The angst of the post-Stonewall gay male is at the core of the work by the young, provocative performance artist D. Travers Scott. Born after the first burst of gay liberation and having come of age in the AIDS era, Scott challenges old and new stereotypes of gay men. There’s nothing too sacred or too politically incorrect for this guy–not sex, not family, not even Jeffrey Dahmer. And while much of the work is funny, none of it is mean. His politics are personal, not dogmatic, and he speaks from genuine experience. Scott is engaging and warm as well as smart. He’s joined by other Chicago performers Rusel Brown O’Brien, Ames Hall, Ken Thompson, and Marcia Wilkie in Chicago Performs, the debut weekend of Randolph Street Gallery’s “In Through the Out Door,” a month long series of performance and multimedia art by gay, lesbian, and bisexual artists. Performances are at 8 PM Friday and Saturday at the gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $6, $4 for RSG members. Call 666-7737 for more information.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Debra E. Levie.