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Free Family Day: Super Museum Sunday and Nick Cave SUN / 5
Explore the joys of mixed media and nontraditional approaches to making fine art. Meet and discover local artists and art groups making and promoting contemporary art in an array of media, and take part in this exciting, blossom ing scene by making some art of your own. 1-4 p.m. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Free
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Theatre: The Secret Garden FRI / 3 - SUN / 5
Based on the classic children’s book, The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, who is suddenly orphaned and sent to live with her reclusive uncle. While in the lonely man sion, Mary discovers a hidden, overgrown garden that once belonged to her uncle’s deceased wife, Lily. With the help of new friends, Mary learns even the saddest lives can bloom again. Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. Fri/Sat 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $15-$20 912-238-9015. savannahchildrenstheatre.org
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A two-man stage play dramatizing the impact of Frederick Douglass’ speeches on the abolition of American slavery. Presented by Quazar Performing Arts Ensemble. Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. noon First Congregational Church, 421 Habersham St. Free 912-358-8176
Film: Satan’s Triangle
The PFS celebrates the life and career of the one-and-only Doug McClure with this film. It’s the genuinely creepy tale of a lone female survivor of a shipwreck in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, who is threatened by evil forces -- along with the Coast Guard helicopter pilot who comes to her aid. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $7
Written By Himself: Frederick Douglass and the Power of the Slave Narrative Presented by Dr. Christina Davis of Savannah State University. Part of Senior Citizens, Inc.’s winter lecture series. 1:30 p.m. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. $6 seniorcitizens-inc.org
THURSDAY 2. 2
Film: For The Love of Spock
Biopic film of Leonard Nimoy as the beloved Spock, the character who wisely reminded us, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Part of the Savannah Jewish Film Festival. 7 p.m. JEA, 5111 Abercorn St.
Colonial Faire and Muster
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The event features costumed interpreters and vendors offer ing students and adults a taste of the excitement and adver sity of life for the first settlers of colonial Georgia. Highlights include cannon and musket firing; blacksmithing, craft, and cooking demonstrations; Native American life interpretations; storytelling; and period music and dance. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. Free and Open to the Public 912-651-2125. PMeagher@georgiahistory.com georgiahistoryfestival.org/events/colonial-faire-muster/
Richard Smith & Julie Adams FRI / 3
Can you imagine a full orchestra playing in your living room? Or two lovers flirting in a symphony hall? It’s a little bit of both that you get from world renowned finger style guitarist Richard Smith and his wife, versatile cellist Julie Adams – and they serve so much more. 8 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 East Hwy. 80. $23
Mixed Short Films
Featuring ”The Chop” and “Munich 72 and Beyond,” watch one hilarious comedy and one serious drama, plus a selection of other great short films. Part of the Savannah Jewish Film Festival. 1:30 p.m. JEA, 5111 Abercorn St.
FRIDAY 2. 3
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
CPRDE is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies. Under the direction of Cleo Parker Robinson, the ensemble performs a dynamic body of works inspired by
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the African American experience and is rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions. This event is a part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. Free, first come first seated
Critz Tybee Run Fest 2017
The Critz Tybee Run Fest is an annual weekend event, combining five different races from 1 mile to 13.1 miles, totaling up to the 26.2 mile marathon distance. With the variety of race distances, including a half marathon, the race event appeals to a mixed-skill spectrum of runners. 3 p.m. Tybee Island race entry fees vary email@example.com. critztybeerun.com
A two-man stage play dramatizing the impact of Frederick Douglass’speeches on the abolition of American slavery. Presented by Quazar Performing Arts Ensemble. Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. noon First Congregational Church, 421 Habersham St. Free 912-358-8176
First Friday Art March
A monthly art walk featuring galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more. Free Trolley transportation, Indie Arts Market, and Kids Art Activities. 6-9 p.m. Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave. Free firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 9:30 p.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free riverstreetsavannah.com/event/ first-friday-fireworks
First Friday for Folk Music
Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. Hosted by Clark Byron. 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. $5 donation 912-484-3936. savannahfolk.org
Gray’s Reef Film Festival
The Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary throws this festival to celebrate the wonders of the ocean through film. For a complete list of films, visit graysreef. noaa.gov. Feb. 3-5 Trustees Theatre (Tybee Post on Sunday) $10/day graysreef.noaa.gov/
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The Marshall Tucker Band
The Stage on Bay’s grand opening features the iconic Southern rockers with special guest The Steppin’ Stones. 8 p.m. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St. $30-$50
Poetry Reading w/ Kim Addonizio and Alexis Orgera
Poet and novelist Kim Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry. 7 p.m. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.
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Potable Gold: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition
Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House while learning about and tasting a unique and flavorful wine. 5:30 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $20
So Long, Not Farewell w/ The Accomplices
After two members moved to Colorado, opportunities to see The Accomplices are in short supply. City Hotel opens, and ticket includes both performances. 7 p.m. Service Brewing Company, 574 Indian Street. $25
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NYT #1 Best-selling Author CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE will pre-release her much-anticipated new novel at the Savannah Book Fes�val BEFORE it is available na�onally. Inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s iconic pain�ng, “Chris�na’s World,” her newest novel captures the spirit and heart of the woman celebrated in one of America’s most beloved pieces of art.
Tybee Frydee Feeyoud!
Come see two Tybee family dynasties, the Hostis, winners of last month’s Feeyoud, defend their title against the Gaster family in a battle of wits. 8-10 p.m. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $10 912-472-4790. email@example.com.
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Cranford Hollow and Painter & Poet The popular Hilton Head Island-based band headlines with one of Savannah’s hot new bands, Painter & Poet opening the show. 8 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne $18
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Critz Tybee Run Fest 2017
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Tour Beach Institute Historic District’s landmarks significant to African American history with Johnnie Brown and The Freedom Trail Tour. Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. 10 a.m. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Free
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. first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. $2 912-727-2339
Forsyth Farmers Market
Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine.
The Last Resort: The Eagles Acoustic Set
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Forsyth Park forsythfarmersmarket.com
Front Porch Improv
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 The Don Knotts. 8 p.m. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. $15
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. 8:30 a.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Free and open to the public
Islands Women’s Day
The Islands Women’s Day has assembled a host of specialists in the field of women’s health and safety. 8:30 a.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 51 Wilmington Isl. Rd. $20
The Last Resort performs the iconic Eagles acoustic set. 9 p.m. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St. $10
Rides n’ Rebels
Fort McAllister will host the annual car event where participants can enjoy various makes and models from both past and present along with Civil War infantry and artillery demonstrations. 10 a.m. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. $9 912-727-2339. fortmcallister.park@gadnr. org
Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Release Party w/ Lurrie Bell
Southbound Brewing Company releases Rollin’ & Tumblin’, a springtime IPA. Sample the beer and enjoy live music by Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell. 7:30 p.m. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. $30 advance, $35 day of show
SUNDAY 2. 5
Savannah Songwriters Series
Featured songwriters are Tim Malchak, Jason Salzer, and Brian Dolzani. 7 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5
Songs of the Soul: An Exploration of Songs by African American Composers
Featuring Christopher C. Jordan, baritone. Part of Savannah Black Heritage Festival. 3 p.m. First Presbyterian, 520 Washington Ave.
Super Museum Sunday
Eighty-eight sites statewide are open free of charge as part of the Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday. Various sites, noon-4 p.m. unless otherwise listed Full list see GeorgiaHistoryFestival.org/sms
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Odd Lot Improv
An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $5
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The risky bet of a casino BY JIM MOREKIS
LIKE A SLASHER MOVIE CLICHE, the idea that never dies—a casino in Savan nah—is again making headlines. State Senator Ron Stephens of Savan nah, one of the sponsors of the newest casino bill, has insinuated the votes are finally there for this thing that rises from the deep every few years to make another appearance. This time the casino concept might indeed have more traction than in the past, and I don’t just mean because a famous owner of casinos is now President of the United States. As you read this, Stephens’s bill will be introduced in this year’s session of the Georgia General Assembly—that’s what we call our state legislature, for you recent arrivals—clearing the way for the legaliza tion of two separate casinos statewide.
November 2018. Historically speaking, there is a certain fit for casinos in Savannah. We’ve had a tradition of opulent and vaguely hedonistic casino-style institutions here, such as the General Oglethorpe Hotel on Wilmington Island and the old DeSoto downtown. Savannah’s well-earned reputation as one of America’s bootlegging capitals dur ing Prohibition only adds to our mystique. Unfortunately, another reality of Savan nah life is extreme poverty and depriva tion for many residents. And a casino will only serve to heighten the divide between the haves and the have-nots. Keep in mind our 26+ percent poverty rate is just an average figure. What this means in practice is that some areas have a poverty rate of virtually nil, while others have a poverty rate near 60 percent. Along with education, wealth disparity is considered by most smart observers to be literally the root cause of nearly every major problem Savannah faces locally.
The cynic in me is tempted to say that in a city already well-known for institution alized graft and shady cash transactions, a casino would almost be a no-brainer, just a case of the more, the merrier. Given Savannah’s history and tendency to romanticize its scofflaw past, bringing a casino into the mix in and of itself isn’t that radical a proposition. Let’s face it, the marketing material will write itself. And the usual local players who benefit from these types of sweetheart projects won’t need much convincing. I suspect the list of names will sound pretty familiar when all’s said and done. No matter what you hear in the talk ing points about the wonders of the free market, etc., a casino project here will essentially represent a public/private part nership with a guaranteed monopoly. Unfortunately the track record shows us that casinos aren’t so much a draw for tourists as they are a draw for gamblers.
Casinos are often the thing that communities turn to when there’s not a more viable option for economic development. That desperation is certainly not the case here. The language of the bill clearly infers one will be in Atlanta and one will be in Savan nah. Which makes sense in that one city is by far the state’s largest population center and the other is by far the state’s biggest tourism draw. The amount of money discussed is truly staggering: The Savannah casino would by law be required to be at least a $450 million investment. The ATL casino minimum investment is a jaw-dropping $2 billion. The bill requires the casinos to pay 20 percent of gambling revenues to the state to help pay for HOPE scholarships, a proposed new needs-based scholarship, and Pre-K programs. Of course, as we’ve seen in the past, how those education funds are actually distrib uted and spent is where the plan sometimes breaks down. As for the raw politics, casino advocates are taking the smart route this time: Seek ing to put the issue directly in front of the voters as a Constitutional amendment, thus allowing legislators to avoid a tough yes or no vote themselves. Gov. Nathan Deal, in his final term, has signaled he won’t pose a major roadblock to such a question going on the ballot in
And if there is a more potent symbol of the role of cash in perpetuating extreme wealth disparity than a casino, I’m unaware of it. Our pop culture is rife with references to either striking it rich in a casino (rare), or leaving dead broke and/or in debt (much more common). Putting the money into college scholar ships and Pre-K is laudable of course, but in and of itself not reason enough to sup port a casino. To stretch the analogy to a perhaps uncomfortable point, even organized crime bosses make sure to spread cash around the neighborhood to curry favor. And let’s not forget much of that wellintentioned financial support for educa tion would come out of the pockets of people who can’t afford the expenditure. As for the jobs the project will bring— which will no doubt be the big selling point as far as our local delegation is concerned— how many more service jobs do we need? As we all know, in a casino the house always wins in the end. In this case, the house also means politically well-con nected development interests. That brings us to the other virtual syn onym with the word casino: Corruption.
And we have enough people here losing their shirts just in their day-to-day lives without encouraging and incentivizing it. Think of all the places and scenarios that pop to mind when you think “casino.” Vegas. Atlantic City. Freeport. Mobile. Those casino boats around here that always seem to go bankrupt and/or break down or get shut down by the revenue department. Even casinos on reservations carry a certain poignant sense of irony. The simple truth is that in most places where they exist, casinos are often the thing that communities turn to when there’s not a more viable option for eco nomic development. That desperation is certainly not the case here, and that’s why places known for casinos tend to be…known for casinos. Why in the world would a city with as specific and recognizable an identity and draw as Savannah want to join that club? The real point is, whichever casino ours might turn out to be—upper crust and catering to affluent outsiders, or down scale and attracting mostly locals who can’t afford to lose the money—Savannah’s casino would represent an expensive mon ument to the most cancerous threats fac ing us: Wealth disparity and poverty. CS
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A Short Field Guide to Sustainable Resistance (or, It’s Gonna Be a Long Haul, So Get Enough Sleep) BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS
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WHEW, what a week. B-bye, affordable health insurance. Zip it, National Park Service. Suck it, Standing Rock. Funding for the arts and humanities, flushed. Endangered Species Act, poached. Muslim ban, check. Hope you knock out your teeth as we rip away that welcome mat, refugees. Oh hey, giant, unaffordable, ridiculous border wall that no amount of imported tequila is ever going to fund. I fully expect that by the time this col umn gets uploaded, the wrecking ball of this new, “alternative” form of democracy will deliver more demoralizing blows to our civil society, undoing the will of the people with its tiny, grabby hands. But I can’t anymore with the play-by-play of this shock-and-awful. Many of us have been witnessing the catastrophe unravel in constant motion, and we’re trying hard to click and com ment out of an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Maybe that’s working for some, but seems the rest of us just end up frustrated and blustering, sending 47 scary mon ster mask emojis to that redneck uncle in response to his guffawing comment about vagina hats. Even if we just bounce around like Min ions on Ritalin in our padded echo cham bers, the constant barrage of bad news can be debilitating, no matter how reputable the source. Even those with the time, stamina and stomach to process the state of emergency coming out of Washington are hitting the Red Bull hard to keep up. But we must not succumb to this obvi ous strategy of overwhelm and distract. The shit tsunami formerly known as the federal government will continue to rain toxic fecal matter upon the citizens of America, you betcha, and our sustained attention and outrage is essential. Last week’s marches showed us that the Resis tance is organized and ready for action, but this is a long game, friends. So here’s a short field guide to navigating our role without losing our marbles: Just say NO to the ‘Refresh’ button. Step away from the 24-hour news cycle. Unless you work for a national news out let or you’re that poor guy tweeting from under his desk in the White House, you’re 8 not going to be the first to know anything,
so relax. If you have a hard time selfimposing limits on your social media use, pretend you’re a petulant teenager and your mom is a mean jerk. Focus on your No. 1 issue. Pick a thing and COMMIT. Make the calls, get down and dirty about policy and educate others on the nitty-gritty. This doesn’t mean we don’t advocate and march for the bigger picture, we’re just dividing up the work and setting lasers on what matters most. Don’t engage the haters. You’re savvy enough to discern who’s interested in civil discourse and who wants to work out their daddy rage. Block those who attack your character or with whom conversations go nowhere but hell, even if they’re bloodkin. And remember that not everyone who disagrees with you is an enemy. Opening ourselves up to debate hones our talking points and forges alliances—especially when we do it offline, face-to-face, over snacks. Spend a few minutes a day letting your DC representatives know you’re alive. No matter where you live, you’ve only got three: Two senators and a House rep. ‘Round here, Sen. Johnny Isakson probably doesn’t want to know what you think about his glowing endorsement of Betsy DeVos, but you have every right to tell him. He can be reached in Atlanta at (770) 661-0999 and in D.C. at (202) 224-3643. Also feel free to give Rep. Buddy Carter a shout about your thoughts on his climate change denial and his recent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act as well as HR586, a bill he co-authored that would not only crimi nalize abortion but pos sibly ban certain forms of birth control and com plicate the in vitro fertil ization process. The number to his Savannah office on Lee Blvd. (912) 351-0101; DC is (202) 225-5831. Many have already put those num bers on speed dial. Lately, both offices are going straight to voicemail. Shock and awe ‘em, dahlins’. Don’t neglect the work closest to home. The national stage has all the drama, but local is where we actually make a difference. Here in Savannah, we’re still dealing with the same issues we were before Herr Despot unleashed his tyranni cal agenda, plus a few new ones: Chatham County Rep. Ron Stephens has introduced legislation to legalize gam bling in certain parts of Georgia, because a tacky casino along I-95 is exactly what
Savannah needs to complement its ugly hotel and sex trafficking problems. Surely there are other ways to fund the HOPE scholarship, like taxing the millions of cargo TEUs passing through the Port? Also fogging up local Facebook pages is Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s proposal to hasten the use of eminent domain to clear cloudy property titles. City leaders tout it as a means to reduce blight more effec tively in poor neighborhoods. Critics say that the practice unfairly targets African Americans and allows the government to seize property for its own interests. Bound to be more in the coming months, stay tuned. And there is the ever-present specter of crime and violence, fed by the city’s poverty rate, a large population of felons who can’t support themselves legally and a tippy-toe culture that some say might be racially desegregated but definitely not integrated. “Marching is great and there are a lot of serious things happening, but we have tri age to do, right here at home,” says Lana Abbott, who hosted Savannah Perceptions II: Roundtable last week at the W.W. Law Center. About 80 citizens— mostly black
and white, though so many of us fall in between or outside those labels—gathered to continue the unpacking of systemic rac ism and help identify solutions. It’s a slow process, and many people need it, as one participant put it, “Barney-styled down” to the alphabet block basics of simply recog nizing the challenges people of color con tinue to be subject to every day. “Savannah Perceptions” is also the name of Abbott’s radio show Thursdays 8-9pm on WRUU (online and hitting the FM airwaves in March!) on which she and guests discuss what she calls “the reality of being Melanated in America.” (No, that’s not a new reality show in which FLOTUS tours the baby seal-stuffed coat closets of cabinet members’ wives.) On a related note, how the hell does the Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones still have a job? (Yes, that’s his legit nickname!) It might not be technically illegal that he circulated obscene upskirt pictures of councilwoman Debbie Johnson to their shared colleagues for the bet ter part of a year, but it sure ain’t right. Oh oops, almost forgot, sexual harass ment with racist overtones is great again! But we will not stand for such smirking attacks on the dignity of women—espe cially African-American women who have fought tooth and nail to achieve positions of leadership. Dozens showed up to dem onstrate quiet support for Ms. Johnson at the most recent council meeting, led by sociologist Bertice Berry. Be warned, elected creepers: Chatham women are keeping our gimlet eyes on you. Practice self-care. An effective resistor is a healthy one, so get enough rest, eat good food and snuggle with loved ones. Dance more, waaaay more. Emergent Savannah’s James Brown Dance Party Saturday night at the Sentient Bean was salve to the soul, and I propose that the Dept. of Cultural Affairs start sponsoring more opportunities for Savannah to get down with its bad self. Also, take lots of walks. The upside to global warming is that it’s absolutely gorgeous out there. Best enjoy it, ‘cause we’re gonna fry come July whether Buddy believes it or not. The past week might feel like death by a thousand bitch slaps, but we’ve still got 207 left to go. Thousands have descended upon airports around the country to protest the immigration ban as I type, and who knows what fresh hell will be unleashed next. So hunker down, find your niche in the foxhole and prepare for action, ‘cause the monster mask emojis ain’t gonna cut it. CS
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Hospice Savannah brings grief support to neighborhoods affected by gun violence JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS
FEB 1-7, 2017
EVERY SUMMER, Hospice Savannah hosts Camp Aloha, a special retreat for children 6-17 who have recently lost a loved one. Kids share their feelings and learn coping tools in a comfortable setting, hosted by trained bereavement counselors. “Children sometimes get lost in the shuf fle, and providing a safe space for them to tell their stories helps the healing process,” says Jamey Espina, vice president of Service Excellence for Hospice Savannah’s Full Cir cle Center for Education and Grief Support. It can be hard enough for grieving kids L to R: Full Circle social workers Jamey Esto connect to the counseling they need, and pina, Holland Morgan and Betsy Kammerud. those most affected by Savannah’s high homicide rate may be the least likely receive provide training to 100 volunteers by Full it. Many families aren’t aware of or don’t Circle’s professional staff. Full Circle coor have access to resources, and lack of trans dinator and bereavement counselor Hol portation, poverty and a distrust of insti land Morgan says that will eventually lead tutions create barriers to the non-profit’s to an informed network that can continue community programs and support groups. the work. With the understanding that children “The idea is at the end of two years, we who have experienced the trauma of vio have all of these people in the commu lent crime may not be able to show up at nity who can help others better handle Camp Aloha or at Full Circle’s facility on grief and loss,” says Morgan, who will Chatham Parkway, Hospice Savannah is share training duties with longtime staff partnering with neighborhood leaders to members and crisis intervention spe bring the programming to them. cialists Barbara Moss-Hogan and Betsy We the Living is a community-based Kammerud. network of trained volunteers and grief Kammerud will lead the clinical aspects professionals that will host six, 5-week of the program and acknowledges that the support groups at the West Broad YMCA, kids coming through We the Living may the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, have an added element of post-traumatic Asbury Memorial Church and other loca stress than other grieving children. tions around the city where many kids “Experiencing a death of a loved one by already feel comfortable. violence can be different than other death. Representatives from Mothers of Mur There’s a specific kind of intensity,” says dered Sons & Daughters and the Victim Kammerud, a six-year veteran of Camp Witness Program, as well as local pas Aloha. “We’re teaching tools to deal with tors, guidance counselors and community grief as well as the stress that comes with activists, are a vital part of the equation. the trauma. We’re creating safe space to “The goal and strength of this program is acknowledge the feelings.” that it includes people who are in their lives, Combining proven clinical interven people they already trust,” says Espina. tions for grief like mindfulness exercises Made possible by a $100,000 grant from and storytelling, We the Living also incor the New York Life Foundation, the twoporates art with partner Loop it Up Savan year program has begun by identifying nah and yoga. Music will also play a large 10 200 children affected by homicide and will part: Each child receives an mp3 player
Hospice Savannah’s Camp Aloha hosts children who have lost loved ones, and the non-profit is broadening its reach to help more kids affected by violence. PHOTO COURTESY OF HOSPICE SAVANNAH
and an iTunes gift card as part of the pro gram and will work with a music therapist to help describe their emotions through their favorite songs. Morgan says that while building relation ships with Savannah’s most violent neigh borhoods is the objective of the program, extra care must be taken to understand any gang rivalries and conflicts between families that may affect the group setting. “That’s where the partnerships come in. Having people who know these kids is the key to success,” he says. He adds that not working through grief has deleterious effects not only on the indi vidual but on society.
“It comes out as behavioral issues in school, as depression, substance abuse or using violence themselves.” While exercises and support groups can’t take away the trauma of losing a rela tive to gun violence, sharing the feelings around the experience of loss can bring about healing. “Grief is a natural process. We are wired to tell our stories,” affirms Espina. “If we can create that opportunity for these kids, they will benefit.” CS To learn more, contact Hospice Savannah at (912)303-9442 or HospiceSavannah.org/griefsupport.
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‘African American history is American history’ A talk with Black Heritage Festival coordinator Shirley James
BY JIM MOREKIS
FEB 1-7, 2017
NOW IN its 28th year, the Savannah Black Heritage Festival brings a remarkable number and variety of events to town all this month. While the marquee event is this Friday’s performance of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, that’s just the beginning. A series of guided “Echoes Walks” will take place at historic African American sites throughout town during February. And Julieanna Richardson will present the annual W.W. Law lecture on Feb. 9. We spoke to longtime Black Heri tage Festival coordinator Shirley James in advance of this year’s edition of the beloved local event.
I guess you were relieved when the festival funding was restored along with all the other groups! James: Of course (laughs). Looks like we’re okay for another year, at least. To some people your name is virtually synonymous with the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. A lot of it really came about first of all through support from the City of Savan nah back in 1999, when Mayor Adams was in office. The next big step came about ten years in, with the decision to select SSU as a par ent organization. As an HBCU they have a little more insight into how to promote African American history and cultural contributions.
Of course the late W.W. Law is really the originator of the festival when you look into Savannah’s history. The museums he founded continue to be his legacy through this festival. That was his major aim and objective—to bring African American his tory to the forefront. Really, African American history is American history. We have participated throughout the history of this country making it what it is. One major component has to do with way this community has embraced the festival, and a lot of that is thanks to the people who work on a volunteer basis who have bought into the whole concept. I cannot emphasize enough the great collaborations we’ve established with institutions in this city. That’s why we’re able to co-schedule programs of this nature.
The new addition of the walking tours is particularly intriguing this year. It’s another approach to the goal. We’re always trying to promote the African American history of Savannah. So we’re having these Echoes Walks. We have three Saturdays devoted to various sections of the city. You walk past these sites with a guide and talk about the people who made a a difference in those places For example in West Savannah, the Abbott/ Sengstacke site is very significant, That family really were instrumental in promoting African American journalism thoughout this country. And the cradle of it was right here in Savannah. We’re bringing in Julieanna Richardson as our W.W. Law lecturer this year. She’ll also visit with school system. She’ll talk about the importance of that particular
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The end of the Obama era has also seen a time of great and rapid change for African American consciousness in other areas of society. How do you decide how far to take the Festival into those directions, such as the Black Lives Matter movement and things of a more political nature?
collection in Library of Congress. It’s the largest oral history of Afircan American history in the U.S. We do entertainment while Savan nah State University tries to focus on the educational aspect. And of course we’ve brought in the health component as well. This really is about enhancing the whole person. What do you think is the next step for the Black Heritage Festival? We’re at a healthy point but there’s a ways to go. Through our festival and organiza tions like the Georgie Historical Society, more information’s being shared in refer ence to things that haven’t come to the forefront before.
You focus on the local but you also have to bring in what’s happening in the state and nationally as well. As we end the era of President Obama, it becomes a historical fact now. At my age, it’s nothing I’ve ever dreamed would happen. I thought I would ever wit ness this based on my background. It’s been an amazing thing to watch, and it’s quite a fulfillment to say I’ve lived dur ing his time.
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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble performs February 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 Oglethorpe Ave. Admis-
sion is free but seating is open and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. Echoes Walk I kicks off on February 4, 10 a.m. Explore the Beach Institute District and landmarks with Johnny Brown and the Freedom Trail Tour, and end at the Great Blacks in Wax exhibit at the Beach Institute African American Cultural Center. For reservations and gathering site, call 912- 398-2785. Julieanna Richardson, founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, will present the annual W.W. Law lecture Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Jepson Center. Grand Festival Day is Saturday, February 11, Savannah Civic Center, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. For more info call (912) 358-4309, or visit www. savannahblackheritagefestival.com
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BY JOHN BENNETT
ON JANUARY 13, I was standing under a tent at Blessings in a Book Bag’s annual Unity 5K On MLK & Music Festival in Forsyth Park. I’ve come to call this my, “natural habitat” since I spend a lot of time under the tent talking with people about bicycling and handing out copies of the Bike SAV map and safety guide at commu nity events. Invariably I meet tourists who stop to ask questions about riding bikes in Savan nah and this day was no different. Visitors from South Carolina, Texas, and Montreal approached my tent and asked the same question: Where are all the bike trails in Savannah? My answer displeased them. There aren’t any, really, within the city limits. “In such a beautiful city, that’s really a pity,” one responded in a rhyme. Nine days earlier, the New York Times ranked Greenville, S.C. No. 12 on its “52 Places to Go in 2017” global travel list. The city’s restaurant scene was noted in the recommendation as was the Swamp Rab bit Trail, a 22mile greenway that connects parks, schools and businesses. It is certain that people plan trips to Greenville primarily to ride bikes on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. I know because I am one of them and I read the New York Times story the day I returned to Savannah. If our city had a similar multiuse trail, it would no doubt bring visitors from far and wide. Big deal, some might say. Savannah has no problem attracting tens of millions of tourists every year without trails. This is true, but our lack of modern multiuse trails prevents us from welcom ing more of a very desirable type of visitor to our city. Bicycle tourists, as a demo graphic group, are better educated, spend more money, and stay longer than average visitors. They don’t compete with locals for our most cherished civic resource—sarcasm alert—onstreet parking. While people on bikes are more sensi tive to damaged pavement (try riding a bike around Chippewa Square to see what I mean) they inflict no wear and tear on our streets. Finally, these folks aren’t likely to start brawls in Ellis Square at 2 a.m. They get up bright and early to ride.
The Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery is one of many businesses that serve users of Greenville’s greenway.
“Today I suspect gocups may be becoming a bigger attraction than Gen. Oglethorpe’s masterful city plan.”
In addition to the trip to Greenville, in the last three months my wife and I have taken our bikes and our money out of town to ride the trails of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Amelia Island, and Beaufort (twice). Each of these trips was planned around bicycling and we were not alone. In a trailhead parking lot at Beaufort’s Spanish Moss Trail, I saw license plates from New York, Pennsylvania and Ala bama. More notable, however, were the scores of Beaufortonians of all ages, races, and abilities enjoying a sunny January afternoon on their local trail. Walking—with dogs and without—and riding everything from skateboards to The question about how much tourism is adult trikes, they seemed happy (lots of too much is debated each time a new hotel smiles, waves, and greetings) and healthy. is proposed. And it’s a valid question. Or at least trying to be healthier. Twenty years ago, I wrote a newspaper A Parker’s store near the trail features column fretting that the Historic District bike racks, picnic tables, and a paved con had become some sort of historical theme nection intended to lure people and their park. Two decades, dozens of hotels, and bicycles off the trail. They were working hundreds of vacation rentals later, it’s clear as intended. The racks were full of bikes as I underestimated Savannah’s potential families enjoyed snacks and drinks at the as a travel destination and overestimated tables. the importance of its history as a driver of On New Year’s Eve, despite the cold tourism. temperatures and intermittent drizzle, Today I suspect gocups may be becom Greenvilleans were out on the Swamp Rab ing a bigger attraction than Gen. Ogletho bit Trail and business was booming at the rpe’s masterful city plan. That’s why I Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. relentlessly promote bicycling as a way to Last Saturday the Super Corsa Cycles attract tourists without baggage, that is bike shop was bustling, as locals steered to say, visitors who cause fewer negative their bikes off the Amelia Island Trail to impacts for residents. browse the merchandise and warm up with Yet my own behavior suggests I’m miss a free cup of coffee on a cloudy, chilly day. ing a bigger issue. As a resident, I’m leaving Trails aren’t just good for people; they my city to ride on safe and appealing trails are good for business. In a city without more often these days. trails, the benefits are passing us by. CS
NEWS & OPINION STRAIGHT DOPE
Is PTSD more common among soldiers now than in the past?
Is there any research on whether the incidence of PTSD has increased over time? Could the stout farm boys who fought in World War II cope with greater stress than modern soldiers, or did we just sweep it under the rug back then?—Keith Barkley EVERY WAR, WWII included, has scarred its combatants’ psyches. Yet there remain those who look back fondly at the good old days of armed conflict, when iron-nerved men’s men simply shrugged off the tribula tions of the battlefield. One might reasonably file such a mistyeyed take under the heading of nostalgia— a term, it so happens, that was coined in the 17th century to describe a mysterious ailment afflicting Swiss soldiers, making it the first medical diagnosis of war’s psycho logical effects. Many other names would be proposed for this condition over the years before the American Psychiatric Associa tion put it in the books as post-traumatic stress disorder in 1980. The symptoms, though, have remained consistent: PSTD sufferers relive trau matic events, avoid situations that bring them to mind, endure negative feelings
The term “shell shock” came into use during the Great War, born of the belief that mortar fire had psychologically disoriented the boys. about themselves and others, and gener ally feel anxious and keyed-up. No psych evals were conducted dur ing the Trojan War, of course, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site finds literary antecedents for PTSD symptoms in Homer, Shakespeare, Dickens, and Stephen Crane. And mercenaries from the Alps stationed in the European low lands had been suffering from anxiety and insomnia some time before the Swiss doc tor Johannes Hofer named their disorder “nostalgia” in 1688. Apparently stricken with a longing for their far-off homes (often triggered by the melodies of tradi tional cow-herding songs), these otherwise sturdy fellows supposedly fainted, endured high fevers and stomach pain, and even died. But though physicians now had a name for it, they lacked a cause. During our own grisly Civil War, sol diers’ anxiety expressed itself in palpita tions and difficulty breathing, a condition dubbed “irritable heart” or “soldier’s heart.” Some researchers, scrambling to find a physical mechanism behind the symptoms, blamed the way the troops wore their knapsacks, while the highminded saw a spiritual failing—suffer ers were seen as oversexed and prone to masturbation. Dr. John Taylor of the Third Mis souri Cavalry expressed “contempt” for these soldiers’ “moral turpitude,” saying
late as 2004 there were 25,000 receiving benefits for war’s psychological afteref fects. Stats for Korean War vets are a little harder to come by, but over 30 percent of the veterans who responded to a 2010 Aus tralian study met PTSD criteria, with or without accompanying depression. By midcentury the U.S. Army had come around to the idea that—to quote the 1946 film Let There Be Light, John Huston’s army-produced documentary about the “gonorrhea and syphilis were not more detestable.” Classified (if not wholly under causes and treatment of mental illness during WWII—“every man has his break stood) as “Da Costa’s syndrome” after the war, based on 1871 findings by Jacob Men ing point.” Still, the psychiatric community strug dez Da Costa, the condition was treated gled with how to conceptualize PTSD. The with drugs to lower the heart rate. first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of The term “shell shock” came into use Mental Disorders, from 1952, listed the during the Great War, born of the belief condition as “gross stress reaction”; again, that mortar fire had psychologically dis it first appeared under its modern name oriented the boys. With unending need only in 1980’s DSM-III, in part because of for trench fodder, the warring nations research on veterans returned from a war simply shipped 65 percent of traumatized that wasn’t considered one of the “good” men back to the front; the more serious ones. cases received electrotherapy, hypnosis, Thanks to this timing, PTSD will for pr hydrotherapy—essentially a relaxing ever be connected with Vietnam vets, and shower or bath. in fact as many as 30 percent of them were The psychological effects of World War I were so widespread that when the sequel diagnosed with symptoms at some point. But the numbers haven’t been much better arose, military experts hoped to curtail for American conflicts since—between 15 what they called “combat stress reaction” and 20 percent. with intense psychological screening of And, of course, civilians suffer as well. combatants, believing they could ID those About 7 or 8 percent of all Americans most likely to suffer. will have PTSD at some point, though for They couldn’t. “Battle fatigue” plagued soldiers in World War II. Hard-asses would women the number is closer to 10 percent. This presumably has less to do with any equate this condition with cowardice or physiological differences between the goldbricking, none more notoriously than sexes than with the greater likelihood of General George S. Patton, who on two dif trauma, especially sexual assault, that ferent occasions slapped and browbeat afflicted soldiers for seeking medical care. women face. There are other kinds of hell than war. CS But the problem was too widespread to ignore—a conservative estimate is that 5 BY CECIL ADAMS percent of WWII veterans suffered symp Send questions to Cecil via straightdope.com toms we’d associate with PTSD, and as
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Man shot at complex on White Bluff
Police are investigating the shooting of a 21yearold male on Saturday, Jan. 28 on the 12500 block of White Bluff Road. “At about 1:00 a.m. Metro officers responded to Windsor Crossing Apart ments finding Jamon Davis with nonlife threatening injuries. Davis was trans ported to Memorial University Medical Center for care,” police say. “Detectives believe this was not a ran dom incident and believe risky behavior to be a factor,” police report.
Two separate pending death investiga tions begun late last week have now been Two arrested in sex assault cases ruled homicides, police say. Police have arrested two men, charg The rulings now bring the number of ing them in separate sexual homicides for 2017 in assault cases involving teen Chatham County up to age girls. four as of this writing. Tuesday, Jan. 24, Metro Investigators officers quickly apprehended arrested Brian Lewis, and arrested Rashaun New 44, on Friday, Jan. 20, ton, 34, in the woods on the charging him with 4300 block of Ogeechee Road, concealing a death of charging him with sexual another, in connection battery. At about 10:30 p.m. with the investiga the incident was reported to tion of human remains police. Officers responded to found on the property the 1300 block of Chatham he shared with his Rashawn Newton Parkway, gathering pre wife and father in law, liminary information that Ronald Redding, 67, enabled them to locate and on Ft. Argyle Road and arrest him within minutes. Leopard Lane. Inves On Jan. 23, Special Victims tigators believe the Unit investigators arrested human remains to be Johnathan Chisolm, 32. Chi those of Redding, who solm is charged with rape was reported missing to for an incident occurring SCMPD on Jan. 20. on Thursday, Jan. 20 near a At about 8:45 a.m. wooded area on Autobahn Jan. 20, Metro officers Street, involving a teenage responded to the scene acquaintance. finding gunshot vic Both cases remain under tim, Patrick Miller, 26, investigation. deceased inside of a 2001 Buick LaSabre at Jonathan Chisholm Cutting at Southside the Frank O. Downing hotel Pier just off Diamond Detectives ask the public’s Causeway. Miller’s help identifying a person of interest in a remains were found by a sanitation crew cutting at a south side Savannah hotel Sat working in the area. urday, Dec. 3. Homicide on the Southside Metro responded to the 6800 block of SavannahChatham Metropolitan Abercorn Street at about 4:34 a.m. find Police are investigating a homicide on the ing cutting victim, Thomas Andrews, 49. 12300 block of Mercy Blvd. at the Joseph’s Reportedly, Andrews was in a hotel room Landing Apartment complex. with one male and two females. “Around 2:30 p.m. officers were called During an altercation between Andrew to the apartment for a welfare check. A and the male, one of the two females inter female was found dead inside,” police say. vened stabbing Andrews. The second The deceased was identified as Wynesha female and “person of interest” is now Medley, 26. being sought for questioning. Police are following active leads and The person of interest is described as a they say this does not appear to be a ran heavyset black female. Her hair is styled in dom incident. brown plaits or boxed braids. During the incident she wore a sleeveless shirt with white, black and gray geometric patterns and dark pants.
NEWS & OPINION NEWS OF THE WEIRD Schools’ standardized tests are often criticized as harmfully rigid, and in the latest version of the Texas Education Agency’s STAAR test, poet Sara Holbrook said she flubbed the “correct” answer for “author motivation” — in two of her own poems that were on the test. Writing in Huffington Post in January, a disheart ened Holbrook lamented, “Kids’ futures and the evaluations of their teachers will be based on their ability to guess the socalled correct answer to (poorly) made-up questions.”
trial for “criminal defamation” of Suu Kyi’s regime, “This is not insulting — this is just criticizing, with facts. This is freedom of speech.”
The Litigious Society
High Finance: Sometime in 2006, a pho tographer on assignment roamed a Chipo tle restaurant in Denver, snapping photos of customers. Leah Caldwell was one per son photographed, but says she refused to sign the photographer’s “release” — and was surprised, nevertheless, to see a photo of herself in a Chipotle promotion in 2014 and again in 2015 (and on her table in the photo were “alcoholic beverages” she denied ever ordering). In January, Caldwell said the misuse of her image is Chipotle’s fault for ignor RISE UP ing her non-”release,” and thus that she is entitled to all of the profits Chipotle earned between 2006 and 2015: $2.237 billion.
• In December, James Leslie Kelly, 52, and with a 37-conviction rap sheet dating to 1985, filed a federal lawsuit in Florida claim ing that his latest brush with the law was Verizon’s fault and not his. Kelly was convicted of steal ing the identity of another James Kelly and taking more than $300 in Verizon services. He bases his case on the Verizon sales represen tative’s having spent “an hour and a half” with him — surely enough time, he says, to have figured out that he was not the James Kelly he was pretending to be. He seeks $72 million. — In Hong Kong in December, Mr. Lam Chung-kan, 37, pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of a co-worker’s breast milk at work and drinking it — but only to help with “stress” in his job as a computer techni cian. Undermining the health-improve ment explanation was a photo Lam sent the woman, showing himself in an aroused state.
London’s The Guardian reported in January that “dozens” of people have been charged or jailed recently for “defaming” the new Myanmar government, which has been headed (in a prime-ministerlike role) since April by Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected after her release from house detention following two decades of persecution for criticizing the longtime military regime. For her struggle for free speech, Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Said the wife of the latest arrestee, Myo Yan Naung Thein, on
In December, Ashlynd Howell, age 6, of Little Rock, Arkansas, deftly mashed her sleeping mother’s thumbprint onto her phone to unlock the Amazon app and order $250 worth of Pokemon toys. Mom later noticed 13 email confirmations and asked Ashlynd if something was amiss. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Ashlynd said, “No, Mommy, I was shopping.”
Leading Economic Indicators
• The British think tank High Pay Cen tre reported in January that the average CEO among the U.K.’s top 100 companies (in the Financial Times Stock Exchange index) earns the equivalent of around $1,600 an hour — meaning that a 12-houra-day boss will earn, by mid-day Jan. 4, as much money as the typical worker at his firm will earn the entire year. (Around the same time, the anti-poverty organization Oxfam reported, to an astonished press, that eight men — six Americans, headed by Bill Gates — have the same total “net worth” as the 3.6 billion people who com prise the poorest half of the planet.) • An organization that tracks “high net worth” investors (Spectrem Group of Lake Forest, Illinois) reported recently that, of Americans worth $25 million or more,
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only about two-thirds donate $10,000 or more yearly to charity. And then there is Charles Feeney, 85, of New York City, who in December made his final gift to charity ($7 million to Cornell University), completing his pledge to give away almost everything he had — $8 billion. (He left his wife and himself $2 million to live on, in their rental apartment in San Francisco.) A January New York Times profile noted that nothing is “named” for Feeney, that the gifts were mostly anonymous, and that Feeney assiduously cultivated his low profile. • A “disturbingly large” (according to one report) number of smartphone apps are available devoted to calculating how much the user has “earned” per day and per year during restroom breaks answer ing nature’s calls while at work. Australia’s News Limited’s rough calculation esti mated $1,227 for someone making $55,000 a year, but results might vary since there are so many apps: Poop Salary, ToiletPay, Log-Log, Paid 2 Poo, Pricy Poop, Poop Break and perhaps others.
People Different From Us
“Every major event in my life has been about insects,” Aaron Rodriques, 26, told The New York Times in December, home in New York City during a winter break from his doctoral research at Purdue Uni versity on the “sweet tergal secretions” of German cockroaches, and on his way to buy a supply of crickets and hornworms. (“Hornworms,” he said, have an “amaz ing defense” where they “eat tobacco for the nicotine, which they exhale as a gas to scare away predators.”) “When I’m feel ing stressed out,” Rodriques said, he might take one out to “calm me down.” He met his first girlfriend when she was attracted to his pet giant African millipede (as long as a human forearm), but admits that “for the vast majority” of time in school, “I was alone.”
Two years ago, News of the Weird updated previous entries by noting that China’s Ministry of Culture had cracked down on the centuries-old tradition of festively over-the-top funerals (ceremo nies to assure the family that the deceased did not die “faceless”) — by arresting the
song-and-dance people (including strip pers and pole-dancers) peddling their ser vices to mourners. Even though that ban has been working, nostalgic Chinese can still see great funeral pole-dancing — in Taiwan — according to a January report on the death of Chiayi county official Tung Hsiang, featuring 50 “scantily clad” enter tainers. (Pole-dancing, itself, is still big in China, where the national pole-dancing team recently performed its annual out door show, wearing shorts and halter tops, in the country’s northernmost village, Beiji — where the temperature was minus 33 Celsius.)
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“SAVANNAH SONGWRITERS is chang ing,” Tom Cooler announces. The local singer-songwriter has been involved in Savannah Songwriters Series, a monthly showcase of Savannah-based and touring talent, for the past eight years, and
will kick off 2017 as the organization’s new leader. The series has enlivened several spaces throughout Savannah. Early performances took place at Cha Bella and enjoyed a long run at Johnny Harris Restaurant until it closed in 2016, pushing the guitar-slinging crew over to Tybee Post Theater. Now, Cooler’s bringing the showcase to the inti mate setting of The Sentient Bean.
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“Savannah Songwriters Series is about songwriters, not about bands,” says Cooler. “To perform on our stage, you need to be someone who performs. I expect you to have a virtual identity, you need to be active, a legitimate songwriter.” “People who come here are people who go out at night to see live music,” he points out. “And it’s got a nice atmosphere; the ambience has always been so eclectic. I like the personality of the venue very much. The groups of people coming through are very engaging and interesting. It’s defi nitely not monochrome!” Savannah Songwriters Series was started by scene veterans Jefferson Ross and Stan Ray. In time, Ross moved to Atlanta and Ray started performing with in-demand local band The Accomplices. That’s when Thomas Oliver and Roy Swin delle stepped in and moved the event to the Johnny Harris ballroom. As Oliver focuses on writing and touring his own music, Cooler will carry the torch. Over the years, the Series has hosted hundreds of players, served as a spot for musicians to network, and provided a listening room environment for original songwriting. “It’s about songwriters, not about bands,” says Cooler. “To perform on our stage, you need to be someone who per forms. I expect you to have a virtual iden tity, you need to be an active, legitimate songwriter.” A part of the Series’ longtime appeal is the way it unites musicians from different genres. Cooler looks forward to continuing that tradition. “When songwriters get up onstage, I want a country music artist sitting beside an indie artist beside a modern pop art ist,” he says. “They never get booked in shows together, but you’re going to have a few minutes in sound check to meet this person, say, ‘Hey, I got a song and need a 30-second lead lick on the bridge. Would you play it?’ And you’re going to hear your song in a different way. It makes it fresh. The performers are performing with peo ple they would not usually perform with.” The first show of 2017 welcomes a vari ety of talented artists. Tim Malchak will perform his style of “Gospel Americana,” a blend of folk, coun try, and soft rock, for the crowd. During the 1980s, the songwriter was an interna tional and award-winning recording artist, known for Top 40 singles like “Colorado
Moon” and “Restless Angel.” While on MCA/Universal Records in the late ‘80s, the Billboard Magazine-acclaimed per former shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and more. His latest album, Plans, was released in 2016. Spirituality and music are interwo ven for Malchak, who shares his testimony and story of Nashville fame, addiction, and recovery during his sets. Jason Salzer moved from Nashville to Savannah four years ago after spending years as a session musician. here, he has honed an Americana sound with a story teller’s spirit. Brian Dolzani, an acclaimed performer and writer, is the visiting act on the bill. The road warrior’s 2015 album A Place That I Can Feel, continues to receive praise for its classic feel and relatable lyrics. In addition to their Sentient Bean installments, the Series will also begin hosting shows throughout the area as Savannah Songwriters Presents. “Because we’ve moved so many times now, we have a group of fans on Wilming ton Island, Tybee, the downtown district, and out on Skidaway,” Cooler explains. “Being with the show for seven years now, I’ve realized that people aren’t neces sarily going to drive more than ten miles to see us, and I’m not going to ask them to.” Through Savannah Songwriters Pres ents, the show comes to them, with perfor mances at Molly McGuire’s, First Friday for Folk Music, and more. “It’s a very exciting adventure,” Cooler states. With a new room and a fresh start, Savannah Songwriters Series promises thriving growth, and Cooler looks forward to shaping it. “I love live music, I love original music, and I believe people who put the effort in to do that need a place to crack the egg and start moving forward,” he shares. “Savan nah Songwriters is the place for that.” CS
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MUSIC INTERVIEW it was always on bass. That show I decided to play on guitar. I didn’t always sing, but I always wrote. When you write on bass, are you finding a melody line? How do you do it? Sometimes I hear a melody and I’m not with my bass, so I sing it, bring it back to my bass. Now that I can play guitar, I can totally find the chords, but the bass, it’s this comfort thing: “Bass, I’m bringing this song to you, how do you feel about it?” Then it becomes this difficult thing where I have to write a bassline separately. If I’m writing a bass riff, it has to be sepa rate from the melody I just created. It’s really difficult to sing a melody rhythmi cally and play a separate rhythm with just the root notes—it’s not even chords. Even though the note I’m singing is eventually in the chord, I’m not playing that note on the bass. And the rhythms counteract—other wise, I’d be singing staccato words with one note following the bass. When both of those sides are done, I bring them together and try to run that. There are a lot of genres on this album. Do you call Lulu the Giant a certain style? When people ask what kind of music you play, what do you say?
Rachael Shaner has put together a full band to bring the Lulu The Giant sound to life. PHOTO BY ANDRE JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY
GIANT MOMENT Bassist breaks out with debut album as Lulu the Giant
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YOU’VE seen her rocking her full-size upright bass on countless stages, playing guitar and singing on the gigging circuit and, in the rare moments she’s not doing either of those things, dancing in the audi ence, supporting her fellow musicians. Rachael Shaner is a staple of the Savan nah music scene, and after years of playing with others, she’s releasing an album of alloriginal material as Lulu the Giant. Kingdom’s Fall is a peek into Shaner’s musical past and future. It’s an album that’s steeped in tradition but lovingly 20 breaks all the rules.
One moment, she’s whisking her audi ence away in an Americana-style storysong; another, she’s pared down to the bare essentials for a sultry R&B-tinged ballad. Shaner, joined by drummer Daniel Malone and guitarist Alex Bazemore, releases her debut LP at Trinity UMC on Thursday. We sat down with the singersongwriter to learn more about her origins and big breakout moment. So about two years ago you played Savannah Songwriters Series. Was that one of your first performances as a songwriter? I’ve always been writing, but I didn’t play guitar until then. I’ve always written, but
I usually say I play upright bass, and that usually changes the direction of the conversation. Because if I was like, “Oh, I also have this album coming out,” it’s really hard to bring up some super-sultry blues song like “Kingdom’s Fall” and say it’s in the same genre as the straight pop-country song. I say it’s Southern. The end. There’s gospel in the lyrics, blues rock, roots, then you’ve got some jazz, and there’s country. My background has given me the ability to play many styles. What drew you to the bass as an instrument? It was huge. A giant. It was the biggest instrument, and I always wanted to be big enough to play it. The comment I get the most often is, “Oh, that’s usually a male-played instru ment.” Well, usually men are everywhere and dominating everything! To have what some would look at as such a masculine instrument in the hands of a woman wasn’t intentional, it just happened. I didn’t see a lack of strength associated with it; I saw a challenge for me to be able to do it. I was 8, and I would carry that thing on the bus. The first two seats couldn’t be taken because I would carry it up the stairs, swing it around, and I wouldn’t let anyone help me. I just shunned the fact that there were wheels on some
instrument cases—it was totally, “I’m as a strong as I think I am, and I’m as big as I need to be for whatever it is that I need to do.” I was playing violin when I started— which I hated, it was so loud—and [bass] went underneath everything. It was under ground and warm and struck you, but not in a punch-to-the-face way. It was an embrace. And that’s what I wanted to feel all the time: this huge, enveloping sound so subtle that you don’t recognize that it’s already inside of you. Do you feel like your lyric style shifts with genre? Absolutely. I still try to stay true to my writing—not compromising my lyrics just to make it rhyme. There are some songs that don’t have hooks. When the style shifts, the theme shifts and the writing style does change, but it’s not a full-on turnaround. There’s still allusions and hints. People can take it at face value, or they can go a little further. How did you like working with [Kingdom’s Fall producer] Suny [Lyons]? Love him, so much. He has such an open personality where I was able to bring these fragile things and he just grew them and made them stronger. It was just like, “Thank you for listening, a lot of people don’t really listen.” Not to get “down-with-the-man,” but especially as a woman, it’s always like, “Are you the drum mer’s girlfriend?” No. I’m here because I’m a bassist. There was never a question there. I brought him like 30 songs. There were some that were really catchy, but I didn’t tell him the songs I personally wanted to do. It turned out, he chose the songs that were lyrically the strongest, and I was thankful for that. When he sent back his list, I was like, “That’s it, he gets it.” Why Trinity for the album release? Best. Venue. In. Savannah. The acoustics, it’s beautiful, it creates the atmosphere, and it’s just a stern presence that I wanted already, so I feel like having to recreate that an intimate but also bigger-than-your self setting is difficult to do, but the fact that this church venue brings solemnity and also allows you to be there fully and openly, and we can rock out, too, and it’s big enough to do that—I think it’s going to be a really cool foundation for us to build on, fill up, and play. CS
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MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, THE STEPPIN’ STONES @THE STAGE ON BAY
Savannah welcomes its newest music venue with a performance from Southern Rock heroes Marshall Tucker Band. This tour marks the band’s 45th anniversary; to celebrate, they’re hitting towns they don’t often play, and Savannah is a perfect addition. MTB emerged from Spartanburg, South Carolina in the early 1970s with a sound that blended rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, coun try, and even a little gospel. Originally featuring vocalist Doug Gray, lead guitar ist Toy Caldwell, who died in 1993, Toy’s brother Tommy Caldwell, who passed away in 1980, guitarist George McCorkle, drummer Paul Riddle, and reed player Jerry Eubanks, the band rose to promi nence through an early tour with The Allman Brothers. The majority of their albums have gone gold thanks to hits like “Can’t You See,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Heard it in a Love Song,” and many more. The band’s current touring lineup fea tures Doug Gray, Tony Black on bass, Mar cus James Henderson on keyboards, flute, and vocals, B.B. Borden on drums, Chris Hicks on guitar and vocals, and Rick Willis on guitar and vocals. Their Savannah performance is the mark of a new era in Lowcountry live music. The Stage on Bay is an 18-and-up venue, and with a 1,000+ capacity, it’s per fect for hosting legends like MTB at an over 1,000-person capacity. Thanks to its mod ular setup, it can also reconfigure itself to be a cozy, 300-capacity venue. The Stage offers a variety of experiences, like a private VIP mezzanine, where up to 120 guests get a bird’s-eye view of the show while enjoying waitress service, couches, and high-top seating. On the main floor, no one is ever more than 90 feet from the featured performer, and the 50-foot bar will serve a variety of drinks. As of press time, The Stage on Bay was still waiting approval for its liquor license, but the show must and will go on! Thanks to Stage on Bay’s effort to show case local performers, Hilton Head natives The Steppin’ Stones will open the venue’s first evening. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, DOORS AT 7 P.M., SHOW AT 8 P.M., $30-50 VIA TICKETFLY.COM, 18+
ARCHNEMESIS @BARRELHOUSE SOUTH
For eight years, Archnemesis has thrilled audiences with a contagious brand of electro hip-hop soul and a dazzling stage show. With classically-trained roots and a knowledge of jazz theory, Archnemesis offers a unique take on pop music through remixes of hits like Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle,” Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” and The xx’s “Do You Mind” and more, which both charted on radio sta tions throughout the country. He also boasts an extensive catalog of EPs, LPs, remixes and collaborations, all available for free at archnemesismusic.com. The crowds at Hangout Festival, Lights All Night, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, and more can’t get enough, and Savannah is always welcoming of the South Carolinabased performer. The El-Rocko show will be a packed dance party. Attendees will also get the chance to sample brand-new Orange Edi tion Red Bull. You read that right: free cocktails, y’all! As drinks are poured and Archnemesis takes the stage, SCAD students will live paint Red Bull coolers, which will be dis played in local bars and restaurants after the gig. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, DOORS AT 8 P.M., SHOW AT 9 P.M., FREE, 21+
SO LONG, NOT FAREWELL: THE ACCOMPLICES WITH CITY HOTEL @SERVICE BREWING
Last month, Colleen Heine and Zach Smith of The Accomplices uprooted and followed their adventurous spirits to Col orado. Two of Savannah’s favorite pick ers may be living on the other side of the country now, but their departure isn’t a goodbye, just a “see you later.” That said, local shows from the award-winning roots band are gonna be a rarity, so head down to Service Brewing to say hey and get your Accomplices fix. Longtime Accomplices collaborators City Hotel open up the show. The two bands have been intertwined for years, sharing bills and even starting new proj ects together like Paving Gravy, Tybee Island Social Club’s house Bluegrass Brunch band. For $25, attendees get a 36 oz. beer tasting, a tour of Service Brewing, and housemade non-alcoholic root beer com pliments of the Brewmaster. A food truck will be on-site to keep patrons full and happy. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 7 P.M., $25, 21+
BENEFIT FOR THE SAVANNAH SKATEPARK @THE JINX
Shop, drink, and take in a killer show, all while supporting Savannah Skatepark! Since 2009, Savannah’s Ben Maher has been leading the effort to build a free public concrete skate park in Chatham County. The park’s been approved, permitted and designed, and the reality is approaching: building is scheduled to start this year, but the park needs a little more financial help to get on its feet. The Jinx’s big benefit bash kicks off at noon with a punk rock garage sale full of homemade goods, vintage finds, and more. At 6 p.m., Damon & the Shitkickers will take over for happy hour, followed by a heavy night of Greta O. & The Toxic Shock, Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains, Burns Like Fire, Cray Bags, and Order of the Owl. Purchase raffle tickets throughout the day for a slew of great prizes. Win ners will be announced at night and do not have to be present to win. All proceeds from the raffle and door donations will go directly to Savannah Skatepark. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 12 P.M., $5 SUGGESTED DONATION, 21+
JUCIFER, JOI RYDER @THE JINX
It’s that time again: Jucifer is back in Savannah, and our eardrums are about to be destroyed in the best way. The husband-wife band has been relentlessly tour ing since the early 1990s, performing an incendiary style of grimy sludge metal. Their often-imitated-never-duplicated White Wall of Death, a towering visual of a stretch of speakers painted stark white, is a defining visual of Jucifer’s show and a way for vocalist/guitarist Gazelle Amber Valentine to be completely engulfed in the sound of her guitar. Through it, blistering riffs and spitting fuzz take over the room, transforming it into a wicked temple of sound. The band’s released seven studio albums through Relapse, Capricorn, and Alternative Tentacles; a few years back, they founded their own label, Nomadic Fortress Records, in an effort to maintain all creative control of their product. Through Nomadic Fortress, Jucifer released their heaviest LP yet, District of Dystopia, a searing 25-minute hit that reviews the history of the United States via the impact of legislation. The album came with a 31-page book of lyrics and
historical notation. The band has also been working on a documentary on their nomadic life and career. Though once based in Athens, Jucifer’s been living out of an RV and gigging nonstop for years now, and NOMADS: Built To Destroy will offer an intimate look at one of the tough est and truest DIY bands in the United States. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, DOORS AT 9, SHOW AT 10, $10, 21+
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WEDNESDAY 2. 1
Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars Richard Smith and Julie Adams, 8 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Voodoo Soup, 8 p.m. Service Brewing Company So Long, Not Farewell w/ The Accomplices, 7 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Matt Eckstine, 7 p.m. The Stage on Bay The Marshall Tucker Band, 8 p.m. Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Totally Awesome Bar Ember City, 10 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Cicada Brothers, 6 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright The Warehouse High Velocity, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bill Hodgson, Brandon Reeves, Irritating Julie, 5 p.m. The Wormhole DJ Aphrodite, 9 p.m.
Barrelhouse South Ben Lewis, 9:30 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, 9 p.m. Boomy’s Eric Culberson Band, 10 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Cory Chambers, 7 p.m. CO/Savannah Cocktail Company VuDu Cocktail Acoustic Open Mic Night, 7 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. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jeff Beasley, 7:30 p.m. 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 Unity Church of Savannah Matt Venuti: Songs from the Rhythm of Life, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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.
TRIVIA & GAMES
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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. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Tubby’s Trivia, 7 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.
Totally Awesome Bar Weird Wednesdays Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m.
Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.
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Barrelhouse South Travers Brothership, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s
Cranford Hollow, Painter & Poet @TYBEE POST THEATER
Cranford Hollow, a Hilton Head quartet helmed by John Cranford, are a Lowcountry sensation with a devoted following, big Southern Rock sound, and an unforgettable show. Performing a style they call “Lowcountry stomp,” the band has played more than 200 shows a year since forming in 2011. Locals Painter & Poet, a project that started as guitarist William Cusack and saxophone player Anna Cusack and evolved to include bass and drums, will kick off the night. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 8 P.M., $18, ALL-AGES Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Cyril Durant, 7 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Orange Red Bull Launch Party w/ Archnemesis, Smiley Wiley, Wink, 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Shane Baldwin and Jon Lee, 7:30 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt Eckstine, 7 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Ben Keiser, 7 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Just Doin’ Work Music Group, 6 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright, Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Georgia Kyle, 8 p.m. 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. Dockside Seafood Trivia Night, 7 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. The Jinx Scaryoke, 10 p.m. Jukebox Bar & Grill 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.
DJ Congress Street Social Club DJ Blackout, 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. Totally Awesome Bar DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Daas Unterground Thursdays, 10 p.m.
FRIDAY 2. 3 LIVE MUSIC
A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning, 7 p.m. Barrelhouse South Ajeva, Psychedelic Monks, 10 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Tony Brown, 9 p.m. Fiore Italian Bar and Grill Anne Allman, 6:30 p.m. Flashback Mainstreet, 9 p.m. House of Strut Erica Franklin, 6 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar City Hotel, 9 p.m. The Jinx Jucifer, Joi Ryder, 10 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Georgia Kyle, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub BBXF, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Tim Malchak North Beach Grill Willie Jackson, 6 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.
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‘Bukowski in a sundress’ will read at The Book Lady On a related note: as someone who’s often called a “confessional poet,” do you think strangers feel a kind of immediate familiarity with you that they might not with other writers?
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PROLIFIC, provocative, and always poi gnant, Kim Addonizio writes the kind of emotionally charged poetry that is not soon forgotten. With scathing humor, accessible language, and unflinching hon esty, Addonizio’s barstool musings and raw verse have been published in six poetry collections and earned her two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Her defining collection, Tell Me, made Addonizio a finalist for the National Book Award. Tell Me’s “What Do Women Want?” has become essential reading in classrooms and poetry groups. From its first declara tive line—“I want a red dress”—the cap tivating piece carved a space in feminist literature, fantasizing of fearlessly walking down the street in a “flimsy,” “cheap,” “too tight,” “sleeveless and backless” number, strolling past hardware stores, butcher shops, grimy and macho storefronts with strong, sexy, confidence and a devil-maycare attitude. The 2000 poem is now a classic. In addition to her poetry, Addonizio has written two books on the art of writing and recently released a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress. She’ll bring her latest collection, Mortal Trash, to her reading at The Book Lady with Savannah’s own Alexis Orgera. We chatted with Addonizio about being labeled a “confessional poet,” penning con temporary sonnets, and her process.
“Confessional” has come to mean “raw, unfiltered, unskilled therapeutic spilling of your messy female secrets.” So along with titling my book ironically with the moniker a snarky critic gave me, I subtitled it “Con fessions from a Writing Life.” Speaking of a sense of humor, that’s mine. But I do aim for emotional and intellectual honesty. As with any work of literature that manages it, that draws a response because we all long for authenticity. What is your process in selecting pieces for a collection of poetry? How did Mortal Trash take shape? I usually write for a couple of years, go through what I’ve got and look for the good stuff. If I have twenty or so poems that seem viable, I’ll start thinking about another book. As well as various individual poems about the usual—love, death, love, sex, death, love—Mortal Trash contains couple of series I think of as Vulcan mind melds with canonical poems. You’ve followed form and have written many sonnets over the years; Mortal Trash has its own section of sonnets. Did you begin writing poetry through form or free verse? I started with free verse, then studied formal poetry, essential to any poet’s edu cation. The sonnets in Mortal Trash are unrhymed and unmetered and based on flipping the script of Shakespeare’s son nets. Instead of an affair between an older and younger man, followed by the Dark Lady sonnets, I reversed the genders. And yes, it’s partly fictional. But I hope it sounds real.
Many people, myself included, can pinpoint that exact time they encountered “What Do Women Want?” Finding that poem as a young teenager was key in shaping a generation’s notion of agency. Now, it’s included in so many anthologies and textbooks—when you were writing it, did it feel like it had the potential to have that kind of reach?
Your honest tone gives readers the feeling that they truly know you through your poetry. Do you feel that writing a memoir helped broaden your identity? I loved writing Bukowski in a Sundress. It was a challenge not to allow myself to
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make things up for the sake of a story; I had to find the story in the facts as I remem bered them. I don’t have those consid erations in my fiction or poetry. I just do what the story or poem needs. But maybe it’s not all that different. In memoir, you still craft a persona, a “you” who isn’t exactly the “you” of your
daily life. And tone can make a big differ ence. We’ve all probably told a friend about some experience that was difficult at the time, but we made a little more dramatic— or funny. A sense of humor is a great coping mechanism. It’s there to save us from the darkness.
I’m always writing poems, or trying to. Right now I’m working on some essays that look outward more than inward, but they’re still personal. I’m not about to try and be objective, especially in these har rowing times. CS
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I think so many women connected to it because it’s accessible, and performative, and has a certain “screw you” attitude. But no, I didn’t expect many people to read it.
What are you working on next?
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Dear folks, everything is possible
Local couple publishes separate—but complementary—memoirs BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS
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SYLVIA Kleiman Fields and Dr. Richard Leighton are what your grandparents might have called a “modern couple.” Both have been married before; her twice, him once. She’s Jewish, he’s Meth odist. They’ve been together for seven years and have no plans for a wedding— though your grandparents couldn’t dis approve of them shacking up, since they maintain separate houses, five minutes away from each other at the Landings. “It’s good for the relationship,” avows Fields, 83. “We do everything together, but we know have our own places to go if we want.” Solitary time is important, since both she and Leigh ton, 86, are both writers. They have each published an autobiographical book in the last few months: Fields began Everything is Possible: A Nurse’ Memoir in 2003 to chronicle her unlikely journey as a child of Holocaust survi vors through a storied career in research and education; Leighton reflects on history, politics and his life as a doctor and teacher through 50 years of correspondence in Dear Folks: A Memoir from 500 Letters. The life partners will share the stage at a joint book signing and reading on Sat urday, Feb. 4 at E. Shaver Bookseller. Before their stories converged, however, there were two tremendously different tales. Originally from Maryland, Leighton went to medical school in Baltimore and joined the Navy, serving as a flight surgeon on B-47 bombers based in Hawaii and Guam in the late 1950s. The veteran went on to do his residency in internal medicine and earn a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Ohio, rising to become Chief of Cardiology in 1974 and eventually Dean at the Medicine College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo College of Medicine.) Throughout those years he wrote hun dreds of letters to his parents and his brother, describing his experiences in the Navy and as a young medical student, when tuition was just $225 a semester. The stack of envelopes was rediscovered by his nephew, and Leighton reclaimed the mem ories with wonder. “My mother had saved them all that time,” marvels the doctor. “I read through 30 them and could barely recollect some of
things that happened, but I wrote about them in great detail. Before emails and texts, we took the time.” Also included in Dear Folks are letters he wrote to his wife of 55 years, Fran, who passed away from cancer in 2009. He and Fran arrived in Savannah in 1997, where he joined the faculty of Mercer University School of Medicine and chaired the Insti tutional Review Board (IRB) at Memo rial Health University Medical Center. He originally published the letters with the intention of giving medical students a treatise of how the education has changed, though the book has much broader appeal
the study unanimously, an auspicious beginning for their late-in-life romance. Fields made the first move, inviting the shy and reserved Leighton as her date to a fundraising lecture at the Marshes, an assisted living and continuing care facility on Skidaway Island that she was instru mental in creating. “It wasn’t necessarily love at first sight, but one of my colleagues who had worked with him at Candler’s cardiac rehab and told me he was the nicest doctor she’d ever known,” she remembers, patting his hand. “And he is. Plus, he has really nice handwriting.”
Sylvia Kleiman Fields and Dr. Richard Leighton are following their literary dreams together.
in its real-time perspective and fascinat ing anecdotes, like how a fellow student ended up in medical school after first being rejected from dental school because he was African American. The future doctor fought against the decision and won his place in his school of choice with the help of a young attorney named Thurgood Marshall. “My years in medical school were inter esting times for the country,” recalls Dr. Leighton of the years leading up to the Civil Rights Era. After becoming a widower, he continued to chair the IRB. A group seeking approval for a study called “Empathy in Nursing Students and their Clinical Mentors” at Armstrong presented its case in the fall of 2009, led by Fields, an associate professor in the Dept. of Nursing. The board passed
Fields has even more letters behind her name than her paramour, with two Masters’ degrees and an advanced nursing degree. She’s been on the faculty of several colleges, including Emory, and developed the univer sally-employed Jefferson Scale of Empathy, which measures elements of the elusive “bedside manner” in physicians and other practicing health care professionals. Her path to becoming the nurse’s nurse reads like a heroine’s odyssey, beginning with a childhood in a Brooklyn tenement. “I came from a very poor family; I shared a sofa bed with my brother. When guests came, I had to sleep in the hall,” she recounts in the first chapters of Everything is Possible. “But my parents raised me with the ideals that you have to be good to oth ers, you have to take care of others.”
To her traditional family, that meant getting married and having kids.But when she signed up for a high school nursing course to avoid taking trigonometry, the teacher tapped her for a college program on Long Island. “She said to me, ‘you’re smart, you’re paying attention, you’d make a good nurse,’” she says. “And when I learned that I’d get a room of my own after the first year, I was determined to do it.” So she signed up at Aldephi University, lying to her mother about eating nonkosher food and working at a department store to earn money for the train. At 18, she had her first placement in the psychiatric unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where she wit nessed horrendous conditions and treat ments now considered brutal and obsolete. She saw how unfairly women were treated both profes sionally and as patients, and experienced the sexism of the “Doctor-Nurse” game. Her clinical experiences also showed her how vital empathy is in medical settings, and she made it her mission to bring more of it to patients. Everything is Possible fol lows the arc of her impressive resume, from academic pub lishing to her involvement in community-based medicine, including the free Savannah Health Mission clinic. She moved to Savannah “kicking and scream ing” in 1995 with her second husband, “the golf nut,” and after the divorce, she lamented that she’d never find love again. “And now, here we are, in the sunset of our lives,” she says with a grin as they lock eyes. “I call him my Renaissance man.” But if you thought these two were going quietly into that good night, forget it. The couple has a book tour with their respective tomes with a stop at the Paris Book Festival this summer, and they spend their days tak ing cooking classes and visiting with their grandkids (she has six, he has three.) Looking backwards, they both agree that life has led up to these new adventures, and that destiny had them readying to meet up all along. “He’s a cardiologist, my first Masters is in cardiovascular nursing,” she says. “We both have the heart in common.” CS
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ABRAHAM BROWN — Abraham Brown’s work is an assemblage of different media and subject matter. Feb. 1-March 1. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. FAMOUS BLACKS IN WAX NATIONAL MUSEUM TRAVELING EXHIBIT — Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Free Feb. 4-8. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. NEW BEGINNING YOUTH EXHIBIT — Over 200 entries from eight middle schools and six high schools based on the 2017 Black Heritage Festival theme “Focusing on the Future: Acknowledging Echoes from the Past”. Artwork mediums include watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, clay and fibers. Feb. 2-24. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.
CONTINUING EXHIBITS ABSTRACT MEETS REAL — Come experience the diametrically opposed styles battling to achieve the message. Through March 5. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. ABSTRACTIONS — Calvin Thomas of Cal Wood Art presents his abstract paintings. Through Feb. 2. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. ALT-AI — Explores artificial intelligence and machine learning through art. Presented works at Telfair include Gene Kogan’s “Cubist Mirror,” which transforms the viewer’s image into the style of a cubist painting, as well as Melanie Hoff and Druv Mehrotra’s “Dopplecam,” an app that matches your photograph with an image pulled from the Internet. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. ARTCADE — Featured works include Londonbased Robin Baumgarten’s ingenious, internationally-exhibited “Line Wobbler,” an abstract dungeon crawler game played with a spring controller and a 15-foot-long LED strip. Also on display is art collective Kokoromi’s “Superhypercube,” a beautiful virtual reality puzzler recently released for the PSVR system, as well as Mason Lindroth’s strange and surreal game “Hylics.” “Don’t Touch Red” is an immersive cooperative game designed in SCAD’s Physical Computing class. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL — Art Rise Savannah is now seeking submissions for The Personal is Political, opening March 9. This call is open to artists of all gender identities, racial and economic backgrounds living across the globe. Consideration will be given to all mediums and dimensions. $5 of each submission fee will go to benefit Planned Parenthood Southeast. Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St.
CHROMATIC ABSTRACTIONS — “Chromatic Abstractions” features the work of Christina Edwards, Ruth Sykes and Jeromy Ross. Three different approaches to color and form can be seen in this group exhibition. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.
EASTERN EDGE — Preston Orr’s current work feature beautifully produced mixed media pieces that have a variety of tactile mediums. Employing cardboard, waterbased paint, graphite pencil and paper, the abstract works create a playful tension with The New Beginning Youth Exhibit opens this week at the City’s Cultural deft pencil work. Profits from this show Arts Gallery. with opening reception Thurs. Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. will be donated to the Ossabaw Island NICK CAVE — This exhibition of Nick Cave’s Foundation. Through Feb. 3. Location Gallery, work is the largest ever presented in Georgia, 417 Whitaker St. including work shown in the Southeast for the first time. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 FACE TO FACE: AMERICAN PORTRAITS West York St. FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION — Spanning the period from the American RE-EMBODIED: FROM INFORMATION TO Revolution to World War II, the paintings in SCULPTURE — Featuring Heather Deweythis exhibition demonstrate the broad range Hagborg’s unnerving portrait sculptures of American portraiture found in Telfair’s based on DNA information extracted from permanent collection. Telfair Academy of materials that people leave behind, like chewArts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. ing gum or hair. Courtney Brown and Sharif Razzaque’s “RAWR! A Study in Sonic Skulls” GRAND DIVERTISSEMENT À VERbuilds upon scans of a hadrosaur to create a SAILLES: VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS sculpture that allows participants to recreate BY BILL CUNNINGHAM — This exhibithe sounds of an extinct creature. Jepson tion features exclusive images from the Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. 1973 fashion show known as the Battle of Versailles. Through Feb. 5. SCAD Museum of RECONSTRUCTING THE NARRATIVE: Art, 601 Turner Blvd. ILLUMINATING SAVANNAH’S CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY — Using archival and JEROME MEADOWS STUDIO OPEN historical photographs from the Jim Crow era HOUSE — International artist Jerome B. and the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah Meadows will offer a studio open house and preserved in the W. W. Law Collection, Trice exhibition. Through Feb. 5. Indigo Sky ComMegginson rephotographed the original, munity Gallery, 915 Waters Ave. depicted locations. The historical images are then physically pinned onto the contemLOW COUNTRY CALLINGS: GOIN’ WITH porary views. This results in constructed THE FLOW — This exhibition of large-format images consisting of layered photographs acrylics by Carol Lasell Miller comprises a sharing a physical space that simultaneously narrative of Savannah’s maritime community show both an untold history of the city and in portraiture. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 the views one sees today. Through July 31. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. NANCY LEBEY SOLANA — Nancy Lebey Solana’s watercolors are in honor of her father, Clifford, who spent the last six weeks of his life in Hospice House. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.
THERE’S ENOUGH TIME IN DISTANCE — Jordan Fitch Mooney works primarily in printmaking and explores popular iconography, religious symbols, and mythology. Through Feb. 21. Starland Cafe, 11 East 41st St.
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FOOD & DRINK A SLICE OF THYME
Foxy Pop-ups Chef-driven special events are a hallmark of Savannah’s growing food community BY JARED A. JACKSON
FEB 1-7, 2017
YOU KNOW what, people? We’re in a really good spot right now. The night is always darkest before the dawn, and I can’t lie, things were looking pretty gloomy for our food industry for a second there. I would circle the blocks hoping there was a hole in a wall I missed, while I passed construction on a new hotel or chain res taurant. I would think to myself, “How does this tourism market continue to grow, if we have the same exact thing to show every year?” The net cast over the tourism market pushes those visiting into a shallow rep resentation of what Savannah is; and I’ve always known that food and alcohol are at the foundation of that perception. As our local community continues to stretch and develop the depth of our intention, we are creating the unique wavelength of our
Two words: RAMEN POP-UP!
local underground. Food is the bloodline of that move ment, as expressing culture and tradition through flavor breaks down barriers of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and class all at once. Food provides the best platform for intersectionality and creates an opportu nity to break down the walls while discov ering this illusion of separateness between us. I do not believe this shift we have been feeling in the air around our food indus try is accidently happening at the right
time. It only seems fitting that in the elev enth hour, when we really need to come together, we’ve been given tools to do so. There has been a movement bubbling from underneath the surface for some time now whose purpose is to illuminate those putting in work on the ground level; and it seems to be gaining a lot of momen tum. The local artist community is the major driving force behind this shift, and I believe art is the heartbeat of this city’s present and future. The latest addition to Savannah’s local nightlife has been these very unique,
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culturedriven chef popups, happening at Foxy. Such a simple concept, and within its simplicity are layers of intention and creativity. Just like an album release or an art show, these popups allow the local chefs who are usually bound to a set menu that may change seasonally, to express them selves creatively in a way that have never been seen before. The veil is lifted for a night, which entices people to step out, drink, and min gle with one another before digging into the only art form that can be eaten, and only exists in our memories and in photos of it. Food is so unique, it honestly humbles me pretty frequently. It is such an intimate thing to feed people, and have to that privi lege is such an honor, as most chefs who love what they do will tell you. These pop ups that have been happening create such a deeper connection between the chef and the people they are serving. This past weekend James Levens, who is doing the chefing over at Smith Brothers Butcher shop, put on a very wellattended ramen popup at Foxy. When I showed up, there was literally a line around the build ing, which told me that people had been waiting for this since the last pop up. As I scanned the line, I saw people of all ages and races, who stepped out to embrace the pulse of the city. I got a chance to ask James a couple questions about what that meant to him. “I choose ramen simply because there isn’t any real ramen available in the city. We’ve actually been doing popups for a couple years now, and the idea has always
been to create an event that is unique and gets everyone excited about the experi ence,” he tells me. Mission accomplished, because I talked a lot of people who were excited to see something like this happening. Born in Savannah, but cooking around the country, James’s inspiration for cook ing came from wanting to eat out as a kid, which he was clear in saying was no jab at his mom’s cooking. “Food gives me the energy to live,” no pun intended, “and I honestly hope these popups only create more in the future, and it inspires creative people in our industry to see they can do more than the job in front of them,” he said. “We plan on having more popups in the future, as we love the collaboration with Foxy Loxy, and we would love to expand and have an open kitchen space one day.” Which is exactly what we need to con tinue the progress in the direction we want. Let’s have open spaces that create a vibration of community, and allow those who want to express themselves have a place to do that. The arts are what is going to bring our city into the light that we want to see it in, so we have to support the arts not just in the present, but for the future as well. If we can pour energy into something that will provide us an identity, we can build the foundation for that to be sus tained and evolve for many years to come. Food is culture. Art is culture. Food is art. Let’s embrace what is going to bring us the change we are looking for, as we keep stirring that pot. CS
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Chef James Levens says, ‘The idea has always been to create an event that is unique and gets everyone excited about the experience.’
FOOD & DRINK BREW/DRINK/RUN
Beer + Kickball = Go Bananas! New Craft Beer Kickball League runs March to May in Grayson Stadium
BY RAYMOND GADDY
FEB 1-7, 2017
“I THOUGHT, what could be better than combining one of my childhood passions with one of my adult passions? Playing kickball and drinking great craft beer. It doesn’t get better than that!” says Jesse Cole, owner of the Savannah Bananas. That’s how the Savannah Craft Beer Kickball League got its start. Running may be emphasized in the Brew/Drink/Run name, but we have always been about com bining an active lifestyle with craft beer. We know that running is not for every
one, so we applaud the addition of kickball to the local exercise scene. With Grayson Stadium as home field, the Craft Beer Kickball League will com mence on March 9 and will field teams every Thursday night until May 4. Each evening will start with three games played simultaneously under Grayson’s lights. The games will culminate in a round of craft beer provided by one of the League sponsors. The Bananas games last season featured a dedicated craft beer bar, so Mr. Cole’s enthu siasm for beer does not come as a surprise. “We are pumped to be teaming up with two local craft breweries, Service and Coastal Empire, as well as two of the most well known national craft breweries in Lagunitas and Dogfish Head. We can’t guarantee that the kickball will be top of the line. But the beer certainly will,” Cole says. The final beer list isn’t confirmed yet but a variety of beverages from each brewery are promised. Between the four breweries
there should be plenty of options for even the most jaded craft beer drinker. All of the four sponsoring breweries offer good post exercise options The league is designed to encourage both individuals and groups to get together and play. If you have enough friends or coworkers to organize as a team then you can play as a group. If being a free agent is more your thing then you can register indi vidually to be placed with a group of other solo registrants. Registration for the League was announced only a few weeks ago but sign ups have been active. “The response so far has been incredible and I can’t wait to get started in March,” Liz Bushaw, Marketing and Events Coor
dinator for the Bananas, tells me. As a baseball fan I have always seen Grayson Stadium as one of Savannah’s treasures. The history, architecture and cozy neighborhood feel of the place has always been an additional reason to go to a baseball game. As a fan of the stadium itself I have always thought that it could and should be better utilized in the offseason. The Craft Beer Kickball League is a great first step in moving toward that ideal. “I think that this will be a really great way to keep the energy alive at Grayson during the off season,” Cole says. As you might guess all players must be 21 or over. Each member whether on a team or individual pays $69.00 and receives an exclusive team tshirt, one craft beer every Thursday of the season and eight weeks of healthy competition, great craft beer and good fun. CS To register for the Craft Beer Kickball League visit thesavannahbananas.com/cbkb.
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‘Nature’s greatest experiment’
Galapagos 3D is part of expanded 3D lineup at Gray’s Reef Film Festival
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THE ‘3D Night’ featured at last year’s Gray’s Reef Film Festival was so well received, the Festival has brought in four incredible 3D films for this year’s edition, expanding to two 3D nights. Screening this Friday night at the Fes tival, Galapagos 3D pioneers the most cuttingedge underwater film technology available. Based on a Sky 3D series, Galapagos 3D is written and narrated by the legend ary Sir David Attenborough, veteran of decades of BBC nature shows and an early force in environmentalism. The film is directed by Martin Williams, a longtime collaborator with Sir David, who turned 90 years old last year. We spoke with Williams a few days ago. Working with an iconic figure like David Attenborough as much as you have must be almost surreal. Well, if you’re British you grow up knowing who he is! There, watching his programs is almost a cliché. Our first project together was First Life. It was a passionate project for David. It was a great opportunity for me, of course , and his reputation preceded him. I eventually got past that and we’ve been able to work together very well (laughs.) One time we were shooting in New foundland. We found an absolutely price less location, on a beautiful, rocky beach. Occasionally we’re able to get David to
some more difficult locations, which he likes to do when he’s able. I was walking with him back to that beach we’d found, talking. And then I real ized I forgot where the location was! We had been walking for 1520 minutes and I had lost track of where we were. Of course I saw my career splashing before my eyes! We eventually got there, but the light was failing, and our opportu nity was almost gone. David insisted that we go for it. We got him out on the rocks with the equipment as quickly as we could. After just a few minutes, he was prepared and delivered a perfect take. He was at his classic best. Absolute perfection. We were all amazed. And he did it with this amazing rock struc ture in the background at the perfect time. It was magical.
marine life to thrive in the waters around the Galapagos. It is a strange experiment. Evolution works in odd ways there. There’s a poignant irony in these beautiful images of one of the last unspoiled places.
Any detective story makes for great film. And sometimes because of the sheer degree and scale of the problem, there is a tendency to frame these things in terms of the ‘last pristine spot.’ But at a point you do you acknowledge there is a joy in natural history. The world is beautiful — embrace that. I admire those documentary filmmak ers who bravely take these issues head on. That sort of hardnosed approach, the more direct approach, can change Attenborough famously calls the Gala- behavior. That approach has a huge role to play in pagos Islands ‘nature’s greatest experichanging our reliance on the internal com ment.’ What does he mean? bustion engine, for example, in putting the spotlight on renewable energy, in reducing Everything unique comes together in this one place. You have geological and climac demands on the planet. It’s not sustainable what we’re doing. tic elements which have combined to pro duce a particularly rich variety of wildlife, But other species aren’t able to change their behavior. We are. plant life, and marine life. Each island developed the potential to The world of 3D technology is changevolve in isolation. Then of course they’re ing so rapidly. What are the chalvolcanic islands as well. New islands are literally being built. Because of the nature lenges of the technology in the marine environment? of how the islands are formed, each has individual characteristics, ranging from The 3D cameras themselves are a big quite harsh to more lush. Of course, the ocean is pretty much dead change. Not only do you have to use wide in that area of the tropics. But there’s a cur angle, the camera itself represents a big bit rent from the Arctic conveyor that enables of kit. Luckily the animals in and around
the Galapagos don’t have a natural fear of humans. So they often come up to the cam era to investigate. The heavy camera system works best just set up on the ocean floor. Ironically, since the camera is too heavy for one per son to carry, in a way we return to the shooting style of oldfashioned drama. A lot of the process is putting yourself in the right place at the right time. And much of that comes with experience. I work with Michael Pitts, who is simply the top under water cameraman. What project are you working on as we speak? I’m working in a Chinese national park on the border of North Korea. It’s a flyride experience. We shoot the park over all sea sons of the year, all shot from the air. With the proliferation of drones, there are concerns about them flying where they shouldn’t. But as a filmmaking tool, they’re really coming into their own. I’ve had a pretty privileged time of it. I’ve been very lucky to be able to work in the places I have. CS
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The Last Reef focuses on beauty of coral, and threats to it BY JIM MOREKIS
AS PART of the Gray’s Reef Film Festi val’s expanded commitment to 3D films this year, the critically acclaimed movie The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea 3D screens Friday night. Co-directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas aren’t your everyday under water filming geniuses, however. They also have the distinction of being the co-found ers of the global percussion/dance/perfor mance phenomenon known as Stomp. We spoke to Luke a few days ago. After your career with Stomp, how did you find yourself making a film about coral reefs? Well, we had already made a film about the wild ocean sardine run. That one was very much about overfishing off the coast of America, and also off the British coast. The idea of this second film came from an image where we had a really striking macro shot of coral. We started looking more at how the reefs are actually getting
It’s about the acidification of the ocean. That’s the main problem and that’s what we mainly focused on, which is pretty scary. The more carbon emissions, the worse it gets. hit left right and center. So we did some more research, and the more research we did the more we realized it was far more problematic than even we’d thought. It’s so beautiful, but you go find a reef somewhere and you realize it’s getting harder and harder to shoot them because so few remain. Were you worried about getting into a whole political debate? Well, this is not a theory, it’s a fact. You can measure the pH level of the sea and you can see it’s becoming more acidic. It’s not necessarily all driven by climate change itself but it’s definitely driven by man.
It’s about the acidification of the ocean, that’s the main problem and that’s what we mainly focused on, which is pretty scary. The more carbon emissions, the worse it gets. Basically acidification destroys shells, and that’s going to make the reef collapse. One of the early stories about Bikini Atoll was actually incredibly inspiring. You know it was blown to smithereens by the Americans in nuclear bomb tests. It was so radioactive it had to be left alone for a long time. But only ten years later, when people started to dive there again, they realized the corals had all returned. If man steps back just for a second, nature has a chance to rebuild. Nature has
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taken something as extreme as atomic bombs going off underwater and can still come back. So we sort of start with that basic posi tive idea and look at where we are now.
give some sense of hope. And there is time for things to change.
How do you get people to care about coral? I suspect many people have no idea it’s a living thing.
This film now four years old. The tech nology is moving at a huge pace. To do underwater shooting in 3D you need two cameras. It’s a lovely piece of kit but it weighs an absolute ton. Also, you can’t shoot closer than six feet. We use a mirror so that allows one lens to be upside down. By moving one upside down you can flip that one image in post. Doing macro at that level you will need a lot of natural light. This film very much shows corals that people know about and generally can access. It doesn’t really get any deeper than 2030 feet.
It’s difficult to get an emotional connec tion to coral! It’s not a monkey or panda or sea lion. They are fantastic organisms but they don’t have a cute baby face. We settled on this idea of statues of people standing underwater. That way no matter how you look at them there is that more humanistic form. It fosters more of a sense of connection. You can only say the end is nigh so much. You’ve got to envision change and
What are some of the technological challenges with this kind of shooting?
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In a way it makes perfect sense that a founder of Stomp would get into filmmaking. Your film in particular is very expertly edited, which is a kind of rhythmic process. In a film like this you’re choreographing to a certain extent. When you have a ballet of dolphins it’s not really that different from choreographing a dance piece or a Stomp piece. What’s your next project? I’m actually working on a Stomp inspired feature film now.
compliment, right? Stomp sort of spawned a genre, which is a bit weird. As drummers we were interested in making something we would like. It’s crazy — now we’ll be interviewing some one and reading their resume, and it will say they did Stomp at school. It’s flattering. A bit bizarre, but flattering all the same. CS The Last Reef 3D screens at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Trustees Theatre as part of the Gray’s Reef Film Festival.
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// Just because a movie is Oscar bait doesn’t mean that members of the Acad emy will necessarily take the bait. Some times, they’re able to recognize right off the bat that it’s an awards imposter — fool’s gold clearly not worthy of Oscar gold. Gold is such a film. Opening in L.A.limited release at the tail end of 2016 to give it that air of importance (i.e. Let the rubes blanketing the rest of the country wait!), this finds director Stephen Gaghan, writers Patrick Massett and John Zinman, and producer-star Matthew McConaughey unearthing a real-life scenario — a 90s-era scandal centering around a Canadian min ing outfit – and turning it into yet another celluloid cautionary tale about capitalism and corruption. Worthy subject, dry delivery – at least The Founder, another recent title that failed to click as Oscar bait, made a similar saga juicy and easily digestible. To portray Kenny Wells, an eager-beaver prospector who teams up with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez, acting like he just woke up from a nap) to look for gold in them thar Indonesian hills and jungles, McCo naughey contributes his usual live-wire intensity, even if he often lets his pot belly and semi-bald palate (both acquired for the role) do their fair share of the emoting. But the story as presented is airless and uninvolving, even with Gaghan work ing overtime with his stylistic choices. While trying to emulate the go-for-broke excesses of The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and The Big Short, the helmer frequently mistakes breathless effort for actual achievement. The maxim states that all that glitters is not gold, and that’s certainly true. In the case of Gold, it’s more like a shattered disco ball, promising dazzlement but delivering only a few fleeting glints of illumination.
McConaughey contributes his usual live-wire intensity to Gold.
that gets plastered across posters and ads. Harvey probably isn’t shedding any tears – The Weinstein Company has a strong Oscar contender in Lion – but it’s a shame The Founder has slipped through the cracks, since star Michael Keaton deliv ers a performance that’s among the year’s finest. With a script by Robert Siegel, who him self was cheated out of an Oscar nom a few years ago for penning The Wrestler, The Founder doesn’t traffic in hagiographic nonsense as it looks at Ray Kroc, the man famous for making McDonald’s as repre sentative of America as the Statue of Lib erty or the U.S. Constitution. Instead, it reveals him to be a thor oughly unpleasant individual, with initial viewer enthusiasm over his unflagging energy and eye for opportunities eventu ally swamped by utter disdain for his will THE FOUNDER ingness to stab good people in the back. /// Ray Kroc has always been championed Harvey Weinstein, the controversial as the founder of McDonald’s, but those studio head who’s so skilled at manipulat of us who knew little (and cared even less) ing Oscar voters that he could probably about fast-food history will perhaps be score a Best Actor nomination for that stunned to learn that he had nothing to untalented imbecile Rob Schneider if he do with its conception and initial success. ever put his mind to it, seems to have taken The first restaurant was created by siblings a rare misstep with The Founder. Dick and Mac McDonald (terrific turns by Releasing films for year-end, one-week Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), runs in Los Angeles to qualify for copious and they were the ones who came up with movie prizes is a tried and true tradition, the streamlined service, the golden arches, but between reportedly holding those early the disposable packaging and (obviously) Founder screenings for a select few insiders the name. and doing nothing to generate any buzz, Kroc’s contribution? Franchising. He’s Weinstein appears to have allowed this one the one who tirelessly worked to blanket to die on the vine. the country with McDonald’s eateries, but It’s been a complete no-show dur to do so, he had to repeatedly go against the ing awards season – in fact, according to brothers’ wishes, including replacing qual IMDb, its only mention has been from ity milkshakes with powdered products something called the AARP Movies for (since the use of real milk and cream was Grownups Awards, not exactly an outfit eating too much into the profits).
Kroc’s antics land Mac in the hospital, but he isn’t done yet, as he works with a financial wizard (B.J. Novak) with the purpose of breaking his original contract with the brothers, receiving all the profits himself, and working it so the McDonalds can no longer use their own name on their original restaurant. On the homefront, his life is equally blessed, as he ditches the plain-Jane wife (Laura Dern) who supported him over the years for a glamorous woman (Linda Cardellini) he swipes from a trusting busi ness partner (Patrick Wilson). Clearly, for those with any semblance of a soul, The Founder isn’t the feel-good movie of this (or any) year, but it’s cleareyed and concise – to say nothing of impor tant and informative. Had it gained any traction, it could have been the Wall Street for a new generation.
XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
// Hardcore porn for action junkies, xXx: Return of Xander Cage should also get a rise out of more casual viewers burned out on Oscar bait and looking for a mind less time at the movies. It’s as ridiculous and over-the-top as the 2002 original that built on star Vin Diesel’s blip of shortlived superstardom, but it improves ever so slightly on its predecessor thanks to a more interesting roster of supporting characters. (I never saw the second film in the series, 2005’s roundly panned, Dieselless xXx: State of the Union.) Samuel L. Jackson is back as the federal agent who first introduced extreme-sports enthusiast Xander Cage (Diesel) to the world of international espionage, although this time, it’s another hard-nosed gov ernment operative (Toni Collette) who’s
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giving Cage his marching orders. The plot involves the attempts to retrieve a deadly object known as Pandora’s Box – a device that turns satellites into bombs – but never mind all that. xXx3 is basically an excuse to show cool people doing cool stunts, and on that level, it largely works. It’s also an excuse to show that the laws of science and logic don’t really matter, particularly in the sequence set inside a damaged airplane (given the absence of gravity inside the vessel, did the plane somehow end up in outer space?) or the bit in which a couple of characters surf the waves atop ski-equipped motorcycles. Donnie Yen provides the martial arts mastery, Ruby Rose contributes the smirks, and The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev donates some nerdy humor. As for Vin Diesel, he’s mainly there to support his own flailing career, which, the Fast & Furious flicks aside, has largely been on life support. Acting like it’s still 2002, Diesel’s Xander Cage allows countless hotties to hang all over his body and partakes in out landish stunts that would give even James Bond pause. Speaking of 007, there’s even a scene that apes Casino Royale, with a shirtless Xander Cage sauntering out of the ocean. But as my wife muttered as she observed his flabby flesh, “Meh. He’s no Daniel Craig, that’s for sure.”
/// Beginning with his first picture, 1967’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door, Martin Scorsese has often employed cinema as a reflection on his own experiences and beliefs regarding religion. Considering he had planned on becoming a priest before opting to become a filmmaker, this makes perfect sense, and additional musings on the matter can be found in projects as diverse as Mean Streets, Kundun, Bringing Out the Dead and, most magnificently, The Last Temptation of Christ. With Silence, Scorsese again fully turns his attention to the spiritual side, and the result is a movie that’s both disturb ing and deeply committed. To be clear, this isn’t a motion picture for those who superficially wear their Christianity like a shiny pinback button, falling for the long con of money-grubbing charlatans like Joel Osteen and believing their devotion to the Lord ends with slapping an ichthys sticker on a car bumper. Instead, Silence is an uncomfortable and unsettling watch, better at generating questions than sup plying answers – which, come to think of it, is perhaps the proper outcome for a film of this nature. Set in the 17th century, Silence fol lows two Portuguese priests, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garupe (Adam Driver) as they head to Japan to search for their mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam
Acting like it’s still 2002, Diesel’s Xander Cage allows countless hotties to hang all over his body and partakes in outlandish stunts that would give even James Bond pause.
Neeson). Having had some initial success with converting the locals to Christian ity, the Church is rattled by the fact that Japanese authorities are now forcing all of the Jesuit priests and their followers to denounce their faith or face torture and execution. The word is that Ferreira has apostatized, a rumor Rodrigues and Garupe refuse to believe. Seeking to dis cover what really has happened, the two holy men are encouraged by pockets of Japanese peasants who continue to serve God in silence yet aghast at the widespread atrocities being committed by the Bud dhists intent on turning back the Western influence. Adapting Shusako Endo’s 1966 novel, Scorsese and scripter Jay Cocks (the for mer film critic who also co-wrote the director’s Gangs of New York and The Age of Innocence) have crafted a film packed to the breaking point with thorny issues. Of course, there’s the basic debate over the whole matter of proselytizing in foreign territories, but the picture also looks more specifically at whether innocent laypeople are actually dying to appease God or to appease the priests. Scorsese and Cocks prefer to keep the queries percolating, only succumbing to obviousness – and, thanks to an ill-advised Heavenly voiceover, unfairness – during the final stretch of this 160-minute undertaking. Garfield, all wrong as the amazing Spider-Hipster in his pair of so-so super hero ventures, follows up his strong work in Hacksaw Ridge with an equally intense performance in this picture. Those expect ing a co-starring role for Driver, however, will be disappointed with his compara tively brief screen time.
LIVE BY NIGHT
// “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” That classic line is uttered by Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in 1990’s The Godfather: Part III, but truthfully, it can easily be muttered by any audience member who happens to catch Live by Night, Ben Affleck’s warmed-over plate of gangland goulash. Live by Night marks Affleck’s first proj ect in the director’s chair since his 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo, and he also tackles the roles of writer, pro ducer and star. The movie is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, and that largely explains its appeal to Affleck, whose first (and, by my reckoning, best) film as direc tor was 2007’s excellent adaptation of Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone. But Affleck’s literary loyalty comes at a price, since Live by Night emerges as the weakest of his four directorial at-bats to date. Technically, the picture can’t be faulted: It’s a gorgeous production, meticulously put together by a team of seasoned Hol lywood vets. This assemblage includes cinematographer Robert Richardson, who frames the saga in expansive and immacu late ways that seek to enhance the myth making (Richardson won a trio of Oscars for similar approaches on Hugo, The Aviator and JFK). Only in this case, the text can’t keep pace with the illustrations. There’s noth ing inherently wrong with the story, which centers on Joe Coughlin (Affleck), a Boston mobster who’s sent to Tampa to oversee operations and finds himself tangling with rival gangsters as well as the local Ku Klux Klan.
But there’s also little that’s fresh, with Affleck dutifully following a dog-eared playbook that’s been in rotation since the days when James Cagney would periodi cally gun down Humphrey Bogart. Select vignettes add some flavor — a sit-down with a Klan flunky leads to an extremely satisfying denouement — but nothing can overcome the implausibility of its leading character, a guy who seems entirely too sweet to be involved in such a nasty business.
/// Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s non fiction book, Hidden Figures places Kath erine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) at the forefront, relating how she was tapped for her skills as a mathematician to help NASA’s Space Task Group (headed by Kevin Costner’s tough but fair director) crunch the numbers needed to success fully send astronaut John Glenn (win ningly played by Glen Powell) into space and have him safely return to Earth. As Katherine copes with prejudice on various fronts, her best friends and col leagues Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spen cer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) are having equal difficulty in finding ways to advance in a society that frowns disap provingly upon their skin color. Clearly, these women are going to over come all manner of adversity and emerge triumphant, so – as is often the case – the pleasure is not in the destination but in the journey. CS
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH AREA YOUNG REPUBLICANS Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr. org. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. SAVANNAH LIBERTARIANS Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook.com/groups/SAVlibertarians. YOUNG DEMOCRATS Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. foxyloxycafe.com. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919
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AUDITIONS FOR ARMSTRONG YOUTH ORCHESTRA Open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school and including Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: savaayo@yahoo. com. Info is also available at www. savaayo.org. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www. savannahfriendsofmusic.com ongoing. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. 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. 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?
Maybe you’re renewing your space after Hurricane Matthew, decorating your home for the holidays for the first time, or just want to share the character & charm of your historical home? Whatever your space, Vignette Savannah would love to feature you. Vignette Savannah is a web presence that features the most creative and eclectic living, leisure, and work spaces in Savannah. Tell us about yours at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check us out in the weeks to come at vignettesavannah.com. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR JESUS-YESHUA PRODUCTION CLUB AND VIDEO CREW Contact Brenda Lee at 912-236-3156 or at email@example.com 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
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psychotherapy, medication, or both. For more information about the PROGrESS study, please call 912-920-0214 ext. 2169. ongoing. Online only, none. 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) 2363154; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ongoing. No physical address given, none. TELL US YOUR GHOST STORY? Organization seeks to document your first hand experiences with psychical phenomenon for analysis and potential investigation. Our investigators have reputable credentials and long time investigation training and connections with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. ongoing. email@example.com. Downtown Savannah, downtown.
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Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. BEGINNING BELLY DANCE CLASSES Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. email@example.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. BRIDGE LESSONS Competitive Bidding (BB2), Saturday, February 4 at 10AM. Defensive Signals (BB5), Monday February 6. They are 4 week classes. Intermediate and advanced workshops continue on Fridays at 10AM. Savannah Duplicate Bridge Center, 8511 Ferguson Ave, Sandfly. Also, games are held in the afternoon and/or evening almost every day. There is something for players at all levels. Check our website for fees and schedules of games and other classes. ongoing. 912-228-4838. bridgewebs.com/ savannahclubs. Savannah Duplicate Bridge Center, 8511 Ferguson Ave. CHAMPIONS TRAINING CENTER Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. ctcsavannah.com. CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. savannahstate.edu. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. CLAY CLASSES Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. firstname.lastname@example.org. BOATING CLASSES Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. savannahaux.com. CREATIVITY COACHING Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at www.laurenl.com/creativity_ coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, ---. DIVAS & PUMPS: ADULT HEELS DANCE CLASS Divas & Pumps is a dance class teaching walks, struts, freestyles, and choreography to hits by our favorite Divas. Come get your life every Wednesday at 7:30. $15 Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. 323-5391760. DANCEHOWIWANTTO@GMAIL. COM. DANCEHOWIWANTTO.COM. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. DUI PREVENTION GROUP Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. FAMILY LAW WORKSHOP
The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. mediationsavannah.com. FANY’S SPANISH/ENGLISH INSTITUTE Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. GUITAR, MANDOLIN, OR BASS GUITAR LESSONS Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. HOUSING AUTHORITY NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. KNITTING & CROCHET CLASSES Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. KRAV MAGA SELF DEFENSE The Rape Crisis Center will sponsor a selfdefense class hosted by Todd Mashburn, a certified and experienced Krav Maga Instructor. This 2+ hour self-defense course will enhance and build self-confidence, awareness, and personal safety. It is an excellent class to empower women, and help them feel safe. Sat., Feb. 4, 12:30 p.m. 912-233-3000. redeemersav.org/. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 51 Wilmington Isl. Rd. 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 email@example.com, or Text (only) to 912-429-7265. ongoing. Online only, none. MUSIC LESSONS--MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS AND STYLES 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. 912388-1806. firstname.lastname@example.org. savmusiciansinstitute.com. NEW HORIZONS ADULT BAND PROGRAM Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing.
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912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. NOVEL WRITING Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. email@example.com. PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. firstname.lastname@example.org. chrismorrisphotography.com. PIANO VOICE-COACHING Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. R&B SOUL ADULT LINE DANCING The R&B Soul line dance group Savannah Show Stoppers are conducting line dance classes every Monday night at the West Broad St. YMCA and every Tuesday nights at the John Delaware Center. Both classes starts at 6:30. Lamont Hunter, the founder of the Savannah Show Stoppers, is the Instructor. Donations Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-220-7712. email@example.com. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. REIKI TREATMENT Reiki relaxes & rejuvenates; promotes emotional & physical healing; reduces neuromuscular & arthritic pain. E-mail request for appointment/ Fee base at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. SAMBA SAVANNAH DRUMMING WORKSHOP Learn Afro-Brazilian rhythms with drumming instructor Andrew Hartzell. All ages. $10 Sundays, 2:30 p.m. starlandiasupply.com. Starlandia Creative Supply, 2438 Bull Street. SASS & SWAG ADULT HIP HOP Sass & Swag is a high energy, adult hip hop dance class. Learn hip hop grooves you can take to any party or club, and learn a choreographed routine to today’s hottest hits. Mondays at 7:30 pm. $15 Mondays, 7:30 p.m. 323-5391760. DANCEHOWIWANTTO@GMAIL. COM. DANCEHOWIWANTTO.COM. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr.
SAVANNAH STARTUP WORKSHOP SERIES Entrepreneurs will participate in interactive workshops and mentor sessions designed to walk them through best practices in planning and launching their product. The interactive program will help entrepreneurs identify and vet their target customer segments, articulate the value proposition, make financial projections, and prepare them to meet with investors. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. atdc.org/uncategorized/2017savstartup-bootcamp-schedule. Creators’ Foundry, 415 W Boundary St. YOUTH AERIAL SILK CLASSES Come fly with us and take your practice to new heights. Improve strength and flexibility to flow through poses, all while suspended from silk fabric. Classes every Friday. Limited space, please preregister online Fri., Feb. 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 954.682.5694. elyse.theSTUDIO@yahoo. com. thestudiosav.net/schedule.html. thestudiosav.net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. YOUTH AND TEEN AERIAL SILK CLASSES Youth Class ages 8+. Teen Class ages 11+. Learn to dance and work with Aerial Silks and Hoop while suspended in the air. Weekly classes held on Fridays through the month of September only. Very limited space available, reserve your spot and register online today. $20/ class $75/September package ongoing. 954.682.5694. email@example.com. thestudiosav.net. thestudiosav.net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. avegost.com. BUCCANEER REGION SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion.org. BUSINESS NETWORKING ON THE ISLANDS Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. CHATHAM SAILING CLUB Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia
Center, 305 Fahm Street. FAITH BASED BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT - SAVANNAH Our mission is to Grow, Encourage, Inspire, Ignite & Equip Christian Business owners on how to do business with a Kingdom mindset. We promote and celebrate excellence in the business arena while developing the future generations of leaders through Christian values, disciplines, honor, integrity and expression of skills. Register early before the event closes out and please share this event by inviting a guest. Free first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912-257-6248. info@ kbnalliance.com. https://eventbrite.com/e/ christian-business-networking-eventsavannah-tickets-17883772846. Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave. FIBER GUILD OF THE SAVANNAHS A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. GEORGIA NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION-COASTAL CHAPTER Coastal Chapter of the GNPA. The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops
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13TH COLONY SOUND (BARBERSHOP SINGING) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-344-9768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. ABENI CULTURAL ARTS DANCE CLASSES Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. email@example.com. AVEGOST LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets
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and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-234-2571. alfie.wace@gmail. com. gnpa.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. HISTORIC FLIGHT SAVANNAH A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962.
honorflightsavannah.org. HISTORIC SAVANNAH CHAPTER: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. KNITTERS, NEEDLEPOINT AND CROCHET Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. LOW COUNTRY TURNERS A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART
LADIES AUXILIARY Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. PHILO CAFE Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Facebook.com/SavannahPhiloCafe. Mondays. firstname.lastname@example.org. R.U.F.F. - RETIREES UNITED FOR THE FUTURE RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security,
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Once upon a time, Calvin of the *Calvin and Hobbes* comic strip made this bold declaration: “Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!” Given your current astrological aspects, Aries, I think you have every right to invoke that battle cry yourself. From what I can tell, there’s a party underway inside your head. And I’m pretty sure it’s a healthy bash, not a decadent debacle. The bliss it stirs up will be authentic, not contrived. The release and relief it triggers won’t be trivial and transitory, but will generate at least one long-lasting breakthrough.
quantities of gold. It didn’t, of course. But along the way, he accidentally produced a substance of great value: phosphorus. It was the first time anyone had created a pure form of it. So in a sense, Brand “dis covered” it. Today phosphorus is widely used in fertilizers, water treatment, steel production, detergents, and food process ing. I bring this to your attention, my fellow Cancerian, because I suspect you will soon have a metaphorically similar experience. Your attempt to create a ben eficial new asset will not generate exactly what you wanted, but will nevertheless yield a useful result.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
The coming weeks will be an excellent time to ask for favors. I think you will be exceptionally adept at seeking out people who can actually help you. Furthermore, those from whom you request help will be more receptive than usual. Finally, your timing is likely to be close to impec cable. Here’s a tip to aid your efforts: A new study suggests that people are more inclined to be agreeable to your appeals if you address their right ears rather than their left ears. (More info: tinyurl.com/ intherightear)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Here are your five words of power for the next two weeks, Gemini. 1. *Unscramble.* Invoke this verb with regal confidence as you banish chaos and restore order. 2. *Purify.* Be inspired to cleanse your motivations and clarify your intentions. 3. *Reach.* Act as if you have a mandate to stretch out, expand, and extend yourself to arrive in the right place. 4. *Rollick.* Chant this magic word as you activate your drive to be lively, carefree, and frolic some. 5. *Blithe.* Don’t take anything too personally, too seriously, or too literally.
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CANCER (June 21-July 22)
The 17th-century German alchemist Hennig Brand collected 1,500 gallons of urine from beer-drinkers, then cooked and re-cooked it till it achieved the “con sistency of honey.” Why? He thought his experiment would eventually yield large
In the documentary movie *Catfish,* the directors, Henry Joost and Ariel Schul man, present a metaphor drawn from the fishing industry. They say that Asian suppliers used to put live codfish in tanks and send them to overseas markets. It was only upon arrival that the fish would be processed into food. But there was a problem: Because the cod were so slug gish during the long trips, their meat was mushy and tasteless. The solution? Add catfish to the tanks. That energized the cod and ultimately made them more flavorful. Moral of the story, according to Joost and Schulman: Like the cod, humans need catfish-like companions to stimulate them and keep them sharp. Do you have enough influences like that in your life, Leo? Now is a good time to make sure you do.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The city of Boston allows an arts organiza tion called Mass Poetry to stencil poems on sidewalks. The legal graffiti is done with a special paint that remains invisible until it gets wet. So if you’re a pedestrian trudging through the streets as it starts to rain, you may suddenly behold, emerging from the blank grey concrete, Langston Hughes’ poem “Still Here” or Fred March ant’s “Pear Tree In Flower.” I foresee a metaphorically similar development in your life, Virgo: a pleasant and educa tional surprise arising unexpectedly out of the vacant blahs.
Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912-344-5127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. SAFE KIDS SAVANNAH A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. safekidssavannah.org. SAVANNAH BREWERS’ LEAGUE Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-4470943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St.
BY ROB BREZSNY
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
When he was in the rock band Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh took his time composing and recording new music. From 1978 to 1984, he and his collaborators averaged one album per year. But when Mothers baugh started writing soundtracks for the weekly TV show *Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,* his process went into overdrive. He typi cally wrote an entire show’s worth of mu sic each Wednesday and recorded it each Thursday. I suspect you have that level of creative verve right now, Libra. Use it wisely! If you’re not an artist, channel it into the area of your life that most needs to be refreshed or reinvented.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Many vintage American songs remain available today because of the pioneering musicologist, John Lomax. In the first half of the 20th century, he traveled widely to track down and record obscure cowboy ballads, folk songs, and traditional African American tunes. “Home on the Range” was a prime example of his many discov eries. He learned that song, often referred to as “the anthem of the American West,” from a black saloonkeeper in Texas. I sug gest we make Lomax a role model for you Scorpios during the coming weeks. It’s an excellent time to preserve and protect the parts of your past that are worth taking with you into the future.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The mountain won’t come to you. It will not acquire the supernatural power to drag itself over to where you are, bend its craggy peak down to your level, and give you a free ride as it returns to its erect position. So what will you do? Moan and wail in frustration? Retreat into a knot of helpless indignation and sadness? Please don’t. Instead, stop hoping for the mountain to do the impossible. Set off on a journey to the remote, majestic pinnacle with a fierce song in your determined heart. Pace yourself. Doggedly master the art of slow, incremental magic.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Who can run faster, a person or a horse?
There’s evidence that under certain circumstances, a human can prevail. In June of every year since 1980, the Man Versus Horse Marathon has taken place in the Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells. The route of the race weaves 22 miles through marsh, bogs, and hills. On two occasions, a human has outpaced all the horses. Ac cording to my astrological analysis, you Capricorns will have that level of animal istic power during the coming weeks. It may not take the form of foot speed, but it will be available as stamina, energy, vital ity, and instinctual savvy.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Who would have guessed that Aquarian Charles Darwin, the pioneering theorist of evolution, had a playful streak? Once he placed a male flower’s pollen under a glass along with an unfertilized female flower to see if anything interesting would happen. “That’s a fool’s experiment,” he confessed to a colleague. “But I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.” Now would be an excellent time for you to consider trying some fools’ experiments of your own, Aquarius. I bet at least one of them will turn out to be both fun and productive.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
In Shakespeare’s play *MacBeth,* three witches brew up a spell in a cauldron. Among the ingredients they throw in there is the “eye of newt.” Many modern people assume this refers to the optical organ of a salamander, but it doesn’t. It’s actually an archaic term for “mustard seed.” When I told my Piscean friend John about this, he said, “Damn! Now I know why Jessica didn’t fall in love with me.” He was making a joke about how the love spell he’d tried hadn’t worked. Let’s use this as a teaching story, Pisces. Could it be that one of your efforts failed because it lacked some of the correct ingredients? Did you perhaps have a misunderstand ing about the elements you needed for a successful outcome? if so, correct your approach and try again.
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SAVANNAH AUTHORS WORKSHOP If you’re a writer, and you’re serious about it, Savannah Authors Workshop is looking for you. We exist to encourage good writing. We meet twice a month in the relaxed atmosphere of a private home (Baldwin Park area). Our third annual Anthology has just been published. We are looking for new members. Come as a guest to our next meeting (Wednesday, September 21) and see how you like us (sorry: no poets). Contact Christopher Scott, President: email@example.com for more details and directions. ongoing. No physical address given, none. THE SAVANNAH CHINESE CORNER The Savannah Chinese Corner welcomes anyone interested in Mandarin language or Chinese culture. Meets every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon. Check the Facebook group to see meeting location. ongoing. https://facebook.com/groups/ SavannahChineseCorner. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH COUNCIL, NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. savannahnavyleague.us. SAVANNAH GO CLUB This is a new club for the board game “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and times, please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH GO GREEN Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. SAVANNAH KENNEL CLUB Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub. org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. SAVANNAH NEWCOMERS CLUB Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. savannahnewcomers.com. ongoing. SAVANNAH PARROT HEAD CLUB Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. firstname.lastname@example.org. savannahphc. com. SAVANNAH TOASTMASTERS Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. SAVANNAH VEGGIES AND VEGANS Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. TOASTMASTERS Toastmasters International is an
Film: Satan’s Triangle
The PFS celebrates the life and career of the one-and-only Doug McClure with this film. It’s the genuinely creepy tale of a lone female survivor of a shipwreck in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, who is threatened by evil forces -- along with the Coast Guard helicopter pilot who comes to her aid. $7 Feb. 1, 8 p.m.. SENTIENTBEAN.COM. THE SENTIENT BEAN, 13 E. PARK AVE. organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. WOODVILLE-TOMPKINS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net.
GRAY’S REEF FILM FESTIVAL DAY 2 This year’s theme is “Our Community, Our Ocean.” Gray’s Reef Film Festival’s opening night will feature two 3D films: The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea 3D and Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland. Come join us and experience the wonders found beneath the sea. Suggested donation: $10/Adults, $5/Children Fri., Feb. 3, 7-11 p.m. go.usa.gov/x8h6U. www2.scad.edu/ venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. GRAY’S REEF FILM FESTIVAL TYBEE
ISLAND DAY For the first time in its history, the Gray’s Reef Film Festival is adding a Tybee Island venue. A delightful sampling of films from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival will be shown. Attendees are welcomed to donate to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Suggested donation: $10/Adults, $5/Children Sun., Feb. 5, 3-4:30 p.m. go.usa.gov/x8h6U. tybeeposttheater.org. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. A STATE OF INNOVATION: THE FOUNDING Visit the Georgia Historical Society Research Center during regular business hours, February 1 through 28, to see “A State of Innovation: The Founding.” Free and open to the public, this exhibit showcases the breadth of materials available for research at the Georgia Historical Society. The exhibit will also be shared through the Georgia History Festival website and blog. Free and Open to the Public Wed., Feb. 1, 12-5 p.m. 912-651-2128. PMeagher@georgiahistory. com. georgiahistoryfestival.org/. georgiahistory.com/. Georgia Historical Society, 501 Whitaker St.
FOOD & DRINK EVENTS
BETHESDA FARM AND GARDENS STAND 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. email@example.com. bethesdaacademy.org. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. BRING IN YOUR KRYSTAL’S RECEIPT AND RECEIVE FIFTY PERCENT OFF Save your Krystal’s receipt from February 2-5, because starting February 6-9 guests who come into any participating Krystal’s location with the receipt will receive fifty percent off that same order. For more information please contact Peyton Sadler 305-631-2283 or peyton@inklinkmarketing. com Feb. 7, midnight. Krystal, 5405 Abercorn St. FIRE & WINE Half priced bottles of wine, campfires in the courtyard, marshmallows and s’mores kits. 912-401-0543. firstname.lastname@example.org. foxyloxycafe.com. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. FORSYTH FARMERS MARKET Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. 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 dozen raw oysters, and more. Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 5-7 p.m.. 912-721-0595. holycityhospitality.com/39-rue-de-jeansavannah/promotions/. holycityhospitality. com/39-rue-de-jean-savannah/. 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 MondaysFridays, 10 a.m.. 912-234-0688. jessie@ savannahbee.com. Savannah Bee Company, Wilmington Island, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd. PREPARE SUNDAY SUPPERS AT UNION MISSION Local organizations are invited to sign up to prepare Sunday Supper for people who are homeless and live at Union Mission’s shelters for homeless people. Groups must sign up in advance and bring/prepare a meal, beginning at 2pm on Sundays. Call for information. ongoing. 912-236-7423. SAVANNAH RESTAURANT WEEK Participating Savannah restaurants offer 3-course, prix fixe dinner menus for $30 per person. $30 Various, Various. TYBEE ISLAND FARMERS MARKET Featuring a variety of produce, baked goods, honey, granola, BBQ, sauces and dressings, popsicles, dog treats and natural body products. The market is non-smoking and pet friendly. tybeeislandfarmersmarket.com. Stephen Johnson, 206 Miller Ave. WINE SAMPLING Sample the variety of wines Lucky’s Market has to offer. luckysmarket.com/ savannah-ga/. Lucky’s Market, 5501 Abercorn St.
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,RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL BAND OF SISTERS PRAYER GROUP All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. email@example.com. capitolcom.org/ georgia. BUDDHIST MEDITATION Everyone is welcome. Experience not necessary. Visit our website for location, meditation periods and classes. savannahzencenter.com. Individual instruction upon request. Email Cindy Un Shin Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ongoing. Online only, none. CATHOLIC SINGLES A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ diosav.org. diosav.org/familylife-singles. CULTIVATING A SPIRIT OF RESILIENCE: THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OF INTERSECTIONAL JUSTICE WORK This two-hour workshop will explore Christians doing justice with attention to the many identities each hold as people with different racial backgrounds, sexualities, gender identities, classes, and other aspects of self with Reconciling Ministries Network staff and civil rights leader Bishop Melvin
Talbert. Sat., Feb. 4, 1 p.m. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. GRATITUDE CIRCLE IN THE SQUARES Gather with others to share gratitude. Everyone welcome. Park next to Bull Street Library. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-676-4280. facebook.com/ savannahgratitude. liveoakpl.org. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. GUIDED SILENT PRAYER Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org. JESUS YESHUA Holidays and plans for 2017 underway for young adults and college Christians. Contact Reverend Brenda Lee @yahoo.com or call (912) 236-3156. ongoing. No physical address given, none. MARITIME BETHEL “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A NEW CHURCH IN THE CITY, FOR THE CITY Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. NEW ORLEANS BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. email@example.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. PSYCHIC MEDIUM YOUR PAL, ERIN 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 together to create the amazing new life you truly desire, releasing old situations that no longer serve you. Readings available in person and by phone. 60 minutes, $65. Group readings of 5 or more, $30 per person for 20 minutes. Get your personalized, 45 minute prerecorded “Tuesday Tune-Up” emailed to your inbox for just $45. Visit www.yourpalerin.com for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org today. ongoing. Online only, none. READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. SAVANNAH FRIENDS MEETING (QUAKERS) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. email@example.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. SAVANNAH REIKI SHARE During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. SERVICE OF COMPLINE Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing.
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Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. SOUTH VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. TAPESTRY CHURCH A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. tapestrysavannah.com. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. THEOLOGY ON TAP Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm-10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. distillerysavannah.com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. UMC BISHOP MELVIN TALBERT AND RECONCILING MINISTRIES NETWORK DIRECTOR MATT BERRYMAN Civil rights leader and UMC Bishop Melvin Talbert along with Reconciling Ministries Network Director Matt Berryman will share their stories of doing justice work and how their faith has led them to be involved in the work of Reconciling Ministries Network. Sun., Feb. 5, 11:15 a.m. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St.
FILM: FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK Biopic film of Leonard Nimoy as the beloved Spock, the character who wisely reminded us, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Part of the Savannah Jewish Film Festival. Thu., Feb. 2, 7 p.m. savannahjea.org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. FILM: SATAN’S TRIANGLE The PFS celebrates the life and career of the one-and-only Doug McClure with this film. It’s the genuinely creepy tale of a lone female survivor of a shipwreck in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, who is threatened by evil forces -- along with the Coast Guard helicopter pilot who comes to her aid. $7 Wed., Feb. 1, 8 p.m. sentientbean. com. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. MIXED SHORT FILMS Featuring “The Chop” and “Munich 72 and Beyond,” watch one hilarious comedy and one serious drama, plus a selection of other great short films. Part of the Savannah Jewish Film Festival. Thu., Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. savannahjea.org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.
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appliances, central A/C, hardwood floors, carpet, LR, W/D hook ups. $600-$625/month.
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EXPERIENCED SEAMSTRESS Homes For Sale NEEDED at Kim’s Custom Tailoring. Call 912-355-4030 or HOUSE FOR SALE: 283 912-308-8285 Scarborough Street. 3BR/2 full baths, den, LR, DR, wall-to-wall carpet, CH/A, washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator, microwave, fenced yard. Call 912-238-1155
Duplexes For Sale Merchandiser/Driver $12.25 hr. Starting Local Boar’s Head distributor is looking for a Merchandiser/ Driver. No experience needed, will train. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be at least 18 years old. Call 912-201-3370 and ask for John. Fax Resume to 912-349-1777,Email: email@example.com or come fill out an application in person at: 4912 Old Louisville Road, Suite #402, Savannah, GA (Monday thru Friday, 8:30 to 5:00) NOW HIRING CHILDCARE ATTENDANT: Must be available to work any shift. Call 912-443-4649 NOW HIRING! Looking for Part Time Help in Janitorial and Secretarial Services. Please call 912-596-7129/
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803 A, 803 B & 807/809 Paulsen St. 2BR/1BA, kitchen w/
3BR/1BA, kitchen w/ appliances. Central heat/air LR, W/D hook ups, $765-$850/month.
505 W.42nd St: 2BR/1BA Apt.
off MLK. Carpet, tile floors, laundry hookup, kitchen w/appliances, ceiling fans, large rooms, secured entrance. Downstairs unit. $645/ month.
815 W. 47th Street: 2BR/1BA
Apt. Appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookup, hardwood floors, dimmer lighting, carpet $675/month.
912-228-4630 Mon-Sat 10am-5pm www. bnetmanagement.com WE ACCEPT SECTION 8 *For Qualified Applicants with 1+ years on Job.*
INVESTMENT PROPERTY FOR SALE: 4-Plex. Great Cash Flow. Over 95% occupancy rate. All units occupied. Turn Key 1BR UNFURNISHED APT. FOR Investment. $165,000 OBO. Call RENT. No appliances. Located in Hudson Hill area, West Savannah. 912-657-1344 $350/month, $350/deposit. Call 912-398-8320
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DJB Real Estate LLC 421 WILSHIRE: 4BR/2 bath, living room, kit/dining combo, w/d conn, A/C, total electric. $1,250/ monthly, $1,250/deposit. 920 EAST 32ND: 2BR/1 bath, living room, kitchen/dining combo, AC/ heat, W/D conn. $850/monthly, $850/deposit. Also new furniture for sale. Call 912-596-4954
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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 House for Rent: 803 Jamestowne Road, Savannah, GA 31419. 3BR/1.5 Baths. $1000/month plus deposit. Available Jan. 9th. 912596-1149, 912-713-4990 or 912484-3852
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Commercial Property for Rent FOR LEASE - MIDWAY, GA 7500 sf building. $1500.00 per month. Ideal for hardware, thrift, or medical facility. Call 706-914-5051
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NEAR BROCK ELEMENTARY ROOMS FOR RENT 3BR/1BA, carpet, kitchen $75 MOVE-IN SPECIAL furnished, fenced yard. No pets. ON 2ND WEEK $745/month plus deposit. No Clean, large, furnished. Busline, Section 8. Call 234-0548 cable, utilities, central heat/air. $100-$130/weekly. Rooms with bath $145. Call 912-289-0410. *Paycheck stub or Proof of income and ID required.
1 & 2 BEDROOM APTS. & ROOMS FOR RENT
Off ACL Blvd. & Westlake Ave.
2 & 3BR, 1 Bath Apts. Newly Renovated, hardwood floors, carpet, ceiling fans, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $625-$795/month for 2bdrs and $735-$895/month for 3bdrs.
912-228-4630 Mon-Sat 10am-5pm www. bnetmanagement.com WE ACCEPT SECTION 8 *For Qualified Applicants with 1+ years on Job.* SECTION 8 WELCOME *55 S. Parkwood: 3BR/2BA $1,075 *2220 Mason: 4BR/1.5BA $1,100. *1518 Grove St. 3BR/1BA $800. *34-1/2 Altman Cir. 1BR/1BA $600.
*2208 Utah: 3BR/1BA $850. Call 912-257-6181
SPECIAL! 11515 White Bluff Rd. 1BR/1BA, all electric, equipped kitchen, W/D connection. Convenient to Armstrong College. $695/ per month, $500/deposit.
1812 N. Avalon Street.
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VERY NICE HOUSES FOR RENT *210 Croatan St: 3BR//1BA, CH/A, furnished kitchen $950/month. *5621 Betty Drive: 2BR/1BA $740/ month. *Nassau Woods, C37: 2BR/2BA $740/month. Call 912-631-7644, 912-507-7934 or 912-927-2853 (No calls after 9pm)
2BR/1.5BA, kitchen equipped, W/D connection. $725/per month, $500/ deposit.
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Westside / Eastside Savannah: 37th, 38th, & 42nd Streets. Adult Living. Furnished, all utilities incl. Washer/Dryer on premises, cable TV, WiFi/ Internet. $130-$200/weekly. Requirements: Pay stubs/ID. Call 912-677-0271 CLEAN, QUIET, NICE ROOMS & EFFICIENCIES from $100-$215. Near Bus lines. Refrigerator, Stove, Washer & Dryer. Mature Renters Preferred. For More Info, Call 912-272-3438 or 912412-2818
SAVANNAH’S HOUSE OF GRACE
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.
SHARED LIVING for age 40 & older. Furnished room, CH/A, cable. Shared bath, kitchen and common area. $160 & Up (utilities included). Safe environment. ID/ Proof of income required. 912308-5455
SHARED LIVING: Fully Furnished Apts. Ages 40 & better. $170 weekly. No deposit. All utilities included. Call 912-844-5995 SINGLE, Family Home w/ Room for Rent: Furnished, includes utilities, central heat/air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. Ceramic tile in kitchen & bath. Shared Kitchen & bath. Call 912963-7956, leave message
Roommate Wanted HOUSEMATE WANTED: Ardsley Park area. Large BR. Private bath. $550 for single tenant; $650 for two. Partial utilities. Call 912-3984301
LOOKING FOR ROOMMATE to share 3BR/2BA home in Paradise Park. Non-smoking home. $650/ ROOMS FOR RENT - Ages 40 month includes utilities. Call 912& better. $150 weekly. No 631-1650
deposit. Furnished rooms. All utilities included. On Busline. Call 912-844-5995
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DUPLEX: 1115 East 53rd Street. 2BR/1BA $590/month plus $590/deposit. Two blocks off Waters Avenue, close to Daffin Park. Call 912-335-3211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Days/ Nights/Weekends.
JULIA ROBERTS MOVIE WEEKEND Pretty Woman Friday, February 3rd at 8pm Mystic Pizza Saturday, February 4th at 8pm
COMING SOON: :
TO REMEMBER Friday, February 17th at 8pm
SAVANNAH SINGS Thursday, February 9th at 7pm
IN THE RAIN Saturday, February 18th at 8pm
Don’t forget. Arrive from 7:00 - 7:30 on movie nights to enjoy Happy Half Hour! For Tickets & Info lucastheatre.com or 912.525.5050