Chicken patties, sure, but chicken panties?: In Mark Lewis’ deliciously deadpan PBS documentary The Natural History of the Chicken, Cotton the rooster—the plucky household pet of Karin Estrada, no doubt the pride of her West Palm Beach neighborhood—wears flaming-red undies while watching Pavarotti. Go ahead and make jokes—Talk about your pampered pets!—but after a morning swim together, Estrada sweetly reveals that the fluffy white Cotton is her “soul mate.” And all of a sudden you feel that much guiltier for your weekly Popeyes fix. Of course, Estrada isn’t quite as flighty as Maine’s Janet Bonney, who earnestly re-creates giving successful “mouth-to-beak” resuscitation to a frozen hen. (While recuperating, the chicken watched the O.J. trial from the cozy confines of a baby crib.) With a visual style similar to the Coen brothers’—or at least The Daily Show’s—Lewis sprinkles fine-feathered facts (Americans eat 80 pounds of chicken per person per year) in between introducing all those eccentrics who love their chicken in ways other than extra crispy. Get in a fowl mood at noon at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Sean Daly)