As of January 1, 2016, Gapers Block has ceased publication. 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, March 24
Start Memorial Day Weekend off right! Gapers Block celebrates its fourth anniversary tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, starting at 9:30pm! The party features music by DJ Mary Nisi, the Heaven Seventies and the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, our patented GB Staffer Bingo, lots of prizes and giveaways, and much, much more! Woot! $10 at the door, 21+.
Night one of The John & Bill Show at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., features John Kricfalusi, creator of the much beloved "Ren & Stimpy," bringing some rare, unseen cartoons of the seven deadly sins! Sure to be a laugh riot and definitely not for the kiddies, John K. will be introducing the cartoons and the inspirations behind them. Showtime is 8pm; be sure to buy your tickets in advance.
Robert Henke has been the sole consistent member of Monolake since the German electronic music duo formed some 12-plus years ago. Since Monolake's original affiliation with influential Basic Channel and Chain Reaction labels in mid-90s Berlin, their trademark sound has featured elements of dubby bass and reverb, as well as subtle electro nuances tinge the sweeping ambient washes and broken-beat glide. As well as manning the decks and laptop for DJ sets, Henke has also been working as a sound artist in recent years, doing performances and creating sonic/multimedia installations that he says explore "sound, rhythm and structure, [and are] about the interaction between a sonic event and the space in which it happens." For Monolake's appearance at the Empty Bottle this evening, it's likely that he'll mixing from both avenues of his work. 1035 N. Western. Show starts at 10pm, and tickets are $10.