June 3, 2016 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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FIRST FRIDAYS: June 3, 2016

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Stranger than Fiction!" with Beth Werling, Collections Manager of the History Department

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): Mostly Dead Is Slightly Alive

Bradley Voytek
, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science and the Neurosciences at UC San Diego and an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow, and Timothy Verstynen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University, bite into the subject of "zombie brain research" and discuss popular shows and films about the undead. Copies of Voytek and Verstynen's latest title, Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain will be available to purchase. Book signing to follow discussion.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Patt Morrison, LA Times journalist, author and Emmy-winning television and radio host.
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Hear all of the First Fridays discussions on Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - First Fridays

6:00pm: KCRW Resident DJ Aaron Byrd
7:30pm: Kauf
8:45pm: Yacht
10:00pm: Health
+ DJ sets by Aaron Byrd
throughout the night

YACHT are artists based in Los Angeles. YACHT’s new album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, is a sweeping and visionary critique of the 21st century. It reveals the band at its most self-assured: critical, funny, tough, and musically diverse, crafting an infectious and hyperactive conceptual pop that seems to seep through the walls of an alternate universe. YACHT’s knowing references to technology, feminism, and media are layered in complex arrangements in songs about holograms and phones, police violence and identity, sex and the future.

The project of Ronald Kaufman, Kauf took shape after moving cross country back to his birthplace of Los Angeles. He self-released his first single in 2011 - "Relocate" b/w "When You're Out," which quickly found its way into the hands of Dan Whitford of Cut Copy who released the "As Much Again" EP on his own Cutters Records. The response to the EP was overwhelmingly positive, with press support from NPR, XLR8R, SPIN, KCRW, etc. Kauf was tapped to remix the likes of Poliça, The Big Pink and Public Service Broadcasting, and went on tour opening for Cut Copy. 2016 will see the release of his debut full-length LP, "Regrowth."

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.

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DJs: Valida and Shiva

Join us in the lounge where you can get your groove on and enjoy the dioramas of the African Mammal Hall.

Valida, fled her heavily conflicted native Bosnia to pursue higher education in the US. A musician and a performer since an early age, she developed a passion for the art of mixing vinyl and quickly rose through the ranks to become an important figure in LA’s nightlife scene. Her specialty is a seamless blending of a variety of music styles,­ fearlessly fusing everything from disco to country and beyond, making her a perfect fit for KCRW, where she started on-air in 2010. She can also be seen at The Standard Hollywood, where each Wednesday she curates an intimate evening of live music called Desert Nights. Valida has created remixes for LA’s Foster The People, Milo Greene, Jenny O., Saint Motel, and more. Her cover of Stevie Nicks’ Wild Heart premiered on LA’s coveted Buzzbands music blog in 2015, with more releases slated for 2016. Photo credit Mark Dektor.

Shiva is a Sussex-born, Florida-bred, LA-based producer/DJ, on-air personality, international tastemaker and degree-holding music industry aficionado. As a contributor to L.A.’s vast, vibrant and ultra-selective musical heritage, Shiva has enjoyed a prominent amount of success & visibility. Shiva's Mixes have been featured on L.A.’s legendary radio station 93.5 KDAY as well as BCC Radio.  Her first mixtape was released exclusively on HipHopDX.com. Okayplayer.com premiered her  most recent mix of bass anthems & Shiva edits Shakti (Vol. 1). On occasion she's appeared as the musical guest at L.A.’s widely known events, The Do Over & Low End Theory. Always creating, Shiva’s production and remix skills are second only to her curious ability to mix records, holding multiple weekly residencies throughout Los Angeles.  
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