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Jars of Clay

Dinner and a laugh

If dinner theater is your cup of tea (or your plate of wings, or some such thing) there are two - count ‘em - two opportunities for you this month.

On deck immediately is the family comedy Cheaper By the Dozen, a production of the Savannah Christian Church's Drama Ministry. Shows are at 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 55 Al Henderson Blvd., and tickets are $10 at The Source book store, and at the door.

Cheaper By the Dozen is based on the true story of the turn-of-the-century Gilbreth family, which included Mom, Dad and 12 rambunctious kids. Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy starred in the original film version from 1950, and the recent re-make (plus its sequel) featured Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as the parental units. The names and circumstances were changed significantly for the Martin/Hunt movies.

From July 30 to Aug. 8, the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church is doing the musical comedy Something's Afoot as dinner theater at its sanctuary, 412 Parkersburg Rd. This very funny show is a parody of all those Agatha Christie mysteries about disparate people stranded together in a spooky old English manor house. Wackiness ensues when a dastardly murder is uncovered.

Tickets for Something's Afoot are $25, which means that Cheaper is cheaper, but the Isle of Hope show is a benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia. Get tickets at (912) 355-8519.

Early morning praise

The Dove- and Grammy-winning Christian band Jars of Clay will make an appearance July 16 at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Abercorn (in front of the Home Depot), playing an acoustic set of their best-known songs, and some new stuff, too. The band has a new album out, The Long Fall Back to Earth.

This happens at 5:30 a.m. That's not a typo - the appearance, which will also feature a "praise team" from an area church, is part of the band's radio morning show tour. It'll air until 9 a.m. on His Radio 91.9. The station will, in the process, collect school supplies to benefit Life Bridge Inner City Ministries.

Musical notes

@ On July 24, the Beatles tribute band Abbey Road Live returns to Loco's ... Not to be outdone, Gringo Star plays the Live Wire July 30, followed by the fabulous Blueground Undergrass on the 31st ... Jazz vocalist Huxsie Scott joins Ben Tucker and Teddy Adams for "Mercer Beaucoup: Come Rain or Come Shine", a Coastal Jazz Association tribute to Johnny Mercer, July 26 at Four Points By Sheraton.

@ New Beginnings Animal Rescue Inc. will be the beneficiary from a 12-hour concert and party and at the Wormhole Saturday, July 25. Folk, blues and other acoustic music are in the planning stages, plus belly dancing, raffle-type stuff, and a sidewalk "Adopt-A-Thon" from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission will be $10; watch this space for further news.