On December 21 of this year, the fabled Mayan calendar comes to the end of a 5,125-year cycle. There are a host of theories that surround this date. Some believe that it represents the end of the world through astronomic collisions, while more positive folks predict it will mark the beginning of an era of new human enlightenment. The film Mayan Prophecies at the Houston Museum of Natural Science lets viewers explore the beliefs, gods and culture of the Mayan people and offers an in-depth look at just what kind of future they envisioned for us this year. You’ll visit some of the most important sites, such as Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal and Palenque, and traverse temples to Quetzalcoatl and other gods. Perhaps more important, the film answers pressing questions of whether the Earth’s poles will suddenly reverse and whether we should expect a solar storm to fry humanity. Various screening times daily. Through August 30. 5555 Hermann Park.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: June 4. Continues through Aug. 30, 2012