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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Announces 2019 First Fridays: Forces of Nature

Live music and discussion series begins Friday, March 1, with a deep dive into the theme “Fire”

February XX, 2019 — This season’s First Fridays is not for the faint of heart. We’ve picked the theme, Forces of Nature, so we can explore with you — and several experts on the topic — California’s natural disasters. Join us for enlightening and entertaining discussions about fires, floods, droughts, and earthquakes, moderated by award-winning Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrison. 

After pondering how to prevent and manage calamity and what to pack in an emergency kit, you can sip cocktails in our DJ Lounge, explore the Museum at night, and hear bands perform in our diorama halls. 

This year, we’ve also added a new First Fridays experience — Secrets from the Vaults. Science correspondent and Ologies podcast host, Alie Ward, will take your questions to our curators, who will divulge what mysterious oddities can be found behind the scenes at NHM.

March 1 Program: Fire


Secrets from the Vaults - 5:30 pm | 7:30 pm
Join science correspondent and Ologies podcast host, Alie Ward, 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.


The Flames in Our Future - 6:30 pm
In the past, fires often renewed and even enriched California, like a mythical phoenix. But California feels only menaced and exhausted by them now. How have humans changed fire patterns? How will fire change our everyday lives, and what does standing up to fire’s “new abnormal” mean? Can science tell us where and how we fight, and when we just get out of fire’s way? 

With Gary Ferguson, best-selling science writer; Scott Stephens, Professor of Fire Science at UC Berkeley; and Rebecca Miller, PhD student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University; moderated by Patt Morrison.


Pinky Pinky - 8 pm
Pinky Pinky is a 3-piece Proto-Prog inspired rock band living in Los Angeles featuring teenagers Isabelle Fields (17, Guitar), Eva Chambers (17, Bass), and Anastasia Sanchez (19, Vocals/Drums). The trio preach nothin' but good, clean, fun with a nod to the greats of yesteryear and commitment toward the future. 

Shannon Shaw - 9:15 pm
Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, valiantly strikes out on her own, gracing us with her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville. In a nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty in Memphis, Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South to collaborate with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and a congregation of revered old-school session musicians which have played on notable records by Elvis, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin, Sturgill Simpson, and Nikki Lane, to name just a few.


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, L.A.-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 L.A., Novena has recently played at Amoeba Records, Dublab radio and as a resident at the Stones Throw summer pool party.

KCRW Guest DJ: Aaron Byrd - 6-8:30 pm
Aaron Byrd is a native Angeleno that views himself a citizen of the world. His attraction to the unknown and thirst for discovery are reflected in Byrd's weekly radio show on KCRW, 89.9 FM in Los Angeles.

UPCOMING FIRST FRIDAYS DATES (full schedule to be announced):

April 5, 2019: Drought
May 3, 2019: Flood
June 7, 2019: Earthquake*

*Season finale includes an outdoor concert


Non-members: $20 (March through May), $25 (June)
Members: Free (limited tickets available)

Buy tickets here: 

Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Member tickets are non-transferable and Members must show photo ID to claim their tickets. To guarantee admission, Members must arrive prior to 7 pm on the night of the concert to redeem their tickets.

Tickets include access to the Museum after-hours. Access to the conversation, panel discussion, DJ lounge, and Concert Hall will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

About the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County 
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) include the Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and the William S. Hart Museum. They operate under the collective vision to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The museums hold one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history—more than 35 million objects. Using these collections for groundbreaking scientific and historic research, the museums also incorporate them into on- and offsite nature and culture exploration in L.A. neighborhoods, and a slate of community science programs—creating indoor-outdoor visitor experience that explore the past, present, and future.

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of L.A. and deliver in innovative ways -- on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in L.A., Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Sally Marquez : 213.763.3580 :smarquez@nhm.org