NHM FIRST FRIDAYS 2022: July
First Fridays returns LIVE and IN-PERSON to NHM!
Our annual series is back! Explore the Museum after hours with live music, DJs, topical discussions, signature cocktails, and more.
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Effective April 1, 2022, per the most recent ordinance by the L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), masks are no longer required for “mega” events–those with 1,000 or more visitors. In accordance with LACDPH, we still strongly recommend all visitors to continue wearing masks while indoors and ask that individual choices are respected.
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This season, we look to the power of plants to save us–returning to the roots of well-being with new ideas drawn from ancient ways.
July 1 Theme: Mushroom Magic
Featuring Music Performance by:
- Vegyn (90 Minute DJ Set)
*Attention: Updated set times below
OUR Host AND Moderator: Dr. Yewande Pearse
Dr. Yewande Pearse is a neuroscientist and science communicator with over 10 years of research into understanding rare genetic brain disorders at both King’s College London and The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA. Host of "Sound Science" on Dublab Radio and Inside Biotech, a podcast from Biotech Connection Los Angeles. She has also worked with Headspace, Seed, Deem Journal, NAVEL, Fathomers, Massive Science, TEDMED, and more.
Discussion: Mushroom Magic
Level 2, north American Mammal Hall | 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
This month we look at a wellness trend packed with nutrients and adaptogens, but what other magic can the fungi offer? Can fungi be the solution to rebuilding the soil ecosystem? How can the chemical compound psilocybin, a fungi extract, be used to treat depression and anxiety disorders? What are other clinical applications for psilocybin? What other benefits can fungi bring in everyday life? With guest Dr. Charles Grob, Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine. Moderated by Dr. Yewande Pearse.
*PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS LIMITED FOR THE DISCUSSION
Charles S. Grob, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Over the past thirty years he has conducted academic research with psilocybin, MDMA and ayahuasca. He has published numerous articles in the professional literature and three books: Hallucinogens: A Reader (Tarcher/Putnam, 2002), Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics (SUNY Press, 2005) and Handbook of Medical Hallucinogens (Guilford Press, 2021).
ON THE MAIN STAGE IN THE NATURE GARDENS
Vegyn | 8:30 pM (90 minute DJ set)
Vegyn is an artist who challenges categorization. His genre-hopping compositions and his long list of collaborators make it impossible to put him neatly in a box. Arguably nowhere was that more clear than on his 2019 mixtape, Text While Driving If You Want to Meet God: a 71-track opus encompassing sketches and offcuts from his music-making process, clocking in at over an hour and a half of listening time. As he looks ahead to 2022, Joe Thornalley jokes, “My therapist says I overshare. Maybe this is me continuing my bad habit.” His new mixtape, Don’t Follow Me Because I’m Lost Too!! Does just this, clocking in at over an hour longer with a defiant 75 tracks.
DJ Wyldeflower (kcrw / dublab) | 5:30 pm
With over 15 years of experience in the international urban, jazz and world music scene, Rocio "Wyldeflower" Contreras is an event and concert producer and music creative based in the Los Angeles area. She is praised as a music selector inspired by discovery, always digging deeper to connect and explore. As a well-known event & concert producer, record collector and music connoisseur, her collection will effortlessly peak any top playlist, challenge shazaam, take you down memory lane right into the future, uplifting even the most somber of spirits.
DIGITAL ART POP-UP
JUNIOR HIGH LOS ANGELES | Level 1 foyer - Dueling Dinos | ALL NIGHT
Junior High is a non-profit 501(c)3 community arts space prioritizing the safety and expression of female, queer, nonbinary, and artists of color. Our physical space, publication, podcast, and other ventures function on principles of radical empathy, equity, and mutual aid.
saging the world (2022) | Level 2, north American Mammal Hall | 8:10 pm–8:30 pm (20 min)
Sage smudging has become a viral trend. What’s the truth behind the smoke? People burning sage bundles in the hope of purifying space and clearing bad energy–"saging"–has become common in movies, TV shows, social media, and cleansing rituals. Instead of healing, the appropriated use of saging in popular culture is having a harmful effect. Indigenous communities have tended a relationship with white sage for thousands of generations. White sage (Salvia apiana) only occurs in southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico. Today, poachers are stealing metric tons of this plant from the wild to supply international demand. Saging the World spotlights the ecological and cultural issues intertwined with white sage, centering the voices of Native advocates who have long protected and cherished this plant. The short documentary was produced by Rose Ramirez, Deborah Small, and the California Native Plant Society to foster awareness and inspire action for white sage. For more information on the film and ways to support white sage, visit cnps.org/sagingtheworld.
MUSEUM EDUCATOR POP-UPS
M.E. Pop-Ups | Level 1 foyer - Dueling Dinos | 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Join one of our knowledgable Museum Education Specialists in a series of 30-minute pop-up presentations throughout the Museum to get some first-hand insights about our illuminating exhibits and vast collections. Meet the M.E.'s at the Level 1 Foyer next to the Dueling Dinos.
Andrew Agustin (he/him) is a Museum Educator at NHMLAC who educates the public on the floor across our museum sites. While he just started this year, he has gained vast knowledge that aids in his ability to bring the exhibits to life for those he interacts with. When he is not on-site, he is looking for a trail to hike, indulging in the many food options in L.A., and being an avid sports fanatic.
Justin Ramos is a Museum Educator at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County who especially enjoys teaching about local Los Angeles history. He holds degrees from UCLA and Columbia University where he studied history and anthropology, focusing on exploring the role of craft as presented in the museum setting. His favorite part about working at the Natural History Museums is that everyday he is afforded the chance to learn something new.
This Month's Featured Food Trucks
- GOSTOSAS THRILL FROM BRAZIL
- BELLY’S WINGS and SLIDERS
- CREAMY BOYS NEW ZEALAND STYLE ICE CREAM
- MADE IN BROOKLYN
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