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TO SEPTEMBER 4
Yellowstone, the Air & Space Museum’s new IMAX feature, offers some exquisite aerial views of America’s natural wonders remarkably uncluttered by pasty-faced tourists in floral print T-shirts. Instead of merely trotting out the experts to discuss geologic formations, the film uses costumed actors to re-enact the history of the park from its earliest settlement by the Tukudikas tribe to the explorations of John Colter and Nathaniel P. Langford, an unemployed tax collector who first suggested that the area be set aside as a preserve. The episodes are linked by the recurrence of an 8-foot grizzly who periodically rears up on his hind legs and bellows…perhaps ticked off that he can’t find any picnic baskets to rifle. There are some major omissions, particularly the 1988 forest fires that raged over one-third of the park’s area. However, the film does include a unique perspective of Old Faithful, the world’s most famous geyser, as scientists drop a camera 40 feet down its vent to catch the churning waters in their pre-eruption phase. Screenings are at 8 p.m. daily at the National Air & Space Museum’s Langley Theater, 6th & Independence Ave. SW. $3.50. (202) 357-2700. (Greg Kitsock)