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Wednesday, March 22
The Illinois Choice Action Team is holding a panel discussion on responsible sex education. From 7-8:30pm, the free discussion will go on at Harper College in Palatine, Building A, Room 238. Hosted in part by Women's Rights Awareness Club, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Chicago Area Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, Northwest Chicago Choice and Northwest Surburban NOW. Email Lori at info[at]nwchicagochoice[dot]org for more information.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is hosting a roundtable on bicycle commuting at its new digs at 12 N today. Bring your own lunch to 9 W Hubbard, Suite 402. For more information, call 312-427-3325, ext. 221, or visit the website.
A contributor to NPR's "Fresh Air," Maureen Corrigan is recognized as "one of America's most prolific and appreciative readers." While discussing her book, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books, Corrigan will explore how her life has been shaped by reading and share her thoughts on what's really worth reading. The free discussion is at 7:30pm, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-769-9299 for more information.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's resident foodie, Ted Allen, will sign copies of his book at Borders Michigan Ave. The Food You Want to Eat is Allen's debut cookbook and serves as a quick-reference guide for those interested in getting in the cooking game. The free in-store event is at 7pm, 830 N. Michigan Ave. Call 312-573-0564.
The spectacular "newgrass" trio Nickel Creek headlines a Rock For Reading show. The twentysomething members of Nickel Creek, Chris Thile and siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, are just as likely to use their impressive bluegrass chops to cover Pavement as Ralph Stanley. AllMusicGuide called their 2005 album Why Should the Fire Die "the progressive bluegrass/folk-pop genre's reply to Radiohead's Kid A." We don't know what the hell that means either, but it's damn good. Charmingly quirky folk-pop duo the Ditty Bops open. All ages and no smoking. The Vic, 3145 N Sheffield. Doors 6pm, Show 7pm. Tickets $25. Ticketmaster or the Vic box office.
Those fat, cylindrical structures on many Chicago rooftops are water tanks, and they’re obsolete. But maybe not for long. The winner of the Water Tank Design Competition is being announced at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Rubloff Auditorium this evening at 5:30 PM. This free event also features a keynote address by jury chair and 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Thom Mayne. For more information, visit the website.
Helping to raise money for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, the Happy Ending Reading Series hits Chicago with some pretty tempting names. Joe Meno, Elizabeth Berg and Amy Krouse Rosenthal make up the readers, while the Sunday Runners provide pop sounds for the night. Elizabeth Crane is your host at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. 7pm. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.
Author of the Booker Prize winning novel, The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst stops by International House to discuss and read from his book. 1414 E. 59th St., 7pm. Call 773-752-4381 for more information.
The Writers and Readers Ball: Celebrating Literature on WLUW is on tap tonight at Martyr's (3855 N Lincoln Ave). Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Entertainment (poets, neo-futurists, funk band, etc.) starts at 8 pm. WLUW host Donna Seaman will sign copies of Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books. All proceeds benefit 88.7 WLUW.