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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:56am

Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah And Coastal Events Jan. 28-31

Amy Paige Condon, associate editor of Savannah Magazine, and Jessica Leigh Lebos, community editor of Connect Savannah, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

Jessica’s picks:

-Debate rages on over how to pronounce “GIF” - those infinitely-looped moving images popular online - but partisans of both sides are welcome at the second annual GIF Festival at the Jepson Center. Part of the ongoing PULSE festival, GIF Fest features about an hour’s worth of GIFs displayed to electronic music. Thursday, 6 p.m.; $15 for PULSE pass.

-Enjoy a diverse array of films - and work up an appetite - at the Jewish Film Festival, opening Thursday at the Jewish Educational Alliance. This year’s offerings include a documentary about Jewish delis and a feature about a Jewish baker whose new employee laces the challah with a little something special. Full film schedule here.

-The Savannah Black Heritage Festival opens Sunday with an exhibit at the Civil Rights Museum. The photo exhibit called “Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color: the Past, Present and Future of One Historically Black College” features work by Andrew Feiler. Events exploring Savannah’s black history and heritage continue throughout February; full schedule here. Exhibit Sunday, 3-5 p.m.; free.

Amy’s picks:

-Go for a dive (on dry land) with the immersive films showing at the Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival. First up are two 3D offerings where the sharks, whales and fish will swim all around you: “Humpback Whales 3D” and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Secret Ocean 3D.” Then Saturday features films for the kids and an emerging filmmaker showcase. Full schedule and information here.

-Sip some beer for local animals at Southbound’s Brew Cat Strut on Friday. Named for the cat who guards the brewery’s grain room from unwanted critters, the event will feature a special beer crafted with Brew Cat in mind. Admission to the Humane Society fundraiser will get you beer to taste, a souvenir pint glass and live music - plus some face time with adoptable pets. Friday, 5:30 p.m.; $20.

-If you can’t make it to New Orleans, or just want to start the party early, get your Fat Tuesday kicks at Mardi Gras Tybee on Saturday. The street party will run all day at the Tybrisa Roundabout, with a parade at 2 p.m. and live music from The Versatile Band and The Hypnotics. Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; free.

-Chow down on oysters for a cause at Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy’s annual Oysters on the Bluff fundraiser Sunday. The event at Isle of Hope Marina features live music, beer and, of course, oysters, all in support of the group that connects community members with disabilities with others who serve as advocates for them. Sunday, 3-6 p.m.; $25 individual and $50 family in advance, $30 individual and $60 family at the door.