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Mark your calendar: Savannah Craft Brew Fest
Guitarist Walter Parks plays the Sentient Bean Aug. 27

Stop the presses! The 2010 Savannah Craft Brew Festival is on the books for Sept. 3 and 4 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. The beer is here!

More than 120 different craft brews will be yours for the sampling (age 21 and over only, of course) with food pairing meals, seminars, tastings and more.

It's one of the city's best-attended annual events. And it all ends - natch - with a fireworks show.

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A poster contest

As you're well aware by now, Bay Street Theatre is bringing back the decadent (and wholly enjoyable) rock ‘n' roll musical comedy Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The performance dates (on Club One's cabaret stage) are Sept. 17-19 and 24-26.

To add a bit more community involvement to the project, Bay Street has announced a Hedwig poster contest - if you design a poster that the producers like enough to use in their promotion of the show, you'll receive a pair of free tickets.

Here's the deal: First, if you're not familiar with James Cameron Mitchell's show, look it up, read about it, watch the odd YouTube clip, listen to the soundtrack CD. Hedwig and the Angry Inch has a very, very distinct personality all its own.

The design, which must fit into the 11x17 space of a poster, should use ‘70s and ‘80s punk as its starting point, with the words "Bay Street Theatre presents" over the show title.

There's a Facebook page with all the details - check it out. All entries must be submitted to by Aug. 28.

Odds and sods

@ Guitarist Walter Parks, who's been playing guitar alongside folk legend Richie Havens for nine years, recently became a Savannah resident. The Jacksonville, Fla. Native, who has his own band called Swamp Cabbage, is doing his first solo show here - focusing on jazz and classical music - Aug. 27 at the Sentient Bean. He plays a vintage hollow-body electric guitar through a real tube amplifier. See

@ Drummer Jason Marsalis, part of New Orleans' extended musical Marsalis family, brings his Vibes Quartet to the Mansion at Forsyth Park Sept. 5. That's a Sunday, and the previous Friday and Saturday will find Marsalis and the band at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head.

@ From the Savannah Folk Music Society: This year's Noteworthy Art exhibit will be at the new Visitors' Center in Ellis Square from Labor Day through the end of the 2010 Savannah Folk Festival (Oct. 8-10). It's an exhibit of real Gretsch guitars that have been transformed by local artists into art objects. These guitars, as well as celebrity signed guitars, will be auctioned off during the festival.