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To Bee or Not To Bee

beeA pouring rain couldn’t kill the buzz at the Queen of the Sun opening on Friday night. Crowds waited patiently in line outside of the Hollywood Theater to be the first to see the newest film from local boys Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz. Like their previous film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, this examination of the precarious life of bees was beautiful and compelling.

Queen of the Sun plays through October 4th at the Hollywood. And if you're inspired to explore the possibility of keeping bees in your backyard, send us an email at food@portlanoregon.gov. We’ll drop you a line when we announce our Urban Growth Bounty classes for 2011 that will include intro classes for budding beekeepers as well as intermediate and advanced sessions.

Check out the video in the lobby on the sold-out opening night. Amongst the sound of popping corn and excited moviegoers, Mayor Adams, who was on hand to introduce the film, talks with Taggart about the effect bees have had on his garden and his bike rides.