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Sam Kirk art exhibit Sept. 11-12

CHICAGO—Windy City Times and Prairie Avenue Gallery will present artist Sam Kirk's show "Do you see me?" The art show will be Sept. 11-12, 1900 S. Prairie Ave., and will benefit youth homeless projects of the Pride Action Tank.

The show represents Kirk's visual study of youth homelessness and the role it plays in working-class communities, communities of color, and the LGBTQ community. Kirk will exhibit original paintings, sketches, wood-cuts, and sculptures that provoke viewers to pay attention, learn and get to know the people around them.

Kirk's work explores the intersections of culture and identity, which often include paths riddled with social issues and politics. "Do you see me?" addresses homelessness through a vibrant color palette and optimistic lens, provoking conversation and inspiring change.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Kirk is a product of a working-class family and has experienced many of the paths depicted in her work. She uses her work as a visual platform to incite change, and often exhibits in non-traditional settings, which allow her to use exhibits as a funding tool for organizations that help the people that inspire her work.

Sam Kirk's "Do you see me?" opening reception ( with the artist ) will take place Friday, Sept. 11, 5-10 p.m. Additional hours are Saturday, Sept. 12, 12-6 p.m.


Renner, Reedus slated to attend Comic Con

Actors Jeremy Renner ( Avengers; The Hurt Locker; Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation ), Norman Reedus ( TV's The Walking Dead ), Ian Somerhalder ( TV's The Vampire Diaries ), Ben McKenzie ( TV's Gotham; Southland ), Billie Piper ( TV's Doctor Who ), Bruce Campbell and various professional wrestler are just some of the special guests expected at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago on Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The 15th of 26 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, Aug. 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

All full-price Wizard World Comic Con Chicago attendees will receive a limited-edition exclusive variant cover "The Walking Dead" comic, drawn by one of Wizard World's talented artist guests.

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South Shore Summer Festival on Aug. 23

Chicago's South Shore Cultural Center will, for the fifth year, host the South Side neighborhood's annual South Shore Summer Festival.

The popular one-day community happening will be held Sunday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. ( 71st Street and the lakefront ). Admission is free.

Among this year's performers are soul singers T.L. Williams and Terisa Griffin as well as longtime hip-hop artists Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh.

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Race Judicata Sept. 10

Race Judicata—the weeknight 5K run & walk that raises money for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ( CVLS ) Foundation—returns for its 21st year on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The after-work run/walk takes place at Roosevelt Road and Columbus Avenue in Grant Park. The start time is 6:30 p.m.

Registration is $39; visit .

Full list of events at the link: .

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