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…

Hiring rebounds in April, U.S. economy adds over 200,000 jobs

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I’ve been writing a lot in my City Talk columns about the employment recovery in Savannah and in Georgia’s metro areas (some rural areas are still so weak in terms of hiring that it’s hard to use the word “recovery”),…

Demolition of Meldrim Row cottages will expose other problems – photos

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In my City Talk column for March 29, I talk again about Meldrim Row. (Click here for a post from June 2014 with more detailed background.) It’s absurd that the homes weren’t saved on the basis of their history, but…

American Legion Post 135, Betty Bombers have returned

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It was a long 10 months or whatever in the wilderness for us Legion refugees. I live about 5 very short blocks from Savannah’s American Legion Post 135 and I’m sort of a night owl and I don’t watch much…

Either way, who would wear this dress?

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Yes, a post about the dress. If you’re irritated by it, don’t click on it. But I’m bored today, and I was curious just how easy it would be to manipulate “the dress” into either white/gold or blue/black. It took…