First Fridays - May 6, 2011 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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

Tour (5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm) What on Earth is this Thing? with Dr. Margaret Hardin (Division Chief, History and Anthropology) and Dr. John Long (Vice-President, Research and Collections)

What on Earth? is the first exhibit featured in our historic Haaga Family Rotunda. Each architectural case presents enigmatic and visually arresting specimens from NHMLA's collection. Their stories unfold in a playful series of questions and answers--that often ends with a final "And what do you think?” Each First Friday tour focuses on a single case, as you will learn, in science there are always more questions. 

Discussion (6:30 pm): “Can Mammals Keep Up When Climate Warms? Insights from the Fossil Record“ with Dr. Elizabeth Hadly, Stanford University

Environmental change impacts the Earth’s biota.  Extracting the responses of populations, species and communities to perturbations of the past is one of the best ways of unraveling how they will respond to perturbations of the future.  I excavate caves and use the fossils to reveal how animals have handled prehistoric warming and cooling events using isotopes, morphometrics and ancient DNA.  


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

Performances in the Diorama Hall with Crystal Stilts and Moving Units

Hailed for pioneering post-punk, indie-dance music – a sound often reflected by today’s contemporaries, Los Angeles’ Moving Units, now ten years into their career, are set to release their EP, Tension War. Tension War references the existential personal struggles we experience when we attempt to harmonize the dualities in everyday life. From the push and pull that ensues during an unspoken attraction, to the dynamic of living in Los Angeles - a city full of symbolism and paraphernalia of glamour versus the desperation and disillusionment of the people who aspire to such entrapments…tension is everywhere.

After Crystal Stilts released their debut EP Alight of Night in 2008, Pitchfork described the group as "moody-sounding f***ers who make fabulous stripped-down garage-pop." The Brooklyn quartet’s dreamy but upbeat psychedelic sound has recently drawn comparisons to Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Crystal Stilts' performance promises to hyponitze the senses and get you dancing!

Regretfully, CAT'S EYES cannot perform as scheduled. We apologize for the change of plans. Refunds will be processed through Ticket Web. 

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

Resident DJ Anthony Valadez with Eric J. Lawrence

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Eric J. Lawrence 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 and Zanzibar, and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closing. 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 (12 am to 3 am).

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