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Darkest Hour headline our guide to the All Underground Rock All Day Festival Savannah BOOK Festival

Southern Culture

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Irish Festival

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Don’t miss these festival highlights or any of the 90 performances at Stopover 2018! OPENING NIGHT EVENT - 6-9 pm at Ships of the Sea Museum

We’ll kick off the 2018 festivities with an all Georgia lineup featuring music from Larkin Poe, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and Savannah’s own Payne Bridges on the Do Savannah stage at this all-ages event, featuring local food trucks and drinks from our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Co., Deep Eddy and Jack Daniel’s.

NEW WEST RECORDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWCASE - 7-10 pm at Ships of the Sea Museum

Savannah Stopover and New West Records have teamed up to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary with an amazing evening of music. Headlined by Nikki Lane, the showcase will also include sets from Caroline Rose, Lilly Hiatt and Cicada Rhythm.


Becca Mancari will accompany your delicious lunch at The Yard at The Grey with a special performance benefiting the Savannah LGBT Center. Music starts at 1 pm!


CLOSING NIGHT EVENT WITH OF MONTREAL - 7-10 pm at Ships of the Sea Museum


The last night of every Savannah Stopover Music Festival is a huge party and 2018 is no exception! Athens’ glam rockers of Montreal return to Savannah for the all-ages party of the year. Red-hot Gus Dapperton will open the night. Costumes encouraged for attendees!

16th Annual!

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Enjoy an event like no other with amazing crafts people, outstanding art and tasty treats. Handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designs populate the hundreds of booths that will fill the festival. From artwork to classic fabric bags; from fused glass to nature’s photography... ALL UNIQUE AND ALL SPECIAL!

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WEDNESDAY 2.14 City Market Vow Renewal

Rev. William Hester leads a romantic ceremony renewing your marriage vows. 7 p.m. City Market

Mystery Valentine’s Day Film

Savannah Book Festival Keynote Address: Lisa Ko FRI 2.16

Film: The Florida Project SUN 2.18

Six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby, whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Presented by CinemaSavannah. 4 p.m. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. $10 cash only

Lisa Ko’s powerful debut novel The Leavers, the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, is a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. 6 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. $20 Savannah Philharmonic: Chin

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an extremely rare public screening of one of the least-known, low-budget romantic adventure movies of the 1980s. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $8

Oops! I Hearted: An Improvised Dating Game

At the beginning of each show a volunteer from the audience shares the juicy details of his or her dating life. Then, the cast brings these past lovers to life 8 p.m. Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St.

Savannah Black Heritage Festival

Presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah. For a full lineup of events, visit Feb. 1-18 Savannah State University, 3219 College St.

Theatre: Mamma Mia

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., 3 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $43

Valentine’s Day Party

Celebrate love with beer, Big Bon Pizza, A Squad Bake Shop, and live music by Isaac Smith. 5 p.m. Service Brewing Company, 574 Indian Street. Free


Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Garden


Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers FRI 2.16

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers always put their distinctive stamp on a song, making it at once their own and a part of the chain of tradition that lies at the heart of bluegrass. 8 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 East Hwy. 80. $23

Get married in the Museum’s beautiful courtyard garden. Ceremonies will be offered every 10 minutes. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $100

THURSDAY 2.15 Martina Mondadori Sartogo

Join SCAD for a conversation between Martina Mondadori Sartogo, Cabana magazine founder, and Chuck Chewning, SCAD alum and legendary luxury interior



designer. 5 p.m. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Free and open to the public

Savannah Black Heritage Festival: Contribution and Day of Absence

SSU Players by the Sea present two one-act plays: Contribution by Ted Shine and Day of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward. 8 p.m. Kennedy Fine Arts Building, Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Free

Savannah Book Festival Opening Address: Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon’s NYT- bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics. 6 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Sold out

FRIDAY 2.16 Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips has established himself as one of the supreme chroniclers of the African diaspora. 5 p.m. p Desoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St.

Desert Dawn Taproom Release Party

Tart wild elderberry, dark fruit & spice, this Belgian Style Saison is brewin’ real nice. 5:30 p.m. Southbound Brewing, 107 East Lathrop Ave.

Harry Potter and the Movie Marathon Month

The Lucas Theatre will be screening in chronological order the entire Harry Potter canon. 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $8

Potable Gold: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition

Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House while learning about a unique and flavorful wine. Fri. & Sat., 5:30 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. $22

Savannah Philharmonic: Chinese New Year Treasures

Savannah Philharmonic principal violist LiZhou Liu leads friends in a performance celebrating the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. 6 p.m. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts, 649 W Jones St. $25

Springtime Made in the South

Potters, glass blowers, basket weavers, yarn spinners and others as they create both contemporary and traditional wares. Fri.-Sun. Trade & Convention Ctr, 1 International Dr. $7

A Taste of the Classics

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra performs the best of all their touring selections in a benefit for Veritas Academy. 6:30 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. $100

SATURDAY 2.17 AURA Fest 2018

This year features Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Evergreen Terrace, Through The Eyes of The Dead, I Set My Friends On Fire and many more. 12:30-11 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. $28 advance, $33 day of 912-844-7407.

Bonaventure Cemetery: Eternal Valentines

Bonaventure is for lovers and perfect for story romantics. 5 p.m. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. $55 912-319-5600

Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters

Karen and Richard Carpenters’ beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits through the ‘70s. 8 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn. $18-$22 912-472-4790


Forsyth Farmers Market

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

Forty Acres and a Mule Film and Presentation

Learn about the meeting of 20 AfricanAmerican church leaders with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and General William T. Sherman in Savannah in January 1865. 1 p.m. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. Free 912-659-4383 CONTINUES ON P. 6



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The World’s #1 Tribute to The Bee Gees



Harry Potter and the Movie Marathon Month

The Lucas Theatre will be screening in chronological order the entire Harry Potter canon. 3 & 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $8

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

Rollin’ and Tumblin’ Vol. 2 Release Party w/ Mipso

Friday, March 2 Lucas Theatre Savannah

The Savannah Music Festival and Southbound Brewing Company partner to release a springtime IPA. 7:30 p.m. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. $10 advance, $15 door




Savannah Black Heritage Festival: Still I Rise: The Resilience and Power of Our Story Master storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste and the choir of historic First African Baptist of East Savannah present this program. 5:30 p.m. First African Baptist Church, 23 Montgomery St.

Savannah Book Festival Closing Address: Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things tells the story of an African-American delivery nurse named Ruth who is ordered by White Supremacists not to touch their newborn infant. 2 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. Sold out

MONDAY 2.19 Odd Lot Improv: Monday Night Madness

The public can learn more about Ben Tucker at this documentary screening. 3 p.m. St. John Baptist Church, 522-28 Hartridge St.

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

Savannah Book Festival


Savannah Black Heritage Festival: In Tune: The Ben Tucker Story

Over 40 authors sharing an intimate look at their writing life in and around Telfair Square. For a full schedule, visit 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Telfair Square, President and Barnard streets.

Some tribute bands sound good. Some look good and some move and dance like the originals. But every once in a while, you get a powerhouse combination of all three.


Savannah Irish Festival

The annual Irish festival at the Civic Center. Fri. & Sat., 9:30 a.m. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. $9

Sorry Not Sorry Improv: Game of Thrones

Get ready for a night of improv comedy inspired by Game of Thrones. 8 p.m. Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St. $10

Enslavement to Emancipation Exhibit The tour will through various squares, while exploring some of Savannah’s Black Heritage from the 19th and 20th centuries. 5 p.m. Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon St. $15

SCAD deFINE Art Exhibition Reception

Join SCAD and internationally esteemed artists for an evening celebrating a new set of exhibitions exclusively curated for the ninth edition of SCAD deFINE ART. 6 p.m. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

SCAD deFINE Art: Pia Camil Procession

Pia Camil’s “Fade Into Black” is the latest and largest iteration of her ongoing interest in T-shirts as repositories of cultural information. noon Forsyth Park CONTINUES ON P. PB


Gaslighting us about St. Patrick’s Day BY JIM MOREKIS

FOR DECADES, the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day celebration has been not only our most distinctive calling card to the world, but our most profitable event. It’s arguably our most organic and culturally driven event as well. The parade and the celebration around it have been referred to as Savannah’s Goose That Laid The Golden Egg for as long as I can remember. The hotels are full, everyone spends money, and the town swells in size at least three-fold. City employees and police make bank on overtime. For years it was a given that the local bar industry made their profit for the year during that one multi-day celebration. It’s even good for church donations

Yep, the City Manager and Council are trying to gaslight you into believing there’s not enough revenue to be made at the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country, an event somewhat akin to having a license to print money. This is like saying you can’t find sand in the desert. That’s a you problem. Undercutting their own argument — and possibly revealing their true motive — the City’s first move towards making the event more profitable for the government was… to cut down the length of the festival. Because that’s exactly what you do when you’re not generating enough revenue: Further limit your opportunity to generate revenue. As of this writing, the City will only recognize two official festival days, March 16 and March 17, leaving off the Sunday. The development has many in the City’s entertainment industry seething. Due to Georgia’s odd state law, cities get one chance a year to let bars open on a Sunday

The most egregious example of the City undercutting its own argument came when it defunded Tara Feis, a familyfriendly Irish cultural event with a quarter century of local history, which involved no alcoholic beverages at all. City leaders claim to be concerned about too much drinking, but eliminated one of the few events in Savannah where no alcohol was allowed. Having navigated the complicated cross-cultural currents of Savannah for a couple of decades as a journalist here, my gut sense tells me that what we’re talking about here isn’t necessarily the City wanting “ownership” at all. What might be happening is that the new leadership of the City of Savannah, for various political and economic reasons, would like to eventually see the St. Patrick’s Day festival just go away. They might want to take ownership so they can kill the goose for good — or at least morph it into something unrecognizable.

City leaders claim they’re concerned about too much drinking, but they eliminated Tara Feis, one of the few events in Savannah where no alcohol was allowed.

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to mark a unique holiday or event. Our leaders chose not to exercise that option for local bars this year. However, on Sunday, March 18 this year, you might be able to pick up a five-dollar 22-ounce Bud Light — or one, or two, or a dozen — from a tent along the waterfront, even though the bars themselves will have to stay closed. Regardless, that type of binge-drinking availability, not local bars for those 21 and up, is mostly what has led to the overimbibing and underage inebriation City Council is now concerned about. Van Johnson, for example, describes the River Street crowd as being “increasingly younger, and increasingly unsupervised.” But with all the talk of “ownership” of a supposedly out-of-control festival, why does there seem to be little talk about limiting the availability of cheap, copious beer often sold by non-local vendors? That’s not all. The City is considering hiring a festival manager or contracting with an outside event management firm. But if the event isn’t profitable enough, why spend more trying to manage it? (They conspicuously seem not to have involved the actual Parade Committee in this rather important “stakeholder” conversation. The oversight has caused quite a commotion in those quarters.)

Before you scoff, think about it: St. Patrick’s Day is the one truly individualized thing we have left that stands out from the ticketed festivals, the corporate naming rights, the Airbnbs, and the chain stores and hotels which now seem to be the desired package deal for destination cities seeking to appeal to the broadest possible common denominator in consumers. Our boozy traditional festival, with its ethnic religious roots and its central event run by a faith-based local committee, doesn’t fit the modern mold of sanitized, corporate-sponsored entertainment. The entire appeal of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is that it has many owners. It runs as well as it does precisely because it is a well-married stew of community interests, from the Parade Committee, to the food & bev industry, to local high schools who march, to the churches, to Savannah’s old guard, to our new arrivals. The City Manager and Council are now telling you on the one hand that the festival is too successful and has to be limited, and also that it’s not successful enough. A political science professor might call this a type of Hegelian Dialectic: you manufacture a crisis, then offer your own solution to the crisis you created. In the South we have a less high-falutin’ old phrase: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” CS

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because of all the lapsed Catholics who attend morning Mass that day! The whole thing should be an idiot-proof win/win situation. Right? Maybe not. Over the years, City leaders have occasionally done their level best to try and strangle that golden goose, usually with the best of intentions. A classic example was the gating of River Street — remember that? — with a price to enter the usually public space. That fiasco created its own public safety issue with too many people crowded inside the barricades like cattle, with others crowding to get in. Sometimes mounted police had to force crowds back, like a scene from Les Miserables. You could argue that selling wristbands — making it illegal to enjoy our to-go cup ordinance without paying a fee — was another less-than-brilliant idea to regulate and monetize the event. We are now seeing the City make another stab at the goose, in the form of a new effort to “take ownership” of the festival, in the words of Alderman Van Johnson. He is supported in this effort by new City Manager Rob Hernandez and Mayor Eddie DeLoach. The justification they use is... that the City doesn’t make enough revenue from St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.




Renaming the bridge ‘from one racist to another racist’


Editor, The General Assembly is strongly thinking of renaming the bridge after Juliette Gordon Low. I am an African American woman living in the city of Savannah and I personally feel that naming the bridge after Low would be an insult to the Black community. Many Black people would remain silent on this issue because we have been conditioned not to hurt white folks’ feelings. However, I am going to stand against this name because it adds salt to the old scars of racism. The reason Governor Eugene Talmadge’s name is being removed from the bridge is because he was an open and violent racist. However, many white folks would never considered themselves to be like Talmadge but they are. They are called covert racist which mean they are racist but not open. They don’t run around and call Black people the n-word in public but they exclude them from their social clubs and deny them full justice under the law. Juliette Low fits the description as a covert racist. She did not go around supporting the KKK but she never allowed Blacks to join the Girl Scouts. Low started the first Girl Scout Troop in 1912 but Blacks were not allowed. A separate group was started for Black girls in 1917.The first Black President of the Girl Scouts was elected in 1975 long after Low had died. Juliette Low’s father in law Andrew Low was one of the most notorious slave owners in the world. He made all his wealth off the destruction of Black human lives. Andrew Low carried millions of dollars’ worth of cotton from Savannah to Liverpool in 1857. Juliette Low’s family also was in association with many men who served in the Confederate War. Moreover, Low met and became friends with Colonel Baden Powell who was the founder of the Boys Scout. He was involved with the execution of many Africans to take control of the abundance of gold in Angola. If that’s not enough to make white people rethink naming the bridge after Low, then this information may change your mind and heart. Juliette  Low’s father William Washington Low was a cotton broker with the firm Tison which was later changed to WW Gordon and Company. Low’s father purchased and sold slaved and shipped them to England to be mistreated by the King of low desires. In addition, her father was a loyal member of the Confederate States Army. Low’s inherited much of her father’s bloodstain money from the inhuman

treatment of Black enslaved people. She also was awarded money from her dreadful husband who also inherited money from his bloodthirsty father who owned and sold human beings as chattels. Now, would it be logical to take the name off the bridge because Talmadge was an open racist and replace it with Low who was a covert or undercover racist? Low made all her money and enjoyed a privileged life until the day she died off of illegal slave money. If Low was at all concerned for Black people, she would have opened up the Girls Scouts to include little Black girls. Moreover, the proceeds from her father’s and husband’s money from their heavy involvement in the slave trade should have gone into a trust for education, hospitals and decent homes for the children of the slaves her family sold. Juliette Gordon Low does not deserve for her name to go on the bridge because she stands toe to toe with racist Governor Eugene Talmadge. They both shared the same racist ideology — they just took different routes to get to their plantation.   Marilyn Jackson

‘The Anarchist’ responds

Editor, I’m appalled at how willing your columnist Jason Combs was to admit he didn’t give much insight when writing, “Gentrification, Part 3: The Anarchist.” He says “Never having ever given much serious thought to anarchism,” as if it isn’t obvious by the state of the article he still hasn’t tried.  The least he could have done was provide readers some genuine education on the topics at hand, but decided instead to quote Wikipedia, make vague and irrelevant pop culture references, and assert half-baked claims regarding anarchy and anarchists’ work to combat gentrification. Please, allow me to provide what Jason excluded. Anarchy does not inherently imply a lack of organization, rather, organization methods that promote autonomy and nonhierarchical methods of action and decentralized leadership through voluntary associations. These subgroups are often referred to within collectives as affinity groups. Subsidiary is specifically used to refer to businesses that operate top-down, where a parent business owns a company, corporation, or limited liability company. So YEAH, “words and their meanings ARE important.” Resident associations do not generally facilitate the will of all the people in their neighborhood. Their associations are not inherently repressive, but the way they

facilitate investment in their neighborhood to (ultimately) assert class power IS repressive. Using your power as a neighborhood association to bring in in outside investors who have the financial “freedom” to buy a home in a neighborhood they’re developing and call that being a local is repressive. But how could we expect any less from a writer discussing gentrification who’s also a member of the board of the neighborhood in question being gentrified as well as a landlord? Combs asserted, “The state is bad and should be dismantled,” with the uninformed, generalizing irony one would expect from a self-identified capitalist.   If anything, government should exist to provide social services to minorities most affected by white supremacist capitalist society. Queer anarchy is intersectional, and anarchists who do not include the needs of their comrades who rely on social services are not working intersectionally to revolutionize our society.  Most non governmental social organizations work to provide what resources the government doesn’t—with the intent to build alternative support networks that operate without oppressive policing structures and state violence. The effects of gentrification, such as displacement, are just one of the many negative parts of capitalist society that anarchists have to combat by providing mutual aid. “I believe caring for the marginalized and disadvantaged is something that a great society does, so the state should do that.” So I’d like to ask Jason: What are the public institutions and works of a great society? Reifying the white privatization of wealth with ethnic cleansing? Neglecting the basic needs of our communities to open hipster sock businesses? Incentivizing and taxing human decency? Do you really believe the state ultimately defines society? And in that case, what’s the point of anything we’re doing here? Oh, right. Making money. In closing, I would like to thank your staff writer for all the work he put into channeling our three plus hours of dialogue into a poorly organized and shoddily construed propaganda piece. I guess that’s why he’s an opinion columnist and not a journalist.  “The Anarchist” Send your Feedback to


Tiny houses,



WHILE YOU and I were decorating snow men and delighting in our unusual wintry weather, a woman apparently froze to death in the homeless camp under the Truman Parkway. Valerie Gleaton, 49, was found stiff and blue on the morning of January 6. The previous night’s low was 20 degrees. Her boyfriend reported that she hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs. You might respond with apathy. Or you might respond with the anger and disbelief that I felt when I discovered, a few weeks later, that Savannah doesn’t have a master plan for affordable housing. Nor do we require affordable set-asides in development plans. Think of all the things that Savannah master plans and requires developers to set aside, like parking and retail space. It’s true that frozen bodies under blankets are nothing new up north. And some people are homeless because of destructive addictions, like alcohol or drugs. But it’s also true that homelessness is a policy that we intentionally plan, just like we plan superior shopping experiences for our tourist corridors. Fortunately, a few dedicated and headwind-facing activists have better plans for at least 72 homeless people in Savannah. Despite setbacks, inertia and lack of any significant government support, they’re building a community of tiny homes for homeless veterans. “The only way we’re going to solve it is by ensuring that people have housing,” says Cindy Kelley of the non-profit Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, which isn’t a government agency, contrary to its dull name. “We can do a good job making things beautiful but small and then people can really afford to live in them.” This month, the organization will let bids for the first stage of a $1.7 million project to build 72 affordable homes, most of them 128 square feet, on 3.5 acres of land off Wheaton Street. Two earlier site locations failed because of community

opposition. Kelley and I walked around the future tiny homes village, a former homeless camp and former cotton mill site. She also showed me inside the model home, which you can see from the outside in the Savannah Baptist Center parking lot, also on Wheaton Street. “If you need to have a lot of things, this isn’t the choice for you,” Kelley says as she and I shuffle from bed to kitchen to bathroom in a few steps. “Living tiny is a lifestyle choice.” Judging by the success of tiny homes shows on television, it’s a choice many Americans are making to get away from an over-consumptive and housing-competitive society. Tiny homes typically cost less than the average new car. CSAH is building each home for $23,611, which includes the land, utility hook-ups, appliances and furnishings. Homeless people, of course, have few choices, except maybe where to sleep, from among 25 homeless camps in Savannah, and where to eat, from among several church missions that offer hot meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. “We do food well,” Kelley says of shortterm shelters and kitchens, many of which require homeless people to attend meetings, take medications and stay off drugs and alcohol to receive their services. “It’s not solving the problem. It’s silly to expect people to really solve their issues until they’re in stable housing.” So far, CSAH has raised about $400,000 for the project, mostly from private donors. So there’s still a long way to go. And ultimately, it’s 75 homes for 4,000+ people who end up homeless at some point during any given year in Savannah. And 15,000+ people in Savannah are on Top: Cindy Kelley shows a model of a tiny home to be constructed for 72 homeless veterans. a waiting list for affordable housing. Can Center: Kelley is planning for this former homeless camp and cotton mill site off Wheaton Valerie Gleaton’s death shake anyone in this community from apathy to action? CS Street to become a village of 72 tiny homes. Bottom: Inside one of the houses.


New initiative from Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless aims for 75 new abodes



Cassandra Nicholson digs in the dirt with students at Gould Elementary during SUGA’s school garden program.

SUGA: growing a community garden program BY MOLLY HAYDEN


A LARGE number of volunteers dig in the proverbial dirt behind the scenes of the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance. And in the few short years since the organization began, it has grown into a community of renegade gardeners who continue the fight for food transparency through various outreach programs. The non-profit wrangles empty lots into community gardens and often hijacks conversations at neighbor potlucks to talk about worm composting. But most importantly, they educate. And they start ’em young.


It’s Elementary

Cassandra Nicholson arrives at Carrie E. Gould Elementary School in Garden City just as the 9 a.m. bell rings. She likes to come a little early to inspect the garden before the children join her. This particular Tuesday, though, she doesn’t get much time. Within minutes, 30 fourth-graders run out screaming with joy. “It lifts my heart every time,” she says. “They are so inspired and proud of their garden.”

Nicholson is the director of education and maintenance for Victory Gardens and oversees SUGA’s school garden program. As of now, the position helps with maintenance of existing public school gardens and provides teachers and students with educational support. Gould is one of two schools, along with Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, that was chosen for the pilot program. Nicholson plans the day’s lesson to coincide with the students’ science class. Integrating the discipline reinforces learning, she says, and allows for a deeper understanding of natural systems. Her voice bellows beneath an oversized straw hat as she addresses the class: “What are you struggling with? What do you not understand?” During the four-hour visit, older students tug on her overalls to ask questions about photosynthesis, soil science and composting; younger students talk about healthy eating as they pluck arugula straight from the garden to taste. Both Nicholson and the students are genuinely enthusiastic about the garden. There’s a general sense of community and shared sense of accomplishment amongst the group.



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Something different for Valentine’s Day! “This is a tangible way for them to see their hard work,” said Nicholson. “They take so much ownership of the process now and it’s obvious that they are proud of the work they have done. They inherently understand the value of growing food for their classmates, especially when it’s healthy food.” And they often taste the fruits of their labor. Last season, along with a hearty amount of collard greens, broccoli, Bok Choy and carrots, Gould students harvested 60 pounds of sweet potatoes that were turned into a soufflé in the school cafeteria for all to share.

with their food. They don’t see farming in action, only grocery stores, and never question where that food may come from. School gardens not only enrich the core curriculum through hands-on learning but also add a sense of adventure and aesthetic appreciation to learning. This sense of adventure has spilled over into the organization’s first big fundraiser: The SUGA Rush Scavenger Hunt. The event combines the grit of working in the garden with the enthusiasm of watching something impactful grow. It’s easy to participate: put together a team; fundraise; show up; scavenge. Teams will meet Learning Curve at Forsyth Park directly outSUGA published a side the basketball courts, release a few years ago Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. that stated gardenFrom there, the citywide based learning helps event begins. Participants with increased nutrition will get a list of clues and awareness, environmenitems to photograph durtal awareness, learning ing their journey. Winning achievements, life skills, teams take home a small Gould Elementary harvested health and wellness. It trophy and big ole bragging motivates young children 60 pounds of sweet potatoes rights. from their garden, which was to ask for vegetables and “The first goal is to put turned into sweet potato souf- on a fun event,” says Drey. elevates many parents’ failed attempts at forced flé in the school cafeteria. “But hopefully it will also healthy eating. empower people to think This study made it clear to SUGA that about their own community’s access to success could only come from focusing on food and what we can do to help.” one major project at a time. From there, Teams (up to 5 members) are encourthe school garden manager program was aged to raise $400 or more to help reach born. the attainable goal of $15,000. To date, “We try to be a connection point for dif- they are more than halfway there. ferent types of organization that promote The school garden manager costs gardening,” says Jennifer Drey, board around $3,600 per school per year. If chair for SUGA. “But as a non-profit, we the goal is met, SUGA can add two more have limited resources and zero paid schools in the upcoming year, which will employees. We combined all of our efforts serve up a whole lot of community gratiand resources to focus on what we thought tude and a much bigger helping of that our community could benefit from the sweet potato soufflé. CS most.” Drey says children living in urban The SUGA Rush Scavenger Hunt runs Saturday, environments often have a disconnect February 17, beginning 10 a.m.

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What’s the life span of a skyscraper? An engineering professor used to tell our class, “Everything eventually fails. The question is, when?” What happens with a mammoth building? What’s the intended life span of, say, the Willis Tower? The way cities are packed, I can’t imagine a demolition crew can just drop a hundred-story building without causing chaos. —Concerned Citizen I’LLconcede that “Everything eventually fails” is more than useful enough as credos go. But there’s a power at work here that can give even the ravages of time a fair fight: the profit motive. Last winter, the owners of the Willis Tower announced a $500 million plan to modernize the 45-year-old building, and the city started issuing permits over the summer. Clearly somebody doesn’t think that thing’s coming down anytime soon. Renovating and retrofitting is increasingly the name of the game when it comes to giant buildings, the current thinking being that it’s financially (not to mention ecologically) smarter to refresh them periodically than to tear down and start anew. Most experts figure there’s no reason an


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appropriately upkept skyscraper can’t stay there pretty much indefinitely. Without upkeep? As we discussed in a 2016 column, towers in a low-lying city like New York, for instance, would have only about 50 years of life in them absent human intervention: water erodes foundations if no one’s around to continually pump it out. In general, if you want to keep a structure standing, you’re going to need a sound water-management plan; foundation aside, one requirement for skyscraper longevity is that their steel-reinforced concrete bones don’t get exposed to rain, the acid in which eats at the limestone content. But assuming they get proper TLC, the dinosaurs of the Manhattan skyline will likely hang around a while yet. Sure, we can expect to lose a few old office towers here and there in the coming decades, mainly structures that were built when energy was cheap and nowadays cost a fortune to heat and cool—all that single-pane glass, etc. But by and large in New York, market forces and building code collude to keep old buildings standing. Many skyscrapers went up in an era of fewer regulatory constraints, so developers thinking about a tear-down today may be looking at a necessarily smaller building in its place— and thus less rent revenue going forward. Now, Tokyo is another story. Owing to the local mix of property values, zoning laws, and design standards, it often makes more sense there to knock down and rebuild. As the New York Times put it a couple of years ago, there’s a bull market for demolition in Japan, and the nation is becoming a world leader in the fine art of removing skyscrapers. The fine art? I’m guessing when you’re picturing the “chaos” of skyscraper demolition, CCC, you’re investing the scene with a lot of unwarranted drama—dynamite, countdown, plunger-style detonator, great clouds of dust and debris. In fact, the implosion method is now used for only about 2 percent of demolitions; most buildings, particularly in dense urban areas, are taken apart more laboriously, using cranes

and elbow grease. Those in the deconstruction business are constantly coming up with new techniques, though, and right now is a particularly exciting time to be a building wrecker. In South Africa, they’re using high-pressure gas canisters in place of dynamite to break up concrete—quieter, less violent, and a lot less permitting required. In France, remote-controlled hydraulic devices push over supporting walls on midlevel floors, causing the top of the building to cave in on itself and pancake the rest on its way down. But the Japanese are out ahead of the pack. They’ve got lots of buildings to practice on, many just too tall and too tightly surrounded to raze the old-fashioned way, and since 2002 they’ve been bound by a stringent law mandating the reuse of building materials, encouraging them to make as little mess as possible. As such, Japanese companies have worked up startlingly gentle demolition techniques—you can find trippy time-lapse videos where structures appear to just slowly sink into the ground. In one method, the roof is held up by jacks as workers remove the top floor in its entirety; the roof is then lowered, and the process continues until the building’s disappeared. Employing a similar concept, another version starts from the bottom: workers jack up everything above the ground floor, then take that out; rinse, repeat. Fancy, and not just on the safety front: these demolition firms boast that their recycling of materials and relatively modest use of heavy machinery leads to impressive reductions in carbon emissions—up to 85 percent in some cases. Plus, the whole deal looks about as quiet and smooth-running as the Tokyo subway. There’s no indication such techniques will make it to New York or Chicago in the near future, but neither will the incentives to demolish in the first place. Nor will notably quiet and smooth-running subways, for that matter. In more ways than one, we’re stuck with the cities we’ve got. CS


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Savannah Police Violent Crimes detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a suspect in an aggravated assault Police say shooting in City Market investigation. was self-inflicted “On Jan. 20 around 1 a.m., officers The Savannah Police Department responded to the 600 block of West 41st responded to the 200 block of West St. Street in reference to a cutting. Joshua Julian Street around Deteros Walker, 27, Ellis Square in refergot into a domesticence to a shooting at related, verbal arguaround 8 p.m. Februment with another ary 10. man. During the “Upon arrival, argument, Brandon officers located an Gilbert, 24, walked adult male with a up and a physical self-inflicted gunaltercation began shot wound. He was between Gilbert and transported to an Walker. Walker subTraining with bleed control kits area hospital with sequently stabbed life-threatening Gilbert,” police injuries. The individreport. ual later succumbed to those injuries the Walker is a black male, standing around morning of Feb. 11,” police report. 5-foot-2 and weighing around 150 pounds. Parts of City Market were closed He wears his hair styled in long dreadoff. This incident is still under locks, police say. investigation.

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On Feb. 6 Savannah Police issued Deion Micah Pinckney, 15, an arrest warrant for the murder of John Cooksey Jr., who was shot at Bonaventure Funeral Home on Feb. 3 and succumbed to his injuries. “Cooksey, 12, was attending the funeral of Ricky Jerome Boyd at Bonaventure Funeral Home, 2520 Bonaventure Road, about 3:15 p.m. Feb. 3 when he was struck by gunfire. He was transported to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries,” police say. “In the early hours of Feb. 4, Savannah Police Violent Crimes detectives, SWAT and the Hostage Negotiation Team executed arrest warrants on Pinckney. He was transported to Regional Youth Detention Center on two counts of aggravated assault and single counts of aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a minor,” police report. On the evening of Feb. 5, Cooksey passed away, resulting in an upgraded charge of murder for Pinckney. The warrant was served at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

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A male suspect has been identified in a sexual assault investigation. “On Feb. 3, Savannah officers responded to the area of 39th Street and Martin

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Savannah Police officers began training with bleed control kits donated by Memorial Health. “The No. 1 cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding,” said Dr. James Dunne, chief of trauma services at Memorial Health. “If patients don’t get transported to definitive care in time, they can easily bleed to death at the scene. We want to provide our EMS and police officers with resources to be able to hopefully stop that bleeding, or at least slow it down, to buy that individual time to get to definitive care.” Memorial Health donated 518 bleed control kits to the Savannah Police Department to help officers provide potentially life-saving medical aid at the scene of a traumatic injury. The kit contains tourniquets, packing material and other supplies needed to control bleeding. The trauma team at Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial Health University Medical Center began the hourlong training with officers this morning. During the course, officers learned about the content of the kit and got hands-on practice with their co-workers. CS ALL CASES FROM RECENT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT INCIDENT REPORTS. GIVE ANONYMOUS CRIME TIPS TO CRIMESTOPPERS AT 912/234-2020 OR TEXT CRIMES (274637) USING KEYWORD CSTOP2020.

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The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland has a new course of study for scholars to pursue: a bachelor’s or master’s in yodeling. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, students will be able to major in the traditional form of singing, which was used by Swiss herdsmen to communicate with each other in the mountains. The BBC reported that prize-winning yodeler Nadja Rass will lead the courses, which will also include musical theory and history. “We have long dreamed of offering yodeling at the university,” gushed Michael Kaufmann, head of the school’s music department. [BBC, 1/30/18]

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Police in Logansport, Indiana, finally caught up with the thief who had been targeting churches in the area since Jan. 16: Christian J. Alter, 22, of Kewanna, was charged with breaking into five houses of worship and stealing cash, according to the Logansport Pharos-Tribune. Alter was apprehended Jan. 23 just moments before the fifth burglary, at Rehoboth Christian Church, was discovered by police. He was being held in the Cass County Jail. [Pharos-Tribune, 1/24/2018]

You Have the Right to Remain Silent Vincente Rodrigues-Ortiz, 22, was arrested Jan. 24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the assault and murder of Andre Hawkins, 17, the day before. But when Rodrigues-Ortiz appeared in court on Jan. 25 for arraignment, he questioned the judge about his “other murder case.” WWMT TV reported his query led prosecutors to interview and then charge him with the March 2017 homicide of Laurie Kay Lundeburg. [WWMT TV, 1/25/2018]

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Kane Blake of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, has great things to say about his Springvalley home: “It’s a gorgeous neighborhood,” and his family loves most things about it. Nevertheless, the Blakes have listed their home for sale, with a sign out front reading: “Home for Sale by owner because neighbor is an ---hole.” Blake said a neighbor has been harassing his family for five years, including sending police and bylaws officers to the house for frivolous reasons and taking photos of Blake’s house. (Update: Kane has removed the sign.) [Kelowna Capital News, 1/27/2018]

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A landlord in Cardiff, Wales, was caught in a compromising position when The Continuing Crisis he offered a special rent deal to an ITV Birds nesting near natural gas compres- Wales reporter with a hidden camera. The sors have been found to suffer symptoms man posted an ad on Craigslist offering similar to PTSD in humans, according a 650-pound-per-month home with the to researchers at the Florida Museum of option of a “reduced deposit/rent arrangeNatural History, and noise pollution has ment” for “alternative payments.” When been named the culprit. The Washington he met reporter Sian Thomas to discuss Post reported the team studied birds in the the property, he said, “I don’t know if you Rattlesnake Canyon Habitat Management have heard of a sort of ‘friends with benArea in New Mexico, which is uninhabefits’ sort of arrangement,” reported Metro ited by humans but does contain natural News Jan. 30. He said if a once-a-week gas wells and compression stations that sex arrangement could be struck, “then I constantly emit a low-frequency hum. The wouldn’t be interested in any rent from you steady noise was linked to abnormal levels at all.” The ITV Wales report was part of an of stress hormones, and the usually hardy investigation into “sex for rent” arrangements, which apparently are not uncomwestern bluebirds in the area were found mon in Wales. [Metro News, 1/30/2018] to be smaller and displayed bedraggled feathers. “The body is just starting to Government in Action break down,” explained stress physiolo• Saugatuck, Michigan, attorney Michael gist Christopher Lowry. [Washington Post, Haddock’s dog, Ryder, probably gave the 1/9/2018] mail carrier a day off after receiving an Armed and Naked unexpected letter on Jan. 27 from the State In Texas, game wardens came across of Michigan Unemployment Insurance an arresting sight in Gregg County last Agency. Haddock opened the envelope November: an unnamed Upshur County addressed to Ryder and found a letter sayman hunting in the nude along a state ing that Ryder is eligible for $360 per week highway. The Houston Chronicle reported in unemployment benefits. “I knew he was that the hunter, who is a well-known nud- clever,” Haddock said of Ryder, “but he ist and activist in the area, contested surprised me this time.” The UIA admithis arrest on charges including hunting ted that its computer did send the notice to Ryder, but it was later flagged as suspicious, without a license, but one look in court and the German shepherd won’t receive at the warden’s body cam footage undermined his case. The man then dropped his any benefits after all. [WZZM, 1/31/2018] appeals and settled the citations. [Houston BY ANDREW MCMEEL SYNDICATE Chronicle, 11/22/2017]


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SINCE FORMING in the DC area in 1995, AURA Fest headliner Darkest Hour has built one of the more impressive bodies of work in modern metal. Bridging the gap between melodic Swedish influenced metal and old-school thrash, the band’s versatility and popularity has helped land them high-profile Ozzfest appearances and an opening slot for Trivium. Their ninth album, Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora, was released last year to great acclaim, and is the band’s most successful to date. Darkest Hour’s headline gig in Savannah will help kick off a regional tour, followed by an expansive European tour later in 2018. Forming half of the band’s signature twin-lead guitar sound is co-founder Michael Schleibaum, who in addition to touring and recording with Darkest Hour, also has a thriving career as a producer and a TV soundtrack composer. We spoke to Mike last week. You guys are going out on another European tour this year. Mike Schleibaum: It’s one big continent and we’re doing just about the whole thing! Germany, down to Spain, France, the U.K,

then over to the Scandinavian countries. Then we’ll end up in Budapest, Prague, the eastern European cities.

That sounds odd. It seems like the two most exportable music forms in the world are heavy metal and hip-hop.

Seems like so many metal bands return from big European tours with insane chops and start to really get serious about things. It’s like a baptism of fire.

You didn’t mention EDM! Yeah but everywhere you go, people like heavy metal, all over the world. My mom thought I was crazy when I started out. Everybody thought I was nuts! But to be honest there is a little bit of a parallel to EDM in the way that it is a form of music that really does have fans everywhere. One thing you can’t deny, no matter who you are, is the feeling people get when they hear the sound of an electric guitar. You don’t even need to hear a song. Just play an A chord. People feel that power.

Or they quit and get into a different line of work! Touring in Europe can either make or break your soul. It can be the best time, or the worst time. You learn to keep your priorities straight . What would you say is the big difference, if any, between stateside metal crowds and European audiences? Now, thanks to globalization and the internet, not a lot of difference. There is some difference in the way they dress and the music they’re into. I’d say American metal culture is a couple of years ahead. Americans tend to be more jaded and trend influenced. As Americans we have access to everything so fast. Our society is examined so closely by everyone. A lot of culture comes from us. Of course you have some incredible European metal bands, don’t get me wrong. People tend to look up to American bands because we have so many touring opportunities here. Sometimes Europeans are forced to live the culture of whatever comes through their town.

What kind of set-up is it usually for ou guys on tour? A couple of buses, or what is the current situation like? We’re in a couple of vans and a trailer. The logistics of a bus doesn’t lend itself to this type of tour. Now in Europe we shared buses with other bands. That becomes a real world version of MTV’s Real World! The shit gets real when you live with other bands and get to see all their flaws, and all the great stuff too. Personally I don’t really get the need for all the subgenres of metal, but if you had to, which ones would you say best describe Darkest Hour?



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My opinion on subgenres is that I don’t need them, but apparently a lot of others do, in order to explain the way bands sound rather than listening to them. It’s a necessary evil. If people ask about Darkest Hour, I always tell them we are a heavy metal band. That’s it. I could very easily say hardcore or metalcore. But I just go with heavy metal, because that’s the most general form of all those genres. We have solos, we have screaming vocals, we have singing vocals, we have double bass drums.

But there’s no shortage of guitarists who are Dimebag type dudes. I myself was one of them. There’s no shortage of dudes playing Dimebag guitars. I’m pretty sure his legacy is intact, in terms of the feel and the riffs. Then he had that tragic ending and he kind of solidified into a revered and remembered figure.

I love your throwback twin-lead guitar thing. It really sets you apart. It used to be a pretty common metal thing back in the day, but these days it’s rare.

My last TV composing project was ‘Return to the Isle of Jaws.’ I composed a song that was used to attract sharks to the edge of the boat. The vibrations of the double bass drums underwater emulate the motions of a dying fish. That was an awesome program to work on. Since then I’ve been working, obviously, on tours and also a bunch of band projects. I’ve had almost every job in the business possible — booking agent, manager’s assistant, ghostwriter, producer, engineer, the guy who sweeps up the studio floor. I’m working on a project with somebody from the band Prong. Of course working on a bunch of new Darkest Hour stuff. I just recorded a hardcore band from Texas called Eleventh Hour, a seven-inch. I’m all over the place, but the main focus is to always spend some time every day on the next Darkest Hour project. I turned the corner last year when I finally realized that as a human I’m kind of lucky to have the ability to spend time creatively on music I like, and do the band stuff too. I meet so many people who are like, you’re so lucky dude, you’ve got the life. But they don’t realize the amount of struggle. It’s a game of inches, but if you don’t start it will sneak up on you. I’m kind of a busy dude, but I still have time to go to the movies every now and then.

It’s funny you say that it’s rare now. Through the advent of modern metal hardcore, and bands like Meshuggah who are very precision, rhythmic-based bands, the approach to the heavy metal harmonic double guitar thing has definitely faded. But after a time, a bunch of bands started sounding like what Darkest Hour is doing. Our love of that double guitar approach is definitely an homage to older school bands. But we always do our best to be as modern-sounding as we can. You can play songs from our first album in 1999 and songs from our newest album live, and they all sync together. They’re all presented in one way, like, ‘this is how the band plays it live.’ The way John sings is one reason the band sounds modern. If you sing like ‘80s thrash metal or like the guy in Queensryche, you’d have a completely different approach and sound dated (laughs). You’re a big Pantera fan. It’s always amazing to see some list of “Greatest Guitarists” and not see Dimebag Darrell on it. He’s not just one of the best metal guitarists, but really one of the great rock guitarists ever. A lot of things about Pantera were progressive. Of course a lot of the reason people make lists, especially in the media, is to eventually sell something (laughs). But Dime’s an interesting character. He basically resurrected two dead companies, Dean and Washburn, singlehandedly. He played his style of guitar in the ‘90s when music was gravitating to grunge. He resurrected ‘80s glam metal guitar. But he was a different type of guitar hero. It wasn’t just about him, it was also about Pantera, the band. In some ways Pantera was like Van Halen in that they were kind of everybody’s music. But Pantera was unlike them in that Pantera was meant to be polarizing. Dime was such an aggressive player to put next to somebody like, say, Jimi Hendrix. 

Tell me about your non-metal career. What other projects are you into these days?

What kind of set are we in for? We usually clock in at about an hour and 20 minutes on this tour. It’ll be a mix of songs through the band’s catalogue, plus some new songs we’ve never played before live. I don’t want to give away too many surprises, but we’ll be throwing in a cover that’s a lot of fun. It’s been a long time since we played Savannah! We’ve played there a few times but it’s been awhile. This isn’t our first rodeo, so we’ll definitely give you guys a pretty goddamn great show. CS Darkest Hour headlines AURA Fest Saturday night, Feb. 17, at the Ships of the Sea Museum North Garden. Go to


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The Bands Darkest Hour – D.C. heroes Darkest Hour have been on the scene for quite a long time, but their newest release, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora may be their hardest sounding album so far. One of the band’s biggest strengths is their ability to incorporate elements of hardcore and death metal in the same song. Bury Your Dead – Bury Your Dead’s original vocalist Matt Bruso has brought the band back into metalcore after a departure into clean vocals and singing with exvocalist Myke Terry. 2011’s Mosh N’ Roll features a heavy and slower hardcore style that will leave the crowd bouncing along with their choppy, throttled strumming. Evergreen Terrace – Combining clean vocals with a screamer allows Florida’s Evergreen Terrace to provide a vocal range similar to bands like A Day To Remember. Often alternating between a clean emopop style and heavier metalcore sound lends an upbeat vibe to certain songs that isn’t often found in the heavier realms. Through The Eyes of the Dead – This North Carolina group became early

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influencers of the deathcore scene with their ‘Scars of Ages’ EP and the albums Bloodlust and Malice. Well-known for their drummer’s extreme speed, the band’s songs frequently pair thundering double bass blast beats with chugging, chunky bass chords and galloping guitar riffs. If you enjoy bands like Whitechapel and As

Blood Runs Black, this is a band you are not going to want to miss. I Set My Friends On Fire – ISMFOF blends infuses hardcore style breakdowns with synths, samples and a rapping screamer. Widely known for their cover of Soulja Boy’s 2007 hit “Crank That,” the


GET YOUR earplugs ready Savannah. Whether you enjoy metal or simply plan to pass the west end of Congress Street, February 17 is going to be a loud and heavy day. The typically serene and tranquil gardens of The Ships of The Sea Museum will be astir with the vibrations of bludgeoning guitar riffs pouring from the All Underground Rock All Day Fest. The festival, put on by local promoters Coastal Rock Productions, will feature 14 bands preforming on two stages, contests, raffles, arcade games, vendors, food trucks, PBR promotions, a full bar, and professional chair massages from Virginia College. AURA Fest founder Tim Walls is most excited to give back to younger metal fans. “What I enjoyed most last time was seeing the kids go crazy, really getting into it, and singing along,” Walls says. “That’s why I like doing these types of shows, ‘cause that’s what I wanted when I was younger. Seeing those kids’ faces light up as they’re crowdsurfing or jumping up and singing in the microphone, that’s what’s really cool for me.” Walls describes the current status of Savannah’s metal scene as “a small town and a small market.” “We have a lot of creativity, but metal is just difficult to book regionally. It’s not just here,” he says. “The whole Southeast, with the exception of Atlanta, is a really rough market for skip through Georgia almost entirely. Its tough for a band to make a living doing live music without touring and performing a lot, and that’s hard to do when there’s a lack of venues, at least in this part of the country.”. “When you get into heavy genres, it’s less accessible as well, but that comes with the territory. There’s not many Metallicas anymore reaching that level of success with metal or heavy music.”





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South Florida group fuses an eclectic but undeniably catchy pop influence with their hard rock roots. The Funeral Portrait – Atlanta band The Funeral Portrait has vocals that are vaguely reminiscent of old Coheed and Cambria while maintaining more mainstream pop-metal based guitars. This band bridges a unique place in hard rock, appealing to fans of Breaking Benjamin, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Chevelle, and will likely be the most accessible band for radio-rock fans and those dipping their toe into the heavier end of the pool. No Zodiac – No Zodiac is not for sensitive ears. The band’s vocalist has a great range and ability to switch between a hardcore style during breakdowns and a hollow throat-based, black metal scream over the verses. The band’s transitions between lightning-quick chord progressions and brutal breakdowns keep the listener’s pulse pumping even during the in-between moments. This band will likely be too much for the light-hearted. Vatican – These boys are heavy, local Savannah young’uns. Vatican has only been together since 2015, but the band has already amassed a discography of two full albums and multiple splits. The band’s second full-length album, Ache of Eternity, was just released in August and got rave reviews for bringing metalcore back from the brink of irrelevance. While maintaining the title of metallic hardcore, it’s easy to see influences of thrash metal and European black metal, resulting in something close to deathcore. Second Death – Forming after the demise of their former band Beware The Neverending, Valdosta natives Second Death have released two singles and a full-length album since 2016 while simultaneously touring most of the U.S. While the straightedge/hardcore outfit may be from the South, they have found a special fondness for the passion and dedication of the Northeast fanbase during their tours. AURA Fest, give them a proper welcome back to Savannah with some Southern hospitality. Separations – Atlanta band Separations is another more accessible hard rock

band incorporating metal tendencies with clean vocals, electronic sounds, and keyboards to create a sound somewhere between Underoath and Bring Me The Horizon. The band’s 2015 album Dreameater finds a good balance of dubstep style production over some seriously heavy verses that quickly snap into clean choruses, allowing the band a radio-friendly sound. Icaria – This Atlanta group features spacey atmospheric production effects and clean guitars with emo/post-hardcore vocals over a backup screamer and crunchy bass riffs. Icaria manages to dwell somewhere between Saosin and older Killswitch Engage while working in an electronic edge. Great American Ghost – With a screamer similar to bands like Blacklisted and Trash Talk, Great American Ghost’s 2015 album Everyone Leaves is a brutal assault on the ears featuring racing, punkinspired drums alternating between slow, hardcore-style breakdowns and brutally crunchy guitars that provide a haunting atmospheric drone. Strengthen What Remains - The lyrics featured on the Tampa, Florida groups 3-song ‘2017 Promo’ discuss general discontent with the apathy of modern American society. Featuring a strong hardcore-style screamer and sludgy bass paired with gritty buzzsaw guitars, the band’s political take on hardcore seems to be a perfectly timed alarm for the current climate of waking rebellion. My Last Years – This Savannah fivepiece melodic metalcore band combines clean vocals and djent-style guitars with a harder metalcore style and a brutal screamer. Unfortunately, a recent post on the bands Facebook page announced that AURA Fest will be their last performance due to the members’ rapidly-changing lives. CS


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Yeah! We used to open for ourselves as The Electric Pinecones because we couldn’t afford to get an opening band. It’s weird because it’s more laidback—I wouldn’t call it acoustic, but it wasn’t really loud and hard. We would do everything from The Byrds or The Dillards to Buck Owens to The Seeds or Van Morrison, that kind of garage stuff with a little psychedelica and country. It’s an extension of that for this one. We plugged in a little bit more, but it was really fun. Are you working on anything new now? We just finished re-recording some stuff we had on Geffen to take control of our catalog. It was a financial decision to redo Dirt Track Date and Plastic Seat Sweat. We can’t sell it live…it’s too expensive to buy the CDs and even do vinyl…a lot of the fans wanted it live, so we just re-recorded them. The same guy who cut those records came up here and did it in our studio. I think they’re better than the original! Sometimes we get requests from indie films and people who don’t have the biggest budget and sort of get lost when they go over to Geffen, don’t hear back. So, if somebody says they want to use “Dance For Me” in a YouTube video or some sort of indie film, we can work with them.


LAST TIME Southern Culture on the Skids played in Savannah, audiences Camel Walked with pride and welcomed the North Carolina legends to Revival Fest 2015. It’s been a minute since the eclectic rockabilly/surf/psychobilly rockers played a Hostess City club gig—to guitarist/vocalist Rick Miller’s knowledge, The Jinx was still The Velvet Elvis—and they’re glad to return. Since the 1980s, Miller, Mary Huff, and Dave Hartman have kept audiences hungry for retro riffs, flying fried chicken, and dance parties galore with songs like “Eight Piece Box,” “Camel Walk,” and “Voodoo Cadillac” over the course of 16 albums. The band’s most recent LP, The Electric Pinecones, was inspired by an old country/ psych side project of the same name. Connect spoke with Miller after he and the gang inducted old friend Hasil Adkins into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame alongside Patti Smith, Kate Pierson, Charlie McCoy, and Ann Magnuson. How was West Virginia? It was something else! They made a lifesized cutout of Hasil and put it onstage

with us. It was a little bit nerve-racking to do the presentation—I’ve never done anything like that. But I did have a lot of old stories to tell. We did a lot of stuff with him, so it made it pretty easy. A lot of times, those things can just drag on and on and it get a little academic. But the stories about when he was on the road with us…they’re not academic at all! Y’all toured together a good bit, right? We used to have him down to North Carolina to do Sleazefest with us and he’d stay with me, and we did some touring in the Southeast together. And he’d call me all the time. He’d call me from truck stops, and it was collect. Every time a truck would go by, you couldn’t hear anything. He was one of those guys who had to start the stories over, and those stories would go on and on! But it was always fun. What do you make of Hall of Fametype recognition? I think the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is kind of bogus. It’s more about money. There are a lot of great artists that aren’t in there, like Link Wray. You talk to Jimmy Page, The Who, anybody, they’ll tell you, “He’s got to be in there.” I’ve been there a couple times, it’s pretty mainstream. But I like the West Virginia one because

it was incredibly diverse. They inducted all kinds of stuff—old time music, and, of course, some bluegrass. They had Ann Magnuson from Bongwater and they had Patti Smith, because her husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith, was born in West Virginia, and her and two kids were there. It was funny, I hadn’t seen her son Jackson in so long! We toured with him, he was in a great Detroit band, The Paybacks. We did a few shows, hadn’t seen him in forever, and now he’s 30 something years old! He was a kid back then. They had some Christian guy, no idea who he was but he has lots of gold records [Note: It was Michael W. Smith]. It was kind of all over the place, but any Hall of Fame that would have Hasil is okay with me. The Electric Pinecones wasn’t out last time y’all were in Savannah—this will be the first time we’re hearing those songs live. We’ll play a lot of songs there, that record went quite well for us. It got played a lot on the radio—well, the kind of radio that plays us—satellite radio, specialty shows, indie and community radio. It all adds up! We’re on our second pressing of vinyl. There’s a lot of psych influence. Were you channeling your Electric Pinecones days?

It’s such a strange place to be in, but I’ve heard of several bands re-recording their major label releases like that. Yeah, I think Cracker did it. It’s kind of funny…some record labels will give you your rights back, some won’t. You rerecord them, they’re yours again. What’s going on over at [Miller’s own Kudzu Ranch Recorders] the studio? I’m working on John Howie’s solo record, you may remember him from 2 Dollar Pistols, and we cut some tracks with a band called The GTVs, a soul/garage band with B3 and keyboards, stuff like that. That’s all we had time for, we’ve been busy with those and re-recording ourselves. And we’ve been writing songs—I can see this as being Electric Pinecones Volume 2! It’s so much fun, and it’s so fun to get out of the SCOTS mode and do some different material that’s been kicking around for a long time. CS

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BEFORE THE green beer keg is tapped and the parade route is closed off, Savannah celebrates everything Irish with the whole family. The Savannah Irish Festivalis in its third decade, offering a toast to heritage through live music, food and drink, activities, and more. At the two-day celebration, guests can enjoy traditional dishes, including Smoked Beef Brisket (served by Catholic War Veterans), bangers and hamburgers (served by the Ancient Order of Hibernians), Whiskey Cake and Irish Soda Bread (served by Firefighters Emerald Society of Southeast Georgia), Reuben sandwiches (served by Place Emerald Society), and fish and chips, chicken fingers, and fries (served by Friendly Sons of St. Patrick). Mosey through wares and handmade goodies from a variety of vendors like Hickory Arms, Ireland on the Road, Irish Imports International, Timeless Irish Treasures, Blarney Stones Celtic, Kiltman, Celtic Tides, Hilton Head House of Jerky, American Irish Luck, and American Highlander Kilts. Wee ones can cut loose in the Kid’s Zone with entertainment and activities, while grownups can learn all about history and culture through talks by scholars and storytellers alike. In addition to live dance from Irish Dancers of Savannah and Legacy Irish Dance Academy, traditional Celtic music will fill the halls. For Greta Gothard of headlining sibling group The Gothard Sisters, Irish festivals are a spirited place to play. “I love festivals, and Celtic festivals are so much fun,” Gothard says. “Everyone is coming out to celebrate the culture.” The sister join an eclectic lineup, including Savannah Ceili Band, Seldom Sober, Dave Curley and Mick Broderick, Brendan Nolan, Colin Farrell, Harry O’Donoghue, Tom O’Carroll, Roger Drawdy, and Keith Aherne. The roster represents a mix of local and regional acts, and some, like the Gothards, come from all the way across the country. The Gothard sisters grew up surrounded by their heritage in their home of Washington State. While each sister studied classical music as a child, all three were

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captured by the music of their ancestors as young women. “We really fell in love with the fiddling,” Gothard, who studied classical violin, explains. “Our favorites were Natalie MacMaster, Liz Carroll, a bunch of these great fiddlers. We really wanted to sound like that. We started learning Celtic music and listening to Irish music.” The girls were already immersed in the sounds, having studied Irish step dancing after getting hooked on Riverdance. Eventually, dance and song would merge for them—now, a typical Gothard Sisters show features their incredible sibling harmonies, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, drum, and live dancing. “One day, we all started playing music together and dancing together, and it kind of turned itself into a show that used both,” Gothard remembers. “I think it was a surprise to all of us, but we were all really close growing up—we were homeschooled, so we spent a lot of time together, and we would play together and make productions even when we were little.” In addition to writing together and performing live across the country, the Gothard Sisters produce their own albums. Working out of a friend’s recording studio,

the band has released ten albums since 2006. “Celtic music is an interesting genre,” Gothard muses, “because it’s so widespread and it comes from, of course, Ireland and Scotland and Celtic nations, but we are from Washington State, so we’re American. We’re getting the benefit of all these Celtic ancestors who made it all the way out here and to the Northwest. We like to explore how that’s changed the music a bit from generations of Irish immigrants, as their descendants. I think, for Celtic music, it’s important to know and respect and love the tradition but also not be afraid to add your own voice.” The trio is currently in the studio working on a new album, hopefully due in spring. Soon, they’ll embark on tour during their busiest season of the year—Saint Patrick’s Day. “Savannah is a nice warm-up for that!” says Gothard. CS


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Experience true eclecticism on Congress Street with Northampton, Massachusetts-hailing Bella’s Bartok. Inspired by the folk music of band members’ immigrant grandparents, pop, vaudeville, and Americana, Bella’s Bartok has grown from s a group of street-punk performers to a full-fledged touring band with brass, accordion, banjo, keyboard, and more. With influences running the gamut of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, and System of a Down, it’s a spectacle to behold. Most recently, the band released the album Change Yer Life, highlighting the band’s particular angle of klezmer punk and circus whimsy. Thematically, listeners will find stories of Lovecraft-inspired hijinks and compositions exploring social justice, horror, and beyond. Some songs feature familiar tales from Jewish folklore and supernatural stories, while others take a more personal turn. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 10:30 P.M., FREE, 21+

Be on “Top of the World” this Saturday with a special tribute show. Headed up by Chicago-based vocalist Lisa Rock, “Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters” showcases Rock’s incredible four-octave range and all the favorites of the 1970s band. Rock performs alongside backing vocalist Sari Greenberg and pianist Ken McMullen. The group will perform songs like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “I Won’t Last A Day Without You,” and more. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 8 P.M., $18-22 VIA TYBEEPOSTTHEATER.COM, ALL-AGES


Get your fest on a day ahead of time with some regional heavy sounds. AURA Fest is going down at Ships of the Sea Museum all day Saturday (check out our coverage beginning on page 15), but a special 21+ show will be held on Friday, sponsored by Red Ocean Tattoo and El-Rocko Lounge. Coastal Rock Productions has selected two innovative Savannah rock bands, Sins of Godless Men and Hotplate, to join Asheville’s Bask and Warner Robins’ Dead Hand. Bask has become a Savannah favorite for their blend of metal-leaning hard rock and psychedelic/prog rock. The band has been touring in support of their 2016 LP Ramble Beyond. After their AURA Fest Pre-Show, Bask will hit the road with Weedeater for March and some of April. Dead Hand performs doom/sludge/post-metal and has released albums on Divine Mother Recordings. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, DOORS AT 7:30 P.M., $5, 21+ 21





It’s that time again! Raymond’s dishing out the details on the Southbound’s hoppy new contribution to its taps in collaboration with Savannah Music Festival over on page 35. Get a glass of the springtime IPA for yourself and enjoy some live music down at the local brewery. Chapel Hill indie Americana quartet Mipso provides the live entertainment. The band formed through a series of informal jam sessions while mandolinist Jacob Sharp, guitarist Joseph Terrell, and bassist Wood Robinson were attending UNC Chapel Hill. The Mipso Trio, as it was originally called, grew as the band released its debut, Long Long Gone, its follow-up Dark Holler Pop via Chapel Hill label Robust, and their third album, Old Time Reverie. Mipso’s latest, Coming Down the Mountain, expanded their string band roots and incorporated elements of classic folk rock and modern alt-country. With four-part harmonies, acoustic guitars, and electric instruments and drums, it’s a well-rounded sound that roots music aficionados of all stripes can appreciate. The band will also perform at Savannah Music Festival Finale at Trustees’ Garden April 14. Named one of Rolling Stone’s favorite 2016 festival performances, it’s sure to be a good time, so get a rideshare and enjoy a couple glasses of Rollin’ and Tumblin’ and dance the night away. The first 50 attendees will receive a 22 oz. bottle of the limited release IPA. Door prizes, including Savannah Music Festival tickets and various merchandise, will be available. Food is just a stone’s throw away, as Chazito’s Latin Cuisine food truck will be parked in the lot. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, DOORS AT 7:30 P.M., SHOW AT 8:30 P.M., $10 VIA SAVANNAHMUSICFESTIVAL.ORG, $15 AT THE DOOR, 21+

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Barrelhouse South Ben Lewis, 9:30 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band, 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Ray Tomasino, 9 p.m. Bohemian Hotel Ramona the Band, 8 p.m. Boomy’s Eric Culberson Band, 10 p.m. coffee deli Acoustic Jam, 7 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Street Clothes, 9 p.m. Five Oaks Taproom Eric Britt, 8 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant Valentine’s Day: The Teddy Adams Quintet ft. Cynthia Utterbach, 7 p.m. House of Strut Love Yourself w/ Lady Valore, Josephine Johnson, Naked As We Came, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Sarah Poole, 7 p.m. The Jinx Mammoth Cannon, Good Times & Company, Pussy Launcher, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Rachael’s 1190 Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. The Sandbar Open Mic, 9 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Latin Music Night, 9 p.m. Tree House Wobble Wednesday Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane, 8 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 9 p.m.


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


Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Hercules Bar & Grill Karaoke, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.


Bull Street Labs Oops! I Hearted: An Improvised Dating Game, 8 p.m. Stafford’s Public House Weird Wednesdays Open Mic Comedy, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Open Mic Comedy, 8:30 p.m.


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


Congress Street Up Love and Libations, 6 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Anti Valentine’s Day Party


Barrelhouse South Balkun Brothers, 9 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

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The King of Southern Soul Music presents a Grown & Sexy Valentine at The Stage on Bay. Look forward to stylings from the Billboard-charting artist himself and additional music from DJ Kane. The event is hosted by Piggy El Patron. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, DOORS AT 8:30 P.M., SHOW AT 9:30 P.M., $26-36 VIA SAVCONCERTS.COM Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Cohen’s Retreat Munchies and Music, 5:30 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Christy and Butch, 8 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Earl Williams Quartet, 7 p.m. House of Strut DJ Nick Fresh, 10 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ramona the Band, 7 p.m. The Jinx Disparager, Silversel, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Jason Bible, 7 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Pooler) Trivia PS Tavern Live Music Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Gypsy Jazz, 7 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. The Sentient Bean Gypsy & Me, 7 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright, Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jon Lee’s Apparitions, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Tell Scarlett, 7:30 p.m. The Wormhole The Hollow Roots, 8:30 p.m., Open Mic, 6 p.m.


The Britannia British Pub Walking Dead Trivia, 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.


Carnival Bar Theatre The Downtown Delilahs: Let’s Kiss and Break Up, 10 p.m. Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe Vinyl Appreciation, 7 p.m. SEED Eco Lounge Daas Unterground Thursdays, 10 p.m. Stafford’s Public House Open Mic, 9 p.m. The Stage on Bay Magic Mike XXL, 9 p.m.


B & D Burgers (Congress St.) @ Sundown Trio, 6-9 p.m. Barrelhouse South Wrong Way (Sublime Tribute), Crane, 10 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Precisa, 10 p.m. Dockside Seafood Bluegrass Happy

Hour, 4 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge AURA Fest Pre-Show w/ Bask, Hotplate, Sins of Godless Men, Dead Hand, 7:30 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Eric Jones Trio ft. Laiken Williams, 9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar The Train Wrecks, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Georgia Kyle, 7 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Taste of the Classics: Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, 6:30 p.m. Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, 8 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Live Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. Saddle Bags Jameson Rodgers, 9 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. The Sentient Bean The Mercers, The Hollow Roots, 8 p.m. Taste of India Don Read, 6:30 p.m. Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Vic’s on The River Frank Bright, Claire Frazier and Norm Gagne, 7 p.m. The Warehouse Southern Tides, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Kenny Szupello, Bill Hodgson, 5 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Voodoo Soup, 9:30 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. The Islander Karaoke, 10 p.m. Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sunny’s Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/ DJ, 10:30 p.m.


Foxy Loxy Cafe Comedy Night, 7:30 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. Carnival Bar Theatre The Downtown Delilahs: Let’s Kiss and Break Up, 10 p.m. Club Elan Mardi Gras Masquerade Party, 9 p.m. Club One Drag Show The Jinx Freaky Friday w/ the House of the Savannah Sweet Gunt-Tease, 10 p.m.




Barrelhouse South EarthKry, I-Resolution, 10 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt (piano and vocals), 6 p.m. Club Elan MIJA, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Bella’s Bartok, 10 p.m. Edgar’s Proof and Provision CC Witt, 9 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge Daas Underground: Talker, Marcelo Garzozi, Cades, 9 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Louis Heriveaux Quartet, 8 p.m. House of Strut Dope KNife, Bero Bero, 5 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Bottles & Cans, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music, ongoing Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Stan Ray, 7 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Prime Real Estate, 7:30 p.m. The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music Prohibition Voodoo Soup, 9:30 p.m. The Rail Pub Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band, 6 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Live Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Saddle Bags Justin Adams, 9 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos,

7 p.m. The Sentient Bean Wood Chickens, Tucker from The Gumps, 8 p.m. Southbound Brewing Company Rollin’ and Tumblin’ Vol. 2 Release Party w/ Mipso, 7:30 p.m. The Stage on Bay A Grown & Sexy Valentine with Sir Charles Jones, 8:30 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Tybee Post Theater Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, 8 p.m. Vic’s on The River Frank Bright, Claire Frazier and Norm Gagne, 7 p.m. The Warehouse Johnny Octane, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay Duo, Bill Hodgson, Chris Mitchell Band, 1 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Wood & Steel, 9:30 p.m.


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


Bull Street Labs Sorry Not Sorry Improv: Game of Thrones, 8 p.m. Savannah Coffee Roasters Odd Lot Improv: Saturday Shenanigans, 8 p.m.

The Wormhole $1 Comedy Tour, 8 p.m.


Doubles Nightclub DJ Sam Diamond, 8 p.m. Liquid Night Club Live DJ, 9 p.m. Little Lucky’s Live DJ Rusty Rudders Tap House DJ Tap SEED Eco Lounge DJ Pieces, 10 p.m. Stafford’s Public House DJ Rudy Lui, 9:30 p.m. Tree House DJ Phive Star


Carnival Bar Theatre The Downtown Delilahs: Let’s Kiss and Break Up, 9 & 11 p.m. Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. Doubles Nightclub Sex and Candy #3 Flesh Fair and Dance Party, Valentine’s Day Edition, 9 p.m. The Jinx Freaky Friday w/ the House of the Savannah Sweet Gunt-Tease, 10 p.m.

The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson Tybee Island Social Club Sunday Bluegrass Brunch, noon Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, Irritating Julie, 1 p.m.

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.


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.

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Trivia, 8 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, ongoing, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Karaoke/DJ, 10:30 p.m.


Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m.



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



Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10:30 p.m. Flashback Open Jam, 5 p.m. Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant The Eric Jones Trio ft. Huxsie Scott, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Eric Britt, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music Lizzy’s Tequila Bar and Grill Matt Eckstine, 7 p.m.

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


Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mic, 10 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.


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


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Savannah Book Festival:

Then two years later, I finished the first draft of The Fireman. I did that longhand as well, spread across seven notebooks. One notebook was half-empty. I started a new story, and at that point, I realized I had a collection coming.

Joe Hill

WHEN HE PICKS up for our interview, Joe Hill is baking bread. The bestselling horror/dark fantasy author has very little downtime between spending time with his three children, promoting his new collection of short novels, Strange Weather, and creating the Hulu adaptation of his EisnerAward winning comic book series Locke & Key. Yet the writer who can’t stand to see a blank page in a notebook, who jumps between writing thousand-page novels like The Fireman, Horns (adapted into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe), novellas, and comics, treasures this small ritual of kneading, watching the ciabatta rise, and breaking bread with family. As the son of Stephen King, Hill grew up around horror—he even appeared Romero’s cult classic Creepshow when he was a kid—but the warmly affable Hill has refined a style that’s all his own, and fans can’t get enough. We spoke with Hill about the eerie relevance of Strange Weather, writing longhand, and how humans use fiction to process real-life horror surrounding us. What does a typical book festival presentation look like for you? I’m going to come down and talk about the book, and I’m going to read an abbreviated new story that hasn’t been published. I’ll usually read and do a Q&A. This story shaped up nicely as a thing for the audience to listen to. It’s called “You Are Released.” I read it one other time, then, the day after I read it, there was this incident in Hawaii where they received an alert about an incoming ballistic missile, which weirdly overlaps with the content of this story. People at the event were freaked out...And freaking people out is what I’m all about! I make a joke that freaking people out is the gig, but it was a little bit of an unhappy coincidence. The story is, in part, feeling like we’re in a moment when the geopolitical waters are pretty stirred up. If someone is careless, we could get into quite a bit of trouble quickly. I never really felt that in my life. When I was a little kid, I worried about it at the height of the Cold War, but it seemed like the global situation between superpowers has been pretty stable until

the last year or two. Suddenly, we’ve got a president throwing around nuclear threats on Twitter and you’ve got leadership in North Korea throwing threats right back. Reckless talk turns into reckless action.

I’ve always dabbled with it, but basically, I was a guy who worked on the computer. I’m friends with Neil Gaiman, and Neil had encouraged me to try working longhand. The girl I was dating got me a really nice fountain pen and I wanted to play around with that. I’m an enormous admirer of the novelist David Mitchell. I read in the The Paris Review that he went back and forth between longhand and the computer and I thought, “Maybe I ought to give this a try.” The other thing that drew me to writing in a notebook is, it never pings with texts or beeps with emails. It is a single-purpose device, notebooks. A lot of the job in the 21st century is about tuning out.

Does the current state of affairs make your job easier? I do think so. The ‘50s were a great moment of horror— there was lots of fear of nuclear annihilation. As a species, we evolved to deal with anxiety, and a way to explore it is in the safe playground of fiction. Take, for example, death. Death is a really scary thing, and it’s going to happen to all of us. Most of us couldn’t get through the day if that’s all we focused on. We know we’re going to have to deal with it, so we read ghost stories. Every ghost story ever written is at least an exploration of, ‘What does death mean? What does it mean to leave this world?’ At the height of the Cold War, there was a lot of fear about superpowers trading missiles. We got a whole chain of movies like Them and Godzilla about the terror of the nuclear dog being let off the leash. If we explore that idea in fiction, we can emotionally recourse our feelings about it, and even have some fun while we’re doing it. One story in Strange Weather seems particularly relevant right now, “Loaded.” I’ve written about vampires, I’ve written about devils and ghosts, but what’s really scary is a white man with a gun. That’s what we’ve learned over the last seven, eight years. That’s what “Loaded” is about. I read something that there have been 11 school shootings this year. We haven’t finished January. My sense is people have been kind of numbed at this point. There are too many kids blown away, and we don’t know what to feel anymore. We seem to have made the national decision that we’re not going to take any action. “Loaded” isn’t a political argument. It doesn’t make policy decisions, doesn’t say, “Here’s what we should do.”

What happens after your first draft? I open up the notebook and copy stuff in the computer, changing it as I go. The notebook is much too fleshed-out to be an outline, but still not quite like a first draft.

Joe Hill will share a new story and take questions from fans at his Savannah Book Festival appearance.

I’ve been on Twitter, argued, and at a certain point I wonder, “Why am I doing this? It’s not my job to argue with people online.” What I’m interested in is writing a story about it. If you can get past politics, regardless of how people stand on the subject, they can explore some ideas about it and explore the subject in a different light. I think that’s a healthy thing. Strange Weather came out after you released two giant volumes. What was it like changing form? I love a big novel, but I also think there’s a lot to recommend in stories that are all killer, no filler. It gets in and does the work quickly and swiftly. The other thing about Ghost Stories and Strange Weather is they developed over a fairly long period of time. “Snapshot” was written while on tour for Nosferatu—I wrote it in two notebooks. I was on tour and in between events and found myself looking at my phone a lot, so I bought a notebook and started a story that turned into that novella. When it was done, it was too long to be a short story, too long to be a novel.

You are constantly working on something—do you ever struggle to create? I don’t believe in writer’s block. The only way to break stalemate is to write the story you’re trying not to write and explore that subject. Your mom is not going to care. Locke & Key is coming to Hulu! You’re a producer this go-round. What was that experience like? I wrote the pilot and second episode and wrote the third episode with a terrific Texas writer who did the script for Dr. Strange and Sinister. Then we passed them onto the writers’ room and worked with them to keep it fun, scary, and consistent. We shot the pilot up in Toronto, it was directed by Andy Muschietti, a phenomenal filmmaker—he directed Mama and followed with the adaptation of It. If Hulu gives us the green light, we’ll be filming later this spring. It visually echoes what’s happening in the comic and, in other places, breaks off and does its own thing. I want fans of the comic to see things they love from the comic, and I want to keep them off-balance and take the story in unexpected directions. CS Joe Hill at Savannah Book Festival The Savannah Theatre, 1:40 p.m. Sat. Feb. 17



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Savannah Book Festival:

A (Good) Conversation with Celeste Headlee BY RACHAEL FLORA




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WHEN’S THE last time you had a really great conversation? They’re getting harder to come by in today’s divisive environment, but Celeste Headlee is here to help promote more good talks. At 2015’s TEDxCreative Coast, Headlee shared ten ways to have a better conversation. To her surprise, the talk went viral, amassing over ten million views. The popularity of the talk encouraged Headlee, host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought,” to write a book. We Need To Talk was published in 2017 by Harper Collins Press and offers strategies for improving our conversations. Headlee will speak at Trinity UMC at 12:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 17. We spoke with Headlee last week. What was the impetus behind We Need to Talk? What made you decide you needed to write it?

I never expected my TEDx talk to go viral. I thought I was one of a very small number of people concerned about the current state of conversation. When I saw the number of views climbing into the millions, from all over the world, I realized that lots of people seem to realize that something is wrong, that something isn’t working. And I had a lot more to say than could be included in a short speech, so I wrote a book. What are some ways being a better conversationalist can help you in everyday life?  There aren’t many aspects of life that aren’t improved by better conversational skills. Good listening will certainly help you at work, but it’s also crucial to a healthy relationship with your family and friends.  Why do you think our age is so disconnected? Is it just technology or something more? 



Smartphones can be used to make phone calls, but we choose not to email or text instead. In fact, the average American adult spends about half an hour texting every day and only 6 minutes on the phone. Since we are making this choice, we can’t blame it all technology. It’s true that smartphones are very addictive, but we also choose not to chat with people in waiting rooms or elevators or cab rides. We seem to crave isolation, even though it’s very unhealthy for you, both mentally and physically.

In the first part of the book, I make my case. I explain why I think conversation is a survival skill and why it’s probably a big reason why the human species has thrived. I also give evidence of a decline in conversational skills and illustrate why that’s so dangerous for us, individually and as a society. The last section devotes a chapter to each of my ten tips.

How has your career as a journalist helped you become a better conversationalist?

Sometimes the best thing to do is to read the research. Every human being is biased in some way. Both liberals and conservatives are equally prone to confirmation bias. So, if everyone has biases, then no one is an exception. If you enter every conversation expecting to learn something, even from those who hold very different beliefs, then you will eventually learn some unexpected things. You will eventually hear things you didn’t know, that surprise you. After that happens a few times, you’ll get better and better at listening to what people tell you and trying to learn from them. CS

My job requires that I speak to all kinds of people, from all walks of life, all races and income levels. It also requires that I speak, on a regular basis, with people whose opinions are different from my own. So I get a lot of practice in setting aside my biases and showing respect to others, regardless of whether we agree or disagree. Tell me about the book itself. How is it structured? 

One tip you offer is to check your bias. How could someone who isn’t aware of their bias work on this?

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Savannah Book Festival:

John T. Edge

The Potlikker Papers explores Southern foodways BY RACHAEL FLORA



JOHN T. EDGE knows a little something about Southern food. HIs credentials run a mile long: a threetime James Beard Award winner director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, contributing editor at Garden & Gun, columnist for the Oxford American, and other appearances dot his impressive resume. His newest book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, chronicles the timeline of Southern food, from the 1950s to today, with a special bent towards how minority groups have been essential in the evolution of the South. Edge will speak at the Jepson Center on Sat., Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. We spoke with Edge about what Husk means for Savannah, how food is politicized, and, yes, Paula. How did you decide you wanted to write this book? I’ve been trying to write it for twenty years [laughs]. I’ve been writing about Southern

food culture for that long, always trying to get at the issues that define our region and vex our region. Racism, gender inequity, class difference. I always believed and said that those issues challenge the South in ways we never suspected. The challenge here is to use food as a way to explore identity in the South, and that takes you to Georgia Gilmore. Ms. Gilmore was a midwife and a cook and as a young woman laid track on the railroad. Out of her kitchen in Montgomery, Alabama, she raised money for the bus boycotts that catalyzed the civil rights movement. As opposed to me telling people about the South, I hope the book shows a character like Georgia Gilmore and recognize that the progress the South has made has been driven in large part by people of color and women. One of the best ways to make sense of that is to recognize that those people of color and women have been cooks and waitresses and they, too, have been part of the change of the South. That’s one of the things this book documents, from a place that was wrecked and is now in recovery.


Dining out is our favorite leisure activity, and this is about real money. Honest cultural definitions in this moment and restaurants matter more now in our American self-definition than they ever have. I think that food commodity is coming to a close. I think all of our buying decisions are being politicized. They always were political, giving someone money is a political act because you allow them to do something. I need to understand to whom I am giving this money.

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Is food ever just about food? Sometimes food is just food and I don’t want to freight everything, but I do believe we should be aware of all the cultural complexities that define our relationship with food. Husk just opened in Savannah and I see you profiled Sean Brock.

I focus partly on Mashama Bailey at the Grey. Mashama is an equity partner at the Grey, and her example, not as a hired gun but a a proprietor of one of the most dynamic and important restaurants in America today—there’s an answer to some of these questions in her partnership with John Morisano. One of the futures of the South can be found in that old Greyhound bus station in charge of two lunch counters. I think about a long series of women who have defined Savannah food and it’s Elizabeth Terry in the 1980s with Elizabeth on 37th, Sema Wilkes and the AfricanAmerican cooks who worked beside her [at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House], and Paula Deen more recently. I hope that twenty years from now, we’ll remember who Dora Charles is and forgotten who Paula Deen was. So let’s talk about Paula Deen. It took me a long time to untangle what that means. I’ve gotta think about that issue in light of recent reporting about John Besh in New Orleans and Mario Batali in New York. Those reports reveal that kitchens remain sites of inequity and there’s a line that connects Paula Deen’s treatment of Dora Charles to these allegations of sexual mistreatment of women in restaurants. One is defined by racism and one is defined by gender discrimination, but they’re equally important. I know I’m just a pasty white boy, but if I can get other pasty white people to pay attention [laughs]. We can take a stand with our money.

Sean did something bold when he opened the first Husk in Charleston and the same philosophy applies to the Savannah location. He privileged Southern ingredients, artisans, and farmers and he said that the goods that originated in the South and the artisans and farmers who work in the South are as good at what they do as anyone in the world. He instilled new pride in Southern provender. The brilliance of multiple Husks is that each location is supremely focused on the locale in the South that it claims. Each weaves this very specific narrative that stitches together a portrait of the South so now, by way of restaurants in Georgia and the Carolinas, he’s helping consumers and other chefs inspired by him redefine what Southern food is, and that’s an important thing to do. What does that mean for Savannah? What that means for Savannah is that now, Mashama and Sean are in conversation about how you define Southern food culture. So are Cheryl and Griff Day and the people at Nairobia’s Grits and Gravy. All those places are in conversation with each other as we define what Southern food is. They are both for people who live in Savannah and people who visit Savannah, actively defining what Savannah food culture is today. It’s not just about the facade of television personality, it’s about real work being done in kitchens. It’s about SAAFON, Southern African American Farmers Organic Network. It’s a constellation of people doing good work in Savannah. And the arrival of Husk means all those entities will likely get more attention. CS


How does the book focus on Savannah?

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‘Insta-famous’ photographer and SCAD alum looks at mental health in her mother BY RACHAEL FLORA


MENTAL HEALTH remains stigmatized in today’s society, due in large part to those who don’t understand it. Ask a person who suffers from depression how many times they’ve been advised to cheer up and it’ll all get better. It’s not a comfortable topic of discussion, but Melissa Spitz keeps the conversation up and thriving with her photography project “You Have Nothing to Worry About,” a physical version of her Instagram account. @nothing_to_worry_about started as a platform to vent about her mentally ill mother and now has over 50,000 followers, earning Spitz the TIME Instagram Photographer of the Year. “In New York City, people stop me in a coffee shop and ask me, ‘Are you Nothing to Worry About?’” laughs Spitz. “That is the craziest thing. It’s happened three times.” “You Have Nothing to Worry About” doesn’t restrict itself emotionally. Portraits of her mother hang next to pill stashes and punched holes in walls. We see Adams bruised after a fall, holding a gun, smiling with her family. Spitz includes archival material in the exhibition to show the viewers the heartwrenching complexity of loving her men30 tally unwell mother. Adams wrote her

“People are always like, ‘What’s her illness, what’s her illness?’ family suicide notes and directions on how to get money out of her account, then pens poems to Spitz and her brother. Adams suffers from a battery of mental illnesses, which Spitz has always been careful not to name. “People are always like, ‘What’s her illness, what’s her illness?’ And it’s so many different things that I don’t think it’s relevant,” she says. “Because if she has bipolar disorder, that’s not gonna make it go away. We live in this society where we think, ‘If I put a name to it, it’ll get better,’ and that’s not how mental health works. It exists on a spectrum. Those extremities can happen in a six-month period of time over a span of three years. It does’n matter what she has. She is mentally ill. That’s something I want to address. I want people to realize that just because you have a name for it, it’s not gonna make it better.” When Spitz was twelve, Adams got cancer and went through a full round of chemo and radiation, something that Spitz suspects intensified her mental illness. “At my bat mitzvah, my mom was wearing a wig and totally bald,” Spitz recalls. “That was like a light switch. Mom had been institutionalized and in and out of mental institutions, but after the cancer it was just, that was the first time I had to

be strong for my mom. It’s not like some people’s parents who have cancer and are like, ‘We’re gonna do the race for the cure! We’re gonna beat this!’ My mom was like, ‘I’m going to die. This is going to take me.’ Cancer was a really bad thing, and I think she blamed cancer on a lot of other issues. It wasn’t an empowering thing for her.” Mother-daughter relationships are fraught enough without the addition of mental health, and Spitz found a niche in that. “There’s not a lot of photography about mental health, but there is a ton of photographers taking pictures of their family,” she explains. “I love family photos. I remember being a kid and being like, ‘Wow, that portrait makes us look so much happier than we really are. We look great!’ And then we’re so messed up at home.” Having so many followers means that Spitz and Adams live their relationship [in the spotlight], which proved especially difficult on their last trip together. “My mom wigged out and had a full mental breakdown I hadn’t experienced since I was 16,” says Spitz. “I felt like I was on a pitching mound in the middle of a baseball stadium with thirty thousand people looking at me. It was this moment where I felt so obligated to share, but then I was like, ‘I don’t have to do this.’ I took a break, I

shut the account down for 30 days. I have to step back and focus on my own mental health and what it does for me to put this all out in the open.” There are also plenty of critics—though Spitz notes her fans always shut them down—worrying about how Adams feels about this project. “She thinks it’s amazing,” Spitz says. “I FaceTimed her from the exhibition and she thought it was really nice. I showed her [the archival material] and she got really emotional and was like, ‘I can’t believe you saved all that stuff.’” Though Adams approves of the project, Spitz won’t ever put her on display. “That’s not her,” Spitz says. “I know people asking my mom questions would overwhelm her and she’ll start overthinking. It could be good for her, but I can’t risk the alternative. The museum has already been kind enough to let us in privately to view it together when it comes down.” Even through the project, Spitz and Adams’ relationship is and will remain complicated. “There are times that I think she’ll be normal and I’ll try to talk to her about dating and she’ll be like, ‘Well, your father cheated on me,’” Spitz explains. “Sometimes I’ll forget. Sometimes she’ll seem so normal and then the response is just out of left field and I’m like, ‘Oh, now I remember.’ But there are these glimmers of hope.” The exhibition remains at the SCAD Museum of Art through April 29. CS



BONAVENTURE: A HISTORIC CEMETERY IN ART — Steeped in art and history, Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah’s most scenic locales, attracting visitors since the early 19th century. Drawn from Telfair’s and others’ collections, this exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture inspired by or connected to the cemetery. Through Sep. 23. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

FAMILIAR AND UNFAMILIAR — This exhibition by Chen Cui, Yao Wang and Yunqian Linwill includes photos about the American eastern life, culture and environment. Feb. 15-17. Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave. GIL GILLIS: ABSTRACTION IN WAX — Gil works in encaustic (beeswax) to create pieces inspired by his love of abstraction, color, shape and texture. His ability to contrast the wax surface from placid to dynamic creates a body of work always in flux. Free Feb. 16-March 15. 912-721-5007. The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 700 Drayton St. I DID IT AGAIN — SCAD Museum of Art presents “I Did It Again,” an exhibition of four reconfigured installations by Italian multimedia artist Paola Pivi. The artist works in many international contexts and uses various media, including photography, video, sculpture and installation, often employing a playfulness in her practice to explore darker themes. Feb. 20-Aug. 19. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. MOVING MOUNTAINS — SCAD Museum of Art presents “Moving Mountains,” an exhibition by artist Yang Fudong. An important figure in the contemporary art scene and independent cinema movement in China, Fudong’s films and photographic work, often derived from traditional Chinese painting, examine tensions between urban and rural, historic and present, worldliness and intellectualism. Feb. 20-July 8. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. SCAD DEFINE ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION — Join SCAD and internationally esteemed artists for an evening celebrating a new set of exhibitions exclusively curated for the ninth edition of SCAD deFINE ART. Explore “Two Works” by honorees Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, as well as other solo exhibitions by visionary artists including Tom Burr, Pia Camil, Mariana Castillo Deball, Christopher Chiappa, Yang Fudong, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Paola Pivi, Melissa Spitz and Lily van der Stokker. Tue., Feb. 20, 6 p.m. scadmoa. org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. SCAD DEFINE ART: PIA CAMIL PROCESSION — Pia Camil’s “Fade Into Black” is the latest and largest iteration of her ongoing interest in T-shirts as repositories of cultural information. Camil will lead a public, participatory performance in which onlookers and volunteers will collectively wear the garment, generating a moment of togetherness. Tue., Feb. 20, noon. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

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SEDIMENTAL — SCAD Museum of Art presents “Sedimental,” one of two exhibitions on display by critically acclaimed artist Tom Burr. In his spare, enigmatic mixed-media sculptures and installations, Burr explores the ways in which we embed our memories and emotions in the spaces and objects that surround us, such as clothing and furniture. Feb. 15-Aug. 26. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. TESTING THE NAME — SCAD Museum of Art presents “Testing the Name,” an exhibition of new drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola that continues her exploration of the merger of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian families through the marriage of two men. Ojih Odutola has constructed a complex, episodic body of work, based on acute observations and imaginary flights of fancy. In her practice, the artist both critiques and embraces traditional portraiture genres, and its association with the representation of power within a Western art historical context. Feb. 20-Sep. 9. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. TO-DAY, FEBRUARY 20TH — SCAD Museum of Art presents “To-day, February 20th,” an exhibition by Berlin-based Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball. The artist uses installation, sculpture, photography and drawing to explore the role objects play in our understanding of identity and history. Feb. 20-Aug. 5. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. VIEWPOINTS — From natural shapes to shapes in nature, “Viewpoints” by Bert John showcases beauty from afar. Fri., Feb. 16. Location Gallery at Savannah LGBT Center, 1515 Bull St.

CONTINUING EXHIBITS ALL HEXED UP — The work in “All Hexed Up” makes use of materials directly related to cooking, whether it includes actual spices on panels, or photographs printed on tea bags collected by the artist, Bridget Conn since 2002. free and open to the public Through Feb. 20. 912. 231. 7105. events/195644217656814/. starlanddining. com/index2.php#/home/. Starland Cafe, 11 East 41st St. ALTER EGO — SCAD presents “Alter Ego,” a group exhibition offering diverse approaches to the broad theme of the artist’s alter ego. The exhibition, featuring various artistic practices, follows a rich history of persona, but offer fresh approaches that critique or celebrate notions of celebrity, commodity culture, reality and fiction. Through March 31. Gutstein Gallery, 201 E Broughton 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. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. BEACONS — An illuminated installation in the Museum’s North Garden created by artists Karen McVay Butch and Martha Enzmann inspired by lighthouses and beacons - beacons to light and guide, and sometimes to warm. Through March 18. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

CARRIE MAE WEEMS: SEA ISLAND SERIES — Considered one of the most influential contemporary artists, Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953) has continued to explore the African American experience throughout her career. Weems became interested in the unique Gullah-Geechee culture found on the Sea Islands off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina while studying folklore in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, and the resultant Sea Islands series made between 1991-1992 comprises black-and-white photographs with lyrical, folkloric texts devoted to Gullah-Geechee communities. Through May 6. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. CREPUSCULO — Stephanie Satterlee is a junior at SCAD studying User Experience. Through March 6. Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St. ENTROPICAL PARADISE — The work in this show embraces Tom Van de Ven’s many years in the practice of Black and White photography, and is drawn from many of his series. These images emphasize the power of photography to create alternative realities, idealize environments, and give voice to unique expressions of personality. Through Feb. 20. In Vino Veritas, 102 E. Liberty St. FADE INTO BLACK — Pia Camil lives and works in Mexico City. “Fade into Black” is curated by Humberto Moro, SCAD curator of exhibitions. Through July 15. May Poetter Gallery (SCAD), 342 Bull St. GUO PEI: COUTURE BEYOND — SCAD exhibits the work of Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, best known for the yellow cape entertainer Rihanna wore to the 2015 Met Gala. The exhibition held at Pei Ling Chan Gallery on MLK Blvd. will complement a larger exhibition at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta. Through March 4. Pei Ling Chan Gallery and Garden for the Arts, 322 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. KENNETH MARTIN — Kenneth Martin discovered the therapeutic power of art during his recovery from a car accident that left him paralyzed. Today he works as an art instructor at the VA and at the Jepson Center. Through Feb. 28. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.






Colin Quinn’s return Comedian adds Hilton Head gig to long-awaited standup tour


BACK IN the ‘90s, Colin Quinn was one of the few hosts of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” over the years who seemed to fully grasp the concept. The comedian and actor has gone on to build a long and versatile body of work. Most recently, he starred with Amy Schumer in ‘Trainwreck’ and had a recurring role on HBO’s ‘Girls.’ Comedy Central’s ‘Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn’ ran for 200 episodes, seeing him host a free-for-all late-night gathering of the top comedians of the day. For the past several years Quinn took a hiatus from standup, embarking on a series of five one-man shows. He has also become a popular Twitter follow for his deliberately obtuse and ironic tweets. Quinn plays the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head on Feb. 19. We spoke to him a couple of weeks ago. Was it hard getting back into standup after the one-man shows? Is standup a different kind of muscle to exercise? No, actually. It’s almost the same. In some ways it’s easier to do standup because you can digress more. You can call audibles during the set.


What prompted the idea of the oneman shows to begin with? I always liked the idea. I’ve always wanted to do thematic stuff. I always feel like standup gets lost. Some of the greatest observations I’ve ever seen have come from standup comics. But often it will get lost, and you just have to go on to the next joke. I like the show to be written so people can’t dismiss the material as easily. I like to play around with form. The whole point is to be able to play around with it. A lot of comedians I talk to comment how difficult it is to do comedy now, with so many no-go areas and everything seeming to boil down to one’s personal politics. Do you feel that way?

Now it’s unbelievable. It’s kinda crazy. Everything has become so divided. I talk about it in the show a lot. 32 I’m like, really? How did a country that

once prided itself on vigorous debate get to this point? Being able to disagree and have different opinions was considered a plus. What we’ve got now is not a good basis for a country. I’m not sure what the changes mean, but I’m not optimistic. What happens in every situation, from when civilization began basically, always seems to boil down to what Yeats said: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” It’s always the most extreme, the most strident, and the most rigid people who tend to dominate the debate. Social media has made this much, much worse. It’s been interesting to see where some of the polarization has come from. George Carlin warned about censorship coming from the left. A lot of liberals have transformed more into fundamentalists. Colin Quinn was an SNL cast member from 1996-2000. I do feel like I’m a real middle-ground type person. It feels like everybody’s gone I don’t think so. He was definitely almost mad and gone to their corners. But there is voters didn’t make much of a conlike a Socratic type character standing so much that is contradictory about human nection between Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, being a former president up there. A lot of people don’t realize how nature. There are so many sides to us. himself. Patrice worked. He would go onstage with a not necessarily full idea and just inquire, Are we seeing a turnaround with all like Socrates. It was so funny. He’d come up these former Facebook executives say- It’s all ancient history to them. But when I with the funniest stuff spontaneously. was 20, about 1979, I didn’t really rememing they regret their involvement in I’d never say never. But I just can’t enviber JFK getting shot. I knew it happened, it, and not letting their own kids go on sion anyone else like him coming along. He and I was alive then, but it didn’t stick in Facebook? It’s beginning to seem like was way ahead of his time. my mind like it did in my mother’s mind. what eventually happened with the She tried to explain it to us, how importobacco companies. tant that was to her generation. She vividly I watch clips of him and always wonder remembers the image of a little kid saluting why he wasn’t the most popular comeThat’s a really good analogy. I don’t think dian in the world. a coffin. But we were like four years old at democracy was meant to be electronic. It the time, we were little kids ourselves. was meant to be very human. I think we He was not a guy who went along with should go back to stump speeches, and things for self-promotion. His nature I’ve been watching clips from your old things like the Lincoln-Douglas debates. show, Tough Crowd. You guys had such rebelled against being in lockstep. But in a way it was always like this in one form or another. The Nazis didn’t have a blast. I’m not sure you could get away Tell us about your show. What kinds of with it now. Facebook or Twitter but they managed things does the set deal with? to get their message across. Evil people It was a lotta fun. It was a great time to do always rise to the top in every political Basically what we’re talking about right that show. It was really a treat. Everyone party or ideology. now. The break-up of the country basically. was honest! The U.S. as a divorced country. I talk about So in the Trump era, who do you see the new civil war in the show. It’s definitely You were like a papa bear figure. How running in the future? Seems like the did you manage to corral all those huge an element of all of this stuff. It’s a pretty whole game has changed. strange time we’re living through right comedian egos gathered in one room? now. And everybody knows it. CS It could be Oprah! It could be Kid Rock. It could be Dwayne Johnson. Maybe all three Well, you know, it takes one to know one. COLIN QUINN: ONE IN EVERY CROWD will run! You were close to the late, great Patrice Mon. Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal You became host of “Weekend Update” O’Neal, one of the best standup comedi- Carolina, $47 at ans and funniest humans ever. Will we concurrently with the Monica Lewinever see a comedian like him again? sky scandal. During the last election I was interested by how many younger



NaaN on Broughton serves an amalgamation of authentic northern and southern Indian dishes, with a dash of IndoChinese recipes.

Savannah’s Home For Authentic Cuban Cuisine & Live Jazz! NaaN Appetit in Pooler with the Kotcherlakotas, as a way to contribute to Savannah’s food scene and bring a taste of India BY MARIA WHITEWAY to the Deep South. Pooler is home to many Indian families, all of whom contributed to the success of NaaN Appetit. OLD SAVANNAH may not have been Gudla and his partners not only use tradescribed as a melting pot for cuisine. ditional methods when preparing their Yet, our city attracts visitors far and wide, recipes, but they cook with the ingredient along with a large amount of locals, includ- that has been passed down from generaing myself, identifying as transplants. tion to generation-love. This may be the controlling variable “Our recipes are inspired by our mothin the evolution of Savannah’s food scene ers and grandmothers…that’s what we try over the last few years. A chef once told me to bring to NaaN’s recipes. We keep them that Savannah is on a trajectory to be one close to homemade recipes and use the of the best culinary scenes in the country. best blend of aromatic spices. More than This statement may be truer than we all all this, we listen to our customers and realize. Savannah’s ever-expanding palate take their feedback, so we can serve the is charming more than just the tourists or best quality dishes.” locals, but also restaurateurs who are begThen in December 2017, NaaN on ging to invest in our city’s culinary culture. Broughton came to the Historic District A few years ago, first generation Indians, in Savannah. Catering to tourists, SCAD married couple Sharth Gudla and Swetha students, and locals, Gudla explains that Gudla as well as their friends Atith Kotch- the main differences between the locations erlakota and Seshu Kotcherlakota, moved is the menu, which is “simple yet trendy,” to Savannah for career opportunities. To there is no buffet and the downtown locatheir dismay, they recognized that Savantion has a full bar. nah was lacking authentic Indian fare. Those who pass by can peer inside, to see “When we moved to Savannah we found an army of tables, benches along a wood that there was no real Indian food and paneled wall, an oversized chalk board we genuinely missed having an authenthat states, “People who love to eat are tic eating joint. Our friends were always always the best people” and a five=stooled impressed with the flavors we prepared bar lit up by blue neon lights. during all our gatherings-so we were But it’s the hand-painted phrase on the inspired to share our recipes and culture back wall that says “Namaste Y’all” that with the city,” Sharth Gudla explains. embodies the playful modern atmosphere, Gudla continues, “Food is an integral which fits right in with the downtown part of family and traditions in India. We Savannah vibe. always ate together and our mothers, aunts NaaN on Broughton serves an amalgaand grandmothers prepared all our meals… mation of authentic northern and southern The care and love put into the food made Indian dishes, with a dash of Indo-Chinese the flavors everlasting…” recipes. “Northern regions predominantly have In April 2015, Gudla and his wife opened

bread –naan and parathas originate from this region. The meats and sauces are very rich. We see a great use of dry fruits and cream being incorporated into their marinades and curries,” Gudla enlightens. “Southern regions predominantly are rice eaters – white rice, biryanis, and idli vada originate from this region. Southern food has a lot of gravy and brunch items. We see the influence of coconut and tamarind in food preparation.” NaaN on Broughton is as authentic as it gets for Gudla and his partners. “Our preparation methods take no short cuts. We use regional whole spices and herbs, as well as blend our masalas and pastes. We don’t use any preservatives in any of our blends,” states Gudla. All of the spices are imported from India and sourced from Atlanta. Signature spice blends are ground by hand and distinctly made for each dish. Gudla goes on to say, “Indian food uses a host of spices and spice blends- the trick is to understand the right blend. The trick lies in the use of these spice blends.” In the Indian culture food is meant to be shared, family style. Large bowls of curries, masalas and biryanis alongside saucers of raita (yogurt mixed with vegetables) and platters of samosas, are strewn across the table. Plates are studded with plops of basmati rice, splashed with the rich hues of red, green and yellow gravies. Among all of this, the most important part of the meal is naan, flat bread that is traditionally used for scooping up food. Culturally, Indians opt for naan instead of silverware, which makes this fluffy blistered bread a staple in Indian households. At NaaN on Broughton, this bread is made from an old family recipe that was



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passed down from Gudla’s grandparents. It is simply made with all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and milk, eliminating yeast. The dough is kneaded by hand, oiled and covered with a muslin cloth. Once proofed, the naan is molded into its signature teardrop shape and baked in a clay oven. The clay oven is very common in Indian cooking because it lends a smoky flavor to breads and meats. It is a slow cooking method that retains moisture. A variety of freshly baked naan can be found at the Broughton location. For a customary taste of naan, try garlic, butter or plain flavors. If you’re an adventurer, order the Stuffed Kulcha, which is packed with potato and cheese or Peshwari, which is sweet dessert-like bread, crammed with cherries, pistachios and coconut. All are served hot, blistered and charred, ready for shoveling food into your mouth. While indulging, Gudla recommended a myriad of dishes, ranging in flavor and spiciness. He explained that all spice levels could be altered with adding more or less spices, including red chili powder. Additionally, any dishes can be made nut-free. For an appetizer, the vegetable samosas are a must. This hand-made flaky pastry pocket is stuffed with green peas and potatoes, the perfect starter for the newbie Indian eater. The pastry dough is made from flour, oil and milk with ajwain seed added to assist with digestion. These pouches are served house made and vibrantly refreshing mint chutney, with mint, cilantro, garlic, lemon and yogurt, as well as a sweet tamarind sauce. The Chicken Lollipop was not only a looker but delivered a punch. This IndoChinese dish is comprised of frenched chicken winglets marinated in garlic paste and ginger. Once fried to a golden crisp, they are dredged in an onion/garlic sauce

and scratch made red chili sauce. For dinner, the House Special Chicken Curry is a crowd pleaser. Juicy chicken thighs are tossed in a homemade masala spice blend of cumin, coriander and cloves. The foundation of this gravy is onion, ginger and garlic mixed with curry leaves, mustard seeds, coconut milk, yogurt, cashews and cardamom. The creamy mixture is served with a side of basmati rice. A special dish made for the locals is Salmon Tikka with a Butter Chicken sauce. The salmon is marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and coriander. Then the fish is cooked in a clay oven, where the skin is charred but the flesh remains juicy. The fish is served with yellow turmeric rice studded with corn, peas and carrots. The rich and tangy tomato butter sauce can be splashed on for a flavorful finish. While this is not a traditional Indian dish, Gudla assembled it to have a meat, sauce and side for those wanting a complete meal. The pièce de résistance is Biryani, a slow cooked rice dish that is served in a classic deep silver basin. This meal is part of the local cuisine in Hyderabad, where Gudla is from. The rice is first boiled with whole spices of cardamom, cumin, bay leaves and cinnamon. It is layered on top of lamb, chicken or goat, and steamed until tender. The dish is filled with yogurt, peanut chutney, ginger, garlic, mint leaves, green chilies, saffron and fried onions. It is served with rice brimming out of the bowl, but poke to the bottom where the meat, golden onions and savory sauce lies as a hidden surprise. CS NaaN on Broughton begins serving alcohol Sat. Feb. 18. In addition to Indian beers and wine, a specialty Indian cocktail menu will be tailored for downtown patrons. CS

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In its 90-year history the song has been covered in one form or another by a wide range of musicians including Charley Patton, John Lee Hooker, Sunnyland Slim, Cindi Lauper, and R.L. Burnside just to name a few. Like the 2017 version, Vol. 2 is an IPA. But this year’s version of Rollin’ and Tumbin’ is a new recipe that builds off of the goodness that was last year’s version. Vol. 2 incorporates a similar malt base as the original but incorporates some new hop varieties including Motueka, Rakau, Wakatu and Amarillo. The new mix intends to impart both flavor and aroma with notes of tropical fruit,

alt-country sounds which mingle easily with Appalachian traditions. Mipso will also be part of the all day Festival finale day on April 14, so if you like them you’ll have a second chance. Southbound’s roots and their connection with the SMF guarantees a great music performance but of Rollin’ & Tumblin’ vol. 2 will be the focus of the party. The collaboration beer will be available of course, as will Southbound’s other offerings as pints and in flights. The first 50 attendees through the door go home with a 22 oz. bottle of the limited release of Rollin’ & Stumblin’ Double IPA so be there early. You should always eat when drinking

If you’re expecting a release party for Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Vol. 2 you won’t be disappointed. Southbound and the Savannah Music Festival have quite a party lined up. The event will be February 17 at Southbound Brewing. Also, this is the fourth year that Southbound and the Savannah Music Festival have collaborated to produce a festival beer. The match between Southbound and the SMF makes a lot of sense. The Music Festival always provides a fantastic lineup of musicians that covers a wide spectrum of musical styles. Southbound has, from its beginnings, used music as an inspiration for its beers, many of which have names derived from one musical source or another. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Vol. 2 is the second go-round for the beer’s name and shares a moniker with a song first recorded here in Georgia by Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929.

stone fruit and big citrus. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Vol. 2 was intended as an easy drinking springtime IPA and was brewed with a relatively low 6% ABV to serve as a perfect festival beer. If you’re expecting a release party for Rollin’ & Tumblin’ Vol. 2 you won’t be disappointed. Southbound the Savannah Music Festival have quite a party lined up. The party will be on February 17 at Southbound Brewing but will feature more than just beer. This year’s band is the Chapel Hill, N.C. rock ‘n’ roll stringband Mipso. Founded as a straightforward stringband quartet, Mipso has grown to incorporate drums and electric instruments and to discover and adopt classic folk-rock and modern

so food will be available for purchase from the food truck Chazito’s. Celebrate the richness of Savannah music and craft beer culture in one big event. Tickets to the release party on February 17 are now on sale at, 912.525.5050 and the Savannah Box Office at 216 East Broughton Street. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Door prizes will be given out and will include SMF tickets and merchandise. The party is at Southbound Brewing, 107 East Lathrop. The doors open at 7:30pm and music begins at 8:30pm. Parking is available in the lot on the northeast corner of E. Lathrop and W. Bay St. This event is 21+ of course. CS














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As with that look at thwart the killers. the Watergate scandal and the toppling of basis, it’s amusing that there’s an actual The January-February stretch of any a U.S. president, this one also involves the scene in which vanilla ice cream is added new year is often a dumping ground for the Washington Post and editor Ben Bradlee. to the vanilla sex. studios’ tax write-offs, but that’s clearly Jason Robards won an Oscar for porThat ice cream scene is preferable to not the case when it comes to Liam Neeson traying Bradlee in All the President’s Men; action vehicles — here, it’s a matter of stramost of the other ostensibly hot’n’heavy Tom Hanks probably won’t enjoy compasequences in the picture, primarily tegic scheduling, as most have tended to rable awards glory, but he’s nevertheless because stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie do quite well at the box office against limp Dornan actually seem to be enjoying them- excellent in the role, seen ordering his competition. The Commuter similarly gets troops to find out what bombshell the New the job done, with Neeson’s committed selves more than usual. York Times plans to explode on its front One of the largest and rustiest nails in performance providing a strong center to page in June 1971. the coffin of this franchise has been the an increasingly outlandish storyline. It turns out to be some of the pages of complete lack of chemistry between these The identity of the “surprise” villain actors, a near-insurmountable problem in the Pentagon Papers, leaked by analyst and was obvious before the script was even activist Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) to written (and the way he trips himself up a saga of this nature. alert the nation to the lies spun in regard to is daft beyond compare), and late innings In this installment, Christian Grey the Vietnam War. (Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Johnson) find Neeson’s everyman engaged in deathOnce the Nixon White House manages finally get married, but their happily-everdefying activities that would give even to obtain a temporary court injunction after status is immediately threatened by Superman pause. But for those looking for against the Times, preventing it from pub- a reasonably satisfying mix of mystery and the reemergence of Jack Hyde (Eric Johnlishing any more pages, Bradlee sees this son), who’s jealous of Christian’s lofty stamuscle, The Commuter should be just the as the Post’s opportunity to pick up the tus and seeks revenge via a series of badly ticket. CS baton. But to do so, he needs the approval thought-out schemes. Also rubbing against the couples’ eternal and authorization of Post publisher Kathacontentment is the fact that Anastasia is rine “Kay” Graham (Meryl Streep), already



DRINKING LIBERALLY Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. A gathering of Liberals for an informal discussion of politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and the world around us. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. third Thursday of every month. (912) 341-7427. livingliberally. org/drinking/chapters/GA/savannah. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. GREEN PARTY OF CHATHAM COUNTY People, Planet and Peace over Profit! Meets Saturdays and the first Tuesday of every month. Join the Facebook group, @ChathamGreens, to find out about upcoming local events. ongoing. No physical address given, none. LISA RING AT DRINKING LIBERALLY Congressional candidate Lisa Ring will speak at Drinking Liberally’s meeting. Thu., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 East Bay Street. 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. 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: savaayo@yahoo. com. Info is also available at www. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www. ongoing. Armstrong Campus, Georgia Southern University, 11935 Abercorn St. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TEDXSAVANNAH Speaker applications open Monday, Nov. 20 for the 2018 TEDxSavannah, scheduled for May 11, 2018. For details, go to on Nov. 20 or visit the TEDxSavannah Facebook page. Ticket sales begin March 12. Through May 11. Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR AUDITIONS FOR THE DOWNTOWN DELILAHS DANCE CABARET The Downtown Delilahs dance cabaret are holding auditions for several upcoming

In Tune: The Ben Tucker Story

Coastal Jazz Association members are invited to Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant viewing event for friends and supporters involved in the documentary. FRI., FEB. 16, 8 P.M. GOOD TIMES JAZZ BAR AND RESTAURANT, 107 W. BROUGHTON ST.

shows. To set up an audition, contact Jade Bills at 912-272-7601. Through Feb. 28. No physical address given, none. CALL FOR COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR THE DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION The Downtown Neighborhood Association is accepting grant applications from community organizations which have an impact on the greater downtown area,

particularly those that help or enrich the residential quality of life. The DNA is looking for proposals that support the downtown area in the following ways: Youth Development, Humanitarian Causes, Beautification/Improvement in the Downtown Area, and Arts and Culture Life. The application process can be found on the DNA website, The deadline for submission is March

14. Questions shoudl be directed to Through March 14. Downtown Savannah, downtown. CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR HELEN LEVITT PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to freely interpret the theme ‘Contemporary Life in America.’ Participants are encouraged to submit between three and six photos starting January 15, 2018. The deadline for entries is March 23, 2018. Winners of the contest will receive cash prizes ranging from $50 to $250, as well as being featured in Aint-Bad Magazine, an independent publisher of new photographic art, and a solo exhibit in a Savannah gallery.For more information, go to Through March 23. CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR VIGNETTE SAVANNAH Vignette Savannah is looking for contributors in writing and photography! vSav’s tagline is “Indulging in Savannah’s most coveted decor, design, & awe-inspiring spaces.” Contribute to the blog and social media channels with your writing and/ or photography (credit will be given) featuring restaurants, coffee shops, or any other creative spaces and design you find inspiring! Preference will be given to students/professionals that can be consistent contributors-- build a portfolio with the vSav blog and on its social media channels and gain a reference in the process! Visit and email Anita at vignettesavannah@gmail. com to express your interest! 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, 11:45 p.m.-midnight. 912. 231. 7105. 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 LOCAL PRODUCTS AND RETAILERS FOR COHEN’S RETREAT ONSITE BOUTIQUE SHOP Cohen’s Retreat, a historic destination for art, food and community located in Savannah’s famed Moon River District, is seeking specialty retailers interested in placing their locally or regionally-made products in its onsite boutique shop, Brown Dog Market. Cohen’s Retreat is refreshing its product lines at Brown Dog Market to feature more of a mix of mainstream local products to include with their current artisan products. Retailers who would like access to some of Savannah’s largest neighborhoods located in and near the Moon River District are encouraged to apply for shelf space. Interested retailers should reach out to Colleen Smith at or by calling 912.355.3336, ext. 4. Please include product name(s), description, price point, availability, contact information and any other essential details. ongoing. Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Rd. CALL FOR MUSICIANS FOR EFFINGHAM COUNTY ORCHESTRA Effingham Community Orchestra is now accepting additional musicians. Instruments included are winds, orchestral strings and orchestral percussion. For information contact the Director at www. or call 912-826-5300 ext. 110. 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: 38 ongoing. No physical address given, none.

TELL US YOUR GHOST STORY? Organization seeks to document your first hand experiences with psychical phenomenon for analysis and potential investigation. Our investigators have reputable credentials and long time investigation training and connections with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown.


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-years-old. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. A TASTE OF THE CLASSICS The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra performs the best of all their touring selections in a benefit for Veritas Academy. $100 Fri., Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St.


ART, MUSIC, PIANO, VOICE COACHING Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. BASIC SELF DEFENSE Essential self-defense for adults. $30/ month Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fit912 Savannah, 428 Bull Street. BEADING CLASSSES AT EPIPHANY BEAD & JEWELRY STUDIO Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-677-3983. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 101 N. Fahm St. BEGINNER’S JEWELRY STUDIO This workshop focuses on building strong metalsmithing skills including soldering, forming, sawing, texturing and stamping and finishing. You will fabricate a bezel setting (one of the most popular ways to set a stone) and learn rock solid ring making strategies. $300 for 8 sessions Wed., Feb. 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 912-2898337. dreamcatstudio. com. dreamcat studio, Hover Creek RD. BEGINNING BELLY DANCE CLASSES Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. BRIDGE LESSONS Competitive Bidding (BB2), Saturday, February 4 at 10AM. Defensive Signals (BB5), Monday February 6. They are 4 week classes. Intermediate and advanced workshops continue on Fridays at 10AM. Savannah Duplicate Bridge Center, 8511 Ferguson Ave, Sandfly. Also, games are held in the afternoon and/or evening almost every day. There is something for players at all levels. Check our website for fees and schedules of games and other classes. 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. 912-358-3160. confuciusinstitute@ 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. BOATING CLASSES Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912-897-7656. COUNTRY TWO STEP Country Two Step Love Country Music? Well, join us and learn how to dance to it. Basics to beyond basic- we can teach you to move with ease around the dance floor to all of your favorite down south songs. $40.00 for 4 weeks Thu., Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m. 612-470-6683. com. Salon de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 301 US Hwy 80 SE. 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 creativity_coaching/ or contact Creativity@ 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. $30 912-354-6686. FANY’S SPANISH/ENGLISH INSTITUTE Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912-921-4646. HOUSING AUTHORITY NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: MonFri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha. com/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. JEWELER’S GUIDED OPEN STUDIO Use our space to practice your skills and knock out your personal pieces. Tuition includes access to the studio with support from Christina or one of her assistants. Students are responsible for their own materials. Prerequisite of Jewelry I or similar instruction from another studio. $30 Fridays, 6 p.m. 912-289-8337. christina@ dreamcatstudio. com. Join us for time to practice your skills and knock out some projects you’ve been dreaming up. Tuition includes access to the studio with support from Christina or one of her assistants. Students are responsible for their own materials. Prerequisite of Jewelry I or similar instruction from another studio. $30 Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. 912-2898337. dreamcat studio, Hover Creek RD. KNITTING & CROCHET CLASSES Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. LIFE CHALLENGE COACHING In an environment of patience, nonjudgement and compassion, we will explore the source of your challenge, the beliefs that hold your challenge in place, and discover & enact healthy and healing life changes. For appointment, contact Cindy Un Shin Beach at, or Text (only) to 912-429-7265. ongoing. Online only, none. MOM & ME DANCE Mom and ME DANCE Join one of our newest and most popular classes for kids 4 and under with Mommy or Daddy! Learn


to dance Ballroom, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop. Grab your space and let’s get the next generation dancing! $40 for 4 weeks Tue., Feb. 20, 11-11:45 a.m. 612-4706683. Salon de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 301 US Hwy 80 SE. 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. 912-354-1500. portmansmusic. com. 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 912-961-7021 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

Harry Potter and the Movie Marathon Month

The Lucas Theatre will be screening in chronological order the entire Harry Potter canon, from ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ through ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2.’ $8 FRI., FEB. 16, 7 P.M. AND SAT., FEB. 17, 3 & 7 P.M. LUCASTHEATRE.COM. LUCAS THEATRE FOR THE ARTS, 32 ABERCORN ST. 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. SENIOR BALLROOM FIT 55+ Senior Ballroom Fitness 55+ Calling all mature adults 55 and older! (Retired Military 50% off) 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, Foxtrot, Waltz, Hustle, and more! $40 for 4 weeks Wed., Feb. 14, 11:30-12:30 a.m. 612-470-6683. Salon de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 301 US Hwy 80 SE. VALENTINE’S DAY TAXIDERMY CLASS You will arrive with nothing and leave with a finished bunny shoulder mount on a wooden plaque, no experience needed. $75 suggested amount, but pay what you

can Wed., Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Graveface Records & Curiosities, 5 W. 40th Street. 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. 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 award-winning 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.






CONNECT SAVANNAH | FEB 14-20, 2018 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. DINNER DANCE Hustle lesson taught by Rachael Moore. At 7 p.m., a full course BBQ dinner will be served. Social dancing from 8-10 p.m. $15 USA Dance members, $20 non-members Sat., Feb. 17, 6 p.m. usadancesavannah. com. USA Dance Chapter#6069, 301 HWY 80. FIBER GUILD OF THE SAVANNAHS A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. HISTORIC FLIGHT SAVANNAH A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight 40 seeks contributions, and any veterans

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Chef Brian has put together a delicious menu featuring a selection of his signature dishes to choose from for each course. Sip on your favorite drink or make it a memorable pairing with our carefully suggested wines. Your choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert for $65. CALL 912-233-6002 FOR RESERVATIONS. FEB. 14, 5 P.M.. PACCISAVANNAH. COM. PACCI ITALIAN KITCHEN + BAR, 601 E BAY ST.

interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962. HISTORIC SAVANNAH CHAPTER: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. 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. OGEECHEE AUDUBON PUBLIC MEETING The topic for this meeting is an overview of bird surveys conducted at the Superior Landfill and the environmental management of the site. As a follow up to this presentation there will be a field trip to the Superior Landfill site at 8:30am on Sunday, February 25, 2018. This is a limited access site so it is a treat that we will be able to explore this area! Free and open to the public Tue., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington 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. PROOFREADER’S WHISKEY CLUB Membership includes the first whiskey drink free, free monthly private whiskey tastings from various brands, 15% off the member’s bill for the year, and a personalized book card including a list of 75 whiskeys in each chapter in the DeSoto library. Library series meetings will be the last Thursday of every month and include one free guest pass per member for the year. They will pick a book from the Edgar’s P&P library to hold their personalized book card which will be used to keep track of their progress on the whiskey list. $50 ongoing. eventbrite. com/e/proofreaders-whiskey-clubtickets-42943991635. Edgar’s Proof and Provision, 15 E. Liberty St. R.U.F.F. - RETIREES UNITED FOR THE FUTURE RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912-344-5127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. SAFE KIDS SAVANNAH A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. SAVANNAH BREWERS’ LEAGUE Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-4470943. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. THE SAVANNAH CHINESE CORNER The Savannah Chinese Corner welcomes anyone interested in Mandarin language or Chinese culture. Meets every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon. Check the Facebook group to see meeting location. 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 SACRED HARP SINGERS Savannah Sacred Harp Singers welcome you to join our monthly community singing on the second Saturday of the month from 2-4pm at Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church. Sacred Harp is an American tradition of singing hymns in four part harmony. No particular religious affiliation is required or endorsed. All are welcome. No experience necessary. ongoing. Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Ave. SAVANNAH TOASTMASTERS Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. 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.


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1 Big meals 8 Abrasive stones 15 Restricted, one way 16 Amount of a minor shock 17 Frazzle 18 Thorny problem 19 Glance of contempt 20 Oprah’s longtime partner Graham 21 They hold onto everything 23 Barnyard noise 24 Give permission 28 Reason for news to interrupt regular programming 36 Roam (about) 37 “Le Misanthrope” playwright 38 Assessment that may determine how well you work with others 40 In a way 41 “411” 43 Fuel-efficient vehicle 50 Tiny organism 54 Lovingly, in music 55 Freeloaders 56 Fallen for 57 First name on Mount Rushmore 58 “Gimme,” in more words 59 Tooth component

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1 Early Baseball Hall-ofFamer Edd 2 Film composer Morricone 3 “Bear” that’s not a bear 4 Like ___ in the headlights 5 Fathered 6 “Fiddler on the Roof” protagonist 7 Completely avoid, with “of” 8 Detergent containers that I shouldn’t have to tell you never to eat 9 Fathom, e.g. 10 “___ Kalikimaka” (Bing Crosby holiday song) 11 Exclamation akin to “Eureka!” 12 Council 13 Jazz trumpeter Ziggy 14 Played terribly 22 Sound of lament 25 Relating to coins or currency 26 Mail delivery site? 27 ___ May Clampett (“Beverly Hillbillies” daughter) 28 Oil additive letters 29 Early start? 30 Food involved in “type-

writer eating,” according to 31 Caption seen early in an alphabet book, maybe 32 NASDAQ newcomers 33 “It comes ___ surprise ...” 34 E-file agency 35 Badminton divider 39 Some capts.-to-be 41 “Grrr!” 42 Mythological weeper 44 Kitchen appliance brand 45 TV weatherman Al 46 Armour’s Spam rival 47 Apartment that’s owned 48 “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean 49 “The Tonight Show” house band, with “The” 51 “Fancy meeting you here!” 52 Rowan Atkinson’s “Mr.” character 53 J.D. Salinger title character






daily-tours. Savannah College of Art and Design, PO Box 2072. UKULELE CLUB Open to the public, instruction available, and loaner ukuleles provided! What more could you want? Tue., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. 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@


CHAMBER CONCERT An evening of small ensembles featuring Armstrong Campus students. $6 Tue., Feb. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. 912-344-2801. arts. news-events/tickets. Armstrong Campus, Georgia Southern University, 11935 Abercorn St. THE LOVE AND SOUL EXPERIENCE Kimberly Gunn Music Presents The Love and Soul Experience every third Friday of the month beginning May 17th. There will be music, poetry, comedy, creative arts, and networking. Kimberly Gunn Music and friends will provide musical entertainment. An event for ages 18 and up. $10 Admission $12 VIP third Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. (912) 224-6084 or (912) 224-4461. The Eden Room, 1105 Stiles Avenue. SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC: CHINESE NEW YEAR TREASURES In another exploration of international cultures, Savannah Philharmonic principal violist LiZhou Liu leads friends in a performance celebrating the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. $25 Fri., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts, 649 W Jones St.



SPRINGTIME MADE IN THE SOUTH Come see potters, glass blowers, basket weavers, yarn spinners and others as they create both contemporary and traditional wares. You’ll find jewelry, pottery, gourmet foods, clothing, fine art, and more. $7 Fri., Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. savtcc. com. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr.


ARMSTRONG CAMPUS, GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE At Open House, you and your family can experience all that the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University has to offer. Meet with faculty, participate in a faculty-led workshop or lecture, learn 42 about admissions and financial aid, tour

our beautiful 268-acre arboretum campus, check out residential housing and more. Open House is open to all high school students (focused on seniors), and transfer students. Free Sat., Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 912-344-2631. visit@georgiasouthern. edu. events-armstrong-campus/. Armstrong Campus, Georgia Southern University, 11935 Abercorn St. BONAVENTURE CEMETERY: ETERNAL VALENTINES Bonaventure is for lovers and perfect for story romantics. Stroll through Bonaventure at twilight and after dark as storyist, Shannon Scott, aka, “Cemetery Man,” weaves a lush, even darkly tapestry of lovers gone by with his usual mix of secret society, root doctor and other layers of story intrigue as only he can present it. $55 Sat., Feb. 17, 5 p.m. 912-319-5600. info@ events/430026237414892/. savannahga. gov/cityweb/cemeteriesweb.nsf/ cemeteries/bonaventure.html. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd. CALL FOR PROM DRESS DONATIONS The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire is collecting gently used prom dresses and evening gowns for their House of Prom event on March 3. The dresses can be dropped off at Kathi Rich at 2515 Abercorn St., the 97.3 KISSFM office at 245 Alfred St., Kendra Scott at 311 W. Broughton St., and at the Tanger Outlets in Pooler. For more information, visit or email events@ Through March 3. Tanger Outlets, 200 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, #400. CARB-B-QUE CUSTOM CAR MEET & BBQ Love BBQ? Love custom cars and hot rods? Join us at the shop for our first annual Car-B-Que car meet and BBQ cookout. All are welcome to this family-friendly event that benefits the Shriners Hospitals. (It’s free to attend with a suggested donation of $20.) That’ll get you some awesome BBQ and a beverage. Free to attend (suggested donation $20) Sat., Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 912-346-7739. Earl’s Do All Garage, 165 Clarktown Rd. CITY MARKET VOW RENEWAL Rev. William Hester leads a romantic ceremony renewing your marriage vows, followed by awards and prizes from City Market shops. Just show up to be part of it. Wed., Feb. 14, 7 p.m. savannahcitymarket. com. City Market, Jefferson at West Saint Julian St. COMMON GROUNDS Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. We meet on Wednesday nights for open theological discussion on hot button issues. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. We are open and affirming of the LGBT community. Order for Compline by candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at 8PM. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. commongroundssavannah. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. DRINKS AFTER WORK This group is for people that enjoy getting

out mid-week, being social after work, and want to discover new places in the downtown Savannah area. Come have a cocktail, make new friends, and get over the hump. The group will meet on Wednesdays at various establishments throughout Downtown Savannah and nearby area. groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. com. events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. ENSLAVEMENT TO EMANCIPATION EXHIBIT The tour will through various squares, while exploring some of Savannah’s Black Heritage from the 19th and 20th centuries. Additionally, the group will examine the role of church leaders, teachers, politicians, philanthropists and activists that helped develop the civil rights struggle in the city. $15 Tue., Feb. 20, 5 p.m. massieheritagecenter.wordpress. com/events. Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon 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. 912441-6559. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. FORTY ACRES AND A MULE FILM AND PRESENTATION “Forty Acres and a Mule” is a docudrama about the meeting of 20 African-American church leaders with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and General William T. Sherman in Savannah in January 1865 to discuss the future of the 4 million freedmen in the postCivil War South. Out of this meeting came the idea of providing freedmen families with 40 acres and a mule. After showing the film, its director and producer will lead the audience in a discussion of the event and what impact it may have on our lives today. Free Sat., Feb. 17, 1-3 p.m. 912-6594383. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. GET A NEW LIBRARY CARD Get a new library card at any Live Oak Public Libraries branch as we join the PINES library network in Georgia. Enjoy access to more books and resources. www. Through April 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 912-652-3600. Live Oak Public Libraries, 2002 Bull 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. 912-525-5023. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. IWORSHIP CAFE OPEN MIC NIGHT Its an evening of artistry designed to elevate you. Come out and here positive vibes from local spoken word performers, singers, and musicians. Performers can sign up in advanced or walk-in. Free third Saturday of every month, 8 p.m. ticsav. com/iworship-cafe. The Inheritance Center, 42 W. Montgomery Crossroads. THE MARKET AT 3 WEST RIDGE This boutique trunk show and plant sale features 20 carefully selected vendors from across the country, offering unique merchandise for family, home, and garden. Premier shopping, door prizes, and cafestyle lunches with all proceeds to benefit Parent University and Performance Initiatives. $5 charitable admission ticket for all 3 days Wed., Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thu., Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road. MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP DINNER AND MEETING Membership meeting with dinner and speaker. Navy League supports our Sea Services and their families. You do not have to have been in any of the military services to join. For further information contact Jeff Zureick at 912 450 0521 $22.00 third Tuesday of every month & 5:45-8:15 p.m. 912 450 0521. Savannah Navy League, 17 lake heron ct west. THE ORIGINAL MIDNIGHT TOUR One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 ongoing. 1-866666-3323. 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. PBJ PANTRY A free food pantry held every Thursday, 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 ongoing. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. POTABLE GOLD: SAVANNAH’S MADEIRA TRADITION Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House while learning about a unique and flavorful wine. Patrons are oriented to the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. During the experience they will see the historic house at dusk including spaces usually off-limits to museum guests. $22 Fridays, Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Davenport House, 324 East State St. SAVANNAH STORYTELLERS Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912-349-4059. Wednesdays, 6


p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. SAVANNAH SYMPOSIUM ON AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND LIBERAL EDUCATION: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF WILLIAM SANDERS SCARBOROUGH Speakers: Dr. Otis Johnson (Former Mayor of Savannah and Scholar in Residence, Savannah State University), Dr. Patrice Rankine (Dean and Professor, University of Richmond), Dr. Michele Ronnick (Professor, Wayne State University) Free Fri., Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 17, 10-11 a.m. 912-395-4040. d.withun@scasav. org. Savannah Classical Academy, 705 E. Anderson. 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. SMART COOKIES: HOW WOMEN HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD WITH FOOD During this leisurely, after hours tour of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark, participants will hear the powerful story of Juliette Gordon Low and how she came to found Girl Scouts—while they taste foods that bring her world to life. These offerings include a dish inspired by her family’s experiences among the indigenous peoples of the Upper Midwest, a World War I–era Girl Scout recipe, and a Southern staple that was served at Girl Scout fundraising dinners in the 1950s. $40 ongoing. Juliette

Gordon Low Birthplace, 10 East Oglethorpe Ave. SOUTHBOUND BREWERY SATURDAY TOURS AND TASTES Savannah’s first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah’s first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco. com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. ST. PIUS X HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEETING All former students of St. Pius X High School are invited to attend this meeting. Meet old friends, make new friends and have a great time. Several social events are hosted throughout the year. Dues are $24 a year. third Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. Savannah Classical Academy, 705 E. Anderson. UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY Unity in the Community is a nonprofit organization that promotes and hosts free, family-friendly culturally diverse events to give back to the community. The events feature handcrafted ethnic arts and crafts, home-based businesses, and community nonprofits. Entertainment is provided by churches and other local individuals and groups. third Saturday, Sunday of every month. River Street, River St. VALENTINE’S DAY WEDDINGS IN THE GARDEN Get married in the Museum’s beautiful courtyard garden and make it a Valentine’s Day to remember. Ceremonies will be offered every 10 minutes. Reserve a spot at 912-2368097 or info@davenporthousemuseum. org (confirmed reservations are highly recommended). $100 Wed., Feb. 14. Davenport House, 324 East State St.


2018 TRUSTEES GALA Join the Georgia Historical Society and leaders from across the state as Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Historical Society induct the 2018 Georgia Trustees, Ed Bastian and Paul Bowers. Sat., Feb. 17,

7 p.m. 912-651-2125. Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay St. AURA FEST 2018 This year features Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Evergreen Terrace, Through The Eyes of The Dead, I Set My Friends On Fire and many more. Plus food from Dark Shark Taco Attack, Savannah Square Pops, Big Boy Cookies, and The Sentient Bean. $28 advance, $33 day of Sat., Feb. 17, 12:3011 p.m. 912-844-7407. coastalrock34@ Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. SAVANNAH BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL Presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah, the 29th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival’s theme is Celebrating the Dynamics of Cultures and Shared Experiences. For a full lineup of events, visit Through Feb. 18. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL Over 40 authors sharing an intimate look at their writing life in and around Telfair Square. For a full schedule of author appearances, visit savannahbookfestival. org. Sat., Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Telfair Square, President and Barnard streets.

SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL CLOSING ADDRESS: JODI PICOULT Small Great Things tells the story of an African-American delivery nurse named Ruth who is ordered by White Supremacists not to touch their newborn infant. The resulting complications create a firestorm which Picoult navigates with empathy and intelligence. Sold out Sun., Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LISA KO Lisa Ko’s powerful debut novel The Leavers, the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, is a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. $20 Fri., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SAVANNAH BOOK FESTIVAL OPENING ADDRESS: DIANA GABALDON Diana Gabaldon’s NYT- bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Her unrivaled storytelling, unforgettable characters and rich historical detail are the hallmarks of Gabaldon’s work. Sold out Thu., Feb. 15, 6 p.m. www2.scad. edu/venues/trustees/. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St. SAVANNAH IRISH FESTIVAL
























The annual Irish festival at the Civic Center. $9 Sat., Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. savannahcivic. com. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.


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

Join us for a weekly acro jam every Saturday 12-2pm at the West Broad Street YMCA. Acro Yoga is a partner or group yoga practice with the three primary roles of base, flyer, and spotter. It is a fun way to practice verbal and nonverbal communication, and try new poses that challenge your comfort zone in a safe environment. Note: This is not an instructor led class, this is an open jam. $30 for 10 week session Sat., Feb. 17, 12-2 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@ facebook. com/events/1429384693850288/. YMCA-West

Broad St, 1110 May St. 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. sedavis@chathamcounty. org. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. AERIAL YOGA Join us for Aerial Yoga at The STUDIO available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


At 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak. If you’re in good shape, you can reach the top in seven hours. The return trip can be done in half the time -- if you’re cautious. The loose rocks on the steep trail are more likely to knock you off your feet on the way down than on the way up. I suspect this is an apt metaphor for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Your necessary descent may be deceptively challenging. So make haste slowly! Your power animals are the rabbit and the snail.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made a few short jaunts through the air in a flying machine they called the Flyer. It was a germinal step in a process that ultimately led to your ability to travel 600 miles per hour while sitting in a chair 30,000 feet above the earth. Less than 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ breakthrough, American astronauts landed a space capsule on the moon. They had with them a patch of fabric from the left wing of the Flyer. I expect that during the coming weeks, you will be climaxing a long-running process that deserves a comparable ritual. Revisit the early stages of the work that enabled you to be where you are now.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20)


In 2006, five percent of the world’s astronomers gathered at an international conference and voted to demote Pluto from a planet to a “dwarf planet.” Much of the world agreed to honor their declaration. Since then, though, there has arisen a campaign by equally authoritative astronomers to restore Pluto to full planet status. The crux of the issue is this: How shall we define the nature of a planet? But for the people of New Mexico, the question has been resolved. State legislators there formally voted to regard Pluto as a planet. They didn’t accept the demotion. I encourage you to be inspired by their example, Gemini. Whenever there are good arguments from opposing sides about important matters, trust your gut feelings. Stand up for your preferred version of the story.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Ray Bradbury’s dystopian bestseller *Fahrenheit 451* was among the most successful of the 27 novels he wrote. It won numerous awards and has been adopted into films, plays, and graphic novels. Bradbury wrote the original version of the story in nine days, using a typewriter he rented for 20 cents per hour. When his publisher urged him to double the manuscript’s length, he spent another nine days doing so. According to my reading of the planetary configurations, you Cancerians now have a similar potential to be surprisingly efficient and economical as you work on an interesting creation or breakthrough -- especially if you mix a lot of play and delight into your labors.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Poet Louise Glück has characterized herself as “afflicted with longing yet incapable of forming durable attachments.” If there is anything in you that even partially fits that description, I have good news: In the coming weeks, you’re likely to feel blessed by longing rather than afflicted by it. The foreseeable future will also be prime time for you to increase your motivation and capacity to form durable attachments. Take full advantage of this fertile grace period!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

In 2004, a man named Jerry Lynn tied a battery-operated alarm clock to a string and dangled it down a vent in his house. He was hoping that when the alarm sounded, he would get a sense of the best place to drill a hole in his wall to run a wire for his TV. But the knot he’d made wasn’t perfect, and the clock slipped off and plunged into an inaccessible spot behind the wall. Then, every night for 13 years, the alarm rang for a minute. The battery was unusually strong! A few months ago, Lynn decided to end the mild but constant irritation. Calling on the help of duct specialists, he retrieved the persistent clock. With this story as your inspiration, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you Virgos to finally put an end to your equivalent of the maddening alarm clock. (Read the story:

New Student, SCAD and Armstrong Students discount available online. 25.00 Wed., Feb. 14, 6:45-8 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 17, 12:30-1:45 p.m. 954-682-5694. elyse. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. 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



LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Was Napoléon Bonaparte an oppressor or liberator? The answer is both. His work in the world hurt a lot of people and helped a lot of people. One of his more magnanimous escapades transpired in June 1798, when he and his naval forces invaded the island of Malta. During his six-day stay, he released political prisoners, abolished slavery, granted religious freedom to Jews, opened 15 schools, established the right to free speech, and shut down the Inquisition. What do his heroics have to do with you? I don’t want to exaggerate, but I expect that you, too, now have the power to unleash a blizzard of benevolence in your sphere. Do it in your own style, of course, not Napoléon’s.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You may think you have uncovered the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But according to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’re just a bit more than halfway there. In order to get the rest of the goods, you’ll have to ignore your itch to be done with the search. You’ll have to be unattached to being right and smart and authoritative. So please cultivate patience. Be expansive and magnanimous as you dig deeper. For best results, align yourself with poet Richard Siken’s definition: “The truth is complicated. It’s two-toned, multi-vocal, bittersweet.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit,” said French playwright Molière. I’m going to make that your motto for now, Scorpio. You have pursued a gradual, steady approach to ripening, and soon it will pay off in the form of big bright blooms. Congratulations on having the faith to keep plugging away in the dark! I applaud your determination to be dogged and persistent about following your intuition even though few people have appreciated what you were doing.

The posh magazine *Tatler* came up with a list of fashionable new names for parents who want to ensure their babies get a swanky start in life. Since you Aquarians are in a phase when you can generate good fortune by rebranding yourself or remaking your image, I figure you might be interested in using one of these monikers as a nickname or alias. At the very least, hearing them could whet your imagination to come up with your own ideas. Here are *Tatler*’s chic avant-garde names for girls: Czar-Czar; Debonaire; Estonia; Figgy; Gethsemane; Power; Queenie. Here are some boys’ names: Barclay; Euripides; Gustav; Innsbruck; Ra; Uxorious; Wigbert; Zebedee.

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The growth you can and should foster in the coming weeks will be stimulated by quirky and unexpected prods. To get you started, here are a few such prods. 1. What’s your hidden or dormant talent, and what could you do to awaken and mobilize it? 2. What’s something you’re afraid of but might be able to turn into a resource? 3. If you were a different gender for a week, what would you do and what would your life be like? 4. Visualize a dream you’d like to have while you’re asleep tonight. 5. If you could transform anything about yourself, what would it be? 6. Imagine you’ve won a free vacation to anywhere you want. Where would you go?

Now that you have finally paid off one of your debts to the past, you can start window-shopping for the future’s best offers. The coming days will be a transition time as you vacate the power spot you’ve outgrown and ramble out to reconnoiter potential new power spots. So bid your crisp farewells to waning traditions, lost causes, ghostly temptations, and the deadweight of people’s expectations. Then start preparing a vigorous first impression to present to promising allies out there in the frontier.


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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. BARIATRIC SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP Located in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Call or see website for info. third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 912-350-3438. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. 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@ 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 7am-10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 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. LINE DANCE SPRING 2018 Line dance class is an hour and 45min class that teaches basic instructions, coordination, and dance combinations, all to the rhythm of different styles of music. Line Dancing also is exercise for the body & mind. Line Dancing 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. $65 for 10 week session Wed., Feb. 14, 6-7:45 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@ facebook. com/events/501826426870927/. 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. LUNCHTIME 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. $65 for 10 week session Mon., Feb. 19, 12-1 p.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@ facebook. com/events/685895525131229/. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May 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. POWER YOGA WITH MAHOGANY Get ready for an hour of power each and every Saturday morning at 9am. This is an hour of stretching your mind and body to become one, and a reset at the end of the week. Come experience the endless possibilities as you take yourself to the next level with Mahogany. $65 for 10 week session Sat., Feb. 17, 9-10 a.m. 912-233-1951. wbsymcagardener@



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