Category: Arts & Culture

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…

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…

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…

“Brooding twilight,” “great pie,” and “a southern version of Twin Peaks”: Savannah through the eyes of Patton Oswalt, Anne Rice, and other Savannah Book Festival authors

I wasn’t able to attend any of the Savannah Book Festival this year, but I’ve been following some of the action on Twitter and Facebook. (By the way, the SBF could be a lot more active on social media when…

Is Ben Affleck finally moving ahead with adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s “Live by Night”?

Mr. Affleck, please don’t make a fool of me again. It seemed obvious a couple years ago (check out my posts from May 2013 and July 2013) that Ben Affleck was poised to direct and act in an adaptation of…

Junk 2 Funk 2015 — “Insectum” — at the Savannah Arts Academy continues a stellar tradition

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The Savannah Arts Academy‘s 2015 Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show was, predictably, a rousing success. Presented by the arts magnet high school’s visual arts department, the event taps the expertise of students and faculty schoolwide and features tremendous production values.…

“The Interview” opens Christmas day in Savannah and Pooler

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Honestly, I haven’t really followed the whole mess with The Interview very closely, but Sony’s film will be released on Christmas day in both Savannah and Pooler. Here’s the full list of Georgia theaters that will screen the film via…

The Economist takes note of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah

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From a recent article about historic house museums in The Economist, Keeping up appearances; When federal money runs out, ingenuity is called for: “It’s tremendous work to keep these places looking nice,” says Toby Aldridge, the resident guide at the…

Savannah stadium study leaves key questions unanswered

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Call me naive, but I was assuming the $55,000 study to determine the feasibility of a new multi-purpose stadium (multi-purpose, yes, but primarily for the Sand Gnats) would at least address the most important questions. But the 90-page study from…

Orlando Montoya of Savannah Podcast (formerly GPB) launches Patreon campaign – video

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Interested in the couple behind a new Southside Savannah supermarket that specializes in products from Mexico? In the reopening of Savannah’s King-Tisdell Cottage? In the new season of the Savannah Philharmonic? In learning more about “the weeping time” when over…

Savannah’s Fashion Night 2014 – photos

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I’ll have more to say about Savannah’s Fashion Night in my City Talk column on Tuesday, so this post is pretty much just photos of the well-attended, exciting event. I liked using Broughton Street for the runway shows, but that…

Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago today — a few thoughts

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Mary Flannery O’Connor died on August 3, 1964 — 50 years ago today. What more would Flannery O’Connor have written if she had lived to the age of 89? What would she not have written in her 20s and 30s…