The week ahead will be a breathless one for the hardworking folks at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.).

Things get started with a lecture at 4 p.m. today by University at Buffalo English professor Graham Hammill, whose work explores the connection between human bodies and basic human rights such as security and freedom to explore sexuality.

On Wednesday, Hallwalls presents its popular fundraiser, “A Mid-Winter’s Draw,” in which dozens of local artists will draw new work in a limited time frame; the art is then sold via silent auction. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the drawing starts at 7:15 sharp. Tickets are $5.

And on Thursday, as part of the ongoing Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series overseen by University at Buffalo professor and international queer art authority Jonathan Katz, Hallwalls will host a talk by the Canadian artist Kent Monkman. The talk will explore Monkman’s category-spanning work, which, a release notes, “not only calls into question our received histories, but also demonstrates that we are all necessarily hybrids.”

After the talk, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Hallwalls will present a screening of Joe Angio’s 2005 documentary “How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It),” a look at the provocative filmmaker, playwright, novelist and director Melvin Van Peebles.

For more information, call 854-1694 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski