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  • 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 nerdnite313@gmail.com or tweet @nerdnite313

Walking in Nerd Nite’s Winter Wonderland …

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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

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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 nerdnite313@gmail.com 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

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Flight 2

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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

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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 nerdnite313@gmail.com or tweet @nerdnit313

Reboot, Renew, Relaunch!

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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 nerdnite313@gmail.com or tweet @nerdnit313

Nerd Nite’s Birthday!

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     Hey, we’re turning one! It’s a big birthday for us and we want to celebrate with you. This very special Nerd Nite will follow a different format: in lieu of speakers, we’ll have all sorts of nerdy carnival attractions for you. From demonstrations to performances and food, Tangent will be jam packed with fun!

Bring your friends, bring your families, and come out for a great time, oh, and cake!

Politics, Policy, and Polyamory


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Doors at 6:30PM Event from 7:30 to 10:30
@ The Tangent Gallery 

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Presidential Campaign Songs

Liza Roe and Doug Brooks     
P1020960     Every election season, presidential candidates select songs they hope will inspire, motivate, and energize voters. Some candidates use songs that are already popular, whereas others have musicians craft songs exalting the candidate’s positive qualities while vilifying their opponent. Over time, the art of the campaign song has evolved in response to changes in technology, the expansion of voting rights, and the entrenchment of the two-party political system. From the ludicrous lyrics of “Get on a Raft with Taft,” to the vitriolic verses of “Rockabye Baby, Daddy’s a Whig,” the history of presidential campaign songs is rife with political intrigue, legal landmines, and mudslinging merriment!      Liza Roe received her history degree from the University of Michigan where she studied Presidential Campaign Songs as part of her senior research thesis.  A lifetime political wonk, she also enjoys collecting presidential campaign buttons and other memorabilia.

     Doug Brooks is a local musician and performs around the Detroit area as a part of buzzbangpow and The Bardsong Renaissance Band

Facebook – Buzzbangpow
Soundcloud – Bardsongband

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Detroit – Challenging the Narrative

Mary E. Byrnes, Ph.D., MUP     
Detroit     The focus will be on these three myths1.  Detroit was doing fine until one day in 1967.  There was a big riot and everything fell apart. 2.  Through actions, words, and policies, Detroit’s first African American mayor, Coleman Alexander Young, who took office in 1974,  created  the racial divisions in this region.

3.  Unemployment, poverty, crime, and vacant buildings all stem from character flaws in people, and, obviously, from the residents of Detroit.  This presentation not only interrogates and “busts” these three myths but also examines the implications to policy making.

 

Facebook – Institute for Detroit Studies
Marygrove College – Detroit Studies

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I Love You, and You, and You and You! – Demystifying Polyamory

Amy Leikert and Chris Tom     
Detroit     Amy and Chris are involved in a polyamorous relationship. Chris is a graduate student at the University of Michigan and advocates for sexual equality and expression with the Rackham Student Government.  They are involved in the Bureau of Erotic Discourse (Michigan Chapter), which promotes safer sex practices and consent in a sex-positive atmosphere. 
 

Nerd Years Resolutions

Join Nerd Nite as we celebrate the new year!
Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 10:30PM (EST)

Preview:

Detroit – Challenging the Narrative

Mary E. Byrnes, Ph.D., MUP     
Detroit     The focus will be on these three myths

1.  Detroit was doing fine until one day in 1967.  There was a big riot and everything fell apart. 

2.  Through actions, words, and policies, Detroit’s first African American mayor, Coleman Alexander Young, who took office in 1974,  created  the racial divisions in this region.

3.  Unemployment, poverty, crime, and vacant buildings all stem from character flaws in people, and, obviously, from the residents of Detroit.  This presentation not only interrogates and “busts” these three myths but also examines the implications to policy making.

 

Facebook – Institute for Detroit Studies
Marygrove College – Detroit Studies

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Adam, Eve, Noah and Able
A Unified Musical Composition and Performance Device With Lots of Blinking Lights

Bubba Ayoub / Juggable Offense     
P1020960     A brief history and explanation of modular synthesizers, followed by a demonstration of Adam, Eve, Noah and Able, which are 4 of the major pieces of an analog and digital modular synthesizer used to make/destroy sounds that sometimes come out as the music heard here: www.soundcloud.com/juggableoffense
Facebook – JuggableOffense
Soundcloud – JuggableOffense

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Nerds

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     Join Nerd Nite Detroit for an evening of space, time, and a bit of Dr. Who! We encourage our Whovian nerds to dress their Dr. Who best and we’ll have a portable planetarium on site courtesy of the Michigan Science Center.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Charles Gibson and the Michigan Science Center’s Portable Star Lab

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     What could be more interesting than looking at the majesty of the cosmos?  Looking at it within a miniature planetarium set up especially for Nerd Nite, courtesy of the Michigan Science Center.  10-15 minute presentation will be going throughout the night.   

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Mysteries of the Cosmos

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Cosmology is the study of the origin and fate of the universe.  I will describe our current understanding about our universe and uncover one of science’s biggest mysteries.  All this is simply illustrated on a table top.

David Cinabro is a Professor in Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University.  He studies cosmology with exploding stars and the rare behavior of sub-atomic particles.

 

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Time Travel on the Silver Screen

SCC_101_time_machine_bubble.jpg (1280×720)Presentation by Nathan Hughes (@ndh313).

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His Name is NOT Doctor Who, Damnit!

1462965_10201386701246378_88329013_nJourney through time (and space) as we look at the phenomenon that is Doctor Who- his 12…er…13…er…13 and a half? incarnations, his enemies, his companions, and why you should love this show. 

Twitter: @malusman
Bio: Chris’ favorite type of travel is through time.