Though the word "dirt" has frequently played supporting roles in Hollywood films--Joe Dirt, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Dirty Dozen--it only recently stole the spotlight. The aptly titled DIRT! The Movie, directed by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow and narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, examines both the importance of soil as a source of fertility and the negative consequences that come from mucking up the dirt we've got--drought, climate change and even war.
On Tuesday, March 16, the Boise State Cultural Center, Idaho Public Television and the Independent Television Service, will present a free screening of DIRT! The Movie at Boise State at 5:30 p.m. The movie is part of a free monthly screening series called Community Cinema, which features films from the PBS series Independent Lens.
DIRT! The Movie, Tuesday, March 16, 5:30 p.m., Boise State Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom A, 1910 University Drive, 208-345-4453, dirtthemovie.org.
If you prefer your dirt to come from the filthy mouths of unwashed rock 'n' rollers, the Egyptian Theatre is also offering a special screening Tuesday evening. To celebrate the release of The White Stripes' Under Great White Northern Lights live documentary, Record Exchange will host a screening of the movie, which follows the Whites as they tour Canada. Tickets are free with the purchase of the album or video, which can be bought at the show. A DVD, Blu-ray or vinyl snags you two tickets, while a plain old CD gets you one.
The Boise Rock School will also be channeling Jack and Meg for the evening.
Under Great White Northern Lights, Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m., FREE with album or DVD, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.