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Event Thu Oct 10 2013

20x2 Chicago Debuts at Martyrs' Oct. 19

20x2chi_twitter.jpgGapers Block is proud to present 20x2 Chicago, a live event where 20 people are asked the same question and given two minutes each to answer in whichever way they choose. The results can be as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke. This edition's question is "How could you?" See the answers on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.

20x2 is a mainstay of afterhours programming at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, and Chicago is its first official offshoot. The Austin show came to Chicago in 2010 to ask "Who knew?", and the responses ranged from an exploration of architectural history to an explanation of how much you can lift with your beard to a song about punk kids who think they know everything.

The speakers for this edition are, in alphabetical order:
• Molly Adams, cohost of "The Morning AMp" on Vocalo
• Graphic facilitator Brandy Agerbeck with musician Chad Calease
• Designer Craighton Berman
• Tribune designer/programer Chris Courtney
• GB contributor Jasmine Davila
• Filmmaker Steve Delahoyde
Marcus Gilmer, digital editor at the Sun-Times
• Writer/runner/rapper Maggie Jenkins
• Social media consultant Leah Jones
• Writer Britt Julious
• Web designer and developer Felix Jung
• GPA, the Greatest Poet Alive
• Writer and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore
• Dan O'Neil, executive director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative
47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar
• Jenni Prokopy, editrix of
• Jenn Rourke, ABC7Chicago web producer and CHIRP DJ/volunteer
• Scott Smith, our man in Chicago
• Storyteller Megan Stielstra
Marissa Wasseluk of the Community Media Workshop

What will the speakers come up with this time? Only one way to find out. Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts promptly at 7pm. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. The event is 21 and over.

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Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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