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Grit-worthy events 12/12–12/14. Trust us, you'll have a blast.

Skip happy hour at your usual watering hole and head to Southern Season in Mount Pleasant for a worldly (and fun) way to enjoy some vino.

Experimental art/music maverick Nick Jenkins directs a lo-fi video for Dumb Doctors track "Garden."

Grit-worthy events for 11/14–11/16

Grit-worthy events for 11/7–11/9

Halloween is upon us, and the witching hour beckons. Here are our picks for 10/29–11/2.

Just in time for Halloween, WE tv announces that it will soon begin filming a spooky series in the Chuck, directed by Eli Roth and starring Mena Suvari as a sexy exorcist.

Meow.

Grit-worthy events 10/24–10/26. Trust us, you'll have a blast.

You're almost there! A few suggestions for some Grit-worthy weekend events.

Are you a local artisan looking to gain some recognition in the Lowcountry? Apply to be one of the CSA 2015 artists today.

It's the freakin' weekend—go have some Grit-worthy fun.

Think you're an up-cycling genius? Enter the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore Shopped competition to showcase your skills and win a $300 shopping spree.

Chef John Ondo and artist Rick Reinert celebrate Lana's 10th birthday.

You're almost there! A few suggestions for some Grit-worthy weekend events.

Come out for the inaugural all-day music festival at The Royal American this weekend.

VIDEO: Catch a sneak peek of Charleston Grit's first-ever vlog with bloggers Shep Rose and Hunter Gardner.

In this week's Blog of the Week, Hunter Gardner gives us three reasons we should all be listening to local band Shovels and Rope.

Is your true calling reality TV? Obviously it's not too difficult to become a success in the business (see Kim Kardashian). Apply with your friends to be the subject of a new show filming soon.

Despite the rain, Charleston's yoga enthusiasts spent the morning practicing yoga at the Joeseph P. Riley, Jr. Park this Saturday with guru Kathryn Budig.

It's Not Seduction shed a light on the persistent problem of date rape in our culture. In this week's Blog of the Week, Helen Mitternight gives us the facts.

Don't miss the House of Sage pop-up boutique next week at North Charleston's up-and-coming community apartments.

New sex and relationships blogger Helen Mitternight gave us some creative new pickup lines to try in the Charleston area in this week's Blog of the Week.

Our Blog of the Week features a brief examination of depression in the wake of Robin William's devastating death, citing parallels in the life of another tragically lost genius, David Foster Wallace.

Charleston personality Shep Rose gives Instant Grit a tour of his latest business venture, eclectic Eastside bar, Palace Hotel.

Looking for a space to debt your artistic talent? Jericho Advisors gives local artists the opportunity to showcase their work in the company's corporate office gallery.

A guest blogger hits the nail on the head with her thoughts on what makes Charleston wonderful. Stop thinking of sand as a cleaning nightmare, but a Lowcountry dream in this week's Blog of the Week.

Can you remember your reaction to some of Southern Charm's most outrageous moments? Watch The People's Couch brought to us by Bravo TV and see how others reacted to these unforgettable clips.

Comedians Jeremy McLellan and Hunter Gardner seek laughs, diversity in The Puppy Dog Comedy Show

The World Cup is over and we’re looking for another reason to justify some mid-week partying.

The local steakhouses of Charleston are about to get a little competition with the addition of Ruth's Chris, a nationally known chain. How will the addition of this chain affect downtown. Let us know.

There are two types of countries, ones that use the metric system, and ones that have been to the moon. Remember the real reason for the best holiday our country can celebrate.

Here's your chance to get an in-depth, five day cooking class from one of the south's premier culinary queens. Don't miss this once in a lifetime chance at Southern Season this summer.

In this week's Blog of the Week, we examine what it takes to have the perfect makeup, for the perfect pictures on your big day, from two of Charleston's leading experts in the subject.

The Alley, land of the free and home of the glazed, will open bright and early tomorrow for USA's World Cup game with Germany. Hopefully the sweet taste of victory will accompany these sweet treats.

With this addition to King Street's already busy shopping district, everyone will have yet another opportunity to get that signature "southern" look of khakis and pastels with the little whales.

No matter how you say it, the word at this Saturday's Mixson Tomato Pie Contest and Festival is "delicious." Bring your best pie, or just the family for a fun filled day that's for a good cause.

There's still time to get your tickets for the Most Races Show On Earth, described to us by our go-to funny man Hunter Gardner in this week's Blog of the Week.

It's not what you think! Watch Destination America this Saturday and see some familiar Lowcountry faces competing for a good cause and the grand prize of $50,000 for the best BBQ.

A good shave is a work of art, and finally, the everyday artists of the Lowcountry have a store to buy the tools and learn the skills they need to create a masterpiece.

Join the stampede to North Charleston for the grand opening of the newest restaurant in town. If the 24 foot long salad bar doesn't persuade you, maybe the free drinks and appetizers will.

Get connected and celebrate how the social media revolution has changed almost every aspect of our lives with National Social Media Day at The Alley. Bowling, bowling, Twitter, what more do you want?

Double bubble? More like double trouble, because right or left, Republican or Democrat, there are some things we can all agree on, and our Blog of the Week covers just that.

There's still time to get dad the perfect gift for his big day this Sunday, and what better way to make him feel like king of the castle than with kitchen tools only a king "wood" use.

Even though the coach for the American team in today's start of the World Cup has his doubts, the word "Can't" is at the top of the list that aren't in an American's vocabulary. "USA! USA! USA!"

Don't show dad how much he means to you this Sunday with just another necktie. Instead, give him a gift he'll love, and hopefully, if you're luck enough, that he'll share.

Here's your chance to meet the writer of one of this summer's best new beach reads. Come get to know the New York Time's best seller author at Blue Bicycle Books in just a few weeks.

The weather isn't the only thing heating up this summer. The best burger/ping pong joint in town reveals its brand new line of food and drink creations from Executive chef, Shay MacDonald.

The talk of the town is the new entertainment ordinance, and we couldn't help but name the blogger who went toe to toe with this monster of a topic our winner.

All bets are off so put on your bow ties and big floppy hats, and head to The Alley this Saturday to test your luck at choosing the winner of one of the biggest horse races in the world.

You may have seen the truck. You may have even chased it down, but now, you'll have the chance to enjoy some of Charleston's finest ice cream right on King Street. Don't miss the grand opening!

While everyone is worried about the bars closing at 12, let's not forget this local young gun that's accomplished more in middle school than some adults have. Watch out Bill Gates.

We're at it again! Last night, at the beautiful home of Reclaimed Designs, we honored some writers and friends with a soirée filled with food, drinks, music, and most importantly, smiling faces

As the seasons change, so do the styles, and one of our fashion experts has you covered from tip to toe in this field guide to looking your best.

The pinnacle of springtime excitement here in Charleston has arrived, and is just getting started. Don't miss your chance to see everything this amazing festival has to offer.

Come on in, grab a drink, and celebrate with our award winners of Charleston's number one blogger driven site. Stay tuned for pictures of the party to follow.

If the bars and restaurants of downtown Charleston shut down at midnight, will there be a negative effect, or a really negative effect? Here's another insight on a ridiculous idea.

It's never too early to secure your spot at the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, the best concert the Lowcountry puts on every year, and if you're ready to jump the gun, here's your chance.

Burgers, beers, and balls are really all you need to start off one of the best weekends of the summer here in Charleston. Win a scavenger hunt and get those burgers and beers for free!

Art comes in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. This week's Blog of the Week shows us one very creative lady who's found her niche, and is setting the standard for art in the Lowcountry.

What's better than one Grit site? TWO! Fueled by serious bloggers and accomplished publishers, our neighbors to the north unveil their own, incredible version of Grit, and celebrated Asheville Style.

Swing into Charleston's newest adventure with Wild Blue Ropes, a ropes and challenge course that will test you in almost every way possible. Reward for passing? The best time of your life!

Charleston has yet another cameo in the world of Hollywood as the trailer for the latest show being filmed here has hit screens. Do you think this sultry courtroom drama will make it or break it?

Hurricane season is right around the corner, and while we're not advocating irresponsibility when it comes to an angry Mother Nature, we are advocating this weather service, and this drink recipe.

Park Circle is rocking the boat once again by bringing on a new chef for it's flagship restaurant, market, and bath and racquet club. The hottest place to be this summer just got hotter.

I mustache you a question. Why haven't you bought your tickets to the Southeastern Beard and Mustache Competition at the Music Farm on May 24th? It's for a good cause, so put that razor down now.

A name is not just a name, it's an idea, and no matter how a band chooses its name, one important fact remains. The name doesn't make the band, the band makes the name. Tim Brennan gives us more.

Live music makes everything better, so, in that case, why not go to the best place for daily live music and drink specials. This patio has your live jams completely covered, literally.

There's a video of a pet saving a small boy from a vicious attack, and it's getting quite a bit of attention. Is its popularity from the heroic act, or who was the hero? We'll let you decide. Meow.

If you've seen incredible art being created on storefronts around downtown Charleston, your eyes don't deceive you, there's amazing work that's starting to grace our city. Here's just a sneak peek.

Dance into Hall's Chophouse this Thursday for a luncheon that will benefit our city's own full time professional ballet company, and to meet Michael Wise, its artistic director.

Comments, and Shares, and Likes, OH MY! Facebook can be a source of entertainment or frustration, and blogger Renae Brabham takes a closer look at what it really means to be digitally social.

As if Mellow Mushroom pizza wasn't already amazing enough, the Avondale location is starting to grow all of their herbs for the kitchen and cocktails in local gardens just blocks from the front door.

The best thing in local nonprofit organizations just got a huge boost from South Carolina Department of Commerce this year with their inaugural round of innovation grants.

As if Caviar & Bananas wasn't already one of your favorite places downtown already, now they're giving you a chance to make mom feel extra special this Mother's Day with custom made picnic baskets.

From classic crooner to banjo pickers, the North Charleston Performing Arts Center has been having some amazing shows, and blogger Devin Grant makes sure you don't miss a note.

Is America's favorite fast food chain under fire for unsafe practices? Are the Happy Meals not so happy? Chef Jamie Oliver sheds some light on what's really going on under the golden arches.

Who needs bridges? When you're from Hazzard County, or in this case, Berkeley County, you don't wait for collapsed bridges to be rebuilt, you lay the hammer down and jump that bad boy.

Who would have thought Theater 99 would have a musical? Well, they do, and it's a one woman show brought to you by none other than local funny-woman Lauren Krass. Get your tickets quick!

No matter what you're doing, or what you're celebrating, we hope you have a great holiday weekend.

To have the perfect wedding, you need the perfect wedding planner. His methods may be a bit unorthodox, but George R. R. Martin may just be the man for the job.

Joan Perry gives us a picture show like no other with her coverage of the Cooper River Bridge Run. Ladies and gentlemen, your Blog of the Week.

Farmers team up with Mixon's Market and GrowFood Carolina to bring their finest, freshest, produce and products to North Charleston. Come out and support your local sustainable growers.

Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Do you want to tell the world your story on national television? Do you just want a boyfriend or girlfriend? Here's your chance...for all of those.

We can't get enough Southern Charm! Here's our Blog of the Week featuring funny man Hunter Gardner and his buddy Sam Hendry taking a shot at trying to understand the world of Charleston's elite.

Don't be a dummy. Whether you're a hardened veteran or a greenhorn, these tips for the Cooper River Bridge Run this Saturday will help you have the best time possible. Just don't throw up.

Blog of the Week is Devin Grant's interview with Jason Isbell's secret weapon, Sadler Vaden. See some of what he talks about with the videos attached.

The Confession Booth is back! Make sure you "tell all" this week at the 2014 Charleston Fashion Week Confessional Booth. Here are some of the best Hunter Boone brought us from last year.

It's festival season here in Charleston and what better way to start that off than with a play by play of our own Wine and Food Festival. Kinsey Gidick calls the plays from start to finish.

Work downtown? Mount Pleasant? Canada? It doesn't matter, the trip would would worth it to Caviar and Bananas to try one, (or all if you're hungry enough) of their new line of sandwiches.

Leggiadro of Kiawah comes to Charleston and sets up shop in celebration of the 67th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens with their pop up boutique shop in the historic Wentworth Mansion.

We couldn't help but make Hunter Gardner's street interviews our Blog of the Week with his hilarious questions and quick jabs at Charleston's very own reality show. Well done sir, well done.

A black light, some grammar lessons, and a new goal for every single woman to strive for is all we need after Bravo's latest series of videos was released, covering the cast of Southern Charm.

This week's Blog of the Week investigates women's powdery armor against the world; makeup. Some women don't need it, all women use it, but when can you allow your man to see you without it?

Take a walk inside the mind of one of Charleston's most aspiring young entrepreneurs as blogger Desmond Kinlaw interviews Venita Aspen one on one. This is one young lady we haven't seen the last of.

We love good music and we love a good cause, but this Wednesday at the Royal American, the band Melodime will combine the two for a must see show that will blow your mind.

Some of our northern neighbors get their first taste of Southern Charm and from the sound of it, they aren't too fond of the flavor.

Everything is better with bacon, especially if you're enjoying it for a good cause. Blog of the Week tells us about the delicious Bacon and Bourbon event at the Memminger this past week.

Elise Testone blew away the Charleston Music Hall last night with a collection of covers that inspired her and an array of original songs from her debut CD in one fantastic live performance.

You all know blogger Chassity Evans is stylish, but did you know she's been named one of the most stylish people in the south? From family to fashion to home decor, this style expert is making moves.

In this week's Blog of the Week, the musical super duo Tim and Devin give us the who's who of this past year's local music scene.

The Ravenel Bridge has seen some trouble the past few weeks. From ice forming to ice falling, we need our trusty bridge to get it together.

Tim Brennan brings us the secret to songwriting from none other than Charleston's very own Darius Rucker and Cary Ann Hearst. This week's blog of the week takes a deeper look at how they create music.

Jim Cantore is usually dodging debris from whatever storm he's reporting on but when it comes to screaming college students, he has another, more "direct" technique.

Sweet Joseph it might snow in Charleston, and along with everyone's doomsday preparations and their Tweets to record it, we've picked a few hilarious "snowflakes" that stand out.

Blog of the Week this week is "Highlights from Saturday Night's Emerging Designers Party" by Desmond Kinlaw where he hears some of the inspiration behind the Emerging Designer's lines.

SC State Legislature is trying to pass a bill allowing concealed weapons into bars and restaurants. We don't know about you, but we don't want to see downtown turn into the Wild West.

Is the sting on Charleston's rickshaw drivers right or just plain ridiculous? We leave it to YOU to decide.

No matter what a reality show may try to bring, or take from our beloved city, you can't ignore what makes it such a beautiful place.

It's official: the Charleston-based reality show we've all been dreading will air March 3. Here's a look the Bravo series' FULL TRAILER (paternity tests and fake eyelashes included)...

The blog of this week, plus tons of inspiration for sharing your history smarts—while getting your drink on—next Thursday at the Royal American...

Sure, it's going to get frigid tonight. But do temps in the teens really warrant school delays—as opposed to, say... a scarf and some mittens? Per school officials: Yes. Per we at Grit: Eeeeeh...

The blog that made us all nod yes, yes, yes, and yes. Plus, three things we could all stand to do less of in 2014 (hint: one involves Kim K. and Kanye)...

Plus! A couple o' festive cats and dogs to get you in the holiday spirit. Trust us—you'll love these guys...

Ready for H&M to open this week? How chaotic and eerily Black Friday-ish is it about to get up in here? Check out this wild spoof for a hint...

And speaking of gifts and special occasions, if you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, you're going to want to read this. You've got an exciting weekend ahead...

The blog that got us pointing at the author and shouting, "YES! WHAT HE SAID, WHAT HE SAID!" Plus! What if someone could actually sniff out your lies? Someone liiiiiiike... Jimmy Kimmel? See it here

We've all closed up shop for the holiday weekend, and will be back blogging on Monday. But we're leaving you with our top 5 picks for upcoming festivities, because get ready: the holidays are ON...

Plus! Highlights from Pecha Kuchas past, including talks by Ben Williams, Buff Ross, and Heather Koonses, and where you can go to find more...

A badass, totally local campaign was launched today, giving us a way to lend aid to the nearly 4 million people displaced from their homes due to Typhoon Haiyan. Read on to learn how you can help...

Plus! Don't forget it's No Shave November! See what happens when facial hair goes terribly wrong...

Got plans this Saturday? Add Mixson's Art Stroll to the calendar and sip wine, munch on hors d'eouvres, and browse the latest from local artists like Lisa Abernathy, Jay Fletcher, and Olivia Rae James

Plus! This one video will make you want to put your phone in the other room and leave it there... (well, after you text everyone to tell them that's what you're doing). Watch it and be frightened

Love softball? Or local celebs like Bill Murray? Or Louie's Kids? Or helping others? Or smiling? Then get yourself to Saturday's Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Game. Get the deets here!

Add having a picture-perfect autumn to the mile-long list of what makes Charleston the top city year in and year out. Here are 14 Instagram pics that prove it...

Plus! The local musician's video that became a huge Grit hit and where you can see him tonight... maybe for the last time

Better hurry... America's Got Talent is holding auditions soon in Hotlanta, and they're looking for you. Here's all the info about how to get your mad singing/dancing/juggling skills on camera

Plus: How to fix the bullying problem that's leaving teen casualties in its wake? Here are two ideas, and they don't involve celebrity spokespeople

The TEDx organizers want you! The rabblerousers, the wise souls, the get-up-and-go sorts with ideas worth sharing. Here's more, including the 2014 date & the NEW speaker application deadline

Haven't you heard? It’s National Pizza Month! So get on the phone now to order your pie, then vote here on which of the local pizzerias is your fave (for a chance to score a free 'za)...

Grit doesn't usually post on Sunday (it being the Sabbath, and all...) but this shirtless Tigers fan dousing ESPN in beer yesterday made us think twice. This is one dance number you have to see...

Plus! With the shutdown behind us, we've got a delightfully endless supply of jokes about it for your Friday, courtesy of the late-night comics. Trust us—you need to read these today...

Conde Nast Traveler readers have again voted us the best city in America—here's the video the CVB produced (featuring American Idol alum Elise Testone) to secure our bragging rights

The blog that spooked us PLUS! Is the Holy City ready to get unholy? Here are the top trending Halloween costumes of 2013 (Hint: there are other ideas besides skanking it up like Miley Cyrus...)

Grit blogger Hunter Boone sent this press release over—a good heads-up for anyone looking for a solid small-screen cameo or two

Charleston guy Chris Cox packs up his lawnmower and heads to DC amidst the bleak government shutdown. Why? Why else? To cut the grass and watch over the Lincoln Memorial. Here's his take...

Cool weather + wind gusts + another chance of showers = time for some soup. Here's a fantastic Thai spiced pumpkin variety, PLUS a recipe for parsnip fries (cause who doesn't like fries?!)

...There's only one place you need to be this Saturday. We'll tell you all about the 4th annual Mac Off, which restaurants are competing, and, wait—did somebody say "zip line?" (Yes.)

Our best of the week! And speaking of airports, please say you've seen this old Jimmy Kimmel/Adam Carolla skit—the drunk pilots? It's a must-see

Butternut squash, kale, Brussels sprouts, and crisp apples... grab these farmers market faves this weekend for a top-notch autumn pizza and some savory sprouts (aaaah, fall...)

Decide what to be and go be it—that's the theme of this week's BOTW. It's also the theme of this hilarious BatDad video. Trust us... you should watch

Have a ticket to next weekend's Wine, Women & Shoes? With vendors like C. Wonder, shoe models including Tara, Chassity, and Natalie, and proceeds supporting a SC nonprofit, you won't want to miss it

Fire broke out in Georgetown this morning, destroying a strip of homes and businesses in the historic seaport. See the scope of the destruction here

At around 82 degrees, it's been downright chilly this week. Why you should hit the beach this weekend anyway... you know, like all of THESE people did

Guys, today is National Cheeseburger Day. Before you get out there and order yours, take a look at 10 of the top burger spots in Charleston and vote for your fave. UPDATED! See the winner here!

Less Blog of the Week, more Charleston Hip-Hop Breakfast Spelling Bee To-Do List: so stretch those hammies & give this list a whirl. Hint: it involves watching a video of Flavor Flav performing in CHS

UPDATED!! Guess his clock told him it's time to hit the Holy City (yo). He'll be hosting the hell out of the notoriously naughty Skinful Halloween. Details, plus fave Flav quotes to tide you over

With a "Utopian Tube" tunnel crawl, PMS mud pit, and 10 more down-and-dirty obstacles, the Dirty Girl Mud Run—which benefits the prevention and detection of breast and ovarian cancers—is where it's at

"Dang! What's with all these books?" Better question: does Charleston still have any treasures yet undiscovered? (Spoiler: This blog answers neither of those questions...)

Here's the top pick from the week! Plus some eCard pics to get you inspired for a festive (rowdy, even?) long weekend

The blog that evacuated downtown, PLUS! The video spot—shot all over Charleston, with plenty of familiar faces—that got our attention

As we begin to close out our schooldays blog series, we bring you the 13 best back-to-school fails around. We promise—you'll feel better about your week after this

You may not have a rugby-rooting bone in your body, but still... you'll want to see these hilariously fun pics from Blackbaud Saturday night. P.S. Makes last year's PGA crowd look like a big fat bore

The editors' primo weekly pick, plus where to go to find a boat load of info on local charities (in case you're wondering where to write your check...)

How do you commemorate non party-heavy holidays? One such day to remember is on the horizon, and with it, an awesome way to celebrate right here in town. Here's the scoop

UPDATED WITH TOP 10! A sweet (and sour and spicy...) local surprise on Bon Appetit's 50 nominees for Best New Restaurant 2013. Plus, we'll tell you where your next foodie vacation needs to be...

Here it is! Also... Have you heard that it's Shark Week?! Since it's all everyone's been talking this week, let's take a look at some of the funnier Shark Week jokes before it's all over...

If Real World Charleston is indeed in the works (as threatened), will the petition currently circulating the Holy City change MTV minds? Maybe don't hold your breath

Why that show is like that fun, but extremely ill-advised hook-up you only barely remember.... Plus! What Twitter's saying about the possibility of Real World setting up house here

If you liked this Blog of the Week, you're going to love this video. But if you hated the blog? You might want to skip this whole shebang... it'll only piss you off

Need an end of the week pick-me-up? Take a look at this cheery getup we spotted on Grit blogger Chassity Evans' newly revamped LLL. The best part? She shares where to find it all

You've seen this sudden deluge of back-to-school ads, the "Oh, did you not hear the news? It's Fall, suckers." Ummm, no. RELAX. Here are 5 things you can do to prove it's still f*&^ing summer

According to their Facebook page, the producers are in need of some very specific locals (and their dumpy old cars?). Here's a peek at where they'll be and who they want to hire...

Late-night comedians, 904; Carlos Danger, zip (up please). Watch Stephen Colbert and company zing Wiener while we in Charleston rejoice: BOO-YA, this pants-dropping politician is out of state

Better question: is YOUR bottom line getting any better? Take this fun 10-question quiz and enter to win $50 toward a sweet steak dinner at Burwell's (that'll take the sting out of economic woes)

Plus! Ready to kick up your heels? Or does Charleston have two left feet? Here are 10 Footloose-worthy pictures to rev up your weekend...

Plus! Grit's 5 first-rate ideas for fighting this week's vicious news cycle and July-in-Charleston humidity (shark-hunting and ice cream cakes, anyone?)

"When the f&%$ did feminism and one-night stands become the same thing?" That and more reader reactions to last week's blog post on today's so-called hook-up culture...

No strings attached, BFF 4ever? Hear from journalists, college students, and singles on what dating has become, our hook-up culture, and who's steering the ship (him or her). Plus, a question for you

Stop being so dang cute. Need a Hump Day happy? Take a quick break and scroll through these Instagram pics snapped throughout the Peninsula...

Here they are! Plus, see which pieces Hampden owner and buyer Stacy Smallwood is most pumped about for the fall (and when they'll be in store)

Plus, hilarious YouTube pranks for your Friday. Who said we never gave you a surcee? Or sursey...

Imagine living in a house that had its own Wikipedia page... Welp, for their August issue, Town & Country visited one such Holy City home. Find out which—plus see a sneak peek of the story—here

In today's City Paper, cycling advocate Stephanie Hunt responded to an article that, two weeks ago, roused (mostly) a collective "huh?" from readers. Can her logic hush the histrionics?

Plus! It's WAY-BACK SUMMERTIME FUN TIME! Here's what beach bums like us looked up to a century ago, including one photo titled only "vintage beefcakes" that lives up to its name

Happy Independence Day from Grit! And hey, if that calls for a drink, break out the cocktail shakers—we've got delish chilly recipes to stir things up. Huck Finn anyone?

Whatcha cooking tomorrow? Not sure? We've got Firefly sweet tea bourbon-flavored ribs, an over-the-top patriotic dessert, and fish tacos here. PLUS! A Grit giveaway you'll want to see (and drink...)

What in the hell is a Megabanger Garden in Spring? It's part of Grit's rowdy rundown of MUSTS for the 4th, including show times, the best and worst flag swimsuits, and a wicked sweet surfboard

Plus, more of Grit's thoughts on this week' infamous City Paper "bike story." We've also got the yoga studio winner and the winner of our 5-class pass. Click here for the results!

Sitting in traffic for half the day, sleeping in your car: locals weigh in on their big July 4th fails, plus 2 must-have beach toys and... Yep. We've got red, white, & blue Jell-O shots

Everything you need to know about Rescue Pizza, UPDATED—the pics, the tweets, and how the delivery guy woulda had an easier time without all that traffic. Photo by Post & Courier's Grace Beahm

Are you a badass mother&%^$#? That question and more in Grit's Friday 5-Question Challenge. Are you up to it?

Plus: "Theo, your mother sent me up here to kill you." Vintage TV dads, some new ones, too, and their memorable quotes

Bloggers and friends gathered at The Alley last night to celebrate Grit's first anniversary. Click here for party pics—plus Gritty Awards!—from the birthday bash

The nationally renowned Grit blogger is featured in the super-chic online mag's June issue. Take a peek at her downtown pad and Chapel Street office, plus that keep-cool philosophy...

A good blog gives us a peek at something we couldn't—or wouldn't—see on our own. This one took us to a world that we don't often think of as our own... But is it closer than you think?

This blog got plenty of laughs AND our vote. Find out what it is, plus a Friday afternoon treat (hint: it's hilarious and addictive and perfect for slow Friday afternoons...)

Worried about fitting into that bikini/last season's trunks? Nonsense—here are 4 healthy burgers (yep, we said HEALTHY) that won't threaten your beach bod. Think caprese, Greek, and other delish stuff

Need something to ponder this Memorial Day? Here it is: what lottery have YOU won? This blogger is sharing her winnings...

To round out our salty countdown series, Grit's added "Best Summer Town in America" to Charleston's list of accolades. No kidding, see for yourself... Plus SMART shark avoidance tips you need

We've been counting down the days to summer and adding up the reasons to be more than pumped it's here. Here's your complete guide to living it up! Plus, how to win a free blowout from Tease Dry Bar

The summer 2013 music scene is STOCKED with must-see shows (The Lumineers, Fun., The Killers, etc.). Find these—plus best-bet venues, the Grit team's summer playlist picks, and a badass boombox—here!

Get the grill ready—we've got kabob recipes perfect for a backyard bash (think benne-seed shrimp and ratatouille skewers). Plus, what's THE cocktail of the summer? Learn how to mix it here

Heard of a Southern Sour? No? Well, now you have... The Gibbes' annual Society 1858 meeting is today—find out exactly what Gin Joint bartender James Wampler mixed up for the artsy affair

Not feelin' summer's seduction yet? Next up is a tidal wave of eye candy—the best pools in the Lowcountry, swimsuits that rock, cool beach towels, and more must-have gear

Here goes... All week, Grit will be counting down to the start of Charleston's golden season: SUMMER! Kicking it off is our quick list of DO'S and DON'TS for living it up this summer. Are you ready?

Sure, maybe this blog made us cry—but the message is a strong one we won't soon forget. You'll want to take a peek..

Heard the news? Charleston's own Shovels & Rope scored an impressive batch of nominations yesterday from the Americana Music Association. Get the scoop—and learn more about the duo—here

Does a Beverly Hills fail equal a big Charleston win? That's the rumor, as the legal drama set in the Holy City was just picked up for 13 episodes. Here's who's starring and more details

This post tugged at our heartstrings... plus a round-up of some of our Grit bloggers' best odes to Mom, straight out of the archives

Is the wait really over? We've got all the details on the retail giant's plans to open its doors in Charleston, including when and where

Swing by the Kate Spade shop downtown this Saturday for special Mom's Day shopping event... our own Chassity Evans will be there (and a special discount, too!). Check it out

A reminder that some days are bigger than 140 characters, and just don't quite fit on the screen of a smartphone. Plus? More hilarious Twitter cartoons

How do Hoda and KLG booze it up at 10 a.m. and still function the rest of the day? What one word did Hoda use to describe Chas? We've got the scoop (including the best sign from today's crowd) here!

Featured as one of Dockers' "Men of Style," the Social Primer style pro offers his version of Charleston men's go-to look in a new video. Grit agrees... and doesn't. What do you think?

This blogger's terrifically fun posts have offered us enough warm-weather eye candy, we've been able to get our seasons on straight again—from beach days to hot-as-blazes nights on the town...

Whether you're a die-hard "X Factor" fan or just want a shot at being seen on TV, you can join Simon, Demi, and the gang when they come to N. Chas next month. Get your FREE ticket to the tapings here!

Bring on the limelight... and big-time weight loss? NBC's "The Biggest Loser" is holding a casting call at the Music Farm, and we've got all the details (plus passes to the front of the pack)

A few weeks ago, we published a letter from Grit blogger John Abess to our senators requesting clarification on DHS expenditures. We've got their responses here... (well, one and a half responses)

You've heard Charleston's about to enter the Bravo reality show fray? And that Thomas Ravenel is set to star? These things never really end well...

For the 12th and final love/loathe pair, style assistant Loren gives us an oh-so-easy way to take an outfit from day to night, plus a pair of shoes that should NEVER live in your closet

Blogger E. Louise asks: Are you confident enough to cover up, to know your aesthetic strengths and play to those? Or do we need to keep letting it all hang out, like a bouncing, bodacious buffet?

We're on the hunt for an outspoken, in-the-know blogger to cover the nightlife and society scene around Charleston. Read on to see what we're looking for and details for how to apply TODAY!

With the temps set to heat up soon, let's talk about what's apropos for spring and summer. Molly of Radcliffeborough gives one look she loves and one she'd rather not see on Sullivan's

Evans gives us one word for great style, and you won't find it in your closet. Plus, leftover make-up anyone? She's got words for that hideosity, too.

According to Rory, there's a right way to do nails and a wrong one. And by wrong we mean they may or may not be considered weapons. Here's her take on the trend (plus a hideous outfit from The Biebs!)

Are blazers just for boys? Wagener Terrace writer/editor Kinsey thinks not. Plus—see which fashion flop has officially made the Loathe List twice! (Hint: think Aladdin...)

Tights... leggings... they're pretty much interchangeable, no? NO. CofC student Kate sets the record straight with regards to this fashion fine line. Gals, take a listen

Tell us how you really feel! Marketing and events gal Misty says absolutely NOT to this low-crotched look. But there is a style of pants she prefers... See her sassy picks here

Despite it's popularity, does a big-time beauty faux pas count as a crime against fashion? Piper thinks so. She also shows some love here for The Palmetto State's People of WalMart and Joan Rivers...

The difference here may be subtle, but according to Chas writer Frances—boy is it a biggie. Fellas: read on to see which of these looks is hot, and which is just a hot mess (plus a bonus fashion fail)

What's the problem with asymmetrical skirts? Has this once-dowdy dress gone dynamite? Rachel from downtown delivers her common-sense, listen-up fashion picks

Straighten your fedora, step into your heels, cinch your belt—time to play fashion editor for a day. CFW creative director Ayoka Lucas kicks off Day 1 with her picks for the sleek and the not-so-chic

Okay, we don't know if it's uncut, exactly, or even what that means, but it usually implies what you're about to see is mildly offensive—here’s the hilarious Grit blogger at Pecha Kucha 17

... Whatever that means. But really, how's your voice? Good? Well here's your chance to be the next Leona Lewis or One Direction—The X Factor auditions are coming to North Chas March 19

As the rest of the world finds new ways to twist, turn, and stretch Cupid, 3 Grit bloggers ring in the holiday with alternatives for saccharine sweet everything. Can't promise they're romantic..

Is it that we're obsessed with our phones? Too much booze? What IS it that makes the dating scene in Chas considered a "barren wasteland?" Let's get to the bottom of this—start by taking our quiz

Only 3% think Charleston's dating pool is "well-stocked?" And a whopping 70% average just one or fewer dates per month? If you're single (or thankful not to be), you've got to read this

Charleston’s own Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent—aka Shovels & Rope—rocked the stage last night on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, performing their single “Birmingham.” Watch it here

Okay, not dirty... But she definitely steamed up the small screen on the hit show's Ultimate Sex Guide this morning. Read on to watch. And seriously, bring your fire extinguisher...

Here's to the holidays with a roundup of the season's best blogs, featuring a muzzled inner Scrooge, a hospitable snowman, that creepy, creepy elf, double-decker oreo fudge, and more

It was BLOGGERS NIGHT OUT last night at Mynt... Pretty pink martinis and a smashing group of local bloggers came together to cheers the season and laugh it up downtown. Here's the photo gallery...

Did your favorite blogger score a nod? At the Charleston Grit Blog-Worthy Holiday Bash last night, we announced our 3rd quarter best-of-blog Gritty award winners. Click here to see who won!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! With the holiday season officially upon us, we've pulled together a go-to guide for the weeks ahead; from Thanksgiving fun happening TONIGHT right on through New Year's

With some seriously stacked winnings up for grabs—like $25 of BBQ each week for a year—you won’t want to miss this contest

People magazine dishes on how the Holy City snagged newlyweds Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively—and which local businesses have scored visits by the couple

We've got FRESH new details on Ryan and Blake's Cotton Dock wedding last night, including which GRIT blogger planned the bash and who served up the fancy creamed corn. Get it here...

We've heard the headline from the Ocean Course: 23-year-old Rory McIlroy won the Wanamaker Trophy with an eight-stroke lead. Now we want the full story, YOUR stories

We want to hear from you! Vote here to help choose the cover of the September 2012 issue of Charleston mag

Check out the photo gallery of last night's Gritty Awards, held on Upper King at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery

Here they are: The Second Quarter, 2012 Gritty Award winners

Grit bloggers Rebekah Jacob and Stephanie Hunt schooled us in just what it means to support something worthwhile, like Charleston's arts community

Word to the wise... It appears the City's parking enforcement division has embarked on a wild booting binge up and down peninsula streets. Here's what I saw yesterday

One of our very own Grit gals WOWS on the pages of Charleston magazine's August issue—you won't believe these photographs (or this super spa of a master bath)

So the 60-day alcohol ban on Folly's now in effect. Take our poll and tell us what you think—and read some of the hilarious comments in response (the leash and shark comments are fantastic)

A Sperry Top-Sider photo shoot was recently staged here in the Lowcountry, complete with croquet and kayaking, swooped hair, Wayfarers, and lots and lots of bikini-clad beach jogging

Introducing PhotoGrit, where you can get your 15 minutes of photography fame

Rosie O'Donnell as Elaine? Nicolette Sheridan as Grace? A fantastic interview with a 90s-era NBC exec that will have you aching for a good Thursday night belly laugh again...

The two guys rescued from dangling off the side of the Ravenel Bridge yesterday say they were doing it for fun, playing a rousing game of "Parkour." I think you lost this round, fellas

Two reality shows later, these former "Bachelor," "Bachelorette" contestants (... rejects) have found true love, tying the knot here in the Lowcountry

A 270-year-old book's been discovered in the vault of the Charleston Library Society... Quite a treasure, but who gets it?

Before you think cut-off "jorts" and netted tank tops, here's style director Ayoka Lucas' take on racing couture, as seen on ESPN

Bloggers, friends, and local businesses descended on the Cocktail Club last night to celebrate the city's first compilation blog site—ONLINE NOW!

The Sully's Island bar is having a burger contest today—for $10, you get three sliders and a say in the newest menu addition. See the choices here...

Stop what you're doing immediately (driving, eating, saving someone's life...) and read this Craig's List ad, written by a guy trying to hock his yoga mat. It gets real—and hilarious—quick...

Only a few days left to vote for Charleston in Conde Nast Traveler's 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. Let’s keep our #1 U.S. Destination title!

You knew we'd have at least one on the list, didn't you?

The silver lining to having pervs in Washington (most recently in the form of the Secret Service agents who've been busted for mixing business with whoring)? You get hilarious images like this

Heard about this? The 2011 American documentary, Forks Over Knives, is coming to Charleston, by way of three free screenings on Monday, April 16 at the Terrace Theater

It's awfully smoky East of the Cooper today, worse than a 2am haze floating through Club Habana on a Saturday night. Where's the fire?

"Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" chatted it up with Robin Roberts this morning on GMA. Yes, really

With the weather warming up, beach goers flocked to Folly this past weekend. Aaand so did this guy...

Opinions are split over the firing of Wando High school teacher Chris Posten. Do you think he's a Jackass, 2?


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