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Is a cruise ship terminal in Savannah’s future? Tony Thomas says climb aboard, we’re expecting you | 14

A closer look at the ‘I Have Marks to Make’ exhibit at the Jepson Center | 24

Tim’s take on Billy’s Place, the Distillery, and the best beers of 2009 | 26

If Bruce Goldman were a rich man, he’d play Tevye in this week’s Fiddler on the Roof. Oh, wait... | 28

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Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times

What: A national traveling

exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Look beyond the myth by viewing the man through his own words in speeches, letters, and proclamations. When: Wed. Dec. 16, Thu. Dec. 17, Fri. Dec. 18, Sat. Dec. 19, Sun. Dec. 20, Mon. Dec. 21, Tue. Dec. 22, Wed. Dec. 23 Where: Southwest Chatham Library, Rio Road at Shawnee St. Cost: Free Info: 912-925-8305.

The Christmas Station What: The Savannah

Christian Church presents a production about the reason for the season, when a cynical business man returns home for the holidays. When: Wed. Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Fri. Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Sat. Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Sun. Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Where: Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Cost: $5/general admission, $2.50/military Info: 912-629-4730.

Fiddler on the Roof What: The Tony Award

winning musical starring Bruce Goldman as Tevye. When: Wed. Dec. 16, 8 p.m., Thu. Dec. 17, 8 p.m., Fri. Dec. 18, 2 p.m., Sat. Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Where: The Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. , Cost: $29-49 (addtl service fees apply) Info: 912-525-5050.

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Fiddler on the Roof is in town for several shows this week at the Lucas Theatre

Film: Trapped aka Doberman Patrol (USA, 1973) What: James Brolin (father

of Josh) stars in this forgotten gem about a man who is knocked unconscious and then wakes up to find himself trapped in a giant department store after its closed for the night. He has to fight for survival against a pack of security dogs who’ve been trained to kill. When: Wed. Dec. 16, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. , Cost: $5 Info: psychotronicfilms

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Children’s Program: All About Honest Abe What: Learn more about

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Schuman Middle School Winter Showcase What: Students in the

chorus and orchestra programs showcase work from the first nine weeks of school. A visual arts opening reception follows the performance When: Thu. Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. Where: Schuman Middle School, 415 Goebel Ave.

Songwriters Holiday Benefit

What: A laundry list

of local musicians including Lauren LaPointe, Dare Dukes, Jan Spillane, Eric Britt and more will perform a show benefiting the May Street YMCA’s Christmas Miracle on May Street campaign. When: Thu. Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: A new unwrapped toy

Tybee Post Theater Ribbon-Cutting

What: The Friends of the

Tybee Theater will host this ceremony to commemorate work recently completed on the building’s facade. David Crass, Director of the Historic Preservation Division from the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources will address the gathering, which will include a number of local dignitaries. Refreshments available as well as guided tours. Where: Tybee Post Theater, old Ft. Screven on the north end of Tybee Island When: 3 pm Dec. 17th Cost: Free

18 Friday

Theater: Kiss Me Kate What: The Savannah

Children’s Theatre presents their production of the classic Cole Porter musical. When: Fri. Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Sat. Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Sun. Dec. 20, 3 p.m. Where: Savannah Chil-

What: The Little Theatre of Savannah presents this boisterous holiday program full of laughing, singing and celebration. Grace Diaz Tootle directs, musical director is Ryan McCurdy. When: Fri. Dec. 18, 8 p.m., Sat. Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Sun. Dec. 20, 3 p.m. Where: Freight Station Theatre, 703D Louisville Rd. , Cost: $20/general, $15/discount, $10/children Info:



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Carols in the Cathedral

What: The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus under the direction of Peter Shannon presents this program of carols and holiday favorites. When: Fri. Dec. 18, 8 p.m. Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Cost: $30-100




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Winged Lion Re-Dedication

What: City leaders welcome the famed Winged Lion back to his perch during this ceremony, which occurs 15 months after an out of control vehicle smashed the original 1889 terra cotta lion. A sculptor spent months repiecing him together to make this replica. When & Where: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in front of the Cotton Exchange on Upper Factors Walk.

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Holiday Movie Matinee

What: SCAD presents two

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The Met Live in HD presents “Les Contes D’Hoffmann”

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the 12:30 holiday meal served by Old Savannah City Mission, students will sing Christmas Carols and a Christmas message will be delivered by Rev. Jim Lewis from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Christmas When: Sat., Dec. 19 at 11:30 a.m. Where: Parking lot at the corner of Bull Street and Maupas Info:

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Food Bank breaks ground on a significant expansion. by patrick rodgers

The 17 community: Beach Institute

hosts a show of the historically significant photos of P.H. Polk. by patrick rodgers

08 Feedback / letters 10 Blotter 11 Straight Dope 12 News of the Weird 14 city notebook 18 Hear & Now


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Marks to Make” exhibit opens at the Jepson. by augusta statz

19 Music 26 Food & Drink 27 Art 33 movies

When you’re in the business of publishing reports and opinions that are sometimes critical, you also have a responsibility to give credit where it’s due. A few weeks ago I wrote a column exhorting city leaders to take a more professional and engaged stance toward downtown Christmas decorations — as a matter of civic pride as well as of marketing. I stand by everything I wrote, but wanted to point out that a wide-ranging effort sponsored by the City of Savannah, the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Oglethorpe Tours, Old Savannah Tours, and Old Town Trolley Tours has somewhat upgraded the overall aesthetic level downtown. Over the past week or so, volunteers from these groups have decorated 17 squares, Forsyth Park, and the Colonial Park Cemetery gate. I applaud them for their efforts. Clearly, however — and I think most would agree with me on this — not even this effort is enough to fully realize the visual glory that is possible here. My intent is not to disparage individuals or individual organizations. My intent is to point out what I think is obvious to any remotely culturally literate observer: Savannah’s downtown Christmas decorations should not simply be on a par with those of other cities — they should be clearly superior. They should be magnificent. Simply put, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more wonderful canvas on which to create civic art than what we have right here. Why not use it to create something truly amazing? Let’s go down the list of the most beautiful Christian cities of the world, where you’d expect a truly spectacular civic effort for this particular holiday season. Paris of course owns the number one spot — though ironically it’s perhaps the one city that doesn’t need to sell itself. From there the list, in alphabetical order, looks something like this, give or take: Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Prague, Rome, Vienna. Let’s add one of the old colonial towns of Mexico — San Miguel de Allende, maybe. And then you have Savannah. We’re on the short list of the most beautiful cities in the entire world, folks. It’s really not a stretch. But sometimes you wouldn’t know it from the general attitude here. A lot is made of our civic rivalry with Charleston, and certainly we can learn a lot of lessons from our older sister two hours to the north.

I did want to clear up a widespread misunderstanding about the funding, however: It has nothing to do with the so-called federal “stimulus package,” aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Rather, most of the funds are from state gas tax revenue, passed through the Georgia Department of Transportation, and actually represent a significantly larger amount than the requested $90 million. Either way, the completion of the Truman

Some of the recently installed decorations in Wright Square

But Savannah has two huge advantages over Charleston in that A), our downtown area is significantly larger and more spacious, and B) we have these matchless and unique squares. It sometimes amazes me that for all the caterwauling over how much better Charleston does things, we don’t often use these two significant advantages to the fullest. (I can tell you, if the situation were reversed and Charleston had our size and our squares, well...) On another note, I guess most of you have heard by now of the state’s approval of nearly $130 million in funding to finally complete the Truman Parkway, first begun in 1985. County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis called the funding “a great Christmas present for Chatham County” in the press conference last week announcing the award.

— expected to take about three years — is a long-anticipated and welcome development, and an exceedingly rare example of Savannah getting the most of its state tax dollars. We are entering into one of the slowest phases of the year, news-and-event-wise. (The other is in early August.) But I wanted to remind you that there are a goodly number of fine art exhibits around town for those who are looking for cultural activity but can’t find much theatre or music going on right now. In this week’s issue we have two highlighted articles, one by Augusta Statz on the Jepson’s “I Have Marks to Make” exhibit and the other by Patrick Rodgers on the P.H. Polk exhibit at the Beach Institute. cs



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‘Livid’ and ‘mortified’ over theatre coverage Editor, Regarding your recent coverage of the health of the local theatre scene: Just wanted to make sure you were aware that theatre is indeed alive and well in the city of Savannah, at least on Tybee Island, and has been, consistently, especially this past year. I have been so busy with one production after the other, that I have done practically nothing but theatre, particularly over the past six weeks. With rehearsals six night a week for our recent production of Nunsense (which by the way, was a collaboration between

the Tybee Arts Association and The Savannah Community Theatre and had a very successful three week run) has allowed me little time for anything other than to concentrate on getting the show up and ready. Therefore; I have not had a moment to be able to respond to the Connect cover story a couple of weeks ago regarding the theatre scene in Savannah... or rather the lack thereof. Initially, I was thrilled over the fact that someone in this city opted to allow a piece on community theatre to finally garner a cover story, as well as an editorial. But I gotta tell ya Jim, I was truly disappointed in the overall message the piece sent out to this community. I


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feel that your reporting of all the facts, assumptions, and the coverage of the citywide community theatre scene overall, as well as the future of theatre in this city was on the whole neither completely factual nor thorough.. and in truth did more to deter community interest and support for what so many people damn near dedicate their lives to than anything. I was disappointed in many aspects of the Connect article and editorial, but here are some of the highlights. First off, there was nothing even mentioned about the Tybee Arts Association. No one bothered to give us a call (even though your article came out just after the hugely successful run of Lefty the Pirate: The Legend of the Tybee Bomb, an original musical produced by local artists and actors and played to a house of nearly 700 people in one weekend alone) and a week before we opened Nunsense, again to some of the biggest crowds of any theatre in this city! Did anyone even bother to give us a call and report about a ongoing positive aspect of community theatre here in this city?

Secondly, I was absolutely mortified that as an actor yourself, you felt it necessary to state that a $20 ticket was too high a price to pay, and that it should go back to $10 or $12. Let me first say that since the beginning of the theatre “wing” of the Tybee Arts Association began some 10 years ago, Tybee has typically always charged only a $10 or $12 cover for most shows. However, if it were not for the help and support of many of the local residents as well as the City of Tybee itself.. which has helped to supply some of the spaces we have performed in over the years (including our current Firehouse Arts Center) there is no way we could continue to do theatre with such a small ticket price. But to quote the President of our Arts Association, Richard Adams, “We don’t do these shows to make money, we do it for the enjoyment of the community. As long as we can break even, we feel we are doing good.” The cost of royalties alone of putting on a show, especially a musical, can be close to $3,000 plus the theatre, the rent, electricity, costumes, props, advertising.., I could go on and on. PLUS the

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theatre play in recent history.” Not that anyone from the downtown media came to see it. All of Tybee did. As a matter of fact, all of the Tybee newspapers, the businesses, as well as Tybee City Hall, all bend over backwards to help to promote and support all of our theatre efforts. Perhaps downtown Savannah could take a little lesson from Tybee in this respect? I apologize for going on so, and I don’t mean to rag, because Connect is by far the biggest media supporter of the arts in our community and we appreciate and support you. I guess maybe we theatre folk are only asking for the same appreciation and respect. You know. It is funny though... I do wonder why the Tybee Arts Association was overlooked when gathering info for the article on community theatre, when we have mostly and only positive things too say about all the artists and their hard work. I say, stop looking for the dirt guys, and instead applaud the efforts of a beautiful thing.

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fact that every person that is involved in putting on a show... the actors, the director, the stage manager, set builders, painters, costumer, musicians, and again the ACTORS!... have given a good part of 6 to 8 weeks of their life and time for FREE to put on a show! And you make a comment that $20 is just too much to charge for a ticket and that you think we should go back to the old $10 or $12 ticket price!? I could not believe my eyes when I read that, and I was livid. In my opinion, many of the same people in this city that may be “on the fence” about going to a show or not may read that comment and agree, not thinking about what is involved in a live performance in so many ways. However, those same people have no problem running down to a local bar at, say City Market, on any given weekend night and drop a quick $20 on three beers without batting an eye! Yeah, I know, theatre here in Savannah may not be Broadway, but I believe that those that comment on the quality of theatre in this city really ought to go out check out all of the productions going on throughout this city before making such an overall assessment! I have had some of the finest comments of my 40-year history on the stage, made in regards to some of the shows we have done this year alone. Starting with the female version of The Odd Couple, which, and as a matter of fact to quote your paper in a May edition of Connect, was “one of the most successful runs of any community

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She left him a note on the front door telling him about her decision and also informing him that he had one day to vacate the premises. The young man woke up to find someone at the apartment to change the locks. He became upset and went to talk with the property manager. He asked to use her phone, and she said he could, so long as he stayed inside the office. He got his mother on the phone and began cussing. He told her that if he didn’t have a place to live, then neither would she, because he’d burn it down. That’s when

the property manager called the police. According to the young man, he took the phone outside and the property manager got involved in his conversation. The property manager was advised on eviction procedures because the young man was not of age to have the lease signed over to his name. The young man was given one week to be out of the apartment. • Police were called by a man who complained that his boyfriend came home and woke him up. They recently moved in together about six months ago. An argument ensued. According to the complainant, the suspect grabbed him by the ankles and pulled him out of bed. There was no further violence, and no signs of violence around the residence. Peace was restored and neither party wanted to leave to cool their tempers. • Police were searching a man during a subject check. They found a small glass tube used as a crack pipe in his front pocket. The man was asked if the pipe belonged to him, and he said that it did indeed belong to him. He was arrested for possession of a drug related object.

• A neighbor called police in regard to a suspicious individual riding a bicycle back and forth along the street and walking up into people’s driveways. Officers arrived and found the individual nearby. He was riding his bike at night with no headlight. When officers asked the young man a few questions, he admitted to breaking into two cars and stealing the bike he was riding. • Police were called to a home in regard to a dispute. Once they arrived, two officers heard loud arguing from inside. They entered the residence, heard the situation escalating, found the two individuals – a man and a woman – and separated them. An officer questioned the woman who said that the argument started over money. She stated that the man began to intimidate her by “bowing up his chest” and becoming loud. She told the officer that she had gone to the kitchen to get a butcher knife for protection. Once police arrived, she put the knife down and it was secured.

No physical contact was alleged. The officer then spoke to the man who agreed that they were arguing about money, but said the woman got angry and grabbed to the knife. He stated that she was waving it around in front of him, when he tried to grab it from her, but she “pulled it away in a stabbing motion.” A scuffle ensued and then the police arrived. The man had a small scrape on his thumb, and was bleeding from his left pinky finger, which he said he received when he fell back toward the door. The man had two outstanding warrants from Bulloch County for “Insufficient Funds Check.” Milton was arrested to be held for Bulloch County. No primary aggressor was established, and no charges pressed. The couple’s six year old daughter was in a separate room and slept through the incident. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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I’m fascinated with the age-old practice of bloodletting as a cure for ailments. Thanks to you, I know bleeding (or giving blood) won’t help me lose a significant amount of weight. But what about hypertension? Given the multitude of side effects for high blood pressure pills, there’s a need for alternatives. It stands to reason that reducing the amount of blood you have is the easiest way to lower blood pressure. Would it work and is it advisable? —Antonio Giamberardino, Ottawa

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No, it’s not advisable. It’s idiotic. Bloodletting has a long and sorry history. The Egyptians, Romans, and medieval and Renaissance Europeans used it to treat all manner of ailments based on crackpot theories about imbalances in the bodily humors. Doctors undoubtedly killed more people via bloodletting than they cured. One possible victim was George Washington, who died after physicians treating him for a respiratory infection drained five to seven pints. Sometimes bloodletting worked, sort of. It was used to treat dropsy, an old name for fluid retention or edema, one of the elements in congestive heart failure. The practice didn’t die out until the 20th century. Now to your question. You reduce tire pressure by letting out air, so why wouldn’t the same idea work for blood? It’s not that easy. The causes of hypertension are poorly understood. Two significant factors are blood volume and narrowing of the blood vessels. One study found patients with borderline hypertension had higher central blood volume than normal, but that just means more of their blood was concentrated in their body core—total blood volume was about the same. The amount of blood in any case isn’t the real problem. A more basic concern is salt. The more you’ve got, the more fluid needed in your blood to keep the salt level stable and thus the higher your blood pressure. That’s why hypertensives are put on low-salt diets.

If you donate blood, will your blood pressure drop? Temporarily, yes. One study found rapidly draining 15 percent of blood volume could lead to an equally steep decline in blood pressure. The pressure soon begins rising again as the blood vessels constrict, but after 90 minutes you could still be as much as 11 percent down. Long term, though, shedding blood won’t make much difference. A comparison of 655 blood donors with 3,200 nondonors showed average blood pressure between the two groups was almost the same. Still, bloodletting has uses. I’ve seen a report of a surgeon who drew down a patient’s blood to reduce bleeding while removing a vascular brain tumor. Polycythemia, a disease where your body produces too many red blood cells, is often treated by removing blood, as are the enzyme disorder porphyria and hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease where your body absorbs too much iron. But for most people the surest benefit is the warm fuzzy feeling you get after donating a pint at the blood bank, along with the free cookies and juice. Is it true Brit Kane Kramer invented the iPod in 1979 but no one wanted it? The rumor goes it could only hold a couple of minutes of songs and the patents lapsed in 1988. There’s a Facebook group which states: “Steve Jobs needs to right this wrong by buying Kane Kramer a Ferrari.” Any truth in this? —Joe, UK Kramer came up with a gimmick that sure looked like an iPod, I’ll give him that—specifically, an iPod Nano, complete with display screen and button array looking much like a thumbwheel. (Google “kane kramer” to see pictures; the resemblance is remarkable.) Nonetheless, while one wants to give the man credit, it’s one thing to dream up a concept, something else to develop it into a practical product. Though most of the basic technology needed for the iPod had been invented by 1979, none of it was small, cheap, or powerful enough to make a solid-state music player commercially feasible. I paid roughly $100 for 128 kilobytes of computer memory in the mid-1980s; at that rate the 5 gigabytes in the first iPod would have cost $4 million. If Kramer was wronged, so was Dick Tracy creator Chester Gould, who introduced the proto-cell phone known as a two-way wrist radio in 1946. cs —CECIL ADAMS

• Spare the Rod: In September, engaging in a 300-year tradition of the Dussera holiday in India’s Tamil Nadu state, Hindu priests ritually whipped 2,000 young women and girls over a five-hour period as penance for a range of sins, from insufficient studying to moral impurity. Said one sobbing yet inspired lash recipient, to an NDTV reporter, “(W)hen we are whipped, we will get rid of our mental and physical ailments and evil spirits.” (And in November, Pope John Paul II was revealed to have periodically atoned for sins by privately whipping himself, according to a nun who worked with him and who was cited in the Vatican’s ongoing consideration of John Paul II for sainthood. The nun said she heard him distinctly several times from an adjacent room.)

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• When Minnesota’s Riverview Community Bank opened for business in 2004, founder Chuck Ripka claimed divine inspiration -- that God had told him to “pastor the bank” and, in exchange, that He would “take care of the bottom line,” leading Ripka to use “prayer” as a theme in the bank’s promotions. In October 2009, Riverview became only the sixth bank in the state to be shut down by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Riverview acknowledged that it had invested aggressively in real estate. • Dr. Hulda Clark, 80, passed away in September of multiple myeloma, an advanced cancer of the plasma cells. Before she was stricken, she had authored three books touting her eccentric remedies as cures, first, for “all diseases,” and then, especially, cancer. In her books “The Cure for All Cancers” and “The Cure for All Advanced Cancers,” she urged those diagnosed to immediately stop chemotherapy and embrace her quixotic regimens, to subdue the “parasites” that cause cancer.

• From a police report in the North Bay (Ontario) Nugget (Nov. 7): An officer in line at a traffic light, realizing that cars had not moved through two light changes, walked up to the lead car to investigate. The driver said she was not able to move on the green lights The Litigious Society because she was still on the phone and • Albert Freed’s lawsuit for defective thus driving off would be illegal. The underwear against Hanes was dismissed officer said a brief lecture improved the in October by a Pensacola, Fla., judge, woman’s understanding of the law. even though Freed had complained • The inspector general of the that the briefs had caused severe pain National Science Foundation revealed and ruined his vacation. Freed said that on-the-job viewing of pornograthe garment’s flap had inexplicably phy Web sites was so widespread at the failed to close, allowing his penis to agency that the resultant ethics investiprotrude and rub against swim trunks gations hindered his primary mission of that contained sand from the beach, investigating fraud on grant contracts. irritating the sensitive skin. However, The agency report, obtained by the Freed delayed diagnosing the problem Washington Times in September, said -- by declining to inspect his organ. He the heaviest user was a senior execuexplained that he cannot easily peer tive who logged on to pornography at over his “belly” (and wouldn’t even least 331 days in 2008. He subsequently consider, he said, examining his naked retired, but before leaving defended his self in a mirror or asking his wife to habit, claiming that his Web site visits inspect). Consequently, he had actually helped impoverished endured increased irritation women in Third World counbefore recognizing the source of tries to earn a decent living (by Hurray for the chafing. posing for pornography). funds for the • According to a November • Fine Lawyering: Jacob Truman Parkway! Chicago Sun-Times report, Christine, 21, acting as his county officials in Chicago own lawyer at an October have agreed to pay a $14,000 hearing, denying charges that injury claim to janitor Mary he severely slashed a fellow Tait, of the sheriff ’s department. inmate at an Easton, Pa., prison, The amount covers two incidents, offered his own view of whoever in 1997 and 1998, in which she hurt the perpetrator was: “Whoever her back in the same way -- while attacked (the victim) had a high “reaching around to pick up a piece regard for life,” said Christine, of toilet paper.” because the cut “isn’t deep at all. It’s on his neck. It’s not on his

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• In November, a judge in Somerville, N.J., overruled a local police chief who had rejected a firearms license for hunting enthusiast James Cap, 46. The judge ordered the chief to grant the license, even though Cap is a quadriplegic and will need to mount the gun on his wheelchair and fire it by blowing into a tube. (Cap was an avid hunter before a football injury incapacitated him.)

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• (1) In July, Charles Diez was charged with attempted murder for his angry reaction to a bicyclist who was carrying his 3-year-old son on the bike unsafely, on a busy Asheville, N.C., street. According to police, Diez was so anguished that he pulled his gun and fired at the bicyclist, grazing the man’s helmet. (2) In October, just as Pennsylvania federal judge Lawrence Stengel was launching into his explanation for the sentence he was about to impose, bank robber Trammel Bledsoe grew impatient. “Can you hurry this up? I don’t have time for this. Just sentence me. ...” (“You’ll have all the time in the world,” responded Stengel, who gave Bledsoe 41 years.)

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• (1) Charles Hersel, 39, was arrested in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in November after police investigators overheard him offer $31 to a Westlake High School boy to spit in Hersel’s face. Several boys had complained to police that a man (allegedly Hersel) had approached them, offering money for expelling saliva and other bodily fluids on him. (2) Also in November, Patrick Girard, 29, a member of the City Council in Plattsburgh, N.Y., apologized to the constituent in whose face Girard had spit at the height of a barroom argument about the Boston Red Sox. Said the constituent, “It got in my eye, on my face, on my jacket.”

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• Vincent Salters, 46, was arrested in East Knoxville, Tenn., in November after having shoplifted shoes the day before from the Shoe Show store. He had dashed out hurriedly with several display shoes, but an employee said they were all for the left foot. Salters was arrested outside the store the next day, perhaps having come to pick up rightfoot shoes. cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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A love boat may be making another run, as the weak economy revives the dream of a cruise ship terminal by Patrick Rodgers |

After a decade adrift, the plan to secure a cruise ship terminal in Savannah has floated back up the river, steered by Alderman Tony Thomas and a task force consisting of state and local business and political leaders. “Ten years ago, there was a group that looked at it, and my question was why didn’t it happen?” Thomas says. Members of the task force are hoping that whatever obstacles prevented the construction of a cruise ship terminal then have since been removed. The economic rewards of landing such a project would be significant. “When you look at creating jobs and economic development, this is it in the raw right here,” Thomas says. According to a study of 29 cruise destinations done by the Florida–Caribbean Cruise Association, the total amount of spending per passenger averages out to more than $100 per day, and the average spending per crew member is about $89. With an influx of thousands of passengers and crew per year into the city, the result would be millions of dollars in new spending injected into the local economy. One of the spurs that goaded Thomas and others into action was the economic impact of the cruise industry on Charleston, SC. “Every time a ship sails from Charleston, they’re saying that it drops a million dollars into the local economy,” Thomas explains. “That’s direct spending, and that’s a lot of money.” The FCCA study cites several industries that are most often impacted, including retail, tours, museums,

restaurants, bars and transportation — all things Savannah has readily available. “I would say that Savannah is a very positive experience for a company that might want to home port a ship there,” says Peter Whelpton, a cruise industry consultant. “The problem that Savannah has is you have to have a terminal — that’s why they asked me to come and take a look.” For several days, just prior to Thanksgiving, Whelpton travelled to Savannah to meet with the cruise ship task force and discuss the viability of the city as a cruise port. “We covered all the bases, and what I provided them with is the information from the cruise industry side,” says Whelpton. “I explained to them what it would take to get a ship there.” The biggest remaining question mark for the success of the project remains the

location of – and funding for – a cruise ship terminal, which would be necessary to load and unload passengers and house customs checks and other necessary security measures. “One of the harder parts would be to identify a location here on the river where they could safely moor,” explains Coast Guard Commander Lonnie Harrison, Captain of the Port of Savannah. The Coast Guard’s role in the process would be to help work with existing port partners, such as shipping companies, to ensure that the location of the terminal didn’t impede ship traffic on the river. They would also be involved in establishing security guidelines. “Once that location is identified, then there’s a series of federal requirements that come into play,” continues Harrison. “A lot of it surrounds post-9/11 security for cruise ships, and would have a considerable cost.” Besides customs and security inside the terminal, there would also be security measures needed for the land and water sides of the ship, similar to measures necessary to restrict access to planes at the airport. Discussions remain largely speculative at this point, but Harrison says that if the plan does not hinder existing port partners, then he would gladly support it moving forward. “If there’s a way where it’s

going to be too dangerous or not viable, then I would back our port stakeholders on that,” he explains. “If it’s absolutely viable, I’m 100 percent in favor of trying to support it.” At current levels, the addition of cruise ship traffic would not interrupt existing shipping traffic, and there are several spots along the river where pilots are able to coordinate large ships passing one another. However, the location of the terminal would be a crucial component to counting on support from existing port stakeholders. “There really would be no problem adding cruise ships to the traffic currently on the river,” says Robert Morris, the Port Authority’s Director of External Affairs. “The Georgia Ports Authority would like to provide input when the location is settled upon. The Corps of Engineers will also definitely have to be involved.” As of now, there are several sites that are under consideration, but no specifics are available until further research is completed. “There are areas along the riverfront that have potential, but no one knows whether they qualify, because they have to meet certain standards,” Thomas says. While talking with Whelpton, he noted that three potential locations had been discussed as possibilities, and in his opinion, one of the three seemed particularly viable, however, a feasibility study would be needed to determine whether that was actually the case. “I think they’re all agreed that the next step will be a feasibility study,” says Whelpton. “From the study they will make the final decision to design, construct and go after funding to build the terminal.” The cost of terminal construction is the project’s next major obstacle after potential sites are vetted and one is approved.

in the tens of millions, Thomas is hoping funding could be secured through a public–private partnership, however, he also would not rule out using other options like bonds or a tax allocation district. While determining how to pay for the terminal is a bridge that will be crossed further down the road, the funding for the feasibility study is nearly secure, and could move forward as early as spring of 2010.

Despite a challenging year for the city’s budget, including steep declines in tax revenue and cuts in funding to several departments, City Council has made this project a priority, and Thomas says that they decided last week to allot $50,000 in the 2010 budget toward the feasibility study, which they hope will be matched by other partners in the venture. According to Thomas, the CVB has agreed to contribute additional funds,

and state level officials have indicated they will chip in as well, although no particular amount has been formally approved. “Everyone is worried about their budgets and worried about where they’re going to find money to pay for this or that,” says Thomas. “This is an opportunity in the middle of all that to add an additional revenue stream, additional tourists and additional jobs right here in Savannah.” cs

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As an example, Whelpton explained that the newly opened Fort Everglades terminal near Fort Lauderdale, which is home to Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, cost about $75 million, and that was to renovate a space, not build from the ground up. The Oasis is also the largest cruise ship in the world, and Savannah most likely wouldn’t require a terminal of the same magnitude. Recognizing that the terminal probably comes with a price tag somewhere


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A home to fight hunger Second Harvest breaks ground on their new Community Kitchen facility. by Patrick Rodgers |

In spite of poor weather, close to 100 people gathered at the Second Harvest building on East President Street last week to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new 5,700 square foot building, which will allow Second Harvest to more than double the serving capacity for its Kids Cafe program, and improve its culinary certification courses. The organization currently provides about 2,500 hot meals per day to children in the area from food insecure households. “Most people can’t fathom a child in Savannah, Georgia, going hungry,” says Mary Jane Crouch, Second Harvest’s Executive Director. “They think it’s only a problem in third world countries, but it happens right here more than we want to admit.” As many as one in six children in Georgia are at risk of going hungry at some point each month, according to data from the Children’s Defense Fund. Previously, Second Harvest’s Community Kitchen, which prepares food for the Kids Cafe program, was housed in a space on loan from the Savannah– Chatham School System. When the school gave notice that it would need the space back, Second Harvest’s board decided that the best way to further the

organization’s work would be to build a dedicated space adjacent to their food bank and warehouse, effectively consolidating all of their programs. “It’s better for us to have it here on our campus,” Crouch explains. Not only will it save us time and fuel, getting food back and forth to the kitchen, it’s kind of nice to have it all together and be able to coordinate what’s going on.” Second Harvest has a lot going onwhen it comes to fighting hunger. In addition to their food bank and grocery assistance program for seniors, The Community Kitchen and Kids Caf programs serve an area that stretches to include 21 counties, from Candler south to Charlton and from Chatham west to Jeff Davis. “Hunger in the United States is a major issue, and with Georgia children, it is really a major issue,” Crouch explains. “We’re trying to be there to make sure that no children go to bed with an empty tummy.” The Kids Cafes have served over 400,000 meals this year, but that is only a fraction of the total demand. An estimated 21,000 children are at risk for hunger in Chatham County alone, and approximately 74,000 in Second

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State and local political leaders gather with Second Harvest board members to break ground on the new Community Kitchen building

Harvest’s total service area. To borrow from the old parable, the Community Kitchen program is doing more than giving someone a fish. It’s taking a multi–faceted approach to attacking the problems of hunger and poverty, helping children receive a hot, nutritious meal and helping educate at–risk adults by providing them with marketable job skills in the culinary arts as well as assistance completing GED courses. This year, the program has graduated over 50 students who are now better qualified to enter the workforce and strive for economic self–sufficiency. In addition to the daily services provided by the kitchen, it will also provide a capability Crouch and others hope they never have to use. In case of large scale natural disaster, the kitchen has the capacity to provide up to 10,000 meals per day for critical workforce

returning to the area to help rebuild. Although construction has already begun on the new building, which is scheduled to be completed by March, for Crouch and Second Harvest, the ground breaking was still important, not just as a ceremonial event, but as an opportunity to reach out to the community. “A lot of places do a ground breaking to let you know that they have a new building,” says Crouch. “But ours, hopefully, is to educate the community more about us as a resource. We’re here to help.” cs For more information on the Second Harvest programs and services, visit

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Marcus Johnson stands in the Beach Institute gallery admiring some of Polk’s photos that are part of the new exhibit.

Above and right: Several examples of the scope of Polk’s work, from formal middle class portraits to artistically capturing the faces of rural Southerners.

Documentarian, artist, or both? New exhibit shines a light on photographer P.H. Polk by Patrick Rodgers |

Photographer P.H. Polk spent nearly 40 years as official photographer for the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, after becoming the school’s first photography student in 1917. Over the course of his career, Polk captured images that explored the diversity of the African American experience in the South during one of its most significant and turbulent periods, from the late 1920s up until the time of his death in 1985.

Last week, an exhibit of Polk’s photos, selected images from the first two decades of his career, opened at the Beach Institute. The show, which includes a mix of portraits as well as candid photos of George Washington Carver during his later years at Tuskegee, will be on display through Jan. 25, and will feature a reception and gallery talk Jan. 10. The show is part of a travelling exhibit arranged by the Southern Arts Federation. When asked about the significance of Polk’s career, Marcus Johnson, Operations Manager for the Beach Institute replies, “His place is really as a documentarian just showing what life was like, capturing life in the rural south during this tumultuous period.” Polk’s subject matter spanned the social spectrum of African American life in Alabama during the heart of the 20th century, from downtrodden farmhands to affluent academics and historical icons. There is a young woman in a frilled gown gently playing the harp, and across the room is an old woman in an apron whose steely hands hold a match to her pipe. “I like the juxtaposition of these wealthy people with the rural farmers,” explains Johnson. “These pictures could be of someone from Harlem or Chicago, or another major metropolitan area, but this was in rural Alabama.” In addition to his official duties with the university, Polk also maintained a studio in Tuskegee, where he painstakingly photographed each of his subjects, whether they were a patron paying for a formal portrait or a person visiting from the countryside whose face told tales of hardship and hard work. Partly obscured by a worn and tattered cap, a twinkle of light shines from

the eyes of an old, bearded man, and on the adjacent wall a stoic man in a tailored suit sits staring at the camera, flanked on either side by his family. In a statement, exhibit curator Amalia K. Amaki writes, “His subjects were afforded the identical technical consideration in terms of composition, lighting, background treatment, environment, and retouching whether he worked in his official capacity at the Institute or created an image in his private studio.” Beyond the unique subjects, it is Polk’s attention to detail and technical skill, particularly the way he captured light — reminiscent of Rembrandt — that gives his work such force. While standing in the echoing gallery space looking at photos, Johnson walks over to one of the placards that offer visitors insights into the life and times of Prentice Herman Polk: “One of the quotes over here is ‘I don’t make pictures to please the client, I make pictures to please myself and other photographers.’ This is probably more indicative of what he wanted to be doing,” Johnson explains while pointing out the image of Henry Baker, whose upturned face is lit with a diffuse glow normally reserved for religious iconography. The event and reception Jan. 10 will feature talks from Sandra Nettles, whose uncle was a student of Polk’s and a prominent Jacksonville photographer, and local photographer David Smalls, who will discuss Polk’s process for developing and retouching his images as well as Polk’s use of light. cs The Photography of P.H. Polk Where: Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. When: Through January 25, with a reception and talk on January 10 at 3 p.m. Info:



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Hear and now by Robin Wright Gunn |

The view from wow Just when I thought I had experienced Savannah from every angle, along comes tour guide Ava Kreutzer to show me just how much delight and adventure are in plain sight all over the city. Professionally led tours in The Hostess City range from the Foodie Tour to the Ghost Tour to the Fun Tour. Ava, my niece, has no tour guide license, but from her vantage point of 3’ 4” in height and her four–year–old’s life experience, there might be a great business opportunity here. Call it ”The Wow Tour.” Available anywhere, anytime. A two-block Wow Tour in Parkside neighborhood can take an hour to navigate, what with so many wondrous sights along the route. In hundreds of neighborhood walks on my own, I’ve never seen so many surprises. A green and yellow marble with an opalescent shine, a red leaf, and once, a nickel. With Ava’s close–to–

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the–ground perspective, these points of interest loom large and magnificent. Two Saturdays ago, Ava and I took the Wow Tour downtown for an hour or so in Forsyth Park. The cold afternoon wind nudged us from under the shaded central sidewalk into the sunshine on the west playing fields, as we headed from Park Avenue toward the playground in the center of the park. Our beeline screeched to a halt in front of the fenced Confederate Monument, its neck–craning height causing a “Wow” longer and louder than any heard on the Parkside tour. Ava: “What is that?” Me: “A monument.” Ava: “What’s a monument?” Ah yes, the questions with no easy answers. What exactly IS a monument, anyway? Who IS that man on its top? And why is there a fence around it if there are also steps leading up to it? “I don’t know,” is the easiest, most truthful answer as I wonder these things myself. More fences and more questions

came along as the Wow Tour headed toward the playground. After 15 minutes at the park’s play area for older children, we spy another play area nearby, just right for a four-year-old. This “wow” is roped off, behind a chain link fence surrounding the nearly–completed band shell. Ava yanks on the fence like a prisoner in lock up at the county jail. “Why is there a fence here?” “Because it’s not finished. They’re still building it,” says the civic–minded grown–up in me. A pause while we both see that the playground is finished and ready to be played on. The band shell looks perfect. The fountain is bubbling. The grass is newly planted. “It IS finished. Why can’t we go in there?” “I don’t know.” The most repeated phrase of the Wow Tour. I’ve since learned that the band shell is in the punch list phase, with hopes to be opened in three or four weeks. Down the sidewalk we go, headed for the fountain. We stop to sit on a park bench, since that’s what park benches are there for. We pet dog after dog after dog, always asking permission from the owners first. We collect plate-sized yellow leaves from the ground, arranging them bouquet–style, held by the stems. We come upon a wedding, complete with a real bouquet and a string trio. The bride and her bridesmaids smile into the cold in strapless dresses, while guests and onlookers pull our coats tighter against the chilly wind, as if to transmit warmth to the wedding party. Ava tries to give our leaf bouquet to the harpist, then to the police officer on duty. “Why is there a policeman at a wedding?” asks Ava. By now she’s getting used to my “I don’t know” response. A more honest answer would be “You don’t want to know.” I wonder why I’m not asking that same question. I’m sorry that to me, a policeman at an outdoor wedding seems normal. Leaving the wedding behind, we hand off our leaf bouquet to our new friend Ann and her sweet brown dog, We head south toward the Sentient Bean, wrapping up our adventure with hot chocolate and extra-tall whipped cream, the sweetest stop on the Forsyth Park Wow Tour. cs

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With a bill that includes Dare Dukes, Jan Spillane and Lauren Lapointe, Savannah’s acoustic hierarchy is ably represented at the show, a charity drive for West Broad Street YMCA’s Christmas Miracle on May Street program. Eric Britt, Mark Chester and Bill DeYoung (yes, that guy) will also performing. There’ll be Savannah–era poets, too, and hopefully, a cozy room–ful of good cheer. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Admission: A new (or gently loved) unwrapped gift/toy for a child ages infant through teenager (please – no electronics, video games, food, or anything computer–related.)


You say all you want for Christmas is a little Colonel? Your wish is granted, Georgia music fans, as the emperor of eclecticism returns for a full–on show of guitar antics and high–octane rock ‘n’ jazz jambandery, with Underhill Rose opening. In the last week, Hampton’s opened shows for the Derek Trucks Band, and performed at Warren Haynes’ Xmas Jam in Asheville. His band, as far as anyone can tell, is still called the Quark Alliance. One thing’s for sure, though, with him on guitar and at the microphone, you won’t be disappointed – no matter whoever else is on the stage. Listen & learn: At 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $10.

SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS Vintage Appalachia from Ivy S. Lindley on fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals, and David Sheppard on guitar, fiddle, and vocals. The Charleston–based acoustic twosome specializes in close harmony, a la the Carter Family, and will occasionally lay down raucous clawhammer–friendly tunes and traditional Cajun two–steps (sung in French, no less.) They dig the Louvin Brothers, which

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The Mystery Three Holiday Jam

“I have a lot of pedals that’ll make the guitar sound like anything but a guitar,” says P–Groove stringbender Brock Butler, “and try to combine them in a unique way that doesn’t sound cluttered.”

The decidedly uncluttered Mystery Three consists of Butler, his Perpetual Groove drummer Albert Suttle, and keyboard player Matt McDonald, a former member of Perpetual Groove (he left midway through 2008) and still a pal. That’s Butler and McDonald in the photograph. computers and other sound–altering gizmos to They’re playing at Loco’s, which was something of produce his distinctive six–string sound. a home base for the group when they were still gigHe plays a lot of solo shows – in fact, he’s at the ging primarily in Savannah. Rye Bar in Athens on Wednesday, Dec. 16 – but the Butler started P–Groove while a student at SCAD; Mystery Three is a relatively new concoction, with he and the band moved to Athens two years ago, a “let’s get up there and see what happens” spirit, a where they were more or less the “house band” at the bit of a mystery even for a musician who delights Georgia Theatre until it burned down last summer. in confounding expectations. Listen & learn: www. P–Groove is a neo–psychedelic jam band based At 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 at Loco’s around Butler’s abstract, electronic and improvisaGrill & Pub, 301 W. Broughton St. $8. tional lead lines – as he says, he uses synthesizers, makes them OK in my book, and list the Balfas, Chet Atkins and Washington Phillips among their greatest influences. Listen & learn: At 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, 514 Martin Luther King Blvd.


It seems as if every nightspot in Savannah has at least one evening a week set aside for the non-professionals, those who like to strum a bit of guitar but don’t have an overwhelming desire to make it to

Madison Square Garden. The open mic night isn’t just for the amateur, either: Sometimes even the pros like to come out and jam. Either way, it’s usually a nice night out for those of us who get to nuzzle a bewski and enjoy the varieties of music. Among this week’s open mics: Wednesday night at the Wormhole (for poetry and hip hop at 9 p.m.); Wednesday at Tantra Lounge (10 p.m., for singer/songwriters); Thursday at the Wormhole (for everyone, at 9:30 p.m.); Thursday at 9 p.m. at Molly MacPherson’s

in Richmond Hill, and at 10 p.m. at the McPherson’s in Savannah); at 7 p.m. Tuesday (hosted by Not Here Now) at the Live Wire Music Hall. And the Eric Culberson Blues Band’s regular blues jam (all electrified and stuff) is every Tuesday night at the Mercury Lounge. We’re planning an upcoming story on open mic nights, so clubowners, if you’ve got such a thing planned for the immediate future, please remember to let us know about it. CS

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continues from p.19 Sting Ray’s TBA (Live Music) Tantra Lounge Singer/ songwriter open mic (Live Music) 10 p.m. Tommy’s Karaoke 8 p.m. Vic’s on the River Jimmy James (Live Music) Piano Wet Willie’s Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Wormhole Hip Hop/R&B/ Soul/Poetry open mic with Ronald (Other) 9 p.m.



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AVIA Hotel Gail Thurmond (Thurs) (Live Music) Piano & vocals 6 p.m. Bernie’s on River Street Karaoke (Karaoke) Thursday-Saturday 10 p.m. Blaine’s Back Door Karaoke (Karaoke) Dizzy Dean’s Trivia Night (Other) 7 p.m. Driftaway Cafe TBA (Live Music) Fiddlers Crab House (River Street) Josh Maul Blues Band (Live Music) Guitar Bar Karaoke (Karaoke) J.J. Bonerz Ribs & Wings Bar Beanasaurus Rex (DJ) 10 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Trae Gurley (Live Music) Johnny Harris Restaurant Nancy Witt (Live Music) piano 6 p.m. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub Carroll Brown (Live Music) 8:30 p.m. Live Wire Music Hall Train Wrecks, Packway Handle Band (Live Music) Bluegrass, Americana 9 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill Open Mic

Night (Live Music) 10 p.m. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill (Richmond Hill) Open Mic Night (Live Music) 9 p.m. Moon River Eric Britt (Live Music) 8:30 p.m. Robin’s Nest Karaoke (DJ) Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Thurs) 8 p.m. Sentient Bean Savannah Songwriters Night (Live Music) Dare Dukes, Jan Spillane, Lauren Lapointe and others. Admission is one new (or gently used) toy. 7 p.m. Steamer’s Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Tantra Lounge DJ Night (DJ) 10 p.m. Tantra Lounge Jason Bible (Live Music) 10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bucky & Barry; A Nickel Bag of Funk (Live Music) Wormhole Open Mic with Louis Clausi, & Mosquito Banditto (Other) 9:30 p.m.

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Mercury Lounge Eric Culberson Blues Band Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill (Richmond Hill) Georgia Kyle 9 p.m. Pour Larry’s DJ Caesar (DJ) 10 p.m. Redleg Saloon Karaoke. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Kim Polote (Live Music) Vocals 7:30 p.m. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos (Fri) (Live Music) 8 p.m. Sentient Bean Jacob Johnson (Live Music) 8 p.m. Spanky’s Karaoke 9 p.m. Steed’s Bar Karaoke Tailgate Sports Bar Karaoke (Karaoke) 10:30 p.m. Venus de Milo DJ (DJ) Warehouse Jeff Beasley (Live Music) 8 p.m. Ways Station Tavern Karaoke (Karaoke) 9 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe MS3; Tokyo Joe (Live Music) Wormhole DJ Culprit & Friends (local electronica) (DJ) 10 p.m.



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continues from p.31 8 p.m. Sentient Bean e.p. hall (Live Music) 8 p.m. Warehouse Bottles ’n Cans (Live Music) 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe American Honey (12:30 p.m.); The Design (nighttime) (Live Music) Wormhole Train Wrecks (Live Music) 10 p.m.


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Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell probably didn’t have bluegrass music in mind when they famously crooned “ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby,” but if they did, they weren’t alone. The thing is, bluegrass is evolving so broadly, and so quickly, that the notion of what’s “real” now rests firmly in the ears and eyes of the beholder. Athens’ Packway Handle Band, opening for the Train Wrecks Thursday at Live Wire Music Hall, has made lots of fans with a unique take on fiery Appalachian acoustic music. For those who love labels, feel free to call it “alt bluegrass.” The purists, however, don’t put a lot of stock in these guys. “If it’s not a straight bluegrass festival, and there’s a lot of different Americana and rock bands, we thrive in those

atmospheres,” says guitarist Josh Erwin. “Because those are the people who are usually open–minded. We fit into the more genre–bending aspect of bluegrass. “But as far as bluegrass Nazis go, no, we usually don’t get accepted into that. They’re like ‘You’re not playing it right.’ That sort of attitude. ‘You need to stand this way.’ We don’t write mom and daddy songs, or wagon wheel songs or whatever.” But the members of Packway Handle aren’t apologizing for a thing. The subject of a major feature in a 2008 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine, they’ve been invited to open for Ralph Stanley (as pure as pure bluegrass gets) and the Avett Brothers (as hip as they come). Tom Baker plays banjo, Michael Paynter is on mandolin, Andrew Heaton speed–picks the mandolin, and the standup bassman is Zach McCoy. Part of the band’s appeal is their live set, which finds all four of the main singer/instrumentalists gathered around a single microphone. “We don’t use monitors onstage, either,” Erwin explains, “so when we’re

singing it’s all what everybody can hear, right beside each other’s faces. And since none of us sang before, in any of the bands we were in, this style of singing is really the only experience we’ve got. So in one aspect, it’s sort of out of ignorance. “It’s something we’re good at, we’re comfortable with, but also it’s really more interesting to watch as a stage show. Think of how many bluegrass bands you’ve seen plugging in and they all stand up there all lined up. It’s a little bit stagnant. This makes it a bit more fun.” They’re all veterans of rock ‘n’ roll outfits, and one reason acoustic performance appealed to them was because of its, well, practicality. “Acoustic instruments are pretty portable,” Erwin says. “You don’t have to have a practice stage. You don’t have to have monitors to sit and work on your vocals, running mic lines. “It’s kind of like running – it’s a sport, and the only equipment you really need is running shoes. You can take those anywhere. And you can do it wherever

unique takes on the darkerâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;edged gospel side of bluegrass. In fact, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second CD takes its title from Monroeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Sinner) You Better Get Ready.â&#x20AC;? In true anarchistic fashion, the album includes a Packway Handle rendition of the Madonna song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like a Prayer,â&#x20AC;? and the Heatonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;penned â&#x20AC;&#x153;Satanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Space.â&#x20AC;? Which pretty much cements the notion, in the minds of bluegrass purists, that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just a bunch of young hippies who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take tradition too seriously. There are plenty of people, however, who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough of them. And what, it is reasonable to ask, is a Packway Handle? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A buddy of ours has Touretteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Syndrome,â&#x20AC;? Erwin explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was one outcome of drinking a lot of whiskey with Touretteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. One of his tics is to just come out with some creative thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was at four in the morning, in a room full of sleeping people. He woke up and just blurted out â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Packway Handle.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We thought it was really funny. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played a few shows, then got lazy and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the name. People started remembering who it was, and now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stuck with it. However fortunate or unfortunate that is.â&#x20AC;? CSÂ The Packway Handle Band Opening for the Train Wrecks Where: Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. When: At 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 Cost: $5 Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site: www.packwayhandle. com

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you want.â&#x20AC;? Packway Handle had decidedly organic origins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think any of us grew up listening to bluegrass,â&#x20AC;? Erwin explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, my dad ran around with a folk act, on the road and stuff. So I was always exposed to acoustic guitar. Tom slowly started picking up the banjo, and one day his brother came in from Colorado with a mandolin. We got together with him and started arranging some stuff. That was the beginning of the band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It required harmonies, and harmony was a really cool, fun creative thing to experiment with. We got a couple of arrangements together, nothing proper. Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing the right technique, or better harmony, but stuff that sounded to us pretty good. And we kept up with that.â&#x20AC;? In the 1990s, all the future Packway players were taken with the band Leftover Salmon, famous for its thrilling blend of rock, bluegrass, zydeco and other styles. Erwin: â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was really cool, seeing those guys. Super fast tempo and they were all just wild. It was a cool new genre, just to see. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that led to Bela Fleck, and David Grisman. We kind of saw it that way and went backwards. I think that happens with a lot of guys â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you hear something you like and then you want to figure out more about it, and the history of it.â&#x20AC;? When they discovered the Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs catalogues, they knew they were onto something. These days, Packway Handleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sets are peppered with their

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A vocal Christmas

Peter Shannon and the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus celebrate the season


by Bill DeYoung |

Conductor Peter Shannon shoulders the responsibility for this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Savannah Philharmonic Chorus holiday concert, Carols in the Cathedral. The musical portion of the recent Nutcracker in Savannah also rested on his shoulders.

Pater Shannon at the Cathedral

The thing is, Shannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only got one shoulder to work with. During a group bicycling outing in early November, Shannon found himself on the business end of a multiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;rider pileup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell on my head and my right shoulder,â&#x20AC;? recalls the avid outdoorsman.

Luckily, Shannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head was hard enough to absorb the fall. His shoulder, however, was badly separated, causing him great pain, and limited movement. Tough going for a man who needs his arms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, therefore, his shoulders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to satisfactorily ply his chosen trade. Originally misdiagnosed as a sprain, the shoulder separation may require surgery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half of the specialists say leave it alone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll heal on its own just as well without an operation,â&#x20AC;? Shannon reports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the other half say do it, and do it immediately. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wait and see.â&#x20AC;&#x153; In the meantime, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to be done. Shannon is soldiering on through the pain; although his left hand (which is OK) conducts the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phasing and expression, his right (which he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

raise too high into the air) is in charge of the allâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;important changes in tempo and rhythm. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t part of Carols in the Cathedral, but the chorus most definitely is. Born in Ireland, Shannon cut his conducting teeth during a 10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;year stay in Germany; in both countries, Christmas celebrations are a pretty big deal. So planning Christmas in the Cathedral â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before he took that tumble in November â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was a pleasure for its conductor and artistic director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas is rooted in their childhood,â&#x20AC;? Shannon says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to say, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be hard pushed, I think, to find somebody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say their most beautiful Christmas memo-

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in a lovely, historic cathedral, Shannon believes, might be the most Christmassy of Christmas experiences. The audience will be encouraged to sing along. “Even though people’s worst nightmare is to be asked to sing something, everybody wants to sing at Christmas,” he says. “It sounds stupid, but it’s the way it is. And I can completely relate to that. Now me, I want to sing all the time. That’s what I’ve been doing since I was 4. “But I think there’s an ‘in’ to someone’s soul when you get them to sing. It’s not just psychological or philosophical, it’s also been physically proved. It’s a physical phenomenon that when people sing, they breathe more, they open up. They become emotionally attached. They connect.” Four area charities are the beneficiaries for the concert — those who purchase the top–end tickets, at $100 per, will be donating $50 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, AWOL and other deserving organizations. The $30 tickets are pretty much sold out already — although, says Shannon, some of those seats might be available at the last minute, should those who made reservations choose not to show up. The thing to do is arrive at the box office early and put your name on a list. If you can’t get a seat, however, don’t go crying on Peter Shannon’s shoulder. He can’t spare it. CS Savannah Philharmonic Chorus: Carols in the Cathedral Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 222 E. Harris St. When: At 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 Tickets: $30 general admission; $100 reserved (includes a $50 donation to local charities)

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The artwork in ‘I Have Marks to Make’ is done by nearly 100 local artists of all ages who have a disability or are recovering from illness or injury.


‘I Have Marks to Make’ exhibit focuses on art’s role in rehabilitation

by Augusta Statz

An enthusiastic crowd filled the halls of the Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts on Sunday, Dec. 6. The crowd was there for the opening of the 15th annual “I Have Marks to Make” exhibit, which continues until Jan. 4. “I Have Marks to Make” is geared towards demonstrating the therapeutic and rehabilitative powers of art. The artwork was submitted through a number of organizations within the community, including Memorial Health Rehabilitation Institute, Department of Veterans, Savannah Speech and Hearing

Center, City of Savannah Therapeutics Program, and many others. Work from nearly 100 artists of all ages who have a disability or are recovering from an illness or injury was displayed. The artists are encouraged to submit art, not only in the visual form, but also in the written form.

The event also showcased a talk by one of the artists, Kenneth Martin, and poetry readings featuring written works that were submitted. The poems featured were “The Battle Is Yours,” “Darkest Hour,” and “Only You” by Shawana Bulloch, “Living the Dream” and “Sister” by Robert E. Cohen, and “The Sixteenth day of February, 1990” by Katharine Hartwig Dahl. One artist, Charles “Chucky” Wright, had four pieces of art displayed in the exhibition. Wright had this to say about how he got involved with the event: “In 2008, I had a heart attack, and since then, I have had 9 other heart at-

tacks or strokes,” he said. “My doctor at St. Joseph’s/Candler suggested helping to heal my mind by putting my hand to paper.” Currently, Wright is part of a peer group at the hospital to aid other stroke victims. “I draw the pictures, and they paint them,” he said. Wright had several drawings in the exhibition including “Pop Icon,” “Traditional Blues,” and “First Family.” Joe Harper, with the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, had his work appearing in the exhibition for the first time, this year. He created a piece

was stunned,â&#x20AC;? she said. Kenneth Martin, a returning artist to the exhibition for three years, had four pieces displayed this year, including a landscape and a bronze sculpture. Martin describes his work as â&#x20AC;&#x153;impressionistic, realistic, and narrative.â&#x20AC;? He explained his involvement with the therapeutic healing aspects of art: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been artistic, but I only thought of it as a mere pastime. During the process of raising five adult children and getting a job after the accident, and over time, I began to appreciate, understand, and honor the gift I had,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at first, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approach it as a meaningful healing method; it was

like, okay what is this, but the more people began to appreciate what I was doing; I began to see, okay, maybe there is something to this. Now I can hone it, appreciate it, and embrace it. I just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize what I had,â&#x20AC;? he said. Being a part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have Marks to Makeâ&#x20AC;? exhibition with the Telfair Museum of Art â&#x20AC;&#x153;gives exposure to the artists, and gives the artists an outlet.â&#x20AC;? Martin explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives the community an opportunity to express their artwork. I really, really appreciate the opportunity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have Marks to Makeâ&#x20AC;? is one of the Telfair Museum of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ways of providing diverse programs and opportunities

that gets the community involved. The Telfairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior curator of education, Harry DeLorme, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;making offers us a unique opportunity for self expression which can aid the process of healing, or simply coping with the challenges we face in life.â&#x20AC;? He explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exhibition and its opening program are more than a means of putting a human face on disability. This project reminds viewers that all of us â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether we are professional artists or individuals making their first expressive marks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have creative potential, no matter our limitations.â&#x20AC;? cs

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entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humor.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doing the picture absolutely helped me,â&#x20AC;? he said. With what the Telfair is showcasing through this exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it certainly is a lot to look at,â&#x20AC;? he commented. Petra Foxworth, also with the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, was another artist that had her work appearing in the exhibition for the first time. She commented on her collage, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wilde Horsesâ&#x20AC;?: Â â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that I was an artist. We made collages at the Speech and Hearing Center. The woman who works there called me one day and told me that my collage would be displayed. I


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Savannah foodie


by tim rutherford |



The year in beer The beer drinkers among us live for the holidays — that’s when the great seasonal packs come to market. These brews make great gift ideas (hint, hint) and represent some of the most interesting flavors of the season. Consider Magic Hat Brewery’s “Feast of Fools” 12–pack. It contains three bottles of four different labels, including a pair of the the brewery’s standards: Lucky Kat IPA and #9, a fruit beer laced with apricots. Two new, limited edition beers join the “Feast” package this season: Howl, a black lager, replaces longtime seasonal Jinx in Magic Hat’s stable. I love a good black lager and Howl delivers with a rich toasty flavor and subtle smokiness. It’s a winner with a steamin’ bowl of stew or chili. Winter Odd Notion ’09, an American sour ale, is a limited edition that stops short of classic lambics (not among my favorites) but offers enough complexity to be intriguing. I enjoyed all three Odd Notions from the “Feast” collection and grew to respect its authority when paired with some sharp cheddar and grilled bratwurst.

Ten Breweries That Rocked Savannah in 2009

Lots of new brews came to the Hostess City last year — here’s the list you should have tried: Yuengling: America’s oldest brewery finally got a truck to Savannah and judging by the neon signs, the beers have been embraced. My favorite among the lot: Yuengling Traditional Lager, the brewery’s flagship. Tasty and easy drinking. New Belgium Brewing Co.: We waited years to get this Boulder, Colo., beer east of the Mississippi. I’m going with the flagship again, New Belgium’s famed Fat Tire Amber Ale, a rich mouthful of sweet malt with just the right bite of hops. Oskar Blues: Another Colorado brewer, Oskar Blues gained notoriety for, egad, putting its beer in cans! A lot of science and a little marketing savvy pushed Dale’s Pale Ale to the top of favorite IPA beers,

but this summer, the brewery’s new Mama’s Little Yella Pilsner became my go–to session beer on hot summer days. Full Sail Brewing: This employee–owned Oregon brewer racks up accolades for environmental consciousness — and the beer’s good, too! Session Lager and Session Black Lager (a gold medal winner at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival) are staples in my beer fridge with low alcohol, a handy 11–ounce “squat” bottle and plenty of great flavor! Victory Brewing: Storm King Stout first caught my attention, but then this Pennsylvania–based brewer rolled Golden Monkey Belgian–style ale into stores. Wow! Rich, slightly sparkling and loaded with great flavors of herbs, spices and citrus fruit, this monkey is no circus act — it’s a headliner at a bar near you! Moon River Brewing Co.: Our own brew pub may not have nationwide distribution, but who cares? Brewmaster John Pinkerton has conjured brews like Savannah Fest, Swamp Fox IPA and the session version, Slow–vannah Pale Ale. Once he catches up on production after a remodel, watch for Nuptial Pilsner — a classic German Pilsner that should earn a place in the tap rotation. The Bruery: Hard to find, worth the effort. The California brewer puts a unique spin on Belgian–style beers and has caught the attention of national media. Look for the 750 ml bottles and start with Orchard White, a bottle–conditioned witbier. Bell’s Brewery: The darling of Michigan beer drinkers came south with a remarkable line–up — my current preference is Two–Hearted Ale, a bold IPA. Stone Brewing Co.: Order an Arrogant Bastard strong ale if you dare, but don’t expect a fizzy, yellow beer. Monstrous hops bite back from the glass of this aromatic and richly flavored California brew. Terrapin Beer: Athens– based beer maker Terrapin also commands a shelf in my fridge with its award–winning Rye Pale Ale. Gentle rye grain, sweet malts and hoppy bitterness prevail — and what’s not to like about a label sporting a turtle playing the banjo? cs

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

Billy’s Place

This cozy, intimate dining room above bustling McDonough’s is the perfect destination for date night. I, on the other hand, was alone on this visit, and chose to sit at a high–top table near the bar. Crooner Lafayette Chester belted

out mellow pop standards and an occasional verse of “Happy Birthday,” to nearby revelers. I REALLY wanted a steak, but wanted to push back at the kitchen, so I chose grilled salmon instead. The filet was nicely flavored and the right–sized portion, along with a baked potato and steamed veggies of squash, broccoli and cauliflower, was a delicious supper. I started the meal with a pair of hot, yeasty rolls and a half dozen Oysters Rockefeller — piping hot half shells topped with melted cheese, tender spinach and plump, beautifully briny oysters. There’s a small and carefully chosen wine list, comfy full–service bar and a dessert menu that I couldn’t muster myself to sample — but I’ll be back again soon. Billy’s Place is the kind of place where everybody knows your name — and you’re proud they do. 20 E. Perry St./231–9049

The Distillery

Pioneering craft beer bar The Distillery celebrated its first birthday a few weeks ago — and shows no signs of slowing down. With nearly two dozen beers on tap and probably a hundred more, it’s the city’s go–to destination for innovative craft beers. Add to this a solid menu of bar food and snacks, classic silent movies or sought–after sporting events on big screens — and you’ve got the makings of a great weekend or week–night outing. I like the grilled Little Mike burger (1/4 lb.), a bowl of nicely–spiced chili with savory Stout–marinaded beef and a chilly pint of beer. Apps like pretzel bites, deep–fried pickle spears and calamari make starting the party easy. It’s fun, it’s casual and it’s a year old! 416 W. Liberty St./236–1772



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A dozen artists participate in ‘Stitched’ at Desotorow; reception Friday

A Month in Key West — A new series of oil paintings by Larry Levow. Off the Wall Gallery at 45 Bistro, 123 E. Broughton St.

New Work by R. Land — A selection of new work from underground Atlanta artist R. Land. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

Circling the Center — Mixed media collages and other work by Nene Humphrey. Pinnacle Gallery , 320 E. Liberty St.

New Work by Susan Weiss — A series of photographs exploring tribal ritual and portraits. JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St.

Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland 18801914 — Encompassing over seventy works drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe examining the work of forty-three American painters drawn to Holland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jepson Center for the Arts

Photography of P.H. Polk — A collection of photos from African American photographer P.H. Polk taken during the 1930-40s while at the Tuskegee Institute. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

Little Gems — A collection of small works priced under $300, just in time for the holiday season. Chroma Gallery , 31 Barnard St.

Small Works — Annual exhibition of SCAD artists featuring smaller, affordable works of art. Gutstein Gallery , 201 E. Broughton St. Spatial Relations: Recent Editions from Pace Prints — Featuring prints on paper, wood and fabric by 11 internationally acclaimed artists who utilize a wide

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 Tiny Treasures — The Signature Gallery presents a collection of gift-sized paintings. Signature Gallery , City Market Victor Chiarizia and Fruit of the Fire — Blown glass pieces from Chiarizia and Fruit of the Fire all month. Liquid Sands Gallery, 319 W. Broughton St.


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Small Presents of Art — A collection of gift-sized art, 11” x 14” or smaller, by 11 Savannah artists. Gallery 11, City Market Franklin South (upstairs)

Stitched — A dozen artists take part in this group show featuring work that incorporates the stitch. Opening reception: 12/18, 6-9pm. Desotorow Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave.

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Ever Present and in Motion — A juried show addressing the theme of change from the perspective of 15 faculty members from SCAD’s Atlanta and Savannah locations. Pei Ling Chan Gallery , 322 MLK Jr. Blvd.,

Signature Gallery — December features large oil paintings by Kathy Miller, wooden pieces by John Diamond, abstract encaustic paintings by Page Evans and more. 303 W. St. Julian St.

range of techniques in their depictions of spatial imagery-from interior and architectural scapes, to abstracted and formalist space. Alexander Hall, 668 Indian St.




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The star of Fiddler on the Roof has the best of both worlds by Bill DeYoung |

They say that while an actor may leave the stage, the stage never really leaves the actor. Bruce Goldman, who has the lead role of Tevye the Milkman in this week’s visiting production of Fiddler on the Roof, can tell you all about it. As a youngster, he sang and danced on Broadway, and toured the country in some of the most popular musicals of the day. Then he took 25 years or so off to play businessman. But the siren song of the theater kept calling his name, and two years ago he added another company to his empire: American International Music (AIM) Management, which produces and promotes plays, musicals and television programs. AIM’s first order of business was to mount this tour of Fiddler, auditioning professional actors and singers in New York City to work with Goldman in the fictional town of Anatevka, in Tsarist Russia in 1905.

In the Tony–winning musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Tevye is the father of five strong–willed daughters. He hasn’t much money, but he has deep faith, and a sense of humor, and an abiding belief in the deep–rooted traditions of his community. Fiddler on the Roof includes, among many others, the songs “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Tradition,” “Matchmaker,” “Do You Love Me?,” “To Life!” and, of course, Tevye’s signature song–and– dance “If I Were a Rich Man.” You’re also a very successful businessman. Why not do that or performing full–time? How can you do both? Bruce Goldman: Well, I’ve been in retail for a long time. I’m actually an unemployed actor that’s a businessman. I’m very heavily involved in real estate

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League of Women Voters

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Activism & Politics Chatham County Campaign For Liberty

National Council of Negro Women

Chatham County Democratic Party

Purrs 4 Peace

A group that is carrying the torch that Ron Paul lit for freedom and liberty. Mitch Anderson, 6957746, or visit GA/Chatham/ for dates, time and meeting place. Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, Savannah http://www.

Coastal Empire Constitution Party

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

Drinking Liberally

An informal gathering of left-leaners. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Moon River Brewing Company. For more info: august1494@ or

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

The Coastal SCLC and the Savannah Hosea Feed the Hungry program is looking for donations and volunteers for its Christmas dinner event. Event is 12/23 at 5pm. Donations of turkey, ham, canned vegetables, paper plates, utensils and other items. For info, call Bernard Johnson 912-660-0479.

Hope House of Savannah

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

The tournament honors the local basketball player Kevin Brophy who was tragically killed in a car accident. It is open to all 7th and 8th grade teams from the area. Tournament runs 12/1412/19. Games are played at 5pm at Memorial Day School. Entry is $3/adults and $1/kids. Proceeds benefit a scholarship in Kevin’s memory.

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Toiletry Drive for Union Mission

Three Spine & Sport clinics will be participating in a drive to help gather toiletries for men and women at Union Mission. From 12/1-12/24

S&S locations downtown, on the islands and in Effingham will be accepting donations. For more info:

Toy Drive at Bonna Bella

12/19, noon til close - Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Bonna Bella Yacht Club will get $5 off their meal. Drink specials all day. Live music from Eric Britt. Bonna Bella Yacht Club, 2740 Livingston Ave ,

Toys for Tots/Savannah Humane Society The Lucas Theatre will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots as well pet supplies like food and blankets for the Humane Society. Items can be dropped off whenever the lobby is open for a performance. For more info: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. ,

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Buy Local Award Nominations

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Critz Tybee Run T-Shirt Contest

Open call for t-shirt designs for the Crtiz Tybee Run in February. $500 prize. Deadline for art submissions is Dec. 31 at 5pm. For guidelines visit: For more info, email:

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Open to ages 7-10. 50 word essay about “Why I love the SCLC” or “Who is Hosea Williams”. Entries must submitted be no later than 12/23, 12pm. Winner announced at HTFH/SCLC Christmas dinner event. Submit entries via email, or drop them at SCLC office, 19 Travis St. For more info, or 912-349-2908

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.

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

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700 Kitchen Cooking School

Hands-on educational/entertaining cooking classes at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton Street , Savannah http://www.700kitchen. com/

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.

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Beading Classes

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

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Crime isn’t a Civil Right

The ongoing speech/spoken word presentation by local freelance crimefighter & communicator Nadra Enzi aka Capt. Black seeks venues to “grow safety consciousness together as one community.” For booking e-mail

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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.

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.

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute


Housing Authority of Savannah Classes

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:

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.

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. Beginners meet on Monday from 6-7pm, advanced from 7-8pm. 845-7647045. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave ,

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

Register for S.P.A.C.E. Visual Arts Classes City Dept. of Cultural Affairs offers classes in everything from pottery to stained glass and beyond. 6-8 week programs and 1-day workshops are available. Class schedule and registration forms are available online at www.savannahga. gov/arts or by calling (912) 651-6783. S.P.A.C.E. , 9 W. Henry St. ,

Savannah Conservatory for the Performing Arts

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

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

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

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

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

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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/

Thinking of Starting a Small Business

is a course offered twice a month atthe Small Business Assistance Center, 111 E. Liberty St. $50 in advance or $60 at the door. 651-3200, Small Business Assistance Center, 111 E Liberty Street , Savannah

Volunteer 101

A 30-minute course that covers issues to help volunteers get started is held the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The first Thursday, the class is at Savannah State University, and the third Thursday, at United Way, 428 Bull St. Register by calling Summer at 651-7725 or visit United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah http://

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

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Belly Dance Classes

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 ,

C.C. Express Dance Team

Adult Intermediate Ballet

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.

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 ,

Beginner’s Belly Dance Class

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

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, or 912-596-0889. www.

Taught by Nocturnelle. Contact Maya,313-1619, or www.nocturnelle. org. Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Savannah

Ceili Club

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

Chicago-Style Steppin’ Lessons

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

Flamenco Enthusiasts

Dance or learn flamenco in Savannah with the Flamenco Cooperative. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 or 3 p.m. at the Maxine Patterson School of Dance. Any level welcome. If you would like to dance, accompany or sing, contact Laura Chason at laura_chason@yahoo. com. 2212 Lincoln St , Savannah

Gretchen Greene School of Dance

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

Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this

time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Savannah

Irish Dance Classes

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

Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc.

offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany B. at 272-8329.

Modern Dance Class

For beginners/intermediate. Tuesdays 1011:15am. Studio at 7360 Skidaway Rd. For more information call Elizabeth at 912-354-5586. Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. ,

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. Call for details 912-224-9667 or visit 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. , Savannah

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

Experience Tybee For The Holidays for HOLIDAY openings and specials PLUS festive family activities! Specialty shops, art galleries, museums and restaurants are open with special delights throughout the season to add to your Tybee experience. 12-19-09: Christmas Parade @ 3:00pm – Bundle up and witness the festive floats and characters as they travel from 5th Street down Butler to the Tybrisa / Strand roundabout. Along the route, look and help the elves that will be collecting non-perishable food items for Second Harvest. Afterwards, get a picture with Santa by the Tybee Christmas Tree! He might even have a few presents available before the BIG day for good girls and boys! Many more festive family activities, such as fireworks and New Year’s celebrations, are planned with “post” Polar Bear Plunge specials too! Find details at and come share the holiday spirit on Tybee.

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Salsa Lessons

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

Savannah Shag Club

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

Shag & Beach Bop

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@ Savannah

Tribal Style Belly Dancing

Khebeyet Tribal is now offering classes in Tribal Style Belly Dance. Mondays 7-8pm at Archer Way Townhomes on Abercorn St. For more info call Maya at 912-704-2940 or email mayakali7@



(March 21–April 19) I don’t understand why the astronomers responsible for naming new–found objects are so devoid of flair. Here’s a prime example: They found a blazar, or blazing quasi–stellar object, in a faraway galaxy. It’s powered by a supermassive black hole that’s 10 billion times larger than our sun. Why did they give this fantastic oddity the crushingly boring name “Q0906+6930”? Couldn’t they have called it something like “Queen Anastasia” or “Blessed Quasimodo” or “Gastromopolopolis”? I trust you won’t be as lazy in your approach to all the exotic discoveries you’re going to be making in 2010, Aries. Start getting your imagination in top shape. Make sure it’s primed and ready for your upcoming walkabout to the far reaches of reality.


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, 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 541-0530. 904 E 70th Street , Savannah

Crunch Lunch

30 minute Core and ABs concentration class. Offered 11:30 am and 12:00pm Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays @ Fitness Body & Balance 2127 1/2 East Victory Dr. 912-398-4776 or 912-224-9667 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2 , Savannah

Fitness Classes at the JEA

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

Gentle Yoga

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

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(April 20–May 20) Scientists say that pretty much everywhere you go on this planet, you are always within three feet of a spider. That will be an especially useful and colorful truth for you to keep in mind during 2010. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to take maximum advantage of your own spider–like potentials. It’s going to be web– spinning time, Taurus: an excellent phase in your long–term life cycle to weave an extended network –– with you at the hub –– that will help you catch an abundance of the resources you need.


(May 21–June 20) I don’t normally recommend that you worry too much about what others think of you. In 2010, however, you could benefit from thinking about that subject more than usual. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect that you’ll be able to correct misunderstandings that have negatively affected your reputation. You might even have the power to shift people’s images of you so that they’re in relatively close alignment with the truth about who you actually are. Here’s the best news: You may be more popular than you’ve ever been.


(June 21–July 22) I’m hoping that you will get out more in 2010. And I mean way out. Far out. Not just out to the unexplored hotspots on the other side of town (although that would be good), but also out to marvel-

ous sanctuaries on the other side of paradise. Not just out to the parts of the human zoo where you feel right at home, but also out to places in the urban wilderness where you’ll encounter human types previously unknown to you. In conclusion, traveler, let me ask you this: What was the most kaleidoscopic trip you’ve ever taken? Consider the possibility of surpassing it in the next 12 months.

work you do. I’d like to see you reshape the job you have so that it better suits your soul’s imperatives. If that’s not possible, consider looking for or even creating a new job. The cosmos will be conspiring to help you accomplish this. Both hidden and not–so–hidden helpers will be nudging you to earn your livelihood in ways that serve your highest ideals and make you feel at peace with your destiny.



One of the 20th century’s greatest scientific minds was Nobel Prize–winning physicist Max Planck. He knew that in his field, like most others, ingenious innovation doesn’t automatically rise to the top. The advancement of good new ideas is hampered by the conservatism and careerism of scientists. “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light,” he wrote, “but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” In 2010, Leo, there’ll be a similar principle at work in your sphere. Influences that have been impeding the emergence of excellence will burn out, dissipate, or lose their mojo. As a result, you’ll be able to express and take advantage of innovations that have previously been quashed.

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” is a jazz tune composed in 1931 by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills. In accordance with your long–term astrological omens, I propose that we make that song title your motto in 2010 –– the standard you’ll keep referring to as you evaluate which experiences you want to pursue and which you don’t. Please proceed on the assumption that you should share your life energy primarily with people and situations that make your soul sing and tingle and swing.

(July 23–Aug. 22)


(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Twenty–two percent of American rightwing fundamentalists believe that Barack Obama is the Anti–Christ. On the other hand, 73 percent of the people who read my horoscopes think that if there were such a thing as an Anti–Christ, he would be an American rightwing fundamentalist. But I’d like to discourage speculations like that among the Virgo tribe in 2010. According to my reading of the omens, you should take at least a year off from getting worked up about your version of the devil. Whoever you demonize, just let them alone for a while. Whatever you tend to fault as the cause of the world’s problems, give your blame mechanism a rest. As much as possible, create for yourself an Enemy–Free Zone.


(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) I’m hoping that 2010 will be the year you do whatever it takes to fall more deeply in love with the

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

I hope you will get more sleep in 2010. And eat better food, too. And embark on some regimen like meditation that will reduce your stress levels. In general, Sagittarius, I hope you will learn a lot more about what makes your body function at optimum levels, and I hope you will diligently apply what you learn. That doesn’t mean I think you should be an obsequiously well–behaved pillar of the community. On the contrary, what I’m envisioning is that by taking better care of yourself you will make yourself strong enough to run wilder and freer.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

Even if you don’t plan to go to school in 2010, I suggest you make plans to further your education. Your current levels of knowledge and skill may be quite impressive, but they simply won’t be enough to keep you growing and adapting forever. Eventually, you’re going to need to learn more. And the coming months will be a perfect time, from an astrological perspective, to get that process underway. Here are a few questions to jumpstart your meditations: What ignorance do you find yourself having to increasingly hide? What subjects

captivate your imagination and tantalize your future self? What skills and know–how do your competitors have that you don’t?


Free will astrology



Imagine that money is not just the literal cash and checks you give and receive, but that it is also an invisible force of nature like gravity or electromagnetism. Then imagine that it’s possible for this primal energy to be favorably disposed toward you –– that on some occasions its rhythms may be more closely aligned with your personal needs. Can you picture that, Aquarius? I hope so, because there is a sense in which this seeming fantasy will be an actuality for you during much of 2010. How well you’re able to capitalize will depend in part on how high you keep your integrity levels. Are you prepared to be more impeccably ethical, fair, and honest than you’ve ever been?


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(Feb. 19-March 20) Have you been toiling away earnestly at the exhausting homework that life has dumped on you this past year? Have you kept the faith even when you’ve been fooled and confused? Have you applied yourself with a pure heart to the maddening details and puzzling riddles you’ve been asked to master? If you’ve been less than conscientious at doing these tasks, the next two months will bring you a series of tricky final exams. But if you *have* been doing your due diligence, then you’re on the brink of graduating from boring old problems that you have been studying and studying and studying for a long time. Do we dare hope that you will soon be free of a history that has repeated itself ad nauseam? Yes, I think we do dare. cs


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Kidz Fitness

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

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 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


Hatha Yoga classes

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

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1 Get droopy 2 Prefix meaning “egg” 3 Times with the most activity 4 Prefix before -pathic 5 “Ha, I fooled you!” 6 Inaugural reading 7 Toyota hybrid 8 “Just so ___ you know...” 9 Sings like Mel Torme 10 Muppet Sam, for one 13 Mnemonic for colors of the spectrum, starting at the other end 14 E. Coast home of the Huskies 15 Nair competitor 17 Made up (for) 20 Halloween costume component with ears and a snout 21 “___ go into the wild blue yonder...” 22 Acrylic fiber trademark 27 Crisp fabric for ball gowns 29 Undecided 31 Swiss abstract painter Paul 33 Time for a late lunch, maybe 35 Teen actress who plays Kayla on “Desperate Housewives” 36 Plastic explosive variety, spelled out 37 Book of locations 39 Performed better than Michael Phelps, say 40 “With two,” in Italian musical works 45 Coin-flip call 47 Quite a talking-to 49 Goofball 50 Slightly exasperated exclamation 51 Properties that are taken back 53 Many Caribbean cruise stops 55 “Mean” hotelier Helmsley 57 Ingenue 58 “Bye, Bruno” 61 Number one concern? 62 Home from school, say

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

Pilates Class

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

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon 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.

Reiki Treatments

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

Rolf Method Bodywork

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

Savannah Yoga Center

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

Savannah Yoga Co Op

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.

Squats N’ Tots

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

Student Massage

Tai Chi Classes

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

The Yoga Room

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

Tybee Island Sunrise Boot Camp

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

Yoga and Pilates Classes

Yoga: Tues 8am & 5:45pm, Thurs at 8am & 5:30pm Pilates: Mon at 7pm, Sat at 8am. Class sizes are small, so please RSVP: 912-341-9477 or Pro-Fit Personal Training, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor ,Yoga In the Park Presented by the Savannah Food Coop, a paywhat-you-can yoga class in the south field of Forsyth Park. Bring a large towel or yoga mat. Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am. Pay-what-youcan/$12 suggested,

Yoga with Barbara

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

Zumba Fitness

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

Gay & Lesbian 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 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 First City Network, Savannah

Stand Out Youth

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

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org. First City Network, Savannah http://www.

What Makes A Family

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 352-2611.

Health Better Breathers of Savannah

Meets to discuss and share information on C.O.P.D. and how people live with the disease. For info, call Dicky at 665-4488 or dickyt1954@

Community Cardiovascular Health

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

Community HealthCare Center

A non-profit organization that provides free medical care for uninsured individuals who work or live in Chatham County and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. All patients receive free examinations, medicine through the patient assistance program and free lab work. Women receive free pap tests and mammograms. Call 692-1451 to see if you qualify for services. Located at 310 Eisenhower Dr., No. 5, Medical Center. Savannah

Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group

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

Every Step Counts Survivor Walk

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

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 cfm

Free Chair Massages

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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

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. ,

Hearing Aid Funds Available for Infants and Children

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

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

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 Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd , Rincon http://www.

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.

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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, html. Family Health and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway , Savannah

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.

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Ladies Living Smart Fitness Club

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

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

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 ,

Providing nutritional education and an exercise program to encourage lifestyle changes for women. Call for more info. Every Tuesday from 5:30-7pm. St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. , Meet with others who practice meditation or want to learn how, discuss techniques, & related areas of holistic health, healing, Reiki, Energy Medicine, CAM. Reduce stress, increase peace & health!, http://meditation.

Meditation for Relaxation and Stress 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 7:309:30 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 Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

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

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Pets & Animals A Walk in the Park

Professional pet sitting, boarding, dog walking and house sitting services offered in downtown Savannah and the nearby islands. All jobs accepted are performed by the owner to ensure the safety of your pets. Local references available. Please call 401.2211 or email to make a reservation.

Dog Yoga

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

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

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Savannah Kennel Club

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

St. Almo

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

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Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

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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/ cs

You started on the stage as a child? Bruce Goldman: When I was 7, 8 years old I got into the Philadelphia Boys Choir, which traveled extensively. I was one of those little kids that had some talent, and Mom and Dad spent a lot of their effort and energy trying to drag me around and get me into auditions. The William Morris Agency picked me up, and I was getting a lot of wonderful auditions, and parts with Equity theaters. I did The Impossible Years with Alan King, and the tour of The King and I with Yul Brynner. I did The Sound of Music, I did Oliver! ... this was between 7 and 14. It really is wonderful for children to get that confidence you can get from being onstage, learning about public speaking. That can really reach out and set them up for their entire life if they get that. And that helped me when I ultimately decided I didn’t want to do it. At that age, you don’t know what you want to do. So I drifted away from it, but I’d always continued to sing. What changed? Bruce Goldman: I got married young, and when my daughter was getting into some dinner theater – she has a wonderful voice – I got the bug back. And I never had lost what I’d had as a kid – it just was right there. So I started doing theater again, in my late 30s. And as I got a taste of doing some of the shows I loved – I did Harold Hill in The Music Man, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Fagin in Oliver!, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and of course, Tevye – it was wonderful to go back. I started doing community theater, then I got into regional theater, then I got

my Equity card. And I decided, I need a segment of my life dedicated towards the entertainment industry. Fiddler on the Roof is 45 years old, and was recently revived on Broadway. Why does it still resonate with people?

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Bruce Goldman: Because it touches everybody and every part of their life, throughout their day, throughout their whole lifespan. Tradition is all set in a pattern of how we live. We all have some type of traditional methodology toward how we act each day. With our families, with our friends. And the show is the story of a man trying to hold on to his traditional values, to what holds life together in this little town. Trying to deal with the changes that are going on around him. It exists every bit today as in the early part of the century. The story goes back 100 years – it was written by Sholem Aleichem, who wrote a lot of wonderful Yiddish folk stories, including Tevye and His Daughters. It’s an example of all the immigration that has taken place, and the persecution of people throughout the world, not just the Jewish people. If you were a rich man... Bruce Goldman: I know what my plans of doing are! We’re going to be putting a school together, myself and two other people, for underprivileged children, for the fine arts. I think we’re going to try to do it between the two cities where I live, Philadelphia and Ft. Lauderdale. For all the children who don’t get the chance for the dancing and the singing lessons. The parents don’t have the money to run them here and run them there, and we never get the chance to see their talents. Look, if you get to a point, ever in your life ... it’s not all about how much you make ... it’s nice if you can do something. It’s actually much more fulfilling when you’re doing something for somebody. It’s just like giving a gift. People think ‘Oh that’s so wonderful,’ when you’re doing it, but you get a lot of self–gratification as well. cs ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. When: At 8 p.m. Dec. 16–19, 2 p.m. Dec. 19 Tickets: $32–$52 Phone: (912) 525–5050 Online:


development and design, mostly in Southern Florida, and I have a marketing and advertising agency in the Philadelphia suburbs. And I own the biggest costume store in the world, in New York City, on 11th and Broadway, right next to Grace Church. It’s a block long and it takes about an hour to go through it. It’s called New York Costume Company Halloween Adventure. I have seasonal costume stores, and toy stores. All the things I have going on pale in emotion to what I get from being able to tell the story that I’m telling with the show. Fiddler on the Roof is probably the most magical musical that’s been written in the history of musical theater. And Tevye is the most magnificent part a man can play. It touches everybody in one way or another, in all cultures.

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Comedy fans, take note. A king and a queen will soon be passing our way. A show booked for March 12 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre features a quartet of seriously funny people. Chief among these are D.L. Hughley, from the hugely successful Original Kings of Comedy Tour, and Sommore, a founder of the Queens of Comedy. It’s called — what else? — the Royal Comedy Tour. George Wilborn and TuRae, familiar faces from BET’s myriad comedy programs, round out the bill. For now, though, let’s concentrate on the royals. Hughley (pictured) has a mile–wide resume. He was, of course, one of the four comics in Spike Lee’s onstage documentary The Original Kings of Comedy (the others were Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey). He wrote, produced and starred in the sitcom The Hughleys, had a role in Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, worked extensively on Comedy Central and most recently had his own current affairs comedy program on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks The News. In a 2008 interview, I asked Hughley which he liked better, acting or standup comedy: “There’s no question, standup,” he told me. “I don’t have to take orders from anybody. I’m the director, producer, writer and creator. And also, it’s a creative outlet that most people just don’t have access to. “How many people get to discuss how they feel about a situation and get to make money at it? I act so more people will come see me do standup.” With Mo’Nique, Adele Givens and Laura Hayes, Sommore was part of the Queens of Comedy Tour, which arrived in the wake of Lee’s movie, and was filmed for a Showtime special and a successful DVD. She’s known for Showtime at the Apollo, Def Comedy Jam and — guess what — guest appearances on The Hughleys. Sommore (her real name is Lori Ann Rambough) lost 11 pounds during the sixth season of Celebrity Fit Club.

Her solo DVD is called The Queen Stands Alone. Tickets for the March 12 performance are $38 and $45; see www.

This, that, the other The Tams, R&B semi–legends from Atlanta, will perform Jan. 1 at the Tybee Pier, part of the beach town’s New Year’s festivities. It all kicks off with fireworks the previous midnight (New Year’s Eve, duh). At noon, Jan. 1, you’re invited to partake in a “Polar Bear Plunge” into the icy Atlantic (I won’t see you there!), followed by the Tams’ show... ...Quite the disappearing act: Rather than reschedule January’s David Copperfield concert event for May, as was originally announced, the Savannah Civic Center now says the show is canceled, over, kaput. If you bought a ticket, your refund is waiting for you... ...Austin–based singer/songwriter Ben Kweller performs Jan. 7 at the Trustees Theater. He’s perhaps best known as a member of The Bens (with Ben Folds and Ben Lee) and for his lead vocal on Guster’s “I Hope Tomorrow is Like Today,” which had a prominent spot D.L. Hughley

in the film Wedding Crashers ... ...Electronica/hip hop artist RJD2 has a date at the Live Wire Music Hall Jan. 12. One of the most well–known independent trip–hoppers and aural beat musicians, RJD2’s instrumental song “Beautiful Mine” is featured as the theme for AMC’s wildly popular series Mad Men. Advance tickets are $15, and they’ll be $20 day of show. Oh, and Chronicles of the Landsquid, from the mystical land of trance electronica, plays Live Wire two nights later ... CS

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The Princess And The Frog Given the Disney studio’s recent disdain toward traditional hand–drawn animation, it’s sometimes hard to believe this was the company that over seven decades ago proved that toon flicks deserved to be on the big screen as much as their live–action counterparts. After all, the outfit with countless classics under its belt, some as recent as the 1990s (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), had all but abandoned the format in this new century, squarely throwing its support behind computer–animated fare and releasing a scattering of old–school mediocrities (like Treasure Planet) that were saddled with limp scripts and uninspired voice casting.

So is The Princess and the Frog the start of a new era, or merely a hiccup that will quickly be stifled? It’s hard to predict, but for now, it’s a pleasure to have an old–fashioned animated effort that actually stirs memories of past glories. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, the team that made The Little Mermaid (which kicked off the modern spate of Disney classics) and Aladdin before losing their way with Hercules and Treasure Planet, The Princess and the Frog adds a decidedly jazzy spin to the venerable fairy tale. It centers on Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a young woman living in early–20th–century New Orleans. Toiling as a waitress but longing to save enough money to open her own restaurant, Tiana finds her fate intertwined with that of Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos), a visiting

royal who’s been duped by the nefarious Dr. Facilier (Keith David) and turned into a frog. Tiana reluctantly kisses the now–green Naveen in an attempt to help him turn human again (as per the fairy tale), but the plan backfires and she instead finds herself joining him in an amphibian state. Randy Newman’s song score runs hot and cold, but the animation is lovely, the story offers the requisite Disney mix of mirth and message, and the supporting characters (including a jazz–lovin’ crocodile and a laid–back firefly) prove to be an engaging bunch. Yet what’s most noteworthy about the film isn’t what’s in it but what’s missing – specifically, the faddish pop culture references and scatological humor that dates most of today’s animated efforts. The Princess and the Frog refuses to be pegged as a product of a specific period, and in that regard, it’s a welcome throwback to the timeless toon tales of yesteryear.

INVICTUS Clearly, there’s no shortage of stories to relate about Nelson Mandela. Why, then, did Clint Eastwood choose one that forces the celebrated leader to go MIA in his own saga? Second only to the upcoming Nine as the biggest disappointment of the holiday season, Invictus represents a rare misstep for the iconic filmmaker, who’s been on a tear lately with the stellar likes of Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima and last year’s Gran Torino. But Invictus, sad to say, finds the prolific 79–year–old merely coasting for more Oscar gold, tackling the sort of safe, sanitized fare that used to attract stodgy filmmakers like Richard Attenborough on a regu-

lar basis. Simplifying complicated South African issues to the level of a Berenstein Bears storybook, the movie focuses on the initial years of the presidency of Mandela (portrayed by Morgan Freeman in a competent if uninvolving performance), who emerged from decades in prison bent not on revenge against the whites who oppressed him but instead seeking unity in this post–apartheid South Africa. Finding resistance from both sides of the racial divide, the saintly leader decides to use the sport of rugby as Ground Zero for solidarity, working with the captain (a functional Matt Damon) of the country’s mostly white team to build national pride by taking them all the way to the 1995 World Cup Championship game. The first half of Invictus is the superior portion, since Mandela is front and center for most of the running time: The politics may be spotty and the Obama comparisons may or may not be intentional, but at least some human dynamics are at play. Unfortunately, the second part devolves into a typical sports drama focusing on an underdog team battling its way through incredible odds, and this narrative direction forces Mandela to remain on the sidelines of the movie itself. Relegated to the role of cheerleader - and afforded only an occasional camera shot showing him beaming with pleasure - Nelson Mandela may have won an election but here suffers a defeat at the hands of formula filmmaking.

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in such films as The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Analyze That, Robert De Niro opts to underplay in the family melodrama Everybody’s Fine. But don’t let this opposite approach sucker you in: De Niro isn’t low–key as much as he’s merely lethargic, and it’s yet one more dismissive turn from an actor who once owned a major chunk of seminal ’70s cinema. De Niro stars as Frank Goode, a widower who, disappointed that all four of his grown children have canceled plans to come visit him, decides instead to surprise all of them on their own respective doorsteps. He first visits David, an artist living in New York, but David never turns up at his own apartment. Undeterred, Frank presses forward, visiting in rapid succession his daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale), an advertising executive, his son Robert (Sam Rockwell), a symphony musician, and his other daughter Rosie (Drew Barrymore), a Vegas entertainer. It turns out that all three are hiding things from their dad – about David as well as about themselves. Writer–director Kirk Jones makes an unhealthy number of unwise decisions, from pacing to casting to his mise en scene selections. Awkward and ill–matched, the members of the big–name cast fail to impress, although Rockwell comes closest to making his character something more than a dullard. Dramatic crises are played out in predictable fashion, with the one deviation from formula – a climactic scene in which Frank imagines his offspring looking like children but arguing with him like adults – proving to be disastrous. Although a remake of a 1990 Italian import starring Marcello Mastroianni, Everybody’s Fine also has much in common, both thematically and narratively, with a Jack Nicholson gem from a few years back. Ultimately,

though, this is less About Schmidt and more about nothing much.

OLD DOGS Contrary to expectations, there’s no fantasy sequence in which John Travolta plays the Joker; instead, his character has merely taken some medicine that causes his face to sport a Joker–esque grimace. Thus, what could have been a so–bad–it’s–glorious moment instead falls into the so–bad–it’s–only–bad camp. Then again, that pretty much describes the entire project, which casts Travolta and Robin Williams as Charlie and Dan, business partners who suddenly find themselves looking after Dan’s newly discovered kids (twins conceived during one drunken night seven years ago) for a couple of weeks. Masters of their trade (sports marketing), the pair prove to be completely incompetent in the presence of the children (Conner Rayburn and Ella Bleu Travolta, neither exactly a find), leading to a series of excruciating sequences in which the adults are repeatedly ridiculed, humiliated and made to suffer great physical pain. The movie is never remotely funny, but it excels at being creepy. In addition to Travolta’s aforementioned gross–out grin, Rita Wilson is on hand to deliver a skin–crawling performance as a hyperactive hand model. The sight of a gorilla nuzzling annoying Seth Green is equally nauseating – more so since most audience members will be feverishly praying that the creature tears him limb from limb instead. There are countless moments of creative desperation – reaction shots from a dog, golf balls to the groin, etc. – although the nadir has to be the scene in which Sam is deemed so clueless a

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Fantastic Mr. Fox Whatever is in the water out in Los Angeles is forcing today’s most acclaimed young filmmakers to bring beloved children’s books to the big screen. First it was Spike Jonze directing an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and now it’s Wes Anderson helming a motion picture version of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. At this rate, can we soon expect Darren Aronofsky to tackle Dr. Seuss’ Hop on Pop and Paul Thomas Anderson to serve up Arlene Mosel’s Tikki Tikki Tembo? As for Anderson’s stop-motion-animated opus, it’s an improvement over Jonze’s recent live-action effort, even if it falls short of being

the new family classic dictated by the advance buzz. The mistake would be in categorizing it as a children’s film, as it largely leaves out the sort of oversized humor found in movies made for the small fry. Instead, its pleasures, including Anderson’s painterly compositions and the A-list vocal cast, seem more likely to win over viewers of voting age and above. George Clooney brings his usual mix of leading-man swagger and character-actor eccentricity to his interpretation of the title character, a newspaper columnist who once promised his wife (a largely wasted Meryl Streep) that he would leave behind his life of danger (i.e. stealing chickens) but instead finds himself being lured back by the prospect of sticking it to a trio of insidious farmers (the leader being voiced by Dumbledore himself, Michael Gambon). Moving to its own laid-back rhythms (an approach sure to cause seat-shuffling from those not on its wavelength), this likable lark functions as a reprieve from the plasticity of most modern ’toon flicks. It may not be fantastic, but it’s good enough.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Hollywood’s second foray into the Twilight zone features enough fantasy and romance to satisfy most hardcore devotees of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire saga, but just as many viewers will notice that this is too often a case of the emperor – or, more specifically, buff teenage boys – wearing no clothes. A step down from last year’s box office hit Twilight, New Moon has retained the same screenwriter (Melissa Rosenberg) but opted to switch out directors (The Golden Compass’ Chris Weitz in for Thirteen’s Catherine Hardwicke). Per-

haps it’s this changing of the guard that prevents this latest picture from ever maintaining a steady rhythm. After all, Twilight might have been occasionally ripe, but that worked for the material, as Hardwicke instinctively fed into the oversized angst that all too often defines the lives of teenagers wrapped up in their daily melodramas. By comparison, Weitz keeps the proceedings on a low simmer, an emotional oasis only punctuated every once in a while by Bella’s howls as she pines for her one true bloodsucking love. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. In New Moon, vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) has decided continues on p. 36

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PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE “Kitchen sink realism” was the term invented to describe a specific type of artistic movement that took place in England in the 1950s and 1960s, and here comes Precious to borrow that expression for a more modern, decidedly Americanized look at life among the lower classes. Adding to the appropriateness of subletting that term is that fact that a good part of this harrowing drama is set in and around the kitchen, as a frying pan to the head and hairy pigs feet to the arteries both take a toll on the well–being of the story’s heroine, 16–year–old Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe). Living with her hateful mother (Mo’Nique), a woman who abuses her in every way imaginable, Precious has to contend not only with a disastrous home life but also with the fact that she’s pregnant with her second child, both kids the result of being raped by her own long–gone father. Grossly overweight and largely illiterate, Precious nevertheless harbors a poetic side and can only hope that her life will take a turn for the better. She finally finds some allies in a patient teacher (Paula Patton) and a no–nonsense social worker (Mariah Carey, surprisingly effective), but their encouragement repeatedly gets negated by her mother’s assertions that she’s ugly, unloved and unwanted. The 2009 release least likely to be mistaken for the “feel–good movie of the year,” Precious is for most of its running time so pessimistic that it threatens to hammer viewers into a fetal position from which they may never emerge. Yet it’s this hard–edged honesty – a far cry from the chipper, meaningless platitudes on view in many other works – that earns this film its stripes. Yet its key ingredient is Sidibe, whose excellent performance crucially transforms Precious from a character to be pitied into a person to be admired. CS


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595 WEST 54th STREET: 2Bedroom Apartments/1.5baths, washer/dryer connection/total electric, deposit/$330, $660/monthly. Section-8 Welcome. Call 912-232-7659. NEWLY RENOVATED WILMINGTON ISLAND DUPLEX, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, dining room, kitchen, $775/month. Call 897-6789 or 344-4164 Happenings

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SECTION 8 WELCOME 3BR/1BA Home in Carver Heights on Westside. Newly remodeled, central heat/air, fenced backyard $825/month, $825/deposit. Call 912-844-7932

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2BR/2BA Condo, furnished kitchen including washer/dryer. Fireplace, breakfast room and many more extras. $795/rent, $500/dep. ZENO MOORE CONSTRUCTION 409 E.Montgomery Xrds. 927-4383 QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD: Spacious 4-bedroom, 3bath single family residence. 2436 E.39th St. Freshly painted/new carpet. $1050/month. Section 8 Welcome. 912-692-1168


410 East 50th St. 1BR $600/rent, water and garbage included. 1305 East 56th St. 2BR $650/rent. 247 Stonebridge Dr: 3BR/2.5BA $1200/mo. 1104 East 31st St. 3BR $625/rent. 2319 E. 42nd 3BR/2BA $750/rent. 5404 Waters Dr. 3BR/2BA $1150. 8723 Hurst Ave. 4BR/1BA $900. Several Rent-to-own properties. Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829 RENT: DUPLEX 1220 E. 55th. 2-bedroom, 1-bath $475/month plus deposit of $475. Two blocks off Waters Ave, close to Daffin park. Call Alex, 912-401-5710, Days/Nights/Weekends. Rent to Own 3BR/1BA on Cedar St., CH&A, $750/M + down pymt. 2BR/1BA on 56th St. CH&A $700/m + down pymt. Section 8 OK. 507-7875 or 356-5384 ROOMS for Rent $125 per week, $125/security deposit. Utilities included, call Margaret 912-656-0398. ROOMS FOR RENT: Clean, secure, central heat/air, ceiling fan, cable, electric, stove and refrigerator, washer/dryer. Near Library and bus route. Furnished. $150 weekly. John Simmons, 912-844-5865. Section-8 Voucher? Rent or Rent-to-own, 3 bedroom 1 bath home with laundry room, utility shed, privacy fence, new kitchen, call 912-228-6440

SOUTHSIDE- Hampstead Oaks Two bedroom, 1.5bath townhouse apt, total electric, $600/month with washer & dryer $625. Call Debra at 912-356-5656

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TOWNHOME: 1600 Habersham St. between 32nd & 33rd St., Savannah. Thomas Square area. Spacious 2BR/1BA, kitchen and living room, central heat/air, total electric. $575/month plus $575/deposit. Virtual tour at Call Adam @ 234-2726. TYBEE - 2BR/1BA Apt., central-heat/air. Walk to beach, 1 block from AJ’s. $800/month, $800/deposit. Call 912-507-4637. VARNEDOE DRIVE: Newly renovated, 2BR/1BA, $625/mo. CAROLINE DRIVE: Newly Renovated 2BR/1BA, $650/mo. DUANE CT: 2BR/1BA $675/mo. Call 912-897-6789 or 912-344-4164

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for rent 855 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. Like New 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $625. COASTAL CT. Nice 2BR/2BA Apt, furnished kitchen $625. CRESTHILL 3BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, home $750. WILMINGTON ISLAND 2BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, duplex $650. 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 CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890 3200 sq ft warehouse. With office & bathroom, overhead door, Hwy 17 Near Lynes Pkwy. $1050/month, 912-656-6698 4 ROOM OFFICE Office condo on the south side. Approx. 1000 sq ft, 4 offices, waiting area, 1/2 bath, lots of storage, water included. $850.00 (912)272-0005 Read Week At A GlAnce to find the best events this week.

5400 SQ.FT. Retail sales. Manufacturing warehouse or office. Hassell Realty Co. 912-234-1291 OFFICE UNIT, 1120 sq ft, has 5 offices in Oglethorpe Professional Court. Less than $10 per square foot. Call: 354-1453

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NEAR MEMORIAL/ W. CHATHAM East Savannah. Furnished, includes utilities, central heat and air, Comcast cable, television, washer/dryer. Hardwood floors, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. 5 minutes to Memorial Hospital. **ROOMS $100 & UP** Call 912-210-0144.

$99 MOVE IN SPECIAL SOUTHSIDEEASTSIDE - WESTSIDE New Large Clean Carpeted Rooms, only 2-4 rooms per guest house. Quiet Areas, Busline. Cable, Fridge, TV, utilities, furnished rooms. Rooms with PRIVATE BATHROOMS available. $99-$159/Week. DISCOUNT FOR FOOD SERVICE AND HOTEL EMPLOYEES



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Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week + deposit. Call 912-844-5995 Furnished Rooms for Rent immediately. Nice, clean, next to the City bus station. Convenient to shopping, malls, hospitals, $160/week. 912-323-4578

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Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $120/week. Call 912-844-5995 ROOMS FOR RENT From $85.00-$175.00 a week, cable and utilities included. Please call (912) 308-4242 for more information.


Inner city locations. TV & DVD, cable, mini-refrigerator, microwave, internet, all utilities included. Call: 507-7174 $100 and up. ROOMS FOR RENT

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

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cars 910 2000 Saturn SL1 Good Car, 150,000 miles, used motor has 48,000 miles, tires good $2,200. (912)667-1931


Hondas, Chevys, Toyotas from $500. For listings, call 1-800-536-8309 ext. 4481. FENDER BENDER? Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. Motorcycles/ AtVs 940


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AVAILABLE NOW HALCYON BLUFF SUBDIVISION. Unique executive style 3-bedroom/2bath home located on quiet street. Sunken living room, wood floors, dishwasher, ceiling fans, garage, central heat/air, fenced yard w/pretty shrubbery. $1099/month, $1399/security deposit. Military & Police discounts available. No indoor pets. No smoking. 920-1936.

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