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Pencil This In

By Amy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 24, 2008 5:40PM

2008_10_23_comicon.JPGThe 1st annual Windy City Comicon lands at the Center on Halsted this weekend: currently the only comic book convention in Chicago. The event has lined up an impressive guest list of local comic book writers, artists and creators, along with HeroClix and Magic gaming tournaments and Chicagoland comic book vendors and publishers exhibiting their wares.
3656 N Halsted, 10/25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 1-day pass only $5 (cash only)

General Arts
Deadline Projects, a collective where local artists come together to systematically create new art under structured deadline process, is joining up with fellow arts collectives Parts and Labor and Infidel Group for a group show. All three collectives work to keep art productive, yet accessible – something that we wholeheartedly support.
3144 W. Carroll, 3rd floor, 10/25, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m., Free

Don’t forget about This Country Is F$cked, the political comedy festival put together by the comedy troupe tag-team of GayCo and Schadenfreude, featuring stand-up, sketch comedy and music. Check out the preview/interview we did with them last week.
Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, 10/25, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., $20

This event isn’t until Monday, but advance tickets will likely sell out. The Chicago International Film Festival will debut a “major” surprise film, screening Monday evening at Music Box. Audiences will be kept in the dark until the curtain rises, revealing a film that CIFF is touting as “one curious case of filmmaking….will leave you shaken, not stirred.”
Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 10/27, 8 p.m., $9 for Cinema/Chicago members and $12 for non-members, advance tickets through Ticketmaster or by calling 312-902-1500