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They’re bees, they’re banditos, they’re desperate. And they’re coming to a Museum near you.

On a remote Japanese island, a beautiful but deranged scientist is breeding insects to take over the world, which is all well and good until her “killer bees” bring down an American plane carrying an H-bomb! Watch the fun that ensues as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts “War of the Insects” on First Friday, September 7 at 7pm. Free.

Ensnared in all this madness is the nutty professor’s bug-collecting boyfriend Jozi and his slightly pregnant wife, the humorless Dr. Nagumo, and a United States airman named Charlie, whose way of starting a conversation is to hysterically scream “genocide!” and then go off his rocker (perhaps the reason for this 1968 movie’s alternative title, “Genocide”). Yûsuke Kawazu (Jozi) is the only cast member with a notable career, having appeared in dozens of films from 1958 to as recently as 2009, including a few in the Godzilla and Gamera franchises.

Although the plot and acting are suspect (at best), the movie does feature an impressive score by veteran composer Shunsuke Kikuchi, who also scored “Terror Beneath the Sea” and “Golden Bat” as well as the Gamera movies.

Calling all teens! Arrive early (6pm) for an up-close look at insects that wage war on trees plus a presentation from Nature Research Center director “Canopy” Meg Lowman, a pioneer of tree-top exploration and conservation. This inaugural Teen Science Café, held in the new wing’s Daily Planet Café, will bring you face-to-face with bark beetles as well as insect researchers for an interesting introduction to the world of entomology.

The Museum and the new Nature Research Center stay open from 5 to 9 pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Café. Additionally, the Museum Store offers after-hours shopping and an opening reception (6:30-8:30pm) for landscape painter Janette Hopper, whose show “Echoes, Essences” runs September 7-30 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 23, 2012