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Weekend events in Savannah
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Savannah Shakespeare Festival
What: An evening based on the theme of "Shakespeare on Love," featuring a collection of scenes, sonnets, soliloquies and songs written by the master dramatist on love. When: Enjoy a preview during the open dress rehearsal on May 16. Production on May 17 at 8 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park. Cost: Free. Info: 713-1137,

Savannah Sand Gnats
What: The Gnats take on the Asheville Tourists, then face the Greenville Drive. When: May 16, 17 and 19 at 7 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m. Where: Historic Grayson Stadium, 1406 E. Victory Dr. Cost: Box seats $10, Reserved $8, General admission $7, and seniors, military or kids 4-12 $5. Info: 351-9150.

SCAD Performing Arts Department: Violet
What: A disfigured young woman's search for healing physically and emotionally, told through gospel, rock, country and rhythm and blues. When: May 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and May 18 at 3 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre. Cost: $10 public, $5 students/seniors/military. Info: 525-5050,

SCAD Performing Arts Department: The Mexican Play
What: A satire about illegal immigration and contemporary American culture. When: May 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Where: Mondanaro Theater, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Cost: $10 public, $5 students/seniors/militar. Info: 525-5050,

Savannah Community Theatre: Clue: The Musical
What: A musical based on the board game. Audience members choose the murderer, weapon and location of the murder. When: May 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday matinee May 18 at 3 p.m. Where: Savannah Community Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Dr. Cost: Adults $25, seniors 55 and up and military $20 and students/children $15. Sunday, all tickets $15. Info: 898-9021,

Savannah Theatre: Return to the '50s
What: Return to America's most beloved decade of music with more than 60 rock 'n' roll classics and doowop harmonies. When: May 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and May 19 and 25 at 3 p.m. Where: 222 Bull St. Cost: Adults $33, youth 17 and under $16. Info: 233-7764.

Tybee Island Beach Bum Weekend
What: The Beach Bum Parade followed by live entertainment. The Beach Bum Luau will feature live entertainment, hula hoop and limbo contests, children's activities and more. When: May 16 and 17. The parade begins at 6 p.m Friday, and the entertainment will be presented 8-10 p.m. The luau is Saturday 4-9 p.m.  Where: Memorial Park on Tybee Island. Cost: Free. Info: 786-5393,

Sesame Street Live: Elmo! Ready for Action
What: Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, Telly Monster and Zoe's pet rock Rocco join Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar, Cookie Monster and Grover. When: May 16 at 7 p.m., May 17 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and May 18 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center's Martin Luther King Jr. Arena. Cost: $10-$25. Info: 651-6556 weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Starland Farmers Market
What: Local organic and traditional produce, artists, food vendors, crafts people, musicians, street performers and storytellers. When: May 17, 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Where: Starland district on DeSoto Avenue between Whitaker and Bull, and 40th and 41st streets. Cost: Free. Info: 443-5355, or

Canal Anniversary Event
What: Historic tours, a reptile show, pony rides, music and food. When: May 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center, 681 Fort Argyle Rd. Cost: $10 adults and $5 children. Info: 748-8068 or

Teddy Bear Picnic
What: The Oatland Island Wildlife Center will celebrate the birthday of its black bear for children 6 and up, who will be served a "Bear Lunch" with birthday cake. There will be a bear birthday feeding. A Teddy Bear Hospital will be available. A Digitarium Theater production of Willbear's Adventure will be presented. When: May 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Cost: $10. Info: Pre-register at 898-3980.

Old Fort Jackson 200th Birthday
What: Help celebrate the construction of Georgia's oldest standing fort in 1808 with fireworks, historic cannon firings, music by the Savannah Arts Academy's Skyelite Jazz Band, historic re-enactments and hotdogs, hamburgers, cotton candy and more. When: May 17 from 5-9 p.m. Where: Old Fort Jackson National Historic Landmark, 1 Fort Jackson Rd., 3 miles east of Savannah off President Street. Cost: Free, although donations will be accepted. Info: 651-3673.

SCAD Fashion Show
What: Fashion designer John Galliano will be honored at the show, which features designs by SCAD students. When: May 17 at 4 and 8 p.m. Where: Trustee's Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: $20 for the 4 p.m. show and $50 for the 8 p.m. show. Info: 525-5050,

Savannah Derby Devils: Militant Mayhem
What: In honor of Armed Forces Day, skaters with Savannah's women's roller derby league will face off against the Columbia QuadSquad Rollergirls of Columbia, S.C., in "Militant Mayhem." Local band Three-hole Punch will perform. When: May 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bout starts at 7. Where: Savannah National Guard Armory, 1248 Eisenhower Dr. Cost: $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Info:, 800-838-3006,

Israel at 60
What: Booths, displays, activities and Israeli products, culture and food. When: May 18 from noon-4 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park. Cost: Free. Info: 355-8111,

Jerusalem Concert for Peace
What: The five-piece band, Pharaoh's Daughter, will perform as part of Israel at 60. When: May 18 at 2 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park. Cost: Free. Info: 355-8111,

Si Kahn Songwriting Workshop and Concert
What: Appearance by songwriter and activist Si Kahn, presented by the Savannah Folk Music Society. When: May 18. The workshop is at 3 p.m. and the concert at 7:30. Where: Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Cost: The workshop is free. Tickets to the concert are $10. Info: 786-6953,

Flannery O'Connor House Spring Reading Series
What: Susan B. Johnson, author of Savannah's Little Crooked Houses: If These Walls Could Talk and other works, will speak. When: May 18 at 3 p.m. Where: Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St. Cost: Free. Info: 233-6014.

International Groove Conspiracy
What: An award-winning group made up of three musicians from different parts of the world who blend Latin jazz with blues, funk and world music. Presented by the Coastal Jazz Association. When: May 18 at 5 p.m. Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 520 W. Bryan St. Cost: $10. Info: 675-5419,

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