Series featuring live music, discussions, and tours kicks off Friday, January 10with
L.A. bands Conway and Youngblood Hawke; L.A. authors Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum with Youngblood Hawke

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum with Youngblood Hawke

November 25, 2013—This year, to celebrate NHM’s new permanent exhibit Becoming Los Angeles and the opening of its Nature Lab and Nature Gardens, the nighttime series First Fridays goes in search of a new kind of L.A. narrative. Join the Museum as it explores our city’s natural history, its wildlife, the ecology of urban habitats, and how, as citizen scientists, we can contribute the next chapter in this true and ever-evolving L.A. story.

Each discussion forum will be moderated by Michael W. Quick, Ph.D. (Department of Biological Sciences and Executive Vice Provost, University of Southern California).

First Fridays 2014 Dates:

January 10, 2014* (not technically a “first” Friday, due to New Year’s holidays)
February 7, 2014
March 7, 2014
April 4, 2014
May 2, 2014
June 6, 2014

January 10, 2014 Lineup:

TOURS — 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm:
“Tracking and Trapping L.A.’s Wildlife” with Miguel Ordenana

On a typical day in L.A., Museum biologists engage in not-so-typical approaches to study the city’s incredible and ever-changing biodiversity. Camera traps in Griffith Park are photographing mountain lions and coyotes. Local residents are photo-documenting native and introduced reptiles. Volunteers are sifting through asphalt from the La Brea Tar Pits, discovering the diversity of our region’s recent past. This tour will explore the myriad ways NHM and staff are tracking Los Angeles wildlife, and what we can do with the data we collect.

DISCUSSION — 6:30 pm: 

“What Dinosaur Cancer, Drunken Stallions, and Obese Dragonflies Can Teach Us About Being Human” with Kathryn Bowers and Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

From “Jurassic cancer” to “diseases of civilization,” animals and humans face many of the same health challenges. Yet their doctors—physicians and veterinarians—rarely communicate with one another, and they often treat similar conditions in vastly different ways. What does breast cancer in jaguars and beluga whales, for example, tell us about breast cancer in women? How can psychiatrists find new ways to help patients with eating disorders and anxiety by learning about social fear responses in pigs and elk? Waxwing birds, wallabies, and cocker spaniels can abuse intoxicating substances—even stallions can have sexual dysfunction. How would our physical and mental health improve if the two disciplines shared new discoveries and tools? Drawing on the latest in medical and veterinary science—as well as dynamic new findings in evolutionary biology—we’ll explore how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species.

5:30 pm – 10:00 pm:                           DJ Lounge with KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole

8:00 pm:                                              Conway


9:15 pm:                                              Youngblood Hawke

Panelist Bios:

Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

For over 20 years, cardiologist Natterson-Horowitz has treated human patients at the UCLA Medical Center, developed imaging techniques and lectured to thousands of medical students, residents, fellows, colleagues, and community members. Currently, she is a cardiac consultant for the Los Angeles Zoo and a member of the Zoo’s Medical Advisory Board as well as Director of Imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center.

Kathryn Bowers

Bowers has written and edited fiction and nonfiction books and articles and taught writing at UCLA. She began her career in journalism as a staff editor of the Atlantic Monthly and worked for James Fallows, the Washington Editor of the Atlantic, and for CNN-International in London. Bowers later served as an assistant press attaché at the United States Embassy in Moscow, where she received a State Department Meritorious Honor Award for her service.


DJ Bios:

Anthony Valadez

Resident DJ 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 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 and has a regular program on 89.9 FM KCRW & where he mixes future beats, soulful keys and tomorrow’s samples and sounds.

Jeremy Sole
Sole’s upbringing was seeped in the rich Chicago history of blues, jazz, disco, salsa and soul — and he reveled in that space where they all blend together. As a teenager, he threw loft parties that were a culture clash during the birth of Hip Hop and House music. His obsession grew to include music from every corner of the world and, in 2001, Sole moved to L.A. With a broad musical palette, he felt right at home in the spiciest melting pot in the country and can now be heard on KCRW’s airwaves in the early hours of Thursday morning from midnight to 3 am.

Opening Act Bio:

Conway is a singer, writer and a sayer of things that are on her mind and stuck in her side. Her energetic live performances, bold personality, and distinctive sound have already impressed audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Brooklyn, while her debut Big Talk EP continues to give fans an opportunity to take that experience home. Conway wants to tell you what she sees and how she sees it. She hopes you talk back.

Headline Act Bio:

Sometimes, you’ll shine the brightest during your darkest hour. That’s exactly what longtime friends multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz and singer Sam Martin came to realize when they commenced writing songs for what would become Youngblood Hawke’s self-titled debut EP. Katz and Martin had seen critical acclaim and worldwide success as founding members of Iglu & Hartly. However, after a rousing performance at Coachella 2010, the group dissolved due to a creative clash. “We went from massive success to nothing over the course of two years,” recalls Katz. “We didn’t like the direction the band was going in, and we wanted to do something closer to our hearts. We had to start over. The only thing you have in times like that is hope.”

The duo began feverishly penning songs in Katz’s Los Angeles studio that summer. Galvanized and reinvigorated, they emerged from that sweaty, air conditioner-less room with over one-hundred ideas and a fresh perspective altogether. Martin admits, “We didn’t begin by saying, ‘We’re going to start a new band’. It was more of an outlet to express ourselves. It was the most natural thing I’ve ever done. There was no plan.”

Advance tickets go on sale on December 2, 2013 at It is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance as capacity for the evening is limited and often sells out early. There will be a limited number of tickets sold onsite the evening of the event. However, once onsite tickets are sold out, admission to the Museum and/or concert may not be available. For more information, visit, call (213) 763-DINO, or e-mail

Concert Ticket + Museum Admission ($18) / Museum Admission ($12).

Guided tours and discussions are available on a first come, first served basis to all ticket-holders. For more information, visit or call (213) 763-DINO. You can also e-mail


About NHM
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007.We recommend visitors take Metro’s Expo Line, and exit the Expo/Vermont stop. Parking in the NHM Car Park is $10. When that fills up, parking in Lot 3 across the street is available for $10 (though Lot 3 is not owned or operated by NHM, and prices are subject to change).

About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio’s flagship station for Southern California. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide via, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.