First Fridays - May 2, 2014 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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

Tour (5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): “Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Wildlife” with Aisling Farrell, Collections Manager, and Gary Takeuchi, Assistant Collections Manager, at Rancho La Brea Department

On a typical day in L.A., Museum biologists engage in not-so-typical approaches to study the city’s incredible and ever-changing biodivesity. Camera traps in Griffith Park are photographing mountain lions and coyotes. Local residents are photo-documenting native and introduced reptiles.  And volunteers are sifting through asphalt from the La Brea Tar Pits, discovering the diversity of our region's recent past.  This year season’s First Friday tours explore how Museum biologists are  "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife."

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

“Back to the Future: The Scientific and Cultural Importance of Rancho La Brea” with Dr. John Harris

To be trapped in asphalt is a terrible way to die but a wonderful way to preserve fossils! The literally millions of fossils recovered from the sticky seeps of the world’s richest Ice Age fossil site document what life was like in California when the first humans arrived here.  A hundred years of excavation has revealed who was living here, what the local habitats were like, the changes that took place in response to global cooling and warming, and hints at why we no longer encounter sabertooths and mammoths.


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

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm: Groundislava featuring Rare Times (8 pm) and HOLYCHILD (9:15 pm)

If music were a cocktail party filled with sweets, thought-provoking conversations and energy, then holychild would be those hosts. With the sound of heads thrown back in laughter and smiles from guests that ricochet off chandeliers, holychild is hell-bent on having piercingly honest conversations through their music.

The LA-based duo found early success in 2013 through “Happy With Me,” a fierce challenge to media images that received more than 100,000 plays in just one week and placing #1 on Hype Machine’s Popular Charts. The band continues to receive local and national support, from Nylon Magazine, Billboard, and LA Weekly among others.

Groundislava Featuring Rare Times
Jasper Patterson aka Groundislava has transformed from bashful video gamer to full-fledged composer. The son of Michael Patterson (who directed A-Ha’s standout music video “Take On Me” and Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract”), Groundislava has roots that draw from 80s nostalgia, TV and pop culture that grow and transform into the 21st Century aesthetic of electronic music.

Recently tapped for official remixes of Slugabed and Shlohmo as well as Kutmah’s Brownswood compilation, Groundislava returns with the ‘Feel Me’ LP, the follow-up full-length to his self-titled 2011 debut. A mature step for the artist, ‘Feel Me’ showcases Groundislava’s unique sensibilities for developing sweeping soundscapes, luscious backdrops and somber tracks in a distinct sound all his own.

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

DJ Lounge (5:30 pm-10 pm): Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Daddy Kev

KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez and DJ Daddy Kev 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 previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closer. 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 where he mixes future beats, soulful keys and tomorrows’ samples and sounds.

Daddy Kev is a prolific underground hip-hop and electronic music producer, recording engineer and record label owner. His recording studio is known as The Echo Chamber, currently located in Downtown Los Angeles. Together with Hive and Shaggy, he founded the Celestial Recordings record label in 1998. Daddy Kev has contributed to a number of genre-defining records. Although Celestial Recordings later folded in early 2002, Kev stayed in Los Angeles to produce and engineer a series of albums including: Busdriver Temporary Forever (2002), D-Styles Phantazmagorea (2002), AWOL One Slanguage (2003), The Grouch Sound Advice (2003), and Existereo Dirty Deeds & Dead Flowers (2003).

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