Monthly Archives: April 2009

Tonight – Savannah Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 in Tokyo as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up.

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Savannah Pecha Kucha Night Volume #2

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 * 8pm-10pm
Structured Green * 620 East 35th Street
Between East Broad and Reynolds
(It’s a big warehouse on the north side of the street)

The Talent

Know your bow from your stern?  Join Rigel Crockett, musician and writer, on a pirate-safe trip around the world in a tall ship.

Orlando Montoya from Georgia Public Radio shows the history of public radio.

Landscape architect Erin Salzer Hannah shares her recent Garden Expo design.

Sculptor Andrew F. Scott proves with his computer-fabricated sculpture that bytes and code can add up to serious beauty.

Chef Robbie Wood shares his passion for sourcing and creating “clean food.”

Hold on to your snacks!  Ben Bublic paints everything–what is in your hand could well become part of his next work.

Artist and museum curator Harry DeLorme takes us to the southern hemisphere to check out the roadside shrines of northwest Argentina.

Artist Craig Drennen shares work based on Timon of Athens, a deeply misanthropic character from Shakespeare.

Old Timey Ron Dacosta, tattoo artist extraordinaire, will make you think ink.

Matte Wagner turns a concept album inside out and presents a narrative in collage.

Third Annual Greenfest

The third annual Greenfest will be held Saturday May 9, 2009 with The Market at Trustees’ Garden & AWOL’s Savannah Urban Arts Festival

 Greenfest will be held on the grounds of Trustees’ Garden, at 10 East Broad St., where The Market at Trustees Garden has been held every Wednesday and Saturday.  Greenfest 09’ starts at 9am, to continue with Greenfest’s theme of “Connect & Take Action” Greenfest 09′ is focusing on the importance of “Sustainable Food Practices” by buying local and organic produce and supporting local farmers.

Green Lifespace “Guidance for Going Green”, a Savannah based green consulting will host the second Culinary challenge between Greenfest 08’ Top Chef winner Matt Roher of Cha-Bella and Chef Patrick McNamara of Noble Fare. They will go head to head in Culinary Duel. They will be judged for the plates creativity, taste and “green” factor and awarded “Greenfest Top Chef 09” at 3:00pm. The winning restaurant will showcase their award inside their restaurant. This year Lady and Sons will have a booth serving food, Bobby Deen will be will a judge for the Top Chef competition along with City Of Savannah’s Assistant City Manager Chris Morrill. 

The City of Savannah Recycling & Liter Services Department will be presenting “ReThreaded Fashion Show” all clothes will be made from recycled materials and The City of Savannah Recycling & Liter department drivers and staff will be the models!  

Ride your bike and receive a free gift certificate to a Eos restaurant or Sol restaurant.

Greenfest is proud to be a zero waste event.  All items will be reused, recycled or composted.  There will be no water bottles at Greenfest, there will be a water hydration station by City Of Savannah Water Department where attendees can fill up their own water bottles.  A brand new water “Source Water USA” that comes in aluminum cans will be sold at Greenfest.  All day performances by SUAF – Savannah Urban Arts Festival.

SCHEDULE:

·         All day performances by SUAF

·         Community Yoga Class 9:30 – 10:30am (Savannah Yoga Center)

·         Composting Class 11am – 12:00 (Hester & Zipperer)

·         ReThreaded Fashion Show 12:30 – 1pm(City of Savannah)

·         Greenfest Top Chef Challenge 2 – 3pm (Bobby Deen, City Of Savannah Assistant City manager Chris Morrill)

·         Goodwill Drop Off all day for clothing, books, computers

GREENFEST 09’ TOP CHEF JUDGES:

Bobby Deen (Lady and Sons)

Chris Morrill (City of Savannah, Assistant City Manager)

Tommy Linstroth (Melaver, Inc)

Tim Rutherford (Savannah Foodie)

TJ Rutherford (Savannah Magazine)

Jessica Leigh (Skirt Magazine)

 

FOR MORE INFO:

Greenfest, Maria Castro (912) 844-3184  mcastro@trusteesgarden.com  /www.greenlifespace.com

SUAF, Davena Jordan (912) 704-3812     djordan@awolinc.org /www.savannahurbanartsfestival.com

While cyclists and pedestrians plead for inclusion, motorists are accommodated automatically

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People who recognize the role of bicycles in sustainable transportation have been talking this week about comments by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. On his blog this week, he wrote:

As I said today in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, this includes fostering communities where bicyclists feel both safe and welcome on the roadways. Bike-friendly development also has the potential to contribute significantly to the revitalization of downtown districts and offer an alternative to sprawl and automobile-focused commuting.

This line of thinking marks a departure from LaHood’s predecessor, who didn’t see bicycles as having much to do with transportation.

LaHood issued a call to arms, of sorts, describing funding sources for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and urging advocates to “get their cities and states to request funds for these projects.”

Here in Savannah, a group of advocates has already been following LaHood’s advice and there are two important opportunities for the public to show support in the near future.

While LaHood’s comments are encouraging, I can’t help but recognize the reality of the situation. As a bicyclist and pedestrian, I must lobby local and state officials and plead for inclusion in transportation funding requests. Yet as a motorist, no such action is required of me. Automobile infrastructure is automatic, even when it isn’t wanted, even when it excludes other users and even when it comes at such a high social cost.