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Mark your calendar: Black Maria Film Festival
Tickets go on sale March 2 for comedian Brian Regan's May 4 Johnny Mercer show

For the 13th consecutive year, SCAD is bringing in the Black Maria Film Festival, a collection of short films that continually tours the country.

It’s been announced for this Friday —that’d be March 2 — at the Trustees Theater.

“If you want to see what’s happening NOW with the cutting edge of cinema, this is the perfect event,” said SCAD film professor Michael Chaney, the local organizer for the Black Maria Film Festival.

“It gives us a glimpse into the newest, most exciting applications of film and animation that are emerging. It shows us aesthetics and content that might be incredibly commercially popular five or 10 years from now.”

Black Maria takes its name from the tiny New Jersey studio where Thomas Edison created the first moving pictures. In 1981, the Edison Foundation provided the $3,000 needed to start the festival, which was initially held in West Orange, where Tom E lived and worked.

“My position is, short films are every bit as legitimate as feature–length films,” festival founder John Columbus told us in a 2010 interview.

“The difference is, a short film is the equivalent of a poem – and a feature–length film is the equivalent of a novel.”

Admission to the 8 p.m. event is $5 for the general public and free for students with a valid SCAD ID.

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• Savannah Stopover Festival. March 7–10.

Menopause The Musical. Lucas Theatre. March 8–10.

Motives. AWOL’s annual Shakespeare production. Johnny Mercer Theatre, March 9 and 10.

• Tara Feis in Emmet Park. Music by Girsa and others. March 10.

• The Pink Floyd Experience. Tribute band with a big, big show, Johnny Mercer Theatre. March 12.

• St. Patrick’s Day: March 17.

• Savannah Music Festival. March 22–April 2.

• David Mamet’s November. March 22–April 1. Muse Arts Warehouse.

• Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. April 4.

• Daniel Tosh. Johnny Mercer Theatre. April 10.

• Tybee Island Wine Festival. April 12–15.

• Josh Turner. Johnny Mercer Theatre. April 15.

• Savannah Urban Arts Festival: April 15–22.

• Charlie Daniels Band/Little Big Town. Forsyth Park. April 20.

• Savannah Philharmonic: A Night of Great Opera. Lucas Theatre. April 21.

• Comedian Brian Regan. Johnny Mercer Theatre. May 4. On sale Friday.

• Trace Adkins. Johnny Mercer Theatre. May 4.

• Straight No Chaser. Johnny Mercer Theatre. May 5.