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An audience at the College of DuPage attends the announcement that the largest private collection of works by Frida Kahlo is coming to the Glen Ellyn campus in summer 2020.


Dems hold seminar for potential candidates

Coming off key victories in the midterm election, the DuPage County Democratic organization will hold a training session about how to run for the next offices up for election in April 2019. The training will be held 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville, in the basement of the municipal building.  

The topics to be covered will be petitions, campaign plans, roles in campaigns, voter files to target certain populations, opposition research, fundraising, social media, messaging and communication, voter contact, and the future for local party planning. Current and former public officials will speak about what they do.

Interested people should register at goo.gl/forms/DA0iQ3bAk48HRCv22. Breakfast snacks and lunch will be served. 

Exclusive exhibition of works by Frida Kahlo coming to COD

College of DuPage, in partnership with its McAninch Arts Center and Cleve Carney Art Gallery, has announced that an exhibition of the largest private collection of works by Frida Kahlo is coming to the Glen Ellyn campus in summer 2020.

The 26-piece collection, on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, will feature an array of sketches and paintings spanning the career of Kahlo, who is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists. Best known for self-portraits highlighting themes of identity, politics, sexuality and death, Kahlo channeled her childhood and personal struggles into her art and became an icon of feminism, activism and Mexican heritage.

The last area showing of Kahlo’s works was in 1978 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in an exhibit that included pieces from the Museo Dolores Olmedo. The new immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit, featuring a more diverse collection of works, will transform the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, as well as the McAninch Arts Center Lobby and Belushi Performance Hall spaces. This will allow guests to experience more fully Kahlo and her continued worldwide influence.

The exhibition will run from June 2020 to August 2020. A number of programs and events tied to the exhibition will kick off September 2019.


Actor Sean Hayes to talk about new book

Sean Hayes is known for his many television and Broadway roles. In the area, he is also known as a graduate of Glenbard West high School grad. He is returning to DuPage County to talk about his latest project, a picture book, “Plum,” written with co-author and husband, Scott Icenogle.

Hayes, a star of TV’s “Will & Grace,” will appear at Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 to talk and sign copies of the book, inspired by “The Nutcracker,” about how the Sugar Plum Fairy got her wings.

Anderson’s is at 123 W. Jefferson Ave. The format will be a photo and book-signing line only. Tickets are required and available exclusively at PlumAndersons.brownpapertickets.com. Books will be sold at the event.

For as long as she can remember, according to the story, Plum has lived at the Mary Fitzgerald Orphanage, wishing and hoping for a family. When a sudden snowfall threatens a delivery of presents on Christmas Eve, Plum is determined to save Christmas—even for the kids who laugh at her.

Scott Icenogle is a composer and producer who is currently creating music for NBC’s “Will & Grace” and CNN’s “The History of Comedy.” “Plum” is the first picture book for both Hayes and Icenogle.


Pop culture fans invited to show, sale

Pop culture will be celebrated again this year at the annual Chicago Pop Culture Con, Nov. 24-Nov. 25 at the Pheasant Run Mega Center and Ballroom, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles,

Pop Culture Con is a multi-genre convention of comics, toys, gaming, sci-fi, Legos, TV/movie memorabilia, superheroes, Steampunk, action figures, animé, cosplay, fantasy, horror, sports memorabilia, vintage music, publishers and artists. Thousands of pop culture items will be for sale.

Special guests will make appearances throughout the weekend. The guest list includes  professional wrestler Steve Michaels, retired Chicago Bulls player Craig Hodges and former Chicago Bears linebacker Jim Morrissey, an

  • Actor Butch Patrick, former child star who is perhaps best known for his role as child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966 and in the 1966 feature film Munster, Go Home, and as Mark on the ABC Saturday morning series, Lidsville,” from 1971 to 1973.
  • ARTIST Jeremy Clark. Over the span of his career he has penciled &/or inked cover work for Zenescope Entertainment, Coffin Comics, Counterpoint Comics, Caliber Comics, No Gravity Studios, RIA Comics and Gin-Ryu which is currently featured on Amazon books.
  • ACTOR/GOTHIC ILLUSIONIST Ron Fitzgerald, Master of the Dark Realm.
  • MUSICIANS Face Time Police. The multi-faceted acoustic masked duo, Face Time Police, is ready to bring some masks and music to the Chicago Pop Culture Con! FTP draws inspiration from all over the pop culture spectrum: pro-wrestling, anime, comics, and video games have all played a part in shaping the band’s direction.
  • MAGICIAN/ILLUSIONIST Vincenzo Badalamenti, a young magician who intertwines comedy and magic.
  • AUTHOR Phil Hore, Paleo-Author for the Prehistoric Times Magazine and Education Manager at Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum. He will be signing copies of his first novel, The Order of the Dragon.
  • FREELANCE ARTIST Frank Fosco, best known for his stint on the 23-issue run of Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with work for DC.
  • MUSICIANS Richie Ramone, drummer, and CJ Ramone, bassist, for The Ramones.

Chicago Pop Culture Con hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 24, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 25 Admission is $12, and is good for both days. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with an adult. Tickets will be available at the door and online at chicagopopculturecon.com.



–DuPage County News Briefs–