April 1, 2016 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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First Fridays: Previous Seasons

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FIRST FRIDAYS: April 1, 2016

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Stranger than Fiction!" with Alyssa Morgan, Collections Manager of Gems & Minerals

Movies rely on science to tell their stories, and when science is turned into fiction, NHM is called on to lend an expert hand. Go backstage and shine a light on the bizarre props and rare specimens that inspire Hollywood blockbusters. Listen in as curators and researchers share jaw-dropping stories about the specimens and artifacts that fill the Museum’s behind-the-scenes collections and inspire the imagination.
15-person capacity per tour. Tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Discussion (6:30 pm): In Space, No One Can Hear You Emote

Dr. Sean Carroll, professor of physics at California Institute of Technology, and
Professor Clifford V. Johnson, professor of Physics at the University of Southern California and will explore the influence of space and time travel in movies.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Patt Morrison, L.A. Times journalist, author and Emmy-winning television and radio host.


Hear all of the First Fridays discussions on Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - First Fridays

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

Live Music: Night Beats (8 pm) and Car Seat Headrest (9:15 pm)

Car Seat Headrest
Matador Records is thrilled to announce that it has signed Car Seat Headrest and released Teens of Style, with Teens of Denial to follow in 2016. This prolific artist (Will Toledo) comes to Matador having already crafted an 11-album catalog of staggering depth, all self-released on Bandcamp, which has gained him an obsessive following and over 25,000 downloads - all without the muscle of a manager, label, agent, or publicist - until now.

Car Seat Headrest began in 2010 in Will Toledo's hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Needing a place of solitude (and soundproofing) where he could record vocals undisturbed, a 17-year-old Toledo set up shop in the family car. Toledo's catalogue is sharp, literary, and culturally omnivorous as it touches upon youth and death, love and depression, parties and 2nd century theologians. Ever surprising, his lyrical imagery ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, often within the same song.

Night Beats
Night Beats play pure psychedelic R&B music that spikes the punch and drowns your third eye in sonic waves of colour. Theirs is a bastard blues, contorted and distorted into new shapes for 21st century wastoids — once tasted never forgotten. This is music to melt your sorry little minds.

Make no mistake: their new album Who Sold My Generation sounds like it has been created against a backdrop of burning Stars and Stripes flags and with the whiff of napalm hanging in the air — an alternative universe where ‘Helter Skelter’ is the national anthem and Charlie Manson is still on the loose. Acid-test heaviness is Night Beats’ currency, but this is no out-right nostalgia trip either. Instead of Nixon and Vietnam, Night Beats have their own epoch of God and guns and bombs and drones to rail against…or flee from. Besides, bad vibrations, blues jams and id-shattering explorations are timeless pursuits – why shouldn’t today’s young generation be allowed to take a ride down the slippery spiral that sits within the center of each of us?

DJ Lounge (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm)

Proudly Supported by DTS

Resident KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd featuring Mo:Rockin

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

Aaron Byrd is a native Angeleno who has always had a desire to seek out new experiences, people, places and, most of all, music. These curiosities are reflected in his weekly radio show every Thursday night, 12-3 am on 89.9 FM, KCRW. In addition to being on air, Aaron also curates a wide range of events around town including the Byrd Series and after party events at the LA Opera. Byrd has shared the stage with Groove Armada, James Blake, Nightmares On Wax, Fat Freddy's Drop, Little Dragon and Jose James and is regularly featured at clubs and events around town.

Mo:Rockin (aka Morgan Menco) is a Southern California native who cut his teeth in the early 2000’s club and party scene, then made his way to Colorado, where his unique mixing style and exciting stage presence made him a staple in the electronic music scene. Focusing on bass heavy genre bending remixes and digging for lesser known dance floor smashing tracks, helped him gain a lot of attention in the small mountain town of Vail, where he became a resident at every possible venue and was support on many major festivals including Colorado’s “Snow Ball” and So Cals “Pacific Fest”. He has labeled himself as a "DJ Chameleon" that is able to read crowds and current trends to blend music that fits any scene. He is currently a music supervisor at an Ad agency in Santa Monica so his musical collection grows and diversifies every day. He is also 1/2 of the DJ duo “COASTiN” known for their dance-friendly mix of classic funk, disco and house. Get to the dance floor early for this one.

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