First Fridays - January 6, 2012 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Once a month, the Museum stays open late, and the adults come out to play.
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Tour and Discussion (5:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Tour (5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm): "Understanding the Nature of Science: Prospects and Problems" with Dr. Kirk Fitzhugh


Discussion (6:30 pm): “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods To Politics and Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them As Truths” with Dr. Michael Shermer

Synthesizing thirty years of research, Michael Shermer upends traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first, and explanations for beliefs follow.  The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. Using sensory data that flow in through the senses, the brain naturally looks for and finds patterns — and then infuses those patterns with meaning, forming beliefs. Once beliefs are formed, our brains subconsciously seek out confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, accelerating the process of reinforcing them — and round and round the process goes in a positive feedback loop. Shermer provides countless real-world examples of how this process operates, from politics, economics, and religion to conspiracy theories, the supernatural, and the paranormal. And ultimately, he demonstrates why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not our beliefs match reality.


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

Performances by Mariachi El Bronx and El-Haru Kuroi

Los Angeles based punk band "The Bronx" — aptly named after the left coast borough —  has for the last six years redefined what punk means, sounds like, and doesn't look like. After thre self-titled full lengths, countless tours all over the world, more seven-inches and EPs than one can count, the band returns with their latest offering, yet another self-titled full-length: Mariachi El Bronx.

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

Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Travis Holcombe

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Travis Holcombe 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, 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. 


Perhaps a fitting prelude for a future DJ, Travis Holcombe's American father and Japanese mother met and fell in love in a discotheque in Osaka, Japan. Travis grew up in Atlanta where he explored all levels of music geekery, particularly the area’s underground hip hop sound. He got his start on-air at Athen’s student-run radio station WUOG before heading to California and discovering KCRW. After years of volunteering at the station, he became KCRW’s newest DJ in the summer of 2011.  Travis also has a steady presence in the Eastside music scene and is now the talent buyer for Los Globos in Silver Lake. Hear him on Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings from midnight to 3am.



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