20th Anniversary Issue 

1997-2017

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20 Charleston music moments to remember
20 Charleston music moments to remember From Shovels & Rope to Southern Discomfort — a comprehensive look back

In no particular order, here are 20 big music moments in Charleston from the past 20 years. — Kelly Rae Smith


20 much-missed Charleston music venues
20 much-missed Charleston music venues Alas poor houses of music, we hardly knew ye

Looking back at local venues that are no more from the past 20 years has been one heck of a walk down memory lane for not only myself, who moved to Charleston one year after the conception of the City Paper in 1997, but to every person I spoke to while researching this piece. — Kelly Rae Smith


How a show at the old Pour House changed my musical life
How a show at the old Pour House changed my musical life Drive-By Memories

Long before the Pour House was one of Charleston's premier music venues, it was a humble little bar and sandwich joint in a tiny strip mall along Savannah Highway in the part of West Ashley the city is now desperately trying to get people to call DuWap. — Lorne Chambers


Our top 20 all-time biggest Best of Charleston winners
Our top 20 all-time biggest Best of Charleston winners #winning

Winning a Best of Charleston award has long been a stamp of excellence in this city. And after 20 years of naming readers' Best of Charleston winners, we're up to a whopping 300-plus categories. — City Paper Staff


20ish questions with Stephanie Barna
20ish questions with Stephanie Barna City Paper's founding editor on the record

When Stephanie Barna became Editor of Charleston City Paper in 1997, she was 27 years old. — Kinsey Gidick


20 (and then some) advertisers to note
20 (and then some) advertisers to note Here's to the folks who've helped us keep the lights on

As a free publication (and paywall-free digital edition), City Paper is reliant on advertising revenue. So it's impossible to list everyone who has purchased ads from us over the past 20 years. — City Paper Staff


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

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. — Connelly Hardaway


20 <i>City Paper</i> peeps worth remembering
20 City Paper peeps worth remembering A send-up to the scribes who kept us going each week

This is kind of a mean assignment. I slaved for 17 years as the founding editor of the City Paper, and I asked too much of my contributors and staffers: churn out a ton of copy on super tight deadlines for little pay — oh, and sometimes I'm gonna be a total bitch to you because I'm stressed as hell and can't take it anymore. — Stephanie Barna


What I learned during my six years covering Charleston events
What I learned during my six years covering Charleston events Confessions of @Calendar_Girl

I may just look like another sleep-deprived work-at-home mom in her early 30s, but let me tell you, friends — I used to be a @calendar_girl at the Charleston City Paper. — Erica Jackson Curran


20 Charleston spaces, 88 F&B concepts
20 Charleston spaces, 88 F&B concepts The Way We Were

Over the past 20 years, we've seen a lot of businesses come and go — some we loved, some we hated, some we don't entirely remember (there were a lot of Grand Ma shots in there). So let's take a tour no tourist would understand, a little walk down Charleston's real estate memory lane. — Kinsey Gidick


20 films and TV shows filmed in the Lowcountry
20 films and TV shows filmed in the Lowcountry Hollywood Does Charleston

Not long ago, it was uncommon for Hollywood to come a-calling to Charleston. That has changed a bit. Since the City Paper's birth in the 9-7, there have been quite a few movies and TV shows that have been made in our beautiful city, thanks to its unique personality (or what's left of it). — Kevin Young


A sobering look at Charleston's food changes over 20 years
A sobering look at Charleston's food changes over 20 years Shifting Supper

There used to be a large oscar fish that held court in a tank too small at the New Moulin Rouge. It sat on the upper reaches of Rutledge Avenue. — Jeff Allen


Our 20 most beloved trolls
Our 20 most beloved trolls Thanks for the memories

When I left the City Paper last year, I had only one regret: I never formally said goodbye. Not to Kinsey, Connelly, Dustin, Kelly Rae, Sam, and the rest of my co-workers. I bid them all a heartfelt adieu. — Chris Haire


20+ Charlestonians we miss the most
20+ Charlestonians we miss the most Wish You Were Here

He might have been predictable, his tenure marked by slow and steady growth and progress, but we could rely on him to shepherd us into the future by brokering those infamous backroom deals with developers like the Beach Co. — Stephanie Barna


Top 20 Stegelin! cartoons (so far)
Top 20 Stegelin! cartoons (so far) 13+ years of eraser shavings

Hard to believe, but there was once a time when Donald Trump didn't dominate the news cycle. Over the past 13+ years as the editorial cartoonist at Charleston City Paper, I've captured a multitude of characters and issues — from local to global — with my doodles, like an overly cynical Neanderthal finger-painting on a cave wall. — Steve Stegelin


The 20 politicians who hate us
The 20 politicians who hate us We must be doing something right

Anybody who has ever covered politics for an alt-weekly knows that it's a sweet gig. The sweetest. There is simply something so spiritually gratifying about reporting on the powers that be, and instead of serving as simply their transcribers as our friends at the dailies so often do, you get to gleefully skewer them. — Chris Haire


20 of our best and worst <i>City Paper</i> covers
20 of our best and worst City Paper covers They’re all our children, but we will play favorites

Deep in the depths of the Charleston City Paper compound you’ll find large posters lining the wall, one for every year since 2007. — Scott Suchy


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