Author: bill dawers

“CBGB” the movie set for October release

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No surprise that CBGB, which filmed primarily in Savannah in summer 2012, will premiered during the second annual CBGB Festival in New York in October. From The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘CBGB’ U.S. Film Rights Nabbed by XLrator Media: XLrator Media has…

CUSSES’ Kickstarter now up and running to produce second album


From CUSSES’ Kickstarter campaign:

“We are a DIY, three-piece rock band rising out of Savannah, Georgia. Since day one we have done everything ourselves. For our debut album we had no help from any record label. The three of us worked hard in the daily grind, knocking down doors, and getting our music out to some of you and into any independent record stores that would have us. It has been hard and our pockets are now dry but with that being said, we still want to move forward and get our music to the world. This is your chance to experience the band and have individualized memories to go with this chapter. Become a part of the band and our record label.”

Thursday meeting examines “State of Small Business” in Savannah

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From Savannah Score: On Thursday, May 30, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, SAVANNAH SCORE will present: The State of Small Business. Reports will be issued by 13 area experts that will have 3 minutes each to present their information…

Home prices continue rebound — but still only back to level of a decade ago


There were some very strong numbers released this morning for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. In addition to the monthly data for the 10- and 20-city composite indices, we also got the national index, which is updated quarterly. All of…

SCAD’s New Alumni Concert in Forsyth Park features the Greyboy Allstars, Mayer Hawthorne, Gringo Star

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UPDATE, 5/31: The schedule apparently calls for Gringo Star to perform at 6 p.m., The Greyboy Allstars at 7:30, and Mayer Hawthorne at 9. This strikes me as odd since SCAD’s calendar and various press releases have referred to The…

When it comes to biking and walking, Savannah is a tale of two cities

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Thanks to Savannah Morning News reporter Eric Curl for his recent blog post Biking, walking website flunks Savannah. From that post: The average bike score given by the was 48 out of 100, putting Savannah at 77 out of…

Spoleto review: Le Grand C by Compagnie XY

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After a disappointing first show on Saturday afternoon, my friend Adrienne and I walked a few blocks through town to the Memminger Auditorium for Compagnie XY’s Le Grand C. It was an auspicious Spoleto debut for the French troupe Compagnie…

Kate Spade apparently headed to Broughton, other chains have renewed interest in Savannah

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For some of the latest developments on major chains apparently headed to Savannah, check out my City Talk column today: Savannah increasingly a target for national chains. As I have noted many times, we have ample evidence that locally owned…

Compagnie Käfig at Spoleto: engaging, kinetic performance in a terrible venue

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A friend and I attended the Spoleto USA performance by Compagnie Käfig on Saturday afternoon. The good-natured show was peppered with moments bordering on brilliance, as the 11 male dancers muscled and spun their way through the two long dances…

So what happened with Kanye West’s video projections in Savannah?

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Late Friday, I found out that Savannah had made the list of a dozen cities slated for semi-clandestine projections of Kanye West videos on the side of buildings. I was in Charleston most of the day yesterday, but I checked…

Calculated Risk on budget surpluses in California and other states


I wish I had a way of measuring rhetoric from southerners about the California economy over the last six years. Here in Georgia, for a number of years before we felt the worst of things, state and local officials maintained…

Kanye West video projections in Savannah on Saturday night

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UPDATE, about 8:30 p.m., 5/25: Savannah disappeared from the locations on Kanye West’s website sometime this afternoon (the page still exists, but with no red dots), so I have no idea if the video projections are still happening tonight. My…

Brad Gooch goes from Flannery O’Connor to Rumi, from Georgia to Tajikistan


Brad Gooch‘s outstanding biography Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor shined an appropriate spotlight on arguably the most influential Savannah-born writer of the 20th century — and one of the most important writers in the South. Many of us affiliated…

Pew: Teens “have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, disliking the increasing adult presence, people sharing excessively, and stressful ‘drama'”

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There’s a really interesting report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project: Teens, Social Media, and Privacy. It’s fascinating stuff. Teens are continuing to use Facebook in extremely large numbers. About 81 percent of all teens use at least…