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APR 27-May 3, 2016 news, arts & Entertainment weekly connectsavannah.com

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Wednesday / 27 Film: The Nightwalker

102nd birthday tribute to famed writer/ producer/director William Castle (known as “America’s Alfred Hitchcock”) is this surreal thriller starring Barbara Stanwyck. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

National Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day with a tree climbing demonstration, refreshments and games. 5-7 p.m Kavanaugh Park, 46th and Abercorn.

Cheers for Charity THURS / 28

Tybee Rainbow Fest FRI / 29 - SUN 1

Spend three gay days on Tybee with parties all over the island and a pride parade on Saturday at 3pm. Other events include Sunday brunch and a beach sweep. visittybee.com. Tybee Island

Reading and Discussion with Michael Slusher

Coastal Empire Beer Company will host special tours of their regionally renowned Savannah brewery at a discounted rate. Riverkeeper friends and supporters will get 30 percent off the regular $15 fee, and each admission includes 36 ounces of onsite samples and a souvenir beer growler to go. Ogeechee Riverkeeper will receive part of the proceeds from “Cheers for Charity” to continue funding their education programs, outreach efforts and advocacy. 6-8 p.m Coastal Empire Brewery, Savannah. info@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org

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Author and former vivisectionist Michael Slusher is visiting Savannah to talk about his new book, They All Had Eyes: Confessions of a Vivisectionist. Michael will read a passage from his book and share how he became a vivisectionist, what it was like in the labs working with the animals, and how he went from vivisectionist to vegan, working now to help stop animal experimentation. Q&A after presentation. 3:30-5 p.m Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. $3 donation requested SUN / 1 912-660-6912. Acclaimed rock group Boston celhttps://facebook.com/ ebrates their 40th anniversary with events/157874801274414/ this tour. 7:30 p.m Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $39.50-$99.50 www.savannahcivic.com

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#SayHerName Visiting Scholars Program Panel Discussion

Four panelists, including Armstrong Professor and End Gun Violence Project Manager Dr. Maxine Bryant, First African Baptist Church Pastor Thurmond Tillman, Executive Director of Harambee House/ Citizens For Environmental Justice Dr. Mildred McClain, and Solidarity in Savannah Director Volunteer Program Director Ylana Abbot, will discuss the meaning behind the #SayHerName hashtag and the exclusion of black women in the racial justice movement. . noon Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn Free and open to the public

School Board Candidate Forum

This forum features the candidates for District 3, Connie Hall and Rose Harper, and District 7, Michael Johnson and Joe Winburn.. 6 p.m Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn

Science on Tap: GUTs and TOEs and the Strings that Connect Them

Armstrong’s Science on Tap hosts Dr. Jeff Secrest, who will discuss the grand unified theory as it relates to physics. 6 p.m Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 W Liberty St

Thursday / 28 Cheers for Charity

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Caleb Caudle and Jason Bible

Savannah Stopover presents this oprystyle concert. 7:30 p.m Trinity UMC, 225 West President St. $10

Film: Body

Through intertwined stories of a criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter, and her therapist who claims psychic powers, the young and incredibly thoughtful Polish director, Malgorzata Szumowska, offers a profound and utterly captivating meditaHeart of the Hive tion on the human body as a link between An artful evening of awareness dedicated the soul and the world. to saving the honeybee. Artist Melissa 6 & 8 p.m . Hagerty created a beeswax art installation Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. and honey-related food/bev will be served. $8 6-9 p.m Film: Steel Magnolias House of Strut, 17 West 41st Street. It’s all about tears, dears! Tybee Post Recycled T-shirt or fabric donation Theater provides the wine and hankies at Lecture: James Loewen their new monthly series, “Girls Night Out Renowned author, historian and sociat the Movies.” ologist has sold more than 1.5 million 7 p.m copies of his book, “Lies My Teacher Told Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Me: Everything Your American History $10 Textbook Got Wrong,” a gripping re-telling Film: The Devil Wears Prada of American history. Andy is a recent college graduate with big 5:30 p.m dreams. Upon landing a job at prestigious Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn Runway magazine, she finds herself the Free and open to the public assistant to diabolical editor Miranda Soul Proprietors Film Competition Priestly. Andy questions her ability to This project pairs three local film crews survive her grim tour as Miranda’s whipwith three local small businesses that are ping girl without getting scorched. giving back to the community. All pro8 p.m ceeds go to charity. This year’s featured Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. businesses are Service Brewing, Local $9 Farm Bag, and Fleet Feet Sports. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Tybee Rainbow Fest Spend three gay days on Tybee with 7 p.m., $10 parties all over the island and a pride soulproprietorstv.com/home parade on Saturday at 3pm. Other events Film: Purple Rain include Sunday brunch and a beach Pay your respects to the late, great Prince sweep. For more information, go to visitby viewing his 1984 film. tybee.com. Lucas Theatre, 13 Abercorn St. April 29-May 1 8 p.m., free, suggested donation $5 Tybee Island, Tybee Island.

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Sulfur Studios, Savannah Skatepark, 13 Bricks, and Art Rise Savannah are teaming up to present A Skateboard Art Show to Benefit Savannah Skatepark. Over 100 skateboards on display and up for auction. Proceeds go directly towards building the Savannah Skatepark! Preview Hours: April 29, 12-5 PM, TBID: April 29, 6-9 PM 12-9 p.m Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. free and open to the public

Dance: Highly Visible/Invisible

- Faculty and student spring dance concert featuring performances by the Obsidian Dance Repertory and SSU jazz ensemble and is inspired by the historical signifir cance and relevance of SSU as a cornerstone in higher education. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m New Hampstead High, 2451 Little Neck Road. $5

The wild is calling, and it wants you to bring man’s best friend for a nature hike. Learn more about what your faithful companions share with their wild relatives and how they came to be man’s best friend. 10 a.m Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. $3

Philharmonic Season Finale: Chopin and Tchaikovsky

Begins with Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist Quynh Shannon. An appropriate piece for finale is Tchaikovsky’s last symphony, the Pathetique. 7:30 p.m Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W Oglethorpe $26-$75

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Fashion Bazaar

Enjoy live music, food and vendors with a fashion theme. 3-8 p.m Jelinek Creative Spaces, 101 N. Fahm St.

Film: Mamma Mia!

Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $9

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Savannah Derby Devils Triple Header This triple header features the Savannah Junior DerbyTaunts against the Smoky Mountain Lil’ Nemesisters; Hostess City Hellions against the Smokey Mountain Rollergirls; and the Savannah Derby Devil All-Stars against Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls. Action begins at 2:30 p.m Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $12

State of the Art: Savannah Style

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Telfair is proud to showcase some of Savannah’s finest fashion designers: Brooke Atwood, Merline Labissiere, Tatiana Smith, and Meredith Sutton. They join forces to create a stunning fashion show highlighting the contemporary styles of Savannah. Explore the exhibition, browse pop-up shops, and enjoy the fashion show. 7 p.m Jepson Center, 207 West York St. $40, $30 Telfair members

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Sunday / 1 Concert: Boston

Acclaimed rock group Boston celebrates their 40th anniversary with this tour. 7:30 p.m Johnny Mercer, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $39.50-$99.50

Farm Picnic Fundraiser

Local food, spirits, music benefit Forsyth Farmers Market & Farm Truck 912. 4-7 p.m Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Bull and Park Ave. $35 advance, $40 door

Film: A Bug’s Life

Early show for the kids. 5 p.m The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive. Free

Film: Thunderball

Late show for the adults. 7:30 p.m The Florence, 1 B West Victory Drive. Free

Low Country Pie Festival

Free event including pie bake-off, pie-eating competition, by-the-slice, food trucks, auctions and celeb pie-in-the-face raffle. 12-4 p.m Emmet Park, End of Bay St.

Reading and Discussion with Michael Slusher

Author and former vivisectionist Michael Slusher talks about his new book, They All Had Eyes: Confessions of a Vivisectionist. 3:30-5 p.m Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. $3 donation requested

Theatre: The Big Audition

New production from Wilde School of Music depicts a group of young vocalists hoping to be cast by a producer. 3 p.m Swarm Con Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. SCAD professors and alumni share knowl- $15 edge and experience in their respective Savannah Songwriters Series industries through educational panels Four talented singer/songwriters swapand up close at Artist tables. ping original songs and stories. April 30-May 1 Performers: Pete Love, CC Witt, Markus Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Kuhlmann, and Wayne Martin Tybee Turtle Trot 5k Beach Run 8 p.m Help raise funds for the Tybee Island Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn Marine Science Center’s Sea Turtle $10 Conservation Fund. The event includes a Monday / 2 5k and a 1-mile kiddie run. 8 a.m Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Public Forum on Elba Island Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Inc. hosts Tybrisa St. this free public forum on the hazards of the Elba Island LNG Storage Facility.


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Developer seeks City bond issue to build hotel garage

Bond issuance for new West River Street project could set an uncomfortable precedent by Jim Morekis

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Administrative Chris Griffin, General Manager chris@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4378 Editorial Jim Morekis, Editor-in-Chief jim@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4360 Jessica Leigh Lebos, Community Editor jll@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4386 Anna Chandler, Arts & Entertainment Editor anna@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4356 Rachael Flora, Events Editor happenings@connectsavannah.com Contributors John Bennett, Matt Brunson, Raymond Gaddy, Kayla Goggin, Jared A. Jackson, Geoff L. Johnson, Orlando Montoya, Jon Waits, Your Pal Erin Advertising Information: (912) 721-4378 sales@connectsavannah.com Jay Lane, Account Executive jay@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4381 Design & Production Brandon Blatcher, Art Director artdirector@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4379 Britt Scott, Graphic Designer ads@connectsavannah.com (912) 721-4380 Distribution Wayne Franklin, Distribution Manager (912) 721-4376 Thomas Artwright, Howard Barrett, Jolee Edmondson, Brenda B. Meeks Classifieds Call (912) 231-0250

IN AN UNUSUAL and potentially radical new precedent, the City Manager’s office is recommending that Mayor and Council approve this week a $33 million bond issue which would fund the construction of a new parking garage downtown. That’s not the unusual part. The unusual part is this: According to the proposal, private hotel developer Richard Kessler would construct the garage, would collect all revenue from it, and would reserve the use of over half the parking spaces in it. It’s been public knowledge for several years that successful local hotelier/developer Kessler proposed a new parking garage as part of his ambitious new River Street hotel project. Incorporating the site of the old Savannah Electric Plant Riverside power station, the development would be a much-needed upgrade to the long-neglected west end of River Street. We’ve known from the beginning that the plan called for some form of public/ private partnership—hardly an unprecedented idea. What wasn’t common knowledge, however, was that the funding mechanism for the garage would be underwritten by taxpayers in the form of a municipal bond issue, rather than through traditional bank/loan financing. Expected to be discussed and/or voted on at this Thursday’s City Council meeting, the agenda item calls for $33 million in bonds to be issued by the Downtown Savannah Authority—a 40-year-old entity which administers many of the City’s bond issues—specifically to construct the 488space garage. According to the plan, the new hotel will rent about 250 of those spaces for its own use, with the rest available to the public. The agenda item, which went live on the City government website late Friday afternoon with no fanfare, is unusually worded. It states that “Richard Kessler has requested that the Downtown Savannah

Authority issue a series of bonds which will finance the construction of a public parking garage.” The nut of the proposal says that Kessler’s firm “will construct the garage for a fixed price, and then operate the garage, retaining all income, and paying all expenses including debt service on the bonds, operating costs and maintenance costs, fund a capital reserve for capital expenditures required for the parking garage, and pay the City a fee of $100,000 per year. Completion of the construction at the agreed-upon fixed price, and all payments for the first four years will be personally guaranteed by Richard Kessler.” All that sounds reassuring enough at first glance. And parking garages are funded by bond issues all the time, all over the country.

The agenda item calls for $33 million in bonds to be issued specifically to pay for the 488space garage. The new hotel will rent about 250 of those spaces for its own use. But the longer you look at it, the less reassuring it becomes, and the more questions it raises. The oddly specific, customized wording seems to exacerbate concerns that a oneoff project like this could inspire a legal precedent for future developers to point to for their own purposes, as long as there is some quantifiable public benefit.

If this developer gets a bond issue by “requesting” one, why shouldn’t they request their own as well? In verbiage seemingly more suited to a marketing pamphlet, the agenda item touts the benefits of the project without mentioning risks to taxpayers: The “construction of an approximately $250 million hotel project, the completion of the Savannah Riverwalk, and the creation of over 700 new jobs with an average salary of over $32,000 per year,” in addition to more downtown public parking. All of which is well and good. But municipal bonds —with their often low interest rates and high degree of safety and security—are typically used to pay for public works projects with more infrastructure value and demonstrated public need. When bonds are issued to fund what seems uncomfortably similar to a private project outside the usual bidding process, you could almost say that taxpayers suddenly find themselves in the banking business. Add to that the fact that this project involves an increasingly contentious topic in Savannah—how much more to invest in “Big Tourism”—and the potential for problems is clear. All of which begs the questions: • Why doesn’t the developer secure financing through more traditional loans? • Why are the promised debt service payments on the bonds only “personally guaranteed” for four years? • What are the ramifications of allowing the same developer that is benefiting from the bonds to construct the project outside the usual bid process? • What is to prevent future developers from demanding similar largesse from the Downtown Savannah Authority and latitude with the bid process? • Is all this worth the risk for an extra 200 or so public parking spaces and some more service jobs? In any case, clearly there is more information to be gathered on this developing story, and not much time to do so before Thursday’s meeting. The City of Savannah has for decades enjoyed an exceptionally solid credit rating as a municipality, which is one reason this funding mechanism would be attractive to any high-dollar developer. The better a City’s credit rating, the more affordable the debt service on its bonds will be. It would be a shame to put that hardearned credit rating at risk needlessly, and to sell that good credit short. Regardless of where you stand on the issue—and reasonable people can certainly disagree on it—we should all pay close attention to the Mayor and Council’s actions this week. cs

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News & Opinion The (Civil) Society Column

April in Savannah: Full dance card, full heart By Jessica Leigh Lebos

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Well, it finally happened. I’ve reached social saturation. After weeks of cartwheeling across the city to attend as many music concerts, club shows, community gatherings, charity galas, cocktail parties, quirky parades, board meetings and block barbecues as I could fit in, I hit a wall. This is partly due to the tragic truth that my cartwheels resemble the efforts of a three-toed sloth that’s tossed back too many Jell-O shots. But mostly, April in Savannah. How can one small city have so much going on? We surely owe our strawberry jampacked event calendars to the glorious weather—this heavenly convergence of balmy temperatures and gentle rains followed by generous skies, the air imbued with the scent of tea olives and grilled food that invites us out of the house at every turn. April is the sweet cotton sundress between winter’s itchy wool scarf and the sweat-soaked tank top of summer. While denizens of other climes are still clutching their extra blankets at night, we ride our bikes downtown around the squares, cruising past the glowfaces in their Ubers as the tinkling laughter and moonlight flows through our hair. The splendor of April in Savannah always presents a certain urgency to commune, knowing that it is mere weeks before the Satanic biting gnat pupae emerge from their little hell shells to make every summer’s eve a scene out of Heart of Darkness (Oh, the coming horror—the horror!—of being eaten alive from the scalp down!) In the sun-dappled parks and on the porches ‘til dawn, it’s hardly a wonder that every day of this fairest of months brings myriad opportunities to frolic with our fellow humans. Usually, I am enlivened by this uptick in action. In addition to nurturing my relationships with family and friends, I am what some might call a socially ravenous person. I thrive on face-to-face (fingertipto-Facebook, not so much) interactions with interesting characters, always eager to meet someone new and learn what fuels their passion. Some of it comes with the job. Representing this column out in the world is a welcome antidote to the decidedly anti8 social aspects of the gig, the parts where I

April in Savannah means gentle rains, blooming amaryllis and a psycho-packed social calendar.

sit alone and stare at the same spot above my desk trying not to asphyxiate from my own tangled metaphors and forget to pee for five hours at a time. Mostly, I am just so curious and excited about all the amazing, creative things going down in this town. I love it all and y’all and can’t wait to find out what happens next. But apparently, I have limits. Sometime last week, as I was bouncing between a gallery opening and a bourbon tasting, my mojo mysteriously quit working. In spite of the fact that there were two more events—with free snacks—on the day’s dance card, I just couldn’t make any more small talk or large. One moment I was enjoying conversation and craft cocktails, the next I was tongue-tied with the blinding urge to change into one of my husband’s moldy Grateful Dead T-shirts and binge-watch Broad City in bed with the dogs.

It could have been burnout from 24/7 discussions about superdelegates, or maybe the tremendous frustration with standardized testing. It might have also had something to do with a lunchtime police raid outside the Connect offices, when officers both uniformed and undercover (some sporting ninja balaclavas) descended on a car at Bee and Victory to arrest three men wanted for auto theft. While no one appeared to be hurt, the smashed glass and suddenness of the incident—as well as witnessing guns drawn—was a cold, hard reminder that in spite of April’s blooming amaryllis bulbs, crime and violence know no season. My self-styled social quarantine was made official by a 24-hour stomach bug that prevented the approach of anyone not wearing a hazmat suit. The solid wall of solitude forced me to privately grieve the passing of Prince.

The tears flowed as my phone streamed The Muppet Show clip, the epic Super Bowl performance of “Purple Rain” and the searing “I Wanna Be Your Lover” NBC appearance in 1980, back when a man dancing in zebra bikini bottoms on regular TV didn’t cause some state to try and make it illegal. The weekend also brought news of the death of another friend far away, and my isolation turned to loneliness as I longed to raise a toast with those who knew him. Lying in bed under the deluge of purple Prince posts and grinning pictures of Jory Prum with his Oscar, I wallowed in the irony of how sometimes social media can be anything but. In my solitary confinement, I also wondered if my social life can ever recover. I remembered when basic cable was only 22 stations and we all listened to the same Top 40, limitations that birthed the superstars who seem to be turning supernova all at once. Now in the constantly bursting galaxy of the internet, I don’t know who these celebrities are trending on the sidebars and why I have to look at them in their stupid feather Coachella outfits. Our ability to find each other across the world and the opportunity for new artists to access audience are definitely good things. But can there help but be fewer and fewer exalted icons that imprint our collective memory? As memes catch our attention for a day and then dissolve, where are our opportunities for authentic shared cultural experiences that last? The thought of navigating an even more fractured society put me in a deeper funk, and not the kind Prince gifted us with the Diamonds and Pearls album. However, several back-to-back listenings helped me remember the cure. Love is the master plan, reminds our beloved Sexy Saint of Perpetual Funktion from the afterworld. The only way I know how to play my part is to bring the love I’ve got and see it in others live and in person, ‘cause this phone screen is just too goddamn tiny. So I threw off the covers, kissed my kids and revived for some real world social time. I don’t know how my clumsy acrobatics are going to get me there, but I hope to see you at the Soul Proprietor Film Competition, Tybee Gay Days, Mamma Mia! at the Lucas Theatre, the Lowcountry Pie Festival and Farm Picnic at the Old Dairy Farm, and, if my mojo cooperates, a few more of the interesting events up front in Week at a Glance and some of the nightlife back in Soundboard. We’ve got one more week left of April, Savannah, and my master plan is to make it count. cs


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Claire Beverly: Fighting your traffic blues with comedy By Orlando Montoya

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FEW THINGS define Los Angeles as much as traffic. Beastly and unrelenting, it’s light years away from the few minutes I-16 will stall you. Just don’t tell that to Savannah suburbanites sitting in that mess each morning. Radio news producer Claire Beverly knows where commuter tempers fray in both cities. “It’s been days since I’ve mentioned that 204 east is jammed from Ogeechee over to King George because those people just know it’s going to happen,” she says. Ditto for 21 between Old Augusta and Jimmy DeLoach. The morning traffic reporter rattles off your bad excuses for being late like the rhymes of a well-known poem. Before moving here seven years ago

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and landing her current job, she did the same poetry for Southern California’s allday, all-night, 365-day a year traffic news operation. “Traffic in Los Angeles is a big, organic being,” she says. “It was a great challenge.” She learned all the highway exits from San Francisco to San Diego. She learned how to anticipate the radiating traffic nightmare that a single wreck in a busy location can cause. And she learned how to squeeze 10 traffic problems into 30 seconds! “I learned not only how to read and understand the traffic but how to present it in a way that people understand it,” she says. “We have to talk really fast.” In addition to traffic, she also delivers news for two different markets, Chatham and Beaufort Counties, on six radio stations owned by Alpha Media. You might call that a recipe for depression, especially when it begins with an alarm at four o’clock. But then she has another radio role – referee between Tim

and Red. “The two of them have a wonderfully antagonistic brother and sister relationship,” she says of the jocks that claw at each other like cats on Bob 106.9’s morning show. “They are constantly bickering with each one another, on and off the air, in a completely loving and familial fashion,” she says. “I come in and take one side or another.” Beverly’s official role on the show is news and traffic. She works the headlines in her closet-sized studio and runs across the hall to Tim and Red about every 15 minutes. Comedy ensues. Amid the laughter, we discover that Claire likes cat videos and Taco Bell and that Mr. Fix It Tim handled Claire’s skivvies in a cabinet repair job gone awry. “When I walk into that room, I have no idea what they’ve been talking about and what they’re going to throw at me,” she says of the unscripted, live program. That makes her unofficial role

something like voice of wisdom. Adult on premises, if I may be so bold. Not a bad gig, even if it means waking before the rooster. “There have been plenty of days when I’ve laughed so hard, I’ve lost my breath and couldn’t deliver the news,” she says. “That’s a great work environment. I’m very lucky.” I usually hear her voice on AM 1130 and FM 93.5 “The Island,” an inspired new “adult alternative” radio station with Hilton Head’s delightful Monty Jett in the morning. Her voice came to our bedside radios and car presets in a story involving Los Angeles professional theater, a midlife crisis and a family move to Savannah. “People always said, ‘You have a nice voice, you should be on the radio,’” she says. “One day, I decided to take that seriously.” I’m glad she did because her voice always seems to carry a smile. And when some idiotic driver is making me see red, a smile is the one thing I need to imagine. cs

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Savannah State University to offer one of the nation’s first courses on the controversial candidate by jim Morekis

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DONALD TRUMP’S effect on American politics is taking shape before our eyes, in a political and media phenomenon the likes of which this country hasn’t seen in modern times. No true political scientist or politics junkie would miss an opportunity to delve further into this controversial but fascinating topic, and Dr. Bob Smith, professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Savannah State University, walks the walk. His new course offering this summer, “The Trump Factor in American Politics,” is one of, if not the first, such course offered in the U.S. We spoke to Dr. Smith last week. I told people many months ago that Trump would get more support than anyone thought, but they said I was nuts. When did you realize the Trump candidacy wasn’t going away? Dr. Bob Smith: Like a lot of people, I was late to the game in terms of foreseeing the longer term impact of the Trump candidacy, especially in terms of his ability to navigate the many nuances of the nominating process. There are lots of bells and whistles to that, and any candidate perceived as an outsider will ordinarily have quite an uphill battle. Many of us underestimated his ability to really resonate with what is essentially

a populist message. It’s a message tailored carefully to appeal to certain segments. For example, middle aged white males disgruntled with a variety of circumstances. There is appeal to another set within the Republican Party that feel they haven’t been able to realize the change they thought would come by electing a certain brand of conservatives. Then of course there is overall, wide discontent in terms of people who just feel their dollar isn’t going far enough. They see that after the great recession there isn’t full recovery for everybody. Some have recovered quite nicely, but not everyone. Trump has managed to articulate all that in a way that has proven successful to his candidacy. And now it appears that he will likely carry the day in terms of being his party’s standard bearer. There are a lot of threads that have been building for some while. Trump has channeled the whole celebrity/media/politician/business tycoon persona, and in doing so has redefined our politics. So much of the Trump phenomenon can be traced to the disgust of the Republican grassroots at their last two presidential candidates, McCain and Romney. Tea Partiers are saying, let us choose the candidate this time. I concur, and many political scientists are wondering if this in fact a realignment for Republicans, in the support for a candidate like Trump who advances a message that

Dr. Robert Smith, political science professor at Savannah State University

the party needs to let the rank and file be the spokespersons for the party, not just the party elite. A silver lining of all the debates and all the talk about the nomination process has been shining a light, letting in some sunshine, on the mechanics of how that process works. And also more recognition about the whole superdelegate process on the Democratic side.

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Any way to predict how a Trump vs. Clinton race will pan out? We’ve never seen anything like it. Their debates will be the most-watched TV shows in history other than a Super Bowl.

We’ll certainly see all the gloves come off, in ways we’ve never seen before. The Democrats will see an opportunity to gain seats in the House and Senate. That’s what conventional wisdom holds, anyway. It will be interesting to see how the Trump effect functions in down-ticket races, as Republican candidates either embrace or reject Trump on the campaign I try to always avoid the use of labels in my trail, as they see fit. courses, and I’ll avoid the use of that label The intensity of it all might serve to raise here. I’d like to look at it in the most neutral awareness to get people to get out and vote. or objective way possible. But then again I always look for the silver My goal will be helping students to lining in these things! cs understand the threads that have led The common wisdom, at least in the mainstream media, seems to be that Trump is a racist. Savannah State is an HBCU, and most of your students will be persons of color. Will you approach the class with the premise that Trump is a racist or appeals to racists?

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things to this point, and to allow students to react. The media has certainly portrayed much of Trump’s rhetoric and his positions as racist. And I would definitely say my students currently taking American Government share that very negative view. Trump will say things like, 84 percent of white people who are murdered are killed by black individuals. And it turned out the number is closer to something like 14 percent. But I see that more as Trump being footloose and fancy free with his facts across the board. I don’t want so sugarcoat anything. But I’d like my students to reach their own conclusions through a more objective analysis. Certainly students will have a very strong opinion one way or another, and my goal is to offer some objectivity. We will look through a scholarly lens to examine the Trump phenomenon, and what are some ramifications if he moves on into the general election.

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Are politicians dumber than the rest of us? Most politicians seem dumb as doorknobs and the current lot even more than usual. But are they really? Have there been any serious studies comparing politicians’ personality traits or intelligence to that of the common population? —Knut Borge, Oslo, Norway SURELY NO discussion of dumb politicians can be complete without reference to dearly departed George W., who left behind not just a tanked economy and one or two intractable military misadventures but volumes worth of great lines—you’ll recall “Is our children learning?,” etc. Bush also memorably described looking into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and getting, quite romantically, “a sense of his soul.” I bring it up because we’d need to give a lot of lawmakers some very thorough eye exams to even begin to answer your question. Are politicians dumb? Who the hell knows? I suspect you’d find that results vary, as with most folks, but that what expresses itself in politicians as apparent dumbness might often reflect a certain

kind of savvy. Sure, we had a good laugh when Oklahoma’s Jim Inhofe brought a snowball onto the Senate floor last February as evidence that global warming is a hoax—but keep in mind that Inhofe is well funded by the fossil-fuel industry, and represents a constituency notable for climatechange skepticism. You think he’s dumb? He’s too busy counting campaign money to care. It’s important to consider not just politicians’ public statements, which may be pure theater, but the whole “fruit salad of their life,” as Ben Carson recently and so perfectly put it. And there’s another knock on your theory, Knut—Carson seemed like a blathering idiot during the debates, but the guy was a brilliant neurosurgeon by every account. He’s as good a demonstration as you’ll find of the theory of multiple intelligences, originated by Harvard professor Howard Gardner: Carson would seem to have what Gardner calls visual-spatial and bodily-kinesthetic intelligences by the bushel, but far less of the verbal-linguistic kind. So: • Intelligence is a hazy, multifaceted construct that can be tracked in any number of ways. • There’s not exactly a surfeit of meaningful data on intelligence as regards politicians as a class. • Let’s not put too much stock in their public behavior, which can’t be assumed to reflect their actual beliefs. Of course it’s still tempting to speculate. One guy who’s succumbed is psychologist Dean Keith Simonton, who in a 2006 study endeavored to estimate IQs for all American presidents, up to and including W. For most presidents Simonton worked from personality assessments by their biographers; he anonymized the data and submitted it to a panel of independent judges,

using various analytical tools to validate the results. Now, let’s keep in mind that (a) to the extent IQ scoring is meaningful, it’s mainly as a diagnostic of intellectual or emotional impairment, not a system for ranking healthy people’s intelligence, and (b) the guy is essentially guessing what the presidents’ IQs were anyway. That said: Simonton found Bush to be “definitely intelligent”—with an estimated IQ around 125, or “in the upper range of college graduates in raw intellect”—but below average relative to other presidents. Compared to all 20th-century presidents (and I’ll note I suggested as much in a 2001 column), “only Harding has a lower score.” The rest were markedly above the national average, which hovers around 100; twentyeight presidents were given a “genius”level score, typically defined as anything north of 130. What else could one use as a proxy for brain power? Educational attainment obviously doesn’t equate to raw intelligence, but at the very least it seems like an OK thing for a politician to have some of. Modern American legislators do well by this standard: current members of Congress have pretty much all achieved bachelor’s degrees—94 percent of representatives and 100 percent of senators, as compared to just about a third of the population at large. More than half of senators hold law degrees, 82 members of the House have MAs, etc. But does this even matter? Scholars have historically assumed a link between political leaders’ education and their effectiveness, but in a paper last year in the Journal of Politics researchers looked at the track records of 20th-century U.S. congresspeople and found that the ones with college degrees didn’t have any more success—in terms of getting bills passed

and holding onto their seats—than the ones without. “The idea that education is a marker of leader quality,” the authors concluded, “is far from the empirical regularity it is made out to be.” You also asked about personality traits. Here I’ll point you toward a 2012 piece in the Atlantic that described certain people marked by “lack of remorse and empathy, a sense of grandiosity, superficial charm, conning and manipulative behavior, and refusal to take responsibility for one’s actions.” Politicians, right? Well, the author was talking about psychopaths; one neuropsychologist quoted here identifies former British prime minister Tony Blair, for instance, as a perfectly “plausible psychopath.” By this estimation, far from being an impediment to a career in politics, psychopathy could in fact optimize one for it. But then I guess we already knew that. 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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Homicide Total

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Non-fatal Shootings

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Victim ID’ed in weekend homicide

Tarik Rasheen Bentley, 35, has been identified as the victim in the April 24 homicide in the 1900 block of East DeRenne Avenue. When Metro officers responded to the residence after a report at about 7 a.m., they found Bentley deceased from a gunshot wound.

Homicide on East 39th Street

Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred April 21 at a residence in the 600 block of East 39th Street. “Metro officers responded to the scene at approximately 5 p.m., and found a male deceased inside the residence.” Bobby Burns, 62, has been identified as the victim.

CNT arrests nearly a dozen in separate meth busts

The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) “has made numerous crystal methamphetamine-related arrests this week following several investigations CNT arrested 11 and assisted with a search warrant in a neighboring jurisdiction which resulted in more arrests.  On April 18, CNT arrested 27-year-old Amanda Walker of Savannah, 30-year-old Sarah Kment of Richmond Hill, 28-yearold Brandon Elrod of Ellabell and 32-yearold James Tyson of Savannah.  “Walker and Kment were posting as escorts on Backpage. CNT, who is familiar with Walker from previous arrests, arranged a meeting with an undercover agent. During the meeting, all parties agreed to exchange crystal methamphetamine and sexual favors for money,” CNT reports. Later that same night, CNT arrested 39-year old Jonathan Gaines of Springfield, 28-year-old Kyle Jenkins of Rincon, 30-year-old Corey Smith of Ellabell and 28-year-old Miranda Wilson of Eden.  “All four persons were arrested following an operation where Gaines attempted to sell crystal methamphetamine with the assistance of Jenkins, Wilson and Smith” CNT says.

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On April 20, CNT with the assistance of the United States Marshals arrested 40-year-old Jason Tillman and 29-year-old James Ward III, both from Bloomingdale.. “During an investigation into Ward and Tillman, undercover CNT agents made several purchases of crystal methamphetamine from the men. On April 19, Ward’s Facebook page displayed a post that suggested he knew he was wanted, that he was not turning himself in and gave his opinion about the police, specifically CNT,” the agency reports. CNT with assistance from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) Drug Unit arrested 31-year-old Brandon Holton of Eden for selling methamphetamine. 

Detectives are investigating a shooting at 1:45 p.m., April 18, in the 600 block of Draper Street in Kayton Homes. Marvin Brannen, 37, was walking with two children when he was approached by the suspect, Rodney Dailey, 26,” police say. “After a physical altercation ensured, one of the two men pulled a handgun. The gun went off during the struggle and Brannen sustained non-life threatening injuries. He went to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment, where medical staff called police to report the shooting,” they say.

Sexual assault at 37th and Barnard

Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred at 5:30 a.m., April 19, near West 37th Street and Barnard. “A 20-year-old female was sexually assaulted by an unknown male. The victim escaped and fled to the area of Montgomery Street and Pearl Street where she was assisted by bystanders until Metro officers arrived,” police say. The suspect is described as a cleanshaven black male with a dark complexion, 25-35 years old, and approximately 6-feet tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

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Japan’s Tenga toy company appears to be first on the market with a virtual reality bodysuit (for use with the Oculus Rift “Sexy Beach Premium Resort” 3-D game) containing a genital stimulator and the sensation of “groping” breasts — sending “impulses all over the wearer’s body to make it feel like another human being is touching them,” according to one reviewer (who expressed dismay that the bodysuit might put sex workers out of business). Said Tenga’s CEO, “In the future, the virtual real will become more real than actual real sex.” Because of societal pressures, women are expected to be a less-robust market for the device than men.

Grown-Ups

• In March, one District of Columbia government administrative law judge was charged with misdemeanor assault on another. Judge Sharon Goodie said she wanted to give Judge Joan Davenport some files, but Davenport, in her office, would not answer the door. Goodie said once the door finally opened, an enraged Davenport allegedly “lunged” at her, “aiming” her thrust at Goodie’s neck. • Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Durham has such a reputation as a “dog” around women working at the capitol that the house speaker issued a directive in April relocating Durham’s office to a less-populated building across the street. Further, Durham is allowed access only to certain legislative meetings and to certain staff (i.e., no free-ranging among female staff members). After interviewing 34 people, the state attorney general said he believed that Rep. Durham’s unwanted sexual approaches and commentaries were impeding legislative business.

Awesome Governments!

(1) Chinese courts (according to figures reported by Amnesty International in March) dispense justice so skillfully that more than 99.9 percent of cases result in convictions (1,039 acquittals in 1.2 million cases last year). (2) During its first 33 years (through 2012), the U.S. government’s applications for secret search warrants to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

Court have been approved all but 11 times out of 33,900 cases. (FISC defenders say that is because all requests are finely honed by guidance from the judges, but of course, both the Chinese and U.S. numbers, and reasoning, are, by designation, unverifiable.)

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The Job of the Researcher

Researchers already knew that masked birch caterpillars “rub hairs on their rear ends against a leaf to create vibrations,” Leading Economic Indicators according to an April National Geographic • “Who’s a Good Dog?”/”Yes, You Are”: report, but a forthcoming article by CarSome are just blessed with doggy chaleton University biologists describes that risma, say owners who showcase their “drumming” as actually part of their pet’s charm on “personal” social media “sophisticated signaling repertoire” to accounts, and now specialized marketattract others — not for mating but for ers scour those sources to match the most assistance in spinning their protective popular pooches with advertisers seeksilk cocoons. The researchers’ “laser ing just the right four-legged companion vibrometer” detects sound likely inaufor their image. As The Wall dible to humans, but when the Street Journal reported in April, caterpillars feed, it’s clearly, said entrepreneurial dog owners one researcher, “Chomp, chomp, have rushed to create popular chomp, anal scrape. Chomp, RIP His Instagram accounts and Facechomp, chomp, anal scrape.” Purpleness book posts (and now, even to Police Report put their photogenic pups on a Micro-Crime: (1) According to live-streaming app called Wagsurveillance video, a man broke gle) to catch agents’ eyes (and, into a Five Guys restaurant in they hope, lead to four- and Washington, D.C., in the middle five-figure paydays from such of the night on March 18, cooked advertisers as Nikon, PetSmart, himself a cheeseburger and Residence Inn and Heinz). fled. (2) Ellis Battista, 24, was • New Jersey is a big state, arrested for the February breakbut when just one man decided in at Bradley’s convenience store to move away, the state legislain Las Cruces, New Mexico, in which he ture’s budget office director warned that took only a pack of cigarettes — for which the loss of that man’s taxes might lead to state revenue problems. Billionaire hedge- he left $6 on the counter. (However, he also damaged the door getting in.) fund manager David Tepper evidently pays a bundle, and the budget office direcUndignified Deaths tor pointed out that the state’s reliance on (1) A 69-year-old man was killed on personal income taxes means that even a 1 March 17 while awaiting emergency care percent drop in anticipated tax could creat Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, ate a gap of $140 million under forecasts. North Carolina. He had been seriously • Among the names chosen for Internet start-up ventures (although — face it — the injured in an earlier accident and was in the waiting room when a 59-year-old drivmore sensible names are already taken): er’s car crashed through the hospital doors Houzz (home design and remodeling), Kabam (online interactive game company, and fatally struck him. (2) A 55-year-old man was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, formerly “Watercooler Inc.”), Klarna on March 23 when a 15-foot trailer came (e-commerce company that pays the store loose and crashed into him on a sidewalk. for your purchases and then collects from The deceased, who had a lengthy crimiyou), MuleSoft (makes software to intenal record for sexual assault, might have grate applications) and Kabbage (makes small-business loans online). Wired maga- avoided the trailer if he had not been distracted by watching pornography on his zine reported in February that those venphone as he walked. tures, and two dozen other inexplicably

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• Amanda Schweickert, 28, was charged with a felony and three driving offenses in March in Springville, New York, when deputies noticed that her rear license plate was just a piece of cardboard painted to sort of resemble a New York plate (but more likely suggesting the work of an elementary school art class). (New York also requires a front plate, but Schweickert had not gotten around to that yet.) • Britain’s annual Boring Conference (this year, July 5 at Conway Hall in London) brings together those who celebrate the mundane (previous topics include sneezing, toast, vending machine sounds, yellow lines, barcodes), and in anticipation, a BBC News commentator interviewed Peter Willis of the Letter Box Study Group. Willis, 68, was excited at having recently acquired access to a database of all 115,000 mailboxes served by U.K.’s Royal Mail and hopes, with the help of “splendid” mapping software, to visit and photograph each one, to examine the different styles. No doubt speaking for all members, Willis said the lay version of “boring” implies inactivity, but the obsessives in his study group (and in attendance at the Boring Conference) lead active lives, with a wide range of interests. (The conference, by the way, is sold out.)

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Sri Lanka has, as an “unwritten symbol of pride and culture,” the world’s highest per capita rate for eye donation, according to a January (2012) Associated Press dispatch from Colombo. Underpinning this national purpose is the country’s Buddhist tradition that celebrates afterlives. “He’s dead,” said a mourning relative of a deceased eye donor, “but he’s still alive. His eye can still see the world.” Doctors even report instances in which Sri Lankans consider giving up an eyeball while still alive, as a measure of virtue. A new state-of-the-art clinic, funded by Singaporean donors, is expected to nearly double Sri Lanka’s export of eyeballs. By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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The last time Wes Daniel and I talked on the record, daylight was streaming through Hang Fire, the little bar that grew to mean so much to so many people in Savannah. It was set to close the following week. The night of their big farewell bash, Hang Fire was granted an extension on their lease through New Year’s Eve; there were a few tears on the dance floor as the clock struck midnight and we were launched into 2016. Since announcing Hang Fire’s end, Daniel has fielded hundreds on hundreds of questions: Would Hang Fire reopen in a new location? Was he on to a new business venture? With his signature friendly ease and humor, the Savannahian hinted toward something new and exciting while keeping it vague. Now, he’s ready for the big reveal: El-Rocko Lounge is about to become your new favorite hangout. Daniel and I are perched on the stoop of 117 Whitaker Street, just a block south from Hang Fire’s old location. The spot’s been jinxed for a while now— Larry’s Subs had a good run, followed by Flip Flop Tiki Bar, followed by Savannah Beach Bar & Grill. The foot traffic at the intersection of Whitaker and State is overwhelming; it just needs a little something different to stand out to those hustling by. The painstaking attention to detail and an effortlessly cool vibe emanating from doors of El-Rocko is sure to ensnare them. The name of Daniel’s new venture may ring a bell to longtime Savannahians. He grins mischievously as he recalls his time frequenting the “rustic,” as he puts it, El Rocko Lounge, an infamous nightclub on MLK. “Me and my friend worked at the candy store in high school,” he recalls. “We’d leave school and drive straight to work. We worked every day—we didn’t do homework. We’d take a shortcut on MLK—we were like, 17—and kept passing by this place called El Rocko Lounge. I’d tell him, ‘Man, I bet they’ll serve us.’” One day, scrawny, diminutive Daniel and friend stepped through El Rocko’s doors, greeted by a “huge bartender” who allowed them to sit, quickly enjoy two beers, and then scram. “We started drinking there,” Daniel says. “Then they had to close because someone got murdered.” Sordid history aside, the catchy-cool whimsy of the name is undeniable, and

Wes Daniel rocks on with new bar. Photo by jon waits | @jwaitsphoto

it stuck in Daniel’s head. It’s the perfect moniker for a place that possesses a certain kind of elegance and sophistication and a playful troublemaker side. The announcement of Daniel’s new venture and ensuing renovations may seem to have happened quite quickly, but he’s been planning from the time he knew Hang Fire’s lease would not be renewed. He called up his best friend from high school, Kieffer Parker of Savannah menswear authority J Parker LTD; the two had talked about going into business together in the past. If they got an idea and money was tight, Daniel would borrow from a profootball playing bookie friend—”Very dangerous,” he winks. “I want to have the Hang Fire crowd and cater to them, but also I want this to be a place where people can come and have drinks after work and create that kind of environment that’s not completely a dive bar, or where people don’t walk in and

say, ‘I’m the oldest person here,” Daniel explains. “I knew I wanted to do something different from Hang Fire. Something more swanky.” That’s when Ikeda Feingold, Daniel’s partner in life and love, swept in. A worldtraveling model since she was a young teen, Feingold’s eye for interiors and naturally glamorous style became El-Rocko’s driving force. “The look she was going for is if Wes Anderson directed the shoot-out bar scene in Scarface,” Daniel says with a huge grin. “At first it was going to be low-key, then it kept going and going until this came into fruition,” he says, gesturing to the gleaming, golden, distinctly ‘70s interior. Shimmering vintage wallpaper wraps the walls. Sparkly golden cushions wait for friends and neighbors to take a seat, and an equally sparkly golden bar waits for elbows to rest upon. The whole thing is like a 1970s


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jewel box and, despite its prominent location, has that hidden gem feel that out-oftowners are sure to devour. Daniel credits a strong team to bringing his and Feingold’s vision to life. Anders Thomsen, carpenter and guitarist, did the beautiful woodwork (fun shapes and gorgeous inlays abound). Igor Fiksman and Wes Davis created the one-of-a-kind speaker cabinets. Daniel looks forward to having music flow through those speakers. His old buds in the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra will kick things off at El-Rocko’s grand opening on Saturday, and Thomsen will perform every Wednesday. The first El-Rocko purchase was a jukebox (not an Internet jukebox, thank you). Next, Daniel stumbled upon crates and crates of 45s in a shop and spent three hours picking out his favorites. From Marvin Gaye deep cuts to Madonna, Prince, Blue Cheer, The Kinks, and Daniel’s beloved Van Halen, it’ll be free to play. There’s a film photo booth, and Daniel has collected numerous pachinko machines for patrons to play, too. “My dad was in the Marines,” he says. “He brought us home a pachinko machine from Japan. I always wondered why bars didn’t have them—they’re so graphic and don’t take up any space.” Want a souvenir? Score an El-Rocko branded condom from a vintage dispenser in the restroom and an official pen, too. Daniel is all about the branding, the little touches, and, really, all about the fun. At the heart of it all is a good, solid cocktail, and Daniel has learned from the best. Through a family connection of Feingold’s, they met acclaimed Portland bartender/cocktail guru Jeffrey Morgenthaler, who introduced the couple to barrel-aged cocktails. “We started batching our own cocktails, making ten gallons of them and putting them in whiskey barrels and aging them,” says Daniel. “When you age them, six weeks later, it mellows out the alcohol and gets this completely different taste. We’ll transfer those from the barrels to small kegs.” Though El-Rocko may possess a certain gleam and refinement that laidback Hang Fire may not have boasted, rest assured: the price points are essentially the same, with the barrel-aged cocktails being the exception (Daniel assures that, at $9, you’re getting three shots a glass, so it’s truly a deal). And if your heart still pangs for Hang Fire, not to worry: Daniel’s bottled Scorpion Tea, just for you. Rock on. CS

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Wreckless Eric goes the whole wide world The underground icon talks moving to the U.S., new music, and the meaninglessness of granite countertops by Anna chandler

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In 1977, an ex-art student emerged from the U.K. underground with a perfect hit. With two chords feeding through a scuzzy guitar and an unmistakable Cockney accent, Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World” has gone down as one of the great new wave hits of its time. Clad in brightlypatterned attire and boasting an everpresent air of mischief, Eric Goulden was an early Stiff Records signee, along with the likes of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. While those two have certainly reached a level of commercial success, Goulden has, for much of his career, remained underground, working with independent labels, writing with his wife, Amy Rigby, and playing by his own rules. In 2011, the England native moved to New York, touring and dishing out tunes on his latest effort, amERICa. By phone, he’s much like one might expect from his music—chatty with a fierce sense of sarcasm and a delightful way with words. Did we mention he’s funny as hell? (On touring alone in the U.S. and driving past miles and miles of billboards: “Why would some useless species who can invent carpet discount warehouses be granted everlasting life?”) Thanks to a tried-and-true stage setup, Goulden achieves a rich rock sound while performing solo. Photo by simon fernandez Goulden brings his one-man show to Congress St. Social Club on Sunday. It’s all-ages and free—you have no excuse to not rejoice in this underground icon’s Moving to America was…I don’t know… There’s all these screens. I would always Every time I say it’s different, it turns out presence. kind of traumatic. We had to get everyend up on some treadmill watching these to be the same. You can’t tell. And the kids thing we owned into a container and have property shows with the subtitles on: change, as well. Where are you today? it shipped across the Atlantic. Once we got ‘Well, yeah, it’s a great house, but it’s not There are some places you play and you there, I think there was a period of shock. got granite countertops.’ And you’re think- end up playing a [audibly cringes] listenI already forgot! [Laughs] I’m in HuntsI suppose I was taking the shock of the ing, ‘You’re 35 years old! You’re spending ing room, which I think is incredibly conville, Alabama. Home of NASA headquarthree quarter million on a house and gran- ceited. Who invented those? Where are ters. The sons and daughters of astronauts, situation—here I was, and naturally one day you say, ‘How did I get here?’ and it’s ite countertops are deal breakers?’ those rooms where we break bottles over and astronauts themselves, want to see quite a puzzle. each other’s heads? It all goes to being a me! Have you enjoyed living here? I think it’s a thing in getting older, and bit treacherous, really. But I do all kinds of shows, I really do. You’re touring in support of amERICa. an unfashionable thing to do, but unfortunately it does happen: you start to wonder, I love America. It’s a thrill for me just about It has such a well-traveled feel. Were every day. There are some really messed You play alone; what’s your live setup look back at life, and it’s tiring to actually you inspired by your move to the U.S.? up people here, obviously…the election has like to capture your full sound? look at it. I think some of the album is a turned into a fiasco, for one thing, and the transitory thing. I suppose the thing is, I had to call an corruption is almost childlike in this coun- I don’t need a band, and a band doesn’t Obviously, ‘Several Shades of Green,’ album amERICa because I could! I like need me, either. I have acoustic guitars, try compared to how it is in Europe. that’s me saying, ‘Look, I don’t want to the conceit of it. It’s maybe quite banal and an electric guitar, and a large amplifier. It’s layers and layers of deceit that you actually be a pop star. In the first place, it and everything, but there’s layers, there’s couldn’t possibly imagine. It’s more shalI got a big sound. I use an acoustic guitar, it was a bit of a joke, really.’ depths, shallows. I thought it was terribly splits off, goes into the PA with this big, fat low in a way here…I dunno. It’s terribly sad, because I’m in the gym funny. At the same time, it’s about Amersound, then it goes through two fuzz boxes. looking at these people, and everyone’s ica, but it’s about me. And it’s more about One of them I’ve had for years, I keep cusme than it is about America, so I’m in capi- desperately trying to stay alive. I do think, Do find your audiences are different 18 tal letters in amERICa! ‘For what?’ playing here versus the UK/Europe? tomizing it. It’s basically a homemade


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device. And I have an old ‘70s distortion pedal which I’ve always kept with me, and a delay pedal and a looper, which I don’t use as a looper, I hate all that, that’s horrible. This one cuts everything down to half-speed, drops an octave, and moves it backwards. The amplifier has a really great vibrato tremolo in it. With a combination of distortions and clean sounds, I can do all kinds of things. I can play just about everything from the new album— quite a lot of the set is the new album, and I always play ‘Whole Wide World.’ People say, ‘Don’t you get tired of playing it?’ No! It’s a hit! People wanna hear it, it makes it easy to play it. I haven’t got time for those people, they have a hit and they don’t want to play out and be known for that. I want to be known for other stuff, but for god’s sake, when I was a kid, I dreamed of having a hit record. Now, I’ve got one. I’ve got a song that touches people. It’s a funny business—I don’t mind playing it. When I was a kid, I used to play this game saying a word over and over until it didn’t make sense. I get worried I’m doing that with songs. But I’ve heard people play the same set for 20 years and it sounds just the same as it did 20 years ago; it gets washed up.

In the Stiff Records days, what was the energy like around that scene? Did it feel like it was going to be big?

“...when I was a kid, I dreamed of having a hit record. Now, I’ve got one. I’ve got a song that touches people.”

I think it was absolutely overrated in a lot of ways. It was like we had gotten into the basement of the building—the building being the music business—and we’re in the basement dismantling the place and it’ll bring them all down. And it was funny, but it’s been blown out of proportion. I never really aligned myself with punk. That really did me a disservice. Look what punk became—asshole music. It’s for people who can’t play, dumb-bags, and people who could count up to four. What are you doing, are you having some kind of seizure, are you stupid? The Stupid Brigade got a hold of it, then punk was nothing of any use to anybody, and it did a lot of bad because it swept a lot out of its way…an awful lot of music that happened in in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s was actually much more interesting and had merit. CS

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Every Friday for years, The Jinx has offered strong songwriting alongside strong (and cheap!) drinks during their 6-8 p.m. happy hour. Tony “Whiskey Dick” Beasley handled the shift solo for years. With the birth of a daughter, singer-songwriter and Jinx doorman A.M. Rodriguez has taken the reigns, dishing out original country tunes characterized by fingerpicking and gravely vocals with a Texas lilt. Rodriguez got his start at happy hour by accompanying Beasley on guitar. “It pushed me a lot,” he remembers. Over the past few months, he’s called upon fellow songwriters in the scene to kick off the weekly tradition. Matt Eckstine, Craig Tanner, Britt Scott, Phillip Wise, and more have shared songs and a few stories as patrons enjoy buy one, get one for a dollar beers and cocktails. Now, Rodriguez is taking happy hour to a new level, inviting three of Savannah’s top singer-songwriters to come play in the round and accompany one another. With Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks, Matt Eckstine of The Accomplices, Pat Bunger, and Rodriguez himself onstage, it’ll be a wonderful way to wind down after a busy work week. A whole set of solo songwriters is rare at The Jinx; Rodriguez looks forward to diversifying the venue and creating a relaxed environment that focuses on the music. “I want people to be able to hear good songwriting on a good stage,” he shares. After recording with Bible in the producer’s chair, Rodriguez has a split and an EP due out in fall. Bible recently released a solo album of his own and is tracking songs for Bunger, as well. Rodriguez hopes to make the celebration of Savannah songwriting a quarterly event; stay tuned for more information. Friday, April 29, 6 p.m., free

Savannah Songwriters Series @Tybee Post Theater

Savannah Songwriters Series continues to host original artists, playing in the round, at in their new home on Tybee. Lyn Avenue vocalist/guitarist CC Witt has a new addition to her merch table: Down Memory Lane, a solo EP. With southern-lilt vocal clarity, poignant lyricism, and breezy, uptempo melodies, Witt’s created a collection of downright catchy and lovingly crafted countrypop songs: think Kacey Musgraves and similar pop-country challengers making Hayley Williams-style shapes around words. An award-winning songwriter, Witt creates immersive worlds with nostalgic imagery on “Down Memory Lane.” As relatable as it is specific, the EP travels all manner of territory, from sweet memories of romance to life in a small town to the darker “R.I.P.” Markus Kuhlmann makes a lovely kind of Americana with harmonica, guitar, and memorable melodies. If you’ve only caught the multitalented gent drumming for Nightingale News or backing up Jon Waits in Waits & Co., take advantage of this opportunity to see Kuhlmann share his own tunes. Pete Love has spent time performing with the Denny Phillips Band, Spectrum, Band in the Park, Mary Davis and Co., The Navigators, and Smokin’ Gun. Most recently, you can catch the guitarist performing in Col. Sanders and the Finger Lickers—Love goes all-out for the gigs, dressed in all-white and a bowtie. Wayne Martin heads down from Burlington, Massachusetts to join in the fun. Expect some wink-nudge humor (his song “I Like Your Caboose” won the 2015 American Songwriters Award in the Comedy/Novelty category) and ruminations on life and love. Sunday, May 1, doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $10, all-ages C.C. Witt Photo by Jon Waits | @JWAITSPHOTO

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The exhibition’s contributing artists include Aaron Unser, Christian Roy, Cleonique Hilsaca, Debora Oden, Jana Cariddi, Heather Macrae, Michael Ezzell, Lisa Ocampo, Panhandle Slim, Troy Wandzel, and Axelle Kieffer, among other local favorites.

NO ONE can accuse Ben Maher of lacking vision. Since 2009, Maher has been working (through his nonprofit, Savannah Skatepark) to bring Savannah its first free, public skatepark. Maher imagines a 13,000 square foot concrete oasis at Lake Meyer Community Park–a place that will draw back the skating legends who once flocked here for the Savannah Slamma (“If you’ve never heard of it, it was like the X-Games before the X-Games existed,” Maher tells me.) and nurture the young skaters who live here but lack a place to practice their craft. While the skatepark will be free for anyone to use, it’s certainly not free to build. Acquiring land, having plans engineered, getting permits… The expense

adds up even before you factor in the cost of the actual park: concrete skateparks cost about $50 per square foot to build. I’ll let you do the math. (It’s expensive.) To pay for all this, Savannah Skatepark has had to prove themselves as a formidably resourceful nonprofit. Their fundraisers range from a T-shirt partnership with Marc Jacobs to movie premieres at the Sentient Bean to good old-fashioned grant writing–in 2012, Savannah Skatepark received a $25,000 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant which, they hope, will lead to an appearance by Hawk himself once the park opens. Their most successful fundraisers, though, have been the ones that tap into the rich symbiosis between art and skating culture.

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Some of you might remember All Hands on Deck, a silent auction held at Little Beasts Gallery (which once occupied the space now held by Non-Fiction Gallery) in October 2011. Over 50 local and national artists donated skate decks to be sold, the proceeds from which all went to Savannah Skatepark. All told, the auction raised over $10,000 for the project. This time around, Savannah Skatepark has decided to go even bigger. (“The biggest art show of this kind in Savannah ever,” Maher called it.) Art Decko, their second silent auction of skate deck art, includes decks from over 100 different local artists. Art Decko, created in partnership with 13 Bricks, Sulfur Studios, and Art Rise Savannah, will be held at Sulfur Studios on Friday, April 29 from 6 - 10pm. (The

auction will end around 8pm but the party will keep going for a while.) You can get in to see the art and pick out your favorites A during the preview hours from noon until b 5pm. The exhibition’s contributing artists include Aaron Unser, Christian Roy, Cleonique Hilsaca, Debora Oden, Jana Cariddi, Heather Macrae, Michael Ezzell, Lisa Ocampo, Panhandle Slim, Troy Wandzel, and Axelle Kieffer, among other local favorites. If you recognize at least a few of those names you’ll know you’ve just been guaranteed a huge range of subject matter, color palettes, mediums and styles. Even if you’re not into skating, skating culture, skateboard deck art or any of that, this show is worth seeing simply as a sampler

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Art Decko, created in partnership with 13 Bricks, Sulfur Studios, and Art Rise Savannah, will be held at Sulfur Studios on Friday, April 29 from 6-10 pm.

Lest you think the show will just be filled with colorful, 2-dimensional, painted decks, I’m happy to report that some of the participants (blessedly) got weird with it. Several of the artists turned their decks into chairs, one is turning their deck into a piece of jewelry, and one has apparently completely deconstructed theirs into some sort of abstract sculpture. (You can check out some of these, as well as progress shots of others, under the Instagram hashtag #ArtDecko912.) Other, more conventional, standouts include Michael Ezzell’s stunning multiportrait painting, Jana Cariddi’s creepy/ funny creature painting, and Christian Roy’s textured and tasseled pink crepe assemblage. According to Maher, Savannah Skatepark hopes to begin construction on the park by Autumn 2016. To do so, they’ll need to keep raising funds–probably right up to the deadline if they want to get as much concrete paradise as they can. He’s hopeful that Art Decko will be able to help. “I’m so appreciative of every artist who’s ever been involved with any of this,” Maher says. “It’s also cool to see young entrepreneurs like the people at Sulfur and 13 Bricks say, ‘Hey, we’re trying to build this community here, so let’s help someone else who’s also trying to help the community.’ That’s the best part about Savannah, right there.” cs

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of the many different art flavors in our community. Initially the brainchild of Sulfur Studios’ AJ Perez and Emily Earl and 13 Bricks’ Alfredo Martinez, Art Decko was envisioned both as a way to expose and celebrate some great art, and as an opportunity to strengthen the ties between some of Savannah’s up-and-coming community businesses/organizations. “Bringing all these people together to work on a single project – it’s something that needs to happen every now and then,” Earl tells me. “We all came up with our lists of who we wanted to participate–13 Bricks came up with their people, Sulfur came up with our people, and then Ben came up with a bunch of people… 13 Bricks is also going to be involved in exhibition design and curating the show.” I was immediately curious about the criteria for deciding which artists received invitations to participate. All Hands on Deck included a deck with the image of the Virgin of Guadelupe outlined in neon LiteBrite pegs. Realistically, how do you find someone who can beat that? “As far as what we wanted to see in our list–a newer group of people, some people who haven’t been represented before. Definitely some young kids, because ultimately the park is for them,” Maher says. Among the younger artists featured are Tex Stanton and Johnny Rio Stanton, Panhandle Slim’s sons.

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Art Decko — Sulfur Studios, Savannah Skatepark, 13 Bricks, and Art Rise Savannah are teaming up to present “Art Decko” - A Skateboard Art Show to Benefit Savannah Skatepark. Over 100 skateboards will be on display and up for auction. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will go directly towards building the Savannah Skatepark! For more info about this project, please visit: http:// savannahskatepark.com/ Preview Hours: April 29th, 12 - 5 PM TIME TO BID: April 29th, 6 - 9 PM free and open to the public Fri., April 29, 12-9 p.m. 912. 231. 7105. info@ sulfurstudios.org. https://facebook.com/ events/497057453834706/. sulfurstudios. org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. dis:EMBODIED — dis:EMBODIED is an interdisciplinary, all-media showcase of new media artwork opening April 29th in Savannah, Georgia. The combined curatorial effort of four Art History students at SCAD, dis:EMBODIED aims to evaluate the conditions in the fluctuating realm that exists between the physical and simulated, carving out the ways in which the body informs new media, and the ways new media engages the body. Fri., April 29. Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St.

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Unmanned Landscapes — SCAD presents “Unmanned Landscapes,” a thesis exhibition by Justin Ward (M.F.A. photography). This exhibition is an exploration of the contemporary suburban landscape through the view of a consumer drone maneuvered by the artist. free Fri., April 29, 6-8 p.m. https:// scad.edu/event/2016-04-22-justin-wardexhibition-unmanned-landscapes. Alexander Hall Gallery, 668 Indian St.

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Continuing Exhibits

Lomaho Kretzmann. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

Art Life — Photography by Labeeb Abdullah. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 E Bay 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. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

Eleanor Dixon Stecker — In her 50-year career, Stecker has worked as a commercial illustrator, art director, teacher, computer graphics designer, painter, portraitist and watercolor painter. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

New exhibit at the JEA highlights WWII vet and Civil Rights activist William Alexander Scott III, a wartime photographer.

Witness to the Holocaust — The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is bringing the traveling exhibit “Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William Alexander Scott III at Buchenwald” to the Savannah Jewish Federation. The exhibit highlights World War II veteran and civil rights activist, William Alexander Scott III, whose father founded one of the first black-owned daily newspapers in the United States - The Atlanta Daily World. Scott was a reconnaissance sergeant, photographer, comoufleur, and part-time historian in S2 (Intelligence Section) of the 183rd Engineer Combat Battalion. April 28-May 26. savannahjea.org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer — Taken during the year Elvis Presley turned 21, Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs are a remarkable visual record of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring figure. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York 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 ifrom the Oregon coast to the Georgia. Location Gallery, 417 Whitaker St. Nature at a Glance — With an eye towards nature, Sheila Wood Hancock’s impressionistic oil paintings capture the warmth and serenity found in marsh landscapes and meticulously-constructed bird’s nests. Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. 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. Galerie 124, 124 East Taylor Street. The Portraits: Group Show — Four local artists will be featured in the show: Chris D’Antonio, Gordon Rabut, Clayton Walsh, and

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. State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now — State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now presents a snapshot of the unusually diverse and nuanced range of artwork created by contemporary artists living in diverse communities across America today. Originally developed and organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., the exhibit examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and new and engage deeply with issues relevant to their communities. The artists were selected by the Crystal Bridges’ Director and curatorial team through an ambitious year-long research process that involved traveling 100,000 miles and visiting nearly 1,000 artists’ studios in rural communities, small towns and urban centers. Telfair’s exhibit features 40 of the original 102 artists selected to reflect what’s happening in American art right now. Through Sep. 4. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.


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The Many Faces of Jon Taylor Local chameleon is ready to slay London by Jessica Leigh Lebos

jll@connectsavannah.com

APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2016

By itself, the clown art could be a red flag. But somehow the dozen or so thrift shop paintings of sad, red-nosed hobos peering out from the wall of Jon Taylor’s studio are less creepy than compelling. In fact, taken in context with the feathered top hat and the pair of red sequined stripper heels piled on the other side of the room, they make perfect sense. The disheveled clowns seem to reflect a sweet vulnerability, one of many facets compris- JT persona roll call, L to R: Rachel Fauxrelle, Cosmosis, the man as himself, Kid Friendly and Jack N’ Thacox. Photo by jon taylor ing a colorful, complex fellow. Voted “Most Crushworthy Savannahian” Taylor with an earnest nod. known as Erin Go Braughless) and lovely “I know they’re not real. I mean, I’m the by Connect Savannah readers last year, TayThen there is Jack N’ Thacox, the smolRebel Belle of Savannah Sweet Tease as his one who has to keep track of all this shit,” lor might be objectified as just another blue- dering sexpot who is definitely not for kids. mentors, as well as House of Gunt’s Influhe laughs, sweeping his arm past the overeyed, tall drink of water if not for his breadth (Heaven help you if you view his not-safe enza Mueller, who has provided make-up flowing closet and piles of shimmering belof artistic disciplines. The SCAD grad can Vimeo channel at work. ) The man in the tips and essential counsel. lydance scarves and various hairpieces. navigate Photoshop layers like a boss while thong got his start go-go dancing for tips at “They’re amazing. To them, this is perBut that doesn’t mean he isn’t driven creating air plant sculptures out of vinyl Club One, evolving into the first and only formance art. They have taught me everyby their existence—and the urge to enterrecords, and his senescent home in the hismale performer with the award-winning thing I know,” he says, thrilled that the two tain. He spends hours upon hours in this toric district has engendered an impressive Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue. troupes will collide for the sexy fairy tale second-floor bedroom in the Victorian disproficiency with power tools. It is Jack N’ Thacox’s Sweet Tease perfor- collaboration “Disney Whirled” May 6-7. trict, gluing rhinestones and choreographThe 24 year-old also keeps up a dizzying mances that have captured international It’s a rare animal that can, ahem, straddle ing routines for the flamboyant aggregate schedule with a bevy of local performance attention (possible due specifically to the the world of burlesque and drag, and Jack N’ he calls “self-sploitation.” troupes, strutting (or sashaying, dependgolden ass tassels). Last year he did a turn Thacox’s undeniable masculinity is a strik“I have a vision, and I need to make it a ing on the costume) between a cast of char- (maybe several, around a pole) at NYC’s ing contrast to the lip-glossed Rachel. Taylor reality,” explains the culture chameleon. acters worthy of its own sit-com (TV-MA). Boylesque Festival, which led to an invitasays the two emerged around the same time, It’s a lonely effort, with no one but his cat Nightcrawlers might know him as Rachel tion to next month’s London Burlesque Fes- a parallel evolution of performance identiand his clowns for company. It can also be Fauxrelle, the bimboesque babe who sizzles tival, a two-week pageant of glitter and glam ties. Their overt sexuality is countered by exhausting, staying centered as he moves and shimmies as part of the mind-stimulat- that touts itself as the biggest in the world. the playful innocence of Cosmosis and Kid from one persona to the other. ing drag collective House of Gunt. (The scarJack will perform several times at the Friendly, and each character comes with his Maybe there’s too many of them, he let stripper platforms are hers, obvs.) festival, including his piece “Jack the Trip- or her own mannerisms, social media feed admits as he crosses the sequin-strewn floor The brood also includes the meditative per,” set to the sultry rendition of “St. and, of course, choreography. to grab a hoop. Cosmosis, spinning fire and twirling hoops James Infirmary” by local power soul band Sometimes there is crossover, like when “Sometimes I’ll think Rachel needs to with the multidisciplinary movement crew Ambrose. This is where the top hat comes Jack channeled clown face at a 2013 Sweet retire,” he ruminates as he tosses it in a the Stardust Pixxies, regulars at the Savanin, as well as a bejeweled walking stick and Tease show and did some inappropriate smooth circle with one hand. nah Bazaar and on the dance floor. (These velvet greatcoat—which won’t stay on long. things with balloon animals. “But I just found an amazing dress, so whimsical flow artists will have their hoops For Taylor, this tantalizing celebraMostly, though, they just share costumes. she will carry on.” cs and poi at Oatland Island’s Fairy and Gnome tion of the bawdy and tawdry comes down “Cosmosis will grab stuff out of Jack’s Disney Whirled w/Savannah Festival May 7.) to “character, costume, and charisma,” suitcase, and he shares a suit with Kid Taylor’s stocked make-up case also con- regardless of gender. Friendly,” says Taylor, a green boa snaking Sweet Tease + House of Gunt tains the goods to transform him into his 9pm, Fri., May 6 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. “It’s all burlesque,” he says, shutting around his neck like a horny Muppet. own clown persona, Kid Friendly, ready down any temptation to relegate Jack N’ “And everyone borrows Rachel’s jewelry.” 9pm, Sat. May 7 at Ampersand, 36 MLK Blvd. with his red nose to entertain at children’s Thacox to the “boylesque” subcategory. $10 Info: savannahburlesque.com He speaks of each persona as a separate birthday parties. He counts local stage sirens Rita entity, though he promises this is not a D’La’Vane (the flame-haired artist formerly symptom of a permanent schism. 27 “He really is kid-friendly,” promises


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Savannah on the runway … and in the gallery Cutting-edge style meets contemporary art at the Jepson

by Jessica Leigh Lebos

jll@connectsavannah.com

APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2016

For many, fashion is means of creative expression. Some turn that style into a career. An elegant few manage to elevate the act of getting dressed to a high art. All are combing their closets for the perfect ensemble to wear to State of the Art: Savannah Style, one of two local fashion events happening Saturday, April 30. (See the related story on the Savannah Bazaar Fashion Show, page 30.) Set in the stunning ivory temple of the Jepson, the Telfair Museums’ annual runway show offers a chance to see what Savannah’s fashionistas are wearing as it affirms fashion’s firm stance as part of the contemporary art world—each element swirls around the other, influencing trends on the canvas and the mannequin. The urbane event also pays homage to the nationally-acclaimed designers who live and work right here at home, showcasing the city’s rise as a well-heeled player in the international fashion scene. This year’s celebration of local couture brings together four women creating garments, accessories and jewelry in their Savannah studios that can be seen on the streets and on Instagram accounts all over the globe: Designers Brooke Atwood, Merline Labissiere, Tatiana Smith and Meredith Anne Sutton. Earlier this month, SCAD graduate and season 14 Project Runway contestant Merline Labissiere (her lingerie look won a production run under Heidi Klum Intimates brand) returned from showing the 2016 Fall/Winter line of her Provoke Style line at Los Angeles Fashion Week to delve into the project. Labissiere gears her geometricallyinspired dresses and coats towards creative women seeking an edge to their professional wardrobes, though she alludes to a different kind of collection for Saturday’s show, to be paired with a site-based installation influenced by the Jepson and her own architectural studies. “In the middle of all the craziness happening in my studio, I am able to create a line that is pure fashion art,” she wrote on her blog last week. Labissiere will adorn her models with the bold jewelry of Tatiana Smith, a SCAD Metalsmithing designer who contributed 28 her signature wares to Labissiere’s looks at

Brooke Atwood’s fashion forward designs go from the runway to the street and the office to the club. Photo by doug ordway


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LA Fashion Week. The friends share a love of geometrical shapes and philanthropy, and Smith featured Labissiere on her “Sunday Stamping” web series, where she interviews local creatives and makes them a piece of custom jewelry. Designer Brooke Atwood is also fresh from presenting her Fall/ Winter collection, showing at Nashville’s Fashion Week the first week of April. Known for her cropped leather t-shirts and rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, Atwood has refined her vision this year with tailored suits and silk dresses, though the punk vibe still represents in long leather cardigans and muscle tees. She also keeps it whimsical with houndstooth patterns and a print featuring a likeness of her beloved hound, Hank. (Yes, Hank has his own Instagram account, @ hank_leon_barlow_atwood.) “What can I say, he inspires me!” laughs Atwood, who brings Hank along to her photo shoots. Her collaboration with jewelry designer Meredith Anne Sutton is meant to enhance the dozen separate looks she’s contributing to the show. The strong lines and high polish of Sutton’s leather-and-silver lanyards and metallic cuffs echo the garments, giving a layered effect that complements each bangle and bustier. “With Brooke’s collection I’m focusing on creating pieces that are sophisticated but edgy, much like her style,” says Sutton. Pop-up shops from all four designers are part of the evening, and many The strong lines and high polish of Meredith Anne Sutton’s of the items worn by the lovely local jewelry (top) will be paired with Brooke Atwood’s cardigan and prints, inspired by her dog, Hank (below). Photo by faces from RISE Model Management can be procured at the event or doug orway ordered online.

In keeping with the fashionforward evolution of the annual Telfair Museum event, this year’s coordinators have eschewed a typical runway format for a dynamic path that routes models down the dramatic staircase, through the Jepson atrium and around the galleries. Attendees are encouraged to take their time with the Jepson’s current exhibition, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, a sweeping snapshot composed of a diverse collection of artists and media that reflect what’s inspiring America today. Much like the collaborations between the designers, the exhibit and the fashion show mirror and augment each other. “Contemporary art can be a powerful and meaningful form of communication that effectively reflects the time and place in which it was made,” says Molly Taylor, Telfair Museums’ Director of Development. “The artists from the exhibition strive to find innovative ways to engage and connect with viewers on a personal level. We believe this fashion show will do the same thing.” As fashion and art converge, the conversation about how culture is reflected in contemporary design continues: Whether you wear it on your body or hang it on the wall, it’s a dialogue that is definitely au courant. cs

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Tatiana Smith’s geometry-inspired jewelry (l.) will complement the artful designs of Merline Labissiere (r.) at the Jepson.

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Upcycled couture, live sketching and more at the Savannah Bazaar by Jessica Leigh Lebos

APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2016

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You might have to be flush with cash and the size of a pencil to wear anything from those haute couture design houses in Paris or Milan, but here in Savannah, onfleek fashion comes in all shapes, sizes and price points. Possibilities for your next killer outfit abound as the local style council sets up shop and stage at the Savannah Bazaar this Saturday, April 30, one of two fashion events happening on the same day. (Read about State of the Art: Savannah Style at the Jepson on page 28.) Featuring curated looks from some of the city’s finest vintage shops and readyto-wear boutiques, the Bazaar’s first-ever fashion show brings together stylists, vendors, artists and designers for an afternoon of creativity and community. The shopping begins at 3pm with the Bazaar’s selection of artisan vendors offering handmade clothing, unique jewelry and exotic accessories, in keeping with the theme. DJ Basik Lee will keep everyone bouncing with his heavy rotation of excellent tunes as the Stardust Pixxies hoop and spin for your entertainment, and food trucks and a beer tent come stocked. Loop It Up’s Molly Lieberman will host a kids’ fashion walk, where any little person with swagger is invited to dress to the nines and strike a pose. Seating for the main event begins at 5, and the runway starts rumbling at 5:30 sharp. Admission is $1. This is the first community-wide fashion

Modeling a dress made from upcycled fabric strips, Erica Jarman of House of Strut helps educate fashionistas about clothing’s true cost.

event featuring vintage and recycled boutiques in recent memory, spotlighting the exquisite wares of the Starland District’s Gypsy World: A Vintage Boutique and House of Strut. “We are so excited to have an opportunity to show our extraordinary vintage collection on the runway,” says Gypsy World owner Lisa Doyle. “We’ve created many unique looks to inspire people and show them how they can incorporate vintage into their wardrobe.” Provided by the team at Jelinek Cork, the raised runway will also showcase out-ofthis-world gowns from Junk 2 Funk standout and Starland’s resident design darling, Samantha Salas. The afternoon show presents original designs from artist/yogi Cindy Male as well as the bold and sexy Fudashi Collection by Crystal Jenkins. Don’t worry if you blink and miss a look: The models will linger after the show as a

“For most people, it’s important that fashion be accessible and affordable,” muses the stylist. “There’s a way to have that without contributing to the suffering of others and the planet.” team of fashion illustrators led by artist Sasha Mirzoyan sketch the ensembles in the open-air tents. “I’ve been amazed at how much talent is in Savannah,” marvels show coordinator Ashley Denson, a freelance stylist who recently moved here from Dallas, TX. “It’s really given me an opportunity to meet the fashion community and see how everyone supports each other.” Bringing an extra dash of fabulous are style consultants Nathan Saludez, the fashion director for Art Rise, and Leslie Walsh of the Gifted Creative Group, who is helping rebrand the colorful and eclectic

monthly market gathering. “The Bazaar, by definition, is an inclusive organization that brings together a varied cross section of Savannah’s creative community each month,” says Walsh. “This event will bring individuals from all parts of the fashion community of Savannah specifically, which will make it even more interesting.” The Bazaar Fashion Show celebrates vintage and recycled looks as the antidote for the grave environmental and humanitarian repercussions of “fast fashion.” Those chain store $4 tees and $7 sundresses come at the cost of exploited labor


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overseas, and the consumption of those cheap goods leads to billions of pounds of waste each year. Erica Jarman of House of Strut hopes to reverse the trend by turning people on to the joys of upcycled clothing. The chic shop owner has been collecting and rocking vintage style for years, but after Saludez lent her a copy of the documentary The True Cost, promoting the cause has become a passion. “I talk to people in my store every day about the human impact of fast fashion,” says Jarman. “I try to explain that not only does buying vintage give you a unique look that no one else has, it is a solution to a huge problem.” Saludez, a veteran of the brutal New York garment factory world, is a vocal and visual proponent of Savannah’s local sustainable couture scene, creating dresses from old newspapers and guiding others in the way of the low-carbon footprint closet. “For most people, it’s important that fashion be accessible and affordable,” muses the stylist. “There’s a way to have that without contributing to the suffering of others and the planet.” Together with SCAD alum Amanda Harris, Saludez will create dresses on site at the Bazaar from fabric strips recycled from secondhand duds. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bags of fast-fashion cast-offs to contribute to the garments—and perhaps learn how to craft one of their own. Even if you couldn’t care less about your look and you’re just there for fun, food and entertainment, this Bazaar may pique an interest in your next pair of jeans or socks. As Saludez points out, “We’re all involved in the fashion industry. We all wear clothes, don’t we?” cs

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Grow. Eat. Repeat.

Local company makes the most out of food waste by Jared A. Jackson

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APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2016

As we begin step into the newest age of our food industry, I am starting to notice more and more people bring focus and attention towards not only the quality of ingredients we are putting in our bodies, but where those ingredients are coming from. Our collective consciousness is done turning a blind eye towards how our food is being manufactured, because the negative effects that are a result of this mass negligence are truly baffling. It has come time for us as a society to begin to pool our energy towards being active participants in this food community; as we continue to educate and help others participate in facilitating a more sustainable food industry that will benefit

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Most of us don’t think about where our fruit peels and egg shells go after they are tossed in the trash. Photos by Melissa delynn

not just the now, but also the future. We have to study how our ancestors engaged with food and food their waste, eons before corporations had an

Andy Young, left, with the author. Both are outstanding in their field!

opportunity to corput its soul it. We have to become more accountable for not just what we put in our bodies and where it comes from, but also what we are doing with our food after we’re “done.” Most of us don’t think about where our fruit peels and egg shells go after they are tossed in the trash, or the magnitude of the impact that decision has on our environment. We have been conditioned to remain detached from that aspect of our food, and it’s our job to stop that cycle, so that we can create a better one. We’ve really got to get down on our knees and stick our hands in the dirt. Grow, Eat, Repeat is a young company that has built a business around the simple yet complex task of managing our waste and putting it towards something that can help us in the future. Grow, Eat, Repeat will come to your restaurant or residence for a small fee to pick up your organic food waste and maintain it, as it transitions into high powered organic fertilizer to be mixed in your soil. I got a chance to sit down with my friend and founder of Grow, Eat, Repeat, Andy Schwartz about how he got started, and how he sees the growth of his business

impacting the industry around him. “I grew up working on farms so I personally understand the necessity for quality soil. The differences are tangible when you see produce grown in healthy soil. It is the most important part in my eyes” Andy says. “Unfortunately, we have grown detached from our food because our society has conditioned us to want quick results” Andy explains. “But, I have seen Savannah’s food industry create a tremendous amount of growth towards getting behind this sustainable movement.” And he’s right. I’m proud to say Savannah’s kitchens have become more aware of their waste, and are beginning to buy into the thought of giving back as a part of their infrastructure. Great tasting produce is a calculated process that takes tons of preparation and hard work. Ask any farmer or person with the smallest ounce of agricultural knowledge what the most important aspect to growing fruitful produce is; 9 times out of 10 they will tell you healthy soil. Compost acts as fuel for your soil, as the microscopic organism aerate and break down the organic material for your plants


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It’s organizations like this that leave me excited for the future ahead. We’ve dug ourselves into a hole in certain aspects, but I believe our ingenuity will lead us to the promised land. With more and more of our collective becoming active participants in our future, and sustainability masters programs at local universities, we are setting the stage for an abundance of opportunity. Maybe our future could one day exist with community market memberships that contain access to seasonal locally grown produce. With products and organizations in place that can show you how much you are wasting and will actually do something with that food waste; like feed the hungry. Making the knowledge and tools readily accessible are the next step in seeing this cycle grow. Sometimes you’ve got to really bury your elbows in dirt in order to turn that pot. Let’s feed our souls, people. cs

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to absorb. This helps the plants ward off disease and allow the soil to retain moisture. We have to embrace the culture of composting just like we do recycling, in order to start to see a change in this broken cycle of food most of us are currently participating in. One of the most satisfying parts of this small gesture of separating your organic waste instead of throwing it in the trash, is that it will immediately make an impact on our planet. Otherwise this organic waste spoils in landfills, emitting a significant amount of methane gas into our atmosphere. If we had someone to provide the buckets, pick them up, and provide a little kick back for our gardens, that would make our decision even easier, right? That’s where “Grow, Eat, Repeat” comes in. It all starts and ends with education. A good way to test the waters is to visit their website and print off their helpful graphic providing a look into what is safe to compost and what is not. Then just try it for a week on your own. “It starts with education and being aware of how to participate in the process” Andy adds.

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The Savannah craft beer scene has change quite a bit since Southbound Brewing Company first opened its doors three years ago. Southbound will be celebrating its third anniversary with a party at the brewery on May 13. The party will feature many of Southbound’s regular beer (with a few surprises), local food and music by local favorites Velvet Caravan. I spoke with Southbound co-founder Carly Wiggins about the brewery’s past and future.

active. In addition, I’m in contact with about nine other breweries working to become BIP members of the Guild. That’s incredibly exciting for Georgia, although technically the number of breweries should be much higher given a better legislative environment. What are Southbound’s plans moving forward?

2016 is a big year for us. We are releasing our third core beer, Shakedown Street. We expanded our tanks doubling our capacity at the end of 2015. We’d really only been able to brew our two cores and sprinkle in one-off beers before that. Shakedown can be expected to launch in late May. It’s a dry-hopped tart saison. Tell us how you’ve grown over the past We’re also creating an official seasonal three years. line up. You’re familiar with our only true seasonal, Moonlight Drive, Wiggins: The past three years our PERC collaboration. have been hard work, but We’ve done that Imperial Cofgreat for us. We began brewfee Stout every winter and ing in April 2013 after all the have chosen three other brews legislation passed allowing us to stand in line with it. to do so here in Savannah. We We’ve also made the deciwere able to sell our first beer sion to transition that beer May 15, 2013 and were able and the others into 12 oz cans! to sell about 850 barrels that We will be launching with our year. In 2014 we were able to double that Summer Seasonal, late May/early June, rate and get around 2,200 barrels and then Transilience. It is our Imperial Berliner this past year we were able to double that Weisse with mango and pomegranate. again brewing around 4,500 barrels. Then we move into our Fall seasonal We’ve been really fortunate with the around late August, Picture of Necamount of support we’ve gotten in Georgia, tar. That’s a Double India Pale Ale with especially here in our home market. We peaches and nectarines. After that, of really stayed only in the coastal area until course Moonlight Drive will be released in April 2015 when we expanded into the rest November. of Georgia. Then a new one for the Spring, DesIn late fall we opened up the Triangle ert Dawn. That will be a tart Saison with area of North Carolina. That’s really the elderberries. It’s a beautiful deep reddish only placed we’ve touched in North Caropink color and will be coming out in Februlina. We expanded into the rest of South ary 2017. Carolina during January and February of Aside from those we will continue brew2016 as well. It’s not a huge footprint, but it ing up our one-off batches when we can.  spans over a lot of great beer areas! We’re taking each year step by step. 2016 is going to focus on getting these new How has the craft beer world changed brews out to each area we distribute in. in Georgia and Savannah in particular We need to make sure we can satisfy home over the past three years? base before moving anywhere else. Our next expansion will likely be farOver the past few years a lot has changed ther into North Carolina, but again it is all here in Savannah. You can see accounts about maintaining what we currently have becoming more local-centric and craftand not rushing into anything. We want to centric. There are a bunch of new craft ensure we have a high quality product that beer bars opening up and places that were our consumers can get. cs already here are rapidly adding new taps. The beer scene in Georgia has almost Anniversary Party is May 13 at The Southbound tripled over the past few years. We curBrewery (107 E Lathrop Ave). Tickets $25 ($30 rently have 42 active Georgia breweries in at door). Includes Velvet Caravan performance, the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild. We also beer samples for duration of the event, and have four Brewery in Planning members, souvenir pint glass. 21+ only. More info at three of which are very close to becoming www.southboundbrewingco.com.


CinemaSavannah puts Body on display

Award-winning Polish film tackles murder, suicide, eating disorders, and the afterlife with humor and grace by anna chandler

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The internet likes to assure us that we’re all vessels full of star stuff draped in meat coats cruising through infinity. But what about the way in which those meat coats interact with or create space from other meat coats? What if the star stuff isn’t agreeable with the meat coat, and vice versa? Though the chilling scenery of washedout Warsaw, director Malgorzata Szumowska explores the manner in which we, as humans, distance ourselves, how we cope with loss, and how our bodies physically handle grief and emotion in her latest feature, 2015’s Body. It’s a fascinating look at the ties between these ole meat coats and our heads. Oh, and there are ghosts. Szumowska offered a bold look at a prostitution ring operated by college students through 2011’s Elles; the physicality of Body is a natural progression for the prominent Polish director. With dark, sometimes uncomfortable, humor mixed into

serious subject matter, Body is lighter fare than Szumowska’s typical work. Janusz (Janusz Gajos of Three Colors: White, Interrogation, and more) is a homicide prosecutor, a coldly analytical man who clearly is more comfortable in the company of dead bodies than live ones—particularly that of his 20-something daughter, Olga (newcomer Justyna Suwala). Olga and Janusz have been at odds with one another since Olga’s mother died in an accident a few years before the story begins. Both are still coping with the devastating loss: Olga is suffering from an eating disorder, trapped in a cycle of refusing meals, bingeing in private, and purging. Janusz pours himself into his frequently grisly job, the loss of his wife having drained him of his abilities to connect, communicate, or show love. When Janusz checks Olga in to a rehabilitation facility, she meets Anna (Maja Ostaszewska of The Pianist, Schindler’s List), a psychologist who lost a child due to sudden infant death syndrome years prior. Anna’s ability to help others through their

struggles extends beyond her day job: Anna is a medium, and, after getting close with Olga in her treatment, discloses that Olga’s mother is trying to reach her. As Anna enters their lives, a Mulder to Janusz’s Scully, strange things begin happening around the father and daughter’s home. Meanwhile, Anna’s automatic writing sessions unravel secrets long-buried between Janusz and his wife. Body took home several highly-regarded awards on the festival circuit last year, including a Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director, a European Film Award for European Editor Jacek Drosio, and Polish Film Festival awards for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Debut Actor, and Best Sound. If you’re a fan of mystery, drama, and cerebral films with a strong dose of dark humor, make sure to hit Muse on Friday. CS

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THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

/1 If a studio is going to loosen the purse strings enough to hire the formidable trio of Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, then why not do so for a worthy Oscar-bait title? Maybe something by Shakespeare. Or Chekhov. Or a remake of The Women (oh, wait, Hollywood already remade — and botched — that one). But corralling this titanic threesome and dumping them into something as inconsequential as The Huntsman: Winter’s War is only slightly less bothersome than if someone signed up Daniel DayLewis, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender to appear in yet another dimwitted Transformers sequel. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is, of course, the follow-up to the 2012 sort-ofkind-of-maybe-a-hit Snow White and the Huntsman. While superior to that same year’s other Snow White saga, the torturous Mirror Mirror, SW&TH was itself only so-so, a Tolkien wannabe that succeeded partially on its interesting interpretation of Snow White (effectively, if occasionally awkwardly, played by Kristen Stewart) and primarily on a terrific performance by Theron as the evil Queen Ravenna. With Stewart punished and booted out of the franchise for having an affair with the married director (showing we really haven’t come that far since the blacklisting of Ingrid Bergman in the late 1940s), the focus has shifted solely to the Huntsman, aka Eric (Chris Hemsworth), who, let’s face it, was arguably the dullest character in that first film. Here, we follow the hunk through what’s initially a prequel to SW&TH before settling into being a sequel. Eric is paired with Sara (Chastain), a fierce huntswoman and his one true love, as they battle Ravenna’s little sister Freya (Emily Blunt as a wicked version of Frozen’s Elsa) and, eventually, a Ravenna who’s been resurrected from the dead. As before, Theron dominates the proceedings; unfortunately, she has about as much screen time as the Jawas in Star Wars. Blunt’s frigid queen is the only character who goes through anything resembling a character arc, but she’s also sidelined for much of the film. The bulk of the picture instead focuses on the woodland adventures of Eric and Sara, and it makes for an exceedingly snoozy experience. Narrative inertia sets in as these two bicker, battle a fakey CGI critter, bicker some more, team up with some spunky dwarfs, and finally make out a little bit. Were I Rex Reed back in that brief period when he helmed that awful movie-review program opposite Bill Harris and then Dixie Whatley, I would have relished the opportunity to bellow, “Winter’s War?!? More like Winter’s Bore!!”

Charlize Theron has zero chill in The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

/// Everybody who wants some MTV, some Family Ties, some Purple Rain (to paraphrase Horatio to Hamlet, goodnight, sweet Prince, and flights of doves sing thee to thy rest), and some Maverick declaring his need for speed won’t find anything of the sort in Everybody Wants Some!! Promoted as an ‘80s version of writerdirector Richard Linklater’s charmer about the 1970s, 1993’s Dazed and Confused, it’s actually more of a companion piece — since it’s set in 1980, it therefore captures the look and feel of the last gasps of the previous decade. (After all, the 1980s we all know and love didn’t really ripen for another couple of years; check out 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine for that representation). Yet while Linklater’s new film might disappoint those about to break out their parachute pants and Members Only jackets to celebrate its opening, it will prove to be irresistible to those who don’t need nothin’ but a good time. Taking place on the final days before classes begin in the fall, the movie follows affable freshman Jake (Blake Jenner) as he meets his fellow college baseball players (all shacked up in the same house) and falls for theater major Beverly (Zoey Deutch, playing basically the same role she essayed in that recent dirty diaper of a movie, Dirty Grandpa). There isn’t much narrative momentum — no established third-act structure — to the picture, which is perfectly fine. Rather than drumming up some movie-manufactured nonsense like a championship game to win as underdogs or a mystery for these meddling kids to solve with the aid of some doobie snacks, Linklater just has these students hanging out, with their greatest challenge turning out to be whether to attend a party or not. It may be slight, but it’s also very funny, occasionally insightful, and a welcome throwback to those hallowed school daze.

THE JUNGLE BOOK

/// Forget “The Bare Necessities”; the bare fact of the matter is that Disney’s 1967 animated hit The Jungle Book, the most famous film version of Rudyard Kipling’s stories, is the least effective of the various celluloid adaptations. Made during the studio’s mostly barren stretch between its two golden ages, the movie plays better in nostalgia-tinged memories than in the here-and-now, hampered by rudimentary animation, annoying interpretations of beloved characters and, save for the aforementioned “The Bare Necessities,” forgettable tunes. Far better are the 1942 British production starring 18-year-old Sabu as Mowgli, the underrated 1994 take with 28-year-old Jason Scott Lee in the primary role, and, now, a new edition featuring 12-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi as the young boy raised by wolves. This incarnation initially spends more time than the other versions on the wolf pack, as Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) raise Mowgli alongside their cubs. But when the ferocious, man-hating tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) makes it clear that nothing will stop him from killing the boy, it’s decided that Mowgli will be taken to live with his own kind, escorted in his journey by his friend and protector, the noble panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley). But the trip doesn’t go as planned, with Mowgli finding himself alone and in the clutches of the snake Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) before he’s rescued by the garrulous bear Baloo (Bill Murray). Yet his troubles are just getting warmed up, as he still has to contend with a seemingly crazed ape named King Louie (Christopher Walken) as well as the ever-present threat of Shere Khan. In much the same manner as Kenneth Branagh’s enchanting Cinderella last year, director Jon Favreau and scripter Justin


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Marks have crafted a film that manages to pay tribute both to the original tale as well as its animated adaptation. (You would think there wouldn’t be any room in this nonmusical version for “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” You would be wrong.) More importantly, their movie employs CGI to dazzling, seamless effect, resulting in an immersive viewing experience rather than the distancing sensation often created by motion pictures that live and die by the computer. With the exception of Mowgli, everything else is artificial, from the lush jungle surroundings to the anthropomorphic animals surrounding the “man-cub” protagonist. It’s an immaculate presentation, further buoyed by John Debney’s catchy score. (Save your money, though, by nixing the 3-D option; it adds very little.) The voice actors are appropriately cast, even if none really stand out in the manner of, say, Ratatouille’s Patton Oswalt or Aladdin’s Robin Williams. Idris is menacing as Shere Khan, Johansson is an interesting choice for Kaa, and Walken (he who possesses one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood) gives us a Louie who almost belongs in a live-action gangster or horror flick. As for Murray, he’s an expected scene-stealer as Baloo, and I’m all for more Jungle Book pictures if it prevents him from lending his vocals to any more infernal Garfield atrocities.

THE BOSS

/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.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

// 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. 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 chirpy. 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, but Batman’s conflicts feel painfully real. Well-played 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. As the title promises, the two heroes eventually mix it up, all part of a master plan perpetrated by Lex Luthor. So much of what is wrong with this picture can be traced directly to the Lex Luthor created by Goyer and co-scripter 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 it’s hard to see this twitchy goofball as Luthor. 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 this franchise has finally detected a beat that most accommodates its burnished heart of darkness.

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 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 ScoobyDoo. CS

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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. Public Forum on Elba Island Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Inc. hosts this free public forum on the hazards of the Elba Island LNG Storage Facility. Mon., May 2, 7-8 p.m. Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. 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. School Board Candidate Forum This forum features the candidates for District 3, Connie Hall and Rose Harper, and District 7, Michael Johnson and Joe Winburn. These candidates will discuss what voters need to know before the May 24 election, including whether District 3 needs new leadership and which candidate will best serve the fast-growing city of Pooler. Wed., April 27, 6 p.m. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Young Democrats Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

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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. 38 Call for Applications for Weave a

Film: The Nightwalker

102nd birthday tribute to famed writer/producer/director William Castle (known as “America’s Alfred Hitchcock”) is this forgotten surreal thriller starring Barbara Stanwyck. Never released on DVD anywhere in the world, this creepy gem concerns a woman plagued my mysterious nightmares. Is she insane, or is the ghost of her dead husband haunting her? 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7 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 Participants in Medical Study Armstrong State University’s Biodynamics and Human Performance Center is currently seeking adults over the age of 60 to participate in a study sponsored by Biodex Medical Systems. The goal of the study is to identify a screening test that can be used to screen individuals at risk for falls. The study, seeking both males and females, will utilize and evaluate a machine, which notes the movement of individuals attempting to balance on a non-moving platform. The study requires participants to have neither a history of lower-body musculoskeletal or neurological problems, nor undergone a serious surgery within the past year. Prior to participating, other health stipulations, such as uncontrolled heart disease, will be screened. Participants should be available for a single test lasting no longer than 30 minutes and will be compensated with a Kroger gift card. If you qualify and would like to participate in either of these studies, please contact Kelsey Piersol at ASUbiomechanics@gmail.com or (912) 2472982. Through July 31. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State

University, 11935 Abercorn St. 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 Proposals for 2017 Contracts for Cultural Arts and Services The City of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs Commission has issued a “Call for Proposals” for the 2017 Contracts for Cultural & Arts Services Program. In 2017, two investment program categories are available: Project Investment and Partner Investment. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must have a non-profit 501(c) 3 status and be headquartered within the City of Savannah. Proposed programs must take place during the 2017 calendar year. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Cultural Affairs Commission, whose recommendations will be sent to the City Manager, the Mayor, and the City Council for review and final funding approval. Applications, guidelines, and program information will be available on the Department of Cultural Affairs website (www.savannahga.gov/arts) or by contacting Rebecca Brown at RBrown02@ savannahga.gov or 912-651-6760. Through June 24. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry 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


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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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Dodd Family Memorial Golf Tournament Registration for this golf tournament includes lunch, dinner and team photo. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to winning teams. All proceeds benefit the Scoutreach program for low income innercity youth. Wed., April 27. 912-927-7272, ext. 204. theclubatsavannahharbor.com/ index.php. The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. The Gatsby Party Support the largest diabetes awareness and fundraising campaign of the year with this fundraiser with heavy hors d’oeuvre, silent auction, open bar and music by Liquid Ginger. $60 Thu., April 28, 6:30 p.m. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. $5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities Bikram Yoga Savannah offers a weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Thursdays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 for class and proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. This is a regular Bikram Yoga class. ongoing. 912.356.8280. bikramyogasavannah.com. SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-yearsold. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@ savannahga.gov.

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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. Advanced Sign Language Class This advanced course will teach students in-depth conversation in ASL, as well as deal with cultural behaviors in ASL. You will learn a variety of ASL sentence structures which can be used to form conversational sentences with facial expressions. Learning more signs to the ASL Vocabulary. $100 Tue., May 3, 6-7:30 p.m. 912-651-2005. goo.gl/wkNstA. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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. Champions Training Center Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. ctcsavannah.com. Chinese Language Classes The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. savannahstate.edu. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Clay Classes Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. claystudio@gmail.com. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. savannahaux.com. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website continues on p. 40

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Savannah Harley-Davidson I-95 & Hwy 204 Registration: 9:30 First Bike Out: 10:00 Last Bike Out: 11:00 Last Bike In: 1:30 “Raffle” Chance To Win A : • 35 Qt. Yeti Cooler • $50 Bass Pro Gift Card • (2) 30 Oz. Yeti Tumblers 50/50 Tickets $20 Per Hand • $10 2nd Hand • $5 Extra Hand

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for more info at www.laurenl.com/creativity_ coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, ---. DUI Prevention Group Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. mediationsavannah.com. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115.

savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. How to Improve Your Credit Score This class teaches simple techniques for improving your credit. Whether you’re recovering from bad decisions or rebuilding after a financial setback, this series will show you how to raise your score, which will lower your interest rates on purchases and allow you to save money. Topics include understanding the scores, monitoring your credit, debt management, how to dispute claims, and an exploration of which factors impact your score the most. $90 for both classes Thu., April 28, 6-7:30 p.m. 912651-2005. adaniels@georgiasouthern. edu. academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ ce/programs/how-to-improve-your-creditscore/. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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. Portrait Study Open Studio Improve your life drawing skills with our open studio portrait model sessions every Thursday evening 6pm to 9pm from April 28 to May 26. Non-instructional. Walk ins and beginners welcome. $15, model fees inclusive. Practice makes

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the artist better. There is no other way. Come join our group and have some too. $15 Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.. 912-484-6415. info@thestudioschoolsavannah.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com/weeklyfigure-drawing.html. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. A. Roper Studio - Voice Technique and Coaching Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Russian Language Classes Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. Slow Flow Yoga This class gently flows and pulsates with fluidity of movement and breath. You will progress through a series of postures. Open to all Levels. Class Prices: Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ gmail.com. branchesyoga.com/schedule/. branchesyoga.com. Branches Yoga Center, 2424 Drayton Street. Soul Progression Yoga Focus on use of the asanas(postures) as artistic self expression. This class offers a deeply rooted spiritual foundation integrating alignment techniques and enlightening messages woven throughout the practice. Open to all levels Class Prices: Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ gmail.com. branchesyoga.com/schedule/. branchesyoga.com. Branches Yoga Center, 2424 Drayton Street. VE test session for Amateur Radio license Savannah VE test session, on Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 AM, which will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to be tested for any license class to become a ham operator. If you have been studying to become an amateur operator this is your chance take the test. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing coastalamateurradio@ gmail.com. $15.00 Sat., April 30, 9 a.m. 912-704-9244. coastalamateurradio@ gmail.com. coastalamateurradiosociety. net. Coastal Amateur Radio Society, 10710 White Bluff Rd.

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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


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Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion.org. Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Chatham Sailing Club Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. pranschkec3@gmail.com. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Amateur Radio Society Monthly Meeting in May Our meetings are always open to the public, and you don’t have to be a licensed ham operator, everyone is welcome. Our members come from every back-ground and are all ages. Some members have been active hams for 50+ years; others are just getting into the hobby. Free - open to the public Mon., May 2, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-7049244. coastalamateurradio@gmail.com. coastalamateurradiosociety.net. Coastal Amateur Radio Society, 10710 White Bluff 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. Faith Based Business Networking Event - Savannah Our mission is to Grow, Encourage, Inspire, Ignite & Equip Christian Business owners on how to do business with a Kingdom mindset. We promote and celebrate excellence in the business arena while developing the future generations of leaders through Christian values, disciplines, honor, integrity and expression of skills. Register early before the event closes out and please share this event by inviting a guest. Free first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912-257-6248. info@kbnalliance. com. https://eventbrite.com/e/christianbusiness-networking-event-savannahtickets-17883772846. Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month

(Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. 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 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Sat., April 30, 9-midnight. 912-704-9244. coastalamateurradio@gmail.com. Coastal Amateur Radio Society, 10710 White Bluff Rd. Georgia Nature Photographers Association-Coastal Chapter Coastal Chapter of the GNPA. The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-234-2571. alfie.wace@gmail.com. gnpa.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. 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. continues on p. 42

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1 Hoover, e.g. 4 He came back for a “Big Holiday” in 2016 10 Participates in an auction 14 Roswell craft 15 ___-Lorraine (area in northeast France) 16 “A Streetcar Named Desire” director Kazan 17 ___ de mer 18 Veteran Marine, in slang 20 Cold one 22 Corleone patriarch 23 A year in Paris 24 Lawsuit 26 Pair with a lot of pull? 27 Spherical treat that comes from a toroid 32 Bowler’s place 33 Hockey Hall of Famer Cam 34 Kal Penn’s costar John 37 Hitchcock title word 38 ___ au poivre 39 “The Grapes of Wrath” family name 40 Neither’s partner 41 Graphics program included with Windows 1.0 42 Carried, as by the wind 43 Sprays some sticky stuff as a prank 45 Answer sharply

48 Plasma particles 49 Not mine, in bucolic comic strips 50 Carpenter’s leveler 53 Autocorrect target 56 Poopo or Titicaca, e.g. 59 Empty (of) 60 About, formally 61 “I can’t hear you!” 62 Four-color card game 63 King with three daughters 64 John Doe, e.g. 65 Part of rpm

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21 Final Jeopardy! amount 25 Not forthcoming 26 Eleventh U.S. president 27 “Shoot!” 28 It’s sold in bars and tubs 29 No later than 30 Pint-sized 31 Events at meets 34 Sweetener under recent scrutiny 35 Install in a gallery, maybe 36 Neruda works 38 Seasonal addition? 39 It usually gets rolled 41 Schroeder’s prop 42 ___-country (2010s music genre) 43 Comparatively agile 44 Opportune 45 Emmy-winning title role for Sally Field 46 All’s opposite 47 Tony-winning actress McDonald 50 Graceful swimmer 51 Xbox series since 2001 52 “Was ___ inside job?” 54 Maine’s state tree 55 Paper factory side effect 57 Ft. Lauderdale locale 58 Aries’ animal

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The open house will feature small bites, infused waters, and a raffle for a gift certificate for hair services. All attendees will receive a 20% off coupon for future services. This event will introduce the new salon owner, Averil Hull. Hull began her career in Savannah before moving to New York City to collaborate with some of the top professionals in the industry on photo shoots and fashion shows including Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Victoria Secrets. Her publication shoots include Vogue, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Love Magazine, Nylon & Harper’s Bazaar. Equipped with a marketing degree from Kent State University and extensive experience in the fast paced fashion industry, Hull is now ready for her next challenge: owner of JW Salon and Spa. Tuesday, May 3rd from 10am-4pm. JW Salon, 19 East York Street. Contact salon at 912-236-7577 for more information. www. jwsalonandspa.com

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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. 42 Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768.

Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub.org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. savannahnewcomers.com. ongoing. Savannah Parrot Head Club Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc. com. Society for Creative Anachronism Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. savannahsca.org. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Savannah Veggies and Vegans Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. Toastmasters Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla A volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. fourth Wednesday of every month.. 912-598-7387. savannahaux.com. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. 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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Adult Ballet Class Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. Adult Ballet Toning Always wanted the body of a ballerina? Well.. YOU CAN! Our class is designed to stretch, tone, and enhance your body to become healthier than ever. Join us and check out the calendar for dates to enroll. (this is apart of our fitness package of 10 classes for $80) $10.00 Mondays, 5 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango Wednesdays, 7 p.m. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Lessons Sundays 1:303;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-9257416. savh_tango@yahoo.com. Awaken with Chakradance™ A free-flowing, meditative dance, with eclectic music selected to resonate with

each specific chakra, along with guided imagery. No dance experience or chakras knowledge needed. $20 ongoing, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ comcast.net. chakradance.com/. synergisticbodies.com. Synergistic Bodies, 7901 Waters Ave. Ballet FIT! Love ballet? We are ready to get that body in ballet shape. This total body workout is great for low impact and high impact movements. With a series of bar, floor, and mat exercises, you will leave refreshed and stretched. Toning, stretching, and strengthening are our goals for you. See calendar for details. $15.00, $10.00, $8.00, $5.00 Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. 412.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Ballroom Group Dance Class Weekly ballroom dance classes focus on two types of dance each month. Open to partners/couples or to solos. The $35 for 4 weeks or $10 drop in Mondays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ballroom/Latin Group Class Group classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesdays focus on fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes are more specific, with advanced elements. $15/person and $25/ couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. and Tuesdays.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Basic Shag Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Beginner’s Belly Dance Classes Learn basic moves and choreography with local Belly Dancer, Nicole Edge. Class is open to all ages and skill levels. Walk-ins welcome. 15.00 Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. 912-596-0889. edgebelly@gmail.com. edgebellydance.com. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners Belly Dance Classes Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-5960889. 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. 7pm-8pm. 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. 912-7480731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest.


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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: Highly Visible/Invisible “Highly Visible/Invisible” is a faculty and student spring dance concert featuring performances by the Obsidian Dance Repertory and SSU jazz ensemble and is inspired by the historical significance and relevance of SSU as a cornerstone in higher education. The performance will showcase the institution’s artistic excellence and contributions to high quality performing arts. $5 Fri., April 29, 8 p.m. and Sat., April 30, 8 p.m. New Hampstead High School, 2451 Little Neck Road. Dance Night Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit salsasavannah.com or call 912-704-8726 for updated locations. Fridays, 10 p.m. Latin Chicks (Waters Ave.), 5205 Waters Avenue. Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit salsasavannah.com or call 912-704-8726 for updated locations. Thursdays, 10 p.m. Gatsby’s, 408 West Broughton Street. Dance Party Dance on Thursdays at 8pm--fun, friendship, and dancing. Free for Savannah Ballroom students. $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912-3353335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. DJ Greer DJ Greer spinning some old and new R&B. Happy hour all night long. Fridays, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@ yahoo.com. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. DJ Icey $10 early bird tickets Fri., April 29, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. pmdcopro@gmail.com. https:// facebook.com/events/478356712367665/. wormholebar.com. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull Street. Free Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fitness classes for all ages every Thursday,

in the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the “Little Movers” class for toddlers. 12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-652-6780. sdavis@ chathamcounty.org. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Free Trial Shimmy Chic: Belly Dance Fitness Shimmy and Shake with a BRAND NEW dance fitness program that we will start offering in January after the holiday break. Shimmy Chic is a low impact, high cardio workout that is designed to teach beginners and challenge the seasoned dancer. You will learn the true skill of belly dance while getting a great workout. Our instructor, Kit Dobry, is the only one certified in the Savannah area to teach this great workout! *Yoga mat is required Join us for a FREE trial Thursday, December 17th. FREE Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.. 612-470683. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Home Cookin’ Cloggers Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Kids Ballroom Group Class Get the next generation involved with all the styles of partnership dances. We teach etiquette, the history, and how to actually

dance them! Get them involved today to get ready for our Monthly Ballroom Dance. $40 for 4 weeks Tuesdays, 6-6:45 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Kids Hip Hop and Jazz Mondays, 6 p.m. salondebailedancestudio. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Kids Tap Teaching two skills in one class: music and dance. Join our newest tap class for kids to enjoy learning different rhythms and foot patters for fun music. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased at our studio! Sign up today and start tomorrow. $40 for 4 weeks Thursdays, 6-6:45 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Kids/Youth Dance Class Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-3353335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. LaBlast Dance Fitness Created by world renowned dancer and

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Louis Van Amstel, LaBlast uniquely combines a wide variety of ballroom dance styles and music genres. Do the Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Merengue, Salsa and Samba set to everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country – and burn fat and blast calories! No experience and no partner necessary. $15.00 drop in or 10 classes for $80.00 Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Latin Nite Salsa DJ Vaina Enventos brings Latin Night to Doubles. Happy hour all night long. NONE Thursdays, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@yahoo.com. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Line Dancing Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty Dance classes - hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step. Modeling and acting classes. All ages/levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. ongoing. 912-2728329. Modern Dance Class Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays continues on p. 44

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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. Purple Inspired Event

Jawan Mathis and Versatile with DJ Sam Diamond and special guest Hurricane play some old-school and purple-inspired sounds and moves. Free Fri., April 29, 8:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@yahoo. com. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. 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

Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

The oracle I’m about to present may be controversial. It contains advice that most astrologers would never dare to offer an Aries. But I believe you are more receptive than usual to this challenge, and I am also convinced that you especially need it right now. Are you ready to be pushed further than I have ever pushed you? Study this quote from novelist Mark Z. Danielewski: “Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: *pati.*”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You’re in a phase of your cycle when you’ll be rewarded for your freshness and originality. The more you cultivate a “beginner’s mind,” the smarter you will be. What you want will become more possible to the degree that you shed everything you think you know about what you want. As the artist Henri Matisse said, if a truly creative painter hopes to paint a rose, he or she “first has to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” What would be the equivalent type of forgetting in your own life?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“Am I still a hero if the only person I save is myself?” asks poet B. Damani. If you posed that question to me right now, I would reply, “Yes, Gemini. You are still a hero if the only person you save is yourself.” If you asked me to elaborate, I’d say, “In fact, saving yourself is the only way you can be a hero right now. You can’t rescue or fix or rehabilitate anyone else unless and until you can rescue and fix and rehabilitate yourself.” If you pushed me to provide you with a hint about how you should approach this challenge, I’d be bold and finish with a flourish: “Now I dare you to be the kind of hero you have always feared was beyond your capacity.”

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“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible,” declares psychotherapist Thomas Moore. I agree. Our mental health thrives when we can have candid conversations with free spirits who don’t censor themselves and don’t expect us to water down what we say. This is always true, of course, but it will be an absolute necessity for you in the coming weeks. So I suggest that you do everything you can to put yourself in the company of curious minds that love to hear and tell the truth. Look for opportunities to express yourself with extra clarity and depth. “To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion,” says Moore, “but it involves courage and risk.”

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

I watched a video of a helicopter pilot as he descended from the sky and tried to land his vehicle on the small deck of a Danish ship patrolling the North Sea. The weather was blustery and the seas were choppy. The task looked at best strenuous, at worst impossible. The pilot hovered patiently as the ship pitched wildly. Finally there was a brief calm, and he seized on that moment to settle down safely. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you may have a metaphorically similar challenge in the coming days. To be successful, all you have to do is be alert for the brief calm, and then act with swift, relaxed decisiveness.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“Show me a man who isn’t a slave,” wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca. “One is a slave to sex, another to money, another to ambition; all are slaves to hope or fear.” Commenting on Seneca’s thought, blogger Ryan Holiday says, “I’m disappointed in my enslavement to self-doubt, to my resentment towards those that I dislike, to the power that the favor and approval of certain people hold over me.” What about you, Virgo? Are there any emotional states or bedeviling thoughts or addictive desires that you’re a slave to? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to emancipate yourself. As you do, remember this: There’s a difference between being compulsively driven by a delusion and lovingly devoted to a worthy goal.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“Everyone who has ever built a new heaven first found the power to do so in his own hell.” That noble truth was uttered by Libran philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and I bet it will be especially meaningful for most of you during the rest of 2016. The bad news is that in the past few months you’ve had to reconnoiter your own hell a little more than you would have liked, even if it has been pretty damn interesting. The good news is that these explorations will soon be winding down. The fantastic news is that you are already getting glimpses of how to use what you’ve been learning. You’ll be well-prepared when the time comes to start constructing a new heaven.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

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

“Zugzwang” is a German-derived word used in chess and other games. It refers to a predicament in which a player cannot possible make a good move. Every available option will weaken his or her position. I propose that we coin a new word that means the opposite of zugzwang: “zugfrei,” which shall hereafter signify a situation in which every choice you have in front of you is a positive or constructive one; you cannot make a wrong move. I think this captures the essence of the coming days for you, Scorpio.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“We have to learn how to live with our frailties,” poet Stanley Kunitz told *The Paris Review.* “The best people I know are inadequate and unashamed.” That’s the keynote I hope you will adopt in the coming weeks. No matter how strong and capable you are, no matter how hard you try to be your best, there are ways you fall short of perfection. And now is a special phase of your astrological cycle when you can learn a lot about how to feel at peace with that fact.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

How do plants reproduce? They generate seeds that are designed to travel. Dandelion and orchid seeds are so light they can drift long distances through the air. Milkweed seeds are a bit heavier, but are easily carried by the wind. Foxglove and sycamore seeds are so buoyant they can float on flowing water. Birds and other animals serve as transportation for burdock seeds, which hook onto feather and fur. Fruit seeds may be eaten by animals and later excreted, fully intact, far from their original homes. I hope this meditation stimulates you to think creatively about dispersing your own metaphorical seeds, Capricorn. It’s time for you to vividly express your essence, make your mark, spread your influence.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“It is a fault to wish to be understood before we have made ourselves clear to ourselves,” said philosopher Simone Weil. I hope that prod makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, Aquarius. I hope it motivates you to get busy investigating some of your vague ideas and fuzzy self-images and confused intentions. It will soon be high time for you to ask for more empathy and acknowledgment from those whose opinions matter to you. You’re overdue to be more appreciated, to be seen for who you really are. But before any of that good stuff can happen, you will have to engage in a flurry of introspection. You’ve got to clarify and deepen your relationship with yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education,” said writer Mark Twain. That’s excellent advice for you to apply and explore in the coming weeks. Much of the time, the knowledge you have accumulated and the skills you have developed are supreme assets. But for the immediate future, they could obstruct you from learning the lessons you need most. For instance, they might trick you into thinking you are smarter than you really are. Or they could cause you to miss simple and seemingly obvious truths that your sophisticated perspective is too proud to notice. Be a humble student, my dear.


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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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. Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypertension The Habersham Y will present 4 different topic seminars. The first one on February 24th will be on DASH- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Please see location site. FREE Wed., April 27, 12-1 p.m. 912354-6223. deder@ymcaofcoastalga.org. Southside Fleet Maintence Shop, 6900 Sallie Mood Drive. Free Hearing and Speech Screening Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free Hearing Screenings The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912355-4601. speechandhearingsav.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call

for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis.com. Know Your Water What everyone ought to know about our drinking water (bottled, tap, distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered, alkaline and spring.) Are you paying thousands of money for water that is making you sick? Find out what water is best for your body. FREE Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. 703-989-6995. oggisavannah@gmail. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. La Leche League of Savannah A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-8979544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga.html. Living Smart Fitness Club An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. Planned Parenthood Hotline First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-2647154. Prepared Childbirth Class This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health continues on p. 44

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Interview with the Vampire whittled down to me and a cute, benzoyl peroxide faced actor I’ll call Noxema Boy. In high school I was voted “Girl Most Likely to Ask a Question,” a little piece of GROWING UP in Minneapolis, my life trivia Noxema Boy was about to discover was influenced by all things Prince. My firsthand. Although he had no interest first paid acting job was the role of Roller in answering my interrogation about Skating Girl in a Carmen Electra music working in Hollywood, he was incredibly video; my first lawsuit, against the agent enthusiastic about kissing me… and bragwho booked the job for a set hourly rate ging that he was a vampire. plus time and a half, only to appear at the “Whoa…whoa…whoa…whoa…wait.” I end of the 13-hour shoot, revised consaid, as he feasted on my neck. “A what?” tract in hand, adamant that I earned a “A vampire.” He mumbled noncha$99 flat fee. lantly, his words muffled by my flesh. Minnesota was bloated with shysters There was no way I could let this little and wannabes; bottom-feeders feasting factoid slide: Did he really drink blood? on the murky purple poo of an epic fish What kind of blood? Human blood? Repin our tiny pond. One enterprising frat tile blood? Did he keep it in his fridge? boy known as Truck would fly famous Perhaps a 98.6 degree temperature conteenage TV stars to Minneapolis and trolled blood cellar? No? Had anyone ever charge Los Angeles club prices for the thought to invent one? 18-21 crowd to come party with them—a Hey! We could be sitting on a million business model that never would have dollar idea… never held up in Sheboygan. Truck had Realizing that he wanted to turn an recruited one of my best friends, Run innocent make-out session into serious DMC — a guy with an enormous heart bloodshed, I began to cry. Thank goodand commanding presence —to broness he was a fetishist, not a rapist. Noxmance celebs and serve as a bodyguard ema Boy immediately stopped what he in their Minneapolis entourage. was doing and offered me cab fare home. I was freshman in film school at the It’s such a stupid story in retrospect, time and just a tiny bit jealous that but at the time I was devastated. Run— an international law student— It hurt my feelings that someone would was spending time with people who capitalize on an obscene amount of fame actually worked in Hollywood. by flying 1300 miles for a $10,000 promo“Hook me up!” I pleaded. tional fee and the promise of getting laid “It’s not like that,” Run warned. by a different girl every night. That’s like “You’re a girl.” Peter Parker getting bitten by a radioacBeing half black, half Hispanic, he had tive spider and using his superpowers spent his entire life as an outsider in a exclusively for the sake of performing very Nordic Minnesota suburb. Despite aerial sex acts. being unfairly branded by the local mall At least, that’s what I said at the time. cops as a gangsta and a criminal, Run If I’d really been honest, I would have was an incredibly popular academic admitted that what hurt most was the leader. Not only did he wind up going realization that there was a Boys Club to one of the most exclusive liberal arts that I wanted to join but could never be colleges in the country, he eventually part of. I hated that Run was granted worked there as an academic recruiter, automatic membership while I was hazed promoting multicultural diversity. in the absolute grossest way. By the time we were in our twenties, For the next two weeks, I had bruises Run was pretty famous in his own right. (not hickeys, bruises) on my neck as a Everywhere we went, people knew him parting gift from my little encounter with —even Prince! Noxema Boy. Nevertheless, Run had to work ten Run, he took one look at me and shook times harder just to prove himself; so his head but never said, “I told you so.” when he said I didn’t belong, he knew Instead he gave me a gigantic teddy bear exactly what he was talking about. hug, knowing I’d be working ten times Dismissing his warning as unfair and harder just to prove myself in the film sexist, I approached Truck directly. He industry soon enough. said he couldn’t promise anything, but invited me to stop by a party he was Got a question about life after death and other throwing that night at a downtown phenomena? Give us a shout at psychicyourhotel. What started out as a group of a palerin@gmail.com. Learn more about private few guys and thirty girls was quickly consultations at www.yourpalerin.com By Your Pal Erin

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University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. 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. Tybee Turtle Trot 5k Beach Run Help raise funds for the Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s Sea Turtle Conservation Fund. The event includes a 5k and a 1-mile kiddie run. Sat., April 30, 8 a.m. parks.chathamcounty.org/ Parks/BoatRampsandFishingPiers/ TybeeIslandFishingPierandPavilion.aspx. Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St.

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First City Network Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985), is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork. org. Gay AA Meeting True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. Georgia Equality Savannah Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. ongoing. 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 St Tybee Rainbow Fest Spend three gay days on Tybee with parties all over the island and a pride parade on Saturday at 3pm. Other events include Sunday brunch and a beach sweep. For more information, go to visittybee.com. April 29-May 1. Tybee Island, What Makes a Family A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a 46 month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.

Nature and Environment

Coffee with a Ranger Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Dolphin Project Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinproject.org. Interpretive Center Scavenger Hunt Explore the museum with our dedicated park staff as you search for the hidden treasures of our natural history. Sat., April 30, 2-3 p.m. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. National Arbor Day Celebrate Arbor Day with a tree climbing demonstration, refreshments and games. Wed., April 27, 5-7 p.m. Kavanaugh Park, 46th and Abercorn. 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. Sandpiper Trail Hike Meander through the marsh on a one-mile guided hike with one of our knowledgeable park rangers. Wed., April 27, 3-4 p.m. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Walk on the Wild Side A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912395-1500. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115. wildernesssoutheast.org.

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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. Call of the Wild Dog Hike The wild is calling, and it wants you to bring man’s best friend for a nature hike. Learn more about what your faithful companions share with their wild relatives and how they came to be man’s best friend. $3 Sat., April 30, 10 a.m. gastateparks.org/ FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. 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 graduated dogs are available for adoption can be viewed at www.humansocietvsav.org, and www.chathamsheriff.org. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. chathamsheriff.org. humanesocietysav.org/. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. 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

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. Cathedral Marian Vespers Join the Friends of Cathedral Music for a vespers in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This vespers will end the Cathedral Concert Season with music by Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten. Performers will include the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Soloists. Free Sun., May 1, 5-6 p.m. savannahcathedral.

org/. Cathedral of St John the Baptist, 222. East Harris St. Catholic Singles A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ diosav.org. diosav.org/familylife-singles. Gratitude Circle in the Squares Join Joanne Morton and others on Wednesdays for a weekly gathering of positive energy. All are welcome. Free hugs. View calendar for the square of the week. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-6764280. magicpassionlove.com/savannahgratitude/. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological 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. 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.


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