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The fat lady hasn't sung yet
Chito Lapena

WELL, ANOTHER Film Festival is in the can, another Art Fair is in the books, and another Halloween has disappeared into the lengthening shadows of autumn.

But if you’re still suffering from an October entertainment hangover, as I am, a little hair of the dog that bit you is coming up this weekend.

The resurgent Blues and BBQ Festival at the Roundhouse is back and better than ever this weekend, with a headline performance Saturday by the legendary -- and this is one of the few times the word “legendary” is actually appropriate -- Johnny Winter.

The Telfair Museum of Art is holding a unique family event this Saturday to coincide with their awesome Ansel Adams exhibit, a rare treat indeed. The “Point and Shoot Family Day” Saturday offers several hours of live music and hands-on photographic activities to highlight the work of that great American photographer. The event is our “Freebie of the Week”; for details look at our Week at a Glance page.

Another important (and free) arts event, this one sponsored by the City of Savannah, is by Chito Lapena’s Planet Fugue Project. The “virtual poetry” performance “Five: An Exploration of Sound and Movement,” will present an ancient Korean poem using spoken word, music with ancient instruments, dance and “tangible digital music interfacing,” which allows the dancers to literally create music through their movement.

“The premise is to create music from chaos,” says Lapena. “In this performance, we will interface distinct art forms to create a piece with both rehearsed and ‘chance’ components that will provide the audience with a unique sensory experience that can never be duplicated.”

If you know Chito, you know this is going to be a cool and altogether unique event. And if you don’t know Chito, come meet him. It happens Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the city’s Gallery S.P.A.C.E. on West Henry Street across from the fire station. Your tax dollars at work!

The gallery scene is quite busy this weekend, with another of SCAD’s awesome gallery hops on Friday night.

Also, one of Savannah’s original true art galleries, A.T. Hun, marks its tenth anniversary Saturday, though I confess it seems like they’ve been around a lot longer than that. To read all about it, see Robin Gunn’s “Hear and Now” column this week.

On Sunday, for more reflective pleasure, go to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 4:30 p.m. for The Goliards’ performance of traditional Sephardic Jewish music from Spain. Tix are $10 adults, $5 seniors and kids.

The Savannah Film Festival was truly an outstanding effort this year, not only for its unprecedented quality of entries and special guests, but for the professionalism of SCAD in putting the event together. Thanks again to Sunny, Melissa, Sheila, Danny, Len and everyone else involved over there for making it possible for Connect to be so closely involved with the coverage. And of course a big thanks to Bobby Zarem for his matchless networking skills.

Jim Morekis is editor in chief of Connect Savannah. E-mail him at

Above left, one of the big winners at the Film Festival was Noé Santillàn-López, writer/director/producer of Si Tu No Estas; at top right, multimedia artist Chito Lapena, who performs Saturday