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Volume 5, No. 37, June 7, 2006

On the cover: Photo illustration by Brandon Blatcher

News 6 10 11 12

Cover Story 6

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Cover Story Suggestions for summer reading Community Arts Academy’s ‘wild boys’ win City Notebook News bits from around town Jane Fishman Play listy for me Feedback Readers have their say Blotter From SPD reports News of the Weird Strange but true Earthweek The week on your planet

Culture Theatre Pull up a chair for The Couch 20 Art Patrol Exhibitions and openings 18

Community 10

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Art Patrol 20


Soundboard Who’s playing and where around town Music Interview American Gun Connect Recommends Concerts of note Music Menu Local gigs a la carte Good Show, Will Travel Regional conert listings

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Classifieds Crossword Puzzle Mental Fun 36 Sudoku Puzzle It’s all the rage 38 Classifieds They call it “junk,” you call it “couch” 33

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thu, june 8 Discovery Walk

What: Get out into the woods with the Savannah Tree Foundation and walk in Bacon Park Forest, the 50-acre maritime forest that has been described as a “jewel in Savannah’s park system.” This is a good way to learn to identify wildflowers, plants and trees. Wear long sleeves and long pants. When: June 8 at 9 a.m. Where: Bacon Park Forest. Cost: Free. Call: 233-8733 to register and ask for directions.

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Stegosaurus Productions Presents The Couch (also on Saturday)

What: This comedy tells the story of Chris, who lives in a pothead’s paradise, where he spends his days immersed in video games and herbal smoking and dealing with his cronies. However, his parents think their son is an all-American boy who is interning for the mayor. When they visit, they meet Chris’ eccentric customers, a hippie named Squirrel and a psycho buzz-kill named Rick. With the help of Chris’ outspoken friend, Emily, they try to maintain Chris’ clean-cut image. But which image will Chris live up to -- the young man with ambition and goals, or the pothead who will spend another day on the couch? This play is the second draft script written by playwright and student Dave Williams and developed by local Savannah artists in a series of workshops. It is directed by Anthony Paderewski. It is for mature audiences. When: June 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the door beginning at 7:30 p.m.

sat, June 10 Ray’s 1st Annual Half Rubber Beach Classic

What: Eight teams will vie for the Beach Championship sponsored by J Parker Ltd. on Broughton Street. There will be special guest appearances by two-time world champions Glenn “Fluff ” Forehand and Denny “The Flash” Herb. Enjoy the sport that was invented in Savannah.When: June 10 beginning at 10 a.m. Where: 11th Street on Tybee Island.

Savannah Film Society Presents Casablanca

What: The screening of the 1942 classic with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is the first in a series of films that will be presented every weekend through July 29. When: June 10 at 7 p.m.Where: Trustees Theater. Cost: $6. Series passes are available.Call: 525-5050 or visit www.lucastheatre. com or



What: The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs will present free concerts every Friday in June and July. Opening the series will be the Sandra Embly Quartet, performing standards. The series has been arranged by Local No. 447-704 of the American Federation of Musicians. When: Friday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Johnson Square. Cost: Free.

Midsummer Night Weddings

What: During the early 19th century, the Isaiah Davenport House Museum was the setting for important events, such as weddings, that are now held in other places in the city. Last Valentine’s Day, wedding ceremonies were performed in the house museum’s garden, and the event was so successful, it is being repeated. Judge Harris Lewis of the Chatham County Probate Court will perform wedding ceremonies in the garden every 10 minutes. In case of rain, ceremonies will be performed on the back porch of the museum, overlooking the garden. All couples must bring a valid marriage license, which does not require a waiting period or blood test in the state of Georgia. Couples wishing to renew their vows should bring their original marriage license for verification. The ceremony can be conducted in English or Spanish. When: June 10, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. Where: Isaiah Davenport House, 324 E. State St. Cost: A donation of $100 must be paid prior to the exchange of vows. This money will benefit the preservation of the Davenport House. Call: Heather Anderson at 236-8097 or email to reserve a ceremony time.

The Studio presents Dream, A Spring Showcase

What: Featuring the talents of students and including original choreography, classical variations and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When: June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: $15. Call: 525-5050.

Sun, june 11 PALS Dirty Dog Wash

What: The Pet Assistance League of Savannah, Inc. will hold a fund-raising event. Bring your dirty dog and benefit PALS’ lowcost spay/neuter program. Dogs must be on leashes and have current vaccinations. Bring your own towel to dry your dog.

LifeMoves Dance Studio presents Ballet Magnificat!

What: The nation’s premiere Christian dance company is celebrating its 20th anniversary of celebrating a loving and creative God through the power of dance.When: June 11 at 7 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: Tickets are $22, $18 for students, seniors and military, and $12 for children. Call: 525-5050.

Mon, June 12 The Architecture of Enlightenment

What: The mystical art of Tibet will return to the Telfair Museum of Art when the lamas of Drepung Loseling monastery create a Buddhist mandala, a temporary work of art made to generate energy for global healing. The mandala is created by placing individual grains of sand in a large, colorful, geometric pattern. When: Opening ceremony will be Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. Visitors can view the monks at work June 13-18 during regular museum hours. On June 13 and 14 from 3-5 p.m., young people will be allowed to add their own touches. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts. Cost: General admission to the museum is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for college students and $4 for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Children under 5 free.

Savannah Sand Gnats

What: The Sand Gnats take on the Columbus Catfish in a four-game series. When: June 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:05 p.m. Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Dr. Cost: Box seats are $9.50, reserved seats are $7.50 and general seating is $6. Call: 351-9150.

Tu, june 13 Tuesdays at Tybee

What: Ted Dennard, president of the Savannah Bee Company, will present a lecture about beekeeping, Africanized bees and making honey. When: June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1510 Strand on Tybee Island. Cost: Free. Call: 786-5917. w

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Reel Savannah Film Group Presents Mana: Beyond Belief

What: This documentary was directed by Academy Award-nominated documentarian Peter Friedman and anthropologist Roger Manley. A Maori priest filmed in a New Zealand rainforest sets the stage for an odyssey from the Arizona deserts through Asia, Africa and Europe. When: June 11 at 7 p.m. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts. Use entrance at corner of Oglethorpe and Barnard. Cost: $6. Tickets available at the door one hour before show time.

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What: The noted country singer presents a concert sponsored by Lucas Theatre and Memorial Health. When: June 8 at 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: $35. Call: 525-5050.

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Summer reading guide Our reviews of new books of local interest

Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives

by Rosemary Daniell (Owl Books) I’ve reviewed several of Rosemary Daniell’s books over the years, and her latest offering has me more convinced than ever that -contrary to many efforts to market her as a purely literary light -- she is less our own Flannery O’Connor than she is a local Dorothy Parker. Simply put, Daniell is one of the finest journalists Savannah has produced. Whether or not she takes that as a complement is up to her, but I of course intend it as one. While gaining fame originally for a series of autobiographical works that read like potboiler fiction in their heavy reliance on forbidden sex and the unique dysfunctions of Southern families (Fatal Flowers, Sleeping with Soldiers), later in her career Daniell has emerged as a wellregarded writing teacher in her own right and an engaging chronicler of the glories and tribulations faced by American women, regardless of geographic region. Her latest is a natural progression in her evolution as a sort of bawdy grande dame of latter-day Savannah letters. In chapters with titles like “We Are all Doors Until Someone Slams Us” and “If I Told My Juicy Secrets,” Daniell’’s newest offering takes us inside the world of her famous (infamous?) Zona Rosa women’s writers group, where she simultaneously reveals the life stories and idiosyncracies that make each woman unique -- while at the same time, of course, explaining how women are connected through these disparate (and delightfully uncensored!) life experiences. What makes Secrets of the Zona Rosa different than any of the seemingly millions of generic women’s self-help books out there? Why is this primarily a work of journalism? Two reasons: One, Daniell relies heavily on external sources, both primary and secondary, rather than her own advice or intuition to make her points; and two, despite the pop-psychology aspect of her work, her writing itself is uncluttered, straight to the point and utterly engaging. Caveat: Every man remembers that moment when he first realized that women in their private conversations are far more graphic and revealing than men ever dream of being. How a man reacts to that epiphany -- by either recoiling in horror, shrinking into denial, or taking a deep breath and accepting it -- plays a large part in determining the quality of his later interaction with the opposite sex. Like most all Daniell’s books, Secrets of the Zona Rosa is filled with such moments, and because of this it might prove a difficult read for men. However, this difficulty is precisely why I encourage men to read this book -- not only to gain valuable insight into the real world of women, but to see how a really capable writer practices her craft.

The ‘Bird Girl’: The Story of a Sculpture by Sylvia Shaw Judson by Sandra L. Underwood (Schiffer) An entire book devoted to the sculpture on the cover of “The Book?” Well, why not? For local art historians and lovers of obscure biography, this whimsical but well-documented chronicle of the work of the sculptor Sylvia Shaw Judson accomplishes its goal in fine fashion. In this eclectic, almost hyperkinetic compendium -- inspired by the author’s trip to the Telfair -- we learn not only all about the famous sculpture itself but the sculptor herself, as well as the times she lived in and the places she traveled.

For example, there’s an entire section devoted to the Arts & Crafts movement, the milieu in which Judson worked for most of her career, as well as a focus on the artistic “imprint” of her family home Ragdale, a summer home her father built in Lake Forest, Ill. Anything but dry, the book goes off on some delightful, almost wacky tangents, such as the chapter on the many monikers of The Bird Girl (she was first known simply as “Standing Figure” and then “Girl With Bowls” ); a short mystery involving which was the first of the original six bronze castings of the statue; and a debunking of some popular misconceptions about the statue (the Bird Girl now in the Telfair is not a replica, as commonly said, but is indeed one of Judson’s six originals). In all, there are 27 short chapters in the book, along with two delightful appendices on other notable works by Judson on public display and posthumous castings of The Bird Girl. While the author laments that she never got a chance to meet Jack Leigh, the local photographer whose portrait of The Bird Girl is on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, she did extensive interviews for the book with Susan Laney of the Jack Leigh Gallery, and the late great photographer is, fittingly, a steady presence throughout.

Black America Series: Savannah, Georgia

by Charles J. Elmore, Ph.D (Arcadia) Reissued this year, Elmore’s 2002 chronicle of black life in Savannah only seems to get more enlightening as time goes on. Based primarily on photos from the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, W.W. Law and Savannah State University, the book’s chapters focus on particular aspects of local black history: Pioneers, The Civil War, Religion, Education, Business, Medical Pioneers, Clubs and Jazz and the Civil Rights Era. Sadly, the text is not as updated as it needs to be -- the caption on Otis Johnson’s portrait still reads “currently he serves as dean of Savannah State University.” But the emphasis here is on these amazing photos, images which are at their best when they detail the continuum of life among Savannah’s African-Americans They say pictures never lie, and these photos bring home the sense that, despite the comparatively recent rise of black Savannahians to positions of power, there has always been a remarkable wellspring of talent, courage and excellence in Savannah’s black community. Readers will enjoy seeing future Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas in his robes as an altar boy in the early ‘60s, or future Savannah mayor Floyd Adams Jr. cutting up in a 12th grade chemistry class at St. Piux X High School in 1963. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the photos from the pre-Civil Rights era are actually the most compelling. The numerous group photos from segregation-era Savannah -- like the class photo of the 1901 graduating class of Georgia State Industrial College (later Savannah State), or the 1904 portrait of the South Atlantic Medical Society -- are so striking, so imbued with an obvious gravitas that one is tempted to observe that quality of life for black Savannahians may have actually been better served when they had less dayto-day contact with whites. The calm, straightforward confidence in these faces -- despite the many obstacles the South’s racist Jim Crow system put in front of them -- is obvious and stunning, and is a simple and amazing testament in and of itself to the ongoing vitality of Savannah’s African-American community.



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Neat Pieces: The Plain-Style Furniture of Nineteenth-Century Georgia

(University of Georgia Press) Connoisseurs of ornate furniture might be disappointed in this book, which first appeared as the companion volume to an 1983 exhibit of the same name by the Atlanta History Center (extensive color photos have been added for this edition). When the subtitle says “plain-style furniture,” it means it. These are some plain pieces. But to me, these elegantly simple chairs, dressers, tables, sideboards and such are far more attractive then their rococo cousins. Because they combine quality of workmanship and a real aesthetic eye with usefulness, these works will stand the test of time more ably than will more ostentatious pieces. Beautiful photography keeps the focus on the pieces, while the accompanying text educates and informs so thoroughly that the historian as well as the carpenter will be satisfied. As the introduction makes clear, Savannah and the coast are underrepresented here, mainly because Savannah’s taste ran to more ornate pieces and our proximity to the sea meant more imports were available. Only two of the 126 pieces profiled are from Chatham County. Not to get too PC here, but I found the chapter highlighting the estate of the famous Georgian Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, to be unnecessarily revisionist. Titled “A Great Statesman,” the chapter downplays Stephen’s firebrand role in instigating the Civil War and his welldocumented notions of white supremacy -- two traits which would seem to counter any notion of Stephens as a statesman of any type, “great” or not. continued on page 

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by Whip Morrison Triplett (Arcadia) Working in this age of generic stock photography and cookie-cutter design, I hadn’t realized what a potent and visually engaging research tool a simple postcard can be until I encountered these two very different but similarly themed books. Both books take us on a centurylong journey through the world of painted picture postcards, illustrating an amazingly diverse range of Savannah views. Basically heavily retouched and painstakingly colored photographs, these postcards detail not only the better-known local landmarks, but smaller slices of long-gone area history -- such as acres of naval stores piled up on the waterfront as far as the eye can see, or the “Waving Girl’s” humble bungalow on Elba Island, or the bandstand of the Thunderbolt Casino. (Greetings’ series of the old DeSoto Hilton -- one of the South’s great hotels, sadly razed in the ‘60s -- is worth the price alone.) Many of the cards feature hand-written notes from the original senders, which themselves bring insight into the era (in Triplett’s book, one circa 1917 note reads “Having a bit of a cold spell. Water pipes are all froze up, waste pipes too.”) So if you can only buy one, which book should you pick? It depends, because both have unique strengths and weaknesses. With full color on every page, Greetings from Savannah is clearly the most visually sumptuous of the two. However, the descriptions and text in Postcard History Series: Savannah are far more detailed and educational.

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June Bug’s Grocery and the Cornfield Jook: A South Albany Oral History

by Mary Sterner Lawson (Arcadia) One of the most densely-written -- yet thoroughly entertaining -- oral histories I’ve encountered, this book’s completeness is all the more remarkable for its prosaic subject matter. Almost entirely made up of first-person recollection and anecdote of the various goings-on at one corner of a predominantly black area of a south Georgia town, June Bug’s Grocery is not so much a slice of life as it is a big sopping chunk of it. The book was inspired by Lawson’s own painting of the grocery, which graces the cover. Reaction to her painting of the bygone neighborhood landmark, owned and operated by Milton “June Bug” Griffin, convinced her to document this chronicle of a time gone by. In it we read of the complicated ethics involved in benefit dinners being sold right outside the store, the dangers of knife-oriented gambling games at the “Jook,” nearby brothels euphemistically known as “booty houses” or “transit houses,” and the sheriff ’s ongoing struggle in the area to control local moonshiners. Here’s an example of Lawson’s often hilarious cinema verite approach, as Ted Curry recollects the cost of said local moonshine: “Well, when I first started it was 50 cent a pint, no, 50 cent a half-pint, then it went to a dollar a pint, moderation, well, it’d go up like that, you know... Gallon was 8, well I can remember the price of a gallon. It was $8. $8 a gallon... you know, man those guys used to drink that stuff like it was water.”

Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States by Carol Ruckdeschel and C. Robert Shoop

(University of Georgia Press) One of the best non-bird nature guides I’ve come across -- you have to make that distinction since birdwatching has become so huge lately -- and on a subject that just doesn’t seem to have enough information out there on it. Much like the manatee in Florida and the koala down under, sea turtles are an iconic animal for coastal Georgia. Beautiful (especially when they’re swimming) and patient, these strangely evocative amphibians bring out very human emotions in anyone familiar with a mother turtle’s dedication to laying her eggs or with the hellish gauntlet the babies must run to the sea, and to survival.

The authors are well-known area experts: Biologist Carole Ruckdeschel and University of Rhode Island professor C. Robert Shoop together run a worldfamous repository of sea turtle data and research on Cumberland Island, Ga. Their book is an easy-to-follow -- yet plenty detailed -- compendium of their collective knowledge. (A particularly useful appendix for local beachcombers deals with the identification of various turtle species by their shells and/or skulls.) While the tone can tend toward the academic, the authors resist the temptation to fall into jargon, and clearly love their subject matter. Photo editor Meg Hoyle brings together images both beautiful and informative of these very special local visitors to Georgia’s beaches.

Full of Grace

by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow)

A quintessential -- no, make that archetypal - beach or poolside read, this is another uplifting novelistic contribution from this popular New York Times bestselling South Carolina native, whose stock-in-trade is the faith-oriented but funny narrative of modern life. Full of Grace introduces us to the oh-so-symbolically named Grace, daughter of Big Al and Connie Russo, conservative northeasterners who move to Hilton Head from New Jersey (you call that fiction?). Unmarried at 32, Grace’s decisions in both life and love are becoming increasingly unacceptable to the traditional Italian mores of her parents. Frank’s conversational, engaging style -- here in first-person as the voice of Grace herself -- is quite entertaining in its sheer readable goofiness, and stands apart from the stilted dialogue so common in lesser examples of this genre. Take this excerpt about a new boyfriend, for example: “Eventually our bloomers hit the floor and I gave him keys. He put his stuff in storage and moved in... Little by little my parents wheedled the facts about Michael from me. They were aghast that he was Irish, but the fact that he was doing stem-cell research in a project to repair heart-wall muscle sent them over the moon. He became the Irish Baby Butcher.” Faith -- or Frank’s undemanding and harmless middleclass version of it, anyway -- weaves its way through the book, culminating in a miracle of sorts she experiences in Mexico.

Breaking the Cycle: A step-by-step guide to healing from childhood abuse, neglect and trauma

by Sandra Riggin (Evening Star Press) Author, therapist and former Savannah resident Sandra Riggin strikes at the very heart of drug/alcohol and child abuse with her most recent manuscript. Based on her personal struggle to recover from drugs and alcohol and to

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emotionally heal from years of horrific child abuse, she has authored an exceptional work lessons learned around the water, beautifully illustrated by Kesler Woodward. Through his that outlines the therapeutic techniques facilitating her recovery while expressing the truth reminiscences, we get a taste of life outdoors from Alaska to North Carolina. and conviction of a veteran warrior living -- and almost dying -- in the throes of addiction. Gregarious local golf writer Joel Zuckerman scores with Misfits on the Links, a comeWith an instinct to overcome her addictions, Riggin eventually discovered that several dic gem that had this non-golfer laughing out loud. Built around hilarious, Mad magazinecounseling techniques were needed to bring about the complete cure she desired. These style illustrations by Sports Illustrated’s Jeff Wong, Zuckerman uses the tried-and-true fake techniques shape the foundation of her book and are outlined in her step-by-step guide. nature guide approach to life on the links. One factor she keenly emphasizes is the importance of dealing with not only the indiMy favorite example: Mr. Gimme (Chronicus yips), a “total putz” who can be recognized vidual symptoms one has but also what led to the cause of those symptoms. While encourby his tendency to putt with his glove on and his use of an “oversize ball mark like a silver aging the reader to grasp this concept, Riggin manages to create the feeling of a one-on-one dollar or casino chip.” w therapy session with a skilled, caring, and trusted counselor. Riggin also includes a wonderful CD used during the final chapters on the book which includes relaxation and visualization techniques. In her own voice, Riggin guides the reader through these insightful and meaningful meditations. Her calm assurance and reassuring presence is felt throughout this book and it’s comforting to know she is The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs & the Savannah Asian Festival Committee present the there. Here is a rare and insightful gift for those wishing to leave behind the victim status and reach toward a promising, new addictive free life. It’s also gripping read for anyone interested in child abuse, neglect and trauma, its devastating consequences, and the therapies that help cure them. -Live Performances . Cultural Booths . Arts & Crafts . Workshops . Exotic Cuisine Charletta Wallen

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Misfits on the Links: A Golfer’s Guide to Freaks Along the Fairway

by Joel Zuckerman (Andrews McMeel) Two great Father’s Day gift ideas for the outdoorsy patriarch in your life. While ordinarily I loathe the whole “Zen of fishing” genre -- in my experience a lot of anglers drink too much and are irresponsible in the use of their noisy, gas-powered implements -- I must say that Bamboo Fly Rod Suite has a pleasantly decorous and literary quality that never patronizes. Soos’ essays on his life as a fisherman are not so much Hemingway-esque odes to nature as they are slices of his own life

Savannah Asian Festival Escape to the Far East at the 11th Annual Savannah Asian Festival! Experience a vibrant display of talent, cuisine, art and family fun showcasing the diversity and beauty of Savannah’s Asian community.

Performance Schedule Master of Ceremonies Jeff McDermott “Voice of the Sand Gnats” (starting times are approximate)

11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 12:35 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:35 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:25 p.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 3:40 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:40 p.m.

Opening Ceremony & Parade of Flags Lee’s Taekwando (Korea) Chinese Fan Dancing & Zither Duet Matsuriza Taiko Drum Group (Japan) Filipino Sampaguita Dancers Liang Acrobatic Show (China) Children of Polynesia Savannah Kendo Club (Japan) Korea Traditional Dancers Matsuriza Taiko Drum Group (Japan) Indian Classical Music & Dancers Liang Acrobatic Show (China) Chinese-American Cultural Performers Thailand Dance Group

Liang Acrobatic Show

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The number of competitors “We’re a pretty musical group to begin from Savannah who’ve been world chamwith,” says Little. “So we decided why not pions at something is a pretty short list. make the whole thing a song, kind of like At the top would have to be Savannah an operetta.” native Bucky Dent, MVP in the New York The six devoted two months to composYankees’ 1978 World Series victory. ing their “operetta.” And while feelings ran Local weightlifters Cheryl Haworth high, no one -- not even the team members and Oscar Chaplin both have won gold themselves -- expected total victory. at Junior World “We were just hopChampionships. ing for the top ten,” says SSU grad Shanadviser Karen Nelson. “I non Sharpe won don’t think they expected two Super Bowls to take home the whole with the Denver ball game.” Broncos. Little and Moore agree. (“Shoeless Joe” “I was hoping to at least Jackson won the get called in the top six,” 1917 World Series Moore says. “It was very with the Chicago shocking.” White Sox, but “Our reaction at first didn’t live in Sawas 100 percent pure vannah until after surprise,” Little says. “We his playing days.) didn’t expect to win first SAA’s winning team with their In the arts, Johnat all.” trophy; Karen Nelson is at center ny Mercer won two For Nelson, the first Oscars for Best Song whiff of victory came durin ‘61 and ‘62. Actor Charles Coburn won ing the spontaneous portion of the Odysa Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1943. sey competition. And.... that’s about it. “They were very confident when they But the latest entry to breathe that raricame out of the spontaneous problem,” she fied air is an unlikely group of six young says. “It’s an interesting process, because men from the Savannah Arts Academy: they’re not allowed to discuss it at all, with Andrew Terret and Austin Quattlebaum, anyone, so I knew nothing about what the both seniors; Conor Little and Wesley Harspontaneous problem had been.” rington, both juniors; Phillip Moore, sophLittle says the spontaneous portion “can omore; and John Gale, freshman. make you or break you. An Atlanta-area Last week their team won first place team had by far the best skit, but they blew -- that’s first in the entire world -- at this it on the spontaneous question.” year’s Odyssey of the Mind world finals, In all, five local teams competed this held in Ames, Iowa. year -- three from SAA, one from Jen“It’s a pretty strange feeling, actually,” kins High School and one from DeRenne says team member Conor Little on the win. Middle School. “I’m not even sure if it’s completely settled “There were a total of 15 first place enin yet.” tries. We were the world champion in the Teammate Phillip Moore feels the same ‘Jungle Bloke’ high school division,” Nelson way. “It hasn’t completely hit -- it kind of explains. “Singapore is number two.” hits in spurts,” he says. Little says their win is especially reOne of the largest international acamarkable “when you consider that foreign demic competitions, Odyssey of the Mind teams are usually higher ranked.” gives teams from 25 countries “problems” Nelson, who helped recruit SAA’s Odysto solve in the most creative and elegant sey teams, says one reason the winning six ways possible. Teams have time to prepare were put together is because “I wanted the their solutions, but a “spontaneous” segwild boys -- the really thinking-outsidement of the competition keeps things lively the-box wild boys.” and unpredictable. So what do the “wild boys” themselves “Our specific problem was called ‘the say is the secret of their success? Jungle Bloke,’” explains Little. “The stipula“We’re really a tightknit team that’s able tions were we had to have at least one charto work together really well,” says Moore. acter who played the Jungle Bloke, who “We always tried to put in the most crecan speak to animals. He has to solve some ative and philosophical solutions.” problems of animals, and animals have to Little agrees. solve a problem he has. He also has to con“We tried to do whatever we thought vince at least one other person that he can no one else would do, even if we didn’t talk to animals.” know if we could do it,” he says. Along with all this, each team also had Nelson says simply, “They’re a very speto present a song and dance. It was here cial breed of young men.” w that the winning six from SAA gained a competitive advantage. For more info go to




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A unique commencement celebration took place last Friday, as a 70-foot floating dragon and ten 20-foot-wide floating flower sculptures were sent down the Savannah River. They contained biodegradable rice paper pieces on which were written dreams, wishes and prayers of the SCAD 2006 graduating class.

photos by Jessica Ozment

Environmental action alert! Georgians have an opportunity to put in place some stricter guidelines on the emission of toxic mercury into the atmosphere. Coal-burning power plants, such as local facilities Plant Kraft and Plant McIntosh, account for the vast majority of mercury emissions into Georgia skies. In turn, these emissions end up being deposited into waterways. Currently, all watersheds in the state are under mercury advisories -- a total of over 2,000 miles of waterway. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) estimates that 15 percent of Georgia children are born with unacceptable levels of mercury in their bloodstreams. DNR is now accepting public comments on a rule change which could actually surpass federal guidelines, which the Bush administration has weakened considerably.

“We’re pleased with the information and research the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has done on this,” says the Sierra Club’s Collen McKeernan. However, a competing option supported by industry and the federal government would install the use of “credits,” which polluting industries could stockpile, much like a bank account, in order to permit them to surpass allowable levels in some places. “The cap and trade program leaves places at risk when companies buy mercury credits,” says McKeernan, whose group urges concerned citizens to call Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office directly to express your preference for the stricter state option proposed by DNR (known as “Option One”) rather than the lax federal option. Call (404) 656-1776 to voice your opinion. w

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John Popper of Blues Traveler, left, blew a mean mouth harp on a beautiful Friday night at the third annual SCAD graduation concert in Forsyth Park. As with all such school concerts, it was free and open to the public -- who are featured in the three photos below!

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List-o-mania Everyone’s final list is always different. You know the kind. The one you leave for the house sitter, the dog sitter, the temporary renter you got off Craigslist for the month. Some items have to do with flaws in the basic construction of the house. Others speak to a certain quirkiness of the place. All are intended to make the move-in experience just a little easier, not to scare. Take the thermostat in my house. At night, in the dark, when you wake up either freezing from the low arctic air conditioning setting or the schvitzing from the high heat index, the problem is not finding the thermostat. It’s seeing the numbers. They do not light up. You cannot see a blasted thing. Bad design. So for immediate relief - because who wants to turn on the lights at that hour or to hunt for a match to strike - I leave a bright yellow flashlight in the back of the couch cushion which sits under the thermostat for a quick check of the numbers. It stays there permanently. Then there’s the shelf in my bedroom closet. It’s too high. Maybe Shaq could reach it, but not this girl. And I was around when the carpenter and I decided to put it there. What was I thinking? When I ask the guy that now he says, “I don’t know. Suitcases?” To access it I keep a child’s wooden chair in the closet. It’s tricky. It’s dangerous. The chair could tip. I could fall and become another household injury statistic. But that’s the deal. Unless you have a child visitor who wants to sit on it, the chair stays there permanently. Then there’s plumbing. It could be better. I never put anything questionable down the drains. Never. Still, they clog. it’s just my karma. Two commodes help. One backs up, use the other. The bathroom sink drains slowly, too, but it does drain. Tree roots are another subject. You want to start a business in this town? Get a “snake’ and start cleaning out people’s drains. When you have a town with lot of trees you have a lot of roots which means you have a lot of trouble with your plumbing. To make things easier I leave a rusty part from some discarded radiator outside where the “snake” should go. Important to remember that and leave the thing-a-magig where it is. It stays there permanently. Then there’s the garden. Always dangerous to leave it in the summer. But just as dangerous is to leave someone in charge of weeding. One year I did that and the person, thinking she was doing me a favor, re-

moved all my spiderwort. Not that it - and other well-adapted weeds - can’t find their way back (or survive without water). They can. Still, I missed their morning blue blooms. One person’s weeds are another’s favorite blooms. Besides, it’s all about soil preparation, right? If my soil is good the plants will survive. When I return from the road, I’m expecting a morass of passion flowers, fruiting banana trees, red-starred cypress vines, plenty of Mexican sunflowers and spent sunflowers, their heads bent over, their stems collapsed from the weight. Then there are the fireworks - not to be confused with gunshots or the backfiring of cars. To me, all three sound a lot alike, especially before and after a holiday such as the Fourth of July, which is when you want to be especially careful of bullets. It’s a crazy thing, but during holidays people in this town like to take to the streets and shoot their guns into the air oblivious of where the bullets may land. You can call the police, but they don’t seem to feel it’s dangerous. But the fireworks. Sometimes it seems as if they go off every other night. They come from Daffin Park, where the Savannah Sand Gnats play. It’s easier, if you ask me, just to go to the game. Good, cheap entertainment. Instructions for a house phone are hardly an issue anymore. They’re getting scarce. Most people travel with their own. For the residence I’m about to house-sit in Pittsburgh, Pa., for a month - just to put my eyes on something outside Savannah my friend Matt warns me his phone number used to belong to a nursing home. He occasionally gets calls from people looking for their parents, businesses selling hospital equipment or employment agencies asking for references for former employees. “For the last category,” he emails, “I usually just make stuff up. ‘Oh yeah, I remember him. Good worker. Always on time. Pleasant personality.’” He also warned about the key situation (“the front door and back door keys require a little finesse”) and the reason for the extra lock (“I added it a few years ago after a second break-in”). For key emergencies I left Dini Bradley’s name and number. And instructions to visit his shop. That’s a must. Everything else should go swimmingly. I’ve tried to leave empty surfaces, space in the closet, a minimal of dog hair, wall art, including a Mark Streeter cartoon of me when I left the newspaper, a Bush seed packet of Texas homegrown dope from the Bush League Seed Co., and a handwritten Fishman family tree. They stay there permanently. w E-mail Jane at



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Good news, bad news on Georgia mental health

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Editor, The volunteers of the St. Thomas Thrift Store want to express their sincere thanks to our customers and readers of Connect Savannah for selecting the St. Thomas Thrift Store one of the Best in Savannah in your recent Reader’s Poll. The honor came as a complete surprise, especially since the shop is relatively small in comparison to similar entities. The St. Thomas Thrift Store, an outreach ministry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, is staffed by volunteers, and all merchandise is donated. Last year our net proceeds of $25,000 funded grants to community charitable organizations and youth programs. Some of the groups receiving donations were Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center, The Rape Crisis Center, Park Place Outreach (formerly Savannah Runaway ), CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocacy), the West Broad Street YMCA, and Safe Shelter. The store offers a selection of quality clothing for the entire family, toys, games, collectibles, antiques, household items and books, all reasonable priced and in good condition. From our famous $2.00 Bag Sale rack customers can get a bag full of clothing, etc. for only $2.00. We encourage all your readers to visit the shop at 5500 White Bluff Rd. and see what they have been missing! Sue Tengg Chairman, St. Thomas Thrift Store Board

The lamas of Drepung Loseling monastery visit Savannah again June 12-18 at the Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts FREE EVENTS June 12, 7 p.m. Opening ceremony June 13-18, regular museum hours Painting the sand mandala June 13 -14, 3-5 p.m. Sand painting activities for young people June 15, 7 p.m. Lecture by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin

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Free admission for mandala exhibition, ceremonies and lecture sponsored by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs/ Leisure Services Bureau. Regular admission applies to other Jepson Center galleries, exhibitions and programs.

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Editor, As President of NAMI Georgia (National Alliance on Mental Illness), I would like to congratulate Gwen Skinner, Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD) of the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) under the leadership of Commissioner B. J. Walker for allocating grant funds for a Crisis Intervention Team Program (CIT), an innovative landmark statewide training of law enforcement. By doing so, this potentially sets Georgia up to be a nation wide model of community collaboration at its best. NAMI National, NAMI Georgia’s national organization, recently completed a comprehensive survey, grading each state’s adult public mental health system. Overall, nation wide America’s adult public mental health system was graded a D. Only 5 states received a B; 17 states received C’s; and 19 received D’s. This grading system underscores that less than 1/3 of adults with mental illness receive treatment. It is no surprise that Georgia received a D. There is more bad news in America— progress is stalled and at risk. Our mental healthcare system faces a financial crisis as well as a need to catch up with advances in science with proven, cost-efficient treatment practices. But there is also good news — new drugs and therapies have vastly improved the outlook for millions of Americans with mental illness. The treatment success rates in some cases are comparable with success rates for those with heart disease. That should encourage more and more to be educated, to understand and to seek treatment and to rid stigma. The great news here in Georgia is there is HOPE! We, members of NAMI, are committed to make every effort to raise Georgia’s grade to a HOPE level of B. NAMI with guidance from Director Vernon Keenan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation received a grant from the DHR to train 3000 law enforcement officers statewide with a POST (Police Officer Safety Training) certified 40-hour training course called Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), which was adopted from a Memphis, Tennessee Police Department program. CIT modules such as Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness, Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia, Developmental Disabilities and others are taught by volunteer local professionals. Officers master skills in how to deescalate and deal with citizens that may suffer from severe mental illness and

other brain disorders and learn to recognize the illness in order to more appropriately route those individuals to treatment centers as opposed to jails. Our jails are full of those, including veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, who committed crimes due to their illness and not because they are criminals. CIT training has proven to assist both law enforcement in doing their very difficult jobs and consumers and their families in seeking the appropriate medical care in order to lead productive meaningful lives. Commissioner of Department of Human Resources B.J. Walker and Director of MHDDAD Gwen Skinner thank you for your astute leadership and for giving our communities the opportunity to educate some of our most honored leaders—police officers. Unfortunately, they have become the de facto mental health workers. This grant will equip officers with valuable tools to help a most mistreated and neglected population. Our goal is for everyone with a mental illness/brain disorder to have the opportunity to recover--to be self-reliant and contribute to his or her community. Nora Lott Haynes NAMI Georgia President

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Two people were arrested recently and charged with filing false police reports in separate incidents. In the first incident, Garcia Hernandez Neveo, 25, reported that he had been robbed three times near the English Oaks apartments over the past month. When Neveo reported the third alleged robbery, he told police how disappointed he was that they were never able to help him, and took his story to the media. Neveo was intoxicated when he made the third report and was unable to keep his story straight. He was questioned by officers of the Southside Precinct LOOP (Latino Officers Outreach Program) and when his story began to fall apart, he told them the previous robbery reports were false. He was charged with filing a false report of a crime, obstruction by giving false information and public intoxication, and taken to jail. In the second case, Ronique Everett, 20, of Richmond Hill told police she was abducted three weeks ago from the Target store and robbed at gunpoint. An investigation into the report revealed that Everett was never abducted or robbed at gunpoint, but was instead the victim of a flim-flam scam, in which victims are lured into believing they will get something for nothing. She also was arrested and taken to jail. • A woman told police that she and her boyfriend began arguing, which resulted in his damaging her cell phone. The complainant said she and her boyfriend were arguing about their relationship outside a fast-food chicken restaurant on Abercorn Street. They continued to argue out into the street. The suspect took the woman’s cell phone, which she dropped during the argument. The woman said she attempted to retrieve the phone, and in the process, unknowingly cut her finger. She said she tried to exchange some property for the phone, but the suspect broke it anyway. The woman said she did not want to press charges. She was given a case report number card. • Police responded to a historic cemetery in reference to a domestic situation. Upon arrival, a woman told them she was at work when her live-in boyfriend showed up. She said he began arguing with her about a cell phone bill, then punched her on the side of her mouth while he was sitting in his truck. The woman said she tried to back away from the man. He got out of the truck and grabbed her shirt and slapped her in the

from recent Savannah/Chatham Police incident reports

Ronique Everett & Garcia Neveo face. Again, the woman pulled away and he grabbed a pencil and held it as if he was going to stab her with it. The woman said she jumped into her work truck and drove to the office. The man followed her and told her, “When you get home, I’m gonna f--k you up.” He left, The woman told police the incident may have been taped because the cemetery has video surveillance. • A Camelia Court resident told police she has been receiving threatening phone calls. Upon arrival, an officer spoke with the complainant, who said earlier in the evening, a woman called her and told her that if the complainant called the suspect’s boyfriend, who is the complainant’s ex-husband, she would “kick her ass.” The woman said the suspect also drove by her house. The complainant was given a case report number card and warrant procedures were explained to her. She advised the officer she had a previous case report number card from another incident that had occurred earlier. w

All cases from recent Savannah/Chatham Police Department incident reports. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020.


of the Weird

Rush to Judgment

Wheelchair-confined Richard Paey committed almost exactly the same violations of Florida prescription drug laws that radio personality Rush Limbaugh did, with a different result: Limbaugh’s sentence, in May, was addiction treatment, and Paey’s, in 2004, was 25 years in prison. Both illegally possessed large quantities of painkillers for personal use, which Paey defiantly argued was (and will be) necessary to relieve nearly constant pain from unsuccessful spinal surgeries after an auto accident, but which Limbaugh admitted was simply the result of addiction. (In fact, if Limbaugh complies with his plea bargain, his conviction will be erased.) Paey’s sentence now rests with a state Court of Appeal.

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by Chuck Shepherd

Questionable Judgments

In April, William Bethel Jr. confessed to police during a traffic stop that the station wagon he was driving was mainly used for transporting corpses for his friend’s mortuary service but that he was using it just then to deliver pizzas for Domino’s of Feasterville, Pa. (Bethel quickly resigned.) On the day after a federal jury in Virginia sentenced “20th (Sept. 11) hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison without possibility of parole, a Florida jury in Orlando gave Carl Moore, 37, exactly the same sentence. The Virginia jury had concluded that Moussaoui could have prevented the deaths of nearly 3,000 people; the Florida jury found that Moore had fondled a 12-year-old girl, briefly, underneath her clothes on an elevator at a resort (his second such conviction).

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

An Illinois Appellate Court in April upheld a lower court ruling reversing Mongo the steer’s disqualification for steroids after he had been chosen junior grand champion at the 2003 Illinois State Fair. Mongo had tested positive for the anti-inflammatory Banamine, for his sore foot, but the court declared the test improperly administered. It was a victory for Mongo’s owner, Whitney Gray, but of utterly no benefit to Mongo, who shortly after the fair was slaughtered for steak.

Recent Notable Protests

(1) In February, children’s book author Frank Feldmann, 35, trespassed to the top of the St. Augustine (Fla.) Lighthouse in the middle of the night, wearing a tiger suit, to decry child pornography on the Internet. However, his point was not immediately understood by police on the ground below because of communication problems posed by his voice-muffling tiger mask. (2) The residents of Steuben County in upstate New York, who attended a community rally in January to protest a planned clean-energy windmill farm, mostly criticized its unsightliness, but one opponent objected because windmill blades make whirring noises that to him resemble sounds of Nazi holocaust torture.

Pervo-American Community

New York City raw-food restaurateur Dan Hoyt, 43, was sentenced to two years’ probation in April for a highly publicized 2005 incident in which he indecently exposed himself on a subway train in front of a 22-year-old woman, who reacted by photographing him with her cell phone and displaying the shot on the Internet. In an April interview with New York magazine, Hoyt shrugged off the incident, calling his habit just another facet of a “pretty cool,” thrill-seeking person. “I’ve met women who enjoy (being flashed).” Except for the subway incident, even his victim would “probably want to go out with me.”

Least Competent Criminals Short Attention Spans: Brian M. Williams, 21, was arrested for allegedly robbing Houchens Market in Glasgow, Ky., in April; police had found him minutes afterward across the street filling his gas tank. And Nathan Myles, 25, was sentenced in March to three years in prison for a lengthy, destructive police chase in Thunder Bay, Ontario; it ended when Myles stopped for a haircut. And Mario Cara-

coza, 26, was arrested for allegedly robbing a Bank of America in Bristol Township, Pa., in May; police had found him minutes afterward eating breakfast at the Sunrise Diner next door. Wrong Place, Wrong Time: (1) Konoshin Kawabata, 48, was arrested in Osaka, Japan, in March for burglarizing a temple; he wandered through an unmarked door and was surprised by 20 sumo wrestlers, who were staying at the temple and who easily detained him. (2) Police in Melbourne, Australia, arrested a 34-year-old man for robbery in January after the victim (renowned illustrator Bill “Weg” Green) provided police with an unusually helpful drawing of the perp’s face.

Recurring Themes

(1) People hit by “flying” cows (that fall out of livestock trailers on highways and overpasses), with the latest occurring near Seguin, Texas, in March, when a cow flew out onto Interstate 10, causing collisions of two police cars that soon caught on fire. (2) Patient, by-the-book, but useless police standoffs (in which cops implore residents for hours to surrender, eventually to learn that no one is home), with the latest being a suspected drug house futilely surrounded for seven hours by SWAT officers in Oklahoma City in April.

Clumsy People With Guns (all-new)

People who accidentally shot themselves recently: Clayton Teman, 23, Springfield, Ore., January (badly misfired while being chased by police). A 25-year-old man, Wichita, Kan., February (driving with loaded gun between his legs). An undercover Lauderhill, Fla., police officer, January (when a car bumped him on the street). A 15-year-old boy, North Brunswick, N.J., March (another “waistband as holster” accident). William Tyree, 33, Dacula, Ga., April (badly misfired while being chased by police). An unidentified man, Nacogdoches, Texas, February (shooting at an opossum). w

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(1) China, sensitive about the impression it will make on visitors to the 2008 Olympics, has undertaken a major campaign against open spitting, monitored by volunteer scolders who wear shirts that spell out “mucus” in Chinese and who hand out bags to spit in. (2) India’s Rural Development Minister vowed in March that the country will eliminate open defecation by 2012, despite reports of toilet use in some states as low as 15 percent. The government gives homeowners toilet-installation grants. For 30 years now, many residents of Frostburg, Md., have been puzzled, and annoyed, at the three-story-high, 400-footlong metal- and-concrete frame that Pastor Richard Greene calls his modern Noah’s Ark, at which he works off and on, awaiting Judgment Day. According to an April Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dispatch, Greene said the Arc came to him in visions during disturbing dreams in 1976. Some neighbors are patient, but others call the Ark an eyesore that depresses property values and wastes religious charity (since contributions to Greene have totaled $1 million). Ewwwww! Again this year, in April, Jim Werych of the Wednesday Night Classics car club in Brookfield, Wis., ritually

dragged his tongue, in a deep lick, across Lisbon Road (with traffic stopped in both directions) to verify, and proclaim, that the streets are free of winter salt and thus safe for the club’s delicate classics.

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by Steve Newman


Vulcanologists were puzzled as to why a lake atop a rumbling volcano on the South Pacific 3.4 island of Ambae 3.7 changed color from blue to bright red. It is only the second time in 122 years that Mount Manaro has shown signs of eruption. Two Aletta other volcanoes in Vanuatu were also erupting, contaminating water supplies and destroying crops. • Authorities in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros warned residents that they should remain on alert from lava simmering in the country’s only active volcano. Vulcanologists said Mount KarWeek Ending June 2, 2006 thala could erupt at any time with flows of lava accompanied by poiit moved westward from the Mexican sonous gas and ash. coast. • Activity inside Java’s Mount Merapi inSilent Spring creased threefold following the deadly Several species of birds that earthquake that wrecked communities just migrate annually from Africa south of the towering mountain. to Europe have shown a sharp Sino Blazes drop in numbers in recent More than 20,000 firefighters in years. Britain’s Royal Society for northeast China’s Heilongjiang the Protection of Birds and Bird Life province battled massive International warn that the 50 percent lightning-sparked wildfires that decline in migratory bird numbers may be engulfed more than 125,000 a warning of widespread environmental acres of forest. A forestry official said damage. A joint report by both groups strong winds, high temperatures and dry says, “Climate change, drought and weather hampered the firefighting desertification in Africa, and massive operations. Significantly below-normal pesticide use on African farmland, may all rainfall so far this year in Heilongjiang and be to blame for the declines of once Inner Mongolia has created an extreme fire common U.K. birds such as the spotted danger. flycatcher, wheatear, wood warbler and turtle dove.” Hurricane Season The first tropical storm of the Earthquakes northeast Pacific hurricane A massive international relief season formed off the coast of effort was launched in the wake Acapulco. Tropical Storm Aletta of a magnitude 6.3 temblor that attained storm strength for only killed more than 6,000 people a brief period of time before losing force as on the Indonesian island of


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Java. Officials say the powerful shaking also injured tens of thousands of people and left some 650,000 homeless. • Earth movements were also felt in Indonesia’s Papua province, the far northern Philippines, northern New Zealand, western Japan, western Uganda, southeastern Italy, New Brunswick and the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Killing Heat

A monthlong stretch of extreme heat across eastern Pakistan has killed at least 90 people who died of dehydration, diarrhea and sunstroke. Many of the deaths were reported in southern Punjab, where temperatures reached 124 degrees Fahrenheit. The arrival of monsoon rains finally helped break the heat wave in parts of the region.

unclear whether the insects migrated from Morocco or Algeria, or sprung up after spring rainfall ended an extended drought. The moths (Autographa gamma) get their name from distinctive markings that look like the Greek letter gamma, and are generally harmless. University of Madrid professor Jose Luis Viejo told the daily El Pais that favorable winds can carry the insects northward across Europe in search of green grass for their eggs.

Ursine Refugee

The first wild brown bear to be seen in Germany since 1835 may have made an epic 60-mile journey before moving across the border to Austria. A bear caused alarm in the Bavarian Alps two weeks before one was seen plundering a beehive and crossing from the state of Bavaria into neighboring Austria. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said the same animal could have easily made the trip between the two regions. The bear was said to be dangerous because it appeared to be unafraid of humans. It was also seen attacking a chicken coop and apparently killed several sheep, according to officials. The Bavarian government authorized hunters to kill the animal, sparking outrage from animal rights activists and opposition politicians. WWF is asking Austria to find a way to ensure the bear is not a threat to humans, and not to kill it. w

Winged Invasion

The first plague of “gamma” moths to flutter across Spain in 10 years darkened the sky and swarmed around lights in many parts of the country. It was

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Generation gap

The Couch brings improv-based comedy to the Sentient Bean What a way to write a play. Dave Williams is an English major at Armstrong Atlantic State University. He’s also an emerging playwright with a decided bent for comedy. “I wrote a play called Open Mic about an open mic night,” Williams says. “I got the bug for writing comedy.” Williams’ latest play, The Couch, is being directed by Anthony Paderewski, who encouraged him to write. “Anthony kind of inspired me to come up with a couple of ideas,” Williams says. “One was about unmotivated young people. The Couch is a contrast of the younger generation and the older generation, as far as their ideals and values. ” Paderewski is the play’s director. “I’m directing, producing and have taken a role, as well,” Paderewski says. “Who needs a mind when you’re an actor?” The play tells the story of Chris, who’s living in a pothead’s paradise. After sleeping until noon, Chris spends his days playing video games and smoking and dealing pot. He keeps these activities from his ultraconservative parents, who proudly believe that not only is Chris an All-American boy, he’s interning for the mayor. When his parents show up for a surprise visit, Chris must struggle to maintain a clean-cut image to his increasingly suspicious parents. Along the way, Chris’ parents meet his decidedly eccentric friends. ‘One of his best friends is named Squirrel,” Paderewski says. “Squirrel is a typical pothead. He wears earth tones. He loves Phish, the Dead and he plays video games.” Paderewski plays another friend named Rick. “He’s a hard-core head banger,” he says. “I even have a mohawk in the show.” Chris also has a close friend named Emily. “She’s a smart ass and has been a smart ass all her life,” Paderewski says. There’s a lot of slapstick in the play, especially after Chris’ parents show up. “The father’s the type of husband who stares at the floor and follows his wife around the grocery store,” Paderewski says. And the mother? “She’s the Old South personified,” Paderewski says. During the writing process, the play turned into a group project. “I turned in half a play to Anthony,” Williams says. “We really liked the characters and where it was going, so we sat down and talked about it

and I took notes, then shopped it on different people and got different notes.” In the end, the play was completed during a workshop with the actors. “We did a week of improv,” Williams says. “It helped me a lot to understand the characters. I had been writing them as I saw them in my head, then at the workshop I had physical characters to work with.” “I’m really excited about this,” Paderewski says. “With the workshop, we saw what worked. The play’s really funny because we knew what worked when we did it because everyone laughed. I’m a big improv fanatic.” After the workshop, rehearsals began. “We had a rehearsal period of just three weeks,” Paderewski says. “It’s insane. The play’s set in a black box scenario. It’s taking place in front of you and around you.” It is produced by Stegosaurus Productions, which also produced the plays Open Mic and Closer. “Stegosaurus theater started out in Jacksonville, Fla.,” Paderewski says. “I signed on when they were here. It’s a local group that wants to do live theater.” All the actors in the production are local, and most are graduates or current students at AASU. “Armstrong does more shows than anyone in the state of Georgia,” Paderewski says. He himself is an Armstrong graduate, who has been working professionally at the Arts Center for Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head for three years. “I didn’t start doing theater until college,” Paderewski says. “When you’re able to get a laugh or get an emotion from the audience, when you’re able to affect people or make them laugh, that’s such a powerful tool and I just love it. I don’t want to do anything else.” Williams seems too highly motivated to write about characters who aren’t. “I’m not going to say I have nothing in common with the characters,” he says. “I spent a lot of years myself on the couch. It wasn’t until later that I found a reason to get off it.” w Stegosaurus Productions will present the comedy The Couch by Dave Williams June 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. at The Sentient Bean Coffee House, 13 E. Park Ave. The performance is for mature audiences only. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the door starting at 7:30 p.m.


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Jean Claude Roy -- Works by this French impressionist hang from June 5-July 9 in the Grand Bohemian Gallery at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. Opening reception Friday, June 9, from 6-9 p.m. with wine and cheese for all. Free and open to the public. ‘Seamless Grotesques’ -- MFA Fibers Thesis Exhibition by Susie Jean Baker at Starland Center for Contemporary Art, 2428 Bull St. June 12-17, with opening reception Tuesday, June 13, 6-10 p.m. Free and open to the public. ‘Recent Works’ -- Exhibit by SCAD grad Tiffani Taylor at Off the Wall Gallery, in 45 Bistro at the Marshall House on Broughton Street. June 14 through July, with an opening reception Thurs. June 15, 6-8:30 p.m.

‘Pinned by a Voyeur’ -- Pinhole photography by Shawna Ventimiglia at Black Orchid through June 30. 131 Drayton St. New works -- New paintings by Daniel E. Smith and Melody Postma are now at the Whitney Gallery. Also on display are June Stratton, Corinne Adams, Barbara J. Brown, Stephen Kasun, James Allen, Leslie Kneisel and Adela Holmes. Whitney Gallery is at 415 Whitaker St. ‘Miniature Madness’ -- Collage sculptures, trinkets, and doll houses, by Louise Frank, Ryan Brennan, and Monica Kelly at Desot O Row Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave. between Bull & Whitaker, June 15-21. Reception Friday June 16, 7 p.m.

Group show - Horne & ThisWork by Jean Claude Roy is in the Mansion tle Gallery at 424 E Oglethorpe Ave. will have a show of gallery artists for June featuring: Julio Garcia, MuRon DeCosta -- Recent works through riel Bono, Irene Mayo, Sue Gouse, Mary June 15 at Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Ellen McLaughlin, Margaret Brennan, Arnold Desmarais, William Peterson, Shaun

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comes Charlotte Dunlap, Morgan Kuhn, Cissie Victor and Frances Walter, artists in residence. Also upstairs are works by photographer Tim Coy and paintings by Billy Herrin. 440 Bull St., open 11-5 Wed-Sat. Yamacraw Public Art -- In front of the First Bryan Baptist Church in Yamacraw Village. The park includes a bronze fountain featuring three dancing children, walls of photo-etched panels depicting people and events related to the site, and native plantings. Telfair Art Fair Call for Artists -- From November 3-5 the 12th Annual Telfair Art

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Fair will feature original work by top local, regional and national artists. The weekendlong juried art fair, held at historic Telfair Square, features a wide variety of original art for sale, with a range of prices and styles to suit every taste. Entry deadline is July 15. Cash prizes, including the Best of Show Award, will be given to outstanding artists. Call 790.8869 or e-mail ‘Journey of a Soul’ -- Work of Outsider artist Larry Beaver documents his struggle with his demons. Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, 1015 Whitaker Street, (on the corner of Park Avenue and Whitaker), 234-7322, Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 - 4; Sunday 12 - 4; Closed Monday. Adults $4; Students $3. Steel Feathers -- Innovative, beguiling, bigger than life sculptures by Eric Longo, through June 12 at The Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, 1015 Whitaker Street, on the corner of Park and Whitaker, tele: 234-7322. Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 4; Sunday 12 - 4; closed Monday. Adults $4; Students $3. ‘Botanical Impressions’ -- Photography by Michael D. Weinman, MD, May-June at the Hospice Savannah Gallery of Art, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

JEA Art for June– The Art Show at the Jewish Educational Alliance beginning June 1 will feature the art of the late Joan Kobitz. Jepson Center for the Arts– Inaugural exhibitions include: “Robert Rauschenberg: Scenarios and Short Stories”; “Darryl Pottorf: A Perspective”; work by Christopher Rauschenberg; and “Savannah Revisited.” Call 790-8800. Call to Artists -- Tybee Arts Association Inc. announces their intent to populate the streets and parks of Tybee with turtles. Seeking artists who will develop personalities for these Tybee Turtles. Your canvas is a larger than life, five foot long, three dimensional fiberglass turtle. Parts may be painted, or upholstered, some parts added, others removed. Honorarium of $1,000 offered. Applications received before June 15 may be considered for the next release of 20 turtles by year end 2006. Collaborations encouraged. Sponsored by the Tybee Arts Association and the City of Tybee Island, Georgia. Call Rebecca Rice at 786-0617. w

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electric power chords. On their debut EP one can hear echoes of many of the forefathers of this genre in the band’s melodies, progressions, vocal mannerisms and breakdowns. The influence of Paul Westerberg, The Bottle Rockets, Jay Farrar & Jeff Tweedy (of Uncle Tupelo) and Steve Earle are all on display. However, American Gun also looks to the new guard for inspiration. Describing themselves as “a rock and roll band with Southern poise,” they’re aligned with the current crop of criticallyacclaimed progressive Southern rockers continued on page 26

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Ever wonder what happens to angst-ridden teenage punks who don’t wind up dying young? Some drive around and try to find places to be surly. Some pull an unexpected emotional bungee-jump and realign themselves as crass, finance-driven corporate toadies. And then there’s the ones that start buying a lot of country albums. American Gun would seem to exemplify that last category, although for all I know, the members of this Columbia, S.C. indie-rock band have been listening to country all along. However, dragging out the acoustic guitar and channelling your inner Waylon has of late emerged as one of the most popular ways for an angry young man to age gracefully without turning his back on his own restless youth. Originally a musical project devoted to exploring the country and folk genres that had long captivated tunesmiths Donald Merckle and Todd Mathis (don’t the combination of their last names just sound like a timeless C&W songwriting duo?), the band has since evolved, and now openly incorporates a more brazen, distorted, rock sound than in its infancy. This stylistic shift has resulted in a full, archetypical, roots-rock vibe — brimming with the high-mid scrape of acoustic guitar strings, but rounded out by thick, thudding kick drum, and full-bodied slash-and-burn

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— major artists like Lucero, secret heroes like Bloodkin, and fellow up-and-comers like Patty Hurst Shifter or Dodd Ferrelle & The Tinfoil Stars. When asked what three bands he feels the band would likely drive all night to open for without pay, he answers, “Speaking for myself, I would absolutely open for The Drive-By-Truckers, Wilco or Gomez for nothing. And I don’t know if I would drive all night to do it, but I would love to play with Lucero also.� The band hits the road as often as it can, both to win fans through their ballsy, takeno-prisoners live show, and to promote their independently-released CDs — the latest

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of which has already been completed and will be available soon online (through www. and at their gigs. “Right now we’re just trying to hold it down and build our fan base, says Merckle. “We’re concentrating on a three or four state market. We definitely want to tour and make this thing happen in a big way, but you gotta take baby steps. We can’t afford to quit our day jobs yet, but hopefully soon.� It’s a solid, tried-and-true plan that speaks to the lessons Merckle, Mathis and the rest of the group (guitarist Jeff Crews, bassist Kevin Kimbrell and drummer Andrew Hoose) have learned over their years in a variety of other S.C.-based bands, such as Boxing Day, Loch Ness Johnny and others. And, it may be wise to bank on Dark Southern Hearts, as it’s a noteworthy slice of catchy, well-constructed Americana. Tracked at The Jam Room in their hometown of Columbia, but mixed at Sound Of Music studios in Richmond, Va. (the respected , state of the art facility co-owned by Cracker frontman David Lowery), it’s their most fully-realized recording to date. Using two different facilities cost a lot more, says Merckle, but the results speak for themselves. “We tracked in Columbia because it was close and affordable, and we knew we’d be

working with a really great engineer in Steve Slavich. We had John Morand mix it in Va., because we wanted a new set of ears. John’s really creative and talented when it comes to making records, so we knew he’d be able to help us make our CD better. We were lucky to work with him and get his input. Anytime you go out of town it boosts the expense, but we think it was worth it.� While the band has been received well in their hometown, they’ve found plenty of eager listeners out on the road, and Merckle hopes their second trip to Savannah will jump-start a solid following here as well. “We played there earlier in the year at an Irish bar whose name escapes me at the moment. We had a good time and were treated really well, but it was more of a walk-through bar, so we didn’t feel like we got to connect — but we did make some new fans and met some good people. We’re looking very forward to the show.� w American Gun plays The Jinx Saturday at 10 pm.


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with a powerful, acrobatic tenor voice and a knack for songwriting. Although Dolly Parton won’t be on hand to reprise their duet from his new CD, this looks to be a special night of great acoustic music. For Advance Tickets, call 748-1930. Fri., 8 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) - ALL-AGES.

Southern Backtones

This moody, ethereal retro-tinged modern hard rock act (think U2, Nick Cave, The Cult, The The) from Houston, seems primed for massive underground success. With a melodramatic vocal approach that at times comes across as David Bowie doing a passable —if strangely off-themark— Jim Morrison impersonation, this group (together since 1997) has shifted away from its original psychobilly and surf roots to embrace a grander swath of the dark, emotional (not emo) rock realm. Their latest album was produced by Dan Workman, who was behind the boards for “Reverberation,� one of the best ZZ Top tracks ever (originally written by the preternaturally talented Roky Erickson). Opening bands include S. C.’s young indierockers French Kiss Coma and Invitro, while solo act Shane Johns (under the stage name Five Acres) plays a late night set of acoustic grunge on the guitar. Sat., 7 pm, Guitar Bar (348 MLK, Jr. Blvd.).

Steel Pulse

This show needs little hype. It’s a megarare area appearance by one of the greatest reggae bands of all time. This British group’s State of Emergency LP still stands as one of the finest records in its genre, and they continue to grow and evolve. I’m tempted to call this a must-see. Sun., 8 pm, Monkey Business (Hilton Head).

Dwight Yoakam

Forget the sprayed-on jeans and the hat that never fooled anyone. Hell, forget his affair with Sharon Stone. This post-modern Bakersfield, Calif., C&W throwback (born in Kentucky) paid his dues on the L.A. punk and alternative rock circuit in the early ‘80s, and parlayed his love for rootsrock, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens into a chart-topping career as the hippest sequined crooner since Porter Wagoner. Though his collaboration with phenomenal guitarist and producer Pete Anderson has ended, his new album Blame The Vain continues on in the classic Dwight tradition. This show is close to selling out, so grab a seat while you can. Thurs., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre. w



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A Girl A Gun A Ghost

Local post-hardcore/indie-rock buzz band known for intense, cathartic stage shows. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.

Monthly Legion Dance

Popular covers by Dave Smith. Proceeds benefit local charities. Sat., 8 pm, American Legion Post #135 (1108 Bull St.).


Heavy, manic local alt.rockers influenced by ska, punk, reggae and jam music. Tues., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

Sat., 10:30 pm, The Bayou Café (upstairs).

list. Fri., 7 pm, The North Beach Grill.

Local electric blues combo (formerly known as Mama’s Mojo) known for their emotional delivery and tight arrangements. Fri.- Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Talented blues, jazz, country and rock guitarist whose influences run from Richard Thompson and Ry Cooder to Django Reinhardt and Robert Johnson. Sat., 9 pm (w/James Gay on harmonica), Augie’s Pub (Richmond Hill) + Sun., 6 pm, Belford’s.

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Element Unseen

Debut gig by a local power trio (influenced by The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure and Led Zeppelin), featuring Todd Armstrong of And Sometimes Why? and Capital A. Sun., 8 pm, Savannah Smiles.

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The Brendan Polk Trio

Impressive, swinging local jazz combo led by the young piano prodigy Polk. Sat., 9:30 pm, Luna Lounge @ Il Pasticcio.

Phantom Wingo

High-energy Southern rockinfluenced locals known for soulful vocals and extended jams. Fri., 7 pm, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House + Sun., noon, City Market.

Swing and jazz from an artist likened to Norah Jones. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Seven Gates To Elsewhere

Blackeyed Katy

Young local act inspired by acid rock and ‘70s British psychedelia. Wed., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House (402 MLK, Jr. Blvd).

Feisty, catch-all organic roots music act with the proverbial improv-worthy influences (bluegrass, jazz, Americana, jam-rock), that stops in Savannah infrequently, but has wowed crowds in the past. Fri., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.

Silver Lining

Jazzy local trio (guitar, bass and drums) with female vocals playing standards and originals. Thurs., 7:30 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sat., 8 pm, Moon River Brewing Co..

James Gay and G.E. Perry


Talented Athens rock act featuring members of Dead Tribute Cosmic Charlie. Fri., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown).


Expanded electric blues combo said to be at the peak of its powers. Fri., 7 pm, The Warehouse + Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

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Raw Delta, absurd twangy and ‘60s psychedelic blues. Thurs., 10 pm, Savannah Blues + Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, Gottlieb’s + Mon., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

Buddy Corns & Rock Mob Hard-hitting originals and covers featuring flashy lead guitarist and singer Corns, late of The Dynamic Duo. Fri. -


Grupo Savanerro

Local sextet offering popular Motown covers and shag tunes. Fri., 9:30 pm, Luna Lounge @ Il Pasticcio.

Craig Johansen

Irreverent, roots-rock covers and originals. Thurs. & Sat., 7 pm, The Warehouse + Fri., 7 pm, Dewey’s Dockside.

Regional Latin jazz combo (featuring several area heavy-hitters). Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park. Solo acoustic gig (rock and pop covers) from the talented singing guitarist of both The 8-Tracks and Hot Pink Interior. Sun., 4 pm, The Warehouse.

Keith & Ross

Rock, country and Americana cover duo known for their vocal harmonies. Fri., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

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Buddy Guy - Botanical Garden, Atlanta Angie Stone - Center Stage, Atlanta Tapes N’ Tapes, Figurines - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta Dubconscious - Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta David Wilcox - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta Blueground Undergrass - Locos Pub, Newnan, GA 38 Special - Barnes Mable House Amphitheatre, Mableton, GA The Codetalkers - The Pour House, Charleston Carbon Leaf - The Windjammer, Isle of Palms, SC Brian Howe (ex-Bad Company) - Honky Tonk Club, Augusta Sister Hazel, Jon McLaughlin - Amos’ Southend, Charlotte Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks, Trey Anastasio - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte Shawn Mullins, Clay Cook - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte Evergreen Terrace - Thee Imperial, Jacksonville

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Admit it: Ever since Pixar Animation Studios began its incredible run with Toy Story back in 1995 (followed by five more toon blockbusters, the last being The Incredibles), haven’t most observers been wondering when the company will hit a critical and/or commercial roadblock and watch its latest effort crash and burn? Newsflash: It’s hasn’t happened yet, and it ain’t happening with Cars. John Lasseter, the creative wizard behind Pixar (and now Walt Disney Pictures as well) has repeatedly stated that the key to any good animated film is the story, and of course he’s absolutely right. But the success of Pixar rests with the fact that they go beyond good storytelling and beyond good visual schemes to provide their pictures with that extra oomph, whether it’s in the tiny details or in the always spot-on voice casting. For all its high-gloss NASCAR trappings, Cars is ultimately a paean to Route 66. The cars are the characters -- no humans exist in this world -- and the most prominent vehicle is Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), a rookie sensation on the NASCAR circuit (the name is doubtless an homage to Steve McQueen, a real-life racing enthusiast). Lightning is cocky, conceited and convinced that he needs nobody’s help to make it to the top. Clearly, Lightning is due for a comeuppance even more than he’s due for an oil and filter change. On his way to California to prepare for a race against a grizzled veteran known as The King (Richard Petty) and a loudmouth called Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton), Lightning unexpectedly winds up in the town of Radiator Springs, a once-bustling Route 66 burg whose status rapidly collapsed once the freeway insured that all cross-country traffic would be diverted away from the town. He becomes acquainted with the locals, including Sally (Bonnie Hunt), a former big-city lawyer who prefers the simple life; Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), a good ole boy tow truck whose idea of a good time is tipping the sleeping tractors; and Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), a sage automobile who might be able to teach the young hothead a few things about winning -- not only on the track but also in life and in love. That Lightning will find redemption is never in doubt, but like the best storytellers, Lasseter and his co-writers make the journey to self-discovery as interesting as possible.


There’s a fine movie trapped inside The Break-Up, and it’s a shame that it couldn’t break free. As it stands, here’s a picture whose many fine ingredients are never able to compensate for the staggering miscalculation that cripples the piece almost immediately. Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston play Gary and Brooke, whose initial meeting and courtship are dealt with during the opening credits. From there, an argument over a dinner party proves to be the catalyst for the pair deciding to call it quits. Secretly, Brooke doesn’t want to break up -- she only wants Gary to appreciate her more -- but as time crawls along, the hostility between the pair increases, and it becomes apparent that there’s simply no saving this relationship. From the start, Gary is painted as a self-cen-

tered, insensitive man-child whose greatest passions are video games and baseball; the only reason audiences like this character at all is because he’s played by the charismatic Vaughn, whose motormouth wit is always good for a few laughs. Brooke, meanwhile, is intelligent, classy, mature, patient, and on and on and on. He’s a prick; she’s a saint. Um, why exactly would we have a vested interest in whether these two remain together? Simple answer: We don’t. And since we don’t care about the central plot thrust, we’re left to find the odd pleasure here and there: the sharp supporting turn by Judy Davis as a haughty art gallery owner; the startling vulgarities uttered by Gary’s sleazeball brother (Cole Hauser); and, best of all, the scenes between Vaughn and his Swingers co-star Jon Favreau, here cast as Gary’s intriguing friend Johnny O.


Robert Altman’s best film since the one-two punch of Short Cuts and The Player back in the early 1990s might at first glance seem like a minor work, an ambling, congenial picture constructed as little more than an opportunity to corral several major talents and give them a chance to sing songs and tell jokes in a relaxed setting. That the film is inspired by Garrison Keillor’s long-running radio show of the same name adds to that impression: Keillor, at least in his on-air persona, is the epitome of laid-back, down-home hospitality. Altman’s Prairie can indeed be viewed in such a light, but there’s more going on here. For all its levity, the central theme focuses on the specter of Death -- how it hovers around us, how it haunts us, and how it can inform our every move. The movie chronicles the events that take place during the last broadcast of a popular radio show. The Axeman (Tommy Lee Jones), a corporate suit with no respect for history or tradition, has dropped by to make sure the closing goes according to plan. G.K. (Keillor), the program’s guiding light, takes it all in stride (“Every show is your last show; that’s my philosophy”), more concerned that all the talent is in place. And what talent! First, there are the singing sisters Yolanda and Rhonda Johnson (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin). Then there are the cowboys Dusty (Woody Harrelson) and Lefty (John C. Reilly), adept at crooning cowpoke tunes. Backstage, the characters are no less colorful. Guy Noir (Kevin Kline) handles security for the program, though his bumbling manner recalls Inspector Clouseau more than it does Sam Spade. Yolanda’s daughter Lola (Lindsay Lohan) mopes around in the dressing room while Mom performs. And then there’s the mysterious lady (Virginia Madsen) who appears out of nowhere and hangs around for the rest of the show. When the radio performers are front and center, the movie is nothing less than a joyous celebration of both Americana and the arts. Streep (who sang to equally good effect in Postcards from the Edge) and Tomlin make a formidable duet, while Harrelson and Reilly break through any lingering melancholy with their steady stream of quips.


X-MEN: THE LAST STAND 1/2 Director Bryan Singer, best known for The Usual Suspects, was entrusted with turning the valuable Marvel Comics property into a motion picture, and he proved to be the right man for the job with the 2000 hit X-Men. Singer returned for 2003’s X2, and, bucking the trend, managed to make a followup that equaled its predecessor on nearly every level. And now we get X-Men: The Last Stand, the third picture in the series. Unfortunately, Singer is nowhere to be found, as he opted to jump ship in order to jump-start the dormant Superman franchise. So we get Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour duo) as the new ringmaster, aided in his efforts by scripters Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Zak Penn (who

co-wrote X2 but also co-wrote the lamentable Elektra). It’s hardly a fair deal, yet it’s a testament to the durability of the original comic created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby that the movie survives this hostile takeover. Newbies need not apply, but the faithful will catch on immediately when the movie brings up its smoking gun of a central issue: a “cure” has been found for mutancy, leading to divergent viewpoints among those afflicted with extraordinary powers. Some, like X-Woman Storm (Halle Berry) and the villainous Magneto (Ian McKellen), don’t look at mutancy as a curse and are offended that such a remedy is even being offered. Others see nothing wrong in desiring a life of normalcy; among those is Rogue (Anna Paquin), whose mere touch can kill anyone, even a boyfriend (Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman) with whom she can never enjoy even

31 the most chaste of physical intimacy. As always, X-Men guru Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) takes a philosophical, wait-andsee approach. And Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Cyclops (James Marsden)? They don’t seem too preoccupied with the issue, since they’re both still reflecting on the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who sacrificed herself at the end of X2.


OVER THE HEDGE 1/2 Based on a comic strip with which I’m thoroughly -- and, if it’s anything like this movie, thankfully -- unfamiliar, Over the

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Hedge is yet another charmless animated feature made by profiteers whose historical reference point seems to begin and end with Shrek. In other words, don’t look for what was once quaintly referred to as “Disney magic.” An opportunistic raccoon (Bruce Willis), in hock to a grouchy grizzly (Nick Nolte), cons a group of peaceful forest denizens into helping him invade suburbia and steal the humans’ junk food. There’s a witty sequence in which the raccoon explains how the humans “live to eat” rather than “eat to live,” and a nicely delivered Stanley Kowalski gag make me chuckle out loud. Otherwise, this DreamWorks production feels like a flat-footed attempt to rip off the Pixar template.


The original Poseidon Adventure was one of the first disaster flicks and it arguably remains the best. The Oscar-winning visual effects hold up; the Oscar-winning song

“The Morning After” does not. Come next spring, I doubt we’ll be similarly mentioning the new Poseidon and Oscars in the same sentence, since this is as forgettable as motion pictures can get.

M:i:III 

Look, I’m as sick of hearing about Tom Cruise’s offscreen nonsense as anyone else. But the great thing about the magic of the movies is that it immerses us in fantasy worlds that more often than not allow us to disengage from real-life baggage. In other words, Cruise is accomplished -- and canny -- enough to know that a well-oiled summer flick is just the item to make us all forgive him -- at least temporarily -- for his indiscretions. Yet the performance of note in Mission: Impossible III belongs to Philip Seymour Hoffman, fresh from winning an Oscar for last fall’s Capote. continued on page 32

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It’s no instant classic, it won’t sweep next year’s Academy Awards, and it won’t make its way to the upper echelons of the alltime top-grossing films list. Conversely, it’s also not a turkey for the ages -- it won’t draw instant titters at the mere mention of its name like, say, Gigli or Battlefield Earth or The Bonfire of the Vanities. Like Bonfire, however, I suspect that it will be judged far more harshly by those who read the book than those who didn’t. After all, on its own cinematic terms, it’s a moderately entertaining ride, sort of like the Nicolas Cage hit National Treasure only done with more style and a more respectable cast. Steered by his Apollo 13 director Ron Howard, Tom Hanks plays the central role of Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist whose book-signing stint in Paris is cut short when he’s summoned to the Louvre to hopefully shed light on the strange circumstances surrounding the murder of an elderly curator. What Langdon doesn’t

initially know is that the detective on the case, the gruff Bezu Fache (French national treasure Jean Reno), is convinced that he’s the killer. With a police cryptologist named Sophie Neveu (Amelie’s Audrey Tautou) as his only ally, Langdon evades capture and begins a jaunt across France and, later, England in an attempt to solve an ancient mystery that, if revealed, could potentially spell the end of Christianity as we know it. Seeking guidance, Langdon and Sophie turn to British scholar Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen, easily earning MVP honors) to fill in the missing pieces. However tantalizingly this might have all played out on the page, up on the screen it simply comes off as one more familiar Hollywood thriller. Yet where The Da Vinci Code succeeds is, as expected, within the arena of religious debate. Whatever one thinks of the worldwide protests of offended Christians (the anger is understandable, though true believers must know that their religion will far outlive a perceived potboiler that will probably go the way of dinosaurs and Rubik’s Cubes) or Dan Brown’s research and subsequent conclusions, there’s no denying that the movie’s most gripping scenes involve the laying out of the conspiracy theories.

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With such titles as Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and A Prairie Home Companion on her resume, Lindsay Lohan has made smarter choices than other performers her age, most of whom have a tendency to end up in inane teen-bait comedies or disposable Disney Channel movies. Just My Luck marks a major career stumble, as Lohan suddenly finds herself in the sort of drivel usually snatched up by arch-rival Hilary Duff.

UNITED 93 

Writer-director Paul Greengrass’ superb 9/11 docudrama United 93 is one of those movies that should be seen, but it’s understandable that many viewers won’t want to see it, and no amount of critical hosannas will change their minds. It’s a testament to the movie’s power that we find ourselves praying for a safe landing even though history has long dictated otherwise. How restrained is Greengrass’ approach? Understand that passenger Todd Beamer’s catchphrase “Let’s roll” -- you know, the one that’s been co-opted by seemingly every

politician and pundit from coast to coast -is barely audible when Beamer speaks it.

RV 

One would have to travel deep into the 1990s -- during the era of Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage -- to find a comedic Robin Williams performance that was more than simply incessant and annoying shtick. RV, therefore, marks the first time in at least a decade that Williams merges his patented humor with a recognizably human character, and the balance suits him well.



Growing up in south LA with her widowed mother (Angela Bassett) and two older siblings, Akeelah’s (Keke Palmer) only true passion is for spelling -- a seemingly frivolous fancy considering her dour surroundings. But determined to somehow put his decrepit school on the map, the principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) encourages Akeelah to try out for a competition that will determine which student will represent them in upcoming spelling bees. w

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Activism & Politics AMBUCS

is dedicated to creating mobility and independence of people with disabilities Volunteers meet every first and third Monday at 7 p.m. at Fire Mountain Restaurant on Stephenson Ave. Call Kevin Sheehan at 691-2934 or send email to

Chatham County Democratic Committee

Chatham County Democratic Women For information, call Maxine Harris at 3520470 or 484-3222.

Chatham County Young Democrats

Call Cory at 508-3335 or send email to c@

Chatham County Young Republicans

For information, visit or call Brad Morrison at 596-4810.

Coastal Democrats

For information, call Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or 484-3222 or send e-mail to

Drinking Liberally

meets at The Caledonian at the corner of Abercorn and 41st streets, just north of Victory Drive. Promoting democracy one pint at a time -- share politics while sharing a pitcher. This is an informal gathering of likeminded, left-leaners who may want to trade ideas, get more involved and just enjoy each other’s company. Meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. For information, visit or send email to

League of Women Voters

meets on the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in Room 3 of the Heart and Lung Building at Candler Hospital. Membership is open to anyone18 and older.

Libertarian Party of Chatham County meets each Monday at 8:30 p.m. at Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. Call 3083934 or visit

National Council of Negro Women

meets the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

Planned Parenthood

meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. For info, call Megan Burgoyne at 352-4052 or send e-mail to

Savannah Republican Club

Meets every second Tuesday of the month. Call 927-7170.

Savannah Area Young Republicans Call Alexandra Tabarrok at 572-8528.

Skidaway Island Democrats

Call Tom Oxnard at 598-4290 or send e-mail to

Cocktails and Jazz for Equality

This fund-raising gala for the Equality Foundation of Georgia will be held Friday, June 9 from 7-10 p.m. at Savannah Station. The featured entertainment will be the Ben Tucker Trio, Roger Moss, Trae Gurley and Eat-Mo-Music. Catering is by Stratton Hall and there will be an open bar. Tickets are $35. For tickets, call Kevin Clark at 944-0996.

Give for the Gulf

is a year-long, comprehensive Armstrong Atlantic State University initiative that will raise funds and provide community services for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Visit

Mothers Helping Mothers

The Community Health Center will hold this fund-raising event Friday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Flying Frogs. Visit www.chcsavannah. org for ticket information.

Savannah Music Festival Golf Tournament

will be held Monday, June 12 at Spring Island’s Old Tabby Links in South Carolina. Registration is at 11 a.m. and noon is the shotgun start. The cost is $175. Call Jennifer Conner at 234-3378, email or fax 236-1989.

Summer Jazz on MLK

is a fund-raiser sponsored by the Coastal Empire Boy Scouts of American that will be held June 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at 514 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Proceeds will benefit the Scout Reach program for inner city youth. Jazz entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Cost is $40. Call 927-7272.

Tybee Turtle Tour

This program is sposnored by the Tybee Arts Association to raise money to help save turtles through ecological education in a public art forum. Fifty fiberglass statues of sea turtles have been placed around Tybee Island and vicinity, and volunteers are being sought to decorate them. Organizational meetings are being held Wednesdays at 7pm, at the old school behind the new gym on Tybee. Visit The tour will be active through autumn, 2007.

Classes & Camps

AARP Drivers Safety Program

Classes will be held June 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Generation One. Call 350-7587. Classes will be held June 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Smart Senior at Candler, call 352-4405, and the Thunderbolt Senior Center, 3230 Russell Rd., call Yvonne Creech at 352-4846.

Adult Education

The Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers, 1601 Drayton St., offers tutoring Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in basic literacy skills, GED preparation and computer training. Call 447-5711.

The Art School

Summer 2006 classes will run for a week at a time. Students attend Monday through Friday. There are two sessions a day, one for ages 6-10 and the other for ages 11-teen. The morning session is 9 a.m. to noon and the afternoon session is 1-4 p.m. The price per week is $160. Art supplies are provided.

Classes include Rare & Exotic Animals June 12-16 and July 10-14, People on the Move June 19-23, The Third Dimension June 26-30, People & Pets July 17-21, and This Land is Your Land. July 24-28. For information, visit


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meets the second Monday of each month. at 6 p.m. Call Joe Murray Rivers, chair, 2345969, or Janice Shay, 547-5212 or visit www.

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Art with Clay

Free pottery lessons. Coiling, slab building, pinch pots or try the wheel. Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Glazed Over Pottery Painting Place, 1190 King George Blvd., behind Steamers. Call 9614494 or send e-mail to glazedoverppp@aol. com.

Baby sign classes

Savannah Speech & Hearing Center is offering Baby Sign classes for babies aged 6-12 months and their parents. The cost is $50, which includes materials. To register, call 355-4601.

Babysitters training class

St. Joseph’s/Candler Childhood Injury Prevention Program offers a class for boys and girls 11-15 who want to become babysitters. The cost is $35. Call 819-8583.

Brush With Art Series

will feature classes, taught by Carolyne Graham, certified art teacher, at her Windsor Forest studio. These classes are

offered in conjunction with the Savannah Art Association. Draw to Paint classes begin June 6 and cost $100 for six weeks. Classes are held Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Clay Play Workshops will be offered June 19-23 and June 26-30 from 10 a.m. to noon, except for Tuesdays, when classes will be held 9-11 a.m. The class is open to adults and teens and the cost is $100, which includes supplies. Register by calling 925-5465.

Children’s Creative Saturdays

Every second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children are invited to The Dragonfly Studio for projects in pottery, painting, planting, music and more. Every Saturday, a new project will be presented. Children must be 6 or older to participate. Parents may drop off children or stay and join them. Dragonfly Studio is located on Tybee Island, 1.5 miles past the Lazzaretto Creek Bridge on the right. Call 786-4431 or send e-mail to

Christopher Scott Writing Classes

“I’ve never written anything since leaving school� -- but you always wanted to write. A

two-evening course will get you started. All details at or call 398-1727.

the museum. Once trained, participants will be qualified to give tours to the public. Call Jamie at 236-8097 or email jcredle@

Clay Classes in Hand-building

Kidz Week

will be held Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Carolyne’s Studio. An open studio is available Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, call 925-5465.

will be held June 19-23 at White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd. There will be arts and crafts, games, Bible study and day trips. The cost is $40, which includes lunch each day, all supplies and any trip expenses. Open to children in 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Call 925-5924 and ask for Nicki or Joann.

Cultural Services Workshops

The City of Savannah’s Cultlural Affairs Commission has issued a call for proposals for the 2007 contracts for the Cultural Services program. This year’s priorities include community development, youth engagement and education and economic development. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must be a non-profit 501(c)3 headquartered within the city limits. Free workshops to explain the process will be held at 9 W. Henry St. A festival applications workshop will be held June 10 at 9 a.m. A cultural education and access applications workshop will be held June 12 at 3 p.m. Call 651-6417.

Life Challenge Consulting

When would now be a great time to engage yourself in life-changing strategies. Career; stress reduction; spirituality. Free initial halfhour consultation. Call Cindy Beach, M.S., at 429-7265.

Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery

Indepth exploration of the 11th step. Meditation and contemplation instruction provided as it applies to recovery and maintenance. Classes are held on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. or 7:30-8:30 p.m. Class fee is $12. 313 E. Harris St. For information, call Cindy Beach, M.S., 429-7265.

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register.

Puppet Shows

First Steps parent education program

are offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler AfricanAmerican Health Information & Resource Center for schools, day cares, libraries, churches, community events and fairs. Call 447-6605.

This parent education and support program is based at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Call 8196910.

Guided Imagery

Savannah Children’s Theatre Camp

Change your life with guided imagery. Read about it in Oprah magazine, January 2006. Ditch anxiety, manage deadlines, lose weight, recovery from surgery. Call the Alpha Institute, 201-0071.

Campers will be cast in, rehearse and perform in summer productions. The first two camps are open to rising 1st through 8th graders. Aladdin camp will be held June 12-25. Tom Sawyer camp will be held July 10-23. The third camp will be open to 6th through 12th graders and will be held July 24-Aug. 6 to do The Wiz. Camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and cost $375 each. Call 355-8003.

Horse Camp

will be held June 12-16, June 19-23, July 1014 and July 17-21 at Norwood Stables. The cost is $200 weekly. Call 356-1387.

Housing Authority of Savannah Classes

Free classes will be offered at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Call 232-4232, Ext. 115. Some classes are on-going. Adult Literacy is offered every Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. Homework Help is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center offers a variety of business classes. The center is at 801 E. Gwinnett St. Call 6523582.

S.T.A.R.S. Summer Camp

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s St. Mary’s Community Center, 812 W. 36th St., is offering a summer camp for students in kindergarten through 8th grades that provides arts and crafts, swimming, outdoor games and academic skill building through July 21, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call Program Coordinator Artinique Thomas at 447-0578.

Junior Interpreters at the Davenport House

Young people ages 14 to 19 are wanted to participate in the Isaiah Davenport House’s summer Junior Interpreter program. Participants will be trained on Thursday evenings through July 13 to give tours of


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Tybee Arts Association Summer Classes

Monday through Friday. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, sports, music, field trips, movies, spiritual enrichment, dance, character development and cultural and educational programs. Registration is $40 per child and the weekly fee ranges from $50 to $80 per week based on household income. Call 233-1951.

Video Art with Abagail Stiers will be presented June 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $60. All classes will be held at the old Tybee School. For a registration form, call Natalie von Loewenfeldt at 441-4487 or visit

Tybee Island Marine Science Center


offers hands-on classes for students of all ages from pre-kindergarten through adults. Classes include microscope labs, squid dissection, guided beach walks and tours of the Science Center. Call 786-5917 or visit www.

Adult Ballet & Modern Dance Classes

Writing Classes in Savannah

The 2006 schedule of classes offered by Christopher Scott Writing Courses includes weekday (evening), full weekend and singleday weekend classes for writers of all standards. Learn the basic Skills of Writing Fiction (plus a two-evening preparatory course entitled I’ve never written anything since leaving School!) or take the Advanced Fiction Writing course designed for more experienced writers. Other classes include The Publishing Scene and Writing Family Memoirs. Learn to write and get published. Find details, schedules, fees, etc. at www.cscottwriting. com/savworkshop.htm or call 398--1727.

American Legion Post 135 Monthly Dance

will be held Saturday, June 10 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Music by Dave Smith. Dance to the tunes of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 1108 Bull St. Tickets are $7 at the door. Call 233-9277.

YMCA Summer Day Camp

is registering kids ages 2 to 12. This year’s camp theme is Feel the Spirit. Camp will run through Aug. 11 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Basic Ballroom Class

The Moon River Dancers will teach the waltz June 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the American

oil? Some experts say yes, others say no. Secretly, part of me hopes we are. If forced to use less of the tragically magic fuel, we’d get at least some relief from the ongoing catastrophe of global warming. But the whole discussion may become irrelevant in light of the existence of oil shale. It’s a rock that when heated releases the abundant oil hidden within it. Though expensive to access, two trillion barrels of the stuff lie untapped beneath the surface of America’s Rocky Mountains. “That’s more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the world,” reports The Denver Post. This is an apt metaphor for your life, Aries. You may seem to be running out of a resource that has energized you for a long time. The truth is, there’s more to be had, but you’ll have to work harder to get it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A few people look at the world

through rose- colored glasses. Many, on the other hand, peer out through crap- colored glasses. Both are unable to see the world as it really is, but instead allow their perceptions to be filtered through a distorted lens. Your assignment, Taurus, is to take off the colored glasses-whatever hue they may be--so that you can gaze at your surroundings with fresh, lucid, fixation-free eyes. This would be a perfect astrological moment to get your whole body tattooed, start wearing wigs of varying color and length, and have a cosmetic surgeon reshape your face to resemble that of your favorite celebrity. JUST KIDDING! I was exaggerating. The omens do suggest it’s a good time to experiment with your physical appearance and make adjustments in your persona, but not as drastically as I first suggested.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Listen to poet Robert Bly’s de-

scription of you: You came into this world as a radiant package of cosmic wonders, as an unspeakably sublime bolt of primordial resonance, as a barely coalesced jum-

Dance or learn flamenco in Savannah with the Flamenco Cooperative. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 or 3 p.m. at the Maxine Patterson School of Dance. Any level welcome. If you would like to dance, accompany or sing, contact Laura Chason at

Independence Ball

The Moon River Dancers will host the Independence Ball on July 4 from 8-11 p.m. at American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Attire is black-tie optional. There will be a complimentary dessert bar and coffee, plus a cash bar. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by July 1. Send checks to David White, 35 Bee Keeper Court, Richmond Hill, 31324.Tickets will be mailed or placed on will-call status at the dance. For information, call Barbara Brown at 961-9960.

The Savannah Shag Club

Savannah’s original shag club meets every Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Midtown at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 927-9439.

Shag-Beach Bop-Etc. Savannah

hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:30-11 p.m. at Double’s, Holiday Inn/Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free basic shag, swing, salsa, cha cha, line dance and others are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons

Youth Dance Program

The West Broad Street YMCA, Inc. presents its Instructional Dance Program in jazz and ballet for kids 4 to 18. $30 per month for one class and $35 per month for both classes. Call 233-1951.


A balanced life

Student massage and yoga classes are offered at the Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc. Cost ranges from $20 to $30 for a one-hour massage and sessions are instructor supervised. Call 355-3011 for an appointment. Multi-level yoga classes are offered Monday and Friday at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for drop-ins, $40 for a package card of five classes. Walk-ins are welcome. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. www.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Is the planet running out of

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It’s Makeover Season, Gemini.

Flamenco Enthusiasts

are offered. The lesson schedule is posted at and announced each Monday. The dance lessons are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Special cocktail prices are from 6:30-10 p.m. and their are hors d’ouerves. There is no cover charge. Everyone is invited and welcomed into club membership. Call 927-4784 or 398-8784 or visit

ble of blinding beauty--and yet all your parents wanted was a good little girl or a good little boy. You should mourn for that discrepancy, advises Bly. He encourages you also to mourn for the fact that you then constructed a false personality in order to please your parents and thus be able to survive emotionally. Now here’s what I have to say about all that: It’s a perfect astrological time to express your grief for these calamities, then heal yourself from their damage and start becoming the marvel you were born to be.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Some psychologists believe it’s

pretty easy to get people to think they remember specific events that didn’t actually occur. I don’t have the expertise to determine whether or not that’s true. But just in case it is, let’s see if we can take advantage of it. The astrological omens are in our favor: They suggest that your memories are especially malleable right now, and that your imagination is so robust that it could overwhelm so-called objective reality with its inventions. Here’s what I propose: Visualize in detail, complete with a sensation of effusive emotions, the fabricated memory of some unbelievably happy experience that happened to you when you were four years old.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): New Scientist magazine reports

that athletes who suit up in red uniforms seem to be more successful than those who don’t. In the 2004 European soccer tournament, for instance, red-garbed teams scored an average of one more goal per game than the others. Since you’re now in a phase when winning is even more important than usual, why not try every little thing that might give you an edge, including the wearing of red clothes or accessories? As long as your motives are benevolent and your compassion is as strong as your will to power, I have no problem encouraging you to lust for victory. What else might get your competitive juices flowing and evoke passivity in your opponents?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Thinking outside of the box to

find creative solutions to obstinate problems sometimes leads to brilliant breakthroughs. Other times it results in laughable breakdowns. And in some cases, it generates changes that are a blend of brilliant breakthrough and laughable breakdown. You’re now flirting with this third variety. So is there anything you can do to nudge your innovations more in the direction of breakthrough and away from breakdown? Yes. First, make sure your experimental urges are driven by expansiveness and generosity, not revenge, envy, or fear. Second, trust the feelings in your body to give you important clues. Third, get your ego out of the way as much as is humanly possible.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After playing in bands for

years, I ripened into a half-decent songwriter and singer. My last project World Entertainment War was signed to a contract with MCA Records and released a CD, but meager sales precipitated my exit from the music business in 1995. Fast forward to this week. While scavenging around the Web via Google, I made an unexpected discovery: On many music lyric sites, one of the songs I wrote, “Marlboro Man Jr.,” has for years been mistakenly credited to Blink-182, a band that has sold over 10 million records. I was shocked. How could it have taken me so long to find out? This incident should serve as a metaphor for you, Scorpio. Find out whether your work, ideas, or energy have been used by or attributed to other people without your knowledge.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): To boost to your romantic

fortunes, it’s sometimes helpful to take an inventory of what has worked and not worked for you in the past. Now is a good time to do that. I suggest you survey memories of your old successes and failures, and extract some fresh insights that you can apply to the conundrums that love is currently asking you to solve. Another strategy you might try is to take yourself about ten times less seriously. Even intimacy’s most demanding tests will be far easier if you can laugh about them.

To aid in this quest, try the Dead Celebrity Soulmate Search at (It told me my best romantic matches would have been Lucrezia Borgia, Mata Hari, and Agatha Christie.)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): This would not be a good

week to cast a curse on God in revenge for what you think are his mistakes. Nor would it be a favorable time to draw blasphemous cartoons of saints, or pretend that atheism is any less of a faith-based belief system than religion. In fact, if I were you, Capricorn, I would utter a few prayers, purify your motives, and do some really good deeds--just in case there’s even a slim possibility that divine help is abundantly available to you right now. (P.S. From what I can tell, there’s more than a slim possibility.)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): As far as the astrological

powers-that-be are concerned, you have permission to play hooky. Whether their authorization will carry any weight with your boss and the people who depend on you, I can’t say. But the pure cosmic fact of the matter is that you should devote as much time as possible in the coming days to avoiding responsibility, following your whims, and indulging in sweet pleasures that in no way serve the values of the cold, cruel workaday world. It’s time to wander out into a field of wildflowers and chase butterflies. Or something similar.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I dare you to call everyone

“mom” or “mommy” this week. I’m serious. Pretend as if every single person you meet has the potential to give you some mothering. Expect the entire universe and everything in it to treat you with nurturing attention and thoughtful care. You may experience some disappointments along the way, of course. There’ll be some people who don’t quite understand the game or want to play it. But I bet you’ll be surprised by how many lively folks do respond to your invitation to treat you as their lovable child, their winsome little babycakes. w

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at Islands Dance Academy, 115 Charlotte Dr, Whitemarsh Island near Publix shopping center. Challenging, rewarding and fun. All levels and body types welcome. Beginner-Intermediate Adult Ballet is held Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet is held Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Beginner Adult Modern is Mondays from 1-2 p.m. Intermediate/ Advanced Modern is Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m. A variety of youth classes ages 3 to teen are available. Call Sue Braddy at 897-2100.

Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. The cost is $3. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call 9619960.

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Cost is $30 for four sessions or $50 for 8 sessions. 819-6463.

Free Nutritional Counseling/Body Fat Testing

by certified nutritional consultants. Muscle Quest Sports Nutrition Center, 109 Jefferson St. downtown. Call ahead to reserve a space at 232-4784.

Jade Lotus Tai Chi Group

Classes are offered Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Unity Church, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Drop-in rate is $10, $8 for students or 10 classes for $80, $70 for students. All experience levels are welcome. Look on the web at

The Jewish Education Alliance

Join Amy Levy at 9:45 am on Fridays for yoga. Fee is $35 per month, Water Aerobics, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am. Fee is $42 a month for up to 16 sessions, Step Aerobics will be offered at the JEA on Thursday’s at 6:15 am. Cost is $35 per month. Call Drew Edmonds at 355-8111.

Ladies Living Smart fitness club

provides nutritional education and exercise to encourage lifestyle changes at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. at 5:30 p.m. Call 447-6605. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pilates Classes

are offered at the St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for WellBeing, Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Four sessions are $30, eight sessions are $50. Preregister by calling 819-6463.

Pregnancy Yoga

An 8-week session of Pregnancy Yoga will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:15 p.m. beginning June 6 in offices located at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Pre-natal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor and delivery. The instructor is Ann Carroll. Cost is $90 for once per week or $150 for twice per week for the 8-week session. Call 596-0584 for information or space availability or send e-mail to

Savannah Yoga Center

Classes offered seven days a week. Dropin rate $13, Student drop-in rate $11 with ID. Active duty military/dependents $9. Community Flow Yoga Class is offered the second, third and fourth Sundays for $5. The schedule is: Monday Gentle Yoga from 1011:15 a.m. and Flow Yoga Level 1 and 2 from 6-7:15 p.m.; Tuesday: Yoga Basics from 6-7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Dynamic Flow Yoga from 12:15-1:30 p.m. and Yin and Level 1 Flow Yoga from 6-7:15 p.m.; Thursday: Anusara Inspired Glow All Levels from 6:30-7:45 p.m. and Dynamic Flow Yoga Level 1 and 2 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.; Friday: Dynamic Flow Yoga Level 1 and 2 from 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Saturday, Anusara Inspired Flow All Levels from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and Sunday, Community Flow from 5-6:15 p.m. Located at the International Center for Leadership and Coaching, 25 E. 40th St. at Drayton Street. Call Kelley Boyd Crane at 441-6653 or visit

Tai Chi Classes

are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Suite 203, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.

Four sessions are $30 or eight sessions are $50. Call 819-6463.

Headquarters, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. Call 657-1966.

The Jewish Educational Alliance is offering aquatics classes. Call Shannon at 748-2393. classes taught by Debra Whalen R.Y.T. are offered Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at Muscle Quest Sports Nutrition Center, 109 Jefferson St. downtown. $10 drop-in fee. Call ahead to reserve a space at 232-4784.

is a children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 3522611.

Water aerobics at the JEA

The Yoga Room

Monday Level I and II 6:30-8 p.m., Mommy and Me Yoga 4-5 p.m. Tuesday Level II and III from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday Level I from 10-11:30 a.m. and Level I and II from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday Vinyasa Flow from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday Level I from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday Vinyasa Flow from 9-10 a.m. and Level I from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sunday Level II and III from 5-6:30 p.m. There are openings for private sessions on weekends. Visit or call 898-0361.

Yogalates Classes

are offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler for WellBeing on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. The cost is $30 for four sessions or $50 for eight sessions. Call 819-6463.

Gay & Lesbian

Health Can’t Sleep?

Can’t sleep or stay asleep? Hypnosis and guided imagery works. Call 201-0071 for more information.

Circle of Healing

Connect, discuss, meditate and share energy with live-minded individuals in this free, inspirational circle of healing at the Center for Holistic Healing at Memorial Health, 300 Bull St. Call 236-2131.

Community HealthCare Center

is a non-profit organization that provides free medical care for uninsured individuals who work or live in Chatham County and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. All patients receive free examinations, medicine through the patient assistance program and free lab work. Women receive free pap smears and mammograms. Call 692-1451 to see if you qualify for services. Located at 310 Eisenhower Dr., No. 5, Medical Center.

First City Network Board Meeting

Community Cardiovascular Council, Inc.

First City Network Community Center and Library

Coping With Infertility

Meets the first Monday at 6 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. 236-2489.

The FCN Community Center & Library is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors are welcome to check out gay/lesbian books and obtain information on “Gay Savannah� businesses and happenings. 236-CITY

First City Network’s Workforce project offers assistance to youth and young adults who need and want a job or a better job. Call 236-2489 or send e-mail to bwooten@

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Gay AA Meeting

are conducted at three locations within St. Joseph’s/Candler. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:15-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, checks will be offered at the


is First City’s gay youth support group. Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the FCN

18+. No liability. Restrictions apply.

18+. No liability. Restrictions apply.


This 12-step program addresses all addictions and mental health recovery. Persons who are recovering from an addiction and a mental health problem can send e-mail to katkope@ for information.

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

is the local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996.


Dual Recovery Anonymous

A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324.

Georgia Equality Savannah


is a four-week series that will meet every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 beginning June 6 at the Center for Holistic Healing at Memorial Health, 300 Bull St. $100. To register, call 3500307 or visit

Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group

meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 307 E. Harris St., second floor. For information, contact Mark at 441-4407.


offers free blood pressure checks Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1900 Abercorn St. Call 232-6624.

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Free hearing & speech screening

Every Thursday morning from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Session

Memorial Health Bariatrics presents free informational sessions every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Medical Education Auditorium with Dr. John Angstadt and other staff members, who discuss obesity and the surgical process. Free. Call 350-DIET or visit

Got a drug problem? Need help?

HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training

My Brothaz Home, Inc., a local nonprofit HIV/AIDS organization, offers free HIV/ AIDS and STD awareness training, risk reduction counseling and prevention case management to individual males and groups of males. Upon completion of the training, a monetary incentive and educational materials will be given to each participant. Call 2318727.

La Leche League of Savannah Call Phoebe at 897-9261.

Lose Weight

like Mark Merlis on Dateline. Safe, effective, reasonable cost. Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that people who used hypnosis lost 60 percent more weight than any other method. The Alpha Institute, 2010071.


St. Joseph’s/Candler will be performing mammograms to screen for breast cancer

Stop Smoking

Memorial Health blood pressure check

Researchers at the University of Iowa combined 600 studies covering 72,000 people and found that hypnosis is the most effective way to stop smoking. Call the Alpha Institute. 201-0071.

Memorial Health CPR training

Nature & Environment

are offered free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 3507587. FitnessOne provides American Heart Association courses each month to certify individuals in infant, child and adult CPR. The cost is $30. Call 350-4030 or visit www.

Memorial Health group meditation sessions

are offered free to the public every Tuesday from 5:30-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine.

Memorial Health heart risk assessment is held once a month at FitnessOne. The appointment takes about 40 minutes and the cost is $50. Call Midge at 350-4042.

Memorial Joint Replacement Lecture

This free orthopedic lecture series is held the third Tuesday of each month from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Medical Education Auditorium at Memorial Health to educate the community about the risk factors of arthritis, the prevention of arthritis and medical and surgical joint replacement. To register, call 350-3603.

Memorial Health SET Focus Group

This is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents/caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. Call Donna at 350-5616 or Saundra at 3503396.

The Midwife Group of Coastal Georgia

The Midwife Group offers a free program to women at any stage of pregnancy that includes free information on pregnancy, birth and parenting, an opportunity to talk to other pregnant women and information on a certified nurse midwife-assisted birth, whether at a birth center or area hospital. Call 826-4155 or send e-mail to

Dolphin Project of Georgia

Boat owners, photographers and other volunteers are needed to help conduct scientific research which will take place one weekend during the months of January, April, July and October. Must be at least 18. Call 232-6572 or visit

Explore the Salt Marsh by Land and Sea Walk and paddle with a naturalist guide on Sunday, June 11, July 16 or Aug. 13 to learn about and experience the dynamic and fascinating salt marsh ecosystem. $30 fee includes canoe rental and basic canoeing instruction. Meet in the parking lot of Fort McAlister. There is a $2 parking fee. Reservations are required. Call 897-5708.

Volunteers for Tybee Marine Center

Help is needed with touch tank presentations, animal care, special events, sea turtle monitoring, outreach programs, gift shop and office duties. Call 786-5917 or visit www.

Religious & Spiritual 2006 Warm Summit

Women with Righteousness Ministries will hold a summit June 9-10 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Seminars and workshops will be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call Angela Thomas at 884-9414 or visit

Chanted Office of Compline

The Service of Compline, ”Saying good night to God,” is chanted Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. by the Compline Choir of Christ Church Savannah (Episcopal), on Johnson Square.

Christian Businessmen’s Committee

meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Peggy Lynn’s Country Cooking, 3718 Ogeechee Rd. Call 964-4297.

Ekklesia, The Church

A casual and relaxed setting on Saturday nights. Fellowship begins at 6 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m. in the BSU building on Abercorn between the Publix Shopping Center and the Armstrong campus. Call 596-4077.

Nicodemus by Night

An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. Nicodemus was a religious leader who came to Jesus by night looking for a way out of the darkness.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) meet Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 W. President St., Savannah. Call Janet Pence at 247-4903.

Savannah Buddhist Sitting Group

meets Sundays from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, on Habersham Street at East Harris and East Macon Streets, on Troup Square. Arrive and be seated no later than 8:55 a.m. Sitting and walking meditation and Dharma talk or reading. Contact Cindy Beach, lay ordained Soto Zen Buddhist, at 429-7265 for sitting instruction.

Soka Gakkai of America (SGI-USA)

SGI-USA is an American Buddhist movement for world peace that practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO. For information, call Gil at 659-1917 after 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah A liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. On June 11, the Rev. Joan Kahn-Schneider will speak from the topic We Return Home. The service will be held Sunday, at 11 a.m. It will begin in the Fellowship Hall behind the church, will then move to the newly renovated Troup Square Sanctuary. For information, call 2340980, or e-mail or visit www.jinglebellchurch org. The Uncommon Denomination. w

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Call the Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at 1800-334-3322.

in its mobile screening unit. SJ/C accepts most insurance plans. Financial assistance is available to women who qualify.

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St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 to make an appointment. Checks are offered every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appointment is necessary. Checks will be offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578.



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