Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5pm
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Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5pm

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$20 Non-members
Free for Members

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.

Your safety is our top priority.

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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2022 Season: From Seeds to Psychedelics

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. 

June 3 Theme:  Seed Sovereignty

Featuring Music PerformanceS by:

  • Claud
  • Alix Page

OUR Host AND Moderator: Dr. Yewande Pearse

Dr. Yewande Pearse 2022
Photo Credit: Kate Berry

Dr. Yewande Pearse is a neuroscientist and science communicator with over 10 years of research to 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: Seed Sovereignty

Level 2, north American Mammal Hall  |  6:30 pm–7:30 pm

This month, we dig deep into the meaning and importance of seed sovereignty to Indigenous communities. We’ll explore how seed rematriation can provide healing and hope for future generations, and how a movement for the rights to save, breed and exchange seeds can be a model for sustainability and preservation.  With guest Rowen White, Seed Keeper/farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, Educational Director for Sierra Seeds and founder of Indigenous Seed Keeper Network.  Moderated by Dr. Yewande Pearse. 



Rowen White

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper/farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for Indigenous seed and food sovereignty.  She is the Educational Director and lead mentor of Sierra Seeds, an innovative land-based educational organization located in Nevada City CA.   Rowen is the founder and Strategic Outreach Facilitator for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at leveraging resources to support tribal food sovereignty projects.   She is the chair of the Board of Directors of Seed Savers Exchange, the largest public access seed bank in North America.  Rowen has a deep commitment to approaching food systems revitalization with a cultural context.  She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs and other distinguished publications.



CLAUD  |  9:00 pM 


From beginning to end, the sparkling pop tunes off Claud Mintz's magnetic first album, Super Monster, capture the assorted stages of a relationship's delight and dejection. The debut release on Phoebe Bridgers' Saddest Factory Records, Super Monster is a vertiginous but joyous coming-of-age reckoning with such young love. Based in New York, Claud would visit their mother in California and father near Chicago or go on tour and make new friends. More than 50 songs emerged during that brief span, reflections on the flings and loves of life as a young artist. Early in 2020, Claud decamped for a few months to their father's home and sorted through those dozens of pieces, whittling them down to the baker's dozen that shape Super Monster.  Incisive, instant, and addictive Super Monster remind us of love's wild ups and downs or to help us deal with them in real time.

ALIX PAGE  |  8:00 pM

Alix Page

After the release of her candid debut EP, Old News, rising indie artist Alix Page has gained an influx of praise from key titles like People Mag, Fader, NME, DORK, and more. Page has toured with artists like Gracie Abrams, Ricky Montgomery, and Mazie since she began sharing heart-wrenching songs in 2020.


DJ NICO CRAIG  |  5:00 pm

Nico Craig

19-year-old Nico Craig (he/they) is an influencer, DJ and music producer who boasts an impressive résumé and continues to create his own lane as one of the most talented Entertainers worldwide. In addition to being a principal mixer at iHeart Radio’s REAL 92.3 in Los Angeles and being recognized by the Grammy Recording Academy for his 2020 EP, Nico is an outspoken activist especially for the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming community.  As his love for music allows him to bring joy to thousands, Nico is a reflection of how important inclusivity is in music and in the entertainment industry.



James merry  | Level 1 foyer - Dueling Dinos  |  ALL NIGHT

James T. Merry

James Merry is a visual artist from the UK, now based in Iceland where he has worked with Björk since 2009 as a frequent collaborator and co-creative director on her visual output. He is primarily known for his hand embroidery and mask-making, and has collaborated with institutions such as the V&A, Gucci, The Royal School of Needlework, Tim Walker, Tilda Swinton ShowStudio and Opening Ceremony.



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

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 on, indulging in the many food options in LA, and being an avid sports fanatic. 


Justin Ramos

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. 

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