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.
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Friday, January 20
The Hideout hosts the triumphant return of Funny Ha Ha, Claire Zulkey's reading series. Tonight's event features: Robbie Telfer from The Encyclopedia Show; Write Club's Ian Belknap; author Wendy McClure; sketch comedy from Schadenfreude; and many more exciting people you will enjoy. Admission is a paltry $5 at the door; the show starts at 6:30pm. Full details at the Hideout's Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.
Dmitry Samarov and Shay DeGrandis celebrate the opening of Covers and Crushes, an exhibition of their recent artwork at Elastic Vision Gallery, 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave., with a reception tonight at 7pm. Free.
Vieux Farka Touré, son of legendary Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, performs at the Old Town School of Folk Music Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $10 online or at the door.
The Shit Show is back tonight at the Shambles, 2050 W. Division St., at 8pm. This free night of comedy features Nate Simmons, Jack Thurston Farrell, Aaron Weaver, Chastity Washington, Mike Lebovitz, Alexandra Tsarpalas, Mike Knish, Peter-john Byrnes, and Tim Paul. Hosted by Rasa Gierstikas, Ever Mainard and Kieth Pasel.
Dunn Dunn Fest runs Feb. 20-22 at three different venues, each featuring an excellent lineup of Americana, roots and aligned genres. Tonight's show is at Lincoln Hall, 3159 N. Southport Ave., featuring the Giving Tree Band, the Shams Band, and Sam Doores + Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $10, or get a three-day festival pass for $25. 18+
Country Mice, Birdcloud, SPIRITUALS and Neil O'Neil perform at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., tonight at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. 21+