Don't tell the boss, but here at DO, we start the weekend on Thursday ⦠and there are plenty of options for y'all who just can't wait!

Jepson Café also seems to believe in the power of Thursdays, as they are offering up their first Art on Tap, featuring Southbound Brewing Co. In the coming weeks, they will feature a different Georgia brewery each week to pair with their tasty food offerings. Some of our DO staffers recently had the pleasure of sampling lunch at the café, and like most things in Savannah, it definitely lives up to the hype! Cost of admission gets you not only a drink and appetizers, but also admission to the museum. Sounds like a pretty good deal to start out your weekend.

Thursday also ushers in the return of "Les Miserables" at the historic Savannah Theatre. Back by popular demand, this hit musical will only be offered for eight shows between Jan. 16-25. Catch it while you can!

Speaking of music, are you "In the Mood" for some classic 1940s swing music? This big band review at The Lucas will be in town for two shows only, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $16-$65, so there's certainly a seat to fit every budget.

If modern music is more your thing, Friday also offers Meth Dad, Chiffon and Boy Harsher at Hang Fire. Meth Dad touts this dance party/concert tour as "the biggest and best one-man party show in the galaxy." Come out and see for yourself!

Saturday offers more music, this time in the form of a free, you heard us, free concert by Connecticut-based jam band The McLovins. These guys apparently got their name from a 2008 viral video of them playing a Phish tune, in which commenters continuously pointed out their resemblance to McLovin, a character from the film "Superbad." Considering they now have 13,000-plus Facebook likes, sounds like that viral video was only the beginning of a very good thing.

We've also got a few events on our list that will benefit charity, so how about building up some good karma while you have a good time?

First up is the MLK 5K and Festival, taking place Saturday morning and afternoon in Forsyth Park. This inaugural event was organized by Lady Mahogany and proceeds benefit Blessings in a Book Bag, which makes sure schoolchildren have plenty to eat through the weekend. Along with the heart-healthy athletics, there will also be nutritional seminars, healthy food samples and music from several local bands, including A Nickel Bag of Funk.

Out on Tybee, Doc's Bar has teamed up with a group of musicians to raise funds for Savannah natives Ryan Buttimer, who recently had a successful kidney transplant, and his sister, Erin, who donated her kidney. The Renal Fundraiser offers darts and pool tournaments Saturday, with the main event Sunday offering a silent auction, games and music from several well-known performers, including Niche and the Train Wrecks. All funds will go toward the sibling's medical expenses.

Feel like some flicks this weekend? Savannah has you more than covered in that category. First up is the Mountainfilm Fest on Tour, which brings a variety of adventure-themed films from all over the world to Trustees Theater on Friday and Saturday. "Mountainfilm is not just a film festival. It's a gathering of like-minded people who share mankind's challenges and who believe we must be good stewards of this earth. Come be inspired!" local organizer Zelda Tenenbaum enthusiastically told us. 

Starting Sunday with dates through Feb. 1, the Savannah Jewish Film Festival returns with an interesting slate of movies lined up. Film Scene's Jim Reed has all the details and offers up his top picks in this week's column.

And finally, who's hungry? Getting in on the game Savannah diners have been privy to twice yearly, Tybee Island is starting its own Restaurant Week. Beginning Friday and ending Jan. 26, the Tybee Island Tourism Council has lined up 11 dining establishments serving up a three-course prixe fixe dinner for $25-$30 per person, and CoCo's Sunset Grille is even offering a special $15 lunch menu. The deals don't get much better than that, folks.

Oh, and go ahead and throw out those weight-loss resolutions, because after Tybee's week comes Savannah Restaurant Week from Jan. 24-Feb. 2. Expect more details on that in next week's issue of DO Savannah.

This is but a small sampling of what's happening in and around the city. 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 get out there!

Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah. Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @HeatherDHenley.View the Do Savannah "Big Calendar" mobile app