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Nerd Nite #98: DC Statehood, Monster Myths, Entomology, Death

Nerd Nite is back on Wednesday, February 5th, and whoa is it a super-sized one. Here’s what we have planned:

Bo Shuff, “What’s the State of DC and Why Is It All Philly’s Fault?”

700,000 people who call DC home have zero representation in Congress. We live in the shadow of the Capitol, yet have no voice inside of it. However, there’s a simple answer to righting a 200+ year wrong – DC Statehood. Find out all about the future 51st State – and how it’s Philly’s fault we ended up in this mess.

BIO: Bo Shuff is the Executive Director of DC Vote, the lead organization for Statehood for the people of Washington, DC. He has spent the last 20 years on the front lines of political advocacy and candidate campaigns to advance civil rights causes. Before joining DC Vote, Bo was the Campaign Manager for DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Kathryn McCluskey, “Intro to Entomology and Insect Mating”

For this talk, Katie will be introducing entomology basics, interesting insect mating facts and touch on insect biodiversity loss.
 
Bio: Katie works as an entomology research technician at University of Pennsylvania in the Biology Department. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Dalhousie University and is pursuing her Masters in Environmental Studies at University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Environmental Biology. For her thesis project Katie is researching insects as environmental bioindicators and biodiversity loss. Katie runs a science instagram where she posts pictures of her lab and talks more about biology, bugs and science @BiotaScience

Michael McConville, “Talk, Dark, and Hairy: The Role of the Monster in American Culture”

For as long as humans have walked on Earth, we have feared that which we can’t see or what we don’t understand. The shadows of the forest, the depths of the seas – just beyond our control and comprehension exists a world of myth and monsters. While other regions of the world have stories of fanciful creatures and thousands of years of folklore, North America’s “monster culture” is much more grounded in the land and the people that inhabit it. It is even more starkly reflected in the popular culture of the United States, where monsters can be the stars of movies, television shows, and comics. Fear is replaced by familiarity, but the stories at the foundation of the American monster are largely forgotten. We’ll explore the roots of our monster mythos – and all become armchair cryptozoologists, as well!

BIO: Michael McConville has always been fascinated with the mysterious and the unknown, the stories and discoveries that raise more questions than they answer. This love of the unexplained – and the urge to learn and understand as much as possible about it – directly led Michael to teaching. A professor of American history currently on hiatus from the University of Central Florida and sales manager for the Spitz planetarium company just outside of Philadelphia, In both pursuits, Michael is tasked to be both a storyteller and a story facilitator — to take what can be mysterious and interpret it in new and exciting ways. This is Michael’s seventh Nerd Nite presentation: five for Orlando, and now his second for Philadelphia.

Jason Tabrys, “What’s Next? A Meditation on Death, the Afterlife, Pop Culture and the Search for Truth”

Get ready to laugh as pop culture expert Jason Tabrys focuses on the ways TV and film present the afterlife while seeking answers to very heavy questions.

BIO: Jason Tabrys is a pop culture bon vivant, writer, editor, podcaster, comedian, and dancer. This is his second Nerd Nite Philly appearance in as many months by popular demand.

It all gets underway on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:30pm at Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave deep in heart of Fishtown). $10. There’s an ATM on site and a Wells Fargo up the street.

BE THERE AND BE SQUARE, YO!

The Nerd Nite Holiday Spectacular Is Wednesday, December 11th!

headerThe Nerd Nite Philly Holiday Spectacular! Wednesday 12/11. 7:30pm. $10.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least that’s what we are forced to believe during this time of year. But fear not, your pals at Nerd Nite Philadelphia are determined to keep the humbugging at bay with our first ever Holiday Spectacular. Join us for an evening of fun, talks, games and prizes that will give you a break from seasonal stress…at least for an hour or two.

Among the highlights will be:

Chris Cummins, “How Dragon Con Saved My Life”

In this talk, Chris will discuss Dragon Con, the annual celebration of nerd culture held each Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta. In a time where fandom is at its most toxic (see how Kelly Marie Tran, Ahmed Best, and Jake Lloyd were treated by Star Wars “fans”), this event is a much needed antidote where everyone is welcome, and multimedia franchises both obscure and mainstream are celebrated in a non-stop party that includes gaming, panels, the greatest cosplay on the planet, an incredible parade that the whole city comes out for and so much more. Along with presenting a history of the con and a look at such Dragon Con-specific wonderment as the Cult of the Marriott Carpet and the Rise and Fall of Jon, the FedEx guy, Cummins will also examine how the convention lifted him out of the worst depression of his life. What result will be a look at the healing power of fandom and community, thanks to the world’s greatest con.

BIO: Chris Cummins is the producer/host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, a writer who has contributed to Den of Geek, Geekadelphia, USA Today, Topless Robot and Archie Comics, and the producer/host of Music Video Book Club and Sci-Fi Explosion (the latter of which made its Dragon Con debut in 2019).

• Talks on the nerdiest holiday songs ever recorded, the greatest Muppet Christmas moments, and info on nerdy gift ideas!

• Comedy from returning guest Glen Tickle!

• A live performance from Skeletor Claus!

• The Nerd Nite Philly Ugly Holiday Sweater/T-Shirt Contest with prizes from NECA Toys, Mill Creek Entertainment, and more!

• The return of The Cost Is Correct, the retro-pricing game show from Ben Leach.

• Surprises galore!

As much fun as this event will be, it will also be bittersweet as this will be the last Nerd Nite Philly event with Gina Lavery. She has been the beating heart and soul of this event for the past ten years, and is leaving us to focus on her work in making Philly a better place to live! We absolutely love her, and we hope you’ll come on out to say goodbye.

Who knows, there might even be a holiday singalong or two!

The Nerd Nite Philly Holiday Spectacular
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30pm
$10
Frankford Hall

Be there or be ho ho ho square!