Free movie time: The Vanishing of the Bees

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For the last few years, it's been one of biology's most perplexing and worrisome questions: What is happening to bee populations? Since 2006, they've been declining at rates of up to 50 percent -- and more in certain areas -- and since we depend on bees to pollinate about a third of what we eat, it's a serious, serious problem. But here's the kicker: Nobody really knows why it's happening. That's the admittedly depressing subject of tonight's free screening of The Vanishing of the Bees, and while it may not leave you feeling uplifted, it does feature some pretty neat animated sequences.

The screening starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the gallery of eventgallery 910 Arts, 910 Santa Fe, in the heart of the arts district. Again, the screening is free, and all you have to do is show up. And although the subject matter is pretty scary and sad, the film does seem to suggest that one contributor to the problem is very likely the overuse of pesticides -- not that that suggest a viable solution anyone will pay attention to, but at least it's a possible one. Which is... something, I guess.

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