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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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Sunday, September 25

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The University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel is home to a giant musical instrument known as a carillon. Every Sunday this summer the chapel is hosting a series of free recitals featuring University Carillonneur Wylie Crawford along with guest artists from across the United States and Europe. The concerts start at 6 pm, but come at 5:30 pm to climb the stairs of the bell tower and get a look at the giant bells of the carillon-- not to mention a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline.

The Secret Lives of Librarians

Tonight, at 7pm, join this group of zine-making librarians as they break away from the American Library Association Annual Conference to read from their zines to reveal the "inner lives of librarians that give lie to the stereotype of the repressed bun-wearing, Dewey Decimal obsessed shusher." From Quimby's: "Jenna Freedman, editor of the zine "Lower East Side Librarian Winter Solstice Shout-Out", is the Coordinator of Reference Services at Barnard College Library in NYC. She is a member of the library worker activist group Radical Reference that supports activists and independent journalists. Travis Fristoe devotes himself to libraries, amateur protest music and salvaging discarded bikes. Jenn Phillips-Bacher and Sara Pete published "Riot Librarrrian". A librarian-in-training, Keith Helt publishes "Flotation Device" and is in the band the Rories. Celia Perez publishes "I Dreamed I Was Assertive" and "Skate Tough You Little Girls," a zine about women in skateboarding and is a reference and instruction librarian at Harold Washington College where she spends much of her time asking them to turn off their cell phones." Learn all about the secret lives of librarians at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, or call 773/342-0910 for more info.

David Sedaris @ Borders

Author David Sedaris appears this afternoon at 12:30 at the Borders bookstore at 150 N. State to read from his most recent book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. There may also be some amusing anecdotes about his family. More information: (312) 606-0750.

Cereality opens

Cereality, the restaurant that specializes in hot and cold cereals, officially opens in Chicago this morning at 6:00 AM. The Chicago store is just the third location for the chain (the other two are in Philadelphia and Arizona State University in Tempe). Cereality is located at 100 S. Wacker at Monroe.



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