Saturday, August 09, 2008

B Movies and Bad Science @ The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

If you are going to be in or near downtown L.A. tomorrow afternoon, you might want to check out the "B Movies and Bad Science" film festival at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Join members from the Museum's history and science staff for a light-hearted exploration of the “science” behind some of Hollywood's creature features. You will discover what makes these creatures and plots implausible in reality, and get to see some of their “real life” counterparts in the Museum's collection. In “Tarantula” (1955), the title's antagonist embarks on a zealous feeding frenzy – but NHM entomologist Brent “the Bug Guy” Karner will calm the audience's nerves.

More details:
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Cost: Free

The program, which is being put on by the museum's Entomology Department, continues on continues on August 24.
"In “Them” (1954), giant ants run wild in the Southwest, then move to the L.A. sewer system for a climactic battle royale. Entomology Curator Brian Brown is on hand to talk about ants and other insects."
And, of course you should check out the other exhibits at the museum while you are there.

(If you want to look smart before you go, read Michael C. LaBarbera's The Biology of B-Movie Monsters first.)

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