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The Inaugural Charleston International Jazz Festival rocked the weekend. A little vision, a lot of hard work, and a stellar line up paid off. (Plus, it never hurts to have Quentin's dreads and Charlton's suave gravitas in the mix.)

Snubbing a poet and beautiful verse is one thing. Snubbing leadership, history, and the way forward is another.

Art is meditation, and vice versa, for artist John Duckworth. In his riveting show Awake, he implores viewers to do much more than "view." Do yourself a favor: show up.

Fiasco. Debacle. Travesty. Clusterf*&^k. You name it. But yesterday's firing certainly was no "trick or treat."

Just in time for Halloween, AND the frightening onslaught of holiday shopping, Grady Hendrix serves up a cleverly terrifying tale.

While late night imbibers get the crackdown, Charleston vies for another national win. It's the Chucktown vs Nashvegas smackdown in Food & Wine's online poll. Drink up and vote!

The Gibbes Museum and Society 1858 announce their latest $10K prize winner—weaving evocative hair extensions into questions of race, history, culture, and the fiber arts.

Need some half-time inspiration during this afternoon's game? TEDxCharleston scores TWO goals in recent weeks as Editor's Picks for national TED talks. Check 'em out.

The Halsey's 30th Anniversary show opens tonight, and it's better than all the hype. Shepard Fairey delivers power, glory, and plenty of suberversive celebrity, thanks to the Halsey's real superstar.

Warning local art fans and collectors, your favorite secret stash of incredible talent at unbeatable prices is not a secret anymore. The Charleston Artist Collective is bringing art to the masses.

If revoltingly uncharming playboys and girls in T-Rav's circle have all that disposable cash fueling their shenanigans, how can the Lowcountry's good guys/gals get some? SCANPO is about to tell us….

For all of you gathering over the holidays in the absence of loved ones afar and passed on, but in the presence of new family—chosen family—here's a heartfelt reminder of why that matters plenty...

Why The Little Match Girl at the Rose Maree Myers Theater was this year's holiday ticket, with its wintry score by Laura Ball. Plus! video of the most rousing Nutcracker finale in history...

How a surprise parade—complete with the Burke High School Marching Band—blew the heat and BA HUMBUG off my Friday. Here's what went down on Calhoun...

What happens when a thousand-some librarians and a thousand-some rabid YA fans converge in the Holy City in the same week? Could get pretty crazy... The lowdown on Charleston's weekend book surge

Taking the long road home, through Majorca's stoney countryside, gives wise and simple insights for rocky times (like that disorder's the sideshow—the amazing truth's that so many things DO work out)

I can pray to the gods of the First Day of School, the gods of the quad... but I know where to find our very best lesson plans, and ain't nobody getting a hall pass

Tax-free shopping can exact a heavy tariff. This weekend, save yourself the headache and hassle, and invest in some real school supplies... BOOKS! And loads of 'em, for SC's poorest school districts

On the heels of summer camp and post-holiday doldrums, I'm going to take my cue from Pooh and welcome summer's season with glorious do-nothing productivity... here's to more doodling, less doing

What to do on (another!) soggy day? Head to the Halsey for Spoleto's last splash, where hundreds of books, mags, & catalogues have been sculpted, sawed, stacked, whacked, carved, glued... transformed