First Fridays - March 6, 2015 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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First Fridays: Previous Seasons

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First Fridays: March 6, 2015

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

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time" with Richard Smart of the NHMLA Citizen Science Program

There’s hidden wildlife in Los Angeles but how do we find it? This wildlife has eluded scientists for years by either being too secretive, hidden in plain sight, or tauntingly out of reach on private property. Through citizen science we can begin to explore this uncharted territory, and everyday people can make extraordinary discoveries. This season’s First Fridays tours explore how citizen scientists are “Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time.”

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

Discussion (6:30 pm): "The Newest Frontier of Science Is in your Backyard" with Greg Pauly, Curator of Herpetology at NHMLA

With the help of citizen scientists all across Southern California, we have made many important discoveries, including that of nonnative frogs, geckos, and snakes that had not previously been reported in the region. In the last century, the human population in Southern California has grown dramatically, causing habitat loss and fragmentation. The resulting range shifts and declines of native species have been accompanied and exacerbated by introductions of nonnative species. Unfortunately, the ability of scientists to study these rapid changes has been limited because much of Southern California is private property that biologists cannot easily survey (i.e., backyards). Citizen science can help fill this gap in our biodiversity knowledge, because it crowdsources data collection by asking the public to photograph organisms they encounter and submit those photos to online databases. The Museum has implemented this approach through the Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCals) citizen science project.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Michael W. Quick, Ph.D. (Department of Biological Sciences, Executive Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Southern California)

Science Salon (7:30 pm) with the Nerd Brigade

Following the discussion, continue the conversation with the Nerd Brigade in the Otis Booth Pavilion. The Nerd Brigade is group of nerds with diverse backgrounds in science and science communication who believe in the power of wonder. Science is all around us – now join the conversation, ask questions, and have fun!


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

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

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm: starRo (8 pm) and JMSN (9:15 pm)

Born in Detroit, and currently residing in Los Angeles, JMSN (born Christian Berishaj), is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, mixer, and videographer. The R&B crooner, who released his debut album †Priscilla† in January 2012, also operates his indie label, White Room Records, out of his home studio. The success of his freshman album captured the attention of platinum-selling artist Usher and even landed JMSN four slots on Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking Good Kid, M.A.A.D City album.

JMSN’s impressive talents have allowed him to collaborate with the likes of Game, J. Cole, Tyga, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Sango, and others. The songster unveiled the next chapter of his musical journey via his self-titled LP, which was released December 2014.

A native of Tokyo, Japan and now resident of Los Angeles, California - starRo, the rising sun whose story permeates much farther than the music he makes, but rather an embodiment of sacrifice, persistence and passion, is now solidified as one of Soulection’s wisest, and most experienced music makers. starRo makes soulful electronic music, period. And he makes it with the utmost diligence and craftiness that requires listeners to participate with absolute, undivided attention. Listeners in end, leave the journey mystified and elevated to a sultrier state.

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

DJ Lounge (5:30-10 pm): Resident KCRW DJ Raul Campos featuring SABO

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

Raul Campos, the voice of pirate radio in the mid-‘90s and a native Angeleno, emerged from the underground to join KCRW, hosting a show on weeknights until settling into his latest time slot, Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 6 pm. He’s been experimenting with sound mixing since he was a kid and is one of Los Angeles' favorite DJs – both on the radio and in the clubs.

SABO has set the benchmark for his peers across the world thanks to his unmistakable signature style:  an irresistible Balearic fusion of deep house, tropical bass, techno, Moombahton, Dub, and disco.  Sabo's extended deep tech sets have been praised at festivals like Lightening in a Bottle, Shambhala, Fusion, Northern Nights, and most recently, the Robot Heart bus at Burning Man. He is a pivotal part of the fast-growing moombahton scene, with the sound's creator, Dave Nada, openly crediting Sabo's early musical experiments as a key influence on the sound of today.  Sabo's responsible for many of the genre's key tracks, which explore the deeper tribal tech inspired side of the genre, and he is a resident DJ at the legendary Moombahton Massive parties.

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