Nerd Nite KW Episode 35 TMNT SPECIAL EDITION November 25/15

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Nerd Nite KW 4th Episode 35 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Special!!

Cowabunga nerd friends!

Join us at the Apollo Cinema on November 25th for an evening of trivia, live art, and a special guest speaker, followed by the 1990 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie!!!

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Show starts at 7:00 pm. For a change, we are going to start the evening with trivia followed by the talk and documentary footage.

9pm 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle live action movie!

tix are $12 cash only, at the door (this includes the movie!)

Beer is $5

PRESENTATION: Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles documentary producer Isaac Elliot-Fisher will talk about the making of the documentary as well as show special behind the scenes footage.

Our artist in residence is returning nerd friend Matthew Ingraham.

Matt is a self-made and taught storyteller, born and raised in the moderately-sized city of Kitchener, Ontario. Canadian and proud, he has worked on various odds and ends and strives to make comics that are fun and adventurous that anyone can read. Matthew will be making art inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Tickets for the art raffle are $1 each.

 

BE THERE AND BE SQUARE

Nerd Nite KW Episode 34 Halloween Edition Oct. 28, 2015

It’s SHOWTIME nerd friends!

Join us at the Apollo Cinema on October 28th for terrifying talks, trivia, COSTUME CONTEST (with different categories!), live art, live music, and scary prizes!

**ANNOUNCEMENT! We will also be screening the first episode of Kitchener Sync at 6:30pm!!

Doors open at 6:00 pm

6:30 Kitchener Sync Episode 1 screening

7:15 performance by Woot Suit Riot

7:30 Nerd Nite KW: Presentation, COSTUME CONTEST, door prizes, TRIVIA

9pm Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice!

tix are $12 cash only, at the door

Beer is $5

Nerd Nite KW Halloween edition

We welcome local musicians Woot Suit Riot to entertain you before the official Nerd Nite KW show starts at 7:30pm. Woot Suit Riot is a Kitchener based nerd band. With songs about everything from Elder gods to videogames, they want to make you think and make you laugh, not necessarily in that order.

Our Artist in Residence is returning Halloween artist Becka Kinzie. Becka is a part-time web/comic artist and full time Colour Flatter**/Colourist from Kitchener. The most current books she’s part of include KAPTARA (Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod), and HACKTIVIST 2 (written by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Alyssa Milano, art by Marcus To and Ian Herring). Becka is also working on her Horror comic, GEHENNA: DEATH VALLEY, and self-published issue 1 this year.**(someone who fills an inked page with flat colours, usually on a program like Photoshop)

PRESENTATION: Our own founder/coordinator Charlotte Armstrong will be giving a presentation about the science behind night terrors and why she sees “dead people”.

Our trivia is a special 25 question Halloween edition!

After you have got your nerd on, we will be screening BEETLEJUICE!! Movie ticket is included in the price of $12.

BE SQUARE AND GET SCARED!

Nerd Nite KW Episode 31 April 28, 2015

NERD COMMUNITY ASSEMBLE for Nerd Nite KW episode 31 at The Boathouse Tuesday April 28th!

Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7:30pm at The Boathouse 57 Jubilee Drive (Victoria Park), Kitchener
Tickets are $5 at the door for non-members and we will have year long memberships for sale for $30.

Presentation #1: Brew Ha! The History of Beer in Waterloo Region.

Sally Heath has been dabbling in the world of craft beer for five years, when she first started learning more about beer styles in an effort to understand why she preferred some beers to others. Since then, she has made it a personal mission to integrate her love of knowledge with her love of barley-based beverages. Sally spends her days working at the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence at Wilfrid Laurier University, but in her spare time, works at beer events for Grand River Brewing. She is currently working towards her Cicerone designation.

Presentation #2: Real World CSI Cyber

Jamie McQuaid CISSP, EnCE is a forensic investigator with a background in corporate investigations spanning various industries from telecommunications to financial services and manufacturing. His responsibilities included conducting both forensic and physical investigations globally across the organization. McQuaid is currently a Forensics Consultant at Magnet Forensics where he assists in the development of Internet Evidence Finder (IEF) and supports their customers with his combined expertise in forensic investigation and IEF product knowledge. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Computer Security and Investigations from Fleming College and an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Our Artist in Residence for the night is local artist/nerd/celebrity Janice Lee!
Janice Lee is a folk artist rooted in Kitchener, Ontario. She is a poet, musician, storyteller and community organizer. Janice sings, speaks and shares stories about love and struggle, community and friendship. She is soulful, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest. She is passionate about dismantling systems of oppression and empowering people through the arts.
Janice is the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence for 2015 working on a videopoem project called Folk Myths of Kitchener. She is the artistic director of the KW Poetry Slam.

Our award winning trivia will be hosted by our Trivia Overlord, Eric Moon. 20 educational questions accompanied by Eric’s signature entertaining memes and GIFs.

And of course, the usual “cool” door prizes, terrible trivia prizes, and awesomeness brought to you by your Nerd Nite KW team: Charlotte, Ryan, Eric, and Becky!

Be there and be square!

Nerd Nite KW episode #28 January 28, 2015

NERD COMMUNITY ASSEMBLE!!

Join us for 3 presentations, trivia, live music, terrible prizes, and of course, awesome people all brought to you by Team Nerd Squad: Charlotte, Ryan, Eric, and Becky.

Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7:30pm at Cork Hall at McCabes Irish Pub Downtown Kitchener.

Tickets are $5 at the door for non-members and we will have year long memberships for sale for $30.

Nerd Nite Season 3 Episode 28

Presentation #1: Local musician Juneyt Yetkiner will be giving us a musical demonstration and teaching us all about Flamenco music. Three time regional music award nominee Juneyt was destined from birth to be a musician. His name means “Soldier of Music” in his native tongue, and has proven to be a true foreshadowing of his life path. Juneyt has composed music for two television documentaries, and has built his career as a professional musician playing in and around his hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo and the GTA. Check out his website here:

www.juneyt.com

Presentation #2: Thumbs Up for Radio Edutainment: Go Behind the Scenes of a Weekly Radio Show & Podcast

By day Rachelle Saunders makes websites with a Canadian I.T. company based out of Edmonton, but by night (and sometimes very early in the mornings) she is the Producer and Co-host of the weekly science radio show “Science for the People”, which is syndicated on radio stations across North America. She spends most of her off hours absorbing pop science books, keeping up with science news on the web, and interviewing interesting people about interesting things.

Presentation #3: Charlotte will talk about the upcoming space missions and astronomical events coming up in 2015. There are lots of reasons to have a space party this year!

Our Artist in Residence for the evening is also one of our presenters, Juneyt Yetkiner. We will have exclusive copies of his amazing CD to be raffled off during the evening. Raffle tickets are $1 each. He will also have some for sale (a great gift!).

We will top off the evening with our award winning trivia by our trivia overlord Eric Moon. The theme for this month’s trivia is snow! The prizes will of course, be terrible!

Be there and be square!

Nerd Nite KW Season 3: Sept. 24, 2014!

Welcome to our THIRD season of nerding up KW! Join us for our 25th episode of Nerdy presentations, artist in residence, community announcements, raffle prize, trivia, door prizes, board games, and the Oculus Rift demo. Nerd out with awesome people while learning, laughing, and having fun.

Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 at our NEW venue: Cork Hall at McCabes Irish Pub & Grill, Downtown Kitchener.

TICKETS are just $5 at the door OR pay $30 for a one year Nerd Nite KW membership that gets you into all the regular shows for the third season (that is 9 shows for the price of 6!), a discount on your Nerd Fest 2015 ticket, and other surprise goodies.

Presentation #1: Robyn Walsh will be talking about her unusual job working at a robotic milking company and being a total bovine nerd

Presentation #2: All About Your Friendly Neighbourhood Reptiles!
Since saving her first garter snake at the age of six from a neighbour’s shovel, Brittany Weatherall has had a passion for reptiles and reptile conservation. Her presentation will focus on dispelling myths about these creatures as well as helping everyone become more involved
in conservation efforts.

Our Artist in Residence for the evening is local nerd champion Kate Cox. Kate is a British born artist, who has made her home in Kitchener for the last 8 years. She has twice been recognised by the region with nominations for Waterloo Regional Arts Awards for her contributions to our creative community. Her work creates dialogue about pop-culture, urban myth and the nature of permanence. She is currently working with members of a top secret arts collective, on illustrations for a map of Kitchener re-imagined which will be released later this year. Kate has also recently opened The Adventurers Guild – a board game cafe on Ontario Street in Downtown Kitchener. You can find more of her work at;www.kategcox.tumblr.com and check out the cafe atwww.adventurersguildcafe.com

The art piece will be raffled off at the end of the night. Raffle tickets are $1 each and all proceeds go to the artist.

Our Host with the Most for the evening is Ryan Consell, 20 question Trivia is by Eric Moon, and the Wizard behind the curtain as always, is Charlotte Armstrong.

You can then hang out and play board games, meet awesome people, and check out our new OCULUS RIFT Developer Kit 2, until the bar closes at midnight.

Also don’t forget to vote for us by September 15 for best Social Profit and Best trivia in Cord Community’s Best of Waterloo Region: http://community.thecord.ca/bestof/

Be there and be square!

Nerd Nite KW Episode 24 June 25, 2014!

Episode 24 is here to nerd you up!

Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 at the Rum Runner Downtown Kitchener.

3 nerdy presentations, artist in residence raffle prize, trivia, door prizes, board games, and the Oculus Rift! Nerd out with awesome people while learning, laughing, and having fun.

$$ donations will be accepted to distribute among our presenters in appreciation of their awesomeness.

Yes, there will be door prizes! They could be good, could be bad, you’ll just have to find out yourself!

Presentation #1: Medicinal Green and Melted Emeralds – a clear view into the world of Absinthe

David Carlton is a visual artist and journalist. He’s consumed a lot of absinthe over the last 13 years

Presentation #2: What time is it? In our modern society we live by the clock. We set our alarm, catch our favourite TV show, eat at certain times of the day, and celebrate holidays through out the year. But although our sense of time is that of a passing and objective force, flowing steady to the rhythm of the metronome, it is inexact; because time does not pass through us, but rather, we pass through time, and it is bended and shaped by our mood, our speed, and even where we are in space. So how does the brain take time and make it fly by when you’re having fun or stop when you’re staring at the clock? How does it know to wake up a minute before your alarm goes off or freeze right before a sudden crash? Ann Hascalovitz will tell us how!

Ann Hascalovitz, a neuro-enthusiast, explores some of the ways that the brain shapes our sense of time

Presentation #3: Why You Should Like the New RoboCop (and Why You Shouldn’t)

Ben Criger is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institut für Quanteninformation in Aachen, Germany. When he’s not showering crowds with RoboCop-themed spittle, you can usually find him asking math questions to random strangers on the internet

Our Artist in Residence for the evening is Tyler Dombroski of Organic Machine Illustrative Design who promises a live art piece inspired by the presentations. The art piece will be raffled off at the end of the night. Tickets are $1 each and all proceeds go to the artist.

Our Host with the Most for the evening is Ryan Consell, 20 question Trivia is by Eric Moon, and the Wizard behind the curtain as always, is Charlotte Armstrong.

You can then hang out and play board games and check out our own OCULUS RIFT until the bar closes at 11pm. This is our last show until September so hope to see you there!

Be there and be square!

Nerd Nite KW Episode 23: May 28, 2014!

Episode 23 is here to nerd you out with the things you love most: board games, superheroes, and sloths!?!

Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 at the Rum Runner.3 nerdy presentations, trivia, door prizes, and board games! Nerd out with awesome people while learning, laughing, and having fun.$$ donations will be accepted to distribute amongst our presenters in appreciation of their awesomeness.Yes, there will be door prizes! They could be good, could be bad, you’ll just have to find out yourself!

Presentation 1: Playing with Cardboard – the board game resurgence

Daryl Andrews is a big fan of board games. He is a board game company employee (warehouse worker at GreatBoardGames.ca formerly known as GermanGames), Board Game event planner (Board Game Bash, Great Canadian Board Game Blitz, Tri-Cities Tabletop Events), and Board Game Designer (with the Game Artisans of Canada with my first design “The Walled City”  coming out Q3 2014 by Mercury Games). Trust us, you want to be his friend.

Presentation 2: Sloth: Deadly cute, not deadly sin.

Melanie Baker is not a biologist, zoologist, or any particularly qualified -ist, but she does like animals a whole lot. As a slow-moving mammal herself, she relates to sloths on a number of levels, and has sponsored one in Costa Rica. From time to time she makes fanciful beasts out of socks, but has not yet tackled sloth-kind. Melanie is also one of the awesome coordinators of Girl Geek Dinners Waterloo Region and the Speakeasy events.

Presentation3: Local supernerd comedian Barry Carter will be entertaining us with a presentation on which superheroes should work together, and which definitely should not! Remember, superhero costumes are always welcome at Nerd Nite KW, just in case you wondered.

Trivia will be by our Trivia overlord Eric Moon and winners will actually get decent prizes!

Our Host with the Most for the evening is Ryan Consell. Nerd Nite KW is founded and coordinated by the magical nerd talents of Charlotte Armstrong.

After trivia you can hang out and play board games (you can bring your own or play one of ours that we have available) until the bar closes at 11pm. Fun times for all!

Be there and be square!

 

Nerd Nite KW Episode 22: April 30, 2014

Episode 22 is filled with random awesome nerdery just for you!
Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 at the Rum Runner.
2 nerdy presentations, trivia, door prizes, and board games! Nerd out with awesome people while learning, laughing, and having fun.

Presentation #1: The Apple: Forbidden Fruit or Entrance to Avalon
Caroline McLachlan Darling has been a culinary historian for over 15 years. She has worked and volunteered at numerous different historic sites throughout Canada, and currently is working at Dundurn National Historic Site, in Hamilton as one of their cook demonstrators. As an active member of the Culinary Historians of Canada and ALHFM, Historic Foodways Interest Group, Caroline specializes in Victorian cultural attitudes towards vegetarianism.

Presentation #2: The Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani
Raygan Solotki will be talking about the amazing “Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani” who spend their days entertaining guests to the park, by bathing in the natural hot springs. Raygan lived in Japan for 6 years, and was able to see these monkeys in action. She will share her experience, as well as the history and story of these monkeys. Don’t worry, Japanese fluency is not required.

Trivia will be by our Trivia overlord Eric Moon and winners will actually get decent prizes!

Our Host with the Most for the evening is Ryan Consell.
Jim Tigwell from Headshots from the Heart will also be there to tell us more about this awesome charity event.

You can then hang out and play board games (you can bring your own or play one of ours that we have available) until the bar closes at 11pm. Fun times for all!

Be there and be square!

NERD FEST 2014 March 29, 2014

NERD FEST 2014 is the the nerdiest event ever in the Waterloo Region!

Join us for an adult celebration of nerd culture with board games, video games, live art, trivia, DIY t-shirts, crafts, food, drink, presentations, music, and friends. There will also be door prizes and raffle prizes! Wrist bands will be issued for re-entry to the event.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at www.nerdfest2014.eventbrite.ca

  • 2pm – 4pm enjoy board games and video games (including Artemis!), check out the Oculus Rift, and get your DIY skills on!
  • 4pm Thalmic Labs will be demonstrating they gesture controlled device the Myo!!!
  • 4:30pm – trivia tournament hosted by Nerd Nite KW’s Eric Moon and Ryan Consell
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00pm nerd out and enjoy crafts, games, grab a drink, food, and a good seat before the speaker series
  • 7:00 – 8:25 first round of speaker series
  • 8:45 – 9:20 second round of speaker series
  • 9:30-midnight – PARTY with games (board games, video games, Rock Band, Artemis), crafts, live music, live art, balloon animals (courtesy of Drew Ripley), face painting (courtesy of Kayleigh Willey), and more!

The speaker series is an extra special collaboration between

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Enjoy 4 Nerd Nite KW and 4 Ignite Waterloo presentations! If you are curious about these two nerdtastic events, now is your chance to enjoy both in the same evening!

The speakers are:

Andrea Bellemare and Michelle Steane: Shark!

Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano: Censorship (or not) in the “Golden” Age of Hollywood

William Lucas: Archaeology in Popular Culture

Saman Nazari: The Amazing Spider-man vs The Lizard. Let’s Meet The Lizard!

Syd Bolton: Confessions of a Video Game Collect-A-Holic

Josh Neufeld: Tragedy of the Gut Microbiome Commons

Juneyt Yetkiner: LoopWhole

Charlotte Armstrong: The Platypus: friend or foe?

Our very good friends from    will be manning a T-shirt hack booth so BRING A T-SHIRT (preferably light coloured) and decorate it yourself to commemorate NERD FEST 2014!

Bar will open at 4pm and all bar proceeds go to support our nerd friends at

You can also purchase food from our mega nerdy pals from Bread Baron, Little Mushroom Catering, and the Great British Bake

Musical guests include Woot Suit Riot and Copy Red Leader!

Games are courtesy of Nerd Nite KW and  

AND THERE WILL BE A NINTENDO DUCK HUNT TOURNAMENT 

**Don’t forget to bring some extra cash for raffle tickets, craft materials, tshirts, drinks, and food!

This event is possible because of the amazing generosity of the

and our nerd friends from 

 

Nerd Fest 2014 is presented by

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Nerd Nite KW special edition March 18 at THEMUSEUM

Join us for a special edition of Nerd Nite KW with 3 presentations and a special discounted rate OF ONLY $5 to see the ground breaking exhibit The Science of Sexuality at THEMUSEUM.
THEMUSEUM is open on this special Tuesday night just for Nerd Nite KW so if you are curious about the exhibits, this is a night you won’t want to miss!

Doors open at 5:30pm and then 3 unique presentations all about the geekier side of sexuality will start at 6:30pm sharp.

Talk #1: Lewdology: Reviewing the Representation and Play of Sexuality in Video Games
In this talk, Adam Cilevitz will introduce a short history and discussion of the representation of sexuality in video games. He will discuss the mechanics and techniques used by game developers in order to design sexuality as procedural play — as an interactive event to enjoy alone, or with other players — human or otherwise. Film and literary techniques, as well as innovations in gaming controllers and haptic feedback provide for a refreshing – and penetrating – discussion of how we portray sex and desire as an interactive event.
Adam is a candidate for the MA in English, in the stream of Experimental Digital Media at UWaterloo. His interests include sound design in film and games, by exploring theories of perception and dis/embodiment in media. He tends to geek out about – among many things -innovative methods of interaction design by means of haptic feedback (i.e. vibration) in technology and storytelling, as well as thinking about the intersection of sexuality and immersion in media. This talk is a great outlet for Adam to ask some deep questions about an overlooked and underestimated issue in game design.

Talk #2: The twisted world of Wonder Woman
Cord Community Edition editor-in-chief H.G. Watson brings to light the hidden history of Wonder Woman and her creator, William Moulton Marston. There’s more to that golden lasso than getting people to tell the truth.

Talk #3 Sex and Comics
by Emma Vossen is a PhD Student studying sexuality, games, and comics at the university of Waterloo.

We will also have special balloon artists in residence to make that perfect inflatable accessory for you to adorn while checking out the exhibit!!

We will be able to view the exhibits until 9pm and then head to the pub for the usual social nerdery and fun times!

Be there and be square!

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