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Fall events at the Natural History Museum and Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Citizen Science and Cocktails: Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 pm

RASCals Greg Pauly (www.nhm.org)

RASCals Greg Pauly (www.nhm.org)

“Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California” with Dr. Greg Pauly, NHM Curator of Herpetology NHM, is an introduction into becoming a citizen scientist by observing RASCals (Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California) in your own backyard and throughout Southern California. Home to 22.5 million people and counting, Southern California has experienced dramatic urbanization and habitat modification. NHM needs your help to find out how native and nonnative species are responding to these changes!

Free. Time Warner Cable is connecting minds to science through their support of Citizen Science at NHM. More info at nhm.org/site/activities-programs/lectures

Gallery Secrets: Sept. 21, 22, 27, and 29; October 5, 6, 11, and 13; 7-9 pm

This is the Natural History Family’s second collaboration with Chalk Repertory Theatre. Each night features four short original comedies and dramas by L.A. writers, set from 1913 to today. Audience members will be divided into four groups to be led through the full play cycle, before meeting in the main foyer for cocktail hour at the end of the show.

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More info at nhm.org/site/activities-programs/performing-arts

Spider Pavilion: Sept. 22-Nov. 3

About 300 hundred tenants are weaving away inside – seven species of local and exotic spiders, all at work engineering their lairs. The biggest is the large Golden orb weaver, Nephila clavipes, which has a web of yellow threads can reach six feet wide, and its silk is as strong as steel. In the “arachnid gallery” just outside of the Pavilion proper, giant tarantulas and spiders are on view in terrariums.

Tickets are sold in half-hour intervals throughout the day at a rate of $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children. Museum Members receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased at any Museum admissions desk or at the Spider Pavilion itself. The Pavilion is open every day of the week from10 am to 5 pm, with the last tickets sold at 4:30 pm. The Spider Pavilion is sponsored by Western Exterminator Company.

More info at nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/special-exhibits/spider-pavilion

Citizen Science and Cocktails: Thursday, Sept. 26, 5 pm

Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn, Director of The Great Sunflower Project (photo courtesy of www.nhm.org)

Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn, Director of The Great Sunflower Project (photo courtesy of www.nhm.org)

Bees are responsible for every third bite of food, and recent scientific studies have suggested that honey bee and native bee populations are in major decline – enough so that Southern California is now considered a “pollinator desert.” Join Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn, the Director of The Great Sunflower Project, as she tells you how you can bee-come a citizen scientist by observing pollinators all around Los Angeles and contribute data vital to their conservation!

Free. Time Warner Cable is connecting minds to science through their support of Citizen Science at NHM.

More info at nhm.org/site/activities-programs/lectures

Film Screening – Chinatown: Friday, Sept. 27; Doors open 6 pm

CHINATOWN Movie Poster. Chinatown, the classic 1974 neo-noir film about the rise of Los Angeles by way of the importation of water starring John Huston, Jack Nicholson, and Faye Dunaway.(www.nhm.org)

CHINATOWN Movie Poster. Chinatown, the classic 1974 neo-noir film about the rise of Los Angeles by way of the importation of water starring John Huston, Jack Nicholson, and Faye Dunaway.(www.nhm.org)

Join us as we mark the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and NHM with a special outdoor screening of Chinatown. Bring your picnics or enjoy food trucks. There will be a brief panel discussion moderated by David Ulin, book critic of the Los Angeles Times, with Professor William Deverell, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Christine Mulholland as they talk about the fascinating mixture of fact and fiction in Roman Polanski’s iconic look at greed, power, lust, and the rise of modern Los Angeles. Panel discussion begins at 6:30 pm; film begins at 7 pm.

Free. More info at  nhm.org/site/activities-programs/summer-movie-series

A San Andreas Odyssey: Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 am-5 pm

Led by Museum scientist Lindsey Groves, see the fault’s effects on the topography on this day trip. Lunch is at a fault-formed lake high in the San Gabriel Mountains after multiple stops along the fault zone.

Grades 3 and up are to be accompanied by an adult. Members $60; children members $55; adult nonmembers $70, children nonmembers $65. Lunch and transportation provided.

More info atnhm.org/site/activities-programs/field-trips

 

National Fossil Day: Saturday, Oct. 12, 9:30 am-5 pm **Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Come celebrate fossils found right here at the Tar Pits and specimens collected by NHM scientists from across the globe. This is your chance to get up close to real fossils and talk with our scientists.

o   Critter Club (3- to 5-year olds; 10 am and 11 am)

o   Jr. Scientist (6- to 9-year-olds; 10:30 am and 1:30 pm)

o   Tours (all ages; 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm)

o   Ice Age Encounters (additional charge; 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:45 pm)

More info at nhm.org/site/activities-programs/curators-cupboard

Reptile and Amphibian Day; Sunday, Oct. 20; 9:30 am-5 pm

At RAAD, there are loads of live reptiles and amphibians, including live animal presentations in the new Nature Lab. Visitors can see specimens from the herpetology and anthropology collections, watch snake-feeding demos, take behind-the-scenes tours, hear guest speakers, and check out displays from local herpetological societies, professional biologists, and more!

Free with admission. More info at nhm.org/site/activities-programs/raad

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology — Special Presentation by Dr. Tim D. White: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 pm

Paleontologists from all over the world are gathering in Los Angeles this week for SVP’s 73rd conference, and NHM is hosting an open-to-the-public discussion from Dr. Tim White. The Afar rift in Ethiopia has acted as a sediment trap for millions of years of Earth history. Embedded in those sediments is an unparalleled record of faunal, floral, and technological change through time. The Middle Awash study area continues to yield fossils, artifacts, and contextual evidence that is revealing how humans evolved. The co-leader of that project, Dr. White, of UC Berkeley, will explain how that evidence is being assembled and what it means for our understanding of our place in nature. “Far Away and Long Ago: Six Million Years of Human Evolution in Ethiopia’s Afar Rift” is appropriate for paleo laymen and women. Doors open at 6 pm; lecture at 7 pm; Q&A / books signing at 8 pm.

Free. More info at vertpaleo.org/Annual-Meeting/Special-Events.aspx

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology — History of Vertebrate Paleontology Symposium: Thursday, Oct. 31;6-9 pm

Every generation of scientists, and paleontologists are no exception, has a mythology of stories about the preceding generation or two, which become less well known, less factual and more fantastic as time passes.    The current generation becomes the older generation to a new one and the stories change, evolve and lose detail over time until they are mostly forgotten.  This symposium will attempt to bring to life some of the past events and figures in Vertebrate Paleontology, with a special emphasis upon paleontology and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Free. More info at vertpaleo.org/Annual-Meeting/Special-Events.aspx

Bringing the Sabertooths Back to Life: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 pm

**Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

For more than two decades, paleoartist Mauricio Antón has worked in the reconstruction of fossil animals, but there is one group that has always fascinated him: the sabertooths. In order to create scientifically accurate reconstructions, he applies a reconstruction method that combines art and science, bringing together input from several different sources. Introduction 2 pm; 2:15 pm documentary; 3 pm Q&A / book signing

More info at tarpits.org/page-museum/programming

Special Exhibit — Just Add Water: Nov. 5, 2013-Aug. 3, 2014

Just Add Water (www.nhm.org)

Just Add Water (www.nhm.org)

One hundred years ago, on November 5, 1913, cattle ranchers and citrus orchard barons, city boosters and citizens gathered on the banks of the cascades feeding the San Fernando Reservoir to witness the first water from the Owens River surge into a thirsty city. The crowds weren’t just cheering for water. A new apex of culture – the Museum of History, Science, and Art (the original name of NHM) – opened the following day, November 6, 2013, to considerable fanfare.

Now, NHM is revisiting these two natural and cultural moments. On November 5, the aqueduct-themed special exhibition, Just Add Water opens. Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Reynolds has created 10 original, large-scale watercolors that interpret the epic significance of the Aqueduct, through the lenses of history, geography, and time. In each, Reynolds references key sites and historical moments aligned with the Aqueduct’s 223-mile route and 100-year history. This special exhibition, guest curated by art historian Dr. Charlotte Eyerman, invites visitors to rediscover Southern California’s parched past through the imaginative lens of Reynolds’ vision.

More info at nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/upcoming-exhibits/just-add-water

 

100th Anniversary Time Capsule Unveiling: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 pm

Taste of History: A Watershed Moment (www.nhm.org)

Taste of History: A Watershed Moment (www.nhm.org)

We’re commemorating the 1913 completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the opening of NHM with a short open-to-the-public time capsule event. Witness the opening of the time capsule buried at the Museum upon its construction. At 6 pm, the evening transitions into a Fellows membership event, with a “Taste of History: A Watershed Moment” unfolding, in which guests enjoy 1913-themed menu items, cocktails, and a culinary adventure with water.

Museum is free Nov. 5 and 6. Free admission days are sponsored by Metabolic Studio. Time capsule unveiling at 5:30 pm on Nov. 6 is free and open to the public. The reception and dinner starting at 6 pm is free for members at the Friend level and higher. The Taste of History: Watershed Moment and Civic Ceremony are co-presented by LADWP and NHM with support from our Centennial Partners, J.P. Morgan and Farmers Insurance Group.

More info at nhm.org/site/activities-programs/fellows-events

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (courtesy of  www.facebook.com/nhmla)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (courtesy of www.facebook.com/nhmla)

Located at 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90007. Open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 for adults; $9 for college students with ID and seniors 62+; $8 for youth 13-17; $5 for children 5-12; FREE for children 4 and under, Museum members, LAUSD students and teachers, and military personnel and families. For further information, visit the Museum’s website at www.nhm.org or call (213) 763-DINO.

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PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/tarpits)

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/tarpits)

Located at 5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036. Open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $11 for adults; $8 for college students with ID, seniors 62+ and youth 13-17; $5 for children 5-12; FREE for children 4 and under, Museum members, LAUSD students and teachers, and military personnel and families. Admission is free for children under 4 and Museum members. For further information, visit the Museum’s website at www.tarpits.org or call (323) 934-PAGE.

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