Nerd Nite NYC’s IRL victory tour continues on Saturday May 22 at Littlefield, featuring three funny-yet-smart presentations about the sex lives of pollinating insects, dubious video games advertising, and the tale of the first vaccine (timely, right?). As per usual, the Nite will kick-off with a rousing hour of trivia, now that Matt finally figured out how to do it safely – so bring your pod, play the game, and try to win some swell prizes. Tickets at:

There’s also a $5 option to watch the livestream, though it will be just for the presentations (no trivia).

Note that tickets cost more than normal for a number of reasons such as a greatly reduced capacity of only 50 people instead of 250, safety purchases, kitchen staff, etc., but hey…it’s something to do! And let me reiterate…only 50 tickets available…so hurry! – or wait for future shows if you’re not comfortable going somewhere indoors yet, which is more than understandable!  

**Masks must be worn at all times when not eating/drinking. Due to the NY State Liquor Authority mandate requiring purchase of food, all tickets will include an order of chips & guacamole, courtesy of Littlefield’s sister bar/restaurant Parklife. 

Saturday May 22, 2021
Trivia+Presentations: $18 – 7:45pm start (doors at 6:45pm)
Livestream (presentations only): $5 – 8:45pm start
Littlefield: 635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn (Park Slope/Gowanus)

Back To The Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
Spot Your Flower: Pollination and Nature’s Way of “Faking It”

by Ben Lane Taylor

Description: Bees do it. Birds do it. Yes, even educated fleas do it. But also beetles! And flies! And moths! Many creatures of the world are suckers for the tricks plants play to pollinate. Let’s explore the joys of sexual mimicry, because there’s just no end to the horny business you’ll be sticking your nose in this summer. Also: Mosquitoes, GMO and otherwise!

Bio: Ben Taylor recently moved to New York from Washington DC, where he served as Boss of Nerd Nite DC for 3 years. He has a degree in entomology, is currently working as a record store clerk, and has been stung in the face on multiple occasions.

*Presentation #2
Welcome to the Next Level: The History of Video Game Advertising
by Mike Kelly

Description: Selling video games has always been a hard prospect. How do you make something brand new feel essential? How do you appeal to people outside of the specific “gamer” niche? And, most importantly, how do you make video games “cool”? Come along for a whirlwind tour of game advertising from the first arcade cabinet to the current console generation, and some of the most hilarious missteps game companies have made.

Bio: Mike is a frequent Nerd Nite speaker on video game culture and history, and you can see more of his talks on the Nerd Nite Youtube channel. He is also the co-host of the One Shot Test Kitchen podcast, which tries out indie tabletop RPGs. He can be found on the internet @galenblade.

*Presentation #3
Tall Tales and Small Pox: The True Story of the First Vaccine
by Josefa Steinhauer

Description: Being forcibly injected as an infant with proprietary fluids created by the pharmaceutical industry sounds scary…but is it as scary as infectious disease? Or the original vaccination attempts?? Find out as we travel the historical journey of the first vaccine, from its crude beginnings in the Middle Ages all the way to today’s anti-vax crusaders.

Bio: Josefa Steinhauer is a professor of Biology at Yeshiva University. She studies phospholipid metabolism in fruit flies and teaches Genetics, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, and an intro course for non-science majors.

Additionally, Nerd Nite NYC will offer trivia-only outdoors at Parklife (Littlefield’s outdoor venue) in Gowanus/Park Slope every Tuesday at 8pm.  Limit of 4-people-per-team to ensure some safety. Masks mandatory (obviously).

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm in 2021 (for now)
Parklife: 636 Degraw Street, Brooklyn (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Free (donations accepted via Venmo or Paypal at )

To help alleviate your safety concerns (and my innumerable concerns), Parklife has been holding outdoor events since July with great to safety details. Tables have plexiglass dividers. Ordering is via phones. And much more. Read about it all here: