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Mark your calendar: Harlem Globetrotters
When you hear the whistled strains of "Sweet Georgia Brown," you know the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town

Hint: The other team always loses.

Since 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters have been playing exhibition basketball games all around the world; at last count, they’d dominated in something like 22,000 match–ups.

Of course, the Globetrotters are real athletes and exemplary ball players – they’re also actors, gymnasts and clowns. More than one journalist along the way has referred to the team as “court jesters.” Har, har.

The Harlem Globetrotters make a return trip to Savannah March 29. The “game” starts at 7 p.m., in the Savannah Civic Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. Arena, and tickets are on sale for $20–$84.

It’s always a fun night out, even if there’s not a lot of suspense in the air.

Irish Christmas

@ Savannah’s Moira Nelligan, a singer and fiddler, headlines the annual Celtic Christmas Concert (with the Dixie Jigs), at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Also on the bill for the Irish celebration of Yuletide: Singer and songwriter Harry O’Donoghue, step dancer Michael Hickey, Jacquie Berger’s Atlanta-based dance company - and a real Irish mummer. Advance tickets are $17 at (404) 441-7848, and will be $20 at the door.

Short takes

• Writer/director and actor Jim Holt, of City Lights Theatre Company, has a new comedy-slash-drama called Sleeping Indoors that’ll premiere Dec. 10 at the Cultural Arts S.P.A.C.E. on Henry Street. The City Lights ticket and info line is (912) 507-4112.

• One of our favorite bluegrass groups, the always–soulful and always-energetic Mountain Heart, is coming back to Randy Wood Guitars in Bloomingdale Dec. 17.

• The Coastal Jazz Association’s 35th annual holiday concert, Jazz Yule Love, happens at 5 p.m. Dec. 25 (hey – that’s Christmas Day!) at the Westin Harbor Resort. It’s an all–star jazz bash hosted by CJA evergreen Teddy Adams.

• The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head, which has Hello, Dolly onstage through December, is bringing the David Parsons dance company – one of the best in America – on Jan. 15. And the Preservation Hall Jazz Band does its thing at the Arts Center March 28. See

•  Coming Jan. 16 to the Johnny Mercer Theatre: It’s comedian Nephew Tommy And Friends. He’s part of radio’s nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show.