DJs and Science: Summer Nights in the Garden - NBC Southern California

DJs and Science: Summer Nights in the Garden

DJs and flowers? It's on at the Natural History Museum.



    DJs and Science: Summer Nights in the Garden
    Mario de Lopez
    Al fresco parties and August are a longtime twosome. The Natural History Museum throws just such a bash, in its own garden, on Aug. 1, 15, and 29.

    DJs and the art of sultry-sound spinnage have been long associated with clubs and dance halls and discos and bars. But science halls filled with dioramas of animals from around the globe? And butterfly-flitty gardens?

    The DJ is a rare, rare breed in such spaces. Almost unseen, in fact.

    But the Natural History Museum has been drawing DJs out of their natural habitat and into surprising and lively venues. Summer Nights in the Garden, a party outside the museum, does not boast a string quartet or the typical lilting musical touches of a garden party but rather cool 'n vibrant tunes spun by KCRW DJs.

    The dates through summer? Aug. 1, 15, and 29.

    Like First Fridays, the museum's first-half-of-the-year, culture-cool parties inside the big halls, Summer Nights in the Garden will have a highbrow touch. A Citizen Science table is in the garden and your help with "local projects," like LA mapping, is requested.

    Or you can enjoy tunes, visit a food truck -- Peaches Smokehouse and S'Cream Truck are two that have parked in the past -- take a botantical tour, sip a botanical cocktail, and get involved in a hands-on project.

    The projects? Aug. 1 is all about birdhouse building, Aug. 15 spotlights miniature gourd vessels, and worm composting is the theme on Aug. 29.

    DJs and worm composting? All outside? We do love when elements one expects to see in a particular location pop up elsewhere. Mixing things up is how scientists land on fresh discoveries, after all.

    Summer Nights in the Garden is free, but you'll need to RSVP. That's easy and can be done here.

    Follow NBCLA for the latest LA news, events and entertainment:iPhone/iPad App | Facebook| Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | RSS | Email Alerts