First Fridays - May 1, 2015 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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First Fridays: May 1, 2015

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

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time" with Lila Higgins, Manager of NHM Citizen Science

There’s hidden wildlife in Los Angeles but how do we find it? This wildlife has eluded scientists for years by either being too secretive, hidden in plain sight, or tauntingly out of reach on private property. Through citizen science we can begin to explore this uncharted territory, and everyday people can make extraordinary discoveries. This season’s First Fridays tours explore how citizen scientists are “Finding L.A.’s Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time.”

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

Discussion (6:30 pm): "Covalent and Ionic Bonding (with Suzy)" with Sandra Tsing Loh

Sandra Tsing Loh is a professional science communicator and educator with many proud accomplishments, but all bets are off when sitting down with her 12-year-old daughter Suzy.  Lofty TED Talk theories and triumphal chants of "Hands-on STEM!" fly out the window when a parent tries to help her middle schooler with her actual science homework.  Loh candidly addresses the cultural, societal and family influences on how science is taught, and to whom, arriving at surprising insights into how we might (re-)tell the stories of science to all audiences K-100, now and into the future.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Michael W. Quick, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Southern California.

Science Salon (7:30 pm) with the Nerd Brigade

Following the discussion, continue the conversation with the Nerd Brigade in the Otis Booth Pavilion. The Nerd Brigade is group of nerds with diverse backgrounds in science and science communication who believe in the power of wonder. Science is all around us – now join the conversation, ask questions, and have fun!


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

Sets at 8 pm and 9:15 pm: Salt Petal (8 pm) and Kinky (9:15pm)

Kinky came to life at the right time. The band has given new meaning to Mexican rock, opening its possibilities toward a more cosmopolitan sound. Kinky’s breakthrough in the music scene led the beginning of a new era, not only for Mexico, but also for the rest of Latin America.

It was by no coincidence that Kinky inaugurated the birth of a new century with its eponymous album, Kinky (2001), a collection of songs full of vigor and a mixture of rhythms that was a surprise to the local scene. These elements remain as an essential characteristic, and have led Gil Cerezo, Carlos Chairez, Omar Gongora, Cesar Pliego and Ulises Lozano to create one of the more remarkable careers in Mexico and worldwide.

With international tours, the path traced by Kinky extends to horizons ranging from video games to movies, from where they consolidated their third album Reina (2003) and subsequently Barracuda (2008). If Kinky’s debut album marked the beginning of a new era, the future is always born with new ideas. The next leap was another dimension, in this case: MTV Unplugged.

Salt Petal
Los Angeles-based collective Salt Petal is invigorating audiences and critics alike with a tropical surf-dance sound in a category all its own. A cross-border combination of Argentinian folk, Brazilian tropicalia, Cumbia and up tempo Indie Rock blurs ethnic and musical boundaries. The band’s sound is one of the freshest to come out of Los Angeles, showcasing deep South American rhythms with vibrant Indie Pop harmonies and textures.

The band was founded by Autumn Harrison and Rodrigo Gonzalez, upon realizing that the sound they were trying to find in concerts didn’t exist yet in Los Angeles. Salt Petal has played high profile venues and festivals such as SXSW, Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books, Echo Park Rising, Chinatown Summer Nights and Make Music Pasadena. They recently won a battle of the bands competition voted on by panelists from the BBC, Songlines Magazine and the World Music Network. They were featured on a related broadcast and will be part of an upcoming Rough Guide compilation. In March 2013, Salt Petal released their sophomore album titled Sea Monster.

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

DJ Lounge (5:30-10 pm): Resident KCRW DJ Raul Campos featuring DJ Panamami

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

Raul Campos, the voice of pirate radio in the mid-‘90s and a native Angeleno, emerged from the underground to join KCRW, hosting a show on weeknights until settling into his latest time slot, Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 6pm. He’s been experimenting with sound mixing since he was a kid and is one of Los Angeles' favorite DJs – both on the radio and in the clubs.

DJ Panamami is currently on the airwaves as co-host of the popular Soundwaves Radio show on Los Angeles' 90.7FM KPFK. She has also had past features on Dublab, the El Sonido show on Seattle’s 90.3 FM and Jay Z’s blog, Life and Times with her mixtape Ciao Verano. Internationally, she has had the pleasure of spinning for crowds in the UK, Colombia, Mexico City, the Hongdae district of South Korea and the Bahamas. With Panamami's broad taste in music and sharp turntable skills, it is of no surprise that she continues her reign as one of the most sought-after DJs in both LA and beyond.

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