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The Annual Fairy and Gnome Festival SAT 5.5

Don your pointy gnome hats and fairy wings and help celebrate the natural world with the wee folk. Wee folk can enter a costume contest, build a wee folk village, play games and dance 'round the May Pole. There will be lots of activities to experience nature and imaginative outdoor play. 10 a.m. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. $5 per adult; $3 per child (4-17), military and seniors

WEDNESDAY 5. 2 Tremonti, Shaman’s Harvest

Tremonti brings their “A Dying Machine” tour to Savannah. 8 p.m. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St. $22

THURSDAY 5. 3 Film: I Can Only Imagine

This previously unknown story follows the life of Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe. Thurs. & Fri. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Adults $7, children under 12 $5

Scotty McCreery

The American Idol winner performs. 8 p.m. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St. $29

Tea in the Garden

Scotty McCreery THU 5.3

Scotty McCreery, multi-platinum recording artist and Season 10 winner of American Idol, performs at the Stage on Bay. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St. $29

Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in Davenport House’s beautiful courtyard garden. Thurs. & Fri. 4:15 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $18

Theatre: Pump Boys and Dinettes

The Pump Boys sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the Dinette run the Double Cupp diner next door. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Savannah Repertory Theatre’s PLAYshop, 980 Industry Drive $25

Wine, Women & Shoes

Derby de Mayo SAT 5.5

Ghost Coast Distillery celebrates the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo and its new Tommy Agave limited-edition, agavebased spirit with one big party. Wear your best Derby hat or seersucker and enjoy the day featuring live music, food, cocktails and the race on TV. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St.

The 5th Annual Wine Women benefits the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. 7 p.m. Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay St. $150 VIP tickets, $75 general admission

FRIDAY 5. 4 First Friday for Folk Music

Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. May performers are Jamie Herbster and Tom Cooler. 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian, 520 Washington Ave. $5 donation CONTINUES ON P. 4








Tybee Rainbow Fest

Stroll the beach, enjoy fresh seafood and party long after the sun sets at this LGBT weekend-long event. May 4-6 Tybee Island

SATURDAY 5. 5 The Annual Fairy and Gnome Festival

Cinco De Mayo Dance Party

Featuring live music by Jason Courtnenay Band, Ben Torres, Bill Hodgson, and DJ Race. 1 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe, 27 Barnard St.

A Complete History of Savannah for Morons

Don your pointy gnome hats and fairy wings and help celebrate the natural world with the wee folk. play. 10 a.m. Oatland Island Wildlife Ctr, 711 Sandtown Rd. $5 per adult; $3 per child (4-17)

A Complete History of Savannah for Morons is a comedy show that roasts nearly 300 years of Savannah’s history in 62 minutes. 6 p.m. Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St. $12

Art on River Street

Derby Day

Local artists display and sell their art on the river. first Saturday, Sunday of every month, 10 a.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St.

Book Signing: Served in Silence

Retired U.S. Air Force Captain Mark David Gibson’s memoir is an inspiring testament to the power of living an authentic life. noon Sanctuary, 8912 Whitefield Ave.

Dress to impress at The Grove’s first social event of the summer for the 144th Kentucky Derby. A portion of Mint Julep drink sales will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 3 p.m. The Grove, 301 W. Congress St. Free

Derby de Mayo

Ghost Coast Distillery celebrates the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo and its new Tommy Agave limited-edition, agave-

based spirit with one big party. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St.

Discovering 1820s Savannah: Early Bird’s Walking Tour of the City Isaiah Davenport Knew

Discover what survives of 1820s Savannah seeing some of the finest examples of architecture remaining in the city. 8 a.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $21

Gardening Session

Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. first Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Free and open to the public

Kentucky Derby Party and Fundraiser

Forsyth Farmers Market

Observation Bee Hive

Put on your detective hat and investigate different types of fish species during this public program. 9 a.m. UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, 30 Ocean Science Circle. $15 Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Forsyth Park

Season Finale

Race fanatics are invited to don their finest Derby attire for a live viewing party of the 2018 Run for the Roses. 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus Pavilion, 700 Christopher Drive. $20 Red Shoe Society members, $30 non The Coastal Empire Beekeepers Assn. members will show off honey bees in an observation hive at Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s annual event. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oatland Island Wildlife Ct, 711 Sandtown Rd.


Beethoven’s Immortal Ninth

Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra Mike Daly, David Bradley, Jonathan Croy, and Nicholas Kenney, horns Symphony No. 9 “Choral” Savannah Philharmonic Chorus Mary Wilson, soprano; Martha Anderson, mezzo-soprano; Robert Chafin, tenor; Roberto Mancusi, bass

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Schumann’s virtuosic Konzertstück for 4 solo horns and orchestra opens what promises to be an electric evening of music-making. The Savannah Philharmonic concludes our ninth season with another Ninth- Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 in D minor, culminating with the magnificent “Ode to Joy.” Experiencing the Ninth live is a memory to treasure – be sure and be there!



Front Porch Improv is a never-seen-before improvised comedy show, filled with quirky townsfolk. 8 p.m. Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St. $12

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Reed House, Inc. Art & Derby Party

Join the party with Derby Hors d/oeuvres, mint juleps, live derby coverage and much more. Proceeds benefit Reed House, Inc. 5 p.m. Savannah Botanical Gardens, 1388 Eisenhower Drive. $45 in advance $50 at the door 912.659.9846

Run for the Roses Party

The Pegasus Riding Academy celebrates the Kentucky Derby. coffee deli, 4517 Habersham St. $25 single, $45 couple 912-547-6482

Savannah Philharmonic: Beethoven’s Immortal Ninth The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus concludes their ninth season. 7:30 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W Oglethorpe $15-$80

Savannah Scottish Games

The 42nd annual event features a Heavy Athletics competition, the USIR Highland Dancing Southern Regional Championship, and piping and drums. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave.


This interactive, family-friendly event showcases STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education activities. 10 a.m. Georgia Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Rd $10 adults, $6 children under 12

Tybee Tour of Homes

Visit inside some of the most beautiful, historic and funky homes on Tybee Island. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tybee Maritime Academy, 714 Lovell Ave. $40-50 912-395-4060.

What The Funk? Art Show & Dance Party

In a city full of art exhibitions, “What The Funk” is Savannah’s only local art show and dance party. 8 p.m. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. $7

Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market provides residents with locally grown produce. Featuring vintage automobiles from Savannah Classic Cars Dealer and Museum. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Islands High, 170 Whitemarsh Island Road.

SUNDAY 5. 6 Deep Speaks

Twice a year, Deep release anthologies featuring original, vivid, and fearless stories, poems, and plays by students. 6:30 p.m. Yamacraw Performing Arts Ctr, 649 W. Jones Free and open to the public

Doggie Carnival

This family (and canine) friendly festival features fun for everyone, big and small. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. noon Forsyth Park Free

Film: A Fantastic Woman

Story of Marina, a transgender waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, in love. Presented by CinemaSavannah. 4 p.m. JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. $10, cash only

Film: I Can Only Imagine

This previously unknown story follows the life of Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, who loses his father to cancer. 3 & 7 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Adults $7, children under 12 $5

Music of the Sistine Chapel

Music by Allegri, Palestrina, Victoria, and others, performed by the Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Schola, and guest vocalists. 5 p.m. Cathedral of St John/Baptist, 222 E. Harris Free, donations accepted

The Temptations, The Four Tops

These essential Motown bands perform at the Civic Center. 7 p.m. Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $42

MONDAY 5. 7 Odd Lot Improv: Monday Night Madness

Built around a series of improv games, the show relies on audience suggestions. 7:30 p.m. The Loft on Liberty, 215 W. Liberty St. $5

Savannah Songwriter Series

Showcase of original music by local musician and songwriters. 7 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $5





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‘Is there anyone who will say yes?’ BY JIM MOREKIS

A TRULY GUT-WRENCHING scene happened at last week’s City Council meeting. A weeping Jameillah Smiley begged Mayor Eddie DeLoach and Council to release video she thinks will prove her late son Ricky Boyd didn’t have to be shot and killed by police. Tearful, with voice trembling, she told them, “He was a good kid. He worked real hard. And we loved him. The City of Savannah took him away from me and all of us... the Chief of Police lied about my son.” Regardless of how one stands on the incident this past January on the Southside — in which Smiley’s 20-year-old son was killed while being served a murder

I found it revealing that this Council — some members of which are usually quick to grandstand on issues of this nature — all failed to step up when there was some actual action they could have taken. Indeed, the entire incident this past January simply doesn’t pass the smell test. Boyd was wanted for the murder of Balil Whitfield in West Savannah two days prior. Officers attempted to serve the warrant on Boyd at Marian Circle. Savannah Police Chief Mark Revenew was literally on his first day at the job after the de-merger of local police. He initially said Boyd came out shooting and police killed him in self-defense, with one officer receiving a gunshot wound. The explanation then shifted to say that Boyd came out with a BB gun, and police shot because they thought it was real. However, Smiley’s attorney, William

a bathroom at the county jail. But the footage from Marian Circle, by contrast, is considered too sensitive for anyone in the public to see one second of. Why is that? When law enforcement clearly has no problem releasing footage that makes them look good, often while adjudication is pending? At minimum, one would be forgiven for concluding that there is something on the unreleased bodycam footage that police don’t want the public to see. Whether it exonerates Boyd, or proves police malfeasance with regards to use of firearms, or both, or something else entirely, I don’t know. The larger lesson is that of all the ways the City, the police, and the District Attorney could have handled this very sensitive incident, they picked perhaps the least transparent way.

At a time when mistrust of police is at a high, local leaders seem determined to do the one thing guaranteed to inflame more mistrust, all in the name of not inflaming the public. warrant — there was no doubting her absolute sincerity or the depth of her sorrow. Smiley then calmly looked at each Council member in turn, asking each of them if he or she would help urge the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to turn over the bodycam footage she has seen, which she says exonerates her son and proves he was wrongfully killed. “Is there anyone who will say yes?” she concluded plaintively, barely audible. There wasn’t anyone. The Mayor and Council all expressed personal sympathy, and seemed sincere. But on the advice of City Attorney Brooks Stillwell, they all also said that since the officer-involved shooting is in front of a grand jury, their hands are tied. And just like that, the grieving mother was quickly hustled off to make more time for developer’s attorneys to speak uninterrupted about some big project or another they want local rules changed for. The scene was tragic not only for the deep personal anguish on display, but for what it symbolized: An African American woman wanting justice and resolution for the death of her son at the hands of police, in a city with a troubled track record on issues of police credibility. It is always the worst of tortures to lose a child, but Smiley herself is only 36. She faces a long lifetime ahead filled with profound sadness over losing her son.

Claiborne, says he has evidence the BB gun was found 43 feet from where Boyd fell. The clear insinuation is that the BB gun was planted, though it doesn’t appear so far that anyone is quite saying so publicly in quite that many words. To me the missing piece of the puzzle is this: If Boyd didn’t shoot at anyone — as even police say is true — then who shot the police officer? Obviously it must have been another officer. So why isn’t more being made of that remarkable turn of events? You’d think a cop being shot by another cop would be considered worthy of much deeper investigation in and of itself. In any case, a blue-on-blue accidental shooting apparently being swept under the rug is enough to at least raise an eyebrow. As for the bodycam footage, I do understand the desire not to try a police officer in the court of public opinion and needlessly inflame already-hot sentiments. But the stated reason for not releasing the footage — that the case is still open — also doesn’t pass the smell test. When actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Savannah in 2017, within hours police eagerly released every minute of incriminating bodycam video and audio to TMZ and other national and international media, who all ate it up with a spoon. It got so ridiculous that I half expected to see footage of LaBeouf using a urinal in

At a time when mistrust of police both locally and nationally is at a high, they seem determined to do the one thing guaranteed to inflame more mistrust, all in the name of not inflaming the public. The case has received national media attention, including a much-shared piece this past weekend in the New York Times which basically just recapped the last few years of Savannah news for a national audience that hasn’t already seen it here in Connect or in some other local media. There is a certain breed of Savannah intellectual who takes great and somewhat perverse joy in reading negative news about our city in the New York Times. I am not in that group. I often joke that the Times has a software bot that writes their predictably negative stories about the South. Indeed, their piece this weekend describes Savannah as an “the elegant, troubled jewel of the Georgia coast,” a lazy cliché that could have come from a meme generator. I’m not here to score points with a national audience, nor do I take particular delight in discussing the wrongs I see all around us. Quite the contrary. More transparency is the goal, and that’s what’s called for in this case, and for that matter, in just about everything else that goes on in Savannah. Is there anyone who will say yes? CS


Park Ave between Drayton and Bull streets was closed to cars, but not to people, during the Earth Day Festival in Forsyth Park. People strolled, pedaled, talked, and enjoyed the street. Cars were excluded from one block, but the world did not end.

On Saturday mornings Park Avenue is hopping. Folks coming and going from the Forsyth Farmers Market attempt to cross the street amid a steady stream of cars, BY JOHN BENNETT transforming the three-way intersection at Bull Street into a perpetual scene of potential conflict. On April 21, however, that all changed. HOW MANY parking spots on the south People were able to freely cross into the side of Forsyth Park are empty at any given park and even linger in the street if they time? This riddle has been pondered by chose, protected by a temporary barrier. many in the wake of a proposal to meter And, no, closure did not usher in the carpospaces in along Park Avenue. calypse. Drivers seemed to get around just I can tell you that on one recent Satfine with one block taken out of service. urday all of them were empty, or at least Closing streets to automobile traffic and empty of cars. That’s because Park Avemaking them “Open Streets” for people is a nue was closed to motor vehicle traffic tactic used all over the world to encourage between Bull and Drayton streets during residents and visitors to go outside, parthe annual Savannah Earth Day Festival ticipate in events, or simply enjoy public on April 21. space. In Bogotá Columbia, where “CicloThe closure enabled festival attendees to vias” have been held since the 1970s, major visit displays set up in the street. But more arterials are closed to car and truck traffic importantly, it allowed people of all ages to on Sundays and holidays. enjoy a Saturday afternoon on Park Avenue The streets are given over to walkers, without having to remain on high alert for runners, skaters, and bike riders. Some 30 speeding cars and trucks. percent of the city’s population particiKids played, parents had conversations pates, and that means millions of people with other adult humans, and groups of enjoy streets free of traffic for free (they people enjoying food from the Sentient don’t have to register for a 5K or marathon Bean and Brighter Day spilled off the to gain access). sidewalk into the street. It was idyllic and In 2013 Savannah took a stab at this something that would make Forsyth Park when it was one of 10 cities nationwide selected for a Play Streets grant. The grant safer and more enjoyable every Saturday.

provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Partnership for a Healthier America, was “intended to bring public events for families to the streets — giving children and families a chance to be active, and have fun.” I attended some of the Play Streets planning meetings and learned the guiding principle for selecting where Play Streets events could be held: Don’t disrupt motor vehicle traffic on major streets. That ruled out Bull Street. Broughton Street, too. On May 19 of that year, two blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue were closed to traffic for three hours so that children could participate in a Play Streets bike rodeo. On that very same day, cars and trucks were excluded from 2.7 miles of Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta for an Atlanta Streets Alive event. I don’t visit Atlanta as often as I used to, but I presume Peachtree Street is still considered a major street. Atlanta Streets Alive will be held again on 3.1 miles of Peachtree Street, from Downtown to Midtown, in September. Last month 4.4 miles of DeKalb Avenue/ Decatur Street were transformed into an Open Street for people by temporarily closing them to cars “to create a whole new healthy, sustainable, and vibrant city street experience.”

Again, I’m not super up to date on Atlanta traffic patterns, but I lived three blocks from DeKalb Avenue about 20 years ago and I can assure you it was a major thoroughfare back then. I can’t imagine this has changed. Star Trek fans will tell you that Starfleet General Order 1 prohibits interference with developing civilizations. In Savannah, our Prime Directive seems aimed at preventing a different type of interference: We go to great lengths to guard against even the slightest inconvenience to motorists. Those of us who drive have enjoyed a position of privilege on our streets. This has made it difficult to organize Open Streets events in Savannah. What’s worse, it’s also made it difficult to implement street design changes that would yield significant public health, public safety, and economic benefits. But things are changing. Lt. Worf famously said, “Captain, sensors indicate a disturbance in sector onezero-eight,” and I, too, am receiving some interesting readings from all over our sector. Residents are tired of neighborhood streets being used as highways. They want our city to be a place where not just the bold, but everyone can use our streets. CS


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Tye Whitely: ‘It starts with support’




CANDIDATE Tye Whitely has three very personal reasons to run for school board president. Her three kids are currently attending Chatham County public schools. “As a user of the school system, I feel like I’m the best candidate to navigate it,” she says. “In order to make effective change right now, we need someone who’s in the system right now.” Whitely says she decided to run after she got involved in PTA’s, school councils and other official channels of parental engagement. “I saw teachers working so hard to change things and doors being slammed at every turn,” she says. “I saw parents being shut out of the process.” Her biggest frustration was communication. “If we’re shaping these policies at the top level and parents, students and teachers don’t feel those things at the ground level, are we really effectively doing what

we should as leaders?” she asks. “No, we’re not.” Whitely’s background is in communications with an educational bent. She wrote how-to books for college students. She taught drama and computer skills to high school and elementary school students. She researched educational disparities. And now she directs the Coastal Cathedral Early Education Center, a Christianbased program serving children through age 12. “If I can inspire young people to learn then I’m doing something that I’m very passionate about,” Whitely says. That said, she knows the board president doesn’t really teach anyone or direct anything. The job is much more constrained than self-employment or education center directorship. “I think we’re looking at this wrong,” she says of this question. “Yes, the board president does work with the superintendent and he or she helps to shape policy, work with the budget and set the agenda. But we’re also elected officials, or servants. And we need to go out to the people that

we’re elected to serve. And that’s what’s been missing.” She describes what she’d like to do as being a bridge between the people she’d serve and a school system that’s often described as opaque and unresponsive. Asked about policies that she’d like to address, she doesn’t name any particular interest, returning instead to the general displeasures of a parent with kids in local public schools. “It starts with support,” she says. “The key phrase that I hear over and over again is ‘I’m not being supported, I’m not being listened to, they don’t care about me.” “And because I’m in the school system with my children, I have my pulse on some of the things that are going on,” she says. “We can show people we care about them by supporting them.” CS Editor’s Note: We are endeavouring to interview all five Savannah-Chatham School Board President candidates, with three of the interviews running this week.



BY ORLANDO MONTOYA CANDIDATE Betty Morgan certainly knows her campaign’s main talking point. “I’m the only one out of the five of us who taught school,” she says. Morgan taught in Chatham County schools for 36 years, most of that time at Hubert Middle, with a few years at Spencer, now Andrea Williams, and Hesse Elementary Schools. “I think it’s time for someone who’s been in the system and who knows about the system to take that chance,” she says of her campaign. She never became a principal or an administrator, however. “That would have taken me away from my kids,” Morgan says, using a teacher’s possessive to describe any child that she comes in contact with. She retired from Chatham County schools about six years ago but is still involved in education. Morgan now leads the local office of

a Department of Defense program that immerses Chatham County fifth graders in a week of STEM education at Hunter Army Airfield. In fact, she’s just as “at home” in a military setting as in a classroom setting, having retired about eight years ago from 32 years in the Georgia Air National Guard. Her title was Command Chief Master Sergeant Betty Morgan, top enlisted advisor to the state commander. “It taught me the core values,” she says of her Air Force experience. “Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all I do.” As to what she’d like to do as school board president, obviously, she has to work with other board members, whose views might differ from her own, to accomplish anything. “Everybody should listen to everybody’s opinions,” she says. “But in the end, we’re there to work together and think about the children’s needs, not our own.” She also has to work with Superintendent Ann Levett. Both Morgan and Levett have long histories with Chatham County

schools, although Levett left for a while and took an administrative track. Morgan says that while she knows and supports Levett, “It’s not a one man show.” She’d like to see more attention paid to Chatham County’s neighborhood schools. The focus on specialty schools, where learning is centered around STEM, arts or vocational training, has lifted the district overall while leaving pockets of disadvantage. “Just don’t give it to the specialty schools,” she says. “All our students have needs.” She also wants to focus on students in danger of dropping out. “School isn’t for everybody,” she says. “But if they can find a place to meet their needs and they’re happy, you’ll be surprised what those kids will do.” CS Editor’s Note: We are endeavouring to interview all five Savannah-Chatham School Board President candidates, with three of the interviews running this week.


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Larry Lower: Man with a mission BY ORLANDO MONTOYA CANDIDATE Larry Lower used the word “inclusive” at least five or six times in my 30 minute conversation with him. And when Lower, a current school board member who was first elected to represent a Southside district in 2012, says “inclusive,” he’s talking about rapport among school board members. It’s why he decided to run. “The main reason was because the present president is an ‘I’ person and not an inclusive person,” he says, referring to Jolene Byrne. Lower and Byrne have butted heads several times in meetings over the years. “It’s what that person wants to do instead of try to include board members,” he says. The next logical question becomes why, when Byrne decided not to seek a second term, Lower stayed in the race. “I still feel that there’s some things that can be done to be more inclusive, especially with the other candidates,” he says.

“One that I know for sure who wouldn’t be as inclusive.” He’s referring there to Joe Buck. Lower and Buck served on the board together when Buck was president. Lower didn’t like Buck’s leadership style, either. And now Buck’s running for his old post. What does all this political in-fighting have to do with educating children? Well, a lot, actually. A dysfunctional board can land the school district in a lot of trouble. In fact, last year, Chatham County schools were placed under a review agency’s microscope. And our district was found to have violated two accreditation standards, namely those dealing with school board ethics, roles and responsibilities. Now, who deserves blame for that and whether “inclusivity” has anything to do with it are, frankly, outside the scope of this article. However, in presenting the most honest profile of candidate Lower possible, this is the main reason he says he’s running. I did talk with him about other things,

like his background. He’s retired after four decades in law enforcement. He worked in several cities around the country as a police chief before returning to Chatham County, where he chaired the Board of Assessors. He also started a security company and is a former Marine drill instructor. “I’ve been in leadership roles all my life,” he says. “I’m not someone who walks in and says I have all the answers because I don’t. The answers are with the people who got to do the work.” In terms of policy, he says he’d like more support for lower grades education and less distraction with what he calls “social things” like food support and social workers. “That’s a parental responsibility and the community needs to jump in,” he says. CS Editor’s Note: We are endeavouring to interview all five Savannah-Chatham School Board President candidates, with three of the interviews running this week.



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of Savannah’s many histories, by the movers and shakers working hard to enrich their town, and by our overlooked and neglected communities. Lebos’s very first Civil Society Column declared: “It’s high time the rest of the proletariat got some ink.” As her final column recalls: “Instead of focusing on debutants and fancy fêtes, I thought it would be hilarious—maybe even helpful—to spotlight regular folks making Savannah better and the issues that affect us, as well as poke a stick at the ironies that make living here an endless, absurdist adventure.” And what an adventure it was. From 2011 to 2018, Lebos learned the South, winding her way through galas and gallery shows, dive bars and decadent restaurants, and capturing hjinks, hypocrisies and hilarities. Savannah Sideways is a collection of those observations and conversations, peppered with love letters and luminous looks at The Hostess City. With the help of

Amy Paige Condon, the twinkling editorial eye behind The Refinery Writing Studio, Lebos welcomes readers along on her journey as a sandfly-swatting California hippie rearing two creative kids, pedaling around town with an elderly pug in her basket, and donning her most recent thift store sequins for Ardsley Park cocktail parties and Planned Parenthood benefits. Devoted readers of Lebos’s column will be pleased to find some “greatest hits” in Savannah Sideways, as well as gems that may have been updated, or first appeared in other publications and online. From her most challenging times—walking the Fifth Ward, battling seasickness while taking a boat to Gray’s Reef, that damn pollen—to documenting those tender, “give you hope in humanity” moments, the 203-page volume is a must-have for longtime readers and folks who, like Lebos herself, may have just found their way to Savannah on life’s long, strange trip. CS

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FOR YEARS, locals flipped open Connect Savannah in search of the wisecracking words of Jessica Leigh Lebos. Though she filed her last Civil Society Column in February, the wit and wisdom of the former Community Editor can now be held in paperback form. Lebos will read from fresh copies of Savannah Sideways: A Collection of Observations this Thursday at The Book Lady Bookstore. Savannah Sideways: A Collection of Observations is a project years in the making. Lebos’s fans and regular readers have requested a bound book of her writing for some time, but it took the writer a few years to come around to the idea. When she made her way to National Society of Newspaper Columnists 2017 conference (she won First Prize for Humor) and met legendary and up-and-coming voices from across the nation, all with books of their own, Lebos decided to start culling her columns. (Shes also credits local columnist Jane Fishman, who continues to delight readers with her collection Everyone’s Gotta Be Somewhere, as a direct source of inspiration.) “Southern by marriage” after falling for a son of Savannah, Lebos first brought her years of California-cool alt-weekly experience to The Hostess City in 2006. “I was struck by the regal architecture and slapped hard in the face by the humidity, which felt like a well-meaning old aunt trying to smother me with a crocheted blanket,” she recalls of her initial visit to Savannah. As she began making Savannah a home, the ever-curious community advocate grew fascinated by the deep, strange roots



Summer picks up STEAM

do not deliberately exclude the arts or any other subject; rather, these subjects are included incidentally as needed for engineering challenges.” The STEAM Fest’s programming for the day shows the natural intersection of sciengine, but also to the countless science, ence and art in an easy and fun way. technology, engineering , art and mathSTEAM Savannah is a group who hosts ematical concepts that are embedded camps for students in the Guild Hall and at around every corner of our historic site,” St. Andrew’s School. The roster of camps says Sara Boon, education specialist for the this summer includes Video Game Design Coastal Heritage Society. I, Robotics I: Armatures and Vehicles, STEAM is a more inclusive adaptation Video Game Design II, Robotics II: Drones, of STEM, which rose in popularity as an Minecraft I-IV, Tech Startups for Kids, initiative to get kids excited about science- Design and 3D Modeling, and Freeplay based areas of study. As more institutions Gaming. They will lead an activity at the now note, art is integral to the scientific festival and present information on their world. camps for kids in 4th through 9th grade. Savannah Technical College will discuss “Adding the A to STEM is really more their renowned Historic Preservation proa matter of acknowledging the power gram, which is available as both an associand pervasiveness of art,” event partner ate degree and a technical certificate of STEAM Savannah notes on its website. credit. “STEM lessons naturally involve art: Sylvan Learning Center offers 45-minnew technologies get rolled into product ute class demos. Coastal Heritage Society’s design, video game design requires both historic resource specialist Becki Harkcomputer code and digital assets, HTML ness will lead an indigo dyeing program and CSS must work closely with the aesand explain the history behind the process. thetic requirements for the website or Snapology Savannah mixes education mobile app being created. STEM projects

Second annual STEAM Fest set for this Saturday BY RACHAEL FLORA


SCHOOL IS winding down and summer is just around the corner. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to keep the learning going between school yeas with summer camps. Get a taste of the fun educational events to come this summer at the second annual STEAM Fest. STEAM Fest celebrates both meanings of its name, the steam trains at the Georgia State Railroad Museum and the areas of study known collectively as STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. The fun kicks off Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. “For this event, STEAM doesn’t only relate to our fully operational steam

12 At STEAM Fest, kids learn about the sciences while having fun. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COASTAL HERITAGE SOCIETY.

and play, tailoring their programs to specific themes to fit each kid’s needs. Based in Richmond Hill, Snapology offers programming in several different local spots, like St. Andrew’s School and Savannah Christian Prep. At STEAM Fest, Snapology will offer their STEAM-based LEGO activities, but the programs also utilize things like fidget spinners and slime. For the other iteration of steam involved in the festival, the Georgia State Railroad Museum beefs up their programming for the Fest with more railcar and handcar activities, as well as locomotive train rides. The museum will also be raising funds for the Track Match Challenge, a project that hopes to improve the accessibility on train rides and flexibility for maneuvering the trains. CS


May 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Rd. $10 adults, $6 children under 12, free for Coastal Heritage Society members

Is there a link between the Zika virus and toxoplasmosis? Since each can cause microcephaly, is there any correlation between Zika (which everyone seems to fear) and toxoplasmosis (which most seem to have forgotten)? —Maja ARE ZIKA and toxoplasmosis related? Biologically speaking, that one’s easy: no. In seeing them as similar, are you nonetheless onto something? Nice work, Maja— the medical world sees it the same way. Zika needs little introduction, as you suggest, having vaulted into public awareness a few years ago following scary outbreaks in South America. It’s a mosquito-borne virus, kin to yellow fever and dengue. Toxoplasmosis is another, possibly weirder story: Linked to schizophrenia, it’s caused by a parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, that lives in cats and spreads via their feces. One theory is that T. gondii evolved to cause rodents to hallucinate and behave irrationally, increasing their likelihood of being caught by cats and thus the parasite’s likelihood of reproduction. So although infection with Zika or toxoplasmosis during early pregnancy can each indeed result in microcephaly—an unusually small head or brain in the developing fetus—that doesn’t make them any more related than two random diseases that might both cause blindness. But since the ’70s, doctors have grouped toxoplasmosis with a few hard-to-distinguish but otherwise unrelated in-utero infections that share grim traits: they may cause only mild illness (or none at all) in the pregnant mother but severe problems in the fetus, and treating the mother prenatally doesn’t usually improve the outcome for the child. This original group of pathogens—toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex—was given the acronym TORCH; the O later came to stand for “other” infections that may present similarly, notably syphilis. Use of TORCH as a diagnostic tool varies from region to region. U.S. medical societies don’t recommend full prenatal screening; doctors do typically check pregnant patients for rubella antibodies, but even if they’re not there, it’s too dangerous to administer a live-virus vaccine

with a fetus in the picture—all you can do is keep an eye out for symptoms in the baby once it’s born, and vaccinate the mom later. Most often, infants are tested for the TORCH agents if they display certain telltale indicators: microcephaly is the most dire, but the list also includes hearing loss, cataracts, jaundice, and others. In the worst cases, of course, there may be little to be done for the newborn, but the screening’s valuable in any event. Doctors need to establish whether congenital issues are the result of heredity, meaning there’s a high risk of recurrence in the mother’s future pregnancies, or if an infection was the cause. Also, as clinicians will tell you, generally parents just want to understand what happened to their baby. And in the last few years, doctors have come to recognize Zika as the newest member of the TORCH group. The virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947, and for decades wasn’t thought to be a big deal: only 20 percent of those infected experienced symptoms, and these were things like fever and achy joints—nothing too heinous. This view prevailed until a series of outbreaks in the 2000s caught everyone’s attention—particularly in Brazil, where an explosion of Zika infections beginning in 2013 coincided with a terrifying 20-fold increase in fetal microcephaly. In 2016 the Centers for Disease Control concluded that Zika was a cause of microcephaly and other severe brain defects. The story of rubella is a pretty close match: it wasn’t considered dangerous for about 50 years after discovery, until it was linked with congenital defects in the 1940s. In the American rubella epidemic of 1964-’65, an estimated 50,000 pregnant women were among the 12.5 million new cases, and the result was a tragedy: 20,000 babies with serious birth defects, thousands more dead in infancy or during pregnancy. By 1969 we’d found vaccines; now annual U.S. cases are in the single digits. Rubella, says the author of one 2017 paper on Zika, “can be viewed as a model for a TORCH virus that has been controlled through the widespread development of an efficacious vaccine.” Again, you can’t vaccinate already-pregnant women against rubella without endangering the fetus; to beat the disease, we had to vaccinate the whole population. Presumably that’s how a Zika vaccine would work too. Of course, we don’t have a Zika vaccine yet—and, in the U.S. at least, neither have we acquired any natural immunity via exposure. As of the mid-’60s epidemic, rubella had been kicking around long enough that most American women had developed antibodies. Zika, by contrast, hasn’t really shown up here at all thus far. Vaccine researchers are on the case, needless to say, but the clock’s ticking. CS BY CECIL ADAMS

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NEWS & OPINION BLOTTER 2018 Sav/Chatham County Crime Stats through Monday April 30

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Homicide on Louisiana Avenue

Savannah Police’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating an April 28 homicide near Louisiana and Ohio Avenue. “About 9 p.m. officers responded to a ShotSpotter call in the area and discovered Kardell Sneed, 20, suffering from gunshot wounds outside a residence in the 2100 block of Louisiana Avenue. He was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” police report. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Savannah Police detective tip line at (912) 525-3124. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

CNT, GSP combine for drug and stolen firearms bust

Several people are in custody following a joint operation April 22 between the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). “Early Sunday morning, GSP attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a truck believed to be stolen on Ogeechee Road. The vehicle fled from troopers and was disabled a short time later. A total of three persons fled from the vehicle on foot and all three were quickly taken into custody without incident,” says a CNT spokesperson. A search of the vehicle and persons resulted in the seizure of a trafficking amount of cocaine, ecstasy, a large amount of marijuana, and items commonly associated with the distribution of controlled substances. Two firearms were recovered and both were found to be stolen. More than $4,000 in US currency was also seized.  CNT arrested 30-year-old Javonn Brybon, 27-year-old Hakeem Campbell, and 36-year-old Amari Sams, all of Savannah. All three are charged with multiple felony drug, weapons and other related charges and remain in the Chatham County Detention Center. 

injuries. Both suspects were described as black males. The heavy set male was wearing a monkey mask, black hoodie and jeans. The other, who was described as average or slim build, was wearing a T-shirt, hat and jeans. Surveillance footage can be viewed at

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Robbery/assault suspects sought

Savannah Police’s robbery detectives are seeking to identify two men who robbed an Abercorn Street business April 23 and assaulted two employees. About 11 p.m. officers responded to The Lottery Machine Store, 10520 Abercorn St., for reports that two armed men in masks had entered the store and stolen cash. During the incident, the men struck two employees in the head with their firearms. They also fired several shots in an attempt to get out of the businesses door, which had been locked by the employees. The subjects escaped prior to police arrival. One of the victims was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor

Pedestrian fatality at Crossroads Parkway Warehouse Property

Savannah Police’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a pedestrian fatality that occurred early this morning outside a warehouse on Crossroads Parkway. “About 2 a.m. Abraham Bowen, 54, of Savannah, was at the Dollar Tree warehouse property, 151 Crossroads Parkway, making a U-turn in a jockey truck when he struck the pedestrian,” police report. Lindsay Roof, 51, of Richmond Hill, had been walking in-between two trailers at the time he was struck. Police say Roof was dragged by the truck for a short distance before it came to a stop. Roof was transported to Memorial Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.







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NEWS & OPINION NEWS OF THE WEIRD In Dorking, England, Chris Hepworth and his partner, Tanisha Prince, both of London, dove across the finish line in one minute and 37 seconds, setting a course record and capturing the coveted U.K. Wife Carrying championship on April 8. Any adult couple can compete in the contest -- married or not and regardless of gender -- which consists of one team member carrying the other, most using the “Estonian carry,” with the “wife” upsidedown, her legs over her partner’s shoulders and gripping him around the waist from behind. About 40 pairs competed over the quarter-mile course strewn with hay bales and mud, Reuters reported. Hepworth and Prince plan to move on to the world finals in Finland. “I think a Finnish guy wins it every year,” Hepworth noted, “so it’ll be good to go there and take them down.”

What’s in a Name?

In Ohio in 2004, 6-year-old Alex Malarkey spent two months in a coma after a car accident, awaking as a quadriplegic and telling his family he had visited heaven, seeing angels and meeting Jesus. Alex and his dad, Kevin Malarkey, co-wrote a best-selling book in 2010, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” but in 2015, Alex admitted he had made up the story to get attention. “I did not die. I did not go to heaven,” Alex told The Guardian. In a recent effort to set the record straight, Alex filed a complaint April 9 in DuPage County, Illinois, against the book’s publisher, Tyndale House, alleging that “any reasonable person would have realized that it was highly unlikely that the content of the book was true.” The Washington Post reported that while Kevin Malarkey is not a party to the suit -- which cites several Illinois statutes regarding the right to privacy, defamation, and financial exploitation of a person with a disability, among others -- it does allege that Alex’s dad concocted and sold the story to Tyndale. The younger Malarkey did not receive any royalties from the sales of the book.

The Continuing Crisis

Richland Carrousel Park in Mansfield, Ohio, a family-oriented destination, just wanted to provide a seasonal attraction for kids who wanted to pose for a picture with the Easter Bunny. But Ladonna Hughett, 54, had other things in mind on March 24 when she plopped into the bunny’s lap, grabbed him in inappropriate ways and made lewd comments, reported Fox 8 Cleveland. She then moved on to ride a horse on the carousel, also in ways witnesses described as lewd. “As soon as you think you hear all,” said Mansfield Assistant Police Chief Keith Porch, “I’ve never heard of somebody performing those types of acts on the Easter Bunny.” Hughett was arrested for public drunkenness and is no

longer welcome at the amusement park.

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McDonald’s drive-thrus are a chill place to be, if three recent events are any indication. On March 17, police officers called to a McDonald’s restaurant in Okeechobee, Florida, found Derril James Geller of West Palm Beach had passed out in his car while waiting in line. Geller was arrested for driving on a suspended license (a crime for which he had been charged three previous times). But that’s just the tip of the ice cream cone: The Okeechobee News reported that in January, an Okeechobee woman was charged with DUI after passing out at a different area McDonald’s drive-thru, and in December, a Texas man also received a DUI for nodding off in the line at that same McDonald’s.


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• Workers renovating the old Dayton’s department store in downtown Minneapolis came across an unusual find in early April: the mummified remains of a monkey. The store apparently had a pet department in the 1960s, and The Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal reported that Steven Laboe, who worked in the building in the early 2000s, heard stories of a monkey escaping into an air conditioning duct, where it may have met its fate in the form of an exhaust fan. In fact, the mummy does show an injury to the abdomen. “We continue to find pieces of history in the Dayton’s project as we redevelop the building,” Cailin Rogers, a spokeswoman for the redevelopment team, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. • At Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, April is Exotic Meat Month! This year, according to WTVD, the restaurant offered a tarantula challenge. Customers were invited to enter their name in a raffle, and if chosen could claim a $30 tarantula burger, which included a pasture-raised beef patty, gruyere cheese, spicy chili sauce -- and an oven-roasted zebra tarantula.

Do Not Eat

1. An unnamed Chinese man “accidentally” swallowed a plastic and metal lighter 20 years ago. 2. He neglected to seek medical attention until recently, when he began experiencing stomach pains and other symptoms we’d rather not detail here. 3. In early April, using a camera inserted in the man’s body to locate the lighter, doctors at Dujiangyan Medical Center in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, performed not one, but two surgeries to extract the item. The Global Times reported that the lighter had been severely corroded by gastric juices.


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Savannah band delivers ‘90s-inspired alt-rock on debut album BY ANNA CHANDLER

OVER THE YEARS, Savannahians have seen Sarah Poole perform solo, strumming an acoustic guitar in cowboy boots and cotton dresses. But even though the folkpop stylings of Jewel inspired her to pick up a guitar, Poole is a rock girl at heart. “I also grew up listening to Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Hole—I just loved that stuff,” she shares. “It was always there, but I never tried to write like that.” (Though, she admits, she did have an eighth grade emo phase.) Now, Poole and her band, Ember City, are releasing their first record of deeply catchy alternative rock. The group—vocalist Poole, guitarist Ryan Taito, drummer Matt Frison, and bassist Avery Willis—celebrates with a release party at The Jinx this weekend. The project was officially founded in February 2016, but the idea was planted early on. Back when she was exclusively playing solo gigs, Poole occasionally called her guitarist boyfriend, now husband, Taito, onstage to accompany her on lead. “The more he did it, the more he loved it,” she says. With the addition of electric guitar, Poole began picturing a full sound and collaborative songwriting process for the future. “I just wanted a band,” she says simply. “For all of my solo recording projects, I’d write the songs by myself, acoustic, and hire session people to come in super-fast and write and record parts. I thought, ‘It would be cool to have a band and decide what I want everything to sound like.’” Now that she was plugged in and cranked up, Poole’s project needed a new name. As a lifelong resident of Savannah (she moved here when she was three), she turned to her home—a city engulfed in flames in its early years yet spared from Sherman’s fiery march, a small town with a high murder rate—for inspiration. “Fire is pretty, but dangerous,” Poole muses. “[Ember City] is another name for Savannah.” While gigging in clubs and bars through Savannah and its surrounding areas, Ember City earned a devout following. Honing in on a specific page in recent rock history, their covers of Nirvana, Metallica, Weezer, all belted out by Poole, became a local favorite, tapping into audience nostalgia and commanding attention. Meanwhile, Poole and Taito were cowriting original songs.

Savannah’s own Ember City releases their first album this weekend.

“We’re basically the left and right side of the brain stuck together,” Poole laughs. “It’s been a really fun project.” This weekend, Ember City unveils Invisible Ruler. Recorded at Hybrid Audio Solutions in Charleston, the album is a bold debut, taut with Taito’s infectious guitar lines and instantly memorable thanks to Poole’s range and cool-girl vocal charisma. Fans of Geffen-era Hole, Veruca Salt, and Foo Fighters are sure to latch onto the sound. It’s a great showcase of Poole’s voice, which she has adapted to the band’s sound. “My acoustic stuff is very singer-songwriter style,” she says. “With rock, you learn how to do more with less. The little bit you do sing and yell out, it’s got to get to the point…people want the vibe and beats. That’s been really cool in reestablishing the concept of how I want to sing the song. It’s forced me to write my lyrics a little bit differently, a little more abstract, than I did before.” The first song Poole wrote for the record was opening track, “Monster.” With a driving lead riff from Taito and headbang-worthy progression, Poole wrestles between raw rallying cries and smoky vocal lines. “‘Monster’ is about how people deflect their own issues on you so you become the personification of their own crap,” Poole explains. “I really wanted to write about how those insecurities and anxieties manifest in different ways. It’s really an anxiety concept album—each song has a different focus.”

The album art, created by Savannah tattoo artist Jimmy Butcher, captures the feel. Two birds sit on the character’s shoulders as “a play on the angel and demon idea, but they’re both pessimistic, like how it always is in your head with anxiety,” says Poole. Like many musicians and artists, she uses music to work through her own anxiety, and hopes the record alleviates the stresses of listeners. “I wrote ‘Monster,’ then I wrote ‘Invisible Ruler,’” Poole says. “I knew that’s what the title needed to be—everybody at some point has to deal with anxiety, with that little voice in your head that you have to listen to and nobody even knows.” Ember City will have albums available at their Jinx release show, and every entrant gets a free branded koozie. The band is already writing for their next release, working with new drummer, Frison, and planning weekend tours. In the meantime, Poole is excited to share the band’s original music and belt it all out onstage. “People who see my acoustic shows say, ‘…You’re in a rock band?’” she laughs. “It is just totally fun.” CS

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MUSIC INTERVIEW when I’m onstage I’m still in my own little world, and being a singer in a band, you’re forced to break out of your box and as far out of your comfort zone. You have to let it all out there. It was good—I’m definitely still a beginner at that, but every time you go on tour, you pick up more confidence and more ways to get the crowd energized without being cheesy…I don’t what to be a “everybody clap your hands during every song” guy. It’s definitely a new challenge, and just as hard as learning guitar. Tell me about making your custom PRS [amp] head.

Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist brings solo project to Stage on Bay

AUDIENCES welcomed his riffs “With Arms Wide Open” in the late 1990s. Now, acclaimed guitarist Mark Tremonti is blazing his own path. A founding member of Grammy-winning hard rock band Creed, Tremonti’s guitar work has been dominating the radio for two decades. After going multiplatinum with the records My Own Prison, Human Clay, and Weathered, Tremonti and Creed bandmates Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips broke off and created the band Alter Bridge in 2004. In 2012, he released a debut solo record, All I Was, a thrash-metal inspired album with Tremonti on guitars and vocals. On June 8, Tremonti shares his fourth album as Tremonti, A Dying Machine. A concept album that sketches out a dystopian future, the music will appeal to longtime fans of Tremonti’s work and even features an accompanying novel. We chatted with Tremonti about stepping into the spotlight, writing his first book, designing his own amplifier, and finding new ways to carve his artistic path. You have a new record coming out on June 8. This is an incredibly ambitious project—I understand you’re writing a novel to go along with it?

To start the record, I wrote the song “A Dying Machine,” which is a concept in itself. I never in my life thought I would do a concept record—it wasn’t something that I was interested in, it just fell in my lap. I wrote that one song, then the record kind of came to completion. I thought, why not put this thing out in some story form? Maybe a short story or comic book? I decided I’d do a novel, do it the right way. I’m working around the clock trying to get it done before the release date. We don’t want to force it.

something different…you never know until the melody and lyrics come around what the song will be about. I just had a vision for the ending which made it a very exciting journey for me. As an artist and writer, I’m enjoying writing this novel…it’s been some of the best times co-writing with John Shurley. Every time we get a chapter done, I’m more excited. I’m cherishing these moments.

Were there amps you were using before that you were inspired by for your own model?

For years I had a MESA/Boogie Dual Rectifier—it’s punchier and grittier. I wanted something with a warmer wide frequency Storytelling through lyrics is one thing, and a good, heavy wall of sound. I wanted but how did you use instrumentation to create that all within one amplifier and and the guitar to tell the story? then some. I wanted to have a clean channel that was like a Fender Twin—a lot of I spent a lot of time alone, setting a tempo Is this your first time writing a book? head room and good presence. The clean for one song…we’ve got one at 200 BPM, channel gives a half-clean, half-dirty tone. we’ll go back to 140 BPM, one by one by It’s been on the bucket list for a decade; parts and pieces…whatever came out it’s a fictional story, so this is the perfect The record comes out in June—what music-wise led me to what the sound opportunity to make it my first. else is on your radar right now? would be. Some would be brash from the perspective of the protagonist; some were How did the story evolve? Rehearsals every day, singing every day so more emotional more about the character as to not blow my voice out in the first week [“A Dying Machine”] was the story behind from the “A Dying Machine” story. To find of tour. Getting the chops back. Reading it all. I really fell in love with the storytell- the sounds, what the story could be about, through edits and revision of the books. It’s ing of that song, and I imagined these char- where else it could possibly go, I had to a good time. CS acters in my head and tried to put them open up my imagination. TREMONTI on this path that would interest me as a Wednesday, May 2, doors at 7 p.m. show at 8 Looking back at the very beginning listener. It’s been a really fun challenge. p.m. Everybody asks if it’s difficult doing it, but of Tremonti—what was it like being The Stage on Bay I think it’s not difficult when you’re excited known as a lead guitarist, becoming a $22 via vocalist, and finding that balance? about it every day. You have a path to go All-ages down to finish the story…it’s almost easier The hardest challenge was being the enteronce you get deep into the story. With a normal record, each song is about tainer. I’ve always been a shy guy, even 17



I collect amps. I could collect tons of guitars, but I have my signature PRS guitar…I don’t need to keep collecting others if I can only play one. I have a few old guitars, but mostly I play my signature models, so what I do is collect amplifiers. Whenever I was approached to do a signature amp, I would always turn it down—I never wanted to not be able to use an amplifier because I have this signature model I’m required to play. But one time, I was searching for amps online and discovered the top-selling amps of the year. They were all low-wattage, low-price amps, all under $1,000. I said, “That’s perfect—I’ll develop a low-wattage, low-cost amp.” Now, we’ve voiced the amp and it’s my favorite-sounding amp. I’m extremely happy with the 15-watt version and people are saying they love how affordable it is.






The monthly Savannah Songwriters Series welcomes three up-and-coming artists to the stage. Richmond Hill-based singer-songwriter Liv Annalise can often be found gigging ‘round local haunts like Molly MacPherson’s and Fia Rua Irish Pub, but earlier this year, the whole world saw her belting it out on the big return of American Idol. The high school junior’s repertoire includes original songs that she’ll share with Savannah Songwriters Series, as well as eclectic picks from Bill Withers, Britney Spears, and beyond. Guitarist, violinist, and vocalist Susanna Dyar Kennedy is a Savannah scene fixture. You can find her playing solo, accompanying a variety of musicians, and hosting the beloved open mic at Abe’s on Lincoln every Monday night. Savannah native Logan Thomas rounds out the lineup with his take on acoustic soul music. SUNDAY, MAY 6, 7 P.M., DONATIONS, ALL-AGES


Enjoy a night of Motown favorites with two hitmaking groups. The Temptations—crooners of “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “Get Ready,” and many, many more—will show off their dreamy vocal blend and smooth choreography. Since their Motown success in the 1960s and 1970s, the group has sold tens of millions of records. The Four Tops boomed in the 1960s with songs like “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” and countless others. The Temptations were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, with The Four Tops following in 1990. SUNDAY, MAY 6, 7 P.M., $42-85 VIA ETIX.COM, ALL-AGES


Savannah’s own Thomas Claxton and his band The Myth take on The Stage on Bay for a good cause. It’s been a busy spring for Claxton. The songwriter and band leader just returned from Los Angeles, where he accepted an Indie Music Channel award for Best Rock Artist. It’s his second year coming back to Savannah with an award—last year, he took home Best Rock Artist, Best Alternative Artist, and Best Rock Recording and was nominated in seven categories. Additionally, Claxton is ready to release his new album, Age of Propaganda. Along with his Myth bandmates, the record features contributions from members of Huey Lewis and the News, Parliament-Funkadelic, and more. Soon, he’ll share a video for the single “Maybe I’m Crazy,” filmed by actress/producer Gianna Palminteri, wife of Academy Award-winning actor Chazz Palminteri (Bullets over Broadway, The Usual Suspects, A Bronx Tale). “I wanted to leave it up to her interpretation, because I believe everybody gets something different out of music,” Claxton says of the video’s creation. The result, a story of a longtime couple being pulled apart, was shot in Bedford, New York; it will be available on Vimeo and additional video platforms on Saturday, May 5. Claxton’s planning an album release in early summer—stay tuned for details. In the meantime, the band looks forward to playing The Stage on Bay, a show that is also a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association of Coastal Georgia. SATURDAY, MAY 5, 8 P.M., $10 FOR KIDS 5-12, $15 GENERAL ADMISSION VIA BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM, ALL-AGES


The sights and sounds of Pink Floyd live will fill the Tybee Post Theater this weekend. Surrounded in the glow of a thrilling light show, bandmates Jim Gorman, Chris Hinson, Mike Altis, Eric Johansen, and David Shore interpret the Pink Floyd catalog with a true fan’s love and dedication in mind. Get ready to hear your favorite hits, as well as deep cuts and unexpected selections from the legendary band’s catalog. The Atlanta-based tribute has been performing throughout the Southeast to the delight of young fans and the folks who were lucky enough to witness the real deal. SATURDAY, MAY 5, 8 P.M., $20 VIA TYBEEPOSTTHEATER.COM, ALL-AGES







Art and dance collide in a brand-new show at Sulfur Studios. Peruse a selection of soulful, rhythmic visual artwork from artists including Shona Curtis, Leron Brooks, Elizabeth Rhaney, and Kahmani Teekonblah Zeon. After having a look at what’s on the walls, hit the floor with tunes from Savannah’s own Bero Bero, Blissfall, and Josie, an Atlanta-based duo combining live instrumentation and traditional DJ elements. SATURDAY, MAY 5, 8 P.M., $7, ALL-AGES




Barrelhouse South VuDu Shakedown, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Ray Tomasino, 9 p.m. Boomy’s Eric Culberson Band, 10 p.m. coffee deli Acoustic Jam, 7 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Giggly Boys, Britt Scott, The Ramages, 9 p.m. Five Oaks Taproom Eric Britt, 8 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Eric Jones Trio ft. Laiken Williams, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jason Bible, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Rachael’s 1190 Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. The Sandbar Open Mic, 9 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Latin Music Night, 9 p.m. The Stage on Bay Tremonti, Shaman’s Harvest, 8 p.m. Tree House Wobble Wednesday Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay, 6 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. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Trivia Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Bingo, 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. Totally Awesome Bar Bingo, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


The Loft on Liberty Odd Lot Improv: Wacky Wednesday Stafford’s Public House Weird Wednesdays Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Late Night Comedy, 11 p.m.


Little Lucky’s Live DJ SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.


Basil’s Pizza and Deli Jason Bible, 6:30 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Cohen’s Retreat Munchies and Music, 5:30 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Precisa, 10 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Squarist

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The Britannia British Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia, 7 p.m. Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Trivia Pour Larry’s Explicit Trivia, 10 p.m. Southbound Brewing Company Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia, 8 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club Trivia, 7:30 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. Rusty Rudders Tap House Karaoke Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke with DJ Wrath Nasty, 10 p.m. World of Beer Karaoke, 9 p.m.


The Jinx Live DJ, 10 p.m. Liquid Night Club Live DJ, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Live DJ 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. Stafford’s Public House Open Mic, 9 p.m.


A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning, 7 p.m. Barrelhouse South Universal Sigh, LITZ, 10 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli Ben Keiser, 7 p.m. Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, Jon Lee and the Hextones, 8 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Club Elan Jermaine Dupri, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Mongoose, 10 p.m. Dockside Seafood Bluegrass Happy Hour, 4 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Fooligans, Eagle Eye Williamson, Kudzu, PAJAHM, 9 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe Waits & Co., 7 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Eric Jones Trio ft. Gina Rene, 8 p.m. House of Strut First Friday Funk w/ Magnificent Noise and DJ OB-1 Benobi, 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Greg Williams Band, 9 p.m.

The Jinx Ember City Album Release Party w/ Dylan Swinson, Lilakk, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Alex Bazemore Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub The Mercers, 10 p.m. Molly McGuire’s Christy Alan Band, 7 p.m. Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music PS Tavern Acoustically Twisted Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. River House Georgia Kyle Rusty Rudders Tap House Live Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. Service Brewing Company Bluegrass By The Pint w/ City Hotel, 5:30 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Justin Morris Taste of India Don Read, 6:30 p.m. Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Tybee Island Social Club Andrew Sovine, 7 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright, Claire Frazier and Norm Gagne, 7 p.m. The Warehouse Josephine Johnson, At Sundown Wild Wing Cafe Liquid Ginger, Bill Hodgson, A Nickel Bag of Funk, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) 3CC, 9:30 p.m. The Wormhole Pussy Launcher, Baby Born at the End of the World, She Blinded Me with Box Cutters, 8 p.m.


Coach’s Corner Movies & Music Trivia, 8 p.m. PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 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, Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sunny’s Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/ DJ, 10:30 p.m.


The Loft on Liberty Odd Lot Improv: Friday Funnies, 8 p.m.


Club 309 West CoolJay the DJ Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m. Hercules Bar & Grill DJ Liquid Night Club Live DJ, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Live DJ Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ C-Rok, 10 p.m. Tree House DJ Phive Star


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7 p.m. Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton, Ben Keiser Band, 8 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Boomy’s Liquid Ginger Club Elan Ookay, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Square One, 10 p.m. Doc’s Bar Crazy Chester, 9 p.m. Driftaway Cafe Americana-O-Rama, 6 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Future Culture Showcase with Mojeaux, Austin & Cisco, Marcello Gorzozi, Talker, 10 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Liv Annalise, 7 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Dave Potter Quartet, 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Christy Alan Band, 9 p.m. The Jinx Cinco De Mayo Party w/ Damon and the Shitkickers, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Josephine Johnson Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub The Train Wrecks, 10 p.m. Molly McGuire’s Madhatters, 7 p.m. North Beach Grill Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band, 7 p.m. The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music Prohibition Jacob Evans, 10 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. River House Ricky Standard Rusty Rudders Tap House Live

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Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Eddie Wilson Saddle Bags Morgan Wallen, 8 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Justin Morris Stafford’s Public House DJ Rudy Lui, 9:30 p.m. The Stage on Bay Thomas Claxton and the Myth, 9 p.m. Tybee Post Theatre Interstellar Echoes: Pink Floyd Tribute Band, 8 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright, Claire Frazier and Norm Gagne, 7 p.m. The Warehouse Jacob Evans, THC Wild Wing Cafe Cinco De Mayo Dance Party, 1 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Cinco de Mayo w/ CC Witt

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Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m. Liquid Night Club Live DJ, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Live DJ 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. Coach’s Corner Cinco De Mayo and Kentucky Derby Party


A-J’s Dockside Joey Manning, 7 p.m. B & D Burgers (Southside) Christy Alan Band, 1 p.m. Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10:30 p.m. Flashback Open Jam, 5 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Eric Jones Trio ft. Cynthia Utterbach, 5 p.m. Huc-A-Poo’s Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band, 6 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Shane Baldwin Duo, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson River House Levi Moore The Savannah Civic Center The Temptations, The Four Tops, 7 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. PS Tavern Karaoke


Bull Street Labs A Complete History of Savannah for Morons, 6 p.m., Front Porch Improv, 8 p.m. The Loft on Liberty Odd Lot Improv: Saturday Shenanigans, 8 p.m. The Wormhole Comedy Planet,


Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Trivia, 8 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m.


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


Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m.


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


Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mic, 10 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music The Sentient Bean Savannah Songwriter Series, 7 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jon Hill Wild Wing Cafe Eric Britt, 6 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m.


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


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


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


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


Bay Street Blues Ben Keiser Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Jam Night with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Claire Frazier Quartet, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ray Lundy, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Open Mic, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Open Mic Nickie’s 1971 Open Mic hosted by

Willie Jackson, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean Tongue: Open Mouth and Music Show hosted by Melanie Goldey, 8 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Matt Hill, 6 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. McDonough’s Bingo, 7 p.m. Mellow Mushroom Trivia, 7:30 p.m. PS Tavern Poker Rachael’s 1190 Adults Only Trivia, 9 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. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Karaoke The Rail Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


Chuck’s Bar Comedy Open Mic, 9:30 p.m. The Loft on Liberty Odd Lot Improv: Tag Team Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.


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A-J’s Dockside 1315 Chatham Ave.

Dockside Seafood 201 West River St.



B & D Burgers (Southside) 11108 Abercorn St. 912-927-8700

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

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

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

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

Billy’s Place at McDonough’s 20 E. Perry St. 912-231-9049

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

Blueberry Hill 546 Dean Forest Rd. 964-8401

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

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

Bull Street Labs 2222 Bull St.


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

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

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

Club Elan 301 Williamson St. Club One 1 Jefferson St. 912-232-0200

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

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

coffee deli 4517 Habersham St.


Cohen’s Retreat 5715 Skidaway Rd. 912-355-3336



Doc’s Bar 10 16th Street 912-786-5506

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

Doubles Nightclub 7100 Abercorn St. 912-352-7100

Driftaway Cafe 7400 Skidaway Rd.


Dub’s Pub 225 W. River St.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant 107 W. Broughton St. Hercules Bar & Grill 2500 Dean Forest Rd. 912-966-5790

House of Strut 17 West 41st Street


Huc-A-Poo’s 1213 US Hwy. 80 East 912-786-5900

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

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

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

The Loft on Liberty 215 W. Liberty St. McDonough’s 21 E. McDonough St.


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

Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub 117 West River St. 912-233-9626

Liquid Night Club 307 W. River St.

The Savannah Civic Center 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

Savannah Smiles 314 Williamson St.

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


The Sentient Bean 13 E. Park Ave.

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) 3742 US-17 Molly McGuire’s 216 Johnny Mercer Boulevard

Service Brewing Company 574 Indian Street The Shrimp Factory 313 East River Street

Nickie’s 1971 1513 Butler Ave. 912-786-4444

North Beach Grill 33 Meddin Dr.


The Olde Pink House 23 Abercorn St.


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

Prohibition 125 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 912-200-9255

PS Tavern 11 W. Bay St. 912-495-5145

Rachael’s 1190 1190 King George Blvd. 912-920-7772

The Rail Pub 405 W. Congress St. 912-238-1311



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

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 111 W. Bay St. 912-721-4800


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SEED Eco Lounge 39 Montgomery St.



Savannah Coffee Roasters 215 West Liberty Street






The Jinx 127 W. Congress St.



Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub 311 W. Congress St.


River House 125 W. River St.

Jukebox Bar & Grill 3741 US Hwy 17 Ste 500

The Sandbar 1512 Butler Ave.


Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant 402 MLK Jr. Blvd.



Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina 2518 Hwy 17

Jazz’d Tapas Bar 52 Barnard St.


Saddle Bags 317 West River St.

Savannah Taphouse 125 E. Broughton St.



Southbound Brewing Company 107 East Lathrop Ave. Stafford’s Public House 306 W. Upper Factor’s Walk The Stage on Bay 1200 West Bay St.

Sulfur Studios 2301 Bull St. 912-231-7105

Sunny’s Lounge 5630 Ogeechee Rd. 912-234-6628

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

Taste of India 401 Mall Blvd. 912-356-1020

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

Totally Awesome Bar 107 B Whitaker St. 912-349-1707

Tree House 309 W. St. Julian St.


Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) 2909 River Dr. 912-354-9040

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

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







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Pump Boys and Dinettes offers song, spectacle, and side-splitting hilarity

SAVANNAH Rep is serving up a hot slice of Americana. For their spring production, the theatre troupe will bring “a celebration of life, love, Dolly Parton, and catfish” in the Tonynominated, Southern-steeped musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. As opening night approaches, the Savannah Rep cast welcomed a very special visitor to their Playshop: Pump Boys and Dinettes author, composer, and Tybee Island resident Jim Wann. Back when he was a fresh graduate of University of North Carolina, Wann and his friends hung out at an old gas station. The crew worked on their cars in a shop that was “casual in the repair department,” Wann remembers. As they replaced shocks and handled simple repairs, the talented friends would sing and write songs with one another. Little did Wann know, those late nights would become a source of inspiration for his most well-known work. “It became a kind of touchstone for me when I moved to New York and started my career,” Wann says. “I had fond memories of making memories at that gas station.” Pump Boys and Dinettes traces back to the days when Wann and his writing partner were gigging at The Cattleman restaurant in New York City. “With five nights a week and four hours to fill, we did some traditional and original material,” Wann recalls. “One day, my partner came in with this outfit on—a dark blue twill shirt and matching pants he got at JC Penney’s. He was really pleased with himself for having discovered this unique look for New York, so I thought I’d get one. We said, ‘We’re guys that work at a gas station.’” In time, the original Dinettes, a duo writing a two-woman show about a woman-owned and operated Southern diner, started guesting with the pump boys. The Dinettes’ restaurant was placed right next to the boys’ filling station, and the show grew. “We were just a band for a while,” says Wann. “Then we kept getting more and more gigs off-Broadway. We started to get more theatrical in the sense that we were writing elaborate song introductions about the characters and life around the diner.” One particularly complimentary review brought in a constant flow of audience members, and before Wann and his collaborators knew it, Pump Boys and Dinettes was the talk of the town. “We had a New York audience that was really enthusiastic about this Southern sound and Southern material,” says Wann. “All the music is related to some form of Southern roots music—folk, gospel,


blues, country. That’s the style we all felt comfortable with, so that’s what we were creating.” Pump Boys and Dinettes premiered on Broadway on Feb. 4, 1982, starring Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Foley, Mark Hardwick, and John Schimmel. That year, it was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical (the cast even performed on the award show’s broadcast) and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music. The show blazed the trail for many future shows and performers—just ask actor-musician Ryan McCurdy, who stars as Jim in Savannah Rep’s Pump Boys and Dinettes. “Jim Wann is so respected in our community,” McCurdy divulges. “In the ‘80s, that was the era of the big Andrew Lloyd Webber shows…it’s so nice to hear that a band could stand onstage and sing country songs in that time.” A former Savannah theatre scene fixture, McCurdy followed his creative pursuits to New York three years ago. In that time, he has started a reading series that connects playwrights and directors, worked as an actor-musician on numerous projects, and starred in the Tony-winning hit musical Once.

A Tony-winning musical that features actors playing their own instruments onstage, the show highlights the talents of actor-musicians in the way Pump Boys imagined twenty years ago. “Once would not exist if [Wann] hadn’t shown us how it worked,” McCurdy says. While he has thrived as a talented multiinstrumentalist and actor, McCurdy is welcoming the challenges that Pump Boys and Dinettes presents. “The music is really well-written and none of it is superfluous. This has been a really fun but serious challenge musically. There are very defined personas inside the show, and you have to be super-honest with what the characters need to be in the given moment,” he says. “I have a rock background—the gig life is totally different. You can do whatever you want and defend it under the banner of music. When doing theatre, the question is always, ‘Why is the character doing it like this?’” “Someone said in rehearsals yesterday, ‘In my experience, there’s nothing like playing music together to bring a cast together,’” Wann recounts. “I think, inasthis owens-tho house show, the casts bond really well. People onstage start to feel like a family, and I think that when you sense they’re enjoying what they do together, that communicates Telfair Academy

something to the audience.” That audience connection is paramount in Pump Boys, a show that features highly relatable, everyday characters. “I always felt our show had something of the spirit of celebrating the lives of everyday Americans,” Wann says. “And it still seems to hold up. Young people are taking it over and making it their own, sometimes in a unique and different way.” The show is timeless because its writers didn’t create the material to be timely, even though the songs are over 30 years old. “It’s never gone out of style,” says Wann. “And Savannah Rep has a very unique take on the show with more adventurous casting then you see most of the time.” “It’s a young, diverse, multigenerational cast, a real fresh look,” McCurdy adds.

Thanks to that timelessness, Pump Boys and Dinettes is still paving the way for actor-musicians like McCurdy. “If you told me ten years ago that I would be by making money from playing guitar and piano onstage, I would have thought that was an insane concept,” McCurdy laughs. “But that’s how people perceive me now. And this show is smack-dab between a revue and a traditional story-based musical. It’s completely and utterly fun.” CS

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TELFAIR.ORG/BONAVENTURE Jack Leigh; Midnight, Bonaventure Cemetery, 1993; gift of the artist, 2002.2.1; © Jack Leigh Gallery. Jeff Markowsky; Path of Light, 2017; loaned by the artist. O. Pierre Havens; Bonaventure, after 1869; stereograph, loaned by Bill Raines.





Tossing up a ton o’fun at the Scottish Games BY JIM MOREKIS


THIS Saturday, Bethesda Academy will host the 42nd edition of the popular Savannah Scottish Games. The juxtaposition of Spanish moss and Scottish heritage isn’t as odd as it may sound at first. The St. Andrew’s Society — named for the patron saint of Scotland, a patron also shared by Greece and Russia — formed a Savannah chapter in 1737, a scant four years after Gen. James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia here. “Savannah has one of the oldest Scottish games in the country,” says Stewart Marshall, a well-known local musician who also serves as current president of the St. Andrew’s Society of Savannah, which sponsors the Games. “They came over with Oglethorpe on his second trip over, specifically to settle soldiers to help ward off the Spanish in southern Georgia,” says Marshall. “And many of them soon became important merchants and figures in local government. They were all here to forge a new life.” The Scottish Games focus mostly on tests of strength. “Back in the old days the Scots would prepare themselves for battle by hosting games. These are real athletes doing the caber toss and the sheaf toss,” Marshall says. The Savannah Scottish Games are on a circuit of similar events, with contestants vying for prizes. “It’s really a competition. People come from all over the world to compete,” Marshall says. “These folks are all burly! Say what you will about wearing a kilt, but these people mean business.” On the “lighter side,” Marshall says there are also Highland dancing competitions, pipe bands, and of course the always popular border collie athletic exhibitions. The pipe bands performing include the Savannah Pipes & Drums, the Charleston Police Pipes & Drums, the Mercer University Pipes & Drums, and the Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums. The Highland dancing will be part of the 2018 Highland Dancing Southern Regional Championships, one of six competitions held throughout the U.S. each spring. This is Marshall’s first year as president of the local St. Andrew’s Society, which he first joined in1999. “We started the games here back in 24 1976. Of course, Gordon Varnedoe was

instrumental in bringing the games to Savannah,” says Marshall. The Savannah Scottish Games were first held at Savannah Country Day School, then moved to Old Fort Jackson for many years. “But there’s no shade there,” laughs Marshall. “Then we migrated to Bethesda, and they have been very welcoming. It’s a wonderful background right on the Moon River.” Marshall says the grounds of Bethesda “are so amazing, and also what it might have looked like back in the 1700s to have the games going on then.” Beer is sold at the games, with Asheville N.C.’s Highland Brewing providing the brews. Marshall says there will be an exhibit dedicated to studying Scots-Irish genealogy as well. “People may or may not know where the Mc-Something family name came from,” he says. “There will be opportunities to research that.” And Marshall says there may be an extra-special guest on hand. “I believe Gen. Oglethorpe himself may be walking the grounds with us on May 5,” he laughs. “We like to really get into the period.” CS


Saturday May 5, opens at 9 a.m. to the public. Closing ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave. $15 adults, 11-22 $5, seniors/military/first responders $10, under 10 free Only service dogs allowed

The Scottish Games feature a mix of athletic competition, music, dance, and other activities celebrating Scottish heritage. PHOTOS BY DABROOKS OHANA PHOTOGRAPHY



prints. All are limited edition originals, hand pulled and signed by the artist. Through June 5. Starland Cafe, 11 East 41st St.

ON::VIEW ARTIST RESIDENCY PRESENTS REFLECTIONS ON DESIRE — Artist Resident Anya Mitchell focuses on 3 themes: homes, education and food. She spent her residency period meeting with the public to learn about their experiences and teach basic weaving techniques. She then took photos based on her findings and wove the images together to create a unified final piece. free and open to the public Fri., May 4, 6-9 p.m. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.

FADE INTO BLACK — Pia Camil lives and works in Mexico City. Show curated by Humberto Moro, SCAD curator of exhibitions. Through July 15. May Poetter Gallery (SCAD), 342 Bull St. GROUNDED — Telfair Museums will feature a commissioned work by Adolfo Alvarado, a Savannah-based artist whose work incorporates cal­ligraphic text, expansive swirls, and multiple layers of paint to create compositions that reference both medieval illuminated texts and graffiti culture. Through Aug. 19. . Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

REIFY — Lauren Hewitt’s first solo photography exhibition. May 4-30. galleryespresso. com/. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. SAME, BUT DIFFERENT — Experience a night out in Hong Kong, S.A.R. China with music, ramen, and Shaye Garrigan and Lily Shapiro’s installation gallery show. . Featuring Hong Kong Artist GONG! set starts at 8pm Open to Public Fri., May 4, 6-9 p.m. sNonFiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St. SIGN-LIGHT: CONSUMER CULTURE IN THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE — A photography M.F.A. thesis exhibition by Tianran Qin, who uses photography to reveal the layered complexity of capitalist consumption through deliberate photographic technical and formatting choices. Fri., May 4. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. WHAT THE FUNK? ART SHOW & DANCE PARTY — In a city full of art exhibitions, “What The Funk” is Savannah’s only local art show and dance party. Like the namesake musical genre, featured works by local artists aim to create a space that exudes soul and strong rhythm in an experience both visual and auditory. $7 Sat., May 5, 8 p.m. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.

CONTINUING EXHIBITS BONAVENTURE: A HISTORIC CEMETERY IN ART — Drawn from Telfair’s and others’ collections, this exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture inspired by or connected to the cemetery. Through Sep. 23. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. CANVAS — An exhibition celebrating the artistic talents of Savannah’s youth will open to the public at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center on April 15. Through May 18. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. CAPTURING THE SOUL: PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE W.W. LAW COLLECTION — The display features thirty portraits from the W. W. Law Photograph Collection which highlight the evolving nature of photography, portraiture as an art form, as well as material culture through time.

A photography M.F.A. thesis exhibition by Tianran Qin opens Friday at Sulfur Studios.

Through Jan. 31, 2019. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. CARRIE MAE WEEMS: SEA ISLAND SERIES — Considered one of the most influential contemporary artists, Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953) has continued to explore the African American experience throughout her career. Through May 6. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

EXPLORATIONS IN PRINTMAKING: THE SOUTHERN FLOWERS SERIES — In this series, flowers take the form of portraits and reference place and time. Each image is a linoleum print, produced on acid free paper, some are reduction prints, others multi plate

HUSH — Toni-Lyn Keller’s series portrays the silencing of strong women. Through May 23. In Vino Veritas, 102 E. Liberty St. I DID IT AGAIN — Exhibition of four reconfigured installations by Italian multimedia artist Paola Pivi. The artist works in many international contexts and uses various media, including photography, video, sculpture and installation. Through Aug. 19. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

COME RAIN OR COME SHINE — The artwork by Elmer Ramos and Ben Tollefson is a whimsical interpretation of local weather patterns such as short bursts of afternoon rain, common in the summer months in Savannah. Through May 6. Judge Realty, 347 Abercorn St. DRIPPING LYRICS OF QUEENS — This exhibition is the second in a series by Xavier Hutchins that pays homage to contemporary hip hop musicians using lyrics alongside a portrait of the performer. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, this grouping highlights female artists who use their music platform to promote positivity. free and open to the public Through June 26. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. EAST MEETS WEST: THREE WEAVERS IN THE SAORI WAY — Explore the work of Suzanne Hokanson, Treesa Germany, and Deborah Brooks. Each weaver independently encountered free-style weaving or Saori where self-expression, experimentation and serendipitous discovery are valued. While in traditional weaving regularity and uniformity are important, in Saori weaving there are no mistakes- only beauty without intention. Through June 30. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.







HOT Savannah Square Pops serves Savannah treats without tricks

Above: Owners Judd Wiggins and Mark Taylor in their MLK Pop Shop Below: The cheerful shop hosts birthday parties and events for those who want to learn how to make popsicles.



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REMEMBER last summer when we all walked around scantily-clad in the sweltering sun just desperate for a refreshing dip in the pool or at least an icy treat? Those times are almost upon us, and for those who without access to a pool, Savannah Square Pops has got you covered. Savannah Square Pops is Savannah’s original Ice Pop Shop, where owners Judd Wiggins and Mark Taylor hand craft popsicles in small batches daily. All it took was a few visits to Savannah to convince Wiggins and Taylor to leave Birmingham, Alabama, change careers and open the shop in September 2016. “Savannah’s unique style and reputation for great food was all we needed to launch


The Telfair Square Pop: Cookies & Cream

our dream,” Wiggins declares. Neighborhood regulars and visitors alike frequent their cheerful shop, located on MLK Blvd., all trekking off the beaten path to have a lick. Savannah Square Pops even garnered national news, when celebrity chef Duff Goldman visited the shop in 2017, he featured it on USA Today as his “Top-10 Sweet Spots” in the nation. To understand why Savannah Square Pops are so dang delicious, you need to know how they’re made. The popsicles are handmade in batches of 52 on location. While the process may be time consuming, “the quality speaks for itself,” Wiggins admits. “We don’t use artificial flavors or colors…all of our popsicles begin with preparing the fruit, mixing in raw cane sugar, and either cream and milk or water, depending on the recipe,” Wiggins explains. Out of 22 flavors, all named after a historical Savannah square —hence the company name — half are cream based.

The Wright Square: Watermelon Kiwi

The remaining flavors are vegan friendly and most are gluten-free. With sugar-free options in the near future, these popsicles appeal to all palates and preferences. If you’re a bandwagon foodie, the hottest flavors are Key Lime Pie, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Balsamic, and Cookies & Cream. The Key Lime Pie pop is made with fresh squeezed lime juice, buttermilk for some tang, cream cheese and graham cracker crust. Salted Caramel boasts salted caramel gelato, lacquered in rich dark chocolate and rolled in salty pretzel pieces. Strawberry Balsamic emulates that taste of a perfectly ripened strawberry, using only the freshest berries, raw cane sugar, sea salt and of course, balsamic vinegar. Cookies & Cream highlights one of America’s favorite cookies, the Oreo, with heavy cream, milk and sea salt. Want to learn how to make them? Savannah Square Pops hosts birthday parties for all ages, teaching the popsicle

making process. There is no better way to experience Savannah Square Pops than to try a few and bring some more home. You can find the pops in freezers and locations all over Savannah including Ghost Coast Distillery, The Grove, The Fox & Fig, Savannah Rae’s Gourmet Popcorn, Foxy Loxy and more. Have a panting pup? Their newest products, the “Pawcrafted Frozen Treats for Dogs,” are made from the freshest pet friendly ingredients like yogurt, pumpkin, and peanut butter. These doggie delights are currently available at the MLK shop and Woof Gang Bakery locations.  Additionally, Wiggins and Taylor have launched a food truck to sell their popsicles at events around the low country. They are also working with a franchisee on a new popsicle truck so they can visit Savannah neighborhoods. “Like an ice cream truck, just no artificial colors or flavors — a treat without all

the tricks,” states Wiggins. Big things are happening in May for the Savannah Square Pops. In local news, their cart will be set up in Johnson Square each Friday night. In national news, the U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon has been visiting small businesses on a four-state bus trip across the Southeast, highlighting innovators that keep our communities flourishing. On May 1, McMahon is set to visit Savannah, and the Savannah Square Pops owners will be representatives on a panel discussion with her. “If you are going to make a living selling popsicles, you had better make sure that they are better than any other pops out there.  We invite you to try our pops against any other on the market… we have,” Wiggins insists. So as the Savannah heat sets in, remember to pop it like it’s hot with Savannah Square Pops. CS






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CINCO DE MAYO is just around the corner, which means of millions of dollars worth of light lagers imported from Mexico will be sold in the coming days. In 2016 over $4.4 billion worth, or around 3.18 billion bottles, of Mexican beer crossed the border to be consumed by American drinkers. These numbers make Mexico the largest exporter of beer in the world, most of it going to U.S. consumers. But, you might ask yourself why Americans love Mexican beer so much, and how did Mexico, the home of tequila, come to be known for Corona Light? The answers to those questions are, as you might imagine, complicated and are the result of several hundred years of beer history. The history of brewing in Mexico goes back to at least 1000 CE. This date was determined from a mural found on the Great Pyramid in Cholula, about 70 miles from Mexico City. This mural depicts several “pulque drinkers” having a good time. Pulque is a fermented drink derived from the sap (aguamiel in Spanish), of agave plants. Pulque isn’t truly a beer though, and is ultimately more related to the development of tequila than beer. True beer production in Mexico is more closely derived from the production of a broad range of fermented corn products. Tesgüino is the name given to the most sacred of these fermented corn beers and is a light amber colored drink that is often whisked before being consumed. The production of tesgüino may be connected to an even older drink called chicha. Chicha is a broad term used to describe a variety of beers that were served in different forms throughout Mezoamerica. Chicha is truly a beer. The grain may be corn but that corn is malted, brewed and fermented as any beer today would be. There is one big difference: The malting of the grains is usually done through the chewing of the grain — enzymes in saliva do all the work to create the sugars needed for brewing. In fact the chewing of these grains is a community-wide industry. Community members will chew the grains, collecting them for the brewer.

Dogfish Head has produced a few varietals of Chicha as part of their ancient ales line of beers, using employees to do all the chewing, though it’s always in very small batches. Chicha residue has been found in the mummified tartar remains on human teeth at several Mexican archeological sites but these examples have all been from 700 CE or later, meaning that chicha probably came to Mexico at a later date. Tesgüino and chichi are still brewed by locals today but those corn beers are not what we know as Mexican beer. The beer we know, meaning malted wheat with hops added, wasn’t introduced until the Spanish arrived. It is thought the first known European style beer was brewed by Hernán Cortés’s soldiers on their conquest of Mexico. This brewing was done in small, irregular batches due to the rarity of supplies. The first production brewery in Mexico, and all of North America for that matter, was built under permit from the Spanish government in 1544 by Alfonso de Herrera. The exact location of Herrera’s brewery is lost to time, but was somewhere in Mexico City. Unfortunately, government oversight, expensive ingredients, and taxation (some things never change) led to the downfall of Herrera’s brewery. Herrera did get the ball rolling though, and soon more breweries began to pop up. One of the major factors in the slow progress of Mexican beer production was the fact that the Spanish government heavily taxed local brewing. The intent was to keep the beer imported from Spain the beer of choice. This all changed after the end of colonialization and the creation of the First Republic of Mexico in 1823. It was another change in government that led to the light, yellow beer we now think of as Mexican beer. When the

Mexican Empire was created, with the help of Napoleon III in 1863, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian was named Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. While his reign lasted only three years, Maximilian had a huge, and long lasting, influence on Mexican beer. It was during his time that a number of Austrians moved to Mexico, some bringing Austrian brewing techniques and recipes with them. One recipe that became very popular was the Vienna Lager. Maximilian had his own brewer who preferred darker style Vienna lagers which are directly related to today’s Negra Modelo and Dos XX Ambar. With the rise of the rail system connecting the U.S. and Mexico, ingredients and equipment became more accessible in Mexico. The U.S. further helped the Mexican beer industry by passing prohibition in 1920, as Americans were eager to cross the border for drinks. The huge growth in beer production inevitably led to consolidation. The 36 larger breweries that existed in 1920 were slowly consolidated into two. Those two companies, Modelo (Corona, Modelo, Pacifico) and FEMSA (Tecate, Sol, Dos Equis) are now responsible for almost 99% of Mexican beer production. While the Mexican craft beer industry is many years behind the U.S. there is recent, rapid growth in the craft beer market. Unfortunately, not many of those beers are available here in Georgia. One of the few, Cerveceria Mexicana, was recently purchased by Modelo. But they will come. If you need something to drink on Cinco de Mayo, reach for a craft beer option even if it’s not from Mexico. There are several interesting takes on the stereotypical Mexican lager including: Alesmith’s Sublime, Good People’s Mu Cha Cho, 21st Amendment’s El Sully, Oscar Blue’s Beerito or Georgia’s own Sweet Water Brewing Company’s simply named Mexican Lager. CS














OOO Death be not proud in Avengers: Infinity War, but it certainly is loud. This 19th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — a hermetically sealed franchise that began with Iron Man back in 2008 and most recently added February’s Black Panther to its ranks — is full of sound and fury and Dolby-enhanced CGI battles. But only the haters would claim that it signifies nothing – instead, it’s the semiculmination of all the pictures that have preceded it (I say semi because it’s only the first half of a two-parter that will conclude next summer). It’s also the darkest, the grimmest, and the most downbeat of all Marvel movies, with countless websites anticipating its solemnity by laying odds on which characters would meet their maker (be it God or Stan Lee) over the course of its 150-minute running time. So it’s not really a spoiler to note that a few characters die permanently, some die temporarily, and some live to fight another day. The war being waged is against Thanos (Josh Brolin), a powerful being who has been collecting the Infinity Stones (see previous pictures for the scoop) with the same myopic determination as someone participating in the Pokemon GO phenomenon. Once he has accumulated all six baubles, Thanos will be able to rule the universe in any way he sees fit, and his way basically involves intergalactic genocide. Seeking to prevent him from obtaining all the stones are the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, with an occasional outlier thrown in for good measure. There are the three Chrises — Evans as Captain America, Hemsworth as Thor, and Pratt as Peter Quill — and the two Sherlocks — Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) are also on hand. Even your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland) takes part in the melee. Clearly, heroes aren’t hard to find in Avengers: Infinity War – indeed, there are over two dozen protagonists jockeying for sizable screen time. While past Marvel team-ups have been exemplary at allowing everyone a moment in the spotlight – the first Avengers film back in 2012 was particularly a thing of beauty when it came to significant time-shares – this one doesn’t fare nearly as well, with many favorites ultimately lost in the perpetual whirl of motion. This is the It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Marvel movies, with Thanos subbing for Spencer Tracy. Much of the enjoyment comes in the cross-pollination occurring when these heroes split up for various missions. Thor finds himself palling around with Rocket


(Bradley Cooper), and it never grows old hearing the God of Thunder refer to the raccoon as “rabbit.” Iron Man and Dr. Strange make for an antagonistic pair, with Spider-Man occasionally interrupting their bickering with amusing pop-culture references. The dollops of humor found in these interludes are a welcome respite from the heavy drama, alleviating the mood without ever breaking it. The same, however, can’t be said for the more strained and stretched bits of comedy, most of which — naturally enough — come courtesy of the Guardians (particularly Drax, again played by Dave Bautista). This brand of humor worked well within the confines of their own films but feels tonally jarring in this picture. Overall, though, Avengers: Infinity War is rousing entertainment — it’s both thrilling and chilling, marked with pockets of genuine pathos. If some pacing issues (the visit to Peter Dinklage’s place of employment could easily have been truncated) and the occasional bloat prevent it from quite reaching the upper echelons of the MCU, there’s still more than enough here to keep viewers sated, saturated, and salivating over what’s certain to be a poignant and potent Part Deux.


OO Important issues receive an often problematic presentation in I Feel Pretty, an exercise in empowerment that ultimately proves to be less than the sum of its parts. Or should that be body parts, given the film’s focus on outward appearances? Amy Schumer stars as Renee Bennett, a woman who’s miserable because she doesn’t look like all the wafer-thin beauties who work out alongside her at SoulCycle classes or who appear in ads for Lily LeClair, the makeup conglomerate for whom she toils in their basement office. But after catching the Tom Hanks comedy Big on television – and studying the scene in which little Josh Baskin is granted his wish by a Zoltar machine – Renee makes a similar plea to become beautiful (instead of Zoltar, her wish is directed at

what she imagines to be a magic fountain). The next day, Renee’s wish is granted – sort of. Falling off a stationary bike, she bumps her head and wakes up believing she has been physically transformed into a RoboBabe. Of course, she looks exactly the same, but her belief in her physical makeover results in a newfound confidence that, among other developments, nabs her a boyfriend in the sweet and sensitive Ethan (Rory Scovel) and emboldens her to become the receptionist at LeClair HQ, where her unflagging enthusiasm captures the attention of founder Lily LeClaire (Lauren Hutton) and her grandkids, superstar models Avery LeClaire (a great comedic turn by Michelle Williams) and Grant LeClair (Tom Hopper). As the self-loathing Renee, Schumer delivers a strong performance that poignantly punches across the feelings of insecurity and anguish experienced by anyone who has ever believed they don’t measure up to a shallow society’s lofty standards of perfection. And as the selfconfident Renee, she’s effective in her ebullience, even if she’s nowhere near as endearing as Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect or Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids (two plus-sized actresses allowed the rare opportunity to play assertive and sex-positive roles). Part of the problem here rests in the unfortunate character turn devised by writer-directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Unlike the aforementioned heroines essayed by Wilson and McCarthy – and also unlike Hanks’ man-child in Big – Renee doesn’t remain a decent human being; instead, her delusion leads her to start treating those she deems not beautiful, like older people and even her longtime best friends (Aidy Bryant and Busy Phillips), with contempt and dismissal. It’s a perplexing plot point that renders her far less sympathetic, and if the film’s notion is that people should be judged by their inner beauty, then what are we to think when the lead character displays an ugliness at her core? CS






First Friday Fireworks

Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. FREE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 9:30 P.M. ROUSAKIS PLAZA, RIVER ST.



DRINKING LIBERALLY Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. A gathering of Liberals for an informal discussion of politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and the world around us. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. (912) 341-7427. savannah. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. GREEN PARTY OF CHATHAM COUNTY People, Planet and Peace over Profit! Meets Saturdays and the first Tuesday of every month. Join the Facebook group, @ ChathamGreens, to find out about upcoming local events. . No physical address given, none. LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF SAVANNAH Are you interested in true liberty and freedom? Are you tired of the two-party political system controlling our modern government? Learn how to make a difference and get your voice heard. Join the Libertarian Party of Savannah for our monthly meetings. For more information like our Facebook page. Free 30 second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, 7805 Abercorn St. 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. SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT CANDIDATE FORUM Joe Buck, David Lerch, Larry Lower, Betty Morgan, and Tyesha Whitely will discuss their positions at this forum presented by the League of Women Voters Coastal Georgia and Forever Tybee. Mon., May 7, 6:30 p.m. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. VICTORIAN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS Open to all residents, property owners and businesses located between Anderson and Gwinnett, M.L.King,Jr. Blvd to East Broad Street. Free second Tuesday of every

month, 6-7 p.m. 912-233-0352. 1308 West, Henry St. and Montgomery St. 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.


AUDITIONS FOR ARMSTRONG YOUTH ORCHESTRA Open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school and including Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: Info is also available at AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com . Armstrong Campus, Georgia Southern University, 11935 Abercorn St. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TEDXSAVANNAH Speaker applications open Monday, Nov.

20 for the 2018 TEDxSavannah, scheduled for May 11, 2018. For details, go to on Nov. 20 or visit the TEDxSavannah Facebook page. Ticket sales begin March 12. Through May 11. Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR TEACHING SUMMER WORKSHOPS The Studio School seeks working artists interested in teaching summer classes or workshops to teens and/or adults. Submit work experience, your art website/ Instagram, a class description of what you’d like to teach (more than one idea is okay), the age group you prefer and your general availability in June and July. Send to info@ . Studio School, 1319 Bull St. CALL FOR DEEP WRITING FELLOWS Deep Center is on the hunt for Savannah writers to apply for fellowships for Deep’s upcoming semester of programming (September through December). Deep Center is a nonprofit creative-writing literacy organization working with Savannah’s public middle schools. Writing Fellows work in teams of two to lead 11 weeks of after-school writing workshops at assigned middle schools. Interested? Learn more and apply at Through Sep. 15. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR VIGNETTE SAVANNAH Vignette Savannah is looking for contributors in writing and photography! vSav’s tagline is “Indulging in Savannah’s most coveted decor, design, & awe-inspiring spaces.” Contribute to the blog and social media channels with your writing and/ or photography (credit will be given) featuring restaurants, coffee shops, or any other creative spaces and design you find inspiring! Preference will be given to students/professionals that can be consistent contributors-- build a portfolio with the vSav blog and on its social media channels and gain a reference in the process! Visit and email Anita at vignettesavannah@gmail. com to express your interest! . Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR ENTRIES: FAAA SMALL WORKS EXHIBITION Artist members of Telfair’s Friends of African American Arts are invited to submit work for an exhibition of small works in the Jepson Center’s Morrison Community Gallery, opening September 20. Works must not exceed 24 inches in any dimension. This exhibition is open only to current FAAA members. Registration opens May 1, and the submission deadline is August 10. Guidelines and registration will be available online starting May 1 at Through Aug. 10. 912-790-8800. faaa. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. 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 LOCAL PRODUCTS AND RETAILERS FOR COHEN’S RETREAT ONSITE BOUTIQUE SHOP Cohen’s Retreat, a historic destination for art, food and community located in Savannah’s famed Moon River District, is seeking specialty retailers interested in placing their locally or regionally-made products in its onsite boutique shop, Brown Dog Market. Cohen’s Retreat is refreshing its product lines at Brown Dog Market to feature more of a mix of mainstream local products to include with their current artisan products. Retailers who would like access to some of Savannah’s largest neighborhoods located in and near the Moon River District are encouraged to apply for shelf space. Interested retailers should reach out to Colleen Smith at colleen. or by calling 912.355.3336, ext. 4. Please include product name(s), description, price point, availability, contact information and any other essential details. . Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Rd. CALL FOR MUSICIANS FOR EFFINGHAM COUNTY ORCHESTRA Effingham Community Orchestra is now accepting additional musicians. Instruments included are winds, orchestral strings and orchestral percussion. For information contact the Director at www. or call 912-826-5300 ext. 110. . No physical address given, 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. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR WEAVE-ADREAM PROGRAM The City of Savannah Department of Arts, Culture & Historical Resources is now accepting proposals for the 2018 Weave-A-Dream (WAD) program which seeks to engage youth in art projects that reestablish and preserve vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods. Applications must be submitted at least seven weeks prior to the start date of the project. Applications will be accepted March through November 13th of 2018 (while funds are available). Selected projects must be completed prior to December 31, 2018. The guidelines and application are available for download at arts. Technical assistance is available to applying organizations and individuals. Through Nov. 13. CALL FOR WORLD WAR I ITEMS FOR CITY EXHIBIT The City of Savannah Research Library & Municipal Archives is currently planning a World War I Centennial exhibit for 2018

to honor Savannahians’ role in the war. The City would like to include items from local residents and families to further personalize the exhibit. Residents are asked to share World War I related artifacts or documents with the City to help create the exhibit. To lend an item to the exhibit or to learn more about the exhibit, please contact Luciana Spracher, City of Savannah Library & Archives Director, at Lspracher@ or (912) 651-6411. . Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. ON::VIEW ARTIST RESIDENCY CALL FOR PROPOSALS The ON::VIEW residency will provide a free, high visibility studio space for an artist to complete a four week project in the front lobby of Sulfur Studios. We are currently accepting applications for the following residency periods: Residency period 5: June 12th - July 8th. Residency period 6: July 10th - August 5th. Residency period 7: August 14th - September 9th. Artists may work in any medium suitable to the space. Successful applicants will propose a project that will engage the community over the course of the residency period. Applications are due May 5th, 2018 by 11:59pm. VISIT TOAPPLY $25 application fee Through May 5. 912. 231. 7105. info@sulfurstudios. org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. RELIGIOUS ETHNIC ARTISTS NEEDED Religious ethnic (JESUS-YESHUA) artists and musicals needed for upcoming season. A classical accompanist and conductor for sacred music and gospel singers needed. Contact Reverend Brenda Lee (912) 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.

Empire. This event attracts over 600 women (and men) for an evening of Shoe Guys, fashion, food, shopping, wine tasting and ultimately fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House. VIP tickets $150, $75 General Admission Thu., May 3, 7-10 p.m. 912-350-7641. janet@rmhccoastalempire. org. savannah/. hotels-savannah/index.jsp?null. Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay St.


APICS CERTIFIED SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONAL (CSCP) CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP Earn the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and prove your knowledge of end-to-end supply chain management, and demonstrate value to colleagues and employers looking for a competitive edge in today’s global economy. By earning the CSCP designation, join the more than 21,000 professionals in 100 countries who have mastered the essential technology, concepts, and strategies related to end-to-end supply chain operations. Prepare for the CSCP credential certification with the Savannah APICS Chapter’s CSCP Certification Workshop. The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is the first and only supply chain certification that encompasses the end-to-end global supply chain. $1595-$1995 Sat., May 5, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 912-443-3012. education@ pce-cscp. Savannah Technical College, Crossroads Campus Auditorium, 190 Crossroads Parkway. 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. BASIC SELF DEFENSE Essential self-defense for adults. $30/ month Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fit912 Savannah, 428 Bull Street. 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. BEGINNER’S AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES Every Tuesday, starting on March 20th, Savannah Speech and Hearing will host Instructor Crystal Clarkson as she teaches ASL-1 beginner American sign languages classes. Classes will span March 20 through May 8, 2018 through an 8-week course every Tuesday from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The cost is $85 for 8 weeks which does not include the book “Signing Naturally Units 1-6” by Cheri Smith. Class sizes are limited to 15 people. Register by filling out the form at http://speechandhearingsav. org/events/new-beginners-sign-language-



KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY AND FUNDRAISER Race fanatics are invited to don their finest Derby attire for a live viewing party of the 2018 Run for the Roses on the Knights of Columbus Rooftop Patio, complete with two complimentary cocktails and Southern bites, plus amazing prizes for best dressed. Hosted by the Ronald McDonald House. $20 for Red Shoe Society members, $30 non-members Sat., May 5, 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus Pavilion, 700 Christopher Drive. WINE, WOMEN & SHOES The 5th Annual Wine Women benefits the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal





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class-march-20th-through-may-8th-2018 and dropping it off or mailing to Savannah Speech & Hearing. $85 Tue., May 8, 6-7:30 p.m. 912-355-4601. speechandhearingsav. org/events/new-beginners-sign-languageclass-march-20th-through-may-8th-2018. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. BEGINNER’S JEWELRY STUDIO BEGINNERS JEWELERS STUDIO Our beginning class focuses on building a strong skill set for jewelry making. You will jump right into soldering, fabricate a bezel setting (one of the most popular ways to set a stone) and learn rock solid ring making strategies. Contact Christina at for questions $300 Thu., May 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 912-289-8337. christina@dreamcatstudio. com. dreamcat studio, Hover Creek RD. BEGINNING BELLY DANCE CLASSES Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. 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. CAMP ALOHA Children ages 6 - 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the last 24 months are invited to attend Camp Aloha, a weekend overnight camp organized by not-for-profit Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle bereavement staff and volunteers. $25 May 4-6. New Ebenezer Retreat Center, 2887 Ebenezer Road. 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. . 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. CLAY CLASSES Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. BOATING CLASSES Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912-

897-7656. COUNTRY TWO STEP GROUP CLASS Country Two Step: no partner needed or experience required. 4 weeks for $40 or drop in for $15. $40 for 4 weeks Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. 612-470-6683. Salon de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 301 US Hwy 80 SE. 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. 323-539-1760. DANCEHOWIWANTTO@GMAIL.COM. DANCEHOWIWANTTO.COM. DUI PREVENTION GROUP Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. FAMILY LAW WORKSHOP The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912-354-6686. FANY’S SPANISH/ENGLISH INSTITUTE Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. . 912-9214646. HISTORICAL WRITERS GUILD OF RICHMOND HILL MONTHLY WORKSHOP In addition to the regular meetings offered on the second and fourth Monday of each month as a writing feedback group, the Historical Writers Guild of Richmond Hill will begin offering its members a writing skills workshop on the first Monday of each month. This monthly workshop will address topics such as: show versus tell, conflict, how to build your story, fiction strategy and structure, characterization, and other topics as chosen by the group. The mission of the Historical Writers Guild (HWG) of Richmond Hill is to improve members’ writing skills and to help each writer become published. first Monday of every month. Richmond Hill Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. HOUSING AUTHORITY NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: MonFri, 3pm-4:30pm. . 912-232-4232 x115.

CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. INTERMEDIATE JEWELER’S STUDIO This class is focused on design execution. Learn to successfully combine your skills into pieces that require multiple soldering operations, forethought, and planning. Make beautiful, wearable pieces that you love to put on day after day. Perfect for the student that has some basic experience. Christina provides a project each week to inspire your own piece. $300 Thu., May 3, 6-9:30 p.m. 912-289-8337. christina@ dreamcat studio, Hover Creek RD. JEWELER’S GUIDED OPEN STUDIO Use our space to practice your skills and knock out your personal pieces. Tuition includes access to the studio with support from Christina or one of her assistants. Students are responsible for their own materials. Prerequisite of Jewelry I or similar instruction from another studio. $30 Fridays, 6 p.m. 912-289-8337. christina@ dreamcatstudio. com. Join us for time to practice your skills and knock out some projects you’ve been dreaming up. Tuition includes access to the studio with support from Christina or one of her assistants. Students are responsible for their own materials. Prerequisite of Jewelry I or similar instruction from another studio. $30 Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. 912-2898337. dreamcat studio, Hover Creek RD. 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. MICROSOFT WORD 2016 COMPUTER COURSE This 3-day Microsoft® Word 2016 Computer Course teaches you how to work with business documents such as letters, forms, and newsletters. Attendees will acquire fundamental concepts and skills and build on this foundation as they progress throughout the course. Course Topics Include: Lesson 1: Getting Started Lesson 2: Manipulating Text Lesson 3: Formatting Text and Paragraphs Lesson 4: Formatting Documents to Print Lesson 5: Distributing Documents Lesson 6: Using Tables Lesson 7: Working with Illustrations Lesson 8: Working with References $99 Sat., May 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 912-4433012. continuinged@savannahtech. edu. Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd. MUSIC LESSONS AND CLASSES: ALL INSTRUMENTS, ALL AGES Portman’s Music Academy offers private lessons on piano, guitar (electric, acoustic,

classical), mandolin, ukulele, banjo, bass guitar, drums, percussion, voice, clarinet, saxophone (alto and tenor), oboe, flute, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, DJ, Pro Logic, Composition, Ear Training, violin, viola, and cello. Group classes for beginner piano and guitar. Music Adventures for ages 5 to 7. . 912-354-1500. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. 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. Tuesdays 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 Photography Workshops: Beginner to Advanced level. 4-hour sessions. $250 per student. See website for complete list. 410251-4421. chris@chrismorrisphotography. com. PIANO VOICE-COACHING Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. . POWER SELF DEFENSE Get fit and develop powerful selfdefense skills. For active adults. $30/ month Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Fit912 Savannah, 428 Bull Street. POWER YOGA FOUNDATIONS 3 Foundations 3 will focus on the more challenging poses including crow, full wheel, shoulderstand, and headstand) Grounding your practice with a solid foundation gives you the tools to practice smarter, not harder. Join SPY for a clinicstyle workshop designed to teach you the fundamentals of the power yoga practice. In our foundations workshops, we work at

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Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. 912-447-0943. HDB.ORG. MOONRIVERBREWING.COM/. MOON RIVER BREWING CO., 21 WEST BAY ST.

a slower pace, answering your questions in the moment, dialing into the details of the poses and learning suitable modifications as you build strength. Suitable for both experienced students looking to tune their practice and new students who want to learn from scratch. $20 in advance | $25 day of Sun., May 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 912-3492756. 2/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223% 22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22 %3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_ type%22%3A%22361%22%2C%22action_ history%22%3A%22null%22%7D. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Road Unit J-3. PUBLIC WORKSHOP AND LUNCHEON ON THE CRITICAL STEPS TO STARTING A COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT The Dewitt Tilton Group will host a presentation on the topic of starting a commercial construction project. Lunch is provided, but RSVP is required. Chris Tilton will kick off the workshop with a talk on selecting the perfect location for your project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it. Kim Thomas, director of operations for the group, will discuss the permitting process and zoning regulations. Free Thu., May 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 912-777-3404. kim@ The Savannah Golf Club, 1661 President St. 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. 323-539-1760. DANCEHOWIWANTTO@GMAIL.COM. DANCEHOWIWANTTO.COM. SOUND HEALING ENERGY WEEK 1: THE SCIENCE OF SOUND HEALING Learn about the power of sound, frequency and vibration as a form of energy that can be used for healing, relaxing and energizing. One hour talk, one hour sound journey experience with voice, didgeridoo, world sounds and more. $25 Sat., May 5, 1:30 p.m. Fit912 Savannah, 428 Bull Street. SURFING AND UKULELE LESSONS Surfing & Ukulele Lessons and surf camps. Tybee Surf Lessons, Tybee Island/ Savannah. Email or call Turner for more info 808-385-5364. . Tybee Island, Tybee Island. 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. . 34 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 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, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. . fiberguildsavannah.homestead. com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. HISTORIC FLIGHT SAVANNAH A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. . 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. HOSTESS CITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB 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, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St. 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. OBSERVATION BEE HIVE The Coastal Empire Beekeepers Assn. members will show off honey bees in an observation hive at Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s annual event. This familythemed festival is all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative play. Dress in costume and flaunt your wings in our fashion show. Sat., May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ceba.wildapricot. org. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 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. PROOFREADER’S WHISKEY CLUB Membership includes the first whiskey drink free, free monthly private whiskey tastings from various brands, 15% off the member’s bill for the year, and a personalized book card including a list of 75 whiskeys in each chapter in the DeSoto library. Library series meetings will be the last Thursday of every month and include one free guest pass per member for the year. They will pick a book from the Edgar’s P&P library to hold their personalized book card which will be used to keep track of their progress on the whiskey list. $50 . eventbrite. com/e/proofreaders-whiskey-clubtickets-42943991635. Edgar’s Proof and Provision, 15 E. Liberty St. 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 . 912-3445127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. SAFE KIDS SAVANNAH A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. . 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. 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. , 7 p.m. careyhilliards. com. 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. sign-up. savannahnewcomers. com. . 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 SACRED HARP SINGERS Savannah Sacred Harp Singers welcome you to join our monthly community singing on the second Saturday of the month from 2-4pm at Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church. Sacred Harp is an American tradition of singing hymns in four part harmony. No particular religious affiliation is required or endorsed. All are welcome. No experience necessary. . Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Ave. SAVANNAH TOASTMASTERS Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. . 912-484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. SAVANNAH VEGGIES AND VEGANS Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. 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, 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. Savannah College of Art and Design, PO Box 2072. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 671



Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. . 912-656-6818. 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.


FIRST FRIDAY FOR FOLK MUSIC Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. Hosted by Tom Cooler. $5 donation May’s performers are Jamie Herbster and Tom Cooler.. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912-484-3936. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. INTERSTELLAR ECHOES PRESENT PINK FLOYD The Southeast’s premier Pink Floyd Tribute, Interstellar Echoes, pride themselves on accurately reproducing the legendary catalogue of Pink Floyd. Obsessed with the sounds, sights, and lore of this global music icon, Interstellar Echoes go to great lengths to provide a meticulously researched, fully immersive live experience consisting of classic staples. $20 Tue., May 8, 8 p.m. 912-472-4790. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn.

MUSIC OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL Music by Allegri, Palestrina, Victoria, and others, performed by the Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Schola, and guest vocalists. Free, donations accepted Sun., May 6, 5 p.m. Cathedral of St John the Baptist, 222. East Harris St. SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC: BEETHOVEN’S IMMORTAL NINTH The evening begins with the vivacious Konzertstück by Robert Schumann, featuring a quartet of French horn virtuosos from the Savannah Philharmonic and the Jackson Symphony. Then the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus concludes our ninth season with another Ninth – Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 in D minor, featuring one of the most beloved melodies of all time, the “Ode to Joy.” $15-$80 Sat., May 5, 7:30 p.m. savannahcivic. com. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.


100 BLACK MEN OF SAVANNAH GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING The 100 Black Men of Savannah host a general membership meeting. To join or for more information, contact free to attend second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. THE ANNUAL FAIRY AND GNOME FESTIVAL

Don your pointy gnome hats and fairy wings and help celebrate the natural world with the wee folk. Wee folk can enter a costume contest, build a wee folk village, play games and dance ‘round the May Pole. There will be lots of activities to experience nature and imaginative outdoor play. $5 per adult; $3 per child (4-17), military and seniors Sat., May 5, 10 a.m. 912-395-1212. annie. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. CARS AND COFFEE Cars and Coffee is a monthly event showcasing unique, rare and antique cars. Visitors can bring the family to view the cars and tour the Richmond Hill History Museum, formerly the Henry Ford Kindergarten. Admission to the event is free and coffee can be purchased for the old-fashioned price of 25 cents with a $1 donation to the museum. 25 cents for coffee with a $1 donation to the museum first Saturday of every month. Richmond Hill History Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. CREATIVE WEEKEND A three-day/two-night “no-agenda” creative getaway for artists, writers, or musicians. Amazing home cooked meals with hot breakfasts. $350 May 4-6. ossabawisland. net. Ossabaw Island, 1 Cane Patch Rd. DERBY DAY Dress to impress at The Grove’s first social event of the summer for the 144th Kentucky CONTINUES ON P. 36














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Derby. Enjoy raffles, prizes, comfort food, and “the most exciting two minutes in sports” all while sipping a cold Mint Julep on the rooftop. A portion of Mint Julep drink sales will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Free Sat., May 5, 3 p.m. The Grove, 301 W. Congress St. DERBY DE MAYO Ghost Coast Distillery celebrates the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo and its new Tommy Agave limited-edition, agave-based spirit with one big party. Wear your best Derby hat or seersucker and enjoy the day featuring live music, food, cocktails and

the race on TV. Sat., May 5, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St. DISCOVERING 1820S SAVANNAH: EARLY BIRD’S WALKING TOUR OF THE CITY ISAIAH DAVENPORT KNEW Discover what survives of 1820s Savannah seeing some of the finest examples of architecture remaining in the city. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden to follow. Distance 2.5 miles. $21 Saturdays, 8 a.m. davenporthousemuseum. org. Davenport House, 324 East State 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. THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF SAVANNAH


I hate rampant consumerism almost as much as I hate hatred, so I don’t offer the following advice lightly: Buy an experience that could help liberate you from the suffering you’ve had trouble outgrowing. Or buy a toy that can thaw the frozen joy that’s trapped within your out-of-date sadness. Or buy a connection that might inspire you to express a desire you need help in expressing. Or buy an influence that will motivate you to shed a belief or theory that has been cramping your lust for life. Or all of the above! (And if buying these things isn’t possible, consider renting.)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

These days you have an enhanced ability to arouse the appreciation and generosity of your allies, friends, and loved ones. The magnetic influence you’re emanating could even start to evoke the interest and inquiries of mere acquaintances and random strangers. Be discerning about how you wield that potent stuff! On the other hand, don’t be shy about using it to attract all the benefits it can bring you. It’s OK to be a bit greedier for goodies than usual as long as you’re also a bit more compassionate than usual.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20)


I bet that a healing influence will arrive from an unexpected direction and begin to work its subtle but intense magic before anyone realizes what’s happening. I predict that the bridge you’re building will lead to a place that’s less flashy but more useful than you imagined. And I’m guessing that although you may initially feel jumbled by unforeseen outcomes, those outcomes will ultimately be redemptive. Hooray for lucky flukes and weird switcheroos!

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Born under the astrological sign of Cancer, Franz Kafka is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s major literary talents. Alas, he made little money from his writing. Among the day jobs he did to earn a living were stints as a bureaucrat at

insurance companies. His superiors there praised his efforts. “Superb administrative talent,” they said about him. Let’s use this as a take-off point to meditate on your destiny, Cancerian. Are you good at skills you’re not passionate about? Are you admired and acknowledged for having qualities that aren’t of central importance to you? If so, the coming weeks and months will be a favorable time to explore this apparent discrepancy. I believe you will have the power to get closer to doing more of what you love to do.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

If you really wanted to, you could probably break the world’s record for most words typed per minute with the nose (103 characters in 47 seconds). I bet you could also shatter a host of other marks, as well, like eating the most hot chiles in two minutes, or weaving the biggest garland using defunct iPhones, or dancing the longest on a tabletop while listening to a continuous loop of Nirvana’s song “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” But I hope you won’t waste your soaring capacity for excellence on meaningless stunts like those. I’d rather see you break your own personal records for accomplishments like effective communications, high-quality community-building, and smart career moves.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was among history’s three most influential scientists. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) has been described as *the* central figure in modern philosophy. Henry James (1843-1916) is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in English literature. John Ruskin (1819-1900) was a prominent art critic and social thinker. What did these four men have in common? They never had sex with anyone. They were virgins when they died. I view this fact with alarm. What does it mean that Western culture is so influenced by the ideas of men who lacked this fundamental initiation? With that as our context, I make this assertion: If you hope to make good decisions in the coming weeks, you must draw on the wis-

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. 912441-6559. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. FIRST FRIDAY FIREWORKS Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks, presented by Wet


dom you have gained from being sexually entwined with other humans.

later valuation -- and it won’t take years.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting,” said twentieth-century abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. “Cézanne did it. Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell.” In de Kooning’s view, these “destructive” artists performed a noble service. They demolished entrenched ideas about the nature of painting, thus liberating their colleagues and descendants from stale constraints. Judging from the current astrological omens, Libra, I surmise the near future will be a good time for you to wreak creative destruction in your own field or sphere. What progress and breakthroughs might be possible when you dismantle comfortable limitations?

According to my analysis of the astrological omens, love should be in full bloom. You should be awash in worthy influences that animate your beautiful passion. So how about it? Are you swooning and twirling and uncoiling? Are you overflowing with a lush longing to celebrate the miracle of being alive? If your answer is yes, congratulations. May your natural intoxication levels continue to rise. But if my description doesn’t match your current experience, you may be out of sync with cosmic rhythms. And if that’s the case, please take emergency measures. Escape to a sanctuary where you can shed your worries and inhibitions and maybe even your clothes. Get drunk on undulating music as you dance yourself into a dreamy love revelry.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Mayflies are aquatic insects with short life spans. Many species live less than 24 hours, even though the eggs they lay may take three years to hatch. I suspect this may be somewhat of an apt metaphor for your future, Scorpio. A transitory or short-duration experience could leave a legacy that will ripen for a long time before it hatches. But that’s where the metaphor breaks down. When your legacy has fully ripened -- when it becomes available as a living presence -- I bet it will last a long time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

When a critic at *Rolling Stone* magazine reviewed the Beatles’ *Abbey Road* in 1969, he said some of the songs were “so heavily overproduced that they are hard to listen to.” He added, “Surely they must have enough talent and intelligence to do better than this.” Years later, however, *Rolling Stone* altered its opinion, naming *Abbey Road* the fourteenth best album of all time. I suspect, Sagittarius, that you’re in a phase with metaphorical resemblances to the earlier assessment. But I’m reasonably sure that this will ultimately evolve into being more like the

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Life never gives you anything that’s all bad or all good.” So proclaimed the smartest Aquarian six-year-old girl I know as we kicked a big orange ball around a playground. I agreed with her! “Twenty years from now,” I told her, “I’m going to remind you that you told me this heartful truth.” I didn’t tell her the corollary that I’d add to her axiom, but I’ll share it with you: If anything or anyone or seems to be all bad or all good, you’re probably not seeing the big picture. There are exceptions, however! For example, I bet you will soon experience or are already experiencing a graceful stroke of fate that’s very close to being all good.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“Enodation” is an old, nearly obsolete English word that refers to the act of untying a knot or solving a knotty problem. “Enodous” means “free of knots.” Let’s make these your celebratory words of power for the month of May, Pisces. Speak them out loud every now and then. Invoke them as holy chants and potent prayers leading you to discover the precise magic that will untangle the kinks and snarls you most need to untangle.


Willie’s. Free first Friday of every month, 9:30 p.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St. GOODWILL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA’S COMMUNITY AWARDS DINNER A vibrant and celebratory program dedicated to the understanding that every individual should be given the opportunity to achieve his or her highest level of self-sufficiency. Thu., May 3, 6 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. GUIDED TOURS OF THE LUCAS THEATRE FOR THE ARTS Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. Tours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and must be scheduled. To schedule a tour, contact Megan Chandler at 912-525-5029 or . 912-5255023. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. KINGDOM BUSINESS NETWORKING ALLIANCE Our mission is to Grow, Encourage, Inspire, Ignite & Equip Christian Business owners on how to do business with a Kingdom mindset. We promote and celebrate excellence in the business arena while developing the future generations of leaders through Christian values, disciplines, honor, integrity and expression of skills. Register early before the event closes out and please share this event by inviting a guest. Free first Wednesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912-257-6248. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Savannah Airport - Pooler, 103 San Drive. 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. REED HOUSE, INC. ART & DERBY PARTY Join the party with Derby Hors d/oeuvres, mint juleps, live derby coverage and much more. Proceeds benefit Reed House, Inc., providing opportunities to people whose lives have been challenged by serious mental illness. $45 in advance $50 at the door Sat., May 5, 5-8 p.m. 912.659.9846. reedhouse. event.jsp?event=14&. Savannah Botanical Gardens, 1388 Eisenhower Drive. RUN FOR THE ROSES PARTY The Pegasus Riding Academy celebrates the Kentucky Derby with a hat contest, a Dapper Dan contest, friendly wagers, derby cuisine and libations, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the children of

the Pegasus Riding Academy. $25 single, $45 couple Sat., May 5. 912-547-6482. coffee deli, 4517 Habersham St. 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. 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. . SOUTH ISLANDS FARMERS’ AND ARTISANS’ MARKET The South Islands Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market offers a variety of vendors, from vegetables to fine art. Thursdays, 3 p.m. Higher Ground Baptist Church, 9120 Whitefield Ave. 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. TEA IN THE GARDEN Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in Davenport House’s beautiful courtyard garden. On inclement weather dates, tea will be taken inside the house museum $18 Thursdays, Fridays, 4:15 p.m. davenporthousemuseum. org. Davenport House, 324 East State St. TYBEE TOUR OF HOMES Visit inside some of the most beautiful, historic and funky homes on Tybee Island. Bring a friend and be inspired. The Tybee Island Maritime Academy will benefit from this year’s tour proceeds. $40-50 Sat., May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 912-395-4060. Tybee Maritime Academy, 714 Lovell Ave. WILMINGTON ISLAND FARMERS’ MARKET The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market (WIFM) is a non-profit organization that provides Wilmington Island and adjacent islands’ residents with locally grown produce, baked goods, natural skincare solutions and a variety of artisan creations. Free Featuring vintage

automobiles from Savannah Classic Cars Dealer and Museum.. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Islands High School, 170 Whitemarsh Island Road.


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. FARM TRUCK 912 The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. Mercy Housing: Savannah Gardens Courtyard, 515 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. Moses Jackson Advancement Center, 1410B Richards Street. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. Sheppard’s Gas and Food Mart, 1302 W. Gwinnett St. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. savannahjea. org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn Street. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. W.W. Law Gym, 909 E. Bolton St. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to

improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. 1 p.m. Skidaway Island, Diamond Causeway. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile market program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market that aims to improve healthy food access by bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables into Savannah’s neighborhoods. 3:30 p.m. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. FIRE & WINE Half priced bottles of wine, campfires in the courtyard, marshmallows and s’mores 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: 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 CONTINUES ON P. 38






per person. Must call ahead. Free MondaysFridays, 10 a.m.. 912-234-0688. jessie@ Savannah Bee Company, Wilmington Island, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd. OYSTER HAPPY HOUR Bring your dog to happy hour and get a free drink while enjoying roasted oysters in the courtyard. The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr. 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. PRESS PLAY BOOMBOX BRUNCH Brunch is served from 11 am – 3 pm. Jason B. James Live vinyl DJ spinning classic soul, R&B, indie, rock, pop, and everything in between begins at noon. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. WINE SAMPLING Sample the variety of wines Lucky’s Market has to offer. savannah-ga/. Lucky’s Market, 5501 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. 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




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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.) . 912-447-6605. NAMI EDUCATION Second Tuesday of every month NAMI Savannah presents professionals from the community sharing current topics of interest and resources. FREE second Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. 912-353-7143. The Reed House, 1144 Cornell Street. 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


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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.


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. . GVNT HAVS GVNT HAVS is a free monthly drag show that houses the unique antics of the House of Gunt, a Savannah based free-form drag collective whose mission is to connect the trashy with the flashy, the kitschy with the classy, and the people of Savannah with a breath of fresh, queer air. Free first Thursday of every month, 10 p.m. houseofgunt@ Chuck’s Bar, 305 W. River St. 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. . STAND OUT YOUTH A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912288-1034. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. TYBEE RAINBOW FEST Stroll the beach, enjoy fresh seafood and party long after the sun sets at this LGBT weekend-long event. May 4-6. Tybee Island, Tybee Island.

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.


BOOK SIGNING: SERVED IN SILENCE Retired U.S. Air Force Captain Mark David Gibson’s memoir is an inspiring testament to the power of living an authentic life. Sat., May 5, noon. Sanctuary, 8912 Whitefield Ave. DEEP SPEAKS Twice a year, Deep release anthologies featuring original, vivid, and fearless stories, poems, and plays written by our young authors—public middle-school students in Deep’s Young Author Project. Free and open to the public Sun., May 6, 6:30 p.m. Yamacraw Performing Arts Center, 649 W. Jones St.


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. . THE DOLPHIN PROJECT The Dolphin Project (TDP) is hosting a dolphin program and research training workshop. Come learn about the habits of and threats to the local wild bottle nose dolphin. TDP is an all-volunteer research, education and conservation organization. Learn how our crew conduct monthly on-water surveys and how you can become a member. Program is age appropriate for 12+. Minimum age for research participation is 16. Skippers with boats, Team Leaders and Photographers with a 300 mm lens camera are needed. Admission is Free Sun., May 6, 1-3:30 p.m. 912-657-3927. thedolphinproject@gmail. com. Richmond Hill History Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. FIRST SATURDAY HIKE This moderately-paced, 3-mile hike will include a talk about the different ecosystems of the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellant. Parking pass is $5. $2 first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. 912-727-2339. FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. FRIDAY BIRD WALKS Diana Churchill leads a migratory bird walk in Forsyth Park. Wander the park in search of migratory warblers, vireos, tanagers, buntings, flycatchers and more. Meet by the fountain at the north end of Forsyth Park at 7:45 am. Fri., May 4, 7:45 a.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

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ESTATE TAG SALE!! Friday and Saturday May 4th and 5th 10AM-2PM Daily 205 Lee Blvd. (Habersham Woods) Quality remaining contents in a Physician’s lovely family home: Furniture, paintings, antiques, sterling, fine china, cut glass, collectibles, jewelry, vintage and mid-century decorative items, old silver coins, kitchen and garage items and MORE! Details @ (search #1821). Ann Lemley for Old Savannah Estates & Auction Co. 912-398-4435

This is an incentive based position with a guaranteed base, but we have many employees earning upwards of $12-$18/hour based upon productivity. We can work with your schedule. Please contact Todd Carvell @ 5 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd, Suite 140 Savannah, GA 31406 Phone: 912-433-6555 Email: recruiting@3plworx. com

WOLF TREE is Now Hiring Experienced Tree Climbers and Tree Workers for local utility line clearance work. Experience is a plus. CDL helpful. Call Oscar @ 912-313-6537 or Angel @ 912-259-0755 for more info

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Find us on Facebook at: B Net Management, Inc. for available property listings 718 West 38th Street: 3BR/2BA house, LR, DR, kitchen w/appliances, fenced yard, CH&A, hardwood floors & carpet. $825/month. 1535 East 54th Street: 3BR/1BA, off Waters, central heat/air, LR/DR, laundry room, carpet, kitchen w/appliances, fenced-in yard $850/month ($125 utility allowance) 5 Peachtree Place, Apt 65 3BR/1BA, LR, appliances, double door refrigerator, central heat/air, wood floors & carpet, washer/dryer hookup $885/month. 807 Paulsen Street. 2BR/1BA, central heat/air, appliances, newly remodeled $695/per month.

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426 E. 38th St. Apt. B. (Habersham & Price) 2BR/1BA Apt. Appliances, central heat/ air, carpet $695/month. 1527 Chester Street: 3BR/1BA. Single family home. LR, DR, Laundry room, Kitchen with appliances. $695/mo. 1527-1/2 Chester Street, Upstairs apt: 3BR/1BA. Kitchen with appliances. $675/mo. 1527-1/2 Chester Street, Downstairs apt: 1BR/1BA. Kitchen with appliances, utilities included. $695/ mo. OR $180/wk with 2wk. deposit.


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FURNISHED ROOMS For Rent West Side. $150 weekly, $25 key deposit. No drugs, mature renter, male preferred. On bus line. FOR RENT! 2401 Larkin Ave. Proof of income, no exceptions. 3 bed, 1 bath, central heat/air. Call James 912-358-6410 $850/month with $850/deposit NO SECTION 8. Call 912.844.0752 ROOM FOR RENT: 2129 California Ave. 1 room with private bath or 2 rooms. Includes washer/ dryer, cable, utilities. Must have verifiable income. Adults only. No smoking inside. $240/week or $875/month. Call 912-272-1933 Off ACL Blvd. & Westlake Ave.

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ROOM FOR RENT: Mature renter preferred. All utilities and cable included. Proof of income required. $150 weekly + deposit; Call: 912-659-3550 SINGLE, Family Home w/ Room for Rent: Furnished, includes utilities, central heat/air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. Ceramic tile in kitchen & bath. Shared Kitchen & bath. Call 912963-7956, leave message

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11515 White Bluff Rd. 1BR/1BA, all electric, equipped kitchen, 130 ALPINE DRIVE: Roommate W/D connection. Convenient Wanted. All utilities included. Near to Armstrong College. $695 Hunter AAF. Available 1/23/18. month, $300/deposit. $650/month $100 deposit, or $150/week. Call 912-272-8020 DAVIS RENTALS 310 E. MONTGOMERY X-ROADS, Very Nice one bedroom 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 apartment. Furnished kitchen, C/A&H. Very nice location. $550/ month, $550/deposit. No pets or Room for Rent children. 912-355-7886 or 912ROOMS FOR RENT 667-7347

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ROOMS FOR RENT Nice, Clean, large, furnished. Busline, utilities, central heat/air. $100-$130/weekly. Rooms with bath $145. Call 912-289-0410. • Paycheck stub or Proof of income and ID required. 2nd person/child add $100 per week

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