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First Fridays 2014: LA Stories...Walk on the Wild Side

Thanks for joining us for L.A.’s hottest, smartest nighttime event!

Relive the 2014 First Fridays season here!

From the Ground Up:
Building a Backyard for the City

Citizen Science Manager Lila Higgins is tracking the latest and greatest developments in the Museum’s new outdoor habitat, the Nature Gardens!
View Lila's blog

Get Your Butterfly Pavilion Tickets!

Experience butterflies like you've never done before at the Butterfly Pavilion open though September 1.
Buy Tickets


New Exhibits Open!

L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
Learn More

Edible Garden on KCET

The Edible Garden: Breaking Ground with Florence Nishida.
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Just Add Water: The Discussions

Presented in conjunction with UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Boom: A Journal of California

No matter how you pour it – for your coffee in the morning or on your lawn at night – water plays a vital role to our lives in Southern California. But what was once considered plentiful is now in short supply. How we adapt is critical to the region and to our future. Join us for a series of discussions that will focus on the most important water issues we face in the city today. Discover the history of water in Los Angeles. Learn about the people and the struggles. Explore the L.A. River and see what the future holds for the once-neglected waterway. Discuss the possibilities of surviving a hotter Los Angeles and how to create a harmony with our region’s natural resources.


$10 Nonmember/$8 Members - TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
*To purchase the series (five discussions) at a discount $40 Nonmember/$36 Members, call (213) 763-3499
Attendees will receive a free copy of Boom's commemorative issue on the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.


6:30 pm: Doors open (please use North Entrance)
7 pm: Discussion, followed by Q&A
8 pm: Visit the Just Add Water exhibition and the Nature Gardens
Cash bar and appetizers will be provided.

SERIES MODERATOR: Jon Christensen, editor of Boom: A Journal of California and senior researcher at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA

Thursday, July 24: Chinatown, Revisited

Take another look at where our water comes from, how imported water transformed L.A., and the current impact of the statewide drought on our lives. 
PANELISTS: Lauren Bon, Metabolic Studio, Jim McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager at LADWP, Patt Morrison, KPCC contributor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Rob Reynolds, Artist

Thursday, July 31: Water Wars

We learn about the people and struggles that have made our water systems cleaner, healthier, safer for all, from Mono Lake to South and East L.A.
PANELISTS: Mark Gold, IoES Associate Director, Coastal Center Director, and Adjunct Professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and SustainabilityElsa Lopez, Manager Public Affairs, Water Replenishment District of So. California, Mary Pardo, Professor of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge, Ed Reyes, Former Los Angeles City Councilman

Thursday, August 7: Some Like It Hot

How to survive and thrive in a hotter L.A., and adapt to climate change and increasingly stressed water supplies, all while creating a more livable, vibrant city.
PANELISTS: Frances Anderton, Host of KCRW’s “DnA: Design & Architecture,”
Alex Hall, Professor at UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences,
Dr. John Harris, Chief Curator at the Page Museum and Head of Vertebrate Studies at NHM, Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic for the Los Angeles Times

Friday, August 8: Free Screening of Patagonia film, DAMNATION

Pre-reservations are sold out. Limited number of tickets available at the door.

Co-presented by UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

6pm: Doors open
6:30pm: VIP Reception for La Kretz League
7:30pm: Panel discussion with film co-producer and underwater photographer, Matt Stoecker, Jamie King of California State Parks, and Karina Johnston, Director of Watershed Programs at the Bay Foundation. Moderated by Randy Olson.
8:30pm (or after Sunset): DamNation Screening, followed by brief Q&A

Join us for a free screening of Patagonia’s film, DAMNATION. First: Bring a picnic and get comfy in our Nature Gardens Second: Embark on a powerful film odyssey that explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders, to the growing awareness that our futures are bound to the life and health of our rivers. We’ll have a brief panel discussion, prior to the screening, moderated by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson.