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Science on Screen®: Bug Out with Jon Wallace & Microcosmos

Opens on April 19

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!

Run Time: 180 min. Rating: G Release Year: 1996

Join us at The Gem for a FREE family friendly Science on Screen event,  “Bug Out with Jon Wallace & Friends”, on Tuesday, April 19th at 1pm followed by the film “Microcosmos”. This will be a great outing for the kids during April vacation!

1:00pm “Museum Tour” of Jon Wallace’s Arthropod (Bug) Collection and other insect related activities for kids. Families can circulate through the activities in The Gem lobby and Theaters 2 & 3.

Do you like ‘bugs’? Want to learn more about them? Join local ‘bug’ enthusiast, Jon Wallace, and learn about the different live ‘bugs’ he raises and exhibits. During this program, you’ll get to see these animals up-close (if you dare), learn about their amazing history, behaviors and adaptations, and find out why they are so important to humans and are considered the most successful group of animals that ever lived! 

1:45 to 2:15 Short talk and Q & A with Jon Wallace: Jon Wallace was an award-winning high school science teacher in Meriden, Connecticut for over 32 years. Jon has had an interest in ‘non-traditional’ topics in science for over forty years and developed a passion for raising arthropods/’bugs’ during that time. He has also researched the fossil history of insects and has shared that during exhibits at Bug-Maine-ia for several years. During the last few years, he has focused on taking ‘focus-stacked’ macro-imaging of insects and other tiny things. He has written several articles about arthropod culture and focus-stacked photography. Other interests include collecting meteorites/micrometeorites, imaging the Sun, optical astronomy, radio astronomy, fossils and raising cacti and insectivorous plants.

2:15 to 2:30 Short break to get food & drink for movie

2:30 to 3:45 Film “Microcosmos”: The world is overrun with insects, but have you ever seen them up close and personal? Here, time-lapse, slow-motion, and zoom lenses show us the insect world as we’ve never seen it. Spiders track and overwhelm their prey; bees zoom through the countryside, mosquitoes hatch, and beetles do battle as the camera races through grass, ponds, and hillsides to reveal the life teeming below.

A huge thank you to:

An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who is 12 years and older. Masks are highly recommended.

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