Get hip to science and join us for First Fridays!
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What on Earth? is the first exhibit featured in our historic Haaga Family Rotunda. Each architectural case presents enigmatic and visually arresting specimens from NHM's collection. Their stories unfold in a playful series of questions and answers--that often ends with a final "And what do you think?” Each First Friday tour focuses on a single case, as you will learn, in science there are always more questions.
Taking a night off from his USC lab, Dr. Steven Finkel will talk about roles of microbes in three ways: how microbes set the stage for life on Earth; the current roles of microbes in our ecosystem; and their practical applications now and in the future. Put it this way: if bacteria didn't "eat" DNA, we'd be up to our elbows in it, and now we're using microbes in power production and environmental clean-ups. Size doesn't matter, it turns out![ ]
Steven Finkel is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences in the Molecular & Computational Biology section at the University of SouthernCalifornia. Research in Dr. Finkel's laboratory focuses on the long-term survival and evolution of bacteria both in planktonic culture and in biofilms, including understanding natural systems and applications to electricity production. Among the topics of current study in the laboratory are the mechanisms of survival in many organisms, including population structure at the genetic and genomic level; the generation of bacterial diversity in different environments; and the long-term survival ability of bacteria in electricity-generating microbial fuel cells. Model organisms in the laboratory include: Escherichia coli, Shewanella oneidensis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
ALERT - Band Lineup Change
Regretfully, the Pinker Tones cannot perform as scheduled. However, The Fresh & Onlys will perform in their place.
Ceci Bastida will also perform as scheduled, and KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos, along with DJ ORO11, will spin all evening.
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San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys have had a brief but prolific career. Since the band formed two years ago they’ve toured extensively throughout the UK and United States, released a small batch of 7” singles and the lush, anthemic August In My Mind EP and recorded their 3rd full length album in the their analog home studio. WIth their unique, jangly sound The Fresh and Onlys’ shimmery psychedlic guitar rock is guaranteed to please.
Ceci Bastida has spent the last few years building up a rep as a Los Angeles Club favorite as well as earning rave reviews as one of “the Top 21 Performances at SXSW” in 2009. Her upcoming album, VEO LA MAREA, has already been dubbed one of “our most anticipated records for the upcoming year” by the Pitchfork of Latin music, Club Fonograma.
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at Little Temple and Zanzibar, and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closing. His latest musical projects include remixes for David Bowie and Ozomatli. He has released two full length albums on indie label Recordbreakin. He is a resident DJ at Dublab.com and has a regular program on 89.9 FM KCRW and KCRW.com where he mixes future beats, soulful keys, and tomorrow's samples and sounds.
Native Angeleno Raul Campos has been experimenting with sound mixing since he was a kid, and since then he's established himself as one of Los Angeles' favorite DJs and radio broadcasters. He has been billed along with some of the world's biggest talents, including Louie Vega, Paul Van Dyk, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, and Sasha. You can catch his show, Nocturna, on KCRW 89.9 weeknights from 10pm-midnight.
After a 5+ year stay in Argentina DJ ORO11 got hooked on the heavy bass, shakers and keyboard rhythms of Buenos Aires' music scene, and ever since he has been integrating the cumbia vibe into dancehall, hiphop, electro and more, creating a unique sound for his audience to dance to. Come get a taste of "digital cumbia" against the backdrop of our Fin Whale skeleton!