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"Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?"

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KETCHUM — As part of its current Big Idea project, “Bees,” the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Magic Lantern Cinemas, 100 Second St., Ketchum.

The award-winning 2011 documentary film by director Taggart Siegel takes viewers on a journey through the mysterious world of the beehive and the catastrophic disappearance of the bees who inhabit them.

“Seeing images of commercial farming and learning about its impact on pollinators is profound,” said Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts for the Sun Valley Center. “While we all enjoy the benefits of affordable food, we may not be aware of the kinds of environmental devastation this farming approach has caused.”

The Center’s BIG IDEA project “Bees” explores the critical role that pollinators play in maintaining the health of our food supply and ecosystems. The project also considers the many challenges that pollinator species face, from colony collapse disorder to shrinking habitat. In addition to the film, “Bees” includes a visual arts exhibition, panel discussion, lectures, workshops and other events that encourage community participation and discussion.

Tickets are: $10 for SVCA members and $12 for nonmembers — available by calling 208-726-9491 or going to www.sunvalleycenter.org or visiting the center’s box office at 191 Fifth St. E., Ketchum.

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