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Best in Show

Thursday, May 23, 2024
Rated: PG-13 Run time: 1 hr 30 min Comedy Science on Screen® creatively pairs classic, cult, and documentary films with notables from the worlds of science, technology, and medicine. Each film is used as a jumping off point for a speaker to talk about interesting and relevant scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment! It’s where the movies and science collide! After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary Waiting for Guffman, actor/director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors. Our guest lecturer, Dr. Margaret Gruen, will be leading a discussion and Q&A on the topic “How smart is my dog, really?”. Dr. Gruen is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist who assists with referring veterinarian communications and resident training. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gruen completed an internship in animal welfare, a residency in clinical behavior, and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. At present, Dr. Gruen is completing a doctoral degree in Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at NCSU-CVM. She currently works at Duke University in the Canine Cognition Center which is dedicated to the study of dog psychology. Sorry no passes accepted. Will call tickets may be picked up at The Cary Box Office beginning one hour prior to the movie.