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The islands that the Kansas State Board of Education would just as soon forget are the subject of Galapagos, a 3-D IMAX film that stars tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, hammerhead sharks, and all those birds that caused Darwin to start thinking about his frankly secular and, to some, still unproven theory about evolution. For those who’d like to know more about the science behind the spectacle of 3-D crabs that seem to be climbing right up your nose, tonight’s screening features an introduction by underwater explorer Carole Baldwin, a Museum of Natural History biologist who consulted on the film, a Smithsonian co-production. Ask her what sort of prank God was pulling on the good people of the Bible Belt by creating all those Ecuadoran critters that seem to be the result of natural selection at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Johnson IMAX Theater, 10th and Constitution Avenue NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)