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Volume 7 • Number 13 • Dec. 19 — Dec. 25 • Savannah’s News, Arts, & Entertainment Weekly •

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Free Screening of The Shadow of a Gunman

Christmas 1886 with the Gordons continues What: The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Explore Victorian customs. When: Now through Dec. 29. Where: Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low at Oglethorpe and Bull.

What: The Coastal Jazz Association of Savannah presents its 32nd Annual Holiday Concert, with Teddy Adams and his All-Stars, featuring Gina Rene on vocals and some of the best musicians in the Coastal Empire. When: Dec. 25 at 5 p.m. Where: The Four Points by Sheraton, 520 W. Bryan St. at the corner of Bryan and MLK. Cost: $15. Info: or 675-5419.

The Early 19th Century Holiday Story continues

What: Made in 1973 in San Francisco, this bizarre movie is a cross between an old-fashioned comic farce, a revolutionary Black Power infomercial, a pro-drugs psychedelic hippie fable, a vampire thriller, a risque jiggle movie, a Vietnam-era political allegory, a motorcycle road picture, a Nazi war film, a rock musical, a magic show, a rags-toriches saga, and a murder mystery, all wrapped up into one. When: Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $5.

Thursday, Dec. 20 Savannah Film Society: Meet Me in St. Louis

What: Set in 1903-04 St. Louis during the World’s Fair, this musical stars Judy Garland and features the songs

What: See the real Santa Claus, live and in person. When: Dec. 22 and 23 from noon to 5 p.m. Where: Santa can be found in front of the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools’ Board of Public Education Administration Building at 208 Bull St. Cost: Free, although donations will be accepted for Operation Helping Hand for military families at Hunter and Fort Stewart. Free parking will be available in front of the building.

Jazz Yule Love

What: Enjoy your Christmas favorites performed Broadway style. When: Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. Where: 222 Bull St. Cost: Adults $33 and 17 and under $16. Info: 233-7764.

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The Historic Savannah Theatre’s A Christmas Tradition continues

What: Learn about the understated tastes of an authentic 19th century holiday season at one of Savannah’s most historic houses, the Federal-style Isaiah Davenport House. The tour explores how members of the household celebrated Christmas and New Year’s when they lived in the house between 1820 and 1827. When: Now through Dec. 31. The house is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. with the last tour departing at 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. with the last tour departing at 4 p.m. Where: Davenport House, 324 E. State St. on Columbia Square. Cost: $8 adults and $5 children 6-18, with children 5 and under admitted free. Info: Call 236-8097 for reservations.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Wednesday, Dec. 26 Candlelight Holiday

What: The Armstrong Atlantic State University Irish Studies Club will present a free screening of the film adaptation of Sean O’Casey’s play, The Shadow of a Gunman. When: Dec. 20 at noon. Where: Gamble Hall 103 on the AASU campus, 11935 Abercorn St.. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: Frank Clancy at 932-5624 or The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. When: Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: Admission is by a donation of canned goods, money or unwrapped toy appropriate for boys, ages 12-18. Donations will go directly to Bethesda Home for Boys. Info: 525-5050.

Savannah Film Society: A Muppet Christmas Carol

What: An adaptation of the Dickens’ original, starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, with Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit. When: Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: Donation of canned goods, money or unwrapped toy appropriate for boys 12-18. Donations go to Bethesda Home for Boys. Info: 525-5050.

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Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Lantern Tours

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What: Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style Davenport House Museum welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who will guide visitors through the house, are among the highlights of the presentation. When: Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 from 6-8:30 p.m. Where: 324 E. State St. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children. $5. Info: 236-8097 or

Historic Savannah Theatre presents Return to the 50s

What: Return to America’s most beloved decade of music, when every song on the radio was a hit. This production features more than 60 songs, from the rock and roll classics of Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Elvis to the harmonies of DooWop. When: Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. Where: 222 Bull St. Cost: Adults $33 and 17 and under $16. Info: 233-7764. w

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What: Who says you can’t go skating in the Deep South? Each session lasts one and a half hours. When: Dec. 19 at 4, 6 and 8 p.m., Dec. 20 at 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m., Dec. 21 and 22 at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 p.m., Dec. 23 at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Dec. 25 closed for Christmas and Dec. 26 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center. Cost: $7 per person. A Skatefest pass offers five sessions for $25. Tickets are available only at the Civic Center Box Office. Info: Call 651-6556 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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how the canal operated during the winter months and  how the holiday season was celebrated more than 150 years ago. The distance that will be traveled is .5 miles and the walk will last one hour with cider, hot chocolate and marshmallows to follow. Not appropriate for ages 6 and under. When: Dec. 21 and 22 from 6-8 p.m. Where: Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Nature Center, 681 Fort Argyle Rd., 2 miles west of Interstate 95. Cost: Adults $6, children $4. Info: Reservations are required. 748-8068 or

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Christmas Local teens explain what the season means to them — and their answers might surprise you ‘Tis the season, and it holds a differ-

ent meaning for everyone. Children wake up in excitement to open presents from Santa, examine the plate of cookie crumbs left behind by the jolly old man, and spend the day with loved ones. For adults, Christmas is often a time to relax, to spend precious time with family members, and to provide happy memories for their children while they still can. It’s a season loved by all. Then there are those in between both worlds: teenagers. They are the dreaded names in the Secret Santa bag, those mysterious creatures that no one knows what to buy for or what to think of. What does Christmas mean to them? When asked this question, the majority of adults responded with a similar answer. “I’m sure teens will probably say that being out Clockwise from top: Ngan Dang, Justin of school for a couple of weeks is the best part about Brown, and Melyssa Hunter; Daria Christmas, but what they don’t realize is they’re buildNadji, Stephen Plunk, Kristi Oakes, and ing traditions that they can carry on throughout their lives,” says Amy Perry, a communication arts teacher Emily Barielle; Emily Leach and Carson McCluskey; and Patrick Rippman

Local teens say: s Favorite Part of Christma ple peo ing ng Bri e) #1 – (Ti together, and presents #2 – Giving ompanies #3 – Happiness that acc the season #4 – Weather #5 – Christmas break

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What Teens Want for Christ mas #1 – Doesn’t matter #2 – Happiness #3 – Clothes Other answers: New ph one, camera, computer, presence of family, love, guitar amplifier, car , money, DVD player, to be able to afford buying presents, a Zune, an iTouch.

at Savannah Arts Academy. “Hopefully teens are making memories with family and friends and being grateful!” Kenneth Bostick, a physician’s assistant at the Center for Digestive and Liver Health, states, “I believe the majority of teenagers don’t remember the true reason for the season, which is the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. For teenagers today, the majority, Christmas is all about receiving.” Are teenagers truly as self-absorbed during this season as adults believe? Or is there some spark of remembrance and good will hidden deep within the crevices of their souls? After questioning 21 teenagers on their views of Christmas, I lean toward the latter. An overwhelming majority of teens said that they still get excited about Christmas, and while presents do seem to be one of the favorite parts of Christmas for most teens, it does not seem to be merely for the purpose of receiving. Hannah Stewart, a senior at Savannah Arts Academy, says, “It’s not because I get what I want, but I like the suspense of the gift ‘unwished for’. It keeps you hyped up all day and makes the holiday even more fun.” The majority of teens questioned said they didn’t care what they received for Christmas this year, followed closely by those who wished most for happiness. In fact, an equal amount of teens preferred bringing people together to anything else. Still, coveted presents varied from romantic

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I cherish it because it is the only Christmas I shared with both my Grandma and Grandpa while they were alive.” As for the mysterious St. Nick, Chelsea Michaels says “I really saw how creative my parents had been.” Patrick Rippman, 18, doesn’t have one favorite but instead “just the blur of many Christmases in New Jersey as a child, seeing the lights and gifts and family and food. It was just a cool atmosphere and seemed larger than it does now.” That isn’t to say Christmas has lost its meaning now that they’re older. To Tess Johnson, Christmas means, “Peace, love, and happiness. A time full of warmth and people being selfless toward one another.” Dani Sadowsky agrees. “Christmas means my family getting together and cooking for each other, playing family poker and having fires in the fireplace every night or bonfires in the backyard with fireroasted food.” Victoria Rugen, 17, says, “It doesn’t matter what gifts I receive, but knowing I have the comfort of my friends and family during the holidays is what I’ve learned matters most about Christmas.” She wishes most for her father to return from the Army and be with her for Christmas. Kimberley Wilson, a senior at Johnson High School, states Christmas means “family, God’s birthday, and the act of giving.” To Carson McCluskey, it’s “just a time when I can feel happy with friends and family and connect with my parents a little bit better. I feel that I relate better now to how they felt when Christmas was right around the corner than I did when I threw carrots on top of my roof for the reindeer.” He also adds that the time with friends is important. “It’s probably the last Christmas I’ll spend with some, as a teenager.” As for the Christmas food, he says it’s “a lot better than having McDonald’s.” For me, Christmas is a time to reconnect with the past, to remember what it was like as a child, and to carry on the tradition of spreading good will, celebrating, and giving. It’s that one static event in life. Seeing the good will and kindness of others along with the continuance of a fondlyremembered tradition inspires me to believe in the goodness of humanity and to have hope for the future. Based on the results of those surveyed, I believe this notion is shared by most teenagers, and, furthermore, by most adults. Another shared notion: not to be too broke after all that giving. w

You worry about your family sometimes, wondering how they deal with their every day stresses, and when you see them jovial and laughing, it makes you feel happier and relieved

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love to a Wii. As for their least favorite aspect of the holiday, a majority say they despise commercialism. “Christmas is a corporate tool used to increase sales and profits. It’s a hype. It’s lost its meaning in most people’s lives,” states Calin Caracol, 18. James Minter, 17, agrees. “I think Christmas is overcelebrated and overrated. I think corporate America, as they do with many other things, uses a semi-religious basis in order to boost their marketing.” Emily Leach, a sophomore from Calvary Baptist Day School, makes a face as she declares her least favorite to be fruitcake. Others still detest Savannah’s cold yet snowless weather (not a problem this year as it is neither cold nor snowy…I hate to think what it’s like over at the Equator), getting fat from all of the food, and having to take billions of family photos. “I don’t get excited about Christmas. The only thing that brightens my mood is seeing my older brother get excited about it,” declares Emily Barielle, a senior at St. Vincent’s Academy. “My favorite Christmas memory is probably the year my brother turned 18. I was still 14 at the time. That year, I planned on sleeping a little later, being an official “teenager” and whatnot. However, around 7 a.m. my brother, Corey, bombards me in my bedroom and bounces on my bed, shouting, “WAKE UP EMILY, WAKE UP!’” Barielle recalls. “We ran into the next room and woke up our disgruntled mother and stepfather and spent the rest of the morning unwrapping presents and munching on Christmas candy,” she says. “You worry about your family sometimes, wondering how they deal with their every day stresses, and when you see them jovial and laughing, it makes you feel happier and relieved.” Teens responded differently when asked for their favorite Christmas memory. Maegan Smiley says, “We used to leave reindeer food outside on Christmas Eve and check to see if it was gone in the morning. That was fun.” Dani Sadowsky, 17, “When I was 5 or 6, my brother and I played with the boxes from our large gifts for 3 days in the living room. We painted them like cavemen and played with all of our new things in there.” Some memories are cherished to this day. Tess Johnson, a student at Savannah Arts Academy, remembers her favorite Christmas memory was “…one of my first Christmases, spent at my grandma’s house in New Jersey.

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| Editor’s Note by Jim Morekis

Seasonal seasonings I

wanted to open the column this week by addressing the concern of a caller a few days ago who left an interesting voice mail for me. The man -- with a distinct Southern accent, a middle-aged white guy if I had to guess - said he was a regular reader of the paper every week, but was now quite disappointed. He said, and this is a direct quote: “You used to have a lot of good write-ups about what a sorry-ass job Bush is doing. Have you been told to quit writing stuff about him?” The answer, sir, is no, we haven’t been told to quit writing about the president. Honestly, I figured everyone pretty much already knew what a sorry-ass job he’s doing, and was getting tired of hearing about it. But I guess not! So fear not, Mr. Caller -- we’ve still got another ten months or so to get our jabs in. God only knows how much bigger the mess can become in that much time, eh? In a tangential, sort-of-political sidenote, you’ll notice this week that we’ve begun carrying a new comic, Tom the Dancing Bug

by acclaimed cartoonist Ruben Bolling. (There’s no character named Tom, and no dancing bugs. It’s just a name. Is a Blackberry actually fruit?) Tom/Bolling is a staple of alt-weeklies throughout the country and we’re proud to add the strip to our pages, joining Lloyd Dangle’s Troubletown and Toothpaste for Dinner by Drew. I wanted to particularly call your attention to the holiday-themed Lead Story by our new editorial intern, Kristi Oakes. She’s a student at Savannah Arts Academy, and like virtually every student from that local high school I’ve met, is remarkably professional, mature, personable, and talented. Kristi has already contributed several Profiles of key people behind the scenes in Savannah, first of a registered nurse and another of a restaurant “runner.” The cover story this week marks Kristi’s first long-form piece for us. You might automatically assume that we would have to entirely rework an intern’s contribution to the paper, but I thought it noteworthy and important to point out that Kristi’s “All They Want for Christmas” this week was not rewritten in any way; indeed, it needed very little editing of any fashion.

I think we can all agree that world’s pretty much going to hell in a handbasket, but at least I rest easier knowing that the future is in the hands of young people like Kristi, and indeed virtually every other intern we’ve had here. I’m constantly (and pleasantly) amazed at the high level of work and positive attitude shown by most high school students I run into these days, both in a professional setting and outside the office. Contrary to the current conventional wisdom that schools are getting worse, they’re not only better-educated overall than my generation ever thought about being, they’re also much, much more deft at interpersonal skills and basic etiquette. Savvy without being cynical, I guess you’d say, and that’s a good thing to be. Speaking of hell-in-a-handbasket, though, it seems more and more clear that the nation is going into a recession, if it isn’t already there. Traditionally one of the good things about Slow-vannah is that we’re usually insulated from the worst effects of recession (we’re also insulated from the best effects of a boom, too, but that’s a different story). Typically we don’t suffer nearly as badly as

other Americans do in dire economic times, for two main reasons: 1) We’re already behind the curve in a lot of economic indices anyway, and 2) our economy is actually pretty diversified. With that in mind, I wanted to cheerlead for capitalism a little bit and focus on the positive by calling attention to two new businesses that just opened on Broughton Street: Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream offers truffles, cordials, creams, hand dipped chocolates, and all kinds of other goodies, including original recipe ice cream. They also have a viewing kitchen so you can see how some of the sweet stuff is made. You might know Harkleroad Jewelry and Design from its location on Hodgson Memorial Drive. They’ve opened a second store on Broughton offering diamonds and other jewelry, with a full-service repair shop. All of us at Connect Savannah wish all of our readers and advertisers a glorious, safe and enjoyable holiday season. w Jim Morekis is editor in chief of Connect Savannah. E-mail him at

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Regina and everyone there were friendLove letter from California lier and more helpful than any staff we have Editor, ever run across in our travels. We hear this is My wife and I just returned from a vatypical for all Bed & Breakfasts in that area. cation to the Historic District of Savannah. On a Sunday, we visited a large church We hail from Santa Rosa, Calif., in Sonoma next to the Foley House Inn. We were acCounty, about 50 miles north of San tually out front taking a picture next to the Francisco in the “Wine Country.” We both placard (I know it sounds tacky), when we travel quite a bit, and it was our first time in were approached by a fine gentleman by the the South. name of Mr. Hilton. He offered to take I’m ashamed to say that my friends and our picture and then invited us to atI all made fun of the fact that I was tend the church service. going to the South for vacation. As if that wasn’t nice enough, I planned on changing my once we entered the cellphone’s ring-tone to the church we were constantly theme song from “Dukes e Editor: from across Letters to thah being welcomed by countters let ts in Of Hazzard,” and it was pr t nn Connect Sava a letter does no less individuals. I have ideas. Printing of in m decided that I should op tru e ec th sp of the ent our endorsem r ply fo im d never in my life been y ite ril ed ssa watch several epinece may be therein. Letters made to feel so much at ions expressed sodes of “Hee Haw” y. m space and clarit home. In California, we nn co s@ to ensure that I ter let E-mail: 32 all seem to be surrounded .99 31 7, learned the lanFax: 912.2 ctory Dr., Suite ail: 1800 E. Vi m l by a force field that is ai 4 Sn 40 31 guage and dressSavannah, GA never to be crossed. code. I have never in my life writI even called Hertz Rentten a letter of this kind before, but A-Car to see if they had any white felt it necessary to atone for my prepickup trucks for rent! In this part of conceptions of your wonderful city. I California we’re used to very fine cuisine, consider our visit to be one of the highlights and I had prepared myself for days on end of of my life. “fried everything.” I will forever be indebted to the people of Boy, was I wrong... Savannah, from 1733 to present! Thank you It only took a couple of minutes in so much for being who you are... Savannah for me to realize how wrong Daniel S. Mosier my preconceptions were. Not only was CEO - ExecUtron Technologies Savannah MORE upscale than anything in Santa Rosa, California Sonoma County, but the people were friendlier, better dressed, better looking, and exceeded our level of “Class” by quit a bit! The architecture and Old World royal Don’t forget Club Sweets! magnificence of the Historical District simEditor, ply took our breath away. The history and I understand that Connect has a sponsorcharm of that area far exceeded anything ship relationship with the Savannah Danse else we’ve witnessed in the United States. Theatre’s Nutcracker production, but I am The riverfront section was amazing. We acsure you agree that this should not keep tually walked on the same pathways as piyou from providing coverage to other dance rates, and the buildings all seemed to have a shows. soul of their own! I would like to tell you about a show that The restaurants and cafes were of the you may not know about. It really represents finest quality and ambiance possible. This the type of show I would think your publicawas made even better by the nicest staff on tion would be interested in; which is a hip, the planet. We ate at several establishments daring, and creative artistic endeavor. through out the city, and never once got a This show, Swingin’ at Club Sweets, was bad meal or service. I’ll sure miss “Sweet at the Lucas this Saturday night and was the Tea” and “Grits”!! best show I have seen yet this season - I have We like to walk a lot, and there is no betbeen to two other Nutcracker productions to ter city to walk in than Savannah’s Historical include Sue Braddy’s Nutcracker. District. Oglethorpe was a genius in city deThe STUDIO production includes local sign and planning. We rented a car at the legend, Roger Moss, and local live jazz airport, but never used it once we got to our music by Ricardo Ochoa. The dancers at the B&B. STUDIO are some of the best Savannah has We walked from square to square to to offer and many plan to have professional square every day we were there. While ballet carreers. a cold and rainy 55 degrees back home, This show is not a recital, but rather a Savannah was in the mid to upper 70’s. professional level production. I hope that What a place to walk! next year Connect includes this avant-garde Speaking of “B&B”, we stayed at the Foley show in its coverage of the season’s dance House Inn. What a place! It was finer than shows. Thank you for your time. any upscale hotel we had ever stayed in. It ‘mmmsci’ was like staying in a museum, except we could actually touch things!

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Shedding light on the subprime crisis G

rowing up in Communist Romania during the Cold War was not easy. Life was tough for my family and for most Romanians. But little did I know that growing up there would instill valuable life lessons. Freedom was scarce, food was scarce, and credit was virtually non-existent. My parents never had a credit card and owning a home was exclusively for the rich elite. Of course a socialist society is not supposed to have rich people, however we all know by now that socialism and communism exist only in the Land of Utopia. Our president was vocal about how the Romanian people owned everything in the country, but if my parents wanted their share they had to be prepared with lots of cash. So, they never owned the apartment in which we grew up, because they were not able to save enough money to pay for it. In 1983 God brought me to the beautiful United States of America, the land of opportunities. I soon realized that to live in a decent manner you didn’t have to be prepared with lots of cash; credit was the “king.” Within years I established plenty of credit, but the most valuable lesson from childhood stayed with me: “Don’t buy it unless you can pay for it with cash!” Homes are excluded because they come with a much higher price tag. Destiny sent me in a direction that I never would have expected when I was growing up. I wanted to be a flight attendant, but I ended up with a career in mortgage banking. As a child my mom would never allow me to go to sleep at night if my homework was not done. I discovered that math was not that hard and in actuality if I paid enough attention, I would even feel attracted to the complexity of math figures. It has been 16 years since I have been dealing with people’s credit and finances, and about 10 years of counseling with my customers. Back when I started my career in the mortgage business the concept of subprime

or non-conforming was very new. The majority of mortgage loans were made primarily to those who had great credit, job stability, enough down-payment, and low debt-to-income ratios. The desire for homeownership grew rapidly and many lenders realized there was an untapped market out there: the consumer with less-than-perfect credit. Among the first non-conforming loans were those requiring a large down payment, a minimum of 25-30 percent of the purchase price. It was a win-win situation. The lenders and their funding source, Wall Street investors, would increase profitability. The consumers with marginal credit would see their dream of homeownership come true. The risk of default was minimized by the fact that a large down payment was required. You had to be out of your mind to let your home go into foreclosure if you had to put $40,000 or more of your hard earned money in it! Soon our country discovered that many folks don’t have that kind of money to invest, and the “right” to homeownership was not there for everyone. Call me old fashioned, but I still believe that it is more of a privilege rather than a right to own a home! With pressure from the feds to extend credit to all people, including low income ones, the lenders had to be creative with their mortgages, and Wall Street had become even more profitable. But I wouldn’t be quick in judging Wall Street so fast. After all, so many of the average Jane’s and John’s retirement accounts were investing in mutual funds that were in-

vesting in mortgage backed securities. And for a long time it worked, because the subprime loans came with a higher rate to the marginal borrower and a higher profitability to Jane and John’s retirement account. But the sky was not the limit in opportunities and the time came when we all, as a nation, paid the price. We are still paying for it and we’re still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. The Subprime Crisis is here! I don’t believe there’s one particular group that needs to be blamed for this turmoil, but being involved in the subprime lending field as a mortgage originator and a counselor, I knew that those subprime loans were not meant to be permanent mortgages for anyone. The concept of making a 100 percent mortgage loan to a credit-marginal consumer is still unrealistic in Europe, but we Americans have always tried to be more innovative and more willing to assume higher risks. Subprime loans came with a higher price in rates and terms, due to the risk. The idea was to allow more people the chance to homeownership, especially to ones with a blemished credit history. I called them “transient loans” because they were supposed to be temporary in nature. I explained this to my customers so they could fully understand what they needed to do after they moved into their brand-new home. The two-year ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage) came with a much lower interest rate than the fixed rate mortgage. As a result, many people were able to qualify for a mortgage in an escalating real estate market. My customers knew well that they had two years to get their credit to the level where they would qualify for a conforming low interest rate mortgage. And guess what they all did and why I am so proud of them? They lived on a budget and made their payments on all their

loans on time. They made sacrifices and they believe it was worth it! My customers are just a small percentage of the people who were given the chance to home ownership and they’ve managed to keep their homes without going into foreclosure. I’ve always believed that education would be a major factor in our lives and that is why I educated my customers. And it is the lack of education that highly contributed to the Subprime Turmoil. An educated individual would not allow himself to be taken advantage of by a predatory lender. An educated individual would know exactly the terms of his loan, the APR, the length, and whether it’s a fixed or an adjustable rate mortgage. And we don’t need a Ph.D. in finance to learn all this, just the desire and willingness to learn more so that we better ourselves! There is light at the end of the tunnel and we will be able to get out of the tunnel sooner if we only did our part. For now, we just have to accept that lenders are tightening up their guidelines and it’s going to be more difficult to get approved for a mortgage. Wall Street and the lending industry will become more conservative, and the dream of owning a home for many will just have to be put on hold for a while. But patience is a virtue! So, let’s not lose faith and let’s work diligently towards becoming more aware of the responsible use of credit. Then and only then we can say that we did our part in fixing the problem. An educated society will diminish and possibly eliminate our economic and social ills that greatly affect us today. w Carmen Alexe is the Founder of Credit Smart Academy. Call her at 826-6263 or e-mail her at To comment, e-mail us at

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To a random observer, last weekend’s activities at a vacant auto repair shop and storefront church on 39th and East Broad Streets probably wouldn’t look noteworthy. But for the eleven volunteers who turned out for the first work party of the Savannah Bike Coop, Saturday was a turning point in realizing their vision of a community-based bicycle center. In nearly three hours, the team made a supply run, sorted donated bike parts, and completed construction on two workbenches. After months of biweekly planning meetings, being in their own space and having tangible results from this small beginning put everyone in an excited mood. Up until Saturday, the bike co-op has existed only as an idea, borne out of the reallife experiences of Patrick McLaughlin, Melissa Bzdak, and Matt Cole, relatively new Savannahians who’ve worked with similar set ups in places like Cincinnati, Denver, and Memphis. Progress is made on building workstation In idealized cooperative fashion, no one admits to being the leader of the Savannah efthe type of people and values that we want fort, but Christy Brozowski, McLaughlin’s to associate with.” So far, Isaacson is offering wife, referred to the project as “Patrick’s the space rent free. baby. Now that it’s started it’s really taking SoPo Bike Co-op in Atlanta donated a on a life of its own,” she said. cache of parts to the Savannah enterprise. As group members describe it, a bicyIn November, Savannah co-op members cle co-op is a community based bike repair spent a day at SoPo, to give inexperienced and construction workshop. Using donated group members the chance to work in a cotools, homemade workbenches, and second op setting and a feel for how their dream hand bicycle parts, volunteers teach new and might come to fruition in the months to experienced bike riders how to repair their come. own bikes, providing space for the effort. Right now the Savannah Bike Co-op is People needing bikes can learn how to looking for a volunteer accountant and asbuild their own, using frames, forks and sistance with non-profit status. Plans for the sprockets rescued from household garages new year include fundraisers, more meetand diverted from bike shop trash bins. ings, and more work sessions, with January Nominal fees may be charged for tool rental, 19 as their target for opening day. perhaps on a sliding scale. No one will fix “We’re looking for bikes, money, tools. your flat tire for you, but instruction and People interested in volunteering. Especially assistance will be offered, possibly free of if they have experience in Frankensteining charge. bikes” said McLaughlin. McLaughlin recalls the first time he “This is what we were supposed to do set foot in Denver’s bike co-op. “I never today, get started,” said Cole. thought anything like that could exist in the “I’m not going to lie about this,” said volworld,” he says. unteer Jeff Walter, drilling the final screw More than a repair shop, he sees the cointo a completed workstation. “I’m pretty op as a community gathering place, a way proud of this bench.” w to encourage more people to get on bicycles and to expand bicycling as a way of life, for Savannah Bike Co-op’s next workday is people “ages 0 to 90. Everyone loves riding December 29, but check the website to conbikes. It’s multigenerational.” firm and for the 2008 schedule of weekly The Savannah Bike Co-op holds their meetings and workdays. planning meetings at the Sentient Bean. At Saturday’s work party, Bean owner Kristin Russell stopped by to offer support and the Email Robin at

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Showering suspicion

Officers responded to a burglary in progress on Mariners Way. They found all doors and windows secured and no sign of forced entry. The officers were informed the victim had locked himself in the downstairs bathroom because he could hear someone upstairs in his house. The victim was on the phone with a witness, who called 911. There was an SUV in the driveway, but when the officers ran its tag, it came back as not being on file. The garage door was forced open so the officers could gain entry into the house. As officers were clearing the house, they could hear the shower running upstairs. A woman was found inside, taking a shower. She told police that she was visiting her fiancee and that she had known him for “a couple of years” and that she often visited him. However, the victim said he didn’t know the woman, although he thought she could be a member of the church where he is the pastor. He said he heard his electric garage door open and, not knowing who it was, hid in the bathroom. He heard the suspect go into his kitchen and then go upstairs and take a shower. The suspect’s purse and jacket were found in the kitchen on the counter. A glass of red wine was found upstairs with the suspect’s shoes and other belongings. A bottle of red wine was found in the victim’s refrigerator that the victim said was his. The woman was arrested. Her vehicle was searched, but no garage door opener was found. A maintenance receipt for the vehicle was found, but no one answered when officers called the numbers on it. • A Dean Forest Road resident called police and reported that she was receiving harassing phone calls from another woman regarding carpet cleaning she had provided for the suspect. The woman said the calls were numerous and vulgar and she asked if the police would call the suspect and ask her to stop calling. She said she didn’t want to press charges. An officer called the suspect to explain the situation and asked her to stop calling before charges were filed. The suspect stated that she didn’t care if the woman pressed charges. The officer told the suspect to have a nice day and hung up. A report was written at the request of the victim. • A woman walked into police headquarters and said she has been receiving harassing phone calls from a private number for more than a year. The victim said the suspect also has

been able to hack into her Internet service and phone line. She said the caller, who she knows only as “Jessica,” is in North Carolina. The suspect has sent e-mails to other people, telling them to call the victim regarding a person who needs help. The victim was given a case report number. • A man reported that his credit card was stolen, even though he put it in his wallet and then put the wallet in a dresser drawer. The man told police that his daughter had tried to use another credit card on the same account earlier in the day, but the charge was declined at the bank. He then contacted the bank and was told that the credit card had been used three times for nearly $800 in purchases. The suspect tried to use the card two more times for purchases totalling $400, but the charges were denied by the bank. The man told police he believed his personal caretaker was responsible for the theft. He said the suspect was the only person who had been in his residence on the day the credit card disappeared. Officers weren’t immediately able to locate the woman to question her. • Police were called to the 1400 block of Maywood Avenue on a report of shots fired. An officer spoke with a woman who said she heard a single gunshot the day before. The next day, she found a bullet hole in her wall and called police. The projectile appeared to have entered through the north side of the residence and traveled south through the living room where it entered a wall. It exited through the bathroom wall and into the molding of another door in the bathroom. The bullet sopped in the door molding. The officer was unable to locate it. The woman wasn’t able to identity the person who had fired the weapon. She was given a case report number card. w

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| News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd an earlier court order (reported in News of the Weird in 2006) by doing the same prohibited behavior: He accosted a man in public at a mall and fondled his bicep. (2) In October, the singer Donovan, 61, announced plans to open the Invincible Donovan University in his native Scotland to advance Transcendental Meditation teachings, which assert (as mentioned in News of the Weird in 1999 and 2005) that a critical mass of practitioners, concentrating in unison, can cause society to reduce its crime, violence and stress (and, he said, the critical mass for improving a small country like Scotland would be only 250 meditators).


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Adding to the list of stories that were formerly weird but which now occur with such frequency that they must be retired from circulation: (85) The errant animal (often a squirrel) that wanders into an electrical line or substation, kills itself, and thereby plunges a wide neighborhood area into darkness, as in Ashland, Wis., and Auburn, Calif., in November. And (86) the parent who decides to commit a crime (often, shoplifting) with his or her toddler in tow, only to irrationally decide, when spotted by police, to abandon the child and run away, as a panicked Suzette Gruber, 39, did in October, leaving her baby in his stroller after being caught in a T.J. Maxx store in Hartsdale, N.Y. w

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clear bomb simply by removing two ordinary screws and (according to BBC News) The Texas Board of Education anusing “an Allen key to select high yield or nounced in November that it had made low yield, air burst or groundburst and other its selections of approved math textbooks parameters.” for the next school year, even though the Yikes! (1) The China Daily newspaper group of chosen books contained a total of reported in November that local markets 109,263 errors. Books of the industry giant and beauty salons in Guangdong province Houghton Mifflin accounted for about were selling low-priced hair bands made 86,000. All publishers have guaranteed to from used condoms. (2) “Fires during surcorrect the errors by the time the books are geries a bigger risk than thought,” headlined shipped. a November Boston Globe article, citing In October, rescue crews in Pittsburgh data from hospitals in Pennsylvania (28 opfreed a woman who had become stuck unerating-room fires a year for the last three derneath an SUV in front of another womyears) and Massachusetts. an’s house. She told police that she suspected People Who Have a Way With Words: her husband was having an affair with the (1) Washington state Rep. Jim Dunn, rewoman and had crawled around to get a betsponding in October to a reprimand by colter vantage point for spying. She said she inleagues about unwanted sexual remarks advertently fell asleep and, when she awoke, made to a female staff member, said he could not crawl out. couldn’t recall exactly what he told her, but Spectacular Errors: (1) In November, a that he was “sure it was very inappropri77-year-old man in Jacksonville, Fla., inate, because I do that kind of thing.” (2) tending to help his daughter by riding his biRussia’s checkerboard serial killer (who said cycle to Long Branch Elementary School to he aimed to commit 64 murders even pick up her 4-year-old son (his grandson), though only charged with 49), exarrived back home with a kid on the plained in court in October how bike but did not realize that he had he got started, at age 18, by killpicked up the wrong boy. Said the What do ing a classmate: “A first killing picked-up kid’s frantic mother, “(The is like your first love. You never you think I two boys) don’t even look alike.” forget it.” (2) The Rhode Island Department should say of Health fined Rhode Island Creme de la Weird Hospital $50,000 in November beMesa, Ariz., police arcause three doctors so far this year rested Sebastian Mancilla, 41, have performed neurosurgery on in November after a security camthe wrong side of the patients’ brains. era at Mervyn’s department store (Two patients survived.) caught him being not too subtle in looking up the skirt of a female Fine Points of the Law shopper. According to an Arizona In November the Food and Drug Republic reporter, citing a police Administration told Smiling Hill source: “At one time Mancilla apFarm of Westbrook, Maine, that it proached the woman from behind and laid would have to recall all of its egg nog down on the floor to look up her skirt. He because it did not list “egg” as an ingredient then got back to his feet and continued to on the label. Federal law requires the listact as if he was shopping.” Mancilla allegedly ing to protect people with egg allergies from tried again with the same woman, dropping inadvertently consuming foods that they to his knees, but to no avail, as the woman might not have realized contain egg (even walked away. products called “egg nog”). Jesse Rodriguez, 33, was scheduled to Least Competent testify in December in Redwood City, Calif., Criminals against the man who ordered him to shoot Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) A man another to death in 1989, even though trigin a werewolf mask tried to rob a Subway german Rodriguez has been, and is, exsandwich shop in Pittsburgh in October, but empt from any prison time. Rodriguez was came away empty as the two employees on 14 when he killed the man, and state law at duty refused to give up money even though the time prohibited authorities from holdhe implied that he had a gun (covered with a ing him beyond his 25th birthday. Since paper bag). The employees said the man arRodriguez went on the lam after the crime gued a bit and then in frustration removed and did not surface until he was 31, the state his mask and fled, saying, “I can’t believe would have to let him go even if he were you won’t listen to a man with a mask and tried and convicted. a gun.” (2) Gregory Holley was arrested in The Continuing Crisis Largo, Fla., in November and charged with The existence of the 50-year-old, ultrarobbing three stores and a bank. He was secure computer protocol required for a picked up the day after the bank robbery, U.S. president to launch nuclear weapons carrying cash from the bank and wearing is well-known, through newspapers, books the same clothes that the robber wore, with and Hollywood films, but according to pastains from the bank’s chemical dye pack. pers released by Britain’s National Archive Updates in November, a similarly complex protocol (1) A court in Preston, England, conhas been in place in that country only since victed Akinwale Arobieke, 46, of violating 1998. Before that, a person could arm a nu-


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Humans Evolving Faster

A new study released by U.S. researchers reveals that far from slowing down, human evolution has sped up during the past 40,000 years, becoming 100 times faster in the past 5,000 years alone. Most of the mutations resulted from dramatic population booms, the report suggests. As populations expanded, the number of mutations increased, boosting the chances for beneficial genetic variants that can improve survival. While lead researcher Henry Harpending, of the University of Utah, says he doesn’t know the identity of most of the genes in which the mutations occurred, he says quite a few appear to be responses to changes in diet and a new wave of virulent diseases that swept through human populations as they began farming.

Yellow Sea Spill

South Korea enlisted nearly 7,000 workers and volunteers to contain the country’s largestever oil spill after a Hong Kongregistered supertanker collided with an out-of-control South Korean barge in the Yellow Sea. An estimated 10,500 tons of oil leaked just offshore, then washed onto important wetland stopovers for migratory birds. Officials in Seoul declared a state of emergency after more than 10 miles of coastline in South Chungcheong province were blanketed by the oil. The affected area is home to 181 aquatic farms, which produce abalone, seaweed, littleneck clams and sea cucumbers. The Korea Times reports that ducks and other aquatic life have been found suffocated by the oil. The cleanup crews, some battling headaches and nausea from the stench of crude oil, used shovels and buckets to clean the muck from the once-scenic shore.


One child was killed and hundreds were made homeless by a moderate earthquake that struck southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. Movement on a newly discovered geological fault caused walls to collapse in the cities of Caraibas, Manga and Januaria. • Earth movements were also felt in the South Pacific, northeast India and northwest Myanmar, Bali, Scotland, Trinidad and northern Chile.

Tropical Cyclones

Cyclone Daman missed Fiji’s most heavily populated areas but made a direct hit on the remote island of Cikobia, where residents survived winds of up to 155 mph by taking shelter in caves. Most of the damage from the storm was inflicted on the island’s crops. • Tropical Storm Olga formed near Puerto Rico more than a week after the official end of the Atlantic hurricane season. The storm killed one person in the U.S. commonwealth, then caused floods and slides over the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where 13 more were killed.


Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano spewed gas and vapor more than a mile into the sky in its first eruption since 1866. Park rangers and volcano experts first noticed increased unrest within the mountain, and vegetation dying around it, several months ago. • A fresh eruption occurred on a volcanic island in the Red Sea, where lava killed nine people during an eruption on Sept. 30. The volcano on Jabal al-Tair (Bird Mountain) island spewed lava out of fissures created by that previous eruption, but the activity did not threaten nearby islands.

Viking Warmth

Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago has recently been warmer than at any other time since the end of the Viking Age nearly 800 years ago, according to a study by the Norwegian Polar Institute. “And the warming is accelerating,” institute glaciologist Elisabeth Isaksson told the AFP news agency. The trend was determined by examining ice core samples taken from Lomonosovfonna, one of the highest glaciers on the island of Svalbard. During the balmy Viking Age, voyagers from Europe’s Nordic region had access to ice-free seas all the way to Greenland and North America. The new report comes after a summer that saw Arctic sea ice melt at a record rate, and an autumn in which it refroze more quickly than ever observed before.

The Largest Spitter

A leading conservation group in East Africa announced that a large snake recently discovered to be a unique species is the world’s largest spitting cobra, carrying enough venom to kill at least 15 people. WildlifeDirect said the Naja Ashei measures about 8 feet in length and lives along Kenya’s equatorial coast. DNA analysis has revealed that the reptile is distinctly different from any other African cobra. “A new species of giant spitting cobra is exciting and reinforces the obvious — that there have to be many other unreported species, but hundreds are being lost as their habitats disappear under the continued mismanagement of our planet,” said the group’s chairman, Richard Leakey. w


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‘You can choose almost any sound you want’ EWI master Bernie Kenerson plays Jazz’d


ernie Kenerson is a man with a mission. A professional jazz musician for many years, the producer, composer and arranger was born into a musical household. He first took to the clarinet at age seven, and by ten had added the sax. By 13, he was playing the flute as well, and at 16 went pro with a group in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale. Barely more than a year later, he had joined the U.S. Army, and over the next 14 years, he’d serve as an instrumentalist and arranger for Army Bands. But now it seems that all these experiences (as well as subsequent music degrees from esteemed schools like Berklee College of Music and Appalachian State University) were merely preparation for the latest chapter in his life. Kenerson you see, has found his calling, and is in the very early stages of a proselytizing ministry. His message? Embrace the EWI. What may you ask is an EWI? Well, it’s an acronym which stands for Electronic Wind Instrument. In other words, it’s a device that you blow in —much as you would a traditional horn or woodwind instrument— but which is capable of generating an almost limitless range of sounds. Think of them as synthesizers played with breath as opposed to fingers. Despite the fact that these unusually versatile instruments have been around in one form or another for three decades, and that many major artists have dabbled (and recorded) with them, EWIs have never made significant inroads in the music community. Why not? Well, maybe it’s the name, which, frankly, sounds like either a personal flotation device or an Australian cocktail. Or maybe it’s the fact that for some, the notion of making music by blowing into an electronic stick connected to a computer just seems a tad, well, goofy. And yet, according to Kenerson —who’s performed alongside such jazz icons as Bob James, The Yellowjackets, Jimmy Smith and Gato Barbieri— for serious musicians not intimidated by technology or the evolution of their art form, EWIs are simply “where it’s at.” Given the option, he’d much rather play one of these electronic wind instruments than any of the “regular” horns at his disposal. “I keep ‘em out and still play ‘em all pretty much once a day to keep my chops up,” he says of his collection of varied brass and woodwind axes. “But for my own music, I wanna concentrate on the EWI. 2008 will mark 30 years that I’ve been playing EWIs. I’ve always loved ‘em and so I made a decision that I wanted to showcase that.” “I’m bringing the EWI to the forefront. I think they’re great and there hasn’t really been anyone who’s decided to seriously make it their main instrument.”

Kenerson says that quite a few jazz artists play and record with EWIs, but usually only in small doses. “They’ll use it for a little color here and there or for a piece of a melody. Maybe for one song an album. But the instrument itself is so rich with possibilities that it needs to be out front. I’ve always been a multi-instrumentalist and wanted to play more than one thing. In the past, on jazz gigs, I’d show up with five or six instruments. Piccolo, flute, tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet. “So the nice thing about doing my thing and my music with an EWI is that I have a palette of different sounds to choose from. They’re all right there. I don’t have to bring an armful of horns and keep up with the reeds and everything else. I’ve grown up with and always liked synthetic and electronic sounds. So, as a horn player, it’s fun to be able to tap into all of that.” He knows some people dismiss EWIs as less than a “real” instruments, but he hasn’t run into too many EWI haters. Plus, he sees that as mainly a holdover from a previous generation that was in many respects slow to embrace the possibilities of electronic instruments in general. “By contrast,” he notes, “Michael Brecker —who recently passed away— was one of the best jazz musicians that ever lived, and he embraced EWIs. He was a real innovator, and did a lot of unique things with them. Time has come for it to be accepted as a viable, deserving instrument we all have to pay attention to.” To that end, Kenerson has recently re-

We’re at a point in time where it’s nice to have something that just sounds fresh, you know?


| Interview stuff from the CD that should come out next Spring,” he explains. “I sprinkle in a handful of covers and standards. There’s a Monk tune we’ve modernized, and a John Scofield tune we love to jam on. There’s also a couple of Coltrane tunes that work very well on the EWI. I’d like to think that if Coltrane were around today, he’d have really gotten into EWIs.” To anyone unfamiliar with the sounds of

EWIs, but who might be considering making the show, Kenerson has these words of encouragement: “I’ve got a great sounding band that’s both fun and entertaining. It’s very accessible stuff. If you’ve never seen someone play the EWI, it’s really a joy to hear. We’re at a point in time where it’s nice to have something that just sounds fresh, you know?” “The cool thing to me about the EWI is

that it’s got a newness to it, but there is a familiarity there as well. Because the basis of the thing is in analog sounds that have been with us for a while. This is just a new twist in the horn player’s expression.” w The Bernie Kenerson Group plays Jazz’d Tapas Bar Friday at 9 pm. There is no cover to get in. More info and music samples at:

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leased an independent album called You & Me (The Art of the EWI), which features the EWI as the melodic lead on every track. Musically, it’s an upbeat mixture of slickly played, feel-good tunes boasting a facile and live acoustic rhythm section of bass, guitar and drums. Compositionally, the album shifts between modern material and more traditional fare, but at all times, his electronic axe is front and center. It’s a bold statement that’s meant to validate his chosen instrument. And it does. Kenerson says that for most any wind player, the EWI is not only a wonderful compliment to their standard arsenal, but given the chance, just might wind up being their preferred “horn”. “It has all the elements needed for great, artistic music,” he enthuses. “Plus, you can choose almost any sound you want. With this new Akai 4000s model I use, you don’t have to plug it into an effects rack.” According to Kenerson, this brand-new development is a state-of-the-art upgrade in previous technology that has effectively made EWIs virtually indistinguishable in most functional and visual respects from an acoustic horn or woodwind. “A lot of guys get into wind controllers, which I do as well. I could trigger banks of sound modules, but the horn I use now has a dual-oscillator analog modeling synth engine right on board, with built-in effects. So, when I go wireless, I’m not tethered to anything! I’m essentially as free with this EWI as with an old-fashioned, acoustic horn. I’m even freer than if I was using a traditional horn with a clip-on mic.” If anyone is in a position to comment on the evolution of the EWI, it’s Kenerson, who became intrigued with the potential of this new breed of instrument from the start, and has been a devotee ever since. “That first one was called the Lyricon, and I played one back then. It was totally electric. No chips, and it was not digital. There were plenty of transistors. You’d open it up and the guts were full of wires!” Up until fairly recently, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. resident had a full-time gig playing seven nights a week at a dedicated jazz venue in that popular tourist town. “I was the musical director for their house band,” he recalls. When that venue closed, he saw an opportunity to, as he puts it, “keep the momentum going,” by devoting all his energy to composing original material and hitting the road with his own group. “The CD is getting a lot of airplay. We’re on 92 stations in 34 states and nine different countries! My CD has been heard on Savannah State’s station 90.3 FM. What’s fun about having my discs for sale online is going to and seeing that someone from Barcelona or Japan has ordered one. That’s really exciting.” Kenerson has played a few gigs in Savannah over the years, but he’s always been acting as a sideman to someone else. He considers this upcoming date at Jazz’d as his official debut in our market. “The show will mostly be original material from the current CD, plus some new


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The Jeff Beasley Band

For several years now, this Savannah native has been working at a feverish pace, juggling two distinctly different, yet related gigs. He plays often as a solo act. Those shows find him acting as a oneman-band of the most bare-bones kind (he’s rigged up a small kick drum, a set of high-hat cymbals and assorted percussion instruments which he can play with his feet while simultaneously singing and accompanying himself on the guitar. When there’s enough room (and enough pay), this format expands to become a full band. Backed by the rock-solid and experienced rhythm section of jazz-trained drummer Billy Hoffman and bassist Mike Perry, plus saxman James Moody, the group is able to add much more depth to Jeff ’s affable approach to boogie-woogie-

CJA’s ‘Jazz Yule Love’

Ever since the Coastal Jazz Association’s Teddy Adams made it his business to bring back the long-abandoned Savannah tradition of a Christmas Day jazz concert, it’s been one of the non-profit organization’s biggest fund-raisers and most eagerly anticipated annual events. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of its resumption, and as always, the show —featuring Teddy’s AllStars and vocalist Gina Rene— will be followed as it was back in the day: with a head-cutting contest (now more of a jam session with some friendly nudging) featuring both professional and amateur players from all around. It was this tradition of allowing newbies to sit in and work to hold their own with local heavyweights that played a great role in inspiring the young Teddy to pursue jazz as seriously as he has. Who knows, perhaps there will be another young musician for whom this year’s jam proves to be a defining moment as well? Proceeds benefit the CJA’s Student Scholarship Education Fund, which has helped send many promising local high schoolers to conservatories and universities to continue their musical training. $15 tickets available at Annie’s Guitars and Drums, Portman’s Music, Rody’s Music and the venue itself. More info at www.

based R & B nuggets (think Fats Domino), early rock and roll hits (think Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly), and Beasley’s own original blues and rock tunes, which are steeped in similar cadences and grooves. While he released a live CD a couple of years back, Jeff tells me he’s never felt that record truly represented what his shows are all about. According to the songwriter, his soon-to-be-released “studio” disc is the closest he’s yet come to getting across his own personal vision down on tape (funny how we still call it tape, huh?). He hopes that record will help to reposition him as at least as much of a concert act as a well-liked bar and party entertainer. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

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With an almost completely new lineup, and a revamped setlist that I’m told by one members is much more focused on lowdown, straight-up electric blues, this regional group —which has never attained as a high a profile as some of the other, more well-known area blues combos— is said to sound better than ever before. Check ‘em out in person and decide for yourself. Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.

Eat Mo’ Music

Still Savannah’s only combo specializing in soul-jazz, EMM lays down danceable instrumental grooves that range from their own interpretations of standards to jazzy treatments of rock, soul and pop hits. The group boasts a number of moonlighting music educators — including trumpeter John Tisbert, electric guitarist Bart Zipperer (formerly of Shut Up & Drive and The Six Million Dollar Band) and bassist Doug Povie (formerly of Spluff Katünga), all of whom teach scores of school kids each

year. So, what is soul-jazz? Well, it’s groovebased, improvisational music with a heavy backbeat and a strong foundation in jazz, R & B, and even some types of rock and roll. Great for dancing, as well as nodding out, as practiced by this four-piece, it’s a joyous, spunky and social fusion that crosses all sorts of genre lines to offer a lot of entertainment to a wide variety of listeners. If you like to rock out, plan to stay late, as it seems they get a little edgier as the night goes along. Fri., 9 pm, Tantra Lounge.

Junkyard Angel

This group seems to play rather infrequently, which probably has something to do with the fact that their members are split between Savannah and Athens. With a handle straight off of Highway 61 Revisited, and a loose and caterwauling way with Cosmic American covers like Neil Young’s “Cowgirl In The Sand”, Townes Van Zandt’s “Waitin’ Around To Die”, and Uncle Tupelo’s “Give Me Back The Key To My Heart”, it’s no wonder the rip-snortin’ combo anchored by Stewart & Winfield’s Stewart Marshall and his younger brother Jim (of Backwoods) describes their setlist as “Used, abused, rhinestone-infused tunes.” Much like their obvious touchstones Dylan, The Dead and The Stones, theirs is the province of the joyously sorrowful. Also


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along for the ride: guitarist Scotty Rahn, ace Bloodkin bassist Rick Williams and —at times— pedal steel guitarist A.J. Adams. This gig finds them jamming unexpectedly at one of the area’s best kept secrets, a laidback marina restaurant with a great view of the water. Sat., 3 pm, Bonna Bella Yacht Club (2470 Livingston Ave.).

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Peewee Moore & ?

I can’t tell if this former guitarist (and sometimes vocalist) for Chattanooga’s goodas-shit-good outlaw country honky-tonkers The Tennessee Rounders is calling his new backing group The Cotton Mouth Cowboys or The Awful Dreadful Snakes (!). Either way, he and his cherry-picked roots-rockin’ partners in crime are continuing down the same dusty road as his last group. Twangy, bittersweet ballads and fierce, driving barnburners are the order of the day with this unpretentious singer-songwriter. Grab a whiskey with a beer back and settle in for some male bonding (and cryin’ time, too, but don’t tell nobody I said that). Sat., 11 pm, The Jinx.

Phantom Wingo

With a new album nearing completion and a growing reputation as one of the finest purveyors of straight-up southern jam-rock

for miles around, this low-key quartet of two guitars, bass and drums offers something for fans of electric blues, roots-rock, Americana and even 70s era deep-fried psychedelia. The twin guitar attack of Shane Baldwin (who often seems to be playing one extended, blistering, balls-out solo from the start of a set till its end) and frontman/vocalist Tyler Roe (whose lead work is more delicate and meandering) is backed up ably by the beefy foundation of bassist Adam Celeste (late of the bizarro, crazy-good funk act Undermind) and drummer Josh Fallin — whose busy, technically proficient tom runs and shimmering cymbal fills are a trademark of the band’s sound. If you’re a fan of Gov’t Mule, The Allmans, Panic or even The Black Crowes (when Marc Ford was in the group), this is definitely a local band worth checking out. Fri., 9 pm, Augie’s Pub (Pooler).

Greg Williams

A familiar face around this region’s bar, club and restaurant scene for two decades, singer-songwriter Williams’ strengths lie in his deft way with sung poetry, and the carefree swagger that can only come from being extremely comfortable with for two — his voice and his guitar. With a range that can go from dark, low and gravelly to sweet, high and breathy at the drop of a hat, Williams often cuts a strange figure. Folks simply find it hard to believe that a man of his frame and often taciturn demeanor can compose and sing such sweet, sweet love songs. But its his deft touch on the guitar (primarily acoustic) that sets him apart from many other corner-of-the-bar entertainers in town. Not surprisingly, while he pays the bills in the same rooms as many of those who will likely never break free of the chains of that particular skyway, Williams occasionally gigs in L.A., and has seen original tunes from his many indie CDs used in film and TV projects here and abroad. Greg worships at the altar of Petty, Dylan, Hendrix, Waters, Calder and Lanois, which is to say he offers lyrical, cryptic, evocative rock, folk and blues of the highest caliber. Wed., 7 pm, Jen’s & Friends + Fri., 9 pm, WG’s (12 Lincoln St.) + Sat., 8:30 pm, Robin’s Nest (Pooler). w

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The Sentient Bean Psychotronic Film Series: ALABAMA’S GHOST (Other) Bizarre, ultra-rare 1973 indie film combining Blaxploitation, psychedelic rock, the drug culture, vampires, lesbianism, motorcycles, magic, the occult and political allegory (seating at 7:30 pm, film at 8 pm) 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.



Augie’s Pub (Pooler) David Harbuck (Live Music) Solo guitar-based rock, pop and blues (originals/covers). 6:30 p.m. 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. Daiquiri Beach Jeremy & Stephen of Argyle (Live Music) Acoustic duo set of classic rock, modern rock and reggae from two siblings in a popular local band (covers/originals) 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 Voodoo Soup (Live Music) Superfunky local power trio (known for their impressive vocals and musicianship) that jams HARD on classic rock, soul, jazz fusion and R & B tunes from the 60s through the 90s - feat. members of Phantom Wingo, Argyle and The Permanent Tourists 9:30 p.m. Gilley’s TBA (Live Music) Rock, Blues & Country 9 p.m. Guitar Bar Irony 9 (Live Music) Screamy, Christian-oriented hard rock power trio from Faulkville, Ga. (originals). 9 p.m. Hercules Bar and Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jeff Beasley (Live Music) 7:30 p.m. Jen’s & Friends Greg Williams (Live Music) Prolific locallybased rock, soul, Americana, blues singer/songwriter/ guitarist who’s released several indie CDs. 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Carroll Brown (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/ singer from Charleston, S.C. playing Celtic ballads, folk, pop and a genre he calls “Coastal Country” (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) 7 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 Team Trivia (Live Music, Other) 7 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 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.

Augie’s Pub (Richmond Hill) David Harbuck (Live Music) Guitarist/singer/songwriter playing rock, modern folk, blues and pop (originals & covers). 8:30 p.m. B & D Burgers (Southside) TBA (Live Music) 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 The Eric Culberson Blues Band (Live Music) Internationally-known, Savannah-based electric blues power trio led by a fiery guitarist/singer and anchored by a whip-tight rhythm section (covers & originals) 9:30 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. 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 Carroll Brown (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/ singer from Charleston, S.C. playing Celtic ballads, folk, pop and a genre he calls “Coastal Country” (covers/originals) -8 p.m. Loco’s Deli & Pub (Southside) Team Trivia w/ Kowboi (Other) 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre Savannah Film Society: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS; THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (Other) Oscarwinning 1945 family classic starring Judy Garland; 1992 family comedy-adventure starring Michael Caine and dozens of Jim Henson’s creations - most notably The Great Gonzo and Rizzo The Rat. Proceeds benefit the Bethesda Home for Boys Dec 20, 3 & 7 p.m. Luther’s Rare & Well Done Branan Logan (Live Music) 9 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park David Duckworth; Claire Frazier (Live Music) Solo pianist (jazz, showtunes, classical); female jazz vocalist who spent years on the L.A. music scsne Dec 20, 5 & 8 p.m. Moon River Brewing Co. Eric Britt (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/singer playing alt.rock and pop 8:30 p.m.


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A.J.’s Dockside “Georgia Kyle” Shiver (Live Music) American Legion Post 36 Karaoke (Karaoke) The Apex TBA (Live Music) Augie’s Pub (Pooler) Phantom Wingo (Live Music) Ballsy, guitar-heavy jam-rock with a distinctly Southern vibe (think Gov’t Mule, Allmans, Panic) from a local group soon to release their second indie CD (originals & covers). 9 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 TBA (Live Music) 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 Lurid Miscreants (Live Music) Tybee-based metal and hard rock trio featuring guitarist Brian “Ragman” Dingess 9 p.m. Cafe Loco Mr. Wiley (Live Music) Up-and-coming local psychedelic jam band, back in business after several months of inactivity 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) El Picasso Karaoke (8 p.m.) (Karaoke) Fannie’s on the Beach TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Fiddler’s Crab House Hazel Virtue (Live Music) Established regional alt.rock combo led by singer/songwriter Eric Britt and feat. members of The Train Wrecks 9:30 p.m. Friendly’s Tavern 2 #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Gayna’s Bar Karaoke (9 p.m.) (Karaoke)

Glazer’s Pub The Chuck Courtenay Band (Live Music) One of only a handful of solid Southern rock/country/honky-tonk party bands in the area, this versatile combo is led by a guitarist and singer who’s best known as a member of acoustic duo The Courtenay Brothers (covers & originals). 8 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. Jazz’d Tapas Bar The Bernie Kenerson Group (Live Music) Acclaimed Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based jazz group of guitar, bass and drums. led by a virtuoso of the EWI (electronic wind instrument), a synthesized horn capable of almost limitless sounds (originals & standards). 9 p.m. Jen’s & Friends TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Rock, Pop, Country and Soul covers/originals 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Carroll Brown (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/ singer from Charleston, S.C. playing Celtic ballads, folk, pop and a genre he calls “Coastal Country” (covers/originals) -8 p.m. Luther’s Rare & Well Done TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Eric Jones; Bottles & Cans (Live Music) Talented solo pianist (jazz, standards); hardswinging, houserocking Delta blues and Americana quartet Dec 21, 5 & 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub Pocket Change (Live Music) Local funk/rock/soul combo (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. Riders Lounge TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Robin’s Nest Sullivan Street (Live Music) Acoustic guitar/ vocals duo of Paul Rader and David Flannery (rock, pop & blues covers & originals) 8:30 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Live Music) 8:30 p.m. Savannah Theatre “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play -8 p.m. 3 p.m. “A Christmas Tradition” (Other) Musical Play 8 p.m. Scandals TBA (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Blues and Country cover bands 9:30 p.m. Steamer’s TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Blues, Rock, Pop & Country covers/originals 9 p.m. Stingray’s Randy “Hatman” Smith (Live Music) Veteran local entertainer playing popular beach, boogie, rock and blues tunes on guitar, accompanied by sequenced backing. Dec 21, 7 p.m. Dec 22, 7 p.m. Stogie’s DJ Paynt & DJ Mself (DJ) Tantra Lounge Eat Mo’ Music (Live Music) Local, mostly instrumental soul-jazz combo featuring trumpet, wah guitar, bass and drums. As the night goes on, they move from more laid-back and dance-oriented material to harderrocking, jazzed-up arrangements of popular rock tunes. 9 p.m. Terrapin Station Wes Loper (Live Music) Dec 22, midnite 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 Claire Frazier (Live Music) Talented jazz vocalist who spent several years on the L.A. scene 7 p.m. The Warehouse The Train Wrecks (Live Music) Hard-rockin’ local roots-a-billy quartet blending elements of classic rock, bluegrass, Americana, folk and blues (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. Wet Willie’s Live DJ (DJ) 8 p.m. continued on page 24


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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) Robin’s Nest Thomas Claxton (Live Music) Solo acoustic guitarist/singer playing rock and pop (covers & originals) 8:30 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Live Music) 9 p.m. 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 DJ In a Coma (DJ) 11 p.m. Terrapin Station The Train Wrecks (Live Music) High-octane local roots-a-billy quartet that just released a strong debut CD (covers & originals) 10 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. 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.

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The Apex TBA (Live Music) Augie’s Pub (Pooler) David Harbuck (Live Music) Regional singer/songwriter/guitarist playing rock, pop and blues from his many indie CDs, plus well-known favorites. 8:30 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 Thomas Claxton (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/ vocalist playing rock and pop (covers/originals) 9 p.m. Benny’s Tybee Tavern TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Bernie’s on River Street Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Bogey’s TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Bonna Bella Yacht Club Junkyard Angel (Live Music) Athens/Savannah classic and roots-rock party band (think Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons) made up of veterans of several above-average area rock groups of the past couple decades, including Stewart & Winfield and Gravel (covers & originals). 3 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. 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 Listen 2 Three (Live Music) Young and energetic local modern pop band that’s got plenty of rock and blues guitar chops (in the vein of John Mayer) to complement their accomplished, hooky, radio-ready tunes (covers & originals) 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) Isaac’s on Drayton Silver Lining (Live Music) Local jazz trio (guitar, bass, drums) featuring vocals by Maggie Evans. They recently released an impressive debut CD of orginal material. 9 p.m. The Island Grill TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar The Jeff Beasley Band (Live Music) Rootsy blues, early rock & roll and Cajun-flavored soul from one of the town’s most well-known R & B acts (covers & originals) 9 p.m. Jen’s & Friends TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Pop, Rock, Country, Blues & Soul covers/originals 10 p.m. The Jinx Peewee Moore & The Awful Dreadful Snakes (Live Music) New outlaw/alt-country project from the former lead guitarist and occasional singer of Chattanooga’s muchloved Tennessee Rounders, a popular draw at this venue (originals & covers). 11 p.m. Juarez Mexican Restaurant (Waters Ave.) Karaoke (Karaoke) Jukebox Bar & Grill TBA (Live Music) 9 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Carroll Brown (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/ singer from Charleston, S.C. playing Celtic ballads, folk, pop and a genre he calls “Coastal Country” (covers/originals) -8 p.m.

Luther’s Rare & Well Done TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Eric Jones; Tradewinds (Live Music) Talented solo pianist (jazz, standards); local sextet playing Motown, shag, beach and soul hits Dec 22, 5 & 9 p.m. Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill TBA (Live Music) 8 p.m. Mary’s Seafood & Steakhouse Chief (Live Music) Veteran guitarist/singer/songwriter who’s known for being able to play literally thousands of pop, rock and country tunes upon request. He’s also become the new face of the legendary Savannah R & B group The JoJa Band, which recently reformed for occasional shows and recording sessions. 8 p.m. Mercury Lounge The Train Wrecks (Live Music) Hard-rockin’ roots-a-billy quartet blending bluegrass, classic rock, Americana, folk and blues. Playing originals from their debut CD as well as covers (Johnny Cash, Dylan, Petty, Springsteen, etc...) 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub David Flannery (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/singer playing rock, pop & blues (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. 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. Robin’s Nest Greg Williams (Live Music) Prolific local singer/songwriter playing rock, pop & blues on acoustic guitar (covers & originals) 8:30 p.m. Savannah Blues TBA (Live Music) Blues, Rock & Jam bands - covers/originals 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. Stingray’s Randy “Hatman” Smith (Live Music) Veteran local entertainer playing popular beach, boogie, rock and blues tunes on guitar, accompanied by sequenced backing. Dec 21, 7 p.m. Dec 22, 7 p.m. Stogie’s DJ Aushee Knights (DJ) House Music & ‘80s hits 10 p.m. Tantra Lounge A Nickel Bag of Funk (Live Music) Danceoriented R & B/soul and funk covers and originals, fronted by female vocalist Leslie Gadson 9 p.m. Terrapin Station Mike Solomon (Live Music) 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 Claire Frazier (Live Music) Talented jazz vocalist who spent several years on the L.A. scene 7 p.m. The Warehouse Deep Blue 3 (Live Music) Acclaimed regional electric blues combo, revitalized and reconfigured after a recent lineup overhaul (covers & originals) 8 p.m. WG’s Jason Bible (Live Music) Solo acoustic guitar show from the singer and frontman of local Americana quartet The Train Wrecks (covers & originals). 10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay & Bucky Bryant (Live Music) Acoustic guitar duo playing popular rock, pop and country covers. 1 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Bluffton) TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m. The Wind Rose Cafe TBA (Live Music) 10 p.m.


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.


| Soundboard Bayou Cafe Chief (Live Music) Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues and Country covers -9 p.m. Blaine’s Back Door #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) Buffalo’s Cafe Karaoke (Karaoke) 7 p.m. Daiquiri Beach BN Trivia w/Artie & Brad (Other) 10 p.m. Deb’s Pub & Grub #@*! Karaoke (Karaoke) 10:30 p.m. Driftaway Cafe TBA (Live Music) 6 p.m. Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah CJA Presents: “Jazz Yule Love” (Live Music) 32nd Annual Christmas Day Holiday Concert and Jam Session feat. Teddy Adams and his All-Stars featuring vocalist Gina Rene. this is a major fundraiser for the non-profit Coastal Jazz Association. 5 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Diana Rogers (Live Music) Longtime solo pianist playing Jazz, Showtunes & Standards 7 p.m. The Jinx Alternative Hip-hop Night w/DJ D-Frost (Live Music) Feat. late-night Freestyle Battles and Breakdancing 10 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Harry O’Donoghue (Live Music) Well-known Irish balladeer who sings and plays acoustic guitar and bodhran. He hosts the popular GPB radio show The Green Island, and just released a new Christmas-themed CD (covers & originals) 8 p.m. Mercury Lounge Open Jam Night w/The Eric Culberson Blues Band (Live Music) Amateurs & Pros alike can sit in and jam along with a well-known, touring blues trio 10 p.m. Planter’s Tavern TBA (Live Music) Piano Jazz -7 p.m. Savannah Blues Open Jam Night w/The Hitmen (Live Music) Amateurs & Pros alike can sit in with an established blues trio 10 p.m. Stogie’s Two Originals (Live Music) Acoustic guitar duo playing Blues, Rock and Jam originals, plus Grateful Dead covers 10 p.m. Tommy’s Karaoke w/Jeff & Rebecca (Karaoke) Wet Willie’s Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay, Team Trivia w/The Mayor (Live Music) Solo acoustic guitarist/singer playing Pop, Country & Rock hits, followed by a live trivia match 6 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Bluffton) TBA (Live Music) 9:30 p.m. w


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. The Grill Beachside TBA (Live Music) 7 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 Harry O’Donoghue (Live Music) Well-known Irish balladeer who sings and plays acoustic guitar and bodhran. He hosts the popular GPB radio show The Green Island, and just released a new Christmas-themed CD (covers & originals) 8 p.m. 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. Scandals DJ Marty Corley (Karaoke) 9:30 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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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. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ray from Bottles & Cans (Live Music) Immensely entertaining guitarist/singer best known as the frontman of local garage-blues act Bottles & Cans. Expect a quirky mix of boisterous delta blues, weird Americana, Golden Age C & W and 60s rock nuggets (covers & originals). 7 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Carroll Brown (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/ singer from Charleston, S.C. playing Celtic ballads, folk, pop and a genre he calls “Coastal Country” (covers/originals) -8 p.m. Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill 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. Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House TBA (Live Music) Acoustic Blues, Country, Rock, Bluegrass & Pop acts The Warehouse Thomas Claxton (Live Music) Acoustic guitarist/singer playing Rock & Pop covers/originals 7:30 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 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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| Art Patrol compiled by Jim Morekis ‘Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius’ — Through Jan. 6 at the Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 York St. 912-790-8800. ‘Plastic People’ — Dick Bjornseth photography through Dec. 29 at Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. 912-233-5348. ‘Small Works’ — The Savannah College of Art and Design presents an annual exhibition for the holiday season featuring work by SCAD artists through Jan. 6. “Small Works” features unique art priced at $500 or less and measuring up to 18 inches by 18 inches. SCAD students, faculty, alumni and staff created all of the products on display. Red Gallery, 201 E Broughton St. 912-525-4735.

‘Plastic People’ by Dick Bjornseth continues at Gallery Espresso through Dec. 29

‘Space’ — Colorful and dramatic new works by Marcus Kenney include several large and small-scale paintings with glimpses toward, and evaluations of, the future. Also featured is work by Zechariah Vincent. Through Jan. 4 at 2CarGarage Gallery, 30 W Broughton St.

‘Always There’ — Porcelain and stoneware sculptures by Barbara Duch and expressionistic abstracts, contemporary cityscapes and landscapes by Fran Thomas at Gallery 440, 440 Bull St.

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ects from 10 Savannah area professional photographers is on display at TruSpace Gallery, 2423 DeSoto Ave. through Dec. 24.

painter Kathy Miller and clay artist Betty Melaver. Gallery 209, 209 E River St. 912-236-4583.

‘In Collaboration with Howard: Creating a Way Home’ – A founding member of

‘Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam’ — Through Jan. 20 at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard Street.

the Growing Hope Artisans’ Cooperative, Howard Jackson has been creating collaborative artwork and assisting with arts programming at Union Mission for many years. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, December 12, 5-7 p.m. at the Starfish, 719 E. Broad Street.

‘Kahil Gibran’ — A collection of paintings and drawings by the poet and author of “The Prophet” can be seen through Jan. 27 at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard Street. Kathy Miller and Betty Melaver — The artists of the month at Gallery 209 are

‘Southern Wings: Images of Aviation’ — Work by aviation and historical artists Marc Stewart, Jim Balletto, Wade Meyers, and Russell Smith can be seenthrough April 13. The four exhibit together as Southern Wings and for this exhibition, chose 84 original oils, acrylics, watercolors and prints. Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler. w

‘Permanence in Art’ — Work by

Jacqueline Carcagno and William Weyman thru Dec. 31 at Daedalus Gallery, 414 Whitaker St. ‘Philip Morsberger: The Sixties’ — Through Jan. 20 at the Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 York St. Savannah Wild Acres artists — The Art Show at the JEA will feature the works of the Savannah Wild Acres Artists. Artists, writers, scientists and musicians apply each year to work at the Blumethal Foundation’s “Wildacres” retreat in Little Switzerland, N.C.,for conferences and workshops. Through Dec. 31. Jewish Education Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Art Patrol is for rotating exhibits, receptions and openings. E-mail info to A group show is at the Grand Bohemian Gallery inside the Mansion on Forsyth

‘Scars’ — An art installation by Cindy Fear, a senior graphic design major at Savannah College of Art and Design, can be

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Johannah Hopkinson and Maggie Evans — Savannah-based artists Johanna Hopkinson and Maggie Evans present an exhibit of recent works. Hopkinson 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 through Dec.December 20 at the B. Matthews Gallery Space, 325 East Bay Street.

Small Works at the Whitney Gallery — Small Works at the Whitney Gallery is showcasing artwork by Mark BradleyShoup, Carrie Christian, Sara Friedlander, Adela Holmes, Melody Postma, Rhia, Daniel E. Smith, Kate Stamps, June Stratton, Terry Strickland and Ben Ward. Through Dec. 22. 415 Whitaker St.

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Other recommendations aren’t nearly as sound. I drove two and a half hours to see Todd Haynes’ wildly acclaimed freeform Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There. I love Bob Dylan, I love Todd Haynes and every critic I respect loved the film (those three guys I listed above rated it only slightly below No Country For Old Men). Imagine my surprise when I walked out absolutely hating it. I’m Not There operates entirely on miscalculations. While every biopic suffers from the simple fact that an incredibly charismatic and fascinating individual is being played by someone who isn’t nearly as charismatic or fascinating, Bob Dylan cannot be portrayed accurately by anyone. His voice, attitude and words can only come from him, and anyone else who attempts it looks totally ridiculous. The actors who try to emulate him most closely here are Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Both are among the best actors alive, and both fail miserably. Bale in particular is laughably terrible to the point that I thought his segments were intended as a parody of Dylan’s earnestness in the early 60’s and late 70’s. The film takes its bizarre structure partly as a response to Martin Scorsese’s masterful No Direction Home, which Haynes felt was too straightforward and melodramatic. Haynes wanted his film to feel more like the frantic, drug-addled 1966 documentary Eat The Document, adding kinetic energy to one of pop culture’s most dynamic figures. It’s an interesting idea, but one that’s impossible to sustain for the massive 135-minute running time. And while Haynes edits with a nontraditional narrative in mind, the actual scenes he’s putting together are imbued with a mind-numbing literalism that goes as far as visually staging “Ballad of a Thin Man” word-for-word; seriously, Mr. Jones walks into the room with a pencil in his hand, then sees somebody naked and says, “Who is that man?” It doesn’t end there. Haynes nods to Dylan’s 1971 novel Tarantula by showing a tarantula. He acknowledges Arthur Rimbaud as a major Dylan influence by naming a character “Arthur Rimbaud.” But even with all this, the biggest problem is that there’s simply no reason for this movie to exist. It consists almost entirely of actors playing out moments from Dylan’s life that we’ve seen a thousand times in various documentaries. Why do we need to see it re-staged with an actor doing an awful impersonation of him? w


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creenwriter David Benioff adapted the bestselling novel about two boyhood friends in Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, into a feature film which screened recently at the Savannah Film Festival and which opened nationwide this past weekend. Directed by Marc Forster, the film has garnered some controversy for a rape scene involving one of the young Afghani child actors, which prompted threats against the boys in their native country. Though the scene is fairly tame and not really graphic by current cinematic standards, it raised enough hackles in that extremely conservative region for there to be real concerns about what would happen next. We sat down with Benioff in early November an hour or so before he was to receive an award from the Festival, and talked about the controversy and about the challenges of adapting The Kite Runner from novel to screen. You made some key decisions writing this screenplay, the main one being your decision not to go with a voiceover. First of all, thank you for not using a voiceover! And secondly, what was behind that decision?

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David Benioff: That was one of the first decisions I made, and there was pressure to include it. I’m glad you say that, because it would have been a whole different movie. To me the novel works beautifully and it’s very successful, and the novel’s told from Amir’s point of view. A movie’s a different beast, and honestly I have a real prejudice against going to see these movie adaptations and they always start with the narrator kind of intoning the opening lines of the book. It kind of makes me squirm in my seat whenever it happens. Not to say voiceover never works, because clearly sometimes it does, in a movie like Y Tu Mama Tambien, or it’s beautifully used in the French New Wave movies. But particularly with novel adaptations it often seems like the lazy way out. To me the whole challenge of doing an adaptation is we’re trying to convert this book, black and white text on pages, into this full-color movie. And that’s all about creating images and sound and telling the story through action and dialogue. Not using a voiceover puts more burden on those child actors to be that much better. Did you enter any casting discussions with Marc Forster early on?

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David Benioff: One of the reasons I wanted to work with Marc was that he’s so good with child actors. You know, the kids in Finding Neverland are so good, he discovered Freddie Highmore, who’s now like the “It” kid actor, and he’s got a great eye for talent. I knew he was going to find the right kids. And now you watch the movie and that little kid playing Hassan is the heart of the movie, and what he does with his face. It’s been wonderful traveling around the country with members of the cast trying to get the word out about this movie, because so many times they make me look good, where there’s kind of a throwaway line in the script, a description or a head gesture and it’s very prosaic. For instance, you remember the scene where Baba emerges from the doctor’s office, he’s just been told he’s going to die, and he sees his son there and he kind of makes this little head gesture. Everytime I see that, it gets me, because there’s a real nobility about it. He’s just been told he’s got six months to live and he’s just got this dignity about him. And he knows what’s going on and his son knows, but it’s just a nonverbal moment. It could have been played so many different ways and the line in the script is just barebones, and the way he does it just gets me. On a level of difficulty of adaptation, where does the novel fit in on a scale of 1-10? David Benioff: Somewhere in the middle, a five or six. It’s tricky in terms of finding where to cut and compress, but at the same time Khaled built the story with such great narrative propulsion that you’re actually able to pull many things out of the book and still have the skeleton supporting the story remain, even though you may have stripped away some of the fat. Tell us about any chronology-shifting you did from the book to the movie. David Benioff: I play with chronology a little bit, but mostly just compressing things, and part of why I play with chronology is because I really only wanted two actors playing Amir, and I just felt like if you had four different actors in four different age groups

you’re going to lose your connection to that character. I think we can do it with one shift from child to man but having several different shifts would really be distracting. In the ‘90s all the big movies had to be three hours-plus. But the pendulum seems to be swinging back. The Kite Runner is exactly two hours. Is it a plus for a screenwriter to have less time to work with? David Benioff: It’s a plus for me because I very rarely see a movie that I want to be longer, I almost always want them to be shorter. Luckily working with Marc, we get along so well partly because we see eye-toeye on these things. Like me he gets impatient at movies that drag on too long. He’s a Swissman, you know, he’s very efficient. Are their legitimate criticisms of the moviemakers for not doing enough to safeguard the safety of the two young lead actors in Afghanistan? David Benioff: No. There have been a lot of “mistruths” -- is that the nice euphemism for lies? I think ultimately the full story is going to come out and it will be very interesting for people to see what’s actually going on. But that said, at this point the only thing that really matters is the kids’ safety, and the studio’s taking it very seriously. You know, studios don’t like pushing movies for any reason, they don’t like spending an incredible amount of money doing things, because they’re a business. And they’re doing that, they’re spending a lot of money, they were very quick to push the movie’s release. I think everybody involved in the movie is really happy they did that. Regardless of how this whole situation started the fact is all it takes is two crazy people with guns who respond negatively to the movie and you have a catastrophe. The last month I think things have gotten a lot better and the families seem to be much happier. As far as I know -- knock on wood, or “Insh’allah,” as they say in the movie, they’re being taken care of very well. w To comment, e-mail us at


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Juno 1/2 Reservations are required for the first 15 minutes of Juno. And by reservations, I don’t mean the type involving a phone call and the expected number in your party; I mean reservations as in the withholding of expectations and opinions, as this indie effort takes a moment to get its bearings. Yet after a rocky opening that almost drowns in its own attempt to be hip, this movie is pure bliss. Ellen Page, who already revealed herself as an actress to watch in Hard Candy, is pure perfection as the title character, a spunky and verbose teen who finds herself pregnant after a dalliance with sweet classmate Paulie Bleeker (Superbad’s Michael Cera). After briefly considering an abortion, Juno elects to have the baby and place it up for adoption, a decision supported by her dad (J.K. Simmons, Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson) and stepmom (Allison Janney). After careful research, she decides on the adoptive parents: Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), a tightly wound businesswoman who wants a child in the worst way, and Mark (Jason Bateman), a TV jingle composer whose tendency to live in the past makes him an ideal friend to Juno (they both share a love for gore flicks and bicker over musical tastes). But Juno’s idea of how everything should

I Am Legend 1/2 Will Smith may be the only one receiving above-the-title star treatment on the new apocalyptic sci-fi yarn I Am Legend, but he’s hardly the one who runs away with the film. In fact, pretty much everything in this picture -- the other actors, the FX work,

even the art direction -- is shown up by Abbey, who delivers a terrific performance which in a perfect world would be up for an Academy Award in a couple of months. Granted, there’s the small technicality that Abbey’s a dog -- a German shepherd, to be exact -- but still... Empathy for an on-screen animal is nothing new, but the preview audi-

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There have been exemplary movies imported out of the Middle East and the surrounding region for well over a decade now (Iran’s Offside is a recent example), which is perhaps why this U.S.-born-and-bred adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s bestseller by European-raised, Hollywood-sanctioned director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) never exudes the raw, authentic power that such a story demands. Of course, some of the faults in this film, primarily set in Afghanistan, might be traced back to its source material (I haven’t read the book), but it’s hard to feel as if we’re watching “life as lived” when it’s surrounded by artificial production values and an absurd climactic coincidence. A tale that spans decades as well as continents, The Kite Runner initially centers on the friendship between well-to-do but wimpy Amir (Zekeria Ebrahimi) and the family servant’s son, loyal and courageous Hassan (Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada). Hassan is forever protecting Amir, but Amir fails to do likewise when a local bully rapes young Hassan. This incidence causes a rift in their relationship, a development that turns more rancorous before Amir and his father (excellent Homayoun Ershadi) bolt for the United States to escape the Soviet invasion. Told in flashbacks and flash-forwards, the movie explains how an adult Amir (Khalid Abdalla), long assimilated into US culture (a theme

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hides its stage roots so thoroughly that it of this nature, whether good (In the Valley feels like a piece created for the silver screen. of Elah), bad (Lions for Lambs, Rendition) or In refashioning Sweeney Todd for the movindifferent (The Kingdom), have been proies, Tim Burton and scripter John Logan moted by studios with all the appeal of a have presented auplate of steamed vegdiences with a big, etables plopped in bold endeavor that front of an 8-yearfunctions as an upold. Purists will balk scale slasher film: (rightly so, in some It’s bloody but also cases) at the notion Shadow of a Gunman bloody good, with the that any work of art What: The Armstrong Atlantic State gore tempered by the should be watered University Irish Studies Club will presmelancholy love stodown for mass conent a free screening of the film adaptaries that dominate the sumption, but it’s a tion of Sean O’Casey’s play, The Shadow proceedings. Burton’s simple fact that auof a Gunman. When: Dec. 20 at noon. go-to guy, Johnny diences hit the mulWhere: Gamble Hall 103 on the AASU Depp, delivers a tiplexes to attend campus, 11935 Abercorn St.. Cost: Free haunted performance a movie, not a lecand open to the public. Info: Frank as Benjamin Barker, a ture. So trust that old Clancy at 932-5624 or Frank.Clancy@ sweet-natured barber lion Mike Nichols who’s falsely impristo remember how to Savannah Film Society: oned by a lecherous do it right. Charlie judge (Alan Rickman) Meet Me in St. Louis Wilson’s War is sterWhat: Set in 1903-04 St. Louis during who covets Barker’s ling entertainment the World’s Fair, this musical stars Judy wife. Fifteen years punched across with Garland and features the songs The Boy later, Barker returns enough glitz to sell it Next Door, The Trolley Song and Have to London a changed but not too much to Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. When: man: Now callbury it. Aided by a Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. ing himself Sweeney big-name cast and a Cost: Admission is by a donation of Todd and looking sharp script by Aaron canned goods, money or unwrapped like a zombie who’s Sorkin (adapting toy appropriate for boys, ages 12-18. already been burGeorge Crile’s nonficDonations will go directly to Bethesda ied a couple of times, tion book), Nichols Home for Boys. Info: 525-5050. he sets about planhas crafted a winning ning his revenge. He’s if occasionally facSavannah Film Society: aided in his efforts by ile work whose level A Muppet Christmas Carol Nellie Lovett (Helena of intelligence is meaWhat: An adaptation of the Dickens’ Bonham Carter), a sured by how much original, starring Michael Caine as lonely widow whose (or how little) each Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog love for Todd will individual viewer as Bob Cratchit, with Miss Piggy as clearly remain unrewants to put into it. Mrs. Cratchit. When: Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. quited. As partnersWhere: Lucas Theatre. Cost: Donation of Those digging a little in-crime, however, deeper will recognize canned goods, money or unwrapped toy they’re matched beau- appropriate for boys 12-18. Donations go its merit in sniffing tifully: A crazed Todd out that snatch of histo Bethesda Home for Boys. Info: 525slits the throats of all tory that somewhat 5050. who sit in his barserves as the missing ber’s chair, while Mrs. link between the fall of Lovett grinds up the Communism and the corpses to use in her increasingly popular rise of Middle Eastern terrorism. Kicking meat pies. Burton’s decision to stylize the off in the 1980s, it follows Texas Democratic film to within an inch of its life was a sound Congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), one, resulting in a visual feast that dazzles a blustery politician not above lounging in even through the setting’s necessary grime. Vegas hot tubs with busty strippers, as he The blandness of the actors portraying the becomes interested in Afghanistan’s inefstory’s young lovebirds, Jamie Campbell fectual attempts to oust the invading Soviet Bower and Jayne Wisner, is a debit, but as army. Charlie’s spurred to take action at compensation, there’s Borat himself, Sacha the insistence of his politically savvy friend Baron Cohen, cast as a charlatan named Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts, little more Pirelli -- perhaps not since Eric Rhodes than serviceable), a born-again right-wing played Alberto Beddini in the Astairemillionaire who also hails from the Lone Rogers classic Top Hat has an actor so deStar State. Charlie does his best, but it isn’t liberately mangled the Italian language. And until he teams up with prickly CIA operative while neither Depp nor Carter are classically Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman, trained singers, both are just fine belting out marvelous) that the ball gets rolling and the Sondheim’s tunes. Afghans are able to defend themselves. But at what cost to the future? Charlie Wilson’s Charlie Wilson’s War War doesn’t answer its own question, preferring instead to let viewers mull over the response. w Politics and motion pictures don’t mix -- at least not in 2007, when all movies in this vein have tanked at the box office. Of course, it hasn’t helped that all recent films

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9th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run and Health Walk This benefit run features a colorful seasonal theme and all standard male and female running divisions. Holiday prizes will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers, plus the top three in each age category also will receive holiday awards. The run will be held Saturday, Dec. 22 at 9 a.m. on and around the campus of the Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and on Main Street. Registration is $25 before Dec. 20 or pick up a packet Dec. 21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Race-day registration is $30 from 8-8:30 a.m.. The first 400 participants will receive a long-sleeved Jingle Bell T-shirt, jingle bells and a candy cane. 843-379-3440 or Through Dec. 22, 2008. 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 continued on page 36




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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 Chatham County Young Republicans For information, visit or call Brad Morrison at 596-4810. Coastal Democrats Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or Drinking Liberally Promoting democracy one pint at a time -share politics while sharing a pitcher. This is an informal gathering of like-minded, 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 send email to 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 http://www. Third and First Thurs. of every month. Skidaway Island Democrats Call Tom Oxnard at 598-4290 or send email to 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. Participate or coordinate a drive in your neighborhood, church, school business and organization. For info, contact Nathaniel

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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. 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 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. Medical Mission to Nigeria A team is forming for the 5th medical mission to Owerrie, Nigeria. In 2004, Tybee Island adopted Owerrie as a sister city. The team will travel to Nigeria on March 20 for two weeks. Anyone with a mind to serve is welcome, including doctors, nurses, artists,

dentists, clergy, community activists. Call Julia Pearce, RN at 414-0809 or 786-5523 or Through Feb. 19, 2008. 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. 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. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue. 912-356-5520. Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Orphans Christmas trees with ornaments featuring photos of adoptable pets and a wish list of items they hope to see under the tree this holiday can be seen through Dec. 30 at BankSouth (18 W. Bryan St. and 620 Stephenson Ave; BB&T (Savannah Mall, Oglethorpe Mall, Johnson Square, Pooler, and Waters Avenue branches; Canine Palace; Habersham Beverage; Punch & Judy; Shady Pines Kennels; TailsSpin; and Wachovia (Wilmington Island and Garden City branches). Sample items for wish lists include Purina dry dog and cat food, toys


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Henry St., for the production “A Midnight Cry: The Underground Railroad.” The production will be staged Feb. 22, 23, 24 and March 1, 2 and 3 in conjunction with the 19th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival. The script calls for two AfricanAmerican girls, ages 12-18, and numerous African-American and Caucasian actors 16 and older. Cold readings will be done from the script. Call-backs will be held Jan. 6 at noon. 651-6783 or arts. Through Jan. 4, 2008. S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St. 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. Savannah Shakespeare Festival is seeking participants for tne 2008 festival, to be held Saturday, May 17 in Forsyth Park. Non-profit theaters and spoken word organizations based within the city of Savannah are encouraged to submit a letter of interest by mail to: Savannah Shakespeare Festival, 9 W. Henry St., Savannah, 31401., fax to 6514677 or e-mail to The deadline for letters of interest is Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. For information, contact Jin Hi Soucy

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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 Beading Classes Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 9206659. Bead Dreamer Studio, 407 A East Montgomery Crossroads. 912-920-6659. Bridging Art and Writing The Savannah College of Art and Design Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning will present Mary Erickson on Jan. 9 from 6-7 p.m. as part of the Innovative Teaching and Learning Symposium series. She will discuss how a team of educators reconciled the ways students think about art and writingm, improving their abilities to create and interpret art, as well as improve writing and language arts skills. The lecture will be presented at Alexander Hall, 668 Inidan St., and a reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Through Jan. 9, 2008. Brush with Clay Classes in Raku, brush work, relief work, surface decoration, figurative and more in

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and treats, washable bedding, clumping cat litter, Petmate Dog Kennels, puppy pads, KMR for kittens, canned tuna and mackeral, puppy and dog shampoo, puppy and small breed dog collars and leashes, Heartgard, Frontline and Capstar flea prentatives, and giftcards from TailsSpin, Canine Palace, Wal-Mart, Target, Pet Supermarket, Petco. com, and PetSmart. Items purchased may be left with the business from which the ornaments were taken. With two very special needs dogs having higher than expected veterinary bills, monetary donations will be accepted. Santa’s Little Orphans trees is part of Coastal Pet Rescue’s annual Home 4 the Holidays program. www.coastalpetrescue. org, 351.4151 or Through Dec. 30. 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. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr.


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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. 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 t hrough 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. 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 The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. 912-232-4447. Credit and Money Management 12Hour Seminar will be held Jan 21, 23, 28 and 30 from 5:45-8:45 p.m. at the Effingham YMCA in Rincon. Topics include: improving credit scores, budgeting, managing debt, what lenders require when you borrow money, how to spot looming money problems, and how to deal with them before it’s too late. Orientation/registration will be held Jan. 14 between 6-7 p.m. The fee is $99 per person or $169 per couple. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call Carmen at 826-6263 or 484-1266. Through Jan. 14, 2008. 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. 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 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. Holiday Kids Camp St. Joseph’s/Candler Welness Center is offering a Hoilday Kids Camp for children ages 5-12 years old from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, 27 and 28. There is a $20 fee. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, but children should bring a lunch. To register or get more information, call Kathy Carlson if the Wellness Center at 819-8828. Through Dec. 21. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. 912-819-6000. 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. How to Unlock Your Financial Potential Barbara Treadwell of Treadwell and Associates, LLC will present this lecture Jan. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Jepson Center Auditorium. Call 236-1704. Through Jan. 10, 2008. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 York St. 912-790-8800. 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 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

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| Happenings 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 Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1510 Strand. 912-786-5917. www. 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. Wednesday Figure Drawing Group offers artists an opportunity to meet other artists and work from a live model each week. Open to artists with some experience and no instruction is offered. The cost is $60 a month. Call Judy Mooney at 443-9313 or Savannah Actor’s Theatre, 703D Louisville Rd. 912232-6080. Winter Visual Arts Classes The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is now registering students for its winter visual arts classes, day and evening classes in ceramics, metals and jewelrymaking for children, teens and adults. All classes are held at the S.P.A.C.E. studios, 9 W. Henry St., beginning Jan. 14 and will run for eight weeks. Class fees include instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materials and tools required. Space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. Class schedules and registration forms are available online at arts or by calling 651-6783. Through Jan. 14, 2008. S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St.


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. Islands Dance Academy, 610 Quarterman Dr. 912-8972100. Argentine Tango Practice and Lesson Learn the dance while having fun Sundays from 1:30-3:30 at the Doris Martin Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $2 per person. continued on page 40


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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. Oatland Island Education Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 912-898-3980. Puppet Shows are offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler AfricanAmerican Health Information & Resource Center for schools, day cares, libraries, churches, community events and fairs. Call 447-6605. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center offers a variety of business classes. It is located at 801 E. Gwinnett St. Call 652-3582. 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. 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. 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. The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street. 912234-0525. 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. The Artist/Teacher Conundrum The Savannah College of Art and Design Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning will present Susan Zwirn, a fine arts education coordinator at Hofstra University, as part of the Innovative Teaching and Learning Symposium series. She will appear April 23 from 6-7 p.m. at Alexander Hall, 668 Indian St., to present a lecture about how artists who teach face dual roles and how many of them experience contradictions in their career development that impact both those roles. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Through April 23, 2008. 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

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Call 925-7416. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. 912-354-8089. 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 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 necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. 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 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 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 intermediate. Call 897-4235 or email 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. 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. Savannah Shag Club offers shag music every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36 on Victory Drive. Shag-Beach Bop-Etc. Savannah hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:30-11 p.m. at Double’s, Holiday Inn/Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free basic shag, swing, salsa, cha cha, line dance and others are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons are offered. The lesson schedule is posted at and announced each Monday. The dance lessons are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Special cocktail prices are from 6:30-10 p.m. and their are hors d’ouerves. There is no cover charge. Everyone is invited and welcomed into club membership. Call 927-4784 or 398-8784

or visit Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn Street. 912-3527100. 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 The STUDIO, 2805B Lacy Avenue. 912-356-8383. 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. 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 3553011 for an appointment. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc, 6413 Waters Avenue. 912-355-3011. www. Art Studio Sessions Six-week sessions beginning Jan. 22 on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. or Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Oils, acrylics and pastels and drawing media. Help and encouragement in creating successful artwork. Prior experience is not necessary. Carolyn Neely, MFA, instructor. $125 tuition. To register call 234-5737 or Through Jan. 22, 2008. 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. 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. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5354 Reynolds Ave. 912- 8196000. 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. 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 dona-

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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. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. 912447-6605. 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 www. 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. 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. YMCA Whitemarsh Island, 135 Whitemarsh Island Rd. 912-897-6158.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices,” said author Laurence J. Peter. One of your top assignments in 2008 will be to prove him wrong. I hope that you will aggressively pursue a more authentic form of higher learning in numerous ways, from exploring the frontiers of your world to reading more good books to seeking out the company of original thinkers. I trust that as you expose yourself to novel data and expansive perspectives, you will get your mind blown over and over again. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): How do you numb your pain, Gemini? In 2008, I suggest that you do that less than you ever have before. Instead, launch a fierce, relentless campaign to heal the pain so that you no longer have to numb it. The astrological omens say that if you establish that as your intention, you will attract into your life the helpers and inspiration you need to make it happen. More than that: You’ll be likely to generate the kind of good fortune that will render at least some of

Savannah Yoga Center Located at 1321 Bull St. Call 441-6653 or visit for schedule of classes, times and fees. 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. 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 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. Candler continued on page 42

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Ambition is a bad excuse for not having enough good sense to be lazy,” my ex-girlfriend Arlene used to say. She claimed to be a Zen master whose duty it was to deprogram me out of my absurd striving to make something of myself. She believed the key to enlightenment was to do nothing as much as possible. “You’re egotistically attached to your identity as a poet,” she’d yell into my room as I toiled over my writing. “Come out here and show me you have the spiritual guts to sit in front of the TV and lose your grandiose self in a meaningless game show.” While I did eventually emerge from our relationship with an appreciation for the value of emptiness, it was not ultimately my destiny to downplay ambition. On the contrary! Which is why I’m here to exhort you, Aries, to treat your desires as sacred rocket fuel -- in 2008, more than ever. In the coming months, in accordance with your astrological omens, I will intensify my efforts to supercharge your ambition.

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 Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. 912-2336800. 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. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. 912-819-6000. Pregnancy Yoga An eight-week session will be held starting Jan. 8 on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6-7:15 pm in offices at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Pre-natal yoga helps mothersto-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor and delivery. The instructor is Ann Carroll. Cost is $100 for once per week or $175 for twice per week. 704-7650 or Through Jan. 31, 2008.

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the pain obsolete. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You worked your ass off in 2007. Am I right, my fellow Cancerian? In fact, you threw yourself into your hard labors with so much dutiful fervor that you sometimes lost sight of the fact that they were mostly just preparation for bigger and better assignments. Luckily for you, I’m here to snap you out of your amnesia. Please begin immediately to formulate a vision of how you will make the transition to those bigger and better assignments. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Some weeds are good for flowers and vegetables, protecting them from predatory insects. So say horticulturalists Stan Finch and Rosemary Collier, writing in *Biologist* magazine. When the bugs come looking for their special treats -- the plants we love -- they often get waylaid by the weeds, landing on them first and getting fooled into thinking there’s nothing more valuable nearby. So for example, when cabbages are planted in the midst of clover, flies lay eggs on only seven percent of them, compared to a 36-percent infestation rate on cabbages that are grown in bare soil with no clover nearby. I recommend that you use this as a key metaphor in 2008, Leo. Make sure there are always a few chickweed or henbit weeds surrounding your ripening tomatoes. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Life is a punishment,” wrote poet Robert Frost. “All we can contribute to it is gracefulness in taking the punishment.” That’s the opposite of my philosophy. I say life is a miraculous gift, and the best way to express our gratitude is to be fountains of generosity. Where do you stand on the issue, Virgo? Even if you’ve had a view like Frost’s up to this point in your journey, I think you’ll have good reasons to convert to my perspective in 2008. You will, of course, have to be open to that possibility in order for it to happen. If you’re addicted to believing that life is punishment, you’ll miss a flood of clues contradicting that quaint notion.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The coming months will be a favorable time to work hard on improving your number one relationship: you know, the one between you and yourself. So I hope you’ll have a lot of long, deep, sympathetic conversations with yourself in 2008, even as you cut way back on the scattered, careless, unloving conversations. To get your pep talks off to a hot start, go to a mirror that makes you look your very best and unleash a hail of wild praise and outrageous compliments toward the gorgeous genius gazing back at you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I meditated on the perfect holiday gift for you. What might inspire you to be in closest alignment with the cosmic currents in 2008? I decided that if I could, I’d buy you a costume shop. That way you could try on a thousand different masks and disguises. And that would put you in the proper frame of mind for the assignment I hope you will carry out all year long, which is to play with your identity and experiment with new self-images and maybe even treat your life as an epic theatrical extravaganza. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Due to the gravitational pull of the Moon, the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down. A billion years ago, a day lasted only 18 hours. In about 14 million years, it will be 48 hours long. Imagine how much more you’ll be able to accomplish in your future incarnations with all that extra time. By then, I’m sure someone will have also invented a pill that reduces the amount of sleep you need, further boosting your capacity to get things done. In 2008, I predict you will be blessed with a foreshadowing of that glorious period 14 million years from now. You will work smarter and do things more efficiently and engage in less wasted motion and maintain a crisper to-do list. Because of that, time will seem to expand for you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): French author and statesman André Malraux observed that Jesus

Christ was the only anarchist who ever really succeeded. It’s no coincidence that Christ was a Capricorn, I might add, since the evolved members of your tribe have many of the qualities necessary to thrive in situations where there are no formal rules or laws. If you would like to move more in the direction of being the highly evolved Capricorn you were born to be -- and I think 2008 will be a very favorable time to do just that -- you should cultivate the qualities of a successful anarchist. In other words, be self-motivated, disciplined, and respectful of the needs of other people. Do the right thing without having to be coerced to do the right thing. Foster in yourself a reverence for freedom and a knack for making constructive use of your freedom. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Last July 11, lightning zapped the steeple of the Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass, Oregon. Later that same evening, another bolt from the heavens struck the exact same spot. Was this bad luck? A punishing message from an angry God? No. The rare double shot knocked the siding off the steeple, revealing a problem that no one at the church had suspected: The inner structure was rife with dry rot that would have collapsed soon. In exposing the hidden danger, the lightning did everyone a big favor. I predict that you will benefit from a metaphorically comparable sequence in early 2008, Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you wanted to, you could be a skilled rainmaker in 2008, and make big bucks catalyzing downpours in drought- stricken areas. Your magical potentials are such that you might even be able to divert the flows of rivers, purify the pollution out of suffering lakes, and staunch the tears of people who’ve cried way too much. In other words, Pisces, you will have great power over the element of water. You could even use your wizardry to achieve a masterful equanimity toward your own oceanic emotions.

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tion, with all donations given to Save-ALife. 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 www. 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. Fountain of Youth Tibetan rites taught free every Tuesday and Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Yoga Hause, 1203 E. 72nd St. Yoga Hause, 1203 E. 72nd 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. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912-234-0980. Ladies Livin Smart fitness club provides nutritional education and exercise to encourage lifestyle changes at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health


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Heart and Lung Building, 5354 Reynolds Ave. 912- 819-6000. The Wisdom Center Located at 40th & Drayton. Visit www. or call 236.3660 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. International Center for Leadership & Coaching, 236-3660. 236-236-3660. www. The Yoga Room Visit or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. 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. 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

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or visit 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. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. 912-819-6000. www.sjchs. org/

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. 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.

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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 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. Georgia Equality Savannah is the local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996. 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. First City Network, 307 E Harris St. 912-236-CITY.

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 Community Cardiovascular Council, Inc. Control your high blood pressure. Free blood pressure checks and information at the Community Cardiovascular Council at 1900 Abercorn St. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 232-6624. Community HealthCare Center is a non-profit organization that provides free medical care for uninsured individuals who work or live in Chatham County and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. All patients receive free examinations, medicine through the patient assistance program and free lab work. Women receive free pap tests and mammograms. Call 692-1451 to see if you qualify for services. Located at 310 Eisenhower Dr., No. 5, Medical Center. Community Health Mission, Inc, 310

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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. Gray’s Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council A meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council’s working groups will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 415 W. Liberty St. The meetings are open to the public. For an agenda, call Coordinator Becky Shortland at 598-2381. Through Dec. 19. 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 Oatland Island Education Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 912-898-3980.

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 children, ages 3-16. Senior, military and AAA discounts are available. Call 786-5917 or visit Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1510 Strand. 912786-5917.

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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. International Center for Leadership & Coaching, 236-3660. 236-2363660. 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. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. 912-447-6605. www.sjchs. org/1844.cfm

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Eisenhower Dr., Suite 6. Diabetes University The American Diabetes Association is hosting this program for all people affected by diabetes on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Armstrong Center. The doors will open at 8 a.m. with four sessions covering 16 topics. The keynote speaker will be Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 500 people. The fee of $10 includes entry to all of the program sessions, including the panel discussion. The program is recommended for people with diabetes and their family and friends. Request a registration form at 353-8110, Ext. 3092, or at www. under Local Events. Through Jan. 19, 2008. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. 912-9275277. html Dual Recovery Anonymous This 12-step program addresses all addictions and mental health recovery. Persons who are recovering from an addiction and a mental health problem can send e-mail to for information. Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324. 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 email Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd. 912-826-4155.


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Civil War Tours of the Lowcountry A book signing and release party will be held for author David D’Arcy and photographer Ben Mammina on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Murphy’s Law on West Congress Street. Through Jan. 12, 2008. Murphy’s Law, 409 West Congress Street. 912-443-0855. Sensational Minds An African-American book store at 129 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. in the Oakhurst Shopping Plaza that carries books in 22 different categories, from fiction and nonfiction to cooking, religions, education and more. Also journals, Bible covers, stationery and gifts. Storyteller Jaqui Anderson will appear Dec. 15 from 1:30-2pm and again from 3-3:30pm. 927-8600. Sensational Minds, 129 E Montgomery Crossroads. 912-9278600. 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. 232-5488 or 652-3660. 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 or call 234-0980. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912234-0980.

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A Course in Miracles Gary Renard, author of “Disappearance of the Universe” and “Your Immortal Reality: How to Break the Cycle of Birth and Death,” will present a workshop Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unity Church. The cost is $75 and advance registration is required. 355-4704 or www.unityofsavannah. org. Through Feb. 2, 2008. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. 912-355-4704. 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 3554704. 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. 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. 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. Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn Ext. 912-354-7038. www.oglethorpemall. com/ 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. 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. 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 practitio-

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ners welcome. Ongoing weekly sessions are Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. at 313 E. Harris St. Call Cindy Beach, Buddhist nun, at 429-7265 or 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 wishes for prosperity on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level. Free. Call 920-0801. 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 Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue. 912-352-4400. www. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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,

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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. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. 912234-0980. 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 SGIUSA at 232-9121. 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 2336284 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. 16, the Rev. Joan Schneider will speak from the topic, “The Solar Express: An Intergenerational Service.” 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. 912-234-0980. 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 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 Wesley Community Center, 1601 Drayton St. 912-232-0965. www.wesleyctrs-savh. org/ w

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