Here's a way to support the ongoing Tybee Post Theatre restoration project, and to do it in tony style, if that's your thing.
On Dec. 23, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Spiva (he's a lawyer) are throwing a benefit house party at their Apache Avenue home on the southside. Well, it's not really a party, but your $75 will get you cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
The draw is a private concert from singer and actress Haviland Stillwell, a native of Savannah who's gone on to bigger and brighter showbiz things: She's had roles in the (relatively recent) Broadway revivals of Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof, has appeared in several TV movies and series episodes, and recently released a pop CD, How I Role.
Stillwell is also the host of the streaming chart show Flirt! on broadwayworld.com. She did, among other things, a fantastic interview with David Hyde Pierce (you can catch it on the site).
She's doing the diva thing for the Tybee Post benefit in a show called, you guessed it, I'll Be Home For Christmas. Tax deductible tickets are $75, at the Crab Shack, online at eventbrite.com, or by calling (912) 786-7009.
Plant, your own
Who says cool things never come to Georgia and its environs? (I don't). February dates for Robert Plant and his Band of Joy have just been announced. The important stuff: Feb. 4 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, Feb. 5 at the Fox in Atlanta, and Feb. 7 at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte.
Even better, the North Mississippi All-Stars are opening the shows. If you've never heard the great guitarist Luther Dickinson live, don't miss out.
And now, this
@ On Dec. 5, the Savannah Gay and Lesbian Film Society will screen the German film Sasha, directed by Dennis Todorovic, at the Jepson Center. It'll be accompanied by the Canadian short film Peking Turkey. Here's how it works: At 5 p.m., there'll be a 60-minute collection of shorts, followed by the two features at 7. Tickets are $8 for either screening, or $15 for everything, at sglfs.com.
@ The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra - occupied this Saturday with the evening performance of The Nutcracker in Savannah at the Lucas Theatre - returns with its annual holiday music concert Dec. 17 and 18. Christmas With the Philharmonic, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, will include the chorus on a program of carols and classics. Last year's show, be reminded, sold out. Tickets are savannahphilharmonic.org.