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Pencil This In: Getting Down with Darwin @ NHM First Fridays

It's First Friday @ the Natural History Museum. Party with the dinosaurs! / Photo by S.C. Asher via LAist's flickr pool.
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Tonight’s the opening night of John Gabriel Borkman, by Henrik Ibsen at CalArts in Valencia, directed by MFA directing candidate Maureen Huskey. The play’s story is still so familar: A turn-of-the-century family tries to forge a new path through the their past failures. “The clash between generations and the tenuous grip of family loyalty provide the backdrop for a beautifully grotesque dance between the forces of death and destruction and the life-giving impulse to move forward.” The play runs at 8 pm through March 14 (except for March 8) at the Walt Disney Modular Theatre at CalArts. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

It’s that time of the month -- for the Natural History Museum’s wildy popular “First Friday Series” that combines interactive learning, music and art. This year they’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and tonight’s focus is on fish. NHM Ichthyology Collections Manager Jeff Seigel shows off some of the museum’s most wonderful, and odd, fish specimens. Following this, Dr. Neil Shubin, a paleontologist and Associate Dean of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, answers the question—why do we look the way we do? The Phatal DJ and Anthony Valadez spin in the African Mammal Hall while Fool’s Gold and BLK JKS perform in the museum’s diorama halls. The guided tours with Seigel begin at 5:30 pm, and the museum stays open until 10 pm. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6.50 for children. Everything’s on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your tickets early.

Subliminal Projects gallery is hosting an opening-night reception for John Van Hamersveld’s exhibition “Post-Future” from 8-11 pm tonight. Van Hamersveld is best known for his legendary poster for the 1964 blockbuster surf film The Endless Summer and his album covers for the Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour), The Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street), the Grateful Dead (Skeletons in the Closet) and others. He’s also done an official poster and mural for the 1984 Olympics in LA.