Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. in Hartford, hosts “Science on Screen," a series of movies on scientific topics, accompanied by a discussion by a local expert on that subject. All of the screenings are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
On Nov. 12, the film is "Forbidden Planet,” the 1956 sci-fi about the search for a missing space ship. It is based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” It will be accompanied by a talk by Tim Gifford of Movia Robotics LLC and director of the Advanced Interactive Technology Center at UConn, who invented a robot that interacts with children on the autism spectrum.
On Feb. 11, “Real Women Have Curves” will be shown. The 2002 drama is about a Mexican-American teen town between tradition and ambition. It will be accompanied by a talk by Dr. Mala Matacin, director of the Undergraduate Program in Psychology at the University of Hartford. Her research focuses on women’s body image, stress and women’s leadership.
On March 11, the 1991 Ron Howard movie “Backdraft,” about a strange arson phenomena, will be shown, accompanied by a talk by David Beauregard, senior forensic specialist at Travelers on the forensic science behind investigating claims filed for insurance coverage of property damage caused by fires and explosions.
The series ends April 8 with “Mission to Mars,” the 2000 Brian De Palma story of astronauts going to Mars. It will be accompanied by a talk by Martha Gilmore, an associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University in Middletown.
Admission is $10, $7 seniors and students, $5 members, $4.50 member seniors and students.