Welcome to Nerd Nite NYC, hosted by Matt Wasowski (matt @ nerdnite.com) Donate to Nerd Nite here.

Nerd Nite NYC has a new home!  Well, homes. Throughout 2015 we will alternate monthly between Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan (Greenwich Village) and Littlefield (Gowanus/Park Slope) where we’ll be on February 27, 2015.

Nerd Nite vs The Gowanus, a classic match-up.  Find Nerd Nite at its new Brooklyn home, Littlefield, on Friday February 27, 2015.  Form a team, play trivia, and win some kick-butt prizes, and then be dazzled by three funny-yet-smart presentations about plasma (solar flares and the Aurora Borealis), bonkers people who play video games at break-neck speeds (think Zelda in 5 minutes), and manipulating food via molecular gastronomy – while you drink with your pals. Buy tickets here .

Friday February 27, 2015
Trivia+Presentations at 7pm (doors at 6pm): $14
Presentations-only at 8:20pm: $10
622 Degraw St (Gowanus/Park Slope)

Back To The Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Plasma: Solar Flares, Fusion Energy, Aurorae, and More!
by Clayton Myers

Description:  Plasma–the “fourth” state of matter–makes up more than 99% of the known universe.  This talk will introduce the strange world of plasma where outrageous temperatures abound and magnetic fields are king.  Particular attention will be given to plasma applications such as the prediction of solar flares and the generation of clean, safe nuclear fusion energy.

Bio: Clayton Myers is a research physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory where he conducts experiments to study the physics of the sun and nuclear fusion energy.

*Presentation #2
Breaking the Game
by Mike Kelly

Description: Have you ever played a game so much that you knew it inside and out? And then tried time and again to beat your best score or time? Welcome to the world of video game speedrunning, where video games are bent, broken, and reassembled in order to find the weirdest tricks and glitches to finish them as fast as possible. And along the way, see the bizarre glitches and modifications that have pushed games beyond anything their creators intended.

Bio: Mike Kelly is a game designer and writer living in Brooklyn. He’s a frequent speaker on video game culture and history.

*Presentation #3
Molecular Gastronomy: Science You Can Eat!
by Kenji Magrann-Wells

Description: Shrimp is not spaghetti. Cod does not have the skin of a chicken. Bubbles cannot be inside out. These are just a few of the rules being broken inside of the kitchen these days, thanks to new and interesting tech and ingredients. With modern technology, we can manipulate the texture and taste of just about any dish in unexpected and interesting new combinations, as well as refining classic technique to its scientific peak. What happens when scientists start focusing on how to make the most perfect burger anyone’s ever seen? They break out the liquid nitrogen, of course!

Bio: Kenji Magrann-Wells is a chef and food writer living in New York City, where he attended the French Culinary Institute.


BIG SAD NEWS: After giving us a home since it relocated to DUMBO in 2007, the Galapagos Art Space closed on December 20, 2014 due to ever-rising Brooklyn rents. I can’t thank Robert Elmes enough for making Nerd Nite one of its two staple shows since it relocated from Williamsburg. I also want thank Kristopher Anton for years of flawless tech and getting the nerds to shake their rumps. Since our first annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular in September 2007, we held 74 Nites there with more than 200 presenters, always to packed houses. We saw dry t-shirt contests, science acrobats, juggling, card tricks, nerdy bands, Overlord, Palomar, Shyaporn Theerakulstit’s Godzilla presentation, a magazine launch, Christopher Balakrishnan’s Whitesnake sing-along, and an on-stage wedding proposal. Maybe, once its new space opens in Detroit in 2016 it can welcome Nerd Nite Detroit. This is a terrible yet oddly fitting epilogue to our presentation at Nerd Nite on Dec 5, 2014 about the fast-changing Brooklyn waterfront.  Stupid Brooklyn!  Read about the closure here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/arts/galapagos-art-space-will-make-detroit-its-home.html?_r=0

You can contact Nerd Nite NYC Boss Matt Wasowski at matt@nerdnite.com