Nerd Nite Bar Nite

  • 12573691_955009074579443_437941464176289526_nHey nerds, it’s a new year! Have you made your resolutions yet? Come help Nerd Nite make ours! On Friday, January 22nd at 8pm, we’ll be at 3rd Street Bar (4626 3rd Ave, Detroit, 48201) for a hangout with the Nerd Nite 313 bosses.

    Do you have ideas for speakers or topics you’d like to hear in 2016? How about a new venue you’d like to see us visit? Or maybe suggestions for events Nerd Nite Goes To… can attend?

    Stop by and tell us! Bring your favorite board or card game and enjoy a casual evening (no speakers, no cover charge) with your fellow nerds. There will also be tasty food available for purchase from Dangerously Delicious Pies and drink specials to enjoy!

    We’d love to hear what you want to see from Nerd Nite in 2016!

    Date:   Friday, January 22
    Time:   8PM-10PM (though the bar is open late and all are welcome to stay longer!)
    Location: 3rd Street Bar, 4626 3rd Ave, Detroit, 48201
    Cost: No cost!
    Questions? E-mail or tweet @nerdnite313

Walking in Nerd Nite’s Winter Wonderland …



You better watch out, Nerd Nite Detroit’s Winter Wonderland is coming to town! Join us on Thursday, December 10 at Tangent Gallery for an evening of winter themed entertainment. Doors open at 7:30 and the event begins at 8pm. Though the weather outside may be frightful, we’ll have plenty of fun!

Our speaker line up includes Andrew Humphrey, a meteorologist for Channel 4, the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, and Dr. Andrew Suits, Professor of Chemistry at Wayne State University. We’ll also have activities from the Michigan Science Center!

Drinks will be available from the wonderful Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom bar, along with a hot cocoa and s’mores bar provided by The Detroit Marshmallow Co.!

In the spirit of the season, this event will also feature a bring-a-gift-get-a-gift “white elephant” gift exchange. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift of an approximate value of $10. Bring the nerdiest gift you can find!

Tickets are available in advance online at Eventbrite and we accept cash and credit card payments at the door for $5. We will also be accepting monetary donations for our “Nerd Nite Cares” charity – The United Community Housing Coalition.

Hope to see you there!

Nerd Nite Detroit – Food Science Fair



Join us Thursday, October 8 at 8pm for Nerd Nite Detroit’s first-ever Food Science Fair at COLORS Detroit.

This event will be just like your elementary school science fair (think vinegar and baking soda volcanoes), only with food and a few adult beverages. It will be a strolling affair, filled to the brim with interactive demonstrations and presentations on the neuroscience of taste, to cooking with liquid nitrogen, the nitty-gritty of making beer, and more.

Demonstrations and presentations by: Justin Riopelle, Brewmaster at Detroit Beer Co.; Nathan Glitman, Barista at Chazzano Coffee; Charlie Gibson, Outreach Coordinator at the Michigan Science Center; Tom Fischer, Professor at Wayne State University Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience; Julie Lesnick, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University Department of Anthropology; and more!

After all of that learning, nerds can dance the night away to the beats of DJ Peter Croce, from 10pm-midnight.

Food will be provided by COLORS, and drinks available at the COLORS bar.

Come explore the area’s expanding food and drink scene in new and nerdy ways, all while supporting COLORS’ community development and job training programs. 


Date: Thursday, October 8

Time: 8pm – midnight

Location: COLORS Detroit, 311 East Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Cost: $10 at the door, or in advance here

Questions: E-mail or tweet @nerdnite313


In July, we flew drones. In October, we’ll get nerdy with food!

From Nerd Nite Gets Around, out transportation-themed July event, here are some really neat aerial views of New Center, courtesy of Jeff Weatherup and the Falcon.

Flight 1


Flight 2




Also, coming up on October 8th, Nerd Nite Detroit will be hosting Food Science Fair at COLORS, Detroit. Come explore food and drink with us, learn about how beer is brewed; the neuroscience behind our sense of taste; what happens when you dip food into liquid nitrogen, and much, much more.

Nerd Nite Gets Around


Join us on Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 for Nerd Nite Gets Around, an interactive Nerd Nite event featuring a bunch of short talks and Q&As on all things transportation in and around Detroit.

Michael Schrader, an experienced engineer and PhD student at Wayne State will explain to us what the heck is up with the “Michigan Left”; Sommer Woods, Director of External Relations at M1 Rail, will discuss the future of light rail in Detroit; Todd Scott, Executive Director of Detroit Greenways, will teach us about the benefits of a more walkable, ridable Detroit; and Adrianna Jordan of Freshwater Transit will speak about the possibility of bringing water taxis to the Detroit riverfront.

Drinks will be available from the wonderful Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom bar, with food provided by Sidecar Detroit!

Plan for it. Put it on your calendars, or in your phones/other smart devices (how about FitBit’s huge IPO everyone!?!).


Date:   Thursday, July 16

Time:   6:30PM

Location: Tangent Gallery, 715 E. Milwaukee

Cost: $5 (cash or credit, in advance here or at the door)

Questions? E-mail or tweet @nerdnit313

Reboot, Renew, Relaunch!

Nerd Nite’s Back … All Right!
After a brief hiatus, Nerd Nite returns with events that are nerdier and quirkier than ever before.
Join us on Thursday, May 21 for an epic Reboot, Renew, and Relaunch! Nick Yribar, Curtis Sullivan, and Marcus Schwimmer of the SuperSkull podcast will be discussing rebooted universes in comic books; Chris Casteel, founder of Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics, will teach us about current technologies that help amputees relaunch their lives; and Rebecca Frank, a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, will share her knowledge on disaster planning, response, and recovery for cultural heritage institutions.
Come learn with us, and you’ll have a chance to meet the new bosses, too! We’ll have delicious drinks and amazing food from Sidecar Detroit. Seriously .. be there and be square. And be sure to check back here soon for more info on additional Nerd Nite events!
Date:   Thursday, May 21
Time:   7PM
Location: Tangent Gallery, 715 E. Milwaukee
Cost: $5 (cash or credit, in advance here or at the door)
Questions? E-mail or tweet @nerdnit313

Night of the Living Nerds

Nerd NOTLDWhere:
Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom

October 23 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30)

$10 (Cash/credit at the door, or buy in advance here)

Join us for a special Halloween treat! 

Local author John G. Rodwan, Jr. will be telling some spooky stories.

Maggie McGuire, our resident zombie movie expert, will introduce Night of the Living Dead with a short talk on how the film revolutionized low-budget film-making.

Then we’ll screen the film, accompanied by the Andrew Alden Ensemble

Throw in a costume contest, other Halloween-y activities and Monster Mash loaded mashed potatoes from Sidecar Detroit, and we’d say that’s a pretty fun night.

Cover is $10, all ages welcome!



Back to School Special

Back to SchoolWhere:  Tangent Gallery

When:  This Thursday (Sept 25th)

Cost:  $5

Nerd Nite Detroit is back for the fall with our Back to School Special! We have a PHENOMENAL don’t want to miss this!

Bill Warters, a communications professor at Wayne State University, will give the talk Working With and Learning from Conflict: Tales from the Field.  We’ll review some key concepts related to conflict, community building, and the development of local cultures of dispute resolution.

John Zawiskie, the Curator of Earth and Life Sciences at Cranbrook Institute of Science and an Adjunct Instructor of Geology at Wayne State University will be guiding an exploration of the major types of meteorites, what they tell us about the early history and origin of the solar system, and some effects of asteroid impacts on the Earth. 

Meghan Courtney is the AFSCME Archivist at Wayne State’s Walter P. Reuther Library. She’ll be talking Labor in Detroit: From The Battle of the Overpass to Bankruptcy.  Detroit has always been a working-class town, but it became a seat of the labor movement during the height of U. S. auto manufacturing. Like the rest of the country, Detroit has seen jobs shift away from manufacturing and toward service work. This talk will show the path from the heady days of sit-down strikes to labor’s place in the largest municipal bankruptcy case and beyond.

Also, we will be collecting school supplies to donate to local schools in Detroit. Bring some pencils, crayons, or other things to help kids learn.



Summer Block Party Image

     We’re living it up while the days are long and the nights are warm! Help us wrap up this year’s season of Nerd Nite programming with an old school block party. We’ll have food, old school games (electronic AND board), music, and of course, drinks.

Alibi Crew will be on hand with tunes & Sidecar with food. See you then!





Nerds Under the Rainbow


     This month, Nerd Nite Detroit will be contributing to metro Detroit’s LGBTQ* celebrations with a night filled with science and discussion.  We invite you to come out and hear some great speakers as they help us understand some of the issues, history, and biology of gender, sexual orientation, and LGBTQ* communities.

     Leading our scientific discussion will be Dr. Marc Breedlove from Michigan State University.  His project “Whom Do You Love: The Biology of Sexual Orientation” completed a successfulKickstarter campaign to fund a documentary to “explore the evidence that non-social factors, like the prenatal enviroment and hereditary factors, affect the likelihood that a person will grow up to be gay.”

     Our second talk will focus on the history of the Women’s Music movement from the 1970’s through the 1990’s, with an emphasis on the role women’s music played in challenging structures of domination and in creating visions of a more just world. It will be presented by Shea Howell, a community based activist in Detroit for the last 4 decades.  She is a co-founder of Detroit Summer, Boggs Center, and writes a weekly column for the Michigan citizen.

Alibi Crew will be on hand with tunes & Sidecar with food. See you then!