First Fridays

Best Museum Party Night, August 2009

The First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park balances the educational (preparty lectures are fascinating) with the unorthodox (loud bands in a hallowed space). Over the years the monthly event has proved to be more relaxed than MOCA’s “Engagement Party” and more fun than the Getty Center’s “Fridays off the 405” (in which music can wrap before sundown, making guests battle epic traffic).