Disparate subcultures appear, change, disappear, reappear, renew and generally behave unpredictably, but one aspect that unites most of them is that they get absorbed into the larger culture fairly quickly. Forget about trying to understand the pace of change: That bullet train is booking too fast -- best just get off the tracks. Hippiedom is mainly just a style option these days, yet back in its '60s heyday the movement repulsed and inspired people in nearly equal measure. The makers of those unintentionally comical educational films some of us had to sit through in school took notice of the phenomenon and produced short flicks instructing kids on the ins and outs of hippie ways. How to be a Hippie: Vintage Educational Films, a collection of these educational gems, screens for free today at 6:30 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org).
Wed., Nov. 13, 2013