If you've never had the pleasure of seeing hot lava spew from the La Brea Tar Pits and ooze down Wilshire Boulevard on a path to take out the Beverly Center, then you probably haven't seen Volcano. The 1997 Tommy Lee Jones disaster flick may not be much of a critics' pick, but for Angelenos it's brilliant escapism (and particularly perverse if you ever lived at Park LaBrea). So leave it to the eggheads at the Natural History Museum to take the fun out of everything, with the latest in its Hollywood-debunking “B-Movies and Bad Science” series. Following a nighttime screening of Volcano outdoors at the tar pits, museum collections managers and resident geologists Lindsey Groves and George Davis lecture on how the earth-shattering events depicted in the film couldn't possibly happen at Sixth and Curson. Hey, wait a minute … that's what they said in the movie!

Sun., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., 2009

LA Weekly