First Fridays - January 10, 2014 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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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 Miguel Ordenana

On a typical day in L.A., Museum biologists engage in not-so-typical approaches to study the city’s incredible and ever-changing biodivesity. Camera traps in Griffith Park are photographing mountain lions and coyotes. Local residents are photo-documenting native and introduced reptiles, and volunteers are sifting through asphalt from the La Brea Tar Pits and discovering the diversity of our region's past. This season's First Fridays tours explore how Museum biologists are  "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife."

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

Discussion (6:30 pm): "What Dinosaur Cancer, Drunken Stallions, and Obese Dragonflies Can Teach Us About Being Human" with Kathryn Bowers and Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

From Jurassic cancer to diseases of civilization, animals and humans face many of the same health challenges. Yet their doctors — physicians and veterinarians — rarely communicate with one another, and they often treat similar conditions in vastly different ways. What does breast cancer in jaguars and beluga whales, for example, tell us about breast cancer in women? How can psychiatrists find new ways to help patients with eating disorders and anxiety by learning about social fear responses in pigs and elk? Waxwing birds, wallabies, and cocker spaniels can abuse intoxicating substances — even stallions can have sexual dysfunction. How would our physical and mental health improve if the two disciplines shared new discoveries and tools? Drawing on the latest in medical and veterinary science — as well as dynamic new findings in evolutionary biology — we’ll explore how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species.


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

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm: Conway (8 pm) and Youngblood Hawke (9:15 pm)

Youngblood Hawke
Sometimes, you'll shine the brightest during your darkest hour. That's exactly what longtime friends multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz and singer Sam Martin came to realize when they commenced writing songs for what would become Youngblood Hawke's self-titled debut EP. Katz and Martin had seen critical acclaim and worldwide success as founding members of Iglu & Hartly. However, after a rousing performance at Coachella 2010, the group dissolved due to a creative clash.

"We went from massive success to nothing over the course of two years," recalls Katz. "We didn't like the direction the band was going in, and we wanted to do something closer to our hearts. We had to start over. The only thing you have in times like that is hope." With hope in their hearts, the duo began feverishly penning songs in Katz's Los Angeles studio that summer. Galvanized and reinvigorated, they emerged from that sweaty, air conditioner-less room with over 100 ideas and a fresh perspective altogether. Martin admits, "We didn't begin by saying, 'We're going to start a new band'. It was more of an outlet to express ourselves. It was the most natural thing I've ever done. There was no plan."

Conway is a singer, writer, and a sayer of things that are on her mind and stuck in her side. Her energetic live performances, bold personality, and distinctive sound have already impressed audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Brooklyn, while her debut Big Talk EP continues to give fans an opportunity to take that experience home. Conway wants to tell you what she sees and how she sees it. She hopes you talk back. /

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

DJ Lounge (5:30 -10 pm): Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Jeremy Sole

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole 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.

Jeremy Sole’s upbringing was steeped in the rich Chicago history of Blues, Jazz, Disco, Salsa, and Soul, and he reveled in that space where they all blend together. His obsession with music grew to include music from every corner of the world and, in 2001, Sole moved to L.A. With a broad musical palette, he felt right at home in the spiciest melting pot in the country and can now be heard on KCRW’s airwaves in the early hours of Thursday morning from midnight to 3 am.

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