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The Only Summer Camp Tony Stark Would Attend At STEAM Camp, you don’t just learn science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. You make it. You create it. You build it. This summer at The Guild Hall’s state-of-the-art digital design and fabrication facility, made for mad scientists, entrepreneurs, and technologists of all shapes and sizes. Build a robot! Design a video game! Make a movie! 3D print anything you can imagine. Team up with other campers and form your own summer startup company! We’re not playing around at STEAM Camp, but we are going to have a lot of fun! Vacation plans? Busy schedule? No problem. We offer morning, afternoon, or all-day sessions. Each class is broken into one-week units, with each unit offered at least twice during the summer. Open to rising 6th-11th grade students.

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Wednesday / 13 Film: The Police Connection

The PFS celebrates Chuck Connors’ 95th birthday with this film, where he stars as a disgruntled, antisocial serial killer. This taut crime drama finds Connors being pursued by detectives intent on identifying and apprehending him before he can continue his series of public bombings. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

SCAD Style

A global celebration of design and innovation. Guests include Calvin Klein, Fern Mallis, Charlotte Moss, Pamela SkaistLevy, Gela Nash-Taylor, and Alessandro Gottardo. April 11-14 SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week, and Calvin Klein, iconic designer, hold this conversation. Following is a signing of “Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.” 6 p.m Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Telfair in Bloom: Lecture by Lindsey Taylor and Luncheon in the Garden FRI / 15

Manhattan-based garden designer, floral stylist, and writer Lindsey Taylor will present a lecture and floral demonstration, entitled The Art of Inspiration: Surprising Ways of Seeing Art in Blooms. Taylor has served as garden editor at Garden Design and Martha Stewart Living, and is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal “Off-Duty” section and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. She co-founded the Evergreen Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to urban renewal and greenspaces in Toronto, her hometown. Her presentation will be followed by a Luncheon in the Garden, a uniquely flower-filled repast. 10:30 a.m Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. lecture and luncheon $75, lecture-only $50, patron $125( includes priority seating for lecture/floral demonstration and recognition in program

Theatre: Next to Normal

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Next To Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. April 15/16 at 7:30 pm, April 17 at 3pm Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. $15

SCAD president Paula Wallace delivers this talk and hosts a book signing of “The Bee and the Acorn” afterwards. 6 p.m SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Thursday / 14 Eating Earth: Diet and the Environment

Dr. Lisa Kimmerer, author of 9 books and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana in Billings, will be in Savannah and is going to speak at the April meeting of Live Plant Strong Savannah. Her most recent book, Eating Earth: Diet and the Environment, will be the subject of her talk. A Q&A will follow her talk. 7 p.m YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Free and open to the public liveplantstrongsavannah@gmail.com

Film: The Lady from Shanghai

Celebrating Orson Welles in Film Noir, The Lady from Shanghai pairs him with the dazzling Rita Hayworth, his estranged wife at the time. Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister (Hayworth), seaman Michael O’Hara (Welles) joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. Followed by Q&A. 8 p.m Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.


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Lecture: Refitting Old Ships

This lecture by Drs. Randall Reese and Steve Primatic will include a jazz quartet performance to show how jazz musicians expand on music of the past during the creation of new work. They will demonstrate jazz’s process of creating rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and stylistic variations for existing pieces in order to reimagine musical staples. Part of Armstrong’s Moveable Feast lecture series. 6 p.m Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd. Free and open to the public

SCADstyle: Fern Mallis and Calvin Klein

Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week, and Calvin Klein, iconic designer, hold this conversation. Following is a signing of “Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.” 6 p.m Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Friday / 15 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival

The 2016 World Tour features a collection of exhilarating and provocative films that explore life in the mountains. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions

into exotic landscapes and bring adrenaline-packed action sports into sharp focus. 7 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $12 912-525-5050. lucastheatre.com

Dance: The Sleeping Beauty

Prepare for a performance full of sorcery, true love, and triumph. Under the instruction of Cristin and Jay Jernigan, dance department students will present three acts of this captivating story of magic and true love, told through eloquent movements and pantomime. April 15-16, 7 p.m. and April 17, 2 p.m Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave.

Film: My Golden Days

In Arnaud Desplechin’s newest film, Mathieu Amalric plays Paul Dedalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan, who has a series of flashbacks that include his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness, and his father’s alienating depression. 5 & 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $8

Savannah Asian Cultural Festival

The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Armstrong State University will present one of the South’s largest Asian celebrations. Visit armstrong.edu/asianfest. April 15-16 Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn Free and open to the public

Savannah Tattoo Festival

Celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from across the country. Three-day event includes music, local artists, tattooing onsite, sideshows, other entertainment. April 15-17 Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. $25 per day, $45 weekend pass

Seersucker Shots

This quick hit of lit features two poets, Don Cellini and Jeffrey Harrison. 7 p.m The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

Telfair in Bloom: Lecture by Lindsey Taylor and Luncheon in the Garden

Manhattan-based garden designer, floral stylist, and writer Lindsey Taylor will present a lecture and floral demonstration, entitled The Art of Inspiration: Surprising Ways of Seeing Art in Blooms. Taylor has served as garden editor at Garden Design and Martha Stewart Living, and is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal “Off-Duty” section and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. She co-founded the Evergreen Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to urban renewal

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Join SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace for a talk about her new memoir, The Bee and the Acorn, followed by a book signing.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 6 p.m. SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd. Savannah, Georgia This event, part of SCADstyle 2016, is free and open to the public.

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and greenspaces in Toronto, her hometown. Her presentation will be followed by a Luncheon in the Garden, a uniquely flower-filled repast. 10:30 p.m Jepson Center, 207 West York St. lecture and luncheon $75, lecture-only $50, patron $125( includes priority seating for lecture/floral demonstration and recognition in program

Concert: Contemporary Classics

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8 p.m Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. $25

Telfair in Bloom: Lecture and Cafe a la Rose

Local cinema lecture Keller Jones will share her insights and enthusiasm for flowers in film in a presentation, Magnolias, Roses and Dahlias: The Power of Flowers in Film. Enjoy one last chance to view the flowers while enjoying tea and scones, Cafe a la Rose, and floral scented treats. Children’s activities for young budding artists will also be going on throughout the day. 10 a.m Jepson Center, 207 West York St. $35

Earth Day Festival

Celebrate the Earth with a variety of vendors, exhibitors, activities for kids, food, craft beer, and live music. 12-5 p.m Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Free and open to the public earthdaysavannah.org

Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-1 p.m Forsyth Park forsythfarmersmarket.com

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This Chamber concert focuses on the chamber music repertoire of the early- to mid-20th century, showcasing selections that have become contemporary classics. 5 p.m Ascension Lutheran Church, 120 Bull St. $20

Concert: Wynn Varble Band

David Sedaris

Georgia Public Broadcasting presents the best-selling author and popular NPR contributor. Sedaris will be offering a selections of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and post-show book signing. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. lucastheatre.com

Record Store Day

Browse limited-edition releases. begins 9 a.m Graveface Records & Curiosities, 5 W. 40th St

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. 7 a.m Ellis Square, Barnard Street and St. Julian Street.

Theatre: Chimes at Midnight

Savannah Shakes, in association with the Psychotronic Film Society, present Orson Welles’ original adaptation of Gardening Session Shakespeare’s Falstaff character. All Learn how to garden and harvest vegetaproceeds benefit the upcoming Savannah bles and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, Shakes production of Much Ado About an organic farmer and owner of landscap- Nothing June 10-19. 5 & 8 p.m ing company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $10 every month. third Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m Weapons That Made America Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. This program traces the origins of blackFree and open to the public powder weapons from their earliest use Junior Ranger Day in the 14th century up until the Civil War. National Park Week kicks off with Junior Visit the site on this day and enjoy a vast display of various muskets, pistols, blades, Ranger Day and free admission. Fort Pulaski will offer free, fun, hands-on activi- and even a horse mounted Cavalry saber demonstration. There will be various ties for Junior Rangers and their families weapons fired at continuous points all day long inside the fort. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National throughout the day. Park Service, let the kids lead the way and 10 a.m.-4 p.m come see what all the fun is about. Fort King George State Historic Site, 302 Fort Pulaski, US Highway 80 E. McIntosh Rd. SE. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770


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Savannah Steam vs. Atlanta Vultures

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

Tybee City Limits

This month’s Tybee City Limits features American Hologram, Jon Lee and the Hextones, and John Russell. 8 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $15

Monday / 18 Monday Night Big Band Show

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Georgia Public Broadcasting presents the best-selling author and popular NPR contributor. Sedaris will be offering a selections of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and post-show book signing. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. lucastheatre.com

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Concert: Gov’t Mule

The Southern rock jam band comes to Savannah, celebrating 20 years. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. 912-525-5050

Wednesday / 20 Film: Jonathan

Sunday / 17 19th Century Baseball

Join for a two hour program at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. that will highlight baseball at Fort Pulaski and get you active and playing. A spring training of sorts as park staff teaches the differences between the modern game and what was played at the fort in 1862. The last hour there will be an exhibition game with all of the participants. No reservations are required and gloves are not needed. They didn’t use them in 1862! Bring some comfortable sneakers and be ready for some fun as we play like it was 1862. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m Fort Pulaski, US Highway 80 E.

Concert: Castlebay

Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee of Round Pond, Maine, have been playing the music of New England’s nautical and Celtic heritage since 1987. Using Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and woodwinds, they perform traditional and original material. 2 p.m Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd. Free 912-232-1511. shipsofthesea.org

The PFS honors Bram Stoker with this film. Essentially unknown in the USA, this eerie period film is based on the original Dracula story, and is a must-see for serious vampire lore lovers. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

Tybee Wine Festival

The Tybee Wine Festival is a celebration of wine and coastal cuisine and features five days of international wines, fine food, and live music. April 20-24 Tybee Island, Tybee Island. tybeewinefestival.org

Join us for an Opening Lecture & Celebration!

Thursday, April 21 6pm Lecture 7pm Sock Hop

Members free / non-members $12 Register in advance at TELFAIR.ORG/ELVIS

Tybee Wine Festival: A Celebration of Earth and Vine

A Celebration of Earth and Vine pays homage to the 46th anniversary of Earth Week with a five-course wine dinner prepared by five celebrity chefs from Tybee and Savannah. Dishes and accompanying wines will be presented personally by the chefs. A wine-tasting reception precedes the dinner. 6-9 p.m Tybee Wedding Chapel, 1114 US Hwy. 80. $90

Elvis at 21 is organized by Govinda Gallery, Washington, DC, and is dedicated to the memory of Kirk Varnedoe, a devoted Elvis fan. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Agnes Gund, The Gretch Family Foundation in honor of Elizabeth and Adam Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Cay III, Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, and Mrs. Helen R. Steward. Media: South magazine.

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The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra perform on the riverfront. Ticket price includes the show and a complimentary drink. 7 p.m The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. $15 westinsavannah.com/Big-Band-Mondays

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Double standards on development continue by Jim Morekis

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ONE OF THE most consistently frustrating things about Savannah City government is its stubborn need to patronizingly lecture small businesspeople about their “responsibilities to their neighborhood and to the community,” while rarely holding big business to the same standard. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched a Council meeting where an individual trying to open a small business— who was well within their legal rights and had jumped through all the required hoops —has to stand hat in hand, smiling and nodding, while grandstanding politicians publicly accuse them of not doing enough due diligence and of not caring about their community. Often it doesn’t seem to matter if you’ve satisfied all the requirements. You’ll still be told to come back later after you’ve further watered down the already-thin profit margin of your business plan, causing more time to slip away during which you could have been making that business succeed and employ people and pay taxes. A few minutes later at the same meeting, though, the same politicians will often show no hesitation whatsoever about ramrodding through some corporate development that flouts current guidelines and brazenly pushes the envelope of legality. The double standard is brutal, and painfully obvious. After spending 20 minutes berating a private citizen for having the gall to want to open a small restaurant or rent out a room, when they’re up against a big out of town corporation they’ll just shrug their

shoulders and say, hey, these guys are within their legal rights, what can we do? Oh well. I suspect this double standard is present in a lot of places, given that money talks loudly anywhere and everywhere it goes. In Savannah, however, it seems to be a way of life. The double standard reared its head during the Jackson administration on a very regular basis, and there’s little proof that things are changing during the DeLoach administration. At the most recent Council meeting, the contentious issue of Short Term Vacation Rentals came up. Reasonable people can disagree about STVRs and their positive and negative impacts. It’s a discussion that needs to be had. However, at this particular meeting all that was in question was a reasonable update to City code allowing persons in a section of Midtown to rent out a carriage house, provided the property owner resides onsite. There was, of course, opposition to even this minor, cursory nod to the 21st Century economy. In addressing the issue of STVRs, Mayor DeLoach said, “We have to stop this intrusion in our lifestyle just for somebody to make money. We’re headed down the wrong path. We’re gonna lose people that live here. When you do that you lose the soul of the community.” The STVR rental vote was delayed until a later meeting. Observers couldn’t help but remember that when neighborhood residents literally begged Council to delay a decision on turning over right of way to Munster Street to the massive 11-acre development set to replace Johnny Harris, Council’s vote

couldn’t take place quick enough. Before that 7-2 vote, there was no piety about the developer’s need to consider community standards, no moralizing on the subject of making money. In response to Mayor DeLoach’s comments on STVR, the Facebook page Concerned Citizens for Wicklow posted: “Mr. Mayor, we sure could’ve used some of this sentiment applied to the 11 acres of single family homes, the gorgeous and historic Johnny Harris building, and the bucolic horse stables that are to be razed to make way for more suburban sprawl on Victory Drive.” Renting out a carriage house vs. an 11-acre development in an already densely developed area? Which of these more threatens the “soul of the community?” With previous administrations one could at least make the case that they were ideologically predisposed to be skeptical of private enterprise in general. But the DeLoach administration and the new Council majority came in not only as friends of small business, but with an actual successful small businessman as Mayor. When a local politician does feel the need to explain their support for some giant, rule-bending new development, they’ll typically do so by citing the jobs created, as if there is some magic number of proposed new jobs for which all the rules should go out the window. Small business, however, is the leading indicator of a robust and resilient local economy, able to resist layoffs and boom/ bust cycles because it is rooted in the community, and therefore more flexible and more responsive. If only our government were more flexible and responsive to small business. cs

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Opting out of the GMAS: Check all that apply By Jessica Leigh Lebos

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I might be the only one, but I loved standardized test time as a kid. By fifth grade I’d already ascertained that the world was a messy and inexact place, and I so appreciated that each precisely-worded question about the correct placement of a comma or how many apples Jack had if Patty took three-fifths of them corresponded to one exact answer: A, B, C or D. I dorked out over my perfectly-sharpened No. 2 pencils. I waited breathlessly until the teacher said it was time to break the seal on the wheat-colored packets. I filled in the bubbles madly, knowing if I finished early I could read my new issue of Sassy magazine. No one ever talked about the scores, and as I far as I remember, no kid was ever left behind because of them. If you have a child in public school, you already know that standardized testing has gotten a whole lot messier and inexact. Maybe there was even a tantrum Tuesday morning, before every 3rd through 8th grader in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System sat down to the sealed booklets of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS). Fortunately, I was able to calm down with a second cup of tea. Tempers are high and stakes are higher this week: Those in grades 3, 5, and 8 must pass the GMAS to advance to the next grade level. High school students also have subject-specific versions, which make up 20 percent of their final class grades. Students have been filling out practice worksheets for weeks, some staying in at recess. Given over three days, the GMAS is designed to measure students’ knowledge of language arts, math, science, and social studies in relation to the Georgia Standards of Excellence introduced by the Georgia Dept. of Education in 2010, our state’s “homegrown” version of the federal Common Core standards. It replaces the CRCT and other tests, streamlining students’ performance in order to track them towards college or a vocational career. And no more of that No. 2 pencil nonsense: the GMAS is administered mostly online, transitioning completely to computers in its fifth year. This be-all, end-all arbiter of educational progress debuted for the first time last year. Across the board, SCCPSS students per10 formed abominably. Elementary schools

Standardized testing is big business—a multi-billion dollar industry based on the reductive notion that all students can be tracked by a single norm. that once boasted 90 percent and above proficiencies in reading and math fell below 50 percent. Already-struggling schools that had low performance on previous standardized tests showed pass rate percentages in the single digits. At one high school, only 7.6 percent of ninth graders passed the composition and literature section. That was expected: Almost every school in Georgia earned pathetic scores on the GMAS, which local and state academic officers chalked up (oops, I mean “dry-erase markered”; who uses chalk anymore?) to the rigor of the new test and the need to ramp up classroom instruction to meet the standards. But for some teachers and parents, last year’s poor marks don’t reflect what’s happening in the classroom but innate problems with the test itself. Research about the fallibility of standardized testing in general abounds, as do reports on its tendency towards cultural bias and outright absurdity (for real, Google “pineapples don’t have sleeves”). Even in its newness, complaints about the GMAS are multiplying. Poorly written questions and subjective solutions with more than one answer frustrate students and stump educators who have to “teach to the test.” “It’s horrid,” one local teacher told me. “How is a third grader supposed to ‘check all that apply’ if they can’t understand the question?” Worse, children worry tearfully that they won’t advance to the next grade if they perform badly. “It causes so much stress,” laments this 20-year veteran of public school classrooms. “And stress impedes learning.” I’m practically in tears myself about the section of “open-ended” math questions, like this example taken from Gov. Deal’s Student Achievement page: Q: Hector says that any multiple of 6 can be divided into 3 equal groups. Is Hector correct? Explain your answer using words, symbols, or pictures. Don’t even get me started on how we now use “words and pictures” instead of numbers. But doesn’t a question like this have less to do with math skills than it does about a child’s ability to type and draw? What if poor Hector is a math whiz but English is his second language? And why are we spending

all this time and money on testing every student if the data is only being used to advance those in certain grades? The answer is a helluva lot more obvious than a five-paragraph essay about fractions. Standardized testing is big business—a multi-billion dollar industry based on the reductive notion that all students can be tracked by a single norm. Socioeconomics, home life and different learning abilities are not taken into account, in spite of the proven correlation between poverty and poor test performance. “It’s not a real assessment of a student’s skills or abilities,” says our teacher. “No one looking at these answers knows the child or what they’re capable of.” That’s part of the reasoning behind the “opt-out movement,” a group of parents who are exercising their right to refuse to take standardized tests across the country. Twenty percent of New York students opted out last year, and last week a school district in Lee County, Florida voted to refuse state-mandated testing for its entire student body. Opt Out Georgia reported 1,500 refusals last year; membership is now over 4,000 across the state and growing exponentially. (Go ahead, draw a picture, Hector.) “By opting out, we are returning the assessment authority back to the teachers where it belongs,” says Jenny McCord, an SCCPSS parent whose son will sit out the GMAS this week. “We are making a statement that education policy is broken. It is the teacher’s authority to assess student knowledge.” Opt-out parents say that it would be one thing if GMAS were being used to identify weak spots in a child’s abilities to amend their educational plan and turn around failing schools. But it’s actually the data that matters most, especially at the state level, where Gov. Nathan Deal wants to use the rankings to appropriate the lowest-performing ten percent of Georgia’s public schools and hand them off to be run by a private “charter school management” company. Gov. Deal’s “Opportunity School District” would essentially establish a statewide charter school under the sweeping arm of Paul “Chainsaw” Vallas, who gutted public schools in Chicago and

post-Katrina New Orleans. Depending on who you ask, he achieved success, if you measure success, well, by standardized testing. But massive displacements and “counseling out” of low-scoring students and those with special needs were also reported, showing that higher scores come at a cost to communities—literally. “What the Opportunity District will do is take non-profit, public entities and turn them into for-profit charter schools—but our local school boards will be still be paying for them,” points out McCord. That’s the other piece fueling the optout movement in Georgia: That the intention of the GMAS isn’t to educate kids but further the privatization and profitability of failing schools. If the state doesn’t have the GMAS scores, it doesn’t have the data to identify those schools—or implement the charter school model. McCord says opting out is straight-up civil disobedience. But the law is already on her and other parents’ side: The Georgia Senate recently passed SB355, which removes any punitive consequences for ditching the GMAS or any another mandated tests. In spite of this legislation, however, current SCCPSS policy dictates that those in grades 3, 5 and 8 with subpar GMAS scores—or no score at all—will be officially retained. There will be an opportunity to retest in June, and should a student opt out again, parents can file an appeal. A SCCPSS administrator confirmed that the appeals process starts with a meeting between the parents, the principal and one or more teachers familiar with the student’s performance and proficiency to determine whether the student ought to move up a grade. In other words, a real assessment. That would cause some chaos if the optout movement gains ground here like it has in other states, and Gov. Deal and the GADOE would have to go back to the drawing board (where they should be forced to solve algebraic equations using Egyptian hieroglyphs and a banana-shaped eraser). Look, we’re never going back to a time when things were as simple as A,B,C, or D. We need educational standards, and there’s nothing wrong with measuring our kids’ progress. But the GMAS doesn’t have the proven capacity to wield so much power, and standardized testing should not act as the vehicle to privatize our public schools. Neither should it be used to label a student as incapable of learning. Yet it is plainly useful as a way to galvanize communities to stand up and reclaim public education—a lesson far more valuable than any test. cs


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Earth Day Savannah makes it personal

Annual Forsyth Park event focuses on self-empowerment, DIY solutions By Jim Morekis

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MUCH LIKE the planet’s own environmental issues, Savannah’s Earth Day Festival continues to change with the times. While we all probably nostalgically remember the days when the main message of the annual event in Forsyth Park was about conserving water with lowflow bathroom fixtures—remember Less Waters, the six-foot walking toilet?—the event has responded to the need to update for an era of increased social awareness. “The takeaway from all this is we want to encourage empowerment, and things people can do to empower themselves,” says Joanne Morton of Well FED magazine, which is partnering with the City of Savannah to organize the event. The City agency taking the lead role in Earth Day is the relatively new Environmental Services and Sustainability Department. Nick Deffley is that department’s representative working on this year’s Earth Day. “Whether it’s issues of food access or public health issues, there’s a sense that people today are more aware of the real impacts on us all stemming from these problems,” Deffley says. “There’s a real desire to be more involved in being part of the solution, and we want Earth Day to reflect that desire.” While Deffley says the City is opening up the event to more help in planning and a more diverse offering, he says it’s not so

much a paradigm shift as it is just being reflective of the City’s priority to get citizens more involved. For Morton, the event is a chance to bring the community together around common interests and concerns. “We will have the workshops again, the ones that are pretty much consistent. But this year we have a lot more people talking

about taking action – things people can do in a DIY sort of way,” says Morton. Some of the workshops include Plants, Pollinators and Pesticides by Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Earth Friendly Skin Care by Georgia’s Lowcountry Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild, Green Roof Benefits by Atlantic Star Landscape Architecture/Living Roofs LLC, So Easy to Preserve Foods from Your Garden by Chatham County Cooperative Extension and the yearly “Tree Walk” with Savannah Tree Foundation. As an example, Morton cites the building of a greenhouse by Timothy King and his team. The greenhouse frame will be constructed at Earth Day, and transported to Butler Elementary. “It will be made out of 1300 plastic bottles , and we’ll be collecting them at Earth Day.” In keeping with the low-impact spirit of the day, you’re encouraged to walk or ride your bike. Savannah Bicycle Campaign will offer their signature bike valet service as well as presenting a Q&A in the workshop tent. Of course, one component of Earth Day has traditionally been live entertainment, and this year’s lineup of bands includes the Nashville-based Mosacia, Fever Tramp, Xulu Prophet, and headliners Culture Vulture. As was initiated last year, the music stage will not be at the Forsyth bandshell, but on the south end of the Drayton side of the park, near the tennis courts and the softball diamond.

There will be hay bales set up for folks to sit and enjoy the bands. Moon River is scheduled to provide the brews for the festival, in compostable cups of course. “Our goal is to have every product associated with the festival be compostable and recyclable,” Morton says. Chatham County’s Gallery F.A.R. (Fine Art of Recycling) will put on a pop-up art show Saturday, promoting their studio/gallery space on Eisenhower Drive. “They have a deal where if your installation uses 70 percent or more recycled materials, you can display in their gallery space for free.” Another wrinkle this year is that many of the 70-odd vendors will be selling items, rather than just being informational displays. The weekly Forsyth Farmer’s Market will happen as usual from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., but Morton says individual vendors with the Farmer’s Market “are invited to stay longer if they want,” to take advantage of the crowds still in the Park for Earth Day. cs

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Like a lot of 13 year-old girls, Samantha Chonski enjoyed singing along to her favorite tunes and playing around with her web camera. One day, as she was logged onto the nowdefunct live-streaming site Stickam, the young musician lifted up her shirt on a dare, flashing her breasts for the briefest of moments. “I was messing around with my friend, and we were just laughing with other kids,” says Chonski. Then she corrects herself. “Or rather, people we thought we other kids.” Six months later, she received a message on her MySpace page with a screen shot of her exposed body. The sender threatened that he would post the photo to all of her friends and send it to her parents if she didn’t do exactly what he said. That started a six-hour torture session in front of the webcam that yielded far worse footage. “He made me do nasty, gross things that little girls don’t do, stuff I’d never heard of,” remembers Chonski, now 22. “I kept begging him to let me stop, but he’d keep saying ‘one more thing…’” After the ordeal was finally over, Chonski didn’t tell anyone about that terrible night. She now felt depressed and fearful about posting her music online, and she pushed it to the back of her mind and tried to forget. “It was hard, I was already being bullied at school, and I thought about suicide,” she says. Bubbly and bright with a strong Philly accent, Chonski coped silently until four years later, when the Federal Bureau of Investigations came knocking on her door. That was when she met Special Agent Larry Meyer, who told her she wasn’t alone: The same person who had terrorized her as a young teen had blackmailed 350 other victims into performing sex acts over the internet. She also found out there was a word for what this creep did to her: Sextortion. Chonski and several other survivors helped Agent Meyer convict 26-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, who pled guilty last year to multiple counts of child pornography production and received a 105year prison sentence. Agent Meyer, who has been investigating crimes against children in the FBI’s Jacksonville Division for eight years, found that Chansler had posed as a 15 year-old skater

dude in order to target 13 and 14 year-olds, who are more easily manipulated by the threat of having their lives ruined with a single topless photo. “One of the comments he made,” Meyer said later in a post on the FBI website fbi. gov, “was that older girls wouldn’t fall for his ploy.” Both Chonski and Agent Meyer will be in Savannah next week to talk about their experience and warn parents and teens about the growing prevalence of this type of online abuse at a free lecture on Thursday, April 14 at Candler Hospital’s Marsh Auditorium. “Sextortion: A Serious Online Threat to Our Kids” is part of April’s Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities. It is presented by Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides free forensic and therapeutic services to children and teens who have been sexually or severely physically abused or witnessed violence. “We’re delighted to bring this important community education opportunity to Savannah, although we’re truly sorry that it’s necessary,” says Kris Rice of CCAC. “Unfortunately, as parents, we’re often several steps behind our adolescents when it comes to technology and naïve about the ways that predators can gain access to— and sexually exploit—our kids.” Rice stresses that Thursday’s presentation contains sensitive material and is not appropriate for young children. However, it’s never too soon for parents to speak to kids about the dangers of online sextortionists. In an FBI video aimed at teens, the agency warns that

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online predators may try to gain their trust using fake profiles and posing as peers. “They lurk in chat rooms and record young people who post or live-stream sexually explicit images and videos of themselves,” cautions the agent in the video. “They may hack into your electronic devices using malware to gain access to your files and control your web camera and microphone without you knowing it.” To reduce the risk of a predator accessing you or your information, the FBI recommends using the following precautions in chat rooms and on social media: Never send compromising images of yourself to anyone, no matter who they are—or who they say they are. Do not open attachments from people you do not know. Turn off your electronic devices and web cameras when you are not using them. The FBI’s rule of thumb: Don’t post any pictures of yourself online that you wouldn’t show to your grandmother. “If you only remember that,” says Agent Meyer, “you are probably going to be safe.” He has seen the damage sextortion does to the psyches of young people—both girls and boys can fall prey. Agent Meyer has been able to identify about a third of Chansler’s victims and continues to seek out the rest, “so they don’t have to be looking over their shoulder, wondering if this guy is still out there.” For Chonski, knowing her online torturer is behind bars has helped her heal, and addressing the judge at his hearing brought a great sense of relief. She still uses social media to network for her job as a make-up artist, though she is far more careful about her online interactions. Sometimes though, the fear creeps in. “When an older guy looks me up and down and stares, I don’t know if they’ve seen those pictures or what,” she says. Rather than turn towards the shame that predators use to manipulate their victims, she welcomes the opportunity to share her story in the hopes it will prevent the abuse or embolden someone else to come forward. “If it does happen, you need to speak up. Nothing is worse than keeping it inside.” cs

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure features in a unique film competition between Fleet Feet, Service Brewing Co., and Local Farmbag by Jim Morekis

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CELEBRATING RESILIENCY is the theme of both the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and of its local race partner this year, Fleet Feet. The popular running shoe and supply store on Waters Avenue is the spiritual home of Savannah’s running community. But the unexpected 2015 death of Fleet Feet founder and owner Robert Espinoza— race director for the Race for the Cure Savannah last year—was a serious blow. However, like the cancer patients and survivors the Race for the Cure seeks to help, they are also finding strength in adversity. “His loss is still fresh in my mind. I’m so emotional this week. I’ve been doing really well up until the past few days, and it hit me again,” says Cookie Espinoza, Robert’s wife and co-owner of Fleet Feet. “Robert was always the face of Fleet Feet. This has really put me in a different position. But I’m slowly getting used to it,” she says. Even without Robert, this year Fleet Feet carries on the tradition, with staffer Chris Ramsey acting as this year’s Komen race director and Cookie as honorary chair of the Race for the Cure. “This is different than a lot of races people participate in. People get dressed up. It’s a big celebration of life,” says Aileen Gabbey, Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia. “This is a celebration of survivors,” agrees Cookie. “It’s not about us, it’s about them.” Espinoza and Fleet Feet aren’t only involved with the Komen race this year, however. They and two other outstanding local efforts will be featured as part of the Soul Proprietors Film Competition, in which film crews tell the story of unique, community-oriented and socially aware entrepreneurship. In their words, Soul Proprietors seek to “show the world who the faces are behind small businesses making big differences in the world. By providing real examples of how ordinary people can do extraordinary things, we hope to prompt a new generation of social entrepreneurs, community leaders and socially conscious individuals.” This year, Soul Proprietors picked Fleet Feet, Service Brewing Co., and Local Farmbag. Three film crews—Kirutungo

Some colorful shots from a previous edition of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Productions, MadLaw Media, and McMahon-Bird—have five days, April 15-20, to shoot a short film about each business. Soul Proprietor Films will unveil the winner with a screening April 28 at the Jepson. Proceeds go to the charity of choice of the winning film’s business. Service Brewing’s charity is The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, benefiting first responders. Local Farmbag seeks to benefit Union Mission. And Fleet Feet’s charity is the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Competing businesses can feature run-up events to promote the filming. For example, if running in the Race for the Cure isn’t your thing, also on Saturday Service Brewing will hold a tasting event featuring a food truck and tunes from DJ Jose

Ray, and another event Monday at Crystal Beer Parlor with a six-beer tasting, benefiting The 200 Club. As their name implies, the foundation of Service Brewing is charity, specifically veterans and first responders, and they feature a new charity every season. “Every time we launch a new beer we announce a new charity. A dollar from every brewery tour goes to charity,” says Service Brewing Creative Marketing Director Meredith Sutton . “As a brewery we’re dedicated to making great craft beer and to introducing people to great charities that help veterans and first responders. That’s really the image we always try to project,” says Kevin Ryan, CEO of Service Brewing.

“We met with The 200 Club and they mentioned that Paul Kennedy Catering have always been big supporters of theirs,” says Sutton. “So they’re going to be here Saturday with their food truck.” One of the co-owners of Local Farmbag, Steve Howard, is also a partner in Cha Bella. The mission of Farmbag and Cha Bella’s is similar in that both are about “healthy, seasonal local food prepared simply,” Howard says. The goal of Local Farmbag is to “work with local farmers and get their product from farm to front door. We usually pick up produce on Tuesday and have it delivered on Wednesday through Friday. That means most of what you’re getting is 48 hours or less out of the ground,” he says. Howard says Local Farmbag works with a lot of local charities, but Union Mission seemed a particularly good fit for this Soul Proprietors film. “We do a lot of charity work, and we know the folks over at Union Mission. Their operation seems really cool and we may do some culinary classes over there soon,” Howard says. Sutton says at Service the film crew will likely shoot scenes while they are brewing and canning beers. “We want to do some fun things to get people excited about The 200 Club,” says Sutton. “It’s mostly up to the personality of the filmmakers. And we won’t know which crew we’re getting until we all find out at the meet and greet this week at Cha Bella,” says Sutton. “And then we’re all on the same time clock,” says Cookie Espinoza, who will mostly host Fleet Feet’s film crew during the Race for the Cure itself. cs

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Gumbo’S What if we eradicated mosquitoes? Malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile, chikungunya, and now Zika. All transmitted by mosquitoes, resulting in tens of millions of deaths and an untold number of ruined backyard barbecues. What would be the effect on our ecosystem if we could somehow wipe these little pests from the face of the earth? Would we do more harm than good? —Bill, Virginia (the swampy part)

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GOOD NEWS, Bill: we wouldn’t even need to get of all the mosquitoes. In fact, of the 3,500 mosquito species that humans have so far identified on earth, only a couple hundred or so give us trouble. And technology-wise, we’re better equipped to go to war with mosquitoes now than ever before. In decades past, efforts at eradication might’ve involved, say, draining a lake or DDT-ing a forest, triggering some massive downstream effects on the ecosystem. These days male mosquitos can be sterilized; we can engineer an “extinction gene,” to spread quickly through a mosquito species’ gene pool and ensure its death; we can infect species with harmful bacteria. In short, these are heady times in the mosquito-killin’ racket. So there’s not much somehow about it— sooner or later, we will be able to get rid of mosquitoes. But, as the existence of Pumpkin Spice Oreos teaches us, just because one can do something doesn’t mean one

should. Let’s consider pros and cons. As you point out, humanity’s exposure to deadly viruses would plummet. According to stats compiled by the Gates Foundation, mosquitoes kill about 725,000 people a year, 600,000 from malaria alone; if you’re keeping track, you’ll find this means mosquitoes kill more people every year than people do. And we’re great at killing people. Sickness and death aside, sub-Saharan Africa—not exactly a prosperous region to begin with—could, by some estimates, recover about 1.3 percent of the GDP its countries currently spend on malaria-related costs. Malaria’s just the star of the show here, of course; plenty of supporting characters, including the ingenue Zika, have the potential to wreak havoc on humanity. There would be some ecological side effects to mosquito extirpation, which we’ll get to in a moment, but most scientists think they wouldn’t be particularly severe—that ecosystems would quickly evolve to fill whatever beneficial niche the mosquitoes might currently hold. Also in the good news column, there’s recent precedent for such a campaign: the eradication from North America, and most of Central America, of the New World screwworm fly, a particularly nasty little insect that infests its vertebrate hosts with its larvae—that is to say, its maggots—and causes physical as well as economic pain, particularly if it gets in your livestock. (Screwworms made a memorable appearance in the media about ten years ago when a 12-year-old girl from Connecticut, upon returning home from a trip to Colombia, was found to have 142 larvae living in her scalp.) Anyway, a 2005 paper estimated that, following a 45-year campaign to get rid of the insect—using the sterilization technique—the U.S. saves about $800 million annually, mostly from avoiding livestock damage; Mexico saves $292 million; etc. As importantly, there don’t appear to be any downside effects on ecosystems, either. Of course, there’s a hell of a lot more

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mosquitoes out there than there were screwworms. Shifting our view north, for instance, we find that mosquitoes play an important ecological role in the Arctic tundra, where their elimination would probably have the biggest impact. Some estimates have migratory bird populations in the tundra dropping by about half; reindeer migration patterns might change too, with corollary effects on other species. Elsewhere, spiders, lizards, frogs, and other insects all rely on mosquitoes as a primary food source. The mosquitofish— named for the larvae that are a staple of its diet—could be in for some tough times. Not everybody’s in agreement about these predictions, though, whereas scientists do generally agree that mosquito eradication would engender far more good than harm: as one entomologist pointed out in the journal Nature, “The ecological effect of eliminating harmful mosquitoes is that you have more people. That’s the consequence.” (Great, right? Well, here’s where I point out that the nature writer David Quammen has celebrated mosquitoes’ unique ability to beat back human encroachment. Through their knack for making people miserable, Quammen suggests, they’ve undoubtably helped save some tropical forests from clear-cutting— he calls them “ecological heroes.”) Don’t get too excited about our mosquito-free future just yet, though, Bill. Some ecologists suspect the benefits of eliminating disease-carrying mosquitoes would be only temporary: the other species that come to occupy their places in the food chain may well take over their disease-vector duties in the process—conceivably we could wind up dealing with something worse instead. Among those signing onto this more bearish position, I’ll note, is the American Mosquito Control Association, founded 80 years ago to promote public health and quality of life through the dissemination of mosquitowhacking knowhow. The pessimistic take on eradication may be proven right, but what else would you expect these guys to say? When mosquitoes are finished, the AMCA is too. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via straightdope.com or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654.

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14-year-old apparently killed while ‘playing with a firearm’

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police detectives are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a male teen at approximately 4:30 p.m., April 7, at a residence in the 1300 block of East 69th Street. “Jajuan McDowell, 14, suffered a fatal gunshot wound at the residence and was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.McDowell and a second teen were reportedly playing with a firearm at the time of the shooting,” police say.

19-year-old shot near Savannah High from second story of building

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred at 10:30 a.m., April 4, in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in the vicinity of Savannah High School.

“The victim, a 19-year-old male, was getting into his vehicle when the shooter fired rounds at him from the second story of an apartment building nearby,” police say. The suspect is described as a young, light-skinned black male wearing a camouflage jacket and red “Duck Dynasty” hat.

Barnard when they were approached by two black males who asked them for a lighter before robbing them at gunpoint,” police say.

14-year-old charged with armed robbery near Forsyth Park fountain

Man arrested for armed robbery, multiple incidents

Police arrested a man for armed robbery on April 3. Investigators determined at least five other incidents may be linked. “At 5:45 p.m. on April 3, Metro responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred near the intersection of East 41st and Bull Streets. Reportedly, two unknown males robbed a female victim at gunpoint of her purse and cell phones,” police say. “Further investigation led detectives to West Henry St where a warrant was executed in a residence and vehicle. This led to recovery of the some of the victim’s belongings. Additionally, items linked to at least five other armed robberies in the area were located,” police say. Detectives identified Taqwan Robinson, 20, was at the residence, as a suspect. Robinson was charged with armed robbery.  “He was recently arrested on March 16 when his brother was shot on the 2000

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block of East 38th Street. Officers searched their residence and located stolen guns and narcotics associated with that incident,” police say. The second suspect in this incident is still at large and is as a black male of a light brown complexion with facial hair, possibly in his teens or early 20s, 5 feet 6 inches and 150 pounds, hair in a medium afro.

Four robbed at Barnard and Harris

Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at midnight, April 10, in the 300 block of Barnard Street. “The four victims, two 18-year-olds and two 17-year-olds, were sitting near the intersection of West Harris Street and

Officers made an arrest Sunday after an attempted armed robbery in Forsyth Park. “At approximately 8:50 p.m., Metro responded to the fountain area of Forsyth Park for an attempted armed robbery that had just occurred. A victim was lying in a hammock when two suspects approached and asked for the time,” police say. “One of the suspects then brandished a gun and demanded personal belongings. Another victim, who was nearby, heard the commotion and walked over to the area. This startled the suspects and they fled westbound through the park.” A 14-year-old was detained and charged with obstruction by fleeing and criminal attempted armed robbery with a gun. The suspect that remains at large is described as a black male, possibly in his mid-teens. He was of average build and was approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall. He wore a dark gray sweatshirt or hoodie during the incident. cs

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Department of Veterans Affairs employee Elizabeth Rivera Rivera, 39, was fired after her arrest (followed by a February guilty plea) for armed robbery, but when she was sentenced only to probation, an arbitrator ordered the VA to rehire her — and give her back pay she “earned” while sitting in jail awaiting trial. (She had been the driver for a man arrested for a street robbery in San Juan, Puerto Rico.) Rivera’s union had demanded the reinstatement without salary penalty — for “fairness” — because the same Puerto Rico VA office had earlier hired a convicted sex offender, and the office’s hospital director, recently charged with DUI and drug possession, avoided VA discipline because of technicalities about the traffic stop.

Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle

Turmoil in Selma, Alabama, March 1965: The historic “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge ultimately became a turning point in the battle for voting rights. Turmoil in Selma, Alabama, March 2016: The town is riven by demands for stricter enforcement of the ordinance requiring horses on the street to be wearing diapers — a campaign led by Ward 8’s Councilman Michael Johnson (an AfricanAmerican): “I’m tired of it because there’s other things I could be doing than dealing with horses.”

Compelling Explanations

• Urges: (1) Ms. Ashton Barton, 33, charged with shoplifting a vibrating sex toy from a CVS pharmacy in Largo, Florida, in February, tried for police sympathy by explaining that she was in a troubled marriage. “My husband doesn’t want to touch me anymore,” and “I would rather do this than be unfaithful.” (2) Neighbors of a loudly frisky couple in a Stockholm, Sweden, apartment building were so frustrated by the noise that they reached out to the country’s health minister, Gabriel Wikstrom — who took the side of the randy couple (according to a translation by Stockholm’s The Local): “Sounds nice for them, I think. Good for their wellbeing and thus public health as well.” • Nice Tries: (1) Benjamin Grafius, 39,

United States, but by 2014 Americans had charged with several instances of inderesurrected it (677 reported cases), and cent exposure to Amish people near New researchers from Emory University and Holland, Pennsylvania, told police that he targeted them because he knew they would Johns Hopkins set out to learn how — and recently found the dominant reason to be not use phones to call police (March). (2) Valerie Godbout, 33, visiting Orlando from the purposeful decision by some Americans to refuse or delay widely available Montreal and charged with drug posvaccinations (especially for their chilsession after alerting police with erratic dren). (The researchers found similar, but driving, told the officer that she was on less-strong conclusions about whooping the wrong side of the road because that’s cough.) the way traffic works in Canada. (It’s not.) (March). Undignified Deaths (3) Emily Davis, 21, caught (1) An 86-year-old by police displaying her woman died in Februrecently deceased grandary in New Cumberland, mother’s handicap-parking POLLEN Pennsylvania, when she badge, explained that she GONE YET? tripped and got her mediwas merely “using it in her cal alert necklace caught honor.” (Portsmouth, Engon her walker, strangling land, February). herself. (2) A 25-yearBreakthroughs in old off-duty New York Science City police officer was • German researchkilled on a highway near ers, publishing in March, Elizabeth, New Jersey, in revealed that female buryMarch. According to the ing beetles uniquely dispolice report, the officer courage their mates from had rear-ended another pestering them for sex after car and had gotten out birth — thus explaining how to “discuss” the matter, the male of this species is then suddenly pulled his observed actually helping with child care. service revolver and threatened the driver The females apparently release a chemical using road rage-type language. As the offi“anti-aphrodisiac” to the father’s antencer backed up while pointing the gun, a nae. Said the lead researcher (a woman), passing driver accidentally, fatally struck “They are a very modern family.” Said him. another biology professor (also female), Fine Points of the Law “Burying beetles are supercool.” Joe Vandusen said he has had no contact — Science magazine called the “butwhatsoever with his estranged wife for thole” “one of the finest innovations in “16 or 17 years” and that both moved long the past 540 million years of animal evoago to other relationships (Joe currently lution” — in that, until it developed, aniliving with a woman, raising both his two mals’ only channel of waste removal was children and her two, as well). Nonethethrough the same opening used for food less, Vandusen’s “real” wife recently gave intake. However, the recent discovery, birth, from another father, and, without announced at a March conference by a claiming Vandusen as the father, filed in University of Miami biologist, that gelatiFebruary for child support from him. In nous sea creatures called comb jellies can the Vandusens’ home state of Iowa (like excrete via other pores, was labeled by the the law in many states), he must pay, irremagazine as “stunn(ing).” spective of any DNA test (unless he gets • The Emerging American “Right” of Rejecting Science: In 2000, the Centers for an expensive court order to “de-establish paternity.” Disease Control and Prevention declared that measles had been eliminated in the

Ironies

(1) Ervin Brinker, 68, pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud as CEO of the Summit Pointe health care provider in Michigan and was sentenced in January to 32 months in prison. He had embezzled $510,000 in “mental health” payments and apparently spent it all on a Florida fortune teller. (2) Two of the three candidates for the Republican nomination for county property appraiser in Erwin, Tennessee, in November died before the election, leaving Rocky McInturff the only survivor. However, he is ineligible for the nomination because he lost badly on election day by one of the two dead candidates.

Least Competent Criminals

Albuquerque police encountered Leonard Lopez, 26, inside a Chevy Cobalt car (that was not his) just after midnight on March 30 after neighbors reported a man screaming inside, flashing the car’s headlights. A panicked Lopez was upside down, with his feet on the dashboard and his head and shoulders wedged under the steering wheel, hands and arms tucked inside his sweatshirt. He was charged with burglary, and police guessed he was probably going through opiate withdrawal.

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When do you feel like you became you with your voice?

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For me, that’s all subtle. It’s just something that happens all by itself; you don’t really think about it. Everything that’s going on in your life is affecting you gradually.

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You just had a song on House of Cards. Are you a fan? I didn’t have internet connection to get the show, but now I do, and I loved it! I thought it was the best usage of one of my tunes ever done. I’ve done television and movies before, and that was the best usage I’ve had yet. I loved it, and the show’s great. Now I go back and watch it, it’s kind of heavy, kind of dark. I can deal with some dark stuff every now and again. In some ways, there’s no limit to the depravity of what humanity can do—that’s a tiny portion of what’s really going on.

bring huge sound to Southbound by anna chandler

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JJ Grey rose out of the North Florida swamp to share a sound that’s soulful, rockin’, bluesy, funky, and altogether addictive. With weathered, Sunshine State-warm vocals, funky guitar licks, enormous brass, JJ Grey and Mofro appeals to both the jam-band crew and lovers of vintage soul and rock. Grey and his band hit Southbound Brewery this weekend. Beer samples will be provided through the evening. We chatted with Grey about his Florida upbringing, recording the old-fashioned Enjoy local brews while jamming to JJ Grey and Mofro. way, and how he found his voice. What was the envisioning and planning like for your latest, Ol’ Glory? I just let songs kind of happen and come, and when I get enough, I hit the studio. There’s not a ton of forethought. I don’t try to make it sound one way or another. If I do, I don’t think about it, it just kind of happens. I chase the rabbit down the road, through the woods, wherever he goes, you keep on. Do you write with the band or alone? I write by myself. When it happens, it just comes, and then when I get it down I usually demo the stuff and then show it to the guys playing and let them learn it and then fine tune it from there.

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When you get to that point—have you fleshed out individual parts for instruments, or do bring it to the guys and see what they can add? It’s done, and, that said, all these guys are great players. Who they are is starting to come through when they start to play. Every little thing exactly won’t come out; some will. It’s a surprising shift, I enjoy 20 hearing it shift.

O’Glory was recorded analog; is that your preferred method? Everything I’ve ever recorded, from day one, was to two-inch tape in the studio. It does a sound you just can’t get it digitally. Digital has come a long way, and we still use digital in the process to mix down off tape. But we use tape as much as possible, and Pro Tools or Logic to work on it. I demo all my stuff in Logic then use Pro Tools in the studio in the editing. When I grew up, that’s how you recorded. And I’ve also found that there’s something to be said when you record to tape: you commit yourself to something. Digital, you have too many options to beleaguer over something. I like the finality of tape. Do it or don’t! What’s coming up for you, are you working on new material? I got a bunch of songs in the can. I got to get it all together and start getting the guys hip to the songs. I’ll be going into studio, getting ‘em ready. I haven’t really brought music in yet, but I’m getting there.

You recently guested on Galactic’s new album. When did you first become familiar with them?

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You often cite the Florida influence in your music; it’s such a humid sound. What influenced your early writing, growing up there? I grew up listening to my dad’s record collection and my sister had a bunch of disco 45s—Bee Gees, The Main Ingredient, KC and The Sunshine Band. I loved that stuff, especially the stuff with horns, soul records. There was a little juke joint with bands playing soul covers, Isley Brothers, that I got into. When you start out—and I think everybody goes through this to a degree, whether they’re a musician or a basketball player or writer—at first, you’re the sum total of your influences and what you want to sound like. And as time goes on, you just become you over a period of time. When you first start out singing, like in my case, you sound like a guy trying to sound like a guy that influenced you! But over a period of time, you just become you. The voice is a weird thing. Seldom does anyone want to sound like they actually sound—I know that feeling. Over period of time, it starts to move and change and you not a dog chasing a tail so much.

I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if weren’t for them cats. They said, ‘Let’s do a track,’ sent me some music, I worked with it a bit, put some words on it, recorded it. I love those guys. They have, in my mind, the distinct feather in their cap that paved their way for a lot of cats. People don’t realize it, but they’re still trailblazing and crushing it. What was the collaboration process like? They just sent me three tracks and said, ‘Do your thing, man, and if you need to change stuff around change it, whatever you want to do, it’s wide open.’ And they send me some stuff that’s just grooving! I’d add a little chord or something for the chorus, something really basic, real simple. Southbound’s going to be awesome. Do you often play breweries? We normally play theatres. It’s fun to step back and, depending on the setup now, I kind of like playing in smaller places sometimes. I like the juke joint vibe. CS

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Jeff DeRosa slings drinks at Tree House most nights of the week, but the bassist and sound designer has been filling up the rest of his hours with something huge: crafting Record Store Day 2016’s most innovative and risky release. “This business model is financial suicide,” DeRosa says with a cracked smile. “There’s no doubt about it. It’s anti-capitalist, it goes against an entire profiteering model.” DeRosa’s band Word of Mouth (active around 2009-2013), which also featured Miggs Son Daddy (rhymes, trumpet), Taylor Locke (vocals, poetry, more), Melissa

Hagerty (vocals, Theremin, more), Lucia Garcia (vocals, keys), Matt Duplessie (keys), David Ballantyne (guitar), and Mike McCoy (drums), isn’t currently active, but they’re ready to launch their highly-anticipated—we’re talking five years in the making—album into the world. During its reign, Word of Mouth (WOM) dominated the Savannah scene with vibrancy, eclecticism, and unpredictability. A loose collective of music makers and creators, many with ties to SCAD, WOM began as an experiment of sorts, evolving into a band fusing rock, jam, world, classical, hip-hop, spoken word, and psychedelic sounds into one collective groove. In the early stages, the sound was total improvised. After the group created music to accompany Locke’s poetry at his thesis

show, they officially became a band. “It happened in stages,” Miggs remembers. “Everyone got more involved in the writing, whereas the first couple [of songs] were Taylor’s poems. Anything the girls were singing was literally taken from his words, and then we settled into saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to be a band now, we’re going to make music.’” After a successful gig at DexFest, WOM was offered a recording session at a studio in Nashville. They jumped on the opportunity and began tracking in the summer of 2011, living at engineer Chad Little’s house during the process. “It was a nightmare of production,” DeRosa, who co-produced the record, recalls. “Of course it was fun and great, but it took two months to record, took me four

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“The release couldn’t embody the message of the band or album any better. It’s all about community, giving back, and the art of mutual gain.” months to edit and prep the mix, and by the time we were done, we had recorded 360 gigs of audio. If you extrapolate that, it’s roughly four months of continuous time of recorded takes I had to root through.” As DeRosa mixed the album—a process that took six months with songs boasting between 40 and 100 tracks each—things were changing within the WOM community. Many members had graduated or followed opportunities outside of Savannah. Without ever officially disbanding, the group spread across the United States; members now live in Texas, California, Georgia, and beyond. “The band didn’t break up—we just kind of grew up,” DeRosa says. “We couldn’t realistically keep going as we were finishing college and bills were coming in. We couldn’t dedicate the amount of time we’d like.” The question still remained: what to do with the fully-funded record on which they were sitting? After all that hard work, DeRosa knew he wanted as many people to hear it as possible—but how to do that when the band was no longer active? “I wanted to incentivize it and let this be mutually beneficial to everyone,” he says. For years, DeRosa has been and preparing to stage a global phenomenon: an album release by the people, for the people. “The release couldn’t embody the message of the band or album any better. It’s all about community, giving back, and the art of mutual gain,” he says excitedly. 1,000 copies of Word of Mouth Speaks have been pressed onto a set of three, 180gram, 45 RPM vinyl records. The band is giving away all of those copies for free. Some have gone to longtime supporters of the band, some to folks who may have never heard of WOM but have an interest in eclectic music. The rest have been sent out to record stores across America in anticipation of vinyl collector holiday Record Store Day. Employees are encouraged to give copies to folks who seem like they might like the style, collectors who dig rare pressings, or anyone who asks for it. “So you receive this record,” DeRosa explains. “You open it, and inside, there’s a business card that folds up into a USB stick. You plug this in, and it launches you to the website, which then prompts you to get the app that goes with this. At that point, your record is registered. Each card, each record is unique, and you create an account, like a Facebook page. Then, you

participate. “On April 23, the online album release date, we’re asking everyone to push—same day, same time—the rest of the world to do a pay-what-you-want download of the album. You can get it for free, or throw us a dollar or more. “The kicker is: everyone who’s registered their record—one share is all we’re asking for—is entitled to their portion of the money that’s raised. If it raises $1,000, everybody gets a dollar. If it raises a million dollars, everybody gets a grand. The sky’s the limit on what everyone could make. We’re creating a giant street team and paying them off the money generated.” “You’re turning them into shareholders,” Miggs adds. “This is a reverse crowdfunding strategy,” DeRosa explains. “Kickstarter, you go on and ask for money to fund your project. We’re going to pay people to push our product.” As for the band members? They’re getting their 1/1000th of the cut, too. “We wanted that to be the biggest statement we can make with it,” DeRosa says. “You’re not pushing this so we can get rich. You’re pushing this so we can all benefit. Even if you don’t like the music, click ‘Share,’ and I’ll write you a check. There’s no telling how big this could be. It’s a social experiment, really.” While a new WOM album or reunion show might not happen in the near future (though who knows what could occur), the release will certainly generate traffic for off-shoot projects: Miggs has his own solo hip-hop career and collaboration with Dope KNife, Happy Thoughts; Hagerty, also still in Savannah, is in Omingnome and Oh Ma; Duplessie releases music as Clandestiny; Garcia, now in California, still makes tunes as Electric Grandma; and Ballantyne plays solo as DCB Alchemy. Though the financial possibilities are certainly something to get stoked about, DeRosa and Miggs are, foremost, excited for the record to be heard. “This album is about you,” DeRosa says. “There are no love songs on it, no personal experience songs. That’s where it’s drastically different than a lot of records: it’s about you and how a group of people can come together and make something.” Savannah residents can request an extremely limited copy of Word of Mouth Speaks on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 16, at Graveface Records and Curiosities or Rody’s Music Warehouse. CS

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Warren Haynes: The 20-year evolution of Gov’t Mule

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WARREN HAYNES played guitar in The Allman Brothers Band for 25 years and has led Gov’t Mule for two decades. He’s also played with The Dead, his own The Warren Haynes Band, been a performer in the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, and most recently made a bluegrass-leaning solo album, “Ashes & Dust,” backed by the group Railroad Earth. That almost certainly makes him the hardest working guitarist in show business. But it also fulfills him musically. “I think each project I’m involved with allows me to express myself a little differently and expose different parts of my musical personality, which I really enjoy,” Haynes said in a recent phone interview. “I think most musicians, if they had a complaint it would be that they don’t have a way to express the different parts of themselves. I don’t have that complaint.” As soon as he plugs in the guitar and starts to play, each of the groups gets a different Haynes. “The songs kind of determine the way I’m going to interpret the music and I’m very influenced by the people around me,” he said. “I’m mostly listening to what everyone else is doing and trying to be part of a tapestry, which gets at all the facets of the music. “For example, in each situation I do, not only do I have a different mindset but different equipment -- different guitars, different amps, different effects I’m using,” Haynes said. “So everything is different.” Having toured to support “Ashes & Dust” both last fall and earlier this year, Haynes now has Gov’t Mule back on the road.

Today’s Gov’t Mule has evolved significantly from the way the group started. After Haynes and bassist Allen Woody joined a reuniting Allman Brothers Band in 1989, they realized they both shared a fondness for power trios in the tradition of Cream. Haynes and Woody decided to form Gov’t Mule (with drummer Matt Abts completing the lineup) as a side band that would record and tour between Allman Brothers projects. With the Allman Brothers not working on new music, Haynes and Woody left the group in 1997 to focus full-time on Gov’t Mule. But their plans ended on a tragic note when Woody passed away in August 2000. A year later Haynes rejoined the Allman Brothers Band, replacing the departing Dickey Betts. But he also decided to reinvent Govl’t Mule, bringing in keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Andy Hess for the 2004 album, “Deja Voodoo.” That lineup remains intact today. The band’s current tour is ostensibly in support of “Shout!,” Gov’t Mule’s critically acclaimed two-CD release from 2014. The first disc is made up of some of the band’s best Southern jam rock tracks yet. The second is comprised of the same songs featuring a lineup of guest vocalists that includes Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Grace Potter and Steve Winwood. The two-disc concept didn’t occur until Gov’t Mule was well into making the album. Plans originally called only for Costello, Dr. John and Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals to join the band in the studio. “We were thinking we’d have those three singers come in and do a cameo appearance on some pieces of the song,” Haynes said. “But it seemed like a waste

to have singers of that stature come in and sing a small part. So we decided to have them do their versions of the whole song. Then it turned into finding somebody to do it with every song. As soon as that happened I sat down and made up a list of singers and started making phone calls. “They were all singers that are friends, people who I’ve worked with and people who I really respect,” he said. “The conversation would start with ‘here’s the idea.’ Then, I know as a singer, I only want to do songs I’m comfortable with. So I’d tell them I’d send them the song and ask if they wanted to it if they felt comfortable with it. It didn’t take long to get the whole record.” The singers recorded their takes on the songs with Gov’t Mule playing behind them. So did those versions change the way Haynes, who sings the Gov’t Mule versions, looks at the songs? “It changed the way I look back at the songs for the future,” he said. “I’d already recorded my versions before any of them came in. Hearing what they did influenced the songs, the way we do them live -- in each case.” Haynes, who’s known as a guitarist, has, over the years, become a very effective singer, delivering gruff, expressive vocals that perfectly fit the Mule’s music. “I started singing before I started playing guitar, at a very early age, 7 or 8,’ he said. “When I joined The Allman Brothers in 1989, I knew I wasn’t going to be singing much and I was all right with that. I was asked to be in an institution, one of the greatest bands of all time. “Having said that, my voice I think, has gotten better over the years and it’s the best it’s ever been now,” Haynes said. “It’s like any muscle, the more you use it, the better it gets and the stronger it gets. The best thing for me is to sing as much as

possible.” That do-it-as-much-as-possible approach also applies to guitar, said Haynes, who “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked at No. 23 on its list of the 100 best guitarists of all time. “You play much better as a guitar player when you’ve been on the road for months and are playing night after night,” he said. “If you take time away, your calluses shrink and you have to build them back up, which is not an easy process.” The odds are good that a song or two from “Shout!” will be on the Mule’s set list each night. But Haynes said there’s always the chance that none will get included as the band tries to never play the same set twice. “One of the reasons we do a different set list every night is to try to stay inspired,” he said. “Part of the whole concept of changing the set is to keep that inspiration going by playing songs you haven’t played in awhile. That freshness helps you forget what you may have played before and play a new part.” Two decades into his run with Gov’t Mule, Haynes said he’d like to see his band last as long as the Allman Brothers, which marked 45 years before calling it a day in October 2014. “I sure hope so,” he said. “There’s no way of predicting, but I know the 20 years we’ve done have been wonderful. We always enjoy playing together musically and personally. We’re really happy to be going back out and playing. We really are.” Gov’t Mule Tue. April 19, 8 p.m. Trustees Theater www.savannahboxoffice.com


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THE much-anticipated return of DriveBy Truckers to Savannah had a bittersweet feel Wednesday night April 6, with the death of American music legend Merle Haggard announced earlier that day. The walk-in music at the Trustees Theatre was all Merle, and as the Truckers took the stage their first song was a brief take on “Okie From Muskogee.” (A few hours earlier, former DBT bandmate Jason Isbell simply posted, “Merle Haggard was the best country songwriter there ever was.”) While some apparent issues with the mix meant that for the first several songs you could barely hear the Haggard-influenced lyrics of Patterson Hood’s vocals, Merle’s spirit was still very much in the house. DBT and Haggard have more in common than just music. Haggard, who always maintained that “Okie” wasn’t necessarily an endorsement of the song’s more reactionary lyrics but rather a character’s point of view, became something of a political anomaly in the country/western world in his later years. With insights into Barack Obama, racism, and a pronounced dislike of the thenvery popular George W. Bush, Haggard pushed envelopes in message as well as with his jazz-influenced vocal phrasing, a trait he shared with fellow Outlaw Country great Willie Nelson. Despite—or because of? —their Deep South roots, Drive-By Truckers have always espoused a clearly progressive take on social issues, the most obvious example last night being the large “Black Lives Matter” poster on the side of Jay Gonzalez’s keyboards. That said, DBT—along with Gov’t Mule, playing in the same theatre this coming Tuesday night and featured in this issue— are also the most dynamic heirs to the Southern rock tradition still actively touring today. Politics aside, their deep roots in that classic ‘70s genre are never far away. In the old days, music critics would bandy about the phrase “Southern Guitar Army.” It referred to the penchant for the great old Southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allmans, Molly Hatchet, and The Outlaws (for whom the phrase “Guitar Army” was initially coined) to feature not two, but usually three, and occasionally four electric guitarists. In these days of self-conscious twee minimalism, the guitar armies of yore are pretty scarce. (Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet famously hews to the approach, but, despite their home base, aren’t particularly Southern in style or spirit.) But seeing DBT live really brings home their provenance and authentic approach. For all of Hood’s well-deserved repu26 tation as a Haggardesque Southern

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storyteller and working man’s wordsmith, this show was more of a rave-up, with very minimal stage patter and no more than a few seconds between tunes. Hood, Mike Cooley (who shares lead vocals in an almost 50/50 split with Hood) took turns tearing up old-school leads, with Gonzalez coming down front and picking up a guitar on at least half the tunes. (And wow do these guys tour with some beautiful guitars! Hood played a Gibson SG for most of the show, with Cooley strong on his Telecaster and even—gasp—a Flying V!) The issues with the mix plagued the guitarists as well, with some of the most tasty licks from all three gentlemen virtually disappearing in the wash. While a hallmark of the Southern rock sound is a wall of guitars, you’re at least supposed to be able to hear the solos. That said, this was a most appreciative crowd and everyone came to have a good time. Within a couple of songs, the ticketing system went to the winds, and the fairly spacious area between the Trustees stage and the front row quickly filled with standing and dancing concertgoers. Interestingly, this all happened the same day some social media unrest was making the rounds about the Music Festival’s tendency to be fairly aggressive in

forcing concertgoers to stay seated for the entirety of a show—even more spirited rock/Americana shows which usually happen in less formal venues. The DBT show was listed as one of the concerts—Sharon Jones being another—in which dancing and standing were encouraged, so this audience wasn’t told to sit down and shut up (which would have likely been a futile effort anyway). There does seem to be a forming public consensus that the Festival might more closely consider employing this option more liberally in future editions, for the acts that clearly warrant it. – Jim Morekis

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings @Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Savannah’s seen few things as inspiring as Sharon Jones dancing around the Lucas stage, belting her heart out, and making her mark as a true performer and the Soul Diva of her time. It was around halfway through the show that Jones disclosed that the pancreatic cancer she’d been fighting had returned; feeling compelled to explain why she might be a little beat for her SMF show, she explained to the audience that she’d been taking a new medication that made breathing a struggle.

…And then she prompted her band and continued to wiggle and shuffle and shimmy around the stage, belting her heart out to the soulful, vintage sounds of her perfect Dap-Kings. Playing it tight with smiles all around, the band gave it their all through horns, strings, and vocals (Jones’ backup singers Sundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe, who have their own duo, Saun and Starr, opened the evening with a few of their own songs). Jones’ guitarist let the crowd know immediately that they best not sit down for the performance, and the theatre was filled with hooting, hollering, and shaking hips. Jones invited ladies to join her onstage, which apparently resulted in the most audience participation she’s ever had (her skills as a performer truly shone in that moment as she took a moment to dance with each participant then send them off the stage). From a cover of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” to original “Get Up and Get Out” (originally about a man, but now a loud warning to Jones’ cancer), Jones and her Kings held her audience in their palms all night. While there were tears as some left the theatre, there was certainly, foremost, inspiration and utter awe. – Anna Chandler


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Celebrate 50 years of nautical knowledge with Ships of the Sea! To commemorate, the maritime museum is sponsoring a free afternoon concert for families. With a unique blend of New England heritage and Celtic song, the warm, down-to-earth Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee share ballads and dance numbers driven by traditional instrumentation like Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle, and tin whistle. Lane (vocals, harp) is schooled in music theory, learning guitar from a lutenist who specialized in Elizabethan songs and flamenco as a child. She followed her heart to Oxford, England to study after high school and learn more about English and Scottish folklore and song. She’s self-taught on the Celtic folk harp and has earned awards in multiple international competitions for her talents. Gosbee, a Maine native, grew up fascinated by folklore. He was also heavily involved in theatre, and writes original tunes in the traditional folk style that are woven with humor and relatability. Catch him on the 12-string guitar, viola, fiddle, Irish flute, and tin whistle. Lane and Gosbee offer plenty of storytelling between songs and enjoy presenting theme concerts during which they’ll discuss nautical life, Celtic lore, or Colonial America. Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m., free, all-ages

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Get the full Man in Black experience with the ultimate tribute. Cited as “the next best thing to Johnny Cash,” Cash’d Out’s famous show has been heralded by the likes of W.S. Holland, longtime Cash drummer (he’s sat in with Cash’d Out, too), Cindy Cash (Cash’s daughter), Lou Robin (Cash’s manager/promoter), and more. They even boast official approval and endorsement from Johnny Cash’s official website. The San Diego-based band’s taken home four San Diego Music Awards for Best Tribute Band, playing to over 1.2 million fans and counting in an 11-year career. From the timbre of Cash impersonator Douglas Benson’s voice to the texture of his guitar to the freight-train, boot-stompin’ rhythms of bass, well—it’s eerily accurate. Friday, April 15, 10 p.m., $10, 21+

It’s always refreshing, and becoming rarer these days, to hear a SXSW success story—the annual music, film, and technology festival has sprawled into a notoriously overwhelming and oversaturated market—but some of our hometown heroes now have their own. Velvet Caravan, our resident hardworking band of gypsy-jazz-swingers, have been discovered. Larry Kosson of Kosson Talent, a New York agency specializing in fusion music and innovative blends of genre, discovered the band by chance while at SXSW. “It’s a classic SXSW story,” Kosson explains. “Most bands that go to SXSW already have agents—what they’re really looking for are either to get signed with a label or a publishing deal. There aren’t that many agents at SXSW, there aren’t that many talent buyers.” Kosson hadn’t heard of Velvet Caravan, but an industry pal suggested catching them at the luminous Driscoll Hotel. “They’ll do things that are much more in line with jazz or pop or singer-songwriters,” Kosson explains of the elegant atmosphere. From the Caravan’s first song, Kosson was hooked. “They had an x-factor,” he explains. “Their stage presence, their humor. I didn’t know anything about the band! All I did was walk in and I was blown away.” With their sharp musicianship and unique blend of genres, VC was a perfect fit for Kosson Talent, which is home to diverse artists like Black Violin, Jimmy Webb, Trout Fishing in America, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and many more. “A number of performers I represent have this sort of training in one form that’s crossed over into another form,” says Kosson. “When I choose an artist, number one, it’s music I really like. Number two, I believe that it’s an aesthetic that talent buyers and presenting organizations also like and believe in. I have a network I’ve built over the last 16 years across the country of venues and organizations that book performances, and what I’m trying to do is find things that will fit multiple genres.” So what’s that mean for the band? High-caliber shows in a larger radius. For better or worse, they’re not our little hometown secret anymore, and as they rise, we’ll be seeing less of them in our neck of the woods. Catch them this weekend at Unitarian Universalist Church for a soon-to-be-rare intimate concert. “We’ve already had inquiries, festivals asking about availability, and we haven’t even officially announced yet,” says an enthused Kosson. “I believe this is a really solid signing and I’m excited.” Sunday, April 17, doors at 3:30 p.m., show at 4 p.m., $20 via uusavannah.org or at door, 12+


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The Art of Spring: Gallery shows not to miss By Kayla Goggin

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OF ALL THE reasons to live in Savannah, springtime (as brief as it may be) has to be close to the top of the list. The tide of pastel azaleas flowing down Oglethorpe; the smell of confederate jasmine wafting on a warm breeze; the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon hopping from gallery to gallery, stopping now and then to sip lemonade in a downtown square–it’s about as close to perfection as any of us will get. Luckily, this spring season brings with it plenty of art events and openings to enjoy. Here are some of the highlights: New work by painter Randy Akers and sculptor Fran Kaminsky is on display at Hospice Savannah until June 30. Kaminsky’s figurative sculptures are an easy match for Akers’ abstract, highly textured paintings. The exhibition is an introspective one, though not without its own sort of quiet energy brought about by Akers’ ethereally beautiful color palette and the elegant lines of Kaminsky’s figures. Bede Van Dyck’s Rescued Papers artworks will remain on exhibit at the City of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Gallery alongside repurposed electronics sculptures by local students through April 29. Van Dyck, a renowned architect, layers recycled papers, corrugated cardboard, old shipping boxes, and packing materials into geometric, three-dimensional collage works. The newest gallery on the Savannah scene, Location Gallery, presents its second ever show, Juliana Peloso’s I’m Your Biggest Fan, April 8—May 7. The exhibition features over 60 small oil paintings of celebrities, the likes of which include Bill Murray, Dolly Parton, Biz Markie and more. As with all Location Gallery shows, the profits will be donated to a local nonprofit; this time One Love Animal Rescue. If you really want to welcome Spring in style, you’ll probably want to check out the Telfair Museums’ upcoming Telfair in Bloom event. Described as “a vibrant festival of art and flowers,” Telfair in Bloom includes an evening of cocktails and lavish floral arrangements (April 14, 6:30 8:30pm at the Telfair Academy), a lecture by Lindsey Taylor (April 15, 10:30am at the Jepson Center for the Arts), and a lecture by Keller Jones about flowers in film (April 16, 10am at the Jepson Center). However, one of the shows I’m most excited about will only be around for a single night: Jon Springs’ Daemon at Sulfur Studios (April 17, 7pm). This new media/ 32 glitch art show is headlined by one of

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Savannah’s most talented up-and-coming experimental artists. (A group of as-yet unnamed glitch artists will also display work.) It’s not to be missed. If glitch art isn’t your thing, maybe impressionism is more your speed. Tiffani Taylor and Melissa Schneider will present a body of work inspired by a day trip to Vernon, France’s sprawling floral and water gardens. Light in the Garden: Two Artists Meet Monet will open with a reception at the Andaz Hotel on April 21 from 5:30—8:30pm. On the heels of their strong PULSE Festival offering, I’ll Be Your Mirror, the Jepson Center will host Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer April 22—Oct. 2. The exhibition will be comprised of roughly 40 photographs taken by

Wertheimer in 1956, the year Elvis Presley turned 21. 1956 was also the year Elvis released his first record, made his first TV appearance, and started his movie career. The images are a time capsule, giving us a peek into the world of a man on the cusp of stardom. Of course, you could just as easily take a trip down to the Welmont on April 22 for a look at who’s on the cusp of stardom in Savannah instead. Look Here!, a group photo show, opens at the gallery on April 22 with a reception from 5—8pm. Work by over 100 emerging photo and video artists will be on display, chosen by a jury including art darlings like Mark Dorf, Monika Merva, and Greer Muldowney. The group show trend continues with Art Decko, a skateboard art show to benefit the Savannah Skatepark, on April 29 from 6 - 9pm. Local artists transformed

over 100 skateboards into works of art to be auctioned off during the reception. Proceeds from the auction will go to help fund the building of the Savannah Skatepark on Montgomery Cross Road. If community engagement is your thing then be sure not to miss out on the Mega Art March on Friday, May 6 from 5—9pm. Produced by Art Rise Savannah, this expanded version of the monthly Starlandbased Art March will include locations from Victory Drive to River Street. During the Mega Art March, check out Jennifer Lee Hallsey’s MFA thesis exhibition, Future(s) Anterior, at Non-Fiction Gallery from 6—9pm. Through the lenses of photography, digital reproduction, installation, appropriation and collaboration, Hallsey will closely examine her artistic practice and processes. There’s a bit of mystery around this show, but considering Hallsey’s reputation as a meticulous, self-aware artist, I’m betting it will be a highlight of the evening. Over at Oglethorpe Gallery, Olivia la Selva will continue to push boundaries of jewelry design with Memento, also on May 6, with a reception from 6—9pm. La Selva will exhibit small sculptural installations alongside her jewelry work, exploring the concept of mementos and the emotional significance of tangible objects. If you’re looking to make the most out of the few precious, temperate days we have until the heat-hammer of Summer slams down on us, these are all worth adding to your list. cs


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Openings & Receptions Daemon: New Media and Glitch Art Show — One night only show of new media and glitch art, featuring the work of Jon Springs. Sun., April 17, 7 p.m. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. Fiber Sculpture Dedication and Annual Show and Sale — The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs will be opening their month-long annual show and sale as well as the dedication of their fiber art installation, “Oatland’s Mighty Oak.” free Fri., April 15, 5-7 p.m. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Parish Kohanim — Parish is an award winning commercial photographer and has been a Canon “Explorer of Light” since 1994. Opening reception is April 22 from 6-8PM. April 13-June 11. Galerie 124, 124 East Taylor Street. Telfair in Bloom — Featuring work by local designers, this three-day event will transform the Jepson Center and Telfair Academy through floral interpretations of iconic Telfair artwork. Using glorious, fresh flowers to interpret Telfair’s collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, these designers will open up a whole new way of seeing the museum, proving that not all art is a frame. $35-$125 Thursdays-Sundays. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Welcoming Pre-Party for the Savannah Tattoo Festival — This show features paintings and other fine art by tattooers and artists who will be working the Savannah Tattoo Festival. April 14-17. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St.

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Yap Kim Boon — Yap Kim Boon’s plein air paintings incorporate vivid colors and thick textures to illustrate the richness of local culture. April 15-May 5. The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 700 Drayton St.

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Continuing Exhibits Eleanor Dixon Stecker — In her 50-year career, artist Eleanor Dixon Stecker has worked as a commercial illustrator, art director, teacher, computer graphics designer, painter, portraitist and watercolor painter. She shares a studio in the country outside of Barnesville, GA, with artist-husband Alan Stecker, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. She uses a wide variety of media to create paintings and drawings. Through April 30. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

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Identity — This event is an art show where each artist explores different aspects of identity. The artists featured in this exhibition are Shayla Thomas, Tashara Jackson, Jacobia Boyd, Papamamour Touray and Aaryn McDade. Take time to support SSU graduating seniors as they close the chapter of this journey and begin a new one. Free Through April 29, 5-8:30 p.m. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. I’m Your Biggest Fan — The exhibit will showcase over 60 small works of celebrity portraiture. Juliana Peloso is an award winning artist who has exhibited her paintings in several galleries and museums from the Oregon coast to Georgia. Through May 7. Location Gallery, 417 Whitaker 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. The “Dispatch” seLandmark: A Decade ries began in 2011 when Soth of Collecting at the and writer Brad Zellar journeyed Jepson Center — Highacross Ohio masquerading as ‘Zombitch’ by Jimmy Butchlights 10 of the most sigsmall-town newspaper beat er; The Butcher is hosting nificant acquisitions made reporters, covering day-to-day a pre-party show for the from 2006 to the present. happenings along their trek. Savannah Tattoo Festival The selections include The exhibition will feature a silver from the 437-object selection of Soth’s documendonation made in 2012 by tary photography from a variety of stops on their journey. From Bradley Lock Dr. Frank A. Rizza; a 19th-century painting of Dutch peasants by Gari Melchers; an iconic and Key Shop in coastal Savannah, Georgia, Chuck Close self-portrait; and a mixed media to BabyLand General Hospital, the Cabbage assemblage by contemporary artist Whitfield Patch Kids adoption center in Cleveland, Georgia, these photographs create an engag- Lovell. Through Aug. 14. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. ing time-lapse portrait of Georgia’s past and present. Part of deFINE ART. Through May Nature at a Glance — With an eye 3. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 towards nature, Sheila Wood Hancock’s Turner Blvd. impressionistic oil paintings capture the warmth and serenity found in marsh land-

scapes and meticulously-constructed bird’s nests. Through April 30. Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. 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. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Prints from the Collection — This exhibit features approximately 40 European and American works dating from the 16th century through 1945 and includes works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Goya, and others. Includes original etchings, lithographs and wood engravings on paper by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Goya, and others. It also features American printmakers, such as Whistler and Bellows, and a special selection focused on the South. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Randy Akers and Fran Kaminsky — Randy Akers shows his textural, abstract paintings from four bodies of work. Fran Kaminsky will display her sculptures. A portion of sales will support Hospice Savannah’s extra programs and services not covered by Medicare or other insurances. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Rescued Papers: Works by Bede Van Dyke — Bede Van Dyke shows repurposed works and the students of J.G. Smith Elementary, Garrison K-8, and Beach High show repurposed electronic creations. Through April 29. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St. Rorschach — An installation of 70 pieces of flattened antique silver, seeming to levitate just above the gallery floor by Cornelia Parker. In the “Rorschach” series Parker reverses the process and achieves abstraction by removing recognizable items from their fundamental usage. Part of deFINE ART. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.


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A parade of nations City of Savannah and Armstrong team up again for annual Asian Cultural festival by jessica leigh lebos

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You can definitely experience the glorious power of gold dragon dances, taekwondo demonstrations and those heart-stopping Taiko drummers when the Savannah Asian Cultural Festival returns this Friday and Saturday, April 15-16. Those seeking inner peace can also find quieter, gentler activities like yoga, meditation and a chai tea ceremony. You might also be simply interested in the food: Sampling the fresh catch sushi rolls, Korean barbecue, biryani rice dishes and other Eastern delicacies could keep a body busy most of the day. The city-sponsored extravaganza celebrates its 21st year with the diverse traditions and tastes that have made this springtime affair one of the city’s best attended cultural events. Formerly housed in the Civic Center, the festival brought out more than 6,000 revelers last year to Armstrong State University, its first on campus and the largest city event on the southside. Even more attendees are expected this weekend to fill Armstrong’s Burnett Hall and its beautifully landscaped lawns, currently abloom with the season’s yellows, pinks and greens. “It’s still so new for us to host here, and everything is really exciting,” says Kristin Kasting Karam, Armstrong’s Assistant Director International Education and primary festival organizer. The gong strikes Friday night and throughout Saturday as martial artists, dancers and musicians from China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines represent their respective countries along with performers from India, Iran and Pakistan—places that are not always associated with Western ideas about Asia. “We want to make sure the festival represents the true Asian continent, and that includes countries that some people think of as the Middle East,” assures Karam, whose travels have taken her to Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macao. “It’s really something to see the parade of nations with their flags.” Sitting in her office brimming with small cranes, Chinese knots and other 36 Asian-influenced décor, Karam wields a

Experience an extravaganza of tastes and traditions at the Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, taking place on the campus of Armstrong State University this weekend.

bright red, five-inch binder—reminiscent of Parks & Recreation’s super-organized Leslie Knope—to keep track of all the participants and ideas that will make the 2016 Asian Festival bigger and brighter than ever. Many of the performers come from Savannah’s vibrant cultural communities, like Master Lee of Savannah Taekwondo and Indian dancer Janki Patel. Also taking the stage will be award-winning erhu (a type of two-string violin) player Yu-Chen “Gary” Cheng, formerly of the Chinese National Orchestra and now a chemical engineer at Great Dane Trailers. Savannah natives Gabe Lee and Shannon Vo will emcee. Contributing to the festivities are

Armstrong’s international students, some of whom are organizing a Holi festival on Thursday afternoon, the whimsical Hindu ritual of dousing observers in rainbow-hued powders to celebrate the coming of spring. Karam serves as something of a “surrogate mom” to these students, who hail from all over the world. She helps them adjust to American life, securing their visas and taking them shopping, and she says the Asian festival helps alleviate a bit of homesickness. “Many of these students come from multigenerational homes, with grandparents and even great-parents living under the same roof,” she explains. “Coming here is a grand adventure, but it can also be lonely.” Karam also credits Armstrong’s many American-born students from Savannah’s robust Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Indian communities with helping infuse the Asian festival with lively energy. “They’re the ones who live in both worlds, and they bring enormous cultural contributions.” Leafing through her enormous binder, Karam reminds that the festival has two stages, one inside Burnett Hall for the larger performances and another smaller stage in the lush International Garden that is reserved for workshops and classes. The one she’s looking forward to the most? “The meditation class that closes out the festival,” says the inimitable planner with a grin. “I think I’m really going to enjoy that at the end of the day.” cs

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When: 7:30pm Friday, April 15; 10am-4pm, Saturday, April 16 Where: Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: FREE Info: Armstrong.edu


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Get outta town! A Craft Beer Road Trip to Athens GA You may know Hugh Acheson as the owner of the Florence but Acheson got his start in Athens at his first restaurant Five & Ten. Five & Ten is geared toward upscale Southern food. The Florence features many Athens breweries mentioned above, and you can expect the same at Five & Ten. If Five & Ten isn’t your style look up Acheson’s other Athens location The National. Copper Creek Brewing Company is Athens’ local brewpub. They serve up a variety of well-made craft beer and good, well priced pub style food. Located downtown, Copper Creek is an easy location to stop in for a quick bite a sampler of their four regular in house beers.

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SAVANNAH has a lot of craft beer options and those options are growing all the time. But sometimes it’s good to get away and try new brews and a new scene. Just up the road is another excellent craft beer site in Athens, Georgia, home to one of the state’s first major breweries and some top-notch beer centric restaurants. Take an easy craft beer road trip this year to quench your thirst for great craft beer.

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Terrapin Brewing only opened in 2002 but they already Terrapin feels like one of the elder statesmen of Georgia craft brewing. Terrapin serves up a wide variety of types of beers including a rotating selection of over fifteen beers at the brewery. Of particular interest right now are the single source coffee beers. Four coffee stouts all brewed with a different single Jittery Joe’s roasted coffee. Located in the downtown area and housed in a former Goodyear tire building, Creature Comforts is a must visit when in Athens. Founded only two years ago Creature Comforts is now producing some of Georgia’s most exciting beer. The brewery has a huge seated area and a large outdoor space that regularly hosts local music acts. While there try the Athena, it’s a great tart, Berliner Weisse. Also available in cans Athena is a smooth drinking introduction to sours but also a refreshing

summer type beer. “Everything! It’s all great” That is what I heard most often when I asked what I should make sure I try from Southern Brewing Company (SBC). The newest brewery on the Athens craft beer scene, SBC was founded only last year but is already earning a reputation for making exciting but grounded beers. Co-Founders Brian Roth and Rick Goddard have years of experience on the corporate end of beer making, Roth as wholesaler, with a stop in Athens to earn a sculpture degree at UGA, and Goddard as a beer lobbyist in D.C. A kolsch beer is not supposed to be an exciting beer but SBC’s Ironmaker kolsch is as good as you’ll find.

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Trappeze Pub is the place to be for both the foodie and the craft beer seeker. With over 30 taps and a long bottle list you are certain to find a beer or two to try.

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Banff Mountain Film Fest returns for fourth year by Rachael Flora

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Top: Eclipse; Bottom (l-r): Curiosity, 55 Hours in Mexico

try to shake it up,” adds Christin Schoettle, manager of Half Moon’s Savannah location. The longest film slated to be shown is 45 minutes; the shortest is just a few minutes long. The variety presented in the films ensures that there’s something for every single audience member, not just those who ordinarily enjoy nature movies. “Sometimes people are apprehensive about going, thinking that they might all be rock climbing videos,” explains Smith. “We try to have some human interest stories, but of course there’s some adrenaline stuff.”

Every year, two nonprofits are chosen to benefit from the festival. This year, proceeds go to the Georgia Conservancy and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. “We try to pick like-minded organizations that are doing something to protect the national habitat or that encourage people to pursue outdoor activities,” says Smith. “We have a lot of respect for both those groups.” With her promotion to manager in January, Schoettle is tasked with collecting raffle prizes and sponsorships for the festival. “I feel really responsible for the Bicycle Campaign and the Conservancy, and I want to raise as much money as I can for

these two nonprofits,” she explains. “I’m running around like a crazy person!” Once the festival hits, though, Schoettle intends to settle down and enjoy the films. “I love stuff like this coming to Savannah because it’s such a lovely cultural event,” says Schoettle. “The Savannah Music Festival just happened and we move right into Banff; it’s a lovely tie-in to the international music. It’s the culture of Half Moon—being adventurous, getting people outdoors. “I would take ten more events like this.”

Banff Mountain Film Festival When: Fri. April 15 @ 7pm Where: Lucas Theatre Cost: $10

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WHAT’S the first thing you think of when you hear the words “mountain film festival?” Don’t worry, it’s not just a collection of documentaries about mountain ranges. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is much more exciting than that. Katherine Smith, manager at Half Moon Outfitter’s Charleston location, assures, “It’s way more than just films about mountains! It’s more about mountain culture.” This year’s festival is Friday, April 15, at the Lucas and marks the fourth year that the festival has come to Savannah. The mission of the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, is to inspire creativity. One way they do this is with the Mountain Film Festival, which embarks on a world tour after the films screen in Canada. Over 40 countries are included on the sprawling tour, and there are five stops in our area: Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, South Carolina; Athens, Georgia; and Savannah. Banff whittles down their whopping 300 films to a smaller set that gets sent on tour. From that selection, Smith, with a small group from Half Moon, chooses about nine to twelve films to show at each location. The nine films screening in Savannah this time are 55 Hours in Mexico, The Last Dragons, Women’s Speed Ascent, Unbranded, Denali, Curiosity, unreal, Eclipse, and Nature RX. The films focus on a variety of themes, like skiing, ultrarunning, lizards living in the Southeast, and the best-friendship between a man and his dog. “We try to customize it best for our community and our audience,” says Smith, “but our number one influencer is audience feedback from previous screenings—what crowds have loved in their other stops.” “We just had Telluride Mountainfilm, so we know that the clientele and people viewing the films will be similar, so they

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CinemaSavannah is ready to whisk the Lowcountry away on a new wave of French cinema. My Golden Days (a.k.a. Memories of My Youth” is a brand-new film from Arnaud Desplechin (My Sex Life … or How I Got Into an Argument, A Christmas Tale). Heralded by Vogue’s John Powers as “perhaps the finest evocation of young love I’ve ever seen on screen,” My Golden Days was a smash hit at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival last May, earning Desplechin the César Award and Lumières Award for Best Director in addition to the SACD Prize. The story is derived from the memories of Paul Dedalus (Mathieu Amalric), who acts as Desplechin’s alter ego of sorts. Hearkening back to the glory days of French New Wave, it’s part love story and part amateur spy caper, sincere, gripping, and wistfully painful at times. Paul is heading home to Paris after living abroad for many years. As he makes his way back, getting caught up in a case of mistaken identity, he begins reflecting on his childhood in the ‘80s. Sectioned off into three distinct memories, contextualized by currently, middleaged Paul, the audience sees the struggles

of his youth in dealing with his mentally ill mother and depressive father. In the next two chapters, Paul (played by Quentin Dolmaire in his younger roles) travels and ends up at university where he meets the Esther (Lou Roy-Lecollinet). Off the bat, Esther tells Paul that she’s “extraordinary,” and thus begins a whirlwind romance. Throughout, the viewer is left wondering: are these true portrayals of memories, or are have they been altered through years of looking back with longing? Dolmaire and Roy-Lecollinet, both newcomers to the screen, have received widespread praise for their sharp portrayal of vulnerability, the flush of first love, and intimacy. Deeply influenced by Wes Anderson and Bergman’s Summer with Monika, lovers of agonizing romance and nostalgic reflections in film will eat up My Golden Days. Though it functions as the origin story for the lead of My Sex Life, you don’t need to have seen the 1993 film to follow My Golden Days; Despelchin requested that his actors not even watch it, insisting that Golden Days act as its own story. CS

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/1 They say that love is blind, but when it comes to starring in a movie co-written and directed by your spouse, it can also prove to be deaf and dumb. As in tone-deaf and very, very dumb. Melissa McCarthy has exploded as a screen comedienne thanks to her projects with filmmaker Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy), and she ably demonstrated her dramatic chops when writerdirector Theodore Melfi smartly utilized her in St. Vincent. But in the two films she’s made in tandem with husband Ben Falcone, Tammy and now The Boss, she’s been provided with material far beneath her abilities—a surprise, since she herself cowrote both films with her hubby. The Boss is marginally better than Tammy, but that’s only because it doesn’t grow hopelessly maudlin, electing instead to remain a comedy right to the end. Of course, like practically all comedies centering on a boorish and unlikable individual, this wraps up with a few insincere moments of character maturity and empathy, but here such bits are no harder to take than the desperate gags flailing and falling flat at a rapid clip. As Michelle Darnell, a millionaire and self-help guru who loses everything after she’s arrested for insider trading, McCarthy has a few funny lines that she delivers with her usual aplomb. Mostly, though, the film puts her in situations which are humiliating rather than hysterical, and, worse, everyone around her (with the exception of the typically dull Kristen Bell) has been ordered to go over the top with their grotesque characterizations. Among those suffering a direct hit is Peter Dinklage, who managed to mine some laughs in last year’s equally dismal Pixels but here can’t inspire even an

upturned lip corner. At one point, his character gets to wield a Samurai blade, and it’s an apt visual: Here’s a movie that needs to fall on its own sword and put everyone out of their misery.

DEMOLITION

//1 With Demolition, audiences are once again expected to feel sorry for a pampered, well-to-do white guy who can’t feel anything for anyone else. Here, it’s Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), who works for the father (Chris Cooper) of his wife (Heather Lind) and who ends up in a dazed and confused state after said spouse is killed in a car accident. Davis isn’t sure what he feels, but he does come to realize that he didn’t love his wife. He begins sending a flurry of letters to an unlikely recipient—it’s a narrative device that was also seen in About Schmidt, only here the sender actually gets to meet the person receiving his missives. That would be Karen Moreno (Naomi Watts), a single mom dealing with a troubled, foulmouthed son (Judah Lewis) and maintaining a dreary relationship of convenience with a drab co-worker (C.J. Wilson). Director Jean-Marc Vallee, whose last two films (Wild and Dallas Buyers Club) both made my 10 Best lists in their respective years, finds himself working from a shakier script this time around, with writer Bryan Sipe cramming his pages with all manner of daft incidents that might best be described as precious. But wipe away all the clichéd clutter and there’s actually a worthy story here, an affecting tale of a man who has to deconstruct his life in order to put it back together in a way that makes sense. Gyllenhaal adds to his gallery of enigmatic and emotionally repressed characters with another dazzling

// Frenzied fanboys hopped up on hype and hysteria obviously disagreed, but 2013’s Man of Steel proved to be one of the worst superhero films to ever swoop onto thousands of screens—not awful in the incompetent way of a Catwoman or a Batman & Robin but rather in the manner of an ambitious movie that swings for the fences, misses by a mile, and ends up in the losing column. For just as there was no joy in Mudville after mighty Casey struck out, so too was there no joy in Metropolis after director Zack Snyder and scripter David S. Goyer got through turning the setting of one of comicdom’s most enduring and inspiring superhero sagas into a mausoleum of morbidity, miscues and crippling melancholia. The good news is that the inevitable follow-up, saddled with the laborious moniker Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is far better than its predecessor. I wouldn’t quite call it a “good” movie, nor would I be able to quite recommend it to anyone but the true believers. To be sure, it’s a mess, but it’s often a fascinating mess. It’s also the most nihilistic superhero picture I’ve ever seen, so dour and misanthropic that it makes Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy suddenly seem as chirpy as that animated Fantastic Four series from the ‘70s. Still, the nihilism fits this picture better than it did Man of Steel, and that’s largely due to the addition of Batman to the proceedings. The film begins by addressing the civilian deaths that racked up during the skirmish between Superman (Henry Cavill) and Zod (Michael Shannon) at the end of MoS, and many civilians and politicians are left wondering whether the son of Krypton is a hero or a villain. The debate is never an entirely convincing one, and it doesn’t help that Cavill’s granite-face acting makes his character seem less like someone grappling with guilt and more like someone debating whether his indigestion is acute enough to warrant taking an Alka-Seltzer. But Batman’s conflicts, on the other hand, feel painfully real. Wellplayed by Ben Affleck, this Caped Crusader is more sadistic than ever, branding his criminal captives like cattle and inspiring fear even in those he’s trying to rescue. He tells his trusted manservant Alfred (Jeremy Irons, predictably cynical) that Superman must be stopped before he morphs into a megalomaniac drunk on his own invincibility, but it’s clear that this Batman also wants to remain the only bully trolling the schoolyard. continues on p. 42 41

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As the title promises, the two heroes eventually mix it up, all part of a master plan perpetrated by Lex Luthor, a cracked millionaire who doesn’t care for either God or the godlike hero who crash-landed on our planet. So much of what is wrong with this picture can be traced directly to the Lex Luthor created by Goyer and coscripter Chris Terrio (Argo’s Oscar-winning scribe). His motivations are feeble, his endgame is murky, and his methods are often daft. Jesse Eisenberg is clearly having fun in the role, but just as it’s still difficult to accept that the character Amy Adams is playing is supposed to be Lois Lane, it’s hard to see this twitchy goofball as Luthor—instead, it’s more like Richie Rich by way of Heath Ledger’s Joker, except about as menacing as a Pomeranian nipping at the heels. Gal Gadot makes her debut as Wonder Woman, and the only thing certain is that she’s fine as WW’s alter ego, Diana Prince. As Diana, Gadot has some nice scenes opposite Affleck’s Bruce Wayne; as Wonder Woman, it’s impossible to say, since her screen time is minimal and she’s basically only employed to break ground in preparation for the upcoming Justice League movie. The final stretch of the film is a chore to endure, as Snyder (as always) shucks aside anything of merit to bombard audiences with relentless and repetitive effects. It’s unseemly and unimaginative, right down to a CGI villain (Doomsday) that almost qualifies as a clumsy deus ex machine, a lumbering behemoth that seems to have wandered in from a Hobbit outtake. Not helping matters is the bombastic score by Hans Zimmer, an aural assault that often sounds like a bad tribute band’s rendition of Zimmer’s Inception theme. Still, for everything that Batman V Superman flubs, there are those moments when everything clicks. It can be something as simple as Bruce Wayne’s greying temples (a nice touch) to something as significant as a sideways glance from Superman, feeling the weight of his failure as his world explodes around him. It can be respect for a person doing the right thing for the right reasons (Holly Hunter as a level-headed Senator) or pity for a person doing the wrong thing for the right reasons (Scoot McNairy as the survivor of this saga’s own version of 9/11). Mainly, though, it’s the appreciation that

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT

// Say this for The Divergent Series: Allegiant: It’s a marginal improvement over that endurance test known as The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Never fully breaking away from the perception that it’s basically a “B” version of The Hunger Games, the Divergent franchise has largely suffered due to its dull-asdirt characters and its recycled vision of yet another dystopian future. This one sparks a bit more interest than its predecessor mainly because it never stands still for too long, with two plot threads running concurrently throughout much of the film. One finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) buddying up to a CEO type (boring Jeff Daniels) who promises a brighter tomorrow, while the other focuses on Four (Theo James) trying to save Chicago from the machinations of his mother Evelyn (Naomi Watts), who’s set to wage war against her opponents if she doesn’t get her way. The other kids are also back, including Tris’ wimpy brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), the opportunistic Peter (Miles Teller) and the utterly-devoid-of-characterization Christina (Zoe Kravitz). There’s still one more film left in the four-part series, alternately being called The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 2 and The Divergent Series: Ascendant. But based on the derivative nature exhibited thus far, how about we just dub it The Divergent Series: Regurgitant and call it a day?

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

// 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 recent critical darling Room. Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young woman fleeing from a failed relationship, is ignoring a cell call from her ex when her car is rammed and she’s knocked unconscious. 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

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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, 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. 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 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 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

/// 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. 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 uncoverds 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. CS

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Activism & Politics

13th Colony Patriots Conservative political activists that meet the 13th of each month. Dedicated to preserving the U.S. Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. See Facebook page for meeting location. Free 13th of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-604-4048. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. One of the Guys Guys, have you found yourself in a social rut, or just have a need for the art of conversation? Make a change in 2016. The past decade a diverse group of guys have been getting together about every two weeks to share dinner and opinions on just about any topic. No membership requirements or dues. Just an open mind and willingness to expand your friendship base. For more information visit us on Facebook at Savannah Men’s Club, or if you prefer, email details/questions to savannahmensclub@gmail.com. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Area Young Republicans Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr. org. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. Savannah Libertarians Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook. com/groups/SAVlibertarians. 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 Vendors and Exhibitors at Savannah Earth Day Festival This year’s festival will take place from 12noon - 5pm April 16th in Forsyth Park next to the Forsyth Farmers Market. There will be vendors, exhibitors, workshops, kids activities, food & music, making this the largest Earth Day event in Georgia.

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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. Applications are available at www. earthdaysavannah.org. There are no fees associated with being an exhibitor for nonprofit groups and there is a minimal fee to sell at this year’s festival. Tents and chairs are provided to exhibitors and vendors, but tables are the responsibility of exhibitors and vendors. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 1. Sat., April 16, 12-5 p.m. 912-6516909. ndeffley@savannahga.gov. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Applications for Weave a Dream Initiative The City of Savannah’s Weave-A-Dream (WAD) Panel has issued a call for proposals for the 2016 Weave-A-Dream Cultural & Arts Projects initiative. Applications will be accepted through the calendar year, while funds are available. Programs are to be completed prior to December 31, 2016. The application must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the start date of the project; the last date an application can be submitted is October 21, 2016. Project funding is available up to $2,000 for specific and innovative arts, cultural,

or heritage projects or presentations that have a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s diverse populations. The Weave-A-Dream Panel seeks proposals that actively involve youth, seniors, and those who have limited access to arts based programs in Savannah. A priority of the WAD funding program is that organizations reach neighborhood communities, encompassing all city districts. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must be a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered in Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed programs must also be produced within the City’s corporate limits. No individual artist applications will be accepted. Agencies funded by the City of Savannah for 2016 are not eligible to apply. Applications are available at www.savannahga.gov/ arts. Applying organizations may request application materials and technical assistance by contacting Rebecca Brown at 912-651-6760 or rbrown02@savannahga. gov Through Oct. 21. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Call for Collegiate Chapters for Yeshua Next Generation Young adults between the ages of 21-25 with technical and people skills are needed to attend Savannah Chamber of Commerce events and to act as Overseers for collegiate chapters. Please contact Reverend Brenda Lee at (912) 236-3154, email:revbrendalee@ yahoo.com ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Entries for 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 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

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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.

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$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. Pink Power 5K Run The Pink Power 5K run benefits the Statesboro Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation. $20-$30 Sat., April 16, 8-11 a.m. (912) 764-PINK. info@statesboropinkpower. org. pinkpowerrun.com/register-today.html. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro. 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-years-old. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@savannahga.gov.

Classes, Camps & Workshops

40 Day Transform and Renew Join us on a 40 day journey to Self using the tools of yoga, meditation, conscious eating, and self-inquiry based on Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days to a Personal Revolution. The program fee includes 40 days of unlimited yoga classes, a 40 Day Workbook, weekly podcasts to support your yoga and meditation practices, and 6 weekly meetings. $175| Meetings + 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga, $75 for Meetings only Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.. 912-3492756. info@savannahpoweryoga.com. https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ classic/ws?studioid=13343&stype=8&sTG=25&sVT=18&sView=day. savannahpoweryoga.com. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Road Unit J-3. Advance Directives workshop Join social worker Sarah Copeland as she helps you complete the paperwork to make your wishes known when you are too ill or too injured to speak on your own behalf. Easy-to-follow guidelines and complementary booklets provided. Do the loving thing for your family now. none third Tuesday of every month, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 912.629.1045. hospicesavannah.org/. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Art Class at the Foundery Students will learn observational drawing and use charcoal, watercolor, and other art mediums. They will also learn about artists from the past. Classes are taught by SCAD graduate, Seth Fite (sethfite.com). 6-11 year olds are Fridays 4:30-6 and 12-15 year olds are Wednesdays 4-6. Younger class - $130 Older class - $150 Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m.. 513-295-7378. sethfite@gmail.com. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham 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. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-677-3983. epiphany.indiemade.com. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. Beginning Belly Dance Classes Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. Breastfeeding Class Hosted by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Coastal Health District. Thu., April 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 912-421-0526. Goodwill Job Connection Center, 7220 Sallie Mood 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,


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please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. savannahstate.edu. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Clay Classes Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. claystudio@gmail.com. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. savannahaux.com. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at www.laurenl.com/creativity_ coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, ---. DUI Prevention Group Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912-354-6686. 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. 912-921-4646. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-

3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Knitting & Crochet Classes Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels in Guitar (electric, acoustic,classical), Piano, Bass, Voice, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory/Composition/Songwriting. 609 69th Street, Savannah GA. ongoing. 912398-8828. smisavannah@gmail.com. savmusiciansinstitute.com. New Horizons Adult Band Program Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. portmansmusic. com. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. pmasoninsavannah@gmail.com. Photography Classes Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. chris@chrismorrisphotography.com. chrismorrisphotography.com. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. Power Hour Workshops: Zine Making w/ Liz Rhaney Liz Rhaney, Starlandiafier and writer

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for The Inkwell, will be doing one hour workshops on zinemaking every other Wednesday from 2pm - 3pm. Starting with a general overview of the creating/ printing process using examples of Liz’s work, each week will show ways to feature a different form of art - from writing to photography, drawing, collage and beyond. $5 Wed., April 13, 2-3 p.m. https://facebook. com/events/1041712509208546/. starlandiasupply.com. Starlandia Creative Supply, 2438 Bull Street. A. Roper Studio - Voice Technique and Coaching Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Russian Language Classes Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. Slow Flow Yoga This class gently flows and pulsates with fluidity of movement and breath. You will progress through a series of postures. Open to all Levels. Class Prices: Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ gmail.com. branchesyoga.com/schedule/. branchesyoga.com. Branches Yoga Center, 2424 Drayton Street. Soul Progression Yoga Focus on use of the asanas(postures) as artistic self expression. This class offers a deeply rooted spiritual foundation integrating alignment techniques and enlightening messages woven throughout the practice. Open to all levels Class Prices: Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ gmail.com. branchesyoga.com/schedule/. branchesyoga.com. Branches Yoga Center, 2424 Drayton Street.

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Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross 46 driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone

Drinks After Work

This group is for people that enjoy getting out mid-week, being social after work, and want to discover new places in the downtown Savannah area. Come have a cocktail, make new friends, and get over the hump. The group will meet on Wednesdays at various establishments throughout Downtown Savannah and nearby area. http://www.meetup.com/Drinks-after-work/ https://www. facebook.com/groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail.com. meetup.com/Drinksafter-work/events/227656080/. distillerysavannah.com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. 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. General Class License Classes Wed nights - General License Class

Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm. more info k4sdj@comcast.net April 30 – Ham radio VE Testing Session 9 am White Bluff Presbyterian Church. Upgrade to General or Extra or new Technician testing. For more info email Steve – k4sdj@comcast.net Free Wed., April 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 912-704-9244. coastalamateurradio@gmail.com. Coastal Amateur Radio Society, 10710 White Bluff Rd. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. 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


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Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. savannahsca.org. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Veggies and Vegans Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. Spies and Mysteries Book Club A book club for readers who love thrillers, spy novels, and mysteries. We meet every 2nd Thurs of the month @6:30 pm. None second Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912-925-8305. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Toastmasters Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net.

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Comedy Night Join us for an evening of ice cream and laughter...the perfect combo for your Friday night! All ages welcome. Free Fridays, 8-10 p.m. Comedy Night with Savannah Stand-up Comedy free Fri., April 15, 7-10 p.m. 912-401-0543. info@foxyloxycafe.com. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. 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. After Me The Flood, Hounds, Of Virtue, Dead Planets at The Black Box Theatre Food and drink provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill. $8 Sat., April 16, 7-11 p.m. coastalrocksavannah.com. Black Box Theatre (City of Sav. Cultural Affairs), 9 W. Henry St. Concert: Castlebay Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee of Round Pond, Maine, have been playing the music of New England’s nautical and Celtic heritage since 1987. Using Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and woodwinds, they perform traditional and original material. Free Sun., April 17, 2 p.m. 912-232-1511. shipsofthesea. org. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Concert: Contemporary Classics This Chamber concert focuses on the chamber music repertoire of the early- to mid-20th century, showcasing selections that have become contemporary classics. $20 Sat., April 16, 5 p.m. Ascension Lutheran Church, 120 Bull St. Concert: Gov’t Mule The Southern rock jam band comes to Savannah. Tue., April 19. 912-525-5050. www2.scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Concert: Wynn Varble Band $25 Sat., April 16, 8 p.m. marstheatre.com. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. The Love and Soul Experience Kimberly Gunn Music Presents The Love and Soul Experience every third Friday of the month beginning May 17th. There will be music, poetry, comedy, creative arts, and networking. Kimberly Gunn Music and friends will provide musical entertainment. An event for ages 18 and up. $10 Admission $12 VIP third Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. (912) 224-6084 or (912) 224-4461. kimberlygunn.com. The Eden Room, 1105 Stiles Avenue. Monday Night Big Band Show The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra perform on the riverfront. Ticket price includes the show and a complimentary drink. $15 Mon., April 18, 7 p.m. westinsavannah.com/Big-BandMondays. theclubatsavannahharbor.com/ index.php. The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. Savannah Friends of Music Concert Featuring Savannah’s best young musicians in concert. $75 Sun., April 17, 4 p.m. 238 E. Oglethorpe, 238 E. Oglethorpe. Tybee City Limits This month’s Tybee City Limits features continues on p. 48

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Dance

Adult Ballet Class Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. Adult Ballet 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.

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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. Dance: The Sleeping Beauty Prepare yourselves for a performance full of sorcery, true love, and triumph. Under the instruction of Cristin and Jay Jernigan, dance department students will present three acts of this captivating story of magic and true love, told through eloquent movements and pantomime. April 15-16, 7 p.m. and April 16-17, 2 p.m. Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave. 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


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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@ 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 Dance Party with Free Lesson Join us for our Monthly Line Dance Night! Theresa Reed will be giving a FREE lesson before your night of fun and line dancing! Ben’s Neighborhood Grill will be partnering

up with us for appetizers and spirits! 8pm-10pm Admission: $10.00 per person $10 third Friday of every month, 8-10 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@gmail. com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio. com/Events.html. salondebailedancestudio. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Line Dancing Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty Dance classes - hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step. Modeling and acting classes. All ages/levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. ongoing. 912-2728329. Modern Dance Class Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. 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, $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. 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.

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19th Century Baseball Join us for a two hour program at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. that will highlight baseball at Fort Pulaski and get you active and playing. We will conduct a spring training of sorts as park staff teaches the differences between the modern game and what was played at the fort in 1862. The last hour there will be an exhibition game with all of the participants. No reservations are required and gloves are not needed. They didn’t use them in 1862! Bring some comfortable sneakers and be ready for some fun as we play like it was 1862. Sun., April 17, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Fort Pulaski, US Highway 80 E. Awaken with Chakradance™ Thursdays Join us for a free-flowing, meditative dance and experience the healing power of Chakradance™. With eclectic music selected to resonate with each specific chakra, along with guided imagery, Chakradance™ will take you on a spiritual journey, free the energy in your body and open you to a deeper experience of life. No dance experience or prior knowledge of the chakras is necessary. Limited to 12 participants – email to reserve a spot today! $20 Thursdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@comcast. net. anahatahealingarts.com/healing-aha/. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. Beer and Hymns Drink beer while you sing your hymns. A band will help lead in the singing and lyric sheets will be provided. Singers of all skill levels are invited to drink and sing. Free second Thursday of every month, 8 p.m. 615-364-1571. musiqueconnoisseur@gmail. com. moonriverbrewing.com/. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Savannah’s only after-hours cemetery story event! See this great Victorian with Shannon Scott and all of the intrigues from bootleggers to murderers and those loved, lived and are now part of these immortal

story grounds. $35.00 Saturdays, 5-8 p.m.. 912-319-5600. shannon@shannonscott. com. zerve.com/shannonscott/BonCemAH. savannahga.gov/cityweb/cemeteriesweb. nsf/cemeteries/bonaventure.html. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. Common Grounds Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. We meet on Wednesday nights for open theological discussion on hot button issues. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. We are open and affirming of the LGBT community. Order for Compline by candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at 8PM. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. facebook.com/commongroundssavannah. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. Couponing Workshop Save money on groceries, entertainment, clothing, pet care and more. Come to the couponing seminar May 7 and leave with the tools to start day 1. Must pre-register by contacting 912-4414760 or patriciastreasures@yahoo. com. Through May 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 912-441-4760. patricias-treasures.com. patriciastreasures@yahoo.com. Holiday Inn Express (Richmond Hill), 4601 US Hwy 17. Drinks After Work This group is for people that enjoy getting out mid-week, being social after work, and want to discover new places in the downtown Savannah area. Come have a cocktail, make new friends, and get over the hump. The group will meet on Wednesdays at various establishments throughout Downtown Savannah and nearby area. http://www.meetup.com/Drinksafter-work/ https://www.facebook.com/ groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. com. meetup.com/Drinks-after-work/ events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. Tours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and must be scheduled. To schedule a tour, contact Megan Chandler at 912-525-5029 or mchandle@lucastheatre.com. ongoing. 912525-5023. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. HGTV Casting Home Buyers in Savannah HGTV is looking for young couples and families in the Savannah area who are either looking to buy, or have recently purchased a home in the $400,000-$800,000 range. Historic homes, or those with lots of character and charm are a must! If you’re interested in having our HGTV superstar host be a part of your home buying process, we’d love to hear from you! Send your info to christencasting@gmail.com. Every 14 days, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 708-831-2141. christencasting@gmail.com. The Historic District, Downtown Savannah.

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Junior Ranger Day National Park Week kicks off with Junior Ranger Day. Fort Pulaski will offer free, fun, hands-on activities for Junior Rangers and their families all day long inside the fort. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, let the kids lead the way and come see what all the fun is about. Sat., April 16. Fort Pulaski, US Highway 80 E. Monthly Membership Dinner and Meeting Membership meeting with dinner and speaker. Navy League supports our Sea Services and their families. You do not have to have been in any of the military services to join. For further information contact Jeff Zureick at 912 450 0521 $22.00 third Tuesday of every month & 5:45-8:15 p.m.. 912 450 0521. piwi@hargray.com. savannahnavyleague.us. Savannah Navy League, 17 lake heron ct west. The original Midnight Tour One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 ongoing. 1-866-666-3323. 6thsenseworld.com. 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. PBJ Pantry A free food pantry held every Thursday, 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 ongoing. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. PRIDE Driver Education Course This Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error (PRIDE) driver education program is designed to help teens ages 14, 15, and 16 – along with their parents and guardians – to learn more about driving behaviors and laws. Registration by a teen and at least one parent or guardian is required. To register, please call 912-350-1532. Free Mon., April 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Professional Development Center, 3401 Edwin Street. Public Education Event on Sextortion “Sextortion: A Serious Online Threat to Our Kids” will include presentations by Samantha Chonski, of Philadelphia, PA, a community activist and sextortion survivor, and Lawrence Meyer, FBI special agent in Jacksonville, FL. Meyer investigated one of the largest sextortion rings to date in this country, involving 350 young victims, of whom Chonski was one. Now an adult, she was only 13 when she became the victim of an online predator. Thu., April 14, 7 p.m. sjchs.org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Record Store Day Browse limited-edition releases. Sat., April 16, 9 a.m. graveface.com/. Graveface Records & Curiosities, 5 W. 40th Street. Savannah Storytellers Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. liveoakstore. com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. SCAD Style A global celebration of design and 50 innovation. Guests include Calvin Klein, Fern

Mallis, Charlotte Moss, Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor, and Alessandro Gottardo. Through April 14. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. SCADstyle: Dara Caponigro and Eddie Ross Dara Caponigro and Eddie Ross hold a conversation. Eddie Ross will sign copies of”Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic and Accessible Finds” afterwards. Thu., April 14, 2:30 p.m. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. SCADstyle: Fern Mallis and Calvin Klein Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week, and Calvin Klein, iconic designer, hold this conversation. Following is a signing of “Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.” Thu., April 14, 6 p.m. www2.scad. edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SCADstyle: On Invention: Four Lessons SCAD president Paula Wallace delivers this talk and hosts a book signing of “The Bee and the Acorn” afterwards. Wed., April 13, 6 p.m. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. ongoing. savannahsca.org. Southbound Brewery Saturday Tours and Tastes Savannah’s first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah’s first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco. com. southboundbrewingco.com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. St. Pius X High School Alumni Association Meeting All former students of St. Pius X High School are invited to attend this meeting. third Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. Savannah Classical Academy, 402 Market Street. Telfair in Bloom: An Evening in Bloom Guests will preview the lavish arrangements and paired artworks, while also enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created with a floral touch. $85 Thu., April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. telfair.org. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Telfair in Bloom: Lecture and Cafe a la Rose Local cinema lecture Keller Jones will share her insights and enthusiasm for flowers in film in a presentation, Magnolias, Roses and Dahlias: The Power of Flowers in Film. Enjoy one last chance to view the flowers while enjoying tea and scones, Cafe a la Rose, and floral scented treats. Children’s activities for young budding artists will also be going on throughout the day. $35 Sat., April 16, 10 p.m. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Telfair in Bloom: Lecture by

Lindsey Taylor and Luncheon in the Garden Manhattan-based garden designer, floral stylist, and writer Lindsey Taylor will present a lecture and floral demonstration, entitled The Art of Inspiration: Surprising Ways of Seeing Art in Blooms. Taylor has served as garden editor at Garden Design and Martha Stewart Living, and is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal “Off-Duty” section and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. She co-founded the Evergreen Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to urban renewal and greenspaces in Toronto, her hometown. Her presentation will be followed by a Luncheon in the Garden, a uniquely flower-filled repast. lecture and luncheon $75, lecture-only $50, patron $125( includes priority seating for lecture/floral demonstration and recognition in program Fri., April 15, 10:30 p.m. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Under The Rainbow On Thursday nights come out to the coolest spot in Pooler for Under The Rainbow. Every week we will host a different event that will cater to those that play over, around and under the rainbow. Thursdays, 8-11 p.m. 912-988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Victory Gardens Plant Sale Get your gardens started right this spring! Come out to the Victory Gardens Greenhouse for: vegetable and herb seedlings, fruit trees, heirloom seeds, seed potatoes, organic fertilizer, and pre-order Easter chicks! We’ll be brewing coffee and answering questions every Saturday Morning. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. 912509-0709. reid@savannahvictorygardens. com. savannahvictorygardens.com. Victory Gardens, 2500 Tennessee Ave. Weapons That Made America This program traces the origins of blackpowder weapons from their earliest use in the 14th century up until the Civil War. Visit the site on this day and enjoy a vast display of various muskets, pistols, blades, and even a horse mounted Cavalry saber demonstration. There will be various weapons fired at continuous points throughout the day. $4.50-$7.50 Sat., April 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 912-437-4770. gastateparks.org/FortKingGeorge. Fort King George State Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Rd. SE. Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market would love to have you come visit on a Saturday morning. There’s tons to buy and see. free Sat., April 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. wifarmersmarket@aol.com. wifarmersmarket.org/spring-2016-session. html. Islands High School, 170 Whitemarsh Island Road.

Festivals

2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival The 2016 World Tour features a collection of exhilarating and provocative films that explore life in the mountains. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions into exotic landscapes and bring adrenalinepacked action sports into sharp focus.

$12 Fri., April 15, 7 p.m. 912-525-5050. lucastheatre.com. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. PICKEarth Day Festival Celebrate the Earth with a variety of vendors, exhibitors, activities for kids, food, craft beer, and live music. Free and open to the public Sat., April 16, 12-5 p.m. earthdaysavannah. org. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Asian Cultural Festival The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Armstrong State University will present the 2016 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, one of the South’s largest Asian celebrations, on April 15 and 16. All events will take place at Armstrong’s main campus. For a full list of events, visit armstrong.edu/asianfest. Free and open to the public April 15-16. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Savannah Tattoo Festival Celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from across the country. The three-day event includes music, local fine artists, tattooing onsite, circus sideshows, contests and other entertainment. $25 per day, $45 weekend pass April 15-17. savtcc.com. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr.

Health

Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Free Hearing and Speech Screening Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free Hearing Screenings The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912-355-4601. speechandhearingsav. org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing


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positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-6445217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. How to Prevent/Reverse Alzheimer’s and Dementia We will discuss the latest information on prevention / reversal of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Keep a high quality of life so you can indeed enjoy it. Delicious, whole food, plant-based samples and recipes will be available. Free Tue., April 19, 6 p.m. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis.com. Know Your Water What everyone ought to know about our drinking water (bottled, tap, distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered, alkaline and spring.) Are you paying thousands of money for water that is making you sick? Find out what water is best for your body. FREE Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. 703-989-6995. oggisavannah@gmail. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. La Leche League of Savannah A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912897-9544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga.html. Living Smart Fitness Club An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. Planned Parenthood Hotline First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-264-

7154. Prepared Childbirth Class This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. The Savannah 7-Day Diabetes Repair If you are ready to take control of your life and health, call today, enroll in this fun but intensive seven week program to heal your body of diabetes. You will learn how changing can heal. You can reverse diabetes by following a new protocol, even if you have been diabetic for years. Includes over a year of follow-up support. $450 Thursdays, Saturdays. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

Kid’s Happenings

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

Savannah Children’s Museum School Year Hours SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to savannahchildrensmuseum.org ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Savannah Children’s Book Festival Poster Contest Design a poster for the Savannah Children’s Book Festival along the theme of the joy of reading and the magic of storytelling. If your poster is chosen, you win gift cards to Dick Blick Art Materials and a Live Oak Public Libraries goody bag. There are four categories of participation: elementary, middle, high school and college. Enter as many posters as you like and drop off at any Live Oak library branch. Visit liveoakpl. org for more information. Through April 21. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Toddler Time Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different naturebased theme. $5 parking Thursdays, 10 a.m. gastateparks.org/skidawayisland. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their

adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.

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.

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Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBTQI community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. PO Box 6044, Savannah, GA 31414. 501c nonprofit. ongoing. info@savannahpride.com. savannahpride.com. Stand Out Youth A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-288-1034. info@standoutyouth.org. standoutyouth. org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street.

What Makes a Family A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.

Literary Events

Book Sale Buy books for $1 and speciality items. Through April 17. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. David Sedaris Georgia Public Broadcasting presents the best-selling author and popular NPR contributor. Sedaris will be offering a selections of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and post-show book signing. Sat., April 16, 8

p.m. lucastheatre.com. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Eating Earth: Diet and the Environment Dr. Lisa Kimmerer, author of 9 books and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana in Billings, will be in Savannah and is going to speak at the April meeting of Live Plant Strong Savannah. Her most recent book, Eating Earth: Diet and the Environment, will be the subject of her talk. A Q&A will follow her talk. Free and open to the public Thu., April 14, 7 p.m. liveplantstrongsavannah@gmail.com. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Lecture: Refitting Old Ships

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free,” said novelist Ralph Ellison. Would you consider making that a paramount theme in the coming weeks? Will you keep it in the forefront of your mind, and be vigilant for juicy clues that might show up in the experiences headed your way? In suggesting that you do, I’m not guaranteeing that you will gather numerous extravagant insights about your true identity and thereby achieve a blissful eruption of total liberation. But I suspect that at the very least you will understand previously hidden mysteries about your primal nature. And as they come into focus, you will indeed be led in the direction of cathartic emancipation.

nickname like “Sugar Pepper” or “Honey Chili” or “Itchy Sweet.” It’s also a favorable time to explore the joys of running in slow motion or getting a tattoo of a fierce howling bunny or having gentle sex standing up. This phase of your cycle is most likely to unfold with maximum effectiveness if you play along with its complicated, sometimes paradoxical twists and turns. The more willing you are to celebrate life’s riddles as blessings in disguise, the more likely you’ll be to use the riddles to your advantage.

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“We never know the wine we are becoming while we are being crushed like grapes,” said author Henri Nouwen. I don’t think that’s true in your case, Taurus. Any minute now, you could get a clear intuition about what wine you will ultimately turn into once the grape-crushing stage ends. So my advice is to expect that clear intuition. Once you’re in possession of it, I bet the crushing will begin to feel more like a massage -- maybe even a series of strong but tender caresses. Your sustaining mantra for the coming weeks comes from Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer: “I am not empty; I am open.” Say that aloud whenever you’re inclined to feel lonely or lost. “I am not empty; I am open.” Whisper it to yourself as you wonder about the things that used to be important but no longer are. “I am not empty; I am open.” Allow it to loop through your imagination like a catchy song lyric whenever you’re tempted to feel melancholy about vanished certainties or unavailable stabilizers or missing fillers. “I am not empty; I am open.”

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Right about now you might be feeling a bit extreme, maybe even zealous or melodramatic. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were tempted to make outlandish expostulations similar to those that the poet Arthur Rimbaud articulated in one of his histrionic poems: “What beast must I worship? What sacred images should I destroy? What hearts shall I break? What lies am I supposed to believe?” I encourage you to articulate salty sentiments like these in the coming days -- with the understanding that by venting your intensity you won’t need to actually act it all out in real life. In other words, allow your fantasy life and creative artistry to be boisterous outlets for emotions that shouldn’t necessarily get translated into literal behavior.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you are close to tapping into hidden powers, dormant talents, and future knowledge. Truths that have been off-limits are on the verge of catching your attention and revealing themselves. Secrets you have been concealing from yourself are ready to be plucked and transformed. And now I will tell you a trick you can use that will enable you to fully cash in on these pregnant possibilities: Don’t adopt a passive wait-and-see attitude. Don’t expect everything to happen on its own. Instead, be a willful magician who aggressively collects and activates the potential gifts.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

This would be a perfect moment to give yourself a new

Adyashanti is my favorite mind-scrambling philosopher. One of his doses of crazy wisdom is just what you need to hear right now. “Whatever you resist you become,” he says. “If you resist anger, you are always angry. If you resist sadness, you are always sad. If you resist suffering, you are always suffering. If you resist confusion, you are always confused. We think that we resist certain states because they are there, but actually they are there because we resist them.” Can you wrap your imagination around Adyashanti’s counsel, Libra? I hope so, because the key to dissipating at least some of the dicey stuff that has been tweaking you lately is to STOP RESISTING IT!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This lecture by Drs. Randall Reese and Steve Primatic will include a jazz quartet performance to show how jazz musicians expand on music of the past during the creation of new work. They will demonstrate jazz’s process of creating rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and stylistic variations for existing pieces in order to reimagine musical staples. Part of Armstrong’s Moveable Feast lecture series. Free and open to the public Thu., April 14, 6 p.m. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Seersucker Shots This quick hit of lit features two poets, Don Cellini and Jeffrey Harrison. Fri., April 15, 7 p.m. thebookladybookstore.com/. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

During every election season, media pundits exult in criticizing candidates who have altered their opinions about important issues. This puzzles me. In my understanding, an intelligent human is always learning new information about how the world works, and is therefore constantly evolving his or her beliefs and ideas. I don’t trust people who stubbornly cling to all of their musty dogmas. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because the coming weeks will be an especially ripe time for you to change your mind about a few things, some of them rather important. Be alert for the cues and clues that will activate dormant aspects of your wisdom. Be eager to see further and deeper.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Friedrich Nietzsche published his first book, *The Birth of Tragedy,* in 1872, when he was 28 years old. In 1886, he put out a revised edition that included a preface entitled “An Attempt at Self-Criticism.” In this unprecedented essay, he said that he now found his text “clumsy and embarrassing, its images frenzied and confused, sentimental, uneven in pace, so sure of its convictions that it is above any need for proof.” And yet he also glorified *The Birth of Tragedy,* praising it for its powerful impact on the world, for its “strange knack of seeking out its fellow-revelers and enticing them on to new secret paths and dancingplaces.” In accordance with the astrological omens, Sagittarius, I invite you to engage in an equally brave and celebratory re-evaluation of some of your earlier life and work.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Go back to where you started and learn to love it more.” So advised Thaddeus Golas in his book *The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment.* I think that’s exactly what you should do right now, Capricorn. To undertake such a quest would reap long-lasting benefits. Here’s what I propose: First, identify three dreams that are important for your future. Next, brainstorm about how you could return to the roots of your relationships with them. Finally, reinvigorate your love for those dreams. Supercharge your excitement about them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“What am I doing here in mid-air?” asks Ted Hughes in his poem “Wodwo.” Right about now you might have an urge to wonder that yourself. The challenging part of your situation is that you’re unanchored, unable to find a firm footing. The fun part is that you have an unusual amount of leeway to improvise and experiment. Here’s a suggestion: Why not focus on the fun part for now? You just may find that doing so will minimize the unsettled feelings. I suspect that as a result you will also be able to accomplish some interesting and unexpected work.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

How many fireflies would you have to gather together in order to create a light as bright as the sun? Entomologist Cole Gilbert estimates the number to be 14,286,000,000. That’s probably beyond your ability to accomplish, Pisces, so I don’t recommend you attempt it. But I bet you could pull off a more modest feat with a similar theme: accumulating a lot of small influences that add up to a big effect. Now is an excellent time to capitalize on the power of gradual, incremental progress.


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Nature and Environment

Coffee with a Ranger Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Dolphin Project Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinproject.org. Eating Earth: Diet and Environment Interested in learning how our food choices impact our beautiful planet earth? Dr. Lisa Kemmerer, a popular international speaker and author of 9 books ( http:// lisakemmerer.com/) is offering a free and open to the public talk on making earth friendly food choices. Her most recently published book is Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics and Dietary Choice. Free! Thu., April 14, 7-8:30 p.m. 912660-6912. liveplantstrongsavannah@ gmail.com. https://facebook.com/ events/1699940233557650/. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Gardening Session Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of every month. Free and open to the public third Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. charleshmorriscenter.com. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. National Junior Ranger Day Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. Sat., April 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fort Pulaski, US Highway 80 E. Ogeechee Audobon Public Meeting Josh Jones, horticulture manager from Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern, will be presenting a program about native plants that attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife. He will be accompanied by another garden expert, Carolyn Altman who previously presented a program for Ogeechee Audubon. Scott Thompson from Thompson Gardens, who is knowledgeable about native and hard to get plants, will be on hand with plants to sell. Scott will also take orders ahead of time. Tue., April 19, 7 p.m. 912-839-2164. plantguy@bulloch.net. fpc.presbychurch.net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. 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. 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 continues on p. 54

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The Life Aquatic By Your Pal Erin

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EVEN THOUGH electricity is beyond my understanding, I respect it for what it is. I don’t insist that it be a more “natural” force, like the magnetic field, or shame it into believing that its existence is against God’s will. I also have a healthy respect for fish— plural. Not a singular fish that lives up to my expectations of what a fish should and shouldn’t be. Fish are resilient creatures deserving of my reverence and awe. They thrive in waters I could never survive. My life isn’t disrupted one iota by the existence of the Angler Fish, a sea creature residing in the murky depths of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans that can grow up to 3 feet long, weighing 70 lbs. Although I am fascinated by the fact that the female Angler is characterized by a luminescent light bulb dangling above her head, I’m also keenly aware that what she does with it is none of my damn business. You’ll never find me ranting about how light bulbs belong in lamps, not fish and electricity has no place in the ocean. As such, I’m having a terrible time understanding why society holds human nature to a different standard than Mother Nature. V was an old, insightful soul with a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor that made him tons of fun to be around. He also suffered from a chronic depression that ebbed and flowed way over my head. Back in high school we were especially close. Even though he was dating one of my girlfriends, we confided in each other things that we could never share with anyone else. Whenever we were together, there invariably came a point in the conversation —usually as we said our goodbyes—when V would become remote and pensive, floundering to express something on his mind. There was always a stuttering question on the tip of his tongue; one that he could never bring himself to ask, but somehow hoped that I would intuit and answer. The most notable aspect of these awkward non-exchanges was the pained expression on his face, as if he were drowning in the very air he was breathing. His body sat dead stiff, but if you could see the panic in his eyes, you’d expect his arms to be flailing for dear life. We remained friends into adulthood,

but lost touch when our lives took different turns. Two decades later, when we reconnected on Facebook, I was sad to learn that he had suffered significant memory loss after a suicide attempt involving painkillers that left him unconscious for several days. After communicating briefly online, he asked me to call him in hopes of regaining some of his childhood memories. The few times we spoke, I felt that old, familiar frustration of guestimating the answers to his unarticulated questions. About a year later, V called to tell me that he was starting an LGBT spiritual community after his own fellowship gave him the boot. After some brief small talk, I asked him outright if he was gay. “Not gay…trans.” she replied. Suddenly, every unresolved question made perfect sense; those desperate attempts to explain with her eyes her unspeakable pain. It clicked in me the same way it clicked the first time I heard Chaz Bono speak and realized he sounded exactly like his father; his voice revealing the genetic birthright Chastity Bono had been denied. After years of watching V suffer, it felt so good to finally help. I put her in touch with a transgender woman who lived nearby and told her of another trans friend who had researched gender reassignment benefits offered by their county. (Coincidentally they happen to live in one of the few places in America to declare the high suicide rate amongst transgender people who don’t receive medical support a public health epidemic.) Even though this isn’t my coming out story, it’s imperative that I tell it. Those of us whose gender identities align with the bodies to which we were born (aka “cisgender”) are afforded a personal safety and emotional wellbeing that we take for granted every day. In order for these privileges to become everyone’s fundamental rights, our empathy and compassion for the transgender and gender queer experiences are essential. Since coming out, V and I have had many frank conversations that have helped me recognize and acknowledge those of us who are in a similar boat. Recently, I ran into a girlfriend I hadn’t seen in forever who was sporting an androgynous look. Being reminded of V, I took the opportunity to ask if she’s transgender. They appreciated my asking and clarified that they identify as nonbinary, which aligns with no particular gender and prefers the pronoun “they.” The biggest relief about V’s coming out is that I’ll never have that dreaded helpless feeling as she begs me to save her from her own unspeakable depths. That’s not to say that she won’t falter, but at least I am beginning to understand her struggle. 53

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Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. chathamsheriff.org. humanesocietysav.org/. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. St. Almo’s Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-3336. caninepalacesavannah.com. Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St.

Religious & Spiritual

APRIL 13-19, 2016

Band of Sisters Prayer Group All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/ georgia. Buddhist Meditation All ages, lineages, and newcomers welcome. Our schedule is: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM- for 30 minutes mediation followed by study group, $10. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM- one hour of gentle yoga followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation, $15. Sundays 9-10:30 AM- Mediation, dharma talk and tea, $10. Reiki healing is offered by appointment. Text Rev. Cindy Beach at (912) 429-7265 for more info or visit savannahzencenter.com or find us on Facebook. Located atLocated at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. $10-$15 ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E. 40th St. Catholic Singles A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ diosav.org. diosav.org/familylife-singles.. Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. revwasson@gmail.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Read the Bible in One Year 54 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. Talk: The Healing Power of the Bible International Speaker Elise Moore of Nashville, TN who teaches classes in Christian Science Healing and is known for her step by step approach for applying biblical principles for healing and has 25+ years of experience in Christian healing ministry. Handouts provided. no charge Sun., April 17, 2-3:15 p.m. 912-234-8242. First Church of Christ, Scientist, 211 E. Victory Dr. 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: My Golden Days In Arnaud Desplechin’s newest film, Mathieu Amalric plays Paul Dedalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan, who has a series of flashbacks that include his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness, and his father’s alienating depression. $8 Fri., April 15, 5 & 8 p.m. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Film: The Lady from Shanghai Celebrating Orson Welles in Film Noir, The Lady from Shanghai pairs him with the dazzling Rita Hayworth, his estranged wife at the time. Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister (Hayworth), seaman Michael O’Hara (Welles) joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. Film critic David Kehr calls it “the weirdest great movie ever made.” Followed by a post show Q&A. Thu., April 14, 8 p.m. www2.scad.edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Film: The Police Connection The PFS celebrates Chuck Connors’ 95th birthday with this film, where he stars as a disgruntled, antisocial serial killer. This taut crime drama finds Connors being pursued by detectives intent on identifying and apprehending him before he can continue his series of public bombings. $7 Wed., April 13, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave.

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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. . 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.. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Saturday Group Run or Walk Join us in our quest for fitness. Beginners are welcome. We can help you exceed your fitness goals. Free Saturdays, 7-8:15 a.m. 912-398-4130. 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. . facebook.com/savannahbikepolo. Savannah Junior DerbyTaunts Open Enrollment We’re accepting new members every Saturday in April, 2016! Girls ages 8-17 are welcome to come skate with us from 9-11 AM at Star Castle at 550 Mall Blvd. Come have fun and roller skate! We have free skates and protective gear you can use. Parents can learn about our team and about the growing sport of junior roller derby. Enjoy the whole month for free! All you have to bring is a mouth guard and helmet. We hope you decide to join our awesome team! FREE Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.. savannahjuniorderby@ gmail.com. savannahjrderbytaunts. shutterfly.com/. Star Castle, 550 E. Mall Blvd. Savannah Steam vs. Atlanta Vultures Savannah’s indoor football team takes on the Atlanta Vultures. Sun., April 17, 7:05 p.m. savannahsteam.com/schedule.html. savannahcivic.com. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. 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 . savannahultimateproject@gmail.com. savannahultimateproject.wordpress.com/ pick-up/. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.


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