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Julien Alberts's 1935 lithograph History Pastiche #1 is one of the 90 or so Depression-era prints in the Mary and Leigh Block Gallery's permanent collection that go on display this week. The exhibit opens Thursday night, April 21, with a reception from 6:15 to 7:30 at the gallery, 1967 South Campus Drive on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. Beforehand Mary Kinzie, Reginald Gibbons, and Eileen Cherry will give a reading of Depression-era poetry at Northwestern's Annie May Swift Hall, 1905 Sheridan Road, starting at 5:30. Next Sunday, April 24, banjoist-storyteller Stephen Wade will perform a tribute to Depression-era Chicago novelist Jack Conroy at the gallery from 7 to 8:30. Both events and admission to the gallery are free; regular viewing hours are noon to 5 Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 8 Thursday through Sunday. Call 708-491-4000.

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