The Mighty Monarch 

As the beings at the top of the food chain, with language, law, the biggest brains, etcetera, we humans tend to dwell on ourselves a bit too much. Ask most folks their definition of "high drama" and they'll restrict it to the trials and tribulations of people -- exclusively. What about the drama inherent in the lives of our nonhuman fellow beings? Nature is rife with it; take the Monarch butterfly as an example. The Monarch weighs less than a penny and undertakes one of the longest migrations on earth -- and it has never been to its ultimate destination until it arrives there the first, and last, time. It's an incredible creature with an equally incredible story. Learn more about this real-life adventure at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMINAX Theater (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) when it screens Flight of the Butterflies. The documentary charts the story of one scientist's 40-year search for the secrets of the Monarch, from beginning to end. Flight of the Butterflies screens daily through Monday, January 20 (no shows on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day). Tickets are $9 to $10.
Jan. 19-20, 2013

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