First Fridays - March 4, 2011 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

With such an intimate location, First Fridays makes for a unique experience. Pictured here is Little Dragon electrifying the crowd last January.
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Tour and Discussion (5:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Tour (5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm): Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? with Kimball Garrett (Collections Manager, Ornithology), Kathy Omura (Collections Manager, Marine Biodiversity Center), and Emma Freeman (Curatorial Assistant, Marine Biodiversity Center)

What on Earth? is the first exhibit featured in our historic Haaga Family Rotunda. Each architectural case presents enigmatic and visually arresting specimens from NHMLA's collection. Their stories unfold in a playful series of questions and answers that often ends with a final "And what do you think?” Each First Friday tour focuses on a single case, as you will learn, in science there are always more questions. 

Discussion (6:30 pm): “Sense in the Swarm; Driving like a Locust Biomimicry in the Present and Future” with Dr. Janet Kübler, CSU Northridge

Dr. Janet Kübler, from the Biomimicry Guild’s Speakers Bureau, will show us how life is helping humans build a more beautiful, efficient and connected place in the biosphere. The presentation will cover what biomimicry is and isn’t, giving examples of current, developing and dream technology based on living systems including learning about communications systems from bees and fungi, safe transport from locusts and about holding things together from mollusks in the sea.


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

Performances in the Diorama Hall with Wild Nothing and Abe Vigoda

Traveling along their U.S. tour, Wild Nothing and Los Angeles' post punkers, Abe Vigoda, will be stopping at the Museum. Wild Nothing is the solo project of Virginia born Jack Tatum, whose music is the product of an unhealthy obsession with nostalgia. Equal parts teenage wasteland and inexplicable regret, his songs are the kind that could only be made by the young at heart. Unlike the current herd of one-man bedroom bands, Tatum creates complex textural environments that aim for something higher, like the warped interpretations of Johnny Marr’s guitar work and The Cure’s careful synth arrangements. Dreamy, catchy, and intriguing.  Abe Vigoda will be bringing their cold wave and minimal wave inspired sounds that collide UK dreampop and goth. As the their recent album "Crush" bears testament, imagine melding the sounds that has both the infatuation kind of love and the act of destroying something...

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

Resident DJ Anthony Valadez and special guest, Chuck P

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Chuck P. 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 and Zanzibar, and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closing. 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. 

Chuck P spins a blend of Indie pop/rock and world music on Wednesday mornings (midnight to 3 am) on his latest radio home, KCRW (89.9 FM and Chuck has been in radio for over 21 years, working his way up and down the West Coast from Washington to San Diego before settling in at the late Indie 103. Chuck is a big supporter of local music and is always on the search for his next musical epiphany. 

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