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City Notebook 9

TOTT 15 Lead Story 6

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City Notebook

23 Music Menu

Wheelchair ballroom

Gigs a la carte

24 Connect Recommends

What Florida said

11 Community

Kabbalah daydreamin’

Who’s playing and where

12 FWD

Concerts of Note

26 Soundboard

Film

Interesting e-mails we got

30 Now Showing

13 Feedback

All the flicks that fit

Letters to the Editor

14 Jane Fishman

What she thinks of what Florida said

The 411 5

15 Talk of the Town

Week at a Glance

Our best bets for cool stuff to do

We saw what you did last week

18 Weather

From SPD reports

35 Happenings

Strange but true

40 Free Will Astrology

16 Blotter

News from the sky

17 News of the Weird

All the stuff, all the time

18 Earthweek

Rob Breszny’s look at your stars

The week on your planet

Classifieds

Culture

42 Sudoku Puzzle

19 Art Patrol

It’s all the rage

41 Crossword Puzzle

Exhibitions and openings

Mental Fun

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44 Classifieds

21 Music Interview

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What: SCAD professor and writer Stephen Geller will briefly describe Kabbalah, its principle texts, and then will demonstrate how it defines and inhabits the center of creation and creativity. When: Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Hall on Troup Square.

A Christmas Tradition

What: A holiday treat with lots of singing and dancing. When: Dec. 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 3 and 8 p.m. Where: Savannah Theatre. Cost: $32 adults, $15 ages 12-19 and $10 for 11 and under. Info: www.etix.com.

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What: Skate on real ice. Each session lasts an hour and a half. When: Dec. 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m.; Dec. 31 at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.; and Jan. 1 at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center. Cost: $7 per person. Info: 651-6556 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Savannah Film Society Presents White Christmas

What: The beloved 1954 holiday classic with Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen will be screened. This event is a benefit for the Greenbriar Children’s Center. When: Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: Admission is by donation of money, canned goods or an unwrapped toy at the door

Savannah Film Society Presents A Christmas Story What: The 1983 story of Ralphie and his dream of owning a Red Rider BB gun has become a holiday favorite. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” This screening is a benefit for the Greenbriar ChilCanned dren’s Center. When: Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Food Cost: Admission is by donation of money, canned goods or an unwrapped toy at the door

Relaford-Thomas Relief Concert

What: This concert will feature some of Savannah’s finest musicians, including Huxsie Scott, Ben Tucker, Jeremy Davis, Trae Gurley, Annie Allman, Sidra Sams, Silver Lining, David Duckworth, EdCann ed die Wilson and Friends and more, Food with Kim Michael Polote as master of ceremonies. It is being held to raise money for Melvin Thomas and his family. Checks should be made payable to the “Relaford-Thomas Relief Fund” and mailed to the Savannah Postal Credit Union at 22 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd, Savannah, 31406. When: Dec. 21 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Where: Cobblestone Conch House on River Street. Cost: $15 suggested donation. Info: www. onstagemusic.com.

Coastal Jazz Association 31st Annual Christmas Concert and Jam Session

What: Yule be boppin’ to jazz Yule love at this Christmas concert with Teddy Adams and his All-Stars, featuring Huxsie Scott on vocals and some of the best musicians in the Coastal Empire. This is a major fund raiser for the Coastal Jazz Association. When: Dec. 25 at 5 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 W. Bay St. Cost: $12, which will benefit the CJA’s student scholarship education fund. Tickets may be purchased at Portman’s Music Superstore, Rody’s Music and Annie’s Guitars and Drums, or from any CJA board member. Tickets also will be available at the door. Info: www.coastal-jazz.org or 661-2419.

TUE, DEC 26 Holiday Cannon Firings begin

Wheelchair Ballroom Dance What: You don’t have to be disabled to enjoy this unique ballroom dance class, taught by Ken Howard of the A&I Butterfly Ballroom and Dance Training Center. Able-bodied persons and disabled persons with any type of disability are welcome to come and learn to dance at this class sponsored by the Moon River Dancers and funded by the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Department. When: Dec. 23 from 2-4:30 p.m. Where: The Delaware Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Cost: Free. Info: Call Charleen Harden at 308-7307 or e-mail cwh0869@yahoo.com.

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What: A presentation of the award-winning book Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community: Images and Emotions, will be presented by its coffee-drinking authors, Tom Kohler and Susan Earl. When: Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free. Info: 232-4447, coffee@sentientbean.com or www.sentientbean.com.

Fri, Dec 22 A Spiritual Christmas

What: The choir at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will present an evening of joyous Christmas spirituals. A reception will follow the concert. When: Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Where: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Cost: The concert is free and no offering will be taken. Info: 233-5965.

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What: George Moravek, organist and choir director of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, will present a free Christmas concert. When: Dec. 23 from noon to 12:45 p.m. Where: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Cost: Free. Info: 233-5965.

What: Uniformed soldiers at Old Fort Jackson will fire the fort’s replica Civil War Howitzer. When: Dec. 2631 at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Where: Old Fort Jackson, which is 3 miles east of downtown off President Street. Cost: Admission to Old Fort Jackson is $4.25 for adults and $3.75 for seniors, students and military. Kids 6 and under are admitted free. Info: 232-3945 or www.chageorgia.org.

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What: Tour one of Savannah’s finest museum houses by candlelight and see how the holidays were celebrated in the spirit of “mutual congratulations, of feasting and merriment” in the early 19th century, with an emphasis on New Year’s Eve. Topics will include feasting, music, the Scottish influence on the family, the treatment of house slaves during the holiday season and more. The dining room table will be set for an intimate adult meal with special treats for the New Year’s Day celebration and the drawing room will be set as if preparing for a dance. When: Dec. 26-30 from 6-8:30 p.m. Patrons wishing to have a complete experience should be at the Davenport House no later than 8 p.m. Where: Isaiah Davenport House, 324 E. State St. Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the time of the tour for adults and $5 in advance or $7 at the time of the tour for children ages 6 to 18. Info: For information or to reserve a place, call 2368097 or e-mail jcredle@savbusiness.net.

Broadway on Bull Street

What: A performance of favorite theater songs and dance routines. When: Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 3 and 8 p.m. Where: Savannah Theatre. Cost: $32 adults, $15 ages 12-17 and $10 for ages under 11. Info: www.etix.com.

WED, DEC 27 Ducks on Holiday

What: Coastal Georgia plays host to thousands of ducks escaping frozen rivers and lakes this time of year. Join a Wilderness Southeast naturalist guide to get acquainted with some of the 15 different species of diving and dabbling ducks that hang out at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. When: Dec. 27 from 2-4 p.m. Where: Meet at the Laurel Hill entrance to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Cost: $20 per person. Reservations are required. Info: 897-5108. w

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The dancing chair

Wheelchair ballroom dance classes aren’t just for the disabled After a 1992 shooting left Charleen Harden in a wheelchair, she thought she’d never dance again. She was wrong. Nine months ago, Harden began ballroom dance lessons. Delighted with the changes ballroom has brought to her life, she’s started a class for other disabled dancers. “Ballroom dance is good exercise and a lot of fun,” she says. “It gets the heart rate up.” Ken Howard of A&I Butterfly Ballroom and Dance Training Center teaches the class, adapting the movements to each individual student. Howard says he spends most of his time teaching the able-bodied dancers. “They have to get the physics of the chair,” he explains. “I’ve tried to develop better ways to maneuver a person in a wheelchair around,” Howard says. “We have people who are totally disabled. I’m working on different dances and rhythms and trying to get people used to the idea. I also have to teach them how to maneuver the chair so it doesn’t run over their own feet.” Howard wants to make wheelchair ballroom as expressive and beautiful as regular ballroom is. “I want to teach the chair to dance,” he says. “There are lots of spins, turns, twists and underarm spins. “I’m also trying to teach wheelchairbound people how to hold on to their own weight, so they don’t tip over,” Howard says. “There are certain positions that work really well and certain positions that don’t work at all.”

most areas of the country it’s open only to paraplegics, who are paralyzed from the waist down. Howard refuses to exclude anyone, no matter the extent of their disability. “One young man has only one arm he can communicate with,” he says. “Yet when he’s dancing, he’s just laughing and laughing.” And, yes, wheelchair dance is good for your health. “It’s a tremendous amount of exercise,” Howard says. “A lot of people don’t realize how aerobic it is. Nothing lifts the spirits better than dancing. As it says in Psalms, ‘You’ve turned my mourning into dance.’ You can’t be sad when you’re dancing.” Howard is hopeful that perceptions can be changed. “Most people see the chair, they don’t see the person sitting in the chair,” he says. “I want to get away from that. I don’t think of Charleen as being disabled at all.” Despite her enthusiasm now, Harden was a hard sell when her sister Renee first approached her about the dance class. “She took modern dance at SSU and enjoyed it,” Harden says. “She decided she wanted to learn ballroom and joined the Moon River Dancers. She knew dancing was one of my goals and asked me if I wanted to go with her.

Charleen Harden dances with tango instructor J.J. Kane

ently. She says Charleen never really did give in and continued to resist, until Renee invited her to a movie and took her to a dance social instead. “She’s still asking where that theater on Whitemarsh Island is,” Renee says with a laugh. That first dance social proved to be a lifechanging event when Moon River instructor

my heart, but I knew she’d be able to dance,” Renee says. When the two were growing up, dance was a vital part of their lives. “We would dance every Saturday afternoon to Soul Train,” Renee says. “As young ladies, we’d go dancing. We weren’t interested in clubbing, drinking or finding boyfriends, we were just interested in dancing.

Charleen and her sister Renee warm up for Kane’s tango class at Doris Martin Studio In his search, Howard has practiced dancing in a wheelchair, and yes, he’s tipped over. But, like Harden, he’s not only hooked, he’s determined. “I’m working to create a syllabus and a methodology from the ground up,” he says. While wheelchair dance is nothing new, in

“We went around and around about it,” Harden says. “She said, ‘Do you want to come?’ and I said, ‘No, I don’t want to go watch something I can’t do.’ We went back and forth until I finally gave in.” Renee Harden, who is now her sister’s dance partner, remembers it a little differ-

J.J. Kane did a fox trot with Harden. “After, she came up and said, ‘That was so neat!” Renee remembers. “I said, ‘And you said you couldn’t dance.’ She called me a few choice words -- all in sisterly love, of course.” Renee remembers the moment her sister said she’d never dance again. “It kind of broke

“We always watched ballroom dance on PBS,” Renee says. “It’s like all those things have come together now in to this.” After a few basic lessons, Harden fell in love with ballroom. “She got the idea, ‘If I can do this, anyone can do this,’” Renee says.


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The hardest part of teaching wheelchair ballroom is retraining the dancers to use their muscles differently. “If it’s a man in the wheelchair, he must learn to use his upper body to lead his partner,� Kane says. “Because of the chair, those leads have to be a little broader.� The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Health will bring the Moon River Dancers in to teach patients how to do wheelchair ballroom dance. “This is going to be something we’ve never done before,� says Jami Murray, a recreation therapist at the institute. “Any kind of activity that encourages patients to be active can be a form of exercise,� Murray says. “Anything that encourages patients to stay active and encourage independence is good for the patient.� Beginning in January, a wheelchair ballroom dance class will be held one Saturday a month for the patients. “The Moon River Dancers will come teach and the staff will be there to assist,� Murray says. “It will be for patients who are housed in the rehabilitation unit.� That includes people with brain inju-

ries, spinal cord injuries, amputees, strokes, orthopedic problems and a wide range of illnesses and injuries. They all have undergone a life-changing illness or accident. After reading about Harden and seeing her on television, Murray called her. “We are getting our spinal cord injury support group going again and I thought this would be a good outlet for the support group,� she says. Because of a Grassroots Arts Program grant from the City of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs Department, the wheelchair ballroom dance classes are offered free of charge. “Everyone is encouraged to attend whether they’re disabled or not,� Harden says. “The person in the wheelchair dances with an able-bodied person who keeps the chair going, but it’s the person in the chair who does the movements,� she says. “It’s a great workout for upper-body strength and the upper abdomen. Over time, it will actually strengthen the abdomen. I’ve noticed it in myself.� Renee says the able-bodied partner also gets a workout. “It’s fun, but it’s a lot of hard work, too,� she says. While it’s hard work, there are rewards. “It’s not a matter of me dragging her across the floor, I put in the same amount of work she does,� Renee says. “But when we get it right, it’s pure joy.� The biggest reward is the look on her sister’s face. “It’s pure rapture and freedom that she’s able to do this again,� Renee says. “And she does ask men to dance,� Renee says. “She’s on the floor more than me! She’s got guys who come looking for her, saying they want to do a fox trot. It’s so wonderful to see that. It gives me so much pleasure to see that others see her as a whole person. “She’s regained that self-assurance most women have,� Renee says. “Now she sits up a little straighter. She’s glowing because she’s always moving. She has a deeper love of life.� So far, class attendance has been sporadic. “We get a good crowd one month, and a slow crowd the next,� Harden says. “It’s getting there, but I want it to go faster. We need more guys so they can dance with the ladies.� she says. There are wheelchair dance competitions, and Harden hopes she and Renee get good enough to compete. Kane says that’s not out of the question. “Charleen is a very, very powerful person,� he says. “I think she’ll do really well. There’s no reason why she can’t.� “Eventually, I’d like to have a disabled dance group to do performances,� Charleen says. “That would help people realize the disabled are not limited. I want to dispel the myth that the disabled can’t do what the ablebodied people can do. Just reach for it.� Harden not only encourages disabled people to do what they can, she encourages them to become fully involved with the community. “Don’t hide, get out and let the public see you,� she says. “Talk with people and interact with people. You’re going to run into people who will say the wrong thing, but continued on page 8

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Kane says the Moon River Dancers had been looking for someone like Charleen. “We went into nursing homes to perform and found we could include people in wheelchairs,� he says. “We wanted to know the limit of what we could do with them. Charleen agreed to be our guinea pig. She found out she could dance, then she took it and went crazy.� Harden was invited to join the Moon River Dancers dance team, and she did. “We’re still working on the Merengue, but she’s learned the Argentine Tango,� Renee says. “It’s ten times harder than the American Tango. I love the fact that I get to dance with my sister again.� Harden is thankful her sister never gave up on her. “I’m glad I lost that one to my sister,� she says. “We’ve had so much fun dancing. I want more and more people to know about it and become involved.� Being Harden’s dance partner has been good for Renee. “I’m learning the man’s part, which makes me a better dancer,� she says. “I’ve learned how to lead steps. I have to make sure there’s a clear path for my partner.� Kane and his wife Elizabeth give both Charleen and Renee private dance lessons. “After the first class, I told Elizabeth how helpful J.J. was,� Harden says. “She said, ‘He learned more from you than you did from him.’ After that class, he was thinking and thinking of ways to expand ballroom dance for the disabled.� “We teach them as much as possibly can be done within the realm of the chair,� Kane says. “Right now, that’s everything but the foot kicks.� Kane took a standard ballroom syllabus and starting going down the list. “There are hundreds of moves in ballroom,� he says. “We find the ones a disabled person can do. “My wife’s a stickler for form,� Kane says. “We make the most out of what they have to draw attention away from what they don’t have.�




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they’ll learn from you that disabled people are just people, too.� The class meets the fourth Saturday of the month from 2-4:30 p.m., and will meet again on Dec. 23. There is enough funding left for the class to meet up until June. Harden hopes to get another grant or sponsorship not only to continue the class, but to add a second instructor. “We’re working on a campaign to try to get additional funding to give classes in the summer and try to get the program going in the fall,� she says. The cost of having an instructor certified to teach wheelchair ballroom dance is $1,500, which under the grant’s terms, must be funded privately. That hasn’t been a set-back for Harden. “We’d like to get several instructors certified in wheelchair ballroom dance,� she says. “When the hospitals get young patients in, we can show them, ‘Yes, you can dance and you can dance from a wheelchair.’� w The Moon River Dancers, a local chapter of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dance Association, offer Wheelchair and Disabled Ballroom Dance classes every fourth Saturday of the month from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Delaware Center, 1815 Lincoln St. The next session will be held Dec. 23. There is no cost to participate. For information, call Charleen Harden at 308-7303 or cwh0869@yahoo.com. To comment on this story in a letter to the editor, e-mail us at letters@connectsavannah.com

Always reaching

Some describe Charleen Harden as tenacious, others as determined. Even though she is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair, Harden doesn’t consider herself handicapped. Neither does anyone else who spends more than five minutes with her. Even though Harden’s overcome some big obstacles, she insists she’s not special. “I’ve had people come up and say, ‘I have a friend in a wheelchair and they’re so amazing,’� she says. “They’re just normal people who happen to be a wheelchair.� Harden will admit to being determined. “I had a boss at Gulfstream who said to me, ‘You are the most determined person I’ve ever known.’ I told him, ‘Other people say I’m tenacious.’ “He said, ‘No, you’re determined. No matter what the problem is, you’ll figure out a way to get it done.’ “Why limit yourself?� Harden asks. “Set your goal to become a better person.� Harden has lived in Effingham County all her life. “I lived in Effingham County when there was only one high school,� she says. She was paralyzed 14 years ago. “I happened to be in the wrong place at the right time and got shot,� she says. In intensive care, Harden clung to life. “I was given only a 30 percent chance to make it through the night,� she says. “It was that way for four days, but I pulled through.� Harden says she never went through the deep depression many people do when they suffer a paralyzing injury. “The weird thing is I didn’t really go through that process because I was so glad to be alive,� she says. “I didn’t have time to dwell on the fact that I was paralyzed. My thoughts were more, ‘What do I need to do to get moving again?’� Not that her life is all sunshine and roses. “I do have bad days,� Harden says. “I do get discouraged, but I think everyone does. If I

need to do something, I figure out a way to do it.� Harden lives alone in a house built with special modifications for a person in a wheelchair. “I keep going, and I encourage everyone else to keep going,� she says. “You will always have some trauma in your life. You can let yourself get lost in that and let it get you down. My goal is to keep active and learn new things.� Harden is self-employed as a data base contractor. She was graduated from Savannah State University with a degree in business administration. “I graduated cum laude,� she says proudly. “I remember being in remedial classes in grade school. I didn’t think I was that smart. To graduate with honors made my day.� In addition to working, Harden does a lot of volunteering. A seasoned traveler, she visited England by herself and went to Paris with one of her sisters. “Nothing stops me,� Harden says. “One of my life goals is to go to Greece for two weeks. I keep setting goals, but it really doesn’t matter if I achieve them. For me, it’s the journey, not the result, and what I learn in the process.� It was nine months ago that wheelchair ballroom dance changed Harden’s life. “There were three things I thought I’d never do again,� she says. “One was that I’d never drive again and would always have to rely on people to get me around.� In 1997, that changed when Harden got a pickup truck that is modified so she can drive it. “I drive a full-sized truck and I absolutely love it,� she says. The second thing Harden thought she’d never do was dancing. “The third thing is scuba diving,� she says. “I haven’t gotten to it yet, but it’s coming. If I can achieve the other two, I can do that.� w

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dozen places in the U.S., no more, that are True to his reputation as a attracting these kinds of workers.” rock star among scientists, Richard Florida Being one of those sticky spots where enraptured a packed house at the Lucas creative workers cluster is a tall order, one Theatre last Thursday night. The acclaimed that will require great collaborative effort author and researcher painted a picture of a from governSavannah at the ment, education forefront of the and the private movement to atsector. tract the highlyWhile many skilled, modern of the usual workforce that faces from the is the wave of local business the future as the community nation’s manuwere present at facturing jobs the Lucas last continue to ebb week, perhaps into oblivion. most encouragContrary ing was the fact to the George that the crowd Mason UniverRichard Florida included many sity professor’s local elected officritics -- and he cials as well, including Mayor Otis Johnson, has many -- making a city attractive to this Chatham County Commission Chairman “creative class” of 25-34-year-old highly eduPete Liakakis and many members of the City cated workers and entrepreneurs will require Council. more than coffeehouses and wifi networks. In another refreshing change, the crowd It will take leadership and real commitment. also included many younger people, of all “People think what I’m saying is you races and ethnicities. should put a latte bar over here, and a It was all a picture of “technology, talent nightclub over there, and an Ultimate Frisand tolerance,” the triple mantra that Richbee park over here,” Florida joked to much ard Florida preaches from coast to coast in laughter. his crusade to help cities adapt to a rapidly “No -- what I’m saying, the bottom line, changing global economy. is that every single human being is creative. And the creative economy totally annihiFlorida, who had been to Savannah lates all the social barriers we’ve put around several times before, was visibly affected by ourselves.” the changes that have taken place since his Stating that “human energy creates ecolast visit. nomic growth,” Florida counseled the crowd “I remember when SCAD was just startthat contrary to Tom Friedman’s bestseller ing up,” he said. “Now I see a place that’s The World Is Flat, the global economy is pardone historic preservation right, that’s done adoxically creating even more consolidation adaptive reuse right. It’s authentic, it’s real. of wealth and population in fewer and fewer The best thing you’ve got going is this seamprimary centers of commerce. less integration of civic and community life “He got it half right,” Florida said of the and your colleges and universities -- better New York Times contributing editor, who than perhaps any other place in the world.” spoke on the same stage earlier this year. Florida said the timing both here and in “The world is getting flatter -- for the manuthe world at large is perfect for Savannah to facturing base.” make its move to become the role model for literally all other cities to emulate. But for the ever-expanding creative “We’re at a big inflection point -- I know sector of the economy -- loosely defined you can feel it,” Florida said to the crowd. as the 25-30 percent of the workforce that “Fear has dominated the national conversamakes it money with the product of its tion up to this point. There are lots of people brainpower alone -- the world is “spiky,” not who need to see what you’re doing here. flat at all. They need to see your courage.” “Our data indicates that in the entire The professor’s big epiphany came when world, there are only 25 mega-regions he was taking a break from his longtime gig - about 12 in the United States and about at Carnegie-Mellon University for a stint 12 outside -- that account for more than 70 percent of the total production,” Florida said. “That means there are only about a continued on page 10


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teaching at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His previous work at Carnegie-Mellon had included helping the city of Pittsburgh, devastated and hemorraging population after the collapse of its industrial base, attract thenInternet giant Lycos to base its headquarters there. “Then one morning I opened up the Boston Globe and read the headline, ‘Lycos to move to Boston.’� Florida was shocked. Pittsburgh had done everything right, it seemed, yet was still being dumped for another city. Worse yet -- dumped for a city that had barely lifted a finger to attract Lycos. “The mayor of Boston had promised them not one iota, not one dime of tax incentive, while Pittsburgh had invested all this money in infrastructure, had built two stadiums and a trade center,� Florida said. So he began feverishly trying to find out what had gone so disastrously wrong. “The answer that came back shocked me,� Florida recalls. “Lycos said they moved because there was a readily available pool of knowledgeable and creative people already in Boston. Pittsburgh was a just a tough sell.� It was a devastating moment for Florida, who had spent years teaching his students that workers go where the jobs are. Yet in Lycos’s case, the opposite appeared to be true: Jobs were moving where the workers were. “I said, I gotta figure this out. It’s heretical,� Florida said.

The professor did figure it out, and came to the conclusion that “We’re living through the biggest transformation in American history,� one even bigger than the enormous transition from farm to city during the Industrial Revolution. “We’re moving away from depending on physical assets to human creativity. This is the first time in history that the primary source of economic value is our people themselves.� The number of creative workers was about 5-10 percent of the American workforce up until recently. Now, Florida’s data indicates, that percentage is up to nearly a third of all Americans who make their living using creativity. “Not only that, but the creative sector accounts for more than half -- two trillion dollars -- of all wages and salaries,� he said. “The creative sector is to our lives what the manufacturing sector was to our parents’ lives.� Florida plans to release a new book, Who’s Your City, late next year to follow his first two, Rise of the Creative Class and Flight of the Creative Class. The new book relies on interviews with 30,000 American workers, and provides proof of what Florida describes as “the single most important factor of modern existence�: place. Recalling that his father always said the most important thing was to get a good job and his mother always said the most important thing was to find the right mate, Florida did both his parents one better.

Mayor Otis Johnson gives Florida an ‘encryption key’ to the city “Neither of those choices is as important as the choice of where you want to live,� he said, pointing out that your job and your prospective spouse are both products of that initial decision of where to live. Florida said that humans are “aesthetic beings who are born with an eye for beauty,� and thus are deeply affected by their surroundings. “Over and over people told us, if our city looks like crap, we’ll feel like crap,� he said. “And that means open space. It means parks.

It means clean air and clean water.� Florida said that Savannah is so uniquely positioned to be such an attractive and vibrant place to live and work that it could literally be “the first place in the world� to combine all the necessary ingredients of the quintessential creative hub. “You have a gem here,� he said. w

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Screenwriter & SCAD prof to speak on Jewish mysticism you honest,” Geller says. “You’re not going to cheat yourself or anyone else.” The Kabbalah didn’t lead Geller to Savannah, a blizzard did. “I was teaching in the screen writing program at Boston University,” he says. “I’d been there 12 years, -11 years too many.” While snowed in, Geller and his wife, Kae, watched the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Geller didn’t think much of the movie, but watched it again because of its setting. “I’d never been to the Deep South,” Geller says. “This city is so gorgeous. We just loved the warmth. When SCAD sent out announcements that they were looking for someone to teach English and film, I sent my resume.” Geller does have something of a tie to Savannah. “I knew Johnny Mercer as a kid,” he says. “When I came down for an interview, I went to a restaurant,” Geller says. “There was

a jazz trio in one of the squares, playing Skylark. I called my wife and said, ‘There’s a full moon shining through the trees and a jazz group is playing Skylark. I’m in heaven.’ The move to Savannah inspired Geller’s latest project. “I’ve been working the last year on a novel that is huge in size, a Civil War novel, which I never knew anything about,” he says. “After we moved here, I started studying it and began this novel. It is very Kabbalah, actually. It has turned me into a totally unreconstructed Southerner. “Now, remember, I was born in Los Angeles, a Polish Jew,” Geller says. “It’s a different world here. You look in the phone book and it’s all Celtic names. To me, it’s like being in Dublin. The chatter and the directness, the warmth and hospitality, is something you see in Ireland. We just fell in love with it.” But is there room in Savannah for Kabbalah? “Absolutely, always,” Geller replies. “There is room for Kabbalah everywhere. It keeps you out of trouble.” w

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Kabbalah may have a 4,000year-old history, but it’s gained additional followers since the advent of the New Age. Stephen Geller is no newbie. He has been a student and practitioner of Kabbalah for more than 30 years -- a practice he says has enhanced his career. “My background is Jewish, but I wasn’t bar mitzvahed until I was much older,” Geller says. “My dad was an ordained Zen priest when I was a child.” Geller practiced Zen Buddhism early in life, particularly meditation, and later discovered Yoga. Then he found his true calling in the Kabbalah. Kabbalah is the core of Judaism, Geller says, and the creative process is at its core. He himself is an actor, writer and director who won a special jury prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival for his screenplay adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. Geller’s novels include Pretty Poison, and he also wrote the screenplay for the film version. His screenplays and films include The Valachi Papers, Mother’s Little Helpers and Warburg: A Man of Influence. He is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writer’s Guild, and currently teaches English and film at the Savannah College of Art and Design. “My father was a composer,” Geller says. “I wrote lyrics and acted as a child. I wanted to write musicals. In the late 60s, I went to Italy and worked with Dino de Laurentiis. I found myself very much in love with the Florentine culture.” That led to research and study of the Renaissance, which in turn led to research and study of the Kabbalah. “It’s the mystical side of Judaism,” Geller says. “It’s not a religion, it’s a technique to unite man with the divine.” Geller will present a free lecture, An Introduction to Kabbalah and the Creative Process, on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church on Troup Square. “There are many different paths in Kabbalah,” he says. “The path I’m studying is really for writers and artists.” Kabbalah explains the creative process on both a personal level and a cosmic level, Geller says, and also describes what’s lacking in contemporary art. “So many novels are alike,” he says. “They are not literature. And movies -- most are junk. They don’t deal in the elegance of the mind -- there is no artistry.” Even after 30 years, Geller says he has much to learn. “I haven’t even started,” he says. “It’s such genius. As you grow up, it grows with you. It’s so endless. It’s pure imagination and intelligence.” There is a moral benefit, too. “It keeps

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Inbox Re: City Responds To Berkow Lawsuit A report generated from an NBC network in Los Angeles Wednesday released the details of a civil lawsuit filed in May 2006 against SCMPD Chief Michael Berkow, making inflammatory allegations against him when he was deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. The City of Los Angeles is also named in the suit. The City is responsible for defending the matter and there is an LAPD policy that no comments may be made by a party to ongoing litigation involving the Department. Therefore, Chief Berkow is not allowed to comment on the merits of the suit itself, despite his strong interest in doing so. Chief Berkow fully disclosed his background information to Manuel Daniels/ Burke International, of Washington, D.C., an investigative firm that participated in the recruitment of the chief conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum. Included in that disclosure was all information about pending lawsuits. Anyone who pays a filing fee can file a complaint. All allegations have been denied. Public documents reveal that Chief Berkow and the City of Los Angeles were successful in having the lawsuit dismissed once. The LAPD has now filed a similar challenge to the re-filed lawsuit. If successful, the challenge should end the case in favor of Chief Berkow and the City of Los Angeles. Importantly, there are no factual assertions in the re-filed complaint alleging that the plaintiff was individually harassed by Chief Berkow. It is also worth noting that such lawsuits, sadly, are not uncommon for high-ranking officials in a department of more than 9,000 employees. “Chief Berkow fully cooperated with investigators during the search process,” Savannah City Manager Michael Brown said. “I believe that the background review was diligently conducted. “The chief has impressed the city and the public during his short time here with his professionalism and on-the-street approach to leading this department. While we don’t have all of the details, we express full confidence in our leader of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.” For additional comment, please contact Clint Robison at Hinshaw & Culbertson in Los Angeles at 310-909-8000, attorney for the City of Los Angeles and former Deputy Chief in this matter. -- received 12/14 from Carliss Bates Re: 2005 Shooting Victim Dies A man shot during an armed robbery that occurred a year ago has died from his injuries. On November 26, 2005, Nitinkumar Patel, 37, of Savannah was shot during an armed robbery in the 300 block of W. Gwinnett Street. Patel was approached by two black male suspects while he was walking to his van

980,678(8,457) after closing his store located at 802 Montgomery Street. As he attempted to enter his van one of the suspects shot Patel. Both suspects were last seen running south on Montgomery Street. The suspects were described as two black males approximately 5-feet-8-inches tall, wearing all black. No arrests have been made. Anyone with any information about this crime is urged to call police at 651-6728; or call CrimeStoppers. -- received 12/14 from Anthony Fulton Re: Show ‘em the Love......Post To Richard Florida’s Blog! Thank you all for coming out and showing Richard Florida an overwhelming Savannah welcome. Both he and his COO, Rod Frantz, had a blast and really “got” Savannah. We have been overwhelmed with positive feedback from the events surrounding his visit and really appreciate the work everyone did and to start the conversations. Please let Richard Florida and the world know we “got” him. Savannah is being featured large on his blog; here’s your chance to continue the conversation. Please feel free to built a constructive dialogue between this world thought leader and our cool, quirky city known as Savannah and our unique region known as “the creative coast”. Here’s the link, show ‘em the love, dive in!!! http://creativeclass.typepad.com/thecreativityexchange/2006/12/its_working_in_ .html -- received 12/15 from Chris Miller

Re: Chatham Area Transit Holiday Schedule Chatham Area Transit announced today that the following schedules will be in effect during the holiday season: CHRISTMAS EVE, Sunday, December 24: Sunday schedule bus service; CAT offices, 900 E. Gwinnett Street, closed; CAT Central, 124 Bull Street, closed; Telephone schedule information NOT available. CHRISTMAS DAY, Monday, December 25: No bus service; CAT offices, 900 E. Gwinnett Street, closed; CAT Central, 124 Bull Street, closed; Telephone schedule information NOT available. NEW YEAR’S EVE, Sunday, December 31: Sunday schedule bus service; CAT ticket office, 900 E. Gwinnett Street, closed; Telephone schedule information not available; CAT Central, 124 Bull Street, closed NEW YEAR’S DAY, Monday, January 1: No bus service; CAT offices, 900 E. Gwinnett Street, closed; CAT Central, 124 Bull Street, closed; Telephone schedule information NOT available The public may access CAT’s website, catchacat.org, for complete route and schedule information. -- received 12/18 from Jean Iaderosa w


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Finally got to Florida

Editor, I was beginning to grow jaded with all the publicity Richard Florida’s lecture was getting in Savannah -- I don’t remember Bill Clinton getting that much ink when he visited earlier this year. But after reading “Getting to Florida,” your recent interview with him, I “got it.” What touched me was his response to your question about how we’re doing as a nation as far as welcoming and nurturing the creative class to our communities. Thanks for a great article! B. Ray

Stop bashing Christians

Editor, I don’t know why your newspaper likes to take every opportunity to bash Christianity (“Dispatch from the ‘war on Christmas,’” by Linda Sickler).

Editor’s Note: We do understand your feelings, and in the interest of fairness wanted to point out that in the edition prior to the one you’re writing about we ran a positive and well-received story about two local congregations coming together to break down racial barriers (“Mighty Fortress meets megachurch,” Dec. 6). Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you as well!

Correction

Gretchen Frazier is a fine violist and a wonderful human being, but one thing she is not is chairwoman of the Savannah Choral Sociey, as we strangely indicated in last week’s interview with new director Peter Shannon. That honor goes to Gretchen Ernest, the actual chairwoman of the Savannah Choral Society. And an excellent one she is. Connect sincerely apologizes to both Gretchens for the error. We also ask: Wasn't it kind of funny? Just a little bit? w

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Editor, The calendar says it’s December, so according to our belief system, in this artificial, man-made time-table of fixed names and numbers, it’s once again time for all of us to blindly go through the motions and rituals of pretending to celebrate a holiday called Christmas. Yes, once again it’s time to just temporarily ignore the sadness, division, oppression, injustice, inequality, hypocrisy, greed, deceit, dishonesty, corruption, conflict, hatred, anger, violence and war that so completely surrounds and permeates our broken and hurting world. It’s time to party and “shop till we drop,” time to go to church and sing some pretty songs, time to put up the tree and hang the garland. Yes indeed, the 2006 Christmas rush is on! Twenty full centuries have now passed since the very first Christmas and humanity continues to completely misunderstand and malign the true meaning of it all. We have not yet really heard the message, not learned the lesson of the simple, humble, plain-spoken, street-preaching carpenter from Bethlehem. How many more centuries must pass before mankind finally grasps, incorporates and begins living the plain and simple Christmas truth of unconditional love of God, of self and of one another? Kevin L. Clark

I myself am a Christian and I used to enjoy reading your magazine every week, but the last issue was rather extreme and insulting. I believe that we are not to judge people or look down on them because of their beliefs, but I feel as though your newspaper has gone to great lengths to alienate me for beliveing the way I do. I am not judgmental of people. I have friends who are gay and I have friends who are atheist and agnostic and we get along just fine. I don’t judge them and they don’t judge me. I try to keep an open mind about such things and if I personally believe that someone’s soul is in danger I take that out with God in my nightly prayers. I understand that some people may take things to extremes and be very verbal about their beliefs and I am sorry if any one of you very talented people at Connect Savannah have been judged and ridiculed just for being yourselves. But I am asking that you please don’t force Christians into a corner and belittle us for your misfortunes. I was insulted and upset that this was allowed to be published. I guess that I just wanted to let you know that some Christians are not bigots and the most of us are good kind people who just like you want to stand up for what we believe in. I understand that there is a time and a place for everything. Most of us do. Please just keep this in the back of your mind when you are putting together next week’s issue. I look forward to reading it and I hope you understand my feelings on this. Merry Christmas... Happy Holidays! Caitlin Bevill


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Call me a cynic but hype makes me nervous and promotion turns me fidgety, especially when it follows an election, especially when three little words -“Chamber of Commerce” -- follow the person or idea being hyped, particularly when said organization is celebrating its 200th year of existence. But still, like everyone else, I want to believe. I want to have someone and something to believe in. So when I started reading all the promotion and hoopla surrounding Richard Florida’s Savannah appearance I wanted to see what he had to say about our wonderful, beautiful city that is so close and yet so far away from having it all, our wonderful, beautiful, livable city that can and does break your heart every day in every way. Maybe I wanted too much. Florida is all about looking at cities and telling Chamber of Commerce types what makes some cities more desirable than others -- both to live in and to visit. Since few cities manufacture anything concrete anymore, the trick, Florida says, is to come up with new ways to keep existing residents happy, to give potential residents enough reasons to move here. Florida and others call these new residents “smart people” and the jobs they do “knowledge-based,” which is a buzzword for work done on computers. So far so good. We have the requisite fiber-optics for the smart people. Check. We have the art colleges and the technical colleges. Check. We have the art scene, the night scene, the parks, the gay people. Check. We have the tolerance (sort of). Check. But it’s what we should do with and for the service industry where things get murky. I understand when Florida and others talk about Toyota’s model versus the Big Three auto manufacturers m.o., about addressing the people on the line versus the CEO, about decisions coming from the bottom-up versus top-down. I understand -- sort of -- the part about everyone being potentially creative. But then I’m lost. Maybe I’m too literal or too impatient, but when he says these things I keep waiting for him to follow up with how we can make them happen. If he’s talking to Chamber of Commerce types and if a city’s reputation hinges on its service industry -- as well as its ability to attract “smart people” -- I think Florida and the rest of us need to be a little more direct, a lot more Toyota-ish. For starters, how about asking the people occupying the vast rungs of service what they need to be more creative and therefore more receptive, more pleasant, more adept at solving problems.

How about asking those who are staffing motel desks, ringing grocery store cash registers, washing dishes, waiting on tables, drawing blood, taking names in an emergency room what they need to do their jobs better. Yes. Their answers might start with higher salary and better shifts. But I bet they would go beyond that. I’m betting they’d be more pleasant and do better jobs - if they had nicer break rooms, if they didn’t have to worry about day care, if they had occasional massages, if they had better training, if their path to better jobs were stated clearer, if they didn’t have to worry about their health, if as a bonus they received random tickets to a symphony or an art museum or a yoga workshop or, gasp, a day off. Because in the long run, who wants to live in a city -- no matter how extensive the fiber-optics or smart the people or available the parks -- if the people we come into contact with daily are surly, mean-spirited or crabby? Here’s an example of something that happened the same day Florida was speaking. A dogcatcher nabs a dog, calls the owner and says, “Get in here by tomorrow with proof of the dog’s shots or go to court.” Granted, in a civilized society we have to take care of our pets. But how about starting the conversation this way: “Good morning. I have some good news for you. I have your dog. I know you’re relieved. Please come and get him or her and let’s make sure he or she is properly immunized? And since this is your first brush with us, how ‘bout we call it a draw”? And dare we go into the people who staff the city’s inspection or permits department? the one in which all construction -- and in some people’s minds, progress -- hinges? If we want to draw creative people, if we want to keep those creative people happy, if we want to keep those creative people in Savannah, if we want to see more construction and therefore an expanded tax base, then the first thing we have to do is beef up the number of people working in that particular city department and ramp up the training they get in answering phones and being pleasant. To Mr. Florida: Thanks for thinking about these things and for being so available in your blog. To the Chamber of Commerce: Thanks for bringing Mr. Florida. Thanks for caring about wanting to make this city great. Thanks for drawing together a diverse group of people. Maybe the next time we all come together we can get more specific. But let’s not wait another 200 years. w To comment e-mail us at letters@connectsavannah.com


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ICE DREAM: Skaters Hannah Waters, left, and James and Tiasia Johnson, below, enjoy the rink at the Civic Center; the fun continues through New Year’s Day

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I AM THE WARRIOR: Above, Jim Dunigan III stands guard in period uniform as members of the Scottish-American Color Guard take part in a ceremony at the Oglethorpe Square site of the future World War II Veterans Memorial; at right, Don Ernst thanks Russell W. Bland for speaking at the event

ROCKIN’ THE HOUSE: Indie artist Melissa Ferrick, above, accompanied by accordionist Julie Wolf, formerly with Ani DiFranco, played a very rare house party this past weekend on Whitemarsh Island at the residence of longtime fan Sue Finkle. Both Ferrick and Wolf have been on tour together and stopped in Savannah for the house concert between shows in North Carolina and Florida. A meeting with Ferrick and dobro whiz Natalia Zuckerman at a show in Maine led to Finkle hosting this weekend’s show for 50 lucky guests. “Melissa expressed her interest to come back to Savannah,” Finkle recalls in an e-mail to Connect. “I expressed how frustrating it is that there are no venues for them here. I know Melissa doesn’t do house concerts, so I didn’t bring that option up. Although, she was aware that I was hosting Edie Carey in October (my first scheduled house concert). The house concert with Edie Carey was quite successful. Within two weeks of that show, I received an e-mail from Melissa’s agent asking if I’d do a show with Melissa. The evening was a huge success, and we even had an unexpected guest, Julie Wolf (former keyboard player for Ani DiFranco) who joined Melissa on several songs with backup vocals and accordion.” At bottom are Ferrick’s manager, Sue Finkle, Melissa Ferrick and Julie Wolf.

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Police reported to the Chatham Area Transit depot on Gwinnett Street in reference to two city buses being damaged by subjects throwing rocks off the train track overpass that crosses the 600 block of Gwinnett Street. One bus received damage to the windshield directly in front of the driver, as well as the electronic “headsign” above the windshield. Police say if the rock had penetrated the glass, the driver could have been seriously injured. The second bus was being roadchecked by a mechanic when an object was thrown at the side of the bus. A window in the middle of the driver’s side of the bus was broken. The object, possibly an iron railroad stake, deeply gouged the metal side of the window and then sliced a long open hole almost all the way across the pane. The damage was not consistent with a rock. The mechanic didn’t see anyone. He heard the damage, but was unsure of what had occurred until he returned to the CAT depot. On the same day, police were called to the depot because an employee’s personal vehicle was damaged while she was going to work. She said five or six young males had thrown rocks at her car as she traveled east on Gwinnett Street under the overpass. The base of the windshield had been struck, causing several long cracks in the glass. • An officer was dispatched to Apache Avenue in reference to a fight in progress. Upon arrival, the officer was met by a woman who appeared very upset and was crying. She said she wanted her husband and son arrested. She was very adamant about wanting them arrested and was very loud in saying so. She said her son had jumped on her brother and beaten him down and that her husband had held her back and wouldn’t let her go. The officer went into the house to speak with the son, while a second officer went to speak to the husband. The son said there were some ongoing problems within the family and that the problems centered around his uncle. He said that his uncle was a “piece of work” and that he had been in and out of prison. He would not elaborate or specify what exactly the problem was with his uncle, saying it was a family matter. He said some things had recently come to his attention and he said he and his father wanted to confront his uncle in an attempt to work things out. The son said he and his father went around the corner to his uncle’s house, where they met in the kitchen. At that time, the father and his wife began to argue verbally, and as it began to get heated, the uncle moved towards them as if he was going to intervene. The son said he put his hands up

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to keep his uncle back. The uncle backed off for a short period of time and then again moved towards the couple as if he was going to intervene. At that point, the son put his hands on his uncle’s chest and the uncle swung on him and slapped him in the face. He said he swung back and struck his uncle in the face and knocked him to the ground. He said his uncle left shortly after, saying his uncle is very stubborn and headstrong. The son said his mother drinks quite a bit and takes painkillers for her back. He said his mother is the only person in the family who will have anything to do with his uncle and that she will go to great lengths to protect him. • A suspicious vehicle was reported at the intersection of Ash Street and East Park Avenue. A police officer spoke to the owner and his sister, who said a wrecker was on the way. The front driver’s side wheel of the car was disconnected from the front axle and turned outward 90 degrees from its proper position, causing the owner to call a wrecker. The car didn’t appear to have been in an accident or have damaged any property, but the front passenger window was broken with glass on both the inside and the outside of the car. There was a rock strike on the window and a small rock on the floor behind the front passenger seat. There also were glass shards extending several feet out from the car, as if the glass was pulled away by hand or by the backswing of a bat or similar object. The woman said while she was around the corner arranging wrecker service, she heard a window breaking and saw three young males running east through a small park. At first, she didn’t realize it was her car window that had been broken. A witness reported that she was nearby when she heard glass breaking, so she looked out the window and saw two young males standing on either side of the car. w

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Christmas Madness

(1) In November, the upscale New York City menswear and accessories store Jack Spade removed from its holiday catalog a $40 frog-dissection kit (with a real carcass) after numerous queries from people wondering what in the world the store was thinking. (2) A holiday party for inmates at Britain’s Peterborough Jail promised a fun time with Xbox and PlayStations, along with cash gifts of 5 pounds each (about US$9), which is greater than the value of the candy boxes the jail will give its guards for Christmas. (3) Police in Rock Hill, S.C., put a 12-yearold boy under arrest at the insistence of his mother after he had defied her and opened his Christmas gift three weeks early.

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Unintended Consequences

(1) The “Berkeley Pit” in Butte, Mont., is the nation’s largest environmental-disaster site, with 40 billion gallons of highly toxic copper-mine waste that the federal government has long feared too expensive to clean up. However, Montana Tech researchers, writing in the Journal of Organic Chemistry in July, have found more than 160 types of “extremophiles” (organisms that thrive in toxicity) in the pit and have demonstrated that some are effective against lung and ovarian cancers. (2) Kimberly Baker, 22, sought child support in Warrensburg, Va., in October from the father of her daughter. However, when officials realized that the fa-

ther, now 16, would have been 13 when the child was conceived, that made him a rape victim under state law, and thus, they arrested Baker.

Compelling Explanations

Ricardo Meana, 81, was charged with attempted murder in November in Sun City, Fla., when his 82-year-old wife, who has Alzheimer’s, was found inside a van in a store’s parking lot struggling with the plastic bag over her head. Police were called, but Meana seemed unconcerned and even nonchalantly resumed shopping, saying that he often put the bags on when his wife felt sick, so that she would not vomit on herself. Not Our Fault: In 2002, Jeffrey Klein and Brett Birdwell, both 17 at the time, trespassed onto a railroad yard in Lancaster, Pa., and climbed atop a boxcar to see what the view was like, but were severely burned by a 12,500-volt line on the roof and thus sued Amtrak and Norfolk Southern railroads for not having done enough to prevent them from trespassing. In October, a federal jury awarded the two men a total of about $12 million in compensatory damages plus $12 million in punitive damages. In a deposition, Ennis, Texas, physician Aniruddha Chitale admitted that semen that patient Sherry Simpson found on her face after a 2004 colonoscopy was his and thus later pleaded guilty to sexual assault. However, in his deposition (according to a report by Dallas’ WFAA-TV), Chitale insisted that the act that produced the semen was “unintentional.” (Simpson is now suing Ennis Regional Medical Center for having tolerated Chitale’s behavior.)

The Laws of Irony

Federal prosecutors have insisted so far that any ill-gotten money that former Enron executives had squirreled away in their spouses’ names still can be fully recovered by the government, except for one executive. Michael Kopper, once a director of Enron’s global finance unit, pleaded guilty in 2002 to illegally obtaining $16.5 million, but he is openly gay. And since his home state of

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Texas does not recognize his union with his his name. The worst part of his hobby, he longtime partner, prosecutors cannot treat said (besides having to keep it secret from the partner as a “spouse” and have lumped his wife), is that he is often contacted by foot him with “third party” transferees, whose and sock fetishists, which he denies that he assets are much more difficult to obtain (acis, preferring to think of himself as sort of cording to a November report in Washinga “custodian of history,” wrote the Post. (A ton Blade). more conventional fetishist, Masashi KamaUniversity of California, Irvine, profesta, 28, was arrested in Nagoya, Japan, in Ocsor Elizabeth Loftus, a prominent scholar on tober after police found about 5,000 pairs of people’s overconfidence about memory, was used girls’ and boys’ shoes at a rented wareturned down by the judge as an expert house. “I was enjoying their smell,” he said, witness in November in the forthaccording to Mainichi Daily News.) coming trial of “Scooter” Libby Least Competent (Vice President Cheney’s former How assistant, who has been charged People with lying to prosecutors about do you Noel Methot, 24, was cited for phone conversations, which spell it? inattentive driving after her car Libby says weren’t lies but just wound up half-submerged in a forgetfulness). At a hearing on pond near downtown Orlando, Loftus’ credentials, prosecutor Fla., in November. She was driving Patrick Fitzgerald not only exdown a street but apparently missed posed some problems with her rethe signs warning of the end of the search but elicited from Loftus the road, and according to witnesses, the confident assertion that the two most likely reason for that was that she had never before met. However, was arguing loudly with her boyfriend Fitzgerald then immediately reover her cell phone. The car went freshed Loftus’ memory, remindairborne about 20 or 30 feet before ing her that he had cross-examined splashdown, but Methot was not seriher in court once before. ously hurt.

Names in the News

Pleading guilty to manslaughter in Pierre, S.D., in August was Mr. Austin First In Trouble, 19. And in Providence, R.I., in November, the teenager sentenced to life in prison for murder (where his life might rot away) is Mr. Phearin Rot. On the brighter side, a linebacker for South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Fla., had a good year: Yourhighness Morgan (whose brother Handsome Morgan and cousin Gorgeous Morgan were undoubtedly proud of him).

People Different From Us

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned the cocaine-possession conviction of Timothy Stone in September, ruling that a search of his person was unconstitutional even though he had given police permission. The judges agreed with Stone that when he consented, he never expected that the search would include the officers holding out the waistband of his sweatpants and shining a flashlight on his genitals (which is where he happened to be hiding a small container of cocaine).

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Ebola Victims

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the wild has killed between 3,500 and 5,000 gorillas in one area of the Republic of the Congo during the past four years, according to primate researchers. Writing in the journal Nature, Peter D. Walsh of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology said there had been a massive decline in the number of the animals due to the virus. He believes the deaths are helping to push the threatened species even closer to extinction. Walsh proposes inoculating some of the surviving western gorillas with an Ebola vaccine that has proved to be effective in some animals.

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More than 3,000 firefighters in Australia battled to contain some of the worst wildfires the country has seen in 70 years. Fourteen major blazes were being battled across Victoria, and at least 14 homes were destroyed by other fires on the island state of Tasmania. Worsening drought conditions have created an extreme fire danger across many eastern parts of the country. Fire officials said they were preparing to bring in firefighters from the United States to help with the crisis.

Pakistan Slides

Severe weather in northern Pakistan triggered landslides, mudflows and avalanches that blocked several roads across the region. Boulders cascading down the mountains of the North-West Frontier Province blocked a section of the Karakoram Highway, which connects Pakistan

and China. Several areas of Pakistancontrolled Kashmir were isolated due to slides.

Solar Storm

An explosive burst on the surface of the sun sent a stream of charged particles rushing toward Earth’s atmosphere. The solar storm was expected to produce vivid displays of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, as far south as parts of Europe and the northern United States. Solar experts also warned the charged particles could threaten radio communications, satellites and power grids. Passengers flying in jet aircraft could also be put at a higher risk for radiation exposure, forecasters said.

Tropical Cyclone

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nearly 4,000 homes were destroyed and more than 12,000 others were damaged by the storm, mainly on the islands of Samar, Marinduque and Boracay. Mass evacuations were ordered in advance of the storm’s arrival to avoid a repeat of the massive number of fatalities caused by super Typhoon Durian a week earlier. Utor later lost force as it drenched China’s island province of Hainan.

Earthquakes

A magnitude 5.1 quake damaged college buildings and sent residents fleeing their homes when it rocked northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai province. No injuries were reported from the initial shaking or any of the 23 recorded aftershocks. • Earth movements were also felt in Taiwan, Indonesia’s Aceh province and north Moluccas region, northern India, southeastern Iran, central Greece, southern Italy and southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Four people were attacked and killed by wild elephants in northeast India’s Assam state during the latest in a series of attacks by the animals. Wildlife officials said that about a dozen elephants stormed into a group of woodcutters, literally tearing two of the victims apart. The habitat of wild elephants has come under increased pressure in recent years as human development encroaches into native forests. Assam officials say pachyderms have killed 248 people in the past five years, while 268 elephants have died. Many of the elephant victims were the target of retaliation by humans. The aroma of rice beer being brewed by villagers has lured the animals into some of the communities that have come under attack.

Winged Monitors

Scientists are enlisting squadrons of albatrosses to help monitor the world’s climate. A team from the University of California-Santa Cruz is attaching to the birds small data loggers that will be able to measure sea surface temperatures across the North Pacific in far greater detail than satellites. “Albatrosses are particularly good because they can sample vast areas of ocean in a relatively short period of time,” said Scott Shaffer. Some of the attached instruments will store data until the birds return to the nesting sites where they were tagged. Others can transmit measurements via satellite. Data gathered by the sensors are expected to help fill in details missed by satellites, as well as give details into the behavior of the long-haul birds. w

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2007 Black Heritage Festival call for entries -- The 18th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival will include a juried exhibition that will be displayed Feb. 5-28, 2007. Artists are encouraged to submit works that incorporate the theme, “Our Journey – A Story Unfolding.” The theme celebrates the journeys of Africans and African Americans, and tells the ever-unfolding story of their courage, commitment, dedication and fortitude throughout an enduring path to freedom and justice. Entry Guidelines: • Submit art work in jpg format, 300 dpi, 4x6 to: bloodp@savstate.edu • Artists may submit up to five works in any medium, two or three dimensional • Each submission should include the name of the artist, phone number and email address • Each submission should include the title of the work, medium and dimensions The deadline for entries is Jan. 2, 2007. Artists will be notified via e-mail if their submissions are accepted. Mixed Media -- Union Mission’s Growing Hope Artisans Cooperative presents mixed media artwork by educator Christopher Schell at the Starfish Café during the month of December. Starfish Café, 719 East Broad Street. 100 Under 200 -- Chroma Gallery hosts this show of One hundred small works under $200 by Chroma artists through Dec. 24. Chroma Gallery, 31 Barnard St. Chris Burton -- Red Kite Studio presents this SCAD MFA candidate’s furniture pieces made from recycled materials January 819, 2007, at 1522 Bull St. This thesis show is free of charge and the gallery is open Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday. Opening reception Friday Jan. 12, 6-9 p.m.

‘Home is where the Art is’ -- Gouache paintings and sewn paper collages by Darla Elam Jan. 3– Feb. 28 at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, located at Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Drive. Meet the artist at the opening reception, Thursday, January 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery. ‘Savannah Squared’ -- The Gallery presents a peek into Savannah’s scenery through the looking glass of 13 artists. Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 20 Jefferson Street, Center Court City Market. 2CarGarage Gallery to open -- Bringing new works by nationally recognized artists to Savannah beginning Dec. 7. 30 W. Broughton Street, Suite 205. Sally Clark -- Hospice Savannah will showcase new work by Sally Clark through Dec. 31 at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. ‘Creeks, Coves and Sounds’ -- New exhibition of the paintins of M.L. Kolbe and Tom Sadler at Mansion on Forsyth Park. Through January 6. New Artists at Savannah Art Works -New mixed media by Simone Wilson and block prints by Katherine Linn are featured at Savannah Art Works, 240 Bull St. ‘A Closer Look: Four Churches and a Synagogue’; ‘Turnings in Native Wood’ -- Photography by Tim Coy and woodturning by Dicky Stone through Dec. 30 at Gallery 440, 440 Bull St. All works for sale. A portion of proceeds benefits Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy, Inc.

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JEA Artist of the Month -- The Art Show at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St., beginning Dec. 4 features works of Dayna Thacker and Richard Gere. Dayna works both with installation and mixed media assemblage using found objects. Her work explores the stories, symbols and mythological elements that cultures have created throughout history in which human beings see their own lives reflected. Rich works primarily in monotypes and lithography using both traditional photography and digitally manipulated images to create collaged prints supported by drawing. ‘Treasured Gifts’ -- Gallery 209, Savannah’s original River Street cooperative gallery, features all its artists this month in a show called “Treasured Gifts.” The Gallery is at 209 E. River Street and is open from 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. most nights. For more info go to www.gallery209.com/.

‘Islam in Belief and Practice’ -- Exhibit at Georgia Southern Museum through Dec. 31. Free admission for the Museum, which is in the Rosenwald Building on Southern Drive. 9-5 M-F and 2-5 Saturday and Sunday. SCAD Museum of Art -- “Facing the Camera: Portraits of Photographers from the Rhoades Collection”; Portraits of Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bres-

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son, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Minor White, Cecil Beaton, Gordon Parks, Ansel Adams, Cindy Sherman, and many others are on view. “150 Years of Architectural Elegance: The Central of Georgia Railroad’s 1856 Gray Building Headquarters”; This exhibition chronicles the history of SCAD’s Kiah Hall. “Focus on 20th-Century Art: Highlights from SCAD’s Collection”; Significant works from the college’s permanent collection including paintings, drawings, and prints by Pablo Picasso, Willem De Kooning, Mark Tobey, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Sam Gilliam, Bridget Riley, and others represent the movements of modern and contemporary art. “Darkly Carved

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Jepson Center for the Arts – Exhibits include: “Sam Gilliam: a retrospective” through Dec. 31; “I Have Marks to Make,” the 12th annual exhibition celebrating the therapeutic and rehabilitative aspects of art, Dec. 3-Jan. 7. Kirk Varnedoe Collection, Dec. 13-Feb. 18, includes works by Richard Avedon, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray, Robert Raschenberg, Richard Serra, Frank Stella and more. 207 W. York St. Call 790-8800.

Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences - “Andrée Ruellan at 100,” through Jan. 28. Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, this exhibition presents 45 paintings, drawings and prints by this remarkable American artist, including the whose career spanned most of the 20th century. The exhibition includes the Telfair’s signature Ruellan work, Savannah, depicting the Barnard Street ramp leading to the river, circa 1942. Also: “Spirit of Mexico: Photographs by Bravo, Levitt, and Perkis” through Jan. 28. This exhibition consists of over 30 black and white photographs examining Mexico’s landscape and people by renowned photographers Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002), Helen Levitt (American, b. 1913), and Philip Perkis (American, b. 1935). 121 Barnard St. Call 790-8800. w Art Patrol is for rotating shows, exhibitions and receptions. Send art info to jim@connectsavannah.com

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‘All I want to do is pass on the tradition’ Jazz Hall of Famer Johnny O’Neal plays Kokopelli’s

mance,” he once said, “because it’s instant composition.” In anticipation of this two-night stand at downtown’s newest jazz listening room, O’Neal spoke with me by phone from his drummer’s pad in Atlanta. Connect Savannah: Played here before?

Johnny O’Neal: I played your Jazz Fest a few years back at a museum in the Historic District with Teddy Adams. I consider Teddy to be one of the fathers of jazz in that part of the country. He’s done so much to keep this music alive and to bring young people to it. He’s also a very fine musician, and it’s always a thrill to be around him. I used to play there years ago with Ben Tucker and his vocalist at the Hilton, I think. Savannah’s a very cultural city. Connect Savannah: Where do you live? Johnny O’Neal: I’m from Detroit, which of course, is the birthplace. Where it all began. I’m honored to be from there, because most of the great masters were born there. Connect Savannah: When did you feel you could possibly play jazz as a career? Johnny O’Neal: When I had the chance to play with some of the legends. First of all, Milt Jackson and the Ray Brown Quartet.

They were the main innovators of this music, along with Art Blakey. When I moved to New York City in 1980, I called Clark Terry. He’d sat in with my trio in Atlanta once on New Year’s Eve, and told me to look him up if I ever came to New York. I arrived on a Tuesday evening. I called him from the train around two in the afternoon and asked who’s working with him that week at the Blue Note. He said, “You are.” I opened for him that night! A few days later, Art Blakey came up and tapped me on the shoulder. He told me he loved my playing and asked me to join his band, and the very next week, I went to Europe for three months as a member of the Jazz Messengers! That’s a true story. One thing about playing with Blakey — his band was a university of a sort for master musicians. I’m so glad he gave me that experience. I toured Japan five times, plus Africa and all through Europe. I saw places I never thought I’d see. After I left his group, I was able to write for horns and do arranging.

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This weekend, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club on Broughton St. welcomes pianist Johnny O’Neal and his trio. A formidable presence on the international jazz scene for decades (and a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame), it was his small role in 2004’s smash Ray Charles biopic Ray that introduced O’Neal to mainstream audiences Tapped to portray the late, great keyboard innovator Art Tatum in one of the film’s pivotal sequences, this veteran musician received that most rare of opportunities — a chance to publicly pay tribute to a figure of great importance in one’s life (Tatum is a personal hero of O’Neal’s, as well as being a key influence on Charles’ approach to his instrument). A prolific artist who’s taken part in countless sessions, tours and shows in addition to (since 1983) releasing many albums under his own name, O’Neal has worked with such luminaries as Benny Golson, Sonny Stitt, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell, among scores of others in the fields of jazz, gospel, blues and R & B. “Jazz is the highest level of perfor-

Connect Savannah: What’s your most lasting memory of Art Blakey? Johnny O’Neal: Well, Art was more or less like a sideman. He gave his guys the opportunity to write and compose and to display their wares. He taught them how to go out later on and lead their own bands. He had a special love for the piano, because he started out as a pianist before switching to drums. He’d introduce me with, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the finest piano players around today,” and sometimes he’d give me a fifteen or twenty-minute slot of just solo piano at those shows! Several fellows who came into the band after I left say Art was always telling them he felt I would be one of the greats. That was a tremendous thing. I played while Wynton (Marsalis) was in the band. I would have to say that was one of the most gratifying experiences ever. It was so well-rounded. It enabled me to play a more contemporary style. It was a challenge. Harmonically it was quite tough and kept me on my toes.

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Connect Savannah: What’s Wynton’s bag? Johnny O’Neal: The great thing about Wynton is that he took jazz out of the back alley —so to speak— and gave it some real respect. He made the guys take it more seriously. He came along at a time when we needed a new start, and he launched a whole new line of players. continued on page 22

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Connect Savannah: What was it like to play Art Tatum on the big screen?

accompany a vocalist well, you can consider yourself a full, complete musician.

Johnny O’Neal: I liked a lot of people, but Tatum was huge to me. I was so honored to play him in Ray. That helped my drawing power in clubs a good bit. A lot of folks don’t realize I actually played live in that movie. It’s me they hear.

Connect Savannah: Much like Ray himself, there’s a lot of gospel in your approach.

Connect Savannah: How were you cast? made a lot of money playing jazz, but I’ve been extremely fortunate to have worked with so many of those folks, and that’s meant more to me than anything.

Johnny O’Neal: I thought it was a joke of some kind when they called me. It was early in the morning and some lady said that Oliver Jones and Oscar Peterson had recommended me. Originally it was called Unchain My Heart, but when Ray died during filming, they changed it to Ray. I tell you, Jamie Foxx and I really bonded on the set. We actually had to re-do several of our scenes because he was so engrossed in my playing. He was very gracious and generous with his gifts as well. We jammed offset and he had me show him some of my voicings. He said he’d never been so close to someone who could play the way I do.

Connect Savannah: I’m told that you know around 1,500 songs? Johnny O’Neal: To the average layman that sounds phenomenal, but you know, think about how many songs are out there that one doesn’t know! Ed Thigpen told me that Ella Fitzgerald knew 3,000 — and those were only the ones he was aware of! The thing is, when you play with a lot of different people, you learn their repertoires, and it adds up. Singers have been very inspirational to me. I’ve accompanied Stevie Wonder, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Anita O’Day, who recently passed away... Sarah Vaughan sat in with the band once in California. They say that if you can

Connect Savannah: What has been your greatest joy in the music profession? Johnny O’Neal: You know, there are only a few of the true great masters left. I never

Johnny O’Neal: Actually, when I was a kid, I recorded a lot of gospel. In 1973, I won the piano competition at James Cleveland’s Gospel Workshop of America. I always give all the glory to God for anointing me with my gift. Most people say they can hear the church in me. There’s a sensitivity, a vitality, a flair that comes from playing gospel, and it’s my first love. In most churches, the pianist has to be the whole band alongside a fity-piece choir! That’s where you get that full-fisted, two-hand style. It helped me develop my stride and ragtime licks. Connect Savannah: What can Savannah audiences expect from these shows? Johnny O’Neal: Jazz audiences like to not know what to expect, so it’s hard for me to plan a set. I believe audiences enjoy seeing an artist enjoy playing for them. They like to see you show your emotions. That’s what being a jazz fan is all about. You can’t take jazz for granted. It’s just endless when it comes to improvisation. There’s never a dull moment at one of my gigs. I love to shout the blues, and you don’t know what love is till you learn the meaning of blues. It’s like a variety set with my own creative

twist on things. The trick is to find the standards of this generation — the Porters and Gershwins of today. Connect Savannah: What’s the lineup like? Johnny O’Neal: I have a trio, which features Kermit Walker on drums. He’s the nephew of Little Jimmy Scott —one of the few remaining giants of jazz singing— and he’s worked with his uncle quite a bit. All I want to do is pass on the tradition the great masters have set the standards for. I want to keep it alive for this generation. When I think of all who came before me, I’m just a student. All I have to do is put one of the gladiators on, and it keeps my humility in check. (laughs) Connect Savannah: What’s the hardest thing about being a jazz musician in 2006? Johnny O’Neal: You know, a lot of people always say, “There’s no jazz in town.” Then, when some good jazz comes around, they don’t show up! They’ve got to come out and show their support. Art Blakey said it best. He said, “Music washes away the dust of everyday life.” w The Johnny O’Neal Trio plays Kokopelli’s Friday and Saturday with nightly sets at 9 pm, 10:30 pm and midnight. $10 cover.

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All-Ages Punk/Indie Show

Featuring Athens-based grunge trio Celerity, young locals No Comply, as well as The Skuds, Insurgency, No Way Out and Propagandha. Sat., 7 pm, Sweet Melissa’s (103 W. Congress St.) - ALL-AGES.

BC & The Rock Mob

Rock, and blues covers and originals, fronted by prolific local songwriter and guitarist Buddy Corns. Fri. - Sat., 10:30 pm, Bayou Café.

The Jeff Beasley Band

Old-time rock & roll covers, blues standards, and originals from a local singer/guitarist who spent time in Nashville and is now backed by a cast of veteran local players, including former Veraflames drummer Jesse Jordan and bassist Mike Perry. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Mon., 7:30 pm, Murphy’s Law (solo).

High Velocity

Excellent classic rock, Southern rock, and modern country covers. Wed., Fri. & Sat., 9 pm, Gilley’s (Hinesville).

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The Billy Hoffman Quartet

One of the best local bop jazz combos, led by a standout trap drummer. Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Johnnie Kennedy Quartet

Straight-ahead jazz, featuring Kennedy on bass, and Chris Chandler on piano. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

G.E. Perry & Strange Brew

Blues (and blues-rock) covers, led by a noted local guitarist and singer. Thurs., Fiddler’s Crab House (Southside) + Fri., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (solo) + Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge (w/Jeff Beasley’s Band).

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Bottles & Cans

Energetic and unpredictable Deltastyle electric blues and psychedelic garage-rock. Sat., 8 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

The Josh Bowlus Quartet

Award-winning young jazz pianist. Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Carroll Brown

This S.C.-based acoustic guitarist sings and plays a variety of popular covers, as well as his own brand of “Coastal Country.” Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s.

Chris Chandler

Pop favorites from a jazz pianist who’s released a handful of indie CDs and toured abroad. Sat., 7 pm, Vic’s on The River.

Chief

Longtime area singer/guitarist who can famously play thousands of rock, pop, country and blues songs on demand. Wed. Thurs., 9 pm, Bayou Café + Fri., 8 pm, Mary’s Seafood & Steaks.

The Thomas Claxton Band

Hard-rocking covers, plus originals penned by a local guitarist/songwriter. Sat., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.

Mary Davis & Co.

Pop, rock and soul cover tunes. Fri., 8 pm, Pogy’s Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).

Deep Blue 3

Rock solid local electric blues trio with a varied setlist. Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse.

Dueling Pianos

Interactive club experience — audience members play “stump the band” with a pair of versatile, raucous singing keyboardists. Wed. - Sat., Savannah Smiles (314 Williamson St. near Bay & Montgomery).

Trae Gurley’s Swoonatra

Local thespian paying tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

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Seven Gates To Elsewhere

Up-and-coming local original rockers influenced by the British psychedelic bluesrock revival of the early ‘70s. Fri., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).

Silver Lining

Local jazz trio (originals & covers) with female vocals. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Cobblestone Conch House (hosts Jam night) + Fri., 8:30 pm, Tantra Lounge.

Slick Nickel

Southern rock and country covers. Fri. Sat., 9 pm, Red Leg Saloon (formerly the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, Hwy 204).

Randy ‘Hatman’ Smith

Acoustic guitarist playing beach, boogie and blues tunes to sequenced backing. Wed., 5 pm, Dolphin Reef Lounge (Tybee) + Fri. Sat., 7 pm, Stingray’s (Tybee).

Souls Harbor - unplugged

Acoustic original hard rock. Sat., 8 pm, One Hot Mama’s BBQ (Bluffton).

Turtle & Joe

Stripped-down acoustic set featuring members of local jam-band Turtle Folk. Fri., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (downtown).

Nancy Witt

Solo pianist playing standards, jazz, pop and showtunes. Tues. , Thurs., Mary’s Seafood & Steakhouse + Fri., Billy’s Place (above McDonough’s). w

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31st Annual CJA Holiday Concert & Jam Session

Ever since local trombonist and jazz historian Teddy Adams jump-started this Savannah tradition after years of inactivity, this yearly concert and “head-cutting session” has been a highly anticipated event among those in-theknow. First, Adams and his All-Star Band (with featured vocalist Huxsie Scott) offer up a full show of joyous jazz, and then the stage is opened up to just about anyone who thinks they can hang. It’s a chance to see young newcomers play alongside —and receive both recognition and tips— from this area’s elder statesmen of the art form. I’m told that players sometimes drive hours to attend this uplifting musical celebration. This is a major fund-raiser for the Coastal Jazz Association, and proceeds benefit their Student Scholarships. $12 tickets available at Portman’s Music Superstore, Rody’s Music & Annie’s Guitars and Drums, from CJA Board Members, or at the door. For more info, call 661-2419, or go to www.coastaljazz.org. Mon., 5 pm, The Hyatt Regency.

Miles Ahead

This relatively new regionally-based jam-band describes themselves as playing a progressive mélange of rock, jazz, world music, but there’s plenty of reggae, ska and funk thrown in there as well. While they still bear some of the hallmarks of young musicians (i.e., a tendency to overplay their hand, slightly awkward transitions), they seem determined to do more than emulate their obvious influences. Although vocals are not the band’s strong suit, the fact that each of the six members sings lead (and each with their own approach) adds plenty of variety to Miles Ahead’s already diverse repertoire of slinky piano/organ grooves, minor-key laments and overdriven blues-guitar solo vehicles. Their two percussionists mesh well with the rhythm section and provide plenty of color to the more complex funk workouts. Like many modern improvisational granola outfits these days, they wear their Phish jones on their sleeve (most noticeably in their tone and penchant for odd-meter break-

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downs and fixation on negative space), but in this case, it’s not so overpowering as to distract from their own promising outlook. Sat., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (downtown).

Modern Skirts

This Athens, Ga.-based ultra-now melodic rock group pledges allegiance to such adventurous musical innovators as The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys and Elvis Costello. What they share with these artists is a sense of playfulness, and an offhanded way with densely-layered pop that balances pianos with guitars and sweet with sour. Many critics and lisLeft, Huxsie Scott; teners are gushing over both below, Modern Skirts their talent and refined manner. After a few club gigs in town, they’re headlining this holiday benefit organized by Benedictine Military School. Named Athens’ “Upand-coming Band of The Year” by Flagpole Magazine, opening act The Empties occupy a highly entertaining sonic space whose stop-on-a-dime arrangements, beatific vocal harmonies and insouciant attitude simultaneously recalls ancient-ass “Southern Girls”-era Cheap Trick, vintage Voidoids and post-Big Star Chris Bell’s posthumously-released solo LP. Woefullymisguided fans of cotton-candy brainwash like The Strokes and Jet, take heed: here’s how to properly do the “watch us bleed our record collections” bit with both dignity and nerve. If The Empties are half as good live as they are on record, Modern Skirts might want to consider taking the first slot on this bill... Wed., 8 pm, Trustees Theater - ALL-AGES.

The Bobby Ryder Quartet

For almost half a century, this jazz vocalist and saxman has honed his talents, and his current bag finds him drawing on his years as a headliner at famous rooms like the Peppermint Lounge and Radio City Music Hall to create a wide-ranging stage show that dips into oldies, ballads, blues, shag tunes and a special nod to his hero, Frank Sinatra. A regular performer at this tony resort island supper club, he’s known as a solid entertainer with the chops (and the personal history) to pull off even the most demanding numbers. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head). w


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Casimir’s Lounge Wed., Dec. 20 David Duckworth, Pianist (7pm-11pm) Thurs., Dec. 21 Josh Bowlus Quartet (8pm-11:30pm) Fri., Dec. 22 The Jeff Beasley Band (9pm-12:30am) Sat., Dec. 23 The Billy Hoffman Quartet (9pm-12:30am) Bosendorfer Lounge Thurs., Dec. 21 David Duckworth, Pianist (5pm-8pm) Fri., Dec. 22 Peter Tavalin, Pianist (5pm-8pm) Sat., Dec. 23 Eric Jones, Pianist (5pm-8pm) 700 Drayton Restaurant Sun., Dec. 24 Annalise Nelson Cellist (11-2pm)

NOTE: Clubs, if you have live music and want to be listed for free in Soundboard or Music Menu, just mail, fax, or email your lineup to us BY NOON ON WEDNESDAY for inclusion in our next issue. Please enclose publicity photos and band bios as well. Address: Connect Savannah, Inc., 1800 E. Victory Drive, Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 Fax: (912)231-9932 Email: jim.r@connectsavannah.com

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Friends (10 pm) KEVIN BARRY’S- Carroll Brown LOCOS DELI & PUB (Southside)- Team Trivia Tournament MANSION ON FORSYTH PARK- Pianist David Duckworth (5 pm), The Josh Bowlus Quartet (8 pm) MARY’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE- Nancy Witt MCDONOUGH’S- Karaoke MERCURY LOUNGE- Greg Williams (10 pm) MOON RIVER BREWING CO.- Live Music TBA (8:30 pm) MURPHY’S LAW IRISH PUB- Jason Bible (8 pm) MYRTLE’S BAR & GRILL (Bluffton)- J. Howard Duff (7:30 pm) PLANTER’S TAVERN (OLDE PINK HOUSE)- Gail Thurmond POGY’S BAR & GRILL (Richmond Hill)- Live Music TBA QUEENY’S TO GO-GO (Habersham & 33rd Sts.)- Live Music TBA (6 pm) THE RAIL PUB- “Helium Karaoke” w/Wrath Nasty RIDERS LOUNGE (Hilton Head)- Live Music TBA (8 pm) SAVANNAH BLUES- The Hitmen (10 pm) SAVANNAH DOWN UNDER- DJ Blue Ice (Hiphop, Reggae, Top 40, R & B) SAVANNAH DOWN UNDER INVASION LEVEL 3- DJ Nick J - ‘80s, house, breaks, D & B (10 pm) SAVANNAH SMILES- Dueling Pianos (8 pm) SAVANNAH THEATRE- Jukebox Journey (8 pm) THE SENTIENT BEAN COFFEE HOUSE- “Waddie Welcome & The Beloved Community” w/ Tom Kohler & Susan Earl (7:30 pm) SLUGGERS- Trivia w/Charles & Mikey (10 pm) SPANKY’S (River St.)- Live Music TBA (8 pm) STEAMER’S (Georgetown)- Eddie Foster (9 pm) TANTRA LOUNGE (formerly The Monkey Bar)- ‘80s Night w/DJ Optical (10 pm) TOMMY’S (Pooler)- Karaoke w/Jeff & Rebecca

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Tavalin (5 pm), The Jeff Beasley Band (9 pm) MARY’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS- Chief (8 pm) MCDONOUGH’S- Karaoke MERCURY LOUNGE- Live Music TBA (10 pm) METRO COFFEE HOUSE- Just Friends (7:30 pm) MOLLY MACPHERSON’S SCOTTISH PUB- G.E. Perry (10 pm) MULBERRY INN- The Champagne Jazz Trio (8 pm) MURPHY’S LAW IRISH PUB- Jason Bible (9 pm) ONE HOT MAMA’S (Bluffton)- Live TBA (9:30 pm) PLANTER’S TAVERN (OLDE PINK HOUSE)- Gail Thurmond POGY’S BAR & GRILL (Richmond Hill)- Mary Davis & Co. (8 pm)

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BAYOU CAFÉ (upstairs)- Chief (9 pm) BLUEBERRY HILL- Karaoke THE CALEDONIAN- Live Trivia w/Artie & Brad

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The Good Shepherd

 A fictionalized look at the creation of

the Central Intelligence Agency, this is an unlikely candidate to enjoy a wide release during Christmas week. It’s methodical in its style and intelligent in its execution, which in some circles will translate as dull, slowmoving and impenetrable -- hardly words anyone wants to hear during the hustle and bustle of the cheery Yuletide season. Yet patient viewers will find much to appreciate in this chilly yet absorbing drama, which takes the cherished ideal of patriotism and turns it on its head. On the heels of The Departed, Matt Damon delivers another bold performance that seeks no audience empathy -- here, he’s cast as Edward Wilson, whose role as one of the founders of the CIA finds him over the course of several decades having to contend with all manner of Cold War shenanigans, including the presence of a mole within his own agency. Directed with a fine attention to detail by Robert De Niro (who also appears in a key supporting role), The Good Shepherd repeatedly runs the risk of losing viewers with its flashback-laden structure drafted by scripter Eric Roth. But the strength of the film rests in its clear-eyed vision of Edward Wilson, whose fierce devotion to his country in turn strips him of his humanity and reduces him to a suspicious and paranoid cypher, an American too busy fighting unseen enemies to enjoy the freedoms and privileges that his nation provides for him.

The Pursuit of Happyness

 Anyone who’s seen the trailer knows that

the movie has only two things on its mind: 1) Win Will Smith an Oscar and 2) drive up Kleenex profits by unleashing a flood of sobworthy moments. Whether it succeeds in achieving either goal remains to be seen, but 1) Will Smith does indeed turn in a strong performance (though hardly the year’s best) and 2) the picture is skilled enough to gen-

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members or whether God had indeed laid it on this thick for the real Chris Gardner -- but the moving and sincere work by Will and his real-life son Jaden (a confidant and relaxed actor) cuts through all pretensions (even the instant happy ending) and allows The Pursuit of Happyness to earn at least some of its tears.

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Charlotte’s Web 1/2

Dreamgirls 

Jennifer Hudson couldn’t even make it to the top on American Idol -- what could she possibly bring to the big screen? If Dreamgirls is any indication, plenty. Delivering a knockout performance that all but dares the Academy to ignore her for a Best Supporting Actress nomination, Hudson is a revelation in the role of Effie, the lead singer for the R&B outfit the Dreamettes who’s relegated to backup vocals once savvy yet sleazy manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx) decides that the noticeably thinner Deena (Beyonce Knowles) would better help the Supremes-like group hit it big (the third member, well-played by Anika Noni Rose, is content to remain in backup mode). On the narrative level, this adaptation of the Broadway smash is only too happy to wallow in its show biz clichés, content to let other ingredients (the music, the acting) carry it along. Yet Lewis is so powerful that the film suffers whenever we’re left with just Beyonce or Foxx. Luckily, Eddie Murphy is on hand providing some prickly tension as fading star James “Early” Thunder, while writer-director Bill Condon stages the musical numbers for maximum impact. But it’s Hudson who owns Dreamgirls; her delivery of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” is worth a standing ovation -- or at least a recount on American Idol -- all by itself. erate some genuine pathos to go along with the more calculated melodramatics. This is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a failed salesman in the 1980s who tries to raise his son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) even as he descends further into poverty. Chris can’t turn around without something

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bad happening to him -- it’s not enough that he’s struck by a car; he has to then lose one of his shoes in the accident and limp to work with one foot clothed only in a sock. How much of this is factual is unclear -- it’s anybody’s guess whether screenwriter Steven Conrad is laying it on this thick for audience

This is the new live-action treatment of E.B. White’s beloved children’s book, but there’s already been a dazzling screen version of this tale. No, I don’t mean the 1973 Hanna-Barbera animated take, best remembered today for Paul Lynde’s appropriately snarky work as Templeton the rat. Instead, I refer to the 1995 feature Babe. OK, so it wasn’t based on White’s book, but with its story centering around a cute little pig learning about farm life, it shares the same sense of magic and wonderment: As with the book Charlotte’s Web, the movie Babe convinced us that we were witnessing a classic come to life right before our very eyes. This new screen version of Charlotte’s Web is mostly faithful to its source material (though some expected -- and tiresome -- flatulence gags have been added), but because Gary Winick’s direction rarely rises above the level of competent, and because Babe has already perfected the talking-animal feat via its Oscar-winning effects, the end result is pleasant but not much more than that. As the voice of Charlotte, the spider who befriends Wilbur the pig and plots to save him from the slaughterhouse, Julia Roberts is suitably soothing, while Steve Buscemi provides the proper measure of ego and arrogance as Templeton. The supporting voice actors, including Oprah Winfrey as a goose and horse whisperer Robert Redford as a horse, tend to get lost in the occasional frenzy of the tale, which on screen works better in the more mature passages (e.g. Charlotte explaining the cycle of life to Wilbur) than those focusing on slapdash antics.

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full evading Attila the Hun, dealing with a mischievous monkey, and settling squabbles between a miniature cowboy (Wilson) and an equally diminutive Roman commander (Steve Coogan). A clever premise (adapted from a children’s book) is hampered by lackluster scripting and directing, though Ricky Gervais

ful to its source material, then the lawsuithappy George Lucas corporation has grounds to sue for plagiarism. Let’s see, a naive farmboy decides to take on an evil empire (more so after his harmless uncle is murdered by soldiers seeking the boy) with the help of a wisdom-spouting mentor and a devil-may-

provides some choice comic moments as the supercilious museum head. If nothing else, this should command the attention of kids who have grown tired of having their pictures taken with Santa.

care maverick. Oh, and he also has to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of an evil ruler and his supernaturally endowed enforcer. The key difference is that instead of a lightsaber, the lad comes equipped with his very own dragon -- and there’s no Death Star in sight, just a deadly star in the form of lead Ed Speleers. As Eragon Skywalker, newcomer Speleers is about as charismatic as a comatose possum, and even capable actors like Jeremy Irons (as Brom Kenobi), Djimon Hounsou (as Ajihad Calrissian) and Robert Carlyle (as Darth Durza, and looking eerily like Martin Short in the Merlin miniseries) are soundly defeated by the dreadful dialogue and indifferent pacing.

Rocky Balboa 

Critics generally haven’t been kind to Sylvester Stallone, but even the crustiest of reviewers might feel a protective twinge when faced with the spectacle that is Rocky Balboa. Stallone’s career has been over for years, yet here’s the big lug, now 60, returning to the role that made him a star three decades ago. oThat there’s now a sixth Rocky movie, coming 16 years after Rocky V, is perhaps the ultimate in both money-grubbing and star groveling, yet because Stallone so obviously loves this great character he created, it’s hard to get worked up in a fury of righteous indignation. My only regret is that Rocky Balboa isn’t a better film. It has some nice touches, particularly in the way it draws upon memories of previous installments, and Stallone is never more human as an actor than when he’s essaying this role. But the movie spends too much time in idle and not enough in overdrive, and what should be the central storyline -- Rocky comes out of retirement to fight an undefeated champion (Antonio Tarver) half his age -only takes shape once the picture’s nearly over.

Night At the Museum 

This film plays with fire by employing the services of three overexposed actors -- Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Robin Williams (only Will Ferrell is missing) -- and potentially allowing them to run rampant through an overstuffed fantasy yarn. Mercifully, though, Stiller is muted, Williams is similarly restrained, and Wilson... well, Wilson is still pretty annoying (two out of three ain’t bad). Stiller plays Larry Daley, the new night watchman at a museum where the exhibits come to life after the venue closes for the day. The benevolent Teddy Roosevelt (Williams) is helpful to have around, but Larry has his hands

Eragon 

This draggy dragon yarn bored me silly, but I imagine it might appeal to folks who have never before seen a fantasy flick. The movie is based on the wildly popular book written by Christopher Paolini when he was a mere lad of 15. It was a huge success among most, though not all, teen readers (my 15year-old daughter, herself weaned on fantasy, thought it was tripe), and if the movie is faith-

Apocalypto 

Flush from making gazillions from The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson used his clout to create a film that under any other circumstances would have been laughed right out of the studio boardroom: a lengthy, subtitled period epic about the Mayan civilization. For a while, it does offer something fresh. Gibson, working from a script he co-wrote with Farhad Safinia, takes us back in time to the waning period of the Mayan civilization, in a small village in which the peaceful inhabitants spend their time hunting for food, absorbing advice from their elders, and playing practical jokes on one another. Chief among the pranksters is Jaguar Paw (an impressive debut by Native American artist and actor Rudy Youngblood), the proud son of one of the village leaders, Flint Sky (Morris Birdyellowhead). The serenity of the village is forever shattered on the morning that a far more bloodthirsty band of Mayan warriors -- ones aligned with the ruling class residing in an actual city -- descend upon the jungle dwellers, raping the women, abandoning the children, and dragging the men back to their city to be served up as either slaves or human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw manages to hide his pregnant wife (Dalia Hernandez) and young son (Carlos Emilio Baez) before being captured himself, and he vows to return to them no matter what it takes. That will take some doing, though, considering he’s chosen to function as the next sacrifice to appease the angry gods. Considering that the Mayan civilization is justly celebrated for its innovations and complexities, it’s puzzling how simplistic these cultural representatives prove to be. Surely, Gibson will allow the story to expand and deepen during the second half? Don’t count on it. It turns out that Gibson isn’t interested in educating either us or himself; instead, Apocalypto degenerates into a straightforward action flick. Worse, the switch to pure action also allows Gibson to indulge in his by-now predictable sadism. Anyone who’s seen Braveheart or The Passion of the Christ (to say nothing of starring vehicles like Payback and The Patriot) senses that nothing titillates the filmmaker as much as pain and destruction, and Apocalypto soon turns into an orgy of unrelenting bloodlust. He can’t just show a jaguar killing a man; he has to show the victim’s face being stretched and ripped off by the savage creature. He can’t simply have another character get shot from behind by an arrow; he has to show said projectile continuing its path through the fellow’s open mouth. Oddly, the picture’s excess of brutality isn’t shocking as much as it’s laughable; because it’s so pronounced and protracted, it ultimately feels no more absurd than the sequence in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which a knight tries to keep fighting after his limbs have all been hacked off. If the Python boys ever try to mount a comeback, it’d be advisable to hire Mel Gibson as their “technical consultant” -- he’s definitely cinema’s reigning gore-to guy.

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In most respects, We Are Marshall traffics in the same kind of predictable underdog uplift championed in The Rookie, Miracle and oh-so-many-others. But real life provided a tragic twist, and that’s what makes the otherwise rote We Are Marshall a cut above the norm. Set in 1970, the picture centers on what transpires in a sports-crazed town in West Virginia after nearly all the members of the Marshall University football team (as well as several coaches and fans) are killed in a place crash. After much hemming and hawing while trying to figure out the right thing to do, it’s decided that the sports program will be resurrected from the ashes as a way of honoring the fallen players. Cue the entrance of Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughney), an outsider who arrives in town to serve as the new squad’s head coach -- and also to help community members move on with their own lives. Except for Anthony Mackie as the team captain, the actors portraying the players are a nondescript lot, meaning the emphasis is shifted to the adult characters. And it’s these seasoned actors (among them David Strathairn and Ian McShane) who best punch across the heavy burden that threatens to crush the spirit of this town. We Are Marshall is never as emotionally draining as this material requires, but it gives it the old college try and comes close to succeeding.

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strand involving the far more quirky Winslet and Black? Fortunately, both sides of the celluloid coin are equally entertaining. Diaz displays her comic chops as a frosty career woman who thaws under the gaze of a good man, while Law, never more charming, provides his character with an unexpected puppy-dog demeanor that softens those eyes that have been used to predatory effect in past titles like Closer and Alfie. Winslet, meanwhile, continues to shine no matter what the role -- though in both this and the recent Little Children, she’s been cast as the frumpier of the two leading ladies (in Children, it’s Jennifer Connelly playing the other woman), which is almost risible given her luminescent beauty. As for Black, he was an interesting choice to play the vulnerable music composer, and he contributes some of the film’s funniest moments.

The best bet for spreading cheer across multiplexes this holiday season, The Holiday is a finely polished piece of romantic cinema, with a generosity of spirit so all-encompassing that it’s easy to forgive its occasional excesses. Writer-director Nancy Meyers, whose previous hit was the similarly sharp Something’s Gotta Give, clearly writes from a privileged perch: Her characters tend to be perversely rich, impeccably groomed and fabulously good-looking. Yet because she has the ability to imbue these high-andmighty figures with flaws and doubts and in the process make them recognizably human, it’s always easy to warm up to her players. Workaholic Amanda (Cameron Diaz), who cuts movie trailers for a living in LA, and mopey Iris (Kate Winslet), who writes for a London newspaper and lives out in the White Christmas countryside, are both unlucky in The beloved 1954 holiday classic with Bing love and seeking to Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney get away from the and Vera-Ellen will be screened as a benefit heartbreak of their for the Greenbriar Children’s Center. Dec. daily lives. Simul21 at 3 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre. Admistaneously coming sion is by donation of money, canned across a “home goods or an unwrapped toy at the door. exchange” website, A Christmas Story both women realThe 1983 story of Ralphie and his dream ize that they’d be of owning a Red Rider BB gun has become happiest spenda holiday favorite. “You’ll shoot your eye ing the Christmas out, kid!” This screening is a benefit for the season far from Greenbriar Children’s Center. Dec. 21 at 7 their troubles. p.m. at the Lucas Theatre. Admission is by Therefore, Amandonation of money, canned goods or an da heads to Iris’ unwrapped toy at the door. w quaint English

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cottage while Iris ends up at Amanda’s luxurious Hollywood mansion. Initially, men are the farthest commodities from both women’s minds, but a pair of guys do enter the scene. For Amanda, that means Iris’ brother Graham (Jude Law), who initially appears to be a womanizer looking for an easy score. And for Iris, it means Miles (Jack Black), a film composer blessed with a quick wit but burdened with a beautiful but unappreciative girlfriend (Shannyn Sossamon). How could the tale of perfect, pretty people Diaz and Law possibly compete with the plot

Blood Diamond 

Hollywood’s latest progressive cause seems to be protesting the crimes against humanity being perpetually carried out on the African continent, which is fine when the films are so gripping that one would like to believe they can be used as agents of change (see The Constant Gardener and Hotel Rwanda). But like Catch a Fire, the recent apartheid drama starring Derek Luke and Tim Robbins, Blood Diamond comes across as a public service announcement more than a motion picture experience. The message of Blood Diamond (repeated during the end credits) is that consumers should take care not to buy “conflict diamonds,” baubles obtained by mercenaries using slave labor, then smuggled out of war torn countries. Since the movie establishes early on that these “conflict diamonds” are mixed in with legitimate diamonds at an early stage in the marketing process, it’s never

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Set in New Orleans, the film opens with an explosion aboard a ferry that kills over 500 people. Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington), an ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) agent, is summoned to lead the investigation, and he quickly realizes that the key to the mystery rests with the beautiful – and deceased – Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton), whose charred body was found in the same vicinity as those of the ferry victims.Carlin’s footwork can only take him so far; to have any chance of catching the Timothy McVeigh-styled terrorist (Jim Caviezel), he must bunker down with Andrew Pryzwarra (a wasted Val Kilmer), an FBI agent who introduces Carlin to nifty new gadgets that can allow the government to not only use satellite technology to spy on citizens’ houses but also to make its way inside those houses, getting close enough to watch them take showers, make phone calls and feed the cats. For some convoluted reason, this available satellite footage is always running four days behind, and it’s impossible to speed it up, slow it down or stop it for closer inspection. But not to worry: Perhaps sensing that they’re quickly writing themselves into a corner, scripters Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio also invent a pair of goggles that allow the presentday Carlin to engage in a car chase with the four-days-ago terrorist. And when that development runs out of juice, the pair decide that the spyware also doubles as a time machine, just the ticket so that Carlin can go back in time to save Claire (his first priority) and the other 500 victims (a distant second). Although the decision to stage a massive disaster in the heart of Katrina Country will strike many as an unfortunate lapse in judgment, it’s the early scenes in Déjà Vu that prove to be the most compelling, as Denzel’s Doug Carlin uses his wits to stockpile various clues that will lead him in the right direction.

Casino Royale 1/2

After a typically exciting pre-credits sequence, Casino Royale -- like almost all James Bond films before it -- employs the tried-andtrue image guaranteed to raise the pulses of Bond fans all across the globe. The dapper agent strolls into the frame, whirls around and fires directly at the circular camera eye while the classic 007 theme plays on the soundtrack. Only... Where’s the music? Monty Norman’s familiar riff does show up during the end credits, but it’s conspicuously missing from the beginning. In most other respects, Casino Royale ranks among the best Bond films produced over the past 44 years. It easily swats aside the Pierce Brosnan Bond flicks, while new star Daniel Craig vies with Timothy Dalton for second place as the screen’s best 007 (it’s doubtful Sean Connery will ever relinquish the gold). Basically, this new film wipes away the previous 20 installments by going back to when James Bond was first promoted by M (Judi Dench, the only holdover from the Brosnan years) to the level of a doubleoh agent with a license to kill. Bond’s first mission of import is to enter a poker tournament being held in Montenegro’s Casino Royale, where he’s to prevent Eurotrash villain Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a personal financier of the world’s terrorist organizations, from emerging victorious and collecting the

sizable pot. Aiding him in his assignment is Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), a treasury agent who proves to be Bond’s match in the verbal sparring department. The character of Vesper Lynd -- one of the sharpest women in the Bond oeuvre -- is just one of the many pleasing touches on view in this slam-bang chapter. Casino Royale is so successful in its determination to jump-start the series by any means necessary that it tampers with winning formulas left and right. When a bartender asks Bond if he prefers his martini shaken or stirred, the surly agent snaps back, “Do I really look like I give a damn?” Blasphemy? Perhaps. But also bloody invigorating.

Happy Feet 1/2

For at least half of its running time, Happy Feet is the usual crapola animated feature, this one about a penguin (voiced by Elijah Wood) whose tap-dancing prowess freaks out his fellow flightless fowl. It features saccharine characters, soulless CGI imagery, lazy stereotypes that border on racism, and way too much Robin Williams (playing not one, not two, but three characters). But a strange and wonderful thing happens deep into the film. It dispenses with the fun and games and becomes a sober reflection on the harm that humans are causing to the environment and to our ice-capped friends in particular. The movie morphs into one of the coolest Twilight Zone episodes never made, and for a brief, glorious second, I thought it was going to end at the most opportune moment, delivering its themes with all the force of a sledgehammer on an egg shell. But no. The film recovers from its momentary brilliance and soon is back on its preordained path to a happy ending.

Nativity Story 

There’s no small irony in the fact that 16year-old Australian actress Keisha CastleHughes, who plays the Virgin Mary in the new Biblical drama The Nativity Story, has recently revealed that she herself is pregnant – an unexpected development that should lead to plenty of headaches for New Line Cinema’s PR department. That tidbit will at least raise eyebrows; The Nativity Story, on the other hand, fails to even raise a pulse. That’s a shame, because after The Passion of the Christ, the time is right for a tasteful and respectful Biblical tale that inspires awe and amazement instead of rage and revulsion. Unfortunately, this new film errs in the direction of too much propriety. Director Catherine Hardwicke, whose Thirteen was a wild and wicked look at out-ofcontrol LA teens, seems fearful of adding any semblance of passion to this interpretation, resulting in a stillborn drama that inspires yawns more than anything else. Viewers in the mood for some celluloid religion this holiday season would do best to just stay home and rent the exceptional 1977 TV miniseries Jesus of Nazareth instead. Castle-Hughes, whose work in the lyrical Whale Rider earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination a few years ago, is curiously flat as Mary; the three wise men, meanwhile, are asked to generate so many nyuks during the film that they end up coming across as the Three Stooges. w


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Activism & Politics AMBUCS

Chatham County Democratic Committee

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. chathamdems.com.

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

Chatham County Young Democrats

is dedicated to getting young people ages 14 to 39 active in governmental affairs and to encourage their involvement at all levels of the Democratic party. Contact Rahsheim Wright at 604-7319 or chathamcountyyds@ yahoo.com or visit www.georgiayds.org.

Chatham County Young Republicans

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

Coastal Democrats

Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or R1999MHAR@aol.com..

Drinking Liberally

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Indy Media Film Night

View films produced by independent journalists, media activists and organizations the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Presented free of charge by Fear No Arts Media.

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 anyone 18 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 http://www.no-debts.com/chathamlibertariansga.html.

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

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Savannah Area Republican Women

meet the first Wednesday of every month at the Johnny Harris Restaurant Banquet Room on Victory Drive. The social starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $13 at the door. Make reservations by noon on the Monday preceding the meeting by calling 598-1883.

Savannah Branch NAACP

For information, call 233-4161.

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

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Benefits

Edward Jones Toys for Tots Drive

New, unwrapped toyso can be taken to the Edward Jones office at 24 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program.

Gift Wrap Center

The Greenbriar Children’s Center will hold its holiday gift wrap center in Savannah Mall through Dec. 24 from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. To volunteer, call 234-3431.

Give for the Gulf

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A book of photography taken at Tybee Island by Dr. Gustave “Stavie” Kreh is being sold with proceeds going to the Chatham Academy at Royce Center for Children and the Marine Science Center of Tybee Island. The book costs $29.95 and may be purchased online at www.tybeetreasure.com and in area gift shops.

Holiday Spirit Drive

Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee is collecting unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Children’s Home and other local shelters. Call 898-7515 or stop by at 107 Charlotte Rd. on Whitemarsh Island.

Home for the Holidays

Coastal Pet Rescue volunteers will be at Barnes & Noble in Oglethorpe Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 4-8 p.m. to wrap gifts in exchange for donations to the organization’s fundraising campaign. Visit www. coastalpetrescue.org.

Humane Society Holiday Wish List

Donations of canned cat food, Purina Puppy Chow, non-clumping Tidy Cat and new or used blankets and towels are needed. Also, dog walkers ages 16 or older are needed for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Call Nancy Richards at 354-9515 or nrichards@ savannah-humane.com.

Picking Up the Pieces Adopt an Angel Program Donate toys under $50 to 126 children who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Call Linda Edwards at 429-4220.

Salvation Army

Donations of canned goods, infant diapers, men’s hygiene products, hats, socks and gloves are needed. Contact Linda James at Linda_james@uss.salvationarmy.org. Bell ringers are needed through Dec. 23. Call Debra Acord at 651-7444, Ext. 429.

Santa’s Little Orphans’ Tree

Through Dec. 29, Coastal Pet Rescue will join paws with the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Iams Co. and more than 2,100 pet adoption cetners to raise awareness of the joys of owning shelter-adopted pets. Local businesses will host Christmas trees with ornaments of pets for adoption along with a wish list of items they want. Pick up an ornament, go shopping and return the ornament and gifts or monetary donations back to the business. Adopt a pet during the two-month campaign and receive a free pet portrait and other giveaways. Call 351-4151 or www.coastalpetrescue.org.

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Animal Control Holiday Wish List

Donations of canned dog and cat food, baby formula, dry cat and dog food, newspapers, paper towels, soaps, crates, leashes and collars are needed. Call 652-6575.

Tickle Me Elmo Auction

will benefit Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health and The Children’s Place at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Cumulus Broadcasting will auction off six Tickle Me Elmo dolls on E 93, Kix 96, I-95, Magic 103.9 and Z 102. For information, listen to any of these stations.

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Wesley Community Center Holiday Wish List

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Call for Nominations Buy Local Savannah Awards

One business and one individual will be honored for their active support and involvement of the Buy Local organization. Nominations must be received by Jan. 19 and can be e-mailed to Madeleine@buylocalsavannah.com or faxed to 603-907-6184.

Classes & Workshops The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

Class offerings include childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art classes, with afterschool art instruction for ages 6 through teens. Ages 6-8 attend one hour a week for $55 per month. Ages 9 through teens attend one and a half hours per week for $70 per month. Tuition includes supplies. Classes also are available for adults and advanced teens 16 and up Mondays 7-9 p.m. and Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to noon, with students working in the medium of their choice. Weekly figure drawing sessions are held Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $60 for six-week sessions or $15 drop in. Artists bring their own materals. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The Art School is located at 74 W. Montgomery Cross Rd., No. B-2. Call Lind Hollingsworth at 921-1151 or visit www.TheArtSchool-Sav. com.

Art Studio Sessions

Six-week sessions on Tuesday evenngs or Wednesday mornings are offered at the Remshart Row Gallery and Studio on West Jones Street. Small groups. Oils, acrylics and pastels. Help and encouragement in creating successful artwork. Prior experience is helpful but not necessary. Tuition is $125. To register, call 234-5737.

Davenport House Docent Training is conducted every February, July and October. Call 236-8097 or send email to jcredle@savbusiness.net.

Fall Visual Arts Classes

The City of Savannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Cultural Affairs is now registering students for its fall visual arts classes. Day and evening classes are offered in ceramics, painting, portfolio preparation, jewelry making and stained glass for children, teens and adults. All classes are held at S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St.Call 651-4248 or visit www. savannahga.gov/arts.

Fanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spanish/English Institute

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First Steps parent education program

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Guided Imagery

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, 927-3432.

Highest Praise School of the Arts

of Overcoming by Faith is offering vocal, piano and dance classes that are open to anyone from Pre-K to adult. Visit overcomingbyfaith.org or call 927-8601.

Housing Authority of Savannah Classes

Free classes will be offered at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Some classes are on-going. Adult Literacy is offered every Monday and

Baby sign classes

Savannah Speech &â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Hearing Center is offering Baby Sign classes for babies aged 8-14 months and their parents. The cost is $50, which includes materials. To register, call 355-4601.

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If you have problems, issues with family members that happen again and again, a technique developed by Byron Katie can provide a framework to solve problems. Workshops that introduce the process of â&#x20AC;&#x153;inquiry,â&#x20AC;? also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Work,â&#x20AC;? are offered to the public free of charge and include a 35-minute vidoe presentation The Work of Byron Katie and an individualized sample â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inquiry.â&#x20AC;? For an appointment, call Ursula Sterling at 598-8233 or send e-mail to sterling@bellsouth.net.

Kicklighter Academy

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Life Challenge Consulting

When would now be a great time to engage yourself in life-changing strategies.â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;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.

Photo Safari

TimeShop for Kids

Children ages 8-12 can travel back in time to World War II in the English town of Letchworth by participating in TimeShop: Wartime England. It is planned for Feb. 3 and 4 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. The cost is $30. Space is limited. Call 536-2719 or visit www.timeshopkids. com.

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. tybeemsc.org.

Clubs & Orgs

AASUâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

This is an official student club of Armstrong Atlantic State University that accepts non-students as associate members. It is devoted to the exploration and enjoyment of the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Activities include book discussions, movie screenings, role playing game sessions, board and card games, guest speakers, episode marathons and armor demonstrations. Provides guest speakers to educators upon request. Call Michael at 220-8129, send e-mail to lightmagus@yahoo.com or mccauln1981@hotmail.com. or visit http:// aasuscifi.proboards105.com/index.cgi.

with photographer Frank Barevich is an ongoing class offered in conjunction with the Savannah Art Association. Take photos in downtown and learn how to compose a photograph and shoot for the best effect. Call 660-6994 or fbrab@comcast.net.

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

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

Be bilingual. The center is located at 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Call 272-4579 or

is held every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at The Red Zone Bar and Grill in Richmond Hill. Half of the proceeds of a 50/50 drawing go to the military for phone cards and other items.

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Classes in clay hand-building, open studio, intermediate drawing and painting are offered at CarosArt Studio in Windsor Forest. Very small clases with lots of extra attention by professional artist/clay sculptor Carolyne Graham. Classes are held Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon and Mondays from 68 p.m. Inquire about other days. The cost is $100 per six weeks of instruction. Clay supplies are extra. Call 925-5465 to register.

Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. Homework Help is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. The Community Computer Lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Thursday and last Friday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. For information, send e-mail to cafecontigo@gmail.com.

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cadets (12-18 years old) and 7 p.m. for adult members at the former Savannah Airport terminal building off Dean Forest Road. Visit www.gawg.cap.gov, send e-mail to N303WR@aol.com, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 412-4410.

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meets monthly on the first Monday at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Check www.cleancoast.org for event schedule.

Coastal Bicycle Touring Club of Savannah

Visit www.cbtc.org for meeting schedule and more information. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at Tubby’s Tank House restaurant in Thunderbolt at 6:30 p.m. 728-5989.

Code Pink

is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Queenies To Go Go, 1611 Habersham St. Contact mimi.thegoddessfactory@gmail. com or visit http://fearnoarts.com.

Daughters of Destiny

An ongoing seminar for women who want to make changes in their lives through spirituality and positive reinforcement meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Daughters of Destiny House, 12 E. 41st St. Facilitated by Miriam Center. Call 663-0894.

Discussion Group for Unsung Heroes

You may not require recognition but someone else may want to know your story and it could make a difference in your life. Discussion groups or meetings will be set up. For info, send e-mail to unsung-heros@ hotmail.com.

ESP Enhancement

A bi-weekly group will explore exercises and readings designed to enhance ESP. Offered free of charge. Call 224-2120

English Style Table Soccer

Savannah Subbuteo Club. Call 667-7204 or visit http://savannahsubbuteo.tripod.com.

Historic Victorian Neighborhood Association

meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. between Park Avenue and Duffy Street. Call 236-8546.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 184 in Thunderbolt. Call 786-4508.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Meet new friends and enjoy a welcome break. Hear guest speakers on topics relevant to mothering, along with discussion time, creative activities and more, because mothering matters. Call for the location, date and time of the next meeting. MOPS is for all mothers with children from birth to kindergarten. Child care is provided. Visit www.mops.org or call 898-4344.

No Kidding!

is the area’s first social club for single and married adults who do not have children. Meet other non-parents at events and activities. For information on No Kidding! visit www.nokidding.net or send e-mail to luluette@prodigy.net.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at Books-AMillion and the third Tuesday at Chen’s Chinese Restaurant at 20 E. Derenne Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Call 692-0382, email kasak@ comcast.net or visit www.roguephoenix.org.

St. Almo

The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 4 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. (Time changes with the season.) Call 234-3336.

Savannah Browns Backers

This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns fans to watch the football games and support your favorite team Sundays at game time at McDonough’s on the corner of Drayton and McDonough streets. The group holds raffles and trips and is looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 373-5571 or send e-mail to KMDUST4@hotmail.com or Dave Armstrong at

Savannah Kennel Club

meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. from September through May at Fire Mountain restaurant on Stephenson Avenue. Those who wish to eat before the meeting are encouraged to come earlier.

Savannah Area Landlord & Real Estate Investors Association

Learn to be a real estate investor or landlord. Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Spiva Law Group, 12020 Abercorn St. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

The public is invited to come and sing early American music and folk hymns from the shape note tradition. This nondenominational community musical activity emphasizes participation, not performance. Songs are from The Sacred Harp, an oblong songbook first published in 1844. Call 6550994.

Savannah Art Association

meets the second Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Call 232-7731.

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. 447-0943. Call 447-0943 or visit www.hdb.org and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League.

Savannah Council, Navy League

has a dinner meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club, Hunter Army Airfield. Call John Findeis at 748-7020.

Savannah Fencing Club

offers beginning classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $40. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to savannahfencing@aol.com.

Savannah Jaycees

for young professionals ages 21 to 39 is a Junior Chamber of Commerce that focuses on friendship, career development and community involvement. Meets the second


the 411|Happenings and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is included and there is no charge for guests. Call 961-9913 or visit www.savannahjaycees. com.

Savannah Kennel Club

meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. from September through May at the Fire Mountain restaurant on Stephenson Avenue. Those who wish to eat before the meeting are encouraged to arrive earlier. 656-2410.

Savannah’s First Pug Playday

This group meets every first Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Savannah Dog Park at 41st and Drayton streets. All humans and dogs who live in a pug household are welcome. A donation to the Savannah Dog Park would be appreciated. Contact Mike or Melinda at kennedy.mike@comcast.net.

Savannah Newcomers Club

Savannah Ski Club

The purpose of the club is to bring all snow skiers/boarders in the Lowcountry area together, Membership is $30 for a single and $45 for a family. Call 713-7655 or e-mail SavhSkiClub@bellsouth.net.

Savannah Toastmasters

helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 352-1935.

Tybee Performing Arts Society

meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the old Tybee school All interested, please attend or send e-mail to ried793@ netscape.com.

Urban Professionals

meets first Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Vu at the Hyatt on Bay Street. If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Call 272-9830 or send e-mail to spannangela@hotmail.com.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. The next meeting will be Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356.

The Young Professionals of Savannah For information, contact Jacob Cottingham at Jacob@thesouthmag.com.

The Gretchen Greene School of Dance is offering ongoing adult classes. There are two levels, Beginner and Intermediate, which both meet on Wednesdays. The intermediate program is from 6:30-8 p.m. and the beginner program is from 8-9 p.m. Both classes consist of a jazz portion and a tap dance portion. The instructor is Travis Dodd. For information, call 897-4235 or visit ggsod.com.

Argentine Tango Practice and Lesson Learn the dance while having fun Sundays from 1:30-3:30 at the Doris Martine Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $2 per person. Call 925-7416.

Breffni Academy of Irish Dance

has opened a location in Richmond Hill and is accepting students. The academy is located at Life Moves Dance Studio, 10747 Ford Ave. For information, call Michael or Nicola O’Hara at 305-756-8243 or send email to Dance@BreffniAcademy.com. Visit www.IrishDanceClasses.com.

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offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany B. at 272-8329.

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.

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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 are offered. The lesson schedule is posted at www.shagbeachbop.com 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 www.shagbeachbop.com. continued on page 40

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is open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends. Call 351-3171.

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The Studio

Ongoing classes include Hip Hop/Funk on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Adult Beginner Ballet on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. There are a variety of advanced classes daily. The Studio is located at 2805 Roger Lacey Ave. just off the intersection of Skidaway and Victory. Call 695-9149 or 356-8383 or visit ww.thestudiosav.com.

Wheelchair Ballroom Dance

The Moon River Dancers now offer ballroom dance classes for people who are disabled. Classes are held the fourth Saturday of the month from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Delaware Center, 1815 Lincoln St. For information, call Charleen Harden at 3087307 or send e-mail to cwh0869@yahoo. com.

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.

Fitness

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Student massage is offered at the Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc. Cost ranges from $30 to $40 for a one-hour massage and sessions are instructor supervised. Call

the 411|Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): Happy Holy Daze, Aries! I’ve

been meditating on the perfect holiday gifts for you. What might inspire you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2007? Here’s my answer: a plane ticket to an exotic playground where your mind will get blown and your emotions aired out and your instincts educated. Another gift I’d love you to have would be a pilgrimage to a spot where you lived once upon a time. There you could take advantage of Nelson Mandela’s counsel: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Happy Holy Daze, Taurus!

I’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What item might inspire you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2007? I’ve decided on *Winning With Integrity: Getting What You’re Worth Without Selling Your Soul,* a book by sports agent Leigh Steinberg. It’ll help you be both smart and heartful as you navigate your way through the negotiations you’ll be called on to do in the coming months. Here’s a taste of Steinberg’s advice. (1) Align yourself with people who share your values. (2) Learn all you can about the other party. (3) Create a climate of cooperation, not conflict. (4) Learn to listen. (5) Convince the other party you have an option, even if you don’t.

355-3011 for an appointment. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. www.ssomt. com.

Center for Wellbeing Hatha Yoga

classes offered Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. 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.

Gentle Yoga

Evening classes offered Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and lunch classes Monday from noon to 1 p.m. $12 per evening class, $10 per lunchtime class. $75 for an eight-week session. Classes at The Yoga Loft at Womancare, 800 E. 70th St. Call Lisa at 398-2588.

Jade Lotus Tai Chi Group

Classes are offered Saturdays from 9:3011:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Unity Church, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Dropin rate is $10, $8 for students or 10 classes for $80, $70 for students. All experience levels are welcome. Look on the web at www.jadelotustaichi.com.

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 3558111.

Kundalini Yoga

Classes will be offered by Veronica Nance beginning Jan. 8. They will be held consecutive Mondays from 6-7:15 p.m. at Unity of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Call 355-4704. The cost is $80 for the entire session.

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.

Nia Movement Classes

are offered at the Center for Holistic Healing at Memorial Health, 300 Bull St. on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:15-8:15 p.m. The cost is $12 for walk-ins or $105 for a 10-class punch card. Call 236-2131 or 350-2467 or visit www.holistic. memorialhealth.com.

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. Pre-register by calling 819-6463.

Pregnancy Yoga

A special four-week session will be held before the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:15 p.m. in offices located at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Pre-natal yoga helps mother-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor and delivery. The instructor is Ann Carroll. Cost is $48 for once a week or $80 for twice a week for the 4-week session. Call 596-0584 or send email to ann@aikyayoga.com.

Savannah Yoga Center

Classes offered seven days a week. Community Easy Flow Yoga is offered three times a week at a cost of $5 per session. For other classes, the drop-in rate is $13, the student drop-in rate is $11 with ID and active duty military/dependents rate is $9. The schedule is: Monday, Dynamic Flow Yoga all levels from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and All Levels Flow Yoga from 6-7:15 p.m.; Tuesday, Community Flow Yoga from 10-11:15 a.m.; Wednesday, All Levels Flow Yoga from 10-11:30 a.m. and Yoga Basics from 6-7:15 p.m.; Thursday, Level I/II Flow Yoga from 10-11:15 a.m. and Hot Yoga all levels from

by Rob Brezsny I’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What symbolic offering might put you in the right mood to deal proactively with potential problems in 2007? I’ve decided on a set of those specially- designed clothes-storage bags that allow you to suck all the air out, compressing your sweaters and pants so that they take up significantly less space in your luggage or closet. Hopefully these bags would inspire you to come up with creative applications of the “less is more” principle, which will be a recurring theme for you in the coming months.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Happy Holy Daze, Leo! In 2007, I

predict that you’ll experience a metaphorical version of something that’s rare in nature: a gentle birth. There’ll be a big new addition to your life, in other words, and its arrival won’t hurt a bit--may even feel downright ecstatic. Here’s some more mysterious good news: In the coming months, you will have the power to learn from the moon, converse with the dead, and remember your ancient origins. And get this: The adventures that amuse you most could involve foam rubber, distant bells, smoke rising from manholes, plums from Damascus, and exotic trophies. One more thing, Leo: In 2007, brand new bedtime stories will be mandatory.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Mytho-poetic scholars say

been thinking about the perfect holiday gift for you to give yourself. Considering the cosmic currents in 2007, what offering would be most appropriate? The answer is a magic mirror. Why? Because I think you should look at your reflection more often in the coming year. Gaze more deeply into your own eyes and try harder to find out who’s really there inside you. Talk to yourself pointedly while you’re in front of your magic mirror; ask yourself probing questions. And every now and then, press up close to your reflection for a kiss.

that honey symbolizes emotional maturity. When it appears in your dreams or reveries, it may mean you’re expanding your capacity to experience feelings that are positive and healthy for you. It suggests you’re ready to shed distorted psychological patterns that you unwittingly absorbed as a child, and replace them with new imprints that are in harmony with your highest values. Since 2007 will bring opportunities for you to do these exact things, Virgo, I suggest that you give honey an honored place in your life. Maybe buy some of the best stuff on the market, put it in a fine decanter, and keep it on an altar in your bedroom. Happy Holy Daze!

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Happy Holy Daze, Cancerian!

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Happy Holy Daze, Gemini! I’ve

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been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What symbolic offering might inspire you to be in closest alignment with the cosmic currents in 2007? I’ve decided on the book *Power Unseen: How Microbes Rule the World.* In it, author Bernard Dixon praises bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Without them, he says, we’d be nothing. They’re instrumental in providing our food, purifying our drinking water, and processing our sewage. If you keep *Power Unseen* in a prominent place in your home during the coming months, it might constantly remind you to be reverent toward and grateful for the little things--which is exactly what the astrological omens suggest you should do. Maybe the book will also inspire you to be alert for invisible helpers and inconspicuous allies.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Happy Holy Daze, Scorpio!

I’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What symbolic offering might inspire you to be in closest alignment with the cosmic currents in 2007? I’ve decided on Elvis Presley’s favorite midnight snack: a peanut butter and banana sandwich deep-fried in butter. Why? Because like the King, you should aggressively pursue the unique experiences that will reliably give you comfort and sustenance. Like the King, you should feel no guilt about doing unusual things that you know in your heart will help you perform at your best.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Happy Holy Daze, Sagit-

tarius! My gift for you is the following oracle: A breakthrough you were blessed with in 1995 will be coming back around in 2007. How? Three possible ways: (1) You’ll be inspired to make changes to whatever sprung from that original breakthrough 12 years ago. (2) You’ll be visited by a new version of that breakthrough, on a higher octave this time. (3) You’ll attempt a quantum leap that resembles the original, but happens in a different area of your life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Happy Holy Daze, Capricorn! I’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift

for you. What symbolic offering might inspire you to be in closest alignment with the cosmic currents in 2007? I’ve decided on Ed Anger’s book *Let’s Pave the Stupid Rainforests & Give School Teachers Stun Guns.* Not because I agree with his assertions, but simply because his outrageousness might push you to dream up wild solutions to your same old boring dilemmas; his rowdy spirit may fuel your own rebellious flights of imagination that will inspire you to fight back against the numbing insanity of the loony bin known as “reality.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You should and could be the

zodiac’s premier networker in 2007. The connections you foster and the deals you broker can save the world-or at least your local segment of the world. In order to pull it all off with maximum effectiveness, you should also be the zodiac’s premier fun-maker. Throw parties, tell jokes, and constantly invite people to play harder and take themselves less seriously. What can you do to prepare for this destiny? Start by getting yourself holiday gifts that will help you fulfill your assignments. How about installing a backyard water park, for instance? (Neiman-Marcus offers such a thing in its Christmas catalog.) Or about some comedy lessons from a person like the humor coach in the film *Borat*? Happy Holy Daze, Aquarius!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Happy Holy Daze, Pisces!

I’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What symbolic item might stimulate you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2007? I’ve decided on a ladder. This power object will signify two important themes for you: (1) Your potential to climb to a higher level of excellence and clout, giving you a more expansive view of your surroundings. (2) The need to make this ascent carefully and deliberately (not quickly and sloppily), with the aid of simple tools (not with the metaphorical equivalent of an elevator), and with trustworthy assistance (for example, with someone to hold the ladder steady). w


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The Chatham County Aquatic Center will hold two fun fitness sessions for children through the age of 16. The first will run Dec. 20-22 and the second will run Dec. 27-29. Both are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be swim lessons, snorkeling, water safety, kayaking and pool games. Call Theresa Palmer at 652-6796.

Tai Chi Classes

are offered Mondays and Fridays 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. 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. The Center for Holistic Healing at Memorial Health, 300 Bull St., offers Gentle Kripalu Yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:15 a.m.; Hatha Yoga on Mondays from 5:45-7 p.m.; Integral Yoga on Wednesdays from 5:45-7 p.m.; Hot Yoga on Fridays from 5:45-7 p.m., Amrit Yoga on Saturdays from 10-11:15 a.m. All classes are $12 for walk-ins, $70 for unlimited monthly classes or $105 for a 10-class punch card. Call 236-2131 or 350-2467 or visit www. holistic.memorialhealth.com. Free Guided Meditation is offered Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and free Open Meditation is offered Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Yoga For Round Bodies

Explore yoga postures for the fuller figure while experiencing stress relief and the healing power of yoga. Six-week session is $70. Classes at The Yoga Loft at Womancare, 800 E. 70th St. Call Lisa at 398-2588.

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

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Yogalates Classes

are offered by St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler Center 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.

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First City Network Board Meeting

Meets the first Monday at 6 p.m. at FCNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. 236-2489.

First City Network Community Center and Library

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Gay AA Meeting

meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 307 E. Harris St., second floor. For information, contact Ken at 398-8969.

Georgia Equality Savannah

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Savannah Pride, Inc.

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Standout

is First City’s gay youth support group. Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the FCN Headquarters, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. Call 657-1966.

What Makes A Family

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 352-2611.

Health

Be Stress Free

Learn to go within, find balance -- access clarity, inner wisdom and peace. This free meditation group meets every first Saturday from noon to 9-10 a.m. at 6205 Abercorn St., No. 203. Arrive by 11:55 a.m. and go to the front door. To reserve a space, email Ellen Farrell, M.A. at ellenjfarrell@comcast.net or call 247-4263.

Can’t Sleep?

Kids In A Blanket

Can’t sleep or stay asleep? Hypnosis and guided imagery works. Call 927-3432 for more information.

Case Management Program

St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St., will sponsor a client assessment and referral service that assists individuals in obtaining health care and medical assistance, indigent services, housing and other social services. Call 4476605 or 232-2003.

Change for the Better Psych-K Workshop

Become a “Blanketeer”! Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that provides lovingly handmade blankets to children in need. Volunteer or make a donation to the Savannah chapter. Call Amanda Welch, 856-8041 or akwdoc@yahhoo.com, for additional information.

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more. Workshops will be held Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. at Unity of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. To register, viist http://home.biwaay.net/~north/ or call Jeanne Northington, LPC, at 256767-3081 or 205-248-9779. Local contact is Marguerite Berrigan at 247-6484.

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 Blood Drives

St. Joseph’s/Candler and the American Red Cross will hold blood drives on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd., and on Friday, Dec. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds. St.

Community Cardiovascular Council

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

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 tests and mammograms. Call 692-1451 to see if you qualify for services. Located at 310 Eisenhower Dr., No. 5, Medical Center.

Dual Recovery Anonymous

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@netscape.com for information.

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

Every Step Counts Survivor Walk

This monthly cancer survivors’ walk is free and open to all survivors and their loved ones. Call DeDe Cargill at 398-6654.

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings 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

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.

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.

Free Skin Cancer Screening

will be conducted Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Effingham YMCA. To register, call 819-3368.

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 bariatrics.memorialhealth.com.

Georgia Cares Medicare Part D Assistance

The toll-free hotline is 1-800-669-8387.

Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Clinic

is offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler and Emory. Patients can receive pre and post-operative care at the clinic rather than travel to Atlanta. Call Karen Traver, R.n. Transplant Coordinator, at 819-8350.

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, 927-3432.

Mammograms

St. Joseph’s/Candler will be performing mammograms to screen for breast cancer in its mobile screening unit. SJ/C accepts most insurance plans. Financial assistance is available to women who qualify.

Memorial Health blood pressure check are offered free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 3507587.

Memorial Health CPR training

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Memorial Health group meditation

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 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.

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Stop Smoking

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. 927-3432.

United Way’s 2-1-1 Program

The mission of this 2-1-1 service center is to provide a streamlined process of receiving health and human service information, as well as providing the opportunity to donate goods and volunteer services. Services include help with debt management, childcare, food pantries, health care and many other problems facing residents of Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, Bryan and Glynn counties. Call 2-1-1 (Cell phones must dial 651-7730.) or visit www.uwce.org.

Pets & Animals St. Almo

The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 4 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. Time changes with season. Call for time change. Call 234-3336.

Center, the Iams Co. and more than 2,100 pet adoption cetners to raise awareness of the joys of owning shelter-adopted pets. Local businesses will host Christmas trees with ornaments of pets for adoption along with a wish list of items they want. Pick up an ornament, go shopping and return the ornament and gifts or monetary donations back to the business. Adopt a pet during the two-month campaign and receive a free pet portrait and other giveaways. Call 351-4151 or www.coastalpetrescue.org.

Savannah Kennel Club

meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. from September through May at Fire Mountain restaurant on Stephenson Avenue. Those who wish to eat before the meeting are encouraged to come earlier.

Savannah’s First Pug Playday

This group meets every first Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Savannah Dog Park at 41st and Drayton streets. All humans and dogs who live in a pug household are welcome. A donation to the Savannah Dog Park would be appreciated. Contact Mike or Melinda at kennedy.mike@comcast.net.

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Club

meets the last Sunday at 4 p.m. at the center, 1910 Abercorn St. 447-6605.

The Garden Guide of the Lower South

The release of the third edition of this guide, put together by the Trustees Garden Club of Savannah, is available in stores or it can be ordered by mail for $24.50. Checks should be made payable to Trustees Garden Club and mailed to Box 24215, Savannah, 314054215. Include your complete name and address with your order. All procedds go to the club’s beautification and restoration projects.

Seth Material Book Discussion Group

If you’ve read these concepts and would like to discuss them with others, call 224-2120. The group will meet Mondays at 6 p.m. for 8 weeks. There is no cost.

Tea time at Ola’s

is a new book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Call Beatrice Wright at 652-3660. Bring your ideas and lunches. Tea will be provided. 2325488 or 652-3660.

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Religious & Spiritual 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), located 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.

Christmas Eve Communion Service

will be held Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at White Bluff United Methodist Church. Call 9255924.

Ekklesia, The Church

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

Meditation Group

Go within, access intuition and inner peace. This free meditation group meets every first Saturday day from 9-10 a.m. at 6205 Abercorn St., No. 203. Arrive by 11:55 a.m. and go to the front door. Email Ellen Farrell, M.A. at ellenjfarrell@comcast.net or call 247-4263.

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. Please arrive and be seated no later than 8:55 a.m. Sitting and walking meditation and Dharma talk or reading. All practices are welcome. Newcomers should 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 infor-

mation, call Gil at 659-1917 after 7 p.m. or e-mail gilhigh@hotmail.com. Thank You God, for Onions is a children’s book written by Savannah Christian Church NextGEN Spiritual Growth Pastor Mark Tenniswood. It is for children ages 4-8 and costs $15. Available at The Source bookstore at the church.

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

On Dec. 24, the service will be titled Christmas Carols, Stories and Poems with Robert Ludgate as worship leader. Services begin Sunday at 10 a.m. at 707 Harmon St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. UUBC’s religious education curriculum for ages 4-15 is Creating Our Peaceable Kingdom. For information, call 233-6284 or e-mail UUBC2@aol.com. Affirming the worth and dignity of each person. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah A liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Service held Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Troup Square Sanctuary. Call 234-0980, or e-mail uusav@comcast.net or visit www. jinglebellchurch.org.

Unity of Savannah

will present The Dynamic Laws of Prayer for six consecutive Sundays beginning Jan. 7. Sessions will be held from 9:15-10:45 a.m. The book by Catherine Ponders is required reading and can be purchased at Unity Bookstore. A church of unconditional love and acceptance. Sunday service is at 11 a.m. Youth church and childcare also are at 11 a.m. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Call 355-4704 or visit www.unityofsavannah.org.

Warriors of Christian Poetics

Calling all poets, rappers and singers for a Christian poetry troupe. Call 450-4827.

Wildwood United Methodist  Church

invites you to its morning worship at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday followed by Sunday morning worship fellowship at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday School at 10:45 a.m. Wildwood UMC is located at 4912 Garrard Ave. east of the south end of the Chatham Parkway.

Woodlawn United Methodist Church Sunday school is at 9:45, worship at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. 2502 Highway 80, Garden City.

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 or stop by 1601 Drayton Street. w

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pliance package including laundr y. The Tondee is a secure building with intercom, off-street parking and additional storage room. Only $159,900. Jacqueline Mason, 912-220-1844.

CROSSWINDS: 69.2 acres & private 5½ acre lake, 3-story home, bring horses! Alicia Howe, Re/Max 1st Choice Realty 912-272-8183 or 912-826-1000.

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1904 WHITAKER STREET: 3 bedroom apartment for rent. Security system, off street parking, hardwood floors, CHA, washe r / d r y e r, f e n c e d b a c k y a r d , 617 EAST 49th Street: 3BR, 2BA, $ 9 7 5 / m o n t h . Pe t s a l l o we d. LR, DR, Kitchen, W/D, Hardwood 912-257-8576. floors, CHA. $900/month. Call 201 WEST 42nd STREET: 2BR, 912-354-6400. 1BA, completely remodeled, washer/dryer hookups. DeposGEORGETOWN it/Lease required. $575/month. 37 Beaver Run Dr. 3 bedroom, Downtown Savannah 2 bath, livingroom, dining Properties, Inc. 912-447-0401 room, fireplace, eat-in kitchen ARDSLEY PARK AREA with new appliances. New One large bedroom paint & car pet, hardwood floors, large covered patio. Ted apartment with separate kitchen, hardwood floors & carport. Quiet Akins, Prime Proper ties. neighborhood. No pets. $590. 661-1248 770-309-8171.

ALL NEW TOWN HOMES Ashley Park Town Homes, close to downtown & parkway. 19 units available. 2 or 3 bedroom & 2 ½ bath. Private entry & parking. Only $150,000-$175,000. Call Sharon Miller at 912-308-5572 or Tri County GMAC office, 912-351-9735.

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LAWRENCE Jazz Era Condos in heart of the Victorian District. Spacious 3bedroom, 1450 sq.ft. beautifully updated w/new kitchens, stainless appliances & new decking; preserving their historic appeal w/fantastic original details. Huge porches add gracious outdoor living space! 304/306 East Waldburg. From $275,000. Jessica Kell y, M o p p e r- St a p e n R e a l to r s 912-441-9101.

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Marshfront Under 175k! Serene Marsh view in quiet community. Brilliantly updated one level living. 3-bedroom/2-bath, 1330 sq.ft. w/open floor plan, new roof, new deck and more. An immaculate retreat w/amazing sunsets surrounded by expansive marsh vista! 133 Mars h e d g e L a n e, J e s s i c a K e l l y, Mopper-Stapen Realtors 912-441-9101.

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117 LINCOLN STREET Fully furnished, 2BR/1BA, washer/dryer, full kitchen, $2000/month. Contact Alex, 912-220-1700. 305 EAST BOLTON #202 871 sqft, 2BR/1BA, brand new construction. Community pool, off-street parking, upscale finishes & appliances, laundry room, private storage. $1700/month. Contact Alex, 912-220-1700.

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F U R N I S H E D A PA R T M E N T w/utilities. Lincoln Street carriage house with hardwood/tile floors throughout. Complete kitchen w/nook. Off-street parking. $845/month, $235/week, $250/deposit. Call 912-231-9464.

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538 East 31st Street Brand new 2-Bedrooms, 2-Full Baths, Hardwood floors & carpet, Central heat/air, Full kitchen, Washer/dryer connections, Offstreet parking, Privacy fence. Available Now. $995/month. No pets. Call 912-213-6444.

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Great investment or starter home. Spacious living/dining area with ample kitchen counter space and cooking areas. Home has a separate laundry room and a carport with built in shed/storage. Call LaTrelle at 658-7777 to view this well priced home. H-4633 $115,000

“I know all the dirt in Greater Savannah, Every Square Foot of it!”

Perfect for first time homeowner or downsizing couple. Approx. 1600 sq. ft. on .82 acre. Home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths; dining room/living room combo and eat in kitchen. Master bath has double vanities and whirlpool bath with separate shower. Two car carport is attached to home. Call LaTrelle for your showing of this adorable home place at 658-7777. H-4625 $103,000

Beautiful country lot. This 3 bbdrm/2 bath is over 1300 sq. ft, with over 3/4 of an acre surrounded by many mature trees. Home includes new paint, new flooring, new metal roof, and new HVAC. Let your worries melt away in this affordable home priced at only $89,900. Call LaTrelle Pevey at 658-7777 and come enjoy it yourself today! H-4627

Swim / Tennis Community. 3 bedroom 2 bath with bonus. Over 2500 sq. ft. Great Room has fireplace. Sitting area in master. Eat in Kitchen with separate formal dining room. Traditional brick with side entry garage. View our video at www. VideoHomeGuide.com/164kensington. htm New Interior Paint after video was made. Call LaTrelle for your viewing of this lovely home at 658-7777. H-4559 $259,000

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501 East Charlton - $169,900 - cute carriage house with 3 fireplaces and on two floors! Vacation rental at this time. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, washer/dryer. High ceilings, heart pine floors, great location, everything is done, move in condition! 104 Binnacle - $173,500 Contemporary ranch in excellent condition in Battery Pt. 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths, screened porch, cathedral ceilings, must see this one!

1132 East Anderson -will be totally refinished. Ready soon! $329,900. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, beautiful fireplaces, heart pine floors, custom kitchen, deck off back, porch on front, and much more. 25 East 34th Street -$399,900 Large Victorian totally renovated - owner will consider a lease purchase or lease option. 4 huge bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 porches, heart pine floors, high ceilings and everything new.

523A East Gwinnett Street - $269,900. 2 bedrooms/2 full baths, almost renovated. Should be ready in January. Custom kitchen, granite tops, stainless appliances, washer/dryer hookup, hi ceilings, hear pine and ceramic floors. Overlooks the pool. 8 Silver Ave. - $365,000 Beach side of Butler and walking distance to the pier, Back River, stores, restaurants. 2 bedrooms/2 baths, large porch. Includes all furniture, and TVs, washer/dryer, and appliances. Monthly condo fee is $175. Best buy! RENTALS: 25 East 34th Street - large Victorian home with four huge bedrooms, 3.5 baths, recently renovated everything new. $1,750 per month. Three porches, heart pine floors, and high ceilings, custom kitchen.

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Lots @ 530 East Gwinnett $125,000 - 47 X 60 lot on Gwinnett St, 149900 on Lane and measures 80 X 40.

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1024 East Bolton - $129,900 or best offer! Bring all offers! 4 bedrooms/ 2 full baths, lots of work has been done, and new central heat/air. High ceilings, fireplaces, and a cute cottage.

616 East Park Lane - $199,900. 1500 sq.ft. plus a small outside house! 2 story with 2-3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, hear pine floors, high ceilings, and totally renovated. This is a bargain!

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523B East Gwinnett - $165,000 -one bedroom condo with large deck off the back, everything new, granite counter tops, State of the art bathroom, must see! Condo association with pool.

HISTORIC DISTRICT: Gardens on Jones

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REDUCED! Estate sized lot in gorgeous gated community. In ground pool with lighted decking and stereo sound is ideal for entertaining. Home has 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, separate Dining Room and a Bonus. Trees frame the front and back yards for privacy. View our video at www.VideoHomeGuide. com/145palmettodrive.htm <http:// w w w. v i d e o h o m e g u i d e . c o m / 145palmettodrive.htm> For your personal viewing of this lovely home with so many extras call LaTrelle at 912-658-7777. H-4610 $349,500.

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319 East Huntingdon Lane is a cute 2story town home totally furnished and all utilities included! Rents month to month. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, move in condition and pets ok. Tybee Island - Beach side of Butler South Beach area. 2 bedrooms/2 baths, totally furnished and all utilities, rents by the day week or month. For information go to www.tybeecoquinacottage.com. Call Rhondda 507-9800 (Licensed realtor in Georgia)

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234-4406 402½ EaST 40Th STREET 2 BR w/bonus room, 1 BA, living room, furnished kitchen with gas stove. Available mid-December. $600/mo. 622 WEST vicTORY dRivE 3 BR, 2 BA home, living room, dining room, heart pine floors, eat-in kitchen, gas stove, electric water heater, stack washer/dryer, fenced backyard, 2 offstreet parking spaces. $1,000/mo.

courtyard, washer/dryer. Close t o e v e r y t h i n g ! Av a i l a b l e 01/01/07. $1,700/month. No pets. Call Monica at 912-547-0688 or mrama1@hotmail.com.

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303 EaST hEnRY STREET apaRTmEnT b uppER 2 bedrooms + bonus room. 1 bath, 2 off-street parking spaces, washer dryer connection, eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, dishwasher, living room bay window. $850/mo. 313 EaST hEnRY STREET 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment, living room, furnished kitchen, washer/dryer, off-street parking. $650/mo. 525 EaST hEnRY STREET 5 BR 3-1/2 BA home, large kitch en, living room, dining room, fenced yard, W/D, fresh paint. $1,800/mo. 1011 jEffERSOn STREET 2 BR, 2 BA, fireplace, living room, kitchen with dining room. W/D, 1 offstreet parking space. $825/mo. 306 WEST paRK avEnuE lOWER apaRTmEnT 2 BR, 1 BA, living room/dining room combo, W/D, CHA, high ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace. Available mid November. $900/mo. 106a EaST andERSOn STREET 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. Living room, kitchen, hardwood floors, off-street parking, washer/dryer, water/trash/serwer included. $900/mo. 548 EaST mcdOnOugh STREET Parlor apartment. 2 BR, 2-1/2 BA townhome, 1 off-street parking space, living room, dining room, kitchen with dishwasher, wet bar off kitchen, W/D, CHA. Available January. $1,100/mo. 614 EaST duffY STREET 2 BR, 2 BA apt. Living room, kitchen, CHA. $875/mo. 305 b WEST paRK avEnuE 1 BR, 1 BA, living room, dining room, area kitchen, central heat and air. Hardwood and ceramic tile floors. Off-street parking, ceiling fans, shared washer/ dryer. $725/mo. 31 WEST 52nd STREET 2 bedroom, 1 bath home, living room, kitchen, hardwood floors throughout, large backyard, new air conditioning. Available mid December. $650/mo. 813 EaST 37Th STREET (lOWER) 1 BR, 1 BA with claw tub, kitchen with electiric stove, living room, stacked washer dryer, shared yard. Off street parking, central heat and air, hardwood floors. $600/mo.

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Roommate Wanted $500/$600 ROOMS AVAILABLE in 2, beautiful Victorians. Utilities, cable, internet, W/D included. Shared common room, kitchen and baths. Quiet neighborhoods, parking, great roommates. Great for SCAD students. Call (510) 520-1041.

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Cars 2003 FORD Explorer XLT Push button 4x4 with towing package, fully loaded, AM/FM CD cassette player, leather interior, sunroof, running boards, new tires, excellent condition $12,500. Call 912-530-8775 or 912-294-1090.

Fender Bender? 234-0606 16 Thackery Place 2 BR, 1BA apartment – Thackery Place is between Bull and Montgomery off of 61st Street. Close to Montgomery Hall and Habersham Village. Spacious apartment with a separate dining room, hardwood floors, central H/A, total electric and off street parking. Pet-friendly. $635/mo.

Motorcycles/ATVs MUST SELL BEFORE CHRISTMAS, 2003 Harley Davidson 883C Sportster Loaded w/options, 5024 miles, Screamin’ Eagle Stage 1 Kit & exhaust, saddle bags, lots of chrome. $9400/OBO. Call 912-756-5360 or 912-412-9946.

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3 East 65th Street Large 2 BR, 1 BA apartment with a separate dining room, hardwood floors, central H/A, total electric, W/D connections and off street parking. Close to Montgomery Hall and Habersham Village. Pet-friendly. $650/mo. 53 East 66th Street Very spacious 2BR, 2BA apartment, den w/fireplace, eat-in kitchen with stove, refrigerator and dishwasher, W/D connections, hardwood floors, central H/A, plenty of storage space, ADT Security System ready, small shared backyard and off-street parking. Pet-friendly. AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2006 $975/mo. 10 West 40th Street Beautifully renovated 2 BR, 1BA lower half of duplex in the Starland District. Features include formal LR, with a large front porch, formal DR, refinished heart pine floors, ceiling fans, bathroom and kitchen with ceramic tile floors, separate laundry room and private courtyard. C H/A, total electric and paid security system. Pet-friendly. AVAILABLE DECEMBER 15, 2006. $935/mo. 320 East Victory Drive Over 2,000 sq. ft. of spacious living, 3 BR, 2 Bath apartment with fireplace in formal LR room, formal DR, a sun room that can be used as an office, studio or 4th BR, large kitchen with stove & refrigerator, breakfast nook w/butler’s pantry, central H/A, W/D connections, shared courtyard and parking in the rear, Pet-friendly. $1,100/mo.

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