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NO HOST 1ST FRIDAYS @ Natural History Museum "Digging Snowmastadon" lecture

I'M SORRY BUT I HAVE TO CHANGE THIS TO A 'NO HOST' EVENT. I'M ON DAY 3 OF A BAD COLD, LOW GRADE FEVER, ETC. I WAS GOING TO CANCEL IT ALTOGETHER BUT PERHAPS YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO ANYWAY. UP TO YOU. OBVIOUSLY I WON'T BE THERE TO GET YOU IN FREE. ENTRANCE COST THEN IS $12.

I just LOVE First Fridays at the Natural History Museum! I think this is the third year I've attended them and haven't had a bad time or boring lecture yet! The museum stays open late, they have a lecture from an expert in their field and the various wings of the museum are turned into places to drink and dance and enjoy! There is nothing quite like wandering around a museum at night.

From the website:

First Fridays 2013: 100 Back, 100 Forward

One hundred years is a long time, especially in science. A hundred years ago, we had not confirmed Einstein’s theory of relativity, discovered quantum physics, realized that the universe was born in a Big Bang, knew that continents drifted due to plate tectonics, or understood that DNA was the genetic building block. Heavier-than-air flight was only 10 years old then and space flight was more than 40 years away. We were closer to the American Civil War than to the personal computer.

One hundred years ago, the income tax was created, composer Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring caused a riot in Paris, Henry Ford opened the first “moving” assembly line, and the first prize was placed in a box of Cracker Jack. And, 100 years ago, the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum was born.

FF 2013 gets in on the NHM birthday bash by taking a look at the greatest discoveries of the past 100 years in physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, medicine, and technology – and what we can expect in the next 100 years.

Once a month, the entire Natural History Museum stays open until 10 pm and features live music, exciting scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours. First Fridays has been has been an immersive program designed for audiences of all ages, bringing together a dynamic discussion with scientists on the cutting edge of their fields and musical performances by fresh and innovative artists. In recent years, the program has been hailed as Los Angeles’ “Best Intellectual Event in Disguise” (L.A. Downtown News) and “Best Museum Party Night” (Los Angeles magazine). First Fridays welcomes its audience back to the Museum they loved as kids, putting a new and exciting spin on an old favorite.

Discussion (6:30 pm): "Digging Snowmastadon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies" with Dr. Kirk Johnson

In October 2010, a bulldozer operator working at the base of the Snowmass ski area in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains uncovered the skeleton of a young female mammoth. Over the next 11 months, this find would yield a treasure trove of amazingly well-preserved ice age fossils - more than 5,000 bones of over 40 kinds of animals - and would change forever our understanding of alpine life in the ice age. Join Dr. Kirk Johnson as he tells the dynamic story of this discovery and dig: the excitement, emotion, and the colorful cast of characters who made the project a success.

Dr. Johnson is a paleobotanist who specializes in the study of geology and fossil plants of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains from 34 to 145 million years ago. He also studies the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary extinction and the origin of the major ecological communities known as biomes. With his broad interests and expertise in the evolution of the earth, he has worked on all continents and has discovered more than 1400+ fossil localities. Johnson is the author of numerous scientific papers, and he has edited seven scientific volumes. He has written nine books, including award winning popular books, and he has appeared on many TV programs--most recently NOVA's Ice Age Death Trap. Dr. Johnson has been the chief scientist for several exhibitions and has collaborated with many artists to make science accessible to general audiences.

Sounds like it will be a great talk. Believe me when I say these lectures fill up. We'll need to grab seats no later than 6PM. DJs play downstairs and there are bands that play later but those tickets are sold out unless you become a member. You can purchase general museum (and lecture) tickets in advance here:

https://tickets.nhm.org/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=NHMOnline&C=FirstFridays

You can then just walk up and pick up the tickets when you get there. If you meet me there on time and are one of the first 5 people, I can get you in free with my company ID. Otherwise, the cost is $12. Parking is $10. This year the Metro stops right across the street! YEAH!

Finally, there are always a couple food trucks out front. You can enter and leave the museum as you wish as long as you're not taking your drink w/you.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to this and I'm hooked now. So much fun. Plus you get 3 dollars off if you are a KCRW member and there is free underground parking in the Science Center parking lot if you drive! I hope to see the group at the Feb one. I missed the lecture but enjoyed the bands, the dj's, the drinks and most of the museum. :)

    January 6, 2013

    • Chrissy

      Shelly--so glad to hear it! They ARE fun aren't they? Make sure to catch the lecture next time--they are always interesting. I can't make it February either since my father is coming into town. Maybe I should put it up as another NO HOST event. Well--glad you enjoyed it. Wait, free underground parking in Science Center? Never heard about that........do you have to enter after a certain time or something? That's a great deal!

      January 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Chrissy! Sooooo fun! I want to get a membership! I will be going Feb for sure! I didn't know about the parking either...I entered off of Figueroa at 530 and turned in to the parking lot and there was no attendant! I'm not sure why. Maybe because those two museums close early. It was practically empty and only a short walk to NHM! I hope to meet you soon!!

      January 6, 2013

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