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ALL FOR YOU ‘90s kings Sister Hazel maintain loyal fan base for 20 years


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Earth Day Festival SAT 4.15

Over 75 vendors and exhibitors will be present at the festival, one of the largest educational Earth Day festivals in Georgia. Featuring live music by Xuluprophet, Waits & Co., the Indigos, and Missionary Blues; workshops and kids’ activities; food trucks, vegan food, and local craft beer; and plenty of vendors and exhibitors. 11 a.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

The Bunny Hop Easter Themed Bar Crawl SAT 4.15

Rabbit ears, cottontails… do whatever you want to be a Bunny. Playboy Bunnies are just as welcome as Bugs Bunny. Wearing bunny ears is the minimum but you’re more creative than that. You can hop, thump, or crawl your way to the finish line. The “Bunny’s Bar” list, aka scorecard, will lead you on a joyful journey to each egg-citing destination. 4 p.m. Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St. $15 adv, $20 day-of 912-660-9001.

Theatre: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

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One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas. 7 p.m. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. $25 912-201-3748.

WEDNESDAY 4.12 Film: Turkish First Blood

One of the most ridiculous, sleazy and unintentionally funny exploitation flicks ever made, this Turkish action flick about a recently released convict who was wrongfully convicted for the death of his brother and returns to his village seeking revenge on those who framed him shamelessly steals much of its plot and even some of its soundtrack music from “First Blood,” the original film in Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo series. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $7


The newest production features the tight harmonies and cool stylings of our cast performing every genre of music, bringing a contemporary sound to favorite retro hits and creating the ultimate party. 8 p.m. Wed. Fri., Sunday at 3 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $37

Savannah Food: A Delicious History

Stu and Donald Card, owners of the Savannah Taste Experience, will celebrate their 5-year business anniversary and a book deal. Smith Brothers Butcher Shop, 535 East Liberty Street.


SCAD presents SCADstyle, an annual gathering of international design luminaries and influencers sharing their expertise with the next generation of creators, visionaries and artists. Special guests include Carol Hamilton, group president of L’Oreal Luxe USA; Norma Kamali, fashion designer and entrepreneur; Tom Kartsotis, founder of Fossil and Shinola; and Billy Reid, fashion designer. April 6-13 Downtown Savannah, downtown.

Theatre: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

One of the longest running plays in OffBroadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Wed.-Sat. 7 p.m. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. $25 912-201-3748.



in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as Savannah Live actresses, endures for two thousand years Savannah Live is a high-energy 2 hour with stops along the way in 1920’s variety show that features everything from silent movie Hollywood and contemporary pop to Broadway and Motown to rock n’ Las Vegas. roll, featuring a live band and eight singers. 8 p.m. -8 p.m. Thu. Sat. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. rThe Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $25 $37 912-201-3748. rStudent Safety Night This drop-in evening will feature free apFRIDAY 4.14 petizers, beer and wine while supplies last “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure (guests requesting alcohol will be IDd), self-defense demonstrations by an expert, On Good Friday, the Chancel Choir will present a French-Romantic setting of the safety tips from a Savannah-Chatham Catholic Mass for the Dead with orchestra Metropolitan Police Officer, proper and soloists. weapons handling and guidelines from a 7-8 p.m. former federal law enforcement officer/ Skidaway United Methodist Church, 54 NRA instructor, as well as information Diamond Causeway. and hand-outs from a Rape Crisis Center Free representative. All proceeds benefit the 912-598-8460. Rape Crisis Center. 5 p.m. Harmonix g309 W. 36th St., 309 W. 36th St. Newest production features the tight Theatre: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom harmonies and cool stylings of our cast One of the longest running plays in Offperforming every genre of music, bringing Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of a contemporary sound to favorite retro Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seduc- hits and creating the ultimate party. tive vampiresses whose paths first collide 8 p.m.

The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $37

A Salute to Steinway

Three top pianists--Jared Hall, Rufus Bryant and Chris Chandler--perform on the Post’s new 1879 Steinway & Sons grand piano, donated by a New Jersey family and lovingly restored by Savannah’s historic keyboard specialist Anne Acker and her husband, Chris. 7:30 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $15

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel have been called alternative, indie, country, southern rock, college acoustic, and folk. 8 p.m. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St. $25

Theatre: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

One of the longest running plays in OffBroadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent

movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas. 8 p.m. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. $25 912-201-3748.

SATURDAY 4.15 The Bunny Hop Easter Themed Bar Crawl

Rabbit ears, cottontails¦ do whatever you want to be a Bunny. Playboy Bunnies are just as welcome as Bugs Bunny. Wearing bunny ears is the minimum but you’re more creative than that. You can hop, thump, or crawl your way to the finish line. The “Bunny’s Bar” list, aka scorecard, will lead you on a joyful journey to each eggciting destination. 4 p.m. Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St. $15 adv, $20 day-of 912-660-9001. Brian@StaffordPromotions. com.


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City Hotel

With a love of language and traditional bluegrass instrumentation, City Hotel creates an unmatched experience. Like the city of Savannah they call home, City Hotel remains fresh while being soaked in nostalgia. 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 307A E. Harris St. $20

Comedy & Curls

The night begins with stand-up from the top comics in the South-East: past comics include Dedrick Flynn, Brian Emond, Lace Larrabee, Jenn Snyder, and Yohance Collins. Then, the evening concludes with Good Hair, a wickedly funny new comedy short from filmmakers, comedians and real-life couple Catherine Dee Holly and Fray Forde. 8:30 p.m. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.

Blues; workshops and kids’ activities; food trucks, vegan food, and local craft beer; and plenty of vendors and exhibitors. 11 a.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

Forsyth Farmers Market

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

Gardening Session

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

Odd Lot Improv: Saturday Night Silliness

An improv comedy show in the style of Earth Day Festival “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Followed by Over 75 vendors and exhibitors will be long form comedy. present at the festival, one of the largest 8 p.m. educational Earth Day festivals in Georgia. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Featuring live music by Xuluprophet, Street. Waits & Co., the Indigos, and Missionary $10

Sorry Not Sorry Dry-Humps the 80s: The Breakfast Club

Join improv team Sorry Not Sorry as they journey down the mysterious path of a night of improvised comedy inspired by the iconic 80’s film, The Breakfast Club. 8 p.m. The Space Station at Starlandia, 2436 Bull St. $8

Theatre: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

One of the longest running plays in OffBroadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. 8 p.m. Club One, 1 Jefferson St. $25 912-201-3748.

TUESDAY 4.18 The Art of Southern Charm Book Launch

Reality TV star and lifestyle icon Patricia Altschul will launch her book. 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 7804 Abercorn St.

WEDNESDAY 4.19 Jeff Dunham

Comedian/puppeteer performs. 7:30 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W Oglethorpe $41.50

MeatLess Book Signing


Kristie Middleton, a vegan since 1997, will discuss her new book,. 6 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

River View Easter Brunch

Film: Murph The Surf (1975, USA)

Executive chef James Morin has created a spectacular brunch menu for Easter. 11 a.m. Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay St.

AKA Live A Little, Steal a Lot. Psychotronic Film Society screens heist flick starring real-life friends Robert Conrad and Don Stroud. Donna Mills is along for the ride. The Sentient Bean 8 p.m. $8

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THE WORLD IS ON FIRE and WWIII is warming up in the bullpen. But let me indulge in a bit of a First World Problems rant if you don’t mind. I like to have a good time. I am by no means a stick in the mud when it comes to live performances. Far from it. Hell, I think classical music should go back to encouraging people to clap between movements, as originally intended. But can we talk? Don’t talk. No, seriously, when you’re at a show can you please just not talk to all your friends? Especially not talk to your friends AS LOUD AS YOU CAN so that you can be heard over the professional musician or performer you and others presumably paid good money to see?


It’s great that you’re apparently made of money and can afford to throw it away on a show you’re clearly not interested in. Good for you. But others aren’t so lucky, and they’d like to, you know, hear the music they paid to enjoy, instead of hearing you and your friends talk loudly about nothing. I’ve asked around about this. And most everybody I know says the same thing: Savannah audiences take the cake for being rude as hell and talking over shows. We all seem to have a story, or many stories, about a group of drunken narcissists who spoil the show for everyone else. In some cases, as with the now-infamous Dave Chappelle performance here years ago, the performer actually leaves the stage in frustration and disgust. Most of the time, though, the performers stick it out. Because they’re gonna get paid anyway. Which isn’t the case for those of us who pay to enjoy a show, but end up mostly hearing about how drunk Buffy got the

other night, or how that guy doesn’t even lift, bro. We won’t get that money back, nor more importantly can we enjoy the show. Just go to a bar already! That’s what they’re for. We’ve got a million great ones here, trust me. They’d love your business. Some of this problem is due to the fact that, as many others have noted, Savannah is a see-and-be-seen town where we all pretty much know each other. Ninety percent of the time that’s a great thing. I’m not complaining. The other ten percent of the time, however, it means the social pecking and preening order takes precedence over whatever’s or whoever’s onstage. Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just natives or near-natives who are guilty of this. This is a syndrome that seems to possess people of all backgrounds and ages. The common trait is entitlement. And entitlement is an ugly thing. Don’t be ugly. Be cool. And don’t talk. Enjoy! CS


Orange Crush column was ‘finger-wagging’

Editor, Regarding your recent column, “Vote on Orange Crush lacks moral authority”: Gotta say that you are quite guilty of significant confirmation bias when you assert that the reason a piece on Tony Thomas got most of its comments from the tiny inclusion of St. Patrick’s Day/ Orange Crush comparison because of the “way Savannah works.” Firstly, Tony Thomas is the elephant in the room whose pugnacity virtually nobody, outside of his ethically and cognitively challenged constituents, would debate. He’s been done to death and frankly, for good reason. What more could we say about Thomas that hasn’t been hashed out ad nauseam? The fact that he’s still an operating civil servant is probably enough to indict “the way Savannah works.” However, when you insert the little gem that is designed to garner disparate opinion regarding those two “time honored traditions,” what do you logically think will happen? This is not exactly an issue that’s been covered as much as

Thomas’ troubling antics and that might explain the amount of response that you noticed. Well, that and the fact that it was engineered to do such. I don’t doubt the veracity of much of what you were asserting about people and the the foundations of their opinions, but I believe that you have a civic duty to be a little more fair and equitable regarding your opinion of what drives people on their opinions and thus, not finger wag in such a blanketing manner. If you are resigned to believe that the two events are equal in scope and community meaning (not to mention the magnitude of neighborhood impact both positive and negative), you are either honestly missing the facts of the matter or else you run the risk of painting a background picture in order to support pre-formed bias and/ or agenda. It’s as if you are trying to label the city’s citizens as “racist” simply due to the unforgivable sin of happening to disagree with you...hmmmm... sounds familiar... I wonder if I’ve heard that anywhere lately.... Oh, I know; ANYTIME a

shrieking, whiny, overly sensitive, entitled Social Justice Warrior doesn’t feel as though people are granting them whatever civil grievance that they care to crusade that particular week, particularly on college campuses all over the country. Now, I’m not trying to consider you such. I’ve read enough of your commentary to believe that you wouldn’t prostrate yourself to such intellectually regressive behavior. I don’t think that you’ll read this and immediately seek a “safe place” or even rush to “block” me on Facebook like the petulant children who use such knee jerk hyperbole seem want to do. However, it does seem that our nation’s alarming proclivity toward the extreme politicization of social issues is more pervasive than I feared; even the more esteemed of our local media members appears to have no immunity to the scourge of hyperbolic thinking, as evidenced by your blanket dismissal for ANYONE who fails to see a sensible parallel between the long-standing St. Patrick’s festival week and Orange Crush. Bigmyc, from

Opposition to Orange Crush not about race

Editor, I’ve never responded to an editorial before. I’m not a long time local. I’m an Army wife stationed here and I love it here-I love the diversity, Tybee Island, the weather, etc. I’m just confused on why you focused the editorial on race. I understand Orange Crush is a predominantly African American event...totally cool. But you’re missing the point on why they’re banning alcohol. Race doesn’t have anything to do with it and being contradicting you brought race into it. I saw the beach -- it’s trashed. It’s not about race. Panama City Beach deals with the same thing -- gets trashed and then bans alcohol during Spring Break. Seems totally legit to me. The majority of spring breakers are young and make bad decisions and don’t care if they trash the beaches. Tybee is just protecting its beaches. Party in the rooms and chill on the beach....there’s a better option! Caitlyn

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Aggressive Civility and other important newspeak BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS

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LAST WEEK, thousands of folks flocked to theaters all over the country to watch 1984, the film adaptation of George Orwell’s 1949 fictional futuristic dystopian nightmare creepily resembling our daily newsfeeds. As the current administration appears to be using the remedial Cliff Notes version as a blueprint for its national security strategy, draconian immigration policies and gleeful strangulation of art and culture, it’s no wonder we’re all side-eying Oceania like Etruscan soothsayers sifting through sheep entrails. Phrases like “Perpetual War” and “Ignorance is Strength” echo the willful idiocracy of a $54 billion blank check to the military and the installation of a real-life Professor Umbridge in charge of the Ministry—er, Department of Education. You can’t deny that the story’s supposed Party Enemy No. 1 Emmanuel Goldstein, with his revolutionary ranting and Trotskyesque threat to the oligarchical power structure, bears more than a passing resemblance to Bernie Sanders. I mean, Big Brother may or may not be an actual person, but how many Americans have quit discussing family secrets in front of the microwave? If you really want to catch a case of nailbiting paranoia, take a refresher course in Orwellian newspeak—a choppy language expressly designed to confuse and control that includes the mind-melting notion of blackwhite, the blind compliance of not only swearing that black is white and 2+2=5 but believing it and forgetting “that one has ever believed the contrary.” The parallels are so absurd it would be hilarious—if it weren’t for actual paradoxical facepalmers like “clean coal,” “alternative facts,” “illegals skewed the popular vote,” and “it’s all Obama’s fault.” Critical thinking skills, meh, who needs ‘em? As many resistors already know, it’s useless and exhausting to argue with the stubbornly stupid. It’s time to fight the morons with our own oxymoronic weapons. That’s where aggressive civility comes in. The brainchild (or thoughtcrime, depending on your loyalty to the Inner Party) of local freethinkers Jim Reed and Phillip Reynolds Price, this cheekily contradictory concept invites those who believe in truth, justice, dignity and decency to step up their game. “Like many folks, I’ve noticed a

coarsening of culture recently,” shares Reed with a raised eyebrow. “I’m tired of being sad about the way people interact with each other. We have to start calling out the assholery.” Whether that entails addressing ignorant comments by a co-worker or taking time to volunteer at a local literacy program, Reed defines aggressive civility as “basically being as good at being nice, friendly, polite and inclusive as other people are at being assholes.” It also means putting a little more money where our big mouths are. He and Price have co-founded the new social action organization, #AggressivelyCivil, which not only makes a fabulous hashtag but stages events and sells swag to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center. While there are plenty of worthy causes in this brave new world, they’ve chosen these two civil rights giants for their proven records when it comes to defending the Constitutional liberties of all Americans and advocating for our most vulnerable citizens. It also keeps the mission of #AggressivelyCivil blessedly simple. “We raise money. We give half of it to the ACLU. We give the other half to the SPLC. They’re two established organizations that we trust and believe in. That’s it,” says Price. The doubleplusdogooders debuted the project in conjunction with Reed’s regular Wednesday screening of the Psychotronic Film Society at the Sentient Bean, long a teeming bastion of thought criminals and potential unpersons.

Keeping to its rebellious origins, the Psychotronic Film Society didn’t present the same film version of 1984 as the other 200 theaters across the country, the one starring recently-deceased John Hurt as the love-and-truth tortured Winston Smith. Instead, Reed scared up a rare screener of the BBC’s original 1954 black-and-white telecast that caused massive uproar in Great Britain for its “subversive nature and horrific content.” (The rat scene is tame compared to, say, Willard standards, but was icky enough to have terrified one housewife to death, as reported by the Daily Express.) Members of Parliament got involved, introducing various amendments to censure its “sexual and sadistic tastes” and counter motions that lauded the show’s depictions of inhuman practices “already in common use under totalitarian régimes.” (Let it be known that the young Queen and Prince Philip enjoyed the show immensely.) The BBC responded by staging an encore, this one caught on film. Produced by legendary British screenwriter Nigel Kneale, 1954’s 1984 remains one of the oldest preserved live telecasts. Huh, history. Written by the victors and all that. I’ve always met overreactive Orwellian references with an eyeroll, but watching Winston toss “malreported” articles down the memory holes and rewrite the story of the world, I couldn’t help but shudder. The new administration’s war on truth has more fake news and propaganda

propagating the bandwidth than ever, freakishly reflecting Orwell’s pablum of “rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology.” (At the risk of resembling that remark, Rob Brezny reminds that Mercury is in retrograde for the next three weeks.) Will future Americans read about 2017 as the beginning of a blinding new era when war became peace and freedom became slavery? Will anyone remember the hypocrisy of 59 missiles in response to gas attacks on Syrian children who would have been denied sanctuary within our borders? Will there be a record of apparent collusion with vowed enemies of democracy? As we parse the distractions, are the true victors to be the poison-shilling pharmaceutical industry and corporate conglomerates jacking up health care and fracking up the water? Orwell’s 1984 may seem simplistic and stark compared to what’s oozing out of the White House, but there’s no escaping the kinship. We must continue to resist by practicing kindness harder, shouting the truth louder, and participating in the civility that this country so desperately needs— aggressively and without compromise. “If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them,” wrote Orwell on the wall of the once-and-future free world. And even though Big Brother definitely isn’t watching through the microwave, I’m still giving it the middle finger every time I heat up my tea,just in case. cs

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Needed: More ‘oddball plans’ to reduce collisions BY JOHN BENNETT

LAST YEAR, Telegraph Avenue in Oakland Calif. was reconfigured to include parking-protected bike lanes by repurposing car travel lanes. Had the editorial board of the Savannah Morning News seen fit to comment on the redesign, they would have labeled it an “oddball plan.” That’s what their editorial called a similar proposal for Savannah’s Whitaker and Drayton streets, which was rejected by Savannah City Council on March 30. How’s that oddball plan working out for Oakland? According to a report released in January by the City of Oakland, The Koreatown-Northgate District, “has seen a 9 percent increase in retail sales and the addition of five new businesses since the Telegraph Avenue project went in. Another trend in the right direction: We saw a 78 percent increase in people biking and a 100 percent increase in people walking during peak hours.” Collisions dropped 40 percent. Oakland officials acknowledge the bump in retail activity is “not directly

the news that they can continue speeding through the heart of our city. I sometimes think merely mentioning the words “bike lanes” generates more controversy locally than any two-word phrase, other than “Orange Crush.” But here’s the thing: The Savannah Bicycle Campaign would have supported the SDRA proposal — as did a coalition of business groups, advocacy organizations, and neighborhood associations — even if it did Crashes like this April 7 collision at Drayton and Taylor are increasingly common. not include bike lanes. Crashes on Drayton and Whitaker have more than doubled since 2011. We could fill in the space intended for bike lanes with sand to make the world’s attributable to the changes on the street,” Development and Renewal Authority was longest bocce ball courts. We could deepen but I don’t doubt there’s a connection. a pilot project to measure the results of the lanes and fill them with water to creSimilar projects across the country traffic calming efforts — both intended and ate the nation’s first protected kayak lanes and here in the Southeast have delivered unexpected. (with future connections to the Canal significant economic benefits along with If removing one car travel lane from District?). safety improvements. What’s dismissed as Drayton Street would back up morning Shoot, we could even erect statues of “oddball” in Savannah is embraced as best traffic all the way to the Ogeechee River, as the mayor and alderman in the second practice in many communities. some folks seemed to think, the pilot projtravel lanes. Or simply widen the sidewalks But surely the redesign “choked off traf- ect would show that. to achieve the main goal of the project: fic” along Telegraph Avenue, right? That’s Others worried the project would push reversing the alarming increase in car what our daily newspaper ominously precars onto other streets. This is a little like crashes. dicted for Whitaker and Drayton. Nope. complaining that water is flowing through The bike lanes, which would be pro“Not too fast, not too slow. Since the more than one hole in your colander. tected from the car travel lanes by onchange, we’ve seen a significant decrease The ability to disperse traffic is a feastreet parking, would deliver the desired in cars and trucks speeding and little ture of our grid pattern, not a bug. Still, reduction in crashes. They would also change in median speed,” the City report monitoring traffic speeds and volumes divert bicycle through-traffic out of Forconcludes. on nearby streets during the pilot project syth Park and provide the first addition to “Now traffic flows more consistently would reveal the impacts. our woefully insufficient bicycle transporand more consistently at a safe speed. Why Last year City Council approved a demtation network since the administration of reduced speeding matters: Nine out of 10 onstration project on Bay Street that many Mayor Otis Johnson. But those are bonus pedestrians survive being hit by a vehicle people correctly predicted would increase prizes, not the main goal. traveling 20 mph, but just five out of 10 motor vehicle speeds. Unfortunately, our Less than two hours after City Council survive if the vehicle is going 30 mph. At elected officials, with the exception of dismissed the SDRA’s proposal, two vehi40 mph, only one out of 10 pedestrians will Alderman Bill Durrence, seem unwilling cles collided on Drayton Street and there survive.” to test street designs that reduce speeding were at least four crashes last weekend. In The Telegraph Avenue project is not on Drayton and Whitaker. 2016 there were 338 crashes on Whitaker completely analogous to the Whitaker That position earned applause from and Drayton streets. and Drayton proposal, so our mileage some Savannah Morning News readers who The question is not if we will surpass may vary. That’s why it’s important to revealed in their comments why traffic those totals this year, but how soon. CS note the proposal offered by the Savannah calming is so badly needed. They cheered

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Westinghouse bankrupty adds yet another setback to the already-problematic Plant Vogtle expansion BY JIM MOREKIS

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A PAIR of new nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, about an hour north/ northwest of us on the Savannah River, were supposed to be up and running two weeks ago and sending electricity to the regional grid. Instead, the project is still less than 40 percent complete. Originally budgeted at about $14 billion, the expansion at Plant Vogtle is now by some estimations least $6 billion over bud12 get and counting, with no real end in sight.

That much we already knew. But the big news last month was that the manufacturer of the reactor units themselves, Toshiba-owned Westinghouse, has put its North American operations into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That’s right — the company making nuclear reactors upstream of us is going bankrupt. Sweet dreams! None of this stopped the chief executive of Georgia Power’s parent firm, Southern Company, from getting a 34 percent pay raise last week. Thomas A. Fanning is now up to $15.8 million a year. In the meantime, since 2011 almost ten percent of your monthly power bill goes

not just to pay for the Vogtle expansion, but to pay for the financing costs. That’s thanks to special legislation, the Nuclear Financing Act, passed by the state legislature and then-Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2009. See the line on your bill that says, “Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery?” That’s what you’ve been paying to finance the Vogtle expansion in advance. (It comes to 9.7 percent of your billed kilowatt usage, not your whole monthly charge. In South Carolina they’ve got it even worse — a planned expansion of the V.C. Summer plant north of Columbia is costing each SCE&G customer more than double what we pay each month, and they don’t even get an itemized bill.) The Nuclear Financing Act essentially stripped rate increase oversight of this project from elected regulators at the Public Service Commission (PSC). And customers are relieving Georgia Power of virtually all financial risk of its $6.1 billion share of the project cost, including interest on borrowed funds. It’s quite a sweetheart deal for the subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co., the nation’s second-largest utility. It gets sweeter: As we reported back in 2010, the legislation has no cap for cost overruns, and doesn’t even have a way to

refund customers if the project doesn’t even get completed at all. What the hell is going on? Sadly, not much that wasn’t predicted over ten years ago when all this began. “Most all the concerns previously brought to the Public Service Commission are now playing out in real time,” says Stephen Smith, executive director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). “The utilities have totally lost credibility and now we need regulators to do their jobs.” In 2006, Southern Co. began seeking approval to double the number of reactors at Plant Vogtle. (The first duo, Units 1 and 2, was online by the late ‘80s.) It was to be the first expansion of nuclear energy since the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster in 1979. By 2009 the expansion plan had received approval from the PSC. If completed, the Vogtle expansion would make it the largest nuclear plant in the United States. In 2012 — just a year after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan — the federal Nuclear Regulatory Council approved the planned use of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, a design the parent company says has greater safety parameters than the General Electric reactors at Fukushima. As of this writing, not a single AP1000



has gone online yet; the first is set to go live at a Chinese plant later this year. Project and reactor construction delays, and Westinghouse’s financial woes, are slowing new projects in China as well. Since the Vogtle expansion was approved, the project has experienced one setback after another, all of them underwritten by Georgia Power customers, and almost all of them predicted by environmental watchdogs and media outlets such as this one. In a grimly symbolic incident, in 2012 a reactor vessel set to contain one of the AP1000s literally fell off a train on the way to Burke County. News of the accident, which involved no radioactive materials, didn’t reach the public until about a month later. “Once again PSC staff time after time predicted delays well in advance of Southern Company admitting to them,” says Sara Barczak, High Risk Energy Choices Program Director for SACE. “Once again there are revised commercial operation dates that represent another delay in the project.” Originally, Unit 3 was supposed to be online April 2016. Then it was moved to July 2019. Completion for Unit 3 is now estimated to be Dec. 2019. Unit 4 was supposed to be online April 1, 2017. Then it was

moved to July 2019. Completion for Unit 4 is now estimated to be to Dec. 2019. The extreme delay, combined with a complicated pending litigation issue, prompted a new settlement agreement in the closing days of 2016, to reflect the new economic reality of the ballooning financing cost to ratepayers. “There’s been a slight change in the financing situation because of the settlement reached at the end of the year,” explains Barczak. “Interest is still going to be collected. But once the certified capital cost is reached, instead of being collected in advance it will go into a different type of accounting process,” she says. “But customers will still be paying for financing costs far longer than expected, and ultimately will pay far more.” Because of the huge delay, “Financing costs ended up representing the largest cost increases,” says Barczak. “It’s like the longer you have a credit card not paid off, the higher the interest is. The interest ends up being what kills you.” That’s why Barczak and other environmental watchdogs are frustrated with the settlement. “Ratepayers are just going to pay for financing longer,” she says. “Because by 2017 both reactors were supposed to be

operating by now, that advance payment will not be collected. There are no capital costs in the legislation.” The 2016 settlement now targets a completed project date of Dec. 31 2020, but few observers have much trust in that target. “This represents a 45-month delay. PSC public interest advocacy staff testified that even using a 45 month delay date, it was unlikely the new completion date can be achieved. It would require a threefold increase in productivity,” Barczak says. “This forces customers to continue to pay for a facility where the utility cannot accurately predict the cost, and when or even if the facility will be completed, adds Stephen Smith of SACE. Georgia Power originally said the financing plan would save customers over $300 million in the long run. But that was based on the original, now-obsolete timeline. Any savings realized are now more than outweighed by the cost overrun. The Westinghouse bankruptcy adds yet another, and potentially very serious, layer of uncertainty to an already very uncertain project. “Toshiba purchased Westinghouse in 2005-2006. They had developed a reactor design that most facilities across the country decided to go with,” Barczak explains.


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“What panned out just recently is that Toshiba started losing big on these projects. They lost $6.3 billion on two projects combined,” she says. “This bankruptcy has created a worst case scenario for electric power customers in Georgia and South Carolina. There are more questions than answers at this point,” says Smith. “We see no path forward without some additional financial pain for customers.” The bankruptcy is particularly tricky, says Tom Clements, executive director of SRS Watch. “The loan guarantees for the Vogtle expansion run through Southern Co., not Westinghouse. Southern is not directly related to the bankruptcy,” says Clements. “Once the bankruptcy court starts shifting costs around, you can’t predict what will happen,” he says. Adding a twist is the fact that most of Westinghouse’s overseas operations aren’t included in the bankruptcy proceeding — raising suspicions that they are looking for a way to back out of the Vogtle deal. “It’s pretty clear from their filings that they’re looking to us to take over this project,” said SCANA CEO Kevin Marsh, whose company is also contracting with Westinghouse for AP1000 reactors. All of this is a far cry from the so-called

“It’s like the longer you have a credit card not paid off, the higher the interest. The interest is what kills you.” “Nuclear Renaissance” at the turn of the 21st Century, when advances in technology were supposed to relieve the world of what at the time were high fossil fuel costs and an assumption of severe future scarcity. With the Energy Policy Act of 2005 — a Bush-era initiative enthusiastically endorsed and enhanced during the Obama administration through generous loan guarantees — the future of U.S. energy looked to be a heavily nuclear one. “After the Energy Policy Act of 2005 passed, over 30 new reactors were proposed, more than half in the Southeast,” Barczak says. Then came the great recession of 2008, followed by a little thing called fracking. Seemingly all of a sudden, the fossil fuel industry experienced a huge boom, both financially and in projected availability. “We’ve seen the demise of the so-called nuclear renaissance,” says Barczak. “A lot of license applications for new nuclear plants were withdrawn.”

But not at Plant Vogtle. At the time, the Congressional Budget Office was prophetic in its assessment of the state of the nuclear industry. “If construction costs for new nuclear power plants proved to be as high as the average cost of nuclear plants built in the 1970s and 1980s or if natural gas prices fell back to the levels seen in the 1990s, then new nuclear capacity would not be competitive, regardless of the incentives provided by Energy Policy Act,” said a CBO report from 2008. “Every single thing we said might happen did happen,” says Barczak. “Then Fukushima happened.” The tsunami-induced failure of a reactor at the Fukushima Daichi plant, a disaster of such scope that its impacts aren’t fully measured six years later, wasn’t even a speed bump for the Vogtle expansion. “We are committed to the project and completing the units on schedule and on budget,” said Southern Nuclear Co.

spokesperson Beth Thomas at the time. “We’re certainly monitoring the events in Japan and our thoughts and prayers are with the people there.” A lot of this momentum, Barczak says, it due to the unique situation of a utility building nuclear power plants with all the regulatory burden on the government, and most of the financial risk on ratepayers. The Southeast, she says, “is in a weird situation in that we’re a regulated market but very weak on consumer protections. States like Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina all had legislators passing legislation to put extra burdens on consumers.” The nuclear power industry, Barczak says, “isn’t exactly what you’d call a nimble industry. It can’t react to changes that sometimes happen very quickly. It’s based on the old model of, ‘OK you’re gonna have more people, so build a bigger power plant,’” she says. “For the Southeast, if the coal paradigm seems to be going by the wayside, then we’re still in the nuclear paradigm.” Noboby knows what happens next, though all eyes are on the bankruptcy court. With the precedent set for ratepayers to stay on the hook regardless of how much sunk cost is going into the Vogtle expansion, there is vanishing hope of a win/win solution for ratepayers. CS


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NEWS & OPINION POLITICS now has the highest percentage of women in any governing body in the South, the majority of them supporters of reproductive freedom. Also due to GA WIN List efforts, there are more African American JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS women legislators in Georgia than any other U.S. state, including House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), who is considering a run for governor in 2018. GA WIN List expanded its visibility in Savannah last year with the acquisition of two local board members, former mayor Edna Jackson and businesswoman Murem Sharpe. “Savannah is a strategic location for this work, and its citizens are open to women in politics,” says executive director Melita Easter. “Right now we have this pale, male patriarchy in local governments and state Congress. Women of coastal Georgia need to run so they can be better represented at the power tables.” Easter acknowledges that many women continue to be heads of households while holding down full-time jobs, which is precisely why they make great candidates and campaign managers. “Women are great at balancing all of the duties and responsibilities on their plate, and women who are passionate about politics will always find a way,” she assures. An ethnically-diverse, multi-generational crowd sat rapt as facilitator Kate Coyne-McCoy ran down a rainbow of Powerpoint slides on everything from how to ask for money to creating an authentic message to building a contact list. The founder of has consulted on thousands of campaigns in the last 20 years, including her own run for a U.S. House seat in home state of Rhode Island in 2000. After she lost that race, she decided to hang up her candidate’s hat and concentrate her efforts on strategy, development and counsel for others. “I figured I could be in Congress shoveling shit with a toothpick or be out here training other women to run,” CoyneMcCoy told the room with a wry grin. Many of the women at last week’s boot camp weren’t necessarily there to run themselves but to learn how to get others about volunteer management, fundraising, classroom at the Beach Institute surpassed elected. clear messaging and other tools essential expectations, it didn’t come as a surprise. “I’m recently retired, and I have time to running an effective political campaign. “It validates that women want to be to dedicate myself to getting the people in “The idea is to build a Savannah base trained,” said Hollowell, who plans to run in office that I feel will represent my values,” and create a community of women candi2020 for an as yet-to-be-named seat. “And said Iris Dayoub, a former financial advisor dates who are supported financially and we are going to train as many as possible.” and business owner. politically,” explained Amanda Hollowell, The Atlanta-based GA WIN List has Her daughter, Rebecca, sat next to her. GA WIN List’s communications director helped put more than 55 women in the “I was raised by a feminist, and I have a and the site coordinator for the Savannah House and Senate since its inception in passion for fairness and social justice, training. 2000 and is modeled on the success of and I’m here to find out how to best supHollowell is also the first local graduthe national PAC Emily’s List that helped port candidates I believe in,” reiterated ate of the WIN Leadership Academy, a elect candidates Senator Elizabeth WarRebecca, an educator. carefully vetted group groomed for a year ren (D-MA) and Senator Claire McCaskill Local living wage and affordable housing on the dirty details of Georgia politics. (D-MO). WIN List-endorsed candidates activist Gwendolyn Glover wouldn’t confirm Applications for WLA jumped from 35 in flipped state congressional seats in 2010 a future run, though she said she came to 2016 to 140 in 2017, and while the packed and 2016, and the Georgia legislature collect information on what it takes to win. Laurens County Board of Commissioners candidate Brenda Chaie of Dublin came to the GA WIN List Boot camp for campaign tips. PHOTOS BY


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THE 2018 midterm elections are right around the corner, and Georgia’s WIN List is making sure it has candidates ready to run. The political action committee dedicated to recruiting, training and electing Democratic women for state and local office recently hosted several day-long “boot camps” around the state, including a session in Savannah last week. The weather brought out more sandals than boots, but around 40 women spent 16 the day at the Beach Institute learning



(R to L): Gwendolyn Glover, Ilyce Brinn, Edna Jackson and Yolanda Shipp discussed strategy at lunch.

“The key seems to be knowing who you are and understanding the resources available, then building a team to make it happen,” Glover surmised. Several women traveled from other areas of the state to attend the boot camp, and at least one has already launched a campaign. Brenda Chaie of Dublin is seeking a seat on the Laurens County Board of Commissioners, which currently has no women. “I’ve learned a lot today, especially about fundraising and what we can and cannot do,” said Chaie, who is running on a platform of improving roads and other infrastructure in lower-income sections of the county. “Mostly, though, I’ve learned that we’re on the right track, which is great.” While traditional political strategy dictates starting at local levels and working one’s way up the ladder, Coyne-McCoy

advises going straight for for the goal. “If you want to be a member of Congress, run for Congress—if that seat is winnable,” she said. “Ultimately, this is a game of numbers.” GA WIN List doesn’t endorse a candidate simply because she is a pro-choice Democrat; she has to be in it to win it. The organization closely monitors Georgia’s deeply gerrymandered districts and voter registration numbers to find areas that could shift in any given election cycle. For 2018 and 2020, it has identified several districts around the state that could go blue and is in the process of helping viable candidates establish residency in those areas. “Eighty-five percent of Georgia legislature incumbents ran unopposed this last election cycle,” reminds executive director Easter, fixing a steely gaze on the room. “That is not going to happen again.” CS

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IT’S a tough time to care about planet Earth. As executive orders decimate climate change regulation and the Environmental Protection Agency loses its authority, it’s tempting to give up the fight for clean air, safe drinking water and protection of unspoiled land and endangered wildlife. Yet for many activists, the political and physical challenges of the times only motivate them to keep seeking solutions to the imminent reality of rising sea levels and fossil fuel burnout. “Everyone is afraid right now of what’s going to happen, but my belief is that there are a lot of strong, smart people out there who have the power to turn it around,” says Joanne Morton, the indefatigable optimist and organizer behind the Savannah Earth Day Festival, taking place this Saturday, April 15. For the past 17 years, the Savannah Earth Day Festival has gathered the area’s environmental advocates and experts to showcase their work and educate citizens on the choices they can make every day to reduce a negative impact on the planet. Sponsored by the City of Savannah, it’s the largest Earth Day outreach event in the state of Georgia. It’s also a party inspired by the beauty of planet, filling Forsyth Park with art, music and frolicking families on what is usually one of the loveliest Saturdays of the year (2014’s unexpected rainout notwithstanding.) The Forsyth Farmers Market will occupy its regular spot at the south end of 18 the park until 1pm, its fresh-picked fruits

is as important as ever Savannah celebrates and educates this corner of the planet on April 15 BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS | and veggies adding even more vibrance to the day. “Something amazing happens when we have all of these people in one place,” promises Morton, on her third year of heading up the festivities. “It really is a celebration.” The Forsyth bandshell will hum with hot jams from Missionary Blues and the funky wisdom of Xulu Prophet, and Waits & Co. finishes out the day with soulful Americana. The magical hoopers of the Stardust Pixxies and Loop It Up Savan-

nah’s arty funsters keep bodies of all ages occupied, and healthy refreshments will be available from Natural Selections, Bull Street’s new vegan café, and Kona Ice, serving up sweet treats from it’s solarpowered truck. Coastal Heritage Society’s mobile greenhouse will also showcase the entire garden-to-table process—on wheels. But it’s the workshops that set Earth Day apart from any other Savannah soirée in the park. Five different tents host highly informed yet informal 30-minute lectures on homesteading, beekeeping, mushroom

cultivation, urban gardening and other topics related to a more sustainable lifestyle. Erica Jarman of House of Strut will present “The Effect of Fast Fashion on Earth,” which may have fashionistas thinking twice about buying another $8 t-shirt, and Oatland Island’s Annie Quinting has tips for dealing with the great outdoors in “Dispelling the Fear of Snakes!” The farmers of Victory Gardens have all sorts of planting advice to give, and The Savannah Tree Foundation will lead a walk under the majestic Candler Oak. On the policy side, a panel discussion will feature coastal advocacy groups 100 Miles and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and reps from the Ogeechee and Savannah Riverkeepers collaborate for an eagle-eye view of what’s at stake for our local waterways. More friendly folks from the UGA Extension Chatham County, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, YFACE /Youth For a Cleaner Environment, Clean Coast, Sierra Club, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, SCAD Design for Sustainability, Eat Grow Repeat and Savannah Urban Garden Alliance will be there to talk about how they’re working to keep our corner of the planet clean for the next generation.    “It’s really about quality of life,” explains Nick Deffley, director of the City of Savannah’s Environmental Services and Sustainability Department. “We have to think about how we use our resources if we want to keep them.” The Environmental Services and Sustainability department works to educate local residents on the impact of their carbon footprint and engage them in CONTINUES ON P. 20


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energy-saving habits like turning off the lights and alternative transportation. Deffley and his staff recently completed a twoyear, 78-page assessment of city operations to help elected leaders and staff make sustainable decisions for Savannah’s future. “Here in Savannah we have the marshes, the ocean, and this great tree canopy that many of our 13 million tourists a year come here to enjoy. If we don’t protect them we could lose out economically,” warns Deffley. Deffley also oversees the Keep Savannah Clean Litter Campaign, which the city’s High School Leadership Council has used as a platform for the art installation, “Everything Flows, Love Where You Live.” Focusing on creative solutions for trash problems, the show presents an upcycled set of ecoactivism’s “3 Rs:” Refuse, Reuse, and Repair. At Earth Day’s set-up in the visitor center parking lot, local electric car enthusiast Kelly Bringman will answer questions about her family’s two 2013 Nissan Leafs, which she uses to zip around town for business and pleasure. “We’re Southsiders, and we spend a lot of time in Starland and go to church downtown, so electric makes sense,” says Brigman, a realtor and property manager who met Morton at Green Drinks, a monthly cocktail hour for the eco-minded.

Check out the engines of two electric Nissan LEAFs in the visitors center parking lot.

“Something amazing happens when we have all of these people in one place,” promises Morton, on her third year of heading up the festivities. “It really is a celebration.” “There are chargers all over the place, and the infrastructure is growing.” Bringman is glad to be free of oil changes and visits to the gas pump, and says she can make it from Georgetown to Tybee Island

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these models worth a look. “They’re really fun to drive, and they’re faster than you think—I’ve gotten it up to 90 on I-95,” she laughs, adding that she doesn’t do that often, since those speeds can add to unnecessary wear and tear. “The technology is still fairly new, but it seems to me that these could run twenty years or more.” That kind of long-range thinking is the crux of the Earth Day Festival’s philosophy. Rather than be deterred by the recent setbacks in environmental policy, organizer Morton is keeping her eye on 2020—the next election cycle as well as the 50th anniversary of national Earth Day and the 20th year of the local celebration. (National Earth Day is on April 22.) “We’re not giving up on anything,” vows the cheerful coordinator. “It gives me hope that no matter how far the current administration takes us backwards, there are so many groups of people working in this small area to protect our planet.” CS


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If everything else is more expensive in Europe, why do we pay more for healthcare? People always point out that Americans pay 2.5 times more per capita for healthcare compared to Europe and receive much poorer results. But isn’t everything in Europe—gasoline, housing, food, taxes more expensive than in the U.S.? If this is true, then how could healthcare be so inexpensive? —Pearl-Clutching Provocateur PRIORITIES, Pearl, priorities. European governments slap heavy taxes on gas, for instance, but they’ve made sure to contain healthcare costs. In the U.S. we’ve done the opposite: Mexico excepted, our gas tax is by far the lowest in the industrialized world, but healthcare costs are largely entrusted to market forces. American insurers are corporations seeking profits, which raises prices, requiring government to step in and cover excessive costs, and this steady flow of state money in turn allows insurers to raise prices even further. In the end, our health-insurance system doesn’t look too different from what you’d get if you’d set out to design one as expensive as you could manage. Look at administrative costs. Twentyfive percent of hospital spending in the U.S. goes to administration, compared to just 12 percent in Scotland. Why? The Scots use a single-payer insurance system (the kind we’re not allowed to have),

wherein the hospital simply sends a bill to the government and gets reimbursed. In the U.S. there are multiple payers: private insurance companies, government insurance plans, and patients. Sorting through this crowd to determine who’ll pay for what is a full-time job—many, many full-time jobs, in fact. And insurance companies need to cover their expenses and make a little profit themselves. So do pharmaceutical companies, which brings us to a more headline-grabbing cause: high drug costs. We all remember the outcry when Mylan marked up its EpiPen by 400 percent, but that was merely an extreme example of the rational-capitalist behavior drug firms engage in all the time. When your product can literally save a life, and you’ve got a 20-year patent monopoly on it, you’ll tend to price it like the goldmine it is unless someone steps in to regulate you. And European nations do. The UK’s National Health Service, like other Euro programs, negotiates pricing with drug companies to limit markup. By contrast, Medicare, the biggest drug customer in the U.S, is legally barred from such negotiation, and it reimburses doctors more when they prescribe more expensive meds. Meanwhile, companies maintain their monopolies by tweaking drugs’ nontherapeutic aspects to extend the patent. And even when generic alternatives exist, laws in 26 states require patient consent for pharmacists to make a substitution, meaning that prescriptions needlessly get filled with pricey name-brand drugs instead; as a result, a 2016 Harvard report found, Medicaid shelled out an extra $19.8 million in 2006 for the cholesterol drug Zocor alone. The pharmaceutical industry can’t just shrug and say “Well, capitalism” without inflaming popular opinion, so it defends high prices by pointing to R & D costs: somebody’s got to invent these new wonder drugs, they say, and that process ain’t cheap. Thing is, the pharma companies aren’t bearing these costs all by themselves—especially in the early stages of drug development, a lot of the key work

may get done at the National Institutes of Health or in university labs. The actual cost of drug research is hard to pin down, partly because pharma companies are so secretive about accounting. A 2014 study from a pharma-backed organization priced per-drug development cost at $2.6 billion, but independent research has it as low as $161 million. Doctors are more expensive in the U.S. too. A stateside physician may earn effectively three times what her German peers do; on the other hand, she’s probably paying off debt, whereas in Germany medical education is basically free. Physicians’ groups also blame our litigious society, which they say leads doctors to practice defensive medicine—guarding against malpractice claims by ordering excessive testing and procedures. It’s tough to say how much these tendencies may cost us, as doctors have widely varying ideas about what’s necessary treatment and what’s ass-covering: a 2010 Harvard study put the annual impact of defensive medicine in the U.S. at $45.5 billion; a big healthcare staffing company used data from a Gallup survey of doctors to come up with a figure seven times higher. We do get more care than our European counterparts: three times as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times as many MRIs, about thirty percent more C-sections. But the benefit is hard to gauge. Pennsylvania, which has roughly the same population as Ontario, has about six times as many hospitals where patients can receive open-heart surgery. Here’s the thing: the fact that this treatment is more readily available means U.S. patients (insured ones, anyway) go under the knife just to be safe; meanwhile, life expectancy after a heart attack is about the same in both countries. Still, would you or I pass up a potentially life-saving operation based on that statistic? Probably not—and there’s another part of what keeps our costs so high. BY CECIL ADAMS Send questions to Cecil via



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Off -duty Tybee officer killed in motorcycle crash

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police responded to a report of a motorcycle hit by an SUV on Ogeechee Road near Southwest Middle School around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. “A motorcyclist was travelling north on Ogeechee Road and was struck by an SUV turning east from the southbound lanes of Ogeechee Rd. The motorcyclist, off-duty Officer Tron T. Lewis, 32, of the Tybee Island Police Department, succumbed to the injuries received in the crash,” a police spokesperson reports. “Officer Lewis was not on duty at the time of the crash. The driver of the SUV suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.”

Fire near Forsyth Park

Due to the wind and the proximity of neighboring structures, “on scene commanders called for a second alarm to bring additional personnel and apparatus resources to the scene to keep the blaze from extending to nearby

Savannah firefighters “battled windwhipped flames at a structure fire near Forsyth Park Thursday afternoon,” a spokesperson for Firefighters also saved a dog. Savannah Fire and Emergency Services says. structures.” Firefighters were dispatched to the 100 Eight residents were displaced and block of West Park Avenue just after 2 p.m. American Red Cross volunteers responded “The fire was located in the back of the to assist. No injuries were reported and three-story structure at 117 W. Park Ave. firefighters were able to rescue one dog With the aid of gusting winds, the flames from a downstairs apartment. had engulfed the entire top floor by the Deputy arrested for sexual contact time firefighters were able to attack the with inmate blaze,” the spokesperson says.  A Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested and The structure, which houses four apartfired for having inappropriate sexual conments, sustained extensive damage to the tact with an inmate. upper apartment on the back of the buildDue to information being presented to ing. “The apartments on the front of the Internal Affairs, a Sheriff’s Office spokesbuilding did not sustain any fire damage person says “Deputy Jermaine Minor, an but they did incur smoke and water damemployee for less than one year, has been age. The two residences to the east of the building also sustained minor fire damage terminated and arrested charged with four counts of violation of Georgia law by comfrom windblown em bers,” according to mitting the offense of Sexual Assault by a reports. . 

person With Supervisory or Disciplinary Authority, which is a felony offense, one count of Violation of his Oath of Office and one count of Making False Statements and Writings.” The case and all evidence discovered will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for charges and prosecution.

Elderly man shot in Tatemville

Police are investigating a shooting near Sherman Avenue and O’Byrne Street Tuesday, Apr. 4. “At around 10 p.m., Metro officers responded to St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital, finding shooting victim, Larry Hunter, 67. Hunter arrived in a privately owned vehicle, seeking care of a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Reportedly, Hunter was walking on Sherman Avenue when he was shot,” police say.

19-year-old shot

Police are investigating a shooting on Burroughs and West 39th streets on Tuesday, April 4. around 9:55 p.m. “Metro officers responded to the 2000 block of Harden Street finding shooting victim, John Scott, 19. Reportedly, Scott was walking north on Burroughs Street when he was shot. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” police report. CS

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NEWS & OPINION NEWS OF THE WEIRD Recently, in Dubai (the largest city in the United Arab Emirates), Dubai Civil Defense started using water jetpacks that lift firefighters off the ground to hover in advantageous positions as they work the hoses. Also, using jet skis, rescuers can avoid traffic altogether by using the city’s rivers to arrive at fires (and, if close enough to a waterway, can pump water without hydrants). Even more spectacularly, as early as this summer, Dubai will authorize already tested one-person, “Jetsons”-type drones for ordinary travel in the city. The Ehang 184 model flies about 30 minutes on an electrical charge, carrying up to 220 pounds at about 60 mph.

Latest Human Rights

• Convicted murderer Philip Smith (a veteran criminal serving life for killing the father of a boy Smith had been sexually abusing) escaped from prison in New Zealand with the help of a disguise that included a toupee for his bald head—before being caught. Prison officials confiscated the toupee, but Smith said a shiny head behind bars made him feel “belittled, degraded and humiliated” and sued for the right to keep the toupee. (In March, in a rare case in which a litigant succeeds as his own lawyer, Smith prevailed in Auckland’s High Court.) • In March, star soccer goalkeepr Bruno Fernandes de Souza signed a two-year contract to play for Brazil’s Boa Esporte club while he awaits the outcome of his appealed conviction for the 2010 murder of his girlfriend. (He had also fed her body to his dogs.) He had been sentenced to 22 years in prison, but was released by a judge after seven, based on the judge’s exasperation at the years-long delays in appeals in Brazil’s sluggish legal system.


The Cleveland (Ohio) Street Department still had not (at press time) identified the man, but somehow he, dressed as a road worker, had wandered stealthily along Franklin Boulevard during March and removed more than 20 standard “35 mph” speed limit signs—replacing all with official-looking “25 mph” signs that he presumably financed himself. Residents along those two miles of Franklin have long

complained, but the city kept rejecting pleas for a lowered limit.

Mating Strategies

Reportedly, Anas “stumbled for a second” until he could correct himself. “I’m so sorry,” he attempted to clarify. “My wife! I love you so much from my heart.”

• The Apenheul primate park in ApelLeading Economic Indicators doorn, Netherlands, is engaged in a It turns out that Layne Hardin’s four-year experiment, offering female sperm is worth only $1,900—and not orangutans an iPad loaded with photos the $870,000 a jury had awarded him of male orangutans now housed at zoos around the world, with the females able to after finding that former girlfriend Tobie Devall had, without Hardin’s permission, express interest or disinterest (similar to obtained a vial of it without authorizaswiping right or left on the human dattion and inseminated herself to proing app Tinder). Researchers admit duce her son, now age 6. Initially results have been mixed, that some Hardin tried to gain partial cusmales have to be returned home, tody of the boy, but Devall conand once, a female handed the I DIDN’T WIN THE tinually rebuffed him, provoking iPad with a potential suitor showMASTERS, the lawsuit (which also named ing, merely crushed the tablet. AGAIN the sperm bank Texas Androl(Apps are not quite to the point ogy a defendant) and the chalof offering animals the ability to lenge in Houston’s First Court digitally smell each other.) of Appeal. • Peacocks are “well known” (so they say) to flash their erect, Most Competent Criminal sometimes-6-foot-high rack of An astonished woman unnamed colorful tail feathers to attract in news reports called police in mating opportunities. However, Coleshill, England, in February as researchers in Texas recently to report that a car exactly like found, the display might not be her silver Ford Kuga was parked important. Body cameras placed on at Melbicks garden center—with the very peahens at eye level (to learn how same license plate as hers. Police figured they check out strutting males) revealed that the females gazed mostly at the lowest out that a silver Ford Kuga had been stolen level of feathers (as if attracted only to cer- nearby in 2016, and to disguise that it was stolen, the thief had looked for an identical, tain colors rather than the awesomeness not-stolen Ford Kuga and then replicated of the towering flourish). its license plate, allowing the thief to drive Spectacular Errors! the stolen car without suspicion. (1) In March, jurors in Norfolk, VirLeast Competent Criminals ginia, found Allen Cochran, 49, not guilty (1) Thieves once again attempted a fruitof attempted shoplifting, but he was less smash-and-grab of an ATM at Mike nowhere to be seen when the verdict was and Reggie’s Beverages in Maple Heights, announced. Apparently predicting doom Ohio, in March—despite the owner’s hav(since he had also been charged with ing left the ATM’s door wide open with fleeing court during a previous case), he a sign reading “ATM emptied nightly.” once again skipped out. The jury then rePolice are investigating. (2) Boca Raton, retired to the jury room, found him guilty Florida, jeweler “Bobby” Yampolsky said on the earlier count and sentenced him he was suspicious that the “customer” to the five-year maximum. (Because of time already served, he could have walked who asked to examine diamonds worth $6 million carried no tools of the examiaway legally if he hadn’t walked away nation trade. After the lady made several illegally.) (2) In March, Ghanian soccer obvious attempts to distract Yampolsky, player Mohammed Anas earned a “man he ended the charade by locking her in his of the match” award (after his two goals vault and calling the police, who arrested led the Free State Stars to a 2-2 draw), her after discovering she had a package of but botched the acceptance speech by fake diamonds in her purse that she likely thanking both his wife and his girlfriend.


intended to switch.

Great Art!

At what was billed as part of a cancer fundraising event at the AvantGarden in Houston in February, performance artist Michael Clemmons and a partner, working as the act Sonic Rabbit Hole, had the elegant idea that one give the other an enema on stage, but there was a “spraying” accident. Viewers were led to believe the procedure was authentic, but the artists swore later that the sprayed contents were just a protein shake. “What I did is not all that (extreme),” protested Clemmons. “I don’t understand why I’m getting the attention for this.”

The Passing Parade

Two convicted murderers imprisoned in Nepal married each other in February, though it will be at least 14 years before they can consummate. Dilli Koirala, 33 (serving 20 years for killing his wife), and Mimkosha Bista, 30 (with another four years to go for killing her husband), will be allowed to meet (just to talk) twice a month until Koirala’s term ends. (A lawyer involved in the case said the marriage, though odd, was perhaps the last chance either would have to meet a suitable match.)

A News of the Weird Classic (July 2013)

“(Supermodels) is the one exception (to U.S. immigration law) that we all scratch our heads about,” said a Brookings Institution policy analyst in May (2013). Foreignborn sports stars and entertainers are fast-tracked with American work permits under one system, but supermodels were excluded from that and must thus compete (successfully, it turns out) with physicists and nuclear engineers to earn visas among the slots available only to “skilled workers with college degrees.” As such, around 250 beauties are admitted every year. (The most recent attempt to get supermodels their own visa category was championed in 2005 and 2007 by then-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.) CS

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All For You ‘90s kings Sister Hazel maintain a loyal fan base for 20 years


IN THE early nineties, two University of Florida students hauled their acoustic guitars between local coffee shops, melting harmonies and summery guitar picking into an affable toe-tapper of a song. Ken Block and Andrew Copeland thought they had it all planned out: graduate, get jobs, get married, start families. Little did they know that “All For You,” the song they were playing for cappuccinosipping North Floridians, would be pouring out of stereos for years to come. Sister Hazel may be synonymous with

1990s adult contemporary and alternative rock, nestled among Tonic, Dave Matthews Band, and Hootie & The Blowfish on nostalgic playlists, but the Gainesville group has maintained a kind of immortality that’s rarely granted to bands of the era: they’re still playing, releasing new music, and offering unique concert experiences for their loyal fans, the self-proclaimed “Hazelnuts.” “It’s crazy,” says vocalist/guitarist Copeland, looking back at the early days. “I’ve been doing this over half my life. I’ve spent more time being in a band with these guys than anything else.” The band’s shelf life is strongly aided by their ease between genres. Alt-rock is an umbrella term for their melodic sound

that fuses acoustic rock, Southern Rock, country, and folk. Throughout their discography, the easy melding of Block, Copeland, bassist Jeff Beres, and lead/ slide guitar Ryan Newell’s vocal harmonies has defined the Sister Hazel brand. It’s the friendly ease of it—more campfire than church choir—that makes the sound so welcoming. Block and Copeland’s blend has always been a standout for listeners. “We’ve been singing together for 26 years now, and our voices just blended really well,” says Copeland. “It’s going to sound funny, but it’s like The Gatlin Brothers—there’s something about siblings where sometimes it sounds like such a natural blend. People said from the get-go,



“This band has made an absolute habit of finding things we love to do and finding out how to make it work. That’s why the job isn’t so bad.” the music.” After all their time together, Sister Hazel doesn’t have one set way of writing songs. Copeland will often collaborate with writers outside of the band, as he did with “Karaoke Song,” and heads to Nashville to work with some of the top songwriters in the country. He made a writing deal of his own and has learned a lot from the experience. “It was such a huge benefit for me,” he shares. “I learned different techniques and picked up things and bring those back into the band. Having played together as long as we have, no matter where the songs come from, once the five of us flesh it out, it’s a Sister Hazel song.” In addition to releasing fresh songs, the band loves to find creative ways to entertain their devoted fans. Sister Hazel is the force behind The Rock Boat, a “floating music festival at sea,” the Hazelnut Hang in Charleston, and Rock Slope, in which the band and their fans take over a ski resort in Colorado, go skiing, and enjoy music. “This band has made an absolute habit of finding things we love to do and finding out how to make it work,” laughs Copeland. “That’s why the job isn’t so bad.” They’ve learned a lot since their early days and still has all its original members. Copeland thinks the secret to their success is managing to make it through their wild beginnings, fresh out of college. “We had a number one song, doing late night television…we were on the road over 300 days a year for three years in a row,” he reflects. “Back then when we were younger, we partied a lot harder than we should have, and things got pretty rocky and scary for a little while. Luckily, all of us have really grounded people around us that kept our feet firmly planted. We came through the other side of that whirlwind, looked around, and we all have the same goals. After so many years of being together, you settle into your role in the band, and you start realizing some of the things you fought about didn’t matter six days later, six hours later, six minutes later. “20-something years down the road, we’re all family. Those aren’t my bandmates or coworkers. Those are my brothers.” CS


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‘Are y’all brothers? It seems like you’ve been singing together your whole lives!’” For Copeland, who grew up singing around a piano with his family, finding harmonies without professional training is natural. Named after Sister Hazel Williams, a local missionary who ran a homeless shelter, Sister Hazel made its full-band debut in 1994. Their second album, …Somewhere More Familiar, released in 1997, boasted their chart-topper “All For You,” which hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The record sold 30,000 copies. Their followup, Fortress, featured favorites like “Champagne High,” “Change Your Mind,” and “Your Winter,” which was featured prominently in the film 10 Things I Hate About You. Most recently, the band surprised audiences with a country record, 2016’s Lighter in the Dark. Though the production stood out from their previous releases, Copeland says the homegrown sound was a natural progression. “The funny thing is, people say we went and made a country record, but we were making another Sister Hazel record,” he says. “It was heading that way with how the songs were written, thinking about how this treatment would help that song… we just focused on, ‘What’s best for the song?’ and landed in that genre.” The album allowed for a reunion with another ‘90s alt-rock hero and friend of the band: Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish. Rucker has enjoyed phenomenal success in his solo country career and teamed up with the band to write the single “Karaoke Song,” an ode to the art of barroom singalongs. “That was a lot of fun, doing that,” says Copeland. “We stay in touch all the time. Especially with basketball—him being South Carolina Gamecocks and us being Gators—there’s a lot of raisin’ going on with that! I went up to Charleston to and wrote with Darius, brought a friend, Barry Dean, and we spent time writing. We walked out of the house after writing ‘Karaoke Song’’—Barry and I were like, ‘That one’s pretty good’—and I heard Darius singing it, walking up the steps to his house. Barry and I stopped and turned around and said, ‘That’s got something.’ When the band heard it, the very first thing they said was, ‘We gotta have this song.’ I called Darius and told him, ‘The band loves it and wants to do it—would you sing on it?’ He said, ‘Man, I’d love to.’ It was killer, a lot of fun to do, and hopefully you hear that through


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FOR ALL the underground reverence and mysticism surrounding Kath Bloom, it’s kind of difficult to imagine her performing ordinary tasks. The singer-songwriter, prolific throughout the 1970s and into the ‘80s, who Pitchfork once said sounds like “a woman who has spent years in the wilderness,” has scheduled several interviews into her routine at home in Connecticut. On this day, there are family affairs to tend to, errands to be run. She’s had several cups of coffee and is feeling chattier than usual, she says. Listening to her recordings, one can see how Bloom is easily mythologized: her voice cracks and hisses, heavy with feral emotion and sprawling with a knowing transcendence. It’ll comfort you while it smashes your heart. Lyrically, she can devastate with just a few carefully paced words. Among her

most poignant: “I’d like to touch you, but I’ve forgotten how.” The daughter of oboist Robert Bloom, she studied cello as a young girl and picked up the guitar in her teens. In the early 1970s, she began collaborating with Bruce Neumann and eventually experimental guitarist Loren MazzaCane Connors. Bloom wrote with Connors until 1984, releasing numerous recordings of their unusual folk and blues music. After Connors and Bloom’s collaboration ended, she stopped releasing new material and focused on her family. Then, in the early 1990s, director Richard Linklater discovered her music and included the song “Come Here” in his 1995 film Before Sunrise. The exposure not only inspired Bloom to work on material for a new album; it gave her a whole new fan base. The records she and Connors released in the 1970s suddenly became highly sought after, with collectors paying top dollar for an original pressing. The whole experience took Bloom by



“Words come to me…usually, the thrust of the emotion of the song comes from sitting with a guitar and then sometimes I fiddle around with it.” grateful for that. I have to be in motion a lot when I write.” She describes her process as “kind of a grab bag,” having studied visual artists, musicians, and actors and finding inspiration in a variety of creative methods. “I write in a journal, I sit down with my guitar and just kind of start singing— all those ways are the ways I work,” she explains. “Words come to me…usually, the thrust of the emotion of the song comes from sitting with a guitar and then sometimes I fiddle around with it. Sometimes it goes on for months, sometimes for years.” “I guess the unconscious is a bit of a part of the creative process,” she adds. “It’s from the unknown, a lot of it. It’s not too premeditated.” Lately, she’s been finding inspiration in the children she works with. “That’s a great love of mine,” she says. “There’s so much energy, this primal energy, not just mental. You realize how important music is to all of us.” For this tour, Bloom is joined onstage by Kevin Lipson, who she describes as “a phenomenal bass player, but more than that, just a very sensitive musician.” “The way he plays bass, it’s kind of a revelation,” she marvels. Peggy Snow, who will perform a set of her own at their Sulfur Studios show, will join Bloom on harmonies. While she sometimes plays by herself— on European tours, for instance—Bloom prefers to perform alongside others. “I like to have some kind of crew playing together,” she says. “Some of my songs I can only sing according to what other people play around me.” In the past, Bloom has felt more comfortable performing on recordings than for a room of people, but with live accompaniment from good friends, a new album, and the release of her first music video by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Esther May Campbell, she is enjoying her time on the stage. “I like to sing for people now,” she says. “I get much more of a high from it and feel really connected.” CS

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surprise. “We did not expect that,” she remembers. “No one used to like me. I think they thought we were weird. I was surprised when people started to like it. I think I had to grow older to sing songs for people.” Despite the resurgence of interest in their work, Bloom hasn’t spoken to Connors since 1987. “I can’t go into it,” she says. “I’m very grateful for the time we had together and I look for that with everybody I play with— just a closeness is very important...and it’s what music is. You can’t always have everything. Lester Young and Billie Holiday couldn’t play all the time together. Mostly, it’s the writing of the songs that became more important to me.” A new generation discovered Bloom’s work when a group of musical admirers, including Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters), Devendra Banhart, and Bill Callahan, made a 2009 Bloom tribute album, Loving Takes This Course. Callahan’s contribution, a cover of the heartbreaking, brittle “Breeze / My Baby Cries,” became a hit for him. “Bill Callahan got my name out there quite a bit,” says Bloom. “People always ask him for ‘The Breeze,’ and he has to say, ‘I didn’t write that song!’” The tribute album led to many collaborations for Bloom, particularly with Kozelek, who guested on her 2017 LP This Dream of Life and released it on his own Calo Verde label. “I appreciate anybody who’s helping me at this late stage of the game,” Bloom says. “Mark’s been a really big supporter. The people I’ve recorded with over the years are my close friends.” This Dream of Life was recorded over five winters in Los Angeles and, in addition to Kozelek, features contributions from Avi Buffalo and Imaad Wasif. “I go [to L.A.] every year, and just do all kinds of recording,” Bloom explains. “Sometimes, I just record by myself. We work on things with different people, and these are the songs that made this album. I’ve got quite a few more for the next one.” Bloom says she hasn’t been writing like she used to, but the past couple of weeks have been fruitful. “I’ve always worked on my music walking, sitting in a field,” she says. “I’ve used tape recorders most of my life, and the iPhone has an amazing recorder. I can record and send it off to anybody. I’m


MUSIC #SMF2017 REVIEWS Justin Townes Earle @Ships of the Sea

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IT’S NOT easy to dominate a stage and captivate an audience when it’s just you and your guitar. But Justin Townes Earle did just that Friday night at Ships of the Sea Museum, in a solo gig in preparation for an extensive tour with full band behind his new album. Earle’s distinctive, richly voluminous and expressive baritone was on fine display. Part of his talent is in mining the great Southern musical tradition without playing the coy or borderline culturally insensitive mimic; his voice is his own even when he pays homage to others.  Indeed, the highlight of the set for many were the deep-track covers he performed, spanning the gamut of Deep South tradition. An old tune from A. P. Carter, a blues classic by Lightnin’ Hopkins, and a brilliant song by the underrated Malcolm Holcombe all made appearances.  He did play some new material from the new record, including the early-release single “Champagne Corolla.” Truthfully it’s hard to get a good picture of how the new tunes will fit into more full instrumentation. Earle is captivating even when not playing, a trait he shares with his famous father Steve. With a quick, often acerbic wit, he tells hilarious stories between songs, usually drawing on his often-checkered life growing up in the South in a musical family.  (My two favorite lines: “I break out in handcuffs every now and then,” and “Church ain’t over ‘til the snakes are back in the cage.”) Personally I was most impressed by his guitar work; Earle makes a capoed sixstring sound like a 12-string. His unique finger-picking style enables him to play a full rhythm while embellishing with lead lines simultaneously, and it’s a real treat to see and hear performed in person.  Unsurprisingly, the two biggest audience hits were indeed Earle’s biggest hits, “Mama’s Eyes,” and “Harlem River Blues.” If he’s tired of playing them, it sure doesn’t show.  The only problem with the show had nothing to do with Earle, but with the usual gaggle of entitled drinkers who insisted on talking to each other loudly nonstop during literally the entire set.  This rudeness is a problem in many Savannah performances, and the only answer unfortunately is for concert staff


to be more assertive about protecting the rights of the majority of attendees who want to be respectful. Hey idiots — donate that ticket money to charity and go to a bar next time. It’s Savannah — we’ve got plenty of good ones to choose from. – Jim Morekis

Joe Alterman Trio @Morris Center

Traditional acoustic jazz inventively performed never gets old, as the Joe Alterman Trio reminded a near-capacity audience during a lunchtime concert at the Morris Center April 7, the next-to-last day of the 2017 Savannah Music Festival. Pianist Alterman and his surefooted Nikki Lane/Parker Millsap @Ships accompanists, bassist Kevin Smith and of the Sea drummer Justin Chesarek, hewed mostly Two of country’s hottest up-and-comers to soulful jazz-blues grooves in sprightly took over Ships of the Sea on Thursday. renditions of standards like “Blue Moon” South Carolina native and Nashville It and in fresh instrumental re-conceptions Girl Nikki Lane took the stage in a signaof such pop hits as “Heard It Through the ture oversized cowboy hat, a parlor guiGrapevine” and “You Are My Sunshine.” tar, and country-cool ease. Her full band Alterman made the imposing Steinway brought her February 2017 release, Highgrand piano do his bidding with harmoniway Queen, to life, kicking things off with cally complex and introspective ballad the smoky title track. interludes and, more often, with rapid-fire, Lane’s slight rasp and vocal twang, cascading solos that showed an affinity for pushed by occasional light harmonies those tinkly top piano octaves that many from her lead guitarist and bass player, of us jazz fans dearly love. Smith and Chehighlights her incredible knack for a good sarek stepped out for virtuosic solos of melody. The audience tapped its toes as the their own on a couple numbers as well. Highway Queen herself captured them. Alterman, a rising young star who has The majority of her set featured cuts drawn accolades from such jazz legends as from the new record like the sassily cauRamsey Lewis and Les McCann, brought tionary “Big Mouth,” “700,000 Rednecks,” hints of rock and gospel piano styles into punctuated with a triumphant “Yippie “Coming Home to You,” a song the Atlanta ki-yay” that soared chillingly through native wrote to celebrate his recent move the venue, as well as tunes from her 2015 back to his hometown after 10 years of livbreakout album All Or Nothin’. Lane is a ing in New York. born entertainer, spinning wry tales for Here’s hoping that his return to Georthe crowd and offering some context for gia will make it easier for Alterman and her songs while sipping from a longneck friends to perform in Savannah more beer. often.  – Brad Swope With her stage presence, branding, and brilliant songwriting prowess, Savannah’s All Dvorak @Trinity UMC DVORAK is in my top two or three favorlucky to have caught Lane in a cozy enviite classical composers. Though “classical” ronment like Ships. Parker Millsap, a Revival Fest alum, fol- is really a misnomer, as the post-romantic lowed, bringing the already-high energy up Bohemian composer — literally Bohemian, even higher. The 24-year-old is an absolute as in from that region of today’s Czech Republic — was so intertwined with folk force onstage and his chemistry with his idioms that he later explored American band drives the set. Blending roots, counfolk traditions in his works as well as incortry, and folk with rock ‘n’ roll, his quieter porating those of his native country. moments sear and still a room. Introducing Tuesday night’s scintillatWhen he brings in the soulful groove, ing “All Dvorak” bill at the gorgeous and Millsap holds his audience in his palm, evocative venue of Trinity United Methodplaying off his bandmates, flipping his blond hair, and letting his wavering, gospel ist Church on Telfair Square, SMF director Rob Gibson explained the little-known belt ensnare his audience. groundbreaking influence of Antonin While Savannah Music Festival is a great place to catch legendary performers, Dvorak on world music.  Near the turn of the 20th Century, seasoned session players, and icons, these classical music patron Jeanette Thurber moments with up-and-comers made the wanted to start a European style National whole Festival come full-circle. – Anna Conservatory of Music in America. She Chandler narrowed her choice for director to Dvorak and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

She eventually picked Dvorak. Already known for his aptitude with European folk elements, upon his arrival here Dvorak would go on to fully embrace American ragtime, blues, and spirituals — primarily the folk music of African Americans. Indeed, one of Dvorak’s early students, the African American violinist Will Marion Cook, would go on to mentor the great Duke Ellington. Gibson then made a comparison between the European-style symphony orchestra and the American-style Big Band, as essentially both being nods to the same desire for lush, full orchestration under direction of a conductor of some type. The brief history introduction helped the musical experience to follow, as listeners could hear the vernacular approach in Dvorak’s passionately emotional and almost syncopated style of classical but not so classical music. The famous Slavonic Dances were essayed here in four-hand piano form — as originally written — with Festival stalwarts Sebastian Knauer and Wu Han.  The program continued with a moving performance of Dvorak’s ‘Dumky’ Piano Trio, with Wu Han on piano, Daniel Hope on violin, and Wu Han’s husband and former Emerson Quartet veteran, David Finckel, doing his usual delightfully sensitive work on cello.  Hope here did some of his most sublime work, clearly enjoying the rich emotional palette of this composition, one which like most of Dvorak’s work is extremely accessible to the modern ear.  The second portion of the program filled the smallish Trinity stage with strings, kicking off with Romantic Pieces for two violins and viola, and concluding with all hands on deck for the Dover Quarter in the seminal Piano Quintet No. 2, another of those great Dvorak works incorporating strong folk elements.  This was one of the classical shows recorded by the Savannah Music Festival for later broadcast, and I’m sure that recording will be magnificent. However, I found the sound within Trinity UMC for this show to be a bit too trebly, occasionally negating the warm nature of the throatier string instruments like cello and viola.  That said, that’s a pretty minor criticism for an amazing show by literally several of the best classical musicians on the planet. – Jim Morekis




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The next installment of Sounds & Spirits Concert Series will celebrate tradition with fresh new voices. City Hotel, Savannah’s bluegrass band, is all set to record their-much anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Dogged Days. Fans will be treated to a sneak peek of the new material and covers of old-time bluegrass standards. Attendees are invited to sing along to the well-known favorites—and, naturally, cheer the fellas on as they share their newest cuts. A wine reception will follow in the church’s Rahn Hall. SATURDAY, APRIL 15, DOORS AT 6:30 P.M., SHOW AT 7 P.M., $20, AGES 13+



The “original anti-genre indie prankers” SeepeopleS are hitting Barrelhouse South this weekend in support of a new EP. Proudly defying definition and opting to blend funk, indie, soul, electronica, psych rock into a unique stew, the band released their seventh studio release, “Hate,” on April 1. Produced by Will Holland at Chillhouse Studios (The Pixies, Dead Can Dance), “Hate” bubbles with indie-pop hooks, swells with ‘60s rock influences, and, above all, is melodic and catchy as all get-out. The EP’s third track, “New American Dream,” was released along with a video animated by MTV Celebrity Death Match stop motion artist Pete List. 17 years into their career as a band, SeepeopleS still has the ability to win new fans with fresh sounds and socially-conscious lyrics. FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 9 P.M., FREE, 21+



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The King of Surf Guitar is back! 79-year-old rock legend Dick Dale returns to The Wormhole for a midweek jolt of fiery riffs and explosive sound. One of the most unique rock stars known—the man has had exotic animals as pets for years, mimicking his pet tiger and lions’ cries on his guitar and creating an entirely unique sound through it—Dale acted as Leo Fender’s guinea pig in the 1950s, blowing up amp after amp after amp with high-power sound until Fender invented an amp that could take Dale’s force. Pushing through the first-ever 100-watt amplifier, Dale captured the feeling of surfing (one of his many passions), wove it in with rock ‘n’ roll, Eastern musical scales (he is of Lebanese descent), drenched it reverb, picked the devil out of his guitar at lighting speed, and surf rock was born. His song “Let’s Go Trippin’” is widely considered the first-ever surf rock song. In addition to his love of the stage, a major reason Dale remains on the road at his age is so he can cover his medical bills. A large part of Dale’s mission is teaching his audiences about healthful living alongside his wife, Lana. Despite his health struggles, Dale continues playing left-handed, upside down, and all over America. Savannah’s The Mercers and The Wave Slaves open the night. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 9 P.M., $35, 18+


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. Cathedral of St John the Baptist Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows, 7 p.m. CO/Savannah Cocktail Company VuDu Cocktail Acoustic Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. coffee deli Acoustic Jam, 7 p.m. Five Oaks Taproom Eric Britt, 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jeff Beasley, 7:30 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Stan Ray, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Daniel Marshall, 9 p.m. PS Tavern Trivia, 7 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. Wild Wing Cafe Brandon Reeves, 5 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 9 p.m.


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


Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Hercules Bar & Grill Karaoke, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke hosted by K-Rawk, 8 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


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


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


Barrelhouse South Of Good Nature, Crane, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s



Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Basik Lee, 10:30 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch, 8 p.m. The Jinx Scaryoke, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Jason Bible, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Liv Annalise Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club Stan Ray Wine & Song, 7 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jon Lee’s Apparitions, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Acoustic Thursday w/ Thomas Claxton, 7:30 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 6 p.m.


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


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


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


Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Daas Unterground Thursdays, 10 p.m.

Totally Awesome ‘80s Prom @TOTALLY AWESOME BAR

Hunt down your best fancypants vintage look, get out the hairspray, and crank up the tunes: it’s time for prom! House of Gunt has teamed up with Savannah’s only ‘80s-themed nightclub, Totally Awesome Bar, for an evening made of day-glo dreams. Bartenders will be pouring ‘80s-themed drink specials all night long, The House of Gunt’s members will perform throughout the night, and DJ C Powers provides music to keep you on the floor. Dig in the back of your closet or use it as a great excuse to go shopping: prom royalty will be crowned and, if you’re considered the best dressed, there’s a $50 cash prize with your name on it! SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 9 P.M., $5, 21+


Armstrong State University Gnash, 8 p.m. Barrelhouse South Morning Fatty, Seepeoples, 10 p.m. Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, Brett Barnard and the Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Tradewinds, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Square One, 10:30 p.m. Dockside Seafood Bluegrass Happy Hour, 4 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge The Big Drops, Naked As We Came, Goldie, 9 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Willie Jackson Blues, 7 p.m. Fiore Italian Bar and Grill Anne Allman, 6:30 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Christy Alan Band, 9 p.m. The Jinx Decepticomics, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Georgia Kyle, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub American Hologram, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Cyrel Durant, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Gary Byrd 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 Live Music Skidaway United Methodist Church “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure, 7-8 p.m. The Stage on Bay Sister Hazel, 8 p.m. Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Tybee Island Social Club Nate & Jon, 7:30 p.m. Tybee Post Theater A Salute to Steinway, 7:30 p.m. Vic’s on The River Diana Rogers The Warehouse Johnny Octane, Stan Ray, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Tell Scarlett, Bill Hodgson, Justin Lee Partin, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Chuck Courtenay Band, 9:30 p.m. The Wormhole Honestlie, The Gray, Decadence, 10 p.m.


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


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

Karaoke/DJ, 10:30 p.m.


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


Abe’s on Lincoln DJ Doc Ock, 9 p.m. Club One Drag Show


17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. Barrelhouse South Charlie Fog Band, 10 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, Jon Lee and the Hextones, 8 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Casimir’s Lounge Jackson Evans Trio, 9 p.m. Coach’s Corner Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, 8 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Gravy, 10:30 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge DJ Precisa Foxy Loxy Cafe Fire & Wine w/ The

Lark & The Loon, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Hextones, 9 p.m. The Jinx Back City Woods and Ray Lundy Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Justin Morris, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Wood & Steel, 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Jason Courtenay, 9 p.m. The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Espina Trio, 6:30 p.m. Saddle Bags Love and Theft, 8 p.m. Savannah’s Music City Bar and Grill Live Music Sulfur Studios Kath Bloom, Peggy Snow, Jeff Zagers, 8 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club Waits & Co., 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah City Hotel, 7 p.m. Vic’s on The River Diana Rogers The Warehouse Hitman Blues Band, Rachael Shaner, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay Duo, John O’Mary, Bill Hodgson, Radio Romance, 1 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Tony Richards, 9:30 p.m.


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. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Karaoke Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.


Savannah Coffee Roasters Odd Lot Improv: Saturday Night Silliness, 8 p.m. The Space Station at Starlandia Sorry Not Sorry Dry-Humps the 80s: The Breakfast Club, 8 p.m. The Wormhole Comedy & Curls, 8:30 p.m.


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


Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar 80s Prom w/ House of Gunt

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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. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Cosmo Duo, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Georgia Kyle, 7 p.m. The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch, noon Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, Hitman Blues Band, 1 p.m.


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


Cohen’s Retreat Monday Munchies and Music, 5:30 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Rachael Shaner, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Thomas Claxton, 5 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m., Open Mic, 6 p.m.


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


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


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

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


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


Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m.


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


Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mic with Craig Tanner and Mr. Williams, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m.


ASU Fine Arts Auditorium Armstrong Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Bay Street Blues Ben Keiser Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Jam Night with Eric

Culberson, 9 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe City Hotel Solo Sessions, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ray Lundy, 7 p.m. The Jinx Hip-Hop Night, 11 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Joe Wilson, 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.


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


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


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

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

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

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

Casimir’s Lounge 700 Drayton St. Savannah-Midtown


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

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

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

Five Oaks Taproom 201 W. Bay St. Savannah-Downtown 912-236-4440

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

Foxy Loxy Cafe 1919 Bull St. Savannah-Downtown 912-401-0543

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

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

Jazz’d Tapas Bar 52 Barnard St. Savannah-Downtown


The Jinx 127 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown 912-236-2281

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Mellow Mushroom 11 W. Liberty St. Savannah-Downtown 912-495-0705

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

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub 311 W. Congress St. Savannah-Downtown 912-239-9600

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

Tijuana Flats 1800 E. Victory Dr. Savannah-Midtown

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

Totally Awesome Bar 107 B Whitaker St. Savannah-Downtown



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

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Finding the horizon line

Cynthia Knott’s work is at Grand Bohemian Gallery in Mansion on Forsyth BY RACHAEL FLORA

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CYNTHIA KNOTT has always been fascinated by the water, but her passion for the Lowcountry’s waterways grew when she moved to Hilton Head. “The Lowcountry’s got me in awe,” she muses. The New York native’s large-scale encaustic paintings capture the horizon lines of the region’s most beautiful waterways, from Ossabaw Island to Beaufort and everywhere in between. Her newest body of work, “Enchanted by the Sea” hangs at the Grand Bohemian Gallery at the Mansion on Forsyth until April 14. “When I first established myself as a painter, I was painting landscape and seascapes. There are so many genre painters already, so I needed to find something that would set me apart,” Knott remembers. “I started seeking out the horizon line, and Dan Flavin popped into my head.” Flavin, a fellow New York artist, worked in fluorescent lighting, and the brightness of his work inspired Knott to use bright lines for her horizon. “The horizon line doesn’t really exist, but it does,” says Knott. “I wanted to show them as like a neon lit-up thing like Dan Flavin does. Artists are known by their mark, so that’s what I wanted to become my mark.” Before the horizon line is added, Knott’s paintings appear abstract. The line orients the painting, and her meticulous attention to detail makes the paintings all the more complex. “I’m not using any landmarks like an actual beach or a boat,” she notes. “I use a compositional device called the reverse axial shift, where I’m bringing things to a point and then pushing them back out. I also studied space and plasticity by Hans Hofmann, in ‘Search for the Real and Other Essays,’ and that’s about pushing and pulling shapes and space and making them recede. Those two things allow me to play with space while having more volume to it. There’s such vast distance.” She points to “Surge,” one of the collection’s pieces, as her example for the reverse axial shift. The painting’s horizon line blends into the green of the grass. “Vermeer did this a lot, where he didn’t paint a line but put two bodies of paint together, and that came together to make the line,” Knott explains.

Knott works in cold wax encaustic, done with wax, varnishes and pigment to create a painting rich in texture. “There’s a skin of memory that tells the story of the painting. It has all this stuff,” Knott explains, running her hand over the painting. “Surfaces are really amazing and so many times make the painting. When you scrape the painting, you’re scraping memory and process. It leads you into it as you’re painting—it’s a mystery. There’s a lot of putting on and a lot of taking off. My floors are a mess.” Some of Knott’s newest works are paintings framed in convex glass, one in a Civil War-era frame she found at Starlandia. “Nobody’s doing anything like this,” she says. “I kept seeing a seascape in the frame. I repurposed it with the idea that something can be stored in our memory that we’ve seen before—something old, something memorable.” CS Knott says of her work, “There’s a skin of memory that tells the story of the painting.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRAND BOHEMIAN GALLERY.




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ACETYLENE QUEENS — A “pop up parade” of wearable metal art by Shelley Smith and Bryce Griffis. 6 models will parade looks created with metal and fabric through Forsyth Park from 2pm with a reception afterward at Location Gallery. One day only. Free Sat., April 15, 2-4 & 4-6 p.m. Location Gallery, 417 Whitaker St. AESTHETIC — free and open to the public Thu., April 13, 8-11 p.m. 912. 231. 7105. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. “DRAW ME!” — Gallery profits donated to Hospice Savannah. Show opens Friday, April 14, 5-8pm and runs through Friday, April 28. Modern interpretations of vintage art school instruction ads from Stacie Jean Albano, Lyn Ratterree Bonham, Bob Christian, Julia Christian, Lennie Ciliento, Laurie Darby, Kelley Hagemes, Rubi McGrory, Tiffany Luper O’Brien, Juliana Peloso, Dana Richardson, Peter E. Roberts, Shelley Smith, Bryan Stovall and Troy Wandzel. Location Gallery, 417 Whitaker St. EVERYTHING FLOWS, LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE — The Keep Savannah Clean High School Leadership Council presents a collaborative exhibition featuring local artists Harry Delorme and Rachel Green. The exhibit showcases work focusing on local litter and its effects on our coastal community and consequently, the world. April 14-28. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St. LAW AND MUSIC — Through this exhibit, the City hopes to continue Law’s legacy of education and encourage others to discover music they may not be familiar with. The exhibit features content from W. W. Law’s music, book, periodical, and photograph collections, and includes interactive activities designed to introduce children to the math and science concepts embedded in music. April 13-Jan. 1. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. LIFE THROUGH THE LENSES — Life through the Lenses explores life and cultural experiences through the eyes of young local artists from the Telfair Museums’ Teen Council. All of the works featured in the exhibit were submitted by local students aged 13-18. April 13-28. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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ENCHANTED BY THE SEA — Cynthia Knott’s works capture the sea during moments of sublime drama. Knott’s en plein air paintings connect with the fascination of the horizon we have all felt. Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St.

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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. FRAN THOMAS AND DONNA BOUCHILLON — Two local painters, Fran Thomas and Donna Bouchillon, exhibit their work. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. LA MEMOIRE DE TERRE — This collection of photos by Jason B. James explores memories evoked by food. Through May 28. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. NEAL SLAVIN: GROUPS IN AMERICA — This installation comes from a portfolio of 15 photographs from 1979; the portfolio is a significant gift to Telfair’s contemporary photography collection and will be on view in its entirety for the first time. Through June 9. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. NICK CAVE — This exhibition of Nick Cave’s work is the largest ever presented in Georgia, including work shown in the Southeast for the first time. Through April 23. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. NO PLACE TO REST — Jay Jacobs uses acrylic on panel in a variety of shapes and sizes to create illustrative works that inspire the viewer to build their own story behind the piece. Through May 15. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St. OBJECTIFIED: STILL LIFES FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION — Presenting still lifes from the late 19th century through

the present day, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the genre as a form ripe for artistic exploration. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. PROPAGANDA OF WAR — The posters, designed and realized by Wendy Melton, the Curator of Exhibits and Education, retain the style and flavor of historic referents, which are included in the exhibition. Wendy has reinforced the connection to Savannah by including exhibits featuring Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah ships sunk in both world wars by German submarines. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 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. ROBERT SEGALL — Robert’s subject matter ranges from local land and seascapes, to portraits, still-lifes and renderings. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. WYA: THE SHOW ABOUT THE PARTY YOU MISSED — The Jepson Café will feature a unique collaboration between local artists Will Penny and Cameron Allen that investigates ideas of constructed and mediated reality. This installation is part of Telfair Museums’ #art912 initiative. Through July 16. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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LOX AND bagels from New York City, chicken and rice from Puerto Rico and cheesy grits from the south all have one thing in common: Fork & Dagger Eatery. Fork & Dagger is at 609 ½ Abercorn St. on the ground floor of the Chatham Apartments and across the street from Cuoco Pazzo. The breakfast and lunch joint officially opened its doors March 24, but plans to debut an expanded menu at their grand opening April 22. Brian Torres and Sky Hoyt co-own this family business together. Both Torres and Hoyt have been in Savannah for well over

a decade, offering strong influences on the foodie community over the years. While they are successful business partners, they also have a personal background with one another. After growing up in north Florida, Hoyt received a political science degree from Armstrong and then moved to Charleston. Torres, on the other hand, lived in New York City for some time and decided to escape the winters by moving south to Charleston. After meeting in this city, the two instantly connected and decided to move to Spain for three years. While there, they bore their daughter and partnered in a handful of restaurants. They ultimately chose to move back to their adopted home of Savannah, building their life and business in our city. Torres later married his wife and remained best friends with Hoyt. “We are family.”

Given that Torres is a 100 percent Puerto Rican from New York City and Hoyt specializes in Spanish cuisine, patrons can expect these flavors integrated into Fork & Dagger fare. “We put touches of family recipes into everything we do,” Torres explains. Hoyt has been in Savannah for about 20 years and among other things, was the former chef at Foxy Loxy. Since then, she has focused her time and energy on catering. For five years, Torres was the wine director at Sapphire Grill and then became a partner for the restaurant EOS, which was housed in the same space as Cotton and Rye. Torres later established the business FORM, showcasing his famous cheesecakes as well as specialty wines and cheeses, in this exact same location. In those days, FORM cheesecakes could



Brian Torres (left) and Sky Hoyt are owners of Fork & Dagger Eatery.

Sky Hoyt is an expert in Spanish cuisine and integrates into the Fork & Dagger fare.

North meets South with Pig and Grits, a breakfast of champions made with a family recipe of slow roasted pork shoulder and flairs of Spanish spices.

Hoyt handcrafted and designed everything in the space, including the tables and counters. “She is good with power tools,” Torres brags about his partner. Local art is hung on the wall and florescent lights are covered with fabric, contributing to the soothing ambiance. With a menu that harmonizes both Puerto Rican and Southern cuisine, Torres and Hoyt take a lot of pride in the dishes they serve. While everything is made fresh, I would add that the secret ingredient is love. Take Nana’s Arroz con Pollo (chicken with rice), made with sazon roasted chicken thighs. Hoyt explains that this was the first thing that Torres’ grandmother ever fed her. It made such an impact, that she insisted that they put it on the Fork & Dagger menu. This Puerto Rican Spanish rice is served with pulled braised chicken thighs, topped with crispy chicken skin and garnished with chimichurri. The rice is infused with sazon, a spice mixture that is a staple in Spanish American homes. Homemade sofrito and saffron are CONTINUES ON P. 40

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be found in 25 different locations, including Whole Foods. Torres decided that it was time to “get the accounts back” and he needed a home for the FORM cheesecakes. Thus, Torres and Hoyt joined together and formed (no pun intended) Fork & Dagger, as a way to support both their catering ventures and cheesecake business. “This was meant to be catering space,” Hoyt admits. But with their extensive expertise and experiences in the restaurant industry, the two best friends decided to feature their specialties to the breakfast and lunch crowds of the Victorian District. While the former FORM cheesecakes will now be labeled “Fork & Dagger” cheesecakes, the recipe remains the same. “Brian has been making this recipe since he was a child,” Hoyt explains. They will be offering 50 different flavors, including the ever so popular New York Style as well as white chocolate hazelnut, maple bacon and so much more. “The cheesecake is a song in itself.” The rich and creamy texture of this handmade dessert surpasses expectations, making it some of the best cheesecake in town. Keep an eye out for Fork & Dagger Cheesecake at local stores and restaurants because it’s making a comeback! Upon entry of this quaint eatery, patrons will find a walk up counter, with a glass case full of cheesecake slices, and an open concept kitchen directly behind it. The floor to ceiling windows are halfway frosted, allowing diffused natural light to seep into the space, while offering privacy at the ground level. The space is calming, with baby blue walls and light wood tables and floors.




incorporated into the tender and creamy white rice, giving it a red hue. This dish was truly invigorating. It was bright and vibrant, while lending a comforting appeal. The chimichurri offered a slight tang and the briny olives, in the sofrito, added pops of flavor. The star of the dish was the juicy, tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs that made me want to hunker down and stay a while. Another dish that was truly memorable was the Pig and Grits. This breakfast of champions is made with a family recipe of slow roasted pork shoulder and flairs of Spanish spices. Hoyt first featured this decadent meat at Foxy Loxy and “people went nuts over it.” She cooks two shoulders at a time in the oven for a minimum of 8 hours. The shredded meat tops a bed of cheesy grits that includes everything from aged cheddar to provolone. “I use whatever we have in house.” The Pig and Grits is topped with a fried egg that has crispy golden edges and molten creamy yolk. If you have a hankering for a taste of New York City, Fork & Dagger offers classics like the Hot Pastrami Sandwich as well as Lox and Bagels. All the breads are from Tribeca, and the bagels are shipped in from a bakery in the Bronx.

A taste of New York City with the Hot Pastrami Sandwich. All breads, like this marbled rye, are ordered from a bakery in Tribeca.

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OOO An Academy Award nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film, the Danish import Land of Mine is a movie that affects the stomach even more than the heart or the head. Set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, it centers on a group of German soldiers tasked with removing all 45,000 mines that were buried along a Danish coastline in anticipation of an allied invasion that ended up not occurring there. Since the Germans were the ones who placed the bombs there in the first place, it stands to reason that they should be the ones risking their lives to remove it (“Better them than us,” notes one Danish officer nodding in the direction of the lads). In a just world, it would be members of the German high command who would have to manually defuse and dispose of all the mines – of course, this isn’t such a world, so those assigned the unenviable task are teenage boys who had nothing to do with the sickening strategy and who only want to return home to their moms. Indeed, that’s the deal given to these POWs (who number less than a dozen): Rid the beach of all 45,000 mines — a task that will take about three months — and they’re free to return to Germany. Land of Mine targets the head with its messy morality. Certainly, someone has to clean the beaches, and if not these Germans, then who? The heart, meanwhile, is targeted through the various characters — specifically, Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller), the Danish sergeant in charge of supervising the prisoners, and Sebastian Schumann (Louis Hofmann), the natural leader among the kids. The hard-as-nails Rasmussen starts out not caring whether these prisoners live or die, but over time, he starts to view them as frightened, vulnerable children rather

than merely the enemy. Sebastian, meanwhile, is the smartest and most sensitive of the boys, and he’s the one most responsible for Rasmussen’s eventual thaw. As for the stomach, it’s affected for practically all of the film’s 100 minutes. The gut knots up every time one of these kids puts his hands on one of the land mines, since the nature of the story — confirmed by the historical tidbit at the end (half of the 2,000 German teens ultimately used to remove two million mines were killed or injured) — guarantees that not all of these baby-faced boys will emerge unscathed. Director Martin Zandvliet doesn’t shy away from showing the gruesome results of an activated bomb, and this makes for a particularly intense and unsettling watch. As for the ending, some will find it fitting while others will think it false — either way, it serves as a relief and a release for the audience, finally putting it out of its collective misery.

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OOO It’s reached a point where CGI is so been-there-done-that, it’s hard to ever locate anything new in Hollywood’s oversized slate of fantasy flicks. But then here comes Ghost in the Shell, with its stream of images that manage to be at once familiar and revolutionary. While the general aesthetic recalls Blade Runner, the particulars bring to mind The Matrix – specifically the manner in which something old, like a gun battle or a mad dash around a room, becomes something new. Simply stated, the visual effects are superb – sometimes chilly, sometimes creepy, but always fascinating to behold. If visual vibrancy turned out to be the sole positive attribute regarding Ghost in the Shell, that would only be a partial victory. Instead, this adaptation of the popular manga is effective as both an action flick and, more impressively, a sociopolitical piece that casts a wary eye toward the future. The Japanese property created by Masamune Shirow may date back to 1989, but this film version is so very 2017 and beyond. Scarlett Johansson, no stranger to essaying roles in which the human form (or “shell”) plays a significant part in the proceedings (Under the Skin, Lucy, even Her), stars as The Major, a cyber-enhanced agent for an organization devoted to fighting global terrorism. The Major’s background is murky: Surviving a nautical disaster that killed her immigrant parents, she was selected to have her brain put inside cyborg trappings, so that her human essence remains even as her physical form has been taken to the next level. But this naturally leads to all sorts of questions regarding self-identity and selfworth, and her confusion only grows more paramount after she confronts a cyber-terrorist named Kuze (Michael Pitt), a shadowy figure who’s been assassinating all the top scientists at the corporation which created The Major. What’s particularly fascinating about the world of Ghost in the Shell is that it appears to be one in which there are no borders or, ahem, walls of any sort – in this future world, complete globalization and a thorough meshing of cultures are already givens, and it doesn’t seem out of place for, say, the head of the antiterrorist outfit (celebrated Japanese star “Beat” Takeshi Kitano) to speak in Japanese to his team members and have them all answer in English.

Robotic enhancement also seems to be a wave of the future, with folks receiving upgrades in the same manner as people today pay for tattoos, facelifts, lip enhancement, and the like. In one scene, a character flatly states that he’s happy to be all human while another humorously reveals that he had a liver enhancement solely so he can spend more nights getting drunk. The global theme of Ghost in the Shell also ties directly into the casting of Johansson in the central role. While the makers of the original franchise have endorsed the selection of the actress, many in this country have denounced the choice as yet another example of Hollywood whitewashing. Certainly, as attested by such films as Doctor Strange and Exodus: Gods and Kings, this remains a dire problem, yet that’s not necessarily what’s going on with this picture. Without unleashing any spoilers, let’s just say that the selection of Johansson to play what’s essentially a fabricated being makes sense within the context of the story, and the Japanese roots ultimately are not discarded. A quick scan of the negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes reveals that approximately 1,024 of the critics have employed a pull quote stating that the film itself is merely “a shell of a movie.” Given my own proclivity for puns, I would doubtless have followed suit had I similarly seen nothing of merit. Instead, I’ll for once leave the quipping to others and merely note that, for those willing to look beneath its surface dazzle, Ghost in the Shell proves to be an unexpectedly complex and surprisingly humanistic endeavor.


OOO While the title might bring to mind a ‘40s flick like The Farmer’s Daughter or a Something Weird Video release like The Farmer’s Other Daughter, The Zookeeper’s Wife is in reality a harrowing World War II drama based on the bestselling book by Diane Ackerman. Directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), it tells the true-life story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh and Jessica Chastain), a married couple in charge of the Warsaw Zoo during the 1930s. The zoo’s stellar reputation throughout Europe of course doesn’t help it when the Nazis come a-calling, and even the benevolence of Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl), the head of the Berlin Zoo, is curtailed once he becomes Hitler’s chief zoologist and begins to care more about killing Jews than saving animals. The Zabinskis, on the other hand, want to save all types of lives. Using the remains of their bombed-out zoo as cover – they wisely offer it up to the Germans as a pig farm to provide food for the troops – they


become an integral part of the underground movement, hiding Jews within their house for indeterminate amounts of time and moving them to safety when possible. The Zookeeper’s Wife is rated PG-13, but don’t be fooled into thinking that designation means the movie is two hours of Chastain pulling a Doctor Dolittle and talking to the animals while blissfully unaware of the atrocities surrounding her. On the contrary, the picture is brutal in its implications if not always in its visuals, and Caro is able to fully telegraph the horrors of the conflict without exploiting them. Some have criticized the film for being too tasteful, but c’mon, do we really need to see a young Jewish girl (a representational fictional character hauntingly played by Shira Haas) being raped by two German soldiers to understand what happened to her? Her appearance and shellshocked demeanor following the incident speaks volumes. The picture only loses its footing during the final chunk, when the steady pace and believable scenarios give way to a woefully truncated timeline and a few narrative whoppers (for instance, I’m still trying to figure out how a woman walking miles through thick-as-molasses crowds can reach a specific locale before a convoy of jeeps and trucks, considering both left from the same spot at roughly the same time). For the most part, though, The Zookeeper’s Wife is an accomplished picture, offering a fascinating history lesson even as it remains wholly topical. With its unique zoo setting, it should appeal to animal lovers all over the world.


// As a title, Life is a pretty lousy choice. It relates absolutely nothing about the movie at hand — at best, it sounds like some inspirational Hallmark Channel production, and, at worst, it recalls that cloying “Life: What a Beautiful Choice” campaign created by anti-choice zealots back in the ‘90s. Given the actual narrative of the film, a better generic choice might have been Space Station. Or Mars. Or Astronauts. Or Alien. Scratch that last one — it’s already been taken. Then again, what is Life if not an Alien copy? That’s perfectly legitimate, of course, what with imitation being the sincerest blah blah blah. And while there have already been countless other films influenced by Alien, there’s also the fact that Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic was itself inspired by 1958’s It! The Terror from Beyond Space. Where Life strikes out is in the fact that it adds absolutely nothing new to this template: It’s strictly for folks who somehow have never seen Alien — or any science fiction drama, for that matter. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’s Rebecca Ferguson are among those portraying the six members of a space expedition who come into contact with a mysterious microbe from Mars. Initially a cute counterpart to Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, the extra-terrestrial grows at a frightening rate, and it’s soon large enough to slaughter at will. From the offing of a character earlier than expected to the alien wreaking havoc from within the human body (thankfully, the filmmakers resist the urge to outright lift the chestburster scene), everything about Life feels like reheated leftovers. Director Daniel Espinosa manages to stage a couple of scenes for modest suspense, but any forward narrative thrust eventually goes straight out the space station window solely for the sake of an obvious twist ending that should surprise absolutely no one over the age of 10 — and by 10, I mean 10 months old, not 10 years old.


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// The title character in the seriocomedy Wilson comes from the  graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, but, truth be told, he might as well have come from the Dennis the Menace comic strip created by Hank Ketcham. Like Mr. Wilson, Dennis’s next-door neighbor, this Wilson is positioned as a grouchy guy but ultimately revealed to be a sweetheart. It’s a bait-and-switch tactic that was more believable in the Sunday funnies than in this lackluster new film. Wilson starts out by painting its protagonist (played by Woody Harrelson) as a raging misanthrope, albeit one who has convinced himself that he actually likes people. But the thaw begins almost immediately, with Wilson soon emerging as nothing more than a socially maladjusted guy with an ex-wife (Laura Dern), a cute dog, and a desire to have a family. Sentiment quickly takes the place of cynicism, and, despite the occasional flash of brutal wit, the film settles into a well-worn groove of indie preciousness. Harrelson, who over the last decade has built himself up into one of our finest supporting players (The Edge of Seventeen, The Messenger, The Hunger Games franchise, etc.), is just fine as Wilson. There’s no doubt the actor would have taken the character to greater extremes, but that’s not what’s asked of him. Instead, he’s forced to play a man who, quite frankly, isn’t particularly interesting – certainly not as a leading character in a motion picture – and the overriding feeling is that the filmmakers should have just made a movie about Tom Hanks’ Castaway volleyball. At least that Wilson exhibited a bit more bounce. CS

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13TH COLONY PATRIOTS Conservative political activists that meet the 13th of each month. Dedicated to preserving the U.S. Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. See Facebook page for meeting location. Free 13th of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-604-4048. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. 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. No physical address given, none. 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 44 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 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@ Call or see website for information. Free 912-308-3020. 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 423-619-7712. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.



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: Info is also available at AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. CALL FOR ARTISTS TO TEACH AT STUDIO SCHOOL The studio school in downtown Savannah seeks qualified artists interested in joining the team during spring and/ or summer sessions 2017. Seeking artists to present workshops for adult programming and/or teach short term summer classes for youth programming. Through Aug. 31. 912-5963873. info@thestudioschoolsavannah. com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. 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@, and check us out in the weeks to come at Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR JESUS-YESHUA PRODUCTION CLUB AND VIDEO CREW Contact Brenda Lee at 912-236-3156 or at for more information. 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. 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: No physical address given, none. TELL US YOUR GHOST STORY? Organization seeks to document your first hand experiences with psychical phenomenon for analysis and potential investigation. Our investigators have reputable credentials and long time investigation training and connections with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. amchclub@yahoo. com. Downtown Savannah, downtown.


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ART, MUSIC, PIANO, VOICE COACHING Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. BEADING CLASSSES AT EPIPHANY BEAD & JEWELRY STUDIO Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-677-3983. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. BEGINNING BELLY DANCE CLASSES Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. BOATING SAFETY CLASS The Georgia DNR along with the Chatham County Marine Patrol will be conducting a Boating Safety Course on the third Saturday every month at the Savannah Mall Conference Room (lower level by Burlington Coat Factory). This course is free to the public. This is a Georgia DNR approved class that is required for anyone that was born after January 1, 1998 if they want to operate any power vessel or personnel watercraft on Georgia waterways. To sign-up for this class go to or call the Georgia DNR @912-264-7237. Class size is limited to 30 participants. Free Sat., April 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 912-264-7237. www. Chatham County Marine Patrol, 71 Ross Road. 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. 912-228-4838. savannahclubs. Savannah Duplicate Bridge Center, 8511 Ferguson Ave. CHAMPIONS TRAINING CENTER Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. 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. 912-358-3160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. CLAY CLASSES Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers 46 handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles,

basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. 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. 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 coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com 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. 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. FANY’S SPANISH/ENGLISH INSTITUTE Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. 912-9214646. HOUSING AUTHORITY NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. 912-232-4232 x115. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. IMPROV CLASSES This class is for elementary school students. Learn specific improv techniques in class to enhance trust, unity, equality & creativity in a fun-filled, safe environment. $80 for eight classes Mon., April 17, 4:305:15 p.m. 912-659-4383. info@ImprovHub. com. The Inheritance Center, 42 W. Montgomery Crossroads. IMPROV CLASSES FOR ADULTS This class is for adults. Learn specific improv techniques in class to enhance trust, unity, equality & creativity in a fun-filled, safe environment. $120 for eight classes.

Mon., April 17, 7:30-9 p.m. 912-659-4383. The Inheritance Center, 42 W. Montgomery Crossroads. IMPROV CLASSES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS Through well-established theater games, Resurrection Theater teaches kids how to communicate more effectively and become a team player. They also will take the first step toward becoming an actor. The eight-week class meets on Mondays at 4:30 pm and lasts 45 minutes. $10 per class; $80 for the 8-week course Mon., April 17, 4:30-5:15 p.m. 912-659-4383. fritz@resurrectiontheater. com. Resurrection Theater, 42 W. Montgomery Cross Road. IMPROV CLASSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Through well-established theater games, Resurrection Theater teaches teens how to communicate more effectively and become a team player. They also will take the first step toward becoming an actor. The eight-week class meets on Mondays at 6:30 pm and lasts 45 minutes. $10 per class; $80 for the 8-week course. Mon., April 17, 6:30-7:15 p.m. 912-659-4383. fritz@resurrectiontheater. com. Resurrection Theater, 42 W. Montgomery Cross Road. IMPROV CLASSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS Through well-established theater games, Resurrection Theater teaches middle schoolers how to communicteam player. They also will take the first step ate more effectively and become a toward becoming an actor. The eight-week class meets on Mondays at 5:30 pm and lasts 45 minutes $10 per class; $80 for the 8-week course Mon., April 17, 5:30-6:15 p.m. 912-659-4383. fritz@resurrectiontheater. com. Resurrection Theater, 42 W. Montgomery Cross Road. IMPROV CLASSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS This class is for middle school students. Learn specific improv techniques in class to enhance trust, unity, equality & creativity in a fun-filled, safe environment. $80 for 8 classes. Mon., April 17, 5:30-6:15 p.m. 912-659-4383. info@ImprovHub. com. The Inheritance Center, 42 W. Montgomery Crossroads. 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 at, or Text (only) to 912-429-7265. Online only, none. MUSIC LESSONS--MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS AND STYLES

Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels for Guitar (electric, acoustic, bass, classical, jazz), Piano, Flute, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Voice as well as Music Theory/ Composition/ Ear Training. We teach public, private and home school students as well as adults at all experience levels. Located at 15 East Montgomery Crossroads in Office #205 near White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA. 912-388-1806. 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. 912354-1500. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. NOVEL WRITING Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. PIANO VOICE-COACHING Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. R&B SOUL ADULT LINE DANCING The R&B Soul line dance group Savannah Show Stoppers are conducting line dance classes every Monday night at the West Broad St. YMCA and every Tuesday nights at the John Delaware Center. Both classes starts at 6:30. Lamont Hunter, the founder of the Savannah Show Stoppers, is the Instructor. Donations Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-220-7712. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. REIKI TREATMENT Reiki relaxes & rejuvenates; promotes emotional & physical healing; reduces neuromuscular & arthritic pain. E-mail request for appointment/ Fee base at, or Text (only) 912429-7265 Online only, none. A. ROPER STUDIO - VOICE TECHNIQUE AND COACHING Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. 912-713-2718.


SAMBA SAVANNAH DRUMMING WORKSHOP Learn Afro-Brazilian rhythms with drumming instructor Andrew Hartzell. All ages. $10 Sundays, 2:30 p.m. 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. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 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 954.682.5694. elyse.thestudio@ thestudiosav. net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. ZONA ROSA WRITING WORKSHOP Become the writer you were meant to be: Join Zona Rosa, the internationally acclaimed, monthly Savannah-based writing workshops founded and led by awardwinning author Rosemary Daniell. Over 180 Zona Rosans have become published authors. For information, contact Rosemary at Also ask about the week-long, intensive Sixteenth Annual Zona Rosa Writing and Living Retreat,Tybee Island, July 22-29, 2017. No physical address given, none.


13TH COLONY SOUND (BARBERSHOP SINGING) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. 912-344-9768. 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, 912631-3452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. 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. 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. BUSINESS NETWORKING ON THE ISLANDS

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Come joins us in the park for an oldfashioned Easter Egg hunt in historic Fort McAllister. Bring your basket and come celebrate Easter with us. For children ages 2-12. $5 parking. Sat., April 15, 2 p.m. 912-727-2339. FORTMCALLISTER. PARK@GADNR.ORG. GASTATEPARKS.ORG/ FORTMCALLISTER/. FORT MCALLISTER HISTORIC PARK, 3894 FORT MCALLISTER RD.

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. 912-308-6768. CHATHAM SAILING CLUB Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. COASTAL 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. 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. 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. 912-596-1962. HISTORIC SAVANNAH CHAPTER: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. 912-660-8257. KNITTERS, NEEDLEPOINT AND CROCHET Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. 912-308-6768.

LOW COUNTRY TURNERS A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. 912313-2230. MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART LADIES AUXILIARY Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. 912-786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. PHILO CAFE Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Mondays. R.U.F.F. - RETIREES UNITED FOR THE FUTURE RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors 912-344-5127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. R/C CAR CLUB RACE The SCORE R/C club will be having a competitive race at Phil Hurd Raceway inside of Lake Mayer Park. Typical classes are 1/10th and 1/8th scale off-road cars, buggies, and trucks. Practice starts at 9AM and the driver meeting begins at 11:45AM. The public is welcome to come watch. This event is pending weather, please see for schedule updates. $15 for the first class and $5 for each additional (Less if you’re a club member). Sat., April 15, 11:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Phil Hurd Raceway, Lake Mayer Rd. 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. 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. 912-447-0943. hdb. org. 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 and has space for a few new members. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at 630 East Victory Drive. We have members of all standards, from multiple-published to never-tried. Have a look at our website www. and call Christopher Scott, President, 912-272-6309. 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. SavannahChineseCorner. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH COUNCIL, NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. 912-748-7020. 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. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH GO GREEN Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. 912-308-6768. SAVANNAH KENNEL CLUB Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. 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. SAVANNAH PARROT HEAD CLUB Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. 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. 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. SCAD DAILY TOURS SCAD offers tours in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong for prospective students and their families. Tours are available daily, excluding Sundays, in Savannah, Atlanta,

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and Hong Kong. Tours allow prospective students an opportunity to view classrooms and administrative buildings, galleries, residence halls and dining facilities and see where our students live, learn and prepare for professional careers. Free MondaysSaturdays. visit-scad/daily-tours. Savannah College of Art and Design, PO Box 2072. SPIES AND MYSTERIES BOOK CLUB A book club for readers who love thrillers, spy novels, and mysteries. We meet every 2nd Thurs of the month @6:30 pm. None second Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912-925-8305. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. TOASTMASTERS Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests. Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. 912-429-0940. 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. 912-232-3549.


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BARRAGE 8 Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage. Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The “8” in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 5 violins, viola, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide: “a memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations. Adults $35, Seniors/Military $30, Students/Children $20 Thu., April 13, 7:30 p.m. 843-521-4145. uscbcenterforthearts. com/. USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St. HARMONIX Our newest production features the tight harmonies and cool stylings of our cast performing every genre of music, bringing a contemporary sound to favorite retro hits and creating the ultimate party. $37 Sundays, 3 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, 8 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. JEFF ZAGERS // KATH BLOOM // PEGGY SNOW 48 Please join us for a night of song. Kath

Bloom performs her stories and poems thru an archaich form of folk that sounds like thoughts one has as they wander through the woods. Peggy Snow compositionals, traditionals, and voice might be what you hear at the pearly gates. Jeff Zagers performs the junkyard scraps of the american songbook. $7 adv tix / $10 day of Sat., April 15, 8-11 p.m. 912. 231. 7105. https:// Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. SAVANNAH LIVE Savannah Live is a high-energy 2 hour variety show that features everything from pop to Broadway and Motown to rock n’ roll, featuring a rockin’ live band and eight singers. $37 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St.


THE ACCIDENTAL BIRDER: THE BIRDS I SAW AS I TRAVELED THROUGH PERU Presented by Leslie Weichsel, president of Ogeechee Audubon Society. In 2016 Leslie and Jeff Weichsel traveled for 16 days through Peru. They journeyed from Lima, to the Amazon Basin, to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, to Puno and Lake Titicaca, to Colca Canyon and ended in Arequipa. Leslie, will retrace her steps, introducing you to the birds and places she visited as the Accidental Birder. Free and open to the public. Reconditioned Bird Feeders, Nest Boxes and misc. donated by Wild Birds Unlimited will be available for purchase. All proceeds going to Orphaned Bird Care. Tue., April 18, 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. AMAZING SCAVENGER HUNT ADVENTURE- SAVANNAH Turn Savannah into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: CONNECTSAVANNAH. Sign up online at $10-$20 Wed., April 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thu., April 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri., April 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., April 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., April 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon., April 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tue., April 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 805-6035620. Franklin Square, Montgomery and St. Julian Streets. THE BUNNY HOP EASTER THEMED BAR CRAWL Rabbit ears, cottontails… do whatever you want to be a Bunny. Playboy Bunnies are just as welcome as Bugs Bunny. Wearing bunny ears is the minimum but you’re more creative than that. You can hop, thump, or crawl your way to the finish line. The “Bunny’s Bar” list, aka scorecard, will lead you on a joyful journey to each egg-citing destination. $15 adv, $20

day-of Sat., April 15, 4 p.m. 912-660-9001. https:// Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St. COMMON GROUNDS Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. We meet on Wednesday nights for open theological discussion on hot button issues. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. We are open and affirming of the LGBT community. Order for Compline by candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at 8PM. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. COMMUNITY IDEA LAUNCHPAD: SAVBOOK.IO For our April community-brigade event, we’ll be getting together and actually building a real app that solves a real civic need. But don’t let the word ‘app’ scare you away. As long as you can use a spreadsheet, you can contribute in a meaningful way to the project. And, even if you can’t use a spreadsheet, you can still help by offering personal insight and your own local contacts and knowledge. If we do it right, we’ll have a working product to show by the end of the evening. Thu., April 13, 6-8 p.m. https://meetup. com/OpenSavannah/events/238568414/. Open Savannah, 2222 Bull St. DIAMONDS AND PEARLS: OVER 30 COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATION Come enjoy an upscale social gathering where adults can connect and dance. Complimentary cocktail for playing the connection game Featuring DJ OB-1 Benobi. 10.00 Sat., April 15, 8-11 p.m. 912-665-9529. https:// SEED Eco Lounge, 39 Montgomery St. DRINKS AFTER WORK This group is for people that enjoy getting out mid-week, being social after work, and want to discover new places in the downtown Savannah area. Come have a cocktail, make new friends, and get over the hump. The group will meet on Wednesdays at various establishments throughout Downtown Savannah and nearby area. groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. com. events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. EARLY BIRD’S PRESERVATION WALKING TOUR OF THE LANDMARK HISTORIC DISTRICT’S EAST SIDE Take an early morning walk through one of the oldest and most varied neighborhoods to learn how historic preservation has revitalized downtown Savannah. Tours led by the Davenport House director who will introduce the personalities, structures and issues that have enthralled Savannah’s preservation movement. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden to follow. $21 Saturdays, 8 a.m. Take an early morning walk through one of the oldest and most varied neighborhoods to learn how historic preservation has revitalized downtown Savannah. Tours led by the Davenport House director who will introduce the personalities, structures and issues that have enthralled Savannah’s preservation movement. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden to follow. $21 Sat., April 15, 8-9:45 a.m. 912-2368097. Davenport House, 324 East State St. THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF SAVANNAH In a rut? The Exchange Club of Savannah welcomes men and women like you to support, serve and encourage the best teachers, students, firefighters, crime fighters, leaders and organizations in our community. Check us out at or find us on Facebook. Mondays, noon. 912-441-6559. Savannahexchange. org. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. GOLDEN REALM AND NUBARTER BUSINESS NETWORKING SOCIAL Meet Cindy & Steve, owners of Golden Realm along with Gary Field, NuBarter founder and Territory Owner, and other NuBarter members and hear how NuBarter benefits them. Be present for great door prizes, delicious food and beverages. Come support small business engaging in alternative ways of saving cash. Thu., April 13. GUIDED TOURS OF THE LUCAS THEATRE FOR THE ARTS Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. Tours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and must be scheduled. To schedule a tour, contact Megan Chandler at 912-525-5029 or 912-5255023. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP DINNER AND MEETING Membership meeting with dinner and speaker. Navy League supports our Sea Services and their families. You do not have to have been in any of the military services to join. For further information contact Jeff Zureick at 912 450 0521 $22.00 third Tuesday of every month & 5:45-8:15 p.m. 912 450 0521. Savannah Navy League, 17 lake heron ct west. THE ORIGINAL MIDNIGHT TOUR One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 1-866-666-3323. 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. PBJ PANTRY A free food pantry held every Thursday, 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 YMCA (Wilmington


Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. RICHMOND HILL FARMERS MARKET Come get the freshest produce, baked goods and interesting local crafts at the Richmond Hill Farmers’ Market. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill. SAVANNAH STORYTELLERS Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. liveoakstore. com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. SCAD DAILY TOURS SCAD offers tours in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong for prospective students and their families. Tours are available daily, excluding Sundays, and allow prospective students an opportunity to view classrooms and administrative buildings, galleries, residence halls and dining facilities and see where our students live, learn and prepare for professional careers. For more information please visit, https://www.scad. edu/admission/visit-scad/daily-tours. SCAD Student Center, 120 Montgomery St. SCADSTYLE SCAD presents SCADstyle, an annual gathering of international design luminaries and influencers sharing their expertise with the next generation of creators, visionaries and artists. Special guests include Carol Hamilton, group president of L’Oreal Luxe USA; Norma Kamali, fashion designer and entrepreneur; Tom Kartsotis, founder of Fossil and Shinola; and Billy Reid, fashion designer. Through April 13.

scadstyle2017. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SCADURDAY NIGHT LIVE Catch this taping of SCADurday Night Live for a laugh-out-loud performance. A collaboration between students from dramatic writing, film and television, graphic design, motion media design, performing arts, production design and sound design, the show features sketch comedy, music and a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make television. Free and open to the public Sat., April 15. Hamilton Hall, 522 Indian Street. SHIRE OF FORTH CASTLE FIGHTER PRACTICE Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. SOUTHBOUND BREWERY SATURDAY TOURS AND TASTES Savannah’s first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah’s first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco. com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. ST. PIUS X HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI


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1 Branch offshoot 5 Charlie of “Winning!” memes 10 All-out battles 14 “How awful!” 15 Dance company founder Alvin 16 Creature created by George Lucas 17 Washington newspaper 18 Take-away signs of happiness? 20 Lhasa ___ (Tibetan breed) 22 Oil transport 23 Casually uninterested 26 Puddle gunk 29 They directed “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” 30 1990 Stanley Cup winners 32 Gets warmer 34 Rough purchase at the dairy? 38 One of LBJ’s beagles 39 Anaheim Stadium player, once 40 “___ little teapot ...” 42 1980s actor Corey hawking some tart fruit candies? 47 Passport endorsements 48 Doughnut shape 49 Goaded (on) 52 “Spring forward” letters

54 Teeming with testosterone 55 Grand Canyon pack animals 57 Burgles 59 “If something can go wrong, Gargamel will never get it right”? 62 Pinball foul 66 “Fashion Emergency” model 67 Slow mover 68 On-screen symbol 69 Employer of Serpico or Sipowicz 70 Road trip expenses 71 Penny value


1 Outdo 2 One of a reporter’s W’s 3 “Shoo” additions? 4 “You busy?” 5 Backtalk 6 Athlete’s camera greeting 7 The Manning with more Super Bowl MVP awards 8 “Electric” creature 9 Putin turndown 10 Sign your dog is healthy, maybe 11 Got up 12 Seth of “Pineapple Express” 13 Some toffee bars 19 “___ bleu!” 21 Liven (up)

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ASSOCIATION MEETING All former students of St. Pius X High School are invited to attend this meeting. Meet old friends, make new friends and have a great time. Several social events are hosted throughout the year. Dues are $24 a year. third Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. Savannah Classical Academy, 402 Market Street. STAND WITH WATER PROTECTORS AERIAL PHOTO/EARTH DAY FESITVAL Stand with your community and Water Protectors around the world as they take an aerial photo to record their commitment to caring for our rivers, streams, marshes, oceans and the life that relies on these habitats. Free Sat., April 15, 1 p.m. 912-999-6988. mothersrevolt@ events/1813210285592509/. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. STUDENT SAFETY NIGHT Students, parents and area residents concerned with youth safety are invited to this free community event, which will focus on student protection and avoiding potentially vulnerable situations. This drop-in evening will feature free appetizers, beer and wine while supplies last (guests requesting alcohol will be ID’d), self-defense demonstrations by an expert, safety tips from a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Officer, proper weapons handling and guidelines from a former federal law enforcement officer/NRA instructor, as well as information and hand-outs from a Rape Crisis Center representative. All proceeds benefit the Rape Crisis Center. Thu., April 13, 5 p.m. 309 W. 36th St., 309 W. 36th St. UNDER THE RAINBOW On Thursday nights come out to the coolest spot in Pooler for Under The Rainbow. Every week we will host a different event that will cater to those that play over, around and under the rainbow. Thursdays, 8-11 p.m. 912-988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY Unity in the Community is a nonprofit organization that promotes and hosts free, family-friendly culturally diverse events to give back to the community. The events feature handcrafted ethnic arts and crafts, home-based businesses, and community nonprofits. Entertainment is provided by churches and other local individuals and groups. third Saturday, Sunday of every month. River Street, River St. VR PREVIEW PARTY Come out and game test the space combat flight simulator game, Starfighter Inc. Help launch Impeller Studios, a Savannah-based startup led by project director and SCAD professor Jack Mamais. Or check it out on the livestream which will be announced from the Impeller Studios Facebook page. Free Thu., April 13, 8 p.m. chromaticdragon. com. The Chromatic Dragon, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd.


EARTH DAY FESTIVAL Over 75 vendors and exhibitors will be present at the festival, one of the largest 50 educational Earth Day festivals in Georgia.

Featuring live music by Xuluprophet, Waits & Co., the Indigos, and Missionary Blues; workshops and kids’ activities; food trucks, vegan food, and local craft beer; and plenty of vendors and exhibitors. Sat., April 15, 11 a.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.


$8 COMMUNITY MEDITATION CLASSES Join us for breath work, guided meditation, and yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique to relieve stress, quiet the mind, and find the calm within. All proceeds support local organizations. $8 Sundays, 6-7 p.m. 912349-2756. AERIAL YOGA CLASSES Increase flexibility and strength using aerial yoga, a relatively new approach to

strengthen core, legs & booty. This workout is low impact and scorches major calories and teaches you basic ballet! Call to make a reservation before class. This is a semiprivate class so space is limited! $10.00 Wednesdays, Sundays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 732.232.3349. FitnessFoodWine@gmail. com. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. BARIATRIC SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP Located in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Call or see website for info. third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 912-350-3438. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. BEACH BODY WORKOUTS WITH LAURA

Film: Turkish First Blood

One of the most ridiculous, sleazy and unintentionally funny exploitation flicks ever made, this Turkish action flick about a recently released convict who was wrongfully convicted for the death of his brother and returns to his village seeking revenge on those who framed him shamelessly steals much of its plot and even some of its soundtrack music from “First Blood,” the original film in Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo series. $7 WED., APRIL 12, 8 P.M. SENTIENTBEAN.COM. THE SENTIENT BEAN, 13 E. PARK AVE. a traditional yoga practice. We use a silk fabric called a ‘hammock’ to support the weight of our bodies, helping us achieve various postures with more depth, ease and excitement. Every Saturday. Class size limited. Required to register online ahead of time. $25 Saturdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m. 954.682.5694. elyse.thestudio@yahoo. com. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. AIKIDO CLASSES Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, ‘O Sensei’ or (‘Great Teacher’). On a purely physical level it is an art involving throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and Kenjutsu (open hand and weapon based techniques). Beyond the self defense aspects of the art its true goal is to challenge its practitioners to discover their best selves. $50/month for JEA Members, $70/month for NonMembers, or $80/8-class punch card Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-6040958, 912-346-2650., CoastalAikido. com. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. The message of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope for friends/family of problem drinkers. Al-Anon is for adults. Alateen is for people age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. check website or call for info. 912-598-9860. BALLET BODY TONING Ballet Body Toning is a ballet inspired workout designed to improve balance, flexibility, and use body resistance to

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. BEASTMODE FITNESS GROUP TRAINING Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm-9pm. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. BEGINNING POLE FITNESS Pole fitness is a fun and flirty way to get in shape! Taught by Pole Dance America National Professional Champion Sabrina Madsen, you’ll learn the basics of pole dance in a safe and welcoming environment. Gain strength, balance and confidence. Beginner Classes are open to all shapes and sizes and are for ladies only (men welcome at our Intermediate Class). $25 for drop-in or $100 for a package of 5 classes Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. 801.673.6737. firstcityfitness. com/pole-fitnessparties.html. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. BLUE WATER YOGA Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. egs5719@aol. com. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. DANCE DYNAMIX Dance DynaMix is a choreographed dance fitness class inspired by funky hip hop and sleek jazz moves! No dance experience required. Call 732.232.3349 to reserve your spot ahead of time, as class space is limited. Stay after class for a 30 minute

stretch to wind down for the weekend with! $10.00 Wednesdays, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. 732.232.3349. FitnessFoodWine@gmail. com. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. FIT4MOM SAVANNAH STROLLER STRIDES A group of moms that meet with strollers and workout at Savannah Mall, Daffin Park and on occasion Hull Park. Also offer HIIT Classes to other Moms who have any age children. The HIIT program is a kid free program. 1 hour long stroller based workout with kiddos. Moms- Pre and Post Natal, and kids of stroller age. Savannah Mall (M,W,F). Daffin Park (T,Th), Hull Park (Sat) Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. FITNESS CLASSES AT THE JEA Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. 912-355-8811. savj. org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone in need of support for the caregiving they provide. FREE YOGA CLASS & YOGA TEACHER TRAINING INFO SESSION Join us for a free 30 minute yoga session, co-taught by Kelley Boyd and Ann Carroll, followed by an educational hour to learn about our YTT program. There will be time to have questions answered. Come with questions and an open heart, leave with more clarity about the direction your yoga practice is moving in and find out if our program is right for you. Do you want to learn how to share yoga? Want to deepen your own personal relationship with yoga and not teach? All are welcome in this program. FREE Wed., April 12, 5:306:45 p.m. 912-232-2994. marketing@ https://facebook. com/events/1867726593498245/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. FREE YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing offers Free Yoga for Cancer Patients every Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Candler’s Heart & Lung Building, Suite 100. The very gentle movements and breath work in this class will give you much needed energy, it will make your body feel better, and it will give you a mental release. This class is free to cancer patients. Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 912-819-8800. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. FUNCTIONAL TRAINING CLASS Celebrate fall with a Saturday morning workout class. All levels welcome. A smooth mix of cardio and strengthening exercises. Call Kara 912-667-0487 if interested. Downtown Savannah, downtown. GET EXCITED AND MOVE This program is designed to combat the effects of Parkinson disease for Savannah/ Chatham-area people and their caregiver. The activities are designed to enhance and


improve muscular strength, and endurance, coordination, agility, flexibility, speed work, and voice command. $10 a month Mondays-Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 6-7 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m. 912-376-9833. psgsav@gmail. com. Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center, 7230 Varnedoe Drive. DUDE’S DAY AT SAVANNAH CLIMBING COOP Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. HIKING & BIKING AT SKIDAWAY ISLAND STATE PARK Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am10pm. Call or see website. 912-5982300. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. KUNG FU SCHOOL: VING TSUN Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. 912-429-5150. LIVING SMART FITNESS CLUB St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center offer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which is an exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesdays, the classes are held at the center, at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening exercises (Mondays/Wednesdays). Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. MOMMY & BABY BARRE CLASSES Oh, Baby! Wear your baby to barre class and start getting fit! This full-body workout focuses on arms, legs, and abs. With keynotes of Pilates & ballet, this class will deliver the post-baby workout you need to tighten & tone the body. Teacher: Michelle Riley $20/session Wed., April 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m. 912-2004809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 E Victory Drive. MOMMY AND BABY YOGA Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga. com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. PILATES CLASSES Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol Daly-Wilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. 912-238-0018. Momentum Pilates

Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. PREGNANCY YOGA Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. 912-704-7650. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. PREGNANCY YOGA CLASSES Pregnancy is a transitional time when many physical and emotional changes take place. Pregnancy Yoga is about honoring these changes in ourselves, our body and our baby. Yoga strengthens the rapidly changing body and increases the ability to relax, and helps to prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood. Pregnancy Yoga classes are offered as a 6 week session on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7:15 pm. The class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy and no prior yoga experience is necessary. $120 - six week session Thursdays. 912-704-7650. ann@ Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. QIGONG CLASSES Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 qigongtim. com/. RENAGADE WORKOUT Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912376-0219 Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. RICHMOND HILL ROADIES RUNNING CLUB A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912-596-5965. LADIES DAY AT SAVANNAH CLIMBING COOP Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. See website for info. 912-4958010. SAVANNAH DISC GOLF

Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. savannahdiscgolf@gmail. com. SAVANNAH STRIDERS RUNNING AND WALKING CLUB With a one-year, $35 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. TURBO KICK CARDIO WORKOUT Lose calories while dancing and kick-boxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 586-822-1021. facebook. com/turbokicksavannah. YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS Free for cancer patients and survivors. The classes help with flexibility and balance while also providing relaxation. Located at FitnessOne, on the third floor of the Memorial Outpatient and Wellness Center. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. 912-350-9031. Memorial Health University Medical Center,

4700 Waters Ave. ZUMBA FITNESS Isn’t lifting weights and running on the treadmill boring? Come join Sheena’s Zumba Fitness class and have fun while burning calories! The class regularly has 75+ participants that know that Sheena is the best Zumba instructor in Savannah! So show up early and see you soon! Free with YMCA membership Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 912-354-6223. https:// YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. ZUMBA FITNESS (R) WITH APRIL Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. 912349-4902.


BEERS FOR BEES: NEW TRICKLE-DOWN WATER WALL AT OATLAND ISLAND For every Moon River Brewing beer sold, MRBC will donate $1 to the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association (CEBA). They will use the funds to build a trickledown water wall in the honeybee yard at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Our hot days may require a single colony of bees to consume a quart of water every day. The CEBA bee yard will be expanding from 4 to 12 colonies by May, so the bees may need three gallons of water per day! 0 April 12, 6-9 p.m..



















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CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB Join Pacci at the community table to share in a night of food, wine and Southern hospitality. Experience seasonally inspired dishes inspired by the region of Puglia. The three-course dinner with wine pairings is $45 per person and reservations are required by calling 912-233-6002. April 12, 7 p.m.. Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar, 601 E Bay St. RIVER VIEW EASTER BRUNCH Executive chef James Morin has created a spectacular brunch menu for Easter. April

16, 11 a.m.. hotels-savannah/index.jsp?null. Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay St. ALL YOU CAN EAT MUSSELS Make your Tuesdays “Ruesdays” at Rue de Jean in Savannah with ALL YOU CAN EAT mussels! Choose from 6 different flavors and enjoy baby greens salad, bottomless pommes frites, and warm bread all for just $24. One order per guest. Reservations suggested. 39ruedejeansav. com/reservations $24 5-9 p.m.. holycityhospitality. com/39-rue-de-jean-savannah/. 39 Rue de Jean, 605 W Oglethorpe Ave. BETHESDA FARM AND GARDENS STAND

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


Before visiting Sicily for the first time, American poet Billy Collins learned to speak Italian. In his poem “By a Swimming Pool Outside Siracusa,” he describes how the new language is changing his perspective. If he were thinking in English, he might say that the gin he’s drinking while sitting alone in the evening light “has softened my mood.” But the newly Italianized part of his mind would prefer to say that the gin “has allowed my thoughts to traverse my brain with greater gentleness” and “has extended permission to my mind to feel a friendship with the vast sky.” Your assignment in the coming week, Aries, is to Italianize your view of the world. Infuse your thoughts with expansive lyricism and voluptuous relaxation. If you’re Italian, celebrate and amplify your Italianness.

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Chagall has.” I suspect that in the coming weeks, you will be the recipient of mixed messages like these. Praise and disapproval may come your way. Recognition and neglect. Kudos and apathy. Please don’t dwell on the criticism and downplay the applause. In fact, do the reverse!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

“Go Tell It on the Mountain” is the title of an old gospel song, and now it’s the metaphorical theme of your horoscope. I advise you to climb a tall peak -- even if it’s just a magic mountain in your imagination -- and deliver the spicy monologue that has been marinating within you. It would be great if you could gather a sympathetic audience for your revelations, but that’s not mandatory to achieve the necessary catharsis. You simply need to be gazing at the big picture as you declare your big, ripe truths.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

For over a century, the Ringsaker Lutheran Church in Buxton, North Dakota hosted rites of passage, including 362 baptisms, 50 marriages, and 97 funerals. It closed in 2002, a victim of the area’s shrinking population. I invite you to consider the possibility that this can serve as a useful metaphor for you, Libra. Is there a place that has been a sanctuary for you, but has begun to lose its magic? Is there a traditional power spot from which the power has been ebbing? Has a holy refuge evolved into a mundane hang-out? If so, mourn for a while, then go in search of a vibrant replacement.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)



It’s closing time. You have finished toiling in the shadow of an old sacred cow. You’ve climaxed your relationship with ill-fitting ideas that you borrowed from mediocre and inappropriate teachers once upon a time. And you can finally give up your quest for a supposed Holy Grail that never actually existed in the first place. It’s time to move on to the next chapter of your life story, Taurus! You have been authorized to graduate from any influence, attachment, and attraction that wouldn’t serve your greater good in the future. Does this mean you’ll soon be ready to embrace more freedom than you have in years? I’m betting on it. The heaviest butterfly on the planet is the female Queen Victorian Birdwing. It tips the scales at two grams. The female Queen Alexandra Birdwing is the butterfly with the longest wingspan: over 12 inches. These two creatures remind me of you these days. Like them, you’re freakishly beautiful. You’re a marvelous and somewhat vertiginous spectacle. The tasks you’re working on are graceful and elegant, yet also big and weighty. Because of your intensity, you may not look flight-worthy, but you’re actually quite aerodynamic. In fact, your sorties are dazzling and influential. Though your acrobatic zigzags seem improbable, they’re effective. Picasso had mixed feelings about his fellow painter Marc Chagall, who was born under the sign of Cancer. “I’m not crazy about his roosters and donkeys and flying violinists, and all the folklore,” Picasso said, referring to the subject matter of Chagall’s compositions. But he also felt that Chagall was one of the only painters “who understands what color really is,” adding, “There’s never been anybody since Renoir who has the feeling for light that

kits. 912-401-0543. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. FORSYTH FARMERS MARKET Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. GHOST COAST DISTILLERY TOURS Tour & Tasting Visit Ghost Coast Distillery, where you will hear about Savannah’s unique history of drinks and revelry, while learning how we create our unique, hand crafted spirits. Hours Tuesday – Wednesday: 12–6 (last tour starts at 6) Thursday – Saturday:

I urge you to consider the possibility that right now they may have value.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re growing too fast, but that’s fine as long as you don’t make people around you feel they’re moving too slowly. You know too much, but that won’t be a problem as long as you don’t act snooty. And you’re almost too attractive for your own good, but that won’t hurt you as long as you overflow with spontaneous generosity. What I’m trying to convey, Sagittarius, is that your excesses are likely to be more beautiful than chaotic, more fertile than confusing. And that should provide you with plenty of slack when dealing with cautious folks who are a bit rattled by your lust for life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

If you were a snake, it would be a fine time to molt your skin. If you were a river, it would be a perfect moment to overflow your banks in a spring flood. If you were an office worker, it would be an excellent phase to trade in your claustrophobic cubicle for a spacious new niche. In other words, Virgo, you’re primed to outgrow at least one of your containers. The boundaries you knew you would have to transgress some day are finally ready to be transgressed. Even now, your attention span is expanding and your imagination is stretching.

Until recently, scientists believed the number of trees on the planet was about 400 billion. But research published in the journal *Nature* says that’s wrong. There are actually three trillion trees on earth -- almost eight times more than was previously thought. In a similar way, I suspect you have also underestimated certain resources that are personally available to you, Capricorn. Now is a good time to correct your undervaluation. Summon the audacity to recognize the potential abundance you have at your disposal. Then make plans to tap into it with a greater sense of purpose.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Most people throw away lemon rinds, walnut shells, and pomegranate skins. But some resourceful types find uses for these apparent wastes. Lemon rind can serve as a deodorizer, cleaner, and skin tonic, as well as a zesty ingredient in recipes. Ground-up walnut shells work well in facial scrubs and pet bedding. When made into a powder, pomegranate peels have a variety of applications for skin care. I suggest you look for metaphorically similar things, Scorpio. You’re typically inclined to dismiss the surfaces and discard the packaging and ignore the outer layers, but

The poet John Keats identified a quality he called “negative capability.” He defined it as the power to calmly accept “uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” I would extend the meaning to include three other things not to be irritably reached for: artificial clarity, premature resolution, and simplistic answers. Now is an excellent time to learn more about this fine art, Aquarius.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Are you ready for a riddle that’s more enjoyable than the kind you’re used to? I’m not sure if you are. You may be too jaded to embrace this unusual gift. You could assume it’s another one of the crazy-making cosmic jokes that have sometimes tormented you in the past. But I hope that doesn’t happen. I hope you’ll welcome the riddle in the liberating spirit in which it’s offered. If you do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as it teases you in ways you didn’t know you wanted to be teased. You’ll feel a delightful itch or a soothing burn in your secret self, like a funny-bone feeling that titillates your immortal soul. P.S.: To take full advantage of the blessed riddle, you may have to expand your understanding of what’s good for you.


11-8 (last tour starts at 8) Tours begin every hour, on the hour Closed Sunday and Monday Tour with tasting: $12.50 Tour with tasting and Souvenir Bottle of Ghost Coast Vodka 261: $32.00 All guests must be 21+ or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. ID Required $12.50 Saturdays. (912) 298-0071. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St. HAPPY HOUR 39 Rue De Jean favorites at happy hour prices! Enjoy $4 house wine, $4 well cocktails, $8 daily cocktail feature, Moules en Six Preparations for $8, $8 1/2 dozen raw oysters, and more. Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 5-7 p.m.. 912-721-0595. holycityhospitality. com/39-rue-de-jean-savannah/. 39 Rue de Jean, 605 W Oglethorpe Ave. HONEY TASTING AND BODY CARE SAMPLES + STORE TOUR Daily honey tastings and body care demonstrations. Come see honeybees in the observation hive or call 912.629.0908 to schedule a tour of the Bee Garden. Garden tour available March through October. $3 per person. Must call ahead. Free MondaysFridays, 10 a.m.. 912-234-0688. jessie@ Savannah Bee Company, Wilmington Island, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd. PREPARE SUNDAY SUPPERS AT UNION MISSION Local organizations are invited to sign up to prepare Sunday Supper for people who are homeless and live at Union Mission’s shelters for homeless people. Groups must sign up in advance and bring/prepare a meal, beginning at 2pm on Sundays. Call for information. 912-236-7423. TYBEE ISLAND FARMERS MARKET Featuring a variety of produce, baked goods, honey, granola, BBQ, sauces and dressings, popsicles, dog treats and natural body products. The market is non-smoking and pet friendly. Stephen Johnson, 206 Miller Ave. WINE SAMPLING Sample the variety of wines Lucky’s Market has to offer. savannah-ga/. Lucky’s Market, 5501 Abercorn St.


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. 912-344-3333. armstrong. edu. 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.

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. FREE HEARING AND SPEECH SCREENING Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. 912-355-4601. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. FREE HEARING SCREENINGS The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912355-4601. 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. 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. 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. 912-9273432. 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. 912-897-9544. 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.) 912447-6605. 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@ 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. 800-264-7154. PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. 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. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.


EASTER EGG HUNT Come joins us in the park for an oldfashioned Easter Egg hunt in historic Fort McAllister. Bring your basket and come celebrate Easter with us. For children ages 2-12. $5 parking. Sat., April 15, 2 p.m. 912-727-2339. fortmcallister.park@gadnr. org. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. EASTER PARTY & EGG HUNT Fun begins at 10 a.m. with the Easter Story, then on to planned activities and the egg hunt. Bring your own basket for collecting eggs and be on the lookout for the golden egg. Lunch will be served at 11:15. Be sure to RSVP by calling (912) 925-4839. Free Sat., April 15, 10 a.m.-noon. 912-925-4839. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. HEALTHY KIDS CLUB The Healthy Kids Club’s mission is to educate and inspire children to take part in their local farmers market while enjoying nutritious foods and empowering their families to make healthy choices at home. Saturdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m. Wilmington 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 Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. TODDLER TIME Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different naturebased theme. $5 parking Thursdays, 10 a.m. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. TODDLER TUESDAYS AT OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.


FIRST CITY NETWORK Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985) is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-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. 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 non-profit. savannahpride. com. STAND OUT YOUTH CONTINUES ON P. 54


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A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-288-1034. standoutyouth. org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. WHAT MAKES A FAMILY A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. 912-352-2611.


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ANTS: NATURES ENGINEERS What impact do nonnative fire ants have on our coastal environment? How do you get rid of them? These questions and more will be answered during a talk by entomologist Tim Davis, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent at UGA Cooperative Extension. Davis has years of experience studying ants and testing products used to treat fire ant infestations. During his talk, he will discuss the importance of native ants and how they benefit Georgia’s maritime forest habitat before delving into the impact of invasive fire ants that are colonizing the coast. Register by phone or email by April 7 $10 Wed., April 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-5983345. event/ants-natures-engineers/. UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, 30 Ocean Science Circle. COFFEE WITH A RANGER Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. DOLPHIN PROJECT Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. GARDENING SESSION Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of every month. Free and open to the public third Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. 912395-1500. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. WILDERNESS SOUTHEAST A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. 912-236-8115. 54

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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) 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@ BUDDHIST MEDITATION Everyone is welcome. Experience not necessary. Visit our website for location, meditation periods and classes. Individual instruction upon request. Email Cindy Un Shin Beach at for more information. 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. familylife@diosav. org. 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. savannahgratitude. 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. JESUS YESHUA Holidays and plans for 2017 underway for young adults and college Christians. Contact Reverend Brenda Lee or call (912) 236-3156. 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.” 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

to start classes this winter. 912-232-1033. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. PSYCHIC MEDIUM YOUR PAL, ERIN Ready to reconnect you with your loved ones who’ve passed and your own inner knowing? I’m here to help. Let’s all work together to create the amazing new life you truly desire, releasing old situations that no longer serve you. Readings available in person and by phone. 60 minutes, $65. Group readings of 5 or more, $30 per person for 20 minutes. Get your personalized, 45 minute prerecorded “Tuesday Tune-Up” emailed to your inbox for just $45. Visit for more information or contact today. Online only, none. READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. SAVANNAH FRIENDS MEETING (QUAKERS) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. 636-2331772. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. SAVANNAH REIKI SHARE During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. SERVICE OF COMPLINE Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. 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.” TAPESTRY CHURCH A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St.


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