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Wednesday, Oct. 24

Notes from the Other Side: Discussion

What: SCAD and Ex Libris bookstore will host a panel discussion with three local authors: James Caskey, author of Haunted Savannah; Susan B. Johnson, author of Spirit Willing: A Savannah Haunting, and Murray Silver, author of Behind the Moss Curtain and Other Great Savannah Stories. They will sign books and answer questions. When: Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. Where: Ex Libris, 228 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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SSU Homecoming Coronation

What: The theme of the coronation is To Everything There is a Season: A Winter Wonderland. When: Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Where: Tiger Arena.

Friday, Oct. 26

SSU Spirit Carnival and Family Day

What: The homecoming celebration continues. When: Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. Where: SSU Campus Circle.

Oatland’s Halloween Hike

What: A not-so-scary Trick or Treat event that is ideal for young children. Visitors will walk through a short portion of Oatland’s trail where they will meet the Friendly Forest Critters Mother Earth and Mother Goose. Wear Halloween costumes and comfortable walking shoes. When: Oct. 26 and 27 from 4-9 p.m. Where: Outland Island Wildlife Center. Cost: $5 per child and $3 per adult. Info: 898-3980 or

Savannah Children’s Theatre: The Little Prince

What: A play based on Antone de St. Expury’s classic novel, with breathtaking scenery, lighting and costumes. When: Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 27 and 28 at 3 p.m. Where: Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Dr. Cost: $10. Info: 238-9015.

Museum in the Moonlight

What: Celebrate the Ships of the Sea Museum’s 10th year in the Scarbrough House, with moonlit walks through the garden and a tour of the museum, plus live solo cello music. When: Oct. 26 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Where: Ships of the Sea Museum, MLK Jr. Boulevard. Cost: Free.

What: Garden tours, educational displays, arts and crafts, food, children’s activities and more. When: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd. Cost: $1 parking fee. Info: 9215460 or

120 Years of Trees at Tybee

What: Help plant 120 live oak, bald cypress and magnolia trees. When: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Where: Jaycee Park and Tybee Island Campground. Info: 233TREE, or

Eastman Gun Show When: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. Arena. Cost: $8.

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Savannah Actors Theatre: The Rocky Horror Show

What: A drama by Roger Rueff about life, work and religion and the priorities that must be made. When: Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Where: AASU’s Jenkins Theater. Cost: $8. Info: Call 927-5381 weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

13th Annual Fall Festival

When: Oct. 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Cost: Free.

What: Moose Lodge No. 1550 dares you to enter the haunted forest. Proceeds benefit Backus Children’s Hospital. When: Oct. 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. Where: 2202 Norwood Ave. Cost: $5. Info: 354-9043.

AASU Masquers: The Big Kahuna

What: Limited kayaks, maps and instructions will be available. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided. When: Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. Where: Hayner’s Creek off Montgomery Cross Road. Info: 651-2221.

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Halloween Haunted Forest

What: A cast of more than 20 and a full band will present this hysterical musical. Come in costume and let’s do the Time Warp again! When: Oct. 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. with special midnight shows on Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 1. Where: Savannah Actor’s Theatre,. 703D Louisville Rd. Cost: $15 general and $10 student/senior/military. Info: Call 232-6080.

Rivers Alive Cleanup

What: Buy fresh produce and other goods. When: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Where: Old Starland Dairy at 40th an Bull streets. Cost: Free. Info: 443-5355, or

Halloween House of Fun What: A student’s portfolio project is a safe, yet scary haunted house for all ages, including a storyline about a family from the 1800s who are now haunting the house. When: Wed., Oct. 31 7-10 p.m. Where: 218 Redan Dr. in Battery Point Plantation. Cost: Free, though donations accepted. Info: Chase Anthony Davis, 220-2145 or

AASU presents Pianist Denine LeBlanc

What: A guest artist recital presented by the AASU Department of Art, Music and Theatre. When: Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Auditorium. Cost: $5. Info: Call 927-5381 weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Davenport House: Savannah in 1824

What: A 40-minute living history production staged through several rooms of the historic Davenport House. When: Oct. 26 and 27 at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. Where: Isaiah Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St. Cost: $10 in advance for adults, $5 in advance for children 8-17 and $15 at the time of the performance. Info: or 236-8097.

Saturday, Oct. 27

10th Annual Savannah Film Festival begins

What: Screenings of outstanding films and presentations of awards to some of Hollywood’s brightest stars. When: Oct. 27 through Nov. 3. Where: Trustees Theater, Lucas Theatre and Red Gallery. Cost: Ticket prices vary, and many events are free. Info:

1st Annual Savannah Artifact and Fossil Show

What: Native American artifacts, pre-Columbian artifacts, fossils, minerals, antique bottles, Civil War items and more. When: Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Alee Shriners Temple off Skidaway Road. Cost: $2, with children under 12 admitted free. Info: 897-4999 or

Congregations in Service/Hands of Christ

What: Work together on projects for the community, followed

What: Halloween fun provided by the Chatham County Parks Service. When: Oct. 27 from 1-5 p.m. Where: L. Scott Stell Park. Cost: Free. Info: 925-8694.

Who Wants to Kill a Millionaire?

What: A whodunit comedy by Savannah Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. When: Oct. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Pirate’s House, 20 E. Broad St. Cost: $54.25 per person 13 and up and $35.25 per child. Info: 898-9021.

SSU School Daze: Greek Step Show

What: This step show held as part of Savannah State’s homecoming. When: Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Where: SSU’s Tiger Arena. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival

What: A day of ethnic Jewish cuisine and family entertainment, with a special concert. When: Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park. Cost: Free, although there is a cost for food. Info: 355-8111, 233-1547 or or

Jerusalem Concert for Peace

What: Shalom Zohar and the Desert Blossom Ensemble will headline the concert at the Jewish Food Festival. When: Oct. 28, 2 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park. Cost: Free.

God on Broadway 2007

What: The last of a series of worship services using the themes of Broadway musicals will feature songs and music from the musical Wicked. When: Oct. 28 at 11:15 a.m.. Where: Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 E. Henry St. Cost: Free. Info: 233-4351.

Savannah Choral Society: Elijah

What: An oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn will be performed by the Savannah Choral Society under the direction of Peter Shannon. When: Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Cost: $30 adults and $15 students and children. Info: 596-8973 or w

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What: The 58th annual fair will offer carnival rides, musical performances, racing pigs, livestock judging and much more. When: Oct. 25-Nov. 4. Where: Coastal Empire Fairgrounds, 801 Meding St. Cost: $5 general admission. Individual ride tickets are $1 each or $20 for 22. Info: or 354-3542.

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by a free lunch. When: Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Where: Meet for a continental breakfast at Bull Street Baptist Church, 17 E. Anderson St. The lunch will be held at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church on Calhoun Square. Cost: Free. Info: The Rev. Nelle Bordeaux, 234-9245 or 897-1840.

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News & Opinion

| Editor’s Note by Jim Morekis

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e’re entering what may well be the single busiest week of the year in Savannah, with a major national festival, a major local festival, several theatre productions, a unique choral production and a fondly celebrated holiday, all within a few days of each other. Obviously the biggest draw will be the Savannah Film Festival, celebrating its first decade with a truly remarkable lineup of special guests and films, including Michael Douglas, John Sayles, Milos Forman, Brett Ratner, Vanessa, Lynn, and Corin Redgrave, Chris Cooper, and more. Three previously scheduled guests will not be attending as announced, due to various conflicts: William Friedkin, Bob Balaban and Griffin Dunne. That sounds like a lot, but as I’ve learned from talking to Festival folks over the years, it’s extraordinarily difficult to coordinate schedules with people in that industry. Festival passes and most of the evening screenings sold out quite some time ago, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t have tickets. Film Festival Managing Director Len Cripe has this advice: “Even if they’re told something’s sold out, people should still show up and get in line,” Cripe tells us. “We can’t guarantee anything, but a lot of times tickets open up because of people that don’t show.” Apparently — and I find this remarkably hard to believe, but Cripe assures me it’s so — a lot of people who pay a lot of money for Festival passes often don’t show up. “I remember that happened last year with Babel,” Cripe continues. “It was very full and we were worried we’d have to turn away a whole bunch of people, but at the last minute we were able to let in a few people. So if you’re dying to see something, you should show up and there’s a good chance you can get in.” We’ll publish two issues dealing primarily with Film Festival coverage. This week we focus on a retrospective on the Festival’s tenth birthday, my talk with John Sayles, and an in-depth look at most of the professional competition entries. (I also want to call your attention to the outstanding work this week from our design team of Brandon Blatcher and Craig Cameron.) In the following issue, hitting stands Oct. 31, we’ll take a closer look at the student competition films and have a talk with Sheila Bolda, Savannah Film Festival programming director, as well as featuring coverage of the Festival’s first few days. Of course, for the most immediate coverage of the Festival, go to our revamped website at for frequent posts and updates, and any breaking news we come across. Thanks are owed to a lot of people for enabling us to cover the Film Festival as

extensively as we are, but I wanted to give a shout-out to one person in particular: Sunny Nelson, director of communications with the Savannah College of Art and Design. Some years back it would have been the kiss of death for a SCAD staffer to get a public compliment from a journalist. I’m pretty sure I’ve inadvertently ruined a couple of promising careers there myself. But times are changing, as they always do, and I feel safe in sincerely complimenting Sunny on her professionalism, helpfulness and overall pleasant attitude in helping us coordinate coverage of this outstanding event from the College. A lot of other things are going on around town as well. The annual Jewish Food Festival is Sunday, with a very special “Jerusalem Peace Concert” in Forsyth Park featuring the eclectic music of Shalom Zohar and the Desert Blossom Ensemble. Continuing that spirit of interfaith gathering, right after that concert you can head over to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist for one of the most ambitious and likely amazing performances ever staged locally: A massive, 125-voice concert of Felix Mendelssohn’s immortal Elijah Oratorio, by the Savannah Choral Society under the masterful direction of Peter Shannon. (Hey, Mendelssohn was Jewish, so it all comes full circle!) Elijah happens at 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $30 adult, $15 students and children. You can buy them online at

In addition, this week Linda Sickler tells us about a couple of theatrical productions opening, including Savannah Actor’s Theatre’s long-anticipated live version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with a full band. Also, Armstrong Atlantic State University’s fine resident troupe, the Masquers, perform The Big Kahuna in their old digs, the Jenkins Theatre. The space was slated for a major renovation, but because the project was put off, the Masquers are back in there for now. As if all that weren’t enough, we all have our various observations of Halloween to attend to. Speaking of that holiday, the abovementioned Rocky Horror production will have three midnight performances clustered around that date, Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1. Last but certainly not least: The event doesn’t happen until the spring, but be sure to check out Jim Reed’s hot-off-the-presses breaking news overview of the complete lineup for the Savannah Music Festival on page 34. w Jim Morekis is editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah. E-mail him at

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en years ago a little start-up called the “Savannah Film and Video Festival” premiered at the Trustees Theatre, then newly restored by the Savannah College of Art and Design. A decade later, under the truncated moniker “Savannah Film Festival,” it has become not only one of the best-regarded such events in the country, but an enormous boost for the local economy as well. While SCAD contributes the vast majority of funding for the Festival, don’t forget that there’s also a large component from city of Savannah taxpayers and various local corporate sponsorships (including this newspaper), making it truly one of the area’s biggest, most beloved and most inclusive community events. In those ten years, a range of renowned guests have trod the boards of the Lucas and Trustees theatres and talked with Savannahians up and down Broughton Street and beyond, including Peter O’Toole, Kathleen Turner, Alec Baldwin, John Waters and yes, even our own Paula Deen.


A look at where the Savannah Film Festival has been over its first decade — and where it’s going

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Festival we went to the Trustees Theatre, original site of the event and current home to its administrative offices, to talk with two of the Festival’s key figures over that ten-year period: Festival Executive Director Danny Filson and Managing Director Len Cripe. They talked about how the Festival began, how it got to where it is today, and where it’s going in the future. Tell us the exact moment the Savannah Film Festival was born. Len Cripe: I guess it was when Danny got a call from President Wallace asking him to start a film festival. She thought it would be good for the students, and that was also at a time when a lot of big films were being shot here in town. If you notice, it was also a time when a lot of other film festivals around the country were starting up. It was right around the advent of the digital video camera and projector. Up until that point it was frankly just a lot harder to screen films.

Later on, was there a single “Eureka!” moment when you realized, ‘Hey, we’re really onto something here?’ Danny Filson: John Waters, without a doubt. Len Cripe: Well, I was going to say the 2004 Festival. That’s when you could see the momentum shifting from this purely local event to an event that the industry was really picking up on. We began getting much more significant films in terms of the Academy and from a critical standpoint. We got films honored with Academy Awards and BAFTRA, things like that. We could also see from that time forward there was more local interest. We got more phone calls from Jacksonville, Charleston, people coming down from Atlanta. A bunch of little things all lined up. I remember at the after-action report for that year when it was over, and we all sort of looked around the table and said, “OK, we know what we’re doing.”

Danny, you said John Waters. Danny Filson: Well, maybe the first inkling I got personally was when James Ivory was here. He was one of our early guests of really international recognition. I was driving him back to his accommodations and he turned and said to me, “this was a time out of time experience.” He said it was his complete experience with the college, with Savannah and our people. A couple of years later John Waters was at the Lucas, and it was standing room only. That was the first time I felt the Festival really, really unite the student body, the first time you could hear students saying, “I can really gain from this.” Len Cripe: I probably shouldn’t say this, but I knew we were onto something about three years ago when some people tried to use counterfeit passes to get in. I’ve still got a stack of ‘em I kept just to remember. The fact that someone would go through all that effort — and they were very profes-

Film Festival Managing Director Len Cripe and Festival Executive Director Danny Filson in the Trustees Theatre

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sionally-done counterfeits, someone spent a lot of time on them — that was sort of a signal that something big was going on with the Festival. What kind of changes do you envision for future editions of the Film Festival?

Danny Filson: We have a very strong responsibility to maintain the atmosphere. Making opportunies elsewhere is fine, but we can’t do it at the expense of what the college has created. If it doesn’t benefit the students, we won’t do it. We know most everything the college does will have a ripple effect in the community. We’re cognizant of that and realize that’s part and parcel of the whole experience. But what builds this Festival is bringing the students and the community together. There are tons of film festivals now, but Savannah’s seems to be the only one with a strong educational component. Len Cripe: I certainly don’t know of any others. That’s what a lot of our guests tell us they appreciate most about the Festival, that they’re able to give back. And what makes the difference there is the college component. It makes people want to share their insights and help other people out. For the 200 industry professionals we bring in each year, that’s consistently what they tell us is the most important thing about the Festival. I really don’t think if we were a stand-alone festival we’d be anywhere near as successful. Charleston is holding its first film festival in May of next year. I almost want to pick up the phone and tell them, “Hey, do you really want to be successful? Why don’t you ally yourself with some educational instiution in the area?” I’ve always found the most exciting part of the Festival to be the competition films. There’s a real sense of discovery about them you don’t get with the bigger films. Danny Filson: People instantly recognize the screenings, with the honored guests. But year after year we have huge crowds come in for the competition films during the course of a day. We’ll typically get three times as many people come through the week to see the competition films as the evening screenings. Who picks which guests to invite and how? Len Cripe: It’s about networking with friends and with friends of the college. It’s about people bringing ideas to us and us making it work somehow. Another aspect is the faculty here. Many of our professors have great connections in the field.

Savannah itself seems to be the real star of the show. Danny Filson: The entire visit for our special guests is made or lost in that 15 minutes from the airport to downtown. They get off the plane and they’re tense, they don’t’ know what to expect or how things are going to be, they don’t want anything to go wrong. But by the time we get into town and make that right turn onto Oglethorpe, they’re won over. From that moment on, they’ll be 100 percent themselves. Len Cripe: Certainly that comfort has created a few scenes of notoriety, but essentially they’re good, happy people while they’re here. Anyone in particular that seemed to enjoy Savannah even more than the others? Danny Filson: I remember Peter O’Toole’s time here very fondly. He’s one of my all-time favorites. I remember when he came out on the Trustees stage and I watched him just totally milk the audience for a 12minute standing ovation. It was incredible. I think a lot of the word-of-mouth success has to do with the fact that celebrities aren’t hassled here. They’re not hounded by paparazzi or treated like animals in a zoo. Danny Filson: Well, like Len says, it’s not a velvet-rope festival. Len Cripe: As we grow and maintain notoriety, there will be questions of how we maintain that accessibility. But certainly that’s one thing that makes the filmmakers really happy and relaxed — the fact that they don’t need an entourage or “protection.” Danny Filson: People are polite in Savannah. They may come up and say, “Pardon me, I just wanted to let you know….” That openness allows filmmakers to be relaxed and comfortable. Why is it that with internet and cellphone technology being so important — with directors now specifically filming things to look good on tiny three-inch screens — going to see a film in a movie theatre with other people is still such a popular thing to do? Danny Filson: It’s just magic. It’s a fantasy experience. It hasn’t changed since people were sitting around the fire in a cave watching the hunter reenact the hunt. w To comment e-mail us at

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Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to members of the Redgrave family -- Vanessa Redgrave, who has won or been nominated for Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy awards for films such as Isadora, Mary Queen of Scots, Julia and Howard’s End; Lynn Redgrave, who was awarded a Golden Globe and nominated for an Academy Award for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters; and Colin Redgrave, who has been critically acclaimed for his roles in films such as A Man for All Seasons and In the Name of the Father. A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Michael Douglas, who has won two Academy Awards, as an actor for Wall Street and as a producer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Following the presentation of the awards, a special premiere screening of August Rush will be presented.

Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Academy Award-winning director Milos Forman, who directed such films as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus and The People vs. Larry Flynt. An Achievement in Cinema Award will be presented to Brett Ratner, director or the Rush Hour series, XMen: The Last Stand and Red Dragon. A premiere screening of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly will follow.

Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Sayles, actor, director, writer and producer of films such as Lone Star and Sunshine State. Presentation of the award will be followed by a premiere screening of Sayles’ Honeydripper, starring Danny Glover and Stacy Keach.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

A premiere screening of Grace is Gone starring John Cusack will be presented.

Thursday, Nov. 1

A Pioneer in Entertainment Media Award will be presented to Todd Wagner, founder/CEO of Broadcast. com, 2929 Entertainment, Dallas Mavericks, HDNet Films, Landmark Theatres, HDNet, Magnolia Pictures, Magnolia Home Entertainment, and producer of Good Night, and Good Luck and Akeelah and the Bee. A premiere screening of Reservation Road, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino, Mark Ruffalo and Elle Fanning will follow the presentation. Day Zero also will be screened.

Friday, Nov. 2

A premiere screening of The Savages, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, will be presented.

Saturday, Nov. 3

A Lifetime Achievement Award for Entertainment Journalism will be presented to Charlie Rose, of the PBS talk-show series The Charlie Rose Show. An Achievement in Cinema Award will be presented to David Benioff. The Awards Ceremony will be held. A premiere screening of The Kite Runner will follow. w

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Len Cripe: In terms of the future we’re always analyzing how we can improve on what we’ve got. One thing we’re looking at right now is additional venues. We’re also thinking next year of having some 9:30 p.m. screenings. You know, people get home from work late and may not always be able to make something at 7 p.m. The Tybee Theatre has also expressed some interest in hosting events. But if we move toward using satellite locations, we have to keep in mind to always maintain the integrity of the Festival and what it’s here for. One thing that makes the Festival great right now is you’re out on Broughton Street, walking from the Trustees to the Lucas. That thriving atmosphere really attracts people. Whereas for the L.A. Film Festival you might go to the DGA building on Sunset, and then have to get in your car and drive to the Egyptian or whatever. Here you don’t have to do that.

Danny Filson: Filmmakers are always working on their next project, so it’s not an easy chore to get their schedules all lined up. Some people we’ve literally asked for years before they were able to find time to come. Here’s an example of how it works. You know Bobby Zarem, right? For example, it was him talking about bringing in Vanessa Redgrave, and then us all asking what would make her first time in Savannah really special. And then somebody said, why not get all the Redgraves? So Bobby spoke to them and their schedule all worked, which was a miracle. A lot of invitations take years to come to fruition, but once they come to Savannah they’re sold. And from there it’s word of mouth. That’s the most phenomenal aspect of the Festival’s success. They’ll go back to L.A. or wherever and tell everybody, guess where I was? The thing about that word of mouth, though, is you can’t mess up or you’re done. One mistake and it all goes away. Everything has to be perfect every time.

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An effective

Sayles pitch

Groundbreaking writer and director John Sayles comes to Savannah with a new film about the South


ohn Sayles has been called the grandfather of the indie film. He’s been called the voice of the American working class. He’s a director, an actor, and a screenwriter. His body of work is almost impossibly diverse: Shock-flicks by Roger Corman. An ode to West Virginia coal miners (Matewan). A look at Texas border politics (Lone Star). A sci-fi film about a black space alien (Brother From Another Planet). A chapter from Celtic mythology (The Secret of Roan Inish). A painful look at living disabled (Passion Fish). The hippie reunion film Return of the Secaucus 7, template for The Big Chill. The dark baseball flick Eight Men Out. Oh, and three music videos for Bruce Springsteen. This modern day renaissance man will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this Monday night at the Trustees Theatre as part of the Savannah Film Festival. Sayles won’t be alone — he’ll be bringing his new movie, Honeydripper, and his old friend and frequent coworker, Academy Award winner Chris Cooper. Honeydripper stars Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Mary Steenburgen, Keb’ Mo’, and Savannah native Stacy Keach. It’s about what happens when business is down at Glover’s jukejoint in 1950s Alabama and he decides to bring in a young bluesman to perk things up: screen newcomer Gary Clark Jr., who in real life is one of Austin’s most celebrated young guitarslingers. We spoke to Sayles last week. What led you to make a movie about African-Americans in the South in general, and the blues in particular? John Sayles: I’ve always been interested in how, certainly in our culture, integration happened first in sports and in music. Those people, athletes and musicians, would get together and play together — in both senses of the word — before it was necessarily even legal. There’s a real common language there. I’ve always been interested in the moment when rhythm ‘n’ blues and blues and big band and gospel and county/western and hillbilly music all had an influence on

what later would be known as rock ‘n’ roll. I wanted to put my finger on that moment, when it was and what were the factors that led to it. I started doing research on the evolution of the electric guitar. Right about 1949-50 there was this new phenomenon of a solidbody electric guitar with an amplifier that could really crank out a lot of sound. So you got this sort of funny battle between the piano and the guitar to see which would be the lead instrument, and the guitar wins out within about four years. That led to a bunch of other stuff and other decisions, which is sort of the situation Danny Glover’s character finds himself in. He has his whole self-image invested in one kind of music, but there’s this other thing that’s about to leave the station. Do you hope for the best and climb aboard? There’s a parallel with the rise of bluegrass at the same time, also coming out of technology. Bill Monroe basically invented bluegrass by miking and recording acoustic instruments in short songs that could be played on the radio.

Honeydripper also has something in common with many of your films in that it deals with a marginalized area of the country. You’ve made films about Alaska, West Virginia, the southern border, and now the deep South.

John Sayles: And also Cajun Louisiana, yes. I’m interested in the effect of a time and a place on culture. Culture doesn’t just exist in a place, it also exists in a time. Certainly if you had set the same story in Chicago in John Sayles: That influence extended even 1950 it would have been very different. I to rock ‘n’ roll. Ike Everly was a great guiwant to look at the culture of the moment tarist in the Kentucky area, and had a big and take a snapshot of that. influence on Merle Travis, for example. For example, like the scene in He imparted bluegrass, country/western Honeydripper when the sheriff walks in to and folk stuff to his songs with the Everly that bar — how come everyone gets all tense Brothers, and they were in turn instrumenall of a sudden? Well, if you know that it’s tal in bringing that country and hillbilly in1950 in Alabama, you kind of understand fluence to rock ‘n’ roll. why there’s that tension when the white sheriff comes into the room full of AfricanAmericans. To me the most powerful line in the movie is when Danny Glover says to a young guy, “Take your hat off, boy.” That shows that at the time there was an assumption that if you’re black and you address a white man, you have to take your hat off first. Of course today you can barely get people to take their hat off at the table. Traditional Hollywood movies tend to take place in “Movieworld.” You see people with certain jobs and you know they couldn’t actually afford that apartment or that car, and the whole thing’s probably shot in Danny Glover as Tyrone Purvis in Honeydripper Toronto. The scene is supposed to be rural or urban, and that’s all we know.

But the richest story stuff always comes out of a specific time and place. I’ve always been impressed with your grasp of dialect and authentic speech patterns. For example, in Honeydripper, Danny Glover says to Keb’ Mo’ about his daughter, “Don’t you be studyin’ her.” That’s a particularly Southern phrase, not something in pop culture. How do you acquire this grasp of how people from so many different backgrounds actually speak? John Sayles: That’s actually getting harder to do. There’s less of it because of mass media. I’ve got relatives in the South and I’ve spent quite a bit of time down there. I remember one of the first shocks of my life happened with that old kid’s show called Romper Room. It was shocking for a little kid to go down to Jacksonville and find out that down there “Miss Diane” had a thick Southern accent. That’s when it started to sink in that people don’t talk the same everywhere. I became interested in how people express themselves. That’s including people who will, three or four times a day, change the way they talk depending on who they’re with. You have a policeman who talks one way in the lockerroom, one way in front of the lieutenant and another way if he’s interviewed by the local news. My ears have been open my whole life. It’s really helped that I had a lot of work experience before I ever got involved with writing and directing movies. I was often the only male when I worked in hospitals, and I’d be the only guy on the floor. I was often the only white person on a labor crew. I’ve worked in places where people spoke Italian

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John Sayles: What’s happened is that the distribution is different than what’s getting made. The truth is there’s only so many screens and so many weeks in a year. Certainly it’s true that major studios now mostly have their own specialty arms. And more and more what the specialty arms are looking for is cheap movies — not great or unusual movies, but cheap ones. They’d be perfectly happy if every movie was a version of The 40 Year Old Virgin, a very well-made comedy that only costs $2 million to acquire, or less. In some ways the specialty arms are like minor league scouts — they want to make Hollywood movies, but get the filmmakers at a bargain price for the first movie or two. The good thing that’s happening is that it’s easier than ever to make a movie. Not easy, but easier than before. High-definition video exists now. When I started there were three film schools in the country, now there are 300. People in high school know how to use a camera, they know what a pan-

John Sayles: My two big pieces of advice are, first, don’t just write one script and walk around with that under your shoulder. Write eight scripts. Have lots of scripts ready. You’ll learn something writing each one. When I got my start working for Roger Corman, I wrote three movies within a year and half. All three were made into movies. I got to see what worked and what didn’t. Now you can take advantage of a huge opportunity, because you’ve got all these graduates of film school who don’t necessarily want to write. They’re all directors. Find those people who are just starting out. Even if you have to watch 20 movies just available on Netflix. Start contacting those people rather than going to Hollywood right away. If you get something people can see on the screen, you know, a pretty good showing with a $500,000 movie, then you can go to Hollywood and you’re a lot more likely to get attention. A screenplay takes about four hours to read, and people don’t really read that well, even in Hollywood (laughs). But if they see a movie that’s well-constructed and the dialogue seems good, you’ve got a leg up. That’s something most playwrights die for, is to have a theatre company perform their work before it’s finished, even if it’s just staged readings. Even with just a home camera you can get somebody who wants to be a director and somebody that wants to be a writer, and see a project up on its feet. w John Sayles will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Trustees Theatre, followed by a screening of Honeydripper. Chris Cooper is scheduled to be in attendance.


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You’ve been called the grandfather of indie cinema. There are two schools of thought now: It’s a great time to make indies because distribution is easier with the internet and the growing DVD market. Another school is that the big studios have just coopted independent film. What do you think?

I’ll end with a stock question you’ve probably heard a million times: What advice do you have for beginning screenwriters?


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John Sayles: The thing is, we don’t change any lines really. That’s the trick of being a really good actor — they make the lines their own. What I do is get them the script as early as possible, along with a bio I’ve written about their character. Any time a line troubles them, we talk about it and maybe there’s a slight rewording. Usually that happens when there’s a tongue-twister of some kind. You have to realize that with most of the actors in Honeydripper — not Gary so much, he’s a new actor — most of them have done quite a bit of theatre. And there you have a text and you don’t ever change it. For example, Stacy Keach came literally right off the stage playing King Lear to playing our sheriff. Charles Dutton has done probably a half-dozen August Wilson plays and can handle big reams of dialogue.

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You had this enormously charismatic, largerthan-life cast in Honeydripper. Did there come a point when you had issues with actors improvising your script?

ning shot is, they know how to cut on their computer at home. That knowledge was not available when I was starting out. Sundance gets about five or six thousand features a year. When they started they got maybe 12 (laughs). There’s just been a huge increase in the number of people making movies. But again: There’s only so many weeks in the year, only so many slots for each screen. So what you’re seeing, what’s put up for theatrical runs, is more conservative. The range is pretty wide but you gotta go looking for it. You know, when you see somebody on the street is handing out something for free, you don’t value it as much. Accessibility blurs our estimations of something. I remember when I would find my favorite song playing on the radio, I’d go, “wow.” But today you can download it for 50 cents and have it forever. Things change. I do think what you’ll see is that it’s very rare for independent filmmakers to do something like Honeydripper, which is expensive. It’s a period movie. That compelled us to take only five weeks to shoot it. We sort of made it like a low-budget film, though it’s really not.

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instead of English. You start to realize that the way people express themselves tells you a lot about them — not just sociologically but also just in how they choose their words. In Sunshine State Jane Alexander plays Edie Falco’s mother. Jane’s character is basically a professional Southerner — she’s a drama teacher and an actress, and is sort of like a character straight out of a Tennessee Williams play. But her daughter is very blunt. Their rhythms of speaking are both very different despite the fact that they’re from the same region.


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Six strings, one love

Passion, perseverance and ‘a few white lies’ lead to intimate documentary My First Guitar


ick Mead’s documentary My First Guitar is about exactly that: It’s a remarkably intimate collection of reminiscences with some of music’s biggest names about their very first six-string. It’s almost as if, by getting them to turn back the pages, Mead captures these artists in a candid, sometimes even childlike state of wonder. While the more recognizable artists he interviews are Slash, Peter Frampton, Bill Wyman and Joe Perry, some of the other names are less obvious but no less inspiring: folk icon Pete Seeger, bluesman Hubert Sumlin, Eurhythmics’ Dave Stewart, Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, counterculture figure Harry Dean Stanton, and the inventor of the electric guitar himself, Les Paul. A similarly-themed film of Mead’s is Who Do I Think I Am, in which the filmmaker travels to China with saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Mead is currently completing American Ride, a doc about George Christie of the Ventura County Hell’s Angels. We spoke to Nick Mead last week. Musicians seem to have a more intimate attachment to guitars than any other instrument. Why do you think that is? Nick Mead: It becomes a part of you, like an extension of you. I think Davy Allen says it best in the movie, when he says every fret becomes a part of you and your unique sound. When you think what you can do with this instrument with basically three or four chords, it’s incredible. If you get it right you can really move people. I’ve always wished I was a guitar player, and I did learn to play a little bit at school. It’s the greatest pose you can possibly have. But I never really cut it. I’ve been so unbelievably envious. Mostly because what I do takes two years, and then it usually ends with a fight of some kind (laughs). But with them, it’s one guy, one night, it’s done. Why did you decide to make this film? Nick Mead: I’ve been friends with Jeff Lynne for years. Jeff has a studio with all these guitars on the wall, and one day when his son was four or five he pulled this mini Stratocaster down and gave it to his son. I didn’t realize until later that Denny Harrison had played that guitar, George Harrison had played that guitar, and Eric Clapton had played that guitar. Jeff said, “I told my son it’s not just a gift, it’s a legacy. If you knew all the people who played this guitar, you’d feel obliged to pass that guitar on.” So I was in China with a girlfriend and we started blabbing about it. She said, “you’ve got to do this film.” So I just decided to do it, years after Jeff told me that story. You must have some great connections to be able to pull all these big names together.

this person I don’t really know? Look at that individual and ask yourself, “Do I want to spend the next two years of my life with this person?” I told the people in Savannah I don’t know how to deal with this — it’s the first time it happened. I spoke to people there and said this isn’t the cut I wanted, but I don’t want to pull it. I want to talk about what I wanted. So you’d rather take the emphasis off the PBS-style thing and make it more epic. Nick Mead: Well, when you talk to some of the greatest people on the planet about what they do, that’s what makes it epic. But it’s really about faith. I’m good friends with Mick Jones, of the Clash; we did a film together. He can do three chords, and what that took was him being in this vigil with a guitar for a year. He had no education but a faith in his instrument. A chord’s a chord but it’s all in the changes, you know, music’s all in the changes. So Clarence Clemons and I went off to China together on this journey to make a film. We didn’t known what film we were making until we started making it. One day I was filming him on the Great Wall of China, and he was playing his sax. I had the area sort of blocked off, and this man pushed past us saying, “Who do you think you are?” and walked past. And that was it, I thought, there’s the name of our movie, that’s why we’re here.

Above, Slash is one of the guitarists interviewed; at right, filmmaker Nick Mead

Nick Mead: Well, there are always a few white lies. I grew up with a guy in London who happened to live next to Jimmy Page. So I kept going by Jimmy’s place to ask if he wanted to take part in the film, but they would always tell me Jimmy “wasn’t in.” We contacted David Keuning of the Killers, but they weren’t committed. One day David called me just as I was leaving Jimmy Page’s house. So of course I told him, “Oh, I’m just leaving Jimmy Page’s house.” And Jimmy Page had no intention of being in the film! Every movie has a few of those white lies behind it. The funniest instance, the most bizarre, was with Pete Seeger. All I could find about how to contact him was when I went online and found out he lives in Beacon, N.Y. So I drove to Beacon, and got his address from the mailman. I went to leave a note on the door and this dog came up and started barking at us. So I said to my co-producer — and I’m not sure this is the highlight or lowlight of my career (laughs) -- “get the phone number off the dog collar.” But I couldn’t bring myself to actually call Pete. It was all too stalkeresque. But Pete actually called the next day. He was so polite, he said he was terribly sorry he wasn’t in. He said he was too busy to be interviewed because he was laying a concrete floor at the time. So I said, “If we help you lay your concrete floor, would you give us an interview?” So five bags of cement later we got an interview. Did you find any differences between genres of guitarists, say between a rocker and a bluesman, for example? Nick Mead: I’d say the folk people were more worthy. You talk to Pete Seeger, that’s the real thing. It was very moving. Whereas David of the Killers — and this is not a negative thing, I’m not knocking him — said, “I really love Duran Duran.” So one minute

I’m talking to Pete Seeger, then I’m talking to David Keuning, who says he’s inspired by Duran Duran! The cut of My First Guitar that’s out there is apparently not the one you prefer. Nick Mead: Currently there’s a dispute about which cut to use. I’ve had major arguments with the producer about the structure and concept. There are way too many talking heads at the moment. I’ve always said it needs to be more of a film. In making the movie I’ve been inspired by two songs, “Land of Hope and Dreams” and “People Get Ready.” I wanted the film to be about hurling your faith and baggage on this train for the journey. I wanted it to be like an amusement park ride, and I shot a lot of B roll to show that. I’m fighting against mediocrity, really. It pisses me off. That doesn’t take away the experience of doing it or what it’s about, but it does take away the visual satisfaction. It’s a big disappointment when as a filmmaker you want to go whole nine yards and the people around you are saying, “this is fine.” What the fuck? Why not at least try? I’ve learned the most important thing about moviemaking is when you’re sitting across the table from somebody, you need to ask yourself: Shall I go down this road with

When you speak of faith, is that an explicitly religious reference or do you mean it more in a humanistic way? Nick Mead: Humanistic, really. I’m not following any rules or regulations with it. Doing the film with Clarence, we went into every single kind of religion, all of them. And finally he came to the conclusion that his religion is music. We were in China, where no one has ever heard of Bruce Springsteen. One day I told Clarence, go stand in that square and see what happens. So he went and stood there and within about ten minutes 200 people had gathered around. They’d never seen a black man before. It was incredible. It was then that I really knew what the film was about. It was a journey of a man who happens to be one of the most famous saxophone players in the world, and in one of the top three or so bands in the world. And there he was in this place with no on really knowing who he was, but he was still being loved everywhere he went. It’s all just unbelievably friendly and warm and beautiful. It really made it groovy. w My First Guitar screens Mon. Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Wed. Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

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New Urban Cowboy chronicles a dangerous experiment in Florida


neighborhood is multiracial and has multiple income levels. There’s the same proportion of black and Hispanic residents as before. The difference is there’s not a lot of people hanging around engaging in criminal enterprises. Of course the Filmmaker, futurist ultimate solution to and urban designer the drug problem Michael Arth is something that won’t happen for a long time. It’s legalization and regulation. Everything I’ve seen reinforces that. My experience in “Cracktown” just reconfirmed everything I already thought about the issue. Even police I talked to admit it. One crackhouse in DeLand had upwards of 100 people coming through every day. There were busts all the time. But that didn’t change anything. You can clean up certain areas, but to address the overall problem, ultimately you’ve got to legalize it.

Wouldn’t some people criticize what you did as simply “gentrification?”

Michael E. Arth: I realized the lowkey approach is the best and the safest. The police said “Buy protection.” I thought about that, but I’ve never owned a gun, I don’t like guns, and I think a lot of problems are created by gun ownership. In general, violence begets violence. Besides, the criminals had more force than I had. They would have crushed me easily. There were a few times I did feel I was courting disaster. I wondered if I hadn’t made a big mistake, especially in the first two months. But I kept the same approach. I would stick out my hand and introduce myself. Sometimes they wouldn’t shake it, or sometimes they refused to tell me their name. I put them on the defensive by being friendly and low-key, and it worked very well. The bad guys just melted away. I would come up to them and say something like, “I know you’re not dealing drugs, but if I see people that are I’ll be calling the

Michael E. Arth: That’s a red herring, this idea that gentrification is bad. How it got started I don’t know. How else are you going to reduce crime and blight, unless you start some massive public works program? There’s got to be the motivation to save old neighborhoods and redo old homes. This idea that we have to let housing deteriorate in order to provide flophouses is nuts. In my instance in the Garden District we ended up doubling the population. But we have just as many people on Section 8, and the cost of housing is not going up appreciably, though I so-called “gentrified” it. So the point is not necessarily to stop gentrification but to have multiple income levels. Michael E. Arth: Gentrification is a total non-issue in the Garden District, even from the point of view of the people there. My

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nown to urban planners and designers the word over as the father of “New Pedestrianism,” Michael E. Arth decided to put his groundbreaking ideas about compact, walking-oriented, mixed-use neighborhoods to the ultimate test. He chose an almost unbelievably blighted area in DeLand, Fla., outside Daytona Beach. In an area of town once called the Garden District but then known simply as “Cracktown,” he bought several delapidated houses at auction in 2001 and renovated them extensively. He reoriented the houses around a central communal courtyard, creating a “pedestrian lane” around them to link to other parts of the neighborhood. The work was fraught with physical peril in the form of the entrenched crack cocaine retail industry and its associated crime, but Arth managed not only to bring his idea to fruition but to flourish. His renovations quickly formed the core of an entire downtown DeLand renaissance which has tripled property values, yet still provided affordable and safe housing. Arth’s documentary about his efforts, New Urban Cowboy: The Labors of Michael E. Arth, will be screened at the Savannah Film Festival. We spoke to Arth last week.



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cops and stuff.” They would get very defensive and then I wouldn’t see them anymore. My incident with the lightning bolt didn’t hurt, though, whether it happened by sheer synchronicity or serendipity or whatever. It gained a lot of notoriety, especially among the religious people in the neighborhood. They thought, “OK, this is about God.” How it happened was I saw five guys standing on the street, obviously up to no good. So I walked up to them just to shake hands. As I came up one said something about one of my properties like, “I wouldn’t fix that up if I were you.” And the rest sort of gave me that drug dealer’s stare. I thought, I can’t just walk away now, I’ve got to follow through. So just as I’m coming up to them this lightning bolt strikes in the middle of the street. One guy jumped straight up in the air, and another guy’s pants went down to his ankles. I never saw any of them again ever. The lightning came out of the clear blue sky? Michael E. Arth: No, this was Florida, so you’ve always got some afternoon storms coming through. I don’t believe in miracles, but I would say that incident is what you’d at least call a meaningful coincidence (laughs). It certainly qualifies as synchronicity. How does your Garden District project advance New Pedestrianism?

How could Savannah apply your ideas?

Arth’s completed New Pedestrian renovation of a delapidated area of DeLand, Fla.

Michael E. Arth: The main purpose is to introduce New Pedestrianism as a more ecological version of New Urbanism -- which is of course just a revival of old urbanism. That’s what you have in Savannah, old urbanism, but New Urbanists love it because that’s what they want to do all over again. One thing New Urbanists don’t bring into account is there’s a whole lot more cars now than anyone predicted. I remember growing up playing baseball in the street, and it would be hours between cars. There’s a growing problem in Savannah, the issue of suburbs turning into slums. Is that particular to us or is it nationwide?


Michael E. Arth: Across the entire country it’s happening. Those 1940-1980s suburbs are already in decay, so there’s nothing much worth saving. As they continue to decay eventually we need to just bulldoze and start over. What I propose is putting pedestrian villages around every city, making that preferred form of zoning. Then city councils can say to developers, here’s an easy path for you, to build something that includes a village center within 10 minutes walking of the farthest edge of the village. Each is separated by a small green belt so that each center is connected to a ring of transportation around cities. That also makes for extremely efficient public transportation.

Michael E. Arth: One problem with older cities is that any built environment already exists, so it’s difficult to change the existing infrastructure. And your historic district is nearly intact. The way to do it is if you have extremely deteriorated neighborhoods. If they have an alley, that’s even better. Then you can condemn the rear ten feet of each lot and make a pedestrian lane. You can then take all aboveground utilities and bury them under the pedestrian lane. In houses you renovate, you reorient them to the pedestrian lane at the rear. Suddenly you have a pedestrian grid. Our area is infested with prefab “village” developments But they’re really the same old gated communities, just marketed differently. Michael E. Arth: Yeah,what the builders do is evoke images of pedestrianism and community but the reality is very different. They have show models where they close down the street to traffic and disguise the garages. They create this village-like feel to the model homes, but as soon as the first few get sold it’s all ripped out and it shows its true nature. w New Urban Cowboy screens Sun. Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Thurs. Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

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The First Saturday in May takes a fun-loving behind-the-scenes look at the Kentucky Derby

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hen filmmaking brothers John and Brad Hennegan were following six horse racing teams to the Kentucky Derby for their documentary, little did they know that one of the horses would soon become an international household name. While Barbaro’s traumatic racing injury and the subsequent global outpouring of sympathy is not the only subject of The First Saturday in May — indeed, it’s mostly dealt with in a short epilogue — the presence of the star-crossed thoroughbred does lend even more immediacy to this already fast-paced, seemingly real-time look at the leadup to the race and the event itself, long known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The Hennegan family’s ties to the horse racing community run long and deep, and the brothers were able to use those connections to get unprecedented access, not only to the six teams represented but onto the hallowed track at Churchill Downs itself. The result is a fast, fun look at the sport they love and the people who make it possible, both within the stables and in the infield. John Hennegan spoke to us from his home in Brooklyn last week. How did you decide what shape the narrative would take? John Hennegan: Everybody knows the Derby. We wanted to show how the horses actually get there. So we followed six trainers and their horses to the 2006 Derby. There are all these prep races that lead up to it. You can see who are the decent horses in those races, but you don’t know who’s going to shine and who’s not. You followed Barbaro but obviously had no idea at the time what was in store.

John Hennegan: We just looked at all the stories — we wanted to know who had the best stories. Barbaro had won a couple of races, but people were still mispronouncing his name. He was a good horse, but certainly not a legend. Frankly we wanted to keep it very simple. Horse racing is a very technical sport, but on a basic level it’s very easy to grasp. So I guess for lack of a better word we dumbed it down a little bit, because we didn’t want anyone to be intimidated by it.

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Your film does have an immediate, journalistic quality, more like really good television. John Hennegan: It’s all totally in the moment. There’s not a bunch of talking heads reflecting on something that happened 20 years ago. We didn’t get Morgan Freeman to come in and do a voiceover and tell you what’s happening. We take pride in the fact that there’s no voiceover in our film. Our story is telling the whole thing. I’ve always thought that a voiceover is a weak storytelling device. I mean, I loved it in Goodfellas (laughs). But other than that I don’t really care for it. There are some key points to explain, but for the most part it’s just that we’re there with cameras showing you everything that’s going on. We literally stepped in shit making this thing (laughs). But we worked hard to step in it. This is almost a reaction against the nowstandard Ken Burns pan-the-stills thing. John Hennegan: If you take a pie chart, 85 percent of documentaries are socially conscious. So already we’re in the minority of a minority field. We wanted to make a documentary about something nice that we continued on page 16


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like. Something that we would want to see. There’s a lot of fun and laughter. Probably we could be accused of falling into that old template, you know, where you follow six people to the big game. But we knew all along that the racetrack is its own star. People there are the biggest characters on the planet, and Derby Day is the day where they all come out. Horse racing in general is kind of like that on a small level 365 days a year. You can walk into the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York today, and after walking about ten yards you’ll already have some crazy stories from all the characters that hang out there. People can’t get a sense of how fast these horses are until they see them at the track. Your film really captures that sense of speed. John Hennegan: We specifically shot it that way because we wanted to make horse racing cool again. We think it’s the coolest sport you’re not paying attention to. You even got cameras inside the gate for the start. How did you convince them to let you get your cameras that close to those multimillion-dollar horses?

John Hennegan: Our father was an offical for the New York Racing Association for 40 years. My brother and I grew up around the track. So coming from the racetrack we had a little bit of an inside line. The Derby folks knew we know our way around horses and that our end goal was to help make the game popular again. The Derby is a party, and that’s what they want people to see. For 90 percent of people it’s just about the experience. A guy says in the movie that the Derby is one of the few things that stays constant in a constantly changing world. There’s a 21-year-old guy asking, “Where else in the world would you rather be on this day?” For me that just sums it all up. And that’s why we decided to call it The First Saturday in May. What kind of crew did you use? John Hennegan: Me and my brother shot everything ourselves, just the two of us. On Derby Day we did give cameras to some people with horses in the race to shoot home video style, but basically it was my brother and I shooting over 500 hours of footage. When people ask why we did it that way, I answer, “Ignorance is bliss.” (laughs). We

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were both so driven to do this. We quit our jobs because we didn’t want to work for other people anymore. The movie’s been doing really great in terms of reviews. In May, we were runnerup for the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, out of 180 films. That and two bucks gets us on the subway (laughs). What would you guys like to do next? John Hennegan: We’d like to get paid (laughs)! We haven’t really been paid in a couple of years. But we’re getting to that point where people will listen to us. We’ve made a calling card. I’m sure having Barbaro in your film hasn’t hurt you publicity-wise. John Hennegan: Yeah, we kind of had to follow through after people wanted us to make it all about Barbaro. It was never our intention to make a film about one horse. Most people are telling us we made the right decision. They’re sort of applauding us for not making the film all syrupy just to capitalize on the fame of this horse. This is a movie about people, the people that devote

their lives to these horses. I do, however, think we caught possibly the greatest Kentucky Derby in our lifetime. You have to remember Barbaro wasn’t even the favorite, he was more like one of three co-favorites going in. It seems like The First Saturday in May could get wide play on HBO, which takes quality sports programming seriously. John Hennegan: HBO actually called us. They already did a Barbaro documentary. The thing is, my brother and I have footage nobody’s seen before. We have all this footage that’s just gold. So we sat on it. What we’re really trying to do now is play at all the theatres we can, all the festivals we can, and then release it ourselves at the end of April to a couple of key theatres. The thing right now is to get some buzz. You know, we really are indie filmmakers. We’re not some offshoot of Miramax. You’re talking to half the operation right now (laughs). w

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The Singing Revolution reveals little-known aspect of the struggle against communism


You make the point that Estonia had the remarkably bad fortune to be conquered by two of the most heinous dictators in history: Stalin twice, with Hitler in between. Jim Tusty: Yes, most Estonians in North America came here because they fled Stalin in 1944 when he came in the second time near the end of World War II. Stalin first came in in 1939, and destroyed a huge percentage of the population. Then Hitler came in when he betrayed Stalin in 1942-44. In that six years the country lost a quarter to a third of its population. Most left in 1944 because they knew what living under Stalin meant. They literally fled in rowboats, at least 70,000 of them. When they got here the theory was that under the Atlantic Charter, all European borders were supposed to go back to preWorld War II borders. So everybody was thinking, great, because before World War II we had a country. So we’re all going back to Estonia in a couple of years. Well, as it turned out the end result was they had to wait literally three or four generations. But the Estonians have never really forgotten that original intention to go home. Estoniansin the U.S. send their kids to Estonian language schools even now. They hold council meetings in the Estonian language, publish Estonian language newspapers. Their tradition has stayed extremely tight for all those years.

Describe your relationship to Estonia. Jim Tusty: My situation is different, because my father didn’t marry an Estonian woman. He came over during the independence years. I was raised with English as a primary language. As a kid I knew where Estonia was, and I understood something about the occupation. So I was close, yet not close. In 2001 when I was teaching filmmaking there, I first heard about “The Singing Revolution,” and I remember thinking as far as we can tell no one else knows about this. And while we all like to make fun of the American media and how poorly informed Americans are, I can tell you for a fact that no one in Western Europe has heard of the Singing Revolution either. How were you received by the Estonians, being sort of an outsider in a way? Jim Tusty: At first we were afraid the Estonian community would be like, “Who are you to come from 5000 miles away and try to tell us our history?” But luckily our fears were not well-founded. Estonians have pretty much told us to a person that for them it’s current events. “It’s too close to us,” they’d tell me. See, it’s complicated because we discovered there were serious tensions among the different independence movements. It all came down to the simple question: Do you feel the Soviet Union will ever leave Estonia? One side said, no, and there’s no way we can fight them. The Soviets had one soldier for every 12 citizens in Estonia. Therefore the best thing to do, one side said, is to work out the best deal we can. They were not communists by any means, but felt it was the practical thing to do. And they accomplished a lot, including making Estonia the official language and changing the flag. So that faction did have their victories. But in contrast there was a radical independence movement, that would openly, verbally say the Soviet occupation is illegal. They’d say to fellow Estonians, “You’re cooperating with the people whose grandfathers killed our grandfathers.” We showed our work edit three times privately to leaders of each of the three movements. The first two times they had lots of comments. But the third time all three said it’s fair, we can live with this. But you say the radical movement won out despite their smaller numbers. Jim Tusty: Yes, they only had about 1000 members at the most. One thing on their

Estonians at a music festival; a scene from The Singing Revolution

side was they had enormous connections in the United States and could raise funds here. As we started analyzing the situation there were actually 7, 8, 9 forces for independence, but we ended up focusing on three. For example, there was a huge green movement that did a lot of environmental protesting. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but under the Soviet Union you couldn’t have any protests against anything. Here’s the tough question: You say in the movie that Estonian independence came about through Gorbachev’s perestroika reforms. But didn’t he sort of get a raw deal? He was trying to do the right thing and the Estonians made him the bad guy. Jim Tusty: The Gorbachev question is a profound question for me. The American perception is a little bit incomplete. The Soviet Union didn’t collapse because of Gorbachev, but despite his intentions. You’ve got to understand his entire education was under a Stalinist system. He was a firm believer in communism. He just believed that if a human being was smart enough and given enough freedom, they couldn’t possibly adhere to anything else but communism. That’s why he was so thrown by the nationalist movements in the Baltics. He just couldn’t fathom it. You could say he got unfairly beat up in a sense. Estonians certainly pushed the envelope for 50 years exactly as far as they could. How would they do that? Jim Tusty: Well, the Estonian flag is black, blue and white, and at one time you could be thrown in jail for waving it. So for example during one gathering in a square, Estonians brought out three separate flags — one black, one blue and one white. Then they slowly started moving them next to each other. It’s not exactly the flag, but it’s definitely the national colors. So everybody looked around to see if they’d get arrested for that. And they didn’t, so next time maybe they’d wave the actual flag. They kept

pushing Gorbachev as far as he’d allow it. But don’t be deceived by Gorbachev’s image. There was a massacre in Vilnius in 1991, when Russian tanks actually ran over people. But it happened on the exact day Desert Storm, so the world barely noticed. We constantly saw this pattern in Soviet history, where they’d do their bloodiest acts of state terror when the world’s attention was turned another way. They crushed the Hungarian uprising during the Suez Canal crisis, for example. But I’m in no way comparing Gorbachev to Stalin. Gorbachev was much softer and cared more about humans. I’m just arguing against the American perception of Gorbachev as a nice guy. Judging from the trailer the movie almost has an epic feel. Jim Tusty: Epic is a word I’ve used. It’s the epic story of the Soviet occupation in Estonia. We cover 1939-1986 in about 25 minutes, and you absolutely need that. Then we spend the rest of the film, about 65 minutes, on the Singing Revolution itself and these amazing events. The challenge was that there’s no one Estonian leader to point to, so we couldn’t do your standard personality film. In fact the film consists of about 30 people we interviewed, but none are up there predominantly. I’ve never seen a film where the hero is an entire country. It’s a testament to the Estonian people and how they handled themselves. Under the most dire confrontations they would remain nonviolent. The Estonians like to say “patience is a weapon.” And I see it all the time not only in the Singing Revolution, but in business relations. They’ll wait as long as it takes to get an advantageous situation, a month, a year, ten years, whatever. They certainly have a knack for pushing the envelope as far as they can. w The Singing Revolution screens Tues. Oct. 30 at 11:30 p.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Fri. Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

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hile most Americans probably can’t find Estonia on a map, the small Baltic country actually provided a stirring portrait of bravery during its occupation by the former Soviet Union. Filmmaker Jim Tusty, whose father came to the U.S. as a child from Estonia in 1924, has made a documentary about that episode of European history, The Singing Revolution. The film’s centerpiece is a historic gathering in 1969 when thousands of Estonians at a music festival, prohibited by law from singing anything other than Soviet propaganda songs, defied the ban by singing their own traditional songs. While both Jim and his wife Maureen are respected producers, the 96-minute The Singing Revolution represents their first feature effort. The film is inspired by the couple’s return to Estonia in the late ‘90s to teach a film course. Using very rare archival footage and interviews with key newsmakers, it’s tied together by the narration of Academy Award-winning actress Linda Hunt. Jim Tusty spoke to us from Estonia last week.

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Brad Paisley, poop star

Numero Dos takes an irreverent look at etiquette on a country tour


or a five-minute short about finding a toilet, Numero Dos certainly boasts an interesting — and complicated — pedigree. The “plot” concerns the efforts of a roadie for country superstar Brad Paisley to find a restroom, because according to an ancient unwritten rule of the road, “you just don’t go number two on a tour bus.” Country stars don’t generally have a large presence at film festivals, to put it kindly. But they do when they’re married to a sitcom star (Kimberly Williams-Paisley of According to Jim) whose sister Ashley Williams is an established actress in her own right (Good Morning Miami, Law and Order, Montana Sky). Kim wrote and directed Numero Dos, while Ashley stars in it. Brad has a small role in the film and composed and performed the score. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to speak to Brad or Kim. But we did talk to Ashley and her significant other, Neal Dodson, Numero Dos producer, who works at Warner Brothers in his other life. You’ve made a film about taking a dump. What sicko came up with that idea?

Ashley Williams: We were definitely at a dinner and definitely drinking some wine. That was part of the excitement and the inspiration (laughs). Neal Dodson: For the inspiration, I actually have to give credit to Mr. Paisley. Brad told us a story over dinner one night, a country urban legend — so I guess it’s a “rural legend,” if you will — about an unwritten rule on tour buses that you can’t do number two. You just don’t do that on the bus, it’s too close quarters to risk it. He told us this story of a guy who was basically being tortured by being told he couldn’t do it, and he was trying to find a usable toilet. In the film there’s a little twist on the end. So I suppose you could chalk it up to the real-life experiences of Brad Paisley. Ashley Williams: We were laughing so hard. It was definitely one of those roundtable, wonderful dinners that lasts three hours. That was the inception, the moment of genius (laughs). From what I hear since, possibly inspired by the film, Brad is upgrading to a really fancy bus now. So now you really can do number two on it. I guess that’s a sign you’ve

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really made it, when you can afford a bus that allows you to do number two (laughs). At some point you have to make the transition from dinner table to film set. How did that come about? Ashley Williams: At that point Kim had just finished doing Shade for the festival circuit, an 11-minute piece about somebody with a serious disease who can’t go outside in the sun. Let’s say it’s a pretty sobering movie (laughs). So when she was done with that she was like, can’t I do something funny? It’s all been very hands-on doing this little project, but we really tried to keep it light. Which meant don’t spend a ton of money. We didn’t even have a clapboard. I would stand in front of a camera and say, “Scene three, take six,” and clap my hands. Of course the whole time just laughing. Neal Dodson: The old bald guy that leans in the bathroom at the end, that’s my dad. The woman at the concert in the credits, that’s my mother. The bus driver is one of Brad’s bus drivers. The whole thing was done for a dime over a weekend of riding

the bus around in Texas, Nashville and New Orleans. Ashley Williams: Kim and our brother were the ones who edited it. It took a year to edit, mainly because we were so unorganized about the shots. It was very haphazard, and we had to do a lot of work in post. So that was the first time that “fix it in post” actually worked (laughs). It was always just a hoot to us. The first time we watched it we were just falling on floor and laughing. Then we figured why not have a comedy short, and just send it out and see what happens just for fun? And it’s actually been an incredible success. I guess it’s sort of refreshing for people to watch a short that’s not trying to do a very in-depth job. continued on page 20


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You guys sound like one fun family. Ashley Williams: We do have a lot of fun. We laugh a lot together. I don’t follow country music closely, but it seems like Brad Paisley isn’t the typical country star. Neal Dodson: For sure, he’s not. Full disclosure here, I didn’t know a heck of a lot about country music either before I started dating Ashley. When I came into the family I didn’t know a whole hell of a lot about country or Brad either. I’ve gotten to travel with him on the road a little bit. He’s an unbelievably talented guy. Aside from being a superstar he’s a real phenom on the guitar. His concerts are very video and filmdriven. His new concert set incorporates video and special effects. All the risers are made out of amps, and the front of the amps become televisions. But Brad’s music is on the more traditional side. His musicianship comes out of real respect for country music. So he has a Mac and an iPhone and animates and does film, but his musical roots are very much based in tradition. Brad Paisley is an animator? Ashley Williams: He does his own animation for his music videos, and he often edits own music videos. He stays up all night on his computer, he’s a total night owl. He’s a lot more creatively involved than really he has to be, and because of that I think that’s a big reason why he’s so successful. Neal Dodson: One of his videos is directed by and stars Jason Alexander, from Seinfeld. His videos are always fun and almost more like short films than videos. Of course he does the music for Numero Dos.

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Neal Dodson: Yeah, there’s no real lyrics, it’s more like film score music. It’s all played by him. It’s not a single with lyrics, it’s not something where people will say, “Oh my God, that’s a Brad Paisley song.” There’s one track that sounds more like elevator music. One thing is an organ-driven hymn, sort of at the ultimate moment of the film, called “Dark Victory” (laughs.) At the end you’ll

see him play a song in concert. It finishes with him in some great concert footage. Is Brad interested in making any more films with you guys?. Neal Dodson: We haven’t discussed it with him. Certainly it’s possible. He loves music and has no desire to act, aside from playing himself for a brief second. He’s humble enough to not want everything to revolve around him. Of course in the world of country music there’s a plethora of stories waiting to be told. I think we’re looking to tell other stories from that world. Is Numero Dos a better film because you all have established careers and can be so loose about it? Ashley Williams: You mean it’s almost like at this point we don’t have as much to prove? Well, by no means have any of us completely landed where we ultimately want to be professionally. We’re always striving to get to the next level. I guess the thing that’s happened is Kim and Brad have money (laughs)! That puts us in a completely different situation. We can afford to sit there at dinner for three hours as opposed to how it was when I was in school. But, yeah, Numero Dos is my ticket to Hollywood (laughs)! So what other projects are you doing now, Ashley? Ashley Williams: I’m babysitting for my nephew, actually. That’s a huge project (laughs). He’s napping upstairs now, so it’s going really well. I’m doing the audition game these days. I have to convince people I’m awesome (laughs)! Frankly I kind of love auditioning, it’s hysterical to me. If nothing else, you can always continue to make movies about bodily functions. Ashley Williams: Oh, I can totally keep doing that (laughs). Yeah, we’ll see ya next year in Savannah for Fart Time! w Numero Dos screens Sun. Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Fri. Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

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hat does it say about today’s movie biz that the producers of a film with established, respected stars like Ed Burns, Debra Messing and Selma Blair would rather avoid theatres entirely than risk a bad opening weekend? It’s either a sad comment on the state of the industry today, or a bold pioneering statement of broad vision. Or maybe both. In any case, Purple Violets — written, starring and directed by Ed Burns — aims to make movie history by being the first mainstream feature film to premiere only online, as a download on iTunes available for four weeks in November We spoke to Purple Violets producer Aaron Lubin last week about this unique film and its unique marketing. What’s Purple Violets about? Aaron Lubin: It’s a relationship comedy about four characters. Debra Messing and Selma Blair are best friends who went to college together. It’s NYU, basically, though we’re not calling it that in the film. They’re both now in their early-to-mid 30s. Selma Blair’s character has written a critically acclaimed book of short stories but hasn’t written anything else in 12 years. She’s married to a local celebrity chef, played by Donal Logue. He’s a lecherous cad, basically. Debra plays a single schoolteacher who runs into one of her ex-boyfriends, played by Patrick Wilson. He’s basically a John Grisham-type bestselling novelist who aspires to be a more serious literary character. His lawyer is played by Ed Burns, who’s essentially this fairly obnoxious frat boy with a drinking problem. Ed Burns dated Debra in the past, and they had a bad breakup. She initially wants nothing to do with him, but he actually wants her back. It’s basically a story about Selma Blair trying to recapture writing as a career, and also recapturing her first love. It’s romantic, it’s funny, it’s beautifully shot. It deals with themes of second chances, and is it possible to even have a second chance.

Sounds like the New York experience is very much a part of the film. Aaron Lubin: New York City is definitely a character in the film, as it is with many of Ed’s films. There’s a lot of nostalgia in his work. He certainly loves to think about the different stages of his life, how he looked forward and looked back. He’s very sensitive to those shifts when change happens. This will premiere purely as a download? Aaron Lubin: We completely bypassed the traditional theatrical release. The theatrical space is changing, especially for specialized movies. Films are undermarketed, companies don’t have the budget to market them, so they can only stay in relatively uncompetitive theatres for a short time with very little exposure. There’s a limited number of screens out there, and it really matters which screens you’re on. For movies like ours without really huge stars and with no real Oscar ambitions, there’s very little room unless you want some form of disappointment in a theatrical release, or you want to just play in New York and L.A. and maybe one other city. Once you start working with the big studios, you have to go with a version that’s much more mainstream. Once you have that bigger budget with bigger stars, you have to adjust everything. But at the get-go we were realistic about where our film lies in the marketplace. We know our audience for this, and it most likely is women in their mid-30s with a couple of kids. For them, a night out at the movies is something that’s a big event, reserved for maybe three times a year. And you know, the truth is that a small, kind of melancholy story might be better to see in the comfort of home on your high definition TV and your couch. w Purple Violets screens Sun. Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theater and Fri. Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

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hough perhaps more immediately known as the son of renowned film director Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity, My Beautiful Laundrette), Will Frears has made a name for himself in his own right as a stage director of great repute, both in the U.S. and his native U.K. The gregarious young Englishman makes his first foray into film direction with All Saints Day, a 15-minute short about a man and a woman on the early morning after a late night of Halloween costume parties in the East Village. We spoke to Frears last week. What’s All Saints Day about?

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Will Frears: A friend of mine who lives in the East Village told me a story. His birthday is All Saints Day, Nov. 1. He said his favorite thing to do on his birthday is he gets up very early in the morning, makes a big cup of coffee and sits out on his front stoop, watching all the people coming home from their late Halloween night out, still in costume. So I came up with this story that’s very complicated and sort of took you across all of New York, ending up with this girl coming home from Halloween talking to a boy on the step. Then my friend, Brooke Berman, who ended up writing the thing, said, hey, what if we just leave it all on the stoop? And I though, oh, that’s clearly how you do it. And we were off to the races. Do you think your skill set as a theatre director translates well to directing film, or is it a completely different animal entirely? Will Frears: Complicatedly, both. You know, I didn’t grow up around or on film sets. I actually had a far less interesting childhood than that (laughs). If only it had been that exciting. So I have no idea whether my skill set translates or if I even have a skill set (laughs). When I was doing all those plays I always had in mind that in my ideal world I’d get the opportunity to work in both mediums. Some stories work as films and some sto-

ries work as plays. The job of directing is as a storyteller looking for a medium that supports the story you want to tell. The content has to come first. I feel with the little film directing I’ve done, all you ever try to do is surround yourself with people much cleverer than you and ask them questions. The director’s job is to be a question-asker. So you see yourself as less of an all-powerful film auteur and more of a facilitator -- like the theatre director, who, once the curtain goes up, has no power at all over his cast. Will Frears: Other than the power of a baleful stare, yes (laughs). No, I couldn’t imagine myself being an auteur. The thing about directing is all you have to do is have a good idea and get out of the way. The nice thing about coming out of the theatre is being able to work that way. I don’t come from an auteur thing. I don’t have a genre I work in or one thing I’m interested in. The wonderfulness of directing is you get to learn about new things and try new things all the time. It’s like having Chinese takeaway dinner — you just have all this choice, and then a short time later you’re ready for more. So many novice filmmakers are very tightly wound, very serious. You seem to have a very relaxed, loose attitude. Will Frears: I once had a conversation with my father when I was in the middle of doing a play that was not going so well. I couldn’t tell why it wasn’t working out. And he said, “Things only go well when they go easy.” That’s the choice — when it’s going well, the best play I’ve ever done feels like breathing. If you’d met me as a young grad student I was wound as tightly as any of them. Eventually you realize it’s a lot more fun when you’re not lifting the whole world on your shoulders. w All Saints Day screens Mon. Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theatre and Wed. Oct. 31 at 11:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

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The Knife Grinder’s Tale The Madness of Being The French Connection August Rush New Urban Cowboy: The Labors of Michael E. Arth Numero Dos The Singing Revolution The Diving Bell Driftwood Last Day of December Say Can You See the Butterfly Purple Violets Honeydripper Dinner My First Guitar All Saints Day Deacon’s Mondays Netherbeast Incorporated Romance & Cigarettes

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Sunday, Oct. 28

11:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screening of Numero Dos and Purple Violets. 11:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre The Silver Screen Society: Staged Reading. 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater New Urban Cowboy: The Labors of Michael E. Arth and Driftwood. 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre Amadeus. 7 p.m. at Trustees Theater Lifetime Achievement: Milos Forman Achievement in Cinema: Brett Ratner Screening of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Monday, Oct. 29

9:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of All Saints Day and My First Guitar. 9:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of Dinner, The Bottom, Deacon’s Mondays, Last Day of December and Snapshots. 9:30 a.m. at Red Gallery Insight and Revelations: The Business of Art and Filmmaking. 11:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of Shut-eye Hotel and The First Saturday in May. 11:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of The Knife Grinder’s Tale, Push, Si Tu No Estas (If You’re Gone), Slum Noir, Some Apologies, Savannah Arts Academy Special Screenings and Kodak presents Stop By, Shoot Film. 11:30 a.m. at Red Gallery Networking- The Reality of Life. 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of Suffering Man’s Charity and Deface. 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre Kodak presents Stop By, Shoot Film. 2:30 p.m. at Red Gallery Casting Director, Agent, Actor. 7 p.m. at Trustees Theater Lifetime Achievement: John Sayles and a screening of Honeydripper.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

9:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of The Madness of Being and Netherbeast Incorporated.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 (continued)

11:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of Say Can You See and The Singing Revolution. 11:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screening of Nanking and Kodak presents Stop By, Shoot Film. 11:30 p.m. at Red Gallery What Do Films Mean? 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of Good Time Max and Raving. 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre screening of The Bard’s Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) and Kodak presents Stop By, Shoot Film. 2:30 p.m. at Red Gallery The Silver Screen Society: Young Directors’ Forum. 7 p.m. at Trustees Theater screening of Grace is Gone.

Thursday, Nov. 1 (contineud)

2:30 p.m. at Red Gallery The Art of Editing. 7 p.m. at Trustees Theater Pioneer in Entertainment and Media Award: Todd Wagner. Screenings of Reservation Road and Day Zero.

Friday, Nov. 2

11:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screening of Billo il Grand Dakhaar. 11:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of All Saints Day and My First Guitar. 11:30 a.m. at Red Gallery Shot and Feature Documentary Films. 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater screening of Control. 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of December Story and Under the Same Moon. 2:30 p.m. at Red Gallery Short and Feature Narrative Films. 7 p.m. at Trustees Theater Director’s Choice.

9:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of The Knife Grinder’s Tale, Push, Si Tu No Estas (If You’re Gone), Slum Noir and Some Apologies. 9:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of Say Can You See and The Singing Revolution. 11:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of The Bottom, Dinner, Deacon’s Mondays, Last Day of December, Snapshots and Savannah Arts Academy Special Screenings. 11:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of Good Time Max and Raving. 11:30 a.m. at Red Gallery The Producers. 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of The French Connection, Last Day of December and Snapshots. 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of Numero Dos and Purple Violets. 2:30 p.m. at Red Gallery The Producers; Career Success Stories - Breaking into Hollywood from the Next Generation of Visual Effects Wizards; and Adobe Systems: HD Production Workflow with Adobe Production Premium CS3. 7 p.m. at Trustees Theater screening of The Savages.

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Saturday, Nov. 3

Wednesday, Oct. 31

9:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater SCAD Student Showcase. 9:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of Shut-eye Hotel and The First Saturday in May. 11:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater screenings of In Search of Real America, Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast and Order Up. 11:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of Deface and Suffering Man’s Charity. 11:30 a.m. at Red Gallery Music Videos, Concerts and Comedy Specials. 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater screening of Bernard and Doris. 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of Driftwood and New Urban Cowboy: The Labors of Michael E. Arth.

11:30 a.m. at Lucas Theatre screenings of The Madness of Being and Netherbeast Incorporated. 11:30 a.m. at Red Gallery Spider-Man 3 - Venom panel. 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater screening of Romance & Cigarettes. 7 p.m. at Trustees theater Entertainment in Journalism: Charlie Rose. Achievement in Cinema: David Benioff. Awards Ceremony. Screening of The Kite Runner. The Savannah Film Festival Conference for Entertainment Investing will be offered Oct. 27 and 28 at The Marshall House, 123 E. Broughton St.

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7 p.m. at Trustees Theater Lifetime Achievement: Michael Douglas. Lifetime Achievement: The Redgraves. Screening of August Rush.

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Driving him crazy

Officers who were called to a residence on Shad Road on a report of an accident with injuries found a man who apparently had been struck by a car. When they arrived at the scene, paramedics were treating the man for severe intoxication and superficial scrapes. He was unresponsive due to his level of intoxication and would only scream obscenities when asked questions about what had happened. The man was transported to Memorial Health for treatment. The officers spoke with the home owner, who said she wasn’t sure what had happened because she was in bed asleep when the incident occurred. A second woman said she was told that the victim had been struck by a car driven by a woman he had been riding with. She said the couple had been fighting and the man was trying to walk away from the house when the woman followed him in her car. The woman had left the scene when police arrived. A car with what appeared to be fresh damage on the right front quarter panel was sitting in the driveway. The witness stated that it was the car the woman had been driving. She also said that the woman had been driving the car earlier in the night with the man as a passenger. She said a group of people had been at a bar earlier and the man was heavily intoxicated. The officer went to Memorial Health to attempt to talk with the victim and was able to ask him what happened. He said that he had been arguing with the woman and that she had hit him with her car. He was very uncooperative and had to be told several times to stop screaming obscenities. The officer learned that the woman had gone to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment for injuries from an assault. He went to that hospital to speak with the woman, who told him she had been driving the group of people earlier that evening. • A Horton Street resident told police she had kicked her son out of her house that morning, but returned to find her front door kicked in and her son asleep inside. The woman said she kicked her son out of the house again and called police. She said that her son has a key to the door, but not to the deadbolt lock, which she had locked before leaving. She said she needed a police report about the incident to turn into her landlord. She was told about warrant procedures, and given a case report number card. • An East 54th Street resident told police she was threatened with a broken beer bottle.

The woman said her brother had just died, and her nephew had come to see her. During their conversation, the nephew told the woman, “I just hope you know how to behave.” She said she took exception to the remark, and the two began arguing. She said she told her nephew that it was disrespectful for him to speak to his aunt that way. The man then broke a beer bottle and threatened to cut her with the broken part of the bottle. The woman’s son witnessed the incident, and told police he saw the suspect holding the bottle while he was talking with the boy’s mother. The boy said he was certain the man had been drinking. He said the man had broken the bottle in the roadway, then said, “I’ll cut your mother’s f--king head off right now.” • Police checked an abandoned house on West 61st Street. They knocked on the door and got no answer, but could hear someone inside. The window was up, so one of the officers moved the curtain aside and saw three people, two men and a woman, sitting on chairs around a coffee table. An officer asked them why they were in an abandoned house that had no water or electricity, and told them to open the door. As the door opened, the officer told them to step outside and produce a form of identification. The woman had been found in the house previously and told in September that no one was supposed to be there. One of the men refused to provide a name or any information so he was taken into custody. As the police entered the house, a third man came out from a bedroom. He couldn’t justify his reason for being there and was also taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass. Three white rocks were found on the coffee table and one tested positive for crack cocaine. The other two were candle wax. w

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The Continuing Crisis

$700 range. Questionable Menus: (1) Puzzlingly, young adults in Japan seem particularly drawn toward mayonnaise, and thus Koji Nakamura might have a shot at success with his Mayonnaise Kitchen restaurant in a Tokyo suburb, according to an August Reuters story. Included in his fare are several mayonnaise-flavored cocktails, including the “Mayogarita.” (2) Health officials in Rockland County, N.Y., issued two complaints against the Great China Buffet restaurant in September after an employee was seen preparing the day’s garlic in back of the building by stomping a large bowl of it with his boots on. Maritza Tamayo, principal of New York City’s Unity Center for Urban Technologies high school, was fired in August following revelations that she was so concerned about the unruly behavior of some students that she brought in a Santeria priestess in December 2006 to cleanse the building of evil spirits. The students were on holiday break, but workers found chicken blood sprinkled around the building, and Tamayo and two other women in white dresses were seen, chanting, with one balancing a silver tray on her head, holding 40 lit candles.

People With Issues

Officials of the Miss Ventura County (Calif.) pageant said in September that they are tired of waiting (now, two years) and would seek police help in getting the disqualified 2005 winner Hilary Gushwa to return her crown to them. Gushwa was ousted for being secretly married at the time, a violation of pageant rules. She responded at first that she did not recall her wedding, in Las Vegas, because she was on medication, but subsequent evidence showed her actively planning the ceremony and reception.

Recurring Themes

News of the Weird has documented many times. A 40-year-old man, somewhat inebriated, attempting to urinate into the River Bulbourne in Hemel Hempstead, England, fell in and drowned (April). A 58-year-old man stood up in his boat to urinate while fishing and fell into a lake near Farmington, N.M., and drowned (August). A train driver in Berlin, Germany, apparently attempting to urinate out of a door at 70 mph, fell to his death (May).

Just Can’t Stop Myself

(1) A 19-year-old man was arrested in Darwin, Australia, in August after he shoplifted a pornographic magazine and retreated to a public restroom in the Karama Shopping Centre. A security guard trailed him, joined by a police officer, but they decided to wait until he was finished before apprehending him. (2) A 26-year-old man was convicted in September of masturbating in a University of Manitoba library in Winnipeg. He explained, “I was just sitting at a computer, downloading a few things, and I got a little horny. ... I do it all the time.” (According to the Winnipeg Sun, one of the conditions of his six-months’ probation is that he not masturbate “in a library or anywhere else.”)

Undignified Deaths

(1) A 27-year-old woman was killed in Melvindale, Mich., while setting off Fourth of July fireworks when she failed to move her head out of the way after launching a 3inch mortar bomb. (2) A 55-year-old man in Fall River County, S.D., was killed in August when he accidentally shot himself in the stomach. According to police, he was attempting to show friends that a key point in a recent CSI television show was wrong (that is, according to the script, a victim could not physically have managed to shoot herself in the stomach) w

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tival to permit parishioners to relieve their guilt over despoiling the Earth, according This past summer, two capital-murder to a report in The Times of London. At the inmates (who might have been executed, festival, however, the priest, Dom Anthony regardless) were put to death after curious Sutch, also had to deal with the August ancourt policies failed them. Luther Williams’ nouncement that the Vatican would begin execution was carried out in Alabama in transporting 150,000 pilgrims a year on August after the U.S. Supreme Court’s rechartered, high-carbon-footprint airliners. fusal to stop it, despite his plea that the Hindu officials persuaded the Indian state’s lethal injection procedure was uncongovernment in September to withdraw a stitutional. However, one month later, the report on a construction project because court voted to accept for consideration it treated a prominent bridge as a natuanother case questioning the conral stone formation instead of (as stitutionality of the injection. Hindus say) a bridge created by (Court policy is that four votes the god Ram and his army of are needed to accept a case, monkeys. In another victory for but five are required to stay don’t read! Hindu sensibility, the governan execution.) In September, ment cracked down on the rusmind you own just minutes after the court’s tling of “sacred” cattle in August lethal-injection case was acbusiness by issuing ID cards with phocepted, lawyers for Michael tos of individual cows, to help Richard, who was schedguards at the Bangladesh boruled to die that evening, der halt the illegal trade. rushed to file a stay with God’s Will Be Done: (1) In the Texas Court of Criminal August in Atlanta, televangelist Appeal and promised delivThomas Weeks was arrested for alery by 5:20 p.m. The court clerk legedly beating up and threatening responded, “We close at 5”; to kill his estranged wife, televangelist the petition didn’t make it, and Juanita Bynum, in a hotel parking lot Richard was executed at 8:23. before a bellman rescued her. (Weeks Spaniard Manuel Gozalo blamed Satan for the incident.) (2) organizes bus trips of women Pastor Walter Steen pleaded guilty from Madrid to isolated rural in Detroit in August to tax fraud villages, which most of the naand was sentenced to 15 months in prison. tive females have long since abanHe had started the God Will Provide Tax doned for cities, leaving lonely single men. Service in 2005, but prosecutors said 1,573 His “caravanas de amor” (caravans of love) out of the 1,578 returns he prepared for clihave made 32 day-trips since 1995, proments claimed tax refunds. ising the ladies some fun and dancing (and possible romance) and the men perhaps a Questionable Judgments last chance at finding a companion (and Shoe designer Marc Jacobs recently Gozalo told London’s Independent in July crossed a frontier in fashion by introducing that his caravans have produced at least 40 women’s high-heeled shoes with the “heel” marriages). in the front. Wrote London’s Daily Mail: “A chunky, 4-inch heel nestles horizontally just Latest Religious Messages under the ball of the foot. Where you’d exA particularly environmentally conscious pect a heel, there is nothing but fresh air.” Catholic priest in Suffolk, England, set up a Models of the shoe are priced in the $500 to confessional in August at a Greenpeace fes-


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Climate Change Costs

Researchers at the University of Maryland published a report that says inaction in responding to the challenges of climate change in the United States will cost billions of dollars. The report warns that the impact of climate change will be felt differently in various parts of the country. In the South and Southwest, a decrease in rain will strain water resources for agriculture, industry and households. The Midwest could suffer from more frequent and severe floods and drought, causing billions of dollars in damage to crops and property. • An official at Indonesia’s agriculture ministry cautioned that climate change has already affected the ability of certain crops to grow in parts of the country. The ministry’s director general of horticulture, Ahmad Dimyati, said higher temperatures are altering where some vegetable, fruit and ornamental plants can survive. He said some crops that need temperatures below 77 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive must now be grown in cooler climate zones at least 650 feet higher in elevation.

Eruption Warnings

Thousands of villagers in Indonesia’s East Java province defied government evacuation orders despite intense rumblings from Mount Kelud volcano. The country’s geophysics agency raised the alert status for the mountain to the highest level due to activity that produced more than 300 tremors within a six-hour period. Rising magma also caused the temperature of the crater lake to soar. Around 350,000 people live within the fertile 6-mile danger zone around the volcano, where they grow coffee, sugar cane and various tropical fruits.

Elephants Buzzed Off

Oxford University researchers have discovered that recorded sounds of angry bees can be used to deter elephants from raiding crops, protecting villages regularly pillaged by the hungry pachyderms. Lead researcher Lucy King made recordings of angry local African bees and played them back from hidden speakers at a test site in northern Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. A large majority of the elephants fled almost immediately after the buzzing sounds began playing, obviously remembering that bees can inflict nasty stings inside their trunks. King cautions that elephants are likely to catch on quickly should this be the only deterrent used to keep them from crops. And, local farmers don’t have the income to afford such a high-tech solution. She says positioning hives of notoriously aggressive African bees around fields could be part of a long-term and non-lethal solution to the elephant menace in East Africa.


The strongest in a series of powerful earthquakes that rocked southern New Zealand knocked items off shelves and triggered a landslide near a popular tourist destination. No injuries were reported. • Earth movements were also felt across a wide area of the South Pacific from Fiji to northern New Zealand, and in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province, northeastern Ohio and Southern California.

Tropical Cyclone

An area of disturbed weather off Mexico’s Pacific coast strengthened into Tropical Storm Kiko. The storm was predicted to move ashore near the state of Colima.

Bangladesh Twisters

Two outbreaks of post-monsoon tornadoes in Bangladesh killed at least seven people and destroyed over 500 homes. Three tornadoes embedded in severe Bay of Bengal storms moved ashore in the southern districts of Barisal, Gopalganj and Bhola on Oct. 15, leaving approximately 3,000 people homeless. Five days earlier, one tornado wreaked havoc on a small village in the country’s northern Sunamganj district, while another ripped through the Jamalpur district. Tornadoes often form over Bangladesh just before and just after the main summertime southwest monsoon season. This summer’s monsoon rains produced disastrous flooding that forced nearly 20 million people from their homes across South Asia.

Flood Worms

The owner of a Taiwan vineyard became so alarmed at the hundreds of thousands of earthworms that suddenly appeared on his property that he consulted experts to see if the crawlers were heralds of an impending earthquake. Worms and snakes are known to come to the surface when disturbed by seismic activity. Wu Ching-chuan told the China Times that he had never seen such a massive creeping invasion in the 40 years he has owned the vineyard. Experts allayed Wu’s seismic fears when they said recent flooding from passing Typhoon Krosa had driven the megadriles to the surface by causing the groundwater level to rise too high for them to survive in the soil. w

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y vey, there’s goes my waistline -- again. You might want to forget that diet, at least on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Shalom Y’All Jewish Food Festival is returning for its 19th year with delectable foods such as latkes, hot corned beef, pastrami, brisket, stuffed cabbage and cholent. Oh, and the egg creams will be back again this year. Don’t forget the bagels and lox, whitefish and herring, hummus and pita salad. And

A highlight of the festival will be the 2007 Jerusalem Concert for Peace, presented by the Jewish Educational Alliance. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature the Israeli musical sensation Shalom Zohar and the Desert Blossom Ensemble. Zohar’s repertoire ranges from traditional Klezmer music to contemporary rhythm and blues. It incorporates Middle Eastern and Asian influences. “The concert serves as a tribute to Israel’s desire for peace,” says Eshel Herskovitz, who is interim director of the JEA. “We are


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thrilled and honored to bring such a talented Israeli performer to Savannah for the very first time. I’m confident that audiences will appreciate his stunning vocal abilities and enjoy the opportunity to hear one of Israel’s rising stars live in concert.” Admission to the festival is free, although tickets are required to purchase food. Advance 10 percent discounted tickets are available at The festival is immensely popular, and Margie Levy, congregation president and food festival co-chair, has a theory why. “There’s no real Jewish delicatessen in Savannah,” she says. “People like that kind of food.” It takes about 300 volunteers to prepare for the festival, Levy says. “We do have great people,” she says. “At the beginning of the festival, we blow the shofar, a ram’s horn that is used for the high holidays. It’s a symbol of calling people together.” Don’t worry about rain. “We’ve never had rain,” Levy says. “We do lots of praying.” Anne Maner is executive director of Congregation Mickve Israel. “In years past, we’ve estimated we’ve had about 10,000 people turn out,” she says. “It’s an event that everyone comes out and enjoys.” “If you want to eat some delicious ethnic food and enjoy a beautiful day, show up,” Gordon says. “It’s good food and a good time.” w The Jewish Food Festival happens Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Forsyth Park.

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his play’s real name is Hospitality Suite. At least that’s the name playwright Roger Rueff gave it. But then a Hollywood big shot named Kevin Spacey came along and optioned it for a film he was producing. Somewhere along the way, the name was changed to The Big Kahuna. While the stage play may not be widely known, the film version with Spacey, Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli is. Rueff also wrote the screenplay. The Big Kahuna tells the story of two experienced salesmen and a young research engineer from an industrial lubricants firm in Chicago. The three are in Wichita, Kansas, where they sit in a hospitality suite on the 26th floor of a Holiday Inn. They’re waiting to meet with a man, Dick Fuller, the CEO of a very large company, who just might save their company from ruin -- if they can sell him their product. Jamie Busbin is directing an Armstrong Atlantic State University Masquers production of The Big Kahuna. “I saw it and fell in love with it,” she says. It’s the CEO who’s the Big Kahuna -- or

big catch -- of the title. But it’s the other three men who hold our interest. Phil is in his mid-50s and has just been divorced. He’s questioning his work, indeed his entire purpose in life. Larry is younger and more energetic than Phil. Bob, who’s still in his 20s and very religious, has just been recruited from the company research department to represent the company’s technical expertise. The three set up a party in their hospitality suite. While getting ready, Larry and Bob soon realize they have vast differences. Later, when the party is over, Phil and Larry suddenly realize they never met Dick Fuller and become distraught. Eventually, they realize that the Big Kahuna did show up and that Bob talked to him at length. However, Bob didn’t talk about industrial lubricants, he talked with Fuller about reli-

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gion. Larry is infuriated, and sends Bob to find Fuller at another party. As Phil and Larry wait for Bob, Phil’s questions about life and purpose come to the surface. When Bob returns and says he found Fuller, but all he talked with about was Jesus, everything comes to a head. “It all breaks down into what is relevant,” Busbin says. “At the same time, it’s about trying to prioritize. For Bob, there is nothing higher than religion. For Larry, it’s about career. For Phil, life is what’s relevant, whether it’s religion or business or whatever. He realizes there are other things that are more important.” The play lasts two hours. “It will definitely speak to a lot of people,” Busbin says. “A lot will identify with Bob, while a lot are career-driven and will identify with Larry. Still others have lived life and will identify

At the end, this is a show that’s going to get you talking. It’s something people will want to discuss after..

with Phil.” There are just three actors in the cast, including Larry Pupinger as Phil. “He’s a school teacher and he’s done productions for AASU and the Savannah Community Theatre,” Busbin says. “He’s well known around here.” Brandon Lee plays Larry. “He’s a local playwright and actor,” Busbin says. Bob is played by James Griecco, a student at Armstrong. Directing the show has been particularly challenging because it is theater-in-theround, Busbin says. “The audience members are all around the actors,” she says. “I’ve never directed in the round.” Audiences will experience the lives of three very different men. “It’s a comment on priorities in life,” Busbin says. “It’s very unique. At the end, this is a show that’s going to get you talking. It’s something people will want to discuss after.” w The Big Kahuna will be presented Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in Jenkins Theater. Tickets are $8. Call 927-5381 weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Oh, Rocky, the Horror Savannah Actors Theatre gets ready to do the Time Warp again


tions,” Sasha advises. “It’s not serious is any way, shape or form,” she says. “It becomes an audience participation show.” There will be 14 performances in all. “This one is rated R,” Sasha says. “We’re not recommending this for anyone under 18 without their parents.” Above all, The Rocky Horror Show is a musical. “It has some of the most familiar melodies in all of musical theater,” Ryan says. “A lot of people don’t know how complex the music is.” So many talented people showed up to audition, even the background vocals are sung in harmony. “This production is more about a group sound,” Ryan says. The show features a four-member band. “It’s a very, very rock-based band,” Ryan says. “In the original production, before the film came out, they used a band that was really quite loud.” Rocky is wildly popular. “I’ve never known anyone who has a negative experience with Rocky,” Ryan says. “It’s such a freeing show, because it’s so crazy.” The cast is having a good time, Ryan says. “It’s really just a ‘Let’s have a good time’ show,” he says. “The more of a good time the cast is having, the more polished the production will look.” Expect to see even more Rocky in the future. “We’re going to make it a Halloween tradition, so come and get started at the very beginning,” Ryan says. “It’s going to sound and look awesome. We ended up doing so many serious shows this season, that it’s nice to have a little bit of zaniness this time of year.” Don’t wait long to get tickets. “A lot of people are calling for tickets,” Ryan says. “Some shows are already selling out.” w Performances of The Rocky Horror Show will be held Oct. 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. with special midnight performances on Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 1 at the Savannah Actor’s Theatre, 703D Louisville Rd. Tickets are $15 general and $10 student/senior/military. For tickets, call 2326080.



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t’s just a jump to the left -and then a step to the right. The folks at the Savannah Actors Theatre, bless their hearts, are ready to take us all on a strange journey, that same strange journey experienced by Janet and Brad. And it’s all coming just in time for Halloween, with performances set for Oct. 25 through Nov. 10. The Rocky Horror Show was written by Richard O’Brien. Over the past 35 or so years, it’s become America’s most famous -and beloved -- cult musical. The SAT production is directed by Jeffrey DeVincent, with choreography by Sasha McCurdy and musical direction by Ryan McCurdy. “It’s so tight and so beautiful and I’m so proud,” Sasha says. Sasha is delighted that DeVincent, a Savannah College of Art and Design theater professor, is directing. “He’s the papa we depend on,” she says. “It feels like we’re all family. Everyone from Day One has been so dedicated. It’s the best Rocky ever.” The show is resulting in new friendships. “The cast has really jelled,” Sasha says. “It’s been a process of bringing SCAD and the community together. It’s a really nice blend.” There are 20 in the cast. “We’ve been working late and getting up early,” Sasha says. “It’s Rocky, so everyone is so gung ho. “We ask someone to do something -build sets, made costumes -- and they just want to be there,” she says. “People who work with this show do become family.” And not just for the run of the production -- they become friends for life. “Rocky was my first professional show in Dallas in 2001,” Sasha says. “I still talk to my fellow cast members.” The show is perfect for Halloween, Sasha says. “We encourage people to come in costume,” she says. “We’re going to have costume contests.” The steps to the Time Warp will be taught before each performance. “We want everyone to jump in and do the dances,” Sasha says. Not everyone in the cast is a dancer, but everyone dances. “You sing six lines and then you’re dancing again,” Sasha says. “It never stops.” Never seen The Rocky Horror Show or the film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show? “Don’t come in with any preconceived no-

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‘she may be a jedi’ -- Recent paintings by Katherine Sandoz at Rosewood Contemporary Art, 113 E. Oglethorpe Ave., through Nov. 24. Reception Fri. Nov. 2, 68 p.m.

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‘The Art of Grace & Courtesy’ – Art exhibit by teachers from Charles Ellis Montessori Academy at the Starfish Cafe. In conjunction with the opening of Charles Ellis’ Gallery on 49th, Teachers from Charles Ellis will also be showing artwork during the month of October. A closing reception will be held Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m. where proceeds from sales will benefit the Ellis Alumni project. Growing Hope Art Co-op and Starfish Café, 719 East Broad St., 236-7423 ext. 1309 for info. ‘Seven from Savannah’ -- Work by seven key local artists featured at 2Car Garage, 30 W. Broughton St. through Oct. 26.

On this page: Three images from the combined ‘Inside Outside’ show by SCAD profs Steve and Deborah Mosch at Pinnacle Gallery

New Works -- Off The Wall Gallery in 45 Bistro at the Marshall House on Broughton Street will feature new works in November by Stefani Joseph, Laura Adams, Marilyn Foley, KatrinaSchmid-Renke and Sandy Branam. ‘The Space Between’ - Photography by J. T. Blatty through Oct. 26 at Venus de Milo, 38 MLK Jr. Blvd. ‘Sacred and Profane’ -- Alvida Art Gallery opening 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 3 at 7303-D Abercorn St. Contributing artists will display their works as they interpret the theme of “light” and “dark”. Readings from Desire: Women Write About Wanting -- Author Rosemary Daniell and contributing author Connie Baechler will read excerpts from their upcoming book Sat. Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at Alvida Art Gallery, 7303-D Abercorn St., to coincide with the “Sacred and Profane” exhibit opening the same night. ‘Mirrored Nostalgia’ -- Photos by SCAD student Sonny Wallace at Dimensions Gallery, 412 MLK Jr Blvd. ‘Metamorphosis: Painting Evolution’ -- Exhibit by Atlanta painter June Stratton through Nov. 8 at the AASU. John Anderson -- Abstract photography at Los Robles Gallery reveals a new direction for this respected nature photographer. Private showing through Oct. 31 by appointment at Los Robles Gallery, 101 East 34th St. Call 234-5852 or 713-5547.

‘Inside Outside’ -SCAD presents an exhibition showcasing work by professors Steve and Deborah Mosch, Oct. 11Nov. 20, at Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St. Reception Fri. Nov. 9. ‘This Land Is Our Land’ -- MFA photography thesis exhibition by Theron Humphrey at Iocovozzi Fine Art Gallery, 1 West Bull St. (Jones and Bull) ImpressionExpression -- A show about cooperating tendencies in art, at Daedalus Gallery, 414 Whitaker St. through Oct. 27. 7times6 – Chroma Gallery’s annual show will feature new work by Aaron Memmott, Siddharth Parasnis, Lori Keith Robinson, Penelope Moore, Jan Clayton Pagratis, LOJA, and Cedric Smith. Through Oct. 31 at Chroma Gallery, 31 Barnard St. Sandy Branam — Work by this popular local artist at the Hospice Savannah gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Dr., through October. ‘Fantastic Adventures in Text and Images’ — Highlights how artists have illustrated travels from the beginnings of the novel in the 18th century through the 20th. Artists include Cruikshank, Rowlandson, Hogarth, Rackham, and the Rhead brothers. Through Oct. 26 at SCAD Museum of Art, 227 MLK Jr. Blvd. ‘New Expressions’ — Art by Eduardo Lapetina at Beaufort’s The Gallery, Sept. 29Oct. 25. 802 Bay St., Beaufort, S.C. ‘Splendor of Wood: Exploring Panels Paintings’ — Focuses on materials and techniques of traditional panel painting, emphasizing panel portraits from SCAD’s Newton Collection. Through Oct. 26 at SCAD Museum of Art, 227 MLK Jr. Blvd.


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Group Show — The Grand Bohemian Gallery at the Mansion on Forsyth Park is currently featuring artists John Duckworth, Irene Mayo and Jean Claude Roy. Sharon McIntosh and Mary Ingalls — The artists of the month at Gallery 209 are painter Sharon McIntosh and glass artist Mary Ingalls Daniell. 209 E. River Street. Art@JEA — Carolyne Graham, Carrie Kellogg, Grace Rohland and Victoria Hennie are the artists of the month for October at the JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. Gallery 440 — A three day celebration of Gallery 440’s Fifth Anniversary begins Friday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. Additional dates are Sat. Oct. 27 2-5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 28 1-5 p.m. New paintings by Fran Thomas, ceramic sculpture by Barbara Duch and original handmade jewelry by Arleen Geller. Jepson Center for the Arts – “Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius,� Oct. 17-Jan. 6; “East End Artists, Past and Present,� through Jan. 13 focuses on modern and contemporary artists of the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y., including

Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner; “Philip Morsberger: The Sixties,� through Jan. 20. 207 W. York St. Call 790-8800. Closed Tuesdays. Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences — “Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam,� through Jan. 20; “19th Century Glass from Savannah Collections,� through Dec. 2. 121 Barnard St. Call 7908800. w

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Savannah Music Festival announces lineup Artists include Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Porter Wagoner, Blind Boys of Alabama & Garrick Ohlsson


ince 2003, when the long-running Savannah Onstage International Arts Festival broadened its scope significantly and was reborn as the diverse Savannah Music Festival, our city has played host to one of the most interesting and unique musical celebrations of its type in the U.S. For many locals and visitors alike, 2008’s 17-day installment of the festival (which takes place March 20-April 5 at numerous venues throughout the city) will be a must-see event which affords once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to attend several performances created specifically for this series. Wednesday night, the SMF celebrates the announcement of their 2008 lineup with a private press conference capped by a public show from acclaimed Louisiana string band The Red Stick Ramblers at the American Legion Post on Forsyth Park (admission to the 7:15 p.m. gig is $10 at the door, though members of SNAP — an association of young music patrons — get in free). The following morning, on the festival’s website, tickets to the entire festival go on sale. Executive and Artistic Director Rob Gibson’s knack for talking artists from disparate fields into collaborating together on unique, commissioned programs doesn’t accurately convey the palpable, electric feeling audience members often get when attending the SMF. BBC Radio Two nailed it, however, when they called the SMF a haven for “music making of the highest order.” “It’s not all scripted,” they continued. “People are willing to be spontaneous.” It’s impossible to note every worthwhile event at the 2008 SMF in this preview — plus, you can find all that info on their website as of tomorrow. But, we can point out some of the most interesting and highly anticipated bookings, by genre...


Blues & Zydeco

Derek Trucks has appeared at so many SMF’s you’d be forgiven for wondering if the youngest member of The Allman Brothers Band was on the festival’s Board of Directors. In addition to a set with his own group, he’ll take part in a one-timeonly summit meeting of slide guitarists from around the globe, including Jerry Douglas, Debashish Bhattacharya and Bob Brozman. Locally-based electric guitarist and singer Eric Culberson finally gets the nod and brings his fiery brand of Chicago and Memphis-style R & B to the festival, in a double-bill with another respected Georgia gunslinger, Sean Costello. Louisiana’s Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys play danceoriented, accordion-based Cajun music.


Among the numerous standout musicians on tap for 2008 are SMF’s Associate Artistic Director, violinist Daniel Hope, as well as pianists Sebastian Knauer and prodigies Yundi Li and Yu Kosuge.

World Music

Clockwise from top left: Daniel Hope, Hank Jones, Jennifer Larmore, Cherryholmes, and Angelique Kidjo

Waynesboro, Ga. native and star trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (a perennial SMF favorite) premieres a new autobiographical work. Keyboardists Eric Reed, Carl “Sonny” Leyland, the legendary Hank Jones and Marcus Roberts all join forces for another installment of the popular and intimate Piano Showdown, which has become a tradition at the SMF.


Gospel & Soul

Eight-time Grammy winners The Emerson String Quartet will be joined by member David Finckel’s wife, acclaimed pianist Wu Han — plus, pianist/founder Menahem Pressler’s Beaux Arts Trio (a classical institution since 1955) appears on their final tour.

World-famous singing group The Blind Boys of Alabama return to the SMF after several years, to be joined by the “One Man Band” Adolphus Bell, a deep southern blues and R & B singer who has been accompanying himself for years on guitar, mouth harp and percussion, and has only recently begun to enjoy international acclaim. And, now that locally-raised artist Kristina Beaty has been signed to the famed Blue Note label, she’ll show off her sultry vocal skills, backed by scat/blues/acoustic soul act Scrapomatic.

Classical music fans will be thrilled to hear that conductor Robert Spano is bringing the beloved Atlanta Symphony Orchestra back to town, along with Garrick Ohlsson (the first American ever to win the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition).

Chamber Music

Country & Bluegrass

Nashville hitmaker, archivist and showman Marty Stuart returns following his triumphant SMF debut last year, and he’s bringing the legendary Porter Wagoner

with him (though he’s currently battling lung cancer, we’re assured Mr. Wagoner will be here). Following a triumphant tour of Tibet and China, acoustic combo The Sparrow Quartet (featuring banjoist Bela Fleck, violinist Casey Driessen, cellist Ben Solle and guitarist Abigail Washburn) bring their mélange of Old-Time and modern string music and neo-folk to town. Mandolin great Ricky Skaggs returns as well, for a set with famed pop, jazz and jam pianist Bruce Hornsby with whom he recently released an album..


Modern Skirts, currently the darlings of the Athens, Ga. music scene bring their piano and guitar-based, Beach Boys and R.E.M.-influenced chamber-pop back to Savannah after a long absence.

Benin’s superstar vocalist Angelique Kidjo, whom many may know from her show-stopping performance in Martin Scorsese’s Lightning In A Bottle blues concert documentary, draws on Afropop, Caribbean, Congolese, hip-hop, jazz and funk styles. Kurdish Iranian composer and musician Ali Akbar Moradi is a master of the sacred tambur (Sufi lute). Brazilian bandolim (mandolin) great Hamilton de Holanda and his Quintet make a rare single U.S. appearance at this fest. Andalusian vocalist Antonio Pitingo makes a special U.S. appearance as well. Perhaps the most exciting young singer in his field, he draws on the history and varied styles of Flamenco music to create his own, modern take on the genre.


The Divine Divas program features three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Portuguese Fado singer Ana Moura and Jennifer Larmore, the most recorded mezzo soprano of all time.


Fresh off the smash worldwide reunion tour by his most famous band The Police, rhythmatist, composer and indie filmmaker Stewart Copeland premieres original music, and screens his impressionistic “rockumentary” Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out. Pianist Rick Friend (an SMF audience favorite) returns to provide live accompaniment to three classic silent films by Buster Keaton and Alfred Hitchcock. w Tickets to these shows and more at SNAP membership info at:


nytime Laura Pleasants tells me to pay close attention to a heavy band, I listen. That’s because the Kylesa guitarist and diehard music fan knows her shit when it comes to extreme and fringe metal. Especially of the Nordic persuasion. So, when she asked me to pay close attention to the stoner-rock throwbacks Witchcraft, I did, and was rewarded in spades. This quartet from Örebro, Sweden is turning heads in their native land and elsewhere (they nearly hit 500 plays on their MySpace page today alone!) with their immaculately conveyed blend of heavy, syncopated guitar lines and thumping drums, diabolical subject matter and aloof vocals. While the band’s look and sound is often likened to that of early Black Sabbath (which is a fair cop in many regards), there’s far more to them than that. Theirs is no slavish rehash of those iconic —and iconoclastic— ‘70s masters. Though Witchcraft’s three full-length albums and several singles and splits do feature plenty of dreamy, ominous, extended guitar solos and tension building drum breakdowns —and they have in the past chosen to record themselves using vintage gear in a low-tech basement studio, which only serves to help the albums achieve some sort of gloriously accurate approximation of the sonic quality of those



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murky initial efforts from Ozzy, Geezer and Tony— the truth is there were scores of lesser-known groups from the same basic time period who were mining similarly eerie and unsettling territory, and Witchcraft sounds as much if not more like many of those than Sabbath. In fact, this band was actually created specifically for the purpose of recording two covers for a tribute to a pair of pioneering U.S. psych-folk-occult-rock figureheads: 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson and Pentagram frontman Bobby Leibling. Echoes of the work of both men’s bands can be heard in Witchcraft’s subsequent originals. One might say that combination is what this terrific band is all about. On their latest album, The Alchemist, the band channels (pun intended) the mysterious early ‘70s U.K. doom-rock band The Ghost (sample lyrics: “I cannot wake the dead / Since they are already alive,” “All the symptoms of your illness are beginning to fade”), as well as the way-cool motorcycles, half-stacks and séances vibe of the soundtrack to that era’s British zombie biker “classic” Psychomania — not to mention various Anglican folk music influences (madrigals, woodland chanting, flute) which pop up as well. Though Swedish, the band sings in English, which seems to suit the subject

matter more (as so many of their influences are intrinsically Anglican), and I’m happy to report that not only is their music powerful, bombastic and —at times­— hypnotic, it can also be downright creepy. Supporting Witchcraft on this leg of their tour are Saviours, a modern metal band from Oakland, Ca. that Pleasants compares to Austin, Tx.’s The Sword. Both of those bands are on Kemado Records, through whom Witchcraft will release a new 12” EP in just a few weeks. Opening the Savannah show will be a brand-new and as-yet-unnamed project featuring famed underground metal vocalist Victoria (formerly of Damad) and guitarist Cullen (late of locals Chronicle A/D and Karst). This will be their debut public performance. Pleasants, who has been afforded the opportunity to hear this new act rehearse, speaks highly of them. She describes them as a brutal —but rocking— take on heavy and dark crust punk, more straightforward than Damad, and a progression of sorts from the approach of Chronicle A/D. w Witchcraft with Saviours and The Band Who Hath No Name play The Jinx Thursday at 11 pm. More info:,

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Though these infamous Savannah-based prog and freak-rock kings kinda split up ages ago, they regroup for special occasions like this — their traditional Halloween Bash at this Congress Street venue. Their current lineup is one of the most versatile they’ve ever had, and it shows in their ability to pull of complex, technically-demanding set pieces with only a few weeks’ rehearsal. Fans of The Jesus Lizard, Brainiac, The Flaming Lips and Gentle Giant won’t want to miss this costumed party (even the bar itself will be disguised). Local one-man “Death-Pop” band Pink Kodiak opens. Sat., 9 pm, The Jinx.

Jerusalem Concert for Peace

In conjunction This annual with the annual Jewish event keeps getFood Fest, here’s a ting bigger and bigspecial performance ger. With children’s by rising Israeli rerides, over 70 food cording star Shalom and crafts vendors Zohar and his Desert and a Car Show, Blossom Ensemble. it’s a great way to They’ll play Klezmer spend your weekas well as contempoend. Plus, it showrary R & B influenced cases a small S.C. by Asian and Middle town that’s so close Eastern music. For by (and so low-key) more info: www.shaShalom Zohar most of us likely pay Sun., it no never mind. 2 pm, Forsyth Park Friday’s entertainment includes southern Fountain. jam band Phantom Wingo and the hardJimi Ray rocking ska-punk and reggae of Argyle Although this buzzworthy local power and cranks up at 7 pm. Saturday, starting at trio is lacking a bit in the vocals depart3 pm, enjoy sets by roots-rockers The Jeff ment, musically, they’ve got the chops and Beasley Band, explosive R & B trio The Eric the groove to pull of their brazen concept: a Culberson Blues Band and the popular reTribute Band focusing solely on tunes made gional modern rock group Liquid Ginger. famous by guitar wizards Jimi Hendrix and $10 admission Friday (tickets on sale at Stevie Ray Vaughan. Tastefully done in Annie’s Guitars & Drums and Silly Mad their own style without resorting to mimCDs), but Saturday is free. Fri. - Sat., 205 E. icry, the setlist and the tones help make the Main St. (behind City Hall), Hardeeville. whole thing work. Sat., 10 pm, The Britannia Circle Takes The Square (Wilmington Isl.). A rare hometown appearance by this The Red Stick Ramblers internationally-respected experimental This A-List Cajun string band on Sugar hardcore band known for frenzied drumHill Records is the perfect soundtrack for ming, tag-team male-female vocals and libations and gyrations. I guar-an-tee. $10 at unexpected tempo and mood shifts. Also the door. Wed., 7:15 pm, American Legion on the bill: the continually impressive mePost 135 (1108 Bull St.). lodic screaming punk of their label mates Two Days of Freedom (locals as well) and Columbia, S.C.’s Thank God, which recently completed a Japanese tour and features ex-members of Guyana Punchline and Antischism. Thurs., 8 pm, Sweet Melissa’s (103 W. Congress St.) - ALL-AGES.

Equinox Jazz Quartet

Led by transplanted La. saxman Jeremy Davis, this local combo specializes in straight-ahead and hard-bop jazz, and features teenage piano prodigy Brendan Polk. The chic vibe of this swanky hotel’s lounge makes a perfect setting for this kind of introspective, freewheeling music. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Savannah Choral Society

Said to be the largest classical music production to take place in Savannah since our symphony folded years ago, this production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah utilizes a 125-voice chorus, 42-piece orchestra, two local children’s choirs and world-famed soloists from here and abroad. Organizers are expecting a sellout, so grab your $15 - $30 tickets early at www.savannahchoralsociety. org or by calling 236-8546. Sun., 4:30 pm, Cathedral of St. John The Baptist. w


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Live alternative hip-hop band feat. members of award-winning locals Dope Sandwich. Sat., 9:30 pm, Tantra Lounge.

Chuck & Bucky

Acoustic guitar duo (popular covers) known for strong vocal harmonies. Thurs., 6 pm, Fiddler’s (Southside).

Danger Muffin

Charleston rockers playing originals and covering Petty, Prine, Sublime, etc... Thurs., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Done 4 The Day

Newish local hard rock party band featuring veteran area musicians. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).

Eat Mo’ Music

Funky, instrumental soul-jazz combo. Sat., 8:30 pm, Isaac’s on Drayton.

Epiphany Spits

Spoken word Open Mic MC’d by one of the Spitfire Poetry Group’s most notable female performers. “$5 to sit and $3 to spit.” Wed., 8 pm, Tropicana Nightclub.

Hazel Virtue

Original alt.rock act led by local Eric Britt. Wed., 9 pm, Fiddler’s (River St.).

“Hardcore Halloween Fest”

Massive punk show/costume contest feat. Faith or Flames, Dirty Dirty, Remove the Veil, Set Apart, Lightweight, My My Misfire, Make Your Mark, Garden of Stone, Run! Forest Run! $10 cover. Sat., 8 pm, Studio B, Glennville - ALL-AGES.


L.A.-based experimental rockers whose tunes are cathartic explosions of overlapping genres and influences. Fans of Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Sonic Youth and even PiL may find much to dig about this buzzworthy quartet whose had remixes of their tunes taking hold in the international dance community. With Baltimore’s

Halloween, Wed Oct. 31st Join Us For Scaraoki 9pm -? Everyone Gets Jager Gear! Turtle Folk

avant-garde performance art/synth-rock duo Video Hippos and N.Y.’s angsty drum machine screamers Crime Novels. This is yet another edgy show at this DIY-leaning venue that aims squarely at the art school crowd. Will they show? Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.

High Velocity

Southern and classic rock hits. Wed. & Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Gilley’s (Hinesville).

Low Red Land

Intense and lyrically evocative, Friscobased indie-rock trio with old-school emo (pre-fashion co-opt) leanings. Tour mates Sky Pilots’ sound is a wicked slice of the angular guitar arguments of Firehose and Mission of Burma, dredged in the Italian cinematic prog of Claudio Simonetti. Delicioso! Sat., 10 pm, Guitar Bar.

The One Too Many Band

Acoustic roots-rock. Fri., 7 pm, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House (Wilmington Isl.).


Hard rock originals/covers. Thurs., 8 pm, Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth) + Fri., 9 pm, Bahama Bob’s (Pooler).

Russian Spy Camera

Atmospheric electroclash/art-pop trio from Athens. Thurs., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.

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The Sapphire Bullets

Free show by this popular 13-piece R & B revue at The Garden City Fall Festival. Sat., 12 pm - 3 pm, Westside Stadium.

Savannah Avenue

Statesboro-based jazz ensemble. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Seldom Sober

Acoustic Celtic tunes. Sat., 5:30 pm, Murphy’s Law.

Silver Lining

Ace local jazz trio w/female vocals. Fri., 9 pm, Isaac’s on Drayton.

The Train Wrecks

High-energy Americana and roots-abilly. Fri., 9 pm, Huc-A-Poo’s (Tybee) + Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.

Turtle Folk

Award-winning local rock/folk/jam act. Sat., 10 pm, Locos (downtown). w

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Promising Cat Stevens-influenced baroque folk-rocker from N.Y. State. Thurs., 8 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.


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FRENCH QUARTER CAFÉ (Statesboro) Scott Baston & The New Architects (8 pm) FRIENDLY’S TAVERN 2 #@*! Karaoke GAYNA’S BAR (Tybee) Karaoke (9 pm) GILLEY’S (Hinesville) High Velocity (9 pm) GLAZER’S (Richmond Hill) The Chuck Courtenay Band (9 pm) GUITAR BAR Live Music TBA HANG FIRE Dope Sandwich Productions & The CoWorkers (10 pm) HERCULES (Pt. Wentworth) Live Music TBA (8 pm) HUC-A-POOS (Tybee) The Train Wrecks (9 pm) THE HYATT Live Music TBA (8 pm) IGUANAS (St. Simons Island) Live Music TBA (9 pm) ISAAC’S ON DRAYTON Silver Lining (9 pm) THE ISLAND GRILL (Pt. Wentworth) Live Music TBA (8 pm) THE JAZZ CORNER (Hilton Head) The Big Band Brass Bash Septet (8 pm) JAZZ’D TAPAS BAR Savannah Avenue (9 pm) JEN’S & FRIENDS Live Music TBA (10 pm) THE JINX Witchcraft, Saviours (11 pm) JUKEBOX BAR & GRILL (Richmond Hill) Done 4 The Day (9 pm) KATHLEEN’S (Beaufort) Live Music TBA (9 pm) KEVIN BARRY’S Gabriel Donahue KING’S INN Karaoke (9 pm) KOKOPELLI’S JAZZ (107 W. Broughton St.) Live Music TBA (8 pm, 9:30 pm, 11 pm) LIONS CLUB (Rincon) Chevy Chase Stabbed The King (8 pm) LUNA LOUNGE @ IL PASTICCIO Live Music TBA (9 pm) LUTHER’S RARE & WELL DONE (Beaufort) Live Music TBA (10 pm) MANSION ON FORSYTH PARK Pianist Frank Bright (5 pm), The Equinox Jazz Quartet (9 pm) MARDIS GRAS ON BAY Michael “B-Flat” Sears & Tony Royster, Sr. (7 pm) MARY’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Live Music TBA (8 pm) MCDONOUGH’S Karaoke MERCURY LOUNGE Bottles & Cans (10 pm)

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TURTLE’S (Statesboro) Live Music TBA (10 pm) UNCLE BUBBA’S OYSTER HOUSE (Wilmington Isl.) The One Too Many Band (7 pm) VENUS DI MILO Live DJ VFW CLUB (Hinesville) Live Music TBA (9 pm) VIC’S ON THE RIVER Claire Frazier & Peter Tavalin (7 pm) THE WAREHOUSE The Train Wrecks (8 pm) WASABI’S Live DJ Frankie-C spins Hip-hop & Electric Fusion (8 pm) WAYS STATION TAVERN (Richmond Hill) Karaoke (9 pm) WET WILLIE’S Live DJ (8 pm) WILD WING CAFÉ Live Music TBA (6 pm) Live Music TBA (10 pm) WILD WING CAFÉ (Bluffton) Live Music TBA (10:30 pm) WILD WING CAFÉ (Hilton Head) Live Music TBA (9 pm) YONG’S COUNTRY CLUB (formerly The Music Box) Live Music TBA (9 pm)


AJ’S DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT (Tybee) Joey Manning (7 pm) THE ALE HOUSE (Bluffton) Live Music TBA (10 pm) THE APEX (Statesboro) Live Music TBA (10 pm) AUGIE’S PUB (Richmond Hill) Live Music TBA (8 pm) B & B ALE HOUSE “Less than Zero” w/DJ David Rapp & DJ Shrapnel spinning ‘80s Darkwave and New-Wave (10 pm) THE BAMBOO ROOM (Tybee) Live Music TBA (8 pm) BAY STREET BLUES Karaoke (9 pm) BAYOU CAFÉ David Harbuck (9 pm), Live Music TBA (10:30 pm) BENNY’S (Tybee) Karaoke w/DJ Levis BERNIE’S ON RIVER STREET Karaoke (9 pm) BILLY’S PLACE (above MCDONOUGH’S) The Joseph Michael Duo (6 pm) BOGEY’S Live Music TBA (9 pm) THE BRITTANIA (Wilmington Isl.) Costume Party w/ Jimi Ray - Jimi Hendrix & SRV Tribute Band (10 pm) CAFÉ LOCO (Tybee) Live Music TBA (10 pm) CAPTAIN’S LOUNGE #@*! Karaoke CELEBRATE HARDEEVILLE FEST (205 E. Main St., Hardeeville) The Jeff Beasley Band (3 pm), The Eric Culberson Blues Band (5 pm), Liquid Ginger (7 pm) CHUCK’S BAR #@*! Karaoke CITY MARKET COURTYARD Live Music TBA (2 pm) CLUB ONE DJ Jason Hancock spins Progressive House (10 pm) THE CREEKSIDE CAFÉ (Wilmington Isl.) Live Music TBA (7 pm) DAQUIRI ISLAND (Abercorn) Karaoke THE DAWG HOUSE GRILL Live Music TBA (7 pm) DC2 DESIGN (104 W. Broughton St.) DJ Kiah (10 pm) DEB’S PUB & GRUB #@*! Karaoke (9 pm) DEWEY’S DOCKSIDE (Tybee) Live Music TBA (6 pm) DOC’S BAR (Tybee) Roy & The Circuit Breakers DOS PRIMOS (Statesboro) Live Music TBA (8 pm) DOUBLES (Holiday Inn Midtown) “World Famous” DJ Sam Diamond DRIFTAWAY CAFÉ (Sandfly) David Harbuck (7 pm)

FANNIE’S ON THE BEACH (Tybee) Live Music TBA (9 pm) FIDDLER’S CRAB HOUSE (River St.) The Hitmen (9:30 pm) FRENCH QUARTER CAFÉ (Statesboro) Live Music TBA (9 pm) GAYNA’S BAR (Tybee) Karaoke (9 pm) GILLEY’S (Hinesville) Live Music TBA (9 pm) GLAZER’S (Richmond Hill) The Chuck Courtenay Band (9 pm) grapevine (wilmington isl) Gail Thurmond (6:30 pm) GUITAR BAR Low Red Land, Sky Pilots (10 pm) HERCULES (Pt. Wentworth) Chief (8 pm) THE HYATT Live Music TBA (8 pm) ISAAC’S ON DRAYTON Eat Mo’ Music (9 pm) THE ISLAND GRILL (Pt. Wentworth) Live Music TBA (9 pm) THE ISLANDER (Wilmington Isl.) Live Music TBA (10 pm) THE JAZZ CORNER (Hilton Head) Closed for Private Function JAZZ’D TAPAS BAR Bottles & Cans (9 pm) JEN’S & FRIENDS Live Music TBA (10 pm) THE JINX “Halloween bash” w/GAM, Pink Kodiak & Blood Wrestling (9 pm) JUAREZ MEXICAN RESTAURANT (Waters Ave.) Karaoke JUKEBOX BAR & GRILL (Richmond Hill) Done 4 The Day (9 pm) KEVIN BARRY’S Gabriel Donahue KOKOPELLI’S JAZZ (107 W. Broughton St.) Live Music TBA (8 pm, 9:30 pm, 11 pm) LOCOS (downtown) Turtle Folk (10 pm) LUTHER’S RARE AND WELL DONE (Beaufort) Live Music TBA (10 pm) MALONE’S Live Music TBA (4 pm) MANSION ON FORSYTH PARK Pianist Eric Jones (5 pm), The Jeff Beasley Band (9 pm) MARDIS GRAS ON BAY Michael “B-Flat” Sears & Tony Royster, Sr. (7 pm) MARLIN MONROE’S SURFSIDE GRILL (Tybee) Mary Davis & Co. (8 pm) MARY’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS Live Music TBA (8 pm) MCDONOUGH’S Karaoke MERCURY LOUNGE Argyle (10 pm) METRO COFFEE HOUSE SADD Benefit w/Brandon Clark (8 pm) MOLLY MACPHERSON’S SCOTTISH PUB Live Music TBA (10 pm) MOON RIVER BREWING CO. Live Music TBA (7 pm) MULBERRY INN The Champagne Jazz Trio (8 pm) MURPHY’S LAW IRISH PUB Seldom Sober (5:30 pm) NORTH BEACH GRILL (Tybee) Live Music TBA (7 pm) ONE HOT MAMA’S (Bluffton) Lost In The Media (9:30 pm) PANINI’S (Beaufort) Live Music TBA (10 pm) PARADISO (Il Pasticcio) DJ Matthew Gilbert & DJ Kwaku spin House (11:30 pm) PLANTER’S TAVERN (OLDE PINK HOUSE) Live Music TBA POGY’S BAR & GRILL (Richmond Hill) Live Music TBA (9 pm)

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Hot from helming last year’s After the Wedding (an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film), Danish director Susanne Bier returns with her first film in the English language. But if there was any worry that Bier was “going Hollywood,” this somber and mature drama immediately quells that notion. Bier’s steady hand behind the camera is enough to overcome the flaws in Allan Loeb’s script, which relates the story of a pair of adults whose lives have been altered by a personal tragedy. Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) has just lost her sweet-natured husband Brian (David Duchovny, seen in extensive flashbacks) in a shooting, while Brian’s best friend Jerry Sunborne (Benicio Del Toro) has long blown a promising career as a lawyer due to the allure of hard drugs. Audrey has always disliked Jerry, but for various vague reasons -- perhaps to cope with her loneliness, perhaps as a gesture toward her late husband -- she invites him to move into the family’s garage. In his new (and nicer) surroundings, Jerry does his best to stay clean, filling up much of

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 1/2

While it’s unlikely to make any sort of dent at the box office, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford is no turkey; on the contrary, it’s a sterling example of accomplished filmmaking on a grand scale, wielding a lengthy running time that allows it to explore its themes and characters in satisfying detail. Adapted from Ron Hansen’s novel by writer-director Andrew Dominik, the story focuses on the tail end of Jesse James’ (Brad Pitt) run as a notorious outlaw. Planning one last heist, he and his brother Frank (Sam Shepard) enlist the

his time by bonding with Audrey’s two children (Alexis Llewellyn and Micah Berry). But his presence only seems to rankle Audrey, who remains unable to deal with the death of her husband. Bier, one of the disciples of the Dogme 95 style of moviemaking (basically, a Danish movement that insists on no employment of movie artifice like special effects and soundtracks and maximum use of natural light, hand-held cameras, etc.), has retained some of her European filmmaking instincts to cut down on the melodrama inherent in Loeb’s screenplay. She doesn’t always succeed but for the most part, she keeps the excess in check, which in turn leads to scenes that are even more powerful thanks to their subtlety. Berry does fine work in a rather difficult role, yet it’s Del Toro’s staggering performance that will have tongues wagging throughout award season. Del Toro’s face can be a map of emotions, and he’s allowed to unfold it freely as Jerry, a decent man who tries to keep smiling even through all the heartbreak.

aid of a motley crew, given that all of their regular cohorts in crime are either dead or in prison. Among the newcomers is Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), a 19-year-old kid who grew up idolizing the Jesse James found in dime-store novels. Robert initially follows Jesse around like a groupie -- or a stalker - finally leading the bandit to ask, “Do you want to be like me, or do you want to be me?” Robert, a diminutive punk who’s been teased his entire life, hopes to prove himself a real man -- as much to Jesse and his gang as to himself -- but he finds that goal difficult to accomplish. And as he spends more time with Jesse, he realizes that the notorious gunslinger is less an antihero who marches to his own tune than a paranoid, vicious man who’s not above beating up teenage boys or shooting someone in the back.

Aided by stunning cinematography by the excellent lensman Roger Deakins (Fargo, A Beautiful Mind) and a music score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis that grows in stature as the film progresses, The Assassination of Jesse James also benefits from Hugh Ross’ sturdy narration, which adds depth to a movie already awash in it. Pitt is generous in his capacities both as an actor and one of the film’s producers, making his mark via a skillfully etched portrayal but also allowing a strong supporting cast to share in the spotlight (Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner and N.C. School of the Arts grad Paul Schneider are all noteworthy as members of Jesse’s gang). Yet top honors go to Casey Affleck, who’s as impressive here as he is in Gone Baby Gone.


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Wes Anderson’s most wispish work to date, a road movie in which the road is made of railroad tracks. Carrying over the thematic baggage of most of his previous efforts, this one also concerns itself with familiar discord -- here, Francis (Owen Wilson) invites his younger brothers Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) to India to join him on a spiritual quest. They travel mainly aboard the train The Darjeeling Limited, attempting to communicate (but often just miscommunicating) with each other as they reflect on their relationships with loved ones as well as with each other. Anderson regular Bill Murray pops up at the very beginning, and his shaggy-dog appearance sets the tone for the remainder of the picture. Working from a script he co-wrote with Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, Anderson places the bros in various situations that, despite all the lip service given to spiritual journeys and moments of epiphany, never markedly change them.


1/2 dDan in Real Life You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll sing! You’ll reflect! The trailer doesn’t lie: Dan In Real Life wants to offer it all -- a fine sentiment when a movie can pull it off, an example of trying too hard when it doesn’t. Dan In Real Life falls somewhere in the middle: There

are individual scenes that work nicely, even if the finished product doesn’t produce the flood of emotions one might have reasonably expected. Writer-director Peter Hedges, whose past scripts (including About a Boy and Pieces of April) were far more fine-tuned to the give-and-take dynamics of testy relationships between people, soft-pedals this material, offering a warm and fuzzy tale of a popular newspaper writer (Steve Carell) whose column, “Dan In Real Life,” offers practical advice that he can’t seem to apply to his own life. A widower with three daughters, Dan travels to Rhode Island for the annual family get-together with his parents (Dianne Wiest and John Mahoney), his siblings and their significant others. He falls for Marie (Juliette Binoche), a Frenchwoman he meets in a book store, only to be devastated when he learns that she’s the present girlfriend of his brother Mitch (Dane Cook). As Marie tries to sort out her feelings and Dan suffers in silence, the other family members parade through the story offering their own nuggets of advice to the downtrodden columnist. It’s nice to see this normal a family on screen, but the movie pays a price for its politeness, since there’s never any sense that feelings might be hurt or egos bruise.

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What to make of Across the Universe, an ambitious musical that fashions a story around a catalogue of classic Beatles tunes? For my money, Across the Universe isn’t simply a good movie; it’s one of the best films of the year. One can nitpick about the thin plot, though it’s sturdy enough to function as a support beam to director Julie Taymor’s outlandish ideas. Taking place in the late 1960s, the story, credited to Taymor and the team of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (the blokes responsible for the smashing Irish R&B flick The Commitments), finds Liverpool laborer Jude (Jim Sturgess) traveling to America, whereupon he finds a best friend in college kid Max (Joe Anderson) and a lover in Max’s kid sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). Eventually, the three end up in New York, at which point Jude develops his passion for drawing, Max gets drafted into the army, and Lucy finds her political consciousness awakened. The kids experience good times (a cross-country bus trip, chaperoned by Bono’s Dr. Robert) and bad times (riots aplenty), yet through it all, they realize that “all you need is love,” and that anything is possible “with a little help from my friends.” Combining the song sampling technique of Moulin Rouge with Forrest Gump’s journey through the turbulent 60s (and owing reams to Hair as well), Across the Universe dramatizes the past while also serving notice to the present (the Vietnam War material can’t help but stir images of Iraq).


We Own the Night 1/2

Beyond one terrific and mesmerizing action sequence, We Own the Night, set in 1988 New York City, is another example of (crime) business as usual. Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) is a nightclub manager at odds with his brother Joseph (Mark Wahlberg) and his father Burt (Robert Duvall), both respected police officers. Circumstances force Bobby to become even more estranged from his family, but that all changes when a powerful drug dealer (Alex Veadov) orders a hit on Joseph. The young cop barely survives, but this spurs Bobby to choose sides in the fight between law and disorder. He falls squarely on the side of right, risking his own life for the sake of his family. Phoenix and Wahlberg (who previously co-starred in Gray’s The Yards and serve as producers here) are solid but unremarkable, and even a great actor like Duvall can’t do much with his threadbare role.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age 

Sequels to multiplex fodder like Saw and Daddy Day Care are givens, but a follow-up to an art-house endeavor set in a century far, far away? Indeed, that’s the case with Elizabeth: The Golden Age, a sequel to the 1998 historical drama that proved to be a surprise box office performer and recipient of seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture). But like most sequels, Elizabeth 2 proves to be markedly inferior to its predecessor. Here, Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) must cope with an assassination plot approved by the jailed Mary Stuart (an effective Samantha Morton) and the King continued on page 44


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of Spain (Jordi Molla, whose sneering turn would be more at home in a Monty Python spoof). At the same time, she grows fond of the rakish explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (a coasting Clive Owen), leading to a romantic subplot nearly identical to the one already presented more zestfully by Bette Davis and Errol Flynn in 1939’s The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Rush returns as Walsingham, but his role has been neutered and therefore his services are largely wasted. And while Blanchett delivers another firstrate performance, she’s ultimately defeated by a languorous script that makes court intrigue about as exciting as jury duty.

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A perceived Oscar contender that instead should prove to be an Oscar alsoran, follows United 93, In the Valley of Elah and several other post-9/11 titles that tackle the immediacy and anguish of the troubled world in which we live; here, the topic on hand is “extraordinary rendition,” which allows the U.S. government to send suspected terrorists to other countries in order to be “interrogated.” Since the Bush Administration has no qualms about torturing any foreigner (guilty or innocent) whose skin is darker than, say, Nicole Kidman’s, it’s a viable volatile for a movie, but Rendition does so in the most simplistic manner possible. Reese Witherspoon plays Isabella, a pregnant suburban mom whose Egyptianborn, U.S.-raised husband (Omar Metwally) has disappeared without a trace, snatched at the Washington, D.C. airport for his suspected part in a bombing that killed a CIA operative. The U.S. government’s evidence is feeble, but foaming-at-the-mouth Senator Whitman (Meryl Streep, not particularly effective) decides that’s all the proof she needs to ship him off to be subjected to all manner of pain. The American analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to preside over the torture finds the treatment shocking, especially since it’s clear the man’s innocent; meanwhile, Isabella seeks help from a former college fling (Peter Sarsgaard), who just happens to be the assistant to a senator (Alan Arkin) who works closely with Whitman.

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The days of laughing at Ben Affleck appear to be over. As anyone who’s seen his accomplished work in Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting and Hollywoodland can attest, the man has talent, even if it’s of a limited nature. That talent apparently exists on the other side of the camera as well. With his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, he ably demonstrates that he can turn out a compelling drama that’s absorbing and surprising. The mystery unfolds in a working-class Boston neighborhood in which a child proves to be the victim of tragic circumstances. In this new film, a little girl is snatched from her home, and the family, not content with the investigation being conducted by the police, hires private investigators Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and

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by Ben’s brother Casey, Harris and Amy Ryan as the child’s trashy mom, Affleck has crafted a forceful crime flick.

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Adapting Jon Krakauer’s based-on-fact novel, Sean Penn directs a somber, reflective film about a young man whose actions are so open to interpretation that where some will see an idealistic dreamer, others will see an obnoxious brat; where some will see a martyr, others will see a moron. Emile Hirsch delivers a strong performance as Chris McCandless, a well-to-do college graduate who, instead of following the distinguished career path laid out for him by his parents (William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden), elects to donate all his savings to charity and head for the wilderness. Determined to leave society and all its hypocrisies behind, he treks all over North America’s untamed terrain, finding himself as far south as Mexico and as far north as Alaska. But while Chris (who has since renamed himself Alexander Supertramp) may think he has little use for humankind in general, he finds he still can benefit from the kindness and occasional company of particular people. He meets a wide range of interesting individuals during his travels, among them an elderly man (Hal Holbrook) who engages in philosophical debates with the lad, a Midwestern farmer (Vince Vaughn) who offers him practical advice, and a hippie couple (Catherine Keener and Brian Dierker, a real-life river guide making the year’s best acting debut) who view him as a surrogate son.

Michael Clayton 

Michael Clayton’s proper place would seem to be with the paranoia thrillers of the 1970s, a sweaty sub-genre that houses such classics as All the President’s Men, The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor. But appearing in 2007, Michael Clayton is a lonely figure, a deceptively low-key suspenser that trusts its audience to be intrigued by its look at corporate skullduggery. Michael Clayton plays like Erin Brockovich without the populist appeal — it centers on the title character (George Clooney), a law firm “fixer” who’s always called upon to clean up messy problems for clients. Hating his job but stuck with it due to massive debts and an expensive divorce, Michael finds himself caught in the middle when Arthur Edens (an excellent Tom Wilkinson), Michael’s good friend and the firm’s best attorney, threatens to derail their most important case: defending an agrochemical company against a lawsuit filed by citizens. Michael’s boss (Sydney Pollack) orders Michael to talk some sense into Arthur, but it turns out that the agrochemical company’s chief counsel (Tilda Swinton) is willing to go to more extreme lengths to silence the wayward lawyer. Almost everything about the movie is muted and this decision gives the story a real-world gravitas that make the odious executive actions seem even more plausible than they already are. w

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Father-Son Initiative Volunteers are sough for event planning and organization for an event that will take place Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Forsyth Park. Call Jaimie at 717-823-3805. League of Women Voters meets on the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in Room 3 of the Heart and Lung Building at Candler Hospital. Membership is open to anyone 18 and older. Libertarian Party of Chatham County meets 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 National Council of Negro Women meets the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Planned Parenthood meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. For info, call Heather Holloway at 352-4052 or Volunteers are needed for Planned Parenthood, and will meet the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Sentient Bean. For information about volunteering, call Heather Holloway 3524032 or Project Hot Seat Stop global warming with Greenpeace. Call 704-7472 for information. Savannah Area Republican Women meet the first Wednesday of every month at the Johnny Harris Restaurant Banquet Room on Victory Drive. The social starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $13 at the door. Make reservations by noon

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on the Monday preceding the meeting by calling 598-1883. Savannah Area Young Republicans Call Alexandra Tabarrok at 572-8528 or visit Savannah Branch NAACP For information, call 233-4161. Savannah for Obama is a grassroots organization that is interested in raising local awareness for presidential candidate Barack Obama. The group meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 109 W. Victory Dr. at the corner of Victory and Barnard Street. For information, contact or 748-7114. Savannah Republican Club Meets every second Tuesday of the month. Call 927-7170. .Skidaway Island Democrats Call Tom Oxnard at 598-4290 or send e-mail 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 Glover at 651-6520.

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History Theatre will hold ongoing auditions for its production Let My People Go, a spirited musical and history of slavery in Savannah. The ensemble cast requires eight actors-singers -- two black males ages 40-60 and 20-30, two black women ages 40-60 and 14-20, two white males ages 30-40, and two boys, one white, one black, ages 7-10. Script and sheet music will be provided -- don’t prepare an audition piece. Auditions are by appointment. Call 786-6384.


1st Annual Ball Drop The United Way of the Coastal Empire in Bryan County is sponsoring this event Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. at Sterling Links Golf Club in Richmond Hill. Tickets are $10 each. A helicopter will drop numbered golf balls corresponding to the numbers on the tickets. The ball that lands closest to or in the desig-

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nated hole will win a golf cart. Tickets can be purchased at Bryan Bank & Trust, First Bank of Coastal Georgia, Savannah Bank and the United Way. 10th Annual Trick or Trot Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club will hold this 10K/5K Run and 5K Walk on Saturday, Oct. 27 at May Howard Elementary School on Wilmington Island. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Hope House of Savannah and MidTown Community Center will benefit from proceeds of the race. Visit to register. Call William Quantz at 944-1213 for info. 2007 Holiday Greenery Sale The Trustees Garden Club is taking orders for its annual holiday greenery sale. Items include freshly cut North Carolina wreaths (fraser fir, boxwood or mixed) and garlands (white pine, fraser fir and pine, boxwood or mixed). Flowering bulbs, poinsettias, kissing balls and topiaries are available. The order deadline is Oct. 26. Items are picked up by the customer the first week in December. Proceeds fund the club’s beautification projects throughout Savannah. Call 2342122. 2008 Southside Fire/EMS Calendars are now available. Two versions are available, one with male models and the other with female models, all of whom work with Southside Fire/EMS. Proceeds will help victims of fires. Call 354-1011. Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Nov. 2 at the Wilmington Island Club to benefit the Savannah Danse Theatre. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. The $100 per player or $400 per team entry fee includes golf, lunch and prizes. Call Kerry Richardson at 897-9046. Cooking for Charity Chefs Matt Cohen and Scott Gordon of the New South Cafe, 2601 Skidaway Rd., will host four fundraisers on the last Monday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Oct. 29, stuffed quail will be prepared and served to benefit the USO. The cost is $100 per person, which includes a cooking lesson and a VIP lunch. Visit www.thenewsouthcafe. com or RSVP to Scott West at 443-0977. Donate Old Cell Phones United Way’s Hands On Savannah is seeking used cell phones to raise funds for projects and programs. Donate at the United Way offices at 428 Bull St. or call 651-7725 for bulk pick-up. Equestrian Affair will be held Oct. 28 in Rincon. Events will include a Parade of Horses, therapeutic riding, stationary roping, carriage, hunt, jump, dressage and fine outdoor dining. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100. Funds will support research for Huntington’s Disease. Call 754-1854 or visit www.LowcountryHD. com. Halloween Haunted Forest The Savannah Moose Lodge No. 1550 will present the Halloween Haunted Forest Oct. 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight at 2202 Norwood Ave. Admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit Backus Children’s Hospital. 354-9043. 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 353-7633 or visit or Recycle, Reduce and Reuse for Coastal Pet Rescue Coastal Pet Rescue is asking area businesses to collect ink and toner cartridges at their offices. This fund-raiser will help with regular vet care for rescued pets. Contact Becky Soprych at 351-4151 or becky@ 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 45 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. Wishbones for Pets will hold its annual supply drive through Nov. 30. At Home Pet Sitters in Savannah will sponsor Coastal Pet Rescue for this year’s Wishbones for Pets. Businesses interested in collecting donations can contact Cathi Denham at 713-6579 or Lisa Scarbrough at 351-4151.

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1st Annual Savannah, Ga., Artifact and Fossil Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alee Shriners Temple on Skidaway Road. Admission is $2. Those interested in displaying can rent 6-foot tables for $15. Set up is from 7-8 a.m. the day of the show. 897-4999 or eaglebear12@yahoo. com. 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.

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Robert W. Groves High School Classes of 1976, 77 and 78 will hold their combined reunion Nov. 23-25. Details are available at www. rottendogdesign,com/rdd/reunion.


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 AARP Senior Drivers Safety Program Instructors are desperately needed to continue this program in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties. For information, call Chuck at 598-1011. Classes will be held Nov.

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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. 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 Grant Writing Basics The Georgia Center for Nonprofits will offer this class for the inexperienced or novice grant writer on Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. The cost is $85. Call 234-9688 or visit NonprofitUniversity/CurrentCourses.aspx. Highest Praise School of the Arts of Overcoming by Faith is offering vocal, piano and dance classes that are open to anyone from Pre-K to adult. Visit or call 927-8601. Housing Authority of Savannah Classes Free classes will be offered at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407

Wheaton St. Some classes are on-going. Adult Literacy is offered every Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. Homework Help is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. The Community Computer Lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. GED/adult literacy education is being offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 2-4 p.m., an orientation will be presented for the construction apprentice program. Intro to Sea Kayaking Savannah Canoe and Kayak offers an introductory class on sea kayaking every Saturday. The $95 cost includes kayak, gear and lunch. An intermediate class is available on Sundays. Reservations are required. Call 341-9502 or visit Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation A meditation period will be followed by instruction in the application of the foundations of Mindfulness practice to daily life. continued on page 48

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8 and 9 from 1-5 p.m., call Chuck at 5981011. Adult Art Classes Adult clay, painting and drawing classes as well as youth/teen art and clay classes are being offered at Caros Art & Clay Studio by Carolyne Graham, certified art teacher. Classes continue through Dec. 5. Call 925-7393, 925-5465 or for fees and times. The Art School Classes are offered throughout the school year for 6-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, teens and adults. The Art of Photography for ages 9-12 is a new offering this year. Tuition includes professional art supplies. Adult art classes are held Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Beginners are welcome. The Art School is located at 74 W. Montgomery Cross Rd., No. B-2. For information, call Lind Hollingsworth at 921-1151. Beading Classes Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Brush with Clay Classes in Raku, brush work, relief work, surface decoration, figurative and more in clay with individual attention are offered at CarosArt Studio by professional artist/clay sculptor Carolyne Graham. Costs $100 for 6 classes, or $30 per class. Clay supplies are extra. Call 925-7393 to register.



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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 4297265 or Meditation Melange is an overview to meditation with programs on meditation and philosophies. It will be held Oct. 29 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St., entrance on Macon St. To pre-register, call 234-0980 or Oatland Island Wildlife Center has a new name, but still offcers environmental education programs and weekend events. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Painting and Spirituality Workshop is held every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Free and open to the public. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring whatever supplies you would like to use. Call 352-4400. 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. SCAD Savannah Entrepreneurial Center offers a variety of business classes. It is located at 801 E. Gwinnett St. Call 6523582. Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes Be bilingual. The center is located at 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Call 272-4579 or 308-3561. e-mail savannahlatina@yahoo. com or visit Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sewing Lessons Fabrika at 140 Abercorn St. is taking deposits for fall 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 2361122. 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. 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. Thinking of Starting a Business will be presented Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Small Business Assistance Center, 111 E. Liberty St. The cost is $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Call 651-3200 or visit www. Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers Beach Discovery and marsh walks. Acquarium 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 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. Workshop for Aspiring Thespians Nika Hinton will lead a free scene workshop in monthly sessions at Unitarian Universalist Church, Phillippa’s Place. Enter on Macon Street. Participants can work on scenes from great and near-great plays, musicals and film and improvisation sketches. Works will be recorded on video tape. Childcare will be provided upon request. To register, call 234-0980. Writing Salon: The Imaginative Storm Thsi workshop is for copywriters, songwriters, novice and professional writers, novelists, teachers and business professionals who want to polish their written communications. It will be guided by James Nave, one of the founders ot The Artist’s Way writing workshops, and Diana LaSalle, best-selling author and award-winning songwriter.



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It will be offered Oct. 27 and 28 at the Lyn Bonham Photography Studio, 30 W. Broughtont St. The cost is $225. Visit www. to register. A kick-off event with a poetry reading by James Nave will be held Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at The Sentient Bean. This reading is open to the public.


available for Saturday rehearsals. For an appointment, call 695-9149. 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 Disabled Ballroom Class will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Memorial Health’s the Rehabilitation Institute, 4700 Waters Ave. The classes are free and open to anyone. Contact Charleen Harden at 308-7307 or cwh0869@yahoo. com. 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 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 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 Savannah’s original shag club meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Doubles Lounge in the Holiday Inn Midtown and Fridays at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36 on Victory Drive. Shag-Beach Bop-Etc. Savannah hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:30-11 p.m. at Double’s, Holiday Inn/Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free basic shag, swing, salsa, cha cha, line dance and others are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons are offered. The lesson schedule is posted at and announced each Monday. The dance lessons are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Special cocktail prices are from 6:30-10 p.m. and their are hors d’ouerves. There is no cover charge. Everyone is invited and welcomed into club membership. Call 927-4784 or 398-8784 or visit The STUDIO 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 Youth Dance Program The West Broad Street YMCA, Inc. presents its Instructional Dance Program in jazz and ballet for kids 4 to 18. $30 per month

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Savannah Film Festival Conference for Entertainment Investing will be offered Oct. 27 and 28 at The Marshall House, 123 E. Broughton St. Four sessions will be led by investing experts. The registration fee is $50. Forms can be downloaded at and faxed to 525-5052. Register by phone at 525-5050 or online at UU Film Group meets the last Friday of each month. Movies range from foreign, documentary to the eclectic. There is no fee. Call for details at 655-0482 or e-mail


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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. Argentine Tango Practice and Lesson Learn the dance while having fun Sundays from 1:30-3:30 at the Doris Martine Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $2 per person. Call 925-7416. Auditions at the STUDIO will be conducted for male dancers age 14 to adult for the December performance of Swingin’ at Club Sweets. Dancers must be


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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. 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. 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. Dog Yoga The Yoga Room will hold a dog yoga class every first Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at Forsyth Park. The cost is a $10 donation, with all donations given to Save-A-Life. Bring a mat or blanket and a sense of humor. Yoga for dogs is a fun way to relax and bond with your four-legged pet. Great for all levels and all sizes. 898-0361 or www. 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.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): For all we know, in your past life you were a virgin who was thrown into a volcano to appease a fire deity. But whether or not that’s an actual fact, we can say this with certainty: At some time in your current life, you made a great sacrifice in an effort to pacify a person whose anger or violence or manipulativeness you were intimidated by. Now I say unto you, Aries, that it’s an excellent time to fix any distortions that were unleashed in your life because of that sacrifice. You’ve got the personal power and insight you need to set the healing in motion. Halloween costume suggestions: the mythical phoenix; a virgin-turnedwarrior carrying the severed head of the fire deity; a fireman, firewoman, or firedancer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Empathy is the most radical of human emotions,” says activist Gloria Steinem. What does she mean by “radical”? I think the word implies audacity, fierceness, and extreme courage. It connotes a revolt against the status quo, a transcendence of what’s normal and habitual. And that’s exactly the spirit I hope you bring to your expression of empathy in the near future, Taurus. To enjoy life to the fullest, you should marshal an extravagant ability to feel what others are feeling. Halloween costume suggestions: Be a mirror, a psychotherapist, a giant ear, or a sponge. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): My writer friend Jeff Greenwald is looking for a publisher for his book *Fifty Ways to Leave Your Comfort Zone.* I think it’s a great concept, which is why I’m surprised that some of Jeff ’s colleagues discouraged him from using that title. “At this tormented moment in history,” said one person, “the last thing anyone wants to hear is how to do what’s inconvenient and nerve-wracking.” To be true to your current omens, however, that’s exactly the advice I’m duty-bound to offer you, Gemini. The most interesting pleasures you can generate in the next few weeks will come from leaving your comfort zone. Halloween costume suggestion: whoever is least like you in the whole world.

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 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. Savannah Yoga Center Through December, classes are: Monday, 8:15–9:15am Flow Yoga All Levels w/ Will, 9:45–11:15am HOT Yoga Level 1&2 w/ Christine, 11:45-12:45pm Community Iyengar Yoga w/ Lynne $6, 5:30-6:30pm Prenatal Yoga w/ Amanda, 7:00-8:00pm Mellow Yoga Flow w/ Christine; Tuesday, 6:45-8:15am Ashtanga Short Form w/ Lisa, 9:00-10:15am Community Flow Yoga w/ Lynne $9, 11:00-12:15pm Yoga Basics w/ Christine, 5:30-7:00pm HOT Ashtanga w/ Lisa and 7:15-8:15pm HOT Yoga Flow All levels w/ Christine; Wednesday, 8:15-9:15am Hatha Yoga Level 1 w/ Will, 10:30-11:45am Mommy and Baby Yoga w/ Betsy, 4:305:15p.m. Kids Yoga w/Amanda, 5:30-6:30 pm Yoga Basics w/ Kate and 6:45-8:00pm

Flow Yoga All Levels w/ Kelley; Thursday, 8:15 –9:30am Gentle Yoga Basics w/ Betsy, 9:45-11:00am Level 1&2 Yoga w/ Will, 5:306:30pm Dynamic Flow Yoga All Levels w/ Kelley and 6:45-7:45pm Gentle Yoga Flow w/ Heather; Friday, 6:45-8:15am Ashtanga Short Form w/ Lisa, and 4:00-5:00pm HOT Flow Yoga Level 1&2 w/ Kate; Saturday, 11:00-12:30pm All Levels Yoga Flow w/ Christine; Sunday, 5:00-6:00pm Flow Yoga Level 1&2 w/ various teachers and 6:157:30pm Soul Movements Class w/ Dana D. Walk-in rate $13, Full Time Student w/ID $11, Active Military/Dependents w/ID $9, Seniors 60+ $9, Community Yoga Classes $6. 8 class card $85 (expires after 3 months), 12 class card $120 (expires after 4 months) and u nlimited monthly passes $75. Located at 1321 Bull St., call 441-6653 or visit Senior Power Hour is a program for people over 55. Health and wellness professionals help reach fitness goals. The program may include, but isn’t limited to, strength training, cardio for the heart, flexibility, balance, basic healthy nutrition and posture concerns. Call 8987714.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): Spiritual teacher A.H. Almaas believes that a genuinely creative act is always motivated by generosity. If that’s true, how do you explain all the ego-obsessed “geniuses” who treat everyone like dirt even as they churn out their supposedly brilliant art? In any case, I’m siding with Almaas’ definition, and I advise you to keep it in mind now that you’re in the most imaginative and self-expressive phase of your astrological cycle. To ensure that your creative juices keep flowing in ways that make you feel really good, dedicate them to spreading inspiration and giving gifts. Halloween costume suggestions: a pregnant painter, a flower exuding bursts of pollen, a sexy midwife. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you visit the Polish village of Szymbark, you’ll find an upside-down house. Philanthropist Daniel Czaplewski hired a team of construction workers to build it in the reverse position with meticulous detail. The floor is above you, with all the furniture hanging down, and the ceiling is what you walk on. I urge you to make this place your power symbol in the coming weeks, Leo. Use it to inspire you as you experiment with changing your home around every which way. Dare to be crazy, wise, and funny as you rearrange, reinvent, and renovate the domestic vibes. Halloween costume suggestion: an upside-down house. (See a news story on the place at VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Writing in the *L.A. Times,* Rosa Brooks bemoaned the budgetary cuts that have caused the mass firings of reporters at many major newspapers. This sad development means there are “fewer persistent, nosy people with a mandate to wander around the world asking questions.” Whatever you do in the coming weeks cannot single-handedly fix this problem, of course. But it will be your astrological mandate to be a persistent, nosy person wandering around asking questions. Halloween costume suggestions: journalist, spy, muckraker, whistleblower.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A survey of Russians revealed their thoughts about the best ways to get rich. A third of them said that stealing is most effective, whether that comes in the form of embezzlement, fraud, extortion, or plain old larceny. I don’t recommend that approach to you, Libra, even though you’re in an astrological phase that’s favorable for increasing your wealth. Instead, consider these strategies: working harder and smarter, expanding and deepening your web of connections, intensifying your commitment to excellence, and reading a book like *Personal Finance for Dummies.* Halloween costume suggestion: an impeccably styled schmooze specialist carrying a wad of big bills and a Wall Street Journal. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t eat stale candy from a vending machine where it has sat for six months. Don’t seek advice from people who haven’t changed their minds about anything since the last century. And don’t wear clothes you acquired before 2005 or cling to attitudes you adopted before last month. Catch my drift, Scorpio? You need to evade every influence that tends to keep you frozen in the past. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that it’s time to make yourself fully available for the healthiest kind of future shock. Halloween costume suggestions: a grinning exclamation point, a rose bud about to burst open, a welcome sign, a religious devotee dressed in white. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you’ve been put on a pedestal by a person who admires you a little too much, it’s likely you’ll have to climb down from that pedestal in the coming weeks. If you’ve been floating up in the clouds, it’s time to get your feet on the ground. In fact, Sagittarius, if there’s any way in which you’ve been too high and mighty, too far outside and beyond, you’d be wise to leave it behind in favor of a more down-toearth perspective. This is very good news, by the way. After an initial jolt, life will be more interesting and people will become more helpful. Halloween costume suggestions: an angel coming down a ladder, a para-

chutist, a celebrity drunk in rehab. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A 12-year-old sea lion at the Pittsburgh zoo has taken up painting. Maggie’s trainer had to coax her at first, but now she truly enjoys swabbing canvases with paint-soaked brushes. Let’s make her your inspirational role model, Capricorn. It’s an excellent time to cultivate and refine your instinctual nature . . . to teach your inner animal new tricks . . . to bring more conscious intention to things that come second-nature. Halloween costume suggestion: the creature you’d be if you weren’t human. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A 30-foot-high shaft of concrete draped in straw sprouts from an altar at an amusement park in Changchun, China. According to the China Folk Culture Association, this phallic symbol celebrates “our ancestors’ pursuit of happiness and prosperity.” Even if you’re a lesbian, I suggest you make a comparable tribute to divine virility, Aquarius. Perform a ritual to tap into the archetypal energy of the Wild Man. Make or buy a lucky talisman that will inspire the full bloom of your martial exuberance and primal will. Halloween costume suggestions: Dionysus, Pan, a shamanatrix with a strap-on, a transgender magician with a huge wand. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Bending the rules of the game? Blowing off the expectations of the pack? Circumventing the conventions of the way it’s always been done? Good work, Pisces. But why stop there? How about if you invoke an outrageous spiritual truth so you can suspend a humdrum old law of nature or two? After all, lyrical transgression is your specialty these days. It’s one of those rare times when your “sins” are likely to be so sublimely necessary that they will generate no bad karma. Halloween costume suggestion: Blend a deity with a superhero, like Buddha and Spiderman, or the goddess Athena and Storm from X-Men, or Jesus and Neo from *The Matrix.* w

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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. offers free blood pressure checks Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1900 Abercorn St. Call 232-6624. Community HealthCare Center is a non-profit organization that provides free medical care for uninsured individuals who work or live in Chatham County and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. All patients receive free examinations, medicine through the patient assistance program and free lab work. Women receive free pap tests and mammograms. Call 692-1451 to see if you qualify for services. Located at 310 Eisenhower Dr., No. 5, Medical Center. Dual Recovery Anonymous This 12-step program addresses all addictions and mental health recovery. Persons who are recovering from an addiction and a mental health problem can send e-mail to for information. Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324. Every Step Counts Survivor Walk This monthly cancer survivors’ walk is free and open to all survivors and their loved ones. Call DeDe Cargill at 398-6654. Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings are conducted at three locations within St. Joseph’s/Candler. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:15-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, checks will be offered at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center,

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First City Network Board Meeting Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or Gay AA Meeting meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 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. Standout is First City’s gay youth support group. Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the FCN Headquarters, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. Call 657-1966. What Makes A Family is a children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 352-2611.

1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 to make an appointment. Checks are offered every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appointment is necessary. Checks will be offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578. Free hearing & speech screening Every Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601. Free Skin Cancer Screening will offered Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Tybee YMCA. Appointments are necessary. Call 819-3368. HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training My Brothaz Home, Inc., a local nonprofit HIV/AIDS organization, offers free HIV/ AIDS and STD awareness training, risk reduction counseling and prevention case management to individual males and groups of males. Upon completion of the training, a monetary incentive and educational materials will be given to each participant. Call 231-8727. Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes are being offered at the Family Health and Birth Center in Rincon. The group classes offer an opportunity for couples to learn the child birthing process together, while providing a very integral role to the companion participating. Classes provide specialized breathing and guided imagery techniques designed to reduce stress during labor. All types of births are welcome. Classes run monthly, meeting Saturdays for three consecutive weeks. To register, call The Birth Connection at 843-683-8750 or e-mail Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes Classes are offered monthly, in a threeweek series, at the Family Health & Birth Center in Rincon. This birthing method teaches and prepares couples to have a stress free, peaceful childbirth experience. In the 14-hour course, couples learn about the complete birthing process, while practicing effective deep relaxation techniques, special birth breathing, and guided imagery. The birth companion is encouraged to attend. Call Jennifer at The Birth Connection at 843-683-8750 or Birththroughlove@yahoo. com. Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Clinic is offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler and Emory. Patients can receive pre and post-operative care at the clinic rather than travel to Atlanta. Call Karen Traver, R.N. Transplant Coordinator, at 819-8350. La Leche League of Savannah Call Phoebe at 897-9261. Mammograms St. Joseph’s/Candler will be performing mammograms to screen for breast cancer in its mobile screening unit. Mammograms will be offered Oct. 25 at St. Mary’s Community Center in Cuyler Brownsville; Oct 29 at the Department of Family and Children’s Services on Wheaton Street; and Oct. 30 at St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Group in Pooler. For appointments, call 819-6800. SJ/C accepts most insurance plans. Financial assistance is available to women who qualify. w

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are offered Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Suite 203, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Four sessions are $30 or eight sessions are $50. Call 819-6463. The Wisdom Center October 2007 Gourmet Yoga, Reiki and Movement Classes: Monday - 10:30-11:45 a.m. Never Too Old Beginner’s Yoga w/Lisa; Noon to 1 p.m.; Yoga Lunch Fix w/Lisa; 1:15-1:45pm Daily Lunch Meditation; 5:30-6: 30pm Yoga for a Healthy Back w/ Elaine. Tuesday - 9:30-10:30 am Yoga for Chocolate Lovers w/Dana; 11:30 to noon Daily Lunch Meditation; 5:30-6:30 pm Da Tonga (yoga, toning, dance) w/Elaine. Wednesday - 11am to noon Big Girl Yoga w/ Dana; 1:15-1:45 pm Daily Lunch Meditation; 4:15-5:30 pm Gentlemen’s Karate w/Tony (12 week series). Thursday - 11:30 am to noon Daily Lunch Meditation; 2 -3 pm Life Coaching with Yoga for Couples w/Dana; 4:45-6 pm Belly Dancing w/Dawn. Friday - 11:30am to noon Daily Lunch Meditation; PM Yoga Couples Date Night (RSVP Only). Saturday - 10-11 am Divine Yoga w/Ellen; 11:15 – 11 :45 am Meditation & Reiki w/ Ellen; 1 pm (Nov. 3 only) Flower Essences Workshop w/Ellen. Sunday - Classes coming soon. Option 1 membership $55 per month Regular. $65 Couples, $45 Students, Military, Seniors. Option 2 $105 Regular, $135 Couples, $95 Students, Military, Seniors. Located at 40th & Drayton. Visit or call 236.3660. The Yoga Room Monday: Mommy and Me from 3:30-5 p.m., Vinyasa all levels from 5-6:15 p.m., Open Flow all levels 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday: Open Flow all levels from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Yoga Flow Level I from 10-11:30 a.m., Open Floor all levels from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday: Power Yoga from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Friday: Yoga Flow Level I from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday: Yoga Flow Level I from 10-11:15 a.m., Power Yoga from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday: Yoga Flow Level II from 5-6:30 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. Single class $12, class packages available. A student discount is offered. Visit www.thesavannahyogaroom. com or call 898-0361. Yoga Teacher Training Institute A 200-hour Basic Yoga Teacher Training program is offered at Savannah Yoga Center. It meets Yoga Alliance standards, and graduates will receive a certificate and be eligible for certification by the alliance. The cost for the entire course is $1,500. Call 441-6653 or visit Yogalates Classes are offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for WellBeing on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. The cost is $30 for four sessions or $50 for eight sessions. Call 819-6463.

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