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Thursday, March 15 Poverty Reduction Initiative

What: Welcome to the State of Poverty is an educational program designed to sensitize participants to the obstacles faced daily by low-income families. Participants are placed into “families” and challenged to survive for four 15-minute “weeks” with limited resources. When: March 15 from 9-11 a.m. Where: Armstrong Center Ballroom. Cost: Free, but registration is required. Info: Call 6446439 or e-mail

Savannah Music Festival: Music@Midday What: Local favorite Huxsie Scott will perform. When: March 15 at 12:30 p.m. Where: Independent Presbyterian Church. Cost: Free. Info: 525-5050.

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What: Traditional Celtic music and thunderous step dancing. When: March 15 at 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: $15, $20, $30 and $40. Info: 525-5050.

What: Local favorite Harry O’Donoghue will perform. When: March 16 at 12:30 p.m. Where: First Baptist Church. Cost: Free. Info: 525-5050.

Free Concert on the Lawn

What: The New York Shields, Pipes & Drums Band and the New York City Transit Pipes & Drums Band will perform. Barbecue pork plates available for $7. When: March 16. The barbecue plate sales will begin at noon and the bands will begin to play at 1 p.m. Where: Senior Citizens, Inc. Cost: Free. Info: 236-0363.

Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What: The two-hour parade begins at Gwinnett and Abercorn, Abercorn to Broughton, then east to East Broad. The parade will turn north on East Broad and go left on Bay Street then south on Bull Street ending at Harris Street. When: March 17 at 10 a.m. Where: Downtown Savannah. Cost: Free.

Savannah Music Festival: Flook

What: This Anglo-Irish band plays traditional music. When: March 17 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Where: American Legion Post 135 on Bull Street at East Park Avenue. Cost: $25. Info: 525-5050.

What: Local favorite Randall Williams performs. When: March 19 at 12:30 p.m. Where: First Congregational Church. Cost: Free. Info: 525-5050.

Bacon Park Forest Discovery Walk

What: The Savannah Tree Foundation’s Patrick Grant will conduct a guided nature walk in the 50-acre maritime forest. When: Monday, March 19 at 4 p.m. Where: Walks depart from the north side of the parking lot at the Bacon Park Tennis courts. Cost: Free. Info: Call 233-8733 or

Tuesday, March 20

Savannah Music Festival: Music@Midday

What: Local favorite Edie Hochspeier will perform. When: March 20 at 12:30 p.m. Where: Lutheran Church of the Ascension. Cost: Free. Info: 525-5050.

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What: Ladies Sing the Blues. When: March 16 at 6 and 9 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: $20, $30, $35 and $45. Info: 525-5050.

Savannah Music Festival: Music@Midday

What: Dr. Ron Byrnside, professor of music at Agnes Scott College, will present a lecture on the music of 18th century Georgia. When: March 19 at 5 p.m. Where: Hodgson Hall, headquarters of the Georgia Historical Society. Cost: Free. Info: Call 234-3378 or visit www.

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What: The Savannah Shamrocks will host visiting teams who will compete in several divisions during this popular tournament. When: March 16 and 18.are competition days and March 17 is parade day. Where: Daffin Park. Info:

Pulaski National Monument. When: March 18. The relighting will take place around 7 p.m. and the park will remain open until 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles west of Savannah. Cost: $3 charged for ages 16 and over.

Poetry Society/AASU Reading Series

What: A poetry reading by Wilmer Mills will be presented. When: March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Armstrong Center Ballroom B, 13040 Abercorn St. Cost: Free.

St. Patrick’s Celebration on the River What: Put on the green and top it with the beads. This threeday festival features two stages of non-stop live music with Celtic, country, rock, pop and alternative music, plus interactive games. When: Festivities begin Friday, March 16 at 9 a.m. and run through Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m. Where: River Street. Cost: Free, although persons who want to consume alcohol on the plaza must purchase a $5 wristband. Info:

Sunday, March 18

Savannah Music Festival: Screening

What: Awake My Soul — The Story of the Sacred Harp. When: March 18 at 3 p.m. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts’ Neises Auditorium. Cost: Free. Info: 525-5050.

Savannah Music Festival: Sacred Harp

What: Echoes of Hoboken — Sacred Harp Singing. When: March 18 at 5 p.m. Where: Trinity United Methodist Church. Cost: Free. Info: 525-5050.

Reel Savannah Presents Copying Beethoven

What: The story of Ludwig van Beethoven’s last years, when he was completing his Ninth Symphony, even though by then he was deaf. The screening also will highlight Reel Savannah’s move to a new home at the renovated Victory Square Stadium 9 Theaters. When: March 18 at 7 p.m. Where: Victory Square Stadium 9 off Skidaway Road. Cost: $7.

Cockspur Island Lighthouse Relighting

What: For more than 150 years, this lighthouse has stood guard over the mouth of the Savannah River. The light was extinguished on June 1, 1909, but will be relighted by the Fort

Wednesday, March 21 Savannah Music Festival: Music@Midday What: Local favorites Tina Zenker Williams and Karla Qualls will perform. When: March 21 at 12:30 p.m. Where: Christ Church. Cost: Free. Info: 525-5050.

Indy Media Night: The Ground Truth

What: A Veterans for Peace convoy will arrive early afternoon of March 21 at Fort Stewart for a demonstration outside the gates. Afterward the convoy will head to Savannah for a showing of a documentary about the Iraq war called The Ground Truth. When: March 21 at 7 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free, but donations will be accepted.

HOLA Presents Fighting Senate Bill 529

What: The Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at AASU will host a screening of a documentary film followed by a panel discussion on. the Georgia Security and Compliance in Immigration bill. The panel will include political scientist Paul Harris; immigration attorneys A.J. Balbo and Chett Gregg; Jerry Gonzalez, director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; Debra Sabia, professor of political science at Georgia Southern; and Paul and Carol Groeschel of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. When: March 21 at 7 p.m. Where: University Hall, Room 157. Cost: Free.

Savannah Music Festival: Sensations I — Stirring Strings

What: A live chamber music concert led by Daniel Hope. When: March 21 at 8 p.m. Where: Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Cost: $30. Info: 525-5050. w

| St. Patrick’s Day Guide text by Robin Wright Gunn, photos courtesy Savannah Waterfront Association

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How Daddy got his Paddy on Increased growth & security concerns make the modern St. Patrick’s party march to a different drummer


n 1824 when Savannah’s Irish community first walked from the City Hotel to church service on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a safe bet they had no idea that their gathering would continue for nearly two centuries and become the biggest party in town. But even St. Patrick’s Day revelers and event planners who are accustomed to large crowds and hours of parade-watching are seeing changes. The size of the party has exploded, and more than ever, safety concerns are forefront in the minds of festival planners. “What is different now is the crowd,” says Jay Burke, General Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. “St. Patrick’s Day is on the map, not only nationally but perhaps worldwide.” In the last 15 years or so the Irish heritage celebration has become two distinct events with a small amount of overlap—the mostly-locals parade in the daytime, and the mostly-out-of-towners party scene on River Street in the afternoon and at night. “The strong tradition in Savannah maintains the value of the parade, even with the party around it,” says Megan Hussey, a Savannahian who’s lived here all of her life except for her college years. She marches in the parade with her father Tom every year as part of the Clan Na Erin heritage group. “River Street is more of the tourist attraction. I don’t like River Street,” Hussey says. “I think people use it as an excuse to get out of control.” A local top cop agrees. “The people drinking themselves into oblivion at two a.m. are not the people sitting on the parade route at eleven a.m. It’s a different event at two in the morning,” says Captain Gerry Long, the downtown precinct commander for Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. Capt. Long has worked every St. Patrick’s Day since 1982. In the 1970’s and 1980’s on River Street “there were a lot more of the local folks, they dressed up,” says Ansley Williams, co-owner of Spanky’s on River Street. “The people who came to the parade came to River Street afterward. They were a good looking bunch,” Williams says. “Over the years it became out of towners, people coming for the hellraising. Now we’re trying to create a better atmosphere, with the gates. We want to create a happy, healthy, clean environment.”

Shots of River Street celebrations past

Tommy Holland is a lifelong Savannah resident and unofficial historian of the local nightclub scene. “I was part of the crowd that hung out in front of Spanky’s,” he remembers. “That was the active end of the street then. It was a time when you partied and had a cocktail with your local friends, as opposed to now when you go down there and there are no locals on the river.” How large is Savannah’s celebration? Estimates vary but all are in the hundreds of thousands. This year’s Saturday holiday has everyone bracing for the largest paradewatching crowd ever. “It opened our eyes last year with the parade being on a Friday,” says Burke. “Weekday parades don’t get as many visitors. The crowds were tremendous. It was scary in some areas.” Public health and safety measures have been stepped up. The most stringently enforced no-no’s include drinking in the parade, public intoxication, drinking in prohibited containers or outside the festival area, and public urination. “People come through here and act like there’s no tomorrow,” says Capt. Long. “All of these things are not acceptable in normal society. Why would they be acceptable on St. Patrick’s Day?” With rare exceptions, all 586 sworn police personnel will work the big weekend, with help from a half dozen other law enforcement agencies. Crowd management on River Street was a reason the Savannah Waterfront Association began sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day festival in the late 1970’s. “There were hundreds, thousands of people with nothing to do, all pushing and shoving to get inside these bars,” says Williams. “It was really scary. We got the city to let us do the festivals for food and beverage sales,” he says. “We brought in the portapotties in the mid-eighties, shortly after we started the festivals. That was one of the things we had to address in order to get permission to do it.”

Capt. Long recounts details of simulated sexual acts, public strip tease shows, and flashing. “These are not new things. 1998, 1999 and 2000 were honestly off the chain.” Flashing on River Street has mostly disappeared, but it’s a part of the party’s history. It took on a life of its own as soon as it started in the 1970’s. Ansley Williams apologetically admits to being an instigator of the “T’s for T’s” tradition—women exposing their breasts in exchange for a free t-shirt. “That was one of the more stupid things I have done,” says Williams. “We had no idea what we were going to create. It was my partner that did it but I can’t deny my involvement. We spent two years enjoying it and five years trying to quell it. We weren’t the only ones doing that but we were infamous.” The installation of gates on River Street, which began in 2001, is one of the most visible tools to manage the crowds. Rick Lott, executive director of the Savannah Waterfront Association, ticks off several reasons for the gates. “One was a desire to do something to stem underage drinking during the festival. Another was to make sure no weapons were coming into the area. And lastly, to make it a revenue generator,” he says. The Waterfront Association uses the proceeds from the $5 wristbands to pay for renting Rousakis Plaza, hiring bands, and paying staff organizers. “Anyone interested in coming down to cause problems, they see the gates and they turn around and go somewhere else,” says Williams. While the heaviest enforcement in recent years has focused on cleaning up River Street, one of the most difficult changes to make in the past two decades was the ban on drinking in the parade by marchers, which was for many of Savannah’s Irish a part of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. “It was something we had to do,” says Burke. “In the past five years you can’t drink in the parade anymore. We have been pushing it for the past 20 years, and pushed hard for the past ten.”

Two new precautions for 2007 are a direct result of the need to manage the paradewatching crowd. Families like the Hussey’s and the Burke’s, who have staked out parade-watching and after-party spots in the squares for decades, may still do so, but the rules are tighter this year regarding how far in advance they can begin their vigils, and what can be brought into the squares. “There were megatons of litter and boxes of trash in the squares that people just threw down,” says Capt. Long. “Chippewa Square had to be disinfected three times before the rotting food smell and urine dissipated.” Along the most crowded portions of the parade route, barricades will be installed to keep parade marchers and watchers separated. “The parade almost came to a halt last year, there were so many people getting out into the street,” says Capt. Long. “A lot of people don’t understand, and think it’s a penalty. They have a different perspective than law enforcement has.” “We have one of the largest parades of any kind, inside and outside the ropes,” says Burke. “They have barricades at Mardi Gras, with no contact between people inside and outside of the parade. You’re trying to move 50,000 people through a route of a half million people. It’s a challenge.” “It’s a locals’ parade, and some of that is being lost by the large crowds,” says Carmela Aliffi, who has attended nearly every year, including marching with Blessed Sacrament classmates in the 1960’s. “I hate that in front of the cathedral a barricade is going up so you can’t go up and kiss your uncle on the cheek, and interact the way we always have.” “The parade without question has a whole lot more police presence,” says Holland. “They are taking a more serious attitude about things they tended to overlook. I think it’s a plus. I want my great-nieces and nephews to be able to go and enjoy it like I did, but I want to know they’re safe without worrying about something happening to them.” w To comment, e-mail us at

| St. Patrick’s Day Guide compiled from staff reports

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he official St. Patrick’s Day Festival runs from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, with the parade starting at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Here are some rules and tips you might find helpful in the days ahead:


• Special event parking in city garages begins Friday, March 16, at 8:30 a.m. Rate is $10 per day until Sunday in all garages. Vehicular entry into all garages will be prohibited from 3-6 a.m. during the festival. • The Visitors Center lot will be available for parking at 6 a.m. on the morning of the parade. The parking fee is $10. Parking is limited for RV’s and Motor Coaches. • The Civic Center Lot will be closed to the public due to staging for the parade. • On-street parking is prohibited in the marshaling areas and on the parade route. Parking meters in these areas will be bagged the night before. Vehicles parked in the prohibited zones will be towed beginning at 6 a.m. on parade day. • Available, on-street, metered parking will be free Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 16, 17, and 18. • For pedestrian safety, Bay Street will be closed Thursday through Saturday nights beginning at 8 p.m. It will be barricaded on the west end at MLK Jr. Blvd. and on the east end at Price Street.

Public transportation


• City of Savannah shuttles leave from Oglethorpe Mall starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday going to Houston and Oglethorpe Streets. Returning shuttles leave from Houston and Oglethorpe until 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 per adult for a round-trip ticket (children under 41 inches tall are free. Limit two per paying customer.) Tickets ONLY sold at the Oglethorpe Mall shuttle pickup under the parking deck outside J.C. Penney’s, and will be available March 17 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. • In addition to normal Saturday bus service, Chatham Area Transit will provide additional service on the day of the parade. Bus stops for the 14 Abercorn and 27 Waters Road routes will shift from under the Oglethorpe Mall parking deck to Hodgson Memorial from 7 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. while the St. Patrick’s Day shuttle is in service. Some suggested CAT bus routes: • Wilmington Island residents can catch the 10-East Savannah and the 24-Savannah State/Wilmington Island from the Island Towne Centre area. • Southside residents may catch the 14-Abercorn bus from the Savannah Mall area or from the bus stop at the rear of Savannah Mall. • The Skidaway Road area is served by the 11 Candler and 31-Georgia Regional bus. • The Waters Road area is served by the 27 Waters Road or 28-Waters Road bus. • Westside residents will find the 2-West Chatham or 3A and 3B-Augusta Avenue buses a convenient way to get downtown.

Alcohol regulations

• “To-go” cups are a proud Savannah tradition, and may be carried in the Festival area, which is south of River Street to Jones Street north/south, and west of East Broad to Boundary Street. All beverages must be in a paper, styrofoam or plastic cup of no more than 16 ounces. You can purchase yor drinks from vendors in approved cups inside the festival area. No glass bottles or metal containers allowed. • Businesses can sell alcoholic beverages until 3 a.m. Friday, March 16. Alcohol sales must stop at 1 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at which time bars and nightclubs will close. • You cannot bring alcohol onto River Street or into the gated area. • You cannot pour alcohol from the trunk of a vehicle nor have glass bottles or cans in the festival area, which are poured from a cooler.

River Street rules

• From 10 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday, admission to the River Street “Controlled Zone” is free but you must purchase a bracelet if you wish to drink alcohol outside of the businesses along River Street. • Bracelets will be on sale at a number of locations on River Street. They are $5 and must be worn at all times if you are drinking alcoholic beverages. To purchase one you must present a valid ID proving you are 21 or older.


• Memorial Health University Hospital is providing MEDSTAR personnel on bicycle throughout the parade route and will have a mobile van parked on St. Julian Street in City Market. In addition, they will have personnel on foot and positioned on River Street for minor medical emergencies.

• Set up in the parks and square by parade patrons will be allowed after 3 p.m. the day before the parade. You can place tape to designate your area in a square. After someone has staked out their area, they will be allowed to place chairs in order to preserve that area. Any staked out areas that are left unattended are subject for removal. • Tables, coolers and tents are NOT allowed in squares until 6 a.m. the morning of the parade. Setups in the squares should be removed by 6 p.m. March 17. • A large number of portable toilets will be available on River Street and in City Market on Thursday, March 15. Another 40 portable toilets will be allocated along the parade route and then moved to River Street and City Market after the parade. • Savannah Police frown on public urination and will arrest you in a heartbeat. w

| St. Patrick’s Day Guide by Robin Wright Gunn

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Aargh, matey — wherrre’s your chairrr? Keller’s Flea Market exchanges its beloved La-Z-Boy float for a one-man pirate ship


ost St. Patrick’s Day parade goers recall a giant reclining chair zoom by in recent years. Last year it was decorated with shamrocks. In earlier years the chair was covered in a cow-like print and topped with steer horns. The chair may look different from parade to parade, but the driver has always been Hubert Keller, the colorful owner of Keller’s Flea Market on U.S. 17 and Georgia Highway 204. The chair is one of several components of the Keller’s parade unit, which has won parade awards year after year. This year change is in the air. Hubert Keller is trading in his Irish Barcalounger-on-wheels for a one man pirate ship. In the past, Keller drove the chair in circles around the centerpiece of the Keller’s ensemble -- a party trailer with a front façade replica of the Flea Market building, a roof, tables and seats. Other necessary amenities include a stereo room and a potty sporting the time honored outhouse symbol, a cut out moon. A giant grill on wheels is towed behind

Hubert Keller & Co. with the new pirate float

the party float, with two Keller cronies walking beside it cooking lunch for the 50 or more family and friends riding in the parade as part of Clan Keller. A smaller version of the famous Keller’s Flea Market fiberglass cow is towed behind the float, decorated with shamrocks and wearing St. Patrick’s Day beads.

Each year Keller fine-tunes his parade entry, but the chair gets the most attention. “About eight years ago I saw one at Bike Week in Daytona,” says Keller. “I had seven days to build that first chair,” mounted on a lawnmower, which wore out after five years of parades. “This new one will do wheelies. It has rear supports,” says Keller, a lifelong gearhead who builds race car en-

gines for fun. A few years ago, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty drove the chair around the staging area while he and the Keller gang were waiting to step off to march in the parade. “He drove it like an old woman,” says Keller.

This past February Keller was invited by friends to enter a float in a Mardi Gras Pirate Parade in Florida. What began as a chair conversion project resulted in the creation of a brand new vehicle—an eight-foottall and six-foot-wide ship that fits over the John Deere lawnmower after the chair has been removed. “It’s hard to take a chair and make it look like a pirate ship,” says Keller. “Once I get to doing something I just can’t let go of it.” The ship is ten feet long including a three-foot-long cannon that fires off the bow. A crow’s nest and a skull and cross bones will top off the vessel. Keller, as ship captain and driver, will be decked out in full pirate costume, including a hat and long black wig. The ship was a hit on the Florida panhandle, but some Savannahians will miss seeing the big chair. “I love the chair,” says Jay Burke, chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. “Keller’s is always a great unit. The pirate ship is probably going to be a neat addition. You just have to remind people the overall theme is to be Irish that day. I am sure he can put some green on it.” w

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even years ago, the Nassau County tion to footing the bills for travel to all band Firefighters Pipes and Drums were lookperformances, group members provide all of ing for a change of scenery for St. Patrick’s their own instruments and uniforms. Day. A typical set of pipes runs about $1000 “In the past we’ve marched in the New and the full kilt, jacket, belts and sporrans York City St. Patrick’s Day parade,” says average another $1000. Bobby Hughes, pipe major for The Nassau the all-volunteer bagpipers County band degroup from Long Island. signed their own “It’s the biggest parade in tartan for their the country, but you kind of get kilts, bucking the lost in the shuffle. At last count Irish tradition of there were 70 pipe bands in wearing solid colthat parade.” ors. In 2000 “we decided we “We selected would go to a different city different colors for every year for St. Patrick’s Day,” different reasons,” says Hughes. The next year says Hughes. “We they came to Savannah, “and chose red to reprewe’ve never left because we love sent the fire departthe place.” ment, white for our Volunteerism is the founofficers, black for dation of the Nassau County our deceased memFirefighters band— bers, and green most members are for Ireland. Then volunteer firefightwe have some thin ers from among the lines of blue and 70-plus fire departorange. They’re the ments in Nassau Nassau County colors.” County, the closest The band’s set list for county to New York Savannah will be no difCity on Long Island. ferent than for New York All work full area events. time jobs and then “We did play ‘Dixie’ use their remaina few years ago, but that’s ing spare time to rea tune we only play in hearse and perform Savannah, and we don’t over 36 band events practice it so we don’t do per year. Fifteen of it any more. The rest of the the group’s approxistuff we’re playing all year mately 30 members long,” he says. will make the trip to “So far we’ve had evSavannah this week. eryone make the parade “We have two every year. They want you brothers in the signed in at the parade band, and I also check-in at 8 a.m. That’s have my two sons,” kind of early if you’ve been says Hughes. “The out the night before. We Bobby Hughes at the pipes 19-year-old is a firesend our newest memfighter, and the 17bers, what we call our year-old is a junior Savannah virgins, to go firefighter. They’ve been playing since they down and check in,” Hughes says. were 9 and 11 years old. The younger one is “The best part is the weather! Except for not coming. I had a rule you had to be 18.” the year it rained and we marched through “Some of the guys bring their wives but ankle deep water,” says Hughes. not many,” he says. “At one time some guys “We love the hospitality. Everybody had wives in the band, but it turns out that down there is very nice. Of course in New just through attrition and for no other reaYork we’re very nice too! It’s a good time. It’s son we’re an all-male band now. One guy a great party.” w had his wife, his mother, his sister and two The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and aunts in the band at one time.” Drums will march in the parade and will Each band member pays his own exalso perform during the St Patrick’s Day penses for the Savannah trip, averaging $800 Celebration on the River. for transportation and hotel costs. In addi-

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New meaning to the term ‘big band’ 400-strong Second Time Arounders invade St. Patrick’s Day Parade and then River Street


hen you have an exceptionally large marching band it helps to have an exceptionally large band name to go with it. With over 400 musicians, flag bearers and auxiliary members, the Awesome Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band of St. Petersburg, Fla., makes sure their band is big in every way. The “Rounders” band comprises marching band alumni—adults who want to keep their glory years from high school or college marching band alive even as they embark on career, family, and other “grown up” pursuits. Most of the band’s members are in the 45 to 60 year old age range. “This is our silver anniversary year,” says Mike Shear, a St. Petersburg area physician who’s played alto sax with the Rounders for 19 years. “The band was founded by two guys who were sitting around one day and said, ‘What about all these people that used to play in marching band and have no venue to play in?’”

“The first year 75 or 80 people showed up. The most we’ve ever had was 496 members. We still have a few charter members—fewer than ten.” About 250 marchers will come to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day. “Our oldest member who used to march, she is 98,” says Shear. “She last played a few years ago on a float. She doesn’t march anymore but she comes to the parties and drinks beer. She is the matriarch of the band.” Shear began his marching band career as a student at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York, in the early 1970’s. He performed in a show band while in medical school at Columbia University. In addition to playing in the Rounders he’s also the webmaster for their website and has served on the band’s board of directors. “My medical practice is cutting into the time for my hobbies,” he says. The band performs a several-week

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season each year, usually in the spring, to coincide with annual events in St. Petersburg. By necessity they hold only five rehearsals per season. “If we ask for too many more, we start losing people because of the time commitment,” says Shear. “If we have fewer it doesn’t sound as good.” The Rounders are fortunate to have a professional music arranger among their members who arranges tunes to accommodate the unique orchestration of the band. “We take whoever shows up,” says Shear. “It’s well balanced this year. I always count the number of tubas. This year we’ve got nine.” Other popular instruments include

clarinets, sax, and drums. “We always have a lot of trumpets. I don’t know how many we have—they are all out of tune anyway.” The band also boasts majorettes, a dance line, and a rifle squad. The Rounders play a variety of charity benefits in the St. Petersburg area and every few years take a major band trip. In 2001 they traveled to Ireland. This is their first visit to Savannah and they have even higher hopes for next year. “We’re waiting to hear from the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade for 2008,” says Shear. w The Awesome Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band of St. Petersburg, Fla., will march in the parade and will perform at 4 p.m. on River Street.

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World champ headlines St. Pat’s eating contest


ungry River Street revelers should keep close watch on their lunches Friday and Saturday afternoon. Spike TV and Major League Eating ™ is bringing a roster of professional eaters to town for the Saint Patrick’s Day Chowdown, Savannah’s first national-level eating contest, held on River Street. Top eaters will consume over 50 pounds of corned beef and cabbage, beef tongue, and green doughnuts in hopes of being crowned Chowdown champion. Every sport has its superstars, and competitive eating is no exception. Among the high profile eaters appearing in Savannah will be Takeru Kobayashi, the 27-year-old Japanese six-time winner of the Coney Island hot dog eating contest. Also in the line up is Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, who is not only the sole woman in the top echelon of competitive eating but, at 105 pounds, is by far the smallest. The Virginia resident is considered by many eating-watchers to be America’s best hope for knocking Kobayashi out of his perennial top spot. “Competitive eating is considered by some to be the largest growing sport in the world, which means I could be an athlete I guess,” says Kenny Hill of the Savannah Waterfront Association, organizers of River Street’s St. Patrick’s Day festival. Hill notes that medical personnel will be on site through the contest to avoid any scary health situations. “As absurd as it sounds, they take health considerations very seriously,” he says. So why no green grits in the contest? After all, this is Savannah. “They were on the list of possible foods for the contest, but it came down to something that could be weighed more consistently,” explains Hill. w

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he Ellis Square construction site -- aka “The Big Dig” -- is getting fresh paint just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day party, and it doesn’t take Irish luck to guess the new color of the security fence. “Of course it’s St. Patrick’s Day green,” says Susan Broker, capital projects director for the City of Savannah. “Between a Kelly green and a Savannah green.” Project managers hope that the paint will “minimize the opportunity for graffiti” both during the celebration and beyond. The Big Dig was three months underway by St. Patrick’s Day 2006, and contractors proceeded with business as usual on the festival day. This year they won’t be working “because it’s a Saturday,” says Broker. Last year the construction presented no unusual problems for area partygoers, ac-


cording to Marcie Hill, director of City Market, Ellis Square’s next-door neighbor. “I don’t think we noticed much of a hiccup. Most people who come to City Market for St. Patrick’s Day, come to City Market for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s what they do,” Hill says. “The fact that there was construction work going on, I don’t think that bothered anybody.” The Ellis Square project will have security on site over the party weekend. Additional monitoring will be handled by the 24-hour webcam that’s been digitally recording the progress of the square’s construction since day one. Anyone can watch the progress of the project, and activities near the project, with a few mouse clicks on “People should remember that we have a webcam and to not do anything crazy,” says Broker. “I’m hoping that the camera will spark some interest in the project. In a safe way.” w


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riting breathless, overwrought odes to the magical wonders of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day season — preferably working in as many nonsequitur references to the University of Georgia as possible — has become something of a cottage industry among local journalists. I’ve chosen to spare you my own addition to that shopworn genre, opting instead to simply dole out a few unsolicited tips: • If you don’t live downtown, quickly befriend someone who does. “Any Port-APotty in a storm” is not a credo for the faint of heart. • Local towing companies live for this time of year. Don’t tempt them. • Three words: Catch a CAT. • Generally speaking, getting crazyass drunk and challenging a local cop to “take off your gun and fight like a man” is a really, really bad idea. (But it happens each St. Patrick’s Day just the same.) I have to particularly commend Robin Wright Gunn’s excellent St. Patrick’s Day package in the front of the paper this week. If you want a real journalistic ode to the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, it is on pages 6-11 that you will find it, and pretty much nowhere else. In addition to the hoopla of St. Patrick’s Day, this week of course marks the beginning of the Savannah Music Festival, which has truly outdone itself with a ridiculously compelling and wide-ranging lineup this year. Mayor Johnson speaks at a special opening kickoff 6 p.m. Thursday in front of the Lucas Theatre. Some local citizens have been invited to “sit in,” as it were, in some performances. Savannah Arts Academy’s Haley O’Hayer will dance onstage with Leahy Thursday night at the Lucas, and members of Christ Church’s amazing Compline Choir will perform with the world-renowned Boston Camerata March 24 at the church. Seriously, there’s no such thing as a bad performance at this Festival, whether it’s one of the Connect Americana series of concerts we’re sponsoring or some other deserving performance. So either choose your concerts by genre and artist, or just simply go to any concert your busy schedule allows. Either way you will not be disappointed, because that kind of consistency of quality is exactly what Rob Gibson, Daniel Hope and the rest of the Festival staff are shooting for each year. In addition to the usual shout-outs, I want to make sure to throw some credit to some folks who generally remain pretty anonymous: Our excellent design and production staff, comprising Brandon Blatcher and Craig Cameron. As you can tell from the vibrant look of this special issue, they

clearly came to play this week, and we all appreciate their largely unsung labor. (Props to Brandon for coming up with the “How Daddy got his Paddy on” headline, which I totally stole and put on page 6.) I myself am one of the lucky ones with a proud Irish heritage to celebrate this time of year. But also being of Greek descent I have to say that regardless of what the critics think, I’m happy the ancient Greek-themed movie 300 turned out to be such a huge box office hit (read Matt Brunson’s contrarian review on page 46). I became familiar with Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 several years ago, and while it contains his usual mix of over-thetop machismo and historical embellishment, it’s still a gripping work. Artistic license or not, anytime you can bring history to the masses it’s a good thing. A lot of liberal pundits are bashing the film, saying it contains a Bush-friendly, right-wing message. This assessment is garbage for a number of reasons. First, judging from their foreign policy screwups, I doubt many members of this administration have ever cracked a history book at all. Some of them probably think Greece is the stuff left in the pan after you take the bacon out. Secondly, the story of Leonidas and the Spartans’ brave sacrifice to stem the Persian invasion, as timeless and inspiring as it is, comes from a pre-modern, pagan era with little resemblance to our own. Despite 300’s rhetoric about the Spartans saving democracy, at that time all “democracies” encouraged slavery and refused to educate women, or even let them out of the house. The Spartans themselves routinely euthanized unhealthy babies — hardly something we would aspire to or admire today. My point: Lessons of history don’t necessarily travel in one easy piece across the generations. Nor should we necessarily want them to. As we mark the fourth year of the war in Iraq next week, perhaps while we debate the movie we should also keep in mind that Leonidas and his brave men actually lose the battle and all end up dead. Like I said, you gotta be careful what you wish for when you start making historical comparisons. Finally, a correction: On last week’s Talk of the Town page, we misidentified the venue of the Webb Wilder concert. It was actually held at Savannah Smiles. The mistake was purely my own and I do apologize. But from an editor’s perspective, if that was the biggest mistake I made last week, it was a great week! If I screwed anything else up —or if God forbid someone should want to compliment us on anything — feel free to e-mail me at w

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pregnant females as their calving grounds. Another whale researcher commented to Editor, me about the statement I made concerning Thank you for printing the article the minimal amount of blubber on calves. about North Atlantic Right Whales in one During necropsies he had conducted, he did of February’s weekly issues. The reporter, find up to 30mm of blubber. His Sabrina Manganella Simmons, did an excelnecropsies however were on lent job of presenting pertinent inforolder calves. mation on the issue of reducing My statement was based ship speeds in and out of ports on data I collected in an effort to eliminate ship r: ito Ed e from a calf that was th ross strikes. I also appreciate the Letters to s letters from ac Savannah print t es ec wither stillborn or do nn ter Co let a additional information proideas. Printing e the spectrum of live-born but had dorsement of th en r ou ply vided by Mr. Michael Frick im not necessarily rs may be not nursed. That calf ed therein. Lette in a subsequent letter to opinions express ace and clarity. sp had no discernable for d ite m ed the editor. connectsavann E-mail: letters@ blubber. It was deI do however want 32 ite 7, Fax: 912.231.99 termined that it had E. Victory Dr., Su 00 18 : to explain further to ail m Snail 404 vannah, GA 31 Sa never nursed since some of the statements there was nothing I made. One of the statements in the stomach and only mecothat Mr. Frick contradicted was nium present in the intestines, about our relatively shallow waters protectwhich indicated it had received ing our visiting North Atlantic Right Whales nutrients only through the placenta. from sharks. In the past few years we have When calves are newborn they gain seen many more large sharks and in particuweight at an amazingly rapid rate for the lar white sharks in our coastal waters. This first week and a half or so. That rate has been past winter a large white shark was photoestimated to be upwards of 200 pounds per graphed feeding on a dead sub adult North day! North Atlantic Right Whale milk ranks Atlantic Right Whale. among the highest fat content for mammaSo it is certainly likely that during the lian milk and has been reported to have the birthing of a calf, sharks would be attracted consistency of whipping cream. to the area; although we don’t know that Observers can tell when calves are nursfor certain since to my knowledge the only ing from the slick that appears on the water’s North Atlantic Right Whale birth actually surface, apparently from milk leaking from observed was by an aerial survey team in the calf ’s mouth and perhaps even from the 2005. mother herself. During that observation the water was Those whales are engaging and I am demurky, as is typical of our coastal waters, lighted that they generate such great interand the sea state was choppy, making it difest. In response to the article, I have received ficult to see what else may have been in the many inquiries as to how people can watch water. The observers, however, reported no them in our area. It is important for us all sharks present. to appreciate that calving is the most critical The statement that our relatively shaltime in a whale’s life and we must do all we low offshore waters may serve as protection can to protect them during this period. from large shark attacks has been suggested To that end, a federal regulation requires by some whale researchers. The reasonthat all boats and ships stay at least 500 ing is that shallow water (our coastal waters yards from these whales. The less pressure a range in depth from a few feet adjacent to female receives the better able she will be to the beaches to 70 feet 20 miles offshore) ofbirth and nurture her calf, so one day it too fers little room for large sharks (a 20-foot will be able to make its contribution to the white shark was photographed last year by a species and local population. recreational boater) to gain much room for It is incumbent upon all of us to obey the an attack from below since an adult whale laws that help ensure their safety and ultiis approximately 12 feet on a straight line mately their survival. Besides, whale watchfrom dorsal to ventral surface, or from back ing is very active off the New England coast to stomach. and is best in summer. Often these whales will float a few feet Let’s keep our whales healthy and happy below the surface. The observed birthing by not pressuring them with our desire to event took place in approximately 50 feet of see them up close while they are trying to water. With a whale taking up the first 15 do the best job they can in birthing and nurfeet or so of water from the surface in 50 feet turing their calves while visiting our waters of water, a 20-foot shark would have about during the winter months. 20 feet of water in which to stage an attack. I invite readers to visit the numerous So it stands to reason that a large shark websites on the Internet (specifically New would have a harder time making an attack England Aquarium and WhaleNet) devoted from underneath. At least one angle of atto North Atlantic Right Whales to learn tack would be relatively protected. While more about our most interesting and endanthis theory has not been substantiated, it is gered winter visitors. nonetheless a plausible possibility and one Cathy J. Sakas theory expressed by some whale researchers. 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got a letter in the mail yesterday. A personal letter. I hardly knew what to do with it. So unaccustomed am I to pieces of personal mail, I nearly threw it out. Sandwiched as it was between flyers for Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, this rare and choice correspondence nearly made the garbage can, which is where I position myself to open mail these days, ripping and tossing or, more often, just tossing. But something about this envelope -certainly not the inked and penned address, which wily telemarketers know how to simulate to appear personal -- stood out. The letter was handwritten on both sides of legal-size yellow paper. It came from a friend, a former-attorney-turned-housepainter. Since she has never written before I was unfamiliar with the penmanship, to me as intimate a characteristic of a friend as teeth or hair or voice. Finally convinced this was a real, live, legitimate piece of personal mail, I made a fresh pot of coffee, sat down in my favorite chair, held the three-page letter in my hand,

turned the whole unit over a few times and did everything but smell it before getting down to the task at hand. From her first line -- “Can you believe this? A letter!” -- I could tell she was as excited to be writing and sending as I was to be receiving and reading. Eschewing politics, weather, taxes, drive-by shootings and the spiraling stock market, the letter spoke of other news, of friends, gardens, nieces, nephews and the latest barbecue hole-in-the wall. It spoke of the vague and indeterminate pith that makes up the stuff of our lives, the nitty-gritty, the material future historians will need if they want to see how real people lived and felt in 2007. E-mail correspondence, abbreviated and disjointed with all manner of furtive and secretive combinations of symbols -- not unlike the esoteric communication, I’m assuming, of the Masons -- is just not going to cut it. Computer manufacturers have seen to that. Unlike written language, designed to communicate and transmit meaning, new computers do not “understand” old computers. Should anyone think to save their cryptic and epigrammatic messages, an e-

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All went well until I pushed “P” for print. Apparently the “p” also means pray, an act, I admit, I failed to perform. No can do, my printer said in so many words. “Black ink cartridge is low on ink.” “Paper is jammed.” “Job is not completed.” In the end, I gave up. It was either throw the printer out the window, wait for someone to come along who could help, buy a new $40 cartridge, buy a new printer, hand write the letter or find the person’s e-mail and bounce it off a satellite. Being thoroughly modern I chose the satellite method. But while I may have spelled everything correctly -- thanks to Spellcheck -- I know receiving the e-mail wasn’t as much fun as holding and reading a letter. Maybe next time. w E-mail Jane at To comment e-mail us at

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t’s difficult not to admit defeat when I look at the lake near my house. Something about its sustained state of deterioration foreshadows a fight for survival not just for the ducks but for our entire planet. Maybe that seems like one heck of a leap, but how are we expected to have the foresight and commitment to combat global warming if we choose not to see the used condoms (I’ve seen them) and cigarette butts at our feet? From a distance -- say from the road or from as near as the paved perimeter track -- the lake looks attractive, almost healthy. Ducks paddle across the rippled surface, pelicans crash-dive for food and turtles perch themselves on low-lying branches. But stand a couple of feet from the water’s edge and a different picture reveals itself. Algae-covered trash bags and countless bread bags hover phantom-like just below the water’s surface. Gatorade bottles and large canisters bob up and down like corks, and fish float belly-up -- unappetizing even to the birds. I don’t know which is more disturbing - the decomposing fish or the fishermen in the background. That kind of macabre juxtaposition brings to mind two questions: how clean is the lake water, and who can I get to check it? To find the answers, I went the way of Angelina Jolie and filed for adoption… of the lake. It was time to defeat my defeatist attitude.

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workshop sponsored by Adopt-AWetland (full disclosure: I found out about it from an ad in Connect Savannah). The Adopt-A-Wetland coordinator, Ellie Covington, first discussed the purpose and importance of the program, as well as the crucial role played by volunteers. “The purpose is to educate people on the importance of water quality issues, especially for their local waterways,” explained Covington. “We teach them about things like non-point source pollution (pollution which is not easily identifiable such as runoff from parking lots and fertilizers) and train them to collect water quality data at their sites.” Volunteers, from individuals to school groups, learn to evaluate and protect their local waterways, becoming watchdogs of the environment through monthly visual, biological and/or chemical monitoring. The collected data is plugged into the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service’s Geographic Information System

which fleshes out a portrait of water and habitat health in the coastal region. According to Covington, since its launch in 2002, the program has been hugely successful. “We’ve had just over 100 workshops and trained just over 1,000 individuals, with volunteers from Chatham to Camden County,” said Covington, adding that the program recently received another three years of funding from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Nearly anyone qualifies to become a volunteer, and groups choose a name after registering a site of their choosing with the Marine Extension Service. “The program is suitable for anyone as long as they’re 5th grade and up,” said Covington. While many of her volunteers are retirees, Covington would like to tap into other groups. “I’d love to get some school groups in Chatham County involved,” she said. The role that volunteers play as environmental overseers is invaluable. In the past, groups have blown the whistle on environmental offenses committed by others, with one particularly grisly incident sticking out in Covington’s mind. “In Richmond Hill, the Ogeechee River Citizens Brigade reported incidents of alligator poaching to the DNR,” said Covington, claiming one alligator was found without a head while another was found with its tail cut off and a beer can stuffed in its mouth. But after the Brigade reported the incident to the DNR, which it then investigated, the poaching stopped. The same group also alerted the DNR to illegal dumping at its site, where the culprit turned out to be a local developer who was consequently fined and forced to follow stricter building guidelines.

Back in the Shellfish Research Lab at the Skidaway Institute, I suited up for my own crusade. During the Chemical Monitoring workshop, I learned the significance of measuring, for example, the oxygen content of water, since the amount of dissolved oxygen in a body of water is critical to determining the health of any aquatic system. I learned to measure the pH of water to determine its acidity and how to gauge fluctuations in salinity concentration. Since many livelihoods (and industries) depend on healthy waters, it makes good sense to keep an eye out for important changes in our waterways. Though not a wetland, I adopted the lake near my house because I felt a responsibility to help protect an area I visit almost every day, along with the white ibises, blue herons, great white egrets, cormorants, pelicans and American coots. They all come here to waddle, paddle, scavenge and bathe. I’ve even seen someone’s pet rabbit scuttling around the north side of the lake (although it’s been noticeably absent these last couple of weeks). I’ll soon know the answer to my first question (How clean is the lake water?) because I was the answer to my second question (Who can I get to check the water?) I hope more volunteers will join the ranks. We need as many do-gooders as the planet can spare. w Next training workshop for the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service’s AdoptA-Wetland program will be at the Shellfish Research Lab on Skidaway Island Thursday, March 22, 5-7 p.m. Contact Ellie Covington at 598-2348, ext. 3 and at Go to for more info.

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Inbox 768,489 (5,332) Re: Mayor Otis Johnson to make opening remarks at Savannah Music Festival kickoff

For the first time ever, the Savannah Music Festival celebrates its Opening Day with a festival kickoff on Abercorn Street, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in front of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Savannah’s Mayor Otis Johnson is scheduled to make opening remarks, along with SMF Executive and Artistic Director Rob Gibson, ushering in the annual 18-day celebration of musical arts. The kickoff festivities are free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. In addition to the opening remarks, the event includes live Afro-Caribbean dance music by Tamboricua from the stage at the Congress Street intersection, and access to the Lucas Theatre’s bar. At 8 p.m., SMF’s first concert of 2007 begins inside the Lucas Theatre, featuring the astonishing live performance of Leahy, a Celtic music and dance ensemble comprised of the talents of eight musical siblings. During the Leahy concert, local Irish dancer Haley O’Hayer will perform a dance with the band. O’Hayer is the winner of Leahy’s “Call to Dance” essay competition, inviting all traditional step dancing Savannah area youth (including clog, tap, and Irish dance) to submit essays explaining why they should be called to the stage during the show. Fifteen year-old Haley O’Hayer is a student of Abbey Pride’s at the Inishfree School of Irish Dance, and attends the Savannah Arts Academy. -- received 3.8 from Ryan McMaken

Re: Savannah Country Day School is $3 million closer to LEED-certified Lower School

An anonymous donor has given Savannah Country Day School a $3 million gift towards its new LEED certified Lower School building. The gift is the largest in the history of Savannah Country Day School. The $3 million is a challenge grant contingent on SCDS raising the remaining funds for the Lower School building by January 2009. ... The groundbreaking will be held Wednesday, March 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the quad between the Nina Anderson Pape Middle School and the future site of the LEED certified Lower School. Guest speaker will be Martin Melaver, class of ‘76 alumnus and CEO of Melaver, Inc., a real estate company committed to sustainable development. ... The anonymous grant will be used towards the construction of the new Country Day Lower School -- which will be the first school in Savannah to be LEED-certified meeting the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Construction on the building will begin in early April, and the school hopes to begin classes there in August 2008. ... The donation is very important for the school, Melaver said, and Country Day’s decision to build the new Lower School to LEED standards is significant for the community.

“This is huge,” Melaver said. “Not just for Country Day, its students and teacher and alums -- although they should certainly take tremendous pride in being the second school in Georgia to undertake a LEED-certified school. It’s huge for Savannah and the entire Creative Coast.” -- received 3/12 from Carriage Trade promotions

Re: St. Pat’s ship visits

In keeping with tradition, several United States military vessels will visit Savannah to take part in this year’s festivities. As in years past, the Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States will coordinate these visits. The names of the vessels are: USS San Jacinto/US Navy Cruiser/homeport Norfolk, VA/passes Old Fort Jackson around 9:30 am Friday, 16 March USCGC Elm/Coast Guard Cutter/homeport Atlantic Beach, NC/passes Old Fort Jackson around 9:15 am Thursday, 15 March USCGC Maria Bray/Coast Guard Cutter/ homeport Mayport, FL/passes Old Fort Jackson around 9:30 am Thursday, 15 March USCGC Tarpon/Coast Guard Cutter/ homeport Tybee Island/passes Old Fort Jackson around 1:30pm Thursday 15 March Each vessel will receive a cannon salute as it passes Old Fort Jackson. ...Crew members from the San Jacinto, Elm, and Bray will take part in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday. -- received 3.12 from Michael Jordan

Re: Compline Choir

Thought you might be interested in two upcoming concerts/events coming up on the Savannah Music Festival connecting national artists with local ones. First, the Christ Church Compline Choir has been invited by the nationally reknowned a cappella choir the Boston Camerata to sing a joint concert of early-American shapednote hymns and songs in the Savannah Music Festival. In fact, the concert is sold out on the Music Festival website and tickets are only available now through the Tour of Homes Box Office [Editor’s note: that number is 2348054]. The Compline Choir of historic Christ Church has been working for several months on a whole range of early-American songs and shaped-note hymns and has had to learn to read shaped-note music as well as to sing in that tradition in order to ready themselves for this unique concert. ...The concert includes violin, flute, guitar, reed organ (supplied from Christ Church’s attic), the Boston Camarata and the Compline Choir on Saturday afternoon, March 24. ... Second, the cantor of the Compline Choir (Tina Zenker Williams), has been asked to perform an all-Baroque concert of solo vocal music with a Baroque orchestra in the Savannah Music Festival. Several members of the Savannah Symphonietta and Dr. Carla Qualls (professor of piano and harpsichord performance at GSU) with be playing on the concert and accompanying Ms. Williams. -received 3.9 from Mark Williams w

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from recent Savannah/Chatham Police incident reports

‘That’s just how we do it’

An officer responded to a 911 hang-up call at a restaurant on U.S. Highway 80. The manager told the officer that one of his customers was eating when two men came in. One of the men went up to the victim and swung at him, causing him to receive a black eye. The victim swung back in selfdefense. One of the men went out to his car, and the other man told the victim he was going for a pistol. When the victim asked the man why he would get a gun, the man replied, “That’s just how we do it.” The two men then left the restaurant. Witnesses said the men were tattooed and bald, and said their vehicle had no tag. The victim refused medical treatment. • An employee at the Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 80 reviewed the store’s accounting reports and discovered that four checks cashed at the store were worthless. When police arrived, the employee produced copies of the checks and the register tapes that documented the transactions. The checks were drawn on the River City Bank of Louisville, Ky. The phone number printed on the checks was called, but was received by what sounded like an answering machine at a non-business location. The names of the suspects were mechanically printed on the checks, as was the supposed address. All four of the checks were cashed on the same day. • A West 39th Street resident called police to report a domestic dispute. The woman said an argument started when her daughter thought she threw some clothes on the floor that the daughter had just bought. The woman said she didn’t throw the clothes on the floor. The daughter then locked her mother out of the house and took her keys and wallet. The woman said she and her daughter went to the daughter’s father’s house so they could calm down, but instead they ended up calling police. The father said he had to restrain the daughter until police arrived because she wouldn’t calm down. The daughter said she asked her mother to pick up the clothes that she bought. She said she got mad because she worked hard to buy the clothes for her children, and she didn’t know why her mother would throw them on the floor. The window was open at the time, and the daughter admitted that the wind could have made the bag fall. The mother said her daughter hit her. The father stated that his daughter had grabbed her mother’s shirt and wouldn’t let go. The daughter denied hitting her mother.

• A woman walking on Sherman Avenue flagged an officer down. She asked the officer if her boyfriend could keep her from entering her own home. The officer told her no, he couldn’t, and asked her to explain what had happened. The woman said her boyfriend accused her of being with another man and told her she couldn’t come back inside the house. The officer could see the woman had been crying and had a bloody nose. When the officer asked the woman what had happened to her face, she said her boyfriend hit her with his fist. The officer asked her if her boyfriend was at home, and she said she didn’t know. The officer requested backup from additional officers and went in search of the boyfriend. However, the suspect couldn’t be located. The woman said she would spend the night at her grandmother’s house. • An officer on uniformed patrol observed a woman walking along the roadside of Quacco Road. The woman was walking in and out of the roadway and when the officer passed her, she walked into the wood line and ducked down. She was drinking a 22-ounce beer. The officer asked if she had any ID and she said she didn’t. The officer asked the woman for her name and date of birth and she gave them. However, the name and date of birth didn’t reveal any information. When asked again, she gave a different name, but that didn’t reveal any information, either. The officer asked for her name and date of birth a third time, and she gave yet another name, which also didn’t result in any information. The officer asked for a social security number and when it also didn’t produce information, the woman was placed under arrest for public drunkenness and obstruction by providing false information. The woman was booked under the name she provided most often when asked for her real name and date of birth. w

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



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Mount Diablo High School (Concord, Calif.) students met in racial groups in February to prepare for upcoming statewide tests, to motivate them to improve their race’s “team” score from the year before. Principal Bev Hansen defended the strategy of dividing whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians, pointing out both its previous successes (increases of from 46 points for whites to 80 points for Hispanics) and its ability to motivate by positive ethnicity (rather than allowing intergroup taunting over scores to fester).

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(which was also a graveyard) and deduced from the scrolls that the Essenes rejected defecating in the open (which would have allowed sunlight to kill the bacteria). A January National Geographic TV special revisited an underreported Cold War struggle between Soviet and U.S. scientists rushing to perform head transplants. Russian Vladimir Demikhov, working in secret in the 1950s, grafted the head and upper body of a puppy onto the neck of a large mastiff (and both reportedly bemusedly tolerated the other for the four days that the “puppy” lived). American Robert White of Cleveland, Ohio, reportedly transplanted a dog’s brain into another dog’s neck and noted which characteristics transferred with the brain (until the dog died days afterward). (When even limited word got out about White’s 1970 rhesus monkey head transplant, the public outcry forced his lab to close.)

The Money Drop: Germany saw a birth boom during the first days of the new year, attributed mainly to the government’s child-bearing incentives (bonuses of up to the equivalent of $33,000, resume consumer leading mothers to attempt Sweet Justice! to delay December delivzomibificaton; The Royal Bank of ery until the law kicked in on Scotland, like other banks Celebrate Jan. 1). Meanwhile, in the in the U.K., is widely critiSt. Patricks Day United States, according to a cized for charging onerDecember New York Times ous fees to customers feature, an estimated 6 perwho make mistakes on cent of the annual 70,000 their account, such as babies scheduled to be born overdrafts or late paythe first week of January ments (levying charges of were once again induced early, many times the actual costs for late December delivery, to of handling the mistakes). take advantage of tax breaks Customer Declan Purcell of worth at least $4,000 per child. East London sued the bank over On Feb. 10, at the luxurithe excessive fees and won a deous Lebua hotel in Bangkok, orfault judgment when the bank ganizers brought in six master failed to respond. Armed with chefs from around the world to a court order entitling him prepare the most exquisite dinto the equivalent of $6,600, ner they could imagine for the Purcell led bailiffs into a Royal 40 specially invited international Bank branch lobby in January to seize four gourmets, who dropped in to computers, two fax machines and cash. dine for $25,000 a person. Among the fare: Denver International Airport was rePerigord truffles, “tartare of Kobe beef with puted to be an “all-weather” facility that imperial Beluga caviar and Belon oysters,” would operate seamlessly in a blizzard, but creme brulee of foie gras and 10 of the best when it failed during the January snowwines of the 20th century, including 1961 storms (closed for 45 hours), an embarChateau Palmer. rassed airport spokesman, Chuck Cannon, Zimbabwe’s almost comically sad hyadmitted he’d like “to choke the person who perinflation rate reached 1,593 percent in came up with (the ‘all-weather’) term.” The January (the dollars that bought a brick Associated Press then discovered a 1992 inhouse with pool and tennis court in 1990 terview with Chuck Cannon, bragging to rewould today buy a single brick), but that did porters about his new “all-weather” airport. not stop President Robert Mugabe from ostentatiously celebrating his 83rd birthday Civilization in Decline on Feb. 24 at a party estimated to cost the Tennessee’s death-row-execution proceequivalent of about $1.2 million. In early dures came under attack in February when February, the government attempted to halt critics realized they were a hodgepodge of inflation by passing a law declaring it illegal. lethal-injection rules intermingled with old electric-chair protocol. (Lethal injection thus Science on the Cutting now requires shaving an inmate’s head and Edge having a fire extinguisher ready.) Also in An international team of biblical scholars February, at a hearing investigating Florida’s learned recently that the sect thought to have botched December execution of Angel Diaz, been responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls a special commission concluded that the ex(the Essenes) became extinct because they ecutioner should have re-checked whether were too modest about their toilet habits. the IV line was in the vein, instead of (as he According to a November report in London’s did) merely continuing to push the resistIndependent, the researchers found evidence ing chemicals into the arm. (The only formal of heavy fecal bacteria in a secluded area qualification to be appointed a Florida exe-

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Dr. Hugh Tilson, 67, an award-winning public-health researcher at the University of North Carolina, was arrested in January in a men’s room at the Atlanta airport and charged with public indecency. Also in January, Lord Justice Richards, 56 (and one of Britain’s most senior judges), was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a woman on a train. And in February, William French Anderson, a world-renowned geneticist, 70 (and runner-up as Time magazine Man of the Year in 1995), was sentenced in Los Angeles to 14 years in prison for molesting an employee’s daughter for four years beginning at age 10. Said Anderson, according to court records, “(S)omething in me was just evil.”

Least Competent Criminals

(1) Clenzo Thompson, 45, was arrested in New York City in January after allegedly robbing the same Commerce Bank branch twice in three days. The first robbery ended when the chemical dye in the money bag exploded and spooked him, and he apparently failed to learn from that, in that the second robbery’s money bag also exploded. (And three years earlier, Thompson had been caught after another bank robbery after having accidentally dropped his ID on the bank floor.) (2) Michael J. DeWitt, 39, was arrested for DUI in Fort Wayne, Ind., in February after he drove erratically into the parking lot of an Indiana State Police station early in the morning and told officers that he was there “to get a room.” (A Holiday Inn was next door.) (Police later said they matched DeWitt’s Hummer to the vehicle that minutes earlier had collided with a car nearby and left the scene.)

Recurring Themes

The U.S. Navy announced in February that it is planning to use 30 trained dolphins and sea lions for port security in Puget Sound near Seattle. Dolphins’ sonar ability makes them excellent at detecting swimmers, and they are being trained to signal via a beacon when encountering one. According to an Associated Press dispatch, sea lions can carry special cuffs in their mouths and are being trained to clamp the cuff around a swimmer’s leg.

Undignified Deaths

(1) A 47-year-old registered sex offender died of a heart attack in Palm Beach County, Fla., in January; his body was found, nude, in front of his home computer on which he had been viewing pornography. (2) Another 47-year-old man was killed late at night, in February in Belle River, Ontario, when his snowmobile collided with a tree stump embedded in Lake St. Clair; the man had been waging a notorious, three-year campaign to have the stump removed from the lake because of the danger it posed to nighttime snowmobilers. w

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The annual Celtic Cross ceremony took place Sunday in Emmett Park. From left: President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Chris Hagen and his niece Lucy Hagan; and a shot of the march itself from the Cathedral to the park after Mass.


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Asia Smog Melts Arctic

The sharp increase in industrial pollution across India and China during the past three decades has amplified the North Pacific storm track and significantly contributed to the recent warming of the Arctic, according to a report by a Texas A&M University researcher. Atmospheric science professor Renyi Zhang wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that his team analyzed weather patterns between Asia and North America from 1984 to 2005 and found that the Pacific’s unique deep convective clouds seemed to surge by as much as 50 percent as atmospheric pollution from Asia blew into the Pacific. The resulting amplified storms transferred significant heat high into the Arctic. Zhang said the trend appeared to be unrelated to other climate conditions, such as El Niño. “It possibly means the polar ice caps could melt more quickly than we had believed,” wrote Zhang.

Aborted Hunt

Japan’s Antarctic whaling fleet cut short its annual hunting expedition, which was dogged by an aggressive Greenpeace ship, widespread condemnation from Australia and New Zealand and a fire that badly damaged one of its ships. The sixvessel fleet has captured only half of its intended catch since setting out on a five-month hunt in mid-November, according to the Japan Fisheries Agency. Japan has used a loophole to get around an international moratorium on commercial whaling by saying its catches are for research purposes. But most of the meat eventually

Andean Eruption

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano spewed columns of ash and heavy smoke high above the northern Andes during the mountain’s most intense activity since last August. That eruption killed four people and wrecked nearly 5,000 homes. The volcano began showering nearby villages with incandescent rocks again last month, and authorities advised hundreds of local residents to voluntarily evacuate their homes due to the latest increase in activity.

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winds up on Japanese dinner plates. Japan says it plans to expand its hunt next season to include the killing of humpback whales.

Too Many Elephants

South Africa’s environment minister announced the country could reintroduce elephant culling following a sharp increase in the number of the animals over the last decade. Marthinus van Schalkwyk told reporters that since the government launched a moratorium on killing elephants in 1995, their numbers have surged from about 8,000 to about 20,000 at the beginning of this year. “Elephants are potentially difficult to confine within protected areas, and if they leave the area, they pose a threat to the lives and property of neighbors,” said van Schalkwyk.


Initial reports from Sumatra said that around 70 people perished during a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on the Indonesian island.

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Several strong aftershocks also shook the region. A separate 5.9 magnitude quake caused panic in Sumatra’s Nias region the following day. • At least 35 people in southwestern Iran were injured when a 4.8 magnitude quake damaged buildings around the town of Doroud. • Earth movements were also felt in Indonesia’s Papua province and Moluccas islands, northern New Zealand, Japan’s Akita prefecture and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tropical Cyclones

Australia’s Northern Territory was drenched by a tropical disturbance that later became Cyclone George. The storm gained force off the country’s northwest coast before slamming into Western Australia. • Cyclone Jacob was a threat to shipping over the northeastern Indian Ocean between Java and northwestern Australia.

A wetland bird that was believed to have been captured only once in India in 1867, and presumed to be extinct, has been rediscovered in Thailand. The finding was announced on the Birdlife International Web site on March 7. Ornithologist Philip Round was banding wild birds around a wastewater treatment plant near Bangkok last year when one of the birds he caught seemed very odd. “Then it dawned on me ... I was probably holding a large-billed reed warbler,” said Round. Only one sample of the bird was initially believed to have been captured 139 years ago. But six months after the rediscovery, another specimen was uncovered at the Natural History Museum at Tring, England. DNA comparison with both samples proved that Round’s discovery was indeed the same species. The bird was released after being extensively photographed and having the DNA sample collected. Almost nothing is known about the bird, and studies are being planned to determine the range of its habitat. w

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Guster out of the northeast

news spread a few weeks back Boston indie When that legendary jazz vocalist Al Jarreau had backed out of the Savannah Music many wondered whether another band brings its Festival, exemplary artist would be tapped to fill that space -- or if there would simply be one less show in this year’s event. throwback rock standout Well, another act has been booked, and they’re a well-known group with a solid and fan base. However, while those who sound to the growing were hoping the substitute would be a contemporary of Jarreau’s may be disappointed, Music Festival others who have been lamenting the relative lack of contemporary rock music in this year’s roster may be pleased to know that Guster is on their way.

Formed in the Boston area over a decade ago, this quartet built up a sizable following via relentless touring, grassroots marketing, and a string of increasingly complex and nuanced albums. One of the few independently-minded bands to successfully transition from releasing their own material to aligning themselves with a major label (in this case, Warner Bros. imprint Reprise Records), their burnt-sienna vocal harmonies, chiming guitar hooks, uplifting melody lines, and swirling organ parts openly echo the golden ages of both folk-rock and agrarian power pop. Out in support of their latest album Ganging Up On The Sun (their first as a

four-piece), this show marks their first trip to Savannah in the history of their band. We caught up with lead vocalist Ryan Miller (who also plays keys, guitar and bass) by phone before a show in Philadelphia. How’s the tour been going? Ryan Miller: In some ways this has been our most successful tour, because almost every show’s been sold out. Last summer and fall we toured with Ray La Montagne. We did a bunch of amphitheaters and weren’t quite big enough to fill them. We went back to smaller ones and now they’ve sold out. It’s good for morale. Being a band

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as long as we have, all the traditional indicators of growth —like record sales— have been skewed because of the new paradigm. I guess people are still digging what it is we do. I know you both share a booking agency, but if someone had asked me who’d take Al Jarreau’s place at this festival, I would not have said Guster. How odd of a gig is this? Ryan Miller: I gotta tell you, I really don’t know what we’re getting ourselves into. I Googled myself one day and it said “Guster replaces Al Jarreau!� Over the past few years I’ve become much more laissez-faire when it comes to booking shows. We have an agency who handles that stuff and in a sense, we just go where they tell us to. This whole Al Jarreau thing is news to me. (laughs) When playing a wide-ranging festival such as this one, do you plan your sets any differently than you would for a straight-up rock festival? Ryan Miller: No, we won’t tailor our set specifically for that show. I mean, what would we change anyway? All we can do is sorta show up and do our thing. The key word that makes me feel like we’ll do OK in Savannah is the word organic. That’s something we can feel comfortable with. We try to create music without a lot of artifice. Of course we use electric guitars and

keyboards and distortion, but it’s all songbased. Whenever people ask me what kind of music we play, I’m stymied. But we’re a song band. We go back to The Beatles and The Kinks. We’re trying to be this classic rock band — but not like Grand Funk’s idea of classic rock! In roots fests, I think song-based bands hold up well, and don’t seem like a bunch of outsiders. We’re all trying to get our songs across. We’ve just chosen to express them a little differently than others. To give you some idea of what you’re a part of, this Festival is heavily weighted toward classical, jazz and world music acts. They do feature roots music and Americana —they’ve had Emmylou Harris in the past, for example— and they were angling for Lucinda Williams this year, but even she might have been a little too edgy and raw for them. Ryan Miller: I totally get that. I mean, if Lucinda is a bit of a stretch, and Emmylou’s been featured in the past, then it should be fun, and maybe we can wind up turning on a bunch of people who’ve never heard us before. Guster worked hard to win underground acclaim on its own terms. Do the artistic values and autonomy of your early days still come into play for the band in 2007?

Ryan Miller: That’s a great question. How much does it influence us? One hundred percent in everything we do. I found the “most-watched� videos on YouTube, and there was this band called Cute Is What We Aim For. Their clip’s been viewed 400,000 times in the last month. You know, I think they might even be on our label. (laughs) They couldn’t be any more different than us. Not just musically, but in their whole ethos. They live or die by radio airplay. They’re very young and have those asymmetrical haircuts. They have a poppy song and if they’re lucky, they’ll get a spot on a big tour. That’s the quintessential dream of being signed these days: somebody flies in and gives you a big makeover, and you get to be famous for a while. We never did that, even under the major label system. We have a song on the radio and we have a budget for making videos, etc. But Reprise has nothing to do with our tours whatsoever. They’re a partner in our grand scheme of things but they don’t dictate what we do. We’re still trying to make a classic rock record, so the organic DIY ethos that fueled us in our early years is still present in every decision we make. We’re very much underdogs, and our label feels that way as well. There’s a lot of preconception which surrounds the band. That’s helpful in a lot of ways. It allows us to just go ahead and do our thing and not worry too much about how it will be perceived. We’re stuck in the

middle — the big commercial stations say, “They’re not nineteen with asymmetrical haircuts and they don’t scream at me in that whiny emo voice.� The underground community says, “Well, I don’t know... They’re on a major label.� It’s been an interesting decade to put it gently. But we need having a sellout tour under our belts. Just this last week it has started to feel like we’re still moving forward. Every record we make, we lose some fans who are locked into our old sound. But, we’re maturing and making better music than we ever have, so we’re gaining new people because of that. Your band happens to be around during one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the recording industry. With the following you now have it seems you could really exploit this. Do you at all itch to get back to the indie business model, and completely control all aspects of your career, now that the internet has busted the biz wide open? Ryan Miller: Well, we’re part of Nettwerk Management. We’ve had the same manager for twelve years, and Perry Geyer —the head of Nettwerk— is the poster boy for breaking the rules and looking at things in a new way. He had a five-page spread in Wired about busting apart traditional paradigms. So, we’ve talked about this a lot. Our contract continued on page 24



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with Reprise was up in January, and everybody said this is going great. Let’s finish the album cycle and see how everything went. Reprise doesn’t “get it” on a lot of levels, but on plenty of them they do. You know, The Flaming Lips are also on Reprise, so the label’s already been through this same sort of thing with them. They don’t have a big hit, but they make a lot of money for the label. They do DVDs, they put out singles. They’re not a precious indierock band. They’ll go on TV. They wanna get their music out there. There was a conversation at the label about how pop music can work within those confines, and we’re really brothers with the Lips in that sense. We wanna make a record, and sell a couple hundred thousand copies. We won’t get rich, but it’s a good cause. Until then, we’re just gonna put our heads down and work with the label. Maybe one day we catch a break and have a hit and play on the Grammys or something. But, if things keep on like they have for the past ten years, I don’t know what could be much better. I never feel “The “Man” aspect of the label situation. They don’t have any authority over us image-wise, touringwise or material-wise. We have discussions with them, obviously, but we’re a really established act. They don’t fuck with us a bit, and I think they’re doing a great job. Our single is still doing well at radio, and we’re gonna play Leno for the second time on the same album. It’s important to remind people you’re not some nostalgia band. “I wanna see Guster ‘cause they’re cute. I saw them in high school.” Fuck that. Don’t just listen to the record we made in 1999 or the one we made in 1996! We’ve moved on and so should they. Now we’re making the best records of our career. So, I don’t see leaving Reprise as being liberating. What would we be liberated from? A lot of people there work really hard for us. How has the dynamic shifted in the band now that you’re officially a four-piece? Ryan Miller: Well, there’s a musical component to that as well as a political and personality component — both of which have been greatly enhanced. There’s a lot of power in being a trio, but Joe Pisapia is a wonderful addition. He’s extremely musical. He produces his own albums, he’s a great engineer, and he has an incredibly giving personality. I always throw

around words like organic, and this happened in a very organic way. He was a buddy that we’d brought on as an extra set of hands for a tour and after two years it was a time to make the next record and we realized that we just couldn’t do it without him. It was like we woke up one day and he was already in the band. There was no discussion, really. It was like, oh yeah, sure. How could you not be in our band? You haven’t played here before, have you? Ryan Miller: No we haven’t, and that’s really amazing in a way because we have literally spent the last twelve years doing loops around the country! I have a lot of love for the oasis of the South, like Athens, New Orleans, Asheville and Charleston. Places with a rich sense of history and architecture and culture. Everyone I’ve ever talked to has said that Savannah is in that elite clique of cities that exude uniqueness. We were gonna have a few days off after our Atlanta date and were planning on making a trip down there anyway. Then we got this booking, so everything worked out really nicely. We’ll probably have less than a day to see Savannah, but I’m really looking forward to our visit and wish it could be longer. It feels like I’ve been everywhere in the U.S., but not there. You should have seen it a few years ago, before some folks started trying to turn us into another Charleston. This used to be a more rustic and funky place, without as much “upscale” development. Ryan Miller: I know exactly what you mean. I felt that a little bit in Charleston the last time we were there. It seemed a little bit shinier than I remembered it. I don’t know. Perhaps I’ve romanticized it. Maybe our set at the Music Festival will kick everybody in the ass and we can make it a regular stop. I’m going in with eyes wide open, and looking forward to eating some good food and seeing some cool buildings.

I’ve gotta ask you about Guster’s great Last Waltz parody video that’s on YouTube now. How long did it take to make that, and what has the overall response been to it? I loved it, but I know some people thought you were taking a knock at some of The Band’s members. Ryan Miller: Well, we were asked to do a track on a tribute record that came out in January. My Morning Jacket and Gomez and Bruce Hornsby and LeAnn Womack are on there as well. We were super psyched to be a part of it because we love The Band. I’ve listened to their albums and —of course— The Basement Tapes about five million times. When the label was making a little promotional video for the album they wanted us to talk about our love for The Band. That seemed a little dry to us. Our buddy Dave —who serves as our collaborator on all things visual— thought it’d be cool to try and duplicate a short bit of The Last Waltz, but with us in the various roles. It came together in about a day and a half. We found this blue pool table just like in the opening shot of the real film. It was really fortuitous. (laughs) He did a great job, and of course the whole thing comes from a place of love. You don’t spend all that time and effort working on getting something so close if you aren’t completely enamored with the subject. You know what I mean? To be honest, I wouldn’t even want to defend it, because we’re such big fans. I don’t think that many people have actually seen our little tribute video, but maybe that’ll be the most watched thing on YouTube someday soon! (laughs) Maybe you have to know both the movie itself as well as our band to understand where it’s coming from. For people familiar with The Last Waltz, I think they’ll agree Dave did a wonderful job. In the end, I think that’ll be a really cool seven-minute part of our legacy. How would you describe your artistic legacy? Ryan Miller: I don’t know, but we can only hope we’ll live up to the artistic legacy of Al Jarreau! In that case, you realize that people will be expecting mellifluous jazz vocals. Ryan Miller: You know it. Hey! Find us the most mellifluous jazz singers available! Oh yeah, how about Guster? (laughs) w Guster play at the Lucas Theatre 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29, as part of the Savannah Music Festival. The Format open. Advance tickets range from $20 to $25 and are available online at, or by calling 525-5050.

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‘To be respected in such a man’s world

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Famed blues artist Susan Tedeschi plays the Savannah Music Festival


hose who follow modern electric blues and blues-influenced rock music likely recognize the name Susan Tedeschi. A three-time Grammy nominee (for best New Artist, best Female Rock Vocal performance and Best Contemporary blues Album), this New England-bred guitarist and fiery soul singer has emerged over the past decade as one of the shining lights of the modern blues scene. Trained at the famed Berklee School of Music, Tedeschi (whose surname is wellknown in the Northeast from her family’s popular chain of grocery stores) came to the blues later than some, but has thrown herself into that world as few have. Since 1998, she’s released five critically-heralded albums on three different labels (she’s now on the respected Verve imprint), seen one of them certified Gold with sales of over 500,000 copies, and been tapped to open for such legendary figures as Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan, not to mention Southern blues-jazz fusion kings The Allman Brothers Band. Her connection to the Allmans makes perfect sense. While opening for the jam stalwarts in 1999, she met, and later mar-

ried, the band’s slide guitarist Derek Trucks — a former child prodigy who first hit the road when he was barely in his teens. The immensely talented couple have since celebrated the birth of two young children, and Trucks is currently touring the world as a featured member of Eric Clapton’s latest backing band. Still, despite what might seem to the casual observer the very definition of rock luxury and music biz excess, the chipper and non-nonsense Tedeschi demurely insists that her family’s day-to-day existence is much more normal and down to earth than what others might imagine. “This is not quite the glamorous life that everyone imagines it is,” she confides. “People think we do it ‘cause we wanna be rich. Wrong!

(laughs) We do it ‘cause we love it. We’ve had some success, though. We’ve made some records and seen the world. That was Derek’s dream, and my dream was to do that and have a kid, too. Somehow, that’s happened! (laughs)” And though she had only recently returned from playing a showcase set at the 2007 Grammy Awards preshow telecast with guitar icons Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, what was Tedeschi doing when I caught here at home in Jacksonville, Fla.? “I’m making mac and cheese for me and my kids,” she says with a chuckle. What quickly

becomes obvious during our conversation is that family means everything to Tedeschi. Her devotion to her children and the ties that bind is as refreshing as it is almost quaint to hear coming from someone known more for tearing off blistering R & B lead work and bringing down the house than for making sure her five-year-old and two-year-old get the most stable and nurturing upbringing they can when their parents are globe-trotting entertainers. Although Tedeschi is technically not on tour right now, she allows that she feels as though she’s “never at a real break.” “It seems like I’m either out doing my own shows or following my husband on his. That’s kinda like touring,” she laughs. “You bring the kids, and you’re in another city each night. For my son’s fifth birthday we were out in Dallas seeing Derek play with Eric. Then the other night I was in California doing the Grammys. Then I played the Pollstar Awards. It was all a blast.” Tedeschi says that she and her husband try to keep the children around both parents as often as they can, even when this proves logistically difficult. However, things should

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get a little easier this summer, when the couple finally takes the plunge and tries their hand at an entirely new approach to the way they manage their careers. “This June, we’ve booked our first tour together,” she reveals, describing the new group as a “power band” made up of members drawn from both of their road groups, with the setlist taken from both their CDs. “It’s just a two-week run to see if the whole thing will work,’ she elaborates. “We’ve never done something like this before. We’ve sat in as guests at each other’s shows, and made cameos on each other’s records, but this should be a fun and good way to keep the family together.” Tedeschi says that since moving to Trucks’ hometown of Jacksonville, the thing she misses most about the Northeast is her own massive, Italian Catholic family. “I have, like, 200 relatives just in Massachusetts,” she says incredulously. “And actually, I know about 150 of them pretty well! My grandfather is one of five kids, and all of his brothers and sister live within a few towns of each other.” She says that she’s the only serious professional musician in the lot of them, but that despite knowing she’s the “black sheep” of the family, she’s never felt anything other than support from all her relatives. “They weren’t surprised that I got into this as a career. I’ve been singing my whole life,” she says. “I auditioned for Broadway at an early age. It’s funny. When I was younger —and even today up there— people know me as being related to the supermarket people. But recently my grandpa said somebody came up to him and asked if he was related to me! (laughs) It was really cute, and he said it felt great! My family and Derek’s always encouraged both of us.” As is the case with many professional — and amateur— blues musicians in particular, Tedeschi describes her love for the genre as an all-consuming passion that transcends merely being intrigued or fascinated by this art form. She says that she knows that most of her peers feel the exact same way. “It gets into your blood. It’s addictive, is what it is. It’s not drugs, thank goodness! But, I don’t know if you can really understand it unless you’re a part of it. People have preconceived notions of what blues artists are like,” she says. “But remember — we’re not true blues musicians. First off, we live in 2007 -- it’s a different time, but the passion’s the same. It’s a human music that tells stories. The progressions are pleasing and fun to play. And it’s cool to see how you can take the form and make it your own.” Tedeschi is also quick to note the importance of history in the blues world, and especially the act of passing down knowledge and artistry from one generation to the next. “This lifestyle is special,” she says in a slightly more reverent tone. “To grow up learning the music by playing along to records by Buddy Guy and B.B. King, and then for me to suddenly be able to sit in and make music with them?” This Grammy nominee’s beginnings were

surely humble. She says it was only by happenstance that she became a blues devotee. “I’ve always been a singer and I played some guitar and piano when I was younger, but never took them anywhere musically. It wasn’t until I was sitting in at this blues jam ever Sunday in Boston that it hit me. They’d have people get up and sit in with the band. You’d just call out a tune and tell ‘em the key and they’d kick it off. It was hilarious! It could either be a moment of pure genius or a complete train wreck,” she says. “That’s what inspired me to start seriously playing the guitar. I said to myself, these guys are horrible! Maybe I could do this at least as good as them! (laughs) But once I heard a Magic Sam —or maybe it was John Lee Hooker— record, something just clicked in my head. I could suddenly figure out what was behind what they did. I could play in any key and do all the progressions!” she recalls. “Now, remember, this was after I’d been to jazz school. But I’d never felt like this before. I thought, wow! I can play with anybody and communicate the songs that up till then had only been in my head. For me, this was a whole new thing. It was like, yes! I could finally speak their language. To be respected in such a man’s world —and it most definitely is a man’s world, to be sure— is a real triumph.” According to the singer, this upcoming appearance at the Savannah Music Festival (alongside superstar jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves) will be quite different from the type of headlining set she usually performs. “For one thing, I’m using Derek’s band without him, since he’s out now with Clapton. They need to get used to what I do, because most of these guys will be on that joint tour in June. I have some new material I’m working up for my next CD, so we’ll play that as well as stuff from the older albums. It’ll be different, but great. These guys sound excellent and are a blast to play with,” she says. “For me, playing music is sort of about keeping yourself ‘in the moment’ anyway. You wanna let the music breathe and ‘ride the wave,’ so to speak. The trick is to not control it too much, to see where it takes you. That’s exciting.” Tedeschi’s also excited to finally take part in the Savannah Music Festival — something her husband has done many times. “I was supposed to play with him there once before,” she muses, “but I believe I had another booking that got in the way.” “It’s such a beautiful town, and I have some close friends who live there — Stacey and Gregg Allman. Hopefully they’ll come see the show. Honestly, I can’t wait to play there, especially with Dianne Reeves!” w Susan Tedeschi and Dianne Reeves play the Lucas Theatre at 9 p.m., Friday, March 16. This show is part of the Connect Americana series co-sponsored by Connect Savannah. For tix and info go to or call 5255050.

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Hoping and playing

Daniel Hope brings his worldly-wise vision to the Festival


ne of the world’s most in-demand concert violinists, Daniel Hope has also served as associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival since 2004. At 33, the energetic young performer represents the fresher, busier, more global face of classical music’s future. Born in South Africa, raised in the U.K., currently residing in the Netherlands and helping manage a music festival in the southern U.S., Hope also tours constantly all over the world, playing in a variety of genres from classical to Indian to jazz -- while still finding time to follow the cricket scores. Hope spoke with us recently from his home in Amsterdam, as he finished up a German tour and prepared to come stateside for the Savannah Music Festival, in which he will make several concert appearances of his own. The single most ambitious event in this year’s Festival is Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. What was the genesis behind bringing that to town? Daniel Hope: I met Martin HaselbÖck, who directs the Musica Angelica, four or five years ago when we played a Mendelssohn concerto together. I found in him the most extraordinary musician. The sound he’s able to get from a period instrument ensemble is amazing. I’m fascinated by the way he develops phrases and makes the music sing. When I heard he was doing this tour of the Matthew Passion, I got in touch and asked if we could find a way to get this to Savannah. With two period orchestras and a large choral ensemble, it’s a massive undertaking. How did you and Director Rob Gibson decide the Festival could handle the logistics?

Daniel Hope: It’s not a natural choice for a city like this. It’s usually only seen in major American cities, so I was very keen to have it come here so people here can have a chance to hear one of the great masterpieces of Bach. I put the idea to Rob, and he didn’t need much convincing. He has for a long time admired Martin, and like all of us he loves the Matthew Passion. He went back to the board and his personal team and found out how it could work. I was thrilled they decided to do it. It’s obviously a risk to have this kind of big-scale event put on. But I maintain that it really helps to give a face to the Festival when you have certain key events that happen throughout. It’s important to the Festival to have these kinds of things that are unique. It’s all very well to program a complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets. But by bringing in special events that are hard to find even in major cities in the U.S., it will help propel the Festival to another level, to reinforce the fact that people who come to the Festival are able to really enjoy seeing something special. On the other end of the spectrum, people seem to really love the intimate chamber music concerts in the Telfair. Daniel Hope: I’m still getting feedback via my website about how pleased so many people are to have chamber music back in Savannah. I’m very keen to establish a corps of players to continue to chamber music in Savannah. With violist Philip Dukes and Josephine Knight, the great cellist, those are two key players we already have. And of course I’m pleased for a number of reasons that my wife Annika can come play bass. It gives us a chance to see each other and also to play some music together. We met playing music, that’s what connected us. We also have a number of great American artists we want

to continue to spotlight. One of course is Benny Kim, not only a great musician and violinist but a great guy to have around. These are all close friends of mine, and I think if people like each other and enjoy spending time together, that comes across in performances. What I think is important is to give a face to chamber music. Not necessarily the same players every time, but a stable group of veteran players that the audience will recognize. And all the musicians I’ve selected are all incredibly communicative people. Music is about communication, and we want more people to realize that an evening of chamber music is one of the finest art forms you can have. In this year’s finale you’re soloing in the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who accompanied Andre Watts in last year’s Festival. Is the plan for the ASO to have a yearly presence? Daniel Hope: I’m very much hoping it’s a relationship that will continue. First of all, because it’s important to have the major orchestra in the state actually associated with the Festival. It makes a very important statement. And it’s great also for the ASO to be getting out of Atlanta and making in Savannah what I would hope to be a regular stop. I know Rob is very keen on that as well. How did you decide on the Brahms? Daniel Hope: It was a combination of consultation with the orchestra and with Mr. Spano, the ASO’s fine director. The Brahms concerto is one of the greatest works for violin ever written. It’s up there with the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos. It’s a monumental piece, full of passion, with some of the greatest melodies ever written. We certainly wanted to offer a popular piece as well as a great piece. We become spoiled as violinists, because there are so many wonderful works written for the instrument. But this in particular seemed to me to be a really great romantic work by Brahms to offer. There are a lot of romantic works throughout this year’s Festival, actually. So in a sense having the Brahms at the very end will be a fitting statement. Brahms seems to be consistently underrated. Daniel Hope: I’m not so sure about that. I would say there’s probably a big difference between the audience in Europe and the U.S. Certainly in Europe, Brahms is very appreciated and remains one of the composers best rooted in tradition. I think perhaps in the States there’s less of that. If anyone is hesitant about the value of the Brahms concerto, all you have to do is listen to that opening melody. It gets me every time. And the second movement has this amazing oboe solo, itself with one of the most beautiful melodies. A lot of violinists in the day, including the great Spanish virtuoso Sarasate, refused to play the Brahms concerto. He said, “How can you expect me to stand around and watch the oboe player

steal the show?” Of course, the violin is an essential part of the piece, but there is definitely the sense that he’s a part of the orchestra. Doomsayers have long predicted the demise of classical music, but musicians such as yourself seem to be in extraordinarily high demand. Is the problem as bad as it’s been portrayed? Daniel Hope: I think we certainly do have a problem in terms of audiences which, to be frank, are not getting younger. We have this wonderful audience now for classical music, and we need and rely upon that audience, but where the classical music industry is not paying enough attention is to the audience of tomorrow. That is a worry. As classical musicians we’re lucky enough to have a full cultural life offered to us so we can play every day of the year. In many concert halls in Europe, it used to be that people had to sometimes stand in line for tickets for hours. Now we see that the same halls may be 50-70 percent full. There are phenomena out there that are different, like in Holland where I live, where the Amsterdam Concertgebouw has something like a 98 percent attendance record, often doing 5 or 6 concerts a day. There are scores of young people in their audiences. It gets back to education in classical music. In many parts of Europe, the schools teach classical music and attendance at concerts is compulsory. At school concerts often you’ll see some of the very youngest kids actually sitting amongst the players while they’re playing. They learn what classical music is about firsthand, up close. But if we don’t address that issue in the next 10 or 15 years we will be facing a problem. The predicted death of classical music is often overdramatized, but I certainly believe we can’t afford to be complacent about that. What specifically is the Festival doing to address this? Daniel Hope: One of the first things Rob Gibson said to me was, “We have to have children’s concerts. We have to offer free events.” I’ve agreed to take part in a children’s concert, and I insist all of my friends that come to the Festival appear in that concert. And they all do and they do it with pleasure. These free events are very, very important -- I don’t think that people who don’t have the funds to afford a classical music concert should be excluded. In these concerts we’ll often ask how many kids are taking strings or playing an instrument, and scores of hands go up. It’s a great thing to see. w Daniel Hope performs in various concerts in the Savannah Music Festival, including the Sensations chamber music series in the Telfair and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. April 1 in the Lucas Theatre. For tix and info go to



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ne of the core works in the Western It’s the ideal connection between concanon, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion has cert and opera. It has a lot of the aspects of amazed and opera without being challenged auan opera. It’s sacred diences since without being purely its first perforsacred. It’s dramatic mance in 1729. without being a stage In this vast piece. and ambitious For me it has so work (one could many dimensions. never use the I’ve been living with word “sprawlthis piece for 35 ing” to describe years, and whenever the music of a I do it, whether it’s composer this a new tour or a new disciplined), project or some new Bach took the experience, I always generic Passion discover new secrets formula of liturin this piece. gical music -- a Martin Haseböck will conduct this choral rendition Do you need a reliperformance, one of only three U.S. dates of the suffering gious background to and crucifixion fully appreciate it? of Christ, sung in character -- and pushed it both musically and thematically into someMartin Haselböck: It depends on your thing close to a whole new realm of art. depth of knowledge. Not just religious One of the world’s great interpreters knowledge, but musical knowledge. of Bach, Martin Haselböck, is bringing a Religious belief is not always connected with rare performance of the full St. Matthew high art. Expressing religion for some peoPassion to the Savannah Music Festival. ple means simple songs and simple prayers. One of only 13 dates in the world on this But in this piece we have proof that relitour, the Festival appearance comprises a gion can be connected with art of the highdual troupe of Haselböck’s own L.A.- based est caliber. Everyone will be carried away by Musica Angelica and the acclaimed Vienna the sheer expression of beauty and intensity Academy, of which he is music director, as in this music. well as a host of vocal guests. The scholarly yet affable Austrian A massive and eclectic group of performers - who also holds the exalted position of will be here for this. Court Organist of Vienna -- spoke to us last week from the balcony of his hotel on the Martin Haselböck: It’s written for two orMediterranean island of Tenerife, where chestras, but normally when people do he was scheduled to conduct an evening of this piece they take a big orchestra and diMozart and romantic composers that night. vide it into half. When I took over Musica Angelica, from the very beginning I had it in How is Tenerife? I can hear the wind. my mind to connect two roads. I had it as a goal this time to have one orchestra from the Martin Haselböck: Oh, it’s beautiful. I’m sitold world, and one from the new world and ting here looking out over the beach right connect the two – for me it becomes symnow as we’re talking. The orchestra here is bolic to connect those two worlds. fantastic, and they have this wonderful new auditorium right on the ocean where we’ll How are your two orchestras different? be playing. Martin Haselböck: The Vienna Academy As a Bach scholar, please explain for us the is 25 years old and it started as a purely basignificance of the St. Matthew Passion. roque orchestra. Then it got bigger and bigger, and in addition to playing Bach and Martin Haselböck: For me it’s the nucleus. Handel we added a lot of later repertoire It’s the biggest achievement of the music of -- for instance, right now we’re recording a Bach. Whatever baroque music could excomplete set of Beethoven symphonies on press, whatever it could invent, is included period instruments. Musica Angelica is a in this piece. relatively young group, that does only ba-

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roque music. It’s a really specialized group -smaller, but more specialized. There’s apparently an ongoing debate over the proper tempo in which to perform the Passion. Where do you stand on that? Martin Haselböck: We know so much more than people knew about this piece even 50 years ago. This piece is so huge and enormous that for 200 years it was really never done without cuts. It was considered too long to be performed in full. What we know today is that expression is not a question of tempo, but expressiveness. Overall we’re playing this much faster than 50 or even 10 years ago. From sources we have we can prove – and this is almost outside music, it’s in the realm of musicology and science -- we can actually prove that we are very close to the tempi Bach intended. If you compare us to a lot of recordings, you’ll find us on the lively side. Is there any room for improvisation or individual interpretation of the music itself?

What can listeners expect in terms of the difference between period instrumentation and a modern symphony orchestra? Martin Haselböck: First, there are a lot of instruments you usually do not hear -- the viola da gamba, some unusual oboe instruments, recorders. A huge variety of wood instruments. Also I think in the beginning it will sound a little bit darker. At first it might sound not as expressive and not too bright. But if you listen a few minutes you’ll hear the single phrases much more clearly than with a modern orchestra. You don’t have a big melodic line -- there’s more phrasing, more motifs. It’s more of a speaking sound. How many cities will be graced with this performance? Martin Haselböck: Altogether we’re playing it 14 times on this tour, starting with two in Mexico City, then in L.A., after that in Savannah and then New York City. Then we’re in nine major concert halls in Europe.

Martin Haselböck: Well, in Bach, like with Mozart, you cannot add additional ornaments. Bach is very severe with that. On the other hand, I’m used to working with different personalities in the vocal field. So whenever I feel the voice is asking for quicker tempi or slower, I’m very flexible.

Same performers at all?

Each singer has a definite, clear personality?

I’m intrigued by your hobby of finding undiscovered musical works and bringing them to life onstage.

Martin Haselböck: Maybe it’s in the background -- Bach was writing in Leipzig at the time, and people wanted to hear opera but there was no opera house in Leipzig! So his Passion sort of took the meaning of opera. Also, Bach has a musical system of symbols, where each instrumentalist represents some idea -- for example, flutes represent the human voice, the strings the glory of Jesus. So whenever a knowing listener heard it he knew what was happening. The role of the Evangelist is like the narrator onstage. Jesus of course has a clear role, and four others have specific roles. In addition some members of the chorus sing so-called little roles. We have three vocal soloists from America and three from Europe -- it’s almost symbolic. I have worked with all of them, so I know them quite well.

How do you work with the singers on characterization?

Martin Haselböck: I choose the people, so, it’s more like a question of casting. A lot depends on the role of the Evangelist, if you have a dramatic Evangelist or if you have a lyric one. With a lyric one, you have more time to listen. I have chosen an Evangelist who is not overdramatic, who is more of a lyric Evangelist. I chose a Jesus who is young, fresh and lively. It’s like casting roles in a movie or opera.

Martin Haselböck: Same soloists, same orchestras. The only thing changing are the choruses -- I’m using three different choruses. In Savannah we’re using the Pacific Chorale from L.A.

Martin Haselböck: It’s fascinating to live in a city like Vienna, where in libraries throughout the city there are literally hundreds of baroque operas and oratories waiting to be discovered. The thing to remember is if you see a score in earlier times, there was as much bad music then as in modern times. If you find a score you still have to say, “This is good, this is bad.” To be a detective is one thing, but to distinguish between good and bad pieces is another thing. There was a big find in a library in Kiev recently, and suddenly you had about 1200 wonderful new pieces. But if you get closer you discover of those 1200 pieces only maybe 100-150 are of first quality. But that’s a lot, too. Some libraries are better for us. For example, if you have a library where a king ordered his people, “Don’t give away my music, I want it never to be played anywhere else.” Well, that means all these pieces are brand-new discoveries today. For me the score is the bible for a composer. Even for pieces that are performed quite often, I try not to hear it performed by others. I try to be fresh and look at only the score. If you hear a piece too often you’re not as free in your interpretation. w Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Lucas Theatre. For tix and info go to

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Brock & Adam (of P-Groove)

Rare local duo show from two key members of the internationally known psychedelic jam band that got its start right here in Savannah. Wed., 10 pm, Locos (downtown).

“Skateboard Art Auction”

Local artists (including many local music scene luminaries, such as members of Baroness, The Flam and Kylesa) have donated hand-decorated skate decks to help raise money for the proposed public skate park on Tybee Island. Superhorse frontman Keith Kozel serves as auctioneer. Tues., 6 pm, The Sentient Bean.

big name artists. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Powerhouse Chicago and Memphis style electric trio whose frontman has released a few internationally-acclaimed indie CDs. Tues. (hosts Open Jam Night),Wed. & Fri.Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Sun., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).

Mary Davis & Co.

Acoustic rock, soul and pop covers from John Prine to Fleetwood Mac. Thurs., 7 pm, Baja Cantina (The Landings).

Deep Blue 3

Tight local electric contemporary blues combo with a varied setlist of standards and originals. Fri., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.

The Lyndsey Battle Band

Pensacola-based acoustic trio of classical guitar, upright bass and trap drums that blends the airy jazz of mid-period Joni Dope Mitchell with the Sandwich unabashed percusProductions sive fret board quirk Impressive local of Ani DiFranco. positive hip-hop/rap Also on the bill: collective made up of Philadelphia’s Mose MCs, DJs and breakGiganticus — an dancers. Thurs. & over the top keytar/ Tues., 11 pm, Guitar synth/electroclash Bar. outfit that makes up in attitude what they David lack in fidelity and Gail Thurmond Harbuck bandmembers (plus Longtime local they do a mean cover singer/songwriter/ of Alice Cooper’s guitarist who has released several indie CDs underrated classic “Clones (So Are We All)!” of original material. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, + Mon., Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean. 6 pm, Bayou Café.

Bottles & Cans

Unhinged and captivating swing blues/ garage rock combo in the spirit of Robert Gordon and Hound Dog Taylor. Thurs., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Mon., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).

Eat Mo’ Music

Funky instrumental soul-jazz combo with plenty of wah guitar. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

The Hot Rods, The Liabilities

Carroll Brown

This touring acoustic troubadour describes his guitar-based genre as “coastal country.” Starting with Friday’s show, he’ll be joined by fellow Celtic troubadours Harry O’Donoghue and Frank Emerson. Wed. Sun., Kevin Barry’s.

This Atlanta “metal-billy” quintet is getting some good notices in some quarters, but one can’t help but notice they seem like more of a hair-metal band who’s throwing around some rockabilly references. It smacks of a marketing decision, but either way, they can certainly play. Openers The Liabilities hail from Macon, and their Steve Earle-meets-Springsteen-meetsReplacements is some of the most unassailable, old-fashioned, heartland rock I’ve heard in years. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.

Thomas Claxton

I Am Sound

Kim Calhoun & Friends

Recently reunited regional cover act playing country and pop favorites. Fri., 8 pm, The Sea Grill (Pt. Wentworth).

Intense and dedicated solo acoustic guitarist/singer offering a wide variety of rock hits plus originals. Wed., 6:30 pm & Thurs., 1 pm & Sun., 1:30 pm, The Warehouse + Fri.Sat., 2 pm, Bayou Café.

The Bryan Clees Band

Regionally-known country and western singer/songwriter who’s opened for several

Promising local original grunge/shoegaze act that’s loud and indulgent. Sat., 10 pm, Rocksbury Lounge (River St.).

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ern rock act mixing well-known covers with catchy originals. Thurs., Wild Wing Café (see also River St. Schedule).

Liquid Limbs

Frenetic, vaguely experimental Fla. progmetal duo of electric guitar and drums. Their recorded work is expansive and epic, but I have a nagging feeling that may not translate to the live realm. Tues., 10 pm, Guitar Bar.

Marcus G

Locally-based adult contemporary songwriter/guitarist with a positive message. Fri., 8 pm, Café Ambrosia.

The Roger Moss Quintet


One of the best original rock bands ever to emerge from Savannah, they take an aggressive approach to blurring the lines between traditional reggae, neo-soul and straight-up frat rock. Fri., Wild Wing Café.

Young, pop-oriented organic rock trio that’s got chops and songwriting skills to spare. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt) + Sun., 1 pm, Wild Wing Café. Above: Motor City Josh Rigth: Listen 2 Three Local hard and classic rock cover act whose Killer cabaret jazz lineup mixes old-school veterans from such group (with an unorthodox setlist) featurgroups as Shut Up & Drive with younger ing some of the best area players — led by the members like frontman Thomas Claxton. classically-trained singing thespian Moss. Fri., Thurs., 7 pm, The Warehouse + Sat., noon, 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park. Wild Wing Café + Sun., noon & 4 pm, River Motor City Josh & The Big 3 Street. This Detroit-bred R & B and blues guitarLurid Miscreants ist and singer is now based in the Southeast, Original local metal trio. Thurs., 10 pm, and tours with a revamped lineup of his old Wind Rose Café (Tybee). band. Sun., 9 pm, Bay Street Blues.

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Guitar-heavy, jam-oriented local rock band with a definite Southern soul vibe (think Allmans, Black Crowes, Panic). Sat., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.

The Long Awaited

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G.E. Perry

Long-established local blues/jazz/rock guitarist and singer. Wed., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, The Hyatt.

Listen 2 Three

showtunes, standards and torch songs. Fri., noon & 6:30 pm, 514 West (514 MLK, Jr. Blvd.).


High-energy touring ‘80s cover band. Fri., 10 pm, Locos

Previously known as Deep Cuts, this area cover band has focused their setlist on a more in-your-face selection of rock hits and obscurities and ditched the acoustic guitar. Fri., 10 pm, The Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill). Gail’s solo piano sets of laid-back and sprightly jazz standards in this cozy hardwood bar in the cellar bar of a (supposedly) haunted eatery are something of a required destination for those wanting a taste of the savannah’s “golden age.” Tues. - Sun., The Planter’s Tavern (below The Olde Pink House Restaurant).

The Train Wrecks

Pocket Change

Popular soul, funk and R & B covers. Sat., 9:30 pm, Tantra Lounge.

One of the more entertaining rootsrock acts in the area. They’ll soon release a debut CD of hopped-up Americana. Thurs., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law + Sat., The Britannia (Wilmington Isl.).

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their overdriven guitar tones and melodic basslines betray a refreshing and inspiring understanding of the postrock era. Sat., 3:30 pm, Guitar Bar.

Local club music promoters Symbiotek Productions present this amazing bill that finds some of the biggest names in the world of Drum & Bass converging on Broughton St. for a jam the likes of which we rarely —if ever— see. Hailing from London, these dance and trance superstars are only playing Seattle, Los Angeles, Toronto and Savannah this time out! Symbiotek feels this may just be the high-profile gig to finally solidify a strong, continuous local D&B scene. If you dig this kind of stuff, show up and support them taking such a huge financial risk to make it happen. $20 at the door, 21+ only. For more info, check out Fri., 9 pm, Tropicana Nightclub.

The Peelers

This Canadian group of hoppedup, punk-tinged Irish rockers has become a favorite at this Congress St. pub. Fans of The Pogues and The Mahones will get their fix of manic, beer and whiskey-fueled jigs and reels. Fri., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.

River Street St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Here are two acts worth braving the crazies for: the hard-hitting Southern rock of locals High Velocity (10 pm Fri.); and Atlanta’s Gurufish, who twist the groovy, psychedelic funk of vintage Sly Stone, Prince and Steely Dan into their own trick bag (4 pm Sat.).

Brenda Morie

This talented guitarist/flutist/vocalist has recently relocated here and has already begun recording an acoustic jazz CD with celebrated bassist Ben Tucker, mandolinist Tony Williamson and famed bluegrass guitarist Jeff Autry. For this gig, she’ll be joined by the facile team of standup bassist Peter Berquist and pianist Eric Jones. Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.

The Tennessee Rounders

Shit-kickin’, hell-raisin’ bareknuckled honky-tonk and outlaw C&W. ‘Nuff said. Sat. (afternoon and evening sets), The Jinx.

The Winter Sounds

Michelle Nixon & Drive

Here’s another noteworthy bluegrass gig at luthier Randy Wood’s intimate 100-seat, ALL-AGES listening room. Named Traditional Female Vocalist of The Year by The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, she and her band bring together a love of mountain music and old-fashioned gospel hymns, and then wrap that up in what they term a “vivacious” and high-energy live show with mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass and guitar. $20 advance tickets are on sale now. Call Randy Wood Guitars at 748-1930 to reserve yours. Sat., 7:30 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (Bloomingdale).

Bob Reynolds

When this young, NYC-based sax phenom’s not out leading his own jazz combos,

Bob Reynolds

he’s recording or touring with the likes of pop stars John Mayer and Nellie McKay. As if that weren’t enough, no less than Joshua Redman sings his praises, and Reynolds’ CD Can’t Wait For Perfect was named Best Debut of 2006 in last year’s influential Village Voice Jazz Poll. Only $15 per set at the door. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, 10:30 pm, midnight, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club.


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LOCOS DELI & PUB (Downtown)

Brock & Adam (of P-Groove)


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BAJA CANTINA (The Landings)

Mary Davis & Co. (7 pm) BAYOU CAFÉ

Chief (9 pm)

BARNES & NOBLE (Oglethorpe Mall)

Open Mic (8 pm) BAYOU CAFÉ

Chief (9 pm)

BENNIE’S (Tybee)

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Karaoke (9 pm)


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BENNIE’S (Tybee)

Live Music TBA (6 pm)


DJ Friction, Alix Perez & MC SP (9 pm)

Karaoke w/DJ Levis (9:30 pm)

Karaoke (10 pm)

Bottles & Cans (10 pm)

Live Music TBA (6 pm)

Karaoke (9 pm)

Roy & The Circuit Breakers

Live Music TBA (8:30 pm)

Listen 2 Three (7 pm)

Nancy Witt

Live Music TBA (7 pm)

The Train Wrecks (10 pm)

Live Music TBA (7 pm)

Marcus G (8 pm)

Live Music TBA (9 pm)

J. Howard Duff (7:30 pm)

Hip-Hop Night w/DJ Life & DJ Valis (10 pm)

#@*! Karaoke

IMI (9 pm), Justin Metz (10 pm), Dope Sandwich Productions (11 pm)

Gail Thurmond

Thomas Claxton (1 pm), The Long Awaited (7 pm)

DJ Southstar: Hip-hop (10 pm - 6 am)

Live Music TBA (7 pm)

Live Music TBA


Live Music TBA (10 pm)

Local Cast, DJ Jason Hancock (Main Floor)

“Helium Karaoke” w/Wrath Nasty

The Courtenay Brothers (5 pm), Liquid Ginger, Simplified, Zach Deputy

Annie Allman & Friends (5 pm)

Lurid Miscreants (10 pm)





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Live Music TBA (7 pm)


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Carroll Brown

KOKOPELLI’S JAZZ (107 W. Broughton St.)

Abebi Stafford (6 pm)

LOCOS DELI & PUB (Downtown)

Street Circus Symphony

LOCOS DELI & PUB (Southside)

Team Trivia w/Ben Bennett & Senae (7 pm) MALONE’S (309 W. River St.)

Live Music TBA (9 pm)


Pianist David Duckworth (5 pm), Vocalist Brenda Morie w/Eric Jones & Peter Berquist (8 pm) MARY’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE

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The Winter Sounds, Brother Sister (9 pm) SAVANNAH BLUES

Live Music TBA (10 pm)


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Dueling Pianos (8 pm)


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TOMMY’S (Pooler)

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Live Music TBA (9 pm)

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Roy & The Circuit Breakers

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Live Music TBA (9 pm)

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Live Music TBA (9 pm) THE HYATT

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Live Music TBA (9 pm)

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Carroll Brown, Frank Emerson, Harry O’Donoghue

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Live Music TBA (9 pm)

Live Music TBA (9 pm)

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Mixed media exploring Japanese art and tradition is the focus of Atsuko Inagawa Smith’s ‘Welcome to Motherhood’ at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. ‘Advocates’ -- This special auction to

raise funds for a skatepark on Tybee Island will occur at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave., on March 20 at 6 p.m. Keith Kozel will be the auctioneer for this event. Art hangs March 19-21. Participating artists include Cindy Althen, Ron Decosta, Petra Mckinnon, Jason Statts, Scott Althen, Greg Eltringham, Jake Meders, Gerome Temple, Athon, Julio Garcia, Larz MoonMertens, Vessela Valtcheva, Chris Autry, Katy Gilbert, Olivia Morrison, Lucas Wade, John Baizley, Brian Gilson, Grant Nelson, Troy Wandzel, Jamie Bennet, Fred Jesser, Preston Orr, Brian Warnekros, Kevin Bressler, Roeder Kinkel, Juliana Peloso, Kay Wolfersperger, Michael Brown, Rus Laich, Shane Petty, Mike Wozniak, Mary-Ann Blackstone, John Larison, Laura Pleasants, Angela Burson, Ricky Mcgee, Jon Proctor, Lorie Corbus and Patrick Mckinnon and Scary. ‘Celebrating Musicians’ -- Sandy Branam

will exhibit sketches and paintings celebrating musicians at Off the Wall Gallery in 45 Bistro of The Marshall House, 123 E. Broughton St., Mar. 12-May 31. Open evenings beginning at 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. Rachel Raab -- Work by this artist is at the

Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave., with a closing reception March 18 noon-4 p.m. ‘Anonymous@Angel’s’ - Every week, at

various Union Mission sites, creative expression is offered to community members. Unsigned drawings and paintings are often left behind and end up in a drawer or hung in the Growing Hope Artisans’ Cooperative studio. From March 20-April 30, some of these works will see the light of day at Angel’s BBQ at 21 West Oglethorpe Lane and their hours are Tuesday, 11:30-3, and

Wednesday–Saturday, 11:30-6. ‘Jazz Improvisations’ -- The Jack Leigh

Gallery features the work of the acclaimed photographer Frank Stewart. This comes down from New York with images taken inside and outside the jazz scene through the years. Also on view his lyrical black and white window series. March 20-April 1, with an opening reception with the artist Thursday March 22, 6-8 p.m. Jack Leigh Gallery is at 132 East Oglethorpe Avenue at the corner of Abercorn. Free and open to the public. ‘Welcome to Motherhood’ -- Japanese tra-

ditions, social responsibility and the roles of motherhood will be explored in mixedmedia artist Atsuko Inagawa Smith’s exhibition, on display at the City of Savannah’s Gallery S.P.A.C.E. Mar. 5 through Apr. 27. Free and open to the public. S. P. A. C. E. is at 9 West Henry St. (between Bull and Whitaker Streets).

RAABstract’s ‘stripTEASE’ -- Over half a

decade of photos combined into filmstrips. At the Black Orchid Gallery, 131 Drayton St. March 1-31. Opening reception Sun. March 18 at 7 p.m. ‘Pete Christman: Modern Pictorialism’

-- The Jack Leigh Gallery features new work by artist and SCAD professor Pete Christman. Exhibition runs March 6-16. Jack Leigh Gallery is at 132 East Oglethorpe Ave. Ray Ellis -- European watercolors of

France, Italy and the Adriatic Coast by this renowned Lowcountry artist. March 30-April 28 at Compass Prints, 205 W. Congress St. Meet Ray Ellis Friday, March 30, 3-6 p.m.


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‘The Shape of Content’ -- Oil paintings by

Christopher Stevens, through March 15 at Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. ‘Uncovering Images’ -- The Grand

Bohemian Gallery in The Manson on Forsyth features Mary Hartman’s “Rush” horse series, Julio Garcia’s New Orleans series and work by Gerome Temple. Show runs March 2-30. Ivan Hinds -- The work of this Guyana-

born artist will be on display at the Alvida Art Gallery, 7303-D Abercorn St. On display through May 31. Robert Dinnebeil - Union Mission’s

Growing Hope Artisans’ Cooperative presents paintings by local artist Robert Dinnebeil. The exhibit will show during the month of March at the Starfish Cafe, 719 East Broad Street. Call for Entries -- Last year, art made all

the difference in the world to 27 graduates of the Starfish Café, the nationally recognized culinary arts training program for the homeless. Whose world will your art change this year? To donate now to the Starfish Café Gala’s Silent Art Auction, contact Laura Webb at 238-2777 ext 101 or

45 St. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mondays. Visiting Artist Series — Chroma Gallery

hosts mixed-media artist Cedric Smith through March 23. Chroma Gallery is at 31 Barnard St. Michael Ellison -- The Art Show at the

JEA beginning March 1 will feature the works of photographer Michael Ellison. 5111 Abercorn.

Linda Whitt Smith and Kathy Miller — The “Artists of the Month” at Gallery 209 for March is ceramic artist Linda Whitt Smith and painter Kathy Miller. Gallery 209 is at 209 E. River Street and is open 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. most nights.

‘Handstrung’ -- Jewelry by Arleen Geller, is currently on display at Gallery 440, 440 Bull St. Open Wed-Sat, 11-5 or by appointment with Gallery owner and artist Fran Thomas at 507-8440. Fran Thomas@Gallery 440 — Stop by for

Fran’s latest showe. Upstairs is the studio of Frances Walter, Charlotte Dunlap and Cissie Victor. Other artists include Olivia McKinley, Tim Coy, Dicky Stone, Morgan Kuhn, and Jorges Alvarez. Gallery 440 is at 440 Bull St. Open Wed-Sat 11-5.

Show card for the Tybee skatepark auction at Sentient Bean ‘Continental Shifts’ -- Installation work

by premiere Haitian artist Edouard DuvalCarrie April 6-30, at Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St. The artist’s work is largely concerned with Haiti, where the artist was e born, and the migrations of Caribbean people. Duval-Carrie’s paintings combine African fables, classical mythology, Haitian and world history with contemporary events. Free and open to the public. ‘Faceted: Senior Works from SCAD Metals and Jewelry’ -- Five seniors exhibit

their sculptural and wearable art. Through March 18. At Chroma Gallery, 31 Barnard

Michael Carnahan — Friedman’s Fine

Art at 28 W. State St. features the floral stilllifes, inspired by his faux-finishing experience of this local artist. Jepson Center for the Arts – 207 W. York St. Call 790-8800. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences — 121 Barnard St. Call 790-8800. w

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300 1/2

Positioned as the Ultimate Fanboy Movie, this adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel is indeed ferocious enough to satisfy basementdwellers with its gore, violence and chest-pounding machismo while savvy enough to downplay the homoeroticism that will ever-so-subtly cause heretofore unexplained stirrings in the loins of these same armchair warriors. Yet for all its brutality, 300 has as great a chance of satisfying a sizable female contingent, since it’s ultimately a beefcake calendar posing as a motion picture (ironic, then, that the lockstep online trolls attack anyone who doesn’t rave about the film as being like “a girl”). Beyond its demographic-targeting, however, its greatest claim to fame is that it’s positioning itself as the next step on the evolutionary CGI ladder, offering (in the words of director and co-writer Zack Snyder) “a true experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.” Snyder was responsible for the surprisingly accomplished Dawn of the Dead remake three years ago, but here he seems to have been swallowed up by the enormity of the project, which depersonalizes the major players in the battle between the Spartans and the Persians to such a degree that one ends up feeling more sympathy for the shields that end up receiving the brunt of the sword blows and arrow piercings. 300 contains a handful of staggering images — and, for once, the color-deprived shooting style fits the tale being spun — but Sin City, a previous adaptation of a Miller work, offered more variety in its characterizations and, more tellingly, in its cutting-edge visual landscape.

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You won’t see too many performances more impressive than the Oscar-winning turn by Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker stars as the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada, who during his bloody reign in the 1970s was responsible for the murders of over 300,000 of his countrymen. Considering Amin’s enduring stature as one of the most colorful and fascinating leaders of the 20th century (when I lived in neighboring Kenya during the mid-1980s, a few years after his exile, he was still a constant point of discussion among the locals), it was integral to the film’s success that director Kevin Macdonald land an actor able to convey this maniacal

leader’s effortless charm, monstrous appetite for power and frightening range of moods. Whitaker doesn’t especially look like the real Amin, but his superb portrayal immediately convinces us that we’re in the presence of a towering figure who shapes the world to match his whims. It’s a galvanizing performance. The Last King of Scotland is based on Giles Foden’s novel, which employs a fictional character to take us inside the Amin regime: Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a Scottish doctor who, impressed by the newly self-appointed leader (Amin seized power in a 1971 coup), agrees to serve as his personal physician and regrets his decision once Amin’s true nature comes to light. The film could conceivably be viewed as yet one more work in which a white man is given center stage in what is primarily a

black man’s tale, yet a couple of elements set this apart from such pandering works as Cry Freedom, Amistad and Ghosts of Mississippi. For one, Nicholas Garrigan (nicely played by Ewan McGregor look alike McAvoy) isn’t the usual bland caucasian bathed in the light of liberal guilt but a conflicted young man with an ofttimes prickly personality of his own. More importantly, while McAvoy has more screen time, the sheer force of Whitaker’s performance — to say nothing of the dynamic character he’s playing — guarantees that he remains the story’s central focus even when he’s not in front of the camera. Paradoxically, you can’t take your eyes off him, even when he’s not there.


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Zodiac 

Refusing to wear out its welcome even at 160 minutes, Zodiac is a satisfying hybrid of a police procedural (think L.A. Confidential), a journalism yarn (think All the President’s Men) and a serial killer flick (think The Silence of the Lambs). That it doesn’t come close to breathing the rarefied air of the three aforementioned classics isn’t necessarily meant as a putdown, but it’s clear that David Fincher’s new movie doesn’t provide the same level of either visceral thrills or sublime plotting as its predecessors. Instead, Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) and scripter James Vanderbilt prefer to keep most emotions in check, putting their heads down and dutifully relating the reallife story of how a notorious murderer managed to elude the authorities for decades. Working from a book by Robert Graysmith, the film casts Jake Gyllenhaal as Graysmith, a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind the series of grisly slayings plaguing the Bay Area. Yet Graysmith isn’t alone in his fanatical devotion to the case: The mystery also haunts the dreams of Chronicle reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) and detective Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo), and as the years march on, the trio’s pursuit of justice (or is it merely ego gratification?) begins to take its toll on health, marriage and career. Methodical in its storytelling yet purposely ambiguous in its intentions, Zodiac is a welcome change from the moronic murder-mysteries that usually clog our multiplexes.

Wild Hogs 1/2

This simple-minded comedy has the audacity to reference Deliverance in one scene, yet the only folks who’ll be squealing like a pig are the ones who fork over 10 bucks, only to find themselves royally screwed after enduring its inanities. Four Cincinnati bunglers (John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy), each suffering though some pathetic form of midlife crisis, decide to embark on a road trip to the West Coast. They mount their motorcycles with the intent of rediscovering life’s little pleasures, but it’s not long before these queasy riders are having to cope with menacing bikers, “bomb”-dropping birds and a homosexual highway patrolman (John C. McGinley). The “gay panic” humor is so rampant that it’s reasonable to wonder if cast and crew members wrapped each shooting day by beating up a homosexual off-screen. Scatological humor also gets a workout, and there’s a late-inning cameo by a Ghost Rider cast member who at this point in his career seems resigned to parodying himself. Speaking of Ghost Rider, there’s nothing in this alleged comedy (and companion biker flick) nearly as amusing as the revelation that there’s a song on the GR soundtrack called “Satan’s Penis.” Then again, given all the middle-aged paunch on display in this film, it’s perhaps a missed opportunity that no one had the foresight to pen a ditty called “Tim Allen’s Beer Gut.”


Miss Potter 1/2

Just as the current Amazing Grace let it be known that its subject, politician William Wilberforce, not only fought to end slavery but also championed animal rights on the side, the late-’06 holdover Miss Potter takes great pains to reveal that Beatrix Potter, in addition to being a beloved children’s book author, also made time in her schedule to push the case for environmental awareness and land conservation. Hers was a rich and varied life that deserves a rich and varied movie, yet Miss Potter never comes close to matching either the passion or fired-up imagination of its subject. Renee Zellweger, in full-on perk mode, stars as Beatrix, who creates animated friends (like Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck) on the written — and illustrated — page and watches as they become literary sensations under the guidance of guileless book publisher Norman Warne (a sweet Ewan McGregor). Even a third-act tragedy can’t taint the picture’s perpetual cheeriness — which works fine when Miss Potter functions as a wholesome family film and not so well when it strives for some measure of dramatic heft.

Ghost Rider 1/2

Is it possible that before making the bigscreen version of Ghost Rider, writer-director Mark Steven Johnson had never even read a Ghost Rider comic book? Yes, I know as well as anyone that faithfulness to the source material is a low priority when it comes to Hollywood, whether adapting Stan Lee or Lee Child. But Johnson, whose version of Daredevil wasn’t quite as bad as the press made out, here botches what would have seemed to be a fairly manageable assignment. The original Johnny Blaze wasn’t a joke-a-second character like Peter Parker or The Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm. He was more somber and serious, as one would expect from a biker who sold his soul to the devil (to save the life of a loved one) and then found himself living under a curse that transformed him into a flaming-skull creature whenever in the presence of evil. Of course, when you hire Nicolas Cage to star in your movie, it’s safe to assume that camp was what was intended all along. Cage, whose best film in recent years has been the hilarious Wicker Man reedit currently gracing YouTube, falls back on the eye-popping, head-rolling overacting that has turned him into this decade’s Rod Steiger. Amazingly, though, he doesn’t deliver the movie’s worst performance; instead, he lands in the show position, right under Eva Mendes as the somnambular love interest and the mesmerizingly awful Wes Bentley as one of the least convincing — and therefore least threatening — villains of recent vintage. On the plus side, the special effects are pretty cool, and it was inspired to cast Peter Fonda as Mephistopheles (Easy Rider, meet Ghost Rider). Otherwise, this is yet another comic book adaptation that goes up in flames before our very eyes. continued on page 48

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Jim Carrey, once again trying to break out of funnyman mode, delivers his darkest (if After earning positive notices for his breakhardly most successful) performance to date through feature, 2005’s Hustle & Flow, — he plays Walter Sparrow, a dog catcher writer-director Craig Brewer returns with whose brooding personality often seems at another look at Southern discomfort deepodds with his role as fried in a greasy pool a devoted husband of sex and song. Set in (to Virginia Madsen’s a swampy Tennessee Agatha) and father burg, this stars Samuel Reel Savannah Presents (to Logan Lerman’s L. Jackson as Lazarus, a Copying Beethoven Robin). After sevformer blues musician What: This film tells the story of Ludwig eral laborious exposiwho rescues town tart van Beethoven’s last years, when he was tion scenes meant to Rae (Christina Ricci) completing his Ninth Symphony, even dovetail with Walter’s after he discovers her though by then he was deaf. The screendroning voiceover in the ditch next to ing also will highlight Reel Savannah’s narration about the his house. Working move to a new home at the recently reno- through his own dorole of “fate” in our vated Victory Square Stadium 9 Theaters. lives, he comes into mestic crisis Lazarus When: March 18 at 7 p.m. Where: Vicpossession of a selfdecides to redeem tory Square Stadium 9 Theaters off Skidpublished book called himself by simultaaway Road. Cost: $7. The Number 23. As neously saving this Walter begins reading woman, chaining her Indy Media Night: the story of a saxoto his radiator and atThe Ground Truth phone-playing detectempting to purge her What: A showing of a documentary tive named Fingerling of her sexual demons. about the Iraq war called The Ground (played in dramatiWhat Lazarus doesn’t Truth. When: March 21 at 7 p.m. Where: zations by Carrey) know is that his own The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: and his carnal endemons will be betFree, but donations will be accepted. tanglements with an ter tamed by the love HOLA Presents Italian femme fatale of a good woman — in called Fabrizia (also this case, the helpful Fighting Senate Bill 529 Madsen), he becomes pharmacist (S. Epatha What: The Hispanic Outreach and freaked out by the fact Leadership at AASU will host a screenMerkerson) who works that the book veers in the nearby town ing of a documentary film followed closely to his own life — and that Rae’s solby a panel discussion on the Georgia story. Becoming inSecurity and Compliance in Immigration dier-boy steady (Justin creasingly obsessed Timberlake) has just bill. When: March 21 at 7 p.m. Where: with this book (yes, returned after an University Hall, Room 157. Cost: Free.w even more than teenaborted Iraqi tour of agers with a new duty and is looking Harry Potter installhigh and low for his ment), Walter also notices that the number sweetheart. 23 plays a significant role not only in the Bridge to Terabithia novel but also in his own life.

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Basically Amistad with only half the serving of self-importance, Amazing Grace examines the efforts of William Wilberforce, a member of British Parliament who fought to end his country’s involvement in the slave trade during the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Ioan Gruffudd (the officer who rescues Rose in Titanic), plays Wilberforce, who spent over two decades of his life battling colleagues who saw nothing wrong in keeping the practice of slavery alive. But armed with his deeply held religious convictions and a basic sense of decency, he persevered against all obstacles, including a reputation as a traitor to his country during the war with France (“You’re either with us or with the French terrorists!” has a familiar ring...) and his own failing health. Perhaps more Masterpiece Theatre than motion picture — director Michael Apted (Nell) frequently opts for static shots more suitable for the small screen — Amazing Grace nevertheless tells a story that’s compelling enough to compensate for the occasional stuffiness.


Like the film versions of A Little Princess and The Neverending Story, Bridge to Terabithia wasn’t made for crusty-snot-nosed kids; instead, it’s for bright, inquisitive children (and attendant adults) who subscribe to the theory that imagination is one of the most wonderful tools available. Based on Katherine Paterson’s award-winning book, this explores the relationship between two outcast middle-schoolers (Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb, both highly appealing) and the adventures they share as they create a magical kingdom in the woods that rest behind their respective houses. If the effects involved in the creation of their imaginary world seem on the thrifty side, that’s OK, since the heart of the story rests in the manner in which children are able to cope with loneliness, ostracism and even death. Incidentally, co-writer David Paterson is Katherine’s son, which helps explain the film’s fidelity to its source material.


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49 a sizable bank account. But Milly also finds herself being wooed by Johnny (Gabriel Macht), a tattooed musician who’s raising an ADD-afflicted kid on a minimum income and who lives with his own father (Stephen Collins). For all its faults the movie’s most unforgivable sin is its treatment of the great Diane Keaton. Watching her humiliated on camera in the service of such a loathsome character (she shrieks! she whines! she falls on her ass!) is inexcusable.

Assembly line romantic comedies often rise or fall based on the stars at their center, and Music and Lyrics is lucky to have both Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant (as opposed to, say, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey) offering their services to the soggy premise. Grant stars as Alex Fletcher, a former 80s pop star who’s commissioned by current music diva CARMIKE 10 Cora Corman (Haley 511 Stephenson Ave. • 353-8683 Bennett) to write a 300, Zodiac, Black Snake Moan, new hit song for her. Number 23, Ghost Rider, Because Alex’s forte is in the I Said So, Dreamgirls, Night at the melody, not the lyrMuseum ics, so he ends up asking quirky Sophie Fisher (Barrymore), the REGAL EISENHOWER woman who waters his 1100 Eisenhower Dr. • 352-3533 plants, to help him.


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Whether or not one agrees with a character’s declaration that the royal family is comprised of “freeloading, emotionally retarded nutters,” it’s fascinating to watch these uppercrust Brits play out their own sordid soap opera in The Queen, a wicked — and wickedly good — show that’s one of the year’s best films. Set in the days following the death of Diana in 1997, it focuses on the royal family’s reaction to the tragedy as well as the efforts of a newly elected prime minister to take control of the situation. Helen Mirren’s Oscarwinning performance is a thing of beauty. She initially makes Elizabeth as impenetrable as Fort Knox, yet there are cracks in her demeanor that allow us to see that this woman is finally coming to terms with just how of touch with her subjects she might be.

There’s a reason makeup artist Rick Baker has six Academy REGAL SAVANNAH 10 Awards on the mantle 1132 Shawnee St. • 927-7700 in his workshop, and it 300, Black Snake Moan, Wild Hogs, can be seen in his latZodiac, Ghost Rider, The Queen est collaboration with Eddie Murphy. Baker, VICTORY SQUARE 9 who earned one of his Oscars for his work on 1901 E. Victory • 355-5000 Murphy’s The Nutty 300, Last King of Scotland, Wild Professor (as well as adHogs, Zodiac, Number 23, Ghost ditional nominations Rider, Bridge to Terabithia, Norbit, for Coming to America Daddy’s Little Girls and Life), had a hand in the designs Murphy WYNNSONG 11 dons in this comedy, and as usual, his ef1150 Shawnee St. • 920-1227 forts elicit gasps of adUltimate Gift, Number 23, Reno miration. Also worthy 911, Amazing Grace, Bridge to of (guarded) praise is Terabithia, Breach, Music and Murphy himself, who Lyrics, Daddys Little Girls, Norbit, once again is able to Hannibal Rising, Pan’s Labyrinth create a deft comic persona. That would be the title character, a mildmannered nerd who, after being raised by Asian restaurant owner Mr. Wong, ends up Night At the Museum marrying a frightening, 300-pound behemoth named Rasputia. This film plays with fire by employing the Because I Said So services of three overexposed actors — Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Robin Williams A nasty piece of cinema posing as a roman(only Will Ferrell is missing) — and potentic comedy, Because I Said So is this year’s tially allowing them to run rampant through Monster-In-Law, a vicious stab at the maan overstuffed fantasy yarn. Mercifully, ternal instinct that also manages to humiliStiller is muted, Williams is similarly reate the iconic actress at its center. Diane strained, and Wilson... well, Wilson. Stiller Keaton headlines the film as Daphne, a 59plays Larry Daley, the new night watchman year-old woman who still dotes on Milly at a museum where the exhibits come to (Mandy Moore), the youngest of her three life after the venue closes. The benevolent grown daughters (the others are played by Teddy Roosevelt (Williams) is helpful, but Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo). Daphne Larry has his hands full evading Attila the wants to insure that Milly ends up with the Hun, dealing with a mischievous monkey, perfect man, so she places an advertisement and settling squabbles between a miniature and interviews prospective suitors. She finds cowboy (Wilson) and an equally diminutive a suitable sucker: Jason (Tom Everett Scott), Roman commander (Steve Coogan). w an architect with a smooth demeanor and


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AMBUCS is dedicated to creating mobility and independence of people with disabilities Volunteers meet every first and third Monday at 7 p.m. at Fire Mountain Restaurant on Stephenson Ave. Call Ann Johnson at 897-4818. Chatham County Democratic Party meets the second Monday of each month. at 6 p.m. at 143 Houston St. at the corner of Oglethorpe and Houston. Call Karen Arms at 897-1300 or David Bonorato at 921-7039 or visit 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@ or visit Chatham County Young Republicans For information, visit or call Brad Morrison at 596-4810. Coastal Democrats Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or Drinking Liberally Promoting democracy one pint at a time - share politics while sharing a pitcher. This is an informal gathering of like-minded, left-leaners who may want to trade ideas, get more involved and just enjoy each other’s company. Meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at WG’s Tavern, 17 Lincoln St. For information, visit or send email to for location of the meeting. 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. Visit for film listings and dates or e-mail fearnoarts@ 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 National Council of Negro Women meets the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

Planned Parenthood meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. For info, call Heather Holloway at 352-4052 or Volunteers are needed for Planned Parenthood, and will meet the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Sentient Bean. For information about volunteering, call Heather Holloway 3524032 or 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 Call Tom Oxnard at 598-4290 or send e-mail to Walk for Women’s Lives Georgians for Choice will hold its fifth annual march on March 25 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.


2007 Cooking for Charity Learn the secres of award-winning culinary expert Chef Matt Cohen of the New South Cafe and eat a gourmet meal while raising funds for organizations or charities. Organizations interested should call 2337558 or stop by at 2601 Skidaway Rd. AWWIN, Inc. A fundraiser will be held Monday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The New South Cafe. Tickets are $100, with 75 percent of all proceeds going to AWWIN, A Working Woman in Need. Call Sarahlyn at 659-0241 to RSVP. For info, call 233-7558 or visit Fourth Annual Golf Classic The Savannah State College of Business Administration will host a golf tournament on Monday, March 26 at the Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. Registration fees are $500 for a foursome or $125 for individuals, which includes greens fees, golf cart, continental breakfast and a boxed lunch. Each player will receive a complimentary certificate for a foursome to play 18 holes at Hampton Hall. Call Keenya Mosley at 356-2836. Give for the Gulf is a year-long, comprehensive Armstrong Atlantic State University initiative that will raise funds and provide community services

for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Visit The Hidden Treasure 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 and in area gift shops. Island Feral Cat Project is hosting a bake sale Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Whitemarsh Wal-Mart Shopping Center. All proceeds will go to the spaying/neutering of feral cats. For info, visit Project Linus Volunteer “blanketeers” are asked to participate by donating new, handmade, washable blankets that have been knitted, crocheted or quilted. The mission of Project Linus is to provide a sense of warmth and comfort to children who are in need by propviding them with blankets that have been lovingly handmade. Yarn, fabric and monetary donations also are accepted. Call Amanda Welch at 856-8041 or Savannah Friends of Music will host an array of Parties a la Carte, ranging from a Mexican Fiesta to a Scavenger Hunt, to raise money to bring music to Savannah. Call Melissa Emery at 598-1883 for information or reservations. Tiny Tots Consignment Sale will be held Friday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, on the corner of Washington and Waters avenues. Top quality, gently used children’s equipment and clothing will be offered for sale. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Savannah Children’s Choir. Contact Tybee Turtle Tour This program is sposnored by the Tybee Arts Association to raise money to help save turtles through ecological education in a public art forum. Fifty fiberglass statues of sea turtles have been placed around Tybee Island and vicinity, and volunteers are being sought to decorate them. Organizational meetings are being held Wednesdays at 7pm, at the old school behind the new gym on Tybee. Visit The tour will be active through autumn, 2007.

Call for Entries

Urban Hope is calling for submission of artwork of any medium and size to be featured in the Art for Hope Exhibit and Sale to be held on April 26. All work will be received as a donation to the Urban Hope after-school programs. Urban Hope is a Christian min-

istry for urban youth. Entries must be ready to hang and received by April 19. The dropoff location is Prime Time Ts, 8610 White Bluff Rd. Monday through Fridya from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call Christ at 925-1726 or Nataly at 495-9250, or email or cfreedesigns1@

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AARP Senior Drivers Safety Program Instructors are needed to teach this program in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties. For information, call Chuck at 598-1011. AASU Fall Semester Abroad Armstrong Atlantic State University will offer a study abroad program in Siena, Italy, during the fall semester, which runs from Sept. 23 through Nov. 16 and includes academic excursions to Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice. The program is open to all AASU undergrads in any discipline. The cost is $7,872 and includes round trip airfare, housing and excursions. Application deadline is March 23 at 5 p.m. Visit www. ss/index.html. Adult Education The Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers, 1601 Drayton St., offers tutoring Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in basic literacy skills, GED preparation and computer training. Call 447-5711. The Art School Class offerings include children’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.

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Baby sign classes Savannah Speech & 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. Brush with Clay Classes in relief work in clay with a painterly technicque of glazing and surface decoration are offered at CarosArt Studio in Windsor Forest by professional artist/clay sculptor Carolyne Graham. Classes are held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. a.m. to noon. Inquire about other days. The cost is $100 per six weeks of instruction. Clay supplies are extra. Call 925-7393 or 925-5465 to register. Coastal Issues Seminar Clean Coast will conduct a seminar March 24 and 25 at Skidaway Island State Park. The cost is $25. Topics will include the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, wind energy on the Georgia coast, desalination and monitoring coastal developments with the North Atlantic Right Whale in mind. Visit www. or call Clete Bergen at 2338001 or email to make reservations. Clutter Clearing Boot Camp This feng shui workshop will be held Tuesday, March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Wisdom Center, 25 E. 40th St. The cost is $25. Email Barbara Harrison at coastalchi@ Conversational Spanish Do you want to practice your Spanish? Come to the mesa de espanol the second 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 Davenport House Docent Training is conducted every February, July and October. Call 236-8097 or send email to Fall Visual Arts Classes The City of Savannah’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. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register. Feng Shui Workshop with certified practitioner Barbara Harrison will be offered Tuesday, March 20 from 67:30 p.m. at The Wisdom Center, conrer of Drayton and 40th streets. Contact Barbara at 961-0104 or First Steps parent education program This parent education and support program is based at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Call 8196910. Free Tax School Earn extra income after taking this course. Flexible schedules, convenient location. The class is free, but there is a small fee for books. Call 352-3862 or visit www.libertytax. com. Get Published Coaching and editing services by Christopher Scott, published author and long-time writing teacher. One-on-one

coaching, manuscript editing for fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and memoirs. Call 398-1727 or send e-mail to for details and rates. Got Goals? Workshop A series of workshops for entrepreneurs will be held every Friday in February from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the International Center for Leadership and Coaching on Drayton at 40th Street. The cost is $125 for one session, $200 for two, $325 for three and $400 for all four. Lunch, stretching and chair massage included. Casual dress. Call Aimee Hoke at 236-3660 or e-mail Guided Imagery Change your life with guided imagery. 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 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 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. On March 22, Finding the Courage to Look at What You Do! will be offered. I-To-We Free Tele-Class Series for Couples Relationship coach Glenn Cohen will present a free one-hour tele-class every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Learn how to create a peaceful, joyous, passionate and loving relationships. Register at Introducing the Work of Byron Katie A technique developed by Byron Katie can provide a framework to solve problems. Workshops that introduce the process of “inquiry,” also known as “The Work,” are offered to the public free of charge and include a 35-minute vidoe presentation The Work of Byron Katie and an individualized sample “Inquiry.” For an appointment, call Ursula Sterling at 598-8233 or send e-mail to Kicklighter Academy has immediate openings in its preschool for typically developing children from 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Call 355-7633 to schedule a tour. Life Challenge Consulting Engage yourself in life-changing strategies. Career; stress reduction; spirituality. Free initial half-hour consultation. Call Cindy Beach, M.S., at 429-7265. The Masterpiece Series Holly Koons McCullough, chief curator of fine arts and exhibitions at the Telfair Museum of Art, will discuss Enhance Your Home with Original Art: Assemble a collection of local artwork while making your home one of a kind on March 22 at noon at the Chatham Club. To make a reservation, a $25 payment must be received by March 19. Visit for information.

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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. Newest Internet Trend Imagine 24 months to financial freedom, 645 percent growth and huge profits. Call 228-5649 to reserve a spot at a free information session. Paralegal/Legal Secretary Certificate Program A series of 10 to 12 courses over a 1 1/2 year period at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Classes meet once a week, for eight weeks. The fee is $135. Call 927-5213. Photo Safari 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 Puppet Shows are offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler AfricanAmerican Health Information & Resource Center for schools, day cares, libraries, churches, community events and fairs. Call 447-6605. Puppet Show for Seniors A show for seniors featuring the Puppet People will be presented March 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jewish Educational Alliance.

53 Riding Lessons Norwood Stables in Sandfly near the Isle of Hope is offering riding lessons for ages 6 through 76, including Hunt Seat (English) or Dressage. The stables also offers summer camps, rentals, leasing, boarding and horses for sale. For a tour, call 356-1387. 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 308-3561. e-mail savannahlatina@yahoo. com or visit Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Shakespeare Festival Classes A scene study class with an emphasis on this year’s Shakespeare Festival production will be presented Sundays from 4-6 p.m. The class is free and open to all local talent. It will be held on Sundays at the STUDIO, 2805B Roger Lacey Ave. Call Mark Niebuhr at 695-9146. Sketching Animals at the Zoo Workshop Award-winning painter and sculptor Sandy Branam will present a four-day workshop April 10-14 at The Art School, 74 W. Montgomery Cross Rd, No. B-2. April 11 will be spent at the Jacksonville Zoo. Participants will use ink, watercolor and

watercolor pencils. The cost is $185. Call 443-9313 or visit Spring Visual Art Classes The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is registering students for its spring visual arts classes. Day and evening classes are offered in ceramics, painting, jewelry making and stained glass for children, teens and adults. All classes are held at S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St. Class fees include instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materals and tools required. Visit or call 651-4248. 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. The Wisdom Center A series of free workshops for the “evolved” will be presented every week through May. Spiritual Awakenings and Meditations for the Evolved will be presented on Mondays, a writing workshop called Ethical Wills will be presented Tuesdays and previews of the DVD The Secret with a workshop facilitated by Veronica Nance will be presented on Wednesdays. A $5 donation is requested. Call 236-3660 for reservations. continued on page 54

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AASU 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 or or visit http:// Bike Night with Mikie 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. Blackbeard’s Scuba Club Call Ryan Johnson at 604-5977. Chihuahua Club of Savannah A special little club for special little dogs and their owners meets one Saturday each month at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit ChiSavannah/. Civil Air Patrol is the civilian, volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and is involved in search and rescue, aerospace education and cadet programs. Meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for

cadets (12-18 years old) and 7 p.m. for adult members at the former Savannah Airport terminal building off Dean Forest Road. Visit, send e-mail to, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 412-4410. Clean Coast meets monthly on the first Monday at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Check for event schedule. Coastal Bicycle Touring Club of Savannah Visit 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 Daughters of Destiny An ongoing seminar for women who want to make changes in their lives through spirituality and positive reinforcement meets every Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Daughters of Destiny House, 12 E. 41st St. Facilitated by Miriam Center. Call 663-0894.

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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@ 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 Geechee Sailing Club meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr. in Thunderbolt. Open to all interested in boating and related activities. Call 234-1903. 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. Low Country Turners This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Hank Weisman at 786-6953. 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. Millionaire Women’s Club Networking Business Expo will be held Thursday, March 15 at 8 a.m. at the Mulberry Inn, 601 E. Bay St. Guests are

welcome to attend for a $25 fee. Breakfast will be served and is included in the cost. Call 441-6653 or email 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 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 or send e-mail to 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@ or visit St. Almo The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 5 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. (Time changes with the season.) Call 2343336.


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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 or Dave Armstrong at Savannah Community Darkroom Join photographers and artists who are passionate about the art of black and white photography and the craft of film processing and paper printing using chemistry in a darkroom. Help create a place to fuel the fire of artistic vision as well as introduce the medium to those in the community who have yet to discover its magic. Group meetings are held on a regular basis. Contact Kathleen Thomas at ghostgirl1204excite. com. 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 and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States 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 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 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 Savannah Newcomers Club 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. Savannah Shag Club offers shag music every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36 on Victory Drive. 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

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$45 for a family. Call 713-7655 or e-mail 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. Sea Scout Venture Crew The Coastal Empire Council Boy Scouts of America has teamed up with the Tybee Light Power Squadron to organize a co-ed program for high school students that will give them an introduction to sailing, boating and water safety. Students must be currently enrolled in high school. Call 927-7272. Take Back the Night Collective meets every Monday at 6 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. The group will meet until the event, which is scheduled for Friday, April 13 at Forsyth Park. Call Kara at 867-0487. 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@ 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 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356. The Young Professionals of Savannah For information, contact Leigh Johnson at 659-9846..


The Week of the Young Child Conference Armstrong Atlantic State University will hold a conference, Building Better Futures for All Children, that will focus on technology. It will be held Friday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St. The keynote speaker will be Annette Lamb, a national educational technology leader. The conference fee is $20. AASU students pay $10. Call 927-5281 or visit



Adult Ballet Classes at Islands Dance Academy, 115 Charlotte Dr, Whitemarsh Island near Publix shopping center. Challenging, rewarding and fun. All levels and body types welcome. $12 per class or $90 for eight classes. Beginner Adult Ballet is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intermediate Adult Ballet is held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:307:30 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced Adult Ballet is held Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thrusdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A variety of youth classes (ages 3 to teen) are available. Call Sue Braddy at 897-2100. Adult Jazz and Tap Classes 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 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. Ballroom Dance Party will be held Saturday, March 17 at the Islands Community Center. The basic lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the social dance is from 8-10:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for members of the Moon River Dancers and $10 for non-members. Beginners and singles are welcome. Covered dish. Call 961-9960.. 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 Visit Flamenco Enthusiasts Dance or learn flamenco in Savannah with the Flamenco Cooperative. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 or 3 p.m. at the Maxine Patterson School of Dance. Any level welcome. If you would like to dance, accompany or sing, contact Laura Chason at

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Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc. 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. Mommy and Me Dance Class Little dancers ages 18 months to 3 years get an introduction to dance and creative movement. Classes are Tuesdays from 10:3011:15 a.m. at the Gretchen Greene School of Dance, located on Wilmington Island. Call 897-4235 or visit The Savannah Shag Club Savannah’s original shag club meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Doubles Lounge in the Holiday Inn Midtown and Fridays at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36 on Victory Drive. Shag-Beach Bop-Etc. Savannah hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:30-11 p.m. at Double’s, Holiday Inn/Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free basic shag, swing, salsa, cha cha, line dance and others are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons are offered. The lesson schedule is posted at and announced each Monday. The dance lessons are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Special cocktail prices are from 6:30-10 p.m. and their are hors d’ouerves. There is no cover charge. Everyone is invited and welcomed into club membership. Call 927-4784 or 398-8784 or visit 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 Wheelchair and Disabled 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 Memorial Health’s The Rehabilitation Institute, 4700 Waters Ave. . For information, call Charleen Harden at 308-7307 or send e-mail to 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.

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A balanced life 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 355-3011 for an appointment. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. www.ssomt. com. Anusara Yoga Workshop with guest teacher Barbara Hall of Charleston, S.C. will be presented Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. The theme is Spring, Celebrating the Auspiciousness Within. The morning session is Dancing with Prana and the afternoon session is Expressing Your Own Divine Uniqueness. The cost is $45 for each session, or $80 for both. Call Kelley at 441-6655 to register. Center for Wellbeing Hatha Yoga classes are 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 The Jewish Education Alliance Join Amy Levy at 9:45 am on Fridays for yoga. Fee is $35 per month, Water Aerobics, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am. Fee is $42 a month for up to 16 sessions, Step Aerobics will be offered at the JEA on Thursday’s at 6:15 am. Cost is $35 per month. Call Drew Edmonds at 3558111. 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. Meditation Class Savannah Yoga Center is offering a meditation and Pranayama (breathing) class on Saturday mornings from 8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. from January through March. Led by Amanda Westerfield, the class is free with a suggested donation of $5 per class. All donations will go to Park Place Outreach, formerly Savannah Runaways. Each quarter, SYC will choose a different local charity to donate to.

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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 3502467 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 An eight-week sessaion will be held starting March 20 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 $100 for once a week or $175 for twice a week for the 8-week session. Call 596-0584 or send e-mail to Savannah Yoga Center Three new classes will be offered in 2007. Drop-ins are welcome. The new schedule is: Monday, 9-10:30 am Dynamic Flow All Levels w/ Sally; and 6-7:15 pm Yoga Basics w/ Heather. On Tuesday, 9-10:30a.m. hot yoga flow levels 1 and 2 with Brent, 6-7:30 pm Dynamic Flow All Levels w/ Brent. On Wednesday, 12-1:30 p.m., Iyengar All Levles with Laura, 6-7:30 pm Hot Yoga All Levels w/ Katie. On Thursday, 6-7:15 pm All Levels Flow w/ Kelley. On Friday, 10–11:15 am Dynamic Flow All Levels w/ Sally; and 5:45-7 pm, Mellow Flow Yoga w/ Kate. On Saturday, 8:45-9:15 a.m., Free Meditation with Amanda (suggested donation is $5. 100% of proceeds go to local charity), 9:30-10:45 a.m. All Levels Flow Yoga with Amanda and 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m. All Levels Flow Yoga with Kelley. On Sunday, 5-6 pm Community Flow Yoga w/ Amanda (cost is $5). The Savannah Yoga Center is located at 45 E. 40th St. Call Director Kelley Boyd at 441-6653, email or visit Senior Power Hour is a program for people over 55. Health and wellness professionals help reach fitness goals. The program may include, but isn’t limited to, strength training, cardio for the heart, flexibility, balance, basic healthy nutrition and posture concerns. Call 8987714.

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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. Teen Yoga Class Savannah Yoga Center is offering a class for teens 13 and up on Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The cost is $13 per class, $11 with a student ID, or an 8, 12 and 20-class card can be purchased for a discounted price. Call Kelley J. Boyd at 441-6653 or visit www.

Water aerobics at the JEA 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. Women on Weights is a series of one-hour training sessions led by a certified personal trainer who develops different routines throughout the month. The routines may include but aren’t limited to strength training, cardio training for the heart, flexibility, balance and weight management. Meets twice a week for a one-hour session. Call 898-7714. Yoga at Memorial Health 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. 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: Vinyasa from 5-6:15 p.m., Open Flow Level I and II 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday: Yoga Flow Level II and III from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Yoga Flow Level I from 10-11:30 a.m. and Open Flow Level I and II from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday: Power Yoga from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Friday: Vinyasa from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Yoga Flow Level I from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday: Yoga Flow Level I from 10-11:15 a.m., Power Yoga from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Seated Meditation from 1-1:30 p.m. Sunday: Vinyasa from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Yoga Flow Level II and III from 5-6:30 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. Single class $12, 8-class package for $75 and 15-class package for $120. Eight-week sessions in Kripalu Yoga, Mommy and Me Yoga and Prenatal Yoga also are available for $75 for the session. Call 898-0361 or email Yogalates Classes are offered by St. Joseph’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 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or 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 is the local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996. Savannah Gay Prom Savannah Pride, Inc. has teamed up with First City Network to present Starry Nights on April 29 from 7-11 p.m. at Savannah Station. The Jamison Alley Band of Charleston and DJ Jason Hancock from Columbia, S.C. will provide the music. A traditional king and queen crowning will be held, and the entry fee is $10. Tickets for the prom are $40 for one and $70 for a couple. That includes admission, a buffet-style dinner, an open bar, a prom picture and more. Tickets are available at, Creative/Approach, Urban Cargo, Venus de Milo, Club One Jefferson, Chuck’s Bar and Blaine’s Bar, or by calling Daniel John at 518-796-0333 or daniel@ Ticket sales will end April 20 at 5 p.m. Savannah Pride, Inc. meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St. Everyone is encouraged to attend, for without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call Patrick Mobley at 224-3238. 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.


Can’t Sleep? 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. Choose to Be Healthy Learn to go within, find balance/healing and access inner wisdom and peace. Offering free sample of Reiki Energy Medicine. Contact Ellen Farrell, MA, NCC, LPC at or 247-4263. 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 Cardiovascular Council, Inc. 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

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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 for information. Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group 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 9-11 a.m. at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601. Free Skin Cancer Screening will be held Feb. 17 at the Habersham YMCA. To register, call 819-3368 or visit 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 Georgia Cares Medicare Part D Assistance The toll-free hotline is 1-800-669-8387. HIV/AIDS and STD awareness

59 training My Brothaz Home, Inc., a local nonprofit HIV/AIDS organization, offers free HIV/ AIDS and STD awareness training, risk reduction counseling and prevention case management to individual males and groups of males. Upon completion of the training, a monetary incentive and educational materials will be given to each participant. Call 231-8727. 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 FitnessOne provides American Heart Association courses each month to certify individuals in infant, child and adult CPR. The cost is $30. Call 350-4030 or visit www. Memorial Health group meditation sessions are offered free to the public every Tuesday from 5:30-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine. Memorial Health heart risk assessment is held once a month at FitnessOne. The appointment takes about 40 minutes and the cost is $50. Call Midge at 350-4042. Memorial 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

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Auditorium at Memorial Health to educate the community about the risk factors of arthritis, the prevention of arthritis and medical and surgical joint replacement. To register, call 350-3603. Memorial Health SET Focus Group This is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents/ caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. Call Donna at 350-5616 or Saundra at 350-3396. Narcotics Anonymous When at the end of the road you find that you no longer can function with or without drugs, there’s a simple, spiritual, non-religious program known as Narcotics Anonymous. Call 238-5925 for the Savannah Lowcountry Area Narcotics Anonymous meeting schedule. Planned Parenthood Hotline First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-2647154. Psych-K Workshop Apply “The Secret” to your live. Put an end to self-sabotage or depression. Start achieving life’s goals and release negative beliefs and replace them with positive ones. Sessions will be held Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. at Unity of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. The cost is $300 or $250 with early-bird discount. Pay a $50 deposit by Arpil 20 and pay the balance of $200 at the door. Online registration is available at or visit Call Marguerite Berrigan at 247-6484. The Quit Line a toll-free resource that provides counseling, screening, support and referral services for all Georgia residents 18 or older and concerned parents of adolescents who are using tobacco. Call 1-877-270-STOP or visit www. SouthCoast Medical Group Flu Shots SouthCoast is offering flu shots at a discounted price of $14. No appointment is necessary. Locations are at 1326 Eisnehower Dr. and 9 Chatham Center South, Suite C, in Savannah, 1000 Towne Center Blvd. in Pooler and 10055 Ford Ave., Suite 5A in Richmond Hill. Stop Smoking Researchers at the University of Iowa combined 600 studies covering 72,000 people

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and found that hypnosis is the most effective way to stop smoking. Call the Alpha Institute. 927-3432. Super 2 Access Clinic Super 2 Access (After Cancer Cure Evaluation Strategy and Support) is a clinic for children and adolescents who completed cancer treatment at least two years ago. For information, call Pam at 658-2215 or Donna at 667-8943. 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 Wanted: CPR and First Aid Instructors The Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for instructors. Call 6515371 or send email to

Nature and Environment

Coastal Issues Seminar Clean Coast will conduct a seminar March 24 and 25 at Skidaway Island State Park. The cost is $25. Topics will include the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, wind energy on the Georgia coast, desalination and monitoring coastal developments with the North Atlantic Right Whale in mind. Visit www. or call Clete Bergen at 2338001 or email to make reservations. Dolphin Project of Georgia Boat owners, photographers and other volunteers are needed to help conduct scientific research which will take place one weekend during the months of January, April, July and October. Must be at least 18 years old. Call 232-6572 or visit www. Refuge Reptiles Expert herpetologist Bobby Moulis will present this two-hour program on March 18 from 2-4 p.m. about the amazing American

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alligator and some of the snakes and turtles that live at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 6-16. Reservations are required. Call 897-5108. Take a walk on the wild side at the Oatland Island Education Center. The “Native Animal Nature Trail” features a variety of live animals and landscapes and winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats. Located 5 miles east of downtown off the Islands Expressway. M-F:9 a.m.-4 p.m. and most Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person for everyone over 4. 898-3980 or visit Tybee Island Marine Science Center Visit the center to discover the Georgia coast. The exhibits and aquariums are home to more than 100 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, corals and other interesting sea creatures. Beach Discovery Walks are offered Fridays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Call 786-5917 for information about current programs. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children 3-16. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Tuesdays when it is open 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers needed for Tybee Marine Center Tybee Marine Science Center is looking for volunteers interested in supporting educational programs. Help is needed with touch tank presentations, animal care, special events, sea turtle monitoring, outreach programs, gift shop and office duties. Call 7865917 or visit

Pets & Animals

Coastal Pet Rescue On March 24 from 1-4 p.m., another adoption day will be held at Pet Supermarket in Chatham Plaza. Donations of pet supplies and money will be accepted at both events. Call Lisa Scarbrough at 351-4151 or lisa@ St. Almo The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 5 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. Time changes with season. Call for time change. Call 234-3336. 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 Site Launched for Reclaiming Lost Pets A new website has been launched to help people reclaim lost pets. It is located at www.

Readings & Signings

Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club meets the last Sunday at 4 p.m. at the center, 1910 Abercorn St. 447-6605. 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. Warriors of Christian Poetics Seeking Christian poets, rappers and singers for a Christian poetry troupe. Call 912-4504827.

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. 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. Energy Share Circle at Dovestar Experience the power of healing energy through reiki, alchemical body work, shamaballa and yoga bodywork every Friday at 7 p.m. Free. 11911 Middleground Rd. Call 920-0801. Manifestation Gathering at Dovestar is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Learn ancient techniques to connect with your personal power to insure success for all your wishes for prosperity on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level. Free. Call 920-0801. Meditation Group 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. To reserve a space, email Ellen Farrell, M.A. at or call 247-4263. Nicodemus by Night An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. Overcoming by Faith Services with the Rev. Ricky Temple are held Saturday from 6-7:30 p.m. at 9700 Middleground Rd. Sunday worship services are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services are now held Sundays in Rincon. Call 927-8601. Path of the Pagan The group will teach and learn from each other, creating a sacred space. Free. Meets Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Hall, East Macon Street. Call 356-9343. Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

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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 information, call SGI-USA at 232-9121. 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. The books are available at The Source bookstore at the church. Theology on Tap is an international program for adults in their 20s and 30s who are looking to grow in their Catholic faith. It will meet March 3 at Kevin Barry’s, 117 W. River St. For information, contact Laura Lukasik at 844-2619 or Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church On March 18, a celebration of the spring equinox will be presented by Sherrye Shatney. Services begin Sunday at 10 a.m. at 707 Harmon St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 233-6284 or 786-6075, e-mail UUBC2@ Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah A liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. On March 18, Lester B. Johnson III will speak from the topic, Al-Islam: Misconceptions Versus Realities. The service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Troup Square Sanctuary. For information, call 234-0980, or send e-mail to uusav@comcast.


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net or visit www.jinglebellchurch org. The Uncommon Denomination. Unity of Savannah 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 Warriors of Christian Poetics Calling all Christian poets, rappers and singers are needed for a Christian poetry troupe. Call 912-450-4827. 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.

Sports & Games

Lacrosse Team Forming If you are between the ages of 15 and 50 and have the desire to play one of the fastest games on two feet, call 920-4568 and ask for John Baer, a former All American Goalie in 1976, an Australian World team selectee in 1982 and a winning coach for nearly 28

years. Some fees will be needed for uniforms and other expenses. Savannah Adult Baseball League is looking for new players/teams to join for the 2007 season, which begins April 1. The league welcomes men 25 years of age or older. Contact SABL at 341-6168 or info@ Savannah Area Tennis will hold an after-school and weekend Junior Group Tennis Program for ages kindergarten through 12th grade at various sites throughout Savannah. A cardio tennis program, Adults’ Workout With a Racquet, is a group activity that features drills aimed at giving players of all abilities a high-energy workout. Sessions are $10. For information about either program, call Phyllis Greene at 961-9862 or 507-9862 or send e-mail to Savannah Disc Golf Club holds an Open Doubles Tournament at 1 p.m. each Saturday at Tom Triplett Park on U.S. 80 between Dean Forest Road and Interstate 95. New players are welcome. Teams are chosen by luck of the draw. Entry is $5. For information, visit Savannah Shamrock Rugby Club is always looking for new players, no experience necessary. Open practice every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Forsyth Park. Call 663-7415 or visit www.

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African-American Women Overcoming Depression and Bi-Polar Disease meets the third Thursday of the month at the Bull Street Library. For information, call JoAnne Wright at 236-0027. Al Anon Family Groups A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics meets Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1501 Eisenhower Dr. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive. Call 5989860 or visit http://al_anon_savannah. Alcoholics Anonymous If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, call 354-0993. Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group The group is for caregivers, family members and friends of persons affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementiacausing illnesses and meets the first Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 111 of the Skidaway Island Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway. Visit www. or call 920-2231. Amputee Support Group Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635. Backus Children’s Hospital Support

Group for Parents who have a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity Meets once a week. Call Donna at 350-5616. Backus Children’s Hospital Support Group for Parents of Children with Bleeding Disorders meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Health. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Bariatric/Gastric Bypass Support Group for past and potential obesity surgery patients and their families. For information, call Cheryl Brown at 350-3644. Better Breathers support group meets quarterly, March 24, June 16, September 15 and December 15, at noon, Conference Room 2, Candler Heart & Lung Bldg. 5356 Reynolds St. Contact Tina Nelson at 819-7340 or Cindy Balkstra at 819-8032. Bipolar Support Group John J. Dunn, Ph.D., is interested in hearing from people who want to participate in a bipolar support group. Call 692-1230 after 6 p.m. Bulloch County Rape Crisis Hotline The Bulloch County Sexual Assault Task Force has announced a new 24 hour/7 day a week hotline staffed by trained volunteers to aid victims of rape, incest and sexual molestation. The number is 912-531-1771.

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CASA Support Group This support group is for parents and extended caregivers whose child or children have been involved with DFCS and/or returned to your custody after being in foster care, or who have been given custody of a family member’s child who has been involved with DFCS and/or has been in foster care. The group meets the first Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. at Youth Futures Family Resource Center at 705 Anderson St. For information, call Madison at CASA at 447-8908 or send email to Cancer support group meets every third Tuesday of the month from 6-7 p.m. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. The group is open to anyone who is living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-3360. Caring for Us is a support group for caregivers of ill or injured family members or loved ones. Call Kimberlee Mitchell at 350-3399. Celiac Support Group for anyone with celiac disease who is allergic to products containing gluten, their family or friends. For information, call 507-2592.

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63 Citizens With Retarded Citizens Open to families of children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly at 1211 Eisenhower Drive. 355-7633. Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Candler Heart and Lung Building, second floor, Room 2. Compassionate Friends Support Group offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents. It meets the first Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Candler Heart & Lung Building, Conference Room 2, 5356 Reynolds St. 925-5195. Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges meets every Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, Room 250. This is a group for couples struggling with primary or secondary infertility, whether they have been on this journey for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email Debtors Anonymous meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 225 W. President St. in the third floor New Beginnings Room. Enter on President Street through the left-hand set of

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here you come dragging your exhausted but redeemed ass out of the deep dark forest of symbols. The red-eyed monkey demons fall off your back as you straggle toward the light. Your sunken eyes see wonders they were blind to before your ordeal. Your heart rages with a wild angelic love you’ve never tapped into before. And as you realize the magnitude of your tough miracle, you feel glimmers of gratitude for the rude tests you had to endure. Maybe you should get totally lost in limbo more often. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): On the Internet’s Leonard Cohen Forum, Lizzy says she once thought that making “a joyful noise unto the Lord” was the highest expression of spiritual praise. Now she feels that *whispering* one’s appreciation for the majesty of creation is just as valid. Diane, going a step further, suggests that even silence can be a powerful form of homage--maybe even more so than raucous celebration. My opinion? I think Diane might be right when it comes to plants and animals, with which you can achieve easy telepathic communion. But when dealing with the divine works of art known as human beings, the best way to express praise is loud and clear. Your assignment in the coming week is to do that for everyone you care about. More than ever before, you need to dispense vociferous approval and articulate adoration. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish,” prayed Michelangelo. He exulted in the feeling of having too much to express. He thrived on the stimulus of his delicious frustration; he used the inspiring sting of his nagging inadequacy as a fuel for his boundless creativity. Are you willing to experiment with this approach, Gemini? Do you have the nerve to love what’s imperfect about your life? Are you brave enough to laugh at the probability that your yearning will never be completely fulfilled? CANCER (June 21-July 22): What were those square LED devices that suddenly appeared at random

glass doors between Whitaker and Barnard streets. Arrive early, as the entry doors are locked promptly at 5:30 p.m. For information, e-mail Depressive/Manic support group Open to persons diagnosed with depression. Meetings are held in classroom B in the Surgery Center Building of Memorial Hospital every Tuesday at 7 p.m. 920-0153 or 927-2064 Diabetes support group meets the third Thursday at 6 p.m. at Memorial Health in Conference Room A. Call Robin at 350-3843. Domestic violence community support group SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Building at 325 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888. Domestic Violence Hotline The Georgia Human Resources Department and Georgia Coalition on Family Violence, have a new number, 24 hours a day. 1-80033-HAVEN. Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324.

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outdoor locations around nine American urban areas in January? They turned out to be the main ingredients of a silly promotional campaign for the TV show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” The citizens of New York, L. A., Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia took the prank in stride, but Boston officials saw it as a terrorist threat. Is it any coincidence that this horoscope column, Free Will Astrology, has long appeared in newspapers published in all the above cities *except* Boston? I think not. It’s evidence that the advice contained herein raises intelligence levels and helps users know the difference between real and imagined threats. So maybe you’ll believe me when I tell you, Cancerian, that the only threat you face right now is from the part of you that thinks a certain imagined threat is real.

a time when you should be enjoying your hard-earned goodies with pure relish, not worrying about them or defending them or trying to adjust them to fit anyone else’s specifications.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here are the blessings I wish for you in the coming week: (1) not a sudden evacuation from a pitch-dark tunnel into a blinding light, but rather a gradual transition from the frigid blackness to cool grayness to warm brightness; (2) not an eruption out of a claustrophobic squeeze into the middle of nowhere, but rather a natural evolution from an interesting limitation to an expansive possibility; (3) not a stressful rocket launch from the bottomless abyss to a scary peak, but rather an exhilarating joyride from the lower depths to the ringing heights.

Let her inspire you to be original, experimental, and funny as you fight for a righteous cause that rouses your zealous idealism. It could be political in nature, as in La Tigresa’a case, or it could be personal, as in lobbying a loved one for more focus and intensity.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): High-level financial officials from the U.S. government recently visited their Chinese counterparts, scolding them for having a booming economy and strong currency that’s threatening the American economy. Here’s what Alan Abelson wrote about the meeting in *Barron’s.* “There’s something hilarious about the world’s biggest debtor, whose currency is sagging, lecturing a country that runs a humongous trade surplus and boasts a cool trillion in foreign reserves.” You may soon get metaphorically similar pressure, Virgo. People with a fraction of your savvy and resources may try to manipulate you into serving their aims. Politely ignore their pressure. This is

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Activists in the Pacific Northwest have sometimes resorted to extreme measures in their efforts to end the clear-cutting of old-growth forests. Among the most creative has been a woman named Dona Nieto, also known as La Tigresa. She has on occasion planted herself half-naked in front of marauding lumberjacks bearing chainsaws and bulldozers, stopping them in their tracks with the sight of her bare breasts and regaling them with her “Goddess- based, nude Buddhist guerrilla poetry.” She’s your role model, Libra.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’ve entered an Oscar Wilde-type phase. I urge you to get a sense of how the British author’s paradoxical brilliance worked so you can put yourself in a similar frame of mind. Study the following Wilde-isms. (1) “I can believe anything provided it is incredible.” (2) “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” (3) “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh; otherwise they’ll kill you.” (4) “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” (5) “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” (6) “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian philosopher Jonathan Zap reports that the typical adult has a mood change once every 90 minutes. According to my reading of the omens, you’ve been below that average for the past few weeks, lumbering along at only

a few emotional shifts per day. But that will soon be history, as your hormones conspire with cosmic rhythms to send you spiraling upwards to the levels usually experienced only by people in the 13-18 age range: one mutation every 20 minutes or so. Don’t worry. It won’t last forever. And it could even be great fun if you love, respect, and celebrate your inner teenager. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “It’s more fun to be the painter than the paint,” mused actor George Clooney in *Esquire* magazine. Usually I agree. I much prefer to be a creator who shapes raw material into a beautiful artifact than the raw material itself. But for the next couple of weeks, Capricorn, I’m recommending the opposite tack for you. I think you’ll have more fun being the paint than the painter. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s not completely dumb to sell your soul to the highest bidder for a while. And it’s an all-right time to entertain iffy prospects for increasing your cash flow or to work hard to make your boss rich (as long as you get a percentage). But just because it’s an OK time to do these things doesn’t mean you *should* do them. Consider this: It’s an even more favorable time for you to temporarily *rent* your good ideas to the highest bidder, to strike a deal with proven powerhouses that you *know* can increase your earnings, and to work your ass off in behalf of your *own* dreams. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by other people’s rules,” says novelist Michael Korda, “while quietly playing by your own.” That strategy works for many of the happiest people I know. It ain’t easy, though. You’ve got to figure out how to be honest and genuine even though you’re constantly performing; you’ve got to make your life a work of art that continually allows you to reinvent your innocent enjoyment of the game you’re playing. You Pisceans are probably better suited for this cagey approach than any other sign. And it’s currently a favorable time to get the hang of pulling it off. w

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Full Circle Grief and Loss Center a program of Hospice Savannah, offers the free counseling services for anyone dealing with loss. Call 355-2289. Grief 101 is a seven week support group for individuals who have suffered a loss by death. Pre-registration required. Tuesda­ys 6-7 p.m. Grief Support Network is an on-going peer-run support group. Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Children’s Groups, call for times. Specialty Groups such as Spouse Loss Group and Loss by Suicide Group are offered when needed. HIV/AIDS:living with HIV/AIDS? My Brothaz Home is a support group for men meets every Thursday of the month. Come on out and meet other brothaz. 231-8727. Hope House provides housing and support services such as life skills, resources and referrals, followup care and parent-child activities funded by DHR Promoting Safe and Stable Families. Please call 236-5310 for information. Huntington Disease Support Group meets the last Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Heart and Lung Building at Candler Hospital, second floor, Room 2. Call Sandra at 9640455. Keeping hope alive while living with cancer meets the fourth Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Women’s Services Conference Room at the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial Health. Call 350-7845. Koolostomy Accessories is a support group open to anyone who has an ostomy and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845. Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group Each month, the group focuses on a specific topic related to blood-related cancers and also discusses ways to improve quality of life. Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845. Living without Violence The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 234-9999. Lowcountry Huntington’s Disease Group Call 748-8808 or visit www.LowcountryHD. com.

Lung Cancer Support Group is for families who are going through lung cancer treatment and survivors of lung cancer. It meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the Lewis Research Center Pavilion from 5-6 p.m. Call Kay Denham at 651-5712.. Lupus Encouragement Group A support group that is open to patients with lupus, their family members and friends. 447-6605. Memorial Health Cancer Challenges Support Group Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845. Memorial Health Diabetes Support Group meets the third Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Error Prevention Conference Room. A variety of guests discuss ways to improve health. Call Glenda at 350-3690. Memorial Health Hemophilia Support Group for parents of children with bleeding disorders. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health Pancreatic Cancer Support Group’ For information, call Jennifer Currin at 3503988. Memorial Health POPPS! Group for children with cancer and their parents and caregivers. Call Donna at 350-5616. Memorial Health PRIDE Bleeding Disorders Support Group Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health SET Focus SET Focus is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents and caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. For information, call Saundra at 350-3396. Mommy and Me: Life With Your Little One is a support group that meets the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Candler Professional Building, Room 508A, 5354 Reynolds St. Call 819-6171 for information. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Call 653-5878. Multiple Sclerosis support group discusses topics that are relevant to anyone with a debilitating disease every fourth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. at Montgomery Cross Roads. 355-1523

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65 through or beyond a cancer diagnosis and their support person or persons. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Call 819-5723. St. Joseph’s/Candler Emory transplant support group The group meets every other month, Jan. 12, March 9, May 11, July 13, Sept. 14 and Nov. 9, in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart & Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. For information, call Karen Traver at 819-8350. Sarcoidosis support group meets quarterly, March 24, June 16, September 15 and December 15, Noon, Conference Room 2, Candler Heart & Lung Bldg. 5356 Reynolds St. 692-2032. Savannah Chatham Truancy Intervention Project meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 428 Bull St. in the United Way Building. The project can educate you regarding the new truancy law and how it impacts your child. The Savannah Parkinson’s Support Group meets the first Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. Call 355-6347 or 2384666. Senior Citizen’s Inc. Alzheimer’s Support Group This monthly support group is for families of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia and is held the second Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Ruth Byck Adult Day Care facility, 64 Jasper St. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Call Stacey Floyd at 236-0363. Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose purpose is to help those with sexual addictions. 351-7440. S-Anon Family Group is a fellowship for families and friends of sexaholics. For information, call 663-2565. Smoking Cessation Support Group is open to anyone who has stopped smoking and needs additional support or to those who are considering trying to stop smoking. Call 819-8032 or 819-3361. Spinal Injury Support Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Health. For information, call Jami Murray at 350-8900. Stroke Support Group Speak with someone who has survived a stroke, who will listen and understand stroke patients’ experiences. Groups meet in three locations -- every Tuesday from 12:303:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.; every Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Savannah Speech and Hearing, 1206 E. 66th St., (call Jane Medoff at 355-4601); and every third Thursday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church at 1 W. Ridge Rd. on Skidaway Island. Call Ann Farr at 598-1766 or Shirley Nack at 598-7047. Teen Mom Support Program Hope House of Savannah provides support for teenage mothers between the ages of 13 to 19. Childcare, snacks and transportation provided. Call 236-5310. Transgender Support Group My Brothaz Home, Inc. is sponsoring this support group. For information, call Lady Maverick or George at 231-8727.

United Way’s First Call for Help Telephone information & referral service that provides expertise and relief to individuals and families in need, with a database of more than 500 agencies and organizations. 651-7730. Victim-Witness assistance program is for families of murder victims. The meetings are at 6 p.m. in the Chatham County Courthouse on Montgomery St. third Thursday of each month. 652-7329 Wheeze busters is an asthma support group for children that meets in the Rainbow Room at The Children’s Place at Candler Hospital. Call 921-3368. Women who love too much meets Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Call Maureen Wozniak at 355-4987. The Work meets the fourth Friday at 7 p.m. at 2320 Sunset Blvd., (just off Skidaway at Carey Hilliards). The Work is for mentally healthy people who are stuck in some area of their lives. 355-4704.


Adult Literacy Program Volunteers are needed to work with adults through the Adult Literacy Program at St. Joseph’s/Candler’s St. Mary’s Community Center. The program runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon at 812 W. 36th St. in CuylerBrownsville. Volunteers with strong skills in math, science, social studies, language arts, reading and writing are needed. Call Shenita Ferguson at the center at 447-0578. American Red Cross needs volunteers The Chatham Branch of the Savannah Red Cross needs volunteers. Call Mark Stall at 651-5352 or send e-mail to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers to sort, clean, & shelve salvaged foods from reclamation centers where bent cans or crumpled boxes of nutritious food is sent. Apply as soon as possible. 912-236-6750 ext 109. Become a mentor Make a difference in a child’s life. Call Michelle Jones, 652-6710. CASA needs volunteers to speak up for abused children in court for their best interests and to help ensure they are placed in safe and permanent homes. Call 447-8908 or send e-mail to infor@ Chatham County Truancy Intervention Project matches volunteer attorneys and other professionals with children who have been brought before the court for excessive school absenteeism. They also provide legal representation and other resources to children and their families to prevent school failure. TIP is recruiting professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement and social service. Become a mentor today and help make a difference in a child’s life. For information, call 201-2133. Coastal Pet Rescue Foster parents are needed. A volunteer coordinator is needed, as are vet techs with microchipping experience, Pet Expo vol-

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families in Hospice House in Savannah, or help out in the administrative office on Chatham Parkway. Volunteer training is offered the second Monday and Tuesday of every month. Contact Beth Logan, Volunteer Services Manager at 355-2289. Library gift shop needs volunteers The Friends of the Library Gift Shop at the Bull Street Library needs volunteers for all days of the week and Saturdays. Retail experience is not necessary. All proceeds from the gift shop benefit the library branches. Call Kathy Newman at 652-3661. Lifelink of Georgia seeks volunteers to speak to community groups, pass out information at health fairs and organize awareness-raising events. Potential volunteers include transplant recipients and their families, patients waiting for organ or tissue transplantation, donor families or anyone interested in organ and tissue donation. Call 341-0000. Literacy volunteers needed Project READ, an adult literacy program, is in need of volunteer tutors who can commit to 2 or 4 hours each week. Call Jodi at Royce Learning Center at 354-4047. Live Oak Regional Public Libraries needs volunteers to assist in a variety of ways at its branches in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. Call Kathy Newman at 652-3661. Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Inc.’s Meals on Wheels volunteers are responsible for delivering hot, nutritious meals to seniors on routes that typically do not exceed one hour in length. Volunteers may deliver as frequently as they choose and all meals are brought to the area by Senior Citizens Inc. staff. Training and support is provided. Call Darla Cady, volunteer coordinator, at 236-0363. Medbank foundation, Inc. needs volunteers to fill out applications, do data entry, make phone calls, help with filing, process mail and perform other office tasks. Call Holly Smith at 356-2898. Mentor and Volunteer Probation Program Community volunteers are needed to be mentors for low-risk youth currently involved in the juvenile justice system. Call 652-6710. New Parent Education Program The St. Joseph’s/Candler program helps provide new parents with support, education and resource referrals to establish positive

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Receive $5.00 for every envelope stuffed with our sales material. Guaranteed. Free information. 24 hour recording. 1-800-423-2089. BENEFITS SPECIALIST 15 Year Old Health Benefits Company, Seeking Serious Homeworkers Contact: Yvonne George Toll Free: 888-338-2574 ET Visit: DISHWASHER/BUS PERSON NEEDED Must be able to work in a fast paced environment. Must be dependable & punctual. Starting salary $6.50/hour plus tips. Average weekly hours needed 20. Apply Monday-Thursday between 11-11:30am. All applicants must be able to pass drug screen and background check. The Express Cafe & Bakery. 39 Barnard Street. EOE. GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, a unit of the University System of Georgia, with an enrollment of approximately 16,425 students, invites applicants for the following vacancies: Information Clerk (Req. #1535). For more information, call the 24-hour Job-Line at (912) 681-0629. Georgia is an open records state. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations, under the ADA, in order to participate in the application process should notify Human Resources, 912-681-5468 or ( TDD) 912-681-0791. Georgia Southern is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. HEARSE GHOST TOURS seeking drivers. Excellent pay, great hours, fun work environment! Call 912-695-1578. INDUSTRIAL CLEANING contractor is now hiring a floor tech and cleaners in the Port Wentworth

TOUR GUIDES WANTED for Evening “Ghosts and Legends of Savannah” walks in the historic district. Guide license required. Theater or storytelling experience helpful. Pay starts at $35/hour. THIS IS FUN WORK. To apply for an interview, e-mail a brief resume to dstiles@ or call (843)452-0798 with questions.


Skills/Trade LOCAL ARTISTS!! Great Opportunity to feature your jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and other hand crafted art work to be sold on consignment at our exciting 2nd floor expansion of Olive, Savannah at City Market. Please contact Miki at 912-341-8985 or to arrange an appointment for viewing.

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Health/Medical GEORGIA REGIONAL HOSPITAL AT SAVANNAH is seeking appli-

cants for the following: HEALTH SERVICE TECHNICIAN, HOUSEPARENT, FACILITIES POLICE CORPORAL, FOOD SERVICE EMPLOYEE, PAINTER and HOUSEKEEPER. We offer competitive wages, a pension/retirement plan, and an excellent employee benefits package. We also have various parttime and hourly paid positions available if you are looking to earn some extra money (college students encouraged to apply). Please visit our web site at for more information and instructions on how to apply.

7150 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA 31406

Why Rent When You Can Own?

Purchase Loans


First Time Home Buyer Programs

Refinance Loans


Free Pre-Qualification


Free Credit Report


100% Financing Available

Loans Up To $6 Million Fast & Easy Loans

The Strength of Countrywide in a Neighborhood Lender! Scott Abernathy Cell: (912) 308-8758 Meredith Brown, Assistant Cell: (912) 272-0885

Ric Fiano Home Loan Consultant Direct Line: (912) 691-5413 Cell: (912) 210-6584

Equal Housing Lender:© 1998 Country wide Home Loans, Inc. Trade/service marks are the property of Countrywide Credit Industries, Inc. and /or its subsidiaries. Arizona Mortgage Banker License Number BK8805. Licensed by the Department of Corporations under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee, 6465 East Johns Crossing, Suite 400, Duluth, GA 30097 Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee, 1135 Wheaton Oaks Court, Wheaton, IL 60187; Licensed Mortgage Banker - NJ Department of Banking, 224 Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ 08830 (732) 335-8801. Licensed Mortgage Banker - NYS Banking Department, 620 Erie Boulevard West, Suite 213, Syracuse, NY 13204. Rhode Island Lender’s License. This is not an offer to enter into an interest rate lock-in agreement under Minnesota law. Up-front approval subject to satisfactory appraisal and no change in financial condition. Lock N’ Shop subject to time limits. Some restrictions apply. 980842 9/98



Restaurant & Hotel

MACELWEE’S RESTAURANT On Tybee Island now hiring experienced saute/line cooks. Position available for lead line cook. Excellent pay! Call 912-786-8888 for an appointment.


Homes for Sale


Land/Lots for Sale


Owner Financing Possible

Catfish. Rest rooms and covered pick-nick areas available. Limited number of yearly memberships available. Simmons Mill Pond. 912-839-3357.

o n 5 acres in Brooklet on Highway 46. Easy commute to Savannah. $39,900. Possible owner Financing Foreclosures: • 3 b e d r o o m h o m e w / o v e r 1500 sq ft in Statesboro-Reduced to $37,975 • 4/2 mobile home in Statesboro 1900sqft $36,500 12.4 acres w/pond on Lynda Drive off of 301 North in Statesboro-Reduced to


349 Tattnall Street Beautifully restored 3-story historic home, c. 1846. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. Corner lot. Garden level apartment. Original hardwood floors, 6 FP, modern kitchen/baths, deck w/hot tub. Private courtyard, FSBO. Agent co-op 2%. Must see! $635,000.



New 3bd, 2bath home in Claxton. Under $110K. Down Payment Required. Call 912-739-8595.

KENSINGTON PARK HOME For sale by owner, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Renovated kitchen and bath. Large laundry room, fenced yard and hardwood throughout. Freshly landscaped, large screened porch, new plumbing and plenty of floored attic space. $229,000. Call Robin at 912-247-7637

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Homes for Rent 2409 LOUISIANA AVE. 3/1, new central heat/air. Laundry room, garaged, fenced-in yard. Pets OK with fee. $800/month. Call 912-656-1071.

BEST BUY IN CHATHAM COUNTY! FSBO Newly remodeled 3-bedroom 2-full bath home. Large closets, breakfast nook, kitchen/great room combo, stove and refrigerator included, hardwood floors, central heat/air, single car garage, fenced in back yard, screened in front porch. 2312 new York Ave. $115,000. Call 912-352-0364 or 912-308-3814

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Homes for Sale

BEAUTIFUL HOME FOR SALE! 2412 Florida Ave, 3-bedrooms 1bath, well kept home w/ fabulous upgrades. Hardwood floors throughout. $134,900. Call Tom Booth 912-604-3636 Cora Bett Thomas Realty 912-233-6000.

3bd,1-1/2bath, new ceramic kitchen/bath tile, great room hardwood flooring, appliances, new paint throughout, new vanities, carpet, counter tops, fixtures. Total electric, fencedin corner lot. Great rental property. Close to Sts’boro Mall, GSU, Bypass on Harwood. $134,900. After 5pm 912-313-5831.


Homes for Sale


Homes for Rent BECOME A HOMEOWNER! Rent-to-own 4 bedroom, 2 bath home near Pooler. Asking for down payment of $2500. $1150/month. Won’t last long! Call 912-398-6416. CUYLER-BROWNSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD 2 bedroom, 1 bath, updated kitchen. Hardwood floors, central heating/air. Utilities paid. Safe, secure, older home. Renting for $1450 month. 912-234-3627 or 912-604-8355


5 Ramshorn Ct. 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath in-law suite. New eat-in kitchen, granite tops, great room w/FP den, dining, deck, laundry room, 6 golf courses, boating, tennis, other amenities, gated community. Bring a large family; your parents or loved ones to share this fabulous home on the Magnolia golf course. Views a Lagoon. $549,900. Mopper-Stapen Realtors Tom Colasanto 912-272-6557.


Mobile Homes For Sale


3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, fireplace, greatroom, appliances included! Zone 2. Must be moved. $40,000 Call 912-823-2090

4 BEDROOM, 2 BATH House for Rent. Complete renovation includes granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, slate floors in the kitchen, refinished hardwoods throughout. W/D, dishwasher, central heat/air, fenced front and back yards, front and side porches. Available March 9th. $1275 per month, security deposit required. 638 E. 39th St. Call (678)457-0689. 642 MAUPAS AVE. Savannah. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, kitchen & dinette. $550/month. Water included. Call 912-897-9802. Leave message to schedule viewing.

MAGNIFICENT HOME in Richmond Hill, GA Luxurious is now affordable! Brand new 4BR/2.5BA cottage in beautiful Buckhead for rent. Live in one of the most prestigious communities in the area and enjoy the benefits of a 2400+ sqft. house, on a largesized lot, great amenity package, and an energy efficient/earthcraft certification. You can afford to live in this house just by the amount of money you will be saving in energy bills. And, you can have an option to buy it. Rent for $1,300/month. Call for more details, 912-756-8111.


Ask About Opportunity for Deep Water Dock Use 5 Rio Road: NEW 3BR, 2BA, home w/wrap-around porch. Near malls, hospitals & downtown. Island Living, Marsh view & Island Breeze, Public boat ramp 1 block away. www.savannahsbest 621 Derrick Inn Rd.: Good starter home w/2 bedrooms, 1 bath, large yard. www.savannahsbest 421 Hinesville Rd: 2BR, 1BA, deck, large yard with mature trees and country setting.

www.savannahsbest Savannah Real Estate Investments, Inc. 912-921-1000


Apartments for Rent 201 WEST 42nd Street; 2 bedroom, 1 bath, completely remodeled. Washer/dr yer hookups. $550/month. Downtown Savannah Properties, Inc. 912-447-0401 APARTMENT FOR RENT: 116 East Anderson Unit B. 3BR/1.5BA, washer/dryer, dishwasher, offstreet parking, central h/a, 1.5

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Land/Lots for Sale Bass Fishing At its Best

Large numbers of BIG BASS recorded and released each year. Look ing for a 12lb+Bass to mount? this is the place! Abundance of Crappie, Bream and

dianeWHITLOW Real Estate Company, LLC

Luxury Real Estate Sales & Development Available for sale as partial or entire floors!

Montgomery Quarters 455 Montgomery Street

NEW contemporary construction bdrm2 2bath bath&33bdrm 2 2bdrm bdrm22bath bath one level, elevator, secure gated parking, lge walkin closets, All on level, elevator, secure off street parking all appliances, granite, wood flooring, walk to scad Prices starting buildings startingat@$349,000 $349,900

Sales Office: 348 Jefferson St. Savannah, GA 31401 912.234.1255


Unparalleled expansive city views. For pricing, appointments and complete details of the Drayton Tower...

Call Dicky Mopper 912.663.5500





Apartments for Rent

Savannah Condos from the $150s.

only 10 Minutes from historic downtown & Beaches!

blocks from Forsyth Park. $1200 includes water & trash. 912-257-6662.


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LARGE 1-BEDROOM apartment i n a Q u e e n A n n e Vi c t o r i a n house. Hardwood floors, fireplaces, central heat/air, washer/dryer, dishwasher, water included. Available April 1st. $700/month. Call 912-233-5246, leave message.

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2bd/1b, kit furnished. references, & good credit required. $525/mo+dep. For information, 912-690-4302 weekends or between 5 & 10pm Mon thru Fri..

WE MAKE BUYING YOUR HOME SIMPLE AND EASY! Visit our gated, tranquil community featuring swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse with 24-hour fitness center and picturesque Tidal Creek Marsh views. Located on an exclusive inland island, 10 minutes from historic downtown Savannah and Tybee Beach. Tour today. Buy now. Models open daily. Preferred lenders on site. Kelly & Fischer Real Estate

Call NOW! (800) 767-2314


100 Walden Park Drive Savannah, GA 31410 Take Highway 80 east. Turn right on Whitemarsh Island Road.


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

Adams Pevey.



Cars 1989 MERCEDES 420SEL V8, 215k miles, loaded, runs great! $4200. Leave message 912-656-1747.

1996 BUICK PARK AVENUE 26k miles!!! Excellent condition. $7200. Leave message 912-656-1747.

Fender Bender? Paint & Body Work Reasonably Priced Insurance Claims We buy wrecks

Campers/RVs Condition with lots of upgrades, washer/dryer combo, leather J lounge, Corian countertops and wood grain side-by-side refrigerator/freezer. $92,900. 912-657-8218.


Auto Wanted

$1,000 GIFT/CASH

DONATE CARS, any condition, full IRS deduction, free pick-up, FOSTER CARE PARTNERS, 1-888-HUG-KIDS, Espanol


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1987 CHEVY K5 BLAZER. New Jasper 350 motor, transmission and TC rebuilt, some rust on body, CD player, lifted with good tires. Runs excellent. $3500. Call 663-2935. 2000 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR, Loaded. $11,900 OBO. Call 912-429-5347.

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SACRIFICING DESTIN timeshare due to disability, $6000. Call 912-247-7696 after 6pm or leave 2 0 0 5 YA M A H A Z U M A 4 9 c c message. Second week ($14,000 black with red flames, two helmets, manuals. Only 300 miles. value) just $1 if you call now!!. Kids outgrew. Manual and title. $1800. Call 656-5633 895

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Diesel, Dual Slides, Under 18K Miles, Rarely Used, Excellent


Learning and Earning!



Vacation Homes for Rent

LARGE VICTORIAN near library. Fireplace, refrigerator/microwave, phone, cable, internet, w/d utilities, nicely furnished. $150/wk, $540/mo. Seven days. Call 912-231-9464.



Room for Rent


LaTrelle Pevey

TYBEE: RENOVATED, unfurnished 2BR/1BA, great quiet location. Available 03/01/07. No pets. Also furnished 1BR/efficiency. 912-484-3639 or 770-435-4708.



Motivated Seller! Immaculate 4 bedroom 2 bath brick home in Golf course community. Effingham County Schools. Cathedral ceilings with beautiful arched windows. Great Room with Fireplace and separate Dining Room. Cherry cabinets. Fenced back yard. View our video at htm Call LaTrelle for your viewing of this well priced home in Lost Plantation @ 658-7777. H-4678 $192,900

To u r th i s H o m e a t: w w w. l a tr e l l e p e ve y. c o m

Are you the parent of a student preparing for or already in college? Then you’ve probably encountered the high cost of student housing. Even on-campus dormitories can be expensive, but most students don’t stay in the dorms for their entire college career. At some point, they move out into an apartment, a condominium, or a house that they share with other students. None of these options, even when splitting the rent, are cheap. The National Association of REALTORS® discovered an interesting trend from 2004 statistics: nearly 200,000 properties that sold were purchased for post-secondary student living quarters. This means more parents are beginning to eye the investment potential of properties in their students’ school towns. Think about it: you build equity, save on housing costs, and receive income during school (if there are roommates) and after your son or daughter graduates. You should also be able to deduct the mortgage interest and property taxes. Your biggest concern would be maintenance, and you’d probably want to hire someone to keep the property in good shape (but it’s a student rental, not a model home!). Ask a local real estate agent to put you in touch with an agent in your student’s new city, because they’ll have the greatest knowledge to help you select the ideal property for your student’s housing needs. It’s an educated solution!


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