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The National Geographic Society was exploring the globe a century before worldbeat put on its walking shoes, but it doesn’t have much experience in the pop ethnography represented by 1 Giant Leap. This CD/DVD/film project was conceived by Jamie Catto (late of British technopop act Faithless) and producer Duncan Bridgeman, who traveled to more than 20 countries with a laptop and a videocam, recording thoughts, tunes, and beats. Divided into 12 different chapters on such universal themes as God, time, money, sex, and death, the work includes both interviews with the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, Dennis Hopper, Ram Dass, and Brian Eno, and musical collaborations intertwining Michael Stipe, Baaba Maal, Neneh Cherry, and the Mahotella Queens. The results are not exactly a traditional geographer’s undertaking, but the society is an apt host for tonight’s screening of the film, which excerpts worldly music and commentary from the DVD’s global village. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $10. (202) 857-7700. (Mark Jenkins)