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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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Monday, July 22

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Henrik Ibsen @ Neo-Futurarium

In preparation for taking the show to the New York Fringe Festival, the Neo-Futurist theater company presents a special one-night-only performance of their wonderful play The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen. Even if you don't know Henrik Ibsen from Henry Gibson, you'll love the twists and turns the cast puts Ibsen's words through, in an attempt to make it all the way through Ibsen's canon. Plus, cast member Steve Walker has possibly the funniest death scene that's ever been seen in an Ibsen play. (You'll know it when you see it.) The show is tonight at 8:00 PM at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland). Tickets are $15, or pay-what-you-can. For reservations, call the Neo-Futurist Hotline at (773) 275-5255, or see the Neo-Futurist site for buying tickets online.

Chicago Underground Film Festival opening night

This year's Chicago Underground Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of the movie Firecracker at the Music Box Theatre at 7:30 PM. The festival continues for the next week, and features a whole mess of great films that you probably won't see anywhere. See the CUFF site for a full schedule and to purchase tickets (tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticketweb at (866) 468-3401). Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago Green Drinks

Chicago Green Drinks gets underway again tonight at Jefferson Tap & Grill, 325 N. Jefferson (1.5 blocks north of Lake St. and Clinton Green Line stop). Socialize. Network. Learn. Chicago's thriving sustainability epi-center. Drinks will pour from 6:30-9 pm (panel discussion 7:15-8:15) Panel Topic:  Beyond the Blue Bag:  What To Do With Everything Else. Cost: $4 general, $2 students/low income, no rsvp required. Email greendrinks{at}, or call (312) 670-7812 for more information.

Charles Blackstone @ Barbara's

Local author Charles Blackstone reads from his novel, The Week You Weren't Here, at Barbara's Bookstore UIC, 1218 S. Halsted. The novel is a portrait of a young writer who's nearing the end of his days as an undergraduate and embarking on his search for love. The reading begins at 7:30pm. Call 312-413-2665 for more information.

Wine & Dine

Join In Fine Spirits and The Wooden Spoon at a Wine & Dine - BBQ Garden Party on Thursday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m. Class participants will enjoy a variety of appetizers complemented by wines. The menu will include: Thinly sliced flank steak served on mini rolls with spicy mayo, butterfly shrimp spiedini with chili and raspberry dip, yakitori chicken, lamb tikka on a skewer, grilled vegetable and brie stuffed quesadillas, grilled Monte Cristo sandwiches, grilled fruit and condiments. Cost is $65, seats are limited, sign-up by calling the Wooden Spoon, located at 5047 N. Clark, Chicago at (773) 293-3190. Or for more information, you can also call In Fine Spirits located at 5418 N. Clark, Chicago at (773) 506-WINE (9463).

Food and Film on the Rooftop

Part of Stirring Things Up in Chicago, the Food and Film on the Rooftop series features a different film every Thursday, through September 1, shown on the rooftop of the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph. The $15 admission covers the family-style picnic dinner catered by Fox & Obel. Each dinner will relate to the movie in some way. Reservations are required for the 7pm screenings; call 312-744-9350 to save your spot. Tonight's film is Mostly Martha.



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