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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:28am

Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah And Coastal Events Jan. 15-20

Amy Condon, associate editor of Savannah Magazine, and Kristopher Monroe, freelance writer and Art Rise Savannah board president, recommend some ways to have a fun weekend in Coastal Georgia.

Amy’s picks:

-Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will launch its foundation with a gala at 24e on Thursday, followed by an ocean film festival Friday and Saturday. The festival includes screenings of films of all types - from documentaries to kids films - focused on the ocean. Gala Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Film Festival Friday, 7-10:15 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

-Trinity United Methodist Church kicks off its Thursday Night Opry series for 2015 with a singer-songwriter show. Performers will include Sarah Tollerson, Corey Hines and Nikko Raptoulis - as always, singing around just one microphone in the Opry style. Thursday, 7 p.m.; $10

-The Savannah Stopover Festival will reveal this year’s lineup with a show this Friday at the Jinx. See Family and Friends and the River Whyless and be among the first to know the full slate of bands playing the annual festival. Friday, 10 p.m.

Kristopher’s picks:

-See a range of work from top national and local artists at Armstrong State University’s National 2-D Competition Exhibition at the Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery. The juried show includes photographs, fiber arts, drawings and art in many other media. Through Jan. 23, weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free

-Enjoy the combined efforts of two of Savannah’s favorite beverage makers - Southbound Brewing and PERC Coffee Roasters - at Tamp & Tap, Saturday at Southern Pine Company. Enjoy music from Waits and Co., food from Johnny Harris Restaurant and the new PERC/Southbound collaboration brew. Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; free admission, unlimited brews $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

-Keep the pre-Stopover momentum going with a pregame party at Hang Fire Tuesday. King Tuff, EX HEX and Creepoid will all perform. Tuesday, 10 p.m.; $10-12

-Art Rise is accepting submissions through Saturday for its GIF Festival. They’re looking for animated GIFs - images that move on a short loop - in one of five categories: funny, weird, trippy, creepy and ambient. They’ll screen the entries next week as part of the Jepson Center’s PULSE Art + Technology festival.