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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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Thursday, January 26

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Chicago Short Film Brigade Premiere

The Hideout hosts the premiere of the Chicago Short Film Brigade, a four-times-annually festival "curated to present the public with a diverse selection of international short films in a warm, social, non-academic, non-festival atmosphere." Tickets are $7, and the show gets started at 8:30pm. 21 and over.

Powell's North Reading Series

The first Powells North reading event of the new year features guest poet Zach Barocas, author of Among Other Things: Poems and Proposals. 7pm at Powells North Bookstore, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave.; Free. For more information, call 773-525-8822 or visit

Dunny Azteca Release Party @ Rotfugi

Rotofugi hosts one of 14 release parties around the country for the new Dunny Azteca series of vinyl figurines. Drink free Pacifico beer, check out the toys, and compete in a contest to win a candy-and-Dunny-filled pinata. Tonight from 6pm to 8pm, free. 1953 W. Chicago Ave.

Afrika Bambaataa @ Smart Bar

For the four-year birthday of their Sangageddon event at Smart Bar, Reverse Productions pulls out all the stops with an incredibly thick billing. Scheduled are DJ sets from godfather of hip-hop Afrika Bambaataa and cut-n-paste mixmeister Steinski. Also on the bill are local hip-hop trackmaster Maker, Intel, Skor, and a live set from the wonkily inventive West Coast beatscaper Daedelus. Keep an eye on the Transmission page for further details. Tickets are $15, and the beats start dropping at 10pm. 3750 N. Clark. (773) 549-0203.

Pinwheel on the Prairie: An Overview of the Price Tower @ Archicenter

The Chicago Architecture Foundation launches its new exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower with this talk by guest curator Anthony Alofsin about the design process used for the tower. 6 PM. A reception follows the talk. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-922-3432 x 224 or reserve online.

Literature of the Silk Road @ AIC

This omnibus reading features Arabic odes, Chinese court poems, and Persian tales, which are performed by actors and accompanied by music. A gallery walk follows. 6 PM, in dazzling Fullerton Hall. 111 S Michigan. $10 to $15. For tickets, call 312-575-8000 or visit the website.

Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble - for kids

Gather up the kids and experience Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble tonight at the Chicago Children's Museum, 6pm, at Navy Pier. Local artists will join the festivities to bring music, stories and more. Get information by calling the museum at 312-527-1000.

Opening: Prairie Skyscraper @ Archicenter

The Chicago Architecture Foundation presents this exhibit about Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, through 29 April. The exhibit tells the story of the building's design and construction with letters, photographs, and other documents, and also displays components of the building itself, including textiles and furniture. 224 S Michigan. For more information, visit the website.



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