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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Friday, January 27

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Chicago Stitchfest 2005

If you've ever thought, "Hey, I'd like to knit for twenty-four hours straight!" this may be your chance. Join the Chicago crafters as they embark on the Chicago Stitchfest 2005, an all day knitting spree benefitting the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline. The fest will begin today at 5pm and will run until tomorrow at the same time. You don't have to be a knitter either -- whether you're a beader, a painter, a crocheter, or a beginner who's interested in becoming crafty, all are welcome to participate. The event will be at Stone Soup Cooperative, 4637 N. Ashland Ave. You can register here, or e-mail tjagernauth[at] for more information.

Patriots @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present their latest prime-time show, Patriots. Patriotism is examined, and two specific examples are highlit: Walt Whitman and Strom Thurmond. What do they have in common? See the show and find out. Patriots runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM through May 14 at the Neo-Futurarium. See the Neo-Futurist Website for ticket information and purchasing by Paypal. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

The Passerines @ Buddy Gallery

Local pop sensation The Passerines have a show tonight at Buddy Gallery (1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park) opening for Calvin Johnson of K Records. The show starts at 9 pm. Donation suggested.

"Too Much Light Kids" Begins

In case you missed it on the last go-round, the Neo-Futurists are bringing back the family-friendly version of "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," called "Too Much Light Kids." The first show is today at 2pm, and will be held every Saturday at 2 through June 25th. Tickets for kids are $1 plus the roll of a six-sided die; parents are $7 plus the roll. For more info, check out Alejandra Valera's review of the show from back in December, or visit

Greil Marcus discusses Bob Dylan @ Old Town School

Rock writer and historian Greil Marcus shows up at the Old Town School of Folk Music this afternoon to discuss Bob Dylan with a panel of local music luminaries: Jon Langford and Sally Timms of The Mekons; Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune; singer/songwriter Elizabeth Elmore; and Old Town School teacher and musician John Mead. The discussion happens from 1:30 to 3:30 in the concert hall, and is free and open to the public. See the Old Town School site for full details. Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Banana King #2 Release @ Quimby's

The Banana King celebrates the release of its second issue with a reading at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave. Readings include Emerson Dameron, Taryn Rejholec and the zine's editor A.B. Drea. The 8pm reading is free and open to the public.

Chicago Humanities Festival: Miriam Toews

The Chicago Humanities Festival and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago present Miriam Toews for the "Books and Brunch" series. The series offers intimate, in-person author discussions with Canadian literary talent. Today's event lasts from 10am-12pm at the Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets range from $15-$50 and can be obtained by calling 312-661-1028x22 or by emailing greg[at]

WLUW Record Fair @ Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

The annual WLUW Record Fair happens today and tomorrow at the Pulaski Park Auditorium (1419 W. Blackhawk, close to the Ashland/Division/Milwaukee six corners). Not only will there be loads of record and craft sellers there, but today Diatribe Media will be hosting a series of self-publishing workshops, from promotion to freelancing to zine readings. See the site for a full schedule. The record fair happens today from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7, or $5 with a postcard or ad for the fair. And if you show up this morning between 8:00 and 10:00, $20 gets you in the door for both days.



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