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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.
Ever since a single fossil feather, and its presumed owner Archaeopteryx, was discovered 150 years ago, the origins of birds have been one of paleontology’s greatest debates. Recent discoveries of feathered dinosaurs in China have only stoked the controversy. Dr. Luis Chiappe, lead curator of the Dinosaur Hall which opens July 16, is a longtime advocate of the dinosaur-bird link. In this lecture, he’ll examine the evidence in support of the idea that birds are the living descendants of meat eating dinosaurs, and therefore, that dinosaurs are not extinct.[ ]
Dr. Luis M. Chiappe is director of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM). He has conducted extensive research on a wide range of topics related to the evolution of dinosaurs, from their reproductive behavior to their evolutionary connection with birds. He is considered a world’s authority in the origin and early evolution of birds, scientific issues that are core of his research and that of his postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. For many years, he has led expeditions to the most desolate regions of Patagonia, Central Asia, and western North America. His discovery of thousands of dinosaur eggs and babies in a remote corner of Patagonia is one of the most covered paleontological stories of the last few years. This research was featured in the Tiniest Giants, a large traveling exhibition that he curated at the NHM. His extensive research has been published in nearly 150research articles and books (Walking on Eggs, Glorified Dinosaurs, and other volumes) as well as in magazines such as National Geographic, Natural History, and Scientific American. He is the lead curator of the coming Dinosaur Hall at the NHM, a landmark exhibition opening July 16, 2011.
What started out as a collaboration between Ryan Olson and Solid Gold members Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt has spiraled into GAYNGS, a musical project of epic proportions, enlisting the talents of over 25 musicians from across the country. Incorporating the talents of members of Megafaun, Bon Iver, Rhymesayers and more, the group has perfected its refreshing, modern sound and haunting, airy vocals. If you didn’t see GAYNGS at Coachella this year, make sure to check them out at this season’s final First Friday!
Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai, born in Taiwan and a Canadian immigrant. He blends '50s rock and roll with a cinema-like soundscape inspired by movie directors such as David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. His unique sound and style have him touring across the U.S. and we're excited to welcome him back to Los Angeles to play the closing night of the 2011 First Fridays season.
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.
Dan Wilcox learned how to use his parents’ turntable before he could tie his own shoes. Interesting music was in short supply in Wilcox’s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, but his passion for new and exotic tunes led him to venture out of town to satisfy his cravings. After years of working with countless indie bands as Music Director at Ten Music, Wilcox now freelances as a music supervisor, hosts a Saturday night program on KCRW and DJs at various L.A. hotspots.
Funky Sole DJs have been providing Los Angeles with the funkiest sounds around. They'll bring them to our Fin Whale Pop Up Lounge this First Fridays, for a fun take on an underwater funk fest with our massive fin whale looming overhead.