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breakfast will include will include performances by Chatham Academy students. When: Thu. Oct. 29, 9 a.m. Where: Royce Learning Center, 4 Ogelthorpe Professional Blvd.

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What: Events include a

Terror Plantation

What: Take a terrifying tour through the haunted house. Sponsored by the Alee Shriners. When: Wed. Oct. 28, 7 p.m.11 p.m., Thu. Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Fri. Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Where: Alee Shrine, Skidaway Rd & Memorial Stadium, Cost: $8 Info: 912-355-2422.

Film: Day of the Dead (US, 1985) What: The PFS

Horror Month celebration wraps up with one of George Romero’s zombie classics. This may be the least known of his zombie trilogy, but it’s the most gory and claustrophobic – plus, it’s the director’s own personal favorite. When: Wed. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave, Cost: $6 Info: psychotronicfilms


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Happy Hour in the Square

What: A kick-off event for

the Concours D’Elegance & Motoring Festival. Enjoy live music and refreshments in the square, and meet drivers. When: Thu. Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m. Where: Johnson Square Cost: $20/members $25/ non-members

Rocky Horror Show

What: Do the time

warp again with this cult classic musical as Brad and Janet stumble into the deviant laboratory of Frank-n-Furter. When: Oct. 29, 8 p.m., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Where: Bay St. Theater/ Club One Cost: $15 Info: www.clubone-online. com/

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Exchange Club 5th Annual Fair 5k What: A 5 k route on the

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What: Regionally grown,

SSU Homecoming Christopher Blair, center, stars in the Rocky Horror Picture Show production at Club One. pire Fair. Enjoy the Coastal Empire Fair immediately after the run. Large fireworks display at dark. When: Fri. Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m. Where: Coastal Empire Fairgrounds Info:

Johnny Mercer Costume Gala What: Featur-

ing a contest for the best “Mercer Era” costume, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment. A silent auction will benefit the Friends of Johnny Mercer organization. When: Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m. Where: Mansion on Forsyth, 700 Drayton St. Cost: $100 per person

Nurturing the Seeds of Commitment What: Lectures and retreat

Led by Teijo Munnich. When: Dharma Talk Fri., Oct. 30, 7 to 9 pm, offering accepted. All-day Sitting Sat., Oct. 31, 9 a.m.5 p.m. $40 fee + offering Where: House in the Isle of Hope area. Contact: or Susan Lamb at 912-6600554.

Film: The Notebook (2004)

What: The Alzheimer’s As-

sociation hosts this screening of Nicholas Sparks’ award-winning love story. Event is free, but donations will be accepted. When: Fri. Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. , Cost: Free

Living History: The Yellow Fever Epidemic What: Take a trip back in

time to experience life during the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic that plagued Savannah. Join a variety of performers who illustrate the experiences of those who lived through that terrible year. To make reservations: call 912-236-8097 or email When: Fri. Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. 8 PM, 8:30 PM, 9 PM, , Sat. Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. 8 PM, 8:30 PM, 9 PM, Where: The Davenport House Museum Cost: $10-15/adv, $1517/door

What: Savannah State

University’s annual homecoming festivities, which includes a parade ending at Wright Stadium, followed by an afternoon football game against Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College. Access to the stadium area will require a game ticket or a wristband. When: Sat. Oct. 31

SSU’s Homecoming Parade What: Floats, cars and

marching bands will fill downtown streets. Parade starts at Liberty and E. Broad, goes west on Broughton to MLK, then turns west onto Anderson. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 9 a.m. Where: Downtown




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Oatland Island’s Halloween Hoots and

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ture featuring a variety of activities along Oatland’s 2 mile trail. Costumes encouraged. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center Cost: $7 adults, $5 children Info: www.oatlandisland. org/



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Halloween Pet Adoption Fair

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tume Contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Info from eight local rescue agencies on adopting and saving animals. Also, face painting, a cook-out, pet micro-chipping and dog-washing. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Habersham Village Parking Lot, Habersham St. Between 61st & 63rd

Haunted Aquarium

What: Things are

getting spooky out at the UGA Marine Education Center. Kids in costume get free admission when accompanied by a paid adult. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Where: UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, 30 Ocean Science Circle, Info: http://www.marex.

Junk in the Trunk What: An indie trunk

show featuring live music, local art, handmade crafts, a bake sale and Halloween activities. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Where: Desotorow Gallery , 2421 DeSoto Ave. , Info: www.desotorow. org/

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Book Signing with Beth Dolgner

What: Author Beth

Dolgner will be signing copies of her new book “Georgia’s Spirits and Specters”; several of the stories take place in Savannah. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m. Where: Magnolia’s, 137 Bull St. Info: 912-236-1004.

“Ghost in the Post” Costume Ball

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tume ball celebrating Halloween and helping support the American Legion post. Winners of the costume contest will be announced at 11pm. For more info, call 912233-9277. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Where: American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St., Cost: $8/adv, $10/door Info:

Savannah Film Festival Begins What: The festival starts

tonight with a screening of “The Messenger” and continues all week with screenings during the day and in the evenings. For more info about the week’s events, check out the schedule on page 29. When: Sat. Oct. 31, 7 p.m. through Sat. Nov. 7 Info:


Sunday Congregations in Service

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Willie Nelson in Concert

What: Country music

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Tuesday Liberty Ship lecture What: Tony Cope talks

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Savannah College of Art & Design, which organizes and hosts the Festival. This year our guest “critic” and student films correspondent is Gabriel Ricard, who pens three pieces for us this week. Next week’s issue will feature Ricard’s remaining three SCAD student filmmaker interviews. I have contributed a couple of director interviews this week regarding two exceptional small films at the Festival, Paul Cotter’s Bomber and Susan Morgan Cooper’s An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story. Both filmmakers are delightful people and will be in attendance for all Festival screenings of their films. For a full Film Festival schedule, do not go to Week at a Glance as usual, but to page 29.

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Let’s not forget about Mr. Redford during all the Film Fest hubbub.

ever “Geekend,” a gathering of tech-minded social media people Nov. 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency. Patrick Rodgers writes about the event this week on page 8; look for a full-length informative insert in next week’s issue as well. Patrick also contributes an author interview this week with Tony Cope, whose book Swing Shift chronicles the largest-ever industry in Savannah: The construction of Liberty Ships during World War II. And of course look for tons of pics from the Film Fest opening weekend in next week’s issue and at cs


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blowout coverage begins with an interview with Woody Harrelson. by bill deyoung

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Let the dogs out on Tybee Island Editor, Dogs on the beach at Tybee Island is an idea whose time has come. My dog on the beach with me is a quality of life and property rights issues. I am tired of driving off our island for dog beach time! What convinced me was the Georgia Tech Tybee Island Tourism Study that was just released showing the selected “target demographic” that vacations on Tybee. Quoting the study, a Savannah Morning News article (October 6) called the typical visitors, “educated, professionals, conservative, upper to middle income, and married couples with children.”

The result was surprising because it is counter to prevailing sentiment. The demographic classification fits the “responsible dog owner” profile perfectly, and should be a starting point for further research, discussion, and a trial–test for dogs on Tybee Beach. Hilton Head, St. Simons, Jekyll, and Amelia Islands all allow some form of dog access. These locations are well published in all state, national and international vacations guides. It is a highly marketable access and family vacation decision issue. Jekyll Island is actually ranked # Ten in the USA for “Best Dog Beaches.” What do they know that Tybee politicians do not? It appears these other places have worked through all the tough issues – sanitation, water quality,

policy, enforcement, education, and compliance. These tough economic times call for some additional thought and leadership from our politicians. Tybee loses out on millions of dollars of tourist revenue because of the dog restriction. Almost all my Atlantan friends vacation on Hilton Head because they want to vacation with their pet dog. My best friend from Washington, DC just retired and wanted a southern beach house retirement location. He picked Amelia Island over Tybee due to the dog restriction. Tourists and beach home buyers have many options. Tybee will do well moving forward on this issue. I think it is time for a leash only test and trial area. There are many options: limited hours, seasonal

access only, or designated areas. Easing the restriction could be an economic windfall and win–win for all. It has been for other places. Again, the time has come for a test–trial and new thinking. I would like to see the Tybee Mayor or a City Council member task the City Manager to do a study and present some options for discussion. A solution cannot be that difficult. I plan to organize the dogs on beach supporters against the minority vocal nihilists to come, and if required move towards a voter referendum. Bill Gillespie Tybee Island

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While you’ve been hard at work figuring out whether you’re going to dress up as Balloon Boy or Michael Jackson-from-beyond-the-grave this Halloween, we’ve been busy assembling a long, loving look at the Savannah Film Festival — which in a particularly awesome coincidence does in fact begin on Halloween this year. (Personally I think the combo Kanye West/ Taylor Swift couples costume is the bomb, but I’ve patented that already and will be expecting royalties if you use it.) Whatever you do, don’t go as Robert Redford — he’s in town working on The Conspirator and that would just be downright rude. (Thanks to Gennie Bailey for the pic at right.) Yup, Savannah’s film-crazy right now, and nobody’s crazier about it than we are. This week we lead off our Film Festival coverage with Bill DeYoung’s two in-depth interviews with the stars who will open the event, Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster, who both star in The Messenger. Also make sure to read Bill’s interview with Patricia Clarkson, who will be honored Wednesday, Nov. 4. We take particular pride each year in focusing on student competition entries in the Film Festival, especially student entries from the

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Jake Hodesh, Geekend co-founder, thinks being a geek is serious business.

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The first ever Geekend Conference kicks off in Savannah next week by Patrick Rodgers |

Welcome an interesting new member to the pantheon of festivals and cultural events hosted by our fair city: Geekend. Although the name might connote a gathering of Trekkies or some similarly notorious nerdy subculture, there will be a noticeable absence of pocket protectors, glasses held together with tape, and painful memories of wedgies.

Rob Oldham, Geekend co-founder and self-proclaimed film geek.

What the event will have is loads of guests from the frontlines of technology and social media, including presentations from influential graphic designer David Carson (Pepsi, Nike, Nine Inch Nails) to gamer guru Major Nelson aka Larry Hryb (Xbox) alongside folks from Disney, Atlantic Records, and a bevy of local and regional innovators. Whether you consider yourself a geek or not, chances are you’re involved in something geeky – particularly with the proliferation of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Myspace – big budget video games, hi–tech cell phones, etc. The point of the 3–day event isn’t to see who has the biggest brain, but to swap ideas, share perspectives and continue to push cutting edge technology in Savannah. We sat down with two of the masterminds behind Geekend, Jake Hodesh from New Moon of Savannah and Rob Oldham, from BFG Communications, to find out how to get in touch with our inner geek. Why put on an event like this in Savannah? Rob Oldham: Savannah is the perfect place for an event like this. It’s a beautiful city. They let you walk the street with a cocktail. It has a great sense of one foot in the past but one foot in the future. Geekend is a classic example of something that takes us into a new age.

Jake Hodesh: We dreamed something like this up a while back because there’s a good deal of creative folks here in Savannah. Every now and then there’s a speaker or something, and we’re able to get a glimpse of innovation or creativity. We wanted to try and do a weekend of that – bring other crazy, weird, innovative, creative people into town and let local business people and small business people, or anybody, come and enjoy Why is it cool to be a geek in the 21st century? Rob Oldham: Because geeks run everything. Geeks are passionate. I love this new library campaign with ‘I geek art’ or ‘I geek worms,’ I geek all that. It’s the idea that you’re embracing something. You’re not just a computer nerd, you’re geeky about things you love. Geek is now a badge of honor. It’s something where you can walk around and proudly say I’m a geek. That’s what Geekend is. Jake Hodesh: We’ve gone to talk to some high school classes, to include some juniors and seniors in the conference, and the first two questions we have are: who is an entrepreneur? And, is it OK to be a geek? And everybody kind of comes up with the same answer. Yeah, it’s OK to be a geek because 10 years ago not everybody had technology on their hip. There wasn’t an iPhone

What’s one of the geekiest things you’ve ever done? Jake Hodesh: I got in trouble in 8th grade for pushing up my glasses with my middle finger. I got sent to the principal’s office and suspended. Then my mom had to write a note letting everyone know that I usually use my middle finger to push up my glasses and I wasn’t flicking off the teacher. That’s pretty geeky. I got in trouble for pushing up my glasses. Rob Oldham: I’ve done a lot of geeky things, but I tried to do my own remake version of Raiders of the Lost Ark when I was about 13 or 14 years old with a super 8 movie camera. My version is about three minutes long and it’s really bad. I’d say that’s probably one of the geekiest things. What part of Geekend are you most looking forward to? Rob Oldham: I’m looking forward to all of it, but probably the opening night because it’s the first year for this, it’s sort of like that will set the stage for Geekend. We have David Carson, this awesome graphic design guru and then that night, MK2 and Hula Hoop. It’s about having fun. Geekend is a big fun thing. It’s not a boring conference. Jake Hodesh: I’m pretty interested in what’s gonna go down on Sunday. Saturday will be cool, with all the speakers presenting, but I think Sunday is gonna be really interesting. Participants and presenters will all get together, and we’re hoping that some creative, interesting ideas will come from the brainstorming sessions and debates. We’re gonna moderate Sunday’s whole un–conference experience. That’s gonna be exciting and weird to see college kids, high school kids, professionals, designers, tech folks, everybody all mashed up, and just see what happens If I don’t think I’m a geek, what could I get from Geekend? Jake Hodesh: There’s gonna be an awesome party Friday night and an awesome party Saturday night, for one. The social scene will be super interesting. If you don’t think you’re a geek, it might be interesting to come and see what you’re missing out on. If you’re entrepreneurial or business savvy or have a reason to move forward in your

profession, maybe some of these tricks, ideas, thoughts, and presentations will help you in whatever your arena is. Rob Oldham: There’s probably something you’re geeky about. You probably have a Facebook page or a MySpace page. You’re interacting with the world in a very modern way now, so that’s

what this conference is about, coming and learning what that stuff is about and how it can help you and how you can utilize it. You’re doing something that could put you in the geek column, so you are invited. Come and get your geek on! cs

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A woman was sitting on a bench overlooking Bay Street when her ex–boyfriend drove by, saw her, and stopped in the middle of the street heading westbound to shout threats at her. He yelled “I’ll destroy you and I’ll make you lose your child.” She ignored him and called the police, then he drove off. She remained seated on the bench, and about 10 minutes later he stopped again, shouted “whore” and drove off again. She broke up with him recently because he was physically abusive, although his charming personality would be enough to call it quits based on what’s written in the police report. The woman advised that she has applied for peace bond against her ex because she feels threatened for her personal safety.

• A man called police after he and his girlfriend, who he used to live with, and who is the mother of his two children, began making threats of violence toward him. They were on the phone and she told him that she would kill him. He had a tape recorder nearby, and when the officer arrived, the man played the tape, confirming that she was making threats. The man did not appear to be overly concerned about the woman carrying out her threats. The officer advised him on how to obtain a peace bond. • A woman called the police in reference to a series of harassing phone calls she had received. Her husband was recently “locked up” and a friend of his called the woman asking if she needed any money to help with bills. The chivalrous gent stopped by that morning to further discuss the terms of his personal loan program, which included having sex with him in exchange for money. She said he tried to “feel her up” and she rebuked his advances. He then left the apartment and has not returned. Instead he calls regularly and asks about his offer. She stated that he did not hurt or strike her, and that she does not know

his last name or where he lives. The woman was advised to block his calls and was given a CRN number. • A woman in an island establishment got into a fight with a customer and slapped her several times in the face and chest. The woman was escorted out by several people and told that she was banned from the property. Once outside, the woman began hitting and kicking the glass door, effectively loosening the glass from the door frame. She was placed under arrest and put into the back of a patrol car. The woman got her wrist out of one of the handcuffs and then began kicking the window of the cruiser. She was taken out of the car, re–cuffed, told to calm down, and then put back in the car. She was charged with a variety of offenses and taken to jail. • A man was robbed at gun point by two males while walking westbound on Park Avenue toward Waters Avenue. He sensed someone following him, turned around, he

saw a man dressed in all black and then a second suspect appeared with a chrome handgun. With the handgun pointed at him, the first suspect, who was wearing a ski mask and carrying a shotgun approached him and demanded his money. The victim handed over his wallet, which contained $400 in cash. The suspect with the shotgun attempted to fire the weapon, but it jammed. The suspect lowered the weapon, pounded on it, and it shot the victim in the foot. He ran, as best he could with a shot foot, south on Waters Avenue. He was interviewed by police while being cared for at the emergency room. Several units canvassed the area, but were unable to locate either the crime scene or the suspects. cs

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illness, experienced a protracted manic episode serious enough that he asked to be placed in seclusion. • In yet another study, one test subject injected with high doses of testosterone became almost certifiably manic. Women aren’t immune to such effects. A study of 75 female athletes found a third used steroids. Of that third, more than half suffered from irritability, and 40 percent reported an increase in aggressive behavior. Having a bad attitude is one thing; going berserk is another, and researchers caution that only a small percentage of users become violent. But reports of psycho episodes aren’t all just media hype. Some investigators who’d interviewed steroid users reported the following in 1994: “One user, using his fists and a metal bar, seriously damaged three cars, all with their drivers cowering inside, because he had become annoyed by a traffic delay. Another was arrested for causing $1,000 of property damage during a fit of anger at a sports event; another was arrested for assaulting a motorist; another rammed his head through a wooden door....” Plenty of research links steroids to violence and crime. A Swedish study of male prison inmates found those testing positive for steroids were more than twice as likely as nonusers to have committed weapons offenses. A study of 12- to 17-year-olds found that those who had used steroids at least once committed criminal property damage at twice the rate of nonusers. A survey of American high school students found a significant link between violence and self-reported steroid use. Steroids produce all sorts of other bizarre effects. I came across a report of an 18-month-old girl accidentally exposed to topical steroid meds who developed pubic hair. Men who take steroids hoping to increase their manliness often experience shrinking testicles, not to mention acne and high cholesterol. One study of 41 male users found 37 percent had developed enlarged breasts due to conversion of some of the steroids to estrogen. Testicular atrophy generally reverses once steroid use is discontinued, but gynecomastia doesn’t. Is all this sure to happen if you inject steroids? Of course not. But considering the caricature of masculinity you become when the stuff works as advertised, the question isn’t whether steroids will turn you into a freak, but what kind. cs

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Recent Precision-Tuning of the Fruitfly Brain: (1) Scientists at England’s University of Oxford know how to make fruitflies scared of things they weren’t scared of previously -- by implanting artificial memories in their brains after somehow locating and managing the precise 12 neurons that enable the flies to learn things. The implanted “danger” (the smell of sweat-soaked athletic shoes) causes the flies to scatter at the first whiff. (2) Scientists at the University of Toronto know how to make fruitflies sexually attractive to flies of both sexes and to different fly species -- by removing the specific hydrocarbon brain cells that produce the pheromones thought to attract sex-specific mates. (Only the choice of partners was modified and not horniness level.)

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of US$11,000) went to Dane Mitchell, whose entry consisted merely of discarded packaging materials from all the other exhibits vying for the prize. Mitchell called his pile “Collateral.” (Announcement of the winner was poorly received by the other contestants.) (2) At a Christie’s auction in September in New York City, London artist Gavin Turk’s empty, nondescript cardboard box (the size of an ordinary moving-company box) sold for $16,000. (Actually, it was a sculpture designed to look exactly like an empty, nondescript cardboard box.)

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• Sensitive! (1) St. Paul, Minn., police were called to the 1300 block of Desoto Street in July by a 43-year-old man, who demanded that a report be filed because he had found a slice of half-eaten pizza near his fence and thought it represented someone’s intent to “harass” him. (2) A 56-year-old man was cited by police in Carlisle, Pa., in September after a complaint from neighbor Brian Taylor, 43, who swore that the man had flicked a toothpick onto the sidewalk in front of Taylor’s home just to “annoy” him. • A nine-hour, 16-officer search of the home of alleged drug kingpin Michael Difalco, near Lakeland, Fla., in March, apparently was not exciting enough. Surveillance video (from Difalco’s security system) released by police in September showed that the easily distracted officers also took time out to play spirited frames of bowling on Difalco’s Wii game. Since the detectives were unaware of the camera, they uninhibitedly pumped their fists and shouted gleefully with every strike. Police supervisors acknowledged the unprofessional behavior but said the search nonetheless was productive.

• Small-Town Mayors: (1) For three weeks in September, budget-conscious Mayor Sallie Peake of Wellford, S.C., barred the police from chasing perpetrators of crimes in progress, even if officers drove at the speed limit. Officers were instructed, instead, to arrest suspects later in their homes. (The mayor, under siege, rescinded the policy on Sept. 24.) (2) Mayor Stu Rasmussen, 61, of Silverton, Ore., elected last year even though he dresses openly as a woman, drew criticism from officials of a community group in July when he addressed students while wearing a miniskirt and a swimsuit top. Critics suggested he should dress at least in “professional” women’s clothes when speaking to youth groups. • New York City, which is sued more than 1,000 times a year, has a policy of settling some lawsuits quickly to avoid the risk of expensive judgments. The New York Daily News reported in Fetishes on Parade October that more than 20 lawsuits, In September in Truro, England, going back several years, were filed by David Truscott, 40, was sentenced members of the East 21st Street to four months in jail for repeatCrew (a well-known Brooklyn edly trespassing on the farm gang notorious for selling crack Get Spooky of Clive Roth by playing in the cocaine), and that the city has farm’s manure-spreader while settled every time, paying out With It! wearing only his underwear more than $500,000. The “civil (and, curiously, rubber rights” lawsuits were over gloves). Truscott told the possibly illegal searches and court that he had a sexual for criminal charges that the fetish for manure. Three weeks city later dismissed. earlier, Gary Moody, 49, was charged in federal court in PortGreat Art! land, Maine, with lingering inside • Worth Every Dollar: (1) a pit toilet in the White Mountain New Zealand’s Waikato National National Forest. He admitted to Contemporary Art Award in having “an outhouse problem.” September (worth the equivalent

Moody was not caught in the act, but because he had pleaded no contest to a similar incident in 2005, he was a prime suspect and confessed.

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Bombastic financier R. Allen Stanford was able to maintain secrecy in the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme he allegedly operated for years out of a bank in Antigua because he and Antigua’s chief bank regulator had met in secret in 2003 and taken an actual “blood oath” of loyalty. The hematic bonding was revealed by Stanford’s No. 2 executive, James Davis, who pleaded guilty in August in federal court in Houston.

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Daniel Taylor Jr., 33, was arrested in Elizabethton, Tenn., in September following a domestic disturbance complaint against a neighbor. A sheriff ’s deputy had gone to Taylor’s house by mistake, wrongly thinking it was the source of the complaint, but Taylor immediately surrendered to the deputy anyway, and turned around to be handcuffed. When the deputy inquired why Taylor thought he should be arrested, Taylor said he assumed the deputy had come to arrest him for violating probation on earlier charges. The deputy took Taylor to the station before resuming the domestic disturbance call.

Recurring Themes

• Another Driver Poor at Multitasking: A German truck driver in his 30s crashed his 18-wheeler near Boras, Sweden, in September, and though not seriously hurt, was immobile, in the wreckage. When rescuers first saw him, they noted that the trapped driver’s genitals were exposed and that his hand was clasped in his genital area. • Embarrassing: (1) Zach Schultz of Denver became the most recent victim of wind, costing him his car. While driving down Colorado Boulevard in July, he tossed a lit cigarette out the window, but it landed in the back seat and set the car on fire, and he was not able to save it. (2) Sylvester Jiles, 24, became the most recent casualty among former inmates who try to break back into prisons (in Jiles’ case, to seek “protection” from threats to his life on the outside). In August in Brevard County, Fla., Jiles was hospitalized for a heavy loss of blood that resulted when he fell into the razor wire inside the wall. cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

Woody Harrelson at the movies, clockwise from top: The Messenger, A Prairie Home Companion (with John C. Reilly) and the recent hit Zombieland.

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It’s another tour de force from this charismatic actor, whose portrayals of tightly–wound, envelope–pushing characters have singled him out as one of moviedom’s most eminently watchable performers. He showed up on the radar, of course, via TV’s Cheers, where he played loopy bartender Woody Boyd for eight seasons, winning an Emmy Award in the process. Harrelson hit the movies when the series ended in the early ‘90s and hasn’t looked back. Consider: Indecent Proposal, Kingpin, White Men Can’t Jump, Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, Milos Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt (an Oscar nomination as Best Actor), Wag the Dog, The Thin Red Line, Money Train, No Country For Old Men, Welcome to Sarajevo, Semi–Pro, Seven Pounds, A Scanner Darkly, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, and about 25 more. He’s in theaters right now, starring in the over–the–top comedy Zombieland. Harrelson, his Messenger co–star Ben Foster and the film’s writer/director Oren Moverman will be at the Savannah Film Festival Saturday. The Messenger is the opening–night film, and both actors are to receive tributes from the festival following the screening. Well–known as an arch-environmentalist, a passionate vegan and a vocal advocate for the practical applications of hemp, the 48–year–old Harrelson lives in Hawaii with his wife and three young daughters (he calls them his “Goddess Trilogy”).

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Ben Foster, your co–star in The Messenger, said some nice things about you. I’d like to ask you about him. Woody Harrelson: I think he’s one of the finest actors alive. He’s young and he has a big career ahead of him. Working with him is like a dream, I can tell you. He’s really serious about his craft. In the place his character was living in, in The Messenger, for the first week we were shooting around there — I found out, at the end of the week, that he was living there. He actually was living in that

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apartment in New Jersey. He goes the whole hog, and I can’t think of anyone who commits more. But there are some who commit as much. He reminds me in that sense of Sean Penn, just the greats who really throw themselves completely into it. And it pays off, because I think his performance is one of the finest I’ve ever seen.



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Woody Harrelson: I just felt it was one of the most beautifully crafted, powerful scripts I’d ever read. You know, it’s obviously about a very sensitive subject. Because this war is affecting a lot of people’s lives. I don’t think I would have been as attracted to it if it was one of these films that was definitively pro– or anti–war, but it’s not. It’s just kind of observing this aspect of what goes on. I feel like maybe it’s the movie I’m most proud of being a part of. Because I feel like not only is it pretty amazing entertainment, it’s a film that matters. It’s really about something substantial. I was really psyched to be a part of it. Is that the sort of thing you look for — a film with a little something extra? Woody Harrelson: To me, it isn’t imperative to do a movie that makes you think, or that is controversial, or maybe helps shift people’s thinking. I don’t really feel like I need to be in that kind of film — not that this does shift your thinking, necessarily, but it it’s one of those that will make you look at things differently.

I also think movies just for pure entertainment value are worthwhile. I love that Zombieland just makes people laugh. To me, it isn’t necessary that it has some huge message, you know? This new slate of films arrives after you took a few years off. Why did you do that? Woody Harrelson: I was at a place in my life where I really wasn’t enjoying what I was doing. I was going from movie to movie. And if you’re not enjoying this gig, then something is really wrong. Because it’s about as cool a gig as you get. It is hard work — you’re going to work 12, 14 hour days in five or six–day weeks. I think I just kinda got burned out on it. I just needed to step back. I had kids at that point, and I felt like I wasn’t spending enough time with them. So that was a big part of the decision for me. Did you ever think, “I can’t stop working — that’ll make it harder to go back” Woody Harrelson: I honestly didn’t think I was going to take five years off. I thought probably two or three. But either way — it’s easy, in a year you can become pretty irrelevant in this business. But it was probably one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. Even though when I did come back, it was almost like starting at ground zero. Not literally, but if I was a completely unknown actor it would have been a little more difficult. But I’m glad I did it, because I got tons of time with my family on a beautiful island in the Pacific. We were having a ball.

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Woody Harrelson: Yeah. Prior to that, we had moved to Costa Rica, and I was already in that mindset of trying to get away from celebrity and this kind of illusory game. It just didn’t feel real to me. And yeah, I think I had a lot to deal with, just myself emotionally. I wanted to be a better person. And I think it helped getting time away. Going all the way back to Indecent Proposal. I was thinking, that was your first — and to date, only — role as romantic leading man. Woody Harrelson: Yeah! I don’t think there has been one, before or since. Actually, I think Natural Born Killers was a kind of misunderstood romantic comedy. But other than that... yeah, that is a strange thing! ‘Cause I love the idea of doing a romantic comedy, but that’s one genre that seems to be missing from my filmography. Maybe it’s just that the scripts don’t come to me like that, and people just can’t see me as the romantic lead in a movie. I’ll just have to write my own deal.

Do you think people say “We need a slightly eccentric guy who can do this intense thing... let’s talk to Woody Harrelson!?” Woody Harrelson: (Laughing) That’s nice that you said slightly. That makes me feel a little better. I don’t know how people really... there’s been a wide range of scripts come my way, so... I at least feel good about the fact that there was quite a number of years where I never thought I’d break out of Cheers, or do any other part besides Woody Boyd. Which is a good part, but I always felt like I could do something else. Not withstanding that whole weird thing about not getting romantic comedy–type leads, I still feel pretty good about the roles that are coming my way. Considering all the film work you’ve done, it surprises me that some people will still say “Oh, he was great on Cheers.” Do you still get that? Woody Harrelson: Oh yeah, yeah. Some people probably never saw me in anything but that. There’s nothing I can do about that. I can try to insist, hey,

IMDB me! It’s still good if people liked that show. I loved it. Defining film roles? Best things you’ve done? Woody Harrelson: I would definitely say Larry Flynt, probably Natural Born Killers. I did one that nobody saw called The Hi–Lo Country, but you can’t even get that on DVD. So that’s a hard one to see. But it’s Stephen Frears, with Billy Crudup and Patricia Arquette. And it was actually Penelope Cruz’s first American movie. That one was great. I like this movie The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, I thought was fantastic. But that again was a movie nobody saw. Turn’s out it’s my mom’s favorite. That’s the one she sends to people. And I’d definitely put The Messenger up there. It’s certainly one of my favorite movies — probably my favorite — that I’ve been a part of. Another one coming out after this called Defendor, I’m quite proud of. You lose track after a while. Maybe White Men Can’t Jump, too. Next month, you’ll be onscreen in the big “end of the world” drama 2012. Tell me about it.

Woody Harrelson: It’s Roland Emmerich doing what he does best. I’d say it’s his best film; to me it’s a more complete film, especially in terms of the story really working, and you really care about the characters. It is a mind–blowing visual spectacle. You can’t even believe what you’re seeing. You know, some directors — the Michael Bays and some of these guys — are capable of doing some amazing things visually, but this one, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything close to it. It is a mind–numbing, mind–blowing experience to watch it. cs Savannah Film Festival The Messenger screening Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 Tickets: $5–$10, at (912) 525–5050 Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster Tribute accompanies the screening.

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Since his breakout role on HBO’s Six Feet Under, Ben Foster has appeared in one high–profile feature film after another. He played the mutant Angel in X–Men: The Last Stand, drug–addled teen Jake Mazursky in the crime drama Alpha Dog, and psychotic cowboy Charlie Prince in the western remake 3:10 to Yuma. Foster’s new film is The Messenger, in which he and Woody Harrelson are emotionally scarred veterans of the Iraq war, assigned “the worst job in the Army” Stateside — notifying family members that a loved one has been killed overseas. Against orders and against logic, Foster’s character falls for a young widow, played by Samantha Morton. Foster, Harrelson and writer/director Oren Moverman will attend Saturday’s screening of The Messenger at the Trustees Theater; afterwards, both actors will receive awards from the Savannah Film Festival. The Messenger — the first film to put Foster’s name not only above the title, but above those of his co–stars — has been getting rave reviews. There’s talk of an Oscar nomination. At 29, Foster has more good notices under his belt that many film actors twice his age. He is known for his piercing eyes and quiet intensity — and his ability to deliver the goods, even when the film itself is substandard (see the recent Pandorum).

The many faces of Ben Foster, clockwise from left: As methhead Jake Mazursky in Alpha Dog, gunslinger Charlie Prince in 3:10 to Yuma, and as the bearer of bad news in The Messenger (with Woody Harrelson).

Ben Foster: Oh certainly, every day. I was talking to my mom about this very thing not a few days ago. I’m incredibly lucky. There are so many gifted people who aren’t at the right place at the right time, for whatever reason. That’s not to say it’s been an easy road. And at the end of it, hopefully, I’ll be able to keep playing. What do you look for in a role? Ben Foster: It really depends on where you’re at. This idea of only doing projects that speak to the deepest corners of your inner core, that’s somewhat laughable to say these days, and where this industry is at. That being said, I’m not going to choose a job and spent two or four months of my life with strangers making something if I didn’t believe that we could create something collectively that was exciting. Sometimes it turns out really well, and other times... there are limitations. Creative limitations, financial limitations, time.

It occurred to me that Jake Mazursky in Alpha Dog and Charlie Prince in 3:10 to Yuma are like different generations of the same character. Do you ever worry you’re getting typecast as the intense, crazy guy?

Do you ever realize this while the film is in production — “This one’s not going to be so great, but I’ve committed” — or do you always have to believe it’s going to be a great movie?

Ben Foster: I’m sure on some level some psychologist could have a field day with me on the roles that I end up doing. It’s really project to project, and where I’m at and who I get to play with.

Ben Foster: I gotta go in thinking that each one’s going to be special. It doesn’t have to be the greatest film of all time, but if you don’t have that belief... you know, only you can blow your own candle out. And it adds up if you’re doing things that you don’t believe in. If you’re approaching a role as an actor approaching a role, there’s too much distance. It doesn’t feel good, and people don’t respond to it, and it’s just not worth the time. Sometimes, it works out well.

You left Iowa at 16 and went to L.A., and started working almost immediately. Do you ever pinch yourself?

You recently co–starred with Dennis Quaid in Pandorum. The reviews were... well, not good. What were you thinking as you read the script? Ben Foster: It was a fairly innocent read. It held my attention. I was very apprehensive about doing it, but I spoke with Christian Alvart, the director, and he had a very specific idea of how he wanted to shoot it... I turned it down again. I think they came back to me three times, and I guess like I felt I was taking myself too seriously and thought “I’d certainly like to go to the movies and be entertained.” I hadn’t done a proper sci–fi picture before, so I gave it a shot. You played astronauts in a broken spacecraft. What was shooting that like? Ben Foster: It didn’t turn out — in the experience, nor in the final product — the way that it was presented to me. And that’s fairly frustrating. How did you approach The Messenger? Ben Foster: The Messenger has certainly been a labor of love. I’m pretty press–shy, but for The Messenger I’m going on a full tour, and that’s not limited to the fact that I’m just proud of the film as a whole; more importantly, I’m proud of the questions it asks. I was drawn to it initially because of Oren. It was the only script that dealt with the war, that I had read, that presented the results of warfare without taking an overtly political side. To get lost in that world... it’s having the opportunity

Do you go looking for fresh challenges? Ben Foster: I guess the challenge is: I’m beyond compelled to put myself in a situation where I could experience something that ordinarily I wouldn’t have the opportunity to. So yes, it’s exciting. It’s mostly exciting to work with people who give a shit. You practice transcendental meditation. What does TM do for you? Ben Foster: It’s a technique, twice a day. It’s not a religious or even a dogmatic technique, it’s an ancient, simple, quiet, internal technology that you do with yourself. It’s basically gettin’ rid of the static. It’s tuning, you know? It’s not as simple as just saying “clearing your head.” It’s a rooting and a tuning, if that makes any sense. There’s just so much input in the world, and we absorb this. And our families, and our work, there’s so many demands. And what this does, it’s a reset button. So it allows me more energy,

when I take 30–45 minutes in the morning. Yeah, it’s a pain in the ass on set. If my call time’s 5 in the morning, I gotta get up at 4. But what it gives me during the day is just a resource of energy, and the ability to hear what I’m actually thinking, rather than spitting back what I’ve been told. It’s up to you how you use it. It’s like eating well and getting a good night’s sleep: You’re going to perform better — whatever action you’re doing, with friends of family, or your job or on your own. It’s just a stabilizing resource of energy, and clarity of thought. What’s next for you? Ben Foster: I just finished shooting a film in Armenia called Hear — it’s kind of a meditative road movie. And now I’m on my way to New Orleans to shoot some guns with Jason Statham. It’s a remake of the Charles Bronson movie The Mechanic. cs Savannah Film Festival: The Messenger screening Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 Tickets: $5–$10, at (912) 525–5050 Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster Tribute accompanies the screening.

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to learn things that I don’t know about. I’ve had friends in the military, but the opportunity to spend time with vets, and the soldiers that have come back, it was truly a life–changing experience. We went to Walter Reed Hospital and spent time in the amputee ward. The head of Casualty Notification for the United States was on set with us every day. I wouldn’t say it was an easy shoot, but the space that Oren created and the resources for research, allowed us all to get lost. And getting to work with Woody Harrelson, who I think handed in one of his finest performances. Harrelson is my brother. I’d do anything for that man! And Samantha Morton and Jenna Malone... I can’t imagine that anyone gets an opportunity to do too many that stick with you to this degree.


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savannah film festival Today’s movies are full of big–name actors whose faces — and box–office draw — are certified commodities. Then there are the journeyman thespians, whose presence and skill often turn good films into great ones. They don’t appear on a lot of magazine covers, but Hollywood would be bereft without their considerable contributions.



Patricia Clarkson onscreen: Clockwise from top, Good Night, and Good Luck, Elegy and Whatever Works.

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Such an actor is Patricia Clarkson, who’ll be honored Nov. 4 at the Savannah Film Festival. The New Orleans native has appeared in nearly 50 films, some of them high–profile (The Green Mile, Good Night and Good Luck, All the King’s Men, Miracle) and some of them smaller films that critics — and ultimately, audiences — adored. (That’s a big list, and it includes Pieces of April, Far From Heaven, High Art, The Station Agent, Dogville, Elegy, The Woods, Lars and the Real Girl and Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona). Clarkson, in fact, has become part of Allen’s stable of repeat performers; she co–starred in this year’s Whatever Works for the director, and her Savannah appearance follows a screening, earlier in the day, of that Larry David–starring comedy. Clarkson’s no stranger to TV, either: She won two Emmys for her portrayal of Sarah O’Connor on Six Feet Under, appeared in five episodes of Frasier and two full seasons of Murder One, and just this year played Justin Timberlake’s mother in a wacky Saturday Night Live short. The movies love her best, though, and she was Academy Award and Golden Globe–nominated for her work in Pieces of April, as the dying matriarch of a dysfunctional family. Recently wrapped for the actress is Cairo Time, in which she plays a woman who moves to Egypt with her diplomat husband, and begins an affair with a local man. In February, she’ll be in theaters in Shutter Island, based on a Dennis Lehane novel and directed by Martin Scorsese. People know you immediately when they see you on the screen, but perhaps they don’t know your name. Are you comfortable with your level of recognition?

Patricia Clarkson: I think it depends on the city. In New York, or New Orleans or Los Angeles, people know who I am. I’m an art film actress. I’m a character actress, although I do leading ladies I do tend to be a chameleon. I do change and shift. And I think I look different in person than I do on film. I am in this for the work, obviously. I’ve walked away from a lot of money, in television and even in film, to pursue things that I love. It doesn’t mean that I don’t love making money and doing studio films — which I’ve done a few — but when I was at Yale School of Drama, I was working in a certain way and I said “This is what I want. I hope my whole life is this. I hope my career becomes this.” And it sort of did. I loved doing everything. At Yale, I was the young leading lady, the ingenue, but I also got to do really crazy things, and things that were very different for me. Things that required a shift and a change in your DNA. I’m just an actor who happens to be lucky enough, at 49, to still be working. Having a lot of work — usually more than I know what to do with. Which is an embarrassment of riches that I do not take lightly. It’s an ageist business — it’s a little easier for men, but it’s still difficult. Could you make a living – and would you be happy – just doing independents? Patricia Clarkson: The parts are far fewer in studio films for women of a certain age. Independent film can still celebrate women past 40, and really put them front and center. And someone like Woody Allen, even though it’s an independent film it’s still Woody Allen, so it’s such a big deal. I love doing these small films, but I’m really open to anything where I love the script, I love the part, I love the people involved. What would you say was your breakout role? Patricia Clarkson: Hands down, High Art. It changed my life completely. Which I never expected in a million years. It was an independent film that was shot for $500,000. Maybe I’m not recognized on every street, but there’s not a single person in this business who doesn’t... I haven’t been on an audition in eight years. High Art changed my status in the business utterly, completely. We first saw you in Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables. Patricia Clarkson: That was my very, very first movie, when I was 25. I had never done a movie, and Brian was fabu-

Tell me what the Martin Scorsese experience is like. Patricia Clarkson: It’s the best of the best. I mean, I worked with Woody Allen and Scorsese back to back when I shot these films. I left Whatever Works for a week to work with Scorsese, then went back to Woody. So it was Woody, Marty, Woody. It was a truly great career high. It really doesn’t get any better. And they’re very different directors, but very similar in that greatness is a common denominator. Are they very similar in that they must get what they want, but trust the actor to bring in their part of the equation? Patricia Clarkson: That’s what great directors do. They trust you. They have incredible confidence in you, and in themselves, and they have the vision. They are so assured in their power, and not in a manipulative way by any means. They’re antithetical to that. There is an ease and a grace that exists in these two of the greatest directors ever. They are, obviously, formidable, but incredibly personable at the same time. What’s Todd Haynes (Pieces of April) like to work with as a director? Patricia Clarkson: Fabulous. Just a visionary, a powerful man in his own kind of quirky, quiet way. Just a love. Again, he gives you great confidence and has great confidence in you. He’s a

Patricia Clarkson: Oh, George, well as we’re talking about dreamy men... George is so stunning. I believe that what exists on camera is what exists off. He just creates this beautiful environment for an actor to work. This set is everywhere — it encompasses all people, cast and crew. It was very difficult when the movie was ending and we all had to go home. We really didn’t want to.


A thespian question: How do you approach a new character? Do you create her back story for yourself, or does it come in the moment? Patricia Clarkson: There is something that is beyond worth that happens when you read a script and you read the character. Often, things that happen to me when I approach a character are things that come to me from the second I read the character. That’s why I take a character, because something happens to me when I read it. Yes, it does require work — it requires thought and emotional connection and input, and commitment to it. Is it all there in the script? Patricia Clarkson: No. I mean yes, to some extent of course, absolutely. My part in Whatever Works was a divine part, and so much of it was one the page. But sometimes a part is very spare, so you really have to fill in the blanks. But with Woody Allen, it’s all there. You have to really just rise to the occasion. So it just depends. I think an actor has to know emotionally, psychologically, physiologically where you have to go. And you have to hone your instincts — that’s why, hopefully, you get better the more you do it. Because it is a craft, and hopefully at some point you lift it to art. But that’s hard to do. cs Savannah Film Festival: Patricia Clarkson Tribute Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 Tickets: $5–$10, at (912) 525–5050, includes screening of Broken Embraces Screening: Whatever Works at 2:30 p.m.

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lous to me, and we’re still friends to this day. I adore him. It was a beautiful moment to be cast in The Untouchables. I was clueless that I was in this enormous movie. I didn’t know enough to be overwhelmed. I was literally right out of Yale. I was on Broadway doing House of Blue Leaves. And that was a big break — but it was almost nine years later when I got the break I really wanted. High Art propelled me to a place that I had really longed for, for a long time.

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Paul Cotter on his micro-budget road film with the big budget look by jim morekis |

Don’t let the title fool you. Director Paul Cotter’s debut feature film Bomber — ostensibly about an elderly English man who wants to apologize for his role in levelling a German village during World War II — is less about ambiguous wartime morals than it is about the dynamics between a slacker and his aging parents. A self–described road film, shot on location in northern Germany, Bomber tells the story of Alistair, the eponymous former aviator played by Benjamin Whitrow, his quietly frustrated wife Valerie (Eileen Nicholas) and his well–meaning but adrift son Ross (Shane Taylor of Band of Brothers fame on HBO.) While technically a so–called “microbudget film,” i.e., made for well under a million dollars, Bomber has a big budget look, with crisp, gorgeous cinematography to go along with the striking performances of the three principal actors, particular Taylor’s sensitive and humorous portrayal. A finely crafted,

slow–developing film, Bomber is a quiet pleasure — make sure to stay through the end for the hilarious payoff. We spoke with director Paul Cotter about the film last week. You used “found” talent in this film, using local Germans in local German settings. Did this improvisational feel extend to the script, too? Paul Cotter: We only used three actors, which are the three main characters. Everyone else was from the village we were shooting in. It’s actually a very tight script. There were some things that changed but it was surprisingly close. I think that comes down to several

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facts. The whole premise was that this was a small budget film. I had a tiny pool of money to work with. I said OK, I’ll get a crew of seven including myself and three actors. The idea was to go to Germany and shoot this script, immerse ourselves in this environment, not to plan and control everything to the nth degree like you do with a normal shoot. So what that meant technically is we had some flexibility about locations. We talked about it and said, right, if it rains on the day the scene becomes a rain scene. The cool thing about the actors is they were all into it. What they liked about the idea was for the lack of resources they all had really long screen time. For the older actors that’s a big deal, because usually they only get cast

as moms and dads for a scene or two. Benjamin was the alpha male within the group. His first job in acting was being chosen by Laurence Olivier to work with the National Theatre in the ’60s. He’s very old school, so to him the script is the script — you don’t deviate. I would tell them, let’s do three or four takes and if I’m happy with what we have, we then can do more takes. If you want you can improvise a bit and see where it goes, as long as you stay within the needs of the character. Ben wasn’t going for that. Improvisation to him is anathema to the actor’s craft. And he kind of had the loudest voice. In the end they all listened to Dad!

Paul Cotter: Yes, they also liked the idea that this was kind of like theatre. They controlled their own wardrobe, they controlled their own makeup if there was any. I said we’re going to go over there and rent two houses, one for the cast and one for the crew. Everything is supplied, we’ll fill up your fridge. But you make your own breakfast and make your own dinner. We’ll provide lunch while we shoot. They really enjoyed that sense of responsibility, because I think it reminded them of repertory theatre like back in England. Shane Taylor’s work is magnificent. Paul Cotter: I’m really happy you noticed that, because Shane is really the linchpin. He’s an actor who kind of had a bit of fame in 1999–2000. He was the medic character in Band of Brothers. He had a whole episode to himself where he was the featured soldier. He came out to Hollywood and did the whole junket with that series, and had the LA agent and everything, and I think he just got a little burned by that experience. He’s in acting because he likes the craft. Suddenly it’s all this badaboom–badabing kind of stuff in Hollywood. He ended up taking a seven–eight year break where he went away and got married and started raising a family. When I started casting this I thought, God who do I want to get here? Typical casting would be, OK we’ve got this son who’s a bit of a loser. So we cast someone who looks like a loser, who has a goofy look. I didn’t want that at all. I wanted to work against that and have someone who, the first moment you see him, you think oh, a good–looking, together guy. And I wanted to see that character disintegrate. In the back of my head I thought, what would it be like to take James Bond and put him in the back of the car with his parents for several days? He would lose it! And I love that premise. How did you track Shane down for this? Paul Cotter: I saw Shane in Band of Brothers, and to be honest with you the only reason I looked at him in that was my younger sister fancied him (laughs). She said, oh, I really fancy the medic in Band of Brothers. It kind of stuck in the back of my head. So when I was looking for characters I said where’s this guy Shane Taylor? They said he’s quit acting. But Jeremy

Zimmerman in London had his cell number from the Band of Brothers days. And he called it, and Shane came in and read for me. His role is a tough one too, because he doesn’t have the most obvious change. Your film reminds me of Hitchcock’s classic term “McGuffin,” a plot device which really only serves as a catalyst. Really, your film isn’t about a man going back to Germany to apologize for World War II. It’s about something else. Paul Cotter: The way I think of a McGuffin is like this: in stories I like and respond to, there’s an A story and a B story. The A story is the big overall thing that gets the characters doing something, whether it’s to win the war in Japan or find the lost Ark of the Covenant. It’s important, because that’s what gets the characters out of their normal environments. So the A story here is an old man goes back to Germany to apologize to the village he accidentally bombed. It’s a legimtiate part of the story, but the real story is always in that B story. Where what it’s really about is a man goes back to have a reckoning with the past and ends up having a reckoning with his family. This is a gorgeously shot film, which it didn’t necessarily have to be. You and your DP, Rick Siegel, obviously made a conscious choice to make this a good–looking, classically composed film. Paul Cotter: I chose a wider screen format mainly because I knew the movie was about three people on the road. And they’re all really essentially at the beginning not talking, not communicating. They might be talking, but they’re not really connected. I knew I would have a lot of isolated closeups. When you have a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, if you frame a closeup there’s a lot of negative space to the side. It gives this sense of isolation and being lost. I knew the environment where we’d be shooting in Northern Germany is very flat. So I thought that what would really work well is if you have these people who are in their individual frames and they’ve got flat negative space that goes off into the horizon. I don’t want to sound too artsy fartsy, but these are the thoughts I was having. I think it’s worked. cs Bomber screens 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at Trustees Theatre and Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre. Paul Cotter will attend both screenings. $5 public, $3 students, seniors, and military, free with SCAD ID.

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The Earth in the Air Director: Jared Hogan Screenplay: Michael Bailey This film has a mood and story as much rooted in history as it is in the tradition of a truly frightening, strange horror film. There is no better shot in the movie to establish this than the first one: Great, rolling stampedes of black smoke that in photographs look as

Short film subjects have been a mainstay of the Savannah Film Festival since its inception — most notably, short films from the students of SCAD. Six of the 11 shorts in competition are from SCAD students, with subjects ranging from surreal animated fairytales to nightmarish historical fiction and even absurd comedy. Each of these films is a success for a different reason. The one thing that brings all of them together, however, is that they have all been put together by people who believe in just how much ground film can cover. Accomplishing this on low budgets, and with short running times, makes each film even more extraordinary. Here’s a critical analysis of three of the six SCAD films, with a few questions for each of the young filmmakers. The remaining trio of films will be examined in next week’s issue.

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jared hogan menacing today as any monster you could find in fiction. Cameraman Matthew J. Kern, who was also one of the producers, shoots a perfect New Mexico backdrop to the appropriately bleak set design. The story is indeed based somewhere in the infamous 1930s Dust Bowl. It’s hard to shake the feeling that the end of the world has just taken place.

Connect Savannah: The opening shot of black clouds overwhelming the already–desolate landscape of The Earth in the Air is just stunning. How did you get something like that? Jared Hogan: Prior to heading out to New Mexico for our two weeks of shooting, we tried to figure out a way to create that much dust. We considered industrial fans, fire extinguishers, even driving a car around in circles to stir up dust. Eventually, we decided to work with the very talented Colin Levy to achieve the dust storm effect in post production. Colin was our visual effects supervisor, Matthew Radford was our visual effects artist. We did a lot of research on the front end, read a lot of books, and watched a number of documentaries. I even talked to my grandfather who grew up in Okeemah, Oklahoma in the heart of the Midwest.

The April 14th, 1935 date that appears at the beginning of the film obviously has its significance in The Dust Bowl. Even so, how does a film like this come about? Where did the story come from? Jared Hogan: The film was originally an 18–page script that involved nearly 30 extras and 6 principle actors. We quickly came to the realization that the story had to be simplified, but we weren’t willing to forfeit the impact of the story or our representation of that unique period. The story you see in the final film came from a very brief conversation I had with my D.P. Matt Kern, while location scouting in Texas. We decided right there that there would be two actors and no dialogue. We wanted the narrative to be driven solely by striking visuals and unique sound design. Where do you hope to go from here as a filmmaker? Jared Hogan: I’m working full time as a video producer in Charlotte, N.C. at Elevation Church. I have slowly started to produce my next short and will hopefully begin production next fall. I promised myself after I finished The Earth in the Air that I would never do a period piece again, but I am finding myself entranced by another time period – I’m currently researching Civil War history and am already elbow deep in ideas. That is how it seems to go for me. I find a period of time or a style, and it’s the only language I can speak until I get it out of my system. My hope is to continue to create films and in time be able to graduate to more long form projects.

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Joshua S. Hogan and Robert Conley in their roles give distinctive performances that are unified by the grim circumstances their characters find themselves in. At no point do we learn their names or even their history. It’s left up to our imaginations and their strong work. Credit for the rich tone is also very much due to Clint Snow and Houston Snyder for the music and sound. These things never overwhelm the proceedings, as they often do in countless so–called horror films. They masterfully build up and add to the anxiety without ever overstaying their welcome. The Earth in the Air shows the necessity of a successful independent film being the sum of its parts. By the time you get to the simple, almost haunting ending, you will have seen each of those parts in action.

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McDonough Written and Directed by: Kyle Stephens In just over two minutes we are given more heart and spirit in the design of the characters, locale, voice actors and in the film’s raucous, wildly entertaining song than anyone could ever ask for. Stephens drops McDonough into our laps at about a thousand miles per hour, only to pack up the show and leave us when things couldn’t possibly be any more fun. That’s really the only fault in the film. It feels more like a teaser trailer for something extraordinary than an actual short film with a distinct beginning, middle and end.

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How much time went into the filmmaking process? Kyle Stephens: From concept to finish, it took about nine months. The first quarter of my senior year at SCAD was spent coming up with the story and the song. I already had the character ready, and knew the gist of the story. I just had to make it all work and be compelling enough to attract a crew. Winter quarter was mostly spent building my puppets, assembling my team together, having my production design crew build the set, and the getting the vocal ensemble into the studio to record the song. Spring Quarter was basically a mad dash to get everything shot and edited in time.

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Connect Savannah: Three marvelously unique animation styles are used in the film. How were they achieved? Fay Helfer: The first animation is a mixture of 3–D animation and a technique called “rotoscoping,” which basically means that every frame of the digital footage was “traced” and reproduced by hand for the final rendered look. In this case, I used ink on paper for the background, and sand on glass lit from behind for the characters. The second animation’s style is entirely stop–motion animation, using handmade four–inch foam and latex puppets, moved and captured frame by frame on a 4x4 foot set. The last short was created using scanned images of nautical charts, symbols, and a map of the Georgia coastline, which were then cut out in Photoshop and animated using After Effects.

There Once Was Written and Directed by: Fay Helfer As short as this is, it should be required viewing for anyone who might be a little sick of most of the mainstream nonsense passing as cartoons these days. It’s much more sophisticated, for one thing. Helfer and her small, dedicated group of voice actors, writers and effects wizards (David Hale should be commended for his work here) haven’t forgotten what cartoons are supposed to look and feel like. Films like There Once Was and others are making places like YouTube more than just a dumping ground for home movies and old music videos. They have in recent years brought back the notion that cartoons can be just about anything the right mind wants them to be.

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Fay Helfer: The first animation, A Bat Named Horatius, was the most difficult and time–consuming to create. I wanted the final aesthetic to fuse the

intangible smoothness of CG technology with the texture of real, tangible materials. After realizing the short using 3D animation, I still had the tedious task of tracing over every frame, twice. I painted 700 pages of the environment with India ink and a bamboo brush, and used sand from Tybee Beach on my glass–top coffee table with a light underneath to create silhouette images of the characters, which was pushed around with a tiny brush over 700 times. cs SCAD Student Film Screenings STUDENT FILMS BLOCK A (includes several SCAD films): At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Trustees Theater; and 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6, Lucas Theatre. STUDENT FILMS BLOCK B (includes several SCAD films): At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Trustees Theater; and at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6, Lucas Theatre. SCAD STUDENT SHOWCASE (all SCAD films): At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 5, Lucas Theatre.

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The shot seen ‘round the world

The work of Vietnam photographer Eddie Adams explored in documentary by Jim Morekis |

Most of us have seen the iconic, Pulitzer Prize-winning black and white photo of a Vietcong prisoner about to be shot in the head by a South Vietnamese police chief. Today we see that sort of extreme violence portrayed all the time, whether on cable TV or in dozens of video games. But in 1968, Americans weren’t used to such graphic images coming into their households. In fact, that photo — taken by Eddie Adams, subject of the documentary An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story — may have done more than any other single thing to turn U.S. public opinion against the Vietnam War. Using interviews with Adams himself (who died in 2004), colleagues such as Bill Eppridge and Peter Arnett, and luminaries like Tom Brokaw and Morley Safer, filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper brings us this in–depth look at the influential photographer and the turbulent times he worked in. Another Pulitzer-winning Vietnam photo — a little girl running down a road naked after being bombed with napalm, taken by Nick Ut — is also explored in the film, including an interview with the girl herself, Kim Phuc, now a peace activist. We spoke with Cooper last week. Why this movie and this subject? Susan Morgan Cooper: I have always been fascinated by news photographers, men and women who go into the line

of fire to bring us back the story in pictures. About ten years ago I made a narrative film called Stringers about a photographer working in Vietnam. So I already had that passion when I was approached by the family of Eddie Adams to make the film. The interviews with Eddie Adams are quite humorous because of his plainspoken manner. But I actually thought the interviews with his colleagues and contemporaries shed more light. Susan Morgan Cooper: I would agree, because you have testimony from Bill Eppidge, for example, the man who took the photo of the Bobby Kennedy assassination. And Gordon Parks, the first black photographer to work at Life magazine. When I interviewed Gordon it was probably one of the most fascination interviews of my life. The man was 92, it was a few months before he died. I went to his apartment overlooking the East River and he opened the door in a backwards baseball cap. He gave me

an interview for about two and a half hours. After that he said, “OK, you guys, let me rustle you up some dinner.” Then he sat down at a grand piano and started playing a piece he was working on with Yo–Yo Ma. Access to him and people like Tom Brokaw and Morley Safer came because of the respect they had for Eddie Adams. I would call them up cold, and they had no idea who I was. I said, I’m doing a documentary on Eddie Adams — and they all said yes immediately without hesitation. You get the sense that like any great photographer must be, Adams was very sensitive despite his blunt attitude. Susan Morgan Cooper: It’s sweeter that way because he is such a self–deprecating character. I think it was a reporter from Hollywood who gave the best description of Eddie. He said Eddie is what every photographer would like to be — he’s handsome and has a gruff exterior to hide any sensitivity he had towards the devastation he sees. You also feature extensive video footage of both the execution and the napalmed child running down the street. I had no idea so much archival footage of those incidents existed. Susan Morgan Cooper: That was very difficult to get. I purchased stock footage from NBC Archives and it was very expensive. They made me jump through

hoops in terms of what preceded the footage and what came after it in the film. That was very hard. There were times I thought they weren’t going to license it to me. The joy for me was the discovery — I think it was by my editor — that it was actually Eddie Adams in that moving footage. I stop the film and highlight him during the footage. That was such a great discovery to find Eddie in that footage. There’s a bittersweet quality to the film, in that journalism will almost certainly not see the like of these courageous men again. Susan Morgan Cooper: I couldn’t agree with you more. It was the most fascinating time for me being exposed to these men, because they truly are larger than life characters. For the most part they’re very humble, but very courageous men, with qualities you don’t really find today. As one of them says in the film, at any given point there were only a handful of correspondents working the entire Vietnam War. But they accomplished more than probably 100 so–called “embedded” reporters today. Susan Morgan Cooper: They had an all–access pass! They would ride with generals in the chopper to the front. I had a Vietnam vet come to my screening and he said he could remember Eddie Adams’s face caked with mud, going up ahead of the infantrymen. You interview the “napalm girl,” Kim Phuc, all grown up. That’s almost a movie in itself. Susan Morgan Cooper: Truly. The photographer, Nick Ut, was 19 when he won a Pulitzer for that shot. And he’s a good friend of mine now. Kim is such an inspiration. She goes around the world promoting peace. If she can survive that — and she’s in pain constantly and she’s had an enormous amount of skin graft operations — and if she can forgive, then everyone should be able to forgive. cs An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story screens Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre and Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Trustees Theatre. $5 general public, $3 students, seniors, and military, free with SCAD ID.

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Screen shots, clockwise from left: “The Messenger,” “Whatever Works,” “Dare,” “Adam,” “Bomber.”

Savannah Film Festival: fast facts The 2009 Savannah Film Festival Oct. 31–Nov. 7 Locations: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.; Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Judges: Actress Patti D’Arbanville (“Rescue Me”), actress/producer Rita Gam, writer/director Ingrid Rockefeller, writer/director Michael Sucsy (“Grey Gardens”) and writer/director David Twohy (“Pitch Black”) Awards ceremony: At 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Trustees Theater


Morning and afternoon screenings and panels: $5 for the general public $3 for students, seniors and military Free for SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD ID Evening screenings: $10 for the general public $5 for SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD ID Online:

Oct. 31:

“The Messenger.” At 7:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.* Followed by honors for Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster.

Nov. 1:

“45365.” At 9:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. “Bomber.” At 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. “An Unlikely Weapon.” At 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. Animated Films. At 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. “The Young Victoria.” At 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.*

Nov. 2:

STUDENTS FILMS BLOCK A. At 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. “Dear Lemon Lima.” At 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. “Valentino: The Last Emperor.” At 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.* “Mercy.” At 2:20 p.m., Trustees Theater. STUDENT FILMS BLOCK B. At 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.

“The City of Your Final Destination.” At 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.* Followed by honors for Emmy Rossum. “Dare.” At 9:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.*

Nov. 3:

“No. 4 Street of Our Lady.” At 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. “Love Hurts.” At 11 a.m., Trustees Theater. “So Right, So Smart.” At 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. SCAD Student Showcase. At 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theatre. “Handsome Harry.” At 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.* “Adam.” At 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre.* Followed by honors for Hugh Dancy. “The Men Who Stare At Goats.” At 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.* “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.” At 9:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.*

Nov. 4:

“Grey Gardens.” At 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater.* “Mercy.” At 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.

“Bomber.” At 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. “Whatever Works.” At 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.* “Broken Embraces.” At 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.* Followed by honors for Patricia Clarkson.

“No. 4 Street of Our Lady.” At 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. “An Unlikely Weapon.” At 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. “Love Hurts.” At 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. “An Education.” At 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.*

Nov. 5:

Nov. 7:

“Dear Lemon Lima.” At 9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. SCAD Student Showcase. At 9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. “45365.” At 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. Animated Films. At 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. “So Right, So Smart.” At 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. Directors Choice (film TBA). At 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.* “Telstar.” At 9:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.*

Nov. 6:

STUDENT FILMS BLOCK B. At 9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. STUDENTS FILMS BLOCK A. At 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.

“The Hurt Locker.” At 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater.* “The White Ribbon.” At 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.* “Youth in Revolt.” At 7:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre.* “Precious – Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire.” At 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.* Appearance by director Lee Daniels and lead actress Gabby Sidike. Preceded by the presentation of 2009 Savannah Film Festival awards and honors for Jeremy Renner. * SPECIAL SCREENINGS – these films are not in competition.



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Savannah Film Festival

panel & workshop schedule Unless indicated, all events held at Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St.

The Art of Filmmaking.

At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2. Workshop. Follow the creative process of filmmaking from concept to distribution. Hear industry veterans talk about the financial and creative opportunities that arise from making a motion picture.

Pitching the Next Big Thing.

At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Workshop. Have you ever had an idea that you thought would make a great television show, or wondered what making a great television show would take?This panel will discuss how you can take ideas from your head to the screen. Panelists: Leigh Seaman.

Ad Sales and Product Integration in Programming

At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3. How do the partnerships between programming and ad sales “which incorporate product placement, corporate messaging and other commercial endeavors into the editorial/content areas that used to be off–limits affect what we see on television? Panelists: Leigh Seaman.

The Secret of My Success: AVID – Professional Media Composer.

At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3. Join us as this world–class Professional Media Composer editor discusses how they use Avid solutions to produce work for some of the industries best known films and entertainment projects. Presentation will be followed by a Q/A session.

Young Director’s Forum.

At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Learn from those who have gone before. One of the most popular panels at the Savannah Film Festival each year, the Young Director’s Forum helps students understand how to make the transition from academia to a filmmaking career. Panelists include Emmy Award–winning producer Barry Rosenbush (High School Musical 1, 2 and 3) and Tony Mark, executive producer of The Hurt Locker.

The Future of Entertainment.

At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4. Panel: Hear pioneers of Internet content discuss production, dealing with sponsors, distributing digitally and making money in the new landscape. Panelists: Justine Bateman, Illeana Douglas, Eric Mortensen, Stephanie Sarofian, Christine Beardsell.

Visual Effects Superstars – The Computer Arts in Film. At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4. From Star Trek, Tron and The Empire Strikes Back, computer animation and visual effects have grown to be among the most important parts of making and marketing films. This panel will feature leading producers, studio execs, visual effects supervisors and animation directors discussing the importance and limitations of CGI, visual effects and animation.

Apple Final Cut Pro 7 Workshop

At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5. Diana Weynand, author of the Apple Pro Training Series book Final Cut Pro 7, and creator of the new iKeysToGo for Final Cut Pro 7 iPhone/iPod Touch application , will demonstrate some of Final Cut Pro’s simple yet powerful functions. She will also share her 10 favorite new features in Final Cut Pro 7.

What Do Films Mean?

At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5. This panel will introduce a variety of scholarly perspectives on cinema and engage the audience in a dialogue designed to enhance the film–viewing experience. Presented by the cinema studies department of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Image: Reality Presentation by Syd Mead. At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Trustees Theater. “The image, throughout history has represented reality across a wide range of style, representation and iconic suggestion. I am, essentially, an image maker. Yes, I’ve actually designed stuff, but the image always precedes the ‘REALITY’ of the artifact or end use.” . . . Syd Mead

Casting Director, Agent, Actor. At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6. Casting directors, agents and actors share their experiences, insights and knowledge about the casting process.

Mastering the Art of the RED Camera – Filmmaking Workflows Powered by Adobe.

At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Obin Olson, director, editor and DP, DV3 Productions, and Amariah Olson, VFX supervisor and compositor, DV3 Productions, have built an editorial and visual effects workflow around Adobe’sTM new, improved RED Camera RAW plug–in for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CS4. See how they work on set and in the cutting room using a 4K tapeless approach to high–end filmmaking.

Open and Tapeless Workflows with Adobe Creative Suite 4 + Sneak Peeks.

At 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Workshop. Dave Helmly and Mike Kanfer, business development managers, dynamic media, Adobe Systems, discuss the basics of bringing projects into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 for a tapeless workflow. cs


Savannah-native Tony Cope’s new book uncovers a lost chapter in Savannah’s history. by Patrick Rodgers | patrick@connectsavannah.

In a city that goes to such length and expense to maintain, celebrate and market its rich history, it comes as a surprise when someone uncovers an event that has gone overlooked for decades. But in his new book, On the Swing Shift, Savannah–native Tony Cope does just that, re–discovering the World War II era Liberty Ship industry that had been all but lost from the city’s collective memory. “I was a child during the war, living on Gaston Street, and I could see the lights from the shipyard at night from my second story bedroom window,” says Cope. “I thought, if I was alive during that time and don’t remember any of it, then most people in Savannah probably don’t remember that those people worked out there.” The ship building facility, which was located off East President Street and owned by the Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation, is no small thing to forget either. Although the manufacturing center disappeared shortly after the end of the war, it remains the largest single industry the area has ever seen, employing over 46,000 people during the four years it was in operation. “I just started thinking about it. You know nobody really remembers that that shipyard was ever really there,” says Cope, who used to drive past the former site every day while commuting to work. “There’s nothing out there that would tell you anything like that had went on there.” During its existence, the manufacturer produced 88 Liberty Ships, massive 10,000 ton cargo ships used during the second World War to transport supplies to troops across the Atlantic, as well 18 smaller ships, known as the AV–1, which were utilized in the Pacific campaign. Cope, who played an integral role in establishing the Oatland Island Wildlife Center and served as its director for a time, became enamored with

the forgotten Liberty Ship industry locating people, including merchant seawhile helping to establish another local man and navy security, who had sailed landmark, the Mighty 8th Air Force on the ships, and in total completed more Museum. than 120 interviews for the project. He had been made chairman of a The result of his hard work is a detailed committee charged with raising local account of not just the ship building that went interest in the construction of the Mighty on here, but the journeys of both the ships and 8th museum, and had put together a their crews, revealing not just a slice of local Above: The Liberty Ship presentation of local photographs from the industry in Savannah history, but a complex web of personal stories early 1940s, which he showed to civic groups (courtesy of the author). that carries the reader from the ways where whose support was needed to help advance Inset: Author Tony Cope ships launched to various ports of call and the the project. perilous trip across the Atlantic, which at that While gathering photos, he received a call from a lady time was heavily patrolled by hostile German U–Boats. named Evelyn Finnegan who told him about a series of Although the shipbuilding industry here thrived during photos she had of her mother christening one of the Libwartime, it disappeared almost as suddenly as it arrived, erty Ships with a bottle of champagne. Seeing the photos part of the reason it may not have received its proper place triggered the memory of the plant for Cope, and he began on the shelves containing Savannah’s better known historiresearching beneath one of the few historical stones left cal lore. unturned in Savannah. “After the war ended, they thought they were gonna get What he discovered was one of the great untold stories peace time contracts out there, and of course that didn’t of this area, a thread that tied together thousands of people, happen,” he explains. “The shipyard began laying off people most of whom had never shared their experiences. very quickly, and the property was sold to the city. Almost “I knew a lot of these people. They’re people that I everything on the property was sold as scrap.” worked with,” Cope explains. “I don’t know whether people Having put more than 15 years worth of work into On weren’t interested in talking to them, or they thought peothe Swing Shift, which hit the shelves earlier this month, ple weren’t interested, but it was fascinating to start talking Cope isn’t going to stop and rest on his laurels – he’s already with them and see how much they appreciated someone trying to find a publisher for his next book, The House on asking them what they had been doing during the war.” Gaston Street, which documents his childhood. He soon discovered that people he knew, who he’d “It’s about what kids did in those days, as opposed to worked with everyday, or whose kids he taught in high what kids do today. Everything is electronic today, and school, had worked at the manufacturing plant, but had everything is games and computers. We didn’t have any of never spoken of their past experiences. that,” Cope explains. “It’s not done to compare the two and “Every time you talked to one person, they’d say, ‘have make any judgment about which is the better situation, it’s you talked to so–and–so?’ So you’d get two or three difjust this is what we did.” cs ferent leads every time you did an interview,” remembers Cope will make two local appearances in support of On the Cope. Swing Shift, including a signing at E. Shaver Booksellers on His research for the project has been no small endeavor. October 30 from 1:30–3:30 p.m., and a talk at the Ships of the By the time Cope retired in 1993 and moved to Ireland, Sea Museum on November 3 at 6 p.m. For more about the where he still resides today, he had done the majority of the book, visit interviews necessary for the piece. However, he continued


Life, Liberty ships and the pursuit of history



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by tim rutherford |



Tastes from Tuscany In January, I traveled to Atlanta for a wine dinner hosted by Alessia Antinori, the youngest of a trio of sisters who are learning the ropes of the family winemaking business — one with a history that spans more than 600 years and 26 generations. The wines were pleasing enough, classic Italian Sangiovese and an entry from a new venture, Antica Vineyard in Napa Valley that, to that point, had yielded an interesting but under–developed Chardonnay. I knew there is more depth to the family business, one which encompasses a variety of labels produced around the world. A couple of weeks ago, I tasted through the Antinori portfolio again, this time closer to home at Garbaldi’s Cafe — at a dinner moderated by the family “ambassador,” Aldo Rafanelli. Rafanelli is an apparent fun–lover, honey collector and consummate storyteller. His self–effacing humor and vast knowledge of Antinori — and the Italian culture — made for an entertaining evening. Happily, it was also an evening punctuated by perfectly crafted dishes that paid homage to the matching wines’ Tuscan heritage. Among the highlights: A refreshing Vermentino, an intensely fruit–laden varietal harvested from the Guado al Tasso vineyards near Bolgheri, about 80 miles southwest of Florence, was a refreshing foil to a bold shaved fennel salad with Meyer lemon and citrus vinaigrette. Vermentino possesses a distinct character. Typically, it is pale yellow, with a green tint. Body, acid and fruit are a nicely balanced in this wine, which finishes with subtle minerality.

For me, no Italian dinner would be complete without a Chianti. This one from Antinori, Peppoli Estate Chianti Classico, is a classically modern Chinati that blend 90 percent Sangiovese with 10 percent Merlot and Syrah. The single estate in Tuscany also produces a small amount of olive oil, also under the Peppoli label. The wine itself is rich, well–balanced and is a perfect expression of the grape. It is meant to be drunk young, when the fruit still possesses its nuances. The earthiness of the terroir carried through to the wine, which in turn blended beautifully with the course, Porcini mushroom risotto drizzled with Chianti reduction. The third of the night’s five wines to earn my admiration is one I enjoyed in Atlanta, Tignanello Single Vineyard Super Tuscan, a blend of about 80 percent Sangiovese and the balance in Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes come from the crown jewel of the Antinori’s Tuscan vineyards, Tenuta Tignanello. The aroma of blackberry was rich and intense, but not nearly as intense as the lingering flavors of chocolate, black fruit and coffee. The wine is a wonderfully balanced example of proper aging to achieve good tannin structures — which contributes to a lingering, opulent finish. The course with this wine was a traditionally unadorned Tuscan–style beef tenderloin, prepared simply in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. A colorful and savory blend of roasted baby root vegetables rounded out a dish that certainly transported us to a vineyard–side dinner. The dinner was a great way to experience the wines in a casual and entertaining atmosphere. Guests visited one–on– one with Rafanelli and walked away with a real appreciation for the wines we were served. Over the coming weeks, check in with your favorite fine dining restaurants — tis the season for for visiting wine makers and November is already loaded with remarkable opportunities like this one. cs

Three bites

Tim’s restaurant hopping turns up intriguing and satisfying meals. He picks some experiences every week to share:

McDonough’s Restaurant and Tavern

Every town has its legendary hamburger joint. Some are roadside stands; others praise chains that make an exemplary burger. For me, Savannah’s legendary burger has to be the eight–ouncer served by McDonough’s. I didn’t even mean to eat a burger there. I stopped in for a beer and the kickoff of the Georgia–Tennessee game. I saw one on a nearby table and jumped in with both hands — that’s how many it takes to handle this beast. The burger (they serve one larger) is cooked order on a nice, fresh bun. I chose mine with lettuce, tomato, onion and mustard — old school — and settle into a juicy, hot trip down memory lane. This, dear readers, was the burger of my childhood, the burger made famous in so many other haunts — and I have finally found Savannah’s! I opted for a side of sweet potato fries, which were both sweet and sprinkled with coarse salt. Marry this up with a cold beer, college football — and you’ve got a memorable and comforting Saturday afternoon. I went back on a subsequent Saturday, Georgia vs. Vandy, and to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I wasn’t. Breakfast is served 24/7 — and liked the looks of the waffle and bacon I spied on a neighboring table... another day, perhaps. Oh, Billy’s Place upstairs reopened a few months ago. I loved this supper–club–feeling eatery before a fire closed both restaurants for several months. I’ll be visiting it again soon ... stay tuned. 21 E McDonough St./ 233–6136

The Noodle Bowl

I revisited this near Southside noodle restaurant last week and am happy to report they are really dialing in the menu. The spring rolls were much better this visit than the first time around — and service from the long steam table of three noodle styles and assorted additions, was lightning fast. This trip, I chose spicy braised beef on rice noodles. It was plenty spicy, the noodles tender and rich and the broth a warming, and delicious wash for the generous portion of noodles. There is a noodle explosion that seems to be firing up — I’ve spotted at least one other noodle eatery poised to open. The dishes are trendy and sought after in metro areas — and I hope the popularity catches on with Savannah diners. The food is satisfying, hot, fresh and flavorful. A noodle meal is best shared with someone or a number of someones — slurping is allowed! 7052 Hodgson Memorial Dr./692–1394

At last!

The long awaited reopening of Crystal Beer Parlor has happened! A nicely done remodel and retool of the menu looks promising — and the beer selection is even more evidence that craft beer has found a home in the Hostess City. I’ll have a review next week. The Melting Pot, the fondue chain that’s Broughton Street’s newest eatery, has already caught the attention of many local diners. Hot cheese, hot meat, melted chocolate — not a one of ’em is bad. If you thought fondue was back, just know that it apparently never went anywhere! cs



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‘Shards’ by Stacey Brown — Exhibit of Savannahinspired works from this Atlanta-based artist. The Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. , A Warhol Trio: Photos, Prints and Silver Clouds — The exhibit includes approximately 150 photographs by the iconic 20th-century artist Andy Warhol. SCAD Museum of Art, 227 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Apologue — Recent oil paintings by local artist Juliana Peloso. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland 18801914 — Encompassing over seventy works drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Jepson Center for the Arts

International Aerospace Art Exhibit — Over 50 paintings by artists from around the world who specialize in aerospace subjects. Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler La Jetee — A collection of prints from SCAD students and professors inspired by the 1962 film that shares the show’s title (and which was adapted more recently as “Twelve Monkeys.”) Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, MLK Blvd. New Work by Brenda Turner and Margaret Brennan — A shared show between two local artists: Turner, a painter, and Brennan, a photographer. Merrill Lynch Office Building, 7414 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

East Line West Plane — Featuring new work by Ching Levy. S.P.A.C.E. Gallery , 9 W. Henry St.

Nuance - Shades of Difference — A group exhibition curated by Henry Dean featuring members of the Creative Force Artist Collective. Opening reception Nov. 14. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave.

Four Seasons — Reopening of the Off The Wall Gallery at 45 Bistro begins with new work from Brian Macgregor. Show runs 10/1-12/1. Off the Wall Gallery at 45 Bistro, 123 E. Broughton St.

Raku Pizza Night — On October 28 at 5:30pm, AASU art majors present an exhibit of kiln-fired pottery and demonstrate the firing process. Fine Arts Hall, Rm 102

Full On! — A colorful collaborative show of paintings and photography from Jose Ray and Tim Foster. Hangfire, 37 Whitaker St.

Recent work from Marilyn Foley — A collection of pastoral watercolors from artist Marilyn Foley. Iocovozzi Fine Art, 1 W. Jones St.

Gaia: Earth Goddess — Local artist Phil Starks exhibits hand-carved sculptures cast in ceramic stone using the “lost wax” technique. SSU Social Sciences Building

Selected Photographs of the Female Nude — Savannah photographer Bill Ballard exhibits a collection of photos compiled over the last

seven years celebrating the female form. Opening reception 11/2, 6-9pm. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Show & Tell — The juried group exhibition “Show & Tell” explores and showcases the theme of narrative through a variety of media. Desotorow Gallery , 2421 DeSoto Ave.

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Pete Yorn

Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn, who’s been a favorite on the indie scene since the early part of this millennial decade, will appear at Hilton Head’s Shoreline Ballroom Saturday, Nov. 7. Yorn’s best–known songs include “Strange Condition” and “Just Another,” which have been used as soundtrack tracks for numerous movies and TV shows, and “Life on a Chain,” which was strong enough to make Rolling Stone call Yorn “on of ten artists to watch in 2001.” Among the artists Yorn has worked with in the studio: R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Pixies frontman Frank Black. He’s toured with Coldplay, Foo Fighters, the Dave Matthews Band, Crowded House and R.E.M., among others. Yorn’s latest project, the Break Up album, is a collaboration with actress Scarlett Johansson. The pair have been making the television chat shows for a month or so, performing their song “Relator.” Johansson won’t be at the Shoreline show – at least, not that we know of. But stranger things, especially where Hollywood stars are concerned, have happened. Tickets are $20 advance and will be $23 day of show.

Musical Notes

The Roundhouse Blues & BBQ Festival, Nov. 13 and 14 at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum off Louisville Road, will feature a half–dozen solid performers, including blues guitarist Bernard Allison, Savannah’s own guitar–playing demi–god Bobby Lee Rodgers, Juke Joint Johnny and the Harmonica Beast of the Southeast, the JoaJa band and more. Tickets are $12 per day, $20 for a two–day package, at ... Savannah’s Philip Neilinger will perform a theremin concert Nov. 6 at the Ships of the Sea Museum. An oscillating electronic box that produces an eerie but haunting musical sound, the theremin was used extensively on the soundtrack of many a 1950s sci–fi movies, and most famously appeared prominently on the classic Beach Boys track “Good Vibrations.” Neilinger’s free concert, part of the “Museum in the Moonlight” series, starts at 7 p.m. ...Billy Joe Shaver, one of those Texas singer/songwriters who always seem to reside somewhere in the dark spaces between fame and obscurity, returns to Savannah Dec. 5 for a show at the Jinx. Our own Whiskey Dick will open. ...The date and venue have been announced for the Savannah Music Festival’s Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi concert: April

1 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, inside the Savannah Civic Center. Tickets, $27-$73. went on sale earlier this week.

Theatrically Speaking

Two dramatic plays that are both mainstays of the American theater tradition open locally next week. The Diary of Anne Frank, based on the true story of a young Dutch girl and her family who hid from the Nazis during World War II, is the new Little Theatre of Savannah show at the Freight Station Theatre, starting Nov. 5. And To Kill a Mockingbird, the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel about race relations in the South in the Depression years, opens Nov. 6 at the Black Box S.P.A.C.E., a production of the City’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs. ... Next up for SCAD’s theater folks is A New Brain, the off–Broadway musical by William Finn and James Lapine about a songwriter who discovers his writers’ block is actually a serious medical condition. It runs Nov. 6–8. ... Don’t forget (as if you could) that the Savannah Community Theatre production of that toe–tapping musical Nunsense runs Nov. 28–30. cs



The Jinx goes all out every year for All Hallow’s Eve, and this year is no different. Friday night’s show features performances by Savannah–area musicians paying tribute to their famous (and/or infamous) influences. Check out 138 (the Misfits), 10 (Black Flag), Beat on the Brat (the Ramones), 7 Nation Army (the White Stripes), Apocalypse Dudes (Turbonegro) and Bottled Violence (Minor Threat). Friday’s show starts at 9 p.m. (the better to squeeze all the bands in, my pretties), and the cover is $10. Saturday night’s pirate–themed party will no doubt be a spectacle of Halloweenish proportions, but Friday’s the tribute–band bash to beat. At 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.


They don’t play in town all that much, but when Michael “Turtle” McCormick and his pals do book a local gig, it’s an event. Domino Effect also performs Saturday night, with the festivities kicking off at 9 p.m., including a “scary costume contest,” spooky surprises, and more jam–band rocking out than apple–bobbing. Tranceworthy Halloween vibes in your goodie bag: Sounds like a plan. Listen & learn: At 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St.


No jack o’lantern punk or ghostly goth at the Sentient Bean; instead, it’s an acoustic performance from this high–energy, Atlanta–based singer/songwriter. Summer, born of a Tennessee farmboy father and a Thai mother, was previously the frontwoman for a rock ‘n’ band called, understandably, Nanyana. She has a strong voice and an assertive nature; the band was once described as “Alanis Morrisette meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Listen & learn: At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

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Willie Nelson Singer, songwriter, legend, icon. What is there to say about Willie Nelson that you don’t already know? Willie and Family – essentially the same band he’s toured with since the mid-’70s – return to Savannah for a concert in the Johnny Mercer Theatre. At 76, Willie’s probably country music’s hardest–working geezer – bear in mind, however, that he recently completed a CD and a cross–country tour with Ray Price, 83, and 72–year–old Merle Haggard. I’ve interviewed Willie many, many times over the years. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from this grand master of the stage and the studio:

On “outlaw” country music and bringing rednecks and hippies together: “I saw something that a lot of people didn’t see. I saw a whole new audience out there. The only difference between these guys and these guys is one of them has long hair and might smoke a little dope every now and then, and the other guy over here’s got short hair and drinks rotgut whiskey. It was gonna be difficult for them guys to ever get together unless they had some common ground. And I knew what the common ground was.”

On whether he thinks he’s fearless for putting out two, three (or more) albums every single year: “If I am, I’m probably stupid. I think fearlessness and stupidity go together. It’s real corny, but the fist line that comes to my mind are words that I’ve followed all my life. There was a movie with Fess Parker playing Davy Crockett: ‘Be sure you’re right, and then go ahead,’ that was his motto. It’s corny, but goddamn it makes sense.”

On his wide–ranging musical choices: “When I was playing clubs, the same audience would ask for ‘Fraulein,’ and then they’d turn around and ask for ‘Moonlight In Vermont,’ or ‘Stardust’ or ‘San Antonio Rose,’ and then they’d ask for ‘Mansion On The Hill.’ Those people didn’t know labels out there; they just liked music. So it wasn’t hard for me to want to record all kinds of music.”

On his distinctive vocal style: “Maybe I couldn’t do it exactly the way Ernest Tubb or Frank Sinatra did it, so I would do it the way that made it easy for me. It may sound strange, but as long as I get back in time and the beat is there...I’ve run a lot of drummers crazy trying to follow me, because I do lay behind or jump ahead a lot.”

On today’s country music stars: “What’s funny to me, today they say, ‘Well, I wish I’d hear more of the old players – whatever happened to Randy Travis and George Strait?’ I knew when I heard that I was out of luck, that they forgot about me years ago.” Not hardly, my friend. At 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Tickets $39.50–$59.50 through



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Blood and Thunder documentary gives rare inside look at fabled Georgia island by Jim Morekis |

A mere fifteen–minute boat ride from Savannah, Ossabaw Island is one of the most magical places on earth. Once the stomping ground of plantation owners — the island features the oldest continuously used road in America — the moss–drenched, marsh–encircled island later became the happy hunting ground of Northern millionaires. One such tycoon, Henry Norton Torrey — who married into the Fords of Pittsburgh Plate Glass fame, not the “upstart” Fords of the auto industry — bought Ossabaw in the 1920s. Decades after moving there as a child, heiress Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West, now in her 90s, still lives in her estate on Ossabaw. The island, now a haven for artists seeking introspective solace, is now owned by the Ossabaw Foundation, which conserves the island according to Mrs. West’s strict vision: Limited access, no airstrip, no ferry, no paved roads. Some questions remain about what will happen to Ossabaw when Mrs. West “relinquishes life estate,” as the bureaucrats put it. Will it become completely open to the public? Will it be sold off, perhaps in pieces, by a cash–strapped state government which has thus far never lifted a finger to stop rampant development? Taking a look at those Ossabaw controversies — mostly through the point of view of Mrs. West herself, who sat down for a rare series of interviews — is a new documentary by Atlanta–based Max Ramming. Blood and Thunder — the title comes from a quote from Mrs. West towards the end of the film — screens Nov. 3 at Moon River on Bay Street. We spoke to Ramming last week. This all began because you ran aground in front of Sandy’s house. Tell me about that. Max Ramming: I have a best friend, Trey Coursey, who introduced me to Sandy and the island. I was visiting him

in Savannah and we spent the afternoon on Bradley Beach, where the public can go. It rained, it thunderstormed, we got stuck, and we ran aground trying to take a shortcut. And we were like, let’s just say hi to Sandy. So we show up on her doorstep, wet, around dinnertime. And she pulls out a taco kit and makes that while she dries our clothes in the dryer. We had dinner with her wearing raincoats. The next day we were very grateful and picked up sticks in her yard. Manual labor goes a long way with her. But why a film? Max Ramming: I started shooting this as a younger person amazed at what he saw, and then got sucked into the Ossabaw politics. That was my passion, to try and record stories with a video camera. I started working at CNN around that time, so it wasn’t a big leap to try and turn a product around that would document this as a record for people who were not so fortunate to have my experience. Has the political situation changed there since you finished the film? Max Ramming: The story is from a particular moment in time. While things have improved, there’s enough history there so it’s never forgotten that she had this vision of this really cool thing, that a lot of people need. If it’s turned into something other than that, like a hunting ground, which it has been, or just a boring daytrip place, we would be missing out. It could be better, but it could be worse.

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The interviews with Sandy West are remarkable. How did you get access to sit down with her in her own living room? Max Ramming: That was tricky. The one formal sitdown interview I had with her, I couldn’t twist her arm to get that until last year. I almost broke down and cried, and said “Sandy West, we have got to do this.” How I got the initial permission... I think she’s used to people around her trying to exercise their artistic wings. Her son is also doing some video projects, so there’s some like interest there. I promised her she would be executive producer in the sense that she would have to be fine with it. So that was always the deal. She’s got one of those personalities that will light up a room, and if she has a room she will light it up. So I would try and keep my camera on when she was doing that. Most people don’t have their own island. How has Sandy’s unique situation influenced her worldview and how she approaches conservation? Max Ramming: What’s remarkable about Sandy is she realized what a cool

thing this island was. Whatever aspect of it, the tabby, the history, the pirates, the pristine beach, solitude for introspection, she recognized that, and her biggest quest was how to share that with the greatest number of people without destroying it. She does know that this privilege has allowed her to do this, but at the same time it’s been a real journey for her. That’s another reason for making this film — this is not some rich, reclusive privileged lady. This is someone who gave a lot up for people she hadn’t even met yet. I really wanted to document what I went through and get more people interested. Another level was festivals to get some exposure for Ossabaw and me. Third, to have it on a shelf somewhere so when Sandy dies and the Foundation is kicked out, I can dust it off and say, “Hey, anybody remember seeing this?” cs Blood and Thunder Documentary about Ossabaw Island screens Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at Moon River Brewing Co. on Bay St.

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Astro Boy Superheroes are known for showing up on the scene just in the nick of time, but in the case of Astro Boy and his big–screen debut, it’s clear that his arrival comes when it’s too late to really matter. The star of both comics and television as well as an early model for anime, Astro Boy has been around for well over a half–century, finding immediate success in his Japanese homeland before marching on to international acceptance. A big–budget animated extravaganza from Hollywood was probably a predetermined fate, but turning up at a time when slick superhero sagas are often the rule rather than the exception — even in the toon field (The Incredibles, Bolt) — limits the film’s ability to stand out from the pack. In a futuristic city that hovers well above a largely forgotten Earth, the brilliant Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage) is so attached to his young son Toby (Freddie Highmore) that, after the boy is accidentally killed, the grief–stricken scientist elects to revive him in a manner that mixes elements of both Frankenstein and Pinocchio. Tenma places Toby’s memories in an advanced robot powered by a celestial power source, but he soon realizes he hasn’t exactly created (in Geppetto’s words) “a real boy.” But while Tenma ends up shunning Toby, the opportunistic General Stone (Donald Sutherland) realizes he can use the lad for his own nefarious schemes. Astro Boy is full of incident, and it picks up steam when its title character lands on Earth’s surface and falls in with

Like most odysseys, Good Hair begins with a single question. “Daddy, why don’t I have good hair?” the little girl asks of her celebrity pop. And armed with that query, Chris Rock sets off to make a movie that turns out to be both fascinating and funny. Along with director Jeff Stilson, Rock uses his documentary to examine the complex relationship that African–American women — and many men (Prince is the target of a well–timed jibe) — have with their hair. And for a movie that runs just over 90 minutes, the pair cover an extraordinary amount of ground. Interviewing both celebrities and ordinary citizens alike, Rock manages to engage participants in discussions on the dangers of hair relaxers (aka “creamy crack”), the high cost of weaves, the distribution of the wealth earned by hair products created specifically for blacks (Asians and caucasians benefit the most), the idiocy of straightening the hair of little girls (some as young as three), and, tying it all together, the cultural significance of hairstyles for black women and the drive among many to blend in (i.e. look more white) by any means necessary. On top of all this, Rock also manages to squeeze in a trip to India, home to the vast majority of hair purchased by African–American women (the hair is usually collected at temples where locks are shorn as a religious sacrifice, although one disturbing interlude finds a sleazy man discussing how hair is sometimes cut off women while they sleep). Good Hair is such a marvelous movie for most of its

running time — and Rock proves to be such a good guide, both affable and eager to learn — that it’s a shame several missteps are taken toward the end. One bit finds Rock trying to sell — to no avail — bags of black women’s hair, a silly stunt that smacks of Michael Moore grandstanding. The movie’s climactic set piece revolves around a gaudy show in which various oddballs compete for the honor of being deemed the best hairstylist by a panel of supercilious judges — an amusing sequence that’s nevertheless too trite to anchor the home stretch. And, most jarringly, Rock unwisely chooses to end the picture with a rude remark by Ice–T, an insulting selection considering the movie is packed with choice quotes by the (female) likes of Maya Angelou and Tracie Thoms. On balance, though, Good Hair stands as an informative and entertaining documentary, and one that’s pulled off with no small measure of style.

Where The Wild Things Are

Perhaps it’s best to think of Where the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze’s live–action adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book, as the PG answer to this past spring’s R–rated Watchmen. In both cases, the filmmakers involved have captured the look and texture of the illustrated page in a manner that is simply breathtaking. The key difference, though, is one of length. The creators of Watchmen had so much material with which to work, and they were able to excise what they chose and still retain a basically faithful adaptation. But here, Jonze and his co–scripter Dave Eggers have the opposite — and more difficult — problem. Because Sendak’s original book is so slender — certainly not enough to fill a 100–minute movie — the pair had to build on characterizations, alter some connecting tissues, and concoct entirely new scenes. The end result isn’t a bastardization of the literary classic, but neither is it a further canonization of the acclaimed source. It’s the sort of film certain to be poked, prodded, discussed, dismissed and/or dei-

Law Abiding Citizen Vigilante justice in real life is, to put it mildly, highly problematic, but when it comes to cinema, who doesn’t occasionally feel some measure of catharsis in watching a sympathetic protagonist skirt around a deeply flawed legal system and exact his revenge on his own terms? Take, for instance, the original Death Wish. Bad guys kill Charles Bronson’s wife, Charles Bronson kills bad guys. The end. (At least until the sorry string of sequels.) Ah, for those simpler times of Chuck–style vengeance. Law Abiding Citizen initially appears as if it will be a modern rendition of the same type of tale, as loving

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family man Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) must watch helplessly as his wife and little girl are murdered right in front of him. The killer, Clarence Darby (Christian Stolte), and his unwilling accomplice, Rupert Ames (Josh Stewart), are apprehended, but while Clyde wants both of them to pay for their crime, Clyde’s lawyer Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), who’s only interested in maintaining his high conviction–rate percentage, negotiates a deal with Darby that results in him serving a short jail stint while Ames goes to the electric chair. Cut to 10 years later, and Clyde sets out to get his revenge — not only on the criminals but also on the whole judicial system that failed them. Initially, Law Abiding Citizen makes all the right moves, and it’s fun to watch Clyde punch holes in the whole manner in which this country handles its criminal cases. It soon becomes clear that the film is going past the black–and–white morality of Death Wish, which is fine had it continued to offer viewers thought–provoking scenarios. Instead, Law Abiding Citizen turns into an ugly, sordid affair, a grue-

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some melodrama that, too afraid to tackle the issues it brings up, instead elects to transform into a ridiculous thriller about a psychopath terrorizing a city. Foxx’s character is ostensibly supposed to be the hero — or at least turn into one before the end — but Nick Rice remains a shallow, unrepentant lout (despite some lip–service speeches that never sound convincing) whose final act is designed to earn audience approval but instead goes down about as easy as spoiled milk. By the end, the murdered wife and daughter are all but forgotten, and Clyde Shelton’s pain has been trivialized to an offensive degree. Justice may be blind, but it’s got 20/20 vision when compared to this movie that stumbles around in the dark with no hope of providing illumination.

COUPLES RETREAT Regardless of how her career progresses, Kristen Bell at least has had the fortune of heading off to Hawaii to film Forgetting Sarah Marshall and now Bora Bora to shoot Couples Retreat. Those are enviable assignments for any young performer, and it begs the question: Does her Hollywood agent work a second job as a travel agent? Magnificent scenery is indeed one of the pleasures of Couples Retreat, with a character even quipping that the view looks like a screen saver. Yet for all its visual splendor, to say nothing of its likable cast, the movie never feels as liberating as its locale. Working from a script by Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Dana Fox, director Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story’s Ralphie, all grown up) oversees the project more like a foreman making sure the product gets turned out rather than a filmmaker injecting any personal style into the proceedings, leaving it to certain capable actors to provide any juice via well–timed witticisms and double takes. The premise finds married couple Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Bell) imploring their friends to join them on a vacation to an oceanic paradise where the purpose is to reconnect spouses experiencing turbulence in their unions. The other six — overworked but content couple Dave (Vaughn) and Ronnie (Malin Ackerman), bickering spouses Joey (Favreau) and Lucy (Kristin Davis), and divorce’ Shane (Faizon Love) and his 20–year– old girlfriend Trudy (Kali Hawk) — are led to believe that the workshops and counseling sessions are optional; they’re only there for the buffets and the water skiing, but they quickly learn that

everyone is required to take part in the team–building activities. Before long, nerves are frayed, feelings are hurt, and all the relationships teeter on the edge of disaster. Amidst all the low–simmer shenanigans, Couples Retreat does make some salient (if obvious) points about the inherent difficulties in keeping any marriage fresh and vital. The movie would have benefitted from a more realistic ending than the feel–good slop force–fed to audiences by the heaping spoonful, but along the way, it at least feints in the direction of testiness before backing off. The characters played by Bateman and Hawk are too annoying to be funny, while Bell herself is too bland to be anything. But Ackerman and Love are pleasing to watch, while the lion’s share of the barbs are adroitly handled by Davis, Favreau and Vaughn. Ultimately, though, Couples Retreat is too mellow for its own good. Hardly paradise, it’s more like the cinematic equivalent of a leisurely walk around the park.

Zombieland The blood flows freely in this gonzo horror tale, but, more importantly, so do the laughs. And while the humor may be frosty around the edges, it’s never downright mean–spirited, thanks in part to a director (Ruben Fleischer) with a light touch, two screenwriters (Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) who have obviously done their zombie–film homework and humorously place the rules for survival front and center (they include keeping fit, being weary of bathrooms, and always wearing seat belts), and four actors (five, if you include the A–lister who turns up in a crowd–pleasing cameo) who remain ingratiating throughout. Jesse Eisenberg, giving up Adventureland for Zombieland, plays the lovably geeky Columbus, while Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are savvy survivalist sisters Wichita and Little Rock. Yet it’s Woody Harrelson, all rolling thunder as kick–ass cowboy Tallahassee, who makes the biggest impact. In a wild and wide–eyed performance, he stops just short of completely chewing the scenery — even the zombies aren’t capable of matching his ferocious bite.

WHIP IT Despite the title, you won’t find any Devo on Whip It’s soundtrack, but the Ramones and .38 Special both make vocal appearances in this film that marks

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The Informant! Last year at this time, the Coen Brothers were treating (or mistreating, depending on your point of view) audiences with their off–kilter offering Burn After Reading, a dark comedy flexing a quirky brand of lunacy not usually seen in comparable American fare. Like the Coens, Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to coloring outside the margins, so in a similar vein, he presents The Informant!, a like–it–or–leave–it endeavor blessed with a terrific central performance from Matt Damon. Damon, who’s a better actor than he’s often given credit for being (as evidence, check out his potent one–two punch from 2006: The Departed and The Good Shepherd), leaves behind Jason Bourne’s muscularity and goes all pudgy as Mark Whitacre, a midlevel executive at the major conglomeration Archer Daniels Midland. Whitacre seems like a pleasant enough fellow, so when he approaches FBI agents Brian Shepard (Scott Bakula) and Bob Herndon (Joel McHale) volunteering to uncover a price–fixing racket at the company, they believe he might be honest when he claims he’s turning whistleblower because it’s the right thing to do. Unfortunately, with Mark Whitacre, there’s far more than meets the eye. Whitacre has a way of embellishing some stories and leaving crucial facts out of other ones, which leads to no small amount of frustration for the agents trying to do their jobs.

Missing are the pushy pop culture references that continue to hopelessly date the likes of the Shrek series, the unseemly visual schemes that turn such efforts as Delgo and Battle for Terra into eyesores, and the scatological humor that runs rampant in the majority of today’s family features. By my count, there’s only one crude gag in Cloudy, a mere misdemeanor considering the imagination driving the rest of the film. Although it’s based on a children’s book (by Judi and Ron Barrett), Cloudy is one of those equal–opportunity exercises that provides as much merriment for adults as for kids. After all, it’s the grownups who are sure to get a chuckle out of a voice cast diverse enough to include Bruce Campbell, James Caan and Mr. T, it’s the grownups who will pick up on the movie’s gentle ecological themes. The film’s central character is Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), a gangly inventor living in a small town dependent on its sardine trade. When the rest of the world deems sardines to be yukky, the town suffers, and it’s up to Flint to save it. The young man’s past inventions (such as spray–on shoes) were all flawed and never caught on, but his latest contraption — a device that turns water into food — seems to be a winner. After its unceremonious launch into the heavens, the machine pours down all sorts of cuisine — hamburgers, pancakes, ice cream, you name it — on a regular basis. Flint becomes the town’s savior, earns the grudging respect of a tough cop (Mr. T), and even lands a romance with a brainy weathergirl (Anna Faris). But he has yet to receive the approval of his father (Caan), a meat–and–taters kind of guy, and when the unctuous Mayor Shelbourne (Campbell) talks Flint into pushing his invention to its extreme for the sake of the community, the well–meaning scientist acts in a manner that promises stormy weather. The visual design of Cloudy is wondrous: There’s something inherently amusing in seeing a castle built out of gelatin or a street lined with ice cream rather than snow, and the movie repeatedly offers up these gastronomical delights. Yet underlying the frivolity is a warning about our nation’s gluttonous and wasteful ways, a message certainly to be lost on children (who’ll wish they had their own candy–dispensing machine hovering above their homes) but relevant to environmentally aware adults. cs



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the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore. If those two songs (“Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” and “Caught Up in You,” respectively) made the journey from Drew’s iPod to the big screen, more power to them, as they’re certainly in tune with the rock & roll aesthetic on display throughout this rowdy, rebellious film. Juno’s Ellen Page once again flashes her impressive acting chops, this time playing Bliss Cavendar, a 17–year– old whose mother (Marcia Gay Harden) is hellbent on entering her in every beauty pageant that pops up anywhere near their rundown Texas town. But Bliss eventually finds her true calling when she discovers the sport of roller derby: Adopting the name Babe Ruthless, she lands a second family in the form of her sisters on skates (played by, among others, Kristen Wiig as Maggie Mayhem and Barrymore as Smashley Simpson).


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Activism & Politics Chatham County Campaign For Liberty

A group that is carrying the torch that Ron Paul lit for freedom and liberty. Mitch Anderson, 6957746, or visit GA/Chatham/ for dates, time and meeting place.

Chatham County Democratic Party

Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 109 W. Victory Dr. , Savannah

Coastal Empire Constitution Party

Meets every third Thursday of the month at Savannah Joe Coffee House in Pooler. 6pm for the Truth Project and 7pm for the Institute on the Constitution, plus current events and activities related to freedom. Call 484-5281 for more info or

Drinking Liberally

An informal gathering of left-leaners. or www.DrinkingLiberally. org.

National Council of Negro Women

meets the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. , Savannah http:// Civilindex.html

Progressive Action for Savannah

Group interested in progressive politics in Savannah. If you’re interested in joining the cause, contact Claudia Collier 912-748-0731 or

Purrs 4 Peace

Three minutes of simultaneous purring by cats (and honorary cats) around the world, conducted online (Facebook & Twitter) each Sunday at 3 p.m. by Savannah residents Confucius Cat and his human Staff. Details at www.ConfuciusCat. Contact @ConfuciusCat (Twitter) or Acolytes of Confucius Cat (Facebook).

Savannah Area Republican Women

meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am at Johnny Harris Restaurant Banquet Room on Victory Drive. Cost is $13 at the door. 598-1883. Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 East Victory Drive , Savannah

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Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020.

Benefits CASA Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Chatham County is looking for sponsors and auction items for its annual Dancing with Savannah’s Stars benefit to help abused and neglected children. For more info, call 912-447-8908.

Hope House of Savannah

A nonprofit housing program for homeless women and their children. Hope House is requesting donation of new or gently used furniture for its transitional housing program, Peeler House. Pick-up can be arranged and a tax deductible letter will be provided. Call 236-5310.

Items for Silent Auction

Coastal Pet Rescue is looking for items to include in it’s Yappy Hour Blue Jeans Ball on November 14. Please contact if you have an item or gift certificate to donate.

Miracle on May Street

The East Broad St. YMCA is collecting toys for their annual Christmas toy drive to help local families. They are looking for donations as well as volunteers. Call for more info: 912-233-1951 West Broad St. YMCA, 1110 May St. ,

Operation Christmas Child

The group encourages volunteers to fill simple shoe box gifts with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and often hand-written notes of encouragement. The gifts are then hand-delivered to children worldwide who are suffering because of natural disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine and poverty. http://www.

Pumpkins for Sale

Halloween is just around the corner and the White Bluff Methodist Church’s annual pumpkin patch runs through the Oct. 31st, with pumpkins and decorative gourds of all shapes and sizes. It’s open from 10am until dark Mon.-Sat. and noon until dark on Sundays. Proceeds benefit the Youth Ministry at WBUMC. White Bluff United Methodist Church,

United Way Fundraising Campaign

Donations can be made to the United Way of the Coastal Empire for their annual fundraising drive. Credit-card donations may be made calling 651-7701, and checks and money orders made payable to the United Way of the Coastal Empire, and can be mailed to: United Way of the Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St., Savannah, 31401. United Way of Coastal Empire, http://www.uwce. org/

Call for Entries Busy Woman of the Year Award

In 250 words of less, say why your nominee should be given this award. Nominations can be submitted online at or by mail at 648 Henry St., Savannah, 31401. For info, visit

Call for Artists

The Cultural Affairs Dept is seeking artists for solo or group shows in the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery for its 2010 season. All media will be considered. Deadline is Oct. 30. Proposal guidelines are available online at or by calling (912) 651-6783.

Community Assistance Applications

The Junior League of Savannah is accepting applications for local non-profit organizations who advocate on behalf of women and children in the community. Applications are available at or by calling (912) 790-1002. Deadline Dec. 15. The Junior League offers funding and volunteers to its partner organizations.

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.

Junior Miss Contestants

Greater Chatham County’s Junior Miss program is looking for high school junior women in the following counties: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty that are interested in earning money for college to participate in its 2010 program.

Deadline for application is Nov. 30. contact: Sondra Barnes at 912-233-6131 or cctpinc@ programs

Register for the Savannah Bridge Run

The Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run is an annual event attracting thousands of participants, race enthusiasts and fun-seekers from Savannah, the Lowcountry and across the U.S. each year. Cost of registration includes a t-shirt and refreshments. Participants cannot register on the day of the race.

Classes, Camps & Workshops “Money Smart” Financial Education Classes

Learn how to save money and budget wisely. Presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS), in partnership with the City of Savannah, Bank On Savannah, the FDIC, and Step Up Savannah. 10/5, 11/2, 12/7 at 2pm. or 10/19, 11/16, 12/21 at 6pm. Call to reserve space 912-691-2227. Bull Street library, board room, 2nd floor ,

Abstinence Education

Hope House and Savannah State University are providing an after-school program for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29. Program activities last for about 2 hours every Wednesday at SSU. Transportation is provided. Snacks, field trips and supportive services are provided at no charge. 236-5310. Savannah http://www.

Adult Painting Classes

Savannah Art and Clay Studio offers classes in painting techniques with studies in light and shadow to understanding color, and more. Carolyne Graham is the instructor. Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm. 925-7393, carolynegraham@

Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056.

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Beading Classes

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah

Children’s Art Classes

for grades 1-5 offer basic art, clay and mixed media on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per 5 weeks, basics supplied. Teen Class meets Thursday 4-6 p.m. Cost is $75 per 5 weeks, most supplies furnished. Savannah Art and Clay Creations, contact carolynegraham@ or 925-7393.

Construction Apprentice Program

Free 16-week training program for men and women interested in gaining construction skills for career level jobs in construction. Earn a technical certificate of credit with no cost for trainingk, books or tools. To apply, call Tara H. Sinclair at 604-9574.

Conversational Spanish

Do you want to practice your Spanish? Come to the mesa de espanol the second Thursday and last Friday of the month at 4:30 p.m. For information, e-mail The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. , Savannah

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. Savannah

Free swimming lessons

The Savannah Storm Swim Team is giving free swim lessons to any child between the ages 7 to 18. An adult must accompany any child or children under 10. Send e-mail with contact info to:

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The Chatham County Department of Public Works is sponsoring this show by the Puppet People, which will tour elementary schools to teach students the importance of learning to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. For bookings, call 355-3366.

Georgetown Playgroup

Meet the first and third Thursday of the month from 9:30-11am at the Northside clubhouse in Georgetown. Free.

German Language Classes

Two ongoing classes for beginners and experienced adults. We read, learn and talk. Everybody who likes to learn German or likes to brush up German is welcome and will learn with a lot of fun. Beginners meet on Monday from 6-7pm, advanced from 7-8pm. 845-764-7045. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave ,

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.

Porcelain Painting

Ongoing beginner, intermediate and advanced 4-day class. $250 includes supplies, brushes, porcelain and firing of art. 706-495-6724, www. Internationally renowned teachers. Tybee Island, Tybee Island , Tybee Island

Puppet Shows

Offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information & Resource Center for schools, day cares, libraries, churches, community events and fairs. Call 447-6605. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St , Savannah http://www.

Savannah Conservatory for the Performing Arts

Low cost instruction in a group lesson format. Classes in drama, dance, percussion, woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, vocals, guitar, visual arts and music theory Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30pm. $60 per quarter. 352-8366, Salvation Army Community Center, 3000 Bee Rd. , Savannah

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

Offering a variety of business classes. Call 6523582. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street , Savannah

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

Be bilingual. Call 272-4579 or 308-3561. email or visit www. Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , Savannah

SSU Marine Research Cruises

Open to high school students and college students. Engage in studies and sampling of marine life, water and sediment from local habitats. Cruises run in Oct and Nov. For info or two reserve space email gilliganm@savannahstate. edu with the following subject line: “SSU EDGE Research Cruise Request.”

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training


This 12-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Mindy Saunders at 234-0525. The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http://www.thestarfishcafe. org/

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 United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah http://

Watercolor Painting Workshops

Learn the art of watercolor painting from award winning landscape watercolorist Dennis Roth. Classes available Sept - Dec. Call for info. Class size is small, so reserve space early. Studio Phase 3, City Market ,

Clubs & Organizations Bike Night with Mikie

Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Half of the proceeds of a 50/50 drawing go to the military for phone cards and other items. The Red Zone Bar and Grill, 3975 Highway 17 , Richmond Hill

Brothers Growing for Humanity

A fraternity for single men of all ages (like the “bachelors” in Midnight in the Garden) devoted to comradeship and serving (as little as one

Buccaneer Region SCCA

is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit http:// A special little club for special little dogs and their owners meets one Saturday each month at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit http://

Civil Air Patrol

Aerospace education programs and activities for adults and teens ages 12-18. Meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.gawg.cap. gov, send e-mail to, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 412-4410. Savannah Flying Tiger Composite Squadron, Savannah International Airport , Savannah Meets monthly on the first Monday. Visit www. for event schedule. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah

Coastal MINIs

Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Visit Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

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Fibers Guild

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Held every Tuesday at 8am by Creative Coast as a networking event. Cafe Ambrosia, 202 E. Broughton St. , Savannah Anyone interested in the Fiber Arts is invited to attend. This month’s program will be devoted to creating original paper using “Paste Paper” techniques. Meeting Nov. 7 at 10am in Rm 203 of the Fine Arts Building at AASU. For more info, call 912-927-8706. AASU Fine Arts Building rm. 203,

Geechee Sailing Club

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Coffee & Conversation

Meets the second Monday of the month (except for November) at 6:30pm. Open to all interested in boating and related activities. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr ,


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Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

Historic Victorian Neighborhood Association

Meets the second Wed. of every month at 6:30 p.m. Call 236-8546. American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. , Savannah

Low Country Turners

This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Hank Weisman at 786-6953.

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Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah

Moon River Chorus

Ladies’ barbershop chorus. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call Sylvia at 927-2651 or Whitefield United Methodist Church, 728 E. 55th Street , Savannah http://www.whitefieldumc. com/

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:15-11:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit www. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah http://www.

No Kidding

Join Savannah’s only social club for people without children! No membership fees, meet great new friends, enjoy a wide variety of activities and events. For more info, visit or e-mail:

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at or visit

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 596-5965.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Chen’s Chinese Restaurant at 20 E. Derenne Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Call 308-2094, email or visit Savannah

Savannah Adventure Club

Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sailing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email savannahadventureclub@ or visit www.savannahadventureclub. com

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

The public is invited to come and sing early American music and folk hymns from the shape note tradition. This non-denominational community musical activity emphasizes participation, not performance. Songs are from The Sacred Harp, an oblong songbook first published in 1844. Call 655-0994.

Savannah Art Association

Enjoy classes, informal “playshops” and shows on River Street and area businesses. Now accepting applications for new members. 232-7731. . Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. , Savannah

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. , Savannah

Savannah Browns Backers

This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns fans to watch the football games and support your favorite team Sundays at game time at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt. The group holds raffles and trips and is look-

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Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 748-7020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $40. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to

Savannah Jaycees

A Junior Chamber of Commerce for young professionals that focuses on friendship, career development and community involvement. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is included and there is no charge for guests. Call 961-9913 or visit www.savannahjaycees. com. Jaycee Building, 101 Atlas St. , Savannah

Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends. Call 351-3171.

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out for the events calendar or e-mail mickie_ragsdale@

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the First City Club. 32 Bull St , Savannah http://www.

Savannah Toastmasters

helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 352-1935. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://

Savannah Wine Lovers

A sometimes formal group that also sometimes just gets together to drink wine. Visit http://

Savannah Writers Network

meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Melissa Sanso, 441-0030. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Southern Wings

Local chapter of Women in Aviation International. It is open to men and women in the region who are interested in supporting women in aviation. Regular meetings are held once a month and new members are welcome. Visit

Tarde en Espanol

Meets the last Wednesday orf every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566.

Telfair Academy Guild

The next meeting will be Nov. 9 at 11:30am in the Telfair Academy Rotunda. The featured speaker will be Dr. Preston Russell, who will discuss “The History of Savannah as Shown Through Paintings.” Telfair Academy Rotunda, 121 Barnard St. ,

Telfair Academy Guild

The next meeting will be Nov. 9 at 11:30am in the Telfair Academy Rotunda. The featured speaker will be Dr. Preston Russell, who will discuss “The History of Savannah as Shown Through Paintings.” Telfair Academy Rotunda, 121 Barnard St. ,

Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts

A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger,

Tybee Performing Arts Society

meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the old Tybee school All interested, please attend or send e-mail to ried793@ Old Tybee School, Tybee Island , Tybee Island

Urban Professionals

Meets first Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Vu at the Hyatt on Bay Street. If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Call 272-9830 or send e-mail to 2 W. Bay St. , Savannah

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 9273356. Savannah

Want to make friends in Savannah?

We chat, play games, have fun and do what the group wishes to do. Led by a well educated, experienced woman. Meetings will be held in a coffee shop Downtown Savannah, GA. For more information please call (845) 764 7045 or e-mail:

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. Classes are held Monday through Friday at the St. Pius X Family Resource Center. Classes start at $25.00 per month. For more information call 912-631-3452 or 912-2722797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail:

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year round. (912) 921-2190 The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads ,

African Dance & Drum

Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instructor Aisha Rivers. Classes are held every Sunday - drums at 4pm, dance at 5pm Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St. , Savannah

Argentine Tango

Knitting, spinning and crocheting Monday and Tuesday from 5-8pm and occasional Sunday 24pm at wild fibre, 409 E. Liberty. Jennifer Harey, 238-0514. wild fibre, 409 E. Liberty , Savannah

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3:30. Open to the public. Cost $2.00 per person. Wear closed toe leather soled shoes if available. For more information call 912-925-7416 or email savh_tango@yahoo. com Doris Martin Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd ,

rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hopsital’s meeting rooms. Contact Savannah

Argentine Tango continuing series Thursday’s @ 7:30PM. Call David Allen @ 912-401-2280 for information and enrollment. The STUDIO, 2805b Roger Lacey Ave. ,


Sweet Adeline Chorus

Argentine Tango Classes with Dave Allen

Beginner’s Belly Dance Class

Classes teaching the basics of belly dancing. Walk-ins welcome. Sundays 11:40am-12:40pm. Contact Nicole Edge: 912-596-0889. kleokatt@ Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. ,

Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Nocturnelle. Contact Maya,313-1619, or www.nocturnelle. org.

C.C. Express Dance Team

Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Savannah

Ceili Club

Experience Irish Culture thru Irish social dancing. No partner or experience needed. Learn the basics of Irish Ceili dancing. 7176 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more info email

Chicago-Style Steppin’ Lessons

Every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Also learn new line dances. Contact Tunya Coleman at 6316700.

Country/Western & Line Dancing

Every Tuesday through December at 6:30pm. American Legion Post 36. American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ,

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 laura_chason@yahoo. com. 2212 Lincoln St , Savannah

Gretchen Greene School of Dance

Register for fall classes in tap, ballet, lyrical, acrobatics, jazz and hip-hop for ages 3 and up. Adult tap classes are held Tuesday from 7:308:15 for beginners and Monday from 7:15-8 p.m. for intermediate. Call 897-4235.

Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Savannah

Irish Dance Classes

Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, non-competitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@gmail. com or 912-704-2052.

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.

Maxine Patterson School of Dance

Now accepting students age 3 and up for fall classes. Adult intermediate classes in tap on Tues from 7:30-8:30, and beginner tappers on Thurs from 7:30-8:30. Teen and adult hip-hop class on Wed from 7:30-8:30 and hip-hop for students on Saturday mornings. Call for information: 234-8745 or 352-3156.

Pole Dancing Class

For exercise...Learn dance moves and spins while working your abs, tone your legs and arms, a total body workout. Ladies Only! The only thing that comes off is your shoes. Classes are held Wednesdays at 7:30pm and on Fridays by request. Private parties available with reservation. $70 per month or $22 per class. Call for details 912-224-9667 or visit 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2 , Savannah

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Events Boston Butt and Rib Sale

Salsa Lessons

The Alee Temple’s Annual BBQ sale. Boston butt & ribs. $20. Pick-up at the Alee Temple from 10am-6pm. Call ahead to place orders 355-2422 or 355-2427. Alee Temple,

Savannah Shag Club

A weekly event serving up fresh, local produce, gardening showcases and much more. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St. , http://www.

Beginners class: Mondays, 7:30-8:45pm. Intermediate class: Tuesdays, 7-8pm. No partner required. Contact : salsavannah@ for more info. Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. ,

Market at Trustees Garden

offers shag music every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36. 2309 E. Victory Dr , Thunderbolt

Music in the Parlour

Shag & Beach Bop

Fri 10/30 8:00-12:00


Learn Salsa “Rueda de Casino” style every Wednesday, from 6-7pm Beginner, 7-8pm Intermediate, at the Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Grace, 234-6183 or Juan, 330-5421. Savannah

The Savannah Dance Club hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:30-11 p.m. Free basic shag, swing, salsa, cha cha, line dance and others are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons are offered last two Monday’s. The lesson schedule is posted at Lessons are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. ,

Swing Dancing by Savannah Swing Catz Free swing dance lesson and dance every Monday, 7:30-8pm, dancing from 8-10pm. Tantra Lounge 8 E. Broughton St. Free. 220-8096, Savannah


Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz - The most comprehensive dance training in Savannah. Auditioning for Ensemble program. Registering and accepting new students. 912-695-9149 the STUDIO, 2805-b Roger Lacey Ave ,

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Step into the past with jazz pianist Diana Rogers for an intimate view of Victorian life in Savannah. An afternoon of music, history and refreshments. Reservations required: 912-236-2866.

Tacos on Tuesdays

All you can eat tacos for $5 every Tuesday, 6-9pm. Bar available. Open to everyone. 3986732 or 354-5515. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah

Fitness Acupuncture for Health

Available Monday thru Saturday at Hidden Well Acupuncture Center downtown. Traditional Chinese medical consultations and treatments are available with Fawn Smiley and Nicole Coughlin Ware. 233-9123, www. or 318 East Huntingdon Street , Savannah

Colorful veils, jangling coin hip scarves, jingly rattling bracelets, exotic music are provided. Held Tuesdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 3pm, cost is $20 per class. consistantintegrity@yahoo. com.

Cardiorespiratory Endurence Training

Offered by Chatham County Park Services for persons 18 and up at Tom Triplett Park on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and will be required to sign a waiver form before participating. All classes are free. Call 652-6780 or 965-9629. U.S. Highway 80 West , Pooler

Crossfit Hyperformance

Meets mormings at 6:30am at Crossfit Hyperformance. Visit www.crossfithyperformance. com. or call Jennifer at 224-0406 or Drew at 541-0530. 904 E 70th Street , Savannah

Fit Lunch

Join us for a 30-40 minute workout on your lunch hour. Classes offered Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10:45am until 2:00pm by Fitness Body & Balance Personal Training Studio. Classes will utilize a variety of training techniques. Advanced booking required. Call for details 912398-4776 or 912-224-9667. www.bodybalance. com. 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2 , Savannah

Fitness Classes at the JEA

Spin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for days and times. 355-8111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah

Gentle Yoga

Offered Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 or older. Mat and blanket are required. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-register at or call 2340980. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah upstairs in Phillippa’s Place. 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.uusavannah. org/

Hatha Yoga classes

Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being, Savannah

Kidz Fitness

Aerobic fitness class for children 6-13 with weight concerns. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-5:45 p.m. at the Candler Hospital Wellness Center. Children must be members of the Candler Wellness Center. 819-8800. Savannah

Learn Kung Fu Today

The Temple of Martial Arts is a Kung Fu school where men and women of all levels of martial arts experience come together to learn the art of Wing Chun and Tai Chi. SiFu Michael, 429-9241. 407 E Montgomery Cross Rd, Ste B , Savannah

Men On Weights

Designed for those who want to work out in a group setting with family and friends. For pricing call 898-7714. Spine & Sport, 22 West Oglethorpe Ave , Savannah

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Infants must be 6 weeks to 6 months, pre-crawling. The cost is $13 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 441-6653 or visit Savannah

Pilates Class

This exercise program strengthens and revitalizes without building bulk. Call to pre-register 912-819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon & Thurs Noon-1pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm. Beginner-Intermediate. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private equip-

ment classes are by appointment only. Parking available. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor, Call 912.238-0018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 310 E. 41st St , http://savannahpilates. com/

Qi Gong

Ancient Chinese “energy work” that is the precursor to Tai Chi. Gentle exercises that relax and energize. Sundays. 4pm. Ashram Savannah 2424 Drayton St.

Reiki Treatments

Reiki master Dante Santiago is trained in Usui Reiki Ryoho. Fifty-minute sessions are $60 and 50-minute in-studio sessions are $45. Call 6601863 for times and appointments.

Rolf Method Bodywork

For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner., 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah

Savannah Yoga Center

Located at 1321 Bull St. Call 441-6653 or visit for schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah

Savannah Yoga Co Op

Lake Mayer Community Center,

Yoga In the Park

Presented by the Savannah Food Coop, a paywhat-you-can yoga class in the south field of Forsyth Park. Bring a large towel or yoga mat. Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am. Pay-what-youcan/$12 suggested,

Yoga with Barbara

All levels welcome. Improve your range of motion and energy levels. Small groups and private lessons available. Historic District studio. Please call to set up your first class. Times are flexible to suit your needs. 912-232-4490 or email

Zumba Fitness

Classes are being held every week in the Pooler and Rincon areas. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music, dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system. No dance partner is required. Participants of all ages and shapes are encouraged to attend. The cost is $7 per class. For location and info, contact Carmen at 484-1266 or

Gay & Lesbian

Discounted class prices, open studio time and special events. Ashram Savannah, 2424 Drayton St. , Savannah http://www.yogacoopsavannah. com/

First City Network Board Meeting

A program for people over 55. Health and wellness professionals help reach fitness goals. The program may include, but isn’t limited to, strength training, cardio for the heart, flexibility, balance, basic healthy nutrition and posture concerns. Call 898-7714.

Gay AA Meeting

Senior Power Hour

Squats N’ Tots

This class will help you stretch and strengthen overused body parts, as well as focus on muscle endurance, low impact aerobics, and abdominal work. Your baby (age 6 weeks to one year) can get in on the fun, or simply stay close to you on your mat. Call to pre-register 912-819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

Student Massage

Student massage is offered at the Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc. Cost ranges from $30 to $40 for a one-hour massage and sessions are instructor supervised. Call 3553011 for an appointment. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. Savannah

Tai Chi Classes

St. Joseph’s/Candler offers Tai Chi classes in the evenings every Tuesday and Thursday. Tai Chi is an exercise derived from the ancient Chinese martial arts. Call to pre-register. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

The Yoga Room

Visit or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah

Tybee Island Sunrise Boot Camp

is held Monday – Friday from 6-7am. Park at North Beach parking lot and go over first crossover. Bring a mat. Three days of strength training and two days of cardio. Vicki Lyn, 596-3009. No prices at this time, but contributions accepted. Tybee Island

Yoga and Pilates Classes

Yoga: Tues 8am & 5:45pm, Thurs at 8am & 5:30pm Pilates: Mon at 7pm, Sat at 8am. Class sizes are small, so please RSVP: 912-341-9477 or Pro-Fit Personal Training, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor

Yoga at Lake Mayer

Wed. 6-7pm $5 cash or first class free. Call 652-6782 or drop-in. Please bring yoga mat or towel/blanket.

Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or 307 E Harris St , Savannah meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 311 E. Macon St. Savannah

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. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call Christina Focht at 663-5087. First City Network, Savannah

Stand Out Youth

A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the FCN building located at 307 E. Harris St. Call 657-1966, email info@ or visit www.standoutyouth. org. First City Network, Savannah http://www.

What Makes A Family

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.

Health 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 dickyt1954@

Community Cardiovascular Health

Control your high blood pressure. Free blood pressure checks and information at the Community Cardiovascular Council at 1900 Abercorn St. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 232-6624. . , Savannah

Georgia Equality Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996. Savannah

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Community HealthCare Center

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. Savannah

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.

sugar screenings

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

Free Chair Massages

Free 10 minute chair massages. First come, first serve. Mon, Wed & Fri from 5-7pm. Therapeutic Massage Specialists, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor ,

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. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www.savannahspeechandhear-

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Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11a.m.-5p.m. at Sam’s Club Optical-Savannah. No membership is required. Call 352-2844. 1975 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. , Savannah

HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training

Free Vision Screenings

Healthcare for the Uninsured

St. Mary’s Health Center is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 443-9409. St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. ,

Hearing Aid Funds Available for Infants and Children

The Coastal Health District’s Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening Initiative has funds available for the purchase of hearing aid devices for infants and children 3 and under who qualify and live in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh Counties. For info, contact Jackie King at 691-6882 or toll-free at 1-866-647-0010.

A method used at Fort Campbell to treat lack of sleep, anger, flashbacks, nightmares and emotional numbness in veterans is available in Savannah. 927-3432. 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. 211 Price St , Savannah

Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes

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meeting Saturdays for three consecutive weeks. To register, call 843-683-8750 or e-mail Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd , Rincon http://www.


HypnoBirthing Classes

Learn to relax through non-religious meditation. Instruction and practice followed by Q&A. Thursdays, 6-7pm. $5. Small World Therapeutic Massage on Whitemarsh Island (next to Jalapeno’s). 897-7979. 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah

La Leche League of Savannah

Free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:309:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 350-7587. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

Learn to birth in a calm and gentle environment without fear. Uses relaxation, meditation and guided imagery to achieve the birthing experience you desire. Tiffany, tiffany@savannahdoula. com.

Memorial Health blood pressure check

Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. 897-9261, html. Family Health and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway , Savannah

Memorial Health CPR training

Ladies Living Smart Fitness Club

Providing nutritional education and an exercise program to encourage lifestyle changes for women. Call for more info. Every Tuesday from 5:30-7pm. St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. ,

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

Meet with others who practice meditation or want to learn how, discuss techniques, & related areas of holistic health, healing, Reiki, Energy Medicine, CAM. Reduce stress, increase peace & health!, http://meditation.

Meditation for Relaxation and Stress

FitnessOne provides American Heart Association courses each month to certify individuals in infant, child and adult CPR. The cost is $30. Call 350-4030 or visit Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Mobile Mammogram Tests

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Mobile Mammography Unit will be performing mammograms in several locations during November. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 819-6800. (Please specify that you are calling for the Mobile unit.) For non appointment-related information please call 354-9357. Dates: Rincon - 11/3, 11/17; Daffin Park - 11/4; Richmond Hill - 11/11; Hardeeville 11/12; Bluffton 11/23; Pooler - 11/24.

Narcotics Anonymous

Call 238-5925 for the Savannah Lowcountry Area Narcotics Anonymous meeting schedule.

Smoke Stoppers

Group-facilitated smoking cessation program offers an intensive class in 7 sessions over 3 weeks featuring a wide range of proven-effective strategies to help smokers control their urges, manage nicotine withdrawal and stress

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and avoid weight gain. The cost is $100. Call 819-6718. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah

the safety of your pets. Local references available. Please call 401.2211 or email to make a reservation.

No pills, patches, gum, lasers, weight gain, withdrawal or side effects. 15 years experience. 927-3432.

Class is held 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.thesavannahyogaroom. com. Savannah

Stop Smoking Through Hypnosis

The Quit Line

A toll-free resource that provides counseling, screening, support and referral services for all Georgia residents 18 or older and concerned parents of adolescents who are using tobacco. Call 1-877-270-STOP or visit www.unitegeorgia. com.

Weight Loss Through Hypnosis

Lose weight with Guided Imagery and Hypnosis. No pills, diets or surgery. 927-3432.

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia

Boat owners, photographers and other volunteers are needed to help conduct scientific research. Must be at least 18 years old. Call 7273177, visit e-mail

Sandhill Walk

Explore the ecological wonders of this unique environment of lichen, cactus and tiny hundred year old live oaks on a guided walk. 11/7, 10am at the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum. For info, call 912-748-8068. Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center, 681 Ft. Argyle Rd (Rt. 204) ,

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Exhibits and aquariums are home to more than 100 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, corals and other interesting sea creatures. The center offers Beach Discovery and marsh walks. Aquarium hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Monday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Call 786-5917 or visit www.tybeemsc. org. 1510 Strand , Tybee Island

Walk on the Wild Side

Halloween costume party Come join us! drink specials, hot girls & no cover if you’re in costume!

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center offers a 2-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats, and features live native animal exhibits. Open daily from 10-4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 8983980, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

Pets & Animals A Walk in the Park

Professional pet sitting, boarding, dog walking and house sitting services offered in downtown Savannah and the nearby islands. All jobs accepted are performed by the owner to ensure

Dog Yoga

Feral Cat Program Needs Supplies

The Milton Project is seeking supplies, including small spice containers (plastic only), mediumsized gloves, batteries and flashlights with hookon belt loops, hand-held can openers, puppy training pads, canned tuna and mackeral, bath sheets and beach towels, blankets and buckets to hold supplies for trappers. Contact Sherry Montgomery at 351-4151 or

Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Insured, bonded, certified in pet first aid and CPR. 355-9656,

Savannah Kennel Club

The club meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. from September through May at Ryan’s restaurant on Stephenson Avenue. Those who wish to eat before the meeting are encouraged to come earlier. Call 656-2410 or visit www. 209 Stephenson Ave , Savannah

St. Almo

The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 5 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. Time changes with season. Call for time change. Call 234-3336. Savannah

Readings & Signings Book Signing with Beth Dolgner

Author Beth Dolgner will be signing copies of her new book “Georgia’s Spirits and Specters”; several of the stories take place in Savannah. 10/31, 1-3pm. Magnolia’s, 137 Bull St. , http://

Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

meets the last Sunday at 4 p.m. at the AfricanAmerican Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. Savannah

Tea time at Ola’s

A book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Call Beatrice Wright at 652-3660. Bring your ideas and lunches. Tea will be provided. 232-5488 or 652-3660. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, Savannah http://www.liveoakpl. org/

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Open prayer will be held the second Thursday of the month from 4-4:20 p.m. at the Forsyth Park fountain. Call Suzanne at 232-3830. Savannah

Celtic Evening Eucharist

Deeply rooted in Celtic spirituality and hospitality. Find a welcoming space, a sense of belonging, a loving encounter with God where everyone has a place at the table. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th and Abercorn ,

Chanted Office of Compline

The Service of Compline, ”Saying good night to God,” is chanted Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. by the Compline Choir of Christ Church Savannah, located on Johnson Square. Christ Church, 28 Bull St. ,

Meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Call 898-3477. Savannah

DrUUming Circle

First Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah on Troup Square at Habersham and Macon streets. Drummers, dancers and the drum-curious are welcome. Call 234-0980 or visit 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Live Web-streaming

Attend church from home Sundays at 9 and 11am with Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith Ministries. Log onto, click ’Watch Now’. 927-8601. Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Rd. , Savannah

Metaphysics For Everyday Self-Mastery

A series of metaphysical/New Thought classes at The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, 619 W 37th St., Mondays 8pm, with Adeeb Shabazz. $10 suggested donation, 1-877-494-8629, www., freedompath@yshoo. com. Savannah

Midweek Bible Study

Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah

Music Ministry for Children & Youth

The children’s choir for 3 years through second grade will be known as Joyful Noise and the youth choir grades 3-5 will be known as Youth Praise. Joyful Noise will meet Sundays from 4-5 p.m. and Youth Praise will meet Sundays from 5-6 p.m. Call Ronn Alford at 925-9524 or visit White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd , Savannah

Nicodemus by Night

An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. Nicodemus by Night, Savannah

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

Meets Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Call Janet Pence at 247-4903. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St , Savannah

Realizing The God Within

A series of Metaphysical/New Thought classes presented by The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, featuring metaphysical minister and local author Adeeb Shabazz. Mondays at 8pm. 619 W 37th St. , Savannah

Soka Gakkai of America

SGI is an international Buddhist movement for world peace and individual happiness. The group practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Introductory meetings are held the third Sunday of the month. For further information, call 232-9121.

Stand for Peace

A sllent witness for peace that will be held in Johnson Square the fourth Sunday of every month from 1-2pm until the occupation ends. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice and Action Committee. 224-7456, 231-2252, 234-0980, Johnson Square, Bull & Abercorn Sts. , Savannah

The Savannah Zen Center

Soto Zen Meditation offered weekday mornings 7:30-8:30am; Tuesday evenings 6-6:30pm with Study Group following from 6:30-7:30pm; Friday evenings from 6-6:30pm. Sundays from 9-10:30am which includes a Dharma talk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach, cindy@ The Savannah Zen Center, 2424 Drayton St. , Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Beloved

Community Church

Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 707 Harmon St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 233-6284 or 786-6075, e-mail Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah


Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 2340980, or 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Unity of Savannah

A church of unconditional love and acceptance. Sunday service is at 11 a.m. Youth church and childcare also are at 11 a.m. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Spiritual Tapas offers something different every Saturday at 6:15 p.m.: spiritual movies, discussion groups, guided meditations, great music and all things metaphysical. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd , Savannah http://www.unityofsavannah. org/

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah

Sports & Games Savannah Disc Golf Club

Open Doubles Tournament at 1 p.m. each Saturday at Tom Triplett Park on U.S. 80 between Dean Forest Road and Interstate 95. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West , Pooler

Support Groups Al Anon Family Groups

A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics meets Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1501 Eisenhower Dr. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive. Call 598-9860 or visit Savannah

Al-Anon Meetings

Meetings for families and friends of alcoholics are held every Monday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 11am. Melissa, 844-4524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah http://

Alcoholics Anonymous

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, call 354-0993.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

Senior Citizens, Inc. hosts a Caregiver’s support group for individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. The group meets every second Monday at the Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road. For more information, call 236.0363, ext. 143. Savannah

Amputee Support Group

Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

For past and potential obesity surgery patients and their families. Call 350-3438 or visit

Bipolar Support Group

John J. Dunn, Ph.D., is interested in hearing from people who want to participate in a bipolar support group. Call 692-1230 after 6 p.m.

Cancer support group

Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 11am-12pm. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. The group is

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1 Common sense 2 Verdugo of “Marcus Welby, M.D.” 3 Actor Sam of the “Jurassic Park” series 4 Orange County’s area, slangily 5 Nonprofit’s URL suffix 6 Damage the surface 7 “Stop,” to a pirate 8 Colorful identifier for some Levi’s 9 Cable Internet alternative: abbr. 10 Community of organisms 11 Extremely devoted group 12 “If ___ be so bold...” 14 Dirty condition 19 Old Icelandic saga 21 Portioned (out) 25 Deceive 26 Yearly parody prize awarded at Harvard 27 Jai ___ (fast-moving sport) 30 Four-wheelers, e.g. 31 Barney’s hangout 32 Amorphous mass of goo 33 When doubled, an island in the South Pacific 34 Wiccan salutation 36 Have ___ (party it up) 39 Come in last 40 It may have attachments 41 First designated spot at a swim meet, perhaps 46 Former Montreal baseballer 47 On the schedule 50 Mutual city? 51 “Sugar is sweet and ___ you” 52 Historic record 53 “That’s cool!” 54 Vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James 55 Shape of some hand mirrors 56 “Mystic Pizza” actress Taylor 60 Oui, it’s water 61 Place for a round of darts 62 Mag. bigwigs


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“Strip Sudoku” No, you don’t have to take your clothes off to play Strip Sudoku. Just fill each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9 so that, as in a standard sudoku, no digit is repeated in any row, column, or 3x3 box (as marked off by shading in the grid). Each three-square strip (as marked off by heavy black lines) contains an S, M, and L-marked square, which stand for small, medium, and large. The S will be the smallest of the three digits in its strip, the M will be the middle digit, and the L will be the largest digit. Now solve!!

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Caring for Us

A support group for caregivers of ill or injured family members or loved ones. Call Kimberlee Mitchell at 350-3399.

CASA Support Group


For parents and caregivers of children who have been involved with DFCS and/or returned to your custody after being in foster care. The group meets the first Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. at Youth Futures Family Resource Center at 705 Anderson St. For information, call Madison at CASA at 447-8908 or send email to Savannah

Celiac Support Group

For anyone with celiac disease who is allergic to products containing gluten, their family or friends. For information, call 507-2592.

Children’s Grief Groups

Open, drop-in support groups for children ages 6-17 who have experienced a loss by death. Meets Tuesdays 6-7pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. 303-9442. Savannah

Citizens With Retarded Citizens

Open to families of children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly at 1211 Eisenhower Drive. 355-7633. Savannah

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association

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Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Candler Heart and Lung Building, second floor, Room 2. Call 355-1221 or visit 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges

Meets every Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, Room 250. This is a group for couples struggling with primary or secondary infertility, whether they have been on this journey for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah

Debtors Anonymous

Meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 225 W. President St. in the third floor New Beginnings Room. Enter on President Street

through the left-hand set of glass doors between Whitaker and Barnard streets. Arrive early, as the entry doors are locked promptly at 5:30 p.m. For information, e-mail Savannah http://www.

Depressive/Manic support group

Open to persons diagnosed with depression. Meetings are held in classroom B in the Surgery Center Building of Memorial Hospital every Tuesday at 7 p.m. 920-0153 or 927-2064. 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.

Divorce Recovery Group

For men and women dealing with the pain and shock of divorce. For more information or to sign up, call Paula Morris, 353-2808. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah

Domestic violence support group

SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Inc. Building at 3205 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888. Savannah

Fibromyalgia support group

meets the second Thursday from 5:306:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 819-6743. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

First Line

An after-hours referral and information line to talk confidentially about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy options. A free service from Planned Parenthood, available nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. at 1-800-264-7154.

Gray Matters Brain Injury Support Group

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Meets the third Thursday at 5 p.m. in the gym at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Grief 101

A 7-week educational group offering support and coping tools for adults who have experienced a loss by death. Meets Tuesdays 6-7pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. RSVP to 303-9442. Savannah


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HIV/AIDS: My Brothaz Home

A support group for men meets every Thursday of the month. Come on out and meet other brothaz. 231-8727.

Hope House

Provides housing and support services such as life skills, resources and referrals, follow-up care and parent-child activities funded by DHR Promoting Safe and Stable Families. Please call 236-5310 for information. Hope House of Savannah, 214 E. 34th St. , Savannah

Keeping hope alive while living with cancer

meets the fourth Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Women’s Services Conference Room at the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial Health. Call 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

KidsNet Savannah Parent Support Group

meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave. Call Carole Kaczorowski at 598-7001, Lorr Elias at 351-6375 or Bruce Elias at 644-5916. Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave , Savannah

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin, 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.

Living without Violence

The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 234-9999. First Baptist Church of Savannah, 223 Bull St. , Savannah

Lupus Encouragement Group

A support group that is open to patients with lupus, their family members and friends. 4476605.

Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion. 355-5196. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Memorial Health Bleeding Disorders Support Group

Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

Memorial Health Focus

Focus is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents and caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. For information, call Saundra at 350-3396. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.


As mothers enter the school years, new challenges and issues arise, but the need for community and hope remains. Discussion time on topics relevant to mothering, tips and resources. Starting in October, monthly meetings will be held at the Islands YMCA, from 10:00am11:30pm. Please call 898-4344 or 210-0491 for more info and to register.

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(March 21–April 19) You may be as flooded with briny emotion as a Pisces on a meandering binge. You might be as embedded in a labyrinth of your own creation as the Geminis who verge on being too clever for their own good. You may be as cagey a listener as a Scorpio who’s searching for a hidden vulnerability in an ally. In other words, Aries, you’re not exactly yourself. But it’s one of those rare times when that’s a good thing. Halloween costume suggestion: the opposite of what you think you are.


(April 20–May 20) In my ideal version of Halloween, we wouldn’t scare ourselves with images of ghoulish skeletons, eyeballs floating in cauldrons, and hissing, three–headed snakes. Rather, we’d confront more realistic fears, like the possibility that the effects we have on the world are different from our intentions . . . or that we have not yet reached our potential . . . or that people we like might completely misread and misunderstand us. Then Halloween would serve a more spiritually useful purpose. It would bring us face–to– face with actual dangers to our psychic integrity, whereupon we could summon our brilliant courage and exorcize the hell out of them. Costume suggestion: exorcist. (Begin by exorcising yourself.)


(May 21–June 20) During this phase of your cycle, you’ll generate good fortune if you brainstorm and meditate about your relationship with work. I urge you to empty your mind of everything you think you know about the subject. Adopt a fresh and innocent perspective. Here are some questions to prime your investigations. 1. What’s the quality of the experience you want to have as you earn a living? 2. What gifts do you want to give to life as you toil at challenging tasks that are interesting to you? 3. What capacities do you want to develop in yourself while doing your work? (P.S. For your Halloween costume, why not pretend you’re doing your dream job?)


(June 21–July 22) Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai (1924–2000) witnessed the full range of experiences that life on

this planet has to offer, from war to love and everything in between. During an interview he gave in Jerusalem in 1994, he said, “I can stand on my balcony and tell my children, ’Over there I was shelled for the first time, and over there, to the right, just beneath those trees, I was kissed for the first time.’” I suspect his words will soon be meaningful for you, Cancerian. It’s likely you’ll have a breakthrough or epiphany near a place where you once suffered disappointment. Halloween costume suggestion: the phoenix.


(July 23–Aug. 22) Author Gary Smalley says that the sexual nature of men is like a microwave oven, while women resemble a crockpot, the device that cooks food at low heat for a long time. Right about now, I’d advise you Leo men to be like crockpots not only in the bedroom but everywhere else, too. To spot the subtle opportunities that will be available, you’ll have to be gradual, deliberate, and thorough. Leisurely foreplay should be your all– purpose metaphor. As for you Leo women: I’m betting there are ways that you have fallen under the sway of the microwave meme. If I’m right, it’s time to fully re–embrace the spirit of the crockpot. Halloween costume clues: the tortoise, not the hare; a 400–page novel, not Twitter; the Pyramid of Khufu, not a sandcastle.

At a family planning conference in Beijing, a researcher from Ghana presented testimony about tribal issues that he had in part gleaned through interviews with dead ancestors. He said that spirit mediums had acted as his “translators.” When he was met with skepticism from colleagues, he was defensive. “If I only heard from the living,” he explained, “I wouldn’t get a very good balance.” His perspective would be smart for you to adopt right now, Libra. To make the wisest decisions and take the most righteous action, draw inspiration from what has passed away as much as from what’s alive and in your face. Halloween costume suggestion: a spirit medium.


(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) “Behind every face, there are a thousand faces,” says film director Bryan Singer, who worked on two of the X– Men movies. He deals with professional actors, who specialize in revealing the myriad faces beneath the surface. But I think his assessment applies to lots of people, especially you Scorpios –– although it must be said that you do have mad skills at hiding all the action going on beneath your surface. This Halloween, I urge you to make a break with tradition and show five or six of the real you’s lurking below your poker face. Costume suggestion: be inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “hero with a thousand faces.”



“The more beautiful the bird, the poorer the singer,” wrote L. M. Boyd. “Peacocks scream, macaws screech. Birds of Paradise croak.” Among the most interesting singers, on the other hand, are birds that are far less spectacular in appearance: the Black–capped Chickadee, the Willow Thrush, and the White–throated Sparrow. Keep that in mind as you navigate your way through the coming week’s dilemmas. My personal inclination is to favor inspiring singing over comely appearance, but you may have a different bias. The important thing is to recognize the nature of the options before you. Halloween costume suggestion: Incorporate the themes of plain beauty, secret genius, disguised power, and open secrets.

*The Da Vinci Code* author Dan Brown has a unique way of stimulating his imagination: He dons his gravity boots and meditates on complex storylines while he’s inverted. It’s also a good way to overcome writer’s block. “You think differently upside–down,” he says. Do you have an equivalent method for providing gentle shock therapy to your perspective, Sagittarius? This is a good time to use it. If you don’t already have a creative aid like that, hunt around for one. In the days ahead, it will come in handy.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

When Sheelah Ryan won $55 million in the Florida lottery, she used the money to create an organization dedicated to helping the disadvantaged. “I guess I’ve disappointed a lot of people,” she

told a reporter. “I could be traveling all over the world, or have a beautiful mansion on the ocean, or have a chauffeur–driven Rolls–Royce. But that’s not my style.” She’s your role model for the coming weeks, Capricorn. When good fortune comes to you –– and I’m almost positive it will –– I recommend that you look for ways to share it. The ironic fact of the matter is that if you’re generous as you tap in to your gift, there’ll be more of the gift.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) When I did a performance in Santa Fe a few years ago, a woman in the audience came up to me after the show and made a sardonic proposal: Would I like to join her twelve– step program for writers who are overly fond of vivid adjectives and adverbs? With all the uppity mock politeness I could summon, I told her that I was preposterously happy with my scintillating addiction to brazen language, and didn’t regard it as a raggedy problem that needed invasive correcting. Now I’m advising you to be like me and follow your heart when it tells you to be bigger, bolder, and brasher than ever before. Right now, shiny intensity is your sacred duty! Halloween costume suggestion: the sun.


(Feb. 19–March 20) I hope you won’t merely wander around the frontier. I hope you’ll undertake a meticulous yet expansive exploration of that virgin territory. Here are some tips on how to proceed: 1. Formulate specific questions about what you’re looking for. 2. Develop a hypothesis for the experiments you want to carry out. 3. Ignore what doesn’t interest you and pounce only on what stirs your fascination. Halloween costume suggestion: an alien anthropologist visiting Earth from another planet; a time–traveler from the future who’s doing a documentary on this historical moment; a religious pilgrim who’s keeping a detailed journal.     cs


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Multiple Sclerosis support group

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 Group

discusses topics that are relevant to anyone with a debilitating disease every fourth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. at Montgomery Cross Roads. 3551523. St James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave , Savannah

The group welcomes anyone suffering with this disorder, and family members or caregivers interested in learning more about it. For information, call Martyn Hills at 651-4094.

meets the third Sunday from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Armstrong Atlantic State University Sports Education Building, Room 226. 351-7035 or 3537143. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. , Savannah http://about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html

Safe Shelter Outreach Program

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Overcoming the Stigma of Seizure Disorders

meets the fourth Thursday at the Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church at Abercorn and Gordon streets. A free story/coloring book, I’m Feeling Just Ducky!, is available for children to better explain seizure activity.. Call Pam Steadman at 233-1006. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn St , Savannah

Overeaters Anonymous

meets Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Melissa, 8444524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah http://www.fpc.presbychurch. net/

Overeaters Anonymous

meets Fridays, 6:30pm. Melissa, 844-4524. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd , Savannah

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

PRIDE Support Group

This is a support group for parents of children with bleeding disorders. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://

Rape Crisis Center

assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. The Rape Crisis Line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 233-7273. The center offers free, confidential counseling for victims and their families.

Rape Crisis Center Incest Survivor’s Group

As part of its ongoing work with incest survivors, the Rape Crisis Center has built a cinder-block wall where incest survivors can throw plates as an anger management technique. In order to continue, donations of china are needed. Call 233-3000 to make a donation.

S-Anon Family Group

A fellowship for families and friends of sexaholics. For information, call 663-2565. Providing services for survivors of domestic violence. All services are confidential and free. 3025 Bull St. 651-0004. Safe Shelter Outreach Program, 3025 Bull St. , Savannah

Sexaholics Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women whose purpose is to help those with sexual addictions. 351-7440.

Spinal Injury Support Group

Meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Health. For information, call Jami Murray at 350-8900. Savannah

Spouse/Life Partner Grief Support

An open, drop-in support group for adults. Meets Thursdays from 11am-12:30pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. 303-9442. 7212 Seawright Dr. , Savannah

Stroke Support Group

Speak with someone who has survived a stroke, who will listen and understand stroke patients’ experiences. Groups meet in three locations -- every Tuesday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.; every Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Savannah Speech and Hearing, 1206 E. 66th St., (call Jane Medoff at 355-4601); and every third Thursday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church at 1 W. Ridge Rd. on Skidaway Island. Call Ann Farr at 598-1766 or Shirley Nack at 598-7047. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah http://www.fpc.

Support Group for New Moms

Sometimes being a mom isn’t what you expected. Offers new mothers a chance to share their feelings in a safe, friendly environment. Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 10am. Call Marlin, 786-4114 for more info.

The Parents of Difficult Teens Group

for parents having problems with their teens and pre-teens. 353-7699.

The Savannah Parkinson’s Support Group meets the first Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Marsh Auditorium. Call 355-6347 or 238-4666. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support

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My Brothaz Home, Inc. is sponsoring this support group. For information, call Lady Maverick or George at 231-8727.

Transitions Grief Support

An open, drop-in support group for adxults who have experienced a loss by death. Meets Tuesdays from 6-7pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. 303-9442. Full Circle Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. , Savannah

Troup Square Al-Anon Family Group

A support group for friends and family of alcoholics, with special attention to issues of adult children of alcoholics. 495-9758 or Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.

Truancy Intervention Project

meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 428 Bull St. in the United Way Building. The project can educate you regarding the new truancy law and how it impacts your child. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah

United Way’s First Call for Help

Telephone information & referral service that provides expertise and relief to individuals and families in need, with a database of more than 500 agencies and organizations. 651-7730. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah

Victim-Witness assistance program

is for families of murder victims. The meetings are at 6 p.m. in the Chatham County Courthouse on Montgomery St. third Thursday of each month. 652-7329. Chatham County Courthouse, 133 Montgomery St , Savannah http://www.

Wheeze busters

is an asthma support group for children that meets in the Rainbow Room at The Children’s Place at Candler Hospital. Call 921-3368. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah

Women who love too much

meets Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Call Maureen Wozniak at 355-4987.

Women’s Self-Harm Support Group

For women with self-harm disorders. Dr. Patricia English, 335-2508. Free, although love offerings will be accepted.

Theatre Auditions for “2 Minutes to Shine”

The Savannah Community Theater is holding auditions on November 16&17 for its production of Two Minutes to Shine. They are seeking 25 people of all ages for a variety of roles. Call 912-

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Dinner Theater: “Dead Men Don’t Speakeasy”

Enjoy dinner and a Roaring ’20s era who-dunnit murder mystery revolving around a cast of shady characters in a speakeasy. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 2 - Feb. 28. Seating begins at 7pm. Call (912) 231-8888 for reservations. Il Pasticcio, 2 E. Broughton St. ,

Who Wants to Kill a Millionaire?

An interactive performance that lets the audience solve the crime. The cost includes the show and a choice of three dinners. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Pirate’s House, 20 E. Broad St , Savannah http://www.

Volunteers America’s Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers

to sort, clean, & shelve salvaged foods from reclamation centers where bent cans or crumpled boxes of nutritious food is sent. Apply as soon as possible. 912-236-6750 ext 109. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, 2501 E. President St , Savannah

CASA needs volunteers

to speak up for abused children in court for their best interests and to help ensure they are placed in safe and permanent homes. Call 447-8908.

Community Health Mission

This non-profit organization is looking for volunteer nurses, doctors, nurses practitioners and development/fundraising volunteers to work at the center, which provides free medical care for working uninsured individuals. Flexible schedule. Apply by mail to: Community Health Mission, Inc. Attn: Dr. Miriam Rittmeyer, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite No. 6. Savannah, 31406. Fax number is 352-3980 or send email to For info, visit Community Health Mission, Inc, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 6 , Savannah

First Steps

Become a volunteer with First Steps and provide support, education and community resources to help parents of newborns establish healthy and positive relationships with their babies. Call 8196910. St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. , Savannah

Forestkeeper Volunteers Needed

Volunteers meet the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at different locations each month to help care for trees and beautify our community. For more information, please call the Savannah Tree Foundation at (912) 233-TREE or visit us online at cs

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2629 EVERGREEN AVENUE: 4BR/2BA. Bank owned property w/family room, CH&A. Only $64,000. Call Alvin 604-5898 or Realty Executives Coastal Empire 355-5557.. BUY. sELL fREE!


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3BR/1BA, Sell By Owner- EASY MONTHLY. needs paint & carpet. desperate seller, $8K DOWNPAYMENT ASSISTANCE. $99,500. Call 912-695-4525

1019 MAUPAS AVENUE. 4BR/2BA home in Baldwin Circle. Separate livingroom,diningroom and bonus room. Hardwood floors throughout. Only 149,900. Call Alvin 912-604-5898, or Realty Executives Coastal Empire. 912-355-5557.

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806 CROSBY STREET: 3BR/1BA home in Carver Village. Good investment. Only $59,000. Call Alvin 604-5898 or Realty Executives Coastal Empire 355-5557.

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NICE, BRICK Home, Port Wentworth. 3BR/2BA, huge family room, privacy fence. Walking distance to shopping. Very close to I-95. Motivated seller. $142,000. Elite Coastal Properties, 355-2494 Margarita Vassileva, 912-228-2208


Easy Qualify! 3/4BR, 2BA, Rincon. Rent or Lease to Purchase. $875/month, $84,900, call 877-574-5340

116 E. Bolton St. Great location across Forsyth Park, near SCAD & Kroger. Newly renovated duplex, washer/ dryer, H/W floors, Central H/A, 2 Fireplace, Large back Porch, Courtyard. Wireless Internet, Digital Cable & Water included. Top Unit 2BR, 2 Bath w/ Bonus room - $1,375 Bottom Unit 3BR, 2 Bath - $1,500 Contact:

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Fisherman’s Paradise For Sale $129,000 Large, Well Maintained 16X80, Fully-Furnished, 3BR/2 Bath, Raised Ceilings, King Master w/Garden Bath, Front Porch. Tucked away in great cul-de-sac neighborhood. Private but very convenient, short walk to everything. Only minutes from fishing the best location on the Atlantic Coast. 912-739-3902 TWO CLASSIC Ardsley Park Homes 202 E. 51st St. & 721 E. 51st Street Each offered at $204,900. Each $70,000 Below Appraisal. 3BR, Possible 4th, 2BA, LR w/fireplace, Separate DR, CH&A, High ceilings, Hardwood floors. HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 238-4915 for rent 855 1111 EAST 57th STREET: 2 bedrooms, 1-bath, washer/dryer connections, miniblinds. Quiet neighborhood/building. No pets;No smoking. $585/monthly, $585/security. Available Now. 912-655-4303. BUY. sELL fREE!


1131 EAST 38TH ST.

2BR, LR, DR, Laundry, Porch. $595/Month, $595/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981 1219-1/2 EAST PARK AVENUE: 1-Bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Living room, brand new stove, refrigerator, totally updated. $450/month, water I ncluded. 912-412-3342

for rent 855 1240 E. VICTORY DR/ DAFFIN PARK . 2BR/1BA, hardwood floors, W/D conn, gas heat & water. No pets. $775/month. Reese & Company. 236-4233 1/2 OFF 1ST MONTH’S RENT! Rent A Manufactured home, 14x70, on a high/wooded lot. 3BR, 2BA, save $$$, Gas, heat and stove, central air, refrigerator, full miniblinds, carpeting and draperies, washer/dryer hookups, 48sqft. deck w/hand rails and steps, double car cement parking pad. Swimming pool, recreational areas, onsite garbage service (twice weekly) and fire protection included, cable TV available, guest parking. Starting at $500/month, including lot rent. 800 Quacco Road. 925-9673. 1315 Bonaventure Rd Large 4BR 2BA home CH&A, fenced yard, all appliances included, $1200/month plus deposit. 695-7889 or 507-0222 15 QUAIL FOREST DRIVE: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, 1-car garage, fenced backyard, washer/dryer connections, central heat/air. $950/month + deposit. Call 912-596-7551. ConneCtsavannah.Com Online listings & cOntent


Windsor Forest, 3BR/2BA, LV, DN, Garage, Fenced Yard, Courtyard. $995/Month, $995/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981 bUY. sELL. FREE!

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Liberty City, 3BR/1BA, LV, DN. $795/Month, $795/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981 ConneCtsavannah.Com online musiC & events listings, & fine sweetness and Content ConneCtsavannah.Com Online listings & cOntent

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Near Jenkins HS: 3BR/1BA, CH&A, LR/DR, furnished kitchen, laundry room & carport. CLARNO REALTY, INC. 912-354-8490


Southside. 1BR/1BA Condos, Laundry Room, Storage, Screened Porch. $550/Month, $550/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981

2 BEDROOM DUPLEX: 1020A Shawnee Drive, by Savannah Mall. Total electric, no appliances. $600/month. No pets. Call 507-8127

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14 Lewis Drive, apt-c. 2BR/1.5BA, $625

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+DEPOSIT, NO-PETS, NO-SMOKING. Call Bill:656-4111 1BR DUPLEX for rent: 1720 East 39th Street, off Hibiscus & Victory Drive, across from Auto Zone. Total electric, no appliances. $400/month. 507-8127


Sandfly, 3BR/2BA, LR, DR. $895/Month, $895/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981 2301-B ABERCORN ST. 1 BR/1 Bath, Bonus Room, W/D conn, all electric. No pets, $550/month. Reese & Company 236-4233 2334 Ranchland Dr. 3BR/1BA house for rent equipped kitchen, washer & dryer included, central heat/air, carport, large backyard. Serious inquiries only. $800/month + deposit. Call 912-234-6150

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2 bedroom duplex, 1 furnished, one unfurnished. CH&A, $500 and $550. Clean, quiet area. Off Chevis Rd. 927-3595 and 656-3595 ConneCtsavannah.Com Online listings & cOntent


Islands, 3BR/2BA, LV/DR, Garage, Fenced Yard. $995/Month, $995/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981 ConneCtsavannah.Com music, Art And EvEnts listings. updAtEd dAily And whEn wE’rE not working on thE print Edition

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3/4 Brick off Montgomery & Staley on 3 lots. 8 rooms, Newly painted. Sale/Rent. No reasonable offer refused. Call 912-224-4167 ConneCtsavannah.Com online musiC & events listings, & fine sweetness and Content

3618 Oakland Ct. $875

New floors, fresh paint. 3BR, 1-1/2BA, LR, DR, den, furnished eat-in kitchen, sunporch. WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

Port Wentworth, 3BR/1BA, LR, DR, Fenced yard, Garage & Workshop. $875/Month, $875/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981 3BR 2BA house. On ½ ac shady lot, new carpet, CH&A, w/d hook-up, nice appliances. $800/month. 912-884-5359 or 912-977-1416 3BR HOUSE for rent: 1105 Georgia Avenue, off Pennsylvania & Mississippi Ave. Total electric, washer/dryer hookup, no appliances. $700/month. 507-8127

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3 houses for rent. 223 Fair St, 3BR/1BA, $700/month. 812 Googe St, $700/month, 1122 ½ E 37th 2BR/1BA, $495/month. Call 308-7731

5663 OGEECHEE ROAD, near new Kroger. 3BR, 1.5BA country house. Large backyard, CH&A $725/month includes water and garbage. Call 912-658-2759

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3BR/1BA, Family Room, New Carpet, Stove & Refrigerator. $675/Month, $675/Deposit. Call Helen Miltiades Realty 231-1981

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Paradise Park, 3BR/1-1/2BA, LV/DN. $990/Month, $990/Deposit. CALL HELEN MILTIADES REALTY 231-1981

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1315A EAST 67TH: 2BR/1BA $675/month. 100 LEWIS DRIVE: 2BR/1BA $600/month. 1203-1/2 AMY STREET: 1BR/1BA $500/month. Call 912-308-0957. ConneCtsavannah.Com online musiC & events listings, & fine sweetness and Content

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AVAILABLE NOW! FOUR BEDROOM HOUSE Georgetown 133 Cormorant Way $1350 THREE BEDROOM HOUSES Henderson Golf 7 White Ibis Ln. $1500 Ardsley Park 132 E. 48th St. $1195 302 E. 65th St. $900 Brandlewood 22 Brandle Ln. $995 Paradise Park 605 Dyches Dr. $895 Southside 21 Arthur Cir. $850 15 Wilshire Blvd. $825 Off Skidaway 2231 N. Fernwood $795 3618 Oakland Ct. $875 Eastside 1906 E. 58th St. $750 TWO BEDROOM HOUSES 18 Chippewa Dr. $775 2216 New Mexico $675 APT/TOWNHOUSE Three Bedrooms Pooler/Condo 303 Gallery Way $1100 Two BedroomsSouthside 3 Kingslan Ct. $950 Windsor Crossing $665 Eastside/Duplexes 1107 E. 57th St. $600 1210 E. 54th St. $595 1132 E. 53rd St $575 1203 E. 54th St. $595 1234 55th St. $550 Large 1 Bedroom Near Daffin Park 740 E. 45th St. #3 $725 Near Savannah State 5608 Jasmine Ave. $595/$675 COMMERCIAL/2000SF 11202 White Bluff Rd. $2000 offices, kitchen, bathroom, parking FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

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11515 WHITE BLUFF RD. 1BR, LR, walk-in closet, laundry room, bath $550/month. _________________ NEAR MEMORIAL: 1304 E. 67th Street 2BR/2BA, walk-in closets, laundry room $695/month. _________________ TOWNHOUSE 1812 N. Avalon Avenue. 2BR/1-1/2BA $675/month. _________________ SOUTHSIDE 127 Edgewater Rd. 2BR/2BA, Large $795/month. WILMINGTON ISLAND 7 Dogwood Ave. 3BR/2.5BA, garage, hardwood floors, s/s appliances. $1250/month. 310 E. Montgomery X-Roads 912-354-4011 ConneCt Savannah ClaSSified adS Work!

DORIS THOMAS REALTY, Inc. *732-1/2 E. 38th: 2BD, 1BA $500 *824 E. 38th: 3BD, 1BA $700 *1305 Damon: 2BD, 1BA $515 *15-1/2 Darling: 4BD, 2BA $1085

Accepting Section 8 Tenants Ask About $99 Move In Specials! Rentals Starting at $395/Mo. 355-0294/272-4378 FOR RENT EASTSIDE 2126 Florida Avenue, 2 beds, 1 1/2 baths, ch/a, furnished kitchen. $400 deposit, rent $600.00 (912)826-6864


OAKLANE TOWNHOMES, Off Wild Heron Road: 108 Trellis Way Beautiful 2-story townhomes w/ rear lane entry garage, 3BR, LR, 2-1/2 BA, Kitchen w/ stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, much more. Call Charles Bell, 234-0611, between 3-5PM, Monday thru Friday.

for rent 855 FOR RENT Upstairs, 2 bedroom washer/dryer connections CH&A, balcony, front and rear. Off street parking. $650/month $500/deposit. 201-A West 39th & Barnard. 604-5040

GEORGETOWN-KINGS GRANT 6 East White Hawthorne, 2BR/2BA, kitchen furnished, newly remodeled. All amenities included, no pets. $785/month+security, No Sec tion-8 Call:912-507-4704


Mobile Home lots for rent. First month rent free! Wooden deck, curbside garbage collection twice weekly, swimming pool and playground included. Cable TV available.


CLEAN 2BR/1BA, new kitchen, washer/dryer hookup, hardwood floors, CH&A. References & employment required. 1319 E. 54th Street. $525/rent, $525/deposit. Section-8 welcome to apply. 912-897-0985 HOUSE FOR RENT 3/2, fireplace,high ceilings, 2CG, W/D, split rooms, off US17 & Berwick. No pets. Good Credit $1,100.00 (954)485-9456 Hwy 80 Ogeechee River 2bedroom/2bath beautifully updated, private deck, floating dock, appliances and water included. $1000/month. 912-272-7242


Isle of Hope: 3BR/2BA, large den, washer/dryer connection, fenced yard. No pets, 1yr. lease. $1000/month, $700/security deposit. Call 912-308-8284. LARGE 3BR DUPLEX for rent: 1021 E. 40th Street by Waters Ave, near Daffin Park. LR, DR, kitchen, washroom, washer/dryer hookup, total electric. $750/month. Call 507-8127.

897-1984, 8am-7pm Westside, Lamarville **1929 Cowan Ave: 3BR/1.5BA $775/month. **1919 Cowan Ave: 4BR/1BA $775/month. **1921 Fenwick 3BR/1BA, $775/month. **1921-B Fenwick 2BR D u p l ex , 1BA $550/month. *All above have carpet, A/C, washer/dryer hookup, fenced yard. References, application. Oneyear lease minimum. Deposit same as rent. None total electric, No smoking, pets negotiable. ConneCt Savannah ClaSSified adS Work!

MIDTOWN Completely Renovated, 2BR/1BA. 7 COLUMBUS DRIVE. CH&A, Large yard, NO PETS/SMOKING. $675/rent, $675/deposit. References/Employment Required all: 912-897-0985 MOBILE HOME FOR RENT- Ellabell Area, 3BR/2BA, $600/month + $600 deposit. No pets. Call 912-655-1752 MOBILE HOMES: Available for rent. Located in mobile home park. Starting at $450 per month and up. 912-658-4462 or 925-1831.


One, two and three bedroom apt & houses, located throughout Savannah. Monthly special. Section 8 welcome. 272-6820 MOVE-IN SPECIAL: ½ off 1st month’s rent. Largo-Tibet area. Newly renovated 2BR/2BA Apt., washer/dryer hookup. No pets. No section 8. $685/month, $685/deposit. 656-7842 or 704-3662 Happenings

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595 WEST 54th STREET: 2 Bedroom Apartments/1.5 baths, washer/dryer connection/total electric, deposit *$330, $660 monthly. Section 8 Welcome. Call 912-232-7659.

Newly remodeled, spacious, 2BR 2BA , mobile home on large private lot. Central heat & window a/c, w/d hookup. appliances furnished, mini blinds furnished, large deck. Midway, $575/month. 912-884-5359 or 977-1416 NICELY Furnished 1BR Apt. near Eisenhower & Skidaway Rd. All utilities and cable included. $235/week plus deposit. Call 507-0222


Lovely brick apt. (all brand new inside). 2BR, kitchen furnished, washer/dryer connection, CH&A, all electric $600. No pets. Call 355-6077 OFF TIBET, Lovely 2 Bedroom Brick Apt. Washer/dryer connections, blinds, carpet, central heat/air. No pets. $550/monthly. Call 912-661-4814


Southside Apt. only $585 per month! Small, quiet complex in a great location between the malls. Moss Gate Apts., 10600 Abercorn St. Call Jeanette at 920-8005 POOLER HOME Spring Lake 2 BEDROOM CONDO: Pool & Fitness Center included $850. 185 BERWICK LAKES: 3-bedrooms, 2-baths $975 SAVANNAH HOMES 201 CHAPEL LAKE S.: 3-bedrooms, 2.5baths $1,150. 822 W. 44TH STREET: 3-bedrooms, 2-baths $850. ASK ABOUT MOVE-IN SPECIALS!! Jean Walker Realty, LLC 898-4134 RENOVATED TOWNHOME: 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths w/new appliances, carpet, tile, paint, fenced yard. 4110 Crane Street. $650/monthly. Call 912-604-8009. RENT: DUPLEX 1203 E. 54th. 2-bedroom, 1-bath $475/month plus deposit of $475. Two blocks off Waters Ave, close to Daffin park. Call Adam @ 912-234-2726, Days/Nights/Weekends.

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SMALL 2BR/1BA home in Savannah Pines mobile home park. $375/month and/or rent-to-own. Call Gwen, 912-964-7675 SOUTHSIDE TOWNHOUSE, 3BR/2.5BA 2-story unit conveniently located to Armstrong & St. Joseph’s, total electric, 1 small pet ok. $800 cash deposit. $875/month rent. No calls after 8pm please, 308-0206 SS Single Family Home w/ Appliances Family Ready 3 BR, 2 FB, large family room, eat in kitchen. New double pane windows. All appliances: washer/dryer, fridge, freezer. Fenced yard with storage shed. Pets accepted with deposit. Near Hunter/Armstrong. Call for a showing. $1,150.00 (912)355-9223 TOWNHOME: 1600 Habersham St. between 32nd & 33rd St., Savannah. Thomas Square area. Spacious 2BR/1BA, kitchen and living room, central heat/air, total electric. $575/month plus $575/deposit. Virtual tour at Call Adam @ 234-2726. TYBEE! 3 lots from the beach. 3Bedrooms, 3baths. Available Dec 1may 1. Minimum rental, 3 months. $12400/month includes utilities. Deposit & references required. 912-355-3746 Tybee Vacation Rentals. 2BR/2BA, sleeps 4 $1300/month includes utilities. Minimum 3 months rental. Avail Dec1- May1. References and security deposit required Both near beach. 912-355-3746

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1210 STILES AVENUE 4BR/1.5BA $750/mo, $750/dep. GOLDEN ISLES 7323 Tropical Way. 3BR/2BA, single car garage, fenced backyard $800/month, $800/deposit. VARNEDOE DRIVE: Newly renovated, 2BR/1BA, $625/month. CAROLINE DRIVE: Newly Renovated 2BR/1BA, $675/month. BEE ROAD: 2BR/1BA $595/month. Call 912-897-6789 or 912-344-4164


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New Carpet, 2BR, 2BA, LR, W/D included, screened porch, pool. Water/trash included. WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038 WINDSOR CROSSING Condo Total electric, 2BR, 2BA, water & trash included $675. OAK FOREST Renovated, 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $525. DUANE CT. Nice 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $610. COASTAL CT. Nice 2BR/2BA Apt, furnished kitchen $650. CRESTHILL 3BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, home $775. WILMINGTON ISLAND 2BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, Duplex $685. LOUISIANA AVE. Spacious 3BR/1BA Home, LR, den, 2 screened porches $725. WEST WOOD-RINCON 3BR/2BA Home, furnished kitchen, eat-in, garage, fenced backyard, deck $895. Frank Moore & Co. 920-8560 ConneCtsavannah.Com online musiC & events listings, & fine sweetness and Content

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1st week $100. 2nd week until starting at $125/week. Furnished rooms w/cable tv,wi-fi, free laundry & off street parking. All utilities included. Minimum deposit $50 required. See online at: CALL 912-220-8691


Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week + deposit. Call 912-844-5995

Week at a Glance

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Star ting at $130/week. Includes cable, internet, all utilities, CH&A. Shared kitchen and bath. Safe environment. Call Life Housing @ 912-228-1242

LEGAL Rooming House in business

over 20 yrs. Freshly painted Apts $150/wk. Rooms $70-80/wk. Furnished and utilities included. Call 234-9779 One Room Efficiency. Single person, utilities included, plus cable. 1420 NE36th st. $550/month, $400/security. 912-236-1715 or 912-596-0670 Room 4 Rent $140/wk New furnished room 4 rent includes tv with cable, washer/dryer, central air/heat, enclosed sitting porch, large sit-in kitchen, privacy yard fridge in rooms a must see. (912)306-6776 ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $400/$500 monthly, $125/security deposit, no lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown: 912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177. Roommate for large furnished Victorian near library $150/weekly. $540/monthly. Utilities, washer/dryer, tv, cable, internet, included. Full apartment also available. Monday-Saturday. 912-231-9464


Share 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment (Southside Location). $425/month, utilities included! Available Now. No drugs. Call 912-660-9849. ROOMMATE WANTED. Mature professional for 3BR/2BA home. Cable. W/D, Utilities included. Southwest Chatham area. $370 monthly. Call Ed at 912-234-0854


Westside. $85-$130/weekly, Utilities and cable included. Call 844-5655.

rooms for rent 895


Furnished room includes utilities, Comcast cable, some internet, includes washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator, central heat/air, tvs in some places, microwave. Clean, quiet area. Call Tony, 912-210-0181

transportation 900

cars 910 2004 Chevy Impala LS, Silver w/gray leather, loaded, excellent condition. 103,000 miles. $7400. Call 306.508.4339 In Savannah, must see! 2007 TOYOTA TACOMA Shortbed, brand new condition, 6146 miles, bedliner, CD/Radio, A/C, cruise control. $13,000. Call 236-2997

Cash Cars or Finance

$2950 or less... • ‘96 Jetta • ‘98 Crown Vic • ‘01 Malibu and more... $1950 or less... • ‘95 Oldsmobile98 • ‘96 Cadillac and more... $1450 or less • ‘92 Honda Civic and more... $650 or less • ‘92 Oldsmobile • ‘92 Park Ave and more... Call:912-964-2440 FENDER BENDER? Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. HARLEY DAVIDSON Softtail 2005 many extras, 4k miles, garage kept, like new $11,900. Also 1968 GMC pickup $2200. 912-412-4911

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