20 Things From 1997 

Yes, 1997, as in the year "Barbie Girl," came out

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The year is 1997. Sean Combs' a.k.a. Puff Daddy a.k.a. P. Diddy's song "I'll Be Missing You" is playing on the radio, Titantic is crushing box office records, and molten chocolate cakes are a hit on trendy restaurant menus. Averages Janes and runway models alike were rocking monochrome outfits, jeweled chokers, platform shoes, and waist chains. And we, well, we here at the City Paper were just getting started. Here's a look back at what our city looked like 20 years ago.

In Charleston in 1997 you could ...

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Get a CD at Cat's Music for $12.99. We're talking Wu-Tang Forever, Supa Dupa Fly, and Reload.
Step into virtual reality at the American Theater. A bit before their time, eh?
Place your penis enlargement ad in classifieds. Spam emails hadn't been created yet.
See Gang Related, a movie featuring Tupac Shakur before his death. Not like he's actually dead, but ya know.
Check out a Pluff Mud Production at the Windjammer. The Foreigner, a comedy, was directed by Susan Lynn Johns, and ran for three weeks that September.
Sign a book at the Charleston Visitor's Center commemorating Princess Diana. The book was sent to England on Sept. 14 1997.
Head to the skate park at 5465 Woodbine Ave. North Charleston. Wait 20 years for one to open downtown.
Rock out at WaveFest. Your $10 ticket got you live music from Ben Folds Five, Cracker, Jump, Little Children, and Wilco.
Drink beer at Charleston's one brewery, Palmetto Brewery, owned then by Louis Bruce and Ed Falkenstein.

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Get a $6 ticket for maxing out a parking meter. Make that $20 for parking in a tow zone.
Buy a medium two-topping pizza at Gilroy's for $5.49. Pair it with a $2.25 well drink and call it a night.
Catch a flick at the newly opened Terrace Theater, The Roxy, or South Windermere (only one remains in 2017 and it ain't The Roxy or South Windy).
Stroll along Broad Street's Art Walk, with 32 galleries in the French Quarter Gallery Association participating. Stick around for two decades and do it again the first Friday of every month.
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Dine on the waterfront at Pusser's Landing, "the Caribbean restaurant that really is from the Caribbean." Well, "was."
Play games at King Street Arcade. Mortal Kombat 4 was there, along with Shock Troopers, and Battle Circuit.
Watch indie movies at Worldfest Charleston International Film Festival.
Swill brews at the Charleston International Beerfest at the Bus Shed. Tickets cost $20.
Browse the internet on NeoPlanet. Dial tone, anyone?
Wave at Dixie Furniture's Gus the Gobbler, a real live turkey mascot sitting in the window. RIP Gus, RIP Dixie.
Adopt a pet on geocities.com. Geo what? Your guess is as good as ours.



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