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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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Wednesday, December 8

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Story Week: 2nd Story @ Martyrs

Martyrs plays host to the opening night of Columbia College's 15th annual Story Week festival. Tonight's event is 2nd Story, a showcase featuring authors Lott Hill, Eric May, Patricia Ann McNair and April Newman. Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln. (773) 404-9494.

Almost Pi(e) Day @ Firkin & Pheasant

The Chicago Nerds Social Club presents their second annual Pi Day pie bake-off and competition. This year the event happens on the day BEFORE Pi Day, so it's an Almost Pi(e) Day event. Attendees are invited to bring their home-baked pies in for the tasting competition, and there will be trivia competitions, prizes to people who memorize the most digits of pi, and other geeky edu-tainment. The event happens tonight from 6pm to 8pm at the Firkin & Pheasant (670 W. Diversey). See the Chicago Nerds event page for full details and to buy tickets.

Simone @ DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., celebrates Women's History Month today from 3pm to 5pm with Simone, a tribute to the late jazz singer Nina Simone. The performance is a day of dance and song with Suite Nina, performed by the Muntu Dance Theatre and a vocal tribute by Chicago jazz songstress Dee Alexander. Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office. For more information, contact (773) 947-0600.

Octavarius: Battle for the Belt @ Stage 773

Critically acclaimed improv comedy troupe Octavarius is premiering a new show series titled "Octavarius: Battle for the Belt," tonight at 7pm at Stage 773: 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Additional performances will take place on March 20 & 27. Colt Cabana, former WWE and current Ring of Honor superstar, is a special guest of the series, making an in-person appearance on night two (the 20th) and video appearances on night one and three. "The Ego" Robert Anthony, CZW Heavyweight Champion, will make a surprise appearance on the final night of the series (the 27th). Tickets are $15 per show, or $25 for a ringside pass to all three nights. Audience members are encouraged to make a sign cheering or jeering their favorite Octavarius superstars, and receive tickets at a discounted rate of $12. For more information, visit

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 5-13 at Navy Pier. Check out landscaping displays and tabletop arrangements, learn about new products and techniques, and enjoy a bit of greenery in still-dreary March. Hours are 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm Sunday. Tickets are $15 weekdays, $17 weekends for adults, $5 for kids all the time.



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