2nd Annual Savannah Stopover Kicks Off Tomorrow

South magazine, The Telfair Museums and Savannah Stopover have teamed up to kick off the 2nd annual Savannah Stopover Music Festival in style! Art and music will collide tomorrow night (March 7th) for one fantastic evening with a Band Poster Reception at The Jepson Center for the Arts that will feature over 40 posters by local artists and students. Winners will be announced. Prizes will be awarded. Merriment will ensue.


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Meet Ioana Rotaru

Meet Ioana Rotaru, the model behind the mask on the cover of the current issue of South. As a longtime friend of the magazine, we thought you should know a little more about our cover girl, so we pulled up the extended interview she gave South just months ago for South’s Hottest Singles.


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A King and His Court

Judging from the looks of the lively crowd that congregated near the 200 block of East Broughton Street Sunday morning and afternoon, you’d think there might have been a famous rock star in town. Or perhaps a flash mob. Or maybe a king.

Actually, it was a king. With a capital “K.”

Stephen King, the award-winning author of The Shining, Carrie, The Stand and scores of other popular fiction works, provided the perfect bookend to the last day of the 2012 Savannah Book Festival with an intimate closing ceremony yesterday at SCAD’s Trustees’ Theatre.

In a presentation that lasted about 45 minutes, King spoke about his newest novel, 11-22-63, a fictional work about a time traveler who tries to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


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The Friendliest Little Film Festival in the Country

For seven years now, the Macon Film Festival has been well received by independent filmmakers from across the country. “It isn’t the biggest festival in the world, but it certainly is the friendliest,” says British actor/director Nick Moran. Its reputation as “the Friendliest Little Film Festival in the County” is just one reason so many filmmakers from around the world come to the festival.

As it continues to grow, a few thousand people flock downtown to watch films, dine out at restaurants, and experience the indigenous arts and culture of our city. Each day independent films are screened in back-to-back blocks, typically starting at 10 a.m. and going until 10 p.m. Each evening there is a special screening followed by Q & A session with the special guests. Here’s everything you need to know to attend this year’s celebration.

What: The Seventh Annual Macon Film Festival, “The Friendliest Little Film Festival in the Country”

When: Feb. 16 – 19

Where: Historic downtown Macon. The festival runs through Sunday with screenings, workshops, special guests and raucous after parties.

Why: The Macon Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of the moving image and to give up-and-coming filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work in Central Georgia. One hundred twenty-five films from 15 countries were selected to screen, including one film directed by an 11-year-old, which will mark the youngest director ever screened at the festival.

Who: The 2012 Macon Film Festival special guests include actor Beth Grant (The Artist, Donnie Darko, No Country for Old Men, Speed, Sordid Lives), who is referred to as the most recognizable face in Hollywood. Plus, Macon native and political strategist Jay Carson, who was the inspiration for the Ryan Gosling character in the highly acclaimed The Ides of March will also be in attendance among many other guests.

Daily workshops are free and open to the public.

More info: maconfilmfestival.com


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8 Sweet Savannah Specials

Here’s your hit list for Valentine’s Day!

ROMANCE AND RELAXATION
Savannah comes equipped with numerous spas, so why not enjoy a day of pampering on this day of love

Spa Bleu:
Couple’s Valentine Suite Massage is the perfect gift for two. For one hour, you’ll enjoy a massage, organic aromatherapy, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, and fresh flowers. $160

My Sweet Love… is another package for Valentines Day. It includes: bouquet of flowers, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and a choice of the 1 hour customized massage with organic aromatherapy or the vitamin C and organic fresh lavender facial. $100

Couple’s Valentine Retreat will blow you two away. This special last 3 and a half hours and is full of treats! You’ll enjoy a 1 hour customized massage with organic aromatherapy, signature bleu facials, spa bleu pedicures, and lunch for 2 with your own bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and flowers! This packaged deal will spoil the two of you rotten! $400

CONTACT INFO: 912.236.1490, spableu-sav.com

JW Salon and Spa:
During the entire month of February purchase a $100 gift card and receive a free haircut (A $30-$40 value), so your sweetie can not only get the service of their choice, but also they can get that hair cut they’ve been wanting.

CONTACT INFO: 912.236.7577, jwsalonandspa.com


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Lend Me a Tenor

Are you in the mood for a good show? Check out Lend me a Tenor. Set in the 1930s, this play is a madcap comedy that takes place when Tito Merelli, the fiery-tempered and world famous Italian superstar, arrives in Cleveland, Ohio to make his debut with the local opera and promptly goes missing. As Saunders, the show’s producer, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.


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Avoid Winter Skin Woes

Though the weather outside is frightful, your complexion doesn’t have to be. Consuming alcohol and sugary foods over the holidays, coupled with the onset of cold weather, can wreak havoc on your complexion, and leave skin looking dull and lifeless. Here are just a few of the ways to keep your complexion from catching a case of the winter blahs:


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13th SCAD Annual Scholarship Gala

The Savannah College of Art and Design had their 13th annual Scholarship Gala at the new SCAD Museum of Art on Saturday night. The Scholarship Gala is the primary fundraiser to support SCAD students who are in desperate need of financial support. Artwork created by SCAD students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends were all for sale at this exclusive event.


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South Celebrated Six Years

South magazine celebrated its 6th anniversary at the Jepson Center for the Arts Saturday night with a release party for its Feb/Mar issue featuring the arts. The city’s coolest crowd converged at the event and three levels of the museum were filled with hundreds of guests who were treated to dance performances, sketches and a fashion exhibit by Savannah Arts Academy students. The black tie affair brought out Savannah’s finest including platinum-selling country star Billy Currington and Project Runway All Star April Johnston.


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The New Show in Town

After a year of planning and design, and a two-year, $26-million construction project, the new Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art opened its doors.

SCAD is known for acquiring and repurposing disused buildings—a practice they call “adaptive reuse.” Using this philosophy, the new museum integrated the ruins of an old freight house into the facility’s artistic, ultramodern architecture. “The building itself has actually risen from the ruins,” says Sam Anderson, the museum’s managing director. “There’s so much history and so much of Savannah encapsulated in these bricks.”


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79 Ways to Prevent Disease: Part 4

Dr. Pamela Gallup, M.D., is a board-certified gynecologist at Provident OB/GYN Associates. In discussing common ailments and prevention, Gallup says there are conditions that cannot be prevented, such as breast cancer. However, early detection can prevent complications and death.


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Holidays with the Philharmonic

The place to be Friday night in Savannah was the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist for Savannah Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops concert. An audience of all ages sold out the packed show featuring not only the orchestra and chorus, but also Irish folk singer Harry O’Donoghue.


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Hot Holiday Deal: Diamonds

Nothing makes the holidays special like diamonds, and the local craftsmen at the Jeweler’s Bench are offering a limited-time deal to help make the special someone in your life’s dream come true. Currently, they are offering 30% off ALL diamond inventory, diamond stud earrings starting at $99,
engagement rings starting at $399, and diamond pendants starting at $99.


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Book Signing with Paula Deen

Meet the cooking queen, Paula Deen, at a signing for her new Southern Cooking Bible book. A classic guide to delicious dishes, the book is filled with more than 300 recipes.


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79 Ways to Prevent Disease: Part 3

Dr. Dan Fisher, D.C., and wife, Dr. Sarah Fisher, D.C., have the Sciatica & Disc Center in Savannah. Common spinal ailments are often preventable. Dr. Dan Fisher says sedentary jobs are some of the worst culprits when it comes to chronic back ailments. But it’s not the only reason people get back problems. He makes these recommendations:


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Preparing for the 2nd Annual Savannah Reindeer Run/Walk 8

Tips from SCAD’s cross country and track head coach, Michael Sergi, for the week before the 2nd Annual Savannah Reindeer Run/Walk 8K, which benefits the Rape Crisis Center this Saturday at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island:


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South magazine’s Holiday Guide Part 1

The holiday shopping season is well underway here in Savannah. With holiday walks, daily specials and giveaways happening all around town, here’s a list of some of our favorite happenings this weekend.


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79 Ways to Prevent Disease: Part 2

Dr. Jim Gainer, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist at Cardiovascular Consultants, LLC. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States, and it’s not just for older folks anymore. One out of every 20 Americans under the age of 40 has heart disease.


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National Geographic Explores Savannah

The logo for the National Geographic Society is a yellow, rectangular border, an image which has become internationally synonymous with the popular magazine and cable television channel that share the society’s name.

Simple, linear, all right angles and straight lines.

Shaped like a portraitframe, it’s also the prism through which National Geographic has told thousands of stories in advancement of its motto of “inspiring people to care about the planet.”

It’s that same aperture, providing a window to the world, that brought the National Geographic Channel this week to Savannah to begin filming an episode of America’s Lost Treasures, a new series set to debut in 2012. The cast and crew are being hosted by the Coastal Heritage Society, with filming to take place at the CHS-curated Savannah History Museum and adjacent Georgia State Railroad Muesum.


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79 Ways to Prevent Disease: Part 1

Dr. James Yeckley, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist in Savannah. Though it is seldom thought of this way, our skin is the largest vital organ of our body, yet it often receives the least amount of care. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, claims nearly 8,000 lives per year in the United States and is among the most preventable because its primary cause is sun overexposure.


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