Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County announces schedule for first Friday on fandoms and fantasy – GeekTyrant

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County announces schedule for first Friday on fandoms and fantasy – GeekTyrant

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County announces schedule for first Friday on fandoms and fantasy – GeekTyrant

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has announced the lineup for its First Fridays, the museum’s annual after-hours series held once a month and featuring a mix of science, live music, DJs, signature cocktails, and offers more.

This year’s theme sounds fantastic: fandoms and fantasy. The first event will take place on Friday February 3rd and will be an in depth discussion on dragons, lore and more. It will happen dr Yewande PearseSound Science podcast host, and Rebecca C Thompsonauthor of Fire, Ice and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones, who will discuss the science behind fantasy worlds and creature building. Here is a breakdown of the event:

  • DISCUSSION – 6:30pm – 7:30pm (Level 2, Hall of North American Mammals)

    • Dragons, Lore, and More with Dr. Rebecca C. Thompson and presenter Dr. Yewande Pearse

    • What does the fictional science, strange creatures and imaginative environments of the fantasy world look like to the probing scientist? How can the fun fantasy science of our beloved books, shows, and movies be a gateway to appreciating and understanding fascinating real science? Join the discussion with our guest Rebecca C. Thompson, author of Fire, Ice, and Physics; The Science of Game of Thrones and our moderator Dr. Yewande Pearse.

    • Rebecca C. Thompson, PhD, is a physicist and the author of the popular Spectra series of comics about physics. She is the Director of Education and Public Relations at Fermilab, the particle physics research facility near Chicago. From 2008 to 2019 she was Director of Public Engagement for the American Physical Society.

    • Presenter Dr. Yewande Pearse is a neuroscientist and science communicator. She has devoted over ten years of research to understanding rare genetic brain disorders at both King’s College London and the Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA. Her communications work includes hosting Sound Science on Dublab Radio and Inside Biotech, a Biotech Connection Los Angeles podcast. She has also collaborated with Headspace, Seed, Deem Journal, NAVEL, Fathomers, Massive Science, TEDMED, and others.

  • DJ LOUNGE – 5-8 p.m. (DJ stage, natural gardens)

    • Chulita Vinyl Club / Linda Nuves, Que Madre, Trankis – 5pm-10pm

    • The Chulita Vinyl Club is made up of women, gender non-binary, non-binary, LGBTQ+ and self-identifying people of color. CVC was created to create a safe space for empowerment and togetherness, using music and vinyl as a form of resistance to cultural erasure. Each Chulita identifies with its own identity. They are not to be classified as a nationality or culture. The common denominator is that they come together in the belief that EL DISCO ES IS CULTURA and they believe it is worth preserving and continuing.

  • LIVE MUSIC – 8pm-10pm (Level 1, North American Mammal Hall)

    • Headlining: Black Belt Eagle Scout

    • Black Belt Eagle Scout’s forthcoming album, The Land, The Water, The Sky, rises and falls, in the dark and in the light, but even at its most melancholy moments it never despairs. That’s the beauty of coming home. Standing on ancestral land, it is impossible to be alone. You feel the arms and hands holding you up that don’t want to let you fall into grief or abandonment. In her songs, Katherine Paul has channeled that feeling of being held on. In each note she has written a love letter to indigenous power and healing.

    • Opener: Ari Rivera

    • Ari Rivera is a 20-year-old multimedia artist who grew up abroad and lives in Los Angeles. A songwriter/producer who writes emo music with a pop sensibility, Ari released his debut EP, Leaving Flowers Out, at the turn of the year – a six-track project about teenage affection and coming to terms with loss. He is currently working on a follow-up project to be released later this year and is building the foundation for Harcourt Paloma, a creative studio/collective of artists and close friends.

  • POP-UP EXPERIENCE – 5-10 p.m

    • Cosplay for Science (Ground Floor, Otis Booth Pavilion)

    • The Cosplay for Science initiative brings together scientists, educators, and cosplayers to bridge the gap between science and pop culture. Presented by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.

    • Golden Apple Comics and Art Foundation (foyer, next to the dueling dinosaurs)

    • The Golden Apple Comic and Art Foundation was founded by Kendra and Ryan Liebowitz, owners of the world famous Golden Apple Comics on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The purpose of the foundation is to preserve, protect and showcase private collections and ensure that comics, books, art and collectibles are safe for future generations.

That sounds like an amazing event. I wish the discussion portion could be streamed somewhere because I would totally watch it since I don’t live in the LA area. Tickets are $20 for non-members and the event is free for members with tickets available now. If dragons are somehow not your thing, here’s the lineup for the rest of the year’s events:

  • February 3: Dragons, Lore, and More

  • March 3: Witches, wizards and magical powers

  • April 7: Space, Time and Beyond

  • May 5: Giant Monsters/Giant Robots

  • June 2: Superheroes

They all sound super fun to me and really make me wish I lived closer. But if you can make it, it would be super fun to take part. Which ones are you most interested in?

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