If you’re in town on Sunday 9th June, I strongly recommend coming along to this! The Natural History Museum is having its 100th Birthday celebration with an all day series of events. There’ll be new spaces and exhibits opening, including the new gardens they’ve been building for some time, and so there’s plenty to explore that will be new, and partly outdoors on a (hopefully) lovely day. (See here for an LA Times article on some of the changes.) As the day draws into the evening, there’ll be a real party brewing, with bands, DJs, bars, and so forth (see below). Kicking off the evening part of the proceedings at 6:30pm will be a talk and Q+A with JPL’s Adam Steltzner (of the Mars Curiosity Mission), in a spot hosted by me.
Adam’s a great guy, with lots of interesting things to say and a great sense of humour, so it should be a fun session. Given his musical background and the fact that we’ll all be chatting backstage with some of the musicians, like Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, Devo, and others, don’t be surprised if there’s some unexpected crossover between stages! Here’s the NHM’s own blurb:
NHM is officially 100 years old! Join us for a day-to-night celebration featuring our new Nature Gardens and Nature Lab. Bring your family to kickoff summer with kid-friendly activities, workshops in the gardens, behind-the-scenes tours of NHM’s collections with our scientists, and musical entertainment from The Ranger Band and Rhythm Child. Nature after dark is even more fun, so join JPL’s Adam Steltzner for a discussion about Mars rover Curiousity, visit food trucks, and take garden tours. DJs Raul Campos, Anthony Valadez, and Canyon Cody will be in the Mammal Halls, and see outdoor shows with DEVO and GZA/The Genius IN CONCERT!
More information here.
I recommend grabbing some tickets and coming along. I hear there’ll be some available at the door, but why risk it?
See you there!