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music The Hot Club of San Francisco accompanies some silent films at the Lucas Theatre | 16

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Local theatre groups are drastically scaling back their offerings. Is it a temporary response to the economy or is there other drama afoot? By bill deyoung | 24

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Stages of grief Back before Blackberries and iPhones and Facebook and the Kardashians occupied our every waking moment, there was a thriving live theatre scene in Savannah.

In my previous life before becoming your quasi–favorite, or at least marginally acceptable, weekly newspaper editor, I did a lot of acting with the late, great City Lights Theatre, the labor of love of Jim Holt and Jody Chapin. People came out of the woodwork to see live theatre here in the ’90s — all kinds of people, from body–pierced hipster students to pickled street characters to golf–tanned New Yorkers from the Landings, all hanging out together as one community for at least those two hours. I remember a packed audience practically hanging from the rafters at the old York Lane Theatre for Beirut, a show about the biggest threat facing civilization at the time: AIDS. I remember playing Romeo to an audience that filled Telfair Square from corner to corner. The yearly Shakespeare shows got so popular we had to move them to Forsyth Park, routinely performing for multiple thousands of people. I mean, we killed. And that was just my experience. There are dozens of theatre people in town, most of whom were much more active than I was, who have plenty of stories of their own to tell along the same lines. I don’t want to be one of those old farts who tells you everything was better back in the day — but everything was better back in the day. Then, somewhere along the line, the internet came along. Video games came along. DVDs came along. Reality TV came along. Then 9/11 happened, and we began interacting only with people who think and vote the

same way we do. The true community experience became more scarce as we became polarized on political and cultural lines, seeking the comfort of the like-minded and the familiar, rather than the adventurous and the new. Our worlds became bigger, and smaller at the same time. Rather than within a rectangular stage, we lived life within the rectangular screens on our TVs, phones, and computers. The usual three–weekend runs shrank to two weekends. Then down to one weekend. My last local show was Inherit the Wind at the Lucas Theatre. For one night only. The regular Shakespeare in the Park shows became a lot less regular. Then stopped entirely. Life went on, with marriage and kids and fulltime grown–up type jobs. A new generation of local thespians, mostly young triple threat singer/dancer/actor types, came on the scene. They put on exciting musicals and comedies, usually well–attended. But their shows had a certain recital feel. The audiences seemed padded with schoolmates and family members. Not that there’s anything wrong with that... but still. The cross–section wasn’t always there. A few years ago, it looked like Savannah was in a real theatre renaissance, with several groups cropping up and doing their best to kick it old–school. But that turned out to be

something of a false rally, and as chronicled in this week’s cover story, times are changing again. Several local mainstays, including the Little Theatre of Savannah, the City’s Cultural Arts Theatre, and Tom Coleman’s Savannah Community Theatre, are recalibrating their efforts, in some cases drastically. What happened? Arts & Entertainment Editor Bill DeYoung — fresh off his portrayal of Atticus Finch in the city’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird, actually quite a successful run — interviews local theatre people in this week’s issue to try and answer that question. As usual, Bill does a great job covering the issue from all angles. But I want to share a quick observation based on my own experience: We have to acknowledge the role of high ticket prices in hurting local theatre, a problem which actually predates the recession. I forget which show it was, but I remember looking at a program for some play I was in and marvelling that we were charging $24 a ticket. We were good — but not that good. If there’s anyone reading this who’s thinking of starting a live theatre company — and if you are, you certainly have a friend in Connect Savannah — consider charging low prices for tickets. I’m talking ten bucks. Or less. If you’re truly in it only for the love of theatre, then it shouldn’t matter, right? Better a full house who paid ten bucks apiece than a mostly-empty house who paid $25 apiece. The former will pay the rent just as well as the latter, and everyone will have a much better time. I’m certain the actors will agree! Nobody wanted to listen to this advice ten years ago, but it seems that now is the perfect time to offer some value. And at this point, what do we have to lose? cs

 Memorial 8 health: Health CEO Phil-

lip Scheingold weighs in on the health care reform issue. by patrick rodgers

9 Community 10 Hear & Now 12 Blotter 13 Straight Dope 14 News of the Weird

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Barrow did the right thing Editor, Regarding your column “John Barrow’s vote too far”: John Barrow’s vote against the Pelosi Health Care bill should come as no surprise to anyone. I believe your interview with Congressman Barrow, a few months ago, indicated just that. Given the fact that Barrow is part of the “Blue Dog” contingency, his fiscal conservativeness was going to override any desires he might have had about healthcare reform.

Regardless of the “need” for reform, this bill, with its 1,900 pages and $2 trillion price tag should have made more members of Congress reluctant to cast a yes vote, if only for not having enough time to ready the thing. Mr. Barrow has said that if the numbers aren’t right, he wouldn’t support it. When the politically neutral Congressional Budget Office’s numbers indicated this bill was going to cost more than the sponsors were letting on, Mr. Barrow’s vote was already cast as a ‘NO.’ As for Mr. Barrow’s political longevity, that remains to be seen

and depends on who challenges him. A challenger for the Democratic primary will have to come up with a lot more than finger pointing over which bills he did or didn’t support. His fiscal responsibility can be explained in the grand scheme of things. And there’s no indication that Republicans won’t vote for him either if the challenger isn’t perceived as strong enough to beat Barrow. It’s the same way RINOs have survived election cycles. Frustrating, isn’t it? J. Stevens

Barrow should serve district’s needs Editor, Call ‘em as they lay, Jim. Be critical and sharp.  I think your strongest points were the simple ones—who are we as a district and what do we need?

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When: Thu. Nov. 19, 8 p.m.,

Fri. Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Sat. Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Sun. Nov. 22, 8 p.m. Where: The Bay Street Theater, 1 Jefferson St. , Cost: $15

Wednesday

Info:

Waiting on a ‘Novel’ Cure

Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank

What: A literary themed

luncheon event to help raise money for the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health. For more info, call Toby Hollenberg, 912-598-8921. When: Wed. Nov. 18 Where: DeSoto Hilton

What: Newly discovered

Unveiling the Johnny Mercer Statue What: In honor of the

hometown legend’s 100th birthday, a new statue honoring him will be unveiled in Ellis Square. When: Wed. Nov. 18, noon Where: Ellis Square, Northwest corner of the square, Info: http://www.johnnymercercentennial.com/

The Market at Trustees Garden What: Events include a

farmer’s showcase, organic gardening presentations, films and more. When: Wed. Nov. 18 and Wed. Nov. 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St., Cost: Free Info: trusteesmarket.com/

Film: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (USA, 1981)

When a mentally disabled man is accused of murdering a young girl, a small-town vigilante mob use her death as an excuse to dispense “vengeance” on the helpless suspect. When: Wed. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. , Cost: $5 Info: myspace.com/psychotronicfilms What:

Events marked with this symbol are things we think are especially cool and unique.

Neil Casey is one of the conductors at the yearly fall concert of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra, happening Sunday.

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Alligators & Anhingas What: Discover secrets of

historic rice plantations, and understand the importance to wildlife of maintaining the old rice paddies. Reservations required. When: Thu. Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Sat. Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Where: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Cost: $20/person, $10/children under 12 Info: 912-236-8115. www. wilderness-southeast.org/

Candlelight Vigil What: A candlelight

vigil will be held in honor of murder victims. For info, contact the Victim-Witness Assistance Program at 652-7329. When: Thu. Nov. 19, 6 p.m.

Freebie of the Week

Where: Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1006 May St. Across from Gadsen Elementary, Cost: Free

Arts Academy Winter Dance Concert

What: A collection of origi-

nal works created by SAA dance faculty, students and local guest artists. The performance will encompass a variety of genres. When: Thu. Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Fri. Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Where: Savannah Arts Academy Auditorium, 500 Washington Ave. , Cost: $6/general admission, $3/students Info: 912-201-5000.

Theatre: Love is a Time of Day

What: AASU Masquers

present this quirky romantic comedy about a grad student who finds love after being immobilized. When: Thu. Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Fri. Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Sat. Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Sun.

Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Jenkins Hall

Theater Cost: $10 Info: 912-344-2801.

Hot Club of San Francisco

What: The Hot Club

of San Francisco is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensembles evocative, 1930s-era sound will be paired with a silent film screening. When: Thu. Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre Cost: $24 Info: 912-525-5050.

Theatre: Mr. Marmalade What: A dark comedy by

Noah Haidle put on by several of the players masterminding recent productions of Hedwig and Rocky Horror.

writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule, hiding in a concealed storage attic. When: Thu. Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Fri. Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Sat. Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Sun. Nov. 22, 3 p.m. Where: Freight Station Theatre, 703D Louisville Rd. 1/4 mile west of Visitor’s Center, Cost: $22/general admission, $17/seniors & military Info: http://www.littletheatreofsavannah.org/

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art

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Friday

Red Hot Raku Friday

What: Join ceramics specialist Matt Maggioni to learn about the ancient art of raku. Participants will select a ready-made bisque piece, glaze it, and watch its firing in the Raku tradition. Local ceramics artists are also invited to bring their own work to fire. When: Fri. Nov. 20, 1-5 p.m. Where: S.P.A.C.E. Gallery , 9 W. Henry St. , Cost: $10/firing fee, free to watch Info: 912-651-6783. http:// www.savannahga.gov/arts

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Health Care Reform Forum

What: A discussion featuring Ken Mitchell, AARP Georgia; Charity Woods, Health Care for America Now; Cindy Zeldin, Georgians for a Healthy Future; Pat Kota, Coastal Medical Access Project; Robert Bush, Attorney When: Nov. 21, 10 a.m.–noon Where: Southwest Chatham Branch, Live Oak Public Libraries, 14097 Abercorn St. Info: To RSVP, go to www.healthyfuturega. org/events

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Signing: Patricia ‘Sister Schubert’ Barnes

Distribution

What: Sister Schubert

signs copies of her new cookbook “Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters.” When: Nov. 21, 1-3 p.m. Where: E. Shaver Booksellers, 326 Bull St. Info: 912-234-6264.

The Queen Sheba Show

What: Spitfire Poetry Group presents a spoken word artist showcase and open mic. When: Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $7/adv. $10/door

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Gospel Brunch

What: Brunch accompa-

Susie Chisholm’s sculpture of Johnny Mercer is unveiled in Ellis Square this week.

Elise Testone

What: Coastal Jazz As-

sociation concert moves to a new home and features Charleston’s Elise Testone. When: Nov. 22, 5 p.m. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Cost: $10, free members

Film: Rivers Wash Over Me (2009, USA) What: The Savannah Gay

and Lesbian Film Society presents this awardwinning film about a troubled teen sent to live with family in Alabama after his mother’s death. When: Nov. 22, 6 p.m. Where: Jepson Center Cost: $10

nied by Christian Revival Center Sanctuary Choir. When: Nov. 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Where: Jepson Center, Cost: $15/members, $20/non-members

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AAYO Fall Concert

SSU Founders’ Day

What: Atlantic Armstrong Youth Orchestra and its various component ensembles perform. When: Nov. 22, 3 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Auditorium Cost: $6

Monday

What: Savannah State

University celebrates its 119th year with awards ceremony and address by Luetta Colvin Milledge. When: Nov. 23, 6 p.m. Where: Tiger Arena Cost: Free

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Film: Green For All What: US Green Build-

ing Council hosts a doc about architect and activist Sergio Palleroni. When: Nov. 24, 5:30 p.m. Where: Wild Wing Cafe, 2nd Floor Cost: Free Info: www.usgbcga.org/

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Wednesday Film: Rodan (1956, Japan) What: Cult clas-

sic is one of the most beloved “giant monster” movies ever made in Japan. When: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $5 Info: myspace.com/psychotronicfilms cs

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Health

The

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access

The healthcare reform bill has passed the House, but questions remain about whether reform is enough

by Patrick Rodgers

patrick@connectsavannah.com

‘It’s a great thing to have more people insured,’ says Phillip Schaengold, Memorial Health CEO. ‘But it’s not enough to get an insurance card.’

Last week the Affordable Healthcare for America Act won a narrow vote in the House of Representatives, 220–215. But as critics and supporters alike continue to sift through the nearly 2,000-page bill, questions remain about its impact and whether its reforms will actually increase access to healthcare in the United States. What everyone can still seem to agree on is that reform is necessary. According to a report on healthreform.gov, one in every four dollars in the U.S. will be spent on healthcare by 2025 if the system is left unchanged. Congressman John Barrow, who represents the 12th District, an area that stretches from Savannah to Augusta, voted against H.R. 3962, seemingly despite the needs of his constituents (about 21 percent of whom are uninsured). In an op–ed he released after the vote, Barrow, who has been critical of reform measures, wrote, “The House bill does a fair job of helping people buy the insurance they can’t afford now, but at a higher cost than would be necessary if we adopted tougher regulations for the health insurance industry.” The problems with the healthcare system run much deeper than the insurance industry though. “We face crises of access, cost and quality,” says Phillip Schaengold, President and CEO of Memorial Health. Last Thursday, Schaengold addressed a packed house of business and com-

munity leaders during the Critical Issues Forum, sponsored by local law firm Hunter Maclean. Schaengold discussed the local impact of the reform bill. The House bill will make positive steps toward addressing several major problems, according to Schaengold, including pro-

hibiting denial of coverage for pre–existing conditions and eliminating annual caps on care, as well as improving transparency and dramatically reducing the number of uninsured Americans. The measures in both the House and Senate will fall short of covering every American, but the House bill will cover about 96 percent of the population, while the Senate version insures 95 percent. Both versions will still leave millions without health insurance though. However, Schaengold pointed out that because of the bill’s size, a lot of details are still being sorted out. “It’s so complex,” he tells the audience, “no one is sure whether some issues have been addressed.” H.R. 3692, as passed by the House, is far from perfect. Schaengold explained that while increasing the number of citizens with health insurance is a step in the right direction, there is a larger underlying issue of available care. “Who is going to take care of this new group of insured citizens?” He asks. While H.R. 3692 currently comes with a trillion dollar price tag, there have been no provisions made for increasing the number of resident doctors or primary care facilities, which could mean that emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, already stretched beyond capacity, will face even longer lines of patients seeking treatment. According to information from the Georgia Association for Primary Healthcare almost half counties in the state already “do not have an adequate number of physicians to meet basic healthcare needs.” The GAPHC represents a network of community health centers across the state –Curtis V. Cooper Community Health Center and Union Mission are the two examples locally – that offer a diverse range of services, including health screenings, dental care and pre–natal care, to name a few. Although the CHCs have been largely absent from the healthcare reform debate, the Health Resources and Services Administration did receive two billion dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with funds dedicated to building new health center sites, increasing services at existing sites as well as offsetting costs for centers with spikes in uninsured population. CHC facilities have been on the frontlines of caring for the medically underserved, and according to the Rollup Report for Georgia, in 2006, over 50 percent of CHC patients in the state were living at or below the poverty line, and 45 percent were uninsured. An estimated 40 percent of the nation’s

total healthcare spending is “waste” — money not spent on directly treating disease — like systemic inefficiency, fraud and individual behaviors such as smoking and obesity, Schaengold explained last week. One important component of wasteful spending stems from misuse of emergency rooms, particularly by uninsured patients who use the ER for primary care. According to the GAPHC, one in three Georgians have no regular source of care, such as a family doctor. The CHCs help offset that spending by providing less costly care, particularly for the uninsured. In 2004, the most recent data on the GAPHC website, CHCs served 110,000 uninsured patients in the state, saving millions dollars by reducing unnecessary emergency room visits. They also help larger medical centers reduce charity care and bad debt from uninsured patients who default on medical bills. While getting health insurance for more Americans is an important first step in improving healthcare across the nation, Shaengold expresses concern the bill would “not solve the access issue.” “It is a great thing to have more people insured,” he explains, “but it’s not enough to get an insurance card.” To further illustrate the point, he uses the example set by the state of Massachusetts, who passed a statewide healthcare mandate in 2006. Although 96 percent of the state’s population has been insured, according to Schaengold, their primary care facilities are overwhelmed and the cost of the program has doubled. However, a study conducted by the Urban Institute, titled “Update on Health Reform in Massachusetts,” which was published earlier this year found that the state’s program had increased the number of residents with regular healthcare providers, the number of residents who’d been to the dentist in the past year, and decreased the number of families who did not receive care because of costs. The reform bill still has a long way to go. A version must pass the Senate, and then the House and Senate versions must be reconciled before seeking final approval. Last week, Republican Senator Johnny Isakson told a crowd gathered for a state GOP fundraiser in Atlanta that the healthcare reform debate in the Senate would be “protracted,” and could require another “six to eight weeks of debate” according to a report from Atlanta Journal Constitution blogger Jim Galloway. Congressman Barrow writes, “this last round is just that – just one more round in an ongoing process...I’m confident that we can get something better.” Time, apparently, will tell. cs


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and job training. The Coastal Georgia chapter of the To get a crowd of thousands fed, the Southern Christian Leadership ConferHFTH has donated over 100 turkeys as ence and the Atlanta–based nonprofit well as other supplies. But Gilliard says Hosea Feed the Hungry join forces this they will still need more turkeys, as well holiday season to help the working poor large canned goods like corn and green and homeless in Savannah. beans, and other donations like clothAfter the Coastal SCLC posthuing. They’re also looking for additional mously honored civil rights leader Rev. volunteers to help Dr. Hosea Williams with preparing and earlier this year, the serving food. two organizations “The key thing began to discuss right now,” he says, the possibility of “I’ll tell you this from creating a satellite my heart, we really program in Savanneed help.” nah, the HTFH’s first If the first event partnership outside is a success, Gilliard of Atlanta. hopes to grow the Hosea Williams, SCLC program into who played an inte- The inaugural event happens at the Salvation Army on Bee Road something more gral role in desegcomprehensive. regating Savannah, “The long term of created HFTH 40 it is to look at things that they are doing, years ago to help feed the homeless durhelping people,” explains Gilliard. “They ing the holidays. Since then, the group are showing them how to get assistance, has grown from hosting an annual really trying to help people in an ongoThanksgiving dinner into a year–round ing basis, from haircuts to health care.” social services organization that hosts The Coastal SCLC is already planfour holiday meals, as well as providing ning another event for Dec. 23 at the assistance with jobs and housing. same location. Earlier this summer, they “For the first Thanksgiving dinner, he started an emergency food pantry for and his family drove around and picked local families in need. up people who were out on the street “There are families that are going and took them to a local church where through rough times,” he says. they cooked them a holiday meal,” says For Gilliard, honoring the legacy of Andrew McDill, the HFTH Marketing Williams and partnering with HFTH Director. “It just grew from that.” has tremendous personal meaning. The event now feeds over 30,000 “I met him in 1983 and I didn’t know people every year in Turner Field. about civil rights, politics, anything. He “No way are we near doing what they became my mentor up until about two are doing in Atlanta or the services they months before he passed away,” Gilliard provide,” explains Rev. Carl Gilliard, remembers. president of the Coastal SCLC. “But it’s “It’s not an easy mantle. In all my a tremendous honor, and a start to havyears dealing with the community I’ve ing something like this in Savannah.” never dealt with anything on this level, While the local SCLC is just startbut this first one will teach us a lot as a ing their new holiday tradition, they model.” cs have an ambitious plan for the first Thanksgiving event, which will take place Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Salvation SCLC/HFTH Thanksgiving Dinner Army Center on Bee Road. In addition When: Monday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. to providing hot meals for 500 families, Where: Salvation Army, 3000 Bee Rd. or upwards of 2,000 people, there will Info: To RSVP, to volunteer, or to donate also be health screenings, live entertaincall 349–2908 or visit www.sclcsavannah. org ment, donated clothing and information about employment opportunities

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Feasting on Fall

Fall in Savannah offers too much temptation for the cultural gluttons among us. It appears that the nothing–to–do days of “Slow–vannah” are behind us once and for all. Last weekend’s events menu, though bursting with choices for every cultural palate, wasn’t an exceptionally busy line up by current Savannah standards. Hardly a week passes in Savannah that isn’t packed with music, art, literature, and theatre for every taste and age group. For festival lovers, last weekend’s offerings included the Telfair Art Fair, the Children’s Book Festival, the Blues and Barbecue Festival, and SCAD’s deFINE Festival. Theater choices included a professional touring performance of Avenue Q, and the final weekend of the City of Savannah’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Concerts? The Johnny Mercer

Centennial’s capstone event, Jackson Browne’s solo show, and a classical performance by 19–year–old gold medal pianist Haochen Zhang at the Lucas all looked tempting. Not so long ago, this banquet of events would have been the perfect

In an effort at moderation, I limited myself to one cultural serving last weekend, choosing something new for me — Sunday afternoon’s Savannah Children’s Choir Annual Winter Concert at First Presbyterian Church in Ardsley Park.

Gluttony of this sort has its benefits. The errands and chores can wait for another day. excuse for me to go on a cultural binge, racing from the book festival to the art fair to a theater performance to a concert, ignoring errands, chores and family commitments for yet another weekend. Such gluttony has its consequences, and in the past I’ve suffered repeatedly from Sunday night burn out, overstuffed and exhausted after a weekend of over–consumption of the arts.

With all those professional and grown up offerings available, a children–centered event could have been a poor choice. Often, the quality of kids’ performances seems to improve in direct proportion to the closeness of the relationships between audience members and performers. Children’s concerts typically get higher approval ratings from the participants’ parents, aunties, and godmothers than from

rank–and–file audience members. But the Savannah Children’s Choir’s reputation for quality gave me confidence, despite having no relatives, neighbors or close kiddie pals among the singers. This was no familial obligation. I went seeking entertainment and quality performances. The show was delicious. Some selections were rich, others were light. All were thoroughly satisfying. Launched in 2006 by Roger Moss and Cuffy Sullivan, this year’s choir consists of 47 local children in 2nd through 8th grade, selected through an audition process. Sunday’s concert of 14 pieces was a musical smorgasbord, with folk songs from Israel, Germany, Wales and Russia, two traditional Negro Spirituals, and a medley of classic Christmas carols. The concert opened with Homeland by Gustav Holst, a complex choral showcase piece performed by the 6th through 8th grade Senior Choir. The

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nudge or stray yawn proving that kids will be kids. No teachable moment was wasted by artistic director Roger Moss, leading the bows after most songs with a countdown “one–two–three–bow” signal of his fingers. Before the all–choir finale, Moss refocused the ensemble with a knee–unlocking, energy–revving series of bounces. Timothy Hall made his Savannah Children’s Choir debut as associate

director, leading the Consort, a seven member ensemble of the Senior Choir. Hall also performed a pipe organ rendition of Joyful, Joyful as the intro to the choir’s finale, an impressive classical and contemporary melding of the Beethoven hymn. The Savannah Children’s Choir has two more performances scheduled before year’s end, for those who missed Sunday’s concert, or for those who attended and are ready to pile on more

cultural helpings. Gluttony of this sort has its benefits. The errands and chores can wait for another day. cs Savannah Children’s Choir upcoming concerts Hospice Savannah Remembrance Day, Sunday, Dec. 6, 5 pm Jepson Center for the Arts Gospel Brunch, Sunday, Dec. 13, 12:30 pm (912) 228–4758, www.savannahchoir.org

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piece let the 200–plus audience members know up front that this is a chorus with some serious chops. Children in 2nd-5th grade comprise the Preparatory Choir, who performed most of the folk music on the program. The younger girls wore blue pinafores reminiscent of the Von Trapp Family, while the younger boys sported white shirts and bowties, each tie with its own unique tilt. Poised performances were the order of the day, with the rare elbow

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Attack of the Bumper Jumper Around 3:30 a.m. an officer on patrol observed a white male jump on the trunk and rear bumper of an unoccupied, parked vehicle.

As the officer continued east on Congress Street, he watched the suspect repeat bouncing up on down on the back ends of several cars “causing the vehicle to quickly shake up and down.” The officer made contact with the individual and explained why he had stopped him. The young man had difficulty maintaining his balance, so the officer asked him to take a seat on the curb. As the officer took down the man’s information, he noticed a strong smell of alcohol and slurred speech. The man told him he’d had three jack and cokes, and acknowledged that he was intoxicated. He apologized, but was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. There was no visible damage to the car he

had jumped on. The owner was not on the scene at the time, and the officer was unable to make contact with him. The bumper jumper was transported to CCDC for processing and a CRN was issued. • A woman was shopping at the mall when she was approached by a black male in a red tank top missing his two front teeth. He asked if she would be interested in purchasing a 50 inch flat screen television and two computers for the reasonable price of $800. He assured the woman that he had receipts for all of the items and that they were not stolen. Not one to pass up a good deal, the woman said yes, and went to an ATM to retrieve the necessary cash. She called a friend and the three met in the mall parking lot. The suspect was given the money and told the others that he would “be right back,” with the merchandise. He never returned. Neither thought to ask the suspect his name, nor did they see a vehicle, get a license plate number, or any other identifying information. There’s a lesson to be learned here.

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• A student was walking alone downtown around 9:30 pm when he thought he heard someone following him. He crossed Whitaker Street near Charlton and was approached by two black males who advised him “to empty his pockets.” The victim stated that one of them put something to the back of his head that may have been a gun. He was told they would shoot him if he didn’t hand over his money. The suspects walked west on Charlton with his backpack, which contained his cellphone, hard drive and headphones. Both suspects were over six feet tall, and one was wearing a gray hoodie. The SCAD security supervisor was notified about the time of the incident in hope that video surveillance footage might be obtained. • Police were called in regard to a fight in progress at a rooming house. A woman and her daughter were watching TV in the common room with several other residents when her boyfriend entered and started

yelling that they needed to talk. She told him she would be there in a few minutes. He grabbed her and started to “push her around.” The altercation escalated and she said that he hit and choked her. Other residents tried to break it up. Police found the aggressor sitting, unresponsive and smelling strongly of alcohol. He stated that he had been drinking. He was not cooperative with police and then told them that he had never laid a hand on her, although he had a lump on the back of his head that was bleeding slightly and a fat lip. He was not sure who had hit him or the circumstances of how it happened. EMS arrived on the scene but the man refused. Based on witness and victim statements, the man was transported to CCDC and the woman was put in contact with Safe Shelter. cs

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How can those America’s Cup yachts sail faster than the wind? Here’s what the San Francisco Chronicle has to say: “It’s physics.” Come on, Cecil, I know you can do better. —P. McCartney, Oak Harbor, Washington I should hope. To give the Chronicle some credit, though, “it’s physics” was preceded by an accurate if somewhat murky explanation that, unfortunately, you didn’t get. Let’s try again. The America’s Cup is the most prestigious prize in sailing. First awarded in 1851 and later named after the first ship to win the race, the ornate silver cup is pursued by sailing fanatics racing the most high-tech yachts in the world. The boats in the original America’s Cup races were wood-andcanvas schooners, but they’ve evolved into computer-designed craft made of carbon fiber and epoxy. For the 33rd America’s Cup race, to be held in February, the defender is the Swiss Alinghi 5, sailed by the Societe Nautique de Geneve, which won the cup in 2007 despite having no local ocean access. (They train in Spain.) The challenger is the American BOR 90, sailed by BMW Oracle Racing. The team’s 2007 effort cost $200 million. The BOR 90 is a three-hulled yacht covering an area the size of two basketball courts. The mast is 185 feet high and carries a half-acre of sail. The sails catch so much wind that capsizing is a serious risk, even with a hydraulic mast that can tilt to stay vertical as the boat leans. If any boat can sail faster than the wind, you have to figure, this is it. It does, too—two to three times as fast. I thought it’d be smart to have my assistant Una check with BOR, specifically design director Mike Drummond. He confirmed two things familiar enough to sailors but mystifying to landlubbers: • Yachts can’t outrun the wind if it’s behind them. As common sense

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suggests, they can go no faster than the wind can push them. • However—here’s where common sense hits a tree—when yachts sail at a 45-degree angle into the wind, they can in fact go faster than the breeze that powers them. Drummond offers two reasons for this: “less turbulence due to a better angle to the wind; and the oncoming air is faster due to the forward speed of the yacht combining with the wind.” Sound like doubletalk? It’s not. A sail is an airfoil, like an airplane?s wing. Hold a slip of paper to your lips horizontally and blow over the top—it rises, like a wing. Now hold the paper vertically and blow to one side. It pulls to that side, like a sail—and the harder you blow, the more it pulls. Now think about a sailboat in the water. The relative speed of the wind past the sail is a function of two things: first, the absolute speed of the wind (that is, relative to the ground) plus the speed of the boat moving forward. In short, the airfoil combined with the boat’s mobility acts as a multiplier. You can think of a boat sailing upwind as being in overdrive. Strictly as a matter of aerodynamics, there’s no reason a close-hauled boat (one heading upwind with its sails trimmed tight) can’t outrace the wind. Few do, of course, because of another factor—the drag of the boat in the water. For traditional single-hull boats, which ride relatively low, drag is considerable. Still, with the right mix of design and determination, even a single-hull boat can outrun the wind. The first America’s Cup entry to do it was the New Zealand in 1988. Today’s multihull boats, which skate on top of the water, can attain much higher speeds, and craft that don’t need to contend with water at all can go faster still. According to the World Ice Racing Circuit, ice boats can sail four to five times wind speed. In March 2009 a land sailboat reached 126 miles per hour on a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert. By comparison, the BOR 90 may sound positively pokey—Drummond says it’s gotten close to 50 knots, or roughly 57 miles per hour. However, we’re talking about a medium in which supertankers max out at 18 miles per hour and the fastest 19th-century clipper ship achieved just 25 miles per hour. So, we clear on the concept now? If not, “it’s physics” will have to do. cs

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(i.e., no marriage unless the male’s dowry includes indoor plumbing). About 665 million people in India lack access to toilets, according to an October Washington Post dispatch. • Tradition: (1) The town of Waiau, New Zealand, had once again planned an annual rabbit-carcass-tossing contest, to a chorus of complaints from animal rights activists concerned that children not associate dead animals with fun. (In New Zealand, rabbits are crop-destroying pests, doing an estimated NZ$22 million (US$16 million) damage annually, but nonetheless, the town canceled the contest.) (2) As the Irish Parliament debated whether to lower the blood-alcohol reading that would earn drivers a DUI charge, legislator Mattie McGrath begged colleagues to keep the current, more generous standards: “(Modest drinking) can make people who are jumpy on the road, or nervous, be more relaxed.”

• Many mixed-race (“coloured”) Latest Religious Messages teenage boys in Cape Town, South • “Bonnet books” are a “booming Africa, secure their ethnic identity new subcategory of the romance genre,” by having several upper front teeth reported The Wall Street Journal in removed, according to an October September, describing “G-rated” Amish dispatch in London’s Daily Telegraph. A love stories that sell well among outside University of Cape Town professor said readers but have found an even more fashion and peer pressure were primary avid audience among Amish women motives for creating the tooth-gap, and themselves. The typical best-seller is by not the popular myth among outsida non-Amish writer, perhaps involvers that coloureds do it to facilitate oral ing a woman inside the community sex. (The ritual includes fitting dentures who falls in love with an outsider. In for the gap just in case, to give the boys one book described by the Journal, the flexibility.) lovers “actually kiss a couple of times in • What a Difference a Day Makes: 326 pages.” (1) Charles Wesley Mumbere, 56, was a • More Sharia Weirdness: (1) The longtime nurse’s aide at a nursing home radical Islamist group Al Shabaab in in Harrisburg, Pa., until July, when Somalia recently began accosting and the Ugandan government recognized beating robed women whose bras made the separatist Rwenzururu territory their breasts (even though covered) founded in 1962 by Mumbere’s late look too provocative. One mother father. In October, Mumbere returned told Reuters in October that police to his native country as king of the told her that any “firm(ness)” must be region’s 300,000 subjects. (2) Jigme natural and not bra-enhanced. (2) In Wangchuk, 11, was a student at St. September, prominent Egyptian Peter’s School in Boston when he scholar Abdul Mouti Bayoumi was enthroned in November by of al-Azhar University urged the a Buddhist sect in India’s DarEnjoy the death penalty for people selling jeeling district as its high priest, beautiful fall virginity-faking devices that covering territory extending to weather! make women appear to bleed neighboring Nepal and Bhuon their wedding nights. One tan. He will live in seclusion such gadget, made in China, in his monastery, except for was openly for sale in Syria for contact with Facebook friends the equivalent of about $15, ache made while in Boston. cording a September BBC report. • An unprecedented toilet-building spree has taken Questionable Judgments hold in India over the last two • “Ultrarunning” (whose years, spurred by a government signature event is the 100-mile campaign embraced by young marathon) takes such a degree women: “No Toilet, No Bride”

of commitment that 5 to 10 percent of participants are said to have permanently removed their toenails in order to eliminate a potential source of discomfort. A sports podiatrist told the New York Times in October that many “ultras” consider their toenails “useless appendages, remnants of claws from evolutionary times,” but on the other hand, said one ultrarunner, “You know any sport has gone off the rails when you have to remove body parts to do it.” • After her two kids, ages 5 and 3, died in a house fire in Rialto, Calif., in May, Viviana Delgado, 27, worked her way through the stages of grief until deciding in October on one final tribute. She turned the vacant, charred dwelling into a showcase haunted house for Halloween. To the average visitor, it’s just a spookily decorated house, but neighbors know that kids died inside, and they know what the two tombstones in the front yard represent.

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(1) Daredevil Scottish stunt bicyclist Danny MacAskill, whose electrifying feats are featured on popular YouTube videos, suffered a broken collarbone in October when he tripped on a curb while out for a walk in downtown Edinburgh. (2) Phillip Mathews, 73, whose logging truck is equipped with a tall boom arm to facilitate loading, forgot to lower the arm after finishing a job in Bellevue, Iowa, in October, and when he returned to the highway, the boom snapped lines on utility poles he passed for the next 12 miles until motorists got his attention.

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British Bureaucracy: (1) When social workers praised the progress 10-yearold Devon Taverner was making with her prosthetic leg (necessary because of a birth defect), bureaucrats terminated her disability payments, which instantly made her life harder. For example, the lack of a car allowance means she cannot travel without, each trip, removing and re-attaching the prosthesis. (2) On the other hand, Britain’s High Court ruled in September that inmate Denis Roberts, 59, a murderer, was entitled to free surgery to remove a birthmark, and the National Health Service in August granted a free prescription for Viagra to recidivist sex offender Roger Martin, 71, whose latest conviction, last year, involved an 11-year-old boy. cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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One important thing that bands tend to forget is melody. Sure, it’s cool to get up onstage wearing sunglasses and make noise, jump around and play random riffs, but if there’s no melody, your audience – especially those people who aren’t just brain–dead dancers – will lose interest, and respect, quickly. Atlanta’s Stokeswood seems to understand this; I hear a lot of Radiohead in their music, a little Coldplay and a spot o’ U2, and the songs are based on melody (and lyrics) more than cool riffing or spacey weirdness. Lead singer Adam Patterson isn’t afraid to power–strum an acoustic guitar when the song calls for it, and the band plays with an infectious energy and appealing immediacy. Highly recommended. Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/stokeswood. At 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 (with Jungol) at the Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. Free.

CHOOGLIN’

Guitarists Brian Vanderwerf and Jesse Tomlinson front this high–energy rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse from Minneapolis – a city that takes its music very, very seriously. With a full horn section and a cache of soul–driven, jazz–infused Twin Cities electro–tunes. “We get a lot of comparisons to 70s rock, but I think we have more of an R&B thing going on,” Vanderwerf told an interviewer. “Jesse is an amazing guitarist, and he is writing all the time. Shawn, our drummer, likes more aggressive stuff, like punk rock and weird two–piece metal. And I’m a huge Stones fan, so I’m sure that comes through. But most good rock and roll is loud and fast.” Listen & learn: www.myspace. com/chooglinband. At 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

THE SHANE PRUITT BAND

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Here’s where the name originated: After Neil Armstrong took those famous first steps on la lune, and uttered the line about “one small step for man,” some satirical writer wondered what a dumb person would have said, in Armstrong’s place. In the article, the adventurer – it was a very un–PC time, and he was referred to as a “Polack” – stood on the lunar surface and proclaimed: “Today the moon, tomorrow the sun!” It actually doesn’t have much relevance to this four–member electro–pop band from Atlanta, except for the fact that – if you read their reviews – they’re bound for someplace hot. TTM, TTS plays a wonderfully eclectic brand of melodic, hypnotic pop, with elements of electronica and flourishes of spiky punk. Bright–eyed vocalist Lauren Gibson’s twee, little–girl voice floats through the misty clouds of music like a homeroom daydream. fretman with a solid support band that includes – on the Hammond B3 organ, no less – Jimmy Peterman, a founding member of the Steve Miller Band, with Mr.

It’s a family affair for Gibson and company: Her husband Cregg is the band’s guitarist; her best friend Micah Silverman plays bass. Drummer Jeremy Cole was in several earlier bands with Silverman. Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun received an Editor’s Pick from Flagpole Magazine, and Ohm Park named them one of the Best Bands of 2008. And the band was featured on Comcast Bands on Demand in 2007. It’s ‘90s dance–pop, more than a bit like Canada’s Metric, with a hint (but just a hint) of B–52’s. Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/todaythemoontomorrowthesun. At 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Miller and Boz Scaggs. Drummer Bill Fletcher is a “pocket–player” (essential for tight blues drummers) who spent several years, with Peterman, in a band called

Cocktail Frank. Listen & learn: s.www.myspace.com/shanepruitt. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. CS

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Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder band perform Friday at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Music) 8:30 p.m. Pour Larry’s Rhythm Riot (Live Music) 8 p.m. Randy Wood Guitars Towne Mountain (Live Music) Bluegrass 7:30 p.m. Rock House Tybee Filthy Gamble (Live Music) 10 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Live Music) 8 p.m. Sentient Bean Queen Sheba Show (Other) Open Mic and poetry 8 p.m. Warehouse Bottles ’n Cans (Live Music) 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Chuck Courtenay Duo (afternoon); Silicone Sister (Live Music) Wormhole Black Tape for a Blue Girl (Live Music)

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A lot of guitar players talk about Django Reinhardt (1910–1953) as a major influence. The Belgian–born Reinhardt was a gypsy musician — he combined fast–moving swing with distinctly European forms of percussive rhythms, quicksilver chordal patterns and, most importantly, a rippling violin as a duet partner for his guitar. Along with violinist Stephane Grappelli, Reinhardt was the centerpiece of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, the talk of Paris in the 1930s. Paul Mehling, founder and frontman of the Hot Club of San Francisco, is one of the leading contemporary musicians playing “jazz manouche,” or gypsy jazz. Mehling and his band will perform Thursday at the Lucas Theatre — with

one set of historical and modern gypsy jazz tunes, and another as accompaniment to four antique silent films. As a child in Northern California, Mehling absorbed all kinds of music via his father’s extensive record collection. “Growing up in the age of the Beatles, everything was guitar, guitar, guitar,” he recalls. “But I gravitated towards swing — I listened to Benny Goodman and all that stuff — when I was a teenager.” At some point, he threw on an old Hot Club de France record. He liked the way Reinhardt and company looked – “sharp, sophisticated and mysterious” – but the sound of the guitar – decidedly not Beatle–like – made him sit up. “There’s something about the way the gypsies play the guitar that just gets me,”

Mehling says. “There was something really different around the guitar the way the gypsies played it. It’s like you’ve got a vibrato bar in your hand — the vibrato is crazy, the speed is crazy. It’s expressive. It’s got all the rock ‘n’ roll elements, but it’s not all just boom, boom, boom, like rock ‘n’ roll can get.” He responded to the instrument’s “gradations of color — there’s romance, and mystery, yet there’s still hotness and passion and all of that stuff. It’s like a little bit of all the food groups, musically speaking.” In fact, gypsy jazz guitar has the seamless flow of violin music. “A lot of the gypsies played violin first,” explains Mehling. “I studied a lot of violin at first, because I didn’t know


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“This was the ‘80s, when there was no Internet, no YouTube,” Mehling laughs. “Nowadays guys are learning how to play this style by watching real gypsies who have been filmed. And you can get Django’s music through Amazon any time you want.” From 1985 to 1990, Mehling was the guitarist in Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, a California band known for its high–octane blend of gypsy jazz, swing and rock ‘n’ roll. The Hot Club of San Francisco is 20 years old now, with 10 albums in the catalog, including many tracks written by the band members themselves. It’s not just the old stuff. “We’re trying to bring the era forward,” Mehling says. “A lot of Americans think they don’t like jazz, because jazz has morphed into this thing that’s kind of a very intellectual exercise, mostly jazz guys playing for other jazz guys. And they’re not necessarily playing for audiences any more. So a lot of American audiences go ‘Screw this.’ “We’re trying to make swing music contemporary, so that it’s not like putting on a scratchy old record, or going to a dusty old museum or something. We’re trying to show that living people can play this music, and that it can be exciting, and vital, and have a place in your life. You don’t have to think you’re a geek if you like swing music.” The four films the band will accompany Thursday include “two comedies, one scary film and one film that’s just beyond category. “We call it ‘Silent Surrealism’ because the films are mind–expanding; they’re not from the French Surrealist school.” Likewise, the members of the Hot Club of San Francisco are very aware of who they are, and what they’re doing. “We’re not gypsies, it’s not the 1930s,” Mehling says. “And this certainly isn’t Paris here in America, anywhere. “But for people who know all that background, you can kinda evoke that for them. And people who don’t know anything about the genre, they can just hear it and go ‘Huh! Never heard that before. It’s kinda cool.’” CS

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what I wanted to be when I grew up. The things you learn to do on the violin, if you apply them to the guitar, it actually helps you play in this style. There’s a lot of violin technique played on the guitar in this style.” The Hot Club of San Francisco includes violinist extraordinaire Evan Price, who has performed with not only Stephane Grappelli (the jazz master died in 1997) but with artists as diverse as rocker Jimmy Page, bluegrass fiddlers Johnny Gimble and Vassar Clements, and comedian Stephen Wright. In the 1980s, when he was in his 20s, Mehling traveled to Paris, in an attempt to getto the heart of gypsy jazz. “You can only learn so much from listening to records unless you’re a really smart person,” he says. “And I’m only so smart.” Every day, he’d play classical pieces on his violin in the city’s Metro subway stations, making enough in tip money to keep him in groceries. “In the evenings I’d go looking for the gypsies, and I finally found some. I happened to have my violin with me, and I was watching these guys play. They were looking at me with the violin case. Finally, one guy goes ‘You play that?’ I said ‘Mmm, a little bit.’ And he asked me if I wanted to play. I said ‘Actually, I’d rather listen to you guys.’ “Being a guitar player who’s invited people to sit in with me, I always appreciate when people err on the side of discretion. Some people aren’t smart enough to know that they suck. They always want to sit in, and they’re really good–intentioned ... “So these guys immediately liked me because I didn’t just whip it out and step on it. Eventually, though, they started playing ‘Sweet Georgia Brown,’ and I knew that one in my sleep, so I got my violin out and started playing. “I surprised them, and surprised myself, and for the next 10 days I’d play every day with these guys, sometimes four and five hours. We’d count up the tip money and I’d go ‘You don’t have to pay me — I’m just a dumbass American.’ The guitarist, Serge Krief, was French/Arabic, and in his bad French accent he’d be like ‘No! You are not my brother if you don’t accept the money!’” When his moolah ran out, Mehling returned to America, with a stash of cassette tapes he’d made of the streetcorner gypsy jazz band. He studied Krief ’s solos and improvisational flourishes, note for note and chord for chord, until he broke the unwritten code of the music.

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It’s not all retro-jazz for this Boston singer/songwriter by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

There’s something so retro about Boston–based singer, guitarist and bandleader Miss Tess, who’s making her third Savannah appearance Thursday at Jazz’d Tapas Bar. Tess – no last names, please – is one of those old–timey swing performers with a velvety, romantic voice and a touring band (the Bonton Parade) that includes clarinet, standup bass and a white–knuckle drummer keeping time with deft brushstrokes. Yet on Darling, Oh Darling, the just–issued fifth Miss Tess album, the authoritative

retro–jazz numbers are placed alongside winsome and melancholic country–styled ballads – not exactly western swing, although Miss Tess throws some of that in there, too. “Definitely, there’s a country influence,” she says. “Maybe we’ve just been touring the south too much or something! I love old country music, too. And western swing – I know there’s a bunch of crossover – I’m a big fan of that stuff. In the last couple years, there’s probably been more of an influence than on past albums.” Tess, who wrote every song on Darling, Oh Darling, says that even though she’s known for her old school jazz and swing – she’s extremely well–known for it, in fact – she wasn’t interested in restricting herself to the tried–and–true. “I had a bunch of tunes I wanted to record, and I really took each song and was like ‘OK, what do I want to make out of this song, regardless of whether I have the people in the band right now?’ So we brought in a bunch of guest artists. It was just kind of fun to explore some different stuff.” There’s even a straight–up rockabilly song on the album, “I Don’t Wanna See You Anymore.” “I like that we’re eclectic,” Tess says. “It gives us the opportunity to cross over and reach different listeners, too. It’s hard at first: People are like ‘This is a bluegrass festival – you’re not a bluegrass band, so you can’t play here.’ But now people think our eclectic nature is cool. I mean, I got ‘Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year’ in Boston. Oh! I guess

I’m a folk artist. “I’ve done singer/songwriter gigs, too. I feel like I can sit in with them, and the folk thing. I’m just trying to figure out what we’re supposed to be doing, I guess. That’s just what comes out. I don’t try to change it to fit into anything.” Now in her late 20s, Tess grew up around old–timey music – her father and mother played clarinet and standup bass, respectively. So vintage music was in her blood. “I guess that’s just what I learned, when I started learning,” she explains. “My first guitar teacher said ‘Here, I’m going to teach you some swing chords.’ And when I went out traveling by myself, and started writing songs, those were the chords I knew.” They played 175 dates last year, and there’s likely to be more than that on the docket for the next 12 months. “We play in rock rooms, we play in bluegrass rooms, and we get a lot of people who aren’t really familiar with jazz,” Tess explains. “They’re like ‘I didn’t even know I liked jazz!’ “ Still, “I definitely don’t want to be limited to that. I don’t even feel like I’m a jazz musician sometimes. I just write songs, and that’s the repertoire I draw from. But I’m so far from a lot of modern jazz artists.” CS Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade Where: Jazz’d Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St. When: 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 Admission: Free Artist’s Web site: www.misstessmusic. com

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A closer look at some Savannah-themed books, just in time for the gift-giving season by Jim Morekis | jim@connectsavannah.com

In case you’re worrying about what you’re going to give that literary lion in your life for Christmas, worry no more. Here are our reviews of some recent local releases, most of which you can find in local bookstores.

Keep in mind that while there are tons of locally–themed books out there, here we’re reviewing the books which the authors were thoughtful enough to send us review copies of.

Johnny Mercer: The Life, Times and Song Lyrics of Our Huckleberry Friend Collected and edited by Bob Bach and Ginger Mercer; Cherokee Publishing

The Savannah Cook Book by Harriet Ross Colquitt (introduction by Ogden Nash); Cherokee Publishing Savannah native Ken Boyd is doing some amazing work at his Marietta–based publishing house, digging up important old books with enormous local and regional interest and reissuing them in historically authentic form. He doesn’t disappoint with these two gems from back in the day, either of which would make great Savannah–themed gifts. The upgraded reissue of Johnny Mercer: The Life, Times and Song Lyrics of Our Huckleberry Friend, co–written by Mercer’s late wife Ginger, comes just in time for the centennial of the great lyricist’s birth. Rare photos (some never previously seen), memorabilia, inter-

views, and of course all those incredible song lyrics are all here in one keepsake volume. Viewing all this archival material really brings home the enormous influence Mercer had, and has, on American pop culture. In a time when most music careers last only a few years, what’s really impressive — besides his preternatural linguistic talent and ear for rhythm — is Mercer’s longevity. While most productive from the ’30–’50s — the time period most represented in this book — he remained a force well into the 1960s. First published in 1933, The Savannah Cook Book remains — along with that other Lowcountry classic, Charleston Receipts from 1950 — one of the must–have historic regional cookbooks. As with almost all of his reissues at Cherokee Publishing, Boyd takes great pains to recreate the book almost exactly as it would have appeared when it was first published. The book opens with a typically whimsical poem by the great light verse writer Ogden Nash, including the couplet “If you like dishes made out of a piece of lettuce and ground up peanuts and a maraschino cherry and marshmallow whip and a banana/ You will not get them in Savannah.”

The book includes the original, delightful — and quite politically incorrect by today’s standards — “decorations,” or sketches, by Florence Olmstead. As for the recipes themselves — “receipts” in old Southern lingo — they run the gamut from “Mrs. Habersham’s Terrapin Stew” (including a modern disclaimer that “all species of marine sea turtles are protected by state and federal laws”) to “Colonial Warrior’s Chicken Pie” (described as the “piece de resistance of the basket luncheon at the annual river trip” of the Society of Colonial Wars) to “Tipsy Squire,” a sponge cake dessert using almonds and sherry.

Savannah Cemeteries by Matthew Probst; Schiffer This photo–heavy mini–coffee table book eschews the stylized approach to photographing cemeteries — i..e, all black and white, or massively Photoshopped — instead using a smorgasbord of techniques, from sepiatone to full color to panoramic. While the effect is somewhat jarring at first, after a few pages you get used to the kinetic visual narrative. The book is divided by cemetery, with each chapter kicked off with a

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smart, concise diagrammatic map of the graveyard. Of course Bonaventure takes up the most room, and the Colonial Park Cemetery has a large (perhaps too large) section. There is also a well–done chapter on Laurel Grove Cemetery — in my opinion every bit the equal of Bonaventure in poignant beauty — and a brief look at some other lesser–known graveyards, such as the Old Jewish Cemetery, Catholic Cemetery, and a page of oddities. The text does offer some real, if somewhat dry, insight into the unique customs of Lowcountry cemeteries. I do wish the publisher would have gone with a more attractive body copy font.

Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume 1 Edited by Ann Short Chirhart and Betty Wood; University of Georgia Press For those of you weary of being told Georgia history basically boils down to James Oglethorpe, William T. Sherman and Martin Luther King Jr., here is a book exploring the lives and work of 18 women who made indelible impacts on continues on p. 29


U.S. Army photos of Fort Stewart (then called Camp Stewart) to copious, and often quite charming, photos from her family’s vast personal collection. The most stunning photos in the book come from the late 19th century work of Julia King, an early master photographer and local historian whose portraits of African American life on the coast can stand with any photojournalism I’ve seen, and which could easily be the subject of their own volume. Other highlights include an evocative photo of the oldest surviving St. Simons Island slave, a very rare shot of a meeting in progress within the historic Midway Church, and a photo of archaeologist David Hurst Thomas working on his historic St. Catherine’s Island find of the fabled Spanish mission Santa Catalina de Guale. The most entertaining section is the spread on the 19th century practice of “marooning,” a pasttime in which young people would take the family boat and “strand” themselves on one of the many hammocks and islands dotting the coastline for a romanticized camping adventure. But Devendorf is no mere collator of photographs. Her sharp, informative, and often entertaining photo captions are a history book all their own, and you are guaranteed to learn a great deal of little–known regional history in addition to enjoying this fascinating compendium of vintage photos.

Images of America: Liberty County

by Jamie and Bobby Deen (foreword by Paula Deen); Ballantine Books

by Meredith R. Devendorf; Arcadia Publishing Over the years Arcadia Publishing has sent me dozens of review copies of their photo–dominated regional history books. I can say without hesitation that Devendorf ’s book on Liberty County, Ga., is by far the best I’ve seen. The author is herself the scion of a well–established coastal Georgia family, and the range of photos she has acquired is suitably and impressively wide. They span stark Civil War–era photos of abandoned plantations to hard–to–find

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the Peach State. While to be sure, this well–researched collection of essays — informative while thankfully eminently readable — covers a couple of fairly well–known names, Juliette Gordon Low chief among them, the bulk comprises the compelling life stories of much lesser–known but nonetheless incredibly influential women. The definitions of “Georgia women” here are necessarily loose. Perhaps the most crucial chapter actually deals with an Englishwoman, the famed actress Fanny Kemble. Her marriage into the Butler family — largest slaveowners in America at the time — and subsequent visit to her husband’s plantation on the Altamaha River in the early 1800s led her to write the first globally influential abolitionist work, Journal of Life on a Georgia Plantation, based on her observations of the suffering she saw. Another chapter near and dear to the Savannah heart features Mary Musgrove, the Creek Indian with extensive white ties who not only served as a Sacajawea of sorts as Oglethorpe’s interpreter but was also one of the most crafty politicians the state has produced. You’ll also learn about early women’s suffrage champion Mary Latimer McLendon, Revolutionary War heroine Nancy Hart, and Susie King Taylor, an African American woman whose face graces the cover, who wrote a chronicle of her time serving as nurse to a black Civil War regiment, and for whom one of the Savannah River ferries is named.

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Written with that particular downhome appeal that is part and parcel of the Deen Brand — what used to be called “lowbrow appeal” in a less politically correct age — the text of the book contains such typical platitudes as “We hadn’t had Mama’s pork chops and rice bake in years when Bobby — who is on a pork chop kick — decided it was worth reviving” and “We try to heat a healthy, balanced diet, but you know Paula Deen’s boys have a taste for rich, creamy sauces.” Oy. But of course you didn’t buy a Deen cookbook for the prose, you bought it for the recipes. And the recipes contain a few daring must–tries amidst the usual fatty–but–bland Southern food that is the Deen trademark. In particular, I’ll be sure to try the Grilled Bacon and Cheese Jalapeno Poppers, the Grilled Cheesy Olive Bread, and the All–Day Beef Chili. (It’s annoying to be informed that a “Frito pie,” a.k.a., chili and cheese over Fritos, is a Southern invention, when actually it was a staple in West Texas and New Mexico decades before anyone in the old cottton South ever heard of it. That said, it is a great idea and one that should be spread far and wide.)

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of the main building. Sammons has also thoughtfully included an extended section dealing with the individuals, free and enslaved, who’ve been associated with the house over the years, from original owner Richard Richardson to Savannah Mayor George Welshman Owens to the Marquis de Lafayette, who famously addressed an adoring crowd from the balcony on the south side of the main house. There’s also a well–done chapter near the end for kid’s food, such as Pecan Catfish Fish Sticks and Baked Hush Puppies, that may prove to be the most practical portion of the book.

What I Know: Uncommon Wisdom and Universal Truths From 10–year–olds and 100–year–olds by Roger Emerson Fishman; Potter While technically not written by a local author, this charming compendium — the subhead exactly describes the content of the book — does feature a few local people, as I discovered while flipping through and seeing a wonderful black and white portrait photo of my former next–door neighbors on 50th Street, the nationally–famous 100–year– old identical twins Eloise Rogers and Lois Fisher (Mrs. Fisher has since sadly passed away). The premise of the book might seem bland, but the content is what sets it apart. Fishman divides it into loose chapters with titles like “Integrity” and “Parenting.” After Fishman’s opening come the quotes from various kids and senior citizens. The 10–year–olds’ advice is, not surprisingly, the most entertaining, like this snippet from Devin M. of Florida: “Try not to spoil your kids like bananas or you will lose all your money for sure.” What might surprise you is

that it is often the best as well. For example, Mike D. of Philadelphia says, “Try not to ship your baby off to day care. That’s like throwing time out the window because the quality time you have with your kids is golden.” The Savannah twins are featured on several pages. Here’s a quote from the late Mrs. Fisher: “The most important values are to be honest with each other. If you hit somebody’s car, you better at least leave your name and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ Unfortunately ‘I’m sorry’ seems to have went out of style a long time ago. That just burns me up!”

Informally Educated by Kennesaw; self–published at http:// www.lulu.com This self–published chronicle of a young man’s life in middle Georgia spent learning the criminal trades from his psychotically violent and abusive stepfather is compelling in its ability to sum up the conflicted feelings abuse victims feel — that strange mixture of fear, guilt, hyperresponsibility, victimization, and yes, a kind of love, or perhaps deep admiration, for the abusive authority figure. The stepfather in question is Jack Cooper, who was raised in New York City but who, after a five–year jail term for beating two men to death, ends up in the trailer parks of middle Georgia, planting himself in the family of the author and his hapless mother. From age eight to adulthood, the book chronicles the author’s attempts both to cope with the endless mixed messages going on in his head and to separate himself from the chaotic, criminal and ultraviolent life he’s been forced into. While the personal aspects of the tale are well–told and ring true and are clearly very important therapeutically for the author, the book misses an opportunity to delve more into the seedy social history of the various crime orga-


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Spirits of ’76: Ghost Stories of the American Revolution by Daniel W. Barefoot; John F. Blair Not written by a local author but nonetheless a good ghost book with a solid portion devoted to Georgia ghosts in general and coastal Georgia ghosts in particular. I typically loathe ghost books for a number of reasons — beginning with the main reason, i.e., ghosts do not actually exist — but this tome boasts a confidently scholarly point of view that I find attractive. Along the way you’re sure to learn a little history of our great nation, and that is always a worthy goal. The main Savannah Revolutionary War ghost story is of course that of James Habersham Jr. in the Olde Pink House, formerly the Habersham family mansion. Old man Habersham was of course one of the wealthiest slaveowners of colonial times, who had a famous falling with his son James Jr. over the thorny little issue of American independence (Dad was agin’ it, son was down with it).

Savannah in Plain View by Kathy Smith; Pelican Publishing Surely one of the most unusual local photo books, Savannah in Plain View is the work of Oregon–based photographer Kathy Smith, who has shown a lot of work in Seattle galleries. A self–taught “light leak” photographer, in

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nizations that have long dominated semirural areas of Georgia. There are pithy references to the notorious “Dixie Mafia,” an actual organization, but I was left wanting more.

Moon Handbook on South Carolina by Jim Morekis; Avalon Travel Publishing Heck yes, I’m promoting my own book — someone’s got to do it! If you know anyone planning a trip, weekend or extended, to the great Palmetto State next door, consider giving them this comprehensive travel guide which covers the entire state, from the mountains to the coast, from South of the Border near Dillon to the ruins of the Old Sheldon Church near Yemasee. Anyone who’s picked up my first book in this series, Charleston and Savannah, will note that the Charleston and Beaufort sections here are largely intact from that edition. But the new book pays a lot of attention to Columbia — a very short drive from Savannah — as well as the natural offerings in the Upstate. (And needless to say there’s a section on Myrtle Beach, which remains South Carolina’s biggest tourist draw by far.) I know folks in Savannah barely pay any attention at all to our neighbor to the north over the river, but as someone who spent the better part of a year researching and writing this book — you don’t know what you’re missing. cs

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Wine according to Hendry A look around Hendry Ranch Vineyards is pretty similar to other large Napa Valley wine makers: stacks of barrels, giant stainless steel tanks, a particle accelerator. Particle accelerator? No, it’s not a New Age wine–making tool, but it’s one of two loves of George Hendry. Hendry has lived on the ranch all of his life. He was thrust into the fledgling family business when his father died unexpectedly in 1944. Still, his devotion to his family farm did not deter young George from pursuing advanced degrees — leading to dual careers as wine maker and designer of cyclotrons — a type of particle accelerator. Along the years, Hendry brought in other key players. When 30–year neighbor Susan Ridley announced her retirement, Hendry offered her the job of marketing Hendry wines. She and her husband, Tom, became partners in the winery. Hendry’s passion for good wine was contagious. Ridley was in Savannah recently, the guest of honor at a dinner featuring Hendry wines hosted at Eos. She’s a consummate storyteller, fueled with passion for the wines and blessed with the ability to explain complex wine–making subjects to novice oenophiles. The winery offers an amazing range of varietals, the result of the vineyard’s strategic location between other Napa AVAs like Caneros and Stag’s Leap. The result is a rapidly changing climate that is suitable for cool weather varietals like Pinot Noir and warmer weather grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon. Highlights of the night included: • 2005 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay: I don’t write much about Chardonnay because I rarely find one that stands above

the crowd in terms of experience and value. This is an exception. Key to the food–friendly acidity of Hendry Chardonnay is that it is not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. What’s that? Think of malo as the taste of green apples and lactic as the mouth–feel of milk, according to Ridley. That means this Chardonnay has an uncharacteristically acidic finish. Look for tastes of oak, tropical fruit and stone. This wine was barrel–fermented, aged in 50 percent new French oak barrels for 11 months and then bottle– conditioned for two years. The result is a Chardonnay for wine drinkers who claim to disdain oaked Chards. It is beautifully balanced, incredibly food–friendly and a Chardonnay worthy of my highest endorsement. • 2006 Napa Red Blend: Details, details...this wine is a blend of 30 percent Petit Verdot, 26 percent Malbec, 16 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 percent Cabernet Franc and 14 percent Merlot. With this complex blend, it should be apparent that this wine will not revel itself all at once, it takes some coaxing in the glass, some “breathing” upon opening. Patience will reveal notes of leather — my first impression — and then cocoa and, yes, even violets. Obviously, 18 months aging in 50 percent new French oak yields tannins — but don’t be afraid. Once again, balance is paramount in the Hendry philosophy. Although it varies from vintage to vintage, this red blend is often held in bottle for additional time to allow full maturation. It is sophisticated, elegant — and remains very approachable. The entire Hendry portfolio is solid and well made. Among the other wines we sampled were a Rose, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. Space prohibits detailing each one, but suffice it to say that they are wines worthy of your exploration. cs

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Tim’s restaurant hopping turns up intriguing and satisfying meals. He picks some experiences every week to share: With holidays approaching, out–of–town guests will be arriving on your doorstep and the pressure will be on to entertain. Even without guests, holidays often mean a special night out with friends, your spouse –– or your boss! I’ll toss in some fine dining locations in the coming weeks –– all are excellent choices for special evenings on the town.

Noble Fare

The cozy, intimate little bistro only seats 34 diners downstairs –– and only recently added a striking black–and– white themed upstairs area that can squeeze in another 18 or so. I’ve beat the drum for Chef Patrick McNamara since he opened nearly two years ago. In that time, I’ve found absolute consistency of the food, service and variety. Chef Pat is the master of creating stunningly beautiful little plates that are culinary canvases. A bite of this, a spoon of that, a splash of exotic finishing oil, a dollop of sensory–tapping reduction; each plate presents like those pictures you see in expensive cookbooks –– only you get to eat these! What to look for on the menu? Anything braised –– from pork cheeks to lamb shank. In particular, Chef Pat has a way with the hoofed beasts: He can turn an ornery cut of lamb into a melt–in–your–mouth, butter tender delicacy. Throw in cauliflower puree, sweet corn succotash and rich, savory pan juices and you’ve got the makings of a perfect meal. Fish lovers take note: Seared Diver scallops are textbook encrusted on the exterior, and plump, white and moist on the inside. Grouper portions perch atop earthy, rich risotto encircled by decadent buerre blanc. The food is complex in flavor and construction, intricate in presentation and stands without peer in imagination. The wine list is beautifully matched to the menu, thanks to Chef ’s wife, Jenny, who oversees front–of–house operations, wine list choices and commands a huge repertoire of exotic cocktails. Five to seven course dinners are perfectly portioned and nicely paced. A typical appetizer, entree and dessert meal will be sized appropriately –– you never leave hungry or overly full from Noble Fare. 321 Jefferson St./443–3210

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Making scenes, clockwise from top left: The Savannah Community Theatre’s Nunsense, the Little Theatre of Savannah’s The Diary of Anne Frank, the City of Savannah’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Bay Street Theatre’s Mr. Marmalade.

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Next June, the Little Theatre of Savannah will celebrate 60 years with a big birthday bash. If they can find a place to hold it, that is. And no one’s sure how many candles belong on the cake. The Little Theatre, like most of the city’s amateur thespian groups, is feeling the pinch of these tough economic times. The Diary of Anne Frank, which closes this weekend, will be the organization’s last major production in the Freight Station, where they’ve been staging shows for two or three years. After December’s Holiday Cabaret, the lease runs out.

And it’s not being renewed. “At least for the time being, we’re going to focus on one production per year, and renting a space out for it,” says Monica McDermott, president of the theatre’s board of governors. “We are a small company, and it’s a matter of financial as well as human resources.” “Human resources,” of course, refers to volunteer talent onstage and behind the scenes. Fewer people are coming to auditions, which results in casts consisting of, more or less, the same

actors every time. “We really want to get back to the feeling that the community is putting on these productions,” McDermott says. “And not just a handful of people.” JinHi Soucy Rand has been involved with virtually every community theatre group in Savannah, both onstage and off. She remembers the day, 10 years ago, when she and others celebrated the 20th anniversary of the City Lights Theatre Company, which put on shows in a Broughton Street storefront City Lights never made it to 30. “They outgrew the venue they had, and weren’t big enough for the venues that were available to them,” she recalls. People left, interest waned, and the

facility was sold. Rand, who’s married to Little Theatre board member Mark Rand, laughs that she’s “surfed the ebb and flow of the changing theatre companies in Savannah” for 18 years. “The Little Theatre started in a building that burned down, then they moved to what is now the Savannah Theatre,” she says. “Ultimately, the cost of the building outweighed the cost of running a production company. So they sold it.” (The Savannah Theatre, operated by the Missouri–based Meece family, isn’t a community theatre. The Meeces’ professional cast puts on a repeating series of musical revues, and plays largely to


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better any time soon. Looking over the lists of his subscription customers, and regular ticket–buying patrons, he realized that the majority were coming from The Landing. So he brought the mountain to Mohammed. “The decision was more economic than anything else,� Coleman explains, “to say ‘let’s go where the clientele is right now.’ And then see if we can make it through to survive.� The SCT season opener, the musical comedy Nunsense, runs Nov. 28–30 at the Landing’s Plantation Club. It’s a collaboration with the Tybee Arts Association and its theatre wing. “That also helped us, because we’re not out there in the boat alone,� Coleman says. “We’re sharing costs and the talent pool, so that’s working out for us.� (Indeed, the director had an embarrassment of riches at the auditions, as 26 women tried out for the five Nunsense roles.) Coleman stresses that the SCT shows remain open and available to the public — they’re not exclusively for residents of The Landing. “We’re in a slump, economically,� he says. “And the people that can go to theatre when things are fine are trying to hold back right now. That’s not going to last forever.� Nevertheless, Coleman’s hedging his bets by only adding “low maintenance� productions to his season. “I’ve been doing this a thousand years,� he explains, “so I picked shows I figured I wouldn’t have a lot of problems with. “For instance, we have open auditions coming up for Luv – that’s a one–female, two–male show. I’m not trying to do South Pacific or something. And I know not to try to do South Pacific in this year.�

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tour–bus patrons from out of town.) In 2007, the Little Theatre entered into a shared agreement with Cardinal Rep, a fledgling local group, to lease the Freight Station, located on hard–to–find Louisville Road. When Cardinal Rep folded, about a year ago, the Little Theatre became the sole leaseholder. And now they’re giving it up for good. A typical Little Theatre season, since the 1950s, has consisted of five fully–staged plays per year, plus a summer musical. Now, McDermott explains, with three local colleges putting on live theatre, and competition from the Savannah Community Theatre, the city’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs and others, there’s just too many choices in town, for performers and attendees both. Not long ago, the Little Theatre put its old scrapbooks of press clippings and playbills on display. McDermott says she could see the changes over time right there before her eyes. “There were literally hundreds of people involved in putting on these shows in the past, and that was when the Little Theatre was the only group in town,� she says. “The whole community was able to get behind it, and everything the theater did was newsworthy. “Savannah has grown so that it’s not just theatre being offered to the community – there’s the Savannah Music Festival, the Savannah Film Festival and all of these different things that take people’s attention away from live theatre.� McDermott admits it was a “tough decision� to abandon the Freight Station and gut the season. “We can definitely produce theatre where the productions themselves are not losing money,� she says. “But when you’re adding to that the cost of rent, and utilities, and maintaining the facility, that kind of thing, it gets to be pretty prohibitive.� It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for the Savannah Community Theatre, either. The relatively new (3 years) organization has moved out of its home on Victory Drive and entered into an agreement with the owners of The Landing, the largely affluent Skidaway Island community. Community Theatre founder and director Tom Coleman III, a Savannah native who worked with the Little Theatre before teaching drama in Athens for 22 years, realized last spring that costs were mounting, attendance was down, and things weren’t going to get

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And th–th–th–that’s not all, folks. July’s The Wiz was the last big summer production for the City of Savannah’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs. “We are going to be pushing forward, very specifically, in an education direction,” says performing arts coordinator Ellie Pyle, “and trying to form partnerships with other organizations that aren’t necessarily arts groups – so that they can have theatrical opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have, in other venues.” The city will continue to produce one or two small–scale “Black Box” shows every year in its Henry Street space, like the recent To Kill a Mockingbird. However, Pyle says, “they will be very community focused. Specifically, our mission statement talks about serving under–served populations, and we want to remain focused on that.” According to Pyle, the department’s budget for next year hasn’t been approved yet – although she’s certain it will be. So the changes in city theater aren’t necessarily financially motivated. “As far as the specifics of the numbers, I do not know,” she says. “I know that we are focusing primarily on outreach projects — I’m teaching an after–school program class at the moment — and the education possibilities.” The bright, shining light at the moment would seem to be the Bay Street Theatre, formed by young, hungry expatriates from Cardinal Rep, and others who’ve trod the Savannah boards for a few years. Bay Street is utilizing the cabaret stage at Club One — where drag queens hold court several nights of the week — to stage off–the–wall musicals like Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show. Attendance, they say, has been good. This week, Bay Street is putting on the adult comedy Mr. Marmalade. Live theatre, says JinHi Soucy Rand, is continually evolving. She thinks things will pick up again. In the meantime, there’s new blood to be considered. She’s working with AWOL (All Walks of Life), the arts program for troubled young people. “Right now, I’m very excited about AWOL’s new theatre program,” Rand says. “These kids are doing Shakespeare — it’s a hip hop adaptation that they’ve come up with themselves — and they are learning the art of theatre. They are being taught the poetics. “And in the spring, they’re going to do it in Spanish.” CS


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3 Redneck Tenors

Here’s the thing about the 3 Redneck Tenors: It sounds like a pretty dumb idea for a stage show, but it’s a rock–solid blast. I’ve yet to meet anyone who didn’t come out of a 3RT show saying the same thing. The 3 Redneck Tenors show will make its Savannah debut Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Lucas Theatre. Tickets are on sale now. Three professional opera singers play Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee, mullet–headed rubes from Paris, Texas who sit in lawn chairs out in front of their Airstream trailer, beer cans in hand, and dream of musical stardom. With their hairstyles, T-shirts and overalls, and a string of knee–slapping good–old–boy jokes, you’ll begin to think you’re in for a stereotypical ride on the good ship Mountain Dew. But when these guys sing – in character and in costume – the whole picture changes. The show, which utilizes a full band, takes them from classic opera (“Nessun Dorma,” “O Sole Mio,” “La Donna e Mobile”) to vocal milestones (“The Impossible Dream”) to goofy and hilariously funny stuff you wouldn’t expect in a million years (“YMCA,” “Stayin’ Alive,” a vocal harmony rendition of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony). They sing, they disco dance, they go where no rednecks have gone before. For additional information, and tickets, go to www.scadboxoffice.com.

They may look (and act) like trailer-park rubes, but the 3 Redneck Tenors are professional opera singers.

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A performance by self–proclaimed “Rock Concert Illusionist” David DaVinci forms the centerpiece of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus’ 2010 show Illuscination, which is coming to the Savannah Civic Center Jan. 21–24. Illuscination is the regular “Greatest Show on Earth” tour – with acrobats, animal acts and the like –with the added attraction of Mr. DaVinci, who makes things disappear (and appear again) with Copperfield–style flourish and high–tech panache. Tickets are

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...I Cantori, Savannah’s professional chamber choir, has announced its annual Christmas concerts (there are two of them). The 7:30 p.m. shows are Dec. 5 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Dec. 14 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island. The program is a mix of vintage carols and newly–composed a capella music, done up in the style of “olde” British Isles carolers.

Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students, at (912) 925–7866... ...The Savannah Folk Music Society’s annual Holiday Caroling Party happens Sunday, Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church. Admission to the two–hour songfest is free, but you’re asked to bring a plate o’treats for others to enjoy. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. ...Two days prior (that’s Dec. 4), the Folk Music folks’ First Friday concert at First Presbyterian will feature an all–local bill: Chris Desa, and Michael Amburgey and Bobby Hanson. CS

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Nudes by Bill Ballard are up at Gallery Espresso through Dec. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State University Senior Show — Featured artists include Jennifer Ashley, Ken Bruzenak, Jamaal Galloway, Christine Hefner, Matt Hefner, Briana Higgins, Raphyel Jordan, Samuel Lim, Ruby Neves, and Alicia Perez. Nov. 13-Dec. 14 at the Fine Arts Gallery. Reception Dec. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. A Spot in the Universe — Closing reception: Fri. Nov 20, 7pm. Combines photography and industrial design. Garvin Church , 202 W. Duffy A Warhol Trio: Photos, Prints and Silver Clouds — The exhibit includes approximately 150 photographs (polaroids and silver gelatin prints) by the iconic 20th-century artist Andy Warhol. SCAD Museum of Art, 227 MLK Jr. Blvd.

Circling the Center — Work by Nene Humphrey that employs performance, installation and collaboration. Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St. through Dec. 30. Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland 18801914 — Examining the work of forty-three American painters drawn to Holland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jepson Center for the Arts Enlightened — Savannah Art Association presents new work from over 20 local artists. Pace Lighting, 7 Southern Oaks Ct. Four Seasons — The reopening of the Off The Wall Gallery at 45 Bistro begins with new work from Brian Macgregor. Off the Wall Gallery at 45 Bistro, 123 E. Broughton St.

Shards by Stacey Brown — Exhibit of Savannahinspired works from this Atlanta-based artist who paints glass, shatters it, and then reconstructs into images. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. The Journey: Large Format Photography by Ben Ham — New work from the nationally renowned photographer, heavily inspired by Ansel Adams. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island Tibby Llewellyn & Randee Powell — Llewellyn specializes in batik and Powell is a macrame jewelry artist. Gallery 209, 209 E. River St. Tsalagi: The Cherokee Nation — Photographs explore the roles commercialism and tourism have played in the cultural survival of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation. Desotorow Gallery , 2421 DeSoto Ave. cs

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2012 The perfect follow–up for those moviegoers who were simply crushed when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen wrapped up at a too–brief 142 minutes, 2012 contributes another 158 minutes to the cause of wham–bam–thank–you–man cinema. No effect is too preposterous, no sound too deafening, and no cliche too enormous to be left out of the latest end–of–the–world effort from director Roland Emmerich, who there but for the grace of God goes Michael Bay. On balance, I can handle Emmerich’s output better than Bay’s, but it’s clear that the gap between them is shrinking at a rapid clip. Emmerich’s Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow may have been dopey, but both were carried off with a certain degree of panache, and ID at least gave us the lingering image of the White House being blown to smithereens by invading aliens. In 2012, we see the White House being crushed by a wayward naval vessel, a visual more moronic than iconic. 2012 brushes through the fuzzy science - basically, the sun is responsible for Earth’s impending doom, predicted by the Mayans way back when - in order to devote more of its time to its inane assortment of cardboard characters and the CGI effects that will wow some but fail to move others (they alternate between impressive and obvious). John Cusack is the all–American protagonist, a stock underachiever named Jackson Curtis (not to be confused with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) who must rise from Everyman to Superman in order to save not only himself but his fractured family unit (ex–wife, distant son, chipper daughter). There’s also the well–meaning scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the duplicitous politician (Oliver Platt), the self–sacrificing U.S. president (Danny Glover), the conspiracy–theory nut who turns out to be right about everything (Woody Harrelson, whose zealotry was a lot more fun to watch in Zombieland), and so on. Even “master of disaster” Irwin Allen liked to shake up the status quo in such films as The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, but Emmerich has no imagination: His A–listers live, his support players die. Worse, he subscribes to a rigid ethical code usually reserved for slasher films and fundamentalist diatribes: Likable characters tempted by the flesh suffer mean–spirited ends, as does anyone who dares to stand in the way of traditional family values. Such sermonizing takes a back seat,

THE BOX The Box is the latest picture from writer–director Richard Kelly, who with the cult fave Donnie Darko proved that he’s one filmmaker able to think outside the box (ouch). Adapting Richard Matheson’s short story “Button, Button,” Kelly has fashioned a complex tale out of a simple premise: A solemn stranger (Frank Langella) hands a married couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) a box and informs them that if they press the button on top, someone they don’t know will die but they’ll be rewarded with one million dollars for their action. It’s not spoiling anything to reveal that the button does indeed get pushed (otherwise, it would be one helluva short flick), but no viewer can be expected to predict the myriad directions in which the movie travels. At its heart a fable about the moral choices we make and accepting the consequences of our actions, the film remains an original even as it touches upon other literary and cinematic sources to enhance its appeal: Sartre’s No Exit plays a part, as does the writing of Arthur C. Clarke (the latter in turn leading to a visual sequence worthy of 2001: A Space Odyssey, itself based on Clarke’s story “The Sentinel”).Admittedly, The

Box doesn’t hold up as a morning–after title, since reflecting on its events will reveal a fair share of plotholes. But both its imagination and its ambition sprint far beyond anything offered in the creatively neutered likes of Disney’s A Christmas Carol or Law Abiding Citizen, and Kelly doesn’t cheat in the final reels in a grasping effort to placate timid moviegoers. Conscientious in its actions yet radical in its approach, The Box demonstrates that, in this instance anyway, it’s hip to be square.

The Men Who Stare At Goats Loopy enough to stand out from the homogenized pack but not bold enough to truly go the distance, this eccentric satire (inspired by Jon Ronson’s nonfiction book of the same name) proves to be a modestly pleasing piffle in which journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor, sincere but straightjacketed by an undemanding role) searches for a great story on the outskirts of the Iraq War and finds one in Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). Cassady claims to be a former super–soldier, a military man who had been trained in the ways of the paranormal in order to use psychic abilities to combat the enemy. Cassady and his fellow recruits flourished under the tutelage of Vietnam War vet Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), but once a devious soldier named Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey) entered the picture, everything went to hell. Now many years later, Cassady insists to Wilton that he’s on a covert mission, and he drags the inquisitive yet uncomprehending reporter along with him. Clooney and Bridges are both adept at giving off–kilter performances (let’s


A CHRISTMAS CAROL Officially, the title is Disney’s A Christmas Carol, which is acceptable since it sure as hell isn’t Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. While it might be true that this animated version retains more of the literary classic than might reasonably be expected, it’s also accurate to state that a key ingredient of the novel –– namely, its humanist spirit — is largely missing from this chilly interpretation. Director Robert Zemeckis, who used to make fun movies in which the spectacular special effects served the story and not the other way around (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump), has become obsessed with the motion capture process (this is his third consecutive picture utilizing this technique, following The Polar Express and Beowulf), and one gets the sense that he chose the Dickens chestnut not because of a desire to revive its moral tale for a new generation but because it seemed like a suitable vehicle for his new techno–toys. But Zemeckis can’t keep still, and rather than remain within the parameters of the meaty story, he follows in the footsteps of the recent Where the Wild Things Are adaptation by fleshing out a story that didn’t exactly cry out for extraneous material. But while Wild Things’ additions at least made thematic sense, Zemeckis pads the material with such nonsense as Scrooge (Jim Carrey) being blasted into the stratosphere or dashing through the cobbled streets of London (a chase scene? Really?) while simultaneously turning into the incredible shrinking man. Carrey gives the role of the miserly Scrooge his all (he also voices a half–dozen other characters), and the 3–D effects (offered in select theaters) are expertly realized. But you don’t need glasses –– 3–D or otherwise –– to see that this holiday release is too diluted for adults, too frightening for children, and too tiresome for just about everybody.

This Is It A sadness permeates the opening moments in the behind–the–scenes piece This Is It, but it has nothing to do with Michael Jackson’s death. Instead, the sequence – filmed, like the rest of the movie, while Jackson was very much alive – centers on the talented young dancers and singers who auditioned to be a part of the King of Pop’s planned series of London concerts. As each person describes the thrill of being included in the Jackson legacy – many of them tearing up as they speak – they comment on how much this opportunity means to them, with one or two even stating that this concert gave them a newfound purpose in their unfocused lives. It’s a heartbreaking sequence, considering that Jackson’s death meant that none would be able to live the dream that seemed within their collective grasp. It’s a smart way to open the film, filling audience members with emotion before the man himself takes the stage to prepare for his mammoth undertaking. After all, many folks (myself included) turned away from Jackson once he made the complete transformation to tabloid freak, and, to be sure, certain audience members are sure to experience an initial wave of nausea as this physical grotesquerie with a dubious history gets ready for his close–up. But then an amazing thing happens. It starts with the music, those generation–spanning hits that have the power to produce instant bouts of affectionate nostalgia. Then there come the dance steps, not as fast and furious as before, but still deft enough to catch the eye. And finally, there’s the sheer spectacle, the showmanship that was arguably as responsible for keeping MJ in the light as any other aspect of his carefully constructed career. Combined, these elements make resistance futile, and for two shimmering hours, all the ghosts of scandals past melt away, leaving in their wake an entertainer whose only desire is to dazzle. And dazzle he does. With all of the footage coming from the rehearsals that took place from April through June of this year, This Is It provides backstage access to all the prepping for what promised to be one hell of a concert. With the special effects work completed for many of the show’s rear–screen spectacles, the movie is able to hint at the larger–than–life dimensions that even at their most bombastic never threaten to obscure the human dynamo working front and center. continues on p. 34

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Ever the perfectionist, Jackson comes across as prickly on occasion but generally displays patience and warmth toward those around him – albeit always at an emotional distance. Yet when he gets into his zone as a performer, he invites everyone to the party, grooving as one with his backups and even allowing others to occasionally snag the spotlight. He tackles most of the major hits, including “The Man in the Mirror,” “Beat It” and, of course, “Thriller.” The Jackson 5 sequence, complete with vintage footage, is unexpectedly moving, as is an elaborate production number set to the lovely “Earth Song.” Ultimately, This Is It doesn’t quite feel like a documentary, nor does it seem like a concert film. It’s clearly a love letter to the fans, but, perhaps more importantly, it’s an olive branch to the latter–day critics, cynics and naysayers, all of whom have probably shown up to bury Jackson, not praise him. But the joke’s on us. Wisely remaining within the parameters of the rehearsal arena, the movie keeps sensationalism and sordidness at bay. And by doing so, it allows us one final look at the Man in the Mirror, an unblemished view that reflects back nothing but a desire to let the music play.

CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT Based on a series of books for kids, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant would seem to be aimed at either those young viewers with an affinity for the Twilight franchise or perhaps at those young viewers seeking an alternative to the adventures of Bella and Edward. Either way, this PG–13 confection would seem to be geared primarily at the teen crowd, with adult attendance a passing afterthought. But older moviegoers who can recall the spate of like–minded horror flicks from the 1980s will find much to appreciate as well. Those ‘80s efforts like Fright Night, Vamp and The Lost Boys placed teen protagonists in horrific situations and armed them with plenty of humor to go along with those wooden stakes. Like its predecessors, this film similarly mixes comedy with fantasy, and I’d be surprised if writer–director Chris Weitz and co–scripter Brian Helgeland hadn’t studied those pictures before embarking on this project. Here, the school–age hero is 14–year–old Darren (Chris Massoglia, who even looks like ‘80s mainstay Ralph Macchio in certain shots), who, at the urging of his rebellious best friend Steve (Josh Hutcherson), sneaks out to catch a one–

night–only presentation by a traveling freak show. The lineup includes a snake boy (Almost Famous’ Patrick Fugit) and a psychic who can sprout a beard at will (Salma Hayek), but it’s spider–wrangler Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) who catches the boys’ attention. Crepsley turns out to be a “good” vampire – he dazes rather than kills humans, taking just enough blood for sustenance – and while Steve gets rejected for having “bad” blood, Darren soon becomes the vampire’s prot g e and finds himself having to steer clear of the soul–sucking Mr. Tiny (Michael Cerveris) and an army of “bad” vampires. Reilly hardly conjures up images of suave bloodsuckers like Christopher Lee or Frank Langella, but his casting proves to be a real boon to the film, providing it with a central vampire whose wit is as sharp as his teeth. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant ends with all signs pointing to a sequel, but given its bloodless box office, it’s safe to surmise that a stake has been driven through that particular course of action.

Astro Boy 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.” 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 a Fagin–like scoundrel (Nathan Lane) and his young charges .


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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. The key difference is one of length. The creators of Watchmen had so much material 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, but neither is it a further canonization. Max Records plays young Max, a troubled child. After a spat with his single mom (Catherine Keener) leads to his biting her on the shoulder, Max bolts from the house, soon stumbling on a body of water where a small boat awaits him. Max arrives at an island inhabited by large, furry beasts who alternate between sounding like confused children and neurotic adults. Technically, Where the Wild Things Are is a stunning achievement. But there’s a reason why Sendak’s book runs only a few dozen pages, and by blowing up the story, Jonze has stripped it of much of its wide–eyed wonder.

Law Abiding Citizen Law Abiding Citizen appears as if it will be a modern rendition of the Death Wish type of tale, as loving 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. Initially, Law Abiding Citizen makes all the right moves. But then it turns into a gruesome melodrama that, too afraid to tackle issues it brings up, instead elects to transform into a ridiculous thriller about a psychopath terrorizing a city.

COUPLES RETREAT 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 (Kristen 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, feelings are hurt and all the relationships teeter on the edge of disaster. 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.

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 to four actors (five, if you include the A–lister who turns up in a crowd–pleasing cameo) who remain ingratiating throughout. cs

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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 www.campaignforliberty.com/usa/ GA/Chatham/ for dates, time and meeting place.

Chatham County Democratic Party

Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or R1999MHAR@aol.com. Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 109 W. Victory Dr. , Savannah http://www.chathamdems.com/

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 www.constitutionparty.com

Drinking Liberally

An informal gathering of left-leaners. august1494@excite.com 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:// www.sip.armstrong.edu/CivilRightsMuseum/ Civilindex.html

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. blogspot.com. 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

Savannah Area Young Republicans

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

Benefits 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.

Lions Club Xmas Tree Lot

The Lions Club of Savannah will host a Christmas Tree Lot this year. Proceeds benefit their chairtable endeavors. Douglas Firs ranging from 5-12 ft. tall. Open Nov. 22 thru Dec. 11, except Thanksgiving Day, until 8:30 p.m. Victory Drive, west of Optimist Stadium,

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. ,

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 www.verveffect.com/busywoman or by mail at 648 Henry St., Savannah, 31401. For info, visit Savannah.EveryBusyWoman.com.

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 jrleaguesav.org 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@ comcast.net

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. www.SavannahRiverBridgeRun.com/

Story Submissions

Savannah-based children’s book publisher, Castlebridge Books, has announced a January 10, 2010 deadline for story submissions. Selected stories will be included in a book titled “Sharing Savannah”. The book will be a benefit for reading is fundamental. Guidelines: 400-600 word story, with a tie to Savannah, for children aged 0-5. Entry guidelines can be found at CastlebridgeBooks.com http://www.bigtentbooks. com/rifsavannahproject.aspx

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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. savstate.edu/

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Beading Classes

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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 cafecontigo@gmail.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. , Savannah

English as a Second Language

Have fun learning English with a teacher who has 20 years of experience. Small class sizes. Meets every Thursday from 7-8pm. Walk-ins welcome. For more info, call: 845-764-7045 The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. ,

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: thesavannahstorm@gmail.com.

Garbage, Goo, Recycling and YOU

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 ,

Get Protection for your Invention

11/24, 6:45pm - The process of applying for a US patent can be a costly, time consuming and difficult procedure usually taking years. To learn more about protecting your Intellectual Property and filing for a patent, attend the free seminar.

Limited seating so RSVP info@InventionServices.us or 912-373-7464. SW Chatham Library Branch rm 128, Next to Savannah Mall , http:// www.inventionservices.net/

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. GaSeminarsbytheSea.com. 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. sjchs.org/1844.cfm

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, tsaconservatory@bellsouth.net. 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 savannahlatina@yahoo.com or visit www. savannahlatina.com. Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , Savannah

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

This 12-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Mindy Saunders at 234-0525. The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , 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 www.HandsOnSavannah.org. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah http:// www.uwce.org/

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


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 hour per week) those alone/lonely, confined to their home, a nursing or retirement home, or in hospice. Fraternity brothers embrace attitudes/ attributes of compassion and love, honesty, patience, forgiveness, humility, faith, and reverence for human life. Call Brother Dennis at 786-7614.

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://buccaneerregion. org/solo.html.

Chihuahua Club of Savannah

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. mops.org. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah http://www. fbcislands.com/

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 http://savannahnokidding.angelfire.com/ or e-mail: savannahnokidding@gmail.com

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 beshiresjim@yahoo.com or visit www.otrr.org.

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

Civil Air Patrol

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.

Clean Coast

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 kasak@comcast.net or visit www.roguephoenix.org. Savannah

A special little club for special little dogs and their owners meets one Saturday each month at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit http://groups. yahoo.com/group/ChiSavannah/. 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 N303WR@aol.com, 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. cleancoast.org for event schedule. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah http://www.savj.org/

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 coastalminis.com. Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

Coffee & Conversation

Held every Tuesday at 8am by Creative Coast as a networking event. http://links.thecreativecoast. org/conversation. Cafe Ambrosia, 202 E. Broughton St. , Savannah

Geechee Sailing Club

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

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

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@ gmail.com 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

Now accepting membership applications for 2010. The SAA is for visual artists of all media types. We gather monthly to exchange ideas,

support and promote awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Savannah. We also provide affordable avenues for members to market and exhibit their art. Call 232-7731 to receive an application.

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit www.hdb.org 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 looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 373-5571 or send e-mail to KMDUST4@hotmail.com or Dave Armstrong at Darmst0817@comcast.net or 925-4709. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

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 http://www.stewart.army.mil/

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 savannahfencing@aol.com. 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 savannahphc.com for the events calendar or e-mail mickie_ragsdale@ comcast.net.

Turkeys To Go

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.

Military Order of the Purple Heart 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 sylviapf@aol.com. Whitefield United Methodist Church, 728 E. 55th

Taste the difference! Fresh, never frozen, free-range turkeys

Order a full Thanksgiving dinner for 8-10 people - Just $99! Choice of two: Mixed Vegetables Collard Greens Squash Casserole Green Beans

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

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:// www.memorialhealth.com/

Savannah Wine Lovers

A sometimes formal group that also sometimes just gets together to drink wine. Visit http:// groups.google.com/group/savannah-wine-lovers.

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

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 10-11. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, drop-ins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-925-3940 or email KellyBringman@gmail.com Savannah Mall,

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

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Savannah Jaycees

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

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Ashley Farms Turkey

(15-20lb) Cornbread Stuffing - Gravy Cranberry Relish/Sauce One Dozen Biscuits

Choice of one: Macaroni & Cheese Rice Pilaf Candied Yams Mashed Potatoes

Choice of one dessert: Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato Pie • Additions extra

Call the Turkey Gobble Line to place your order today 443-2000

Traditional

Thanksgiving Dinner Thurs. Nov. 26th 1-8pm Oven Roasted Turkey Country Stuffing Sweet Potato Cakes Green Beans/Corn Smokey Mac & 3 Cheese Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce Bourbon Pecan or Pumpkin Pie $19.95 Adults • $10.95 Kids Reservations strongly suggested 231-0100 Indoor & Patio Seating Serving limited menu all day BaR oPen extenDeD houRS

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in aviation. Regular meetings are held once a month and new members are welcome. Visit http://southernwingswai.com.

Stitch-N’s

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

Sweet Adeline Chorus

rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hopsital’s meeting rooms. Contact vicky.mckinley1@comcast.net. Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/

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.

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, theremin@neidlinger.us.

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@ netscape.com. 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 spannangela@hotmail.com. 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: ifly6000@aol.com

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: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com

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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 http://www. ayoluwa.org/

Argentine Tango

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 ,

Ballroom Dance Party

Saturday, Nov. 21. Rumba Lesson starts at 7 PM. Social dance from 8:00- 10:30 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call 655-4985 or 961-9960 for more info. Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. ,

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@ gmail.com Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. ,

Beginners Belly Dancing Classes

Wednesdays 6PM-7PM @ The Charles H. Morris Center for the Arts, 10.00$ per class, Thursdays 6:30-7:30PM @ Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 4 classes for 60$ or 17.50$ per class, and Sundays 11:40 AM-12:40 @ Tantra Lounge, 10.00$ per class. For more info contact Nicole Edge at kleokatt@gmail.com, or 912-596-0889. www. cairoonthecoast.com.

Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Nocturnelle. Contact Maya,313-1619, nocturnellegbd@yahoo.com 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 PrideofIrelandGA@gmail.com.

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

Savannah Shag Club

Flamenco Enthusiasts

Shag & Beach Bop

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

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 www.fitnessbodybalance.com. 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2 , Savannah

SAA Winter Dance Concert

11/19-20, 7pm - A collection of original works created by SAA dance faculty, students and local guest artists. The performance will encompass a variety of genres. Savannah Arts Academy Auditorium, 500 Washington Ave. ,

Salsa Classes

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, 3305421. Savannah

Salsa Lessons

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

offers shag music every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36. 2309 E. Victory Dr , Thunderbolt 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 www.shagbeachbop. com. 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, info@ SavannahSwingcatz.com. Savannah

Events Market at Trustees Garden

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

Music in the Parlour

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.hiddenwellacupuncturecenter.com or hiddenwellacupuncture@gmail. com. 318 East Huntingdon Street , Savannah

Belly Dancing for Fun and Fitness

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

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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 http://www.savj.org/

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 adultenrichment@uusavanah.org 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 http://www.sjchs.org/

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 http://www.sjchs.org/

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 www.savannahyoga.com. 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 1:30pm-2:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm1:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private equipment 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. http://www.ashramsavannah.com/

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. www.islandsomatherapy.com, 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah

Savannah Yoga Center

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

Savannah Yoga Co Op

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

Senior Power Hour

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.

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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 www.thesavannahyogaroom.com 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 brandon@pro-fitpersonaltraining.com Pro-Fit Personal Training, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor

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, www.savannahcoop.com.

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 blh63@hotmail.com

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 calexe@comcast.net.

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or www.firstcitynetwork.org. 307 E Harris St , Savannah

Gay AA Meeting

meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 311 E. Macon St. Savannah

Georgia Equality Savannah

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

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Meets on the first Tues of every month at 7 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 or email christina@savpride.com. First City Network, Savannah http://www.firstcitynetwork.net/

Stand Out Youth

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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 355-3011 for an appointment. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. www.ssomt.com. Savannah

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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.

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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@ yahoo.com.

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

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

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A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324.

Every Step Counts Survivor Walk

This monthly cancer survivors’ walk is free and open to all survivors and their loved ones. Call DeDe Cargill at 398-6654.

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

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 http://www.sjchs. org/1844.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.savannahspeechandhearing.org/

Free Vision Screenings

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

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. ,

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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 1-866-6470010.

Help for Iraq War Veterans

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.

HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training

My Brothaz Home, Inc., a local nonprofit HIV/AIDS organization, offers free HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training, risk reduction counseling and prevention case management to individual males and groups of males. Upon completion of the training, a monetary incentive and educational materials will be given to each participant. Call 231-8727. 211 Price St , Savannah http://www.mybrothazhome.org/

Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes

The group classes offer an opportunity for couples to learn the child birthing process together. Classes provide specialized breathing and guided imagery techniques designed to reduce stress during labor. Classes run monthly, meeting Saturdays for three consecutive weeks. To register, call 843-683-8750 or e-mail Birththroughlove@yahoo.com. Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd , Rincon http://www.themidwifegroup.com/

HypnoBirthing Classes

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.

La Leche League of Savannah

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, www.lllusa.org/web/SavannahGA.html. Family Health and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway , Savannah

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 AfricanAmerican 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! www.ellenfarrell. com, http://meditation.meetup.com/490

Meditation for Relaxation and Stress Relief

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

Memorial Health blood pressure check Free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 350-7587. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www. memorialhealth.com/

Memorial Health CPR training

FitnessOne provides American Heart Association courses each month to certify individuals in infant, child and adult CPR. The cost is $30. Call 350-4030 or visit www.memorialhealth.com. Memorial Health University


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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.

Monthly Vegetarian Potluck

Bring your favorite vegetarian dish or beverage and the recipe. Open to all. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , http://www.savannahyoga.com/

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 and avoid weight gain. The cost is $100. Call 819-6718. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/

Stop Smoking Through Hypnosis

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

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.

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Class is free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. Learn to increase your strength and flexibility and improve your overall well-being. For more information, call 350-0798. FitnessOne, 3rd Floor of Memorial Center for Advanced Medicine ,

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 www.TheDolphinProject.org.or e-mail gadolphin@comcast.net.

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

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, www.oatlandisland.org. 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

Pets & Animals A Walk in the Park

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ARIES

(March 21–April 19) “A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. My wish for you, Aries, is that you will have many such days in the coming weeks. In fact, I hope that you will be blessed over and over again with the hair–raising thrill of having your imagination pricked, causing it to half–blossom, half–explode. To get the most out of the fantastic possibilities, set aside any tendency you might have to be a know–it–all, and instead open up your heart’s mind and your mind’s heart as wide and deep as they will go.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) In the beginning of his career, poet Linh Dinh loved to stay up late and write, sometimes riding a creative surge till dawn. The power of the darkness unleashed a stark fertility. He was free to think thoughts that were harder to invoke during the bright hours when hordes of wide–awake people were pouring their chattering thoughts out into the soup. Dinh’s habits changed as he aged, though, in part because he got married and chose to keep more regular hours. But his early imprint has stayed alive inside him. “Now I can write at any time of the day,” he says, “because I always carry the night inside of me.” In accordance with your astrological omens, Taurus, I’m making that your prescription for the coming week: Carry the night inside you during the day.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) Mark, a friend of mine who lives in New Jersey, sent an overnight package via UPS to Jerry, a friend of his who lives 30 miles away in Pennsylvania. The delivery arrived on time, so Mark was happy with the service. But in checking the tracking information online, he discovered a curious thing: His package was loaded onto three different airplanes, passed through five different UPS offices, and eventually traveled over a thousand miles in order to arrive at Jerry’s house. I expect there’ll be a comparable scenario in your world, Gemini: A wish will be fulfilled by a very circuitous route.

CANCER

(June 21–July 22) Strictly speaking –– going purely

by the astrological omens –– I conclude that you would generate amazing cosmic luck if you translated the Beatles’ song “Norwegian Wood” into Punjabi, wore shoes made of 18th–century velvet, or tried out for a Turkish volleyball team. I doubt you’ll get it together to pull off those exotic feats, however, so I’ll also provide some second–best suggestions. You won’t receive quite as much cosmic assistance from doing them, but you’ll still benefit considerably. Here are the back–ups: Begin planning where and when you’ll take a sacred vacation in 2010; meditate on who among your current allies is most likely to help you expand your world in the next 12 months; decide which of your four major goals is the least crucial to pursue; and do something dramatic to take yourself less seriously.

LEO

(July 23–Aug. 22) The most popular hobby in my home country of America –– even more popular than owning guns and pressing lawsuits–– is cultivating fears. From agonizing about being lonely to ramping up paranoia about pandemic illnesses to worrying about the collapse of the economy, my fellow citizens love to fret. Outside the U.S., angst accumulation ranks almost as high on the list of pastimes. Luckily, you Leos are less likely to wallow than most of the other signs –– especially these days. That’s why I hope you’ll take a leadership role in the coming weeks, when many people will be dipping even deeper than usual into the fetid trough of scaremongering. Please help dispel this trend! Be your most radiant and courageous self –– even bigger and brighter than usual.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) An article in the Online Noetics Network profiled the work of Robert Muller, who served as Assistant Secretary– General of the United Nations. It said that Muller is “one of the best informed human beings on the planet,” with an “encyclopedic grasp of the facts concerning the state of the world.” And yet Muller doesn’t keep up with the news as it’s reported in the media. Instead, he simply talks to people, either in person as he travels, or on the phone, or through written correspondence. These interactions provide him with all the understanding he needs. I recommend that you try Muller’s approach for

a while, Virgo. Assume that you can get all the information you really need by gathering first–hand reports from people about what’s actually happening in their lives.

is never fully ready.” I’d love it if the information I just provided encouraged you to feel right at home with the jarring yet nurturing lessons that are on the way.

LIBRA

AQUARIUS

I think it’s high time to mess with the tried and true formulas. In order to do the most good for the most people, and to regenerate a wounded and weak part of yourself, you simply must create some cracks in the way things have always been done. You must push beyond your overly safe limits. But wait! Before you plunge ahead, make sure you understand this: If you want to break the rules properly, you’ve got to study them and analyze them and learn them inside out.

In the ancient Greek epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, the nature of the psyche was portrayed differently from the way it is today. It was understood that people received information directly from the gods –– not as vague feelings or abstract guesswork, but rather in the form of actual voices. In other words, divine beings spoke directly to human beings. These days that’s regarded as crazy; witness the incredulous reactions that most smart people had when George W. Bush said God personally told him to invade Iraq. With that as subtext, I’m going to prophesy that a deity will soon have a message for you. Be careful, though. An imposter may also slip you tips that you’d best ignore. How to tell the difference? The real thing won’t make you feel inflated or urge you to cause harm.

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22)

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) “There’s nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly,” said philosopher Buckminster Fuller. I encourage you to make that your personal motto in the coming weeks, Scorpio. From what I can tell, you are capable of generating a transformation that will look impossible to casual observers. You have the power to change something that everyone said would never change.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

Have you resolved every last detail of your unfinished business? Have you tied up the loose ends, flushed out the lingering delusions, and said your final goodbyes to the old ways and old days? “Yes,” you say? You’re absolutely positive? Well then, it is with a deep sense of pleasure and relief that I hereby unbound you and unleash you. You are officially cleared for take–off into the wild blue yonder or the fizzy red vortex or the swirling green amazement, whichever you prefer.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

“There is a saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears,” writes Clarissa Pinkola Estes in her book *Women Who Run with the Wolves.* But the magic of that formula may not unfold with smooth simplicity, she says: “The teacher comes when the soul, not the ego, is ready. The teacher comes when the soul calls, and thank goodness –– for the ego

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18)

PISCES

(Feb. 19–March 20) In the coming week, keep a lookout for invisible snakes, pretend ghosts, and illusory dragons. Be prepared to gaze upon gruff displays that are no threat to you and hints of fermenting chaos that will never materialize. In other words, Pisces, your subconscious mind may be prone to conjuring up imaginary problems that have little basis in reality. I exhort you to fling them aside like a superhero brushing off toy monsters. cs

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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

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cepted are performed by the owner to ensure the safety of your pets. Local references available. Please call 401.2211 or email lesleycastle@gmail.com to make a reservation.

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 sherry@coastalpetrescue.org.

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

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1 “It’s A Wonderful Life” director Frank 6 Effects used in computer-animated movies, for short 9 Vulcan, e.g. 12 Ultraliberal’s place on the political spectrum 14 Actress Elizabeth of “Nothing Like the Holidays” 16 Olympics chant 17 Garnish that some upscale fries at Chicago restaurant mk are served with 19 Wedding rental 20 Heart monitor readout, for short (var.) 21 Miss America wear 22 Filled Jewish delicacy 24 Garden pest 26 Ingredient served with fries and brown gravy in the Canadian dish poutine 30 Inventor Jethro and namesakes 32 Abbr. after a lawyer’s name 33 Get up 34 Sounding like a sheep 37 Little Labrador 39 Sensed 40 Condiment most often used by the Dutch with their fries 43 “This guy walks into ___...” 46 Dog at the end of “Family Ties” credits 47 Scheme 50 Former Portland Trail Blazer Ramón 52 “Supernanny” network 54 Leather sharpener used in old-timey barber shops 56 Seasoning option for fries at the Japanese fast food restaurant First Kitchen 60 Stash away money 61 Cub Scout symbol of wisdom 62 Scantron answer, perhaps 64 Dizzy Gillespie’s genre 65 Boxing maneuver 67 Fast food dessert that some kids insist on dipping their fries in 70 Nighttime bird 71 Read retinas 72 Pashto speakers 73 “___, ya think?” 74 Gp. that regulates carry-on luggage 75 Like a chimney sweep’s clothes

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1 Group that specializes in Model Ts or T-Birds, e.g. 2 Rich, peppery salad green 3 Militant gp. that opposed the Oslo Accords 4 Football field figures 5 Insurance co. with a duck mascot 6 EMT’s skill 7 Tech support subsidiary of Best Buy 8 Foolish 9 “Alice’s Restaurant” singer Arlo 10 Sch. with a branch in Tulsa 11 Actor Shepard of “Baby Mama” 12 Analysis named after statistician Sir Ronald Fisher 13 “Worship at Red Rocks” musician John 15 Insurance company headquartered in Rhode Island 18 Navajo police detective Jim in a Tony Hillerman series 23 Overabundances 25 Genre for Gary Glitter 27 “Around the Horn” network 28 Internet connection via landline 29 Jazz band’s playlist 31 “The Girl You Lost to Cocaine” singer 35 Director Jim Jarmusch’s grad school alma mater 36 Lose one’s marbles 38 Comedy staple that goes “splat” 41 Worn-down pencils 42 Reptilian warning 43 Story line’s path 44 Scrooge’s kvetch 45 Friendly 48 Reaches for 49 MSNBC anchor Monica 51 Twists around 53 Perfume company with fragrances from Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez 55 Diarist Samuel 57 Put in office 58 “Major” constellation 59 Cocoa ___ (cereal brand) 63 Therefore 65 Exercise in the park 66 Reverent feeling 68 The tiniest bit of evidence? 69 “Now I’ve got it!”

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. savannahkennelclub.org. 209 Stephenson Ave , Savannah

St. Almo

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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

Signing: Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes

11/21, 1-3pm - Sister Schubert signs copies of her new cookbook “Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters”, which mixes her family recipes with anecdotes about her rise from single mother to successful entrepreneur. E. Shaver Booksellers, 326 Bull St. ,

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/

Religious & Spiritual Calling All Christians

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

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. ,

Christian Businessmen’s Committee

Meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Call 898-3477. 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 uusavannah.org. 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www. uusavannah.org/

Live Web-streaming

Attend church from home Sundays at 9 and 11am with Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith Ministries. Log onto www. overcomingbyfaith.org, click ’Watch Now’.

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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

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. freedompathonline.org, freedompath@yshoo. com. 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.

Midweek Bible Study

Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or mpcsavannah.com. Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah http://www.montgomerypresbyterian.com/

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, uusavannah.org Johnson Square, Bull & Abercorn Sts. , 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 www.wbumc.org. White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd , 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@ alwaysoptions.com. The Savannah Zen Center, 2424 Drayton St. , 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)

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

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 http://www.trinitychurch1848.org/

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 UUBC2@aol.com. 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, admin@uusavannah.org or www.uusavannah.org. 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. www.unitysavannah.org 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 http://www.wesleyctrs-savh.org/

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 ADD and Behavior Support Group

A support group for sufferers of ADD and their families. Reservations requested. Call for more info. The Mindspring Center at Ranicki Chiropractic, 1147 W. Hwy 80 , Pooler

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 http://al_anon_savannah.freeservers.com. Savannah

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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 bariatrics.memorialhealth.com.

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 open to anyone who is living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-8784. Savannah

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 madison@ savannahcasa.org. 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

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 www.coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah cs

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WINDSOR CROSSING Condo Total electric, 2BR, 2BA, water & trash included $675. GEORGETOWN 2BR/2.5BA, furnished kitchen, fireplace, fenced rear patio $775. OAK FOREST Renovated, 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $525. DUANE CT. Nice 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $625. COASTAL CT. Nice 2BR/2BA Apt, furnished kitchen $650. CRESTHILL 3BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, home $750. WILMINGTON ISLAND 2BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, Duplex $685. LOUISIANA AVE. Spacious 3BR/1BA Home, LR, den, 2 screened porches $625. RINCON 3BR/2BA Home, furnished kitchen, eat-in, garage, fenced backyard, deck $895. GODLEY VILLAGEPOOLER Exec. home, 3BR/2BA, w/Bonus, like new, 2000+ sqft. $1450. Frank Moore & Co. 920-8560 FrankMooreCo.com

CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890 1711 Deanforest Rd, office & warehouse, 1500 sq ft, available now, 3000sq ft. Available Dec 1st, 912-925-8165 rooms for rent 895 APARTMENTS UNFURNISHED AND ROOMS for RENT at Waters and Anderson St. (1020 East Anderson) on busline. Call 912-631-7976 FURNISHED ROOMS $125wk. Completely furnished rooms for rent with tv,cable, central heat/air,washer/dryer, enclosed porch,privacy fence and large sit-in kitchen (912)306-6776 LARGE VICTORIAN with windows on two sides, across from library, nicely furnished, all utilities. TV/cable/internet, washer/dryer, $160/week. $576/month. 912-231-9464 Other apts. avail.

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over 20 yrs. Freshly painted Apts $150/wk. Rooms $70-80/wk. Furnished and utilities included. Call 234-9779

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ROOM FOR RENT:130 Alpine Drive. $480/month $400/deposit or $150/week. Near HunterAAF. 1/2 electric. Available Now. 912-272-8020 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

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INNER CITY LOCATIONS. CABLE, MINI-REFRIGERATOR, MICROWAVE, INTERNET, ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED. $125-$150/WEEKLY. CALL:507-7174

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cars 910 FENDER BENDER? Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932.

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POOLER HOMES SPRING LAKE 2 Bedroom Condo: Pool & Fitness Center included $850. HAMPTON PLACE 210 Katama Way: 3bedrooms, 2-baths, 2-car garage $1,100. 185 BERWICK LAKES 3-bedrooms, 2-baths $975. SAVANNAH HOMES 201 CHAPEL LAKE S.: 3-bedrooms, 2.5baths $1,100. 822 W. 44TH STREET: 3-bedrooms, 2-baths $850. 1459 E.40th Street: 3bedrooms, 1-bath $750. ASK ABOUT MOVE-IN SPECIALS!! Jean Walker Realty, LLC 898-4134

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Live Music with Eric Lee Beddingfield!

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friday the 27th

Grandma's Corn Bread Stuffing

Live Music with Big Chief & Electric Boogaloo

Ol' Fashioned Giblet Dressing

gameday saturday

Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes

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College Football Early. Live Music with Jason & Jarrod PLUS After the Crash!

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