Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Announces First Fridays Show on Fandoms and Fantasy — GeekTyrant

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Announces First Fridays Show on Fandoms and Fantasy — GeekTyrant

The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History has announced the lineup for its First Fridays, the museum’s annual series that takes place once a month after hours and features a mix of science, live music, DJs, cocktails exclusive and more.

This year’s theme sounds amazing: Fandoms and Fantasy. The first event will take place on Friday, February 3, and will be an in-depth discussion on dragons, lore, and more. will have Dr Yewande Pearsehost of the Sound Science podcast, 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 construction. Here’s a breakdown of the event:

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

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

    • How does the scrutinizing scientist find the made-up science, wacky creatures, and whimsical environments of the fantasy world? How can the fun science fantasy of our beloved books, shows, and movies be a gateway to an appreciation and understanding of 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 comic book series on physics. She is director of the Office of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab, the particle physics research center near Chicago. She served as the Director of Public Engagement for the American Physical Society from 2008 to 2019.

    • Moderator Dr. Yewande Pearse is a neuroscientist and science communicator. He has spent more than ten years researching to understand rare genetic brain disorders at both King’s College London and the Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA. His communication work includes hosting Sound Science on Dublab Radio and Inside Biotech, a Biotech Connection Los Angeles podcast. He has also worked with Headspace, Seed, Deem Journal, NAVEL, Fathomers, Massive Science, TEDMED, and more.

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

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

    • Chulita Vinyl Club is made up of women, gender non-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+, and self-identifying people of color. CVC was launched in the context of providing a safe space for empowerment, coming together, and for using music and vinyl as a form of resistance against the erasure of culture. Each Chulita identifies with her own identity. They should not be classified as a nationality or culture. The unifying denominator is that they are united by the belief that THE RECORD IS CULTURE and they believe that it is worth preserving and perpetuating it.

  • LIVE MUSIC – 8-10pm (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 most melancholy moments it never despairs. That’s the beauty of coming home. When you are in ancient lands it is impossible to be alone. You feel the arms and hands that support you, unwilling to let yourself fall into sadness or abandonment. In her songs, Katherine Paul has channeled that feeling of being held. On each note she has written a love letter to indigenous strength and healing.

    • Starter: 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 first EP ‘Leaving Flowers Out’ in the new year, a six-track project about adolescent affection and processing loss. He is currently working on a follow-up project to be released later in the year and is laying the groundwork for Harcourt Paloma, a creative studio/collective of artists and close friends.


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

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

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

    • Kendra and Ryan Liebowitz, owners of the world famous 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, safeguard and display private collections and ensure that comics, books, art and collectibles are safe for future generations to enjoy.

This sounds like an incredible event. She wishes the discussion part could air somewhere because she 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 aren’t your thing, here’s the lineup for the rest of the year’s events:

  • February 3: Dragons, traditions 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, any of these would be a lot of fun to attend. Which one interests you more?

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