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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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Monday, January 18

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Rec Room Retro @ Black Rock

This Week, the Rec Room celebrates the 30th birthday of co-founder and organizatrix Erin Teegarden with a celebration of her favorite years in American history: the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Chicago artists, DJs, poets and musicians will evoke these decades by presenting and performing art/lit/music of, about, or in the spirit of these times past. It's gonna be hep, groovy, and far out, man. Free. 8 p.m. 3614 N. Damen. For more info, call 773-348-4044.

Beth Kohl @ Women & Children First

Writer Beth Kohl will be at Women & Children First to discuss her book Embryo Culture: Making Babies in the Twenty-First Century. Free. 7:30pm. 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.

Green City Market @ Notebaert Nature Museum

The Green City Market has moved indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's North Gallery, located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive, and will be selling the same good stuff they're known for from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. today. The Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier will be giving a cooking demonstration at 10:30 a.m. today as well.

Paula Kamen @ 57th Street Books

Writer Paula Kamen will be at 57th Street Books to talk about her new book, Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind. Free. 7pm. 1301 E. 57th St. Call 773-684-1300 for more information.

Bookslut reading @ Hopleaf

Bookslut presents the latest in its series of monthly readings. Tonight's reading starts at 7:30 PM at the Hopleaf in Andersonville (doors open at 6:00), and features authors Shalom Auslander (Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir), Michael Sims (Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination) and Martin Preib (The Wagon). The event is free and open to the public. See the Bookslut site for full details. Hopleaf: 5148 N. Clark Street.


WikiWednesday is a monthly get-together on the first Wednesday of the month by fans of Wiki software. Today will be the first Chicago meet-up, and as of today the meeting will be at the Cosi at 116 S. Michigan (near Monroe). For details and to RSVP, please see (and edit) this Wiki page.

Film & Fashion Night w/ Nau

Nau, the outdoor atelier whose clothes are eco-friendly is hosting a Film & Fashion Night in the South Loop tonight from 8pm to midnight. There's going to be BMX Ballet, food and drink (first drink free or so we hear) and other festivities. Learn about sustainable economy! It's free if you download, print and bring this ticket. The event happens at the Chicago Illuminating Company at 19, East 21st street.

Brian Turner and Bruce Weigl @ SAIC Ballroom

During tonight's program--Fighting Words: The Literature of War--poets Turner and Weigl discuss their wartime experiences and read from their work. 6:30 PM; part of the Poetry Center's monthly series. $10, 112 S Michigan. For more information, call 312-899-1229 or visit the website.

Dark Side of the Universe @ Newberry Library

Rocky Kolb, that great explainer from the University of Chicago and Fermilab, takes a shot at explaining dark matter (of which 95% of the universe is said to be composed) in this talk presented by the Newberry Library's Wednesday Club. $9 admission includes a light reception at 5:30 PM. The talk starts at 6:15 PM. 60 W Walton. For more information, call 312-255-3556 or visit the website.

Bill Plympton Test Screening @ The Music Box

Animator and director Bill Plympton has traveled all the way from his New York studio to present Idiots and Angels, a work in progress, at this exclusive test screening tonight at the Music Box. After the show, Plympton will answer your questions. Doors at 9:45pm, show at 10pm. 3733 N. Southport Ave. For tickets, visit the Website.



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