Michael Berube, author of Higher Education Under Fire and, most recently, What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?, will be giving a lecture to dispel the whole notion that universities are just breeding grounds for the lefties, commies and pinkos who gently massage the shoulders of terrorists. He's speaking at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.) at 7 p.m. The lecture does feel a bit liberal in that anyone can enter, not just those who bloody well earned the right to be audience members via good old-fashioned bootstrap-yankin'. Hmmm. Call 389-6607 for more. SK
Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers is the latest film by Robert Greenwald. Not surprisingly, the force behind Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism and Uncovered: The War on Iraq, shines a light on some ugly stuff. This time, it's how corporations such as Halliburton/KBR, Blackwater and CACI ream the holy hell out of taxpayers and imperil our soldiers while cutting their own costs. See it at 7 tonight at the Gill Foundation's Training Room (315 E. Costilla St.). Admission is $5, and all proceeds go to the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission. RSVP at iraqforsale.org. SK
Amazed by that bird call your neighbor can do? Man, it's high time for you to check out Huun Huur Tu, performing tonight at Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.). The South Siberian Turkic musicians have discovered ways to capture the sounds of their harsh native land through song, whistling and throat-singing in which a single singer simultaneously emits both a fundamental note and, high above it, a series of distinct harmonics. Describing it may be nearly as tough as doing it, so you probably should just attend the 7:30 performance to find out more. While you're there, thank any Pikes Peak Library District rep you see for organizing this, and the entire 2006 World Music Series. Visit huunhuurtu.com for more. KW
All year long, Colorado Springs residents Richard and Mary Kay Carlson have been toasting Mozart's 250th birthday. The celebration continues this afternoon when Mozart at 250 presents Mozart Mania. The event, running from 2 to 5 p.m., will feature Mozart-inspired performances from a smorgasbord of local acts, costumed attendees, puppets, games and even get this an instrument "petting zoo". Well, consider our curiosity piqued. And this educational shindig at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) is also cost-effective. We're suckers for free entertainment. For more information call 322-6438. PF
"Well, off to the Senior Center!" Yep, believe it or not, that's you tonight, and for good reason: Daniel E. Conway, formerly of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, is keynoting a celebration of the 61st anniversary of the United Nations at the Colorado Springs Senior Center (1514 N. Hancock Ave.). As special guest of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the United Nations Association-U.S.A., Conway will discuss his life's work, including his oversight of the repatriation of a half million Iraqi Kurds after the Gulf War. Doors open at 6, and the dinner and presentation follow a half hour later. The cost is $15 for students, $25 for the rest, and if you're reading this before Sunday, you can reserve a spot by calling 576-1814. KW
So Ciara's no Beyonc. No one is. We won't argue with you there. But the young hit-maker might be the next best thing. Her crunkified crooning has earned the R&B/hip-hop sensation Top 10 singles on each of her five releases. Us? We're big fans of her poptastic single "1, 2 Step." She'll certainly perform that gem at 8 tonight when she plays the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver) promoting the December-slated release of her new album, Ciara: The Evolution. Tickets for the 16-and-up show cost $29.50. Visit ticketmaster.com for tickets and information. PF
Nothing says "Wednesday in November" like a good challenge to modern concepts of gender roles and equality through storytelling and performance poetry. Kimberly Dark will be performing her theater show Stripped and Teased: Scandalous Stories with Subversive Subplots at UCCS's Upper Lodge (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). Dark's performances vary from show to show but, according to her Web site, "... there are stories about strippers strippers and lesbians, strippers and waitresses, strippers and soldiers," though I'm sure there will something in there about Lake Wobegon as well. It's free and starts at 4:30 p.m.; call 262-3128 for more. SK
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Steve Kline and Kirk Woundy.