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
The Ladydrawers discuss "Our Fashion Year," an exploration of international women's labor in words and pictures, at UIC's Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., tonight from 6 to 8pm. Anne Elizabeth Moore presents the group's work, followed by a panel discussion with a representative from SWOP (Sex Worker Outreach Project), a labor organizer and one of the Ladydrawers illustrators. Free.
This evening David Schalliol will be presenting his work on his Isolated Building Studies, along with two projects that started on Gapers Block, "To be Demolished" and "The Area." The conversation will be hosted by Andres L. Hernandez, who is repurposing an underutilized space behind the Arts Incubator into "Hush Harbor," a pop-up, open-air forum inspired by historical accounts of bush arbors or hush harbors, which were covert outdoor spaces created by African-Americans for sacred and secular cultural activities. The event is free, but RSVP and get additional details on Facebook. The University of Chicago Arts Incubator is located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd, just off the Green Line.
Step Up Women's Network's fourth annual Shine & Dine benefit is tonight at the Bridgeport Art Center's Skyline Loft, 1200 W. 35th St., from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets are $125, and all proceeds fund Step Up's programs to empower teen girls.
The Chicago Tribune is hosting a 25th anniversary screening and discussion of "Field of Dreams" at the Music Box Theater (3733 N Southport Ave) at 7pm. The cost is $15 per person (plus a small fee), or secure seats for a group of 10 people for just over $100. Tribune sports columnist Steve Rosenbloom and movie critic Michael Phillips will be on hand to lead the post-screening discussion about one of the most popular sports films in American history.
Story Club North Side is back at Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight at 7:30pm with the theme "hot hot heat." This month's featured readers are writer Debbie Capone; actor, writer and improviser Julie Marchiano; and playwright Erin Lane. Dana Norris hosts, and as always, there are a couple open mic slots if you've got a story to tell. $10 suggested donation. 21+
Timed to coincide with the launch of ticket sales for David Bowie Is at the MCA, the Bowie Ball is back at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., from 10pm to 4am. The evening features live performances by Chris Connelly and Robert Byrne as David Bowie, Bowiesque DJ sets by Heaven Malone, Greg Corner and X[P], and androgynous Bowie fashion looks by Sissy Spastik, Miss Tosh, Jojo Baby and Queerella Fistalot. Get yourself glittered and glammed up in the makeover booth and hit the A/S/L photo booth. RSVP on Do312 for $5 cover before 11pm. 21+