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Table of Contents Volume 5, No. 9, November 23, 2005
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On the Cover: Prizewinning brewer Klugh Kennedy with his gear at his Wilmington Island home
News Cover Story
Savannah Brewers League
News bits from around town
Jane Fishman 10 Fighting City Hall, here and elsewhere Feedback 11
Letters to the Editor
Cover Story 6 Blotter 12
From SPD reports
13 Strange but true
News of the Weird
This week on your planet
Culture Art Review 21 Julio Garcia THoTHo Art Patrol 22 Local shows & exhibits
City Notebook 9
Theatre Review 23 The Glass Menagerie Connect Savannah
Vibes Music Interview 15 Baleen, a whale of a band
16 Local gigs a la carte
Connect Recommends 17 Concerts of the week
Music Interview 16
Good Show, Will Travel 20 Some good regional concerts Soundboard 26 Who’s playing and where
Film Now Showing 24
All the flicks that fit
The 411 Art Patrol 22
Week at a Glance
Our best bets for cool stuff to do
Happenings 29 All the stuff, all the time
Classifieds Weather 14 News from the sky Sudoku Puzzle
41 It’s all the rage
Crossword Puzzle 39 Mental Fun
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Tree of Light What: Help welcome the holiday season with musical performances and the ceremonial lighting of Savannah’s outdoor holiday tree of light. When: Saturday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park. Cost: Free. Call: 234-1111 or visit www.wtoc.com.
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Happy Thanksgiving! Friday Nov. 25
What: Not just a gingerbread house, but an entire village. Local chefs and businesses are competing for bragging rights for the best gingerbread house in Savannah. The display will benefit local children’s charities through the Savannah Harbor Foundation. When: Now through Dec. 26. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa lobby. Cost: Free and open to the public. Call: 201-2000.
Annual Harbor Boat Parade Saturday 5th of Lights What: More than 60 festively decorated Nov. 26 yachts and sailboats will compete for various titles and bragging rights. The boat parade will be followed by a fireworks extravaganza. When: Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Where: River Street. Cost: Free. Call: 201-2062 or www.westinsavannah.com.
Ballet Savannah’s Nutcracker: A Holiday Family Tradition What: This beloved holiday classic is based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice. It is the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. When: Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $35, $28 and $20. Call: 5255050 or visit www.lucastheatre.com.
Sunday Nov. 27
A Day of Hope and Prayer
What: Savannah has the second largest AIDS concentrated infectious area in Georgia, second only to the Atlanta metropolitan area. Savannah AIDS Awareness Week opens with two simultaneous services, held at local churches. This year’s world theme is “Stop AIDS -- Keep the Promise.” When: Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. Where: Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church and St. Philip Monumental AME Church.
Wild Islands & Estuaries What: Join naturalist John “Crawfish” Crawford aboard Capt. Mike Neal’s Island Explorer on this Wilderness Southeast discovery cruise through Georgia’s tidal creeks
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Psychotronic Film Society Presents a Repeat Screening of Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price What: Due to popular demand, the Psychotronic Film Society is repeating this documentary, which takes you into the real lives of workers and their families in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel....and shop. When: Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $3 suggested donation. Call: 232-4447. ◗
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Just brew it And the winner is... Klugh Kennedy’s Bay Street Bash Best of Show recipe for Alison Peche: Category: Belgian, Flanders Brown Ale Method: Full Mash Starting Gravity: 1.052 Ending Gravity: 1.013 Alcohol content: 5.0 percent Recipe makes: 9,0 gallons Total Grain: 18.50 lbs. Color (srm): 9.9 Efficiency: 70 percent Hop IBUs: 8,0 Malts/Sugars 1.00 lb. Vienna 10.00 lb. Pale Ale, Belgian 2.50 lb. Pale Ale, British 3.00 lb. Wheat (Malt) 2.00 lb. Cara-Vienne Hops 1.50 oz. Tettnanger 5.0 percent 25 min. 0.50 oz. Hersbrucker 2.2 percent, 5 min. Boil temperature of water: 212 degrees F Grain Starting Temperature: 75F Desired Grain/Water Ratio: 1.2 quarts/pound Strike Water: 5.55 gallons of water at 133 degrees F First Mash Temperature: 124F Second Mash Temperature: 152F Boiling Water to add: 3.07 gallons Water Absorbed by Grain: 2.78 gal Water Evaporated during boil: 0.50 gal Wort left in Brewpot: 0.50 gal Add 4.15 gal of water to yield 9.0 gal of wort Notes: Use Wyeast 1338 because 1056 was too attentuative Remember to plug in the exact aa% before calculating hops Shoot for 8 IBUs Apricots? Acidify w lactic acid, acid blend & malt vinegar If needed to supplement lactobacillus and pediococcus cultures. Almond extract, vanilla extract (70:30)
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The Savannah Brewers League doesn’t get mad, they just ferment
ALMOST AS SOON AS HUMANS discovered agriculture, they started making beer. It’s not surprising -- grain was the first domesticated crop, and beer’s brewed from grain. Fortunately, humankind didn’t stop with that glorious milestone. In spite of beer (or maybe because of it?), humans have carried forth, building and destroying civilizations, inventing automobiles and soaring into space. But those ancient home brewers left a lingering legacy. The art of home brewing has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, and many a modern basement or garage houses its own home brewery. There’s a local organization dedicated to home brewing. The Savannah Brewers League is a gregarious bunch that meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at (where else?) the Moon River Brewing Co. on Bay Street. Chris Stovall, who’s been brewing since the mid-’90s, is president of the league. “I went to the bathroom one night and they did a hasty vote,” he jokes. “Apparently that’s the usual way it happens.” A waste-water engineer by day, Stovall does lots of fermentation projects. Using fermentation to make beer is a great way to relax. “It’s very enjoyable and a nice hobby,” Stovall says. “It’s definitely something interesting to talk about.” The Savannah Brewer’s League has about 30 active members, and at least 20 of them typically show up at the meetings. “The club has been together since 1993 when the home brewing law was changed in Georgia,” Stovall says. “Before then, it was illegal.” Until last year, the state banned the sale of any beer with more than 6 percent alcohol content. Ironically, this spurred the growth of home brewing as folks decided to brew stronger beer on their own. “Now they’ve opened it up so you can buy up to 14 percent beer,” Stovall says. “But it’s still cheaper to make your own, and it’s better.” Home brew is more flavorful than commercial beer. “I use a lot of spices when I make beer,” Stovall says. “I use a lot of coriander seed and orange peel.” The league sponsors a yearly brewing competition. “We also hold impromptu competitions,” Stovall says. “We also brew mead and have a mead contest that’s comes up in February. A lot of guys in the group think mead is their specialty.” Mead is a type of wine made from honey. Depending on how it’s brewed, Stovall says, mead can taste like a first-class Chardonnay or the bottom of a barrel of hooch. Beer or mead, the league is a dedicated bunch. “It’s a good group,” Stovall says. “You make friends every time we meet.” Can you ever have too much beer? Federal and state laws regarding brewing don’t always agree. “Under federal law, you can brew 100 gallons per person or 200 gallons per household per year,” says Roger Carson, a real estate appraiser who has been home brewing for about three years. “In Georgia, you can brew only 50 gallons.” Brew more than that, and you’re subject to a state excise tax. Five gallons of beer equals about two cases.
The beer is placed in a container called a carboy to ferment. “Most say the window of opportunity is November to March,” Carson says.
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Jerry Lentini is one of the league’s younger members. “In my opinion, a lot of the beer that’s commercially brewed is of a lesser quality than what I can make myself,” he says. “I definitely like experimenting. I like different styles,” Lentini says. “I don’t know too many people who do this. I think it definitely takes a certain kind of mindset to be good at it. After a while, you get the feel for what ingredients to use.” Klugh Kennedy began brewing beer because he likes to cook. He recently won Best of Show in the league’s annual competition, the Bay Street Bash, with his Sour Flanders Broun, named Alison Peche. Brewing involves a This Belgian beer has a five-step chemical reddish gold process known as Jerry Lentini with his collection of brewing color. “I used zymurgy. (Brewers are equipment at his southside apartment peaches to therefore “zymurgists.”) flavor it,” Malted barley is Kennedy says. “It’s pretty tasty. soaked in hot water to release the malt “I’m a pharmacist, and brewing is sugars, then the malt sugar solution is half-way between pharmacy and cooking. boiled with hops for seasoning. The I can never follow a recipe. That means I solution is cooled and yeast is added to can’t reproduce a beer that has turned begin fermentation. out good,” Kennedy says. “I do take The yeast ferments the sugars, notes and keep a log.” releasing CO2 and ethyl alcohol. When Fellow league members say Kennedy the main fermentation is complete, the is by far the best brewer in their bunch. beer is bottled with a little bit of added But he says his first experience was a sugar to provide the carbonation. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But league disaster. “The first beer I made was made with members say brewing can be as simple my father, from a kit,” Kennedy says. “We or complex as the brewer wants it to be. followed the directions exactly, including Members of the Savannah Brewing adding several pounds of corn sugar. It League love to experiment. “There are tasted terrible.” recipes galore on how to make different Fortunately, Kennedy has improved types of beer,” Carson says. since then. “Once you learn how, you “The fun part is when you have a can brew beer better than any you can brew where you can take the recipe and move it around,” he says. “In the ‘80s and buy,” he says. “You can even brew things you can’t ‘90s, people home-brewed because they find in Georgia,” Kennedy says. “The best couldn’t get the style of beer they beers I’ve ever tasted are home brewed wanted, so they brewed it themselves.” beers.” The Savannah Brewers League is the Lentini and Kennedy both agree that only group of its kind in this area. light is the enemy of good beer. “People come in from Sun City, Bluffton “That’s why homebrewers use dark to Brunswick, and over from Statesboro,” brown bottles,” says Lentini. Carson says. “We had one guy who “There’s a word for what happens came from New Jersey.” when beer gets too much light,” says Cleanliness is next to Godliness in Kennedy. “We say it’s ‘lightstruck.’” home brewing. “One of the keys is to keep everything antiseptic so bacteria doesn’t fight with the yeast for food,” Carson says. “I just use Clorox. I sanitize continued on page 8 everything to make sure it is clean.”
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“Beer can stay fresh up to six months,” Carson says. “We like to drink home brew within 90 days.” Beer has played an important role in the nation’s history. “Thomas Jefferson had a recipe for beer and George Washington had a recipe for beer,” Carson says. At one point in human history, brewing was seen as a mystical practice. “They took grape juice and left it out and it turned into wine,” Carson says. “They didn’t understand how it happened.” According to Carson, the typical brewer in the United States is over the age of 45 and a professional, typically employed in a science or math field. He says attending league meetings is “like going back to high school.” “Some of these guys really have a passion for brewing,” Carson says. “One member decided to make strawberry wine, and when a guy gave him the strawberries, he was a like a little kid.”
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Kennedy says when a beer tastes “skunky,” it’s usually a direct result of exposure to sunlight. “The light causes the same kind of chemical reaction a skunk does when it makes its scent,” he says. “That’s why it’s called skunky beer.” John Findeis began home brewing when he moved to Savannah in 1968 to teach at Armstrong Atlantic State University. He’s a charter member of the Savannah Brewers League. “You couldn’t buy beer supplies here then,” Findeis says. “We would go visit relatives in Chicago every summer and I would buy supplies there.” At one point, Findeis dropped out of the league for a while because the Harley Owners Group met the same night. (A busy man with a wide range of interests, he is also a beekeeper.) Findeis doesn’t experiment as much as some of the other members do. “I’m more of a recipe person,” he says. “I’m brewing a batch now. I buy extract and heat it up and put it in water in a carboy, then let it ferment for a number of days or weeks. It comes out pretty good. “Compared to brand beers, home brew tastes better,” he says. “But you do have to develop a taste for it.” When making a presentation on lager at a league meeting, Findeis prefaced his remarks with some anecdotes.
Findeis says that before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. If the mix was too cold, the yeast wouldn’t grow, but if it was too hot, the yeast would die. This practice has given us the expression “rule of thumb.” Another popular phrase also originated with alcohol. “In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts,” Findeis says. “So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own ‘pints and quarts’ and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your Ps and Qs’.” Findeis claims beer was the reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. “It’s clear from the Mayflower’s log that the crew didn’t want to waste beer looking for a better site,” he says. “The log goes on to state that the Most brewing equipment is available online, with passengers ‘were hastened ashore and starter kits available for as little as $100 made to drink water that the seamen might have the more beer.’” “It was the accepted practice in Babylonia 4,000 years ago that for a Along with beer comes another month after the wedding, the bride”s familiar practice -- the telling of beer father would supply his son-in-law with jokes. Findeis has a good one. all the mead he could drink,” Findeis “Two Irishmen were adrift in a life said. boat following a dramatic escape from a “Mead is a honey beer, and because burning freighter. While rummaging their calendar was lunar based, this through the boat’s provisions, one of the period was called the ‘honey month’ -- or men stumbled across an old lamp. what we know today as the ‘honSecretly hoping that a genie would eymoon’.” appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously.
“To the amazement of the castaways, a genie did come forth. This particular genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought to the matter the man blurted out, ‘Make the entire ocean into beer!’ “The genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals. Simultaneously, the genie vanished. “Only the gentle lapping of beer on the hull broke the stillness as the men considered their circumstances. One man looked disgustedly at the other whose wish had been granted. “After a long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: ‘Nice going idiot! Now we’re going to have to pee in the boat!’” Tall tales and jokes aside, members of the Savannah Brewers League say it’s all about the taste. “I’ve made beer that was good as anything on the market,” Carson says. “I don’t hit a home run every time, but when I do, it’s comparable to anything I’ve ever had.” ◗
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35-year-old Eric Brian Golden is in jail after he confessed to murdering his wife and burying her body near Ft. Stewart. Police received a call this past Sunday from a person identifying himself as Goldenâ€™s brother-in-law. The caller informed the dispatcher that the suspect was surrendering to the Sheriffâ€™s Department at the Chatham County Jail. Savannah Police detectives responded to the jail shortly after 1 p.m. â€œwhere Golden was waiting when they arrived,â€? a police spokesman says. Golden then told investigators heâ€™d killed his wife on the evening of Nov. 17 at their West Chatham County home during a domestic dispute.
to come as the shock of the disaster wears off, and many residents will come to regret not saving these structures. This makes Hurricane Katrina a two-fold disaster.â€? According to Robinson, many communities are desperate for economic activity and are willing to sell land and existing structures â€œto the highest bidder, regardless of development plans.â€? â€œWe want to assist with thoughtful recovery efforts,â€? says Robinson. â€œBy helping communities recognize and value their historic structures, we can help them rebuild in a positive way.â€? A blog chronicling the groupâ€™s efforts will be at scad.edu/about/security/hurricane/ katrina/index.cfm/. â——
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He later pointed detectives and forensic personnel to a wooded area seven miles west of I-95 off GA. 204, to a remote location identified as Fort Stewart property. Military Police accompanied the detectives onto the property, â€œwhere a shallow 3-4 foot grave was located about a quarter mile into the wood-line,â€? police say. The fully clothed body of DeeDee A scene from the School of the Americas protest this past weekend Marie Golden, 35 of Savannah, was exhumed and sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. Golden is charged with one count of A group of local peace and justice murder. activists attended this past weekendâ€™s annual protest at the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Ga. Local activist Robert Ludgate says To assist Hurricane Katrina victims this yearâ€™s event was attended by record whose historic homes along the crowds of protestors. Mississippi coast were damaged, the â€œThere were about 12,000 last year,â€? Savannah College of Art & Design is he says. â€œThis year the police counted partnering with the National Trust for about 15,000 and we counted 19,000, so Historic Preservation and other agencies the actual numberâ€™s somewhere in to provide professional-level damage there.â€? assessments. The School of the Americas -Comprising 25 faculty, staff and sturenamed the Western Hemisphere dents from the collegeâ€™s historic preserInstitute for Security Cooperation in an vation, architecture and interior design attempt to defuse the controversy over programs, the SCAD group is scheduled what goes on there -- is used by the U.S. to work with the National Trust, the Army to train allied governments in paraMississippi Department of Archives and military techniques of counterinsurHistory and the Association of gency, interrogation and torture. Preservation Technology in the Gulfport The yearly protest is marked each and Biloxi areas Nov. 28-Dec. 7. November to commemorate the date in The region is in dire need of these 1989 when six Jesuit priests, a co-worker assessments, according to Brian and her teenage daughter were masRobinson, SCAD professor of historic sacred in El Salvador. The U.S. Congress preservation and the groupâ€™s leader. later reported that the killers were â€œWhile cleanup has begun in the area, trained at the School of the Americas. demolition of damaged buildings is Ludgate ascribes this yearâ€™s increase taking place regardless of the historic in protest attendance to the controversy value of these structures,â€? Robinson over U.S. interrogation facilities in Iraq, says. â€œThe loss of these buildings will Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere. affect local communities for years
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Bills mount, as does the rage of the powerless A FEW MORNINGS ago I woke up to a ticket tucked under my carâ€™s windshield wipers. And it wasnâ€™t even street-sweeping night. That everyone else on the street also had a ticket did not make me feel any better. The ticket was for facing my car in the wrong direction. For some reason the city likes everyone to line up singlefile like third-graders. I got used to this when I lived downtown with the frequent sight of the meter maids searching for something to do. So when I moved to midtown I delighted in parking my car any which way I wished, the same way I rejoiced in being able to paint my house any colors I wanted without the approval of a historic urban review board. Besides, in this part of town maybe ten cars are parked on both sides of the street at any given moment, so itâ€™s not as if thereâ€™s a safety issue. In this part of town -- as elsewhere, Iâ€™m sure -- there are other things for police officers to be doing than writing out parking tickets. According to the citation, the tickets were issued at 1:30 a.m. -- and by a police officer, not a meter maid. Maybe he or she was trying to stay awake. Maybe there was a monthly quota to meet. I donâ€™t know. The morning I got the ticket I only knew one thing to do, and that was to head down to the office of parking services and protest. I told them the least they could have done was to give us a warning, since this is the way weâ€™ve always parked. Half listening to me, the clerk looked down at the ticket and said, â€œOh, him,â€? as if she had seen the name before. Oh, great, I thought. In the end, she dismissed the ticket -writing â€œwarningâ€? at the bottom -- so I was pleased about that. But I couldnâ€™t help but think about the other people on my street and if they would know how or where to go downtown to complain, and if they didnâ€™t pay the ticket how quickly the fees would escalate. Which is what I started telling her despite the line forming behind me. â€œThatâ€™s up to them,â€? she said, coldly. If I hadnâ€™t just talked to a friend in Fort Lauderdale who had been without electrical power nearly three weeks after Hurricane Wilma -- and was told by Florida Power and Light that despite the inconvenience the company would be estimating his bill, then reducing it by a quarter -- I might have let it go. But I couldnâ€™t. In minutes I become a woman on the edge of madness. I am Virginia Woolf,
Kate Millet, Sylvia Plath. Between the disconnect and the disconnected itâ€™s getting harder to find a balance and/or to believe this is happening. Iâ€™m flooded with the same emotions every time I read a story or hear a piece on New Orleans. Then again, we could substitute Iraq. Without the car-bombs, the suicide bombs or the sniper attacks, we could be talking about Louisiana and Mississippi. In New Orleans, thereâ€™s of course the issue of the levees. No one wants to rebuild or reinvest if they canâ€™t be sure their property is secure. Another issue is housing, which includes public housing, something no one likes to talk about. After spending a few days recently in Pascagoula, Miss., with a local church group, I can hardly drive down the street without seeing the debris that is still emerging from peopleâ€™s homes. I can hardly go through a day without recalling conversations with people about their attempts to sort out insurance problems and mortgage commitments. Three months after Hurricane Katrina, whole stretches of New Orleans are still without electrical power. Are they going to be charging those people, too? The best the electric company can promise is â€œmaybe by yearâ€™s end weâ€™ll have it operating in 80 percent of the homes.â€? Itâ€™s sounding more and more like Baghdad. The situation is just as bad for natural gas. Almost half the city of New Orleans is still without enough gas for cooking or heating. The 80 percent figure was given here too -- except not until mid-January. Or mid-winter. In a weekend story in the New York Times I read that toilets in half the homes of New Orleans are still not connected to the cityâ€™s sewer system and about a quarter of the city is still without drinkable water. This is New Orleans we talking about, a jewel of a city everyone loves to visit when times are good, a city with an important port, a city with soul. I feel as if weâ€™re turning our back on them while spending billions each week in Iraq. Somehow I donâ€™t think this would be happening if it were San Francisco or New York or Seattle. I know this comes as no surprise to the powerless from Louisiana and Mississippi who are scattered across the globe, but for once itâ€™s the privileged who are experiencing the same inconveniences. But what I want to know is: If Iâ€™m so on edge from a mere parking ticket, what must they be feeling and when are we going to start hearing from them? â——
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Editor, When the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation sent out a nationwide request for nominations of outstanding conservation volunteers for their 2006 Conservationist of the Year contest, the Altamaha Wendell with his pig Riverkeeper knew just whose story to send. We nominated Wendell Berryhill, a 67year resident of Cochran, Ga., in Bleckley County. Wendell has now been selected from of hundreds of volunteers submitted to the contest as one of four finalists. He is the only finalist from Georgia and the only volunteer from a conservation group in the South. The winner of the contest will be selected by popular vote and receive a $50,000 grant from the Budweiser Corporation to give to the conservation group of his choice. If Wendell wins, he will give the money to the Altamaha Riverkeeper to protect Georgia’s largest watershed. If you haven’t already, please help by taking a few minutes right now to vote for Wendell and also forward this information to your family, friends, and personal contacts and encourage them to vote. Your vote takes us one step closer to protecting the Altamaha River watershed from its headwaters in the Oconee, Ocmulgee, and Ohoopee Rivers to the Atlantic coast. The voting process ends Nov. 30. Log onto the Altamaha Riverkeeper website at altamahariverkeeper.org/. Thank you. We appreciate your support. Constance Riggins Altamaha Riverkeeper. Inc.
I was just wondering what heaven looks like. I was just wondering what hell looks like. I was just wondering if white men really can’t jump. I was wondering if there are any good hearted politicians. I was just wondering what the world would be like if nobody was hungry. I was just wondering why Americans work so hard for a good home, nice car, material things, yet when they retire they get rid of those things. I was just wondering why people think they can buy happiness. I was just wondering if we all focus too much on the unknown instead of the known. I was just wondering why Americans watch so much television. I was just wondering why we don’t expect the best from others. I was just wondering if a person can think too much. I was just wondering what would happen if race was not a factor. I was just wondering if God has a plan for all of us how do we get the blueprint. I was just wondering how many times we meet Mrs. or Mr. Right in a lifetime. I was just wondering why change is so difficult. I was just wondering why life is so difficult. I was just wondering if life will ever be easy. I was just wondering why ego always gets in the way. I was just wondering how do you meet a good woman in a bar. I was just wondering how many people can comfortably fit in a Volkswagen Bug. I was just wondering if God created us all equal why don’t we all get along. I was just wondering why people stop working. I was just wondering why people worry so much about nothing. I was just wondering what the world would be like if Hitler never existed, if the World Wars never happened, if the Vietnam war never happened. I was just wondering why poor people never win the lottery. I was just wondering if eating red M and M’s really causes cancer. I was just wondering why people are so strange. I was just wondering why I am always wondering. Dominic Moraco
He was just wondering Editor, I am always wondering what if this never happened or why people do this or that. The following are my latest wonders. I was just wondering why some people can so easily offer words of encouragement to those in need, but cannot encourage themselves. I was just wondering why we rush to get to the ballgame or the movie, but take our time going to church. I was just wondering why we let other people dictate our lives. I was just wondering why girls are smarter than boys.
Pacifying Passafire fans Editor, I was so excited to read Jim Reed’s recent article about Passafire. They are truly one of, if not THE best band in Savannah right now. Kudos to you for picking up on that. Keep up the good work! Maggie Kubley
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DETECTIVES LAST WEEK made an arrest in the Nov. 9 armed robbery and shooting of Kishor Patel, 51, of Richmond Hill. Shantrell White, 18 of Savannah was arrested after police got a a tip of her involvement. Detectives found White at her Bradley Point apartment and later charged her in connection with the incident. During the course of the investigation, “detectives have learned that White lured Patel and a passenger to the Frazier homes complex where three of her accomplices awaited,” police say. The four of them robbed both Patel and his passenger of cash before shooting Patel once in the leg, police report. As we go to press Patel remains in critical condition.The investigation “remains active and more arrests are expected,” police say. Anyone who has information about this shooting should call the SCMPD Violent Crimes Unit at 651-6728, or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 234-2020; a reward of $2500 is available for information that leads to an arrest in this case. • An officer in an unmarked unit observed a vehicle at Chatham and Veterans parkways cross the center line several times. At one point, “all four tires were up on the curb.” The vehicle was followed as the driver crossed over the Forest River Bridge and left the roadway. A traffic stop was initiated, and the driver of the vehicle appeared inebriated. The officer asked the driver to step out of the vehicle and asked her how much she had to drink. She replied, “I drunk a couple of beers. I had a couple of them. I’m not going to be lying. I did.” The officer asked her if she had been drinking liquor and she said, “No liquor. Just a couple of a beers. I promise that was it.” The officer asked her what kind of beer she was drinking and she said, “Natural Light.” He asked what size and she said, “The 16 ounce.” The officer asked if she had two or three beers. She said, “I had two of those.” The officer then asked the woman when was the last time she had something to drink and she said, “That was a little while ago and then I was heading out to my cousin’s house. I was going to go out there and that was it for the night.” The officer asked if she had candy in her mouth and she said, “Yes.” The officer had her spit it out. She was arrested for driving under the influence. • An officer was dispatched to the corner of Wheaton and Randolph streets on a report of an armed robbery. The officer spoke with the victim, who said a man he knew only as
from recent Savannah/Chatham Police incident reports
“Tony” told him the victim owed him money. When the victim refused to give Tony money, Tony jumped on him and ripped his pants trying to get money. The victim told police he did not know what money Tony was talking about but later said that Tony wanted $10. The victim lied about the spelling of his last name, and when questioned said he had forgotten how to spell it. He also lied about having a driver’s license. • Police were called to a Causton Bluff Road residence on a report of a man with a knife. An officer saw a man fitting the suspect’s description walking on Nevada Street at Utah Street. He put the man in the back of his vehicle and continued to the Causton Bluff Road where he spoke to the man’s girlfriend. She said she had returned to the residence with two other men, who she had been out with earlier. She said they saw that the front door had been forced open. While she was standing outside of the front door, her boyfriend came up behind her and began striking her on the face and head. She said he threw her against a bird feeder that was near the door, breaking it, and continued hitting her with his fists on her upper body. The other two men came to her aid and struggled with the suspect. At this point, they noticed he had a knife. The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. • A man renting a room on Abercorn Street told police that while he went to the restroom, a woman took his keys, which were lying on a dresser. As he walked from the restroom and opened the door, he saw his vehicle turning the corner of the building. The man told police the woman did have permission to be in his room, but that he is not familiar with her and doesn’t even know her name. He said his wallet, which contained $400, his credit card and driver’s license, was inside the vehicle. ◗
All cases from recent Savannah/Chatham Police Department incident reports. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020
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More Weird Mating Habits: (1) In October, researchers said they had tagged a great white shark and tracked him 12,400 miles over nine months, from Africa to Australia and back again, ostensibly seeking to mate; according to the report in the journal Science, sex was the best explanation because food was so plentiful around Africa. (2) The male nursery web spider uses a cheap trick to get sex, according to an October report
Erica Salmon, originally a fantasyfootball-league “widow” because of her husband’s seasonal mania, has now become mogul of her own fantasy league: of famous fashion designers. According to an October report by the Des Moines Register, managers draft teams consisting of three clothing designers, plus one each designer of shoes, handbags, jewelry and celebrity clothing, and then three celebrities, and they get points daily for the number and quality of namementions in Women’s Wear Daily and other fashion and style magazines. As with football leagues, trades are permitted once a week.
Least Competent People Shortly after Hurricane Wilma struck Florida in October, officials said 911 operators in Palm Beach County were flooded not only with storm-related calls but with self-imposed injuries. Some of the problems (according to an October
Readers’ Choice In October, a 33-year-old pastor at the University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, standing in a baptismal pool preparing to immerse a parishioner in front of hundreds of congregants, mishandled a microphone and was electro-
cuted. On the same day in Johannesburg, South Africa, a pastor at the Jerusalem Apostolic Church drowned during a river baptism ceremony when he and the parishioner (who also drowned) lost their footing on rocks in the river bed.
Gas Pedal, Brake Pedal, Whatever (all-new) Accidents by elderly drivers whom police suspect momentarily confused the gas pedal for the brake (or accelerated in the wrong gear): Age 90, crashed into another car in a funeral procession, injuring nine, Birdsboro, Pa. (May). Age 89, crashed into a Winn-Dixie, injuring seven, Lakeland, Fla. (November). Age 87, crashed into a hospital’s lobby, injuring five, Bismarck, N.D. (October). Age 83, crashed into a garage and house, killing the driver, Chicago (September). Age 82, crashed through four walls and a steel door of a security company, injuring one, Anderson, S.C. (November). Age 80, crashed into four parked cars, no injuries, Rockford, Ill. (November). Age 78, crashed into several cars and a large crowd at an auto auction, injuring 20, Yaphank, N.Y. (July). Age 77, crashed into the operating room of an eye clinic, just missing a sedated patient, no injuries, Newark, N.J. (August). ◗
Sign of the Times
Palm Beach Post story): brush-clearing chain-saw accidents; the old “cigarettelighter-to-check-fuel-level-of-a-generator”; people falling off roofs while making repairs; setting up a generator too close to a window; cooking inside on a charcoal grill; pouring gasoline into a generator while it’s running; failing to respect downed power lines; and stacking items atop a previously “on” electric stove so that, when power resumes, they catch fire. Police in Twin Falls, Idaho, confiscated almost $1 billion in counterfeit money in October in a doomed scheme in which the loot consisted only of bills of the denomination of $1 million (which does not legally exist); a man from Buhl, Idaho, had tried to give a bank that amount as collateral for a loan. And according to police in Lafayette, Ind., in September, Earl Devine’s counterfeit money was not much better: Though a popular name for $100 bills is “Benjamins” (for the face of Benjamin Franklin), Devine’s $100 bills still had the face of Abraham Lincoln from the $5 bill he allegedly used as a model.
Chief executive officers at 367 top U.S. corporations were paid, on average, $431 last year for every $1 paid to their companies’ average production worker, according to publicly available information jointly compiled in September by Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy. In 1990, the ratio was about $100-to-$1. (If the federal minimum wage had increased since 1990 by the same rate as the multiple for CEOs’ pay, it would have risen from $5.15 an hour to $23.03, but, of course, it’s still $5.15.) Cutting-Edge Products: (1) In September, China’s Guangzhou Haojian Bio-science Co. introduced new condoms whose names read phonetically as the “kelintun” and the “laiwensiji,” which of course resemble the names of a former U.S. president and his acquaintance. (2) Women’s Wear Daily reported in October that rock star Marilyn Manson said he was finalizing a personal perfume deal with a “major” company, as a precursor to his own full cosmetics line. Parents pf McGovern Elementary School students in Medway, Mass., complained to the Boston Herald in October because Paul Trufant’s septic-sewage service, located across from the school, boasts the identifying slogan on all its trucks: “Shit Happens.” Trufant said he would advertise however he wants to: “This is America, not Iraq.”
in the journal Biology Letters; the male gives the larger female a dead insect, then collapses, feigning death, distracting the female, which turns to the insect, at which point the male springs back to life and mounts her. (On the other hand, the female sometimes just eats the male, after or instead of copulating.) Those Versatile Goats: (1) David Valentine, 12, often bounces on a trampoline with his pet goats, D.J. and Blessing, but officials in Miami Township, Ohio, threatened to crack down this fall since goats are not permitted within the town limits; David’s parents say the goats are necessary to help with David’s Attention Deficit Disorder. (2) The economy of the section of Morocco around Tiout is dependent on a renowned cooking oil made from nuts of the argan tree, but only nuts that have been eaten and excreted by goats (that actually climb into the trees and stand on branches to eat the nut-bearing fruit). According to an October New York Times dispatch, locals are trying to shift gradually from predigested nuts without spoiling the oil’s taste. Python Mania: In a 10-day period in October in and near Miami-Dade County, Fla., non-native but super-predatory Burmese pythons killed and swallowed a turkey, a 15-pound cat, and (most famously, unsuccessfully) a 6-foot-long alligator. (The alligator ultimately burst the snake open, and the turkey’s bulge prevented the python from slithering out of the bird’s pen.) Officials have captured 150 pythons in recent years and estimate 250 more are in the area, the result of people discarding pet snakes once they reach adult length.)
Among the “10 Worst Jobs in Science” in Popular Science’s annual November listing: Harvard researchers in Borneo who catch orangutan urine (in plastic sheets, the way firefighters catch jumpers) for studying reproduction-hormone levels; gear-packing monitors who run toward (not away from) the gases and molten rock of erupting volcanoes (dozens have been killed or wounded); U.S. Geological Survey workers at two picturesque California lakes monitoring “extremophile” microbes that thrive in the most putrid environments (work that one says resembles being surrounded by 100 “extremely flatulent people”); and “human lab rats” such as students employed in an industry-funded University of California at San Diego study for $15 an hour to have pesticides sprayed into their eyes.
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A group of killer whales that spends the summer months off the coast of Washington state is in danger of extinction and will become protected as an endangered species, according to U.S. officials. The number of Southern Resident killer whales dropped by 20 percent during the 1990s, with many of the marine mammals being captured for use in commercial aquariums, according to the agency NOAA. It reports there are only 89 of the whales Week Ending November 18, 2005 left, with one male loner from the group taking refuge in a small inlet in British Columbia. NOAA says the orcas are also threatened by ship trafAn area of disturbed weather fic, toxic chemicals and the scarcity of churning off the eastern coast food such as salmon. The new protected of the Philippines quickly status will require federal agencies to strengthened into Typhoon make certain their actions are not likely to Bolaven. harm the whales.
Four days of severe weather across the American Midwest produced a string or tornadoes that left fatalities and destruction across several states. The worst tornado outbreak occurred in Iowa, where the whirlwinds ripped up farms and destroyed dozens of homes in several towns. Three days later, a string of at least 32 twisters tore through parts of Kentucky and Tennessee, southward to the Gulf Coast.
Forest fires ignited by a volcanic eruption in the Galapagos Islands have threatened a rare tree species found only on the remote archipelago. The Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island began erupting on Oct. 22, sending flows of hot lava down the mountain’s slopes and setting fire to vegetation. Firefighters cut a trench in an attempt to keep the flames from destroying the Scalesia-Cordata trees, of which only 400 remain, according to Ecuador’s El Comercia newspaper. The species has succumbed over the years to pressure from imported goats and cattle, as well as insects.
The first autumn storm of the season left three people dead across northern Europe and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes across Norway, Sweden and Finland. Residents were evacuated as landslides destroyed several homes near Norway’s western city of Bergen, while hundreds of students were forced to abandon schools threatened by flooding. A mudslide briefly trapped about 50 cars inside a tunnel.
Acid Rain Healing A switch to cleaner-burning fuels in Great Britain over the past few decades has allowed some of the nation’s most sensitive lakes and streams to recover from
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Vostok, Antarctica the ravages of acid rain. The BBC reports that the conversion to natural gas from coal for power generation since 1970 has resulted in an 84 percent decline in emissions of sulphur and a 37 percent decline in nitrogen oxide. Those gasses are largely to blame for acid rain. Fish such as brown trout have begun to return to rivers and streams, and native algae and insects are also showing signs of recovery. Pressure in Europe to tackle acid rain mounted in the 1980s after fish were wiped out in Scandinavian lakes and trees died in Germany’s Black Forest.
Eruption Warning About 9,400 people living on the slopes of a volcano in southwest Colombia were ordered to evacuate their homes as the mountain showed signs of an imminent eruption. Colombia’s Geology and Mines Institute warned that the Galeras Volcano is likely to erupt “within days or weeks.” The last eruption of Galeras in 1993 killed nine people.
A powerful and shallow earthquake off northern Japan caused tsunami waves up to 20 inches in height to rush onto parts of the Japanese coast. • Earth movements were also felt in Taiwan, Indonesia’s Seram Island, central New Zealand, southwest Pakistan and islands of the Aegean Sea.
Five-Tailed Gecko A common Australian gecko was discovered sporting five tails at the home of a North Queensland Herpetological Society member, who says there is a simple explanation for the small reptile’s unique rear end. Trish Prendergast believes the phenomenon must have occurred after the gecko’s tail was lost during an encounter with a bird or tree snake. She told the Townsville Bulletin that if there is trauma from an attack and part of a gecko’s remaining tail is split, new tails can grow from each point of the split. “This one obviously had a lot of trauma, which left its tail fairly well fragmented and it has grown five tails,” she said. ◗
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In fact, a great part of what draws the listener into their brand-new release Follow Me Blind, has as much to do with the way the songs are presented, as the songs themselves. The tracks draw the listener in through the unusual choices the band employs in the recording and mixing process. One aspect of this is the hushed and double-tracked vocals (which seem to echo the work of Pinback’s wünderkinds Rob Crow and Zach Smith). Then there’s the vocals themselves – plaintive in a way that hints at a now all-too-typical “post-hardcore” vibe, but which also betray more than a passing influence of traditional Southern soul. It’s slightly reminiscent at times of the R & B-soaked metal of underrated Christian prog-rock pioneers King’s X. Live drum tracks and heavily processed samples and sequenced percussion parts co-exist, weaving in and around each other, combining to form a
deadly combination of funk and trance grooves that – while occasionally jarring – are at the crux of the group’s extremely effective and hypnotic grooves. In fact, one memorable ballad (“Take A Number”) is built around a strummed acoustic rhythm guitar figure and introspective, second person lyrics. The frail vocal delivery and chord progression recall Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and Man Who Sold The World-period Bowie. When I mention this observation to Disher, he chuckles. “Actually, you’re pretty right on – we’ve covered ‘Man Who Sold The World’ and (Barrett’s) ‘Bike’ on several different occasions.” He readily acknowledges the group’s unusual array of touchstones. “Some of us grew up metalheads while others have deeper jazz background. Of course, while our back catalog of material seems to show all sorts of influences, we are now trying to concentrate on streamlining a more consistent ‘baleen sound.’” Disher does admit, though, that there’s a big difference between honing what it is they do best and trying to crossover into appealing to a wide swath of listeners. “We’re a bunch of musicians that happen to love all sorts of music. As far as us going in a mainstream direction or not, who knows? We really don’t have much say in that. Our main goal now is to write and record as many compositions as possible and to play live in as many cities as we can visit. Everything else from there is out of our control.” ◗
together since 1998, and to date have recorded and released three full-length albums of peculiar, intellectual rock music that draws on an unusually wide number of artists and genres for inspiration. From the art-rock of Gentle Giant to the somber and wistful tones of Tortoise, baleen’s recorded output is nothing if not perplexing, but – that said – they are far from off-putting.
THE LAST TIME CHAPEL HILL’S indie-rock darlings baleen played Savannah, it was also their first visit to the city. Oddly enough, for a group that’s become known for relatively ornate, electric guitar, keyboard and trap setbased songs that run the gamut between vitriol and soft-spoken odes to impermanence, they were booked into a coffeehouse that’s known more for showcasing solo artists or acoustic singer/songwriting acts. By all accounts they went over well that night, but sure enough, now that they are returning to our area, they’re playing a different room, and one that is certainly accustomed to a louder and more forceful style of underground rock music. However, in yet another slightly odd matchup, this new venue is known far and wide for primarily booking a more elastic – and some would say psychedelic – brand of freeform rock that seems a wee bit at odds with this quintet’s seemingly compact and highly structured songs and compositions. Still, drummer Phil Disher (who also handles sampling and programming duties in the group) says he’s not concerned at all with how the regulars at this River Street nightclub will accept their show, nor is he particularly concerned with having to adapt what comes naturally to his group for the sake of getting over. “I like to think that we can adapt to any venue,” he says from the group’s new home base in Atlanta. “If people are into a tune, we can take it out as long as it needs to go.” He and his bandmates (vocalist and sax man Tony McCullough, bassist Steve MCMillan, vocalist and keyboardist Derrick Hines, and vocalist and guitarist Mike Vagianos) have been playing
by Jim Reed – most recently Eat Mo’ Music. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.
The Teddy Adams Ensemble Tight jazz combo led by veteran trombonist Adams, long a driving force in the Coastal Jazz Association. Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Jason Courtenay Solo show from one half of the popular acoustic duo The Courtenay Brothers, who also fronts the up-andcoming modern country outfit Hazzard County. Fri., 10 pm, Jen’s & Friends.
Annie Allman Killer talent (guitar, bass, drums) who honed her skills on the Chicago jazz scene. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar .
No cover to enjoy the house band at this landmark local eatery. They play hoppin’ Dixieland-style jazz on a small stage in the corner of the dining room. Fri., 7:30 pm, The Crystal Beer Parlor.
Recently named Best Local R&B, Funk, and Reggae Band in Athens, Ga. by that city’s leading music rag Flagpole, this increasingly popular sextet is touring in an increasingly wider arc from their Classic City home. Their progressive mixture of dub-style reggae and organic jam-rock is slowly making them one of the more popular groups of their type in the Southeast. It’s extremely rare that Savannah plays host to a group as straight-up reggae as this, so dyed-in-thewool fans will no doubt be packing the joint (so to speak). Fri., JJ Cagney’s.
The Boomerang Band
Local cover act specializing in beach music, as well as soul and classic rock hits. Fri., 8 pm, Mary’s Seafood & Steaks.
Savannah’s only show of its type, where the audience calls the shots – trying to stump 2 singing keyboardists with cocktail napkin requests. Every night’s show is a little different, so you never know quite what’ll happen. Wed. - Sat., 9 pm, Savannah Smiles.
Argyle This brash and challenging local group throws reggae, ska, punk and jam music in a blender and spits the resulting mixture out with a ferocity that rivals many of the area’s hardcore and metal bands – with vocal harmonies those groups don’t even think of trying to pull off. Wed. + Sat., , Locos Deli & Pub (unplugged) + Tues., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
The Jeff Beasley Band For some time now, this guitarist and singer has played Delta blues and Americana tunes (with a slight Cajun flair) under his own name. Now he’s rebranding the JBB, and replacing much of the traditional blues material with ‘50s-era rock & roll. His sets now concentrate more on oldies by the likes of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. He says this is some of his favorite music to play, and
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Argyle that it suits his voice well. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
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John Connor Longtime area jazz guitarist, who’s doing his own thing now, but has been a featured members of several local bands
Great regional Southern rock act playing popular hits, deep album cuts and a few of their own tunes in the same vein. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Silver Dollar Café.
The Billy Hoffman Trio Straight-up local jazz combo (with a hint of bebop) led by the impressive veteran trap drummer Hoffman. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Craig Johansen Solo acoustic classic rock, ‘80s hits and power-pop nuggets (a la The Beatles, ABBA and Rick Springfield) from this longtime local singer/guitarist (And Sometimes Why?, The 8-Tracks, Hot Pink Interior). Fri., 6:30 pm, The Warehouse.
Perception - acoustic duo This stripped-down version of the regional rock bar band maintains the group’s setlist of popular modern rock hits (Pearl Jam, Staind, etc...) mixed with a handful of like-minded originals. Thurs., 8:30 pm, French Quarter Café (Statesboro).
Sweatin' Bullets Jacksonville, Fl.-based cover band offering spirited takes on hard, classic and Southern rock favorites. Fri. - Sat., 8:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee). ◗
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Dodd Ferrelle & Tinfoil Stars Savannah native Ferrelle has been living away from this area for about as long as it took for him to grow up and move off to Athens to concentrate on his musical career. However, there are still loads of family and friends who remember the gruff, raspyvoiced singer/songwriter from his days in the seminal local alt.rock group Me ‘an Mills (featuring a future member of Widespread Panic offshoot Barbara Cue). While I’m not sure how many new converts Dodd’s made around these parts, he’s certainly built up a fanbase elsewhere.
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Dodd Ferrelle, second from right, with the Tinfoil Stars
Ok. So, there’s a guy who used to be a member of the fairly well-known ska-punk act Skankin’ Pickle. But he was such a jerk that everyone in the band supposedly hated him, and he supposedly hated them. I’m not telling tales out of school. He admits as much to anyone who asks. So, in a fit or frustration (after realizing that he had to share the meager money the group made with a bunch of guys he didn’t even enjoy spending time on the road with), he put his education to work, and hand-built a “band” of electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic-driven robots that he controls with his own custom computer program. They actually play the guitar, drums and brass instruments while he (and they) sing. The clincher is that he claims to be imprisoned by the robots, who badger and torment him throughout the show with obscenities. Sound stupid? It is. It’s also one of the most impressive acts of artistic self-reliance you’ll ever see. The punk and metalinfluenced songs aren’t half bad, and the borscht-belt comedy shtick falls somewhere between Willy Tyler’s Lester and Short Circuit. In other words, even if you hate the music, you’ll probably chuckle at the effort require to pull this shit off. Each tour and album (he’s made several) are conceptually based. The last one was the story of the Old Testament as told by abusive robots, and this time, he (and they) celebrate the fondly-remembered TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. I am not making this up. Wed., Nov. 23,10 p.m., The Jinx.
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Those folks know him for a handful of indie CDs with his most successful backing group The Tinfoil Stars, who’ve helped him craft insistent, twangy albums filled with the same sort of Americana-based laments and barnburners that kindred spirits Steve Forbert and Drivin-N-Cryin’s Kevn Kinney (an early hero of Dodd’s) have been penning for ages. Their latest effort, The Murder Of Love, is the best record he’s ever made with any lineup, and this annual homecoming show will likely feel like one big high school reunion. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
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With a brand-new studio album just out, and a longstanding, crowd-pleasing gig at this perpetually popular Irish pub on historic River Street, this acoustic balladeer has become almost synonymous with the notion of Celtic music in Savannah. A facile guitarist with a gentle litlt in his strong, clear voice, contemporary folk and acoustic pop rolls off his fingers and tongue with ease, yet he’s also equally at home with the traditional hymns, jigs and reels of his homeland. That’s evident in the knowledgable manner in which he structures and produces The Green Island, a Georgia Public Broadcasting radio show which originates locally on WSVH FM 91.
Harry O'Donoghue Much like blues guitarist Eric Culberson, who has been such a familiar site on the Savannah bar scene that it’s easy to forget how inspired he can be on a good night, Harry’s one of those local treasures that deserves to be appreciated by the natives as well as the tourists (which make up the brunt of his audiences). Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s.
Roger Moss & Friends This award-winning vocalist is perhaps best known as the cat who has (in the past) sang the National Anthem during Savannah’s annual symphonic Picnic In The Park. However, he’s a
much more nuanced and versatile performer than that (necessarily) bombastic gig would suggest. In the past year or so, he’s experimented with doing cabaret-styled club shows, and exploring the Great American Songbook. Now – in his own words – he’s “taken the plunge” and quit his day job to pursue a musical career full-time. It’s a risky move, considering the fact that the type of show he does has not been entirely in vogue for decades. However, he’s one of the only folks in this area even attempting to tackle such a tall order in a small club setting. It’s a show that’s part jazz, part soul, and part classically-trained finesse – with a dash of storytelling and showmanship. So far, he’s received high marks from those who’ve caught his occasional concerts at this upscale hotel lounge on the outskirts of the Historic District. While it can cost a pretty penny to spend a night in this hotel, there’s no cover charge to get into their lounge, and with a steady stream of some of the finest local talent (such as Moss and his backing group) on tap, it’s becoming a hip and mature after-dinner destination for music lovers in the know. Wed., Nov. 23, 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park. ◗
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