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Marching Bands. Drugs. Scantily-clad video game superheroes. Does this sound like your high school or college experience? Our final Nerd Nite before our summer vacation (and before our Global Fest in August) on June 7 at Galapagos features our Nerd Nite DC boss discussing the cicada invasion, the History of Marching Bands and Drum Corps in America, how to draw the line between performance-enhancing and illicit drugs, and our first Nerdlesque performance by the country’s leading Nerdlesque performer (and some of her friends). And trivia is back again, so form a team and try to beat our new all-time record score. Buy tickets here.
Friday June 7, 2013
Trivia + Presentations at 7:30pm ($14 – doors at 6:30pm)
Presentations-only at 9:15pm ($10 – doors at 9pm)
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, DUMBO Brooklyn
A/C train to High Street or F train to York Street
Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
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The Cicadas are Here!: Your Guide to Surviving Cicadageddon 2013
Jenna Jadin, Co-Boss of Nerd Nite DC, talks all-things cicadas. If you’ve read an article recently about the looming cicada invasion, odds are she was quoted in it (as an expert, not a cicada).
Drugs are good? A history of “enhancement” drug use in policy, sport, and life
by Ross Aikins
Description: What do Nazis, Francis Crick, Lance Armstrong, The Beatles, and one in eight college students have in common? They all use drugs to better (and sometimes worsen) themselves. From substances of enlightenment to substances of abuse, the complex, enduring relationship between people and drugs continues to evolve. Somewhere along the way in America, we decided that some drugs were good, some were bad, and sometimes we changed our minds. Are we entering the era of drugs for “enhancement” or something different altogether?
Bio: Ross Aikins got into drug research as a “recovering Californian” and journalist, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Development and Research Institutes in Manhattan, living in Brooklyn. He studies enhancement drug use in literature, science, war, sport, and education and society—but especially college students who use Ritalin, Adderall and other stimulant medications for so-called “cognitive enhancement.” He also blogs, teaches, collects spit samples from street drug users (for research purposes!), and is a giant NBA and comedy nerd.
The History of Marching Bands and Drum Corps in America
by Michael Drapkin
Description: Marching music in the U.S. has evolved from its post-war military roots and football halftime shows to musical and movement extravaganzas. The “Major Leagues of Marching” – the drum and bugle corps – have their world championships broadcast annually on ESPN. This presentation uses music clips and video to show how this activity has evolved over time to become the largest student activity on high school campuses across the country.
Bio: Michael Drapkin was a band geek in high school performing in both his high school band and a youth band that went on two national completion tours. Drapkin attended the Eastman School of Music, currently ranked #1 in US News, and had a career as a symphony orchestra clarinetist. In the fall, he is a judge and chief judge for US Bands, judging music at high school marching band contests around the country.
Nerdlesque: Nearly Naked Nerds
by Jessica Obrist (Jo Jo Stiletto)
Description: Nerdlesque is a fantastical alchemy combining burlesque and sexy, brave, beautiful nerds of all shapes, sexes and sizes. Phasers replace feather boas and D20s replace pastie tassels in this new and exciting trend of modern burlesque. As nerd culture merges with the mainstream, nerdlesque too is evolving the art of burlesque. Find out happens when performers draw inspiration from their favorite nerdy obsessions like Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings, Cards Against Humanity, and even sexy Wil Wheaton.
Bio: Visiting from the coffee-soaked shores of Seattle, Jessica Obrist, aka Jo Jo Stiletto, is known as the Professor of Nerdlesque – the leading authority on all things nerdy in burlesque. She is currently working on a book project titled Nerdlesque: The New Burlesque and has been interviewed on the subject for The Wall Street Journal, Geekwire, Penthouse, and Seattle Pulp. She will attempt to beat her own record for the most boobs in a single presentation at Nerd Nite.