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.
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Thursday, March 23
The Neo-Futurists present their annual year-end celebration of their long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. This weekend you'll have a chance to see the best material written for TML in 2005 as performed by the current ensemble members (and possibly some Neo-Futurist alumni!). The best-of shows run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through December 18. Friday & Saturday shows are at 11:30 PM, and Sunday night shows are at 7:00 PM. For more details see the Neo-Futurist site or call their hotline at (773) 275-5255. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster).
Because of the holidays, Gapers Block is holding its monthly Get-Together mid-month. And to mourn its closing at the end of the year, we're heading to Trader Vic's in the basement of the Palmer House Hilton at State and Monroe. Meet us there from 9pm to midnight for vodka mai tais! Andrew will be the one in the fez.
The 1985 film about the remarkable Barcelona architect is showing tonight at 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM. 164 N State Street. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.
Embarking on a new tradition, the Lincoln Lodge presents its first annual "Fresh Meat" showcase, featuring their favorite new stand-up comics. The even will fature Becky "Sweet Cuts" Garcia, David "Here's the Beef" Angelo and Heath and Andy performing "Super Mario's Poetry." All acts made their debut at the Lodge this year. Tickets are $8 with a one drink minimum. Doors open at 8pm for food and drinks before the 9pm show. The Lincoln Lodge is located at 4008 N. Lincoln Ave. Call 773-296-4029 for more information.
A "comic meditation on consumerism and consumption," the eponymously named play follows Ogtel and Pernod as they leave the land of Ognod to pursue their dreams of wealth, power and instant gratification. What they find is a world "littered with used lotto tickets, empty cigarette packets, and other remnants of a consumerist culture." Sounds a little close to home, doesn't it? Erica Mott and Nick Johne are featured in the title rolls, having previously collaborated in the Chicago Improv Festival's educational outreach performance group and as teachers at the Second City Training Center. The play will run for three nights, Friday through Sunday, at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students to the 8pm shows. Call 773-281-0824 for reservations and information.
The Music Box Theatre presents their 22nd annual Christmas show, featuring a double feature of the Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye film White Christmas and the Jimmy Stewart classic It's A Wonderful Life. There will be a Christmas carol sing-along before each show, as well as a special appearance by Santa. You can see one film for $10, or both for $15. The Christmas show runs only this weekend and next weekend; see the Music Box site for a schedule. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.
The Chicago Kings, the city's premier drag king troupe, is disbanding after five years. But before they do, they're putting on one last show tonight at 9pm at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. Joining them onstage will be North Carolina's Cuntry Kings. Tickets are $16, available through TicketMaster or at the Metro box office. 18 and over! More info here.
Tonight from 4pm to 9pm is the opening of the 2006 Calendar Show, an exhibit of 12 miniature sculptures inspiring 12 months of miniature rooms by Krista Peel. Contributing artists include: Amy Sacksteder, Zachary Starer, Callie Hollis, Karl Erickson, Marie Walz, Tim Summers, Sheila Sundquist Berkes, Robert Marshall, Matt Bergstrom, Christopher Dye, Tom Burtonwood, Holly Holmes and Erik Wenzel. At the Network of Visual Art Resource Lounge, 840 W. Washington. Free! More info here.
Tonight The Bassment and Reverse present: The 4th Annual All City Battle. There's a $1000 Grand Prize plus studio time + vinyl. The battle will be judged by Rhymefest, E.C. ILLA and Capital D of All Natural, with a special performance by Rass Kass and Mass Hysteria, dj's Skor, Intel and Trilogy. Head to the Abbey Pub at 3420 W. Grace (Grace & Elston, in between Addison and Irving Pk. Road on Elston) Doors at 8pm show at 9pm. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door. P.S. Mass Hysteria's Chicago Underworld Vol 2 and Chi-City Beats is in stores now.
To benefit the Clearbrook organization, try making a new tradition. The First Annual Wonderland of Lights takes place daily through January 1st at Arlington Park. Drive thru millions of lights and animated holiday scenes illuminating different holiday traditions. The course is open Monday-Thursday, 5-9 pm, when tickets are $10 per car and Friday-Sunday, from 5-10 pm, when tickets are $12 per car. Call (847) 870-7748 for more information.
All the salt, snow, and slush on the ground would probably make one a bit reluctant to wear a nice new pair of boots outside, but hey, all the more reason to keep it indoors, eh? Also, an excellent opportunity to pick up a last-minute gift for the bandito in your life. Trunk show 11am to 8pm, and 25% off Frye Boots through the weekend at Acala's Western Wear, 1733 W. Chicago Ave.