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First Fridays May 3


May's First Fridays has an awesome lineup of bands, DJs, discussions, food trucks, delicious cocktails, and more. Get ready to experience the museum after hours.


This year's First Fridays explores Forces of Nature. We'll find facts and bust myths about our four horsemen of the Golden State apocalypse: fire, drought, flood and earthquakes. In May, we get swept away with California's floods. 


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5:30 pm

7:30 pm

If you could ask curators about their strangest or most valued artifacts, what would they divulge? Join science correspondent and host of VOA-Tek, Dr. Crystal Dilworth, as she asks Museum research specialists about their collections and discovers details hidden in plain sight. Each month features a different expert to uncover the big mysteries, strange oddities, and untold stories from NHM. 


Can't make it out to the event? Catch a live stream of the 5:30 pm presentation via NHM on Facebook.




H2-UH-OH - with Dr. Daniel Swain and William Deverell, moderated by Patt Morrison

6:30 pm

About 15 million years ago, Los Angeles was at the bottom of the ocean. Climate change means land that’s been high and dry for millennia is getting inundated by water again. What do terms like “500-year flood” mean when we have one every ten years? And what can engineering do to make Southern California’s new floodplains survivable?






Dr. Daniel Swain - Climate Scientist, UCLA, National Center for Atmospheric Research, & The Nature Conservancy

Daniel Swain is a climate scientist in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, and holds concurrent appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and The Nature Conservancy. He studies the changing character, causes, and impacts of extreme weather and climate events on a warming planet–with a particular focus on the physical processes leading to floods, droughts, and wildfires. Daniel holds a PhD in Earth System Science from Stanford University and a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis.


William Deverell - Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

William Deverell, a historian of the 19th and 20th century American West, has published numerous books and papers on the history of California and the American West. These include "Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of its Mexican Past," which examines the historical relationship between the growth of Los Angeles and Southern California's complex history of racial and ethnic conflict and accommodation. With Greg Hise, he edited "Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles."  He and Hise also co-edited "Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles." With Professor David Igler of UC Irvine, Deverell is co-editor of the "Blackwell Companion to California." With Tom Sitton, emeritus curator of history from NHM, he wrote "Los Angeles and Water: A Tale of Three Rivers."  Professor Deverell is the director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, a collaraborative research and teaching entity between USC's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and the Huntington Library.  He also directs the USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative.  He has just completed a book exploring the rise of news television in American history, by way of a 1949 event in Southern California.


Moderator: Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. And Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its vegetarian hot dog “The Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog” in her honor.

DJ Lounge

5 pm - 10 pm



Resident DJ: Novena Carmel

5 - 6 pm & 8:30 - 10 pm

With music royalty in her blood, Novena Carmel is an eclectic and energetic Bay Area born, LA-based DJ, singer, host, and curator known to lure a crowd and turn the party out. As a DJ, her love for music shines through in her wide range of selection, big smile and dance moves. In addition to her residencies throughout LA, Novena has recently played at Amoeba Records, Dublab radio and as a resident at the Stones Throw summer pool party. If you find yourself in a room with Novena, you’re in the right place.


DJ Michelle Pesce

6 - 8:30 pm

Michelle Pesce is an internationally acclaimed DJ, co-founder of woman. collective and founder/CEO of the artist booking agency, nona entertainment.


While greatly influenced by 80s and 90s music, Michelle's ability to read a crowd and mix old with new in hip hop, r&b, rock, electro, deep house and pop keeps her clients coming back. Her mentorship with DJ Spinderella (Salt-n-Pepa) early on set the tone for a 15+ year career where she has become the most 'in demand' DJ for Hollywood Awards Season including parties for the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Michelle is the only DJ to spin for the Recording Academy 7x on music's biggest night: the Official Grammy’s after party.


Her work as a DJ has taken her around the globe- France, Spain, Canada, Uganda, Kenya, Haiti and Mexico- for clients including InStyle, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, People, Marie Claire, Coach, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros., Viacom, Google, Samsung, NBCUniversal and film festivals including Sundance and Toronto.


Michelle uses her status as a veteran DJ and her company, nona, to attain pay equity, epic dance floors and to keep quality DJs working.


8 pm - 10 pm



8 pm

Stick your head out the window and sniff the air: there’s a blizzard of badness brewing, and it’s not blowing over anytime soon. Sure, the political leaders, bullies, and other villains of various venoms are dominating the headlines, but these days the list of troublemakers extends well beyond the usual suspects.


From their home base in the Heartland, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s BRONCHO have a unique vantage point from which to survey the sins. Churning out thoughtful, nuanced rock and roll with an art school spirit and a punk rock heart since 2010, the band’s fourth album, Bad Behavior, finds them leaning into their strengths for their strongest effort yet. The new record reveals BRONCHO’s fly-on-the-crumbling-wall vision of our moral climate, complete with a reenergized, accessible sound and the charmingly sardonic, smiling-while-sneering delivery of singer and bandleader Ryan Lindsey.


Lindsey (vocals/guitar) and the band - Nathan Price (drums), Ben King (guitar), and Penny Pitchlynn (bass) - are a tight unit who have seen their songs featured at influential TV and radio and have toured the U.S. and Europe, including arenas with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, The Growlers, Portugal.The Man, and Cage The Elephant. In the gritty warehouse district of Downtown Tulsa they have carved out a physical place for themselves, an industrial blank space where BRONCHO can experiment with sounds, performance, visuals, and more. It’s where they recorded Bad Behavior with producer Chad Copelin in the first half of 2018, a controlled process that allowed them to work at their own pace and by their own standards, almost like a secret club.


Bad Behavior represents a picture of a band that have crushed their own commercial expectations and are doing what they want to do at their own pace. They’ve cleaned the slate and quietly made a return with urgent, bonafide pop songs. If you want to catch a whiff of Bad Behavior, simply stick your head out the window and breathe.


Lauren Ruth Ward

9:15 pm

With aged wisdom beyond her years, Lauren reminisces about her hometown of Baltimore, where her upbringing was what the songstress lovingly refers to as a “cocktail for being an artist;” She grew up splitting her time between a bohemian mother - “I’m very pragmatic, and she would call that cold and intense” - and some weekends with her father - “He’s a ‘healthy republican,’” she says with a laugh.

In 2015, Ward packed up her life and road tripped to her new home of Los Angeles. After a challenging, perfectionistic pursuit, Ward came together with a band: Liv Slingerland (bass), India Pascucci (drums) and guitarist and fellow songwriter Eduardo Rivera. “They all call me ‘Mom,’” she says with a laugh. “It’s like getting three new best friends that you’re giving the most personal part of yourself.” They’ve even got matching jackets.

Together, they created Ward’s debut album, Well, Hell, a nine track sampler of what she calls the band’s “four modes.” There’s the “heaven of the album,” “Did I Offend You?,” a sweet, airy, swiftly cadenced track which crescendos into a powerful chant: “You’re only breaking down/ you’re only breaking down/ you’re only breaking down.” Then there’s the “hell,” “Blue Collar Sex Kitten,” a full-throttle rock song that dives head first into distorted chords, sexuality - “I’m a dyke/ dated guys/ ain’t a crime/ won’t apologize for my tribe,” sings Ward - and a psychedelic breakdown that sounds like lucid dreaming. There’s the band’s acoustic mode, made up by breathy tracks like “Travel Man,” and finally Ward’s poppier side, heard on “Sideways” - a funky, retro take on soul-searching and feeling lost - and “Sheet Stains,” a bluesy ode to her fianceé, indie pop mega-star LP, who sings backup vocals on the track.


In some ways, Well, Hell is Ward’s second chance at a career doing what she loves most: creating. “I could totally have done a version of this in Baltimore, but not the way I’ve done it here,” Ward says of making music in Los Angeles. One thing’s for sure: there’s no telling what’s in store for Ward and company. “This is definitely a different life for me,” she says. “This is Lauren 2.0.”

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