(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Part stand-up comedy, part lecture, Nerd Nite combines the entertaining and the educational. An underground phenomenon featuring authentic TED Talk-style presentations on topics ranging from math feuds, the science of the Simpsons, to the geneology of Godzilla, Nerd Nite has been spreading across the U.S. and the world for nearly a decade, and comes to MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 8pm.
Nerd Nite at MASS MoCA begins with a presentation about mumblecore, the collection of American independent films produced in the early 2000s and characterized by low budget production values and amateur actors. The presentations continue with Nerds & Whey: how the controlled spoilage of milk begets the world’s tastiest cheeses, which explains acidification, coagulation, and every cheese-related process in between. The Nerds wrap up the night with Hey, Where’s My Robot Girlfriend? The Singularity, Sperm Bots and the Future of Sexual Technology, during which the Nerds explain how hybrids of sex and technology are flourishing in contemporary culture.
Nerd Nite currently takes place in over 50 cities across the globe. During the event, the Nerds give funny-yet-smart presentations, each about 20 minutes in length. These informative lectures cover topics across all disciplines while the audience drinks along. And a night with the Nerds doesn’t stop there: bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans often make their way into the mix. A perfect cocktail of witty and informative, the Nerds get audiences laughing and learning with the very same sentence.
Nerd Nite takes place at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, located on the third floor of the museum. The venue is an intimate, casual spot which features hip, emerging artists. Dinner and snacks from Lickety Split Café and drinks from the MASS MoCA bar are available before and during the performance.
Tickets to Nerd Nite are $14 in advance, $18 on the day of the show. Tickets for students are $10. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office, located off Marshall Street in North Adams, from 11 AM until 5 PM (closed Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased online at MASS MoCA.