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First Fridays April 5


April First Fridays has an awesome lineup of bands, DJs, discussions, food trucks, delicious cocktails, and more. Get ready to experience the Museum after hours.


This year's First Fridays explores Forces of Nature. We'll find facts and bust myths about our four horsemen of the Golden State apocalypse: fire, drought, flood and earthquakes. In April, we take a look at California's history with drought. 


See our full lineup below and get your tickets today. Limited online availability each month. Become a Member and get the entire First Fridays series for free.







5:30 pm

7:30 pm

Join science correspondent and Ologies podcast host, Alie Ward, as she asks Museum research specialists about their collections and discovers details hidden in plain sight. Each month features a different expert to uncover the big mysteries, strange oddities, and untold stories from NHM.

Can't make it out to the event? Catch a live stream of the 5:30pm presentation via NHM on Facebook.




HIGHER AND DRIER - with Dr. Sam Sandoval and Dr. Jeffrey Mount, moderated by Patt Morrison

6:30 pm

The amount of water on Earth hasn’t changed appreciably since Caesar and Cleopatra took a little cruise on the Nile. But the hydrologic cycle has changed where that water goes – and we are heading up a very dry creek. California has always teetered on the edge of drought, but hereafter, how we eat, drink, and even survive depends more than ever on the ingenuity of science and human willingness to suck it up by not sucking down so much water.






Dr. Sam Sandoval - Professor in Water Resources Management at University of California, Davis

Sam Sandoval is a Professor in Water Resources Management at University of California, Davis; he is in charge of the Water Management Lab in UC Davis and he responsible for the water management and policy research program at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources. Sam is using his expertise to improve the water management in the complex California’s water landscape by designing policies that balance the water supply for human and environmental requirements, such as reservoir re-operation, aquifer recharge, use of recycled water and environmental flow policies.


Dr. Jeffrey Mount - Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Jeffrey Mount is a senior fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center. He is an emeritus professor at UC Davis in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and founding director of the Center for Watershed Sciences. A geomorphologist who specializes in the study of rivers, streams, and wetlands, his research focuses on integrated water resource management, flood management, and improving aquatic ecosystem health. He has served on many state and federal boards and commissions that address water resource management issues in the West. He has published more than a hundred articles, books, and other publications, including the seminal book California Rivers and Streams (UC Press). He holds a PhD and MS in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Moderator: Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. And Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its vegetarian hot dog “The Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog” in her honor.

DJ Lounge

5 pm - 10 pm



Resident DJ: Novena Carmel

5 - 6 pm & 8:30 - 10 pm

With music royalty in her blood, Novena Carmel is an eclectic and energetic Bay Area born, LA-based DJ, singer, host, and curator known to lure a crowd and turn the party out. As a DJ, her love for music shines through in her wide range of selection, big smile and dance moves. In addition to her residencies throughout LA, Novena has recently played at Amoeba Records, Dublab radio and as a resident at the Stones Throw summer pool party. If you find yourself in a room with Novena, you’re in the right place.


Tomi Tribe

6 - 8:30 pm

Oluwatomi Atolagbe aka Tomi Tribe is a Nigerian American creative & entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. Blending his native sounds of afrobeats & American hip-hop, r&b, and house music, he has created a mashup style of djing that's like none other. Pushing to expand the African sound & culture through his live sets, remixes, and merchandise (, he is set to make afrobeats a mainstay here in Los Angeles. You can catch his sound at some of LA's top venues such as Playhouse Hollywood, OHM, Ace Hotel downtown, and various festivals. Stay tuned, and enjoy his vibrations. Africa to the World!



8 pm - 10 pm


Harriet Brown

8 pm

Sultry r&b solo artist Harriet Brown is back with a new batch of fully-realized future funk, a slow-burning dispatch from a dayglo dance floor.

Mall of Fortune is his second full-length album, an airtight meditation on anxiety, paranoia and indecisiveness – decision paralysis and the free-flowing guilt that follows. 

The album was produced, arranged, composed and performed by Harriet Brown. He plays every note of every instrument, sings every come-hither falsetto flight - save for two felicitous features from singers Ana Roxanne and Felicia Douglass. Pressing play is stepping into a damn-near singular vision, a world apart. 

And what a world it is. This album is 14 songs of meticulous and introspective soul from LA’s foremost funk documentarian. Where his debut album was more cosmic, more spiritual, this follow-up is grounded and personal, driven by day-to-day experiences and self-imposed solitude. The best albums sound like emotions registered in real time, then rendered for maximum impact. 

This is a sonically and emotionally eclectic album, a ‘Sign O’ The Times’ for our times. It’s a stew of r&b, soul, funk, and free experimentation, both dense and expansive. Repeated listenings rewarded. 



9:15 pm

Drama is a dark and passionate musical collaboration between Na'el Shehade and Via Rosa. The Chicago-based duo are each established artists in their own right. She as a solo vocalist and member of the THEMpeople collective, he as a producer and engineer having collaborated with artists such as Chance the Rapper on his breakout mixtape "Acid Rap" and Kanye West's GOOD Music on the Cruel Summer compilation, the latter debuting at number two on the US Billboard 200.

Drama's moody sound has been described as soulful electronic combining influences of house music, indie, neo-soul, pop and R&B. Their melancholy lyrics are a reflection of their own personal experiences relating to love and heartbreak. Together they make what they love to call "Happy-Sad Music."

Drama is an independent band. They self-released their first EP, Gallows, in November 2016.

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