Nerd Nite 6, 5/5 at the High Horse in Amherst

Hey folks, we’re mixing it up and bringing the fun to the upstairs at the High Horse on Monday, May 5th at 7PM. $3, 21+. Really looking forward to having Nerd Nite in such a great space with great food and drink. Tell your Amherst friends. And now, the talks:

Cluster Facts: A Down-to-Earth History of Cluster Ballooning
Trying to get airborne under a cluster of gas-filled balloons is reckless, irresponsible, and sometimes fatal…unless it’s done right. Follow sky-struck amateurs, glory-seekers, and scientists through eighty years of audacious adventures.

Mark Karpel takes breaks from his psychology practice to write about people who think big and get carried away. He drove the chase van for the first cluster balloon flight across the English Channel.


An Artist’s Alchemy: The Process of Inquiry
How does art grow from concept to reality? Learn how one artist’s generative research propels ideas forward, incorporating such disparate elements as Filipino tribal tattoos, bullfighting costumes, and Pokemon.

Donnabelle Casis is a painter with an MFA from the University of Washington. Her work has appeared in Seattle’s CoCA, The Tacoma Art Museum, and most recently at UMASS’s Hampden Gallery.


Thanks to all for a great NN5!

We had a fantastic crowd for Nerd Nite on 3/24–a few people called it the best Nerd Nite yet! Thanks to our presenters Greg Saulmon and Ian Cheney. Stay tuned for info on the next Nerd Nite!

Nerd Nite 5: Eastworks 3/24

Hey everyone, we had such a good time at Eastworks that we’re going back there for our next Nerd Nite! In addition to the wine and beer I’ve been told there will be someone from Riff’s who will be running food back and forth so this will make it easier for you to relax and enjoy our two amazing talks:

Monday, March 24th, 7PM, $3
Eastworks, Suite 160
Easthampton, MA

The End of Darkness: light pollution and the disappearing night
What do we lose, when we lose the night? With time-lapse imagery, animation, and excerpts from his Emmy-nominated documentary, filmmaker Ian Cheney reveals the surprising effects of excess illumination on human health, wildlife, and the human relationship to the stars.

Ian Cheney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who runs Wicked Delicate Films, based in Northampton, MA and Brooklyn, NY. His films include King CornThe Greening of SouthieTruck FarmThe City Dark, and the forthcoming The Search for General Tso.


The Birds Downtown
Many people see Holyoke and Springfield as cities racked by poverty, crime and drugs — but, their neighborhoods also offer some of the most unique birding opportunities you’ll find. Can that help change the conversation about our urban centers?

Greg Saulmon is a Holyoke resident, an avid birder, and an accomplished photographer whose work has been shown in galleries and museums in Holyoke, Northampton, and Brattleboro. He maintains the website


Please spread the word! See you there…

Awesome times at Eastworks for NN4

We had another incredible turnout on 2/10 for Nerd Nite. Many thanks to our presenters Erik Cheries and Megan E. Labonte, plus our sweet DJ Steve Truempy, who was spinning some very cool album sides all night. Stay tuned for info about the next Nerd Nite!

Nerd Nite 4: 2/10 @ Eastworks!

Nerd Nite 4 is on the way and we’re spreading the love around the Valley by bringing it to Easthampton for the night! We’ll be in the mill-chic Suite 160 space at the righthand side of the Eastworks building. There will be a bar with wine and beer and hungry nerds can walk across the hall and order food from Riff’s. That’s Monday, February 10th at 7PM. Now, our awesome talks:

The Good, The Bad, and The Baby: The Developmental Origins of Moral Thought
Where do our moral intuitions come from? Are humans born with a basic sense of right and wrong? In this talk you’ll hear about some of the surprising discoveries scientists have made about the moral lives of babies. The results may surprise you.

Erik Cheries is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at UMass Amherst. He is a cognitive scientist who studies infants as a way of examining how the mind works.


How I Shot Myself 366 Times and Lived to Tell the Tale: A Year in Self Portraits
Learn how one multi-talented artist makes creativity part of her daily life. Megan E. LaBonte shares her 366 project in which she took on self portrait every day for a year.

Megan E. LaBonte is a photographer, costume designer, make-up artist, dancer, painter, and sculptor whose work has been performed and shown throughout the Valley.


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Thanks for a great Nerd Nite 3!

We had an amazing turnout for the 3rd Nerd Nite at the Deuce. Many thanks to Alan Weisman and Mary Witt. Stay tuned for more information about the next Nerd Nite!NerdNite3

Nerd Nite 3: Monday 1/6

We are extremely excited about our next Nerd Nite. After the holiday hooplah is over, come join us for two talks that will span the very global and the very personal. That’s on Monday, January 6th at 7PM at the World War II Club (The Deuce). We had so many folks last time that they are putting us in the big back room. Let’s fill it! Our talks:

Counting Down, Gently: How many people can fit on a planet without capsizing it?
Go to the front lines of Earth’s population boom with an award-winning, bestselling journalist and author who has traveled the globe to document how far we’ve strayed from sustainable growth and what it might take to get us back there.

Alan Weisman is the author of Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? and The World Without Us, an international bestseller translated into 34 languages. He lives in Cummington.


Working in Layers in the Creative Process
Learn about how one artist and musician uses layering in both media to make finished, textured pieces with depth. Focusing on the parts that will make up the imagined whole, a singer, bass player, and painter draws parallels between complexities in these different forms of expression, sharing examples of each.

Mary Witt is an abstract painter and member of the Oxbow Gallery whose work has appeared there and elsewhere throughout the valley. She performs regionally with the jazz-swing band the O-Tones.


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Nerd Nite 2 a smashing success

We had a packed house for amazing talks from Aaron Jensen and Duncan Irshick & Al Crosby. Stay tuned for info about the next Nerd Nite!


Nerd Nite 2: Monday 11/25

The Nerd Nite launch was fantastic! Now get ready for more great nerdery…

We have two awesome presentations lined up for Nerd Nite NoHo 2 on Monday, November 25th, at 7PM at The World War II Club (The Deuce).

The Wonders of Geckskin
Find out what it’s like to crawl the walls–literally. Geckskin is a gecko-inspired adhesive, developed at UMass, that can hold as much as 700lbs on an index-card size piece, and release with near zero force upon command. Learn about the development of this amazing material, as well as the new questions and insight the discovery has brought into the biology of the gecko–one of which will be in attendance!
Al Crosby is a Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering at UMass Amherst and an expert in adhesion, soft materials mechanics, and bioinspired materials. Duncan Irschick is a Professor of Biology at UMass Amherst whose expertise is evolution and ecology of animal athletics.
You’ve Been Hallucinating This Whole Time (and other facts about color.)
Learn why there are actually two sets of primary colors, magenta is “just” in your head, and how rainbows may actually be magical! Get up to speed on everything there is to know about color including how we perceive it, and how it fits into the electromagnetic spectrum. With lasers and black light, this talk promises to be illuminating!

Aaron Jensen is an artist and middle-school teacher who is developing the Looping Spectrum Theory, combining philosophy, art, and science.
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Nerd Nite Launches October 28th!

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for… The official launch of Nerd Nite NoHo!

Mark your calendars for Monday, October 28th, at 7PM. We are very excited to be hosting Nerd Nite at The World War II Club (The Deuce) on the last Monday of the month through at least December.

We have two great talks for the evening:

These crazy times: What the heck is happening in Washington, and what does it have to do with me?
Jo Comerford, executive director of, takes on Congress, the federal budget, a government shutdown, and the debt ceiling, with some slick charts and a robust sense of humor. Jo is a dynamic public speaker and frequent contributor to such publications as The Nation,, and Mother Jones.

Inside a crumpled ball: surprising physics of a familiar object.
From the tiniest cell to the largest mountain ranges, crumpling exists all around us, yet the physics remains poorly understood. UMass grad student Dominique Cambou climbs inside the crumple with x-ray tomography and other stunning visuals to explain this universal phenomenon and forever change your view of the waste-basket 3-pointer. Dominique’s research has attracted the attention of Wired Science and Physics Today.

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