The documentary film Beyond the Motor City asks one basic question: Can Detroit change its car-loving ways in time to save itself? Detroit's boom years are long gone, but if public transportation advocates have their way, the city could become a shining example of economic recovery. One of the ironies of Detroit's history is that it was the city's efficient streetcar system that made it possible for thousands of auto workers to get to the factories and plants that earned it the Motor City moniker. Public affairs experts say that can be the case again, with the factories retooled to manufacture products that use renewable energy and other non-gas-guzzling items. "I can think of no other city where the need for a complete transportation overhaul is as urgent," says filmmaker Aaron Woolf. 7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. For information, call 713-348-4876 or visit www.ricedesignalliance.org. Free.
Thu., June 17, 7 p.m., 2010