The Top 5 features a variety of Savannah's best arts, music, theater and community events. We aim to include something for all ages and income levels each week. If you have an event coming up you'd like to be considered for this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Club One, 1 Jefferson St., and 10 p.m. Feb. 16-17 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. The House of The Savannah Sweet Gunt-Tease presents a night of burlesque and drag. Your favorite Savannah performance artists have teamed up and are snatching looks, swapping costumes and trading places. Admission is $15 for ages 18-20 and $10 for ages 21 and up on Feb. 15; Feb. 16-17 is $10 and open to ages 21 and up only. More info at facebook.com/gunthaus or www.savannahburlesque.com.
Caryl Phillips talk and book signing
5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. The DeSoto, Pulaski Room, 15 E. Liberty St. International award-winning novelist, essayist, and playwright Caryl Phillips' work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Phillips has established himself as one of the supreme chroniclers of the African diaspora, dispossession and exile. His body of work includes the novels "The Final Passage" (1985), "A State of Independence" (1986), "Higher Ground" (1989), "Cambridge" (1991), "Crossing the River" (1993), "The Nature of Blood" (1997), "A Distant Shore" (2003), "Dancing in the Dark" (2005), "Foreigners" (2007), "In the Falling Snow" (2009) and "The Lost Child" (2015), among number nonfiction works. His latest novel, "A View of the Empire at Sunset," is being published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May. Book reading and signing is free and open to the public. More info at 912-233-3628.
$1 Comedy Tour
8:30-10 p.m. Feb. 17. The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. Each comic will get 14 minutes to compete for $1 votes from the audience. Tickets are $6 in advance at www.ticketfly.com or $10 at the door.
Thin Mint Throwdown
5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian St. Join Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia for the newly formatted Thin Mint Throwdown. Tickets include Girl Scout Cookie desserts from 10 local restaurants, including last year's reigning champ The Pirates' House, Savannah Coffee Roasters, Cotton & Rye/Sugo Rossa, Corleone's, Flashback and more. Vote for your favorite dessert, and the restaurant with the most votes will take home bragging rights and the coveted Thin Mint Throwdown trophy. Event will also feature a raffle, light hors d'oeuvres, and specialty Girl Scout Cookie cocktails created by the Ghost Coast crew! Tickets are $20. Learn more at www.gshg.org.
Savannah Black Heritage Festival continues
Two one-act plays
8 p.m. Feb. 15. Savannah State University, Kennedy Fine Arts Theatre. SSU Players by the Sea presents two one-act plays: "Contribution" by Ted Shine and "Day of Absence" by Douglas Turner Ward. Reservations required for this one-night free performance. Email email@example.com.
'In Tune, The Ben Tucker Story'
3-5 p.m. Feb. 17. St. John Baptist Church, 522 Hartridge St. This documentary tells the life story of jazz icon and community leader Ben Tucker and chronicles the history of jazz in Savannah. Presented by Friends of Ben Inc. Free admission for all ages. Learn more at www.friendsofbentucker.org.
'Still I Rise'
5:30 p.m. Feb. 18. First African Baptist Church of East Savannah, 402 Treat Ave. "Still I Rise: The Resilience and Power of Our Story," featuring master storyteller Lillian Grant-Baptiste and historic First African Baptist of East Savannah choir, will portray how storytelling, music and folklore have been used as tools of resistance and reconciliation throughout African-American history. Get the full festival schedule at www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com.