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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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Sunday, October 1

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Ice Cube @ H.O.B.

Before Barbershop, O'Shea Jackson was angry, political, and had a trademark scowl that let you know that he was not to be trifled with. Well, the scowl's still there. Tickets over here.

Open Book Swap

Looking for a good place to unload all those books you've read and are ready to pass on? (And, let's be honest, you probably need to make some more room on your shelves for all the new books you've purchased, too.) Pack them in some sturdy bags and come to the Open Books Book Swap today at the North Lakeside Cultural Center. Donate what you've brought, then browse everyone else's contributions and you can leave with as many books as you brought in. Free from 10am-2pm at 6219 N. Sheridan Rd. Email info[at]open-books[dot]org for more information.

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Fall means it's apple season, so get started on your apple eating and cider drinking at this annual festival. It's at Giddings Plaza, 4731 North Lincoln Avenue from 8 am to 5 pm. Free.

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

The 4th annual version of this art fair features over 140 juried artists, as well as musical entertainment. It takes place along Broadway between Belmont and Roscoe on Saturday 9/13 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9/14 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Adventures in Modern Music Festival @ Empty Bottle

Five days of exciting music just down Western Avenue, and all I have to pay is $15 for 4 bands each night? Or $60 for a 5-day pass? You don't say!

Head on down to the Empty Bottle tonight to catch the always awesome Adventures in Modern Music Festival. Tonight's lineup includes: Flying Lotus, Shugo Tokumaru, Blues Control and Lau Nau. And yeah, it's only $15. Catch our preview in Transmission.

World Kitchen: Party Planning 101 @ Gallery 37

Make your next party rocking at the Party Planning 101 cooking class, which will be held today from 11a-2pm. This class is offered as part of the World Kitchen learning series offered by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and will be held at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street. Admission is $30 and pre-registration is required. Please wear non-skid shoes and bring your apron!

UNESCO "Culture of Peace" Discussion

SGI-USA, a lay Buddhist organization, hosts a day of discussions of UNESCO's Culture of Peace Initiative today from 1pm to 4:30pm at 1455 S. Wabash Ave. Hiro Sakurai, past president of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, will speak on steps we can take to "Build A Culture of Peace." In addition, community builders, religious organizations and educational institutions that share the vision of peace will have exhibits and participate in dialogue. Music and dancers will entertain. Free; more info here.

Renegade Craft Fair

This year's Renegade Craft Fair will feature hundreds of the hippest crafty vendors from across the land, all laid out once again on Division Street in Wicker Park between Damen and Hermitage. Come out and browse, shop and also groove to music by Northern State and Califone. FREE! The fair runs 9/13-9/14, noon-10pm.

Southern Cooking @ Chicago History Museum

The Culinary Historians of Chicago host Virginia Willis as she discusses "Southern Cooking." The event begins at 10 am. Visit their website for more details.

Bike the Dog

According to their website, Bike The Dog is "Chicago's Premier Gastronomic Cycling Challenge." They're inviting bikers of any skill level to join them for an almost-eighteen-mile trek through the north and northwest sides, sampling the wares at nine quintessential Chicago hot dog locations. The ride starts at 10 AM today at the Vienna Beef Factory Store. It's a pledge-based event, with raised funds benefiting the family of Stella Ackerman, a two-and-a-half-year-old living with a rare blood disorder. More info.

David Di Gregorio of Osteria via Stato @ Green City Market

Chef David Di Gregorio of Osteria via Stato will be giving a cooking demo today at 10:30am at the Green City Market, located between Clark and Stockton.

CoCoComa @ Ronny's

Garage rockers CoCoComa perform tonight with bizarro punks M.O.T.O. and Australia's The Ooga Boogas at Ronny's. 2101 N. California (Logan Square). 9PM. 21+

Nervous Fingers @ Beat Kitchen

Super fun psych-jangle-pop-rockers Nervous Fingers perform at Beat Kitchen tonight along with Mayor Daley, Very Truly Yours and headliner Bruce Lamont. 2100 W. Belmont. Tickets are $8. Doors at 9:30PM, show at 10PM. 21+



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