One man's battle to get Motown great James Jamerson into the S.C. Hall of Fame
One man's battle to get Motown great James Jamerson into the S.C. Hall of Fame The most influential bassist in modern music is a native son

That bass player was James Jamerson, a Lowcountry native born in Edisto, who grew up to become one of the most influential bassists of all time. His first liner-note credit came more than a decade after he started playing in Detroit, on Marvin Gaye's 1971 record What's Going On, a funky concept album defined by the dirty groove pulsing underneath Gaye's velvety voice. — Stephanie Barna


Maria Bamford brings whimsically dark comedy to the Music Hall
Maria Bamford brings whimsically dark comedy to the Music Hall Laughing at Her Pain

There are so many things that come to mind when discussing comedian Maria Bamford. — Heath Ellison


Kwame Alexander speaks about the joys of reading at Black Ink
Kwame Alexander speaks about the joys of reading at Black Ink Public Education

The first time award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander visited Charleston was in 2003. Arriving at the MOJA Festival with a head full of poems, he delivered a presentation to a group of six- and seven-year-olds at the Dock Street Theatre and hosted a writing workshop for the kids. "The children ended up writing poems and publishing a book," says Alexander. Really, it was just his way of giving back. — Heath Ellison


Pho Saigon brings solid Vietnamese food to James Island
Pho Saigon brings solid Vietnamese food to James Island It's Pho Real

Blame it on the rain, but the four, gray years I spent in Seattle inspired lingering obsessions with vibrant rubber boots, authentic Russian banyas, and steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho. Granted, the weather here is not always conducive to piping hot soup, but with winter on its way, folks on James Island can now look forward to a convenient source of the classic noodle broth at Pho Saigon. — Vanessa Wolf


Reminiscing on two decades of locally owned theater with the Terrace
Reminiscing on two decades of locally owned theater with the Terrace 20 Years Strong

Sitting behind a desk in his office, Terrace Theater owner Paul Brown grins, "I think you'll like this." Hearing a sentence like that, a movie nerd's hyperactive mind tends to wander. — Kevin Young


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