Friday, June 20, 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, a "multi-year project encompassing a major publication, a museum exhibition, a three-day city symposium, and multiple community partnerships," according to a spokesperson, has received the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

The Leadership in History Awards, now in its 69th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. In making the announcement about this Telfair Museums-operated project, AASLH said, “the winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history.”

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, a book published earlier this year, provides insight into urban life across 300 years of Georgia history. Published by the University of Georgia Press, the book was edited by Leslie Harris, associate professor of history and African American studies and Winship Distinguished Research Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, and Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies and George W. Littlefield Fellow in American History at the University of Texas at Austin.


“Our goal was to build on scholarship across fields of history, literature, anthropology, and art to provide insight into a rarely explored aspect of our collective American past,” saysTelfair Museums Director and CEO Lisa Grove. “But the critical part of this project has always been to share the information with the community—through the book, exhibit and two historic sites—and present it in such a way that it inspires interest and enthusiasm to know the larger story.”

The Slavery and Freedom in Savannah project is part of Telfair Museums’ ongoing efforts to document the lives and labors of the African Americans—enslaved and free—who built and worked at the original Telfair historic homes, the Owens-Thomas House and Telfair mansion.

The corresponding Slavery and Freedom in Savannah exhibition, on display at the Jepson Center through August 31, uses a collection of historic objects and stories to illustrate the themes in the book.

“Although rural and plantation-based slavery are somewhat familiar to visitors to the south, urban slavery is rarely interpreted,” said Tania Sammons, Telfair Museums’ senior curator of decorative arts and historic sites and director of the project. “But as the book and exhibit point out, urban slavery was instrumental to the slave-based economy in Savannah and throughout North America. This part of the story has national significance and fills an important gap in our understanding of our collective American past.”

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

The Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association will host the inaugural Artists & Artisan Tour on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6 — 8:30 p.m.

"The Artists and Artisan Tour is similar to a progressive dinner; neighbors and friends will move from historic home to home to enjoy wine, appetizers and art," says a spokesperson.

The Artists & Artisan Tour's mission is to raise funds for downtown Savannah public safety initiatives. "Led by the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the goal is to allocate funds toward new lighting, security cameras, increased foot patrol and the Neighborhood Crime Watch."

The Tour features three historic homes along Gaston Street as well as the Savannah Law School, where the Tour will begin and end.

Through a partnership with ARC (Savannah Artists Resource Collective), a group of Savannah artists will display and sell work, including: Dan Kaufman, Michael W. Ellison, Heather MacRae-Trulson, Adam Winnie, William Armstrong, Melinda Borysevicz, Jerome Meadows, Abby Leigh Johnson, Angela K. Coonce, Judy Mooney, Tracy Concha, Dicky Stone, Meryl Truett, Fran Thomas, Jeanne Elizabeth Svendson, Juliana Peloso, Kelley Hagemes, Jill Brougher, W. Gerome Temple, Daniel E. Smith.

Attendees may park and pick up tickets at the Savannah Law School. Wine provided by Habersham Beverage and food by Local 11ten Food & Wine, Leoci’s Trattoria, Ruan Thai and Jepson Café. The Tour will culminate with an after-party at the Savannah Law School featuring live music and a dessert surprise.

Tickets are $60 per person and may be purchased online at Advance ticket purchase is suggested, as a limited number are available. Attendees may pick up tickets at the Savannah Law School beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.

The event is presented by the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association in partnership with Georgia Power and is sponsored by Judge Realty.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Alton Brown, Iron Chef host, TV personality, and UGA grad, is taking his brand of quirky humor and culinary science on the road with the “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.”

Brown will appear at the Johnny Mercer Theatre on Mon., Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 13, and may be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office and usual outlets, by phone at 912-651-6556 or 800-351-7469, or online at or

Ticket are priced $44.50, $54.50, and $100.


The show will offer an "interactive component in which audience members will have the opportunity to serve as Brown’s trusted assistants on stage," a spokesperson says.

Brown himself says, “I’ve been cultivating material for this show for about a decade so it’ll feel pretty darned good to finally get it out of my head and onto a stage. I feel we’ve come up with some pretty amazing food demos, and the multi-media segments are solid….but I do have to say I'm a bit nervous about the singing parts.” !

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

39 Rue de Jean, sister to the Charleston, S.C., location, has begun construction at 605 W. Oglethorpe Avenue, also site of the recently opened Embassy Suites Savannah.

The new Savannah restaurant is owned and operated by Holy City Hospitality of Charleston, which also operates Charleston’s 39 Rue de Jean, Virginia's on King, Coast Bar and Grill, Vincent Chicco’s, Victor Social Club, Michael’s on the Alley, The Islander and Good Food Catering.

Widely known as “Rue”, the restaurant "is inspired by the style of classic French Brasseries, the impeccable flavor and European design will lend an air of sophisticated comfort," a spokesperson says.

"Rue’s menu incorporates classic French staples with contemporary fare. Sample mussels in your choice of six different preparations followed by Steak Au Poivre, or savor our famous burger, ground in-house and served alongside hand-cut pommes frites."

“39 Rue de Jean has become a favorite meeting spot of both locals and visitors in our flagship Charleston location and we are honored to join the Savannah Community to offer a dining destination for both leisurely lunches and lively dinners,” explains Holy City Hospitality Operator Daren Wolfe.

“Savannah is rich with vibrant life and history, and we are excited to be coming to town early this fall.”

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Dollhouse Productions will bring the all-girl, Japanese punk rock band, Shonen Knife to town Friday September 26, in support of their latest album, Overdrive.

Local openers confirmed thus far include COEDS. More to be announced.

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Doors will be at 8:30pm with a firm 9:30pm start. Shonen Knife will play at about 11pm. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door. This is a 21 and over event. Dollhouse Productions is located at 980 Industry Drive in West Savannah.

To purchase advance tix, go here

For all info, visit Dollhouse's website.

Here's the Facebook Event Page.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Guinness World Records Official Michael Empric arrived today to oversee “The Crawl of the South,” Savannah’s attempt to break the record for the largest pub crawl.

The current record is held by Kansas City, Missouri with 4,885 participants. The Savannah Waterfront, Savannah Bar Crawl, and Stafford Promotions have teamed up to host “The Crawl of the South” on Saturday, May 31 from 1-9 p.m.

Participants can pre-register online for $15 until midnight on Friday, May 30 at Tickets can be purchased the day of for $20 at Ellis Square from 1-5 p.m. the day of the event.

There will be 30 bars are participating in the crawl. The record requires that "crawlers" visit at least 10 bars during the event and non-alcoholic beverages will not only made available, but count toward the win.

The first 4,886 participants to visit ten bars to turn in their crawl punch card at the after party will receive a free T-shirt. The after party will take place on Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on River Street where the announcement will be made shortly after 9pm when the Guinness official has verified the results.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Casting has begun for Casino's Law, which will be filmed in-part locally. A major cable network and production company are looking for people that have fallen victim to online bullying and/or cyber crimes in the greater Savannah area.

If this is you, local attorney Jamie Casino "wants to drop the sledgehammer and get you the justice you deserve," a nod to Casino's now-legendary viral Super Bowl ad.

Do you have an online stalker? Have inappropriate photos been posted of you online? Are you being bullied or humiliated publicly on Facebook/Twitter? Is your business receiving malicious reviews from fake customers?

"The internet is not as anonymous as people may think," says Casino.

Email or call Jamie Casino at 912.355.1500.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Today, Spotlight Theatres shows five screenings of the much-anticipated documentary of Jodorowsky's Dune.

The film tells the story of the “greatest sci-fi movie NEVER made,” an adaptation of Frank Herbert's best-selling 1965 novel Dune, meant to be directed by avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Read our review here.

Another version of Dune was eventually released in 1984, starring Kyle MacLachlan and Sting and directed by David Lynch, but was a huge box office flop.

Screenings, made possible by the Psychotronic Film Series, are at 11:55 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. at standard ticket prices.

A portion of proceeds for today only go to support Psychotronic Film Series efforts to bring alternative cinema to town. The film remains at Spotlight for the rest of the week.



Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The Savannah Philharmonic, under the direction of Peter Shannon, has unveiled its ambitious 2014-2015 season, its sixth in operation.

“Our last season was a landmark one for the Philharmonic. Sold out halls, increased giving, and an orchestra and chorus that continue to go from strength to strength are a few of the wonderful things to look back on," says conductor and artistic director Shannon.

“This new season builds on that: the repertoire is a good mix of everything, and I truly believe there is not one concert that can be missed.

There are multiple ticket and subscription options; go here for more info.

Opening night, Sat. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre: Brahms, Academic Festival Overture Op. 80; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43; Dvořák, Symphony No. 7 Op. 70. Piano soloist: Fanya Lin

Chamber Concert No. 1, Sat. Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Schubert, Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat Major Op. 100; Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major Op. 8

Fri., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Lucas: Berlioz, Marche Hongroise, from “The
Damnation of Faust”; Bizet, Excerpts from *Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2; Sibelius, Symphony No. 1 Op. 39.

Chamber Concert No. 2, Sun., Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Tchaikovsky, String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de
Florence” Op. 70

Irish tenor Anthony Kearns, Thu., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Lucas

Chamber Concert No. 3, Sun. Nov. 23, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Mozart Horn Quintet in E flat Major K. 407; Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major K. 370; Mozart Quintet in E flat Major for piano and winds K. 452.

Holiday Pops, Fri. Dec. 12, Sat. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of
St. John the Baptist; “Family Pops” Sat. Dec. 13, 3 p.m.
Chamber Concert No. 4, Sat. Jan. 17, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Fauré, Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor*

Haydn’s The Creation, Sat. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Chamber Concert No. 5, Sat. March 14, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Brahms, Sonata for cello and piano in E minor Op. 38; Shostakovich, Sonata for cello and piano in D minor Op. 40

Lights, Camera…Music! Sat. April 18, 7:30 p.m., Lucas

Chamber Concert No. 6, Sun. April 26, 5 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Ascension: Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57; Britten, Phantasy quartet for oboe and strings Op. 2; Jolivet, Chant de Linos for flute and piano

Kings & Queens, Thu. April 30, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church: Handel, V. Williams, Elvis Presley, Basler, Wesley, Hogan

Finale: Sat. May 9, 7:30 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre: Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1; Wagner, Overture to Rienzi; Strauss, Rosenkavalier Suite

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Dollhouse Productions announces the Judges Panel for Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap and Dance Off, happening Saturday May 10.

The dance contest will begin at midnight and will last about 30 minutes followed by more soul music and dancing from Toubin.

Space for the contest is limited to the first 50 attendees who get their numbers when Toubin announces its time for the Dance Off just before midnight.

Soul Clap Savannah’s judges include Wes Daniel (HangFire Bar), Beth Vantosh, (Vantosh Commercial Group) Clara Fishel, Jane Fishel, Kayne Lanahan (Savannah Stopover Music Festival), and Roberto Leoci (Leoci’s Trattoria/Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar).

Wes Daniel and Ikeda Feingold: Wes Daniel is owner of downtown’s HangFire Bar, a favorite amongst SCAD students and local and touring indie acts.

Clara and Jane Fishel: Before its recent closing, The Sparetime, created by the Fishel sisters, was THE hangout spot for the best-dressed and elite party animals.

Beth Vantosh: Taking on projects such as One West Victory, and Black Orchid Tattoo, Beth relocated from New York and started a family here with her English husband and son Max.

Kayne Lanahan: Creator of the Savannah Stopover Music Festival and Revival Fest, and CEO of MusicFile Productions, Kayne has been bringing the best up-and-coming acts and music legends to the scene for the past several years.

Roberto Leoci: Named “Best Chef” by the readers of Connect Savannah, and one of America’s top chefs by Best Chefs America Guide, Leoci is a household name in Savannah. His first restaurant Leoci’s Trattoria opened in 2009. He is opening a second restaurant on Bay Street in May, Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar.

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