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Mark your calendar: The Russians are coming
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia arrives in town Jan. 7.

Seeing as we pretty much always have a shortage of classical dance in Savannah, it’s heartening to see, on the horizon, the arrival of the State Ballet Theatre of Russia and its full–scale production of Swan Lake.

The Tchaikovsky ballet will visit the Johnny Mercer Theatre at 7 p.m. Jan. 7. Tickets, on sale now, are $25–$45.
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is the touring name of the The Voronezh State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, established in 1961.

Tybee films

Come Oct. 2, Huc–a–Poos Bites and Booze on Tybee Island will be awash in red carpets and beach–town paparazzi. It’s the very first Savannah Beach Film Festival and awards show, which has been soliciting entries from local filmmakers since April.

Organizers got more entries than they expected, so they aren’t taking any more, even though the published deadline was Sept. 1.

The audience will vote on the best films, which were required to come in at less than 20 minutes in length. Tickets ($5) are available at the ‘Poo; call (912) 786–5900 for further info.

Bonzo Jr.

The closest thing any of us are likely to see of a Led Zeppelin reunion is about to take to the road. Drummer Jason Bonham, whose dad, the late John “Bonzo” Bonham, was Zep’s backbone, is fronting a band he calls The Led Zeppelin Experience. Young Jason, of course, played with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones at their reunion show in London three years ago. No word on the other musicians yet.

The show, which will include home movies, video clips and reminiscences about Bonham’s life growing up so close to one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ blues bands, is crossing the country – but there are no dates in Georgia, or South Carolina. You can, however, get the Led Zeppelin Experience Nov. 13 at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville.

And now, this

• The third annual Tybee Island Labor Day Beach Bash is on the books for 7–10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. The fireworks show will be preceded by a performance from Gary Roland and the Landsharks band – which is, you guessed it, a tribute to all things Jimmy Buffett. Admission is free.

• Coming to the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center Oct. 8: “Champions of the Dance,” the touring version on TV’s Dancing With the Stars. The tour utilizes the same choreographer, and some of the dancers, from the kitschy reality show.

• The Savannah Gay & Lesbian Film Society’s second annual LGBT International Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 15–17; details here soon.