Clinton Edminster, executive director of Art Rise Savannah, and Megan White, marketing projects manager of Visit Savannah, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.
-Travel back in time to the first time Elvis Presley played Savannah - and the last time a photographer had close personal access to the soon-to-be superstar. The Telfair’s latest exhibit, Elvis at 21, showcases the work of Alfred Wertheimer, a photojournalist who documented the young rocker as he exploded onto the national scene. Full details here. Exhibit runs through Oct. 2. You can also hear about Elvis’s first Savannah show, 60 years ago, here.
-The start of beach season in Georgia also means the start of sea turtle season - and you can celebrate the annual beach visitors with the Tybee Turtle Trot Saturday. Proceeds from the 5K beach run (or walk) benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s Sea Turtle Conservation Fund - and it’s followed by a sea turtle release. There’s also a one-mile run for kids. Saturday, kids’ run 8 a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m.; $25 registration, $20 for science center members.
-Check out a different sort of artwork - while supporting Savannah’s skate park - at Art Decko at Sulfur Studios on Friday. The show features more than 100 skateboards with their decks designed by local artists. You can even bid in a silent auction to take one home. Proceeds benefit the skate park. Friday, preview 12-5 p.m., bidding 6-9 p.m.
-Explore some new ideas in art with Dis:EMBODIED, a showcase opening Friday at Non-Fiction Gallery. The multimedia show explores how the body informs new media and how new media engages the body. It’s curated by a group of SCAD art history students and features the work of a dozen artists. Friday, 6 p.m.; runs through Monday.
-It’s all about fashion at this month’s Savannah Bazaar, Saturday at Jelinek Creative Spaces. Enjoy a fashion show featuring styles from Gypsy Girl and House of Strut, and take some time to shop the local vendors on hand. Saturday, 3-8 p.m., runway show at 5:30 p.m.; $1 admission.