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Volume 7 • Number 11 • Dec. 5 — Dec. 11 • Savannah’s News, Arts, & Entertainment Weekly •

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Wednesday, Dec. 5 AASU Christmas Pottery Sale

What: Dept. of Art, Music & Theatre presents a sale of pottery made by art faculty and students. When: Dec. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Hall, Room 102. Info: Call 927-5381 weekdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Botanical Garden Open House continues

What: 1840s farmhouse decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served. When: Now through Dec. 15 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. weekends. Where: 1388 Eisenhower Dr. Cost: Free, donations accepted. Info: 355-3883.

Savannah Forum on Statewide Water Plan

What: Georgia Water Coalition holds briefing on Statewide Water Plan and a discussion on local action. When: Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Historic Savannah Theatre: A Christmas Tradition

Early 19th Century Holiday Story continues What: Learn about the understated tastes of an authentic 19th century holiday season at the Federal-style Isaiah Davenport House. When: Now-Dec. 31, Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m., last tour 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. with last tour at 4 p.m. Where: Davenport House, 324 E. State St. Cost: $8 adults and $5 children 6-18, with children 5 and under free. Info: Call 236-8097.

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Freebie of the Week

What: Each session lasts one and a half hours. When: Dec. 9 at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center. Cost: $7 per person. Pass offers five sessions for $25. Tickets available at Civic Center Box Office. Info: Call 651-6556.

Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe

What: Caroling, burning of the Yule log and other holiday observances of the colonial period. When: Dec. 9 from 2-5 p.m. Where: Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. Cost: $4 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 youth and free for ages 5 and under. Info: 353-3023.

What: Savannah Actor’s Theatre presents two holiday plays by David Sedaris. The SantaLand Diaries and Season’s Greetingse. When: Dec. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. Where: Savannah Actor’s Theatre, 703D Louisville Rd. Cost: $15 general admission $10 students/seniors/military. Info: 232-5080.

Flannery O’Connor Fall Lecture Series

What: Bob Strozier will do his annual reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. When: Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Where: Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Lafayette Square. Cost: Free.

Friday, Dec. 7

Hospice Savannah 16th Annual Tree and Candle Lighting Ceremony

Wright Square Holiday Open House

First Friday Fireworks on the River

What: Celebrate the holidays. When: Dec. 7 about 9:30 p.m. Where: River Street.

Saturday, Dec. 8 Catch the Polar Express

What: A family friendly event featuring a real steam train, a children’s book fair, craft time, cookies and hot

What: The production takes the classic Nutcracker to the Victorian streets of old Savannah, and features guest Stratton Leopold. When: Dec. 8 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: Tickets are $30, $24 and $16. Info: 525-5050.

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Savannah Actor’s Theatre: Yuletide Cheer

What: A retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol. When: Dec. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 9 at 3 p.m. Where: Savannah Children’s Theatre, Crossroads Shopping Center at Victory and Skidaway. Cost: $10. Info:

The Nutcracker in Savannah

What: Join Savannah Tree Foundation program director and arborist Patrick Grant for a nature walk. When: Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. Where: Meet at parking lot of Bacon Park tennis courts. Cost: Free. Info: 233-8733.

What: Lillian Hellman’s play is a drama that examines the trials and accusations in an all-girls boarding school. When: Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Hall, Room 206. Cost: $8. Info: Call 927-5381 weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Savannah Children’s Theatre: SCROOGE: The Stingiest Man in Town

What: Activists join with Greenpeace to call on legislators to stop global warming as part of an international event. Rally and a speaker at 2 p.m. When: Dec. 8 noon to 3 p.m. Where: Chippewa Square. Info: Ryan Patterson at 704-7472 or

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AASU Masquers: The Children’s Hour

What: Music from the traditions of Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Baha’i Faith. Storyteller J’miah Nabawi will weave the performances together. Music will be performed by the Unitarian Universalist choirs under the direction of Kelly Blackmarr. Other performers include Julie Hirsch of Congregation Mickve Israel, contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Gary Swindell, the Tattnall River Shapenote Singers and an instrumental ensemble led by Bill Smith, featuring Ricardo Ochoa on violin. Reception follows. When: Sunday, Dec. 9 from 3-5 p.m. Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 Harris St. at Troup Square. Cost: Free. chocolate, face painting and a screening of The Polar Express. When: Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Where: Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St. Cost: $10 child, $5 adult, children under 1 free. Info: Beth at 651-6823.

Civil War Event

What: A Civil War encampment, canal tours and gift and food sales. When: Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: SavannahOgeechee Canal Museum, 682 Fort Argyle Rd. Cost: Free. Info: 748-8068 or

Savannah Day of Action

Savannah Sings the Season: Old Time Country Dance What: Contra, squares and couples dancing with music by the Glow in the Dark String Band. Beginners and sinA Multicultural gles welcome. When: Dec. 8. Lesson 7:45 p.m., dance 8Notre Dame Academy gym, 1709 Bull St. Celebration of December 11Cost:p.m.$7.Where: Info: 925-2456 or visit Music & Tradition Sunday, Dec. 9

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What: Meet Lolita, the Martini Maven, the artist behind the hand-painted Designs by Lolita glasses, who will sign her creations during this holiday open house. When: Dec. 7 from 5-9 p.m. Where: Simply Irresistible, 15 W. York St. Other Wright Square merchants will participate.

What: Cookie decorating, ornament making, performances by musical groups, a petting zoo, storytelling, face-painting and photos with Father Christmas. When: Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: City Market. Cost: Free. Info: Visit

What: Honor and remember someone special during the holiday season. Donations help support the Full Circle grief and counseling programs. When: Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Where: Full Circle, 7212 Seawright Dr. Info: Jamey Espina at 829-1095 or visit

I Cantori’s 17th Annual Christmas Concert

What: Savannah’s professional chamber choir presents two Christmas concerts, accompanied by organist Stephen Branyon. When and Where: Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 34th and Abercorn and Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island. Cost: $15 adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased from any choir member or at the door. Info: 925-7866. w

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Psychotronic Film: Kingdom of the Spiders

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What: Enjoy your Christmas favorites performed Broadway style. When: Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 9, 16 and 23 at 3 p.m. Where: 222 Bull St. Cost: Adults $33 and 17 and under $16. Info: 233-7764.

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Sweet release H

ow much of this do you believe? New research continues to confirm that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is safe and no different from other common sweeteners like sugar and honey. High fructose corn syrup is a natural sweetener and has the same number of calories as sugar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted high fructose corn syrup “Generally Recognized as Safe” status for use in food, and reaffirmed that ruling in 1996 after thorough review. High fructose corn syrup offers numerous benefits, too. It helps keep foods fresh by slowing microbial growth. It enhances fruit and spice flavors. And it helps keep breakfast bars moist. All that was in an editorial by Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association, that appeared two weeks after a piece about specialty soda pops was published in the Savannah Morning News. The makers of specialty sodas had the audacity to suggest that “pure cane sugar is just a cleaner sweetness” (Don Spencer, brewmaster for Silver City Restaurant and Brewery in Silverdale, Wash.) or that “it’s better for you, it’s better-tasting and, overall, it’s better for the environment” (JonesSoda CEO Peter van Stolk). Why such a swift rebuttal to a seemingly innocuous article about high-end soda pops? One answer is the ongoing battle between the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association, both of which are concerned with their respective industries making a profit at the expense of the other. Obviously, the sugar industry would laud any suggestions that their product tastes better and is better for you than high fructose corn syrup. And the makers of high fructose corn syrup know it’s in their best interest to squash any suggestion that their product is does not taste as good, or has deleterious health consequences. Never mind the obvious correlation between the introduction of high fructose corn syrup in 1970s, with its consequent incorporation into virtually every Big Food processed product, and the sharp rise in obesity and a host of obesity-related diseases—including type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and some cancers. Currently, 65 percent of adult Americans are overweight and 31 percent are obese. In 1976, those figures were 47 percent and 15 percent. Few of us would dispute the causal relationship between the high intake of sugar

and weight gain, but the high fructose corn syrup industry seems bent on doing exactly that. Failing to convince us on that score, they argue that high fructose corn syrup is no more to blame than ordinary sugar. To sort through all of the hype, it’s helpful to first look at what high fructose corn syrup is. High fructose corn syrup, like table sugar, is made up primarily of two components: fructose and glucose. In table sugar (sucrose), these components are covalently bound into a single molecule in an exact 50/50 ratio; digestive juices break down the larger sugar molecule in the intestines. The level of fructose in HFCS is subject to manipulation. Glucose from corn starch is processed to yield a high-level of fructose (90 percent) and then remixed with glucose to produce the desired ratio: 42 percent fructose (typically used in baked goods) or 55 percent fructose (typically used in sodas, fruit punch, or candies). The claim that high fructose corn syrup is nearly identical to table sugar simply isn’t true. The research that shows a link between high fructose corn syrup and obesity is intriguing but as of yet inconclusive. For example, researchers at the University of Georgia have shown that “rats fed a high-fructose diet quickly become leptin-resistent—they have plenty of the hormone, but they cannot put it to use” (“Discovering the Skinny on Fat,” University of Georgia Research Magazine, Fall 2007). Leptin is one of the hormones that enables our brain to send us signals of satiety. The absence of leptin is associated with obesity, so inactivating leptin is thought to cause obesity as well. This and other research is able to show that glucose and fructose follow different metabolic routes. Glucose is known to increase the production of insulin, to increase the production of leptin, and to suppress ghrelin, another hormone associated with appetite control. Fructose appears to be treated more like a fat; it doesn’t increase insulin and leptin nor suppress ghrelin. Fructose seems to be converted by the liver more efficiently into triglycerides, particularly in men. Using tactics reminiscent of Big Tobacco, the high fructose corn syrup industry aggressively tries to discredit research that indicates their imbalanced sweetener has any deleterious health consequences. For example, one can read numerous studies that negate any claims that high fructose corn syrup is more harmful than

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Documentary King Corn, screening at the Jepson Dec. 13, shows the dangers of high fructose corn syrup

Ian Cheney (left) and Curt Ellis sample their crop in Greene, Iowa

sugar. One astonishing claim is that “Soft drink consumption does not lead to higher obesity rates.” This claim is backed by research funded by the Archer Daniels Midland Company, one of the world’s largest agricultural processors. The study (published in Food and Chemical Toxicology) cites “multiple lifestyle factors and higher dietary fat intake” as more significant contributors to obesity. Blame the individual, not the product. Does this tactic sound familiar? Another study, funded by PepsiCo (published in Nutrition) shows no difference in high fructose corn syrup and table sugar “on circulating glucose, insulin, leptin, and ghrelin on appetite in normal-weight women.” Their methods involved “thirty lean women” who were carefully screened for the absence of histories of weight problems and then subjected to two day studies: the first day they consumed 30 percent of their calories from either HFCS or sucrose-sweetened beverages, and the second day they were allowed to eat normally. The research group concludes that further research is needed “to determine if these findings hold true for obese individuals, males, or longer periods.” One has to wonder why such a biased study would have been constructed in the first place. Good researchers acknowledge the inconclusiveness of their evidence, yet the HFCS industry takes inconclusiveness as proof that its product is not harmful. Of course, there is no shortage of doctors who are willing to blame everything but high fructose corn syrup for the obesity epidemic. Dr. Arthur Frank, medical director of George Washington University Weight Management Progrm, asserts, “HFCS is the chemical and nutritional equivalent of table sugar (sucrose). The two substances have the same calories, the same chemical composition, and are metabolized identically” (HFCS Facts). Sounds like a reputable authority, right? He’s also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Corn Refiners Association.

So, let’s pretend for a moment that we believe the Corn Refiners Association and the industry they represent. If the HFCS industry really is interested in creating a product equivalent to table sugar, why don’t they just do it? Why not simply create a product that is 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose, since the processing of corn into this product clearly allows them to manipulate the ratio of simple sugars? One reason is that high fructose corn syrup tastes sweeter than regular sugar. It excites the taste buds more and makes the consumer want more of the same product. There’s no need to digest the product, so (theoretically) sugar enters our blood stream more quickly, giving us a near instant sugar hit. Perhaps this sweeter tasting product that enters our bloodstream quicker is more addictive than ordinary table sugar. On December 13, Reel Savannah will screen the documentary King Corn, which exposes, among other things, the paranoid tactics of the Corn Refiners Association. Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis pose as just college buddies eager to retrace their roots in a farming community in Iowa. They rent an acre of a corn farm, plant it in the conventional way with anhydrous ammonia fertilizer, and follow through with the usual assortment of chemicals to eliminate weeds and insects. When their crop is close to harvest, they set out to trace what will happen to their corn once it’s harvested. They discover that 32 percent of their corn crop will go to the production of ethanol, about 50 percent will go to feed animals, and the remainder will go into high fructose corn syrup. Our ingestion of corn goes well beyond what we consume in high fructose corn syrup or the edible kind that we find in the produce section. Cattle, which evolved to eat grass, are now fed diets of about 90 percent grain. Whereas it once took several years for cattle to reach market weight, it now takes 140-150 days to “finish” a calf for meat production. Not surprisingly, these cattle get sick on corn-fed diets, which is why cattle consume about 70 percent of the antibiotics produced in the United States.

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Okay, so the process of converting corn to high fructose corn syrup looks scary when done by amateurs in a movie, and it’s too scary to show America what really goes on inside a processing plant. But is the end product truly dangerous to our health? Even if the Corn Refiners Association

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any of my friends get panic-stricken when I suggest eliminating HFCS from their diets, so I’ve come up with a list of tips that to get you through the first three weeks. If eliminating HFCS from your diet produces no results, you should return to your normal dietary regimen.

• Shop for quality jams sweetened only with sugar; use sparingly. European jams, which usually have less sugar, can be found at discount prices at places like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, and World Market. The slight tartness or sourness is the taste of fruit.

• Buy 100% fruit juices. Yes, it can be done. I’ve found these juices easily for the last 7-8 years.

• Mix plain yogurt (preferably organic) with sugar sweetened jam, table sugar, or honey. Fresh fruits and nuts are great toppings. Greek yogurt, although expensive, is creamy enough to satisfy the most dissolute taste buds.

• Replace sodas with carbonated waters (check label to avoid added sweeteners). Although no more than 8 oz. of fruit juice is needed by any adult, occasionally mixing 100% fruit juice and carbonated water is a refreshing alternative to soda. • Use toasted bread (generally those baked fresh at the grocer are safe) instead of commercially prepared crackers. • Bake your own cookies, pies, or cakes if you must have them. could show by independent research that there is no difference in how the body metabolizes high fructose corn syrup as opposed to table sugar, the fact remains that

• Avoid cheap candy. Dark chocolate is the newest health food. Imported brands do not contain high fructose corn syrup; eating a small quantity daily will quell most sugar cravings. • Never assume that just because something looks healthy that it is healthy. Check labels of all cereals, breakfast or health bars, and dried fruits. w we’re getting a lot more sugar in our diets, about 30 percent more, than we were 20 to 30 years ago.

Another huge difference between our sugar consumption now and our sugar consumption in the 70’s is that we knew when we were eating sugar in the 70’s. We knew that if we put jam in our biscuits or ate that sugar-glazed doughnut that we were eating sugar. Now we’re easily deceived into thinking that we’re eating healthy when we eat breakfast bars with names like Nature Valley, or eat dried fruits sweetened with HFCS yet sold at high-end grocers like Fresh Market. One point that the documentary King Corn hammers home is that we’re a corn-fed nation, whether it’s from eating high fructose corn syrup in our juices, candies, cookies, ice cream, and cereals or from eating corn-fed beef, pork, and chicken. Like the cattle we are fed, we are in danger of becoming a nation of fat, sluggish, sick animals with short life expectancies that can only survive through more and more radical medical intervention. w Reel Savannah presents a special premiere screening of King Corn, a documentary by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, screens at 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13 at the Jepson Center for the Arts. Tickets are $6, cash only. Read and see more at

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Dawg day afternoon O

K, I’m really grumpy today because of how quickly this amazing college football season — the craziest and most fun season anyone can remember — turned so sour so fast. But I’ve got a column to fill and this is what’s on my mind, so I’m going to get it off my chest. Non-sports fans will just have to get over it. It goes like this: Georgia got totally hosed. Lucky State, uh, I mean Louisiana State University was given yet another chance to stay at number one, this time in a virtual home game in New Orleans (we Bulldogs should be able to write this game off on our taxes as Katrina charity). And all of us have had our worst suspicions confirmed: The BCS rankings really are meaningless, and the whole thing really is about politics and money. I’m old-school when it comes to college ball. I miss those old pre-BCS New Year’s Days, when all the bowl games happened within a few hours of each other, often simultaneously, and the next day we’d all debate through our hangovers about who was the proverbial Mythical National Champion. Back then football fans grew up knowing the system was flawed and arcane, a quaint relic. But it didn’t matter, because we had no illusions about it. Today’s computer rankings, combined with uninformed and/or corrupt voting by coaches, are just as flawed as the old system, but endlessly more frustrating because the entire purpose was supposedly to clear up those gray areas. I don’t believe in a playoff system, simply because the regular season’s too good to mess up. When’s the last time you got together at a friend’s house or went to Coach’s Corner to watch a regular season Division I-AA (or whatever they’re calling it now) game? That’s right, never — because for those teams the playoffs are all that matters. The only solution: Scrap the whole thing and go back to the first, best system. But I’m not old school about everything! (Cue really bad segue.) You may have noticed a few small changes in the paper recently, and I wanted to explain them in more detail. First you’ll notice that Jim Reed’s fine Connect Recommends column is now called Noteworthy, a hybrid combining Recommends with the Music Menu. We decided to do this for two reasons: 1) The Music Menu, like the old college bowl system but without the charm, was indeed a relic. The format literally predated my tenure here, going back to the very first days of the old Creative Loafing in Savannah. It was long past due for a change. 2) We’ve been looking for a middle ground between the straight-up listings of the Soundboard, the pithy blurbs of Music Menu, and the directed picks of Connect Recommends. We feel that the new

Noteworthy column, along with a beefed up, more subjective Soundboard, enables Jim to give his clear recommendations for great concerts, but still spotlight gigs he’s not necessarily recommending but still thinks are worthy of extended mention. Jim’s picks are indicated by the cute little hand next to his recommended concerts. You might also notice some slight changes, mostly in wording and order, in the Art Patrol and Happenings sections. That’s because now that we have a whiz-bang new website (, we also have the new capability to publish first on the internet, and then export those files back into the print version — obviously, the opposite order from the way we’ve been doing it for years, and something that will clearly become more common as every paper in the U.S. continues to shift emphasis to its website rather than its print product. I had the opportunity last week to speak to Bill Dawer’s media ethics class at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Most of you are more familiar with Bill from his column in the Savannah Morning News, but he’s an engaging and talented professor as well. I’ve always enjoyed Bill because he’s an honest broker who doesn’t try to slip any corporate propaganda past you. (Bill’s work with the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is highlighted in Robin Wright Gunn’s column this week.) This session was on “news as a commodity,” in which we went back and forth on the business pressures on the American media and how that pressure shapes what you read and hear and see. I really enjoy discussing the economic aspects of the media, and found this an especially fruitful experience. On some other occasions when I’ve talked to college groups, there’s a real sense of discomfort from the facilitators whenever I bring up the business side. It seems that in most journalism schools today, the economic aspect of the discussion is not only neglected but perhaps actively discouraged. That’s unfortunate, because in my experience college students today are much more savvy about these things than we were back in the day, and actually have a lot to bring to the discussion. As a side note, I have to say how continually impressed I am not only with the growth and quality of Armstrong as an educational institution, but the increasing beauty of the campus as well. (Cue overreaching conclusion that awkwardly attempts to tie everything back to the opening). Armstrong’s a real local gem — and I sure hope no one totally screws it up like college football’s been totally screwed up. w Jim Morekis is editor in chief of Connect Savannah. E-mail him at

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Borders and Waldenbooks customers can make a point-of-sale donation to benefit First Book. All funds raised during this peEditor, riod will be given in the form of gift cards to Savannah is filled with many things; community groups that serve chilBeautiful scenery, gorgeous Victorian dren from low-income families, homes and high-end boutiques. Yet so they can get books directly its most charming and endurinto the hands of the children ing quality comes in the form they serve. of the street side musicians itor: First Book is a nonEd e th to ss s ro ac er m Lett that graze Savannah daily. prints letters fro does not profit organization with ah nn va Sa t Connec g a letter Some local, some not, of ideas. Printin of the opin- the mission of giving the spectrum endorsement r ou ply im y yet every single musibe edited for children from low-inay necessaril m rs tte therein. Le ions expressed cian seems to have y. come families the opspace and clarit something to offer. Be s@connectsava portunity to read and E-mail: letter 32 it a beautiful sound Fax: 912.231.99 Dr., Suite 7, own their first new ry cto Vi E. 00 of a trumpet in Snail mail: 18 31404 books. Savannah, GA the distance, or a light First Book – strumming of a guitar in the Savannah/Chatham County square. works with local groups such as Sadly though, these musicians are being Greenbriar, Union Mission, and St. forced out of their “work place”. In the past Mary’s to reach children in need and few years laws and regulations have made provide them with free books and educait very difficult for these musicians to play. tional materials. To date, we have distribSavannah has made sure that these street uted more than 10,000 books to the children musicians are forced in spots that do not of Chatham County. generate good traffic (almost eliminating Bernice Wester chances at an already slim earning) and if First Book – Savannah/Chatham County you’re caught on the wrong side of the street, you’ll be looking at a hefty fine. Street musicians as of now are allowed Don’t forget Youth to play on the opposing side of River Street Orchestra (nonbusiness side) which if you have ever Regarding: “MusicAlive! spreads the been on River Street, you would see why. No joy of classical music,” by Jim Reed: Thank one generally walks in that area! Of course you for this article and thanks to Connect musicians in front of businesses are not a Savannah for all your great arts reporting. plausible. Speaking as someone helps run a These young artists of Music Alive are to local business, I understand this better than be commended for the time and energy they anyone. But there are nooks and crannies put in to share their music with children everywhere in Savannah. here in the Savannah area. Perhaps I’m stretching my democratic It is surprising, however, that no mention string a bit thin here but could we ease up was made of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Savannah? To all the greedy ones out there, Orchestra, which gave its fall concert on tourist LOVE hearing the music, and LOVE Tuesday Nov. 20. The article implies there seeing street musicians. I know this for a is no program in town for young musicians fact considering I work with tourists. So if other than what is offered by Music Alive. we push these guys out, you may even push Perhaps Mr. Reed is not aware of your money out the door. the AAYO and the two other groups for The street musicians give that special younger musicians, which are sponsored something to our city. Could we take care by Armstrong Atlantic University and The of the rapists, murderers and ease up on our Savannah Friends of Music. wonderful musicians who are doing no difThese youth orchestras meet on ferent than what you do every week day. Saturdays during the school years, and are Going to work. led by local professional musicians. Many of My proposition is this: Leave street muthe students in these youth orchestras study sicians alone; let them play unless they are privately with professional musicians in the truly impeding something and for goodness area. sakes, enjoy the music! There are approximately 20 musiMandi Carvatt cians living here that used to play with the Savannah Symphony, either full-time or First Book alert part-time. As one of these musicians, I find Editor, it surprising that the article does not refer In this season of giving, we have a great to the valuable training young musicians in way for our community to spread the magic Savannah receive from local professionals. of reading to children who desperately need Music Alive provides a valuable complenew books in their lives. First Book (www. ment to the efforts of those who live in the and Borders stores are teamarea in bringing the joy of music to young ing up again for a holiday giving campaign. people. From November 1 through December 24, Peter Berquist


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Finding Flannery

To my knowledge, no one has ever seen the ghost of Flannery O’Connor hovering in the hallways of her childhood home on Charlton Street. But if she’s ever inclined to make an appearance, this fall seems the ideal time for a haunting. Flannery would certainly recognize the “new” look of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, restored this past year to its 1930s décor. The parlor’s mossy green wall color and gilt picture molding are the same as Flannery’s parents used, matching original O’Connor family furniture upholstered in its original fabric. And now that the nonprofit Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation has renewed its Sunday afternoon lecture series, dozens of O’Connor devotees are gathering there in search of entertainment, knowledge, and a little enlightenment. Our enthusiasm is as likely to conjure up Flannery’s spirit as could any séance. At the two talks so far this fall, the Flannery-worship was at times so palpable that I half expected her to jut her head through the door from the outer hallway and admonish us to “please knock it off,” in her candid, emperor-has-no-clothes style. A crowd of 30 fills the home’s parlorturned-lecture-hall to overflowing, wedged

shoulder-to-shoulder in tan metal folding chairs and one or two house furnishings deemed sturdy enough to use for actual sitting. The unwieldy antique baby carriage that normally lives in the parlor is rolled into the library and dining room during the lecture, then returned to the parlor during the reception afterward. This fall’s series, with four lectures, is shorter than in previous years. Opening the series Nov. 18 was fiction writer and college professor Nance Van Winckel, a long way from her Spokane, Wash., home. Her awe for O’Connor seemed to nearly overwhelm her, at first nearly speechless at being invited “to walk where Flannery has walked.” Van Winckel’s lecture was informative, but it was the reading of one of her short stories, not originally on the day’s agenda, that had everyone in the room leaning to the edge of our seats and drawn into the lives of her characters. At the start of this past Sunday’s lecture, Live Oak Library Director Christian Kruse injected a smidgen of reality into the minds of those of us who are O’Connor groupies. During the intro to his talk, “Flannery and the Library,” Kruse, a native of Canada, admitted he’d “vaguely heard of O’Connor” before he moved to Savannah a few years ago. “I think I’d read one story of hers in Grade 10,” he said. Now a member of the foundation board, Kruse caught up on his

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reading soon after moving here. Kruse’s remarks on literary movements and popular books of the ‘30s morphed into a history of public libraries in Savannah, including a story describing the origins of the branch library on Bay Street that would play well in a society page gossip column. Among Sunday’s attendees was a Brooklyn native, now a school teacher at Fort Stewart, who brought her daughter, a ninth grader at Savannah Arts Academy. Foundation board members were scattered among the gathering—booksellers, retired college professors, writers. In the front row sat a tourist-looking couple sporting map and camera. When Kruse talked about the state of the Bull Street library of the early 1960’s, I counted five of us in the room whose library cardholder status dates from that era. Had time allowed, we’d each have a different angle on the library of the ‘60s—as researchers ferreting out information on genealogy or historical figures, as parents driving children to see Miss McCall in the children’s library, or, in my case, as a full blown reading nerd by first grade, seeing the world from the backseat of Mom’s station wagon, on the way to check out the maximum six books allowed for children to take home. This Sunday’s lecture brings Dr. Robert Strozier back to the museum house for an annual reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. A week later, “Man About Town” Bill Dawers (also the vice-

president of the O’Connor House board) wraps up the fall series with comments on issues currently facing downtown Savannah. A spring series is on the drawing board, expected to return to its traditional length of six to eight Sunday speakers. It wouldn’t surprise me if the late Flannery herself turns up on the speakers list, ready to put a few of us groupie types in our place. w Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Lecture Series, 207 East Charlton St.: Dec. 9, 3 p.m.: Bob Strozier reads Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Dec. 16, 3 p.m.: Columnist Bill Dawers on “Current Issues Facing Downtown Savannah.” Free admission.

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n impressive milestone was reached in Savannah on Nov. 30, but soon was overshadowed by controversy. Lawanda Frazier of Savannah became the 4.5 millionth person to be helped by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a program that helps patients find cut-rate prescriptions. Frazier has both diabetes and epilepsy, and must take several expensive medications every day. The Help is Here Express, a national bus tour sponsored by the PPA, rolled in to Savannah to take applications. Syndicated talk show host Montel Williams, national spokesman for the PPA, was on hand for the festivities, which included music from the Savannah Community Choir. However, by day’s end, Williams was enveloped in a controversy that received national attention. According to the Associated Press, a 17-year-old intern with the Savannah Morning News, Courtney Scott, was interviewing Williams when he abruptly terminated the interview. Williams, a patient advocate since his own diagnosis of multiple sclerosis 10 years ago, allegedly stormed off after Scott asked him if drug companies would be discouraged from research if profits were restricted. According to news reports, Williams later confronted Scott, a second intern and a web content producer for the newspaper when they showed up at the Westin Savannah Harbor to do a story on the gingerbread village there. Believing the reporters were there to speak to him, Williams allegedly threatened them. Scott filed a police report after the incident. The next day, Williams sent Scott an apology from the e-mail address of Melanie McLaughlin, president of Mountain Movers, Inc., which produces his talk show. It read, “Regrettably I reacted childishly to the situation and for that I truly apologize to all concerned. I would like to invite Courtney and her family to appear on my show for a public apology.” Unaware of the drama unfolding around them, a large crowd in Johnson Square cheered as Frazier was recognized. Ken Johnson, a spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, described the

PPA as a “one-stop shop for people who have no place to turn for help.” The PPA is designed to help people who don’t qualify for public assistance, yet can’t afford private health insurance or are under insured. A family of four making less than $40,000 or a couple making less than $27,000 without insurance would qualify for benefits from PPA. The program works by linking patients with assistance programs that are already in existence. Montel Williams himself is a patient. “I suffer from multiple sclerosis,” he said. “I understand, believe me when I say, what it’s like to need medicine every day.” Every month, Williams takes oral medication and injections that cost about $2,500. “I want to encourage people to take their medication because it works,” he says. The medication he takes helps Williams stand and walk. “I was diagnosed 10 years ago and suffered from MS for 20 years,” he said. “Pain has become my cousin, a friend who lives in my feet.” While Williams promotes taking medication that is beneficial, he also encourages listeners to take better care of themselves before they need medication. “You’ve got to stop and think how many of us wouldn’t need medication if we took better care of ourselves. I know exercise helps with this disease. I push away some of the garbage I was taught to eat. We need to pay attention to what we do.” The PPA has more than 1,300 local and state partners ranging from the American Cancer Society to the NAACP, Johnson said. A local partner now includes A Working Woman In Need, which was started by Sarahlyn Argrow, a breast cancer survivor, to support low-income women who are working. When Argrow lost her job, she lost her health insurance. “I had to go to the free clinic,” she said. “I cried for 30 minutes. I knew if the doctor found something wrong with me, I couldn’t afford it. Before the doctor could treat me, he had to console me. We need more programs like this.” w To apply for assistance call 1-888-4PPANOW or visit

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A man in a hurry

An 18-year-old man who led police on a car chase after assaulting and robbing a woman was arrested Nov. 29. Kevin Chantler Moore told police that he sped away from officers because he “didn’t have time to talk to no police” after hitting a 38-year-old woman over the head and taking her purse. The victim suffered a minor injury in the attack and sought medical attention on her own. Police also arrested Moore’s girlfriend and accomplice, Jakea Cherise Parker, who is 17. The two were arrested around 12:30 a.m., within minutes of the crime. Moore allegedly attacked the woman as she walked from her house to her car in the 900 block of Gary Street. He then climbed into a black Cadillac with Parker and fled the scene. The victim immediately called police and gave them a good description of the car and the suspect’s clothing. APO Christopher Tally spotted the car speeding away as he responded to the call. When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver accelerated and a chase ensued. The car became disabled after the driver crashed in to a pole and fence on ACL Boulevard. Officers took the pair into custody without incident. During a search of the car, officers recovered scales and a small quantity of marijuana and cocaine. The victim’s purse was not recovered, but officers found more than $1,000 in cash in the car. Moore was taken to jail and charged with possession of drugs and drug-related objects, as well as numerous traffic violations. He and Parker are each charged with one count of robbery by force. • Police are looking for the mother of a baby abandoned at the doorstep of a local church. The newborn girl is believed to have been less than three hours old when she was found shortly before 10 p.m. on Nov. 26. A musician who was coming to the church for a band rehearsal found the baby and called police. The baby was lying on a bench in front of the New Vision Baptist Church on Louis Mills Boulevard. She was wrapped in a blood-stained towel with about six inches of umbilical cord still attached. Paramedics were called and rushed the baby to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where she was placed in the hospital’s neonatal care unit. Doctors described her condition as good. Metro de-

tectives with the Special Victims Unit are asking that anyone with information call 651-6742. • A Windsor Forest homeowner is credited with capturing a burglar in his home. The man was inside his house in the 700 block of Windsor Road about 8:20 a.m. on Nov. 25 when he heard a door slam. He went upstairs to retrieve his gun and began searching his house. The homeowner discovered Luis Carlos Atencio, 25, in his office and held him at gunpoint and called police. Within minutes, officers from Southside arrived and arrested Atencio and charged him with burglary. • A woman told her ex-boyfriend to stop coming to her house and giving her sons money. She told police he came over anyway, and was talking to the boys in the front yard. She said she told the suspect he was disrespectful and asked him not to come back. At that point, the suspect pointed a finger in her face, so she pointed her finger in his face. She said he then punched her two times on the right side of her head, causing her right earring to rip out of her ear. She said the suspect’s brother grabbed her, pulled her away and said he was trying to get her away from the suspect. She said the two men then left the residence. The victim was bleeding from her right ear, but the officer saw no other injuries. She refused treatment by EMS and said she would take herself to the hospital and make the suspect pay the bill. The officer then spoke with the suspect’s sister. She said she didn’t hear what was said, but observed the suspect hitting the victim. w

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Cultural Diversity

anyone up, and the host shows trust by his courage and passivity. Mumming, the researchers conclude, continues today only on a “small scale.”

cause of a brittle-bones disorder and says the miniature horse (100 pounds, 32 inches tall) not only pulls the chair but cheers her up. A trust spokesman said keeping rats out of the hay bales would be difficult enough, but he doubted Cooper’s assurance that the horse could be easily housebroken. In November, a California administrative judge sided with state dental authorities and suspended Dr. Mark Anderson’s license, following complaints by female patients that he had massaged their chests to treat a jaw disorder. Anderson’s lawyer, citing alleged dental journal articles, had asserted that jaw pain was related not only to pectoral muscles but even calf muscles. (In November, Anderson was also indicted for sexual battery against patients.) The head teacher of Sandhurst Junior School in south London apologized in October because a professional photographer had arranged, for his own convenience, an unfortunate group photo of the school’s 100-plus students. The photographer, trying to keep from having to re-set his reflector screens, lined up the kids from the lightest-skinned on the left, gradually over to the darkest-skinned on the right. Said the head teacher, “We can see that this was an error of judgment.” Also Questionable: (1) Japanese adults push their children to save more, but few are buying the piggy bank introduced by the TOMY Co. in November, because, if not fed with savings for a period of time, the bank just explodes, scattering the contents. (2) In September, three young men in a dinghy on a canal in Australia’s Gold Coast region stood up to moon a group of people but lost their balance and fell in, with two recovering quickly, but the third was chopped in the face by the then-circling dinghy’s outboard propeller and was in serious condition.

Strange Days

Several men were arrested recently and charged with sex “crimes” involving in-

animate objects. In Ayr, Scotland, Robert Stewart was convicted of sexually aggravated breach of the peace (and officially labeled a sex offender) after being caught alone and pantsless in his hostel bedroom thrusting against a bicycle. Craig McCullough, 47, was arrested in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in October after allegedly being caught “in a compromising position” with an inflatable toy doll, in an otherwise-empty public restroom. Steven Marshall, 18, was arrested in Galashiels, Scotland, in November (and officially labeled a sex offender) after being caught simulating sexual intercourse against the pavement of a city street.

Least Competent Criminals

In Monticello, N.Y., Steven King, 40, was indicted in October as a result of a traffic stop, for allegedly doing nearly every single thing wrong: intoxicated, driving in oncoming-traffic lanes, with an open beer container, not wearing a seat belt, driving an uninsured car, with expired safety inspection sticker, with license plates belonging to another car, and with his 2-year-old daughter-passenger neither in a car seat nor belted in.

Recurring Themes

Something About Dentists: Hard-core federal income-tax resisters are frequently in the news, but a recent spate of them involved dentists. In October, Ed Brown and his dentist-wife, Elaine, were arrested after a nine-month standoff with federal marshals in Plainfield, N.H., where they had holed up, vowing to die before paying the federal government any of Elaine’s $1.9 million in unreported income. In October, dentist Nancy Montgomery-Ware was convicted on two counts of tax evasion in Tampa, Fla., still believing that the federal government has no authority over her taxes or her practice, based on her research finding that there’s no such thing as a “U.S. citizen.” w

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In October, Italy’s economic minister, noting that a third of all men over 30 still live with their parents and that rental housing markets are depressed, proposed a tax Latest Religious Messages break worth the equivalent of about $1,400 “This is a college education that I can for each man in his 20s who will finally leave use,” said sophomore Emily Felts, 19, as she Momma’s house. (A week earlier in Sicily, praised the homemaking curriculum of the one mother publicly turned her adult son Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary over to the police for staying out too late, in Fort Worth, Texas (which leads to a and also took away his house keys and cut Bachelor of Arts in Humanities). Men and off his allowance. The son, who immediwomen may be equal, the school says, but ately complained that the allowance was too they have different roles, and for women, small, anyway, is 61 years old.) that includes “how to set tables, sew buttons The normal daily tension between and sustain lively dinnertime conversation,” India and Pakistan arises in many forms, or how to use the Internet to track grocery but one nightly ceremony on the borcoupons, according to an October disder at Wagah crossing is particularly patch in the Los Angeles Times. odd (described by a Los Angeles Felts said she enjoys the work (exTimes reporter in September as cept vacuuming), but it “doesn’t part pomp, part macho posturmatter what I think. It matters I got ing, and part Monty Python’s what the Bible says.” Ministry of Silly Walks). nothing In November, Catholic priests Uniformed guards from both in Ireland and Northern Ireland to say countries march toward each complained about their respecother in their inexplicably tive governments’ proposals to complicated headgear, “glower lower the presumed-impaired fiercely through their musblood-alcohol level for drivers taches” and puff themselves from .08 to .05, which they say is up, eyeball to eyeball, in a show unfair. Because of a priest shortof confidence for their respective age, current priests expect to be drivcountrymen. However, they then ing great distances to conduct Masses meekly shake hands and close the this Christmas season, and since they border for the night. are obliged to drink any leftover Residents of small fishing vilsacramental wine from each Mass, lages in northern Newfoundland they fear inevitably approaching, or have for centuries been “mumexceeding, the blood-alcohol threshold. ming” at Christmastime, in rituals described in an October academic journal Questionable Judgments article by University of Missouri-Columbia In October, Patty Cooper, 50, acresearchers. People disguise themselves, go cused her landlord (the Central Vermont to neighbors’ houses and threaten violence, Community Land Trust) of failing to “acat which point the neighbor must guess the commodate” her disability under the fedvisitor’s identity, and, if all goes well, refuse eral Americans with Disabilities Act when it to be scared. Supposedly, the ritual induces barred her “service horse” from living in her trust by both parties, as the visitors show apartment. Cooper uses a wheelchair betheir good hearts by failing to actually beat


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| Earthweek by Steve Newman

Mauve Stingers

A massive invasion of jellyfish killed the entire 5.0 population of about 120,000 fish in Northern Ireland’s only salmon farm, according to 5.7 company officials. The Northern Salmon Co. Ltd. 5.7 said billions of the stinging creatures, in a dense pack covering about 10 square miles to a depth of 35 feet, overwhelmed the fish in two net pens. “The sea was red with these jellyfish and there was nothing we could do about it, absolutely nothing,” said managing director John Russell. Less than a week Week Ending November 30, 2007 later, all of the salmon at the company’s other facility ond pass over the central Philippines in the nearby suffered the same fate. The Pelagia wake of Mitag. Meteorologists said both nocticula jellyfish — commonly known as storms interacted with each other, resulting the mauve stinger — had rarely been seen in their erratic movements. off Britain and Ireland until the past decade. Swarms of the colorful jellies have terrorized Monarch Protection swimmers in the Mediterranean during reMexican President Felipe cent years, and some scientists say global Calderon unveiled a sweeping warming is responsible for expanding its plan to curb logging and protect habitat northward. millions of monarch butterflies

Tropical Cyclones

The Philippines suffered three separate blows from tropical cyclones within a week’s time, leaving at least 30 people dead in flooding and mudslides. Tropical Storm Hagibis made its first pass over the archipelago with torrential rainfall that killed 13 people in central parts of the country. It was replaced within days by high winds and additional downpours from Category 1 Typhoon Mitag, which brushed the northern coast of Luzon Island. The following day, Hagibis took a sudden U-turn over the South China Sea and made a sec-

that migrate to the mountains of central Mexico each winter. The annual migration attracts visitors from around the world who come to see trees and bushes blanketed with the colorful insects. The plan will provide $4.6 million to purchase equipment and advertising for the 124,000acre Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. The monarch butterfly is not considered endangered, but experts warn that illegal logging in Mexico threatens its existence in North America because it removes the foliage necessary to protect the delicate insects from the cold and rain.

Kenyan Swarms

Swarms of locusts have infested parts of northeastern Kenya’s Mandera district, ravaging crops and pastures in an area near the Ethiopian 4.2 4.3 5.9 border. Mandera was one of the 6.0 Mitag areas ravaged by a devastating drought during 2006. But heavy 4.8 rains over the past few months Hagibis have encouraged plant growth, which attracted the pests from the 6.5 north. Experts say this season’s o +110 swarms originated in Yemen, then Karratha, moved across the Gulf of Aden in W. Australia September. They later migrated southward across Ethiopia and Somalia before arriving in Kenya. The locusts are not expected to move much farther south in Kenya, but farmers in neighboring Uganda have been warned that Earthquakes their crops could be at risk. At least six people were killed and more than 70 others were injured Sunniest Spots by two strong earthquakes that A NASA study to determine the struck off southern Indonesia’s best places to develop solar enSumbawa Island. Officials said ergy has determined the two sunscores of homes and buildings were badly niest places on the planet — the damaged by the 6.5 magnitude quakes. middle of the equatorial Pacific • Earth movements were also felt in the and a remote part of the Sahara in Niger. northern Philippines, southern Vietnam, Data from U.S. and European satellites from New Delhi, northern Japan, Israel, 1983 to 2005 was used to make the determiAnchorage and southern and western parts nation. “For some reason there are fewer of Mexico. clouds just there than elsewhere,” Paul Stackhouse, a senior NASA scientist at the Thinning Permafrost agency’s Langley, Va., facility told Reuters. The layer of permanently frozen Researchers found that the sun blazes down soil in parts of Mongolia has with the greatest intensity on a patch of the thinned by 3 to 6 feet during the Pacific south of Hawaii and east of the island past seven years due to global of Kiribati. A location near the ruins of a warming, according to a study by fort at Agadem, Niger, came in second with Japan’s National Institute for Environmental enough daily solar energy per square yard to Studies at Keio University. Researchers warn power the average American home water the permafrost will be entirely melted in 20 heater for 24 hours. w years if warming continues at its current pace.

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‘I’m now very comfortable in my own skin’ Celtic musician Harry O’Donoghue celebrates a new Christmas CD and tour


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arry O’Donoghue is a man of many talents. A storyteller, an entertainer, singer and songwriter, a guitarist, a recording artist, an authority on Celtic music, a radio personality, a tour guide. More than anything perhaps, he is a troubadour in the most real sense of the word. Born and raised in Drogheda on the banks of the River Boyne just a few miles from the Irish Sea, he got his start as a performer at the tender age of 20, and in 1979 helped form the band Terra Nova. That group found some measure of success here in the U.S., and by the mid-’80s had signed an impressive deal with the massive U.K. label PolyGram Records. After that band dissolved in 1987, O’Donoghue struck out on a solo career, and since then has become a respected entertainer known for his work on the guitar and the bodhran, and for his smooth, lilting voice. Based here when not on tour, he can often be found playing to enthusiastic crowds of tourists and locals alike at Kevin Barry’s Pub on River Street. Over the past two decades, he has shared stages and bills with such luminaries as Mary Black, Cathie Ryan, Tommy Makem, Danny Doyle and others. He’s also known throughout the Southeast as the cheerful host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s weekly Celtic music radio show The Green Island. And, perhaps most interestingly, for several year now, he has organized and led regular vacation tours of his homeland, which find all manner of folks (from IrishAmericans searching for an up-close view of their heritage to those simply desiring a glimpse at a fables locale steeped in tradition) joining the musician and raconteur on a jam-packed week-long itinerary of concerts, pubs, historic sites, picnics, shopping and plain-old sightseeing in his old stomping grounds. This week, O’Donoghue and his old pal and fellow troubadour Carroll Brown (an S.C. native who terms his brand of acoustic guitar-based balladry “Coastal Country”) embark through Georgia and Florida on the latest in a series of annual holiday tours. This time around, they’re out in support of their latest CD, the recently released NOLLIAG − Irish Christmas. Recorded here in Savannah at renowned producer/engineer Phil Hadaway’s 3180 Media Group studios, it’s a beguiling mix of traditional Celtic tunes, contemporary holiday numbers, heartwarming spoken-word recitations set to music, and good-natured humor. Although the duo’s holiday tours have in the past included other musician acquaintances such as fellow singer/songwriter (and

Harry O’Donoghue, left, with Carroll Brown

Kevin Barry’s regular) Frank Emerson, as well as ancillary musicians like local multiinstrumentalist Skip Graham and a small horn section, this outing is about as intimate as it could be. “After taking a few years off, I agreed last year to go out again on the condition that we

do a strictly acoustic show and strip it down to two guys on stools — kinda like The Smothers Brothers,” explains O’Donoghue by phone en route to the tour’s opening night in Brunswick. He says The Smothers Brothers were a

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great touchstone for he and Brown. “We get along very well, and have an ease about us on stage, so —much like the Brothers— we added a little banter, part of which is scripted and part of which is ad libbed from night to night.”

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“Last year we did three shows in that format and called it ‘A Celtic Acoustic Christmas’. This year we’re doing ten shows in the same style. We have added a bass this time —which I’ll plink along on from time to time— so that we’re not always just dueling on guitars!” O’Donoghue credits Brown for rekindling their Yuletide partnership. “He’s dogmatic in his insistence that we did another tour, because it was successful in the past. (laughs) Plus, it was great fun to do something other than play clubs.” Still, O’Donoghue says it was initially difficult to convince his fellow performer to step out from behind all the pomp and glitz of the tour’s last incarnation. “There’s no question Carroll was apprehensive about going out with just two acoustic guitars. His musical knowledge and technical know-how comes to the fore in his own shows, and he was used to a bigger sound. But, you see, I think that an audience is very forgiving of a limited lineup if it helps you to humanize the show.” “Anyone can go out and do a big production. Like, if you go see Van Morrison or even Gordon Lightfoot, they have all these guys on stage and it’s so slickly done that you may as well just stay home and listen to their records! (laughs) To me, a live performance should be exactly that. Folks should make a little mistake here and there. It’s the human condition, you know? I saw James Taylor and he is masterful at that. I mean, he’s an incredible singer/songwriter, but he’s so at ease with himself on stage and at speaking to the audience that he comes across as one of us. It makes all the difference in how entertaining his concerts are.” O’Donoghue has immense respect for his tour partner, whom he’s known since the mid-’90s. “Carroll had dabbled in and out of Celtic music for years. He’s such a talent that he plays the Irish circuit as well as the ‘Jimmy Buffet’ circuit, and he’s traveled to Ireland

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with me several times as well.” “Our styles are completely different, but I think they complement each other very well. Sometimes Carroll calls himself a ‘good sideman,’ which he is. But there’s a lot to be said for our strong friendship as well. Especially as it relates to this record. The stripped-down show we did together last year was so well received, this album is basically a studio version of that show.” When asked why more of pair’s own material wasn’t included on this album, O’Donoghue allows that the two did “an awful lot of hunting around” for a batch of songs both ancient and more recent that would make for the most compelling Christmas concert they could create. “It’s funny that both of us are songwriters,” he muses, “and yet each of our contributions to the new record are both instrumentals! (laughs)” “The spoken word pieces are very integral to the live show, and we each brought different things to the table. For instance, that Leon Redbone song ‘Christmas Island’. On the road we sort of hammed it up with a kazoo, but that wouldn’t come across right on record, so we fleshed it out instead with a trombone part by Johnnie Kennedy. I mentioned how much I love James Taylor, and our arrangement of the song ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ was based on his — with a nod to ‘The Great Man’, of course.” The album was cut in June and pressed in mid September. Besides being available at Harry and Carroll’s live shows, it can also be found at Erin on The River, a shop in River Street’s Open Air Market, and at Saints and Shamrocks, downtown on Bull Street — as well as online at, and O’Donoghue admits that he doesn’t think he’s sold a single disc through CDBaby, but that through their digital download service, he’s had folks in Japan and throughout Europe purchase his songs. “You don’t make much money on that at


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all, but it’s nice to know there are people all over the world listening to my music.” That may seem a simple type of joy, but in many ways, it’s a pragmatic approach to a job that’s as old as the hills, but increasingly fraught with financial insecurity. “The whole Irish bar scene as we know it is really winding down in America,” laments the singer. “The economy in Ireland is stronger now and the young people just aren’t coming over and bringing their music with them as much anymore. “With the exception of Kevin Barry’s, you can’t really find a place here in town for acoustic musicians to play that isn’t littered with plasma screen TVs! My son is downloading music like all the other kids. They just don’t want to pay for music. Then, people are texting each other and talking on the phone while the groups are on stage! he says. “I mean, what’s happening to the respect for live music here guys? It’s having as a tough of a time now as it ever has.” Yet, despite the changing landscape of the music biz, this hardcore troubadour says he has no regrets about the path he’s chosen, and in fact, has grown to relish it even more as time has gone by. “At this point, there’s a certain joy at doing this just for my own audience. I’m not naive enough to think that at my age I’ll ever be signed to a big record deal or be on the Billboard Top 200 or any of that,’ he says. “All the anxiety that you make for yourself as a young man in this business has faded away, and I’m now very comfortable in my own skin. It takes all the pressure off. I was telling my daughter this is my tenth CD. That’s a nice legacy, I suppose. Those, plus my two Terra Nova albums make a nice document of my life as a musician,” says O’Donoghue. “I’ve had a unique perspective on this as it has changed. But I can’t really complain. I’ve gotten 27 years out of it. That’s a lifetime. But I’m not done yet.” w


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Self-proclaimed “HardFolk” artist Julia Carroll is extremely psyched about this upcoming four-way gig at one of the city’s most eclectic performance spaces. “Recently, there’s been some serious ‘community brewing’ going on between all of us, along with several other Southern performers,” she relates. “There’s been lots of joint touring and hopefully this will be one of many showcases featuring progressive artists like us to come.” Carroll’s an outspoken guitarist and singer who attended high school in Savannah but now divides her time between here and Atlanta, where she’s earning a following with her aggressive approach to contemporary (and at times controversial) acoustic folk-rock. She says this show is the kick-off to a weekend mini-tour of Fla., and that it’s highly likely all the musicians will wind up playing together at some point during the evening. “I’m not sure how this will turn out, but it’s starting to sound like we’ll be ‘inthe-round.’ I also play bass with (Atlantabased songwriter) Amy Lashley, and Corey Houlihan has been learning to play drums to my music, so there may be a full-band thing for at least some of the songs. Corey’s known as a spoken-word performer —lately she’s been getting labeled ‘homo-hop’ because her writing covers a lot of gay issues— but we recently found out she can actually sing really well, so I’m hoping she’ll bring that onstage for these shows.” Carroll hopes this group gig will serve as an introduction to all the artists for many locals who may have yet to catch them live. “Amy’s new to the Savannah scene. She’s only played here once or twice before, and although Brennan Bray plays cello with people, she has her own solo stuff she does with a (digital) looping station, and I think she’ll bring that out.” Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean – ALL-AGES.

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Speaking of digital looping stations, those little gadgets have literally transformed the solo acoustic guitar scene in the span of a few short years. Initially the gizmo of choice for fringedwelling avant-garde composers and adventurous, non-commercial solo artists like Brian Eno and King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, thanks to the likes of sensitive, successful white singer-songwriters such as Keller Williams, Andrew Bird and Howie Day, they have now become de rigueur for modern-day ersatz funk artists who’d rather not pay (or learn to interact well with) a full band. Now that budding singer/songwriters realize that by investing a few hundred bucks (and a few hundred hours worth of rehearsal with the way-cool, multi-featured sampling devices) they could in many ways approximate the sound of a small combo by themselves live and in “real-time,” there are literally thousands —if not millions— of loop gurus falling out of the woodwork. Being able to make a complex and often hypnotic syncopated ruckus just by carefully timing your own simple guitar licks and manipulating their delay times and EQ has convinced most of these cats that they have the soul and/or talent of many of the cats who’ve made that style of performance popular. This is not the case. One notable exception, however, is S.C.’s Zach Deputy, who’s obviously spent enough time with his looping station to almost become one with the unit. His loose and funky groove-rock draws as heavily on Calypso and reggae as it does R & B — which he attributes to growing up in (and paying his dues by playing) Southeastern beach communities and to his parents’ roots in Puerto Rico and St. Croix. Now based in Bluffton, he tours constantly, playing an average of ten dates a month as a solo act and with an Afro-Cuban-style percussionist. He recently returned from a trek up the coast to Montreal, where I’m sure they appreciated a little bit of musical sun and sand, courtesy of Deputy’s enthusiastic, fun-loving vocal improvisations, lighthearted lyrical sense and hip-hop-esque human beat-boxing. Thurs., 10 pm, Locos (downtown) + Fri., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.

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American Gun

This hard-hitting Columbia, S.C. Americana band gets mucho cred points for having former Flying Burrito Brother Al Perkins play on their soon-to-be-released CD, and for hiring the legendary DB Chris Stamey to produce it as well. Describing themselves as “a rock and roll band with Southern poise,” they’re aligned with the current crop of critically-acclaimed progressive rockers from below the Mason/Dixon Line— major artists like Lucero, secret heroes like Bloodkin and fellow up-and-comers like Patty Hurst Shifter or Dodd Ferrelle & The Tinfoil Stars. Pick up on it. Sat., 11 pm, The Jinx.

The Bluegrass Alliance

This latest incarnation of the celebrated acoustic string band (that’s been around in one form or another for the past three decades) has taken to nicknaming itself “ReAlliance,” either as an up-front recognition that the current members —on board since ‘98— are not the originals. This new aggregation still takes chances with the genre, however, and under the leadership of banjoist Barry Palmer is scratching out a name for itself as a worthy successor to such a famed mantle. Expect innovative arrangements and spirited playing at this intimate, 100-seat smoke and alcohol-free show just minutes from the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum. Call 748-1930 to charge $20 adv. tix. Sat., 7:30 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) – ALLAGES.

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Despite the fact they’ve been around for so long and have tons of name recognition, that’s no reason to slag the ECBB and assume they’re all hype. They’re arguably the finest and most incendiary electric blues act for miles around, and could hold their own with most of the established touring groups on the club, theater and festival circuit today (which they do from time to time on their regular —if short—jaunts up and down the East Coast). Frontman and gunslinger Culberson has become a true master of his vintage Casino hollow body and ‘60s-era Fender amp (suitably bruised and battered from years on the road without a protective case), while his current rhythm section is easily the most nuanced and sympathetic he’s ever held on to. Treat yourself to some top-shelf fireball funk and stinging soul grooves that would surely make the late, great Freddy King tap his massive foot. Tues. (hosts Open Jam Night) - Wed., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Fiddler’s (River St.).

Ensemble Con Spirito

This group of female vocalists specializes in sacred songs, and this holiday show

finds them airing out the great British composer Benjamin Britten’s famed Ceremony of Carols, which is scored for treble chorus, harp and piano. Along with the carols, they’ll intersperse traditional Advent lessons and readings given by members of the Savannah Children’s Choir. Free admission to all, courtesy of the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs! More info at: www. Sun., 5:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist (429 Abercorn St.).

First Friday for Folk Music

This “coffeehouse-style” (no smoke or alcohol) showcase of touring acoustic talent includes: award-winning Colombian native Marce, who’s known for romantic ballads and feminist anthems; 1993 Kerrville Folk Fest Winner Mark Elliot, a Nashvillian who’s worked with the likes of Tom Paxton and Don Henley; and the “fiddling poet” Ken Waldman, who blends Appalachianstyle fiddle with performed poetry and stories of his hardscrabble, bohemian life in Alaska into a show one critic deemed “a one-man Prairie Home Companion.” Free with a suggested $2 donation to the Savannah Folk Music Society. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church – ALL-AGES.

I Cantori’s 17th Annual Christmas Concert

Songs and carols from around the globe make up the program for these two recitals by the city’s professional chamber choir under the direction of Dr. Robert Harris (with accompaniment from organist Stephen Branyon). You’ll hear British, Irish, Slovak, Spanish, French, German and U.S. works. $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door. For info, call 925-7866. Sun., 6 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (34th & Abercorn Sts.) + Sun., 7:30 pm, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Skidaway Isl.).

The Nutcracker in Savannah

This C-Port-centric updating finds a large cast and live orchestra (directed by Mary Woodmansee Green) setting the production in Victorian-era Savannah for a unique take on a classic holiday ballet. Look for cameo appearances by local celebs (like famed fried chicken salesmen Bobby and Jamie Deen and ice cream icons Stratton and Mary Leopold). Tickets from $30 - $16 at the SCAD Box Office (ph. 525-5050) or online at Sat., 2 pm & 8 pm + Sun., 2 pm, Lucas Theatre.

Two Originals

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Augie’s Pub (Pooler) David Harbuck (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/vocalist playing well-known rock and pop covers plus original tunes from his several indie CDs 8:30 p.m.

Augie’s Pub (Richmond Hill) David Flannery (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/singer playing rock covers & originals 8 p.m. Barnes & Noble Open Mic (8 p.m.) (Live Music) B & D Burgers (Southside) TBA (Live Music) Baja Cantina Mary Davis & Co. (Live Music) Acoustic rock, pop, soul and beach music favorites with female vocals 6 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Chief (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues and Country covers -9 p.m. Benny’s Tybee Tavern Karaoke (Karaoke) w/DJ Levis 9:30 p.m. Bernie’s on River Street Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Blaine’s Back Door #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Chuck’s Bar #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Club One Industrial Resurrection w/ DJ Shrapnel (DJ) 10 p.m. Creekside Cafe TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Daiquiri Beach Karaoke (Karaoke) 10 p.m. Doc’s Bar Roy & the Circuit Breakers (Live Music) Fannie’s on the Beach “Georgia Kyle” Shiver & Fiddlin’ Scott Holton (Live Music) 7 p.m. Fiddler’s Crab House Chuck Courtenay & Bucky Bryant (Live Music) Acoustic guitar duo known for their tight vocal harmonies, playing rock, country and pop (covers/originals) 7 p.m. Fiddler’s Crab House Voodoo Soup (Live Music) Intense, soul/funk/rock jam act (covers) featuring members of The Permanent Tourists, Argyle and Phantom Wingo 9:30 p.m. Glazer’s Pub G.E. Perry (Live Music) Veteran local guitarist and singer playing jazz, blues & rock (covers/origials) 8 p.m. Grapevine Gail Thurmond (Live Music) Piano & vocal jazz, country, Latin and standards by a veteran songwriter and recording artist who’s entertained Savannahians for more than a decade 6:30 p.m. The Grill Beachside TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Hercules Bar and Grill TBA (Live Music) Rock, Blues, Soul and Pop 8 p.m. The Island Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. The Jazz Corner The Lavon Stevens Project (Live Music) Blues, jazz and R & B, featuring vocalist Lousie Spencer 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Trae Gurley’s “Swoonatra” (Live Music) Singing thespian’s tribute to ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ golden period 7:30 p.m. The Jinx Dance Party w/ DJ D-Frost & Friends (DJ) 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Frank Emerson (Live Music) Veteran acoustic guitarist/singer based in Southwest Va. playing Celtic ballads, folk and pop (covers/originals) -8 p.m. Loco’s Deli & Pub (Downtown) Zach Deputy (Live Music) Funky calypso and reggae-influenced acoustic guitar rock 10 p.m. Loco’s Deli & Pub (Southside) Team Trivia w/ Kowboi (Other) 7 p.m. Luther’s Rare & Well Done Branan Logan (Live Music) 6:30 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park David Duckworth; Claire Frazier (Live Music) Solo pianist (jazz, showtunes, classical); female jazz vocalist Dec 6, 5 & 8 p.m. Mercury Lounge Bottles & Cans (Live Music) Hard-swinging Delta-blooze influenced garage rock (covers/originals) 10 p.m. Moon River Brewing Co. Eric Britt (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/singer playing alt.rock and pop 8:30 p.m. Murphy’s Law The Train Wrecks (Live Music) Upbeat Americana and roots-rock-a-billy - covers and originals 10 p.m. Myrtle’s Bar & Grill J. Howard Duff (Live Music) 7:30 p.m. One Hot Mama’s BBQ TBA (Live Music) 5 p.m. Planter’s Tavern TBA (Live Music) Piano Jazz -7 p.m. Plum’s TBA (Live Music) 10:30 p.m. Pogy’s TBA (Live Music) The Rail Pub “Helium Karaoke” w/ Wrath Nasty (Karaoke) Savannah Blues TBA (Live Music) Local and regional blues and rock bands -10 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Live Music) 9 p.m. continued on page 20

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B & D Burgers (Southside) Trivia w/ Artie & Brad (Other) Starts at 10 p.m. Bahama Bob’s (Pooler) Karaoke (Karaoke) The Bamboo Room “Georgia Kyle” Shiver (Live Music) Bayou Cafe Chief (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues and Country covers -9 p.m. Cafe Loco TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Cheers to You Karaoke (Karaoke) 8 p.m. Club One #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Creekside Cafe TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Doubles Lounge DJ Sam Diamond (DJ) Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay & Bucky Bryant (Live Music) Acoustic guitar duo known for their tight vocal harmonies, playing pop, rock and country (covers/originals) 7 p.m. Fiddler’s Crab House Hazy Nation (Live Music) 9:30 p.m. Gilley’s TBA (Live Music) Rock, Blues & Country 9 p.m. Hercules Bar and Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. The Jazz Corner The Bobby Ryder Quartet (Live Music) Local 4-piece playing Big Band-style arrangements and leaning heavily on Sinatra tunes 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jeff Beasley (Live Music) 7:30 p.m. The Jinx Rock & Roll Bingo w/DJ Boo-Cock-Eye (DJ) (11 pm) Rock & Roll Bingo w/ DJ Boo-Cock-Eye (DJ) 11 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Frank Emerson (Live Music) Veteran acoustic guitarist/singer based in Southwest Va. playing Celtic ballads, folk and pop (covers/originals) -8 p.m. King’s Inn Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park David Duckworth (Live Music) Solo pianist (jazz, showtunes, classical) 5 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Open Mic Night (Live Music) Hosted by Hudson & Markus 8 p.m. Murphy’s Law Celtic Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. One Hot Mama’s BBQ TBA (Live Music) Panini’s Cafe TBA (Live Music) Planter’s Tavern TBA (Live Music) Piano Jazz -7 p.m. The Quarter Sports Bar TBA (Live Music) Rock, Folk and Blues 10 p.m. Robin’s Nest TBA (Live Music) Savannah Blues TBA (Live Music) Local and regional blues and rock bands -10 p.m. Savannah Down Under DJ Blue Ice (DJ) Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Live Music) 8 p.m. Savannah Theatre “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical theater 8 p.m. “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play -8 p.m. 3 p.m. Scandals Roy & The Circuit Breakers (Live Music) Solo singer/guitarist with sequenced backing playing pop/rock/ soul/beach hits and originals 8 p.m. Slugger’s 5 Point Productions’ Karaoke (Karaoke) 10 p.m. Tommy’s Karaoke w/ Jeff & Rebecca (Karaoke) Tropicana Night Club Spitfire Poetry Slam (Other) Spoken Word showcase and competition 8 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) TBA (Live Music) Pop, rock, country and blues acts 6 p.m. Venus De Milo TBA (DJ) 9 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Karaoke (Karaoke) 8:30 p.m.



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Savannah Theatre “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play -8 p.m. 3 p.m. Slugger’s Trivia w/ Charles & Mikey (Other) 10 p.m. Spanky’s TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Steamer’s TBA (Live Music) Rock, Country and Pop covers 9 p.m. Tantra Lounge A Nickel Bag of Funk (Live Music) Femalefronted funk, soul and R & B combo (covers/originals) 9 p.m. DJ In a Coma (DJ) 11 p.m. Tommy’s Karaoke w/ Jeff & Rebecca (Karaoke) Tropicana Night Club DJ Southstar Spins Top 40 (DJ) 10 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Venus De Milo Hip Hop Night w/ DJ Maytag (DJ) Wasabi’s Live DJ Frankie Spins Hip-hop & Electric Fusion (DJ) 8 p.m. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Savannah Arts Academy’s Skyelite Jazz Band (Live Music) Large, awardwinning high school jazz band. Part of the 7th Annual Savannah harbor Foundation Holiday Concert Series 6:30 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Bluffton) TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Hilton Head) TBA (Live Music) 10:30 p.m.


A.J.’s Dockside “Georgia Kyle” Shiver (Live Music) American Legion Post 36 Karaoke (Karaoke) The Apex TBA (Live Music) B & B Ale House First Friday Fetish Night (Other, DJ) Dominance & Submission themed party thrown by local impresario Chris Cook, with voyeuristic and mildly salacious fetish play set to the turntablism of DJ Analog Kid (who won Best Club DJ in our most recent Readers’ Poll) 10 p.m. B & D Burgers (Southside) TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Bahama Bob’s (Pooler) TBA (Live Music) Rock and Pop covers/originals 9 p.m. Baja Cantina TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. The Bamboo Room TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Thomas Claxton (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/ vocalist playing rock and pop (covers/originals) 9 p.m. Benny’s Tybee Tavern Randy “Hatman” Smith (Live Music, DJ) Solo singer/guitarist who uses sequenced backing for “that full band sound” (popular beach, boogie, blues and Buffet covers) 9 p.m. Bernie’s on River Street Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Bogey’s TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Cafe Loco TBA (Live Music) Captain’s Lounge #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Club One Local Cast, DJ Jason Hancock (Main Floor) (DJ) Coach’s Corner Chief (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Country and Soul covers 8 p.m. Crystal Beer Parlor The Beer Parlor Ramblers (Live Music) Dixieland Jazz 7:30 p.m. Daquiri Island Karaoke (Karaoke) Dawg House Grill TBA (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Blues and Soul covers/originals 7 p.m. Dewey’s Dockside Karaoke (Karaoke) 6 p.m. Doc’s Bar Roy & the Circuit Breakers (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Beach, Shag and Soul covers 8 p.m. Dolphin Reef Lounge & Ocean Plaza The Denny Phillips Duo (Live Music) Rock, Pop and Soul covers 8 p.m. Doubles Lounge “World Famous” DJ Sam Diamond (DJ) Driftaway Cafe G.E. Perry (Live Music) Solo blues/jazz/rock guitarist and singer (covers/originals) known for his slide work 7 p.m. El Picasso Karaoke (8 p.m.) (Karaoke) Fannie’s on the Beach TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Fiddler’s Crab House The Eric Culberson Blues Band (Live Music) Accomplished electric blues power trio (Memphis and Chicago-style) that tours the East Coast and has released three acclaimed CDs 9:30 p.m. Friendly’s Tavern 2 #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Gayna’s Bar Karaoke (9 p.m.) (Karaoke) Glazer’s Pub The Courtenay Brothers (Live Music) Real-life siblings playing and singing rock, pop and country hits on acoustic guitars 9 p.m. Hercules Bar and Grill Chief (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Country and Soul covers 8 p.m. Huck-A-Poo’s TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Hyatt Regency TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. The Island Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m.

The Jazz Corner Bob Masteller’s Multi-Jazz Quintet (Live Music) Swing era jazz and dance music Dec 7, 8 p.m. Dec 8, 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar David Lugo & Latin Jazz Motion (Live Music) Danceable Latin combo feat. Silver Lining bassist Maggie Evans and veteran percussionist Lugo 9 p.m. Jen’s & Friends TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Rock, Pop, Country and Soul covers/originals 10 p.m. The Jinx TBA (Live Music) 10:30 p.m. Jukebox Bar & Grill Perception (Live Music) Regional hard and modern rock act (covers/originals) 9 p.m. Kasey’s Gourmet Grille Two Originals (Live Music) Also known as Rich & Dan, this two-man singing acoustic guitar duo specializes in blues, classic jam-rock covers (a la The Dead) and their own originals. 8:30 p.m. Kathleen’s Grille Souls Harbor (Live Music) S.C. - based modern metal/hard rock act that has a loyal regional following and has released some very commercial product 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Frank Emerson (Live Music) Veteran acoustic guitarist/singer based in Southwest Va. playing Celtic ballads, folk and pop (covers/originals) -8 p.m. Loco’s Deli & Pub (Downtown) Scott Baston w/David Blackman (Live Music) High-energy, soulful acoustic guitar rock from Macon with funk and classic rock influences (covers/originals) 10 p.m. Luther’s Rare & Well Done TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Frank Bright; Jeremy Davis & Equinox Jazz (Live Music) Solo pianist (jazz, standards); Hard-bop jazz combo led by a talented Louisiana-bred saxman Dec 7, 5 & 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Josh Wade (Live Music) Solo acoustic singer/songwriter (covers/originals) 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) Sullivan Street (Live Music) Acoustic guitar/vocals duo feat. Paul Rader and David Flannery (rock, pop & blues covers/ originals) 10 p.m. Moon River Brewing Co. TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Mulberry Inn The Champagne Jazz Trio (Live Music) 8 p.m. Murphy’s Law TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. One Hot Mama’s BBQ TBA (Live Music) 10:30 p.m. Planter’s Tavern TBA (Live Music) Piano Jazz -7 p.m. Pogy’s TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Quality Inn American Pride Karaoke (Karaoke) 8 p.m. The Quarter Sports Bar TBA (Live Music) Rock, Folk and Blues 10 p.m. Red Leg Saloon High Velocity (Live Music) Well-known regional southern and classic rock and modern country cover band with a wide repertoire Dec 7, 9 p.m. Dec 8, 9 p.m. Riders Lounge TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Savannah Blues TBA (Live Music) Local and regional blues and rock bands -10 p.m. TBA (Live Music) Blues, Rock and Jam bands - covers/originals 10 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Live Music) 8:30 p.m. Savannah Theatre “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play 8 p.m. “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play -8 p.m. 3 p.m. Scandals TBA (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Blues and Country cover bands 9:30 p.m. The Sentient Bean Julia Carroll, Amy Lashley, Corey Houlihan, ?????? (Live Music) Anchored by the selfproclaimed “HardFolk” acoustic guitarist/singer Carroll, this collaborative show blends songwriting, spoken word (Houlihan), and even a bit of hip-hop. ALL-AGES 8 p.m. Spanky’s Karaoke (9 p.m.) (Karaoke) Steamer’s TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Blues, Rock, Pop & Country covers/originals 9 p.m. Stingray’s Eddie Mercer (Live Music) Acoustic guitar-based covers/originals 7 p.m. Stogie’s DJ Paynt & DJ Mself (DJ) Tantra Lounge A Nickel Bag of Funk; Live DJ (Live Music) Popular female-fronted funk, soul and R & B act (covers/ originals); Live DJ starts after the band’s set Dec 7, 9 p.m. & 1 a.m. Tubby’s Tank House TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Rock, Country, Pop & Blues covers/originals 6 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) TBA (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Country and Blues covers/originals 6 p.m. Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Pop, Rock, Country, Soul & Bluegrass covers/originals 7 p.m. Venus De Milo Live DJ (DJ) Vic’s on The River TBA (Live Music) Jazz & Blues - covers/ originals 7 p.m.

The Warehouse Bottles & Cans (Live Music) Hopped-up delta blooze and swinging garage rock (covers/originals) 8 p.m. Wasabi’s DJ Frankie -C Spins Hip-hop an Electric Fusion (8 p.m.) (DJ) Ways Station Tavern Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church First Friday for Folk Music (Live Music) Monthly coffeehouse-style acoustic music showcase featuring local, regional and national artists. Smoke & alcohol free, family environment. Free w/suggested $2 donation to the Savannah Folk Music Society. 7:30 p.m. Wet Willie’s Live DJ (DJ) 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Zach Deputy (Live Music) S.C. artist playing funky calypso and reggae-influenced acoustic guitar rock 10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Hilton Head) TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Yong’s Country Club (formerly the Music Box) TBA (Live Music)


American Legion, Post 135 Annual Christmas Dance with Night Rhythms (Live Music) Sponsored by the Post’s Ladies Auxiliary. Night Rhythms play well-known older rock, country and pop hits. Light hors d’oeuvres provided. Cash bar 8 p.m. The Apex TBA (Live Music) B & B Ale House “Less Than Zero” (DJ) DJs David Rapp & special Guest Trauma spin Detroit and Berlin acid, breakbeats and old-school electro 9 p.m. Bahama Bob’s (Pooler) TBA (Live Music) Rock and Pop covers/originals 9 p.m. The Bamboo Room TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Bayou Cafe Paul Rader (Live Music) Accomplished acoustic guitarist/vocalist playing rock/pop/blues (covers & originals) - solo set 8:30 p.m. Thomas Claxton (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/vocalist playing rock and pop (covers/ originals) 9 p.m. Benny’s Tybee Tavern Randy “Hatman” Smith (Live Music, Karaoke) Solo singer/guitarist who uses sequenced backing for “that full band sound” (popular beach, boogie, blues and Buffet covers) 9 p.m. Bernie’s on River Street Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Bogey’s TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. The Britannia British Pub TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Cafe Ambrosia TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Captain’s Lounge #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Chuck’s Bar #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) City Market TBA (Live Music) 2 p.m. Club One DJ Hancock (DJ) 10 p.m. Creekside Cafe TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Daquiri Island Karaoke (Karaoke) Dawg House Grill TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. DC2 Design DJ Kiah (DJ) 10 p.m. Deb’s Pub & Grub Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Dewey’s Dockside TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Doc’s Bar Roy & The Circuit Breakers (Live Music) Dos Primos TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Doubles Lounge “World Famous” DJ Sam Diamond (DJ) Driftaway Cafe TBA (Live Music) Blues, Rock, Country & Pop covers/originals 7 p.m. Fannie’s on the Beach Randy “Hatman” Smith (Live Music) Beach, Boogie & Blues from a solo guitarist “with the full band sound” 8 p.m. TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Fiddler’s Crab House The Eric Culberson Blues Band (Live Music) Accomplished electric blues power trio (Memphis and Chicago-style) that tours the East Coast and has released three acclaimed CDs 9:30 p.m. French Quarter Cafe TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Gayna’s Bar Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Gilley’s TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Glazer’s Pub TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Grapevine Gail Thurmond (Live Music) Piano & vocal jazz, country, Latin and standards by a veteran songwriter and recording artist who’s entertained Savannahians for more than a decade 6:30 p.m. Hercules Bar and Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Hyatt Regency TBA (Live Music) The Island Grill TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. The Jazz Corner Bob Masteller’s Multi-Jazz Quintet (Live Music) Swing era jazz and dance music Dec 7, 8 p.m. Dec 8, 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Eat Mo’ music (Live Music) Funky, hardrockin’ instrumental soul-jazz combo (trombone, wah guitar, bass and drums) 9 p.m.

Jen’s & Friends TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Pop, Rock, Country, Blues & Soul covers/originals 10 p.m. The Jinx American Gun (Live Music) Up-and-coming original roots-rock from Columbia, S.C. 11 p.m. Juarez Mexican Restaurant (Waters Ave.) Karaoke (Karaoke) Jukebox Bar & Grill TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Frank Emerson (Live Music) Veteran acoustic guitarist/singer based in Southwest Va. playing Celtic ballads, folk and pop (covers/originals) -8 p.m. Loco’s Deli & Pub (Downtown) TBA (Live Music) Lucas Theatre Savannah Danse Theatre’s “The Nutcracker in Savannah” (Other) Local production of this calssic holiday ballet w/cameos from area celebs and a live orchestra. Dec 8, 2 & 8 p.m. Dec 9, 2 p.m. Luther’s Rare & Well Done TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Eric Jones; The Jeff Beasley Band (Live Music) Solo pianist (jazz, standards); Electric blues, early rock & roll and roots-music led by a singing guitarist who doubles on percussion (covers/originals) Dec 8, 5 & 9 p.m. Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Mercury Lounge The One Too Many Band (Live Music) Bluegrass/folk/rockabilly feat. area standup bassist Dobby Simmons 10 p.m. Metro Coffee House Element Unseen (Live Music) Local original hard/modern rock trio with a strong early-’90s vibe. ALL-AGES 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Jude Michaels (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/cellist/vocalist who accompanies himself wiht an electronic looping station on popular covers & originals 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub (Richmond Hill) David Harbuck (Live Music) Veteran acoustic guitarist/vocalist playing rock/pop/blues (covers & originals) 8 p.m. Moon River Brewing Co. TBA (Live Music) Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop & Funk covers/originals 8 p.m. Mulberry Inn The Champagne Jazz Trio (Live Music) 8 p.m. Notre Dame Academy Old-Time Country Dance (Live Music) Contra, squares and couples dancing with live music by the Glow in the Dark String Band. Beginners and singles are welcome 7:45 p.m. One Hot Mama’s BBQ TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Panini’s Cafe TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Paradiso at Il Pasticcio DJ Matthew Gilbert & DJ Kwaku (DJ) House Music 11:30 p.m. Planter’s Tavern TBA (Live Music) Piano Jazz -7 p.m. Pogy’s TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Quality Inn American Pride Karaoke (Karaoke) 8 p.m. The Quarter Sports Bar TBA (Live Music) Rock, Folk and Blues 10 p.m. Randy Wood’s Concert Hall The Bluegrass Alliance (Live Music) The newest incarnation of a fabled acoustic group that has been at the forefront of progressive bluegrass music for 30 years. ALL-AGES. 7:30 p.m. Red Leg Saloon High Velocity (Live Music) Well-known regional southern and classic rock and modern country cover band with a wide repertoire Dec 7, 9 p.m. Dec 8, 9 p.m. TBA (Live Music) Rock, Blues & Country bands covers/originals 9 p.m. Roundhouse Railroad Museum Family Film Event: POLAR EXPRESS (Other) Special event at this historic railroad museum, featuring an actual steam engine train, children’s book fair, cookies, hot chocolate, face painting and a screening of this popular animated film 9 a.m. Savannah Blues TBA (Live Music) Blues, Rock & Jam bands - covers/originals 10 p.m. TBA (Live Music) Local and regional blues and rock bands -10 p.m. Savannah Jazz & Blues Bistro (Bluffton) TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Savannah Theatre “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play -8 p.m. 3 p.m. Scandals TBA (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Blues and Country cover bands 9:30 p.m. The Sea Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Shamrock’s Irish Pub TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Spanky’s TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Steamer’s TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Stingray’s Eddie Mercer (Live Music) Acoustic guitar-based covers/originals 7 p.m. Stogie’s DJ Aushee Knights (DJ) House Music & ‘80s hits 10 p.m.

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Tantra Lounge Tradewinds; Live DJ (Live Music) Local cover sextet playing popular, dance-oriented soul, R & B and classic rock faves; Live Dj starts when the band’s set ends Dec 8, 9 p.m. & 1 a.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Venus De Milo DJ Maytag (DJ) 10 p.m. VFW Club (Hinesville) TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Vic’s on The River TBA (Live Music) Jazz & Blues - covers/ originals 7 p.m. The Warehouse The Train Wrecks (Live Music) Rollicking Americana and roots-a-billy (covers/originals) 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Bluffton) The Brooks Wood Band (Live Music) Polished, radio-friendly modern rock/pop 10 p.m. TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Hilton Head) TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. The Wind Rose Cafe TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Yong’s Country Club (formerly the Music Box) TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m.




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Bayou Cafe Chief (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues and Country covers -9 p.m. Blueberry Hill Karaoke (Karaoke) The Boathouse The Eric Culberson Blues Band (Live Music) Internationally-known electric blues trio led by an ace guitarist/singer 6 p.m. Doubles Lounge Live DJ (DJ) Beach Music Driftaway Cafe TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Fiddler’s Crab House Jason Courtenay & Tim Burke (Live Music) Southern rock, pop and country duo of acoustic guitar and bass (covers/originals) 9:30 p.m. The Grill Beachside TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. The Jazz Corner The Howard Paul Group (Live Music) Esteemed 7-string guitarist’s jazz outfit, with special guest John Brackett on vocals and piano 8 p.m. The Jinx DJ KZL’s Kaleidoscope (DJ) wild mash-up of garage rock, vintage soul, punk, psychedelic, modern electro, glam and psychedelia spun by Superhorse frontman Keith Kozel (10 pm) Kevin Barry’s Danny Quinn (Live Music) Singing acoustic guitarist playing Celtic ballads, folk and pop (covers/ originals) King’s Inn Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Murphy’s Law Open Mic Night (Live Music) 7:30 p.m. Savannah Actor’s Theatre “The PBR Show” (Other) Live, weekly, old-fashioned “Radio Drama” w/music, sound effects and improvisation 8 p.m. Savannah Blues TBA (Live Music) Local and regional blues and rock bands -10 p.m. Scandals DJ Marty Corley (Karaoke) 9:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church I Cantori’s 17th Annual Christmas Concert (Live Music) Christmas songs and carols from around the world - accompanied by organist Stephen Branyon and assorted Spanish instruments. 7:30 p.m. Tantra Lounge DJ In Coma (DJ) 10:30 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Hilton Head) TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m.

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A.J.’s Dockside Joey Manning (Live Music) Singing keyboardist/guitarist offering popular hits 7 p.m. Aqua Star Restaurant (Westin Harbor Hotel) Ben Tucker & Bob Alberti (Live Music) Veteran Jazz Duo (piano & bass) playing standards 11:30 a.m. Bahama Bob’s (Pooler) Karaoke (Karaoke) Belford’s TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Benny’s Tybee Tavern Roy & the Circuit Breakers (Live Music) Solo singer/guitarist with sequenced backing playing pop/rock/soul/beach hits and originals 5 p.m. Bernie’s (Tybee) Karaoke w/DJ Levis (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Captain’s Lounge #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Daquiri Island Karaoke (Karaoke) Dewey’s Dockside Roy & The Circuit Breakers (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Shag, Blues & Soul hits 5 p.m. Doc’s Bar TBA (Live Music) Beach, Shag, Soul, Pop, Rock, Boogie, Country & Blues Doubles Lounge “World Famous” DJ Sam Diamond (DJ) Driftaway Cafe TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Rock, Pop, Country, Blues & Soul covers El Potro Mexican Restaurant Karaoke w/Michael (Karaoke) 9 p.m. The Flying Fish Barry Johnson (Live Music) Acoustic Rock, Country, Blues & Pop covers 6 p.m. The Island Grill TBA (Live Music) 5 p.m. The Jazz Corner Deas’ Guys (Live Music) Uptempo R & B cover band 6 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jeff Beasley (Live Music) Rootsy Blues, early Rock & Roll and funky R & B (originals/covers) 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Frank Emerson (Live Music) Veteran acoustic guitarist/singer based in Southwest Va. playing Celtic ballads, folk and pop (covers/originals) -8 p.m. Lucas Theatre Savannah Danse Theatre’s “The Nutcracker in Savannah” (Other) Local production of this calssic holiday ballet w/cameos from area celebs and a live orchestra. Dec 8, 2 & 8 p.m. Dec 9, 2 p.m. Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill Mary Davis & Co. (Live Music) Acoustic combo (w/female vocals) playing pop, rock, soul and beach hits 4:30 p.m. TBA (Live Music) 7 p.m. Murphy’s Law Irish Pub Acoustic Session, Celtic Karaoke (Live Music) Traditional Celtic acoustic jam session for pros and amateurs alike, followed by Karaoke 7 & 9 p.m. One Hot Mama’s BBQ TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Planter’s Tavern TBA (Live Music) Piano Jazz -7 p.m. Red Leg Saloon Karaoke w/Frank Nelson (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Savannah Smiles “Piano-Palooza” (Live Music) Savannah Theatre “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play -8 p.m. 3 p.m. Sea Dawgs TBA (Live Music) 1 p.m. Slugger’s 5 Point Productions Karaoke (Karaoke) 10 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church I Cantori’s 17th Annual Christmas Concert (Live Music) Christmas songs and carols from around the world - accompanied by organist Stephen Branyon and assorted Spanish instruments. 6 p.m. Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Blues, Country, Rock, Bluegrass & Pop acts Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Savannah Sings the Season: A Multicultural Celebration of December Music & Tradition (Live Music) An event combining traditional music of Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Baha’i Faith - woven together by stryteller J’miah Nabawi in the persona of Sungura Mjanjah, the Clever Rabbit of Kenya, East Africa, who evolved in the South as Brer Rabbit. 3 p.m.

The Warehouse Thomas Claxton (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/singer playing Rock & Pop covers/originals 7:30 p.m. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church Ensemble Con Spirito presents: Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (Live Music) Local women’s sacred singing group performing a famed program written in 1942, along with Advent lessons and readings from The English Galaxy, read by members of the Savannah Children’s Choir 5:30 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe The Courtenay Brothers, Live Music TBA (Live Music) Popular Rock, Country & Pop covers and originals (acoustic) 1 & 10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Bluffton) TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Hilton Head) TBA (Live Music) 11 p.m.

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uncrumple out of bed and board the #14 bus to St. Joseph’s Hospital. White Christmas had been in town and after working as a stagehand for eight straight days of 15-hour shifts followed by a 22-hour workday 8 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, I’m in need. I’ve found that a terrific cure for most anything (including crumpledness) is food. Maybe that’s why several stagehands likened me to Homer Simpson. I go in the main hospital entrance, following the signs to the cafeteria, and step


into line. The man behind me smiles and starts a conversation. I’m thrilled, because I want to talk with doctors and nurses for my article. Only he isn’t a doctor. He’s St. Joseph’s friendly, smiling President and CEO Paul P. Hinchey. And before I even have a chance to identify myself, he offers how terrific the food and atmosphere is in the cafeteria. And he is so right. Short ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and bottled water are my choices. (Mr. Hinchey had ordered takeout so we didn’t have lunch

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iled crab also. And Elise, who works the cash register, says there’s often a line waiting for her to open at 6:30 a.m. So I’m thinking that if it’s that good, then maybe I should jump out of bed and head out for breakfast. Actually maybe I’ll just contact Armstrong’s Gentlemen’s Club and see if they’ll consider making me an honorary member. w

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together.) A great thing about my first adventure is that it mandates a second visit to get my story. I also get to go bowling when I found myself with a free afternoon on that first day. (I bowl a 123 and a 125. The bowling alley restaurant is closed, so that article will have to happen at a later date.) For visit number two I contact St. Joseph’s Public Relations Manager Betsy Yates. Betsy is terrific in making my second visit happen. This time Lee Futch comes with me to shoot photos, while I concentrate on two things Homer and I do best: talking and eating. And I’m actually getting pretty good at listening as well. Anne Hopkins is the interim director of dietary and food service until Darlene Laney starts in December (longtime director Bev Britt recently retired). I decide at Yates’s suggestion to come on cheese biscuit day, which happens every other Thursday. My first question is how, with what they’re charging, St. Joseph’s makes a profit on their cafeteria? According to Hopkins, “Our primary responsibility is to our patients and our staff. Or philosophy is that we want every employee to be able to afford to eat here.” But the local community has “recognized that our department is a great place to get a good meal,” she continues. “We have people that come every day to eat and socialize”. One group of patrons is the Gentlemen’s Club, a jovial group of “Hawaiian-shirt-on Friday” science professors from Armstrong. I dine with members Brent Feske, Scott Mateer and Brett Larson. They eat at St. Joseph’s three or four times a week. So well-known is their patronage that on Halloween some of their colleagues costumed in Hawaiian shirts and carried St. Joseph’s cups in homage. Hopkins sits us with R.N. Diane Hinely, Clinical Co-coordinator Judith Braun and Clinical Nurse Specialist Sherry Warnock, who all agree that it’s the combination of affordable, well-seasoned, well-prepared food and friendly environment that makes the cafeteria popular: “The people who are preparing your food are very proud of what they do. They’re always friendly, always trying to do everything they can to make your lunch as nice as possible,” she says. The ladies, who work 12 hour or longer days, often eat two meals

Peggy says they use as much as 600 pounds of crab meat a day! Rene makes 45 to 50 pounds of macaroni and cheese daily. And every day it sells out. I ask what makes it so good, and she answers, “A lotta love” - just as Peggy had when I asked about her deviled crab. I’ll have to go back -- I was having so much fun that I forgot to get a cheese biscuit! Actually, I have to go back for the dev-

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Nutcracker by the numbers

A closer look at Savannah Danse Theatre’s production this weekend at the Lucas Theatre


he Savannah Danse Theatre (SDT) and the Savannah Danse Theatre Orchestra perform their annual locally-themed version of the classic ballet The Nutcracker this Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre. We talked with SDT Director Suzanne Braddy about how the math breaks down for this year’s Nutcracker in Savannah, which sets the ballet in Victorian era Savannah and puts much local lore and history into the storyline. The accompanying photos are of last year’s SDT production.


— Total number of cast members in this year’s The Nutcracker in Savannah


— Number of musicians in the Savannah Danse Theatre Orchestra (Terry Moore, Concertmaster)




— Number of special appearances (Stratton & Mary Leopold play —what else? — owners of Leopold’s Ice Cream in all performances, and Jamie and Bobby Deen appear in both matinees)

— Number of area schoolchildren who’ll see each of two special school performances Thursday and Friday morning


— Number of prop ‘ice cream cones’ in the Leopold scene

— Number of conductors (Mary Woodmansee-Green, who also conducts of the Hilton Head Orchestra)



— Number of scenes in The Nutcracker, in two acts

— Number of singers in the St. John’s Girls and Boys Choir, which sings during the ‘Snow’ scene (Brian J. Taylor, Choirmaster)


— Number of pas de deux (‘steps for two’) in The Nutcracker

At least 64

— Number of rehearsal hours for each member of the Savannah Danse Theatre company, who dance the principal roles

At least 7

— Number of lifts in the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ pas de deux

9 - Number of ‘Savannah Crackerjacks’

baseball players in the Mother Ginger scene


— Number of soldiers in the big battle scene

At least 32

— Number of rehearsal hours for each member of the Nutcracker cast


— Number of combined rehearsals of dancers and orchestra (musicians and dancers spend weeks learning their parts separately beforehand)

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Starland will be open late Friday, Dec. 7 to celebrate First Friday. The following galleries will be holding opening receptions from 7-10 p.m.: eGarrett Gallery, 2408 Desoto Ave., will present a retrospective exhibit by art therapist Bobi Perry; Maldoror’s Frame Shop, 2418 Desoto Ave.. will feature its European Collection, handcolored polaroid image transfers depicting the travels of Col. Dan Riggs in 1950’s Europe; TruSpace Gallery, 2423 Desoto Ave., will present “Important Pieces,” a juried exhibition of personal work and favorite projects from 10 local photographers; Starland Cafe Gallery, 11 E 41st St., will feature “Ancient Skies, Our Mystical Past” by Veronika K. Varner; and Bucci Beads, 9 W 40th St., is showcasing photos by Sunny Langkammerer and paintings by Jami Stone. Through Dec. 7.

‘Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius’ — Through Jan. 6 at the Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 York St.

Andrea Bruno: Paintings on Glass — Gallery 440 welcomes new artist Andrea Bruno and her striking works on glass. Ongoing Fifth Anniversary Show with new paintings by owner Fran Thomas and ceramic sculpture by Barbara Duch. Through Dec. 14. Gallery 440, 440 Bull St.

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temporary artists of the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y., including Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner. Through Jan. 13 at Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 York St.

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Indigo Sky Holiday Exhibition — This benefit exhibition to mark the renovated Indigo Sky Community Gallery at 915 Waters Ave. features work by Asa Chibas, Anissa Manzo, Jerome Meadows, Kathleen Thomas, Debra Zumstein, and more. Through Dec. 16. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave.

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uses painting and mixed media to explore the mythology of creation through playful animal imagery while Evans uses charcoal drawings to examine the gritty character of vacant bars. “Recent Works” will be on display Dec. 6-20 at the B. Matthews Gallery Space, 325 East Bay Street. Opening reception: Thursday, December 6, 7-10 p.m.

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The artists of the month at Gallery 209 are painter Kathy Miller and clay artist Betty Melaver. Gallery 209, 209 E River St.

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David Sedaris really has a pair Savannah Actors Theatre presents two holidaythemed plays by the humorist


hil Keeling got a very special birthday gift on Oct. 10. Keeling is a big fan of humorist David Sedaris, and on his birthday, he not only got to see Sedaris perform in Savannah, he also got to meet him. Now Keeling is directing two Sedaris one-person shows, both based on his essays, for the Savannah Actor’s Theatre. In The SantaLand Diaries, we meet a man who works at Macy’s as one of Santa’s elves. Season’s Greetings is about a woman who shares her non-traditional Christmas newsletter with family and friends. Stephen Cyr portrays the elf, while Valerie Lavelle portrays the newsletter writer. “It’s kind of a large, very staged reading,” Keeling says. “The actors have their scripts onstage, but they are costumed and there is somewhat of a set up. “Both plays are manic, kind of fun pieces,” Keeling says. “It’s the kind of thing people will want to see when they’re all stressed out from the holiday season and have heard Little Drummer Boy a thousand times.” The plays are a departure from most theatrical productions, Keeling says. “There are big, sappy musicals and dark existential pieces that are intelligent and well-written but have you saying, ‘What the hell was that?’ at the end,” he says. “These plays are fun and silly and I think people will come in for a good time.” In The SantaLand Diaries, the character is a man in his 30s. “It’s during the recession, and he meets people who used to be stockbrokers, lawyers, and are now working as elves, but are trying to be jolly,” Keeling says.

“It’s very funny, but at the same time, it can be sad.” That’s part of Sedaris’s style, to show the bad as well as the good. Seeing Sedaris on his birthday was a real treat for Keeling, who teaches English at Jenkins. “I teach high school and it’s a really rough job,” he says. “He came out and did an incredible reading. I got to meet him after, and he signed some of my books.” Cyr and Keeling became friends during the production of Looking for Ethiopia. “Stephen is a veteran of Savannah Actor’s Theatre,” Keeling says. “He likes being funny and getting people in a good mood. If there’s anyone I would want to play a snarky elf, it would be Stephen.” Keeling says Lavelle is “one of the most talented character actresses I’ve ever met.” “She can play nutty women like no one I’ve ever seen,” Keeling says. “In this play, she plays a woman who’s obsessed with keeping up with the Joneses. She tells us about crazy things, but to her, they’re completely normal. She just blew me away.” Originally, SAT had planned to stage History of the Devil, and when that production fell through, Keeling decided to direct the Sedaris plays. “They’re 40 minutes each,” he says. “We had just three weeks to get it together and get it done. “Since we only have an actor for each show, I thought we should be able to put it on in time,” Keeling says. “We got the rights and sent away for the scripts.” Then a disaster worthy of a Sedaris essay struck -- the scripts never came. “If this were any other show, any other

person, I’d say, ‘We bought the rights, let’s just do it next year,’” Keeling says. “But David Sedaris has the gift of the gab and a style that is unbelievable. Anyone who has read his writing but never heard is completely missing out. Sedaris’s essays are meant to be read aloud.” w

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Masquers present Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour


of both worlds.” The Children’s Hour is quite a departure for Busbin, who has worked mostly with male actors in comedies. The cast of The Children’s Hour features 10 females in the cast and just two men. “I haven’t done drama since Wit,” she says. The Children’s Hour is most definitely a drama. “It follows two teachers who teach in a private school,” Busbin says. “They teach six to eight girls at a time. “One is a hateful child. She gets punished for faking a faint, and tells her grandmother that the two teachers are lovers. “That one tiny rumor ruins the two women’s lives,” Busbin says. “The whole point of the show is the power of words.” The teachers take the matter to court, and more lives are ruined along the way. “It’s amazing to know something so little could create something so big,” Busbin says. “The girl starts a rumor she doesn’t completely understand.” The topic of homosexuality seems somewhat unusual in a play written in 1934. “It was very controversial when it was produced because of the gay issue,” Busbin says. “But in this day and age, that’s not really the point any more. In fact, it wasn’t the point

The cast rehearses

when Lillian Hellman wrote it.” The staging of the play is rather unusual because the Masquers are at a temporary disadvantage. Renovations at Jenkins Theater, the troupe’s usual home, are under way, but work on their replacement space, the AASU Chinese Theater, isn’t completed. Instead of a theater, Busbin must stage the play in a classroom. As a result, the play is being done as theater in the round. “I had five hours to re-block the show,” she says. Busbin has chosen to update the story to present day. “I’m working with a talented

group of actors,” she says. “These actors can do it all.” w The Armstrong Atlantic State University Masquers will present The Children’s Hour Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in AASU Fine Arts Hall, Room 206. Tickets are $8 and will available at the door or in advance. Seating is limited, so for reservations call 927-5381 weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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n Dec. 8, Jamie Busbin will become the first directing major to graduate from the theater department at Armstrong Atlantic State University. For her final project at AASU, Busbin chose to direct Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. While she’s somewhat sad to be leaving AASU, Busbin says the theater department gave her the training that will guide her future. “I definitely found my niche here,” she says. “I came into directing only a year ago.” One of the actors in the production believes Busbin has the talent to be a good director. “I’ve worked with Jamie once before,” Gail Byrd says. “She has phenomenal vision as a director. “She has skills in casting,” Byrd says. “She has a wonderful ability to see the whole picture, and that’s one of the reasons people should come and see this show.” Busbin directed her first show, Wit, for Memorial Health. Then she did The Odd Couple in Statesboro, and Arsenic and Old Lace for AASU. “I got hooked on directing,” she says. “I enjoy acting,” Busbin says. “I’ve really loved ti since high school. But I enjoy communicating with actors, and I love breaking things down. With directing, I get the best

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It wasn’t necessary to be a Beatles fan to enjoy Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, and it’s not required to be a Bob Dylan devotee to appreciate I’m Not There. Of course, some familiarity with the life and times (and personas) of the former Robert Zimmerman can’t hurt, but equally integral to one’s appreciation of Todd Haynes’ latest film is a willingness to allow the standard screen biopic to push through all the sides of that ever-confining envelope. Having said that, it also should be noted that Haynes (whose Douglas Sirk homage Far From Heaven was the best film of 2002) and co-writer Oren Moverman have crafted a motion picture that’s as infuriating as it is inventive, hindered by a strain of affectation (some would say pretentiousness) that turns entire sections into a tough slog. Given Dylan’s status as a musical giant, it’s not surprising that Haynes hired six different performers to play him. Or, rather, six different performers play variations of him (none are named Bob Dylan), each representing the man at different stages in his life. We first meet him as the self-named Woody Guthrie (Marcus Carl Franklin), a black boy who rides the rails in 1959, reaching back into American’s recent past for his material. We also see Dylan incarnated as Greenwich Village mainstay Jack (Christian Bale), unhappily married actor Robbie (Heath Ledger), Old West cowboy Billy (Richard Gere), poet Arthur Rimbaud (Ben Whishaw), and folk-rock revolutionary Jude Quinn (Cate Blanchett, achieving high scores in both appearance and attitude). Like Taymor, Haynes pays tribute not only to his subject (some scenes include lyrics like “Just like a woman” spoken as dialogue) but to music’s relationship with cinema: Don’t Look Back and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid are referenced, of course, but so is A Hard Day’s Night (with Blanchett’s Jude playfully wrestling in the grass with The Beatles). But while Haynes admirably doesn’t pretend to “know” the real Bob Dylan, neither does his movie suggest any possible insights, preferring to merely offer clever riffs on the icon’s established reputation. A second showing would doubtless reveal more of Haynes’ intentions, but a solitary viewing leaves too much blowin’ in the wind.

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The Mist marks writer-director Frank Darabont’s third adaptation of a Stephen King property, and because he’s not shooting for Oscar gold this time around (the previous titles were the reasonably enjoyable but grotesquely overrated pair, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile), he’s able to ease up on the pedal of self-importance and deliver an old-fashioned “B”- style genre flick. But even here, Darabont hasn’t com-

pletely abandoned his high-minded ideas, meaning that The Mist manages to offer some accurate evaluations of human nature in between all the expected bloodletting. Owing a nod or two in the direction of John Carpenter’s The Fog, this concerns itself with a group of people who, in the aftermath of a horrific storm, are gathered at the local supermarket stocking up on emergency rations when a mysterious mist envelops the entire area. It soon becomes clear that something evil resides in the fog — oh, about the

time that a bag boy gets shredded by a monstrous tentacle beyond anything witnessed in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea — and the shoppers wisely decide that they should remain indoors rather than venture out into the parking lot. It’s here that Darabont’s script (adapted from King’s short story) reveals its cynical roots, as Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a religious zealot certain that the creatures outside are God’s final solution in response to humankind’s litany of sins, converts many of the frightened sur-


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vivors to her mode of thinking, a dangerous path that eventually leads to a Jim Jones-like environment and at least one human sacrifice. Religious nutjobs are usually tiresome (and rather benign) characters brought in to add some superficial tension, but propelled by Harden’s scary performance, Mrs. Carmody is a genuine threat, and she validates Darabont’s contention that times of crisis are as likely to turn people against each other as they are to unite them against a common enemy. Darabont’s pessimism extends to other areas of the script, to favorable (i.e. less predictable) advantage: It’s not always easy to figure out who will survive and who won’t, and the ending (altered from King’s original) will keep audience members’ tongues wagging as they exit into the parking lot — one, I hasten to add, hopefully not blanketed by a similarly impenetrable mist.

If the Hasbro toy company elects to issue an updated version of its popular board game Clue, it can dispense with Colonel Mustard in the billiard room with the lead pipe as one of the murder scenarios. Readily available to replace it is Mr. Magorium in the wonder emporium with the gag reflex. Suffering from a fatal attack of the “cutes,” this family-aimed fizzle marks the directorial debut of Zach Helm, who caught everyone’s attention last year with his innovative script for Stranger Than Fiction. Helm’s screenplay here, though, is as lackadaisical as his previous one was inspired, with Dustin Hoffman cast as a kindly 243-yearold man who decides it’s time for him to graciously leave this earth (his reason being that he’s down to his last pair of comfortable shoes). He hopes to leave his magical toy store in the care of his assistant Mahoney (Natalie Portman), but she doesn’t think she can handle the responsibility, even with the shop’s workaholic accountant (Jason Bateman) and its best customer, a lonely little boy (Zach Mills) with a penchant for hats, around to assist her. The G-rated film combines Peter Pan’s message — the whole “Clap your hands if you believe in magic” spiel — with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’s stuffed-to-the-gills set design, but with no real dramatic tension (where’s Kevin Spacey as an obvious villain when you really need him?) and a visually drab shop that remains cluttered rather than captivating, the end result is a bland confection that features an atypically bad Portman performance. And, perhaps most critically, with no playthings on the order of Buzz or Woody to enliven events, this proves to be one toy story that’s easy to skip.

No Country for Old Men


The Coen Brothers have always been known for the ease with which they’ve jumped from genre to genre — screwball comedy with Raising Arizona, gangster saga with Miller’s Crossing, neo-film noir with Blood Simple, etc. — but with their superb

new picture, No Country for Old Men, they hoping to save Moss and stop Chigurh. As seem to be tapping from various wells at we’ve come to expect from a Coens feature, once. Certainly, their adaptation of Cormac interesting players can be found around McCarthy’s novel smacks of a contempoevery corner — there’s also Moss’ baby-faced rary Western through its wide-open settings wife (Kelly MacDonald), kept in the dark by and signals a crime thriller via its “law and a husband whose increasingly frantic behavdisorder” plotline. But may I add the classiior threatens to put both of them at risk, and fication of monster movie to the mix? That Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson), a jocumight seem like a stretch, but as I watched lar bounty hunter who functions as a walkJavier Bardem’s seemingly unstoppable ing encyclopedia when it comes to detailing Anton Chigurh shuffle his way through the Chigurh’s crimes. All of the performances picture, killing left and are exceptional, yet right without remorse, this is clearly Bardem’s I realized that it’s been picture. So magnetic a looong time since I’ve and full of life in his seen such an unsettling Oscar-nominated turn CARMIKE 10 creature on the screen. in Before Night Falls, Chigurh is just one of he takes the opposite 511 Stephenson Ave. • 353-8683 the several fascinating stance here, portraying Awake, Enchanted, This characters occupying Chigurh as an emotionChristmas, August Rush, Beowulf, screen time in a delirially withdrawn individMr. Magorium, American ous drama that in its ual whose only defining Gangster, Bee Movie finest moments echoes trait (outside of his such classics as Psycho, imaginative choice of REGAL EISENHOWER Touch of Evil and weapon) is the whimsiChinatown, not only cal manner in which he 1100 Eisenhower Dr. • 352-3533 in its intricate and unallows a potential vicHitman, Mist, Fred Claus, No predictable plot structim the opportunity a Country for Old Men, Bella, Dan ture but also in its look coin toss to decide their in Real Life at an immoral world fate. in which chance and REGAL SAVANNAH 10 Beowulf fate battle for the upper 1132 Shawnee St. • 927-7700 hand and in which evil is as tangible a presence Awake, August Rush, Enchanted, Director Robert as sticks and stones. This Christmas, Mr. Magorium, Zemeckis, whose 2004 Chigurh, who finds it Lions for Lambs, American The Polar Express felt easier to murder an inGangster, Bee Movie, Gone Baby like an animated feanocent bystander than ture that had been emGone to crack a smile, is debalmed, again employs scribed by another the “performance capVICTORY SQUARE 9 character as operatture” technique (or 1901 E. Victory • 355-5000 ing by his own set of “digitally enhanced principles, and only in Hitman, This Christmas, Bee live-action,” per the a topsy-turvy world Movie, Enchanted, Beowulf, Mr. press notes) with far could a fiend such Magorium, American Gangster, greater success, overas this be described Fred Claus, Mist, Awake laying real actors with a as principled — and, cartoon sheen and placmore disturbingly, posing them in the middle WYNNSONG 11 sibly even deserve the of a CGI landscape. In 1150 Shawnee St. • 920-1227 designation. Chigurh 2D, which is how the spends the film, set in Hitman, Mist, Beowulf, Fred film is being shown in 1980 Texas, on the trail Claus, No Country for Old Men, most theaters nationof Llewelyn Moss (Josh Dan in Real Life, Bella, Why Did I ally, this runs the risk Brolin), a cowboy who Get Married of looking as soulless as stumbles upon the afmany other CGI works, termath of a drug deal but in 3D (presented Movie times: gone wrong in the desonly at select venues), ert (lots of guns, lots it results in a positively of spilled blood, lots astonishing experiof corpses) and walks ence. Tossed coins roll away from the scene with a satchel containdirectly toward the camera, spears poke diing $2 million in cash. But a sum that large rectly out at audience members, and even an isn’t about to be written off by the crime animated Angelina Jolie’s, umm, assets seem bosses, and so here comes Chigurh (working more pronounced than usual. Based on the for an outfit independent from the Mexican ancient poem, a staple of most school curdealers) to take care of business. The catriculums, the script by fantasy author Neil and-mouse chase between Chigurh and Gaiman and Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Moss is enough to propel any standard narAvary doesn’t always match the movie’s virative, yet tossed into the mix is Ed Tom Bell sual splendor (burp and piss scenes show (Tommy Lee Jones), a weary sheriff who, that the makers are clearly hoping to atbaffled and deflated by the wickedness that tract the fanboy crowd), but their modificahas come to define his country, nevertheless continued on page 34 trudges from crime scene to crime scene,

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tions to the ancient text are more often than not respectful. After the gruesome monster Grendel (voiced, or, more accurately, snarled by Crispin Glover) wreaks havoc on the castle of King Hrothgar (Anthony Hopkins) and his followers, the heroic (and boastful) Beowulf (Ray Winstone) arrives to save the day. Yet he finds himself not only having to confront Grendel but also the misshapen creature’s mother (Jolie), envisioned here as a seductress with the power to lead any noble warrior astray.

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It’s a nice touch having Julie Andrews serve as (unseen) narrator for the bookend sequences in Walt Disney’s Enchanted. Andrews, of course, played the title nanny in the studio’s Mary Poppins, which contains the famous phrase “practically perfect in every way.” And I can’t think of any better way to describe Amy Adams’ performance as Giselle, the animated damsel who doesn’t long to be a real girl but becomes one anyway. Enchanted begins in the style of the classic Disney toon flicks of yore, with the beautiful Giselle, at one with nature and its furry inhabitants, longing for “true love’s kiss” from the lips of a handsome prince. She gets her wish when she meets Prince Edward, but his scheming stepmother Queen Narissa, not wanting to relinquish the throne, banishes Giselle to a faraway land, which, it turns out, is our own New York City. Now flesh and blood, Giselle turns to a stranger, a buttoned-up divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey), to help her survive in this bewildering city; meanwhile, others arrive in the Big Apple in pursuit of Giselle, including Edward (James Marsden) and the evil Queen (Susan Sarandon).

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There’s no denying that the movie, which often plays like Oliver Twist as conceived by the dance troupe Stomp, is sweet and heartfelt and full of passion. But there’s also no denying that it’s clunky, haphazard and not especially well-written or efficiently directed. If you’ve seen the trailer, which seems to go out of its way to reveal every important scene (even the climax), then you already know that August Rush is the story of Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore), an orphan whose parents — a cellist (Keri Russell) and a guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) — don’t even know he exists (Mom was told by her controlling father that he died during childbirth). But young Evan is determined to find his parents, and he believes that through music they can be reunited; i.e. that they’ll be able to magically hear him and locate him. Thus, he escapes from the orphanage, making his way to New York City and falling in with a band of street kids working for a Fagin-like musician-promoter (Robin Williams). That Williams’ character turns out to be a controlling bully is one of the picture’s few surprises; everything else falls neatly into place, thanks to a script that needs about 128 coincidences to retain its forward momentum.

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Unfortunately, Bee Movie is the same nondescript toon tale we’ve pretty much come to expect from any animated outlet not named Pixar. In this one, it’s Jerry Seinfeld contributing the vocals to the central character, a bee (named Barry) who, not content to work inside the hive until the day he dies, opts instead to see what’s going on in the world outside. He finds a New York City full of sound and fury, but also one that contains a sweet florist named Vanessa (Renee Zellweger). Breaking the long-standing rule that bees must never talk to humans, Barry makes contact with Vanessa, and the two strike up an unorthodox friendship (although Barry’s constant ogling of Vanessa makes it clear that she stirs strange sensations in his stinger).

American Gangster


For all its familiar trappings, director Ridley Scott and writer Steven Zaillian invest their tale with plenty of verve, even if they frequently soft-pedal the deeds of their real-life protagonist. Denzel Washington has been charged with bringing Frank Lucas to the screen, and, as expected, he turns the Harlem kingpin into a magnetic menace, a self-starter who, after serving as an apprentice to bigwig Bumpy Johnson (Clarence Williams III) throughout the 1960s, becomes a millionaire by eliminating the middle man in the drug trade, thereby infuriating the Italians who are used to being at the apex of this particular food chain. Perhaps sensing that Lucas’ fine qualities might likely overshadow the fact that he’s selling death to his own people (only one sequence hammers home the horrors brought about by Lucas’ exploits), Scott and Zaillian offer up a standard movie hero in Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), the honest cop tasked with busting open the New York/ Jersey drug racket. Roberts could have come across as a cardboard saint, but thanks to Crowe’s deft underplaying, he’s an interesting figure and strikes a nice counterbalance to the more dynamic Frank Lucas. While it never achieves the epic grandeur of, say, The Godfather, it manages to pump a measure of respect back into a genre that thrives on it.

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This is a warm and fuzzy tale of a popular newspaper writer (Steve Carell) whose column, “Dan In Real Life,” offers practical advice that he can’t seem to apply to his own life. A widower with three daughters, Dan travels to Rhode Island for the annual family get-together with his parents (Dianne Wiest and John Mahoney), his siblings and their significant others. He falls for Marie (Juliette Binoche), a Frenchwoman he meets in a book store, only to be devastated when he learns that she’s the present girlfriend of his brother Mitch (Dane Cook). w

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Artisans Cooperative Holiday Cards The Union Mission’s Artisans Cooperative is selling holiday cards for $2 each, 10 for $18 and, if you buy 40 or more, 90 cents each. Visit, or send email to or growing. Through Jan. 1, 2008. Feral Cat Program Needs Supplies The Milton Project is seeking supplies, including small spice containers (plastic only), medium-sized gloves, batteries and flashlights with hook-on belt loops, hand-held can openers, puppy training pads, canned tuna and mackeral, KFC coupons specifically for chicken-only buckets, bath sheets and beach towels, blankets and buckets to hold supplies for trappers. Contact Sherry Montgomery at 351-4151 or Ongoing. Home and Heart Warming Program The United Way of the Coastal Empire is taking applications for this Atlanta Gas Light Co. program. United Way was given a grant to be used to help low-income homeowners with free repair or replacement of gas appliances, such as hot water heaters, furnaces, space heaters and stoves. Qualified customers also can apply for free weatherization of their homes. The program is open to residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty and Glynn counties. Call 651-7730. Ongoing. I Sold It on eBay for Coastal Pet Rescue I Sold It on eBay is accepting items on behalf of Coastal Pet Rescue. Donors may bring any item valued at more than $40 to the I Sold It On eBay store located next to TJ Maxx in Savannah Centre. The item will be listed and proceeds will go directly to Coastal Pet Rescue. Call 351-4151 or 3537633 or visit or Ongoing. Looking for 35mm Analog Cameras A non-profit that teaches photography to atrisk yout is seeking donations of old 35mm Analog SLR cameras, darkroom equipment, other camera equipment and black and white film. Call Anthony Faris at 224-8296. Ongoing. Recycle, Reduce and Reuse for Coastal Pet Rescue Coastal Pet Rescue is asking area businesses to collect ink and toner cartridges at their offices. This fund-raiser will help with regular vet care for rescued pets. Contact Becky Soprych at 351-4151 or becky@coastalpe-

Free events or services: If your event or service is free of charge, we will in turn list it at no charge. to arrange for cartridge pickup. Ongoing. Ronald McDonald House An open house will be held at the Ronald McDonald House, the home away from home for families of hospitalized children, every second and fourth Monday from 4-5 p.m. through Dec. 24. Take a tour, ask questions, have a bite to eat. The house is located at 4710 Waters Ave. on the campus of Memorial Hospital. Ongoing. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue. 912-356-5520. Tropical Storm Noel and Flood Benefit Savannah Learning Center is collecting donations of tents, medicine, canned food, milk, diapers, potable water, clothes, footwear, blanekts, towels, personal hygiene items, gas lamps, flashlights, batteries and so on for victims of Tropical Storm Noel in the Dominican Republic. Donations also are needed to help victims of the flood in Tabasco, Mexico. Call Araceli Harper at 272-4570 or Mercedes Espaillat at 927-7487. Ongoing. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

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AASU Masquers auditions The Masquers will hold auditions for two spring semester productions, “New Voices” and “The Imaginary Invalid,” on Dec. 10 and 11 at 6 p.m. in AASU Fine Arts Hall Rooms 132 and 134. Actors should prepare one or two short monologues and be ready for a cold reading. Call 927-5381 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Through Dec. 11. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. 912-927-5277. Home and Heart Warming Program The United Way of the Coastal Empire is taking applications for this Atlanta Gas Light Co. program. United Way was given a grant to be used to help low-income homeowners with free repair or replacement of gas appliances, such as hot water heaters, furnaces, space heaters and stoves. Qualified customers also can apply for free weatherization of their homes. The program is open to residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty and Glynn counties. Call 651-7730. The Most Extraordinary Person The co-hosts of a popular Swedish television program are coming to America, and they’re looking for extraordinary characters -- people with odd personalities, twisted hobbies or other quirks that make them wonderful, likeable, eccentric and special. Visit to watch a short presentation of the show. For info, email magnus.samuelsson@ Through Feb. 1, 2008.

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Savannah Actors Theatre auditions Non-Equity auditions for a February production of The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at their venue, 703D Louisville Rd. Five male roles (21+) and two female roles (18+) are available. One male and one female child are also needed. All roles will be compensated. Please prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue. Those interested in working technical positions on this production may also attend. The Pillowman will run Feb. 14-24. For more information or directions contact 232-6080 or mail@savannahactorstheatre. org.

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700 Kitchen Cooking School will offer hands-on educational/entertaining cooking classes at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. The cost of each class is $90 per person. Call 238-5158 or visit Ongoing. Beading Classes Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 9206659. Ongoing. Bead Dreamer Studio, 407 A East Montgomery Crossroads. 912-9206659. Brush with Clay Classes in Raku, brush work, relief work, surface decoration, figurative and more in clay with individual attention are offered at CarosArt Studio by professional artist/clay sculptor Carolyne Graham. Costs $100 for 6 classes, or $30 per class. Clay supplies are extra. Call 925-7393 to register. Ongoing. Construction Apprentice Program is a free 16-week training program for men and women interested in gaining construction skills for career level jobs in construction. Earn a technical certificate of credit with no cost for trainingk, books or tools. Provided through a collaboration of Chatham County, the Homebuilders Association of Savannah, Savannah Technical Eollege and Step Up Savannah’s Poverty Reduction Initiative. To apply, call Tara H. Sinclair at 604-9574. Ongoing. 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 Ongoing. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. 912-232-4447. www. continued on page 36

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Chatham County Democratic Party Second Mon. of every month. Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 109 W. Victory Dr. 912-790-8683. Chatham County Young Democrats is dedicated to getting young people ages 14 to 39 active in governmental affairs and to encourage their involvement at all levels of the Democratic party. Contact Rakhsheim Wright at 604-7319 or chathamcountyyds@ or visit Ongoing. Chatham County Young Republicans For information, visit or call Brad Morrison at 596-4810. Coastal Democrats Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or Ongoing. Drinking Liberally Promoting democracy one pint at a time -share politics while sharing a pitcher. This is an informal gathering of like-minded, leftleaners who may want to trade ideas, get more involved and just enjoy each other’s company. For information on times and location, visit or email Ongoing. Libertarian Party of Chatham County meets the first and third Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at Chinatown Buffet, 307 Highway 80 in Garden City. Purchase of a meal gets you in. Call 308-3934 or visit First and Third Thurs. of every month. Project Hot Seat Stop global warming with Greenpeace. Call 704-7472 for information. Ongoing. Savannah Area Republican Women meet the first Wednesday of every month at the Johnny Harris Restaurant Banquet Room on Victory Drive. The social starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $13 at the door. Make reservations by noon on the Monday preceding the meeting by calling 598-1883. First Wed. of every month. Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 East Victory Drive. 912-354-7810. www.johnnyharris. com/ Savannah Republican Club Meets every second Tuesday of the month. Call 927-7170. Second Tues. of every month. Skidaway Island Democrats Call Tom Oxnard at 598-4290 or send email to Ongoing. Wipe Out Wireless Waste Keep Savannah Beautiful and the City of Savannah Community Planning and Development Department are sponsoring a wireless recycling program. Citizens are urged to drop off their used wireless phones at the Community Planning and Development office, 2203 Abercorn St.

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Creating Sacred Space Combine feng shui concepts with techniques from other healing traditions in this class led by Barbara Harrison. It is a free class that will be held Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. Mini appointments on feng shui and other aspects of conscious design will be offered in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m. Call 961-0104 or Through Dec. 8. The Wisdom Center, Drayton and 40th streets. 236-3660. December Drawing, Painting and Clay Classes and open studio sessions are available at the Savannah Art and Clay School. Contact certified art teacher and clay sculptor Carolyne Graham at 925-7393 for times, prices and info. Through Dec. 31. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute 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. Ongoing. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute, 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Free Tax School Earn extra income after taking this course. Flexible schedules, convenient locations. The class is free but there is a small fee for books. Call 352-2862 or visit Ongoing. Georgia Center for Nonprofits will offer “Meeting Your Nonprofit’s Web Site Needs” on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 14 p.m. Visit or call 234-9688. The fee is $40 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Through Dec. 6. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St. 912-651-7700. Highest Praise School of the Arts of Overcoming by Faith is offering vocal, piano and dance classes that are open to anyone from Pre-K to adult. Visit or call 927-8601. Ongoing. 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. GED/adult literacy education is being offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. Ongoing. Intro to Sea Kayaking Savannah Canoe and Kayak offers an introductory class on sea kayaking every Saturday. The $95 cost includes kayak, gear and lunch. An intermediate class is available on Sundays. Reservations are required. Call 341-9502 or visit Ongoing. Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation A meditation period will be followed by instruction in the application of the foundations of Mindfulness practice to daily life. Beginner’s and experienced practitioners welcome. Ongoing weekly sessions held Monday from 6-7:30 p.m. at 313 E. Harris St. Call Cindy Beach, Buddhist nun, at 429-7265 or

Ongoing. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912-234-0980. Oatland Island Wildlife Center has a new name, but still offcers environmental education programs and weekend events. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Ongoing. Oatland Island Education Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 912898-3980. Painting and Spirituality Workshop is held every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Free and open to the public. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring whatever supplies you would like to use. Call 352-4400. Ongoing. Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue. 912-352-4400. www. 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. Ongoing. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center offers a variety of business classes. It is located at 801 E. Gwinnett St. Call 652-3582. Ongoing. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street. 912-652-3582. Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes Be bilingual. The center is located at 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Call 272-4579 or 308-3561. e-mail savannahlatina@yahoo. com or visit Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ongoing. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Sewing Lessons Fabrika at 140 Abercorn St. offers adult classes in: Beginner Sewing: Using a Pattern -- Skirt or Totebag; Intro to Kids’ Clothing; and Drafting Your Own Skirt or Totebag. Group classes start in September. Private lessons are available. Visit or call 236-1122. Ongoing. Fabrika, 140 Abercorn St. 912-236-1122. Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program This 12-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Mindy Saunders at 234-0525. Ongoing. The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street. 912-234-0525. Studio or Space by the Hour Space is available for coaches, teachers, instructors, trainers, therapists or organizations that require a studio or space by the hour. Contact Tony at 655-4591 for an appointment. Ongoing. The Art School Classes are offered throughout the school year for 6-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, teens and adults. The Art of Photography for ages 9-12 is a new offering this year. Tuition in-

cludes professional art supplies. Adult art classes are held Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Beginners are welcome. The Art School is located at 74 W. Montgomery Cross Rd., No. B-2. For information, call Lind Hollingsworth at 921-1151. Ongoing. The Art School, 74 W. Montgomery Cross Rd., No. B-2. 912-921-1151. Tompkins Class of ‘69 will sponsor a 7-day eastern Caribbean cruise for their 40th anniversary. The cruise will begin March 28, 2009 and return April 4, 2009. A booking fee of $150 per person is due by Dec. 21. For info about a payment plan, contact D.W. Travel Agency at 3521986. Through Dec. 21. Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers Beach Discovery and marsh walks. Aquarium hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Monday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children, ages 3016. Senior, military and AAA discounts are available. Call 786-5917 or visit Ongoing. Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1510 Strand. 912-786-5917. Volunteer 101 A 30-minute course that covers issues to help volunteers get started is held the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The first Thursday, the class is at Savannah State University, and the third Thursday, at United Way, 428 Bull St. Register by calling Summer at 651-7725 or visit www. Ongoing.

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AASU Sci-Fi Fantasy Club This is an official student club of Armstrong Atlantic State University that accepts nonstudents as associate members. It is devoted to the exploration and enjoyment of the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Activities include book discussions, movie screenings, role playing game sessions, board and card games, guest speakers, episode marathons and armor demonstrations. Provides guest speakers to educators upon request. Call Michael at 220-8129, send e-mail to or or visit http:// Ongoing. 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. Ongoing. Blackbeard’s Scuba Club The Blackbeard’s Scuba Club will meet Saturday, Dec. 8 for a meeting followed by the monthly Christmas party. Visit the forum section of for details and directions. Ongoing. Buccaneer Region SCCA is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit http:// Ongoing.

Chihuahua Club of Savannah A special little club for special little dogs and their owners meets one Saturday each month at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit ChiSavannah/. Ongoing. Civil Air Patrol is the civilian, volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and is involved in search and rescue, aerospace education and cadet programs. Meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for cadets (12-18 years old) and 7 p.m. for adult members at the former Savannah Airport terminal building off Dean Forest Road. Visit, send e-mail to, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 412-4410. Ongoing. Clean Coast meets monthly on the first Monday at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Check for event schedule. Ongoing. Jewish Education Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. 912-355-8111. Coastal MINIs is a group of local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Starbucks in the 12 Oaks Shopping Center on Abercorn St. to meet other MINI owners and go on motoring adventures together. Visit Ongoing. Code Pink is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Queenies To Go-Go, 1611 Habersham St. Contact mimi.thegoddessfactory@gmail. com or visit Ongoing. Queeny’s To Go Go, 1611 Habersham St. 912-447-5555. English Style Table Soccer Savannah Subbuteo Club. Call 667-7204 or visit Ongoing. Geechee Sailing Club meets the second Monday of the month (except for November) at 6:30 p.m. at Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr. in Thunderbolt. Open to all interested in boating and related activities. Call 234-1903 or visit www. Ongoing. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. 912-354-9040. Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA meets the second Thursday of every month from 5-7:30 p.m. at Tubby’s Restaurant. The cost is the price of the meal. Call 660-8257 for reservations. Ongoing. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. 912354-9040. 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. Ongoing. American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. 912-233-9277.

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37 its shape is hardly recognizable any more. Surely it had a shape once. It has a shape still in my mind. What is the shape of my life?” If these words resonate with you and you are a woman over 50, this group offers bonding, laughter, discussion and fun. Seating is limited. Call 236-8581 for info. Ongoing. 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 Ongoing. Books-A-Million, 8108 Abercorn St. 921-925-8112. 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. Ongoing. Spiva Law Group, 12020 Abercorn St. 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. Ongoing. Savannah Art Association meets the second Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Call 232-7731. Ongoing. 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. Ongoing. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. 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 Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt. The group holds raffles and trips and is looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 3735571 or send e-mail to KMDUST4@hotmail. continued on page 38

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A s bu r y M e m o r i a l U M C Presents:

Sunday, December 9th “Sprouts, Sparks, and Special Matters” Check out our web site: • Corner of Henry St. & Waters Ave. • 233-4351, parking lot in back of building.

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Low Country Turners This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Hank Weisman at 786-6953. Ongoing. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 184 in Thunderbolt. Call 786-4508. Ongoing. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. 912354-5515. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:15-11:30 am at First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Call 8988316 or 898-5086 or visit Ongoing. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd. 921-897-2142. 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 Ongoing. Philosophy Reading Group This group will focus on various philosophical themes and texts, culminating in facilitated discussions with an open exchange of ideas within a community of inquiry. Meeting locations will change to reflect the current issue. Contact Kristina at 407-443-1571 or Ongoing. PURE: Photographers Using Real Elements Join with other photographers and artists to celebrate the authentic photography processes of black and white film and paper development using chemicals in a darkroom. Help in the creation and promotion of Savannah’s first cooperative darkroom space to enhance the lives of working photographers and introduce the community to the magic of all classic photo chemical processes. Contact for next meeting time. Contact Kathleen Thomas at Ongoing. Revived Salon for Women Seeking Change In Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift of the Sea, she wrote, “How untidy my shell has become. Blurred with moss, knobby with barnacles,

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com or Dave Armstrong at Darmst0817@ or 925-4709. Ongoing. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. 912-354-9040. 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. Ongoing. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St. 912-355-1060. 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 Ongoing. 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 Ongoing. Savannah Kennel Club meets every fourth Monday of the month from September through May at 7:30 p.m. at Ryan’s restaurant on Stephenson Avenue. It is an education organization dedicated to

informing the public about current events in the world of dogs and those who love them.Those wishing to eat before the meeting are encouraged to arrive earlier. For details, visit Ongoing. 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. Ongoing. Savannah Parrot Head Club Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, buffet and no dress code. Check out for the events calendar or e-mail micki_ Ongoing. Savannah Scooter Gang Connecting local riders to swap tips, stories, parts, mods and secrets. No obligation other than networking, and possibly arranging a monthly weekend ride to take over the streets downtown. Show off your scoot and ride with pride -- put ‘em in a line and watch the stares. Contact Travis at or Ongoing. Savannah Ski and Adventure Club For snow-covered mountain-loving people and their friends. All are welcome. Meets for a wide variety of activities throughout the year. Meetings are held the third Tuesday

of every month at rotating locations. Visit Ongoing. Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the First City Club. Ongoing. meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the First City Club. Ongoing. First City Club, 32 Bull St. 912238-4548. 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. Ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue. 912-350-8000. 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 Ongoing. Savannah Dog Park, East 41st Lane and Drayton St. St. Almo The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meets at 5 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. (Time changes with the season.) Call 234-3336. Ongoing. Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St. 912-234-3336. Sweet Adeline Chorus rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 79 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hopsital’s meeting rooms. Contact vicky.mckinley1@comcast. net. Ongoing. St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. 912-819-4100. Telfair Academy Guild will meet Nov. 12 in the Jepson Center for the Arts Neises Auditorium. Jack Morris, of the Morris & Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head, will speak on Collecting Art. New members are welcome. Call 598-4999. Ongoing. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 York St. 912-790-8800. Texas Hold ‘Em Tournaments Free poker tournaments are held every week in Savannah, Hinesville and Statesboro. Free to play. Win prizes and gifts. Visit www. for details. Ongoing. The Young Professionals of Savannah An AfterHours networking social is held every third Thursday of the month. Visit, sign up for the e-newsletter and find out about other upcoming events, or call Leigh Johnson at 659-9846. Ongoing. TriUnity Opportunity Meeting meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Best Western at I95 and 204. Learn how to start a business from home. Free. Ask for Chris and Sandy Benton. Ongoing. 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@ Ongoing. Urban Professionals meets first Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Vu at the Hyatt on Bay Street. If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Call 272-9830 or send e-mail to spannangela@hotmail. com. Ongoing. Hyatt Regency, 2 W. Bay St. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356. Ongoing. American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. 912-233-9277.


Adult Dance Classes in ballet, tap and hip-hop are offered at Islands Dance Academy, 115 Charlotte Dr, Whitemarsh Island near Publix shopping center. All levels and body types welcome. $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Beginner Adult Ballet is offered Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Intermediate Adult Ballet is offered Mondays from 6:45-7:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Intermediate/Advanced Adult Ballet is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hip-Hop is offered Tuesdays from 6:307:30 p.m. and Beginner Adult Tap is held Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. There are a variety of youth classes for ages 3 to teen. Contact Sue Braddy at 897-2100. Ongoing. Islands Dance Academy, 610 Quarterman Dr. 912897-2100.

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa On The Deck After The Parade!!! Sat Dec. 8 @ 4:30 Come Join Us!

Huc-A-Poos Bites & Booze-Tybee Island 1213 Hwy 80 Tybee Island, GA 786.5900

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sary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Ongoing. Disabled Ballroom Class Classes are held at Memorial Health’s The Rehabilitation Institute, 4700 Waters Ave. The classes are free and open to anyone. The next class will be held Saturday, Jan. 26. Contact Charleen Harden at 308-7307 or Ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue. 912-350-8000. Flamenco Enthusiasts Dance or learn flamenco in Savannah with the Flamenco Cooperative. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 or 3 p.m. at the Maxine Patterson School of Dance. Any level welcome. If you would like to dance, accompany or sing, contact Laura Chason at Ongoing. Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St. 912-234-8745. Gretchen Greene School of Dance is accepting registration for fall classes in tap, ballet, lyrical, acrobatics, jazz and hiphop for ages 3 and up. Adult tap classes are held Tuesday from 7:30-8:15 for beginners and Monday from 7:15-8 p.m. for interme-

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): This would be an excellent time for you to visit terminally ill patients in a hospice or go on a tour of a maximum security prison. To take maximum advantage of the current cosmic opportunities, you might also travel to the Slum Theme Park in Americus, George, where Habitat for Humanity has built replicas of the leaky-roofed, earthen-floored, bug-infested huts that so many millions of the world’s poor call home. In other words, Aries, I recommend that you give yourself firsthand exposure to people whose problems are much more demanding than yours. To do so at this juncture in your life’s journey would provide a helpful shock that would inspire you to conquer the personal challenge you find most daunting. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): These last two weeks before the solstice will stir up a vortex of novelty in your depths. Among the sparkly surprises swirling around down there will be some shimmering intuitions about your life in 2008. So stay on high alert, Taurus. Snag every one of those prophetic glimpses. Here are questions to focus your attention: What new interests are gestating within you? How is life asking you to modify your ideas about who you are? What do you suspect will be your best three creations in the coming year? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I love how electrifyingly your intelligence works, Gemini -- how fast you can comprehend things that other people require many twists and turns to grasp. But I don’t love how your quick mind sometimes alienates you from those who are moving more slowly than you, and I don’t love it when that undermines your ability to capitalize on your brilliance. Fortunately, I don’t think this will be a problem in the coming days. From what I can tell, you will have uncanny fun without making any karmic messes as your brainpower generates breathtaking feats of voluminous understanding. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Hell isn’t an imaginary place dreamed up to scare the faithful, according

diate. Call 897-4235 or email Ongoing. Home Cookin’ Cloggers meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Ongoing. 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. Ongoing. Savannah Shag Club offers shag music every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36 on Victory Drive. Ongoing. 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 Ongoing. Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn Street. 912352-7100. Smart Senior 2007 Dinner Dance will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at Alee Temple. The daytime party will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the evening party is from 7-11 p.m. For tickets, call 352-4405. Through Dec. 7. Alee Shriner’s Temple, 100 Eisenberg Dr. 912-355-2422. The STUDIO Adult Beginner Ballet Class is being offered. The STUDIO also is accepting new students 5 and up for the new season. Contact Veronica at 695-9149. The STUDIO is located at 2805 Roger Lacey Ave. just off the intersection of Skidaway and Victory. Call Veronica at 695-9149 or visit Ongoing. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Avenue. 912-3568383. continued on page 40

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to Pope Benedict XVI. He says sinners are actually tortured by fire for all eternity. My opinion is that his crazy talk is less worthy of consideration than the rants of the homeless guy downtown who thinks evil reptilian extraterrestrials have taken over George Bush’s brain. To prime you for this week’s advice, I ask you to purge any tendency you might have to believe in cartoony notions of hell like the Pope’s. That will free you to meditate on the possibility that we do in fact ultimately suffer for the pain we cause others. Not by being literally tortured in a demonic realm, not at the hands of a “devil,” but rather by the ugliness we have unleashed inside us. It’s a good week for you to spend quality time in your personal hell, Cancerian, making up for any hurtful or greedy or unconscious things you may have done in 2007. (P.S. You’re not any guiltier than the rest of us; it’s just that this is a good time for you to atone.) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): To many Tibetan Buddhists, the snow lion is a symbol of fearless joy, which is a cornerstone of their spiritual practice. I trust that in 2007 you have learned a lot about this sublime quality, and I hope you will make it the basis of your daily rhythm in 2008. These last two weeks before the solstice will be an excellent time to integrate all the teachings you’ve absorbed about fearless joy, and to prime yourself to take your mastery to the next level. What other terms can you come up with to describe this superpower? How about “brave bliss,” “aggressive happiness,” or “fierce pleasure”? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In some places, you can’t buy a gun 15 minutes after you get an itch to hold it in your hand. In America, for example, a few of the states force you to delay your purchase for a short time. Many countries also require couples seeking marriage licenses to endure a cooling-off period of a few days before they can officially tie the knot. I urge you to adopt this approach to making important decisions, Virgo. Impose a waiting period on yourself if you’re thinking about acquiring heavy artillery, intensifying your relationship commitment, altering your consciousness,

or initiating any other big action. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’re coming to the climax of the season of fertile tension and productive arguments. (Let’s hope you haven’t allowed it to devolve into the season of fruitless disputes and awkward silence.) As you prepare to harvest the full potential of the opportunities that have been made available, I offer you three pieces of advice from the French essayist Joseph Joubert. (1) “Never cut what you can untie.” (2) “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” (3) “The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You won’t believe how talented you’re going to be at blending pragmatism and idealism in the coming days, Scorpio. You may be amazed at your knack for being down to earth and up in the clouds at the same time. Among the feats you could accomplish are the following: making money from doing what you love; acquiring crucial nuts and bolts for a long-deferred fantasy; and turning lead into gold just in time to make a big down payment on a dream boat, dream home, or dream trip. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A man in Santiago, Chile won $250,000 in a contest held by his bank. There was only one catch: In accepting the money, Mario Habit had to abide by the bank’s stipulation that he spend all of his winnings in one day. Summoning a manically relaxed concentration, he succeeded, paying off his substantial debts while also buying two cars and three apartments. I believe a comparable opportunity is about to come your way, Sagittarius. You will be offered a new resource or blessing that has to be used quickly in order for it to be fully available and effective. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The phrase “new roses” can serve as an antidote to neurosis in the coming days -- as a kind of magical spell. Invoke it whenever

you’re in danger of getting undermined by either your own neurosis or someone else’s. If you notice, for instance, that your subconscious mind is spiraling down into a sour fantasy stirred up by one of your habitual fears, start muttering a cheerful round of “new roses, new roses, new roses.” If your allies engage in compulsive behavior that they tend to get stuck in when stress overflows, chant “new roses, new roses, new roses” in a blithe, sing-song tone. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Few people realize that in the 15th century the Buddha was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. He was officially called Saint Josaphat, a name that’s derived from the word “bodhisattva,” which refers to a deeply compassionate person devoted to becoming an enlightened being. Virtually every element of Josaphat’s life story as reported by the Church is a duplicate of the original legends about the Buddha. I expect to see a comparable theme unfold in your life in the coming weeks, Aquarius. I bet you will get credit or receive an honor or be given an acknowledgement that seems rather accidental, or comes from an unexpected source. Like the Buddha, you will richly deserve the reward, even though it may feel odd or askew at first. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): How would you go about relocating Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south of France? How might you undo and fix the debacle of America’s occupation of Iraq? What steps could you take to creatively disrupt the pathological family patterns that have knocked you off-center for years? In 2008, I predict that you will have extraordinary potential to solve impossible problems like those. More than ever before, you will be able to attract the help and summon the inspiration necessary to accomplish goals that have previously seemed beyond your power. And it all starts now, Pisces. w

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Argentine Tango Practice and Lesson Learn the dance while having fun Sundays from 1:30-3:30 at the Doris Martine Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $2 per person. Call 925-7416. Ongoing. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. 912-3548089. Ballroom Dance Party will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. The basic Tango lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the social dance is from 8-10:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for members and $10 for non-members. Beginners and singles welcome. Call 961-9960 or 6554985. Ongoing. Breffni Academy of Irish Dance has opened a location in Richmond Hill and is accepting students. The academy is located at Life Moves Dance Studio, 10747 Ford Ave. For information, call Michael or Nicola O’Hara at 305-756-8243 or send email to Visit Ongoing. C.C. Express Dance Team meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is neces-


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UU Film Group meets the last Friday of each month. Movies range from foreign, documentary to the eclectic. There is no fee. Call for details at 655-0482 or e-mail Ongoing. Youth Dance Program The West Broad Street YMCA, Inc. presents its Instructional DanceProgram 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. Ongoing. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. 912-233-1951.


A balanced life Student massage is offered at the Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc. Cost ranges from $30 to $40 for a one-hour massage and sessions are instructor supervised. Call 355-3011 for an appointment. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. www.ssomt. com. Ongoing. Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc, 6413 Waters Avenue. 912-3553011. Cardiorespiratory Endurence Training will be offered by Chatham County Park Services for persons 18 and up at Tom Triplett Park on Tuesdays from 5:306:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and will be required to sign a waiver form before participating. All classes are free. Call 652-6780 or 965-9629. Ongoing. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West. 912-652-6780.

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. Ongoing. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5354 Reynolds Ave. 912819-6000. Detox and De-Stress Easy and simple yoga followed by meditation, helping the body to throww off toxins and stress. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Yoga Hause, 1203 E. 72nd St. Suggested donation $5. Ongoing. Yoga Hause, 1203 E. 72nd St. Dog Yoga The Yoga Room will hold a dog yoga class every first Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at Forsyth Park. The cost is a $10 donation, with all donations given to Save-A-Life. Bring a mat or blanket and a sense of humor. Yoga for dogs is a fun way to relax and bond with your four-legged pet. Great for all levels and all sizes. 898-0361 or Ongoing. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. 912-233-6800. Energy Share every first and third Friday of the month at a new integrated healing center located at 72nd and Sanders streets. Call Kylene at 713-3879. Ongoing. Fountain of Youth Tibetan rites taught free every Tuesday and Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Yoga Hause, 1203 E. 72nd St. Ongoing. Yoga Hause, 1203 E. 72nd

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St. Gentle Yoga Gentle Yoga with Mary Ann is offered Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 or older. Mat and blanket are required. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-register at or call 234-0980. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah upstairs in Phillippa’s Place. Ongoing. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912234-0980. Ladies Livin Smart fitness club provides nutritional education and exercise to encourage lifestyle changes at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. at 5:30 p.m. Call 447-6605. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ongoing. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. 912-447-6605. www.sjchs. org/1844.cfm Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes are held Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Savannah Yoga Center, 25 E. 40th St. Infants must be 6 weeks to 6 months, pre-crawling. The cost is $13 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. The instructor is Betsy Boyd Strong. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 441-6653 or visit Ongoing. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. 912-232-2994. Moms in Motion A pre and post-natal exercise program is offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for WellBeing. The cost is $30 per month. Call 819-6463. Ongoing. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. 912-819-6000. National Gymnastics Day Whitemarsh Island YMCA will host a free gymnastics open house on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Appropriate for children 2 and up. Ongoing. YMCA Whitemarsh Island, 135 Whitemarsh Island Rd. 912-897-6158. Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp All fitness levels welcome. M, W, Th, F at 6 a.m. at Forsyth Park. Meet at the statue on Park Avenue. Also meets at 7:30 a.m. at Daffin Park at the circle near the playground. $150 for unlimited classes, $15 for a single class. To register, call Jennifer at 224-0406 or visit Ongoing. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. 912-233-6800. Pilates Classes are offered at the St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for WellBeing, Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Four sessions are $30, eight sessions are $50. Pre-register by calling 819-6463. Ongoing. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. 912819-6000. Savannah Yoga Center Through December, classes are: Monday, 8:15–9:15am Flow Yoga All Levels w/ Will, 9:45–11:15am HOT Yoga Level 1&2 w/ Christine, 11:45-12:45pm Community Iyengar Yoga w/ Lynne $6, 5:30-6:30pm Prenatal Yoga w/ Amanda, 7:00-8:00pm Mellow Yoga Flow w/ Christine; Tuesday, 6:45-8:15am Ashtanga Short Form w/ Lisa,

9:00-10:15am Community Flow Yoga w/ Lynne $9, 11:00-12:15pm Yoga Basics w/ Christine, 5:30-7:00pm HOT Ashtanga w/ Lisa and 7:15-8:15pm HOT Yoga Flow All levels w/ Christine; Wednesday, 8:15-9:15am Hatha Yoga Level 1 w/ Will, 10:30-11:45am Mommy and Baby Yoga w/ Betsy, 4:305:15p.m. Kids Yoga w/Amanda, 5:30-6:30 pm Yoga Basics w/ Kate and 6:45-8:00pm Flow Yoga All Levels w/ Kelley; Thursday, 8:15 –9:30am Gentle Yoga Basics w/ Betsy, 9:45-11:00am Level 1&2 Yoga w/ Will, 5:306:30pm Dynamic Flow Yoga All Levels w/ Kelley and 6:45-7:45pm Gentle Yoga Flow w/ Heather; Friday, 6:45-8:15am Ashtanga Short Form w/ Lisa, and 4:00-5:00pm HOT Flow Yoga Level 1&2 w/ Kate; Saturday, 11:00-12:30pm All Levels Yoga Flow w/ Christine; Sunday, 5:00-6:00pm Flow Yoga Level 1&2 w/ various teachers and 6:157:30pm Soul Movements Class w/ Dana D. Walk-in rate $13, Full Time Student w/ID $11, Active Military/Dependents w/ID $9, Seniors 60+ $9, Community Yoga Classes $6. 8 class card $85 (expires after 3 months), 12 class card $120 (expires after 4 months) and u nlimited monthly passes $75. Located at 1321 Bull St., call 441-6653 or visit www. Ongoing. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. 912-232-2994. Senior Power Hour is a program for people over 55. Health and wellness professionals help reach fitness goals. The program may include, but isn’t limited to, strength training, cardio for the heart, flexibility, balance, basic healthy nutrition and posture concerns. Call 898-7714. Ongoing. Sunrise Boot Camp at Tybee Island will be held Monday through Friday from 6-7 a.m. Park in the North Beach parking lot and go over the first crossover. Bring a mat. Conducted by Paul Butrym, certified personal trainer and ex-Marine. Three days of strength training and two days of cardio each week. The cost is $10 per class, $40 for the week or $75 for a four-week session. Call 604-0611 or email Ongoing. Tai Chi Classes are offered Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Suite 203, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Four sessions are $30 or eight sessions are $50. Call 819-6463. Ongoing. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5354 Reynolds Ave. 912- 819-6000. The Wisdom Center October 2007 Gourmet Yoga, Reiki and Movement Classes: Monday - 10:30-11:45 a.m. Never Too Old Beginner’s Yoga w/Lisa; Noon to 1 p.m.; Yoga Lunch Fix w/Lisa; 1:15-1:45pm Daily Lunch Meditation; 5:306: 30pm Yoga for a Healthy Back w/Elaine. Tuesday - 9:30-10:30 am Yoga for Chocolate Lovers w/Dana; 11:30 to noon Daily Lunch Meditation; 5:30-6:30 pm Da Tonga (yoga, toning, dance) w/Elaine. Wednesday - 11am to noon Big Girl Yoga w/Dana; 1:15-1:45 pm Daily Lunch Meditation; 4:15-5:30 pm Gentlemen’s Karate w/Tony (12 week series). Thursday - 11:30 am to noon Daily

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First City Network Board Meeting Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or Ongoing. First

City Network, 307 E Harris St. 912-236-CITY. Gay AA Meeting meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 311 E. Macon St. For information, contact Ken at 398-8969. Ongoing. Georgia Equality Savannah is the local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996. Ongoing. Savannah Pride, Inc. meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St. Everyone is encouraged to attend, for without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call Patrick Mobley at 224-3238. Ongoing. First City Network, 307 E Harris St. 912-236-CITY. Standout is First City’s gay youth support group. Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the FCN Headquarters, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. Call 657-1966. Ongoing. First City Network, 307 E Harris St. 912-236-CITY. What Makes A Family is a children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 3522611. Ongoing.


Better Breathers of Savannah meets to discuss and share information on C.O.P.D. and how people live with the disease. For info, call Dicky at 665-4488 or Ongoing. Community HealthCare Center is a non-profit organization that provides free medical care for uninsured individuals who work or live in Chatham County and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. All patients receive free examinations, medicine through the patient assistance program and free lab work. Women receive free pap tests and mammograms. Call 692-1451 to see if you qualify for services. Located at 310 Eisenhower Dr., No. 5, Medical Center. Ongoing. Community Health Mission, Inc, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 6. Delicious Healthy Eating for the Holidays will be presented Nov. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. Ongoing. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. 912-4476605. 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. Ongoing. Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324. Ongoing.

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Lunch Meditation; 2 -3 pm Life Coaching with Yoga for Couples w/Dana; 4:45-6 pm Belly Dancing w/Dawn. Friday - 11:30am to noon Daily Lunch Meditation; PM Yoga Couples Date Night (RSVP Only). Saturday - 10-11 am Divine Yoga w/Ellen; 11:15 – 11 :45 am Meditation & Reiki w/Ellen; 1 pm (Nov. 3 only) Flower Essences Workshop w/ Ellen. Sunday - Classes coming soon. Option 1 membership $55 per month Regular. $65 Couples, $45 Students, Military, Seniors. Option 2 $105 Regular, $135 Couples, $95 Students, Military, Seniors. Located at 40th & Drayton. Visit or call 236.3660. Ongoing. International Center for Leadership & Coaching, 236-3660. 236236-3660. The Yoga Room Monday: Mommy and Me from 3:30-5 p.m., Vinyasa all levels from 5-6:15 p.m., Open Flow all levels 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday: Open Flow all levels from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Yoga Flow Level I from 10-11:30 a.m., Open Floor all levels from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday: Power Yoga from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Friday: Yoga Flow Level I from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday: Yoga Flow Level I from 10-11:15 a.m., Power Yoga from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday: Yoga Flow Level II from 5-6:30 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. Single class $12, class packages available. A student discount is offered. Visit or call 8980361. Ongoing. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr. 912-898-0361. Women on Weights Spine & Sports Personal Training offers the Women on Weights (WOW) Program. The WOW Program is designed to meet the specific needs of women. It is a series of one hour training sessions led by a Certified Personal Trainer who develops different routines throughout the month. The routines may include but are not limited to, Strength Training, Cardio Training for the Heart, Flexibility, Balance and Weight Management. The group meets two times a week for one hour each session. For pricing call 898-7714. Ongoing. Yoga Teacher Training Institute A 200-hour Basic Yoga Teacher Training program is offered at Savannah Yoga Center. It meets Yoga Alliance standards, and graduates will receive a certificate and be eligible for certification by the alliance. The cost for the entire course is $1,500. Call 441-6653 or visit Ongoing. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. 912-232-2994. Yogalates Classes are offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for WellBeing on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. The cost is $30 for four sessions or $50 for eight sessions. Call 819-6463. Ongoing. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. 912-819-6000. www.sjchs. org/

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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. Ongoing. Free alternative health fair with more than 20 vendors speclializing in coaching, reiki, reflexology, nutrition, acupuncture, massage, meditation, chiropractic care and more will be presented Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wisdom Center, 40th and Drayton. Call 236-3660. Through Dec. 8. The Wisdom Center, Drayton and 40th streets. 236-3660. 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. Ongoing. Free hearing & speech screening Every Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601. Ongoing. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. 912-355-4601. 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 231-8727. Ongoing. My Brothaz H.O.M.E., 211 Price St. 912-231-8727. www.mybrotha- Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes are being offered at the Family Health and Birth Center in Rincon. The group classes offer an opportunity for couples to learn the child birthing process together, while providing a very integral role to the companion participating. Classes provide specialized breathing and guided imagery techniques designed to reduce stress during labor. All types of births are welcome. Classes run monthly, meeting Saturdays for three consecutive weeks. To register, call The Birth Connection at 843-683-8750 or e-mail Ongoing. Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd. 912-826-4155. www.themidwifegroup. com/ Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Clinic is offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler and Emory. Patients can receive pre and post-operative care at the clinic rather than travel to Atlanta. Call Karen Traver, R.N. Transplant Coordinator, at 819-8350. Ongoing. La Leche League of Savannah Call Phoebe at 897-9261. Ongoing. Mammograms St. Joseph’s/Candler will be performing mammograms to screen for breast cancer in its mobile screening unit. Mammograms will be performed Dec. 4 at SJ/C in Rincon, Dec. 5 at SJ/C Pembroke, Dec. 6 at SJ/C Islands, Dec. 7 at SJ/C Garden City and Dec. 11 at SJ/C in Pooler at Godley Station Professional Park. For appointments, call 819-6800. SJ/C accepts most insurance plans. Financial assistance is available to women who qualify. Ongoing. Memorial Health blood pressure check are offered free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 3507587. Ongoing. 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. Ongoing.

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. Ongoing.

dren, ages 3-16. Senior, military and AAA discounts are available. Call 786-5917 or visit Ongoing. Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1510 Strand. 912-786-5917.

Nature & Environment

Pets & Animals

Blackwater Paddle Enjoy a late autumn paddle through an old growth cypress-tupelo swam on Ebenezer Creek on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look out for turtles, herons, wood ducks and kingfishers. The cost of $35 per person includes canoe, paddle, life jacket and basic instructions. Call Wilderness Southeast at 236-8115 or Through Dec. 8. 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. Ongoing. Take a walk on the wild side at the Oatland Island Education Center. The “Native Animal Nature Trail” features a variety of live animals and landscapes and winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats. Located 5 miles east of downtown off the Islands Expressway. MF: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 www. Ongoing. Oatland Island Education Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 912898-3980. 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. The center offers Beach Discovery and marsh walks. Aquarium hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Monday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for chil-

A Walk in the Park Professional pet sitting, boarding, dog walking and house sitting services offered in downtown Savannah and the nearby islands. All jobs accepted are performed by the owner to ensure the safety of your pets. Trust your pets with someone who loves them as much as you do. Local references available. Please call 401.2211 or email to make a reservation for your pet. Ongoing. Low-cost microchipping clinic will be held Dec. 8 from 3-7 p.m. at Savannah Toyota on Abercorn. Call 3514151 or visit Through Dec. 8. Low-cost Spay Neuter Clinic with free transport. Vaccines are available. Service is provided 11 counties in Georgia, including Chatham and Effingham, and South Carolina. Call the Spay/Neuter Alliance and Clinic at 843-645-2500 or visit Ongoing. Recycle, Reduce and Reuse for Coastal Pet Rescue Coastal Pet Rescue is asking area businesses to collect ink and toner cartridges at their offices. This fund-raiser will help with regular vet care for rescued pets. Contact Becky Soprych at 351-4151 or to arrange for cartridge pickup. Ongoing. Savannah Kennel Club The 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. Call 656-2410 or visit Ongoing. Fire Mountain Restaurant, 209 Stephenson Ave. (912) 3545595.

Readings & Signings

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Breakfast Book Club will be held every third Wednesday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m. at The Wisdom Center at the International Center for Leadership and Coaching. The cost is $25 per month, breakfast included. Call Aimee at 236-3660. Ongoing. International Center for Leadership & Coaching, 236-3660. 236236-3660. Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club meets the last Sunday at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. Ongoing. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. 912-447-6605. www.sjchs. org/1844.cfm Tea time at Ola’s is a new book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Call Beatrice Wright at 652-3660. Bring your ideas and lunches. Tea will be provided.

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232-5488 or 652-3660. Ongoing. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E Bay St. 912-232-5488. UU Book Club meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in the Clara Barton Library for a two-hour session. The group works on a chapter a week. To join, e-mail adultenrichment@uusavannah. org or call 234-0980. Ongoing. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912-234-0980.

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wishes for prosperity on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level. Free. Call 9200801. Ongoing. Midweek Bible Study Midweek Bible Study is offered every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or Ongoing. Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue. 912-352-4400. Music Ministry for Children & Youth at White Bluff United Methodist Church is now known as Pneuma, the Greek work for breath. “Every breath we take is the breath of God.” The children’s choir for 3 years through second grade will be known as Joyful Noise and the youth choir grades 3-5 will be known as Youth Praise. Joyful Noise will meet Sundays from 4-5 p.m. and Youth Praise will meet Sundays from 5-6 p.m. Call Ronn Alford at 925-9524 or visit www.wbumc. org. Ongoing. White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd. 912-9255924. Nicodemus by Night An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. Ongoing. Overcoming by Faith Services with the Rev. Ricky Temple are held Saturday from 6-7:30 p.m. at 9700 Middleground Rd. Sunday worship services are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Services are now held Sundays in Rincon. Call 927-8601. Ongoing. Painting and Spirituality Workshop is held every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Free and open to the public. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring whatever supplies you would like to use. Call 352-4400. Ongoing. Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue. 912-352-4400. Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) meet Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 W. President St., Savannah. Call Janet Pence at 247-4903. Ongoing. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. 912-233-4766. 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. Ongoing. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912-234-0980. Soka Gakkai of America (SGI-USA) SGI-USA is an American Buddhist movement for world peace that practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO. For information, call SGI-USA at 232-9121. Ongoing. Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 707 Harmon St. Coffee and discussion follow

each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 233-6284 or 786-6075, e-mail Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah A liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. On Dec. 9, the Rev. Joan Schneider will speak from the topic, “The December Dilemma.” The service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Troup Square Sanctuary. For information, call 234-0980, or e-mail or visit Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 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 Ongoing. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. 912-355-4704. Women’s Bible Study at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 or Ongoing. Wesley Community Center, 1601 Drayton St. 912232-0965.

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Savannah Disc Golf Club holds an Open Doubles Tournament at 1 p.m. each Saturday at Tom Triplett Park on U.S. 80 between Dean Forest Road and Interstate 95. New players a Ongoing. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West. 912-652-6780.

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ADD and Behavior Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Mindspring Center in the Ranicki Chiropractic Complex, 1147 W. Highway 80 in Pooler. RSVP is requested. Call 748-6463 or Ongoing. African-American Women Overcoming Depression and Bi-Polar Disease meets the third Thursday of the month at the Bull Street Library. For information, call JoAnne Wright at 236-0027. Ongoing. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. 912-652-3600. Al Anon Family Groups A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics meets Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1501 Eisenhower Dr. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive. Call 5989860 or visit http://al_anon_savannah. Ongoing. Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, call 354-0993. Ongoing. Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group The group is for caregivers, family members and friends of persons affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-causing illnesses and meets the first Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 111 of the Skidaway Island Methodist

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New Year’s Eve 2007 TWO DAVID’S ENTERPRISES Presents

Mon, Dec. 31, 2007 Doors open 7:30pm Dancing 8:00pm – 1:00am @ American Legion Ballroom 1108 Bull St. Savannah, Georgia Black tie optional (Semi-Formal) Complimentary snacks and coffee Party favors/Champaign at midnight Cash bar available Tickets are $35/person Advance purchase or $45 at the door. For tickets, mail Check to: David White, 35 Bee Keeper Court, Richmond Hill Or call David White @ 912-596-6810 Ballroom Dancing at its Finest!

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Blue Jeans for the Soul Each Saturday service will be at 5:30 p.m. and will feature just three things, music with guest musicians, a meditation and an affirmative message. Casual dress welcome. Located at 2320 Sunset Blvd. off of Skidaway Road just south of Victory Drive. Call 355-4704. Ongoing. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. 912-355-4704. Calling All Christians Open prayer will be held the second Thursday of the month from 4-4:20 p.m. at the Forsyth Park fountain. Call Suzanne at 232-3830. Ongoing. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. 912-233-6800. Chanted Office of Compline The Service of Compline, ”Saying good night to God,” is chanted Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. by the Compline Choir of Christ Church Savannah, located on Johnson Square. Ongoing. Christian Businessmen’s Committee meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Call 898-3477. Ongoing. Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn Ext. 912-354-7038. 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. Ongoing. Handbell Choir Anyone interested in starting/leading or joining/participating in a handbell choir can contact the Rev. Arlene Meyer at 355-4704. Unity of Savannah at 2320 Sunset Blvd. has the bells and a few interested people without a leader. Visit Ongoing. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. 912-355-4704. Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation A meditation period will be followed by instruction in the application of the foundations of Mindfulness practice to daily life. Beginner’s and experienced practitioners welcome. Ongoing weekly sessions are Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. at 313 E. Harris St. Call Cindy Beach, Buddhist nun, at 4297265 or Ongoing. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912-234-0980. Manifestation Gathering at Dovestar is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Learn ancient techniques to connect with your personal power to insure success for all your


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Church, 54 Diamond Causeway. Visit www. or call 920-2231. Ongoing. Amputee Support Group Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635. Ongoing. Backus Children’s Hospital Support Group for Parents who have a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity Meets once a week. Call Donna at 350-5616. Ongoing. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue. 912-350-1KID. backus Backus Children’s Hospital Support Group for Parents of Children with Bleeding Disorders meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Health. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Ongoing. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue. 912-350-1KID. backus Bariatric/Gastric Bypass Support Group for past and potential obesity surgery patients and their families. For information, call Cheryl Brown at 350-3644. Ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue. 912-350-8000. www. Better Breathers support group meets to discuss and share information on C.O.P.D. and how people live with this disease. Contact Dicky at 665-4488 or Ongoing. Bipolar Support Group John J. Dunn, Ph.D., is interested in hearing from people who want to participate in a bipolar support group. Call 692-1230 after 6 p.m. Ongoing. Cancer support group meets every third Tuesday of the month from 6-7 p.m. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on

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Church of Savannah on Chippewa Square. Ongoing. Fecal Urinary Diversion Support Group The group is for patients who have had a colostomy, deostomy, urostomy (ileoconduit) and continent fecal or urinary diversion surgery. Call 819-3466. Ongoing. Fibromyalgia support group meets the second Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 8196743. Ongoing. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5354 Reynolds Ave. 912- 8196000. First Line is an after-hours referral and information line to talk confidentially about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy options. A free service from Planned Parenthood, available nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. at 1-800-264-7154. Ongoing. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center a program of Hospice Savannah, offers the free counseling services for anyone dealing with loss. Call 355-2289. Keeping hope alive while living with cancer meets the fourth Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Women’s Services Conference Room at the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial Health. Call 350-7845. Ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue. 912350-8000. w

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Room for Rent $468/MONTHLY WITH WINDOWS ON TWO SIDES. No adjoining room. Includes refrigerator, microwave, T V (with cable). All utilities, phone, and internet. Use of washer/dryer in kitchen. $130/weekly. 912-231-9464.

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Hardwood floors, S/S appliances, fenced yard, back deck, washer/dryer, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, LR, DR. Quiet street across from nature trail & salt marsh! 4 short blocks to the beach & 1 block from the park/playground. $1,250/month, 1-year lease. 912-657-1513 or 912-786-5020.


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319 E. Waldburg St. Great location near Forsyth Park, SCAD buildings and Kroger. Newly renovated duplex, 3 BR, 2 BA, LR, large kitchen, W/D, hardwood floors, C H/A, two fireplaces, large back porch, courtyard and off-st. pkg. $1,275/mo.

2 E. 60th street Newly renovated condo apt, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, LR, Kitchen, W/D, H/W floors, Cen H/A, Large courtyard & parking. $800/month 912-220-1020 or 912-484-5181

234-0606 29 East 34th Street Spacious 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment in the Thomas Square District. Separate ding area, W/D connections, hardwood floors, window H/A, kitchen furnished with stove and refrigerator. Just a few blocks from Forsyth Park. Visit AVAILABLE NOW. Pet friendly. $750/mo. 18 West 40th Street Beautifully renovated 2 BR, 1BA lower half of duplex in the Starland District. Features include formal LR, , formal DR, refinished heart pine floors, ceiling fans, bathroom and kitchen with ceramic tile floors, separate laundry room with washer/ dryer, private courtyard. C H/A, total electric and paid security system. AVAILABLE N O W. P e t F r i e n d l y. $1,000/mo. 6830 Skidaway Road Spacious 2 BR, 1BA townhouses. Separate dining area, kitchen with stove and refrigerator, hardwood floors and carpet, central H/A, total electric, w/d connections and designated parking. Visit AVAILABLE NOW. No Pets. $650/mo. 320 East Victory Drive Over 2000 sq. ft. of spacious living. 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment with fireplace in formal living room. Formal dining room, sun room, breakfast nook, butler’s pantry, kitchen furnished with stove and refrigerator, central H/A, W/D connections. Visit AVA I L A B L E N O W . Pet friendly $1000/mo.

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“The Merritt” a luxury condo, 1 b e d ro o m , 1 b a t h . L i v i n g room/dining combination. Screened porch with wooded & march view. Stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer included. Gated. Pool, Fitness center, game room, putting green. $850/mo.


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