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Mar 2-8, 2016 news, arts & Entertainment weekly connectsavannah.com

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Wednesday / 2 Concert: Patti Labelle

Film: The Wizard of Oz

Patti Labelle brings her show to Savannah. 8 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $45-$95

Enjoy this classic on the big screen, part of the 1930s Film Fest. 2 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn $1 tybeeposttheater.org

Film: Sudden Death

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The PFS is proud to salute the career of Robert Conrad, best known as the star of the smash TV series “The Wild, Wild West” and “Black Sheep Squadron,” with a rare public viewing of one of the most action-packed, low-budget exploitation pictures we’ve ever seen. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

First Friday Art March

Lecture: A Painting Is Not A Picture

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Concert: Patti Labelle

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

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Patti Labelle brings her show to Savannah. 8 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $45-$95

Tim Youd presents renditions of Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood” and “The Violent Bear It Away” in this lecture for SCAD’s Art of the Mind lecture series. 5 p.m. Arnold Hall (SCAD), 1810 Bull St. Free and open to the public

Lecture: Mark Kurlansky

American journalist and acclaimed author Mark Kurlansky will discuss “The Technological Fallacy,” exploring the complex relationship between technology, history and society. 7 p.m Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn

Thursday / 3

Hooray for Hollywood

John Holman

MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

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The Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation hosts this gala to celebrate the centennial of the Bull Street Library through the glamour of Hollywood. Includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvre, entertainment, and a silent auction. Attire is cocktail or dress as your favorite Hollywood actor/actress. 7 p.m Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. $150 per person, $275 for two 912-652-3605. divinec@liveoakpl.org liveoakpl.org

First Friday Fireworks and Yoga FRI / 4

This free class is hosted by Dancing Dogs Yoga Savannah. Yoga will begin at 8pm followed by First Friday Fireworks at 9:30pm. 8 p.m River Street, River St.

Armstrong State University College of Liberal Arts and Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy will present a reading by acclaimed author John Holman, who will read from his latest short story collection, Triangle Ray. 7 p.m Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Free and open to the public

Tea at Mrs. Davenport’s

Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House Museum. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs. 60 to 75 minutes. Thu/Fri. 5 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $18 plus tax


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Theatre: Les Miserables, School Edition

The students of the Savannah Country Day School Drama Department present this school-friendly version of the classic tragedy Les Miserables. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m Savannah Country Day, 824 Stillwood Dr. $15 queenan@savcds.org

Friday / 4 Concert: Doyle Dykes w/ Mark Jones

Amazing guitarmanship, imaginative arrangements, and great sound are the hallmarks of Doyle Dykes.Joining him is Mark Jones, son of Grandpa and Ramona Jones. 7:30 p.m Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 East Hwy. 80. $30 plus tax randywoodmusic.com

FastPitch

FastPitch identifies promising local entrepreneurs and helps them start new ventures or grow existing ones. t 11:30 a.m. Creative Coast, 415 W. Boundary St. $12 fastpitchcompetition.com

Film: King Kong

Put on your 1930’s glam for an exclusive screening of King Kong, which premiered in 1933 starring Fay Wray. Kicks off the Theater’s 1930s Film Festival. , 7 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $1

First Friday Art March

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

First Friday Fireworks and Yoga

This free class is hosted by Dancing Dogs Yoga Savannah. Yoga will begin at 8pm followed by First Friday Fireworks at 9:30pm. 8 p.m e River Street,

First Friday for Folk Music

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

GnomeCon

The three-day event hosts a variety of events designed to appeal to all ages, from costume making workshops to live comedy. Board games, miniature, collectible card and role playing games will be among the highlights. Also featured will be Professor Fear’s Game Show, the local improv group “Odd Lot,” comedian Phil Keeling, and many other geek-centric activities. Friday-Sunday, see story this issue Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Thursday, March 3rd Friday, March 4th Saturday, March 5th 7pm

Old Fort Jackson Family Campover

Families can experience history firsthand by spending the night in this 207-year-old national landmark. Preregistration and prepayment are required. 5 p.m Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. $45 children, $65 adults 912-644-0179. helliott@chsgeorgia.org

Tickets (at the door): Adults $15 SCDS Students & their Guests - Free Jelks Auditorium, 824 Stillwood Drive info queenan@savcds.org Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

DIRECTED BY DJ QUEENAN •MUSICAL DIRECTION BY MICHAEL RAY STARRING THE AMAZING STUDENTS OF THE SCDS DRAMA DEPARTMENT Les Miserables’ School Edition Performed entirely by students I A musical by Alain Boubliland Claude-Michel Schonberg I Based on the Novel by Victor Hugo Music by ClaudeMichel Schonberg I Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer I Original French Text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel I Additional material by James Fenton I Orchestrations by John Cameron I Original London production directed and adapted by Trevor Nunn and John Caid I Original London and New York productions by Cameron Mackintosh and The Royal Shakespeare Company I School Edition specially adapted and licensed by Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh

Savannah Boat Show

This event showcases powerboats, boats overlooking the Savannah River, great kids fishing clinics hosted by Capt. Don Dingman, pirates, puppeteer, face painting, live music and special guest from Wicked Tuna, Captain Paul Hebert. Also find great marine accessories, gear and apparel. Friday-Sunday Hutchinson Island $4-$10 savannahboatshow.com

Theatre: Death of a Salesman

Collective Face Ensemble presents Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller’s unflinching examination of the American Dream that is as relevant today as it was the day it was written. Fri./Sat 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $20 912-232-0018

Theatre: HMS Pinafore

On deck for Asbury Memorial’s theatre is Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta, HMS First Friday Fireworks Pinafore. The show will be directed by Rev. Celebrate the end of the week and the Billy Hester, who starred in Pinafore at The beginning of a new month with First Friday Light Opera of Manhattan in New York. Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday 9:30 p.m Asbury Memorial Theatre, 1008 E. Henry St River St. $15 Free continues on p. 6

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Theatre: Mary Poppins

The Fine Arts Council at Savannah Christian Preparatory School presents an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft. Fri/Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. $10 912-525-5050.

Saturday / 5 Concert: Attalus, Between Symmetries, Lost Boy, Falling In All-ages show. 7 p.m Black Box Theatre, 9 W. Henry St. $7

Concert: Velvet Caravan with Orchestra The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is joined on stage by Savannah’s own “Gypsy Jazz” ensemble, Velvet Caravan, for an eclectic evening bringing together the music of Johannes Brahms, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Mercer, and more. Velvet Caravan will also debut several original orchestral arrangements featuring members of the Philharmonic as soloists. GUEST SOLOIST: Velvet Caravan PETER SHANNON, CONDUCTOR

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Enjoy this classic on the big screen. 2 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $1 tybeeposttheater.org

Film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

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Watch this Disney classic on the big screen. 2 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $1 tybeeposttheater.org

Film: The Wizard of Oz

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The Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation hosts this gala to celebrate the centennial of the Bull Street Library through the glamour of Hollywood. Attire is cocktail or dress as your favorite actor/actress. 7 p.m Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. $150 per person, $275 for two liveoakpl.org

Concert: Peter Rowan featuring The Accomplices Band

Films filmed or produced out of Savannah and Atlanta by female filmmakers. 7 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Tickets available at TrusteesTheater.com, 912-525-5050, and at the Savannah Box Office.

Hooray for Hollywood

Concert: Jews and Jazz in America

Film & Her: A Female Filmmaker Showcase

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

The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is joined onstage by Savannah’s own “Gypsy Jazz” ensemble, Velvet Caravan, bringing together the music of Johannes Brahms, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Mercer, and more. Velvet Caravan will also debut several original orchestral arrangements. 7:30 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $16-$75

Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan. 8 p.m Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. $35 912-754-1118

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Gardening Session

1939 political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur 7 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $1 tybeeposttheater.org

Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods. 9 a.m.-1 p.m Forsyth Park

Journey that follows American Jews from modest immigrants to Oscar-winning composers and modern jazz pioneers. 3-4:30 p.m Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 E Gordon St $15 in advance or $20 at the door 912-233-1547. mickveisrael.org

Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Film: Gone With the Wind

This epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. 6 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $1 tybeeposttheater.org

Tuesday / 8 Concert: Notre Dame Glee Club

Internationally acclaimed Notre Dame Glee Club in its 100th anniversary Spring Tour. 7:30 p.m Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1707 Bull St. Free

Irish Heritage Walking Tours

Explore historic Savannah and the surrounding squares, focusing on our city’s Irish heritage. The tours are approximately a mile and a half long and begin at Massie Heritage Center and end at Emmet Park. 5 p.m Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon St. $15 912-395-5070


news & Opinion Editor’s Note

Going Bananas for baseball

Connect Savannah is published every Wednesday by Morris Multimedia, Inc

by Jim Morekis

jim@connectsavannah.com

1464 East Victory Drive Savannah, GA, 31404 Phone: (912) 238-2040 Fax: (912) 238-2041 www.connectsavannah.com twitter: @ConnectSavannah Facebook.com/connectsav Administrative Chris Griffin, General Manager chris@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4378 Editorial

Volunteer grounds crew on the infield of old Tiger Stadium in Detroit, now largely neglected.

The old Tiger Stadium hosted the greatest players of the 20th Century: The “Georgia Peach” himself, Tiger great Ty Cobb; Nolan Ryan, who struck out 17 batters in one game there; Ted Williams, the game’s greatest pure hitter; Babe Ruth, who hit what some consider the longest home run in major league history out over that centerfield flagpole; and many, many more. Today, you can park your car on the sidewalk and casually walk through one of the old wrought-iron gates and right out onto that pitcher’s mound where Nolan Ryan dominated. You can stand in the left-hand batter’s box where Ruth, Cobb, and Williams all dealt their danger. It’s a very powerful experience for any true baseball lover. But it’s a bittersweet pleasure. Despite being declared a state historic site and being on the National Register of Historic Places, this vintage treasure of Americana is ignored not only by the city and state government, but by Major League Baseball and the Tiger franchise itself. Volunteering for the task of preserving the grounds is a small group of dedicated Tigers fans calling themselves the Navin Field Grounds Crew, who donate their time in the interest of history, and of nostalgia, and of community. Some have jobs, many don’t. Some have preservation backgrounds, many don’t. But on a decent day, you can find several of them hanging out, picking up litter, raking the base paths, trading baseball stories.

During my visit, a gregarious windbreaker-clad volunteer shows me a modest bench they put in the location of the old Tigers dugout. In small stick-on letters and numbers like you’d buy at a hardware store to put on your mailbox, the bench bears the names and numbers of recently deceased Tiger greats. “We did this ourselves to honor these fallen Tigers. The Tigers themselves can’t be bothered to do anything to honor their memory,” the man said. “What better place than where their old dugout was?” Describing the park’s new owners as “greedy bastards,” he said, “This is hallowed ground, man. It’s a travesty what they’ve allowed this to turn into. But they don’t care. All they care about is money.” The whole experience was eye-opening, not only in its own right but in relation to Savannah’s baseball history. This could easily be Grayson Stadium, I thought as I walked the old Tigers infield. A desolate, nearly forgotten place where one-of-a-kind memories go to die. Say what you will about the Savannah Bananas’ new name. Honestly, they can call themselves anything they want as long as someone is playing ball there. cs CORRECTION: In last week’s piece discussing tourism and author Elizabeth Becker’s trip to Savannah, we mistakenly attributed some wage/employment data to Visit Savannah. Visit Savannah is tasked with marketing the area as a destination and doesn’t actually provide or research those statistics, which originate with the U.S. Dept. of Labor. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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UNEXPECTEDLY, the biggest news in Savannah last week was the epic reveal of the name of our new local baseball team: The Savannah Bananas. Within about an hour of the news, it was solidly viral, and indeed was almost all anyone in town was talking about. Many didn’t like the name “Bananas,” and many did. But the point is everyone was talking about it. Regardless of what you think of the name, it was an epic marketing win for a club which isn’t even affiliated with Major League Baseball, but is a collegiate summer league. Am I going bananas about the name Bananas? Well, it’s not what I would have picked (get it?). The idea of writing a lot of very punny headlines about them does have great a-peel (get it?). I just hope they don’t slip up (get it?). See what I mean? Epic win. If this early marketing expertise is any indication, the Savannah Bananas might be able to come close to replacing the Sand Gnats in our collective hearts. And it also holds good news for those of us who deeply value Historic Grayson Stadium and the long and amazing history of baseball in Savannah. As serendipity would have it, I was able to visit another historic ballpark a few days before, during a trip to Detroit. (I could easily write a whole other column about my experiences in Detroit, which were uniformly great. Suffice to say that you shouldn’t believe all the negative propaganda/misinformation you read about how horrible The Motor City is.) One of the most historic franchises in all professional sports, the Detroit Tigers of course now play in Comerica Park, a tastefully designed modern ballpark that opened in 2000. Before that, for nearly a century, the Tigers played in Tiger Stadium, once known as Navin Field, which was finally torn down in 2008. All that remains on that now-forlorn corner lot at Michigan and Trumbull Avenues are the old infield/pitcher’s mound, a few rusting original gates, and the original centerfield flagpole. A makeshift backstop teeters behind home plate. A private consortium has bought the land for a multi-sport facility and will soon tear up the old diamond and put in Astroturf.

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Fire, brimstone and FADA By Jessica Leigh Lebos

jll@connectsavannah.com

When it comes to religious liberty, I’m so down. I’m all for God and Jesus and Allah and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I support the right to practice Santeria and Paganism and that cool whirling dervish dance of the Sufis. Y’all can worship the Great Spirit of the Plastic Lawn Flamingo for all I care, but I probably won’t invite you in if you show up at the front door with a pamphlet. As a righteous cheerleader for every spoke in the worship wheel, you’d think I’d be praising last week’s legislation by the Georgia General Assembly that supposedly guarantees freedom of faith. But I’ll be damned before I do. Touted as the “First Amendment Defense Act,” House Bill 757 passed the Senate 38-14 last week, preceded by a unanimous vote by the House earlier in the month. An obvious political boomerang to the federal passage of same-sex marriage last summer, it prohibits “adverse action by government against a person or faith-based organization who believes, speaks, or acts in accordance with certain sincerely held religious beliefs regarding marriage.” Listen, I’m no biblical scholar, but I know a wolf in sheep’s clothing when I see one. Ostensibly, FADA prevents any member of the clergy from being prosecuted if they refuse to wed gay couples. Except the First Amendment already protects them, so any such lawsuit would be an egregious waste of time and tax dollars. While a small bunch of terrified fundamentalists seem to think otherwise, the SCOTUS ruling did not alter the right of

Georgia’s pastors, rabbis, reverends and ministers to deny their services to whomever they want, ‘cause the church is over here, and the state is over there, and that’s how we do it in this country. “Despite the deliberately-misleading rants of fear mongers, religious freedom in America is not in any danger,” agrees Charles Bowen of the Savannah law firm the Bowen Law Group in a recent essay. “The United States Constitution guarantees equal treatment and protection to all citizens, particularly when taxpayer funds are involved. This bill is thus grossly unconstitutional.” Quite obviously, there’s more fueling FADA than the extreme paranoia of a few. Perhaps its authors are confusing “sincerely held religious beliefs” with run-ofthe-mill, secular bigotry? “You can call this bill whatever you want, but it’s just another way of discriminating against gay people,” says Reverend Steve Shulte, who shepherds the flock at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Thunderbolt and has officiated over a dozen same sex weddings. Rev. Shulte points out that it’s legal for first cousins to marry in Georgia, and he has passed on overseeing such incestuous unions based on his own beliefs. Thus far, this has not resulted in any lawsuits—or unnecessary legislation. On a related note, the amount of damage from lightning strikes caused by same sex marriage is exactly zero. So would Rev. Shulte marry a same sex couple if they were first cousins? “No,” he says thoughtfully. “But I’m sure there’s someone who would, and that’s their right.” Clearly the fire and brimstone fueling FADA is gayness. I checked in with my main man Rabbi Robert Haas to see what he had to say, since our people have a little

experience with religious persecution. “I don’t see the need for this bill at all,” considers Rabbi Haas, who advocates for all manner of inclusivity and tolerance at Congregation Mickve Israel. “In fact, its potential for discrimination concerns me.” The good rabbi is right to be troubled: What’s truly pernicious about HB 757 is that the wording opens the door to all kinds of other wicked legal tangles. Faithbased organizations and charities that operate for-profit businesses could supersede hard-won non-discriminatory policies, like refusing to rent housing not just to LGBTQ couples but other heathens like single mothers or people of color. A private hospital could deny visitation to same sex spouses. A church operating a tax-funded homeless shelter could kick out anyone who doesn’t jive with its doctrine. And because the bill must extend to all religions, those practicing extreme fundamentalism can justify any act of discrimination based on their beliefs about gender, race and practically anything else. The whole business seems quite backwards, doesn’t it? But the real demon is another bill in the hopper: FADA’s bucktoothed first cousin HB 756 aims to protect “certain sellers of goods and services against infringement of religious freedom” by allowing businesses to refuse LGBTQ customers—or any other group that offends their delicate religious sensibilities. That’s right, folks, that’s 50 years of civil rights legislation down the potty. Triggered by the $135K fine levied against Oregon-based Sweetcakes by Melissa for horribly harassing a lesbian couple who asked for a wedding cake, HB 756 is Georgia’s answer to protecting private businesses’ “right to refuse service”—which they’re already allowed to do, as long as the refusal is based on the customer’s behavior

or the safety of other patrons and employees. But, see, Oregon has incredibly exhaustive laws that forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, which preceded that big fat fine. You know what Georgia doesn’t have? A single piece of legislation that protects LGBTQ citizens. What these bills essentially do is legalize the right to discriminate while snaking around federally sanctioned rights, much like the way Southern states did in the 1960s. Stinks like decaying Jim Crow to me. Here's some news: If you don’t want LGBTQ folks in your church or business, you don't have to legislate it. I promise they will happily take their money and contributions elsewhere all by themselves! Which is exactly what’s already happening. After the Senate passed HB 757 (oh, fyi, our own Ben Watson voted “yay” and Lester Jackson said “nay”), several businesses immediately announced they are relocating to more tolerant cultural climes. By last Friday, over 400 Georgia-based companies, including Coca-Cola and Home Depot, have joined the anti-FADA coalition Georgia Prospers, united by a mission of “treating all Georgians and visitors fairly.” For real, a state that keeps preaching about its multi-billion dollar film and wedding industries ought to be making itself more queer-friendly, not less. At least learn from other’s mistakes, for God’s (or Goddess’) sake: Indiana has reported $60 million loss of tourist revenue since it introduced its version of FADA last summer. The projected blow to Georgia’s economy could be up to $2 billion. As this blasphemous bill finds its way to Gov. Deal and back to the House for another pass, let it be preached throughout the land: No one’s freedom—religious or otherwise—ought to come at the expense of anyone else’s. cs

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Shining another Spotlight on priest sex abuse

Michael Corbett recounts his own ordeal and crisis of faith, from Boston to Savannah by jim morekis

jim@connectsavannah.com

MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

A KEY SCENE in the movie Spotlight — which just won the coveted Best Picture Oscar — is when the Boston Globe investigative team finds the paper trail of transferred priests the Boston Archdiocese knew were guilty of child sex abuse. Watching the film in Savannah, when Michael Corbett saw the real name of the priest who had abused him flash onscreen, it was a bittersweet moment of triumph. “That whole montage, where they start finding all the names and begin unraveling the church’s coverup, really hit home,” he says. “It was a real sense of validation.” A longtime counselor at Savannah Arts Academy after his move here from Boston in 2005, Corbett says he was the target of abuse by Father Robert Gale in July 1993. The arc of his recovery has been long. Only recently has he been able to fully come to terms with the abuse and its impact on his life. It happened like this: Father Gale had just finished baptizing Corbett’s cousin, and asked Corbett, then 17, if he’d like to come back to the rectory awhile. “On the way there he was sort of tickling me, laughing, hugging me,” Corbett recalls. “You have to remember this was a trusted family priest, and I was actually considering becoming a priest one day myself. So I was on cloud nine. I was getting so much attention.” Corbett says once they got to the rectory —where the priest had a small bedroom adjacent to his office—Father Gale then in full view stripped down to his underwear. “He said he wanted to get out of his priest clothes,” Corbett says. There were sexually charged words from Father Gale, “talking about how it’s good to hold on to your virginity as long as you can, but eventually you find the right moment to lose it,” Corbett recalls. Then, Father Gale began giving Corbett “Eskimo kisses,” and then tried to kiss him on the mouth. “He said, ‘Priests have sexual needs too,’” Corbett remembers. “I pulled away and said ‘I’m not gay.’ He told me, ‘One homosexual experience doesn’t make you gay, it’s the lifestyle that makes you gay.’” When Corbett got up to leave, Father Gale asked him for a kiss. Corbett said no. “He then started talking about how embarrassed he was,” Corbett says. “That’s how brilliantly manipulative these people can be—I actually left there 10 feeling bad for him.”

Michael Corbett considers himself ‘spiritually confused’ now. Photo by Geoff l. johnson

While Corbett counts himself among “the lucky ones” who weren’t fully coerced into underage sex, that one violation of sacred trust began years of psychological and emotional trauma, including hospitalizations, PTSD, and a crisis of faith. Making the matter worse—as the film itself makes clear—was a corrupt system that covered up the repeated abuse, and failed faithful parishioners time and again. “Later I confessed a minor sexual activity to a priest in confession and was

told I had committed a mortal sin,” he remembers. “I was treated like a dirty Kleenex and told, ‘You need to get yourself some help.’” In early 1994, Corbett finally got up the courage to mention the abuse incident to his therapist at college—who was also a priest. “He had me report it, but that was it. Nothing ever came of it.” In 1995, Corbett transferred to another college and worked closely with a Dominican priest who was head of his department.

It was then that Corbett began having vivid nightmares and flashbacks, “which were confusing,” he remembers. “I asked the priest what to do about it, and he said to do nothing and keep quiet about it.” Rebuffed at every turn, Corbett’s resulting feelings of hopelessness and profound solitude kicked off a decade-long struggle with depression and anxiety, which he says only concluded with wellness in 2014, here in Savannah. But back in Boston, in March 1996 came Corbett’s first overnight psychiatric hospitalization. By that summer, “I decided I was not healthy enough to return to school and took a year off to stabilize.” Despite the ongoing struggle, Corbett persevered and was able to get his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1998, and later a master’s in 2000. The turning point came in a therapist’s office in 2001. “When I mentioned the incident with Father Gale, it was like the therapist said, ‘Thank you, now we see what this is all coming from.” Why didn’t he mention it before? “Two reasons. First, I didn’t consider it sexual abuse because I wasn’t actually molested. Second, prior to this everyone I told about the incident just said it was no big deal, that I should just shut up and be quiet about it.” Almost serendipitously, soon afterward the Boston Globe “Spotlight” team published the first of over 600 stories on the Catholic priest abuse scandal. As the film also makes clear, were it not for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the scandal would have been the biggest national news story in a very long time. Corbett went public and was interviewed at length by none other than Walter “Robbie” Robinson, lead editor of the Spotlight team, portrayed in the movie by Michael Keaton. Corbett says Keaton did a great job in the film, but remembers the real Robinson as a taller man with even greater gravitas and sensitivity. “Robbie treated me like my own individual story was really important. A lot of it sort of flooded back to me when he interviewed me,” Corbett says. “But really it was almost more like I was interviewing him. I wanted to know more and more about what Father Gale had done to others. I wanted to know everything he had found out so far.” Father Gale never faced criminal charges for his abuse of Corbett. But as a result of the Globe investigation, Father Gale was arrested and indicted in 2002 for


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the rape of a Wortham, Mass., boy during the 1980s, from the ages of 10-15. As part of a deal between the Church and the court, Gale, then 63, only received a maximum five-year sentence. He was released in 2009. Corbett, along with many other victims, sued the Archdiocese in a civil action and won a settlement. As part of his healing process, he decided to visit Father Gale in prison. “He was a bit upset to see me,” laughs Corbett. “He said my charges were pure fantasy.” Corbett notes the priest made a point of saying, both in court and to him, that he never abused anyone after 1987 — the year the Archdiocese quietly began a program in Connecticut called the Institute for Living, “just for priests who had abused kids.” By 2005, Corbett had married. Trying to start over, he moved to Savannah and took a job as counselor with the SavannahChatham Public School system. But, he says, “When I moved to Savannah it all became a secret again.” Corbett says while Savannah is, like Boston, very strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and in particular the Irish Catholic tradition, he insists “It’s still nowhere near as intense as up there. In Boston, the archbishop is literally one of the most powerful people in the state.”

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Corbett, who currently attends the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, says his crisis of faith is still ongoing. “It was a slow process, like how the Titanic took a long time to sink. I drifted further and further away. At first I started calling myself a lapsed Catholic, then I said I was agnostic. Now I just call myself spiritually confused. I have no idea who I am.” The release of the movie Spotlight— which he’s seen several times already— was a kind of sign that it was OK for him to tell his story to the world. “There might be at least 20 people in Savannah 30-60 years old, still hanging onto something like this,” he concludes. “Imagine if back in the 1960s all those victims felt able to come forward. How many like me would have been spared?” Corbett’s not worried about what students or colleagues will think about him going public. “We have to educate people about these things, especially young people. That it’s OK to come forward.” He says the best part about Spotlight winning Best Picture is that “in 25 years some young film enthusiast will look at the list of Oscar winners and decide to watch Spotlight. Then this important story will be told again and not forgotten. “A new generation could learn about the dangers of unchecked authority and blind unconditional trust.” cs

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Why do I get hot when I’m angry? Why is it that when you concentrate a lot on one subject or are very angry, your temperature rises? Would thinking very hard about something work when you’re in a dangerously cold situation and need to get warm? —Margarita WAIT—you heat up when you think really hard? You might be on your own with that one, Margarita. Hot because you’re mad, though? Here there’s plenty to say. And I mean plenty. The nature of emotions such as anger, and how they play out in the body, remain vigorously debated by psychologists and neuroscientists, who stole the topic out from under the philosophers in the 19th century. Scientists’ ideas of what an emotion is, by the way, are somewhat more prosaic than whatever one’s sensibilities may undergo during a viewing of Sophie’s Choice. According to the strictest definition, emotions are simply the body’s automatic reactions to certain stimuli. You see a bear, your pulse

spikes: congratulations, you’ve experienced the emotion fear. A more expansive characterization might consider your conscious reckoning of this cascade of stimulus and bodily reaction—apprehension of bear plus acceleration of heart rate plus utterance of “Oh, shit”—but some neuroscientists differentiate these, using “feeling” to refer to the thing that happens when the brain becomes aware that emotion is in progress. We should stipulate that we’re talking here about the so-called basic emotions, like anger and fear, which happen automatically, versus complex emotions like envy, which require self-consciousness. Basic emotions happen in the autonomic nervous system, the one we don’t have voluntary control over, which constantly makes little physical course corrections to maintain homeostasis—the state of equilibrium that keeps us alive and functioning. The accelerated heartbeat, for instance, gets you ready to outrun the bear. (The bear is the canonical example of a fearful stimulus in much of the discourse, presumably because early scientists hadn’t yet learned about supply-side economics.) Maybe you see the bear stealing your food, thus threatening your survival—you get angry. So basically here’s your answer: you’re hot because, perceiving something that riles you, your body automatically raises its heart rate and blood pressure in preparation for some sort of fight-or-flight outcome. Beyond the basics, though, agreement breaks down, with contention around a couple key questions. First, which comes first—autonomic response or conscious recognition? And what, if any, is the causal

connection? The opening volley came in 1884 from the psychologist William James, who wrote, “The bodily changes follow directly the PERCEPTION of the exciting fact, and that our feeling of the same changes as they occur IS the emotion.” (The very 1880s-style emphasis is James’s.) In other words, you take in a stimulus, your body reacts, and your subsequent awareness of stimulus and reaction creates what you feel. There must be a causal link, James thought, because it’s hard to imagine an emotion like fear without an increased heart rate; emotion without bodily manifestation is but “a cold and neutral state of intellectual perception,” and that isn’t too many people’s idea of a good time. The physiologist Walter Cannon challenged this theory in the early 1900s by means of a charming experiment: He severed the sympathetic-branch nerves of a cat, thus disabling the adrenaline surge that’s central to the standard stress response. When he then scared the creature, it still hissed and its hair stood on end—suggesting that the brain and the autonomic nervous system experience emotion independently, rather than in some causal relationship. Yet another theory, popular in the groovy psychology of the ’60s and ’70s, suggested that a person first perceives a stimulus and exhibits a response, and only then searches her immediate environment for clues about how to label the emotion. Your heart could be racing because a bear is chasing you or because you’re in love— it’s up to you to figure out which. Which brings us to a second point of

contention: Are there distinct, consistent bodily response patterns that can be detected relative to specific emotions? That is, does “fear” universally equate to some recognizable combination of increased heart rate, sweaty palms, etc? Citing her analysis of some 200 prior studies, Lisa Feldman Barrett, director of an affective-science lab at Northeastern University, wrote last year that no, possible emotional responses are numerous, and vary with the situation. “Even a rat facing a threat,” she pointed out, “. . . will flee, freeze or fight depending on its surrounding context.” On the other hand, a 2013 study by Finnish researchers endeavored to create a map of emotions, exposing subjects to certain stimuli—the names of emotions, and movies and stories with emotional content—and asking them to indicate where on their bodies any corresponding sensations were felt. Controlling for cultural differences, the researchers found distinctive locales for individual emotions—fear was in the chest, anger activated the arms, depression muted feeling in the extremities. The implications of this are obviously important: identifying patterns in emotional response is one step toward controlling it, and thus theoretically toward advances in (for instance) how we treat mood disorders. And who knows? Maybe someday you’ll even be able to emote your way out of a snowbank. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via straightdope.com

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Two wanted for questioning in Bolton Street homicide

Detectives seek two for questioning in connection to a homicide that claimed the life of Delwane Rice, 19, on Jan. 1. Roney Addison, 29, is known to frequent the Waters Avenue corridor between 33rd and 35th Streets. Sequence Goldwire, 26, is known to frequent the 600 block of East 35th Street. Both are wanted for questioning. Rice, who was last seen Dec. 24, was found by Metro during a welfare check at an abandoned house on the 700 block of East Bolton Street on New Year’s Day.

Man shot inside house on E. 39th

Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to a shooting on the 2300 block of East 39th Street at about 3:30

a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Metro responded to the scene after multiple reports of discharging firearms. Officers found Benjamin Ellison, 53, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Ellison was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for care. Investigators believe “Ellison was inside of his house when shots were fired from an unknown source outside of the residence. One minor was inside of the house during the shooting. No other injuries were reported,” police say.

Fugitive arrested for firing into multiple residences

Police officers, K9, and the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Service apprehended a fugitive wanted for multiple charges at approximately 7 a.m., Feb. 24, in the 1400 block of Barnes Drive. Christopher Walker, 23, was arrested on a total of 20 charges: eight counts of aggravated assault, five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and two counts of criminal damage to property. The charges stem from incidents where shots were fired into multiple residences.

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Coffee shops targeted in burglaries

Police are investigating three overnight burglaries Thursday at Starbucks locations throughout Savannah. Just before 5 a.m. Starbucks employees reported burglaries at locations on the 7800 block of Abercorn Street, Skidaway Road and Victory Drive and Bull and Broughton streets. “Investigators found no immediate signs of forced entry at Bull Street or Victory Drive locations. Money was reported stolen from all three locations,” police say. “Each location sustained interior and exterior damage. Also, each location’s alarm systems had been tampered with.” Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 912/234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using keyword CSTOP2020.

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Longtime National Symphony cellist David Teie announced in November that his crowdfunding project was hugely successful, freeing him to produce an album of music meaningful to cats. (Cats, for example, relax in response to the earliest sound of their mother’s purring, which Teie clocked at 23 harp notes a second.) Teie’s work, according to an October Washington Post feature, includes examining waveforms of real-time purrs and creating an organ sound to mimic the opening and closing of a cat’s vocal chords. His KickStarter pitch raised so much money that he might also try creating music for bored zoo elephants or stressed-out whales. In tests, cats responded well to Teie’s music, according to a 2015 journal article (but with less curiosity at the Washington cat cafe Crumbs & Whiskers).

Leading Economic Indicators

• Amazon.com has riled up Buddhist temples in Japan, according to a January Associated Press dispatch, by offering traveling monks rentable online to conduct funerals and other rituals. The monk would go to a home, grave or funeral home, at fees and upgrades ranging from the equivalent of $300 to about $8,500. (Many of Japan’s 75,000 Buddhist temples are struggling financially and destined to close. Complained a spokesman for the Japan Buddhist Association, what Amazon is facilitating “is allowed in no other country in the world.”) • In February, Gawker.com introduced the semi-serious Lube Crude Index as a poignant indicator of how far the price of oil has fallen. Comparing the world price of a standard 42-gallon barrel of crude (about $31) with that of a 55-gallon barrel of Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant (retailing as, when packaged in smaller quantities, a sexual aid) shows that “sex lube” is more valuable than crude oil by a factor of 28 — a barrel’s worth of the lube recently priced at $1,175 versus crude’s barrel-adjusted $41. As recently as June 2014, the Lube Crude Index was near 1. (Gawker reported that only two actual barrels of Passion Natural could be found and that the price would likely rise further if one of them were sold.)

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• A near-certain robbery of the PNC Bank in Zebulon, North Carolina, on Jan. 28 was prevented, with employees treated to an almost-slapstick scene in which the bank manager kept the suspect outside by winning a tug-of-war for control of the front door. The manager had grabbed the door after noticing an armed, masked man approaching from the parking lot just after the bank opened. (The frustrated perp fled empty-handed, but was at large.) • Awkward Moments Ahead in Lockup: (1) Joel Sloan, 51, was booked into jail for DUI by a sheriff’s deputy in Birmingham, Alabama, in February. Sloan was dressed head-to-toe as a clown. (No explanation was offered.) (2) Vaughn Tucker, 23, was booked into jail in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in February on drug charges. He was wearing a T-shirt with large lettering on the front:

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“I Would Cuddle You So Hard.” • Didn’t Think It Through: The robbers of the electronics store Compucell in Springfield, Massachusetts, in December came up empty, but are still at large. A man with a gun jumped the counter and demanded that the employee give him money from the locked cash register. The gunman moved to the back door to let in his accomplice, but that merely allowed the employee and two customers to run out the front door, and the accomplice fled, too, sensing that, with no one Savannah to unlock the register, bananas the “robbery” was going is very nowhere. appealing

December in Orlando, Florida, on allegations that he punched a child in the face because the boy was not getting dressed for church fast enough. (The boy was wearing an ankle brace, which slowed him down.) (2) Ryan Dailey, 28, was arrested in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in February on several charges after, police said, he beat his mother by pounding her with a Bible. His explanation, police said, was that when he asked her who her soul belonged to, she repeatedly declined to answer.

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American hunters are so trophy-kill-obsessed that, in the decade ending in 2014 (according to Humane Society figures), they averaged nine imported carcasses a day among the “Big Five” African species (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and African buffalo) — most of which require special U.S. and foreign permits, with “conservation” conditions. Some countries endanger their own dwindling herds just to sell the lucrative permits, and South Africa even offers 150 captive lions a year to make trophy kills easier. (Total hunting imports of all animal trophies averaged 345 a day, mostly from Canada and Mexico.)

The Litigious Society (Foreign)

(1) Chandan Kumar Singh told BBC News in February that his recent lawsuit against the Hindu god Ram was provoked by Ram’s mistreatment of his wife in spiritual lore. Said Singh, “(W)e cannot talk about respecting women in modern day India when we know that one of our most revered gods did not treat his own wife with respect.” Singh thus wants a court to tell the god to acknowledge he was wrong. (2) After news reports of a male Siberian tiger being playful with a male goat (ordinarily, a tiger’s meal) in a Russian safari park, lawyer Alexei Krestyanov pressured the local prosecutor in February to

embargo further announcements, claiming that such coverage harmed children by provoking “interest in non-traditional sexual relations.”

People With Issues

Police in Austin, Texas, said in February they had received several complaints (KEYE-TV reported “dozens”) from women about a man who approaches them in public genially, but then turns aggressive and tries to stomp their feet (in one case, telling the woman it was “normal” behavior for him). (The suspect apparently has only little in common with the Arkansas recidivist who holds the record for multiple appearances in News of the Weird — who merely fondles and sucks women’s toes, although without consent and sometimes after grabbing the foot.)

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Arrested recently and awaiting trial for murder: Jerald Wayne Boozer-Brown Jr., Macomb Township, Michigan (February); Matthew Wayne Long, Hico, Texas (January); Joseph Wayne Goswick, Graham, North Carolina (January); John Wayne Strawser Jr., Belington, West Virginia (September); Jesse Wayne Gunderson, Wayne, Michigan (September); Curtis Wayne Wright, Bonita Springs, Florida (September); John Wayne Noonkester, Cottonwood, California (July). Indicted for murder: Derrick Wayne Gamble, Belton, Texas (December). Convicted of murder: Carl Wayne Wiley, Del Rio, Texas (February). Shot themselves to death while suspected by police of murder: Ricky Wayne Cook, Melbourne, Florida (February); Lloyd Wayne Franklin, Davidson County, North Carolina (October).

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FUBAR: Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Rob Dickerson finally received his Purple Heart this summer (2011), four years after he was seriously wounded in a rocket attack in Iraq and two years after he began a back-and-forth paperwork battle with the Army to “prove” he was injured. Recently, the Army had apologized and mailed him the award, but it arrived C.O.D., leaving Dickerson to pay the $21 fee. (The Army reimbursed Dickerson, but he hasn’t been able to cash the check, made out to “Roy Dirksen.”) cs

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Arranging music for an orchestra takes Ricardo Ochoa and Jesse Monkman about 30 hours per minute of a piece. With each piece clocking in around four minutes, the duo have poured about 120 hours per song— that’s five straight days each—into one of the most-anticipated performances of 2016: Velvet Caravan and The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, together, on the Lucas stage. “I’m excited about it,” says Ochoa carefully, “but I just realized it’s one of the biggest challenges I ever put myself in. I’m ready for it, but I have butterflies!” On Saturday, Ochoa and Monkman’s diverse musical worlds collide. While many recognize the pair from Velvet Caravan, the beloved Savannah gypsy-jazz group, some may not realize that Ochoa and Monkman are leaders in the Savannah Philharmonic, as well. For this weekend’s performance, Velvet Caravan act as “soloists” backed by The Philharmonic. The ambitious Ochoa and Monkman not only arranged the entire program for each instrument of a full symphonic orchestra: they’re also performing. With an eclectic mix of Velvet Caravan

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originals, Johnny Mercer tunes, Brahms, and Django Reinhardt classics, the performance also marks the debut of the first symphonic piece Ochoa’s ever written. “I didn’t really realize that, until I was done and printing the music, that this is actually a big deal for a musician to have a piece,” he says. “I’m not a professional composer—I didn’t go to school to compose music—but I’ve always written music and studied the great composers and how they wrote music, so applying some of those techniques seemed fun to put some of my ideas to paper.” A little over a week out from the performance, Ochoa has yet to hear the results of his and Monkman’s work—they won’t rehearse until a day or two before the concert, which is standard for a professional orchestra. It’s still a little nerve-wracking. Thanks to computer programs that use midi sounds to replicate the tones of violins, flutes, and oboes, they have a concept of what the evening will sound like. “They’re not the best-sounding things, but they are a good reference,” Ochoa says. “When we rehearse, we’ll do a playback of those charts on the computer through the loudspeakers, and we’re going to have Peter [Shannon], the conductor, get a better sense of us playing along with the recording, so he can hear the orchestra, look at his score, and make decisions as to where he’s going to want to manage the orchestra and manage the ensemble in general. It’s helpful to do it that way.” “Both Jesse and Ricardo are very talented,” praises Shannon. “It’s absolutely an art and science to knowing which instruments are best combined. It’s something people spend their whole lives studying. Ricardo and Jesse have it all down, and it’s a testament to their incredible musical knowledge. They’ve put together a whole concert program with a symphony orchestra—even just thinking of it makes me tired!” he laughs. “But they’ve done it, and

people are going to hear it.” Shannon champions Ochoa’s ability to “run the gamut” between classical and pop music; in his eyes, their crossgenre stylings are a natural fit with the Philharmonic. “Because they’re a part of the Orchestra, there’s already a real acceptance and want from the side of the Orchestra to make it successful,” he explains. It’s an exciting experience from Shannon’s position, as well. “As the conductor, you are the catalyst between show and orchestra,” he says. “And how much you involve the orchestra or involve the soloist to interact is always something that’s quasi-controlled by the conductor, but I like to leave that interaction quite free and open, as long as it doesn’t interfere with discipline. This one’s going to be a lot of fun—I can sense there’s going to be a good dialogue between the

“These are the two loves of my life in music,” Ochoa says of the Philharmonic and Velvet Caravan. “It’s going to be an emotional concert.”

‘band,’ as it were, and the guys.” Shannon and Ochoa encourage both audiences—the pop-loving folks who follow Velvet Caravan and classical fans—to check out this one-of-a-kind experience. “I think most people don’t allow themselves—and I use those words purposely— to have philharmonic experiences, or orchestral experiences,” Shannon muses. “They go see a band or rock group, they’re people who are interested in music and just like to use their ears for enjoyment. They’ll be hard-pushed to listen to any concert of a symphony orchestra. But when they come together, you’re not listening to four guys who play guitars and a singer: you’re listening to 75, up to 90 people playing music. And it’s a very special experience.” Ochoa looks forward to sharing the night with his non-Philharmonic bandmates. “[Bassist] Eric Dunn is coming from his tradition of Southern Americana, playing with The Train Wrecks, to two years later being in front of an orchestra…he is excited,” Ochoa shares. “And, of course, Sasha [Strunjas, guitar] is the same way: he’s been in the world of gypsy jazz for so many years now. Sitting there in front of the orchestra, yeah, we’re all in shock in different ways, but as much as I’ve played with orchestras my entire life, this is something very different and very special.” “These are the two loves of my life in music,” Ochoa says of the Philharmonic and Velvet Caravan. “It’s going to be an emotional concert.” CS

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On the steep path down Abercorn ramp, the cobblestones seem a little slicker, a little more strangely bulbous underfoot. There’s a certain kind of relief that hits once your feet land on the rough wooden steps to The Bayou Café: the harsh river wind sweeps over your face. Tugboats groan in the distance. Behind the worn glass door, beyond the bouncer, erupts a cacophony of dirty blues pouring out of a speaker that dangles from a noose of chain, uproarious laughter, and the aroma of deep-fried fresh catches, red beans, and rice. And beer. Lots of beer. With seemingly ancient stone walls and original white pine ceilings, darkened from years of cigarette smoke, the place feels part pirate hideout, part deep Southern dive. In a way, Jerry Zambito and The Black Crowes. it’s both. It’s been likened to a nuclear reactor in which what else, but the place just can’t quit. The atoms bounce off one landmark has its own mythology, suranother in chaos. Some lovingly call it the “Mos Eisley Cantina of Savannah.” To oth- rounded by just-wild-enough-be-true stories and memories skewed by tequila shots ers, it’s “The Last Outpost.” and retrospect. Universally among employees, musiThere’s the time actress Robin Wright cians, and regulars, it’s “home.” allegedly jumped onstage for a spank from Established by hard-gigging musician the musical talent. Or memories of Red, and former Roadhouse owner Jerry Zama fellow who’d fallen on hard times and bito in 1991, The Bayou has withstood 18 multiple fires, hurricanes, and lord knows taken up residence under The Bayou steps

Above L-R: Mark Vaquer, Greg Williams, Jerry Zambito, Paul Cooper and Thomas Claxton. Photos courtesy of Thomas Claxton

There are only two days in the last 25 years The Bayou hasn’t had live music: Once during Hurricane Floyd, and last summer when Adam Sandler and crew shot a scene for The Do-Over right outside. and helped out around the bar. And you don’t get much more Southern Gothic than the regular who lost his leg and stashed his prosthetic one behind the bar whenever he visited. The Moody Blues, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Molly Hatchet are said to have stopped in. The Black Crowes had an impromptu gig during a Southeast tour. Hell, Rolling Stone itself mentioned the place as a great spot to catch a show in their February 17, 2000 issue. “There’s a lot of stuff you can’t print that happened at The Bayou,” chuckles bluesrocker Greg Williams, a Bayou regular for 20 years and counting.

“The Bayou lets you know right out the gate what it is,” explains Thomas Claxton, a musician who landed his first paying gig there. So what is it? A place with live music seven days a week, 365 days a year and unpretentious, delicious Cajun cooking, where international sailors buy shots for bachelorette parties, off-duty musicians toast off-duty bartenders, and businessmen in custom tailored suits have a laugh with fannypacked Ohioans sipping white wine. Therein lies its strange magic. “It’s always had a warm texture to it,” founder Zambito remarks. “People of all


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“There’s a lot of stuff you can’t print that happened at The Bayou.”

Hangin’ on the porch of The Bayou Cafe.

nothing more than playing music,” says Claxton. With a quarter-century gone, Zambito is glad to reflect on The Bayou’s successes: his original plan of creating a haven for locals and River Street explorers hasn’t changed one bit. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” he laughs. To honor their 25th year, the Bayou staff will host a weekend-long celebration with current and past Bayou faves onstage, generations of bartenders pouring drinks (some traveling from out of town for the occasion), and throwback pricing. Regulars will certainly find their way home down that familiar windy path; Savannahians who have never been may find a new, true Savannah sanctuary. cs

strides seem to have a hell of a good time.” “The Bayou’s always been there for the tourist industry and the locals,” Claxton observes. “They’re good, solid people, hard workers who just want to come in and listen to some good tunes.” There are only two days in the last 25 years that The Bayou hasn’t had live music: once, during Hurricane Floyd (the manager on duty slept in the bar as the city was evacuated), and last summer when Adam Sandler and crew shot a scene for The DoOver right outside. Any day of the week, one can see rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and acoustic singer-songwriters playing originals and classic hits. On the weekends, a solo performer, like Don Coyer or David Harbuck, plays for the dinner set, while bands like The Magic Rocks, Hitman Blues Band, or Georgia Fire Band rock until close as the liquor flows and patrons dance on the crowded floor. For many musicians, like Claxton, who played his first paid gig at The Bayou, the place has been an integral part of their professional development. “I walked in and introduced myself to Jerry—he didn’t tell me he was the

owner,” Claxton recalls. “I asked if I could get a gig, and he looked at me and said, ‘You think you’re good enough?’ I said, ‘I hope so.’ He said, ‘Well, go get your stuff and show me what you got!’” Fresh-out-of-high-school Claxton was taken aback—after all, it was just three in the afternoon. “He said, ‘Why not?’” laughs Claxton. “‘If you’re ready, you better be able to show me right now!’” Claxton earned a spot as a fill-in player that afternoon; two years later, he’d be in the regular entertainment rotation. “I owe everything to my years at The Bayou,” he attests. “A lot of musicians played inside The Bayou that had a lot of experience and a lot of years on me. I took a lot of advice and got a lot of guidance from guys who had already been there, and I think that is a very important thing.” Williams agrees. “It’s kind of a cross-generational hub for musicians,” he notes. “All of us are at different stages of our playing, and we all end up there in the night. Now more than ever, people are coming together.”

Chief, a longtime Bayou fixture who passed just a few years ago, was a significant influence on his fellow musicians for at least 22 years. “He had this big list he called his ‘Whine List,’” remembers Williams with a laugh. “People were asking for stuff like ‘Freebird,’ cliché songs. He said ‘I’ll play ‘em—for $25.’ He’d leave with three, four hundred in tips!” Eric Culberson’s weekly open jam has played a large part in bringing in younger musicians. Every Wednesday, the stage is packed as guitarists, bassists, and drummers of all styles share the stage and network. And with Bayou’s daily music schedule, local players have been able to put food on the table with a guitar and a voice. “It’s one of the few places that has made it possible for me to make a living doing

Friday, March 4

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Saturday, March 5

4 p.m. - Ray Tomasino 5 p.m. - David Harbuck 6 p.m. - Don Coyer 7 p.m. - Greg Williams 8 p.m. - Thomas Claxton 11 p.m. - Bayou Blues Band

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MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

Above: Jerry Zambito & The Bayou Blues Band. Right: Thomas Claxton and Chief.

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The colorful sounds of Culture Vulture Eclectic stylings of SAV prog trio brighten Girls’ Night by anna Chandler

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MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

It might seem a little peculiar to hear trombone and mathy guitar leads snaking out of the doors of a feverish punk rock show, but, thanks to Savannah’s Culture Vulture, it’s almost become expected ‘round these parts. The instrumental prog/math/jazz trio has been busy, to say the least, playing

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countless shows around town (pairing with everything from hip-hop artists to hardcore bands), touring the Southeast, and gearing up to release their strongest work yet: Girls’ Night. Recorded by Clay Skinner, Girls’ Night is the first collection of songs that Culture Vulture hasn’t produced themselves. Having an outside source in the producer’s chair allowed the trio to delve deep and push the boundaries of their eclectic sound.

“I guess we were trying to get it a little bit cleaner and closer to how it sounds in our heads,” suggests trombonist Nick Gilbert. “When we play live, there are parts that we’re hearing, but we’re three people, and there are additional parts we can’t play. On the album, there’s a lot of piano, a lot that’s just percussion. There are more electronic effects and stuff like that. Some of that, I think, is definitely taking advantage of Clay tracking us. It made it a lot easier to get that out.”


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contagious energy through Culture Vulture’s sets. Webber and drummer Mathew Pelton moved to Savannah a few years back and began working on what would become Culture Vulture. When Gilbert moved from New York to the Hostess City, the trio rehearsed and wrote for a year, refining and honing. “It took some work, figuring out what we could do stylistically with no bass and no vocals,” says Webber. The band’s chameleonic tendencies have allowed them to sync with an array of bands and find inspiration in odd-couple billings. Their fluidity and flourishes are a hit with the pysch-rock crowd; the unexpected intensity of their sets works great with punk. Their softer side complements folk and singer-songwriters, and their technical expertise makes them an edgy companion to jazz or more traditional instrumental music-makers. “On tour, we played with a nine-piece jazz band, a grungy punk band, a powerviolence band, and singer-songwriters,” Webber recalls. “It’s fun for us, as fans and music listeners, to play different shows with different genres all the time and hear different stuff,” adds Gilbert. “It definitely has an effect on what we do.” Performing here in Savannah had a

high influence on the Girls’ Night writing sessions. “We’d written a lot of the first record before we started playing out, really,” says Gilbert. “We were playing all these punk bills, and the vibe we get from a house show, or playing with Crazy Bag Lady or Triathalon—that stuff, it kind of seeps in eventually into the music. I think this record sounds a lot more like Savannah than the last record did.” The band celebrates their Bomb Shelter Records album release (“Totally DIY’d, in the community sense,” the band shares) at Starland’s House of Strut, alongside KYLE, Tokalos, and Crazy Bag Lady. Supported by math rock, soulful, harmonious folk, and hometown punks in a locally-owned emporium of unique vintagewear? Seems there couldn’t be a more fitting way to give Girls’ Night the warm welcome it deserves. cs

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By Anna Chandler anna@connectsavannah.com

It’s always a wild ruckus when Goddamn Gallows come to town, so plan your week accordingly: there’s dancing, boozing, and good ol’ fashioned rip-roarin’ revelry to be had. Twangy, staticky and shot with a strong dose of wickedness and swampy swagger, the wandering Gallows combine mountain mentality, Americana roots, and gutter-punk ethics to create a sound folks have dubbed “gutterbilly,” “Americana-punk,” and “hobo-core.” Laced with lightning-fast picking, nasty guitars, hard-hitting rhythms, and raspy, ripped-up vocals and shouts, their songs will sink their dirty hooks in your skull and stay there for days. Chattanooga bluesman Husky Burnette and Savannah’s A.M. Rodriguez kick off the show. Thursday, March 3, 9 p.m., $10 via ticketfly.com, 21+

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The Goddamn Gallows, Husky Burnette, A.M. Rodriguez @The Jinx

Attalus, Between Symmetries, Lost Boy, Falling In @The Black Box Theatre

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Local booking entity Coastal Rock Productions has been making excellent use of the City’s Black Box Theatre recently. Conveniently located right on the corner of Henry and Whitaker streets, the spacious Cultural Affairs venue transforms into an all-ages rock hall on Saturday night. Headliner Attalus released their latest LP, Into the Sea, in 2015. With helter-skelter guitar leads, epic builds and dynamic musicianship, the nauticalthemed 16-track album dwells on the Christian band’s faith in grace and the navigation of judgment and redemption. Fans of Brand New, Blindside, and early 2000s Christian rock will want to mark their calendars for this one. Locals Between Symmetries continue to garner praise and fans for 2015’s Movetur; their big hooks and ‘90s-influenced tone will nicely complement Attalus. It’s a return to Coastal Rock Productions for Augusta’s Lost Boy, an ambient emo band creating some uniquely interesting and cathartic cross-genre sounds. Savannah alt/emo band Falling In round out the solid bill. No time to grab dinner before the early show? No problem. Moe’s Southwest Grill will be slinging burritos and beverages, so bring some extra cash. Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m., $7, all-ages

Jews and Jazz in America @Congregation Mickve Israel

MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

Multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lee has been creating his critically-acclaimed brand of warm, psychedelic-flavored folk music as Mutual Benefit since 2009. The band dips away from their east coast tour with Deer Tick to play an intimate set at The Sentient Bean, presented by Savannah/Virginia label Furious Hooves, on Sunday. Mutual Benefit’s last release, 2013’s Love’s Crushing Diamond, an exquisitely tender and lovely record, was universally adored by critics for its experimental folk interpretations and Sufjan Stevens/Sparklehorse/ Microphones-style compositions. Native Savannahian Jamison Murphy—who has clocked many hours on The Sentient Bean stage as a solo folk singer-songwriter—brings his new band, Pop Weirdos, to town for the occasion. A psych-pop collaboration with songwriter Bennett Kane, Pop Weirdos blends Beach Boys-style harmonies, guitar, organ, drums, violin, cello, and bass in a manner that makes the sound quite worthy of its namesake. Chad Chilton of Triathalon performs a solo set of dream-pop as Chilton. Sunday, March 6, 8 p.m., $5, all-ages Mutual Benefit

This weekend, a collective of SAV’s finest performers will fill historic Congregation Mickve Israel with an eclectic catalog of jazz compositions. Spanning from Oscar-winning composers and music icons like George and Ira Gershwin, Irvin Berlin, and Cole Porter to modern trailblazers like Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Herbie Mann, Mel Torme, Lee Konitz, and Artie Shaw, Sunday’s concert will highlight the contributions that these Jewish musicians made in jazz history. Larry Dane-Kellogg, a temple member with a passion for the arts (he’s worked with Coastal Jazz Association, Savannah Arts Commission, and Savannah Music Festival) organized the event. “I’ve done a lot of events in Savannah and the majority of them have been jazz,” says Dane-Kellogg. “The jazz club in Hilton Head did something on somebody who just happened to be Jewish, and it gave me the thought: why don’t we try to do something on the impact and influence Jews have had on the music in general, from the Great American Songbook to jazz standards? They were written by Jewish folks, and a lot of the players are also Jewish: I thought with those two aspects, we can put together an interesting program.” The Lowcountry’s own Steven Bryan will take piano, with Linus Enoksson on bass, Jody Espina on saxophone and clarinet, Jackson Evans on guitar, and Ira Miller on drums. “I think what might surprise some people is how many songs were written or performed by Jewish people,” says Dane-Kellogg. “The focus is on the entertainment, just to have fun and hear this group of musicians take on these particular tunes.” Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m., $15 advance (call 233.1547 for 22 tickets), $20 at the door, all-ages

Mutual Benefit, Pop Weirdos, Chilton @ The Sentient Bean

Peter Rowan, The Accomplices @The Mars Theatre

A legend of bluegrass, Grammy awardwinner and six-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan has been wielding a guitar since his junior high Tex-Mex/rockabilly band, The Cupids. A guitarist, mandolin player, and yodeler, Rowan is a household name among bluegrass lovers, so roots and acoustic music enthusiasts will certainly not want to miss this one. One of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Rowan has performed with countless outfits and collaborators, including Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Vassar Clements in Old & in the Way, Muleskinner, Seatrain, and Earth Opera. The mid- ‘70s found Rowan joining his brothers Chris and Lorin to form a progressive bluegrass band, the Rowans. In 1985, Rowan paid loving tribute to the late Bill Monroe via The First Whippoorwill. The record that followed in 1988, New Moon Rising, became Rowan’s definitive solo album. Even when he’s not working on his solo material, Rowan has guested with the Tony Rice, Norman Blake, Don Edwards, and mayn more. In 2010, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band released Legacy, with songs performed by Jody Stetcher, Paul Knight and Keith Little. Special guests included Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings (catch Skaggs, McCoury, and Rawlings at this year’s Savannah Music Festival). Most recently, the eclectic Rowan released a record of spiritual material, Dharma Blues. His Mars Theatre performance is an amazing opportunity to see a true renegade of American music in action. The Accomplices warm up the stage for the icon. Saturday, March 5, 8 p.m., $35 via marstheatre.com, all-ages


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Aliens in our midst

Guinness World Record holder and sometimes-Klingon Bill Blair at GnomeCon

by Jessica Leigh Lebos

jll@connectsavannah.com

MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

If you’re even a softcore sci-fi fan, you’ve probably seen Bill Blair in action. But you’d never recognize him without his make-up on. The Hollywood veteran has sported Klingon nose ridges, Vulcan ears and Jem’Hadar horns as part of the cast in the Star Trek series spin-offs Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise. Space nerds will note he appeared as a “background alien” in almost every episode of Babylon 5 series. He’s worn a spotted skullcap in Alien Nation, worked the stage as a Borg in Vegas and chased brains as a zombie in Resident Evil: Afterlife. Though he does occasionally get to play a regular guy (his IMBD page cites appearances as an “office staffer” in Mad Men and as a taxi driver in Pretty Little Liars), Blair is best known in showbiz circles as “The Alien Actor.” In fact, he has represented so many interplanetary species and otherworldly creatures—more than 202—that he holds the Guinness Book of World Record for “Most Special Effect Make-up Characters Portrayed in a Career.” “I can’t believe I beat out Bela Lugosi and Lon Cheney, but it’s all been documented by the Guinness folks,” he laughs, referring to the classic Dracula and Werewolf movie icons. “It took quite a bit of paperwork.” An avid follower of the ever-popular “Con” scene, the career monster-man looks forward to coming to Savannah for GnomeCon, March 4-6. The three day, scifi/fantasy/gaming gathering is now in its fifth year, magnetizing hundreds of fans for gaming, celeb appearances, costume contests and big fun. On this turn around the board, Blair is joined by Farscape actress Gigi Edgely and Scott Tepperman of the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters International, plus returning favorites like Professor Fear’s Quiz Show, Savannah Cosplay, vendors, tournaments and kids’ activities. “I find the smaller conventions more enjoyable than the huge ones like San Diego ComicCon,” says Blair from his home in Los Angeles. “I like to get to know the fans, because they’re the ones responsible for me having such a great career. Thanks to the internet, I’m able to let them know I’m following them as much as they’re following me. It’s great to meet in person.” 26 Devoted Trekkies might be surprised

Actor Bill Blair has portrayed more than 200 aliens, monsters and creatures in his career, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

that this handsome, silver-haired gent is the face underneath the latex scales, but don’t worry, his castmates rarely recognize him, either. “I once went up to Armin Schimmerman, one of the lead characters in Deep Space 9, when I was out of makeup on set, and he just looked at me,” he recalls. “Finally, he said, ‘Wait, I know that voice!’” The Ohio native landed in L.A. in the early ‘90s and got his big break on the set of the futuristic Sylvester Stallone vehicle Demolition Man, which led to another sci-fi gig, then another. “Hollywood is definitely a big, star struck place, but it’s also a small town where word just gets around,” he says. Zoning out in front of cartoons as a kid provided the training for sitting still as special effects artists laboriously apply and adhere all kinds of uncomfortable materials to his face and body, which often requires that he show up for work several hours before the rest of the crew. So just how much time does it take to transform into an alien?

“It depends. You have to budget time in the make-up chair, plus hair and wardrobe to be camera ready. Becoming a Klingon takes about two hours. On Deep Space 9, I played various characters, which took an average of three hours,” lists Blair. “But on Voyager, I’ve heard that the Borgs took four or five hours.” The longest character preparation he’s experienced in his career wasn’t an alien at all: A few years ago, he spent five and half hours becoming Frankenstein’s monster for an Elvira Halloween special. “I actually got to wear Fred Gwynne’s original costume from The Munsters

classic TV series. It was pretty amazing to wear that piece of history.” Blair has spent so much time readying for the creature feature spotlight that he’s become something of a de facto expert on outer space metamorphosis. While serving as a special guest star on the set of Star Trek New Voyages Phase II—a fan-filmed series that reworks the original telecasts— Blair learned that the production lost their special effects make-up person days before shooting was to begin. “When they asked me to step in, I said, ‘I’m an actor, not a make-up artist!’” he laughs, parodying Dr. McCoy’s quintessential Star Trek protest. “But I had enough experience in the chair to pull it off.” Blair awaits the next special effects credit to his resume, though thankfully, there haven’t been any challengers to his world record since it was set in 2011. In the meantime, his non-alien career also continues to move forward: He will appear as a plain ol’ human in the upcoming Pee Wee’s Big Holiday Movie as well as the Ben Affleck-directed Live By Night, parts of which were filmed in the Savannah area. But the real question for GnomeCon attendees and other sci-fi fans is: What kind of alien does he want to play next? “If there was a chance, I feel that the one character I’d like to play that I haven’t yet is a Romulan,” he muses. “When I was on Enterprise, they always saw me more as a Vulcan.” cs

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Savannah on stage Feeling the theater? Check out this week’s round-up

compiled by jessica leigh lebos

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From satire to song, Savannah’s stage mavens have a diverse itinerary for Lowcountry theater fans this weekend.

Les Misérables

presented by Savannah Country Day School

All of the glory, pathos and songs of the epic musical come in a school-friendly format from the students of the SCDS Drama Department. The abridged script is directed by DJ Queenan and features soaring renditions of “I Dreamed A Dream,” “The People’s Song,” and “At The Barricade” by the Country Day Chorus, while seniors Marcus Hardrick and Andy Paul carry the tragic story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his indomitable nemesis Inspector Javert. When: 7pm, Thurs.-Sat., March 3-5 Where: SCDS, 824 Stillwood Dr., Jelks Auditorium Tickets: $15, $10 non-SCDS students Info: savcds.org

Third Finger, Left Hand

MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

presented by Armstrong State University

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The Dept. of Art, Music & Theatre Audience sends up Southern wedding culture with Randall David Cook’s wickedly funny murder satire. Daniel Zuzalek leads a talented cast of five women in a comedy that goes whole-hog for laughs. It’s all in good fun, dahlin’, though discretion is advised for language and content. When: 7:30pm, Tues.-Fri., March 8-11 Where: Armstrong Jenkins Hall Black Box Theatre, Library Dr. Tickets: $12 Info: tickets.armstrong.edu or 912-344-2801

Cheers to local theater! Savannah Country Day’s production of Les Misérables kicks off on Thursday.

Mary Poppins

H.M.S. Pinafore

Death of a Salesman

Everyone’s favorite singing nanny touches down with the SCPS Fine Arts Council. The heartwarming tale of a disengaged family reunited by a bit of magic and a spoonful of sugar rings as delightfully as ever, infused with the charms and talent of 74 students SCPS students, from third to 12th grade. The choreography, harmonies and sets promise a performance that’s bound to be “practically perfect in every way.” When: 7pm, Fri.-Sat., March 4-5; 3pm, Sun., March 6 Where: 1008 Henry St. Tickets: $15 Info: asburymemorial.org or (912)233-3595

It’s the comic opera that rocketed Gilbert and Sullivan to fame in 1878, and H.M.S. Pinafore continues to elicit giggles and toe-tapping from audiences in the 21st century. Savannah’s only church to bring Broadway to the sanctuary, Asbury Memorial brings its reverence for musical theater to all audiences. On board is a cast of talented locals directed by Rev. Billy Hester, who once starred in a production of Pinafore at the Light Opera of Manhattan. When: 7:30pm, Fri.-Sat., March 4-5; 3pm, Sun., March 6 Where: Trustees Theatre, 216 Broughton Tickets: $10 Info: scadboxoffice.com

Willy Loman has been searching for the American Dream for long time, but director David I.L. Poole and the rest of the ensemble bring a fresh perspective and their signature thoughtfulness to this required reading. A hard stare at American ideals, corporate culture, and the psyche, Arthur Miller’s award-winning classic remains as relevant today as it did when it debuted in 1949. When: 8pm, Fri.-Sat., March 4-5 and 11-12; 3pm, Sun., March 6 and 13 Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Tickets: $20 Info: (912) 232-0018

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Molding the perfect cup

Juried clay arts show at Non-Fiction brings ceramics artists from around the country by Kayla Goggin

A gallery view of SIP, a ceramic cup show.

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“Space Mug” by Mike Cinelli, Taylor, MS.

“Savannah Clay Community was the foundation of everything,” Davis told me. “I wanted to show people in Savannah that clay is awesome and it’s real and people make things, wonderful things, things that you can buy, things that you can use – it’s not just about function, it’s about everything, sculptural [forms] and all of that. SIP was born out of that.” Davis put out a national call for entries that returned over 200 submissions from artists across the country. Seventy-five artists were chosen to exhibit in the show, nearly twenty of whom are locally-based. The 152 cups on display were picked by a jury whose qualifications were uniquely suited to the task. “I wanted jurors to consider aesthetics but I also wanted to have a wide range of people who knew about beverages,” Davis revealed. “I wanted people who would think, ‘If I used this, will it dribble on my lip?’” She ended up pulling three jurors: the owner of a local coffee shop, the Creative Marketing Director for a local brewery, and a professor emeritus from Georgia Southern University. I imagine it must have been an unusually challenging jury process. There seems to be one of every type of ceramic cup imaginable in the SIP exhibition—a heavy grey mug adorned with a three-dimensional, fiery dragon; a delicate yellow tea cup with edges curved like a buttercup; a cozy blue tankard just begging to be curled

“All of Em’” by Luke Gnadinger, Lexington, KY.

up with alongside a good book. If a person’s choice of favorite mug reveals something about their personality (and I’ll argue forever that it does) then there’s undoubtedly something for everyone in SIP. Do you like Southern Gothic fiction and nature documentaries? Step right up, here’s your vulture-handle mug. Do you love punk music and bourbon in your coffee? Hope the Sex Pistols stamped mug hasn’t been snatched up yet. Do you own every Wilco album on vinyl and roast your own locally-grown coffee beans? Say hello to your new owl-etched cup. All of the cups on display are available for purchase, with prices ranging from $15 all the way up to $150. But don’t let the higher prices turn you off. “The cups that are pricier – people say, ‘That’s ridiculous, I can go to Target and spend 4 bucks on a mug…’ But it becomes more,” Davis said. “When you’re paying that much it becomes ceremonial when you’re using it. You don’t bring it out for the everyday dinner, you want to bring it out for a party or when you have a special guest; maybe you offer it to them or you guys drink out of that shared piece. It just makes things a little more special. If you have a collection,

“Skull Whiskey Jug” by Eric Clark, Savannah, GA.

then everyone can find one that resonates with them.” Buyers will have a chance to share that experience among themselves at SIP’s closing reception on Friday, March 4 from 6-9pm. While local jazz musician Jackson Evans plays in the background, patrons are invited to take the mugs they’ve purchased off the walls and fill them with complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Visitors to the gallery from now until the reception will have the chance to vote on their favorite mug. The winning artist will be the recipient of a People’s Choice award at the closing, alongside the Juror’s Choice winner. SIP blends the fine line between ceramics as fine art and functional object; creative expression and craft enterprise. We all need to eat, drink and drown our sorrows. Why not do it from an object with meaning? cs SIP: A Ceramic Cup Show, Non-Fiction Gallery

MAR 2- MAR 8, 2016

CHANCES ARE pretty good that while one of your hands is occupied with this newspaper (or cradling a computer mouse), the other is busy holding a cup of something. Maybe you’re sipping your morning coffee, or a well-deserved glass of wine, or Georgia’s official “winter” beverage: iced sweet tea. But take a second to look at that cup—where did it come from? Who made it? Why did you choose that particular one? A cup is a simple object—deceptively simple, even. It can be made from wood, plastic, clay, metal, porcelain, stone, glass, paper, gourds—honestly, the definition of “cup” is limited only by your imagination. We all have that one very talented friend who transfigures the meaning of “wine bottle” into “single-serving cup” now and then. A cup is endlessly customizable, its utility extends from casual settings all the way into high ritualistic ceremonies. Function isn’t even a requirement—a cup can simply be a decorative object, a trophy, or a piece of memorabilia. If you’ve never taken the time to think about this before then don’t worry, you’re not alone. I didn’t either until I met Mitzi Davis. Mitzi Davis is the SCAD Arts Administration graduate student behind SIP: A Ceramic Cup Show, which opened at NonFiction Gallery on Friday, February 26. The show is a celebration of ceramic arts which focuses specifically on that one perfectly human object: the cup. The show is Davis’ thesis project, but her interest in ceramics far pre-dates her Arts Administration studies. While working as the Ceramic Arts Technician at SCAD after her graduation from Shorter University in 2008 (with a BFA in Ceramics, naturally), Davis got involved with a local organization called the Savannah Clay Community. The group started in 2011 with a circle of only seven Savannah artists but has since exploded to become a major cultural center for local ceramicists of all skill-levels.

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Openings & Receptions

Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo — Multi-venue exhibition by SCAD alumnus Lavar Munroe (B.F.A. illustration) with recent works that explore his ongoing interest in the phenomena of the “human zoo” in place during colonial times, and its impact on the politics of representation in the present. Three significant works recently included in the 56th Venice Biennale will be on display. Part of deFINE ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Artistry in Wood — Artistry in Wood, presented by the LowCountry Turners, contains over 50 works and will include pens, pepper mills, bowls, vases, wine toppers, plates, and more. During the reception members will be demonstrating the art of woodturning on a lathe. An opening reception will be held Friday, March 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with Art March. They will also hold a brief gallery talk. March 4-April 1. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.

The Moon is Asleep — Exhibition by Robin Rhode, who engages the wall as both an edifice of the hallowed spaces of the museum and as a symbolic boundary or border. Part of deFINE ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

It’s Been a Good Ride — Christian Roy explores the simple complexities and exotic life struggles he’s faced throughout his lifetime in various two and three dimensional pieces that will be featured in his first exhibition “It’s Been a Good Ride”, on display at Sulfur Studios. The exhibition will run from March 2nd - 6th, with a closing reception to be held on March 4th from 6 - 9 PM in conjunction with the First Friday Art March. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. Youth Art Month — The Savannah Mall showcases projects created by students from 53 area schools. The theme of this year’s event is “Save the Earth.” Youth Art Month is an annual observance to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children. March 5-27. Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street.

Continuing Exhibits Alan Stecker — Alan’s childhood experiences with family, Jewish culture, and the surrounding religious and ethnic diversity of West Philadelphia continue to play a major role in shaping his imagery and message. Through March 31. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. The Art of Cal Wood — Calvin Thomas exhibits his latest art at Ta Ca. Through March 31. tacasushi.com/. Ta Ca Sushi & Japanese Fusion, 513 E Oglethorpe Ave. Blood Bound — Exhibition by artisan duo, brothers Steven and William Ladd, that is the first comprehensive look into their nearly twodecade-long collaborative studio practice. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Carrie Mae Weems: Considered — Exhibition by deFINE ART 2016 honoree and keynote speaker Carrie Mae Weems that brings together a range of her work that is both disparate and connected. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. The Future Was Then — Monumental installation by Daniel Arsham created specifically for the museum’s Pamela Elaine Poetter Gallery for deFINE ART 2016. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

A Poem in the Form of Flowers — Exhibition by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, a collaborative architectural and multidisciplinary practice, R&R Studios, weaving together visual arts, exhibitions, design, architecture and urban design. Part of deFINE ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. The LowCountry Turners ‘Artistry In Wood’ show at the Cultural Arts Gallery on Henry Street has an opening reception Friday, March 4 from 5-9 p.m. in conjunction with First Friday Art March.

Georgia Dispatch — In Summer 2014, the SCAD Museum of Art sponsored “Georgia Dispatch,” the seventh and final project of Alec Soth’s ongoing “Dispatch” series (2011–2014) during a two-week, 2,400-mile excursion through rural and urban Georgia. The “Dispatch” series began in 2011 when Soth and writer Brad Zellar journeyed across Ohio masquerading as small-town newspaper beat reporters, covering day-to-day happenings along their trek. The exhibition will feature a selection of Soth’s documentary photography from a variety of stops on their journey. Part of deFINE ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. I Really Wanna Lose 3 Pounds — An exploration of beauty and excess by Michael Mahaffey. Through March 31. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. I’ll Be Your Mirror — Long before the word “selfie” entered the vernacular, new media artists began to experiment with digital imaging, projecting a viewer’s own image back at them in “transforming mirrors.” I’ll Be Your Mirror includes two of artist Daniel Rozin’s celebrated mechanical mirrors. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Prints from the Collection — Carefully stored away and sheltered from damaging light, Telfair Museums holds a treasure trove of fine prints by some of the most widely known artists in all of Western art history. This exhibit features approximately 40 European and American works dating from the 16th century through 1945. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. SIP: A Ceramic Cup Show — SIP is Savannah Clay Community’s inaugural exhibition featuring over 100 functional ceramic mugs, yunomi and more from clay artists across the country. It will show the diversity of a drinking vessel and allow visitors to become owners of hand-crafted ceramics. Proceeds will benefit each artist, and a percentage of all sales will be donated to the Emmaus House to help provide nourishment for the hungry in Savannah. Through March 4 at Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St. State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now — A snapshot of the unusually diverse and nuanced range of artwork created by contemporary artists living in diverse communities across America today. Originally developed and organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., the exhibit examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and new and engage deeply with issues relevant to their communities. Telfair’s exhibit features 40 of the original 102 artists selected to reflect what’s happening in American art right now. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.


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The classic Italian hoagie at Maine-ly Dawgs comes stacked with prosciutto, capicola and Genoa salami, plus all the fixin’s. Photos by jon waits/@jwaitsphoto

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Call it a sub, call it hero, call it a stuckie, but don’t call it a grinder. “Hoagies! We do hoagies! I’m from Philly, and grinders are for New Englanders,” playfully scoffs Maine-ly Dawgs Café co-owner Rick Passio of the meat-andcheese sandwich he’s carefully assembling behind the counter. As he stacks layers of prosciutto, capicola and Genoa salami on a soft roll, Passio also opines on the white American cheese he adds to the pile. “We don’t use the yellow kind, no. Where I come from that carries a stigma,” he says with a grin, referring to the fake, processed “government cheese” issued to charities in the 1970s. At Maine-ly Dawgs, it’s all about the genuine article. The eponymous hot dogs are all beef, made locally by the Ogeechee Meat Market and served with relish and onions underneath, never on top. And while Passio may hail from Philadelphia, his business partner Jolene Buchina does indeed come from New England—Maine, you may have guessed—and that means the lobster rolls ($15) had bettah be savage. “We overnight the lobster from Maine,” assures Passio. “In season, we’ve got knuckle and claw, out of season, we get a little tail in there.” Passio met Buchina last December while he and his other business partner, Cheryl Reigner, were shopping for a bakery to buy in Savannah. He and Reigner already own Jasper’s Porch, the bustling lakefront restaurant in Ridgeland, SC, and they wanted to open “a little place for sweet treats.” They found Buchina, who had opened her lobstah-roll-and-hot dog concept in the former Café 37 building at 37th Street and Abercorn. “She was struggling on her own, so we

decided to merge the two ideas,” explains Reigner, who has since added her flufffilled whoopee pies and Oreo-flecked truffles to the menu. The team also brought with them the award-winning she-crab soup from Jasper’s Porch ($6) to round out the offerings, and there are plans to expand into Passio’s home territory. “I’d like to get a good Philly cheesesteak going in here,” he muses. “Flatbreads, too.” In the meantime, Passio’s thick hoagies ($9) also come in ham and turkey varieties, and the lunch special is currently two hot dogs, chips and a drink out of the stocked cooler for $6.50. Everything is made to order, just like it ought to be. “We don’t even cut the tomatoes until you say the word,” vows Passio. “This isn’t fast food, it’s good food.” Tucked away in the back parking lot behind the grand yellow mansion that houses antiques emporium 37th & Abercorn, Maine-ly Dawgs fills a casual lunch spot niche in the Thomas Square neighborhood. It’s open 11am to 6pm, and during peak hours Passio cranks out the to-go orders (you’ll get it faster if you call ahead.) But feel free to stick around: The indoor décor is cozy and charming with a special tiny table for the pre-schoolers on their lunch hour. If you don’t have to hurry back to work, you can while away an hour or two at the tables in the oak-shaded garden. And what’s the story with this brick lodged into the front counter? Reigner explains it was the tool of a would-be burglar who threw it through the plate glass door a few months back. The perp took off when the alarm began to blare, but the brick stayed put. “We tried to pull it out, but it’s really jammed in there,” she laughs. “So we left it as a conversation piece!”

Aside from that incident, the sandwichand-snack purveyors have been welcomed whole-heartedly to the neighborhood. Business grows steadily every week as the trio continues to carry on their shared dreams. “So far, it’s been mostly word of mouth, SCAD students and such,” says Passio, putting the final touch on his classic Italian hoagie, a splash of extra virgin olive oil. “We’re going to be here for a long time, so we’re going for the slow build. That’s the best way.” cs

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Woman-made films shine at “Film & Her” showcase by Rachael Flora

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THE DOMINATION of the film industry by white men is hardly news. On the heels of a notoriously non-diverse Oscars season comes a unique film screening that includes only films made by women. “Film & Her: A Female Filmmaker Showcase” will take place at the Sentient Bean on March 5 at 7 p.m. and highlights women behind the camera in the Savannah and Atlanta areas. SCAD film student Britty Lea was inspired by her own senior film, which utilized an all-female cast, to assemble the showcase. She worked together with fellow film student Alaina Evans to bring the idea to life. “I am a female filmmaker, so I know there’s a lot of wonderful filmmaking talent in Savannah, even aside from SCAD. I wanted to showcase that; I didn’t want it to be a competition,” she says. “A lot of them are people I asked personally because I know their work and I saw a lot of them here at the SCAD senior showcase.” “Film & Her” includes only shorts— “With shorts, we can show multiple filmmakers,” Lea notes—and there are enough to last over an hour. As of press time, submissions were still being accepted, so even more shorts may have made the final cut to be included. The diversity of the shorts is impressive, incorporating live action, animation, visual poetry, and music videos, among other types. There are comedies, tragedies, and everything in between. “Each piece is so different in tone that we have a wonderful variety,” says Lea. The showcase is divided into six role-based categories: Animator, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Writer, and Producer. Some of the women perform multiple roles in the short. For example, Paula Sprenger is director, cinematographer, and editor of “Tanto De Ese Algo (So Much Of That Something),” and Elisha Nain takes on the same roles in “Our House.” Gabrielle Ray, Nicole LaCroix, and Chandler Ellison are listed as animator/director on their projects. Lea explains that piling on roles means serious dedication to, and belief in, the project. “Filmmaking is a very collaborative art. For one woman to take on multiple 32 roles means that they are very dedicated to

“With shorts, we can show multiple filmmakers,” SCAD’s Britty Lea notes—and there are enough to last over an hour.

getting their vision told in a way that they feel comfortable doing,” she says. “Many times the filmmaker feels that they can create a better film if they took on multiple roles.” Female filmmakers often take on multiple roles out of a mixture of perseverance and perfectionism, but occasionally they do so out of necessity. “There’s not a ton of female crews in key roles,” she notes. “You could probably name five female directors and that’s it, and there’s only a handful that have ever

won Oscars. I think that’s kind of a trickledown effect. I don’t see a lot of lead female roles behind the camera in Hollywood, but I do see more female filmmakers in independent film. “Granted, just because a filmmaker took on multiple key roles does not mean that they didn’t have any additional help in creating the film. It just means that they were able to make the majority of the creative decisions.” Freedom for female filmmakers means a world of difference in a male-dominated

industry. According to a study by the Women’s Media Center, women comprise only 19% of non-acting Oscar nominations. While few and far between, women who have creative control over their projects deliver great results—Scandal, anyone? Of course, the amount of acclaimed female-led projects is rising, but the ratio of men with creative control to women with that same privilege is, sadly, still uneven. Lea’s showcase looks to deliver outstanding projects with a dash of female empowerment, an ultimately winning combination. cs “Film & Her: A Female Filmmaker Showcase” is at the Sentient Bean Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.


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THE WITCH

/// One of the most memorable sequences in the otherwise much-ado-about-nothing revenge yarn The Revenant is the one which finds Leonardo DiCaprio’s character getting savagely mauled by a bear. Yet even that grizzly comes across as only slightly more menacing than Yogi Bear when compared to Black Philip, the goat who proves to be a key character in the new horror opus The Witch. Black Philip isn’t the only animal who may or may not be a harbinger of evil— there’s also a rabbit whose eyes are so freakishly penetrating that all visions of the laughable Night of the Lepus will be immediately exorcised from moviegoers’ memories. And then there’s Mother Nature, presented not as nurturer but as nightmare, at one with the Satanic emissary living deep within the bowels of the forest. All of these elements combine to make The Witch another winner in the indiehorror sweepstakes, joining the likes of The Babadook and It Follows in its ability to establish an unsettling atmosphere of dread and not let up until the light once more breaks across the auditorium. Reminiscent of such past works as the superb 1996 film version of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the astounding 1922 Swedish docudrama Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (formerly banned in the U.S. but now available on Criterion DVD), this confident undertaking by writer-director Robert Eggers (making his feature-film debut in both capacities) is set in 1630 New England, wherein a family of six is forced out of its community for some apparently minor indiscretion—it’s never clearly stated, but it appears the head of the household, William (Ralph Ineson), was caught preaching without a license. The family relocates to a small cabin on the edge of a formidable forest, whereupon the baby is soon snatched by an elderly witch residing in the woods. No one actually sees the witch, but everyone in the family—William, wife Katherine (Kate Dickie), blossoming daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), curious son Caleb (William Scrimshaw), and bratty twins Mercy (Ellie Grainger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson)—senses the evil all around them. They turn to their rigid Christian doctrine for strength, failing miserably to ever trust in—or turn to—each other. As a result, accusations of consorting with the devil fly fast and furious, with most of the fingers pointed at Thomasin. More than just a terror tale, The Witch harbors several weighty themes, including the fear of the feminine mystique in a patriarchal society as well as the danger of placing too much faith in a puritanical belief without allowing other emotions an equal opportunity to breathe. These

notions are punched across not only by Eggers’ persuasive sense of time and place but by the forceful work of the entire cast (Taylor-Joy and Ineson are particularly impressive). It’s just a shame the ending registers as a cop-out. Certainly, cases can (and will) be made that the finale is an inevitable conclusion to everything that has transpired up to that point, but to me, it feels facile, ignoring specific convictions and relationships for the sake of wrapping up with startling imagery. I can’t say for sure whether the devil is in the details, but he doubtless had a hand in the clumsy climax.

(Waterworld), who also co-wrote the screenplay with Paul Aiello, often adopts the restrictive impulses of those otherwise sturdy religious flicks of yesteryear, the ones which wouldn’t even allow the camera to gaze upon the face of Jesus (or, rather, the extra cast as Him). Risen does give us a Jesus in actor Cliff Curtis, but he remains a beatific cypher, and the takeaway is that, in the same distancing manner as those black-themed pictures told through the eyes of white protagonists, here’s a Biblical yarn related not through Christ Himself or even his disciples but rather an individual late to the party.

// The small companies that have been producing all those faith-based films that routinely pop up in theaters have financially done so well, it’s surprising more major studios haven’t jumped on the Biblical bandwagon. One outfit that has seen the writing on the stone tablets is Sony Pictures, which, through its Affirm Films arm, has released such box office hits as Fireproof and Soul Surfer. Its latest offering is Risen, and what’s perhaps most surprising about the film is its restraint. Most other faith-based films of recent vintage tend to preach only to the choir—and by choir, I don’t mean Christians in general but those dangerous armies of hypocritical right-wing zealots, the ones who, say, believe that Obama is not only a Muslim but also the head of ISIS, or who think that evangelists are following in the footsteps of Jesus by living like billionaires and preaching in palatial churches that resemble Vegas casinos. Yet Risen is a religious picture measured enough to appeal to filmgoers of all persuasions—in other words, no one had the bright idea of casting Rush Limbaugh as one of the disciples or hiring Ben Stein to serve as the voice of God. It’s just too bad it’s not a bit better, since its modesty also leads to a noticeable lack of —and pun absolutely not intended—passion. Joseph Fiennes plays the central character of Clavius, a Roman officer who’s ordered by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to locate the missing body of Jesus after it disappears from the cave in which it was laid following His crucifixion. As Clavius sets out on his investigation, gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses, he starts to wonder if Christ was indeed more than just a man. In essence, Fiennes is playing George Clooney’s role in the film-within-the-film of Hail, Caesar!, minus the ample laughs. Fiennes is fine in the part, and those keeping track of what the Harry Potter gang has been doing will be interested to learn that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) appears as Clavius’ assistant. But director Kevin Reynolds

DEADPOOL

RISEN

/// Is it fair to state that Deadpool is all downhill after the opening credits? Yes and no. Certainly, the cast and crew list that kicks off one of the oddest Marvel movies to date is the sort of savvy gag that’s sure to amuse film fans, comic-book devotees and general audiences alike—I don’t dare spoil the jokes, but they’re absolutely hysterical. Still, that’s not to suggest the rest of the picture is in any way a letdown. On the contrary, a superhero romp that threatened to be smug, smarmy and self-satisfied is—well, yes, it’s occasionally all those things. But it’s also fresh, funny and absolutely kick-ass. Speaking of Kick-Ass, this new film shares the same R rating as that 2010 effort. While Deadpool is consistently more intelligent, innovative and even emotionally involving than that fanboy fave, it’s just as brutal and bloody—and decidedly not for the kids. Of course, each child’s mileage varies—one tyke’s Mary Poppins is another moppet’s Night of the Living Dead—but this is the sort of movie where parents need to do some advance research before dumping off the small fry with a barrel of popcorn and venturing into the adjoining theater to catch The Danish Girl. Ryan Reynolds previously played Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but that interpretation has been axed to clear the way for a new direction. Reynolds’ Wade Wilson is a scrappy loner, a mercenary who unexpectedly finds romance with the tough and beautiful Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Suddenly, it’s a wonderful life for our mouthy maverick—at least until he discovers that cancer has stamped an expiration date on his life expectancy. With nothing to lose, he agrees to undergo an experimental procedure to be carried out by a mysterious figure named Ajax (Ed Skrein); the surgery eventually provides him with amazing recuperative powers, but first it leaves him at the mercy of the torturous machinations of Ajax and his right-hand woman Angel Dust (Gina Carano). Wade soon escapes, picks up the moniker Deadpool, and sets


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about proving that revenge is a dish best served not only cold but also hot, frozen, lukewarm or any other temperature just as long as it’s served. While other heroes eventually enter the fray—specifically, X-Men members Colossus (voice by Stefan Capicic, body by CGI) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand)—this is The Ryan Reynolds Show from beginning to end, with the actor clearly relishing the opportunity to rescue this character from being merely relegated to future Trivial Pursuit status following his Wolverine gueststarring role. Deadpool gets to make jokes at the expense of Marvel, at the expense of big-budget productions, at the expense of audience expectations (the fourth wall is frequently toppled), and even at the expense of Reynolds’ ill-fated Green Lantern.

amusing cameo in the original Zoolander, which made sense given his own ties to the fashion industry. There’s no comparable tradeoff in this picture, unless you happen to be a Belieber—or a fan of Susan Boyle, whose appearance is supposed to be hilarious because she cusses.

HOW TO BE SINGLE

// The excellent moments in How to Be Single—and, yes, there are a handful—are like those woeful few seeds that are flung by a farmer onto a fertile field but instead end up landing on a rock, unable to take root and isolated from everything else developing around them. Honestly, there will be few other movies over the course of 2016 as frustrating as this adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s book, a quasi-“girl power” picture that alternates between perceptive and puerile at ZOOLANDER NO. 2 such breakneck speed that some viewers / might be tempted to sue for whiplash. The Based on a skit created for the 1996 focus is on a group of young women, two of VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, the initial whom are looking for love (usually in the Zoolander cast Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolan- wrong places) and two of whom are not. der, an imbecilic male model who becomes Alice (Dakota Johnson, having survived a patsy in a conspiracy plot that explains Fifty Shades of Grey) separates from her why there are no male models over the age boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun), the guy of 30 (Logan’s Runway, as it were). Owen she expects to marry, in order to find herWilson co-starred as a fellow model named self—or get laid by someone else, whichHansel, while Will Ferrell appeared as ever comes first. Lucy (Alison Brie) wants the flamboyant villain Mugatu. All three a boyfriend but ends up dating men as reunite in this outing, which finds Derek insufferable as herself. Meg (Leslie Mann) and Hansel attempting to become relwants a baby without commitment and evant again in the world of fashion while opts for artificial insemination, but then Mugatu cools his heels in a maximumfinds herself getting mixed up with nice security prison. As Derek broods over the (and younger) guy Ken (Jake Lacy). And loss of his wife (Christine Taylor), who died Robin (Rebel Wilson), in the immortal tragically, and the disappearance of his son words of Poison, don’t need nothin’ but a (Cyrus Arnold), who was snatched by Child good time, preferring drunken flings to Protective Services, Hansel flees from the anything more substantial. members of his orgy/family, all of whom In what’s become a common occurrence, he impregnated (including Kiefer SutherMann is again the best thing in a so-so land as himself; har). But their personal movie, and the Meg-Ken plotline is by far problems are momentarily forgotten once the most interesting. Alice’s scenes with Interpol agent Melanie Valentina (Penela player (Anders Holm) who becomes her ope Cruz) arrives on the scene, seeking confidante following their one-night stand their help in uncovering why such famous are refreshing—it’s rare to see a film in singers as Justin Bieber (playing himself which a man and a woman remain friends in the opening scene) and Bruce Springsafter having casual sex—but the sequences teen (smart enough to stay away, or maybe involving the other dudes in her life the filmmakers were smart enough not to (Braun’s Josh, Damon Wayans Jr.’s David) waste his time) are being assassinated. are the victims of clumsy writing. Lucy is There’s a bit of creative acting by Beneso annoying that all of her vignettes regisdict Cumberbatch as an androgynous ter as dead weight. And Robin is the latest model named All, but his only purpose is role that allows Wilson to be confident, to allow Derek and Hansel to make stupid assertive and sex-positive … and then puts jokes about whether he has a “hot dog” or a her through the usual humiliating moves “bun.” Mugatu eventually becomes impor- reserved for plus-sized people in movies. tant to the plot, but Ferrell proves to be as tiresome with his shenanigans as Stiller and Wilson are with theirs – in fact, all the actors try so hard to deliver anything of comedic value that the force of the combined flop sweat could crash through any levee anywhere. The late, great David Bowie had an

HAIL, CAESAR!

/// The latest straight-up comedy from the dynamic Coen brothers duo is sure to join other underappreciated larks like Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading and especially The Hudsucker Proxy. If you consider yourself a Coenhead and yet hate those particular pictures, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’re not gonna like this one, either. But for those who can appreciate the possibilities inherent in all of the team’s output. Extremely episodic in nature, the film centers on the shenanigans occurring at Capitol Pictures in the early 1950s. The title refers to the film-within-afilm, a Biblical epic in which a Roman soldier played by A-list star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is spiritually transformed upon encountering Jesus. It’s Capitol’s biggest picture of the year, which is why everyone is in an uproar when Whitlock disappears. Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is immediately put on the case—a Hollywood “fixer,” he’s responsible for keeping all of the studio’s stars out of the gossip columns. Initially assuming Whitlock is either out on a bender or shacked up with some starlet, he soon learns that the matinee idol has instead been kidnapped by a clandestine outfit billing itself as The Future. Although it takes some liberties with the manner in which the Hollywood dream factory operated, Hail, Caesar! is nevertheless an honorable look back at the olden, golden days of the studio system, when most movies were filmed on backlots and actors had strict contracts with particular companies. Fiennes and Johansson are both riotously funny, and I would watch an entire film built around either one of their characters; the same goes for Ehrenreich and his singing cowboy. But this is in essence Brolin’s picture and he’s in fine form, navigating us through countless bits of hilarity.

THE FINEST HOURS

// Legendary tales of torturous shoots and skyrocketing budgets from the sets of The Abyss, Waterworld and Titanic lent enormous weight to the belief that it’s extremely difficult to make a movie set on water. Lately, though, it’s been a chore simply to watch a movie set on water. The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine (James Kirk in the new Star Trek series), follows on the heels of this past December’s In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth (James Kirk’s dad George in the new Star Trek series). If this latest effort isn’t quite as cinematically waterlogged as that muddled look at the real-life incident that led to the writing of Moby-Dick, it also never really makes

its case that it’s the best possible vehicle with which to honor what is commonly regarded as one of the Coast Guard’s greatest achievements (indeed, the book on which the film is based is subtitled “The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue”). Instead, it’s entirely likely that a History Channel documentary relying on vintage photos and talking-head interviews of those involved with the 1952 rescue would have been more stirring than this production which stolidly goes through the motions. Hagiographic depictions are often inspiring in nonfiction features, but in multiplex dramatizations, they skew toward unimaginative and overbearing. I haven’t read the source novel penned by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Togias, so I guess it’s possible that real life provided the numerous concessions to cliché and formula presented by director Craig Gillespie and his trio of scripters. If it did, then the filmmakers fail for not goosing the material in interesting and unexpected ways; if it didn’t, then they fail for flatlining potentially intriguing material. Only Ray Sybert, the engineer aboard an oil tanker that’s been split in two, feels like a character rather than a concept, and that’s largely due to the thoughtful manner in which Casey Affleck plays the role. Otherwise, we get such standards as the earnest Coast Guard sailor (Pine as Bernie Webber) who was at the center of a past nautical tragedy and must now redeem himself by saving those aboard the tanker; the gruff officer (Eric Bana) who barks out one dubious command after another; the obnoxious crew member whose ceaseless complaining grows (unintentionally) comical; the all-around nice guy who, because he’s the gosh-darn nicest guy around, will invariably be subjected to the most gruesome fate; and so on. The subplots prove to be as rigidly conceived as the people, from a muted romance between Bernie and his sweetheart (human kewpie doll Holliday Grainger) to the mumbling townspeople who still blame Bernie for the bad Massachusetts weather that killed their loved ones. And then there are the expected hurdles that make the rescue of the tanker crew even more difficult, including the howling storms, the pounding waters, dissension among the ranks, an undersized rescue vehicle, the lack of a navigational compass, and an inopportunely timed power outage. Indeed, the only element missing is a monstrous, Jules Verne-approved squid to drag various seamen to their watery graves some 20,000 leagues under the sea. CS

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Activism & Politics

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13th Colony Patriots Conservative political activists that meet the 13th of each month. Dedicated to preserving the U.S. Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. See Facebook page for meeting location. Free 13th of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-604-4048. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Drinking Liberally Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. A gathering of Liberals for an informal discussion of politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and the world around us. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. (912) 341-7427. livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/GA/ savannah. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. One of the Guys Guys, have you found yourself in a social rut, or just have a need for the art of conversation? Make a change in 2016. The past decade a diverse group of guys have been getting together about every two weeks to share dinner and opinions on just about any topic. No membership requirements or dues. Just an open mind and willingness to expand your friendship base. For more information visit us on Facebook at Savannah Men’s Club, or if you prefer, email details/questions to savannahmensclub@gmail.com. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Area Young Republicans Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr. org. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. Savannah Libertarians Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook. com/groups/SAVlibertarians. Victorian Neighborhood Association Meetings Open to all residents, property owners and businesses located between Anderson and Gwinnett, M.L.King,Jr. Blvd to East Broad Street. Free second Tuesday of every month, 6-7 p.m. 912-233-0352. 1308 West, Henry St. and Montgomery St. Young Democrats Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Auditions and Calls for Entries

Auditions for Armstrong Youth Orchestra Open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school and including 36 Armstrong students (available for course

Tea at Mrs. Davenport’s

Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House Museum. Patrons will tour areas of the historic home where tea service took place and will participate in an afternoon tea with costumed interpreters. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs. 60 to 75 minutes. 5 p.m. Thurs., Mar. 3, Davenport House, 324 East State St., $18 +tax

credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: savaayo@yahoo.com. Info is also available at www.savaayo.org. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com ongoing. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call for Applications for Savannah Youth Ambassador Summer Institute The City of Savannah is now accepting applications for the 2016 Savannah Youth Ambassador Summer Institute. Interested parties should complete the online application at www.savannahga. gov/sya. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016. The Savannah Youth Ambassador Program fosters youth leadership and civic engagement through City sponsored training, cultural exploration opportunities, and Make a Difference community impact projects. SYA is open to all rising 9th – 12th graders that reside within the incorporated city limits of the City of Savannah. Participants will be chosen through a selective application and interview process. Space is limited to 50 participants. SYA Summer Institute is June 6 – July 22, 2016. Sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a break during the July 4th holiday week. For more information,

contact cfishel@savannahga.gov or djackson01@savannahga.gov. Through March 11. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Call for Applications for Weave a Dream Initiative The City of Savannah’s Weave-A-Dream (WAD) Panel has issued a call for proposals for the 2016 Weave-A-Dream Cultural & Arts Projects initiative. Applications will be accepted through the calendar year, while funds are available. Programs are to be completed prior to December 31, 2016. The application must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the start date of the project; the last date an application can be submitted is October 21, 2016. Project funding is available up to $2,000 for specific and innovative arts, cultural, or heritage projects or presentations that have a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s diverse populations. The Weave-A-Dream Panel seeks proposals that actively involve youth, seniors, and those who have limited access to arts based programs in Savannah. A priority of the WAD funding program is that organizations reach neighborhood communities, encompassing all city districts. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must be a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered in Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed programs must also be produced within the City’s corporate limits. No individual artist

applications will be accepted. Agencies funded by the City of Savannah for 2016 are not eligible to apply. Applications are available at www.savannahga.gov/ arts. Applying organizations may request application materials and technical assistance by contacting Rebecca Brown at 912-651-6760 or rbrown02@savannahga. gov Through Oct. 21. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Call for Collegiate Chapters for Yeshua Next Generation Young adults between the ages of 21-25 with technical and people skills are needed to attend Savannah Chamber of Commerce events and to act as Overseers for collegiate chapters. Please contact Reverend Brenda Lee at (912) 236-3154, email:revbrendalee@ yahoo.com ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Entries for Elementary Student Artwork The City of Savannah is seeking submissions of original elementary student artwork celebrating the 50th anniversary of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District (designated in 1966) to display in an exhibit in City Hall’s first floor rotunda. Submissions will be judged by a panel of artists, preservationists, and City leaders. The winning entries will be framed and displayed by the City of Savannah in City Hall for the period July-December 2016 for all our citizens and visitors to enjoy. These winning works will become the property of the City of Savannah and will not be returned to the artists. Work not selected for display will be returned to the artists after judging. Up to 6 winners will be chosen, including a “Best in Show.”All winners will receive an award certificate, prize of art supplies, and reproduction of their winning work for their portfolio. Winners will be announced to the public during an exhibit opening at City Hall. For more information, visit savannahga. gov/artcontest or contact Luciana Spracher at lspracher@savannahga.gov or 912-6516411. Through March 11. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Call for Entries for Maritime Arts Festival On May 7, 2016, Ships of the Sea will hold its second “Maritime Arts Festival.” The event is a one day outdoor exhibition of maritime related arts, crafts, and antiques. The Museum invites artists, model ship builders, and antique dealers to submit images of their maritime/nautical related paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, prints, mixed-media, woodworking, and collectable pieces for consideration. For prospectus and entry information please go to www.shipsofthesea.org Through April 22. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Call for Participants in PTSD Study Are you a recent combat veteran experiencing psychological or emotional stress related to your combat? You may


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be eligible to receive first-line medication and talk therapy interventions with proven effectiveness. PROGrESS is a study looking to learn more about how to effectively treat recent combat veterans with PTSD. The therapies are not experimental. You will be randomly assigned to receive either psychotherapy, medication, or both. For more information about the PROGrESS study, please call 912-920-0214 ext. 2169. ongoing. Online only, none. Call for Performers, Vendors and Volunteers for Savannah Asian Cultural Festival The Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, which will take place April 15-16, 2016 at Armstrong State University, is currently seeking live performers, Cultural Marketplace vendors and event volunteers. There is no cost for performers to participate. All vendors must be consistent with the theme of the festival. The cost for vendors is $85 per booth. The festival’s Cultural Marketplace will offer the opportunity to learn more about each country and discover the traditional arts, crafts, fashions and treasures unique to each nation. From Ming-shared jewelry to calligraphy sets, original paintings, handbeaded clothing, Asian accessories and henna body painting, an entire continent’s worth of treasures can be found at the festival. If you would like to participate as a performer, vendor or volunteer at the 2016 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, please contact James Anderson at james. anderson@armstrong.edu or (912) 3443224. Through April 15. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call for Resumes for Art Camp Assistants The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting resumes for art camp assistants for Summer Art Camp June 6-July 29. Camp assistants will work with children ages 5-8, 9-12, and teen interns ages 13-18. Each week, the camp assistant will supervise morning (8-9:30am) and afternoon (4:30-5:30) activities. Other responsibilities include assisting teachers with projects, working with teen interns, and assisting the camp facilitator with overall camp structure. Qualified assistants must submit to a background check. Previous work experience with children required. This is a contracted weekly position with no benefits. The application deadline is Monday, March 9 at 5 pm. Through May 9. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Homeschool Music Classes Music classes for homeschool students ages 8-18 and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. ongoing. CoastalEmpireMusic.com. Oatland Island Seeks Memories and Recollections for 40th Anniversary Oatland Island Education Center is looking for memories of Oatland Island in honor of their 40th anniversary. People who were part of the Youth Conservation Corp that helped to build Oatland Island Education Center in the 1970’s. Great memories from field trips. Special family memories of Oatland Island.

Send your photos and stories to memories@ oatland40th.org. Deadline is August 31. undefined. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org. Tell Us Your Ghost Story? Organization seeks to document your first hand experiences with psychical phenomenon for analysis and potential investigation. Our investigators have reputable credentials and long time investigation training and connections with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. ongoing. amchclub@yahoo.com. Downtown Savannah, downtown.

Benefits

5th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Walk 5th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Walk to benefit Brain Injury Association of Georgia and Grey Matters Support Group. Please join us to help promote brain injury awareness and support brain injury survivors in our community. Family friendly activities in addition to the ‘at-your-own-pace’ walk around the lake. Registration fee includes t-shirt and refreshments. $15.00 ; Free for Brain Injury Survivors Sat., March 12, 9 a.m.-noon. 912-350-7274. jolleje1@ memorialhealth.com. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Hooray for Hollywood The Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation hosts this gala to celebrate the centennial of the Bull Street Library through the glamour of Hollywood. Includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvre, entertainment, and a silent auction. Attire is cocktail or dress as you favorite Hollywood actor/actress. $150 per person, $275 for two Sat., March 5, 7 p.m. 912-6523605. divinec@liveoakpl.org. liveoakpl.org. liveoakpl.org. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. $5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities Bikram Yoga Savannah offers a weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Thursdays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 for class and proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. This is a regular Bikram Yoga class. ongoing. 912.356.8280. bikramyogasavannah.com. Oyster Roast Fundraiser The Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation will be hosting their annual oyster roast fundraiser Saturday, March 5. Come join the foundation for a night of great food and drinks. The menu for the event will feature oysters, grilled rosemary chicken, and pulled pork barbeque accompanied with beer and wine. Tickets must be purchased in advance and sponsorships are available as well. $50 per person, $90 per couple Sat., March 5, 6 p.m. coastalbryantreefoundation@gmail.com. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill. SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers Savannah Chatham County Animal Control

seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-yearsold. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@ savannahga.gov.

Classes, Camps & Workshops

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. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Advance Directives workshop Join social worker Sarah Copeland as she helps you complete the paperwork to make your wishes known when you are too ill or too injured to speak on your own behalf. Easy-to-follow guidelines and complementary booklets provided. Do the loving thing for your family now. none third Tuesday of every month, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 912.629.1045. hospicesavannah.org/. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. 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. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-677-3983. epiphany.indiemade.com. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. Beginning Belly Dance Classes Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. Champions Training Center Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other

disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. ctcsavannah.com. Chinese Language Classes The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. savannahstate.edu. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Clay Classes Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. claystudio@gmail.com. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. savannahaux.com. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at www.laurenl.com/creativity_ coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, ---. 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. Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. mediationsavannah.com. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. Gray’s Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting NOAA’s Gray’s Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council offers three presentations at its spring meeting. The early afternoon session (12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) might be particularly interesting to fishermen. The three presentations are a demonstration of descending devices for catch and release, a presentation on artificial reefs, and an introductory overview of Gray’s Reef. Sanctuary advisory council meetings are always open free to the public, and a public comment period is offered. FREE Thu., March 3, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 912-598-2381. becky.shortland@noaa.gov. graysreef.noaa. gov/. skio.usg.edu/. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle. 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

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Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Knitting & Crochet Classes Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. Music Instruction Georgia Music Warehouse, near corner of Victory Drive & Abercorn, offering instruction by professional musicians. Band instruments, violin, piano, drums and guitar. All ages welcome. ongoing. 912-358-0054. georgiamusicwarehouse.com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels in Guitar (electric, acoustic,classical), Piano, Bass, Voice, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory/Composition/Songwriting. 609 69th Street, Savannah GA. ongoing. 912398-8828. smisavannah@gmail.com. savmusiciansinstitute.com. New Horizons Adult Band Program Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. pmasoninsavannah@gmail.com. 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. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. 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 38 Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m.. 912.484.6415.

info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. 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. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. 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@ thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. 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. chris@chrismorrisphotography.com. chrismorrisphotography.com. Piano Lessons Piano lessons with a classically trained instructor, with theater and church experience. 912-312-3977. ongoing. georgiamusicwarehouse.com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. Pole Fitness Classes Pole dancing is a beautiful artform, and a combination of dance, flexibility and gymnastics. Pole dancing has quickly become one of the most popular forms of fun and exercise for women. It can help you lose weight, gain beautiful muscle tone, make you stronger than ever and build confidence like no other form of exercise can. Join us on Tuesday nights and get fitter and stronger than you’ve ever been, with this amazing full body workout. Schedule TBA $20 Every other Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. 912-9881052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. 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. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com.

thestudioschoolsavannah.com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. A. Roper Studio - Voice Technique and Coaching Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Russian Language Classes Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. 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@ gmail.com. branchesyoga.com/schedule/. branchesyoga.com. 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@ gmail.com. branchesyoga.com/schedule/. branchesyoga.com. 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. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. 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@ thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. Studio School, 1319 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 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. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. 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. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion.org. Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Chatham Sailing Club Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. pranschkec3@gmail.com. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Bead Society Coastal Bead Society monthly meetings, 12 noon on the third Friday of the Month at the Coastal Georgia Center, 303 Fahm Street, near SCAD. All beaders are welcome. ongoing. wyrnut18@gmail.com. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Geechee Sailing Club Founded in 1971, GSC promotes sailing and boating safety, education, and fellowship.Member of the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association. second Monday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-356-3265. geecheesailingclub.org. liveoakstore.com/ tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House


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(Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. honorflightsavannah.org. Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Low Country Turners A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. Philo Cafe Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Facebook.com/SavannahPhiloCafe. Mondays. athenapluto@yahoo.com. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912344-5127. New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. Safe Kids Savannah A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. safekidssavannah.org. Savannah Brewers’ League Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-447-0943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. charlesfund@gmail. com. panerabread.com/. Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. savannahnavyleague.us. Savannah Go Club This is a new club for the board game “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and times,

Concert: Doyle Dykes w/ Mark Jones

Amazing guitarmanship, imaginative arrangements, and great sound are the hallmarks of Doyle Dykes. Doyle has developed a distinct, recognizable sound and amazes audiences with his skill, while subtly capturing hearts with sincerity and soul. Joining him is Mark Jones, son of Grandpa and Ramona Jones. $30 plus tax FRI., MAR. 4, Randy Wood Guitars, (Bloomingdale), 1304 E Hwy. 80., $25 please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Go Green Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub.org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. savannahnewcomers.com. ongoing. savannahnewcomersclub.com. Savannah Parrot Head Club Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc. com. Society for Creative Anachronism Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. savannahsca.org. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health

University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Veggies and Vegans Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. Spies and Mysteries Book Club A book club for readers who love thrillers, spy novels, and mysteries. We meet every 2nd Thurs of the month @6:30 pm. None second Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912-925-8305. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Toastmasters Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net.

Comedy

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. Odd Lot Improv An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” $5 Mondays, 8 p.m. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Odd Lot Improv: On The Spot Mysteries Dinner Theatre Odd Lot is teaming up with the brilliant Chefs of Savannah Coffee Roasters to bring you a whole new dining experience. The always surprising talent of Odd Lot will perform a fully interactive Friday night Murder Mystery while you dine on a delicious three course meal. Seating is at 6:30pm Friday nights. Reservations are strongly recommended. Four actors and three courses all for $40. It’s certain to be a night to remember. Great for groups, parties, or anyone who loves a good show. $40 Fridays, 6:30 p.m. justin@oddlot.org. oddlot. org. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. The Royal Comedy Tour With Sommore, Earthquake, ArnezJ, Don DC Curry, and Special K. Fri., March 11. 800-5143849. savannahcivic.com. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

Concerts

Concert: Attalus, Between Symmetries, Lost Boy, Falling In All-ages show featuring two local and two touring bands. $7 Sat., March 5, 7 p.m. Black Box Theatre (City of Sav. Cultural Affairs), 9 W. Henry St. Concert: Doyle Dykes w/ Mark Jones Amazing guitarmanship, imaginative arrangements, and great sound are the hallmarks of Doyle Dykes. Doyle has developed a distinct, recognizable sound and amazes audiences with his skill, while subtly capturing hearts with sincerity and soul. Joining him is Mark Jones, son of Grandpa and Ramona Jones. $30 plus tax Fri., March 4, 7:30 p.m. randywoodmusic. com. randywoodguitars.com. Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. Concert: Jews and Jazz in America Join Mickve Israel on a journey that follows American Jews from modest immigrants to Oscar-winning composers which include George & Ira Gershwin, Irvin Berlin, Cole Porter, Sammy Cahn, Richard Rodgers -and modern jazz pioneer performers such as Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Herbie Mann, Mel Torme, Lee Konitz, Artie Shaw, Paul Desmond, and many others. The concert highlights the major contributions that these composers/artists brought to the stage, screen, and concert stage, many of which form the foundation of the “Great American Songbook.” The concert will feature the talents of the Coastal area’s most gifted musicians in our beautiful Gothic sanctuary. $15 in advance or $20 at the door Sun., March 6, 3-4:30 p.m. 912-233-1547. jennifer. rich@mickveisrael.org. mickveisrael.org. mickveisrael.org/. Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street. Concert: Joe Robinson

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Australian guitar virtuoso walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that’s put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that’s entirely his own. Multi-award winning artist, including “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player magazine 2010 Reader’s Poll. $35 Fri., March 11, 7:30 p.m. randywoodmusic. com. randywoodguitars.com. Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 East Hwy. 80. Concert: Merle Haggard Country legend comes to Savannah. Thu., March 10, 7:30 p.m. savannahcivic. com. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Concert: Patti Labelle Patti Labelle brings her show to Savannah. Wed., March 2. savannahcivic.com. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Concert: Velvet Caravan with Orchestra The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra is joined onstage by Savannah’s own “Gypsy Jazz” ensemble, Velvet Caravan, for an eclectic evening bringing together the music of Johannes Brahms, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Mercer, and more. Velvet Caravan will also debut several original orchestral arrangements featuring members of the Philharmonic as soloists. $16-$75 Sat., March 5, 7:30 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Concert: Alabama Choir School The internationally-acclaimed Alabama Choir School ensemble of 100 voices returns to Skidaway Island after a

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successful tour of Japan. See http://www. alachoirschool.org/ for more. no admission charge Sun., March 13, 4-5 p.m. 912-5987242. skidawaycommunityconcerts@gmail. com. stpeterssavannah.org. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road. Concert: Peter Rowan featuring The Accomplices Band Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring. $35 Sat., March 5, 8-10 p.m. 912754-1118. info@marstheatre.com. prod3. agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/info. aspx?evtinfo=170606~1ee4bbf1-ad054648-a595-fd47f45a5da0&. marstheatre. com. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. Concert: University of Notre Dame Glee Club Come hear the internationally acclaimed Notre Dame Glee Club in its 100th anniversary Spring Tour for a program that will be infused with musicality, energy and variety. Irish, Folk and Classical Standards. FREE Tue., March 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 912-5084919. mrbriandean@gmail.com. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1707 Bull St. David Bowie Tribute Concert w/ Capsula Capsula will perform the classic Bowie album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” in its entirety. Fri., March 11, 11 p.m. trinitychurch1848. org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. First Friday for Folk Music Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. $5 donation first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912-8981876. savannahfolk.org. fpc.presbychurch. net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Joe Cat $5 Donation Fri., March 11, 8-10 p.m. 912232-4447. https://www.facebook.com/ events/229408097392408/. joecatmusic. com. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Savannah Sacred Harp Singers The Savannah Sacred Harp Singers present a free community singing event from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, March 12th at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah. All are welcome to participate in America’s original roots music. For more information dial 912-655-0994 or visit savannahsacredharp. com. Sat., March 12, 1-4 p.m. Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway.

Dance

Adult Ballet Class Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. Adult Ballet Lessons Tuesdays 6-7pm. The STUDIO. All levels and beginners welcome. Call/Email for info (954) 682-5694 /elyse.thestudio@yahoo. com Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. 954-682-5694. elyse.thestudio@yahoo.com. thestudiosav. net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. Adult Ballet Toning Always wanted the body of a ballerina? Well.. YOU CAN! Our class is designed to stretch, tone, and enhance your body to become healthier than ever. Join us and check out the calendar for dates to enroll. (this is apart of our fitness package of 10 classes for $80) $10.00 Mondays, 5 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango Wednesdays, 7 p.m. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Lessons Sundays 1:303;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-9257416. savh_tango@yahoo.com. Awaken with Chakradance™ A free-flowing, meditative dance, with eclectic music selected to resonate with

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each specific chakra, along with guided imagery. No dance experience or chakras knowledge needed. $20 ongoing, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ comcast.net. chakradance.com/. synergisticbodies.com. Synergistic Bodies, 7901 Waters Ave. Ballroom Group Dance Class Weekly ballroom dance classes focus on two types of dance each month. Open to partners/couples or to solos. The $35 for 4 weeks or $10 drop in Mondays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ballroom/Latin Group Class Group classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesdays focus on fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes are more specific, with advanced elements. $15/person and $25/ couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. and Tuesdays.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Basic Shag Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Beginner’s Belly Dance Classes Learn basic moves and choreography with local Belly Dancer, Nicole Edge. Class is open to all ages and skill levels. Walk-ins welcome. 15.00 Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. 912-596-0889. edgebelly@gmail.com. edgebellydance.com. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners Belly Dance Classes Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. cairoonthecoast.com. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/person. Tues. 7pm8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3.com. cybelle3.com. C.C. Express Dance Team Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest. Dance for Peace A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. xavris21@yahoo.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Dance Night Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit salsasavannah.com or call 912-7048726 for updated locations. Thursdays, 10 p.m. Gatsby’s, 408 West Broughton Street. Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night.


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Be advised that locations often change. Visit salsasavannah.com 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. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. DJ Greer DJ Greer spinning some old and new R&B. Happy hour all night long. Fridays, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@ yahoo.com. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Free Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fitness classes for all ages every Thursday, in the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the “Little Movers” class for toddlers. 12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-652-6780. sdavis@ chathamcounty.org. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. 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.. 612-470-683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. 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. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. LaBlast Dance Fitness Created by world renowned dancer and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Louis Van Amstel, LaBlast uniquely combines a wide variety of ballroom dance

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1 Not plugged in 4 Artist’s tribute 10 Bawl out 15 Water filter brand 16 Bedelia of kiddie lit 17 Ham preparer, perhaps 18 Before, to Keats 19 Instant coffee brand that’ll shock you awake? 21 Mark Twain’s real last name 23 Fender Stratocaster inventor’s zodiac sign, aptly 24 Mineral hardness scale 25 “Un momento, ___ favor” 26 Butcher’s cuts 28 Medal of Honor recipient 30 Notwithstanding 35 Lyft alternative 36 Gasoline additive 37 Dir. opposite NNW 40 Big golf competition using devices emitting electromagnetic waves? 43 CBS segment, for short? 44 Military shoulder pad 45 Cosmetics company that sells door-to-door 46 Ties in (with) 47 Actress Catherine ___-Jones 48 Deli hanger 52 “The ___ Is Mightier” (“Celebrity Jeopardy”

category on “SNL”) 53 Like marked-up textbooks 54 “Epic ___ Battles of History” 57 Onetime mall bookstore name 61 Play-by-play announcer show mixed with a police procedural? 64 “South Park” baby brother 65 “Tap” star Gregory 66 Time out 67 Bygone period 68 Start of a Caesarean trio 69 “Star Trek” captain’s order 70 Joined the table

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22 “Where to Invade Next” director Michael 27 “___ Lugosi’s Dead” (Bauhaus song) 28 Ambient noises from appliances, e.g. 29 Place to do your bidding 30 Loses hope 31 “At Last” singer James and namesakes 32 Give a hoot 33 “The Alchemist” novelist ___ Coelho 34 “Lady ___” (Chris de Burgh hit) 37 Lava lamp’s heyday 38 Little brat 39 Fiery Italian landmark 41 Longtime NPR host Diane retiring in 2016 42 “___ tov!” 48 Tokyo rolls 49 Jellied tomato dish 50 “Bleeding Love” singer Lewis 51 Relevant, in legalese 52 Out of style 55 Need a backrub, say 56 Nuisance 57 B, as in bouzouki 58 Knock out 59 Southern stew ingredient 60 “That’s super!” 62 Mao ___-Tung 63 2012 AFTRA merger partner

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styles and music genres. Do the Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Merengue, Salsa and Samba set to everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country – and burn fat and blast calories! No experience and no partner necessary. $15.00 drop in or 10 classes for $80.00 Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Latin Nite Salsa DJ Vaina Enventos brings Latin Night to Doubles. Happy hour all night long. NONE Thursdays, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@yahoo.com. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. 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. Old Time Country Dance Contra dance with live music by Glow in the Dark String Band. All dances called by Joyce or Bob. Casual dress, easy to learn, two left feet accepted, no partner or experience needed. Come early 7:15p for lesson. $8 general / $6 students Sat., March 12, 7:3010:30 p.m. savannahfolk.org. Garden City United Methodist Church, 62 Varnedoe Ave. 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. medi.tavern314@gmail.com. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Savannah Shag Club Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio A class designed to maintain that summer body by dancing and having fun. Incorporates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912312-3549. reservetodance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon 42 de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson

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Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Free Hearing and Speech Screening Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free Hearing Screenings The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912355-4601. speechandhearingsav.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis.com. Know Your Water What everyone ought to know about our drinking water (bottled, tap, distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered, alkaline and spring.) Are you paying thousands of money for water that is making you sick? Find out what water is best for your body. FREE Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. 703-989-6995. oggisavannah@gmail. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. La Leche League of Savannah A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-897-

9544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga.html. Labor and Delivery Tour Want to take a look around before the big day? Register for a tour of our labor and delivery areas. The tour is held once a month and fills up quickly, so please register early. Call 912-350-BORN (2676). second Sunday of every month. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Live to Be 100 and Beyond Discover the secrets of the longest living population. Find out how you can adopt their lifestyle to give yourself a longer and better quality of life. Tue., March 15, 6-7:45 p.m. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Living Smart Fitness Club An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. Planned Parenthood Hotline First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-2647154. Prepared Childbirth Class This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. The Savannah 7-Day Diabetes Repair If you are ready to take control of your life and health, call today, enroll in this fun but intensive seven week program to heal your body of diabetes. You will learn how changing can heal. You can reverse diabetes by following a new protocol, even if you have been diabetic for years. Includes over a year of follow-up support. $450 Thursdays, Saturdays. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

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First City Network Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985), is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests 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. GVNT HAVS GVNT HAVS is a free monthly drag show that houses the unique antics of the House of Gunt, a Savannah based free-form drag collective whose mission is to connect the trashy with the flashy, the kitschy with the classy, and the people of Savannah with a breath of fresh, queer air. Free first Thursday of every month, 10 p.m. houseofgunt@ gmail.com. Chuck’s Bar, 305 West River Street. Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBTQI community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. PO Box 6044, Savannah, GA 31414. 501c nonprofit. ongoing. info@savannahpride.com. savannahpride.com. Stand Out Youth A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-288-1034. info@standoutyouth.org. standoutyouth. org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. What Makes a Family A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.

Literary Events

John Holman Armstrong State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy will present a reading by acclaimed author John Holman, who will read from his latest short story collection, Triangle Ray. Holman is the author of the novel Luminous Mysteries, which has been included on the list of “25 Books All Georgians Should Read,” and Squabble and Other Stories. His writing has also appeared in a number of magazines including The New Yorker, Oxford American and Paste. Free and open to the public Thu., March 3, 7 p.m. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Lecture: Cultural Cannibals or Twentieth Century Heroes? This lecture by Dr. June Hopkins will explore how middle-class, educated women entered into the public sphere using the settlement house as a gateway institution. Although the emphasis was on Americanizing their immigrant neighbors, Hopkins will discuss how these women found a political voice and influenced social policies. Part of Armstrong’s Moveable Feast lecture series. Thu., March 10, 6 p.m. massieschool.com/. Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon St. Lecture: Mark Kurlansky American journalist and acclaimed author Mark Kurlansky will deliver the second in an ongoing series of lectures in memory of Armstrong History Professor Dr. Mark Finlay. Kurlansky will discuss “The Technological Fallacy,” exploring the


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Nature and Environment

Coffee with a Ranger Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Dolphin Project Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinproject.org. First Saturday Hike This moderately-paced, 3-mile hike will include a talk about the different ecosystems of the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellant. Parking pass is $5. $2 first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. 912-727-2339. gastateparks.org/ FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. Gardening Session Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of every month. Free and open to the public first Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. GreenDrinks Savannah A happy hour networking gathering for folks who want to save the Earth. Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Location varies monthly. Check the “GreenDrinks Savannah” facebook page. Free to attend. Cash bar. second Tuesday of every month, 5:30 p.m. Cocktail Co., 10 Whitaker Street. Lecture: Data Before Policy: Using Good Information to Craft Effective Tree Ordinances Lee Mueller from Grand Rapids, MI, is a community forestry advisor with Davey Resource Group and assists communities

with strategic planning for urban forest management. Coastal Arborist Association presents this lecture. $5 for CAA and STF members, $20 for non-members Mon., March 7. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. Natural Resource Discovery Day This year’s Discovery Day will be filled with fun, wildlife-related educational activities for all ages. This year we will also be celebrating the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty with special programs focusing on bird conservation, as well as live birds of prey including a bald eagle. Sat., March 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 843-784-2468. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive off S.C. 170. Recycling Fundraiser for Economic Opportunity Authority Support EOA through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Recycle empty cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, to EOA for recycling. They will receive technology products and cash. Businesses may also recycle items on behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. dwproperty@aol.com. fundingfactory.com. Walk on the Wild Side A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-

395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. wildernesssoutheast.org.

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Band of Sisters Prayer Group All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/ georgia. Buddhist Meditation All ages, lineages, and newcomers welcome. Our schedule is: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM- for 30 minutes mediation followed by study group, $10. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM- one hour of gentle yoga followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation, $15. Sundays 9-10:30 AM- Mediation, dharma talk and tea, $10. Reiki healing is offered by appointment. Text Rev. Cindy Beach at (912) 429-7265 for more info or visit savannahzencenter.com or find us on Facebook. Located atLocated at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. $10-$15 ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E.

40th St. Catholic Singles A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ diosav.org. diosav.org/familylife-singles. Gratitude Circle in the Squares Join Joanne Morton and others on Wednesdays for a weekly gathering of positive energy. All are welcome. Free hugs. View calendar for the square of the week. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-6764280. magicpassionlove.com/savannahgratitude/. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological continues on p. 43

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Seminary Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. revwasson@gmail.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Read the Bible in One Year A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual

orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. savannahquakers@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via

Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Senior Banquet 2016 Reverend Dr. Earnest C. Williams, Sr. along with St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church cordially invites you to join them for their 2016 Senior Banquet. The event will take place at Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Actress Blythe Baird writes about the problem that arises when her dog sees her eating a peanut butter and chocolate chip bagel. Her beloved pet begs for a piece and becomes miserable when it’s not forthcoming. Baird is merely demonstrating her love, of course, because she knows that eating chocolate can make canines ill. I suspect that life is bestowing a comparable blessing on you. You may feel mad and sad about being deprived of something you want. But the likely truth is that you will be lucky not to get it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“I do not literally paint that table, but rather the emotion it produces upon me,” French artist Henri Matisse told an interviewer. “But what if you don’t always have emotion?” she asked him. This is how Matisse replied: “Then I do not paint. This morning, when I came to work, I had no emotion. So I took a horseback ride. When I returned, I felt like painting, and had all the emotion I wanted.” This is excellent advice for you to keep in mind, Taurus. Even more than usual, it’s crucial that you imbue every important thing you do with pure, strong emotions. If they’re not immediately available, go in quest of them.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Some night soon, I predict you’ll dream of being an enlightened sovereign who presides over an ecologically sustainable paradise. You’re a visionary leader who is committed to peace and high culture, so you’ve never gone to war. You share your wealth with the people in your kingdom. You revere scientists and shamans alike, providing them with what they need to do their good work for the enhancement of the realm. Have fun imagining further details of this dream, Gemini, or else make up your own. Now is an excellent time to visualize a fairy tale version of yourself at the height of your powers, living your dreams and sharing your gifts.

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It’s not always necessary to have an expansive view of where you have been and where you are going, but it’s crucial right now. So I suggest that you take an inventory of the big picture. For guidance, study this advice from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: “What have you truly loved? What has uplifted your soul, what has dominated and delighted it at the same time? Assemble these revered objects in a row before you and they may reveal a law by their nature and their order: the fundamental law of your very self.”

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Sportswear manufacturer Adidas is looking for ways to repurpose trash that humans dump in the oceans. One of

Banquet Hall. Tickets are $25 per person (Adults and Children price is the same) and the dress code is church attire. Sat., March 12, 6 p.m. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. 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

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its creations is a type of shoe made from illegal deep-sea nets that have been confiscated from poachers. I invite you to get inspired by Adidas’s work. From an astrological perspective, now is a good time to expand and refine your personal approach to recycling. Brainstorm about how you could convert waste and refuse into useful, beautiful resources -- not just literally, but also metaphorically. For example, is there a ruined or used-up dream that could be transformed into raw material for a shiny new dream?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“There isn’t enough of anything as long as we live,” wrote Raymond Carver. “But at intervals a sweetness appears and, given a chance, prevails.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Virgo, you’ll soon be gliding through one of these intervals. Now and then you may even experience the strange sensation of being completely satisfied with the quality and amount of sweetness that arrives. To ensure optimal results, be as free from greed as you can possibly be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“For a wound to heal, you have to clean it out,” says author Yasmin Mogahed. “Again, and again, and again. And this cleaning process stings. The cleaning of a wound hurts. Yes. Healing takes so much work. So much persistence. And so much patience.” According to my analysis, Libra, you should be attending to this tough but glorious task. Although the work might be hard, it won’t be anywhere near as hard as it usually is. And you are likely to make more progress than you would be able to at other times.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“The other day, lying in bed,” writes poet Rodger Kamenetz, “I felt my heart beating for the first time in a long while. I realized how little I live in my body, how much in my mind.” He speaks for the majority of us. We spend much of our lives entranced by the relentless jabber that unfolds between our ears. But I want to let you know, Scorpio, that the moment is ripe to rebel against this tendency in yourself. In the coming weeks, you will have a natural talent for celebrating your body. You’ll be able to commune deeply with its sensations, to learn more abut how it works, and to exult in the pleasure it gives you and the wisdom it provides.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In his “Dream Song 67,” poet John Berryman confesses, “I am obliged to perform in complete darkness operations of great delicacy on my self.” I hope you will consider embarking on similar heroics, Sagittarius. It’s not an especially favorable time to overhaul your environment or try to get people to change in accordance with your wishes. But it’s a perfect moment to spruce up your inner world -- to

tinker with and refine it so that everything in there works with more grace. And unlike Berryman, you won’t have to proceed in darkness. The light might not be bright, but there’ll be enough of a glow to see what you’re doing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Here’s the dictionary’s definition of the word “indelible”: “having the quality of being difficult to remove, wash away, blot out, or efface; incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten.” The word is often used in reference to unpleasant matters: stains on clothes, biases that distort the truth, superstitions held with unshakable conviction, or painful memories of romantic break-ups. I am happy to let you know that you now have more power than usual to dissolve seemingly indelible stuff like that. Here’s a trick that might help you: Find a new teacher or teaching that uplifts you with indelible epiphanies.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

According to poet Tony Hoagland, most of us rarely “manage to finish a thought or a feeling; we usually get lazy or distracted and quit halfway through.” Why? Hoagland theorizes that we “don’t have the time to complete the process, and we dislike the difficulty and discomfort of the task.” There’s a cost for this negligence: “We walk around full of half-finished experiences.” That’s why Hoagland became a poet. He says that “poems model the possibility of feeling all the way through an emotional process” and “thinking all the way through a thought.” The coming weeks will be a favorable time to get more in the habit of finishing your own feelings and thoughts, Aquarius. It will also be more important than usual that you do so! (Hoagland’s comments appeared in *Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.*)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Unless you work at night and sleep by day, you experience the morning on a regular basis. You may have a love-hate relationship with it, because on the one hand you don’t like to leave your comfortable bed so early, and on the other hand you enjoy anticipating the interesting events ahead of you. But aside from your personal associations with the morning, this time of day has always been a potent symbol of awakenings and beginnings. Throughout history, poets have invoked it to signify purity and promise. In myth and legend, it often represents the chance to see things afresh, to be free of the past’s burdens, to love life unconditionally. Dream interpreters might suggest that a dream of morning indicates a renewed capacity to trust oneself. All of these meanings are especially apropos for you right now, Pisces.


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Film & Her: A Female Filmmaker Showcase Films filmed or produced out of Savannah and Atlanta by female filmmakers. Sat., March 5, 7 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

Film: George Lincoln Rockwell Documentary The PFS has uncovered an insanely rare amateur documentary that was made in the early 1980s by Aryan White Supremacists, celebrating the life and message of the infamous, militant racist George Lincoln Rockwell, a U.S. WWII veteran who became a follower of Adolf Hitler and in 1959 founded the American Nazi Party. $8 Wed., March 9, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Film: Gone With the Wind This epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. $1 Sun., March 6, 6 p.m. tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposttheater.org. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Film: King Kong Put on your 1930’s glam for Opening Night Friday, March 4, and our exclusive screening of King Kong, which premiered in 1933 starring Fay Wray. $1 Fri., March 4, 7 p.m. tybeeposttheater.org. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man’s effect on American politics. $1 Sat., March 5, 7 p.m. tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposttheater.org. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Watch this Disney classic on the big screen. $1 Sun., March 6, 2 p.m. tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposttheater.org. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Film: Sudden Death The PFS is proud to salute the career of Robert Conrad, best known as the star of the smash TV series “The Wild, Wild West” and “Black Sheep Squadron,” with a rare public viewing of one of the most actionpacked, low-budget exploitation pictures we’ve ever seen. $7 Wed., March 2, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Film: The Wizard of Oz Enjoy this classic on the big screen. $1 Sat., March 5, 2 p.m. tybeeposttheater.org. tybeeposttheater.org. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Punk Rock Movie Night Join the Sentient Bean for a monthly series of movies directly inspired by punk music, fashion or general attitude. The movie will start promptly at 8PM. Admission is free for customers. Attendees are invited to discuss and or promote any events or shows happening around town. second Saturday of every month, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

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You down with OCD? I tried to flip to the last page, like the end of a book. But to quote the gospel of Adventures In Babysitting, “No one leaves this place without singing the blues.” TRUE STORY: I once walked around The only way to process my pain was to Manhattan with nine crisp, one hundred dollar bills, folded in the sign of the cross work through it. Not to build a menorah made of oranges and burn the candles to and stuffed in my bra, on the advice of a their stumps at sundown, as prescribed so-called psychic. She insisted that my six-year relation- by the NYC psychic in phase two of our curse clearing; not to cut a piece of fabric ship with Fred had ended because I was from my favorite black shirt and write cursed. The only way to regain favor upon it my darkest secrets with a black with the angry gods was to empty my sharpie marker so she could dip it in a bank account of next month’s rent and bowl of water and wash my sins away. hold it close to my heart for 10 consecuI just had to live with it. tive days before reporting back to her for At some point during my L.A. bender, a further instructions. At the time I knew she was full of shit, friend suggested I book an appointment but it was such a ridiculous request I just with his acting teacher, Dee Wallace. In addition to having an acting career of her had to stick around to see how things own, Dee also works as an energy healer. would pan out. When I asked her to tell me my future, Also, I was desperate for someone to she said firmly but lovingly, “I’m not a talk to. $40 and some cock & bull was a psychic who answers to your questions. I small price to pay for a pseudo-sympateach you the tools to heal yourself.” thetic ear. That day she shared her personal healThat’s what happens when you’re ing formulas, along with Abraham-Hicks’ afflicted with OCD—a condition I lovLaw of Attraction techniques and the I ingly refer to Obsessive Compulsive AM Chronicles of Saint Germaine. MeanDivination. Characterized by a chronic while, I resisted the urge to ask about the “need to know,” OCD’s primary sympteachings of Saint Michael, Saint Tito and tom is self-medication in the form of Saint Marlon and Saint Jackie. excessive fortune telling. All joking aside, these doctrines started After Fred and I broke up, I wound up me on a spiritual journey that has become in Los Angeles on a ten-day bender, hitthe foundation of my psychic mediumting up every known psychic from the ship practice today. Valley to Venice Beach. (I also inadverThanks to Dee, the main purpose of tently ran into Bruce Willis at the Gallemy work is to help clients reconnect with ria Mall and was able to bring closure to their own inner knowing. Whenever I an email dalliance we were on the verge meet someone who’s down with OCD, I of exploring…but that’s another story. Let’s just say it was an odd, occasionally give them the tools to release the things that are no longer working in their lives intoxicated time in my life.) and help them create all the amazing The most common impetus for OCD things that they’re hoping I’ll tell them is a major life crisis, one that feels like are already there. the end of the world. Rather than living through my grief one day at a time, By Your Pal Erin

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HOW tO PlacE an ad • call our classifieds department at 912-231-0250 • ads Must Be Placed By 11am On Monday Prior to Publication • all ads Must be PrePaid (credit cards accepted) • Basic rate includes up to 25 words.

REDUCED RENT & DEPOSIT!

SPECIAL! SPECIAL! *11515 WHITE BLUFF ROAD: $625/month for 1BR/1BA Apt. with $500/deposit. *1303 EAST 66TH STREET: 2BR/2BA $775/month, $500/ deposit. *207 EDGEWATER ROAD. Nice location. 2BR/2BA, all electric, $795/month. *COMMERCIAL SPACE: 310 & 320 E. Montgomery Crossrds. Upstairs $800-$1,200.

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310 EAST MONTGOMERY CROSSROADS, 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372

RENT OR RENT-TO-OWN: Remodeled mobile homes, in Garden City mobile home park, 3BR/2BA. Low down, affordable payments. Credit check approval. Call Gwen, Manager, at 912-9647675 TWO FAMILY HOME: 2BR/1BA Upstairs $850/month; 3BR/2BA Downstairs $950/month. 10ft. ceilings, large kitchen, LR, hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookup, appliances, large yard. Perfect for students. Call 912-6565284

VERY NICE FURNISHED 1BR Apt., Midtown. $950/rent + utilities, $950/deposit. Call 912-236-1952

AFFORDABLE SAVANNAH APARTMENTS! 1, 2, 3, & 4 Bedrooms Available for Immediate Occupancy On-Site Security, Laundry Room, Playground, Nearby Public Transportation, & Built-in Dishwashers Landlord Pays Water, Sewer and Trash 3rd and 12th Month Free (Conditions Apply & Must Bring in Copy of Ad)

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT LIVE OAK LP AT: 912-927-1188 Max Income Limits Apply

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Room for Rent ROOMS FOR RENT $75 MOVE-IN SPECIAL ON 2ND WEEK Clean, large, furnished. Busline, cable, utilities, central heat/air. $100-$130/weekly. Rooms with bath $145. Call 912-289-0410. *Paycheck stub or Proof of income and ID required. ADULT LIVING At Upscale Boarding home near SSU. $150/ per week. Call for information, 912-308-5455

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SHARED LIVING: Fully Furnished Apts. $170 weekly. No deposit. All utilities included. Call 912-844-5995

Automotive Cars/Trucks/Vans FENDER BENDER ?? Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932.

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Brick, Block, Concrete, Stucco, CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Brick Paving, Grading, Clearing, Washer/dryer, air, cable, ceiling etc., New & Repair Work. Call fans. $125-$145 weekly. No Michael Mobley, 912-631-0306 deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065 Need a Mature Person to live in home and provide assistance, in exchange for room and board. Background check required. 912308-5455

ROOMMATE WANTED: Single, Mature Individual. Safe Environment. Central heat/ air, cable, washer/dryer. $585/ Monthly; $280/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr.Brown, 912-663-2574

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Westside / Eastside Savannah: no more drive-thru. 37th, 38th, & 42nd Streets. Spend time with family, Adult Living. Furnished, all utilities included. Washer/Dryer friends, or on your hobbies, on premises, cable TV, WiFi/ and leave the cooking to your Internet. $130-$150/weekly. personal chef from Requirements: Pay stubs/ID. Call My Chef, LLC. 912-677-0271

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

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ROOMS FOR RENT - ADULT What could be more LIVING: $150 weekly. No comforting than coming deposit. Furnished rooms. All utilities included. Call 912- home to fresh, flavorful meals that have been prepared for 844-5995 you in your home? Nor more ROOMS FOR RENT anxiety over what to prepare;

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