recovery from anorexia/restrictive eating and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email for info. ongoing. edasavannah@yahoo. com. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Essential Tremor Support Group For those with the disease, care partners, family and caregivers. Managing the disease, treatments and therapies, quality of life. First Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-2224. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Fibromyalgia Support Group Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-8196743. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Gambling Problem 12 Step Program Twelve step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly. Leave message with contact info. ongoing. 912-748-4730. Ga Scleroderma Support Group A group for people with scleroderma for the greater Savannah area and surrounding counties. Meets regularly. Call for day and

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Your Post-Apocalyptic Guide to Ziggy Stardust By Your Pal Erin

CONTRARY to the recent Internet meme, Alan Rickman isn’t the only one who’s going to a very exclusive Bowie concert. It just so happens that we’re all invited. In fact, David Bowie just sang me a verse of “Rubber Duckie” A Cappella and it was freakin’ epic. “Great artists know where to steal,” he added, with a wink and a grin. Living in a world in which David Bowie no longer exists might seem like the Eighth Sign of the Apocalypse, but he’s here to assure us that his passing is not the end of times. It’s the beginning of our own innate magic. Easy for me to say; I’m a professional psychic medium. As such, I pinky swear that you can connect with him, too. All it takes is a little understanding of the process. The most common fear among my clients is that they’re unable to connect with their passed loved ones because they can’t see or hear them anymore. The good news is that sight and sound are irrelevant. You can think them into being. Newton’s Third Law states that for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, when you think about your loved ones, your loved ones think about you. The same is true for Bowie.

time. Lovezzola’s Pizza, 320 Hwy 80 West, Pooler. Info: 912-412-6675 or 912-414-3827. ongoing. Grief Support Groups Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle offers a full array of grief support groups and individual counseling for children, teens and adults is available at no charge. Counseling is offered at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H in Savannah, and appointments are also available in the United Way offices in Rincon and in Richmond Hill. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. HospiceSavannah. org/GriefSupport. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Meeting This group is open to patients with cancers of the head or neck and their caregivers. Call or visit website for more information. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

But how is this possible if you didn’t even know him? Science has taught us that energy is neither created nor destroyed. It also proves that light and sound are infinite energies that continue on, even when we can no longer see or hear them. The same is true of us. Just like light and sound, we each have our own unique frequency—the eternal radio station that is our soul. Bowie’s is one of the most inspirational and vibrant in modern history. In life he connected with us directly, via the frequency of his art and music. Why would that change just because he’s left the planet? To paraphrase an online tweet that best epitomizes our grief, we don’t cry because we knew him. We cry because he helped us know ourselves. Now it’s up to us to know ourselves even better. “We’re all here on loan from the Narnia collection,” I just heard him say. “How will you bide your time?” Bowie’s passing is a reminder that there are people who make this world a better place simply because we know they’re in it. I, for one, am doing my best to share that kind of love and comfort with everyone I meet. “Great Artists know where to steal,” he reiterates before bidding a temporary adieu. “Always remember, you must be the magic you wish to see in the world.”

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HIGHLAND & WATERS AVE. BY OWNER 3BR 2 Bath, 1734 Sqft. Better than new. $86,500 OR Best Offer. Inspection Sat., Jan. 23 & Sun. MAINTENANCE PERSON NEEDED 24. Will be sold Sunday night to for mobile home park. Full HIGHEST BIDDER (912)-348-0015 time. Monday - Friday. Please send resumes to PO Box 9330, Commercial Property For Savannah, GA 31412 or fax to Sale (912) 233-5654. OGEECHEE ROAD AREA Market Value $250K, NOW HIRING CHILDCARE Reduced to 129K. TEACHER/VAN DRIVER: Must 5,000 s.f. retail space w/ be 25yrs. of age or older with apartment above. dependable transportation, REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE good driving record & cell 912-358-6326 phone. Call 912-443-4649

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L SO Paula McLain, acclaimed author of The Paris Wife, discusses her latest blockbuster, Circling The Sun, with Season #9’s Opening Address.

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Feb. 14, 3:00 PM / Trustees Theater



Erik Larson, the NY Times #1 Best Selling author, delivers SBF’s 2016 Keynote Address with the chilling story of the 1915 U-Boat sinking of the Lusitania.

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