CAROLINA FRIENDS SCHOOLGreg Mortenson is an adventurer for the 21st century. While George Mallory attempted Everest “because it was there,” Mortenson headed out to the war-torn mountainous regions of South Asia to lend a hand by building secular, girl-friendly schools, often at considerable personal risk. In hardback his book was called Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations … One School at a Time. Perhaps in anticipation of a post-Bush world, for the paperback edition Mortenson altered the subtitle to One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time. The paperback has just entered the New York Times bestseller list, and Carolina Friends School expects a big crowd in the gym. The event is free, and cookies and tea will be served. David Fellerath

COLONY THEATERWorried about peak oil? Tonight, there’s a free screening of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil at 7 p.m. The film documents the ability of Cuba to survive the oil crisis of the 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union when the country was reduced to half its oil imports. For more info, call 847-5677. The film will also show the next night in Durham at El Kilombo Intergalactica (www.elkilombo.org). Megan Stein