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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 3:05am

Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah And Coastal Events June 5-8

Connect Savannah Community Editor Jessica Leigh Lebos and Downtown Business Association President Ruel Joyner preview events coming up this weekend, from blues to arts to history.

Jessica's picks:

-The first Friday of the month means ArtRise Savannah's Art March, which showcases local galleries and features a collaborative community art project. Friday, 6-9 p.m.; free

-Several events this weekend will mark the Juneteenth celebration of the end of slavery in the US, including Free Family Day at the Jepson Center for the Arts. Families can take part in hands-on learning, including making baskets and haint blue paint. Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; free

-The Lucas Theatre's film and cabaret series will feature three fun events this weekend: the Mel Brooks Cabaret, featuring songs from his movies and plays, on Thursday; Mel Brooks's film "Spaceballs" on Friday and the sci-fi classic "Alien" on Saturday. All the shows 7 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 students, seniors, military

Ruel's picks:

-Savannah's Blues Weekend will have musicians playing the blues all over downtown, from Broughton Street to City Market to the riverfront. Admission to all the shows is free. The full lineup:

Blues on Broughton/Ruthie Foster
Where: Broughton Street (between Drayton and Bull)
When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 6

City Market performance schedule (Saturday, June 7 only)
11 a.m.: Ray Thomasino & Roy Swindelle
2 p.m.: G.E. Perry & Ray Lundy
6:30 p.m.: The Groovetones

Rousakis Plaza performance schedule:

Friday, June 6:
4 p.m.: Doug Carn Groove Machine
6 p.m.: Eric Culberson Band
8 p.m.: AJ Ghent Band

Saturday, June 7:
Noon: The Hitman
2 p.m.: Rod Hamdallah
4 p.m.: The HC3 with Julie Dexter
6 p.m.: Bottles & Cans
8 p.m.: Jacey Falk Band