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3 things to do this weekend: History comes alive, a new art show and a Midwest indie comic con

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Here are 3 things to do for the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2023, curated by WGLT's Lauren Warnecke. You can find more coverage on our Datebook - Arts & Music page or by subscribing to WGLT's Weekend Scoop email newsletter, which goes out every Friday.

Even more art in Uptown: While at Sugar Creek Arts Festival, pop your head into University Galleries for “The Rock that Cuts the Night in Two,” a new solo show spanning nearly 20 years of New York-based cross-disciplinary artist Kamcui Olujimi’s catalog. Works from several series highlight Olujimi’s project-based chronology: his 10-year fascination with Depression-era dance marathons via long exposure photographs; watercolors interrogating how monuments prop up white supremacy and ink drawings made in real-time during COVID-19 lockdowns, as examples. Through Dec. 10 at University Galleries (open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4); free. Details at galleries.illinoisstate.edu.

A stroll through the graveyard: Paul Rhymer, Richard Blue and Frances Kessler (sister of Louise) are just a few of the dearly departed resurrected by local actors for this year’s edition of the popular Evergreen Cemetery Walk. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekends Sept. 30-Oct. 8. Tickets $20 at mchistory.org.

Pop culture paradise: Toy collectors, otakus and the comic fandom convene this weekend for the 2nd annual Midwest Toy and Comic Fest. Celebrity voice actors Ray Hurd and Carolos Alazraqui and UFC flyweight Jimmy “The Brick” Flick will be on hand for meet and greets, plus a costume contest, fair fare and a full slate of vendors. Saturday and Sunday at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center; tickets $10 (free for kids 13 and under).

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Lauren Warnecke is a reporter at WGLT. You can reach Lauren at lewarne@ilstu.edu.
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