Is anything weirder, more interesting, or as fraught with potential than places where humans never go? In Ice People, Antarctic geologists—tiny people in big landscapes—dig holes, sip coffee, watch the clock, weather windstorms, pour urine into a urine funnel, climb huge mountains you've never heard of, and try to uncover the mysteries of Antarctica's Dry Valleys. "You have to take yourself out of your human world and put yourself in the geology world," says one scientist, quietly (everything is quiet). "And now I'm just rocks and tills and glaciers." (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935. 7 and 9 pm, $8.)

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