March 4, 2016 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Music + Taxidermy = Good. Pictured here is Conway.
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Big Screen, Bigger Science

Thanks for making our 2016 First Fridays season a success.

Miss a night? Check out highlights here!

First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

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First Fridays: March 4, 2016

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Stranger than Fiction!" with KT Hajeian, Collections Manager of Anthropology

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): When in Doubt, Just Keep Swimming

Dr. Maddalena Bearzi, Ocean Conservation Society President, and Dr. Chris Thacker, NHM’s Curator of Ichthyology (aka fish!), will dive into a conversation about what lies beneath.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Patt Morrison, LA Times journalist, author and Emmy-winning television and radio host. ]

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

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

Live Music: Gardens & Villa (8 pm) and Lower Dens (9:15 pm)

Lower Dens
Ribbon Music is pleased to announce the return of Baltimore’s Lower Dens with their third album, Escape from Evil. On Escape From Evil, Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter emerges: cerebral and hot-blooded, rash and incorruptible, and, crucially, possessing of a loud, clear voice. The album sees Hunter stepping up and taking center stage, and emboldening every aspect of the band.
Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, “To Die in L.A.”, almost theatrical. Escape From Evil marks a bold, monumental step forward for the band and the welcome manifestation of a singer we’ve never quite seen until now.

Gardens & Villa
For Gardens & Villa songwriters Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen, a return to the very harmonious relationship of art/work/life and a rediscovery of the DIY ethos that once defined the pair’s formative creative years mark the defining thread of their head-turning new album, Music For Dogs.

The revelation that we hear play out so inspiringly across Music For Dogs is one that came at a make-or-break moment for the band last year. Pushed from within to leave the comfort zone of their longtime home base in Santa Barbara and set up a new HQ in Los Angeles. Lynch and Rasmussen responded by bucking the idea of “art as a career” and making art their very way of life. With a top-to-bottom renovation of a warehouse space in LA’s Frogtown neighborhood they’ve named Space Command and shared with visual artists, designers, and creatives, the pair began to live and write music on their own terms, just as they’d done before their music was placed “on the marketplace.”

DJ Lounge (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm)

Proudly Supported by DTS

Resident KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd featuring Val Fleury

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

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.

Val Fleury is a Liberian-born DJ/producer with an innate love of music, style, and international culture. From Las Vegas nightclubs, bars in Sydney, Palm Springs pool parties, music festivals in Austin and Stockholm, London and Paris radio appearances, fashion events around LA to Shanghai cocktail lounges, Val has done it all - garnering a reputation for finding exciting ways to openly mix house, indie dance, future bass, and hip-hop. Her mixes and remixes (Saint Motel, Jeffrey Tonnesen & Cobrastarship, etc.) have earned raves from top music and style publications like Noisey, NYLON & more.
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