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First Fridays March 1


We kick off our March First Fridays with an awesome lineup of bands, DJs, discussions, food trucks, delicious cocktails, and more. Get ready to experience the Museum after hours.


This year's First Fridays explores Forces of Nature. We'll find facts and bust myths about our four horsemen of the Golden State apocalypse: fire, flood, drought, and earthquakes. In March, we turn up the heat and take a deep look at the science behind fire. Discover the benefits, the devastations, and how we humans impact California fires.


See our full lineup below and get your tickets today. Limited online availability each month. Become a Member and get the entire First Fridays series for free.









Join science correspondent and Ologies podcast host, Alie Ward, as she asks Museum research specialists about their collections and discovers details hidden in plain sight. Each month features a different expert to uncover the big mysteries, strange oddities, and untold stories from NHM.

Can't make it out to the event? Catch a live stream of the 5:30pm presentation via NHM on Facebook.




THE FLAMES IN OUR FUTURE - with Gary Ferguson, Scott Stephens and Rebecca Miller, moderated by Patt Morrison


In the past, fires often renewed and even enriched California, like a mythical phoenix. But California feels only menaced and exhausted by them now. How have humans changed fire patterns? How will fire change our everyday lives, and what does standing up to fire’s “new abnormal” mean? Can science tell us where and how we fight, and when we just get out of fire’s way?






Gary Ferguson - Writer and Speaker

Best-selling science writer Gary Ferguson has written for a variety of national publications, including Vanity Fair and The Los Angeles Times, and is the author of twenty-six books on nature and science. In his latest book - Land On Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West - he explores why wildfires have become so severe, as well as what we can do to protect our communities in the face of such profound environmental challenge. Finally, drawing on the latest climate modeling, Ferguson offers a riveting portrait of how Western wildfire is likely to change in the coming decades.


Scott L. Stephens - Professor of Fire Science at UC Berkeley

Stephens’ research expertise and interests include fire management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and forest policy. He is interested in the interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems, which includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how future fires, changing climates, and management may change this interaction. Stephens also is interested in forest and fire policy and how it can be improved to meet the challenges of the next decades, both in the US and internationally.


Rebecca Miller - Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University

Rebecca Miller is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. She researches historic and current wildfire protection and prevention policies in California and their potential impacts on future wildfires in the state. She examines how federal, state, and local governments in California respond to and prepare for wildfires. Rebecca previously worked for the Science and Technology Policy Institute, a research center that supports the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.


Moderator: Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. And Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its vegetarian hot dog “The Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog” in her honor.

DJ Lounge

5 pm - 10 pm



Resident DJ: Novena Carmel

5:00-6:00pm & 8:30-10:00pm

With music royalty in her blood, Novena Carmel is an eclectic and energetic Bay Area born, LA-based DJ, singer, host, and curator known to lure a crowd and turn the party out. As a DJ, her love for music shines through in her wide range of selection, big smile and dance moves. In addition to her residencies throughout LA, Novena has recently played at Amoeba Records, Dublab radio and as a resident at the Stones Throw summer pool party. If you find yourself in a room with Novena, you’re in the right place.


KCRW Guest DJ: Aaron Byrd


Aaron Byrd is a native Angeleno that views himself a citizen of the world. His attraction to the unknown and thirst for discovery are reflected in Byrd's weekly radio show on KCRW, 89.9 FM in Los Angeles. Byrd has appeared on CNN, the front page of the New York Times and in numerous publications including the LA Times, LA Weekly and Entertainment Weekly. As a DJ, Byrd has shared the stage with Groove Armada, James Blake, Gregory Porter, Nightmares On Wax, Hiatus Kaiyote, Little Dragon, Moses Sumney, The Internet, Jose James and many others. You can catch him live on KCRW, every Thursday night 12-3am.


8 pm - 10 pm


Pinky Pinky

8:00 pm

Pinky Pinky is a 3-piece Proto-Prog inspired rock band living in Los Angeles featuring teenagers Isabelle Fields (17, Guitar), Eva Chambers (17, Bass), and Anastasia Sanchez (19, Vocals/Drums). The trio preach

nothin' but good, clean, fun with a nod to the greats of yesteryear and commitment toward the future. Co-Produced by Hanni El Khatib & Jonny Bell (Crystal Antlers).


Shannon Shaw


Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, valiantly strikes out on her own, gracing us with her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville. In a nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty in Memphis, Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South to collaborate with The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach and a congregation of revered old-school session musicians which have played on notable records by Elvis, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin, Sturgill Simpson, and Nikki Lane, to name just a few.
It started when Auerbach, who discovered Shannon and the Clams after hearing them at a local record shop, recommended the band to an Australian tour promoter. Shaw wrote to thank him and they met in person at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco and formed an immediate artistic rapport. The two hit it off, and within days Auerbach invited her down to Nashville to record a solo record.
The bittersweet ballads of Shannon In Nashville uphold the elation of love while mourning its loss. Shaw embraces the bravery of daring to love, reminding us that even heartbreak can be a life-affirming, self-teachable moment. On the album Shaw makes a case to stick around and brave the heat. Bring it on, pile it high, and if need be, tear it down, and start over.

Hear all of the First Fridays discussions on iTunes or  SoundCloud