First Fridays - February 4, 2011 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

With such an intimate location, First Fridays makes for a unique experience. Pictured here is Little Dragon electrifying the crowd last January.
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Tour and Discussion (5:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Tour (5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm): It's a Fossil…but of What? with Dr. Margaret Hardin (Division Chief, History and Anthropology) and Mary Stecheson (Curatorial Assistant, Invertebrate Paleontology)

What on Earth? is the first exhibit featured in our historic Haaga Family Rotunda. Each architectural case presents enigmatic and visually arresting specimens from NHMLA's collection. Their stories unfold in a playful series of questions and answers--that often ends with a final "And what do you think?” Each First Friday tour focuses on a single case, as you will learn, in science there are always more questions. 

Discussion (6:30 pm) & Book Signing: “Long For This World: The Strange Science of Immortality” with Jonathan Weiner

Learn through this astonishing scientific adventure whether the long-sought secret of eternal youth has at last been found.  From Berkeley to the Bronx, from Cambridge University to Dante's tomb in Ravenna, Jonathan Weiner meets the leading intellectuals in the field and delves into the mind-blowing science behind the latest research. He traces the centuries-old, fascinating history of the quest for longevity in art, science, and literature, from Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, Doctor Faustus to "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”


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

Performances in the Diorama Hall with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble with The Gaslamp Killer and Anna Wise (Sonnymoon)

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is a multi-talented instrumentalist who works as a dj, arranger/composer/music director and producer as his creative amibitions shift and move. He resides in Los Angeles and graduated from the USC with a degree in viola performance. He has performed in orchestral settings with Stevie Wonder to Henry Mancini, and in the studio recording for such artists as, Erykah Badu, Dr. Dre, John Cale, Michael Buble and on Ray Charles’ GRAMMY winning album “Genius Loves Company”. Miguel has very diverse interests and performs/tours and records with ensembles ranging from tango, electronica, avante-garde jazz, classical, hip-hop, to pop music. In July 2010, the Miguel Atwood- Ferguson Ensemble with a diverse group of musicians and Bilal, Flying Lotus, and Aloe Blacc staged a moving suite of music including the notable performance, “Suite to Ma Dukes” Project, in honor of J Dilla’s mom.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble includes:

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, musical director, violin, arrangements
Evan Francis, flute
Dan Rosenboom, trumpet
Joey Dosik, alto sax/voice
Kamasi Washington, tenor sax
Garrett Smith, trombone
Rebekah Raff, harp
Marcel Camargo, guitar
Brandon Coleman, keys
Edwin Livingston, electric bass
Gene Coye, drum set
Allakoi Peete, percussion 

Fin Whale Pop Up Lounge

Join us in the Fin Whale Pop Up Lounge with Peanut Butter Wolf and special guest, Anika for a DJ video set.

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

Resident DJ Anthony Valadez and special guest, Aaron Byrd

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Aaron Byrd join us in the lounge where you can get your groove on and enjoy the dioramas of the African Mammal Hall.

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at Little Temple and Zanzibar, and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closing. His latest musical projects include remixes for David Bowie and Ozomatli. He has released two full length albums on indie label Recordbreakin. He is a resident DJ at and has a regular program on 89.9 FM KCRW and where he mixes future beats, soulful keys, and tomorrow's samples and sounds. 

KCRW Aaron Byrd is a native Angeleno, but his musical explorations span the entire globe and every style under the sun. A true globetrotter with a taste for fine wine (and a degree in environment science from UCLA!), all of Aaron’s personal influences are found in his weekly show (Friday mornings from midnight to 3am) and his various DJ gigs around town.

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