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First Fridays @ Natural History Museum 01/08/10

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You're encouraged to "have a drink with the dinosaurs" at the Natural History Museum's First Fridays showcase, which is a helluva lot more exciting than you'd think. It's not just dioramas and deciphering Latin genus-species information, folks.

First Fridays, running monthly from January 8th through June 4th, kicked off its sixth season No Place like Home: The Science of Southern California last week with special tours, music, and discussions that kept the museum open until 10pm. The tUnE-YarDs and Atlas Sound packed the space so completely that people unable to make it into the main hall spilled out by the hundreds into the foyer to watch the show projected on a large exterior wall. Those needing a bit more funk than the lush beauty of Atlas Sound could provide were able to cross the hallway for resident DJ Them Jeans, spinning all number of danceable fare.

Next time - February 5th, for example, we'll get off work a bit earlier and pick up the educational portion of the evening. Because it is a museum. And the memory recall on that wealth of information tends to fuzz after the second drink.