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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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Thursday, May 23

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Screening @ Pritzker Park

Is there a favorite scene in A Christmas Story that you watch year after year? Movies in Pritzker Park will allow you to catch that scene, recite your favorite quote and head on your way. New to Winter WonderLoop this year is a special three-week series of holiday film screenings Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm, from Dec. 1-15, in Pritzker Park at State and Van Buren Streets. This winter, Pritzker Park, the former home of Tony Tasset's EYE sculpture, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater allowing patrons to stop by or enjoy a full screening of some iconic holiday films. Tonight you can see How the Grinch Stole Christmas there for free at 5:30pm. For more information about Winter WonderLoop, please visit

Mickey, Dumpster Babies, Empty Heads @ Empty Bottle

Nashville's Cheap Time is a garage-rock trio that ganks catchy hooks from glam-rock and power-pop. Their debut LP was released in 2008 and this year they've returned with Fantastic Explanations (And Similar Situations). Their songs may not last long, but they sure pack a lot of punch. [Note: Cheap Time has cancelled.] Local rock'n'rollers Mickey, Dumpster Babies and Empty Heads play the Empty Bottle. The show starts at 9:30pm. It's 21+ and tickets are $8. The Empty Bottle's at 1035 N Western.

See Me Improving @ Stop Smiling Storefont

Stop Smiling hosts the release party for See Me Improving, Travis Nichols' latest collection of poetry, tonight at its storefront at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The event will include found videos from and performances by Patrick Culliton, Jacob Knabb, Kathleen Rooney, Catherine Halley, Gretchen Kalwinski, Emerson Dameron, Monica Fambrough and more, plus a reading by Nichols from the book. Refreshments will be served. More info and RSVP on Facebook. Free.



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