RALEIGH — Superargo is watching. Watching the mountain home of a master criminal where deep in the ancient dungeons an electronic brain controls an army of robots. Watching a diabolical plan to unleash a horde of faceless monsters on the helpless world. One man against the strongest, cruelest, most dangerous team of evildoers ever conceived by the brain of a power-mad mastermind. It’s “Superargo and the Faceless Giants,” showing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. Free.
Superargo is a former professional wrestler who quits after accidentally killing an opponent, a story documented in “Superargo vs. Diabolicus.” In this 1968 sequel, Superargo, complete with shiny black mask and bulletproof red tights, gets called on to battle a ruthless band of robotic, faceless and rather diminutive “giants” who have been harassing athletes and other members of the public. And if that’s not enough, one of his closest friends is determined to kill him. Who is the traitor?
Superargo is joined in his crusade by Indian mystic sidekick Kamir, played by Aldo Sambrell, who is perhaps best known for his gritty portrayals of scruffy bandits in Sergio Leone’s classic Clint-Eastwood-infused spaghetti westerns “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966). Sambrell also gave a memorably chilling performance as ruthless bandit gang leader Mervyn Duncan, opposite Burt Reynolds, in “Navajo Joe” (1966).
Superargo also stars Guy Madison as Professor Wendland Wond. Madison is best known for playing the title role in the popular 1950s television western series “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok.”
Receive discounted tickets to Rainforest Adventure every First Friday from 5 to 7pm. Swing like a spider monkey. Ride the butterfly zip-line. Discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. Visitors to this new exhibition are invited to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. Prices: Free for Members; All other tickets $5 on First Friday. Rainforest Adventure is designed for families with children ages 3-12.
The Museum stays open from 5 to 9 p.m. on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, groove to live music (this month provided by Jacob Dowdy and Daniel Delorenzo), 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 the featured artist of the month in the Nature Art Gallery. This month’s artist is Daniel McClendon, whose show “Somewhere between Lost and Found” runs June 6-July 27.