As of January 1, 2016, Gapers Block has ceased publication. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
✶ Thank you for your readership and contributions over the past 12-plus years. ✶
Wednesday, April 26
To benefit musician Dax Pierson, Sonotheque is hosting a DJ set tonight that should knock your socks on your ass: TV's Li'l Davy Cross, fresh from his double triumph of starring as the totally gay Dr. Tobias Funke on Fox's "Arrested Development", as well as writing an extremely funny piss-take of and for local music reviewers Pitchfork Media; and the two-man group Death From Above 1979. The show runs from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM, so bring your toothbrush. Tickets are $10. Arrive early, because there's going to be about 50 bazillion "Mr. Show" fans in line. Sonotheque: 1444 W. Chicago. (312) 226-7600.
Tonight, from 6-10pm, 4Art is holding an opening reception for their new exhibition: a collection of oil paintings by Chicago-based artist Robert W. Lee. Although Lee's history of showing is broad -- "from Greenwich Village, and The Cleveland Museum of Art, to international arenas in Yugoslavia, Austria, France and Italy," -- he has not shown his work in Chicago for over eighteen years, making this exhibition quite significant. The pieces will be on display through June 30. 4Art is located at 1932 S. Halsted, #100; call 312-850-1816 for more information.
Busy Beaver, maker of some fine buttons, is holding "so and so's button-o-matic series #6 summer 05 kick off" this weekend. Fifty cents buys you a button made by any one of a number of respectable artists. Featured button makers include Sayre Gomez, Maya Hayuk and Steve Harrington. There will also be popcorn, cotton candy, games and all sorts of fun summer things to accompany your buttons. Head down to 1741 N. Western Ave,
The great CTA blog CTA Tattler celebrates its one-year anniversary tonight at Rock Bottom Brewery (1 W. Grand, close to the Grand & State Red Line stop). Celebration starts at 4:30 PM, and continues until "when we all decide it's time to ride the Red Line together." See the CTA Tattler Website for further info.
Nick Hornby will be reading from and signing his new book, A Long Way Down, at 12:30pm at the State Street Borders, 150 N. State. Call 312/606-0750 for more info.
Directors Elissa Ferguson and Alex Rodriguez announce the first anniversary of their gallery, Aesthetic Eye, and the opening of their new exhibition "Vim and Vinegar II." The exhibition is "a portrait of the Venn diagram -- a large-scale set of artworks highlighting opposing worlds while illuminating the over-lapping common ground that unifies these worlds." A $1 donation is requested at the door, with proceeds going to help the Tree House Animal Foundation. Aesthetic Eye is located at 1520 W. Chicago Ave. Call 312-243-1520 for more information.