Author: bill dawers

Photos of historic Frankfort, Kentucky, on a quiet afternoon

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in my hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky, over the last year and a half. I was up there again for Labor Day weekend, and I took a long walk on Sunday afternoon. I started…

What are our options for redesigning Drayton and Whitaker streets in Savannah?

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In my City Talk column on Sunday — Is it time to talk traffic calming in downtown Savannah? — I focused entirely on Drayton Street and Whitaker Street. Many drivers on those streets greatly exceed the posted speed limit (35…

What are the chances that Edna Jackson will be reelected mayor of Savannah?

So what are Savannah mayor Edna Jackson’s chances for reelection in November? Short answer: very high. We could find examples in relatively recent history of incumbent Savannah mayors losing their reelection battles (Rousakis and Weiner in the 1990s), and we…

Will Savannah move to the forefront of the South’s restaurant scene?

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People get mad when I say anything remotely critical about Savannah’s restaurant scene, which is pretty funny since I’ve probably written positively about more new restaurants here than anyone else over the last 15 years. The Savannah metro area population…

Hey Savannah voters, do you even know what city council district you live in?

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After the 2010 Census, municipalities around the country had to redraw voting district lines. The city of Savannah was not obligated to do that for the 2011 citywide elections, but we do have new aldermanic districts for the 2015 vote.…

“Magic Mike XXL” makers — including director Steven Soderbergh — talk about pleasures of filming in Georgia

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Well this is pretty cool. I don’t really know if things like this are common in the film world, but the makers of Magic Mike XXL have participated in a thank you video that amounts to high praise of Savannah…

A few thoughts on the Confederate flag and the changing meaning of symbols

From Ku Klux Klan to protest removal of Confederate flag on July 18 at Statehouse in today’s Charleston Post & Courier: The Ku Klux Klan has been approved to hold a protest rally at the Statehouse next month against removing…

Photos of The Rolling Stones in Atlanta on 6/9/15

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As I’ve said before, I used to post a lot of music content to this website, but a year and a half ago I founded a collaborative music blog that focuses on Savannah: hissing lawns. hissing lawns is named in…

The New York Times spends “36 Hours in Savannah”

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The NYT’s popular “36 Hours” column covers Savannah this week. I like the opening: Some of Savannah’s best-known attractions — mossy cemeteries, old mansions, ghost tours — give the misleading impression that the city is a macabre vestige of its…

Savannah vs. Charleston: CBS Sunday Morning considers role of contemporary architecture

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From A tale of two cities at CBS Sunday Morning: While it’s tempting to want to put these historic cities in formaldehyde, to embalm them and shun anything modern, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says that’s not a viable answer. “A…

“A Streetcar Named Desire” — a review of the Scottish Ballet’s riveting production

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The Scottish Ballet‘s production of A Streetcar Named Desire begins with Blanche, wearing a white wedding dress, desperately reaching for a single bulb dangling overhead. She’s a fragile moth (a potent symbol here in the American South), but we know…

With departure of Sand Gnats, Savannah should redouble efforts to preserve and update Grayson

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From Columbia’s The State newspaper today, It’s official: Savannah baseball team moving to Columbia: Columbia team owner Jason Freier, whose Atlanta-based Hardball Capital operates minor league teams in three cities, announced Thursday that his group is moving the Savannah franchise…

“Zia at the Beach” at the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center – photos

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My City Talk column today includes a writeup of the most recent Art on Tap at the Telfair Museums‘ Jepson Center, which was devoted to “Zia at the Beach,” a runway show celebrating Zia Sachedina’s 10 year anniversary of ZIA…

If you’re looking for SCAD graduation concert info for 2015 in Forsyth Park . . .

SCAD’s 2015 New Alumni Concert in Forsyth Park on May 29 will feature The Wailers and Rusted Root. Click here for more info on the music blog hissing lawns. Since founding hissing lawns, I’ve been posting music content to that…