February 3, 2017 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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February 3, 2017


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Tour 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


“Food for Thought” with Jessie Jennewein, Gallery Interpreter

The food on our plate evolves as technology advances, alternative diets are sought, and the climate changes. Join us on a special tour and discover the connections between food and natural history. Feast your eyes on NHMLA’s artifacts and specimens through the lens of culture and technology.




Discussion: 6:30 pm


“Your Plate & Your Gut”

If you swapped menus with a caveman, how different would the meals and the digestive processes be? Join Dr. Elain Y. Hsaio, Dr. Craig Stanford, and Mark Schatzker for a scientific look at our shifting food patterns, your plate, and your palate as you’ve never seen them before!





7:30 pm

D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) is one of music’s most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own unique style via a tirelessly independent route. DAWN’s last album Blackheart was FACT’s #1 album of the year, and was in Best Album of 2015 charts by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vogue, LA Times, among others. In April 2016 DAWN became the first ever artist to perform live in 360 degrees on YouTube, as part of YouTube’s collaboration series with The Verge.

Her new solo album REDEMPTION strikes the perfect balance between future-facing electronic music and the music of DAWN’s New Orleans upbringing, bound together by an untouchable approach to song- writing and flawless vocal range. The final part in a trilogy that started with GoldenHeart and continued with Blackheart, it represents her most focused, complete album yet



8:25 pm

Mndsgn (born Ringgo Ancheta) grew up in south New Jersey, raised with Gospel music at church, and B-Boy culture at home. Experimenting with beat-making, he befriended fellow producer Knxwledge and the two formed the influential Klipmode collective (along with Devonwho and Suzi Analogue). Mndsgn's music flourished when he moved to Los Angeles, catching the attention of Stones Throw who released Yawn Zen (2014) and Body Wash (2016).



9:15 pm

Born in Washington, D.C., to a Sudanese father and an African-American mother, Amir Mohamed grew up in Maryland, influenced by soul and rap as well as myriad musicians on both sides of his family. He was all set to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia to pursue visual art when a friend of his introduced him to hip-hop production. He was so enamored by it that he changed his plans and concentrated on making beats, ending up with the track "Musik Lounge" on DJ Jazzy Jeff's 2002 record Magnificent. Part of the Low Budget crew, which included fellow D.C. area MC and producers Kenn Starr, Cy Young, and Kev Brown, Oddisee released his solo debut Foot in the Door, mixed by Jazzy Jeff, on Halftooth in 2006. His 2010 effort, Traveling Man, found him signing with the Mello Music Group, where he remained for 2012's album People Hear What They See. In 2015 he returned with The Good Fight, an effort driven by social commentary and retro soul.


DJ Lounge

DJ Lounge: 5 – 10 pm


KCRW Resident DJ Anne Litt

5 – 6:30 pm & 9 – 10 pm

Anne Litt has been anchoring weekend afternoons for NPR’s LA flagship, 89.9 KCRW for the last 12 years, playing a seductive mix of sounds from around the world. Her goal is to take listeners on a sonic journey, telling stories of the past, present and future. She contributes regularly to NPR Music's Heavy Rotation series and is a frequent guest on the NPR syndicated radio show “Here and Now.”   Outside of public radio, Anne’s projects include her ongoing music series, "Music in the Garden", voiceover work, and music consultation/supervision for TV, film, advertising and brands.  She knows of no activity more satisfying, in this world, than hosting her radio show -- unless it's skiing with her young son, Guy.


DJ Aaron Byrd

6:30 – 9 pm

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.



Elaine Y. Hsiao, Ph.D.

Elaine Hsiao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA, where she is interested in all things microbial, neural, and immune. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA, which sparked her love for molecular biology and bacteria. She went on to complete her doctorate in Neurobiology at Caltech, where she studied the neurobiological bases of autism and schizophrenia, with a focus on maternal effects on fetal development, and neuroimmune and microbial contributions to behavioral disorders. Her work in these areas has led to several honors, including the National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award, distinction as Forbes’ "30 Under 30" in science and healthcare, National Geographic’s "Emerging Explorer" award, and fellowships from the National Institute of Mental Health and Autism Speaks. Inspired by the amazing and complex interactions between body systems, the Hsiao laboratory is investigating how changes in the immune system and resident microbiota impact the nervous system.


Craig Stanford

Dr. Craig Stanford is renowned authority on great ape behavior and human origins. He is Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at USC, and Research Associate in Herpetology here at NHMLA. He has conducted field studies of primates and other endangered animals in South and Southeast Asia and East Africa, and is best known for his ground-breaking work on the hunting behavior of wild chimpanzees, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall.  He also conducted long term research on mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.  His research has been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, Leakey Foundation, and the National Geographic Society, among others.  Dr. Stanford is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and 16 books, including the recent books Planet Without Apes and the forthcoming The New Chimpanzee. He lectures widely on human evolution and wildlife conservation.


Mark Schatzker

Mark Schatzker is the author of The Dorito Effect and Steak. His award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, and Best American Travel Writing. He is a field reporter for "The Dr. Oz Show" as well as a radio columnist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.


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.


Performances: 7:30 pm – 10 pm


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