Well, we had a rough few days, but winter has left the Lowcountry (for now) and it's time to get back out there and enjoy all the fun Savannah has to offer!
There's always a little something for everyone happening here, but our list this week truly reflects the bounty of options that are always available, not matter what you're into.
Let's start with music: There are dozens of options featuring nearly every genre, but if you'd like to check out an acoustic night with a set of notable musicians, head to Sweet Melissa's on Friday. This unplugged set will include Hawthorne Heights' JT Woodruff, Mark Rose of Spitalfield and a host of other local artists.
If movies are more your speed, support the local scene by attending opening night of CinemaSavannah's and Spotlight Theatres' two-week run of "Dallas Buyers Club," a film starring Matthew McConaughey in what some critics are calling a career-defining role. Read more about the film from our Film Scene columnist Jim Reed.
Looking for live theater events? Again, there are plenty of options, but you should definitely check out "The Savannah Disputation," written by Savannah native Evan Smith. Savannah Community Theatre will take on this theological comedy for two weekends at Muse Arts Warehouse, starting Friday night.
The weekend also offers two days in a row of dance shows. On Saturday, head to the Lucas for a showcase by the Gretchen Greene School of Dance company members. This troupe will offer a variety of performances, from contemporary jazz to tap and ballet, plus some experimental dances that may even have you getting up from your seat! Then on Sunday, Russia's Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre will present a classic ballet at the Civic Center, "Sleeping Beauty."
If you've been looking to pick up some fantastic local art, you can do so Friday at the Haiyan Art Benefit and Auction. This fundraiser, organized by SCAD professor Ryan Sanchez, will benefit victims of November's typhoon in the Philippines. There are more than 200 pieces of art available in a range of mediums, sizes and retail value, so come to support a great cause as well as Savannah's talented artists!
Speaking of art, you missed last night's opening reception and drag show, but the "Legendary Children" photo exhibit is still open Friday and Saturday at Dollhouse Productions. These six photographers offer their own unique takes on Atlanta's drag scene, and we can guarantee there's nothing like it in town. Check it out while you still can!
For those of you who need to add to your collection of comics, games and figurines, or who just can't wait until this summer's convention, SavCon is offering a one-day dealer room Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn on Abercorn St. There will be a good showing of local and regional artists and dealers, so come find that rare item missing from your collection.
Have you been sticking to your resolutions, or are you slipping already? Either way, if eating healthier was on your list for 2014, NonStop Fitness is offering a free recipe makeover event Friday night. You can sample the original and healthy versions of several recipes, and even bring your own dishes.
Do you enjoy local PERC Coffee or Southbound Brewing Co. beer? What about both? Yeah, you do. That's what we thought. Well, to celebrate its grand opening in a new, larger location on East Broad Street, PERC has teamed up with Southbound to make a special new offering, Moonlight Drive. It's an imperial coffee stout brewed with more than 150 pounds of PERC's fresh roasts. Talk about a pick-me-up! They're celebrating this collaboration with Tamp and Tap on Saturday afternoon, which will also feature food from Jepson CafÃ© and Angel's BBQ.
This is but a small sampling of what's happening in and around Savannah. If you need more options, just go to our Big Calendar, the region's most comprehensive list of happenings.
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No excuses, Savannah! Here's your guide, so grab an umbrella and get out there!
Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @HeatherDHenley.View the Do Savannah "Big Calendar" mobile app