Gapers Block has ceased publication.

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.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Sunday, September 24

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


GB store

Drag preview show @ Neo-Futurarium

The Neo-Futurists present Drag, the latest play in their prime-time 2006-07 series. Drag features a cast of five artists exploring their desires and motives to perform as members of the opposite sex. Tonight's and tomorrow's shows are preview shows, and Drag officially opens this Saturday. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 PM through December 9. Prices for the preview shows are pay-what-you-can; regular show ticket prices are $15, or $10 for seniors/students with ID. See the Neo-Futurist Website for more information and to purchase tickets online. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.

Church History Archival Workshop

Churches hold the secrets to many communities and in the spirit of keeping these secrets for as long as possible, the Woodson Regional Library is holding an Archival Workshop. The event will offer principles and procedures for establishing, developing and maintaining church archives and will show how congregations can evaluate church records for historical significance and preservation. Free and open to the public at 9525 S. Halsted St., 6-8:30pm. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

Lip @ The Spot

The Poetry Center continues its reading series tonight at 8 PM--note the new location. At each reading in the Lip series, hosts Joel Chmara and Mary Fons present a visiting, nationally recognized emerging talent alongside a local poet, as well as an open mic. Tonight's features include Derrick Brown from Nashville, TN, and Chicago's own Stephanie Shaw. $5. 4437 N Broadway. For more information, call 312-899-7483 or visit the website.

Opening: Memento Polonia @ Peter Jones Gallery

This new play by Jenni Lamb centers on Beata, a woman in Detroit who recalls her life in Poland before and after World War 2 as part of a one-sided conversation with game show host Pat Sajak. Tonight's preview begins at 8 PM. Subsequent performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, through 2 December, except the day after Thanksgiving. 1806 W. Cuyler. For more information, call 773-791-0469.

Friedrich Durrenmatt Discussion @ Goethe-Institut

Upon the publication of a three-volume selection of Durrenmatt's work in English, translator Joel Agee and U of C professor emeritus Kenneth J. Northcott discuss the great German playwright/novelist's work. 150 N Michigan, Ste 200, 6 PM. Free, but reservations are required: contact Lisa Lux by phone at 312-263-0472 or email lux [at] chicago [dot] goethe [dot] org. For more information, visit the website.

Reader Book Swap

The Reader Book Swap returns to the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, tonight from 5:30 to 9:30pm. Bring as many as 15 books, take as many as 15 books -- all for free. Reader contributors Jessica Hopper, Peter Margasak, Monica Kendrick and Liz Armstrong spin, and there will be a bar (not free). The first 200 swappers get a free Reader tote bag, and everybody gets a copy of the Fall Books issue.

Bungalow Research Help

Emily Ramsey, Project Director of The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, will speak on how to use building permits, deeds, census information and fire insurance maps to trace the history of a home and its previous owners. Tonight only at Lincoln Square's Sulzer Regional Library at 7 pm.

Joanna Slowinska Ensemble @ Cultural Center

This performance, by an ensemble from Krakow, features traditional Polish and Slavic songs, in both traditional and modern arrangements. 7 PM, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. Free. 78 E Washington. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Justice @ SmartBar

Justice, the French electronica duo (not to be confused with the British jungle/drum & bass artist or Belgian hardcore band), will be performing at SmartBar at 3730 N. Clark St. In the last few years, Justice has risen to fame due to their remixes of Simian, Franz Ferdinand, Soulwax, Britney Spears, Fatboy Slim, DFA1979, and Mr. Oizo, among others. Their Waters of Nazareth has recently been released in the US to much praise for its ability to induce serious dancing and fist-pumping. For more information, visit their website or SmartBar's.



GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15