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Friday, December 9

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Lance Bass @ Borders

The former member of *NSYNC signs copies of Out of Sync, an autobiography in which he explores details about his life, music, and sexuality. Fine, but what we really want to know is: What was it like to work with the Simpsons? 7:30pm. Borders, 2817 N. Clark St. Call 773-935-3909 for more info.

Rally for Transit @ Federal Plaza

You might have heard something about this little transit problem we've got brewing in Chicago. Something about the elimination of a bunch of bus lines and train trips, exciting new fare hikes, people losing their primary means of getting to work and school -- things of that sort. Hopping mad about it? Then make your voice heard: Join union workers and folks from the Rider Driver Alliance, Sustainable Chicago 2016, and other organizations as they urge our local leaders to spend less time BS'ing about the Olympics, and more time saving public transit (and keeping it affordable). Meet at Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn, at 11 a.m. For more info, call 773-762-6991 or email

Cafe Scientifique: How Flying Snakes Fly @ Map Room

Cafe Scientifique returns to the Map Room (1949 N. Hoyne) at 7pm on Monday October 29th to discuss "How Flying Snakes Fly a.k.a. Functional Morphology & Biomechanics". So grab a cold one and talk some science!

Presenter: Jake Socha
Time & Date: 7-9 PM Monday October 29, 2007
Location: The Map Room 1949 N. Hoyne

Think about animals that are least likely to be able to fly, and the phrase "when pigs fly" may come to mind. Snakes seem equally unlikely to take to the sky, but that's just what one group of specialized snakes is able to do. Technically, flying snakes glide and can't fly upward, but it's amazing just the same. We'll discuss the science of how they do it and the struggles of research involved in trying to make stubborn animals perform. See videos in advance at:

For more information check the website.

Frank Rich @ Harold Washington Library

New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who was a theater critic before he turned to politics, discusses the current One Book, One Chicago selection (Arthur Miller's The Crucible) from a political/historical as well as theatrical perspective. 6:30 PM, 400 S State, in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free. For more information, call 312-747-4050 or visit the website.



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