DON’T FRET Tickets remain to Blues at the Crossroads, Friday’s tribute to the late
Robert Johnson conceived by Big Head Todd’s Todd Park Mohr (above).
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 02.09.11 through Tue 02.15.11:
dance Duets for My Valentine
ALSO THIS WEEK: For those whose Valentine’s wouldn’t be complete without the sultry River North Dance Chicago, the troupe returns to the Harris Theater 2/11–13 with a lineup of signature moves.
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Stephanie Levi, a U of C–educated molecular geneticist and cell biologist who will decode the science of sex for nonscience-minded schlubs like us, just in time for Valentine’s Day, at Schubas; details below.
“On Friday I’m having dinner on that delicious Middle Eastern corridor on Kedzie, at Semiramis. Saturday is going to be kind of boring, since I’ll be feverishly getting ready for Sunday: I’m going to be reading. I’m going to be reading a lot. Saturday night I’ll be having dinner with some old friends; we’re going for Korean. Sunday I’ll be spending more time assimilating data on what people’s brains do when they have an orgasm and what happens when there’s sperm competition—how that affects a woman’s pleasure. And Sunday night’s the big event.
“I’ll be taking people through a relationship, from when we first see someone we’re attracted to—that first infatuation—to falling into deep love, having sex, having an orgasm, breaking up. We’ll be talking through everything that happens: physically, biologically, chemically. We’ll talk about what your brain does when you’re watching porn—all kinds of weird, funky things. There will be lots of opportunity for discussion since this stuff is controversial, and people may disagree with the science. We’ll also be having a kiss-in, so if you come with someone or hopefully meet someone there, you can kiss and see if you feel that rush of dopamine, putting science to the test. Science doesn’t have to be hard: It’s so sexy. It interacts in so many ways with our lives.”
GO: Night Lab: The Science of Sex and Attraction. 2/13 at 7. Free. 21+. Upstairs Lounge at Schubas, 3159 N Southport. schubas.com
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
nightlife The Retar Crew
If you loved Funk It Up About Nothin’ at Chicago Shakespeare Theater—and if you didn’t, what’s wrong with you?—don’t miss the bulk of the cast appearing in this even raunchier night of comedy and beats with a bevy of special guests. Essentially a wrap party before the crew heads out on Funk It Up’s Australian tour, the gig should provide plenty of Down Under puns.
GO: 2/13 at 9. Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee. doubledoor.com
Photograph: (Mohr) Chris Strong