Nerds in the Age of Popularity

On Thursday, May 6th at 6pm join us at the Orlando Museum of Art for a special event and see the work of artists all across Orlando who have shown what it means to be a nerd in the age of popularity.

The band Soulbase will be performing live and renowned storyteller Aquanza Cadogan will also be in attendance.

Food will be provided by Romay Ethiopian Kitchen and The Greenery Creamery will be there as well to sell delicious ice cream.

Click here to get your tickets: omart.me/1stthurstix

Nerd Nite Star Party

Join us on April 11th for a special outdoor event at Stardust Video & Coffee to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first human to journey into outer space. #YurisNight

Nerd Nite (Last One of 2020)

We have one last NERD NITE before we close out 2020. Join us tonight as we talk Florida Man, Florida manatees, and why the Mandalorian has succeeded where the Star Wars films have not!

We also have a very special guest. Laura Chaibongsai, marine scientist and boss of Nerd Nite Miami, will be joining for tonight’s online event.

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Nerd Nite was first launched in Orlando at Stardust Video & Coffee on March 14, 2013. Nerd Nite Orlando is a monthly event featuring entertaining and educational presentations, hosted by Ricardo Williams. Speakers present for 15–20 minutes followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.

Join us on Friday, November 20th at 7pm for a SPECIAL VIRTUAL EVENT with special guest speakers: Emily Dovydaitis and Marie Mercado

PRESENTATION #1: “John Snow vs. Miasma: A Story of Cholera and the Broad St Pump” by Emily Dovydaitis

Emily Dovydaitis makes her virtual Nerd Nite debut from across the pond in Finland. (Forgive her if she yawns, there’s a time difference of 7 hours with Orlando.) A graduate of UCF, Emily is now pursuing her Master of Science in Geography at the University of Helsinki. A researcher in the Digital Geography Lab, she is using mobile phone data to better understand the integration of Estonians living in Finland. Speaking of mobile phones, here’s a fun fact she’d like to share with you: Finland is where Nokia was founded, and coincidentally, is home to the sport of “kännykänheitto” (aka “mobile phone throwing”).

PRESENTATION #2: “More Than Just Delicious: Understanding Ice Cream” by Marie Mercado

Marie Mercado is a professional ice cream lady– a creator & taste tester. Her career began modestly and unknowingly as a six year old child making ice cream for fun, and turned into full-time entrepreneurship in 2018 with the opening of The Greenery Creamery. As a graduate of NYU in Vocal Performance/Opera, Marie can occasionally be heard karaoking (read: yodeling) shamelessly at the ice cream shop by herself, loud and proud.

Nerd Nite Orlando is BACK!

Nerd Nite was first launched in Orlando at Stardust Video & Coffee on March 14, 2013. Nerd Nite Orlando is a monthly event featuring entertaining and educational presentations, hosted by Ricardo Williams. Speakers present for 15–20 minutes followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.

Join us on Friday, October 23rd at 7pm for a SPECIAL VIRTUAL EVENT and check in with former Nerd Nite speakers: Eliza Harris Juliano, Thienthanh Trinh, and Representative Anna V. Eskamani.

PRESENTATION #1: “Math for a Better City” by Eliza Harris Juliano

Learn how math and science can help make decisions that are better for cities; and better understand how good (or bad) city planning affects your everyday life in sometimes counter-intuitive ways.

Eliza is the Director of Urbanism at Canin Associates, where she helps communities and developers build and rebuild neighborhoods where walking or biking to run an errand or go to school is a safe and pleasant experience.

PRESENTATION #2: “Wild Love: Strange Mating Strategies in the Animal Kingdom” by Thienthanh Trinh

Attracting mates can be incredibly difficult! Learn how animals across the animal kingdom lock it down. Sometimes it’s romantic. Sometimes it’s complicated. Sometimes it’s weird.

Thienthanh Trinh recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Masters in Biology. Her research was on the “zombie-ant fungus”, Ophiocordyceps, a fungal parasite that manipulates the behavior of its ant host. Lover of fun facts. Nature inspires both her science and her art. She hopes to use her creativity, love for science, and humor to communicate ideas in a fun, more engaging, and accessible way.

For the final presentation, Rep. Anna V. Eskamani will demystify the legislative process in Tallahassee and answer pressing questions about the upcoming election.

Representative Anna V. Eskamani is a UCF graduate, Anna worked at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida for 7 years, and is now pursuing her PhD in Public Affairs. On November 6, 2018 Anna was elected to serve the great people of House District 47 in Orlando with a vote margin of 57% to 43%, flipping a legislative seat, and becoming the first Iranian-American elected to any public office in Florida.

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing at Nerd Nite on July 11h

Join us on Thursday, July 11th as we return to Stardust Video & Coffee in Audubon Park for an evening of thinking and drinking.

Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining and educational presentations. Speakers present for 15 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A with the audience. Nerd Nite operates in over a hundred cities around the world and launched in Orlando on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Click here to sign up for Nerd Nite.

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PRESENTATION #1: “Space Trivia” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

PRESENTATION #2: “Historiography: Down the Rabbit Hole (of diverse and contentious perspectives, methods, and emphases by which humans have studied history…” by Benjamin Forbes Griffith

This presentation will take you “Down the Rabbit Hole” of historiography to explore diverse and contentious perspectives, methods, and emphases by which humans have studied history, why more people should know and care to think critically about them, and why more students should learn about them in school. Get ready for an entertaining history of some of the most intriguing as well as controversial schools of historiography from ancient until modern times — many of which few people have ever even heard of or thought about as “lenses” through which to think about and interpret history.

A lifelong intellectually curious bibliophile and lover of learning and philosophy, Ben Griffith was a high-school social-studies teacher for a decade before transitioning to a very different career as a web-developer. He has always enjoyed studying life’s deepest questions, including inspiring people to delve into some of the more nefarious, uglier, and lesser-known aspects of history — and was always eager to do his utmost to make history come alive for his students, critically engaging them in consuming, designing, and participating in multimedia technology, symposium debates, dramatic roleplaying exercises, primary source analyses, and other creative projects.

PRESENTATION #3: “How to Enjoy Medieval Fighting with out Problematic Loss of Limb” by LANCE Orlando

LANCE Orlando is a nonprofit organization which exists to provide the highest quality live action experiences and stage combat performances to educate and entertain while striving to promote an active, creative community in the Southeastern United States.

We Need to Break Down the “Power of Women’s Anger” at Nerd Nite

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We’ve been wanting to have Diana Griffith speak at Nerd Nite for a few years now and what better time for her to finally take the stage and give a talk called “The Political and Cultural Power of Women’s Anger”

Click here to sign up.

WHERE:
Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 Winter Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

WHEN:
Thursday June 13th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6-7p: Pre-show videos
7-9p: Presentations

Diana Griffith is a business writer, artist, and host of the local podcast Orlando Lady Boss. On the show, she interviews women who impact, inspire, and grow the Orlando community. Diana wants to help more women find their voice in order add to our collective stories because she believe change can happen when we have the courage to share our stories with each other.

Celebrate Pride Month at Nerd Nite on June 13th

61537073_1547795195357792_693431197312745472_nThe month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. We’re excited to have Scottie Campbell return to Nerd Nite on June 13th and give a talk called “An Incomplete History of the Stonewall Uprising”

Click here to sign up.

WHERE:
Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 Winter Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

WHEN:
Thursday June 13th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6-7p: Pre-show videos
7-9p: Presentations

Scottie Campbell is an aspiring kind person and a multipotentialite. He is a founding partner of the production company Thomas M. Bunting Projects, LLC. He has actively supported Central Florida’s queer community for more than 20 years through charity work, activism, and freelance writing for Watermark. Other writing efforts include his micro-lit series Storied Orlando seen regularly in Bungalower’s zine. In July, he will celebrate one year as the Marketing Specialist for Orange County Library System, a gig he is thankful for daily. He holds a BA in theatre from Rollins College. Scottie makes his home in in downtown Orlando with his partner, Brendan O’Connor, and their rescue dog, Bernie Taupin.

Get 10% Off a Nerd Nite Shirt on Memorial Day

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Until May 28th, we’re having a Memorial Day sale at the NERD NITE STORE!

Use the promo code: MEMORIAL and get 10% off all items.

Click here to purchase a Nerd Nite shirt and other apparel. Select items are available in red, white, blue, navy blue, and black; sizes range from small, medium, large, x-large, xxl, and more.

See “John Wick” With Us for Free on May 14th

Be the first to see a screening of JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM

Click here for FREE advanced passes:
http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/JW3NerdNite

Location:
Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX
541 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
407-207-9110

Date & Time:
5/14/2019
07:30 PM (Be sure to arrive early)

Synopsis:

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

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