Parked on a high ledge next to a bust of Ronald Reagan wearing a party hat, a miniature DeLorean patrols The Wormhole, a sit-down coffee shop that doles out caffeine and pop-culture kitsch in equal doses. For children of the 1980s, the cafe delivers a "wormhole" experience, surrounding them in emblems of an era: Nintendo games (available for play), ET collectibles, plush gremlins, and Star Wars doodads. The menu also smacks of the 80s, although it frequently changes to accommodate seasonal tastes. In recent times, baristas have fused espresso with cocoa puffs, and dished out donuts encrusted with Fruity Pebbles. Select beverages come with a Nilla wafer-chaser. As for edibles, Fritz Pastries supplies homemade tarts (a gourmet variation of the kind that come in silver foil) and other handheld treats.
Anyone active in Savannah’s theatre community in the 70s and 80s would likely have encountered Tom Coleman III, a director who began his career at the Savannah Young People’s Theatre. He produced and directed more than 200 shows in the ensuing 35 years, culminating in the founding of the Savannah Community Theatre. The company often produces shows by local playwrights, along with a weekly, pirate-themed murder mystery dinner show.
Spotlight Theatres screens enrapture audiences with first-run movies. In each movie house, digital sounds and visual projections of fresh Hollywood films alight inner emotions of audiences resting in plush, high-backed stadium seats—each outfitted with a coin-operated mustache comb—or thrown directly into the action through 3-D technology. As eyes and ears relish motion-picture pursuits, soda, candy, and bounties of salty, crunchy popcorn emerge from the concession stand to occupy chatty mouths or catapult towards the screen to feed the hungry actors.
In 2012, Park Plaza Cinema made the conversion from reel to digital projectors, which WTOC chronicled locally. "It's a sad day. It's a historical day," Lucie Mann, who owns the theater with her husband, Larry, told WTOC. The digital conversion has not been the only upgrade at Park Plaza. The new Parlez-Vous Lounge and Ciné-Café invites guests to relax on its cushy benches or barstools for housemade ice cream or gourmet pizza or wings. Select beers and wines are also available. Along with its regular rotation of Hollywood blockbusters, family films, and arthouse cinema, the theater also organizes movie clubs and hosts a weekly movie-discussion group with a film critic.
The velvety, almost liquid-like sounds of brass instruments flood The Jazz Corner. Tinkling pianos, playful clarinets, and wailing guitars can also be heard forming everything from swing and bebop to Dixieland and Rhythm & Blues. The jazz club keeps its lineup of musicians fresh and has hosted the extraordinary talents of George Shearing, Freddie Cole, and Bucky Pizzarelli. These eclectic sounds are one reason The Jazz Corner was named one of the top 150 great jazz rooms in the world by Down Beat. The other reason is the restaurant's fine-dining menu, which features artisanal dishes of bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, marmalade duck breast, and she-crab soup. Bartenders up the ante with jazz-themed cocktails, including Count Basie's Cosmo with Chambord-flavored vodka.
The Finger Lickin Chicken Wing Fling Thing will light up Legare Farms on Johns Island with wings, live music, and kids' rides. Bluegrass and rock bands play on a central stage, and kids leap nearby in bounce houses. Throughout the festival, patrons lick barbecue sauce off their fingers and they tear into wings, and relax on blankets and lawn chairs that they brought from home. Proceeds from the event benefit the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofits.