Some may remember Gary Zukav, the Harvard University alum and Vietnam vet who, in 1979, made almost perfect sense of quantum physics in his book The Dancing Wu-Li Masters, which won the American Book Award in Science. A decade later he switched gears, leaving the physical world behind for even tougher subject matter. In The Seat of The Soul (1990), he contends that, for too long now, we've pretty much lived our lives according to the survival-of-the-fittest ethos, which suggests that humans take care of number one by overpowering everything else -- animals included -- through fear and intimidation. So how do we get beyond that? Through spiritual growth, of course. Zukav makes his case in easy-to-read prose that blends modern psychology and New-Age principles to explain the evolution of the soul and its existence in the afterlife. Zukav will discuss his best-selling book and signs copies at 7 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University, Assembly Bldg., 3200 S. University Dr., Davie. Admission is free. Call 954-723-0489.
After California hip-hop DJ Aaron Carter spent a couple of years immersed in the U.K. dance scene, he returned to the States and shared a rundown apartment in Los Angeles with his friend, a rock guitarist named Stephen James Barry. One day Carter was in his bedroom looping some dance tracks on a synthesizer when Barry picked up his guitar and began to play along. Both liked what they heard, and they formed Cirrus. Carter had no doubt come across U.K. techno bands like the Chemical Brothers, who were already experimenting with rock 'n' roll. But Cirrus doesn't just mix dance tracks with rock samples; both members sing and rap, and Carter plays bass while Barry splits his time between guitar and keyboards. Working with a minimal budget and equipment now considered obsolete, they recorded tracks for their debut album, Drop the Break, in 1997. The single "Superstar DJ" made Billboard's Top 10 dance chart, and with the addition of drummer-vocalist Rene Padilla, the group recorded its second album, Back on a Mission, in 1998. The title track appeared on the Mortal Kombat: Annihilation movie soundtrack, and the video has been featured on 120 Minutes and Amp. Padilla has since been replaced by a session drummer, who's on the road with Cirrus for its current tour, which stops tonight at the Chili Pepper, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Cover is $5 to $15. Doors open at 10 p.m. Call 954-525-5996.