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Abe Vigoda & Wild Nothings @ NHM First Fridays, 3/4/11

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By James Thomer/Special to LAist

Earlier this week I had an urge to see live music while being stared at by a wild buffalo. Where in the world could I find an event such as this!? Perhaps... if a certain museum of Natural History served as a venue for up-and-coming indie bands... and perhaps this festivity would include an educational lecture... Hmm. It's a great idea! Suppose it was biweekly -- no, monthly! -- and of course it would have to fall on party Friday. Maybe the first of each month would be fitting. I will call it... First Frida--Damn it! Someone's already done that.

As a matter of fact, First Fridays at the Natural History Museum have been running 8 years strong, and the folks in charge continue to keep programming fresh and interesting every time, even for the regulars.

This month, Dr. Janet Kubler conducted a lecture on biomimicry and explained how it can give humans ideas for improvements of our daily life. For example, the inspiration for velcro came from burrs sticking to a man’s socks. Hopefully in the future we can harness the organizational skills of a swarm of locusts to clear up some traffic on the 405.