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.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions over the past 12-plus years. 


Thursday, May 23

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


GB store

European Union Film Festival @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 12th annual European Union Film Festival. Opening night is tonight at 7pm with the 2008 film U Me Dobry (I'm All Good) from the Czech Republic. The festival runs through Thursday, April 2; check the Film Center Website for a complete schedule for the festival. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Woman Made Gallery Opens

Woman Made Gallery opens with a reception for a group show curated by Yolanda M. López. Reception is tonight from 5pm to 9 pm. Show runs to April 16. 685 N. Milwaukee Ave.

First Friday: Promoters' Ordinance discussion @ Old Town School

The Old Town School of Folk Music holds their monthly First Friday this evening. Usually an evening of free classes, music and dancing, this month's First Friday is unofficially devoted to the Chicago Promoters' Ordinance, a pending city ordinance that may have a huge effect on the live music community in Chicago. The school will be screening the documentary The Chicago Promoters' Ordinance Kills Independent Music and hosting a discussion about the ordinance which will feature journalists, activists and musicians from the music community. The evening starts at 5:30pm (door open at 5), and costs a $5 donation. Old Town School: 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 728-6000.

Sex Workers Outreach Project Benefit @ The Wild Pug

In honor of International Sex Worker Rights Day, which was March 3, join SWOP-Chicagoat The Wild Pug (4810 N. Broadway) for their benefit "Fornication!" - A Naughty Soiree of Wilde Delights. The night, which runs from 8pm-2am, includes "naughty booths" of fetish, kissing, chance; raffle prizes; and drink specials.

$5-$10 donation at door.
$1-$20 raffle ticket specials

CIMMFest: Sleeping Nights Awake Screening

Sleeping Nights Awake, a Sonic Youth documentary, will be screening as a part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. This concert documentary was filmed in black and white by a group of high school students in Reno as part of Project Moonshine. The screening takes place at St. Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W North Ave. The film starts at 9:30pm and will be followed by the premiere of the music video for "More Control" by The Heist & The Accomplice. Tickets for all CIMM Fest events can be purchased at Check out Transmission for more details.

Alexis Mackenzie Opening @ Threadless Gallery

Collage artist Alexis Mackenzie opens a show of her work at the Threadless Gallery, 3011 N. Broadway, tonight from 7pm to 9pm. Free.

Dan Auerbach @ Metro

Dan Auerbach (one half of the rock duo The Black Keys) plays a solo show tonight at the Metro. Most of the material for tonight's show was written while he was on the road with The Black Keys in support of their last album, Attack & Release. Read more about Auerbach's debut solo album Keep It Hid in our music section, Transmission. Special guest Hacienda. Those Darlins open. Show starts at 9pm. 18 & over. 3730 N. Clark St. Tickets $20.



GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15