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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Wednesday, January 18
This seventh annual COUNTY Chef Challenge competition among local chefs, held in the name of highlighting seasonal produce and encouraging locals to shop at farmers' markets, will feature a cook-off between Chicago chefs Jared Van Camp (Executive Chef of Nellcote), Beverly Kim Clark (former Top Chef Contestant), and Thai Dang (Executive Chef of Embeya) right in the Daley Plaza market from 11am to 1pm. More information on this free event can be found here.
Sound Culture, Aguzate.org, and Old Town School of Folk Music present Novelima - Afro Peruvian Electronic Fusion! Show starts at 7:30pm at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $22. 18+
Come to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Ave., tonight for Story Club. The theme this month is "waiting," and features readings by professor, mongol scholar, and father of our host Robert Norris, author of "Meaty" Samantha Irby, and raconteur Shannon Cason. In addition there are open mic slots for storytelling hopefuls. Open mic signup begins at 7:30pm, show begins at 7:45pm. Free, 21+
Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., hosts Fuckapalooza, a three-day festival alternative to that other one downtown, today through Saturday. Tonight's show includes performances by The Whistle Pigs, Glass Lux and Kelsey Wild; Gabe Liebowitz hosts. Tickets for tonight's show are $10, or get a three-day pass for $25. Doors open at 8pm. 21+
Live Lit on the Lake is curated and hosted by Ian Belknap, founder and host of WRITE CLUB, which features a rotating lineup of Chicago's most audacious writers/performers at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive.) Each week performers from storefront theater literary series read from their favorite pieces, and discuss the craft and practice of live lit with the host. August 1 & 2 featured readers include: LILY BE, founder of Stoop Style Stories, CAITLIN BERGH, founder of Funny Story Show and KEITH ECKER, founder of Essay Fiesta AND Guts & Glory. Show starts at 9:25pm and is free.