• It’s much bigger in person.

Tonight at 7:30 PM, the Adler Planetarium will host Orbit(film), a program of experimental films curated by the folks at Chicago Filmmakers. It’s the first of three of programs copresented by the two local institutions. The series, called “Strange Science,” showcases avant-garde films about scientific subjects. Tonight’s program will devote as much time to science as to art: the films will be followed by a lecture from Adler astronomer Dr. Mark Hammergren, who will then lead the audience on a tour of the museum’s flagship (and newly updated) exhibit, Our Solar System. The films on the program also concern the Solar System, each work representing a different planet, with recent works by Travis Wilkerson (An Injury to One) and Michael Gitlin (who I wrote about a few weeks ago) about Pluto and Saturn, respectively. Other artists on the bill include Bill Brown, Melanie Shatzky, and Jessica Oreck.