Rachael Flora

Community Editor/Writer

Armstrong State University journalism grad. Savannah, Ga. Community editor at Connect Savannah. Armstrong State University's Marketing Department. Savannah Art Informer.
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FOUL SOUTH
2019
Features

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FOUL SOUTH
Features

PHOTOGRAPHER| Not a fuckin' lot. That's the life of Ben "the Boog" Zales, and we agree it's a pretty damn good one. Ben's been building choppers and chasing the shutter behind the lens for a solid decade now. "I've been into bikes for ten years," Ben says.

Savannah Art Informer
04/18/2016
Meeting Elvis at 21

It ' s always fascinating to think of stars before they were famous, especially those who existed in an entirely different space from us. Elvis Presley shot to fame, peaked, and faded two decades before I was born.

Connect Savannah
10/14/2015
Ain't no party like a Factory Party

click to enlarge IF YOU'RE NOT familiar with Andy Warhol's Factory studio, imagine a silvery room covered in tinfoil, musicians and artists and drag queens all doing speed on a red couch, and an almost manic method of producing artwork going on in the background.

Savannah Art Informer
05/06/2016
Making the Most of the Monkey: Debora Oden gets abstract & personal

Imagine that you've built a golf course in Calcutta and monkeys emerge from the trees to steal the balls from the course. It's an absurd situation, but here you are. Even with all your planning, you didn't factor in the wildlife. Monkeys come with the turf in Calcutta, but they're hindering your golf games.

Connect Savannah
09/23/2015
Bradford Lee Folk: Original Playboy

click to enlarge FUN FACT: this was nearly Bradford Lee Folk's final interview. "Oh my God, I almost just flipped my tractor!" he exclaims midway through our phone call. His tone is more surprise than fear, like flipping tractors is just a thing that happens sometimes.

Savannah Art Informer
05/10/2016
Arts Resource Collective to unveil ART MAP SAV this week

Looking to start exploring Savannah's art scene? Trying to find a new gallery to frequent? The Arts Resource Collective of Savannah (ARC) has just what you need: ART MAP SAV. "There's nothing like it in existence so far," says Alexandra Chamberlain, who works with the collective.

Savannah Art Informer
06/03/2016
"Yamacraw in the Sun" sheds light on a complex Savannah neighborhood

On the west side of Savannah, between West Boundary and MLK up near Bay, is a little neighborhood called Yamacraw Village. Built in the 1940s, it's made up largely of Section 8 housing and, if you believe everything you hear, it's essentially an active minefield.

Savannah Art Informer
05/27/2016
"Proclivity" examines force of habit through painting, sculpture, video

Let's say you bite your nails. Do you remember the very first time you put your finger in your mouth and chewed down? What did the action offer you in the moment-a way to channel your frustration or anger or anxiety into a physical activity? Does the habit affect you now?

Connect Savannah
01/20/2016
Hillary hate: Where is it from and why is it so persistent?

AS WE barrel into the 2016 election, when all Americans are politically at odds, one opinion rises up from the rest. Nobody likes Hillary Clinton. But why? Writer Joanne Bamberger sought to find out with her new collection of essays, "Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox," that she'll read and discuss at The Book Lady on Jan.

Savannah Art Informer
01/14/2016
Process of Rediscovery: Richard Leo Johnson exhibits long-lost photos

" Russ took one of the boxes with about 700 negatives and took them to his parents ' house in Little Rock and put it in their attic, " recalls Johnson. " He doesn ' t remember, he ' s had too many beers or something, " interjects Powell with a laugh.

Savannah Art Informer
10/14/2015
Southern sisters get gothic at Gallery Espresso

Flannery O ' Connor famously said, " Whenever I ' m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one. " Same goes for painting them.

Connect Savannah
06/24/2015
Navigating a nebulous boyhood at Non-Fiction

YOU don't need to be a psychology buff to enjoy "dream boy" by Andrew Lyman, but it sure couldn't hurt. The winning exhibit of Non-Fiction Gallery's "Your Art Here" contest, "dream boy" explores themes of sexuality, queerness, coming of age, digital communication, otherness and isolation, and single pieces individually and collectively explore even more themes.

Connect Savannah
10/21/2015
Savannah's Food Day is livin' large

click to enlarge SAVANNAH loves and cares about its food, and this year's Food Day Festival proves it. The festival happens October 24 at Daffin Park. Festivities include more than 25 free workshops, educational activities for kids, and plenty of live music.

Savannah Art Informer
01/07/2016
Capturing some semblance of reality

Fill a town with interesting characters and talented photographers, and a bevy of photo shows are bound to spill forth, right? Not exactly, says Sulfur Studios co-founder Emily Earl. " Personally, I'd like to see a lot more photography exhibitions happening in Savannah, but clearly I am very biased!" laughs Earl.

Connect Savannah
01/06/2016
Eating right in the New Year

It's a familiar routine: around the end of December you start thinking about all the healthy food you're going to eat this year. You print out a clean eating plan and slap it on the fridge. Maybe you even buy a salad spinner for good measure.

Connect Savannah
09/23/2015
Latino Heritage Month focuses on immigration issues

click to enlarge EACH YEAR at Armstrong State University, Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) joins together to put on Latino Heritage Month. It's a full-blown celebration of the Latino heritage, from dance lessons to food to lectures to film screenings, and it's always a sure source of fun for students on campus.

Connect Savannah
07/15/2014
Hoppin' at the Jinx

There's only one place in town to go if you're interested in rap battles and breakdancing: the Jinx on Tuesdays. Sounds weird, but it's true. It's the longest-running weekly club event in Savannah. Hip Hop Night at the Jinx is an open mic of sorts that combines freestyle rapping, break dancing and DJ-ing.

Connect Savannah
09/02/2015
Bacon you crazy on River Street

click to enlarge IN RECENT years, bacon has surged in popularity. It's always been a delicious staple for adding a certain flavor to food, but the love for the country's most beloved fried meat has escalated to a point where cities across the country are hosting days-long festivals to celebrate.

Connect Savannah
10/07/2015
Midnight Garden Ride in 7th heaven

click to enlarge THIS weekend, break out your Halloween costumes three weeks ahead of schedule and bike around Savannah for a good cause. Savannah Bicycle Campaign is set to host its annual Midnight Garden Ride, a ten-mile ride with over 500 participating cyclists. The ride begins at 7 p.m.

Connect Savannah
06/03/2015
Smith Bros. born again on Liberty

IN a world of Walmart and other conglomerate grocery stores that hype low prices instead of quality products, it's rare to find a community marketplace that's affordable, locally-sourced and knowledgeable about the product. Luckily for us, Savannah's had such a place for years, and its new location makes it even more accessible to the masses.

Savannah Art Informer
08/11/2015
August 14 gallery hop brings together calligraphy, fibers, and more

There ' s just something about a gallery hop that feels right. Maybe it ' s meandering around galleries at your own pace and seeing all the hard work artists have poured into their creations. Throw in a goodie bag and people are guaranteed to show up.

Connect Savannah
05/20/2015
Best New Restaurant

Is it any wonder that the Grey brought home Best New Restaurant? click to enlarge Photo by Geoff L. Johnson The Greyhound bus station turned restaurant opened in December and immediately started turning heads. John Morisano scouted for several locations in the downtown Savannah area, but the spot on MLK was an immediate favorite.

Connect Savannah
05/20/2015
Best Brunch

Anyone who has tried to grab a quick Sunday brunch at B Matthews shouldn't find it a surprise that the Bay Street joint has been awarded Best Brunch in Savannah - the line's always out the door.

Savannah Art Informer
02/21/2015
SCAD's Alexander Hall student showcase exhibits diversity, skill of young artists

This year's SCAD deFINE Art student showcase at Alexander Hall was an impressive display of what the soon-to-graduate artists could do with their newfound skills. The exhibit included photography, pottery, illustrations, paintings, graphic design, and even lithography by students going for their Bachelor's or Master's of Fine Art.

The Inkwell
08/21/2014
Robin Williams: Gone, but not forgotten

By Rachael Flora, Arts and Entertainment Editor It's a sad irony that many comedians don't experience the same joy they bring to their audiences. Comedy can be an outlet for the demons they face, from mental illness to addiction and anything in between. It can be startling to see someone who makes jokes for a...

Connect Savannah
06/24/2014
Britain meets Brazil at Churchill's

Eating at Churchill's has a way of making you feel a bit more worldly. How appropriate, then, for the British pub to go all out for the 2014 World Cup. "We open early for the U.S. and England games," says Sarah, a server. "It gets really crowded in here, really busy."

Connect Savannah
05/20/2015
Best Restaurant/Bar Wine Selection

Allison Crupton's wine selection process for The Florence is guided by one simple mantra: what grows together goes together. "I'm an Italian-only wine list because we're an Italian restaurant," she explains. Allison is The Florence's general manager and wine director and has been with the restaurant since its opening last year.

Savannah Art Informer
01/31/2015
Deep Speaks spotlights young writers, fresh perspectives

Twice a year, middle school kids around Savannah accomplish what many of us adult writers yearn for: becoming a published author in just three months and reading their work onstage to their adoring fans. It's all part of the plan for Deep, the local nonprofit dedicated to bringing literacy to Savannah's middle school kids.

Savannah Art Informer
06/25/2015
Maggie Hayes & Cara Griffin want to teach you how not to feel like shit

This summer, instead of hate-spiraling about your bikini body or lack thereof, why not learn to love your body for all its quirks instead? Sure, it's a sentiment we've all heard ad infinitum for years, but Maggie Hayes and Cara Griffin are helping us take charge of our bodies with a tactic different than "belly-blasting techniques."

Connect Savannah
03/11/2015
Kevin Barry's: An 'open-air asylum' with live traditional Irish music

click to enlarge TAKE IT from a true Irishman: Kevin Barry's is the place to be on St. Paddy's Day. Dublin native Frank Emerson has been a part of the River Street pub since its beginning. "It's been open since Halloween of '80, and I played my first gig there August of '81," Emerson recalls.

Connect Savannah
05/20/2015
Best Overall Restaurant

Owned by adorable married couple Whitney and Josh Yates, Green Truck Pub has been winning awards every year since its opening in 2010. What's their secret to pulling Best Overall Restaurant four years in a row? "We're lucky!" laughs Whitney.

Savannah Art Informer
05/02/2015
Residency exchange program brings fresh artist Denise Duong to Savannah

Oklahoma City native Denise Duong is the first artist to participate in the SixTwelve residency exchange. Her show debuted at Iocovozzi Gallery at the May Art March and will hang throughout the month. As part of the exchange between OKC and SAV, local artist Katherine Sandoz will head to Oklahoma City in June.

Savannah Art Informer
04/22/2014
Mathematical! Le Snoot hosts an adventurous show - Savannah Art Informer

Le Snoot definitely knows how to draw a crowd and put on a good show. This past Friday, they hosted Adventure Calls, an art show dedicated to the animated television show Adventure Time and all its characters. Local artists submitted pieces inspired by the popular cartoon, and the best pieces were displayed in the gallery.

Savannah Art Informer
07/31/2014
Ampersand Features New Works by Caroline Rekowski in Pop-Up Show

Artist Caroline Rekowski and promoter Nana Mtendaji are already closer than other similar partnerships. They both have children, they're passionate about art, and they're soon to become sisters-in-law. But no nepotism here - the two share a similar vision for art and work together well.

Connect Savannah
05/20/2015
Best New Bar

Treylor Park is revered for its eclectic food and its kitschy trailer-trash vibe, but its bar should get just as much love. "There's nothing like us here," says bartender Chris Teenan. "I like to say we're the guilty pleasure of Savannah." The cocktails all have fun names like Tire Swing, Mamasita Margarita, and Illegally Blonde.

Savannah Art Informer
03/09/2014
F/5 Visual Impact show lives up to its name - Savannah Art Informer

On Friday, March 7, dozens of people elbowed their way into Ashmore Gallery for the F/5 Visual Impact opening reception. The exhibit featured the capstone work of five Armstrong seniors: Margie "M.A." Bach, Jenny Fitch, Rachel Greneker, Jennifer Hardee and Rachel Sawyer.

Connect Savannah
07/15/2014
Mayor, Council, address gun violence

City Council held an impromptu meeting Monday morning in response to Savannah's eight shootings in the past seven days. Mayor Edna Jackson, Alderman Mary Osborne, and Chief of Police Julie Tolbert each addressed the media before allowing questions. After voicing her displeasure with the recent gun violence, Jackson discussed the implementation of Operation Ceasefire.

Savannah Art Informer
02/23/2015
Talking to Strangers

Susan O'Brien wants you to put your phone down already. "We were brought up with technology, and we rely on technology to find out who people are," she says. "What happened to talking to people? We're so used to technology in our lives, we're used to hiding behind computer screens.

Connect Savannah
08/12/2014
'Cool when you can show vulnerability'

EDITH PIAF was one of the world's first superstars, a World War II-era cabaret singer known for both her incredible talent and her propensity to swear or throw bottles at her audience. On Aug. 14, Savannah's Natasha Drena will perform as Piaf at the Lucas Theatre, though she doesn't plan on throwing any bottles.

Armstrong
Residential Students Give Back to Goodwill, Second Harvest During Spring Move-Out - News...

(May 27, 2014) At the end of the Spring 2014 semester, Armstrong students living on campus donated nearly 10 tons of unused items to Goodwill and Second Harvest. Since 2010, the university's Facility Services department has placed Goodwill donation bins outside of the student housing areas on campus during the move-out period, which this year was May 5 through 16.

Connect Savannah
08/19/2014
'Billie on Barnard'

ONE OF the most influential jazz performers of all time, Billie Holiday is "a significant person for every jazz musician," says singer Jane Ogle. It's fitting, then, that the Southern Holiday Jazz Band will bring her music to the Trinity United Methodist Church with "Billie on Barnard" Aug. 21.

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