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Caleb Johnson Friday, December 1st Girls Night Out! Saturday, December 9th The Last Resort Saturday, December 16th The Steppin’ Stones with The High Divers Thursday, January 11, 2018 Cole Swindell with Morgan Evans Friday, January 12, 2018 P.O.D. - Alien Ant Farm, PowerFlo, Fire From The Gods Friday, January 19, 2018

Blues Traveler with Special Guest Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Saving Abel with Special Guest Thursday, February 22, 2018 Blue Oyster Cult with Special Guest Friday, February 23, 2018 Corey Smith with Special Guest Friday, March 16, 2018

Mike + The Mechanics Starring Mike Rutherford of Genesis Friday, March 23, 2018

The Stage On Bay with The Savannah Jaycees Present

A Holiday Benefit Concert

Caleb Johnson with Special Guest

Friday, December 1st

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Girls Night Out The Show

Saturday, December 9th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Last Resort

The Best of the Eagles Saturday, December 16th

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Steppin’ Stones with The High Divers Thursday, January 11th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

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Film: Turkey for Turkey Day: Octaman

Holidays on Broughton

The Psychotronic Film Society’s annual ‘Turkey For Turkey Day’ is a night when they dig up one of the most ineptly made, unintentionally hilarious clunkers they can find. Beloved by fans of cheesy monster movies, this ridiculous low-budget cult classic about a radioactive half-man/halfoctopus mutant in Mexico must be seen to be believed. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $7


Holidays on Broughton will welcome Savannah residents and visitors to experience the wonder of the season in downtown Savannah, where amid magnificent historic architecture, festive decorations, whimsical building projections and shopping, guests will discover seasonal events for all ages and interests, from photos with Santa to musical performances. 5-9 p.m. Broughton Street

THURSDAY 11.23 Downtown Delilahs Dance Cabaret w/ A Night at the Movies

Film: Turkey for Turkey Day: Octaman WED 11.22

The Psychotronic Film Society’s annual “Turkey For Turkey Day” is a night when they dig up one of the most ineptly made, unintentionally hilarious clunkers they can find. Beloved by fans of cheesy monster movies, this ridiculous low-budget cult classic about a radioactive halfman/half-octopus mutant in Mexico must be seen to be believed. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $7




Film: Suburbicon FRI/SAT/SUN


A high-class killer thriller, this is the story of Suburbicon, a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns -- the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. 7 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne $7 912-472-4790.

A Night at the Movies is a high-energy performance that takes a modern twist on the original cabaret experience, and the tantalizing nature of burlesque. The show features some of Savannah’s most talented performing artists guaranteed to delight your senses through song and flirtatious dance numbers. 10 p.m. Carnival Bar Theatre, 306 W Factors Walk. $20

Thanksgiving at Treylor Park

Forget overcooked turkey and soggy stuffing. Enjoy Thanksgiving the Treylor Park way. 5 p.m. Treylor Park, 117 East Bay Street.

Thanksgiving Brunch

Roasted turkey & lamb, juicy prime rib, cornbread stuffing, decadent desserts and more. Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel), 1 Resort Dr. $75 adults, $35 children

Traditional Thanksgiving Luncheon The Desoto’s traditional Thanksgiving gives Mom a break. 11 a.m. Desoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. $65

United Way Turkey Trot

Over 1,300 experienced runners and amateur weekend athletes will enjoy a fun, fast 4 mile course, along with a Kids K, and a Diaper Dash. 8 a.m. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. $35

FRIDAY 11.24


Fire Brand Fridays Poetry Slam

This event features a poetry slam after the Downtown Delilahs Dance Cabaret w/ open mic - $20 to register for the slam and A Night at the Movies winner takes all! Hosted by Spitfire Poetry. A Night at the Movies is a high energy Last Friday of every month, 7 p.m. performance that takes a modern twist on Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. the original cabaret experience, and the The Gathering at the River tantalizing nature of burlesque. 10 p.m. This ceremony links indigenous people Carnival Bar Theatre, 306 West Factors Walk. and descendants of enslaved Africans. $20 Wear something indigo. Hosted by Indigenous Voices and the Underground Tours. Film: Suburbicon 2 p.m. -A high-class killer thriller, this is the story Rousakis Plaza, River St. of Suburbicon, a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and Holidays on Broughton Holidays on Broughton will welcome manicured lawns -- the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, Savannah residents and visitors to experithe Lodge family is doing just that. But the ence the wonder of the season in downtranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, town Savannah, where amid magnificent historic architecture, festive decorations, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly whimsical building projections and shopping, guests will discover seasonal events of betrayal, deceit and violence. for all ages and interests, from photos 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday with Santa to musical performances. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne n$7 5-9 p.m. Broughton Street

Savannah’s Really Really Free Market

Bring, take, and share goods and services. You make it happen. Nothing will be sold, traded, or taxed. Everything will be free. 11 a.m. OccuGardens-Thomas Square Edible Park, 114 East 39th street.

Thanksgiving Field Day

Enjoy foot races, sack races, and wheelbarrow races. Amusements of the day will include guided tours of the fort and a special program about Thanksgiving at the fort in 1862. The event will also be an opportunity to try on clothing of the Civil War era. 10:30 a.m. Fort Pulaski National Monument

Zach Powers Book Signing

“100 Things to Do in Savannah Before You Die” by local author Zach Powers serves as your introduction to everything the Hostess City has to offer. 1 p.m. E Shaver Booksellers, 326 Bull St.

SATURDAY 11.25 Boat Parade of Lights

The WTOC-TV Boat Parade will feature over 30 boats, holiday concert, Oglethorpe Christmas Proclamation, snow machines, kids’ activities, and the arrival of Santa Claus. 5 p.m. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. $10

Dance: Nutcracker

South Carolina Ballet will bring the Land of Sweets to life with timeless choreography, intricate sets and beautiful costumes. 5:30 p.m. The Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $20-$45 912-651-6556.

Danny Paisley

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass continue to be deeply rooted in tradition, but look to the future with enthusiasm and anticipation. 8 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 East Hwy. 80. CONTINUES ON P. 6

Historic preservation weekend workshops december 1-3 Architectural Wood Carving with Mary May Nantucket Basketry with Gary Marshall Stained Glass Holiday Ornaments with Mark McKim coming in 2018 Blacksmithing, Sweetgrass Basketmaking, Wood Turning and more! All skill levels welcome. Workshop cost is $100 (includes $25 materials fee). The deadline to register, if space is available, is November 30. An equal opportunity institution.

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Downtown Delilahs Dance Cabaret w/ A Night at the Movies

‘A Night at the Movies’ is a high energy performance that takes a modern twist on the original cabaret experience, and the tantalizing nature of burlesque. The show features some of Savannah’s most talented performing artists guaranteed to delight your senses through song and flirtatious dance numbers. 9 & 11 p.m. Carnival Bar Theatre, 306 West Factors Walk. $20

Forsyth Farmers Market

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

Holidays on Broughton

Holidays on Broughton will welcome Savannah residents and visitors to experience the wonder of the season in downtown Savannah, where amid magnificent historic architecture, festive decorations, whimsical building projections and shopping, guests will discover seasonal events for all ages and interests, from photos with Santa to musical performances. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Broughton Street

Odd Lot Improv: Saturday Shenanigans

An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Followed by long form comedy. 8 p.m. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 W Liberty St $10

Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market

Selection of delicious food and artisancrafted items available for purchase. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Islands High School, 170 Whitemarsh Island Road.

SUNDAY 11.26 A Motown Christmas

The Motown Experience is a world-class vocal group assembled from past and present members of three of Motown’s most legendary groups--The Temptations, The Miracles, and The Capitals. This is a powerful show combining Motown’s greatest hits, holiday classics, dazzling choreography, and unforgettable harmonies in that memorable Motown style. 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $27

MONDAY 11.27 Odd Lot Improv: Monday Night Madness

Built around a series of improv games, the show relies on audience suggestions to put the players into hilarious characters and scenes to drive the show forward. 7:30 p.m. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 W Liberty St $5

Tybee Island Farmers Market

Featuring a variety of produce, baked goods, honey, eggs, BBQ, sauces. Artisans are also featured each week. The market is non-smoking and pet friendly. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tybee Lighthouse, 30 Meddin Dr.

TUESDAY 11.28 Lecture: In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran

Paul-Gordon Chandler will deliver a lecture that is related to his new book on the early 20th century Lebanese-born poet-artist Kahlil Gibran, titled In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book-signing. 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts. Free and open to the public


Tongue: Open Mouth and Music Show hosted by Melanie Goldey


A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work. fourth Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.


‘Underground Savannah’ in peril

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1464 East Victory Drive Savannah, GA, 31404 Phone: (912) 238-2040 Fax: (912) 238-2041 twitter: @ConnectSavannah ADMINISTRATIVE Chris Griffin, General Manager (912) 721-4378 EDITORIAL A National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant funded this project exploring Revolutionary War Savannah in Madison Square. The dig wasn’t required by ordinance and Savannah has no archaeological protections in place. PHOTO COURTESY LAMAR INSTITUTE

Surprised there’s not one already? You’re not alone. “Everyone assumes Savannah, of all cities, would have an archaeological ordinance. When they find out we don’t have one at all, they’re usually shocked and appalled,” says Rita Elliott. Rita says there are only 134 such local ordinances in the U.S., none in Georgia. “The whole idea is for Savannah to have a well-constructed ordinance. It actually would be less of a pain to developers, because they’ll know from the get-go what’s involved,” Rita says. When I mention to Rita that some people might welcome such an ordinance as an easy way to halt development projects they don’t like, she just laughs. “99.99 percent of the time archaeology never, ever stops development. Really what we try to do is gather as much as we can before it’s destroyed,” she explains. Currently, Dan says “The only real local archaeological protection is when a federal permit is involved. Typically around here it will involve a Corps of Engineers permitting process.”

At a time when Savannah is mulling over what to do with its visible Confederate monuments, this is a step Savannah can take to shine light on a much more diverse and appealing chapter in local history. “This isn’t about monumental history, but about the stories not told. It’s about the women, about the enslaved people, about the everyday person,” says Rita. Such untold stories would include Native American history too, they say, as in the recent case of a prehistoric shell midden discovered near Emmet Park. While every new patch of concrete that’s poured means more history hidden, maybe forever, the Elliotts say it’s not too late. “Cities don’t really erase archaeology as they develop. A city tends to build up like a layer cake,” Dan explains. If you’re interested in seeing Savannah pass a local archaeological protection ordinance, Rita says the best thing you can do is contact your local elected representatives, from the Mayor on down. “If this is something people really want to see, that’s the most helpful thing they can do to get it done,” she says. CS

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policy changes led the community to this point. And perhaps take a look at sales taxes. Are they up? And if so, in what categories? Maybe look beyond the bed tax and ask what’s going on in other revenue categories. For sure more clothing shops and groceries are open, but without significant population gains that’s not going to

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cover shortfalls. Each one of us will still put on one pair of pants each day and drink the same amount of milk no matter how many stores sell pants and milk. I’d also like to see more expert analysis. What are university economists, social scientists, and political analysts saying? What do financial analysts who cover companies

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THE ANNUAL “Places in Peril” list released each year by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is usually heavy on old mansions and firehouses and train depots and the like. This year, one entry encompasses a whole city — but a city you can’t see. “Underground Savannah” comes in at number 10 on the list. The effort to include Savannah’s as-yet-undiscovered archaeological record on the yearly tally was spearheaded by Dan Elliott, President and Research Archaeologist at the Lamar Institute. “We came up with the name as sort of a play on Underground Atlanta,” Dan explains. “Very little of the history from Savannah’s colonial era has seen the light of day.” As unbelievable as it may sound, Dan says there really have only been two major scholarly excavations of Savannah’s past as a British colony, one dig in the Madison Square area and another in Battlefield Park near the Visitor’s Center. The latter excavation, begun in 2005, resulted in the long-anticipated find of the Spring Hill Redoubt, a fortification used in the 1779 Siege of Savannah. “There is some wonderful material, and there’s a lot more to be found underneath surrounding blocks. It’s a shame more attention’s not being paid to it,” Dan says. “Savannah is a great showcase for things aboveground, but not so much for what’s under the ground,” he says. Dan and his wife Rita Elliott, who serves as Education Coordinator & Research Associate at the Lamar Institute, say the inclusion of Underground Savannah on the Places in Peril list is intended to call attention to the dire need for an archaeological protection ordinance for the City of Savannah.


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A Strange Thanksgiving to All BY JESSICA LEIGH LEBOS


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SO IT’S BEEN just over a year since we all became captive residents of the Upside Down, and weirdly, I am grateful. Last Thanksgiving, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to function in the shadowy, monster-filled world we flipped into after the election. As I pushed cloth napkins through wooden holders and made sweet potato pie like a good Stepford wife, I kept looking over my shoulder, terrified of what soul-shredding demogorgon would appear out of the slime next. But we marched along as the pumpkin spices morphed into pine-scented furor followed by the electric green rage of spring, and it became clear that the End of the World as We Knew It had not extinguished our power. We continued to stomp our boots on the scorched earth through one of the hottest summers on record, our numbers multiplying like Stephen King novels as we entered another fall. And now here we are, facing down another turkey with Tervis tumblers full of Beyoncé lemonade and baseball bats spiked with nails. It’s been a wild ride, Winona, and I must admit I’m a little giddy with all the plot twists. But before I go on, let’s acknowledge that empowerment has come in tandem with tragedy. The last twelve months have brought unnerving chaotic divisions and senseless horrors, so many that the Mind Flayer-in-Chief can’t even keep them straight. There are so many who have suffered and will never be the same, from the loved ones of the almost 12,000 Americans murdered by guns to those scrambling to find medical insurance in a disappearing marketplace. Greedy megacorporations carry on their rape and pillage

of the planet’s last pristine places, and profits remain a higher priority than the poor people exploited to keep them climbing. (Please tell me you’re all boycotting Zara!) Yet thanks can be offered for the many pernicious evils thathave been stopped at the portal: The proposed exile of transgender soldiers from the U.S. military was shot down in a matter of days, and the arrogant rallying cry of “repeal and replace” has become a pathetic whimper. And due to a card game company, that ridiculous wall against humanity will be totally tangled up in eminent domain issues for decades. While our Muslim brothers and sisters continue to be harassed, a unilateral travel ban was blocked by federal courts. (That is, until last week, when a San Francisco appeals court ordered a partial injunction on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. The story is still developing, and our psychic abilities portend a series of protests next month.) Some of the storyline’s most recognizable villains—Steve Bannon, Anthony Not-so-Scarymucci—are now all but faint memories and irrelevant memes, banished to the outer dimensions. Kellyanne Conway may still have her job, but the fact that people are still confusing her with Ann Coulter has blunted her rabid Cujo teeth. Then there’s the Russia investigation, headed by special agent, er, counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing every corner of the basement with scientific perseverance. Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos have already been pulled from the shadows, and who will get their Silkwood shower next is the biggest cliffhanger of the season. By far the most shocking and exciting thread is how quickly the narrative has turned against the predators. Everyone knew that the superiority and false morality

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of the patriarchal ruling class was just a house of cards, but honestly, I didn’t see it coming. While it seems like it should be as obvious as a boom mike dipping into the frame of a B movie, the takedown of dozens of sinister villains in the last few months has made it aggressively clear in big red letters: It is in no way acceptable to talk about or take out one’s penis in front of another person without gaining permission, ever, and even then, the power differential must be explicitly examined. The collective crisis has fueled the courage in those made prey, and like Joyce Byers confronting a team of mansplaining scientists, we’re just not willing to take the bullshit excuses anymore. What’s even more dramatic is how the call-out phenomenon has transcended party politics to mushroom into the far reaches of society’s discomfort zones: From Kevin to Louis and now Al, we have proved ourselves willing to tear down our idols to seek justice for all. (And for Barb. Never forget Barb.) So even though this year has spewed vats of poisonous mucus to wade through, I still see more reasons to give thanks than I did at the same time last year. Of course there is always, always, more work to be done: The 65 million refugees needing asylum worldwide, half of whom are children. The infuriating backlog of untested rape kits, of which Georgia is holding at least 10,000. Affordable healthcare. Equal access to education. Dismantling racism. And if we are blessed to sit down in front of a Thanksgiving meal with people we love this week, perhaps we will also think deeply into the origins of the tradition and acknowledge that our country’s native people have never had a seat at the table. Speaking of seats, dozens of municipal and state elections somersaulted in a new wave of diverse leadership this month, and the key midterms of 2018 shine on the horizon. Thirty-three out of 100 U.S. Senate races will be on the ballot, and all 435 spots in the House of Representatives are up for grabs. That means that this time next November, it’s possible that we could be celebrating a complete turnaround, all the way back to the right side up. Sounds far-fetched, but who knows? Stranger things have already happened. CS


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Downtown expansions BY JASON COMBS THERE’S AN early deadline this week, so I’m going to be a little lazy, and a little indulgent, and return to the subject of Savannah River Landing. However, after that I will move on to something brandnew and exciting, so read ‘til the end!



Last Wednesday night at the November meeting of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA), Ian Smith of the Mariner Group gave an update on the progress Above: Massing diagram of the proposed Starland Village complex. Below: Rendering of Starland Village (courtesy of Foram Group) of The Second Coming of Savannah River Landing (see previous column). There wasn’t much new to tell, other currently clog this arterial with their comthan the fact that the development group muting don’t want to share it with poten(Regent Partners) has now actually closed tially 2,500 new residents. on the 54-acre property, and a homeSince the buildout of this project is at builder has been selected for the eastern, least ten years, I wanted to yell, “Robot all-residential side of the project. This is cars, people! Wake up!” Patrick Malloy Communities. One puzzling thing was also uttered by You can see examples of their previous Mr. Smith. When asked about flood risk, work at, but Smith he seemed to insinuate that residents says that a new “pattern book” of designs would not need to buy flood insurance. is being developed by the Cooper Carry However, when I reviewed flood zone maps architectural firm, based on what already on, Savannah River Landing exists in historic Savannah districts. is entirely within an “AE” designation Given previous experiences, I was pretty requiring the purchase of flood insurance. impressed with the overall tone of this sesIt’s possible that it is being developed in sion, from the crowd. Very little outright some way that lowers the risk, or that units hostility was shown towards Ian Smith, more than make back your money in preproduce any power on-site by putting solar not on ground level will not need insurand the development plan. In fact, there panels on top of the larger buildings? ance, but the issue certainly seems worth seemed to be an overall air of acceptance of meeting booze and finger food.) One citizen was a bit upset that the plan This is not an absurd proposal, but Mr. more attention, especially in regards to the scale of the project, and even concepts Smith said that they had not considered residential structures built at ground level. such as “wrapped” parking structures that wasn’t “Savannah” enough. Now, I’m not sure how one can objectively measure it, but would be willing to consider leasing Now that I’m done with a bit of light go along with that scale. mockery, I’d like to thank the Downtown Perhaps there was even some mild opti- Savannah-ness. As an experiment, perhaps rooftop space for energy production. He was then told by an audience memNeighborhood Association for hosting the mism (?) at the prospect of more shopping readers could suggest things that embody Savannah-ness and give them a score from ber that the development could probably event (and all their events) and for someand dining options, as well as an increase 1 to 10. I’m pretty sure that we will end up power itself completely, if he would just thing that I did not realize the DNA is in public greenspace and public access to needing to build a Stone Stairs of Death give Elon Musk a call, something could cer- responsible for (not the City)—the Christthe riverfront. into all future projects. tainly be set up. Yep. mas decorations in downtown squares. DNA Q&A Of course the question of affordable One woman asked Mr. Smith if the I’m not much of a Christmas guy, but But just because there was little in the housing came up—would there be any? nearby water reclamation facility had been that’s a bit of holiday spirit that even I enjoy. way of open hostility doesn’t mean there Nope, answered Smith, the land cost precontacted and encouraged to do something Starland Village was no fun to be had, because after the cludes anything but market rate housing. about the smell. Mr. Smith said this issue But along the river is not the only place presentation Mr. Smith took a number of When these questions are asked at a had not been addressed. I, however, did where we will be seeing an expansion of questions from the attendees. Don’t we all forum like this, I always wonder how many some research. miss the public meeting segments from people living in the Historic District are According to the Squatty Potty Blog, for our concept of “downtown.” Among many other things that happened at the last “Parks & Recreation?” Of course we do. renting their garden apartments and carbetter smelling poop you should cut down City Council meeting, the Foram Group (On a side note, it was not really a “pubriage houses to food service workers, hotel on sulfur-rich foods, eat less processed lic” meeting as you had to be a dues-paying employees, and public school teachers for food, eliminate trans fats, and perhaps just clinched the bid for purchasing the City’s surplus property at 2115 Bull Street (used member of DNA to attend, but you don’t below market rates. eat less generally. We can all help out. by the SCMPD traffic division, across the have to live in the Historic District to do so. Sustainability was brought up more And of course traffic on President’s 10 If you pay and attend all the meetings, you than once—would the developer look to Street was brought up—those that street from The Vault).



So, Foram is now ready to go public with the plans for that parcel, and most of the block just south of it. This is the complex constructed as Epworth United Methodist Church and most recently occupied by the New Covenant Church congregation. The proposed mixed-use development, which the Foram Group is calling “Starland Village,” truly has a little bit of everything. The striking gray stone assembly building will become a music venue and event space that will seat between 600 and 800 people, or allow over 900 to stand for a show. Foram reps say that it will be similar to the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville, as far as a size comparison. Foram will also renovate the addition to the assembly hall, and build out the surface parking lot to the south (see illustration on previous page). This section will house a mix of uses—class A office space that will be split between private build-outs and shared areas that will act as incubators for small businesses. There will also be room for retail and a courtyard restaurant at the ground level, as well as another restaurant on the rooftop. The residential component of the project will be built on the parcel just acquired from the City. There, Foram plans to build over 50 studio and one-bedroom

apartments (yes, rentals!) with an on-site parking space for each. Neighbors will find benefit in daytime (9 to 5) public access to a community rooftop park, including access to free wifi. Foram is also already in the process of working with community partners to enliven the site with public art including murals and sculpture. Now before you roll your eyes at the gray-haired real estate developers throwing cool treats to the young neighborhood residents to engender support, let me tell you something. Travis Stringer, CEO of the Foram Group, is under 40, as is his head of business development Melody Dawkins. In addition, Travis leads Foram from a live/ work space within the neighborhood. He IS one of the young residents that he’s trying to entice, so this project is as much about his own enjoyment as trying to fulfill the demands of some studied target demographic. Expect to hear a lot more about this project. Travis will be presenting the plan to the Thomas Square Neighborhood Association shortly, and releasing more information to other media outlets as well. He hopes that apartments will be ready for rental in the summer of 2019, and that the venue will host its first show the following fall. CS

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‘A Landscape of Hemispheric Importance’ and its threats The latest news— good and bad— affecting Georgia’s environment


TO THOSE who love rivers, marshes and the sea, Georgia’s most magnificent beauty and bounty lies in its southeastern region. This unique and fragile environment is home to a multitude of plant and animal life and a web of interconnected waterways as well as structural support against storm surges. It also provides significant economic contributions through tourism, recreation and commercial food sources. At odds with its obvious ecological and economic importance, Southeast Georgia is under constant threat from industry and development that destroys its habitats and discharges toxic waste into its streams and rivers. State and federal administrations continue to favor these polluters as the effects of climate change endanger quality of life for all. In spite of the looming disasters, there are bright spots, thanks to the valiant efforts of conservation groups and concerned citizens working to protect the environment. Let’s start with the good news:

Georgia Barrier Islands receive important designation


The Georgia Barrier Islands, the 100 mile-chain of that includes Tybee, St. Simons, Cumberland and a dozen other islands, has been designated a “Landscape of Hemispheric Importance” by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN). A stopover ground for an estimated 30 percent of the world’s population of endangered red knot rufous, the extensive sand dunes, salt marshes and mudflats of these islands provide shelter and sustenance for the birds that continue on to South America each winter migration. The area also hosts significant biogeographic populations of the American Oys12 tercatcher, the Short-billed Dowitcher and

A flock of endangered red knot shorebirds takes off from the Georgia coast. PHOTO BY BRAD WINN

the Black-bellied Plover as well as one of the largest spring gatherings of Whimbrel in North America. “Georgia’s 100-mile coast has been a safe place for shorebirds to refuel and nest for hundreds of years,” says Alice Keyes, Vice president of coastal conservation for the non-profit organization 100 Miles. “This designation not only recognizes our communities’ commitment to conserving these valuable species, but is also a draw to eco-tourists looking for a worldclass birding destination. We are excited to continue to work with the Georgia Shorebird Alliance and our partners to enhance protections to the shorebirds that depend on our vast landscapes for their survival.”    While the designation does not come with enforceable protections, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson called it “another strong endorsement for Georgia’s beautiful coast and will help keep conservation efforts topof-mind in the area.” At odds with his purported support for the environment, Sen. Isakson also endorsed climate change-denier Scott Pruitt as administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Georgia Water Coalition announces 2017’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

Speaking of the EPA, the federal agency made this year’s list of Georgia’s worst environmental offenders—twice. The seventh annual Dirty Dozen report

calls out the most egregious polluters and toothless political pantomimes affecting the state’s water quality and quality of life for its citizens, courtesy of the passionate watchdogs of the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC). Cited for its efforts to gut the Clean Water Act and its delay in implementing new rules limiting coal-fired power plants from spewing mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals into the nation’s waterways, the EPA appears to be holding fast to a deregulation, industry-friendly agenda under Pruitt’s leadership. “The thing to remember is what happens in Washington really does affect us here,” reminds Joe Cook, GWC representative and Advocacy and Communication Coordinator for the Coosa River Basin Initiative. “The rollbacks of clean water protections benefit the polluters and are at the cost to Georgians.” Also among the Dirty Dozen are Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle in Augusta and the Rayonier Advanced Materials pulp mill in Jesup, which has made the list every year for its regular discharge of foul-smelling, discolored effluence into the Altamaha River. Closer to home, the Chatham County landfill operated by Waste Management Superior was named for its acceptance of highly-toxic coal ash waste despite its proximity to wetlands and streams that feed the Little Ogeechee River.

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The natural gas liquefaction plant currently being constructed on Elba Isla also P made the list, tagged for its high risk of chemical runoff into the Savannah River and potential clashes with container ships. Owned by pipeline transportation conglomerate Kinder Morgan, Elba Island’s LNG plant also utilizes a dangerous cocktail of chemicals that puts Savannah’s residents and businesses in jeopardy. “The possibility of explosion at that facility is very real,” says Cook. Read the entire Dirty Dozen report at

Harbor deepening decision allows for more dead turtles

An update to the biological opinion connected to the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) increases the limits for green sea turtles killed by the dredging from three to 16. Dated Oct. 13, 2017, the amended report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service also ups the “non-lethal” takes of the threatened species from three to five and quintuples the lethal take of the similarly-threatened Atlantic sturgeon, from five to 20. The non-lethal takes—which involves capturing and moving the sturgeon out of the way of the hopper dredges—increased from 23 to 195. “Observations from lethal and nonlethal encounters indicate the populations



by the deepening will render the City of Savannah’s water supply too salty to drink. The state of Georgia has already put up $266 million; the federal dollars have yet to show up. The project is now estimated to cost taxpayers $983 million.

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of these species are much more robust than originally estimated,” writes Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Savannah District U.S. Corps of Army Engineers, which is executing the project. “This led to an increase in the limits.” The updated opinion also includes a revision on the timing of the construction of the proposed fish passage around the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam that would allow Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon to access spawning ground near the Augusta Shoals and above the Thurmond Dam. Previously, the dredging of the Savannah River’s inner harbor had to wait until the fish passage was complete; the new timeline allows for the inner harbor dig to begin while stakeholders decide on the best solutions for the displaced fish. The deepening of 39 miles of the Savannah River from its current 42 feet to 47 feet was first proposed in the 1990s to meet the demands of the global shipping industry and began in 2015. State and federal funding were supposed to combine to meet the original price tag of $706 million, more than half of which was earmarked for environmental mitigation, including the aforementioned fish passage and a freshwater reservoir in the likelihood that the tidal momentum caused


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The City of Springfield says DRT America can’t use its wastewater faciliy on the banks of Ebenezer Creek.

After hearing from dozens of Effingham County citizens over the last few weeks, the Springfield City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 16 to deny DRT America’s request to dispose of more than 56,000 gallons of pre-treated waste through the city’s wastewater facility. Built outside of Springfield city limits, the $43 million plant is out of the jurisdiction of the city’s zoning, codes or permitting processes but requires use of the publically-owned utility. The French-based company obtained the necessary building permits from the county and has already constructed the $43 million turpentine plant, which is meant to process crude sulfate turpentine—itself a waste product from paper mills that can carry a noxious odor—for rosin, adhesives and other products. Several residents have reported smelling fumes during the facility’s test runs this fall. The potential toxicity of the plant’s discharge through the city’s treatment plant has caused concern that it could sully nearby Ebenezer Creek, a pristine tributary of the Savannah River known for its tannin-colored waters and thousand yearold cypress forests. It is also the historic site of the tragic drowning of hundreds of freed slaves in the aftermath of General Sherman’s March to the Sea and considered a natural and cultural treasure. Thursday’s decision, however, is not the final word on the future of the creek. “The City of Springfield should be commended—the mayor, the council, the staff—for doing what they’ve done, and everyone who submitted comments and spoke up at the hearings should be thanked,” says Friends of Ebenezer Creek organizer Lewis Taylor, who first surveyed the landmark for the U.S. Park Service in the early 1970s. “That said, this is just a hiatus. The plant is still there, and DRT isn’t going to pack up and go away.” The company lists “protecting people, preserving the environment” as its top priorities on its website and lauds its bacteriological treatment platform, but doubts persist that it can keep toxins out of Ebenezer Creek. “If they are as environmentally sensitive as they claim to be,” continues Taylor, “then they need to look beyond best practices and to the best available technology so that nothing is going into that creek but water.” CS


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I SUBMIT to you, Chris, that given the various depredations of our modern era, the distinction between profiting and profiteering is, like the Louisiana coastline, rapidly eroding. In the olden days, profiteering involved an emergency, such as war, motivating an enterprising fella to rush in and make an easy buck. Now, of course, we face a prospect of constant emergency, from steadily rising sea levels to increasingly extreme storms to lethal heat waves. It’s a good time to be in the airconditioning business, is all I’m saying. But there’s profiting and there’s profiting, if you know what I mean. So in the spirit of Old Testament-style judgment, I thought I’d arrange various ways one might cash in on climate change from least to most evil. Those wanting to make a profit in this arena are advised to stick near the top of this list if they want to keep their souls. Renewable energy. One hopes, frankly, that there’s a greedy upstart or two out there trying to get rich off solar, wind, geothermal, etc; may they ever proliferate. Flood mitigation. A proposed set of enormous gates, to be installed south of New York City’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as protection from another Hurricane Sandy-like storm surge, might cost something like $10 billion to build—which is frankly a steal given the potential scale of future flooding damage. Per tech website the Verge, flood-defense construction’s an industry that’s “poised to take off”: it might hit $2 billion in the U.S. by 2020. Trade. Hey, ice might be melting in the Arctic faster than anyplace else in the world, but that’s a boon for shipping. When the Northern Sea Route—along Russia’s Arctic coast and through the Bering


If you’re thinking about a longer and cushier vacation, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity...will take you from Alaska via Greenland to New York; don’t miss, off the starboard deck, the poignant sight of polar bears starving to death atop dwindling ice floes. Strait—is open, as opposed to frozen, the trip from Europe to China shortens by nearly a third. Land grabs. Foreseeing a lack of arable land and worrying about food shortages, investors in the U.S., China, and elsewhere are buying up turf around the globe. When “sellers” are coerced by their own governments to play ball (as in Ethiopia and Cambodia), you can see where this might result in a little geopolitical tension. How tangled a web is this? A 2014 study found that Chinese investors had purchased land in 33 countries; Ethiopia had sold land to 21 countries. A study from 2013, meanwhile, guessed that between 0.7 percent and 1.75 of agricultural land worldwide had either already been transferred from local to foreign ownership or was then in the process of being thus grabbed. Arctic tourism. We recently discussed here a Russian nuclear icebreaker that offers two-week cruises to the North Pole. If you’re thinking about a longer and cushier vacation, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity, with a per-passenger carbon footprint three times that of a 747, will take you from Alaska via Greenland to New York; don’t miss, off the starboard deck, the poignant sight of polar bears starving to death atop dwindling ice floes. Water. A New York hedge fund called Water Asset Management LLC has begun buying up water rights worldwide in response to increasing drought. In a Bloomberg article on climate-change investment, one financial adviser complains of an “overemphasis on [global

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Salvation Army Kettle thief sought

Metro detectives seek to identify a man who stole a Salvation Army Red Kettle outside Kroger on Mall Boulevard on Nov. 14. “Officers responded to Kroger, 318 Mall Blvd., about 8 p.m. for reports of a robbery by snatch. Officers learned an unknown black male grabbed the Red Kettle while the Salvation Army bell ringer was looking the opposite direction and then ran away. Several witnesses attempted to chase the subject but lost sight of him in the area near Fox and Weeks Funeral Home,” police report. The subject is described a bearded black male, who is possibly in his early 20s, average to stocky build and about 5-foot-6. He was wearing a camouflage jacket, red pants, white socks and black slides. A video of the incident can be viewed at

Shooting on Millen Lane

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred near Millen Lane and Augusta Avenue on November 16. At about 7:30 p.m., officers responded to the area and found Cedric Wright, 20, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. The circumstances leading up to this incident are still under investigation. At this time, the shooting does not appear to be random. Anyone with information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124. Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020.

Armed Robbery suspect sought

Detectives seek a suspect in an attempted armed robbery on Oct. 25. “Around 7:30 p.m., Metro officers responded to Timberland Apartments in the 10600 block of Abercorn Street in reference to an attempted armed robbery call. Detectives determined that two males attempted to rob a male victim at the apartment complex,” police say. “The victim fired shots at the suspects in self-defense, striking one, Jaques Stuckey, 18. Stuckey was transported to the hospital

Metro investigates Waters shooting

Metro’s Violent Crimes detectives are investigating a shooting possibly in the E. 53rd Street and Waters Avenue area after a man arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound late Nov. 14. “Jamel Kirkland, 39, arrived at the hospital about 10:30 p.m. with a non-lifethreatening injury. He told detectives he was walking near E. 53rd Street and Waters Avenue when he was robbed and shot,” police say. The investigation is ongoing.

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with non-life threatening injuries and was later arrested and charged with criminal attempt (armed robbery). The other suspect fled from the scene,” police report. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, standing between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet tall. He wears his hair styled in an unkempt afro, police say. He is known to frequent the Abercorn Street at Wilshire Boulevard area, police say.



Detectives are investigating a shooting incident after a man arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound. About 6:15 p.m. Nov. 13 officers responded to MMC where Jamie Ellis, 18, was being treated for a non-life-threatening wound. Ellis was uncooperative with detectives, police say. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124. OUR HOMICIDE TALLY REFLECTS THREE FATALITIES OVER JULY 4 IN CITY MARKET, WHICH LOCAL AUTHORITIES DO NOT INCLUDE IN THE OFFICIAL TALLY.


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Nakedly Weird

A family of three were taken from their home and forced into a car on Nov. 7 in Leduc County, Alberta, Canada, by five naked people. The man, who was placed in the trunk, quickly escaped, and his wife and baby also managed to get away, according to The Canadian Press. A passing truck driver picked up the three victims, but then the naked kidnappers’ car rammed his truck from behind, sending it into a ditch. Royal Canadian Mounted Police caught up with the criminals; of the five, two were minors and were not charged. The adults faced charges of kidnapping and resisting arrest. The RCMP gave no explanation for why the five kidnappers were naked, but posited that drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

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Tempers flared in Minot, North Dakota, before 33-year-old Cornelius Marcel Young was charged with terrorizing after attacking his fiancee’s brother at a trailer park on Nov. 3. The Minot Daily News reported that Young yelled at the brother, punched him in the face and knocked him into a wall after he had turned up the thermostat in the trailer, according to a Minot Municipal Court affidavit. When the brother threatened to call police, Young brandished a knife, as his fiancee jumped on his back and bit his ear “to distract him.” Two children were in the trailer during the fight but were uninjured.

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A Chicago wiener stand was the scene of a crime gone south on Oct. 31 when Terrion Pouncy, 19, accidentally discharged his gun, which he was trying to conceal in his pants, and shot himself in a most sensitive location. The Chicago Tribune reported police were called to the Original Maxwell Street Polish at about 6 a.m., after a hooded man threatened employees with a small-caliber pistol. One of the employees gave him money from the cash register, according to the complaint against Pouncy, after which the robber stole the man’s cellphone and wallet, and ran outside, stuffing the gun in his pants, but it went off twice, striking his “groin” and thigh. Pouncy kept running and eventually called 911 to report that he’d been shot. He was charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, but couldn’t appear for his bond hearing, as he was recovering at a local hospital.

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Members of The Temptations, The Capitols, The Miracles and more kick off the holiday season BY ANNA CHANDLER


IT’S THE MOST Wonderful Time of the Year, and The Motown Experience is coming to town for singalongs, good cheer, and glad tidings. Starring legends of the Motor City scene, the show is a must-see for oldies fans and holiday aficionados. The Motown Experience’s band leader, Glen Raby, has worked with Motown artists since the 1990s. Though he was just eight years old with The Contours’ hit, “Do You Love Me,” was released, the song’s lasting influence landed him a place in the group’s backing band in 1992. “Their biggest hit came out in 1962,” he explains. “Even I was pretty young for that. But it had a resurgence because the song ‘Do You Love Me’ became one of the big hits for the movie Dirty Dancing. All of a sudden, a new generation of people heard the song. I was in The Contours for many years, and our audience was evenly divided between middle-aged people who grew up with the music and younger people who love Dirty Dancing and really don’t know anything about The Contours.” Raby’s time with The Contours came to a close in 2012. While looking for a new project, he felt inspired by the great Motown minds he had worked with over the years. Knowing the cross-generational appeal of the timeless sounds, he got a big idea. “I picked a dream team of the people I most enjoy working with,” he attests. The recruits included Charles Franklin of The Temptations, George Wilson of The Capitols, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer David Finley of The Miracles. The Temptations, The Capitols, and The Miracles produced songs that have been passed down for generations. The Temptations topped charts with “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Get Ready,” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do” in the early 1960s. The group also released two Christmas albums, 1970’s The Temptations Christmas Card (featuring their lively take on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) and 1980’s Give Love at Christmas. Though over 20 Temptations members have come and gone over the years, splintering off into different groups and tributes, the music is still very much alive in all of their vibrant voices. The Capitols, who formed in 1962 as The Caps, found a crucial niche in the dancecraze craze. The controversial, pelvicthrust-incorporating dance “the jerk” 20 had a couple of spinoffs, including a sexier

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version called the “pimp jerk” that was hot in Detroit clubs. Capitols songwriter, backup vocalist, and guitarist Don Storball wrote an ode to the move sweeping Motor City, but, in order to not be banned by radio stations, re-christened the dance the “Cool Jerk.” The tune climbed the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. A later generation learned of the song through its use in Cool Whip commercials. The Miracles are perhaps best known for performing as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965-1972. Four years prior, the group released eight albums as The Miracles, including Christmas with The Miracles. Their hits include “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” “Shop Around,” and “Love Machine” as The Miracles and “The Tracks Of My Tears,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “Ooo Baby Baby,” among others, as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Great vocalists deserve a strong supporting band. Raby called up some of the best minds in the biz to dish out the hits. “Most of the musicians have played with

many of the Motown acts and a lot of different acts from the 1950s, the ‘60s, and early ‘70s,” he says. “Many of them were in The Contours’ backup band, too.” Raby himself fell into the Motown scene late in his career and has enjoyed the unique challenges of the material. “As a musician, Motown’s kind of simple music,” he says. “It isn’t technically challenging or as challenging as some forms are. Some musicians who aren’t familiar with it look down on it because it’s not really complex stuff, but that, in many ways, is what makes it the hardest. It’s a matter of placing things in the right place, getting the right feel, and when you get to know it and perform it properly, you realize how different it really is to do it the way it’s supposed to be done.” The Motown Experience’s first outing was the Christmas show they’ll bring to The Lucas Theatre for the Arts this weekend. Expect to hear Motown and R&B Christmas staples, reimagined classics, and year-round Motown hits. “There are some holiday classics that

there’s no way to improve upon and we leave as they are originally intended, but much of the show is holiday classics that have been given a Motown twist,” says Raby. “We try to inject the Motown flavor into the holiday songs and give them that feel. We’ve massaged them into a different thing than they were to start with.” Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song,” Donna Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and “Please Come Home For Christmas” are all program essentials, and the audience is invited to sing along on the songs they know and love, including “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and more. After all, the show welcomes generations of music fans. “It’s going to be a fun show for kids 8-80,” says Raby warmly. “There’s something for everybody.” CS


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It’s a can’t-miss show at Barrelhouse on Saturday. Ike Stubblefield is been a prominent player with icons of American music, having played with Motown legends like The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder, and Rare Earth. He became an in-demand rock player in the 1970s at the center of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury movement. Stubblefield’s heavy touring experience eventually led him into the studio, where he wrote, produced, and composed alongside Phil Spector, Quincy Jones, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Larry Lee, and more. Tearing it up on his Hammond B3 organ, Stubblefield offers an entertaining and engrossing show with his raw talent, finding inspiration in R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, jam, and more. When he’s not performing solo (he’s a regular visitor to Barrelhouse and has performed at Savannah Music Festival), Stubblefield performs with New Orleans’ own Papa Mali. A rotating cast of supporting players joins him. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 9:30 P.M., FREE, 21+


Savannah adored the sound of Beneath Trees with bandmates Genevieve Chasty and Hemmy Hemmerich were Savannah residents in 2014. After moving away, the duo brings their explosive take on garage, punk, blues, and rock back to El-Rocko Lounge before they head out on a Southwestern and West Coast tour. Over the course of their Savannah residency, Beneath Trees performed relentlessly, gigging at places like The Sentient Bean, Barrelhouse South, Hang Fire, and DIY spaces like the Barbershop and The Bomb Shelter. The band even joined in on the Savannah Stopover Music Festival lineup. The highly-anticipated homecoming show includes a performance from instrumental math rockers Hotplate. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 9 P.M., FREE, 21+






Lowcountry vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader Danielle Hicks celebrates the release of her album, Honey, with a Black Friday blowout. After scooping up discount deals downtown, wander down Indian Street for a well-earned drink and live entertainment. Ghost Coast will offer honey-themed cocktails using their brand-new Honey Flavored Whiskey. That it uses a proprietary blend of Savannah Bee Company’s honeys makes the libation that much sweeter. Come hungry—Dark Shark Taco Attack will be serving up tacos outside. Inside, House of Strut and Blake Crosby Photography team up for a sumptuous photo booth with plenty of gorgeous vintage props for you and your pals to try. Hicks and her band, The Resistance, are joined by on Keys and Mystic Vibrations for a well-rounded evening of live music. Admission grants attendees access to the celebration and a copy of Hicks’ soul, blues, roots, and rock ‘n’ roll-inspired CD, Honey. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 6 P.M., $10 VIA YAPSODY.COM, 21+





Savannah’s own Austin Quattlebaum returns for his annual homecoming show. The traveling banjo slinger, whose roots are planted in the Pacific Northwest these days, spent eight years living in a van, touring and acting as a wilderness river guide. Quattlebaum’s unique style offers a touch of Southern Lowcountry marshland blues, traditional bluegrass, and old-time. Whether he’s performing on three-finger banjo, clawhammer picking, or flatpicking, his eclectic style makes for a heartwarming live performance. Over the years, Quattlebaum’s talents have earned him spots at Outside Lands festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Great American Music Hall, and more. He has also performed as a member of Crow and the Canyon, The Sam Chase and the Untraditional, The Knitpickers, The Rusty Buckets, and more. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, DOORS AT 7 P.M., SHOW AT 8 P.M., $15


Enjoy one of Savannah’s finest jazz voices right on Broughton Street. Claire Frazier holds a storied musical career, having lived and toured through Europe, The United States, Egypt, and Kenya. Over the years, she’s performed locally at The Jepson Museum, The Ships of the Sea Museum, and at the Jazz in the Squares Outdoor Concert Series. Her elegant style was recorded in 2011 on After Five, a smooth collection of jazz standards and moonlight-drenched favorites like “I Loves You Porgy,” “It’s Only A Paper Moon,” and more, accompanied by piano and additional instrumentation. You’ll hear shades of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Sarah Vaughn in Frazier’s timeless vocal quality. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AND NOVEMBER 29, 7 P.M., ALL-AGES

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The Chromatic Dragon Geeky Trivia Night, 8 p.m. Dub’s Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. The Jinx Rock n Roll Bingo, 10 p.m. 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. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Bottles & Cans, 9 p.m., 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 Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch, 8 p.m. The Jinx Whiskey Dick and Dagger Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Joe Wilson, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Trivia PS Tavern Live Music Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Gypsy Jazz, 7 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jon Lee’s Apparitions, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, 5 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 6 p.m.


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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 80s and 90s Karaoke, 10 p.m. World of Beer Karaoke, 9 p.m.


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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


Savannah Coffee Roasters Odd Lot Improv: Saturday Shenanigans, 8 p.m.


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


Carnival Bar Theatre Downtown Delilahs Dance Cabaret w/ A Night at the Movies, 9 & 11 p.m. Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m.


17 Hundred 90 Restaurant Gail Thurmond, 6:30 p.m. Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10:30 p.m. Flashback Open Jam, 5 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jeff Beasley, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Sarah Poole, 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts A Motown Christmas, 7 p.m. The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson St. John’s Episcopal Church Choral Matins, 10:30 a.m. Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch, noon Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, High Velocity, 1 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, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Sarah Poole, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Matt Hill, 6 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m.,

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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.


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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.

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“We’re utilizing local Savannah dancers that came out to our auditions. The turnout was just stellar. We’re even looking at having some young ladies come into the professional company. ” and Charleston, South Carolina; Avon Park, Florida, and, of course, Savannah. “I cannot wait to get to Savannah!” beams Starrett. “It’s my favorite city.” Starrett and company have timed their show just perfectly so families can fully enjoy the performance. “It’s the Saturday of Thanksgiving, and we picked a perfect time,” he says. “It’s at 5:30, so grandparents can come with children, it’s not too dark yet, it’s the perfect time for kids who maybe just got up from their nap, right before suppertime. It’s turned out to be the perfect time, and we are just thrilled to be back at The Civic Center.” Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance—the show has sold out two years in a row. For future Nutcracker performances, Starrett hopes demand will result in two performance times. “A lot of times, people say ‘We’re so busy,’ but we really want people to come

out and celebrate the arts so we can make sure it’s a constant,” he says. “It’s important to support the arts and events that come to Savannah, because if we’re not supported, we can’t continue to come. It’s the same thing as when you have a great restaurant—if you don’t support it, it might close. We encourage everyone to support the things that are precious to you so you can be a part of the fabric of your community. It’s really important to support local.” “Plus,” he adds, “The Nutcracker is a spectacular! It’s guaranteed to get you in a good mood and put you in the holiday spirit. Finish your shopping, rest your feet in the Civic Center, and enjoy this magical event with us.”

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THE COLUMBIA City Ballet is celebrating 50 years of holiday magic. Ever since the tradition began in 1967, the South Carolina-based company has delivered an unforgettable production of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker. For 31 years, Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett has grown and shaped the company into a stellar troupe with 32 paid dancers and more than 2,000 season members. The Nutcracker is a part of many family’s Christmas magic, and each year, the Ballet strives to bring something new and dazzling to the stage. “What I try to do is I try to top myself every year,” Starrett says. “This year, we have some new surprises in Act One. We have new props, new sets, and new scenery.” In the beloved tale, young heroine Clara experiences a wondrous Christmas Eve when the nutcracker she received as a gift transforms into a real-life prince at the stroke of midnight. The dashing nutcracker battles the Mouse Queen, and Clara comes to his aid, throwing her slipper at the Queen and saving the Prince. Celebrating the victory, the Prince sweeps Clara away to the magical Land of Sweets, where the two meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara’s bravery is honored through a sugarcoated spectacular as sweets from all around the world perform for her. The Columbia City Ballet’s 2017’s production is a visual feast inspired by the decadent, filigreed style of Marie Antoinette. With new performers and local dancers, the performance is a resplendent showcase of regional talent. Starrett has been particularly impressed with the pool of talent he’s found in Savannah. “We’re utilizing local Savannah dancers that came out to our auditions,” he explains. “The turnout was just stellar. We’re even looking at having some young ladies come into the professional company. There’s a tremendous amount of talent in Savannah. They really came out to the audition, and now, we’ll see these stars be born! We’re just thrilled. My vision from 20 years ago is finally paying off—we have a professional home for dancers that have extraordinary talent.” The production has become one of the Southeast’s most in-demand shows. This year, The Nutcracker travels to Sumter, Lancaster, Columbia, Florence, Hartsville,

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IT’S almost 2018, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting the year we’re in every time you check the news. Women’s rights are being rolled back by an administration that doesn’t seem to understand them. When women speak up against sexual deviants like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K., they’re often met with disbelief and vitriol. And these are just the big names—injustices happen every day against women whose names we will never know. It was a problem long before #MeToo lit up our Twitter feeds, and it will continue being a problem until—well, until when? How do we bridge the inequity gap? Hannah Alsdorf suspects the answer might lie with the women who came before us. Up now at Starland Café, Alsdorf’s “From the Front Lines” is at once timely and timeless. Her acrylic paintings of women from the past century pay tribute to our ancestresses. “My concerns are mostly with contemporary women’s issues,” she explains. “I look back and wonder if things have really changed from a hundred years ago to now. There has been progress, but I’m looking at these photographs if there’s some sort of clue, or a way to navigate now based on something from women in the past who have learned as well.” The work in “From the Front Lines” is from old photographs that Alsdorf, a SCAD student, keeps in an archive. “I was working last spring with old photography references, and at the same time, I was doing performance pieces based on laundry, and then they married each other when I found old images of women washing clothing,” she says. The act of doing laundry stuck out to Alsdorf because of its physical nature. “Having a piece of clothing can be sexually charged. There’s this negative attention women might get from wearing certain things,” she says. “Laundry is something an idea can be projected onto, and then you’re trying to scrub that idea out. Laundry is something of women’s work, traditionally.” The title of the show is a play on words that tied up all Alsdorf’s thoughts. “There’s this idea of the laundry line, but also this idea of the front line, almost like a 28 battlefield,” she explains.

“I Don’t Know How to Reach Her.” IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.


upbringing, that is not the case,” she says. “Jesus was very supportive of women and protective of women. I wanted to con“Past the Threshold.” IMAGE COURTESY OF vey that religion doesn’t have this negative THE ARTIST. aspect, though there are people who take it there. There are certainly people who use “Women are seeing atrocity, seeing religion as an excuse to oppress women. things that shock, being traumatized. Also, That’s part of the boundaries too. I wanted there’s the idea of, where are the boundto make that distinction between people ary lines? Where can you cross the line? who are abusing [religion] and the core of Where is it unsafe to cross a line? For me, what it really is.” personally, I often have to put up a defense Perhaps the most powerful piece of to ward off things I don’t want. I don’t want “From the Front Lines” comes at the end people to cross a certain boundary.” with the only painting including a male figAnother aspect of the boundary is reliure. The man sits beneath the laundry line gious, as Alsdorf was raised in a Judeolooking despondent, almost resigned. The Christian household. piece is powerfully titled “I Don’t Know “I think unfortunately there’s a negative How to Reach Her.” connotation with religion and how women “We can’t blame everything that’s wrong are viewed in religion, but based on my on this world on men,” Alsdorf says firmly.

“This piece is from a male perspective, not knowing how to reach women, not knowing how to invite women to be themselves and not take advantage of them. There’s so much misogyny, but there are good men out there! I know a lot of them.” Alsdorf’s inclusion of the man’s selfawareness bolsters her intended takeaway from the show. “This whole work is about being selfaware, especially as a woman, and finding out what those boundary lines are,” she says. “It makes me sad that women can’t be vulnerable and can’t be enjoyed for the beauty they share without being taken advantage of. “I hope that in some sense [the show] might give women the permission to be able to do that, with the hope that someday we can.” CS


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2. What are the joys and the chal-

lenges of working with your partner?


LOOKING FOR a unique and affordable way to give art this holiday season? Put “Greetings from California” at Foxy Loxy Café on your list. The Little Friends of Printmaking are JW and Melissa Buchanan, a married couple based in Los Angeles. Their printmaking career began with making concert posters and has branched into the pair giving lectures and holding exhibitions. “Greetings from California” opens

during First Friday in Starland on Dec. 1 with a live music set by Brittany Moses Toledo. The prints remain in the gallery until Jan. 28. We spoke with Melissa last week.

There were certainly growing pains early on, but working together is incredibly comfortable for us now. It’s very freeing to know that you’re always getting honest feedback and support— which can be rare commodities among artists and designers. The rigors of printmaking kind of require you to work with a buddy, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have found a

1. How did you get into printmaking? Has it been a lifelong passion or a new thing?

We’ve both been making prints since we were teenagers. The experience of being able to make multiples of your art is incredibly addicting, and it became sort of a lifelong passion for both of us.




partner that shares our particular vision. We started working together so early, at such a young age, that what you see now is a house style that we developed together


over the years. It is, I suppose, a synthesis of the best parts of each of our visual style. Eighteen years or so into the process, it’s become hard to draw a bright line of distinction between our styles.

3. What’s your creative process like? We illustrate and hand-print all of our work ourselves. We’re there from beginning to end, actively engaging with each step of the sometimes extraordinarily convoluted printmaking process. We’ve been doing things this way for years now, and what was once a dire necessity is now one of the core principles of our art practice. The silkscreen process and the act of printing have informed our aesthetic as illustrators and designers completely. Engaging with the process directly has

“The silkscreen process and the act of What’s the importance of setting a printing have informed our aesthetic as 5. realistic price point for art? illustrators and designers completely. Keeping artwork affordable has been a major priority for us throughout our Engaging with the process directly has career. It’s much more important for us to our work into the hands and homes of given us a greater understanding of the put the people who want it than to set an arbitrary, aspirational price point. Because we materiality of the medium” both design and hand-print all of our work given us a greater understanding of the materiality of the medium.


What would you tell someone trying to start out in printmaking? Don’t start out buying fancy equipment

and overextending yourself —start small! The first prints we made at home were printed on a kitchen table, with supplies we had lying around. You’d be shocked at the results you can get if you focus on what’s achievable.

ourselves, we’re free set the price wherever we like. Nothing feels better than when a young person buys one of our prints with a bunch of wadded-up ones and change. I still remember being a kid without a lot of pocket money, wishing I could buy the things I thought were cool, and I’m glad we can pay it forward. CS







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LECTURE: IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY WITH KAHLIL GIBRAN — Paul-Gordon Chandler will deliver a lecture that is related to his new book on the early 20th century Lebanese-born poetartist Kahlil Gibran, titled IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book-signing.7 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts. Free and open to the public

CONTINUING EXHIBITS ANIMAL INSTINCT — The diversity of animal imagery in Animal Instinct reveals the wide-ranging roles animals inhabit in an anthropocentric world. Through Nov. 26. telfair. org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. THE ART OF THE ART-QUILT — Exhibit showcases the use of fabric, thread and quilting to create the illusion of three dimensions. The images presented by the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry range from realistic to abstract. The Quilters are Ron Hodge, Shaaron Thomas, Peg Weschke and Jody Wigton. Through Nov. 30. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. AVANGUARDIA — Avanguardia, an exhibition by Savannah-based artist Lisa D. Watson, explores the encroachment of the constructed environment on the natural landscape. Watson uses 95 percent reclaimed materials in her artmaking to keep her ecological footprint small. Avanguardia is part of Telfair Museums’ #art912 initiative, a dedicated platform to showcase the work of Savannah Artists. Through March 11, 2018. telfair. org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. CLAIR AND ERIC CERAMICS — Ceramics by Clair and Eric. Through Dec. 29. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.


COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE — Solo exhibition featuring the work of Agnieszka Kurant, composed of sculpture, works on paper, lenticular prints and a video. Through Jan. 14, 2018. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. FELIX GONZALEZTORRES — The SCAD Museum of Art presents this eponymous exhibition of works by the late Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Through Jan. 14, 2018. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. GATES MAYBE — Everett Mayo has been painting and print making since the 60’s and for this show, his work combines abstraction with the historic cast iron imagery frequently found in Savannah gates and fences. Through Jan. 5, 2018. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St.

Renowned scholar of poet and artist Kahlil Gibran, Paul-Gordon Chandler, speaks on Tuesday Nov. 28 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In addition to his well-known poetry, Gibran was a noted visual artist and the Telfair Museums currently have much of Gibran’s works on display from their own significant collection.

GUO PEI: COUTURE BEYOND — SCAD exhibits the work of Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, best known for the yellow cape entertainer Rihanna wore to the 2015 Met Gala. Through March 4, 2018. Pei Ling Chan Gallery and Garden for the Arts, 322 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. KAHLIL GIBRAN AND THE FEMININE DIVINE — Renowned for his literary masterpiece “The Prophet,” Lebanese-American artist and writer Kahlil Gibran began experimenting with the visual arts at a young age. Telfair Museums proudly boasts the largest public collection of visual art by Kahlil Gibran in the United States, donated in 1950 by his lifelong supporter and mentor, Southern native Mary Haskell Minis. Jepson Center, 207 W York St. KIRK VARNEDOE: IN THE MIDDLE AT THE MODERN — Can you have an art exhibition without any artworks? Is a curator an artist? Who or what decides an object’s value? Through the lens of an art historian’s life, Kirk Varnedoe: In the Middle at The Modern challenges the nature of authenticity and the power of museums to define what is “high” and what is “low.” Through Feb. 11, 2018. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

LARRY LEVOW — Larry teaches group classes in his home studio and has just returned from instructing a weeklong plein air class in Montecatini Alto, Italy. In this current show, he is joined by students Henry and Suzanne Croci, Ron Fagin, Bobbie Kraft, Rhondda Netherton, Margie Sone, Mike Spitler and Gail Quinn. Through Dec. 31. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. LIVING WATERS — Jerome Meadows, an internationally recognized artist whose studio resides on Waters Avenue, will serve as artist-in-resident at the church in the coming months. Through Dec. 3. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road. LOST AT SEA: THE LIMINAL ESSENCE OF IMMIGRATION — The museum’s first international exhibition (in various media), featuring the work of artists from Scotland, England, Ethiopia and Savannah (none of whom were born in the United States.) Conceived by the late Bertha Husband, it investigates the psychology and logistics of trans-oceanic relocation and acculturation. Featuring original work by Bertha Husband, Simon Ford, Colin Lloyd, Milutin Pavlovic and Kebedech Tekleab. Through Jan. 7, 2018. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.


Diane Cantor’s novel deals with agency and young sexuality

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brings to life. “I have met people who were very frank about their need for services but they objected to the condescension,” she says. “They felt it was very unfair, some of the things that rich folks come up with for poor folks to eat or to do and the double-standards.” One of Cantor’s characters in “When Nighttime Shadows Fall,” Mavis, responds angrily when Laura tells her what to feed her baby. “Sometimes we all have a desire to assert ourselves,” Cantor says of the character, Mavis. “We don’t want to be pushed around.” Cantor began asserting herself in the publishing world a few years ago, when she released “The Poisoned Table,” a novel about slavery based on a real woman living in 19th Century Georgia, British actress Fanny Kemble. She’s now working on a third, involving theft, identity and writing. “It feels like a real luxury to me,” she says now of writing, which she always did on the side lines of her busy career. “To be able to do that and invest more time in that instead of always having to feel that I had to squeeze it in.” In the end, Laura learns a lot about herself from her work. And perhaps Cantor would say the same of her years as school board president. “People often say that serving on a school board is thankless,” Cantor says. “But it wasn’t at all. Working for better schools and the people that I met in the community have greatly enriched my life.” CS


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WE DON’T teach young people about sex very well. The Centers for Disease Control says that fewer than half of American high schools and one in five middle schools are teaching essential sex education topics. With that in mind – and a lifetime of literary creativity to go along with it – a former Savannah-Chatham County school board president has released a new work of fiction that dives into sexuality, public health, teen pregnancy and the turning of young lives. “We act as if young people aren’t having sex,” says Diane Cantor, a retired social services administrator who served one, four-year term as local school board president starting in 1999. “We seem to be afraid to talk about contraception in an open way.” “When Nighttime Shadows Fall” is a character-driven novel and Cantor’s most recently published book. She’s written her entire adult life. But work demands meant that this is only her second published novel. The idea for it began in the 1970’s. “‘When Nighttime Shadows Fall’ is about empowering people to take hold of their own lives,” says Cantor, who also headed up housing and other non-profits. “I have worked in social services my whole life. And there was a job I had that involved things like this.” The book’s main character, a social services worker, contacts women in their first trimester of pregnancy to enroll them in health programs. This takes place in 1970’s rural Georgia, north of Cantor’s childhood home of Atlanta. Needless to say, the job isn’t easy. Some women are afraid – of partners or society. They doubt their own agency and ability. Laura, Cantor’s young and wideeyed protagonist, barrels through her own inexperience and the obvious rural-urban mistrusts to become a friend, door-opener and life-changer. “I always thought, when I started writing this, that I was writing about a time that was past,” says Cantor, who fiddled with the book for decades. “One of the sad things that I feel, seeing the debate over affordable health care, is that we could be going back.” The obvious rural-urban mistrusts still exist today. They’re leading America to poorer health outcomes. It’s a toxic combination of pride and poverty that Cantor


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BY ANDREW TRICE AS WE swing into full holiday mode, we are nationally compelled to talk turkey. Were you planning on frying, roasting or smoking one? They all have their place and pitfalls. Almost everyone has their favorite, and stories of the bird that went awry. All told, the frying seems to have the most horror stories attached to it. The smoked bird has the dryness complaint, and the roasted one as the disappointingly flavorless option. Most likely you’ve heard of the Butterball Hot Line that the operators or “Turkey Specialists” deal with callers trying to cook a frozen bird or have to prompt the would be cook to check to see if the oven is on. All told, this can be a stress test to the limits of many. No matter how well the event may have went, the Cook knows what went wrong and this will be nailed into their consciousness FOREVER! Traditionally, Thanksgiving Dinner started early in the morning to deal with the mountains of prep work that needed to be done. The turkey alone took 4 to 6 hours to roast along with another hour to rest before it could take its place of honor. The mechanics behind this was the bird was filled with stuffing and roasted at a

lower temp, say around 280 some degrees. The lower temp was employed so that there would be less shrinkage and possibility of drying out the meat. The longer time as the bird and stuffing needed to be cooked through. If the oven was too hot then the turkey would be cooked and drying out while the stuffing was still raw. In our modern busy day we cook at a higher temp, around 350 degrees, without the stuffing. The result is a shorter cooking time with the high risk of a dry tasteless turkey but it’s on the table in only a couple hours! Many modern cooks use the secret basting technique. This is opening the oven (letting out the heat, causing a longer cooking time) and basting the bird with the collected liquid in the roasting pan (sogging out the seasoned skin that you want crispy and washing away the seasoning). The positive result is you have some very flavorful liquid left over to make a delicious gravy that will hopefully make everything right again. If you smoke or fry the bird, you don’t end up with this stock (flavorful liquid). For seasoning the turkey, there is basically three options used (marinades, rubs, and brining). First off, we’ll disregard marinades. These are typically used on thinner cuts of meat to promote a tasty glaze during a high temp, fast cooking process.

Roasting, smoking, frying a turkey has nothing to do with that method. Rubs, these can be really good. The only problem is they take a long time to be effective, we’re talking 5-7 days if not longer, depending on the bird. So rubbing the bird down and plopping it in the oven straight away isn’t accomplishing much except seasoning the skin. Brining is quicker, a lot quicker, by a few days. It also has the added benefit of plumping up your bird with added liquid to help keep it from drying out. With a brine you are creating a high salinity/brix solution (salty-sugary liquid). When you submerge the turkey in this solution, the liquid wants to reach homogeny, a balance. In doing so, it pulls liquid out of the bird and replaces it with itself there by diluting the solution by a factor of one turkey. End result, the turkey is seasoned all the way through with added moisture and I will not bore you with the chemistry there. A brine is nothing more than water, salt, and sugar at its very basic level. It can and should be upgraded with the addition of herbs and spices. I recommend 36 hours for your average bird but if 12 hours is all you got, it’s better than nothing. If you go the brining route, make sure to pat the turkey completely dry afterwards. Discard the leftover brine, it’s given it’s all. Next, let your turkey come to room

temperature. This way the oven, smoker, or fryer doesn’t have to overcome those 20 extra degrees before the magic starts to happen. The meat on the bird is a muscle, live or dead the muscle reacts to stress. The stress in this case is heat and it reacts by tightening up. Upshot is the meat will be tough and squeeze out natural juices, yielding a dry bird. This is also why it’s a good idea to allow time for the turkey to rest (aka relax) after cooking. As I’ve said earlier, frying and smoking deprives you of the stock or drippings to make your gravy. Fortunately in our modern day, there are some surprisingly good options at the grocery store. You can always simmer that turkey neck in your store bought stock along with your carrot peeling, onion skins, and celery trimmings for an hour or so, if you have the time and room. Both are at a premium at the moment. The other option is to make your turkey stock around the same time you are dealing with seasoning your bird, days ahead of time. So, while the turkey is just in the brine, the stock on the stove is just filling your home with that delicious holiday aroma, think to yourself “Do I have a sharp knife to carve my Thanksgiving Turkey?”CS  Andrew Trice formerly owned and operated Angel’s BBQ in Savannah.


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DC’s Justice League is better than most DCU films, but that isn’t saying much


OO Look! Up on the screen! It’s a mirage! It’s an apparition! It’s Wonder Woman! Certainly, after the three-and-out represented by Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, the arrival of this past summer’s Wonder Woman was nothing short of a miracle. The solo starring vehicle for the Amazonian warrior princess clicked on all cylinders, and it appeared that DC had <i>finally</i> turned the corner and would begin producing superhero sagas as acclaimed and as beloved as those emanating from the Marvel warehouse. But if Justice League makes anything clear, it’s that Wonder Woman was an illusion, a cinematic sleight of hand, and the celluloid equivalent of a stopped clock being right twice a day. Justice League defaults to the problems that have plagued the DCEU films pre-WW, and while it offers more pleasures than its detractors would ever admit, it still qualifies as yet another big-screen disappointment from The House That Clark Built. A constant problem in all the DCEU titles (even Wonder Woman) has been the lack of a truly great villain, and that debit continues with this picture. Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds) is the latest baddie du jour, a towering CGI entity plotting to conquer Earth with the aid of demonic insects. Naturally, such a threat couldn’t be handled by just one hero, so Batman/ Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Price/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) assemble a crime-fighting outfit whose members also include Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher). As expected, Superman (Henry

Cavill) returns from the dead, although he’s inexplicably something of a combative tool when initially revived. But after Batman whispers “Martha” to him, he’s just fine. (OK, the scene actually plays out with Superman smacking around the other heroes, but this alternate approach would have made just as much sense and saved the producers several million bucks in the process.) As with Suicide Squad, the high volume of colorfully costumed characters provides variety but not depth. The broad strokes applied by scripters Chris Terrio and Josh Whedon work in spurts, often dependent on the performance of the actor in question. Of the newbies, Miller comes off best, offering the only humor in the film that doesn’t come off as hopelessly forced. Momoa’s Aquaman functions better as eye candy than as an interesting personality, while Fisher’s Cyborg makes even less of an impression. Cavill is typically dull as Superman, and while Affleck is again fine as Bruce Wayne, his bulky Batman outfit is distracting, making him look less like the Dark Knight and more like somebody’s drunk uncle who reluctantly dressed up to amuse the neighborhood kids at Halloween. Thus, Gadot again ends up as a saving grace, and she also figures at the center of one of the few action sequences (a bank robbery) that’s exciting rather than cumbersome. Indeed, much of the film feels heavy and unwieldy, from the FX set-pieces to the cluttered storyline to the overall aesthetic design of the picture. Gadot, Miller, and some of the character interactions in the early going provide enormous lift, but as it stands, Justice League ultimately registers as an also-ran in the ongoing superhero sweepstakes.


OOO Coming-of-age movies can often feel as ubiquitous as superhero films, yet Lady Bird turns out to be one of those special efforts that manages to leapfrog over the competition with a single bound. Although known primarily as an actress, Greta Gerwig has worked before as a writer and director, and here she devotes all her attention to those duties. This is the first time she doesn’t star in her own story – instead, the lead is Saoirse Ronan, delivering a performance that compares favorably to her smashing turn in 2015’s Oscar-nominated Brooklyn. Set in Sacramento in 2002, the film orbits around Christine McPherson (Ronan), a high school student who prefers to go by the nickname “Lady Bird.” Like any normal teenager, Christine wants to be accepted by the popular kids and hopes to find love in the arms of a desirable classmate. These are Herculean challenges for almost any adolescent, but they’re even more difficult for someone as individualistic and uncompromising as Christine. Also adding to her woes is the testy relationship she shares with her mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf), whose tough-love approach is often misinterpreted by Christine as outright disdain and disgust. There isn’t much in Lady Bird that doesn’t feel recognizable from past films of this nature, but it’s Gerwig’s ability to make her protagonist’s struggles feel raw and real that allows this affecting film to soar.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS OO Although Peter Ustinov and David Suchet would repeatedly portray Belgian


detective Hercule Poirot on screens both big and small, it was Albert Finney who headlined one of the most popular and enduring of all filmic properties based on an Agatha Christie whodunnit. Released in 1974, Murder on the Orient Express proved to be a potent box office property, thanks in no small part to an all-star cast that numbered Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and Anthony Perkins among its ranks. As for Finney, his chameleonic ability to immerse himself in the role of the fastidious detective earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Similar raves and riches will likely be withheld from the new version of Murder on the Orient Express. Certainly, Kenneth Branagh deserves credit for bringing this venerable novel to the modern screen, if for no other reason than to provide a viewing option for audiences not interested in Marvel or Madea (as someone quipped at my screening, this might qualify as Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the senior set). Ever the classicist, Branagh lets others waste their time trying to adapt video games – he prefers to deal with Shakespeare, Shelley and Cinderella (even his one stab at a superhero saga, 2011’s Thor, made sense due to the deep mythology behind the character). Yet Branagh’s interpretation of Murder on the Orient Express unfortunately registers as a disappointment, with the director-star, aided by scripter Michael Green, puncturing the source material as often as someone ends up stabbing Edward Ratchett. Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is one of the travelers aboard the Orient Express, and he seeks to hire fellow passenger Poirot (Branagh) to be his bodyguard lest someone try to murder him. Realizing that Ratchett is a thoroughly detestable gangster, Poirot refuses, only to awaken the next morning and find Ratchett slain in his own bed. Thus, the “world’s greatest detective” finds himself with his hands full interrogating the other passengers — the suspects include Ratchett’s secretary (Josh Gad), a meek missionary (Penelope Cruz in a variation of the role that won Bergman an Oscar for the ’74 take), an outspoken governess (Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley), a helpful doctor (Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton’s Aaron Burr), a persnickety princess (Judi Dench), and a chatty widow (Michelle Pfeiffer). The changes that Branagh and Green make to the novel and the remarkably faithful 1974 version are baffling, leading to a film that feels as if it’s just skimming the surface of a compelling murder-mystery. With so much emphasis on Poirot (it’s clear the director loves his star), expository scenes that should establish the other characters prove to be choppy and unsatisfying — thus, when the case starts to clear

up in the final stretch, many of the assembled players come across as little more than extras trying to crowd into the shot. The backstory to the whole mystery — the Daisy Armstrong affair (Christie’s nod to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping) — also appears in truncated form, thereby reducing its impact on the final revelations. As director, Branagh makes some lamentable decisions, trying to frame a couple of moments as action set-pieces and elsewhere adopting strange camera angles that call awkward attention upon themselves. This is especially true of the murder sequence, which Branagh grotesquely stages as if he were auditioning to direct a remake of Carnival of Souls. If nothing else, the production values in Murder on the Orient Express look smashing, and while no single performer stands out, all tackle their roles with aplomb. For the most part, though, Branagh has taken a beloved tale and committed (to borrow the title of another Christie adaptation) murder most foul.


OOO Suddenly, everyone’s a comedian. Marvel movies have always plopped heaping servings of humor on top of the expected action and mythmaking, but

Thor: Ragnarok dials up the laugh track to heretofore untested decibel levels. This is Asgard by way of The Comedy Store, an approach inspired not so much by previous Avengers-related entries but by Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy. Those saucy superhero outings earned praise for their irreverence and go-forbroke jokes, so it’s not surprising that one of the more traditional franchise threads has opted to similarly amplify the nyuks. To that end, the studio suits even hired a comedian — What We Do in the Shadows’ Taika Waititi — to serve as director. The result is a rollicking adventure yarn sure to delight the faithful, and the picture emerges as arguably the most satisfying of the Thor trilogy. At the same time, the perpetual need to go for joke means that there’s not much of a dramatic center to the project. Certainly, there’s nothing comparable to the sober moment in 2012’s The Avengers when a Holocaust survivor stands up to the fascistic Loki (Tom Hiddleston), or the heartbreaking scene in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) tenderly tends to an elderly Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Even the actors have been instructed to tackle the enterprise as a lark. Only Idris Elba, as Asgardian guardian Heimdall,


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provides any semblance of gravitas; everyone else appears to be auditioning for a spot on the next season of Saturday Night Live. Picking up story strands from previous entries, this finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) still contending with the mischievous antics of his half-brother Loki. Both, however, are confronted with a new threat in the form of the sister they never knew they had: Hela (Cate Blanchett), a fearsome goddess who’s laying waste to Asgard. Their initial effort to stop her ends in failure, and the pair find themselves stranded on a planet where the so-called Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) holds gladiatorial bouts between powerful beings. Cue the appearance by everyone’s favorite notso-jolly green giant, the incredible Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo and CGI). Familiar faces appear throughout the picture — the appearance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange ranks as a highlight — but there are several notable newcomers as well. Chief among them is Tessa Thompson, who scores as the fearless Valkyrie, and Goldblum, a hoot as the easily excitable Grandmaster. Blanchett cuts a striking figure in her riot grrrl gear, but Hela ends up being a rather one-note villain. Hemsworth has already displayed his comic chops in past pictures — he was especially hilarious as the dim-witted Kevin in the engaging Ghostbusters remake — so he has no problem turning the God of Thunder into an occasional god of blunder. Between the actor’s puppydog demeanor and his character’s farcical bewilderment, Hemsworth and Thor are, naturally enough, the primary reasons that Ragnarok rocks.



OOO Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2010 import Dogtooth earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film while his 2016 effort The Lobster nabbed an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay. The Killing of a Sacred Deer, co-written (like his previous pictures) with Efthymis Filippou, will likely come up short in this year’s Oscar race, but no matter. Call it a minority report, but I find it to be the most consistently mesmerizing of the trio, and a stronger ending might have vaulted it into “10 Best” consideration. A creepy combo of The Twilight Zone and Sophie’s Choice, the film stars Lobster star Colin Farrell as Steven Murphy, a surgeon who has befriended a teenage boy named Martin (Barry Keoghan). The exact nature of their relationship isn’t clear, but Steven seems to be spending almost as much time with the lad as he does with his wife Anna (Nicole Kidman), daughter 38 Kim (Raffey Cassidy), and son Bob (Sunny

Suljic). Steven eventually elects to introduce Martin to his family, and it’s here when matters take a particularly dark turn. To reveal more would be to deny viewers the opportunity to get blindsided by the directions the film ultimately takes, but suffice to say The Killing of a Sacred Deer is decidedly not for moviegoers who prefer their options on the “feel-good” end of the spectrum. This is a deeply disturbing film, with its eeriness accentuated by the delivery of the dialogue (everyone speaks in carefully enunciated, drawn-out sentences, as if the characters were all trapped in an etiquette class), the sterility of many of Lanthimos’ shot selections, and the moral monstrousness of many of the main characters. Farrell and Kidman are both excellent, and there’s an unexpected appearance by no less than former Clueless star Alicia Silverstone as Martin’s mom. (On a side note, it’s impossible not to think of Rabbit Hole while viewing this, with the presence of Kidman as a tortured mom and even the casting of Keoghan, who looks a bit like the previous film’s Miles Teller.) A final twist could have elevated this to giddy heights — as it stands, the film flatlines at the very end. Nevertheless, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is one of the more unique pictures now playing, and it should serve as the perfect antidote for those annoyed that the seasonal cheer is already being foisted upon us.


O The original script for Suburbicon was written by Joel and Ethan Coen back in 1986, shortly after the dynamic duo flashed their calling card in the form of their debut beauty, 1985’s Blood Simple. Shelving the script, the siblings instead moved forward with 1987’s brilliant Raising Arizona, although they later incorporated some of Suburbicon’s elements into their Oscar-winning screenplay for 1996’s Fargo. Coen pal George Clooney later got hold of the script for Suburbicon and planned to turn it into a movie as far back as 2005. Instead, one thing led to another, and it’s only now that Suburbicon is hitting theaters, with direction by Clooney and a Coen script that has since been modified by Clooney and his frequent writing partner Grant Heslov. Given the ghastly result, perhaps the Coens should sue, since it’s almost inconceivable that their original idea bore much resemblance to a debacle that unexpectedly has emerged as one of the year’s worst films. Topical yet tone-deaf, Suburbicon initially appears as if it will focus on the tensions that emerge when a black family

moves into a white middle-class neighborhood in 1959. But no, this is merely a side dish to the real plotline, which centers on the plight facing mild-mannered neighbor Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), his wife Rose (Julianne Moore), their son Nicky (appealing Noah Jupe), and Rose’s twin sister Margaret (also Moore). A home invasion by two seedy criminals (Glenn Fleshler and Alex Hassell) results in one death—this is turn leads to a coverup, a visit from an insurance investigator (Oscar Isaac), and several more slayings. The portions of the film focusing on the African-American family—Mr. and Mrs. Mayers (Leith M. Burke and Karimah Westbrook) and their son Andy (Tony Espinosa)—are presented in far more dramatic fashion, wisely stripped of any comedic underpinnings. Yet witnessing the Mayers being harassed on a daily basis and seeing their car firebombed works in direct conflict to the broad comedy unfolding elsewhere in the film, and the only possible reaction is one of embarrassment.  


OO The primary poster for The Foreigner shows Jackie Chan standing alone in a scene of carnage, with the tagline intoning that one should “Never Push A Good Man Too Far.” Such a promotional angle suggests that Chan will employ his considerable martial arts skills to take down various evildoers a la Taken or Death Wish. This is accurate—to a point. But look at the poster more closely and it becomes clear that this isn’t a solo vehicle for Chan, not with Pierce Brosnan sharing abovethe-title billing. As for the movie itself, it’s far from a straightforward action romp—instead, it’s a knotty political thriller involving a terrorist outfit with possible IRA ties embarking on a series of bombings. The scene of mass destruction that opens the picture ends up killing the college-age daughter of Quan (Chan), a restaurateur who already lost his wife and other daughters to violence long ago. A devastated Quan wants to make sure those responsible are punished, and so he begins harassing Liam Hennessy (Brosnan), a former IRA member who now works with the British government. Quan is convinced that Hennessy knows the identities of the terrorists—for his part, Hennessy must track down these murderers while also assigning his subordinates to deal with a surprisingly efficient Quan. It’s interesting to see Chan stripped of the cheeky charisma that has floated most of his career, even if the movie doesn’t give him much to do beyond scowling, grimacing, and occasion ally throwing a punch. Chan often feels like a visitor in his own film, since the majority concerns itself

with the maneuverings and machinations of Brosnan’s character to appease those wanting answers and those seeking power.


OOO Is Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner, a masterpiece likes its predecessor? Definitely not. Yet on its own terms, it’s a dazzling achievement, a heady motion picture that employs state-of-the-art visuals to punch across its alternately tough and tender story of love, loss and identity. Because this is the type of film that benefits from a virginal viewing free of spoilers—and because parent studio Warner Bros. promised to dispatch the Dark Knight to rip asunder any critics who break the vow of silence—plot details will be purposely sketchy. Suffice to say that this one is set 30 years after director Ridley Scott’s original, in a period when powerful manufacturer Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) is designing replicants that are comparatively more benign than the previous models. Blade runners still exist, tasked with tracking down these vintage replicants and terminating them with extreme prejudice. One such blade runner is “K” (Ryan Gosling), who’s a replicant himself. But a visit to a farm to track down a fugitive leads to the discovery of a box holding shocking material. As K’s superior (Robin Wright) gravely intones, these contents could create a war and tear apart the very fabric of society. “Yes, questions,” purrs Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) to genetic engineer Hannibal Chew (James Hong) in the ’82 version, a sentiment that might also be directed at this new picture’s screenwriters. Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original (adapting Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), and Michael Green, whose cinematic at-bats consist of Green Lantern, Logan and Alien: Covenant, do a fine job not only of maintaining this futureworld but also in laying out themes that lend new meaning and import to what Salvador Dali tagged Persistence of Memory. Yet a few queries still manage to formulate amidst the ample exposition, and, for a film that runs a generous 164 minutes, the back end still feels needlessly rushed. Yet overall, Blade Runner 2049 is a towering work, and if there’s one area in which it equals its predecessor, it’s in its empathic reach. Mainly, though, there’s Harrison Ford, returning to the part of Rick Deckard. Ford’s role should have been much larger, but in the context of what he’s given, he’s excellent, providing a wariness—and weariness—that lines up nicely with the Deckard from three decades earlier. CS





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 ongoing. index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. CALL FOR AUDITIONS FOR THE DOWNTOWN DELILAHS DANCE CABARET The Downtown Delilahs dance cabaret are holding auditions for several upcoming shows. To set up an audition, contact Jade Bills at 912-272-7601. Through Feb. 28, 2018. No physical address given, none. CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR VIGNETTE SAVANNAH Are you a student living fabulously in a studio apartment or a creative with an

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THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER CRUISE Join Savannah Riverboat Cruises for a delicious Traditional Southern Holiday Buffet with Live Entertainment sure to get you tapping your feet and out of your seat dancing as you cruise up and down the beautiful Savannah River. November 23 | Sailing 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. or 5 – 7 p.m. Advanced Reservations Required. Adults $67.95 | Children(ages 5-12)$43.95 (Children 4 & under- FREE) NOV. 23, 11:30 A.M.-7 P.M. 912-232-6404. INFO@SAVANNAHRIVERBOAT.COM. SAVANNAHRIVERBOAT.COM. SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES, 9 EAST RIVER STREET. efficient yet stylish workspace? Maybe you’re renewing your space after Hurricane Matthew, decorating your home for the holidays for the first time, or just want to share the character & charm of your historical home? Whatever your space, Vignette Savannah would love to feature you. Vignette Savannah is a web presence that features the most creative and eclectic living, leisure, and work spaces in Savannah. Tell us about yours at vignettesavannah@, and check us out in the weeks to come at ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR JESUS-YESHUA PRODUCTION CLUB AND VIDEO CREW Contact Brenda Lee at 912-236-3156 or at for more information. ongoing. Online only, none. CALL FOR 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. ongoing. 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. ongoing. Online only, none. 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. ongoing. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay

Street. 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: ongoing. No physical address given, none. TELL US YOUR GHOST STORY? Organization seeks to document your first hand experiences with psychical phenomenon for analysis and potential investigation. Our investigators have reputable credentials and long time investigation training and connections with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown.




GREEN PARTY OF CHATHAM COUNTY People, Planet and Peace over Profit! Meets Saturdays and the first Tuesday of every month. Join the Facebook group, @ ChathamGreens, to find out about upcoming local events. ongoing. No physical address given, none. SATURDAYS WITH ALDERWOMAN SHABAZZ Residents in Savannah’s 5th District are invited to meet with their Alderwoman every 4th Saturday of the month. Residents may come with specific issues and concerns, or just to meet their representative on Savannah City Council. District 5 runs roughly west of Bull Street and north of 36th Street, and also includes newly developing areas of the City in the southwest quadrant of Chatham County. Free and open to the public. fourth Saturday of every month, 2-4 p.m. 912-651-6410. Shabazz Seafood Restaurant, 502 W. Victory Dr. SAVANNAH AREA YOUNG REPUBLICANS Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr. org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. SAVANNAH LIBERTARIANS Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook. com/groups/SAVlibertarians. YOUNG DEMOCRATS Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.




Help families in need by donating to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Non-perishables like peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, soups, canned fruit, and rice are especially needed. Donations are accepted at 3109 E. Victory Drive Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Online donations are accepted at fooddriveonline. org/HelpEndHunger. Through Jan. 1, 2018. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, 2501 E. President St. RAMAH JUNIOR ACADEMY BENEFIT CONCERT Benefit concert to support Ramah Junior Academy. Event features Pastor David Smith. Open to the public. Warm donation welcomed. Sat., Nov. 25, 4:30 p.m. New Covenant SDA Church, 5100 La Roche Avenue. SCMPD ANIMAL CONTROL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-yearsold. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@



AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES Savannah Speech & Hearing will host an eight-week series of classes for those interested in learning beginners American Sign Language (ASL). The class will be instructed by Crystal Clarkson. Class meets Tuesdays at 6 pm. Registration fee does not cover cost of required textbook, American Sign Language for Dummies by Penilla & Taylor. Class size is limited to 11 people and pre-registration is required. For more information, visit or call 912.355.4601. $85 registration fee Tuesdays. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. 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. BEGINNING BELLY DANCE CLASSES Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. 40 BRIDGE LESSONS Competitive Bidding (BB2), Saturday, February 4 at 10AM. Defensive Signals (BB5), Monday February 6. They are 4 week classes. Intermediate and advanced workshops continue on Fridays at 10AM. Savannah Duplicate Bridge Center, 8511 Ferguson Ave, Sandfly. Also, games are held in the afternoon and/or evening almost every day. There is something for players at all levels. Check our website for fees and schedules of games and other classes. ongoing. 912-228-4838. savannahclubs. Savannah Duplicate Bridge Center, 8511 Ferguson Ave. CAREGIVING 101 The free one-hour class is designed to raise awareness of the importance of selfcare by exploring the physical, emotional, psychological and social components of caregiving. Learn tips to deal with the many challenges and gain useful information on community resources. Led by an experienced clinical professor and seasoned caregiver, any person finding themselves in the role of family caregiver would greatly benefit from this free class. Free fourth Monday of every month, noon. 912-629-1331. Edel Caregiver Institute, 6000 Business Center Drive. 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. ongoing. 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. 912897-7656. CREATIVITY COACHING Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, ---. DIVAS & PUMPS: ADULT HEELS DANCE CLASS Divas & Pumps is a dance class teaching walks, struts, freestyles, and choreography to hits by our favorite Divas. Come get your life every Wednesday at 7:30. $15 Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. 323-539-1760. 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 912354-6686. FANY’S SPANISH/ENGLISH INSTITUTE Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. HOUSING AUTHORITY NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY A fine place to start or to grow beyond wirework and cold connections as a jeweler. Moving forward with basic techniques, this workshop focuses on building strong soldering skills. You will fabricate a bezel setting (one of the most popular ways to set a stone) and learn rock solid ring making strategies. 150.00 Tue., Nov. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 912-289-8337. christina@ 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. ongoing. Online only, none. MUSIC LESSONS--MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS AND STYLES Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels for Guitar (electric, acoustic, bass, classical, jazz), Piano, Flute, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Voice as well as Music Theory/ Composition/ Ear Training. We teach public, private and home school students as well as adults at all experience levels. Located at 15 East Montgomery Crossroads in Office #205 near White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA. ongoing. 912388-1806. NEW HORIZONS ADULT BAND PROGRAM Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm

at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. NOVEL WRITING Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. 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. ongoing. 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. 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 ongoing. Online only, none. A. ROPER STUDIO - VOICE TECHNIQUE AND COACHING Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. RUSSIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. SAMBA SAVANNAH DRUMMING WORKSHOP Learn Afro-Brazilian rhythms with drumming instructor Andrew Hartzell. All ages. $10 Sundays, 2:30 p.m. 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. TIME FOR SCRAPPING Time for Scrapping is hosting a 3 day crop event January 19-21, 2018 in Pooler GA for scrapbookers, stampers and crafters. Time away to work on unfinished projects or to start new ones. Creative classes will be offered, daily door prizes, on-site vendors and much more. For information join our FB page Time for Scrapping or email: Through Jan. 21, 2018. YOUTH AND TEEN AERIAL SILK CLASSES Youth Class ages 8+. Teen Class ages 11+. Learn to dance and work with Aerial Silks and Hoop while suspended in the air. Weekly classes held on Fridays through the month of September only. Very limited space available, reserve your spot and register online today. $20/class $75/September package ongoing. 954.682.5694. elyse. 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. ongoing. No physical address given, none.


13TH COLONY SOUND (BARBERSHOP SINGING) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 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, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. ADOPT A DOLPHIN Adopt A Dolphin fundraiser sponsored by The Dolphin Project is being held through December 15. Dolphin adoptions are unique holiday gifts that support public education and the research of wild bottle nose dolphin that live in our estuaries. The application form can be downloaded from or completed on-line at: html Please allow a week to 10 days upon payment receipt to receive your adoption certificate. For additional information please e-mail: Through Dec. 15. No physical address given, none. AVEGOST LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the

second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. BUCCANEER REGION SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. BUSINESS NETWORKING ON THE ISLANDS Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. CHATHAM SAILING CLUB Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. COASTAL BEAD SOCIETY Coastal Bead Society monthly meetings, 12 noon on the third Friday of the Month at the Coastal Georgia Center, 303 Fahm Street, near SCAD. All beaders are welcome. ongoing. cgc. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. FIBER GUILD OF THE SAVANNAHS A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. HISTORIC FLIGHT SAVANNAH A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. HISTORIC SAVANNAH CHAPTER: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. 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 CONTINUES ON P. 42


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1 One who saves the day 5 ___ vu 9 Pricey violin, for short 14 It has pressing work to do 15 Bus. boss 16 Type of twisted wit 17 Rock, in rock-paper-scissors 18 Ceremony 19 Flaxen fabric 20 Warring with words 23 Camera or eye part 24 Binary digit 25 Bat symbol in the night sky, e.g. 28 Maggie’s big brother 30 P.I., slangily 33 Start of a rhyming fitness motto 34 Timbuktu’s country 35 Orange pool ball number 36 Like some raisins and pretzels 39 Took the bus 40 Crowning point 41 Creator of Winnie-the-Pooh 42 Mom on the farm 43 Gripe 44 Soft stroke 45 “Yes” indication 46 Stereotypical reactions to fireworks

47 “Ignore the critics,” in modern parlance 55 Pearl Jam’s debut single 56 Eager 57 Graph line 58 Fixes, as a piano 59 Suspense novelist Hoag 60 1996 GOP running mate Jack 61 Stylish 62 It may go downhill near the end of the year 63 Garden in Genesis


1 Old audio system 2 “___ Brockovich” (Julia Roberts film) 3 Civil rights icon Parks 4 In a risky situation 5 Throw off course 6 Interstate driver’s options 7 Ballet leap 8 Breezed through a test 9 Like some initial P’s 10 Large family group 11 “Class Reunion” author Jaffe 12 Work without ___ (be daring) 13 Small unit of force 21 Muse of love poetry 22 Order of Greek

architecture 25 Bolivia’s constitutional capital 26 “This ___ We Do It” (1995 R&B hit) 27 Crystal-centered rock 28 “Disjointed” star Kathy 29 The “A” in A-Rod 30 Book cover info 31 2, 4, 6, 8, e.g. 32 Gives up 34 GPS displays, often 35 Reasonable treatment 37 Glorifies 38 Warren Buffett’s city 43 Wooded area 44 Frank 45 When to look a gift horse in the mouth 46 “Astro Boy” genre 47 Roles, proverbially 48 Reunion attendee 49 “Proud Mary” singer Turner 50 Gangsters’ heaters 51 Horse track shape 52 Canned 53 End-of-exam announcement 54 Channel that debuted in 1979







CROCHET Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. LOW COUNTRY TURNERS A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART LADIES AUXILIARY Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. PHILO CAFE Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Mondays. R.U.F.F. - RETIREES UNITED FOR THE FUTURE RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912344-5127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. SAFE KIDS SAVANNAH A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. SAVANNAH BREWERS’ LEAGUE Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-447-0943. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. SAVANNAH AUTHORS WORKSHOP If you’re a writer, and you’re serious about it, Savannah Authors Workshop is looking for you and has space for a few new members. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at 630 East Victory Drive. We have members of all standards, from multiple-published to never-tried. Have a look at our website www. and call Christopher Scott, President, 912-272-6309. ongoing. No physical address given, none. THE SAVANNAH CHINESE CORNER The Savannah Chinese Corner welcomes anyone interested in Mandarin language or Chinese culture. Meets every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon. Check the Facebook group to see meeting location. ongoing. SavannahChineseCorner. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH COUNCIL, NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. SAVANNAH GO CLUB This is a new club for the board game “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and times, please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. 42 SAVANNAH GO GREEN

Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. SAVANNAH KENNEL CLUB Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. savannahkennelclub. org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. SAVANNAH NEWCOMERS CLUB Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. ongoing. SAVANNAH PARROT HEAD CLUB Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc. com. SAVANNAH TOASTMASTERS Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. 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. daily-tours. 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. ongoing. 912-656-6818. jsphmtler@ WAVING GIRLS SMOCKING GUILD The Waving Girls Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America the fourth Monday of the month at the Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Eisenhower and Seawright Drs. in Savannah, at 6:30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Each month the chapter presents a program related to smocking or fine sewing. along with a “show and share” opportunity to see members creations. More information contact Free fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912-658-4271. Coastal Center for Developmental Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive. WAVING GIRLS--SMOCKING ARTS GUILD OF AMERICA The Waving Girls welcomes smockers and all those who create fine heirloom items.

At each meeting there is an opportunity to learn and share our work. The group makes over 100 “wee care” gowns for memorial hospital each year. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912 536 1447. Coastal Center for Developmental Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive. WOODVILLE-TOMPKINS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@


$8 COMMUNITY MEDITATION CLASSES Join us for breath work, guided meditation, and yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique to relieve stress, quiet the mind, and find the calm within. All proceeds support local organizations. $8 Sundays, 6-7 p.m. 912349-2756. ADULT DANCE FITNESS Come out to the Lake Mayer Community Center and participate in “Twist & Shout.” Work out while you dance to the oldies in this fun and varied fitness class. This program is free and open to the public. Bring a yoga mat, bottled water, and a friend. FREE Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1 p.m. 912-652-6863. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. AERIAL YOGA CLASSES Increase flexibility and strength using aerial yoga, a relatively new approach to a traditional yoga practice. We use a silk fabric called a ‘hammock’ to support the weight of our bodies, helping us achieve various postures with more depth, ease and excitement. Every Saturday. Class size limited. Required to register online ahead of time. $25 Saturdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m. 954.682.5694. elyse.thestudio@yahoo. com. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. AFRO-CARIBBEAN DANCE Let the excitement begin as Mahogany takes you to the best staycation each and every Tuesday night to the Islands through movement and rhythm. This class will focus on the cultural movement of Afro-Caribbean dance. Get ready for hip winding and arms in the air as we explore our bodies’ rhythm through Caribbean and reggae music. $10 Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@westbroadstreetymca. org. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. AIKIDO CLASSES Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, ‘O Sensei’ or (‘Great Teacher’). On a purely physical level it is an art involving throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and Kenjutsu (open hand and weapon based techniques). Beyond the self defense aspects of the art its true goal is to challenge its practitioners to discover their best selves. $50/month for JEA Members, $70/month for NonMembers, or $80/8-class punch card Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-6040958, 912-346-2650., CoastalAikido. com. Jewish Educational

Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. BALLET BODY TONING Ballet Body Toning is a ballet inspired workout designed to improve balance, flexibility, and use body resistance to strengthen core, legs & booty. This workout is low impact and scorches major calories and teaches you basic ballet! Call to make a reservation before class. This is a semiprivate class so space is limited! $10.00 Wednesdays, Sundays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 732.232.3349. FitnessFoodWine@gmail. com. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. BALLROOM FIT Always wanted to learn how to ballroom dance? Don’t have a partner? Want to get in shape and have fun in the process? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you! Learn how to ballroom dance and get a great workout in the process. We use all styles of music that are modern or traditional. Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble, Foxtrot, Waltz, Hustle, and more! Check out our schedule for more details. 4 classes for $40, 10 classes for $80, UNLIMITED for $120 Sundays, 5-6 p.m., Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays, 12:30-1 p.m., Wednesdays, 12:30-1 & 6-7 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:30-1 p.m. 612.470.6683. Salon de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 301 US Hwy 80 SE. BEACH BODY WORKOUTS WITH LAURA MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. BEASTMODE FITNESS GROUP TRAINING Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm-9pm. ongoing. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. BEGINNING POLE FITNESS Pole fitness is a fun and flirty way to get in shape! Taught by Pole Dance America National Professional Champion Sabrina Madsen, you’ll learn the basics of pole dance in a safe and welcoming environment. Gain strength, balance and confidence. Beginner Classes are open to all shapes and sizes and are for ladies only (men welcome at our Intermediate Class). $25 for drop-in or $100 for a package of 5 classes Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. 801.673.6737. firstcityfitness. com/pole-fitnessparties.html. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. BLUE WATER YOGA Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. BOOTCAMP 101 Ropes, kettlebells, weights, medicine balls, drills, games & lots of fun. Conducted by a certified personal trainer. All fitness levels. $10 or punch cards available for savings. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island


Rd. CANDLE(LIT) COMMUNITY FLOW Catherine Mulligan teaches this vinyasa flow yoga class in efforts to raise money for local charities in the Savannah community. The class is heated, candlelit, and set to upbeat music. Charities are rotating and chosen based on feedback from the students who show up. $8 Thursdays. The HUB Savannah, 4505 Habersham St. DANCE DYNAMIX Dance DynaMix is a choreographed dance fitness class inspired by funky hip hop and sleek jazz moves! No dance experience required. Call 732.232.3349 to reserve your spot ahead of time, as class space is limited. Stay after class for a 30 minute stretch to wind down for the weekend with! $10.00 Wednesdays, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. 732.232.3349. FitnessFoodWine@gmail. com. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. FIT4MOM SAVANNAH STROLLER STRIDES A group of moms that meet with strollers and workout at Savannah Mall, Daffin Park and on occasion Hull Park. Also offer HIIT Classes to other Moms who have any age children. The HIIT program is a kid free program. 1 hour long stroller based workout with kiddos. Moms- Pre and Post Natal, and kids of stroller age. Savannah Mall (M,W,F). Daffin Park (T,Th), Hull Park (Sat) ongoing. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. FITNESS CLASSES AT THE JEA Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-3558811. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone in need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. FREE YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing offers Free Yoga for Cancer Patients every Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Candler’s Heart & Lung Building, Suite 100. The very gentle movements and breath work in this class will give you much needed energy, it will make your body feel better, and it will give you a mental release. This class is free to cancer patients. Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 912-819-8800. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. FUNCTIONAL TRAINING CLASS Celebrate fall with a Saturday morning workout class. All levels welcome. A smooth mix of cardio and strengthening exercises. Call Kara 912-667-0487 if interested. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. GET EXCITED AND MOVE This program is designed to combat the effects of Parkinson disease for Savannah/ Chatham-area people and their caregiver. The activities are designed to enhance and improve muscular strength, and endurance, coordination, agility, flexibility, speed

work, and voice command. $10 a month Mondays-Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 6-7 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m. 912-376-9833. psgsav@gmail. com. Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center, 7230 Varnedoe Drive. DUDE’S DAY AT SAVANNAH CLIMBING COOP Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. HIKING & BIKING AT SKIDAWAY ISLAND STATE PARK Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. KUNG FU SCHOOL: VING TSUN Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912-429-5150. LINE DANCE Line dance class teaches basic instructions, coordination, and dance combinations, to the rhythm of different styles of music. Line Dancing is exercise for the body & mind, and is a fun way to dance socially without a partner. Dancing styles covered in this class include Country Western, Swing, Salsa, Tango, Cha Cha, Waltz & more. $10 Wednesdays, 6-7:45 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@westbroadstreetymca. org. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. LIVING SMART FITNESS CLUB St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center offer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which is an exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesdays, the classes are held at the center, at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba



1-912-544-0026 More Local Numbers: 800-777-8000

(Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening exercises (Mondays/Wednesdays). Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. MOMMY AND BABY YOGA Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. PICKLE RUN 2017 All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. Start & Finish at Huc-A-Poo’s. $25 Sat., Nov. 25, 7:30-11 a.m. Huc-A-Poo’s, 1213 US Hwy. 80 East. PILATES CLASSES Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol Daly-Wilder, certified

instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-238-0018. savannahpilates. com. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. POWER YOGA This is an hour of stretching your mind and body to become one, and a reset in the middle of the work week. Come experience the endless possibilities as you take yourself to the next level with Mahogany. $10 Wednesdays, 8-9 a.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@westbroadstreetymca. org. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. PRANA YOGA Prana Yoga is a practice that integrates breathing techniques and chakra sounds into the yoga. Come experience a deep sense of grounding, learn to be present, and develop your center, passion, strength, compassion, creativity, intuition, and light. $10 Mondays, 6:45-8 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@westbroadstreetymca.







org. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. PREGNANCY YOGA Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@aikyayoga. com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. PREGNANCY YOGA CLASSES Pregnancy is a transitional time when many physical and emotional changes take place. Pregnancy Yoga is about honoring these changes in ourselves, our body and our baby. Yoga strengthens the rapidly changing body and increases the ability to relax, and helps to prepare for a more

mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood. Pregnancy Yoga classes are offered as a 6 week session on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7:15 pm. The class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy and no prior yoga experience is necessary. $120 - six week session Thursdays. 912-704-7650. ann@ Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. QIGONG CLASSES Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 ongoing. RENAGADE WORKOUT Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912376-0219 ongoing. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. RICHMOND HILL ROADIES RUNNING CLUB A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912-596-5965. ongoing. LADIES DAY AT SAVANNAH CLIMBING COOP Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah


ARIES (March 21-April 19)

In alignment with the current astrological omens, I have prepared your horoscope using five hand-plucked aphorisms by Aries poet Charles Bernstein. 1. “You never know what invention will look like or else it wouldn’t be invention.” 2. “So much depends on what you are expecting.” 3. “What’s missing from the bird’s eye view is plain to see on the ground.” 4. “The questioning of the beautiful is always at least as important as the establishment of the beautiful.” 5. “Show me a man with two feet planted firmly on the ground and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants on.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

It may seem absurd for a dreamy oracle like me to give economic advice to Tauruses, who are renowned as being among the zodiac’s top cash attractors. Is there anything I can reveal to you that you don’t already know? Well, maybe you’re not aware that the next four weeks will be prime time to revise and refine your long-term financial plans. It’s possible you haven’t guessed the time is right to plant seeds that will produce lucrative yields by 2019. And maybe you don’t realize that you can now lay the foundation for bringing more wealth into your life by raising your generosity levels.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20)


I used to have a girlfriend whose mother hated Christmas. The poor woman had been raised in a fanatical fundamentalist Christian sect, and she drew profound solace and pleasure from rebelling against that religion’s main holiday. One of her annual traditions was to buy a small Christmas tree and hang it upside-down from the ceiling. She decorated it with ornamental dildos she had made out of clay. While I understood her drive for revenge and appreciated the entertaining way she did it, I felt pity for the enduring ferocity of her rage. Rather than mocking the old ways, wouldn’t her energy have been much better spent inventing new ways? If there is any comparable situation in your own life, Gemini, now would be a

perfect time to heed my tip. Give up your attachment to the negative emotions that arose in response to past frustrations and failures. Focus on the future.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

So begins the “I Love To Worry” season for you Cancerians. Even now, bewildering self-doubts are working their way up toward your conscious awareness from your unconscious depths. You may already be overreacting in anticipation of the anxiety-provoking fantasies that are coalescing. But wait! It doesn’t have to be that way. I’m here to tell you that the bewildering self-doubts and anxiety-provoking fantasies are at most ten percent accurate. They’re not even close to being half-true! Here’s my advice: Do NOT go with the flow, because the flow will drag you down into ignominious habit. Resist all tendencies towards superstition, moodiness, and melodramatic descents into hell. One thing you can do to help accomplish this brave uprising is to sing beloved songs with maximum feeling.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your lucky numbers are 55 and 88. By tapping into the uncanny powers of 55 and 88, you can escape the temptation of a hexed fiction and break the spell of a mediocre addiction. These catalytic codes could wake you up to a useful secret you’ve been blind to. They might help you catch the attention of familiar strangers or shrink one of your dangerous angers. When you call on 55 or 88 for inspiration, you may be motivated to seek a more dynamic accomplishment beyond your comfortable success. You could reactivate an important desire that has been dormant.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

What exactly is the epic, overarching goal that you live for? What is the higher purpose that lies beneath every one of your daily activities? What is the heroic identity you were born to create but have not yet fully embodied? You may not be close to knowing the answers to those questions right now, Virgo. In fact, I’m guessing your

Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. See website for info. ongoing. 912495-8010. SAVANNAH DISC GOLF Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. SAVANNAH STRIDERS RUNNING AND WALKING CLUB With a one-year, $35 membership,free


fear of meaninglessness might be at a peak. Luckily, a big bolt of meaningfulness is right around the corner. Be alert for it. In a metaphorical sense, it will arrive from the depths. It will strengthen your center of gravity as it reveals lucid answers to the questions I posed in the beginning of this horoscope.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

We all need teachers. We all need guides and instructors and sources of inspiration from the day we’re born until the day we die. In a perfect world, each of us would always have a personal mentor who’d help us fill the gaps in our learning and keep us focused on the potentials that are crying out to be nurtured in us. But since most of us don’t have that personal mentor, we have to fend for ourselves. We’ve got to be proactive as we push on to the next educational frontier. The next four weeks will be an excellent time for you to do just that, Libra.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This is your last warning! If you don’t stop fending off the happiness and freedom that are trying to worm their way into your life, I’m going to lose my cool. Damn it! Why can’t you just accept good luck and sweet strokes of fate at face value?! Why do you have to be so suspicious and mistrustful?! Listen to me: The abundance that’s lurking in your vicinity is not the set-up for a cruel cosmic joke. It’s not some wicked game designed to raise your expectations and then dash them to pieces. Please, Scorpio, give in and let the good times wash over you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Journalist James A. Fussell defined “thrashing” as “the act of tapping helterskelter over a computer keyboard in an attempt to find ‘hidden’ keys that trigger previously undiscovered actions in a computer program.” I suggest we use this as a metaphor for your life in the next two weeks. Without becoming rude or irresponsible, thrash around to see what interesting surprises you can drum up. Play with various possibilities in a light-

hearted effort to stimulate options you have not been able to discover through logic and reason.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Let’s observe a moment of silence for the illusion that is in the process of disintegrating. It has been a pretty illusion, hasn’t it? Filled with hope and gusto, it has fueled you with motivation. But then again -- on second thought -- its prettiness was more the result of clever packaging than inner beauty. The hope was somewhat misleading, the gusto contained more than a little bluster, and the fuel was an inefficient source of motivation. Still, let’s observe a moment of silence anyway. Even dysfunctional mirages deserve to be mourned. Besides, its demise will fertilize a truer and healthier and prettier dream that will contain a far smaller portion of illusion.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Judging from the astrological omens, I conclude that the upcoming weeks will be a favorable time for you to engage in experiments befitting a mad scientist. You can achieve interesting results as you commune with powerful forces that are usually beyond your ability to command. You could have fun and maybe also attract good luck as you dream and scheme to override the rules. What pleasures have you considered to be beyond your capacity to enjoy? It wouldn’t be crazy for you to flirt with them. You have license to be saucy, sassy, and extra sly.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

A snail can slowly crawl over the edge of a razor blade without hurting itself. A few highly trained experts, specialists in the art of mind over matter, are able to walk barefoot over beds of hot coals without getting burned. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Pisces, you now have the metaphorical equivalent of powers like these. To ensure they’ll operate at peak efficiency, you must believe in yourself more than you ever have before. Luckily, life is now conspiring to help you do just that.


training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. SHIMMY CHIC Shimmy Chic Fitness is an energetic, fun dance workout based on the ancient art of belly dance- with a modern twist. The class provides calorie-burning and muscle-toning moves, along with increased flexibility, grace, and sense of self. No dance experience necessary. Shimmy Chic provides fun & repetitive routines suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear comfortable workout clothes and sneakers (you do not have to show your stomach). Open to all ages and fitness levels. $10 Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@westbroadstreetymca. org. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. VINYASA YOGA In this vinyasa yoga class you will experience dynamic movements while linking breath, building heat, and endurance. This class is open to all levels. We will explore each pose with special attention to alignment. This class will be the perfect way to start your week and stay energized. $10 Mondays, 8-9 a.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@westbroadstreetymca. org. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. WEIGHTED WORKOUT A 45 minute, total body workout that includes a 5 minute warm-up and a 5 minute cool-down/stretch. We will use dumbbells and steps to perform compound functional movements to maximize workout time. $10 Tuesdays, 8-9 a.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@westbroadstreetymca. org. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS Free for cancer patients and survivors. The classes help with flexibility and balance while also providing relaxation. Located at FitnessOne, on the third floor of the Memorial Outpatient and Wellness Center. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. 912-350-9031. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. ZUMBA Low impact, fun, hip music. All ages $5. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. 410-320-9997. Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. Zumba Fitness is a dance fitness class for everybody and every body! With easy to follow moves, Zumba focuses on a wide variety of Latin and International rhythms. This hour long class is guaranteed to make you sweat. It’s not a workout, it’s a party. $10 Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@ YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. ZUMBA FITNESS Isn’t lifting weights and running on the treadmill boring? Come join Sheena’s Zumba Fitness class and have fun while burning calories! The class regularly has 75+ participants that know that Sheena is the best Zumba instructor in Savannah! So show up early and see

you soon! Free with YMCA membership Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 912-354-6223. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. ZUMBA FITNESS (R) WITH APRIL Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongoing. 912-349-4902.


THANKSGIVING AT TREYLOR PARK Forget overcooked turkey and soggy stuffing. Enjoy Thanksgiving the Treylor Park way. Nov. 23, 5 p.m.. Treylor Park, 117 East Bay Street. THANKSGIVING BRUNCH Roasted turkey & lamb, juicy prime rib, cornbread stuffing, decadent desserts and more. $75 adults, $35 children Nov. 23. Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel), 1 Resort Dr. THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER CRUISE THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER CRUISE Join Savannah Riverboat Cruises for a delicious Traditional Southern Holiday Buffet with Live Entertainment sure to get you tapping your feet and out of your seat dancing as you cruise up and down the beautiful Savannah River. November 23 | Sailing 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. or 5 – 7 p.m. | Advanced Reservations Required Adults $67.95 | Children(ages 5-12)$43.95 (Children 4 & under- FREE) Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.. 912-232-6404. info@ savannahriverboat. com. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River Street. TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON The Desoto’s traditional Thanksgiving gives Mom a break. $65 Nov. 23, 11 a.m.. Desoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St.


BIRTH PREPARATION CLASS This “all in one evening” Birth Class are for couples that are expecting their first baby or need a refresher course. This class encompasses all aspects of the physiology of birth, coping skills and what to expect. Since this class is so intensive, we ask no children please. Fee: $30.00 per couple. Please register by going on Please register, if possible, the month before your due date. This class is taught by Jill Whitfield, CNM. Tue., Nov. 28, 6 p.m. Family Health and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS St. Joseph’s/Candler’s SmartSenior offers blood pressure screenings on every Monday from 10 AM to Noon in the SmartSenior office, #8 Medical Arts on 836 E. 65th Street. No appointment is necessary; the screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (912) 352-4405. ongoing. St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Arts Building, 836 E. 65th St. FREE HEARING AND SPEECH SCREENING Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-355-

4601. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. FREE HEARING SCREENINGS The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912355-4601. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. FREE HIV TESTING AT CHATHAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. HEALTH CARE FOR UNINSURED PEOPLE Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. HYPNOSIS, GUIDED IMAGERY AND RELAXATION THERAPY Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. INFORMATION FORUMS Share in a group discussion about programs and services for older adults, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers in your community. Attend a public hearing to learn how the Area Agency on Aging is planning for your future. Free Tue., Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. 800-580-6860. ttownsend@ Richmond Hill City Center, 520 Cedar Street. LA LECHE LEAGUE OF SAVANNAH A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-8979544. LIVING SMART FITNESS CLUB An exercise program encouraging


healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. PLANNED PARENTHOOD HOTLINE First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-2647154. PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. 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. ongoing. SAVANNAH PRIDE, INC. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBTQI community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. PO Box 6044, Savannah, GA 31414. 501c nonprofit. ongoing. STAND OUT YOUTH A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-288-1034. standoutyouth. org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. WHAT MAKES A FAMILY






A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.


CIRCLE OF SISTER/BROTHERHOOD BOOK CLUB Meets last Sunday of the month, 4pm. Call for info. Last Sunday of every month. 912-447-6605. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. HISTORICAL WRITERS GUILD The HWG will endeavor to offer a variety of programs for both published and unpublished writers to promote historical fiction and creative non-fiction. All compatible and cross-genre works to historical writing are welcome. HWG is also open to hobbyist writers to enjoy a relaxed and fun environment. Annual dues $20 fourth Monday of every month, 7-9 p.m. 713907-8627. Richmond Hill Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. LECTURE: IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY WITH KAHLIL GIBRAN Paul-Gordon Chandler will deliver a lecture that is related to his new book on the early 20th century Lebanese-born poetartist Kahlil Gibran, titled IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Free and open to the public Tue., Nov. 28, 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts. ZACH POWERS BOOK SIGNING “100 Things to Do in Savannah Before You Die” by local author Zach Powers serves as your introduction to everything the Hostess City has to offer. Fri., Nov. 24, 1 p.m. E Shaver Booksellers, 326 Bull St.



12-STEP RECOVERY EUCHARIST/HOLY COMMUNION 12-Step Recovery Eucharist/Holy Communion is offered at 8:00AM every fourth Friday of the month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th St & Abercorn, Savannah. Everyone is welcome. fourth Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. 912925-4609. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th & Abercorn Sts. BAND OF SISTERS PRAYER GROUP



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All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. georgia. BUDDHIST MEDITATION Everyone is welcome. Experience not necessary. Visit our website for location, meditation periods and classes. Individual instruction upon request. Email Cindy Un Shin Beach at for more information. ongoing. Online only, none. CATHOLIC SINGLES A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ GRATITUDE CIRCLE IN THE SQUARES Gather with others to share gratitude. Everyone welcome. Park next to Bull Street Library. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-676-4280. savannahgratitude. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. GUIDED SILENT PRAYER Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. JESUS YESHUA Holidays and plans for 2017 underway for young adults and college Christians. Contact Reverend Brenda Lee or call (912) 236-3156. ongoing. No physical address given, none. MARITIME BETHEL “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. A NEW CHURCH IN THE CITY, FOR THE CITY Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. NEW ORLEANS BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. PSYCHIC MEDIUM YOUR PAL, ERIN Ready to reconnect you with your loved ones who’ve passed and your own inner knowing? I’m here to help. Let’s all work together to create the amazing new life you truly desire, releasing old situations that no longer serve you. Readings available in person and by phone. 60 minutes, $65. Group readings of 5 or more, $30 per person for 20 minutes. Get your personalized, 45

minute prerecorded “Tuesday Tune-Up” emailed to your inbox for just $45. Visit for more information or contact today. ongoing. Online only, none. READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. SAVANNAH FRIENDS MEETING (QUAKERS) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. SAVANNAH REIKI SHARE During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. SERVICE OF COMPLINE Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. TAPESTRY CHURCH A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. Sundays, 10 a.m. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. THEOLOGY ON TAP Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm-10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St.


FILM: TURKEY FOR TURKEY DAY: OCTAMAN The Psychotronic Film Society’s annual “Turkey For Turkey Day” is a night when they dig up one of the most ineptly made, unintentionally hilarious clunkers they can find. Beloved by fans of cheesy monster movies, this ridiculous low-budget cult classic about a radioactive half-man/halfoctopus mutant in Mexico must be seen to be believed. $7 Wed., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E.

Park Ave. FILM: SUBURBICON A high-class killer thriller, this is the story of Suburbicon, a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns -- the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. $7 Fri., Nov. 24, 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 25, 7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 26, 7 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@ Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn.


ADULT AND JUNIOR TENNIS CLINICS On Thursdays. Intended for a class size of 4-8 students. Buy four classes, get the fifth class free. $15 per class ongoing. 912-201-2000. The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. ADULT COED FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE 8x8 Coed Flag League. Play adult sports, meet new people. Sponsored by Savannah Adult Recreation Club. Wed. nights/Sun. mornings, at locations around Savannah. $450. Minimum 8 games. Ages 18+. Coed teams. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-220-3474. BEARS ELITE FOOTBALL Learn the fundamentals of football. Ages 4-12. Sign up now. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 912-272-6684. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. DERBY DEVILS ROLLER DERBY CLASSES Roller derby league offers 12-week courses for beginners, recreational scrimmaging for experienced players and two annual bootcamp programs. See website for info. ongoing. GRIEF 101 SUPPORT GROUP Seven-week morning or evening adult support group offers tools to learn to live with loss. Tuesdays, 10am-11am; or Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free of charge. Offered by Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. SATURDAY GROUP RUN OR WALK Join us in our quest for fitness. Beginners are welcome. We can help you exceed your fitness goals. Free Saturdays, 7-8:15 a.m. 912-398-4130. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. SAV. STRIDER WEEKLY GROUP RUN OR WALK DOWNTOWN Join us for a run or walk downtown or over the bridge if you’re feeling froggy. The best part is afterwards when we get coffee or whatever else your heart desires from Savannah Coffee Roasters. Free Sundays, 7-8 a.m. 912-398-4130. runthecity@live. com. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. SAVANNAH BIKE POLO Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. See facebook for info. ongoing. savannahbikepolo.

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