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TO MARCH 24
When some people—OK, me—hear the word “environmental,” they immediately think “snooze.” So as I perused the catalog for this year’s 10th Environmental Film Festival, I expected nothing but cinematic sermons on why everyone should recycle, give up her car, and hug trees—and was quite surprised to find listed Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, included for its prominent use of a natural setting (at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 15). And Paul Cezanne: The Man and the Mountain, a study of Cezanne’s use of one image to define form, color, and light (at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14). But if I were to pick one screening to attend, I’d go for the grizzlies: Bears (pictured, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21) shows footage of these mighty predators in their natural habitats all around the world and it does so in a glorious, smack-your-face (in a good way) IMAX format that will leave you feeling an insignificance no power suit or business card can make up for. There are also several short animated programs for children (a Dr. Seuss cartoon is featured) as well as more traditional environmental fare, with documentaries exploring issues such as disposal of nuclear waste and the depletion of natural resources. Discover your own way to show love for this ever-giving planet. The festival runs to Sunday, March 24, at various area locations; see showtimes for details. (Tricia Olszewski)