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Thursday, May 23

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Cafe Scientifique: "Is it in the Genes or Just the Jeans? The Biology of Gender"

Cafe Scientifique moves to Mondays! Join in the discussion (and the drinking) at The Map Room (1949 N. Hoyne). This month's Cafe: "Is it in the Genes or Just the Jeans? The Biology of Gender" presented by Mark Osadjan from 7-9PM.

Abstract: Do we learn to be male/female, or are we programmed that way? Anatomical differences are obvious, but an increasing body of research also shows that the sexes think differently, perceive pain differently, and even encode memories differently. In the next Cafe Scientifique we will discuss the biology of the sexes, from genes to behavior and beyond. We will explore what research says about how these distinctions arise from the moment of conception on. Is it just an X or Y chromosome? Who is smarter? More emotional? How does attraction work? Is there a gay gene? What about hermaphrodites? Should men worry about plastics in landfills? Join us to see what science says about these questions and more.

Halsted Tastes Better

The Northalsted Area Merchant's Association promises some of the finest cuisine on the north side of Chicago at this one-night festival. Local restaurants like Ann Sather, Chicago Diner, HB Home Bistro and many others will have samples of food and drinks; there will also be a waitpersons' race and live jazz. The cost is $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Admission includes tickets for food or drink items. Festivities are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 773-353-5939 for tickets.

French Wine Tasting @ Mon Ami Gabi

Moni Ami Gabi (2300 Lincoln Park West, 773.348.8886) is hosting a wine tasting, "25 for $25"-- twenty-five wines from the various regions of France on hand to sample for the mere price of $25. Taste some exquisite wines, inquire about their origins and feast on hor d'oeuvres--nibbles from the bistro's simple, yet elegant French menu. The event takes place in the restaurant's outdoor garden cafe, 6-8pm. What better way to celebrate the arrival of summer? Call the restaurant to make reservations (required) at 773.348.8886.

Gulsin Onay @ Cultural Center

One of Turkey's greatest classical pianists performs in Preston Bradley Hall tonight at 6:30 PM. The program includes Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and others. Free. 77 E Washington. For more information, visit the website.

Suzan-Lori Parks @ Cultural Center

Last fall we told you about 365 Days/365 Plays, a festival in residence at theaters across the country, showcasing the 365 plays Suzan-Lori Parks wrote during a single year. Parks and festival co-creator Bonnie Metzgar will appear in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at 7 PM. Free, 77 E Randolph. For more information, call 312-744-6630 or visit the website.



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