Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!

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 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.

The next Nerd Nite:

December 10 – Tickets

at Busby’s East
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

January 14 – Tickets
February 11 – Tickets
March 10 – Tickets

Stay in touch through the links below.





PRESENTATION #1: Music Theory Basics
By Jake Simon
Does every song really sound the same these days? Can some of the “greatest songs ever written” be boiled down to just a couple chords? This presentation will be an iintroduction to the building blocks of harmony in context of some of the best written songs ever written.
Jake Simon studied jazz performance and music business at NYU, worked in the creative department at Universal Music Publishing Group for 2 years, was a writer rep at BMI for 3 years. He now handles A&R for Atlas Music Publishing, working with writers top writers including Toby Gad and Printz Board.
PRESENTATION #2: The Physics Behind the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015
By Kevin Hickerson

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the discovery that the lightest of light particles, the neutrino, has mass, however tiny. But many more massive puzzles still persist about this shadow particle: Why are they so light? What is the mass anyway? Do they look the same in a mirror? Do time and neutrino have a favoured direction, and why is most of the universe invisible? I’ll talk about how we are going to spend the next decade (or two) answering those questions, and trying to get the next few Nobel Prizes while we are at it.

Dr. Kevin Peter Hickerson is a Posdoctoral Scholar with the Kellogg Radiation Lab at Caltech in Pasadena. He is a unusual mix of nuclear physicist and standup comedian. As a scientist Kevin studies ultracold neutrons, neutrinos, and fundamental symmetries. As a physics Kevin gives talk around the world, including CERN and Fermilab, and works on high precision electroweak experiments in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Italy. As a comedian, Kevin tells inappropriate jokes to strangers at some of the worlds best comedy. Kevin hosts a science and comedy themed podcast “Surely You’re Joking” featuring the best guests from Hollywood to NASA.

PRESENTATION #3: Power From the Sky
By Brent Sherwood
“Power from the Sky” opens with a sobering portrait of how our world consumes energy today, and how this could conceivably continue past the temporary era of fossil fuels. Then it presents a way that today’s space flight technology could help…a way that NASA is not investing in.
Brent Sherwood is a space architect with over a quarter century of professional experience. He was at Boeing for 17 years, in human spaceflight advanced engineering and program development. He has been at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the past 10 years, where he is Program Manager for Solar System Mission Formulation. He has published extensively on the human exploration and development of space.