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Wednesday / 1 Film: Middle Age Crazy

In this independent feature loosely based on the lyrics to a country song by Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Dern plays a 40-year-old married man who goes through a mid-life crisis that finds him cheating on his wife, leading her to start an affair of her own. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

Freedom Fighter Show w/ Culture Vulture, Xuluprophet, A. YI

Theatre: The Little Mermaid FRI / 3 - SUN / 5

Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this classic love story is Disney storytelling at its best. Unsatisfied with her life at sea, Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to experience life and love in the world above, and in the process, finds her own voice. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 3 p.m. Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $15-20 912-238-9015

Savannah Bananas Season Opener THURS / 2

Savannah’s new college summer league club takes on their Coastal Plain League opponents, the Lexington County Blowfish. 7 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 E Victory Dr. $9

Blues, Jazz & BBQ

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Deep southern blues, smooth jazz and smokey BBQ will be served up at the 4th Annual Savannah Blues, Jazz & BBQ Festival. Bring the family along with your appetite, and get ready to pig out on some mouthwatering BBQ from local restaurants & catering companies. Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free and open to the public 912-234-0295

This show doubles as a fundraiser to help Savannah resident Josh Taft with legal expenses. Taft was arrested protesting against a white-supremacist Klan rally in Stone Mountain, Georgia on April 23. 7:30-11 p.m Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. $10 door/ $8 online

Summit on Sexual Assault

Learn more about sexual assault and how to stop it at this summit. 6-8 p.m Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 E Gordon St Free

Thursday / 2 Concert: Eddie Venegas and the Lowcountry Jazz Collective

A versatile performer, Venegas has worked with several renowned Jazz, Latin, and Classical ensembles and is taking a break from touring with Grammy award winning salsa singer Mark Anthony where he’s been lighting up the stage with fiery violin solos. 8 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $25 general, $22.50 Theater members

Requiem for a Poet: A Celebration of the Life and Words of Kesi MooreShaw

Poets will read pieces by, about and, dedicated to ‘Epiphany’ Dr. Kesi MooreShaw. Music, laughter, poetry, community. Join us as we give our sweet friend a joy filled send off. Hosted by Spitfire’s son Marquice Lashaud Williams. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Free

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Savannah Bananas Season Opener

Savannah’s new college summer league club takes on their Coastal Plain League opponents, the Lexington County Blowfishs. 7 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $9

Wear Orange Community Picnic

Free and family focused picnic on the 2nd Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Includes kids’ activities, food, music, and a peace pole creation. All welcome. Wear orange. 6-7:30 p.m Wells Park, MLK Jr. Blvd. Free

Friday / 3 Blues, Jazz, and BBQ

Deep southern blues, smooth jazz and smokey BBQ will be served up. Bring the family along with your appetite, and get ready to pig out on some mouthwatering BBQ from local restaurants & catering companies. w 4-10 p.m Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free and open to the public

Concert: Chris Jones & the Night Divers

Delivering the goods with dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor. 8 p.m Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 East Hwy. 80. $20

Savannah Bananas

Vs. the Florence RedWolves. 7 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $9

SCAD New Alumni Concert w/ Dirty Heads, Moon Taxi

Celebrate SCAD’s newest grads with this public concert. 7 p.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Free & open to the public

Theatre: The Little Mermaid

Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this classic love story is Disney storytelling at its best. 8-10 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E Victory $15-20

Saturday / 4 Blues, Jazz, and BBQ

Deep southern blues, smooth jazz and smokey BBQ will be served up. Bring the family along with your appetite, and pig out on mouthwatering BBQ from local restaurants & catering companies. 10 a.m.-10 p.m Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free and open to the public

Concert: Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band

A formidable eight-piece lineup rigged with vintage equipment, Tribute recreates , the sound the Allman Brothers produced First Friday Art March over their first five years, channeling the A monthly art walk featuring galleries, res- band’s dual-lead guitar fury and driving e taurants, boutiques and more. Free Trolley rhythms. transportation, Indie Arts Market, and Kids 8 p.m Art Activities. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. 6-9 p.m $25 Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave. Forsyth Farmers Market Free Local and regional produce, honey, meat, First Friday Fireworks dairy, pasta, baked goods. Celebrate the end of the week and the 9 a.m.-1 p.m beginning of a new month with First Friday Forsyth Park. Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. first Friday of every month, 9:30 p.m Forsyth Farmers’ Market Family Fun . Rousakis Plaza, River St. Day Free The focus will be on providing nutrition First Friday for Folk Music and wellness based activities for families. Monthly folk music showcase hosted Mercer University School of Medicine will by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a provide free basic health screenings for friendly, alcohol-free environment. patrons of the market. Medical students first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m will also be on hand for a teddy bear clinic, First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington where children put on the lab coat and $5 donation treat their animal patients. 912-898-1876. 9 a.m.-noon Forsyth Park Free continues on p. 6

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Gardening Session

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

Humane Society Thrift Shop Book Sale

All books, videos and CDs in the parking lot will be just 25¢. Come early for the best selection. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and the pets in their care. 9 a.m.-noon Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr.

Theatre: The Little Mermaid

Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this classic love story is Disney storytelling at its best. 3 & 8 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E Victory $15-20

Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market would love to have you come visit on a Saturday morning. There’s tons to buy and see. 9 a.m.-1 p.m Islands High, 170 Whitemarsh Island Rd

Sunday / 5 Savannah Food Truck Festival

Theatre: The Little Mermaid

Richmond Hill Farmers’ Market

Monday / 6

Sesame Street 2016

Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this classic love story is Disney storytelling at its best. 3 p.m Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E Victory $15-20

Support the local food truck movement in Savannah. Enjoy 13+ food trucks, live music on multiple stages, free yoga, local craft brews, corn hole, vendors, and more. 12-6 p.m Emmet Park, End of Bay St. Free

Savannah Bananas

Savannah Songwriters Series

Evening At Massie History Series: Exploring Life In Victorian Savannah

Four singer-songwriters in the round swapping songs and the stories behind them. This month’s lineup includes Megan McMillan, Greg Williams, Phillip Wise, and Robert Cooper. 7 p.m Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $10 general, $9 Theater members

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Tuesday / 7 Massie Heritage Center welcomes Early American historian Christopher E. Hendricks for an evening of history exploring life in Victorian Savannah. Learn how this age reshaped Savannah’s landscape, society and architecture. Reservations required. RSVP by June 6 at (912) 395-5070. 7 p.m Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon St. Free 912-395-5070.

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A school chapter closes and my youngest at J.G. Smith Elementary, Oglethorpe Charter School, and Savannah Arts Academy. As you can see from that list, my family WITH THE passing of the Memorial Day has been one of the “lucky” ones by local weekend comes summer in Savannah, standards. We were blessed to get into the when the school buses no longer ply the schools we wanted to get into. The lottery roads and SCAD students are thinner on numbers all went our way. the ground. For other families, it didn’t work out as For many of us it’s just a brief transition, well. a pause before the next grade. In her colOne of the most heartbreaking ordeals umn this week, Jessica Leigh Lebos muses in Savannah is that of a family desperate to about the “freedom to roam” that summer get into one of the small number of schools brings—or should bring—and its ramifica- considered “good,” and failing to do so. tions in these days of helicopter parenting. I’ve seen entire families collapse into For others, myself included, a high tears when their number didn’t come up. A school graduation in the family this May whole vividly imagined, fortunate future marked the end of our personal bond with vanishes in the span of a second. the local school system. It’s like a singularly horrible and cruel The word universally used when your reality TV show, except with much higher child—um, young adult—graduates high stakes. school is “bittersweet.” It’s devastating to those who lose out, The word perfectly sums up a parent’s of course, but there’s also survivor’s guilt deep, conflicted emotions at seeing the for those of us who get in. We feel a bit official commencement of their child into unclean in our good fortune. But of course a frightening, uncertain world we’ve spent being human, we don’t give up our spots the last 18 years trying to prepare them for, for others. and largely protect them from. This essential cruelty at the heart of our Just as it took 18 years to get this far, public schools—which after all are funded it takes more than graduation day at the by everyone, even the losers—is a visceral Civic Center to process all the emotions. I annual reminder that the hill to climb is suspect I’ll be dealing with my own empty- steep and crosses generations. nest fallout through the summer, and When even the parents are in a Lord of beyond. the Flies scenario, you know things won’t I can tell you this with certainty: I’m be much better in the classroom. relieved to have the local school system in After decades of money and meetings my rearview mirror once and for all. and theories and five-year-plans, SavanI’ve put two daughters through Savannah-Chatham schools remain among the nah-Chatham Public Schools: my oldest worst-performing districts in one of the at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy K-8 worst-performing states in the union.

by Jim Morekis


The flummoxing fact is that it has little to do with money. Per-student expense in SavannahChatham public schools is higher than all private schools in the county with the sole exception of Savannah Country Day. You can certainly make the case that Georgia as a whole underfunds and undervalues education compared to other states. But you can’t make the case that local public schools don’t tax us enough, or pay our superintendent and his vast administrative staff at 208 Bull Street enough, or build enough new school buildings. This November another round of ESPLOST is up for your vote. If passed, the sales tax will pay for more new schools. But ESPLOST cannot address challenges of teaching, of discipline, of learning. Just new buildings, which make more money for the people who build them. In other news, the 2016-17 school year will be the first in over a decade that local schools will run the school bus system completely in-house, with no outsourcing. My guess, given some early clues, is that while this might be the only solution left, it will be a more expensive one—not least because the Board of Education will likely hire several more unfireable, marginally qualified six-figure administrators to run the bus system, along with the usual coterie of special assistants and special assistants to the assistants, etc. Come to think of it, sounds like I’m not done with public schools yet! Especially since I’ll still be paying the same taxes for them regardless. But tell you what: I’ll sure enjoy taking a little break. cs

Best of Savannah categories we missed

Editor, I couldn’t resist sending you this little bit to follow up on your very comprehensive “Best of” issue this week. It seems there are a few categories you may have overlooked and that readers might like to know about. Best of Savannah: A few categories we missed • Best mangled brick/cobblestones on sidewalk: The northeast corner of W. Jones St. at Whitaker —tumble over at your leisure.

• Best downtown street with no parking meters: We’re not telling on this one! • Best east-west downtown street for crossing town quickly: Nope, not telling here either. • Best entrance to I-16: Alright, we’ll give on this one. It’s Taylor Street. • Best row of broken and unused newspaper vending boxes: Northeast corner of W. State St. and Bull (alongside CVS). • Best corner without a sewage drain: Your choice.... • Best corner for smelling stale horse urine: Bull and

Oglethorpe (any corner) • Best monument in the “wrong” square: Pulaski monument/Monterey Square (yeah, we know, he got moved around a bit). • Best tree: The Candler Oak, of course. Runners up: All the other live oaks. Erika Archibald

Sick burn on Best of Savannah issue!

Editor, Less is more. A concept lost on Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue, and Connect Savannah’s annual Best Of Issue.

Since the only way to go is up (as in number of categories, if not ads sold) I suggest these for next year’s edition: • Best CVS. • Best Monument on Johnson Square. • Best Cemetery That Starts with a “B.” • Best Bar Rail. • Best Barbecue Food Downtown Located on a Lane Alongside a Presbyterian Church. • Best River. And that’s only the beginning! Lexi Hagan

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Summertime unsupervised by Jessica Leigh Lebos

In the words of legendary educational analyst Alice Cooper, school’s out for summer. If you’re a kid, shriek hello to no more pencils (not that anyone uses those anymore anyway), no more books (also going the way of the dinosaurs), no more teacher’s dirty looks (your attitude totally warranted them, young lady.) If you’re a parent, give a big yawn for getting up at exactly the same time as always and clutching at faded end-of-school memories about setting your Trapper Keeper on fire in one of the cafeteria’s metal trash cans (can’t give me detention if nobody’s here, Principal Lyons!) For most of us working stiffs who aren’t teachers, summer merely means day camp carpools, longer iced latte lines at Foxy Loxy and showing up to meetings sweating like we spent our lunch hour in a Turkish sauna. It also means we’ve probably read at least couple of the eleventy-five-thousand articles about how kids today don’t get enough unsupervised playtime and they’re all going to grow up to be doughy, needy zombies with overdeveloped index fingers from swiping through the new Snapchat filters. Don’t get me wrong: I love the idea of letting kids wander the neighborhood eating other people’s snacks until the street lights come on. During the summer when I was growing up, we’d be banished from the house after breakfast and didn’t show back up until dinnertime, or until the golf course security guard carted us home for

stealing fish out of the pond hazard on Fairway No. 6. No one knew where we were or what we were doing, and those of us who didn’t end up in jail or chased by Old Man Patterson for skinny-dipping in his Jacuzzi were all the better for it. In a recent column for the Washington Post, daddy blogger Clint Edwards laments that his son finds such independence “scary,” and even sadder, seemed to think the takeaway of The Goonies has to do with neglected kids instead of a band of awesome adventurers. (I can only imagine what the poor thing thought about sibling abuse when big brother Brand threatens “I’m gonna hit you so hard, when you wake up your clothes are gonna be out of style!”) But we all look at our own childhood summers through rose-colored sunglasses (mine are vintage Vuarnets, circa 1985.) We know the world has changed since then. No longer it is considered safe to let kids ramble aimlessly to learn on their own what species of rodents live in the empty lot at the end of the block or what happens if you follow a swallowtail butterfly into Old Man Patterson’s backyard. (Spoiler: he throws garbage at you.) While the statistics debunk our fears of that the streets are full of skeevy predator in windowless vans promising kittens, those kind of abductions do happen at least 100 times a year, somewhere. Places once deemed safe spaces no longer are—it used to be that the worst thing that could happen to you in a movie theater was someone threw gum in your hair. Here in Savannah, five young men ages 16-18 were arrested for flashing their guns around Daffin Park last week in the middle of the day—right near the public pool. The risks may be small but they are all too real. Even if you refuse to give in to the societal pressure to keep your kids in a giant

hermetically-sealed swim diaper until their 16th birthdays, your neighbors might call the cops on you anyway, like they did for California mom Sonya Hendren, who was arrested last December for letting her four year-old play 120 feet from her front door. So it’s understandable why we think the best way to protect our precious babes— and our parenting reputations—is to keep them home with their beloved screens or hand them over to the supervised structure of day camps and other summer programs, where they will learn to make lanyards as long as their femurs and sing songs about that sadistic rabbit Lil’ Bunny Foo Foo. Yet the freedom to roam still reigns. It’s important to note that for some working parents, an unsupervised summer isn’t so much a lifestyle choice as it is the path of least resistance. While local programs like the YMCA and the City’s art camp strive to be affordable, many families still don’t have access. For others, leaving for work in the morning while the kids sleep is a passive stand for teaching them independence, self-reliance and how to make their own damn breakfast. This summer, due to this noble commitment and the utter burnout of the general manager (aka, me), our family is experimenting with total non-compliance of school year protocol. No day camps. No schedules. Complete your chores and do what you want as long as you check in every couple of hours by text. It’s been one week and I’m starting to think juvenile liberty is a little overrated. Because you know what happens when tweenagers are left unsupervised? They make a big freakin’ mess! They use up all the TP in your bathroom and leave mysterious stains on all the towels. They eat

a week’s worth of sandwich meat in one afternoon, but if you stop in on a lunch break with hummus and cucumbers they’re suddenly not hungry. There are also cool art projects made without changing out of pajamas, spontaneous trips to the beach with friends, and long, boring afternoons that build character. “So, what did you do today?” I asked my 12 year-old daughter over dinner. “Rode my bike around,” she shrugged. “Went to the circle park and sat in the tree.” “Why are your fingernails green?” She held up her hands guiltily, showing me that she’d given herself a manicure in the same shade of polish now mysteriously smeared inside the refrigerator. “I bought it at Rite-Aid,” she confessed, hanging her head because she hadn’t texted me that’s where she was going. “I’ll clean it up tomorrow.” I almost got angry, not so much about the glitter smearings but of out of disappointment that the day wasn’t a more exciting, Goonies-type adventure, and maybe a touch of envy, too: Unstructured, unsupervised summers aren’t really a thing for grown-ups, and it’s been a long time since a trip to the drugstore was considered an illicit thrill. “Well, it’s not like you don’t have time,” I said instead. “Want to paint my nails, too?” Watching her brows knit over my toes, I realized how very much I want her to look on her back at her childhood and rosily remember that she had the freedom to make a mistake and clean it up, to ride her bike to nowhere, to use her allowance to buy cheap make-up. Even though I’m pretty sure she’s mistaken that old Alice Cooper video for a YouTube eyeliner tutorial. cs

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Break the silence together

Summit on sexual assault offers resources and support by jessica leigh lebos

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According to statistics from the U.S. Justice Department, an American woman is sexually assaulted every 107 seconds. Barely a third of those assaults are reported, and many victims don’t seek help—some out of fear and shame, others because they’re not aware of available resources. Activist Nili Gingold-Altchek wants to change the conversation, and she knows that means she might have to actually get it started. “We don’t talk about this in our culture. There is such a stigma, and that prevents people from seeking help,” explains the founder of Bizchut Nashim, an organization that provides support for women in the U.S. military. “We want to give people the opportunity to speak about it and fight the stigma together so they can connect and begin to heal.” Victims of rape, incest and other forms of sexual abuse experience high rates of depression and PTSD, often attempting to assuage symptoms with drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors. Gingold-Altchek and other local groups aim to address these issues and more at a summit on sexual assault this Wednesday, June 1 in the Mordecai Sheftall Social Hall at Congregation Mickve Israel. Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, GingoldAltchek experienced sexual abuse as a young woman but never sought out legal, medical or psychological services. “It took me twenty years to tell my mother,” she says. “I didn’t talk about it, and it almost destroyed me. I don’t want others to suffer the same way.” The wife of an Army chaplain currently based at Fort Stewart, she started Bizchut Nashim as a resource for Jewish women serving in the U.S. military. Now the organization has grown to offer support to all survivors of sexual abuse, regardless of religious affiliation. “The more people who come together and share their stories, share what they know, the better. We can break the silence together,” says the mother of four who has also written a children’s book, The Secret of the Bear. “We want to offer solutions.” On a local level, those solutions include the counseling and services of the Rape Crisis Center. Executive Director Kesha Gibson-Carter will speak at the event 12 about how to recognize the signs of abuse

among friends and family and how to best advocate for them. Gibson-Carter will also participate on a panel with a female Army officer as well as physical therapists Cathy Neal and Jasmine Polk. Neal and Polk share a practice, Core Therapy, and both specialize in pelvic rehabilitation and dysfunctions like bladder incontinence, abdominal cramping and painful sexual intercourse. While those conditions aren’t always caused by sexual assault, such attacks can result in long-standing physical issues that many don’t realize connect back to the trauma. “I’ve seen people who have been suffering for twenty, thirty years after a traumatic experience, and they don’t put it together until we begin our work,” says Neal, describing the disassociation many women experience around their pelvic areas. “We talk a lot about ‘putting the pelvis back in the body,’ and for some it is the first

time they’ve been really aware of it.” Using gentle exercises to retrain pelvic floor muscles to contract and relax without pain, Neal and Polk often encounter admissions of deeper suffering—and the opportunity for healing and the reclamation of their sexual lives. “Nine times out of ten, it’s not what people come in for, but after a few sessions it comes out,” says Polk, who reports that between 25 and 50 percent of her patients have experienced sexual abuse. “It’s just not something that gets talked about,” she laments, echoing Gingold-Altchek. Referring those patients to the best resources is part of the reason they’re participating in the summit. “There is a lot of research in neuroscience about how different types of trauma can affect physical function and how we perceive pain,” says Polk.

“When psychological issues come up in our work that need to be dealt with, we want to be able to send someone to right place for help.” That’s what evening is all about, says Gingold-Altchek. “We are building a network. No longer is it one person who has to suffer alone,” promises the organizer, who will also share an exhibit of the art she creates to help her process her past. “The more we discuss it, the less people are embarrassed or ashamed. We can prepare people, let them know that this can happen. We can prevent it.” cs

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Does the umbrella represent political weakness?

In news footage of President Obama in Havana, you could see him holding his own umbrella while walking in the rain. I remember reading somewhere that world leaders never hold their own umbrella for fear of identification with Neville Chamberlain, the umbrella-carrying British prime minister who opted for appeasement in dealing with Hitler. Was there ever such an unwritten rule? Did Obama not get the memo? Or is he a secret Chamberlain fan? —George Mannes HISTRIONICS notwithstanding, you are indeed correct, George, that Obama was spotted holding his own umbrella during his recent visit to Cuba. Stateside, this counted as the second-most significant

umbrella-related event of Barry’s administration, the first being the time in 2013 when he caught guff on conservative websites for asking two marines to hold umbrellas over the Turkish prime minister during a rainy visit. (Subsequent perusal of regulations revealed that while Corps members must assist the president as requested, uniformed marines may not shelter themselves with umbrellas—if they’re male; female marines, though, are allowed to exercise common sense.) By contrast, the Cuban Umbrella Incident didn’t raise many eyebrows—besides yours, I mean—at home. In China, though, it was sort of a big deal: citizens expressed admiration that a world leader would so humbly carry his own umbrella. They’re not unschooled on the political symbolism of the umbrella, either, which harks back to—you called it—Chamberlain. It seems that for Sir Neville, the umbrella was a bit of an affectation. He carried it everywhere, including when he disembarked the plane in London after his infamous 1938 meeting with Hitler: peace agreement in one hand, brolly in the other, his hapless fate sealed. Hereafter the British opposition party, whenever Chamberlain traveled, made a display of umbrellas, to symbolize the PM’s appeasement. Even Hitler mocked Chamberlain’s accessory, according to an MI5 report; one British diplomat quoted the

Führer saying: “If ever that silly old man comes interfering again with his umbrella, I’ll kick him downstairs and jump on his stomach in front of the photographers.” Thus did the umbrella grow geopolitical legs. By the 1950s, American right-wingers had adopted it as a symbol of American appeasement of foreign powers, such that Richard Nixon, as Eisenhower’s vice president, forbade his aides from carrying any. (This backfired when Ike himself got caught in the rain while giving a speech because nobody had anything on hand to shelter him with.) Historian Edward R. Miller has compiled some midcentury umbrella-related highlights: “Campaigning against Adlai Stevenson, Eisenhower’s opponent in 1952 and 1956, Nixon declared, “If the umbrella is the symbol of appeasement, then Adlai Stevenson must go down in history as the Umbrella Man of all time.” When the Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 and President Kennedy did not send American troops to tear it down, German students, as well as many Americans, sent him umbrellas. Upon returning home after having established new cultural and commercial ties with China in the 1970s, President Richard Nixon was met with umbrella-wielding students, who shared William F. Buckley’s assertion that Nixon had sold out by meeting with the leaders of

the Communist dictatorship.” Another umbrella man, a guy named Louie Witt, appears in the Zapruder film of Kennedy’s assassination. Is he sending a signal? Is he an Oswald associate? Witt’s own explanation before a congressional hearing remains as good as any: he was just a “conservative-type fellow” who was still upset about Chamberlain’s capitulation in Munich. He wasn’t even protesting JFK; he was protesting JFK’s dad, Joseph P. Kennedy, who back in ’38 had been ambassador to Britain. In the modern era, umbrellas have acquired a new symbolic role in Hong Kong, representing resistance not against appeasement, but against the Chinese government. What started out as protesters shielding themselves from tear gas has morphed, according to a 2014 NPR dispatch, into the emblem for a movement— it’s known as the “Umbrella Revolution.” In U.S. politics, any political symbolism associated with umbrellas has been all but forgotten—such that the current president’s carrying one is the rare gesture that doesn’t draw cries of Chamberlainism. One suspects that if Obama’s critics were slightly more historically literate, they would’ve been all over it. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via

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Six people were arrested following a search warrant conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).   Late May 18, CNT with assistance from Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, executed a search warrant at 11 Burbank Boulevard. “The search warrant resulted in the seizure of ecstasy, prescription pills, and more than two pounds of marijuana. Also seized were three firearms, approximately $1,400 in U.S. currency, and two vehicles,” CNT says. Six were arrested: 19-year-old Jamareiy Bartley, 23-year-old Robert Coleman Jr, 37-year-old Andre Foreman, 27-year-old Corey Hines, 26-year-old Pierre Sutton, 17-year-old Dequan Thorpe, all of

Savannah. “With the exception of Corey Hines, all other persons were charged with felony drug charges. Corey Hines was charged with Possession of marijuana Less than One Ounce and posted bond,” says the spokesperson. “CNT’s investigation began earlier this month following a drug complaint by a concerned citizen,” CNT says. “CNT agents acting in an undercover capacity made contact with persons associated with the residence, identified various persons roles, and seized controlled substances observed obtaining drugs from the residence.”

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Detectives are investigating an early morning shooting that occurred at approximately 4 a.m., May 26, in the 200 block of Avery Street. The 17-year-old male victim was reportedly shot; however, detectives are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. The victim was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with nonlife-threatening wounds.

Stolen movie truck recovered

Police have recovered a stolen truck and trailer containing approximately $400,000 worth of movie production equipment. Thanks to a citizen’s tip, the vehicle was located at 10:30 p.m., May 25, at Paulsen Street and Wolf Lane. The original auto theft occurred about 3:30 a.m., May 25, at E. 48th and Bull. The stolen truck was a Dodge Ram with a trailer, which contained various types of movie production equipment.

Police ask the public’s help identifying a man suspected in several recent plant thefts May 15 -18. At least four thefts of plants and flower pots were reported, including some plants valued at several hundred dollars each. These incidents occurred in the 600 block of East 38th Street, 100 block of East 36th Street, 800 block of East 38th Street and in the area of East 41st and Abercorn streets. Investigators have obtained surveillance images of the suspect with some of the plants in his possession. The suspect is as a black male, ages 50 and 60, 5’7”-5’9” and weighing 130-150 lbs. He has grey hair, a receding hair line and light facial hair. The suspect is known to frequent East Victory Drive and Abercorn Street. He is sometimes seen pushing a shopping cart filled with flowers.

March death ruled a homicide

The death of Linda Jenkins, 57, has been ruled a homicide. Jenkins was found just beyond the wood line on Entellmann Street and Fenwick Avenue on Friday, March 25. Investigation into events surrounding Jenkins’ death continues. cs



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Ms. Pixee Fox reported in May that she was recovering nicely from cosmetic ribremoval surgery, performed by one of the few doctors in the world who offers it (Dr. Barry Eppley of Carmel, Indiana). Though she has had more than a dozen “beautifying” procedures, she had trouble finding a surgeon who would agree to take out six “free-floating” ribs (ones not attached to the sternum). Born in Sweden, she gave up a career as a trained electrician to come to the United States to pursue her goal of looking “like a cartoon character” — which she has surely achieved with her now-16inch waist.

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah earned an estimated $8.6 million racing but, now retired, could earn as much as $35 million just by having sex. Stallions reportedly can breed into their 20s, and the horse, now barely age 4, will have 175 conquests by the end of this summer, according to a May report by CNBC. One industry worker said Pharoah has put on weight, spends his spare time peaceably eating grass, and “looks more like a relaxed horse.” A spokesman for the Kentucky farm now housing Pharoah said he “has proven to be very professional in the breeding shed.”

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The Keystone Fellowship Church in North Wales, Pennsylvania, has a tradition of congregants reserving pew seats by leaving Bibles in place, but worshipper Robert Braxton, 27, was having none of that on April 24 and took a saved seat anyway. Witnesses told Philadelphia’s WCAU-TV that when one church member gently tapped Braxton on the shoulder to inform him of the tradition, Braxton snapped at him and became disruptive. Congregant Mark Storms, 46, flashed a gun and confronted Braxton, who punched Storms, adding, “That’s not a real gun” and “What are you going to do, shoot me?” Storms, contending that he felt threatened, fired two shots, killing Braxton, and was charged with voluntary manslaughter.


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• This correction appeared in The • The Moscow Times reported in May New York Times print edition of May 10: that bailiffs in Russia’s Perm region, “Because of an editing error, an article on employing originality as yet unseen in Monday (May 9) about a theological battle America in attempting to collect an overbeing fought by Muslim imams and scholdue debt, arrested the debtor’s cat. The ars in the West against the Islamic State bailiffs listed the feline’s value at the misstated the Snapchat handle used by equivalent of $23, and the man came up Suhaib Webb, one of the Muslim leaders with that sum the next day and took the speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not cat home. The Federal Bailiffs Service Pimpin4Paradise786.” explained that all the other • Amateurs: Government “property” in the apartment agencies trying, legally or was in other people’s names. not, to hide details from pub• Shannon Egeland, 41, lic inquiries under freedomalready convicted in 2014 of Turn up of-information demands running a mortgage-fraud usually resort to indelibly operation during the 2004the AC! blackening out what they 2008 real-estate boom, do not want revealed, but pleaded guilty in May 2016 the Public Health Agency to the subsequent crime of of Canada recently tried deliberately having hima unique method, accordself shot to gain his judge’s ing to an Associated Press sympathy (and to collect on correspondent. The AP disability insurance he had had requested files on the purchased the week before). 2014 Ebola outbreak, and, Egeland, scheduled to start a revealed reporter Raphael 10-year sentence for the 2014 Satter, the documents finally conviction, told the judge he arrived from the PHA with had been assaulted by gunfire parts carefully “redacted” — using “Scotch when he stopped in traffic to help a pregnant woman, but in reality he had ordered tape and paper.” Satter reported that he got everything the AP had asked for by his teenage son to shoot him in the legs merely peeling the tape back. (A Dallas with a 20-gauge shotgun. Morning News reporter, commenting on New World Order Satter’s experience, wrote, “Canadians are (1) German soldiers participating in so nice.”) a four-week NATO exercise in Norway Perspective earlier this year apparently had to abort King Cove, Alaska, population 923, lies their efforts days earlier than other counbetween two massive volcanic mountains tries — because Germany’s defense minon one of the Aleutian Islands, unconister, Ursula von der Leyen, had imposed nected to other civilization and 625 miles strict rules on overtime pay. Soldiers are from any medical facility (in Anchorage), to work no more than 41 hours a week, she “accessible” only by a weather-challenging said, according to revelations by London’s “puddle-jumper” airplane to Cold Bay Daily Telegraph. (2) Britain’s venerable for a connecting flight. About two-thirds Oxford University issued a formal suggestion to law lecturers recently that they give of the residents have flying anxieties so severe that King Cove has a makeshift “trigger warnings” (and allow classroom absences) if the class subject matter might vending machine dispensing Valium. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has campaigned to be unpleasant to some students. Combuild a road to Cold Bay to eliminate the plained one frustrated lecturer, “We can’t nerve-wracking flights, but it would disremove sexual offences from the criminal turb a federally protected wilderness, and law syllabus — obviously.” the U.S. Interior Department has so far declined.

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Armed and Dangerous in the F State • Michael Blevins, 37, reported to Florida Hospital in Orange City (near Daytona Beach) in May after realizing, three days after the fact, that he had shot himself while cleaning his handgun. He said he was on pain medication and was wearing a black shirt that obscured blood stains. He said he felt a sharp pain but that, mainly, it aggravated his back injury, causing him to fall and hit his head against a coffee table, and thus was not aware of the origin of the loud noise the .22-caliber handgun made. Deputies investigated but closed the case.


Annual Chinese “Tombsweeping” celebrations have made News of the Weird several times, most recently in 2008 when the government reinstated it as an official holiday. (Traditionally, people brought jewelry and other valuables to ancestors’ gravesites for burial with the body, thus theoretically “enriching” the relative’s afterlife.) In recent years, during economic turbulence, some brought only paper images of valuables (or just left signed checks — “generous” checks!). Now, a retail market has developed of ultra-cheap knock-off upscale items, such as fake Gucci shoes, computers, big-screen TV sets, and even one full-size “air-conditioner” (because, perhaps, it may be “hot” where the deceased is headed?). A Hong Kong rep for Gucci has issued warnings against trademark abuse, even though the flimsy fakes are hardly convincing.

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The 547-acre FBI Academy on the grounds of the Quantico (Virginia) Marine Base houses a firing range on which about a million bullets a month are shot by agents in training, but it also happens to be a de facto wildlife refuge because the academy is off-limits to Virginia hunters. Thus, according to a December (2011) ABC News dispatch, deer learn that, despite the gunfire none of them ever gets hit. The academy has also become a “sanctuary” for foxes, wild turkeys and other critters. By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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THE Casket Girls’ debut album, Sleepwalking, romantically navigated life and death, wakefulness and sleep with spectral ambivalence. Their sophomore LP, True Love Kills the Fairytale, was a woozy, rawyet-tender stare blurring the black-andwhite of having love and love’s absence. The former felt like it had spent years locked inside a Victorian mansion, draped in cobwebs. It introduced the mood and M.O. of the band: enveloping synths backing Shangri-Las-style melodies to create a kind of pop music on barbiturates. Now, on The Night Machines, Ryan Graveface and Elsa and Phaedra Greene welcome listeners to a future that feels too familiar. “It’s a sci-fi story,” explains Graveface. “It’s kind of coincidental—I didn’t know there would be a Trump effect when I was writing the songs the girls eventually sang on. There’s a very large sci-fi story that goes with this, and the vinyl actually comes with one page from it.” Each page is numbered; Graveface hopes that fans will trade pages of the story and piece it together, making the album a fascinatedly and quintessentially Graveface-ian release in its uniqueness and interactive quality. Graveface has been working on the story for years now, but he’s not trying to bash people over the head with the concept; He’d rather listeners soak up Casket Girls’ shoegaze-soaked pop sound and let the Night Machines’ tale sink in naturally. “Basically,” he explains, “we’re living in this future where people don’t die anymore. Modern medicine, so to speak, has cured everything. People will start to lose what the whole purpose of life is, because it’s actually rooted in death to a great degree. We don’t realize how much we love because of death and knowing death is around the corner makes us feel things.” The narrative follows one girl’s journey into a fraternal order called The Night Machines. “They reject this current no-death cycle,” Graveface continues. “So they actu22 ally start a rebellious colony against it...

there are many facets of it, and this record goes through a lot of that, and then it’s kind of TBD. We have a lot of material in story terms and in song terms.” Graveface’s fictional dystopia bears feels awfully familiar. “America bleeds the tears of a clown,” the Greene sisters belt behind synths that feel like a dark centrifuge on the record’s lead single. “American blue bleeding red,” they observe. “Lose your mind before you lose your head.” Despite being largely written during Graveface’s “Obama highs,” the record’s eerily timely in this election year. “The Night Machines story parallels between certain people that are running and how they want to control various things, from religion and race and women’s rights,” says Graveface. “It’s just, coincidentally, entirely what the people were rebelling against in The Night Machines. It’s just so hitting me over the head in so many ways!” Graveface projects that Casket Girls will do a Night Machines appendix at the end of the year to continue the story. Much of the inspiration for Night Machines came from Graveface’s adoration of the Smashing Pumpkins classic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. “I remember being 15 when that album came out and I loved that there was a story arc to it and was hugely conceptual,” he

William Schaff’s album artwork. “I give him a few references, but no guidelines,” says Graveface of his longtime artistic collaborator. “He’s a fucking legend.”

recalls. “The packaging was really pretty, and the interviews at the time, I recall [Billy Corgan] talking about how ‘Zero’ was a person within a story, and you’ll start to see this person appear in other Smashing Pumpkins songs. I was intrigued by the whole layout of it. I was into creating something like that but in a much more subtle way.” In the writing process, Graveface creates a sonic bed then sends the tracks off to the Greene sisters for lyrics and vocals. The separation works wonders for their creative flow. “The girls have written 100% of the lyrics for this record, and they’re just so

in tune,” he marvels. “It’s so bizarre how we can communicate so perfectly through songs; it’s the funnest project ever because of it.” Musically, Night Machines is one of the sparest recordings in the Casket Girls’ discography (the exception being last year’s The Piano Album, renderings of Casket Girls songs with, you guessed it, just piano and vocals). True Love felt like the final heaving sob after an exhaustive, therapeutic cry, buzzing and affronting and all-encompassing. Here, Graveface felt driven to reel it all in, inspired by Low’s first recordings. “It’s super-minimal,” he says. “I went beyond that, obviously, because I have a compulsion to add and add and add.” The band tours this summer as a part of the annual Graveface Roadshow, joined by Flaming Lips side project Stardeath and White Dwarfs. The kick-off here in Savannah is an all-ages Stopover-Graveface team-up and the first Casket Girls hometown gig in a while. Revel in the opportunity to watch the mystery of The Night Machines unfold before your very eyes. CS

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Raleigh’s alt-country heroes return to Savannah, set to release live album by anna chandler

Savannah’s beloved American Aquarium is back to electrify the Jinx stage with hooky, boundary-pushing Americana/country. The band released its most recent LP, Wolves, over a year ago to roaring success—and while they’ve enjoyed a growing fan base and critical acclaim, the hype hasn’t slowed the busy group down one bit. After logging hundreds and hundreds of shows and countless miles on the road over 2015 and 2016, they’re set to release a second live album, recorded at Atlanta’s Terminal West, in November. Frontman B.J. Barham, who’s juggled a solo career with American Aquarium for a while now, will put out a solo effort, Rockingham, on August 19. We chatted about writing for two new records at once, coming back to Savannah, and bringing the American Aquarium live experience to living rooms nationwide. You have a solo recording coming out this summer. How do you approach your solo work and American Aquarium? It’s just like I’ve got two jobs. American Aquarium is still my primary focus—this is getting me a better outlet as an artist. I’m writing the type of songs I don’t get to write with American Aquarium. The solo project lets me be more of a fictional character songwriter, I get to tell stories, and it’s more Americana. It’s something I always wanted to do, and it’s found its way into American Aquarium stuff, but now I have an entire record to do that by myself. Y’all are still touring on Wolves; what’s coming up next for the band?

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We had Wolves come out a year and a half ago, in February 2015. We got a live record from Atlanta coming out in November, and in fall we go back into the studio. The last live record we made was in 2011, so the band has grown quite a bit since then— musically and just the size of the band. We had a really big show last November at Terminal West in Atlanta and we recorded it. We’re putting it out as a DVD/CD combo.


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American Aquarium will release a live album/DVD combination in November. Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Atlanta’s always been a really good place for us, a great market. They latch on to what we do. The last live album was live from Raleigh, our hometown, so we were going out for this one, and people came from all over country to scream as loud as they could and try to be on the record! A live record is a good transition between studio albums. What distinguishes a live record from a studio LP for you? We’re very much a live band—it’s how we operate. We have cut our chops on the road. We play somewhere between 250 and 300 shows a year, so we’re a live band first and foremost. You come see us live, we try to make it an experience. When you’re recording in a studio, you’re going for the perfection, this perfect product, and live, you can cut loose and there’s character, there’s mistakes, the songs are loose, you can relate to the audience. It’s a totally different gig, and something I really enjoy doing. To capture a really great night onstage forever is a really great thing. Having played those songs for more than a year now, what do you feel the band has learned since Wolves was released?

We’ve pushed ourselves to be better musicians, and it’s pushed me to write better songs. The ultimate goal is to write songs that aren’t cliché, run-in-the-ground and come up with original ideas. I always try to push myself to do that, and the band’s trying to do that on musical side. We want to prove you can be an Americana/countryrock band and still do some pretty weird things. Burn. Flicker. Die. started that. We want to prove every song doesn’t have to be same for you to be a country band—you can get out and explore sonic territory. What’s it like when American Aquarium goes in to record? Do you write ahead of time or do a lot of it in the studio? I do lot of writing before. Basically, the way we make songs, I write the songs and bring these very, very loose musical sketches to the band and we add on it, and we take away from it, we add more. It’s a really democratic process—and there’s six of us, so we try to keep adding to, whittling something away, so all six of us can stand behind it and say, ‘You know what? I like it.’ That’s the only way you’re going to want to play these songs a thousand times. Does working on solo material refresh you to write for American Aquarium?

It’s a really great feeling to step out and do something on your own, step out and take that chance. The boys have been together for almost 11 years. That’s my sanctuary. We know exactly what each other’s going to do…I know if I can’t figure out this one part, there’s someone in the band who’s going to be able to do it. The solo record was definitely an exercise in independence. If I got stuck, well, I better figure out a way to fix it! That was really nice. It’s the same way a kid, at 18, leaves the house for college. He’s going to make a bunch of fuck-ups, but he’s about to do it on his own. That’s what I’m doing here. Y’all have really developed a loving Savannah following. Savannah has always been more than kind to us, always been one of those places. The Jinx is a magical, magical place—Susanne and Gil, all those crazy kids, they made up a perfect place. It’s a place we can always go and feel home. CS

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Eddie Venegas

When he’s not creating and fronting original shows, you can find Eddie Venegas playing violin and trombone alongside Grammy-award winning salsa singer Marc Anthony. Latin, jazz, classical, and popular music are all in his wheelhouse, but the Venezuelan performer is bringing an entirely one-of-a-kind show to Tybee Post Theater that will pay tribute to the history of Latin violin. From Charanga style (Cuban dance) to modern Latin jazz, let Venegas and his Lowcountry Latin Jazz Collective (Gino Castillo on percussion, Jake Holwegner on bass, Eric Jones on piano, Ricardo Ochoa on second fiddle) take you on an educational journey though the history of South American strings. Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m., $25, all-ages





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A toast to Dad Joke’s upcoming fest Punk Mess II, Dad Joke #20 is stacked with Total Punk, Scavengers of Death, Lumpy Records, and Gut Freak artists. All attitude and snot, Urochromes sandwiches staticky fuzz with kiss-off melodies for some highly-catchy Western Mass punk. Life Stinks hails from San Francisco and makes weirdo garage-punk built on oddball guitar dissonance clanging off of percussive vocals and tom-heavy drums. Atlanta’s Predator offers fast-paced fuzz fun that sounds like it’ll be a furious blast to witness live. It’s Savannah’s own Forced Entry’s last show ever; Cray Bags and Sherman’s Boot finish off the packed bill. Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m., $7

SCAD New Alumni Concert: Dirty Heads, Moon Taxi @Forsyth Park

It’s an evening of summer festival-style entertainment as SCAD bids adieu and good luck to the class of 2016. All are welcome at the annual free New Alumni Concert in Forsyth Park, helmed by Dirty Heads and Moon Taxi. Huntingdon Beach, California’s Dirty Heads, founded in 1996, continue to dish out a ska/hip-hop/rock sound that will appeal to fans of Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, and O.A.R. Moon Taxi brings a proggy element to the evening. In addition to their own material, the band has a reputation for putting their own twist on classic rock hits and pop favorites during their engaging and energetic shows. Bring a blanket or some chairs and a picnic basket and cozy up with your neighbors for one of Savannah’s favorite traditions. Friday, June 3, 7 p.m., free, all-ages









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Kick back and soak up the sounds of four Southern singer-songwriters. Leading this month’s lineup is folk/country artist Megan McMillian, who hails from the little town of Pinetucky, Alabama. McMillian dabbled in guitar and piano as a teenager, but it wasn’t until age 22—in the midst of a divorce, early motherhood, and working two jobs—that she turned to her familiar old guitar for a release. After years of keeping her songs to herself, McMillian finally began performing live. Possessing a way with words and a rich vocal clarity, she has an exciting musical future ahead of her. Savannah’s own Greg Williams returns to the Post Theater with his blues-infused folk. With a rock edge and commanding vocals, Williams’ unique sound has led him to open for the likes of John Mayer, Darius Rucker, Derek Trucks, and many more. Singer-songwriter Phillip Wise makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut. A gem of the open mic scene, Wise has been creating some of the most memorable, original tunes on the singer-songwriter circuit with a bright guitar and rich voice. Robert Cooper, also of Savannah, finds inspiration in Southern swing, blues, folk and alt-rock and rounds out a solid bill of talent. Sunday, June 5, 7 p.m., $10, all-ages

Dance to the memory of The Purple One on the day of his birth. Hosted by Prince Party Pro Ben Umbreit, who throws Purple Parties all over the Southeast, it will be an evening of affectionate remembrance, reverence, and tribute. Once you arrive, make sure to sign the purple paper—it’s a large roll that will be sent to Paisley Park, letting those closest to Prince know how loved he is in the Savannah area. A Nickel Bag of Funk will perform favorite tunes and DJ Jose Ray, whose DJ nights almost always include a Prince cut, will spin. Look for promoter Chris Cook dressed as Prince; you, too, are encouraged to dress up, as there are prizes to be won. Sip themed drinks among enjoy purple décor and the community of passionate fans. Tuesday, June 7, 8 p.m., 21+

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Barrelhouse South VuDu Shakedown Bay Street Blues Hitman Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Thea, piano/vocals Boomy’s Eric Culberson Band coffee deli Acoustic Jam El-Rocko Lounge Happy Hour w/ Anders Thomsen Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ray Lundy Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Cory Chambers Rachael’s 1190 Jeremy Riddle The Sandbar Open Mic SEED Eco Lounge Latin Music Night Sulfur Studios Freedom Fighter Show for Josh Taft Treehouse Wobble Wednesday Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane Wild Wing Cafe Brandon Reeves The Wormhole Open Mic

Trivia & Games

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


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


Mutuals Club Phatt Katt Comedy Thang


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

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Barrelhouse South Archnemesis Bay Street Blues Hitman Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals) Cocktail Co. Open Mic Dollhouse Productions Dad Joke #20: Urochromes, Life Stinks, Predator, Slugga, Cray Bags, Forced Entry, Sherman’s Boot Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch Huc-A-Poo’s Joe Wilson and the Merry Wanksters Jazz’d Tapas Bar Trae Gurley Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt 28 Eckstine


Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Karaoke Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke

Molly MacPherson’s John O’Mary The Foundery Coffee Pub Open Mic Tybee Post Theater Eddie Venegas & The Lowcountry Latin Jazz Collective Vic’s on The River Frank Bright and Clair Frazier The Warehouse Jon Lee’s Apparitions Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Acoustic Thursday

Trivia & Games

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


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


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

Bar & Club Events

Club One Drag Show SEED Eco Lounge Daas Unterground Thursdays

Friday / 3

A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning Barrelhouse South Wood and Steel, The Mustard Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, Hitman Blues Band Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals) Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch Fiore Italian Bar and Grill Anne Allman Foxy Loxy Cafe Tim McNary Huc-A-Poo’s HWY 17 Jazz’d Tapas Bar The Fundamentals The Jinx American Aquarium,

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The Wormhole Comedy Planet


Demun Jones @Coach’s Corner

Jones County, Georgia’s Demon Jones brings countryfried “hick-hop” to Coach’s. saturday, june 4, 7 p.m., $20 adv., $25 at door

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

Bar & Club Events

Club One Drag Show

Sunday / 5

Radio Birds, Pee Wee Moore Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Justin Morris Lucky Nomads Solis Trio Mansion on Forsyth Park Tradewinds Molly MacPherson’s Those Cats Molly MacPherson’s (Pooler) Danielle Hicks Band Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor (Bloomingdale) Chris Jones and the Night Divers Rocks on the Roof Fellowship of Love Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth & Kim Polote Vic’s on The River Frank Bright and Clair Frazier The Warehouse Rachael Shaner, Georgia Fire Band Wild Wing Cafe Liquid Ginger, Bill Hodgson, Permanent Tourist Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Bottles & Cans

Trivia & Games

Coach’s Corner Movies & Music Trivia


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


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

Bar & Club Events

Abe’s on Lincoln DJ Doc Ock

Club One Drag Show

Saturday / 4

17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning Abe’s On Lincoln Megan Jean & The KFB Barrelhouse South The Hip Abduction, Kota Mundi Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, Jerry Zambito and the Bayou Blues Band Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals) Boomy’s Liquid Ginger Casimir’s Lounge Jackson Evans Trio Coach’s Corner Demun Jones Congress Street Social Club KidSyc@Brandywine Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch Huc-A-Poo’s Versatile Jazz’d Tapas Bar The MS3 Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Levi Moore Molly MacPherson’s Universal Sigh Molly MacPherson’s (Pooler) John O’Mary The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Kim Polote Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio Ruth’s Chris Steak House Eddie Wilson Vic’s on The River Frank Bright and Clair Frazier The Warehouse Greg Williams, Jubal Kane Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay Duo, Liquid Ginger, The Suits, The New High Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Wood & Steel


Applebee’s Karaoke Bay Street Blues Karaoke Doodles Karaoke Thursday & Saturdays The Islander Karaoke Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke

17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) Sunday Jazz Brunch Bayou Cafe Don Coyer Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup Huc-A-Poo’s Huc-a-Poo’s Bluegrass Trio Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jon Lee Duo Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt Eckstine Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill Christy and Butch The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Sulfur Studios Hired Gun, United Races Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch Tybee Post Theater Savannah Songwriters Series Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton

Trivia & Games

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar Sunday Afternoon Trivia Tailgate Trivia


Club One Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Tailgate Karaoke/DJ


Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee

Bar & Club Events

Ampersand Blues & Brews

Monday / 6

Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mike with Craig Tanner and Mr. Williams Bayou Cafe Open Mic w/ Mallory Jen Cocktail Co. Monday Night Live Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Rachael Shaner The Wormhole Open Mic

Trivia & Games

32 Degrees Midtown Grille and Ale House Trivia The Britannia British Pub Bingo McDonough’s Trivia Molly MacPherson’s (Pooler) Bingo


Boomy’s Karaoke Club One Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Wet Willie’s Karaoke


The Jinx DJ Lucky Bastard Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao SEED Eco Lounge DJ Pieces

Tuesday / 7

Barrelhouse South Purple Party w/ Nickel Bag of Funk Bay Street Blues Ben Keiser Band Bayou Cafe Jam Night with Eric Culberson Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Thea, piano/vocals Foxy Loxy Cafe Joe Nelson Jazz’d Tapas Bar Anne Allman The Jinx Hip-Hop Night Molly MacPherson’s Open Mic Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Hitman Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay The Wormhole Mitchell & Friends Acoustic Happy Hour

Trivia & Games

The Chromatic Dragon Board Game Night Coach’s Corner Trivia CoCo’s Sunset Grille Trivia Congress Street Social Club Trivia Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia Mediterranean Tavern Battle of The Sexes Game Mellow Mushroom Trivia Savannah Taphouse Trivia Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Trivia The Wormhole Trivia


Club One Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke The Rail Pub Karaoke Wet Willie’s Karaoke


Chuck’s Bar Comedy Open Mic


Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao SEED Eco Lounge DJ C-Rok


Molly MacPherson’s (Pooler) Open Mic


JUNE 1-7, 2016

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Yamacraw in the Sun: A rare respect

Marian Carrasquero’s photographs tread with sensitivity by Kayla Goggin

JUNE 1-7, 2016

I TEND to be wary of SCAD student photographers who make Yamacraw Village their subject. Actually, if I’m being honest, I wish they would just stop. The public housing community behind SCAD’s Bergen Hall has too often drawn the focus of amateur photographers looking for an “edgy” place to shoot their class projects. They’ve been told by professors not to walk around the area at night and they’ve read the headlines about Yamacraw’s crime rates. For some students – who presumably grew up very sheltered – this creates a mystique about the neighborhood that I can only describe as “gross.” Students who walk twenty steps out the doors of their classrooms to photograph an area of historic disinvestment without any attempt to analyze their own (mostly young, white, moneyed) perspective on it deserve no credit for making photos which are at best narcissistic and at worst ethnocentric. Most of the work that results makes me nauseous from second-hand embarrassment. Having seen work of that type more times than I care to count, I was understandably cautious in approaching Marian Carrasquero’s Yamacraw in the Sun exhibit opening at Lee O’Neil Gallery on June 3. The preliminary images I saw suggested deeper reflection on the part of the artist – but would that first impression hold water up against the full exhibition? I asked the artist to meet me for coffee, hoping that learning the story behind her project would relieve me of my skepticism. To date, it is the only photo project focusing on Yamacraw Village I’ve seen that seems to treat its subjects with respect. Carrasquero, whose background is in documentary photography, has invested time and managed to create rela30 tionships with her subjects, giving us a

‘You can’t fully document a community or a group of people without trying to understand them and their stories,’ Carrasquero says. ‘You have to sit down and get to know them, listen to them, before throwing a camera in their faces.’

glimpse inside their lives and homes that doesn’t feel exploitive. The project started in January, when Carrasquero (an undergraduate photography student from Venezuela) began talking to and photographing people she met on the street in the neighborhood. “I explained to them that I was doing a photography project and that I wanted to document their neighborhood,” she tells me. “People were up for it. More than anything it’s about building a relationship with the people you’re photographing. You can’t fully document a community or a group of people without trying to understand them and their stories. You have to sit down and get to know them, listen to them, before throwing a camera in their faces.” Creating the body of work that would become Yamacraw in the Sun required a tremendous amount of trust-building. It’s the kind of work that most artists who have photographed the area don’t seem to want to put in, but Carrasquero’s approach has been demonstrably different: she’s returned to Yamacraw almost every weekend since January to visit with, talk to and get to know the community. In the process, she shot over 2,000 photos – 20 of which will be featured in

the exhibition alongside a short documentary film showcasing the project. Carrasquero created a bond with a woman named Louise, a sort of neighborhood matriarch who was born in and raised a family of her own in Yamacraw, and become close enough with a neighborhood couple that she received an invitation to their wedding. The images in the exhibition seem to belie this bond of mutual understanding and trust that Carrasquero describes. Some images feel truly intimate, especially those shot inside the homes of her subjects. Still, Carrasquero is undeniably an outsider. When I call her out on it, asking how (or if) she dealt with the problematic nature of her position, she tells me that she sees her outsider status as an asset. “For them, I was like the “other”, but I’m also foreign to where I am,” Carrasquero explains, pointing to her Venezuelan roots.

“Still, I always found something that we had in common. There was always something to talk about, there was always a story to be told or a story to listen to. [Through Yamacraw in the Sun] I’m just trying to show these people through my perspective. I’m not pretending to show it from the inside. I’m trying to show my view of it.” “No matter what our social background is, we’re all struggling with the same basic things,” she continues. “We all suffer for our families, we all love our families, we all have parents, we’re all children, we’re all growing up and it’s hard

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‘I’m not pretending to show it from the inside. I’m trying to show my view of it,’ the artist says.

denied agency over their own narrative thanks to a city-wide tendency to identify the area with the crimes that have taken place there. While Carrasquero’s presence in the neighborhood will always be that of an outsider, her work is at least honest in the sense that it documents without narcissism. Still, I can’t say I find that totally satisfying. We should be on the look out for voices coming out of Yamacraw itself – artists who can speak from, of, and about their own community with true authenticity. For what it’s worth, Yamacraw in the Sun appears pure in its intent. If the exhibition draws interest to the area and causes people to see vibrancy instead of blight then that’s at least one step forward on the road towards progress. cs

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for everyone. I just wanted to show that no matter where we come from, we can all relate.” While I would argue that things are definitely harder for some than for others, there’s a certain beauty to this idea of universality that translates into Carrasquero’s photographs. It’s what elevates them above the typical Yamacraw Village photo fare. Instead of foisting some immature narrative onto the photos, Carrasquero is truly just documenting the everyday lives of the neighborhood’s residents. It sounds so simple, but it’s often difficult for artists to remove themselves from the visual language of their work. With Yamacraw in the Sun, Carrasquero is offering us the chance to listen to a community that has been brutally silenced. For decades, the community has been




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Openings & Receptions

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. When Elvis walked on stage in 1956, time stopped—and then exploded. The earth shook on its axis and the beat of everyday life was jolted. In an instant, mainstream America’s veneer of cultural complacency evaporated. The year 1956 was the year Elvis released his first record, made his first television appearance, and started his movie career. It was the year he became a star. Through Oct. 2. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Joshua Hill — For twenty years Joshua Hill has been raising a family and painting in Savannah. Working as a muralist and faux finisher (furniture), he has always sought new inspirations. Surrounded by “leftover” paints from his many projects, he began to paint canvas with the acrylics. Continuing his search for a voice for his creativity, he studied the conversations begun by Claude Monet and the Impressionist movement. June 1-30. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. A Journey in Storyteling: Marsh Wildlife and Low Country Photography by Barbara Northrup — Specializing in landscape and nature photography, the work of artist Barbara Northrup seizes moments in our surroundings often missed by fleeting seconds. Skillfully drawing us into the photograph, Barbara allows the viewer to participate in the narrative that she has captured with her lens. Fri., June 3. The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 700 Drayton St. NEPANTLA: a space in between — Come join us for the opening of NEPANTLA: a space in between, a multimedia group exhibition curated by undergraduate SCAD student Lucía Ortiz. The show will center on immigration, identity, displacement, and diversity. This exhibition is open for all SCAD students to apply. Free Fri., June 3, 6-10 p.m., Sat., June 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., June 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 912-508-4209. Welmont Gallery, 1930 Montgomery Ave.

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Pop Portraits by Jessica Burke — This exhibit features drawings that explore identity and gender. The “Pop Portraits” exhibition is a series of images that allows the subject to assume the persona of a fictional character from film, literature or TV influential during their informative years. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. with an artist Gallery Talk scheduled at 7 p.m. June 3-July 28. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.


‘Pop Portraits’ by Jessica Burke opens at the City of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs Gallery this Friday from 5-8 p.m., with a gallery talk by the artist at 7 p.m.

Shadow. Layer. Space. — Shadow. Layer. Space. by Rebecca Zerby explores how we experience and perceive space. An installation of threads evokes shadows from the palm frond covering the surfaces of our pathways creating visual intrigue and selfexploration. Thu., June 2, 6-9 p.m. Jelinek Creative Spaces, 101 N. Fahm St. Wabi-Sabi — Raven Brown and Thea Milinaire create with thread, wire, beads, and paper. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” free Thu., June 2, 12-5 p.m., Fri., June 3, 12-5 & 6-9 p.m. and Sat., June 4, 12-5 p.m. Sulfur Studios 2301 Bull St. Where I’m From — “Where I’m From” is a photographic exploration that examines two near opposite childhoods in the southern American landscape. Join Patrick Bepko and Harrison Albert in looking back and uncovering what the word hometown means to them. Fri., June 3. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street.

Continuing Exhibits Abstract Meets Real — Gerry King, a master watercolorist, captures memories and feelings about his hometown, New Bern, in the 1970’s. Monica Rene Williams captures the subtlety and interaction of line, color and motion to absorb the viewer’s attention in the work’s hidden depth. Through June 30. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Art Life — Photography by Labeeb Abdullah. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St. Boxed In/Break Out — Tricia Cookson has been selected to install a site-specific work for Boxed In/Break Out. This project encouraged artists to propose a creative installation that activates six windows at the Jepson Center (facing Barnard Street) with original artwork. Cookson’s installation features colored cotton cord stretched in various patterns that progress from chaos to cohesion in the windows. Through Aug. 28. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

The Future Was Then — Monumental installation by Daniel Arsham created specifically for the museum’s Pamela Elaine Poetter Gallery for deFINE ART 2016. These select sculptural works and this installation explore the interaction between mankind and architecture, and draw particular attention to man’s capacity for creating, destroying and repurposing manmade and natural materials both historically and contemporaneously. Part of deFINE ART. Through July 24. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Landmark: A Decade of Collecting at the Jepson Center — Since the Jepson Center opened its doors to the public 10 years ago, Telfair Museums has added 1,267 works of art to its permanent collection. These works encompass a broad range of time periods, styles, and media, ranging from 19th-century paintings to digital interactive installations. To celebrate the remarkable strides made in collecting during the Jepson Center era, this exhibition highlights 10 of the most significant acquisitions made from 2006 to the present. The selections include silver from the 437-object donation made in 2012 by Dr. Frank A. Rizza; a 19th-century painting of Dutch peasants by Gari Melchers; an iconic Chuck Close self-portrait; and a mixed media assemblage by contemporary artist Whitfield Lovell. Through Aug. 14. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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Satchel turns 10!

‘It takes a long time to become an overnight success’ by Jessica Leigh Lebos

JUNE 1-7, 2016

Nothing ages like a good leather bag. The folds become softer, the handle worn to the imprint of your hand, every wrinkle and crease reminding you of where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Anyone who owns a hand-crafted clutch or duffel from Satchel knows the same kind of glamorous maturation also applies to the company itself. Launched in 2006 by designer and SCAD grad Elizabeth Seeger Jolly, the working studio/retail boutique has steadily evolved into one of Savannah’s major success stories. The high-end purse purveyor has weathered recessions and real estate tumult, and its unique accessories regularly earn national press, including glossy nods from Lucky magazine, Travel + Leisure and Southern Living. Even Money magazine has recognized the artisanal expertise that recently took Satchel to the finals of Garden and Gun’s “Made in the South Awards” for its shearling-lined rifle case. But Seeger Jolly takes the accolades in stride, or rather, from behind her sewing machine. “We’ve had our noses down, working the whole time,” she laughs. “It takes a long time to become an overnight success.” It’s true, the last decade has been more of a climb than a flight. A native of Covington, Louisiana (a hop across Lake Pontchartrain to New Orleans), Seeger Jolly inherited her mad stitching skills from her mother, a master upholsterer and seamstress who used to pass on scraps of leather and canvas for her daughter’s projects at SCAD. “My senior collection was upholstery remnants and silk,” recalls Seeger Jolly. Buoyed by an unflagging love for her college town and a fierce entrepreneurial spirit, she opened Satchel almost immediately after graduation, setting up shop on Broughton Street with a couple of vintage machines and some bolts of cowhide. In 2010, she hired gifted seamstress Mahala Lewis to keep up with a regular inventory 34 of beautiful bags and custom requests,

The iconic “Pilot Duffel,” Satchel’s signature weekender bag. Photo by Izzy HudgIns

which grew to include extra pockets and longer straps and other exclusive items like guitar straps, tassels and beer koozies. The sartorial team brought on Georgia Southern intern Mary Kate Moorman fulltime in 2013 to help produce the twice-a year collections in-house, and Seeger Jolly’s older sister, Alison Seeger, keeps up with a growing side demand for slipcovers and furniture casings. Twenty-five percent of products go towards Satchel’s wholesale business, showcased for the international retail community at America’s Mart in Atlanta. “There is always something to do,” sighs the boss, whose impeccable personal style belies the frazzle of business ownership. “It’s just never slowed down.” The prominent main street locale helped elevate Satchel’s visibility, but when many of Broughton Street’s properties were plucked for development in 2014, it became one of the first casualties of the Ben Carter exodus. “The building got bought out and I couldn’t afford the rent,” says Seeger Jolly, who settled the shop two squares south on Liberty Street in the charming small business enclave that includes The Book Lady, Roots Up Gallery, Fabrika and Stitch. “I was so worried that no one would find us again. But it’s all worked out really well.” Indeed, the growing commercial district now pulls tourists up the Bull Street Corridor, and plenty of soigné shoppers turn the corner to seek out Satchel’s luxury leather goods. Seeger Jolly has transformed the former Home Run Video into a bright, airy workshop, the walls enlivened with abstract paintings by Savannah artist Shea Slemmer as the sewing machines hum. She makes lunch for her staff every day and often treats them to champagne in the afternoons, living out the philosophy she learned as a child. “My parents raised me to believe that if you find something you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

The “Stewardess Tote” was inspired by Seeger Jolly’s mother, Mary, who always gave her pilot husband an empty bag to bring back bread from San Francisco. Photo by izzy hudgIns

Elizabeth Seeger Jolly designs, crafts and sells her original luxury leather goods at her sunny workshop/boutique on Liberty Street. Photo by Kelli Boyd Photography


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the ever-popular “Pilot Duffel,” and if you’re willing to wait eight weeks, the classic style is available for custom order in ultra-modern leathers like acid-washed cowhide, python print and mesmerizing metallic. The evening will offer nibbles and bubbly, with a portion of sales donated to St. Joseph’s Candler Heart Hospital and Hospice Savannah. With a decade under her finely-crafted leather belt, Seeger Jolly is already looking towards the next ten years. Keeping up with demand while retaining her commitment to local production is the biggest challenge, and she’s met with other area designers to explore how to meet that need. “Sewing has been outsourced, and there’s generational gap in that skill,” she says. “It would be great to train a local work force and give people a sustainable career.” It’s an exciting and high-level idea, but a risky one. Could Savannah become a nexus for made-in-the-USA goods and a fashion production capital, utilizing the abundance of talent here while capitalizing on consumers’ quest for quality? In a world that seems to favor fast fashion and cheap goods, Satchel validates a strong, local market for bespoke bags that last a lifetime. “Clothing trends can come and go,” muses its proprietor with a grin. “But no matter what, we’ll always have to carry stuff around.” cs

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She still finds time to indulge her passion for exploring Savannah’s marshes and tributaries by kayak, and the former Ms. Seeger married longtime love and fellow adventurer Brian Jolly in a glorious affair at Jekyll Island last fall. Sadly, that joyful occasion was followed by the sudden passing of her father, Al Seeger, in April. One of the first to fly the supersonic F-102 interceptor planes in the National Guard, Mr. Seeger spent 37 years as a commercial airline captain. He retired in 1997, vowing to stay on the ground and drive around the country in an RV with his wife, Mary. The couple was visiting Savannah when he suffered a heart attack, and the doctors at St. Joseph’s Heart Hospital weren’t able to help him recover. A tireless champion of his youngest daughter’s creativity and business acumen, Capt. Seeger never doubted that his investment in her education would pay off. “He was always bragging about my grades when I was at SCAD,” she remembers with a misty smile. “And he was really proud that not only did I get a job in my field, I created one.” In tribute to his career and service, Seeger Jolly has tailored Satchel’s 10th anniversary event to honor the former TWA and Air Force Reserve pilot. The theme of the Friday, June 3 party is vintage airline travel, hearkening back to a time when men and women dressed with class, even in coach. Featured items include “Dad’s Jacket Bag,” evolved from a prototype crafted from her dad’s old leather outerwear, and the “Stewardess Tote,” a roomy foldable number inspired by the empty bag her mom used to send with him so he could bring back sourdough bread from his layovers in San Francisco. The shelves will also be stocked with


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Everybody Gose Crazy By Raymond Gaddy


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EVERY NOW and then you hear a news story about some language, animal or art form that is very nearly on the brink of extinction but rises slowly from near disaster because of the work of a dedicated group of people. The beer style known as gose is one of those stories. Gose (goes-uh) is a style of beer dating back at least a thousand years. It originated in the area around the German town of Goslar which derives its name from the nearby Gose River. In the 11th Century Goslar was a major mining center for the German Empire, the wealth and population growth that came along with the mining industry fueled a growing brewing industry. The most popular beer brewed in Goslar was, of course, the gose, a beer unlike any other, because it is brewed with salt.


The minerals that made Goslar a rich mining town also affected the local water table giving the water a slight salinity. Gose are related to wit beers and are, in fact, brewed with a 50% malted wheat grain bill and coriander, both required aspects of wit beers but when brewed with Goslar’s salty water and fermented with lactobacillus, the same family of bacteria that give us pickles, yogurt and sour dough bread, the beer that is produced is tart and refreshing with a salty finish, kind of like a margarita. Eventually Goslar’s mines dried up, as did the fortunes of the local brewers, but gose was still a desired beer especially in Leipzig a city not too far from Goslar. Leipzig brewers took up the style, modifying it enough that the

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style eventually became known as Leipziger Gose. Soon Gosenschänken (gose houses) were popping up all over Leipzig, maxing out at 80 licensed taverns in 1900. This was the peak of gose popularity though, and as two world wars moved through Germany and lagers grew in popularity, the style began its slow decline. By 1960 there were no breweries making gose, and it’s said that

the recipe was known to only a handful of people. With the fall of the wall, gose made a slow recovery in Leipzig and eventually the style found it’s way to the US. It’s still an uncommon style, most often released as a summer seasonal, but a few breweries, Sierra Nevada, Westbrook and Off Color Brewing to name a few, have put gose in their year-round lineup. Gose are great summer beers. They have a tang to them but are usually very mild, refreshing and low in ABV, usually hovering in the 5% range, making gose a very sessionable beer. As temperatures rise in Savannah it’s worth trying a gose or two. Try serving them up in a traditional cylindrical glass (a Tom Collins glass will work in a pinch). Here are a few you can find around town.

The Local Option Gose, Westbrook

Perhaps the strongest flavored beer in this list Westbrook’s Gose was one of the fist to be marked in the U.S. and to be

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added to a year round lineup. Westbrook’s take on the style has an aggressive tartness and more briny character than is palatable for some but it has a loyal following. If you like sours this will be a go to beer for you. If not there are some other options to help you build up to this gose.

Readily Available Options The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose Anderson Valley

Besides having one of the best names in craft beer The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose is a mighty fine introduction to the style. Anderson Valley’s take has a milder tartness and a sweeter finish and

is very drinkable. There are two variants of this gose, a blood orange version and a melon flavored option that provides less tang and more sweetness. All three variants are available in cans and with a low 4.2% ABV are great beach beers.

Otra Vez , Sierra Nevada

The full resurgence of the gose style was announced the day Sierra Nevada made Otra Vez a year round offering. Brewed with prickly pear cactus, Otra Vez is a fruity take on the style. Less salty than the other versions on this list it has a mild tartness and a more citrus than expected but is still a refreshing brew.





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Traditionally brewed with coriander and salt, Boulevard takes an additional step of steeping their gose with dried hibiscus flowers to add a floral note to the nose and flavor profile along with a distinct pink color to the appearance. This beer is only available in May and June.

Worth Hunting Down Coco Piña Gose, Coastal Empire Beer Co

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// The third time’s certainly not the charm when it comes to the X-Men film franchise. After the giddy heights of 2000’s X-Men and 2003’s X2, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand registered as a major disappointment. And after the brainy thrills of the quasi-reboot, 2011’s X-Men: First Class, and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the same sort of letdown can be experienced with X-Men: Apocalypse. If anything, X-Men: Apocalypse reminded me of those loooong-ago teen years when I not only read comic books but subscribed to a trio of team titles (to be specific, The Uncanny X-Men, The Avengers and Justice League of America). The best issues were always the ones which found the superheroes showcasing their distinct personalities and working through their personal problems; the weakest were the ones where the good guys spent the entire story pummeling some generic megalomaniac-of-the-month (The Avengers was the most guilty of this). More than any other picture in the X-series, Apocalypse skews toward the latter sort of tale, with too much emphasis spent on the dullest villain yet seen in this mutant-populated universe. That’s not to say there isn’t still plenty to enjoy in this outing, but the overriding sense is one of missed opportunities. The evildoer in this case is En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), a mutant who made his presence known in Ancient Egypt but who has since been laying dormant over the millennia. Awakened in the 1980s, he watches some TV, realizes humankind is a lost cause (presumably, he caught episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard and Joanie Loves Chachi to help him come to this conclusion), and decides to destroy the world in order to rebuild it. Aiding him are Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who just suffered a personal tragedy at the hands of yahoos, and various teenage mutants; standing against him are Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence),  Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and more teenage mutants. As always, individual scenes offer some familiar faces (you-know-who turns up as a Weapon X of mass destruction) as well as some unexpected ones (The Breakfast Club represented!). And as in Days of Future Past, there’s some scenestealing being perpetrated by Evan Peters as Quicksilver — director Bryan Singer returns to the same slo-mo well, but it still yields multiple chuckles. Singer and his three co-scripters also do a fine job of introducing Teen Beat versions of iconic X-characters like Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee, who co-starred opposite Fassbender in last year’s quirky Slow 42 West).

But all engaging activity comes to an abrupt halt whenever En Sabah Nur (aka Apocalypse) takes center stage. Isaac is an excellent actor, but he can do little with a part as parched as this one. Glowering under buckets of gloppy blue makeup, Isaac doesn’t seem to be playing a godlike figure capable of destroying the world as much as the sort of grumpy uncle who always complains at barbecues that there’s not enough mayonnaise in the cole slaw. Even more surprising than Isaac’s impotence in this role is Singer’s inability to make the action set-pieces as kinetic and kicky as the ones he orchestrated in past installments. Like much else in this overreaching underachiever, these scenes deliver the goods only in fits and starts, resulting in a movie where the excitement doesn’t build as much as it ebbs and flows.


// If I’m feeling particularly lazy when Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster eventually opens locally, I might just cut and paste the line I’ve assigned to Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash: “An English-language art-house effort that’s positively drenched in thick, tasty Euro-ambiance, the film serves up tantalizing characters and even more tantalizing ideas before turning shockingly tame, predictable and, well, American during the second half.” In the case of The Lobster, it’s the story that loses its fizz. But in the case of A Bigger Splash, it’s the characters. Set on the Italian island of Pantelleria, the picture takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to dissecting the lives of its principal players. Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is a rock star resting her damaged vocal chords in the company of her documentarian boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). Their days of snogging, shagging and sunbathing are interrupted by the arrival of Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes), a music producer (he once worked with the Rolling Stones) and Marianne’s former lover. Accompanying Harry is the aloof Penelope (Dakota Johnson), the daughter Harry just learned he had. All of the performances are excellent, although this is primarily Fiennes’ show. Often buttoned-up on screen, he really cuts loose here, playing a self-centered blowhard who talks nonstop and is prone to start dancing at any given moment. A Bigger Splash is utterly compelling as long as it focuses on its players and the way they all circle each other. But a late-inning infidelity and a late-inning crime — neither of which I bought for one millisecond — fly in the face of the carefully cultivated scenario, and it all culminates with a risible scene set in the rain.


/// The original Lethal Weapon back in 1987 has been given too much credit as the movie that birthed the “buddy action comedy” (48 Hrs. and Running Scared are but two that preceded it), but it was the most successful in that it led to three sequels even more lucrative. It was also the calling call for Shane Black, who was in his early 20s when he wrote the script and went on to pen other pictures like Last Action Hero and The Long Kiss Goodbye and write and direct Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (his best film) and, most recently, the cluttered Iron Man 3. After that dalliance with Marvel, Black returns to his milieu with The Nice Guys, a witty romp starring the unlikely team of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The Crowe-Gosling pairing might stir unhappy memories of such past whatwere-they-thinking? twofers as Pat Morita and Jay Leno (Collision Course), Ted Danson and Howie Mandel (A Fine Mess) or Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds (R.I.P.D.), but the truth is that they turn out to be a dynamic duo, going together as well as peanut butter and chocolate. Their characters, the bearish Jackson Healy (Crowe) and the bumbling Holland March (Gosling), are private dicks who pool their hot-and-cold talents to track down a missing woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) while subsequently investigating the murder of porn star Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio). Like practically all of Black’s scripts, the one for The Nice Guys is cold and steely to the touch, with little warmth or sympathy to be found anywhere. And while his convoluted plot aspires to stir memories of the likes of Chinatown and L.A. Confidential (the latter starring two of this film’s players, Crowe and Kim Basinger), it’s really not much more polished than any given episode of Magnum, P.I. The film does have a secret weapon in newcomer Angourie Rice, cast as March’s brainy daughter Holly. This 15-year-old Australian actress is terrific in a key role — she’s as integral to the action as the two stars — and comparisons to the teenage Reese Witherspoon are not inappropriate. Whether she ends up enjoying a similarly vibrant career remains to be seen, but she’s off to a terrific start.


/ The law of diminishing returns comes down with Mjolnir force on Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, a needless sequel that feels even more needless than the usual needless sequel. The 2014 hit Neighbors found married couple and new parents Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) having to contend with rowdy fraternity

brothers who move in next door. This sequel ingeniously finds Mac and Kelly now having to contend with rowdy sorority sisters who move in next door. There are a few chuckles tossed like birdseed along the way, though most of the humor is of the desperate, gross-out variety (the movie even begins with Kelly puking all over Mac’s face). And while the so-so original had trouble maintaining consistency with its characters, at least it had characters – Mac and Kelly, so likable in the first flick, are empty shells here.


///1 With no less than 12 superheroes on display, this clearly isn’t a one-man show; at the same time, it’s apparent that Captain America (as always, played to perfection by Chris Evans) is the principal character in this chapter of the ongoing saga, more personally tied to the proceedings thanks to the involvement of his childhood friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), now known (and feared) as the Winter Soldier. Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and scripters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are able to make Civil War feel like a direct follow-up to both 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Intriguingly, it shares narrative material with the lambasted Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with a discussion of whether superheroes should be allowed to roam— and fight—as they please or whether there should be some sort of governmental oversight when their actions lead to collateral damage. This issue comes to a head right at the beginning of this picture, as civilian deaths lead both the U.S. government (repped by William Hurt) and the United Nations to propose a resolution wherein the Avengers will only act when given permission by these bodies. And here’s where the movie starts to flex its intelligence, since it would be logical to assume that the patriotic, by-the-book Cap/Steve Rogers would be the one to agree to this and the maverick Iron Man/ Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) would be the one to snort and walk away. But after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, wherein Steve witnessed corruption at the highest levels, he’s no longer the all-trusting innocent, and he balks at this executive order. Stark, on the other hand, is haunted by a number of deaths—many at the hands of his creation Ultron—and he thinks that maybe the Avengers should be reined in a bit. The line in the sand becomes even more pronounced once Bucky is fingered for a terrorist bombing and Rogers comes to his aid, thereby establishing himself and his allies as fugitives.









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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

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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 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, ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Exhibition Proposals for Cultural Arts Gallery The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting exhibition proposals at the Cultural Arts Gallery for the 2017 calendar year. In conjunction with each exhibition, artists are encouraged to develop and present a learning opportunity to the public such as a workshop, lecture or demonstration. All mediums will be considered for non-degree seeking solo or group exhibitions, including video and installation pieces. Proposals should be professionally presented and should include a cover letter; a resume; an artist statement; a previous exhibition record; 10-12 digital images of the work to be considered; and a self-addressed stamped envelope if the proposal needs to be returned. The deadline for submissions is September 9, 2016 at 4 p.m. Proposals should be submitted to Debra Zumstein,

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Arts Programs Coordinator, City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 W. Henry St., Savannah, GA 31401. Proposal guidelines are available online at or by calling (912) 651-6783. Through Sep. 9. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. 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) 247-2982. Through July 31. 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 ( or by contacting Rebecca Brown at RBrown02@ 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. Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St. Homeschool Music Classes

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$5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities Bikram Yoga Savannah offers a weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Thursdays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 for class and proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. This is a regular Bikram Yoga class. ongoing. 912.356.8280. Savannah Uncorked This annual wine-tasting raises funds to support Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center and the critical care division at Memorial University Medical Center. Guests sample a variety of wines from around the world and pair them with cuisine from some of Savannah’s finest chefs. This year’s event will honor Carl Boyd, M.D., who is retiring after 40 years of service at Memorial Health. Boyd will be honored as the visionary who worked tirelessly to open Memorial’s first trauma center in 1985. Tickets are $100. For ticket information, call 912-350-1524 or email Bethuel1@ Sat., June 4, 7-10 p.m. The Savannah Golf Club, 1661 President St. SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-years-

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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 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. Champions Training Center Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. Chinese Language Classes The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Clay Classes Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-3514578. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912-897-7656. savannahaux. com. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at www.laurenl. com/creativity_coaching/ or contact ongoing. Online, ---. DUI Prevention Group Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/ session 912-443-0410. Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912-354continues on p. 48

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6686. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912-921-4646. Frame Loom Weaving with Jennifer Moss Learn how to express yourself in fiber through frame loom weaving. Students will learn how to construct and set up their own frame loom, and will progress from the basics of plain weave through specialized tapestry techniques. Emphasis will be placed on texture, color and composition. Each student will be able to create a sample and a completed woven project. No experience required. Materials for the loom and samples will be provided, but fiber for the final weaving must be purchased by the student. Held in second floor classroom, stair access only. $150 per person / $135 for Sulfur Studios Members Wed.,

June 1, 6-8 p.m. 912. 231. 7105. info@ events/1707503392845374/. sulfurstudios. org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. Game Design Camp If your child, ages 8-12, loves playing video games, this is the camp for you. This week-long camp will show you the keys to designing your first 2D platformers game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds and simple coding are just some of the concepts that will be explored. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. $325 until May 30, $340 May 31- June 5 Mon., June 6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 912-651-2005. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987.



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Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: MonFri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha. com/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Knitting & Crochet Classes Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. Latin Night with Free Lesson Join us every 1st Friday for a free group lesson followed by a Party for dancers. Come and practice all of your patterns that you have learned in class while meeting some fun people along the way. All ages and levels welcome. You don’t need a partner or have experience to come and enjoy dance with us. $10 per person or $15 per couple first Friday of every month, 7:30-10 p.m. 612.470.6683. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels in Guitar (electric, acoustic,classical), Piano, Bass, Voice, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory/Composition/Songwriting. 609 69th Street, Savannah GA. ongoing. 912398-8828. New Horizons Adult Band Program Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. Photography Classes Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. Pole Fitness Classes Pole dancing is a beautiful artform, and

a combination of dance, flexibility and gymnastics. Pole dancing has quickly become one of the most popular forms of fun and exercise for women. It can help you lose weight, gain beautiful muscle tone, make you stronger than ever and build confidence like no other form of exercise can. Join us on Tuesday nights and get fitter and stronger than you’ve ever been, with this amazing full body workout. Schedule TBA $20 Every other Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. 912-9881052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. R&B Soul Adult Line Dancing The R&B Soul line dance group Savannah Show Stoppers are conducting line dance classes every Monday night at the West Broad St. YMCA and every Tuesday nights at the John Delaware Center. Both classes starts at 6:30. Lamont Hunter, the founder of the Savannah Show Stoppers, is the Instructor. Donations Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-220-7712. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Reaching the Media 101 The National Association of Black Journalists, Savannah chapter hosts this event, which is geared to reach nonprofit organizations interested in reaching the public through the traditional media. Taught by seasoned media professionals this 101 workshop helps community leaders learn how to advocate for causes, recommend uplifting stories and provide a voice to the voiceless. Sat., June 4, 10 a.m. savstate. edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College 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. Summer Literacy Classes Royce Learning Center’s Adult & Community Education program has partnered with the White Bluff United Methodist Church to offer a free Summer class. Classes will focus on preparing adult students for High School Graduation, Reading & Literacy Support, and the General Education Development Diploma (GED). The Adult & Community Education (ACE) at Royce Learning Center is a program designed for adult learners of all ages and abilities. ACE uses an individualized, learner centered approach with an understanding that each learner has a different motivation for seeking education. Mondays, Wednesdays.. 912-354-4047. White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd. Weekend Workshops w/ Jeffrey Cohen & Andrea Boyd Cohen Join us in welcoming the dynamic duo

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Jeffrey & Andrea from Satsang Yoga in Charleston, SC. Friday is an Open Level Workshop w/ Andrea. This all levels class will allow up to explore challenging postures, have fun, & be creative. Sunday is ROCKASANA all levels w/Jeffrey Cohen. This class is loud, swift-moving, and appropriate for all levels. A basic knowledge of postures & Jivamukti sequences suggested. Indiviual Class : $30 earlybird / $35 after June 2nd Both Classes : $55 early bird / $60 after June 2nd These classes are not included on passes, memberships, or special offers. Sat., June 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sun., June 5, 1-3 p.m. 912-5084337. Revolution Yoga Studio, 204 West Victory Drive.

Clubs & Organizations

1 Million Cups 1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Free Wednesdays, 9 a.m.. Creators’ Foundry, 415 W Boundary St. Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio,

8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/ autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Chatham Sailing Club Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Amateur Radio Society

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1 Alter, as text 6 Does in, slangily 10 Org. that enforces liquid regulations 13 Carpenter’s joint 14 Pouty expressions 16 “Bali ___” 17 Ibsen play with unintelligible dialogue? 19 Shade thrower? 20 “And that’s the way ___” 21 Chekhov play about the empty spaces in wine barrels? 23 Cleveland cager, for short 24 Classic 1950 film noir 25 First-year class, slangily 26 “Family Feud” host Harvey 28 Geek blogger Wheaton 31 Golfer Isao ___ 32 Group with pitchforks and torches 36 Captain Hansen of “Deadliest Catch” 37 O’Neill play about a brand-new theater? 41 “Oedipus ___” 42 “California Dreamin’” singer 43 Speedy breed of steed, for short 45 Prevailed

46 Like some IPAs 50 T-shirt store freebie, maybe 52 Dot-___ boom 54 “Much ___ About Nothing” 55 With 61-Across, Williams play about living quarters on a tram? 59 “___ American Life” 60 Canadian singer/songwriter ___ Naked 61 See 55-Across 63 Honolulu hangable 64 The Care Bear ___ 65 13th-century Mongol invader 66 “C’___ la vie!” 67 Tissue issue 68 Drummer Peter of Kiss


1 Business school subject 2 Convene in 3 Fancy salad green 4 They can mean “yes” 5 Hereditary helix 6 University of Nebraska campus site 7 “Watch out for flying golf balls!” 8 Afrocentric clothing line since 1992 9 Behave like a bear 10 “What’s good for ___ ...” 11 Marketing rep’s product package

12 Aspires to greatness 15 Starter starter? 18 “Little” car in a 1964 hit 22 First name of a Fighting Irish legend 24 Jean jacket material 27 “Wet/dry” buy 28 Jane who divorced Reagan 29 ‘98 Apple 30 Last word of a Ricky Martin hit 33 Chew like a beaver 34 San ___ (Italian Riviera city) 35 “___ Buddies” (Tom Hanks sitcom) 37 Like bartered things 38 Inquisition targets 39 Tailor’s goal 40 AOL competitor, once 44 Where Moscow Mules may be served 47 “Mutiny on the Bounty” island 48 Nike competitor 49 Difficult questions 51 Microscope piece 52 Air Force student 53 Boston Bruins Hall of Famer Bobby 56 Grub 57 IRS agent, for short 58 0, in Spain 59 Emperor that hasn’t been around for 99 years 62 Enumeration shortcut

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(CARS) Meeting Amateur radio, sometimes referred to as Ham Radio, is a voluntary, non-commercial radio communications service. Our meetings are always open to the public, 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 to the public Mon., June 6, 7 p.m. 912-495-7332. coastalamateurradio@ coastalamateurradiosociety. net. White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 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. cgc. 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@ christian-business-networking-eventsavannah-tickets-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. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. 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. 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. 912-596-1962. Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA 50 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 Mondays. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912-344-5127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. Safe Kids Savannah A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. Savannah Brewers’ League Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-4470943. 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@ Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. Savannah Go Club This is a new club for the board game “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and times, please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Go Green Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub. org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. Savannah Newcomers Club

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A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962.

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. 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. com. Society for Creative Anachronism Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Veggies and Vegans Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. Toastmasters Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that

is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. 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@


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


13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-344-9768. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. PICKConcert: Eddie Venegas and the Lowcountry Jazz Collective A versatile performer, Venegas has worked with several renowned Jazz, Latin, and Classical ensembles and is taking a break from touring with Grammy award winning salsa singer Mark Anthony where he’s been lighting up the stage with fiery violin solos. $25 general, $22.50 Theater members Thu., June 2, 8 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. Concert: Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band A formidable eight-piece lineup rigged with vintage equipment, Tribute recreates the sound that the Allman Brothers produced over their inspired first five years, channeling the band’s dual-lead guitar fury and driving rhythms with an instinctive appreciation for how this music was originally written, recorded and

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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. 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. 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. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Basic Shag Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ongoing. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Beginner’s Belly Dance Classes Learn basic moves and choreography with local Belly Dancer, Nicole Edge. Class is open to all ages and skill levels. Walk-ins

Adult Ballet Class Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-8745. Adult Ballet Toning Always wanted the body of a ballerina? Well.. YOU CAN! Our class is designed to stretch, tone, and enhance your body to become healthier than ever. Join us and check out the calendar for dates to enroll. (this is apart of our fitness package of 10 classes for $80) $10.00 Mondays, 5 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Salon Try it for free de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Lessons Sundays 1:303;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. More local numbers:1-800-777-8000 Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Ahora en Español/18+ Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912925-7416. welcome. 15.00 Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. NEW SUMMER DRINK SPECIALS: Awaken with Chakradance™ 912-596-0889. A free-flowing, meditative dance, with Fitness on Broughton, eclectic music selected to resonate with 1 E. Broughton St. each specific chakra, along with guided Beginners Belly Dance Classes imagery. No dance experience or chakras Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill knowledge needed. $20 ongoing, 7-8:30 levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call Synergistic Bodies, or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. VOTED 7901 Waters Ave. BEST ADULT Ballet FIT! Beginners Belly Dancing with ENTERTAINMENT Love ballet? We are ready to get that Cybelle body in ballet shape. This total body For those with little-to-no dance workout is great for low impact and background. Instructor is formally trained, #1 UFCWith WATCH PARTY SPOT! high impactYOUR movements. a series has performed for over ten years. $15/ 12 NORTH LATHROP AVE. of bar, floor, and mat exercises, you will • 233.6930 person. Tues. 7pm-8pm. Private classes and leave refreshed and stretched. Toning, walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 WWW.SCORESSAVANNAH.COM


Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. info@ 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. 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. 912-5476449. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Dance Night Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit or call 912-7048726 for updated locations. Thursdays, 10 p.m. Gatsby’s, 408 West Broughton Street. Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit or call 912-7048726 for updated locations. Fridays, 10 p.m. Latin Chicks (Waters Ave.), 5205 Waters Avenue. Dance Party Dance on Thursdays at 8pm--fun, friendship, and dancing. Free for Savannah Ballroom students. $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912335-3335. 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@ Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Free Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fitness classes for all ages every Thursday, in the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the “Little Movers” class for toddlers. 12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-652-6780. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Free Trial Shimmy Chic: Belly Dance Fitness Shimmy and Shake with a BRAND NEW dance fitness program that we will start offering in January after the holiday break. Shimmy Chic is a low impact, high cardio workout that is designed to teach beginners and challenge the seasoned dancer. You will learn the true skill of belly dance while getting a great workout. Our instructor, Kit Dobry, is the only one certified in the Savannah area to teach this great workout! *Yoga mat is required Join us for a FREE trial Thursday, December 17th. FREE Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.. 612-470683. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson


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interpreted on stage. $25 Sat., June 4, 8 p.m. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. First Friday for Folk Music Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. $5 donation first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912-898-1876. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Savannah Songwriters Series Four singer-songwriters in the round swapping songs and the stories behind them. This month’s lineup includes Megan McMillan, Greg Williams, Phillip Wise, and Robert Cooper. $10 general, $9 Theater members Sun., June 5, 7 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. PICKSCAD New Alumni Concert w/ Dirty Heads, Moon Taxi Celebrate SCAD’s newest grads with this concert. Fri., June 3. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.





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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. 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. 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. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street.

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

The voices in our heads are our constant companions. They fill our inner sanctuary with streams of manic commentary. Often we’re not fully cognizant of the bedlam, since the outer world dominates our focus. But as soon as we close our eyes and turn our attention inward, we’re immersed in the jabbering babble. That’s the bad news, Aries. Now here’s the good news. In the coming weeks you will have far more power than usual to ignore, dodge, or even tamp down the jabbering babble. As a result, you may get a chance to spend unprecedented amounts of quality time with the still, small voice at your core -- the wise guide that is often drowned out by all the noise.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

We are inclined to believe that the best way to see the whole picture or the complete story is from above. The eagle that soars overhead can survey a vast terrain in one long gaze. The mountaintop perspective affords a sweeping look at a vast landscape. But sometimes this perspective isn’t perfectly useful. What we most need to see may be right next to us, or nearby, and it’s only visible if our vision is narrowly focused. Here’s how poet Charles Bernstein expresses it: “What’s missing from the bird’s eye view is plain to see on the ground.” Use this clue in the coming weeks.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

I foresee fertile chaos in your immediate future, Gemini. I predict lucky accidents and smoldering lucidity and disciplined spontaneity. Do you catch the spirit of what I’m suggesting? Your experiences will not be describable by tidy theories. Your intentions will not fit into neat categories. You will be a vivid embodiment of sweet paradoxes and crazy wisdom and confusing clarity. Simple souls may try to tone you down, but I hope you will evade their pressure as you explore the elegant contradictions you encounter. Love your life exactly as it is! Methodical improvisations will be your specialty. Giving gifts that are both selfish and unselfish will be one of your best tricks. “Healing extremes” will be your code phrase of power.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22)


According to many sources on the Internet, “werifesteria” is an obscure word from Old English. But my research suggests it was in fact dreamed up within the last few years by a playful hoaxster. Regardless of its origins, I think it’s an apt prescription to fix what’s bugging you. Here’s the definition: “to wander longingly through the forest in search of mystery and adventure.” If you are not currently seeking out at least a metaphorical version of that state, I think you should be. Now is an excellent time to reap the catalytic benefits of being willingly lost in a wild, idyllic, relaxing setting.

LaBlast Dance Fitness Created by world renowned dancer and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Louis Van Amstel, LaBlast uniquely combines a wide variety of ballroom dance styles and music genres. Do the Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Merengue, Salsa and Samba set to everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country – and burn fat and blast calories! No experience and no partner necessary. $15.00 drop in or 10 classes for $80.00 Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@ Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

I’m debating about which of your astrological houses will be your featured hotspot in the coming days. I’m guessing it will come down to two options: your House of Valid Greed and your House of Obligatory Sharing. The House of Valid Greed has a good chance to predominate, with its lush feasts and its expansive moods. But the House of Obligatory Sharing has an austere beauty that makes it a strong possibility, as well. Now here’s the trick ending, Leo: I’d like to see if you can emphasize both houses equally; I hope you’ll try to inhabit them both at the same time. Together they will grant you a power that neither could bestow alone.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Between now and July 25, there’s a chance you will reach the peak of a seemingly unclimbable mountain. You could win a privilege that neither you nor anyone else ever dreamed was within your reach. It’s possible you’ll achieve a milestone you’ve been secretly preparing for since childhood. Think I’m exaggerating, Virgo? I’m not. You could break a record for the biggest or best or fastest, or you might finally sneak past an obstacle that has cast a shadow over your self-image for years. And even if none of these exact events comes to pass, the odds are excellent that you will accomplish another unlikely or monumental feat. Congratulations in advance!

hatched,” he muses, “or eggs before they’re laid, chickens who might possibly lay eggs, birds who from afar might be confused with chickens.” I recommend this strategy for you in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Experiment with the pleasure of being wide open to surprises. Cultivate a mood of welcoming one-of-a-kind people, things, and events. Be so empty you have ample room to accommodate an influx of new dispensations. As James Guida concludes: “Not to count or think of chickens.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“No gift is ever exactly right for me,” mourns Capricorn poet James Richardson. Don’t you dare be like him in the coming days. Do whatever you must to ensure that you receive at least one gift that’s exactly right for you. Two gifts would be better; three sublime. Here’s another thought from Richardson: “Success repeats itself until it is a failure.” Don’t you dare illustrate that theory. Either instigate changes in the way you’ve been achieving success, or else initiate an entirely new way. Here’s one more tip from Richardson: “Those who demand consideration for their sacrifices were making investments, not sacrifices.” Don’t you dare be guilty of that sin. Make sacrifices, not investments. If you do, your sacrifices will ultimately turn out to be good investments.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“My mother gave birth to me once, yeah yeah yeah,” writes author Sara Levine. “But I’ve redone myself a million times.” I’m sure she is not demeaning her mom’s hard work, but rather celebrating her own. When’s the last time you gave birth to a fresh version of yourself? From where I stand, it looks like the next 12 to 15 months will be one of those fertile phases of reinvention. And right now is an excellent time to get a lightning-flash glimpse of what the New You might look like.

Life will invite you to explore the archetype of the Ethical Interloper in the coming days. The archetype of the Helpful Transgressor may tempt you, as well, and even the Congenial Meddler or the Compassionate Trickster might look appealing. I urge you to consider experimenting with all of these. It will probably be both fun and productive to break taboos in friendly ways. You could reconnoiter forbidden areas without freaking anyone out or causing a troublesome ruckus. If you’re sufficiently polite and kind in expressing your subversive intentions, you might leave a trail of good deeds in your wake.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Author Rebecca Solnit offers some tough advice that I think you could use. “Pain serves a purpose,” she says. “Without it you are in danger. What you cannot feel you cannot take care of.” With that in mind, Scorpio, I urge you to take full advantage of the suffering you’re experiencing. Treat it as a gift that will motivate you to transform the situation that’s causing you to hurt. Honor it as a blessing you can use to rise above the mediocre or abusive circumstances you have been tolerating.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Aphorist James Guida contemplates the good results that can come from not imposing expectations on the raw reality that’s on its way. “Not to count chickens before they’re

Your theme comes from the title of a poem by Fortesa Latifi: “I Am Still Learning How to Do the Easy Things.” During the next phase of your astrological cycle, I invite you to specialize in this study. You may imagine that you are already a master of the simple, obvious arts of life, but here’s the news: Few of us are. And the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to refine your practice. Here’s a good place to start: Eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, and give love when you’re lonely.

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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. 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. 912-272-8329. Modern Dance Class Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. Mom and ME DANCE Classes Does your baby love to dance? Sign up for our MOM and Me Dance class and explore movement to fun music and learn the basic skills of dance to develop better motor skills for your child. 18 months to 2 years old. $40.00 for 4 weeks Saturdays, 9-9:30 a.m. 612.470.6683. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Salsa Lessons Learn to dance salsa and bachata, and try it free before you buy it. Call 912-7048726 to reserve your space and visit for more information. ongoing. Salsa Savannah Latin Dance Studio, 408 Bull Street. Salsa Night Come and shake it to the best latin grooves and bachata the night away in Pooler where it’s cooler. Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. 912988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Salsa! Salsa! Salsa! 0 Thursdays, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. 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. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing ongoing. 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. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio A class designed to maintain that summer body by dancing and having fun.

Incorporates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912312-3549. 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. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr.


First City Network Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985), is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork. org. Gay AA Meeting True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. Georgia Equality Savannah Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. ongoing. GVNT HAVS GVNT HAVS is a free monthly drag show that houses the unique antics of the House of Gunt, a Savannah based free-form drag collective whose mission is to connect the trashy with the flashy, the kitschy with the classy, and the people of Savannah with a breath of fresh, queer air. Free first Thursday of every month, 10 p.m. houseofgunt@ continues on p. 54

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Matthew Michael and the case of the curious Mother-In-Law By Your Pal Erin

Dear Erin, Have you ever made a wrong prediction? If so, what happened? Just Curious Hi Just Curious, There’s no sugarcoating this one: yes I have, and it was awesomely bad. Here’s what happened: I was in Utah on a business trip and wound up bedridden with a bladder infection. In search of some holistic healing, I went to a new age bookstore and got a psychic reading while I was there. (No particular question in mind, that day. Mostly, I wanted to avoid holing up in a hotel room watching daytime TV.) When the reader said I had two children waiting to be born, I explained that my boyfriend Fred and I didn’t want any children; to which she said, “Fred’s not the father.” I knew in my heart that she wasn’t wrong. Fred and I had been falling apart for awhile. You’d think that living together for six years in a 300 sq. ft. NYC studio would have highlighted the fact, but given the alternative of being homeless, I’d proceeded with blinders on. Fred and I continued living together for the next six weeks, as I searched for a new home. Meanwhile, I was chatting online with a cute former co-worker named Finn. Back in my Los Angeles days, Finn would hang out in my office, flirting with me in his cranky, Old Man Flanders kind of way. I’d only been to Finn’s office once, after a gossipy co-worker pulled me aside and whispered in her whiny, Long Island accent, “Oh my god. Did you hear that Finn’s mom died? Don’t say anything. He doesn’t want anyone to know.” Stunned, I walked over to Finn’s desk and asked him if he needed anything. (Without mentioning his mom, of course.) “Why?” he demanded, as if I were a loitering kid on his front lawn. “Oh…nothing.” I said, admiring his bravery in the face of his grief. So Fred and I were still living together; Finn and I were emailing occasionally, with absolutely no sexual innuendo, but I was crushing on him a little bit… And then I had The Dream. I was holding the sweetest, most docile baby boy, with brown hair and brown eyes,

like Finn’s. As I rocked him, he said, “My name is Matthew Michael. I’ve been waiting to be born to you for awhile now.” That’s when I felt the booming voice of an older woman standing next to my bed. She said, “And I’ve been waiting, too!’ Grief causes us to do bizarre things. It doesn’t matter whether we’re mourning the death of a relationship or a loved one. It’s a strange fucking place. And for whatever reason, when I heard the disembodied voice of a woman standing beside me, I concluded that it was Finn’s dead mother insisting that I bear her a grandson. Go ahead and take a moment to let that sink in. I’ll just be sitting over here, feeling like a total dink for even admitting it. At the time, it didn’t even make sense to me, but I went with it. Rather than trying to overanalyze the situation or judge myself, I just let myself be who I was (a hurt woman in the middle of a common law divorce) and where I was (on a mission to give birth to my dead future mother-in-law’s grandson). Needless to say, I went into therapy. There I talked about my vision of Finn, our child and his deceased mother, rather than talking about the death of my relationship with Fred. Even though Matthew Michael and Finn’s mother were very real to me, I admitted that I was disassociating from my breakup by focusing on this “phantom” pregnancy instead of dealing with reality. For the next six months, my disposition was eerily similar to that of James Stewart in the movie “Harvey.” I openly acknowledged Matthew Michael and his nana to my friends, family, co-workers, even Fred. The only person who didn’t know about them was Finn. I prefaced the news with an email about his mom: “Remember that time that I came into your office shortly after your mom died to ask if everything was okay?” To which he replied: “What are you talking about? My mom’s not dead.” It turns out, our snidely co-worker lied to me to see how long I could keep a secret. (Guess what, bitchface? Ten years is your final answer.) So yeah, that happened. I guess the point of the story is to make peace with yourself; wherever you’re at, whenever your find yourself there. Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Just Curious. Happy Memorial Day to you! Your pal, Erin

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continued from previous page Chuck’s Bar, 305 West River Street. Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBTQI community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. PO Box 6044, Savannah, GA 31414. 501c nonprofit. ongoing. 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. standoutyouth. org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. What Makes a Family A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.

Literary Events

Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club Meets last Sunday of the month, 4pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-447-6605. sjchs. org/body.cfm?id=399. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Requiem for a Poet: A Celebration of the Life and Words of Kesi Moore-Shaw Poets will read pieces by, about and, dedicated to “Epiphany” – Dr. Kesi MooreShaw. Music, laughter, poetry, community. Join us as we give our sweet friend a joy filled send off. Hosted by Spitfire’s son Marquice Lashaud Williams. Free Thu., June 2, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Tea Time at Ola’s (Book Club) A book discussion group that meets the 4th Tuesday, 1pm. Bring a book you’ve read this month and tell all about it. Treats to share are always welcomed. Tea is provided. Call for info. ongoing. 912-232-5488. liveoakpl. org/. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 East Bay St.

Nature and Environment

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Coffee with a Ranger Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Creative Day Trip Bring your own materials to paint, sketch, write or shoot photos on Ossabaw Island’s beach and North End. Spend the day on your own or participate in an optional camera phone/instagram photo workshop led by photographer Stephen Morton. $85 Sun., June 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 912-233-5104. Ossabaw Island, 1 Cane Patch Rd. Dolphin Project Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about 54 estuarine dolphins and their environment.

Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. First Saturday Hike This moderately-paced, 3-mile hike will include a talk about the different ecosystems of the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellant. Parking pass is $5. $2 first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. 912-727-2339. FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. Gardening Session Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of every month. Free and open to the public first Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Walk on the Wild Side A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912395-1500. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115.

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. georgia. Buddhist Meditation All ages, lineages, and newcomers welcome. Our schedule is: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM- for 30 minutes mediation followed by study group, $10. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM- one hour of gentle yoga followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation, $15. Sundays 9-10:30 AM- Mediation, dharma talk and tea, $10. Reiki healing is offered by appointment. Text Rev. Cindy Beach at (912) 429-7265 for more info or visit or find us on Facebook. Located atLocated at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. $10-$15 ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E. 40th St. Catholic Singles A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ Gratitude Circle in the Squares Join Joanne Morton and others on

Wednesdays for a weekly gathering of positive energy. All are welcome. Free hugs. View calendar for the square of the week. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-6764280. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Read the Bible in One Year A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Service of Compline Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull.

South Valley Baptist Church Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. Sundays on Thursdays Worship Service Thursdays. 912-826-0206. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. Tapestry Church A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm-10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sundays, 11am. Email, call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-234-0980. uusavannah. org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 311 Harris St. Unity Church of Savannah Everyone is welcome. Unity of Savannah is not concerned with where people come from, what they look like, or whom they love – Unity is just glad that each person is here. Sunday 9:15am meditative service and 11:00am celebratory service show what the New Thought Movement is all about. Children’s church 11am service. Unity loves all people, just as they are. Sundays. 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah. org. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Vacation Bible School: Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love Children from kindergarten through sixth grade will gather daily from 6-9 p.m. to experience serving God and others through acts of love. The adventure includes energetic music, interactive Biblical fun, intriguing science projects, arts and crafts, education-based games, and more. In addition, dinner will be served to the children each night. $15 per student June 5-10, 6-9 p.m. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St.


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