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Film: The Perfume of the Lady in Black WED / JAN 4

Anyone even remotely interested in the history of European horror and suspense films will not want to miss this rare public screening of one of the least-known but most beautifully made Italian thrillers ever made. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean 13 E. Park Ave. $7

The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents Swan Lake SAT / JAN 7

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theater of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev dance company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life! Music By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. 7:30 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. 912.651.6550,

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Each week, this popular organic farm stand, managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more. In addition, 100 percent grass fed ground beef in various quantities are available at the farm stand, which is raised and distributed by Bethesda Academy’s Cattle & Beef Operation. Specialty cuts are also available. 3-5 p.m. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave.

Bring One for the Chipper

Drop off your Christmas tree at the airport recycle lot so it can be turned into mulch. Residents are asked to remove all lights, string, wire, metal hooks, nails, ornaments, tinsel, fake snow and bags before dropping off trees. While there, drop off holiday wrapping paper and cardboard in the nearby recycling container. Dec. 26-Jan. 7 Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, 400 Airways Ave.

Film: The Perfume of the Lady in Black

Anyone even remotely interested in the history of European horror and suspense films will not want to miss this rare public screening of one of the least-known but most beautifully made Italian thrillers ever made. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $7

Presented by Dr. Michael Benjamin of Armstrong State University. Part of Senior Citizens, Inc.’s winter lecture series. 1:30 p.m. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. $6

WED / JAN 4 - SAT / JAN 7


Bethesda Farm and Gardens Stand

Resilience, Resistance and Revolt: Black Abolitionists as Agents of Abolition

Bring One for the Chipper

Drop off your Christmas tree at the airport recycle lot so it can be turned into mulch. Residents are asked to remove all lights, string, wire, metal hooks, nails, ornaments, tinsel, fake snow and bags before dropping off trees. While there, drop off holiday wrapping paper and cardboard in the nearby recycling container. Dec. 26-Jan. 7 Savannah Hilton Head International Airport 400 Airways Ave.

Wednesday 1. 4

Treecycling SAT / JAN 7

Join Keep Georgia Beautiful in celebrating more than 25 years of treecycling. Drop your undecorated tree off at the Home Depot on Abercorn Street, Pooler Parkway, or Victory Drive, or at the Dean Forest Landfill. 9 a.m., Home Depot, 1901 East Victory Dr.

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Thursday 1. 5 Theater: KEN

Tom Coleman directs this play based on a short story by Arnold Sundgaard. Produced by Stratton Leopold. 7:30 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.

by Clark Byron. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. $5 donation 912-484-3936.

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, best known for his live radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion,” will offer insights and stories from his journey as one of America’s d First Friday Art March A monthly art walk featuring galleries, res- greatest storytellers. taurants, boutiques and more. Free Trolley 7 p.m. transportation, Indie Arts Market, and Kids Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W Oglethorpe Art Activities. Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers first Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave. always put their distinctive stamp on a Free song, making it at once their own and a First Friday Fireworks part of the chain of tradition that lies at the Celebrate the end of the week and the heart of bluegrass. beginning of a new month with First Friday 7:30 p.m. Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 East Hwy. 80. t first Friday of every month, 9:30 p.m. $28 Rousakis Plaza, River St. Pre-PULSE Youth Workshop: Intro Free

Friday 1. 6

First Friday for Folk Music

Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. Hosted

Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Free and open to the public


Theater: KEN

Film: Opera: Nabucco

Tom Coleman directs this play based on a short story by Arnold Sundgaard. Produced by Stratton Leopold. 7:30 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.

Tybee Frydee Feeyoud

A famous opera by Guiseppi Verdi, conducted by James Levine. 12:55 p.m. Regal Savannah Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St. $24

Come see two Tybee family dynasties, the Hostis and the Burkes, in a battle of wits on the Tybee Post Theater stage for the first in this monthly series. 8 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $10, $5 for Theater members

Forsyth Farmers Market

Saturday 1. 7

Front Porch Improv

Contra Dance

An evening of dance: contra, squares, and waltzes. Guest Caller Kenny Greer will teach and call all the dances. Glow in the Dark String Band will bring the tunes. Newcomers welcomed. Teens and up. Brought to you by Savannah Folk Music to Game Development with Game Society. Maker 7:30-10:30 p.m. Part of the PULSE Art + Technology Garden City United Methodist Church, 62 Festival. Instructed by Jonathan Bushnell. Varnedoe Ave. 4 p.m. $9/$6 students at door

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Forsyth Park Front Porch Improv mixes improv games, improv scenes, and stories into a seamless spontaneous and unscripted theatrical experience. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh at other people crying. Special guests for January are Brothers with Beards from Charleston. first Saturday of every month, 8 p.m. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. $15 continues on p. 6

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Gardening Session

or Victory Drive, or Dean Forest Landfill. 9 a.m. Home Depot (Victory Dr.), 1901 E Victory Dr.

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

Tybee MLK Parade

Grand marshaled by the Honorable Regina Thomas, former Georgia state senator. Wear your favorite hat in her honor. Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award. 2 p.m. Tybee Pier Pavilion

Stopover in the Yard w/ the Savannah Children’s Choir

Savannah Stopover presents this familyfriendly concert in the yard of the Grey. Ticket includes a menu of hot dogs, burgers, hot chocolate, and more. Proceeds benefit the Savannah Children’s Choir. 11:30 a.m. The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $25

Sunday 1. 8 Pre-PULSE Youth Workshop: Technology and Dance

Contra Dance

Theater: KEN

Tom Coleman directs this play based on a short story by Arnold Sundgaard. Produced by Stratton Leopold. 3 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.



Join Keep Georgia Beautiful in celebrating more than 25 years of tree-cycling. Drop your undecorated tree off at the Home Depot on Abercorn Street, Pooler Parkway,

An evening of dance: contra, squares, and waltzes. Guest Caller Kenny Greer will teach and call all the dances. Glow in the Dark String Band will bring the tunes. Newcomers welcomed, easy to learn, two left feet accepted, no need to bring a partner, friendly, fun, aerobic, and alcohol free. Teens and up. Brought to you by Savannah Folk Music Society. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Garden City United Methodist Church, 62 Varnedoe Ave. $9/$6 students at door 912-234-8891,,

jepson center

Monday Means Community: We Are the Leaders We’ve Been Looking For

Featuring Marisol Estrada, Tommy Crenshaw, Patricia Stewart, and Edy Gresham, facilitated by Regina Bradley. 7 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

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6pm Lecture by artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and David Bowen. 7pm Projection mapping performance “The Four Unicorns of the Apocalypse” by the Medeology Collective.

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Part of the PULSE Art + Technology Festival. Instructed by Britt Bacon. 11 a.m. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Free and open to the public


6pm “Submerged,” a dance with interactive visuals choreographed by Britt Bacon. 6:30pm “How to Speak Dinosaur,” a performance and talk by Courtney Brown.

CHIPTUNE CONCERT NIGHT! Saturday, January 14, 7pm Featuring Little Paw, with Matt Akers.

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Climate change, political change by Jim Morekis

IN 1733, when General James Oglethorpe and company settled what would soon be called Savannah, one of the plans was to start a silk industry here to compete with the Chinese market. They brought silkworm larvae and imported mulberry trees for the worms to eat and live in, thinking the creatures would thrive in our tropical climate. Turns out the climate wasn’t so tropical after all. The European settlers had underestimated the frosty bite of a Georgia winter, even on the mild coast. The native people of the coast, of course, could have told them this if asked! Those invasive mulberry trees and our competition with China remain to this day. But the great American silkworm experiment never quite panned out. Fast forward 283 years, when it’s 75 degrees on Christmas Day and nearly every summer day is over 90 degrees. Time to try the silkworms again? Climate change is here regardless of one’s political inclinations. Wishing something away doesn’t make it go away. More to the point, the “debate” over climate change has morphed. It’s so 2004 to argue over whether humans cause climate change. That argument always seemed to me a way to kick the can down the road anyway. In 2017, it doesn’t really matter whether climate change is totally anthropogenic, partially anthropogenic, or (much less likely) not anthropogenic at all. The data is clear that the earth’s average temperature is climbing, with calamitous effects for animals and people. This past summer was the hottest ever recorded, as was the summer before that one. I have long heard the idea that climate change is cyclical. And you know what? It


probably is somewhat cyclical. But that’s really a moot point, since the effects of climate change are already here whether or not it’s cyclical. Not to mention that cycles in planetary terms can be excruciatingly long in human terms. This week, in addition to David Kyler’s letter below, we feature Orlando Montoya’s report from the recent Climate Change conference in Brunswick. A quote from the piece jumped out at me. Spud Woodward, director of the coastal arm of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says, “We know that sea level’s rising. To not prepare for it is really not a responsible course of action, no matter what your political inclinations.” What struck me about this — other than the wonderful Southern name of Spud Woodward! — is that this is a professional official in a very conservative, Republican government, saying on the record that the effects of climate change are real. While the official Republican Party line is that climate change is at minimum overrated, and possibly even a hoax, we see time and again that climate change is accepted as real by all manner of government institutions, regardless of what politicians say on the campaign trail. Indeed, as we see from Woodward’s actual quote, it seems as long as you don’t use the words “climate change” or “global warming” you can have something approaching a productive conversation. Even Donald Trump’s Secretary of State pick, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, has said climate change is a real phenomenon. That said, the time for a presidential administration which will take the issue seriously as an agenda item has passed with the looming exit of Barack Obama. Truth be told, the Obama administration did little on the subject, and the only candidate to take climate change seriously on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders, was torpedoed by the party whose nomination he was seeking.

I’ve long said, to not much agreement, that the worst thing about the Trump administration is probably not going to be his stance on race and gender and other social justice issues — almost the only thing liberals focused on during the campaign — but on the environment. His cabinet picks so far, from oil exec Tillerson to the climate change-denying Scott Pruitt at EPA to Ron Zenke at Interior, only reinforce that sense of doom. We are in a new age where, for the next four years at least, there is literally no platform for traditional environmentalists to wield any type of political power. Oddly , this may prove an advantage. One of the more interesting generational shifts is the move away from old-school, politically focused environmental activism and toward grassroots social justice issues. While to be sure, environmental justice is a key component of social justice, there seems to be a clear move of Millennials away from their parents’ type of khakiclad checkbook activism. The heroic , physically courageous effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline might be a template for environmentalists in an age of what is — let’s face it — total political impotence. Harnessing a grassroots passion for human justice and environmental harmony may in the end be more effective than arguing against capitalism itself, as we post on social media platforms with a trillion dollar market value, on an iPhone made by the world’s most profitable corporation. In the end, just as Oglethorpe could have saved himself a lot of trouble by just asking the Yamacraw tribe about the weather, Native Americans may be able to show us another way forward to save the planet — and therefore ourselves. Simply and bluntly put: If anyone knows a little something about being screwed over and ignored by the government, it’s them. cs

Climate action a moral imperative

action to curtail the worst impacts of continuing emission Editor, of greenhouse gases. According to a 2016 poll by Due to such corrupt denial Yale and George Mason Univer- of facts, millions of Americans sity, 3 out of 4 registered voters including many Georgians, face think the climate is overheatincreasing risks to property ing and more than half believe and income caused by rising it’s caused by human activities. sea-level, wildfires, flooding, Meanwhile, politicians who and drought. are paid millions in campaign  Insurance costs rise, as contributions by the fossil fuel properties jeopardized can lose industry block much-needed significant net value. Moreover,

to the extent related damages are compensated by government programs, taxpayers shoulder the burden of this willful political negligence. Instead of being the lackeys of a polluting, increasingly reckless fossil-fuel industry, our elected officials must be held accountable to serving vital voter interests. By accepting this responsibility, officials will also score

well with the electorate by creating thousands of lasting jobs in clean energy, protecting global climate. Solar and wind power supports far more workers per dollar invested than oil, gas, and coal. The Center for a Sustainable Coast is committed to supporting the moral imperative of this pivotal transformation. David C. Kyler Center for a Sustainable Coast

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‘We know that sea level is rising’

A Special Report from the Georgia DNR Climate Change Conference By Orlando Montoya

THOSE DAYS after Hurricane Matthew were quite strange on the Georgia coast. It seemed like our marshy world was standing still. There was an eerie silence and nothing looked familiar. Strange indeed, during those days, the state government presented a conference on climate change. The same climate change that will cause more catastrophic storms like Matthew. The same climate change that many people in state government deny exists. “We know that sea level’s rising,” said Spud Woodward, the matter-of-fact director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, the arm of state government that organized

the conference long before the storm. “To not prepare for it is really not a responsible course of action, no matter what your political inclinations.” And in Georgia, “political inclinations” apparently refer to what’s causing all this weird weather. The idea of man-made climate change seems to rankle enough people in this deep red state that the conference was called “Prepare, Respond and Adapt: Is Georgia Climate Ready?” You’ll notice the glaring absence there of a word like “Stop” or “Reverse.” Much has been written about this point. So I won’t belabor it. This was, after all, the first-ever confab of its sort, focusing on the research, planning and potential effects of climate change – specifically in Georgia. It gathered 200+ attendees. I saw mostly scientists, activists and manager-type mid-level

professionals. I didn’t see any politicians or CEO’s of any stripe, another source of complaint, but not surprising. Our leaders’ indifference to this topic was old news in a place alight with new information. Take, for instance, just how much work, related to climate change in Georgia, is going on. Research, educational and even politically-controlled institutions statewide are doing lots of great work to move things in the right direction – despite the political climate. Pam Knox, the state climatologist, is tracking, alerting and getting some attention when she talks about Atlanta water woes and Georgia’s $14 billion annual agriculture industry. continues on p. 10


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“Spring, summer and winter are all getting drier, whereas the fall is getting wetter,” she said. “And that has some implications for agriculture because fall is a harvest time and normally you’d like it to be dry then.” Climate models predict that Georgia’s average annual rainfall actually won’t change that much. But precipitation extremes – droughts and floods – will be and already are getting worse. And droughts do great damage to Georgia’s most valuable ecological asset, the salt marsh, which like agriculture, is especially vulnerable in climate models. “The forecast indicates a decline in fish species richness in response to a decline in salt mash caused by sea level rise,” said Rachel Guy, a research coordinator at the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research reserve. “Over the next century or so, there’s anticipated to be at least, by some model estimates, a 45% decline in salt marshes.” Guy studies climate change as it relates to fisheries, another big industry in Georgia. But others are studying it as it relates to birds, oysters and other critters that run, jump and swim. I won’t bore you with their forecasts. But needless to say, they’re not good. And they’re not good because, where we live, it all comes back to the

“We know that sea level’s rising... To not prepare for it is really not a responsible course of action, no matter what your political inclinations.” fragile salt marsh. In his presentation, California State University biologist Joshua Reece ranked the salt marsh “No.1” on a list of 20 natural communities in coastal Georgia (I didn’t even know we had 20 natural communities) in order of “conservation value.” His research asked, if you had to pick which areas to save and which areas not to save here in the six coastal counties, which would they be, based on your conservation values? Do you save what’s most vulnerable, what’s most valuable or what won’t be able to adapt to the new climate? “In Georgia, at least, it doesn’t matter very much what your conservation value systems are, you’re not going to get a very different answer,” he said, pointing to ranked lists on a screen. Salt marsh, cypress plain, Okefenokee Swamp, beaches – always save. Certain oak forests, bottomland hardwoods – well, I

say, save it all. But let’s go back to “political inclinations” again. It’s nice to see someone’s thinking about who gets on the life boat. A panel on energy resources focused on solar panel installation. A panel on disaster recovery focused on lessons from Hurricane Matthew. And these represent just a few of the conference’s 18 climate change related panels, all specifically dealing with Georgia, presented over two days. In between, activists networked, kvetched and bent ears. The Sierra Club’s Karen Grainey was pushing Elba Island as our own Standing Rock. The Dogwood Alliance’s Vicki Weeks was pushing the “forests are not fuel” message. My personal favorite was the North Georgia fly fisherman Richard Rusk of Trout Unlimited, previously unknown

to me, who stood up at every panel to ask pointed questions. Why would a fly fisherman volunteer as a climate change activist? “We weren’t following it closely but during the 2006-2007 droughts we were witnessing mature trout floating up dead in that Nacoochee Bend section of the Chattahoochee, near Helen,” he said. “Fish from the hatcheries were dying within 30-40 minutes of them being placed in those rivers, the superheated water. By God, that got us interested.” Hunters and fishers, for the most part rural and conservative, can ally with environmental activists, as any Riverkeeper knows. But you have to start at common ground. “Prepare, Respond and Adapt” provided that framework. So does Matthew, strange as the days after it were. The wind didn’t ask what we believed in when it lashed, it just lashed. And if we can’t respond as one Georgia to that argument, these will be strange days, indeed. cs Check out orlando’s extended podcast on climate change with a georgia focus at


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Sarita Pittman’s Stiletto Society

‘Just because you’re struggling now doesn’t mean you’re not going to succeed’

SETBACKS, failures and disappointments. We’ve had enough of them recently. I’m quite ready for them to stop, honestly. But I feel a Karen Carpenter moment coming on. We’ve only just begun. Retired cosmetologist and former spa owner Sarita Pittman has four words for the downcast, mopey and butt-oncouch: “Get up. Work harder.” Yes, that’s rough and cold advice. But she of many an amazing hairdo and founder of the women-empowering Stiletto Society speaks from experience. Recently, she wanted people to know about those experiences. “I wish I didn’t have to feel disappointed and hurt,” she says. “But I can turn around and tell someone else, ‘Just because you’re struggling now doesn’t mean you’re not

“My grandmother, she was one of those ones like, ‘I don’t care what you’re going through, but you better get up, get dressed, put your face on and act like nothing’s wrong,” she says. Nana power! There’s something aspirational to crusty, old-fashioned “faking it” – that dishonest stance that somewhere back in the 90’s we replaced with the more authentic “letting it all fly.” You say to yourself, “This isn’t what I feel. This isn’t what I am. But it’s what I want to be. So I’ll do it.” Pittman used this strategy later, in another form, when she started her own small salon. She grew clients, lost them, grew clients and lost them again. But through the ups and downs, she gave to charity based not on her income, but based on her desired income. She was very frugal. “I gave to what I wanted to grow to,” Pittman says. “And I started working harder and harder.” She eventually developed a loyal following (she says she’ll go head-to-head with

anyone on color) that grew into a multistylist salon, Atira’s. She bought the spa. She ran it for six years. Workers stole from her, contractors didn’t deliver. She describes “finding reliable staff” as her career’s biggest challenge, a soul-sucking enterprise that had to end when her doctor ordered it. She gave it all up in 2013 to tend to her health and family. But so many women asked her for business advice that she decided to start a group to motivate and market female entrepreneurs. It’s called Stiletto Society, a combination of in-person and online education and networking for women that flies the flags of Pittman’s woe-to-wealth story. “People want to skip steps,” she says. “And sometimes in life, the very step that you’re trying to skip is the step that’s going to prepare you for your next [step].” It’s a relevant message for today’s discouraging times. No one cares about your discouragement, only your actions. So act! cs

At one point during her hair styling days, Sarita Pittman was making $10K+ a month. But behind the mask, there was depression, betrayal, loss and much more.

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By Orlando Montoya


going to succeed.” Pittman has had more success in life than most. At one point during her hair styling days, she was making $10K+ a month. She developed a line of beauty products. She owned Vanity Day Spa. But behind the mask, there was depression, betrayal, loss and much more. She outlined these events in a Facebook post called “True Story.” Honest and raw, it piqued my interest. “A lot things you don’t see,” she told me. “You don’t know a person’s story. You don’t know what they went through. You don’t know the diagnosis that people have.” Pittman says she didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about her “True Story.” Like all good social media blurbs, it was unplanned and quickly written. But I would call it a book’s first draft. It starts when she’s 20 years old, fresh out of cosmetology school and working at an unhappy barbershop in Hinesville. She returned to the family couch, gloomy and jobless for months.


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Were there black presidents before Obama? As you discussed back in 1991, in the precivil-rights-era U.S., “one drop of black blood” was often enough to label a person as black. Aside from President Obama, have there been any other American presidents who under the one-drop rule would have been considered black? —Rick Westerman AROUND the time of the 2008 election, some may remember, every piddly rumor about a former POTUS’s possible African heritage got a good airing under clickfriendly headlines like “Is Barack Obama Really Our First Black President?” I won’t keep you in suspense—most professional historians agree he probably is. Which is a sign of a likely cover-up, according to Dr. Leroy Vaughn, whose writings claim unacknowledged African descent for a number of previous presidents. His evidence? ”Whatever evidence there is, it would be destroyed,” says Vaughn, who like any good conspiracy theorist

finds proof of his belief in the lack of proof. Vaughn, a Los Angeles ophthalmologist, is the author of the self-published Black People and Their Place in World History (2002), setting him in a line of black researchers who’ve sought to identify prominent, ostensibly white historical figures as having had African ancestry. The most famous of these was Joel Augustus Rogers, a respected journalist whose work nonetheless included the 1965 pamphlet The Five Negro Presidents, which, Henry Louis Gates has written, “would get the ‘Black History Wishful Thinking Prize,’ hands down.” Vaughn, though, cites Rogers as his most important source. Thus far, the roster of presidents alleged to have been secretly black includes Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Harding, Coolidge, and Eisenhower. It’s an irony, of course, that in order to make the case that black Americans have regularly occupied the White House, Vaughn and his precursors often have to rely on stories of mixed-race parentage that originated as racist smears (a not uncommon political gambit in times past). Thus Andrew Jackson is determined to have had a black father based on wouldbe damning stories told by his enemies, and Vaughn makes much of a claim about Thomas Jefferson—namely that he was “the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father”—that didn’t pop up till after the Civil War. Contemporary mentions of Abraham Lincoln having “woolly hair” and caricatures of him as “Abraham Africanus the First” are probably better understood as anti-abolitionist race-baiting rather than evidence about his actual lineage. But in the secretly-black-president biz, any rumor of illegitimacy is also considered de facto proof of black parentage. Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, may have

been born to unmarried parents—ergo, she was mixed-race. Abe’s own paternity has long been disputed, with as many as 16 men IDed as possible papas other than poor Thomas Lincoln, who (depending on who you ask) was either rendered sterile by the mumps, mysteriously castrated, or cursed with testicles “no larger than peas.” From here it’s just one mighty leap to the conclusion that Abe’s ethnic background has been swept under the rug. Calvin Coolidge must’ve been black, Vaughn asserts, because his mom’s maiden name was Moor. (By this logic, Hugo Black was our first African-American Supreme Court justice.) Furthermore, Coolidge’s mother was rumored to have a Native American forebear. That’s more so-called proof—in a 1993 book, another black-president theorist, Auset BaKhufu, argues that by 1800 Native Americans in New England had become thoroughly intermingled with the local black population. As for Eisenhower: well, in 2004 a New York Times piece noted that “for decades there have been questions about the possible mixed-race ancestry of Ida Stover,” Ike’s mom, while providing no further context; the idea seems ultimately based on nothing more than Stover’s appearance in her 1885 wedding photograph. But at least one set of rumors has been put to rest. A 2015 DNA test of Warren Harding’s relatives found “no detectable genetic signatures of sub-Saharan African heritage,” suggesting less than a 5 percent chance that Harding had a black ancestor within four generations. Claims to the contrary were promoted nearly a century earlier by an Ohio academic and Harding-hater named William Estabrook Chancellor and spread around by Harding’s irate father-in-law. These claims proved particularly persistent— Harding’s grandniece recalled her family

telling her about a passerby who peeked into her baby carriage and explained, “Just wanted to see if she was black.” For the other such stories, their supporters’ last line of defense is “Well, you can’t prove it’s not true”—an all-too-common rhetorical move in these credulous times. Of course, if you trace anyone’s lineage back far enough, who knows what you’ll find; rewind a couple thousand generations and we’re all African, so under the one-drop rule, there’s no such thing as a white person. Which there really isn’t anyway, just as “black blood” doesn’t exist—science has established that traditional race categories don’t line up well with any underlying genetic distinction. But it’s just about impossible to convince some people there’s no hidden history of black presidents—or at least no easier than convincing other people that our actual black president wasn’t born in Kenya. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via

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Domestic dispute leads to murder/ suicide, police say

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department detectives are investigating a fatal domestic disturbance that claimed the life of two people, Dec. 23. The SCMPD received a third-party call via the Emergency Communications Center at approximately 4:04 p.m. regarding a domestic disturbance in the 1700 block of Grove Point Road. “Upon police arrival, officers made entry into a residence finding Amber Welch, 30, deceased on scene from an apparent gunshot wound. Due to the circumstances, Metro’s SWAT, Violent Crimes and Hostage Negotiations Team responded to the scene,” police say. “To ensure Ariell Middleton the safety of all involved, SWAT made re-entry into the home. This time, officers found Edward Jerome Greene, Jr., 34, deceased in another area of the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” police say. No one else was found inside the home. Southside Fire EMS responded to the scene and confirmed both deaths. “Investigators believe Greene and Welch were in a relationship. Detectives also believe this incident to be a murder-suicide; however this incident remains under investigation,” police report.

Metro investigates La Roche Avenue shooting

Detectives are investigating a shooting on the 5400 block of La Roche Avenue that injured Shawntavius Butler, 22, Tuesday, Dec. 27. At approximately 11:30 p.m., Metro officers responded to a store on the 2000 block of Eisenhower Drive, where Butler sought help after being shot. Reportedly, Butler and a passenger were traveling in a vehicle in the area near La Roche Avenue and Derenne Avenue when an unknown suspect fired shots at the vehicle. Butler was transported to Memorial

Medical University Center with non-life threatening injuries. The victim did not cooperate with police. Detectives do not believe this incident to be random and are working to determine the circumstances that led to this shooting.

Metro makes arrest in Southside shooting

Detectives are investigating a shooting that left one injured, Dec. 28. Metro responded to the 1500 block of Agate Street at approximately 11:57 p.m. finding Sadatra Kiett, 34, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Detectives believe the shooting occurred at an apartment complex in the 11900 block of White Bluff Road. “Before the shooting, Kiett and another individual reportedly engaged in an altercation before a female suspect fired shots at the victim. Kiett was able to retreat to her vehicle and leave the scene to seek aid,” police say. Ariell Middleton, 33, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault at the SCMPD Headquarters. She was transported to the Chatham County Detention Center without incident.

Ogeechee Road sexual assault

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a reported sexual assault of an adult female that occurred in a hotel in the Ogeechee Road area, Dec. 28. Reportedly, an adult female victim was walking near the intersection of Abercorn Street and Wilshire Boulevard between 2 and 3 p.m. when she was offered a ride. “The victim accepted the ride; however the suspect took the victim to an unknown hotel in the Ogeechee Road area. The suspect then sexually assaulted the female. Shortly after, the suspect took the victim back to the original location she was picked up from,” police say. The suspect is described as a black male possibly in his 50s. He is between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He weighs approximately 180 to 200 pounds. During the incident he was driving a white Ford Crown Victoria, possibly a 2008 or 2009 year model. cs All cases from recent local law enforcement incident reports. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 912/234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using keyword CSTOP2020.

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The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase “master artisans” recently, unveiled its made-toorder $149,900 mattress. Bloomberg News reported in December on Hastens’ use of superior construction materials such as pure steel springs, “slow-growing” pine, multiple layers of flax, horsehair lining (braided by hand, then unwound to ensure extra spring), and cotton covered by flameretardant wool batting. With a 25-year guarantee, an eight-hour-a-day sleep habit works out to $2 an hour. (Bonus: The Bloomberg reviewer, after a trial run, gave the “Vividus” a glowing thumbs-up.)

killing) two hardly misbehaving family dogs during a legal search of a house’s basement. Mark and Cheryl Brown had pointed out that their dogs never attacked; one, an officer admitted, was “just standing there” when shot and killed. The officers said that conducting a thorough search of the premises might have riled the dogs and threatened their safety. (Unaddressed was whether a dog might avoid being shot if it masters the classic trick of “playing dead.”)

Sounds Like a Joke

(1) Spencer Hanvey, 22, was charged with four burglaries of the same MedCare Pharmacy in Conway, Arkansas, in October and November, using the same The Job of the Researcher modus operandi each time to steal drugs. Humans are good at recognizing faces, (Bonus: Oddly, the drugs were not for but exceptionally poor at recognition when obsessive-compulsive disorder.) (2) If You the same face’s features are scrambled See Something, Say Something: Hamden or upside down. In December, a research (Connecticut) High School was put into team from the Netherlands and Japan lockdown for an hour on Dec. 15 when a published findings that chimpanzees are student was seen running in the hallway, the same way — when it comes to recogzig-zagging from side to side, swingnizing other chimps’ butts. That suging an arm and leaping into the air. gests, the scientists concluded, that Police were called, but quickly sophisticated recognition of rear learned that it was just a 12thends is as important for chimps grade boy practicing a basketYeah and (as “socio-sexual signaling,” such ball move and pretending to dont’ come as prevention of inbreeding) as dunk. back, 2016! faces are to humans. [Arkansas Online, 12-7-2016]

Suspicions Confirmed

Humanity has accumulated an estimated 30 trillion tons of “stuff,” according to research by University of Leicester geologists — enough to fit over 100 pounds’ worth over every square meter of the planet’s surface. The scientists, writing in the Anthropocene Review, are even more alarmed that very little of it is ever recycled and that buried layers of technofossils that define our era will clutter and weigh down the planet, hampering future generations. (Don’t just think of “garage sale” stuff, wrote Mother Nature News; think of every single thing we produce.)

Finer Points of the Law

A federal appeals court agreed with a jury in December that Battle Creek, Michigan, police were justified in shooting (and

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Low-Tech Pervs: (1) A camera-less Alan Ralph, 62, was arrested in Sarasota, Florida, in December after being seen on surveillance video in October in a Wal-Mart stooping down to the floor to peer up the skirt of a woman. (2) John Kuznezow, 54, was charged with invasion of privacy in Madison, Wisconsin, in November after he was discovered, pants down, up a tree outside a woman’s second-floor bedroom window.

Bright Ideas

The Immigrants Wanted to Believe: For about 10 years, organized crime rings operated a makeshift U.S. “embassy” in a rundown pink building in Accra, the capital of Ghana, issuing official-looking

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identification papers, including “visas” that theoretically permitted entry into the United States. The U.S. State Department finally persuaded Ghanian officials to close it down, but it is unknown if any purchasers were ever caught trying to immigrate. The “embassy,” with a U.S. flag outside, had well-spoken “consular officers” who reportedly collected about $6,000 per visa.

Weird Old World

(1) Wu Jianping, 25, from China’s Henan province, complained in November that he had been denied home loans at several banks for not providing fingerprints — because he has no arms (following a childhood accident) and “signs” documents by holding a pen in his mouth. He was not allowed to substitute “toeprints.” (2) Classes were canceled in early December in the village of Batagai in the Yakutia region of Siberia when the temperature reached minus 53 Celsius (minus 63 Fahrenheit) — but only for kids 15 and under; older children still had to get to school. Yakutia is regarded as the coldest inhabited region on the planet.

Sex Toys in the News

(1) The government in Saxony, Germany, chose as third-place winner of its 2016 prize for innovation and start-up companies the inventor of the ingenious silent vibrator (leading to shaming of the economy minister Martin Dulig, now known as “Dildo Dulig”). (2) An unknown armed robber made off with cash at the Lotions and Lace adult store in San Bernardino, California, in December — although employees told police they angrily pelted the man with dildos from the shelves as he ran out the door.

Least Competent Criminals

Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) Leonard Rinaldi, 53, was arrested in Torrington, Connecticut, in November following his theft of a rare-coin collection belonging to his father. The coins were valued at about $8,000, but apparently to make his theft less easily discoverable, he ran them through a Coinstar coin-cashing machine — netting himself a cool $60. (2) James Walsh was arrested in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Dec. 12 at a Wal-Mart after carting

out an unpaid-for big-screen TV. Walsh said he had swiped a TV on Dec. 11 with no problem — but failed to notice that, on the 12th, the store had a “shop with a cop” event at which St. Lucie County deputies were buying toys for kids.

Recurring Themes

Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation remains the most storied, but Venezuela is catching up. In mid-December, the government declared its largest-currency bill (the 100-bolivar note) worthless, replacing it with larger denomination money (after a brief cash-in period that has ended and which some drug dealers were likely shut out of). The 100-bolivar’s value had shrunk to 2 cents on the black market. Stacks of it were required to make even the smallest food purchases, and since wallets could no longer hold the notes, robbers feasted on the “packages” of money people carried around while shopping.

The Passing Parade

In October, Chicago alderman Howard Brookins Jr. publicly denounced “aggressive” squirrels that were gnawing through trash cans and costing the city an extra $300,000. A month later, Brookins was badly injured in a bicycle collision (broken nose, missing teeth) when a squirrel (in either a mighty coincidence or suicide terrorism) jumped into one of his wheels, sending Brookins over the handlebar.

A News of the Weird Classic

Every several years, News of the Weird helpfully reminds readers of one of the planet’s most bizarre customs: the Christmas tradition in Spain’s Catalonia region of decorating Nativity scenes with figurines of traditional Catalonians and famous people, each squatting to answer nature’s calls. The update this year is the availability of squatting Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, joining past presidents (including the all-time best-seller, President Obama), Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis. (Perhaps the least-tone-deaf explanation for the tradition is that if the manger is fertilized, the coming year’s crops can be expected to flourish.) cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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Dancers move and groove to the rhythm of the Soul Train Line.

Baumgardner’s band Ambrose will get the crowd going with a live set, and DJ Doc Ock will follow on the decks. For 35 years, Soul Train captivated TV audiences. Emerging from the golden age of youth-oriented dance programs, the show, hosted by news reader, reporter, and DJ Don Cornelius, aired from 1971 to 1993. “I used to watch Soul Train every Saturday when I was six and seven,” Daniel recalls. “My older brother, he only listened to ZZ Top and AC/DC and The Eagles. Then my sister started listening to disco…two years later, my brother was Continued on page 16

“One time, I was watching it, and this girl just started attacking her boyfriend on live TV! I was like ‘Holy shit, that was awesome!’ In the middle of the line, people standing on each side, she just started slapping him.”

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Got your boarding pass? It’s time to get on the train! El-Rocko Lounge’s only been open about six months, but in that brief time, the glitzy Whitaker Street bar has become one of downtown’s hottest dance spots. With a rotating cast of DJs, live bands, a shimmering interior, and undeniably stylish clientele, owner Wes Daniel’s swanky ‘70s-inspired bar is a total hit. If you’ve been around since Daniel’s Hang Fire days, you know the wild nightlife king loves a good theme party. Inspired by the space’s lush, plush interior, ElRocko staffers have conceived an unforgettable party to start 2017 in retro style: Goooold Traiiinn: A Soul Train Revival. “It came up as an idea one night how El-Rocko seems like the perfect place to have something based around a funk and soul vibe,” shares El-Rocko bartender and party-dreamer-upper Sarah Florio. “I got to talking with Steve [Baumgardner] about putting an event together, and we decided to give it a go and maybe even make it a monthly thing.”


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going to discos and dancing, picking up girls, completely flipped the script!” Even KISS-obsessed Daniel got on the train with his siblings. “One of my favorite episodes, they’re dancing at the end down this party line,” he remembers excitedly. “The couples would come through and dance. One time, I was watching it, and this girl just started attacking her boyfriend on live TV! I was like ‘Holy shit, that was awesome!’ In the middle of the line, people standing on each side, she just started slapping him.” What would Daniel do if such a scene was recreated at El-Rocko’s Soul Train night? “I’ll take an ass-beating from a girl any day!” he cackles. This isn’t just a theme party, either; ElRocko is replicating the show’s format as closely as they can. Grab a partner and get ready to go down the popular Soul Train Line, in which dancers form two lines with a space in the middle for participants to strut down and dance in consecutive order (practicing your moves in the mirror ahead of time is highly recommended). Don Cornelius— that’s Wes Daniel, everybody—will even conduct interviews just like on the original TV program. “We’re pretty much following it the same way the show did,” says Florio. “Going down the Soul Train Line, asking the dancers where they came from, how they’re doing, what their name is. It’ll be just like [the original], for the most part, but almost like in a spooky way—because you know how Wes is!” There will also be Soul Train Scramble Board, a game in which two dancers are

given one minute to unscramble a set of letters that form the name of that particular show’s performer or a noteworthy figure in African-American history. Attendees are highly encouraged to dress the part in their disco best: bell bottoms, shiny, shiny, shiny all around, halter tops, open button-ups, butterfly collars, platform shoes, the works. Local vintage boutique House of Strut is even outfitting the El-Rocko staff to capture that quintessential ‘70s sheen. Ambrose, a favorite for their blend of soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, and hip-hop, has crafted a very special set for the evening. “They’re going to be playing Soul Trainesque songs,” Florio hints. “They’re going to mix in originals along with a bunch of songs that were played on the show that they’ve been practicing.” DJ Doc Ock has a healthy stash of disco tunes to spin in order to keep the party going ‘til closing time. “I’m super-excited about it,” says Daniel. “This was Sarah and Steve’s idea, and I am all about it. I’m leaving the music up to them, and they’re super-stoked. I think ElRocko is the perfect atmosphere for it—the place looks like a backdrop for Soul Train!” Adds Florio: “We think it’s like bringing back the whole aspect of really good music and carefree times, where nobody’s thinking about anything but having a really good time!” CS

Gooold Traiiinn: A Soul Train Revival Where: El-Rocko Lounge When: Friday, January 6, 7 p.m. Info: Free, 21+

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Joe Marcinek is a versatile player who acts as keyboardist in the band Terrapin Flyer and guitarist Fresh Hops—but when he gets his “solo” gig together, it’s a whole new kind of party. Joe Marcinek Band keeps it fresh and surprising by featuring a different lineup for each show. This particular gig features a wildly impressive crew with Tony Hall of acclaimed New Orleans band Dumpstaphunk on bass, Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy on keys, and Alvin Ford, Jr. of Pretty Lights on drums. The band is currently touring in support of a new album, Slink, and the tour’s featured an stellar range of guests, including Joey Porter (The Motet), Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Savannah fave Ike Stubblefield, Holly Bowling, Janis Wallin, Pete Koopmans, and many more. Marcinek and his Band have performed for Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative at The Field Museum in Chicago, has featured members of String Cheese Incident, P-Funk, Talking Heads, The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Phil Lesh & Friends, and created a name through edge-of-your-seat improvisation and jazzy original compositions. Friday, January 6, 9:45 p.m., free, 21+

It’s a new era at The Wormhole: the Starland bar has taken advantage of the revised alcohol ordinance and will now host shows for folks aged 18 and up. Woo! Celebrate with a stacked bill of heavy bands from all over the place. SECT self-released an eruptive self-titled debut LP in 2016 that won over the hardcore world. The crushing, grimy sound was enough to ensnare fans, but the players alone was enough to catch their eyes and ears. With vocalist Chris Colohan of Cursed, guitarist James Chang, formerly of Catharsis, guitarist Scott Crouse of Earth Crisis, bassist Ian Edwards, also of Earth Crisis, and drummer Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, it’s an unusual supergroup lineup that just works. They’re joined by metal-infused hardcore band Advent, returning after a six-year break, the explosive Jesus Piece (they played the now-gone Savannah DIY spot The Furnace last year), Pittsburgh’s Eternal Sleep, Boston experimental hardcore act Vein, and Absolute Suffering of Springfield, Massachusetts. Friday, January 6, doors at 8:30, $10 advance tickets via 912shows.

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Stopover in the Yard @The Grey

Welcome 2017 with a great lunch and great music in the Yard at The Grey. Savannah Stopover’s oh-so-Savannah series, which features food fresh off the grill and a rotating schedule of musicians from the region, is back and even better: every date will benefit a local charity or organization. The January 6 date acts as a benefit for Savannah Children’s Choir, with musical entertainment coming from none other than the Choir itself! Bring the whole crew and dig into a meal of hot dogs, burgers, hot chocolate, and much more. It’s just $25 for a plate, drink, and show, and $4 of each ticket goes directly to the Choir. Mark your calendars for future Stopovers in the Yard, including February 11, a benefit for University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Oyster Hatchery, March 11, benefitting Rape Crisis Center of The Coastal Empire, April 8, benefitting Savannah Bicycle Campaign, and May 13, benefitting Telfair Museums Art 912. Saturday, January 7, 11:30 a.m., $25, all-ages

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Enjoy a showcase of great Southern songwriting at The Jinx this weekend. Savannah’s own Isaac Smith, accompanied by Ethan Stewart on lead guitar, Robert Britton Saunders on drums, and Phillip Reynolds Price on keys, will pay a warm Hostess City welcome to Atlanta’s Pony League and Charleston’s The High Divers. Pony League make sweeping, summertime kind of rollicking alt-country with (they’d call it “Piano Punk” themselves). Honey-laden guitar leads swell over punchy snares and hooky melodies. Check out their tune “Harder Than A Rick Ankiel,” an ode to former Atlanta Braves pitcher turned out fielder Rick Ankiel. That tune came out on Bear Kids Recordings as a cassingle with “Bad Habit,” a gently catchy number, on the flip side. The High Divers ain’t strangers to Savannah, though this is their first gig at The Jinx, and it’s always a pleasure to see them return. Their brand of Americana is a Jeff Tweedy-meets-Neil Young-meets-Tom Petty kind of greatness that’s earned them accolades and praise through relentless touring and promotion. Saturday, January 7, show at 9 p.m., $10, 21+ Pony League

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Barrelhouse South VuDu Cocktail Acoustic Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Thea, piano/vocals, 6 p.m. Boomy’s Eric Culberson Band, 10 p.m. coffee deli Acoustic Jam, 7 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Happy Hour w/ Anders Thomsen, 6 p.m. Five Oaks Taproom Eric Britt, 8 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Cory Chambers Rachael’s 1190 Jeremy Riddle, 10 p.m. The Sandbar Open Mic, 9 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Latin Music Night, 9 p.m. Tree House Wobble Wednesday Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane, 8 p.m. White Rabbit Wobble Wednesdays w/ CLVLND Wild Wing Cafe Brandon Reeves, 5 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 9 p.m.

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The Chromatic Dragon Geeky Trivia Night, 8 p.m. Dub’s Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. The Jinx Rock n Roll Bingo, 10 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Team Trivia, 8:45 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m. World of Beer Trivia, 7 p.m.


Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Hercules Bar & Grill Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke hosted by K-Rawk, 8 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


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Thursday 1. 5 Live Music

Barrelhouse South Josh Brannon Band, 10 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Josh Johansson, 6:30 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Blackout, 10 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch, 8 p.m. The Jinx Dance Party w/ DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Jason Bible, 7:30 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Acoustic Thursday, 6 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 6 p.m.

Trivia & Games

The Britannia British Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Butt Naked Trivia with Kowboi, 7 p.m. Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Trivia Pour Larry’s Explicit Trivia, 10 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar 80s and 90s Trivia, 8 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club Trivia, 7:30 p.m.


Applebee’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill Trivia and Karaoke, 7 p.m. The Chromatic Dragon Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Doodles Karaoke, 9 p.m. Flashback Karaoke, 8 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke, 8 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Karaoke Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Karaoke, 8 p.m. World of Beer Karaoke, 9 p.m.


Congress Street Social Club DJ Blackout, 10 p.m. The Jinx Live DJ, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao Mediterranean Tavern DJ Kirby Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.

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Friday 1. 6 Live Music

A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning, 7 p.m. Barrelhouse South Joe Marcinek Band ft. Tony Hall of Dumpstaphunk, 9:45 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Christy Alan Duo, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club The Mustard, 10 p.m. Fiore Italian Bar and Grill Anne Allman, 6:30 p.m. The Funky Brunch Cafe The Dimes, 7:30 p.m. House of Strut Ana Barragan and the Flying Bacon Cheeseburgers, 6 p.m. The Jinx Pee Wee Moore, A.M. Rodriguez, Alex Culbreth, 10 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Greg Williams, 7:30 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Tradewinds, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub BBXF, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Coey Jones Band, 10 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, 7:30 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Southpaw Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Vic’s on The River Frank Bright and Claire Frazier

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Wild Wing Cafe Thoms Claxton, Bill Hodgson, Permanent Tourist, 9:30 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Nickel Bag of Funk, 9:30 p.m. The Wormhole Sect, Advent, Eternal Sleep, Jesus Piece, Vein, Absolute Suffering, 8:30 p.m.

Trivia & Games

Coach’s Corner Trivia, Movies & Music Trivia, 8 p.m.


Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 7 p.m. The Islander Karaoke, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Sunny’s Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/DJ, 10:30 p.m.


Club 309 West DJ Zay Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m. Hercules Bar & Grill DJ Little Lucky’s DJ Sweet Treat Melissa Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ C-Rok, 10 p.m. Tree House DJ Phive Star

Bar & Club Events

Abe’s on Lincoln DJ Doc Ock, 9 p.m. Club One Drag Show El-Rocko Lounge Gooold Traiiinn: A Soul Train Revival with Ambrose & DJ Doc Ock, 7 p.m.

Saturday 1. 7 Live Music

17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning, first Friday-Sunday of every month, 7 p.m. Barrelhouse South The Mustard, BBXF, 9:45 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Wood and Steel, 7:30 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Boomy’s Liquid Ginger Casimir’s Lounge Jackson Evans Trio, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Versatile, 10 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge DJ Precisa The Funky Brunch Cafe Allman/ Moody Group, 7:30 p.m. The Grey Stopover in the Yard w/ the Savannah Children’s Choir, 11:30 a.m. The Jinx The High Divers, Pony League, Isaac Smith, 9 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Justin Morris, 7:30 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Jon Lee and the Apparitions, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Daniel Marshall, 10 p.m. The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Eddie Wilson Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Sonic Shockwave, Live Music Vic’s on The River Frank Bright and Claire Frazier Wild Wing Cafe Broadcast 90: The

Ultimate 90’s Rock Tribute, 10 p.m.1 a.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Voodoo Soup, 9:30 p.m.


Applebee’s Karaoke, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Doodles Karaoke Thursday & Saturdays, 9 p.m. The Islander Karaoke, 10 p.m. Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke, 8 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Karaoke, 8 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.


City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs Front Porch Improv ft. Brothers with Beards, 8 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Comedy Night The Wormhole Comedy Planet ft. Ian Aber, 8 p.m.


Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m. Little Lucky’s DJ Sweet Treat Melissa Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Pieces, 10 p.m. Tree House DJ Phive Star

Bar & Club Events

Club One Drag Show, 12:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 1. 8 Live Music

17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning, 7 p.m. Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) Equinox Trio Jazz Brunch, 11:30 a.m. Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10:30 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Luke Landers, 7:30 p.m. The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch, 12:30 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton, 8 p.m.

Trivia & Games

Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m.


Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/DJ, 10:30 p.m.


Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m.

Monday 1. 9 Live Music

Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mic with Craig Tanner and Mr. Williams, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m., Open Mic, 6 p.m.

Trivia & Games

Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina Team Trivia, 7:30 p.m. The Britannia British Pub Bingo, 8 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Bingo


Boomy’s Karaoke, 10 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Molly Mondays, 10:30 p.m.


The Jinx DJ Lucky Bastard, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao SEED Eco Lounge DJ Pieces, 10 p.m.

Tuesday 1.10 Live Music

Bay Street Blues Ben Keiser Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Jam Night with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Thea, piano/vocals, 6 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe Gino Fanelli, 7 p.m. The Jinx Hip-Hop Night, 11 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Stan Ray, 7:30 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Open Mic, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Open Mic The Sentient Bean Tongue: Open Mouth and Music Show hosted by Melanie Goldey, 8 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 5 p.m.

Trivia & Games

Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Coach’s Corner Trivia, 8 p.m. CoCo’s Sunset Grille Trivia, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Trivia, 10 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7:3010 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Battle of The Sexes Game, 9 p.m. Mellow Mushroom Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Trivia, 9 p.m. The Wormhole Trivia, 10:30 p.m.


Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 7 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, ongoing, 9 p.m. The Rail Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


Chuck’s Bar Comedy Open Mic, 9:30 p.m.


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Abe’s on Lincoln 17 Lincoln St. Savannah-Downtown 912-349-0525

A-J’s Dockside 1315 Chatham Ave. Tybee Island 912-786-9533

Applebee’s 1492 E. Oglethorpe Hwy. Hinesville 912-369-4909

Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) 1 Resort Dr. Savannah-Downtown 912-201-2085

Barrelhouse South 125 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown 912-662-5576

Basil’s Pizza and Deli 216 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Wilmington Island 912-897-6400

Bay Street Blues 17 E. Bay St. Savannah-Downtown 912-236-6655

Bayou Cafe 14 N. Abercorn St. Savannah-Downtown 912-233-6411

Billy’s Place at McDonough’s 20 E. Perry St. Savannah-Downtown


Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina 1611 Habersham St. Savannah-Midtown 912-231-2385

Blueberry Hill 546 Dean Forest Rd. Savannah-Westside 964-8401

Boomy’s 409 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown 912-436-6660

The Britannia British Pub 140 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Wilmington Island 912-898-4257

Casimir’s Lounge 700 Drayton St. Savannah-Midtown


The Chromatic Dragon 514 MLK Jr. Blvd. Savannah-Downtown 912-289-0350

Chuck’s Bar 305 W. River St. Savannah-Downtown 912-232-1005

City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs 9 West Henry St. Savannah-Downtown Club 309 West 309 W. River St. Savannah-Downtown 912-236-1901

Club One 1 Jefferson St. Savannah-Downtown 912-232-0200

Coach’s Corner 3016 E. Victory Dr. Savannah-Eastside 912-352-2933

CoCo’s Sunset Grille 1 Old U.S. Hwy. 80 Tybee Island 912-786-7810

coffee deli 4517 Habersham St. Savannah-Midtown


Congress Street Social Club 411 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown 912-238-1985

Doodles 586 S. Columbia Ave. Rincon 912-295-2536

Doubles Nightclub 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah-Southside 912-352-7100

Dub’s Pub 225 W. River St. Savannah-Downtown (912) 200-3652

El-Rocko Lounge 117 Whitaker St. Savannah-Downtown 912-495-5808

Fannie’s on the Beach 1613 Strand Ave. Tybee Island 912-786-6109

Fia Rua Irish Pub 10132 Ford Ave. Richmond Hill 912-459-4160

Fiore Italian Bar and Grill 7360 Skidaway Rd. Isle of Hope 912-349-2609

Five Oaks Taproom 201 W. Bay St. Savannah-Downtown

Flashback 10010-B Ford Ave. Richmond Hill The Funky Brunch Cafe 304 E. Broughton St. Savannah-Downtown

The Grey 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Sandfly Hercules Bar & Grill 2500 Dean Forest Rd. Savannah-Westside House of Strut 17 West 41st Street Savannah-Downtown

The Islander 301 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Wilmington Island The Jinx 127 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown Jukebox Bar & Grill 3741 US Hwy 17 Ste 500 Richmond Hill Little Lucky’s 6 Gateway Blvd. E. Savannah-Southside Mansion on Forsyth Park 700 Drayton St. Savannah-Downtown

McDonough’s 21 E. McDonough St. Savannah-Downtown

Mediterranean Tavern 125 Foxfield Way Pooler Mellow Mushroom 11 W. Liberty St. Savannah-Downtown

Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina 2518 Hwy 17 Richmond Hill

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub 311 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) 110 Towne Center Dr. Pooler

The Olde Pink House 23 Abercorn St. Savannah-Downtown

Pour Larry’s 206 W. St. Julian St. Savannah-Downtown Rachael’s 1190 1190 King George Blvd. Savannah-Southside

The Rail Pub 405 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown

Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant 402 MLK Jr. Blvd. Savannah-Downtown

Rusty Rudders Tap House 303 W. River St. Savannah-Downtown Ruth’s Chris Steak House 111 W. Bay St. Savannah-Downtown

The Sandbar 1512 Butler Ave. Tybee Island Savannah Taphouse 125 E. Broughton St. Savannah-Downtown

Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill 65 Fairmont Ave. Savannah-Southside SEED Eco Lounge 39 Montgomery St. Savannah-Downtown The Sentient Bean 13 E. Park Ave. Savannah-Downtown

Sunny’s Lounge 5630 Ogeechee Rd. Savannah-Southside Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill 11215 Abercorn St. Savannah-Southside Tijuana Flats 1800 E. Victory Dr. Savannah-Midtown

Totally Awesome Bar 107 B Whitaker St. Savannah-Downtown Tree House 309 W. St. Julian St. Savannah-Downtown

Tybee Island Social Club 1311 Butler Ave. Tybee Island

Vic’s on The River 26 E. Bay St. Savannah-Downtown

The Warehouse 18 E. River St. Savannah-Downtown

Wet Willie’s 101 E. River St. Savannah-Downtown 912-233-5650

White Rabbit 307 W. River Street Savannah-Downtown Wild Wing Cafe 27 Barnard St. Savannah-Downtown 912-790-9464

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World of Beer 112 W. Broughton St. Savannah-Downtown 912-443-1515

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How to speak dinosaur

Sound artist Courtney Brown brings interactive innovation to PULSE by rachael flora

JAN 4-10, 2017

DINOSAURS have always sparked interest for how unusual they seem to us. We only know about them through extensive research, so every opportunity to learn more about them feels like a secret being uncovered. Sound artist Courtney Brown wasn’t always into dinosaurs, but a stop at a dino22 saur museum in New Mexico piqued her

interest. “We went in there and the thing that intrigued me the most was this Parasaurolophus, also known as a hadrosaur. You would press a button and hear the simulated call,” remembers Brown. “This call came from the early ‘90s and they were able to recreate this call virtually. So when I pressed the button and heard the call, I create new musical interface, so I was like, ‘This is not how you would interact musically! It’s just pressing a button!’”

By blowing into the mouthpiece attached to the skull, users can replicate the hadrosaur’s call. Photos by sharif razzaque

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ellisMarsalisQuintet SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 | 8 PM musical performance. “I think there are different ways of knowing things, but for me, when I play a musical instrument, at the moment I’m performing, it becomes a part of me,” Brown explains. “I don’t think, ‘This is the accordion, and this is my hand,’ it becomes a part of who I am as I play. It’s not separated from myself. So with the instrument, the dinosaur becomes a part of myself and people who play it, it becomes part of them. You become the dinosaur for a moment; you have the feeling of what it was like.” Brown’s performance and talk on January 12 will demonstrate how to use the skull as an instrument. “Part of my research is about kind of living with it as a musical instrument,” she explains. “I’ve come up with different ways of playing it and hearing the music, and you’ll hear what I hear.” The skull will remain up at the Jepson through April, where museum guests can experiment with it as much as they’d like. cs

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Hadrosaurs are known for their large hollow crests, which have had scientists puzzled for years. They first thought the crests were for storing air, since hadrosaurs lived partially underwater, but as it turns out, that’s not the case. “The prevailing theory is that these crests are for sound resonation,” Brown explains. “They were social creatures, they lived in herds — they were talking to each other.” Brown felt disconnected from the hadrosaur by pushing a button to hear its call, which, for such a social species, didn’t seem right. She and collaborator Sharif Razzaque joined up to create “Rawr! A Study in Sonic Skulls” to bridge the gap between humans and dinosaurs. The exhibit is part of this year’s PULSE Art + Technology Festival, put on by the Telfair Museums and held at the Telfair’s Jepson Center. The skull that Brown and Razzaque use is a 3D model, created from scans of a Corythosaurus skull and hollowed to represent the crest and nasal cavities. Users blow into a mouthpiece and make the sound of a hadrosaur’s call, resonating through the skull. By using one’s own breath to replicate the call, the connection between the user and the dinosaur becomes more intimate and gives the user a glimpse into the life of a hadrosaur, an uncommon privilege. “The skull requires effort to roar. It is not easy,” Brown writes on her website. “Through this effort, we can feel the enormity. We no longer need to see it to understand it. We know it in our gasping for breath.” By turning the skull into, essentially, a large dinosaur tuba, blowing into it is a


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Welcome to the Dollhouse, Savannah Rep!

New theatre company seeks to revolutionize the downtown performance scene by anna chandler

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Savannah’s performing arts scene is beginning 2017 with much-needed promise. The impending closure of Muse Arts Warehouse and summer shuttering of Ampersand left several local performance troupes without stages. On top of that, Dollhouse Productions, the multipurpose venue and recording studio, announced that their lease was coming up and the future of the space and business was uncertain. Thanks to some new collaborators, Dollhouse’s world-class studio will continue to help great artists cut records in Savannah, and a downtown-centric theatre scene has a new chance. “We thought we were out because our lease was up,” Blake Olmstead Mavrogeorgis of Dollhouse Productions explains. “We didn’t know if we could really afford to renew.” Enter Savannah Repertory Theatre, a collective of theatre professionals and our town’s first Equity contract small professional company. A loose group of actors and behindthe-scenes pros from New York, Atlanta, Savannah, and other regions, the Theatre’s developing contract allows non-Equity professionals to work with them, making the company a potential career launch pad for local and regional actors. Ken Neil Hailey, Savannah Rep’s Artistic Director, says the Savannah Rep crew was completely charmed by The Hostess City while seeking a fresh hometown for their burgeoning company. “I’d been going to Savannah for about 15 years, and there had never been an Equity company down there,” he shares. “We kept looking, made several visits, and everybody fell in love.” On one trip, the crew discovered the up-for-rent warehouse off Bay Street that Dollhouse Productions occupies; with its renovated interior, ample parking, and convenience to downtown, the group snapped up the opportunity to have their own production space and small performance venue. Then they learned about Blake and Peter Mavrogeorgis’s work, their gorgeous studio, and their struggle to find a new spot. “It’s this blessing that these guys took over the lease, found out about us, and said, ‘Would they be interested in staying and we can share space?’” says Blake. “Our 24 landlord put us in touch, we had a couple

Atlanta’s Legendary Children had a show-stopping performance at Dollhouse.

Blake Olmstead Mavrogeorgis.

Savannah Rep’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

Modern English performs at Dollhouse. Photo by doug ordway

meetings, and came up with a nice agreement that will work for everybody.” In the new year, Dollhouse’s studio will remain, and their event space will be taken over by Savannah Rep. “When we found out the whole story of why they were having to leave, we said, ‘Wait a minute—we’re not working crosspurpose, we can work together.”

The Savannah Rep team The crew boasts some truly impressive talents who are excited to bring their passion to Savannah. “In our main staff, we have Nick Corley,

who has Broadway and West End credits,” says Hailey. “He’s done four Broadway shows in the last two years and is bringing in some pretty incredible people. We have been working together for about 20 years, we met at The Directors Company that we’re both members of here in New York.” Savannah Rep’s first season will be “sitespecific,” with shows held at The Black Box Theater at S.P.A.C.E., Club One, and Tybee Post Theater. Working with an ensemble of national, regional, and local performers, Savannah Rep has a great 2017 season: The Importance of Being Earnest, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and The Robber Bridegroom.

“At first, the [Dollhouse] space is going to be our rehearsal space, shop space, costume areas, and, obviously, keeping Dollhouse’s studio there,” says Hailey. “We’re renaming it The Savannah Rep Play Shop. We’ll have a gala opening tying in with Vampire Lesbians on April 9—it’ll be a matinee at Club One, then we’re going to retire to a cocktail party, then the gala will move to the Play Shop.” Tony-nominated Charles Busch, author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and respected cabaret performer, is making an appearance at the gala and will perform for attendees. His visit and performance will


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Dan Deacon plays Dollhouse’s first gig.

Remembering Dollhouse Since opening its doors, Dollhouse was a multipurpose space with the recording studio serving as the centerpiece. With a great stage, sound, and high-capacity room, Blake and Peter (musicians themselves, currently working together as duo Twisty Cats) welcomed a star-studded array of artful entertainment. Art Garfunkel played an intimate show; theatrical electronic madman Dan Deacon had the audience dancing along in strange formations; Shonen Knife, iconic Japanese pop-punk band, shredded; Atlanta’s Legendary Children brought a drag show for the ages to the stage. But, no news here: booking and maintaining a venue, on top of running a successful business and freelancing on the side, is grueling work, even for an occasional event space like Dollhouse. “We’ve done some really awesome stuff, but also, I don’t feel like it’s a huge loss for Savannah,” says Blake. “It’s not like people have relied on Dollhouse as a venue. I think it was like that for a little while, but that kind of just didn’t work the way we wanted it to. So that’s why we stopped booking so much. We went from booking and promoting ourselves to letting outside promoters use the space.” The Dollhouse team was instrumental in the passing of the revised alcohol ordinance, set in motion this month. Though they themselves won’t be utilizing it, Blake is proud of the work they put in. “Even after everything, at least I can say I’m happy to have helped make a change,” she says.

Welcoming the community Savannah Rep’s Play Shop isn’t just for their own company. Hailey and the team saw a need in Savannah and are ready to open up their space to troupes in need. “I’ve been following the stories about

“...we can help alleviate some of that problem by making it an affordable space for arts groups that have lost these spaces, so we can all work together.” performance spaces closing right around town and was dreading what I was going to find,” says Hailey. “Then we found this space, and we can help alleviate some of that problem by making it an affordable space for arts groups that have lost these spaces, so we can all work together. We are really going to go out of our way to work with groups that have lost spaces.” Hailey expresses admiration for Savannah’s theatre scene and is excited to be in a cozy town where theatre thrives. “Another thing I love about being down there is we don’t have to all the nothingbut-the-popular-stuff to get started,” he says. “The level’s been raised down there to the point of where we can do some pretty challenging, newer material together. I love that the game is already up.” And Dollhouse couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to continue to grow their business and support the arts in Savannah. “I really do think this is a great thing for this space,” says Blake. “With Muse being gone, I really think it could work so well as a theatre space and multi-production venue. I think it’s utilizing the space in the best way it should be used.” CS

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Emergent Geographies: Recent Works by Jennifer Moss — Jennifer Moss’ mixed media fibers work is inspired by observations of the natural world. The results are 3-dimensional fiber based collages that are at once abstract and familiar. free and open to the public Jan. 5-7. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. Low Country Callings: Goin’ with the Flow — This exhibition of large-format acrylics by Carol Lasell Miller comprises a narrative of Savannah’s maritime community in portraiture, with vital and vivid almost-lifesize portrayals of those who live and work here on our waterways. Jan. 10-April 2. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

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Abstractions — Calvin Thomas of Cal Wood Art presents his abstract paintings. Through Feb. 2. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Face to Face: American Portraits from the Permanent Collection — Spanning the period from the American Revolution to World War II, the paintings in this exhibition demonstrate the broad range of American portraiture found in Telfair’s permanent collection. Through May 1. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Gestalt: An Installation by Chris Nitsche — Through early January, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum will be presenting a large interactive installation by local artist and SCAD professor Chris Nitsche, and a selection of his preliminary sketches will be on display in the Museum atrium. Through Jan. 14. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Grand Divertissement à Versailles: Vintage Photographs by Bill Cunningham — This exhibition features exclusive images from the 1973 fashion show known as the Battle of Versailles. This showing of Cunningham’s 65 historic images and an original program — on loan from the private collection of Nancy North, a model in the famed fashion show — illustrates the moment that American design houses became the international arbiters of style and showcases Cunningham’s unique perspective on this epochal event in fashion history. Through Feb. 5. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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Guests, Strangers and Interlopers — Subodh Gupta’s work engages with otherness and ambiguous identities through the evocative use of found materials and objects. It invites the viewer to consider their subjective responses to self and others. Through Jan. 15. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Mind’s Eye — Mind’s Eye by Cara Griffin is an exploration of the interplay between one’s internal perception and external projection of reality. This body of work uses rudimentary geometry, intentional space, and loosely applied paint strokes to imitate portraiture. The paintings ultimately represent the inherent tension in the search to shape that which is (un) familiar. Through Jan. 9. Starland Cafe, 11 East 41st St. Objectified: Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection — Objectified considers the traditional genre of still life as represented in the works of Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. Presenting still lifes from the late 19th century through the present day, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the genre as a form ripe for artistic exploration. Through June 11. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Small Works — Small Works is an annual juried exhibition of artwork by SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff. All works are for sale and measure 18 inches or less in all dimensions. Through Jan. 21. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E Broughton St,.

Tiny Treasures — Presented by the Coastal Bead Society. Through Jan. 20. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St. The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts under the Romanovs — The Tsars’ Cabinet illuminates a period of sociopolitical change and comments on the fascinating personal lives of the members of the Romanov dynasty through a display of superbly crafted objects. Spanning 200 years of Russian history—from Peter the Great in the early 18th century to Nicholas II in the early 20th century—these objects, used both publicly and privately by the Romanovs, rise above functionality into the realm of art through ornate stylistic expression, exemplary craft, and thematic explorations of nationalism and militarism. Museum members free, nonmembers general admission. Through Jan. 6. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography — Watershed examines landscape photographs produced after 1970, in particular works that illustrate mankind’s undeniable and often negative impact on the land, establishing a firm split from the pristine worldview of earlier landscape photographers such as Ansel Adams. The photographs in this show reveal landscapes as activated spaces imprinted by mankind and marked by social performance. The exhibition features works by artists such as Gregory Crewdson, William Eggleston, and Sally Mann. Museum members free, non-members general admission Through Jan. 29. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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Ele and Sean Tran continue to rewrite the script in a way that’s original in atmosphere and fearless in approach. Their restaurants are usually fresh in design and unique in methodology, and they carry out these intentions through consistent execution. I’m always impressed with how their ever growing number of local restaurants remain true to their intention. And The Vault does not disappoint. – ‘Vault-ing up the Savannah Culinary ranks,” by Jared A. Jackson, May 2016

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The hits and misses, from A (Arrival) to Z (Zoolander No. 2) WAS 2016 a particularly desultory year for cinema, or did I just miss most of the year’s crowning achievements? True, Martin Scorsese’s Silence wasn’t screened in time for the majority of critics not residing in NYC or LA, so that might have made a slight difference (it goes wide in January). But scanning the list of movies I chose to skip over the course of the

past 12 months, I’m mainly seeing dubious animated efforts like Norm of the North (featuring the vocal, uh, talents of Rob Schneider) and Ratchet & Clank, needless sequels like My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Mechanic: Resurrection, and low-rent horror flicks like The Forest and The Darkness. Personally, methinks I played my cinematic cards right. Still, out of the 135 movies I did catch, there were certainly a number of winners – just not as many as I would have liked. Nevertheless, here are my picks for the 10

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this year — it’s a transcendent motion picture that gets under the skin and into the heart. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) and adapted by Eric Heisserer from Ted Chiang’s short piece THE 10 BEST “Story of Your Life,” it finds Amy Adams 1. ARRIVAL (Denis Villeneuve). The best delivering an exceptional performance as a film of 2016. It edges out La La Land for the linguist tasked with communicating with honor only because it qualifies as the most the aliens that have landed on our planet. profound viewing experience I’ve enjoyed continues on p. 30 29

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A philosophical piece that turns out to be far more focused on humanity than on otherworldly visitors, it’s both literate and lyrical, and it celebrates the best among us – the visionaries who gaze open-eyed at the horizon and embrace those who are different. 2. LA LA LAND (Damien Chazelle). The replay value is significant with writerdirector Damien Chazelle’s magnificent musical marathon, since it offers more blissful and uplifting moments than just about any other film from this past year. As a jazz pianist and an actress both struggling to reach their lofty goals, Ryan Gosling and especially Emma Stone are superb as they flirt, fret, fight, and break out into song (and dance) at any given moment. As effervescent as the finest bottle of champagne, La La Land is an intoxicating cocktail that should particularly please anyone who automatically starts humming whenever Fred or Gene or Judy turns up on the tube. 3. ZOOTOPIA (Byron Howard & Rich Moore). As an animated family film, Zootopia is simply lovely. As a piece of social commentary, it’s almost peerless in 2016, with its examination of cultural differences and poisonous prejudices particularly apropos given the current mood of fear and loathing in Trump’s America. Despite fierce competition, the plucky bunny Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) might be the movie year’s most endearing protagonist. 4. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan). After the death of his older brother (Kyle Chandler), a temperamental janitor/handyman (Casey Affleck) returns to his Massachusetts hometown and deals with both his nephew (Lucas Hedges) and his ex-wife (Michelle Williams). Writerdirector Kenneth Lonergan has crafted a beautiful bummer that nevertheless locates moments of hope and humility in its storm-tossed ocean of despair. 5. SING STREET (John Carney). Writerdirector John Carney, who enjoyed a sleeper hit with Once, returns to the streets of Dublin for another musicminded gem that’s even better. By setting his film in the 1980s, Carney is able to inject some amusing asides into his tale about a teenage lad (newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who attempts to put together

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a band. Bonus points for including the best line of 2016: “No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.” 6. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (Kelly Fremon Craig). One of the brightest coming-of-age films of recent vintage, this stars Hailee Steinfeld as a high school outcast who’s upset when her only friend (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating her older brother (Blake Jenner). Woody Harrelson (as a sarcastic teacher) provides the humor, the teens provide the heart, and writerdirector Kelly Fremon Craig provides one of the year’s most tragically overlooked movies. 7. HELL OR HIGH WATER (David Mackenzie). Two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) embark on a crime spree while a crotchety Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) sets out in hot pursuit. Moody and morally ambiguous, this is as much a character study of two dissimilar siblings as it’s a tale cut from the reliable cops ‘n’ robbers template, and it’s all set against a desolate backdrop that often mirrors the fundamental loneliness of its players. 8. EYE IN THE SKY (Gavin Hood). A military movie for modern times, this riveting drama asks whether the certain death of one innocent person is worth more or less than the hypothetical deaths of dozens, maybe hundreds, of innocent people. To their credit, director Gavin Hood, writer Guy Hibbert, and a top cast (Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi) offer no easy answers, electing to keep viewers as conflicted and uncomfortable as the characters. 9. FENCES (Denzel Washington). As director, Denzel Washington makes the sound decision to remain extremely faithful to the text of the late August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. And as actor, he and Viola Davis (reprising their roles from the 2010 Broadway revival) are nothing short of remarkable as a married couple living in 1950s Pittsburgh and dealing with issues involving family, infidelity and dreams deferred. 10. THE HANDMAIDEN (Chan-wook Park). Korean director Chan-wook Park, whose Stoker made my 10 Best in 2013, returns to the list with this adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith. With a con man (Jung-woo Ha) pulling the strings, a servant (Tae-ri Kim) joins the household of an heiress (Min-hee Kim) with the intention of scamming her; instead, sharp turns lace every step of this intelligent, absorbing and erotic drama. The Next 10 (Honorable Mentions, In Preferential Order): Tower; 13th; Maggie’s Plan; Moonlight; Captain America: Civil War; Star Trek Beyond; First Girl I Loved; Hail, Caesar!; The Nice Guys; Hidden Figures

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Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Fences; Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea; Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins; Ryan Gosling, La La Land; Michael Keaton, The Founder Best Actress: Amy Adams, Arrival; Emma Stone, La La Land; Viola Davis, Fences; Natalie Portman, Jackie; Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight; Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!; Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash & Hail, Caesar!; Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins; Nick Offerman, The Founder Best Supporting Actress: Naomie Harris, Moonlight; Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea; Kate McKinnon, Ghostbusters; Julianne Moore, Maggie’s Plan; Madison Wolfe, The Conjuring 2 Sleeper Picks: Eddie the Eagle; Everybody Wants Some!!; The Meddler; Our Kind of Traitor; Paterson; Tale of Tales Disappointments: Café Society; The Girl on the Train; Gold; Nocturnal Animals; Passengers; X-Men: Apocalypse


1. ZOOLANDER NO. 2 The top three films on this list are similar in that each was made by filmmakers who believe that profanity, scatology and stupidity are worthy replacements for wit, wisdom and timing. This dreadful sequel is the worst of the bunch — comprised of nothing but dead stretches, it offers even less laughs than an obituary column. 2. DIRTY GRANDPA This atrocity offers 97 minutes of Robert De Niro once again mugging shamelessly, Zac Efron once again displaying all the comic instincts of a dead hornet, and filmmakers once again tossing out the usual mix of gay panic and casual sexism. The result isn’t a movie so much as it’s a prison sentence. 3. THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY The espionage genre was sent up in splendid fashion in last year’s Spy, but this eye-rolling abomination fails to generate any laughs whatsoever, with star and co-scripter Sacha Baron Cohen relying on a series of gross-out gags that reek of desperation rather than inspiration. 4. ASSASSIN’S CREED With a cast led by Michael Fassbender and Marion

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Cotillard, Assassin’s Creed promised to be the first worthy video-game adaptation. Instead, it’s a complete failure: visually drab, narratively daft, incessantly dull, and about as much fun as watching a snotnosed kid playing Pac-Man down at the local arcade. 5. COLLATERAL BEAUTY Will Smith’s latest Oscar-bait endeavor, about a depressed guy yakking with Love, Time and Death, manages to be both clumsy and clueless. The closest this train wreck will get to Oscar is if some guy with that name makes the poor choice to go see it during its brief theatrical run. 6. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Among summer sequels, this one was even more useless than Independence Day: Resurgence. Michael Bay (who produced) has become as much of a brand name as Starbucks or Ikea, and those expecting sound and fury signifying nothing will receive exactly that. 7. SWISS ARMY MAN A favorite of hipsters everywhere, this features fine work by Paul Dano as a suicidal castaway and Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse but

is otherwise incessantly annoying with its mix of sophomoric humor, studied affectedness, and frat-boy attitude. 8.  ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS The title suggests that this ungainly eyesore is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, but don’t you believe it — the filmmakers have about as much use for Carroll’s wondrous text as a white rabbit does for a Wall Street Journal subscription. 9. GODS OF EGYPT After his laughable fantasy yarn proved to be a gargantuan flop, director Alex Proyas blamed the critics, calling them “diseased vultures.” The Onion, of course, had a better slant on the situation: “Leaked Documents Reveal Studio Executives Knew About Gods of Egypt Before It Released Onto Public.” 10. LONDON HAS FALLEN In my March review, I wrote, “President Trump hasn’t even taken office yet, but here we’re already being force-fed the first motion picture under his new world order.” What was meant as a sarcastic crack is now cold reality, which makes this punishing film’s nationalistic nonsense even harder to swallow. cs

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/ The search for a worthy video-game adaptation continues to rank up there with the search for the Holy Grail — good luck finding either — and Assassin’s Creed ensures that the hunt will go on for at least a little while longer. Assassin’s Creed is many things, and none of them good. Narratively, it’s the most boring film of 2016, stultifying enough to risk sliding audience members right into comatose states. Visually, it’s the ugliest movie of 2016 – and keep in mind that I saw Robert De Niro’s prosthetic penis in Dirty Grandpa. And emotionally, it’s a complete flatline, with even a laxative commercial offering more opportunities for laughter, tears and what-not. It also represents a spectacular waste of talent, with Michael Fassbender (also a producer), Marion Cotillard and Brendan Gleeson among the formidable actors braying for their blood money. The plot deals with surly Callum Lynch (played by Fassbender) being hooked up to a machine that allows him to experience the trials and tribulations of his ancestor, a Spaniard named Aguilar (played by Kevin James in a rare dramatic role; just kidding; also played by Fassbender). Aguilar is a member of the Assassins, which means he must fight the members of the Templars (is this a movie or a contentious lodge meeting?) as they all search for the apple from the Garden of Eden. This paves the way for boring action scenes, boring characterizations, and boring exchanges that make even the notes from an HOA meeting sound riveting. Last year found Fassbender and Cotillard co-starring in a film based on William

Shakespeare’s Macbeth; this year finds them co-starring in Assassin’s Creed. I’m sure an entire term paper can be written on what this signifies about the current state of Hollywood or on what this says about the battle between art and commerce, but since we’re on the subject of the Bard, he can best sum up this “boltinghutch of beastliness” known as Assassin’s Creed with a choice Macbeth quip: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”


/// Stage-to-screen adaptations often fail to expand in ways that take advantage of cinema’s limitless potential, meaning viewers are often left with what’s little more than a filmed play. For the most part, Fences, based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, falls into that camp, with director Denzel Washington (his third time at the controls, following the solid efforts Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters) doing very little to fill the parameters of the large screen. Yet sometimes the material is simply too strong to be crippled by a lack of celluloid dazzle – that was the case with, for instance, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and that’s certainly the case here. Reprising their roles from the 2010 Broadway revival, Washington and Viola Davis are nothing short of remarkable as Troy and Rose Maxson, living in 1950s Pittsburgh and dealing with issues involving family, infidelity and dashed dreams. Washington remains so faithful to Wilson (who passed away in 2005, at the age of 60) and his text that he even credits the screenplay solely to the playwright (a far

cry from Kenneth Branagh, who earned an Oscar nomination for adapting Shakespeare’s Hamlet verbatim). Between the power of the prose and the potency of the performances, Fences easily earns its screen cred.


// It becomes clear before long that the futuristic sci-fi outing Passengers, aka Grab ‘Em By the Pussy: The Movie, could only have been written by a man. The picture stars Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, one of the 5,000 hibernating passengers aboard a spacecraft heading to a habitable planet 120 light years away. A glitch causes Jim to awaken 90 years too soon; realizing he will die alone long before the ship reaches its destination, he decides to wake up a hottie, Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), to keep him company. It’s an interesting if troubling premise, and scripter Jon Spaihts initially plays fair with the moral implications of such a scenario. But the final stretch finds the picture copping out at every turn – not only by having the characters (particularly Aurora) make ridiculous choices straight down the line but also by steering right into absurd action-film conventions. The film’s visual design is excellent, but even it gets trumped by the story’s icky implications.


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from the new comedy Why Him? Is this meant to signify that the actor is about to flush his career down the commode if he keeps appearing in dreck like this? Hopefully, that won’t be the case; still, this one’s an unfortunate addition to his resume, though he certainly tackles the material with the same conviction he bestowed on Dalton Trumbo (no one can ever accuse him of not being a consummate pro). Cranston stars as a father who adores his college-age daughter (Zoey Deutch) and is distressed when he learns that her boyfriend Laird (James Franco) is a vulgarian with seemingly more money than sense. The dad and the dude clash frequently, but there’s no bite to any of this because it’s clear that, beneath the abundant tattoos and an affinity for profanity, Laird is basically an honest, eagerto-please guy. With no tension in the plot, what’s left is a series of gags involving a tea-bagging buffalo, Pitch Perfect’s Adam Devine flashing his bukkake photos, and a living room flooded with animal urine. Why Him? Why me?


/// Rogue One comes equipped with the subtitle A Star Wars Story, but let it be known that this isn’t your father’s Star Wars, your mother’s Star Wars, or even your own Star Wars. It’s a different strain of space opera insofar as it lacks the light touch and breezy action of the previous seven pictures in the franchise (I refuse to count that awful Clone Wars cartoon flick). That’s not necessarily a bad thing. While Rogue One never comes close to matching the heights of the series at its most dazzling (basically, Episodes IV and V, with honorable mention to Episode VII), it’s still a worthy addition to the canon, neatly circling back on the story to right before A New Hope opens. It follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as she’s tasked to snatch the plans for the planet-destroyer – the Death Star, of course – that the evil Empire is building. Jyn has a personal stake in the matter – her father (Mads Mikkelsen) had a hand in its creation – and she bands with a steely Rebellion operative (Diego Luna), a blind Force follower with Zatoichi-like skills (Donnie Yen) and other assorted heroes to fulfill a mission that’s imperative to the survival of the resistance. The employment of CGI to bring back younger versions of characters remains extremely creepy and unconvincing (see also Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy and Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War), and there’s probably one seat-shaking battle too many. In most other respects, from the addition of engaging new characters to the answering of lingering questions from 39

years ago, Rogue One will keep the faithful satisfied until the next adventure hits the multiplex.


//// As effervescent as the finest bottle of champagne, La La Land is an intoxicating motion picture that should particularly please anyone whose heart skips a beat whenever Fred dances on the late show or Judy sings on TCM. Director Damien Chazelle’s past pictures as writer-director were 2009’s jazzinfused Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, so named after characters in Jacques Demy’s musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (a heavy influence here as well), and 2014’s Whiplash, which won Oscars for film editing, sound mixing and supporting actor J.K. Simmons. Clearly, Chazelle harbors a musical affinity, and that’s nowhere more apparent than in this latest effort, the sort of oldfashioned entertainment where ordinary folks suddenly break out into song and dance. Initially, it appears that neither protagonist has much reason to tap their toes. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress whose auditions invariably end in “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” declarations, while Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a talented pianist whose insistence on playing experimental jazz gets him frequently bounced by club owners who only want him to perform covers of soothing standards. Mia and Sebastian first encounter each other in heavy traffic, and it’s antagonism at first sight. Subsequent meetings, however, lead to an eventual thawing and then a starry romance. If there’s one area in which La La Land doesn’t take its cues from Old Hollywood, it’s in the ferocity of the character conflicts. When, for instance, Mia and Sebastian inevitably fight, it feels raw and real, forcefully removed from the make-believe of the film’s artifice. And yet that dichotomy proves to be a smart choice on Chazelle’s part, as it allows every victory to be more savory, every defeat to be more painful, every compromise to be more bittersweet. The songs are a uniformly strong lot, with Justin Hurwitz providing the music and the team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul supplying the lyrics (John Legend, who appears in a supporting role, also contributes one tune). In fact, the technical merits are basically a laundry list of award-worthy contributions, from Linus Sandgren’s cinematography to the production design by David Wasco. Yet it’s the dynamic duo in front of the cameras that really sells this package, with Gosling and especially Stone marvelous as two kids poised to take on the world with that proverbial spring in their step and

that archetypal song in their heart.


/ December is a breeding ground for Oscar-bait movies, but Collateral Beauty takes an even greater lunge at the gold than similar films. I daresay it’s not gonna happen: The closest this train wreck will get to Oscar is if some guy with that name makes the poor choice to go see it during its theatrical run. Boasting a premise that could only work with better scripting and the sort of honest sentimentality that a director like Frank Capra could have pulled off, this wince-worthy drama centers on Howard Inlet (Will Smith), a company head whose 6-year-old daughter died two years earlier. His gloom is threatening the future of the company, so his best friends (who also happen to be his three best co-workers) try to find a way to shake him out of his stupor. Whit (Edward Norton), Claire (Kate Winslet) and Simon (Michael Pena) come up with an icky plan: Knowing that Howard has been blaming the concepts of Love, Time and Death for his misery, why not hire three actors to play those abstractions as physical manifestations? And why not film those thespians pretending to be Love (Keira Knightley), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Death (Helen Mirren) interacting with Howard, digitally remove them from the footage, and then have Howard declared mentally incompetent since it will look like he’s merely a crazy guy talking to himself? Wow. That’s supposed to be the tactic that will make audiences line up behind Whit, Claire and Simon? Worse, all three friends have problems that coincidentally can be aided by the three performers (Simon has an incurable disease and is facing Death; Whit wants his little girl to Love him; Claire wants a baby but Time is running out), but the resolutions to all three plot threads are insipid and uninspired. Mirren has a few amusing moments as an actress so conceited she thinks she should play all three abstractions, but everyone else is hamstrung by the odious or irrational characters they’re playing. As for Smith, earning an Academy Award nomination for The Pursuit of Happyness was the worst thing that could have happened to his career. Since then, he’s been obsessed with snagging an Oscar and has  largely been wasting his talents on humorless roles that suppress his natural buoyancy and charisma. But after Seven Pounds and now Collateral Beauty, even a Wild Wild West sequel is starting to sound good. CS


/// That Natalie Portman delivers a tremendous performance as Jacqueline

Kennedy in Jackie is to be expected. What’s less certain is if the movie surrounding her will be a tediously respectful biopic, a factually challenged piece of fiction, or a movie that moves to its own beat without ever taking its eye off the ball. Happily, it’s the third option, with director Pablo Larrain and writer Noah Oppenheim employing a choppy structure that actually benefits the film. With an interview with a reporter (Billy Crudup) serving as anchor scenes, the rest largely recalls that awful period when the First Lady lost her husband – and the nation lost its leader – on that fateful November day in Dallas. The picture synchronizes with her dazed rhythm, and we catch glimpses of Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard) sharing in the grief, Lyndon B. Johnson (John Carroll Lynch) maneuvering in the background, and the pre-MPAA Jack Valenti (Max Casella) being typically weaselly. Jackie makes no pretense at being a comprehensive biography – instead, it’s more like a few carefully selected pages from a bestselling tome, enough to whet the appetite without completely satisfying it.


// Kate McKinnon, who just this year won an Emmy Award for her role-playing on Saturday Night Live, was the breakout star of this summer’s Ghostbusters remake, but her subsequent roles are proving that filmmakers aren’t quite sure how to employ a talent as dynamic and idiosyncratic as hers. She’s certainly up to any challenges thrown her way, but her characters in both Masterminds and now Office Christmas Party don’t really allow her to strut her stuff – instead, both films lazily opt to partly define her character by her flatulence. That McKinnon still manages to draw all eyes to her is a testament to her skills – that’s particularly true in Office Christmas Party, since she’s cast as the humorless human resources manager who learns to loosen up before the end credits roll. She’s not the main foil in the film, though: That would be Jennifer Aniston’s character, a CEO who tells her brother (T.J. Miller), the head of one of the company’s branches, that she may have to shut down his office as a cost-cutting measure. In an effort to save the branch, he and his chief employees (among them Jason Bateman and Olivia Munn) decide to throw an extravagant party in the hopes of luring a potential client (Courtney B. Vance). Look, you pays your money, you knows what you’re going to get. Office Christmas Party isn’t good; it isn’t bad. It’s just… there. CS 33

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Happenings Activism & Politics Drinking Liberally

Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. A gathering of Liberals for an informal discussion of politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and the world around us. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. (912) 341-7427. chapters/GA/savannah. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. Green Party of Chatham County

People, Planet and Peace over Profit! Meets Saturdays and the first Tuesday of every month. Join the Facebook group, @ChathamGreens, to find out about upcoming local events. ongoing. No physical address given, none.

Monday Means Community: We Are the Leaders We’ve Been Looking For

Inspired by Grace Lee Boggs’ recent book, “The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century.” Featuring Marisol Estrada, Tommy Crenshaw, Patricia Stewart, and Edy Gresham and facilitated by Regina Bradley. Mon., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. sentientbean. com. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. One of the Guys

Guys, have you found yourself in a social rut, or just have a need for the art of conversation? Make a change in 2016. The past decade a diverse group of guys have been getting together about every two weeks to share dinner and opinions on just about any topic. No membership requirements or dues. Just an open mind and willingness to expand your friendship base. For more information visit us on Facebook at Savannah Men’s Club, or if you prefer, email details/questions to ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Savannah Area Young Republicans

Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr. org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. Savannah Libertarians

Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays.

Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-6197712. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Auditions and Calls for Entries

Auditions for Armstrong Youth Orchestra

Open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school and including Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: savaayo@yahoo. com. Info is also available at www. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www. ongoing. html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call for Applicants for TEDxSavannah

The theme for the May 19 TEDx is “Bridge,” and applicants will be asked to explain how their TEDx talk will tie into that subject. Each talk must be no longer than 12 minutes, and talks of lesser length are encouraged. TEDxSavannah is looking for speakers who can use the theme to address issues relevant to Savannah and, most importantly, offer solutions or calls to action. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15. Selected speakers must be available for an orientation and rehearsals on March 6 and March 25, April 29 and May 18. Go to for a link to a speaker application and speaker guidelines. Speakers cannot promote a business or endorse products during their TEDx talk. For questions or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, email Tickets for TEDxSavannah go on sale March 20, and as in past years, will be held at The Jepson Center. Through Jan. 15. lesley. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Call for Applications for Cuyler Community Improvement Association Scholarship

JAN 4-10, 2017

The Cuyler Community Improvement Association, Inc. Scholarship is to provide support for persons whose residence Victorian Neighborhood is in the city limits of Savannah, GA. Association Meetings Open to all residents, property owners and $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to three candidates. The applicants must businesses located between Anderson be registered, in at least their second and Gwinnett, M.L.King,Jr. Blvd to East semester of study with an accredited Broad Street. Free second Tuesday of college, university, or technical school every month, 6-7 p.m. 912-233-0352. 1308 West, Henry St. and Montgomery St. pursuing the study in a medical field. Must have a 3.5 or above scholastic Young Democrats average (transcript). Application Mondays at 7pm on the second level of 34 submission deadline is January 31, 2017.

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Applications are available by emailing Pamela C. Jones at pamelac47@yahoo. com. Subject line: Medical Scholarship. Through Jan. 31. Online only, none.

Through March 31. Downtown Savannah, downtown.

Call for Entries for Vignette Savannah

Are you a student living fabulously in a studio apartment or a creative with an efficient yet stylish workspace? Telfair Museums is looking for local Maybe you’re renewing your space after artists to activate 6 windows at the Jepson Center. Boxed In/Break Out will Hurricane Matthew, decorating your home highlight the work of an artist, through for the holidays for the first time, or just public display, promotional materials, want to share the character & charm of and an artist talk. In addition to museum- your historical home? Whatever your supported promotion, the artist will space, Vignette Savannah would love receive a $1000 honorarium. The to feature you. Vignette Savannah is a application deadline is Monday, January web presence that features the most 16, and the installation runs from April 7 creative and eclectic living, leisure, and to October 15. Through Jan. 16. telfair. work spaces in Savannah. Tell us about org/boxed2017. yours at, Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York and check us out in the weeks to come St. at ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Artists for What Is Your Call for Artists for Boxed In/ Break Out


“This is not my America” is becoming a common refrain in this new post-election reality. Sulfur Studios wants to hear from artists, just what is your America and where is your place within it? Is your America a place for all? Do you live in a bubble of your own making, and what are your blind spots? What are your hopes/ fears for the future of your America? How is your America perceived locally, nationally and globally? Artwork in any media will be considered for this juried exhibition to be held Feb. 8-19, 2017. Selections will be made by guest jurors Jeremiah Jossim and Stephanie Raines. Through Jan. 21. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. Call for Auditions for ‘Steel Magnolias’

Asbury Memorial is looking for six strong, passionate female actors who can play types from about 20 to mid60s. Actors should be prepared to do cold readings from the script and are encouraged to bring a professional headshot or a recent close-up photo, along with a theatrical resume attached to the audition form. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Thursday, Jan 12. The production will run for six performances between March 3-12. To learn more about Asbury Memorial, please visit or call 912-233-3595. To learn more about this production, please visit www. Mon., Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. and Tue., Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. Asbury Memorial Theatre, 1008 E. Henry Street. Call for Auditions for the Downtown Delilahs Dance Cabaret

The Downtown Delilahs dance cabaret are holding auditions for several upcoming shows. To set up an audition, contact Jade Bills at 912-272-7601.

Call for Jesus-Yeshua Production Club and Video Crew

Contact Brenda Lee at 912-236-3156 or at for more information. ongoing. Online only, none. 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. Pop Up Art Show

Exhibit your work with other artists and art vendors at the Pop Up Art Show in the Sulfur Studios Annex. Each artist gets wall space and 6 feet of space to create their personal creative expression. Through Jan. 4. joanne@ Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. Religious Ethnic Artists Needed

Religious ethnic (JESUS-YESHUA) artists and musicals needed for upcoming season. A classical accompanist and conductor for sacred music and gospel singers needed. Contact Reverend Brenda Lee (912) 236-3154; email: ongoing. No physical address given, none. Tell Us Your Ghost Story?

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with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown.


$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.

SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers

Classes, Camps & Workshops

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 912-6671056. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

First Friday Art March

A monthly art walk featuring galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more. Free Trolley transportation, Indie Arts Market, and Kids Art Activities. Fri, June 6, 6-9 p.m. Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave., Free, 907299-6227. choreography to hits by our favorite Divas. Savannah State University, Come get your life every Wednesday 3219 College St. at 7:30. $15 Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. 323-539-1760. DANCEHOWIWANTTO@ Clay Classes GMAIL.COM. DANCEHOWIWANTTO. Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers COM. salondebaileballroomdancestudio. handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 4578.

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-677-3983. epiphany. Boating Classes Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Classes on boat handling, boating safety Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Beginning Belly Dance Classes Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. register. 912-897-7656. savannahaux. All skill levels and styles. Private com. instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move Champions Training Center

forward with your project? Work with your Offering a variety of classes and training very own creativity coach and learn how in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and to blast through blocks, plan your time, other disciplines for children and adults. and enjoy the richness of a creative life. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349See website for more info at www.laurenl. 4582. com/creativity_coaching/ or contact Chinese Language Classes ongoing. Online, The Confucius Institute at Savannah State ---. University offers free Chinese language Divas & Pumps: Adult Heels Dance classes starting January 17. To register, Class please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. Divas & Pumps is a dance class 912-358-3160. confuciusinstitute@ teaching walks, struts, freestyles, and

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. $30 912-3546686. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912-921-4646.

Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons

Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha. com. 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. Life Challenge Coaching

In an environment of patience, nonjudgement and compassion, we will explore the source of your challenge, the beliefs that hold your challenge in place, and discover & enact healthy and healing life changes. For appointment, contact Cindy Un Shin Beach at revfugon@gmail. com, or Text (only) to 912-429-7265. ongoing. Online only, none. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments and Styles

JAN 4-10, 2017

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

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Very limited space available, reserve your spot and register online today. $20/ class $75/September package ongoing. 954.682.5694. elyse.thestudio@yahoo. com. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave.

Film: Nabucco

A famous opera by Guiseppi Verdi, conducted by James Levine. Fri, June 6, 12:55 p.m., Regal Savannah Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St., $24

Clubs & Organizations

13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing)

“If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-3449768. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave.

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, 912-631-3452, or Darowe, 912272-2797. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@ Avegost LARP

Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@ Buccaneer Region SCCA

Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels for Guitar (electric, acoustic, bass, classical, jazz), Piano, Flute, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Voice as well as Music Theory/ Composition/ Ear Training. We teach public, private and home school students as well as adults at all experience levels. Located at 15 East Montgomery Crossroads in Office #205 near White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA. ongoing. 912-388-1806. smisavannah@ 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

JAN 4-10, 2017

Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Award-winning Savannah author offers one-on-one 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. 36

Piano Voice-Coaching

Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing., or Text (only) 912429-7265 ongoing. Online only, none. A. Roper Studio - Voice Technique and Coaching

Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Pre-PULSE Youth Workshop: Intro to Game Development with Game Services offered include strengthening Maker the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various Part of the PULSE Art + Technology Festival. Instructed by Jonathan Bushnell. styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from Free and open to the public Fri., Jan. 6, 4 downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, p.m. Jepson Center 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-484-0628. Downtown for the Arts, 207 West York St. Savannah, downtown. Pre-PULSE Youth Workshop: Technology and Dance

Part of the PULSE Art + Technology Festival. Instructed by Britt Bacon. Free and open to the public Sun., Jan. 8, 11 a.m. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Russian Language Classes

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. Sass & Swag Adult Hip Hop

Sass & Swag is a high energy, adult hip hop dance class. Learn hip hop The R&B Soul line dance group Savannah grooves you can take to any party or Show Stoppers are conducting line dance club, and learn a choreographed routine to today’s hottest hits. Mondays at 7:30 classes every Monday night at the West pm. $15 Mondays, 7:30 p.m. 323-539Broad St. YMCA and every Tuesday nights at the John Delaware Center. Both 1760. DANCEHOWIWANTTO@GMAIL. classes starts at 6:30. Lamont Hunter, the COM. DANCEHOWIWANTTO.COM. founder of the Savannah Show Stoppers, Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, is the Instructor. Donations Mondays, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-220-7712. Youth and Teen Aerial Silk YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Classes Reiki Treatment Youth Class ages 8+. Teen Class ages 11+. Learn to dance and work with Aerial Reiki relaxes & rejuvenates; promotes Silks and Hoop while suspended in emotional & physical healing; reduces the air. Weekly classes held on Fridays neuromuscular & arthritic pain. E-mail through the month of September only. request for appointment/ Fee base at R&B Soul Adult Line Dancing

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. 912308-6768. Chatham Sailing Club

Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. pranschkec3@gmail. com. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Bead Society

Coastal Bead Society monthly meetings, 12 noon on the third Friday of the Month at the Coastal Georgia Center, 303 Fahm Street, near SCAD. All beaders are welcome. ongoing. wyrnut18@gmail. com. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

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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. Geechee Sailing Club

Founded in 1971, GSC promotes sailing and boating safety, education, and fellowship.Member of the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association. second Monday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-356-3265. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Historic Flight Savannah

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

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Low Country Turners

A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. Philo Cafe

Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Facebook. com/SavannahPhiloCafe. Mondays. 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-


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.

environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-4846710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

paper and cardboard in the nearby recycling container. Through Jan. 7. Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, 400 Airways Ave. Common Grounds

Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. We meet If you’re a writer, and you’re serious about it, Savannah Authors Workshop is looking on Wednesday nights for open theological for you. We exist to encourage good discussion on hot button issues. All are writing. We meet twice a month in the welcome regardless of faith background Toastmasters relaxed atmosphere of a private home or where you are on your spiritual journey. Toastmasters International is an (Baldwin Park area). Our third annual organization which gives its members the We are open and affirming of the LGBT Anthology has just been published. We opportunity to develop and improve their community. Order for Compline by are looking for new members. Come as candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at public speaking abilities through local a guest to our next meeting (Wednesday, club meetings, seminars, and contests. 8PM. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. September 21) and see how you like us Regardless of your level of comfort with commongroundssavannah. The Foundery (sorry: no poets). Contact Christopher public speaking, you will find a club that Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. Scott, President: is interested in helping you improve your Drinks After Work for more details and directions. ongoing. speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 This group is for people that enjoy No physical address given, none. p.m. getting out mid-week, being social Thinc Savannah, 35 after work, and want to discover new The Savannah Chinese Corner places in the downtown Savannah The Savannah Chinese Corner welcomes Barnard St. 3rd Floor. area. Come have a cocktail, make anyone interested in Mandarin language Vietnam Veterans of America new friends, and get over the hump. or Chinese culture. Meets every Saturday Chapter 671 The group will meet on Wednesdays morning from 10 am to noon. Check the Meets second Monday of each month, at various establishments throughout Facebook group to see meeting location. 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, Downtown Savannah and nearby area. ongoing. 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. Downtown work/ Savannah, downtown. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, Foundation Savannah Council, Navy League of 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. the United States Meets second Tuesday each month com. A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the (except October) 6:00pm, Woodvillemonth at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. Tuesday in November; none in December. or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Dungeons and Dragons: Tavern Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912Quests 748-7020. Geared for a casual play audience Concerts with short sessions each week. D&D Savannah Go Club First Friday for Folk Music Tavern Quests table consists of 3-7 This is a new club for the board game Monthly folk music showcase hosted players; therefore, we require at least 3 “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a times, please call John at 734-355friendly, alcohol-free environment. Hosted players, plus the DM. Players can rotate between sessions, and new players 2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, by Clark Byron. $5 donation first Friday are always welcome. Each play event downtown. of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912-484-3936. is stand-alone, with new story-lines at Savannah Go Green fpc.presbychurch. each session. Free for Members - NonMeets most Saturdays. Green events and net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 members $7 Mon., Jan. 9, 6-9 p.m. places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Washington Ave. 912-200-9377. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. events/540176209511794/. Jolly Goblin Savannah Kennel Club Events Games, 518 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Monthly meetings open to the 1st Thursdays Professionals public the 4th Monday each month, The Exchange Club of Savannah Networking Mixer Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. In a rut? The Exchange Club of Savannah Carey Hilliard’s The 100 Black Men of Savannah present welcomes men and women like you to a mixer for all Professionals in the Greater support, serve and encourage the best (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. Savannah area. This is a great event teachers, students, firefighters, crime Savannah Newcomers Club for networking as well as a chance for fighters, leaders and organizations Open to women who have lived in the newcomers to the coastal empire to in our community. Check us out at Savannah area for less than two years. meet new fun and interesting people. or find us Membership includes monthly luncheon on Facebook. Mondays, noon. 912and program. Activities, tours and events No admission cost. Food and drinks for purchase on your own. Dress attire is 441-6559. help you learn about Savannah and business casual. Door prizes, live music. make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. Exchange Club of free to & drink own your own Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. ongoing. first Thursday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Savannah Parrot Head Club Family Campfire Fun Without Camping! Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check Bring One for the Chipper website for events calendar or send Bundle up the family and enjoy a campfire Drop off your Christmas tree at the an email for Parrot Head gatherings. without the camping! In addition to airport recycle lot so it can be turned ongoing. making S’mores, enjoy a Nocturnal into mulch. Residents are asked to Natives program, stargazing, and a remove all lights, string, wire, metal Sensory Night Hike! Space is limited; Savannah Toastmasters hooks, nails, ornaments, tinsel, fake call 912 395-1500 to reserve your spot! 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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.

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$10 for adults; $7 for children Sat., Jan. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. 912-395-1500. annie. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. First Friday Fireworks

Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. Free first Friday of every month, 9:30 p.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St.

Friday Night Magic at Jolly Goblin Games

Each FNM session is a 4 round standard constructed tournament. Minimum of 8 players, maximum of 64. Earn a pack per win for each match you play, and earn awesome Wizards promos. This month it’s Clash of Wills. $5.00 Fri., Jan. 6, 7-11 p.m. 912-200-9377. Jolly Goblin Games, 518 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. Tours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and must be scheduled. To schedule a tour, contact Megan Chandler at 912-525-5029 or mchandle@ ongoing. 912-5255023. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Kingdom Business Networking Alliance

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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 Wednesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912-257-6248. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Savannah Airport - Pooler, 103 San Drive.


Beastmode Fitness Group Training

Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm9pm. ongoing. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St.

Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice

Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. ongoing.

Beginning Pole Fitness

Southbound Brewery Saturday Tours and Tastes

Savannah’s first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah’s first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Treecycling

Join Keep Georgia Beautiful in celebrating more than 25 years of tree-cycling. Drop your undecorated tree off at the Home Depot on Abercorn Street, Pooler Parkway, or Victory Drive, or at the Dean Forest Landfill. Sat., Jan. 7, 9 a.m. Home Depot (Victory Dr.), 1901 East Victory Dr. Tybee Frydee Feeyoud

Come see two Tybee family dynasties, the Hostis and the Burkes, in a battle of wits on the Tybee Post Theater stage for the first in this monthly series. $10, $5 for Theater members Fri., Jan. 6, 8 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. TybeeMLK

Celebrate human rights at this parade, grand marshaled by the Honorable Regina Thomas, former Georgia state senator. Wear your favorite hat in her honor. Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award, and students will read their award-winning essays on their dream for their community. Sat., Jan. 7, 2 p.m. tybeemlk@gmail. com. The original Midnight Tour One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn Parks/BoatRampsandFishingPiers/ TybeeIslandFishingPierandPavilion.aspx. about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St. Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need Under The Rainbow for a night light. 33.00 ongoing. 1-866On Thursday nights come out to the 666-3323. 6th Sense coolest spot in Pooler for Under The Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. Rainbow. Every week we will host a different event that will cater to those that PBJ Pantry play over, around and under the rainbow. A free food pantry held every Thursday, Thursdays, 8-11 p.m. 912-988-1052. 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 ongoing. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Fitness Blvd. Savannah Storytellers

Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912-349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr.

$8 Community Meditation Classes

Join us for breath work, guided

Tybee Frydee Feeyoud

Come see two Tybee family dynasties, the Hostis and the Burkes, in a battle of wits on the Tybee Post Theater stage for the first in this monthly series. Friday, June 6, 8 p.m., Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn., $10, $5 for Theater members meditation, and yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique to relieve stress, quiet the mind, and find the calm within. All proceeds support local organizations. $8 Sundays, 6-7 p.m. 912-349-2756. Al-Anon Family Groups

An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. The message of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope for friends/family of problem drinkers. Al-Anon is for adults. Alateen is for people age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. check website or call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. Ballet Body Toning

Ballet Body Toning is a ballet inspired workout designed to improve balance, flexibility, and use body resistance to strengthen core, legs & booty. This workout is low impact and scorches major calories and teaches you basic ballet! Call to make a reservation before class. This is a semi-private class so space is limited! $10.00 Wednesdays, Sundays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 732.232.3349. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. Bariatric Surgery Support Group

Located in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Call or see website for info. first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. 912-350-3438. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Beach Body Workouts with Laura

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. Lake

Pole fitness is a fun and flirty way to get in shape! Taught by Pole Dance America National Professional Champion Sabrina Madsen, you’ll learn the basics of pole dance in a safe and welcoming environment. Gain strength, balance and confidence. Beginner Classes are open to all shapes and sizes and are for ladies only (men welcome at our Intermediate Class). $25 for drop-in or $100 for a package of 5 classes Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. 801.673.6737. html. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Blue Water Yoga

Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Breema

Join us October 3 and every first Saturday 10-12. Discover a practical and transformative approach to life and health. Receiving Breema bodywork releases deeply held tension in the body, mind and feelings. Breema is a way to practice being present. Taught by Laura Ike. Open to community. Donation jar. Call 912 658-5592 with questions. first Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Dance DynaMix

Dance DynaMix is a choreographed dance fitness class inspired by funky hip hop and sleek jazz moves! No dance experience required. Call 732.232.3349 to reserve your spot ahead of time, as class space is limited. Stay after class for a 30 minute stretch to wind down for the weekend with! $10.00 Wednesdays, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. 732.232.3349. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. Fitness Classes at the JEA

Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-355-8811. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Free Caregiver Support Group

For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone in need of support for the caregiving they provide.

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ongoing. Free Yoga for Cancer Patients

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing offers Free Yoga for Cancer Patients every Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Candler’s Heart & Lung Building, Suite 100. The very gentle movements and breath work in this class will give you much needed energy, it will make your body feel better, and it will give you a mental release. This class is free to cancer patients. Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 912-819-8800. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Functional Training Class

Celebrate fall with a Saturday morning workout class. All levels welcome. A smooth mix of cardio and strengthening exercises. Call Kara 912-667-0487 if interested. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Get Excited and Move

This program is designed to combat the effects of Parkinson disease for Savannah/Chatham-area people and their caregiver. The activities are designed to enhance and improve muscular strength, and endurance, coordination, agility, flexibility, speed work, and voice command. $10 a month MondaysWednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 6-7 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 912-376-9833. psgsav@gmail. com. Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center, 7230 Varnedoe Drive.

Health Information and Resource Center offer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which is an exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesdays, the classes are held at the center, at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening exercises (Mondays/ Wednesdays). Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Pilates Classes

ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@aikyayoga. com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St.

Pregnancy Yoga Classes

Pregnancy is a transitional time when many physical and emotional changes take place. Pregnancy Yoga is about honoring these changes in ourselves, our body and our baby. Yoga strengthens the rapidly changing body and increases the ability to relax, and helps to prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood. Pregnancy Yoga classes are offered as a 6 week session on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7:15 pm. The class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy and no prior yoga experience is necessary. $120 - six week session Thursdays. 912-704-7650. ann@douladeliveries. com. savannahyoga.

GreenDrinks Savannah

A happy hour networking gathering for folks who want to save the Earth. Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Location varies monthly. Check the “GreenDrinks Savannah” facebook page. Tuesday, January 10, 5 p.m., Cha Bella Grill & Patio Bar, 102 E. Broad St., Free to attend. Cash bar.

Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr.

Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am-10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912-429-5150. Living Smart Fitness Club

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Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912-596-5965. ongoing. Ladies Day at Savannah Climbing Coop

Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. See website for info. ongoing. 912-495-8010. Savannah Disc Golf

Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club

With a one-year, $35 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing.

Dude’s Day at Savannah Climbing Coop

Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park

Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912376-0219 ongoing. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Turbo Kick Cardio Workout

Lose calories while dancing and kick-boxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586-822-1021. turbokicksavannah. Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semiprivate classes by appointment. Carol Daly-Wilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-238-0018. savannahpilates. com. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info.

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St.

Qigong Classes

Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 ongoing.

Renagade Workout

Free for cancer patients and survivors. The classes help with flexibility and balance while also providing relaxation. Located at FitnessOne, on the third floor of the Memorial Outpatient and Wellness Center. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. 912-350-9031. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Zumba Fitness

Isn’t lifting weights and running on the treadmill boring? Come join Sheena’s Zumba Fitness class and have fun while burning calories! The class regularly has 75+ participants that know that Sheena is the best Zumba instructor in Savannah! So show up early and see you soon! Free with

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YMCA membership Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 912-354-6223. https://facebook. com/ZumbaFitnesswithSheena/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Zumba Fitness (R) with April

Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongoing. 912-349-4902.

Food & Drink Events

Bethesda Farm and Gardens Stand

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Each week, this popular organic farm stand, managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more. In addition, 100 percent grass fed ground beef in various quantities are available at the farm stand, which is raised and distributed by Bethesda Academy’s Cattle & Beef Operation. Specialty cuts are also available. merrin.slocombe@bethesdaacademy. org. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave.

Thursdays, Sundays, 5-7 p.m.. 912721-0595. 39 Rue de Jean, 605 W Oglethorpe Ave. Honey Tasting and Body Care Samples + Store Tour

Daily honey tastings and body care demonstrations. Come see honeybees in the observation hive or call 912.629.0908 to schedule a tour of the Bee Garden. Garden tour available March through October. $3 per person. Must call ahead. Free Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.. 912234-0688. Savannah Bee Company, Wilmington Island, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Industry Night at Southbound Brewing Co.

Bring in proof of service industry employment (pay stub or biz card), military ID or Gulfstream badge and receive 10% off your tours & tastings admission. Admission includes six 6 ounce samples, a guided tour and a souvenir 6 pack of one of our year round beers OR Southbound koozie. $15 | 10% off with industry ID 912-667-0033. CHEF JOE AND FRIENDS POP-UP DINNER In honor of 16 years at Chef Joe Randall’s service-industry-night. Southbound Cooking School ~A Legacy of Good Food, Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Good Wine & Good Times~ Chef Joe Prepare Sunday Suppers at Union & Friends will prepare an hors d’oeuvre Mission reception and a special 6-course wine Local organizations are invited to sign pop-up dinner. Participating Executive up to prepare Sunday Supper for people Chefs Earlest Bell – Healthy Culinary who are homeless and live at Union Creations Bernard Carmouche – Two Mission’s shelters for homeless people. Chefs Seafood Timothy Dean – T.D. Groups must sign up in advance and Burgers Dwight Evans – Sodexo Jerome bring/prepare a meal, beginning at 2pm Grant – Sweet Home Café, Smithsonian on Sundays. Call for information. ongoing. African American Museum Charley 912-236-7423. Hatney – Coaxum’s Low Country Taste of Lucky’s Market Cuisine Kevin Mitchell – Culinary Sample products from all Lucky’s Institute of Charleston Duanne Nutter departments. Free – Southern National Restaurant Marvin savannah-ga/. Lucky’s Market, 5501 Woods – MADD Flavor $150.00 912Abercorn St. 303-0409. Tybee Island Farmers Market Featuring a variety of produce, baked friends/?instance_id=1529. savannah. goods, honey, granola, BBQ, sauces and dressings, popsicles, dog treats jsp?null. Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West and natural body products. The market Bay St. is non-smoking and pet friendly. Fire & Wine Stephen Half priced bottles of wine, campfires in Johnson, 206 Miller Ave. the courtyard, marshmallows and s’mores Wine Sampling kits. 912-401-0543. info@foxyloxycafe. Sample the variety of wines Lucky’s com. Foxy Loxy Cafe, Market has to offer. 1919 Bull St. savannah-ga/. Lucky’s Market, 5501 Forsyth Farmers Market Abercorn St. Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and Health other delights. Rain or shine. Free to Armstrong Prescription Drug attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. Drop-Off Forsyth Park, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a Drayton St. & East Park Ave. permanent drop box for disposing of Happy Hour

39 Rue De Jean favorites at happy hour prices! Enjoy $4 house wine, $4 well cocktails, $8 daily cocktail feature, Moules en Six Preparations for $8, $8 1/2 40 dozen raw oysters, and more. Mondays-

unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected

are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Blood Pressure Screenings

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s SmartSenior offers blood pressure screenings on every Monday from 10 AM to Noon in the SmartSenior office, #8 Medical Arts on 836 E. 65th Street. No appointment is necessary; the screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (912) 352-4405. ongoing. St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Arts Building, 836 E. 65th St. Free Hearing and Speech Screening

Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing. org. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free Hearing Screenings

The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912-355-4601. speechandhearingsav. org. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St.

Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept.

Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. Health Care for Uninsured People

Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St.

big day? Register for a tour of our labor and delivery areas. The tour is held once a month and fills up quickly, so please register early. Call 912-350-BORN (2676). second Sunday of every month. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Living Smart Fitness Club

An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-4476605.

Marketplace Enrollment Assistance

Free in-person enrollment and renewal assistance for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace will be available. Assistance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bring a government-issued ID and all necessary documentation including proof of income, Social Security numbers for the entire household and any information on jobrelated health insurance. Mon., Jan. 9, 3 p.m. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-264-7154. Prepared Childbirth Class

This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. The Savannah 7-Day Diabetes Repair

If you are ready to take control of your life and health, call today, enroll in this fun but intensive seven week program to heal your body of diabetes. You will learn how changing can heal. You can reverse diabetes by following a new protocol, Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and even if you have been diabetic for Relaxation Therapy years. Includes over a year of follow-up Helps everyday ordinary people with support. $450 Thursdays, Saturdays. everyday ordinary problems: smoking, 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga. weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. Abercorn St. 912-927-3432. La Leche League of Savannah

A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912897-9544. html. Labor and Delivery Tour

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Kid’s Happenings Healthy Kids Club

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

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Island Farmers Market, 111 Walthour Rd.

Savannah Children’s Museum School Year Hours

SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to savannahchildrensmuseum. org ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Toddler Time

Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature-based theme. $5 parking Thursdays, 10 a.m. skidawayisland. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland. org. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.


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. 912-236CITY.

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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. GVNT HAVS

GVNT HAVS is a free monthly drag show that houses the unique antics of the House of Gunt, a Savannah based freeform 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. Chuck’s Bar, 305 W. River St. Savannah Pride, Inc.

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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 non-profit. ongoing. info@savannahpride. com. Stand Out Youth

A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-288-1034. info@standoutyouth. org. 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. 912-3522611.

Literary Events Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, best known for his live radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion,” will offer insights and stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers. Fri., Jan. 6. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Historical Writers Guild

The HWG will endeavor to offer a variety of programs for both published and unpublished writers to promote historical fiction and creative non-fiction. All compatible and cross-genre works to historical writing are welcome. HWG is also open to hobbyist writers to enjoy a relaxed and fun environment. Annual dues $20 second Monday of every month, 7-9 p.m. 713-907-8627. Richmond Hill Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. Resilience, Resistance and Revolt: Black Abolitionists as Agents of Abolition

Presented by Dr. Michael Benjamin of Armstrong State University. Part of Senior Citizens, Inc.’s winter lecture series. $6 Wed., Jan. 4, 1:30 p.m. seniorcitizens-inc. org. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. Savannah Authors Workshop

The next meeting of Savannah Authors Workshop will take place on Wednesday, 4th January, 2017, at 630 East Victory Drive. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. New members and guests are welcome. Wed., Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m. Downtown Savannah, downtown.

Nature and Environment

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Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. gastateparks. org/info/skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Dolphin Project

Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint

presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. 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. 912-7272339. 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. GreenDrinks Savannah

A happy hour networking gathering for folks who want to save the Earth. Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Location varies monthly. Check the “GreenDrinks Savannah” facebook page. Free to attend. Cash bar. second Tuesday of every month, 5 p.m. Cha Bella Grill & Patio Bar, 102 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, 10am4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. 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. 912-2368115.

Pets & Animals Low Cost Pet Clinic

TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. TailsSpin Pet Supplies Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Village. Operation New Hope

Operation New Hope allows inmates to train unadoptable dogs from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goals of the program are to decrease the

recidivism rate among Chatham County inmates, help inmates learn a new skill, and help previously unadoptable dogs find loving homes. The graduated dogs are available for adoption can be viewed at, and www. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. humanesocietysav. org/. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr.

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. St. Almo’s Apply now at to start Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine 1033. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-2343336. Psychic Medium Your Pal, Erin Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St. Ready to reconnect you with your loved ones who’ve passed and your own inner knowing? I’m here to help. Let’s all work Religious & Spiritual together to create the amazing new life Band of Sisters Prayer Group All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, you truly desire, releasing old situations that no longer serve you. Readings 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, available in person and by phone. 60 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s minutes, $65. Group readings of 5 or more, $30 per person for 20 minutes. Get heart is like channels of water in the your personalized, 45 minute prerecorded hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. “Tuesday Tune-Up” emailed to your inbox 912-663-8728. for just $45. Visit www.yourpalerin. com for more information or contact Buddhist Meditation today. Everyone is welcome. Experience ongoing. Online only, none. not necessary. Visit our website for location, meditation periods and classes. Read the Bible in One Year A Bible book club for those wanting to Individual instruction upon request. Email Cindy Un read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible Shin Beach at for study. All welcome, regardless of race, more information. ongoing. Online only, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. none. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. Catholic Singles 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 Church, 622 E. 37th Street. meet frequently for fun, fellowship and Savannah Friends Meeting service. Send email or check website (Quakers) to receive announcements of activities Un-programmed worship. 11am and to suggest activities for the group. Sundays, third floor of Trinity United ongoing. diosav. Methodist Church. Call or email for info. org/familylife-singles. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-233Gratitude Circle in the Squares 1772. Gather with others to share gratitude. Trinity United Everyone welcome. Park next to Bull Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Street Library. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 Savannah Reiki Share p.m. 917-676-4280. During shares, participants take turns savannahgratitude. Bull giving and receiving universal life force Street Library, 2002 Bull St. energy via Reiki and other healing Guided Silent Prayer modalities. Present at the shares are Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign Montgomery St. See website for info. up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by ongoing. Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, Jesus Yeshua 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, Holidays and plans for 2017 underway 148 Abercorn Street. for young adults and college Christians. Service of Compline Contact Reverend Brenda Lee @yahoo. Enter the stillness of another age. com or call (912) 236-3156. ongoing. No Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight physical address given, none. at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night Maritime Bethel by the Complne Choir of Christ Church “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220- All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. 2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God


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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. 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. ymcaofcoastalga. org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap

Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm-10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St.

Special Screenings Film: Opera: Nabucco

A famous opera by Guiseppi Verdi, conducted by James Levine. $24 Sat., Jan. 7, 12:55 p.m. Regal Savannah Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St. Film: The Perfume of the Lady in Black

Anyone even remotely interested in the history of European horror and suspense films will not want to miss this rare public screening of one of the least-known but most beautifully made Italian thrillers ever made. $7 Wed., Jan. 4, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Sports & Games

Adult and Junior Tennis Clinics

On Thursdays. Intended for a class size of 4-8 students. Buy four classes, get the fifth class free. $15 per class ongoing. 912-201-2000. php. The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr.

Roller derby league offers 12-week courses for beginners, recreational scrimmaging for experienced players and two annual bootcamp programs. See website for info. ongoing. savannahderby. com. Grief 101 Support Group

Seven-week morning or evening adult support group offers tools to learn to live with loss. Tuesdays, 10am-11am; or Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free of charge. Offered by Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Saturday Group Run or Walk

Join us in our quest for fitness. Beginners are welcome. We can help you exceed your fitness goals. Free Saturdays, 7-8:15 a.m. 912-398-4130. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Sav. Strider Weekly Group Run or Walk Downtown

Join us for a run or walk downtown or over the bridge if you’re feeling froggy. The best part is afterwards when we get coffee or whatever else your heart desires from Savannah Coffee Roasters. Free Sundays, 7-8 a.m. 912-398-4130. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. Savannah Bike Polo

Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. See facebook for info. ongoing. savannahbikepolo.






Ultimate Frisbee

Come play Ultimate! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm until dark. Sundays, 4:30pm until we get tired. The west side of Forsyth Park. Bring a smile, two shirts (one light or white, one dark), water, and cleats (highly recommended). ongoing. pick-up/. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. USMNT (Soccer) American Outlaws Chapter

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Adult Coed Flag Football League

Bears Elite Football

Learn the fundamentals of football. Ages 4-12. Sign up now. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 912-272-6684. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. Derby Devils Roller Derby Classes




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8x8 Coed Flag League. Play adult sports, meet new people. Sponsored by Savannah Adult Recreation Club. Wed. nights/Sun. mornings, at locations around Savannah. $450. Minimum 8 games. Ages 18+. Coed teams. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-2203474.

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soccer competitions. American Outlaws Savannah chapter of USMNT meets regularly. Call for details. ongoing. 912398-4014. Flip Flop Tiki Bar & Grill, 117 Whitaker St. Yates-Astro Resolution Race

The Women’s Board of Bethesda presents the Fifth Annual Yates-Astro Resolution 5K Trail run and Optim Pancake Breakfast. The unique 3.1 mile trail winds through Bethesda’s beautiful 650 acre campus. No pets or strollers allowed. Runners and walkers can register at All proceeds benefit Bethesda students. $25 through

12/26; $35 beyond Sat., Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m. 912.667.4824. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave.

Support Groups

Al-Anon Family Group meeting Isle of Hope For Today

Find comfort and understanding for families and friends of alcoholics. AFG is an anonymous fellowship seeking to find serenity for those impacted by the effects of alcoholism. Free Mondays, 7-8 p.m. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Ave. Alcoholics Anonymous

For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. savannahaa. com.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Family Support Group

For individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Second Monday, Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

NPR’s Scott Simon interviewed jazz pianist and songwriter Robert Glasper, who has created nine albums, won a Grammy, and collaborated with a range of great musicians. Simon asked him if he had any frustrations -- “grand ambitions” that people discouraged him from pursuing. Glasper said yes. He’d really like to compose and sing hip-hop rhymes. But his bandmates just won’t go along with him when he tries that stuff. I hope that Glasper, who’s an Aries, will read this horoscope and take heart from what I’m about to predict: In 2017, you may finally get a “Yes!” from people who have previously said “No!” to your grand ambitions.

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what we already know,” writes poet Charles Simic. I would say the same thing about a lot of art, theater, film, music, and fiction: Too often it presents well-crafted repetitions of ideas we have heard before. In my astrological opinion, Leo, 2017 will be a time when you’ll need to rebel against that limitation. You will thrive by searching for sources that provide you with novel information and unique understandings. Simic says: “The poem I want to write is impossible: a stone that floats.” I say: Be on the lookout for stones that float.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

For a bald eagle in flight, feathers are crucial in maintaining balance. If it inadvertently loses a feather on one wing, it will purposely shed a comparable feather on the other wing. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this strategy has metaphorical meaning for your life in 2017. Do you want to soar with maximum grace and power? Would you like to ascend and dive, explore and scout, with ease and exuberance? Learn from the eagle’s instinctual wisdom.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

During the campaign for U.S. President in 1896, Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan traveled 18,000 miles as he made speeches all over the country. But the Republican candidate, William McKinley, never left his hometown of Canton, Ohio. He urged people to visit him if they wanted to hear what he had to say. The strategy worked. The speeches he delivered from the front porch of his house drew 750,000 attendees and played an important role in his election. I recommend a comparable approach for you in the coming months, Cancerian. Invoke all your attractive power as you invite interested parties to come see you and deal with you on your home turf.

In August 2012, a group of tourists visited the Eldgja volcanic region in Iceland. After a while, they noticed that a fellow traveler was missing. Guides organized a search party, which worked well into the night trying to track down the lost woman. At 3 a.m., one of the searchers suddenly realized that she herself was the missing person everyone was looking for. The misunderstanding had occurred many hours earlier because she had slipped away to change her clothes, and no one recognized her in her new garb. This is a good teaching story for you to meditate on in 2017, Scorpio. I’d love to see you change so much that you’re almost unrecognizable. And I’d love to see you help people go searching for the new you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“Poetry is a way of knowledge, but most poetry tells us

Open to all who have had limbs amputated and their families or caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912355-7778. Back Pain Support Group

Second Monday of every month,7:00pm. Denny’s Restaurant at Hwy. 204. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Debbie at 912-727-2959 ongoing. Brain Injury Support Group

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In

Humans have drunk hot tea for over two millennia. Chinese emperors were enjoying it as far back as the second century B.C. And yet it wasn’t until the 20th century that anyone dreamed up the idea of enclosing tea leaves in convenient one-serving bags to be efficiently brewed. I foresee you either generating or stumbling upon comparable breakthroughs in 2017, Taurus. Long-running traditions or customs will undergo simple but dramatic transformations that streamline your life. “What you do is what counts and not what you had the intention of doing,” said Pablo Picasso. If I had to choose a single piece of advice to serve as your steady flame in 2017, it might be that quote. If you agree, I invite you to conduct this experiment: On the first day of each month, take a piece of paper and write down three key promises you’re making to yourself. Add a brief analysis of how well you have lived up to those promises in the previous four weeks. Then describe in strong language how you plan to better fulfill those promises in the coming four weeks.

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*The Economist* magazine reports that if someone wanted to transport $10 million in bills, he or she would have to use eight briefcases. Sadly, after evaluating your astrological omens for 2017, I’ve determined that you won’t ever have a need for that many. If you find yourself in a situation where you must carry bundles of money from one place to another, one suitcase will always be sufficient. But I also want to note that a sizable stash of cash can fit into a single suitcase. And it’s not out of the question that such a scenario could transpire for you in the coming months. In fact, I foresee a better chance for you to get richer quicker than I’ve seen in years.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Citizens, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912236-0363 x143.

In 2017, you will be at the peak of your ability to forge new

alliances and deepen existing alliances. You’ll have a sixth sense for cultivating professional connections that can serve your noble ambitions for years to come. I encourage you to be alert for new possibilities that might be both useful for your career and invigorating for your social life. The words “work” and “fun” will belong together! To achieve the best results, formulate a clear vision of the community and support system you want.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Capricorn writer Edgar Allan Poe has been an important cultural influence. His work appears on many “mustread” lists of 19th-century American literature. But during the time he was alive, his best-selling book was not his famous poem “The Raven,” nor his short story “The GoldBug,” nor his novel *The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.* Rather, it was *The Conchologist’s First Book,* a textbook about mollusk shells, which he didn’t actually write, but merely translated and edited. If I’m reading the astrological omens correctly, 2017 will bring events to help ensure that your fate is different from Poe’s. I see the coming months as a time when your best talents will be seen and appreciated better than ever before.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“My goal is to create a life that I don’t need a vacation from,” says motivational author Rob Hill Sr. That’s an implausible dream for most people. But in 2017, it will be less implausible than it has ever been for you Aquarians. I don’t guarantee that it will happen. But there is a decent chance you’ll build a robust foundation for it, and thereby give yourself a head start that enables you to accomplish it by 2019. Here’s a tip on how to arouse and cultivate your motivation: Set an intention to drum up and seek out benevolent “shocks” that expand your concepts of who you are and what your life is about.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

The birds known as winter wrens live in the Puget Sound area of Washington. They weigh barely half an ounce, and their plain brown coloring makes their appearance unremarkable. Yet they are the avian equivalents of the opera star Pavarotti. If they weighed as much as roosters, their call would be ten times as strong as the rooster’s cock-adoodle-doo. Their melodies are rich and complex; one song may have more than 300 notes. When in peak form, the birds can unleash cascades at the rate of 36 notes per second. I propose that we make the winter wren your spirit animal in 2017, Pisces. To a casual observer, you may not look like you can generate so much virtuosity and lyrical power. But according to my analysis, you can.

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the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cancer Support Group

For anyone living with, through or beyond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Caregiver’s Coffee

Caregiver’s Coffee, an informal support group for caregivers of cancer patients, meets on the second and third Wednesday of every month in the lobby of the Nancy N. and J. C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP), located on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. For more information, call 912-819-5704. second Tuesday of every month. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Children’s Grief Support Group

Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Connect for Kids

This group is for children who have a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Debtors Anonymous

For people with debting problems. Meets Sundays, 6:30pm at Unity of Savannah. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6108. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Eating Disorders Anonymous

Free, volunteer-led support group for recovery from anorexia/restrictive eating and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email for info. ongoing. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Empowerment Seminar and Support Group

Support group for families, interested parties and caregivers of loved ones living in nursing centers, memory care or assisted living. Over 40 years of combined experience in healthcare as administration, social services, admissions and nursing. Family

members, caregivers and those with interest have questions. If you find that your voice is not being heard, your questions remain unanswered or you simply want to understand the system, this group welcomes your voice. Held in a central location; contact Irene Vigo at 843-225-5559 for more questions. Free Wed., Jan. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 843-2265559. ivigo@stlukemissionaryhospice. com. Online only, none. Essential Tremor Support Group

For those with the disease, care partners, family and caregivers. Managing the disease, treatments and therapies, quality of life. First Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-2224. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Fibromyalgia Support Group

Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-8196743. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Gambling Problem 12 Step Program

Twelve step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly. Leave message with contact info. ongoing. 912-748-4730. Georgia Scleroderma Support Group

A group for people with scleroderma for the greater Savannah area and surrounding counties. Meets regularly. Call for day and time. Lovezzola’s Pizza, 320 Hwy 80 West, Pooler. Info: 912-4126675 or 912-414-3827. ongoing. Greater Savannah Breast Cancer Support Group

Breast cancer patients and their caregivers in the greater Savannah, Hilton Head, and coastal Georgia area are invited to join this group. The meetings often feature presentations from the local medical community, are informal, and are conducted in a discussion format to encourage participation. For more information, call 912-897-3933. second Sunday of every month, 4-6 p.m. Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (at Memorial Health Univ. Medical Center), 4700 Waters Ave. Grief Support Groups

Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle offers a full array of grief support groups and individual counseling for children, teens and adults is available at no charge. Counseling is offered at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H in Savannah, and appointments are also available in the United Way offices in Rincon and in Richmond Hill. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. GriefSupport. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Meeting

This group is open to individuals with cancers of the head and neck area and their caregivers. At the meetings, we have a brief discussion from experts in the treatment of head and neck cancer and allow time for group discussion.

For more information, please call Suzy Buelvas at 912-350-7845. Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Anonymous can help. Savannah meetings Mon 6:30pm, Wed 5:30pm, Fri 6:30 p.m. See website for locations and info, or call 912-358-7150. ongoing.

Free support and education group for those who have suffered from or want to prevent or reverse heart disease and/or diabetes. One Tuesday/month, 6pm. Free and open to the public. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga. org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

For parents of children attending Chatham-Savannah Public School System who have IEP plans, to offer mutual support through the challenges of the IEP process. Email for info. ongoing.

Heartbeats for Life

Klinefelter Syndrome/47-XXY Support Group

For parents of children with this diagnosis, and for men with this diagnosis. Started by the mother of a boy with 47-XXY. Email to meet for mutual support. ongoing.

Legacy Group: For individuals with advanced and recurrent cancer.

Parents of Children with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans)

Parents of Ill Children

Backus Children’s Hospital sponsors this group for parents with a seriously ill child receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Case manager facilitates the meetings. Meets weekly. Call for info ongoing. 912-350-5616. memorialhealth. com/backus. backus. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Ave. Parkinson’s Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet on the first Thursday of the Group addresses the concerns of advanced and recurrent cancer survivors month from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital, 5353 from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of healing. To register Reynolds Street. Featuring medical and therapeutic guest speakers, join us for for a specific session and to learn about discussion, support, and new community the group, please call Jennifer Currinactivities. For more information, call Fran McCulloch at 912-350-7845. ongoing. McCarey at 912-819-2224. ongoing. 912912-350-7845. Curtis and Elizabeth 355-6347. Candler Hospital, Anderson Cancer Institute (at Memorial Health Univ. Medical Center), 4700 Waters 5353 Reynolds St. Ave. Prostate Cancer Support Group:

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call or see website for info. Located in the Summit Cancer Care office at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Narcotics Anonymous

Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area NA meeting schedule. ongoing. 912-2385925. National Alliance of Mental Illness

NAMI Savannah is offering their monthly Mental Health Education meetings on the second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 PM at The Reed Clubhouse on 1141 Cornell Drive, Savannah. Connections Group which is for anyone with a Mental Health diagnosis is offered weekly on Tuesday nights from 6-8 PM at The Trinity Lutheran Church at 12391 Mercy Blvd, Savannah. Family Support Group is offered on the last Monday of the month at The Reed Clubhouse on 1144 Cornell Drive, Savannah from 6-8 PM. Please call for any further information. NAMI Savannah phone number is 912-353-7143 second Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Overeaters Anonymous

Is food a problem for you? Overeaters

Man to Man

This group is for prostate cancer patients and their caregivers. Meets in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. 912-897-3933. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Pryme Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

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coping strategies, receive support and become involved in community activities. For more information, please call Fran McCarey at 819-2224. second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Rape Crisis Center

Assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. Free, confidential counseling for victims and families. 24-hour Rape Crisis Line operates seven days a week. 912233-7273. ongoing. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support Group

Second Tuesdays at 7pm in Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For anyone with this disorder, plus family members/caregivers interested in learning more. Call for info. ongoing. 912858-2335. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. SBC Toastmasters

Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to the art of public speaking. In a friendly, supportive atmosphere, members learn to speak more precisely and confidently via prepared speeches, impromptu speaking, and constructive evaluations. It’s fun, informative, and a great way to network with area professionals. Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. 912-663-7851. St. Leo University, 7426 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Suite A. Sex Addicts Anonymous

If you believe you have a problem with sex addiction (or are wondering if you might) and you want to change your behavior, we recommend that you attend a meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous. The only requirement is a desire to stop your addictive sexual behavior. Meets Mondays at 7 pm. Call for venue information. ongoing. 731-412-0183. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Spinal Injury Support Group

Third Thursdays, 5:30pm, at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-350-8900. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Spouse/Life Partner Support Group

Open support group for adults whose spouses or life partners have died. Meets Thursday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive.

Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive.

Teens Nurturing Teens (Cancer Support)

Support group for teens with a family member or loved one impacted by cancer. Meets at the Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for information. ongoing. 912-8195704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Teens With No One to Turn To

Help for people ages 11-18, or concerned parents of teens. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-234-4048. Young Survival Coalition

Young breast cancer patients and their caregivers in the greater Savannah, Hilton Head, and Coastal Georgia area are invited to join this group. Meetings include presentations from local medical community and discussions. Meetings conducted in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Saturdays, 4-6 p.m. 912-8973933. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.


Bethesda Seeks Volunteer Docents for New History Museum/ Visitors Center

Bethesda seeks volunteer docents for their new visitors center/museum. Volunteer docents needed during regular museum hours, Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Docents will share Bethesda’s rich history and inspiring legacy with visitors from across the country and around the world. ongoing. 912-351-2061. Elizabeth. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave.

Call for Volunteer Docents at the Davenport House

Davenport House volunteer docent/ tour guide training is offered in February. This is a four week training program. The date and time will be determined by participants. Docents lead tours and assist with programming for people from around the world who visit the historic house. Call Rebecca Bustinduy at 236-8097 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email at rbustinduy@ Through Feb. 3. Davenport House, 324 East State St. Call for Volunteers for AARP Tax Aide Program

the site. Through April 15. aarpfoundation. org/volunteer. No physical address given, none.

Call for Volunteers for Hospice Savannah

Share your love, friendship and empathy with caregivers and hospice patients in their homes or nursing homes. Hospice Savannah is seeking caring volunteers to provide companionship and caregiver respite throughout Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and Long counties. There are also opportunities to volunteer in our Hospice House on Eisenhower Drive, in our administrative offices or at Full Circle Grief and Loss Center off Chatham Parkway. Please complete an application on-line at www. or call the volunteer department at 912.355.2289 for more information. No prior experience is needed - just a loving heart. Volunteer training will be offered Monday, May 10 in the community education room at the rear of Hospice House from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Pre-registration is required. ongoing. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.

Call for Volunteers for the Savannah Book Festival

The Savannah Book Festival seeks volunteers. Being a volunteer is mostly physically light and social. A number of volunteer opportunities with varying time commitments are available. The festival runs Feb. 16-19, 2017. Through Feb. 16. 912-335-1717. Downtown Savannah, downtown.

Call for Volunteers for the Tybee Island Historical Society and Lighthouse

Volunteers are the backbone to the Tybee Island Historical Society and Lighthouse. Because we are a non-profit we rely on volunteers to help us succeed everyday. If you’re interested in volunteering at the lighthouse please call Gus Rehnstrom at 912-785-5801 or email lhvolunteers@ For more information visit: ongoing. Tybee Island Lighthouse, 30 Meddin Ave.

JAN 4-10, 2017

Good Samaritan Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City needs volunteer nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical staff. The clinic serves people without insurance and those whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Call to volunteer. ongoing. 912-964-4326.

Hospice Volunteers Needed in Chatham and other Coastal Counties

Island Hospice, THA Group’s nonprofit hospice service, seeks volunteers for patient socialization and caregiver respite. Also seeking nonpatient contact volunteers who can contribute by providing services including, but not limited to, office work, crafting, sewing, light yard work, housekeeping, playing guitar for patients, and licensed hairdressers. Serving patients in Chatham, Bryan, Bulloch, Effingham, Liberty, Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, and Screven Counties in Georgia, and Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Charleston, Colleton Counties in South Carolina. See website or email or call for info. ongoing. 888-842-4463. Live Oak Public Libraries

Volunteers needed to assist in a variety of ways at its branches in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-6523661.

Medical Professional Volunteers Needed

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s St. Mary’s Health Center, a free clinic serving the uninsured, seeks physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, lab techs, and patient care techs. Non-clinical volunteers needed to to schedule appointments. Contact Stephanie Alston. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home seeks additional volunteers and volunteer org. Oatland Island docents to help on Fridays and Saturdays, Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 1p-4pm, and for possible extended Pre-School Volunteers Needed hours. Duties: greet visitors, handle Seeking early childhood education admissions, conduct merchandise sales majors, retired elementary teachers and/ and help with tours. Docent training or community residents to help 3 & 4 year and written narratives for reference olds with language development skills. during tours are provided. ongoing. Mon.-Fri., 9am-12noon. Call for info. 912-233-6014. ongoing. 912-447-0578. Flannery cfm. St. Mary’s Community Center and O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Health Center, 812 W 36th St. Charlton Street.

Docents and Volunteers Needed at Flannery O’Connor House

Volunteers are needed to prepare Federal and Georgia state tax returns, particularly for people ages 60 and up. All volunteers who will prepare tax returns will need Suicide often leaves survivors with guilt, to attend a five-day training program, anger, hurt and unanswered questions. Hospice Savannah/United Way of Coastal held in early January. A background in accounting is not a prerequisite; only Empire/Coastal Suicide Prevention a willingness to help low to middle Alliance offer an ongoing support group. income residents and a familiarity with Third Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Safe and confidential. Free to attend. Barbara Moss computers. Volunteer opportunities Dolphin Project Seeks Volunteers are not limited to tax preparation. Each at Full Circle of Hospice Savannah, 912Dolphin Project needs boat owners, location also has a person to welcome 629-1089. ongoing. Full Circle Grief and photographers, and other volunteers 46 and organize taxpayers as they come into Survivors of Suicide Support Group

to help with scientific research on the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin along coastal Georgia. Must be age 18 or older. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-2326572.


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Furnished Efficiency Apt. includes utilities, electricity, gas, garbage/ water. 1yr. lease & security deposit. $700/month. Close to Savannah Mall & Armstrong State University. 912-429-2073

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VERY NICE HOUSES FOR RENT *1421 East 56th: 4BR/1BA, Central heat/air $930/month. *9319 Dunwoody Dr: 3BR/1.5BA, Central heat/air $975/month. *5621 Betty Drive: 2BR/1BA $740/ month. Call 912-631-7644, 912507-7934 or 912-927-2853 (No OFF ACL BLVD. 2-1/2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, kitchen calls after 9pm) furnished, washer/dryer conn., Room for Rent fenced yard. No pets. $725/mo. + deposit. No Section 8. Call 912ROOMS FOR RENT 234-0548 $75 MOVE-IN SPECIAL SECTION 8 WELCOME ON 2ND WEEK *55 S. Parkwood: 3BR/2BA $1,075 Clean, large, furnished. Busline, *2220 Mason: 4BR/1.5BA $1,100. cable, utilities, central heat/air. *1518 Grove St. 3BR/1BA $800. $100-$130/weekly. Rooms with *34-1/2 Altman Cir. 1BR/1BA $600. bath $145. Call 912-289-0410. *2208 Utah: 3BR/1BA $850. *Paycheck stub or Proof of Call 912-257-6181 income and ID required.

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

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