Sunday, July 5, 2009

"B-Movies and Bad Science" at the Natural History Museum

Being a fan of campy mutant creature flicks, "B-Movies and Bad Science" offers me a chance to watch a "bad" movie at the Natural History Museum, then hear from an expert on the science behind the rampant creative licensing, plus see some real-deal specimens.

For the giant grasshopper thriller Beginning of the End, Dr. Brian Brown, Curator of the Museum's Entomology Department, displayed some really big grasshoppers and katydids and chatted it up with movie-goers before the show. He later refuted many of the claims made in the movie, responded to audience inquiries about bug behaviors, and made it a fun learning experience for everyone.

Four more cheesy movies are on the calendar through the end of summer. Look for me, I'll be the one cracking up and cheering on the mutant creatures, then listening-up for the explanation.

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