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First Fridays Return to the Natural History Museum

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It's almost that time of the year — 'tis the season to booze late into the evening with the Africans mammals and have a dance-off with T-Rex. That's right, the Natural History Museum announced that First Fridays are going to be kicking off again in January.

Tickets go on sale December 1 for the first event on January 6. The night will kick off with a lecture by Dr. Michael Shermer at 6:30pm: “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods To Politics and Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them As Trusts.” He will discuss his theory about how human belief systems work whether it has to do with religion, politics or economics. Simply put, he says, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. Using sensory data that flow in through the senses, the brain naturally looks for and finds patterns — and then infuses those patterns with meaning, forming beliefs.

Meanwhile, KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Travis Holcombe will be DJing a set from 5:30pm until 10pm in the dioramas of the African Mammal Hall. At 8pm The Bronx, a local punk group, will be performing a live set from their latest album Mariachi El Bronx. The second group is still TBA, as are the line-ups for the other First Fridays.

Here are the dates that First Fridays will be coming back:

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February 3, 2012
March 2, 2012
April 6, 2012
May 4, 2012
June 1, 2012

For more information on First Fridays, visit the Natural History Museum's page here. You can find tickets, podcasts of lectures from last season and information about upcoming shows, DJ sets and lectures.