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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, December 3

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Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America @ Loyola University

Author and Loyola History professor Elizabeth Fraterrigo discusses her latest work, Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America, in which she researches and explores how the magazine influenced American life and culture. 6pm, 1032 West Sheridan, Richard Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor. Free.

Alex Ross @ Stop Smiling

Though he dislikes the term "classical music," 20th Century classical music likely has no greater champion than New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. Stop Smiling magazine calls him "perhaps the best music critic this nation has ever produced." Ross will be at the Stop Smiling storefront tonight to discuss his new book, Listen To This. The Chicago Reader says "[Listen To This] ping-pongs around from Mozart to Björk, recording technology to the history of a bass line. Ross offers a master class in music writing that will likely sell you not only on some music you never thought you'd like but on the importance of criticism to the form." Ross will be joined onstage in conversation with Chicago Sun-Times and WFMT music critic Andrew Patner. Stop Smiling storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee. 6:30pm. RSVP to

Adam Levin @ Oak Park Library

Remember that mammoth, 1000+ page book about the 10-year-old who forms an army of misfits, by the Chicago author now being compared to David Foster Wallace? Yeah, he's reading from it tonight. Oak Park Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park. 7-9pm.

NUF SAID Launch Party

Youth media project NUF SAID celebrates the launch of its website tonight at the Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S. Halsted St., from 6:30 to 8pm. There will be live entertainment, refreshments and a DJ. Free. More info here.

Works In Progress Night @ Quimby's

Got creative stuff you're fiddling around with - comics, zines, poetry, screenplays? Need some input or just tired of toiling in silence? Head out to Works In Progress at Quimby's tonight, or any last Wednesday of the month. They'll bring the snacks! Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 7pm.

GB Get-Together @ Sheffield's

Gapers Block's monthly Get-Together is a little early this month so as not to interfere with your Halloween plans. We're hanging out in the backroom bar at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., from 7pm to 10pm tonight. Half Acre Beer's PJ Fischer will be on hand to talk about the brewery's beers, and might even bring a special treat along if you're good. Sheffield's is also offering a pumpkin beer tasting flight -- four beers for $8. No cover. 21+ RSVP on Facebook, if you please.



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