Nerd Nite 69: Nice

Sixty-eight Nerd Nite Edmonton shows have come and gone, and to wrap our 2022 season, NNYEG #69 (Nice) has a sexy, sexy theme. What are the Nerd-Bosses’ sexy credentials? Well, we have 1.25 kids each, so we must know something.

When: November 24, 2022, at 7:30 pm

(Doors & bar open at 7:00pm and the Fringe Grounds Cafe is open until 8:00!)

Where: Studio Theatre at Fringe Theatre Adventures

ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton

How much: $25

Dana Sanderson: From Oosiks to Dog Dicks: Hard Facts About Baculums

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Dana Sanderson

Dana is a lab technician in the biology department of MacEwan University. On the side he builds custom skeleton articulations and other oddities, and will frequently tell people more than they’d ever care to know about animal genitals.

Everyone knows that “boner” is just a fun euphemism, and that penises don’t actually have bones, right? Wrong! Well, at least for some orders of mammals. This talk explores the weird world of baculums, so you too can learn some fun facts and be “that guy” at your next social gathering.

Holly Von Sinn: Burlesque or The Art of Getting Naked for Fun and Profit

Twitter: @HollyVonSinn
Instagram: @HollyVonSinn

Holly Von Sinn(they/them) has been a professional burlesque arts for almost 15 years. Having travelled across Canada, the US, and Europe, they have seen it all and then some. They have trained and performed with some of the biggest names in burlesque and have spent the last 10 years teaching the next generation of performers. Needless to say, they have a thing or two to say about this often overlooked art form.

This talk will center on what makes burlesque a unique and exciting art form, touching on its past and looking to the future.

Angel Sumka: Kinky, Nerdy & Queer

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Kinky, Nerdy & Queer: Current research has some interesting findings as to the intersection between gender, sexuality and neurodivergence-including alternative lifestyles, asexuality and more! Join Angel for a look at some of the research trends and findings.

Angel is a queer, neurodivergent sex educator with ASPECC (Advocating for Sex Positive Education and Consent Culture). With a passion for all things consent-minded, Angel is one of the original founders of the organization and has a master’s in counselling psychology.

Nerd Nite 68: Trig or Treat

It’s a trick. There’s no math tonight. Join us on the last Thursday of Spocktober for Nerd Nite!

When: October 27, 2022, at 7:30 pm

(doors & bar open at 7:00 and the Fringe Grounds Cafe is open until 8:00!)

Where: Backstage Theatre at Fringe Theatre Adventures

ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton

How much: $25

Featuring new guest DJ: Galloway Hiatt aka DJ Good Times from VIBES Music Festival

Julia Rose: How To Publish Your Personal Writing Without Fear

Writing is hard. Not writing and expressing yourself when you want to is even harder. If you aspire to cut the BS and get out of your own way, secretly hope you’re a writer, and have a book idea inside of you, this talk is for you!

Julia Rose is a writer, poet, dancer, and entrepreneur. She founded Hello, Writer in 2020 – a writing program for women and non-binary folks who are dying to express themselves through writing and need the skills, confidence, and accountability to press PUBLISH. She’s new to Edmonton and lives in Old Strathcona. She will gladly go for coffee with you on Whyte Ave.

Twitter: @juliarosewrites | Instagram: @juliarosewrites

Nisha Patel: Why Don’t You Write About It

Portrait of Nisha Patel

“Why Don’t You Write About It” highlights the ways in which Nisha feels drawn to poetry as her medium of communicating her stories with the world and speaks to the transformational quality that writing has had on her life and artistic practice.

Nisha Patel is an award-winning disabled queer spoken word poet & multimedia artist. She was the City of Edmonton’s 8th Poet Laureate and is a Canadian Poetry Slam Champion. Her debut poetry collection, COCONUT is out now.

Instagram: @anothernisha | Twitter: @anothernisha

Rochelle Ignacio: Finding Identity and Opportunity in Community

Community organizing can be challenging to navigate as a newcomer community member but it’s also a beautiful space to co-create with like-minded individuals. One community market changed it all. If you’re curious about social entrepreneurship this talk is for you.

Rochelle Ignacio is an award-winning community organizer and equity, diversity and inclusion professional. She is a social entrepreneur who manages Black Owned Market Edmonton which kick-started her entrepreneurial spirit to later create Black Owned Makers, all while balancing a full-time job and active social life.

Instagram: @bom.yeg

Nerd Nite 67: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

I don’t apologize for the titles of our events and I don’t take notes.

When: September 29, 2022, at 7:30 pm

(doors & bar open at 7:00 and the Fringe Grounds Cafe is open until 8:00!)

Where: Studio Theatre at Fringe Theatre Adventures

ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton

How much: $25

Bradley Lafortune: Advocacy in a Dangerous Time

It’s never been more important or more challenging to advocate for the change we want to see in the world. And that’s exactly why advocacy is necessary in this political moment. The tools have changed, but the game remains the same: successful advocacy is all about taking what you have and using it to get what we need.

Portrait of Bradley Lafortune,  executive director of Public Interest Alberta

Bradley (he/him) is the executive director of Public Interest Alberta, a position he has held since April 2021. He is passionate about labour organizing and politics and has worked on union drives and led social unionism campaigns for much of his working life. Bradley lives on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton and is a dad to his brilliant daughter, Maven.

Twitter: @BradLafortune

Ian Runkle: Zero to 100K: Getting a YouTube Play Button and What Happens Along the Way

Portrait of Ian Runkle

Ian will be talking about the experience of building a YouTube channel from nothing to getting a silver play button (100k) and beyond. He’ll share tips, pitfalls, and random experiences.

Ian Runkle is a Canadian lawyer with a 200k subscriber YouTube channel called “Runkle of the Bailey.” When not lawyering or making YouTube content he does leatherwork, plays computer games, and gets far too little sleep.

Twitter: @IanRunkle

YouTube: Runkle of the Bailey

Danny Hieber: Pumpkin Spice Linguistics: Language Change and Indigenous History

Portrait of Danny Hieber, linguist

Pumpkin spice. Two simple words that instill mouthwatering excitement in many a basic white girl, gay, or they. Yet there’s more to these words than meets the ear. In this talk, linguist Danny Hieber takes you on an etymological tour of the histories of these two little words and shows how these words can teach us important lessons about linguistic discrimination and Indigenous perspectives on history.

Danny Hieber is a research linguist who works with Indigenous communities to help them revitalize their endangered languages. His research looks at the crosslinguistic patterns we see in the world’s languages and seeks to understand why those patterns occur. Danny is also an avid science communicator, working to teach the public about the language sciences by creating educational videos about language and linguistics on social media. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Instagram: @LinguisticDiscovery

Twitter: @LingDiscovery

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