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Friday, February 3

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Early to Bed Salon: What is Sex?

In this session of the Early to Bed sex salon series, the Early to Bed clan discusses how sex is defined, how those definitions have changed over history and over our lifetimes, and how these definitions affect relationships, identities, laws and, of course, our sex lives. Come at 7pm for wine and cheese or come right at 7:30pm at the start of the discussion. Free and open to all over the age of 18. Early to Bed is located at 5232 N. Sheridan. Call 773-271-1219 for more information.

Election Night Roundtable on WHPK: 88.5FM

Airing from 7pm to 9pm, "November Decision 2006," will feature breaking news reports and election returns from the 2006 midterm elections. Members of Chicago's journalism and political communities will comment about the developments and offer insight about the upcoming 2007 Chicago mayoral and aldermanic elections. For more information about the event or to access audio of the roundtable afterwards, visit

The Man Who Fell To Earth @ Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center is running a series of science fiction films through December. This week's film is The Man who Fell To Earth, the 1976 movie starring David Bowie as an alien who builds a corporation on Earth to get enough money to transport water back to his home planet. The film screens this evening at 6:00, and will also include a lecture by SAIC professor Jim Trainor. Tickets: $9, $7 for students, $4 for Film Center members. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.

Mouse on Mars @ Empty Bottle

Even at their most contrarian, Mouse on Mars never fail to keep things friendly and playful. With little to no acknowledgment of the boundaries of electronic music, the Dusseldorf duo has always made its own sonic wiggle room -- combining and hopscotching genre pre-reqs with who-says abandon. While some fans might be shocked by the rough-edged megablast of MoM's latest LP, Varcharz; more attentive listening reveals the same bouncy and jocular wonkiness that has threaded all of the band's previous efforts. You can catch them at the Empty Bottle tonight. Also on the bill is Toronto's Holy F___, whose riot-from-the-waist-down electro-rap should make for an intriguing fit. For more details, check Transmission.

Organic Architecture for a Sustainable Future @ Archicenter

As part of its series of evening lectures on sustainable architecture, the Chicago Architecture Foundation presents a talk by Lars Danielsson on Swedish advances in creating greener buildings and working with alternative forms of energy. 5:30 PM, in the John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan. $5 to $10, or free if you're an AIA or CAF member. Call 312-922-3432, x 224; for more information, visit the website.


Rail-Volution was born out of the Portland, Oregon, light rail implementation more than 15 years ago but centers around all kinds of transit, including bicycles, car-sharing, and streetcars; and covers environmentally sound planning, building transit-oriented communities, and strategies for funding. The conference runs through tomorrow at the Marriott Mag Mile, 540 N Michigan. For more information, visit the website.



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