Forget FHM magazine, this fall, NHM is the place to go for all your objectification needs. There may not be any bikini-clad mamacitas at the Natural History Museum on which to practice your male gaze, but First Fridays at the Natural History Museum offers an equally eye-popping buffet of cultural concupiscence. Think of it as "Nighttime Becomes Eclectic."

A seasonal occurrence at the NHM, this fall’s First Fridays reinforces (pun intended) the museum’s critically acclaimed exhibit COLLAPSE?, which itself reinforces Pulitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond’s book about the links between past and present civilizations and the environment.

Oct. 7’s show – The Shape of Things to Come – begins with a discussion by renowned "green architects," designers that create energy-saving, environmentally friendly, sustainable developments that hopefully won’t crumble under environmental pressures – an obvious concern lately especially considering Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. The program then moves to an international eco-fashion show that highlights environmentally conscious designers, then finales with Rage Against the Machine’s lead vocalist Zack de La Rocha performing with Son de Madera and Los Angeles favorite Quetzal.

We had a saying back in Michigan that I assume every other Midwest city had as well, "If you don’t like the weather in Detroit, wait five minutes." With eco-couture, lectures and Chicano beats, if you don’t like the program at First Fridays, wait five minutes.

The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, 90007. First Fridays’ premier event, The Shape of Things to Come, will take place Oct. 7 from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Price: Tickets for First Fridays are $15 for adults and non-members, $12 for members and students with valid ID; tickets include admission to the museum and can be purchased by calling (866) 468-3399 or online at For 24-hour museum information, call (213) 763-3466 or visit