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Mark Your Calendar: Mother's Finest
Mother's Finest will play Coach's Corner Nov. 3

A recent inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the veteran funk band Mother's Finest has been booked to perform at Coach's Corner Nov. 3.

Fronted, as ever, by the incendiary vocalist Joyce Kennedy and heavy-riffing guitarist Glenn Murdock, Mother's Finest was one of the first bands to combine bone-chilling funk and heavy rock ‘n' roll - tougher than Rufus and a lot less "pop" than Earth, Wind & Fire.

Tom Werman (who would go on to work with Cheap Trick and Blue Oyster Cult, among others) produced the band's self-titled second album in 1976. This is the one that set the standard, with tracks like "Fire," "Doncha Wanna Love Me" and "Niggizz Can't Sang Rock & Roll."

Ticket or admission info hasn't yet been made available.

Film fest

Here’s the provisional (subject to change) schedule for the major films and events at the 2011 Savannah Film Festival. Tickets are on sale at the Trustees Theater box office and online at On that site, you’ll find the entire festival schedule, including panel discussions, films entered in competition and other events.

)Delete - Merge UpAll events listed here (unless noted) take place in the Trustees Theater.

Oct. 29: The Artist, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30: Barry Lyndon, panel discussion with Alec Baldwin and James Toback, 2 p.m. (Lucas Theatre); Another Happy Day, Ellen Barkin Tribute, 7 p.m.; The Son of No One, Ray Liotta Tribute, 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 31: Student Competition Films, 9:30 & 11 a.m. (Lucas Theatre); A Dangerous Method, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: Butter, 7 p.m.; We Need to Talk About Kevin, 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 2: The Late Show, a discussion with Lily Tomlin, 2:30 p.m.; Lily Tomlin Tribute, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3: Born on the Fourth of July, Q&A with Oliver Stone, 2:30 p.m.; Carnage, Oliver Stone Tribute, 7 p.m.

Nov. 4: Student Competition Films, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Bringing Up Bobby, Q&A with Famke Janssen, 2:30 p.m. (Lucas Theatre); James Marsden Tribute, 7 p.m.; Coriolanus, 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 5: Jeff Who Lives at Home, discussion with filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass; 2:30 p.m.; Like Crazy, Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m.

Shannon Whitworth

One of the (many) highlights of the 2010 Savannah Music Festival was the local debut of singer/songwriter Shannon Whitworth, a multi-instrumentalist from Asheville, N.C. As a founding member of the Biscuit Burners, she was one of the first women to earn a national reputation for clawhammer banjo-playing.

Turns out, the solo Whitworth has a dusky, sweet singing voice and a crackerjack band with guitar, mandolin, bass et cetera. She's coming back, for a show Nov. 8 at the Landings clubhouse. It'll be open to the public - we'll have ticket info for you as soon as it becomes available.