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Monday, January 21

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Wilco concert @ Auditorium Theatre

Wilco is doing its part for hurricane relief by headlining a benefit concert tonight at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Parkway, between Michigan and Wabash). The proceeds benefit the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund and the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. See the band's Website for full details.

Erotic Power Play 101 @ Early to Bed

For those of you a little past Flirting 102, Erotic Power Play 101 at Early to Bed, 5232 N. Sheridan, will teach you the basics about BDSM and how it can enrich your sex life. It's open to men, women, and couples, and the instructor, Eve Minax, is a well-regarded Domina and sex educator. The workshop starts at 7:30 and is $10; you can make reservations at 773-271-1219.


Dorkbot is a monthly-ish "meeting for people interested in doing strange things with electricity." Tonight the local chapter meets for an intro course on the Drupal content management system, and a preview of the upcoming Chibots autonomous robot competitions. It's free, and it's dorktastic! 8pm to 10pm at Deadtech, 3321 W. Fullerton Ave.

Underground Electronic Night

Check out undiscovered electronic music talent at Wake Up!, a new event held on the first Tuesday of the month at Sonoteque. Flavorpill says that Wake Up! features accomplished artists who are often lauded niche performers but slip under Chicago's cultural radar. Tonight's set features unmixed DJ sets by Brad Loving, Kumar Mc Millon and residents Kate Simko and Karl Meier.

Sonoteque is located at 1444 W. Chicago. The needle drops at 9 p.m. and the cost is just $3.

Mary Roach @ 57th Street Books

For a little bit of science with your Dia De Los Muertos, head to 57th Street Books at 1301 E. 57th Street at 7pm tonight to see Mary Roach (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers) talk about her new book, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. In Spook, Roach's investigations into the afterlife take her from speaking with a reincarnation expert in India to attending a medium school in England to seeing what is allegedly a rare specimen of ectoplasm. See the Seminary Co-op website for more details.



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