Why I Chose Savannah as the Setting for novel Couple Friends

By Shawndra Russell

It was never a question where my first novel would be set. I moved to Savannah seven years ago and fell in love with this city. I love that it doesn’t look like any city I’ve ever visited in America. Its European influence is obvious, and the squares, trees and architecture create a welcoming tranquility and elegance without being stuffy—thanks, in part, to our to-go cup culture. The Hostess City is without a doubt an apt name in so many ways, and Savannah will always hold a special place as the first city I chose to buy my first home in and where I started my post-college journey to “real” adulthood.

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Drepung Loseling Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony

By Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman

The East met the South when Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery completed work on a sand mandala, then performed a closing ceremony on Tuesday, September 25, at Elizabeth on 37th. The visually striking mandala, created to utilize energies for global healing, was painstakingly fashioned by the monks using traditional metal funnels called chakpur. Millions of grains of colored sand are formed and manipulated into hundreds of intricate circles, lines and symbols sacred to Tibetans, creating the intricate mandala.

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High-Tech Foodie

By Samantha Carroll
According to Arthur C. Clarke, late science fiction author, “ Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Smartphones and iPads are making magic in homes across the South, putting refreshing ideas for cocktails, dinner and even grocery shopping at the tip of a finger. If there is an occasion try cooking an authentic Chinese meal, or hosting an intimate wine and cheese pairing soiree, these apps will make your smartphone smart enough to do the work for you. Inspire your guests with new cocktails, make choosing healthy foods easier than ever, or realize you can make a delicious meal out of the five things you have on hand without stopping at the grocery after work. Use technology as an excuse to make any night a special event. Even if you’re not cooking, Foodspotting is an app to help you find exactly what you crave in your neighborhood. Dinner just got smarter!

For more apps and gadgets, pick up your copy of the October/November issue of South today.

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Join South at the New Model USA Expo

Saturday, September 29, aspiring models ages 5 and above will gather at the Double Tree Hotel on West Bay Street in Downtown Savannah for the New Model USA Expo, an event where models, makeup artists, agents, photographers and more come together to network. A bikini contest, Best New Model, Miss Savannah United States and South’s very own Supermodel of Savannah contests will award prizes to winners including a trip to Miami with New Model USA, a free one-one-one photoshoot and digital photos, and the opportunity to appear in an upcoming issue of South magazine. The event will also feature a raffle, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Don’t miss your chance to shine!

New Model USA Model Expo
When: September 29 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Double Tree Hotel Historic Savannah
Cost: $45 in advance and $55 at the door

Visit www.newmodelexpos.com to register or for more information.

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Sustainable Solutions from The Savannah Ocean Exchange

Friday, September 21st, marked the award ceremony of The Savannah Ocean Exchange 2012 Solution Exchange. The event was held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and was based on the theme Leap to Zero+.

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Don’t Miss Out!

This is your last chance to nab tickets to Savannah’s greatest dining event of the year! A very limited number of tickets are still available to South magazine’s Fifth Annual DineSouth event featuring dishes and drinks from more than 30 local restaurants this Thursday, September 27. Click here to get your tickets now!

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What Will You Do with Your Public Space Today?

Some folks who live, work or play downtown were greeted with a pleasant surprise Friday as they strolled down Barnard or Bull Street or hunted for a parking space. Six teams of SCAD architecture students “rented” downtown parking spaces from 9 a.m. to noon and, instead of filling the space with a sedan or a pickup, set up public-use spaces that everyone could enjoy. Everything from lawn furniture to board games occupied the parking spaces, encouraging community participation and the reassessment of how we use our public space—sidewalks, streets, parking spaces, all of it—from the edge of one building to the next.

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Savannah Harley-Davidson Revs Up for Pageant

Hop on your hog and ride over to the Miss Savannah Harley-Davidson Pageant on Saturday, September 22. Pageant finalists will compete in swimwear, Harley wear and interview categories to vie for the grand-prize of Miss Savannah Harley-Davidson 2012. The top three winners will be awarded cash, prizes and a professional photo-shoot.

A few VIP seats are still available for purchase. RSVP to jennifer.hagan@savannahhd.com and pay the night of the event, or drop by Savannah Harley-Davidson to prepay for one of the best seats in the house. Seats are $10 and all proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society Fashion Fundraiser Cruise to send cancer survivors for makeovers.

Don’t miss a night of beauty and bikes on Saturday! For more information, visit Savannah Harley-Davidson online or on Facebook, or give them a call at 912.925.0005

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Book Signing: Islands Under Fire: The Improbable Quest to Save the Corals of Puerto Rico by Kevin McCarey

Friday, September 21, 2012
4 to 6:30 p.m.
Gutstein Gallery, 201 East Broughton Street
This Friday join Kevin McCarey, Emmy-award winning filmmaker and SCAD film professor, for the signing of his new book, Islands Under Fire: The Improbably Quest to Save the Corals of Puerto Rico.

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Jazzing up Savannah

If you’re looking for entertainment, musicianship and cultural diversity, look no further than the Savannah Jazz Festival starting September 23 and running through September 30 at various locations around the city.

Organized by The Coastal Jazz Association, the festival is free and offers local, regional, national and international jazz musicians performance opportunities.

This year’s festival includes performances by:

Teddy Adams
The Jody Espina Quartet
Bob Mastellar & The Jazz Corner All Stars
Swing ’42
Amburgey & Hanson
SSU Gospel Choir
Eric Culberson Band
Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials
Doc Handy Band
Jay Stewart Band
University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble
US Navy Band Southeast Dixieland Band “TGIF”
Jazz Hall of Fame
Andreas Varady Quartet
Tony Monaco B3 Trio
Savannah Jazz Orchestra

For times and locations, as well as further details about special guest musicians, visit savannahjazzfestival.org.

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It’s Madness at Blick!

Are you crazy for art or simply mad about the cost of art supplies as you labor through Drawing I?

Never fear. Head to Blick art materials at 318 E. Broughton Street on September 20 for Blick Madness, a one day only event that will not only save you money, but will bring a smile to your face as you join in all the fun and games.

Are you paying attention students?

As you enjoy the live entertainment, enter raffles and sample the refreshments you can also play the Blick instant win game for the chance of receiving 20-50% off your entire purchase! If you’re feeling lucky, you could be one of the 100 customers that will be the winners of $100 Blick gift cards. If you’re mad about riding the bus, you can also enter Blick’s Car Sweepstakes for the chance to win a Scion iQ.

Save some money and check out dickblick.com for more details.

Written by Angela Gunn

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Blick Art Supplies Opens with a Bang

West Broughton Street was abuzz with energy Thursday, September 13 as Blick celebrated its Grand Opening event. Giveaways began at 8 a.m. with goodie bags filled with $100 worth of art supplies and continued throughout the day. Blick T-shirts, reusable shopping bags, illustration boards and mat boards and more were thrust into the hands of local artists, students and downtown enthusiasts who poured into the store to peruse its seemingly endless aisles of materials. Live music performances, food and festive decorations completed the celebratory atmosphere.

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Sweet Carolina Celebrates Sweet Success with a Pink Ribbon Cutting

Alderman Van Johnson, Eat It and Like It foodie Jesse Blanco and other distinguished guests were on hand to celebrate a special ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of Sweet Carolina Cupcakes on Whitaker Street in downtown Savannah Thursday morning. Owner Holly Slayton and her brother Tyler thanked everyone for their warm welcome before cutting a big pink ribbon with Alderman Johnson and inviting everyone inside their brightly decorated shop to enjoy mini red velvet, wedding cake and classic vanilla cupcakes—all of which were adorned with sprinkles, of course.

After enjoying success in Hilton Head since 2008, Holly and Tyler decided to come across the bridge and open up shop in Savannah. With a menu that changes daily and features traditional flavors like classic chocolate and vanilla, as well as more creative flavors like velvet Elvis, rocky road and éclair Sweet Carolina has something for everyone. Stop by their Open House on Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and sample your favorite cupcake and grab a cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a cup-cookie for later. Live music starts at 6 p.m. and cupcake specials throughout the day will satisfy your sweet tooth.

For more information, friend Sweet Carolina Cupcakes on Facebook.

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Dan Winters: An Exhibition of Science, Technology, Celebrity and Human Ingenuity

Dan Winters may best be known for his compelling photographs of contemplative celebrities, but if you think this is where the breadth of his artwork ends you’d be very wrong. His interest in science, technology and human life has influenced his entire body of work, which is evident in his scientific photography, drawings, collages and photojournalism.

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Going Out to Give Back

This weekend is all about giving back, to the environment, to the community, to those who’ve served. Chose from any of these great events to have a fun-filled weekend in the Lowcountry.

Friday, September 14
The Second Annual Warrior Classic Golf Tournament benefitting The Wounded Warrior Project, 11 a.m. at the Westin
They work for our freedom, play in the Warrior Classic and help those injured in the line of duty. Held at the Westin’s PGA course, registration and lunch begins at 11 a.m. along with complimentary massages. The tournament tees off at 1p.m. with teams playing in fours. Meet and hear the stories of local Wounded Warriors at this wonderful event sponsored by Spine & Sport.

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Satisfied Grand Opening Satisfies New Customers

On Saturday night, Satisfied on Jefferson and Broughton Streets celebrated its grand opening, showcasing a whole new interior look for the restaurant along with a new menu that features moderately priced burgers, sandwiches and more.

While the name and the look are new, you may recognize some familiar faces from the previous Locos staff and management team. If you’re looking for a new favorite neighborhood hangout, stop in at Satisfied and give the new, open interior a whirl. Their top-of-the-line sound system, improved design and re-worked menu are sure to leave you, well, satisfied!

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Blick on Broughton to Host Grand Opening

Blick Art Materials on Broughton’s grand opening won’t soon be forgotten. This Thursday, September 13 there will be a ton of prizes, food, live music, and giveaways at Blick Art Materials on 318 E. Broughton Street.

Starting at 8 a.m. the first 100 guests will receive a gift bag filled with Art materials valued at $100. The ribbon cutting will take place at 2:00 p.m. kicking off a week-long celebration of demo’s and raffles. One winner will take home a $500 gift card to Blick, ten lucky participants will leave with a one year membership to The Telfair museum and twenty winners will receive $100 gift cards to Blick Art Materials.

Throughout the week there will be a variety of demo’s including everything from a spray paint demo to origami balloons. Prizes will be raffled off following each demo with the festivities continuing through September 27th.

For a full list of events and classes check out Blick Art Materials’ Facebook page and their website

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16th Annual Taste of Tybee

Take a trip to Tybee this Thursday for the 16th annual chamber of commerce taste of Tybee on September 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. Admission is $10 for chamber members and $25 for non-members. The entry fee will furnish chamber members and their guests with samples of food and beverages from chamber member restaurants and caterers as well as networking opportunities with various business professionals.

There will be a variety of food from various menus on Tybee that are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds accompanied with the beautiful view from the Tybee Pavilion and Pier.

Some of the participating restaurants and caterers are: Alligator Soul ,fannies on the beach, Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp
, Marlin Monroe’s Surfside, North Beach Bar and Grill, Rock House, Sting Ray’s Seafood,Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, and Wet Willie’s-Tybee Island

For a complete list of participating restaurants check out the chamber website

Make some plans this Thursday to head to the Island and get a taste of Tybee!

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South’s Cover Girls (and Guys!) at Marc Jacobs

To promote Fashion’s Night Out in cities across the globe, Marc Jacobs chose one magazine in each of several selected cities to partner with for a guaranteed sartorial success. In Savannah, Marc Jacobs chose South magazine as their publication of choice. As part of the collaboration, South gave FNO-goers who stopped by Marc Jacobs the night of September 6 the once-in-a-lifetime chance to appear in their very own South cover photo. Photographer Jabberpics posted up at MJ to create unforgettable fun times and photos for all who posed for a cover shot. To see photos of you and your friends on the cover of South, check out our Scenes of the South photo gallery now!

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Fashion’s Night Out 2012: A Sartorial Recap

An impromptu skateboard ramp (a half-pipe, the kids tell me) showed up in the middle of the intersection of Broughton and Bull Streets Thursday afternoon. Typically made from plywood and two-by-fours, a half-pipe ramp uses energy and momentum to propel skaters skyward for a variety of moves and tricks. So, the fact that it was smack-dab in the middle of the high-flying festivities at last-night Fashion’s Night Out, an annual global event celebrating the fashion industry, seemed to fit perfectly.

Like a pair of well-worn skinny jeans.

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