This season’s First Fridays is not for the faint of heart. We’ve picked the theme, Forces of Nature, so we can explore with you — and several experts on the topic — California’s natural disasters. Join us for enlightening and entertaining discussions about fires, floods, droughts, and earthquakes, moderated by award-winning Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrison.
After pondering how to prevent and manage calamity and what to pack in an emergency kit, you can sip cocktails in our DJ Lounge, explore the Museum at night, and hear bands perform in our diorama halls.
This year, we’ve also added a new First Fridays experience — Secrets from the Vaults. Science correspondent and Ologies podcast host, Alie Ward, will take your questions to our curators, who will divulge what mysterious oddities can be found behind the scenes at NHM.
April 5 Program: Drought 🍂
Secrets from the Vaults - 5:30 pm | 7:30 pm
Join science correspondent and Ologies podcast host, Alie Ward, as she asks Museum research specialists about their collections and discovers details hidden in plain sight. Each month features a different expert to uncover the big mysteries, strange oddities, and untold stories from NHM.
Can't make it out to the event? Catch a live stream of the 5:30pm presentation via NHM on Facebook.
Higher and Drier - 6:30 pm
The amount of water on Earth hasn’t changed appreciably since Caesar and Cleopatra took a little cruise on the Nile. But the hydrologic cycle has changed where that water goes–and we are heading up a very dry creek. California has always teetered on the edge of drought, but hereafter, how we eat, drink, and even survive depends more than ever on the ingenuity of science and human willingness to suck it up by not sucking down so much water.
With Dr. Sam Sandoval, professor in Water Resources Management at University of California, Davis; and Dr. Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Moderated by award-winning Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrison.
Harriet Brown - 8 pm
Sultry R&B solo artist Harriet Brown is back with a new batch of fully-realized future funk, a slow-burning dispatch from a dayglo dance floor.
Drama - 9:15 pm
Drama is a dark and passionate musical collaboration between Na'el Shehade and Via Rosa. Drama's moody sound has been described as soulful electronic combining influences of house music, indie, neo-soul, pop and R&B. Their melancholy lyrics are a reflection of their own personal experiences relating to love and heartbreak. Together they make what they love to call "Happy-Sad Music."
Resident DJ: Novena Carmel - 5-6 pm | 8:30-10 pm
With music royalty in her blood, Novena Carmel is an eclectic and energetic Bay Area born, L.A.-based DJ, singer, host, and curator known to lure a crowd and turn the party out. As a DJ, her love for music shines through in her wide range of selection, big smile and dance moves. In addition to her residencies throughout L.A., Novena has recently played at Amoeba Records, Dublab radio and as a resident at the Stones Throw summer pool party.
Guest DJ: Tomi Tribe - 6-8:30 pm
Oluwatomi Atolagbe aka Tomi Tribe is a Nigerian American creative and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. Blending his native sounds of afrobeats and American hip-hop, R&B, and house music, he has created a mashup style of djing that's like none other.