Nerd Nite is coming, Detroit! Get ready!
We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!” We’ve finally brought this fun event to Detroit, and we would love to have you come or present. Here are some details for our first event:
The very first Nerd Nite in the 313 will be March 28th! Join us for drinks and awesome presentations! We hope that you come and bring your friends!
Date: Thursday, March 28th
Time: Doors at 6:30, event at 7
Location: Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, 3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Fees: $5 Cover, Buttons for a recommended donation, whatever drinks you decide to buy
Get Tickets: nn313.bpt.me
Life’s a Circus, Micha Adams & Matt Buss
Micha Adams and Matt Buss have been teaching and performing circus arts together for over five years. They have trained at circus schools all over the country and perform a variety of circus acts including partner acrobatics and duo trapeze. In addition to performing Micha and Matt run a highly successful circus school in Eastern Market Detroit called The Detroit Flyhouse. They train students from all walks of life and consistently sell out every class they offer. Their performance troupe, Detroit Circus, has performed at countless venues throughout metro Detroit and Michigan.
Micha and Matt will discuss what it takes to run a successful circus school and performance troupe, behind the scenes and on stage.
Arachnoholics Anonymous, Charles Gibson
Charles was always afraid of spiders growing up but had a strong fascination with the natural world. It wasn’t until about 2 years ago he became interested in these 8-legged critters. After purchasing his first tarantula, Charles’ addiction ran rampant. He now has over 20 live specimens.
The behavior, biology, beautiful coloration, and patterns of arachnids is mesmerizing. Studying arachnids by reading journals and textbooks has become a bit of a hobby for Charles and has allowed him to make a whole network of friends with this similar interest. Professionally, Charles is the Outreach Coordinator at the Michigan Science Center where he gets to share science programming with students from all over the state. Charles is also a regular volunteer at the Belle Isle Aquarium.
Detroit under Prohibition: 1855 – 1875, Amy Elliott Bragg
Before there was the Purple Gang, there was the Carson League. Before there were basement speakeasies, there were illegal taverns — one for every 13 people in the city. Before there was bootleg hooch, there was booze for “medicinal and scientific” purposes. We’ll talk about Detroit’s long-forgotten first Prohibition: why it happened, how it failed, and what it spawned (the Police Department, for one). Drink up.
Detroit history lover Amy Elliott Bragg writes, talks, and drinks about the Motor City before the motor. She’s the author of Hidden History of Detroit, blogs about pre-automotive Detroit history at nighttraintodetroit.com, and is the co-founder of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society. She hosts irreverent tours of early Detroit with the Detroit Bus Company and spoke about Detroit in the 1890s at TEDxDetroit 2012. Fondnesses include old history books, French pony carts, lost cemeteries, eccentric millionaires, and drinking through the ages.
Photo from www.nighttraintodetroit.com