Thanks for making the 2015 First Fridays season a success! We hope to see you back next year for the nerdiest, coolest event in L.A.
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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.
Environmental change impacts the Earth’s biota. Extracting the responses of populations, species and communities to perturbations of the past is one of the best ways of unraveling how they will respond to perturbations of the future. I excavate caves and use the fossils to reveal how animals have handled prehistoric warming and cooling events using isotopes, morphometrics and ancient DNA.[ ]
Elizabeth A. Hadly is a Professor of Biology at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 and previously worked for the National Park Service as a paleoecologist for Yellowstone National Park. Her current research, which probes how perturbations such as climatic change influence the evolution and ecology of Neogene vertebrates, involves a combined field and laboratory approach in North America, South America and India. Recent work includes a Yellowstone study of how climatic change over the past two decades has severely impacted amphibians, and a California project examining the impacts of the Late Pleistocene megafaunal extinction event on extant mammal communities. Professor Hadly is compelled to forge new interests in conservation of our natural lands among Americans. To that end she, along with an artist and science educator, has developed a roving Stanford course that visits parks along the track of the Yellowstone hotspot bridging geology, biology, climate and art in order to ‘see’ the world differently and to communicate about it outside traditionally scientific venues.
Hailed for pioneering post-punk, indie-dance music – a sound often reflected by today’s contemporaries, Los Angeles’ Moving Units, now ten years into their career, are set to release their EP, Tension War. Tension War references the existential personal struggles we experience when we attempt to harmonize the dualities in everyday life. From the push and pull that ensues during an unspoken attraction, to the dynamic of living in Los Angeles - a city full of symbolism and paraphernalia of glamour versus the desperation and disillusionment of the people who aspire to such entrapments…tension is everywhere.
After Crystal Stilts released their debut EP Alight of Night in 2008, Pitchfork described the group as "moody-sounding f***ers who make fabulous stripped-down garage-pop." The Brooklyn quartet’s dreamy but upbeat psychedelic sound has recently drawn comparisons to Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Crystal Stilts' performance promises to hyponitze the senses and get you dancing!
Regretfully, CAT'S EYES cannot perform as scheduled. We apologize for the change of plans. Refunds will be processed through Ticket Web.
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.
Eric J. Lawrence has a musical mind unlike any other, even amongst his fellow KCRW DJs. As KCRW’s Music Librarian, his encyclopedic knowledge of music ranges from the latest acts to classic TV themes and other criminally overlooked tunes, hidden gems, and guilty pleasures. Indiana-born and LA-raised EJL, as he is affectionately known, scours all genres, from psychedelic rock to glitchy electronica, in search of the most compelling tracks to share with the listeners on his weekly Sunday night show (12 am to 3 am).