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DESIGNER HOME FURNITURE & ANTIQUE AUCTION On Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006 @ 1:00 p.m, Bull Street Auctions, in connection with
will auction the contents their most recent model homes. This auction will include brand new designer furniture, including Stickley, Lane, Lazy Boy and others, along with beautiful home accents. A selection of fine antique furniture and collectibles will also be included in this auction along with Persian rugs, lamps, mirrors, oil paintings, crystal, and other items too numerous to mention. DON’T MISS THIS AUCTION!!
SAT Sept 9th, 11 – 3pm SUN Sept. 10th, 11 – 1 pm Check out a full listing and photos at www.auctionzip.com Always accepting quality antique consignments.
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2819 BULL STREET (BEHIND MAGGIE’S ANTIQUES)
Jason Thomas, Auctioneer GAL #3148
by Jim Reed
Under 21? Got an iPod? All-ages crackdown vexes local music community
Along with unpacking their luggage, tacking up posters on the walls of their dorm room or apartment, and locating the best cheap burrito within walking distance, one of the first things most incoming student who are new to town want to learn upon their arrival to Savannah is where to hear live music. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these students may be shocked to learn the answer: if you’re not at least 21 years old, then in most respects, you’re out of luck. That’s because several months back, the Savannah City Council —at the impassioned behest of both City Manager Michael Brown and former Chief of Police Dan Flynn— voted to rescind a longstanding ordinance which afforded minors (in certain instances) entrance to bars or nightclubs which serve alcohol, as long as said establishments offered a few particular types of bona fide live entertainment and enforced standing liquor laws. For almost one and a half decades, this common sense approach struck a balance between commerce, personal freedom, and the importance of providing cultural diversions to enhance the quality of life of all Savannahians — regardless of how many trips they’ve made around the sun. During that sorely-missed time period, a small number of bars and clubs which are known for presenting local, regional and national acts in a variety of genres chose to accept this responsibility, and allowed underage people (primarily between the ages of 18 and 21) to mingle in a concerttype environment with those old enough to legally imbibe. By and large, the negative fallout and/or infractions which came as a result of such endeavours was minimal at most. Nevertheless, the law was struck down, and in the blink of an eye, hundreds, if not thousands of young people who were either just getting turned on to (or had long ago become accustomed to) the joys of live music were instantly denied that opportunity. For someone like SCAD student Stephanie Adamo (who just turned 20), being unable to simply go and catch a live
show by a rock band was a jolt. “I grew up in central New Jersey, so I was only a train ride away from either Philadelphia or New York City. I would go see shows in both of those towns all the time. Pretty much all the venues I would go to were either open to all-ages, or 16 and up.” She says that although she was able to attend a number of club and bar shows here before the so-called “Minors Ordinance” was done away with, many of her fellow students who started school after her were not so lucky. According to Adamo, that has colored their perception of Savannah in a somewhat negative way, and left them at a real disadvantage as far as enjoying our ever-growing local music scene. “When I first got here, that law was still in place,” she recalls. “Then all of a sudden it was gone, and it felt really strange to have that option just taken away from you. “ To say that Adamo is way into music —and specifically, underground or alternative music— is an understatement. In addition to being a student at SCAD, she serves on the managerial staff of the art college’s internet radio station. As promotions director, she is charged with finding new and inventive ways to let the public know about the school’s (regrettably) low-profile website, SCADRadio. From her vantage point, she sees a correlation between the lack of access young students have to the nightclub scene and the interest they show in local music. “I was noticing that a lot of our own DJs and freshmen didn’t know what was going on around town at all when it comes to local songwriters or bands,” she laments. This lack of interest and sense of stasis is felt on both sides of the stage as well. “It’s really bullshit,” says one local musician who asked that his name not be used. He is over 21, but most of the members of his band are not. The band has developed a small, earnest following of friends and fans, but can’t help feel that they have somehow plateaued, only a few years into their development. The music they write and perform is too hard and heavy for most of the venues in town that do allow those under 21 in to see shows, such as The Sentient Bean and Coastal Coffee. By that same token, the few area venues that cater to the type of music his band plays are strictly 21+ rooms. However, the stigma around shows attended