Monday, April 28, 2014

NHM’s First Fridays May 2 Featuring Live Music by HOLYCHILD and Groundislava featuring Rare Times

The press release from this month's First Friday at the Natural History Museum. An evening of science and rocking out to DJs in a real museum, perfect for a date night.

Where music, science, collections, and cocktails come together.

Tours—5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm
"Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife" with Aisling Farrell, Collections Manager, and Gary Takeuchi, Assistant Collections Manager, at Rancho La Brea
On a typical day in L.A., Museum biologists engage in not-so-typical approaches to study the city’s incredible and ever-changing biodiversity. Camera traps in Griffith Park are photographing mountain lions and coyotes. Local residents are photo-documenting native and introduced reptiles, and volunteers are sifting through asphalt from the La Brea Tar Pits and discovering the diversity of our region's past. This season's First Fridays tours explore how Museum biologists are "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Wildlife."
15 person capacity per tour. Tour tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Discussion—6:30 pm
“Back to the Future: The Scientific and Cultural Importance of Rancho La Brea” with Dr. John Harris
To be trapped in asphalt is a terrible way to die but a wonderful way to preserve fossils! The literally millions of fossils recovered from the sticky seeps of the world’s richest Ice Age fossil site document what life was like in California when the first humans arrived here.  A hundred years of excavation has revealed who was living here, what the local habitats were like, the changes that took place in response to global cooling and warming, and hints at why we no longer encounter sabertooths and mammoths.

5:30–10:00 pm:                                 KCRW DJ Lounge with Anthony Valadez and DJ Daddy Kev
8 pm:                                                     Groundislava featuring Rare Times
9:15 pm:                                               HOLYCHILD

Tickets are now on sale for May. It is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance as capacity for the evening is limited and often sells out early. There will be a limited number of tickets sold onsite the evening of the event. However, once onsite tickets are sold out, admission to the Museum and/or concert may not be available. Guided tours and discussions are available on a first come, first served basis to all ticket-holders. For tickets or more information, visit, call (213) 763-DINO, or email
Concert Ticket + Museum Admission ($18) / Museum Admission ($12).