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A Conversation About the Utility Billing System

Oh, Sleeper

Step Up’s Residents Team will host a conversation with the City of Savannahs Revenue Director, Cindy Landolt. This event is open to the public. 6 p.m. Montgomery Landings, 714 W. 57th St. 912-232-6747

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The all-day underground music festival includes over 15 artists on two stages, food trucks and fun activities. 1 p.m.-until Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. $23 advance, $25 door

Film: Lunatics: A Love Story

Oddball, low-budget romantic comedy about two emotionally disturbed misfits. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $8

Visions: An Odyssey in Black Dance

Film: Reconstructing Hawthorne

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A Black History Month dance concert that takes a journey through history with African, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip-Hop dance. It begins in an African village and takes you on a journey from that moment up to present day. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 3 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $10-$20

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Savannah Irish Festival FRI--SAT-SUN

Celebrate Irish music, dance and culture at the 25th annual Savannah Irish festival. Featured performers include Oisin Mac Diarmada, Samantha Harvey, and Seamus Begley, as well as Seamus Kennedy, Tom and Debbie O’Carroll, Searson, Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse, Harry O’Donoghue, and more. The weekend kicks off with the annual Friday Night Ceili at Holeman Hall, 3 West Liberty Street. Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. savannahirish.org

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Shen Yun brings a lost civilization to life with unrivaled mastery, using the richly expressive art of classical Chinese dance, groundbreaking musical compositions, and cutting-edge, interactive stage effects. 7:30 p.m. Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $70-$120

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A documentary film screening and Q&A with the filmmaker and archaeologist George Wingard. Hawthorne was once a small community in Aiken County, South Carolina but with the construction of the Savannah River Site in 1950 it, and its handful of residents, had to be removed. 7 p.m. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

THURSDAY 2.16 Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat. S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 9 West Henry. $25

Film: Arrival

As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Louise Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors. Thu.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne $7 adults, $5 children

Film: Wilmington on Fire

Documentary on the 1898 Coup/ Massacre in Wilmington, NC. Director/ Producer Christopher Everett will introduce the documentary and facilitate a panel discussion and Q & A. Part of Savannah Black Heritage Festival. 11 a.m. Savannah State, 3219 College St.

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themes and issues. All screenings are free and open to the public. Feb. 16-18 Armstrong State, 11935 Abercorn St.

Lecture: Nuclear Deterrence and President Trump

The Savannah Council on World Affairs presents this lecture by Michael Krepon. 8 p.m. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. $10 for non-members

Savannah Book Festival Opening Address w/ James Patterson

#1 NYTimes best-selling author James Patterson’s infamous Alex Cross strikes again in the series most dangerous story yet with a killer on the loose. 6 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. $20

Swing Into Spring w/ Velvet Caravan Unique opportunity to see the band’s latest show in the Savannah area. With Jimmy Grant on guitar, Velvet Caravan is touring the country. 7:30 p.m. Trinity UMC, 225 West President St. $20

Theater: Baby The Musical

Baby, the musical from acclaimed duo, Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire, examines how parents-to-be experience the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Feb. 16-18, 7:30 p.m. Armstrong State, 11935 Abercorn St. $15

Wundercamera Opening Lecture and Reception Join London-based artist and curator Klaus Wehner for an illuminating discussion of Wundercamera: Savannah. Using mediums of photography and video, Wehner’s work has focused on museums for a number of years, exploring our dynamic relationships to art objects and the power of museums to inform our awareness and culture. 6 p.m. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. $5, free for members

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Savannah Book Festival Keynote Address w/ Colson Whitehead

A.U.R.A. Fest

This year’s National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead presents his magnificent tour de force following a young slave’s journey to freedom. 6 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. $20

Soup it Up

Local chefs will compete for the title of the Golden Soup Bowl while generously raising funds to support Loop It Up Savannah’s programming for local youth and services to local families. 6 p.m. The Brice, 601 East Bay Street.

Visions: An Odyssey in Black Dance A Black History Month dance concert that takes a journey through history with African, modern, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dance. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. $10-$20

The all-day underground music festival includes over 15 artists on two stages, food trucks and fun activities. Starts 1 p.m., goes until late evening Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. $23 advance, $25 door

Building Your New Life Adult Day Camp

Join the caring and compassionate bereavement counselors of Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle for a day of healing as you journey towards building your new life. 8:30 a.m. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. $25

Dance: Beauty and the Beast

Partake in this classic story envisioned in a new way. The production features choreography by Executive Director William Starrett and music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 5:30 p.m. Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $20-$45

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Forsyth Farmers Market

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

Potable Gold: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition

Patrons are oriented to the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. Must be 21 years of age. Reservations recommended. 5:30 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $20

SUNDAY 2.19 Concert: The Masters: Concertmaster and Chorusmaster

The Savannah Philharmonic presents this concert, which will feature works for violin and organ presented by Concertmaster Sinisa Ciric, and Chorusmaster Dr. Monica Harper. 5 p.m. Wesley Monumental, 429 Abercorn St. $25 savannahphilharmonic.org

MONDAY 2.20 American Traditions Vocal Competition

American Traditions is a forum for showcasing tomorrow’s vocal talents and superstars, and to celebrate the diverse repertoire of standard, classic American music. -24 The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. americantraditionscompetition.com

Black Women Empowerment Day

Featuring Black-owned businesses, natural hair care & styles demonstrations, and entertainment. Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. 11 a.m. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

From the “N Word” to Mr. Mayor

Pipe Organ Concert

Odd Lot Improv

Dr. Patrick Allen, organist/choirmaster of Grace Episcopal Church, NYC performs a concert of favorites including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Widor’s Toccata from Symphony V. 4 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal, 3 West Ridge Road. Free

Otis Johnson, Ph.D., former mayor of Savannah and scholar-in-residence at SSU, will sign his new book, a memoir that recalls his life in a city with complicated race relations. 6 p.m. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. 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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A Recital of Spirituals and Art Songs

American Traditions Vocal Competition

Savannah Book Festival Closing Address w/ Christina Baker Kline

SCAD deFINE ART

Featuring the Savannah State University Voice Program. Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. 3 p.m. Butler Presbyterian Church, 603 W. Victory Dr.

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Written and directed by playwright, actress and director SC Murray. The original story revolves around a royal family on the mythical island of Shinkou. 3 & 7 p.m. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $20 adults, $15 children

From “N Word” to Mr. Mayor

In honor of Black History Month there will be a live reading and discussion of former Mayor Otis Johnson’s book “From ‘N Word’ to Mr. Mayor.” 4 p.m. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Free

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Theatre: Kingston: A Peasant Born With the Heart of a King

Author of #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train, brings an atmospheric novel of devotion, art, and friendship, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting “Christina’s World.” 3 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. $20

Forum for showcasing tomorrow’s vocal talents and superstars, and to celebrate the diverse repertoire of standard, classic American music. Feb. 20-24 The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. americantraditionscompetition.com The four-day celebration features internationally renowned artist and color theory pioneer Carlos Cruz-Diez as honoree and keynote speaker. Feb. 21-24 Various venues, downtown Savannah


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Ben Carter and the unicorn BY JIM MOREKIS

jim@connectsavannah.com

DEVELOPERS DEVELOP. That’s what they do for a living. The news that developer Ben Carter is putting the bulk of his now mostly renovated Broughton Street properties up for sale en masse, i.e. “restructuring,” should come as a shock to no one. That was part of the plan from the beginning, and anyone who didn’t see this coming wasn’t paying attention. That’s how Carter makes his living. The simple truth is that a huge amount of capital was sitting on the sidelines during the Great Recession just waiting for the whistle to get back in the game. Most of the playing fields and game plans were already determined. Ben Carter was always just one part of that story. Because he was a smidge ahead of the curve — the hallmark of a savvy investor — as well as somewhat personally ostentatious, he received the lion’s share of attention and local opprobrium. But as they say, or used to say before it became really lame: Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Following Carter – actually beginning before him, but it just seemed like the reverse – was a tsunami of hotel projects in the downtown area, a veritable forest of cranes rising above the low Savannah skylines in ways more reminiscent of Carter’s old stomping grounds of Atlanta. The bloom of hotel construction is far from over; we’re still living through it. There is at least one huge project set for the area just east of President Street, south of Savannah River Landing. Several smaller projects have popped up just within the last few months, nearly always testing the limits of building guidelines for the Historic District. As symbolic an investment as Carter’s has been for supporters and detractors alike since the day he set foot here, in sheer dollar terms his Broughton Street project is dwarfed by the level of hotel investment in Savannah.

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Yes, I’m waxing nostalgic about the good ol’ days way back in 2014, when Ben Carter was the biggest investment news in town. That’s the world we find ourselves in. What’s interesting is not how much hotel development is here, but why. As the late 20th Century phenomenon of ‘White Flight’ reverses itself all over the country, investors and developers are setting their sights on once-neglected city centers like Savannah’s and Atlanta’s. (The larger ramifications of this trend are obviously beyond the scope of this one column.) The difference? In Atlanta, most of the boom in infill development that’s now going on full-swing in the Midtown/ Downtown area is for residential apartments and lofts, built for the huge influx of young professionals, mostly millennials. Here in Savannah, the boom isn’t residences for locals, but hotels for visitors. The elephant in the room isn’t so much the number of tourists coming here, but the dwindling number of actual residents in Savannah’s Historic District. With the rise of Vacation Rentals By Owner, Airbnb, SCAD dorms, and retail/ hotel development targeted almost solely to tourists — a la Carter’s Broughton Street — the simple truth is that the full-time, year-round resident of downtown Savannah, owner or renter, is increasingly more like a unicorn. I know several people who live downtown who are literally the only full-time residents on their whole block. It’s not a good situation. The battle for the soul of downtown has already been fought and lost. You can’t win without an army, and there just aren’t that many foot soldiers left to fight. There’s another elephant in the room next door, and that is the stupendous growth in West Chatham, driven not by tourism but by the residential sector. Recently in my readings and research, I happened to come across the old Tricentennial Plan, a joint project of SavannahChatham County put together under the auspices of the Metropolitan Planning Commission in 2005.

It was fitting not only because this time of year is when we celebrate Savannah’s founding (and Georgia’s as well of course), but because of the Plan’s almost eerie prescience. It’s a very interesting and sadly underreported document which I heartily encourage you to Google and check out. One of the most interesting parts is about projected population growth: Most of the population growth in the next 25 years is expected to be in the western areas of the County. Stable neighborhoods in the City and County will experience very little growth, and the population of many of the built-out neighborhoods will show a decline. The Tricentennial Plan projects only a 4,000 person increase in population of the City of Savannah proper from 2015-2030! Essentially stagnant. However, it projects roughly an 18,000 person increase in all the other areas of Chatham County outside City limits. That may not sound like much, but percentagewise it’s huge. (Another interesting tidbit that deserves its own treatment: “Approximately 25 percent of the population of Chatham County at any given time is not included in any official population count. The uncounted population includes commuters…. secondhome owners…. students at local universities…. military personnel... and tourists.” That’s a significant percentage, and should have been playing into all kinds of policy efforts, such as staffing of the Police Department.) Many of the great cultural and culinary success stories here recently are a function of actual residents living, working, and playing further and further south from the Historic District in places like the Starland District, and further west, in Pooler. To an extent it’s almost a moot point to debate how to “save” the Historic District from unchecked tourist development. That fat lady is almost finished singing. Perhaps we should be taking a cue from Ben Carter himself, and just move on from the old, and unfortunately mostly settled, debate. CS

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Casino would make Savannah less attractive to tourists

Editor, As a frequent visitor to your city, I couldn’t agree more on the editorial about the casino (“The risky bet of a casino”). You can’t really ruin Atlanta

with a casino. That ship sailed about the time they added the 4th or 5th or 6th lane to the loop. But Savannah is different, very different.   You don’t need to add a casino to Savannah to improve tourism. I, for one, would find

the city a far LESS attractive destination with a casino.   As one who comes from a Rust Belt area, I’ve seen the siren call of jobs to get the locals to vote in favor. There are a few higher paying jobs for a limited time and more service level (low paying)

jobs long term.   But the real money goes to the few who push these plans through to make money at any cost. Any cost to us not them.   Eric Broviak 

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“This rule has been misconstrued as some kind of national zoning ordinance, BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS which couldn’t be further from the truth,” jll@connectsavannah.com says Wayne Dawson, the director of the Savannah-Chatham County Fair Housing Council. THE DRAMA in D.C. brought plenty of “What it does do is help determine the reason to drive the civically-minded to barriers to fair housing at the local level drink this week, from the bought-and-paid and eradicate them.” confirmation of Betsy DeVos to GestapoRep. Gohar doesn’t believe, or maybe like ICE round-ups to the attempted just won’t admit, that such injustices still silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren. exist, declaring in 2015 that “this new (Yeah, Mitch, like that was gonna work. Washington mandate has nothing to do The thing about persistence is…well, you’ll with race, as housing discrimination has figure it out.) been illegal for more than 40 years.” But some of the more pernicious acts Um, all kinds of nefarious things are illeof Congress don’t make particularly sexy gal, dude, but that doesn’t stop them from happy hour conversation. (Or unhappy happening, does it? As a matter of fact, hour, as it were.) One that’s got me pouring housing discrimination is as easy to find an extra finger of bourbon in my highball as roaches or mold, which I’ve been told by as of late is the so-called Local Zoning plenty of landlords don’t exist either but Decisions Protection Act of 2017, which have a look under the fridge: appears to protect nothing but the willResearch conducted by HUD in 2012 ful ignorance of those who would like to showed that African American, Latino believe housing discrimination is a thing and Asian homeseekers were shown fewer of the past. options, quoted higher rents, asked more Trotted out in January by Senators Mike probing questions about their finances and Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) along were less likely to be offered loan advice with a House version by Arizona rep Paul than equally-qualified white counterparts. Gosar, S.103 and H.R. 482 effectively call In 2000, another HUD study found that for the erasure of the Affirmatively Fur- black families in Atlanta were disproporthering Fair Housing Rule put forth by tionately victimized by predatory lending the Obama administration in 2015, basipractices born from the subprime mortcally bulldozing what was starting to look gage market, findings paralleled in other like the beginnings of a level playing field. major U.S. cities. An update to the Fair Housing Act of Our local Fair Housing Council con1968, the AFFH gives teeth to the secducts its own “mystery shopper” tests and tion of the original FHA that mandates an investigates reports of malfeasance, but active effort by the governmentto disrupt the most valuable work is done with the patterns of racial segregation and ecodata itself. The City of Savannah receives federal HUD funds for its Community nomic stagnation in local communities. Block Grant and other development, which Thing is, no one has tried to enforce those requirements since 1970, back when requires regular fair housing assessments, the most recent currently in draft form at then-Secretary of Housing and Urban savannahafh.com. There aren’t any surDevelopment (and Mitt’s daddy) George Romney tried to hassle President Richard prises there; neighborhoods with high concentrations of public housing are the Nixon into supporting suburban integrapoorest, and certain Section 8 apartment tion and was fired for his efforts. complexes are “disproportionately skewThe 2015 fair housing rule isn’t just a ered” towards race. However, the specifics stern reminder of Title VIII of the Civil help pinpoint the work to be done. Rights Act: It also provides a clear road“Once you identify these areas, you can map on how to implement integration by find the food deserts where people lack making available volumes of federallyaccess to fresh food, where there are discollected demographic and GIS data for use by smaller municipalities, who in turn parities in health because of substandard housing, where are there are barriers to use that information to identify patterns transportation that make it hard for peoof segregation and discrimination that ple to get to a job across town,” explains contribute to intergenerational poverty and high crime—issues that ought to make Dawson. “Then you can get down to the Savannah perk its ears up. business of resolving them.”


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Author and anti-racist scholar Tim Wise discussed discrimination at Armstrong last week.

no mistake: This is about attacking civil rights,” admonished Wise to the crowd. I know, with all the turmoil playing out in the political theater, it’s hard to get worked up about yet another thing (all those calls and letters, and they confirmed DeVos anyway, the shills.) And there’s little doubt these bills will be embraced like adorable kittens by new HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who famously grew up in public housing yet opines that integrating subsidized housing into neighborhoods with better transportation options and less crime amounts to “social engineering.” As if segregation is something that happens all by itself! Yet there seems something so devious in this squashing of information that helps small communities solve its biggest problems. Dawson reminds that the Fair Housing Act not only applies to race but also religion, sexual and gender identity and people with disabilities, and removing the ability to document discrimination doesn’t mean the discrimination doesn’t exist. “You can face the problem, or you can do away with the awareness of the problem so you don’t have to face it all,” he says “That’s what this legislation does.” I’m not alone in invoking sociologist W.E.B Du Bois, who wrote, “We must study, we must investigate, we must attempt to solve” injustice with “the heart-quality of fairness and an earnest desire for the truth, despite its possible unpleasantness.” Fair housing studies might not be the hottest topic at the table, but if we don’t fight for the truth with all our hearts can muster, we are looking at a deeply unfair and unpleasant future for us all. CS

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Relevant here is that such reports are driven heavily by that great AFFH toolkit introduced in 2015, totally wrenched by the language in H.R. 482 that says “no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.” In other words, lose the data, and communities are cut off from solutions—while still receiving development grants from the government. “What will happen if they eliminate the use of that tool is an inefficient use of federal funding,” continues Dawson. Wasting taxpayer money doesn’t seem to concern the bills’ supporters, and in spite of Gohar’s blinky-eyed denial this isn’t about race, it will undoubtedly lead to more incidences of prejudice if there aren’t means to document them. “To defund those studies makes it impossible to know when that discrimination is happening,” says noted anti-racism scholar Tim Wise, who calls the bill “a horrible piece of legislation.” Wise—named one of the “Wokest White People in America” by TheRoot.com—was in Savannah last week delivering a lecture for the Campus Conversations series at the soon-to-be-usurped Armstrong State University (a whole other ball of confusion!) The prolific author addressed the importance of staying abreast of the ways the current regime is rolling back protective measures against discrimination in every facet of American life. “They can say it’s about big government or saving money or whatever, but make

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Storytelling with space

Lisa Pinyan’s interior design tells the tale BY ORLANDO MONTOYA

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INTERIOR DESIGNERS don’t get their names on walls. Much of their work is temporary. And people really only tend to notice it either when it’s drop-dead spectacular, as in “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” or gaspingly hideous, as in a dated hotel. So Lisa Pinyan’s work—commercial, functional and beautiful—hides in plain view. You might say the New York native, an interior designer for architecture firm LS3P, is sitting with you when you enjoy a read at the Southwest Chatham Branch library. She’s in every chair, shelf, mirror and light. (She’s also there in Chatham County Juvenile Court, the Georgia Ports Authority and many other projects. But none are as public and joyfully “loud” as the sevenyear-old Savannah Mall library.) “Often, we don’t get to go back into the spaces that we design a year or five years later,” she says, calling the library one of her favorite projects. “But I think you can go into that space and see it being used exactly as we planned

Interior designer Lisa Pinyan says decorating is only about five percent of what she does.

and designed for it to be used.” Pinyan worked on the library as part of a team, of course. There were architects, library officials, engineers and others to consult. But what makes Pinyan’s part so fascinating, in my opinion, is the space-branding, psychology and creativity that it goes into it. Take chairs. “There are two-hour, fourhour and eight-hour chairs,” she says. “So, the first thing you have to look for when selecting a chair for a client is—What is the use?” By that metric, I chose poorly when it comes to this medieval torture device, otherwise called a low-budget office chair, that restrains me for most of the days when I write. Also by that metric, bars and restaurants let me know exactly what they think of my time—money, money, turnover, turnover—when they select hard-back, hardbutt seating.

Color is another matter. You and I might equate purple and yellow with Barney and Big Bird. But what if those are a company’s corporate brand, a university’s cherished colors? “I’d like to think if a client came to me with an absolute demand for a color that I could design around it,” she says. “I had to design around purple and at the end of the project, I thought it looked good… I’ve probably had every color in a space to some degree.” People today want warm colors and textures, even in the commercial and institutional spaces that Pinyan designs. Wood floors, stone accents, plant-inspired materials. We want our work to feel more like home. SCAD does this well. And that brings up fashion. “If you follow fashion, you can often see the colors and the materials that will be in interior design a year or so later,” she says, naming examples. “I feel like mohair

became really popular. Slubby wools, really deep, deep textures, even in furniture and fabrics.” Sounds like shag carpeting. “Which is also coming back,” she says. Zoinks, Scooby! Run for the Mystery Machine! Not my groove. On the bright side, Pinyan says the Savannah of 1996, when she came here, was much more behind-the-times, designwise, than today. I can vouch for that. I came here in 1998. And I do think Savannah is less “squelchy” of things like sustainability, sleekness and openness. Inside, the cubicles are coming down. And millennial-friendly shared spaces are coming in. But how to maintain some privacy? Pinyan and her team make it work. “It’s taking risk and having something really interesting and impactful,” she says of the work she most admires. So what if her name isn’t on the wall? It’s in the story the space is telling. CS

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History Makers: Preserving and celebrating the stories of African American lives BY IMANI ALSTON

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“HE ALSO said that a man isn’t poor just because has doesn’t have money in his pocket, he’s poor because he doesn’t have enough vision in his head and in his heart.” Those words are from the late Westley Wallace Law, and were quoted by the speaker for the night, Julieanna Richardson, Founder/Executive Officer of the History Makers, as she closed out her presentation and contribution to the 28th annual Black Heritage Festival. “Focused on the Future—Acknowledging Echoes from the Past” was the theme for Thursday’s annual W.W. Law Lecture. In conjunction with the Black Heritage Festival, the lecture is a series of featured speakers who have made a contribution to the evolution and preservation of Black History, held at the Jepson Center in honor of the late W.W. Law, civil rights activist and former president of the NAACP Savannah chapter. Harry Delorme, Senior Curator of Education for Telfair Museums, while welcoming Richardson, reminded the audience of the Nick Cave exhibition at the Jepson Center. “I was really happy to see that Nick Cave was interviewed by the History Makers back, I think in 2004, so that’s a wonderful connection to the program tonight,” he said. Savannah State University’s Greek Life Coordinator, Shed Dawson was in attendance to introduce lecturer Richardson. “I heard Ms. Julieanna Richardson on the radio talking about this program called the History Makers, and in her narrative she was telling about the program that would tell a rich story of African Americans from a perspective of those people who made that history,” said Dawson, explaining how History Makers is the largest African American video/oral historical collection in existence.. One of 1,746 historical significant African Americans interviewed, John B. Clemmons Sr., was in close relation to Savannah State University (SSU). Once a professor at Georgia State College (now SSU), Clemmons founded the Delta ETA chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, incorporated at Savannah State University. Discovering that Clemmons had worked 12 with the History Makers was astonishing

for Dawson, who is a member of the same fraternity. “On each page there’s hundreds of names in different fields, and I was completely mesmerized, because some of them were just local people in local places who, I can only imagine, if they didn’t do what they did there, where would those people in our community be.” Richardson’s nonprofit educational institution, the History Makers, is his way of telling a richer story than the stories told in the school systems and in the text books, some lessons, Dawson says, involving falsified information. From President Barack Obama all the way back to the oldest living black cowboy, The History Makers are in the business of gathering history and giving it life, visual life, before it’s too late. Since 1999 The History Makers have educated millions worldwide. Richardson took the stage first acknowledging those the History Makers have already interviewed in Savannah and those who will soon be interviewed later this week, and second, sharing a moment of a bittersweet nostalgia. “When you invited me to speak Shirley to speak, little did I know, or that you knew at the time that this was really the opening of a very sore wound.” Richardson shares that the day Law died. She had phoned him, saying “Mr. Law, I’ll be calling you to schedule your interview. He said in his voice ‘don’t wait too long.’ We waited too long.” That moment for Richardson she says, was one of her deepest regrets. Richardson took a moment in her speech to refer to title of the program. She believed the word ‘acknowledging’ used in the title was a word the viewed as being “too passive a term.” Not only that, in honor of W.W. Law’s contribution and body of work, the events title then became “Focused on the Future —DEMANDING Echoes from the Past.” She said if the time isn’t taken to educate ourselves of these things we will be forced to repeat what we don’t know. All of this being her general purpose for starting the History Makers. With the archive being held at the Library of Congress, Richardson said that the History Makers sole purpose is to create the content of history, exposing the archive with large bodies of people at a time, preserving the material for

Julieanna Richardson

continuous usage, and donate the archive to school and libraries for usage. Richardson said their main aim when interviewing these monumental leaders is to capture those moments that define history. One way this is done by asking the interviewee to recall sights, smells, and sounds from their childhood. Of the 2,800 interviews and 9,000

hours of testimonies on the webpage, 500 of those legends interviewed have died. Almost all of the 500 failed to write or have a biography written. Following the end of the lecture, Richardson was rewarded with a place on the W.W. Law Lecture plaque that is placed in Hill Hall on Savannah State University’s campus. CS


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I bought a Fitbit for my company’s health challenge, and I was surprised to see how it could not only monitor steps but also track sleep, calories, and resting heart rate. This made me wonder what other information about me could be learned from these data. What are the privacy concerns? I don’t care if my employer knows I ride my bike 50 miles a week, but could they know if someone was at the bar until 2 AM? —Dennis Hussey A NOSY boss snooping on your off-theclock peccadilloes may be the least of your worries. Fitness trackers can upload a nearly complete record of where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing during your every waking moment—and then how soundly you slept at night, too. As police and judges recognize the evidentiary value of such data, it’s possible that every step you take can and will be used against you in a court of law. And most of these devices—Fitbit’s the best known, but its competitors are legion—lack some basic security precautions. Even if you’re one of those upstanding nothing-to-hide types, you might not want someone creeping in and tracking your movements, or worse. Fitbit privacy has been a gradual process for maker and wearers alike. At first, the device’s default settings made your online user profile public. Soon enough, those who hadn’t paid attention to such details discovered that a quick Google search would turn up their Fitbit-measured

activity—potentially including their, ahem, most intimate. Now publicly visible data is an opt-in, not an opt-out. Another privacy upgrade was a business necessity: In 2015, Fitbit voluntarily became compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal law that sets privacy and security requirements for medical info. Though HIPAA doesn’t cover wearable devices (or online health-record storage, at-home paternity tests, or gene-testing companies, for that matter), Fitbit had to adopt its standards anyway in order to partner with corporate wellness programs. But the big security hole for fitness trackers, according to a study published last year by the Canadian nonprofit Open Effect, is the way the wearable device gets your activity stats online for storage and review—namely via a Bluetooth link with your phone. Fitbit and most other popular wearables broadcast a single, unique Bluetooth address; whenever they’re not actually connected to a mobile device, the report warns, this allows for “long-term tracking of their location.” (The Apple Watch, which emits multiple randomized addresses, evidently does better on this front.) A Bluetooth signal can’t travel far—only about ten meters—but a set of monitors arrayed strategically in a mall could trail you from store to store, whether for overzealous inventory-control purposes or to build a profile of your shopping habits that marketers would pay well for. Increasingly, law enforcement is also curious about what your Fitbit might have to say. The U.S. Supreme Court says police need a warrant to search your cell phone, so fitness trackers would probably be similarly protected; Fitbit’s privacy policy allows that your data may be disclosed “if we’re required to by law.” But where other tech companies including Google and Facebook regularly issue transparency reports, providing stats like how often the authorities have requested user info and how often the company has

complied, Fitbit has yet to adopt such a policy. And reported on or not, fitness tracker data is finding its way into legal proceedings. In 2015, a woman in Pennsylvania who told police she’d been raped was charged with making a false crime report after the cops found that tracking information from her Fitbit contradicted her story. A cyclists’ tracking app showed that Christopher Bucchere was over the speed limit when he rode his bike through a San Francisco crosswalk in 2012 and killed a 71-year-old pedestrian; he pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter. On the bright side, you might be able to use fitness stats on your own behalf: in a recent Canadian personal-injury case, lawyers for a former personal trainer have sought to introduce Fitbit data to demonstrate their client’s allegedly reduced level of activity following a car accident. It may seem surprising how quickly insurers and courts are coming to accept tracker data as fact, given what seem to be real limits on the systems’ reliability. Independent studies have found that devices have difficulty consistently measuring heart rates accurately; the FDA announced last summer that it wouldn’t regulate them. And tracker apps are hardly impervious to hacking—about a year ago, e-intruders busted into some Fitbit accounts and tinkered with user names and passwords, apparently hoping to use customer warranties to get replacement devices and sell them. The Open Effect study reports that some other trackers are even more vulnerable, allowing hackers to delete or modify activity data, and you could do the same if you’ve got know-how and lack scruples. Modified heart-rate stats might convince an insurance company you’re a fitter specimen than your doctor might think you are. And a tweaked itinerary? A solid alibi for the cops. CS BY CECIL ADAMS Send questions to Cecil via straightdope.com

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Police responded to a train and pedestrian collision on the 100 block of Logistics Way in Port Wentworth that resulted in the death of James Turnbow, 30, on Friday, February 10. “At about 11:15 a.m. Metro responded to scene, locating Turnbow in the woods near the train tracks. Turnbow was transported to Memorial University Medical Center, where he died,” police report. Reportedly, a CSX train was traveling south, police say. “The train’s conductor activated the horn after observing an unidentifiable movement in the train’s path. As the train got closer, the conductor realized a person, later identified as Turnbow, was in the path of the train. The conductor was unable to stop. Turnbow was struck, ultimately resulting in his death,” police say. It is unknown to police why Turnbow was walking on the tracks.

Police identify spike in local drug overdoses

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division has investigated an “unusually high number of deaths in 2017, believed to be the result of illegal drug overdoses,” police reported earlier today. At least six deaths have been investigated as “probable overdose” since the first of the year. The investigations into the deaths were initiated due to evidence located at the scenes and/or witness statements, police say. Typically SCMPD investigators say they respond to no more than one or two accidental drug overdoses a month. “There is no evidence that suggests one particular drug has contributed to the apparent drug overdoses. Drugs found at the scene range from heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs,” say police. The actual cause of death is determined by the Medical Examiner or Coroner, who interprets the results of an autopsy and subsequent toxicology report. The results of the toxicology report typically take 8 weeks or longer, according to police. “We are asking parents, spouses, other family members, and friends of known drug users to help us share the message of the danger of taking illegal drugs and illegal prescription drugs. Often these drugs

Recovered drugs and weapons from operation

are laced with synthetic opioids, making the drug even more dangerous,” says Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr.

Drug, weapons arrests in two areas

Police made three arrests in two Savannah neighborhoods on Wednesday, Feb. 8. These arrests stem from an on-going operation resulting from residents concerned about illegal activity in the area. “During a Strategic Investigations Unit operation in the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood, detectives observed and approached several individuals loitering at the intersection of  West 42nd and Harden streets,” police say. “Further investigation revealed Alexander West, 18, in possession of an illegal firearm. He is charged with possession of a firearm by persons under 21 years-of-age.” A few blocks away, “SIU detectives observed individuals loitering at the intersection of West 39th and Burroughs streets. Investigators and officers attempted to approach the group when Raheem Williams, 25, ran. After a foot pursuit, officers arrested Williams on the 600 block of West 39th Street and recovered a stolen handgun and illegal drugs,” police say. Williams is a convicted felon. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance (crack), possession of a firearm in committing a crime, possession of marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Continued efforts in the EdgemereSackville neighborhood resulted in the arrest of George Polite, 29. “Investigators observed suspected drug activity along with traffic violations on East 54th Street, prompting an attempted traffic stop of Polite’s rented Dodge pick-up truck. He drove off and stopped at a nearby apartment complex before running away. Polite was captured on the 1800 block of East 38th Street, after a brief foot pursuit.” Officers found a handgun, oxycodone and a large sum of money in his possession,” police report.

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a “non-crime hate incident.” [BBC News, 1-12-2017] • The British Medical Association issued a formal caution to its staff in January not to use the term “expectant mothers” when referring to pregnancy -- because it might offend transgender people. Instead, the Association’s memo (reported by the Daily Telegraph) suggested using “pregnant people.” The BMA acknowledged that a “large majority” of such people are, in fact, “mothers,” but wrote that there may be “intersex” and “trans men” who also could get pregnant. [Daily Telegraph, 1-29-2017]

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Applicants for passports in Switzerland are evaluated in part by neighbors of the applicant, and animal-rights campaigner Nancy Holten, 42, was rejected in January because townspeople view her as obnoxious, with, said a Swiss People’s Party spokesperson, a “big mouth.” Among Holten’s “sins” was her constant criticism of the country’s hallowed fascination with cowbells -- that make, according to Holten, “hundred decibel,” “pneumatic drill”type sounds (though a hit song, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” by the group Blue Oyster Cult, skillfully employed the cowbell -before it was satirized in an epic “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Christopher Walken). [The Independent (London), 1-19-2017]

• In 2001, Questcor Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to make Acthar Gel, a hormone injection to treat a rare form of infantile epilepsy, and gradually raised the price from $40 a vial to $28,000 a vial. The British company Mallinckrodt bought Questcor in 2014 and apparently figured the vials were still too cheap, raising the price to $34,000. However, the Federal Trade Commission noticed that Mallinckrodt also during the latter period bought out -- and closed down -- the only company manufacturing a similar, cheaper version of the product, thus ensuring that Mallinckrodt had totally cornered the market. In January, the FTC announced that Mallinckrodt agreed to a $100 million settlement of the agency’s charge of illegal anti-competitive practices. (“$100 million” is only slightly more than the price of giving one vial to each infant expected to need it in the next year.) [Futurism, 1-18-2017] • Precocious: Girl Scout Charlotte McCourt, 11, of South Orange, New Jersey,

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Least Competent Criminals

Not Ready for Prime Time: A suspect pointing a gun attempted a robbery at a laundromat in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, in February was not immediately identified. (The official reason for not initially identifying him was that, though detained, he had not yet been booked; less likely, perhaps, police might have been trying to spare him embarrassment in that the laundromat’s overnight clerk, a woman named Naou Mor Khantha, had simply taken his gun away from him and shot him three times. He was hospitalized in serious condition.) [Philly.com, 2-3-2017]

Undignified Deaths

• What Goes Around, Comes Around: (1) In January, Jesse Denton, 24, driving a stolen truck, tried to flee police on Interstate 95 near Brunswick, Georgia, but accidentally crashed head-on into another vehicle. Seconds later, Denton was then fatally hit by another motorist as he ran across the highway to escape the crash scene. (2) A 37-year-old Saanich, British Columbia, man did not die but nearly bled out before being heroically rescued following his parking-rage blunder. Angered that another driver had parked too close to his own car, he grabbed a knife and stabbed a tire on the other vehicle with such force that he wound up slashing the main artery in his leg. [Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville), 1-26-2017] [Global News BC, 1-27-2017]

The Passing Parade

(1) Thomas Pinson, 21, was arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, in January and charged with domestic battery for roughing up his mother (even though, presumably lovingly, he had her full name tattooed on his chest). (2) Police arrested a 22-year-old knife-wielding man in a restroom on a train in Dusseldorf, Germany, in January. The man, naked, appeared “quite annoyed” at being hassled, did not have a ticket to ride, and said he was using the knife to shave his genital area because he was not welcome at home. [The Smoking Gun, 1-9-2017] [Associated Press via WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.), 1-10-2017]

A News of the Weird Classic (May 2013)

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massage chairs to ease your stresses; treat yourself for free (donations encouraged). Get your game on Graveface Records and Curiosities’ collection of arcade games, which will all be on-site. Plus, your favorite affordable beer, PBR, will be hosting a game of “Pabst-etball” for 21-and-up attendees (try to sink your PBR can in the basket for a prize). “This is what I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid,” says Walls. “I didn’t have the venue. I’ve really tried to utilize this entire area like a big playground. I’m really influenced by bigger festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella—those things are massive—but this is, on a smaller scale, what I see from those festivals that have the whole experience.” CS

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When: Saturday, February 18, 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Tickets: 1:10 p.m. – Native Sons 2:00 p.m. – Attalus 2:50 p.m. – The Funeral Portrait 3:40 p.m. – Tides of Man 4:30 p.m. – Microwave 5:05 p.m. – Vatican 5:40 p.m. – I Set My Friends On Fire 6:20 p.m. – Me and The Trinity 6:55 p.m. – He Is Legend 7:35 p.m. – The Bunny The Bear 8:10 p.m. – Oh, Sleeper 8:50 p.m. – SycAmour 9:25 p.m. – ZAO 10:25 p.m. – Unearth

MEET THE BANDS Unearth

The band most recently released a hot new single, “Oxygen,” in December 2016.

Formed in 1998, Massachusetts metalcore outfit Unearth got their start supporting the likes of Lamb of God and Slipknot on tour. With frenzied guitar riffs and ripping vocals, the band has garnered quite a following over their five album, elevenyear career.

He Is Legend

With a name borrowed from Richard Matheson’s 1954 science fiction novel I Am Legend, this Wilmington-based five-piece refuses to be confined to one genre, taking inspiration from ‘90s grunge alt-rock and cranking up the BPMs and decibels.

Zao

Greensburg, Pennsylvania’s Zao got their start in the Christian music scene while earning respect in the mainstream hardcore and metal scenes. Drummer Jesse Smith is considered one of the finest percussionists in heavy music, driving the rhythm for their legendarily wild shows.

Unearth.

Oh, Sleeper

Forth Worth-based metalcore band Oh, Sleeper features several familiar faces from the heavy scene, including former members of Terminal, As Cities Burn, Evelynn, and Between the Buried and Me.

I Set My Friends On Fire

Fusing metal, dance-pop, and glitchedout electronics, Miami’s I Set My Friends On Fire hit the ground running when they were signed to Epitaph before their high school graduation. The band took a break this summer and returned with a new single, “My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round


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Zao.

I Set My Friends On Fire.

Conscience,” in early January 2017.

Tides of Man

Tampa’s Tides of Man bring the indie rock to the bill with instrumental musings of the post-rock variety.

Microwave

Fans of emo-influenced indie with a little roughness around its edges will want to check out Atlanta’s Microwave, who recently released an LP on Side One Dummy Records.

SycAmour

alternative rock that’s influenced by Underoath, Panic! At The Disco, and Drake equally—sounds unusual, but it all falls together with theatrical flair and heavy riffs.

The Funeral Portrait

The Bunny The Bear

Artifex Pereo

Matthew Tybor and Chris Hutka’s everevolving electronicore project takes EDM and throws it in a blender with hardcore vocals and heavy synths. They round out their live show with guitarists Alex Matos and Nate Blasdell, bassist John Halstead, and drummer Tommy Vinton.

SycAmour makes an aggressive

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He Is Legend.

Atlanta’s The Funeral Portrait, named a “Need To Know” band by Alternative Press, fuse rock, pop, and metal and interpret it with a theatrical sensibility. Tooth & Nail Records artists Artifex Pereo hail from Louisville, Kentucky and craft experimental rock that’s a blend of post-hardcore, math rock, and melodic alt-rock.

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Survive, bringing an energetic alt-rock sound to A.U.R.A. Fest.

Me and the Trinity

Savannah’s own Me and the Trinity are reuniting just for A.U.R.A. Fest to share their impassioned Southern metalcore sound with the audience.

Vatican

Intense and hypnotically technical, Savannah straightedge hardcore five-piece Vatican just released a split with Sanction, Funerals, and Iron Curtain through Bitter Melody Records in early February. CS

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NEXT WEEK, Savannah will uphold one of its most treasured traditions. The American Traditions Competition returns in 2017 with a crop of talented individuals from across the nation. The rising stars will raise their voices in a variety of musical genres, competing for covetable, life-changing cash prizes and invaluable experience. For 24 years, the Competition has showcased tomorrow’s superstar vocal talents and celebrated classic American music and standards. Born out of Savannah Onstage, a forerunner of the Savannah Music Festival, the American Traditions Competition blossomed into an independent nonprofit ) -tilhomeet (10pinmthe organization N in ig 2011, thriving ht S town of legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer. This year, newcomers, locals, and returning talents descend upon Savannah to sing their hearts out. Jessica Baldwin, Julie Benko, Jessica Ann Best, Melissa Brobeck, Alexis Cole, Grace Field, Katie Dixon, Stephen Dobson, Johnathan Estabrooks, Brian Giebler, Jocelyn Hansen, Gillian Hassert, Katherine Henly, Kisma Jordan, Suzanne Lorge, Sarah Mesko,

Aundi Marie Moore, Christia Nastasi, Brittany Proia, Megan Schubert, Rachel Sparrow, Nikki Switzer, Dara Tucker, Brenda Marie Turner, Erica Everett, Missy Wise, and Jordan Wolfe will all perform. The 27 quarter-finalists kick off the competition on Tuesday, February 21, but the four days of festivities are also filled with inspiring master classes, community outreach programs, and even a concert showcasing the talents of the judges. The quarter-finalists will sing for the best in the business: this year’s esteemed judges’ panel includes Andrew Lippa, Kurt Ollmann, and Sylvia McNair.

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Andrew Lippa is a composer, lyricist, book writer, performer and producer who received a Grammy Award nomination in 2000 for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and a Tony Award nomination for the score of The Adams Family. The Leeds, England native, who currently resides in New York City, penned the music and lyrics for Big Fish, I Am Harvey Milk, The Addams Family, and many more heralded productions. Kurt Ollman, who served on the judge’s panel at the 2016 American Traditions Competition, returns to the panel. The lyric baritone and Savannah resident is best known for his collaborations and associations with American composer Leonard Bernstein. Sylvia McNair is a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer. As one of the leading interpreters of the Great American Songbook, she’s a fitting choice for an American Traditions judge. Lippa looks forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the judges’ panel. “Part of it is not my expertise,” he says. “I don’t work with singers—I work with actors who sing.” With his incredible theatrical resume, Lippa will help vocalists take a deeper approach to their craft, teaching them how to highlight the passion and vulnerability

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of the material they’re working with. “There’s a whole world of opinion in how singers should approach new work—what the responsibility is to the page, what’s different from what the writers imagined,” he says. “There’s an immense amount of rhetoric for written notes and words honored, but also a lot of variation and a whole world of emotion and connectivity.” New board member Mike Zaller of The Savannah Theater (a longtime venue for the competition) looks forward to contributing to a nurturing artistic environment. “It’s not easy to become one of the quarter-finalists,” he points out. “We got over a thousand applications this year—a record. To come to Savannah means you’re obviously very talented.” And that talent is rewarded. The American Traditions first place winner is awarded a $12,000 cash prize. Second place earns $6,000; third, $3,000; $1,200 for fourth and fifth place, and on down to $500 for the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award, Ben Tucker Jazz Award, and Richard Chambless’ People’s Choice Award. “When you talk to past winners, they’ll say, ‘This is allowing me to quit that catering job or whatever I’m doing to pay my rent and made me able to focus in on my craft, do some jobs that aren’t going to pay as well but have the right people to meet or put the right thing on my resume,’” Zaller says. “It really can propel someone toward what they’re trying to do. This is real money that’s going to affect their lives and allow them to go out and pursue their dreams. That’s exciting.” There are many opportunities to catch the heat of the competition this week; grab a seat and start an annual Tradition of your very own. CS

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Austin, Texas’s Taft (not to be confused with Savannah’s own Taft) comes to town with a unique blend of electro-pop and ethereal folk. A versatile artist, Taft is just as comfortable crafting spare vintage-pop ballads with entrancing vocals and gentle fingerpicking on songs like “Wheel” as he is throwing down thick beats and contagious hooks for electro dance bangers like “I Button Up My Shirt.” The unusual mix of textures and vocal stylings creates a genre that’s the bizarre lovechild of Harry Nilsson and David Byrne bathed in sunshine. Local hip-hop trailblazers Valore and Cunabear bring their separate acts together for a shared set. Drinking Bleach, the solo project of Generation Pill’s James Lee, joins the bill, along with Goldie, a new endeavor from musician-about-town James Chapman and friends. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 8 P.M., 22 ALL-AGES

Two years ago, Cray Bags members Josh Sterno and Daniel Lynch created a booking entity, Dad Joke, to bring fresh punk, garage, and noisy weirdo music to the Lowcountry. Since its launch, they’ve hosted weekend festivals, 36 shows, thrown a couple punk rock garage sales, and generally kept Savannah abreast of must-see DIY rock. To celebrate entering their Terrible Twos, Dad Joke’s throwing a free bash at El-Rocko Lounge with some returning must-sees and local favorites. Golden Pelicans were a hit at Punk Mess 2015 for their unabashed, no-frills sound. Drummer Rich Evans is the brains behind cult label Total Punk and the deeply influential Florida’s Dying label, and the band’s live show is not to be missed. Our neighbors from just up the highway, Charleston’s Dumb Doctors, crank out a scuzzy kind of psych-influenced punk. Finishing off the bill is Savannah garage rock band Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks and Dad Joke’s own Cray Bags, who just released an early contestant for Video of the Year, “Sexy Bully.” The song’s from their second-to-last album, Hunks, but the rollerblading moves the band shows off in the home-video style video are the freshest you’ll find. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 9 P.M., FREE, 21+

LOUIE LOUIE, TAZE DAZE @EL-ROCKO LOUNGE

Get ready to shimmy and shake into Saturday at El-Rocko! Philadelphia garage-pop quartet Louie Louie is coming to town with infectious Motown-style melodies, a little humor, honey-drip harmonies, vintage grit, and twinkling reverb. They’re touring in support of their just-released LP Friend of a Stranger, available on Born Losers Records. Louie Louis is joined by Taze Daze, the solo endeavor of Hunter Jayne (Triathalon, Wet Socks). What began as a one-man project has grown into a band featuring Peter Mavrogeorgis, Veronica GarciaMelendez, and Jeff Zagers. Saturday’s show is the full band’s debut. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 10 P.M., FREE, 21+

THE WERKS, FUNK YOU @BARRELHOUSE SOUTH

Jam band favorites The Werks hit Barrelhouse South in anticipation of their newest album, Magic, alongside Augusta favorites Funk You. The band’s fifth studio album fits in perfectly with their critically-acclaimed discography. Garnering fans with their melodic, rhythmic sound and energetic live show, the band boasts deep grooves and organic improvisation. Produced by Joe Viers (Blues Traveler, Twenty One Pilots), the new album was recorded at Sonic Lounge in Grove City, Ohio on the studio’s legendary Amek/ Neve 9098i mixing console, which once recorded the likes of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and more. Experience new favorites like the sunny “Wide Awake,” the funky “Slab,” and many more live and in person before the album drops in early March. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 10 P.M., FREE, 21+

SOUTH INDIES

Our hometown kings of swing are back! Fresh off a string of banner performances— including concerts at the world-famous Iridium in New York City and World Café Live in Philadelphia—gypsy-jazz outfit Velvet Caravan returns to perform at Trinity United Methodist Church. For the in-demand rising stars, Savannah shows are becoming a rarity, but violinist Ricardo Ochoa, bassist Eric Dunn, pianist/accordionist Jared Hall, percussionist Jesse Monkman, and new guitarist Jimmy Grant are treating fans with an intimate show in a space with excellent acoustics. Since founding guitarist Sasha Strunjas departed, several talented musicians have taken over six-string duties. Grant, hailing from Oakland, California, has contributed his skills in addition to Brooklyn’s Tim Clement and Savannah’s own Jackson Evans. With Grant in Savannah, the band is making plans to record the follow-up to their treasured debut LP, Acoustic in Nature. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7:30 P.M., $20, ALL-AGES

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DOPE KNIFE, CLAY HODGES, SOUTH INDIES, LINGUA FRANCA @THE WORMHOLE

Head to The Wormhole on Friday for a prime showcase of Savannah hip-hop. The show is a big welcome-home for Dope KNife, who’s been out on the road promoting his Strange Famous Records debut, NineteenEightyFour. KNife is joined by Savannah’s own Clay Hodges of Aphelion Records, who most recently lit up the stage at Savannah Civic Center as a part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. South Indies is an experimental hip-hop and R&B collaboration featuring B.A.K. (Born A King), co-founder of UCE, and Quice Tha Beast, Co-Director of Spitfire Poetry Group. Combining engaging lyricism with sumptuous textures and innovative beats, the young duo’s garnered a following thanks to the Crafty EP, released this summer. Lingua Franca heads up from Athens to join the bill. A member of Space Dungeon Collective, the “linguistics graduate student by day, lunatic lady rapper by night” fuses confessional writing with social commentary and literary wordplay for her unique spin on classic boom-bap. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 10:30 P.M., $5, 18+

SWEET MEGG & THE WAYFARERS @EL-ROCKO LOUNGE

Start your week with a sweeping journey to the past. The New York City-based hot jazz, blues and swing band Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers combines vintage class and modern cool with an unforgettable and stylish show. Led by vocalist Sweet Megg, who found early influence in the likes of Bessie Smith, Etta James, and Koko Taylor, the group keeps it eclectic through flashes of Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues in their sound. With guitar, bass, saxophone, and Megg’s soulful, classic vocals, the group is sure to melt away your work week blues. Swing dancers welcome! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AND WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 9 P.M., FREE, 21+


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TRIVIA & GAMES

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.

KARAOKE

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.

COMEDY

Totally Awesome Bar Weird Wednesdays Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m.

DJ

Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY 2.16 LIVE MUSIC

Barrelhouse South Vibe & Direct, 10 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Jan Spillane, 6:30 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 Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Eric Britt, 7 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge San Soma, McLeod, 10 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Christy and Butch, 7:30 p.m. The Jinx Joe Buck Yourself, The Gumps, 10 p.m.

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The Come On, Mimi Oz @THE WORMHOLE

Dig the new wave rock sound of The Come On, which finds influence in the garage rock of The Modern Lovers, the geometry of Devo, and raw energy of T. Rex. They’re joined by Toronto’s Mimi Oz. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 9 P.M., 21+ Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Georgia Kyle, 7 p.m. Space Station @Starlandia Taft, Valore, Cunabear, Goldie, Drinking Bleach, 8 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church Swing Into Spring w/ Velvet Caravan, 7:30 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Tubby’s Oyster Jam: Just Groove: Rob Corbett, 6 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright, Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Rachael Shaner, 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. 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.

KARAOKE

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. Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke & Throwback Jams, 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. The Jinx Live DJ, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s DJ Mixx Masta Matao Mediterranean Tavern DJ Kirby Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Carnival Bar Theatre Downtown Delilahs w/ Love Bites Cabaret, 10 p.m. Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe Vinyl Appreciation, 7-10 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Daas Unterground Thursdays, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY 2.17 LIVE MUSIC

B & D Burgers (Congress St.) Christy and Butch, 6 p.m. Barrelhouse South Col. Bruce Hampton, The Mammoths, 10 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Lauren Lapointe, 7 p.m. Bayou Cafe Brett Barnard and the Hitman Band, 10:45 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Laiken Williams, 9 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center The Love & Soul Experience Valentine’s Ball, 7:3010:30 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Precisa, 10 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Dad Joke 2-Year Anniversary, 9 p.m. Fiore Italian Bar and Grill Anne Allman, 6:30 p.m. Flashback Traveling Riverside Band, 9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Cory Chambers Jazz Band, 9 p.m. The Jinx Savannah Sweet Tease presents Written in the Stars, 10 p.m. Jukebox Bar & Grill BBXF, 9 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt

Eckstine, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Ben Lewis and the Kind Dub, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Guns 4 Hire, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Daniel B. Marshall Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Bounty Hunter, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean Ozone To Your Home Tour - Savannah Edition, 7-10 p.m. Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Damon and the Shitkickers, 6 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright Tybee Island Social Club Aaron Paul Zimmer, 8 p.m. The Warehouse Southern Tides, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Thomas Claxton, Bill Hodgson, Lyn Avenue, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Chuck Courtenay, 9:30 p.m. The Wormhole Dope KNife, Clay Hodges, South Indies, Lingua Franca, 10 p.m.

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TRIVIA & GAMES

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

KARAOKE

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.

COMEDY

Foxy Loxy Cafe Comedy Night, 7:30 p.m.

DJ

Club 309 West DJ Zay Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m.

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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 Jason Bible, 7:30 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Ben Keiser, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Luke Lander, 9 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 Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane, 8 p.m. White Rabbit Wobble Wednesdays w/ CLVLND Wild Wing Cafe Brandon Reeves, 5 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 9 p.m.

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El-Rocko Lounge DJ D-Frost Hercules Bar & Grill DJ Little Lucky’s DJ Sweet Treat Melissa Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ C-Rok, 10 p.m. Tree House DJ Phive Star

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Abe’s on Lincoln DJ Doc Ock, 9 p.m. Carnival Bar Theatre Downtown Delilahs w/ Love Bites Cabaret, 10 p.m. Club One Drag Show

SATURDAY 2.18 LIVE MUSIC

17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. Barrelhouse South The Werks, Funk You, 10 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Wood & Steel, 7:30 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Main Street Trio, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Aquaducks, 10 p.m. Doc’s Bar Crazy Chester, 9:30 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Louie Louie, Taze Daze, 10 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Christy Alan Band, 7 p.m. Flashback @Sundown, 9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Bottles & Cans, 9 p.m. The Jinx Savannah Sweet Tease presents Written in the Stars, 10 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Susanna Kennedy, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub The Mercers, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Keith & Ross, 9 p.m. The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. Saddle Bags Michael Ray, 8 p.m. Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Sonic Shockwave, 8 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum A.U.R.A. Fest, 1 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) The Mustard, 6 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright The Warehouse Jonathan Hill, Sweet Potato and the Pies, 2 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay Duo, Jeremy Riddle, Bill Hodgson, Liquid Ginger, 1 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Thomas Claxton, 9:30 p.m. The Wormhole Wormhole Anniversary Party, 9 p.m.

KARAOKE

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

DJ

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

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Carnival Bar Theatre Downtown Delilahs w/ Love Bites Cabaret, 9 & 11 p.m. Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m.

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17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10:30 p.m. Flashback Open Jam, 5 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Cosmo Duo, 7 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt Eckstine, 7 p.m. The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Ruth’s Chris Steak House Mardi Gras Live Music Brunch The Sentient Bean Brandon McCoy and A.M. Rodriguez,

8 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Pipe Organ Concert, 4 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch, 12:30 p.m. Vic’s on The Rmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton, 8 p.m. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church The Masters: Concertmaster and Chorusmaster, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, Irritating Julie, 1 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

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

KARAOKE

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

DJ

Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Exclusives Bar & Grille Open Mic Poetry Night, 7 p.m.

MONDAY 2.20 LIVE MUSIC

Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mic with Craig Tanner and Mr. Williams, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m. Cohen’s Retreat Monday Munchies and Music, 5:30 p.m. The Space Station @Starlandia Rooster, The Come On, A.M. Rodriguez, Coy Campbell, 7 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jonathan Hill, 8 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m., Open Mic, 6 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

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

KARAOKE

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

COMEDY

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

DJ

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

OTHER

Skinny Gallery Upliftment Open Mic, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY 2.21 LIVE MUSIC

Bay Street Blues Ben Keiser Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Jam Night with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Daniel Marshall, 7 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers, -22 Foxy Loxy Cafe City Hotel Solo Sessions featuring Cory Chambers, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ricky Standard, 7 p.m. The Jinx Hip-Hop Night, 11 p.m. Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Rachael Shaner, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Open Mic, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Open Mic Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 5 p.m. The Wormhole Mimi Oz, The Come On, 9 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Coach’s Corner Trivia, 8 p.m. CoCo’s Sunset Grille Trivia, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Trivia, 10 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7:30-10 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Battle of The Sexes Game, 9 p.m. Mellow Mushroom Trivia, 7:30 p.m.


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SOUNDBOARD DIRECTORY 17 Hundred 90 Restaurant 307 E. President St. 912-236-7122 17hundred90.com

Abe’s on Lincoln 17 Lincoln St. 912-349-0525 abesonlincoln.com

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

B & D Burgers (Congress St.) 912-238-8315 912-238-8315 www.bdburgers.net

Barrelhouse South 125 W. Congress St. 912-662-5576 barrelhousesouth.com

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

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

Bayou Cafe 14 N. Abercorn St. 912-233-6411 bayousavannah.com

Billy’s Place at McDonough’s 20 E. Perry St.

Club One 1 Jefferson St.

912-232-0200 clubone-online.com

CO/Savannah Cocktail Company 10 Whitaker Street 912.234.5375 www.eatatco.com/

Coach’s Corner 3016 E. Victory Dr. 912-352-2933 coachs.net

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

coffee deli 4517 Habersham St. Savannah-Midtown

912-352-7818 savannahcoffeedeli.com

Cohen’s Retreat 5715 Skidaway Rd. Congress Street Social Club 411 W. Congress St. 912-238-1985 congressstreetsocialclub.com

Doc’s Bar 10 16th Street Tybee Island 912-786-5506

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

912-231-9049 billysplacesavannah.com

Doubles Nightclub 7100 Abercorn St.

Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina 1611 Habersham St.

Dub’s Pub 225 W. River St.

912-231-2385 blowinsmokesavannah.com

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

Boomy’s 409 W. Congress St. 912-436-6660 boomysbar.com

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

Carnival Bar Theatre 306 West Factors Walk Casimir’s Lounge 700 Drayton St.

912-721-5002 mansiononforsythpark.com

Charles H. Morris Center 10 East Broad St.

912-443-3277 www.charleshmorriscenter.com

The Chromatic Dragon 514 MLK Jr. Blvd. 912-289-0350 chromaticdragon.com

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

Club 309 West 309 W. River St. 912-236-1901 club309west.com

912-352-7100

(912) 200-3652 dubspubriverstreet.com

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

Exclusives Bar & Grille 2003 Greenwood Street 912-695-2116

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

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

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

Five Oaks Taproom 201 W. Bay St. 912-236-4440 fiveoakstaproom.com

Flashback 10010-B Ford Ave. Richmond Hill 912-428-1643

Foxy Loxy Cafe 1919 Bull St. 912-401-0543 foxyloxycafe.com

Hercules Bar & Grill 2500 Dean Forest Rd. 912-966-5790

The Islander 301 Johnny Mercer Blvd. 912-897-6137

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 111 W. Bay St.

Jazz’d Tapas Bar 52 Barnard St.

912-721-4800 ruthschris.com

The Jinx 127 W. Congress St.

912-349-5275 saddlebagssavannah.com/

Jukebox Bar & Grill 3741 US Hwy 17 Ste 500 Richmond Hill

912-786-8304

912-236-7777 www.jazzdsavannah.com

912-236-2281

912-756-6997

Little Lucky’s 6 Gateway Blvd. E. 912-925-1119

Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill 417 East River St. 912-341-8897

McDonough’s 21 E. McDonough St.

912-233-6136 mcdonoughssavannah.com

Mediterranean Tavern 125 Foxfield Way Pooler 912-988-1052

Mellow Mushroom 11 W. Liberty St. 912-495-0705 mellowmushroom.com

Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina 2518 Hwy 17 Richmond Hill 912-459-6357 melscoastalcafe.com

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub 311 W. Congress St. 912-239-9600 macphersonspub.com

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) 110 Towne Center Dr. 912-348-3200 macphersonspub.com

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) 3742 US-17 Richmond Hill The Olde Pink House 23 Abercorn St. 912-232-4286 www.plantersinnsavannah.com

Pour Larry’s 206 W. St. Julian St. 912-232-5778

Saddle Bags 317 West River St.

912-201-8277 savannahtaphouse.com

Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill 65 Fairmont Ave. SEED Eco Lounge 39 Montgomery St. 912-349-5100

The Sentient Bean 13 E. Park Ave. 912-232-4447 sentientbean.com

Ships of The Sea Museum 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 912-232-1511 www.shipsofthesea.org

Rusty Rudders Tap House 303 W. River St. 912-944-6302

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Sunny’s Lounge 5630 Ogeechee Rd.

2016 -17 SEASON The Masters: CHAMBER SERIES Concertmaster & Chorusmaster

(912) 598-7242 www.stpeterssavannah.org

912-234-6628

Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill 11215 Abercorn St. 912-921-2269

Tijuana Flats 1800 E. Victory Dr. 912-344-9111 tijuanaflats.com

Totally Awesome Bar 107 B Whitaker St. 912-495-5945

Tree House 309 W. St. Julian St.

912-239-0095 treehousesavannah.com

Trinity UMC 225 West President St

912-354-9040 www.liveoakstore.com/ tubbysthunderbolt

912-292-1656 ranchoalegrecuban.com

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Skinny Gallery 905 Abercorn Street St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 3 West Ridge Road Skidaway Island

The Rail Pub 405 W. Congress St. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant 402 MLK Jr. Blvd.

MUSIC!

Savannah Taphouse 125 E. Broughton St.

912-233-4766 www.trinitychurch1848.org/

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The Sandbar 1512 Butler Ave. Tybee Island

Rachael’s 1190 1190 King George Blvd. Savannah-Southside 912-920-7772 rachaels1190.com

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Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) 2909 River Dr.

Tybee Island Social Club 1311 Butler Ave. Tybee Island 912-472-4044 tybeeislandsocialclub.com

Vic’s on The River 26 E. Bay St. 912-721-1000 vicsontheriver.com

The Warehouse 18 E. River St.

912-234-6003 thewarehousebarandgrille.com

Sunday, February 19, 2017 I 5pm I $25 Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church In an evening like no other, the Savannah Philharmonic is proud to present The Masters, as Concertmaster Sinisa Ciric and Chorusmaster Dr. Monica Harper join forces to perform dazzling works for violin and organ. Sinisa Ciric, violin; Dr. Monica Harper, organ Savannah Orchestral Music Fund

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CULTURE VISUAL ARTS

Observers explore Carlor Cruz-Diez’s “Chroma,” a room-sized installation at SCAD Museum of Art.

The (Color) Theory of Everything

SCAD’s deFINE ART welcomes pioneer Carlos Cruz-Diez and more BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS

jll@connectsavannah.com

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MANY ARTISTS use color as a vehicle for expression, picking shades from the infinite palette and juxtaposing hues for aesthetic effect. But legendary Venezuelan designer Carlos Cruz-Diez has spent more than 50 years delving into the subjective nature of color itself—and how its perception is far from static. One of the major players in the Kinetic and Op (short for “Operational”) art movements of the 1960s, Cruz-Diez is best known for combining moving parts with patterns and tones that change with the perspective of the viewer, often employ26 ing a moiré effect to pose the question of

whether art even needs an object to exist. “We have made color a certainty over the centuries, but it isn’t,” he explained in an interview last year at his studio in Panama. “Color is just a circumstance created instantaneously before our eyes.” He has worked in Paris since 1960 and his installations are represented in museums and galleries around the world, though like his work, he never stays fixed in place or one medium. In 2014, he collaborated with designer Oscar Carvallo for a collection for Paris Fashion Week, and at 93, he continues to deliver talks about his work. Considered one of the most influential color theorists in modern times, CruzDiez brings a series of brilliant new works to Savannah next week as the honoree of SCAD’s deFINE ART. The annual expo of exhibitions, lectures

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian reveals the beauty of geometry in her mirrored mosaics.

and events takes place simultaneously Feb. 21-24 at SCAD’s Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong campuses, each year offering a new, hyper-relevant permutation of established and emerging artists. Savannah’s venues invite the public to experience several forms of media for free around the city,

from Cruz-Diez’s room-sized “Chroma” installations at the SCAD Museum of Art to the group show “Oversaturated” at Alexander Hall. SCAD MOA kicks off deFINE ART with a bang as percussionist and feminist activist Kiran Gandhi steps to the stage Tuesday


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Multimedia artist Hernan Bas captures the gorgeous colors and “nihilistic romanticism” of his native Florida.

Percussionist Madame Gandhi loops feminist activism and sick beats.

Street’s Alexander Hall. “Oversaturated” circles back to honoree Carlos Cruz-Diez, showcasing work by SCAD alumni, faculty and students inspired by the luminary’s half centurylong inquiry into the ephemeral quality of color. Curated by Ben Tollefson and featuring photographs by Matt Slade, abstract paintings by Daniela Martin, fiber works by Emma Balder, whimsical assemblages by Laila Kouri and many more, “Oversaturated” perpetuates the power of color as a way to address political issues and give voice to emotions. The multi-faceted exploration proves that as much as hue helps define artistic structure, it can also render that structure unnecessary altogether. As the great Cruz-Diez himself once said, “Color is an autonomous event that does not require form.” CS

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When: Feb 21-24 Where: Various locations Info: scad.edu/defineart2017

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evening, Feb. 21. While her audacious act of running the London marathon while on her period made headlines in 2015, she is best known as Madame Gandhi, the former drummer for M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation. The electronica powerhouse will speak about her work in the music industry as well as how she merges her passion for feminism with real-world applications (she has a degree in math and an M.B.A. from Harvard!) and will follow her talk with the live debut of killer new tunes. Cultural commentator Hank Willis Thomas will deliver a lecture at the museum on Wednesday, Feb. 22 on the context of art in activism, focusing on his installations “Freedom Isn’t Always Beautiful” and “Blind Memory,” constructed specifically for SCAD MOA. Also on Wednesday, artists Tracey Riese, Richard Birkett, Daniel McClean and Joseph del Pesco discuss the challenges and privileges of making art in contemporary times on the panel “Creating for Whom?” Texting has become a primary form of contemporary communication, and the composition of letters and language receives interpretive treatment from visual artists Alex Gingrow, Robin Miller and Todd Schroeder in the group show “Take Note” at the Gutstein Gallery. From Gingrow’s wild appropriation of a desk calendar to Miller’s irreverent rearrangement of library Dewey Decimal cards to Schroeder’s textural explorations of a single phrase, “Take Note” turns the meaning of language inside out— clarified by the artists themselves at a midday talk on Thursday, Feb. 23. Along with solo shows by mosaic artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, whose geometrical mirrors evoke the sociopolitical upheaval of her ancestral Persia, and the colorful, campy work of native Floridian Hernan Bas, deFINE ART hosts another significant group exhibition at Indian

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CULTURE SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL

Jay McInerney’s Bright Star

Manhattan’s resident novelist shows no signs of burn out you thought. If you want to stay in Manhattan and have a second bathroom and a decent education for your kids, you find that it does. In the book, Corrine says that money can’t buy happiness, but also that she hadn’t considered the many forms of unhappiness that it can stave off.

BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS

jessica@connectsavannah.com

WHEN literary wunderkind Jay McInerney shot to the top of the bestseller list in 1985 with his second-person, drug-showered debut novel Bright Lights, Big City, there seemed a decent chance that he’d live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse. Instead, the wild man who once snorted coke with Hunter S. Thompson in the bathroom of the New York Public Library has managed to keep himself between the lines, producing nine more criticallyacclaimed novels and short story collections over the last three decades as well as several books on wine. He’ll discuss his latest, Bright, Precious Days, at the Savannah Book Festival on Saturday, February 17. The final installment in a trilogy that began with Brightness Falls and The Good Life, Bright, Precious Days catches readers up with the Calloways, the couple whose promising New York story now straddles between tentative success and nostalgia for the good old days. (One character reflects woefully that “we didn’t know it was the eighties at the time. No one told us until about 1987, and by then it was almost over.”) Leading the charge of 80s pop-lit along with bookish Brat Pack peers Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz (who will also be at the festival reading from her new book, Scream,) McInerney was once as famous for his party game as his storytelling skills. But like his characters, the craziest of those days (and nights) are behind him. Now in his 60s, New York’s resident commentator of the “cultured class” seems to have settled into the role of bemused elder statesman, though he can still be lured out for an occasional night on the town. He splits his time between his beloved Manhattan and the Hamptons with his fourth wife, publishing heiress Anne Hearst. After a couple of muffled iPhone attempts, McInerney readily gave over his home number in order to chat more clearly about President Trump-era New York, his wine writing side hustle and the wonder of middle age.

Jay McInerney PHOTO BY MICHAEL LIONSTAR

Each book is set against the panorama of Manhattan but also a historical event—in this case, the imminent financial meltdown of the last decade. I know this is a trilogy, but is there a possibility we’ll follow the Calloways through post-Trump New York?

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[laughs] I’m increasingly thinking so! When I finished this book, I did think it was the couple struggling with status, money end. One thing I don’t want to do is follow and well, just being married. How have them into the nursing home! I started out they changed over the arc of their story? with this idea of this young, glamorous couple, and when I wrote Brightness Falls I They’ve changed an awful lot. When we never thought I’d be writing about as they meet them in the first book, they’re young turned 50 and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to and everything about their lives is full of write about them turning 80! promise, anything seems possible, that’s But it seems to me that my own interest the dream for New York. They’re almost in these characters and the reception this pioneers among their set—most of their time is such that it’s clear that a lot of people friends are still single, and they’re kind of would like to read about them again. I really the golden couple of their group—they’re feel like with what’s happening in New York good looking, they’re smart, they have and the country right now there’s an opporpromising careers. tunity for another one. I guess that would As time goes on, of course, the choices make it a tetralogy instead of trilogy. that we make kind of circumscribe our lives, and life narrows down from a set of infinite How’s New York been the last few possibilities to a finished equation. In many months? ways the Calloways are a fairly successful couple: they stick to their dreams, Russell Well, ever since the election there’s been a keeps his ideals as a man of letters. real sense of anger and depression. If I’m Corrine goes through various careers, not mistaken, 83 percent of Manhattanites they have two kids.But inevitably there are voted for Hillary Clinton, which leaves 17 a lot of disappointments and a lot of dreams percent for our supposed-native son. And the left by the wayside. They’re a little bit chaspeople I write about—which is to say the cultened by some of their experiences. On the tural classes in New York—are 100 percent in other hand, their marriage has survived and the camp who were horrified by the election. they’ve maintained a foothold in ManhatThere has been a sense of shellshock here not tan, if a somewhat precarious one. unlike—I hate to say it—what it felt like in the I’m impressed that you still have a days after September 11. landline! It might be the only thing that They’d be considered wildly successful I have a lot of Republican friends, the saves us in the coming apocalypse. by most, yet they still don’t quite stand majority of whom come from the financial shoulder to shoulder with their peers. industry or are my wife’s old friends, and we McInerney: Yeah, well, sometimes cell used to kid each other about the elections. phone technology isn’t that great! I’m defi- Yes. When you’re young, it’s really easy to Now it’s gotten contentious in a way that I’ve nitely going to keep it. have your ideals and think money doesn’t never seen before. It’s a very fraught time. matter. When you’re approaching 50 years Let’s start with the new book. Bright, old and you live in the most expensive city You bent towards the social jusPrecious Days is the last about Corrine in the country, you can’t help realizing that tice movement and activism in your 28 and Russell Calloway, a Manhattan money matters perhaps a little more than younger years. How do you focus those

energies into the world these days? I certainly took a role in the elections this year, in the local level as well as the national level. I organized and wrote checks and will continue to do so. I think at some point, the opposition is going to get its act together and figure out constructive ways to move forward. Does that mean you didn’t march in a pink pussyhat? [laughs] I was actually on the West Coast in meetings that day. But I’m proud to say that my daughter did! You, Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz—who’s also going to be at the Savannah Book Festival—defined contemporary literature in the 80s. Do you still keep in touch with the Brat Pack? I haven’t been in touch with Tama in years, though I used to see her here and there. I reviewed her second book for the New York Times and I admire her writing. But we weren’t really actually any kind of movement—this whole “Brat Pack” idea was kind of manufactured by the press. On the other hand, I’ve always been close with Bret, in fact I just had lunch with him last week in Los Angeles. We stay in touch. Tama just was not particularly in our circle despite the notion of the brat group. Does that mean we won’t see y’all tossing back shots at the Original this weekend? Well you never know! Though I am coming with my wife so I’ll be more subdued than I would be on my own. What does she think of your younger reputation? We actually met at a nightclub in 1986 at about 2 in the morning. Somebody brought her over to our table at MK and there was definitely a spark between us, but I was with somebody else. We remained friends, and when I broke up with Marla Hanson in the 90s, she was one of the first people I called. She said, “Oh damn, I just got engaged.” So we went back and forth for quite a while. But she’d seen me in my late night environment and I think she’s fine with it. Your fans probably assume you’d be an expert in other hedonistic substances, but you’re a renowned voice in the oenophile world. How did you come to


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dedicate so much writing to wine? Wine is a great subject. Unlike stamp collecting or orchid breeding, it does have this sensual hedonistic kick to it, and it was a way of intellectualizing my hedonism [laughs]. You can approach from so many points of view. It’s aesthetic, it’s historical, it’s geological, meteorological ... There’s only so much you can learn from vodka and cocaine before they take you too far—or too deep. What are you writing now, and what are you reading? I’m working on a new novel, which I don’t want to talk about because it’s too soon. Reading, let’s see ... I just picked up Ian McEwan’s new book, haven’t started it yet. I recently read The Nix by Nathan Hill,

which I liked a lot. And Manhattan’s Babe is a wonderful book by my friend Frederic Beigbeder about J.D. Salinger’s romance with Oona O’Neill, who eventually married Charlie Chaplin. So, middle age, though. Did you think you’d make it this far? All my literary heroes died before they were 39 or 40 or something. When you’re in your 20s, it’s hard to imagine life much beyond that. I’m so glad I didn’t die young like Dylan Thomas or F. Scott Fitzgerald. I certainly lived a somewhat dangerous life for a while. Sometimes I’m surprised to find myself here but I’m very glad I am! It’s very satisfying to have had all of that experience and now have the perspective, and—I like to think—a little wisdom. CS

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Seinfeldia: A book about a show about nothing Jennifer Keishin Armstrong on the continuing impact of Seinfeld younger, beautiful people in New York, just hanging out and being cute and funny. But though the concept is basically the same, you couldn’t take more different paths with the two shows. It’s like Coke and Pepsi, or the Beatles and the Stones. That dichotomy really says something about your identity depending on which one you watched in the ‘90s. I like both!

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FORMER Entertainment Weekly writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s enthusiasm for the show Seinfeld can’t be curbed. She can barely remain master of her domain. She finds Seinfeld to be nearly spongeworthy, and wrote a whole book about it and its cultural influence. It’s gold, Jerry! Gold! She appears at the Savannah Book Festival to talk about her book Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything. We spoke to her last week. There’s a lot of sociopolitical commentary in studying Seinfeld. So much material probably couldn’t be broadcast today. Everybody laughed their asses off at the Soup Nazi at the time, but today it’s considered problematic. Armstrong: That was part of what the show did, they tested boundaries. We really got a taste of that later, with Curb Your Enthusiasm, also of course written by Larry David. A lot of those jokes were intended to show what it meant to be a liberal New Yorker in the ’90s. A lot of jokes are about liberal guilt and confusion, things like that. For example, there’s the episode where Elaine dates a guy she thinks is black. And the whole episode is basically her trying to subtly figure out if he’s black. At one point he refers to them as an interracial couple, and she gets really excited, but it turns out that’s because he thought she was Latina. So they’re both bummed. They’re like, oh, this was way more exciting when we thought we were an interracial couple. Again, it’s the idea of what liberal New Yorkers struggle with.

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Well, the other part of this is if you watch almost any show that’s 20 years old you’ll see stuff that will make you cringe. I’ve been rewatching Friends, and a lot of things they say are not how we’d say it now. Even with the super progressive shows occasionally you’ll see stuff like that.

Seinfeld is so much darker in tone, almost nihilistic at times. That’s all Larry David, right? I don’t get the sense that it comes from Jerry at all.

The obligatory question: What’s your favorite episode? Sorry. A different day sees me saying different things. Today I’m going to go with “Spongeworthy.” Mainly because that’s an Elaine episode, and I love me some Elaine. Not only is Elaine a great character, but I believe Julia Louis-Dreyfus is our greatest working comedic actor. And like a lot of Elaine episodes, she gets to be sort of progressive, in ways that weren’t commonplace at that time. CS

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Not to overdo the Beatles analogies, but Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld had a sort of Lennon and McCartney relationship. They complimented each other in the right way, in a way that’s very magical. And they balanced each other. Jerry Jennifer Keishin Armstrong was sort of anchored in reality, and cut into Larry’s nihilism with his own obserSome episodes hold up well, like, “Not vational humor. Before Seinfeld we didn’t that there’s anything wrong with that.” know a sitcom could have that darkness. What I find really interesting is how Yeah, you watch that one, and it still plays many Seinfeld episodes there are about getOK. That joke is about liberals wanting ting stuck in places and not being able to to seem enlightened, but still having this get out. They’re stuck at the Chinese resweird ingrained reaction to being mistaurant, they’re stuck in a parking garage. taken for being gay. Sort of in Purgatory a lot of the time. One episode that really struck me as being ahead of its time is the episode where That’s the last scene of the last episode. Elaine doesn’t want to order pizza from a Them in Purgatory together, forever. place when she finds out the owner is antiabortion, he’s pro-life. Yes, another form of Purgatory. They’re In the ‘90s people didn’t talk about always stuck in enclosed places not knowcorporations and corporate beliefs like ing how to escape. we do now, literally every day. These days we boycott somebody every day because I think Seinfeld’s precursors were the of their political beliefs. We’ve sort of two great Fox shows from the ‘80s: The reached critical mass with that now. So Simpsons and Married With Children. that episode is another one way ahead of The first really popular shows with no the curve. likeable characters whatsoever.

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You beat me to mentioning Friends. I was taken aback by the huge resurgence in that show’s popularity when Netflix released it in 2015. Millennials especially really love Friends and seem to prefer it to Seinfeld.

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Oh, that rivalry is a huge thing. And they were aware of it then! They had a rivalry very much like a sibling rivalry. Friends people felt like Seinfeld was sort of the older brother who got away with whatever they want. The Friends people were like, we can’t even show a condom wrapper, but Seinfeld gets to do a whole episode about masturbation! And the Seinfeld people were resentful of Friends I think because they were just

I totally agree. I was just thinking about Married With Children as we were talking. Those shows made a huge contribution and were such a mass hit. People have questioned me about why I stand by this idea that these shows ushered in the era we’re in now, this Golden Age of TV drama – where there are no likable characters to be found! It’s very difficult to find a traditional classic show anymore. For example, in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary has to be this super sweet likeable person at the center of everything. But I believe both those shows – The Simpsons and Married With Children — both shows got us ready for the idea of Tony Soprano.

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DEFINE ART STUDENT SHOWCASE AND OVERSATURATED — This year will feature jury selected works from painting, printmaking and photography on the second floor and “Oversaturated”, curated by Ben Tollefson, on the first floor. Feb. 20-24. Alexander Hall Gallery, 668 Indian St. FREEDOM ISN’T ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL — By Hank Willis Thomas. A deFINE ART event in conjunction with the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Tue., Feb. 21, 6 p.m. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. THE STORYTELLER RETURNS: PRINTS BY ELMER RAMOS — The work in this show is process driven, and equal parts monoprint, screenprint, drawing, and collage. Consisting of shapes that bridge the divide between representational and nonrepresentational—a distinction unique to each viewer—to form a concise yet ambiguous narrative. Feb. 15-March 26. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. WUNDERCAMERA: SAVANNAH — Exploring the often funny, strange, and intimate relationships between audiences and art, the works in Wundercamera: Savannah focus on different aspects of museum and gallery culture, all interpreted through the lenses of contemporary photographers. By presenting museum spaces as artistic subjects in their own right, Wundercamera: Savannah urges individuals to see these spaces with new eyes, morphing visitors into part of the art, and capturing that transformative moment when art and viewer intersect. Feb. 17-May 14. Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

CONTINUING EXHIBITS ABRAHAM BROWN — Abraham Brown’s work is an assemblage of different media and subject matter. Through March 1. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. ABSTRACT MEETS REAL — Come experience the diametrically opposed styles battling to achieve the message. Through March 5. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. ALT-AI — Exhibition that 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. Through March 26. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

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ARTCADE — Featured works include London-based 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 a cooperative game designed in SCAD’s Physical Computing class. Through March 26. Jepson Center, 207 West York St. FACE TO FACE: AMERICAN PORTRAITS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION — Spanning the period from the American Revolution to World War II, the paintings in this exhibition demonstrate the broad range of American portraiture found in Telfair’s permanent collection. Through May 1. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. LOW COUNTRY CALLINGS: GOIN’ WITH THE FLOW — This exhibition of large-format acrylics by Carol Lasell Miller comprises a narrative of Savannah’s maritime community in portraiture. Through April 2. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 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. NEW BEGINNING YOUTH EXHIBIT — Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated, is a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans. Over 200 entries were received 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”. Through Feb. 24. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.

OBJECTIFIED: STILL LIFES FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION — Objectified considers the traditional genre of still life as represented in the works of Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. PAGE RIPPERS — Published in 1939, “The Damned Don’t Cry” by Harry Hervey made Savannah the scene of a best seller that electrified the city. 19 local artists “illustrate” a page ripped from this beloved potboiler. All 12” x16” work is displayed next to the “ripped” page. Page number is the artwork title. This is a juried show and silent auction. Through Feb. 19. Location Gallery, 417 Whitaker St. RE-EMBODIED: FROM INFORMATION TO SCULPTURE — Featuring Heather DeweyHagborg’s unnerving portrait sculptures based on DNA information. Courtney Brown and Sharif Razzaque’s “RAWR! A Study in Sonic Skulls” builds upon scans of a hadrosaur to allow participants to recreate the sounds of an extinct creature. Jepson Center, 207 West York St. RECONSTRUCTING THE NARRATIVE: ILLUMINATING SAVANNAH’S CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY — Using archival and historical photographs from the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah preserved in the W. W. Law Collection, Trice Megginson rephotographed the original, depicted locations. The historical images are then physically pinned onto the contemporary views. Through July 31. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. 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. WHAT IS YOUR AMERICA? — Sulfur Studios asked artists, “Just what is your America and where is your place within it?” Is your America a place for all? What are your hopes and fears for the future of your America? How is your America perceived locally, nationally and globally? Through Feb. 19. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.

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Beauty&The Beast

South Carolina Ballet presents original production of a beloved story BY ANNA CHANDLER

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THIS WEEKEND, Savannahians of all ages can step into a tale as old as time. South Carolina Ballet is bringing back its production of Beauty & The Beast with more dazzle and grace than ever before. Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett originally created the company’s unique take on the classic story in 1992. “It was our biggest seller of all time,” he remembers. “We completely sold out three performances and had to add an additional performance—and an additional 1,200 people came to that!” Ten years have passed since the Ballet last performed Beauty & The Beast. With a new Disney film adaptation coming to theaters in March, Starrett decided it was a perfect time to bring back South Carolina Ballet’s celebrated show. Disney’s 1991 animated feature may be the most popular telling of the tale, but Belle and Beast’s love story goes all the way back to 1740 when French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve published her fairy tale. While writing his adaptation, Starrett journeyed all the way back to the early work and learned about its origins. “The only principle difference between Disney and the original story is when the Beast is put under the evil spell, the court did not turn into candlesticks and clocks that sang and danced,” he says. “The court was put under a spell, and there were whispers, mists, vapors, and fog, trying to send messages to whoever came near the castle to help them understand the spell that they were under and try to get the world to know that the Beast wasn’t really horrible, he was a kind person underneath with virtues. It was their job to lure people to the castle to discover the good parts of the prince, and if they fell in love with him, the spell would be broken.” Starrett was inspired by the

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details and variations of the original text, and the “vapors” in particular became a crucial, eerily beautiful element in South Carolina Ballet’s production. “The dancers take on the spirit of fog or mist,” he explains. “It makes you think: How do you choreograph for fog? Really, the biggest challenge is there’s no ballet written for Beauty & The Beast—I had to make it up.” For three years, Starrett researched music that would help the story unfold through score and choreography. “The music has a texture and feeling that’s different and dramatic,” he says. “The music has to speak to me about what’s being told in the story. Mapping out the music that’s the language of the story is the most challenging part. Once you have that, through the steps and acting, you help the audience see the story without talking. You want it to be especially clear for children and for everyone. The story unfolds really easily and enjoyably.” Regina Willoughby, a member of South Carolina Ballet since 1997, stars in the leading role as the beautiful, intelligent Belle. In the original text, Belle is the eldest of six children. Their father, a widower, was

Regina Willoughby stars as belle. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BALLET

once a wealthy merchant, but lost his wealth in a tempest at sea, forcing the family to live in a farmhouse and adapt to a very different lifestyle. Belle is the maternal sibling, a kind, protective, and selfsacrificing young woman. Starrett sees a lot of similarities in Willoughby, a mother of two. “Regina really is a lot like that in real life,” he says. “And she’s extremely beautiful! It was a natural role—she’s a true beauty, inside and out.” Bo Busby, a Columbia native, takes on the role of the Beast.

“He’s been a soloist with the Boston Ballet, but he’s returned home and is dancing with the company full-time,” Starrett shares. “He’s perfect for the part—very kind, extraordinarily tall, he’s 6’4”—he’s a perfect Beast!” Above all, the Company looks forward to sharing a timeless tale with a strong, impacting message. “To me, Beauty & The Beast is the current fairy tale of today’s generation,” Starrett says. “Everyone knows Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, but somehow, Beauty & The Beast speaks to children today with a great message of, ‘Do not judge a book by its cover’ and ‘Beauty is much deeper than skin-deep.’ I just think in general, we need to remember how a good heart is—why it’s truly beautiful.” Historically, the Ballet’s Beauty & The Beast dates sell out quickly, so Starrett encourages audiences to purchase their tickets in advance. The Civic Center performance kicks off at 5:30 so everyone can attend. “We want to invite everyone to be our guest!” he says with a laugh. CS

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LET’S be honest: For most of us, Tybee only exists a few months out of the year, and most of the time we go straight from our cars to the beach and back to our cars. We pass by all of the local establishments that leave us even more removed and detached from the island’s reality. I love the fact that we have a beach, and that with a 30-minute trip down Victory, we can feel the breeze on our faces and have our toes in the sand. But aside from an ice cream shack, with my limited perspective I felt as if Tybee was an island full of corporate hotels and seasonal restaurants. Which isn’t necessarily false, just not the whole truth. However, there is much more that Tybee has to offer. You just have to know where to look. Which is part of the excitement for someone like me who enjoys finding hidden gems in odd places. Those who are local to Savannah, especially people who live downtown, often get boxed into the limitations of the famous squares we are surrounded by. When we do that we let those who push the papers to decide what we consider to be our culture.

The politics of our city has created an environment that primarily caters to the tourist, which is where the old money happens to be. So for locals who are thirsty for something else, this creates a need for us to start looking outside of the box (squares) for the solution. I’ve been finding so much inspiration and meeting so many dedicated people in the boroughs surrounding Savannah lately than I have within our own city limits. Pooler has shown up in a big way recently, which gives me hope for what we could potentially see in the future of our food industry. Tybee happened to be the first place that popped up in my head. Don’t get me wrong, Tybee has a few spots that are true and local to the area, and that deserve recognition. I do plan on getting to all of those places, don’t worry. But I did want to acknowledge the lack of attention and intention given to this island; an island that provides us locals so much life and freedom in the summertime. Once I took the time to research the island and decide where I was going, I wanted to pick a spot that was different. A place that wasn’t like anything else I had written about in the past, and something that could represent Tybee. Life is serendipitous, and when we found out the restaurant we originally selected was under renovations for January and

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them, it was honestly the first time I felt like I tasted Savannah. A sweet take on a traditional dish really allowed me to understand the dynamic in that kitchen, and why they are who they are. I love eating food cooked by people who actually understand the complexity of food. Bravo to whoever put together my food; it truly was an experience. Their take on fresh fish is something unique to them and to Tybee. Paired with their out of the box cocktails and charming environment, this should be a place you consider the next time you think about having an intimate evening with someone special. Keep Tybee in your thoughts too, because they have some culture and food over there we sometimes forget. Let’s keep stirring that pot, people. CS


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to costumer’s doors. That said, four years ago Bashlor started Polk’s On the Go (OTG) as an extension to his family’s Pooler shop. With an extensive delivery area that covers Pooler, Savannah, Port Wentworth, Rincon, Richmond Hill, Bloomingdale, Guyton and Wilmington Island, Bashlor found a way to provide fresh and local products to a vast population. The distinguishing feature setting Polk’s OTG apart from other similar delivery services is a predetermined list of weekly products. “I want my customers to know what they are getting ahead of time, with the option to customize and the freedom to order at their convenience.” Based on what is in season, he sends out a list of the box’s tentative contents via email and displays it on the website. That way, customers can have an idea of what will be delivered.

Top: Polk’s On the Go delivers wholesome ingredients sourced from local farmers and artisans. Left: Barry Bashlor, Polk’s On the Go owner, personally selects produce and local goods, packages each box by hand and delivers them with a smiling face.

As far as the products go, Bashlor personally visits local farmer’s markets and farms to select in-season produce. “I have to get my eyes on everything.” He also spends quite a bit of time searching for small local businesses that specialize in specific scratch-made products. Some of those producers include Studier’s wildflower honey from Guyton, Hunter Cattle Company’s meat from Brooklet and Dutch Kettle’s blackberry jam from

Hamptonville, North Carolina. Bashlor aims to stay as local as possible but also sources as far as Florida for different citrus varieties. After the weekly list of produce and specialized goods is developed, Bashlor heads over to the farms before dawn every Wednesday. Once all the produce is gathered, he personally builds each box per the customer’s preferences. “I give each one a certain amount of care.” Then, like clockwork, every Thursday,

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IT IS unfortunate that we, as a culture, have become too busy for simple errands, like running to the grocery store on a weeknight. Even those who appreciate the beauty of food often skip over the opportunity to peruse the farmer’s market for seasonal vegetables and then drive over to the butcher shop to select a fresh cut of meat. Who has time for that? Our jobs have become the priority, leaving us exhausted by the end of the day. Regrettably, as a result, home-cooked family meals have taken a back seat to fast food or, if you’re health-conscious, rotisserie chicken and bagged lettuce. Then there is the issue of cost. While communities want to partake in the farm to table movement, prices at some restaurants and organic grocery stores can seem unapproachable for the average person. Food delivery services have capitalized on these predicaments, providing their customers with the ideal option; affordable farm-fresh ingredients, delivered to their door, thus eliminating the chore of grocery shopping. Frankly, the only shopping consumers have to do is online, where, to be honest, they spend a majority of their free time anyways (myself included). Polk’s On The Go (OTG) is a Poolerbased delivery service that partners with Southern suppliers to provide its patrons with local products at practical prices. Living by the slogan, “From our store to your door,” Polk’s OTG personally delivers wholesome ingredients sourced from local farmers and artisans. Most Savannahians may be familiar with Polk’s Produce and Plants that was established by Hezekiah Polk in Savannah over 70 years ago. Over time Polk’s store moved from City Market to various locations in the Savannah and Richmond Hill area. However, five years ago, Polk’s Plus opened in Pooler. While this store still has local high-quality produce, plants, and goods, the move to Pooler was an adjustment. This was truly the first time the Polk family did not have a shop in Savannah. Given that the Polk’s valued their Savannah customer base, Hezekiah’s grandson, Barry Bashlor, chose to modernize his grandfather’s business by offering a customized local goods box delivered directly

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Bashlor delivers each and every box to homes, businesses and even schools. While some days Bashlor may only deliver 50 boxes, other days he may have 100! To promote efficiency, Bashlor offers a 20 percent discount to co-op groups of 5 or more people. Either way, Bashlor runs the same route daily, starting early in the morning. How does it work? The first thing to understand, as a buyer, is that there are no contracts or obligations. Shoppers must first go to the website www.polksgo.com and click the button that says Place Your Order Here. Then they will be asked to provide personal information like their name, address, and phone number. After that, they will be given a list of produce available for that week. They have an option to select produce items that they want and/or don’t want from this list. Polk’s OTG offers two box sizes; a 10+ pound box of produce for $25 and a 5-pound box for $15. Customers are then provided with a list of “additional produce add-ons” for an extra charge. These include items like butternut squash ($5), shelled pecans ($15) or citrus ($5). Bashlor also provides select meat, like bacon and sausage links, as well as dairy,

like Amish roll butter and pastured eggs, for an extra cost. Additionally, patrons can select hand-made goods from a list that includes, but is not limited to, Big Boy Locomotive Cane Syrup ($12), Chicharrones ($5) and Gottlieb’s Fresh Baked Wheat Bread ($6). Bashlor even caters to dog-lovers with Munchies by Moe Joe Dog Treats for only $5 as an option. My personal experience with Bashlor and Polk’s OTG was spectacular! He delivered my box, as well as my co-worker’s, bright and early on Thursday morning, directly to our workplace. Bashlor’s friendly demeanor and enthusiasm sealed the deal. Each box had a printed label indicating our name and “add-ons”. The contents of the boxes were neatly arranged and clearly packaged with care. It is impressive that Bashlor packs each box himself, revealing his dedication and passion for this family business. As far as the future is concerned, Bashlor hopes to “run a couple of vehicles to cover the South Carolina area. I would like to grow into offering more products each week, along with more coverage.” But for now, if you are in a good-food mood, but can’t find the time to purchase healthy eats, let Polk’s OTG cater to your needs. CS

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thirty. Many of these breweries are local, most are located here in Georgia but there are some national favorites thrown in. Expect to see all four of the Savannah breweries represented as well as a number of regional breweries. If beer isn’t your thing there are a few cider breweries as well. Food vendors will be available and live music will be playing on the esplanade by the river. A portion of all proceeds will go towards The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild so by running and drinking you’ll be helping the Guild create a better beer environment throughout Georgia. Grey puts it this way: “We are proud to support the Georgia Brewers Guild in their efforts to expand the brewing industry in Georgia. Since our event features local brewers in each state, our first call when looking for a charity partner was to the Guild. We have proudly supported them each of the past three years and look forward to continuing that for future years. In several states where we host these events, the local brewers guild is our non-profit partner. We like the idea of supporting a group that can further the brewery businesses that exist and assist new brewers in the future. Local beer means local jobs and who can’t get behind that?” he asks.

Both the race and festival are located at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The run on March 11 has a nice late start, noon while the festival gates open at 12:30 p.m. Both events are strictly 21+ (bring your ID). Tickets come in several flavors; there is a run and festival combined registration for $60.00, the 5K/

designated driver ticket and the festival only ticket are both $50 and a designated driver ticket is $15. Race day registration is available but prices go up by $5. All runners receive finisher medals and everyone goes home with a pint glass. You can register at craftbrewraces.com/savannah. CS

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BREW/DRINK/RUN was founded on the concept that good beer and a healthy lifestyle can, and should, go hand in hand. The combination of fun 5k run with a craft beer festival is the Brew/Drin/Run dream. Fortunately Matt Grey, the man behind the Craft Brew Race Series, had a similar vision. “As beer fans, runners and event producers we love the idea of combing passions. We feel that craft beer and running go hand in hand. Enjoying a cold, well-craft beer following a workout is a great way to recover.” Billing itself as a “a celebration of local craft brewing, an active lifestyle, and the surrounding community” the Craft Brew Race Series has two of the things BDR was founded on, good craft beer and running. The 2017 event happens on March 11. Craft Brew Races started as five events spread out around New England. As the concept has grown the number of events and their locations has expanded. Savannah was chosen as a run location three years ago and now serves as the first run of the Craft Brew Race series Season. “We come back because the event has been a success. In the past two years we have seen steady growth and we know that people really enjoy this event” says Grey, who is also the President of Grey Matter Marketing, the organizer of the Craft Brew Race series. “We anticipate 1200+ runners and attendees (in 2017). That would be 100 more than last year.” Quite a success especially since the first year of the Savannah race hosted around 500 runners. The race and festival take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The route is a straight forward, flat and if you want it fast out and back. The start/finish line is adjacent to the Trade Center, so parking and the festival are easily accessible. The route takes you out along the west end of Hutchinson Island. It’s not the most scenic of routes but there is beer waiting at the end. Once your run is over the festival will be waiting at the finish line for you. The Craft Brew Races Beer festival starts at 12:30 and runs until 4 p.m. (last call 3:50). This year’s version includes more breweries than previous years, more than

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/ There are at least 50 reasons why Fifty Shades Darker is almost every bit as awful as Fifty Shades of Grey, the 2015 box office smash that centered on the relationship between BDSM-lovin’ billionaire Christian Gray and mousy college student Anastasia Steele. Based on the second book in E.L. James’ bestselling phenomenon, this one finds Ana (Dakota Johnson) now working at a Seattle publishing house and Christian (Jamie Dornan) attempting to woo her back into his life. The major liabilities of the first picture have been neatly carried over into this latest endeavor, beginning with the fact that the general prudishness permeating throughout American society makes it impossible for Hollywood to produce an honest, provocative or explicit film about S-E-X and have it receive an R rating. Therefore, like its predecessor (also R), this one will only titillate basementdwelling fanboys who will illegally download it lest they be mocked for actually watching it and arouse bored suburban housewives who made the mistake of marrying dullards who are awful in bed. It’s a vanilla picture that fancies itself daring and erotic, but as is par for the course in stateside flicks, the penises are kept sheathed while the boobies bounce all over the frame. The casting of Johnson and Dornan also continues to hurt, as they have yet to muster any mutual chemistry. Honestly, viewers will likely find more sexual currency in The LEGO Batman Movie than in this picture. Fifty Shades Darker attempts to add some narrative heft in the second half with an incident involving a wayward helicopter, but it’s a purely melodramatic device that brings to mind a lesser episode of Dallas, the sort in which Miss Ellie, Pam, J.R. and the rest of the Ewing clan anxiously await news regarding the whereabouts of Bobby. On the show, it would probably make for a three-episode arc; here, it lasts all of 15 minutes, making its insertion especially pointless. There are a couple of homages worth noting. In one scene, Ana gives a speech to her secretary that’s the exact same one delivered by Melanie Griffith’s Tess McGill to her secretary in 1988’s Working Girl. Considering Griffith is Johnson’s mother in real life, I’m gonna assume this was meant as a tribute and isn’t an act of shameless plagiarism. And Kim Basinger is on hand—wasted, but on hand—as Christian’s former mentor and lover; given that the actress once starred in 1986’s controversial 9-1/2 Weeks, another movie about potentially abusive sex games, this casting might

FIFTY SHADES DARKER: “It’s a vanilla picture that fancies itself daring and erotic.”

have been a deliberate nod as well. Some unintentional laughs help in getting through the rest of this mess. I love how circumstances—specifically, sexual harassment by a grab-‘em-by-the-pussy boss (Eric Johnson)—force Ana to get instantly promoted from book reader to fiction book editor, whereupon she attends a company meeting and schools the Luddites on the wonders of the Interwebs. And I chuckled at seeing the poster for the Vin Diesel flop The Chronicles of Riddick hanging in Christian’s childhood bedroom. Granted, Universal Pictures is the studio behind both the Riddick and Fifty Shades series. But The Chronicles of Riddick? Not even Pitch Black but The Chronicles of Riddick? C’mon, Universal, not even Vin Diesel would own a poster of The Chronicles of Riddick!  

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO

// In today’s seen-it-all world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find action films that actually deliver on the action. Most of it is so stylized, so choreographed, so CGIed, that the chances of audience adrenaline being satisfactorily pumped has fallen significantly. So maybe it was a resigned attitude that led to 2014’s John Wick being hailed in some quarters as a modern action classic. Personally, it seems inconceivable to me that the Keanu Reeves picture could be so highly praised when the mere existence of two recent action spectaculars, the 2011 Indonesian effort The Raid: Redemption and its 2014 sequel The Raid 2, makes John Wick look like outtakes from Driving Miss

Daisy by comparison. As I wrote in my review, “John Wick feels as if it should have starred Chuck Norris back in 1986. This is the sort of film where you can practically see the assistant director on the side telling each bit player cast as a killer when to join the scene, since there’s no logical reason why their characters wouldn’t gang-rush Wick at once rather than stagger-step their entrances.” Yet here we are with John Wick: Chapter Two, which is more of the same, only Super-Sized. Running 122 minutes (its predecessor ran a more manageable 96 minutes), it features more action, more gunplay, more gore, and more tedium. Reeves is again suitably taciturn as the former assassin who, just when he thought he was out, gets pulled back in, and the criminal world created for the first picture—a landscape in which there exists neutral-zone hotels in which no blood may be spilled – retains its unique appeal. But the action is as repetitive as a record attempting to get past a scratched portion, as Wick spins around a flunky, punches him a couple of times, then shoots him in the head—by my count, this happens approximately 854 times over the course of the film. Still, gun fetishists will adore this film, as more time is spent lovingly mulling over the characteristics of individual weapons than on anything else.

THE COMEDIAN

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Psychopath-in-Chief Donald Trump in the face — a shame, since a bout between Raging Bull and Raging Bullshit sounded like a guaranteed good time. The good news, though, is that he’s also backed away from delivering grotesque performances in unwatchable atrocities – well, for one picture anyhow. De Niro, whose 2016 vehicle Dirty Grandpa placed high on countless 10 Worst lists (mine included), has occasionally stirred from his paycheck-snatching stupor to remind viewers that the talent within can still be stoked from time to time. It was on view in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, it was on tap in 2015’s The Intern, and it’s on display in The Comedian. Directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray) and co-written by a quartet that includes producer Art Linson (The Untouchables) and veteran scribe Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King), The Comedian is a ragged but often uproarious piece about Jackie Burke (De Niro), a struggling stand-up comic best known for his starring role on an inane sitcom from an earlier decade. As his agent (Edie Falco) is kept busy trying to find anyone who will hire him, Jackie ends up befriending Harmony (Leslie Mann, typically excellent), a single woman dealing with her own set of issues. A two-hour seriocomedy that could stand being trimmed by about 15 minutes, The Comedian benefits from the nice rapport between De Niro and Mann, the contributions of a knockout supporting cast (including Danny DeVito, De Niro’s Midnight Run co-star Charles Grodin,  and, in a nice nod to their Scorsese collaborations, Harvey Keitel), and hard-edged humor that isn’t afraid to go for the low blow. De Niro is in fine form here, particularly when he’s taking no prisoners in his standup routines. I’d say let’s wait and see what he does for an encore, but the track record suggests he’ll be back to churning out dismal duds in no time. For the moment, though, it’s nice to see him deserving cheers rather than jeers.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US

/ If you want to learn about life on Mars, you can either groove to David Bowie or sit through The Space Between Us. It’s not really much of a choice. If it’s been determined that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then this daft film clearly hails from that planet with the foul-sounding name. A teen flick that registers less as “YA” and more as “why bother,” The Space Between Us at least has its heart in the right place. That would be inside the body of 16-year-old Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), who becomes the first human born on Mars after his astronaut mom (Janet Montgomery) pops him out and subsequently dies on the operating table.

JOHN WICK 2: “Gun fetishists will adore this film, as more time is spent lovingly mulling over the characteristics of individual weapons than on anything else.”

Raised on the Red Planet by sympathetic astronaut Kendra Wyndham (Carla Gugino), Gardner longs to visit Earth, even though the change in atmosphere would threaten to enlarge his heart and destroy his bones. Nevertheless, with the approval of Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman), the head of the space program, Gardner is allowed to briefly visit our planet – at which point he takes off to find the father he never knew. Along for the cross-country trek is Tulsa (Britt Robertson), a grouchy high school girl who doesn’t believe he’s from Mars but elects to help him anyway. The opening act on Mars is stridently lackluster – the presence of Matt Damon is sorely needed – and the picture only picks up slightly once it crash-lands on Earth. There’s some modest amusement in watching Gardner approach each new discovery like some intergalactic Chauncey Gardiner, and Butterfield sells these moments perfectly. But any sense of wonder quickly gives way to a tired and tepid romance between a dying boy and the girl he thaws, and the central mystery—the identity of Gardner’s father—is not only apparent from the start but also introduces some sleazy undercurrents into the tale. Those looking for quality cinema might want to stick with the Oscar contenders currently glutting theaters and maintain a safe distance from The Space Between Us.

GOLD

// Just because a movie is Oscar bait doesn’t mean that members of the Academy will necessarily take the bait. Sometimes, 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 mining 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 eagerbeaver 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, McConaughey contributes his usual livewire 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 working 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.

THE FOUNDER

/// Harvey Weinstein, the controversial studio head who’s so skilled at manipulating Oscar voters that he could probably score a Best Actor nomination for that untalented imbecile Rob Schneider if he ever put his mind to it, seems to have taken a rare misstep with The Founder. Releasing films for year-end, one-week runs in Los Angeles to qualify for copious

movie prizes is a tried and true tradition, but between reportedly holding those early Founder screenings for a select few insiders and doing nothing to generate any buzz, Weinstein appears to have allowed this one to die on the vine. It’s been a complete no-show during awards season. Harvey probably isn’t shedding any tears, but it’s a shame The Founder has slipped through the cracks, since star Michael Keaton delivers a performance that’s among the year’s finest. With a script by Robert Siegel, who himself 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 representative of America as the Statue of Liberty or the U.S. Constitution. Instead, it reveals him to be a thoroughly unpleasant individual, with initial viewer enthusiasm over his unflagging energy and eye for opportunities eventually swamped by utter disdain for his willingness to stab good people in the back. Ray Kroc has always been championed as the founder of McDonald’s, but those of us who knew little (and cared even less) about fast-food history will perhaps be stunned to learn that he had nothing to do with its conception and initial success. The first restaurant was created by siblings Dick and Mac McDonald (terrific turns by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), and they were the ones who came up with the streamlined service, the golden arches, the disposable packaging and (obviously) the name. Kroc’s contribution? Franchising. He’s the one who tirelessly worked to blanket the country with McDonald’s eateries, but to do so, he had to repeatedly go against the brothers’ wishes, including replacing quality milkshakes with powdered products (since the use of real milk and cream was 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 business 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 important and informative. Had it gained any traction, it could have been the Wall Street for a new generation. CS

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A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE UTILITY BILLING SYSTEM Many members of our community have voiced concerns and confusion with the new utility billing system implemented last year by the City of Savannah. In an effort to better understand the changes, Step Up’s Residents Team will host a conversation with the City of Savannah’s Revenue Director, Cindy Landolt. This event is open to the public. Wed., Feb. 15, 6 p.m. 912-232-6747. Montgomery Landings, 714 W. 57th St. DRINKING LIBERALLY Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. A gathering of Liberals for an informal discussion of politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and the world around us. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. third Thursday of every month. (912) 341-7427. livingliberally. org/drinking/chapters/GA/savannah. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. GREEN PARTY OF CHATHAM COUNTY People, Planet and Peace over Profit! Meets Saturdays and the first Tuesday of every month. Join the Facebook group, @ ChathamGreens, to find out about upcoming local events. ongoing. No physical address given, none. LECTURE: NUCLEAR DETERRENCE AND PRESIDENT TRUMP The Savannah Council on World Affairs presents this lecture by Michael Krepon. $10 for non-members Thu., Feb. 16, 8 p.m. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. ONE OF THE GUYS Guys, have you found yourself in a social rut, or just have a need for the art of conversation? Make a change in 2016. The past decade a diverse group of guys have been getting together about every two weeks to share dinner and opinions on just about any topic. No membership requirements or dues. Just an open mind and willingness to expand your friendship base. For more information visit us on Facebook at Savannah Men’s Club, or if you prefer, email details/questions to savannahmensclub@gmail.com. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH AREA YOUNG REPUBLICANS Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr. org. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. SAVANNAH LIBERTARIANS Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook. com/groups/SAVlibertarians. YOUNG DEMOCRATS Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. foxyloxycafe.com. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 40 Bull St.

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AUDITIONS FOR ARMSTRONG YOUTH ORCHESTRA Open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school and including Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: savaayo@yahoo.com. Info is also available at www.savaayo.org. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com ongoing. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SAVANNAH YOUTH AMBASSADOR SUMMER INSTITUTE The City of Savannah is now accepting applications for the 2017 Savannah Youth Ambassador Summer Institute. Interested parties should complete the online application at www.savannahga. gov/sya. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. Savannah Youth Ambassadors (SYA) is an intensive leadership training institute for high school students living in Savannah, GA. SYA is open to all rising 9th – 12th graders that reside within the incorporated city limits of the City of Savannah. Participants will be chosen through a selective application process. Space is limited to 50 participants. Through March 31. 912-651-6520. No physical address given, none. CALL FOR AUDITIONS FOR MARY POPPINS The Savannah Children’s Theatre is hosting auditions for its production of Mary Poppins. Ages 7 to adults of all ages are needed. All roles available. All abilities and ethnicities encouraged. Feb. 20-21, 7 p.m. 912-238-9015. savannahchildrenstheatre. org. Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. 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 vignettesavannah@ gmail.com, and check us out in the weeks to come at vignettesavannah.com. ongoing.

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Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR JESUS-YESHUA PRODUCTION CLUB AND VIDEO CREW Contact Brenda Lee at 912-236-3156 or at revbrendalee@yahoo.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 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: revbrendalee@yahoo.com ongoing. No physical address given, none. SAVANNAH STOPOVER BAND POSTER COMPETITION Savannah Stopover & Sulfur Studios invites artists to create posters inspired by the bands taking part in this year’s festival. Artists are invited to choose a band from the confirmed lineup at (savannahstopover. com/lineup) The top 18 posters will be featured in a pre-festival exhibition at Sulfur Studios on March 8th. The top ten will be moved to Ships of the Sea for the Festival Opening Night Event on on March 9th, and weather permitting, will remain on display throughout the weekend. free Through Feb. 27, 1-2 p.m. 912. 231. 7105. info@ sulfurstudios.org. savannahstopover.com/ poster-competition. sulfurstudios.org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. TELL US YOUR GHOST STORY? Organization seeks to document your first hand experiences with psychical phenomenon for analysis and potential investigation. Our investigators have reputable credentials and long time investigation training and connections with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. ongoing. amchclub@yahoo.com. Downtown Savannah, downtown.

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DAVENPORT HOUSE SOIRÉE Inaugural Davenport House Museum Soirée to benefit the Davenport House,

where Savannah’s preservation began. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and music by Savannah Songstress Kim Michael Polote. Silent Auction with amazing finds. $95 Sun., Feb. 19, 2-5 p.m. 912-236-8097. Jcredle@davenporthousemuseum.org. davenporthousemuseum.org/programsand-events/garden-expo/. elizabethon37th. net. Elizabeth On Thirty Seventh, 105 E 37th St. DAVENPORT SOIREE LOCATION: Elizabeth’s on 37th Street, 105 E. 37th Street Featuring performances by Savannah’s own, cabaret star Kim Plote. Additional music in the garden. Silent auction. A raffle featuring a piece by art by American sculptress June Ray. $95 per ticket Sun., Feb. 19, 2-5 p.m. 912-2368097. info@davenporthousemuseum.org. davenporthousemuseum.org. Davenport House, 324 East State St. SCMPD ANIMAL CONTROL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-yearsold. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@ savannahga.gov. SOUP IT UP Local chefs will compete for the title of the Golden Soup Bowl while generously raising funds to support Loop It Up Savannah’s programming for local youth and services to local families. Fri., Feb. 17, 6 p.m. The Brice, 601 East Bay Street.

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AERIAL SILK CLASSES Try something different this year by improving your strength and flexibility all while suspended from aerial silk fabric. All levels, all ages, and all beginners welcome. Class will go over basics and provide challenges for those more advanced. Classes every Friday. Fri., Feb. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. 954.682.5694. Elyse.theSTUDIO@ yahoo.com. thestudiosav.net/schedule.html. thestudiosav.net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. ART, MUSIC, PIANO, VOICE COACHING Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. BEADING CLASSSES AT EPIPHANY BEAD & JEWELRY STUDIO Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-677-3983. epiphany.indiemade.com. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. BEGINNING BELLY DANCE CLASSES Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private


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instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. BLACK WOMEN EMPOWERMENT DAY Featuring Black-owned businesses, natural hair care & styles demonstrations, and entertainment. Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Mon., Feb. 20, 11 a.m. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. 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. BUILDING YOUR NEW LIFE ADULT DAY CAMP Join the caring and compassionate bereavement counselors of Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle for a day of healing as you journey towards building your new life. $25 Sat., Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. hospicesavannah.org/. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. A CALL TO COMMUNITY: COMMIT TO RESTORING THE FAMILY, THE VILLAGE & BUILDING LEGACY Presented by motivational guru Keith Brown, “Mr. I’m Possible.” Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Tue., Feb. 21, 6 p.m. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. CHAMPIONS TRAINING CENTER Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. ctcsavannah.com. CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. savannahstate.edu. savstate.edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. CLAY CLASSES Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. claystudio@gmail.com. BOATING CLASSES Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. savannahaux.com. COASTAL AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY GENERAL CLASS LICENSE This is a great way to obtain or upgrade a ham radio license. Classes will be every Thursday evening for 4 weeks, with a VE test session the 2nd Saturday after. Thu., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. whitebluffpc@bellsouth. net. White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Rd. 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. THE GREATEST: SPORTS HEROES A TO Z Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Fri., Feb. 17, 4 p.m. Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, 510 E. Charlton Street. 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. 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 CONTINUES ON P. 42

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1 Over again 5 Alcohol pads for wound care 10 ___ buco (veal entree) 14 Church or movie ending? 15 Drama with the fictional firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak 16 Indian restaurant basketful 17 “Don’t point the finger ... the freeze was an accident!” 20 School crossing sign word 21 It may be copied for family members 22 Mitt Romney’s alma mater, for short 23 “Ology,” for short 24 Grass-like surfaces 26 Startle 27 Extremely 28 Far-sighted person? 29 Adjective for 2017 (but not 2018) 31 Uprising of a sort 32 Desert rest stop 34 Genre for many “Weird Al” Yankovic medleys 35 “That coffee holder won’t work if it’s ginormous” 39 Nastily derogatory 40 FX series with Billy Bob Thornton 41 Tacks on 42 “Are You There God?

It’s Me, Margaret” author 44 Prefix with byte or hertz 48 Nabokov ending? 49 Fencing weapon 50 Take, as a coupon 51 Cy Young Award stat 52 Vegas headliner? 53 Day-___ (fluorescent paint) 55 “Kneel before ___!” (“Superman II” line) 56 “I was impervious to constant chatter” 60 “Alice’s Restaurant” singer Guthrie 61 Kerfuffles 62 “Sounds like a plan!” 63 Henchman created by J.M. Barrie 64 Loses it 65 Borscht ingredient

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1 Certain discriminators (var.) 2 What the befuddled have 3 Kiddie-lit character with a pinned-on tail 4 Amusingly twisted 5 Swing around a pivot 6 On guard 7 The “A” in many beer acronyms 8 Former pro wrestler ___ Bigelow 9 “Donnie Darko” actor Patrick 10 Put ___ show 11 Stayed put

12 “Twistin’ the Night Away” singer 13 The tiniest amount 18 Green-lights 19 Owed right now 25 Palm features 26 Dollar amount in a Western? 29 Next-to-last Greek letter 30 Semi, to a trucker 31 Surname in a Styx song 33 “Fish” star Vigoda 34 Little dog 35 Deodorant’s place 36 Like mechanical bulls and rocking horses 37 Drive headlong into 38 Cuprite, e.g. 39 Cut down on driving, say 42 Speaks too proudly 43 Champ before Ali 45 Source of a breakdown? 46 Rent co-payer, casually 47 Burning with desire 49 Reason for a yearly shot 50 Companion to five “W”s 53 Unappetizing food 54 Word often confused with “fewer” 57 Strummer or Cocker 58 Agcy. overseeing cosmetics 59 Lobster wearer’s clothing

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at revfugon@gmail.com, or Text (only) to 912-429-7265. ongoing. Online only, none. MEET DR. KING Part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Thu., Feb. 16, 5 p.m. Moses Jackson Advancement Center, 1410B Richards Street. 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. smisavannah@gmail.com. savmusiciansinstitute.com. NEW HORIZONS ADULT BAND PROGRAM Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. NOVEL WRITING Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. pmasoninsavannah@gmail.com. PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. chris@chrismorrisphotography.com. chrismorrisphotography.com. PIANO VOICE-COACHING Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. 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. hlamont70@yahoo.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 revfugon@gmail.com, 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 42 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. TRADE FACILITATION AND TRADE ENFORCEMENT ACT - COMPLIANCE AWARENESS WORKSHOP This half-day workshop will focus on the key components of elevated trade enforcement issues enacted in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2016. This new congressional act has provided significant authorization to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to increase their enforcement of existing rules and regulations which may result in an elevation of compliance risk for U.S. importers. $50 Thu., Feb. 16, 1 p.m. wtcsavannah. org. World Trade Center Savannah, 131 Hutchinson Rd. 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 pre-register online Fri., Feb. 17, 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. elyse. thestudio@yahoo.com. thestudiosav.net. thestudiosav.net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

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. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. AVEGOST LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com. BUCCANEER REGION SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. buccaneerregion.org. BUSINESS NETWORKING ON THE ISLANDS Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. CHATHAM SAILING CLUB Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. pranschkec3@gmail.com. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. COASTAL BEAD SOCIETY Coastal Bead Society monthly meetings, 12 noon on the third Friday of the Month at the Coastal Georgia Center, 303 Fahm Street, near SCAD. All beaders are welcome. ongoing. wyrnut18@gmail.com. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. FIBER GUILD OF THE SAVANNAHS A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. HISTORIC FLIGHT SAVANNAH A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight

Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. honorflightsavannah.org. HISTORIC SAVANNAH CHAPTER: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. KNITTERS, NEEDLEPOINT AND CROCHET Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. LOW COUNTRY TURNERS A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART LADIES AUXILIARY Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. PHILO CAFE Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Facebook.com/SavannahPhiloCafe. Mondays. athenapluto@yahoo.com. R.U.F.F. - RETIREES UNITED FOR THE FUTURE RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912344-5127. 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. 912-447-0943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. 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: cscott630@yahoo.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.


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SAVANNAH COUNCIL, NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. savannahnavyleague.us. SAVANNAH GO CLUB This is a new club for the board game “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and times, please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH GO GREEN Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. SAVANNAH KENNEL CLUB Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub.org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. SAVANNAH NEWCOMERS CLUB Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. savannahnewcomers.com. ongoing. SAVANNAH PARROT HEAD CLUB Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc. com. SAVANNAH TOASTMASTERS Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. SAVANNAH VEGGIES AND VEGANS Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. TOASTMASTERS Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. VICTORIAN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETING All Victorian District residents, businesses are welcomed. In the event you are not already a member, please join us and help improve our district on all levels. Membership fees are minimal and fully tax deductible. Wed., Feb. 15, 6 p.m. trudy. herod@gmail.com. 1308 West, Henry St. and Montgomery St. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm,

at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. vvasav.com. WOODVILLE-TOMPKINS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@ comcast.net.

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ARMSTRONG PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS St. Joseph’s/Candler’s SmartSenior offers blood pressure screenings on every Monday from 10 AM to Noon in the SmartSenior office, #8 Medical Arts on 836 E. 65th Street. No appointment is necessary; the screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (912) 352-4405. ongoing. St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Arts Building, 836 E. 65th St. ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE Free in-person, enrollment and renewal assistance for children’s health insurance programs, Medicaid and PeachCare for

Kids, Pregnancy Medicaid and other public benefits (SNAP and CAPS) will be available. Please bring a government-issued ID and the most recent month’s income documents. third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 912-661-1272. Rincon Library, 17th Street & Highway 21. FAMILY TO FAMILY CLASS Free 12 week course for family and caregivers of individuals with mental illness. Meets once a week for 2 1/2 hours. FREE Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. 912-441-7724. dianebreeder@omcast.net. Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd.

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19)

By my estimates, 72 pe rcent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fiftysix percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I’m also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least ten percent of you are experiencing all of the above.

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with ingenious grace, or forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal, or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement.

evoke a well-deserved reversal or express your unconquerable spirit.

pected information and turns of phrase.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The ancient Roman rhetorician Quintilian authored a twelve-volume textbook on the art of oratory. As ample as it was, it could have been longer. “Erasure is as important as writing,” he said. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that counsel should be a rewarding and even exciting theme for you in the coming weeks. For the long-term health of your labor of love or your masterpiece, you should focus for a while on what to edit out of it. How could you improve it by making it shorter and more concise?

The meaning of the Latin phrase *crambe repetita* is “cabbage reheated, twicecooked.” I urge you to avoid partaking of such a dish in the coming weeks, both literally and figuratively. If you’re truly hungry for cooked cabbage, eat it fresh. Likewise, if you have a ravenous appetite for stories, revelations, entertainment, and information—which I suspect you will —don’t accept the warmed-over, recycled variety. Insist on the brisk, crisp stuff that excites your curiosity and appeals to your sense of wonder.

All naturally-occurring matter on earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: an underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I’m predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you, Cancerian: new access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination.

I am launching a campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backwards astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone’s awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, and your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity, and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you’ll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Will Giovanni surreptitiously replace Allesandra’s birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose’s diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I’m hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you’ll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you’ll break an outworn taboo

FREE HEARING AND SPEECH SCREENING Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. FREE HEARING SCREENINGS The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation

The next four weeks will be an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you’re allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature. In 1787, English captain Arthur Phillip led an eight-month naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their ancestors had for 2,000 generations. Two hundred years later, an Aboriginal activist named Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag on the White Cliffs of Dover, claiming England for his people. I encourage you to make a comparably artful or symbolic act like Burnum’s sometime soon, Virgo -- a ritual or gesture to assert your sovereignty or

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Do you know about the long-running kids’ show *Sesame Street*? Are you familiar with Big Bird, the talking eight-feet-tall yellow canary who’s one of the main characters? I hope so, because your horoscope is built around them. In the *Sesame Street* episode called *Don’t Eat the Pictures,* Big Bird solves a riddle that frees a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince from an ancient curse. I think this vignette can serve as a model for your own liberation. How? You can finally outwit and outmaneuver a very old problem with the help of some playful, even child-like energy. Don’t assume that you’ve got to be relentlessly serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your lessons in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your “final exam.” 1. Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. 2. Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. 3. Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always—if possible—with shrewd kindness. 4. You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. 5. Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unex-

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Here’s your mantra for the next three weeks: “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Say this out loud 11 times right after you wake up each morning, and 11 more times before lunch, and 11 more times at bedtime. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Whenever you do this little chant, summon an upflow of smiling confidence—a serene certainty that no matter how long the magic might take, it will ultimately work. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Don’t let any little voice in your head undermine your link to this simple truth. Lift your heart to the highest source of vitality you can imagine.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“We cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever,” writes Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. “We must stand up and move on to the next action.” That’s your slightly scolding but ultimately inspirational advice, Pisces. According to my astrological analysis, you have done heroic work to identify and investigate your suffering. You have summoned a tremendous amount of intelligence in order to understand it and further the healing. But right now it’s time to turn your focus to other matters. Like what? How about rebirth?


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will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912355-4601. speechandhearingsav.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. FREE HIV TESTING AT CHATHAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. HEALTH CARE FOR UNINSURED PEOPLE Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. HYPNOSIS, GUIDED IMAGERY AND RELAXATION THERAPY Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis.com. LA LECHE LEAGUE OF SAVANNAH A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-8979544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga.html. LIVING SMART FITNESS CLUB An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. MAYBE YOU’RE NOT SICK, YOU’RE THRISTY Are You Sick of being Sick? Learn the first step in helping your body get on the road to healing itself. Every Tuesday we will educate you on the dangers of bottled, tap, reverse osmosis, distilled, spring, and yes even bottled alkaline water. See this eye opening demonstration for your safety and for your health. We will serve Kangen water, test your water and give you a sample to take home if you qualify. NO CHARGE Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 703.989.6995. oggisavannah@ gmail.com. goodh20.yourbodyiswater.com. Nuts About Savannah, 14045 Abercorn St.(Savannah Mall). PLANNED PARENTHOOD HOTLINE First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-2647154. PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. THE SAVANNAH 7-DAY DIABETES REPAIR

If you are ready to take control of your life and health, call today, enroll in this fun but intensive seven week program to heal your body of diabetes. You will learn how changing can heal. You can reverse diabetes by following a new protocol, even if you have been diabetic for years. Includes over a year of follow-up support. $450 Thursdays, Saturdays. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. WOMENHEART OF ST. JOSEPH’S/ CANDLER WomenHeart of St. Joseph’s/Candler welcomes women heart patients or women at risk of heart disease to its monthly support network meeting at 5:00-6:30 PM in Building #6 at the Medical Arts Center at 836 East 65th Street. For more information call 912-388-1836 or email womenheartsavannah@gmail. com Free of charge third Thursday of every month, 5-6:30 p.m. 912-388-1836. womenheartsavannah@gmail.com. facebook.com/womenheartsavannah. St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Arts Building, 836 E. 65th St.

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GLORY STORY HOUR This hour will help your child become fascinated and engaged in the Story, to the point that they will be excited to learn. We will not only tell the story, but enact parts of it, so they will want to share it with their family & friends. Saturdays, 10 a.m. pearlerivers@yahoo.com. Heavenly Books and Gifts, 77D W. Fairmont Ave. HEALTHY KIDS CLUB The Healthy Kids Club’s mission is to educate and inspire children to take part in their local farmers market while enjoying nutritious foods and empowering their families to make healthy choices at home. Saturdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m. wifarmersmarket@aol.com. Wilmington Island Farmers Market, 111 Walthour Rd. SAVANNAH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SCHOOL YEAR HOURS SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to savannahchildrensmuseum.org ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road.

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FIRST CITY NETWORK Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985) is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork. org. GAY AA MEETING True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. SAVANNAH PRIDE, INC. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBTQI community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. PO Box 6044, Savannah, GA 31414. 501c nonprofit. ongoing. info@savannahpride.com. savannahpride.com. STAND OUT YOUTH A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-288-1034. info@standoutyouth.org. standoutyouth.

org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. WHAT MAKES A FAMILY A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.

LITERARY EVENTS

FROM “N WORD” TO MR. MAYOR In honor of Black History Month and in partnership with Savannah PR, there will be a live reading and discussion of Otis Johnson’s book “From ‘N Word’ to Mr. Mayor.” Free Sun., Feb. 19, 4 p.m. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. FROM THE “N WORD” TO MR. MAYOR Otis Johnson, Ph.D., former mayor of Savannah and scholar-in-residence at SSU, will sign his new book, a memoir that recalls his life in a city with complicated race relations. Mon., Feb. 20, 6 p.m. savstate. edu/. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. JOHN BROWN’S BODY: TERRORISM AND MARTYRDOM FOR THE ABOLITION CAUSE Presented by Dr. James Gibson, retired educator. Part of Senior Citizens, Inc.’s winter lecture series. $6 Wed., Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m. seniorcitizens-inc.org. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL Celebrate books and the written word at this year’s festival with bestselling and emerging authors. James Patterson delivers the opening address on Thursday,

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Colson Whitehead presents the keynote address on Friday, and Christina Baker Kline delivers the closing address on Sunday. Addresses are $20 each, Saturday festival is free and open to the public Feb. 16-19. savannahbookfestival.org. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL CLOSING ADDRESS W/ CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE Christina Baker Kline, author of #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train, brings a breathtaking and atmospheric novel of devotion, art, and friendship, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting “Christina’s World.” $20 Sun., Feb. 19, 3 p.m. www2.scad.edu/venues/ trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS W/ COLSON WHITEHEAD This year’s National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead presents his a magnificent tour de force following a young slave’s journey to freedom in the antebellum South. $20 Fri., Feb. 17, 6 p.m. www2.scad. edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL OPENING ADDRESS W/ JAMES PATTERSON #1 NYTimes best-selling author James Patterson’s infamous Alex Cross strikes again in the series most dangerous story yet with a killer on the loose, a city in panic, and nobody in charge of the besieged DC police force. $20 Thu., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. www2.scad. edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

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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) 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 revfugon@gmail.com 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. 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. 46 ongoing. vineyardsavannah.org.

HOW TO GET YOUR PRAYERS ANSWERED Call to register. Bible and notebook needed. Feb. 16-18, 2 p.m. 912-228-2634. Heavenly Books and Gifts, 77D W. Fairmont Ave. 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. revwasson@gmail.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. SAVANNAH FRIENDS MEETING (QUAKERS) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. savannahquakers@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. SAVANNAH REIKI SHARE During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. and third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. SERVICE OF COMPLINE Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. SOUTH VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. TAPESTRY CHURCH Committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. tapestrysavannah.com. 6400 Habersham

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The Sales Consultant is responsible for providing high quality customer service and utilizing persuasive skills to sell vehicles to customers. Must be knowledgeable about We are currently hiring automotive inventory to answer experienced warehouse customer’s questions. workers to unload containers in the Savannah, GA area. • Courteously greet customers that arrive at location and This is an incentive based answer questions pertaining position with a guaranteed to available inventory. base, but we have many driver’s license employees earning upwards • Obtains and financial information of $12-$18/hour based upon to accurately complete productivity. application. application to We can work with your • Forward schedule. Please contact Store Manager to send Yvonne James at: to Underwriting for loan approval. 5 Oglethorpe Professional • Attentively listen to customer Blvd, Suite 140 to determine the best vehicle Savannah, GA 31406 to fit their desires and needs. Phone: 912-433-6555 Show vehicles that match Email: yjames@3plworx.com customer’s budgets and www.my3pljob.com wants. • Accompanies customers on test drives and provide information about the features of the vehicle. • Seamlessly transition What an exciting time customer to Store Manager to to be a part of US Auto Sales! close sale. Our doors opened over 25 years • Makes daily calls to past ago with just 10 vehicles in customers, internet leads, and inventory, one location and three referral agents to generate employees. Today, we have 18 more business. locations throughout Georgia, • Utilizes multiple networking South Carolina, and Florida, over avenues such as social media, 1,000 cars in inventory and 400 bird dogs, past customers, employees! Although we have mailers, etc. to increase sales. grown, our founding principles • Performs other duties as still ring true to this day. We assigned. believe everyone deserves • reliable transportation regardless Required of their credit story, and it is our • High School Diploma/GED mission to help make successful • 2 years of sales and/or customer car ownership a reality. service experience

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In the subject line, type the position title. US Auto Sales is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. We are committed to a drugfree workplace. All qualified applicants are subject to a drug screening prior to employment.

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