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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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Saturday, April 20

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Ursula Bielski @ The Book Cellar

Local author Ursula Bielski will be at The Book Cellar to share some local ghost stories, such as those found in her books, Creepy Chicago, Chicago Haunts, More Chicago Haunts and Graveyards of Chicago. Free. 7pm. 4736-8 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-293-2665 for more information.

John Porcellino @ Quimby's

John Porcellino, the creator of King-Cat, will be at Quimby's to talk about his book King-Cat Classix, and to debut King-Kat Comics #68. Free. 7pm. 1854 W. North Ave. Call 773-342-0910 for more information.

Erik Larson @ Barnes & Noble

In case you missed his appearance at Sulzer Library on Thursday, you get another chance to see Erik Larson as he talks about his bestselling book, Thunderstruck. Free. 12:30pm. Barnes & Noble DePaul Center at 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Call 312-362-8792 for more information.

Opening: 18th St: Pilsen Open Studios @ Prospectus Art Gallery

Coordinating with Chicago Artists Month, Pilsen Open Studios kicks off with a special opening reception. 1210 W 18th. 5 PM till 10 PM. For more information, call 312-733-6132 or visit the website.

Open Studios @ Fine Arts Building

As part of Chicago Artists Month, take yourself on a self-guided tour of this fabulous old building (its elevator is operated by an elevator man--when did you last see one of those?), almost entirely occupied by artists and galleries. Open today from 4:30 PM till 9:30 PM, 410 S Michigan. Free. For more information, call 708-822-0063 or visit the website.

Opening: Place @ Chicago City Arts Gallery

"Place," a group art show featuring Scott Gruss, David Schalliol and Dylan Strzynski, opens at the Chicago City Arts Gallery in the Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan Ave., Suite 601. The opening is free and runs from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, vist the gallery website or call 312.235.0490.

Opening: The Beautiful and the Deadly @ Nature Museum

Complementing the Shedd Aquarium's ongoing lizard exhibit, the Nature Museum hosts diverse reptiles, through 13 January. 2430 N Cannon Dr. For more information, call 773-755-5100 or visit the website.

International Antiques Fair @ Merchandise Mart

Close to 100 dealers from around the world are participating in this year's International Antiques Fair. A great excuse to wander around the world's largest commercial building. $15, 11 AM to 8 PM. And if you visit between 6 PM and 8 PM, music, food, and drink will be available while you browse. For more information, call 800-677-6278 or visit the website.

Reginald Gibbons, Mary Kinzie, and Adam Zagajewski @ Hotel Allegro

The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics presents this reading by three major American poets at 8:15 PM. Free, but reservations are required: call 617-358-1990 by 9 October. 171 W Randolph. For more information (and to read samples of the poets' work), visit the Poetry Foundation website.

Chicago Blues Launch Party @ Legends

Chicago Blues, a new anthology of crime fiction stories written by local authors, will launch tonight with a celebratory party at Buddy Guy's Legends. The authors include Sara Paretsky, Barbara D'Amato, Mary Welk, Kevin Guilfoile, Sean Chercover, editor Libby Fischer Hellman and many more; a number of these authors will be at the party to sign and discuss their part in the anthology. Free and open to the public at 754 S. Wabash, 5pm-8pm. Call 312-427-0333 for more information.

Ali, Judt, Chomsky, et all @ Rockefeller Chapel

Tariq Ali, an editor and sixties activist, moderates a panel discussion called "In Defense of Academic Freedom" at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel. Panelists include Akeel Bilgrami, Noam Chomsky, Tony Judt, John Mearsheimer and Neve Gordon. The event runs from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
There will be a suggested donation of $5.



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