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See you next year for the 2015 First Fridays!

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First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!

 

Tour and Discussion (5:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Tour (5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm): "Tools of the Trade" with NHM's Vice President of Research and Collections, Dr. Luis Chiappe

 

Discussion (6:30pm): "Fossil Genes: Surprising Clues in the DNA Record of Evolution" with Dr. Sean B. Carroll

 

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Hear all of the First Fridays discussions on Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - First Fridays

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

Performances (8:00pm-10:00pm): Helado Negro (8pm) and Javelin (9:15pm)

Javelin
Formed in 2005 by cousins Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford, Brooklyn, New York-based indie electronic duo Javelin crafts funky, abstract, R&B-flavored pop with an emphasis on painstakingly re-created samples and loops. The band's 2009 self-released collection of demos (Jamz n Jemz) and pair of Thrill Jockey 12"s (Javelin, Number Two) were followed by its debut album, No Más, on the Luaka Bop label in 2010. The Western-influenced Canyon Candy EP followed one year later. To record its second album, the duo moved away from homemade sounds in favor of recording in a real studio and decided to write more traditionally verse-chorus songs that could be re-created on-stage with a band. The resulting album, Hi Beams, was released in early 2013.

Helado Negro
The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called “peñas” provided a foundation for Helado Negro’s interest in sound and lifelong quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE releasing their debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing their Pitchfork’s Best New Music album Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73‘s 2010 album Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian.

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

DJ Lounge (5:30pm-10:00pm): DJ Anthony Valadez featuring DJ Matthewdavid

Anthony Valadez
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at Little Temple, Zanzibar, and previously at the legendary Temple Bar prior to its closure. His latest musical projects include remixes for David Bowie and Ozomatli. He has released two full length albums on the indie label Recordbreakin. He is a resident DJ at Dublab.com and has a regular program on 89.9 FM KCRW & KCRW.com where he mixes future beats, soulful keys, and tomorrows’ samples and sounds.

Matthewdavid
Matthewdavid is a man who builds with warm tones. He travels new paths gathering sounds to enhance the intricate dimensions of his creations. It was this hunt for inspired trails and blazing progress that pulled him to California. Matthewdavid made the move from southern states and was immediately embraced by the Los Angeles community. A willowy figure with wide smiles, his gentle presence and generous talents made him a welcome addition to internationally applauded LA creative circles: dublab, Poo-Bah, Low End Theory and Brainfeeder. Constant collaboration with these collectives helped inspire Matthewdavid to a build a platform of his own. His Leaving Records label has an ear to the next and an eye on the original. Through all these outlets Matthewdavid is dedicated to sharing elevated sounds and visions.

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