Category: Arts & Culture

William Hurt will play Gregg Allman in upcoming biopic

Well this is interesting. From The Wrap’s William Hurt to Play Gregg Allman in Biopic ‘Midnight Rider’: Oscar winner William Hurt has been cast as Gregg Allman in the biopic “Midnight Rider,” which is being produced by Randall Miller and…

NYT gives a shoutout to the Telfair and Owens-Thomas House curator Tania Sammons

From an interesting piece in the NYT, Newark Recalls Its Lustrous Metals Past, about a new exhibit at the Newark Museum: When the city’s metalwork factories were vying to meet worldwide demand in the early 20th century, Mr. Dietz said…

Delta’s Sky Magazine features Savannah this month

There’s an impressive 23-page focus on Savannah in the January 2014 Sky Magazine, which many of you will find on Delta flights this month. Click here to see the full document online — ads and all. The first article, “Talk…

Farhad Manjoo on an “erasable internet”

I joined Snapchat recently, but I don’t know what I would use it for. I was just curious to see how the service works. Frankly, Snapchat seems a little crazy to me, and I can’t see much point in it…

“Bayou Maharajah” explores the mysteries of James Booker and the allure of New Orleans – a review

Near the beginning of Lily Keber’s documentary Bayou Maharajah, which explores the life and times of famed pianist and composer James Booker, various interviewees share the stories they were told about how Booker lost his eye. Was Ringo Starr to…

Reasons why you should “like” more pages on Facebook

I have over 3,200 “friends” on Facebook. Of course, all of those aren’t really friends of mine. But I do have some sort of personal connection to a surprising number of people on that list. I’m middle-aged and have lived…

Savannah Arts Academy grad’s acclaimed documentary about piano genius James Booker screening this week

My Unplugged column for Thursday’s Do is already online: New documentary explores life, legacy of pianist James Booker (Btw, our deadlines for Do are typically on Mondays, and the week’s stories and columns often begin appearing online before the print…

Here’s my Peter O’Toole story

Peter O’Toole died today at age 81. I was lucky to have a chance to hang out for a bit with O’Toole back in 2004 when he was honored by the SCAD-sponsored Savannah Film Festival. The film festival was remarkable…

The reindeer of Instagram

I’m sorry. I made the mistake of clicking on the Instagram hashtag #reindeer. This is just a small sampling.

“But I’m a Cheerleader” musical gets a high-profile London reading (and, yes, Savannahians have reason to care)

Bill Augustin started working with publicist Bobby Zarem in New York way back in 2001. Bobby and Bill have handled much of the major programming and publicity for the Savannah Film Festival every year since then. Bill has spent so…

Spoleto releases 2014 schedule

Spoleto USA in Charleston has released the festival’s 2014 lineup. It’s the usual but impressive mix of theatre, music, dance, opera, and other impressive performances. Spoleto 2014 runs from May 23rd to June 8th in a variety of venues —…

Playing tourist in my own hometown – Frankfort, Kentucky

I grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky. My appreciation for Frankfort’s beauty and history grows with each passing year. It’s such a small city that I would have a hard time ever living there again, but life can be pretty sweet…

A few thoughts on Paul Walker and on going fast

I saw The Fast and the Furious in Savannah on the film’s opening weekend in 2001. I was with Bobby Zarem, the legendary publicist who was still living in New York full time back in those days, and the late…

“Hedwig and The Angry Inch” in a special show Friday night at Bay Street Theatre

2013 has been a great year for community theatre in Savannah — I’ll have more to say about that in columns or posts before the end of the year. I try to support a lot of shows, but I certainly…