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.
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Saturday, April 29
The broads of Vaudezilla are back on the Blue Bayou's bartop for a night of free burlesque! Stop by 3734 N. Southport Avenue tonight for their weekly 10pm show. Hosted by Dick Dijon, the show features a bevy of beauties including Wham Bam Pam and Maria May I. Visit Vaudezilla's website for more details and a complete list of performers.
Hometown heroes Hey Champ play Lincoln Hall tonight after running around the country (and South America) on tour for the last couple months. French Horn Rebellion will also play. Show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $12. 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 18+
Can you smell the orange vinyl? This Thursday three superstar Steppenwolf scenic designers transform the Merle Reskin Garage Theatre into a dive bar circa December 1975, in honor of the year David Mamet wrote American Buffalo -- in production at Steppenwolf through February 7. The free event (RSVP required) includes Toast & Jam DJ Rachel Hinsdale spinning early '70s tunes (no disco!), classic '70s TV, and an artistic presentation exploring David Mamet's work with Chicago actors David Pasquesi and Kurt Ehrmann. Oh -- and of course, beer and munchies. More information about the event is available on Steppenwolf's website.
Locals Raise High the Roof Beam will be closing out 2009 with their show at Schubas (3159 North Southport Avenue) tonight. Gentleman Auction House and Old Stable Hands open. The show starts at 9pm and tickets are $7, 21+. Advanced tickets can be ordered here.
Nacional 27's Adam Seger's bringing in some holiday sparkle at this month's cocktail class, which features Champagne. Learn how to make two Champagne cocktails, the "Apertif 27" and the "Sparkling Holiday Mojito." The $20 class fee includes cocktails, passed appetizers, and recipe cards and takes place at the restaurant (325 W. Huron). Reserve your spot online or call 312-664-2727.
It's time for Gapers Block's holiday party, and you're all invited! Join us tonight at the Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen, from 7pm to 10pm. We'll have free beer courtesy of Half Acre Brewery (while supplies last), a roaring fire in the back room, free stickers and buttons, and plenty of good cheer! There's no cover, but you'll have to be over 21. Please RSVP on Facebook so we have a general idea of how many people to expect.