Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Announces First Fridays Schedule About Fandoms and Fantasy – GeekTyrant

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Announces First Fridays Schedule About Fandoms and Fantasy – GeekTyrant

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Announces First Fridays Schedule About Fandoms and Fantasy – GeekTyrant

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

This year’s theme looks amazing: Fandoms and Fantasy. The first event will be held on Friday, February 3rd, and will be an in-depth discussion on Dragons, Lore, and more. he will present Dr. Yewande Pearsehost of the Sound Science podcast, and Rebecca C. Thompsonauthor of Fire, ice and physics: the science of Game of Thrones, which will discuss the science behind fantasy worlds and creature building. Here is a breakdown of the event:

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

    • Dragons, knowledge and more with Dr. Rebecca C. Thompson and moderator Dr. Yewande Pearse

    • What do the fantasy world’s invented science, bizarre creatures, and fantasy environments look like to the scrutinizing 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 author of the popular Spectra series of physics comics. She is head of the Office of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab, the particle physics research center near Chicago. She served as Director of Public Engagement for the American Physical Society from 2008 to 2019.

    • Moderator Dr. Yewande Pearse is a neuroscientist and science communicator. She has devoted over ten years of research to understanding rare genetic brain disorders at 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 worked with Headspace, Seed, Deem Journal, NAVEL, Fathomers, Massive Science, TEDMED and more.

  • DJ LOUNGE – 5pm-8pm (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-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+ and self-identified people of color. CVC was launched with the aim of offering a safe space for empowerment, union and use of music and vinyl as a form of resistance to the erasure of culture. Each Chulita identifies with its own identity. They should not be classified as a nationality or culture. The unifying denominator is that they are united by the belief that EL DISCO ES CULTURA and believe that it is worth preserving and perpetuating.

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

    • Headliner: Black Belt Eagle Scout

    • Black Belt Eagle Scout’s next album, The Land, The Water, The Sky, rises and falls, in the dark and in the light, but even in its darkest moments it’s never hopeless. That’s the beauty of coming home. When you’re in ancestral lands, it’s impossible to be alone. You feel the arms and hands that hold you, not wanting to let you fall into sadness or abandonment. In her songs, Katherine Paul channeled that feeling of being held. On each note, she wrote a love letter to indigenous strength and healing.

    • Opening: Ari Rivera

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

  • POP-UP EXPERIENCE – 17h-22h

    • 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. Brought to you by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.

    • Golden Apple Comics and Art Foundation (Foyer, next to the Dueling Dinos)

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

That sounds like an incredible event. I wish the discussion part 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 schedule for the rest of the year’s events:

  • February 3: Dragons, Lore, and More

  • March 3rd: Witches, Wizards and Magical Powers

  • April 7: Space, Time and Beyond

  • May 5: Giant Monsters/Giant Robots

  • June 2nd: Superheroes

They all sound like super fun to me and make me really wish I lived closer. But if you can make it, it would be super fun to attend any of them. Which one interests you the most?

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