Nerd Alert!

There is a new website for you nerds out there. The Adult Nerd, by Rob Blatt, is a lifestyle web magazine for nerds who love being nerds. They find the best stuff for nerds and suggests something new every day, including weekends (and Star Wars Sunday).
Check out, and you can “like” The Adult Nerd on facebook or follow on twitter @theadultnerd

“But Murph”, you might say, “what does this have to do with NY nightlife?”
Well, in certain respects, NYC nightlife is still like a high school cafeteria, with each clique and sub-group finding the spots they can hang with like-minded people. Thus, the jocks hang out at sports bars, the rockers hang out at rock clubs, etc. There are bars for preppies, hipsters, gay and lesbian folk, “foreigners”, club kids, bikers, rockers, beer geeks, goths and yes, even nerds!

There are even specific events where you can go and unabashedly get your nerd on.
Starting with the appropriately titled Nerd Nite:

Nerd Nite at Galapagos
Presented by Matt Wasowski, author of “It’s OK to Like Sports: How Women, Intellectuals, and Artists Can Find Cultural Value in Athletics”.*

Friday, November 12
Nerd Nite

It starts with the Nerd Nite Quizo Trivia
Doors at 6:30pm, trivia begins at 7pm
And then…
Nerd Nite
Think science lectures with beer.
hosted by Matt Wasowski
featuring Bed Bugs, Trivia, Punkin Chunkin, and more
General admission $10
Purchase via
Be there and be square
16 Main St. (Water St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY
Nerds know how to spell…
Williamsburg Spelling Bee at Pete’s Candy Store
November 22nd is the last regular season bee of 2010
Then the season F-I-N-A-L-S is on Dec. 6, 2010

Monday, November 22
Williamsburg Spelling Bee
Hosted by Bobby Blue & Jen Dziura
No cover
Every other Monday
7:30 pm
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St. (between Richardson & Frost)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Nerds like science…
The Secret Science Club at The Bell House

The Secret Science Club is curated by Dorian Devins (host of The Speakeasy on WFMU), Margaret Mittelbach, and Michael Crewdson. Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson (authors of “Carnivorous Nights”)* write about nature in the strangest of places.

They meet every month with a new topic each month.
The next event is:
Tuesday, December 7
The Secret Science Club presents…
the 5th-annual Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest
Eligible for prizes:
Taxidermy (bought, found, or homemade), biological oddities, articulated skeletons, skulls, jarred specimens – and beyond, way beyond
-Spectators are invited to cheer on their favorite specimens
-Groove to taxidermy-inspired tunes & video
-Ferocious specialty drinks
-Prizes will be awarded by a panel of savage taxidermy enthusiasts
$5 admission
limited seating
The Bell House
149 7th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
718 643-6510

Nerds love education…
Adult Education at Union Hall
Adult Education is a Brooklyn-based monthly lecture series devoted to making useless knowledge somewhat less useless. Each month is devoted to a given theme, and guest speakers will address some aspect of that theme using visual aids.
The next one is…
Tuesday, December 7
Adult Education

This month’s topic:
The line-up will include:
Heather Quinlan, “The Immigrant Contribution to New York City Slang”
The huddled masses yearning to breathe free came with five cents in their pocket but a whole lotta lip. Quinlan explains the roots of NYC lingo.

Mark Roberts, “The Nautical Origins of Everyday English Phrases”
You’ll be shaking salt out of your ears after Roberts’ eye-opening, very adult review of Navy slang.

Jason Grote, “Secret Panel”
Grote provides a tour of the great double-entendres of the Silver Age of comics.

Leslie Savan, “Slam Dunks and No-Brainers”
Savan considers the role of pop language in the media and our lives.

Hosted by comedian Charles Star
8 pm (doors at 7:30)
$5 cover
Union Hall
702 Union St. (Fifth Ave.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718 638-4400

More info at

*FTC disclosure: if you purchase any book mentioned on MurphGuide via this link, MurphGuide gets a small commission.

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