Columbia University Buddhist studies professor Robert Thurman, father of actress Uma Thurman, discusses his new book, Why the Dalai Lama Matters, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. in Boulder. As the first American-born Tibetan monk and good friend of the Dalai Lama, Thurman promises an intimate look at the Tibetan state of affairs. Read up on Thurman in his recent interview with The New York Times Magazine. Tickets are $11. For more information, call 303-786-7030 or visit