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Get Out: Slake Mag Launch Party, Bastille Day, Classical Music at the Huntington, Age of Mammals Exhibit Opens

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The Age of Mammals Exhibit is brand new at the Natural History Museum (Photo by Heather on the go! via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

The Age of Mammals Exhibit is brand new at the Natural History Museum (Photo by Heather on the go! via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Slake Mag Launch Party @Skylight Books
Head over to the launch party for the new Los Angeles-based literary magazine Slake, featuring writers and premiere-issue contributors Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Gold, Michelle Huneven, and David Schneider. Slake is founded by former LA Weekly editors Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa, who put together a 232-page first issue that's filled with substantive content from an impressive list of local writers, artists, and photographers. The party is tonight from 5-7 at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. Read our interview with Mark Z. Danielewski here.

Bastille Day in L.A.
Vive la France! Today Angelenos can celebrate the 9th annual official Bastille Day LA Festival in the heart of Los Angeles — Elysian Park, at the Monticello Old Lodge (next to the Dodgers Stadium) at the corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue. There will be French gastronomic delicacies and spectacular live entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are $5 [Buy].

Huntington Summer Arts Festival
Listen to the lovely sound of the Southwest Chamber Music group playing outside at the historic Huntington Library and Gardens. Part of their Summer Arts Festival, tonight's performance is described as follows: the festivities begin with a jolly work by Carl Friedrich Abel, whose portrait is in the Main Art Gallery collection. We’ll continue in a British vein with the Phantasy of Benjamin Britten and the U.S. premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Cantilena. Through his vibrant Panamanian dances, the dean of African American composers, William Grant Still, will unite with Dvorák’s American Quartet. Though not a well known fact, Dvorák was supported in America by none other than Arabella Huntington. More information about tickets and attending the concerts here.

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Age of Mammals Exhibit Opens @NHM
After two day of exclusive members-only previews, the new Age of Mammals exhibit at the Natural History Museum opens to the public today. ;It's the first permanent museum exhibit to trace mammal evolution — from the extinction of large dinosaurs to the rise of humans — within the context of epochal changes in the Earth’s geology and climate,” says Dr. John Harris, lead curator for the exhibition. “We believe this new way of telling our story is not only exciting, but it also provides a powerful message. It puts climate change and human impact on our environment into the context of long-term geological and evolutionary processes.”