Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Announces First Friday Schedule For Fandoms And Fantasy – GeekTyrant

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Announces First Friday Schedule For Fandoms And Fantasy – GeekTyrant

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

This year’s theme sounds great: Fandoms and Fantasy. The first event will be held on Friday, February 3 and will be an in-depth discussion of Dragons, Lore, and More. It will feature Yewande Pearsehost of the Sound Science podcast, and Rebecca C. Thompsonauthor Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones, which will discuss the science behind fantasy worlds and creature building. Here’s a breakdown of the event:

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

    • Dragons, Lore, and More by Dr. Rebecca C. Thompson and the Moderator Dr. Yewande Pearse

    • What does the scrutinizing scientist look at the science that makes up the fantasy world, fantastic creatures and fake environments? How can the fun science fiction of our beloved books, shows and movies be a gateway to an appreciation and understanding of amazing 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 comic book series about physics. She is the Head of the Office of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab, the particle physics research facility near Chicago. She was the Director of Public Engagement for the American Physical Society from 2008 to 2019.

    • Moderator Dr. is a neuroscientist and science communicator. Yewande Pearse. She has dedicated more than a decade 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 podcast from Biotech Connection Los Angeles. She has also worked with Headspace, Seed, Deem Journal, NAVEL, Fathomers, Massive Science, TEDMED, and many others.

  • DJ SHIPPING – 5-8pm (DJ Stage, Nature Gardens)

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

    • Club Vinyl Chulita is comprised of women, gender non-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+ and self-identified people of color. CVC launched with the context of providing a safe space for empowerment, association and the use of music and vinyl as resistance against the destruction of culture. Each Chulita identifies with their own identity. They are not to be classified as a single nationality or culture. The unifying denominator is that they come together on the opinion that EL DISCO ES CULTURA and believe that it is worth preserving and perpetuating.

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

    • Headline: Black Belt Eagle Throat

    • Black Belt Eagle Scout’s album, The Land, The Water, The Sky, rises and falls in darkness and light, but even in its darkest moments it never feels hopeless. That is the beauty of returning home. When you stand on ancestral lands it is impossible to be alone. You feel the hands and arms that hold you up, willing to let you fall into sadness or abandonment. In her songs Katherine Paul has kept that feeling. In each note she has written a love letter to strength and native healing.

    • Open: Ari Rivera

    • Ari Rivera is a 20-year-old multi-media artist who was raised abroad and lives in Los Angeles. A songwriter/producer who writes Emo music with a pop sensibility, Ari released his first EP ‘Leaving Flowers Out’ for the new year — a six track project about teenage love and processing loss. 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 – 5-10pm

    • Cosplay for Science (Elementary Level, 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)

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

This sounds like a great event. I wish the debate part could be streamed somewhere because I want to watch it in its entirety since I don’t live in the LA area. Tickets are $20 for non-members and the event is free for members and tickets are available now. If dragons aren’t your thing, here’s the schedule 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: Big Monsters/Big Robots

  • June 2: Superheroes

They all bring me so much fun and really make me wish I lived closer. But if you can do it, it would be fun to attend any of these. Which one interests you the most?

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