Healing with art, Sex Demon, Studs & Spikes, and more

When we think about holistic healing, what are the tools that people have available to change their selves and, by proxy, their communities? Tonight, the youth and community equity organization Chicago Beyond hosts two Chicago artists, Fantasía “Fanni” Ariel and Eddie “EDO” Santana White, in a panel discussion about the power of healing through the arts. Both Fanni and EDO currently have work on display in Chicago Beyond’s Home for Social Innovation, a locale for the organization that they also conceptualize as a public service space. Tonight’s event will be moderated by Rome J., cultural correspondent for The TRiiBE. The talk begins at 6 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) at 811 W. Fulton Market, Suite 300. It’s free to attend, but reservations are requested through Eventbrite. (SCJ)

At 9:45 PM, Sex Demon is showing at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). This X-rated thrill ride from 1975 is for anyone who likes camp, queer history, practical effects-based horror, and/or hot men fucking. (I am a fan of all four, and that’s why I couldn’t resist waxing at length about this movie for our film section!) When John gives his lover Jim a necklace from a Christopher Street antique shop, Jim undergoes some major behavioral changes. Can Jim be saved from his sexy yet evil ways? Come early to find out because there will be some hot gay teaser reels at the beginning. Tickets are $11 ($8 for members). (MC)

If you’re looking for something to do after Sex Demon, float on over to Berlin (954 W. Belmont) to catch the rest of Studs & Spikes. This monthly party celebrates what’s gay about goth and punk culture, and it kicks off at 10 PM. In tonight’s installment, Exedo and Stress Positions open for Martin Sorrondeguy’s spooky postpunk band Canal Irreal. Afterward everyone’s favorite dark mistress of the DJ booth, Scary Lady Sarah, will keep the dance floor pumping till close. It’s $10 from those 21 and older to join the party, and masks and proof of vaccination are required. (MC)

Here are some more music options for tonight with links to past coverage by our music writers:

Composer and pianist Maxx McGathey plays a live original score during a screening of the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs tonight at Golden Dagger (2447 N. Halsted, 8 PM, 21+, tickets here).Singer and rapper Dessa shares headlining duties with rapper Open Mike Eagle for two shows tonight at Beat Kitchen; the 6:30 PM early concert is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 10 PM show. (2100 W. Belmont, 17+, tickets here).Elastic presents solo sets by interdisciplinary artist and improvising violist Scott Rubin as well as experimental musician Hali Palombo tonight as part of the organization’s Elastro Series which features acoustic, electro/acoustic, electronic music, sound, and video performances (3429 W. Diversey, second floor, 8 PM, all-ages, $15 tickets at door). (SCJ)

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