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December 7 Tybee Island American Legion Post 154: A Holiday Market TybeeIslandAmericanLegion.org

December 8 The Original Crab Shack: Lighted Boat Parade TheCrabShack.com

December 13 Tybee Post Theater: A Carpenter’s Christmas TybeePostTheater.org

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City Market Holiday Open House

WEDNESDAY 12. 4 A Christmas Tradition

17th annual Christmas spectacular features singing, dancing, comedy and aerial artistry with all your favorite holiday classics. Wed.-Fri. & Tues. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 & 8 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $39 adults, $19.50 children savannahtheatre.com

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Stroll in the flickering light of 500+ luminaria lining the two-block courtyard, serenaded by Christmas carolers. Drop in for treats in City Market shops and watch for a glimpse of Father Christmas. FREE 6-9pm Savannah City Market 219 W. Bryan St

Film: The Glass Castle

Directed by the famed French filmmaker Rene Clement, this is a slow-paced drama about the young wife of a judge who falls in love with another man. 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $8

Dance: Nutcracker SAT 12.7

So What’s the Hurry? Book Launch

Add some magic to your to holiday season! Join Savannah Ballet Theatre’s world renowned professional dancers, along with local talent, and surprise celebrity cameos, for a one of a kind performance that is perfect for all ages. 2 & 7:30 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $30

Jane Fishman releases her fifth book, “So What’s the Hurry? Tales from the Train.” 6:30 p.m. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

Wet Nose Wednesday

Bring your well-behaved furry canine friends in for treats by Woof Gang Bakery, and enjoy all your favorite Ghost Coast spirits. first Wednesday of every month, 5 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St.

THURSDAY 12. 5 Merry Christmas, Baby

The show features some of Savannah’s most talented performing artists from the Downtown Delilahs. Thurs. & Fri. 11 p.m., Sat. 9:30 & 11 p.m. House of Mata Hari, 306 W. Factor’s Walk. $20 9122727601. thedowntowndelilahs.com

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A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live!

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So What’s the Hurry? Book Launch WED 12.4

Jane Fishman releases her fifth book, “So What’s the Hurry? Tales from the Train.” 6:30 p.m. The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 East Liberty St.

Make memories with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang this holiday season at Savannah Children’s Theatre. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 3 p.m. Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E Victory $17-$22 912-238-9015.

Chorale & Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert

The Armstrong Chorale & Vocal Chamber Ensemble performs under the direction of Robert Harris at 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.


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Fine Arts Auditorium, Armstrong Campus, Georgia Southern University, 11935 Abercorn $6 (912) 344-2801. georgiasouthern.edu/ armstrongtickets

Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Kennedy Fine Arts Building, Savannah State University, 3219 College St. collectiveface.org

Christmas on the River

In a new dramatic theatrical production from Savannah Arts,The Boys Next Door follows four men, each with a different mental disability, who live under the care of a young social worker. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2:30 & 7 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne. $10 9124724790. info@tybeeposttheater.org.

This three-day festival will feature merry music, handcrafted art, live performances and holiday cheer, with the Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 7. Dec. 5-7 Rousakis Plaza, River St. riverstreetsavannah.com

First Friday for Folk Music

Theatre: The Boys Next Door

Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society. December’s performance is Claudia Nygaard. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. $5 donation 912-401-1900. savannahfolk.org

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24th Annual Richmond Hill Christmas Parade

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Gaelynn Lea

Ships of the Sea hosts the First Annual Benefit Concert featuring singer-songwriter and advocate, Gaelynn Lea. 7 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. $10 912-232-1511. stephanie@shipsofthesea. org.

Odd Lot Improv: Friday Funnies

An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” 8 p.m. The Loft on Liberty, 215 W. Liberty St. $10 oddlotimprov@gmail.com. oddlot.lol

Savannah Philharmonic: Holiday Spectacular

In the first half of our program, the Phil and the Savannah Children’s Choir tell The Gift of the Magi. Then, get funky with a Motown holiday tribute and other fun favorites. Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W Oglethorpe $25-$73 info@savannahphilharmonic.org

Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

f Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, this play follows 15-year-old Christopher after the death of his neighbor’s dog.

When Zip Zap Media opens their doors on December 6, Savannah will have its first community podcasting studio. 6:30 p.m. Zip Zap Media, 1700 Abercorn St.

SATURDAY 12. 7 A holiday tradition continues in Richmond Hill. Check the Facebook page for more updates. 10 a.m. Richmond Hill, 9701 ford Ave.

The ABCs of Disability

Ships of the Sea hosts a forum with Gaelynn Lea, singer-songwriter and activist for disability rights and accessibility in the arts. 10 a.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Free 912-232-1511. stephanie@shipsofthesea. org.

Art on River Street

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

Dance: Nutcracker

Join Savannah Ballet Theatre’s world renowned professional dancers for a one of a kind performance. Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $30

Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run

Experience what runners call the South’s toughest run. 9 a.m. SAV Convention Center, 1 International Dr. savannahbridgerun.com/ CONTINUES ON P. 6

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Forsyth Farmers Market

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

Front Porch Improv: Fun House

Front Porch Improv is a never-seen-before improvised comedy show. 8:30 p.m. La Scala Ristorante, 119 E 37th St. $10, $5 with student ID frontporchimprov.com

Islands Farmers’ Market

Offers local food vendors with fresh & local produce, meats, baked goods, seasonings, and so much more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Islands Farmers’ Market, 401 Quarterman Dr. Free islandsfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Winter Bourbon Bash

Celebrate the release of Ghost Coast’s fourth two-year Straight Bourbon Whiskey with all-day live music, Chazito’s Latin Cuisine, and specialty bourbon cocktails. 12-8 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St.

SUNDAY 12. 8 “I Have Marks to Make” Opening Celebration and Reception

Telfair presents an opening program featuring stories from I Have Marks to Make’s 25-year history. 2 p.m. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Free and open to the public. 912.790.8800. info@telfair.org.

Film: Slacking Towards Bethlehem: J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius

The PFS presents the Southern Premiere of a stranger-than-strange new documenA holiday block party celebrating one of tary. Proceeds benefit local homeless the favorite songs of all times, Jingle Bells charities. which was penned here in Savannah. 8 p.m. 2 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Ellis Square, Barnard Street and St. Julian $10 Street.

Jingle Bell Block Hop

Naughty Elf Pub Crawl

The Naughty Elf Pub Crawl serves as the last “off day” for Santa’s elves to enjoy themselves. 3 p.m. El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St. $20

Savannah for Morons: The Trolley Tour

This comedy show on wheels will roast nearly 300 years of Savannah in a 90minute ride. 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Visitor’s Information Center, 301 MLK Jr. Blvd. $33 savannahformorons.com

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Guests can build a holiday wonderland with Snapology, enjoy caroling by Savannah Stage Company, and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road. $15 for all guests 18 months and up

Silver Bells and Diamonds

The Diamonds’ newly revamped holiday show. 7 p.m. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. 912-754-1118

Hospice Savannah’s Tree of Light

Hospice Savannah’s annual Tree of Light, now in its 28th year, is a special time of hope, healing and remembrance. 5:15 p.m. The Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Drive.

Lecture: Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray is a writer, activist, and naturalist who has authored five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. 4 p.m. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 East Charlton Street. Free and open to the public

Tybee Lighted Boat Parade

The event begins with a hot dog and chili bar. The boats depart the Crab Shack docks at approximately 5:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. The Crab Shack, 40 Estill Hammock Rd.

MONDAY 12. 9 Savannah Christmas Concert

This is a benefit concert of love for Savannah single moms hosted by Tapestry Church, The Savannah Theatre and Shelter From the Rain, Inc. 7 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. $12


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OUR PRINT DEADLINE is Monday evening, which means I write this not knowing the results of this week’s runoff elections. Either way, however, we can say with 100 percent accuracy that the DeLoach era of Savannah governance is over, even if he somehow manages to prevail over Van Johnson in the runoff. The general election results assure this, as not a single one of DeLoach’s majority slate will be seated on the next Council regardless of the mayoral results. The new Council, no matter who the new Mayor is, represents the polar opposite of the outgoing one, in many ways. Politically they are diametrically opposed, representing a more aggressively progressive platform than we have seen, including the administration of former Mayor Otis Johnson. In terms of identity and shared experience, they are also very different — a majority white male Council will be replaced by Savannah’s first-ever majority black female Council. This development mirrors what is going on throughout the country, as a younger generation of progressives and people of color — especially women — are registered to vote in much greater numbers than ever before. Energized by opposition to Trump, certainly, but that’s only part of the story. We have already seen this progressive sea change begin to happen on Chatham

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County Commission; expect to see more of it in next year’s County elections, and beyond. One underreported story which will be intriguing to watch is the fact that this election also represents a major changing of the guard within the local African American community itself, as the older generation of black leadership, still closely identified with the pivotal battles of the Civil Rights Movement, gives way to a younger generation of black leadership more in tune with more recent battles. A classic example is Savannah’s District 2. Five years ago it was represented by Mary Osborne, part of that older generation of black elected officials steeped in the movements and trends of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Osborne’s defeat in 2015 by Bill Durrence had even some of her supporters acknowledging that her time had passed. Now, after Durrence’s single term, District 2 will now be represented by Detric Leggett, an African-American man in his forties with energy to match, who could be a player in local politics for the next two decades if he wants to. Indeed, every one of the newly elected faces on Council — Alicia Blakely (top votegetter in the entire election), Kesha Gibson-Carter, Linda Wilder-Bryan, Bernetta Lanier, Nick Palumbo — is quite young by Savannah political standards. Should Kurtis Purtee, still in his thirties, prevail against Tony Thomas in the Sixth, that would be another fresh face. To me, this is another major development of this election, every bit on par with politics and race and gender: The face of Savannah politics is now much, much younger than in years past.

Van Johnson, who on this Monday before the election seems almost certain to win the Mayor’s seat, is about the same age as Barack Obama was when first elected. Contrast this with the national presidential scene, where the current President and every leading challenger is in their 70s! You can say that this is collectively Savannah’s “OK Boomer” moment. (For the meme-challenged among you: Just Google it.) Yes, the nation will probably end up with a geriatric president either way in 2020. But you won’t be able to level a similar criticism of Savannah’s political scene. All that said, one lesson I’ve learned over the years is you can never really tell what someone will do in office or how they will act until they actually get there. There are a couple of examples of outgoing City Council members who seemed to behave the exact opposite of the way they campaigned once they gained the seat. The truth is there’s no predicting politics. Four years ago, the big issue was crime, which has barely popped up as a campaign issue in the meantime. Despite the fact that the number-one thing the DeLoach slate campaigned on — reducing crime — saw great gains, including cutting the murder rate in better than half, that success appears to have had little to no impact on the election results this year. Which is the subject of another column, another time. We are entering uncharted new territory here, on a number of levels. This new type of youthful energy will be sorely tested — and greatly needed — to face the many challenges ahead. CS

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Unite behind the science on climate change

Editor, Rather than debating climate change and the urgency of actions needed to address it, we should rigorously adhere to the maxim “Unite behind the science.” Consider the benefits of rational, scientific use of information achieved during the 200 years it’s been deployed. Without science, the human prospect would be harshly constrained by food shortages, disease, and widespread poverty. Enhancing the well-being of billions worldwide would have been impossible.

Today, advanced applications of science enable us to understand vital functions and limitations of systemic, life-sustaining ecosystems. We must intelligently pursue reforms essential to humanity’s long-term interests. Writers of opinion columns and letters often cast unfounded doubts on the climate crisis, contradicting analysis and predictions made by 97% of the world’s highlyqualified climate scientists. Such skepticism about the call for climate action resorts to false equivalencies with past problems, including extensive drought during the Depression.

It’s dangerously wrongheaded to urge neglect of the climate crisis simply because certain predictions of geophysical trends in the past were erroneous. For instance, flawed forecasts of the 1930’s, primarily made by ill-informed observers, couldn’t benefit from the modern use of computer-enhanced analysis of vast quantities of data. Disregarding future threats based on “gut-level” rationale is pure folly, especially when the implications are so dire. The longer the delay in taking action, the worse the consequences in the decades ahead – including famine,

mass migrations, trillions in property losses, and alarming decline in human health. To view the climate crisis with appropriate precaution, ponder the overly confident predictions of America’s continuing immunity to foreign threats because no such incidents had previously occurred – until the tragic events of September 11, 2001. With the vast scientific evidence of climate disruption at our disposal, ignoring dangerous ongoing trends will bring massive self-inflicted misery. David Kyler, Co-Director & Co-Founder, Center for a Sustainable Coast


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A whale of a week BY RACHAEL FLORA

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ONE OF the most special things about living on the Georgia coast is our occasional neighbor, the North Atlantic right whale. The whales come to our coast every winter to calve, which has earned them the designation of Georgia’s official state marine mammal. They are also incredibly endangered, with around 400 whales left in existence thanks to dangerous practices like offshore drilling and commercial hunting. In an effort to spread the word about these extraordinary animals, as well as encourage their conservation, organizers host Whale Week, an engaging and informative series of programming. Paulita Bennett-Martin, an organizer of Whale Week, is passionate about conservation and activism regarding our oceans and our North Atlantic right whales. We spoke with her last week. This is the second year of Whale Week. What’s new this year?

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We’re working with a pretty cool array of partners. The major groups that have partnered in Whale Week include Loop It Up Savannah and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, and this year we also had an arts firm called W Projects who partnered with us. These groups are the businesses and organizations that really took the lead on specific programming for Whale Week, which includes classroom educational outreach visits. We do some family nights at different schools across Savannah, and we also hosted the Whales and Whiskey launch party at Ghost Coast Distillery. We’ll also be doing a little market pop-up at First Friday [at Sulfur Studios]. The goal with Whale Week is really to get people out and engaged with the history of the North Atlantic right whale, make them aware of the threats the whales face, but also provide them with the right information about ways they can take action in whatever form they want to, whether that’s going and speaking with representatives or to do more protection for the whales. Some people are inspired to create art to tell the story of the North Atlantic right whale. The idea is just to increase the awareness. The North Atlantic right whale is obvi10 ously very important to Georgia. It’s our

Above: Painting by Alchemy and the Sea, available at Abode Studios. Right: Students with Loop It Up work to create a public art piece for the billboard campign with W Projects. PHOTOS COURTESY OF WHALE WEEK.

state marine mammal. A large number of them come here to have their calves every year. I think the North Atlantic right whale is an example of our relationship as coastal Georgians to the ocean. In a large way, this feeds into stewardship of our oceans and our relationship to the ocean. What was really cool was last night, talking with a student who was asking about the whales and then realized he was born here and the whales were born here. It was a really interesting moment where he was like, “That’s so cool! Who did they go with?” I said, “Well, you know, they stay with their mother for a considerable amount of time to get nutrients, to be fed. So that’s probably the closest bond the right whale has in the ocean.” And this little kid said, “It’s just like us.” That right there was a moment. We are no different; our lives are so similar in so many ways. For us in coastal Georgia, I feel like the right whale is just a very unique story. We’ve been involved in the conservation of this whale for decades. Now that there’s been more issues, between 2017 and 2019 we’ve lost 28 North Atlantic right

whales. So [Whale Week] is important, this message is incredibly timely to what’s actually happening with the species in the ocean now.

imagine it’s frustrating for you to keep having to convince people of something that feels so obvious. How do you do that?

I have to wonder how you keep doing this work. Like, the conservation efforts have been so far-reaching that even children understand how important the North Atlantic right whale is, yet that’s not translating to any policies in terms of offshore drilling or other protection efforts. I have to

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things we love, that kind of protection comes in many forms. That’s why I always try to connect people with many layers of the story. With Whale Week, you can connect with the whales through the arts or through conversations and panels and expert discussions. Or whiskey. Or whiskey! But when you tap into the thing you’re most likely to do, you’re possibly going to be more motivated to do something to protect the thing you love. There are certain things I don’t enjoy doing, and there are certain things I love doing. So if I can do that in order to protect the things I love, then I will. I think that with creating or enabling ocean stewardship through building more awareness, it’s not just because we’re protecting the ocean, it’s also because the ocean is providing to us. So many people have many, many memories on the sea that are not necessarily quantifiable in what they give you, but they provide so much healing. And they’re also a gigantic realm of curiosity, which inspires creativity, inspires sciences, inspires our ability to create knowledge in the future. It’s just very profound. And the same way I think a lot of people identify with the bald eagle because it’s strongly a symbol of freedom, the whale is Georgia’s symbol. How we dissect that is for each person to do, but it definitely is special to us. And what does it say about it just within this one species? How we move forward in protecting the North Atlantic right whale speaks volumes about us as a community, within the state of Georgia and within our coastal areas. You spoke on the power of people using their strengths to help, but tell me how people can get involved. I’d say seeking out and leading ocean conservation, both these national groups like Oceana and state leaders like the Georgia Conservancy, and looking at what they’re working on around whale conservation. They’ve often got petitions or different asks of the public to take action, so that’s a really important first step: identifying the people working specifically on North Atlantic right whale or large whale conservation. These organizations will often have tools already prepared for citizens to take action, or at least templates, which makes it super easy. The other thing I think that anybody can do is communicate with any of your elected officials, whether it’s at the local scale or the national scale, and communicate how important this whale is to them. Because it may not be tied directly to a specific policy at that moment in time, but it’s about making sure they’re aware that

Limited edition Whale Whiskey and tees available until December 6 at Ghost Coast Distillery. PHOTO COURTESY OF WHALE WEEK.

people care about this species so when the opportunity arises, they do what they can to protect them. There is a bill now in Congress and we’re looking for our Georgia representatives and certainly Senator Purdue to support it, but it’s called Save the Right Whale Act. What does it mean to you to have so much support for the whales? It’s inspiring to see local businesses, statewide NGOs and a national/international NGO support Savannah’s own whale initiatives. I know that’s dorky; a lot of people are like, “So what?” We’re doing this and we’re hoping it continues to grow. Whale Week is a very local effort between these partner groups and I am just one of the people helping to organize it, but at the same time it’s giving that boost from these organizations that are out there doing a lot of work at that federal and statewide level. It allows us to get attention and support from them. I was really impressed this year to see so many people step up and say, “We’re going to help out.” People should learn about the whales. It’s not an insignificant issue. What’s the significance of the date of Whale Week? Well, we have a whale coming to town [laughs]. No, the calving season begins in December. Sometimes they’ll show up a little earlier, like last year we were lucky to see them as early as Thanksgiving weekend. We basically look for available dates in December and we didn’t want it to get pushed back too far to the holidays, so we wanted it to be timed with calving season. Calving season doesn’t change, we have to do it in December, so that’s how it came to be. CS Whale Week takes place Dec. 4-8. For a full schedule, visit whaleweek.org.


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At home for the holidays with CASA foster care, but also that they reach permanency quickly,” explains Blair. “We’re rachael@connectsavannah.com trying to push them quickly through the system so they don’t linger in the system. “CASA EXISTS because the system is More than 50 percent will go home to their broken,” asserts Kate Blair. “We’re trying families; reunification happens most often. to work ourselves out of a job.” I think people often think about children Blair is the executive director of Savan- in foster care that they all just need to be nah-Chatham CASA, or Court-Appointed adopted, but there are a lot of kids who just Special Advocates, which works within need to go home with their families.” the county’s juvenile court and foster care CASA’s volunteers go through nearly 50 systems to serve our community’s most hours of training to learn the ins and outs vulnerable children. of the justice system, the signs of trauma, Currently, there are around 400 chiland how to care for a child who has been dren in the foster care system. CASA’s traumatized. Each child’s case is unique team of volunteers serves 54 percent of and sensitive because of the lived trauma those children and aims to reach 100% by they experience. 2021. “We forget that even though they’re in a “Every child in foster care has an attor- pretty bad situation where they’re experiney assigned to them, and they also have encing abuse and neglect, that’s still their a caseworker from DFCS,” explains Blair, family,” says Blair. “It’s all most of them “but often those two individuals have 20 to have ever known.” 40 cases, so it’s easy for a child to not feel As such, the holidays can be a tough time heard and for things to get missed because, for foster kids. CASA seeks to help their through no fault of either of those profeskids this time of year with a Holiday Gift sionals, there’s just too much. The system Drive, which is open through Dec. 10. doesn’t operate efficiently.” Participants in the gift drive are So, CASA volunteers are granted guard- assigned a child in CASA’s system and ian ad litem of a child in the foster care sys- given their wish list for the holidays. By tem, which enables them to make requests buying the gifts on the list, the particifor and advocate on behalf of the child. pants help ensure that the child gets to But, Blair explains, the most important experience a holiday just like everyone job is to provide the judge with another else. perspective. “It’s not that we think these kids deserve Chatham County’s judges are supportor need to be spoiled, but that they just ive of CASA and rely on the volunteers’ need to have a Christmas, just like every testimony to make big decisions about the other kid gets a Christmas,” says Blair. “It’s child’s guardianship. bringing that normalcy to what’s other“Our goal is to make sure the children wise an incredibly abnormal time in their are safe and cared for where they are in CONTINUES ON P. 14

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life.” That sense of stability is at the heart of CASA’s entire mission. Volunteers stay with their child through their entire case in an effort to be a constant in their life, which has lots of different adults passing through. “These are children who have experienced abuse and neglect and don’t have a constant adult who can care for them,” says Blair, “so we as a community have to step in and be that when the parents aren’t able to be. In addition to supporting the children, CASA also supports the parents. “It’s easy to make it seem like there are all these awful human beings that are parents,” explains Blair, “but what we see most often is that this is trauma that’s been passed down.” Abuse tends to perpetuate itself. In CASA’s Family Treatment Court, which is an intensive court experience designed for parents with substance use issues, it’s estimated that 90 percent of the mothers have experienced sexual abuse in the past. “They’re just treating their own trauma that’s gone untreated with substance use,” says Blair. “We as a community don’t do enough around mental health resources to address those kinds of issues, and if it goes untreated you find other ways to treat it, because you’ve got to be able to survive. And then, unfortunately, children are caught in that crossfire.” The Family Treatment Court is eighteen weeks long and involves weekly reports to court and drug testing, parenting classes, and mental health treatment. By the completion of the program, the parents are ready to potentially regain custody of their children. Still, even with CASA’s efforts, there are systemic challenges that compound the situations of families. Poverty is the main offender.

“Poverty isn’t the cause of children coming into care—it’s abuse or neglect— but the stresses of poverty contribute to that,” says Blair. “When a child is in care, we have families that could be reunited if poverty was just addressed. Like, Mom doesn’t have stable housing because she can’t afford stable housing because $9 an hour doesn’t make it so you can have stable housing for a family of four.” Savannah certainly struggles with subsidized housing, as Blair has seen firsthand in two of CASA’s young employees in the Individual Living Program. Aging out of foster care, they live in subsidized housing in Georgetown, which is on the Southside. They take the bus to work, but one bus ride takes 90 minutes, whereas a car ride takes under half an hour. “We’re pushing all our subsidized housing out of downtown because we don’t want to see that,” says Blair, “so we’re making transportation less effective. It’s just those things that we don’t understand that make it really difficult.” CASA is one of the organizations trying to help people understand the structures that work for and against us. In October, Blair helped write Deep’s first policy brief that has begun to create a ripple of sorts in the community. “After this policy brief had been released, we’re talking about it in the nonprofit community,” she says. “We’re like, ‘What about our organizations?’ It’s about time that nonprofits are thinking about what kind of policies they’re going to advocate for. We have 100 volunteers, and those are people from all walks of life who are seeing firsthand how the system is broken. How do I now guide them to think about how we can fix the system?” CS CASA is always looking for volunteers, taking donations, and encouraging anyone interested in fostering to do so. For more information on CASA, visit savannahcasa.org.


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businesses, as compared to 3 percent for Manhattan overall. Another finding of that study also deserves our attention here in Savannah: The economic benefits of Complete Streets to local economies flowed “just as much to lower-income neighborhoods with ‘mom and pop’ retail as to glitzier areas with skyhigh rents.” A companion area of research is examining an argument often used to scuttle one type of Complete Streets improvement. As the authors of the latest study [https:// www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2019.1638816?fbclid=IwAR3F SFmkyUbWuzu3ueSp6kjaYdYkbBfbs3o 81oKoE8xfw3FcBU83Y3UOj-I&] explain, “Bike lane projects on retail streets have proved contentious among merchant associations in North America, especially when they reduce on-street parking. A limited but growing number of studies, however, detect neutral to positive consequences for merchants following bike lane implementation.” Economic benefits aside, there’s an more even compelling reason to invest in Complete Streets projects: They make streets safer for everyone, including drivers. “Free” parking can’t do this. In fact, the areas of Savannah with abundant “free” parking are also the most dangerous places to walk. Knowing this, should we really be using the lure of “free” parking to encourage more people to drive into the most pedestrian-friendly part of the city, thereby making it less safe for everyone? CS

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WHAT WAS your favorite memory of Small Business Saturday? Mine didn’t occur until the following Monday, when I marched up to the front counter at the City of Savannah Mobility and Parking Services office, showed photos of my bicycle locked up in front of various local business, and presented the receipts for my purchases. The man behind me in line offered a photo of himself boarding a Chatham Area Transit bus, his arms full of shopping bags from local merchants. Each of us was given a crisp $10 bill. As you might imagine, it was an unusually jovial day at 100 East Bryan St. None of this happened, of course. At least not for the people who biked or took the bus downtown to spend money at local businesses. Instead, the City of Savannah offered financial incentives designed to encourage people to drive their cars into the Landmark Historic District during a busy holiday weekend. And they were not required to patronize local businesses. Whether they bought a hamburger at McDonough’s or McDonald’s, they qualified for the same deal. Truly, they didn’t even have to spend a dime. You see, had I driven instead of riding my bike, the city would have rewarded me with complimentary parking. That’s a $5-10 value depending on which parking garage I used. You’d be correct in pointing out that because I rode my bike I was not charged for parking, either. In response I’d ask you to consider the mountains of money the City has spent on storage facilities for private automobiles over the years. Call me when City Council votes to spend $10 million on bike racks. That was the value of the construction contract alone for the Liberty Street Parking Garage way back in 2005 and does not include the value of the land, nor ongoing expenses for maintenance and staffing since then. There is really no such thing as “free” parking. When we are not charged a fee to park, the money still has to come from somewhere (or someone) else. Although it invites people to use the least efficient and most highly subsidized mode of transportation, I guess I understand why the City continues its Holiday Parking program. Cities all over the United States provide

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Georgia Southern opens learning center in Ireland WHEN A team of Georgia Southern University leaders traveled to Ireland last month to officially open its learning center in Wexford, the ceremonial event proved to be so significant it attracted the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland and led to a meeting with Ireland’s president – the first official meeting between a Georgia Southern president and a foreign head of state. The attention underscored the fact that Georgia Southern University is the first public university in the United States to open an outreach learning facility in Ireland. “Visiting with Irish President Michael D. Higgins, opening our new center and meeting with a number of important Irish partners made for a moving, once-ina-lifetime visit,” said Georgia Southern University President Kyle Marrero. “The excitement from Irish leaders in Wexford was overwhelming – we heard repeatedly that having our delegation visit in person sent an important message about our commitment to this learning center and our intent to expand the scope of our new partnership.” The new Irish learning center is a logical outgrowth of a long-time partnership between Wexford and Savannah, and Georgia Southern’s Center for Irish Research and Teaching. A large percentage of Savannah’s population claims Irish ancestry, specifically tracing their roots to Wexford. The Allen company of Wexford town and the Graves and Howlett companies of New Ross (ports in County Wexford) operated direct services to Savannah in the mid-19th century. That connection brought many emigrants

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across the Atlantic on vessels like the Dunbrody. To this day, family names associated with Wexford abound in Savannah. Georgia Southern students and researchers have been studying those immigrants, their descendants and the larger historical connections between the two countries. That history — and years of collaboration between Savannah and Wexford leaders and academicians — led to Georgia Southern University-Wexford, a global hub for learning housed in a historic building constructed in 1812. The space now features state-of-the-art classrooms and student apartments. “This is going to work for everybody, and in my view, it may become a template for other universities in the US to build a footprint and create an international hub in Ireland based on partnership, on trust, on friendship, and on research and

education,” said Simon Coveney, TD, deputy prime minister of Ireland and minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. “We have a strategic plan for our system, and it’s based on two core principles: student success and economic development,” said Don Waters, Savannah resident and chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. “I can think of no better example of an opportunity to create student success and economic development than the Wexford learning center of Georgia Southern University.” “This constitutes the university’s most important study-abroad initiative since its founding over 100 years ago. Our ambition is to develop this center in Wexford Town as Georgia Southern University’s primary educational venue for Europe. While the principal user will be Georgia Southern’s 26,000 students, we anticipate and welcome use by our sibling institutions in

the University System of Georgia, which serves some 330,000 students,” said Howard Keeley, Director of Georgia Southern’s Center for Irish Research and Teaching. “In addition to classroom instruction and field experiences, the intention is to provide networking opportunities for Wexford Town-based Georgia Southern students and faculty,” Keeley said. Among the offerings during the initial phase of Georgia Southern UniversityWexford will be humanities and international-studies courses, presented under the auspices of Georgia Southern University’s Honors Program. Occurring over four weeks in May and June 2020, the courses will center on the unique emigration story that links the county of Wexford and the city of Savannah. “During the early summer of 2020, these courses will provide undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct primary-source research at the Wexford County Archive and elsewhere in the region; to present their findings to public audiences; and to gain knowledge about diaspora identity, a matter that’s more important today than ever,” Keeley said. Welcoming the university to Wexford, Michael Sheehan, Chairman, Wexford County Council said, “We are extremely proud to form a part of the significant investment transforming this heritage building into a 21st-century university facility for international students. We look forward to offering all of the students a warm Wexford welcome this Spring.” CS

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The Savannah Police’s Southside Precinct is seeking to identify two subjects in a larceny case. “The unknown man and woman came into Great Clips at 5500 Abercorn Street around 8 a.m. Nov. 14. Soon after the man went to the restroom, one of the employees at the business realized that her wallet was missing from her purse. The victim’s debit and credit cards were immediately used at several locations in the vicinity,” police report. The couple is possibly involved in similar crimes in surrounding jurisdictions. Anyone with information on either subject is asked to contact the Southside Precinct at (912) 351-3403. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run on Bay Street

Savannah Police’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a Nov. 29 hit and run crash that resulted in serious injuries to a pedestrian on Bay Street. “Around 10:20 p.m. officers responded to a crash on Bay Street at Barnard Street that resulted in injuries to 46-year-old Ismal Acevedo, of Suspects in the Great Clips case Savannah. According to a preliminary investigation, Acevedo was attempted to cross all lanes of Bay Anyone with information on the crash Street and was not in a crosswalk when should contact the Traffic Investigation he was struck by a westbound white in Unit at (912) 525-2421 or CrimeStoppers color Dodge Charger. Following the crash, at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonythe Charger fled the scene and crashed at mous and may qualify for a cash reward. Oglethorpe and Fahm streets. The driver has not been identified at this time,” police Police seek Queen Ann Court Entering Auto suspect report. Savannah Police Southside Precinct Acevedo was transported to Memorial detectives are requesting the community’s Medical Center for treatment. The crash assistance identifying a suspect in a Nov. 7 remains under investigation.

entering auto. “At around 7:15 a.m., a male suspect entered a vehicle on the 10900 block of Queen Ann Court and searched through it before exiting the vehicle and leaving the scene,” police report. “The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s. He is suspected to be about 6-feet tall and has a thin build. During the incident, he wore red pajama pants and a black jacket with a white stripe on both sleeves.” Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at (912) 351-3403. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. 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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If you’re passing through the seaside city of Fukuoka, Japan, here’s a tip for a cheap hotel: A night in room No. 8 at the Asahi Ryokan will cost you just $1. And your privacy. In return for the low rate, your entire stay in your room will be livestreamed on YouTube. Hotel manager Tetsuya Inoue told CNN on Nov. 20 that while the world can watch the room’s guests, there is no audio, so conversations and phone calls can remain private. Also, the bathroom is out of camera range. And, of course, guests can turn out the lights. “Our hotel is on the cheaper side,” Inoue said, “so we need some added value, something special that everyone will talk about.” [CNN, 11/20/2019]

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When Martin Skelly, 41, was arrested on Nov. 16 in a Clearwater, Florida, McDonald’s for possession of methamphetamines, he told officers he did not have any other contraband. But during his intake at the Pinellas County Jail, a deputy found a “small bag of crystal powder substance wedged deep within (his) belly button cavity,” Fox News reported, which later tested positive for meth. Skelly, who is 5-foot-9 and weighs 380 pounds, received two additional charges for introducing contraband into a correctional facility and narcotics possession. [Fox News, 11/20/2019]

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mid-November after doctors told him that the petroleum jelly he had been injecting into his biceps to increase their size might result in the amputation of his arms. Surgeon Dmitry Melnikov told Metro News: “The problem is that this is petroleum jelly. (Tereshin) injected this so thoroughly that it spread in the muscle and killed it.” In this first of four surgeries, doctors removed 3 pounds of dead muscle and 3 liters of jelly that had formed into a solid lump. The injections were causing Tereshin high fevers, pain and weakness. Following the operations, doctors have told Tereshin, he will have arm movement but his arm muscles will be diminished. [Metro News, 11/20/2019]

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Over the past five years, 12 separate bundles of cash, totaling nearly $45,000, have turned up on sidewalks in the quiet, beachside English village of Blackhall Colliery, posing a mystery for local Detective Constable John Forster. “These bundles are always ... discovered by random members of the public who have handed them in,” Forster told 9News, although he did admit he suspects some bundles have not been turned over to police. Officials have no evidence of a crime committed related to the bundles, usually containing about 2,000

pounds apiece. After a period of time, if no one claims them, the folks who discovered the bundles will get to keep them. [9News, 11/19/2019]

life insurance. According to The Daily Star, Old Mutual required confirmation the man had passed away and delayed payment because they were waiting for “additional assessments.” So on Nov. 19, Compelling Explanation the women went to the funeral home, Police and firefighters in Liberty, Ohio, retrieved their uncle’s body and took it to were called to the Liberty Walmart on the the company’s local office. “They said they afternoon of Nov. 16 to find a car on fire in had paid the money into our bank account the parking lot, reported WFMJ. Owner and we wanted to be sure,” Mtshali said, Stephanie Carlson, 40, told them there “so we left the body at their office and was a can of gas in the trunk and she had went to check at the bank.” When they had lighted a candle to get rid of the smell, but their money, they returned the body to the she later admitted she had poured gas on funeral home, and Mr. Mhlongo now rests the seats and started the fire with a lighter in a family burial plot. Old Mutual probecause the car was dirty and there was nounced the incident “most unsettling,” a problem with the front wheel. The car and promised a full investigation, but Muzi belonged to her husband, who said he had Hlengwa, spokesman for the National been looking for her all day, and also told Funeral Practitioners Association of South officers she had allegedly been found huff- Africa, said the matter was far from over: ing mothballs and paint thinner recently. “The rituals that were supposed to be Police took her into custody and found a done to move the body from one place to lighter and mothballs in her purse; she was another were not done. The soul of that charged with arson, inducing panic and man is still left at the Old Mutual, so they criminal damaging. [WFMJ, 11/20/2019] will have to cover the costs of performing these rituals.” [Daily Star, 11/20/2019] CS

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MUSIC FEATURE my brain, I think. I wrote my first song when I was probably 20 years old. On a musical level, who were you listening to in those more formative years? It’s funny you should mention that—I was just watching something on Frank Sinatra. It was his last interview at 82 years old. As a singer, I have different influences than as a writer. As a singer, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland for sure. That American songbook, there’s nothing else like it to sing. It had that lift—you get to the chorus and it’s the big, “ta-da.” As a writer, I probably was heavily influenced by Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and The Eagles. I was a Jimmy Buffett fan. I thought he was very fun. But the two greatest influences on me as a songwriter would be John Prine and Guy Clark. Both are amazing! I discovered Guy Clark in my early teens, I think. That’s when I would’ve discovered him as well. I heard, “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” and I was just slackjawed. I said, “Oh my god, this guy wrote a song about my dad and he didn’t even know him!” [laughs]. Claudia Nygaard returns to the First Friday for Folk Music series on Dec. 6.

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SINGER AND SONGWRITER Claudia Nygaard has been making music her mission for years now, but the last few in particular have been quite fruitful for the Nashville-based artist. She’s won songwriting competitions, toured internationally, and carved a place for herself in the world of prolific and nomadic musical storytellers. Nygaard, it turns out, is no stranger to Savannah—she’s been coming here for years, and has considered it something of a second home. For the last few years, she’s been performing in town as part of the Savannah Folk Music Society’s First Friday for Folk Music series at First Presbyterian Church. She returns to town for another First Friday on Dec. 6, and we chatted with her prior to her performance.

Yeah! I think this is my third time playing the Folk Society show. I used to date a guy who was from Savannah, and at the time his mother was still alive so I used to come down quite often. It’s kind of become a second home town [laughs]. As musicians, you’ll hear, “Oh yeah, it’s one of my hometowns” a lot. Oh, definitely! I’ve been in Nashville for decades, but I’m from California and lived in L.A., and I used to live on Cape Cod. When you’ve lived somewhere, or when you’re young and you play the off season in Colorado or Florida for four or five months, you end up having roots there. You learn how to drive around [laughs]. How did you get into writing songs and pursuing this life?

When I was a little girl, mama said I used to write her letters even though we lived in the same house [laughs]. But I think where it really comes from is that my father was an alcoholic, and I don’t think it was real safe for me to say how I felt about things. I went to Al-Anon meetings years later, for adult children of alcoholics. One of the mottos of adult children of alcoholics is, “Don’t talk, don’t trust, don’t feel.” You didn’t raise a ruckus or rock the boat, because you never knew what the reaction was going to be. So I think, for me, it was safer to put my thoughts on paper rather than say it out loud. When I got into high school, I was like a C student up until senior year. I had this teacher, and the first day back from summer vacation he asked us to write a composition about whether or not we believed in freedom of will or fate. And the next night it was, what was our definition of happiness? I was like, “What happened to, ‘What I did on my summer vacation?’” [laughs]. It made me think. He kind of jump-started

In your bio you noted having a run-in with John, and you were talking about your respective careers. You remarked jokingly that you were playing much smaller venues than him, and he responded by saying you were still successful because you were playing music for a living. I thought that perspective was amazing and important. I was in Wisconsin last week, and there was a guy telling me about someone who’d been on The Voice, and he stayed on for a while. He didn’t win, but he thought he was going to, and after he got off and didn’t win he just collapsed, basically. He was very morose and very depressed, and wouldn’t leave his house. I thought, “Man, if that’s all you’ve got then you might as well hang it up now. Because it’s not going to get any easier!” You have to feed your soul far more than the pocket. It’s not about fame, and it never was. This interview with Sinatra, he was talking at 82 about trying to get better [laughs]. For me, it’s not that I’m worried about people not liking me. I could rest on my laurels and not anymore songs, but for me it’s the challenge. What can I do today that I couldn’t do yesterday. CS

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Violinist, singer, and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been playing music since she was a child, but it was relatively recently that she started writing songs. Her natural ability for songwriting paid off, garnering her critical acclaim as an artist and even landing her a notable appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert video series. Lea initially planned to become a lawyer and disability rights advocate, but her passion for music took over quickly and her path was diverted. Lea, who has osteogenesis imperfecta—a genetic condition that affects bone and limb development—still advocates and speaks publicly about disability rights in conjunction with music tours. She’ll be doing just that when she arrives in Savannah on Fri., Dec. 6 for a show that evening at Ships of the Sea Museum, followed by a public forum and discussion on disability awareness and pride the following morning. Ahead of her performance, we chatted about her work and much more. How old were you when you started playing music? Do you remember what it was about music that drew you to that form of expression? I started when I was pretty young in a public school orchestra—I was 10 years old. Early on it was just something I did that was fun and challenging and creative with my friends. When I started performing, which was a lot later in, like, 2006, that became more about expression in a more personal way. I started writing songs in 2012, and that’s when it made it even more intense. Around the time I started writing, I was also going through some anxiety issues, so it was something that I could connect with even when things were tougher. Your NPR performance blew me away. It also inspired me as fellow musician with a disability, who’s always felt there was a lack of representation in the industry. It’s cool to hear that you noticed the representation thing, because it wasn’t until I

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started touring that I noticed that I’d never seen anyone perform with a disability when I was a kid. You’re like, “Oh, I didn’t even know I was missing that.” Now kids and adults with disabilities come to my shows. It matters to me when I see other disabled artists perform, but it’s something you don’t always realize wasn’t a part of our cultural experience. Exactly! The only musician with a disability that I really had as an example when I was young was Vic Chesnutt. Yeah! He’s someone I wasn’t familiar with until more recently. Who are some of your more prominent influences as a songwriter? Musically, some influences are artists like Simon & Garfunkel. I was really impacted by the lyrics of their music, and they used strings frequently as well. And in college I got into bands like The Decemberists, Wilco, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Especially with The Decemberists and Wilco, what attracted me was the idea of challenging what a folk song was.

Low—we had a project together that was pretty active in 2012 called The Murder of Crows. He introduced me to the looping pedal. One day he gave me my own pedal and said, “You should learn how to use this, and one day you’ll perform by yourself.” He was right [laughs]. It really expanded what I could do. He was hugely influential. What’s in the pipeline for you? Are you always working on new projects? I released a single in September called “The Long Way Around,” and there’s a music video for it. I’ve been on the road for three years basically, so I’ve been making albums really in between tours. One of the albums I mixed in the car, so it’s been pretty on-the-go. I want to write new music, but I really want to write a book because the last few years of my life especially have been pretty intense [laughs]. I’ve been doing a lot of speaking on disability rights and pride, and I think it’d be really cool to do a book that combines doing music and touring and the idea of disability as diversity. That’s where I want to see our dialogue start going, because the more I meet activists the more I think that if we include disability pride as part of diversity, we can celebrate it a lot more. CS

I love those bands too. Wilco in particular takes a lot of artistic license with GAELYNN LEA @SHIPS OF THE SEA what would normally be considered folk and roots music and they get really MUSEUM Concert: Fri., Dec. 6, 7 P.M., $10 adv. / $15 at weird. the door Discussion: Sat., Dec. 7, 10 A.M., FREE Which I love! As far as writing, getting to know Alan Sparhawk from the band 41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd


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OBITUARY @VICTORY NORTH

The legendary Obituary is one of the longest-running death metal bands of all time. They formed in 1984 and released their debut in 1989, and are still going strong to this day. The Tampa-based band comes to Savannah’s newest venue, Victory North, for what’s sure to be a brutally awesome show. They’ll be supported by False Prophet and Extinction AD. FRI., DEC. 6, 7 P.M., $26

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Tallahassee’s The Brown Goose plays a particularly potent brand of alternative rock, and have become known for their energetic live shows. They’re a workhorse band that tours constantly, and their influences are diverse; taking cues from Parliament Funkadelic, Skid Row, Taking Back Sunday, and Blackberry Smoke. Vintage Pistol opens. FRI., DEC. 6, 9 P.M.

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WEDNESDAY 12. 4 LIVE MUSIC

Barrelhouse South Ben Lewis, 9:30 p.m. Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band Bayou Cafe Ray Tomasino, 9 p.m. Boomy’s Blues Night w/ Ben Keiser, 9:30 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Stan Ray, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Frank Emerson, 8 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park George Evans, 7 p.m. Rachael’s : Sports • Food • Fun Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Bill Smith Trio, 6:30 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. Southbound Brewing Company Boogaloo Bingo and DJ Miami, 7 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (River St.) Joey Manning Vice Mojito Bar and Lounge Neon Beats, 10 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jubal Kane, 8 p.m. White Whale Craft Ales Open Mic Music, 7 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Jason Courtenay and Uncle Buck, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Open Jam, 9 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

The Chromatic Dragon Geeky Trivia Night, 8 p.m. Coach’s Corner Trivia Dub’s Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. The Jinx Human Jukebox Trivia, 10 p.m. Service Brewing Company Trivia Night with Daniel, 6:30 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Trivia, 9:30 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Tubby’s Bar Bingo, 7 p.m. World of Beer Trivia, 7 p.m.

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Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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THURSDAY 12. 5 LIVE MUSIC

Bay Street Blues Hitman Blues Band Bayou Cafe Eric Culberson Band, 9 p.m. Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt, 6 p.m. Cohen’s Retreat Munchies and Music, 5 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Whiskey & Wine, 7 p.m. The Jinx NeverNotGoth 4, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Frank Emerson, 8 p.m. The Perch at Local 11 ten Rachael Shaner PS Tavern Live Music Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant

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Get ready to groove with Hilton Head’s Groove Town Assault. They play a hybrid of funk, rock, pop, reggae and hip hop, and they’ve become known as “infamous party rockers” along the way. If you love to dance, get over to Barrelhouse for this one. SAT., DEC. 7, 9:30 P.M. Gypsy Jazz, 7 p.m. River House Matt Eckstine Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Rachael Shaner Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill Open Mic, 9 p.m. Top Deck James Lee Smith, 6:30 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (River St.) Joey Manning Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Jon Lee’s Apparitions, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Matt Hill, 7 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

B & D Burgers Pop Culture Trivia, 7:30 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia, 7 p.m. Pour Larry’s Explicit Trivia, 10 p.m.

KARAOKE

Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. The Jinx Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Rusty Rudders Tap House Karaoke World of Beer Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Wormhole Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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Totally Awesome Bar Totally Open Mic, 8 p.m.

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BAR & CLUB EVENTS

House of Mata Hari Merry Christmas, Baby, 11 p.m. Stafford’s Public House Open Mic, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY 12. 6 LIVE MUSIC

Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt, 6 p.m. Club Elan Dion Timmer, 8 p.m. Congress Street Social Club JD Music Group El-Rocko Lounge Sick Ride, Mr.

Wait, Red/Eye, 9 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe First Friday Music in the Courtyard: Sissy Brown, 7 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Fellowship of Love, 9 p.m. The Jinx Ember City, Dylan Swinson, Brady and the Bazookas, 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Frank Emerson, 8 p.m. Molly McGuire’s The Magic Rocks, 6 p.m. Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music Prohibition Bootleg Beats, 10:30 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. River House Ricky Standard Rusty Rudders Tap House Live Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House David Duckworth, 8 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. Service Brewing Company Bluegrass By The Pint w/ City Hotel, 5:30 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Justin Morris Southbound Brewing Company Knot Done, 6 p.m. Taste of India Don Read, 6:30 p.m. Tijuana Flats Gary Strickland Tubby’s Tank House (River St.) Barry Johnson Vic’s on The River Claire Frazier and Steven Bryan, 7 p.m. Victory North Obituary, With False Prophet, Extinction AD, 9 p.m. The Warehouse Magic Rocks, Rachael Shaner Wild Wing Cafe Individually Twisted, Nickel Bag of Funk

TRIVIA & GAMES

PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m.

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Bay Street Blues Karaoke Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill


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COMEDY

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

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Abe’s on Lincoln DJ Doc Ock House of Mata Hari Merry Christmas, Baby, 11 p.m.

SATURDAY 12. 7 LIVE MUSIC

Acoustic Music, 6 p.m. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Eddie Wilson Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Eric Britt Stafford’s Public House DJ Rudy Lui, 9:30 p.m. Vic’s on The River Claire Frazier and Steven Bryan, 7 p.m. Victory North Caspa, 9 p.m. The Warehouse Eric Culberson, Jason Bible Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry, Hitman Blues Band, Bill Hodgson, Draucker

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Billy’s Place at McDonough’s Nancy Witt, 6 p.m. Boomy’s Liquid Ginger, 10 p.m. Congress Street Social Club DJ Kut Daily Jazz’d Tapas Bar FreeSpirits, 9 p.m. The Jinx Punk Mess Lite w/ Mutant Strain, NAG, Apparition, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Frank Emerson, 8 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub As of Today The Olde Pink House David Duckworth & Alisha Duckworth Pour Larry’s DJ & Live Music Prohibition Bootleg Beats, 10:30 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Jody Jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m. River House Stan Ray Rusty Rudders Tap House Live

Bay Street Blues Karaoke Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

COMEDY

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El-Rocko Lounge Naughty Elf Pub Crawl, 3 p.m. House of Mata Hari Merry Christmas, Baby, 9:30 & 11 p.m.

SUNDAY 12. 8 LIVE MUSIC

Bayou Cafe Don Coyer, 9 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10:30 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Eric Britt, 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music, 8 p.m. The Olde Pink House Eddie Wilson The Perch at Local 11 ten Aaron Zimmer Prohibition Bluegrass Brunch w/ Cory Chambers and Evan Rose, 11 a.m. River House Josephine Johnson The Shrimp Factory Georgia Kyle Tubby’s Tank House (River St.) Jeremy J Riddle, 6 p.m. Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Thomas Claxton Wild Wing Cafe Draucker, Eric Britt

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Boomy’s Karaoke, 10 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Boomy’s DJ Basik Lee, 10 p.m. Exclusives Bar & Grille Open Mic Poetry Night, 7 p.m. Saddle Bags Bar Olympics

MONDAY 12. 9 LIVE MUSIC

Abe’s on Lincoln Open Mic, 10 p.m. Bayou Cafe David Harbuck, 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Live Music, 8 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (River St.) Barry Johnson, Joey Manning Vic’s on The River Jimmy Frushon The Warehouse Ford Natirboff The Wormhole Open Mic, 8 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Club One Bingo with Dawn Dupree, 5:30 p.m. The Flying Fish Trivia Night, 7-9 p.m. The Jinx Music and Movie Trivia,

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The Loft on Liberty Odd Lot Improv: Monday Night Madness, 8 p.m. White Whale Craft Ales White Whale Open Mic Comedy

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CULTURE THEATRE Trey Norris and Rayshawn Roberts

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LaDonna Watts as Siobhan and Trey Norris

Collective Face tackles a strange incident and a powerful story The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens Dec. 6

COLLECTIVE FACE Theatre Ensemble is preparing to take on a truly unique story—The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The show, based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and adapted by Simon Stephens, follows a boy named Christopher who sets out to investigate the death of his neighbor’s dog. Christopher, who is on the Autism spectrum, discovers “life-changing secrets” along the way. Ahead of opening night at the Kennedy Fine Arts Auditorium at Savannah State University on Fri., Dec. 6, we spoke to director and Collective Face founder David Poole about what audiences can expect from the show. What drew you to this play? Well, we were planning on doing another show for this time slot, actually. What ended up happening is that the rights became unavailable, so I was looking at shows that would fit with our season theme of impostering identities. This was a show that was on our bucket list, and it was a show that a lot of people were talking about and still are talking about. It hasn’t been done in the Lowcountry area before, so this has become the Lowcountry premiere of it.

The closest production that I found was in Macon, so when we announced that we were going to do it, I went to the Macon production, which was wonderful, and I was sitting there going, “How can we make this our own?” Most productions right now are doing a very high-tech set, and are doing it as close to the Broadway production as possible. I was really interested in the story, and the way that it’s [written] which is a pure ensemble-based show. That’s right up my alley. It reminds me of other shows we’ve done in the past, so when I came across it I was like, “This is the one.” A lot has been made about Christopher and him being on the spectrum. How do you, as a director and wholly as an ensemble, approach the portrayal of a character like that? Trey Norris, who’s playing Christopher, worked a lot [with me] on what this role is and how Christopher reacts. He actually saw the Macon production, too. We’d done some research Autism, and what it means to be on the spectrum—and because the play is from Christopher’s point of view, it’s Christopher’s world. So it’s a play within a play within a play. It’s a very complicated notion. We’ve approached this whole idea of a play within a play within a play with the idea that these are players performing

Christopher’s play. It’s written in the script that way, but I think we kind of bumped it a little bit more. In our research, I found all of this information about the National Theatre in London’s production. One of the things I found was a documentary from Christopher’s point of view, and they interviewed the director and the prop people and the actors. His narration would be like, “This is the actor that’s playing my psychiatrist.” There are moments where he breaks the fourth wall and says, “No, this isn’t the way it goes.” I’ve investigated this kind of “play within a play” notion ever since my undergraduate studies almost 20 years ago. You’re actors—you’re players who are coming on to the stage, and you have a designated performance space. When you step into the performance space, you’re a character. In this case, it’s the character in Christopher’s mind. So it’s a very complicated notion that the actors have to journey through. It’s a fascinating play, and it’s so well written that no wonder it took Broadway and the West End by storm. And right now, it’s one of the most-produced plays in America.

worked with out of state are doing it. We’re all doing this play at the same time! Hopefully it doesn’t get oversaturated [laughs]. I’m just thrilled that we’re the first ones in the area to do it.

I noticed there were several news stories about it because of how many theaters are doing it currently!

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Is there a moment in the show that you’ve enjoyed directing so far? Oh, there are a few moments! There’s the end of Act I, which we can’t give away [laughs]. The moment between Ed, Christopher’s father, and his son, is just heartbreaking. And Siobhan, who is the psychiatrist and teacher of his, there’s a moment in Act II where she realizes that she’s not his mother—it’s this moment of separation. She realizes that she’s grown to love him like he would be her son, but that ultimately she’s not his mother. It’s heartbreaking. But it’s such a real moment. That moment was so powerful to direct. Madonna, who’s playing the role, had a breakthrough at rehearsal the other night and I was like, “Wow, it’s going to be so good.” These moments are so powerful and so wonderful. It’s a great, wonderful, evening of theater. CS

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FOR Savannah Children’s Theatre, A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a holiday tradition. It’s become a regular production around the holiday season over the last five years, and something that families throughout Savannah look forward to. This year will be no exception, and choreographer Kendra Norwood couldn’t contain her excitement when we caught up with her ahead of opening night on Dec. 6. “I’ve been around the Savannah Children’s Theatre now for about 11 years, and in the past three years that I’ve been doing A Charlie Brown Christmas, it’s evolved,” Norwood tells Connect. “It’s grown so much. It’s become something that I truly look forward to every year. Granted, I’m a Christmas geek. Choreographing it and being the stage manager, and really being there from the time the kids audition until showtime, it’s the best.” Norwood says that for many of the kids

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involved in the production, it’s often the first show they’ve ever done and their first production with the Children’s Theatre. “It’s nice because it’s a show about so much hope,” she says. “Kind of what the holiday season is about. So what a great way to introduce a child to theater.” Charles M. Schulz’s classic Peanuts characters, and the Charlie Brown stories, have continued to thrive and have a life of their own, even years after the beloved cartoonist’s passing. Norwood attributes the Peanuts’ longevity to how relatable the stories and characters are. “We’ve all been the Charlie Brown, right? We want to do good. I think it’s just relatable. In the show, when they do the Charlie Brown dance, the best part about that is to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and to be reminded, ‘Wow. This is super fun,’” she says. “Everybody just wants to be with their friends and dance. How relatable is that?” Norwood’s favorite moment in the show, though there are many, is a heartwarming scene with Linus and Charlie Brown. “Charlie Brown gets really sad about

picking out this little tree. He’s teased about it. They tell him, ‘What an awful tree.’ But Linus shows him shows much compassion and says, ‘Let me tell you what Christmas is all about.’ He tells him that it’s really not about [a tree], it’s about so much more than that. It’s about what makes you happy,” she says. Norwood encourages families and people of all ages to come and see the production, and says that this show is an extension of the passion she has for the work she gets to do. “I just get so wrapped up in what I get to do, because it’s such a wonderful job,” she says. “You know how people say, ‘I’ve been bitten by the bug?’ With A Charlie Brown Christmas, I promise that you’ll be bitten by the bug!” CS

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Savannah Ballet’s Nutcracker aims for accessibility Grant from the City helps introduce accessible versions of classic show

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THE NUTCRACKER is a staple for most any ballet theater, and Savannah Ballet Theatre is no exception. They’ve been doing it for years, and it’s become a tradition for many families in the area around the holidays. This year, however, promises to be different in many ways. The theater announced in a press release last month that they’d received an Investment Grant from the City of Savannah, which has gone towards the funding of a special low-sensory show for attendees on the autism spectrum, a touch tour for attendees who are blind or low-vision, and a full orchestra that will perform live during the production. These new offerings are particularly exciting for SBT’s Education and Advancement Director Abby McCuen, who we caught up with ahead of the opening performance on Sat., Dec. 7 at 2 P.M. at the Lucas Theatre. Tell me about this investment grant. It’s amazing what y’all are doing with the funds!

This is something that we’re very honored to receive. Anytime you get a grant, it’s not just money. It’s a stamp of approval. This is a board of commissioners and alderman who have deemed us worthy of financial compensation, and they’re also promoting us. It’s very much an honor, so we’re very blessed to have the City of Savannah’s investment grant. It’s helping to fund quite a few things. We have the Savannah Ballet Orchestra, which is very exciting. This ballet was meant to perform with live music, so it kind of brings it full circle. It’s also helping us fund additional programming to enhance the show, which is our low-sensory productions for students, as well as the touch tour. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nutcracker. But bringing something new to it just kind of gets me more excited about it! You don’t want it to be stagnant year after year. Offering these low-sensory shows is really exciting, because we get to reach a very much underserved community. So the dancers get an extra performance and we get to reach all of these incredible children. It’s just an all-around incredible situation. Why was it important for you to include this aspect of the production?

The cast of ‘The Nutcracker’ performs Dec. 7-8 at the Lucas Theatre. PHOTO BY ABBY MCCUEN

I’m an arts advocate, and I just truly believe that everybody should have access to the arts—whether it’s race, gender, socioeconomic background. I think everyone should be on the same level. I think people should sponsor a group or have grants available to keep costs down, to make the arts accessible for people. I started looking into this, quite frankly, because folks who teach students with autism or sensory disorders were coming to me and saying, “We have no field trip opportunities. We can’t bring our group to a traditional field trip.” I thought, “Wow, that’s really sad.” This is an opportunity for a great, underserved community to come and enjoy the same exact show that the group before them saw. It’s not watered down. How did the orchestra aspect of this year’s production come into play?

We used to have an orchestra! This is before I worked at SBT, but they hired the Philharmonic, and one of their first gigs here in town was performing The Nutcracker. It just seemed like this was a good time to bring it back. Unfortunately, we couldn’t hire the Philharmonic because they have their Pops concert the same weekend, so we hired our own. We contracted all of the musicians. We have a full orchestra of 29 musicians! It’s going to be really crowded in the pit [laughs]. But there’ll be a lot of beautiful music. CS

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This year’s exhibition included a collaborative factor to the art-making. PHOTOS COURTESY

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ONE OF Savannah’s longest-running artistic traditions marks its 25th anniversary this Sunday. “I Have Marks to Make” began in 1994 as a partnership between the Telfair and the City of Savannah’s Therapeutics program. “It started off very small,” remembers Harry DeLorme, Telfair’s Senior Curator of Education. “We weren’t doing a lot of outreach at the time; we did youth outreach mostly and we slowly began to grow from there.” Telfair next partnered with a program for head injury survivors and have expanded in the years since. Now, the work in “I Have Marks to Make” include work from partner organizations like Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, Inc. and EmployAbility. DeLorme explains that Telfair does different outreach through the year: older adults get the program in winter and spring, youth groups happen in the summer, and health and social services organizations are for the fall. “A lot of the work in ‘Marks’ comes out of the social services outreach program,” notes DeLorme. 32 Through the years, the work from “I

Have Marks to Make” has been impressive and inspiring, but the exhibition can also be difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t seen it before. “It’s not easily definable,” DeLorme explains. “It’s not a curated exhibition, it’s not even a juried show, it’s not an artists with disabilities show. I think there’s a tendency to think of it that way, and while there are folks who are differently abled in the exhibition, it’s really a much broader thing, because we work with a lot of social service organizations. It’s really more about not only the healing power of art, but art as this meaningful, therapeutic activity.” For the people who are involved in the outreach programs, making art has been therapeutic in a number of ways. “I know it’s helped a lot of folks cope with different situations,” says DeLorme. “I’ve heard the artists who work in our veterans program say that artmaking helps them deal with various things like PTSD. I think anyone can find meaning in it. It doesn’t matter if what you’re making is a masterpiece; it’s enough of a masterpiece if it means something to you.” “I Have Marks to Make” has consistently provided an artistic outlet for our community’s most vulnerable members, which DeLorme is proud of. “It provides that kind of output, provides a way of dealing with the pressures of life,” he says. “I’ve seen it really have an impact across the board with so many

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different audiences of people within many different situations.” Typically, “Marks” includes many pieces of art, but this year, coinciding with the Jepson Center’s “Summon the Sea!” exhibition, things will be a little different. “We were trying to think of something that’s really tactile. One of the great things is that it’s an opportunity for people to use their fine motor skills, to work collaboratively, and we really took a collaborative approach this fall,” explains DeLorme. Inspired by Frank Stella’s work in “Summon the Sea!,” artists in the outreach programs worked together to create a communal artwork. The large-scale piece is reminiscent of Stella’s process of assemblage, neatly tying the two exhibitions together.

“There’s a social aspect to art-making too,” says DeLorme. “When our veterans class gets together, it just feels like family. When a group of people are working together, making decisions about the artwork, everybody is validated; everybody is a part of making this beautiful thing, and I think there’s some value in that.” Indeed, the inherent value of an exhibition like “Marks” is obvious. “I think this is one of the really important roles that art can play in the community. It’s not something that’s just for artists,” says DeLorme. “You don’t have to be a trained artist to get something out of art, to find meaning from making art or trying to express yourself.” DeLorme hopes that visitors to the exhibition come away inspired by the powerful role art plays in our lives. “It’s not this elitist thing, not this rarified thing that only people who have gone to grad school can do,” he says. “Artmaking can have this impact on anyone, and I think the message that I hope people take away is, ‘I could do this too,’ or, ‘Maybe there’s something I have to do. Maybe there’s a mark I can make.’” CS “I Have Marks to Make” opens Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Jepson Center and will be on view there through Jan. 12. Investment for the exhibition is provided by the City of Savannah, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and St. Joseph’s/Candler.


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Courtney Watts BY RACHAEL FLORA

rachael@connectsavannah.com

FIBERS ARTIST Courtney Watts creates unique works out of yarn. Her body of work includes large-scale weavings, knitted blankets, and other fiber works. Watts has always been around knitting and crocheting thanks to her grandmother, but she originally came to SCAD for photography before discovering fibers as an art form. We visited Watts’ studio last week.

1. What’s the weaving process like?

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There’s a lot more labor that goes into this technique, but I think it’s more unique and intentional because it makes me more invested in each step along the way to create something that is more spontaneous than a set pattern. I find that if I put this much work into creating a pattern like this, then that’s something I would like to frame and put on a wall.

4. Tell me about working with fiber as an artistic medium.

I think it’s a little overlooked. My husband, who’s an oil painter, does amazing work, but I feel like everybody is much more familiar with interacting with painting as art, whereas textile art, people aren’t quite sure what to do with that. You see textile and any kind of yarn work as more crafty. I like to play with the idea of, “How can I take this medium that’s actually very practical in some ways and associated with practical craft and turn that into an artistic point that people can embrace?” I’m definitely not the first or only artist to do that by any means. I’m learning from so many other fiber artists who have come before me, wrestling with that same question. I think people really want to embrace

textiles as art, but maybe I think they just may not know how.

5. What’s next for you?

On the loom, I’m very restricted to one project at a time. Unless I’m going to scrap it all together, I have to finish it. The loom holds me accountable to finish things, which is probably good for me! On the side, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, and I’ve also been doing mini weavings. I also have these small framed oyster shells. These are all at Abode Studios—it’s a co-op between artists and they have a retail space on Skidaway Road. This isn’t all textile related, but I like to experiment with different mediums. There are things I want to work on here that are in my head and I just have to see what’s going to come from them. [My husband] Hampton and I really want to collaborate; we’ve been talking about embroidering onto an oil painting. But that’s in the beginning stages of what even looks good together. I’d love to do another large piece. It just takes some planning, but I’m itching to do another. If I could just do big pieces all the time, I would. CS 33

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Most people think it’s outdated or ancient, and it is ancient. It’s one of the oldest techniques ever; looms have just Courtney Watts and her work. PHOTOS COURgotten more and more complex over time. TESY OF THE ARTIST. But this loom is a four-harness floor loom, sweaters and she loves to follow all these and it’s operated by the foot pedals. I step patterns, whereas I get a little more impaon a pedal and one of these raise and that lifts the strings. It’s very time-consuming, tient. I just want to make up my own thing. She taught me how to crochet and knit because even getting to the stage where you’re actively weaving, you’ve already put because I spent a lot of time with her. I don’t remember at what age she taught in hours of work. First of all, the process starts out with me to knit, but I feel like for as long as some math, because you have to calcuI can remember, I was doing that, but I late how much yarn you’re going to need just thought it was a hobby. No one even in your warp. Your warp is the vertical brought to my attention that you can do threads that wrap around. When you calmore with that medium than I was aware culate how much you need and how wide of. I didn’t come to SCAD for fibers because you want your project to be, you come to I wasn’t aware [of it as a medium]. I came this pegboard. The way in which you wrap for photography because that was the only it around these pegs measures it out for art-related thing I had any experience how long it’s going to be. Then you just do with that I could actually imagine a career round after round of that until you have a with. When I came here and saw at SCAD very long warp and all the threads are the all the textiles and fiber work happening, I same length. was like, “I’ve always done this and never Long story short, you thread each thread thought I could do anything with it.” through these little pedals in a very specific pattern, so the threads you want to What’s your style like? lift, lift when you want them to. That’s how The running theme between my work, you get patterns. It’s a lot of counting, and when you’re weaving, you’re kind of count- even though they may look a little differing which foot pedals you’re pressing down ent, is the technique is the same. It’s less at what time to make your pattern. bound by a specific pattern, it has more of an open tapestry type thing. I’m able Did you go to school for fibers? to decide, as I go along, where I want each thread to go. I did not know how to weave before I The technique is called the Theo Moorcame to SCAD. My first introduction into man Technique, and that just means it anything in textiles at all was through my lifts up these invisible threads so I can put grandmother, because she’s a really avid any color of any yarn in any spot I want, knitter and crocheter. The patience that and these very thin threads will drop back goes into that… I will say, my grandmother down and hold it in place. That allows me to create an actual image. is more patient than I am. She’ll knit


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MARK WALLINGER — Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger is one of the most influential artists working today. Through Jan. 19, 2020. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

OPENINGS & RECEPTIONS ART ON THE PORCH CLOSING RECEPTION — The closing reception for Kench Lott Weathers’ site specific installation, Sehnusücht. Fri., Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m. Alair Homes Savannah, 28 East 41st Street.

MICHAEL CINCO — This exhibition of work by the Phillippines-born, Dubai-based fashion designer Michael Cinco is his first solo museum show. Through Jan. 5, 2020. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

GENEROSITREE — Celebrate the spirit of giving at GenerosiTree, a special exhibition of small works priced under $300. During December, with Generositree, 10% of the proceeds from all works will be donated to the Savannah Tree Foundation. -Sat., Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m. info@kobogallery.com. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. HOLIDAY ARTIST COLLECTIVE 2019 — Help us celebrate the HAC 5-Year Anniversary! This show includes local and/or regional artists, hand-picked to showcase and offer some of their best work to the community. All artwork is original, and produced locally by a working artist. It’s the perfect place to shop for that special someone who has everything. Dec. 5-Jan. 11. Photopoint Gallery, 30 Cherokee St. I HAVE MARKS TO MAKE — Telfair’s “I Have Marks to Make” celebrates its 25th year as an inclusive, community-based art exhibition by individuals of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities, demonstrating the healing and transformative power of art making. Dec. 8-Jan. 12.Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

CONTINUING EXHIBITS AFRICA AND ITS GULLAH-GEECHEE CONNECTIONS — This exhibit showcases the personal collection of Willis Hakim Jones, a local historian. Through Jan. 31, 2020. The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, 502 East Harris Street.

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ANNE ALBIZ ARGO — Anne Albiz Argo presents seven original oil paintings with prints for sale. Through Dec. 8. luluschocolatebar. com. Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 MLK, Jr. Blvd.

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CAL WOOD ART 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY & RETROSPECTIVE SHOW — Cal Woodum of Cal Wood Art is celebrating his 10 Year Anniversary as an exhibiting artist. Through Dec. 31. Regus, 100 Bull Street, Suite 200. CHRISTINA FORRER: FEET OF THE DEVIL — The art of Christina Forrer sees the medieval tradition of tapestry thrust into a fanciful vision of the present. Through Jan. 12, 2020. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

ON::VIEW: ENTERTAINING THE PORTRAIT — During the ON::VIEW Residency a variety of live models will be present as Marisa Lilje draws or paints their portraits. Through Dec. 7. sulfurstudios.org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. Work by Jorge Montero is featured at ‘The Laughter After’ at Cork House Gallery

CURTIS BARTONE & UGIS BERZINS — Through Dec. 14. The Hen House @ The Stables, 7 Rathborne Dr. ED PYRCH— Architectural portraits of Savannah and drawings and prints by Ed Pyrch. Cool Savannah Tours and Gifts, 42 E. Bay St. EDWARD JONES — Edward Richard Jones is a sculptor. He works with wood that he gets from friends and tree services. Through Dec. 31. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. ENOUGH DISTANCE — Emily Nola asks the viewer to consider how we distance ourselves from the implications of consciousness, whether these issues be emotional, moral, or political. Through Jan. 5, 2020. Drive Thru Art Box, behind Green Truck Pub, 2430 Habersham St. FALL SENIOR EXHIBITION — Graduating seniors showcase their college portfolios for this capstone. Through Dec. 6. Armstrong Campus, Georgia Southern University, 11935 Abercorn St. FIVE YEARS THAT CHANGED SAVANNAH FOREVER: REFLECTING ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THROUGH THE W. W. LAW PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION — The exhibition documents five of the most turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1965. Through Dec. 14. Savannah Cultural Arts Center, Corner of MLK and Oglethorpe Streets. FOLKLORE — This collection of paintings and prints by Rebecca Sipper seeks to carry on the tradition of story telling in our community. Through Dec. 7. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS: EMBERS OF FREEDOM — Frederick Douglass: Embers of Freedom explores the life and legacy of the preeminent social reformer, abolitionist and statesman. Through Jan. 5, 2020. scadmoa. org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. ISAAC JULIEN: FREDERICK DOUGLASS: LESSONS OF THE HOUR — Lessons of the Hour is a poetic meditation on the life and times of Frederick Douglass. Through Dec. 15. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. THE JOURNEY IS MINE: CHAPTER ONE — The Journey is Mine: Chapter One is a solo #art912 exhibition of paintings by Savannahbased artist William Kwamena-Poh (B. 1960). Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. LARA FAVARETTO: WORKS FROM THE RENNIE COLLECTION — An eponymous exhibition that presents a selection of works by the artist ranging from 1998 to 2012. Through Dec. 22. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. THE LAUGHTER AFTER — Jorge Montero’s exhibition is sure to make you smile. Through Dec. 5. Cork House Gallery, 230 W Bay Street. LEATHER, LACE AND LUSTER — The expert choice of materials conveys the drama and interest of the darkest hues. Through Jan. 25, 2020. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. LIU JIAKUN: WEST VILLAGE — Lia Jiakun contextualizes local building traditions, social needs and ever-changing ecological environments. Through Jan. 12, 2020. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

PJ ANDREWS — Through Dec. 31. galleryespresso.com/. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. RAPHAEL BARONTINI: THE GOLDEN MARCH — Consists of a site-specific installation for the museum’s iconic Jewel Boxes. Through Jan. 5, 2020. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. SINGLE ORIGIN BY KAY WOLFERSPERGER — A collection of tea and coffee centric artwork celebrating the bigness in a cup of coffee’s smallness. Through Dec. 29. foxyloxycafe.com. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. SOUTHERN ARCANA — Stephanie Howard synthesizes modern and imagined folklore, heavily influenced by literary artists. Through Jan. 11, 2020. Laney Contemporary, 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd. SUMMON THE SEA! CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND MOBY DICK — Examines the work of six contemporary artists who respond to, challenge, and celebrate the allegories presented in Melville’s literary classicThrough Feb. 16, 2020. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. TAPE PAPER SCISSORS PRINT — Featuring purposeful paper art. Through Dec. 31. Location Gallery at Austin Hill Realty, 417 Whitaker St. WHITE ELEPHANT V — Sulfur’s annual members-only exhibition. Through Dec. 14. sulfurstudios.org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St. WORK BY PEGGY JO AUGHTRY — Through Jan. 14, 2020. starlanddining.com/index2. php#/home/. Starland Cafe, 11 East 41st St.


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Drainbowland and Lady Jane Clothing at the first Savannah Night Market. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAVANNAH NIGHT MARKET.

WE’RE SOLIDLY in the middle of the busiest shopping weeks of the year. Everyone’s on the hunt for the flashiest, most Insta-worthy gift. As holiday consumerism dictates, the onslaught of saccharine holiday commercials will persuade you to buy the latest trending thing for your loved ones, only for them to forget about it by the first fiscal quarter and for you to feel like another cog in the corporate machine. It’s enough to rattle anyone’s jingle bells. Instead of falling prey to this familiar cycle, think outside the box this year and try shopping local. You’re in the right city to do it: Savannah has a thriving community of artists making beautiful things to sell, as evidenced by the sheer volume of holiday markets over the next few weeks. We’ve gathered them all for you here. Skip the big box stores and buy a unique gift that your loved one will adore.

12/4: Kringle Holiday Shopping Market @ Plantation Club, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Landings Art Association hosts this

all-day shindig with its artists, whose work spans all media from acrylic paintings to wood turning to jewelry. The event will benefit arts education in Chatham County.

year, with work spanning fibers, illustration, photography and more. You’re sure to find something to give the art lover in your life.

12/5: Downtown Design District Holiday Walk, 5-8:30 p.m.

12/6: Holiday Book Fair @ Henny Penny, 5-8 p.m.

The Downtown Design District comprises a few blocks on Whitaker just north of Forsyth Park and includes Roots Up Gallery, Custard Boutique, One Fish Two Fish, and Location Gallery, among others. It’ll be a block party of sorts, so wear your walking shoes and expect fun deals at your favorite places. Rumor has it Big Bon Pizza will be set up in the vicinity. Check the Facebook page for Downtown Design District for a full list of participating businesses.

12/6: First Friday in Starland, 6-9 p.m.

There are lots of chances to shop at the last First Friday of the decade. First, the Street Fair outside includes work by Tate Ellington, Lemon Limeade Crafts, Nea Hanna, and Yarrow Wood Jewelry, all making for great gifts. Inside, members of Sulfur exhibit their work, all priced at $200 and under. It’s an eclectic mix this

Set to coincide with First Friday in Starland, the first ever Holiday Book Fair will be a sure hit. E Shaver will sell books and knick-knacks that are perfect for holiday giving, and Henny Penny will have craft time for the kids that can turn into great gifts.

12/6: City Market Open House, 6-9 p.m.

Before City Market turns into the hub for nightlife, stroll the block and shop the business inside, like A.T. Hun Gallery, and the studios of artists like David Laughlin and Emily Tillman. There will be carolers and luminaria outside to propel you into the holiday spirit.

12/6: Fandom Under $50 @ Neighborhood Comics, 7 p.m.

This is the reception of an affordable pop-art show by fans, for fans. Find the perfect gift for the comic lover in your life.

12/7: Art Market @ Starland Yard, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cedar House Gallery, the multi-use space on Abercorn, hosts a day full of artists at Starland Yard. The lineup is TBA, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for any updates.

12/7: Holiday Artist Collective @ Photopoint Gallery, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Holiday Artist Collective, a show of local and regional artists in Richmond Hill. The lineup includes some fantastic artists outside Savannah’s city limits, like Paul Downs, Heather Young, and Joy Dunigan.

12/7: Merry Art Market @ Savannah’s Clay Spot, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

This is a fantastic holiday pottery sale by the artists of Savannah’s Clay Spot, who will be there for a meet and greet.

12/7: Makers Market @ Moon River Brewing Company, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Makers Market Savannah returns with a whole new lineup of artists.

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12/7: Annual Pop-Up Shop @ Bonaventure Blues, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Over on East Victory, Bonaventure Blues sells coastal-themed gifts and goods. Find oyster shell art and paintings among the participating vendors.

12/7: Holiday Market @ Tybee American Legion, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

One of Tybee’s only holiday markets this season, this market’s got it going on with a vendor market basket raffle, chili and Dawgs, and a variety of art and goods from artists like Tiffany O’Brien.

12/8: Craft Scout Holiday Market @ American Legion Post 135 Ballroom, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The Craft Scout Holiday Market, now in its sixth year, shows some lovin’ to local handmade businesses. Featured this year are Abode Studios, The Small Creative, and RePurpose Savannah, and other vendors include Stella Ranae and Jennifer Kelley Huskey.

12/8: Sip + Shop @ Dancing Dogs Yoga, 4-7 p.m.

After a special yoga class with Shelley Lowther, shop in the boutique for good deals for the yogis on your list.

12/13: Savannah Night Market @ Big Bon Bodega

Following the first market in the courtyard behind Foxy, the Savannah Night Market brings an eclectic mix of vendors for a pop-up market, including Drainbowland, Claire Parrish Pottery, and Bad Witch Nails. Inside the bodega, Jason B. James will have his photography on display in collaboration with Pat Crump, Alexandria Hall, Julianna Lupacchino, and Jose Ray.

12/13: Holiday Soiree @ Laney Contemporary, 5 p.m.

Artists in Susan Laney’s roster, including Will Penny, Katherine Sandoz and Elizabeth Winnel, sell their art alongside vendors like the Yaupon Tea House and Lovelane Designs. If you’re looking for a swank, artsy gift, put this at the top of your to-do list.

12/14: Frond and Fern Holiday Market @ Knights of Columbus, noon-4 p.m.

Frond and Fern hosts pop-up markets all around the city. This market at the Knights of Columbus promises unique artisan goods, but the list of vendors isn’t available, so show up and take a chance.

12/21: Evening Christmas Market @ Lighthouse Baptist Church, 4-7 p.m.

Put on by the Islands Farmers’ Market, expect the same artisan and specialty food vendors that grace their market each week. There are also plenty of events for the kids, including an appearance by the Big Man himself. CS


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Anime, Peter Jackson, and Citizen Kane BY JIM REED

AFTER A brief slowdown in alternative cinema events over the past couple of weeks, things are back up and running again at nearly full force in the greater Savannah area. Detailed admission info on all the bigscreen happenings covered below can be found in the accompanying sidebar, and we hope every reader will find at least one noteworthy screening they can support through their attendance. As always, if you are involved in organizing any movie events which fall outside of the framework of our mainstream corporate multiplexes, make sure to send full details to me at jim@wickedmessenger. com at least ten days in advance, for possible inclusion in this column. We start off this preview of the next week’s worth of unusual fare on Dec. 4 at the Southside’s AMC Savannah 11, with an encore presentation of the Metropolitan Opera’s high-def film of their recent stage production of iconic minimalist composer Philip Glass’ opera “Akhnaten.” First performed in 1983, this mesmerizing, modern take on a tribute to the eponymous Egyptian Pharaoh of old won a coveted Olivier Award when it was first produced in 2017. This will likely be your last chance to catch such a stunning work in dazzling visual and aural clarity for many years to come. Subtitled in English, it shows at 6:30 p.m. A few days later, on Dec. 8, the AMC Savannah 11 is the setting for Fathom

virtually unknown here in the USA, it will be shown in its’ original spoken French, with English subtitles. 8 p.m. showtime. Events’ latest anime presentation: “ProNext, the PFS presents a special Sunmare,” which premiered in Japan six months ago and quickly became that coun- day night event: the public premiere of the brand-new documentary “J.R. ‘Bob’ try’s eighth-biggest box-office hit of the Dobbs and the Church of the SubGeyear. nius,” which chronicles the formation, The high-energy futuristic actionhistory and legacy of the public-prankadventure utilizes “cel-shaded” animaturned-actual-international-cult known tion for an especially eye-catching visual as the Church of the SubGenius, whose style, which goes hand-in-hand with its storyline about a group of “flame-wielding snidely subversive and quite hysterically bald-faced send-up of hypocritical mutant beings” calling themselves Burorganized religions (think Scientology or nish who have already burned away half Evangelical Christianity) and quack faith of the Earth, and who now find themhealers morphed into a bona-fide belief selves embroiled (see what I did there?) system of its own. in a three-way battle against both a new To date, its only screening outside of the group of flame-wielding mutants (I know, festival circuit has been at Boston’s EmerI know…) calling themselves, wait for it… Mad Burnish – and an anti-world burning son College, which makes this its public premiere (the film will not be released to rescue team called, wait for it… Burning theaters for more than a month). Rescue. I can’t make this stuff up. Proceeds from this screening benefit It was a hit here in the states when Fathom released it to theaters awhile back, local charitable organization Loop It Up Savannah, and advance tickets are availbut this time they have added a bonus short anime film which serves as a prequel able via BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information, see Jim Morekis’ fea(presumably in hopes of earning repeat ture interview with the director elsewhere viewership for this rerelease). It screens in this issue. 8 p.m. showtime. twice, first at 12:55 p.m. on Dec. 8 (when it And, on Dec. 11, the PFS celebrates the will be show in spoken Japanese with Eng42nd anniversary of the theatrical release lish subtitles), and again at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 (when it will be shown with an English- of the “Saturday Night Fever” not by showing that classic American coming-of-age dubbed soundtrack). The next week is an unusually busy one melodrama, but by instead showing “The Face with Two Left Feet,” a shameless, for the fiercely independent Psychotronic Italian-made rip-off of “Fever” about a Film Society of Savannah, as they have three extremely unique screenings sched- bumbling waiter who falls in love with a sexy female disco dancer. uled over the next eight days, all of which Made barely two years after that John take place at the Sentient Bean Coffeeshop Travolta showcase was released, this ultraon the Southern end of Forsyth Park. First up, on Dec. 4 is a rare public show- obscure comedy stars an Italian guy who happens to look eerily similar to Travolta ing of “The Glass Castle,” acclaimed (this was his film debut and he never made director René Cléments’ forgotten B&W French romantic drama from 1950. A slow- another movie!). It’s silly, utterly strange and dubbed into English. Come prepared paced and ruminative feature that has been overlooked in his homeland and is to laugh and cock your head to the side out

of confusion. 8 p.m. showtime. Out in the nearby city of Springfield, Ga., the historic Mars Theatre concludes its lengthy engagement of “Frozen 2,” the recently-released animated fantasymusical that serves as a sequel to Disney Studios’ smash animated fantasy-musical of the same name. We’ve covered this film extensively in prior columns, and hell, you probably know everything you need to know about it already anyway, right? 7 p.m. showtimes on Dec. 5 and 6, and matinees at 12 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 8. Moving back to the Southside, the AMC Savannah 10 on Stephenson Ave. presents an extended encore engagement of “They Shall Not Grow Old,” the universallypraised WWI documentary directed by New Zealand’s famed Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Frighteners,” “The Lord of the Rings Saga”). The movie offers lovingly restored, never-before-seen footage and photographs set to actual, BBC-recorded archival audio interviews with British WWI soldiers. Jackson, utilizing recent breakthroughs in image capture and colorization, has created a realistic recreation of the Great War which allows audiences to experience the realities of that conflict in a manner unimaginable even a few years ago. When this doc first premiered around the country for two-shows-only, it broke all attendance and box-office records for a digitally simulcast theatrical event. This encore rerelease includes bonus materials in the form of a personal on-screen introduction from Jackson himself, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary on the technology used to make the film. Showtimes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 18, plus 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 17 and 18. Tybee Island’s historic Tybee Post Theater celebrates Whale Week (come on, you knew it was Whale Week, right?) with a

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way-cool chance to view a rough-cut of the soon-to-be-completed feature-length nature documentary “Follow the Journey,” which spotlights the exploits of endangered North Atlantic right whales as they travel from their calving grounds near the Georgia coast all the way to Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. The filmmakers behind what must have surely been an arduous doc to create will be on hand to introduce the movie, and then after this premiere, in tandem with a panel of experts, will discuss both the movie and the general topic with the audience. 3 p.m. showtime. Then, on Dec. 12, the Tybee Post will screen one of the most influential and celebrated American motion pictures of all-time (no, seriously): Orson Welles’ directorial debut, the epic 1941 drama “Citizen Kane,” based loosely (if transparently) in part on real-life American media magnates William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. Although it was a financial failure when first released, 15 years after that initial bow, it was generously reassessed by European critics, and this belated acknowledgement of the idiosyncratic strengths of the picture –from its screenplay (a collaboration between Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz which resulted in a lengthy and ugly battle over authorship credits) to its score (by iconic composer Bernard Hermann) to its editing (by the immensely talented Robert Wise, who’d later direct such triumphant Hollywood classics as “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “West Side Story”)– resulted in the tremendous reputation it enjoys today. Its cinematography by the great Gregg Toland demands to be appreciated in a theatrical setting such as the Tybee Post. If there’s any way you can make this 7 p.m. showing, you should. Admission price includes your choice of beer, wine or soft drink and a piece of chocolate. And, last but certainly not least, on Dec. 13, local organization CinemaSavannah presents another regional premiere of an acclaimed independent film at Savannah’s Cultural Arts Center. This time, it’s “Give Me Liberty,” from Russian-born director and co-writer Kirill Mikhanovsky. Shot in Milwaukee, Wi., this heartwarming comedy focuses on a young medical transport driver who winds up bucking the system to tote a ragtag group of misfit senior citizens, a disabled young woman and one Russian boxer to a funeral. Staged at a breakneck pace, this chaotic farce-on-wheels has been described as straddling the line between distinctly American dark comedy and the type of broad, inherently whimsical cinematic humor Russian filmmakers are known for crafting. Despite occasional spoken Russian (with corresponding English subtitles) the film is mostly in English, and this

will almost assuredly be its exclusive area showing. 6:30 p.m. showtime. No parking on-site, so make sure to arrive early in order to find a space nearby. Until next week, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don’t forget to turn off that cell phone. CS Jim Reed directs the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

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8 p.m. Dec. 4 The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $8

“J.R. ‘BOB’ DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS” 8 p.m. Dec. 8 The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $10

“FROZEN 2”

7 p.m. Dec. 5, 6; 12 p.m. Dec. 7; 3 p.m. Dec. 8 Mars Theatre, 106 S. Laurel St. Springfield $7

“PETER JACKSON’S THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD” 4 p.m. Dec. 7, 18; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 17, 18 AMC Savannah 10, 511 Stephenson Ave. Price TBA

“PROMARE (REDUX)”

12:55 p.m. Dec. 8; 7 p.m. Dec. 10 AMC Savannah 11, 1150 Shawnee St. Price TBA

“WHALE WEEK: ‘FOLLOW THE JOURNEY’”

3 p.m. Dec. 8 Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Tybee Island $10

“THE FACE WITH TWO LEFT FEET” 8 p.m. Dec. 11 The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. $7

“CITIZEN KANE”

7 p.m. Dec. 12 Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $10 tybeeposttheater.org

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6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 Savannah Cultural Arts Center, 201 Montgomery St. 6:30PM $10 (cash preferred)


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OOO It’s murder by death in Knives Out, a delightful mystery further buoyed by a marvelous performance from Daniel Craig. Craig isn’t exactly known for comedic roles, although he was amusing as the high-spirited convict Joe Bang in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky. He’s even better here, playing a celebrated detective named Benoit Blanc. With Craig in the role, it’s fair to assume this lawman will basically be a calm and collected cousin to James Bond. Instead, his initially oddball demeanor suggests that he might be the reincarnation of Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau. But hold on: This private eye is (unlike Clouseau) highly intelligent, the type whose occasionally eccentric behavior and ability to stay in the background works in his favor. Does this make him another Columbo? Not quite. In short, Craig’s Benoit Blanc is a complete original, and, given the disappointment that was Kenneth Branagh’s take on Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, I would have more faith in another murder-mystery featuring Blanc than in Branagh’s upcoming return to the role of Hercule Poirot. Writer-director Rian Johnson, whose active imagination previously gave us Brick, Looper, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, here serves up a murder-mystery that doesn’t exactly unfold as one might expect. The victim is successful crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who is found dead the morning after the entire family gathered to celebrate his 85th birthday. Can we assume the butler did it? Alas, no, since the Thrombey clan doesn’t employ a butler. It does employ various other servants — chief among them would be Harlan’s personal caretaker, a young Hispanic woman named Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas, the AI Joi in Blade Runner 2049). Treated with condescension by several members of the family, Marta seems to be one of the few people who cared more about Harlan than about his money. So whodunnit? The suspects are many. In addition to Marta and fellow servant Fran (Edi Patterson), there is Harlan’s strong-willed daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) as well as his weak-willed son Walt (Michael Shannon). Harlan’s other son, Neil, passed away a while back, so he can safely be ruled out — the same can’t be said for Neil’s wife Joni (Toni Collette), a flaky health nut whose mere presence annoys the other household occupants. Then there are the grandkids of varying ages: the handsome layabout Ransom Drysdale (Chris Evans), the college-age Meg (Katherine Langford), and the alt-right teenage troll Jacob (Jaeden Martell). Add a couple of in-laws (Don Johnson and Riki

Daniel Craig stars in the “delightful mystery,” Knives Out

Lindhome) but rule out Harlan’s olderthan-the-hills mother (K Callan), and there are enough potential murderers to fill a paddle steamer lazily heading down the Nile. Knives Out doesn’t exactly follow the blueprint of the typical murder-mystery, and those who like their crime sagas to end like any given episode of ScoobyDoo, Where Are You! (i.e. the last-minute reveal of the culprit) might initially be disappointed with this picture’s narrative swerves. But any sorrow is quickly replaced with jubilation, as it soon becomes clear that Johnson has more than one mystery up his sleeve. And there to piece together the puzzle and crack the case is Benoit Blanc: erudite, excitable, and armed with a license to thrill.

QUEEN & SLIM

OOO When Aliens was first released back in 1986, many reviewers and pundits took one look at Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and tagged her “a female Rambo.” It was not only an insulting designation but also an incorrect one, as the two characters had very little in common other than their ability to handle large weaponry. A similar misinterpretation is currently dogging Queen & Slim, a drama which lazy thinkers are dubbing “a black Bonnie and Clyde.” Ridiculous. Bonnie and Clyde were hardcore criminals — exactly the opposite of the protagonists of this sober and somber new drama. If anything, Queen & Slim has much more in common with Thelma & Louise, another film about two decent people being forced to go on the run due to an unchecked societal ill. In Thelma & Louise, it was an attempted rape that set the heroines’ vehicular odyssey in motion; here, it’s unbridled racism.

Ernest “Slim” Hinds (Daniel Kaluuya) and Angela “Queen” Johnson (Jodie TurnerSmith) have just wrapped up their disastrous first date, a restaurant meet-up that, despite the insistence of the Tender app, revealed that the retail employee (him) and the rising lawyer (her) have very little in common. As Ernest is driving Angela home, they’re pulled over by a cop (country music star Sturgill Simpson) for a busted taillight. Of course, once the police officer sees that the car’s occupants are black, he immediately starts treating them poorly, asking questions and demanding actions that never would have entered his mind had they been white. While Ernest tries to comply, Angela’s attorney mind kicks into gear — the arguments become more heated, the cop turns violent, and Ernest is forced to fatally shoot him in self-defense. And just like that, Angela and Ernest are forced to take it on the lam, trying to remain under the radar while seeking help from those who would offer it. Angela’s Uncle Earl (an amusing turn from Bokeem Woodbine) is the first to (reluctantly) offer assistance, but it’s soon revealed that, not surprisingly, there are many in the black community who support the pair, viewing them as symbols for all those who are tired of white cops killing innocent AfricanAmericans. Even one white guy, Uncle Earl’s former army buddy (Flea), is more than willing to help them out, although his wife (Chloe Sevigny) doesn’t exactly share his sympathies. Just as Thelma & Louise was firmly rooted in Americana, so too is Queen & Slim, offering peeks at various facets of society as the two fugitives travel across different state lines in an attempt to free

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themselves from this nightmare. Director Melina Matsoukas (a music video veteran making her feature-film debut) and writers Lena Waithe and James Frey have nothing but sympathy for their two leads, and while Angela and Ernest have little chemistry, that’s actually part of the point of two dissimilar types being tossed together by circumstances and forced to find common ground. Some of the film’s subplots and supporting characterizations feel underdeveloped, and the film never quite burns with the clear-eyed intensity of last year’s excellent, 10 Best-worthy The Hate U Give. But as a conversation starter among discerning types, as a palate cleanser from the injustices of the real world, and simply as a worthwhile motion picture, Queen & Slim takes a familiar road and invests it with newfound fury.

THE IRISHMAN

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OOO Having spent snatches of his career married to the mob, Martin Scorsese now returns to familiar turf with The Irishman, a film that’s epic in scope (over 250 credited performers), epic in cost ($140 million budget), and epic in length (3-1/2 hours). If The Irishman (playing in select venues and now available on Netflix Streaming) isn’t quite the magnum opus one would expect or desire, it’s still a solid piece that provides parts to all the Scorsese regulars (Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel) and marks the historic first teaming of Scorsese with Al Pacino (it’s rather startling to realize that these two have never worked together on a movie before). Adapted by Steven Zaillian from Charles Brandt’s much-disputed book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, the film follows the controversial narrative that mob hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) was (by his own admission) the person who killed Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) in 1975, the year the famed union leader went missing. The movie examines how Sheeran moved up the ranks under the mentoring of syndicate bigwig Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and later became close friends with Hoffa before ultimately betraying him. The Irishman often plays like a “Greatest Hits” compilation of moments from such Scorsese offerings as GoodFellas and Casino, following the expected rhythms and developments of these and similar gangster sagas. Its extreme length works against its overall potency — while the film is never dull, its energy does drain during a painfully protracted final half-hour. Still, the movie is a worthy entry in Scorsese’s cinematic ledger, and, while the 40 best performance comes courtesy of Pesci,

its greatest gift might be that it allows De Niro to again tap into his formidable thespian skills for the first time in, oh, forever.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

OO There’s a scene in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in which Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), known to the nation as the gentle and soft-spoken children’s television host Mr. Rogers, is by himself in the studio, softly playing a tune on the piano before suddenly banging down on the keys with his fists. It’s a startling moment, more so since it’s the only time in the entire picture that Mr. Rogers isn’t the embodiment of serenity. Was he momentarily angry at his thoughts? Was he exorcising some frustrations? Was he merely goofing around? The movie doesn’t answer the question — come to think of it, the movie doesn’t answer many questions when it comes to the beloved individual at its center. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a perplexing picture. Its title promises a biopic about Mr. Rogers — a companion piece to last year’s acclaimed documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Instead, it turns out that Mr. Rogers isn’t even the star of his own movie — rather, he only appears every now and then, since the film isn’t about him as much as it’s about Tom Junod. Junod, you may or may not know, was the award-winning reporter who wrote a popular piece on Mr. Rogers for Esquire. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a loose adaptation of Junod’s article for Esquire and Junod’s encounters with Mr. Rogers, with the character here renamed Lloyd Vogel and played by Matthew Rhys. I get it. Marielle Heller, who directed Melissa McCarthy to an Oscar nomination for the intriguing Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, scripters of the recent Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, have opted to make a movie that’s less about Mr. Rogers and more about Mr. Rogers’ influence on the hardened and cynical world surrounding him. As Exhibit A, we get a story about a mopey man who, despite having a loving wife (Susan Kelechi Watson) and a new baby, can’t let go of the distant past and continues to resent his estranged father (Chris Cooper). But whenever matters get too difficult for Lloyd, along comes Mr. Rogers, periodically swooping in like Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk to save the day. We certainly need a comforting movie in these uncomfortable times, but that movie was Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which showed that Fred Rogers was a complicated individual who nevertheless practiced what he preached. Morgan

Neville’s richly detailed documentary never allowed the myth to eclipse the man, which isn’t the case here. Hanks is excellent as the saintly icon, and whenever he’s off the screen (which is a lot), we miss him fiercely and are forced to resign ourselves to yet another standard drama about a guy with daddy issues. And with Mr. Rogers MIA for great stretches, we’re never allowed much access to this compelling person, requiring us to rely solely on reputation.

FROZEN II

OO Disney’s 2013 gem Frozen grossed over one billion dollars worldwide and earned a pair of Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. Would that the makers of that film heeded the advice of its award-winning song and just let it go. But when a movie makes that kind of loot, a sequel is only slightly less guaranteed than a seasonal snowfall in Anchorage or Albany. Frozen II continues the saga of Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), who wields iceforming powers like a wayward X-Man, and her supportive sister Anna (Kristen Bell). As this new picture opens, Elsa is serving as Queen of Arendelle while Anna resides as its princess. Just as the Maleficent series’ Prince Philip took his sweet time in asking Aurora for her hand in marriage, so too does the likable lug Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) spend an eternity in getting around to popping the question to Anna. Off to the side, the living snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) and Kristoff’s pet reindeer Sven continue to nyuk it up. Everyone is happy until Elsa starts hearing a mysterious voice that compels her to leave the village and discover its source. What she and the others unearth is a terrible family secret that must be corrected before everyone can live happily ever after (or at least until the next sequel). After Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, that punishing 22-minute short that preceded Coco in theaters until Disney wisely pulled it, it seemed like there was no way that audiences would still be able to stomach watching this snowman with the sunny disposition. Happily, that’s not the case, as Olaf regains his immense appeal in Frozen II. As for Elsa and Anna, they remain two of Disney’s finest heroines of the modern era. Unfortunately, this sequel loses much of the inventiveness of the 2013 original, with a plot that’s too complicated for the kids and too cumbersome for the adults. Frozen II doesn’t feel like a movie as much as a chess match, with the characters being shoved all around the board with mechanical precision. While there’s no song that will explode in popularity like “Let It Go,” there are a

couple of delightful musical numbers. An Elsa solo is staged like a Broadway spectacular, while a Kristoff ballad is amusingly shot like a vintage music video. The rest of the tunes are mostly forgettable, despite coming from the Frozen team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

21 BRIDGES

OO I daresay that a movie about the daily routines of Jeff Bridges’ extended family would be more interesting than what we actually get in 21 Bridges, a generic cop thriller with plot twists so obvious that they could be spotted as far back as the Cretaceous Period. Chadwick Boseman, whose filmography already includes excellent turns as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and T’Challa, here gets saddled with perhaps his most simplistic role yet: the cop who cares. Boseman brings all the professionalism he can muster to the part of Andre Davis, a police officer who, as the films opens, is being dragged before Internal Affairs for the umpteenth time since he’s known for being trigger-happy out in the field. This intro is meant to set up Davis as a macho detective in the Dirty Harry vein, but the filmmakers quickly remember that it’s the 2010s, not the 1970s, and so Davis immediately morphs into a sensitive policeman who repeatedly holsters his weapon in order to patiently listen to the perps as they explain the plot to him. It’s a ridiculous reversal of character that occurs at the same speed as the drivers heading toward the finish line in Ford v Ferrari. The action gets underway as two smalltime crooks, rational Michael (Stephan James) and rabid Ray (Taylor Kitsch), attempt to rob a stash of 30 kilos of cocaine, only to be confronted with 300 kilos of the powder. Several corrupt cops show up on the scene, and the pair manage to kill all of them (along with some presumably innocent officers as well). Now branded as cop killers, the crooks are being pursued not only by other corrupt cops who want to silence them but also by the dedicated Davis. As is often the case these days (see the recent Black and Blue), there’s also incriminating evidence that’s stored on some McGuffin-approved device — in this case, a USB flash drive. Some might understandably object to a movie about overly aggressive cops being released at a time when both the guilty and the innocent are routinely killed by such officers at an alarming rate, but 21 Bridges is ultimately too rote to inspire such fury. J.K. Simmons shows up as a barking police chief, while Sienna Miller appears as an overworked cop who’s partnered with Davis. Their characters are as transparent as everyone else. CS


MOVIES LOCAL CINEMA

Left, vintage shot of Ivan Stang; above, the Reverend in the present day.

Rare opportunity to view acclaimed new documentary on long-running counterculture phenomenon

BY JIM MOREKIS

jim@connectsavannah.com

BEFORE HIPSTERS were a thing and before Andre The Giant had a Posse, in the wake of the ‘60s-‘70s underground counterculture — think R. Crumb — there was, and still is, Rev. J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius. Part elaborate hoax, part social satire, part Andy Kaufman-level performance art, the Church of the SubGenius was the brainchild of Doug Smith, aka Reverend Ivan Stang, who began the movement in Dallas, Texas, in 1979. Through an increasingly complex and hilarious shared mythology and debauched gatherings called “Devivals,” the Church of the SubGenius was a prototypical example of the concept of Culture Jamming — using a dominant culture’s own tropes against it as a form of satire and protest. The church’s main “evangelical” message was the concept of Slack — think Zen for the rock ‘n’ roll generation. Psychotronic Film Society brings what basically amounts to the world premiere of the buzzworthy new documentary, J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius, to the Sentient Bean this Sunday night, with a wholly unique afterparty at Savoy Society on Liberty Street.

Director Sandy K. Boone spoke to us about the film. How do you hope the new documentary affects not just perceptions of the origins and history of the Church of the SubGenius, but future perceptions of it, as American life parodies itself? This is a film that will make you laugh out loud, but also, I am hoping, offer many “aha” moments for further reflection. It’s a prompt for folks to consider how others, especially those in positions of power, use cult tactics to separate and divide us with fear. I believe this film can help us all find a path to speak out about the absurdity of our current political situation, which in reality is far more absurd than the Church of the SubGenius was or ever had been! My desire was to make a film that both honors my late husband (an early member of the Church), and also allows others to see what I have known all along – that the SubGenius – these men and women that love to “yak about Slack” are some of the hardestworking, clever, creative, witty people you will ever meet! How has the message of Slack translated to younger people, in this era of increasing impermanence of careers and a rapidly changing economy? Well the great thing about Slack is that the Church never really defines it. “Slack,”

How has the concept of Culture Jamming evolved in the social media era? Culture Jamming has become infinitely more prevalent and rapid than when the SubGenius used similar tactics back in the early 80s. What was once a novelty is now commonplace. We can trace the path from the SubGenii’s early years – strangers writing letters and mailing cartoons and cassette tapes across the country, to the Internet age of Instant Messenger and chat rooms, to the present day social media barrage which is so integrated into our culture it’s practically inescapable. What could have once been labeled subversive or disruptive is now just a minor blip. You have to REALLY push yourself to think outside the box in order to make an impact.   It seems as if the American public has lost a vast amount of critical thinking skill, and the appreciation and recognition of satire seem to be quickly vanishing. How might this affect future activities of the Church? That’s a key posit of the film that I’m hoping will help spark a conversation. I WANT audiences to be asking themselves – Is there still a place for the humor and comedy of “the Church” in today’s society of fake news and real life absurdity? Or do we need it now more than ever? How and when can a “joke” be taken too far, if at all? I would like the audience to enjoy the tongue-in-cheek humor and fun of the Church, but at the same time equip themselves to understand the serious

consequences of group-think and employment of cult practices against us, in politics but also our personal lives. Others adopt and utilize these practices to divide and separate us by creating an “us and them” mentality – but only if we allow them to do so. Many have said the rise of Donald Trump has laid bare the inherent hypocrisy of typical American evangelical Christianity. I might counter that basically all organized religions have inherent hypocrisies. Do you feel evangelical Christianity occupies a space of its own in terms of unreconciled paradoxes and general hypocrisy? There are stereotypes in ALL faiths.  When people say Christian or Evangelical - we are not all the same. Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Muslims – each fall on a sliding scale of hypocrisy and beliefs within their chosen faith (or lack thereof). The hypocrisy is in the stereotypes when you judge based on the religion without knowing anything about the individual. This applies to the Church of the SubGenius as well. Yes, it’s easy to categorize the SubGenius all together, but the individual members are as eclectic as they come. As long as human beings exist, there will be hypocrisy in this world. It’s our job as individuals to find the truth in all stories and not fall into the propaganda of “fake news.”  CS

THE PSYCHOTRONIC FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS “J.R. ‘BOB’ DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS” DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE SCREENING

8 PM, Sunday, Dec. 8, Sentient Bean, $10 BrownPaperTickets.com Afterparty: 10:30 PM at Savoy Society (beneath Drayton Tower), featuring vinyl spun by DJ KZL Local Charity Beneficiary: Loop It Up! Raffle Before the Show, including an Original Panhandle Slim Painting of J.R. “Bob” Dobbs!

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by definition, is really different for each person. Some people like to work at what they enjoy. Some people really prefer to just sit and watch TV and vegetate. “The Conspiracy” is anything that takes away your Slack. I think even young people who have never heard of the Church of the SubGenius can relate to feelings of oppressiveness, instability, or anxiety over an uncertain career path or future.

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Happenings ACTIVISM & POLITICS

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DRINKING LIBERALLY Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. A gathering of Liberals for an informal discussion of politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and the world around us. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. (912) 341-7427. livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/GA/ savannah. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF SAVANNAH Are you interested in true liberty and freedom? Are you tired of the two-party political system controlling our modern government? Learn how to make a difference and get your voice heard. Join the Libertarian Party of Savannah for our monthly meetings. For more information like our Facebook page. Free second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. unclemaddios.com. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, 7805 Abercorn St. RECLAIMING OUR INDIGENOUS POWER SERIES: ATROCITY AND BETRAYAL: THE EBENEZER CREEK, 40 ACRES AND A MULE TRAGEDY Ebenezer Creek, site of (Trail of tears) displaced Indigenous people, is also the site of another avoidable atrocity. As Sherman marched to Savannah, 1864, possibly 5000 escapees from slavery were shot, stabbed, and/or drowned as they fled from an encroaching Confederate Army. Union forces destroyed their only escape route—and watched a slaughter later called “military necessity”. Come learn the history, join the collective-protest-Shout-- in dialogue, film + cultural expression: Build NEW Escape, Rebellion and Freedom narratives for Savannah + the region! Now is the time for the ancestors to clearly speak!! A WHICH WAY SAVANNAH Initiative 00.00 Thu., Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m. 646-207-1843. nowgriot1@aol.com. The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 1802 Abercorn. SAVANNAH AREA YOUNG REPUBLICANS Get involved. Meetings are the last Tuesday of every month (except for December) at 7:00pm. Contact number: (912) 657-9623 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr.org. sayr.org. UNMERGE MY UNIVERSITY FREE: UN-MERGE MY UNIVERSITY vehicle stickers. Greater Savannah and Statesboro areas. Visit www.unmergemyuniversity.com for details. ongoing. VICTORIAN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS The VNA represents all residing, working or otherwise involved in the Victorian District and meets every second Tuesday of each month to the exception of the month of August. Meetings are held at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. Social starts at 5:30 p.m. and meetings start at 6 p.m. There is no fee to attend our meetings. For anyone using the Valet Parking at The Mansion, there is a $5. fee. MEMBERSHIP YEARLY FEES are: Individual $25. - Household (2 people) $40. - Business $50. and Students $10. Free 42 ongoing, 6-7 p.m. vnasavannahga2013@

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A GRACIOUS CHRISTMAS A Gracious Christmas is an old-fashioned Christmas adventure including a coastal Christmas luncheon. The event features two DIY holiday presentations and a special appearance by author and Savannah Morning News columnist Polly Stramm. The event rounds out with a luncheon, silent auction and a marketplace of homemade gifts, centerpieces, wreaths, and sweets. These are southern comforts at their best! All net proceeds are designated for Savannah CASA (https://www. savannahcasa.org), specifically to train volunteers to advocate for foster children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are in the juvenile justice system. $50 or $25 Thu., Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 912.354.7615. judith@savannahfpc.org. facebook.com/events/678114402699512/. fpc.presbychurch.net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. HOLIDAY RUMMAGE SALE Come out and get your thrift on at the annual Holiday Rummage Sale to benefit the children of Explorers Montessori Coastal Cooperative. Huge Multi -family rummage sale with some furniture, toys, clothing and of course mega deals! Just in time for the holidays! Sat., Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 2014911194. info@explorersmontessori. org. explorersmontessorisav.org. Explorers Montessori Coastal Cooperative, 51 Wilmington Island Rd. SANTA PAWS AT PINNACLE Santa Paws at Pinnacle, a holiday donation drive benefiting Palmetto Animal League (PAL), will launch for the month of December with a kick-off party hosted at Pinnacle Medical Group’s Sheridan Park office at 7 Mallet Way on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. The kick-off event will feature door prizes, refreshments and a visit from PAL’s furry friends. Guests are encouraged to bring new blankets, towels, dog toys, food, cleaning supplies, shampoos, collars, leashes, beds and tennis balls. Pet store gift cards and cash donations are also accepted. Event is free, but spots are limited. Free Thu., Dec. 5, 4-6 p.m. facebook. com/events/499953557533212/?active_ tab=about. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, 7 Mallet Way. SCI FANS FOR SENIORS DRIVE Members of the community who would like to donate a new box fan or make a cash donation to purchase a fan may come by SCI’s headquarters at 3025 Bull Street, Savannah between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or donate on-line at www.seniorcitizensinc.org/give. ongoing. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. SUPPORT UNION MISSION THIS GIVING TUESDAY Union Mission is raising funds for Giving Tuesday during the entire month of November through December 3rd to

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remodel 4 bathrooms at The Magdalene Project, a 20-bed emergency shelter for homeless women and their children. Getting kids ready for school can be stressful; imagine sharing a space with 5 other mothers and 12 children. For these families, basic day-to-day activities like bathing children at night should be the least of their worries. Union Mission’s goal is to raise $8,000 through their Giving Tuesday campaign to better serve the clients who utilize these facilities. Donations are accepted at https://unionmission.ejoinme. org/Givingtuesday. Individuals or civic organization interested in sponsoring, can contact Suzanne Willis at (912) 238-2777 ext. 1315 or swillis@unionmission.org. Through Dec. 4. TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION LOCATION Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots at the River’s End Campground & RV Park office. The office is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 5 Fort Ave. Tybee Island. Mondays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 912-786-5518. riversend@ cityoftybee.org. River’s End Campground & RV Park, Tybee Island.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

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. For more info visit https://www.abeniculturalarts.com or call 912-272-2797. ongoing. abeniculturalarts@ gmail.com. abeniculturalarts.com. 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. buccaneerregion.org. CHATHAM RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION MEETING The Chatham Retired Educators Association (CREA) is an organization of retired educators and friends of education designed to support educational and community service. $17.00 (optional) second Monday of every month, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. 912-925-4980. aohoward@ hotmail.com. careyhilliards.com. Carey Hilliard’s, 11111 Abercorn St. 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. cdixon604@aol.com. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. COASTAL BEAD SOCIETY Our mission is to further the art of beading and bead education within our membership and our communities.

Visit website for more info regarding the next Bead-In Class or the next CBS Meeting! ongoing. coastalbeadsociety. com/coastalbeadsociety-com. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. COOKIES, CARDS AND CRAFT BREWS, OH MY! Planned Parenthood Southeast Young Leaders are back with a new season of repro-rights themed holiday cards to put a little sass in your holiday stash. Five new custom card designs will be debuted on December 9th at White Whale Craft Ales from 6:00-8:00 pm. Come mix and jingle with your Planned Parenthood family, and while you’re at it, write your friends, your House Reps, and your Senators, and ask them to stand with Planned Parenthood in the new year! Mon., Dec. 9, 6 p.m. White Whale Craft Ales, 1207 Bull St. FIBER GUILD OF THE SAVANNAHS A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center (in the 2nd floor studio), first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am - 1pm. Visit website for more updates! ongoing. fiberguildsav.com. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. 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. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. bullstreetlabs.com. Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St. PHILO CAFE We are a free form informal discussion group meeting to discuss a different topic every Monday night at 7:30 upstairs at Foxy Loxy Cafe on Bull St. across the street from the Main Library. The public is welcome and there is no charge. Topics can be found ahead of time on our Facebook page. ongoing. 904-440-8475. foxyloxycafe.com. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. 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. proofsavannah.com. Edgar’s Proof and Provision, 15 E. Liberty St.


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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. facebook.com/groups/ SavannahChineseCorner. Downtown Savannah, downtown. SAVANNAH HOME COOKERY CLUB This is a group for home cooks and bakers to expand, explore, and inspire our skills. Come join us in sharing our culinary adventures. This is a place where we can exchange resources, ideas, and our tastes for food adventure and bring it all home. Meets the second Saturday of every month from 1-3pm. Free ongoing. SavHomeCookeryClub@gmail.com. friendshipcoffeecompany.com/index.html. Friendship Coffee Company, 205 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Ste I. 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. 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. scad.edu/admission/visit-scad/ daily-tours. scad.edu/. Savannah College of Art and Design, PO Box 2072. STITCH AND BITCH Slow down and nurture your creative spirit in a constructive, casual atmosphere. Bring a project or enjoy one of our kits curated to focus on the dedicated process of craft: embroidery, knitting, needlework, or any of the fiber arts. All ages are welcome! Cheeseboard + wine deals to be had. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. foxyloxycafe.com. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

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CHORALE & VOCAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE CONCERT The Armstrong Chorale & Vocal Chamber Ensemble performs under the direction of Robert Harris at 7:30 p.m. $6 Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. (912) 344-2801. armstrongboxoffice@georgiasouthern.edu. georgiasouthern.edu/armstrongtickets. Fine Arts Auditorium, Armstrong Campus, Georgia Southern University, 11935 Abercorn St. A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS CONTINUES ON P. 44

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1 Fraud-monitoring agcy. 4 Deprive of weapons 9 Judge’s seat, in court 13 Boxer botherer 14 “London Warsaw New York” musician born in Poland 15 “Shepherd Moons” singer 16 2019 debaters, for short 17 “Gloves are off” 18 Unit of gold or silver? 19 Reattaches a tomato to a plant (but in a messy way)? 22 Grammy-winning bossa nova musician Gilberto 23 Source of some milk 24 Big expense in blockbuster films 25 Freudian topic 27 “___ one, think that ...” 30 Drum teacher’s session 32 Actor who’s all about the money? 35 “Horrors!” 36 Lennon partner 37 “Incoming golf ball!” 41 Autobiographies, two by two? 46 Light benders 49 Part of the mnemonic HOMES 50 Wall-E’s love interest 51 Common Market abbr., once 52 Bedroom furniture wood 54 Romanov royal of

Russia 56 Roll call on a ship? 62 “Person of the Year” awarder 63 “The Many Loves of ___ Gillis” 64 ___ Yun (performing arts company with ubiquitous ads) 65 Strait of Hormuz country 66 Golf equipment 67 Like mud or slime 68 “99 Luftballons” German singer 69 Nine Inch Nails founder Reznor 70 #1 concern?

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1 Get out quick 2 Short-term earning opportunities 3 Inexpensive ‘80s keyboard manufacturer 4 Gaming company behind “Assassin’s Creed” and “Just Dance” 5 1949 alliance 6 Professional org. 7 Public uprisings 8 It has a round cover 9 Wally’s TV brother, with “the” 10 Hijinks 11 “Us” actress Lupita 12 Entered 13 “Fireside chat” monogram

20 Depilatory brand with “short shorts” ads, once 21 Window shopper, essentially 25 Tiny unit of work 26 Formerly Portuguese Indian territory 28 Natural gas add-in 29 Step in the shower? 31 Online financial services company focused on student loans 33 “House” actor Omar 34 American-born former queen of Jordan 38 Winter footwear 39 Lovejoy on “The Simpsons,” e.g. 40 Point opposite WNW 42 In a wild way 43 Emphatic words after “There!” 44 Survival group? 45 Grateful Dead bassist Phil 46 Gel in jellies 47 Bring back on 48 Val Kilmer, in “Top Gun” 53 Boxed soup and bouillon brand 55 He was famous for fables 57 Pro wrestler John 58 Orchestra’s tuning instrument 59 Swede’s neighbor 60 Cold-___ (zinc-based brand) 61 At ___ cost

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The service leads us through scripture and song as we tell of Christ’s birth here on earth. The service will feature the Trinity Sanctuary Choir, the MP Möller Pipe Organ, and Brass Quintet. Sun., Dec. 8, 4 p.m. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. FIRST FRIDAY FOR FOLK MUSIC Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. $5 donation December’s performance is Claudia Nygaard.. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912-401-1900. patmooneylcsw@ bellsouth.net. savannahfolk.org. fpc. presbychurch.net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. GAELYNN LEA Ships of the Sea is proud to announce the First Annual Benefit Concert featuring singer-songwriter and advocate, Gaelynn Lea. $10 Fri., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. 9122321511. stephanie@shipsofthesea.org. facebook. com/events/2412472742355720/. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. MATT VENUTI HOLIDAY CONCERT EXPERIENCE Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Venuti returns to Savannah to present an electro-acoustic holiday concert experience. Matt plays rare, captivating melodic-percussive acoustic instruments developed in Switzerland, as well as the expressive and dynamic Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) wind-synthesizer. He was

a 2019 Artist In Residence in The Florida Everglades and Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. With musical roots in San Francisco, Matt tours extensively, performing over 100 solo concerts a year. He has multiple album releases that have been in the top 10 on ZMR and CMJ College Music charts. Love donations Sun., Dec. 8, 4-5:30 p.m. 912-355-4704. office@unitysavannah.org. facebook. com/events/745033022568728/. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS AND HANDEL Acclaimed artists Larisa and Steven Elisha and Dr. Michael Braz will perform Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Larisa and Steven Elisha head the string department for Georgia Southern University. Dr. Michael Braz, Professor Emeritus of Georgia Southern University will play the orchestral accompaniment. FREE Sun., Dec. 8, 4-5 p.m. 9125987242Ext 5. tmckee@stpeterssavannah.org. stpeterssavannah.org. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road. SAVANNAH CHRISTMAS CONCERT Usher in the holiday season with our annual Savannah Christmas Concert in the historic Savannah Theatre in the heart of Downtown Savannah. This is a benefit concert of love for Savannah single moms hosted by: Tapestry Church Savannah, The Savannah Theatre and Shelter From the Rain, Inc. You are sure to be swept away by the festive

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sounds of Savannah’s Finest including Kimberly Gunn, Isaac Smith, Reese Bailey, Markeya Relaford and Savannah Theatre’s own Huxsie Scott. $12 Mon., Dec. 9, 7 p.m. savannahtheatre.com. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC: HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR In the first half of our program, the Phil collaborates with the Savannah Children’s Choir to tell O. Henry’s heartfelt The Gift of the Magi as adapted by Adolphus Hailstork. Then, in the second half, the Philharmonic Chorus will join the Orchestra and get funky with a Motown holiday tribute and other fun favorites. $25-$73 Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. savannahcivic.

com. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR This year, we’re reimagining what it means to celebrate the holiday season. In the first half of our program, we collaborate with the Savannah Children’s Choir to tell O. Henry’s heartfelt The Gift of the Magi as adapted by Adolphus Hailstork. Then, in the second half, the Philharmonic Chorus will join the Orchestra as we let our hair down and get funky with a Motown holiday tribute and other fun favorites!Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Nadège Foofat, Conductor Mykal Kilgore, Voice $25-$80 Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

912-232-6002. info@savannahphilharmonic. org. savannahcivic.com. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. SILVER BELLS AND DIAMONDS The Diamonds’ newly revamped holiday show, Silver Bells and Diamonds, combines the best of The Diamonds – In Concert with high energy holiday favorites everyone will enjoy. Sat., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. 912-754-1118. marstheatre.com. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street.

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“I HAVE MARKS TO MAKE” OPENING CELEBRATION AND RECEPTION Telfair presents an opening program featuring stories from I Have Marks to

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

In composing this oracle, I have called on the unruly wisdom of Vivienne Westwood. She’s the fashion designer who incorporated the punk esthetic into mainstream styles. Here are four quotes by her that will be especially suitable for your use in the coming weeks. 1. “I disagree with everything I used to say.” 2. “The only possible effect one can have on the world is through unpopular ideas.” 3. “Intelligence is composed mostly of imagination, insight, and things that have nothing to do with reason.” 4. “I’m attracted to people who are really true to themselves and who are always trying to do something that makes their life more interesting.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“I’m drowning in the things I never told you.” Famous make-up artist Alexandra Joseph wrote that message to a companion with whom she had a complicated relationship. Are you experiencing a similar sensation, Taurus? If so, I invite you to do something about it! The coming weeks will be a good time to stop drowning. One option is to blurt out to your ally *all* the feelings and thoughts you’ve been withholding and hiding. A second option is to divulge just *some* of the feelings and thoughts you’ve been withholding and hiding—and then monitor the results of your partial revelation. A third option is to analyze why you’ve been withholding and hiding. Is it because your ally hasn’t been receptive, or because you’re afraid of being honest? Here’s what I suggest: Start with the third option, then move on to the second.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

I’ve got some borderline sentimental poetry to offer you in this horoscope. It may be too mushy for a mentally crisp person like you. You may worry that I’ve fallen under the sway of sappy versions of love rather than the snappy versions I usually favor. But there is a method in my madness: I suspect you need an emotionally suggestive nudge to fully activate your urge to merge; you require a jolt of sweetness to inspire you to go in quest of

the love mojo that’s potentially available to you in abundance. So please allow your heart to be moved by the following passage from poet Rabindranath Tagore: “My soul is alight with your infinitude of stars. Your world has broken upon me like a flood. The flowers of your garden blossom in my body.”

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unabashed fantasies. You feel no inhibition about envisioning scenes that you may or may not ever carry out in real life. You understand that this free-form play of images is a healing joy, a gift you give yourself. It’s a crafty strategy to make sure you’re not hiding any secrets from yourself. Now is a favorable time to practice this art, Virgo.

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Poet Juan Felipe Herrera praises the value of making regular efforts to detox our cluttered minds. He says that one of the best methods for accomplishing this cleansing is to daydream. You give yourself permission to indulge in uncensored,

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Try saying this, and notice how it feels: “For the next 17 days, I will make ingenious efforts to interpret my problems as interesting opportunities that offer me the chance to liberate myself from my suffering and transform myself into the person I aspire to become.” Now speak the following words and see what thoughts and sensations get triggered: “For the next 17 days, I will have fun imagining that my so-called flaws are signs of potential strengths and talents that I have not yet developed.” An interviewer asked singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen if he needed to feel bothered and agitated in order to stimulate his creativity. Cohen said no. “When I get up in the morning,” he testified, “my real concern is to discover whether I’m in a state of grace.” Surprised, the interviewer asked, “What do you mean by a state of grace?” Cohen described it as a knack for balance that he called on to ride the chaos around him. He knew he couldn’t fix or banish the chaos—and it would be arrogant to try. His state of grace was more like skiing skillfully down a hill, gliding along the contours of unpredictable terrain. I’m telling you about Cohen’s definition, Leo, because I think that’s the state of grace you should cultivate right now. I bet it will stimulate your creativity in ways that surprise and delight you.

Make’s 25-year history, followed by a 3pm reception for participants and their families. Free and open to the public. Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. 912.790.8800. info@telfair.org. telfair. org/event/i-have-marks-to-make-openingcelebration-and-reception/. telfair.org/ jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. 100 BLACK MEN OF SAVANNAH GENERAL MEMBERSHIP Membership in 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. consists of men from all walks of life who share a commitment to preparing Savannah youth for the challenges of adulthood. They lead by example, commit their time, abilities, and resources to our

In accordance with current astrological omens, here’s your meditation, as articulated by the blogger named Riverselkie: “Let your life be guided by the things that produce the purest secret happiness, with no thought to what that may look like from the outside. Feed the absurd whims of your soul and create with no audience in mind but yourself. What is poignant to you is what others will be moved by, too. Embrace what you love about yourself and the right people will come.” “I swear I became a saint from waiting,” wrote Scorpio poet Odysseus Elytis in his poem “Three Times the Truth.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, you may be in a similar situation. And you’ll be wise to welcome the break in the action and abide calmly in the motionless lull. You’ll experiment with the hypothesis that temporary postponement is best not just for you, but for all concerned.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“My greatest asset is that I am constantly changing,” says Sagittarian actress and activist Jane Fonda. This description may not always be applicable to you, but I think it should be during the coming weeks. You’re primed to thrive on a robust commitment to self-transformation. As you proceed in your holy task, keep in mind this other advice from Fonda. 1. “One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go.” 2. “It is never too late to master your weaknesses.” 3. “If you allow yourself, you can become stronger in the very places that you’ve been broken.” 4. “The challenge

is not to be perfect. It’s to be whole.” P.S. And what does it mean to be whole? Be respectful toward all your multiple facets, and welcome them into the conversation you have about how to live.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You can’t escape your past completely. You can’t loosen its hold on you so thoroughly that it will forever allow you to move with limitless freedom into the future. But you definitely have the power to release yourself from at least a part of your past’s grip. And the coming weeks will be an excellent time to do just that: to pay off a portion of your karmic debt and shed worn-out emotional baggage.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Aquarian playwright August Strindberg didn’t have much interest in people who “regurgitate what they have learned from books.” He was bored by stories that have been told over and over again; was impatient with propaganda disguised as information and by sentimental platitudes masquerading as sage insights. He craved to hear about the unprecedented secrets of each person’s life: the things they know and feel that no one else knows and feels. He was a student of “the natural history of the human heart.” I bring Strindberg’s perspective to your attention, my dear one-of-a-kind Aquarius, because now is a perfect time for you to fully embody it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“It’s no fun being in love with a shadow,” wrote Piscean poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. And yet she indulged profusely in that no-fun activity, and even capitalized on it to create a number of decent, if morose, poems. But in alignment with your astrological omens, Pisces, I’m going to encourage you to fall out of love with shadows. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to channel your passions into solid realities: to focus your ardor and adoration on earthly pleasures and practical concerns and imperfect but interesting people.

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mission, and are actively engaged in our program committees. We welcome inquiries and applications for membership from men of good character who have a commitment, time, and resources to strengthening our communities and mentoring our youth. For more info visit http://www.100blackmensav. org/join free to attend second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 100blackmensav.org/ join. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. 13 GHOSTS HAUNTED TOUR SAVANNAH $25 Fri., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Monterey Square, Bull and West Wayne Streets. 24TH ANNUAL RICHMOND HILL CHRISTMAS PARADE A holiday tradition continues in Richmond Hill. Check the Facebook page for more updates. Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m. Richmond Hill, 9701 ford Ave. 40 ACRES AND A MULE TOUR This is the story of Savannah and its significant role of promoting slavery throughout the South and it’s the story of the triumph over slavery through faith, culminating in a historic meeting in which the aspirations of 4 million African-Americans became distilled in a single phrase: “40 acres and a mule.” You will visit six of Savannah’s most historic squares as you learn the truth about crucial events that took place in the city between 1733 and 1865 that shaped the life and times of Savannah for years to come. Private tours only. $40 ongoing. 912-6594383. rumpel@40acresandamule.org. 40acresandamule.org. THE ABCS OF DISABILITY Ships of the Sea hosts a forum with Gaelynn Lea, singer-songwriter and activist for disability rights and accessibility in the arts, Dr. Ken Boyd, Executive Director of Employability and Ralph Ferone, Special Pops Board Member. Moderated By Dave Legasse, Chairman of the Georgia Grown Commission and Co-owner of The Salt Table. *Free and open to the public Q+A following forum plus a special concert by Gaelynn Lea! Free Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m. 9122321511. stephanie@shipsofthesea.org. facebook. com/events/2423306727910450/. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. AMERICANWORK EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY PARTY Free Sat., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Ralph Mark Gilbert

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Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. AWW SHUCKS! 3RD ANNUAL OYSTER ROAST $35 Sun., Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Hudson’s Seafood House On The Docks, 1 Hudson Road. CONTRA DANCE Joyce Murlless and Bob Beattie will teach and prompt the dancing with live music by Glow in the Dark String Band. Come join in the fun of contra and squares and a couple of waltzes. NEWCOMERS WELCOMED, Easy to learn, no experience or partner needed, two left feet accepted, come early for beginner lesson, casual dress, teens and up. Friendly and alcohol free setting. $9 or $6 for members, Contact: Darlene Vincent, www.savannahfolk.org , www.facebook. com/savfolkmusic $9 / $6 members of students Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30-10:30 p.m. 912-826-6504. d79vincent@gmail.com. savannahfolk.org. Garden City United Methodist Church, 62 Varnedoe Ave. DECEMBER BIRTHPLACE GENERAL TOURS $15 Mon., Dec. 9, noon. juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org/. $15 Tue., Dec. 10, noon. juliettegordonlowbirthplace. org/. Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, 10 East Oglethorpe Ave. DISCOVER SAVANNAH-SAVANNAH THEATRE, A CHRISTMAS TRADITION $34 Fri., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. siumc.org/. Skidaway United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway. 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. http://www.meetup.com/Drinksafter-work/ https://www.facebook.com/ groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. com. meetup.com/Drinks-after-work/ events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. ELECTRIC LUCIFER NIGHT An evening of electronic music deconstructions with performances by Men Smash Atoms, Infinite Neutral, Vinay Arora, and Skippy Spiral. $5 Sat., Dec. 5, 10-11:45 p.m. 912-570-8330. nicodemus@inbox.com. electriclucifernight.com/. wormholebar.com. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull 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 savannahexchange.org or find us on Facebook. Mondays, noon. 912-441-6559. ddewitt30@yahoo.com. Savannahexchange. org. Exchange Club of Savannah, Carey Hilliard’s Abercorn across from Lowe’s. FIRST FRIDAY FIREWORKS Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. Free first Friday of every month,

9:30 p.m. info@riverstreetsavannah.com. riverstreetsavannah.com/event/first-fridayfireworks. Rousakis Plaza, River St. GLOW PARTY! Glow Party at Premier NOW EVERY 1st Saturday of the Month! Come out and Enjoy Drink Specials ALL NIGHT & Free Giveaways ~ Cosmic Bowling starts at 10 PM! Dress to GLOW!! *21+ After 6 PM! FREE first Saturday of every month, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. 912-348-2739. sales@poolerbowl.com. facebook.com/ events/822534741456393/. PoolerBowl. com. Premier Bowl & Bistro, 4 Towne Center Court. HIGH TEA WITH SANTA AT OLD TOWN BLUFFTON INN $12-$40 Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Old Town Bluffton Inn, 1321 May River Road. HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS WITH SAVANNAH TOURS AND TALES True tales of the Irish Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans of Savannah’s past. Join KT O’Brien, a native Savannahian, for a leisurely stroll through the serene squares of Savannah. Frequent stops for seats and refreshments available. Reservations required for tours daily at 10:30am and 8:00pm 2hours $30. Private tours upon request. ongoing. savannahtoursandtales@gmail.com. HOLIDAY DESIGN SERIES BY MICHAEL SKAFF - CENTERPIECE DECOR $50 Wed., Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Perry Lane Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah, 256 East Perry Street. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Gallery 209 Annual Holiday Open House. Join us for a fun day of artist demonstrations, refreshments and our new holiday giving tree. Our artist are creating ornaments in a variety of mediums to decorate the tree.100% of the sales of these Ornaments will be donated to two local charities.The event is sure to be fun and put you in the Holiday spirit. Parking is free on Sundays Sun., Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m. 912-2364583. gallery209savannah.com/. Gallery 209, 209 E River St. HOLIDAY PARTY Celebrate the season with food and drinks, wellness lattes by Fete Chalet, spray tans by Beettan, free gift wrapping, jewelry bundles and more. Thu., Dec. 5, 5 p.m. Mamie Ruth | M. Liz Jewelry, 107 W. Liberty St. HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR AT HENNY PENNY PRESENTED BY E. SHAVER BOOKSELLERS Join us this holiday season at Henny Penny for our first Holiday Book Fair presented by E. Shaver Booksellers! Do your kids need gifts or happies to give siblings, friends, or teachers? Give the gift of reading this holiday season! On Friday, December 6th from 5-8pm E. Shaver will be selling books and knick-knacks perfect for holiday gifts. Henny Penny’s art studio side will also have craft time! Bring your kids by for some Christmas shopping and crafts and enjoy Henny Penny’s Parent’s Happy Hour specials while you’re here! Fri., Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m. 912401-0543. info@foxyloxycafe.com. Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe, 1514 Bull St. HOLIDAYS IN HISTORY The cottages of the historic district will be adorned with their finest holiday decorations. Enjoy the history of Jekyll

Island enriched in seasonal splendor as you venture inside the cottages of Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District. Daily in December 2019 (excluding Dec. 24-25) • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Departs from Mosaic, the Museum of Jekyll Island $20 for adults, $10 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under Mondays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 912-635-4036. info@jekyllisland. com. jekyllisland.com/history/holidaysin-history/. Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District, 100 James Road. HOLLY JOLLY LIGHT TOURS Take a ride on Jekyll’s jolliest holiday trolley to see over half a million lights around the island. Sit back, relax and enjoy the magical wonders of the season from historic live oaks dressed in their holiday best, to light displays set in a coastal wonderland. This 40-minute holiday lights tour will include a pit-stop at Faith Chapel and finish off with festive holiday beverages. The tour will not be offered on Dec. 7. $15 for adults, $7 for children 5-12, children 4 and under are free Thursdays-Saturdays, 6:30-7:15 p.m. 912.635.4036. info@jekyllisland.com. jekyllisland.com/history/holly-jolly-lighttours/. Mosaic: The Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Stable Road. ISLANDS FARMERS’ MARKET Islands Farmers Market offers local food vendors with fresh & local produce, meats, baked goods, seasonings, and so much more. Corner of Hwy 80 E and Quarterman Dr (on the way to Tybee) on the grounds of Lighthouse Baptist Church Saturdays 9-1. Free Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. islandsfarmersmarket@gmail.com. islandsfarmersmarket.org. Islands Farmers’ Market, 401 Quarterman Dr. JINGLE BELL BLOCK HOP A holiday block party celebrating one of the favorite songs of all times, Jingle Bells which was penned here in Savannah. It will be an afternoon full of live performances, singing, and dancing activities for the whole family. Sat., Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Ellis Square, Barnard Street and St. Julian Street. LET’S ROAM’S SAVANNAH GHOST HUNT Things haven’t always been peachy in Georgia. On this ghoulish Savannah ghost tour, explore the horrific past of the city’s best landmarks and meet the ghosts who haunt the streets to this day. What treasure can be found in the Pirates’ House? What’s that chill in Madison Square? Find out on this ghost tour of Savannah. 11 Through Dec. 31, 2021. support@letsroam.com. letsroam. com/ghost_tours/Ghost_Savannah_ Scavenger_Hunt?utm_source=partner&utm_ medium=connectsavghost. Savannah, Savannah. MERRY ART MARKET Merry Art Market at Savannah’s Clay Spot is a handmade Pottery Extravaganza. Meet local artist from Savannah’s Clay Community and give handmade this is holiday season. Free Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m. 912-509-4647. savannahsclayspot.com. artists selling handmade pottery. Bring the kids to enjoy the free Kid’s corner making station. Free Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 9125094647. savannahsclayspot@gmail. com. savannahsclayspot.com. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St.


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Johnny Mercer Theatre EVENING CONCERTS December 6-7 7:30 pm FAMILY MATINEE December 7 3:00 pm Nadège Foofat, conductor Mykal Kilgore, voice Roger Moss, narrator Savannah Children’s Choir Nadège Foofat, conductor

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