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Upcoming: Queer graphic novelist; Iddy Id art exhibit; Kinsey Sicks
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2015-08-04

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Queer graphic novelist in Chicago Aug. 7

Drawn, Out Press will celebrate the fifth issue of Steve MacIsaac's graphic novel series Shirtlifter with an author reading on Friday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway.

This issue, the first in four years, concludes Steve MacIsaac's Unpacking graphic novel. The series follows Matt, a gay graphic designer living in Vancouver. Newly-single after the sudden dissolution of an eight-year relationship, Matt meets Connor, an Australian expat who identifies as straight, is married to a woman, and seems to be the only person capable of cutting through Matt's defenses.

A Canadian artist who currently lives in Long Beach, California, after several years in Japan, MacIsaac's comics explore the intersection of culture, identity, and sexuality. MacIsaac was the incipient of Prism Comics inaugural Queer Press Grant in 2005, and received a grant from the Xeric foundation in 2007.

See SteveMacIsaac.com and UnabridgedBookstore.com .

Iddy Id art exhibition Aug. 14 at Space 1858

Iddy Id Design will present a group exhibition of new works featuring mixed media, visual and performing artists.

"A.U.C.T.I.O.N." will be a one-night-only run Friday, Aug. 14, at Space 1858, 1858 W. Grand Ave.

Several local and out-of-state artists will be featured, including Iddy Id Design, Ayodele Drum and Dance, Nish Hamilton, Alycia Davis, Jeremy Royster, Wanda Rosado-Johnson, Kia Givhan and Kim Ferguson, among others.

In a release, organizers stated, "The focus of A.U.C.T.I.O.N. is to create a space for Black culture to thrive and be appreciated and elevated. All art performed and displayed transcends over decades of injustice—and pride—in African-American life."

Pre-sale tickets will include a light dinner reception. ( Tickets sold at the door will not. ) Call 314-255-4050 or email idyiddesign@gmail.com .

Kinsey Sicks at Mayne Stage Oct. 2

Mayne Stage will present The Kinsey Sicks—called "America's favorite Dragapella beauty-shop quartet"—in "Chicks with Shticks" on Friday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m.

This collection of new songs is an equal mix of original songs and parodies of such favorites as "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "A Whole New World," "What Does the Fox Say," a Carole King number, two Grammy-award winning hits—"Happy" and the Disney sensation "Let it Go"—and the Gershwin classic "I've Got Plenty o' Nuttin'."

Tickets are $25-$35; visit MayneStage.com or call 866-468-3401 .

View full calendar of events at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/chicago/events/upcoming.php .


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