First Fridays - April 10, 2015 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Soak in the science at our 6:30 pm discussion! (Pictured here is Dr. Brad Shaffer from the UCLA La Kretz Center with moderator Dr. Michael Quick.)
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First Fridays: April 10, 2015

Tour and Discussion (5:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time" with Miguel Ordeñana of the NHM Citizen Science Program

There’s hidden wildlife in Los Angeles but how do we find it? This wildlife has eluded scientists for years by either being too secretive, hidden in plain sight, or tauntingly out of reach on private property. Through citizen science we can begin to explore this uncharted territory, and everyday people can make extraordinary discoveries. This season’s First Fridays tours explore how citizen scientists are “Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time.”

15 person capacity per tour. Tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Discussion (6:30 pm): "Reinvigorating the Environmental Movement by Connecting the Public with Nature" with Peter Kareiva

The first Earth Day was a national holiday that brought out millions of people from a wide variety of politics and persuasion.  Today the environmental movement has lost its mojo – but if we connect people with nature, and engage them in science, we can rejuvenate environmentalism, and maybe even save the world at the same time we save people from themselves.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Michael W. Quick, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Southern California.

Science Salon (7:30 pm) with the Nerd Brigade

Following the discussion, continue the conversation with the Nerd Brigade in the Otis Booth Pavilion. The Nerd Brigade is group of nerds with diverse backgrounds in science and science communication who believe in the power of wonder. Science is all around us – now join the conversation, ask questions, and have fun!


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Performances (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm: Cherry Glazerr (8 pm) and White Fence (9:15 pm)

White Fence
White Fence displays a shining array of royal jewels each time they unveil a new pop album to the world. The gliss and glitter that sounds forth from For the Recently Found Innocent has a shine all its own, and for reasons too. For the Recently Found Innocent is many things — the fifth White Fence album, the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!), the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City. Plus also, a sophomore pump: the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music, this time pure and simply committed in the name of White Fence. Inevitably, the collision at the intersection of all these winding roads is a beautiful pileup of deep impacts, graceful lines and open space embodied in sound, White on White, compacted for your eyes and ears to believe.

Cherry Glazerr
Any discussion of Cherry Glazerr is going to have a few obvious bullet points. The band is astonishingly young, with frontwoman/guitarist Clementine Creevy and drummer Hannah Uribe still not old enough to vote and bassist Sean Redman just barely above the drinking age. And then there's the fact that the band's debut cassette was released by California's current kings of DIY power pop and garage rock, Burger Records. But if you're envisioning a bunch of awkward, hyperactive kids bouncing around in their parents' basement, consider that the band scored the fall/winter 2014 Paris show for French fashion designer Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent Paris. The result was "Had Ten Dollaz", a song that captures Cherry Glazerr's knack for dualities: sultry and virulent, sophisticated and casual, playful and deliberate. Most recently, Suicide Squeeze Records released "Had Ten Dollaz" alongside the equally intoxicating b-side "Nurse Ratched" as a limited edition 7”.

DJs (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm)

DJ Lounge (5:30-10 pm): Resident KCRW DJ Raul Campos featuring Anthony Valadez

Join us in the lounge where you can get your groove on and enjoy the dioramas of the African Mammal Hall.

Raul Campos, the voice of pirate radio in the mid-‘90s and a native Angeleno, emerged from the underground to join KCRW, hosting a show on weeknights until settling into his latest time slot, Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 6pm. He’s been experimenting with sound mixing since he was a kid and is one of Los Angeles' favorite DJs – both on the radio and in the clubs.

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club, The Line Hotel, Zanzibar and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closure.   His latest musical projects include remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli. He has released 4 full length albums on indie label Recordbreakin and Plug Research. He is a resident DJ at Dublab and has a regular program on 89.9 FM KCRW. 

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