Get Buzzed at Cross Pollination

Honey, where have all the bees gone? That and other questions will be examined during a screening of the documentary Vanishing of the Bees during Cross Pollination 2011, a community-wide celebration of pollinators, bees, birds, moths and other animals, at different Colorado Springs art institutions from August to December.

"After this beehive was installed in my backyard almost two years ago, I just started observing the bees and fell in love with them," explains Vanishing of the Bees screening coordinator Amber Coté. "The more research I did for the collapse of beehives and colonies, the more horrifying it was; the bees are symptomatic of much bigger issues. It became a personal crusade of mine."

The screening is free and will begin at 6 p.m. at the Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 South Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs. But first there will be a Bee Happy Hour at 5 p.m., with Beehive Honeywheat beer and honey tastings from Bristol Brewing, a Colorado Springs microbrewery. Regular beer and lemonade will be served at discounted prices, too, and Stargazers will provide a full dinner menu. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with beekeepers and representatives from the local food movement. For more information on Cross Pollination 2011, go to www.crosspollinationcollab.com.
Wed., Aug. 24, 6 p.m., 2011

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