As of January 1, 2016, Gapers Block is on indefinite hiatus. The site will remain up in archive form while we evaluate our options, which may include a redesign or sale.
✶ Thank you for your readership and contributions over the past 12-plus years. ✶
Wednesday, January 18
Rap Sessions, a series of community dialogues that is currently touring the country, comes to Chicago with "Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama / Tea Party Era." The panel, which includes Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington and rapper Chuck D, will discuss "the ways the election of Obama, the emergence of the Tea Party and the shifting national political landscape has both strengthened and diminished hip-hop's effectiveness at galvanizing youth." This event is free from 6-8pm (doors open at 5:30pm) at the Conaway Center at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
ICE Theaters, 210 W. 87th St., hosts the Chicago premiere of Janks Morton's Hoodwinked, tonight at 6:45pm. The documentary, which addresses stereotypes about the African-American experience from media and political perspectives, features appearances by noted cultural critics including Drs. Jawanza Kunjufu, Marc Lamont Hill and Boyce Watkins. Post-discussion led by Morton follows the screening. Tickets are $10; for more information, call 773-892-3204.
Andy Rourke of The Smiths DJs tonight at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., along with Perfect Kiss, Heaven Malone and the Smiths Night DJs. RSVP on Do312 for no cover before 10pm and an Old Style hosted bar from 9 to 10pm.
The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with a concert featuring Mike Levowitz, Megan Gailey, Jamie Campbell, Liza Treger, Stan Morrow, Jason Folks and the NRG Ensemble. Show starts at 10pm. Free, 21+.