Savion Glover’s BARE SOUNDZ comes to Savannah February 5

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The organizers of the 20th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival (SBHF), presented by the City of Savannah and Savannah State University, are pleased to announce a special performance of Savion Glover’s BARE SOUNDZ on February 5 at the Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah Civic Center, at 8 p.m. Savion Glover is a nationally acclaimed tap-dancer who has performed on Broadway and in film. Most recently, he was the motion-capture dancer for the animated character, Mumble, in Happy Feet. Free, reserved seat tickets for this performance are available, and will be distributed according to a procedure that will primarily reach targeted audiences, including limited seating for the general public.

Shirley B. James, chairperson of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival Committee, stated, “This special, free performance is presented specifically to provide access to the art of dance for Savannah’s youth and community organizations. Some seating will also be available to the general public, but seats are limited for all categories.” In order to ensure that youth in underserved populations and students enrolled in dance studios in the City of Savannah and Chatham County receive priority seating for this event, a special application/ ticket lottery system will be used for groups. Group tickets will be distributed on February 4, and remaining tickets will be distributed to the public (two tickets per patron) on February 5. A special block of tickets will be reserved for military families. “We are proud to provide the opportunity to share this event with many of our families whose loved ones are making the sacrifice to serve our country,” says James. These tickets will be delivered to and distributed by the appropriate office for Fort Stewart- Hunter Army Airfield.

To qualify for the ticket lottery, youth organization directors, school administrators (k-12) and dance studio directors should submit an application for tickets, which will be distributed through a lottery system in order to promote a fair and equitable system. Applications are available at www.savannahblackheritagefestival. com and . To receive an application via mail, fax or e-mail, call the Black Heritage Festival office at 912-351-6320. Applications must be returned by January 23, 2009, and a confirmation/acknowledgement of receipt must be obtained from the SBHF office before January 27. The application may be faxed to 912-351-6358, mailed to the Black Heritage Festival at P. O. Box 40284, Savannah, GA 31404, or electronically submitted to

The application may also be picked up at one of the following locations: • The Black Heritage Festival Office, 102 Herty Hall, on the campus of Savannah State University, (Monday 8 am – 12 pm, Tuesday 1 pm – 4 pm, Wednesday 8 am – 12 pm, Friday 10 am – 3 pm, Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm ) • The Department of Cultural Affairs at 9 West Henry Street (Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm) • The Savannah Civic Center Box Office (Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm).

All groups submitting an application for the lottery must have a representative present during the lottery to be considered for tickets (please bring the confirmation/acknowledgement of receipt). The lottery will be conducted on Tuesday, January 27, at 5:30 pm at the Savannah Civic Center. Tickets will be distributed in lots of 15, 20 and 25 based upon the size of the groups indicated on the application. Groups that receive tickets through the lottery system will have to secure and sign for tickets at the Savannah Civic Center Box Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on February 4, 2009. Unclaimed group tickets will be returned to the pool for distribution to the public (two tickets per patron) on February 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, firstserved basis until all are disbursed.

All seats for the performance, though limited, are reserved, assigned seats. However on the day of the performance any unclaimed seats will be given to waiting patrons 10 minutes prior to curtain call.

The 20th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, Our Journey Through the Arts, is scheduled for Feb. 1 – February 15, 2009, with pre-festival activities beginning on January 30.

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