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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!

Summer Nights in the Garden

Miss Summer Nights in the Garden this year? Get the highlights HERE

Community Science and Cocktails

When researchers and the public work together, it's always a reason to celebrate. Join us at Community Science and Cocktails events to hear from researchers about their community science projects.
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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 Member Tickets

Members receive FREE admission to First Fridays!

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FIRST FRIDAYS: February 5, 2016

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Stranger than Fiction" with Lisa Gonzalez, Assistant Collections Manager of Entomology

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): With Great Powers Come Great Close-ups

Spiros Michalakis, Research Scientist at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, and Alex Wild, Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, discuss the practical body mecahnics of hybrid superheroes like Antman and Spider-Man

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Patt Morrison, Los Angeles 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: Boulevards (8 pm) and The Hood Internet (9:15 pm)
ALSO, don't miss a special pop-up performance by Mark Redito fka Spazzkid!

The Hood Internet
As the name that they go by suggests, The Hood Internet are quite clearly an act in thrall to the possibilities that the internet has opened up, these past few years, for hip hop as a genre. The Chicago duo – comprised of ABX and STV SLV – were primarily concerned with mashing up other hip hop tracks to begin with, after they formed in 2007, but have since gone on to pursue original material, in the form of their one album to date, FEAT. The album features underground guest spots form the likes of Tobacco, Class Actress and Cadence Weapon. In addition, the pair also pursued slightly sillier things, like Album Tacos, a series of photo-shopped classic album covers with tacos covering the original content, but they’ve also played live sets, which has seen them mash up classic hip hop cuts in a slick and often comical manner. Its little wonder, their cult fan base is eagerly awaiting the next move from the duo in the studio.

Boulevards is Jamil Rashad, a modern funk songwriter and performer from Raleigh, NC. The son of a jazz radio DJ, Jamil grew up in a house where jazz, blues, R&B and funk was played constantly, and encouraged him to get involved in music at an early age. Branching out into punk, hardcore and metal in his teenage years, those sounds would later go on to influence Rashad for their technical precision and tight, economic power. After a couple stints in local bands and an art school education, the time had come for Jamil to return to his first love: funk—because Boulevards is first and foremost a funk act. His new 4-track EP looks back at the post-disco boogie sound while steadfastly looking to the future. Working with producers Isaac Gálvez, Taste Nasa and Rollergirl!, Boulevards has delivered on his promise for party jams. The infectious two-minute incessant bass hook of “Got to Go,” the future electro of “Forgot to Mention,” the mid-tempo groove of “Honesty” and the Bootsy Collins-meets-Quincy Jones-in-2015 attack of “Sanity” lay down the template for the Shape of Funk to Come. And the funk to come will be Boulevards.  

Mark Redito fka Spazzkid
Producer/DJ Mark Redito (fka Spazzkid) has one of the most positively charged and energetic live sets of any electronic artist hailing from Los Angeles right now. Focusing in on hyper dance, J-pop inspired bangers, Redito grabs influence from a wide assortment of genres to create an ever evolving world of intimacy, intensity, and playfulness that's rarely seen in dance music.

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

Proudly Supported by DTS

Resident KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd featuring Anthony Valadez

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, 12-3am 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.

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. He just wrapped up a 6 month long residency at THE SLS in Las Vegas in addition to holding a residence at The Natural History Museum's First Friday series for 3 consecutive years. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli.  He has had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. Last year, Valadez was invited by Jennifer Lopez to open for her during her return concert in the Bronx. He has released 4 full length albums on indie label Recordbreakin and Plug Research. He can be found hosting Monday nights on KCRW, Tuesday nights on Dash Radio. He is currently the 
host of Crate Diggers on Fuse TV's sister channel, FM.TV. 

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