Amidst the flashy cultural clusterfudge of one-off events at Wicker Park Fest, a noteworthy, regularly scheduled local happening will be having its first=anniversary party. “Brain Frame,” a venue for comics artists to present multimedia readings of their work, will be gathering in the intimate confines of Happy Dog Gallery to, as they always do, spruce up the traditionally minimal context of a reading with, at the very least, props and PowerPoint. But you never know—there could be puppet or human extras, audio and/or video, anything that could move the experience away from beat-poet bleakness toward performance-art fabulosity; videos on the “Brain Frame” blog attest to the variety of approaches engaged by these events.
Of course Quimby’s Bookstore has a lot to do with Chicago’s remarkable DIY comics culture, and Quimby’s continues to present a fantastic reading series, in which there have been and continue to be imaginative forms of presentation. But the organized approach and wide-open format of “Brain Frame” are somewhat unique, as is the fact that admission is charged, a way of offering the artists some restitution for their dramaturgical efforts. “Brain Frame” founder and organizer Lyra Hill will be presenting work, as will dynamic writer and equally creative organizer Mairead Case, local media-art polymath Nicholas O’Brien, graphic abstractionist Andy Burkholder, existential comics creator Ian McDuffie, and trippy visual poet Leslie Weibeler. And the event poster, co-created by Hill and devastatingly talented Quimby’s employee Edie Fake, is certainly worth a look. (Bert Stabler)
Saturday, July 28, 10pm at The Gallery Formerly Known as Happy Dog, 1542 North Milwaukee, $7.