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Welcome to 2017! Made any New Year’s resolutions? Not me. I stopped that foolishness in my life years ago. You see, I used to make resolutions, at the end of each and every year. And each and every year, I’d proceed to break them. All of them. And all before the first bloom of spring had sprung. Oh, the frustration and disappointment. I just couldn’t handle it. So I decided enough was enough. I do, however, admire those who can make resolutions and stick to them. That discipline is something to be respected. Instead of resolutions, I have determined that it’s better to just take stock of my life early in each year…take a look at where I am and where I want to go. I look at what makes me happy, and I make every effort to hold on to those things tightly. I also look at those things – and people – that are making me unhappy or dragging me down. Those things that have, for me, become toxic. I look at ways then to make a change, even if that means letting those things or people go. By cutting the toxins from my life, each year, I find that I have a more simplified, more fulfilling, more fruitful existence. I would challenge you to consider the same. In this issue, we’ve written about a local fitness company that is helping people move beyond resolutions into lifestyle choices. You’ll be inspired as you read about what they do to help people live better lives. You’ll also ready about some upcoming concerts that are going to be amazing. The Boro will be welcoming two top-notch tribute performers – one performing in tribute to Ray Charles, the other to Paul McCartney – this month. You won’t want to miss either show. And last, there is a special Evening of African-American Poetry at the Averitt this month that will be a great night of inspiration and joy. Be sure to attend. Whatever you choose to do with your new year, may it be bright and full of joy!
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Monday Pint Night: $2 pints (all draft beers), trivia at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday: $3.99 Titos, $3.99 Jim Beam Wine & Whisky Wednesday: $10 off any bottle of wine, $4.99 Crown Thirsty Thursday: $3.99 Titos, $3.99 Jim Beam Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $10 domestic buckets, $15 import buckets
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Things to do in January
Jan. 12-Feb. 25 The Soul Within: Figuration by Abner Cope Averitt Center for the Arts Part of the African-American series, the exhibit features GSU alumnus Abner A. Cope, the first African-American to graduate from Georgia Southern College with an art degree. The opening reception is Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 25. Jan. 6-31 Youth Gallery The Youth Gallery features the artwork of Bulloch County students. Every month new schools are featured – Trinity, SE Bulloch Middle and High Schools are featured in January. The new exhibits are celebrated with a reception in the third floor gallery on the First Friday of each month. Averitt Center for the Arts Jan. 9-Feb. 3 Flatbed Picture Planes: LaChance, Mosquera, Schissel Georgia Southern University Center for Art & Theatre An exhibition that explores how the painted surface functions as an information-dispensing artifact. The artists in this show have dispensed with the idea of a single window or a site for material representation of expressionism, and instead create non-hierarchic and multivalent approaches to layering and simultaneity in tune with hybridized, jump-cut modes of seeing. Artist Talk: Jan. 19, 5 p.m., Arts Building, Room 2071 Jan. 9-Feb. 3 Botanica: Lee Renninger Exhibition Georgia Southern University Center for Art & Theatre In the exhibition, Renninger explores the sense of play and lightness of being inherent in the garden. Botanica is a body of work that incorporates the rich color, detail and lavish qualities of the floral world to explore play and wonder – sometimes even in the darkest of contexts. Artist Talk: Jan. 19, Arts, Building, Room 2071
OTHER Saturdays Family Fun Swim, 10 a.m.-noon Splash in the Boro Saturday, Jan. 14 Sip & Sketch with Bob Ross, 2 p.m. at Statesboro Bulloch County Library
Wednesday, Jan. 18 Kids Art Night (ages 8-12), 5:30 p.m. at Statesboro Bulloch County Library
ONGOING Live music at Loco’s Musical acts perform every weekend, 9-11:30 p.m. 52 Weeks of Giving Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27: This program has a different theme each week, but all of the themes are centered around giving back to our community and making a difference in people’s lives. No sign up is required —you can join the program at any time.
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Tuesday, Jan. 3 Open mic night at Loco’s, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 3 Karaoke at Applebee’s, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 Jam Night with Skyler Smith at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 DJ & karaoke at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Chris Mitchell Band at Gnat’s Landing, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Open mic night at Loco’s, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Karaoke at Applebee’s, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 DJ & karaoke at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Jacob & The Good People at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Welcome Back Bash with Morning Fatty at South City Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Chandler Fritts Full Band at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Kenny Brawner in “Ray Charles on my Mind,” 7:30 p.m. Averitt Center for the Arts Part of the African-American Series, the event features master pianist/ vocalist Kenny Brawner portraying Charles, and leading his 12-piece
orchestra and three vocalists in performance of Charles’ greatest hits. Tickets $26/adult, $28/box (Friends of the Arts); $28/adult, $30/box (Non-members); $10 youth Tuesday, Jan. 17 Open mic night at Loco’s, 9 p.m. Karaoke at Applebee’s, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 DJ & karaoke at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Open mic night at Loco’s, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Karaoke at Applebee’s, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 DJ & karaoke at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 Doc Severinsen, 7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center Tickets $24/adults, $10/youth Friday, Jan. 27 Ten Mile Creek at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 Live and Let Die: A Tribute to Paul McCartney, 7 p.m. Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center Tickets, $20/students, $25/General Tuesday, Jan. 31 Open mic night at Loco’s, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 Karaoke at Applebee’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 An Evening of African-American Poetry, 7:30 p.m. Whitaker Black Box Theater, Averitt Center for the Arts In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., director Mical Whitaker has assembled some of the area’s most distinctive voices to bring life to the words of poets like Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou and Jill Scott. The event will be a multimedia fusion of images, music and spoken word. Tickets $10/adult, $5/youth Jan. 27-28 Steel Magnolias, 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. matinee on Sunday) Averitt Center for the Arts Tickets for Friends of the Arts, $15/adult, $10/youth, $18/box; non-members, $18/adults, $10/youth, $20/box
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New year, new resolution: Getting fit and staying that way By Kenneth Lee Is the phrase, “new year, new me” a hacky platitude or a hopeful, sincere mantra with a kernel of truth? The answer largely depends on the person and the available resources around them. The year has come and gone, and in its place, a shiny 2017, ready and eager to entice you with the promise of better opportunities and actually completed new resolutions. However, parents, students, and basically anyone working a job can attest to the difficulty of achieving certain resolutions. A classic but often frustrating New Year’s resolution for most is adding fitness to one’s busy day-to-day life; however, local businesses such as CrossFit Boro, help make it possible for fitness newcomers to achieve both small
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and long term workout goals through CrossFit. “The movements we do mimic actions you do in life: squatting down to pick up something, placing things overhead, playing sports, etc,” Ryan Brack, owner of CrossFit Boro, said. “Our workouts are not specialized to a particular movement or theme, but rather vary between endurance and strength training. We teach an unbreakable mindset that helps our members maintain versatility in their training which translates into their everyday lives.” The coaches at CrossFit Boro are fully aware that new habits are hard to start, therefore, they made available a two-week program called On Ramp to help create a smooth
transition for beginners. On Ramp teaches all the movements done in class, but at a slower, guided progression and with no intensity, allowing newcomers the opportunity to learn the correct forms from the beginning with less pressure and expectations. “Coaches will push you, but the art of coaching is knowing who needs the carrot and who needs the stick. Ninety-nine percent of our athletes are carrot people and the other 1 percent are those competitive individuals that want to realize their full athletic potential and need a little extra push to get there,” Brack said. Since 2012, CrossFit Boro – boasting a 90 percent retention rate, even among college
CrossFit myths heard from the CrossFit Boro Staff • It’s too hard - only young, elite athletes can do it • You’ll get hurt • You have to lift heavy weight • Coaches yell at you
Tips to make sure your fitness resolutions don’t fizzle out. • A habit takes 21 days to build, so we recommend that everyone stay in it for at least six weeks. • Only start one new habit every seven days to avoid putting too much on your plate and burning out before you even get started.
students who graduate – has committed themselves to working with their members, students and Statesboro residents alike, in smoothly integrating fitness and healthy lifestyle choices into their sometimes hectic schedules. CrossFit Boro offers eight different classes to choose from each day, each ranging exactly one hour long. Brack said, “Morning classes start at 6:15 a.m. and our last class starts at 6:30 p.m. Over the years, we’ve found that this is more than accommodating to all of our members. If something comes up, often times you can just come to an earlier or later class. A one-hour workout is only 4 percent of your day. We’ve found that even the busiest people can make it to one of our eight classes during the day, whether it be a working mother of four or a student juggling an 18-hour course load.” While 70 percent of CrossFit Boro’s members consists of 25-54 year olds, they also have coaches dedicated to introducing a budding CrossFit program for kids and young teens as well. “Getting kids active early teaches them to enjoy fitness and inspires them to pursue a healthier lifestyle,” Kacie Lanier, a CrossFit Boro Kids trainer, said. “We felt our members’ children, as well as other kids in our community, would benefit from a child specific exercise program.” After being introduced a year and a half ago, the kids program – which includes fun games subtly incorporating CrossFit skills and workouts – has grown from three to 20 kids. “I would encourage parents to let their kids try CrossFit Kids because the goal is to associate fitness with fun,” Janet Lanier said. “At this age, we are not concerned with how much weight a child can lift. Instead, we are more concerned with making sure kids perform the movements correctly. Overall, we want to create a love for fitness that will continue for a lifetime.” You might have avoided or fallen out of it in the past, but for 2017 and onward, the coaches at CrossFit Boro are willing to help you try out your CrossFit curiosity and perhaps permanently add it to your fitness regime. “For me, personally, CrossFit has meant the difference between a shortened, burdened life and a full one,” Brack said. “When I started six years ago, I weighed 365 pounds. Over the course of 11 months I lost 120 pounds and have kept it off since! We have members who have regained physical mobility they thought was lost with increasing age, revived their competitive spirit, and above all become comfortable in their own skin again.” CrossFit Boro is located on 1189 Sarahlyn Lane. January 2017 • 9
‘Ray Charles on my Mind’ By Angye Morrison
Brawner to bring ‘Ray Charles on my Mind’ to Averitt January 14 When Augusta native Kenny Brawner sits down at the piano on stage, he “becomes” his idol, Ray Charles, another Georgia native. On Saturday, January 14, he will bring his portrayal to Averitt Center for the Arts. Part of the African-American Series, “Ray Charles on my Mind” will feature Brawner and his 12-piece orchestra, as well as three vocalists, and they will perform Charles’ greatest hits. Brawner says his love of the legend and his music began early on. He was even called “Ray” as a child because he played the piano. In his performance, Brawner sings and plays Charles’ legendary hits, like “What I’d Say,” “I Got a Woman,” “Georgia on my Mind,” “Doin’ the Mess Around” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The blind singer and pianist was beloved for many reasons, but many loved his voice
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because it had such a raw quality to it. In his voice, listeners can hear a soulful fusion of the gospel, blues, R&B and jazz that influenced him. His iconic style led many to impersonate him. But don’t call Brawner an impersonator. “When I hear the word impersonator, I think of those guys in one-piece suits who do Elvis,” he said. “I look at what I do as a combination piece and concert. I am an actor, and I’m playing Ray Charles on stage.” Brawner’s performance has been called a “love letter to Ray Charles’ music that celebrates the life of one of the godfathers of blues.” He speaks as the singer about Charles’ life, and does not ignore the darker side. Charles was no stranger to scandal, fathering 12 children with 10 different women, and was a heavy drug user early on in his
career. Brawner acknowledges that the singer led a rough life, but he uses that to enhance his performance. Brawner is also part of the Harlem, N.Y.based Brawner Brothers Band, a dynamic jazz-funk group that infuses rhythm and blues, Latin and blues elements into its repertoire. Brawner is the keyboardist and leader of the group, as well as vocalist and composer. His brother, Everett Brawner, plays the bass. The group regularly appears in jazz and blues venues in the New York area, and travels the country playing clubs, music festivals and college concerts. Tickets for “Ray Charles on my Mind” are $25 for adults and $28 for a box for Friends of the Arts, and $28 for adults and $30 for a box for non-members. Tickets are $10 for youth. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
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African-American Poetry By Rashida Otunba
‘An Evening of African-American Poetry’ returns to the Averitt Prepare to be moved by the power of the pen writing could have. once more as Director Mical Whitaker brings “Words can last longer when they are in print . “An Evening of African-American Poetry” to the . . With writing I was able to get my point across Averitt Center for the Arts. with a clear concise message. We can talk about The annual event is a celebration of the life police brutality and the social ills affecting us, of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Last but if I can sit back and write, I can say more year’s program “Behold, Here in two pages than I can in 20 Cometh the Dreamer” featured minutes,” Bailey said. adults from the Statesboro Bailey arrived at Georgia community who gathered to Southern in 1996. A broad“Words can last longer recite the works of famous cast major, he began to host when they are in print . . . African-American poets. a radio segment at 91.9 “the With writing I was able to This year, however, the Buzz” which he says is what hosts will be from the younger truly gave him the confidence get my point across with a generation, a transition that to become Subject2Change clear concise message.” Whitaker notes is essential in and allowed him to broadcast - Derrick Bailey order to hear the voices of the his poetry to a wider audience, youth and get their responses an action which caught the aton events that are happening tention of Whitaker, whose son in the world today. was a fan of Bailey’s work. For this event, Whitaker Bailey credits Whitaker as called Georgia Southern alumnus Derrick Bailey one of his mentors and relies on his insight when to serve as one of the featured artists for the eveperforming. ning. Bailey, who goes by his stage name Sub“To me, [Whitaker] has so many experiences. ject2Change, began writing when he was a seWhen I look at him I look at history. When I have nior in high school when he realized the impact his ear, that’s not just him, its generations telling
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me it’s powerful. People he knew telling me that was powerful,” Bailey noted, referencing Whitaker’s past in the entertainment industry. When asked how he chose his stage name, Bailey said it is because “the subject, style and my content are subject to change,” depending on the events of the world around him. The content that Bailey will showcase will have either social or spiritual themes. Some of Bailey’s material for the night will come from his recently published book “My WHIP,” a title that is an acronym for “My Words Have Inspired People.” “Historically, people use the whip to evoke emotions, fear or rage. I use my whip as a writing tool and the type of emotion I wasn’t to evoke is inspiration,” Bailey said. In addition to Bailey, the event will feature numerous other young poets from the community who will recite both classics from past AfricanAmerican authors in addition to new, original work. To learn more about Derrick Bailey or purchase his book, please visit dbaileystone.com. The event will be held in the Whitaker Black Box Theater on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 for an adult and $5 for youth.
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Tailgate Tattler BY Chris Stanley
The year 2016 was bad to say the least, am I right? We could write a whole book about how godawful this year has been from a number of viewpoints. If you were a fan of music, you lost industry legends Prince, Merle Haggard, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen -- not to mention three of top five Billboard 100 songs this year were Justin Bieber tunes. In the realm of film and television we lost Oscar nominee Alan Rickman, beloved TV dad Alan Thicke, emmy nominee Abe Vigoda and all-time great funnyman Gary Shandling. And somehow, some way “The Big Bang Theory” is still the highest rated network television show. In even more serious matters the world saw the outbreak of the Zika virus, the Orlando nightclub shootings and the siege of Aleppo amongst other international tragedies. Don’t even get me started on the damned election. In short, 2016 just sucked for about everybody. Including sports fans like myself. No, not even the wretched witch that was 2016 could keep her hands off America’s greatest escapism. She took Gordie Howe, Muhammad Ali, Dave Mirra and Pearl Washington from us. All of them grouped with greatest athletes to play in their respective sports – and will never see this world again. As if that wasn’t enough, beloved figures
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like John Saunders and Craig Sager left behind their legacies in broadcasting. Never again will Saunders’ silky baritone voice grace our Saturday afternoons, nor will the flamboyant suits or casual, everyman charm of Sager grace NBA sidelines ever again. This year’s inadequateness was felt just as hard here in Statesboro, albeit on not so much a morbid level as the rest of the world. Outside of losing Nate Hirsch – longtime beloved Georgia Southern broadcaster – things here in Statesboro were bad for other reasons. The year 2016 stunk in Statesboro because Georgia Southern’s football team – for lack of a better word – stunk. On a macro level, what happens in southeast Georgia seems insignificant to the rest of the country. No, Georgia Southern isn’t Alabama, Ohio State or Texas in terms of size, money or media coverage – but their supporters are just as rabid, passionate and demanding of excellence. Six national championship flags fly over Paulsen Stadium, still an FCS record now safe for one more year after North Dakota State fell to James Madison in the FCS semi-finals this year. Sure, those titles didn’t come in “big boy football” as the Twitter trolls would call it but it doesn’t delegitimize the accomplishments of Georgia Southern’s program in its short 34 years of recent history.
So with all of that in mind it’s understandable why fans’ feathers were so ruffled when their beloved Eagles fell to 5-7 following backto-back nine win seasons following a move up to D-1 FBS. Only two seasons have seen worse and the men in charge of those teams – Brian VanGorder and Frank Ellwood – were relieved of their duties after one season. So you could say current boss Tyson Summers is thankful his team was able to pull out a big win against Troy on the last game of the season to douse the cou d’eta of boosters who were ready to give him the heave-ho – because the failures of 2016 can be attributed to his crack coaching staff. We all knew going out to hire a coach who had no experience running the option style of offense was going to be a risk. The option – not even necessarily the traditional wishbone style – is what has worked at Southern since the days of Erk Russell. Anyone who’s come in to try and fix it has been run out of town. So why did Summers try it? Why did Apple take the headphone jack out of the new iPhone? Why did Coke try to change their formula to New Coke? Sometimes, rich and powerful people can be stupid. It happens. It was clear from the opening game against Savannah State whatever new offensive coordinators Rance Gillespie and David Dean
were drawing up was a far drop off from last season’s offense run by Doug Ruse. Explosive runs? Gone. Offensive continuity? Non-existent. Offensive identity? Never heard of it. What was a top 25 offense from last year fell to the bottom 30 this season with essentially the same cast of characters. Look no further for evidence of offensive ineptitude than Matt Breida, Georgia Southern’s do-it-all running back. After averaging around 1,550 yards, 17 touchdowns at 8.3 yards a carry in 2014 and 2015 – he rushed for 646 at 3.8 yards a carry with three scores this year. Brieda didn’t forget how to run, the offensive line didn’t forget how to block – the offensive coaching staff forgot how to scheme. To Summers’ credit he is not an offensive coach, so he wasn’t the one scheming things. But he made the hires, and as the head man that ultimately falls on his shoulders. After a disappointing season in a disappointing year, Summers needed something we all look forward to in the new year: a fresh start. He did himself a favor by going out and hiring Bryan Cook, the quarterbacks/B-backs coach at Georgia Tech, to run the offense the way most Georgia Southern fans have come to know and love. What Erk Russell would call: “The right way.” So it looks as if Summers has done what we all hope to do in the new year – learn from his mistakes to try for a better new year. Fans should appreciate that, because it’s something we all try to do in the new year. So let’s all do like Summers as fans and as people. Learn from our mistakes and move on from the crapshoot that has been 2016. As the cliche goes, in a year as bad as 2016 there’s only one direction to go – up.
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A New revitalizing shade By Hunter McCumber
A refreshing and revitalizing shade When the question of what will define 2017 comes up, the response most often includes words like “Trump” and “populism” and “division” and “anger.” “Green” – not so much. Yet if you believe the team at the Pantone Color Institutes, which calls itself the “Global Color Authority,” green will be everywhere in 2017. Not just any old green, of course: Pantone 15-0343, colloquially known as Greenery. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep
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breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world. A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality. What is the Pantone Color of the Year? A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot
of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
“Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” - Leatrice Eiseman
Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control an herb you haven’t tried like rosemary. You can sauté (panfry) vegetables in a non-stick pan with a small amount of cooking spray. Or try frozen or canned vegetables for a quick side dish — just microwave and serve. When trying canned vegetables, look for vegetables without added salt, butter, or cream sauces. Commit to going to the produce department and trying a new vegetable each week. • Calcium-rich foods – you may automatically think of a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk when someone says “eat more dairy products.” But what about low-fat and fat-free yogurts without added sugars? These come in a wide variety of flavors and can be a great dessert substitute for those with a sweet tooth. • A new twist on an old favorite – if your favorite recipe calls for frying fish or breaded chicken, try healthier variations using baking or grilling. Maybe even try a recipe that uses dry beans in place of higher-fat meats. Ask around or search the internet and magazines for recipes with fewer calories – you might be surprised to find you have a new favorite dish!
Healthy eating for a healthy weight
A healthy lifestyle involves many choices – among them, choosing a balanced diet or healthy eating plan. So how do you choose a healthy eating plan? Let’s begin by defining what a healthy eating plan is. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, a healthy eating plan: • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. • Stays within your daily calorie needs.
Eat healthfully and enjoy It! A healthy eating plan that helps you man-
age your weight includes a variety of foods you may not have considered. If “healthy eating” makes you think about the foods you can’t have, try refocusing on all the new foods you can eat: • Fresh, frozen or canned fruits – don’t think just apples or bananas. All fresh, frozen, or canned fruits are great choices. Be sure to try some “exotic” fruits, too. How about a mango? Or a juicy pineapple or kiwi fruit! When your favorite fresh fruits aren’t in season, try a frozen, canned, or dried variety of a fresh fruit you enjoy. One caution about canned fruits is that they may contain added sugars or syrups. Be sure and choose canned varieties of fruit packed in water or in their own juice. • Fresh, frozen or canned vegetables – try something new. You may find that you love grilled vegetables or steamed vegetables with
Do I have to give up my favorite comfort food? No! Healthy eating is all about balance. You can enjoy your favorite foods even if they are high in calories, fat or added sugars. The key is eating them only once in a while, and balancing them out with healthier foods and more physical activity. Some general tips for comfort foods: • Eat them less often. If you normally eat these foods every day, cut back to once a week or once a month. You’ll be cutting your calories because you’re not having the food as often. • Eat smaller amounts. If your favorite higher-calorie food is a chocolate bar, have a smaller size or only half a bar. • Try a lower-calorie version. Use lowercalorie ingredients or prepare food differently. For example, if your macaroni and cheese recipe uses whole milk, butter, and full-fat cheese, try remaking it with non-fat milk, less butter, light cream cheese, fresh spinach and tomatoes. Just remember to not increase your portion size. The point is, you can figure out how to include almost any food in your healthy eating plan in a way that still helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. January 2017 • 17
Eating healty – It can be done on a budget
Eating healthier is something most people aspire to do. The benefits are fantastic, ranging from feeling and looking better, to increasing health, to prolonging life. But when it comes to eating healthy, the biggest complaint often heard is that it’s more expensive. But you can eat healthy – and not break the bank. We’ve assembled some recipes for you that are healthy, and range from hearty breakfasts to light salads to sweet treats. Each of them boasts a short list of ingredients, and takes less than 20 minutes to prep. Hungry? We thought so. Give these truly affordable and delicious recipes a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Watermelon Lime Ice Pops • • • •
4 cups diced watermelon ¼ cup fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon lime zest ¼ cup agave syrup
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. 2. Pour mixture into ice pop molds. (If you don’t have an ice pop mold handy, make mini pops in an ice cube tray, or use small paper cups.) 3. Freeze in the freezer at least 8 hours or overnight. 18 • CONNECT Statesboro
Chocolate Banana Breakfast Quinoa • ½ cup quinoa • 1 ¼ cup almond milk, divided • ½ cup water • Sea salt • 1 banana, ½ mashed, ½ cut into slices • 2 teaspoons honey • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • Fresh mint 1. Bring quinoa, 1 cup almond milk, water and a dash of salt to a boil in a small pot. 2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until all liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove quinoa from stove and transfer to a bowl. 3. Mix in mashed banana, honey, cocoa powder and vanilla. Stir until evenly combined. Pour remaining 1/4 cup of almond milk over quinoa, and garnish with banana slices and mint.
Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained • ½ cup cooked quinoa • ½ teaspoon cumin • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • ½ teaspoon paprika • ½ teaspoon sea salt • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients using hands or a fork to mash beans and thoroughly mix. (This should form a paste-like mixture that is easy to shape into patties.) 3. Divide mixture into four equal balls, and form each into a patty between 1/4- and 1/2-inch thick. 4. In a medium oven-safe saucepan over high eat, cook patties in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil for 1 minute on each side, or until lightly browned. 5. Transfer the saucepan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Serve patties on whole-grain buns or over fresh greens with desired toppings.
Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie • • • •
1 cup frozen blueberries 2 teaspoons cocoa powder 1 cup milk of choice ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
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Dash cinnamon Dash nutmeg 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or agave) Fresh blueberries, for garnish
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. If desired, strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass for a smoother texture. 2. Garnish with fresh blueberries, if desired.
Mushroom-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls • • • • • • • • • • • • •
8-10 large cabbage leaves ½ tablespoon olive oil 1 white onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cups crimini mushrooms, chopped Salt Pepper ½ cup white wine 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary and/or thyme ½ tablespoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup tomato sauce ½ cup white wine
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cabbage leaves, reduce heat to a simmer, and let cook for about 3 to 5 minutes until leaves are soft but not falling apart. Drain and set aside. 2. To make filling, warm olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until onion begins to soften and become transparent. 3. Add mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add wine and continue to cook until all liquid has evaporated. 4. Stir in rosemary and/or thyme, and remove pan from heat. Set aside to cool. 5. Place cooled filling in a food processor and mix until as broken down as possible. Set aside. (Note: If you don’t have a food processor, just try to chop it up a bit more.) 6. To make sauce, warm olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce and stir. Reduce heat to low and add wine. Let simmer so mixture begins to thicken, about 10 minutes. 7. To assemble rolls, lay 1 cabbage leaf out on a flat surface. Place about 1 tablespoon filling 1 to 2 inches from one edge of leaf. Fold in the sides, and roll up as you would a burrito, forming a compact stuffed cabbage leaf. Repeat with remaining leaves and filling. 8. Place each roll seam side down in the saucepan with sauce. Use a spoon to drizzle some sauce over. Cover and let rolls simmer for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.
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Paul McCartney By Angye Morrison
Doc Severinsen, Paul McCartney tribute on stage at the PAC in January Two events at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University this month promise to be unforgettable. On Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. trumpet legend Doc Severinsen will take the stage for a night of spectacular trumpeting and his trademark wit. Known for his outrageous fashion sense, Severinsen was the band leader on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson for many years, a spot he held beginning in 1962. The show’s final episode featuring host Johnny Carson, emcee Ed McMahon and Severinsen aired in May 1992, and within a week, Doc Severinsen and His Big Band were on the road, playing pop, jazz, bal-
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lads and big band classics. In addition to all that, the Grammy award winner has produced more than 30 albums, with music ranging from jazz-fusion to classical to big band. Born in the very small town of Arlington, Oregon in 1927, Severinsen was named after his father, Dr. Carl Severinsen, who was a dentist and violinist. The nickname “Little Doc” stuck to the child who originally wanted to play the trombone. But because the instrument was not available in the tiny town’s music store, Severinsen had to settle for the trumpet at the tender age of seven.
A week later, with the help of his father and a manual of instructions, Severinsen was so good he was invited to join the local high school band. At 12, he won the Music Educator’s National Contest, and while still in high school, he was hired to go on the road with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra. Severinsen was drafted and served in the Army during World War II, and joined the Charlie Barnett Band shortly after his discharge. He later toured with the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman bands in the late 1940s. After years of playing with studio bands at NBC, he was invited to play in the Tonight Show Band. Five years later, he became the music director at the show. Retirement came when Severinsen moved in 2006 to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. But within weeks, he began playing with guitarist Gil Gutierrez. He now tours with Gutierrez in a quintet called The San Miguel Five, performing a mix of Latin and Gypsy jazz and standards. The group released an album, “Oblivion,” in 2014. Severinsen continues to tour with his Big Band, in addition to his San Miguel Five appearances, as well as perform with symphony orchestras all over the country. And now “Little Doc” will bring his special mix of humor and showmanship to the stage in Statesboro, along with the Georgia Southern Jazz Ensemble, which will provide the backing music. There will also be a live vocalist. Tickets for the evening will be $24 for adults, $10 for youth. Tony Kishman takes the stage on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. as “Live and Let Die: A Tribute to Paul McCartney” headlines the Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s show, to benefit The Alzheimer’s Association. Kishman is an actor, singer and recording artist who bears a striking resemblance to McCartney. He starred for six years in the national and international tours of the Broadway hit, “Beatlemania.” Together with his band mate Jim Owen, Kishman also performs in the well-known and highly successful Beatles symphony show, “Classical Mystery Tour.” He also developed and costars in “Twist & Shout,” a Beatles tribute show. Kishman developed “Live and Let Die,” which features his own performance vocally, as well as on bass, guitar and piano, backed by a symphony orchestra. He is regarded by many as the world’s best McCartney lookalike, and his vocals are second to none. In addition to his stage performances, he has recorded for RCA Records and Mercury Records. Tickets for “Life And Let Die: A Tribute to Paul McCartney” are $20 for students, $25 for everyone else. For ticket information for either show, go online at http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ pac/ticketinformation/.
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< Username Seeks Username /> <body> <html> I grew up playing with dolls, and with handicrafts made from pipe cleaners and paper bags. I grew up on swing sets and with skinned knees, on a banana seat bicycle with streamers. I grew up with books, with PBS, with local museums and libraries. But here’s a confession: I met most of my best friends on the internet, and I met most of those friends on LiveJournal. I first encountered the internet at 14: ah, the sweet cacophony of dial up. I was not an unhappy teenager, nor an unpopular one, but I was, without a doubt, very confused, and held many secrets from my community. I didn’t know how to be genuine with people yet, for fear they’d dislike my intensity, or find me pretentious, or feel unsafe in my presence because of my sexuality. I spent a lot of my time testing the waters with my real life friends online, under pseudonyms we lifted from Ani DiFranco or Tori Amos songs, or the Latin names of obscure butterflies. I also began fixating on the anonymous online journals of other young women, mostly on Angelfire. They were riot grrrls, early digital photographers, housebound agoraphobics, women who dressed in Victorian clothing and carried parasols on sunny days, and people who never showed their faces.
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I began writing to them, and some of us pitched in to purchase our own domain: Coquette.org. I kept pages for quotes, poems, dramatic unsent letters, and a daily journal. I learned basic HTML skills and reveled in the persona I was building: a more deeply sensitive, obsessive, and queer one than I let on in real life. I checked my stats regularly. Most of us left Coquette.org when LiveJournal appeared. It was free and allowed for lock-andkey anonymity. In its prime, LiveJournal backburnered our elusive coquetry, creating instead a community of writers and thinkers that proved to be both more anonymous and more intimate than our previous attempts at connection. Through LiveJournal, I came to appreciate the richness of safe space, of full disclosure, and of facelessness. I learned that you can tell someone absolutely everything; it might just not be the human you expected. I learned that truth-telling is not a performance. But even LiveJournal couldn’t last, and most of us have since abandoned our journals, or write, like me, only once every few months. The site is like a ghost town anymore, with a few dedicated stragglers still writing there. I admire them. Periodically, I revisit my journal to see what I was doing on this day three, four, even 10
years ago. I read about falling in love, or out of it. Adopting a dog, moving to Ithaca (or the Bronx, or Colorado, or Philadelphia), learning to cook, getting a job and quitting it. I lament that I have lost track of my writing these past few years, knowing I will not have that resource in the future, nor that perspective. Still, LiveJournal’s mark persists. After all, in a time before internet meet-ups were socially sanctioned, it led me to some of my favorite fleshand-blood people, one of whom visited me just last week. Soon after picking Joel up at the Savannah airport, a new, private community about LiveJournal cropped up on Facebook. The community’s wall is rife with missed connections: people searching for friends they lost touch with decades ago, remember vividly, and have not known how to find due to the cloak of the username. Some people are even finding one another. LiveJournal was once a thriving intellectual community, full of depth and challenge and blind adoration of the human brain. I miss that community, and have long assumed it to be gone. Turns out I’m not the only one. <3 </body> </html>
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vAMPIN’ gAMER By Tim Webb
A New Year... A New Way to Game With 2016 behind us, console gaming has a very promising and cutting edge future in store for gamers. Enhanced by virtual reality and high-end video graphics, Sony and Microsoft will be pushing new iterations of current cycle consoles as attractive upgrades for gamers. The PlayStation 4 Pro and next year’s Project Scorpio will allow consumers to play in 4K resolution and bring consoles to an area only traversed by PC gamers. Not to be outdone and left in the void, Nintendo has also taken a different approach with its new console the Nintendo Switch which will be more powerful than previous Nintendo consoles while also allowing the owner to take the console on the go for mobile console gaming. Available in the market now, Sony has graced gamers with a PlayStation 4 Pro. The newest version of the console allows dynamic 4K gaming and 4K entertainment. This means that gamers can expect rich, vivid gaming worlds, faster frame rates, and 4K streaming & 4K upscaling for video content. High Dy-
namic Range (HDR) techniques will also be present to allow the system to balance lights in the games, basically bridging the gap of the full spectrum of light we see with the human eye. Not to be beat, Microsoft has titled its new console Project Scorpio as “the most powerful console ever.” This beast of a console will allow true 4K gaming, 6 Teraflops of power, 320GB/s memory bandwith, and 8 CPU cores. On top of all of this, the console will still be compatible with Xbox One games and accessories. Coming during the holiday season of 2017, Scorpio will be the closest a console has been to a gaming PC. A console that will truly render at 60 Hertz, fully uncompressed visual and HDR is exciting news for gamers. It will also be interesting to see how Microsoft handles the VR options with the power found in the Scorpio. And finally, Nintendo Switch will now allow gamers to play AAA titles normally only found on consoles made by Sony and MIcrosoft.
With the added power and graphics found in the Nintendo Switch, they’ve also added the mobility found in a handheld to the console itself. According to Nintendo.com, “Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you.” It’s an exciting new frontier for gamers and electronics as 4K and VR take center stage. The big three gaming companies are all ringing in the new year with a bang and we the gamers get all the spoils. I’ve been gaming for 34 years of my life starting way back in 1982 with the Atari 2600 and this is by far probably the most exciting and promising era of gaming. I think gamers are in for a real treat in 2017 and I cannot wait to see what the new year has to offer! January 2017 • 25
‘Steel Magnolias’ By Angye Morrison
Shown is the cast of “Steel Magnolias,” ready for the Christmas party at Drum and M’Lynn’s house. Cast members include Valerie Zeigler as M’Lynn , Anastasia James as Shelby, Eileen Bayens as Clairee, Susan Jackson as Ouiser , Nichole Deal as Truvy and Sophia Shepherd as Annelle.
‘Steel Magnolias’ brings southern sass to the stage at Averitt Jan. 27-29 26 • CONNECT Statesboro
The second you hear one of Ouiser’s zingers or a bit of sassy wisdom from Truvy, you know you’re home. Well, at least you know you’re in Louisiana. A fantastic cast is bringing the lively and poignant “Steel Magnolias” to the stage at the Averitt Center for the Arts Jan. 27-29. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on Jan 27 and 28, and there is a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 29. Written by Robert Harling, whose screenplay credits include “The First Wives Club” and “Law of Attraction,” the original script was inspired by his personal experience with his sister’s death. All the action is set in Truvy’s beauty shop in Chinquapin Parish, where everybody gets their “do” done. Although the play deals with tragedy, Director Tony Phillips explains that the story focuses on the importance of love and friendship. “The love that these women share is forthright,” he said. “Their friendship is the glue that holds their lives together.” The cast of leading ladies includes Averitt Center veterans Eileen Bayens, cast as the eccentric millionaire Miss Clairee, and Susan Jackson playing the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser. Truvy, shampoo and free advice dispenser, is portrayed by Nichole Deal and Sophia Shepard plays the anxious-to-learn Annelle. Anastasia James will portray Shelby, the “prettiest girl in town” and whose character is based on Harling’s sister. Valerie Zeigler rounds out the cast as Shelby’s mother, M’Lynn. Together, the characters weave a story about sincere friendship – exemplifying what it means to be a true steel magnolia: delicate southern belles, yet strong as steel. “All six of these women are veteran actresses and all have played leading ladies,” Phillips said. “Take strong talent, give them these types of roles, and you can create a magical stage experience.” “Steel Magnolias” will have you howling with laughter one minute; saying, “Oh, no she didn’t!” the next; and eventually in tears as you feel the depth of the friendships and heartache portrayed. “There is a line in the play that reads, ‘laughter through tears is my favorite emotion,’” said Phillips. “I have found through my years of directing and producing community theater people enjoy live theater for both reasons – laughter and tears. This show provides just that.” Tickets are $15/adult and $18/box for Friends of the Arts, and $18 for adults and $20 for box for non-members. Tickets for youth are $10. You can purchase tickets online at www. averittcenterforthe arts.org or call (912) 2122787. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
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Bands in the Boro By Angye Morrison
Bands in the Boro:
Chris Mitchell Band, Jacob & The Good People, Morning Fatty come to town The new year kicks off with some great bands coming to the Boro. Starting the month off is the Chris Mitchell Band, appearing at Gnat’s Landing on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. CMB is made up of the finest musicians in the South, forming one of the busiest party bands on the road currently. In addition to Chris Mitchell on lead guitar, Jake Hallman plays keyboards and performs on backing vocals, while Ryan Kelly, grandson of the legendary Emma Kelly, holds down the bottom on bass. Percussion is manned by Matt Fallin, and Ashley Mitchell, wife of the band’s namesake, is the band’s lead singer. The band has been at work on a solo album for Chris, which offers a nod toward edgy “Americana.” Chris says it points toward his small town roots. Jacob & The Good People’s Jacob Blazer
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and Matthew Clark describe themselves “ just two guys who like to make noise.” Natives of Atlanta, Blazer and Clark play to sold-out shows all over the country. Blazer handles vocals and plays guitar, while Clark plays drums and vocals. The duo’s music – as well as their show – operates on the ideal that less is more. They create a simple style of music that is sparse, quirky and addictive. Blazer has said, “I promised myself to make music that was close to me and honest.” Jacob & The Good People will also appear at Gnat’s Landing. Their show is set for Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. On Jan. 13, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at South City Tavern, the Welcome Back Bash welcomes students back to town. Presented by Airbound Entertainment and The Forum at Statesboro, the event will kick off with The
Vegabonds, who take the stage at 9:30 p.m. At 11:15, Morning Fatty takes to the mic. Morning Fatty has been described as a punk/ska turned reggae-funk band, and true to their ever-evolving nature, they’re changing it up again. The group recently added Tim Mulberry on drums, who previously toured the world with The Black Eyed Peas. The band also features Andrew White on guitar and lead vocals, Miller Joyner on guitar, and John Pop on bass. Each member of the group brings some jazz, funk, soul, blues, rock, electro and gospel to the mix, and that energy has helped Morning Fatty to find a distinctive sound that pays homage to each band member’s unique style. The new sound is being described as Funk Rock Electro Dub, or FRED. The band is based in Gainesville, Florida.
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