Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Coming Attraction: Bug Fair at LA's Natural History Museum

This weekend, the Natural History Museum will host its 23rd annual Bug Fair.

On May 16 and 17, the museum will transform from Dino-might Central to Insect HQ. Special guests include insect chef (yes, that is the man's title) David George Gordon, who will prepare some of your no-doubt favorites, including tempura-battered tarantula, sweet and sour silkworms and sweet Washington waxworms, apparently for those who can still stomach dessert.

Musical guests Annie and the Natural Wonderband will perform, while origami expert Robert Lang will show kids how to fold paper wings.

If you or your children are eager to learn more about our multi-legged friends, there will be experts and museum curators available at tables, where visitors can interact with displays.

And if you're a museum member, you'll be able to pass through the velvet rope a little earlier. On Saturday and Sunday, members can check in an hour ahead of general admission (8:30 a.m. as opposed to 9:30 a.m.) and get a first bug-alicious glimpse of what's on offer.

In a note of irony (which I always love), I've noticed that support for this event has been provided by Western Exterminator Company.

Who said museums had no sense of humor?

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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