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:

May 12 – TICKETS

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

UPCOMING NITES:
June 9 – TICKETS
July 14
August 11

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THIS MONTH’S PRESENTATIONS:

PRESENTATION #1: Muppet Performers: The Pavarottis of Puppetry
By Jon Thomas

The original Muppet Performers–Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt–were some of the greatest actors you’ve never heard of. Meet their indelible characters and learn how they brought felt and fur to life.

Bio: Jon Thomas is an amateur puppeteer and professional Muppet fan. From mimicking Kermit’s voice into his tape recorder as a child to tattooing Kermit’s face on his arm as an “adult,” Jon’s nerdiness for the Muppets knows no bounds. He will never stop playing with dolls.

PRESENTATION #2: The Crazy Science of Oil & Gas
By Donovan Schafer

Learn how oil and gas companies use gamma rays, MRIs, and nuclear explosions to unlock oil and gas trapped inside nanopores 30,000′ below the ground. All this with a well having the proportions of a human hair. How do they do this? Come and find out.

Bio: Donovan Schafer studied electrical engineering at USC, but got swept away to work in West Virginia as a petroleum engineer after graduating. A complete novice, he had to learn the in’s and out’s of the oil and gas industry from virtually no prior knowledge, and at each turn what he learned kept blowing him away. Currently he uses his engineering background and experience to advise institutional investors on oil and gas investments.

PRESENTATION #3: VAMPIRES IN MEDIA: How we got from Dracula to Edward Cullen
By Sean Rourke

He’s dreamy, he’s a vampire vegetarian, and he sparkles. How did it come to this? As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Vampire in cinema, it’s a prefect time to trace the DNA of Bela Lugosi’s Count and see what twists and turns were necessary to create the moody undead heartthrob of the Twilight.

Bio: Sean Rourke is an editor in the Hollywood movie industry and teaches the Film School every year at Comic-Con. His secret passion is vampires – especially vampire movies – and he has an embarrassing number of those on VHS. He drinks Iced-Tea, eats dark chocolate, and his dog is a little too smart for her own good.