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. ✶
Saturday, January 21
The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a free screening of the Vincent Price horror classic House on Haunted Hill tonight at 6:30pm. Price's daughter, Victoria Price, will be in attendance.
First Tuesdays with the Reader's Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky is tonight at 6:30pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Find out what's going on with Chicago's political scene. $5. 21+
Tuesday Funk, Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series sponsored by Gapers Block, returns tonight to the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. This month the readers are poet Mark Turcotte, author Lori Rader-Day, poet Noel Jones, author Dmitry Samarov and writer-musicians Paul McComas and Maya Kuper -- plus your regular cohosts, Andrew Huff and Eden Robins. Doors open at 7pm sharp -- no earlier, unfortunately, -- and the reading begins at 7:30pn. RSVP on Facebook. Free, 21+
John Darnielle, writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats, has finally translated his tremendous lyrics to prose with the release of new novel, Wolf In White Van, "the story of the Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move." Join Unabridged Bookstore for an unforgettable evening as John Darnielle sits in conversation with Mairead Case, columnist for Bookslut who has spent a decade working in Chicago schools, small presses, and libraries, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Darnielle's debut novel, hailed as moving, menacing, and brillliantly constructed, is not to be missed. $30 for entry plus a copy of the book; doors open at 7pm.