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First Fridays are Back at the Natural History Museum Starting in February

January 6, 2016 by Christina Minh

Party at The Natural History Museum after-hours, go on guided tours, enjoy scientist led discussions, mingle at the DJ Lounge and rock out to your favorite bands at NHM’s First Fridays.

Returning on Friday, February 3, the 2016 event theme is “BIG SCREEN, BIGGER SCIENCE.”

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From Jurassic paleontology and space travel, to crypto insects and zombie-like pandemic killer viruses — how much science is there in science fiction?

Join scientists and filmmakers as they discuss the good, the bad and the preposterous in film and how Hollywood has played a part in inspiring the next frontier of science exploration. This year NHM welcomes Los Angeles Times journalist, author and Emmy-winning public television and radio host, Patt Morrison as the official host.

[RELATED: A Handy List of Free Museum Days in Los Angeles]

There will also be a new discussion format that will include multiple speakers, film clips, and lively discussion between speakers and host.

Throughout the season First Fridays will also showcase notable and up and coming bands. Resident KCRW DJ, Aaron Byrd will spin tunes all season and guest KCRW DJs will also make appearances.

Check the full lineup of dates and entertainment and special speakers after the jump.

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Photo Credit: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

2016 First Friday NHM Schedule

February 5, 2016: “WITH GREAT POWER COME GREAT CLOSE-UPS”

Speakers are Dr. Spiros Michalakis and Dr. Alex Wild. They’ll discuss entomology and the body mechanics of hybrids superheroes.

Bands: The Hood Internet (9:15pm), Boulevards (8:00pm).

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Pop-up performance: Mark Redito fka Spazzkid.

Resident KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd featuring Anthony Valadez.

March 4, 2016: “WHEN IN DOUBT, JUST KEEP SWIMMING”

Tour: “Stranger than Fiction!”with KT Hajeian, Collections Manager of Anthropology

Discussion: “When in Doubt, Just Keep Swimming” with Dr. Maddalena Bearzi and
Dr. Chris Thacker, moderated by Los Angeles Times journalist Patt Morrison

DJ Lounge: KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd and special guest Val Fleury

Music: Lower Dens / Gardens & Villa

April 1, 2016: “IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU EMOTE”

Tours: “Stranger than Fiction!” with Alyssa Morgan, Collections Manager of Gems & Minerals

Discussion: “In Space, No One Can Hear You Emote” with Dr. Sean Carroll and
Professor Clifford V. Johnson, moderated by Los Angeles Times journalist Patt Morrison

DJ Lounge: KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd and special guest Mo:Rockin

Music: Car Seat Headrest / Night Beats

Resident KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd featuring Mo:Rockin.

May 6, 2016: “VELOCIRAPTOR IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS”

Panel Speakers are dinosaur experts Dr. Michael Habib and Dr. Nathan Smith.

Music: Live Music: Korey Dane (8 p,m.) and Escondido (9:15 p.m.) plus a listening party with Neil Young from 7-9 p.m featuring Young’s first public playback of his upcoming release EARTH.

Resident KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd featuring DJ Jedi.

June 3, 2016: “MOSTLY DEAD IS SLIGHTLY ALIVE”

The panel discussion for the evening will include Bradley Voytek, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science and the Neurosciences at UC San Diego and an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow, plus Timothy Verstynen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University . The pair will talk about neurology and science, and provide a few lessons on how one might survive the zombie apocalypse using science.

The June 3 event will feature an outdoor concert with a musical performers as follows:

6:00pm: KCRW Resident DJ Aaron Byrd
7:30pm: Kauf
8:45pm: Yacht
10:00pm: Health

DJ sets will be provided by Aaron Byrd throughout the night


First Fridays runs February through June and takes place on the first Friday of each month.

February tickets go on sale Monday, January 4, 2016.

For more information and to purchase tix, visit www.nhm.org/firstfridays

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