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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Saturday, July 13

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GB Get-Together

The monthly GB Get-Together is switching to Tuesdays for the summer, and tonight it's at Green Eye Lounge, right below the Western Blue Line stop at 2403 W. Homer. We'll be getting started at 7pm and quitting around 11pm, so come on by for a drink with members of the Gapers Block staff.

Peel Me a Grape

Part of Stirring Things Up in Chicago, the Chicago Office of Tourism offers the Peel Me a Grape series, celebrating songs about food in a series of dinners and music performed by premier cabaret singers. Tonight's performance is at Thyme Restaurant, 464 N. Halsted, 7pm. Admission is $60. Call 312-226-4300 for reservations and more information.

The Transformation of Sugar and Water

Ever see those Food TV shows about cake decorating and wonder how, exactly, can you built a seven-foot-tall willow sapling out of sugar, complete with nesting doves? Find out how! Well, maybe not the doves. But join pastry master Mark Seaman spin and swirl sugar into gravity defying creations, decorations, and colors. The event will be held at the Adler Planetarium on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free with museum admission.

Opening: Dollhouse, Goodman Theatre

Goodman's "it" playwright, Rebecca Gilman, adapts Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House in a contemporary Lincoln Park setting in this world premiere directed by Robert Falls. Opens tonight and runs through July 24. See here for full schedule and ticket information.

Paschen Reads @ TallGrass Writers Guild Series

Tonight, at 7:30pm, the TallGrass Writers Guild Authors Series + Open Mic spotlights Chicagoland poet Elise Paschen, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America from 1988 to 2001, and cofounder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program that places poetry posters in subways and buses, reaching more than 10 million people a day with poetry. Paschen is coeditor of Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast: 120 Poems from the Subways and Buses and Poetry Speaks. A former Frances Allen Fellow of the Newberry Library, Dr. Paschen will be available for book signing, which immediately precedes the TallGrass Open Mic. Cover charge for this Authors Series Appearance, which includes the lecture/discussion, Q&A, all handouts, and the Open Mic, is $7 reduced to $6 for students with ID. The evening's event is upstairs at The Red Lion, 2446 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (773-348-2695). For more details, call 708-672-6630 or email tallgrasswriters{at}



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