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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, February 3

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Lecture on Canadian Anarchist Thought & Publishing

This Thursday, April 5 @ 7pm Join the Monk Parakeet Group at the Experimental Station for a lecture by Allan Antilff, a prominent Canadian Anarchist art-historian. Antliff will talk on the Canadian anarchist journal Open Road (1976-1990). He will discuss the politics of the journal in the context of the legacy of the 1960s, and the ways in which the journal advanced the theory and practice of anarchism through the 1980s. Amongst other controversial issues, Allan will discuss the involvement of Open Road in a bombing campaign targeting the production of nuclear weapons. He will also examine the journal's penchant for pieing politicians. Experimental Station is located at 6100 S. Blackstone Avenue near the University of Chicago and the intersection of Dorchester and 61st Street. For more information, email

PSST! 2 screening @ Debonair Social Club

PSST! 2, a collection of films created by teams of designers, directors and animators in a collaborative manner, screens tonight at Debonair Social Club (1575 N. Milwaukee). Doors open at 8:00 PM, show starts at 9:00 PM. See the Website links for full details.

El Boton Release Party @ Koi 8

El Boton celebrates the release of its newest limited edition button set at Koi 8, 1927 W. Chicago Ave., tonight from 7pm to 9pm. The new set features Chicago street artists Anthony Lewellen, |art|illery, blUtt, Revise CMW and The Viking. Many of the artists will be in attendance, and sets and t-shirts will be available for sale. DJ Heckright spins, complimentary adult beverages will be served.

Lovely Sparrows, May Or May Not, Swimmers @ Schubas

Philadelphia's Swimmers visit Chicago on their first Midwest tour, opening for May or May Not and Austin's Lovely Sparrows. With the release of their Fighting Trees LP, the Swimmers' sound is akin to 60s British pop. Lovely Sparrows, a conglomeration of friends who've been in a multitude of bands over the last decade, headline the show in support of their EP, Pulling up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint. For tickets and more information, visit Schubas.

Chicago & the Olympics: Is It a Good Idea?

That's a question many of us have been wondering as information about the proposed event permeates the news. Come to the Chicago History Museum at 6:30pm to join in a discussion with Patrick Ryan from Chicago 2016 on whether, if Chicago is picked over Los Angeles, our city really will be a winner. Free at 1601 N. Clark St. Call 312-642-4600 for more information.

HCBA Bungalow Seminar

Join architect Chris Turley of Turley Architects for "Goats and Gods,"a study of bungalow additions done wrong and right. Chris will present a number of visual examples of bungalow additions that maintain the character of the bungalow and those that do not. The seminar will be held on both April 3 at the Woodson Regional Library and April 5 at the Sulzer Regional Library, from 7 pm to 8 :30 pm. Register now at the HCBA's Web site.

Lip @ The Spot

The Poetry Center continues its reading series tonight at 8 PM. Host Emily Rose emcees an open mic followed by two featured readings. Tonight, Ian Belknap and Sharon Green perform. $5. 4437 N Broadway. For more information, call 312-899-7483 or visit the website.



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