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WEDNESDAY 12.27 Film: Come Drink With Me

Considered one of the very best Hong Kong films ever made, this action adventure is set during the Ming Dynasty and features flat-out amazing fight choreography that inspired countless lesser knockoff films over later decades. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $8

2018 Tybee Polar Plunge

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

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Glistening by candlelight, the Federalstyle Davenport House welcomes visitors to an event emphasizing the end-ofyear celebrations of early 19th century Savannahianse. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation. A demonstration of period dancing will culminate the evening. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs. Reservations recommended. Dec. 26-30, 6 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $12 adults in advance, $15 at the door; $6 children in advance, $8 at the door

Join thousands of brave souls and take the plunge into the brisk Atlantic Ocean at noon on New Year’s Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tybee Pier & Pavilion $25 registration adults; $15 kids under 12

Skatefest 2017 Continues

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Skatefest 2017! Public ice skating returns to the Civic Center through January 1. 90 minute sessions are $8, including skate rental. See for complete schedule of daily skate session times. Through Jan. 1 Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $8, includes skate rental



Dance: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker FRI 12.29

Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Balletâ’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-thetop production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. 3 & 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $32.50

Film: Wonder

Up the Cup Countdown SUN 12.31

Ring in 2018 with live music and DJs and a light show as a 6-foot “to go” cup rises on River Street. 4 p.m.-Midnight River Street

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity who has been in and out of hospitals for years. With the help of his mother, Isabel, and his father, Nate, he tries to fit in at a new school and to show everyone he is just an ordinary kid. 7 p.m. Thursday/Friday, 3 & 7 p.m. Saturday Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Adults $7, children $5 912-472-4790.



FRIDAY 12.29 Bake Sale Fridays

Chef Lauren will be holding a bake sale outside in the front courtyard. Every week she will offer a selection of different sweet and savory treats. 5 p.m. Atlantic, 102 East Victory Drive.

- Dance: Moscow Ballet’s Great

Russian Nutcracker

Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously handcrafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. 3 & 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $32.50

Fire Brand Fridays Poetry Slam

This event features a poetry slam after the open mic - $20 to register for the slam and winner takes all! Hosted by Spitfire Poetry. Last Friday of every month, 7 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

New Year’s Resolution Bar Crawl

Featuring some of the best bar venues that downtown Savannah has to offer, the official Savannah New Year’s Resolution All Access Bar Crawl Scorecard will give every party goer a plethora of participating bar crawl locations to enjoy and visit throughout the evening. 4 p.m. Stafford’s Public House, 306 W. Upper Factor’s Walk. $15

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 West Liberty Street. $10

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

Glistening by candlelight, the Federalstyle Davenport House welcomes visitors to an event emphasizing the end-ofyear celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians. Light refreshments, music Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight and skilled interpreters, who show visiGlistening by candlelight, the Federaltors through the home, are among the style Davenport House welcomes visitors highlights of the presentation. A demonto an event emphasizing the end-ofstration of period dancing will culminate year celebrations of early 19th century the evening. The performance requires Savannahians. Light refreshments, that guests be able to walk up and down music and skilled interpreters, who show stairs. Reservations recommended. visitors through the home, are among the Dec. 26-30, 6 p.m. highlights of the presentation. A demonDavenport House, 324 East State St. s stration of period dancing culminates. The $12 adults in advance, $15 at the door; $6 performance requires that guests be able children in advance, $8 at the door to walk up and down stairs. Reservations recommended. Dec. 26-30, 6 p.m. SUNDAY 12.31 Davenport House, 324 East State St. $12 adults in advance, $15 at the door; $6 The Eve of the New Year children in advance, $8 at the door Live entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight. Prohibition, 125 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours: Christmas & New Year’s

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise

Start your New Yea’rs Celebration early with amazing house entertainment and - See The South’s most famed Victorian a delicious dinner buffet the entire family will enjoy. Advanced reservations required. Cemetery in a very exclusive light, After 5-8 p.m. Hours. Hosted by Shannon Scott, this after dark excursion covers Freemasonry, Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River St Adults $65.95, children(ages 5 -12) $39.25 | Secret Societies, Root Doctors, Serial (Children 4 & under- FREE) Killers, Bootleggers, Cemetery History & Traditions and may be the ultimate tour for 912.232.6404. fans of Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil as the title invokes Bonaventure New Year’s Eve Gala Cruise as setting and burial site of many of the This three hour cruise includes passed characters. Adults Only. hors d’oeuvres, an elaborate surf & turf 5-8 p.m. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. dinner buffet including lobster tail and carved beef tenderloin, live entertainment, $55 CONTINUES ON P. 6 912-319-5600.

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party favors, a bottle of house wine or champagne (per couple), cash bars and more. Formal cocktail attire encouraged. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River St $199 per person 912-232-6404. info@savannahriverboat. com.

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

The most unique party in Savannah. This 3 hour cruise features hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors and cash bar on board. Advanced reservations required. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River St Adults $79.95 (21 & Up Only) 912-232-6404. info@savannahriverboat. com.

New Years Eve Dinner and Party

Executive chef Anthony Burdo will delight guests with a four-course meal paired with a bottle of bubbly. Enjoy live music from the Sapphire Bullets. Then, dance and drink in the Grand Ballroom and toast to 2018 at midnight. 7 p.m. Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin), 1 Resort Dr. $129 dinner, $75 party, $179 for both

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Fireworks show launched from Tybee Island’s Walter W Parker Pier and Pavilion at the stroke of midnight. The celebration can be observed from the beach around the pier as well many of Tybee Island’s restaurants, night spots, and even privately on some hotel balconies. Tybee Pier Pavilion

New Year’s Eve w/ Elvis

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Elvis is in the building at Tybee Island Social Club. At midnight, enjoy a champagne toast with peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches. 10 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave. $10 advance, $12 door


Overcoming by Faith New Year’s Eve Celebration

Featuring music by the Overcoming By Faith Arts Ministries, food trucks, vendors, red carpet photo booth, and more. Fun for the entire family. 7 p.m. Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

Up the Cup Countdown

Ring in 2018 with live music and DJs and a light show as a 6-foot “to go” cup rises on River Street. 4 p.m.-Midnight River Street

Ring In the New Year at City Market Outdoor street party with live music. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. City Market

MONDAY 1. 1 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge

Join thousands of brave souls and take the plunge into the brisk Atlantic Ocean at 12 noon on New Year’s Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tybee Pier & Pavilion $25 registration adults; $15 kids under 12

Cheers to a New Year

Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters, Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread. noon The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $25

WEDNESDAY 1. 3 Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue Freaks, wonders and human curiosities galore. 8 p.m. The Stage on Bay, 1200 West Bay St. $15

Film: Mystery Screening of British Suspense Thriller

Which little-known British-made suspense thrilelr from the late 1950s will the Psychotronic Film Society show? All but forgotten in Great Britain, where it was made, and essentially unknown here in the states, this decidedly peculiar and clever murder mystery stars the criminally underrated, German-born leading man and character actor Peter Van Eyck. It is a tense and unpredictable B&W thriller that deserves greater acclaim, and should be appreciated by all fans of well-made suspense flicks. The exact title remains a closely guarded secret until showtime. Take a chance, buy a ticket and be pleasantly surprised! 8pm The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $7



champagne toast at midnight with peanut butter bacon banana sandwiches

$10 advance/$12 door

live music 8p show starts 10p *regular menu served all night, ticketed entry begins at 9p

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Chickens come home to roost in final City budget BY JIM MOREKIS

A CITY which for decades has prided itself on rock-solid financial management found itself staring into the abyss at year’s end, asking itself: Where did all the money go? It’s now a common refrain at local cafes, bars, offices and kitchen tables. How can a metro area with about 14 million visitors a year, one of the Western Hemisphere’s busiest ports, two key military bases, two universities and a globally-hyped art school be in such poor fiscal shape? Where did all the money go?

That’s right — a Savannah that is already broke must go deeper into debt to complete the new arena, groundbreaking on which isn’t even expected until sometime in 2019. At last week’s pre-meeting workshop discussing the budget, the arena was a topic of conversation. “Can I ask a question?” said Alderman Tony Thomas to City Manager Hernandez. “Do we really have enough money to start all this?”  To which Hernandez replied in frank fashion: “To start, yes.”  It’s then that the news came out, almost casually, that the plan is for the City to float new bonds in order to complete construction of the new arena. (An arena the actual purpose of which was still being

Because of this, our chickens have come home to roost. A lack of imagination and discernment have made the problem worse. I’ve written many times in this space that the tourism number the City bases much of its decisions on is inflated. It’s not that anyone is lying. It’s true that we get about 13-14 million visitors a year — but a visitor isn’t the same as a tourist. And that’s the mistake we keep making. We make very serious long-term financial commitments based on an assumption that arguably doesn’t reflect reality as accurately as it should. The official visitor number to Savannah, bandied about by politicians and planners and developers, includes day-trippers.

That’s right — a Savannah that’s already broke must go deeper into debt to complete the new arena, groundbreaking on which isn’t even expected until sometime in 2019.

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It has been the job of City Council and new City Manager Rob Hernandez over the past few weeks to carve out a budget for 2018 which in some way attempts to stem the bleeding and keep the City within fiscal restraints. However, old habits die hard. Their solution was arguably the worst of all worlds. In a nutshell, it combines a deeply unpopular new Fire Fee with extensive service cuts, which unfortunately don’t address the core problem: Savannah is committed to more large projects than we can afford even under the new budget regime. As deliberations went on, the magnitude of Savannah’s penchant for having bigger eyes than its budgetary stomach became starkly clear. For example, the massive commitment to a new Westside Arena — which to be fair was embarked upon before this Council and City Manager — has ballooned into a budget buster all its own. The arena project was sold to the public as a gimme, because the building itself is funded purely through a special one percent sales tax (SPLOST). However, what the City has never adequately explained was the scope of the project’s entire infrastructure cost — a cost which SPLOST specifically does not fund and which we are now informed we 8 must borrow more money to pay for.

debated at the meeting, by the way.) Keep in mind that one of the barriers to sound fiscal management that Hernandez had already identified is the fact that Savannah has piled up bond indebtedness for various capital projects. Our dependence on them is apparently increasing, not decreasing. With SPLOST projects like the new arena, government ties its own hands, as these capital expenses are legally bound to go ahead now that voters have had their say by passing the last round of SPLOST with the approved project list. On the other end of town, another massive capital project is underway in one of the easiest-flooding, lowest-lying areas in the county. The “new” Savannah River Landing will feature more debt-driven, taxpayerunderwritten development, in the form of a parking garage and greenscaping for a private sector project. The development will spill across President Street — perhaps literally given the swampy topography — to a new hotel. Well at least the crosswalks over President Street are already built! This stubborn commitment to admirably big ideas that unfortunately we just can’t afford is a feature, not a bug. It has spanned mayoral administrations and to a lesser extent, city managers themselves.

So if you’re coming into Savannah from Effingham County for a dentist appointment, you’re counted in that 14 million. Our actual tourist number is closer to half that figure — roughly 7 or so million a year, about the same as Charleston’s actual tourist number. Still very healthy, and still a very good thing. But my point is that many of our long-term financial decisions are being based on a number twice that big. We are paying the price now, literally,. I have written about this for years. But it’s like banging my head against a brick wall at this point for all the good it’s done. So many of our problems and their possible solutions are staring us in the face. Savannah will cut the Rape Crisis Center’s already miniscule budget to save money, but we will not look at how revenue at the Port of Savannah is almost all extracted profit — the community itself makes almost no money off the recordshattering traffic. Savannah will institute a new Fire Fee which might not even be enforceable, but we will not look at how the sizeable revenue from the hotel/motel tax essentially exists to fund the tourism industry in a self-perpetuating, closed circle. But the silver lining is that these dots are now easier to connect. I only hope it’s not too late to begin making the right decisions. CS

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THE LAST column of the year is always the hardest. Not because I’ve run out of ideas—nope, y’all are way too weird and interesting for that to happen—but because I get a little overwhelmed with transitions. Most folks are dancing a Tecktonik jig to see 2017 left behind in the rearview mirror like a mountain of used cat litter and broken lawn furniture, and believe me, I’m vogueing and jerking right along with you. This year has brought dung storms both figurative and literal, from the plutocratic crapnado in Washington to the rivers of raw sewage unleashed by hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico. 2017 will also go down as the year the impossibly surreal became everyday reality, evidenced by the talking turd in the White House and how squiggle-shaped eyebrows became a thing. There have been some majestic moments, too, like when the sun disappeared into totality and some of the patriarchy’s most loathsome pervs got fired. Still, it’s been a lot to handle, and if next year is going to be as dizzyingly irrational as this one, I’d like to be prepared, ideally by booking a seat on Space X’s first Uber to Mars. If that waiting list is too long, I’ll settle for a trip on one of the Pentagon’s UFOs. At the very least, it would be nice to have a few clues on what to expect here on earth in 2018, which is why I put in a call to The Savannah Psychic. It seems plenty of other folks clamoring to know what’s in store for the next year, because TSP has been making the rounds at holiday parties all month, the lines for her readings snaking around the crudité tables at Custard Boutique and Paris Market. I never caught a glimpse of her at these gatherings, however, as I was too busy chatting up the punch bowl. You’d think nothing else could shock me after this upside-down year, but it was a bombshell to discover that the city’s eponymous clairvoyant is not a wizened crone wearing a turban and wielding tarot cards in Colonial Cemetery. Instead I was delightfully surprised to meet Christi Powell, a chic, quick-witted blond in pearls who looks more likely to prepare my taxes than reveal the secrets of the universe, which is awesome because haven’t we all learned by now that defying

expectations is what this year was all about? Describing herself as a “recovering corporate ladder climber,” Christi moved to Savannah via Chicago after a transcendental vacation led her away from a soulsucking work environment and the biting cold to begin a new career as a professional oracle in the Hostess City. She first realized she was psychic as a child in the Midwest, but shut down her gifts after several disturbing premonitions came true. “You can’t talk about that stuff in Kansas,” she says drolly as we add sugar to our tea. I swirl my cup around so she can read the leaves, but Christi just laughs. “I don’t use any tools or anything,” she explains, adding that she honed her abilities in her late 20s at Chicago’s InVision School, founded in 2003 with the philosophy that everyone has psychic capacities that can be developed. “Some people have more natural proficiency that others, but it’s really an innate human gift.” “So, no crystal ball?” I ask, thinking this situation isn’t nearly weird enough for the end of 2017. “No, but I can pull one up on my phone if you like,” she offers with a grin. I shrug and spill out my list of burning questions for 2018, including what will go into the vacated Save-A-lot on Bull Street, how many Congressional seats will get flipped in November, and most importantly, will the Dawgs win the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day and what will the point spread be so I can bet on it and become fabulously rich? Again, Christi shakes her head with a tinkling giggle. “I don’t do that either. What I do is work with energy, clearing out and healing old patterns and identifying possibilities.” She admits she sees potential outcomes “like a movie,” but doesn’t present them as immutable conclusions. “When you put energy into the future, it changes it everything,” clarifies the thoroughly modern medium, agreeing that this is in the same vein as the quantum physics theorem that demonstrates how observation affects results. “Everyone has free will, and everyone has the right to a surprise.” She also scoffs at New Year’s resolutions, which she says set people up for failure. “Let go of expectations, and better things will come in,” she counsels. “The best ways to invite positivity in your life is change up your routine—it can be a simply as getting new bedding or going to a different coffeeshop. Doing anything new that excites you is empowering.”



Christi gives private readings and performs healings for a growing list of clients, but doesn’t encourage regular visitations— “I’m not a therapist, and I don’t want people to use me as a crutch.” She says she’d rather help people help themselves and has developed a five-week program for athletes, actor and entrepreneurs to help focus their visions and manifest them into the physical plane. She promises she has her off-days, cracking jokes about not predicting a recent plumbing fiasco at her downtown carriage house and tagging posts on the @TheSavannahPsychic Insta account with #psychicfail. Nevertheless, when she closes her eyes and takes a few deep breaths, the countenance of the cute 30-something transforms, her voice becoming slower and deeper. She begins with answering my general questions, offering a study of Savannah itself, which she describes as a “very feminine essence held down somewhat by old Southern traditions, but constantly filling with fresh, creative energy,” boding well for prosperity and peace in 2018.

Moving on to the convoluted cloud of my personal life, she astonished me by revealing intimate knowledge she couldn’t possibly have been aware of, then “blew up” my aura to ensure that I’m not carrying over any stale energy from the old year. There was a subtle sensation, like my aura finally got to take off a pair of too-tight Spanx. I wasn’t able to get the UGA game results out of Christi, but she did mention getting a glimpse of me frolicking in the South of France, so that’s cool. While our friendly neighborhood soothsayer reminds that the future is never set in stone, she predicts that 2018 could be pretty darn super, as long as I keep the hand-wringing neurosis under control—a recommendation she extends to all. “Having fun is the quickest way to clear energy,” she advises. “The best way to bring in the good stuff is to lighten up.” So let’s heft 2017 onto the Great Garbage Fire of Auld Lang Syne, rejoice and raise a toast: Here’s to a brand spanking New Year bursting with possibilities, the future ready to be written by our own hands. CS

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The Savannah Psychic, aka Christi Powell, believes in free will over an immutable future, but she can still reveal 2018’s paths and possibilities. PHOTO BY APT. B PHOTOGRAPHY


NEWS & OPINION YEAR IN REVIEW 2. Hurricane Irma: No Matthew, but no joke either

1. City budget burns with a Fire Fee

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Savannah was blindsided this fall by the announcement right before City Council budget time that … we’re apparently broke. City Manager Rob Hernandez—brought in specifically to right what was widely thought to be a sinking ship—said there would be an estimated minimum $12 million shortfall. Hernandez laid out a grim picture of finances devastated by the breakup of the SCMPD merger, extraneous real estate purchases, upcoming bond issue commitments, and other things limiting revenue collection. The fact that the bad news came so late in the year, and required such a rush job to address, didn’t help matters. Initially, Hernandez presented a budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that was déjà vu from last year, only worse. In 2016 he had initially proposed a 30 percent cut in the 2017 arts budget and the social services budget. This year, Hernandez proposed a full 100 percent cut to the arts and social services budgets for 2018. The outrage rang from one end of town to the other. The “solution?” An almost equally unpopular measure called the Fire Service Fee. While the Fire Fee was sold as a way to make everyone equally responsible for a service everyone needs access to, in

practice the Fee was seen as a gouge to lowincome residents. Undercutting the rationale was the fact that City property taxes will actually be lowered to mitigate its impact on homeowners—something sure to be appreciated but which also leaves one wondering, what’s the point of adding the fee to raise badly needed money if you’re also going to cut taxes? It seems to many that the Fire Fee was oversold as a simple solution to a very complex problem—a problem which centers on spending money we don’t have. Case in Point: Even during the most tense portions of the City Council’s deliberations on the budget shortfall, Mayor DeLoach wanted to add a previously unbudgeted line item costing the City nearly an extra $3 million. The funds were to go to an early childhood education program in partnership with the Savannah-Chatham School Board. Only problem was, most of the School Board was completely unaware of the plan, as were most City Council members. Besides its financial impact, the whole process has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth that will surely affect the next municipal election in some form or fashion. —Jim Morekis

The streets weren’t completely clear of Hurricane Matthew debris when Hurricane Irma started heading for Savannah. The second major hurricane in our area in under a year (and they say global warming doesn’t exist), Irma was forecast to decimate the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. Early predictions saw Irma hitting Savannah as a Category 4 storm. City officials were heavily criticized for waiting until nearly the last minute to order a mandatory evacuation for Matthew. As a likely result, Savannah residents took storm preparations into their own hands and watched Irma from thousands of miles away, resulting in a slow building panic. The scary part of Irma was its size and the uncertainty as to where the eye would make landfall. It was the strongest hurricane observed in the Atlantic since 2005 with 185 mph maximum sustained winds. During its approach, Irma routinely strengthened and weakened, leaving weather experts confused as to what path it would take. As Irma decimated Barbuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Anguilla, Chatham County residents feared the worst for our area. The first area school to close was SCAD, which delayed the start of its fall quarter by a week and closed residence halls. While that decision was likely made to prevent international students from having to travel unsafely, it still caused a mild panic that led to SCCPSS closing schools before the mandatory evacuation order was eventually given on Sept. 7. When the storm finally passed over Savannah on Monday, Sept. 11, it had weakened significantly from landfall. Though it’s unarguably a good thing the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been, residents still complained that the decision to evacuate was needlessly made, even after the disarray of Matthew. As Connect editor Jim Morekis wrote after Irma, “You can only complain about government overreach so much when literally every ‘spaghetti model’ shows the most powerful Atlantic storm ever recorded headed directly for Savannah. You can only complain about media sensationalism so much when you see entire island nations literally wiped off the map due to a Category 5 storm forecast to come your way in a few days.” The city’s response to Irma was timely, responsible and made under a lot of uncertainty. CEMA’s improved operations since Matthew helped save a lot of lives. It just goes to show that hindsight is 20/20 and we’re all budding meteorologists with perfect vision. —Rachael Flora



The individual bodies couldn’t figure out what they wanted even among themselves. Chatham County Chairman Al Scott and County Manager Lee Smith appear to have hired new Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley with zero input from County Commissioners and without a formal candidate search. It all takes place amid the backdrop of the multigenerational cultural and political clash between the urbanized City of Savannah and the suburban unincorporated area of Chatham County.  Right now, both bodies are claiming this is what’s best for their respective constituencies. The City of Savannah claims this will enable the now close to fully-staffed City department to more adequately cover the area within City limits. Chatham County says this will keep their tax money policing Chatham County, instead of going to subsidize police work in the higher-crime City.  However, the City’s current dire budget situation is spurred at least in part due to about $9 million in unbudgeted costs due to the collapse of the merger.  As for the County, it remains to be seen if a new, smaller department can keep up with the alarming increase in crime the unincorporated area is now seeing. —Jim Morekis

3. Georgia Southern/Armstrong ‘merger’: A hostile takeover?

In the first days of 2017, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced plans to consolidate Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University. In the final days of 2017, the Board passed the resolution to merge the two. The shock wave among those most affected has yet to subside. The year-long saga of the two popular universities was contentious and confusing. The announcement on Jan. 6 came as a surprise without input from either institution’s population. Armstrong students staged protests, but the vote to approve the resolution five days later made it clear that the Board had already made up its mind. There was little information on the merger throughout the year, leaving Armstrong faculty and staff unsure about where they stood. One of the first recommendations approved by the consolidation committee was to dissolve all Armstrong sports teams, causing major unrest in the student body. The Armstrong Pirates had collectively amassed 5 NCAA DII National Championships and 35 Peach Belt Conference titles in six years, as noted by Athletic Director Lisa Sweany at the time. Details released in August revealed that the merger was more of an acquisition.

Georgia Southern’s current president Jaimie L. Hebert will serve as president of the new institution, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The new institution will consist of nine colleges spread over two campuses. The new academic program has been released with information on where specific programs will be offered. While some programs are offered at only one campus, it appears that the majority of the programs are offered at both campuses. As reported in August, the health colleges will be in Savannah and the engineering college will be in Statesboro. Georgia Southern is located in Statesboro, 52 miles from Armstrong’s campus, forcing some students to decide between commuting, moving, or transferring. The first class under the “New Georgia Southern” will enter the school in fall 2018. Connect reported in September that each active Armstrong student is ensured a degree in their current track until spring 2020, but students now have four semesters to complete their programs. Armstrong’s rich history in Savannah began with the founding of Armstrong Junior College in 1935. The institution moved to its present campus on the Southside in the late 1960s. While the campus’ buildings will retain their historic names, the loss of Armstrong as an institution is a major blow to Savannah history. —Rachael Flora

4. SCMPD’s nasty divorce is final

The Savannah Police and the Chatham County Police were merged in 2005, forming the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. Less than ten years later, discussions and disputes began over shared funding responsibilities, new precinct headquarters, and response times. Beginning Feb. 1, 2018, there will once again be a Savannah Police Department and a Chatham County Police Department.  Citizens and politicians are always complaining about crime in Savannah, and how it should be the number one public policy priority. But at least since 2014, the Chatham County Commission and the Savannah City Council have been at mutually acrimonious loggerheads over the issue of a merged police department with jurisdiction over the entire county. (There are several municipalities in Chatham County with their own police departments, such as Pooler and Tybee Island, etc.; these will be unaffected by the de-merger.)  The City accused the County of never communicating with them. The County accused the City of the same.  They disagreed on funding amounts, funding formulas, and funding responsibilities—after allegedly figuring all that out in order to merge the departments in the first place. 

5. Buddy Carter’s tumultuous Town Hall meeting

On February 21, hundreds of people packed Armstrong State University’s Armstrong Center for a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Buddy “Earl” Carter (R-Savannah), the first in the U.S. representative’s tour around Georgia’s District 1. While Carter fielded questions about Social Security, campus rape, Russian influences in the 2016 Presidential election and whether he would demand to see Trump’s missing taxes, the majority of the meeting focused on the Republican Congress’ intention to “replace and repeal” the Affordable Care Act. His Powerpoint presentation, which included a slide entitled “The Broken Promises of Obamacare,” was met with angry boos and insistence that he refer to the legislation by its proper name. The few Carter supporters in the room attempted to quiet down the crowd as Carter explained the key points of the new plan, citing leadership from Tom Price, the former Georgia congressman hired by the Trump administration to fill the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price resigned from the position in September after it was revealed that he spent over a million dollars in taxpayer money to travel on private jets. What made Carter’s February town hall notable were the 300+ attendees who were

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The crowd was boisterous waiting to boo Rep. Buddy Carter as he departed a contentious town hall meeting at the Armstrong Center.




not able to fit in the auditorium and staged a protest in the Armstrong Center lobby. The gathering was mostly peaceful except for a skirmish involving a local insurance agent who allegedly shouted a bigoted epithet at and pushed one of the protestors. The volume of the crowd in the lobby was significant, however, and video clips from the scene could be glimpsed on national footage as news outlets covered a wave of congressional town hall protests around the country. Carter staged a follow-up town hall in April, held at Bible Baptist Church on Skidaway Road. While well-attended, the scene was far less contentious, possibly due to required advance tickets and a beefed-up security presence. Democrat and former Bernie Sanders delegate Lisa Ring is challenging incumbent Carter’s District 1 seat in the November 2018 election. —Jessica Leigh Lebos

“Chief Lumpkin leaves in place a department with two qualified Assistant Chiefs, and over 600 high quality officers,” said Mayor DeLoach on Lumpkin’s departure. I have spoken with the City Manager and we will be conducting a nationwide search to find the best candidate to be our next Chief,” said the Mayor. Candidate searches cost money, of course, and that will add another line item to an already stressed City budget in the wake of the de-merger. —Jim Morekis 

8. Talmadge Bridge over troubled water?

6. Tony Soprano Thomas censured by City Council

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Anyone who thought Tony Thomas would sit meekly while being formally censured by the rest of City Council this past spring doesn’t know Tony Thomas. Like a scene from a mob movie, the Sixth District Alderman basically ran the censure meeting himself like a boss, in one of the most remarkable bits of political theatre in Savannah in living memory. After footage made the rounds of Thomas making a sexist, vulgar comment to a local woman TV reporter, calls grew for Mayor Eddie DeLoach and Council to do something to address it. The latest Thomas-oriented controversy was on the heels of social media photos of the drunk alderman passed out in a chair in the DeSoto lobby on St. Patrick’s Day.  DeLoach made a brief video from Council chambers saying a move to formally censure Thomas was deemed the right thing and the only thing to do, given the totality of his actions. Problem is: To censure a council member takes a unanimous vote of all present.  DeLoach began the special called meeting this past May with a prepared statement.  “I stood up for [Tony] at St. Patrick’s Day and asked everybody to go for one more chance,” the Mayor said. “But I also told him, Tony, this is your chance but if this happens again I have no other choice but to call you on it.” Then it was Tony’s turn to defend himself. And in his mind, the best defense was a good offense.  Down the line, Thomas addressed nearly every member present, including the mayor, openly threatening each of them with exposing what he said were damaging secrets of their own.  Of Alderwoman Carol Bell, he alluded 14 to a scholarship program she is involved

Top: Tony Thomas at his censure meeting (photo by Orlando Montoya). Bottom: The Talmadge Bridge and the Confederate Memorial in Forsyth Park.

with, strongly suggesting that it’s run in an unethical fashion. He alleged that Aldermen Julian Miller and Brian Foster were also drunk with him on St. Patrick’s Day. (Miller responded, “You don’t even know how you got to the Hilton that day.”) As for Mayor DeLoach, he said, “I want to challenge you publicly to submit to any alcohol or drug test that I will. This is a smokescreen for your own personal issues.” But the show was just getting started. Midway through the hearing, as if on cue, a late-arriving Alderman Van Johnson walked in and took his seat. Johnson immediately began questioning the terms of the censure hearing. “The St. Patrick’s incident shouldn’t be in this resolution … I don’t believe in kicking a man while he’s down,” said Johnson. In disbelief, Mayor DeLoach attempted to debate Johnson about the hearing, saying it was “another attempt to cover up” for Thomas.  At which point, Thomas interrupted and

intoned in a threatening voice: “You need to be very careful, Mr. Mayor.” In the end, Johnson’s vote was needed for a unanimous tally, so he got the concessions he wanted. Alderman John Hall summed up the feelings of many when he desperately pleaded aloud to no one in particular: “Why are we being put through all this?” And finally the vote came to censure Thomas—in possibly the only censure meeting in history where the person being censured left with more power than when he came in. —Jim Morekis 

7. Chief Lumpkin peaces out

Breaking news as we put this issue together is the shock announcement that Chief Joseph Lumpkin is resigning from Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Dept. to take a similar job in DeKalb County, Ga. The timing of course is fortuitous—he will begin the new job four days before SCMPD itself ceases to exist, split into two departments.

Amidst the national discussion around Confederate monuments, the Savannah City Council passed a resolution on September 28 calling for Georgia lawmakers to rename the Eugene Talmadge Bridge —which while not memorializing the Confederacy per se, nonetheless does glorify a particularly nasty era in Georgia history. Built in 1953 over the Savannah River by the State Highway Board, the original Talmadge Bridge memorializes the former L Democratic Georgia governor, best known a for his white supremacist campaign platforms and advocacy of lynching African Americans. The Georgia Assembly chose to carry on the name after a more modern truss replaced the first bridge in 1991. Currently overseen by the Georgia Dept. of Transportation, any change to the bridge name must be conducted at the state level. Several attempts to rename the bridge have been put forth over the years, most recently by a Savannah-based activist group called Span the Gap. Founded by artist Lisa D. Watson in 2015 and currently headed by Savannah native and Harvard Law alum Ron Christopher, Span the Gap hosted a panel in conjunction with the Beach Institute on September 5. Moderated by former mayor Otis Johnson and featuring a line-up of community activists and leaders, the panel was also attended by Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannnah), chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, who announced that he would push the issue during the next legislative session, though he warned that it could be challenging to win support from other lawmakers. Two years ago, Span the Gap sponsored an online petition that garnered thousands of responses in favor of removing Talmadge’s name from the bridge and replacing it with Tomochichi, the Yamacraw chief who aided General Oglethorpe in his efforts to settle Savannah. In October, the Girl Scouts of America launched its own petition asking Gov. Nathan Deal to rename the bridge after Girl Scouts founder and Savannah native Juliette Gordon Low. The City of Savannah resolution calls for renaming it simply “The Savannah


Bridge.” “We will drive over the iconic bridge that leads to our city that will no longer be named for a man that divided us, but for the city that we are all proud to call our home,” DeLoach said when he presented the proposal to the rest of the council in August. The Georgia Assembly is expected to review and vote on the name change when it convenes again this spring. —Jessica Leigh Lebos

9. Gray area for Confederate Memorial in Forsyth Park

After a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.. became murderous, the push was renewed all over the country to remove Confederate-themed statuary from public spaces. The last time the country saw such a movement was in the wake of the Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston. But as with much social media-driven activism, that push mostly petered out, leaving Savannah unaffected. With this year’s unrest, however, Savannah City Council very proactively took up the issue of the Confederate Memorial dominating Forsyth Park. Actually one of the few openly Confederate-themed items in this mostly-colonial city, the monument is dedicated to Civil War dead, and also features two Confederate busts at its base. Mayor Eddie DeLoach announced a task force to take up the issue of the monument, with a strong eye toward doing a better job of historic interpretation, rather than attempting to remove it entirely, which would set up a legal struggle with the state

of Georgia, which currently has legislation limiting altering or moving monuments. The move received strong City Council support, and was perhaps intended to be bolstered by a survey gathering public opinion on the matter. However, the survey said: Don’t mess with the monument. Almost twice as many respondents, both residents and non-residents (a nod to the tourism component?), said to leave it alone entirely. The irony of the situation is that the Confederate Memorial is one of the few historic structures in this very historic town currently without signage or a plaque explaining its construction and provenance. It’s just sort of ... there. By adding such interpretation, we would only be bringing the Memorial up to speed with most contributing structures in the downtown National Landmark Historic District. —Jim Morekis

10. Savannah foodie scene simmers The local culinary scene always serves up a full plate, and there was no shortage of delicious drama this year for Savannah foodies. In June, the closing of The Florence had a lot of folks crying into their napkins. Whether it was the midtown location or the pricey menu that did in the Italianinspired eatery, not even the blessing of celebrity chef/co-owner Hugh Acheson could salvage the three-year venture. But the restaurant show must go on: In August, Tony Seichrist of the Wyld Dock Bar announced he had bought out the lease from Acheson on the former ice factory on Victory Drive and is collaborating

with Atlanta chef Landon Thompson on a “casual Mexican” concept for the downstairs space and a raw bar upstairs. Coyote is slated to open in early 2018. Meanwhile, former Florence chef Kyle Jacovino has risen from the ashes with the 1540 Room, part of the Desoto hotel’s stunning refurbishment. Inspired equally by fresh bounty from local farms and his family’s Mediterranean roots, Chef Jacovino creates a dining adventure where paella and handmade pastas are served alongside just-pulled greens and heritage Southern rice. South of Forsyth is getting spicy with all kinds of new business, including Bull Street Taco and the coffeeshop/art place Henny Penny, part of the Foxy Loxy culinary empire that also opened the plantbased oasis Fox and Fig on Troupe Square towards the end of the year. On the west end of downtown, fine-palated boozehounds welcomed the opening of the gorgeously appointed Prohibition on MLK Blvd, and the geniuses of the Gaslight Group anchored a fine dining presence on the quieter side of Broughton Street with East End Provisions. Restaurant power couple Ele and the Chef elevated grilled cheese to gourmet dimensions with Little Duck Diner on Ellis Square, while their upscale Ele became the family-friendly Current on Whitemarsh Island. Lunchtime got a whole lot more exciting with Brian Torres’ and Sky Hoyt’s renewed culinary collaboration of Fork & Dagger near the Savannah Law School, and Chef James Levens serves up sammies late into the night at the Diplomat Luncheonette. CONTINUES ON P. 16


Left to right: Dusty Church of Savannah Pride, Evonia Pollard of Transgender Empowerment Education, therapist and advocate Karen Abato and First City Network chair Michael Ploski at the new Savannah LGBT Center.

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Volunteer hosts at WRUU; photo from our story on the station’s opening earlier this year.

Food trucks enjoyed an ever-increasing following thanks to the implementation of last year’s ordinance, resulting in a steady weekend presence near Ellis Square and other pop-up locales. The Savannah Food Truck Festivals drew thousands of hungry Savannahians in search of Dark Shark Tacos, Big Bon Pizza and Chazito’s Cuisine. The Grey and Chef Mashama Bailey continued to rack up accolades around the world and was named 2017 Restaurant of the Year by the prestigious Eater magazine. Finally, after a several delays and a dead tree, the long-awaited Husk Savannah was scheduled to open soon after Christmas. Bon appétit to all! —Jessica Leigh Lebos

11. LGBT Center opens doors

After more than 30 years of planning and fundraising, Savannah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community opened a safe space of its own this summer. Located on the bustling Bull Street corridor south of Forsyth Park, the LGBT Center features spacious classrooms, an art gallery and a mental health clinic as well as office space for various organiza16 tions: Savannah Pride, Stand Out Youth,

the Georgia AIDS Coalition and Transgender Empowerment Education each have a designated presence to grow their membership and offer services to the estimated 10,000-15,000 local LGBTQ citizens. Run by volunteers, the center operates under the “mothership” of the First City Network, Georgia’ oldest LGBT organization. FCN began in the 1980s as an activist group raising awareness about AIDS and has grown into one of Savannah’s most formidable business and political influences, collecting over $75,000 for the longawaited center. Adding to the fundraising efforts were multiple benefit shows by local musicians and the performers of House of Gunt, Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque and the Club One Cabaret. Hundreds of residents, business people and local dignitaries—gay and straight— showed up to the ribbon-cutting on July 13, including former mayor Edna Jackson and Alderman Van Johnson. The party flowed from inside, where Peter Roberts of Location Gallery showcased work from LGBTQ artists, to the parking lot, where folks rejoiced under rainbow flags to live music from the Christy Allen Band and beer from Service Brewing. “We see it as a place for the community

and also a resource for gay tourists,” explains FCN chair Michael Ploski, who took over the helm this year from longtime advocate Billy Wooten. “This is where they can come and get information about what’s here in Savannah. It’s been a long time coming.” —Jessica Leigh Lebos

12. Mayhem in City Market

Even by the standards of a crime-weary city, the fatalities in City Market over the fourth of July celebration were shocking. A crowd was raked by gunfire from a vehicle allegedly driven by 17-year-old Jerry Chambers, who had gotten off an armed robbery charge just a year prior. In the car with him were Gabriel Magulias, 20, and Spencer Stuckey, 17. While no one was killed by gunfire, several were hit by bullets. The deaths came later. The vehicle with the three young men led police on a high-speed chase first to the west, then back east on Bay Street. Just a few yards from the site of the original shooting, the vehicle collided with a lightpost, killing Magulias and Stuckey. Also dead was a pedestrian, Scott Waldrup, who was walking on Bay Street with Mashama Bailey, executive chef at The

Grey. Waldrup was struck by the vehicle before it crashed, and according to eyewitnesses helped push people out of the way before he himself was hit. He was 30 years old. At the wake held for Waldrup, The Grey owner Johno Morisano said: “What is going on here, it’s not a black or white issue. It’s not a gay or straight issue. It’s a Savannah issue Political and cultural loyalties don’t matter when people are dying. We can no longer stick our heads in the ground or accept the paralysis because of social, racial and class divides.” Despite the horror of the incident—and despite the fact that the lone survivor of the vehicle, Chambers, faces three murder counts—SCMPD and Chatham County DA Meg Heap refused to include the three fatalities in the yearly homicide tally in the jurisdiction.  In our own running tally, listed each week on the Blotter page, we have opted to include the three fatalities—which is why our own tally is higher than the “official” homicide count. Given the scale of the incident and the extreme impact it had on the community, it just doesn’t seem to pass the smell test not to include them. —Jim Morekis



Living Colour was one of the many acts playing The Stage On Bay this year.

13. WRUU tunes us in, turns us on

2017 is the year that the community took back the FM radio waves. In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission passed the Local Community Radio Act, which allowed groups—including nonprofits, schools, Native American tribes, and more—to create low-power FM radio stations. Nestled between Top 40 rotations, digital DJs, aggressive advertising, and schmaltzy syndication, low-power FM stations offer a refreshingly human, truly local element to the radio. With the ability to make hyper-local content, discuss city and state issues indepth, and play the kind of tunes you’ll never hear on Clear Channel stations, Savannah was the perfect town to tune into the trend. Interested parties and individuals communed. The Unitarian Universalist Church led the way and completed the application by the October 2013 deadline, which included an in-depth proposal and a $3,500 engineering study. After four years of fundraising, awareness-raising, brainstorming, and volunteer recruitment, WRUU: Savannah Soundings had an online trial run, streaming on its website in fall 2015. By 2017, locals could finally turn their dial and tune into thoughtful discussions, intriguing interviews, and a host of unique music from far and wide. The “local radio with global soul” set up shop in a studio within the Unitarian

Universalist Church. On the very square where “Jingle Bells” was written, a group of volunteers flips the “ON AIR” light daily and broadcasts into local homes, businesses, and vehicles. These days, WRUU offers a diverse array of programming at all hours of the day. On The Box, Greg Hornak and John McNulty explore the world of electronic and experimental music and center the LGBTQ and DIY communities. Savannah Rising features Laura Shadley and Chelsea Haddad celebrating the history and cultures of indigenous peoples of the North American continent. On One Human Nation, Sandy Battise offers an honest and open discussion on race and racism in the United States. Wayne Waters’ Savannah Lexicon focuses on local politics and social and cultural issues, talking with city leaders, artists, writers, and more. In addition to the range of local shows, nationally-syndicated programs like Democracy Now! are also a key element of WRUU. Whether it’s outsider country, reggae music, or psychobilly, there’s always something new an unexpected to hear on the show’s spectrum of programming. None of it could happen without listener support, so drop a donation in their PayPal and tune in on your next commute. —Anna Chandler

On Thursday, April 13, the news started to circulate. The entire staff of The Lucas Theatre had been fired out of the blue, coming to work that morning just like normal to find that they were jobless. The decision came from the board of the nonprofit that runs the historic theatre, which is its own 501(c)(3) organization. The board of directors featured a working majority presence from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In a statement, SCAD said, “The Lucas Theatre Board has made the decision to mitigate financial losses and eliminate five positions. SCAD will continue to assist with regular financial contributions and operational support to help sustain The Lucas, which will remain a 501(c)(3), providing programming for the community and SCAD students.” SCAD has been involved with the theatre since its 1986 restoration through a partnership with the City of Savannah, a variety of fundraisers, and county taxpayers. The venue opened in December 2001, following a big donation from “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” star Kevin Spacey. In 2002, the theatre was named an “affiliate” of SCAD. As word of the firings spread, the community lashed back. As a primary venue for the Savannah Music Festival, the now-named Key Change Cabaret series, a variety of concerts, performances from the Savannah Philharmonic, and unique shows like the hyper-local “Life is a Carnival: A Tribute to The Band,” the gem of a theatre offered unique concerts and events in a gorgeous historic setting. Its popular film series was a date night destination and family tradition for many. Since SCAD has taken over programming, the Theatre has hosted a variety of programming, including a concert from Lee Ann Womack and Patty Griffin and a fundraiser for the Psychotronic Film Society. The latter provided hope that The Lucas could still be a place that values community efforts and the local oddities that make Savannah Savannah. Going into 2018, 1964: The Tribute, a Beatles band, returns to The Lucas, while films like “Metropolis,” a 4K restoration of “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Patton,” and the Harry Potter series will be screened. There has also been an uptick in Broadway and National Theatre Live screenings (look for Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” in May). Attendees may have to walk through college-appointed metal detectors now, but as Savannah continues to change, locals can still enjoy the soul of The Lucas. —Anna Chandler   CONTINUES ON P. 18

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A photo retrospective from our coverage of shows and events at Muse Arts Warehouse, such as Collective Face Theatre Ensemble, Performing Arts Collective, and the Psychotronic Film Society.

Savannah’s musical repertoire expanded with the addition of several new venues in 2017.             The year kicked off with the final touches being put on The Stage on Bay, a new venue booking eclectic concerts in West Savannah. On February 2, City Council voted 8-1 to deny an alcoholic beverage license to the new venue. The establishment was slated to open its doors the following day with a performance from the Marshall Tucker Band. Later, the Council reversed its original stance in order to dodge a $6 million lawsuit from The Stage’s CEO. The mess may have benefited the venue in the end—as the news circulated, locals got excited that a new venue would be booking touring national talent in Savannah, and the doors finally opened with a successful concert weekend on March 17. Since opening, the venue has hosted legacy acts like The Wailers, local performance troupe The Stardust Pixxies, rock gods Living Colour, neo-swingers Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, country faves Lonestar, and many more. In 2018, fans can look forward to performances from the Lowcountry’s own Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones, the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, Mike & The Mechanics, Blues Traveler, and more. Jazz fans rejoiced when the highly-anticipated Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant opened on Broughton Street, serving up delicious Southern fare from Chef Joe Randall with live jazz music onstage every night. Though the city boasts a plethora of talented jazz performers and a rich history of the genre, it has been years since Savannah had a dedicated jazz venue. Now, attendees can catch local jazz icons like Teddy Adams and Howard Paul, visiting artists, and unique combos at Good Times. Fans even enjoyed a residency from gypsy jazz favorites Velvet Caravan upon the venue’s opening. 2018 also holds the promise of new venues. The Trustees Garden, an exciting project that’s long been in the works, opens this year, hoping to “create a very popular gathering place where people can mingle daily with artisans, philosophers, scientists, writers, researchers and people from different disciplines and walks of life.” The venue will be on full display at Savannah Music Festival, welcoming favorites like Jason Isbell and Tedeschi Trucks Band to the brand-new stages. — Anna Chandler


16. All-Ages shows: Unicorn found

2017 is the year that highly-anticipated changes finally came to the Savannah alcohol ordinance. Since 2006, folks under the age of 21 were not allowed entry into concerts in alcohol-serving venues. In other cities, where attendees get carded and receive a wristband or hand stamp to signify their underage status, Savannah was cut and dry, prohibiting a huge percentage of its population from enjoying Savannah’s eclectic music scene. In 2015, city officials proposed revising the alcohol ordinance so that adults 18 and up be allowed to enter drinking establishments with live entertainment. Over the course of two years, the ordinance was revised to include the creation of a live entertainment venue license allowing 18 to 20-year-olds access to musical events and live performances in bars. Additionally, the ordinance allowed people of all ages to attend “event venues,” like The Lucas Theatre and The Stage on Bay, that also happen to serve alcohol during their events. On January 1, 2017, venues were able to apply for a license allowing 18 to 20-yearolds to enter the establishment when there is live music being played, excluding DJs and karaoke. While some venues prefer to keep their establishments 21-and-up and carried on as usual, several set out to adopt the new license and welcome a new generation of clientele into the music scene. The majority of The Wormhole’s ticketed concerts are now 18 and up (the Starland venue specifies on their website), allowing locals to catch shows from a wide variety of musical guests and comedians. Barrelhouse South often hosts free shows in their 21-and-up space, but when bigger acts like Perpetual Groove or Zach Deputy roll through, online ticket sales kick into place and 18 to 20-year-olds are welcome. After a year with the new licenses, there’s already been a cultural shift in the music scene, with Savannah’s generous college student population finally being able to enjoy live entertainment. —Anna Chandler

17. Muse: Mission Accomplished

While Savannah celebrated the opening of new venues, one close to our hearts closed in early 2017. Muse Arts Warehouse, the labor of love —both spiritually and physically—of JinHi Soucy Rand and her husband Mark Rand, closed its doors after seven years of theatre, music, art, spoken word, cultural celebration, and really good vibes. In her typical fashion, Soucy Rand sought and found the higher ground in the closing, which came as a result of the lease not being renewed in favor of converting

the historic rail depot into high-end residential. “We’re all still here, we’re all still producing,” JinHi told Connect back in February. “I hope people will continue to support the companies they knew here and follow them to their new spots around the city … We accomplished our mission.” One of the groups that had to find residencies elsewhere was The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble, now performing on the Savannah State campus. Collective Face Artistic Director David I.L. Poole told Connect: “What made this Muse soar was the vision and drive of JinHi Soucy Rand and Mark Rand. Without these two Willy Wonkas, this factory of wonders would not have been,” said Poole. —Jim Morekis

In Memoriam: Rest in Peace

Gregg Allman: One of the South’s favorite sons, Gregg Allman left behind an immortal musical legacy when he passed. The founding member of The Allman Brothers slipped away at home in Richmond Hill on May 27 after a battle with liver cancer. He was 69 years old. Three months later, his final album, Southern Blood, which Allman recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL with producer Don Was, was released to critical acclaim. Victoria Scalisi: When Savannah’s godmother of metal passed on August 2, the stories came pouring in from around the world. From her time in influential crust band DAMAD to her signature aggressive vocal style to her big heart and vibrant spirit, Scalisi’s memory will long be celebrated. Billy Lee: The founder of McDonough’s and Billy’s Place passed away December 21 after years of creating an iconic nightlife spot downtown. A Savannah High and Armstrong graduate, Lee served in the Korean War and owned multiple restaurants and bars over the years, opening his beloved pub in 1985. Francis Allen: The fairy godfather of Starfish Community Garden, The Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Slideluck, Stopover, the Unchained Tour and myriad other community and cultural efforts, the Statesboro native spread love, cheer and consciousness wherever he went. Bobi Perry: The longtime art advocate, collector and cheerleader was a redlipsticked fixture at First Friday Art Marches, gallery openings and community events, always with a flower on her lapel and red wine in hand. CS


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Those who do so once had plenty of company. Now they are outliers. While this trend is pleasing, we are a long way from unfurling the mission accomplished banner. In his book, “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives,” Jarrett Walker observes, “…in many urban regions, support for public transit is wide, but shallow. In his work, he’s found Back in 1997 when I wrote this column for the that people “want better transit for themGeorgia Guardian newspaper, being an advoselves or their communities, but they don’t cate for bicycling and walking in Savannah was know how to make it happen.” a lonely business. Today there’s wider public This describes the current moment in support. But there’s still much to be done. our community, when it comes to walking and bicycling. There is wide support, but a deeper commitment will be necessary to benefits that accrue to all citizens when make it happen. We seem stuck in limbo. our city is made safer and friendlier for To see a physical manifestation, follow people who walk and ride bikes. me down to Lincoln Street. I used to go to public meetings braced I’ve ridden, walked, or driven on Lincoln for anti-bicycling comments, not just from Street between Victory Drive and Henry other citizens, but from city officials and Street almost every day for the last three outside consultants. When people scoffed and a half years. When I arrive at work, I at the need for sidewalks, bike lanes, and can see the street from my office window. trails, they could find plenty of people to I know Lincoln Street, and can say this nod in agreement. for certain: People on bikes often outnumThat’s no longer the case. ber people in cars. If we include people Elected officials, government agency walking and using wheelchairs or other staff members, and everyday people who mobility assistance devices, motorists care enough about their community to become an even smaller minority. stand up and make comments at public “They do use it.” meetings, are more often in agreement on However, the majority of the street is the need for safe, family-friendly streets. still devoted almost entirely to cars, both That’s because demand for better infrain motion and at rest. That doesn’t stop structure is so apparent, and the posithe steady stream of people on bikes from tive effects other cities have derived from claiming the tiny sliver of street allotted to investments in bike lanes, sidewalks, and them. trails are increasingly difficult to dismiss.

They often share it with people walking and using wheelchairs in areas where sidewalks are too narrow or damaged to allow safe passage. And they use the bike lane despite these reasons not to: • It is on the wrong side of the street. • The pavement markings have been worn in many places by car tires. • People regularly park their cars in the bike lane because they know it’s unlikely that they will get a parking ticket. They can also be confident they will never, ever be towed. • Damaged pavement that makes it uncomfortable and even hazardous to people on bikes. • Residents regularly pile yard debris in it. The fact that so many people travel in the Lincoln Street bike lane every day, even when they are certain to encounter a litany of obstacles and frustrations, suggests how many more people would do so if these deterrents were removed and our bicycle network expanded. Again, there is now wide public support for investing in better infrastructure and increasing mobility options, even among people who don’t ride bikes. The benefits are indisputable. Want to increase retail sales? Add bike lanes and bike parking in retail districts. Want to lift more households out of poverty? Provide affordable commuting options so that a car is not required to get and keep a job. To deliver these desirable outcomes, from healthier children to more vibrant neighborhoods to a more prosperous community, we must go deep. CS

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What’s the connection between outlaw bikers and ball-peen hammers? I was at a wake for an old friend a few days ago. One of his sons is a member of a well-known organization of motorcycle enthusiasts, and a few fellow members at the wake wore typical outerwear unique to this organization. There were ball-peen-hammer patches on the jackets. One of them was wearing a T-shirt with crossed ball-peen hammers on it. What is up with the hammers? —Longhair75 THE bike enthusiasts he’s talking about are the Hells Angels. How do we know this? The ball-peen hammer is a tell. The Angels have a long-standing fondness for the tool, such that it’s all but considered the group’s trademark weapon. Still, patches or pins displaying hammers are ancillary to the marquee feature of a biker-gang jacket: the big patches on the back that bikers call their colors. (The term may extend to the entire garment they’re sewn on.) Often these consist of three separate pieces: two arc-shaped patches above and below, called “rockers,” naming the organization and the local chapter, and in between the club’s insignia—in the Angels’ case, a winged skull in profile. Think of these as the foundational text of a jacket, and the surrounding patches as chapters added later, identifying things like preferred weapon (hence the hammer), past drug use, or incarceration history. Variously colored wings, meanwhile, are said to indicate different outré sexual acts the wearer has gotten up to. You might also notice a patch bearing the device “1%.” Here the biker is proclaiming that he belongs to a group whose business may not be entirely on the up and up, a category covering not just the Angels but also rival clubs like the Bandidos, the Pagans, the Sons of Silence, et al. (Extralegal activities might include things like violence, drug-dealing, and gunrunning.) The emblem refers to a PR statement once issued by the American Motorcyclist Association to the effect that 99 percent of the riders out there were law-abiding, leaving just 1 percent who weren’t. This

Savannah’s Original Authentic British Pub! distinction was drawn back in 1947, meaning the motorcycling one-percenters long predate the Occupy Wall Street-era bogeymen who’ve now claimed their own place in the ranks of American villainy. Why the ball-peen, specifically? If any one Hells Angel started the tradition, he’s been lost to history, but you’ll find that broadly, bikers of the 1 percent like carrying around mayhem-ready implements that can at least nominally pass as being otherwise useful: I swear, officer—my old lady’s antique steam boiler needs riveting. Various outlaw factions are associated with different signature tools; the Sons of Silence, for instance, prefer utility flashlights. Screwdrivers are a popular option. Hunter S. Thompson’s 1966 book on the gang doesn’t mention hammers, true, but a later memoir by group leader Sonny Barger recalled punishment he’d visited on some guys who’d tried to steal his bike circa ’68: “We bullwhipped them and beat them with spiked dog collars, broke their fingers with ball-peen hammers.” A Reuters report describes a 2010 melee in Santa Cruz, California, where Angels squared off against members of another outlaw club called the Vagos, “some wielding ball-peen hammers.” (Their beef? Who’d get to hang out at the local Starbucks.) Over the border in British Columbia, two Angels pleaded guilty in 2014 to beating a man to death with baseball bats and ball-peens. Biker gangs like the Angels tend to be a bit touchy about their identifying garb— enough so that the medical literature has taken note. One entertaining paper I came across gives hospital emergency staff the skinny on what to do if an injured outlaw shows up. “Should a biker’s colors be removed during the course of his care,” its authors write, “physicians and staff would be prudent to treat his colors with respect or otherwise risk a hostile reaction.” On the other hand, there’s evidence these guys might be open to gentler methods of apparel-related conflict resolution. A 2013 New York Times article described the Hells Angels’ impressive legal apparatus, and their newfound enthusiasm for litigation over, say, laceration. This extends to the 18 versions of their symbols the organization has trademarked, which they guard aggressively. In 2008 the group went after a T-shirt maker who’d used the Angels’ name in its designs—defense counsel commended the plaintiffs for conducting business “civilly”—and in 2013 they sued Toys “R” Us, which was selling a yo-yo with an Angelsstyle death’s head on it. (Not your grandma’s Toys “R” Us anymore, apparently.) Both cases got settled out of court—but fortunately not too far out of court. CS BY CECIL ADAMS Send questions to Cecil via

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Man shot on Abercorn Street ‘involved in risky behavior’

Metro detectives are investigating a shooting of a man near Abercorn Street and W. Magnolia Avenue the evening of Dec. 22. Officers were called to the area just before midnight and discovered Ryan Kamalakis, 24, suffering from a gunshot wound. “Officers learned Kamalakis and Christian Newell, 20, rode to the area with two unidentified males. One of the men struck Newell in the head with a pistol, resulting in the gun going off and wounding Kamalakis. The two men then left the area with some of the victims’ belongings,” police report. Both victims were transported to a hospital for treatment. Detectives continue to investigate the case. “Evidence suggests the victims were involved in risky behavior at the time of the shooting,” police say.

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A month before the dissolution of the combined Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Dept. he has led for the last three years, Chief Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin announced that he will be leaving the post to take a job as Director of Public Safety in DeKalb County, Ga. His first day on the new job will be Jan. 28 — four days before SCMPD dissolves into two separate agencies. “I am of the opinion forward thinking internal and external Metro customers will attest investigates that I left this agency shooting after much better than I victim arrives at found it,” Lumpkin hospital wrote in his resignaDetectives are tion letter to the city.  investigating a shoot“Given the police ing that occurred enhancements in the near the intersection 2018 City of Savanof Anderson Street nah budget and conSoon-to-be former Chief Lumpkin and Habersham tinuity of leadership Street on Dec. 19. possessed by the two At about 11:00 assistant chiefs, I am p.m., officers responded to a local hospital of the opinion the future is bright for the new Savannah Police Department,” Lump- in reference to a shooting victim. Lashonda Pinkney, 37, had arrived by private vehicle. kin wrote. Pinkney told detectives the shoot“Within five years, the two current ing happened near Anderson Street and assistant chiefs will have completed the Habersham Street. Her injuries were noncultural change and disrupted the groups life-threatening. The circumstances are and gangs, which will result in every still under investigation. neighborhood being safer.”  In a statement, Mayor Eddie DeLoach Human remains found on Southside said, “Chief Lumpkin leaves Savannah in “There are no immediate signs of foul a much better place than when he arrived, play” in the discovery of a human body off including a double digit drop in part 1 River Bend Court on Dec. 19, police report. crimes, a 9% drop in violent crime, and a Officers were called to the first block of 32% drop in homicides from 2016-2017.” “Chief Lumpkin leaves in place a depart- River Bend Court about 3:35 p.m. in reference to the discovery of human remains. ment with two qualified Assistant Chiefs, “Although a positive identification and over 600 high quality officers. I have has not been made at this time, detecspoken with the City Manager and we will be conducting a nation-wide search to find tives believe it could be the body of a man reported missing in early 2017,” police say. the best candidate to be our next Chief,” However as of this writing, further testsaid the Mayor. ing was required to positively identify the Lumpkin came to Savannah after deceased. CS having already retired as police chief of Athens/Clarke County, from whom he received full retirement pay while workOUR HOMICIDE TALLY REFLECTS THREE FATALITIES ing here. OVER JULY 4 IN CITY MARKET, WHICH LOCAL AUThe City sent out a copy of the resignaTHORITIES DO NOT INCLUDE IN THE OFFICIAL TALLY. tion letter an hour after DeKalb County 22 announced the news.

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News That Sounds Like a Joke

• Arielle Bonnici, 26, of Huntington, New York, responsibly arrived at the Northport Police Department and Village Justice Court on Dec. 4 to answer a summons issued in May for possession of marijuana. But before she could even park her car, Bonnici, who was on her phone, attracted the attention of officers by cutting off an unmarked police vehicle and wheeling into the spot reserved for the chief of police. The Long-Islander News reported that when officers approached the car and Bonnici rolled down her window,

a cloud of marijuana smoke poured out, and she was promptly arrested for possession again, along with getting a ticket for using her cellphone while driving. She was able to kill two buds, er, birds, with one stone and appear before the court for both charges. • Meanwhile, in Newberry, South Carolina, 31-year-old Franklin Dell Hayes of Midlands appeared on Dec. 6 at his trial for his third charge of possession of methamphetamines. As the first day of the trial came to a close, The State reports, Hayes was ordered into custody, but when Newberry County sheriff’s deputies searched him before locking him up, they found ... 4 grams of meth in his pants pocket. Without knowledge of the new meth discovery, the jury sentenced Hayes to nine years in prison.

Questionable Judgment

Popeye’s preferred diet of spinach to pump up his biceps had to be healthier than what a Russian man has been injecting. Kirill Tereshin, 21, from Pyatigorsk in southwestern Russia, concocts a dangerous muscle-enhancing solution of olive oil, lidocaine and benzyl alcohol and injects it into his arm muscles, resulting in “bazooka” arms that doctors say may become paralyzed or even have to be amputated. Tereshin has so far used 6 liters of the fluid, and his biceps measure 23 inches, but he plans to continue injecting until they reach 27 inches. “I would like to get more than 1 million subscribers on Instagram and to stop working,” Tereshin told the Daily Mail. He’s considering an offer to become a porn star. “I love to be recognizable.”

What Could Go Wrong?

It was all fun and games until a drunk, naked man and his (also naked) companion crashed into a tree near La Grande, Washington, on Nov. 22. Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova told The Olympian that the couple were engaging in intercourse when the driver missed

a curve and left the highway. The woman was hospitalized with broken bones, but her 3-month-old child was unhurt in the backseat. The driver, who has three prior DUI convictions, was charged with felony driving under the influence, vehicular assault and endangering a child.


Male residents of Ringaskiddy in Ireland have at least one compelling reason to set down roots there: According to local lore, the nearby Pfizer plant, where Viagra is produced, emits “love fumes” that give men free erections. “One whiff and you’re stiff,” bartender Debbie O’Grady told The Times of London. Pfizer, however, disputes the tales, with a spokesperson saying: “Our manufacturing processes have always been highly sophisticated as well as highly regulated.” Still, locals speak of a baby boom after the plant opened in 1998, and men apparently regularly gather near the facility to inhale the fumes.

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Dovey the Shar Pei, of Edmond, Oklahoma, might be just a bit jealous of the new baby at his owners’ home. But in a classic passive-aggressive move, he settled on stealing pacifiers. Scott Rogers and his wife noticed that binkies were disappearing, but it wasn’t until Dovey started vomiting and losing weight in early December that they tracked down the lost items. KFOR-TV reports that Dr. Chris Rispoli of Gentle Care Animal Hospital took an X-ray of Dovey’s stomach and saw what he thought were seven to nine pacifiers. But when Rispoli opened up Dovey to remove them, he found 21 binkies. Turns out, Dovey was taking the pacifiers off the kitchen counter. “We’ve had corn cobs and socks and panties and things like that, but never 21 binkies,” noted Rispoli.we could have been in bed,” Claudell told The San Bernardino Sun. CS ANDREW MCMEEL SYNDICATE

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AS THE SUN sets on 2017 for the last time, the nightlife awakens and the bubbly begins to pour. Whatever your party style is, The Hostess City has a shindig for you to ring in 2018 on December 31.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner @Hyatt Regency Savannah

Looking for an elegant evening out? Head to Bay Street, where the Hyatt Regency shows off its recent renovations and new restaurant, Moss + Oak. Guests will enjoy a three course prix fixe menu from Executive Chef Alison Houston. If duck prosciutto and fig, sweet tea-braised beets and Georgia goat cheese salad, or baby fennel, Cipollini onions, heirloom carrots, and braised sunchokes with lobster glace delight your senses, make your reservations now. Diners also receive a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year—and bubbly goes beautifully with the Hyatt’s fabulous view of the River Street fireworks. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., $60, reservations through OpenTable or 912.721.4510

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Up the Cup @River Street

A Savannah tradition continues on the Waterfront. Join the countdown as a ginormous Wet Willie’s cup—Savannah’s take on Times Square’s famous ball— gracefully ascends the historic facades of River Street at midnight. The fun starts early, with Andrew Gill and Jim Marshall playing on the Rousakis Stage at 2:30 p.m. Keith & Ross and Junkyard Angel follow, and DJ Gabe keeps the party going late. 2:30 p.m., free, all-ages

City Market New Year’s Eve @City Market

Enjoy live music and revelry in the heart of downtown. Over at Wild Wing, Bucky & Barry kick it outside, while Liquid Ginger turns up inside with a Neon NYE theme.

New Year’s Eve Toga Party @The Rail Pub

Ditching the sky-high heels, bodycon dresses, ties, and typical New Year’s looks? Enter 2018 in classic comfort and kick 24 it old school at The Rail! Don your finest

sheet and mosey down to Congress Street to throw down at their New Year’s Eve Toga Party. Our advice to you? Start drinking heavily. 7 p.m., 21+

midnight champagne toast. Get a perfect view of the fireworks show while grazing on snacks, light desserts, and an open bar. $75 via, 21+

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Rockin’ Around the Clock New Year’s Eve @Edgar’s Proof & Provision

Studio 54 New Year’s Eve @Jazz’d Tapas Bar

Skip the downtown hustle—and dress up! Head to Habersham Village to honor your favorite HBO show. DJ OB-1 Benobi is on the decks, great drinks and food are on the menu. 8p.m., 21+

Edgar’s brings a new turn to NYE. With a Spin the Wheel game on the hour, the entire bar can score free champagne, premium brands at well pricing, or dollar shots (bartender’s choice). Feeling VIP? Upgrade to receive a complimentary aperitif, heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors, and exclusive drink specials. 7 p.m., $45 VIP, 21+

New Year’s Eve @Whitaker’s

No need to get gussied up here: throw on your jeans, head downtown, and keep it casual at Whitaker’s. Order a special like a jungle juice shot, a 40, a Jell-O shot, and more while playing pool and other bar games. With all-American tunes on the stereo, it’s a laidback affair with a free Champagne of Beers toast at midnight. 4 p.m., 21+

New Year’s Eve @Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Escape across the river and get a view of River Street’s celebrations from the other side. The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Grand Ballroom comes to life with dancing, craft cocktails, and a

Ready to rage all night? Take over all three floors of 51 Degrees for the full New Year’s experience. With a DJ on each floor, lasers, videos, and giveaways all night, you can dance ‘til last call with the best of ‘em. Doors at 8 p.m., $10, 21+

Throw it back with vintage style at Jazz’d. Make a reservation in advance to enjoy tapas for two, champagne, party favors, and a table for the whole evening. Dance all night while a DJ spins! 9 p.m., $160/couple, 21+

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise @ Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Sail in 2018! Hop on Savannah Riverboat’s three-hour cruise for hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors, and a cash bar on the water. Get back to harbor with plenty of time to hit the clubs and keep the merriment going ‘til close. Boarding at 8:30 p.m., sailing from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $79.95 via, 21+

2nd Annual New Year’s Masquerade @SEED Eco Lounge

Add a little mystery to your night at SEED. Wear your own mask, or decorate a hat or mask at the bar. DJ C. Rock spins Top 40, trap, house, and old school hits while attendees enjoy $500 in cash giveaways, a free champagne toast at midnight, free flow paint pens, party favors, and free swag. 9 p.m., 21+

New Year’s Eve Cooking Class @ Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table

Resolving to be a better cook in 2018? Get a jump start on that promise and escape to Chef Darin’s for a New Year’s cooking lesson! Learn something new in a three-and-a-half hour class and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, too. Pupils will learn to make a gorgeous feast: Coquilles St. Jacques (broiled scallops in a rich cream sauce), roasted boneless quail, wild rice and cherry stuffing, sautéed greens with grapes and garlic, and frozen champagne cream in a chocolate tulip. 6 p.m., $110, reservations via

NYE VIP Experience @B&D Burgers

The downtown burger destination gets a fab New Year’s makeover. Roar in 2018 at B&D’s Gatsby-themed shindig. Dress for the occasion and enjoy an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ. 9 p.m., $100 through Dec. 27, $125 through Dec. 30 via Eventbrite. com, $150 at the door, 21+

Dark Side/Light Side Ball @The Chromatic Dragon

Nerd out in the New Year! Honor Star Wars with cosplay, karaoke, and even cosplay karaoke. There will be game tournaments, drink specials all night. If you were expecting a ball to drop at midnight, think again—when the clock strikes twelve, it’s time to blow up Alderaan! 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve @El-Rocko Lounge

Rage all night in the glitz of Whitaker Street’s golden jewel, El-Rocko Lounge. Enjoy the acclaimed menu of barrel-aged cocktails, draught cocktails, and unique spirits while Savannah artists Pajahms and Clvlnd make you dance into 2018. 21+



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New Year’s Eve Party @Fannie’s on the Beach

Head to Tybee and get the best view of the island’s fireworks. Dance all night with Christy Alan Band and take the mic yourself for karaoke. $10 gets you party favors, a champagne toast, and a buffet with Hoppin’ john and collard greens for luck.

New Year’s Eve @Lizzy’s Tequila Bar & Grill A FAMILY FESTIVAL

Ring in the New Year with beloved local singer-songwriter Matt Eckstine and frosty margaritas. Stay on River Street, and you’ll get a top-rate view of the fireworks.

Glam Rock NYE @Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Wear your sleaze rock best and dance to KISS, Poison and more! 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at McDonough’s and Billy’s Place Get two experiences in one place! Upstairs at Billy’s Place, attendees can enjoy a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve menu of dinner and drinks. Downstairs, the beloved karaoke bar will be in full swing for down-to-earth revelry.

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New Year’s Eve Karaoke @Totally Awesome Bar

Be your own star in 2018! Grab the mic and sing 2017 away surrounded by ephemera of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Admission includes a complimentary drink at the stroke of midnight. $10, 21+

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Celebrate with a party fit for The King! A top-notch Elvis impersonator provides three hours of entertainment while guests enjoy peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches and champagne at midnight. $10 advance, $12 at door, 10 p.m.

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The downtown dance club will feature special DJs all night and the purportedly largest free champagne toast in the city at midnight. 8 p.m., 18+, $5 via electrostub. com

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The Club One Cabaret celebrates a new year with drag shows, over $5,000 in cash and prizes (including six annual all-accesses passes), a complimentary champagne toast, and the famous Club One balloon drop. Doors at 5 p.m., shows at 10:30 and 12:30 p.m., $15 via cluboneonline. com



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Enjoy a prix fixe dinner on Broughton Street. Good Times offers an early fourcourse dinner (5-7:30, $75/person) or a late six-course dinner (8:30-11, $125/person). The Teddy Adams Sextet performs, featuring Gine Rene on vocals.

Cheers to a New Year 2018 @The Grey

After you’ve rested up, head back downtown to The Grey to get your good luck feast on! Chef Mashama Bailey is cooking up traditional Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread. Plus, it’s all-youcan-eat oysters! Chase the hair of the dog with Service Brewing’s Lincoln’s Gift Oyster Stout and Rally Point Pilsner. Monday, January 1, 12 p.m., $25 (one drink ticket, one plate of food, all-you-can-eat oysters) CS

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Westin Savannah December 31, 2017 @ 7:00 PM Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen Join us for a delicious New Year's Eve dinner overlooking the best views of Savannah. Executive Chef Anthony Burdo will delight you with a 4-course masterpiece paired with a bottle of bubbly. Enjoy live music from The Bonaventure Trio.








New Year’s Eve Party at The Westin Savannah December 31, 2017 | 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM Grand Ballroom and Fireworks on the River It’s the biggest party in Savannah on New Year’s Eve! Join us in our Grand Ballroom for dancing, crafted midnight with a specatacular fireworks show on the Savannah River!










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Bluegrass legends perform on Jekyll Island BY ANNA CHANDLER

AT THIS edition of the New Year’s Bluegrass Festival on Jekyll Island, top talents in the business convene for three days of chops and community at the island’s recently revamped Convention Center. “I started the festival 42 years ago,” explains Norman Adams, who runs nine events each year through Adams Bluegrass. “We were looking for a place to have a show in the winter months when the weather was bad. A friend had been going down [to Jekyll Island] for years for Christmas and opened a real estate office there. We thought it would be a great place to have a festival.” In those days, winter on Jekyll Island was very slow, with very few activities for any snowbirds flying in from the North. “It has gone in quite a different direction than when we started,” Adams says. Along with its host island, the festival has grown since its inception. “The first few years it was pretty weak, but the word has to get out,” says Adams. “It’s been good over the last several. We’re thinking we’ll have a huge crowd this year. A lot of people are coming down from the north to spend the winter and stop in.” There are many returning players on this year’s festival lineup, and any frequenters of Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor here in Chatham County will certainly see some familiar names. The Grand Ole Opry-inducted duo Dailey & Vincent is a can’t-miss. Individually, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have won five GRAMMY awards individually, received three GRAMMY nominations collectively, won four DOVE Awards, and


12:00 p.m.: Edgar Loudermilk Band (feat. Jeff Autry) 12:45 p.m.: Reno & Harrell 1:30 p.m.: The Crowe Brothers 2:15 p.m.: Nothin’ Fancy 3:05 p.m.: Becky Buller Band 4:00 p.m.: The Edgar Loudermilk Band (feat. Jeff Autry) 5:30 p.m.: Reno & Harrell 6:15 p.m.: The Crowe Brothers 7:00 p.m.: Nothin’ Fancy 7:50 p.m.: Becky Buller Band 8:45 p.m.: Dailey & Vincent


12:00 p.m.: Tennessee Gentlemen Legacy 12:45 p.m.: Penny Creek Band 1:30 p.m.: The Primitive Quartet

earned a total of 35 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. Count on a blend of bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel from the duo. Embrace tradition with The Gibson Brothers, 2012-2013 IBMA Entertainer of the Year. With bassist Mike Barber, fiddle/ mandolin/guitar player Clayton Campbell, and mandolinist Jesse Brock, Eric and Leigh Gibson deliver seamless chops. The Queen of Bluegrass holds court on Saturday. Rhonda Vincent arrives with her band, The Rage, named Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2016 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awards. Vincent also took home Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at those awards, and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 IBMAs. She was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2015 for the album Only Me. “You don’t get any better than her,” Adams attests. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bring their legendary sound to the fest. Lawson is a mandolin hero and International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductee and is joined by Josh Swift on dobro, Joe Dean on banjo, Dustin Pyrtle on guitar, Eli Johnston on bass, and Stephen Burwell on fiddle. “They are super entertainers,” Adams remarks. The festival also features favorites like Becky Buller Band, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Balsam Range, The Primitive Quartet, Nothin’ Fancy, The Malpass Brothers, The Gary Waldrep Band, Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry, Reno & Harrell, Tennessee Gentlemen Legacy, The Crowe Brothers, and Penny Creek Band. 2:15 p.m.: Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos 3:10 pm.: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver 4:05 p.m.: The Gibson Brothers 5:45 p.m.: Tennessee Gentlemen Legacy 6:30 p.m.: Penny Creek Band 7:15 p.m.: The Primitive Quartet 8:00 p.m.: Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos 9:00 p.m.: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver 10:00 p.m.: The Gibson Brothers


12:00 p.m.: The Malpass Brothers 12:45 p.m.: The Gary Waldrep Band 1:30 p.m.: The Little Roy & Lizzy Show 2:15 p.m.: The Gibson Brothers 3:05 p.m.: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage 4:00 p.m.: Balsam Range

Dailey & Vincent

Balsam Range

The New Year’s Bluegrass Festival stands out from others like it in many ways. “For one thing, it’s inside,” Adams points out. “The majority of bluegrass festivals are held outside under a tent or pavilion. Or they used to just be out in a cow pasture! It’s a very nice venue.” Attendees can enjoy comfortable seating and top-notch sound as they hear the award-winning artists. With tickets available for all ages, Adams encourages bluegrass fans old and new to head to Jekyll Island and experience the celebration. “Come on out and enjoy it!” he invites. CS 6:00 p.m.: The Malpass Brothers 6:45 p.m.: The Gary Waldrep Band 7:30 p.m.: The Little Roy & Lizzy Show 8:15 p.m.: The Gibson Brothers 9:05 p.m.: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage 10:00 p.m.: Balsam Range


Jekyll Island Convention Center January 4-6 Per day: $45 reserved, $40 general admission (adult), $25 reserved, $20 general admission (children 7-15) Three day ticket: $95 reserved (adult), $90 general admission (adult), $50 reserved (children 7-15), $45 general admission (children 7-15), Children 6 and under free with parent Tickets via


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Stay outta trouble and spend NYE with the right kind of Deputy. Zach Deputy, who was born in Savannah, grew up in Bluffton and Hilton Head, and currently lives in the Pooler area, finds musical inspiration in his Puerto Rican, Cruzan, and Irish heritage. The “island-infused drum ‘n’ bass gospel ninja soul” creates intricate loops with his multi-instrumentalist talent, bringing shining charisma and danceable melodies to the stage. Deputy’s kicking off 2018 with a tour that takes him through Florida panhandle, the Midwest, and the West Coast, so catch him at home while you can. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 8 P.M., $25 GENERAL ADMISSION, $75 VIP (EXPRESS ENTRY AND RE-ENTRY, UNLIMITED OPEN BAR FOR ALL DRINKS) VIA XORBIA.COM


Kentucky’s Call Me Bronco brings their Sappy Holidays tour to Savannah. The band blends country, rock, punk rock, and a touch of thrash together into a rowdy sound that’ll have you drinking along in unison. Call Me Bronco released an album via the label Rusty Knuckles (Antiseen, Buzzoven, Peewee Moore) on August 25. The twelve tracks hold tight to upbeat tempos flanked by upright bass, guitar, and vocals while wrangling with aggression and raw truths. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 10 P.M., 21+


Take a journey to the Dark Side of the Moon with Interstellar Echoes, the Southeast’s premiere Pink Floyd tribute band. With careful attention to the arrangements, visuals, and intricate history of the influential group, the Atlanta-based band painstakingly recreates the Pink Floyd experience for its fans. Expect to hear the hits and even some super-fan favorites in their eclectic set. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 9 P.M.

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Polish DJ/producer Sikdope brings his versatile style to Savannah. With an extensive musical education—the artist spent nine years studying at one of Poland’s top music schools—Sikdope produces EDM that stylistically ranges from bass to house to trap. His skills have landed him recognition from the likes of Calvin Harris, Dave Guetta, Skrillex, Tiesto, Steve Aoiki, Blasterjaxx, and more, and his remix of Fergie’s “L.A. Love” and his own “Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse” have earned Sikdope over 35 million plays on his music. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 9 P.M., $10 VIA ELECTROSTUB.COM, 18+

San Diego punks Some Kind of Nightmare bring raw sound and a high-energy show to the Jinx stage. The three-piece has been touring full-time since 2013, living on the road and earning new fans the whole way. This year, Some Kind of Nightmare released a five-track EP, ‘We the Lepers,’ following 2016’s Still Not Broken LP and 2013’s Never Had a Chance LP. They’ll kick off 2018 with a 7-inch split with Swift Knuckle Solution. Each side features three tracks from each band. Enjoy Wednesday Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo with plenty of prizes and the live show! WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 8 P.M., 21+







The Chromatic Dragon Geeky Trivia Night, 8 p.m. Dub’s Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m., 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.


Stafford’s Public House Weird Wednesdays Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m.


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


Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Cohen’s Retreat Munchies and Music, 5:30 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge She Returns From War, Corey Kilgannon, Nancy Druid, 9 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch, 8 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Jody Espina Quartet, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Peter Hennes Jazz, 7 p.m. The Jinx Call Me Bronco, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Trivia


Pianist Lavon Stevens, a native of Savannah, has used his skills to entertain the likes of Gladys Knight, Freddy cOle, Pat COnroy, Sugar Ray Leonard, and more. As a producer for the Native Island Gullah Celebration, he has studied and presented the history of blues, jazz and gospel from a cultural perspective. Currently, Stevens serves as a member of The Hilton Head Symphony Board of Directors.. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 7 P.M. 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 Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Jason Courtenay, 7:30 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 6 p.m.


The Britannia British Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia, 7 p.m. Melody’s Coastal Cafe and Sandbar Cantina Trivia Pour Larry’s Explicit Trivia, 10 p.m. Southbound Brewing Company Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia, 8 p.m. Tybee Island Social Club Trivia, 7:30 p.m.


Blueberry Hill Trivia and Karaoke, 7 p.m. The Chromatic Dragon Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Doodles Karaoke, 9 p.m. Flashback Karaoke, 8 p.m. Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke & Throwback Jams, 8 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Karaoke Totally Awesome Bar 80s and 90s Karaoke, 10 p.m.

World of Beer Karaoke, 9 p.m.


The Jinx Live DJ, 10 p.m. Liquid Night Club Live DJ, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Live DJ Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Cesar, 10 p.m.


Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Daas Unterground Thursdays, 10 p.m. Stafford’s Public House Open Mic, 9 p.m.


Bernie’s (Tybee) Jude Michaels, 7 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Square One, 10 p.m. Dockside Seafood Bluegrass Happy Hour, 4 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Eric Jones Trio ft. Stutz Wimmer, saxophonist, 8 p.m. Huc-A-Poo’s The Brown Goose, 9 p.m. Jazz’d Hextones, 9 p.m. The Jinx West End Motel, Blood on the Harp, An English Place, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Brian Bazemore, 7 p.m. Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant

Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Live Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. Saddle Bags Cody Purvis, 8 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. Taste of India Don Read, 6:30 p.m. Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Vic’s on The River Claire Frazier and Norm Gagne, 7 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay, Bill Hodgson, The New High, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Voodoo Soup, 9:30 p.m. The Wormhole Basshole, 9 p.m.


Coach’s Corner Trivia, Movies & Music Trivia, 8 p.m. PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m.


Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 7 p.m. Brewer’s Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The Islander Karaoke, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sunny’s Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/ DJ, 10:30 p.m.


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


Abe’s on Lincoln DJ Doc Ock, 9 p.m. Club Elan Good Bye 2017, 9 p.m. Club One Drag Show Foxy Loxy Cafe Fire Brand Fridays Poetry









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Barrelhouse South VuDu Shakedown,, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Ray Tomasino, 9 p.m. Boomy’s Eric Culberson Band, 10 p.m. coffee deli Acoustic Jam, 7 p.m. Five Oaks Taproom Eric Britt, 8 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Lavon Stevens Quartet, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Brian Bazemore, 7 p.m. Rachael’s 1190 Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. The Sandbar Open Mic, 9 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Latin Music Night, 9 p.m. Tree House Wobble Wednesday Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Josh Johansson, 6 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 9 p.m.


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Barrelhouse South Interstellar Echoes, 9 p.m. Basil’s Pizza and Deli The Back River Trio, 7 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Club Elan Sikdope, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge New Year’s Rager w/ Pajahms, CLVLND, DJ Precisa Flashback Luke Lander Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant Howard Paul and Friends, 8 p.m. Jazz’d The Mercers, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Live Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Saddle Bags Anthony Orio, 8 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. Vic’s on The River Claire Frazier and Norm Gagne, 7 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay Duo, Matt Hill, Bill Hodgson, 1 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Clear Daze, 9:30 p.m.


Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Doodles Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Islander Karaoke, 10 p.m. The Jinx Scaryoke 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. The Wormhole Fancy Ass Comedy Show, 8 p.m.

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Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m. Liquid Night Club Live DJ, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Live DJ Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Pieces, 10 p.m. Tree House DJ Phive Star


Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. Stafford’s Public House New Year’s Resolution Bar Crawl, 4 p.m.


Barrelhouse South Zach Deputy, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Werd Life, 10 p.m., Voodoo Soup, 10:30 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge New Year’s Rager w/ Pajahms, CLVLND

Fannie’s on the Beach New Year’s Eve Retro Disco Party w/ the Christy Alan Band Flashback At Sundown, @Sundown, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Open Jam, 5 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Teddy Adams Sextet ft. Gina Rene Jazz’d Tapas Bar Studio 54 New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m. The Jinx New Year’s Eve w/ DJ D-Frost, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt Eckstine, 7 p.m. The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Saddle Bags Chris Bandi, 8 p.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 Neon NYE w/ Liquid Ginger Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Neon NYE w/ 8 Mile Bend


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.


Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) New Years Eve Dinner and Party, 7 p.m. B & D Burgers (Downtown) Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m. Game of Thrones New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s New Year’s Eve at Billy’s Place The Chromatic Dragon Dark Side Light Side NYE Ball, 8 p.m. City Market City Market New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m. Club 51 Degrees 2018 New Years Party, 8 p.m. Club Elan New Year’s Eve at Elan, 8 p.m. Edgar’s Proof and Provision New Year’s Eve Rock Around the Clock, 7 p.m. Exclusives Bar & Grille Open Mic Poetry Night, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub New Year’s Eve Champagne Resolution Lulu’s Chocolate Bar Glam Rock New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m. The Rail Pub New Year’s Eve Toga Party, 7 p.m. River Street Up the Cup Countdown, 2 p.m. Rogue Water Tap House New Year’s Eve Party Saddle Bags Bar Olympics SEED Eco Lounge New Years Masquerade, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar New Year’s Eve Karaoke Tybee Island Social Club New Year’s Eve w/ Elvis, 10 p.m. Whitaker’s of Savannah New Year’s Eve, 4 p.m. The Wormhole Celebrate New Year’s Eve


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 Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m., Open Mic, 6 p.m.


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


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


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


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


Bay Street Blues Ben Keiser Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Jam Night with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. The Jinx Hip Hop Night, 11 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Open Mic, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Open Mic Nickie’s 1971 Open Mic hosted by Willie Jackson, 8 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Hitman Blues Band, 8 p.m.


Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Coach’s Corner Trivia, 8 p.m. CoCo’s Sunset Grille Trivia, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Trivia, 10 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7:3010 p.m. McDonough’s Bingo, 7 p.m. Mellow Mushroom Trivia, 7:30 p.m. PS Tavern Poker Rachael’s 1190 Adults Only Trivia, 9 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Trivia, 9 p.m. The Wormhole Trivia, 10:30 p.m.


Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 7 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Karaoke The Rail Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


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


SEED Eco Lounge DJ C-Rok, 10 p.m.


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SOUNDBOARD DIRECTORY Abe’s on Lincoln 17 Lincoln St.


Aqua Star Restaurant 1 Resort Dr.

Coach’s Corner 3016 E. Victory Dr.

B & D Burgers 13 East Broughton St. 912-231-0986 4523 Habersham St.

Special New Year's Eve Dinner & Drinks Menu!


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

Champagne Toast at Midnight. Live Piano, Party Favors.

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

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

Bayou Cafe 14 N. Abercorn St.


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Bernie’s (Tybee) 13 Tybrisa St. 912-786-5100

Billy’s Place 20 E. Perry St.


Blowin’ Smoke Southern Cantina 1611 Habersham St.



Blueberry Hill 546 Dean Forest Rd.


Boomy’s 409 W. Congress St.



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Brewer’s Sports Bar 5710 Ogeechee Rd



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

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

City Market Jefferson at West Saint Julian St.


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

Club 51 Degrees 121 West Congress St.


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Club Elan 301 Williamson St.


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

coffee deli 4517 Habersham St.


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

Congress St Social Club 411 W. Congress St. 912-238-1985

Dockside Seafood 201 West River St. 912-233-3810

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

Doubles Nightclub 7100 Abercorn St. 912-352-7100

Dub’s Pub 225 W. River St.

(912) 200-3652

Edgar’s Proof and Provision 15 E. Liberty St. 912-443-2000

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

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

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

The Jinx 127 W. Congress St.

Rusty Rudders 303 W. River St.

Jukebox Bar & Grill 3741 US Hwy 17 Ste 500

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



Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub 117 West River St.



Saddle Bags 317 West River St.

Liquid Night Club 307 W. River St. Little Lucky’s 6 Gateway Blvd. E.


The Sandbar 1512 Butler Ave.



Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill 417 East River St.

(912) 238-2426


Lulu’s Chocolate Bar 42 MLK, Jr. Blvd. 912-480-4564


Melody’s Coastal Cafe 2518 Hwy 17 912-459-6357

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Mellow Mushroom 11 W. Liberty St.


Five Oaks Taproom 201 W. Bay St.


Savannah Smiles 314 Williamson St.


The Olde Pink House 23 Abercorn St.


Sav’h Coffee Roasters 215 West Liberty Street

McDonough’s 21 E. McDonough St.

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More than a name BY ORLANDO MONTOYA


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HOW DOES a name die? Officially, Armstrong State University will cease to exist at the stroke of midnight this New Year. How quickly the signs come down and the stationary changes are simply details. I suspect that you and I will be calling Georgia Southern University’s “Armstrong campus” simply “Armstrong,” as locals always have – through “Junior College,” “State College” and “Atlantic State University” – for a long time. But that’s you and I. What comes after us, in 10, 20 and 30 years? I suspect that the name will become an obscure bit of trivia on signs and stationary. Name death by Regents decree. That is, of course, unless people continue to use the name. “If we say ‘Savannah campus’ then how can we expect anyone else to call it the ‘Armstrong campus?’” says Roger Smith, the last president of the Armstrong Alumni Association, which also is consolidating. “All of us who care about Armstrong need to say ‘Armstrong campus’ every single time.” How many of you call it Savannah Beach? How many of you call it the Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena? How many times have you called a friend by a former name? That’s what I thought. Names are what we make them. We care about some more than others. “We fought early and we fought hard to make this campus called ‘Armstrong campus,’” Smith says. “That was not a forgone conclusion.” What university namesake George Ferguson Armstrong would make of all this is anyone’s guess. The millionaire shipping executive had been dead for 11 years when his widow, Lucy Camp Armstrong Moltz, then living in North Carolina, donated their vacant mansion at Bull and Gaston Streets to create the city-sponsored Armstrong Junior College in 1935. The school’s history runs largely independent of the family’s history from that moment to this. 36 Armstrong himself didn’t even live in

the impressive house but a few years. And while the house was no small thing, you could argue that Savannah mayor Thomas Gamble or Savannah banker Mills B. Lane, Jr. played larger roles in the school’s history. So who was Armstrong? “He really started from very low ranks and worked his way up,” says Janet Stone, a former Armstrong history professor who wrote the university’s history in 2010. “He did quite well, well enough to build this impressive house.” The house again. Its stairs, its gate, its furnishings, its crown molding. Forgive me. I found more details about the house than about the man and certainly the woman. A 12-page 1991 biography matter-offactly outlines Armstrong’s milestones (birth, marriage, children, company directorships, charitable affiliations, will contents, etc.) but nothing that would give you much personality. “That’s going to be true of most of the dignitaries of that period,” Stone says. “That’s just the language of the time.” He didn’t leave an Instagram feed. So, perhaps the best that I can do might be to compare him to today’s “port people,”


the big wigs pushing for a deeper channel. A 1923 newspaper feature declared that “He has been connected with practically every plan having as its aim the enlargement of the port.” Shadows suggest he might have been keen on baseball and hunting. He and Lucy are buried at Bonaventure Cemetery. Name death by physical death. I don’t think it’s unfair to say that Armstrong’s name has survived well beyond

what normally would have come to such a name, distinguished and generous as it is, but otherwise hard to find in the history pages. They say that the spirit lives when a name is called. So, for the alumni more than George, I say, call it Armstrong proudly. May the Armstrong spirit live. CS

The tomb of George and Lucy Armstrong in Bonaventure Cemetery.


Art in 2017: What we liked, what we didn’t, and what we’re excited for in 2018 BY RACHAEL FLORA

I’VE BEEN writing this art column for a year, and what a year it’s been in this artsy town of ours.

Good Stuff

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• There’s a lot of chaos in our world right now, and artists are turning the chaos into powerful bodies of work. Artists were inspired this year by feminist issues (“From the Front Lines” by Hannah Alsdorf), the environment (“Avanguardia” by Lisa D. Watson), misrepresentation and stereotyping of minority communities (“Generation” by Sawsan Al Saraf and Tamara and Sundus Abdul Hadi) , LGBT rights (“ROYGBIV” by various artists), reproductive rights (“The Personal is Political” juried show), and more. In April, the Jepson Center ran “Kahlil

Gibran and the Feminine Divine” and “Generation” concurrently to strengthen their message on tolerance. “I think promoting empathy is one of the most important things we can do as an arts organization,” said curator Courtney McNeil. • Alternative spaces seem to be the thing right now, from Laney Contemporary’s top-floor decadence out on Mills B Lane to the Shack on Bull’s pop-up stint in the old carwash at 1602 Bull Street. Sulfur Art Services has been hard at work placing art on the walls of local businesses, challenging the typical whitewall gallery model. Who knows what kind of spaces we’ll see in 2018?

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picking up a hobby. I am so not here for this and neither should you be. Think of why you create art. Is it for selfexpression? To send a message? To turn a profit? Once we start nitpicking each other’s reasons for creating art, we start promoting a very divisive art scene. People create art that is meaningful to them. That’s what art is. At the Tybee Cottage Art Gallery’s exhibition at Blick Art Materials back in June, Cate Campbell said, “When you come to a show like this you’re getting the true essence of the artists … not just because they want to sell the piece, but because it makes them happy. I brought my mermaid [paintings] because they’re close to my heart.” Let’s work harder in 2018 to support art of all types, even if it’s not our favorite. • The City of Savannah’s budget for 2018 only allocates $680,400—the same amount as last year—to all arts and cultural programs that are funded by the city. It’s the same small amount of funding getting spread between many organizations, regardless of what additional benefactors a group has.

While a smaller chunk of change doesn’t mean we’re losing cultural arts services, it does mean that their programming is being done on a shoestring budget and benefits from outside sources. That said, support your favorite organizations. Donate to an art nonprofit or festival organization if you are able, or volunteer your time and efforts in other ways.

Looking Ahead

2018 starts off strong with the PULSE Art + Technology festival on Jan. 17. The Savannah Book Festival takes place Feb. 17, and the Savannah Comic Con starts back the next week, on Feb. 24. “Margins” by Henry Dean, a collection of environmental pieces, opens Jan. 5 at Sulfur Studios. “Beacons,” an installation by Martha Enzmann and Karen McVay Butch, will open at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum on Jan. 12. As all the art students trickle back into their studios, there will be an uptick in exhibitions around town, so keep your eyes peeled. Cheers to 2018—may your year be prosperous and full of art. CS

Patrol artist’s exploration of the fragile boundaries between public and private domains and his use of abstraction as a vehicle for political critique. Through Jan. 14, 2018. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

LINES OF INFLUENCE — The SCAD Museum of Art and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation present a group exhibition to commemorate the centennial celebration of the birth of acclaimed painter, storyteller, educator and chronicler of the mid-20th-century African American experience, Jacob Lawrence. Through Feb. 4, 2018. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

FROM THE FRONT LINES — This series by Hannah Alsdorf examines the despondency and frustrations that women feel toward the world we have inherited while confronting our own conflicting natures of destruction and healing. Through Jan. 9, 2018. Starland Cafe, 11 East 41st St.

THE LITTLE FRIENDS OF PRINTMAKING: GREETINGS FROM CALIFORNIA — Husband-and-wife team JW and Melissa Buchanan are The Little Friends of Printmaking, a pair of award-winning illustrators and designers. Through Jan. 28, 2018. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.


ATOMSOFATTICUS — Kelsey Cooper’s exhibition is presented as part of Sulfur Art Services. Dec. 28-Jan. 2. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. UNORTHODOX SAVANNAH — Savannah native Britton Dockery presents his view of Savannah. Jan. 2-Feb. 1. galleryespresso. com/. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

CONTINUING EXHIBITS ANNUAL 2-D COMPETITION — Each year the judges select 30 finalists from a growing pool of talented young and mid-career artists throughout the nation whose work covers a variety of concepts and addresses different issues and technical considerations in art. Through Jan. 17, 2018. Armstrong State University, 11935 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. BLACK / LIGHT // WHITE / NOISE — Axelle Kieffer’s paintings and collage straddle the line between the fantastic and macabre. This exhibition is presented by Sulfur Art Services, a project of Sulfur Studios, which pairs local artists with local businesses. free and open to the public Through Jan. 11, 2018, 6-9 p.m. In Vino Veritas, 102 E. Liberty St. CLAIR AND ERIC CERAMICS — Ceramics by Clair and Eric. Through Dec. 29. Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St. COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE — The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Collective Intelligence,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of Agnieszka Kurant, composed of sculpture, works on paper, lenticular prints and a video. Kurant’s research-based practice explores how complex social, economic and cultural systems can operate in ways that confuse distinctions between fiction and reality or nature and culture. Through Jan. 14, 2018. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES — The SCAD Museum of Art presents this eponymous exhibition of works by the late Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. This collection forms a concise dialogue centered on the

GATES MAYBE — Everett Mayo has been painting and print making since the 60s and Last chance to see the major Kahlil Gibran exhibit at the Jepson. for this show, his work PHOTO COURTESY OF TELFAIR MUSEUMS combines abstraction with the historic cast iron supporter and mentor, Southern native Mary imagery frequently found in Savannah gates and fences. Through Jan. Haskell Minis. Through Jan. 2, 2018. Jepson 5, 2018. The Butcher Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St. KIRK VARNEDOE: IN THE MIDDLE AT THE MODERN — Can you have an art exhibition GOD AND MODERN MAN — What is the relationship between God and modern man? without any artworks? Is a curator an artist? Who or what decides an object’s value? Through Jan. 15, 2018. Beach Institute, 502 Through the lens of an art historian’s life, E. Harris St. Kirk Varnedoe: In the Middle at The Modern challenges the nature of authenticity and the GUO PEI: COUTURE BEYOND — SCAD exhibits the work of Chinese fashion designer power of museums to define what is “high” and what is “low.” Through Feb. 11, 2018. Guo Pei, best known for the yellow cape entertainer Rihanna wore to the 2015 Met Gala. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. The exhibition held at Pei Ling Chan Gallery on MLK Blvd. will complement a larger exhibiLARRY LEVOW — Larry teaches group classtion at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + es in his home studio and has just returned Film in Atlanta. Through March 4, 2018. Pei from instructing a weeklong plein air class in Ling Chan Gallery and Garden for the Arts, Montecatini Alto, Italy. In this current show, 322 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. he is joined by students Henry and Suzanne Croci, Ron Fagin, Bobbie Kraft, Rhondda THE IMAGINATIVE LANDSCAPE — A Netherton, Margie Sone, Mike Spitler and Gail collection of 25 landscape painting by local artist Vanessa Withun inspired by the beauty Quinn. Through Dec. 31. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. of Savannah and the surrounding coastal area. Through Dec. 31. 912-233-5348. Gallery LAW AND MUSIC — Through this exhibit, the Espresso, 234 Bull St. City hopes to continue Law’s legacy of education and encourage others to discover music KAHLIL GIBRAN AND THE FEMININE they may not be familiar with. The exhibit DIVINE — Renowned for his literary masterpiece “The Prophet,” Lebanese-American art- features content from W. W. Law’s music, ist and writer Kahlil Gibran began experiment- book, periodical, and photograph collections, ing with the visual arts at a young age. Telfair and includes interactive activities designed to introduce children to the math and science Museums proudly boasts the largest public collection of visual art by Kahlil Gibran in the concepts embedded in music. Through Jan. United States, donated in 1950 by his lifelong 1, 2018. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

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. NATIVE BLOOMS — Local artist and City of Savannah employee Carol Lasell Miller will present an exhibition of original paintings. Miller uses the medium acrylics to capture the beautiful and varied bouquet of individuals that make Savannah so remarkable. Through Dec. 31. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. OTHER SITUATIONS — Liliana Porter is best known for her photographs and installations exploring the conflicting boundaries between reality and fiction and the ways in which images are circulated and consumed. Selected works feature anonymous miniature figurines confronted with overwhelming tasks as a metaphor for the burden of labor and domesticity; others present icons such as Joan of Arc and Che Guevara as their legacies are reduced to representations in cheap, everyday merchandise. Through Jan. 7, 2018. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. ROBERT FRIEDMAN — Bob Friedman is a Savannah sculptor and painter. The former administrator and professor of sociology at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, Friedman came to his new avocation in 1997. Through Dec. 31. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

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2017 WAS, generally speaking, a great year for craft beer in Georgia. Nationally there were up and down moments, but locally we had a lot of ups. The biggest and most important story in Georgia was the passage of Senate Bill 85 (SB85) which allows Georgia’s breweries to offer direct sales to their patrons. SB85 overrides SB 63 which required that all of Georgia’s breweries provide a brewery tour that include limited amounts of free “souvenir” sample and takeaway beer. This law was generally considered to be an unnecessary mess of red tape. SB 85 allows direct consumer sales, no tour required, in all breweries and distilleries in the state. Both on-premise and to-go sales are part of the new law bringing Georgia in line with our neighboring states. The benefits extend beyond the breweries as to go sales now apply to brew pubs like Savannah’s own Moon River Brewing. While there are a few restrictions on the amount of beer that can be purchased on site this was a big win for the Georgia craft beer industry and Georgia. Breweries are already expanding taprooms and production to accommodate larger crowds and orders. All these new breweries, taprooms and pubs need employees so craft beer employment is expected to rise with passing of this law. Nationally the worst news this year came in May out of Asheville, N.C., the craft beer capital of the U.S., when it was announced that Wicked Weed was being purchased by AB InBev (that’s Budweiser to most people). AB InBev has been purchasing craft breweries for years but this one was a doozy. Wicked Weed has always been the beer nerds’ brewery. They focused less on core beers and more on one offs, unusual beers and their Funkatorium beers in particular. The Funkatorium was the first taproom dedicated to sour beers. Deals like AB InBev’s purchases stifle the overall craft beer market. AB InBev’s scale gives them the ability to undercut prices of their “premium beers” (they can’t be called craft) which ultimately damages the bottom line of craft breweries. AB InBev also controls the distribution lines in some states, which allows them

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to ensure their beers fill more space on shelves. AB InBev controls the distribution of, and in some cases the actual farms that grow the raw materials craft brewers use make their beers. Limited access to and/or an increase in the prices of these materials can squeeze a craft brewery out of business. The new tax bill just passed in Washington may also be a boon for craft beer. The Bill contains federal excise tax relief for American brewers which is seen as a way to keep more money in brewery coffers. This is all pretty new so I’ll be getting into this story a bit more in 2018. Locally, lots happened this year: Coastal Empire was one of the breweries that expanded their taproom this year. Now up to 16 taps and open five days a week, Coastal has plenty going on. After installing a new canning line in 2016 Coastal made some labeling and branding changes. Those cans and bottles look good on the shelf. Southbound Brewing released some new exciting beers and started canning a few old favorites. Mystery Ship, Pictures of Nectar and Desert Dawn were all exciting additions to the lineup. Moonlight Drive and Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Southbound’s collaboration with the Savannah Music Festival) both made canned appearances this year. Service Brewing started construction on a new barrel room in 2016 so it was only a matter of time before they started barreling, that happened in early December. Service also made some exciting branding changes this year including very cool new label for their Double IPA, Battlewagon. Service also did a collaboration with Brew Drink Run - more on that in 2018. Even the bottle shops got into the action this year — the Habersham location of Habersham Beverage had a major overhaul and expansion, creating new shelf space for craft beer. White Whale Craft Ales had its own legal win this year when they won the right to sell pints in store. White Whale already had an exciting growler line up but now you can have a glass and try a few beers before to buy that growler to go. It’s never been easier to find good local craft beer in local restaurants. The local and larger Georgia craft beer movement is always moving forward, sometime slowly but we’re making it happen. Keep ordering those craft beers and support your local breweries. Cheers and have a great 2018! CS







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DOWNSIZING takes its title seriously


OOO The latest effort from the team of writerdirector Alexander Payne and writer Jim Taylor (the Oscar-winning scribes behind Sideways), Downsizing initially feels like a gimmick more than a movie. The downsizing in the title is meant to be taken literally — as overpopulation threatens to irreparably damage the planet, a brilliant scientist (Rolf Lassgard) invents a way to shrink people. This discovery spurs thousands of ordinary citizens to allow themselves to be miniaturized, all in an effort to preserve Earth’s natural resources, reduce rampant pollution, and other environmentally friendly innovations. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) is one such regular guy who decides to check out this alternate lifestyle, yet as the movie progresses, its unique angle seems to recede into the background, with much of the focus on Paul’s daily woes. These include unhappiness at home, dissatisfaction on the job — in short, the sorts of travails that affect everyone, not just people reduced to the size of an iPhone. Downsizing continues in an almost lackadaisical fashion, but then something remarkable and transformative happens: Hong Chau shows up. The Thai actress (most recently seen on HBO’s Big Little Lies) plays Ngoc Lan Tran, a Vietnamese activist who was shrunk against her will and now serves as a maid for rich people. Chau’s performance is superb -- second only to Willem Dafoe’s turn in The Florida Project as 2017’s best -- and she roots the movie in emotions that heretofore had largely been missing.

Eventually, Downsizing heads off in yet another direction, but it scarcely matters. Chau’s towering turn guarantees that viewers will follow the picture wherever it elects to venture.


OOO No one was exactly clamoring for a sequel to 1995’s Jumanji, yet here comes Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — and the holiday season just became a bit brighter. Arguably even more engaging than its predecessor, this one finds four disparate high school students discovering the magical game (which has reconfigured itself from a board game into a video cartridge) and being thrust into its dimensions. The clever hook is that these four kids have been placed into the bodies of adult avatars (played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan) yet retain their teenage personalities. The result is enjoyable and undemanding entertainment, with the plot just sturdy enough to hold the weight of the stars’ irresistible characterizations.


OOO As a writer, Aaron Sorkin has been such an important and enduring fixture on the film and TV fronts (Oscar for The Social Network, Emmys for The West Wing) that it’s a wonder he waited this long before making his directorial debut. Then again, perhaps he was just biding his time waiting for the right project: Why soil his reputation on a Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequel when something better could be right around the

corner? In this case, that “something better” is Molly’s Game, with Sorkin not only directing but also penning this adaptation of Molly Bloom’s exhaustively titled book Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker. As Molly, a former skier whose legendary poker games made her an FBI target, Jessica Chastain delivers a typically brainy and impassioned performance, with Idris Elba offering solid support as the lawyer who elects to take her case. Most year-end holiday movies are logically geared toward families and kids, but here’s one made just for grownups seeking some respite from seasonal servitude.


OOO When Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted exactly two years, its detractors groused that it was a timid and lazy movie insofar as it never deviated much from the template established by the original Star Wars back in 1977. I would counter that this isn’t exactly true – while it did borrow plenty of plot points from George Lucas’ first baby, it did so in imaginative and exciting ways – but never mind. Star Wars: The Last Jedi likely won’t be dismissed with similar charges, even if one sizable chunk feels like a rehash of The Empire Strikes Back. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi is very much its own entity, exploring new routes as it teases out themes that have always been present in the Skywalker saga.


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It’s a bold and challenging work — exactly what we would expect from the auteur of Brick and Looper. In the debit column, it’s also a tad bloated, and it contains an almost risible number of false endings — admittedly not as many as the 42 or so that closed The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but enough to draw attention. The last thing anyone would want in a review of a new Star Wars movie is spoilers, so let’s tread carefully, shall we? As we saw at the end of The Force Awakens, new Jedi on the block Rey (Daisy Ridley) has finally made contact with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who’s been hiding out on an island populated by Porgs (this movie’s equivalent of those infernal Ewoks, though thankfully employed only sparingly). Meanwhile, in another part of the galaxy, General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is doing her best to keep the Resistance from being crushed by the First Order. In other story strands, the bravery exhibited by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is weighed against his recklessness; Finn (John Boyega) finds a new friend in maintenance worker Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran); and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) continues to fret and fume and throw tantrums with the best of them. Actually, the character arc given to Kylo Ren is an excellent one, marking him as one of this entry’s most intriguing players. Yet the greatest appeal is in watching Hamill and Fisher again explore and expand upon their iconic roles. Fisher delivers a commanding performance in both senses of the word, and knowing that her tragic death means this will be her final appearance further lends the proceedings a somber and bittersweet tone. As for Hamill, this might represent his finest work in the 40-year-old franchise. Johnson allows the character of Luke Skywalker to evolve in some startling and unexpected ways, and Hamill is with him every step of the way, contributing a turn that’s weighty and wonderful. At 152 minutes, The Last Jedi is the longest of the nine Star Wars films to date — it’s also the only one where the length is felt (that riveting Trade Federation chat that opens The Phantom Menace, though…). While all the scenes involving younglings should have been deep-sixed, the rest of the bloat can be forgiven, since it simply meant Johnson wanted to make sure fans were saturated and satisfied. Yet there aren’t many vignettes that couldn’t have benefited from a judicious trim here or there. Still, this is a minor quibble when placed against the magnitude of the movie. Between its acute attention to character growth, the excellent effects that serve rather than dominate, and the poignant moments that tie back to past entries (a particular scene that employs a snippet 42 of vintage footage is nothing less than

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is arguably even more engaging than its predecessor

glorious), it’s easy to imagine true believers’ emotions hitting hyperdrive as they anticipate the concluding chapter that’s landing on December 20, 2019.


OOO Beauty and the Beast meets The Creature from the Black Lagoon in The Shape of Water, an unusual love story that emerges as writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s best English-language movie to date. Del Toro, whose Spanish-language efforts (particularly Pan’s Labyrinth) remain more deeply satisfying than his Hollywood output, has crafted (along with co-scripter Vanessa Taylor) a sensual and often surreal drama in which a mute cleaning woman named Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) finds romance in an unexpected place. Working alongside her best friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) at a research facility in 1960s Baltimore, Elisa is naturally curious when government operative Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) arrives on the property with a water-filled tank in tow. Elisa soon discovers that Strickland has brought an amphibious humanoid to the facility, a highly intelligent creature he fished out of the Amazon. While Strickland abhors his nautical discovery and wants it destroyed, Dr. Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg), a scientist with a clouded past, wants to study it. For her part, Elisa just wants to become friends with a being whose silence and outsider status pegs him as a kindred spirit. If The Shape of Water never quite breaks out of the confines of what’s basically (to quote B&B) a tale as old as time, it’s still an artfully executed diversion further strengthened by an excellent central performance by Hawkins and stellar supporting turns by Stuhlbarg (also memorable in this season’s Call Me By Your Name) and Shannon. As for the “Amphibian Man,” he’s played by Doug Jones — no, not the Doug Jones

who humiliated accused perverts Roy Moore and Donald Trump in Alabama nor the Dougie Jones made famous in the latest Twin Peaks season, though either would have been fascinating. This is the Doug Jones who’s best known for playing critters in such works as Pan’s Labyrinth, Mimic and the Hellboy twofer. He’s basically del Toro’s own Andy Serkis, and the director is lucky to have him.


OOO Viewers who elect to see the animated feature Coco have my full blessing to arrive approximately 30 or 35 minutes after the announced show time. That way, they can miss the 15 or so minutes of trailers for mostly awful-looking efforts like Duck Duck Goose and Sherlock Gnomes and, more importantly, avoid the painful Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, the preceding short that runs a punishing 22 minutes. After that, it’s all smooth sailing, as Coco proves to be another top-shelf effort from the Pixar factory. The fanciful story centers on Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), a young Mexican boy who yearns to become a celebrated musician like his idol, the late singing star Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). That’s quite the challenge, though, since his entire family hates music and has prohibited anyone within its ranks to ever pick up a guitar or a microphone. (The disdain traces back generations, to when Miguel’s great-great-grandmother was abandoned by her husband, who left to pursue his musical career.) Undeterred, Miguel goes against his family’s wishes, a decision that, through supernatural means, catapults him into the Land of the Dead. There, he not only has to contend with a hard-luck layabout named Hector (Gael García Bernal) but also with his deceased ancestors, all of whom also forbid him from becoming a musician. Coco opens by following the traditional toon template of a person following their

dreams against all odds, but once Miguel reaches the Land of the Dead, the movie deepens in satisfying and even unexpected ways. Interpersonal relationships take some surprising turns, and the story’s metaphysical slant (particularly the notion that a person doesn’t truly disappear until no one remembers they ever existed) lends the proceedings a haunting and ruminative air. All of this is played out with Pixar’s usual attention to engaging characters (dumb dogs are always a reliable addition, and here we get Dante, a street hound with a tongue longer than that of Kiss’s Gene Simmons) and cutting-edge animation that is ofttimes jaw-dropping. In a year in which American animated efforts took a hit with the dreary likes of The Emoji Movie and Despicable Me 3, Coco easily outpaces the competition by continuously hitting all the right notes.


OO 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 finally 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. CS




FIRST TUESDAY TOUR OF CITY HALL The First Tuesday Tour series gives an overview of the history, architecture, and art of historic City Hall. Participants will also hear stories about some of the City’s more fascinating characters and learn about their City government. The tour is free, but space is limited and registration is required, at first Tuesday of every month, noon. 912651-6411. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. GREEN PARTY OF CHATHAM COUNTY People, Planet and Peace over Profit! Meets Saturdays and the first Tuesday of every month. Join the Facebook group, @ ChathamGreens, to find out about upcoming local events. ongoing. No physical address given, none. 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.


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 APPLICATIONS FOR TEDXSAVANNAH Speaker applications open Monday, Nov. 20 for the 2018 TEDxSavannah, scheduled for May 11, 2018. For details, go to on Nov. 20 or visit the TEDxSavannah Facebook page. Ticket sales begin March 12. Through May 11, 2018. Downtown Savannah, downtown. 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

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity who has been in and out of hospitals for years. With the help of his mother, Isabel, and his father, Nate, he tries to fit in at a new school and to show everyone he is just an ordinary kid. ADULTS $7, CHILDREN $5 THU., DEC. 28, 7 P.M., FRI., DEC. 29, 7 P.M. AND SAT., DEC. 30, 3 & 7 P.M. TYBEEPOSTTHEATER.ORG. TYBEE POST THEATER, 10 VAN HORNE

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 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 ENTRY FOR “ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT? BROADENING THE DEFINITION OF PHOTOGRAPHY” In the 1970’s, the term “alt process” emerged, which referred to a resurgence in the practice of numerous photographic processes other than the traditional darkroom-based print. Since digital methods have become mainstream, what does “alt process” mean now? Sulfur Studios is seeking submissions that explore creative capture or output of photographic imagery. Examples may include non-silver processes, pinhole camera imagery, darkroom-based manipulation, photographic mixed media, and new approaches to digital-based

output. With Guest Juror Bridget Conn To Enter: Deadline to Enter: February 23rd, 2018 by Midnight Exhibition Runs: March 22nd – April 1st Entry fee: $15 / $10 for Artist Members for up to 3 entries Through Feb. 23, 2018, 11:45 p.m.-midnight. 912. 231. 7105. sulfurstudios. org/alternative-to-what/. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. 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

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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.


HALLOWEEN FOOD DRIVE 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. 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@


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ART, MUSIC, PIANO, VOICE COACHING Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. 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. BRIDGE LESSONS Competitive Bidding (BB2), Saturday, February 4 at 10AM. Defensive Signals (BB5), Monday February 6. They are 4 week classes. Intermediate and advanced 44 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. 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. COUNTRY TWO STEP GROUP CLASS Country Two Step: no partner needed or experience required. 4 weeks for $40 or drop in for $15. $40 for 4 weeks Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. 612-470-6683. Salon de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 301 US Hwy 80 SE. CREATIVITY COACHING Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com 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. HISTORICAL WRITERS GUILD OF RICHMOND HILL MONTHLY WORKSHOP In addition to the regular meetings offered on the second and fourth Monday of each month as a writing feedback group, the Historical Writers Guild of Richmond Hill will begin offering its members a writing skills workshop on the first Monday of each month. This monthly workshop will address topics such as: show versus tell, conflict, how to build your story, fiction strategy and structure, characterization, and other topics as chosen by the group. The mission of the Historical Writers Guild (HWG) of Richmond Hill is to improve members’ writing skills and to help each writer become published. first Monday of every month. Richmond Hill Museum, 11460 Ford Ave. HOUSING AUTHORITY NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: 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. 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 AND CLASSES: ALL INSTRUMENTS, ALL AGES Portman’s Music Academy offers private lessons on piano, guitar (electric, acoustic, classical), mandolin, ukulele, banjo, bass guitar, drums, percussion, voice, clarinet, saxophone (alto and tenor), oboe, flute, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, DJ, Pro Logic, Composition, Ear Training, violin, viola, and cello. Group classes for beginner piano and guitar. Music Adventures for ages 5 to 7. ongoing. 912354-1500. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. MUSIC LESSONS--MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS AND STYLES Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels for Guitar (electric, acoustic, bass, classical, jazz), Piano, Flute, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Voice as well as Music Theory/ Composition/ Ear Training. We teach public, private and home school students as well as adults at all experience levels. Located at 15 East Montgomery Crossroads in Office #205 near White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA. 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. Tuesdays 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. 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. FAITH BASED BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT - SAVANNAH Our mission is to Grow, Encourage, Inspire, Ignite & Equip Christian Business owners on how to do business with a Kingdom mindset. We promote and celebrate excellence in the business arena while developing the future generations of leaders through Christian values, disciplines, honor, integrity and expression of skills. Register early before the event closes out and please share this event by inviting a guest. Free first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912257-6248. eventbrite. com/e/christian-business-networking-eventsavannah-tickets-17883772846. Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave. FIBER GUILD OF THE SAVANNAHS A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island

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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. GEORGIA NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION-COASTAL CHAPTER Coastal Chapter of the GNPA. The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-234-2571. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. HISTORIC FLIGHT SAVANNAH A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. 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 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

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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. 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 46 University Medical Center, in the Conference

$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. 912-349-2756.

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@ 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@


2018 TYBEE POLAR PLUNGE Join thousands of brave souls and take the plunge into the brisk Atlantic Ocean at 12 noon on New Year’s Day. $25 registration adults; $15 kids under 12 Mon., Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@ Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. BONAVENTURE CEMETERY AFTER HOURS: CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S See The South’s most famed Victorian Cemetery in a very exclusive light, After Hours. Hosted by Shannon Scott, this after dark excursion covers topics of Freemasonry, Secret Societies, Root Doctors, Serial Killers, Bootleggers, Cemetery History & Traditions and may be the ultimate tour for fans of Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil as the very title invokes Bonaventure as setting and burial

site of many of the characters. Tour includes Tour Poster and is for Adults Only. $55 Sat., Dec. 30, 5-8 p.m. 912-319-5600. shannon@ cityweb/cemeteriesweb.nsf/cemeteries/ bonaventure.html. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. COMMON GROUNDS Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. We meet on Wednesday nights for open theological discussion on hot button issues. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. We are open and affirming of the LGBT community. Order for Compline by candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at 8PM. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. CRITICAL MASS SAVANNAH Join Savannah’s bicycle community for a free ride to raise awareness for bike rights. Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. DRINKS AFTER WORK This group is for people that enjoy getting out mid-week, being social after work, and want to discover new places in the downtown Savannah area. Come have a cocktail, make new friends, and get over the hump. The group will meet on Wednesdays at various establishments throughout Downtown Savannah and nearby area. groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. com. events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF SAVANNAH In a rut? The Exchange Club of Savannah welcomes men and women like you to support, serve and encourage the best teachers, students, firefighters, crime fighters, leaders and organizations in our community. Check us out at or find us on Facebook. Mondays, noon. 912-441-6559. Savannahexchange. org. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. FREE MONTHLY EXPECTANT & NEW PARENT SUPPORT GROUP This FREE monthly support group is held on the first Tuesday of each month. No

pre-registration is required. Please join us for conversation, support and refreshments. Children are welcome! FREE first Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. 912-544-6387. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. GUIDED TOURS OF THE LUCAS THEATRE FOR THE ARTS Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. Tours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and must be scheduled. To schedule a tour, contact Megan Chandler at 912-525-5029 or ongoing. 912525-5023. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT Glistening by candlelight, the Federalstyle home welcomes visitors to an event emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation. A demonstration of period dancing will culminate the evening. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Reservations recommended. $12 adults in advance, $15 at the door; $6 children in advance, $8 at the door Through Dec. 30, 6 p.m. jcredle@davenporthousemuseum. org. Davenport House, 324 East State St. NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Fireworks show launched from Tybee Island’s Walter W Parker Pier and Pavilion at the stroke of midnight. The celebration can be observed from the beach around the pier as well many of Tybee Island’s restaurants, night spots, and even privately on some hotel balconies. Sun., Dec. 31. parks.chathamcounty. org/Parks/BoatRampsandFishingPiers/ TybeeIslandFishingPierandPavilion.aspx. Tybee Pier Pavilion, Off HWY 80 at the end of Tybrisa St. NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY CRUISE This three-hour cruise features hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors, and


a cash bar on board. Sails from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 21 and up only. $79.95 Sun., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. riverstreetsavannah. com/. River Street, River St. THE ORIGINAL MIDNIGHT TOUR One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 ongoing. 1-866666-3323. 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. OVERCOMING BY FAITH NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION Featuring music by the Overcoming By Faith Arts Ministries, food trucks, vendors, red carpet photo booth, and more. Fun for the entire family. Sun., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. PBJ PANTRY A free food pantry held every Thursday, 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 ongoing. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. SAVANNAH STORYTELLERS Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. liveoakstore. com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. SCAD DAILY TOURS SCAD offers tours in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong for prospective students and their families. Tours are available daily, excluding Sundays, and allow prospective students an opportunity to view classrooms and administrative buildings, galleries, residence halls and dining facilities and see where our students live, learn and prepare for professional careers. For more information please visit, https://www. ongoing. SCAD Student Center, 120 Montgomery St. SHIRE OF FORTH CASTLE FIGHTER PRACTICE Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. ongoing. SOUTHBOUND BREWERY SATURDAY TOURS AND TASTES Savannah’s first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah’s first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco. com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave.


$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. 912-

349-2756. 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. 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. GLUTE CAMP WITH KAYLA All classes are included in membership and day passes. Please contact gym for more information. Fridays, 12:30 p.m. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. 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

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Diamond Cswy. INSANITY LIVE WITH SHAWN All classes are included in membership and day passes. Please contact gym for more information. Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. 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 (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. 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 48 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 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 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. SLIDERS WITH KAYLA All classes are included in membership and day passes. Please contact gym for more information. Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. TIMED INTERVAL TRAINING WITH KAYLA All classes are included in membership and day passes. Please contact gym for more information. Mondays, 12:30 p.m. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. TRX CIRCUIT TRAINING WITH SHAWN All classes are included in membership and day passes. Please contact gym for more information. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. TRX FUNCTIONAL TRAINING WITH SHAWN All classes are included in membership and day passes. Please contact gym for more information. Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton 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. YOGA WITH BIANCA All classes are included in membership and day passes. Please contact gym for more information. Mondays, 6 p.m. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. ZUMBA 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@westbroadstreetymca. org. 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.


BAKE SALE FRIDAYS Chef Lauren will be holding a bake sale outside in the front courtyard. Every week she will offer a selection of different sweet and savory treats. 912-417-8887. atlanticsavannah. com/. Atlantic, 102 East Victory Drive. BETHESDA FARM AND GARDENS STAND Each week, this popular organic farm stand, managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more. In addition, 100 percent grass fed ground beef in various quantities are available at the farm stand, which is raised and distributed by Bethesda Academy’s Cattle & Beef Operation. Specialty cuts are also available. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR Enjoy all-you-can-eat oysters, Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread. $25 The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. THE EVE OF THE NEW YEAR Live entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight. Prohibition, 125 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. FIRE & WINE Half priced bottles of wine, campfires in the courtyard, marshmallows and s’mores kits. 912-401-0543. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. FIRE & WINE IN THE COURTYARD Fire & Wine at Foxy Loxy Cafe features halfpriced bottles of wine, courtyard fire-pits, free marshmallows for roasting, and s’more kits. This weekly event is fun for family & friends alike and occasionally features live music! Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. GHOST COAST DISTILLERY TOURS Tour & Tasting Visit Ghost Coast Distillery, where you will hear about Savannah’s unique history of drinks and revelry, while learning how we create our unique, hand crafted spirits. Hours Tuesday – Wednesday: 12–6 (last tour starts at 6) Thursday – Saturday: 11-8 (last tour starts at 8) Tours begin


every hour, on the hour Closed Sunday and Monday Tour with tasting: $12.50 Tour with tasting and Souvenir Bottle of Ghost Coast Vodka 261: $32.00 All guests must be 21+ or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. ID Required $12.50 Saturdays. (912) 298-0071. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St. HAPPY HOUR 39 Rue De Jean favorites at happy hour prices! Enjoy $4 house wine, $4 well cocktails, $8 daily cocktail feature, Moules en Six Preparations for $8, $8 1/2 dozen raw oysters, and more. Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 5-7 p.m.. 912-721-0595. holycityhospitality. com/39-rue-de-jean-savannah/. 39 Rue de Jean, 605 W Oglethorpe Ave. HONEY TASTING AND BODY CARE SAMPLES + STORE TOUR Daily honey tastings and body care demonstrations. Come see honeybees in the observation hive or call 912.629.0908 to schedule a tour of the Bee Garden. Garden tour available March through October. $3 per person. Must call ahead. Free MondaysFridays, 10 a.m.. 912-234-0688. jessie@ Savannah Bee Company, Wilmington Island, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd. NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER CRUISE Start your New Year’s Celebration early with amazing house entertainment and a delicious dinner buffet the entire family will enjoy. Advanced reservations required. Adults $65.95, children(ages 5

-12) $39.25 | (Children 4 & under- FREE) 912.232.6404. info@savannahriverboat. com. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River Street. NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA CRUISE This three hour cruise includes passed hors d’oeuvres, an elaborate surf & turf dinner buffet including lobster tail and carved beef tenderloin, live entertainment, party favors, a bottle of house wine or champagne (per couple), cash bars and more. Formal cocktail attire encouraged. $199 per person 912-232-6404. info@savannahriverboat. com. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River Street. NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY CRUISE The most unique party in Savannah. This 3 hour cruise features hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors and cash bar on board. Advanced reservations required. Adults $79.95 (21 & Up Only) 912-2326404. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River Street. PREPARE SUNDAY SUPPERS AT UNION MISSION Local organizations are invited to sign up to prepare Sunday Supper for people who are homeless and live at Union Mission’s shelters for homeless people. Groups must sign up in advance and bring/prepare a meal, beginning at 2pm on Sundays. Call for information. ongoing. 912-236-7423. PRESS PLAY BOOMBOX BRUNCH


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1 Actor Oscar of “Ex Machina” 6 Like some potato salads 10 Rating unit 14 “That Girl” actress ___ Thomas 15 Felt bad about 16 It works in the wind 17 Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut album 19 Apple that turns 20 in 2018 20 The next U.S. one will be in 2020 21 Donizetti work, e.g. 22 “___ you serious?” 25 66, for one (abbr.) 26 Uncooked 28 Where pagers were worn 29 Showtime series about a killer of killers 31 Cash, slangily 33 Figure at the pump 34 Slippery, as winter roads 35 “One” on some coins 38 Go pop 39 Word that I guess is hidden in the theme answers, but whatever 40 Scribbled down 41 Picked-over substances 42 Animal in the Bacardi logo 43 Magna ___ (1215 docu-

ment) (var.) 44 Field docs 46 “Annie” star Quinn 47 Low digit? 49 Stamp pad stuff 50 Montana hrs. 51 Like some wines 52 One of the Coen brothers 54 Overdid the acting 57 Footfall 58 Dwelling with a skeleton of timbers 62 Type of year 2020 will be? 63 Letterman’s rival, once 64 Earliest stage 65 What turns STEM to STEAM? 66 See 3-Down 67 Cold weather range


1 Contacts via Skype, maybe 2 ___ Tomé and Príncipe 3 66-Across’s location 4 Current “Match Game” host Baldwin 5 Making sense 6 Get rid of 7 Spiritual advisor of sorts 8 Makes a lot of dough 9 Fabric measures (abbr.) 10 Leave out 11 Long-standing, like many traditions 12 Pong creator

13 Sum up 18 ___ nous (confidentially) 21 Be indebted 22 Marinade in some Spanish cuisine 23 Make a comeback 24 Health problem on some summer days 27 Random quantity 30 Café au lait container 31 Regimens that may be faddish 32 Out in the country 36 Say 37 John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen ___” 39 Holy fish? 40 Glowing brightly 42 Coal receptacle 43 Rigid social system 45 “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga ___!”: Kipling 47 Elon Musk’s company 48 Sleek river swimmer 50 Jason of “Game of Thrones” 53 Smartphone programs 55 Michael who directed “Miami Vice” 56 Over it 58 Reason for a shot 59 Expend 60 Title for Doug Jones of Ala. 61 Aliens, for short

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Brunch is served from 11 am – 3 pm. Jason B. James Live vinyl DJ spinning classic soul, R&B, indie, rock, pop, and everything in between begins at noon. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.


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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 HEADACHE AND NECK PAIN CLINIC Dr. Kevin Brown, Chiropractor and Owner of Brown Chiropractic, hosts a free Headache and Neck Pain Clinic on the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm. Space is limited – call to reserve your spot. 912-447-1885. For more information, visit our websites: www. www.facebook. com/savannahchiropractic Free first Tuesday of every month, 6-7 p.m. 912-4471885. frontdesk@savannahchiropractic. com. Brown Chiropractic, 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Ste. O. FREE HEARING AND SPEECH SCREENING Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. 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. 50 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.


AFTER SCHOOL DANCE BREAK YOUTH DANCE CLASS Pop in the Lake Mayer Community Center on Tuesdays and join youth dance class “After School Dance Break.” This is a recreational dance class designed to get kids moving. Dance to the latest hits and get fit at the same time. Bring bottled water and a friend. FREE Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. 912-652-6863. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. KIDS CLUB The Kids Club’s mission is to educate and inspire children to take part in their local farmers market while enjoying nutritious foods and empowering their families to make healthy choices at home. Saturdays, 10 a.m. Islands High School, 170 Whitemarsh Island Road. SAVANNAH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SCHOOL YEAR HOURS SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. TODDLER TIME Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them.

Each week there will be a different naturebased theme. $5 parking Thursdays, 10 a.m. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. TODDLER TUESDAYS AT OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.


FIRST CITY NETWORK Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985) is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork. org. GAY AA MEETING True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. 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.


COFFEE WITH A RANGER Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m.

skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. DOLPHIN PROJECT Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912395-1500. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. WILDERNESS SOUTHEAST A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115.


LOW COST PET CLINIC TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin. com. TailsSpin Pet Supplies Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Village. OPERATION NEW HOPE Operation New Hope allows inmates to train unadoptable dogs from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goals of the program are to decrease the recidivism rate among Chatham County inmates, help inmates learn a new skill, and help previously unadoptable dogs find loving homes. The graduated dogs are available for adoption can be viewed at, and www. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. ST. ALMO’S Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-3336. Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St.


BAND OF SISTERS PRAYER GROUP All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728.



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. PASTOR’S APPRECIATION Join the Canaan Community Church family as they celebrate their pastor, Franklin Fletcher. Sun., Dec. 31, 10 a.m. 912-2343260. Canaan Community United Methodist Church, 2401 Elgin 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. SOUTH VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. TAPESTRY CHURCH A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the CONTINUES ON P. 52


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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: COME DRINK WITH ME Considered one of the very best Hong Kong films ever made, this action adventure is set during the Ming Dynasty and features flat-out amazing fight choreography that inspired countless lesser knock-off films over later decades. $8 Wed., Dec. 27, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. FILM: WONDER Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity who has been in and out of

hospitals for years. With the help of his mother, Isabel, and his father, Nate, he tries to fit in at a new school and to show everyone he is just an ordinary kid. Adults $7, children $5 Thu., Dec. 28, 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 29, 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 30, 3 & 7 p.m. 912-472-4790. 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.


“I need more smart allies, compassionate supporters, ethical role models, and loyal friends, and I need them right now!” writes Joanna K., an Aries reader from Albuquerque, New Mexico. On the other hand, there’s Jacques T., an Aries reader from Montreal. “To my amazement, I actually have much of the support and assistance I need,” he declares. “What I seem to need more of are constructive critics, fair-minded competitors with integrity, colleagues and loved ones who don’t assume that every little thing I do is perfect, and adversaries who galvanize me to get better.” I’m happy to announce, dear Aries, that in 2018 you will benefit more than usual from the influences that both Joanna and Jacques seek.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20)


In the Scots language spoken in Lowland Scotland, a *watergaw* is a fragmented rainbow that appears between clouds. A *skafer* is a faint rainbow that arises behind a mist, presaging the imminent dissipation of the mist. A *silk napkin* is a splintered rainbow that heralds the arrival of brisk wind and rain. In accordance with the astrological omens, I propose we use these mysterious phenomena as symbols of power for you in 2018. The good fortune that comes your way will sometimes be partially veiled and seemingly incomplete. Don’t compare it to some “perfect” ideal. It’ll be more interesting and inspiring than any perfect ideal.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

In 2018, half-buried residues from the past will be resurfacing as influences in your life. Old dreams that you abandoned prematurely are ripe to be re-evaluated in light of what has happened since you last took them seriously. Are these good or bad developments? It will probably depend on your ability to be charitable and expansive as you deal with them. One thing is certain: To move forward into the future, you will have to update your relationships with these residues and dreams.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Poet Diane Ackerman tells us that human

tongues, lips, and genitals possess neural receptors that are ultra-responsive. Anatomists have given unsexy names to these bliss-generating parts of our bodies: Krause end bulbs, also known as bulboid corpuscles. (Couldn’t they have called them “glimmering rapture hubs” or “magic buttons”?) In any case, these sweet spots enable us to experience surpassing pleasure. According to my understanding of the astrological omens for 2018, Cancerian, your personal complement of bulboid corpuscles will be even more sensitive than usual. Here’s further good news: Your soul will also have a heightened capacity to receive and register delight.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

*Mise en place* is a French term whose literal translation is “putting in place.” When used by professional chefs in a restaurant kitchen, it refers to the task of gathering and organizing all the ingredients and tools before beginning to cook. I think this is an excellent metaphor for you to emphasize throughout 2018. In every area of your life, thorough preparation will be the key to your success and fulfillment. Make sure you have everything you need before launching any new enterprise or creative effort.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Experimental composer Harry Partch played one-of-a-kind musical instruments that he made from objects like car hubcaps, gourds, aluminum ketchup bottles, and nose cones from airplanes. Collage artist Jason Mecier fashions portraits of celebrities using materials like noodles, pills, licorice candy, bacon, and lipstick tubes. Given the astrological configurations for 2018, you could flourish by adopting a similar strategy in your own chosen field. Your most interesting successes could come from using things as they’re not “supposed” to be used. You could further your goals by mixing and matching resources in unique ways.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

I wish I could make it nice and easy for you. I wish I could proclaim that the 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


forces of darkness are lined up against the forces of light. I’d like to be able to advise you that the opening months of 2018 will bring you a showdown between wrong and right, between ugliness and beauty. But it just ain’t that simple. It’s more like the forces of plaid will be arrayed against the forces of paisley. The showdown will feature two equally flawed and equally appealing sources of intrigue. And so you may inquire, Libra, what is the most honorable role you can play in these matters? Should you lend your support to one side or the other? I advise you to create a third side.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In 2018, your tribe will be extra skilled at opening things that have been shut or sealed for a long time: heavy doors, treasure boxes, rich possibilities, buried secrets, shy eyes, mum mouths, guarded hearts, and insular minds. You’ll have a knack for initiating new markets and clearing blocked passageways and staging grand openings. You’ll be more inclined to speak candidly and freely than any other generation of Scorpios in a long time. Getting stuck things unstuck will come naturally. Making yourself available for bighearted fun and games will be your specialty. Given these wonders, maybe you should adopt a new nickname, like Apertura (the Italian word for “opening”), Ouverture (the French word for “opening”), Šiši (Yoruban), Otevírací (Czech), Öffnung (German), or Kufungua (Swahili).

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

I predict that the coming months won’t bring you the kinds of opportunities you were imagining and expecting, but will bring you opportunities you haven’t imagined and didn’t expect. Will you be alert and receptive to these sly divergences from your master plan? If so, by September of 2018 you will have become as smart a gambler as maybe you have ever been. You will be more flexible and adaptable, too, which means you’ll be better able to get what you want without breaking stuff and wreaking whirlwinds. Congratulations in advance, my daring darling. May

your experiments be both visionary and practical. May your fiery intentions be both steady and fluidic.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Hungarian psychiatrist Thomas Szasz dismissed the idea that a person should be on a quest to “find himself” or “find herself.” “The self is not something that one finds,” he said. Rather, “it is something one creates.” I think that’s great advice for you in 2018, Capricorn. There’ll be little value in wandering around in search of fantastic clues about who you were born to be. Instead you should simply be gungho as you shape and craft yourself into the person you want to be.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Is there anything about your attitude or your approach that is a bit immature or unripe? Have you in some way remained an amateur or apprentice when you should or could have become fully professional by now? Are you still a dabbler in a field where you could be a connoisseur or master? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, the coming months will be an excellent time to grow up, climb higher, and try harder. I invite you to regard 2018 as the Year of Kicking Your Own Ass.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

In 2018, one of your themes will be “secret freedom.” What does that mean? The muse who whispered this clue in my ear did not elaborate further. But based on the astrological aspects, here are several possible interpretations. 1. You may have to dig deep and be strategic to access resources that have the power to emancipate you. 2. You may be able to discover a rewarding escape and provocative deliverance that have been hidden from you up until now. 3. You shouldn’t brag about the liberations you intend to accomplish until you have accomplished them. 4. The exact nature of the freedom that will be valuable to you might be useless or irrelevant or incomprehensible to other people.


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. SKATEFEST 2017 Skatefest 2017! Public ice skating returns to the Civic Center through January 1. 90 minute sessions are $8, including skate rental. See for complete schedule of daily skate session times. $8, includes skate rental Through Jan. 1, 2018. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. ULTIMATE FRISBEE Come play Ultimate! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm until dark. Sundays, 4:30pm until we get tired. The west side of Forsyth Park. Bring a smile, two shirts (one light or white, one dark), water, and cleats (highly recommended). ongoing. pick-up/. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. YOUTH BASKETBALL A coaches meeting will be on November 28, 2017 at the Lake Mayer Conference room, 6pm. All coaches are welcome to attend this meeting. Practice is planned to begin the week of December 11, 2017 and games start January 6, 2018. Team registration will begin next week, November 27, 2017 for all ages 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U, and 6U. All teams must be registered by Dec. 22, 2017. For more information please contact Cameron Chastain at or 912-652-6782. Through Jan. 6, 2018. Chatham County Public Works & Parks and Recreation, 7226 Varnedoe Drive. YOUTH WINTER BASKETBALL LEAGUE Jenkins Athletic Club announces their Youth Winter Basketball League. Interested players can sign up Monday through

Friday from 2:30-6 pm. Registration ends Nov. 30. Practices begin early December. Season starts Jan. 2. Through Jan. 2, 2018. 912-352-0964. Jenkins Athletic Club, 6408 Waters Ave.


ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS Adult children of Alcoholics is a fellowship and support group for those who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. 24 Hour Club, 1501 Eisenhower Drive. AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS Are you troubled by someone else’s drinking? Please go to for daily meeting schedule. ongoing. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER AND FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP For individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Second Monday, Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior Citizens, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-236-0363 x143. AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP Open to all who have had limbs amputated and their families or caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7778. BACK PAIN SUPPORT GROUP Second Monday of every month,7:00pm. Denny’s Restaurant at Hwy. 204. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Debbie at 912-727-2959 ongoing. BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS GROUP Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. fpc. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP For anyone living with, through or beyond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. CHILDREN’S GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. CONNECT FOR KIDS This group is for children who have a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical

Center, 4700 Waters Ave. DEBTORS ANONYMOUS For people with debting problems. Meets Sundays, 6:30pm at Unity of Savannah. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6108. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. EATING DISORDERS ANONYMOUS Free, volunteer-led support group for recovery from anorexia/restrictive eating and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email for info. ongoing. edasavannah@yahoo. com. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP For those with the disease, care partners, family and caregivers. Managing the disease, treatments and therapies, quality of life. First Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-2224. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM NAMI Savannah offers their Family to Family Education Program to families who have a loved one diagnosed with a chronic mental illness. This free 12-week class is taught by trained NAMI family volunteers, and participation and discussion is confidential. The class includes diagnosis, crisis, relapse, medications, communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery, rehabilitation, and self-care. Starting date is Monday, Jan. 8 at 6pm. Reservations are necessary as space is limited. Call Lisa at 912-313-3272 or Pam at 912-4012689. ongoing. NAMISavannah, Inc., 224 Stephenson Ave., Suite B. FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-8196743. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. FREE MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP FOR NEW & EXPECTANT PARENTS Come and meet fellow parents and kids. Discuss and learn different ways to enjoy parenthood. Cate Glyn-Jones, registered nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant, will be on hand to answer all of your questions. This is a free event with refreshments served and takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Free first Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. 912-544-6387. support@ Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. GAMBLING PROBLEM 12 STEP PROGRAM Twelve step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly. Leave message with contact info. ongoing. 912-748-4730. GEORGIA SCLERODERMA SUPPORT GROUP A group for people with scleroderma for the greater Savannah area and surrounding counties. Meets regularly. Call for day and time. Lovezzola’s Pizza, 320 Hwy 80 West, Pooler. Info: 912-412-6675 or 912-414-3827. ongoing. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle offers a full

array of grief support groups and individual counseling for children, teens and adults is available at no charge. Counseling is offered at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H in Savannah, and appointments are also available in the United Way offices in Rincon and in Richmond Hill. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. HospiceSavannah. org/GriefSupport. HEAD AND NECK CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING This group is open to individuals with cancers of the head and neck area and their caregivers. At the meetings, we have a brief discussion from experts in the treatment of head and neck cancer and allow time for group discussion. For more information, please call Suzy Buelvas at 912-350-7845. Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. 912-350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. KLINEFELTER SYNDROME/47-XXY SUPPORT GROUP For parents of children with this diagnosis, and for men with this diagnosis. Started by the mother of a boy with 47-XXY. Email to meet for mutual support. ongoing. LEGACY GROUP: FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH ADVANCED AND RECURRENT CANCER. Group addresses the concerns of advanced and recurrent cancer survivors from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of healing. To register for a specific session and to learn about the group, please call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-3507845. ongoing. 912-350-7845. Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (at Memorial Health Univ. Medical Center), 4700 Waters Ave. LEUKEMIA, LYMPHOMA AND MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call or see website for info. Located in the Summit Cancer Care office at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. 912-3507845. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area NA meeting schedule. ongoing. 912-238-5925. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS



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Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous can help. Savannah meetings Mon 6:30pm, Wed 5:30pm, Fri 6:30 p.m. See website for locations and info, or call 912358-7150. ongoing. PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH IEP’S (INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PLANS) For parents of children attending ChathamSavannah Public School System who have IEP plans, to offer mutual support through the challenges of the IEP process. Email for info. ongoing. PARENTS OF ILL CHILDREN Backus Children’s Hospital sponsors this group for parents with a seriously ill child receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Case manager facilitates the meetings. Meets weekly. Call for info ongoing. 912350-5616. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Ave. PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds Street. Featuring medical and therapeutic guest speakers, join us for discussion, support, and new community activities. For more information, call Fran McCarey at 912-819-2224. ongoing. 912355-6347. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: MAN TO MAN This group is for prostate cancer patients and their caregivers. Meets in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. 912-897-3933. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. RAPE CRISIS CENTER Assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. Free, confidential counseling for victims and families. 24-hour Rape Crisis Line operates seven days a week. 912-233-7273. ongoing. REAL TALK Real Talk and Peer to Peer is a support group for the LGBT community to come together to sit, eat and socialize while talking about issues relevant to the community. Meetings are completely confidential and private. Meets in the Lecture Conference Room. first Monday of every month, 4-5 p.m. 912-231-0123 ext. 1410. Chatham Care Center, 107 Fahm St. REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY SUPPORT GROUP Second Tuesdays at 7pm in Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For anyone with this disorder, plus family members/ caregivers interested in learning more. Call for info. ongoing. 912-858-2335. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. SBC TOASTMASTERS Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to the art of public speaking. In a friendly, supportive atmosphere, members learn to speak more precisely and confidently via prepared speeches, impromptu speaking, and constructive evaluations. It’s fun, informative, and a great way to network with area professionals. Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. 912663-7851. St. Leo University, 7426 Hodgson 54 Memorial Drive, Suite A.

SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS If you believe you have a problem with sex addiction (or are wondering if you might) and you want to change your behavior, we recommend that you attend a meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous. The only requirement is a desire to stop your addictive sexual behavior. Meets Mondays at 7 pm. Call for venue information. ongoing. 731-412-0183. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SPINAL INJURY SUPPORT GROUP Third Thursdays, 5:30pm, at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-3508900. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. SPOUSE/LIFE PARTNER SUPPORT GROUP Open support group for adults whose spouses or life partners have died. Meets Thursday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP Suicide often leaves survivors with guilt, anger, hurt and unanswered questions. Hospice Savannah/United Way of Coastal Empire/Coastal Suicide Prevention Alliance offer an ongoing support group. Third Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Safe and confidential. Free to attend. Barbara Moss at Full Circle of Hospice Savannah, 912-6291089. ongoing. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. TEENS NURTURING TEENS (CANCER SUPPORT) Support group for teens with a family member or loved one impacted by cancer. Meets at the Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for information. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. TEENS WITH NO ONE TO TURN TO Help for people ages 11-18, or concerned parents of teens. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-234-4048. YOUNG SURVIVAL COALITION Young breast cancer patients and their caregivers in the greater Savannah, Hilton Head, and Coastal Georgia area are invited to join this group. Meetings include presentations from local medical community and discussions. Meetings conducted in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Saturdays, 4-6 p.m. 912-897-3933. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.


BETHESDA SEEKS VOLUNTEER DOCENTS FOR NEW HISTORY MUSEUM/ VISITORS CENTER Bethesda seeks volunteer docents for their new visitors center/museum. Volunteer docents needed during regular museum hours, Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Docents will share Bethesda’s rich history and inspiring legacy with visitors from across the country and around the world. ongoing. 912-3512061. Elizabeth.brown@bethesdaacademy.

org. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR BONAVENTURE Bonaventure Historical Society is looking for about a dozen people, each with three hours a month to spare and a willingness to meet, greet and assist visitors to Bonaventure Cemetery. Volunteer hours are 10 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Training for the visitors center and to become a BHS tour guide provided. For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or go to our website, www.bonaventurehistorical. org. ongoing. cemeteriesweb.nsf/cemeteries/ bonaventure.html. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR DEEP CENTER Deep Center is on the hunt for Savannah writers to apply for fellowships for Deep’s upcoming semester of programming (January through April). Deep Center is a nonprofit creative-writing literacy program working with Savannah’s public middle schools. Writing Fellows work in teams of two to lead 11 weeks of after-school writing workshops at assigned middle schools. Interested? Learn more and apply at Through Dec. 31. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR DOG FOSTER CARE GRRR (Georgia Rescue, Rehabilitation and Relocation) is in need of volunteers for its dog Foster Care Program. Fostering gives animals a second chance at life and allows them to receive temporary care from loving foster parents before finding their forever homes. It is a rewarding experience for both humans and pets in need. Please contact Kathryn at 912-656-5900 for more info. ongoing. No physical address given, none. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR GEORGIA REGIONAL HOSPITAL’S COMMUNITY GARDEN Georgia Regional Hospital is in need of volunteers for their community garden. Contact Jessica Mathis at 912-356-2826 or email her at ongoing. Georgia Regional Hospital, 1915 Eisenhower Drive. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR HOSPICE ANGELS Do you have a big heart and time to share? Hospice Savannah is currently looking for amazing volunteers to make a difference in the lives of Hospice patients. Some of these patients have no family and would be forever grateful for the time you could share with them. Become a Hospice Angel to help individuals that are seriously ill and/ or Homebound. If you are interested in volunteering, call 912-748-6000 or email ongoing. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR HOSPICE SAVANNAH Share your love, friendship and empathy with caregivers and hospice patients in their homes or nursing homes. Hospice Savannah is seeking caring volunteers

to provide companionship and caregiver respite throughout Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and Long counties. There are also opportunities to volunteer in our Hospice House on Eisenhower Drive, in our administrative offices or at Full Circle Grief and Loss Center off Chatham Parkway. Please complete an application on-line at or call the volunteer department at 912.355.2289 for more information. No prior experience is needed - just a loving heart. Volunteer training will be offered Monday, May 10 in the community education room at the rear of Hospice House from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Pre-registration is required. ongoing. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE TYBEE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND LIGHTHOUSE Volunteers are the backbone to the Tybee Island Historical Society and Lighthouse. Because we are a non-profit we rely on volunteers to help us succeed everyday. If you’re interested in volunteering at the lighthouse please call Gus Rehnstrom at 912-785-5801 or email lhvolunteers@ For more information visit: ongoing. Tybee Island Lighthouse, 30 Meddin Ave. DOCENTS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FLANNERY O’CONNOR HOUSE Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home seeks additional volunteers and volunteer docents to help on Fridays and Saturdays, 1p-4pm, and for possible extended hours. Duties: greet visitors, handle admissions, conduct merchandise sales and help with tours. Docent training and written narratives for reference during tours are provided. ongoing. 912-233-6014. haborrello@aol. com. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. DOLPHIN PROJECT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Dolphin Project needs boat owners, photographers, and other volunteers to help with scientific research on the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin along coastal Georgia. Must be age 18 or older. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-232-6572. GOOD SAMARITAN HEALTH CLINIC St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City needs volunteer nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical staff. The clinic serves people without insurance and those whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Call to volunteer. ongoing. 912-964-4326. LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES Volunteers needed to assist in a variety of ways at its branches in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-652-3661. OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.


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Help Wanted AUTO TECH with tools and driver’s license. $500/per week for experienced person. John with AutoPro, 912-234-0548

Find us on Facebook at: B Net Management, Inc. for available property listings 718 West 38th Street: 3BR/2BA house, LR, DR, kitchen w/appliances, fenced yard, CH&A, hardwood floors & carpet. $815/month.

We are currently hiring experienced warehouse workers to unload containers in the Savannah, GA area. This is an incentive based position with a guaranteed base, but we have many employees earning upwards of $12-$18/hour based upon productivity. We can work with your schedule. Please contact Yvonne James at: 5 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd, Suite 140 Savannah, GA 31406 Phone: 912-433-6555 Email:

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5 Peachtree Place, Apt 64 3BR/1BA, LR, appliances, double door refrigerator, central heat/air, carpet throughout, washer/dryer hookup $795/month. 807 Paulsen Street. 2BR/1BA, central heat/air, appliances, newly remodeled $750/per month. 426 E. 38th St. Apt. B. (Habersham & Price) 2BR/1BA Apt. Appliances, central heat/ air, carpet $695/month. 1527 Chester Street: 3BR/1BA. Single family home. LR, DR, Laundry room, Kitchen with appliances. $750/mo. 1527-1/2 Chester Street, Upstairs apt: 3BR/1BA. Kitchen with appliances. $700/mo. 1527-1/2 Chester Street, Downstairs apt: 1BR/1BA. Kitchen with appliances, utilities included. $720/mo.


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Clean, quiet home. newly furnished room w/shared or private bathroom. Utilities included. No bed bugs! No roaches! $150-$180 per week. Call 912-547-3041


Westside / Eastside Savannah. Adult Living. Furnished, all utilities incl. Washer/Dryer on premises, cable TV, WiFi/ Internet. $130-$200/weekly. Requirements: Pay stubs/ID. Call 912-677-0271 3BR/2BA House, LR, DR $825/mo. Also 2BR house for rent. No drugs, must work. Call for info. Available Now! 912-844-8716 APT. FOR RENT in Bloomingdale: 2BR/1BA, eat-in kitchen, stove, refrigerator, cook top, washer/dryer, carpet throughout, central heat/ air. Located on quiet street off Hwy. 80. Near all shopping, Tanger Outlet and entertainment. No pets. Available now. 912-2100144, Leave msg.

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2 & 3BR, 1 Bath Apts. Newly Renovated, hardwood floors, carpet, ceiling fans, appliances, central heat/air, washer/dryer hookups. $645-$815/month for 2bdrs and $735-$895/month for 3bdrs.

912-228-4630 Mon-Sat 10am-5pm www. WE ACCEPT SECTION 8 *For Qualified Applicants with 1+ years on Job.* QUALITY HOUSES FOR RENT: 3 Bed/2 Bath Houses, Central H&A, Energy efficient, water & garbage collection included, 1700 sq.ft.+ with carport, $900/ month; $850/deposit. www. dssrentalproperties@weebly. com. 912-739-3230


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Completely renovated 3BR/2 BA near Isle of Hope. Very private on 3-4 acres of land. Drivable causeway down to brand new 74’ floating dock, with water & electric. Fenced yard. 10 minutes to Downtown/Mall; 20 min. to Beach. Must see! $2,800 per month OBO. 912-777-4809 or 912-484-3700

11515 White Bluff Rd. 1BR/1BA, all electric, equipped kitchen, W/D connection. Convenient to Armstrong College. $695 month, $300/deposit.


310 E. MONTGOMERY X-ROADS, 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 TRAILER FOR RENT: 2BR/2 Bath. Newly remodeled with fireplace, brand new CH/A, carpeting and washer/dryer. $800/month, $800/ deposit. Call 912-631-7644, 912507-7934 or 912-927-2853

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SENIOR LIVING AT IT’S BEST FOR AGES 50 & BETTER Shared community living for full functioning seniors ages 50 & above. Nice comfortable living at affordable rates. Shared kitchen & bathroom. All bedrooms have central heating/air and cable. Bedrooms are fully furnished and private. Make this community one you will want to call home. SAVANNAH’S HOUSE OF GRACE also has community housing with its own private bath. Different rates apply. Income must be verifiable. We accept gov. vouchers. Prices starting at $550.

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12510 White Bluff Rd. Apt #207. 2BR, 2BA, kitchen appliances, CH/A. $775/mo. 912-898-4135

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