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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!





Out of the Pages: Looking at Literature Beyond Books


     This month we’re partnering with Lit in the Mitt to bring you a great night of literature beyond books. We’ll have details soon, but there will be talks covering film and video games along with other topics and great activity.

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




Click the image to view the full Lit in the Mitt Schedule



Beer, Textiles, and Wood: When Passion Meets Industry


     We’re back for April with a great line-up of talented craftspeople. Rescheduled from our January event, we’ll have Isaac Gilman presenting “Miracle of Detroit: Turning Water Into Beer” along with Karen Buscemi and Mark D’Andreta giving their presentation “Industrial Sewing: Bringing a Lost Trade Back to Life.” We’re also excited to welcome James Willer from Workshop – presentation name TBA.

As usual, Alibi Crew will have music and Sidecar Detroit some fabulous food. See you there!

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