First Fridays - March 30, 2012 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): “The Dinosaur Hall: the language of exhibit design” with Dan Keeffe (Manager, Informal Learning)


Discussion (6:30 pm): “Is it Good or Bad that the World has so Many Languages?” with Dr. Jared Diamond

Join Jared Diamond for a short introduction to language diversity and multilingualism around the world, and raise the question whether society would be better off if we could agree on just one language. Would we as individuals be better or worse off going to the effort of learning several languages?


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

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

Performances by Matthew Dear and Songodsuns


Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for Get Physical’s Body Language and the Fabric mix series. He maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none—and he’s just hitting his stride.

Today, Matthew Dear finds himself in a unique position. His highly anticipated third album, 2010’s Black City, is the culmination of years of hard work and experimentation, a darkly playful sound-world that envelops the listener like the arms of a malevolent lover. After over a decade of exploring pop’s outer limits, Matthew Dear now inhabits a rarefied corner of the musical universe: no longer tethered to any one genre, respected by his peers, and blessed with a bottomless well of creative energy. Now is Matthew Dear’s moment, and it sounds like nothing else.



Another name for Visionaries and Of Mexican Descent member 2Mex, Songodsuns first showed up in the mid-'90s when 2Mex and some friends, including DJ Nobody, got together to make a record. However, other commitments prevented an album from coming out, though a single, "Love Fights Back," was released in 1999. Finally, between incessant touring, 2Mex was able to enlist help from producers Sa-Ra, KeyKool, Babu, Subtitle, and DJ Khalil, among others, and set about recording, using the moniker Songodsuns as a way to express his interest in other forms of music besides hip-hop (he admitted to being heavily influenced by They Might Be Giants, Elliott Smith, and the Cure). Over the Counter Culture, though it was definitely a rap album, boasted musical beats under 2Mex's rough-voiced flow, and was issued on Up Above in 2005.

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

Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Eric J. Lawrence

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and  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. (



Eric J. Lawrence has a musical mind unlike any other, even amongst his fellow KCRW DJs. As KCRW’s Music Librarian, his encyclopedic knowledge of music ranges from the latest acts to classic TV themes and other criminally overlooked tunes, hidden gems, and guilty pleasures. Indiana-born and LA-raised EJL, as he is affectionately known, scours all genres, from psychedelic rock to glitchy electronica, in search of the most compelling tracks to share with the listeners on his weekly Sunday night show (10p to midnight).(


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