First Fridays are Back at the Natural History Museum Starting on Feb. 3

January 11, 2017 by Brian Champlin

The Natural History Museum’s annual First Fridays series is returning for 2017 and this time around the folks at NHMLA on focusing on a theme that’s very near and dear to all of our… stomachs?

Yup, First Fridays are all about food this year, and more specifically, about the science behind food. The kickoff edition on Feb. 3 called “Your Plate is Your Gut” will feature a trio of expert panelists discussing the effects of the human diet on our body and digestion, from menus enjoyed by our paleolithic ancestors to the fast-food heavy treats prevalent in today’s culture.


After the panel finishes up guests can enjoy special performances from musical artists D∆WN, Mndsgn, and Oddisee. And of course as with all First Friday events you can count sets from resident KCRW DJs along with special museum tours throughout the evening.

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Photo Credit: Natural History Museum

The rest of the 2017 First Friday slate will include the same combo of food-based discussions and musical entertainment. Panel topics will range from food sustainability to the history of food in Los Angeles. All panels will be moderated by Emmy-winning public television and radio host Patt Morrison. Bands for the subsequent events have not been confirmed yet, but stayed tuned to the NHMLA website for more info as it becomes available.

Tickets for First Fridays (for non-museum members) cost $18 for February through May events, and $20 for the June affair. All events are scheduled to run from 5 to 10 p.m., with panel discussions beginning at 6:30 p.m. and bands to go on at 8 p.m.

Below please find the slated lineup of First Fridays entertainment for all dates, made available by press release from the Natural History Museum. More information will be provided for the March, April, May and June events as dates draw closer.

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

Natural History Museum First Fridays 2017

February 3, 2017


Speakers are Elaine Y. Hsiao, Ph.D., Craig Stanford, and Mark Schatzker. They’ll discuss the human digestive tract, food biology, and changing food patterns.
Bands: ODDISEE (9:15 pm), MNDSGN (8:25 pm), DΔWN (7:30 pm).
Resident KCRW DJ Anne Litt featuring Aaron Byrd.

March 3, 2017


Speakers Renee Gunter, Nancy Neiman Auerbach, and a third panelist discuss personal food chains, and the politics and culture around our food.
Bands: Emily Wells at 8 p.m. and Japanese Breakfast at 9:15 p.m.
Resident KCRW DJ Anne Litt featuring DJ Masha.

April 7, 2017


Speakers are Mark Gold and Josh Schonwald. They will discuss sustainability and food of the future.
Bands are TBA.
Resident KCRW DJ Anne Litt. Guest DJ TBA.

May 5, 2017


Speakers are Rachel Surls, Ph.D. and Judith Gerber, authors of From Cows to Concrete.
Bands are QUITAPENAS, Buyepongo, and Chico Mann & Captain Planet.
KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Subsuelo.

June 9, 2017


Speakers are Josh Kun, Jonathan Gold, and Bricia Lopez. They will discuss how the history and culture of L.A. influences the food we eat.
Bands are TBA.
Resident KCRW DJ Anne Litt and others will be on hand.