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On the cover: Dreya Weber stars in The Gymnast

Savannah Film Festival Guide

Film Fest Guide 10

10 Schedule What’s playing and where 11 Why Savannah? 14 PEZheads Candy from a baby 16 Class Act Arts for arts sake 17 Buy the Ticket... Hunter S. Thompson 19 The Gymnast She believes she can fly 22 Disappearances Kris Kristofferson stars 23-26 Focus on SCAD student films

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Jane Fishman She spoke French! Blotter From SPD reports News of the Weird Strange but true Earthweek The week on your planet Talk of the Town It’s all in the visuals

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Theatre Preview Shango Diaspora Art Patrol Exhibitions and openings

Vibes Theatre Preview 28

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Soundboard Who’s playing and where around town Music Interview Bluegrass at Randy’s Performing Arts Movie plus a cool score Music Menu Gigs a la carte Connect Recommends Concerts of note

Film 39 43

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Now Showing All the flicks that fit DVD Reviews Halloween special edition

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Week at a Glance Our best bets for cool stuff to do Weather News from the sky Happenings All the stuff, all the time Free Will Astrology Rob Breszny’s look at your stars

Classifieds Music Interview 34

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Thu, Oct 26 Fall Fling & Food Drive (through Saturday)

What: A free oyster roast will be held Thursday from 57 p.m., with music by the Train Wrecks. On Friday, music will be provided by Theo. Saturday is SpookFest, with children’s activities, including crafts, face painting and a palm reader at 4 p.m. Costume contests for adults and pets will be judged at 9 p.m. A haunted cemetery will be available all three days. When: Oct. 26, 27 and 28. Where: Queeny’s To Go-Go, corner of Habersham and 33rd. Cost: A jar of peanut butter to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Info: 443-0888.

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What: The Savannah Actors Theatre presents a hairraising play written by horror maven Clive Barker. Ages 16 and up. Prizes given for especially clever costumes. When: Oct. 26, 27, 28 and 31 and Nov. 2, 3 and 4. All performances are at 8 p.m. Where: The Ark Theatre, 703D Louisville Rd. in the old Seaboard Freight Station. Cost: $10 general admission. Info: 232-6080 or

Fri, oct 27 Fall Moon Riverfest (through Sunday)

What: More than 35 arts and crafts booths, food and drink. Proceeds will benefit Community Healthcare Center. When: Oct. 27 from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: River Street.

Halloween Hike (through Saturday)

What: A fun, not-so-scary walk through Oatland Island’s nature trail to meet the Friendly Forest Critters, Mother Earth and Mother Goose. Treats will be passed out. When: Oct. 27 and 28 from 4-9 p.m. Where: Oatland Island Education Center. Cost: $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 8983980 or

Jaycees Haunted House continues

What: An annual fundraiser. When: Oct. 27, 28 and 31 from 6-9 p.m. Where: 101 Atlas St. From Derenne, turn onto Habersham towards Kensington Park, right onto Varn Street, right onto Atlas. Cost: $7 adults and $3 children under 12. $1 discount if you bring a canned, non-perishable food item.

Campground Celebration

What: Hot dogs and S’mores to celebrate the City of Tybee Island’s purchase of the River’s End Campground & RV Park. An oral history will be presented

What: Eight-day festival features more than 50 films selected from more than 600 entries. When: Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Info: 525-5050 or

Landings Art Association Sidewalk Show

What: The work of more than 40 artists will be presented. When: Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Skidaway Village Walk.

Cricket in Savannah What: Are you a diehard cricket fan? Do you play cricket or want to learn how to play? Whether you are a pro or just interested in learning about the game that has enthralled sports fans around the world, this new cricket league may be just the thing you’ve been looking for. An organizational meeting will be held in the hopes that Savannah soon will have its own competitive team. When: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Where: McDonald’s restaurant at Abercorn Common, at Abercorn and White Bluff. Cost: Free. Info: 404783-7261 or and there will be a hay ride for children. When: Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. Where: River’s End Campground on Tybee Island.

Beach Institute Lecture Series

What: Tina McElroy Ansa, novelist, filmmaker, and journalist. Reception follows. When: Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Where: Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Cost: Free. Info: 234-8000.

Haunted Garrison@Ft. King George

What: This event is for all ages and proceeds will benefit the Garrison of Fort King George. When: Oct. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. Where: Fort King George Historic Site in Darien. Cost: $3. Info: 912-437-4770.

Dreadful Pestilence (through Saturday)

What: Living history program tells the story of the 1820 Savannah yellow fever epidemic. Not appropriate for children under 8. When: Oct. 27 and 28 at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. Where: 324 E. State St. Cost: $10 in advance for adults, $5 in advance for ages 8-17 and $15 at the time of the performance. Info: 236-8097 or

Project Improv (through Saturday)

What: Savannah Actor’s Theatre will present new live comedy every Friday and Saturday night through October. Ages 16 and up. When: Oct. 27 and 28, beginning at 10 p.m. Where: Savannah Actor’s Theatre, 703 Louisville Rd., Suite D. Cost: $5. Info: 232-6080.

What: Halloween Adventure features videos and educational activities. Boo at the Beach Night Hike looks for nocturnal animals. Reservations required. When: Halloween Adventure is Oct. 28 noon-5 p.m. Night Hike is Oct. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Cost: Children up to age 12 wearing costumes will be admitted free with paid adult admission of $4. Info: 786-5917.

PALS Pet Halloween Costume Contest

What: Pets dressed in their Howl-o-ween best are judged in this costume contest for pets that benefits the Pet Assistance League of Savannah. When: Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Rain date Oct. 29. Where: Case Veterinary Hospital, 111 Eisenhower Dr. Park behind Toys-R-Us. Cost: Entry fee is $5 per pet. Spectators are admitted free. Info: 352-3081.

Diwali Festival of Lights

What: The India Association of Savannah is celebrating the Diwali Festival with food and fun. When: Oct. 28 6-10 p.m. Where: SSU Student Center. Info: Deepika Paul at 898-9060.

Sun, Oct 29 Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival

What: Sponsored by Congregation Mickve Israel. A wide variety of ethnic Jewish foods will be available for purchase. When: Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park. Cost: Free. Info:

Latino Heritage Family Sunday

What: A tribute to Latino culture and a celebration of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. At 3 p.m., the group Mesteno will present Mexican Norteno music. When: Oct. 29 from 2-5 p.m. Where: Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Cost: Free.

Mon, Oct 30 Free Week at the Jepson Center begins

What: View the special exhibitions at the Jepson and experience the ArtZeum, an interactive exhibit for children, with hands-on activities. When: Oct. 30 through Nov. 5. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts.

Tue, Oct 31 GSU Presents Jesus Christ, Superstar

What: Popular musical from the ‘70s. When: Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Georgia Southern’s Performing Arts Center in Statesboro. Cost: $45. Info: 1-866-PAC-ARTS. w

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Savannah Film Festival begins

Boo at the Beach

SSU’s Shango Diaspora (thru Sun.)

What: A contemporary play with music and dance about a young woman who embarks on a journey seeking the love of Shango, the God of Thunder. When: Oct. 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Where: SSU’s Kennedy Fine Arts auditorium. Cost: $5 public and $2 for students.

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Wanted: Someone to speak French with

I thought I was pretty slick last week checking out Neil Young’s latest release Living with War from the public library for a five-hour drive to Ann Arbor. Great album. He’s the real deal, Neil. You know how quickly we grow tired of CD’s and how expensive they are and how easily they get lost, damaged or misplaced? Try the library. Then you get the whole thing, not just a song or two that someone downloads for you. But I got too confident. Someone tipped off the technology gods how happy I was and just like that, they cut me off. Somewhere around Youngstown, Ohio - where Mike Tyson was fighting a four-round exhibition match, the start of his improbable “World Tour” - after playing the CD through three or four times (I couldn’t believe “Impeach the President”; go, Neil), I got nothing, nada, bupkis (Yiddish for nothing). The thing was spinning. I could hear some static. But no music. No Neil Young. No deal. And no one in the next truck stop could help. “Buy another player?” someone tried suggesting. Back to radio. Back to NPR. But each state I was driving through, each station I picked up, was pitching that eternal, repetitive fund-drive. Someone, save me! I switch to AM and catch Jerry Springer on Air America, my first Air America experience hit on the road. It really does exist. I could probably agree with Springer’s politics but who could get past the nutcase, hysterical ravings? He sounded just like the boys on Fox News. Is this what we do? Imitate the enemy? For backup I had a collection of Edith Wharton short stories on cassette tapes. A friend of mine’s daughter was reading Edith Wharton for school over the summer and I thought it might be a good time to review. She’s not bad in a pinch. In fact last night, trying to break a developing and stupid addiction to watching sports on television, I slipped in a tape and listened to some stories of upper-class New Yorkers in turn-of-thecentury America while I watched the World Series on mute and folded some laundry. The perfect multitasking evening. Especially since by the time I went to bed I could see the Detroit Tigers were winning. But on that dreary fall day of highway driving, Edith Wharton’s patrician, intercontinental world wasn’t what I wanted. So I bit the bullet and put into the old, reliable cassette deck the first of a 12-tape set of French instruction I had also checked out of the library.

For me, French, something I took in high school and college, is a language that produces prodigious sweating and lots of agitation. I like French. It doesn’t like me, but that doesn’t stop me. For some reason or another I keep trying. I know the French are whiners and they’re cold and snotty and that Spanish is the language du jour to learn. Yet I continue. But in the same way I don’t think I’ll ever fit into a size 10 dress or a size 6 pair of stilettos, it’s going to take a miracle for this French thing to happen, despite the efforts of a Quebecois friend I met through an ad I put on Craig’s List (“Wanted: someone to speak French with”). When we met we had one rule: no English. We would converse. We would drink wine. We would tell a story - une histoire - en Francais, in French. “Raconte moi une histoire,” she said. “Tell me a story.” I made her go first. Turns out my young Canadian friend moved to the States for love. In her real life, she teaches drama to small children in her beloved adopted province, British Columbia, but in this country the only job she could get was as a nanny. Her story, she said, was tres triste. Very sad. One day, realizing she forgot something, she stopped back into her apartment with her two-year-old charge only to find her boyfriend kissing someone else - another man. At least I think that’s what she said. It was in French! “Un homme?” I said. “Il embrace un homme?” Oui. Then I tried to tell her a story someone sent me about the politically correct, progressive, eco-friendly city of Seattle and how it was using goats - chevre - to cut grass - herbe. “Marijuana?” she said, good British Columbia hippy that she was. No. Grass! Verde? Green? Like my deal with trying to relearn French (or wear stilettos), choosing this saga to translate was a tough assignment. Fortunately I had a printed copy of the story. Better yet, when I gave her a lift home, she knew how to fix my CD. I had pushed the wrong button. “C’est magnifique!” I said. Life is good. w To comment e-mail us at


• A Florida Street youth told police that another youth came to his house, punched him in the head and knocked him down. The victim said the suspect then held him down and kept hitting him in the face. He said the suspect’s father was there and just stood watching while the fight occurred. The victim’s face was swollen, including both eyes, cheeks, lips and forehead. He also had a small cut on his right eye. EMS responded and took him to a local hospital for treatment. The victim’s mother said the incident occurred because her son stole the suspect’s cell phone. She said they had returned the cell phone and $100 in cash to the suspect.


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Complete entry form and send to “Dinner & a Show” • A job applicant became upset when he took an application to a furniture store and was told the store wasn’t hiring employees on the spot. A store employee called police after the suspect became upset when he was told the application would be given to the appropriate department. At that point, the suspect began cursing and yelling and walked out. The complainant said that as the suspect was walking out of the store, he pushed open the door violently, causing it to loosen off the hinges. At that time, he began to bang his fists on the hood of a vehicle parked in the lot. The man began walking towards Abercorn Street. He was located by police and arrested for criminal damage to property. • An employee of a rental company called police after he saw that a vacant rental property on East 36th Street appeared to have been burglarized. The man said he checked the property one day and everything was fine. When he returned the next day. he found the front door chained from the inside with the security chain, which was odd. He could hear running water inside, so he called police. Upon arrival, an officer found a back bedroom window had been removed. The man unlocked the back door and he and the officer entered the building. The floors in the kitchen and bathroom were wet. A rag had been placed in the bathtub, blocking the drain. Water was running in the bathtub, bathroom sink, kitchen sink and the washing machine connection in the kitchen. Nothing was missing. The owner of the property told police he believed the son of the last person to rent the property was responsible for the damage because of a dispute over the return of a security deposit. w

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• A man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he began yelling profanities in the presence of at least 25 children. An officer observed the man loitering in the Yamacraw basketball court. At the time, children ages 3 and up were getting off a school bus and walking home. The officer approached the man, who began to yell profanities, including “What the f--k you messing with me?” The officer explained he hadn’t seen the man in Yamacraw before. The man then walked up to the officer, stopping one foot in front of the officer. He continued yelling profanities and started to stare and act as if he wanted to punch the officer. “I’m visiting my aunt,” the man yelled and raised his hands at the officer’s face. The officer continued to talk to the man, trying to calm him down. When asked what apartment number was his aunt’s, the man yelled, “I don’t f--king know,” “F--king leave me alone, stop harassing me” and “I have relatives that live down here.” He could not provide an apartment number. The officer told him numerous times to stop using profanity. The man responded, “I don’t f--king have to.” The officer called for backup. The man sat down on the rail at the basketball court and continued to curse. A second officer arrived and attempted to calm the man down, but the man still used profanities. During the entire time the first officer talked with him, the man had a plastic cup. The man dropped it on the ground, then picked it up and dropped it again. The second officer patted him down and the first placed handcuffs on him. The man continued to use profanity the entire time. He was arrested and taken to jail.

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by Chuck Shepherd

Campaign Roundup

(1) In her joyful 2004 autobiography, Sandy Sullivan, 65, the Republican candidate for secretary of state in Wisconsin, recalls her friskier days as a 1960s Green Bay Packers fan, including interludes with Hall of Fame running back Paul Hornung. (2) Donovan Brown, the Democratic nominee for a Florida state House seat, resumed campaigning in October after a two-week involuntary stay at a mental health facility after his mother took him in for evaluation. (3) Palm Beach County, Fla., whose Democratic voters’ confusion over the “butterfly ballot” may have cost Al Gore the presidency in 2000, will now see if its Republicans will be confused by a state law that requires them to vote for their recently resigned congressman, Mark Foley, if they want to register votes for his Republican replacement.

Cultural Diversity

Vying to become the national sport of Venezuela is coleo, less bloody than bullfighting and “truly Venezuelan,” a spokesman for the national coleo organization told The New York Times in September. Four men on horses chase a bull in a large pen, competing to see who can tip it over the most times by yanking on its tail. If the bull hasn’t broken any legs when it falls, the men must get it back on its feet quickly by further twisting (or biting) the tail or by electric prod, so that the game can continue. In a remote region of China, relatives shower graves with objects that supposedly make the deceased’s afterlife more pleasant, and some families of dead bachelors even buy corpses of unmarried females and bury them with their sons in posthumous “weddings.” Ironically, according to a September New York Times dispatch from Chenjiayuan, since men outnumber women in the region (in part due to abortions of girl fetuses), families of these dead women are able to command high “dowries.” More Spirits: The grave of Pol Pot (one of the 20th century’s most prodigious mass murderers) near Anlong Veng, Cambodia,

is revered by local villagers who believe his ghost protects them and also provides winning lottery numbers, according to an August International Herald Tribune report. In fact, the government is building a casino nearby to serve those who feel lucky.

tions are active in the southern United States, staging matches using traditional pro-wrestling gimmicks (angelic “babyfaces” vs. creepy “heels”; the “injured” star who gamely takes a mauling but wins through sheer determination). In one pointed adaptation, the bad guys strap “Wrestling for Jesus” star Chase Questionable Judgments Cliett onto a large cross in the ring and beat Dutch transportation planner Hans Monhim bloody, but he is resurrected after a derman has been pushing his innovative good-guys’ “run-in” from the dressing room. plans for improving traffic, and several towns Wrestling for Jesus and Ultimate Chrisin the Netherlands and Germany have already tian Wrestling (both based in Georgia), and signed on, according to an August report Texas’ Christian Wrestling Federation, set by the German news organization Deutsche aside some time each show for their muscular Welle. His proposals include eliminating roughnecks to evangelize among their rowdy traffic signs and street markings, which he fans, according to an Associated Press report. believes will force drivers to be careful as New York filmmaker Andy Deemer, they hunt for their destinations, and impressed by reports that 40 to 45 building children’s playgrounds in new religions emerge every year in median strips of roads, figuring that America, offered a $5,000 fee earlier It will drivers would surely slow down. this year for a wannabe messiah to happen Injudicious: In August, Lowell, start one and let Deemer chronicle to you Mass., judge James McGuinness the formation step-by-step, from Jr. quixotically relieved Ms. Gricreation of the philosophy to the mary DeJesus of all responsibility soliciting of disciples. Of 300 apfor failure to pay earlier court fees plicants, Deemer chose 35-year(which followed four arrests in eight old musician Joshua Boden, based years), provided that she recite the on Boden’s God-optional, feel-good Pledge of Allegiance. She was only 12 narrative that he called “the Church words into it before she faltered, but of Now,” based a bit on Buddhism and McGuinness said, “Congratulations, Taoism (according to an August ma’am, never heard it said better,” and New York Times profile). Among the released her anyway. prophets that Deemer passed by was Damian The latest version of China’s periodic Phoenix, whose religion centers around an Animal Olympic Games, with 300 hardly vol- insect-like creature, “Arkon,” and a world of untary participants, was held at the Shanghai alien parasites that negatively influence peoWildlife Park in September, to the consterple (that is, until Phoenix heals them). nation of animal-rights activists around the world. London’s Daily Mail reported that Fetishes on Parade chimpanzees played basketball and lifted In September, police in the Georgia towns weights, a bear in a tutu navigated an obof Perry and Americus were investigating stacle course, sea lions high-jumped, and an incidents probably involving the same unelephant took on spectators in tug-of-war. named man, who provided an additional diPhotographs of a kangaroo boxing a garishlymension to the typical foot-fetishist: religion. dressed man were posted on the Web sites of An 80-year-old Wal-Mart shopper in Perry China Daily and CBS News. reported that the man was sitting on the floor of an aisle and asked her for help with his “reLatest Religious Messages ligious” ritual. The lady accommodated him At least three Christian wrestling associaby stepping on his hands and then spitting on

him, but when he began to lick her feet, she called for help.

Least Competent People

(1) Least Competent Anti-Abortion Activist: David Robert McMenemy, 45, was arrested in Davenport, Iowa, in September after he drove his car into a women’s clinic and then set it on fire to protest abortions. He was then informed that it is just a medical clinic, providing neither abortions nor abortion referrals. (2) Least Competent Drug Agents: Just after federal and local narcotics agents cut down and bundled for destruction massive quantities of marijuana plants at a site in California’s Marin County in September, officials reported that, despite security, 1,200 of the plants had been stolen before they could be taken away.

Recurring Themes

The Latest News From Places That Lack Sunshine: According to a September Reuters report, four gang-member inmates at the maximum-security Zacatecoluca lockup in El Salvador were caught with “cell phones, a phone charger and spare chips” in their rectums, “far enough (in) to reach their intestines,” according to prison official Ramon Arevalo. And in September, arrestee Melissa Roberge, 25, allegedly set fire to the mattress and blanket in her jail cell in Conway, N.H. She had earlier been frisked, but after the fire, a full-body search revealed a cigarette lighter in an unspecified “body cavity.”

Picking on the Victim

LaToya Joplin was arrested in July in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., and charged with killing her daughter, Kayla, 3, despite her statements to a sheriff ’s detective (read in court in an August hearing) that she, and not Kayla, was the real victim. The detective said Joplin told him “she was the one who was abused when she disciplined Kayla, because she would strike her to the point that her hand was throbbing.” She was forced to keep hitting her, she said, because Kayla never said “ouch.” w


by Steve Newman

Indian Health Crisis

French Agency for Development, plans to plant 2 million trees around Mount Kenya and the Kenyan range of mountains known as the Aberdares to offset earlier deforestation.

Indian health authorities stepped up their efforts to curb an outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue and chikungunya, which have infected more than 6,000 people and claimed 92 lives. Several thousand officials went door-to-door, spraying insecticides in an effort to halt the breeding of mosquitoes. Dengue has been responsible for all of the fatalities while all those infected with chikungunya have recovered. With more than 1,350 cases of dengue, New Delhi and its neighboring states have been the worst hit by the viral infection, which is transmitted to humans through bites of the female Aedes mosquito.

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Almost all of the Hawaiian Islands were blacked out by a magnitude 6.7 temblor that caused at least $73 million in damage. There were no deaths or serious injuries from the initial quake, or from any of the moderate aftershocks. • Earth movements were also felt in southcentral Alaska, Washington state, northwest California, southern Missouri, northern North Carolina, northern Ecuador, central Greece, central Java, metropolitan Tokyo and New Britain Island.

Icelandic Whaling


The decision by Iceland to resume whaling operations after a 16-year break was slammed by whale-friendly countries like New Zealand and Australia.

El Salvadoran officials put the area around the Chaparrastique volcano on alert after the mountain’s peak began rumbling ominously.The approximately 45,000 people living within 1.5 square miles of the crater were warned to be prepared for possible evacuations.


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• Indian geologists announced that the volcano on Barren Island in the Andaman archipelago appears to be ending its latest eruptive phase. The mountain has been spewing smoke and molten rock since it roared back to life shortly after the devastating December 2004 Sumatra quake and resulting tsunami.

A Snowless Africa

A leading environmental group in East Africa warned that the continent’s two highest mountains will lose their glacial caps within the next 25 to 50 years. Fredrick Njau of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement says the ice will disappear from Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and Mount Kenya, the second highest, if industrial pollution and deforestation are not halted. Kilimanjaro has already lost 82 percent of its ice cover during the past 80 years, while Mount Kenya has lost 92 percent over the past 100 years. The Green Belt Movement, in cooperation with the


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A new species of mouse found on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is being called a “living fossil” by scientists who used DNA testing to determine its uniqueness. The mouse is the first new European terrestrial mammal species to be discovered in decades, and has a big head, ears, eyes and teeth. The Mus cypriacus, or Cypriot mouse, is identical in structure to mouse fossils found on Cyprus that predate the arrival of humans by several thousand years. The discovery indicates the mouse survived man’s arrival on the island and now lives alongside common European house mice, whose ancestors went to Cyprus during the Neolithic period, according to researchers at Durham University. w

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But other whaling nations, led by Norway and Japan, hailed the country’s decision. The Icelandic government announced that it would allow its ships to harpoon 30 minke whales and nine fin whales, primarily for what it describes as “export purposes.” Both of those marine mammals are on the endangered species list drawn up by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Norwegian whalers this summer caught only about half the number of their targeted 1,052 minke whales. They blamed high fuel prices, not low demand for whale meat, as the cause of the shortfall.

Indonesia announced the country’s 55th human death due to avian influenza. The virus has spread rapidly across Asia and parts of Europe during the past three years. The death of a 27-year-old woman in Central Java came shortly after the head of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization expressed “relief ” over the successful global containment of bird flu in recent months. But Jacques Diouf warned that several countries still remain vulnerable to further outbreaks. He noted that the disease remains a potent threat in Indonesia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

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Opening reception, Trustees Theater/Lucas Theatre Guillermo Arriaga Tribute; Babel

Wednesday, Nov. 1 Trustees Theater

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Monday, Oct. 30

Tuesday, Oct. 31

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Trustees Theater

Trustees Theater

11:30 a.m. The Gymnast, Gnome 2:30 p.m. The Trouble with Dee Dee, Mac an Athar 7 p.m. Tommy Lee Jones Tribute; T he Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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Red Gallery

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Trustees Theater

Red Gallery

Lucas Theatre

11:30 a.m. Panel: Future of Acting in Cinema 2:30 p.m. Panel: So, You Have an Idea for a Television Show?

9:30 a.m. Student Showcase 11:30 a.m. Student Showcase B 2:30 p.m. Everything is Illuminated

Thursday, Nov. 2

11:30 a.m. Hip Hop Project, Dry Sky 2:30 p.m. The Gymnast, Gnome

Lucas Theatre

9:30 a.m. SCAD Student Showcase 11:30 a.m. Dirt Nap, Santa Baby 2:30 p.m. PEZheads, Guide Dog

Red Gallery

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9:30 a.m. Student Showcase B 11:30 a.m. Student Showcase A 2:30 p.m. Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d’orchestre) 7 p.m. Lonely Hearts

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The scene from the al fresco opening night party on Broughton Street at last year’s Film Festival; the Trustees Theatre at right is the primary, but far from only, venue

It’s been around for less than a decade and although it’s still a child, the Savannah Film Festival has already begun to play with the big kids. It certainly holds its own with more famous festival locales like Sundance and Aspen. Savannah has the advantage of maintaining much of what those used to be -- eclectic and intimate, in an unbeatable setting -- something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the industry. Early Savannah Film Festival guest James Ivory, of Merchant-Ivory Films, is one of the oldest friends of the festival. His impression of Savannah, and most importantly the festival’s connection to SCAD, was something that prompted him to remark to Film Festival Managing Director Len Cripe, “I just have to say, this has been a time out of time experience. This town, and this festival, is so open and giving. So many places give you the velvet rope treatment, and everyone else is on the other side.” Cripe says this is something they try to continue. “We do our best to include the students, the faculty, and the community. It’s what makes this festival different.”

Getting first-run, feature films previewed for the Festival’s special screenings is no easy task. Cripe goes to some of the high profile festivals like Toronto and Sundance. SCAD also has a board of advisors of industry professionals with connections to help the festival get advance prints and even the stars that are in them. One of those advisors is Stratton Leopold. When he’s not making ice cream from 100-year-old family recipes, he’s producing the most expensive film made by Paramount Pictures to date. Leopold is the proprietor of Leopold’s Ice Cream in addition to his position at Paramount. His most recent accomplishment was as executive producer of Mission Impossible 3. And yet, Savannah is where he grew up, and where he returned. “It has such a wonderful sense of history and a loyal sense of friendship, something not always prevalent in other larger cities,” Leopold says. Leopold’s career took him all over the world but he still missed having a home in Savannah. continued on page 12

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“Downtown Savannah is unique in the world. We’re fortunate to have two wonderfully restored theatres close to each other. The Savannah Film Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for a very influential film industry professionals to see our amazing city and to participate in a world class festival.” In addition to building upon its success of past years, the Savannah Film Festival has another key ingredient: Savannah. Filmmakers, actors and gurus delight in wandering between two historic film venues in

72-degree weather. Cripe, who visits other festivals throughout the year, says it isn’t fair to compare with other cities of similar size because there is just no place like Savannah. “In bigger cities, often times there is no intimacy between the city and the festival,” Cripe says. “Exactly the opposite is true here. Everyone knows where the films will be, where the lectures are, even where everyone is staying.” The buzz is certainly palpable. If you’re “in”, you wouldn’t think of going anywhere without your laminated pass dangling from

your neck. One place you won’t get in without a pass is the The Marshall House. The distinct hotel on Broughton Street served as a Union hospital in the Civil War, and more recently the hotel for the cast and crew of Forrest Gump. Perennially, The Marshall House acts as home base for the Film Festival guests. Most of the filmmakers, stars and staff stay in the 1851 building and many more dine there. Don’t be surprised to find Peter O’Toole at the omelet station or Norman Jewison chatting with a student.

Sometimes living in a smaller city can be frustrating place for those who want more than the blockbuster, wide-release films. Savannah has answered. In addition to the week of the festival, there are smaller groups getting independent films on the big screen. Roger Rawlings, chair of SCAD’s new Cinema Studies department, is excited to team up with the Trustees and Lucas theatres to create a year-round presence in the form of Savannah Film Society. “We’d like to bring certain esoteric and independent first run films that open in



New York and LA every Friday,” he says. “We don’t have a MoMa in town to bring culturally relevant films here, that we’re reading about in class, that allows us to tap into what is actually happening in our culture. SCAD has made Savannah an art town and this is one way we can strengthen that even more.”

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entourage and some of them are very open.” “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere for a lot of them, I think,” Jackie says. “I always see George Segal and his wife walking hand in hand, wandering around town, just like anybody.” Ken and Jackie have watched the film festival become more in demand. “There never This goes for locals used to be a probas well. Ken and Jackie lem walking up a Shooting Script: Sirlin, film enthusiasts few minutes before Movie lingo made clear and downtown dwellers, the show and gethave attended the festival Change-Over Cue: A small dot, or oval ting a ticket. Now since they moved to Sa- or mark on the top-right corner of a film the evening screenvannah six years ago. ings are sold out, frame that signals the projectionist to “I think the first year chance the reels. and there is a line of we only saw one movie,” people waiting for recalls Ken, but after chance to get in. It’s Check the Gate: Most people think the that, they were hooked. great.” most blessed words to hear on the set are The Sirlins now pur- “That’s a wrap.” Not so. It’s not over until chase passes so they can the camera operator checks the gate for any Stratton Leopattend all the movies dust of hairs that may have ruined the shot. old compares the and the post-screening relaxed atmoIf you hear back “Gate is clear” you can events. sphere of Savannah breathe that sigh of relief. “As townies, we reap with the patrons the benefits of what the Clapboard: Also called a ‘slate’. A black and of his ice cream college creates,” says establishment. white board or slate with a hinged top that Jackie. “We attend the “People are predisplays the information for each shot ina workshops and lectures, movie and is filmed at the start of a take. disposed to be in a which are mostly for the good mood when school and students, but Dailies: Also called ‘rushes’. These are they come in the we get to enjoy it.” store,” he says. “The rough prints made of each day’s shoot that The Sirlins lived in worst thing that are watched and the best take is chosen. Europe and in Canada can happen, God and witnessed the birth Edge Numbers: Sequential numbers print- forbid, is a lengthy of the Toronto and Barpower outage. I’m ed along the edge of a strip of film. celona Film Festivals, in reminded of the addition to residing in ‘old days’ when Martini Shot: The last shot of the day. places like Brussels that hurricanes would have overwhelming film McGuffin: Alfred Hitchcock’s term for threaten Savannah scenes. and knowing the the device or plot element that catches the “We have lived in in- viewer’s attention but often turns out to be power would be out teresting places and they insignificant. for several days, my had all kinds of film so dad and his brothit’s nice when it happens Talent: Those involved in the artistic ers would invite the here,” Ken says. “For neighborhood for portion of the film, ie actors, writers and people like us, who enfree ice cream. Betdirectors. joy film, the variety we ter to have people get to see in one week is Treatment: A prose summary of the film’s enjoy it that to have incredible.” it melt.” plot, usually about 30 pages long. w Jackie, who runs a One can do no yoga class out of their wrong with free ice carriage house, cancels cream. And with classes and lets her tennis teams know she Savannah at its back, it seems the Film Festiwon’t be available for any matches that week. val can’t either. w “I especially like seeing the documenta ries and shorts. You used to go to the wide Tickets and Festival passes can be purchased release movies and a short would play before by calling 525-5050, online at the feature but you don’t get to see those or in person at 216 E. anymore.” Broughton St. The Sirlins have also witnessed the ease Daytime screenings - 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm of film stars once they breathe a bit of Sascreenings and panels only - $5 for the general vannah air. Ken remembers when Matthew public, $3 for seniors and students, free with a Modine was in town: valid SCAD ID. “The after-party was at Belford’s and it Evening premieres - $5 for the general public, was mobbed. Everything was taking forever. $3 for seniors, students or valid SCAD ID. So Matthew Modine jumped behind the To comment, e-mail us at bar and started helping out. You just never know about people. Some of them have an

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Shooting SCAD grads collaborate on a homage to PEZ and the PEZheads who love them Remember PEZ? Those sugary, hard yet chewable rectangular candies that come inside a hard plastic dispenser? For many, PEZ is just a fond childhood memory. But type PEZ in any search engine, and you’ll see that PEZ today is also a big business for adults. A new documentary called PEZheads -- The Movie lovingly explores this quirky but fun hobby. In creating it, filmmakers Chris Marshall, Chris Skeene and Kendra Skeene went to conventions, toured the PEZ factory, visited the Easton Museum of PEZ in Pennsylvania and talked to PEZ collectors, including Robby Takac from The Goo Goo Dolls. All three filmmakers live in Savannah and their documentary will be screened at the upcoming Savannah Film Festival. Connect Savannah recently caught up with the Skeenes to discuss all things PEZ in this e-mail exchange. Connect Savannah: What is the PEZ factory like? Did they give you free samples? Chris Skeene: The PEZ factory was a lot of fun. It’s a rare treat to get a factory tour. So beyond it being fun, it was a very special event for us to film. We had PEZ candy before it was compacted into tablets (it tasted very good) and then PEZ candy right after it was compacted and was still warm (also very good). PEZ has all of the dispensers that are currently available in stores to give away to visitors and we were

able to get any of those that we wanted. Connect Savannah: Did your own interest in PEZ collecting lead to this documentary? Chris Skeene: Yes, it did, but it took the interest of our friend, Chris Marshall, who is the director of the film, to make it happen. We were sitting in my apartment having dinner one night when Chris started to ask question about the hobby of PEZ collecting. My answers would spawn new questions from him as he realized that there is a lot of history in PEZ collecting and that the serious collectors know more about PEZ dispensers than PEZ. The president of PEZ admitted that last part himself. Chris then just said, “We should make a documentary about this!” Kendra and I thought he was kidding. A couple months later Kendra and I were going to our first ever PEZ convention and asked Chris if he was serious about the film and if he wanted to come with us. He did and that was the beginning.

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have and I would buy it for her. I soon realized that it was a cheap way to tell her that I was thinking of her (cheaper than roses) so I kept it up. As her collection grew I started to keep track of the ones she had and the ones she didn’t. I would


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Connect Savannah: How did you find people like Robby Takac to interview for the film? Chris Skeene: That was a lot easier than you think it would be. There’s a PEZ collectors newsletter run by a guy named Richie Belyski. We contacted him early in our pre-production to get advice on some of the conventions and collectors that we weren’t familiar with. He had Robby’s contact info and sent him a message about us. One day I received an email that said “I’m Robby from the Goo Goo Dolls. I hear you are looking for me.” The same thing happened with Vinnie from Less Than Jake. One day I got a phone call from a number that I didn’t recognize and there was a person who said, “This is Vinnie from Less Than Jake. I hear you want to do an interview.” Connect Savannah: Kendra, were you surprised when Chris began collecting PEZ? Kendra Skeene: Well, Chris has collecting in his genes. His mom, dad, and grandmother are all pretty big collectors of random stuff. So it doesn’t surprise me when he wants to collect ANYTHING. But with PEZ, he started out buying them for me, so he had the excuse that it was my collection. When he started buying PEZ for me that I told him that I didn’t want, I made him admit that it was also his collection, which was pretty funny. He didn’t want to own up to it. Now he embraces it. He tells people it’s his collection, and is really proud of “his” collection. Connect Savannah: Chris, you have a PEZ man that looks just like you. Chris Skeene: After our first PEZ convention, Kendra thought it would be fun to make a fantasy dispenser that looks like me. She bought the dispensers that she would need to steal parts from -- a PEZ boy and Jack-Jack from The Incredibles -- and before long it looked like me. I don’t really remem-

ber how it became one of the logos for the movie. I think it started out by Kendra and Chris joking around with the dispenser and their jokes happen to look good. Connect Savannah: What do you look for in a PEZ dispenser? Chris Skeene:- What I look for when I buy PEZ depends on what I’m buying. If it’s a new dispenser, then there’s not as much to look for, unless I hear that there is a variation, then I look for that. Sometimes PEZ will begin to produce an item and then change the paint on it or they will have to change the patent information so there will be the old version and the newer one. Most non-collectors would never notice these changes, but collectors tend to obsess over them. If I’m buying a vintage item, I look for different things. First you look to see if the stem has feet or not. No-foot stems are older and more valuable, with a few exceptions. Then I check the paint on the head, the patent number on the stem, which helps date an item or possibly decide its value, and I make sure the head spring and the inner spring are nice and springy. I also check to see if there are any cracks in the stem or head. Connect Savannah: What’s the most unusual item in your collection? Your favorite? Chris Skeene: My most unusual item to other PEZ collectors is a mock-up I was given by the president of PEZ. It’s an early version of the Star Wars collector set that came out a year or so ago. My most unusual item for non-collectors is a PEZ gun. PEZ used to make a lot of guns that shoot PEZ candy and the advertisements would show kids holding the guns up to their mouths and shooting candy. I have a few favorites. I love the PEZ that looks like me that Kendra made. But of real dispensers, I have a vintage cow that I got on eBay for a great deal so I love it. It’s worth about $500 and I paid about $5 for it. I also love an old Bozo that I got in the same eBay deal. It has a die-cut stem and great paint, but I think I will have to sell it. Connect Savannah: What advice would you give to collectors? Chris Skeene: Don’t collect PEZ for the value or as an investment. You’ll be disappointed and in the end you won’t enjoy collecting. A lot of people have gotten burned that way. And only collect what you like. A lot of collectors are refusing to buy the Bratz dispenser or the Orange County Choppers dispensers because they do not respect what Bratz stands for or do not respect the OCC guys, who are the first real people to ever be made into PEZ dispensers. w PEZheads screens Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Thursday Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre.


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Chris Skeene: The filming took about a year and half, from February 2005 to September 2006. Chris and I were both in SCAD, and Kendra and I had jobs, so there was a lot of real world distraction. But we found time. For example, we wanted to film at the largest PEZ convention, which is in Cleveland, so after class on a Thursday, we piled in the car and drove straight to Cleveland overnight. We spent Friday and Saturday filming and then on Saturday we drove overnight straight back to Savannah and went to class on Monday.


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by Jim Morekis

Captures from Class Act, including Jay Jensen himself, below

Art for art’s sake

Class Act documents the decline of arts education Made by Studio-on-Hudson, the same production company that delivered the Academy Award-nominated Supersize Me, the film Class Act is a similar blend of biting social commentary and entertainment. The documentary tells the story of the decline of arts education in American public schools by focusing on the story of a single retired Florida high school drama teacher, Jay Jensen. On a teacher’s salary, Jensen managed to save millions of dollars, which he then proceeded to use to fund arts scholarships in a particularly touching act of philanthropy. Executive-produced by Supersize Me director Morgan Spurlock, Class Act also features interviews with many of Jensen’s former students who have gone on to some measure of fame: actor Andy Garcia, director Brett Ratner, producer Adam Epstein and Univision CEO José Behar, to name a few. We spoke with director Sara Sackner, who joined with producer Heather Winters and co-writer Joe Morley to make Class Act. Connect Savannah: Give us a rundown of Class Act’s narrative. Sara Sackner: Heather and I both went to Miami Beach High, a big public school in Miami. And we both had Jay Jensen as a drama teacher. Now, everybody in south Florida knows Jay. He’s always in the paper, he’s always at functions, volunteering for things. And then we all found out, as did hundreds and hundreds of his students, that he was giving away millions of dollars to create scholarships for students in the arts at the University of Miami, his alma mater. Well, nobody could believe it. It was like the most amazing thing, because Jay is --

we’ll just call him frugal (laughs). He always lived this monklike existence. He never really spent a dime, and managed to accumulate this fortune that nobody knew about. So Heather and I both thought to ourselves, we have to make a movie about Jay. He’s not only inspiring in terms of the monetary gift, but he’s a born teacher, which we thought was important to honor. So we both decided to pool our resources and make this movie. Connect Savannah: How did you use Jensen’s story as a springboard for the movie’s larger message? Sara Sackner: He’s had a lot of famous students over the years – his local nickname is “teacher to the stars” -- but he says all his students are stars. That was the thing about his drama program -- everyone could participate, no matter who you are and what you look like, no matter your color or socioeconomic status. So in talking to different students of his, we went back to Beach High and found out there’s no longer a drama program there. That was sort of the turning point in how the film became a much bigger film about arts education in schools. At that school you went from a program that really, truly was 24/7 -- with summer stock, childrens theatre, preparing for homecoming – to having no full-time program at all. It was truly, truly shocking to us. Connect Savannah: But the decline of arts education isn’t news in and of itself. What new angle does your film explore? Sara Sackner: People have been studying this for years and years. And of course it’s

been in decline over several decades. We wanted to make it clear that there is collective blame for us as a country. It’s everybody’s fault and everybody has to fix it. It’s not a Democratic or Republican problem or solution -- it has to be everybody. Everybody has to fix it. That’s the message we want to get across. It’s a collective thing that’s happened over time at the state national and local levels. The entire future of our country depends on people being able to think and be flexible and inventive. Like somebody told us while we were filming, America doesn’t have cheap labor and we don’t have cheap natural resources. What we do have in abundance is ingenuity and creativity, and we’re in danger of losing that. The arts support critical thinking. I’m bullish on the arts for the arts’ sake. But the arts are also really important to keep kids in schools. It all really comes down to great teachers, I think. It was such a powerful experience, meeting with a group of 100 or 200 teachers from all different kinds of groups from all over the country. Things are still so hard out there for them, and they are still so determined and so inspired, still talking about this kid did this and this kid did that. The big takeway from this movie is how important teachers really are, and how much they need to be honored in America. Much more than they are now.

Connect Savannah: Tell us more about Morgan Spurlock’s influence on the project. Sara Sackner: He’s close with Heather and Joe, who are Class Act’s cowriters. They were also executive producers of Supersize Me. Morgan’s an incredible proponent of education and of people fulfilling their best, and he has this humanistic approach to art. It always comes back to really making finer human beings at the end of the day. w Class Act screens Monday, Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Friday, Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lucas Theatre.



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In the world of print journalism, portrayed the journalist in narrative films, few writers loom larger than the outsized Bill Murray and Johnny Depp. character Hunter S. Thompson. We caught up with Thurman by phone A pop-culture icon as well as an imat his Kentucky home: mensely respected essayist, Thompson coined the term “Gonzo Journalism” to deConnect Savannah: When exactly did you scribe his own peculiar and mesmerizing finish the film? blend of drug-fueled fantasy and intensely critical investigative Tom Thurman: Less reportage that has than 24 hours ago. often been imitatThe ink is not yet ed since, but never even dry! equaled. From his heyConnect Savannah: day (the mid-’60s You must be very through the midbleary-eyed. ’80s) to his death in early 2005 of a Tom Thurman: I’ve self-inflicted gunshot been bleary-eyed and wound, the author’s out of my mind since wicked sense of two Augusts ago! But satire, his widelyyou know, it’s a docutouted proclivity for mentary on Hunter reckless, hallucinaThompson. What do tory abandon, and you expect? (laughs) colorful first-person You gotta buy the takes on sociopolititicket to take the ride. cal issues endeared him to both disafConnect Savannah: fected youth, the Do you in any way Hollywood elite and regret buying this parintellectual thinkers ticular ticket? worldwide. Hunter S. Thompson The new featureTom Thurman: No, length documentary not at all. Not at all. No Buy The Ticket, Take one said it was gonna The Ride: Hunter S. Thompson On Film is be easy when I signed on for this cattle the first major documentary ever prodrive. If it had been easy, that’d have been duced on the notoriously private man, a sure sign that I wasn’t doing it the right and the only one to be fully sanctioned by way. Thompson’s family and heirs. Shot for approximately half a million dollars on high Connect Savannah: Were you into Thompdefinition video by director Tom Thurson before this project came your way? man (an esteemed non-fiction filmmaker whose previous efforts have included proTom Thurman: Oh yeah. Long before. I files of other classic American countercultaught writing and literature and film studture figures like actor Warren Oates and ies in colleges and universities around the director Sam Peckinpah), the movie will be country for 15 years before making any of screened twice during the 2006 Savannah films of my own, although there was some Film Festival. Thurman himself will be on overlap I suppose. So, I’ve been interested hand for the second screening. in those capacities for a great while. But, The documentary features candid ineven before I taught his work, I was a fan terviews with many of Thompson’s closest like so many others, simply as a reader. friends and family members, as well as former Senators George McGovern and Gary continued on page 18 Hart, and the only two actors to have ever

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Connect Savannah: What sort of contact did you have with him while he was alive? Tom Thurman: Absolutely none, other than simply being a reader and catching him on the lecture circuit about 25 years ago. We had no contact at all face-to-face, and I don’t know if that’s a detraction, a disadvantage or a benefit to this movie. I’m sure he probably appreciated me not sticking my camera in his face for year. (laughs)

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Connect Savannah: How comprehensive is your film in regards to Thompson’s life? Tom Thurman: We cover the entire arc of his life. We talk about his growing up in Louisville, Ky., his home situation, what he was like as a child and a teen. We talk about the circumstances of his forced departure from Louisville. He was essentially invited by a local judge to either stay in jail or join the armed services. He chose the latter! We cover things as varied as his political writings, the persona he created, and his vast influence on journalism. We delve into how that persona absorbed him to a certain degree, and we talk about his demise and his legacy. Plus, we cover 2 kinds of pop culture benchmarks in his life: Bill Murray playing him in Where The Buffalo Roam and Johnny Depp playing him in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

Connect Savannah: Was there anyone that you actively pursued for an interview who simply would not agree to take part?

Connect Savannah: Did making this film alter your own conception of what sort of person Hunter S. Thompson was?

day, are there any writers you feel may one day be viewed as something akin to “The Hunter S. Thompson” of this generation?

Tom Thurman: I would have liked to talk to Jack Nicholson. I mean, one knows that Jack —I shouldn’t phrase that like I know him, ‘cause I don’t— just doesn’t do things like this. Then again, if he made an exception for me and Thompson, would he then feel compelled to make an exception for his good friend Marlon Brando? Or, what if someone does a piece on his neighbor across Mullholland, Harry Dean Stanton? So, I knew in advance what his response would be, but in a way, I’m always honored when Jack says no. (laughs)

Tom Thurman: Making this documentary has deepened my appreciation and respect for Thompson and his work. It has also as a by-product made me question my own sanity and choice of professions, but that’s another matter altogether.

Tom Thurman: The landscape has changed so much. When I look at journalism now, whether electronic or print or otherwise, the landscape seems pretty bare and bland. Occasionally you’ll run across somebody that I think might have a little bit of that Thompson spirit embodied in them. Maybe Christopher Hitchens. He seems to be a little bit of a wild card. He did go on record one time as criticizing Mother Theresa. (laughs)

Connect Savannah: Which interviewees most surprised you with how forthcoming they were? Tom Thurman: I really enjoyed speaking with John Cusack. He was very articulate and forthcoming. Completely lacking in pretense, and funny, too. I enjoyed that one. I also enjoyed talking to William F. Buckley, Jr. a great deal. Just because Hunter S. Thompson and he shared very little along their political views, yet, because Buckley is so enamored with the written word, he had an immense amount of respect for Thompson, and that came across very clearly.

Connect Savannah: What led you to choose Nick Nolte to narrate the film. Tom Thurman: I thought about who Thompson was and what he stood for, and when you think about a voice to help illustrate that... I mean, a half-century’s worth of hard drink and cigarettes... Come on. Nolte’s perfect. Plus, they were friends. Connect Savannah: have you ever attended the Savannah Film Fest before? What do you know of the city? Tom Thurman: I have been to Savannah. I was on Tybee Island a few years ago. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get back to Savannah, and this was it. I live in Lexington, Ky., and I’m just hoping somebody down there figures out a way to give me a job and not let me leave. Connect Savannah: As you look around to-

Connect Savannah: Looking back, what’s the main thing you’ll take with you from making this film? Tom Thurman: Well, it really has been a great ride for me on this project. You just feel honored to spend this much time coming into contact with Sean Penn one day and William F. Buckley, Jr. the next, and then incorporating them both into one film. Only Hunter S. Thompson can offer you that realm of possibilities. w Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride: Hunter S. Thompson On Film screens at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 31 at the Trustees Theater and again at 2:30 pm, Friday, November 3 at the Lucas Theatre.

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The Gymnast is a hopeful story of love and acceptance When Ned Farr wrote the screenplay for his full-length feature film The Gymnast, he wanted to showcase the many talents of his wife, Dreya Weber. Weber is an actress, gymnast, aerialist and musician. Farr also is multitalented, and is a writer, director, musician and visual artist. The Gymnast has been earning awards at film festivals across the country, and will be screened at the upcoming Savannah Film Festival. It tells the story of Jane Hawkins, a former top gymnast whose career ended before she could compete in the Olympics. Almost 20 years have passed, and Jane is now trapped in a passionless marriage with an overbearing husband. She has been trying to get pregnant against her husband’s wishes, but is told by her doctor she may have waited too long to have children. When a chance encounter with a former gymnastic teammate provokes Jane to reexamine her life, she visits a gym, where she is recognized by a coach. The coach recruits her to become an aerialist for an Cirque Du Soleil-type aerial act, and Jane finds a new passion. Also recruited for the act is Serena, an enigmatic dancer. As Jane and Serena put the act together, they begin to fall in love. Will Jane return to her husband, who is suddenly willing to have a child? Or will she create a completely new life for herself? “As the story came into focus, I certainly didn’t have any meta-position on its place in the social or cultural continuum, aside from the dead certainty that at no time is it a good idea to make a film about a woman in her forties,” Farr says. “This is the conventional wisdom of the industry, anyway. “Clearly, I benefit from most other filmmakers running in the opposite direction -- I have the playing field all to myself, and an opportunity to turn the conventional

wisdom on its head,” he says. “So perhaps this film is timely if it will help fill a void. There’s a billion women in their forties and up. Don’t they get to see themselves as heroes, too?” Farr wanted to feature Weber and her talents as an actor and aerialist. “The ‘job’ of an aerialist is not something I’ve come across on film, so it seemed like an opportunity to give people a window into a world they probably haven’t seen much of,” Farr says. “That was the first goal, so I knew there was going to be a story that used aerials as a backdrop. “Since we had almost no budget, the assets available to us dictated other major character elements,” he says. “For instance, having access to a mansion in Malibu with a pool and an indoor theater was the genesis for the Denise character, as well as many plot points. “If I’d have had access to a bank instead, she’d have ended up a banker, and perhaps Serena would have been a teller,” Farr says. “I’m a big fan of working with limitations, as they force you to come up with solutions that are usually more creative. So it wasn’t so much inspiration as engineering.” The film has many interwoven themes. “One of the biggest themes for me concerns the issue of infidelity,” Farr says. “It’s a marvel how vilified adulterers are in real life, and how much grace audiences in turn give an adulterous character in film life, simply because they can virtually experience the infidelity themselves,” he says. “Think of The Thorn Birds, or Bridges of Madison County. The fact that this issue never comes up fortifies my suspicion that there’s an inherent dishonesty in the sexual mores of our culture. “There’s something about sexuality and continued on page 20

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relationships and marriage that ally blank, not only because won’t fit into the ‘happily ever the soul is ever present in after’ box, and the result is the the eyes, because also the dichotomy I’ve just described,” viewer tends to fill in the Farr says. “Not that I’m comemotion themselves.” plaining. The tension is what Farr never intended makes the romance work.” to become a filmmaker. The theme of aging “I was originally a vialso is a major part of sual artist and planned the film. “The threshold a on becoming a paintwoman crosses when she er,” he says. “I got into can no longer give birth film school as a fluke, and what that does to her but decided to try it sense of worth, purpose, out, thinking running and self, fuels another big around outside with theme for me, which is a camera would be the profound idea of remore fun then sniffbirth,” Farr says. ing oil paints in a loft. “If people leave the theater I think I was right. feeling like there’s a potential “When I left film school, second or third act to their lives, I pursued music for a time,” that they too can choose to drive Farr says. “I had a terrific Dreya Weber and toward a new world and not look band and I’m very proud Addie Yungmee back, then we’ve succeeded,” he of the two albums we says. “Some might even be motivatmade. Both records were ed to simply get back into shape. I’d concept albums, with evlike to add that an added benefit would be if ery song adding to a larger story -- clearly I they left the theater a little more tolerant in was a frustrated filmmaker!” their views on sexuality.” You can hear one of Farr’s recordings, The technical difficulties of shooting on Desert Motel, on iTunes. “It was through such a low budget were many, but Farr was music that I met Dreya, so it was a good deable to work around them. “The real chaltour,” he says. lenge I faced every day was not to let the When the couple met, Weber also had a drama turn into melodrama,” he says. band. “We played music together,” she says. “I found myself cutting dialog and let“We were both involved with other people, ting scenes play more in what wasn’t said, or but stayed in touch.” pushing for complexity in emotion through They’ve found a common interest in simplicity in performance or camera coverfilmmaking. “We’ve made four short films age,” Farr says. “And when you’re not using together,” Weber says. “As soon as digital stunt doubles or safety harnesses, it becomes technology became available, we made The quite a challenge to get the aerial perforCatcher about a haunted trapeze. The next mances and shot angles before the actors beone we made at our first apartment. When come exhausted and in danger of falling.” we moved into a house, we made the next Both Weber and Addie Yungmee, who on in the garage. plays Serena, were dancers on Cher’s Fare“The Gymnast is an extension of that phiwell Tour. “I would tag along for weeks at a losophy,” Weber says. “The aerial elements time,” Farr says. were shot at our house. When you do inde“We spent many hours talking about pendent films, you have to do what you can.” character development and scenes that The film seems to strike a chord in viewwould reveal character,” he says. “This coners. “People are very uplifted and inspired by tinued through rehearsals and the shoot, this movie,” Weber says. “It addresses womso that what you see is the product of a en’s value, their self-esteem and self-worth. collaboration. It also asks, ‘Can we be physical beings after “Though madness was always swirling a certain age?’ around the production, Dreya and Addie “We’re underdogs. This movie has no were usually the calm in the storm,” Farr stars. It’s about women. The main character says. “Thankfully, Dreya and I made a good falls in love with another woman. We are husband and wife team, probably because about as much of an underdog as we can be,” she thought of me as the director and I Weber says. thought of her as the talent. “A business person would say, ‘Don’t “Dreya is a marvel,” he says. “A Variety make this movie,’” she says. “Also ‘Make Serreviewer, in referring to her performance, ena a man.’ But when you make an indepencalled her ‘a master of the speaking glance.’ dent film, you can tell the story as it’s meant So true. to be told.” w “Addie had never done a movie before,” Farr says. “In fact, she’d never really had any The Gymnast screens Sunday Oct. 29 at 11:30 acting experience at all, which makes her a.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Wednesday performance even more remarkable. She’s Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre. quite simply a natural. “My primary direction to her, and to everyone in fact, was simply to do less,” he says. “A blank expression is never re-


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by Linda Sickler

Cultural filmmaking Set in 1932, Disappearances is a period film -- with a twist. “It completes a series of what I call Vermont frontier tales,� director Jay Craven says. “I see it as a Vermont western.� The film is based on a novel by Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher. It completes a trilogy of films Craven has created that are based on Mosher’s works. The film tells the story of a family with a mysterious past. It’s also a story about a boy’s coming of age as he embarks on a dangerous journey with his father. “Quebec Bill Bonhomme, played by Kris Kristofferson, loses his barn in a freak lightning incident,� Craven says. “He sees this as an opportunity to make one last whiskey run. He takes along his 15-year-old son, a hired man and his brother-in-law.� Others in the cast include Genevieve Bujold as Aunt Cordelia, Gary Farmer as Henry Coville, William Sanderson as Rat Kinneson, veteran actor Luis Guzman and Charlie McDermott as Quebec Bill’s son, Wild Bill. Craven has called Vermont home since 1974. “There’s a strong sense of community,� he says. “There are many small towns, and I had the idea I could make a difference. Also, I loved the natural beauty of the place.� Craven lives in an area of Vermont called

Jay Craven sees his film Disappearances as a ‘Vermont western’

Kris Kristofferson stars in Disappearances the “Northeast Kingdom,� and his production company is called Kingdom County Productions. He has earned the reputation of creating award-winning films on a modest budget. There are commercial films, then there are cultural films, Craven says. Commercial films have big budgets and draw huge audiences, while people who make cultural films aren’t focused on the bottom line. “I make cultural films where money is

not the goal,� Craven says. “My movies are drawn from literature. They’re rich in character and have a sense of place.� Occasionally, a cultural film will make big money. An example of that is Brokeback Mountain. But Craven’s satisfied to tell a good story. He began his filmmaking career as a freshman at Boston University in the late 1960s. Raising money to make an independent film isn’t easy, but Craven wasn’t the

only one who wanted to see Disappearances get made. “Kris Kristofferson did two benefit concerts and raised $60,000,� Craven says. “People came together because they believed in the project. There is a lot of action in this movie because it’s like a western. It’s very vivid and alive.� Craven’s own work has won many awards, and Disappearances is no exception. “My film was one of eight American films chosen to travel through Asian, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe,� he says. Craven will be here for the screening. “I’ve been to Savannah before,� he says. “The other two films in the trilogy played the Savannah Film Festival.� Although he’s known for his films set in Vermont, Craven has many other interests. In fact, he’s considering making a movie here. “I have a new script that’s set in the Deep South,� Craven says. “There may be a film in the Savannah area. It’s a film noir story set in the country.� w Disappearances screens Tuesday Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Saturday November 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Trustees Theatre.

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When Dwarves attack An Abstraction on the Chronology of Will follows on the heels of last year’s Festival award-winner

7F5K:CF8GEI5F9 A dedicated filmmaking cadre of SCAD grads and students known as the Dandy Dwarves have made quite an impression on the Savannah Film Festival. The 28minute The World Outside won the coveted HBO Best Student Film Award at last year’s festival, as well being named Best Savannah College of Art and Design Student Film. This year, the Dandy Dwarves have submitted a 23-minute look at the journey of a conflicted young man (played by Michael Porten) into a world at war in An Abstraction on the Chronology of Will. We spoke with three Dwarves, producer Josh Lind and codirectors Kevin Phillips and Ben Collins.

year’s success with The World Outside?

Connect Savannah: This is long for a student feature, so give us a breakdown of the plot.

Josh Lind: We’ve been blessed with the fact that whenever we’ve needed a certain amount of money we’ve found it.

Ben Collins: A young guy gets a girlfriend, and she breaks up with him abruptly. His life goes downhill from there, and he becomes a Special Op soldier. He ends up in a foreign conflict and is taken prisoner. He’s pretty much gonna die until an act of divine intervention saves him. Connect Savannah: Why this concept? Kevin Phillips: For our senior project Ben and I wanted to do something completely different than The World Outside, something more subtle. Something really pertinent, really personal. Josh and the Dandy Dwarves always shoot through ideas, so it’s kind of an amalgamation of everything we liked. It’s a huge melting pot of all of our creative ideas. Connect Savannah: This takes place during wartime, so the obvious question is, are you specifically commenting on current events? Kevin Phillips: If you live in a world at war these ideas come up more often. It’s certainly not a direct comment, but then again you can’t ignore that that’s a situation inside the current worldview. Connect Savannah: Have the Dandy Dwarves improved any methodology in the wake of last

Kevin Phillips: The biggest step we’ve made as a production crew is in realizing what a production team actually means. One person isn’t overworked as much. Each person focuses on their individual thing. We love wearing lots of hats -- this school brought us up well in knowing how to do everything -- but it was counterproductive to do that because the project was so big.


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Connect Savannah: Dandy Dwarves productions generally have outstanding production values. How do you get funding?

Connect Savannah: How many Dwarves are there in total? Josh Lind: There are basically eight people pretty involved in everything we do. From there we have a whole cast of people who want to be involved in every way they can. Connect Savannah: What’s next for you all? Ben Collins: We’re writing several different ideas right now. Then we’ll see what everybody wants to do. Of course I’d love to write something that’s nothing but dialogue, but the idea behind the Dwarves is that what everybody wants is the idea we do. Connect Savannah: What’s the secret of your continued camaraderie? Ben Collins: Generally the quality of the Dwarves’ work is so good that people want to stay involved with it. Once they get a taste of it people say, “I want to work with you guys forever.” w Abstraction on a Chronology of Will screens 11:30 a.m. Monday Oct. 30 at the Lucas Theatre, and 9:30 a.m. Friday Nov. 3 at the Trustees Theatre.

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Success of Becki Halloway’s Reflection of Self has been a ‘pleasant surprise’ It’s a simple concept: Make a movie documenting a self-portrait in charcoal, stroke by stroke. It may be simple -- and short, at less than four minutes -- but Reflection of Self by SCAD student Becki Halloway has seen a lot of success on the film festival circuit this year. Reflection of Self has competed in 24 festivals since it’s completion in 2005, winning Best Student Film at a recent Animation Block Party in New York City. “It’s a series of eight portraits that evolve from nothing after each pencil stroke,” says Halloway. “It tells a story, and goes through certain stages. There’s an audio dialogue that talks about my process about what kind of journey I go through as I’m drawing. And of course it’s ironic, because I’m drawing myself.” Halloway herself says the enthusiasm with which her simple project has been received isn’t what she expected. “It’s been a pleasant surprise. I did not anticipate this to do as well as it’s done,” she says. “I sort of made it on a whim. The fact that success wasn’t my intent makes it all the more pleasing.” Reflection of Self had its genesis during classes at SCAD. “My professors have noticed I’m an animator and I love movement, so this was kind of their recommendation, to combine portraiture with animation, and find a median in between to marry both of them,” she says. “This is an experiment to try and do that.” Reflection of Self’s simplicity and minimalism give it a hypnotic effect. “You’re intrigued and you’re watching this unfold,” Halloway says. “Then of course you have the narration -- people have given me a lot of positive feedback over the narrative itself. They just love to watch this thing come about.” Halloway plans to continue filmmaking as an avocation. “By practice I’m a 3D character animator. I aim to do that for a career,” she says. “My mom’s an art teacher, and I grew up in a household based on fine art.” w

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SCAD grad’s You’re On in 5 goes inside a TV studio SCAD graduate Steven Piet’s entry in the Savannah Film Festival, You’re On in 5, features something somewhat unusual in the typical student film: a professional cast. Piet gave us the lowdown in the following e-mail exchange: Connect Savannah: Give us an overview of You’re On in 5.

Connect Savannah: What inspired you? Steven Piet: I saw this black and white photograph of a businessman from the ‘50s smoking a cigarette and something really struck me about that image. I was an intern at a news station in Illinois, and I gathered a lot of negative opinions on how the integrity of the stories were being reported.

Connect Savannah: What were some particular challenges you faced? Steven Piet: The most challenging thing about being a young filmmaker is the amount of hats you must wear in order to see any kind of results. Martin Scorsese said that he found out in school that nobody is going to care about your film as much as

The main character of You’re On In 5 is a network anchor you. He also said that this doesn’t change in the independent and studio world of filmmaking either. I feel that not enough weight is put on performance in student films. What I decided to do was put up a ad on the website for actors in the New York area and see what I brought in. Well, 600 headshots later I decided to whittle it down to 15 people and have a casting call in New York. I found a small studio space to rent and flew in to see the 15 actors. I had to fly out the very same day because I didn’t have enough money or time to stay. I cast two SAG actors and flew them down to Savannah and put them up for the week of filming. Most of my budget was spent on the cast, but I couldn’t be more happy with my decision.

The other big challenge was finding a news station location for the film. After being denied multiple times from the Savannah news stations I was running out of time and options. My director of photography, Josh Goleman, and I made a trip out to the the University of Georgia to look at their facilities. They generously agreed to let us use 1 of 3 studios as long as we paid for someone to stay and oversee us. We had it for two days which meant we would have to shoot four days of material in two days and build our studio set in less then a week. Somehow with an all-star crew this feat was accomplished. w You’re On in 5 screens 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Lucas Theatre and 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the Trustees Theatre.

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Steven Piet: You’re On In 5 was my senior thesis film that I made at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ten minutes before he appears on air, Albert Dickerson, a respected news anchor, is handed a story that may change the face of his community. He decides to lead with it on tonight’s evening news. Jason Parker, the newly appointed manager of the news station, has been promoting the younger employees around him. The latest promotion is Freddie, a young technician who is now the new evening news director. After Jason is informed about Albert’s decision to air the controversial story he immediately leaves to confront him about his decision. When Albert shrugs off his young manager he’s threatened and

forced into dropping the story. Tom Dodd, the reporter of the story, tries to convince Albert to air his piece anyways and is fired during his attempt. When the anchor appears live on air he sits frozen staring at his set desk as the clock continues to click we await his next move.


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“Have you ever had one of those dreams where you’re really thirsty and you’re looking for water, and then you wake up and you really are thirsty?” asks SCAD student Andrew Shipsides in explaining his new film Bottleneck. “Here, thirst is a metaphor for sexual desire.” Shipsides’ 11 minute-long “experimental narrative tells the story of a man “haunted by a demon figure,” specifically the famous minotaur of Greek mythology. “He comes to realize what desire really is,” Shipsides says. “He sees beyond that initial concept of thirst, and he fights back against it. Eventually he’s able to overcome and identify his problem.” The director says his film’s altered state gave him a lot of freedom. “I’m usually more interested in typical narrative filmmaking, in the feature-based, more realitybased sense,” he says. “But I really enjoy visuals, and the structure I used with this allowed me to experiment and have a lot of fun. There’s no dialogue -- it’s strictly visual, based on that experimental Some captures from Andrew Shipsides’ Bottleneck dream structure.” In that metaphorical dream, the protagonist takes a trip through many of his life’s challenges. Shipsides cast local actor David Andrews for the main part. “He’s a very unique individual,” Shipsides says. “He’s very expressive, so I knew he’d work well for the part. David’s character sees different parts of his life, encountering a female authority figure in each part. There’s a mother figure, a young high school girl, a secretary – five girls total.” w Bottleneck screens Monday Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lucas Theatre and Friday Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theatre.

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Editor, I appreciate Jane Fishman’s recent column, “Had Enough Yet?” My girlfriend and I recently moved to Savannah from San Francisco. She lived in LA and New York before that, I lived in Atlanta. Ms. Fishman brings up many of the issues we’ve been disgusted with since arriving. We are both widely published, translated, and awardwinning avant-garde writers and were looking forward to new experiences in Savannah. But after nearly getting mugged, raped, verbally assaulted or ogled (have men here never seen a woman?), and heckled almost daily in the street (we’re from the city, we don’t drive) we plan on leaving as soon as possible. The first night here I was accosted and aggressively prodded with a rhetorical “You hate black people, don’t you.” Incredibly shocked, I didn’t know what to say. I never even thought of racism before Savannah. This is indeed the most backwards city I’ve ever lived in. I say this article should be printed on the cover --every week! Bravo Fishman. Name Withheld by Request Send your feedback to

What are they, chopped souvlaki?: Sure, everyone wants to talk

about the Greek dancing and the music. But what about the good people who work behind the scenes to make each year’s Greek Festival a success? Above, cooking loukoumadia is an art, not a science; at left, jewelry and scarves are always big sellers.

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members of the upcoming Savannah Shakespeare Festival brought their show on the road last Thursday to an appreciative young audience at Johnson High School for some excerpts from the Bard’s Othello, to be performed Nov. 3-5 in Forsyth Park. Above, Mark Niebuhr (at left as the wily Iago) performs a scene with Patrick J. Saxon (as the hapless and vain Cassio). At right, Kes Khemnu as Othello. Khemnu, a Yale drama grad who has appeared in Law and Order SUV and Third Watch, is a veteran of many Shakespearean roles. A special fundraiser is being held this Friday night at 7 p.m. at the American Legion downtown. $85 per person ($50 of which is tax-deductible) gets heavy hors d’oeuvres, a couple of cocktails and live performance by Trae Gurley, Roger Moss and more. Call 525-5050 or go to for tickets & info.


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SSU presents a coming-of-age play full of myth and music It’s a man’s world -- or is it? Some women may think so. But when they strive to succeed, they may find added blessings during their journey to self-worth. Students who are Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in Savannah State University’s Visual and Performing Arts program will present Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood Oct. 26-29. “It was written by Angela Jackson, a playwright from Chicago,” says Joan McCarty, the SSU drama professor who directs the show. “It’s a play that explores male-female relationships,” she says. “It also explores the culture of Nigeria. “Shango is the God of Thunder,” McCarty says. “He has a number of wives.” While the play is based on African myths, it has a modern twist. “It looks at the contemporary point of view,” McCarty says. “Men can have as many women as they want, but a woman has to be faithful. It is a modern use of an ancient African tale of the God of Thunder.” Music and dance are of vital importance to the play, which includes everything from hip-hop to traditional African dance. In the

play, a young woman sets out to find Shango to make him love her. “He rejects her,” McCarty says. “He laughs at her. But on her journey, she finds real growth and real wisdom. She comes to realize she has something to offer. It’s about a woman’s quest.” Along the way, the woman finds sisterhood, self-esteem and even love. McCarty doesn’t hesitate to say that the play has a happy ending. “Everyone is happy in the end,” she says. The play is being choreographed by Julie Dosso, who teaches dance in SSU’s Visual and Performing Arts program. “She is an expert in African dance,” McCarty says. There are 15 students in the cast. “We are trying to feature our BFA majors in theater and dance,” McCarty says. “They play all the main roles. We are very happy about that.” The playwright is the author of Voo Doo/ Love Magic and The Man with the White Liver, both books of poetry. She also has written two other plays, Witness! and When the Wind Blows. A native of Mississippi, Jackson moved with her family to Chicago. She attended

Kiandria Myers, Barry Kennedy and Stephanie Bowling of Shango Diaspora (photo Kareem McMichael) Northwestern University, where she not only received many literary awards, she also became one of the most desired readers and performers because of her command of the art of pause and rhythm during performances. It has been somewhat difficult to schedule rehearsals. “The challenge has been working around Homecoming activities,” McCarty says. “The students are involved in so many activities.” Plus, McCarty is co-directing another production, The Amen Corner, which will open Nov. 16. “We are all saying, ‘Why do we do this to ourselves?’” she says with a laugh. Some of the students play more than

one part. Since Jackson is a poet, much of the play is written in poetry, which proved somewhat challenging to some cast members. But McCarty takes it all in stride. “You have to do it with Shakespeare,” she says. “Why not do it with Angela Jackson?” w Savannah State University presents Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood, Oct. 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $5 general admission and $2 for the SSU community. The production includes language that may not be appropriate for audiences of all ages.




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‘Women of Presence’ -- Art, music, and the written word featuring local author and poet Rosemary Daniell, Oct. 28 from 7-11 p.m. at The Alvida Art Gallery, 7303 Abercorn St. one block south of Eisenhower. New work from resident gallery artists, as well as presenting famed author Rosemary Daniell who will be on hand to read excerpts from her latest book Secrets of the Zona Rosa. The theme of this year’s show will revolve around the strong female figure in art, which will include a broad range of styles and me-

‘A Closer Look: Four Churches and a Synagogue’; ‘Turnings in Native Art meets poetry at Alvida’s ‘Women of Presence’ Wood’ -- Photography by this Saturday, featuring Rosemary Daniell Tim Coy and woodturning by Dicky Stone through Dec. 30 at Gallery 440, 440 Bull St. All Whitney Gallery -- New artists Carrie works for sale. A porChristian, Melody Postma, Chris Revelle, tion of proceeds benGerome Temple and Ben Ward are showefits Chatham Savannah cased Sept.–Oct. at 415 Whitaker St. Citizen Advocacy, Inc.

diums, including pottery, photography, and sculpture. A collaborative painting by participating gallery artist will be auctioned off the night of the opening, all proceeds going to the local charity Hope House. Live performances by singer/guitarist Zan and songsmith/guitarist Emil. Free and open to the public. Hours are Mon–Thur, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri–Sat, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ‘Mystery’ -- Photography by Bess Bieluczyk and Wendy Cooper at Desot O row Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave. between Bull and Whitaker on 41st. Reception Halloween Tues, Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m. Show runs through Nov. 1. ‘Test of Time’ -- New charcoal works by Kaori Vernon through Nov. 9 at Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Reception Thurs. Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.

What’s behind this door at 101 E. 34th St.? The sculpture of Todd Nemanic this Sunday

Todd Nemanic -- Work in stone, wood, ceramics and canvas by this SCAD language professor. Opens to the public from 2-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Los Robles Center for Arts and Humanities at 101 E. 34th St. Private showings are scheduled throughout November by calling Robert Crockett at 234-5952 for appointments.

‘Forgotten’ -- Photo exhibition by SCAD alumnus Dennis Burnett Oct. 6–Nov. 1, at Pei Ling Chan Gallery, 322 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. “Forgotten” contains images of quiet still-lifes and abandoned homes that illustrate the aftermath of Katrina.

JEA Artist of the Month -- The Art Show at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St., beginning Oct. 1 features works of Judy Mooney, Sandy Branam & Lilli Fayaz. Jepson Center for the Arts – Exhibits include: “Helen Levitt: Photographs from the Permanent Collection”; selections from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art; and “Myrtle Jones: A Tribute.” 207 W. York St. Call 790-8800.

Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences --121 Barnard St. Call 790-8800. w Art Patrol is for rotating shows, exhibitions and receptions. Send art info to

Marcus Kenney & Julio Garcia -- Iocovozzi Fine Art presents this show by eclectic artist Kenney and printmaker Garcia, both SCAD graduates. 1 W. Jones St. ‘Islam in Belief and Practice’ -- Exhibit at Georgia Southern Museum through Dec. 31. Free admission for the Museum, which is in the Rosenwald Building on Southern Drive. 9-5 M-F and 2-5 Saturday and Sunday. ‘Homeland Insecurity’s Plan for Lazaretto Creek’ -- Photos by Roger Surprenant are on display at Angel’s BBQ thru November. Angel’s is on Oglethorpe Lane between Bull & Whitaker. ‘Peace of Mind’ -- Union Mission’s Growing Hope Artisans Cooperative shows new works on Peace by Tony Coombs thru October. Starfish Café on 719 East Broad St. ‘All Over the Lot’ -- Hospice Savannah showcases new work by local photographer Margaret Brennan, Sept. 1–Oct. 31 at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, at Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Drive.

‘Mystery’ is the name of the dangerous photographic game at Desot O Row beginning Halloween night

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‘icon sumer’ -- Patrick McGrath Muñiz, SCAD MFA candidate, presents his thesis exhibition: icon-sumer through Nov. 4 at Hall Street Gallery, 212 W. Hall St. Free and open to the public. Explores the relationship between traditional Christian icons and our modern consumerist society.

‘Monsters of Low Brow’ celebrates the season at Seppuku Tattoo ‘Monsters of Low Brow: Halloween Art Show in America’s Most Haunted City’-- Five monster talents from the scenes of concert posters, hot rods, comics, tattoos, & other ‘low brow’ fields of art will show original works, paintings, found objects, prints, & merchandise at Seppuku Tattoo, Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.-until. Work by Rob Schwager, Brian Morris, Jeral Tidwell, Jason Goad and Johnny Crap. Music & complimentary cocktails. Seppuku is at 2213A Rowland Avenue, a block south of Victory and Skidaway.

‘The Architecture of Nature’ -- New collage works by Laura W. Adams will be on display at Off the Wall Gallery in 45 Bistro at the Marshall House, 123 East Broughton St. from Oct. 23 through November. Opening reception Oct. 26, 5:307:30 p.m.


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(7 pm)


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Connect Savannah: Are you surprised at the level of success that this group has achieved? Clay Jones: We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t judge success by â&#x20AC;&#x153;a level.â&#x20AC;? We just want to play music and take care of our families. Sometimes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m shocked by the crowd response, and I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the luckiest man in the world to be playing with this group of guys. Success to me is being able to appeal to a crowd of listeners who were previously unfamiliar with our music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as fans of Travis Tritt or Montgomery Gentry. We filled in (on their tours) for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and to me, that says a lot. Whenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last time you heard of a bluegrass band filling in for Skynyrd? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;that banjo player has a Ferrari!â&#x20AC;? (laughs) Connect Savannah: Did winning the Emerging Bluegrass Artist Award in 1999 make it very

Mountain Heart hard to live up to your own hype? Jim VanCleve: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that it did. We felt we were pushing boundaries, and that we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t creating your run of the mill stereotypical music, so it was really nice to be recognized by all of our peers so early on. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have a record out yet, so it was even more flattering. Connect Savannah: What is it about being in Mountain Heart that most excites you? Jim VanCleve: The musical fearlessness of all of the guys in the band. No one is afraid to take chances. We always have to be on our toes and ready for everything. The creative energy on stage between us all makes this more fun than any other musical situation Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been a part of. Connect Savannah: Is this a group whose members have a lot in common outside of music, or one that works well on shared goals, but rarely hangs out together? Clay Jones: Let me put it to you this way: . We can go fishing together. We all have different personalities, but we would hang out if we never played a note of music. We talked about that last night. If I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play anymore? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d all still be friends. Connect Savannah: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played Randyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s before. What makes that little room a desirable place to play? Is it the mood of the crowd, the sound on the stage, or the vibe? Jim VanCleve: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combination of all of the things you mentioned plus the kickass BBQ next door! Randy and all of his crew are some really good friends of ours and they really know their music. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real comfortable and laid back atmosphere there, which makes us more outgoing when we hit the stage. w Mountain Heart plays Randy Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm. To reserve $30 Advance tickets for these ALL-AGES shows, call 748-1930.


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Getting to The Bottom of things

SCAD student film features score by Richard Leo Johnson Scores of film fans will no doubt be attending a variety of screenings at the 2006 Savannah Film Festival this weekend. However, while their attendance will surely give a much-appreciated boost to the shorts, documentaries and features included in this year’s showcase, all of those movies have already been completed. And, while positive crowd response will likely warm the cockles of the respective filmmakers’ hearts, the truth is that no one festival screening has the power to truly make or break a deserving piece of cinema. On the other hand, another celluloid-related gathering taking place this week offers local film supporters a very real opportunity to make a profound impact on a motion picture not yet in production. The Bottom is the title of a thesis film helmed by SCAD graduate students Winn Coslick and Rhyan Taylor. An adaptation of award-winning author (and Johns Hopkins University instructor) Glenn Blake’s short story of the same name from the collection Drowned Moon, it is to be shot in stark black and white on 35mm film. “We’re using Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon as our visual models,” says Coslick. The film will also feature a musical score by avant-jazz guitarist Richard Leo Johnson — an internationally-known talent based in Savannah. Thursday night at the Jepson Center for The Arts, the two filmmakers will host an “evening of music and literature,” that finds Blake and Johnson sharing the words and music which have served as the students’ inspiration. All proceeds from this illuminating event will got towards financing their rather expensive undertaking.

Top: Rhyan Taylor Right: Winn Coslick Director Coslick says that he and cinematographer Taylor never seriously considered optioning another writer’s work as the basis for their collaboration, but that a chance encounter with a mutual acquaintance of Blake’s made it all possible. “Glenn has been great to work with and we’ve become friends through the process,” says Coslick. “I think it’s because money wasn’t involved. I co-wrote the screenplay with Heather Shiver, and we had to make a few changes for it to work on screen, but we never strayed from Glenn’s story. He’s been completely supportive and I hope we’ll work together again on a feature film.” The Savannah native feels that the combination of Blake’s words with the cinematic vision of himself his partner has the makings of a compelling motion picture. “Glenn’s work is very cinematic, which is odd because it is stripped of description. But this is effective in forcing the reader to assemble the details on their own, ultimately leaving them with more vivid and more personal images of the story.” According to Coslick, as soon as Blake heard Johnson’s most recent album The Legend of Vernon McAlister, the author agreed with the filmmakers that the eerie, deep Southern dobro compositions would compliment a retelling of his short story. “Glenn called me right away, really excited,” recalls Coslick. “He said it sounded like the music had been written specifically for The Bottom. The way this music, his story and our film came together has been entirely serendipitous, and you have to respect those

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Early rock & roll covers, blues standards and Cajun-tinged originals. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse + Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar (solo) + Mon., 7:30 pm (solo), Murphy’s Law Pub.

Talented and versatile Macon-based jam band that’s heavy on the Hammond organ. Fri., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Grill (Downtown).


Touring ‘80s pop and rock covers. Sat., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Grill (Downtown).

Absylom Rising

Miss.-based electric jam-band mixing funk, rock, folk, jazz and bluegrass. Sat. Mon., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

Kim Polote w/David & Alisha Duckworth

One of the area’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed vocalists, backed by two standout instrumentalists on jazz and showtune standards. Sat., 7 pm, 514 West (514 MLK, Jr. Blvd.).

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Local, Fat Possum-style raw Delta blues-rock that’s fun as hell to watch. Wed. & Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Savannah Blues + Thurs., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

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Jimmy & The Teasers

Brunswick-based rock and pop cover band with a standout soulful female vocalist. Fri., 10 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).

Shakespeare’s Masque Ball

Funky, rocking soul-jazz quintet featuring wah guitar and lead trumpet. Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Tremendously entertaining and reckless, alcohol-fueled, unhinged psychobilly from N.C., in the tradition of The Flat Duo-Jets and The Merle. Clete & The City Cousins and The Needles both open the show. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.

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Hard-bop combo led by a Louisianabred saxman. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

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Fund-raiser for the non-profit 2006 Savannah Shakespeare Festival, featuring live music by local talents Roger Moss, The Chorea Dancers, Leslie Gadson w/The Savannerros, Trae Gurley and Don Hite. For $85 advance tix ($50 of which is tax-deductible), which include hors d’oeuvres and 2 drinks, call 525-5050 or go to Fri., 7 pm, American Legion Post #135 (1109 Bull St.). Charleston’s “Coastal Blues” band, mixing R & B, boogie and beach music. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar. Prolific, locally-based guitarist/songwriter playing hard-rock, delta blues, and lush, contemporary folk-pop. Wed., 9 pm, Café Loco (Tybee) + Thus. - Fri. & Tues., 10 pm, Jen’s & Friends + Sun., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge. w

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2006 Hardeeville Festival

Known to many as the composer behind Free outdoor street party (no alcohol alFaith Hill’s mega-smash “Cry,” this emotive lowed), featuring amusement rides for the and passionate indie-rock and modern folk kids, food, arts and crafts, and live music singer/songwriter honed his heralded stage from Shrimp City Slim (blues and shag), presence and musical chops on the Atlanta The Eric Culberson Blues Band, B-Town acoustic scene before releasing a short string Playaz (popular covers), Soul, and gospel of gutsy, indie albums. Over the years, he’s group, Crowns of Glory. Sat., 10 am - 10 played Savannah numerous times (as well as pm, Hardeeville, S.C., Community Center. making regular stops to hilton head, where Kylesa (CD Release) he maintains a fervent cult following), but Not too much info on this show, but lomore often than not, those shows have been cal brutal metal icons underwhelming Kylesa are back from affairs that found touring Europe with Aparo and his a brand-new CD in band hampered tow. Plus, a few handby bad sound fuls of local musior lackluster cians pay tribute to promotion. Evsome of their favorite erything finally bands with short sets coalesced in of material originally his favor a few recorded by Rancid, months back The Dead Milkmen, when he packed The Mummies and Finnegan’s The New York Dolls. Wake. It was Tues., 10 pm, The Jinx. a show that pleased both he Showbread and his fans, and One of the most since that bar popular and impreshas since closed, sive bands on the he’s returning fashionable Christo its sister pub. tian hardcore circuit, Hopefully the The Wiyos this intense live act experience there formed in Savannah, will be positive as and despite rarely playing shows in this rewell, and locals can once more enjoy a great gion now that they’ve become a national act, show by a powerhouse talent. Sat., 10 pm, they are still considered hometown heroes. Murphy’s Law. They boast a huge underage following, so the Savannah city ordinance which prohibits Drum-N-Bass & Jungle DJs anyone under 21 from even being inside a These electronica genres have struggled live music venue that also serves alcohol has to make inroads in our dance club scene kept most of their local fans at bay for quite for ages, but this showcase of local and resome time. This show is likely open to ALLgional talent will be the second time in as AGES, and should be packed. Fri., 7 pm, many months that both D-N-B and Jungle Lions Club (Rincon). will be featured at this venue, so things may be looking up. Headlining the event will be The Wiyos internationally-known DJ Focus from CharOne of the most popular acoustic comlotte, the Atlanta duo Corrupt Souls, Knux bos to ever make Savannah a regular stop (another N.C. turntablist), and locals Symin their travels, this quirky and irrepressible biotek, Lunatek and Culprit. Plus, $50 goes group is patterned after the old Vaudevilto the winner of the face-painting contest... lian show bands. Their mesmerizing reperThurs., 9 pm, Savannah Down Under Invatoire includes old ragtime numbers, swing, sion Level 3. Tin Pan Alley tunes and more — but what’s most irresistible is that they are no mere GAM oldies act. They write their own charmThese annual reunion shows by perhaps ingly anachronistic tunes, and deliver them the single most amazing live rock band Sawith a theatrical flair that betrays at least vannah has produced to date don’t match one member’s background as an actor. Their the manic intensity and noisy, psychedelic shows are often funny and at times seems to freak-outs of the group’s heyday, but they border on parody, yet somehow The Wiyos still pack enough ballsy, controlled insannever slip into full-on shtick. This is one ity to remind everyone of what once was. of those rare groups that seems completely Think ‘70s Bowie meets ‘80s Jesus Lizard or timeless, and as such, they appeal to small a back alley knife-fight between Jon Spenchildren as well as adults, without either age cer and Les Claypool and you’re halfway group losing the sense of giddy wonderment there. As a bonus, this will be the first time that comes from hearing music of this perthe band’s original bassist Ronny Kersey has formed with a complete and sincere straight held down the low end in many years. Sat., face in the 21st Century. A must-see for fans 11 pm, The Jinx. of any and all kinds of live performances. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES. w





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Back in 1944, Universal Pictures decided that the best way to advertise its monster mash House of Frankenstein was by simply trumpeting the picture’s all-star lineup on the poster: “Frankenstein’s Monster! Wolf Man! Dracula! Hunchback! Mad Doctor!” Given the pop culture icons represented by the performers cast in The Prestige, Buena Vista Pictures enjoys the option of doing likewise: “Batman! Wolverine! Gollum! Ziggy Stardust!” Not that the studio has any need or desire to take such a sensationalistic approach. The Prestige, co-written and directed by the immensely talented Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento), is the third of this year’s releases centering around magicians (following Woody Allen’s Scoop and the Edward Norton sleeper hit The Illusionist), and it’s far and away the best. Teaming with his brother Jonathan to adapt Christopher Priest’s novel, Chris Nolan has crafted a dense and multilayered drama that explores his usual recurrent themes while simultaneously serving up a cracking good mystery yarn. Set in turn-of-the-century London, The Prestige casts Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier and Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, two aspiring magicians working under the tutelage of master showman Cutter (Michael Caine). Almost right from the start, it’s established that Angier is the more charismatic of the pair: gentle, romantic and extroverted enough to know how to grab an audience’s attention. The brooding Borden, by comparison, is more inwardly directed, and his devotion to his craft suggests that he’s willing to get his hands dirty and sacrifice anything to realize his dream of becoming a master magician. A tragedy that occurs during one of Cutter’s stage shows closes down the operation and sends both men off in their own directions, with each one harboring nothing but contempt for the other. Cutter, who chooses to remain with Angier, correctly notes that while Borden is the more accomplished artist, he lacks Angier’s pizzazz and aptitude for stage spectacle, an angle that’s further accentuated once Angier hires a beauty named Olivia (Scarlett Johansson) to serve as his eye-candy assistant. The movie isn’t simplistic enough to pit a “good” magician (Angier) against an “evil” one (Borden); instead, it recognizes the duality of each man’s nature, a theme that eventually expands to a startling degree. It can be argued that the story becomes too fantastical for its own good -- it’s more compelling when it’s rooted in reality rather than when it enters the realm of science fiction -- but except for a nagging final shot, the filmmakers at least take care to cover all their narrative bases with acceptable explanations and believable character arcs.

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ing forces during World War II manages the tricky feat of honoring the past while also subtly deflating the attendant mythology that over time attaches itself like a barnacle to a ship side. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this strength of conviction that allows the film to toss aside some niggling aspects and earn its keep as a memorable war movie. Working from a script by William Broyles Jr. and Crash Oscar winner Paul Haggis (adapting James Bradleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book), Eastwood focuses on the events surrounding the raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima in 1945. The movie details how this single act, captured in a historic photograph, became a rallying point around which the military was able to energize an American nation weary of war. Publicity tours were staged with the active participation of the three surviving men who helped hoist the flag: sensitive Doc Bradley (Ryan Phillippe), outgoing Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford) and anguished Ira Hayes (Adam Beach). Eastwood and company view the tour as a necessary evil, a much-needed fundraiser that nevertheless leads the participating soldiers to feel increasingly uncomfortable donning the designation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;heroesâ&#x20AC;? when so many of their friends have already died in combat. Similarly, Eastwood looks at all sides of various issues throughout the picture, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this willingness to paint in shades of gray rather than stick with black and white that allows the picture to overcome a frequently choppy narrative structure (the movie skips around, ofttimes clumsily, between the past and the present) and a protracted final section. Flags of Our Fathers isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a masterwork like Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two Oscar winners, Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby -- itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to admire but more difficult to adore -- yet it commands our respect for reclaiming the notion of patriotism from opportunistic politicians who have turned it into a dirty word.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting idea thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only partially successful, largely because Coppola doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go far enough. Coppola should have rolled the dice without hesitancy; instead, she too often hedges her bets. Where Marie Antoinette fares best is its examination of the royal life as a treadmill of constantly winding boredom; the scenes in which Marie, winningly played by Kirsten Dunst, is forced to succumb to the nonsensical rules and rituals of etiquette are poignant because they deny a child, that most impulsive of all creatures, the chance to experience life for herself.

dimensions to the story. Alison Lohman plays Katy, a strong-willed 16-year-old who locates a soulmate in a wild mustang wandering the acres on her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wyoming spread. Katyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad Rob (Tim McGraw), already peeved that his daughter isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t capitalizing enough on her studies at a private school, forbids the girl to have any contact with the ill-tempered horse, but Katy ignores his mandate and proceeds to train the animal behind his back. Meanwhile, Katyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Howard (Ryan Kwanten) isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thrilled that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expected to inherit the



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The fall seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere love-it-or-leave-it title, Marie Antoinette was booed by French scribes at the Cannes Film Festival before being rescued by American critics, the slight majority of whom have graced it with positive reviews. Yet despite its divisive nature, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve managed to come down in the middle: The movie, writer-director Sofia Coppolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first since her magnificent Lost In Translation, is better than I had expected (at least based on the trailer) but not as good as I had hoped. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommended, but with reservations. In much the manner of A Knightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale, Coppola has added a sprinkling of contemporary trappings to her luxuriant period piece. Thus, a shopping spree with the girls is backed by Bow Wow Wowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 80s hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Want Candy,â&#x20AC;? and anachronisms can frequently be found within the dialogue. Coppolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention was to create a teenager for our times, a girl who just wants to have fun even though her position in the French royal court demands so much more.

husband and wife and between brother and sister are especially fresh and reassuring. Unfortunately, more so than in its source material (itself more than a simple kidand-his-animal yarn), the emphasis on the humans de-emphasizes the presence of the mustang, and there simply arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough scenes illustrating the burgeoning bond between Katy and Flicka. The heavy-handed approach to the dramatic plot devices also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help: In moments of despair, you can always count on director Michael Mayer adding some heavy rainstorms to externalize the charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inner anguish.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junk like Man of the Year that makes me remember movie reviewing often isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a job; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an adventure -- and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m owed some serious combat pay. Merging the premises of Warren Beattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s razor-sharp Bulworth, Kevin Klineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decent Dave and Chris Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flaccid Head of State, writer-director Barry Levinson imagines what would happen if an outspoken and compassionate comedian became president of the United States. Robin Williams plays Tom Dobbs, a Jon Stewartlike TV talk show host who, after joking that he should run for office, finds himself on the ballot in 13 states. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a decent premise for a piercing satire, but Levinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach is so timid that it makes last springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soggy American Dreamz look as incendiary as a Michael Moore documentary by comparison. The main problem, of course, is Williams, who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing a fictional character running for president as much as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing Robin Williams playing a fictional character running for president. In other words, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same lazy performance we almost always get, with the actor groveling for laughs via his patented physical shtick and repertoire of stale jokes that were already passe around the time Roman emperors began chucking Christian standup comics to the lions. Soon, the attempts at humor dry up completely to make room for a dismal plotline in which a techie (Laura Linney) at a company that produces Diebold-style voting machines realizes that a computer glitch led to Dobbsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ascendancy to the Oval Office. As she tries to reveal the truth, the company goons (led by a whatis-he-doing-here? Jeff Goldblum) decide to shut her up permanently, but Three Days of the Condor this ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.

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In Flicka, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a case of boy meets girl; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a case of boy becomes girl. Mary Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Haraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic novel My Friend Flicka details the relationship between a young lad and a wild horse (it was made into a 1943 movie starring Roddy McDowall); this new screen version turns the protagonist into a teenage girl, a gender switch that adds different

ranch -- whereas Katy prefers the cowboy lifestyle to formal schooling, he dreams only of being allowed to go to college. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left up to mom Nell (Maria Bello) to serve as referee for all these familial grudge matches. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refreshing to see an American family on screen that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wallow in dysfunction: While there are plenty of conflicts, the overriding sense is that these folks truly love one another, and the relationships between

At this point in his illustrious career, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine Martin Scorsese accepting another filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand-me-downs. Yet in essence, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking place with The Departed, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an original screen story but rather a remake of a 2002 Hong Kong film titled Infernal Affairs. Working from a script by William Monahan, Scorsese has made a picture thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more in line with such past mob morality tales as GoodFellas and Mean Streets than with his recent spate of ambitious (and Oscar-lunging) period epics like The Aviator and Gangs of New York. But while The Departed is a strong film, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by no means a match for any of those aforementioned titles. Nor is



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has no trouble fitting in, although the strain of having to lead a double life soon wears him down. He strikes up a relationship with the police department’s psychiatrist (Vera Farmiga), not realizing that she’s Colin’s girlfriend. Issues of identity, duplicity and deception remain constants throughout the film, and it’s refreshing to find a stateside remake that for once doesn’t feel the need to dumb down its philosophical musings for the sake of Yank audiences. The violence and vulgarity -- trademarks of this sort of Scorsese outing -- are pitched at operatic levels, and even taking the milieu into consideration, they occasionally verge on overkill. So, too, does the performance by Nicholson, who begins the film as a terrifying villain but winds down as a raving buffoon. The younger actors do a better job maintaining the appropriate levels of intensity. DiCaprio is coiled and edgy, Damon alternates between charismatic and creepy, and Wahlberg (stealing the film) somehow turns surlinessinto an endearing character trait. Baldwin contributes some choice moments as the mercurial Captain Ellerby; like Wahlberg, he’s blessed by being handed the lion’s share of the script’s best bursts of profanity. In fact, given their similarities, Wahlberg’s Sergeant Dignam almost qualifies as Ellerby’s own Mini-Me -- give these two guys their own film, and there’s a “buddy cop” flick worth seeing. Infernal Affairs climaxes with a shocking twist, and I was curious to see if Scorsese would have the nerve to end his big-budget studio flick in an equally uncompromising manner. Well, yes and no. On one hand, the startling moment is still included, but on the other, it’s tempered by a tacked-on coda that insures justice has been fully served. I don’t know if this addition was intended as a sop to the studio, to the moviegoing public or to Academy voters, but it neither enhances nor detracts from the compelling crime story that precedes it.


Isn’t it too soon to be subjected to another showing of Flyboys all over again? At least that’s the sense of deja vu that settled in after viewing the two films in consecutive weeks. Here we have the same running time (an overextended 135 minutes), the same degree of quality in the CGI work (impressive), and the same fortune-cookie-level pontificating about the need for sacrifice, bravery and personal responsibility. Even more than Flyboys, though, this resembles An Officer and a Gentleman, right down to the scene where our handsome hero bursts into his girlfriend’s place of employment to declare his everlasting love. Kevin Costner plays Louis Gossett Jr., the Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer instructor whose toughlove approach to training works wonders for the young recruits; Ashton Kutcher is Richard Gere, a narcissistic pretty-boy student more interested in making a name for himself and romancing the local cutie (Melissa Sagemiller) than in actually saving continued on page 42


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it equal to Infernal Affairs, which wore its sleek 100-minute running time far better than this one navigates its 150-minute length. Set in Boston, this new take casts Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello, the crime lord with the foresight to make sure that one of his protégées, Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), is placed in a position to be able to rise through the ranks of the Massachusetts State Police Department. Colin is eventually assigned to the special unit tasked with investigating Costello, an outfit run by the animated Captain Ellerby (Alec Baldwin). Ellerby trusts Colin, little suspecting that his right-hand man is actually the informant. Meanwhile, down the hall, the paternal Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen) and the blunt Sergeant Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) are just as determined as Ellerby to nail Costello. To that end, they assign Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to get his hands dirty enough to convince Costello that he’s a bona fide criminal and worth adding to his band of outlaws. Having been raised on the wrong side of the tracks, Billy




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lives. For a long while, The Guardian wears its cliches pretty well, but because this is a Kevin Costner film -- and because Costner spends more time playing larger-than-life Christ figures instead of ordinary mortals -we sense this can only end one way.


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as many walkouts as The Science of Sleep, a declaration which in itself should function as a no-holds-barred recommendation for those seeking something unusual in their moviegoing diet. Michel Gondry previously helmed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, yet his latest picture (which he both wrote and directed) is so out there that it makes that Charlie Kaufman-penned movie seem as streamlined as Bambi by comparison. With its dialogue alternately spoken in English, French and Spanish (those who whine about subtitles be warned), this oddity stars Y Tu Mama Tambienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gael Garcia Bernal as Stephane, a young man who moves from Mexico to Paris and lands a dull job working at a calendar publishing firm. Stephane has a hard time keeping his waking life separate from his dream state, which causes all manner of complications both professionally and personally, the latter mainly built around trying to forge a relationship with across-the-hall neighbor Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Before turning to film, Gondry established his rep as the creator of highly celebrated commer-

cials and music videos, yet while this new film allows him to once more tap into those largely unregulated arenas, his real inspiration seems to come from Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay -- those masters of offbeat (and unsettling) animated efforts -- to say nothing of Freud, Jung and Adler. The Science of Sleep employs deliberately rudimentary effects and slipshod animation to convey Stephaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s REM visions, yet it also posits the character as a childlike individual whose inability to cope with adult emotions balances him precariously on the line between untainted innocence and troublesome obsession. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame the movie pulls back from examining this angle, but at it stands, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a marvel of whimsy.

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At 145 minutes, Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chest ends up providing too much bang for the buck. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just about the same running time as its predecessor, but that film wore its length better. Certainly, those expecting amazing feats of derring-do wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed by this new film. The effects-driven action scenes are clearly the pictureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlights, and they alone make Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chest worth the price of admission. The first Pirates felt like both a stand-alone movie and the theme park attraction on which it was based; this one just feels like a roller coaster ride, full of momentary thrills but leaving little in its wake except a sudden desire to rest for a minute. w

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Paramount’s home entertainment division has rereleased two popular Stephen King adaptations in what it’s calling Special Collector’s Editions. The Dead Zone is clearlier the more “special” of the two, as David Cronenberg takes the director’s seat for what remains one of the best Kings placed on film. Christopher Walken plays Johnny Smith, a school teacher whose horrific auto ac-


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cident leaves him in a coma for five years. When he finally awakens, he discovers he’s acquired psychic powers, which proves to be both a blessing or a curse. Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt and Herbert Lom provide sturdy support in one of Cronenberg’s most mainstream -- but no less memorable -- pictures to date. Pet Sematary, with a script penned by King himself, casts Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby as two of the most irresponsible parents ever to make their way to a movie screen. Their young children would be just as well off living on their own, a point made clear once tragedy strikes the family and the adjacent pet cemetery, a former Indian burial ground with supernatural powers, provides Dad with a way to make everything OK again (or so he thinks). Director Mary Lambert provides some nice atmospherics until King’s inane screenplay overpowers her, while Fred Gwynne (as a kindly neighbor) provides the only creative acting. Extras on both DVDs consist of short pieces on the making of each film; the Pet Sematary DVD also includes audio commentary by Lambert. The Dead Zone: *** Pet Sematary: *1/2 Extras: **


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I can accept the fact this this five-film set is being called The Boris Karloff Collection even though the screen legend plays supporting roles in the majority of the featured titles. I can even deal with the reality that the selected pictures hardly showcase the great actor at his most memorable.But the proclamation on the back cover that this contains “5 Chilling Horror Classics” is going too far, since not one of these titles would logically fall under the genre label of “horror.” Night Key (1937) is an interesting yarn about a kindly scientist (Karloff) who creates a state-of-the-art security system and is subsequently cheated out of his invention by a heartless businessman (Samuel S. Hinds). The scientist exacts his revenge in an ideal manner but soon finds himself strong-armed by criminals who can use his creation for their own schemes. The flawed but worthwhile Tower of London (1939) won’t be confused with Shakespeare, but it’s a fairly diverting historical epic focusing on Richard III (Basil Rathbone) and how he murders his way to the top with the help of the executioner Mord (Karloff). Another horror icon, Vincent Price, appears in one of his earliest roles as the whimpering Duke of Clarence. The Climax (1944) is an uninspired rip-off of The Phantom of the Opera, with Karloff cast as an opera house physician still obsessed with the soprano he adored and murdered a decade earlier. When the company’s latest singing sensation (Susanna Foster) stirs memories of his earlier love, he uses hypnosis to keep her under his thumb. The movie earned an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction, an amusing anecdote since the exact same set had been used the previous year for The Phantom of the Opera

(it won the award for its use in that film). The Strange Door (1951) and The Black Castle (1952) are two sides of the same tale: In both, Karloff portrays a castle servant who tries to help young lovers escape from the tyrant who rules the estate. The Strange Door, adapted from a Robert Louis Stevenson story, casts Charles Laughton as a twisted aristocrat who has his reasons for forcing his niece (Sally Forrest) to marry a dashing rogue (Richard Stapley). Karloff appears as a kindhearted servant named Voltan, whose painfully protracted death scene is almost as amusing as Laughton’s ability to overact even when merely called upon to raise an eyebrow. The Black Castle, meanwhile, finds Karloff wasted in the small role of Dr. Meissen, the resident healer who serves the castle’s cruel Count (Stephen McNally) but whose loyalty really rests with his long-suffering wife (Rita Corday) and the visiting nobleman (Richard Greene) who catches her eye. Laughton’s hamminess is missed, but the film tries to compensate by throwing in Lon Chaney Jr. as a murderous henchman (he’s even more wasted than Karloff) and a dungeon pit populated with crocodiles. The only extras are a couple of theatrical trailers. Night Key: **1/2 Tower of London: **1/2 The Climax: ** The Strange Door: ** The Black Castle: ** Extras: *

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are three-quarters of a century old, thus allowing Universal to promote these as 75th Anniversary Editions. Served up in handsome cases, these two-disc efforts combine bonus features from the previous DVD incarnations with new extras. As for the movies themselves, they remain staples of any serious film fan’s education. Dracula hasn’t aged as well as Frankenstein, although Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the Count arguably remains the definitive screen Dracula (though Christopher Lee comes close). The picture was adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by way of the popular stage play, and the latter’s influence is discernible in the talky (and creaky) second half. The first portion, set in Transylvania, is riveting, thanks largely to the interplay between Lugosi’s bloodsucker and Dwight Frye’s Renfield, Todd Browning’s moody direction and Charles D. Hall’s magnificent gothic sets. It’s when the action switches to England that the film bogs down, though Edward Van Sloan provides some lift as the sage Dr. Van Helsing. Charles Hall was also responsible for the superb art direction in Frankenstein, which, while hardly the letter of Mary Shelley’s novel, proves to be a rich and satisfying screen experience. Extremely well-directed by James Whale (who would then top himself with 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein), the film was so potent in its day that audience members shrieked at the first sight of the Frankenstein monster, the film was banned in some cities, and one scene (the drowning of the little girl) was removed (it was reinstated decades later and now appears in all prints). As the misshapen, misunderstood creature, Boris Karloff is astonishing in a role that, ironically, Lugosi had turned down. Extras in the Dracula package include a look at Lugosi’s career and the Spanish-language version of the story that was filmed simultaneously on the same sets but with different actors. Extras on the Frankenstein edition include a feature on Karloff and a look at the making of the film. Both sets include audio commentaries by film historians, Monster Tracks (pop-up facts about the movies) and the 1998 Turner Classic Movies documentary Universal Horror (narrated by Kenneth Branagh). Dracula: *** Frankenstein: ***1/2 Extras: ***1/2

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Belying its made-for-television roots, this ambitious take on the Mary Shelley classic is one of the most literate Frankenstein productions ever made, as writers Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy touch upon all manner of subtext on their way to crafting an intelligent and elegant interpretation of the classic horror standby. Not nearly as faithful to its source material as its title would indicate (although it does retain many literary elements usually dropped in other adaptations), the film presents its Victor Frankenstein (Leonard Whiting) as an inquisitive young doctor whose tutelage under Dr. Henry Clerval (David McCallum) and, later, Dr. Polidori (James Mason) leads to the creation of, respectively, The Creature (Michael Sarrazin) and his potential mate (Jane Seymour). But this Creature starts life as a handsome young man, only turning into a physical ogre as time passes; this angle allows Isherwood and Bachardy the opportunity to explore the homoerotic bond between Victor and his boy-toy as well as offer a searing indictment of humankind’s cruelty to those it deems physically imperfect. Strong performances abound, particularly by Mason as the scheming Polidori, Seymour as the casually cruel Prima, Nicola Pagett as Victor’s resourceful bride Elizabeth, and especially Sarrazin as the childlike Creature, whose innocence is corrupted by the actions of those around him. Frankenstein: The True Story has long been available on video in a butchered, 120minute cut that played overseas theatrically; Universal Studios Home Entertainment claims that the 183-minute version presented on this DVD is the “unedited” one that aired on NBC as a two-part motion picture back in 1973. However, given that various sources over the years have cited the original running time as 200 minutes, I’m not so sure that this is the complete version. The only DVD extras are promos for various TV shows available on DVD. Movie: *** Extras: * w

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Grace United Fall Festival

8th Annual Light the Night Walk will be held Oct. 27 in Forsyth Park to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the walk begins at 7 p.m. Walkers will stroll through downtown Savannah carrying balloons, red for supporters and white for survivors of cancer, with flickering lights. To regstier, call 352-4334 or visit

9th Annual SMA Angels Ball

The theme for this year’s ball is Believe. Proceeds will be used in the battle against Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the number one genetic killer of children under the age of 2. It will be held Nov. 4 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront hotel. The evening will open with a silent auction from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner and live auctions with auctioneer Matt Mattingly will be held from 8:30-10 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., dance to the O’Kayions, famous for the song Girl Watcher. Tickets are $70 per person or $700 for a reserved table of 10. Call 727-4SMA or

Asthma Walk

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Blessed Sacrament’s Annual Auction

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Schools will present Viva Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s midtown campus, corner of Victory Drive and Waters Avenue. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For reservations or tickets, call Della Latimer at 353-9379. For info, visit

Give for the Gulf

Grace United Methodist Church at 6412 Waters Ave. will hold its Fall Festival Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a bike rodeo, fire department demonstrations and face painting. Pit-barbecue pork dinners will be offered for sale, as will homemade desserts and specialty items. The cost per dinner is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. For tickets, call 354-3411, fax 352-9632 or e-mail

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.

Pumpkin Patch

The White Bluff United Methodist Church at 11911 White Bluff Rd. is selling pumpkins to raise money for the Youth of White Bluff United Methodist Church. Prices vary on the size. Gourds and dried corn also will be available. The Pumpkin Patch is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until dark, Saturdays from 10 a.m. until dark and Sundays at noon until dark. Call 925-5924.

St. Frances Cabrini Fall Festival and Craft Sale

will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 11500 Middleground Rd. Crafts booths are available. Space and table rental is $30 is available through Sept. 30. A limited number of covered booths also are available for $45. Call 925-4725.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Fall Fair

will be held Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of 34th and Abercorn streets. There will be booths with items for sale, a silent auction, a luncheon cafe with barbecue plates and take-out Boston butts and chicken. Entertainment will continued on page 46

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be provided by the Boomerang Band. Free and open to the public.

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.

Voice for Pets

will have adoptions and a fundraiser Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Halloween party hosted by Little Blessings Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resale Store and Island Pet Centre, 6707 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Call 897-7727.

Women of Presence

This annual art show will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 for 7-11 p.m. at Alvida Art Gallery, 7303 Abercorn St., to benefit Hope House of Savannah. There will be a reading by author Rosemary Daniell and the auction of a collaborative painting of Alvida artists, as well as artists in residence. Admission is free. Call 355-5656.

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Sixth Annual Island Giant Kayak Race

will be hosted by Half-Moon Outfitters on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Isle of Palms, South Carolina. The race will benefit the Coastal Conservation League. The Island Giant, a 9mile race, and Little Giant, a 3-mile race, will begin at the Isle of Palms Marina. After the races, there will be an awards ceremony and food. Both races are open to ages 18 or older or under 18 with legal consent. Boats can be provided, or bring your own. Call 706-5594532 or

Adult Education

The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center of Wesley Community Centers, 1601 Drayton St., offers tutoring Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in basic literacy skills, GED preparation and computer training. Call 447-5711.

Art Classes Classes in clay hand-building, open studio, intermediate drawing and painting are offered at CarosArt Studio in Windsor Forest. Very small clases with lots of extra attention by professional artist/clay sculptor Carolyne Graham. Classes are held Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon and Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Inquire about other days. The cost is $100 per six weeks of instruction. Clay supplies are extra. Call 925-5465 to register. The Art School Class offerings include childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art classes, with afterschool art instruction for ages 6 through teens. Ages 6-8 attend one hour a week for $55 per month. Ages 9 through teens attend one and a half hours per week for $70 per month. Tuition includes supplies. Classes also are available for adults and advanced teens 16 and up Mondays 7-9 p.m. and Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to noon, with students working in the medium of their choice. Weekly figure drawing sessions are held Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $60 for six-week sessions or $15 drop in. Artists bring their own materals. Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Figure drawing weekends will be held Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12. The cost is $35 per day. A pastel portrait workshop with a live model and instruction by Chin-Chen Hung will be held Nov. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $170 and class size is limited. The Art School is located at 74 W. Montgomery Cross Rd., No. B-2. Call Lind Hollingsworth at 921-1151 or visit



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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.

Baby sign classes

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

Childbirth Educator Training

This class will prepare participants to teach childbirth classes. It will be held Nov. 3 and 4 on Tybee Island and will be taught by nationally known childbirth conference lecturer and author Tracy Wilson Peters through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. The cost is $300. Space is limited, so register early. To register, call Tracy at 888-692-2772 or www.tracypeters. com or continued on page 48





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Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club 9th Annual Trick or Trot These 5K and 10K races and walks will be held Nov. 4 to raise funds for local charities. Registration is from 6:45-7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. at the May Howard Elementary School on Wilmington Island. The cost for the 5K is $14 in advance or $16 the day of the race. The 10K is $17 in advance or $20 the day of the race. Register online at or call William Quantz at 944-1213. Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Masquerade Ball will be held Friday, Oct. 27 at the American Legion Ballroom, 1108 Bull St., as a fundraiser for the 2006 Savannah Shakespeare Festival. There will be food, spirits, dancing, a silent auction and entertainment featuring The Savanneros, Roger Moss, Leslie Gaeson and Trae Gurley. Tickets are $85. Call 596-6478 or visit www.savannahshakespearefestival. com. Tourism Leadership Council Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 3 at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start will be at 12:30 p.m. Call 232-1223. Tybee Turtle Tour

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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 cafecontigo@gmail. com.

Council of Volunteer Administrators

will hold a workshop and networking reception for non-profit volunteer managers and coordinators on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at The Armstrong Center, 11935 Abercorn St. Call Shirley Sessions, 651-7726.

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 6514248 or visit

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.

First Steps parent education program

This parent education and support program is based at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Call 819-6910.

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 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 nonfiction and memoirs. Call 398-1727 or send e-mail to for details and rates.

Guided Imagery

Change your life with guided imagery. Read about it in Oprah magazine, January 2006. Ditch anxiety, manage deadlines, lose weight, recovery from surgery. Call the Alpha Institute, 927-3432.

Highest Praise School of the Arts

of Overcoming by Faith is offering vocal, piano and dance classes that are open to

ANGER MANAGEMENT There is no emotion that can be more destructive to a relationship or to one’s self than unhealthy approaches to feelings of anger. Get help and change yourself and your life. RESOLVING PERSONAL LOSS Losing a job, a relationship, a marriage, a sibling, parent or child is too much pain to deal with alone. There is life after great loss, but grieving and learning coping skills are critical to moving forward. Call Daniel Beam, LLC at 912-844-9897

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 Thursday, Oct. 26 from 23:30 p.m., Controlling Anger Before It Controls You will be presented. On Monday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Job Fair and Training Expo will be presented.

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

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

Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery

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

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.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

offers a variety of business classes. The center is at 801 E. Gwinnett St. Call 652-3582.

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.

Clubs & Organizations 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 mccauln1981@ or visit http://aasuscifi.

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.

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will meet Thursday, Oct. 26 at Pearl’s Saltwater Grille. The topic is How Private School Partnerships are Helping Public Education, with speakers Dr. Thomas Lockamy, superintendent of schools, and Thomas Bonnell, headmaster of Savannah Country Day School. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP to

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 http://

Civil Air Patrol

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.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

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

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Daughters of Destiny

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

English Style Table Soccer

Savannah Subbuteo Club. Call 667-7204 or visit

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.

Introducing the Work of Byron Katie

is a group that meets every other Wednesday afternoon in Savannah and every other Friday afternoon in Statesboro at 3 p.m. Free of charge and open to the public. See what happens when you question your stressful beliefs with this powerful and simple tool. It has been life changing for many people. Introductory video or audio CDs will be presented in each session. Call 484-0134.

meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 184 in Thunderbolt. Call 786-4508.

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

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 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.

St. Almo

The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 6:25 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. Call 234-3336.

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 non-denominational community musical activity emphasizes participation, not performance. Songs are from The Sacred Harp, an oblong songbook first published in 1844. Call 655-0994.

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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 N303WR@, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 4124410.


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Savannah Art Association

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

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. 447-0943. Call 447-0943 or visit www. 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. 6562410.

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 Ski Club

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

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.

Trustees’ Garden Club

will meet Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Dr. Brian Lapointe, a nationally renowned marine biologist, who will speak on Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms. The meeting will be held at the Georgia Coastal Center, Room 111-113, 305 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Call 233-6950.

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

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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 6:307:30 p.m. Intermediate Adult Ballet is held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 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

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beginner program is from 8-9 p.m. Both classes consist of a jazz portion and a tap dance portion. The instructor is Travis Dodd. For information, call 897-4235 or visit ggsod. com.

Salsa Dance Lessons

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.

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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 e-mail to Visit www.

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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.

the 411|Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): Nineteenth-century English

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti wrote a series of sensual sonnets inspired by his relationship with his wife Elizabeth. Before he could publish them, Elizabeth died. He was so distraught he placed the only copy of his manuscript in the grave with her. Years later, though, he decided the love poems were too good to consign forever to the oblivion of the dirt. He had the coffin disinterred and recovered his work. I suggest you draw inspiration from this story, Aries. Reclaim riches that you once abandoned or left for dead. Halloween costume suggestions: grave- digger, archaeologist, miner, psychic medium who communes with the spirits of the departed.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Jaws” is the most common

name for pet goldfish. Take your cue from this fun fact, Taurus. Identify the mildest, tamest, most passive part of you, then push it in the direction of becoming more daring, assertive, and courageous. If it helps to give that part of you a nickname like “Jaws,” by all means do so. Halloween costume suggestion: a shark, Tyrannosaurus, dragon, or football player.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A sizable proportion of Chris-

tians are addicted to pornography, according to a poll conducted by a major Christian website ( It that’s true, it’s dramatic proof of what psychologists say: that we’re prone to be unhealthily obsessed and possessed by whatever we demonize. Meditate on how this theme might apply to you, Gemini. Investigate whether you’re being hurt by your scorn and anger and hatred. And please note that I’m not advising you to protect yourself from people or things you judge as bad, but rather from your attitudes about them. Halloween costume suggestion: a fundamentalist porn star.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In December 1984, comedian

T. R. Benker told jokes for 48 consecutive hours at a restaurant in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Last year, Ethiopian oddball Belachew Girma laughed nonstop for 100 minutes at a club in Munich. These two chuckle-meis-

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

Shag-Beach Bop-Etc. Savannah

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

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


A balanced life

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

The Age of the Lily: a Kundalini Workshop

with Ramon Rodriguez and Katherine Lopa will be held Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Savannah Yoga Center, 25 E. 40th St. The cost is $175 at the door. Call 441-6653 or

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.

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by Rob Brezsny ters are your role models, Cancerian. Your assignment is to stimulate massive attacks of reeling merriment and potent doses of sacred revelry as much as possible, both in yourself and others. Halloween costume suggestion: a court jester who relentlessly doles out compliments; a smirking prankster with angel wings and a halo; Santa Claus with a bag full of joke gifts; Lucille Ball imitating Sara Silverman or vice versa.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Most flowers depend on pollina-

tors to reproduce. Birds and insects brush up against a flower’s male parts, picking up pollen that they leave on the female parts of the next flower they visit. But nature has created an anomaly that doesn’t play by these rules. A wild orchid known as *Holcoglossum amesianum* fecundates itself. Its male bits actually move, carrying out a complicated maneuver to reach around and down to deposit pollen directly into its female portions. This orchid is your power symbol, Leo. I hope it encourages you to learn more about self-fertilization-- to increase your mastery of the underappreciated art of inspiring and teaching and taking care of yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a hermaphrodite carrying a wild orchid.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): French author Andre Gide said, “The color of truth is gray.” Make that your watchword, Virgo. Resist the temptation to fall in love with bright shiny red facts or alluring azure maxims. Run like the wind from anyone who tries to sell you a story about good guys in white hats versus bad guys in black hats. The more comfortable you are with veracities that have the hue of dirty dishwater, the more likely it is you’ll see things exactly as they are, free of delusions and deceits. Halloween costume suggestion: any elaborate, intricate getup, like a commedia dell’arte character’s outfit, that’s all grey.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Chinese professor Cao Shizhong

is head of the Slanting Building Correction Research Institute. His company specializes in straightening vertical structures that are tilting. He has offered to fix Italy’s

Leaning Tower of Pisa, though not completely. Recognizing that it’s a tourist attraction, Shizhong doesn’t want to make it so upright that it’ll lose its appeal to the curious. So he has offered to give it the same mild slant it had when it was first constructed in 1350. Let’s apply this as a metaphor, Libra. I suggest that you *partially* rectify something that’s slouching or lopsided in your life. Don’t be such a compulsive perfectionist that it loses its soulful charm. Halloween costume suggestion: a beauty queen with a big pimple; a superhero with a broken arm.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’re ready for take-off. It’s

time to taxi to the launch location and prepare to go airborne. I suggest you do what birds and airplanes do, which is to fly directly into the wind as you leave the ground. As long as you’re forcefully propelling yourself forward, that will give you maximum lift. Oh, and flap your wings gracefully, not frenetically. Don’t stare at the ground right beneath you, but rather fix your gaze on a distant point high above you. Halloween costume suggestion: eagle, jet, hang-glider, dragonfly.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): About 7,500 people live on

Nauru, a coral atoll in the South Pacific. For years, their primary source of income has come from bird droppings, from which they harvest and export phosphates. I suggest you draw inspiration from their example, Sagittarius. Can you think of any wastes you could cash in on? Might it be possible for you to make money from something you think of as useless and messy? Is there some muck that might actually turn out to be valuable if you only considered it from a fresh perspective? Halloween costume suggestion: a plumber carrying a wad of bills; a garbage man or garbage woman wearing a royal crown; a janitor sporting shamanic accessories.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Thomas Paine was a zealous insurrectionary. He wrote incendiary pamphlets that helped ignite and sustain America’s struggle for independence from Great Britain. Early in his life, however,

he worked making women’s girdles, which are among the most constrictive and oppressive garments in the history of the world. Do you think there was a connection between his two gigs? Like maybe his later struggle for liberation was an unconscious atonement for his youthful labors? That’s my hypothesis. In the coming week, Capricorn, I suggest you instigate a Thomas Paine-like boomerang. Think of something you did in the past that constricted your spirit or squeezed other people’s possibilities. Use that memory as a launching pad as you unleash a brilliant stroke in the name of abundance and expansiveness. Halloween costume suggestion: freedom fighter.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Lightning strikes somewhere

on the earth 6,000 times every minute. A single bolt may carry a million volts and reach a temperature of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. If this elemental force could be tamed and utilized, it would provide enough energy to raise a cruise ship six feet in the air. While you won’t be able to literally harness a lightning bolt in the coming week, Aquarius, you could accomplish the metaphorical equivalent. At least temporarily, you have an uncanny talent for mobilizing tremendous power that’s normally too hot to handle. Halloween costume suggestion: a relaxed, smiling lightning bolt.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Travel is fatal to prejudice,

bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” wrote Mark Twain. I’d add that it also tends to dissolve dogmas, break bad habits, and flush away sterile theories that haven’t been tested by actual experience. These are all blessings I wish for you right now, Pisces. I hope that as you wander free of your familiar haunts, you’ll have your mind completely blown, get shocked out of your limiting beliefs about yourself, and be so electrified by the world’s beauty that you pretty much fall in love with everything and everyone. Halloween costume suggestion: a tourist, nomad, sherpa guide, shaman, Ferdinand Magellan, Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart.

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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

Salsa classes for beginners are offered every Friday from 6-7 p.m. at the Maxine Patterson School of Dance Studio, 2212 Lincoln St. You do not need a partner. Call 898-2296 or send e-mail to

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Jade Lotus Tai Chi Group

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

The Jewish Education Alliance

Join Amy Levy at 9:45 am on Fridays for yoga. Fee is $35 per month, Water Aerobics, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am. Fee is $42 a month for up to 16 sessions, Step Aerobics will be offered at the JEA on Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 6:15 am. Cost is $35 per month. Call Drew Edmonds at 355-8111.

Ladies Living Smart fitness club

provides nutritional education and exercise to encourage lifestyle changes at the St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. at 5:30 p.m. Call 447-6605. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pilates Classes

are offered at the St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler Center for WellBeing, Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Four sessions are $30, eight sessions are $50. Preregister by calling 819-6463.

Pregnancy Yoga

A special four-week session will be held before the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:15 p.m. in offices located at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Pre-natal yoga helps mother-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor and delivery.

The instructor is Ann Carroll. Cost is $48 for once a week or $80 for twice a week for the 4-week session. Call 596-0584 or send email to

Savannah Yoga Center

Classes offered seven days a week. Community Easy Flow Yoga is offered three times a week at a cost of $5 per session. For other classes, the drop-in rate is $13, the student drop-in rate is $11 with ID and active duty military/dependents rate is $9. The schedule is: Monday, Dynamic Flow Yoga all levels from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and All Levels Flow Yoga from 6-7:15 p.m.; Tuesday, Community Flow Yoga from 10-11:15 a.m.; Wednesday, All Levels Flow Yoga from 10-11:30 a.m. and Yoga Basics from 6-7:15 p.m.; Thursday, Level I/II Flow Yoga from 10-11:15 a.m. and Hot Yoga all levels from 6-7:15 p.m.; Friday, Dynamic Flow Yoga all levels from 10-11:15 a.m.; Saturday, All Levels Flow Yoga from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and Sunday, Community Flow Yoga from 5-6 p.m. Located at the International Center for Leadership and Coaching, 25 E. 40th St. at Drayton Street. Call Director Kelley Boyd at 441-6653, email or visit www.

Tai Chi Classes

are offered Mondays and Fridays from 10:3011:30 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.

Water aerobics at the JEA

The Jewish Educational Alliance is offering aquatics classes. Call Shannon at 748-2393.

Gay AA Meeting

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.

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

Yoga For Round Bodies

is the local chapter of Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996.

Explore yoga postures for the larger body 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.


is First Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

The Yoga Room

Monday Level I and II 6:30-8 p.m., Mommy and Me Yoga 4-5 p.m. Tuesday Level II and III from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday Level Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;from 10-11:30 a.m. and Level Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;and IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday Power Yoga from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday Level Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday Power Yoga from 9-10 a.m. Sunday Vinyasa from 10:30 to noon and Level II and III from 5-6:30 p.m. Private sessions are available. Visit or call 898-0361.

What Makes A Family

is a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 3522611.


Be Stress Free

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

Yogalates Classes

are offered by St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler Center for WellBeing on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. The cost is $30 for four sessions or $50 for eight sessions. Call 819-6463.

Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Sleep?

Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep or stay asleep?â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Hypnosis and guided imagery works. Call 927-3432 for more information.

Food and Beverage

Case Management Program

Gourmet Sunday Brunch

St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 447-6605 or 232-2003.

will be offered at the Red Door on Johnny Mercer Boulevard on Wilmington Island. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday through Saturday from 6-11 p.m. Call 897-4489 for reservations.

Gay & Lesbian

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.

First City Network Board Meeting

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

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First City Network Community Center and Library

Community HealthCare Center

The FCN Community Center & Library is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors are welcome to check out gay/lesbian books and obtain information on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay Savannahâ&#x20AC;? businesses and happenings. 236-CITY

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

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Couples Birth Preparation Class

This class will prepare couples for labor and delivery using yoga and massage techniques. It will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. The instructors are Ann Carroll, pregnancy yoga instructor, registered yoga teacher and labor doula, and Joyce Ann Leaf, a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor and trained labor and postpartum doula. The cost is $100 per couple. To register, call Ann Carroll at 596-0584 or e-mail ann@aikyayoga. com.

Dual Recovery Anonymous

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

Fall Festival and Health Fair

Richmond Hill Pharmacy will hold its annual Fall Festival and Health Fair Friday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free blood pressure chekcs will be offered and flu shots will be available for $25. Bone density tests will be offered for $20 and pneumonia shots will be $35. There will be information booths, a car wash and other activities. Free and open to the public.

Flu Vaccine

St. Joseph’s/Candler will offer flu vaccine to the general public, 18 years of age or older, on Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. The cost is $25 cash or checks - no credit or check cards will be accepted. Medicare assignment will be accepted. Call 355-8456.

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

are conducted at three locations within St. Joseph’s/Candler. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:15-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, checks will be offered at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 to make an appointment. Checks are offered every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appointment is necessary. Checks will be offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578.

Free hearing & speech screening

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

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 sur-


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Georgia Cares Medicare Part D Assistance

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

Got a drug problem? Need help?

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

HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training

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

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

Lose Weight

like Mark Merlis on Dateline. Safe, effective, reasonable cost. Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that people who used hypnosis lost 60 percent more weight than any other method. The Alpha Institute, 9273432.


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. Mammograms will be performed Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SavannahChatham Metropolitan Police Headquarters on Oglethorpe Ave. For appointments, call 819-3368. Mammograms will be performed Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Habersham YMCA. Call 354-9357 for appointments. Mammograms will be performed Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Chatham YMCA in Pooler. For appointments, call 819-3368.

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 Auditorium at Memorial Health to educate the community about the risk factors of arthritis, the prevention of arthritis and medical and surgical joint replacement. To register, call 350-3603.

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givers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. Call Donna at 350-5616 or Saundra at 3503396.

The Midwife Group of Coastal Georgia

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

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.

Stop Smoking

Researchers at the University of Iowa combined 600 studies covering 72,000 people and found that hypnosis is the most effective way to stop smoking. Call the Alpha Institute. 927-3432.

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.

Wanted:â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CPR and First Aid Instructors

The Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for instructors. Call 651-5371 or send email to daled@savannahredcross. org.

Nature & Environment 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.TheDolphinProject. org.

Take a walk on the wild side

at the Oatland Island Education Center. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Native Animal Nature Trailâ&#x20AC;? 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 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

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Readings & Signings

Nicodemus by Night

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

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club Pete the Cat

A book signing with artist and author James Dean, author of The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 at the A.T. Hun Art Gallery in City Market. He also will be signing original art. Call 233-2050.

Tea time at Olaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 232-5488 or 652-3660.

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St. Almo

The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 6 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.

Savannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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Voice for Pets

will have adoptions and a fundraiser Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Halloween party hosted by Little Blessings Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resale Store and Island Pet Centre, 6707 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Call 897-7727.


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The Service of Compline, â&#x20AC;?Saying good night to God,â&#x20AC;? is chanted Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. by the Compline Choir of Christ Church Savannah (Episcopal), on Johnson Square.

Christian Businessmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee

meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Peggy Lynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Free Spiritual Classes

Through Nov. 19, Revelation: The Road to Overcoming will be presented Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Both classes will be presented in the Fellowship Hall at Unity of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Call 355-4704 or visit

How to Get to Heaven

with main speaker author and pastor Jacqueline Boatwright will be presented Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets are $13.50. Call 651-6556.

Meditation Group

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

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An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. 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 NAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;MYOHOâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;RENGEâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;KYO. For information, call Gil at 659-1917 after 7 p.m. or e-mail

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

Services begin Sunday at 10 a.m. at 707 Harmon St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. On Oct. 29, a representative from First City Network will speak of its history and work in the community. UUBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s religious education curriculum for ages 4-15 is Creating Our Peaceable Kingdom. For information, call 233-6284 or e-mail UUBC2@aol. com. Affirming the worth and dignity of each person.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

A liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. The service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Troup Square Sanctuary. On Oct. 29, the Covenant of UU Pagans will conduct a service to honor their ancestors. Halloween has roots back to the ancient Celtic celebration known as Samhain, pronounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;sow-in,â&#x20AC;? which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end.â&#x20AC;? For information, call 234-0980, or send e-mail to 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 w

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ELEGANT CHERRY 4 POSTER BEDROOM SET Cherry carved four poster bed with dove tailed. Dresser, chest, nightstand and huge mirror. Rich with lots of detail. Brand NEW, still in box. Suggested list $7500, sacrifice for $2500 OBO. Can deliver 912-964-1494.

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ALL WOOD CHERRY SLEIGH BED Headboard, footboard and rails. Still new and in box (mattress available). Sacrifice $275. Can deliver 912-966-9937.

COMPLETE SLEIGH BEDROOM SET Headboard/Footboard/rails with FULL PLUSH matching dresser, mirror, chest MATTRESS & BOX and nightstand. All NEW, still in Name brand, still seated in plas- boxes. Suggested list $2k, letting tic. Sacrifice $135. 912-966-9937. g o f o r $ 9 0 0 . C a n d e l i v e r. 912-964-1494. MATTRESS SETS A brand name queen set *includes box) never used and still in bag, $140. KING size brand NEW, in plastic sacrifice, $195. Can deliver 912-313-2303.

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KING PILLOWTOP MATTRESS Complete with box springs and metal bed frame. Still in original factory plastic, $275. 912-313-2303.

5 PIECE BEDROOM Cherry headboard, dresser, mirror, chest and nightstand. New in boxes, $600. 912-966-9937.

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS, Remodeling & Home Repair, Professional Painting, Carpentry, Tile & SAVANNAH KENNEL CLUB OFFERS FREE handling classes on more. No job too small! Free esti10/29 & 11/19. 2 PM Daffin Park m a t e s . C a l l D u s t i n a t & Breed obedience rally match 912-660-3031. on 11/5 12 PM Daffin Park in preparation for our dogs shows Find the PerFect aPartment! and trails 12/2 & 12/3 at L. Scott Stell Park on Bush Road, off hwy go to 204. For infor 912-238-3170


Furniture “20th Century Furniture” Ero Sarinen “Tulip” table, 48” dia. & 4 tulip chairs. One small tulip table. All aluminum/fiberglass construction. $600. Call 912-443-0789 DINING ROOM SET Table and leaf. 7 upholstered chairs; lighted china cabinet with glass shelves. Brand new, still in original boxes, $4k value, sacrifice for $950. Can deliver 912-965-9652.

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Watch your next week’s Pennysaver for more info on HUGE COUNTRY ESTATE AUCTION... Nov. 3, 4, 5 (Fri, Sat & Sun) near Statesboro, GA... Antiques Collector/Dealer - Stanley Gwinnett Estate: Old bottles, pottery, glassware, crocks, private collections, vintage autos & motorcycles, antique toys, collectibles, more...two housefuls stored since 1950/60, several outbuildings/barns...Old Savannah Estates, Antiques & Auctions (912) 231-9466.


25 E 34th Street

$399,900. Large Victorian totally restored, high ceilings, heart of pine floors, lots of porches, excellent shape with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths - many extras!

Rhondda Netherton 507-9800 or 341-8005

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234-0606 536 East 49TH Street Large 2BR, 1BA apartment in the heart of Ardsley. Located next to the Savannah Arts Academy, this apartment features a large front porch, hardwood floors, central H/A, and newly renovated kitchen and bath. W/D connections, off-street parking and Petfriendly. $775/mo. 53 East 66th Street Very spacious 2BR, 2BA apartment, den w/fireplace, eat-in kitchen with stove, refrigerator and dishwasher, W/D connections, hardwood floors, central H/A, plenty of storage space, ADT Security System ready, small shared backyard and off-street parking.Pet-friendly. AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2006 $975/mo. 10 West 40th Street Beautifully renovated 2 BR, 1BA lower half of duplex in the Starland District. Features include formal LR, with a large front porch, formal DR, refinished heart pine floors, ceiling fans, bathroom and kitchen with ceramic tile floors, separate laundry room and private courtyard. C H/A, total electric and paid security system. Pet-friendly. AVAILABLE DECEMBER 15, 2006. $975/mo. 320 East Victory Drive Over 2,000 sq. ft. of spacious living, 3 BR, 2 Bath apartment with fireplace in formal LR room, formal DR, a sun room that can be used as an office, studio or 4th BR, large kitchen with stove & refrigerator, breakfast nook w/butler’s pantry, central H/A, W/ D connections, shared courtyard and parking in the rear, Pet-friendly. AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 2006 $1,100/mo.

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234-4406 402½ EaST 40Th STREET 2 BR w/bonus room, 1 BA, living room, furnished kitchen with gas stove. Available mid-December. $600/mo. 622 WEST vicTORY dRivE 3 BR, 2 BA home, living room, dining room, heart pine floors, eat-in kitchen, gas stove, electric water heater, stack washer/dryer, fenced backyard, 2 off-street parking spaces. $1,500/mo. 621 EaST bROad STREET 2 BR, 1 BA house, combo living room & dining room, fireplace, small courtyard. $750/mo. 525 EaST hEnRY STREET 5 BR 3-1/2 BA home, large kitchen, living room, dining room, fenced yard, W/D, fresh paint. $1,800/mo. 1011 jEffERSOn STREET 2 BR, 2 BA, fireplace, living room, kitchen with dining room. W/D, 1 off-street parking space. $950/mo. 401 nORTh cROmWEll #R8 2 BR, 2 BA condo, located in the Commons, living room, Furnished kitchen, Screened porch, community pool. $875/mo. 1012 lincOln STREET 2-3 BR, 1-1/2 BA home, hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, dining room, furnished kitchen with gas stove, side porches, stack W/D. $1,400/mo. 228 EaST hEnRY STREET 1st and 2nd floor apt., 2 BR, 1-1/2 BA & newly renovated 2 BR, 2 BA apts. Living room, furnished kitchen, new appliances, fresh paint, hardwood floors. $1,100/mo. 614 EaST duffY STREET 2 BR, 2 BA apt. Living room, kitchen, CHA. $875/mo. 219 EaST 49Th STREET 2 BR, 1 BA home, living room, dining room, Sunroom, Yard. $1,100/mo. 405 EaST 61ST STREET 2 BR, 1 BA house. living room, dining room, kitchen wth appliances, sunroom, central heat and air, backyard with deck and storage shed. Available mid-December. $800/mo. 813 EaST 37Th STREET (lOWER) 1 BR, 1 BA with claw tub, kitchen with electiric stove, living room, stacked washer dryer, shared yard. Off street parking, central heat and air, hardwood floors. $600/mo.


2 Rivers Bend Ct. (Near Truman PKWY off Whitefield) Secluded spot with fabulous marshfront view. Custom built 3BR/2.5B. $1,350. mo. No cats. 1721 Walthour (Wilmington Is) 3BR/2B. Living/dining. Eat-in kitchen. Den. Sunroom. Fenced. Pets OK. $1,200. 2814 2nd (Thunderbolt) 3BR/ 1B. 1 blk to water. Garage. Fenced. $1,150 mo. 3208 Robertson. (Thunderbolt) NEW home 1 block from waterfront. 3BR/2.5B. Huge kitchen. Large master suite. 2 covered porches. $1,550. mo 633 E. 46th Street (Ardsley Park 46th & Harmon) Huge 2 BR/2B duplex. Living room with fireplace. Sunroom. Large dining room. Breakdfast room. New kitchen appliances. Pets negotiable. $1,200 mo. 620 E. 53rd Street (Ardsley Park 53rd & Harmon) 4 plex. 2BR/1B. Living room. Separate dining area. Offstreet parking. $775 mo. No dogs.

SALES Short walk to waterfront. 3208 Robertson. New home in Thunderbolt (Robertson & Falligant) 1 block to waterfront (Intracoastal Waterway) 3BR/2 ½ B. Huge kitchen. Sep. dining. Nice master suite. Bamboo floors. Ceramic tile. Covered porches. Listed below appraised value at $298,500. WARRANTY! Seller will pay 3 months mortgage. 2814 2nd. Renovated 3BR bungalow in Thunderbolt (1 block off Victory Dr) . Completely fenced. Carport & garage. 1 blk to waterfront. $175,000. WARRANTY! 10 Lake Dr. Custom built 4BR/ 3B on large spring fed lake on Talahi Island (Quarterman dr of HYWY 80 E). Separate living & dining . Den. Large eat –in kitchen. Covered porch. Listed at $459,000. OWNER IS ANXIOUS. BRING ALL OFFERS. OWNER WILL CONSIDER FINANCING.

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1132 EAST ANDERSON For Sale - $199,900. Large home, completed on outside with new 810 roof, and asbestos shingles re1000 Envelopes = moved. Inside needs TLC, with Wanted to Buy beautiful fireplaces and heart$5000. pine floors. Needs to be finished, Receive $5.00 for every envelope new baths and kitchen. 3 bed311 E Derenne-Nice stuffed with our sales material. Guaranteed. Free information. 24 4 BR/2 BA home in Kensington rooms/2 baths. Call Rhondda @ Park, hardwood floors, updated Sun Coast Realty 912-507-9800 hour recording. 1-800-423-2089. kitchen, fireplace, fenced yard, or 912-341-8005. COME JOIN THE FUN view online at! The Express Cafe, 39 Barnard St. $154,900. Contact Amy Kuhahas immediate openings for rik@Covenant Advantage Realty front counter servers. Applicants at 912-772-8353 must have reliable transportation and be available to work Monday-Sunday hours and days $ I BUY HOUSES $ off vary depending on schedule We buy houses & lots/land. needs. Applicants need to be enDon’t Stress! We buy “as is”! ergetic, reliable and work well (No bank inspections needed) with others and enjoy having fun Quick, Fair Offers. Fast Clos14 FAIRGREEN - Only $1100 for at work. Applicants must be able ings. Avoid Foreclosure. this 2-story 3 bedroom/2.5 bath to work in a fast paced environDon’t Wait Any Longer, home, in a gated community ment. Starting pay $6/hr plus Call us today! with pool, fitness center and club tips. All applicants must be able 912-429-9600 house. 2-car oversized detached to pass a pre-employment drug (We are not Realtors) garage has storage area, and the screen and background check. livingroom has a brick fireplace. To inquire about this position, 815 Call Rhondda @ Scottonian Inc. come by 39 Barnard St. ONLY be912-507-9800 (A licensed realtor) tween 11-11:30am. Monday-FriHomes for Sale day EOE. DOWNTOWN CAFE looking for Part-time Bicycle Delivery Persons to deliver to businesses and residences. Hours are 9am-3pm, 3 days per week. Must be dependable, articulate, well-groomed and physically fit. Apply in person Monday-Thursday, 11-11:30am at 39 Barnard Street between Broughton & Congress. EOE. DOWNTOWN CAFE looking for Part-time Bicycle Delivery Persons to deliver to businesses and residences. Hours are 9am-3pm, 3 days per week. Must be dependable, articulate, well-groomed and physically fit. Apply in person Monday-Thursday, 11-11:30am at 39 Barnard Street between Broughton & Congress. EOE. THE EXPRESS CAFE & BAKERY 39 Barnard Street Has immediate need for an experienced cook. Knowledge of preparation of breakfast items, pastry baking and cafe cuisine helpful. Must be able to work well with others, be creative in developing new menu items, be dependable and have reliable transportation. Must be available 5 days, possibly 6, 6:30am-3pm. Drug screen and background check required. For all applicants, to apply call or come by between 11:00am-11:30am ONLY. Monday-Thursday and ask for Beth. EOE. 912-233-4683. UPSCALE HAIR SALON seeks Hairdresser and Receptionist. Must have good people skills and be a team player. Please apply at or schedule an interview at 912-355-2699.


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OPENING NEW FIDDLER’S on Southside, Hodgson Memorial. Now accepting applications for all positions. Apply in person at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt, 2909 River Drive.

529 E. GWINNETT ST. Historic District and reduced to $156,900/each! Large one bedroom cottages with fantastic bathroom, porch and granite counters in the kitchen, bath overlook the pool, which is part of the condo association. Dues are $100 a month! relax by the pool at your new home, or rent as a vacation rental. Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty, 912-507-9800.

25 EAST 34th

For Sale - $399,900. large Victorian, totally restored, high ceilings, heartpine floors, lots of porches, excellent shape with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths - many extras! Call Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 912-507-9800 or 341-8005 104 BINNACLE is a contemporary ranch in Battery Point. It is in perfect move-in condition with a large screenedin porch in the back. Very private and has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, cathedral ceilings, beautiful fireplace in living room. Call for a private appointment! $173,500. Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 912-507-9800 or 912-341-8005.

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501 EAST CHARLTON Carriage house with 3 fireplaces, laundry room with washer/dryer, totally restored with heart pine floors, high ceilings and rents for $1350/month! Great investment or home. $169,900. Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 912-507-9800.

8 SILVER AVE: Tybee Island Totally furnished condo with 2 bedrooms/2 baths, and less than 1/2 block to the ocean. Walk to the pier, back river, and stores, restaurants. Queen, king and 2 sleeper sofas, plus large porch. $398,000. Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty, 912-507-9800. $ I BUY HOUSES $ We buy houses & lots/land. Don’t Stress! We buy “as is”! (No bank inspections needed) Quick, Fair Offers. Fast Closings. Avoid Foreclosure. Don’t Wait Any Longer, Call us today! 912-429-9600 (We are not Realtors) In Grove Lakes, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, $99,000 Call 912-536-3401

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CUSTOM BUILT 2003 BRICK HOME WITH IN/LAW GUEST SUITE. 2974 Sq.Ft. Formal living room, Formal dining room, Gourmet kitchen. Hardwood floors. 1 acre lot, 1 mile from Elem. School and 5 miles from Middle & High School. MANY EXTRAS. MUST BRING PRE-APPROVAL LETTER FROM BANK TO MAKE OFFER! SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY! 912-429-6746.

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Unique investment opportunity-3BR/1BA home with 2 apartments, convenient location in Port Wentworth, excellent rental histor y, view online at car! $169,900.. Contact Amy Kuharik w/Covenant Advantage Realty at 912-772-8353

$ I BUY HOUSES $ We buy houses & lots/land. Don’t Stress! We buy “as is”! (No bank inspections needed) Quick, Fair Offers. Fast Closings. Avoid Foreclosure. Don’t Wait Any Longer, Call us today! 912-429-9600 (We are not Realtors) LOTS ON EAST GWINNETT from $125,000 - $150,000! Build a duplex or several cottages and share the pool! Call Rhondda for details, 912-507-9800.


Homes for Rent 1601 EAST 59th STREET: 3-bedrooms, 2-baths, fully renovated brick house w/garage. Near Midtown & hospital. $950/month. Call 912-429-9600. 25 EAST 34th STREET: Totally restored large Victorian home with porches, decks and loads of fireplaces. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and huge rooms! $1850/month. Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 912-507-9800. 319 EAST HUNTINGDON LANEfurnished and all utilities included! Month to month lease for $1500/month. Parking space included, cable T V, and all you need are your clothes. Walk to stores, restaurants, Forsyth Park! Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 912-507-9800.

Homes for Rent 9 17TH PLACE- Tybee Island, 1/2 block to ocean, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, all utilities included, furnished and cute as a button. Walk to stores, back river, etc. Rents off season for $600/week, $1350/month. In season rents for $925/week . Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 912-507-9800. Close to GSU 3BR/2bath, large backyard, laundry room, appliances, carport, storage house. $900/month. 912-481-0565 Downtown Historic House 4 bedrooms/2 baths, hardwood floors, central heat/air, washe r / d r ye r, d i s hwa s h e r, G re at Neighborhood $1400. month Call 912-844-4043 HOUSE AVAILABLE 10-1-06, 1507 East Ott Street: 3BR/2BA, living room, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen w/appliances, separate utility room, fenced yard, utility shed, screened porch. No pets. $950/month, $950/deposit, Call 912-596-4954, leave message. **Coming soon: 1015 & 1017 East 32nd Street**

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Georgetown Area!! This immaculate brick home in a great neighborhood close to everything features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room/dining room combo, Galley kitchen w/breakfast area, all kitchen appliances remain. den with fireplace, patio, shed, privacy fenced yard, sprinkler system with shallow well. 2-year old roof. Call LaTrelle for your personal viewing of this exceptional value at 658-7777 H-4589 $162,900

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Imagine contemporary living with street-level retail space.... These spacious condos feature dramatic interiors with contemporary architectural kitchens and expansive covered terraces for outdoor entertaining! Other amenities include designated, secure off-street parking and landscaped courtyards. Located in the heart of the Starland Design District with restaurants, boutiques and everything else you need - conveniently located nearby. At 2000 - 3000 SQ’ each and priced from $449,900, the 6 remaining units won’t last long.... For additional sales information contact:

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TALAHI ISLAND-7 West Coquena Circle. Lovely 2600 sqft. custom home on large culdesac lot. 3 bedrooms/2.5 bath plus bonus and 2-car garage. Mature landscaping. $379,000. By appointment 912-429-9600.


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2035 square foot home, offering 3 bedroom 2 baths with bonus. Bonus room includes hidden room behind a beautiful built in book case. This home also includes large kitchen, separate tub and shower in master bath, and a fireplace in great room. This home is a must see. Many, many extras. H-4607 $225,000.

This immaculate brick home in a great neighborhood close to everything features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room/dining room combo, Galley kitchen w/breakfast area, all kitchen appliances remain. den with fireplace, patio, shed, privacy fenced yard, sprinkler system with shallow well. 2-year old roof. H-4589 Call LaTrelle for your personal viewing of this wonderful value at 6587777. $162,900 H-4589



Homes for Rent RINCON HOME FOR RENT Beautifully remodeled brick home with 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths. Everything in this home is new. This great home has a very large backyard with a deck. Home also has a 1 car garage, and is in very quiet area with great schools. Only 10 minutes from I-95. $1000/month plus security deposit. Call 912-754-4674 or 912-220-3073.

Buy. Sell. Find. Free! SOUTHSIDE: Peachtree Villas, 2 bedrooms/2 baths, living room, dining room, fireplace, washer/dryer hookup, privacy fence, built-in-grill, central heat/air, convenient to schools, malls & Hunter Army Airfield, $750/month, $750/deposit. 912-656-2026


Townhomes/Condos for Rent

117 LINCOLN STREET: Fully furnished, 2BR/1BA, washer/dryer, full kitchen, $2000/month. Contact Alex, 912-220-1700.

WATERFRONT condo on Southside Savannah overlooks lovely wooded marshes and deep water. Sit on your back deck for views of the River and community dock. Security gate, community pool, and fitness center, all within walking distance from your second floor paradise. All windows offer breathtaking views of nature's coastal beauty. Last 3 BR waterfront left in this complex. Don't miss it at 210,000. H-4617 $210,000.

Looking for a perfect little key west cottage? Ready for renovations and bright colors. Easy walk to the beach. Front faces natural marsh and large back entertainment deck. Outdoor shed houses the sand toys! Seller is a Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Georgia – Lic. # AC127150. H4543; Reduced to $327,000.

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon on the wraparound porch of this beautiful country lot. This 3 bedroom 2 bath is over 1300 square feet, with over 3/4 of an acre surrounded by many mature trees. This home includes new paint, new flooring, a new metal roof, and new HVAC. Call LaTrelle Pevey at 658-7777 or Toby Collins at (912)655-9350 and come enjoy it yourself today! H4627 $89,900


305 EAST BOLTON #202: 871 sqft, 2BR/1BA, brand new construction. Community pool, off-street parking, upscale finishes & appliances, laundry room, private storage. $1700/month. Contact Alex, 912-220-1700.


Apartments for Rent STARLAND - 219 West 40th Street. Huge 3-bedrooms/2baths, newly renovated lower unit available October. Close to Starlander, Gulfstream, Montgomery, Eckberg, Wallin & Anderson Halls. Includes central heat & air, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fenced backyard and offstreet parking. $1,200/monthly. Call 912-441-1533 for info.


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MUST SELL 2003 FORD Explorer XLT Fully loaded, AM/FM CD cassette TYBEE ISLAND - Like New! 1-bedroom efficiency, totally fur- player, leather interior, sunroof, nished, no pets, great location. running boards, excellent condiC a l l 9 1 2 - 5 0 7 - 7 3 0 4 o r tion $12,500. Call 912-530-8775 or 912-294-1090. 770-435-4708.


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2 units available. Approximately 2,662 and 2,164 heated square feet. available immediately. Call Tammy. (912)764-5675.

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SUVs 1994 GMC SUBURBAN, custom paint (burgundy & grey), A/C, leather seats, 3rd row seat, wood grain, keyless entr y, custom wheels, tinted windows, engine & transmission well maintained $4,000 OBO. Call 912-507-2461. CHEVY TAHOE LT ‘03, Brown, DVD & 6 disc CD changer, tan leather, 3rd row, loaded. Sacrifice $17.9k. Call 912-704-3124.

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895 LOVELY TOWNHOME, 3BR/2BA, Room for Rent combo living/dining room, upgraded kitchen/appliances, laundry room, private patio overlooking green space. $1050. Call $300 + 1/3 utilities per month 912-351-0993. to share 3 bedroom apartment at 607 West 44th Street. Recently 865 remodeled: new kitchen, new stackable washer/dryer, Apartments for Rent bath, central heat/air, all electric. Call 912-272-3052. 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH APT. in Baldwin Park. $775/month plus 899 deposit includes washer/dryer, Roommate Wanted does not include utilities. Call 912-604-8556. ARDSLEY PARK - 3-Bedrooms, 2-Baths w/500 sq.ft. master bedroom suite; Fantastic old house. Hardwood floors, ceramic tile, grand foyer & staircase, washer/dryer, central heat/air. No dogs, non-smoking. $1250/monthly. Call 912-247-1412. Downtown Historic Property 2 bedrooms, hardwood floors, washer/dryer, central heat/air, Good Convenient neighborhood. $850. month.Call 844-4043 MIDTOWN 2 bedrooms, 1 Bath plus Sunroom. Renovated, central heat/air. $695 monthly. Call 912-429-9600.

ROOMMATE WANTED to share 2BR/2.5BA townhome on Wilmington Island. $700/month, $200/deposit. Please contact Deirdre @ 912-228-9493.


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1965 Studebaker 4 door Sedan, V8, Excellent condition. PATIO HOMES in a Private set- Best Offer Under $5,000. Call ting. 1 and 2 bedrooms with 925-1732 central air $495-$715. Townswoods Apt. 920 Mohawk Street. (912) 927-3278.

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