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Big Screen, Bigger Science

Thanks for making our 2016 First Fridays season a success.

Miss a night? Check out highlights here!

First Fridays: Previous Seasons

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

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These special weekend events are your chance to meet members of our curatorial team, ask your own questions, and get a first-hand, up-close look at many amazing curiosities of our collections.
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First Fridays: February 6, 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 Lila Higgins, Manager of NHM Citizen Science

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 every day 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): "Taking Control of Your World – Citizen Science Activism" with Sam Droege and moderated by Michael W. Quick, Ph.D.

Our world is rapidly changing. The government spends billions of dollars each year monitoring Earth from space, but who is tracking the critters and watching the plants right in front of us? This responsibility has shifted; now you may take control. The tools are simple: smart phones, digital recorders, shared networks, data loggers, and apps. Participating in Citizen Science projects and focusing on a few key principles can help effect change in a big way.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Michael W. Quick, Ph.D. (Department of Biological Sciences, Executive Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 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!


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: Tom Vek (8 pm) and Robert DeLong (9:15pm)

ALSO, don't miss a special pop-up performance by QUITAPENAS

Robert DeLong
“For this next record I wanted to combine the variety of unique things I like to do sonically but have a greater focus on the songwriting aspect,” says Robert DeLong. The Long Way Down EP – released on November 10, 2014, is DeLong’s first new music since 2013’s critically praised breakthrough debut, Just Movement; DeLong shows both his diversity and maturity.

His live show continues to grow more impressive with ever-expanding production and visuals to match his one of a kind stage presence, where he mixes his ground breaking (and often self-created) instrumentation which includes video game controllers and monster drum solos – showcasing his background in jazz.

Tom Vek
Over the course of his decade-long career Tom Vek has forged a reputation as one of London’s most enigmatic and exciting musicians. Breaking on to the scene with the attitude-spiked We Have Sound (2005), Vek channeled his homegrown musical prowess into a bastion of mid-noughties electronic punk rock rebellion. His long awaited follow-up, Leisure Seizure (2011), was less raw but no less impactful. Now mixing the expertise learned from both, his newest offering, Luck is set to be Vek’s biggest and most daring album release to date.

Drawing on the modern anxiety of finding your place in a world saturated by information, Luck plunges the personal to deliver tracks that are sincere, angry and poignant. Luck is the magnificent offering from an artist who has achieved the rare feat of preserving the seduction of youthful rebellion and marrying it with experience. It’s big, angry and impossible to ignore.

Influenced by funky psychedelic tropical sounds and the warm California vibes, a group of friends came together in 2011 to begin their journey with their band called QUITAPENAS. They incorporate traditional Afro-Latin rhythms with modern instruments to create their own interpretation of 60's, 70's, and 80's world dance music.

Translating to "take away your worries,” QUITAPENAS tells stories and gets people dancing. This group focuses on a message of community, the beauty of the world that surrounds us, personal experiences, and social injustices. With polyrhythmic beats and playful melodies that are refreshing yet nostalgic, QUITAPENAS brings a transcendent energy that takes us to an island full of coconut and papayas.

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

DJ Lounge (5:30-10 pm): Resident KCRW DJ Raul Campos featuring Mr. Pauer

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.

Mr. Pauer (Toto González) is a Latin Grammy Nominated producer and re-mixer born in the Caribbean city of Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, based in Miami, FL. for over 21 years. He is considered one of the pioneers in the new sounds of Latin electronica receiving recognition for his debut album “Soundtrack” earning him a nomination for “Best Alternative Album” in the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. He is a music connoisseur and researcher of percussive rhythms from around the world.

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