Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wormholes, Museums and No Pants

Two museums events in two days, but they ain't no field trips from grade school. First up


Wormholes is from MOCA's new monthly series of engagement parties. These engagement parties are free events open to the public and are usually interactive. They've switched the people behind the event to the Imaginary Scientist. A art collective group of artists and scientists froms this group. No idea what the Wormhole party will be, but it's probably one of the strange ideas below.


MOCA Grand Avenue

from MOCA site:
The Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce The League of Imaginary Scientists as the winter 2011 participants in Engagement Party, MOCA’s program that presents new works by innovative Southern California–based artist collectives and collaborators. The League of Imaginary Scientists (formed 2006, Los Angeles) is a non-exclusive society for creative scientists, mechanically-inclined artists, absurdist inventors and self-proclaimed quacks. The group draws on the strange sensibilities of Dr. L Hernandez Gomez, Professor Jojo Johansen, Dr. William T. Madmann, Dr. Stephan Schleidan, and Professor Troubadour, whose combined visions create a kaleidoscope of ideas. They will bring The Evolving Contraption, a morphing art apparatus and stage for interactive adventures, to MOCA for a series of unique public interventions on the first Thursday evenings of January, February, and March 2011.

Then you have the Natural History Musuem bringing back

First Fridays: What On Earth?

First Fridays are brought to us by the Natural History Museum. A monthly event occuring the first friday of every month. They involve a lecture on a certain topic, this time the Earth, discussions, music from live bands and dj's. They actually made museums cool.

BTW this event isn't free you have to pay museum entry and more for the concerts

Friday January 8th 5:30pm

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

from the Natrual History site:
Tour (5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm): "What Was This Feather For?" with Dr. Margaret Hardin (Division Chief, History and Anthropology) and KT Hajeian (Collections Manager, Anthropology)


What on Earth? is a new installation featured in our historic Haaga Family Rotunda. Each architectural case presents enigmatic and visually arresting specimens from NHM’s collection, and the objects' "identities" unfold through a playful dialogue as visitors wander around the installation. Each First Fridays tour focuses on a single case, and as you will learn, in science there are usually more questions than answers!

Discussion (6:30 pm): "The Science of Creativity" with Jonah Lehrer

Why do we have our best ideas in the shower? Which drugs make us more creative? Why are certain cities so much innovative than others? Does brainstorming work? These are a few of the questions that will be addressed in Lehrer's talk, which features material from his forthcoming book, “Imagine.”

Performances (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Performances in the Diorama Hall with Little Dragons and Sister Crayon

Swedish quartet Little Dragons brought their high-energy electro-synth pop performance to Coachella and SXSW last year, and this January they’re stopping by on their first U.S. tour to play at the Natural History Museum. The group fuses electronica and R&B to create a rich, danceable sound that can’t be ignored.

DJs (5:30 pm - 10:00 pm)

KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad join us in the lounge where you can get your groove on and enjoy the dioramas of the African Mammal Hall

No Pants Subway Ride 2011

don't like pants? today is your day!
from yelp

Hello Los Angeles and welcome to the 3rd Annual No Pants Metro Ride!

Ride the train just as anyone would on any given normal day, just without pants (note that this is NO PANTS day, not NO UNDERWEAR day. We don't want anyone arrested for indecent exposure). We'd like to emphasize the importance of acting casual - like pantslessness is a normal thing - and acting like you do not know any of your fellow riders nor why they are also pantsless. More info to come

WHAT: 3rd Annual No Pants Metro Ride

WHEN: Sunday, January 9th, 2011, exact times TBA (but I suggest you leave the afternoon open)
WHERE: LA Metro System
BRING: $6 for Metro Day Pass, pants you can easily take off, something in which to keep them