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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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Wednesday, July 17

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Jimmy Santiago Baca @ SAIC Ballroom

The award-winning poet reads from his work tonight at 6:30 PM, as part of the Poetry Center's fall reading series. 6:30 PM, 112 S. Michigan. Tickets are $8 to $10, or free if you're a Poetry Center member. Visit the website for more information.

The Maltese Falcon, Radio Edition @ Cultural Center

Expand your conception of radio drama by checking out this performance by the AFTRA/SAG Senior Radio Players, dedicated to "keeping alive the uniqueness of radio as the theater of the imagination." Tonight, the group recreates the Dashiell Hammet classic. Free, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater. 78 E Washington, 7 PM. For more information, visit the website.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf @ Cultural Center

You can't get much more dramatic than this. Rasaka, the South Asian theater company, presents a staged reading of Edward Albee's classic rendering of domestic nastiness, in the Studio Theater at 7:30 PM. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-777-1070.

Who Wants Big Box Stores Anyway? @ Women and Children First

Stacy Mitchell, author of Big Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses, talks about her book this evening at 7:30 PM. Free, 5233 N Clark. For more information, call 773-769-9299 or visit the website.

Martin Marty and Eboo Patel @ MCA

Patel, who founded Interfaith Youth Core, talks about "the role of youth and religion in strengthening civil society" with religion historian Marty. In the MCA Theater at 6:30 PM. 220 E Chicago. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

My Life as a Dog @ Cultural Center

See a movie on the first floor of the Cultural Center, while eating a catered, sister-city (Gothenburg) -influenced meal from Fox & Obel. 5:30 PM, 78 E Washington, $15. Reservations are required: call 312-742 TIXS (8497). For more information, visit the website.

How Free Are We? @ Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts

The Illinois Humanities Council continues its series of events to foster a public dialogue around science and culture, Future Perfect: Conversations on the Meaning of Genetics, with this discussion of the distinction between genetic predisposition and predestination. 6 PM, 1001 W Roosevelt. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-422-5580 or email ihc [at] prairie [dot] org. For more information, visit the website.


Rail-Volution was born out of the Portland, Oregon, light rail implementation more than 15 years ago but centers around all kinds of transit, including bicycles, car-sharing, and streetcars; and covers environmentally sound planning, building transit-oriented communities, and strategies for funding. The conference closes today at the Marriott Mag Mile, 540 N Michigan. For more information, visit the website.



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