Credit: Courtesy Rick Karlin

If you’re interested in queer Chicago history, you’ll definitely want to check this out: At 6 PM, Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted) is celebrating the release of Last Call Chicago: A History of 1001 LGBTQ Friendly Taverns, Haunts & Hangouts. Renowned writers and activists Rick Karlin and St. Sukie de la Croix will share some of the research and stories that inspired their new book, which reveals much about the diverse, often underground networks that helped Chicago’s gay communities thrive. They will also be available for questions and book signings. (MC)

In the 80s and 90s, first-generation midwest graffiti writers Pengo and East helped to pioneer what’s now thought of the Chicago style of graffiti writing, recognizable to practitioners by the perspective and flow created within lettering, among other markers. Tonight they will both appear at the Newberry Library for a conversation about what makes the unique midwest graffiti writing style, and the influence of Chicago on other cities. The discussion will be moderated by artist and curator Dulce María Díaz in conjunction with “A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print,” an exhibition on view at the library through December 30. The 6 PM program is free and open to all ages, and registration is required. A concurrent livestream will be available; check out the Newberry’s website for details. (SCJ)

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company opens their season with Routes by British playwright Rachel De-Lahay, which looks at “immigrants, refugees, and children in conflict with the law as they fight to get home through an impossibly complex system designed to keep them out.” Mikael Burke directs. The show begins previews tonight at 7:30 PM at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont); performances continue through 11/20, Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM. Tickets are $10-$40 at theaterwit.org. (KR)

Braided started as a series of free art shows and pop-ups organized by artist Ladasia Bryant focusing on BIPOC creative work. Bryant subsequently started publishing Braided magazine in 2019, to create a similar space for often marginalized artists in print and online; the publishing arm of the organization has taken center stage this year as Bryant and her collaborators are transitioning into a publishing company and distributor to create publications by and for BIPOC artists. Tonight’s event, an Open Mic and Vendor Market hosted at the Martin (2500 W. Chicago), brings Braided back to its origins. Vendors including Chris Thrifts, Golden Mirror Lineage, and Sleepy T Rugs will have wares for sale, and poets and musicians are invited to share their work. It all happens from 6:30-9 PM; $5 entry tickets are available at the door or via Eventbrite. (SCJ)