In the New York Times, Olivia Judson writes that though the year of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species" is winding up, there are still Darwin-related events to attend. The two major ones left are a London production of "Inherit the Wind" with Kevin Spacey and David Troughton and a new film, called "Creation", with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly on the life of Darwin.

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