Toronto-based comic artist Elisha Lim and novelist Vivek Shraya are coming through Philadelphia on their "Crushes and Mountains" tour, an opportunity for the artists to excerpts from their latest works. Lim's first graphic novel, 100 Crushes, is a retrospective of five year's worth of queer zines and travel stories. Shraya's She of the Mountains follows a protagonist who is struggling to come to terms with what everyone else is telling him his sexuality is. The two have teamed up because each work "pushes against the norms of gender, sexuality and faith—even norms common within the LGBT/queer community." Should be an enlightening evening. Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street.
Gay men will likely be standing in line for the opening of Century 21, the New York City-based retailer of high-high-end men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories, shoes. It's your chance to snag threads by everyone from Gucci to Marc Jacobs to Yves Saint Laurent at ridiculously discounted prices. This is the stores' first opening outside New York City, housed in a 100,000-square-foot space in the old Strawbridge building. Our sister blog Shoppisthas the scoop on other upcoming store openings if you're curious. Thursday, October 23rd, Century 21, 821 Market Street.
MANNA will serve as host for this pre-Halloween OurNightOut, which finds the networking mixer in the heart of the Gayborhood at Tavern on Camac. All three floors of the newly renovated club will be open for guests to mingle, pass out cards and, if you're sticking to the Halloween theme, pass out some candy corns or two. If candy's not you're thing, Tavern is offering a special $20 open vodka bar, or you can have the option of enjoying extended happy hour prices on beer, wine and cocktails. All proceeds benefit Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. Halloween costumes optional. Thursday, October 23rd, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., free, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street.