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Rrowr! First Fridays Kick Off

The coolest cerebral confab of the year opens at the Natural History Museum.



    Rrowr! First Fridays Kick Off
    Natural History Museum
    Rrowr! The hip and happy First Fridays open at the Natural History Museum on Friday, Jan. 4.

    Everything has its season, from the movie industry to various sports to specific cultural pursuits.

    But something that is always in season and never out of season is the natural world around us. Obvious to say, but it isn't like we happen to think of the earth and its wonders just, say, only in March. (At least we hope you don't.)

    Thus it is fitting that our own Natural History Museum is preparing one of its major (and majorly cool) events at the exact moment when many industries have ground to a halt. Yep, the effervescent and oh-so-popular First Fridays, the first-Friday-of-the-month party the Exposition Park institution hosts in partnership with KCRW, is rrowring back with gusto.

    First Fridays will kick off for its fourth half-year on Friday, Jan. 4 with stylish hobnobbing, mondo music, scientific talks, and high-brow high jinks in the elegant shadows of very old dinosaur bones.

    The Jan. 4 goodies will include a talk on the Ice Age and the reign of the snowmastodon (!) with paleobotanist Dr. Kirk Johnson plus LA-based musicale acts Lord Huron and Wildcat! Wildcat!

    (Why hasn't Hollywood made a big 3D film about the snowmastodon yet? Producers, please get on that.)

    Let us add two important things: First Fridays will run through the first Friday in June, so do not get cavalier about putting off a visit, if that's something on your personal 2013 bucket list.

    And two? The Natural History Museum turns 100 this year. That means it is still younger than most of the things it houses, but it has hit a milestone that's worthy of a deep and powerful T. Rex-style rrowr.

    So we rrowr a hearty "happy birthday" in your general direction, NHM, dino-style. Rrowr!

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