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Mark Your Calendar: Robert McDuffie, Stuart Woods
Novelist Stuart Woods will be in Savannah Sept. 23

The lineup for the 2011 Savannah Music Festival will be announced Nov. 10, at a venue to be announced, with tickets going on sale that very day. Unlike years past, the announcement won't be followed by a concert - at least not immediately.

The SMF folks are bringing in violinist Robert McDuffie Nov. 17, to perform at the Lucas Theatre with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. This classical tag team will play Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," along with "Concerto for Viloin No. 2 - The American Four Seasons," written specifically for McDuffie (a Georgia native) by Philip Glass.

Tickets, $15-$55, will go on sale Sept. 23.


Best-selling crime novelist Stuart Woods will speak Sept. 23 at Trinity Church, 225 President Street, on a promotional tour behind his latest book Santa Fe Edge. It's the latest chapter in Woods' series centered around eccentric New Mexico defense attorney Ed Eagle. The 7 p.m. appearance, which is free, is brought to you by the good people at the Savannah Book Festival.

Short stuff

@ Folk music maven Art Rosenbaum, whose adventures in folkloric research and preservation are the stuff of legend, is coming to the Ships of the Sea Museum Sept. 18 with his Around the Globe Sea Chantey Singers. Rosenbaum, who plays banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica and accordion, is an archivist, traditionalist, collector of tunes, and the group consists of present and former art students of his from the University of Georgia, who gather at the Globe pub in Athens to sing chanteys. They've collected many Georgia-specific lumber and cotton chanteys from ports where African-American, Yankee and British folk singing traditions blended. The concert is free.

@ The SCAD animation department will showcase its short films Sept. 25 at the Trustees Theater. SCADanimate! starts at 7:309 p.m., and it's free.

@ The Savannah Folk Music Society will be the beneficiary when guitars signed by Doc Watson and Richie Havens, and a Pete Seeger-signed banjo, go up for auction this week on eBay. The Gretsch Foundation donated the instruments, along with guitars autographed by Jackson Browne, Karla Bonoff and others. A bunch of instruments hand-painted by local artists will go on display at the Ellis Square Visitors Center Sept. 13; they'll be auctioned during the festival, Oct. 8-10.