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 100 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.


Upcoming events:

Nerd Nite on November 8th at Busby’s East — CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


PRESENTATION #1: Reading the Rocks: Using Geology to Tell the Story of the Earth
by Michelle Vanegas

Summary: Throughout earth’s 4.6 billion years of existence, the planet has undergone incredible and dramatic changes—from the breakup of supercontinents to the formation of mountain ranges that tower miles into the atmosphere. Luckily for us, this immense history of change has been recorded and preserved in the rocks which make up the earth. The study of geology allows us to piece together the story of our planet by understanding rocks, minerals, and the geologic processes which create them. Every single rock has a part of this story to tell—you just have to know how to read it.

Bio: Michelle Vanegas is gallery interpreter at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. She first discovered her love for geology at Pasadena City College, and then pursued a career in science education at California State University, Los Angeles. When she’s not at the museum, she’s out tide-pooling, rock-hunting, sewing her own clothing, or singing karaoke at the local bar whilst drinking delicious, coffee and chocolate infused stouts and porters.

PRESENTATION #2: Myth or Mastodon: The Science and Mythology of Paleontology
by Brittney Stoneburg

Summary: Imagine living in Ancient Greece and finding a massive skull with a hole in the middle – you might call it a cyclops then build an entire mythos around it, but congrats, you’ve actually just found yourself a prehistoric elephant! We’ll explore the many connections between mythology and paleontology, and learn how fossils have inspired the stories humans have told themselves for thousands of years.

Bio: Brittney Stoneburg received an English degree in college and then somehow managed to become a scientist. Now the Marketing and Events Specialist for the Western Science Center and cofounder of the educational initiative Cosplay for Science, she enjoys hunting for fossils, science communication, and impersonating a mastodon on Twitter.

PRESENTATION #3: Infinity Law: Legal Lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
by Josh Gilliland

Summary: Comic fans have been thrilled with a decade of live action adventures of their favorite Marvel characters. What can we learn about the law from 20 Marvel movies and TV shows? Are the Sokovia Accords Constitutional? How did Dr. Strange save the world with contract law? Was Star-Lord the rightful owner of the Infinity Stone on Morag? Could Thanos be prosecuted as a war criminal? Find out!

Bio: Josh Gilliland is a California attorney and co-creator of The Legal Geeks, which has made the ABA Journal Top Blawg 100 Blawg for 2013 to 2016, the ABA Web 100 for Best Legal Blog and Podcast categories in 2017, and was nominated for Best Podcast for the 2015 Geekie Awards. Josh has presented at legal conferences and comic book conventions across the United States. He also ties a mean bow tie.

Nerd Nite LA takes place at:

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

Busby’s East is a 21+ venue.


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