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First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!

Big Screen, Bigger Science

Thanks for making our 2016 First Fridays season a success.

Miss a night? Check out highlights here!

Silk Roads Programming

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First Fridays Member Tickets

Members receive FREE admission to First Fridays!

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

Tour (5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm): "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife"

With Dr. Regina Wetzer Associate Curator, Director Marine Biodiversity Center and Adam Wall, Assistant Collections Manager, Crustacea

Above and below the public galleries, NHM is a research Museum whose treasures are the specimen collections. These come from varied sources, including long-term monitoring projects that continuously take the pulse of our coastal ecosystem, and intrepid researchers investigating recent arrivals that make their homes in fragile wetland habitats. Our collections document the past and present as well as providing the research perspective for the future. As the repository for millions of marine invertebrates from our shores, our collections are an unsurpassed scientific treasure for biodiversity research. Peek into our lab and see where Museum scientists process, identify, and curate this steady stream of specimens.

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

Discussion (6:30 pm): "Wet and Wild: Coastal Ecosystems and the Future of Southern California"

With Dr. Roberta Marinelli

Southern California is inextricably linked to the ocean.  We depend on our coastal ecosystems for food, commerce, and recreation, and we celebrate our stunning vistas, but at the same time our actions on land and sea have compromised the health and wellbeing of our foremost asset. What steps have we taken to protect our seas, and have we been successful? What are the challenges and opportunities for protecting our coastal ocean in the future? Join Dr. Roberta Marinelli, Director of USC's Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, to learn about the role science can play in conserving our resources and adapting to the challenges that humans present.


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

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

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm

Peaking Lights (8 pm) and Baths (9:15 pm)

For mercurial L.A. music-maker Will Wiesenfeld, Baths has been a long time coming. The 21 year old has spent the better part of his days living amidst "pleasant" and "unremarkable" in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, so perhaps it's due to a general lack of local inspiration that Wiesenfeld's own work has never fit into a prefab box of its own. Over the last six years, under the handle of [Post-Foetus], Wiesenfeld has gainfully explored the intersections and outer reaches of both electronic and acoustic music. With Baths, his eclecticism finds its greatest focus yet in a hail of lush melodies, ghostly choirs, playful instrumentation, and stuttering beats.

Though Baths represents the next evolution in Wiesenfeld's oeuvre, which also includes the excellent ambient project Geotic, it came together under nigh-opposite circumstances. Last September, [Post-Foetus] was invited by L.A. electronicist Daedelus to share a bill with a handful of local Beat Music luminaries. Witnessing a burgeoning movement firsthand sparked something in Wiesenfeld that the 'burbs never could. In a fit of inspiration, Baths was born, though not into a pre-existing scene. As is to be expected, this music goes its own way: fueled by spontaneity, tempered by Wiesenfeld's background in classic songwriting. Those two influences collide in glorious ways on Cerulean, Baths' stunning debut.

Peaking Lights
The golden duo of Peaking Lights, Aaron Doyes and Indra Dunis, continue to crystallize their mesmerizing sound and find new dimensions within. Their third full-length release, Lucifer, comes at a time of great transition for this married couple and it reflects the possibilities that they have found during this new life era, especially with the birth of their son, Mikko, a guiding light muse for the album.

Recorded in Brooklyn at Gary’s Electric studio over the course of a month and self-produced with the help of engineer Al Carson (Yeasayer, Onehotrix Point Never), Peaking Lights consider Lucifer a nocturnal version of their sound. “To us, this record is about play and playfulness, unconditional love, rhythms and pulses, creation and vibration,” says Coyes. Incredibly, there’s even space within Lucifer for Coyes and Dunis’ already insanely broad palette of influences to widen even further — touches of analogue electronic dance music, sound collage, and straight-up pop joining the dub, krautrock, and minimal disco of "936" in a hypnotising concoction.

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

DJ Lounge (5:30 pm–10 pm): Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring King Most

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

Anthony Valadez
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles-based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at Little Temple, Zanzibar, and Federal Bar. 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.

King Most
For King Most, being a DJ isn’t about trying to look cool, but about his passion for the craft. His hard work is paying off, too — as a full-time DJ he now sits at the top of San Francisco’s DJ elite.

As a cutting-edge remixer, King Most’s releases on Soundcloud have logged over 150,000 plays by fans worldwide. When he’s not sharing bookings with favorites like Jazzy Jeff, Flosstradamus, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Odd Future and Rich Medina, luminaries like Giles Peterson (UK/Radio One), DJ Spinna (NYC), Mick Boogie (Roc-Nation), Sammy Bananas (Fool’s Gold) and Anthony Valadez (KCRW/Los Angeles) are playing his tracks in their own sets.

Whether you’re a promoter in Miami, a party goer in New York, a hip-hop kid who enjoys rock and roll in Tokyo, or a dance music lover who loves R. Kelly in San Francisco, during the 52 weekends of the year King Most wants you to maintain your own passion for nightlife while also reminding you that Djing is about skill, selection, and having fun.

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