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Thursday, March 23
Stacey Ballis, author of the newly released Sleeping Over will appear at Barnes and Noble, 1441 W. Webster, for a free reading, Q&A, and signing. The novel, which has been called "part Sex and the City, part Little Women," features five Chicago women in their thirties examining their romantic and platonic relationships. Go chick lit! The reading begins at 7pm. Call 773-871-3610 for more information.
A memorial for Robert Creeley (1926-2005), Beat poet and educator will take place from 7pm-8pm, tonight at Danny’s Tavern, located at 1951 W. Dickens in Bucktown. The program will serve to memorialize and celebrate the work and life of one of this century’s most innovative and influential poets with brief talks and readings of Creeley’s work by Ray Bianchi, Bob Von Hallberg, Margaret Sloan, Kerri Sonnenberg, Jesse Seldess and John Tipton. Read about Creeley at Conjunctions, MetaFilter, and here.
Hot on the heels of Flirting for Nerds, Early to Bed, 5232 N. Sheridan Rd, presents Everything but the Kitchen Sink. This time, the erotic shop offers budget-conscious ways to enhance your romance. The 7:30pm workshop costs $10. You can call to reserve a space, but walk-ins are also welcome. 773-271-1219. Must be over 18.
As part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Andrea Levy appears today at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., to read from and discuss her new novel Small Island. The book has been awarded the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year and follows the story of a Jamaican couple's relationship with the white British family with whom they share a home. The 6pm reading will be followed by a signing. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call the CHF ticket office at 312-494-9509.
On Tuesday, April 5th, Interrupt Media Group and Subsystence present the next installment of their monthly INFLUENCE night at Sonotheque, this time with a focus on the local art and design community. Cody Hudson, Ray Noland, Chris Silva, and Juan Chavez will DJ after an informal preshow discussion about the state of the Chicago creative scene. Panelists will include Jim Coudal, Brian Ulrich, Michael Coleman, Elizabeth Cline, and GB's very own Naz Hamid and Andrew Huff. Sonotheque is located at 1444 W Chicago Ave, a few blocks east of Ashland. This event is free of charge, but only open to those 21 and up. For more information, or to download a copy of the poster, visit the INFLUENCE website.
GB staff members KM, AH, NH, and JD will be in attendance.