May 6, 2016 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Soak in the science at our 6:30 pm discussion! (Pictured here is Dr. Brad Shaffer from the UCLA La Kretz Center with moderator Dr. Michael Quick.)
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First Fridays: May 6, 2016

Tour (5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm): "Stranger than Fiction!" with Nefti Camacho, Collections Manager of Herpetology

Movies rely on science to tell their stories, and when science is turned into fiction, NHM is called on to lend an expert hand. Go backstage and shine a light on the bizarre props and rare specimens that inspire Hollywood blockbusters. Listen in as curators and researchers share jaw-dropping stories about the specimens and artifacts that fill the Museum’s behind-the-scenes collections and inspire the imagination.
15 person capacity per tour. Tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Discussion (6:30 pm): Velociraptor Is the Thing With Feathers

Dr. Michael Habib, Assistant Professor in the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a Research Associate in the Dinosaur Institute at NHM, and Dr. Nathan Smith, Associate Curator in the Dinosaur Institute, dig into a conversation about film and dinosaurs.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Patt Morrison, L.A. Times journalist, author and Emmy-winning television and radio host.
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Listening Party with Neil Young (7-9 pm)

Against the backdrop of the Museum’s blossoming outdoor Nature Gardens, musician and icon Neil Young will present the first public playback of his upcoming release, EARTH, in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio, before its June 17 release. The album features “After the Gold Rush,” “Vampire Blues,” and an explosive 29-minute version of "Love & Only Love,” and includes some unexpected accompaniment—the sounds of many different kinds of wildlife.
(Photo Credit: Gary Burden)

Live Music: Korey Dane (8 pm) and Escondido (9:15 pm)
Pop-up Performance by Paul Bergmann (7:15pm)

Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Their David Lynch approved sound became the soundtrack to multiple films and TV shows including HBO's Girls and Sex Tape and led to appearances on Conan and ABC's Nashville. Following tours with the likes of Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow, Wild Cub, and Islands, the duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger, out now on their label Kill Canyon.

Korey Dane
“Orville Gibson and Ernie Ball were my earliest accomplices. The three of us were sequestered for a couple of years until we all agreed I needed to step outside. I played for a few friends and nobody hit me. I felt this might work out. I got to work. A hundred songs...three of them decent. Then I slept for three days. Woke up and wrote a hundred more. This time, two of them were worthwhile. This wasn’t going well. After a while I met some folks. They introduced me to a man––a cruel man––who made me do things no man should have to do. Scansion, modulation, chromaticism...he was mean and relentless."

“But here I sit. Open to whatever comes. You’re both older gentlemen, now. Go home to your wives, your families. I feel ready.” The three of them went their respective ways. Prufrock and the Emperor are now long gone. Korey Dane is standing right outside your door.

Paul Bergmann
Paul Bergmann would never call himself a singer-songwriter. While the Los Angeles-based solo artist sings and writes songs, he doesn’t find the term endearing. Such a label makes it easy to identify a type of solo artist, but it also conjures up a desperate effort to impress an American Idolized public. And Bergmann isn’t writing songs to be so “right now.” He’s taking influence from the deep cuts, the soulful cuts, the timeless cuts of American pop.

But Bergmann’s going full Wittgenstein, searching for and establishing a new timelessness. Writing and performing primarily acoustic-centered songs—stripped down, vulnerable, presented as they are—they either mean something to the listener, or they don't. He’ll walk down the street, but you have to meet him halfway, ok? At the end of the day, Paul Bergmann makes music for itself, making it all the more enjoyable. It’s there because it just had to be there. And that’s a powerful reason to write and sing any song, any time.

DJ Lounge (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm)

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Resident KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd featuring DJ Jedi

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

Aaron Byrd is a native Angeleno who has always had a desire to seek out new experiences, people, places and, most of all, music. These curiosities are reflected in his weekly radio show every Thursday night, 12-3am on 89.9 FM, KCRW. In addition to being on air, Aaron also curates a wide range of events around town including the Byrd Series and after party events at the LA Opera. Byrd has shared the stage with Groove Armada, James Blake, Nightmares On Wax, Fat Freddy's Drop, Little Dragon and Jose James and is regularly featured at clubs and events around town.

JEDI is an Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles-based DJ, admired for his eclectic style of mixing, song-selection, and sublime turntablism. Over the past decade, he has toured the globe as the resident maestro for Russell Simmons’ Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam, and later, with Grammy Award-winning hip hop pioneers, DIGABLE PLANETS. More recently, Jedi has been nominated for Ovation awards, L.A. Weekly Theatre awards, and NAACP awards for his work on the 2011 gay rap musical BASH'D. Jedi is a co-founder and current resident at the L.A. installment of the critically acclaimed Motown On Mondays, and teaches Turntablism at the Musicians' Institute in Hollywood. He also contributes regularly to Downbeat 720, a Santa Monica-based performance workshop for high school students at the Miles Memorial Playhouse that is now in its 11th year. 
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