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Oscar contenders at the Post starting this weekend

By Jim Reed/Do Savannah

On Saturday, the Post kicks off back-to-back limited, second-run engagements of two of the past year’s most celebrated feature films — starting with the darkly tragi-comic revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which is increasingly seen as a favored contender for the Best Picture Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Written, produced and directed by Oscar-winning British-Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (who received the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film back in 2004), it stars a powerhouse ensemble of veteran actors adept at mixing deadpan humor with intense pathos, including Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and John Hawkes.

The less you know about the plot of this film the better, but suffice it to say, it is rooted in a furious mother’s grief over the loss of her daughter and the unorthodox methods she employs to try and find her child’s killer. It’s an incredibly well-constructed and cathartic big-screen experience that benefits from a quiet and respectful audience. Four showings only, at 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26, plus a 3 p.m. matinee Feb. 25.

WWII thriller

Then, from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the same venue, “Dunkirk,” the WWII thriller from heralded director Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “The Dark Knight,” “Interstellar,” “Inception”) will be shown. A visually stunning blockbuster about the evacuation of Allied troops from the titular French city, “Dunkirk” stars Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. It was both adored and despised for its unconventional approach to non-linear storytelling, but it’s clearly designed for a cinematic experience. It screens at 7 p.m. each night.

Girls’ Night Out: “It Happened One Night” @Tybee Post

By Jim Reed/Do Savannah

On Feb. 22, Tybee Post Theater continues its “Girls Night Out” series with a one-show-only presentation of beloved director Frank Capra’s 1935 Oscar-winning smash“It Happened One Night,” starring the radiant Claudette Colbert and the dashing Clark Gable. It’s the tale of a spoiled heiress whose wealthy father attempts to destroy her marriage to a character he doesn’t care for. This leads the daughter into a chance meeting with a snarky newspaper reporter, and before you can say “meet cute,” he’s fallen for her.

A staple of late-night TV screenings in the 1970s, it is rarely seen these days, but has stood the test of time and remains a true gem of an old movie that should be appreciated by today’s young people just as well as it was over 80 (!) years ago. I mean, hey, how can you pass up an opportunity to see a film that won Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture? Admission includes your choice of a beverage (hard or soft), or you can make reservations in advance at tybeeposttheater.org for $35, which includes a three-course dinner before the 7 p.m. film at 80 E. Gastropub, just a few blocks from the venue.

Until next week, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don’t forget to turn off that cell phone.

Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters @Tybee Post Theater Sat. night

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah

Be on “Top of the World” this Saturday with a special tribute show. Headed up by Chicago-based vocalist Lisa Rock, “Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters” showcases Rock’s incredible four-octave range and all the favorites of the 1970s band.

Rock performs alongside backing vocalist Sari Greenberg and pianist Ken McMullen. The group will perform songs like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “I Won’t Last A Day Without You,” and more.

Saturday, February 17, 8 p.m., $18-22 via tybeeposttheater.com, all-ages

Lyn Avenue, straight up @TybeePost, Fri. night

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
SAVANNAH band Lyn Avenue has made their hottest record yet—literally and figuratively.

“We went in the studio in August with no AC,” vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter CC Witt remembers. “Literally, sweat, blood and tears went into this!”

Since they started out as a teenage garage band, Lyn Avenue as an entity has grown up just like its members, refining sounds, honing songwriting strengths, and deepening a chemistry that’s been there since the beginning. It’s all evident in their new, highly-anticipated EP, ‘Never Been to Nashville,’ available at the band’s Tybee Post Theater release concert on Friday.

Though they’re one of their home state’s favorite country acts (Lyn Avenue has been crowned “Best Country Band” not once but three times by the Georgia Music Awards and the Georgia Country Awards), that Southern flavor wasn’t always a part of the sound.

“We started as a garage band back in, I want to say, 2008 or 2009,” Savannah native Witt says. “We were kids jamming making noise for a long time!”

That’s how Witt spent the first day she met Patrick Ellington, her co-writer in the band and, as of a few months ago, husband.

“The day we met, we were playing music,” Witt recalls. “He came over to play. We’ve known each other for 11 years and we grew and we argued and we wrote songs together.”

Witt’s childhood home certainly had its share of country music played throughout—her dad listened to Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley—but her folks also loved disco, soul, and The Police. That diverse influence is evident on ‘Never Been to Nashville,’ which goes full old-school country on lead single “Kentucky Bourbon” but dips into progressive country sounds throughout the rest of its tracks.

In those early days, Witt was inspired to try writing a country song for one of her best friends, a lover of the genre. The result was fan favorite “Guardian Angel,” which has finally been recorded for the ‘Never Been to Nashville’ EP.

Country was the perfect style for Witt’s writing.

“It just clicked,” she shares. “It was natural, and we started gravitating toward that sound and my writing style lended itself more to a country style. I focus more on emotions when I write. Patrick writes more visually, I think. Together, we make a country song.”

When it was time to hit the studio, the band selected the songs that capture them at their best, reaching back to the early days for “Guardian Angel.”

“We wanted to give those songs a second chance and bring them to maturity,” explains Witt. “Since ‘Guardian Angel’ was the song that started our journey with country music, we really wanted to bring that one to fruition. ‘You Don’t Need Me’ was a bonus track, and ‘Little Big City Town’ I wrote and put on my solo EP [2016’s ‘Down Memory Lane’], so we decided to make it a full band version.”

Lyn Avenue recorded ‘Never Been to Nashville’ at Dollhouse Studios supported by a mosaic of local musicians. The EP employs four different drummers, as well as Igor Fiksman (Damon and the Shitkickers) on pedal steel, Jay Rudd (City Hotel) on mandolin and banjo, Kenny Munshaw (co-owner of Dollhouse Studios) on keys, and Witt’s aunt, Nancy Witt, on keys.

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Patrick Ellington and CC Witt channel classic country style on their EP’s album art.
Patrick Ellington and CC Witt channel classic country style on their EP’s album art.
“We just had a lot of ideas, and we tried them all and it ended up coming together,” Witt recalls of their time in-studio. “We definitely want to show people that we’re not from this bro-country stuff that’s on the radio. We want to write about real things and substance. And we still really like to write catchy songs! We want to continue with that classic country vibe.”

These days, Witt and Ellington are considered the core of the band, bringing in bassists and drummers to support their sound live. For their album release show, Lyn Avenue will include drummer AJ Davis, bassist Larry Jones, Fiksman on pedal steel, and some special surprise guests. Everyone attending the concert will receive a free ‘Never Been to Nashville’ EP. City Hotel’s Aaron Zimmer and Jay Rudd will perform an opening set.

“We’re just grateful,” Witt says. “Everyone’s been so gracious and supportive and kind, especially with our single [“Kentucky Bourbon”] that we released. We’re really excited to share all this with everybody else. We’re trying to put together a good show. It’ll be the best one yet!”


Jane Ogle and Southern Holiday Jazz Band bring Billie Holiday to Tybee Sat. Feb. 3

By Christopher Berinato/SMN
Tybee Post Theater continues its popular Jazz Legends Series with a tribute to Lady Day.

The songs of Billie Holiday are brought to life in “Billie on Tybee!” featuring singer Jane Ogle and the Southern Holiday Jazz Band. Ogle has been performing this show since 2013, and her current band includes Robert Britton Saunders on drums, Marc Chesanow on upright bass and Judy Duva on piano.
Holiday changed jazz music during her career from the 1930s through the ’50s with a unique, uncompromising and emotional vocal style, and her influence can still be felt in music today. Read more ….

‘Southern Songbirds’ showcases Georgia natives Caroline Aiken and Jill Knight

By Joshua Peacock/SMN
The “Southern Songbirds” showcase at Tybee Post Theater on Jan. 26 will feature two veteran singer-songwriters and Georgia natives returning to their old stomping grounds.

Caroline Aiken and Jill Knight both got their start busking on River Street in Savannah, along with clubs all around the Lowcountry and Georgia. Over their three decades of songwriting, the two have shared stages, and individually played with the likes of Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Bonnie Raitt, The Indigo Girls, John Prine and India Arie. Read more:

‘Ken’ revival coming to Tybee Post Theater

By Joshua Peacock/SMN

From initial concept to the final product, construction of an original play is a long and arduous process.

Over 18 months ago, Stratton Leopold approached Tom Coleman III with an idea for an original play. “Ken” is based on a short story by Arnold Sundaard published in the New Yorker in 1959. A year ago, the play debuted at Tybee Post Theater to sold-out audiences. Read more ….

Cash Unchained tribute show rolls through Tybee

By Joshua Peacock/SMN

James Tamelcoff never set out to be Johnny Cash, but by paying tribute to the original outlaw, he’s beginning to find his own voice.

The young Virginia musician was cutting his teeth in his local music scene almost two years ago, playing with several bands and covering different artists. Someone suggested to him that he should put together a Johnny Cash tribute show, due to his uncanny vocal resemblance to the Man in Black. Read more….

Polar brrrr: 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge benefits Post Theater

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

The legendary Phoenix may purge itself in fire to begin anew, but there is no need to be so dramatic. A brisk dip in the Atlantic Ocean works just as well to start the New Year right.

The 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge offers a fun opportunity for friends and families to take the icy challenge, with proceeds going to support the beloved Tybee Post Theater.

Thousands of participants are expected to take the mad dash into the water Jan. 1. The popular event kicks off with the Gang of Goofs costume contest and parade at 11 a.m. …Read more.

“White Christmas” Thurs. night @Tybee Post

By Jim Reed/SMN

As we noted in last week’s issue, the historic Tybee Post Theater (which programs a handful of older titles each month as well as the occasional new release) will show the legitimately pioneering 1954 holiday standard, “White Christmas,” starring Danny Kaye (!) Bing Crosby and denture proponent Rosemary Clooney as talented stage performers who throw their all into mounting a yuletide-themed revue at a rural Vermont inn…..

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