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Tour and Discussion (5:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Tour (5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm): "Tools of the Trade" with Lindsey Groves, Collections Manager


Discussion (6:30 pm): “Living in Earthquake Country: Los Angeles and the Big One” with Dr. Lucy Jones

Earthquakes are a part of life in Los Angeles. But even people who have lived in L.A. their entire lives haven't experienced L.A.'s "big" earthquake yet. The Northridge Earthquake in 1994 and even the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933 won't compare to the big San Andreas Earthquake. Over the last 100 years, advances in seismology have helped residents of Southern California understand and better prepare for what will come. Advances are such that residents might even get a warning before the strong shaking reaches them. Dr. Lucy Jones will share the history of seismology in L.A. and reveal what could be our future.


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

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm: The Babies (8 pm) and Allah-Las (9:15 pm)

Allah-Las met while working at the biggest of all the L.A. record stores, but they became a band in an even more rare and special space — a California basement, dug out somewhere between the mountains and the beach. They began gigging shortly after their conception in and around Los Angeles in the later part of 2008. It wasn’t until three years later that they would find the proper environment to record their first single “Long Journey” which now bookends their self-titled release. These were the kind of songs that bounced between London and Los Angeles, the kind of thing that could have come from Mick Jagger or Arthur Lee or both at once, with crystalline guitar and slow-mo drums that recalled the way the waves take big bites of the beach at night. This was mystery music from the strange and ancient-modern California fringe, more Night Tide than Easy Rider. Allah-Las were a reflection of a reflection, an echo of an echo, a band that was psychedelic not because of reverb or shredding through pedals but for the simple way their songs seem to extend to infinity. (Chris Ziegler)

The Babies

The Babies were born out of a friendship between Cassie Ramone of the Vivian Girls and Kevin Morby of Woods. During a break in the schedules of the two much-loved Brooklyn noise pop bands in the winter of 2008, Ramone and Morby shared an apartment and decided to start a band. The idea was to recapture the early, stress-free days of playing music before they were both in groups that had gained some success and created accompanying pressures. Despite writing a few songs, nothing much came of the idea until the next winter when both hands again had a break. With the addition of Ramone's former bandmate in Bossy, Justin Sullivan, on drums, the trio began writing songs in earnest that met somewhere between the sugary fuzz of the Vivian Girls and the ramshackle indie rock of Woods. After bassist Nathanael Stark joined the band, the quartet — now named the Babies — began playing shows in the summer of 2010. Recording when they could find a chance, the Babies released singles for the small Wild World and Make a Mess labels before releasing their self-titled debut album for Shrimper in February of 2011. The band toured for much of the year, eventually replacing Stark with new bassist, Brian Schleyer. In early 2012 they left their Brooklyn home to record their second album in sunnier Los Angeles. The result was Our House on the Hill, released on Woodsist in November of 2012.

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

DJ Lounge (5:30 pm-10:00 pm): Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Travis Holcombe

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez featuring 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 Athens' 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 3 a.m.


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