We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!
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This month's program:
Our friends at the Austin-born, interplanetary phenomenon Intergalactic Nemesis will storm the North Door stage this month to bring us specific instructions to prevent the robot uprising! It involves banging pots, fyi.
"From Radio Play to Comic Book to Stage: how we created The Intergalactic Nemesis," by Jason Neulander
Think of this as peeking behind that magical curtain. Jason will talk through the creation of the newest chapter of Intergalactic Nemesis ("Twin Infinity"), from the collaborative writing process, through the translation from an audio format to a visual one, and, finally, how it all comes together in a live performance.
Jason Neulander is the director, producer, and co-author of The Intergalactic Nemesis, a trilogy of radio plays, graphic novels, and live theatrical productions that are touring the world. Before that, he founded and was the artistic director of Salvage Vanguard Theater [masked]). And, yes, he was on Conan.
"A day in the life on tour!" by Jessie Douglas
What are the crucial elements of preparing for a giant stage show at a new venue every single day? From a six-week advance conversation to the day their staff arrive to load in and sound check, stage managers are masters of detail and witness to every kind of imaginable debacle.
Jessie Douglas has been with Intergalactic Nemesis for three years. She has a degree in stage management, and worked as a stage manager at Zach Theater for five years.
"Science friction: Banging, Rubbing and Ringing in the Sounds of the Future," by Buzz Moran
A radio play about future worlds requires sound effects that veer quickly from the nostalgic to the experimental. Buzz will describe his process for creating and evolving the sounds of Intergalactic Nemesis.
Buzz Moran is a sound designer and Foley artist, as well as co-founder of The Dionysium. In addition to designing sound for Nemesis, Buzz has edited music for films like Richard Linklater's Bernie and Before Midnight, and occasionally live-dubs odd foreign films for the Alamo Drafthouse's Foleyvision series.
Following the talks, stick around for a Nerd Nite-style sound effects competition and robot dance-off!
Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show:
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Doors at 7, talks start at 7:30. As always, Nerd Nite is free.
(Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!)