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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, January 27

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AfroFolk @ Old Town School

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Lobi Traore, of Bamako Mali performs with Dutch singer and guitarist, Joep Pelt, and the result is a blues-infused African jam sesssion. The launch concert of the spring AfroFolk series at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square. 8:30-10:30 pm. 4544 N Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Square. Call 773-728-6000 to reserve the free tickets.

Peter Haas on GIS @ Cultural Center

As part of the Mapping Today series of discussions, related to the Cultural Center's HereThereEverywhere exhibit (which is in turn associated with the Chicago Festival of Maps), Peter Haas of the Center for Neighborhood Technology talks about how GIS systems can support community groups, in the 1st floor Garland Room. Free, 6 PM. 78 E Washington. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.

Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell their Tales

DePaul welcomes performance artist and author E. Patrick Johnson for "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell their Tales," a one man shows using ethnographic performance to tell the stories of the black gay men of the south. The show explores issues of sexuality, identity, family, religion, violence, class, racism and homophobia and is drawn from Johnson's forthcoming book Sweet Tea: An Oral History of Black Gay Men of the South. Johnson is also Professor and Chair of Northwestern's Department of Performance Studies. Free from 6pm-8pm in the Student Center, Room 120B, 2250 N. Sheffield. Call 773-325-7346 for more information.

How to Cook Your Life @ Gene Siskel Film Center

This 2007 German documentary profiles Edward Espe Brown, a Zen priest/best-selling cookbook author and his perspective on the connection between food and spirituality. Check out the Film Center website for additional details. 6pm. 164 N. State St. 312-846-2600.

Dropkick Murphys @ The Congress Theater

Hardcore punk and ska join forces for a great night at the Congress Theater. The Dropkick Murphys team up with Big D and the Kids Table. Doors at 5:30, $22, All Ages.

Premiere of Chicago Edition of Top Chef

Just as the weather gets better, it's time to head indoors for some quality time with your cable TV. Top Chef's Chicago edition premieres tonight at 9pm on Bravo, and promises to pose more questions than answers. Will the local contestants have home turf advantage? Will Gail and Padma grab an after-work drink at Cardozo's? Will the contestants visit the Weiner's Circle and shy away from the verbal abuses of the staff? Let's work through these puzzling questions together.



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