Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author/biologist/theorist/researcher/so-called father of environmentalism Edward O. Wilson (pictured at right and looking very stately) appears at Eckerd College to talk about his new book, The Future of Life, which outlines his plane for saving the Earth's biological heritage. 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall, free admission.
Heavy intrumental post-rock foursome Pelican performs their heavy, extended jams at Orpheumtonight. Also on the bill are avant experidelic (metal meets classical) Brooklyn sextet Kayo Dot and out-there songwriter Stephen Brodsky provide support sets. 8 p.m., Orpheum, $14.
Beach Theatre hosts a James Bond double feature screening event — 2006's Casino Royale at 9 p.m. (free) followed by the debut of the latest, Quantum of Solace, at midnight ($7 adults/$5 children, students, seniors, and active military).
Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport presents a Death Penalty Forum with live interactive audience polling. Among the panelists are defense attorneys prosecutors and criminologists, who use their own experiences and expertise to make arguments for or against the death penalty. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. with the panel to follow until 8 p.m., in the Great Hall; free admission.
Multi-instrumentalist Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew (two-thirds of North Mississippi Allstars) have joined fellow Coldwater musicians Kirk Smithhart (guitar/vocals), Ed Cleveland (drums) and Daniel Coburn (vocals/harmonica) bring their Hill Country Revue of blues lickin' rock to Skipper's Smokehouse. Uncle John's Band opens. 8 p.m., $10, Tampa.