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FIRST WEEk aT SMF Thursday, March 24 12:30 PM ...................Randy Napoleon Trio 5 & 7 PM....................He Said, She Said: Freddy Cole & René Marie 5:30 & 8:30 PM .......BAyou Blues and Southern Soul: Marc Broussard/Paul Thorn Band 6 PM ...........................CHAMBER MUSIC I: Viennese Masterpieces 8 PM ...........................Irish Supergroup: The Gloaming

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Friday, March 25 12:30 PM ...................Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill 5 & 7 PM....................He Said, She Said: Freddy Cole & René Marie 5 & 8 PM ...................Cajun & Zydeco Dance Party: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys/Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys 6 PM ...........................RECITALS I: Cameron Carpenter feat. the International Touring Organ 8 PM ...........................Flamenco Mastery: Vicente Amigo saT urday, March 26 12:30 & 7:30 PM ......Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver/Blue Highway 2 PM ...........................RECITALS II: Alexandre Tharaud, piano 6 PM ...........................African Superstar: Rokia Traoré 8:15 PM ......................A Spring Fling: Pink Martini 8:30 & 10:30 PM......Caribbean Dance Party: Creole Soul with Etienne Charles

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sunday, March 27 4 & 7 PM ....................Swing that Music: Catherine Russell/The Hot Sardines 6 PM ...........................CHAMBER MUSIC II: Mozart & DvoRák Monday, March 28 12:30 PM ...................Matt Munisteri, guitar 5 & 8 PM ...................Swing that Music: Catherine Russell/The Hot Sardines 6 PM ...........................RECITALS III: Arnaldo Cohen, piano

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Tuesday, March 29 12:30 PM ...................Aaron Diehl, piano 5 & 8 PM ...................Swing that Music: Catherine Russell/The Hot Sardines 6 PM ...........................CHAMBER MUSIC III: Musical Friendships 7:30 PM .....................Andrew Bird

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Wednesday, March 30 12:30 PM ...................Aaron Diehl Trio 6 & 9 PM ...................Cécile McLorin Salvant/Monty Alexander Trio 6 PM ...........................CHAMBER MUSIC IV: The Complete Beethoven Trios, Part I 7:30 PM .....................Ry Cooder, Sharon White, Ricky Skaggs

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Major funding for the Savannah Music Festival is provided by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Major Sponsors: Connect Savannah, Critz Auto Group, Georgia Public Broadcasting, HunterMaclean,  The Kennickell Group, Memorial Health/Mercer University School of Medicine, National Endowment for the Arts, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah Morning News/Savannah Magazine, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Visit Savannah, Wet Willie’s Management Corp., WSAV


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Wednesday / 23 Bethesda Farm and Gardens Stand

Concert: Almost Billy Joel and the Allentown Band Sat / 26

Tybee Post Theater presents for one night only... Almost Billy Joel and the Allentown Band, a tribute to the man and his music. One of the country’s top touring Billy Joel tribute bands, this show includes a six-piece band fronted by native Georgian Hugh Tyner, a 13-year veteran of Vegas. 8 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $25

Each week, this popular organic farm stand, managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more. 3-5 p.m Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. bethesdaacademy.org

Common Grounds

Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. We are open and affirming of the LGBT community. 8 p.m Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. facebook.com/commongroundssavannah

Film: Mystery James Caan Birthday Salute

Though it is generally forgotten today, decades after it was first released, this movie inspired countless knockoffs, and helped to create an incredibly popular subgenre of action flicks that still exists. The exact title will remain a secret until showtime. For mature viewers only. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

Seersucker Live: The Relativity Episode

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Join Savannah’s favorite artists, small-scale DIY creatives and local business owners for a family friendly event. This month’s theme is a spring carnival and features a mystic fair with tarot and psychic readers. Loop It Up Savannah will make kids’ art and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign will sell bikes. 3-8 p.m Jelinek Creative Spaces, 101 N. Fahm St. $1 912-662-5162. savannahbazaar.com

Seersucker Live: The Relativity Episode wed / 23

Seersucker presents readings by three writers -- Erik Fassnacht, Vaughnette Goode-Walker, and Beverly Willett -- plus more tomfoolery than you can shake a branch of the family tree at. 7 p.m Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. $10

Tonea Stewart Mon / 28

Tonea Stewart, actress and professor, will speak at Savannah State University in the King-Frazier Student Center. Her appearance is sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) at SSU. Stewart is an actress, theatrical director, national museum exhibit director, tenured professor and dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Alabama State University. Register to attend. 6:30 p.m Savannah State University, 3219 College St. $15

Seersucker presents readings by three writers -- Erik Fassnacht, Vaughnette Goode-Walker, and Beverly Willett -- plus more tomfoolery than you can shake a branch of the family tree at. 7 p.m Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. $10

Thursday / 24 Tea at Mrs. Davenport’s

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. Thursday and Friday Davenport House, 324 East State St. $18 plus tax


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Savannah Music Festival: Day One

Bayou Blues and Southern Soul: Marc Broussard/Paul Thorn Band — $40 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Ships of The Sea

Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd.

He Said, She Said: Freddy Cole and Rene Marie — $50 -25, 5 & 7 p.m. Charles

H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Irish Supergroup: The Gloaming —

d $25 8 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Viennese Masterpieces: Daniel Hope & Friends — Daniel Hope and

friends perform Beethoven’s “6 p.m. St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street. Randy Napoleon Trio — $25 12:30

Saturday / 26 Book Signing of Savannah Square by Square Join author Michael Jordan artist and designer Mick McCay, and photographers Connie McCay, Les Wilkes, and Phil Hodgkins for the signing. 9 a.m.-noon Davenport House, 324 East State St.

Concert: Almost Billy Joel and the Allentown Band

One of the country’s top touring Billy Joel tribute bands, this high-energy show includes a six-piece band fronted by native Georgian Hugh Tyner, a 13-year veteran of Vegas. 8 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $25

p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshEaster Egg Hunt . morriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Come to Fort McAllister State Historic Center, 10 East Broad St. Park for an old-fashioned Easter Egg hunt. Friday / 25 Bring your basket and come celebrate Easter. The hunt is for children ages 2-12. Critical Mass Savannah 2-3 p.m Join Savannah’s bicycle community for a Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort free ride to raise awareness for bike rights. McAllister Rd. Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m $1 for kids age 2-4, $2 for kids age 5-12 Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

Odd Lot Improv’s 6 Year Anniversary A celebration of 6 years of Odd Lot! An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $10

Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-1 p.m Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

Jail Adoption Event

All dogs in the 41st class of Operation New Hope, jail dog program, will be availCajun and Zydeco Dance Party — able for adoption at the Chatham County $40 5 & 8 p.m. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of Jail immediately following their graduaThe Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King tion ceremony. Adoption fees are $150. Jr Blvd. 12-2 p.m Chatham County Detention Center, 1050 Carl Cameron Carpenter ft. the Griffin Dr.

Savannah Music Festival: Day Two

$27 6 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Flamenco Mastery: Vicente Amigo — $27 8 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East

Broughton St.

He Said, She Said: Freddy Cole and Rene Marie — $50 March 24-25, 5 & 7

p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill —

$25 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Paddle Trip

March paddle trip is from Daisy Nevils Highway in Claxton, GA to Highway 280 (Canoochee River) when paddlers will enjoy a 7-mile trip. Register by March 25. 9 a.m Ogeechee Riverkeeper, 785 King George Blvd ogeecheeriverkeeper.org

Savannah Bazaar

This month’s theme is a spring carnival and features a mystic fair with tarot and psychic readers. Loop It Up Savannah will make kids’ art and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign will sell bikes. 3-8 p.m Jelinek Creative Spaces, 101 N. Fahm St. $1 continues on p. 6

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Savannah Steam vs. South Carolina Ravens

Savannah’s indoor football team takes on the South Carolina Ravens. 7:05 p.m Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. savannahsteam.com/schedule.html

Savannah Music Festival: Day Three

The College of Science & Technology at Armstrong State University presents

“Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain” Presented by Dr. Allison Brager

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Moorehouse School of Medicine

Wednesday, MARCH 30 @ 6 p.m.

Savannah Coffee Roasters 215 West Liberty Street

Pink Martini ft. China Forbes — $32

8:15 p.m. l Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

African Superstar: Rokia Traore — $27 6 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East

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Savannah Music Festival: Day Five Arnaldo Cohen, piano — $52 6 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Matt Munisteri, guitar — $25 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Tuesday / 29 Savannah Music Festival: Day Six

Aaron Diehl, piano — $25 12:30 p.m.

Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Alexandre Tharaud, piano — $52 2 p.m. St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street.

Andrew Bird — Sponsored by Connect

Caribbean Dance Party: Creole Soul w/ Etienne Charles — $40 8:30

Musical Friendships w/ Daniel Hope & Friends — $52 6 p.m. Trinity

p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad St.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver/ Blue Highway — $40 12:30 & 7 p.m.

Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Savannah. Start at $32 7:30 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

wednesday / 30 Science on Tap: Unraveling the Athletic Brain

A free science talk everyone can enjoy! Dr. Allison Brager is guest speaker. Presented by Armstrong State University College of Film: The Secret World of Arrietty Science & Technology. A tiny teen (Mirai Shida) and her family live Free and open to the public under a house’s floorboards. Wed., March 30, 6 p.m. 5 p.m Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 W. Liberty St. The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive. Film: Malamore (Sick Love) Free Set in the fall of 1917, the film stars Film: True Grit diminutive dwarf actor Jimmy Briscoe as After an outlaw named Tom Chaney Marcello, the only son of a wealthy lawyer murders her father, feisty 14-year-old farm who is confined against his will during girl Mattie Ross hires Rooster Cogburn, a WWI in a majestic Italian country villa that has been turned into a military hospital. r. boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her $7 find Chaney and avenge her father. Wed., March 30, 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive. sentientbean.com. Free

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Savannah Music Festival: Day Four Mozart & Dvorak — $52 6 p.m. St.

Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 14 W Anderson.

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Tonea Stewart, actress and professor, will speak at Savannah State University in the King-Frazier Student Center. Register to attend. 6:30 p.m Savannah State University, 3219 College St. $15

Savannah Music Festival: Day Seven

Cecile McLorin Salvant/Monty Alexander Trio — $45 6 & 9 p.m.

Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Ry Cooder, Sharon White, Ricky Skaggs — Start at $40 7:30 p.m. Lucas

Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

The Complete Beethoven Trios — $57 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist

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news & Opinion Editor’s Note

Death of a neighborhood jim@connectsavannah.com

THE BAD NEWS keeps coming with the redevelopment of the Johnny Harris/ Wicklow Stables parcel and surrounding East Victory Drive corridor. While it seems a fait accompli that the development will happen in some form or fashion— currently slated to involve an unnamed grocer with outparcel retail – citizens are now finding out what will actually be the first thing to happen. A large unused wooded lot on Limerick Street behind Whole Foods is set to become a self-storage mini-warehouse, frequently the first and quickest way to generate revenue on undeveloped land. Not just a mini-warehouse—a five-story mini-warehouse. If completed, it would be one of the tallest structures in Chatham County outside of downtown. Not so “mini” after all. The irony that this monstrosity would be plunked down in one of the few remaining bits of greenspace on the Eastside other than Daffin Park itself is painful. A concerned neighbor says the development the Metropolitan Planning Commission is now allowing in the corridor makes a mockery of the MPC’s own “Tricentennial Plan.” That attempt at a unified zoning ordinance was adopted ten years ago with much hoopla, but is now virtually ignored in favor of ad hoc development variances.

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So this self-storage warehouse will not only be a grotesquely out-of-scale lightpolluting eyesore, it will contribute literally nothing to the community fabric, not even added shopping or dining. It’s possible to come to terms with the rest of the development slated for the area, especially now that City Council in a 7-2 vote already gave away its last bargaining chip by allowing full right-of-way on a public street through the heart of the main parcel. (Parkside/Ardsley’s own newly elected Alderman Julian Miller voted yes, much to the chagrin of many of those who eagerly voted for him this past November.) But it seems like a five-story mini-warehouse is just insult to injury, basically the coup de grace to an already beleaguered neighborhood. Would you agree? If so, there is one chance to register your disapproval in person. This Thursday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at 110 E. State St., the MPC is set to hold a hearing in which, among other things, the mini-warehouse variance requests will be discussed. One of the big issues with the entire Johnny Harris redevelopment was that the general public was so behind the curve on the proposals. Whether this is because people are just too busy to keep up (very possible), we in the media did a poor job of informing them (very, very possible), or that the intersection of politicians and developers want the public to know as little as possible (very, very, very possible), the fact remains that residents were mostly blindsided. This is a chance to get involved—likely one of the last. cs

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‘Not an honor’ to share to-go cups with New Orleans and Las Vegas

Editor, In your opinion piece of 16 March, it’s a shame that you believe ‘to-go’ cups are “.....the single most unique identifier we have,” and that you are communicating that unfortunate – and in my mind, erroneous message to your readers.  For starters, that notion does not exactly promote Savannah as a family-friendly destination.  Savannah’s unique Historic District, overall history, culture, the squares, the architecture, the vintage buildings, proximity to an Atlantic beach, climate, some world-class entertainment – to name but a

few – taken together set Savannah apart, and in my mind are among many reasons so many folks visit this town. I’d like to think the opportunity to wander around sizeable areas of the district carrying an “adult” beverage is seen as a nice perk, and not as the primary motivator for a visit. Sadly, too many people routinely abuse this privilege. As I often do on one of my walks, have a look early on a Saturday or Sunday morning – before Savannah’s hard-working litter crews get to it - on River Street/River Walk at the mess of plastic cups and other detritus carelessly left behind by the “citizens and visitors” you say this city “trusts.”

If we are trying to attract a higher level of tourist to this town as many tourism leaders claim, seeing a bunch of often inebriated people leaving a sea of trash behind – sometimes immediately adjacent to trash cans - is not the way to do it. And comparing historic Savannah to the sleaze of New Orleans and plastic Las Vegas – only because these three destinations offer “to-go” cup privileges - demeans what many of us think Savannah is.  It’s not an honor to be on the same page as those two places.  Savannah’s Historic District – where the “to-go” cup zone is – is not like those places.  Rather, in addition to its relatively compact entertainment

areas, much of our Historic District consists of a beautiful mix of peaceful squares, walks, and majestic trees, with generally attractive and often unique and historic commercial and residential buildings whose occupants live and work in relative harmony with one another and the tourists. I know the “to-go” cup culture is in Savannah’s DNA; I get that and so does everybody else.  It doesn’t need further promotion.  It certainly should not be touted as “the single most unique identifier we have.” Robert B. Rosenwald

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“What they’re basically doing is coming up with a whole new theme of the area, through constant amendments,” the neighbor says. “Does everyone who asks for a variance have to be granted one?” In this case, the developer wants a variance on the size of the landscaping, or “vegetative” buffer. They want the MPC to reduce the buffer from 25 feet to only 10 feet, even though it borders residences. The good news is that currently MPC is recommending that the requested buffer variance be denied. They still, however, recommend approving the other variance, the requirement that such a business be located on a so-called “collector street,” allowing this one to be built essentially on a dead-end street or cul-de-sac. Sadly, the most egregious aspect of the warehouse, its sheer height, doesn’t appear to be up for discussion. The MPC staff report reads: Self-storage mini-warehouse businesses serve as property repositories for absentee tenants who visit their units infrequently, as a rule. Limerick Street is a developed dead end roadway between two telecommunications towers and behind a developed grocery store and shopping mall. Further development on the roadway is unlikely. While from an auto traffic standpoint a warehouse might seem ideal, another important aspect of community is vibrancy, and traffic other than cars, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Anyone who has been to a self-storage facility knows they are desolate and devoid of human presence 99 percent of the time, but for security reasons they still must be kept very brightly-lit 24 hours a day.

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News & Opinion The (Civil) Society Column

‘Savannah struck’ in Ardsley Park By Jessica Leigh Lebos

jll@connectsavannah.com

MAR 23- MAR 29, 2016

I have a habit of getting around town, mostly because I’m nosy and always wear good walking shoes. Yet no matter how many parties I invite myself to or dark lanes I get lost in, I still get bowled over by this city’s stunning beauty and sheer architectural awesomeness. Roof cornices give me goosebumps, and I have been known to wax poetic about triple-crown molding. If you come across me standing with my mouth hanging open and my to-go cup spilling its contents on the concrete, I am probably not catatonic. I am simply “Savannah struck,” a condition that is unfailingly provoked by entering a private home with Corinthian columns. Its main symptoms are speechlessness and nervous shuffling, brought on by being too intimidated to set one’s cocktail down on any of the furniture. Such was my state as I stood in the grand foyer of Daniel DePlanche and Jim Martin’s glorious Ardsley Park manse last Saturday. A pair of erudite gents who know their Beaux Arts sculpture from their Art Deco sconces, Daniel and Jim had generously offered up their historic Washington Avenue home to honor two of the local LGBTQ community’s most fabulous, Mark Pride and joy: Honorees Clinton Edminster and Mark Hill strike a pose near the piano in one of Hill and Clinton Edminster. the most sumptuous living rooms in all of Savannah. Fortunately, I had actually received an invitation and didn’t need to explain my presence as I mooned over the smoke-blue Health Commission and is a regular at the particular adulation. velvet window treatments. “When we found out Mark was stepThe benevolent hosts opened their sump- Georgia Assembly, reminding legislators of the power of the gay voting bloc in his West ping down as director of Pride, I thought, tuous home for full access, allowing guests Virginia drawl. (You hear that as your pen ‘this needs to be recognized.’ Clinton is to amble around the azalea-fringed brick hovers on that ridiculous “religious freepart of the generation coming up, and we courtyard and through the second-floor dom” bill, Gov. Deal?) wanted to bridge that legacy,” explained bedrooms bedecked in vintage wallpaper. Dressed in rainbow seersucker, Mark Mark Krueger, another Pride founder I had a small conniption in the master stood on the glossy bottom stair to address who has lived here since 1980, when the suite, which includes a bidet and a crystal climate towards queer folk wasn’t always chandelier over the bathtub. (“A true salle de the crowd about the evolution of the city’s gay identity and the work still yet to be done. so friendly. bain,” noted SCAD architecture professor “We are part of a living, thriving SavanKrueger reminded that in spite of its Ryan Madson with a sage nod.) nah,” he said, admonishing guests to get abundance of turrets and cornices, SavanMomentarily hypnotized by a pair involved, if not with LGBTQ issues then nah hasn’t always been a fairy tale for of stained glass Tiffany lamps, I almost with another local organization that moves LGBT acceptance. While it has long been spilled my G&T on the bedspread but the city forward. “We have learned to take an under-the-radar enclave, it surely caught myself in time to convene without care of ourselves. Now we have to take care owes its current openness and growing incident around the majestic spiral stairof each other.” reputation as a gay-friendly destination case to hear from the evening’s honorees. Our dear Clinton finds his way into this to those who founded the First City NetKnown for his tireless activism and softcolumn on a regular basis with his colorwork, Georgia’s oldest LGBTQ advocacy spoken charms, Mark is passing on the ful contributions as executive director of organization. reigns of Savannah Pride after 16 years Art Rise, owner of Starlandia Creative Many of those quiet revolutionaries of nurturing the event and its organizSupply and all-around bon vivant, though were present at Saturday’s fête, and the ing body from just a few volunteers into it is his gleeful status as an out-and-proud rest of the guest list sparkled as brightly as a family festival attended by thousands. 8 He’s also served on the Chatham County gay man in his 20s that earned him this the gold brocade curtain tassels with the

city’s moving, shaking gay community and its many allies (at least those who were free and still ambulatory on this extended St. Pat’s weekend). Kevin Clark of Georgia Equality poured drinks behind the bar, and urban farmer George Wilson offered gardening tips in the kitchen. In the living room, the amazing Anitra Opera Diva performed a dreamy aria followed by a transcendental cover of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Anitra’s always resplendent companion, tour guide Nicodemus Hammill, looked straight out of a steampunk fantasy in his light coat and top hat. As sometimes-mermaid Dame Darcy and her doll, Isabelle, rapped along with 80s MTV favorite “I Know What Boys Like” on the stairs, networking guru Scott West chatted with Clerk of Superior Court candidate Tammie Mosley near the grand piano. I admired the antique dining table with Russell Kueker, formerly of Stopover and now launching his own real estate design service firm, then exchanged cheek kisses with real estate agent and activist Pam Miller next to the china cabinet. (By the way, Pam is casting her formidable galvanizing efforts against the proliferation of casinos on Hutchinson Island, a nefarious proposition that she calls “cruise ships on land.”) Busy bee entrepreneurs Yusak Bernhard and Jeff Manley took time away from their third TailsSpin location on Whitemarsh Island to stop by to pay their respects, and the marvelously-mustachioed Jeffrey Downey and Donald Lubowicki of Circa 1875 Gastropub managed to escape the downtown madness to raise a toast in the parlor. By the end of the evening, I was so overwhelmed that I allowed myself to rest for a moment on one of the angel white satin upholstered chairs (after first balancing my cup on an end table with a coaster, of course). I thought it was the columns in the hallway that finally brought me down, but in the end it was the social architecture that made me swoon. I realized I must be a different kind of Savannah struck, a joyful stupor brought on by witnessing just how much love, creativity, compassion and hard work can fit into a single house, especially if it’s a palace. Which reminds me: Daniel and Jim’s place is for sale, listed for just under a million with Keller Williams’ Ron Melander. A word to the next tenants: If you invite me to the housewarming party, I promise not to faint on the divan. cs


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news & Opinion The News Cycle

Making the case for extended parking hours by John Bennett

john@bicyclecampaign.org

LAST Thursday morning I received a work-related voice mail from someone in Atlanta. She very politely asked me to call back as soon as possible, if it wouldn’t be too much trouble. As you might imagine I was completely outraged. This person knows I live in Savannah and, presumably, owns a calendar. Did she actually think I would call her back at 10 a.m. on March 17? The nerve! If I’d returned her call, on what was a normal workday for most of the planet, and explained I was standing next to a man wearing a green feather boa on a crowded parade viewing platform he’d built in his courtyard, would she have believed me? St. Patrick’s Day is something you must experience firsthand. Those of us who made the mistake of being born elsewhere often cherish it as much as those who entered the world at the old Telfair Hospital. Celebrating the day is a big part of what it means to be a Savannahian. Just like parking for free downtown at night and on weekends, apparently. The extent to which this is regarded as a core right of Savannah citizenship was evident following the announcement of the Parking Matters study recommendations. People, who probably disagree about

I understand no longer being able to park for free at night and on weekends is perceived as the latest in a long line of affronts that make locals feel unwelcome downtown.

Many people have little confidence in the city government itself. I admit mine was shaken by the proposed Forsyth Park bike ban. I also recognize Savannah has changed, however. When I moved here in the early ‘90s, I could walk down Broughton Street on a weeknight and encounter few other people. Some of our parking policies seem like relics of that time. The pursuit of cheap and easy parking Listen, I am sympathetic to the retail has shredded the fabric of many cities and everything else under the sun, found common ground. Bern feelers joined folks who and restaurant employees who would have could have destroyed ours, if not for the to pay more to park their cars, but we must women who saved the Davenport House bask in the glow of Fox News to complain not forget that having a car in the first place from becoming a parking lot in 1955. By about the prospect of increased rates and is a financial impossibility for many down- doing so, they awakened the city to the night and weekend metering. Some went town workers. Infrastructure projects value of its historic assets. even further and questioned why any city made possible by additional parking revStill, for decades we’ve demanded resident should have to pay to park on the enue would improve safety and access for parking garages, then — as Jim Morekis street. At all. Ever. people who must arrive at their downtown astutely observed in his last column — Conservatives mock Sen. Sanders’ supjobs by bike, by bus or on foot. we’ve refused to park in them. porters as being childish, naive, or Nordic I understand no longer being able to The Parking Matters recommendations, for wanting “free stuff” from the governpark for free at night and on weekends while not perfect, offer a different and ment, while at the same time clinging to is perceived as the latest in a long line of more comprehensive approach. their own public parking entitlement. affronts that make locals feel unwelcome We owe it to ourselves to resist kneejerk Parking meters are like magic wands. downtown. I’ve long worried about Savan- reactions and carefully consider them. The very thought of them turns makers nahians being excluded from the heart of All I’m asking is this: Before you cominto takers, free marketeers into commutheir own city. plain on Facebook, sign a petition or write nists (or at least democratic socialists). In fact, I wrote a newspaper column your alderman, take time to thoughtfully I was surprised, however, by the instant about this very concern a long time ago and review the entire study. opposition from others who are generstill stand by it. Decide for yourself if rejecting it outally in favor of sustainable development, How long ago? Savannah was hosting right is worth the traffic congestion, environmental protection, historic presermissed opportunities for sensible developvation, affordable housing, and transporta- Olympic sailing events at the time. Finally, I realize people are suspicious ment and safer streets, and limited transtion equity. They’d likely support Parking of consultants, especially those working portation options that come along with Matters initiatives that address these out of offices in Atlanta. As demonstrated continuing the parking status quo. issues. Charging market rates for parking by my St. Patrick’s Day caller, Atlantans The Parking Matters study is available at at times of peak demand and other policy sometimes just don’t get us. www.savannahga.gov/parkingmatters changes would help fund them.

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Flying the charitable skies

Paramotor pilots launch epic journey to help combat vets with Operation ReConnect by jessica leigh lebos

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MAR 23- MAR 29, 2016

It’s one of those perfect days at the beach—sunny but not too hot, with a slight breeze blowing in off the Atlantic Ocean. Suddenly, the wind kicks up and everyone is pointing to a pair of large, flying objects gliding about 150 feet above the waterline. The UFOs are emitting a loud hum and appear to have legs. Are they a rare species of giant sea bird? Alien hovercrafts? Elon Musk clones? Brady King and Curtis Williams are none of the above, but that doesn’t make them any less remarkable. Each of the men is strapped into a powered paraglider that propels him along the seashore, aided by the wind caught in the enormous sail strapped above him. It’s a marvelous sight for those standing below with their jaws hanging open, and the observers become even more enchanted when they learn how far the pair is traveling—and why. King and Williams embarked last week from Tybee Island for a 600-mile journey above the beaches of the Southeast to raise awareness for Operation ReConnect, a non-profit organization that provides beach vacations to combat veterans and their families. Their goal is to raise $150,000 in donations before reaching their final destination in Key West, FL. “We’ve combined our passion for paramotoring with a passion to help our veterans,” explains Williams, an entrepreneur who advises and volunteers with Operation ReConnect’s home office in Birmingham, AL. “Most of them don’t get to transition when they come home from combat or have the money to take a week on the water, so it’s really valuable to give them that time with their families. It’s a reset button.” Williams met Savannah businessman King over California’s Glamis sand dunes during a paramotor gathering last year, and the adventurous duo plotted their course for the cause. King can often be spotted cruising above Tybee’s shores and leapt at the opportunity to take to the skies for those who serve. “My grandfather fought in World War Two, and my dad was in Vietnam. I feel like it’s important to show appreciation for our active duty soldiers,” says King, who is always looking to hire vets at his building maintenance company, Soap on a Rope. The flying parachute brothers expect their coastal sojourn to take five days or so 12 depending on the weather, which will be

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monitored by seasoned TV meteorologist and blogger James Spann. Along the way, they’ll touch down to refuel at military bases and other spots, spreading the word about the necessity of rest and relaxation for returning soldiers. The partners in flight coordinated the campaign with Operation ReConnect founder Ryan Charrier, a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserves who was deployed in Afghanistan for seven months in 2014. He launched the non-profit after realizing how many of his fellow servicemen and women don’t get a grace period before entering the “real world” when they come home. “It was just on a typical day of war, all of the soldiers talking about what we wanted to do when we got back home, and my buddy told me that he and his family had never been to the beach,” recalls Charrier. “Even more, they’d taken trips for funerals, wedding and family visits, but they’d never taken a real vacation.” He felt strongly that his comrade, who had served in the military for 28 years and been deployed six times, deserved a getaway. From his base in Afghanistan, Charrier arranged for his friend and his family to spend a week in Gulf Shores, AL, all expenses paid. “After their trip, they were so full of thankfulness and joy,” says Charrier. “I knew I needed to help as many people as I could this way.”

Local businessman Brady King (above) has joined forces with a veteran-run non-profit that takes soldiers and their families on vacation. Photos by jon waits

He has now put aside his civilian career in mechanical engineering to help his fellow veterans ease back into civilian life. In its first year, Operation ReConnect brought 33 families to the beach, providing accommodations, meals and entertainment in coastal Alabama and Florida. With the funds raised by King and Williams’ “freedom flight,” the organization plans to

serve 500 families in 2016. Many families stay at condos donated by vacation rentals and individual owners who are honored to offer up their vacant properties. “The property owners have been amazing and generous. That’s the reason this works,” says Charrier. “You wouldn’t believe how many folks hear what we’re doing and say, ‘Here are my keys. Don’t let it ever be empty.’” He and his cronies are working to expand their operations throughout the Southeast this year, including Tybee Island. Donations come not just from condo owners but from local businesses who offer up ziplines, putt-putt golf and other entertainment. Funds raised will go to minimal administrative costs and the development of other Operation offices around the country. “People get on board because this is a tangible way to make a difference for a veteran and their families,” he explains. “Having that week can set a returning soldier’s mind at ease.” As a fairly new endeavor, Operation ReConnect ought to cause quite a buzz as King and Williams soar over the beaches this week with their own curious form of transportation. Their kits weigh about 80 pounds with a full tank of gas, and the 200cc engines are strong enough to power through the winds coming up from the south.


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Veteran and Operation ReConnect founder Ryan Charrier (in uniform and at the beach) understands how important it is for returning combat soldiers to enjoy time with their families when they come home, so he started a non-profit to take them on vacation.

Paramotor trips usually last 30 minutes to an hour; Williams and King figure they will be in the air for several hours at a time, with a short stop to refuel midday. The forecast looks mostly clear for the adventurers, though along with the joy of skimming their toes in the water and watching manatees from above comes the danger of being tangled up in trees or blown out to sea. But the flyers figure that compared to the

sacrifices made by the returning combat soldiers they hope to help, this flight will be a breeze. “These guys have bullets shot at them, they’re serving our country,” Williams shrugs. “I think we can handle this.” cs Follow the flight and donate at the Operation ReConnect Facebook page and OperationReConnect.org.

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while early reports are that business was way off this year for the entire three-day celebration, there’s no question that the skies cleared just in time to provide an excellent experience on St. Patrick’s Day for the 192nd edition of Savannah’s favorite festivity. Our photographer on the street John Alexander was there March 17 to document the greenness. cs

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Multiple victories for the environment

GA Senate pushes back the pipeline, feds drown offshore drilling proposal by jessica leigh lebos

jll@connectsavannah.com

Southeastern environmental activists celebrated last week as several important decisions were made by government officials. On Tuesday, March 16, the Georgia Senate passed HB 1036, which temporarily prevents corporations from invoking eminent domain as a way to commandeer private land in their quest to lay pipelines through the state. The bill, which passed 53 to 1, is in effect until June 30, 2017. A state-appointed commission will utilize the time to review the existing 1995 Pipeline Act and provide clarity on the use of eminent domain, defined as the right of government or its agencies to take over private property for public use for the greater good. The legislation is a specific response to the efforts of multinational petroleum transportation company Kinder Morgan, which submitted a proposal last year to build a 360-mile pipeline across five ecologically fragile watersheds, including the Ogeechee and Savannah Rivers. Kinder Morgan attempted to use eminent domain to build 50-foot easements along the Palmetto Pipeline, provoking pushback from property owners and the environmental community. Last May, the Dept. of Transportation denied a permit of Public Convenience and Necessity, and KM’s attorneys have been appealing ever since. With the passage of HB 1036, it—and any other company—can still apply for permits, but the state will not approve any until the moratorium is lifted. “It is clear that the courts feel the same as the DOT, that the Palmetto Pipeline is neither convenient nor necessary, and that the pirate company project should

“ This is a long way from over, but every decision is one step closer to ensuring that Georgia citizens are protected— not only our private lands but our shared resources as well.” not be allowed to use the sacred right of eminent domain against our citizens,” says Savannah Riverkeeper director Tonya Bonitabus. “This is a long way from over, but every decision is one step closer to ensuring that Georgia citizens are protected—not only our private lands but our shared resources as well.” As the state’s Riverkeepers and freshwater lovers rejoiced in the triumph, there was also excellent news for Georgia’s oceans. On the same day HB 1036 cleared the Senate, the White House announced that it would not lease out the southeastern Atlantic coast for offshore oil drilling. Last year, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposed a five-year draft plan that called for the potential leasing of 104 million acres along the coasts of Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia for gas and oil extraction for the first time in history. Companies began applying for permits almost immediately to use seismic air gun blasting to survey deposits along the ocean floor, a practice proven to damage and kill wildlife. Regional activists against the proposal expressed concern for the endangered North Atlantic right whales that calve at Gray’s Reef off the Georgia coast as well as the imminent possibility of an oil spill like

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communities, concerns from the Department of Defense about how drilling would impact military activities, and a different economic and energy outlook,” said Sierra Weaver, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. “We appreciate that the Administration took the time to hear from all sides of this issue and make the right decision.” Also at the state capitol last week, a crew of community leaders and concerned citizens ramped up their message at the Georgia Water Coalition’s Clean Water Day of Action. In light of the drinking water disaster in Flint, MI that has poisoned thousands of citizens, participants traveled from all corners of Georgia to demand that legislators protect public and private water sources from contamination. Testing in several communities has revealed the presence of arsenic, bacteria, uranium, and other contaminants in drinking water wells and other groundwater sources around the state. “People in our community are sick,” said Annie Laura Howard Stephens of Shell Bluff, Georgia. “We believe that radiological pollution in the water is the cause.” Help is hopefully on the way with SB 36, the Underground Water Supply Protection Act of 2015. Currently in its last round in House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, the bill would prohibit the injection of ground water into the Floridian aquifer in certain counties and protect private water sources. “I pull water from our wells to irrigate my organic vegetable crops,” said Relinda Walker, owner of Walker Organic Farms near Sylvania, Georgia. “We’re committed to growing clean food for our community, so I’d like our politicians and regulators to make sure that the water we use stays clean.” cs

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Do cell phones prevent crime?

After watching a few crime films, I’m wondering how many murders/rapes/kidnappings have been prevented or quickly resolved simply due to the widespread use of cell phones. I’m thinking of the first murder victims in the movie Zodiac, who weren’t able to alert anyone of their situation after spotting the suspicious-looking car whose occupant killed them. At the other end of the spectrum, the daughter kidnapped in Taken was found by her father in a fairly timely manner because she had a cell phone and was able to give him details of her kidnappers. So, how significant a role do cell phones play in crime prevention/solving in real life? —Carly, Chicago

REMEMBER 24, Carly? Highly motivated federal agent Jack Bauer scurries around Los Angeles sticking knives and screwdrivers into terrorists till they tell him where, they’ve planted their nuclear bombs, vials of deadly virus, etc? At one point, the dean of West Point beseeched the show’s producers to ease off some on their constant suggestion that torture yields usable intelligence—it seems the troops were getting the wrong idea. All I’m saying: maybe we shouldn’t take our cues on crime-fighting from Hollywood. Here in the real world, though, we see such cases as the Boston Marathon bombing, where abundant cell-phone documentation of the scene helped investigators quickly locate and release images of the suspects; later, when the soon-to-be infamous Tsarnaev brothers fled in a carjacked SUV, police tracked them via signal from the phone, still inside, belonging to the car’s owner. But can we go so far as to say that more phones in pockets actually means fewer victims? Violent crime in the U.S. has in fact been on a decided decline since the early 1990s—down 51 percent between 1991 and last year, to the general befuddlement of social scientists, who’ve attempted to explain the trend with theories ranging from more incarceration to more

abortions. Meanwhile, in 1996 people made 55,000 wireless calls to 911; in 2011 it was 396,000. When you see dots like that, it’s certainly tempting to connect them. Unfortunately research thus far is pretty thin, and tends toward speculative. The two main sources we’ve got are these: • A 2012 report out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Law and Economics notes that the beginning of the drop, in the 90s, coincided with the ownership of mobile phones by “more than a trivial share of the U.S. population.” Spinning this observation into what they called an “intuition,” researchers looked at the relationship between phone ownership by state and reported instances of rape and aggravated sexual assault. These crimes, they reasoned, were—given FBI reporting and classification standards—“likely to occur among strangers and most plausibly deterred by mobile phones.” Seeing or assuming that you’re carrying a phone, in other words, makes me less likely to assault you. • In 2015, a paper in the Journal of Crime and Justice described research building on those earlier results. The authors broadened the scope of the earlier report—using national-level data—as well as the timeline, looking at the numbers from 1984 through to 2009.

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Again, though, identifying association ain’t the same as identifying causation, and these guys, too, concluded their paper with a call for further research. So basically criminologists have looked at your question, done a little research, and come up with: Maybe? Theories about why crime is down are basically endless. Another, for instance— called the security hypothesis—suggests that all manner of advanced tech (car and home alarms, better locks, etc) deserve some credit for falling crime rates. Others have proposed the crime-substitution hypothesis: social media and gaming have become so popular among young folks that they’ve forgotten to go out and rob people. What with the countless hours postmillennials spend on their devices, it’s not just crime they’re leaving behind, according to a recent article in the Canadian magazine MacLean’s, but all manner of misbehavior: the so-called Generation Z (born since 1995) is “smoking less, graduating more, having fewer pregnancies, and committing fewer robberies, car thefts and murders.” Phones do prevent crime, under this theory, but it’s because we’re all posting photos of our lunch. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via straightdope.com

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Non-fatal Shootings

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Warrants secured on suspect in March 16 murder on East 38th St.

Police have obtained arrest warrants for Vernon Priester, 19, for the March 16 shooting that claimed the life of Aahkil Heyward, 22, and injured two others. “Detectives continue to investigate the incident and have one charge of murder and two charges of aggravated assault pending against Priester, who suffered serious injuries at the hands of his victims. He remains in stable condition at Memorial University Medical Center and will be transported to the Chatham County Detention Center upon his release from the hospital and pending arrest,” police say. “Officers responded to a ShotSpotter call in the area March 16 and found Heyward deceased outside the residence. The victim’s father, Lewis Heyward, 57, and Tracy

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Taylor, 53, sustained non-life threatening injuries as they attempted to subdue the shooter. Heyward and Taylor were treated and released.”

Multiple shootings involved with single residence

Detectives are investigating multiple incidents that ended with a 14-year-old girl being grazed by a bullet at on the 2000 block of Hawthorne Street, in the early morning hours of Friday, March 18. “Reportedly, multiple gunshots were fired outside of the residence as the teen slept inside. The residence was occupied by three other juveniles and eight adults at the time of the incident,” police say. Also, on March 17, just after 11 p.m. multiple shots were fired at the same residence. No injuries were reported. Investigators believe the residence was targeted by the unidentified shooter. Metro is now searching for a white early 2000s model sedan. Investigators believe the sedan collided with another vehicle on President Street near Harry Truman Parkway, while fleeing the shooting scene. The driver is described as a slender black male in his mid-20s, with a low haircut. There was at least one additional male passenger in the sedan, last seen traveling in the area of Yamacraw Village near Fahm Street.

Priester, suspect in March 16 homicide

Two shot on Waters Avenue

Detectives are investigating a March 16 afternoon shooting at an apartment on the 700 block of Waters Avenue that injured two males. Metro responded and found Jaquan Clark, 18, with a gunshot wound. Minutes later, a 15-year-old male, was dropped off at MUMC in a privately owned vehicle, by a driver later identified as Corey Singleton, 24. The 15-year-old is in critical condition. Singleton was interviewed after being detained and later released. Reportedly, Clark and several males were guests at the apartment. The 15-year-old and one additional male subject exited, returned with a gun and attempted to rob the others.

Detectives responded to Candler Hospital at 1:30 p.m., March 16, to investigate the shooting of a Savannah teen. “Kishonna Maxwell, 17, was walking with her friend, Christasia Lawrence, 17 near the intersection of Florida Avenue and Ohio Avenue. Both teens reported that they were shot at by a suspect from a black car. After Maxwell received non-life threatening injuries, she drove herself to the hospital,” police say. Upon further investigation, detectives learned Maxwell was accidentally shot by Lawrence at Florida and Ohio. The weapon was recovered by detectives in the 2100 block of Florida Avenue.

39 arrested in Festival Zone over course of St. Patrick’s celebration

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Chutzpah!

Trying to put (as a critic charged) “lipstick on a pig,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder boasted in March that the lead-in-thewater crisis plaguing the city of Flint for months now had actually spurred job growth. Though Snyder has been heavily criticized for tight-fisted budgeting that enabled the crisis, 81 temporary workers have been recently hired — to hand out bottled water so that residents would not have to hydrate themselves with poisoned municipal water.

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• A senior federal administrative law judge recently claimed (and then, for good measure, repeated and emphasized) that, in his experience, “3-year-olds and 4-yearolds” do not need the help of lawyers to advocate for them in immigration proceedings. Teaching those kids their rights, Judge Jack Weil said, “takes a lot of time” and “a lot of patience,” but there is no need for government to provide lawyers. (Weil, a U.S. Department of Justice employee, was contesting an American Civil Liberties Union claim at a recent deposition in an immigration case in Seattle.) • Homeless people frequently store their few possessions in commandeered shopping carts, but New Yorker Sonia Gonzalez, 60, became a legend recently on Manhattan’s West Side by maneuvering a stunning, block-long assemblage of more than 20 carts’ worth of possessions along the

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• In a suburb of Newcastle, Australia, in February, workers using a crane extracted a 1-ton snake-like mass of sewage (mostly “wet wipes” unwisely flushed down toilets) from an underground pipe — with the gummed-together sludge reaching a height of more than 20 feet when the crane finally yanked the whole thing up. Said a representative of the water company, “(Y) ou’ll flush the toilet, and the wet wipe will disappear,” and you think Questionable (wrongly) it’s therefore Judgments “flushable.” Mexico’s latest female • Making Canada Great I made the accessorizing craze is shelAgain: Syrian refugees Sweet 16 lacking tiny dead scorpions arriving at the airport onto fingernails, using the in Vancouver, British second-most venomous speColumbia, have been cies of the arachnid, selling warmly greeted personbriskly at the Miss Unas ally in a video by Prime parlor in Durango. In fact, Minister Justin Trudeau, while in town (according to a but in March some were London Daily Mail dispatch inadvertently booked into from Durango), shoppers the same hotel that was may check out the Raices hosting the fifth annual restaurant, which pioneered VancouFur convention of tacos filled with still-wrig“furries.” Anthropomorgling scorpions (that had phic, full-suited tigers, been soaked in surgical alcodogs, bears, foxes, etc., hol to neutralize the venom). roamed the hotel, leading London’s The Independent to report that the child refuLatest Religious Messages gees loved every minute, playing with the Power of Prayer: (1) Businessman Indu- furries and posing for pictures. valu Suresh cut off, and donated, the little finger of his left hand recently at the Hindu Leading Economic Indicators The Cash Economy: China’s Peoples pilgrimage site Tirupati, India, as homDaily reported in January that Mr. Cai age to the gods for the granting of bail to Zhanjiang (described as “tuhao,” or prominent India leaders Sonia Gandhi “uncultured but still well-off”) had just and Rahul Gandhi, who are charged with purchased a new truck from a dealer by fraudulent business practices in a case driving another truck to the showroom heavily politically weighted. (2) In Octoand unloading 100,000 renminbi (about ber, a regional court in Nizhegorodsky, $15,300 U.S.) entirely in small bills — a Russia, decided that the Russian Orthostash weighing about a half-ton. Shangdox Church could pay off part of a debt for haiist.com also noted a story from June its new boiler spiritually. According to an 2015 in which a man (likely also tuhao) Associated Press dispatch from Moscow, bought a new vehicle with the equivalent the church can settle the remaining debt, of $104,670 — almost all in coins. equivalent to $6,585, to the boiler company by paying $2,525 in rubles and the remainder by prayer.

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In rural China, the black market for female corpses — even already-buried corpses — thrives still (as mentioned years ago by News of the Weird). According to legend dating back 30 centuries, men who die as bachelors will spend eternity alone, and thus their families arrange “ghost weddings,” in which a corpse (presumably freshly buried) is stolen and relocated alongside the man. (Perhaps more important to the surviving family is the other part of the legend — that any bachelor corpse will “return” to haunt the family.)

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Getting Serious with The eclectic multi-instrumentalist opens up on latest LP by anna chandler

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“I guess when things get real in your life, there’s just not time for poetics.” Andrew Bird weighs his words carefully, speaking with the clarity and pace of someone who’s made a life of timing things just right: plucking a violin with his fingertips, click of the loop pedal, pulling the bow across the strings, click, mallet meeting glockenspiel key, click, pouring a whistle that songbirds would envy into the mic, click. The Illinois native and former Squirrel Nut Zippers member, trained in the Suzuki method starting at age four, is a crafter of exquisitely elaborate music that pulls from Eastern European folk, classical, jazz, and South American tradition; it’s been called chamber-pop and indie-folk, but the end result is a genre that’s entirely Bird’s own. Throughout his catalog, through winsome violin and playful guitar and that unparalleled whistle, Bird’s also an architect of beautiful, gilded cages of language. His words are often written off as “cryptic”—in Bird’s helter-skelter narrative world, the end of times is here, Earth has been reborn as a utopia where Haliburton briefcases hold no power, where survivors barter with butterfly knives and Adderall, Kewpie doll parades fill the streets, and there are snacks aplenty. There are portmanteau words, there’s natural imagery, but, in the eyes and ears of many, there isn’t much of the man himself in the singer-songwriter’s compositions. “In the past, people would joke that you need a dictionary to follow my songs, that they can be encrypted and lyrically obtuse,” Bird says over the phone. Arguably, the distance a self-described “private person” who’s “not a big sharer” creates through sensational imagery speaks volumes in itself, but Bird has recently decided to pushed himself out of his realm of comfort: his forthcoming LP, Are You Serious, is his most personal record yet, both in lyric and composition. The title’s intentionally tongue-incheek; as if its self-mocking tone wasn’t enough, it’s to be released on April Fools’ Day. He’s still a little scared of falling into cliché, but this new Bird is anything but. “I rarely listen to music in the way where the singer-songwriter is singing about my life right now,” he shares. “I’ve always listened more for melodies and musical moments that they create. And not too long ago, I heard a song by Townes Van 20 Zandt. At first, it did that thing—in one ear,

out the other, appreciating for tones and melody, but then: ‘I get what he’s talking about—he’s singing about my life.’ And I know that’s the way a lot of people do listen to music, and I wanted to do that.” A multi-instrumentalist such as Bird often uses words as a textural tool. The way certain vowels scrape against each other, the use of internal rhyme and frequent wordplay fits perfectly right between guitar strums and bow scrapes. Take new song “Chemical Switches,” which is rooted in melody: while writing, Bird sang in a stream of consciousness as he played, searching for vowels and syllables that best carried the tune. “I trust the things that bubble up from speaking in tongues,” he says. “Eventually they do make sense; they’re not completely random. They’re coming from me. That’s been my MO in the past.” Writing for Are You Serious “was a little scary,” he discloses. “I was actually talking about some very difficult personal things that had been going on with me and my family in the past five years. It became a little more of what we understand as cliché, of someone using music to process their pain or whatever, which is generally not my thing,” Bird says. “What the title is poking fun at is, ‘Have I become that confessional songwriter I might have mocked when I was younger?’” he says. “But no, it’s a slightly different process… some of it was very blunt and autobiographical, and I want it to be more plainspoken.” Bird has teased fans with three fresh singles. The first, “Capsized,” was an unusual surprise, with near-gritty violin searing like an electric guitar and a melody kicking like tiny waves against a ship. “It’s definitely…going for the jugular,” he says of the song’s intensity. “It’s got a—I don’t know about rock—it’s got a groovy thing going on. A lot of my musical diet in the last ten years has been either early jazz or dance music from Brazil or Africa or old 45s, so it makes sense. I’ve never been a big fan of the rock ‘n’ roll backbeat, I like more humid, groovy stuff.” The directness of Are You Serious lies not only in lyric.

“It’s getting to the point,” Bird describes. “There’s a little less tangential playing and arrangements. It’s designed to be pretty efficient. It’s the most consideration I’ve gone into how the songs are put together.” Indie fans were ecstatic with Bird’s latest Serious teaser, “Left-Handed Kisses.” A beautiful duet with Fiona Apple confessing a reluctance for writing cliché love songs, the song is a perfect introduction to Bird’s new vulnerability. “The point your song here misses/Is that if you really loved me/You’d risk more than a few fiftycent/ words in your backhanded love song,” Apple snaps as Bird fights the urge: “You got me writing love songs/ with a common refrain

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like this one here, baby.” Its accompanying video is just as intense as the song itself, featuring the two songwriters (both excellent actors) facing off in wooden chairs. “That’s coming from a real place,” Bird says of the song’s fervor. “It’s very dramatic. The song plays out more like a short play than a pop song.” Originally, it was a duet between Bird and his own neuroses. Once he decided to bring in a guest vocalist, Apple was at the top of his list. “I started to critique my own song in my head...I started to criticize the character singing from my point of view,” he says. “Then it started becoming Fiona’s part. I knew it had to be a duet when my neuroses came in and became a whole different voice in the song. Sometimes neuroses come in, but I always put in the song, because it’s an honest point of view.” His Savannah Music Festival debut also marks the beginning of an extensive international tour promoting the new record. Bird has a brand-new band backing him that he’s excited to introduce. “I’d characterize this new band as pretty tight and funky part of the time,” he says. “I’m doing less looping, and really, my drummer has a huge effect on what direction I go—the way I sing, phrasing,

everything.” Bird’s eclectic sound is sure to be a new favorite of longtime Music Festival attendees. Perhaps what makes him a banner act, even a cornerstone of genre for the festival, is the fact that he doesn’t consider what he does to be “crossover music”—in fact, he has a real disdain for the stuff. “I like the idea of taking classical music but playing it with a raw, folky charm,” he explains of his method. “It changes the context.” He’s also constantly challenging the “sacredness” that surrounds classical and traditional music. “I can’t remember what they called it in music school, where you boil down a whole symphony to its basic elements, which is basically a hook,” he says. “The epitome is Beethoven’s Fifth symphony [Hums] ‘Dun, dun dun, DUN’— that’s it. There’s a whole three-movement symphony out of it, and that’s a major part of the art is variations on that to remind yourself as a musician that a hook can be just a slight gesture, can be one little grace note, can be this thing that makes things special. Everything else in that happens in three to four minutes. I don’t think, in essence, any type of music is that foreign from the other.” Bird hasn’t played classical music in

around 20 years, but he’ll find himself immersed in the world once again next summer when he embarks on his first symphonic tour. “That’s going to be really interesting, culturally, going back to that world,” he says. “I’ve got some major apprehensions about it: How are my song going to sound in the hands of other violinists? Will it sound schmaltzy? I’ve got so many stipulations of what it shouldn’t do, or what I don’t want it to do. I have a very particular way of playing now that I’ve come up with on my own. Is ‘Weather Systems’ with an orchestra going to sound like a score to Gone with the Wind?” As he offers up possible circumstances, I can’t help but smile for witnessing a conversation with Bird and his neuroses, the careful management of an artistic vision that perhaps only he truly grasps. Maybe a return to tradition and to his roots, however eschewed they’ve become, is the perfect way to cap off a new album tour. Maybe Bird, through all his playfulness, is serious after all. CS

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Ricky Skaggs: country music’s savior Roots legend talks SMF collaboration with Ry Cooder and Sharon White by anna Chandler

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12 Grammy awards. Eight Country Music Association Awards. Eight Academy of Country Music Awards. 13 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. Ricky Skaggs’ trophies certainly speak for themselves, but the country/bluegrass player’s radical impact on traditional American music is sure to outshine his illustrious prizes. A veritable prodigy who began playing mandolin at the age of five, Skaggs joined icon Bill Monroe onstage when he was just six (the hometown audience chanted for “Little Ricky Skaggs” until Monroe called him up). At seven, Skaggs received his first paycheck for playing on Flatt & Scruggs’ TV show; at 17, he was playing with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley. The youngest inducted member of the Grand Olde Opry, Skaggs has been credited with “single-handedly” saving country music, but he’s dabbled in all manner of genres over the years, notably returning to his bluegrass roots in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Skaggs returns to Savannah Music Festival with wife Sharon White, gifted vocalist for country-gospel group The Whites, and guitar hero Ry Cooder (he’s collaborated with Captain Beefheart, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and many more, and produced Buena Vista Social Club’s Grammy-winning self-titled album). We spoke with the legend about the exciting trio collaboration and his incredible musical story. Your father gave you your first mandolin when you were five. Why mandolin? Did he play it himself?

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Very little. He played acoustic guitar, and his brother that got killed in World War II, he played mandolin and sang harmony with my dad. They had a brothers’ duet thing when they were teenagers. When he got killed, I think my dad, somewhere in his heart, made an inner vow that, if he had a son that showed any kind of musical 22 interest, he’d buy him a mandolin.

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Playing with Ralph Stanley at 17 years old must have been like bluegrass college or something.

what they know. I think you have to have a teachable spirit, because the student gets taught, but the teacher gets taught, too. There’s no way that I know it all—I never Oh, it certainly was! will know it all!—but I do love the process I guess I was 15, it was summer, school of training and releasing. It’s a scriptural was out…me and Keith Whitley found out thing. that Ralph was coming to this little beer I think maybe I take it more serious now joint. We couldn’t get in there ourselves, than I did when I was much younger, but so my dad took us all and Keith’s brother. now, at 61, I think about legacy. I don’t care Ralph heard us sing at 15, invited us to go so much about legacy…but I do care about out to a bluegrass festival that summer, quality of what I do and the character that I and that started a great relationship when have, and I try to impart that to young men I got out of high school. and young women. I graduated—well, I didn’t quite graduThe seed you sow is what comes back: if ate, I needed one credit. I was short in Eng- you sow blessings, and you sow goodness, lish of all things! I don’t speak the English mercy, forgiveness, those things grow up well—I do speak ‘Mountainese.’ [Laughs] and they come back to you. If you sow bitAnyway, Ralph took us on full-time when terness, envy, jealousy, strife, that comes I got out of high school that summer when back that grows up as a crop. I was 16. We just started traveling, went Everybody that leaves my band, I always through ‘Ralph Stanley College of Music.’ pray over them and bless them. I never I have a lot of music training, and when I want anyone to leave with a curse or leave say ‘training,’ it was just playing. It wasn’t with bitterness in their heart. any formal training at all. My dad was People always say that you’re respongreat about introducing me to a lot of old guy musicians. I sat at their feet: old banjo sible for saving roots music. How have you seen public opinion of traditional players, mountain fiddle players. music change in your career? Do you Do you think that’s the best way to feel like it’s made a comeback, of sorts, learn roots music, from playing with on the popular music level? experienced musicians as opposed to I think, to a degree, they can understand formal training? and comprehend it a lot of roots music it’s Absolutely. I have a whole band full of not easy to play. It sounds simple somethese young musicians, and they don’t times, but it’s not easy to play it with the actually sit at my feet, but musically they heart and spirit that it was created for. do. To sit at someone’s feet is a position I appreciate groups, like even Old Crow of learning, an honor. You want to learn [Medicine Show], how they’ve taken the

old Tennessee string band, North Georgia sound, and really reinvented it and got kids hopping out of their seats. A lot of the young bluegrass bands I’m seeing—and it’s maybe just because I’m getting older—but I’m seeing younger and younger bands. I do think that, with the Internet and the accessibility to YouTube, and accessibility to just any kind of music, anytime, you can pretty much get it. I’m also seeing children of the computer that sit down and play in front of a computer—banjo, fiddle, they got a headful of knowledge and no experience yet. That’s when the fathers really have to step in with love and tenderness, not with a sword, but with patience, and teach these young ones how to play in a band. It’s one thing to be able to fly on your instrument and be great in your bedroom, but it’s something else to have five or six other guys up there playing. How do you play backup? How do you learn when not to play? Those are valuable lessons that we need to be teaching. How did you and Ry start working together? We met at a Grammy show, probably in early 2000. We talked and bragged on each other, it was sweet…then we just started exchanging emails. Sharon and I were doing our duet CD, Hearts Like Ours, and asked if he’d come and lend his talent on a song, and it ended up being two songs. In an interview, he mentioned he would really love do to a project with Ricky and Sharon, and that just kind of led to doing some work together. We said, ‘Oh, that would be perfect!’ It must be a lot of fun working with Sharon. How did your collaboration evolve? It’s great! We were able to do Hearts Like Ours, and there was such joy in the whole process of finding songs, sitting down and arranging them together, picking up musicians we thought would be a great fit. It’s wonderful. [Sharon]’s such a beautiful singer, and people are really seeing that. CS

Savannah Music Festival: Ry Cooder, Sharon White, Ricky Skaggs When: Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts Cost: $40-80


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Portland’s 12-piece sensation brings eclectic sounds to sold-out concert so than in my own band. Another challenge was the languages: besides French and Italian, I don't speak the languages. I learn phonetically. My technique is to learn with a native speaker, then after I learn the song, I pretend I'm tipsy! [Laughs]

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Everyone’s favorite “little orchestra” is back! Pink Martini, the 12-piece band that combines classical, jazz, Latin, and numerous international influences, has become a critical sensation since founder Tony Lauderdale established the group in 1994. Savannah fell in love with Pink Martini’s unfussy elegance in 2012. Their 2016 show has sold out once again, but we couldn’t pass up a chance to chat with charismatic vocalist China Forbes. Though Forbes never received professional musical training, her diverse background in folk, musical theatre, and more made her the perfect songstress to helm Pink Martini. We talked about her recent touring breaks, composing with Tony, and Pink Martini’s grand return to Savannah.

You’ve cut back on touring yourself, is that right?

Yes, it's been an interesting time. I have a child who's seven, and when he was two, I had vocal cord surgery and took a break. Storm [Large, vocalist] filled in for me and we've been alternating ever since. It's been like job-sharing! [Laughs]

Have you enjoyed being able to have that flexibility? It's interesting. I love performing, so I'm happy that I don't have to give it up, but I couldn't really keep up this pace and be a mother. I never would have seen my son.

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There are some songs I want to record, but I haven't told anybody yet. [Laughs] I'll see if Thomas agrees. Thomas, he's a real artist, a story and place researcher, so he finds a gem from the past and another country.

What happens when you and Thomas sit down to write together?

We laugh, we disagree, we have to compromise. It's kind of emotional. Our goal this time to be open to each other's ideas and more flexible, but also we both stick to our guns when we really believe in How did you start out singing? something, so it's really hard to collaboI imitated all the singers I loved...basirate but it's fun. One thing I love is when cally, I imitated Natalie Merchant and Ste- I write songs, I'm not a great pianist, so vie Nicks, then later Ella Fitzgerald when they are more simplified chords, and he I got more involved in the music of Pink comes in and does all these voicings I don't Martini. Originally I was a Donna Summer know and flourishes and takes it in a more lover, then became a singer-songwriter and sophisticated direction. That's always fun did my folk rock songs that I wrote, then to see that unfold from the sketch. Thomas asked me to be in Pink Martini.

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It's just been a nice way to do both. I look forward to the touring and staying home.

Was there a lot of recovery time after your surgery?

It was surprisingly not that long; the whole thing, discovering I had a hemorrhage to deciding to have surgery was a long process. I didn't know what I wanted to do. Surgery is so scary…and it wasn't required for me to get surgery, it was a choice for how I wanted to go on as a singer. Did you ever imagine yourself performing in a group like Pink After I did it, I was performing again in Martini? three months and could sing three weeks Not at all! I was in New York, I had a after the surgery, it was kind of amazing. band of my own. I was playing guitar and singing, it was completely different, but because I had been in choir and glee club and a cappella and rock bands, I had such a broad range of experience, so when he asked me to do this, I fit right in. It was a way for me to use all of my abilities, more

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The recurring Savannah Bazaar exists as a community marketplace where local artists and makers can showcase their wares and handmade products. Their spring fair is set to be a celebration of sunny weather, unique creations, creative collaboration and community. Local band Xuluprophet is looking forward to bringing warm, springtime tone to their psychedelic folk/rock sound for the occasion. They’ll be joined by The Stardust Pixxies, a collective of hula-hooping dancers known to pop up and make appearances at live music shows throughout Savannah, as well as dub/glitch/trip-hop wiz Obamabo. Saturday, March 26, Bazaar from 3-8 p.m., music at 5:30 p.m., all-ages

Nashvillians The Vegabonds call their sound “New South Rock.” It’s fitting: while there are certainly Americana and Southern Rock influences steeped strongly in their music, there’s something decidedly “now” about the pop-rock they’re creating via narrative lyrics and slick production. 2016’s What We’re Made Of is brought to life with piano strains, tasteful guitar leads and country lilt. ‘70s-style organ electrifies traveling songs like “Blood to Roam,” while the band shows its softer side on songs like “Take a Ride,” where gentle piano and guitar picking cushion Allen’s vocals. Songs like “Oh My Lord” tackle loss and coping mechanisms with harmonies and lead singer Daniel Allen’s vast, roughed-up voice. It all falls somewhere between The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers with some ‘70s-stadium rock magic. Concord, North Carolina’s The Kodiac Brotherhood join in the fun with their brand of alt-country. Saturday, March 26, 9 p.m., free, 21+

The Bunny Gang, The Attack, Wet Brain @The Jinx

Still coming down from Saint Patrick’s Day? Need someone to slowly ease you back the less green-clad way of life? How about a member of Flogging Molly? Nathen Maxwell, bassist for the iconic Celtic-punk band, fronts a L.A.-based band of his own, The Bunny Gang. With reggae rhythms and a punk rock heart, expect a memorable evening of high-energy fun and first-rate musicianship. Inspired by the punk crew Maxwell grew up with in the South Bay of Los Angeles (Original Bunny Gang, or OBG PUNX), The Bunny Gang dishes out heartfelt soul, melodic calls to action, and plainspoken rock ‘n’ roll exhilaration. Its classic punk nods will appeal to a wide generational range of listeners. Orlando’s The Attack have become Jinx regulars with a top-notch Boston-style street-punk performance. Wet Brain came through last year from their hometown of Baltimore with a healthy dose of snotty, sludgy surf-punk and are back for more. Saturday, March 26, doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m., $10 via ticketfly.com, 21+

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Bayou Blues and Southern Soul: Marc Broussard/Paul Thorn Band — Paul Thorn returns with his full band and is joined by Louisiana’s Marc Broussard. $40 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

MAR 23- MAR 29, 2016

He Said, She Said: Freddy Cole and Rene Marie — Performing their exciting renditions of originals and hidden gems, these two celebrated performers promise a thoughtful and diverse repertoire that will add to the music of those great and historic duets. $50 -25, 5 & 7 p.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

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Irish Supergroup: The Gloaming — With fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla O Lionaird on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano, the Irish supergroup The Gloaming has burst onto the music scene with a rare combination of Irish tunes, ancient sean-nos song, exhilarating explorations and explosive medleys, forging a distinctive new sound. $25 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Dave Rawlings Machine Photo Courtesy of Artist


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Viennese Masterpieces: Daniel Hope & Friends — Daniel Hope and friends perform Beethoven’s “String Trio No. 3 in C minor, Opus 9,” Mozart’s “Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493,” and Schubert’s “Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (Trout).” 6 p.m. St. Paul’s’s Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street. Randy Napoleon Trio — A forwardthinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon leads his own groups in addition to touring and recording with Freddy Cole. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Friday / 25

Cajun and Zydeco Dance Party — This special double bill of dance music from Acadiana brings together two of the area’s most acclaimed touring bands, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, for a rare evening pairing two of America’s great musical traditions of Cajun and Zydeco. $40 5 & 8 p.m. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Cameron Carpenter ft. the International Touring Organ — A virtuoso composer/performer who is unique among keyboardists, Cameron Carpenter’s approach to the organ is smashing stereotypes while generating a level of acclaim and exposure that is unprecedented for his instrument. $27 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

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Dr. John Photo Courtesy of the Artist

A Spring Fling: Pink Martini ft. China Forbes — Pink Martini is a 12-piece band from Portland, Oregon, and have performed with orchestras around the world. $32 8:15 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. African Superstar: Rokia Traore — Mali’s biggest international star, singer-songwriter Rokia Traore, effortlessly blends the traditional sounds of Mali with blues, rock, jazz and folk. $27 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. www2.scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Alexandre Tharaud, piano — An artist of unique vision and originality, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud is heralded for his brilliantly-conceived programs and best-selling recordings that range from Bach, Chopin, Rameau and Ravel to music inspired by Paris cabaret of the 1920s. $52 2 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. St. Paul’s’s Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street. Caribbean Dance Party: Creole Soul w/ Etienne Charles — Trumpeter Etienne Charles leads this dance party, presenting a night of Afro-Caribbean music that is sure to keep the dance floor rockin’. $40 8:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad St.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver/ Blue Highway — This double bill pairs two leading bluegrass bands for afternoon and evening shows. $40 12:30 & 7 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Flamenco Mastery: Vicente Amigo — Vicente Amigo has been called “the natural continuation of Paco de Lucia,” and indeed it was a television performance by the legendary flamenco master that inspired him as a child to visualize a career playing flamenco guitar. $27 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. www2.scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Sunday / 27

Mozart and Dvorak — Mozart’s glorious Clarinet Quintet and Dvorak’s masterful A Major String Sextet anchor this exciting program featuring two of the finest French classical musicians in our time, clarinetist Patrick Messina and pianist Alexandre Tharaud alongside Daniel Hope and Friends. $52 6 p.m. St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street.

He Said, She Said: Freddy Cole and Rene Marie — Performing their exciting renditions of originals and hidden gems, these two celebrated performers promise a thoughtful and diverse repertoire that will add to the music of those great and historic duets. $50 March 24-25, 5 & 7 p.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill — This lunchtime concert spotlights two members of the Irish supergroup The Gloaming and one of the most innovative duos in Irish traditional music. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Drive-By Truckers Photo by David McClister

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Arnaldo Cohen, piano — Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen has a reputation for displaying musical authority and blistering virtuosity in his performances. $52 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848. org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Matt Munisteri, guitar — Currently serving as Catherine Russell’s music director, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Matt Munisteri is an extraordinary jazz guitarist who also started playing bluegrass banjo at an early age. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Tuesday / 29

MAR 23- MAR 29, 2016

Aaron Diehl, piano — Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought-after jazz virtuosos. His meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations and compositions make him a leading force in today’s generation of jazz artists. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

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Andrew Bird — Bird’s distinctive voice, wide ranging influences and instrumental versatility contribute to an engaging compositional style that often incorporates sounds and layers rarely heard in pop music, including virtuosic whistling and glockenspiel. Sponsored by Connect Savannah. Start at $32 7:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Musical Friendships w/ Daniel Hope & Friends — Mendelssohn and Schumann enjoyed mutual admiration and companionship during their years in Leipzig, while Brahms’ friendship with Dvorak is a relationship nearly unparalleled in music history. This concert celebrates the remarkable relationships between great composers. $52 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Wednesday / 30

Cecile McLorin Salvant/Monty Alexander Trio — Having been called “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade,” 26-year-old Cecile McLorin Salvant possesses a depth of expression and innate ability that is utterly enthralling. In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. $45 6 & 9 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Ry Cooder, Sharon White, Ricky Skaggs — Master instrumentalists Ry Cooder (guitar) and Ricky Skaggs (mandolin) along with one of country music’s purest singing voices in Sharon White unite for an evening of blues, gospel and bluegrass. Start at $40 7:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

The Complete Beethoven Trios — Four years since their gripping performances of Mendelssohn’s virtuosic piano trios, Wu Han and David Finckel join Philip Setzer for a two-night program consisting of the complete Beethoven piano trios. $57 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848. org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

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Harold Mabern, piano — Jazz pianist Harold Mabern was born in Memphis and moved to New York City, where he has remained ensconced in the jazz scene for 25 years. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Tenor Titans: Stephen Riley Quartet ft. Marcus Roberts/Eric Alexander Quartet ft. Harold Mabern — This concert pairs two of the finest forty-something tenor saxophonists in jazz today. $40 6 & 9 p.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

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The Complete Beethoven Trios — Four years since their gripping performances of Mendelssohn’s virtuosic piano trios, Wu Han and David Finckel join Philip Setzer for a two-night program consisting of the complete Beethoven piano trios. $57 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848. org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Saturday / 2

Friday / 1

Big World of Music: Kasse Mady Diabate, Robert Sadin’s “Night Songs” — Kasse Mady Diabate comes from the most famous family of griots in the land of the Manding: the Diabates of Kela. Robert Sadin thrilled audiences in his two previous projects at SMF, both of which received standing ovations. $35 6 & 9 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Brianna Thomas Quartet — A performer since the age of six, Brianna Thomas sings an array of ballads, standards and blues along with her original compositions. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

The Suffers/Langhorne Slim — The Suffers is an exuberant ten-piece Gulf Coast R&B ensemble from Houston, Texas, that intertwines elements of classic soul music and rock ‘n roll. Langhorne Slim is a dynamic singer-songwriter with a rapidly growing following. $35 5 & 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Tallis Scholars — Over four decades of performance and a catalog of award winning recordings, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western music. $52 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. World of the Mandolin in Four Centuries: Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg — Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall are two of the most remarkable mandolinists of our time. Through their life and work together, they have built a beautiful duo that captures their lively spirit across several musical styles. $35 11 a.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. uusavannah.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St.

Blues in the Garden: North Mississippi Allstars, Charlie Musselwhite — The North Mississippi Allstars, formed in 1996, are the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Jim Dickson. Mississippi-born Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians performing today. 5 & 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Mozart in Prague: An Operatic Journey — This one-time only multimedia infused concert will be an operatic tour of composer Wolfgang A. Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte’s world in the city where his most successful operas -- Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro -- were premiered. $65, patron package $225 7 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. The Art of the Piano Trio ft. Marcus Roberts and Daniel Hope — This original production brings together SMF Associate Artistic Directors Daniel Hope and Marcus Roberts in a program that weaves together the influence of the piano trio across three centuries of music, juxtaposing the varied musical demands of form, style, composition and improvisation. Start at $32 3 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Sunday / 3

Del & Dawg: Del McCoury and David Grisman — Del McCoury is a living link to the days when bluegrass was made in honkytonks and schoolhouse shows. He returns to SMF in this special duo setting with mandolinist and composer David Grisman, who has been a guiding force in acoustic music for half a century. $27 3 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. continues on p. 30

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Late Night Jam with the Wycliffe Gordon Quintet — Capping off jazz week at the Morris Center is the annual late night jam, one of the most sought-after tickets at the festival. Gordon invites a variety of musicians to the stage for collaborations and cutting contests over an evening featuring a vast repertoire of jazz and blues standards. $40 10 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Ballake Sissoko, kora — Hailing from a long tradition of Malian kora players, Ballake Sissoko is widely known as one of the greatest kora players in our time. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

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Joey Alexander Photo by Signe Roderik

Great Concertos: l’arte del mondo with Daniel Hope and Friends — In their first SMF concert in 2016, l’arte del mondo will join Daniel Hope and Friends in performing some of the greatest concertos of the baroque era by Bach and Vivaldi, along with the second cello concerto by Haydn. $52 5 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings — At the forefront of a retro-soul and funk renaissance, Augusta native Sharon Jones remains one of the most high-energy performers in the genre. The New York Times calls her “the real deal… the epitome of the soul revival.” Start at $32 7:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

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Tuesday / 5

Bryan Sutton Band, Haas Kowert Tice — Bryan Sutton is widely regarded as one of the top flatpickers in acoustic music, having won the IBMA Guitarist of the Year Award seven times, including this year. This only-in-Savannah double bill turns the Morris Center into a picker’s paradise. $35 5 & 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

MAR 23- MAR 29, 2016

Haas Kowert Tice — Haas Kowert Tice is a virtuosic acoustic trio consisting of three alumni of SMF’s 2012 Acoustic Music Seminar: Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass and Jordan Tice on guitar. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

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Cecile McLorin Salvan Photo by Mark Fitton

Jeremy Denk, piano — Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost classical pianists and performs pieces from Bach to Haydn to Schubert. $52 6 p.m. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

All Mozart — In their second SMF concert, l’arte del mondo will be joined by Daniel Hope and Friends in this all-Mozart extravaganza showcasing the superb German orchestra with violinists Daniel Hope and Lorenza Borrani as well as violonist CarlaMaria Rodrigues. $35 11 a.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Dave Rawlings Machine — Called “one of the hottest stringbands on the planet” by SF Weekly, this acoustic powerhouse delivers the acclaimed songwriting of Rawlings and Welch, which has been at the leading edge of American acoustic music for twenty years. Start at $32 7:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. www2.scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Pericles: Recomposed — In the 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s death, SMF hosts a re-staging of the tragedy of “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” featuring the acclaimed British Shakespeare Ensemble called Passion in Practice. $45 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Wednesday / 6

Drive-by Truckers — Now with more than a dozen releases and extensive touring over the two decades since their founding in 1996, the Drive-By Truckers has “a current line-up that’s as tough and grand on any given night as the best live rock band you’ve ever seen” (NPR’s Ann Powers). Start at $27 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. www2.scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Julian Lage Trio, Söndörgö — Guitarist Julian Lange is a composer, educator and performer who has been a SMF favorite for the past five years. Söndörgö is one of the leading exponents of tamburitza music from Hungary. $35 6 & 9 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Thursday / 7

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers — Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane. Start at $32 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Väsen — This lunchtime concert with Swedish trio Väsen marks their second appearance since SMF 2009. They perform expansive instrumental music that is strongly rooted in Swedish traditional song forms. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

When the Danes Met the Swedes: Väsen/Danish String Quartet — This extraordinary double bill brings together two leading Nordic ensembles, one Swedish and one Danish, that will include a 400-year range of folk music traditions. $35 6 & 9 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Friday / 8

Danish String Quartet — Embodying the quintessential elements of a chamber music ensemble, the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. $35 11 a.m. savannahmusicfestival.org.trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Darrell Scott — A gifted multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Darrell Scott has played with hundreds of country and bluegrass music’s brightest stars, from Randy Travis to Martina McBride. $25 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. My Brightest Diamond — Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Worden can. Her multi-faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. $35 10:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.


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Rhiannon Giddens, Mokoomba! — Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has combined her formal vocal training from the Oberlin Conservatory with folk music roots to become a unique and formidable talent. Joining Giddens is Mokoomba, an acclaimed Afro-pop ensemble that performs with an eminently danceable groove. $40 5 & 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Stringband Spectacular 2016 — As the culminating concert of each year’s weeklong Acoustic Music Seminar, a group of sixteen virtuoso string players showcase the fruits of their labor in front of an enthusiastic audience. $15 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Saturday / 9

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — The world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to the Lucas stage under maestro Robert Spano. Joining them is Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. $40 7 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Louis Lortie Photo by Frank Stewart

Balkan Brass Band Blowout: Fanfare Ciocarlia/Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra — Widely considered the foremost trumpet player to hail from the Balkans, Serbian musician Boban Markovic brings his thirteen-piece orchestra and his son Marko for their SMF debut. Hailing from the Romanian village of Zece Prajini, Fanfare Ciocarlia is a twelve-piece group made up of trumpets, tuba, clarinet, saxophones and percussion. $35 5 & 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. shipsofthesea. org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

My Brightest Diamond Photo Courtesy of the Artist

MAR 23- MAR 29, 2016

My Brightest Diamond — Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Worden can. Her multi-faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. $35 3 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

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Barrelhouse South VuDu Shakedown featuring Tokalos Bay Street Blues Hitman Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Thea, piano/vocals Boomy’s Eric Culberson Band coffee deli Acoustic Jam Rachael’s 1190 Jeremy Riddle Rocks on the Roof Rachael Shaner SEED Eco Lounge Latin Music Night Treehouse Wobble Wednesday Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane Wild Wing Cafe Jeff Beasley The Wormhole Open Mic

Trivia & Games

The Chromatic Dragon Geeky Trivia Night The Jinx Rock n Roll Bingo Rachael’s 1190 Team Trivia Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia World of Beer Trivia

Karaoke

Ampersand Karaoke Club One Karaoke Hercules Bar & Grill Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke hosted by K-Rawk Wet Willie’s Karaoke

Comedy

Mutuals Club Phatt Katt Comedy Thang Sulfur Studios The Crash Comedy Show

DJ

Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar

Other

Karaoke

Frushon The Warehouse Jon Lee’s Apparitions Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Acoustic Thursday Z2 Jimmy Taylor Experience

Applebee’s Karaoke Bay Street Blues Karaoke Doodles Karaoke Thursday & Saturdays The Islander Karaoke Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Karaoke Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke

Trivia & Games

The Britannia British Pub Trivia Dub’s Pub Trivia McDonough’s Trivia Mediterranean Tavern Butt Naked Trivia with Kowboi Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Trivia Pour Larry’s Explicit Trivia Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Trivia

Karaoke

Applebee’s Karaoke The Chromatic Dragon Karaoke Night Club One Karaoke Doodles Karaoke Thursday & Saturdays Flashback Karaoke Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke Rusty Rudders Tap House Karaoke World of Beer Karaoke

DJ

Congress Street Social Club DJ Blackout The Jinx Live DJ Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao Mediterranean Tavern DJ Kirby Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar

Bar & Club Events

Club One Drag Show SEED Eco Lounge Daas Unterground Thursdays

Other

The Sandbar Open Mic

Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic

Thursday / 24

Friday / 25

Barrelhouse South Jesse Smith Project Basil’s Pizza and Deli Georgia Kyle Bay Street Blues Hitman Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals) Cocktail Co. Laiken Love Fannie’s on the Beach Christy Alan Band Jazz’d Tapas Bar Trae Gurley The Jinx Ambrose, Culture Vulture Sulfur Studios Vampires Everywhere!, Chasing Safety, SYCAMOUR, The Apprehended The Foundery Coffee Pub Open Mic 32 Vic’s on The River Jimmy

MAR 23- MAR 29, 2016

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Barrelhouse South Dale and the Zdubs, Psychedelic Monks Basil’s Pizza and Deli Lazaretto Creek Band Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, Ben Keiser Trio Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals) City Market Christy Alan Band Fiore Italian Bar and Grill Anne Allman Huc-A-Poo’s Georgia Kyle Trio Jazz’d Tapas Bar Shrimp City Slim Mansion on Forsyth Park Tradewinds North Beach Grill Kodiak Brotherhood Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio Rocks on the Roof Hitman Ruth’s Chris Steak House David

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Vampires Everywhere!, Chasing Safety, SycAmour, The Apprehended @Sulfur studios

The Vampires Everywhere! Ritual Tour is hitting Savannah courtesy of Coastal Rock Productions. Blending industrial, Goth, and metalcore sounds, Hollywood’s Vampires Everywhere! pulls influences from Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and ‘80s arena rock. The band is currently touring in support of their latest LP, Ritual. Hardcore act Chasing Safety, self-described aggressive-alternative band SycAmour, and Beaufort’s The Apprehended join. thursday, march 24, 7 p.m., $8 advance via squareup.com, $10 day of, all-ages Duckworth & Kim Polote Vic’s on The River Diana Rogers The Warehouse Eric Culberson Band Wild Wing Cafe 76 & Sunny Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Thomas Claxton and the Myth Z2 Jimmy Taylor Experience

Trivia & Games

Coach’s Corner Movies & Music Trivia

Karaoke

Bay Street Blues Karaoke The Islander Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke Sunny’s Lounge Karaoke Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/DJ

Comedy

The Wormhole Fancy Ass Comedy Show

DJ

Club 309 West DJ Zay Cocktail Co. Cocktails & Beats Congress Street Social Club DJ Square One Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond Hercules Bar & Grill DJ Little Lucky’s DJ Sweet Treat Melissa Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ C-Rok Treehouse DJ Phive Star

Bar & Club Events

Abe’s on Lincoln DJ Doc Ock Club One Drag Show

Saturday / 26

17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond Barrelhouse South Kodiak Brotherhood, Vegabonds Basil’s Pizza and Deli Jon Lee and the Apparitions Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton (solo), Thomas Claxton and the Myth Bernie’s (Tybee) Anne Allman Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals) Casimir’s Lounge Jackson Evans Trio Congress Street Social Club Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers Fannie’s on the Beach Christy Alan Band Huc-A-Poo’s Charlie Fog Jazz’d Tapas Bar Shrimp City Slim The Jinx The Bunny Gang, The Attack North Beach Grill Jesse Smith Project The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Kim Polote Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio Rocks on the Roof Virtue Band Vic’s on The River Diana Rogers The Warehouse Eric Culberson Band Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Trey Teem The Wormhole Dope Knife “Iconoclast” Live Album Show w/ Bak Ontha Beat Z2 Jimmy Taylor Experience

Cocktail Co. Cocktails & Beats Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond Little Lucky’s DJ Sweet Treat Melissa Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Pieces Treehouse DJ Phive Star

Bar & Club Events

Club One Drag Show

Sunday / 27

17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) Sunday Jazz Brunch Bayou Cafe Don Coyer Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup Huc-A-Poo’s Bottles & Cans Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill Christy Alan Band The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry

Trivia & Games

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar Sunday Afternoon Trivia Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia

Karaoke

Club One Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/DJ

DJ

Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee

Bar & Club Events

Ampersand Blues & Brews

Monday / 28

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Beloved professor remembers legendary Savannah writer By Orlando Montoya

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ANY conversation about the great Savannah writer Conrad Aiken usually begins and ends with his parent’s 1901 murder-suicide. I know this because I start many of those conversations. As a tour guide, I take visitors by Aiken’s former homes on Oglethorpe Avenue and his grave at Bonaventure Cemetery. And as a radio host and writer, I occasionally make his work my work. But my Aiken stories always involve two gunshots and an 11-year-old boy who descends the stairs to discover the bloody bodies of his mother and father, a sight that colored his life and shaped his writing. I often wonder what Aiken, who died in 1973, would think of this presentation. After all, such talk occurred within his lifetime. “It annoyed him like hell,” says Joseph Killorin, a close friend of Aiken, a retired Armstrong professor and a great contributor to Aiken scholarship. “What his parents gave to him was an urge to write.” The fact that anyone alive today still remembers chumming around with a man born in 1889 is amazing itself.

I sought Killorin to clear up doubts I had about a writer rapidly becoming one of my favorites with each new story and poem I read. Was he depressed? Was he mad? You certainly might get that impression from his work. Indeed, his most popular short story, “Silent Snow, Secret Snow,” is just about the closest thing to a description of depression that I’ve read. “He never was [mentally ill] but he always thought he might become so,” Killorin says, referring to madness in particular. “He thought it was inherited.” But didn’t he try to commit suicide? “Yes, but that wasn’t out of madness,” he says. “That was out of despair at a certain moment. Despair to Conrad came chiefly when a love affair was on the rocks.” In that case, his second marriage. Aiken apparently just wanted to try something (death) that he’d always wondered about. Thankfully, the man wondered about serious subjects (in print and in his own mind) until a heart attack took him at age 84. And Aiken does come across as serious (a bit like me, I’m afraid). That’s why I wanted to hear about his playful side. How did he let loose? “He liked fast driving,” Killorin says. “I was always terribly afraid that I was going to throw him into the windshield. But he

loved it.” Killorin was a young academic when he met the waning writer. A dean, he built the English department when Armstrong moved from downtown to the Southside. “We sat by the river, ate hot dogs and drank martinis,” he says. “He loved canned corned beef hash.” Their friendship seems unreal today. They talked deeply, regularly (three or four times a week) and unhurriedly, the kind of conversation hard to imagine in the handheld-distraction era. “He became my best friend,” he says. “After all, in Brewster [Massachusetts, Aiken’s summer home], he had Edmund Wilson and God knows who all either living there or coming to see him regularly. But in Savannah, he had Joe Killorin!” Of course, Killorin is more than Aiken’s friend. Former students still remember him fondly. He served Armstrong for 40 years, retiring in 1988. He loves classical music, art and books. He’s lived on Tybee Island for 60 years. And I’m sure I’m selling him short, as I do Aiken. But like Aiken, I’m sure Killorin forgives me. Indeed, I hope if I’m still around at age 90 and 42 years removed from a close friend that I have a chance to repeat his words: “He meant the world to me,” he says. “I still miss him everyday.” cs

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Through Law’s Eyes — The City of Savannah in partnership with the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation invite the public to attend an exhibit opening and reception for “Through Law’s Eyes: Select Works from the W. W. Law Art Collection” on Thursday, March 31, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the Beach Institute, 502 East Harris Street. W. W. Law featured the work of emerging African American artists, as well as works featuring local Savannah scenes. His personal collection of original artwork and prints (including those featured in this exhibit) reflects these efforts, as well as the personal friendships that came about from them. Opening remarks will be at 5:30 p.m. “Through Law’s Eyes” will be on display at the Beach Institute through January 2017. The Portraits: Group Show — Four local artists will be featured in the show: Chris D’Antonio, Gordon Rabut, Clayton Walsh, and Lomaho Kretzmann. For this show, they will focus on portraiture. Opening reception April 22, 6-9pm. March 30-May 2. galleryespresso. com/. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

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. American Vices — We’re sure you’re a lovely person of many virtues – a person who donates to charity, supports local farming

the art of woodturning on a lathe. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.

A reception for the big exhibit of the W.W. Law collection happens at the Beach Institute March 31.

initiatives, works to diminish pollution, and tips generously. But to paraphrase Bertrand Russell: no one is interested in other people’s secret virtues. Whether it’s greed, narcissism, perversion, selfishness, wastefulness, vanity or other bits of wickedness, America is infamous for its vices. American Vices invites you to crawl down into the belly of American immorality and show us what you find. Through March 28. Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St. The Art of Cal Wood — Calvin Thomas exhibits his latest art. Through March 31. Ta Ca Sushi & Japanese Fusion, 513 E Oglethorpe Ave. Artistry in Wood — Over 50 works and will include pens, pepper mills, bowls, vases, wine toppers, plates, and more. During the reception members will be demonstrating

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Bazaar Conceptions — Armstrong presents the first ever, independent graphic design exhibition, Bazaar Conceptions, featuring the works of senior designers Holly Nance, Cc Witt, Haley Geller, Kim Crabtree, and Elizabeth Rhaney. This exhibition will exemplify the outstanding strengths that Armstrong’s emergent graphic design department produces. Through March 30. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

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. Part of deFINE ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. 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. Acclaimed artist Rafael LozanoHemmer’s work, Level of Confidence, tries to match the viewer’s face to the faces of 43 missing Mexican university students in a powerful and heartbreaking search for the disappeared. Los Angeles-based artist Nova Jiang uses digital imaging to pull museum visitors into the panels of a comic book. In Mimicry, Emilie Joly and Rafael Munoz create computer-generated paintings that mimic the facial expressions of the viewer. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Landmark: A Decade of Collecting at the Jepson Center — Since the Jepson Center opened its doors to the public 10 years ago, Telfair Museums has added 1,267 works of art to its permanent collection. This exhibition highlights 10 of the most significant acquisitions made from 2006 to the present. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now — 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. The artists were selected by the Crystal Bridges’ Director and curatorial team through an ambitious year-long research process that involved traveling 100,000 miles and visiting nearly 1,000 artists’ studios in rural communities, small towns and urban centers. 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. Sue Nichols — Vivid and highly textural describes the blossoming paintings by Sue Nichols. As the featured artist of the month, we will have a larger collection of Nichols’ paintings on display. The size of her work ranges from miniatures to large canvases. Through March 31. gallery209savannah. com/. Gallery 209, 209 E River St. Wayward — Inaugural exhibition of a new body of paintings and sculptures by Kent Knowles that, together, will envelop the viewer in an environment of fantastical imagery. His colorful, large-scale paintings are positioned in an ambiguous space between allegory and personal symbolism, as he adopts myths for the sake of personal expression and narrative. Part of deFINE ART. Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E Liberty St.


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Wyld Dock Bar focuses on sustainable, seasonal ingredients ‘When you aren’t using what’s around you, you’re robbing your region of its flavor,’ says Chef Tony By Jared A. Jackson

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TUCKED AWAY at the end of a long unpaved road lives a restaurant that is perpetuating the original intention behind the food culture of the Coastal Empire. The Wyld Dock Bar is poised right on the marsh, providing customers with not just a taste of Savannah, but an overall experience of the Lowcountry. If you live close enough, you can ride through the marsh to get there, park your jet-ski or boat at the dock and grab a bite to eat. If you’re lucky enough to grab a table around sunset, the view is one of the best in town. The Coastal Empire has always been known for its marshes, and some damn good seafood. If you are eating at a restaurant that isn’t buying fresh seafood caught either locally or regionally, you’re in the wrong place. The essence of the coastal community comes from the areas that are mastering this simplicity, highlighting the wildlife in the area, and using what is available to them, as much as they can, to define the essence of their menu. Restaurants that do this well are the ones that build the trust of the locals, who truly need to buy into your authenticity, before they become regular patrons of your business.

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The Wyld Dock Bar has embodied all things true to them, and the community they represent, which is how you build a long lasting foundation. I got a chance to sit down with the Wyld Dock Bar’s Executive Chef, Tony Seichrist, who filled me in on his perspective of Savannah’s food culture, as well as how the Wyld Dock Bar fits into the local community. “Buying seasonal and local ingredients isn’t as black and white as it used to be. We try as best we can to purchase local ingredients and our location is the catalyst for how we approach our menu and the atmosphere we have here,” Tony explains. “Food in Savannah has to continue to be humble, it has to remain approachable, but at the same time it has to get better.” It’s clear to see how tourism has bled into Savannah’s foundation as a whole, but especially our food culture. Food is more expensive here and quality has suffered, as most restaurants are comfortable with being just good enough for the one-time tourists. If we continue, as natives, to enable this behavior, we will be stuck with nothing but “tourist” restaurants. “The way we push through, is to continue to grind and make sure that you always have a little something for everyone,” Tony expounds. “But for us, it’s important to focus our attention on building a sustainable population of regulars.” With his background in Italian cuisine, it’s apparent after talking to Tony how vital it is for a chef to cook food that speaks to him or her on a personal level. “I hunt, I fish, and I always have,” Tony explains. “I’ve always enjoyed getting my ingredients personally, which is how I was introduced to cooking in the first place.” Growing up, Chef spent a lot of time on the South Carolina islands, where he spent summer vacations shopping for regional ingredients and cooking with his family. “This restaurant is me re-creating those memories in a professional setting. When you aren’t using what’s around you, you are robbing your region of its flavor, of its soul,” Tony says. “I’ve always tried to oversimplify the final product, and spend way

more time with my initial ingredients.” The menu is rich with creativity, as Chef Tony takes a saltwater approach towards classic menu items. If you’re looking for three courses, I suggest starting with the shrimp ceviche, or if you are in the mood for a salad try their Caesar. The ceviche is seasoned perfectly, and has the just the right amount of sweet, as you build each bite around the pieces of mandarin. A good number of their main courses are built to support whatever fish is seasonally and locally available. Grits are and always have been a foundation ingredient for Southern comfort cooking. I enjoyed their spin on fish and grits, using Canewater grits and beer battered fish, served with their unique horseradish sauce. That plate was impressive, which is when I started realize how much bigger my eyes were than my stomach. Despite filling up quickly, I pushed through. Their crab cake sandwich was a handful, made with blue crab and a house made remoulade; it’s extremely fresh, and smacks of the coastal influence. The exceedingly simple, yet delicious fish sandwich paired with tartar, arugula and tomato feels truly classic. It wouldn’t be right to not finish things off with something sweet, so I would recommend either the chipwich, or the homemade key lime pie. Both are the perfect cherry on top. At the end of the plate, you can see how the culture and community influences the food that is produced. I’m excited for the future, and as awareness grows, we will become better “foodies” for the restaurants that continue to set the bar. The cycle created through these conscious decisions, with time, will produce and attract more talent, resulting in the foundation for our industry’s growth. We have to be active and not passive participants in this culture if we want things to get better. Let’s stir the pot and feed our souls, people. cs Wyld Dock Bar, 2740 Livingston Ave. For more of Jared’s food writing, visit www.asliceofthyme.com

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THE BRONZE

/ Hollywood has presented viewers with far too many movies in which the protagonist is a petulant man-child, so it’s only fair that here’s one in which the lead is a bratty woman-child. But did the film have to be this bad? Say this for the mostly insufferable flicks (many, of course, starring Will Ferrell) that have paved the way for this one: The stunted-development character may be spoiled and whiny and self-centered, but usually there’s a glint of decency buried within, a likably self-effacing trait that allows us to at least marginally tolerate the person as he heads toward his third-act maturation. But The Bronze, co-written by star Melissa Rauch and hubby Winston Rauch, immediately puts up a wall by making Hope Ann Greggory an utterly repellent character, one so grating that the promise of spending 90 minutes with her seems tantamount to a stint on Death Row. A former gymnast whose claim to fame was that she placed third in the Olympics while a teenager, she has done nothing with her life in the decade-plus since that shining moment, instead preferring to live at home with her infinitely patient dad (Gary Cole) and masturbate to video footage of her bronze-earning moment. For purely mercenary reasons too convoluted to explain here, she eventually


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agrees to coach a fellow Amherst, Ohio, resident, a perky teen gymnast named Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson), all the while worried that if Maggie achieves greater success, then her own modicum of fame within the Amherst city limits will completely dissipate. It’s certainly a workable premise for a comedy—more so if tackled as a satire on this nation’s obsession with those precious 15 minutes of fame—but The Bronze is myopic in its execution, opting for a petty and mean-spirited approach devoid of the acerbic wit and acute insight necessary to transform it into a worthy black comedy. In addition to Hope being such an obnoxious character, she’s simply not interesting, and Rauch is woefully unfunny in the role. Of course, Hope softens over the course of the film, but it’s not a believable thaw, and the film ends up becoming yet another example of this country’s current craze with championing mediocrity. Its only saving graces are the performances by Richardson as the bubbly teen athlete and Thomas Middleditch as Hope’s assistant coach and unlikely love interest. Their work deserves an 8.0 from the judges, but no one else involved with this project should be allowed anywhere near the winners’ circle.

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// The title and the behind-the-scenes personnel suggest that 10 Cloverfield Lane is going to be a follow-up of sorts to the 2008 horror hit Cloverfield, but the initial going seems to veer more in the direction of Room, the recent critical darling that earned Brie Larson a well-deserved Oscar for Best Actress. Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young woman fleeing from a failed relationship, is ignoring a cell call from her ex (cue voice cameo by a big star, a la Harvey Keitel in Inglourious Basterds and Sigourney Weaver in WALL-E) when her car is rammed and she’s knocked unconscious.

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She wakes up in a locked room, chained to the wall as the prisoner of Howard (John Goodman). Unlike Room’s Old Nick, though, Howard seemingly has no plans to rape or kill Michelle; instead, he insists he saved her from the auto accident for her own protection. If Howard is to be believed, the rest of the world has been wiped out through poisonous air (released by the Russians? The military? Aliens? He isn’t sure), and the only survivors are himself, Michelle and Emmett (John Gallagher, Jr.), the sweet if simple handyman who spent years helping Howard construct his underground bunker. Howard eventually releases Michelle from her confined quarters and allows her full run of the makeshift home (which includes a kitchen and a living room), hoping that the three of them can spend the next one or two years coexisting as a happy family until the outside air is breathable again. Michelle, however, makes every effort to escape, all the while wondering if there’s any truth at all to Howard’s whopper of a conspiracy theory. This is the part of the review where I promise not to reveal more for fear of spoilers, but honestly, what is there to really spoil? 10 Cloverfield Lane is a movie that ends up being too clever for its own good, becoming utterly predictable in its relentless attempts at unpredictability. When the plot looks as if it will thrust, it of course will parry, and the film further dilutes any genuine surprises by often telegraphing its intentions ahead of time. The trio of scripters also cram in one subplot too many, with its clumsy presence only there to spin the story off into another (expected) direction. This isn’t to say 10 Cloverfield Lane is a bust—terrific performances by the three leads and debuting director Dan Trachtenberg’s effective staging (the bunker atmosphere alternates between friendly and foreboding) are worthy enough to earn a modest recommendation. Just don’t expect more surprises than one would find in any given episode of Scooby-Doo.

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// The occasional Steve Carell aside, comedians aren’t often given the opportunity to flex their dramatic muscles, so it’s nice to see the hilarious Tina Fey playing it straight in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Based on Kim Parker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the film finds Fey cast as Parker, a TV news journalist who leaves the comfort of her stateside desk and embarks on a new career path as a war correspondent covering Middle Eastern conflicts. Fey is excellent as Parker, peppering her performance with humorous asides 42 but otherwise playing up the character’s

questionable adrenaline-junkie tendencies, and the impressive supporting cast includes Margot Robbie, a lovably roguish Martin Freeman, and Alfred Molina (at one point channeling Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek). If the film never delves too deeply into the sociopolitical aspects of its setting (especially when compared to the great slate of comparable titles from the 1980s, like Under Fire and Salvador), it’s still gripping enough to make it a sound vehicle for Fey as she tackles the heavy lifting. So when does Amy Poehler get her shot?

ZOOTOPIA

/// For the sake of the children—heck, for your own sake—be sure not to rapidly skim the multiplex marquee and accidentally amble into Zoolander 2 instead of Zootopia. While one ranks as an atrocity worthy of living in infamy, the other is an absolute delight, certain to satisfy adults as much as (even more than?) the small fry. That Zootopia proves to be such a joyous occasion is something of a surprise, since off-season animated efforts typically tend to be on the rancid side (e.g. The Lorax, Gnomeo & Juliet). Yet here’s a family film that would be welcome any time of the year. At its center is a marvelous new character: Judy Hopps (voiced by Once Upon a Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin), a smalltown rabbit who dreams of moving to the sprawling metropolis of Zootopia and becoming the first bunny to ever serve as a police officer, a vocation that has always been filled by more imposing animals such as rhinos and tigers. Judy nevertheless graduates from the academy and earns her badge, but the police chief Bogo (Idris Elba) is unimpressed and relegates her to meter-maid duty. Rather than slapping tickets on cars, she would be much more interested in joining the other cops in tackling the mystery of why approximately a dozen citizens have vanished without a trace. A chance encounter with a con-artist fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) provides the impetus she needs to pursue the case on her own, and, with the reluctant help of Nick, she uncovers a labyrinthine plot with fearful implications. Zootopia crafts an unexpectedly complex mystery, one that also allows for an examination of cultural differences and the poisonous prejudices that result in being judged by the color—and, in this anthropomorphic world, the texture—of one’s skin. It’s particularly apropos given the current mood of fear and loathing in this exceedingly nasty election year. The beauty of Zootopia, though, is that you can be unaware of the subtext and still reap the benefits of an imaginatively designed endeavor packed with huge laughs.

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. C

RISEN

// 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. Affirm Films’ 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. 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 (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. CS


Happenings Activism & Politics

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. Saturdays with Alderwoman Shabazz Residents in Savannah’s 5th District are invited to meet with their Alderwoman every 4th Saturday of the month. Residents may come with specific issues and concerns, or just to meet their representative on Savannah City Council. District 5 runs roughly west of Bull Street and north of 36th Street, and also includes newly developing areas of the City in the southwest quadrant of Chatham County. Free and open to the public. fourth Saturday of every month, 2-4 p.m. 912-651-6410. Shabazz Seafood Restaurant, 502 W. Victory Dr. 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. 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 Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: savaayo@yahoo.com. Info is also available at www.savaayo.org. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com ongoing. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call for 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

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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 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 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

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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 Submissions for Dank Memes Non-Fiction Gallery invites you to dig deep and decode the cultural viruses that live in you. Show us your dank memes. Through June 22. nonfictiongallery.com. Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull 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

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SMF: Swing That Music: Catherine Russell/The Hot Sardines

A three-day run of this swinging double bill featuring jazz vocalist and bluesy brass lineup The Hot Sardines. $40 Sun., March 27, 4 & 7 p.m., Mon., March 28, 5 & 8 p.m. and Tue., March 29, 5 & 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. the YMCA of Coastal Georgia on March 29. The funds will be used to support our Early Learning Readiness Program. Make your grocery list, grab lunch from the hot bar and help support the Y. Tue., March 29, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. 912-354-5480. luckysmarket. com/savannah-ga/. Lucky’s Market, 5501 Abercorn 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. 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. 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. Ballroom Dance Party with Free Lesson Join us every 4th Friday for a free group lesson followed by a party for dancers. Come and practice all of your patterns that you have learned in class while meeting

some fun people along the way. All ages and levels welcome. You don’t need a partner or have experience to come and enjoy dance with us. $10 per person or $15 per couple fourth Friday of every month, 7:30-10 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 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.


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All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. Building and Leading HighPerformance Teams Explores various aspects of teams, including: team dynamics, the team life cycle, employee-motivation models, conflict-resolution models, and the power of celebrating team and individual successes. During the workshop, students gain hands-on experience through practice sessions and a team-based simulation. Upon completion of the workshop, students understand why some teams are successful and others aren’t, and know how to identify and leverage each team member’s interests, strengths and experience to support overall performance. $895 March 23-24. 912963-6976. pe.gatech.edu/leading-well-sav. Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle. Caregiving 101 The free one-hour class is designed to raise awareness of the importance of selfcare by exploring the physical, emotional, psychological and social components of caregiving. Learn tips to deal with the many challenges and gain useful information on community resources. Led by an experienced clinical professor and seasoned caregiver, any person finding themselves in the role of family caregiver would greatly benefit from this free class. Free fourth Monday of every month, noon. 912-629-1331. edelcaregiverinstitute.org. Edel Caregiver Institute, 6000 Business Center Drive. 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. FAFSA Workshop Savannah Graduates, a community-wide initiative focused on creating a more educated workforce in Chatham County, is offering free workshops to assist community members in completing the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Wed., March 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thu., March 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tue., March 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. savannahgraduates.com. savannahtech. edu/. Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd. 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. Found Poetry Workshop and Reading It’s almost International Newspaper Blackout Poetry Month. We’re going to get the gears turning with a found poetry workshop using some reclaimed books from Starlandia. The first portion of the workshop will briefly explore the history of found poetry or “blackout” poetry. The second portion of the workshop will feature a collaborative poem activity and time for participants to write their own poems. The workshop will conclude with a time for readings. $5 Sat., March 26, 12-2 p.m. https://facebook. com/events/180252472353436/. starlandiasupply.com. Starlandia Creative Supply, 2438 Bull Street. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. 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. Lecture: C-TPAT Security and 2.0 Portal Management The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection focused on improving

the security of private companies’ supply chains. C-TPAT certification provides the opportunity for new contracts and business relationships. This half-day course will review your C-TPAT management content, expectations and deliverables inclusive of written procedures and 2.0 web portal management. This is a valuable information exchange to ensure that your company is meeting the annual assessment deliverables and prepared for validation exchange inquires. Attendees will earn 3 NEI NCBFAA Educational Institute CCS/CES points. Wed., March 23, 12-3 p.m. ahendrix@seda. org. wtcsavannah.org. World Trade Center Savannah, 131 Hutchinson Rd. 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 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 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. 912-484-

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0628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Russian Language Classes Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. 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

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dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion.org. Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Chatham Sailing Club Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. pranschkec3@gmail.com. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Bead Society Coastal Bead Society monthly meetings, 12 noon on the third Friday of the Month at the Coastal Georgia Center, 303 Fahm Street, near SCAD. All beaders are welcome. ongoing. wyrnut18@gmail.com. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. honorflightsavannah.org. 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, please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Go Green Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub.org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. savannahnewcomers.com. ongoing. Savannah Parrot Head Club Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check

website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc. com. Society for Creative Anachronism Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. savannahsca.org. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Veggies and Vegans Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. Toastmasters Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla A volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. fourth Wednesday of every month.. 912-598-7387. savannahaux.com. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. Waving Girls--Smocking Arts Guild of America The Waving Girls welcomes smockers and all those who create fine heirloom items. At each meeting there is an opportunity to learn and share our work. The group makes over 100 “wee care” gowns for memorial hospital each year. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912 536 1447. debcreation@hotmail.com. smocking.org. Coastal Center for Developmental Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net.

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night! All ages welcome. Free Fridays, 8-10 p.m. The Crash Comedy Show The Crash Comedy Show is an hour long, anything goes variety show created and curated by local comedian/improviser John R. Brennan. This monthly show features a different cast of local comedians, musicians and artists performing experimental comedy. This month features Andy Livengood, Brianne Halverson, Jacob Buckner, Jonathan Bottoms & Nameless Numberhead (sketch comedy duo). Leave the kids at home. free and open to the public Wed., March 23, 7:30-9 p.m. 912. 231. 7105. info@sulfurstudios.org. https:// facebook.com/events/755965974537528/. sulfurstudios.org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. Odd Lot Improv An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” $5 Mondays, 8 p.m. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Odd Lot Improv: On The Spot Mysteries Dinner Theatre Odd Lot is teaming up with the brilliant Chefs of Savannah Coffee Roasters to bring you a whole new dining experience. The always surprising talent of Odd Lot will perform a fully interactive Friday night Murder Mystery while you dine on a delicious three course meal. Seating is at 6:30pm Friday nights. Reservations are strongly recommended. Four actors and three courses all for $40. It’s certain to be a night to remember. Great for groups, parties,

or anyone who loves a good show. $40 Fridays, 6:30 p.m. justin@oddlot.org. oddlot. org. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street.

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13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-344-9768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Concert: Almost Billy Joel and the Allentown Band Tybee Post Theater proudly presents for one night only... Almost Billy Joel and the Allentown Band, a tribute to the man and his music. One of the country’s top touring Billy Joel tribute bands, this high-energy show includes a six-piece band fronted by native Georgian Hugh Tyner, a 13-year veteran of Vegas. $25 Sat., March 26, 8 p.m. tybeeposttheater.org. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. SMF: A Spring Fling: Pink Martini ft. China Forbes Pink Martini is a 12-piece band from Portland, Oregon, and have performed with orchestras around the world. $32 Sat., March 26, 8:15 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. SMF: Aaron Diehl, piano Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought-after jazz virtuosos. His meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations and compositions make him a leading force in today’s generation continues on p. 48

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pipe”: Magritte 25 “Fiddler on the Roof” toast 27 Former “Tonight Show” announcer Hall 28 Jane in a court case 30 Aperture settings 31 “___ the night before Christmas ...” 33 Not more than 35 Rapper ___ Fiasco 36 Band who felt the rains down in Africa 39 Eminem’s “The Way ___” 40 Letters seen in airports 41 Cereal bunch 42 “S.O.S.!” 43 Germ for an invention 44 Inexperienced 45 Dinner hour 49 Do a crop rotation chore 50 Some blenders 53 Poker players look for them 54 Sorrow 56 Playwright Yasmina 58 “Look what I’ve done!” 59 Hebrew month before Tishrei 60 Most TVs, these days 61 Have a payment due 62 Helping hand

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SMF: Cajun and Zydeco Dance Party

This special double bill of dance music from Acadiana brings together two of the area’s most acclaimed touring bands, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, for a rare evening pairing two of America’s great musical traditions of Cajun and Zydeco. $40 Fri., March 25, 5 & 8 p.m. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

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of jazz artists. $25 Tue., March 29, 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. SMF: African Superstar: Rokia Traore Mali’s biggest international star, singersongwriter Rokia Traore, effortlessly blends the traditional sounds of Mali with blues, rock, jazz and folk. $27 Sat., March 26, 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. www2. scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SMF: Alexandre Tharaud, piano An artist of unique vision and originality, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud is heralded for his brilliantly-conceived programs and best-selling recordings that range from Bach, Chopin, Rameau and Ravel to music inspired by Paris cabaret of the 1920s. $52 Sat., March 26, 2 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street. SMF: Andrew Bird Bird’s distinctive voice, wide ranging influences and instrumental versatility contribute to an engaging compositional style that often incorporates sounds and layers rarely heard in pop music, including virtuosic whistling and glockenspiel. Sponsored by Connect Savannah. 48 Start at $32 Tue., March 29, 7:30 p.m.

savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre. com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. SMF: Arnaldo Cohen, piano Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen has a reputation for displaying musical authority and blistering virtuosity in his performances. $52 Mon., March 28, 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. SMF: Bayou Blues and Southern Soul: Marc Broussard/Paul Thorn Band Paul Thorn returns with his full band and is joined by Louisiana’s Marc Broussard. $40 Thu., March 24, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. shipsofthesea. org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. SMF: Cajun and Zydeco Dance Party This special double bill of dance music from Acadiana brings together two of the area’s most acclaimed touring bands, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, for a rare evening pairing two of America’s great musical traditions of Cajun and Zydeco. $40 Fri., March 25, 5 & 8 p.m. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

SMF: Cameron Carpenter ft. the International Touring Organ A virtuoso composer/performer who is unique among keyboardists, Cameron Carpenter’s approach to the organ is smashing stereotypes while generating a level of acclaim and exposure that is unprecedented for his instrument. $27 Fri., March 25, 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival. org. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. SMF: Caribbean Dance Party: Creole Soul w/ Etienne Charles Trumpeter Etienne Charles leads this dance party, presenting a night of AfroCaribbean music that is sure to keep the dance floor rockin’. $40 Sat., March 26, 8:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. SMF: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver/Blue Highway This double bill pairs two leading bluegrass bands for afternoon and evening shows. $40 Sat., March 26, 12:30 & 7 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. shipsofthesea. org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. SMF: Flamenco Mastery: Vicente Amigo Vicente Amigo has been called “the natural continuation of Paco de Lucia,” and indeed

it was a television performance by the legendary flamenco master that inspired him as a child to visualize a career playing flamenco guitar. $27 Fri., March 25, 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. www2.scad. edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SMF: He Said, She Said: Freddy Cole and Rene Marie Performing their exciting renditions of originals and hidden gems, these two celebrated performers promise a thoughtful and diverse repertoire that will add to the music of those great and historic duets. $50 March 24-25, 5 & 7 p.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. SMF: Irish Supergroup: The Gloaming With fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill on guitar, Iarla O Lionaird on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano, the Irish supergroup The Gloaming has burst onto the music scene with a rare combination of Irish tunes, ancient seannos song, exhilarating explorations and explosive medleys, forging a distinctive new sound. $25 Thu., March 24, 8 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. lucastheatre. com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. SMF: Martin Hayes and Dennis


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Cahill This lunchtime concert spotlights two members of the Irish supergroup The Gloaming and one of the most innovative duos in Irish traditional music. $25 Fri., March 25, 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. SMF: Matt Munisteri, guitar Currently serving as Catherine Russell’s music director, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Matt Munisteri is an extraordinary jazz guitarist who also started playing bluegrass banjo at an early age. $25 Mon., March 28, 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. SMF: Mozart and Dvorak Mozart’s glorious Clarinet Quintet and Dvorak’s masterful A Major String Sextet anchor this exciting program featuring two of the finest French classical musicians in our time, clarinetist Patrick Messina and pianist Alexandre Tharaud alongside Daniel Hope and Friends. $52 Sun., March 27, 6 p.m. St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street. SMF: Musical Friendships w/ Daniel Hope & Friends Mendelssohn and Schumann enjoyed mutual admiration and companionship during their years in Leipzig, while Brahms’ friendship with Dvorak is a relationship nearly unparalleled in music history. This concert celebrates the remarkable relationships between great composers. $52 Tue., March 29, 6 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. SMF: Viennese Masterpieces: Daniel Hope & Friends Daniel Hope and friends perform Beethoven’s “String Trio No. 3 in C minor, Opus 9,” Mozart’s “Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493,” and Schubert’s “Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 (Trout).” Thu., March 24, 6 p.m. St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street. SMF: Randy Napoleon Trio A forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, guitarist Randy Napoleon leads his own groups in addition to touring and recording with Freddy Cole. $25 Thu., March 24, 12:30 p.m. savannahmusicfestival.org. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Vampires Everywhere!, Chasing Safety, SycAmour, The Apprehended Food and drink provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill (Downtown Location). Sponsored by Sly’s Sliders and Fries, Starlandia Supply, House of Strut, and The Garage. $10 Thu., March 24, 7-11 p.m. coastalrocksavannah. com. sulfurstudios.org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street.

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Adult Ballet Class Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info.

ongoing. 912-234-8745. Adult Ballet Toning Always wanted the body of a ballerina? Well.. YOU CAN! Our class is designed to stretch, tone, and enhance your body to become healthier than ever. Join us and check out the calendar for dates to enroll. (this is apart of our fitness package of 10 classes for $80) $10.00 Mondays, 5 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango Wednesdays, 7 p.m. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Lessons Sundays 1:303;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-9257416. savh_tango@yahoo.com. Awaken with Chakradance™ A free-flowing, meditative dance, with eclectic music selected to resonate with 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. Ballet FIT! Love ballet? We are ready to get that body in ballet shape. This total body workout is great for low impact and high impact movements. With a series of bar, floor, and mat exercises, you will leave refreshed and stretched. Toning, stretching, and strengthening are our goals for you. See calendar for details. $15.00, $10.00, $8.00, $5.00 Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. 412.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 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 912-704-8726 for updated locations. Fridays, 10 p.m. Latin Chicks (Waters Ave.), 5205 Waters Avenue. Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit salsasavannah.com or call 912-704-8726 for updated locations. Thursdays, 10 p.m. Gatsby’s, 408 West Broughton Street. Dance Party Dance on Thursdays at 8pm--fun, friendship, and dancing. Free for Savannah Ballroom students. $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 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.. 612-470683. 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 Ballroom Group Class Get the next generation involved with all the styles of partnership dances. We teach etiquette, the history, and how to actually dance them! Get them involved today to get ready for our Monthly Ballroom Dance. $40 for 4 weeks Tuesdays, 6-6:45 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Kids Hip Hop and Jazz Mondays, 6 p.m. salondebailedancestudio. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Kids Tap Teaching two skills in one class: music and dance. Join our newest tap class for kids to enjoy learning different rhythms and foot patters for fun music. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased at our studio! Sign up today and start tomorrow. $40 for 4 weeks Thursdays, 6-6:45 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Kids/Youth Dance Class Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-3353335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. LaBlast Dance Fitness Created by world renowned dancer and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Louis Van Amstel, LaBlast uniquely combines a wide variety of ballroom dance styles and music genres. Do the Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Merengue, Salsa and Samba set to everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country – and burn fat and blast calories! No experience and no partner necessary. $15.00 drop in or 10 classes for $80.00 Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@

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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. Mom and ME DANCE Classes Does your baby love to dance? Sign up for our MOM and Me Dance class and explore movement to fun music and learn the basic skills of dance to develop better motor skills for your child. 18 months to 2 years old. $40.00 for 4 weeks Saturdays, 9-9:30 a.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 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. Salsa! Salsa! Salsa! 0 Thursdays, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@yahoo.com. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. 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. Shimmy Chic Dance Fitness Shimmy and Shake with a brand new dance fitness program that will have you burning calories while learning the true skill of belly dance. Shimmy Chic is a low impact, high cardio workout that is designed to teach beginners and challenge the seasoned dancer. Yoga mats will be required. See calendars for details. $15.00, 50 $10.00, $8.00, $5.00 Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.

612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio A class designed to maintain that summer body by dancing and having fun. Incorporates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912312-3549. reservetodance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Studio Blues Fusion Dance Join us at Studio Blues for our first ever Fusion Dance. Fusion dancing is basically the melting pot of dance. It combines existing styles and pulls them together to create a more improvisational and fluid dance form with components from blues, lindy , tango, salsa, etc. Because this is a Blues Fusion dance our music will be mostly modern but with heavy blues influence. Learn the basics at our beginner’s lesson at 8pm or just join us for just the social dance from 9-11pm. $7 for the lesson & social OR $5 for just the social Fri., March 25, 8-11 p.m. vonmulan@gmail.com. https:// facebook.com/events/132190323839835/. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. West Coast Swing Group Class Love to swing dance? This class is for you. Join us for 4 weeks of triple steps, rock steps, and whips! Need to practice? We got that covered too. Get ready and join this class to come to our Monthly Swing/Blues Night! $40.00 for 4 weeks Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

LGBT

First City Network Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985), is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork. org. Gay AA Meeting True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. Georgia Equality Savannah Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. ongoing. 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.

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. Ogeechee Riverkeeper Paddle Trip Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s March paddle trip is from Daisy Nevils Highway in Claxton, GA to Highway 280 (Canoochee River) when paddlers will enjoy a 7-mile trip through some serene yet challenging passages. The trip is suitable for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Register by March 25. Sat., March 26, 9 a.m. ogeecheeriverkeeper.org. Ogeechee Riverkeeper, 785 King George Blvd, STE 103. Recycling Fundraiser for Economic Opportunity Authority Support EOA through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Recycle empty cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, to EOA for recycling. They will receive technology products and cash. Businesses may also recycle items on behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. dwproperty@aol.com. fundingfactory.com. Walk on the Wild Side A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. wildernesssoutheast.org.

Pets & Animals

Beginning Dog Obedience Training Learn to train your dog using positive reinforcement techniques. You will learn various commands as well as house training tips, and chewing and behavior problems will be discussed. Dogs must be at least 14 weeks old to participate, must have vaccination records and current rabies documentation, and must have leash and collar with a buckle. Arrive early the first day for check-in and paperwork. $159 Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. 912-478-5555. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro. Jail Adoption Event All dogs in the 41st class of Operation New Hope, our jail dog program, will be available for adoption at the Chatham County Jail immediately following their graduation ceremony. Potential adopters are encouraged to bring their own dogs for a meet and greet. Adoption fees are $150. Sat., March 26, 12-2 p.m. Chatham County Detention Center, 1050 Carl Griffin Dr. Low Cost Pet Clinic TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin.com. tailsspin. com. TailsSpin Pet Supplies Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Village. Operation New Hope Operation New Hope allows inmates to train unadoptable dogs from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goals of the program are to decrease the recidivism rate among Chatham County inmates, help inmates learn a new skill, and help previously unadoptable dogs find loving homes. The graduated dogs are available for adoption can be viewed at www.humansocietvsav.org, and www. chathamsheriff.org. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. chathamsheriff.org. humanesocietysav.org/. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr.

Religious & Spiritual

12-Step Recovery Eucharist/Holy Communion 12-Step Recovery Eucharist/Holy Communion is offered at 8:00AM every fourth Friday of the month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th St & Abercorn, Savannah. Everyone is welcome. fourth Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. 912925-4609. alan.phyllis@att.net. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts. Band of Sisters Prayer Group All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/ georgia. Buddhist Meditation All ages, lineages, and newcomers welcome. Our schedule is: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM- for 30 minutes mediation followed


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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. Holy Week at the Cathedral Join the Friends of Cathedral Music for a meditative music service that anticipates the last three days of Holy Week. Tenebrae, or shadows in Latin, is an expression of sorrow for the death of Christ. While the Cathedral Choir sings psalms and chants, lighted candles are gradually extinguished until only one candle remains. Its light, too, is also hidden and a loud noise is made symbolizing Christ’s death, descent to the dead, and earthquake at the resurrection. Silence follows at the return of the Christ candle. Free and open to the public. Free Wed., March 23, 7-8 p.m. 912-233-8229. sjbmusic.org/march-23-2016-700-pmtenebrae---service-of-shadows.html. savannahcathedral.org/. Cathedral of St John the Baptist, 222. East Harris St. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. revwasson@gmail.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street.

Read the Bible in One Year A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. savannahquakers@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Service of Compline Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. South Valley Baptist Church Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. Sundays on Thursdays Worship Service Thursdays. 912-826-0206. maritimebethelatsavannah.org. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. Taize Service The special worship gatherings start on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, and will be about 40 minutes long. Attendees will focus on silence, breathing, healing, prayer and reflection. The services will also feature soulful, musical chants and soothing

visuals. Wednesdays.. 912-233-4351. asburymemorial.org. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Tapestry Church A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. tapestrysavannah.com. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm-10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. distillerysavannah.com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sundays, 11am. Email, call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-234-0980. admin@uusavannah.org. uusavannah. org. uusavannah.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. Unity Church of Savannah Everyone is welcome. Unity of Savannah is not concerned with where people come from, what they look like, or whom they love – Unity is just glad that each person is here. Sunday 9:15am meditative service and 11:00am celebratory service show what the New Thought Movement is all about. Children’s church 11am service. Unity loves all people, just as they are. Sundays. 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah. org. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd.

Special Screenings

Film: Mystery James Caan Birthday Salute Though it is generally forgotten today, decades after it was first released, this movie inspired countless knockoffs, and helped to create an incredibly popular subgenre of action flicks that still exists. The exact title will remain a secret until

showtime. For mature viewers only. $7 Wed., March 23, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Film: The Secret World of Arrietty A tiny teen (Mirai Shida) and her family live under a house’s floorboards and survive by borrowing items from the home’s human inhabitants. Free Sun., March 27, 5 p.m. theflorencesavannah.com. The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive. Film: True Grit After an outlaw named Tom Chaney murders her father, feisty 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross hires Rooster Cogburn, a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. Free Sun., March 27, 7:30 p.m. theflorencesavannah. com. The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive.

Sports & Games

Adult and Junior Tennis Clinics On Thursdays. Intended for a class size of 4-8 students. Buy four classes, get the fifth class free. $15 per class ongoing. 912-201-2000. westinsavannah.com. theclubatsavannahharbor.com/index.php. The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. Adult Coed Flag Football League 8x8 Coed Flag League. Play adult sports, meet new people. Sponsored by Savannah Adult Recreation Club. Wed. nights/Sun. mornings, at locations around Savannah. $450. Minimum 8 games. Ages 18+. Coed teams. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-220-3474. savadultrec.com. Bears Elite Football Learn the fundamentals of football. Ages 4-12. Sign up now. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 912-272-6684. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. Derby Devils Roller Derby Classes Roller derby league offers 12-week courses for beginners, recreational scrimmaging for experienced players and two annual bootcamp programs. See website for info. ongoing. savannahderby.com. Grief 101 Support Group Seven-week morning or evening adult support group offers tools to learn to live with loss. Tuesdays, 10am-11am; or Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free of charge. Offered by Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. continues on p. 52

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

7-8 a.m. 912-398-4130. runthecity@live. com. savystrider.com. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. Savannah Bike Polo Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. See facebook for info. ongoing. facebook.com/ savannahbikepolo. Savannah Steam vs. South Carolina Ravens Savannah’s indoor football team takes on the South Carolina Ravens. Sat., March 26, 7:05 p.m. savannahsteam.com/schedule. html. savannahcivic.com. The Savannah

Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Sports Coach Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Etc. for novices or professionals. Fine tune your mental game with guided imagery and visualization. 25 years experience. For more info call 912247-4903. ongoing. Online only, none. Ultimate Frisbee Come play Ultimate! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm until dark. Sundays, 4:30pm until we get tired. The west side of Forsyth Park. Bring a smile, two shirts (one light or white, one dark), water, and cleats (highly recommended). ongoing.

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

When Orville and Wilbur Wright were kids, their father gave them a toy helicopter powered by a rubber band. The year was 1878. Twenty-five years later, the brothers became the first humans to sail above the earth in a flying machine. They testified that the toy helicopter had been a key inspiration as they worked to develop their pioneering invention. In the spirit of the Wright Brothers’ magic seed, Aries, I invite you to revive your connection to a seminal influence from your past. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to feed a dream that was foreshadowed in you a long time ago.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly,” said Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Whether or not you’re a writer, Taurus, that is also your special task in the coming weeks. The riddle that has begun to captivate your imagination is not yet ripe enough for you to work on in earnest. It has not been defined with sufficient clarity. Luckily, you have the resources you need to research all the contingencies, and you have the acuity to come up with a set of empowering questions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The good news is that if you eat enormous amounts of chocolate, you will boost your memory. Science has proved it. The bad news is that in order to get the full effect of the memory enhancement, you would have to consume so much chocolate that you would get sick. I propose that we consider this scenario as a metaphor for what may be going on in your life. Is it possible you’re doing things that are healthy for you in one way but that diminish you in another? Or are you perhaps getting or doing too much of a good thing -- going to unbalanced extremes as you pursue a worthy goal? Now is a favorable time to figure out if you’re engaged in such behavior, and to change it if you are.

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When the young director Richard Lester got his big break, he took full advantage. It happened in 1964, when the early Beatles asked him to do their first movie, *A Hard Day’s Night.* Lester’s innovative approach to the project propelled his career to a higher level that brought him many further opportunities. Writing of Lester’s readiness, critic Alexander Walker said, “No filmmaker . . . appeared more punctually when his hour struck.” That’s what I hope you will soon be doing in your own chosen field, Cancerian. Do you understand how important it will be to have impeccable timing? No procrastination or hemming and hawing, please. Be crisply proactive.

savannahultimateproject@gmail.com. savannahultimateproject.wordpress.com/ pick-up/. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. USMNT (Soccer) American Outlaws Chapter USMNT is a national soccer team that represents the U.S. in international soccer competitions. American Outlaws Savannah chapter of USMNT meets regularly. Call for details. ongoing. 912-398-4014. savannahflipflop.com. Flip Flop Tiki Bar & Grill, 117 Whitaker St.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

As a young man, the poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) left his home in France and settled in Abyssinia, which these days is known as Ethiopia. “I sought voyages,” he wrote, “to disperse the enchantments that had colonized my mind.” You might want to consider a similar strategy in the coming weeks, Leo. From an astrological perspective, it’s going to be an excellent time both to wander free of your usual haunts and to disperse the enchantments that have colonized your mind. Why not find ways to synergize these two opportunities?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

At one point in his life, author C. S. Lewis had a rude awakening as he took stock of the progress he thought he had been making. “I am appalled to see how much of the change I thought I had undergone lately was only imaginary,” he wrote. I want to make sure that something similar doesn’t happen to you, Virgo. You’re in the midst of what should be a Golden Age of Self-Transformation. Make sure you’re actually doing the work that you imagine you’re doing -- and not just talking about it and thinking about it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“There are questions that you don’t ask because you’re afraid of the answers,” wrote Agatha Christie. I would add that there are also questions you don’t ask because you mistakenly think you already know the answers. And then there are questions you don’t ask because their answers would burst your beloved illusions, which you’d rather preserve. I’m here to urge you to risk posing all these types of questions, Libra. I think you’re strong enough and smart enough, and in just the right ways, to deal constructively with the answers. I’m not saying you’ll be pleased with everything you find out. But you will ultimately be glad you finally made the inquiries.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

If you are enmeshed in a jumble that makes you squirm or if you are caught in a tangle that stifles your self-love, you have three choices. Here’s how Eckhart Tolle defines them: 1. Get out of the situation. 2. Transform the situation. 3. Completely accept the situation. Does that sound reasonable, Scorpio? I hope so, because the time has come to act. Don’t wait to make your decision. Do it soon. After that, there will be no whining allowed. You can no longer indulge in excuses. You must accept the consequences. On the bright side, imagine the new freedom and power you will have at your disposal.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Here’s a proposed experiment. Sidle up to a creature you’d love to be closer to, and softly sing the following

lyrics: “Come with me, go with me. Burn with me, glow with me. Sleep with me, wake with me.” At this point, run three circles around the creature as you flap your arms like a birds’ wings. Then continue your singing: “Rise with me, fall with me. Work with me, play with me. Pray with me, sin with me.” At this point, leap up into the air three times, unleashing a burst of laughter each time you hit the ground. Continue singing: “Let me get high with you. Laugh with you, cry with you. Make me your partner in crime.” At this point blow three kisses toward the creature, then run away. (P.S. The lyrics I’m quoting here were composed by songwriter Fran Landesman.)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

In getting energy from food, we humans have at our disposal over 50,000 edible plants. And yet we choose to concentrate on just a few. Wheat, corn, rice, and potatoes make up two-thirds of our diet, and 11 other staples comprise most of the rest. Let’s use this as a metaphor for the kind of behavior you should avoid in the coming weeks. I think it will be crucial for you to draw physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance from a relatively wide variety of sources. There’s nothing wrong with your usual providers, but for now you need to expand your approach to getting the nurturing you need.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“We teach each other how to live.” Poet Anne Michaels said that, and now I’m passing it on to you -- just in time for the phase of your cycle when acting like a curious student is your sacred duty and your best gift to yourself. I don’t necessarily mean that you should take a workshop or enroll in a school. Your task is to presume that everyone you meet and every encounter you have may bring you rich learning experiences. If you’re willing to go as far as I hope you will, even your dreams at night will be opportunities to get further educated. Even your vigils in front of the TV. Even your trips to the convenience store to buy ice cream.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

In her poem “Time,” Piscean poet Lia Purpura wonders about “not picking up a penny because it’s only a little luck.” Presumably she is referring to a moment when you’re walking down a street and you spy an almostbut-not-quite-worthless coin lying on the concrete. She theorizes that you may just leave it there. It adds next to nothing to your wealth, right? Which suggests that it also doesn’t have much value as a symbol of good fortune. But I urge you to reject this line of thought in the coming weeks, Pisces. In my astrological opinion, you’ll be wise to capitalize on the smallest opportunities. There will be plenty of them, and they *will* add up.


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1 More 2 Save Mental Health Support This is a group for consumers of all Mental Illnesses. It’s a place to come learn, relax and speak on a weekly basis about symptoms, emotions and overall health. Every Tuesday at 7pm. Venues subject to change. Free Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912 344 8019. lidnsaywittaa@gmail.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Al-Anon Family Group meeting Isle of Hope For Today Find comfort and understanding for families and friends of alcoholics. AFG is an anonymous fellowship seeking to find serenity for those impacted by the effects of alcoholism. Free Mondays, 7-8 p.m. savannahalanon.com. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Ave. Alcoholics Anonymous For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. savannahaa.com. Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Family Support Group For individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Second Monday, Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior Citizens, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-236-0363 x143. Amputee Support Group Open to all who have had limbs amputated and their families or caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7778. Back Pain Support Group Second Monday of every month,7:00pm. Denny’s Restaurant at Hwy. 204. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Debbie at 912-727-2959 ongoing. Brain Injury Support Group For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Breast Cancer Survivors Group Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. fpc. presbychurch.net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cancer Support Group For anyone living with, through or beyond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Caregiver Support Group This drop-in, one-hour support group provides a safe place to connect with other family caregivers who truly understand each others’ feelings, needs and concerns. Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions, and learn about resources available in our community. You’re not alone. fourth Monday of every month, 1:15 p.m. 912-629-1331. edelcaregiverinstitute.org. Edel Caregiver

Institute, 6000 Business Center Drive. Children’s Grief Support Group Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Assoc. Meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the lives of polio survivors. Call or see website for info. Polio survivors and guests are invited. Free and open to the public. ongoing. 912-927-8332. coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. Connect for Kids This group is for children who have a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Debtors Anonymous For people with debting problems. Meets Sundays, 6:30pm at Unity of Savannah. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6108. debtorsanonymous.org. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Eating Disorders Anonymous Free, volunteer-led support group for recovery from anorexia/restrictive eating and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email for info. ongoing. edasavannah@yahoo. com. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Essential Tremor Support Group For those with the disease, care partners, family and caregivers. Managing the disease, treatments and therapies, quality of life. First Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-2224. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Fibromyalgia Support Group Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-8196743. sjchs.org. sjchs.org. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Gambling Problem 12 Step Program Twelve step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly. Leave message continues on p. 54

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DEAR ERIN, My brother put me in touch with a friend of his who is an empath and a witch because I have been experiencing some paranormal things. She told me that something has attached itself to me. Also, a person who left my life several months ago left some bad energy behind and it’s been sticking around. She had me put salt in all my doorways and recite something that she sent me. Is there anything else I can do? —Zoe Adams Hi Zoe, Thanks for getting in touch. Before we get to your question, I’d like to give everyone a quick refesher course in the science behind your paranormal activity. Newton’s Third Law states that energy is neither created nor destroyed. Because of this, we know that waves of light and sound continue in perpetuity, even after we can no longer see or hear them. Did you know that the same principle applies to our thoughts and words, even after we think and speak them? It turns out, angry thoughts and words vibrate at a lower frequency and are composed of finite energy. In order to maintain their momentum, they need to draw additional energy from an outside source. Meanwhile, loving, positive thoughts and words are comprised of infinite energy and their wavelengths are self-sustaining. Right now it probably feels like you’re the renewable resource for all the paranormal activity that’s happening in your life, especially that Klingon of bad juju your dude left behind when he hit the road. The great news is, once you turn your conscious thoughts away from that lower energy and focus on positive, loving thoughts, none of that negativity will be able to glom onto you. It’ll just lay dormant until it crosses the path of someone else’s lower thought forms. Here’s a little invocation that I use before all of my psychic readings, in order to connect with energies of only the highest integrity: “We come in light and love. We come in joy and play. Anyone who’d like to join us in light, love, joy and play is welcome. If you’ve had a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, a bad life, you’re welcome to

observe and we respectfully request that you remain neutral. Anyone changing their mind who decides to join us in light, love, joy and play is always welcome.” This has been my go-to source of psychic protection for years. I suspect that the reason it works so well is because it allows all energies to be present, while establishing clear boundaries about what does and does not have my permission to appear. Personally, I’ve never liked being told to “go away.” It hurts my feelings. But I appreciate knowing that I am welcome to join in if I’m willing to make positive contributions. I suspect that those looming, paranormal energies appreciate it, too. And if they’re inspired to change their polarity from negative to positive in order to join us, all the better. I first used this invocation while working at The Old Sorrel-Weed, Savannah’s only haunted house to open its doors to the public for paranormal investigation. Certain members of the staff were understandably leery about opening up the house alone in the morning, so I would join them and say these words as we entered. The energy of the house always welcomed us. In fact, I only experienced one paranormal event the entire time I worked there. One afternoon a belligerent drunk claiming to have done construction work on the house came into the basement yelling, “This house is not haunted! I pulled the slate slabs off these floors and never saw a ghost. There is no Ghost of SorrelWeed. I AM THE GHOST OF THE SORREL-WEED!!” and stormed out. Not five seconds after his departure, there was an enormous slam in the northwest corner of the room. At first it freaked me out, but then I realized the house was simply saying that if I insisted that its energies come in light, love, joy and play, then everyone else must abide by the same rules. Or, as I informed our visitors thereafter, “Remember, The Dude Abides.” Thanks again for your question, Zoe. I hope this helps. Sending love and light to you! Your pal, Erin

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with contact info. ongoing. 912-748-4730. Georgia Scleroderma Support Group A group for people with scleroderma for the greater Savannah area and surrounding counties. Meets regularly. Call for day and time. Lovezzola’s Pizza, 320 Hwy 80 West, Pooler. Info: 912-412-6675 or 912-414-3827. ongoing. Grief Support Groups Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle offers a full array of grief support groups and individual counseling for children, teens and adults is available at no charge. Counseling is offered at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H in Savannah, and appointments are also available in the United Way offices in Rincon and in Richmond Hill. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. HospiceSavannah. org/GriefSupport. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Meeting This group is open to patients with cancers of the head or neck and their caregivers. Call or visit website for more information. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Heartbeats for Life Free support and education group for those who have suffered from or want to prevent or reverse heart disease and/or diabetes. One Tuesday/month, 6pm. Free and open to the public. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Klinefelter Syndrome/47-XXY Support Group For parents of children with this diagnosis, and for men with this diagnosis. Started by the mother of a boy with 47-XXY. Email to meet for mutual support. ongoing. amkw21@gmail.com. Legacy Group: For individuals with advanced and recurrent cancer. Group addresses the concerns of advanced and recurrent cancer survivors from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of healing. To register for a specific session and to learn about the group, please call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-3507845. ongoing. 912-350-7845. Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (at Memorial Health Univ. Medical Center), 4700 Waters Ave. Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call or see website for info. Located in the Summit Cancer Care office at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. 912-3507845. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Narcotics Anonymous Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area NA meeting schedule. ongoing. 912-238-5925. Overeaters Anonymous Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous can help. Savannah meetings Mon 6:30pm, Wed 5:30pm, Fri 6:30 p.m. See website for locations and info, or call 912358-7150. ongoing. oa.org/meetings. 54 Parents of Children with IEP’s

(Individualized Education Plans) For parents of children attending ChathamSavannah Public School System who have IEP plans, to offer mutual support through the challenges of the IEP process. Email for info. ongoing. amkw210@gmail.com. Parents of Ill Children Backus Children’s Hospital sponsors this group for parents with a seriously ill child receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Case manager facilitates the meetings. Meets weekly. Call for info ongoing. 912350-5616. memorialhealth.com/backus. memorialhealth.com/backus. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Ave. Parkinson’s Support Group First Thursdays, 5pm-6:30pm, Marsh Auditorium at Candler. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-6347. sjchs.org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Prostate Cancer Support Group: Man to Man This group is for prostate cancer patients and their caregivers. Meets in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. 912-897-3933. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Pryme Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. Joseph’s Hospital,11705 Mercy Blvd., Meeting Room 1(on the 2nd Floor above ER entrance) at 6 p.m. An opportunity for people with MS and their families and friends to share information, develop coping strategies, receive support and become involved in community activities. ongoing. 912-819-2224. sjchs.org/. St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries Do you or someone you know have feelings of grief, anxiety, guilt, depression, and emotional/ spiritual problems due to a past abortion? If so, there is a ministry where you can find help, hope, and healing. Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries offers emotional support and post abortion healing through their weekend retreats. The next retreat will be held April 15-17 near Augusta, Ga. For information, contact Stephanie May, 912306-0406 or email stephmay@bellsouth.net. Complete confidentiality will be honored at all times. Take the risk and find the peace and healing you have been searching for. Through April 15. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Rape Crisis Center Assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. Free, confidential counseling for victims and families. 24-hour Rape Crisis Line operates seven days a week. 912-233-7273. ongoing. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support Group Second Tuesdays at 7pm in Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For anyone with this disorder, plus family members/ caregivers interested in learning more. Call for info. ongoing. 912-858-2335. sjchs.org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation for Caregivers Restorative Yoga utilizes a variety of props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks to support the body and allow the breath to

move freely, encouraging the muscles to relax the mind to quiet. Within a short time, this practice encourages you to become submerged in a deeply relaxed state and drop into the silent space within. No previous experience is necessary. Dress to move and stretch. Free to ECI Members Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.. 912-629-1331. hospicesavannah.org/yoga/. Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Dr. SBC Toastmasters Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to the art of public speaking. In a friendly, supportive atmosphere, members learn to speak more precisely and confidently via prepared speeches, impromptu speaking, and constructive evaluations. It’s fun, informative, and a great way to network with area professionals. Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. 912663-7851. St. Leo University, 7426 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Suite A. Sex Addicts Anonymous Meets Mondays at 7 pm. Call for venue information. ongoing. 731-412-0183. saa-recovery.org. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Spinal Injury Support Group Third Thursdays, 5:30pm, at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-3508900. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Spouse/Life Partner Support Group Open support group for adults whose spouses or life partners have died. Meets Thursday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Support Group for Women Coping with Infertility or Who Desire to Pursue Adoption For women who are on the infertility journey, or have the desire to pursue adoption, and need support from other women who have been there or are on the same journey. Meeting location: 217 E. 55th Street. Email for meeting days/times. Every fourth Thursday. emptycradle_savannah@hotmail. com. Survivors of Suicide Support Group Suicide often leaves survivors with guilt, anger, hurt and unanswered questions. Hospice Savannah/United Way of Coastal Empire/Coastal Suicide Prevention Alliance offer an ongoing support group. Third Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Safe and confidential. Free to attend. Barbara Moss at Full Circle of Hospice Savannah, 912-6291089. ongoing. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Teens Nurturing Teens (Cancer Support) Support group for teens with a family member or loved one impacted by cancer. Meets at the Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for information. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Teens With No One to Turn To Help for people ages 11-18, or concerned parents of teens. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Call or see website.

ongoing. 912-234-4048. parkplaceyes.org. Yoga and Meditation for Caregivers Schedule some relaxation time just for you! This one-hour class incorporates basic yoga poses, centering meditation, spiritual care and support. No prior yoga experience is necessary and teachers can accommodate everyone, whatever your physical abilities. Free for ECI Members Mondays, 5:45-7 p.m.. 912-629-1331. http:// www.hospicesavannah.org. Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Dr. Young Survival Coalition Young breast cancer patients and their caregivers in the greater Savannah, Hilton Head, and Coastal Georgia area are invited to join this group. Meetings conducted in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Saturdays, 4-6 p.m. 912-897-3933. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

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Bethesda Seeks Docents for New History Museum/Visitors Center Bethesda seeks volunteer docents for their new visitors center/museum. Volunteer docents needed during regular museum hours, Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Docents will share Bethesda’s rich history and inspiring legacy with visitors from across the country and around the world. 912-351-2061. Elizabeth.brown@bethesdaacademy.org. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. Call for Volunteers for Savannah Community Collaborative Art Project Cynthia Male seeks volunteers to give direction to over 80 drawings she has collected from various areas of the city. The Savannah Community Collaborative art project promotes collaborative creative efforts and offers insight into collective consciousness of a community. Contact Cynthia at clmale@yahoo.com to set up a time to work on the project. The finished work will be displayed at Blick on May 6. Through May 6. cindymalenanonow. com/artclasses/. dickblick.com/ primaryartsupply/. Blick Art Materials, 318 East Broughton St. Call for Volunteers for Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife is seeking volunteers to assist with the Jekyll Island spring inaugural event, April 22 - 24, 2016. Volunteering for W3 will provide fun and interactive learning experiences, as you will have behind the scenes access and be directly involved in showcasing Jekyll Island in this outstanding new, culinary destination event. The event is looking for a few dedicated culinary, beverage and people enthusiasts who are willing to invest their time in this one-of-a-kind spirited, oceanfront celebration. Volunteers will play a vital role in the execution of the W3 weekend’s event, as well as obtain unique and intimate event experiences, which will also be great opportunities to learn from some of the country’s leading culinary and beverage experts. Register online today: Volunteer Registration. Through April 20. The Westin Jekyll Island, 110 Ocean Way.


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