Holy crap!!! A semi-return to the normalcy we’ve all been craving for 13 months!!! Nerd Nite excitedly and safely make its triumphant IRL return on Friday April 16, 2021 to Littlefield, featuring three funny-yet-smart presentations about the weird history of crossword puzzles, how diverse female executives during the early days of TV shaped the small screen, and how the heck Brasilia got made. Trivia is back too and Matt have figured out how to do it safely – so bring your pod, play the game, and try to win some swell prizes. Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nerd-nite-tickets-147669989915

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. 

Friday April 16, 2021
Trivia+Presentations: $23 – 7:45pm start (doors at 6:45pm)
Livestream (presentations only): $5 – 8:45pm start
Littlefield: 635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nerd-nite-tickets-147669989915

Back To The Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
Brasilia: Good Intentions, Epic Failure, and Our Alien Overlords
by Ana Marie

Description: What if you had the opportunity to build a city from scratch? You have unlimited funds, four years, and a remote stretch of uninhabited tropical savannah. What could possibly go wrong? Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, is a test tube utopia. A mid-century modern epic fail, found at the cross-section of communism, federal ejaculation, and Latin mysticism.

Bio: Ana Marie went to library school but, to be honest, she would rather watch a movie than read a book. She spends most of her time archiving institutional history at The Museum of Modern Art and thinking about audiovisual preservation with her buds at XFR Collective. She has been called a Karaoke queen and a house plant hoarder, but she’ll also answer to “Lil Tex” and discuss the myriad of things she loves about her homeland, whether you want her to or not.

*Presentation #2
The History of Crossword Puzzles
by Adrienne Raphel

Description: Adrienne Raphel will discuss the history and strategy of crossword puzzles by offering us a delightful, erudite, and immersive exploration of the crossword puzzle and its fascinating history. Learn more in her book, Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them.

Bio: Adrienne Raphel is a writer whose scholarly interests include the history of the language, poetry, and 20th and 21st century literature. Raphel’s most recent book, Thinking Inside the Box, is about the historical, psychological, economic, and anthropological phenomenon that is the crossword puzzle. Her debut collection of poetry, What Was It For, interrogates nursery rhymes and traditional lyric.

*Presentation #3
Before Father Knows Best: What We Can Learn About Diversity from the Powerful Women of Early Television
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Description: Women helped to build the foundation of television far more than they’ve gotten credit for. The secret history of the women of early television—pre-Father Knows Best, or even I Love Lucy—can teach us still-valuable lessons about the importance of diversity during a fertile and innovative time in a new and growing industry. In this lecture, we’ll explore how fear-mongering toppled executives’ business sense—and the promising careers of Hazel Scott, the first Black person to host a national show, and Gertrude Berg, the first true sitcom superstar. And we’ll learn how male executives’ failure to listen to women almost killed the longest-running drama in TV history, The Guiding Light, and, even worse, the career of Betty White.

Bio: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything; a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary and Lou and Rhodaand Ted; and Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love. She spent a decade on staff at Entertainment Weekly and has since written for many publications, including BBC Culture, The New York Times Book Review, Vice, New York magazine, and Billboard. She also speaks about pop culture history and creativity. Her book about the women of early TV, When Women Invented Television, will be published in March 2021 by Harper Books.

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 8pm 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: https://parklifebk.com/info/