RALEIGH — Watch with appropriate angst as the evil Dr. Krupp builds a monstrous nightmare robot in order to steal valuable Aztec treasure from a centuries-old living mummy named Popoca. Witness terror turned loose in a fight to the death when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows “The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy” on First Friday, April 4, at 7pm. Free.
Dr. Krupp, also known as “The Bat,” is played by Luis Aceves Castañeda, who is perhaps best known (although it’s a stretch) for his roles in critically acclaimed Luis Buñuel-directed films including “Mexican Bus Ride” (1952), “Nazarin” (1959) and “Simon of the Desert” (1965). On a slight tangent, Buñuel is widely known as the father of cinematic Surrealism, was a close friend of Salvador Dali, and even won the Best Director award at the 1950 Cannes Film Festival for “Los Olvidados,” his film about Mexican street urchins.
Krupp’s former colleague, Dr. Eduardo Almada (played by Ramón Gay) attempts heroism as he fights to keep the mad scientist from creating his robot. Gay had a fairly busy film career stretching from mid 1940s to 1960, when he was shot dead by the enraged ex-husband of actress Evangelina Elizondo, whom Gay had “shared credits with” in the play “30 Seconds of Love.”
“The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy” (1958) is the third movie in this classic Mexican mummy series, following in the shuffling footsteps of “La Momia Azteca” (The Aztec Mummy) and “La Maldición de la Momia Azteca” (The Curse of the Aztec Mummy), each of which featured the same cast of primary characters.
Teens — want to know where the cownose ray goes? Find out at this month’s Teen Science Café  (6pm, Daily Planet Café). Marine creatures use an array of strategies to move throughout the ocean, but directly tracking organisms across vast spatial and temporal scales is daunting. Join NC State doctoral student Doreen McVeigh for a look at how she uses study organisms, including cownose rays and deep-sea invertebrates, to explain the fascinating ways organisms move and connect with each other.
The Museum stays 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 Stores offer after-hours shopping (till 7pm) and an opening reception for Dale McEntire, whose show “Seeking the Crescent: Contemporary Landscapes” runs April 4-27 in the Nature Art Gallery. All exhibited art is for sale.