Bill Murray drops in on Charleston bachelor party, waxes poetic on love, marriage


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Bill Murray: Actor, minor league baseball team owner, tourist attraction.

Murray, the iconic actor who calls Charleston home, was reportedly enjoying dinner at a local steakhouse Memorial Day weekend, when a group of Boston College students in town for a bachelor party saw him and asked him to give their future groom buddy some advice.

Murray showed up but instead gave them some words of wisdom. “I’m going to give you this advice because it’s too late for this guy.”

One of the guys posted the video on his Facebook page. Watch it here.

The video has been spreading like wildfire after it was picked up by Deadspin’s The Concourse blog.

Murray sightings are pretty common in Charleston – especially at Charleston RiverDogs games – but they can still be a big deal, apparently.  Reddit even has a thread dedicated to Murray sightings.

Charleston-area woman and her talking dog appear on Letterman’s ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’

Screen shot of Kirby Easler and Grabel appearing with David Letterman Tuesday.

Screen shot of Kirby Easler and Grabel appearing with David Letterman Tuesday.

Grabel is one lucky dog. The tiny Yorkie from St. Stephen South Carolina says the word his momma, Kirby Easler, taught him and, boom, he gets bacon.

Not only that,  the ‘tiny, little bird of a dog’ as David Letterman called him, appeared with Easler and the talk show host on ‘The Late Show’ Tuesday  as part of the ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ segment.

Easler and Grabel on their first trip to New York in November.

Easler and Grabel on their first trip to New York in November.

“I guess that’s as big as he’s going to get” Letterman said peering down at the 9-year-old Grabel.

Easler, an acoustic guitarist and part-time book editor, said the journey began in October 2012 when the show had open ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ auditions at Red’s Ice House on Shem Creek.

Grabel had been saying mama at an early age and she was able to teach him to say Obama, though she says the trick had nothing to do with politics.

She went to church that day, picked her dog up from home and did the trick. “He spoke right into the microphone,” she said.

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James Bond’s Daniel Craig reportedly spied in Charleston

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Click for link.

It might be Oscar night, but if Charleston social media is to be believed, the Holy City laid out the red carpet to ‘James Bond’ actor Daniel Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz (‘Oz the Great and Powerful’) this weekend.

What proof is there? Good question. We should always be suspicious of what we read on social media – like that time people actually drove all the way to Rita’s on Folly Beach because a couple of women reported seeing Channing Tatum there (Hint: It wasn’t Channing Tatum).

And there was that time a local tour company pretended it was Justin Bieber.

The main source of the Daniel Craig report appears to be staff at The Macintosh, including restaurantuer Steve Palmer. Though I’ve since found posts on Facebook indicating they ate at Halls Chophouse Saturday night and also Muse today.

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Charleston’s Darius Rucker uses Twitter to respond to fans, critics

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When he’s not singing, Darius Rucker is often tweeting. Post and Courier/file.

Following celebrities on Twitter is usually a one-way street. Not only do they rarely follow you back, you’re lucky to ever get a response.

Take Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, for instance: 90 million followers between them and most of their tweets range from self-promotion to mundane.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see celebrities like Charleston’s own Darius Rucker take the time to respond to both fans and critics on Twitter, as he did Saturday.

Rucker let loose some fun facts you might not have already known, such as: he never signs autographs with ‘Hootie’, his golf handicap is a 6.9 and his favorite winter sport is curling. You can also find out what happens if a woman throws her panties at him while he’s on stage.

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How did Charleston Police end up in this viral Justin Bieber meme?


At first glance, this picture circulating social media (Twitter especially) seems like just another joke aimed at boy singer Justin Bieber, who was arrested in Miami on charges of DUI and resisting arrest.

But anyone familiar with Charleston, if you look a little closer, will notice that those are Charleston police officers giving that little boy a pretend ticket. (Hat tip to Jared Smith – coiner of #warontouror – who noticed it before I did).

Where did the photo originally come from? I emailed Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis who said the photo was taken by the child’s father but his name was not immediately available.

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Top 10 Charleston Socialscape posts of 2013 (because you probably missed them the first time)

Everyone else is doing a Top 10 list for the end of the year, so I thought it would be fun to do my own look back at some of the coolest moments from 2013.

As narcissistic as that sounds, it’s a sneaky way to get you to see some of these posts for the first time, given that for much of the year one would need a GPS to find the blog on Some of you might be shocked I actually have 10 total posts.

Anyway, take a trip back with the ghost of Socialscape’s past. Note: Click the links next to the numbers to see the original post.


10. Justin Bieber prank

Back before the Diane in 7A and all of the other hoaxes that trickled down our timelines this year, there was this tweet from Justin Bieber:


Actually, it wasn’t really from Bieber’s account. It was a joke done “just for fun” by the folks over at Bulldog Tours. It only added fuel to Continue reading

Dave Chappelle makes a third, unscheduled stop in Charleston

Comedian Dave Chappelle put on two shows in Charleston Tuesday night and then made a third stop at the Republic Garden and Lounge on King Street, where he took a picture with some of the staff.

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Darius Rucker joins student on stage during Wando High School talent show

frankieI’m gonna work like I don’t need the money

I’m gonna laugh like I’m not afraid to cry

I’m gonna dance like nobody’s watching

I’m gonna love while I still got the time

‘While I still got the time’ – Darius Rucker

There was lots of laughing, dancing and love at the Wando High School talent show Wednesday night when Rucker joined 16-year-old Frankie Antonelli on stage during the student’s rendition of Rucker’s song.

The moment was especially touching because Antonelli has Down Syndrome. His mom Debbie, a woman’s basketball analyst who often appears on ESPN and other networks, tweeted that Frankie hasn’t let anything stop him. Continue reading

Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines still speaking her mind 10 years later


My first and only article for Rolling Stone. No link, though. Anyone who says the Internet is forever never tried to find a link from 10 years ago. Update! Link found. Click on the pic.

I was a reporter for The Greenville News 10 years ago when the Dixie Chicks came to town for their first U.S. concert since lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

It may not seem like much now since it’s apparently become OK to insult the president here, there and everywhere but at the time, as war loomed with Iraq, it really offended many in the patriotic country music audience. Radio stations stopped playing their music. People drove heavy machinery over piles of their CDS (those things before MP3 players).

The atmosphere was crazy in Greenville as “fans” protested outside what was the Bil-Lo Arena for days and the band was in hiding because their lives had been threatened.

Myself and members of the media from all over the world were there to listen to what the chicksETprotesters said as the band itself steered clear, except to appear nude on Entertainment Weekly that very same week to protest censorship.

Many critics predicted they’d be booed off the stage but 15,000 true fans were in the audience and drowned out any boos.

“If you’re here to boo we welcome that because we welcome freedom of speech,” Maines told the crowd. Continue reading