Armstrong women’s tennis team repeats as national champs, men’s team finishes as runner-up

UPDATE: Armstrong’s women’s tennis team repeated as NCAA DII national champs today with a much-tougher-than-the-score-appears 5-2 win over BYU Hawaii. The men’s team narrowly lost to #1 ranked and undefeated Barry, 5-4. The men lost all three doubles matches, so…

US Census: “Blacks Voted at a Higher Rate than Whites in 2012 Election — A First”

Black turnout in 1996 was only 53.0 percent. It jumped 3.8 points in 2000, 3.2 points in 2004, 4.7 points in 2008, and another 1.5 points in 2012. So the rate was increasing pretty dramatically even before Obama appeared on the ballot in 2008.

Art all over Savannah in May — following up on today’s column

My Unplugged column today in the Savannah Morning News talks about the flood of student artwork on display in Savannah every spring, especially as the SCAD spring quarter winds down in May. Those of us outside the SCAD community have…

Bicycling downtown — is it worth it?

I got some interesting feedback to my Tuesday City Talk column: Bicycling in downtown Savannah: Is it worth it? I tried there to be honest about the costs and some of the hassles — including three times I was a…

Damon and the Shitkickers Album Release Party – The Jinx – 06/08/13

Varuca at The Wormhole and some thoughts on Camp

On Saturday afternoon, having seen Varuca perform at The Wormhole the previous night, I reread Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp”. I read a lot of Sontag’s work back in the day — her essay “Under the Sign of…

Project for Public Spaces’ list of demolished markets includes Savannah’s City Market

Not your usual list: The 10 Greatest US Public Markets That Met the Wrecking Ball posted today by the Project for Public Spaces. Savannah’s old City Market, which was demolished in 1954, tops the list. The other locations are Buffalo,…

The Greyboy Allstars booked for SCAD’s new alumni graduation concert in Forsyth Park

UPDATE, 5/28, 2014: This post that you’re reading is from 2013. For the 2014 info, click here or here. UPDATE, 5/28: Click here for a post with a little more detail, plus a few more clips and links. ORIGINAL POST:…

Christ, Lord at Dollhouse Productions — photos and a short review

“I was always there like a film that covers up your eyes.” That’s the great opening line of “Queen, Liz” — the first song on Christ, Lord’s EP Live at Criminal Records recorded in September 2012. The Atlanta band brought…

Photos of SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival

What a dreary weekend we’ve been having here in Savannah . . . So I finally got around to editing a few photos from last weekend’s Sidewalk Arts Festival, a longstanding SCAD tradition. I didn’t do much cropping or anything…

Thinking about DeRenne Avenue — and east, west, north, and south

When I moved here in 1995, it was common to hear paranoid talk about Savannah’s artificial boundaries: a schoolgirl telling me that her parents told her she could never visit friends who lived on “numbered streets”; a friend telling me that Price Street is “the DMZ”; and, over and over, early readers of my columns telling me that they never go downtown because of crime. Back then, even some downtown people were really serious about not going south of Gaston Street.


More education means far less chance of being unemployed

A bunch of my former students are graduating today from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Many are already working somewhere or have jobs waiting. Others are headed off for more school. Whatever their professional goals, those new graduates are much more…