First Fridays - June 6, 2014 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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Thanks for making our 2016 First Fridays season a success.

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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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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!


Our first indoor/outdoor evening this year!

Indoor / Tour and Discussion (5 pm - 7:30 pm)

Tour (5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm): “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Insects” with Lisa Gonzalez Assistant Collections Manager, Entomology, NHMLA BioSCAN Project

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, discovering the diversity of our region's recent past.  This year season’s First Friday 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): “Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World" with Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich

If you eat food, then you need to know about bees. As pollinators, bees help produce over 130 fruit and vegetable crops. As an economic force, honey bees alone contribute over $14 billion to the U.S. economy each year. Yet, bees are dying. Peculiarly, urban beehives seem to be thriving. The recent popularity of urban beekeeping is more than just a fad — data show that honey bees might actually do better in cities. Are beehives a necessary part of city living?


Hear all of the First Fridays discussions on Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - First Fridays

Outdoor / Performances (7:30 pm - 11 pm)

Outdoor sets on TWO STAGES: Painted Palms (7:15 pm), TOBACCO (7:45 pm), De Lux (8:40 pm), and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (9:45 pm)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Emerging from rampant hedonism and desperate isolation is ‘II’, the new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Behind the cartoonish color of this collection of soulful, mind-addled psychedelia, lurks its author, Ruban Nielson. Building on the break-beat, junk-shop charm Nielson came to be renowned for, ‘II’ signals the solidification of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s position as an infinitely intriguing, brave psychedelic band unafraid to dig deeper and hit harder than the rest to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock’n’roll’s exaggerated myths to life.

De Lux
L.A.’s De Lux are a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2013. Founders and multi-instrumentalists Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco didn’t meet so much as simply appear to each other, sometime before high school ended and after learning to correctly fall off skateboards began. Even at age 18, however, it was the kind of connection that had been years in the making. They both are after the same thing in music — the groove, they say, where the bass and the beat align in a perfect way that makes you want a song to go on forever.

On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude’s own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. “I spent a lot of time breaking it in all the right places,” says TOBACCO. “It ends up making the whole thing breathe — sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive.” This is easily TOBACCO’s most diverse set to date — his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life: massage parlors, plasticized sleaze, fake tans, old dial-ups to the fan clubs of dead B-actors.

Painted Palms
Whether living four states away or four blocks away, cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme have always used the Internet, at first out of necessity, later out of preference, to collaborate on their songwriting. As if crafted by tailors so skilled you can never find the seams, the songs on their album, Forever, provide no hint of their patchwork beginnings. Instead, the album is permeated with blissfully buoyant tracks like “Here It Comes” and “Forever,” which glide smoothly on a foundation of instantly memorable melodies.

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

Outdoor DJ Sets (5:30 - 10 pm): Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Garth Trinidad

Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at Little Temple, Zanzibar and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closer. 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 where he mixes future beats, soulful keys and tomorrows’ samples and sounds.

Garth Trinidad is an award winning radio personality, DJ, and culture critic. Buoyantly molded by a novel 1980's hip hop skate punk upbringing in Los Angeles, his creative approach is philosophical, psychedelic, and sophisticated. He has introduced the world to such artists as Little Dragon and Janelle Monae, interviewed the likes of Quincy Jones and Yoko Ono, and is credited in part with shaping LA's modern music landscape. Trinidad is currently crafting a new genre of music dubbed Lit-House with DJ/production partner Mateo Senolia, with a debut EP release titled “Postcards From Strangers” on Yoruba Records from 2013. He can be heard most weeknights from 8-10 pm on NPR affiliate KCRW 89.9fm playing his critically acclaimed international mix of music.

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