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Thursday, March 23
Come to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight to help celebrate Gapers Block's second anniversary! From 9pm to midnight (and probably later), we'll listen and/or dance to the sounds of DJs Atomly and Ken Meier, as well as enjoy the following diversions:
• Ron Slattery of BigHappyFunhouse and Slats.org -- as well as a new GB column, "Old Style," which runs every other Sunday -- and Nick Osborn of The Boat Lullabies will be showing a collection of found photos for you to tell a story about. The best stor(y/ies) will win special prizes!
• A reading by The Critics.
• "Public Notice" columnist Shylo Bisnett will have a special booth where you can have her write a Missed Connection or other classified ad just for you!
• Play GB Staffer Bingo! Fill a line on the special bingo card and win a signed photographic print from artist and musician Sam Prekop!
All this will only set you back $8 at the door, assuming you're 21 or older. (If you're under 21, we're sorry you won't be able to join us. Stay tuned for an all-ages event later in the year.)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Apparently, it’s not kitschy enough to put on a weekly alternative stand-up comedy and variety show in the Lincoln Restaurant (4008 N. Lincoln Ave). The fez-festooned organizers of the Lincoln Lodge (5 years and counting, y'all!) are kicking it up a notch with “Dwight Nights” (starting at 9 pm) featuring the performers voted the most popular and free giveaways (commemorative T-shirts, trucker caps, and “Jesus Clocks” from Uncle Fun) to the first 60 attendees of each show (one each so don't go getting greedy). The show is 18 and over and cover is $7 with a one-drink minimum.
Nicole Krauss makes a stop at Barbara's Bookstore UIC, 1218 S. Halsted, to read from her book The History of Love. The latest pick for the Today Show book club, the book tells two parallel stories, one of a man who lost his home, his love and his child, and the other of a girl who was named for a character in a book, (possibly) written by that man. The reading starts at 7:30 pm. Call 312- 413-2665 for more information.
Pure Pop gears up for their monthly dance night, featuring New Wave, Power Pop, Post Punk and Indie Pop for all you pop-loving dance people. Hit the Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport, from 9pm-2am, to dance the night away. No cover, 21+.
In conjunction with the exhibit "Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered," the Newberry Library presents "Virtue and Vandalism: The Ethics of Breaking Books." The panel will include all manner of book people -- curator, educator, law professor, bookseller, book collector -- discussing "the ethics and economics of breaking old books to make fine press leaf books." The 1pm discussion is free and open to the public and will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Call 312-255-3691 for more information.
The Siskel Film Center presents Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan, an 82-minute documentary on the famous architect. Expect lots of shots of pretty buildings (and drawings and plans of pretty buildings). The movie starts running tonight, and shows through Thursday, May 26. See the Film Center's calendar for showtimes. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
West Loop gallery ThreeWalls hosts the opening of "Gossip," an exhibition by Vancouver artist Kyla Mallett. Mallett has been in residency throughout the month of May, collecting anonymous tips to be reperformed and recorded for this sound installation. The exhibit opens tonight, with a reception from 6-9pm, and continues through June 25th. Hear this ultramodern soundtrack at 119 North Peoria St. #2a or call 312/432-3972 for more information.