Pillars Market, Mohawk Johnson, Comic Book Theater, etc.

From 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Trans Chicago Empowerment Center (2753 W. Division) is hosting a Halloween edition of Pillarshis marketplace for trans suppliers BIPOC. Along with tarot readings, poetry books and handmade items for sale, there will also be free gender-affirming nail services for trans people. Yecy, a local Latinx nail artist, will be offering monochrome gel manicures from 4-8 p.m. (Sorry, no acrylics, designs or fillers!) Throughout the event, HIV, Hep C and STI screenings will be available as well as cheese danishes (quesitos) courtesy of Chucherías tropical creations. Be spooky and get out! (MC)

For almost two years, the rapper and comedian Jeremy “Mohawk” Johnson was on house arrest after participating in a protest in August 2020 to defund the police. Not only did his case demonstrate the high price some pay for free speech, it also exposed extraordinary flaws in the legal process, including the burden faced by those under house arrest since 80% of ankle bracelet alerts are false alarms. Now three months free and on a new single (which Reader lead writer Leor Galil covered for our current number), Johnson makes his return to live music tonight at The Promontory (5311 S. Lake Park West), where he and Davis the Bully of Dorchester opened for Cleveland musician Eliy Orcko. Tickets are $20 ($15 in advance) and are open to ages 18 and older. The show starts at 7 p.m. (MC)

Independent professional wrestling group WrestlePro visits Logan Square Auditorium tonight (2539 N. Kedzie) to present Champions of Hope, an evening of wrestling and sports entertainment with nine matches. Proceeds from admission fees and a 50/50 raffle benefit Chicago’s Hope for Us Network, an organization focused on suicide prevention and creating strategy and policy around mental health care. The bell for the first game rings at 7:00 p.m. and advance tickets are available on Eventbrite. (SCJ)

Superhero origin stories are everywhere, but what about the origins of the creators? Chicago playwright Mark Pracht tackles the tangled story behind who gets credit for bringing Batman to the world in Kane’s Mark, the first in a planned trilogy of plays about the world of comics. Collaborators Bob Kane and Bill Finger first showcased the Caped Crusader in Detective comics #27, which debuted on March 30, 1939. But Kane got exclusive credit in perpetuity from DC; Finger’s granddaughter, Athena, had to fight to get her grandfather credited by Warner Brothers (parent company of DC) on film and television projects involving Batman in the future. As Pracht said Reader contributor Josh Flanders“Bill Finger and Bob Kane, it’s like Cain and Abel . . . artists at odds with each other. The show, directed by Terry McCabe, premieres tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the City Lit Theater (1020 W. Bryn Mawr) and has its press opening Sunday at 3 p.m.. Tickets for previews are $30 ($25 for seniors, $12 for students and military); during the regular run (10/ 30-12/4), tickets are $34 ($29 for seniors, $12 for students and military). citylit.org. (KR)

Daniel K. Denny