FIRST FRIDAYS 2024: March
March 1 | Animal Love
Featuring Live Music from Jesse Boykins III and Annahstasia, DJ set from Senay M. Kenfe, Discussion with Patricia LR Brennan and hosted by Dr. Yewande Pearse, Sensory Lounge featuring LAVA (Los Angeles Video Artist), Femme House, ChocoVivo, Herbalaria, and more!
Our Featured Discussion With Special Guest!
Discussion | Level 2, North American Mammal Hall | 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
The Creature Dating Game and Other Mating Habits of the Animal Kingdom: Let's look at the familiar mating rituals humans share with other creatures of the animal world. Explore the art of wooing, from singing a song and showing off your colorful scales, to flexing your physical prowess.
*Seating is limited. Please arrive early.
Dr. Yewande Pearse is a neuroscientist, public speaker, and science communicator with twenty years of research experience in various facets of Neuroscience at leading institutions such as the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College London and The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA. Driven by a mission to redefine where science storytelling belongs and a belief in the power of science to connect people and communities, Dr. Pearse has collaborated with a diverse array of organizations, including the Sundance Film Festival, Headspace, The Natural History Museum, California Science Center, Female Collective, TEDMED, DEEM Journal, Grow Magazine, Dublab Radio, and NTS Radio.
Dr. Patty Brennan is an Evolutionary Biologist and her research examines the morphological evolution of vertebrate genitalia, in particular female genitalia that have typically been understudied. She is an Associate Professor of Biology at Mount Holyoke College, and obtained her PhD at Cornell University in Neurobiology and Behavior.
Watch highlights from past First Fridays:
Live Music and DJ Set In the Nature Gardens Stage!
Jesse Boykins III | Nature Gardens | 9 pm
Jesse Boykins III is a multi-hyphenate artist known for his mesmerizing music, captivating visuals, and innovative direction. As a gifted musician and singer, he has enchanted audiences with his soulful voice and eclectic sound. Beyond his musical prowess, Jesse is also a visionary visual artist, crafting stunning imagery that transports viewers to imaginative realms. With a unique blend of musical prowess and a keen eye for aesthetics and performance, Jesse Boykins III continues to push the boundaries of artistic expression, leaving an indelible mark on the creative world.
Annahstasia | Nature Gardens | 8 pm
Annahstasia The self-taught singer-songwriter says her artistic practice is steeped in fantasy and romanticism, and Annahstasia’s rose-colored perspective is elucidated by her enchantingly sumptuous and acrobatic voice—one she developed through a lasting appreciation for complex vocalists like Bill Withers, Nina Simone, and Janis Joplin. Now, Annahstasia’s own stunning voice is the powerline that weaves together her forthcoming folk-rooted record, Revival, a delicately produced project that both renewed her love of music after a period of uncertainty and facilitated a potent resurgence of self.
DJ Senay M. Kenfe | Nature Gardens | 5 pm–8 pm
Senay M. Kenfe is a Long Beach based DJ, producer, rare grooves collector and host of critically acclaimed NTS show Quiet Storm.
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Special Pop-Up Experiences!
Explore the museum and visit the pop-up experiences, including specially curated presentations from our Research & Collections and Museum Educators and our Sensory Lounge with guest artists and vendors.
NHM's Research and Collections | Otis Booth Pavilion - Ground Level
Explore the work and collections of NHM with specially-curated displays. We'll examine the forces that shape the behaviors of life forms large and small.
M.E. Pop-ups | East Entrance - Welcome Table | 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Join one of our knowledgeable Museum Educators in a series of 30-minute pop-up presentations throughout the Museum to get first-hand insights into our exhibits and vast collections. Meet the M.E.s at the top of the steps near the Welcome Table located at our East Entrance.
SENSORY LOUNGE | LEVEL 1 FOYER
SIGHT: LAVA (LOS ANGELES VIDEO ARTISTS) Founded in 2003, LAVA is a community of video artists and creative technologists working primarily in the field of immersive experiential digital art. The goal of the LAVA community is to promote and nurture the evolution of video art with the latest technological magic in the greater Los Angeles area.
SOUND: Soundscape Curated by FEMME HOUSE featuring GeeXella: Femme House creates opportunities for women, gender-expansive, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ creatives in the technical and behind the scenes areas of music. They are developing the future producers, mixers, engineers, DJs, artists, and executives of the industry by providing education and scholarships, cultivating community, furthering visual representation, and leveraging our platform to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.
GeeXella (pronounced Jee-EL-LUH) is an AfroLatinx, Non-binary, and Queer transdisciplinary artist. They are currently occupying space in Muscogee Creek Land, also known as Atlanta, GA. They engage with their work as an extension of cultural organizing for the liberation of Black and marginalized people.
TASTE: ChocoVivo began at one farmer's market stand in Los Angeles, CA, stone-grinding cacao nibs from bean-to-bar. This marked the inception of their connection with the ancient art of cacao cultivation and the enduring partnership with our visionary head farmer, Vicente Guiterrez, and the Jesus Maria Plantation in Tabasco, MX. Founder Patricia Tsai explored traditional chocolate-making in Oaxaca in 2001. With 15 years of industry research, she's a recognized expert, lecturing at UCLA and USC. A Tedx speaker in Japan, she collaborates with major corporations globally.
SCENT: Herbalaria is a family company bridging the rich heritage of Filipino plant healing tradition and culture with the demands of contemporary wellness. The company produces modern-day skin and spiritual care products deeply rooted in tradition, utilizing the wisdom passed down through generations. Founder Katuuran Lyn Pacificar is a Visayan shaman, driven by a passion for preserving her family’s Philippine healing heritage. Herbalaria creates contemporized wellness products that are made in ritual with Filipino traditional botanicals, love, and good intentions.
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