Nerd Nite DC is DC’s original science + nerd + drinking event. See us nerd out!

What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me. Nerd out with me instead. Our very special Valentine’s Day themed Nerd Nite will cover many matters of the heart. From literal hearts, to Shakespeare’s sonnets, to what lies beneath your feet when you’re waiting for that special someone to disembark from their flight, we know that every nerd has that special topic that lights up their life. So cozy on up to Nerd Nite!

Date: Saturday Feb 11th, 2017 A.D.
Time: Doors 6:00PM, Show 6:30PM
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW
Tickets: $10 at
This is a 21+ event.

Carpets for Airports: Hidden Beauty in Plain Sight by George Pendle

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When you eagerly rush to pick up your long distance lover at the airport, look down at your feet. You might be surprised by what you find.

The things we nerd out on sometimes surprise us. Journalist George Pendle will walk us through his ongoing investigation into the aesthetics, history, and mythology of the airport carpet, the largest indoor works of art in the world.

Bio: George Pendle is a writer on art, culture and science for Atlas Obscura, Esquire, the Financial Times and the Economist. He has written books on occultist rocket scientists, forgotten presidents, and death. He was formerly employed as a sign writer for the New York Department of Parks and Recreation. 

You can see George’s incredible global map of airport carpets here.






To His Mistress’ Eyebrow: Scoring with Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Dr. Emma Poltrack and Grace Ann Roberts

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 11.37.37 AMLooking to impress this Valentine’s Day? Learn love poetry from the master: William Shakespeare. We’ll walk you through the structure of his 156 sonnets, explore the history of the poems (not without their drama!), look at them in recitation, and learn how they’ve inspired new art forms, from concept albums to theatre performances to whimsical takes on current pop songs. Perhaps we’ll even help you construct one of your own for that special someone…

Bios: Emma and Grace Ann come to us from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Dr. Emma Poltrack has received an MA in Shakespeare and History and a PhD in Shakespearean Performance, both of which she earned while hanging out in Stratford-upon-Avon. Research interests include single-gender casting and audience engagement in contemporary performance, with a side of witches and alcohol in the early modern period. She currently helps support Public Programs at the Folger, including running The Folger Spotlight, the behind-the-scenes blog for Folger Theatre.

Grace Ann serves as the Humanities Program Assistant, aiding the Artistic Producer and designing public programs for the Folger Theatre and its season. She received her BA in Theatre and English Literature from the University of South Carolina. Grace Ann relocated to DC this winter after studying Shakespeare and his Contemporaries at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Conversation Hearts: The Fourth Chamber and Beyond

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Taylor Winkleman has a heart, literally, and hearts on the brain…figuratively. It’s Valentine’s weekend, so join Taylor as she explores the evolution of the heart, chamber by chamber and beat by beat. We’ll discuss cardiac adaptations including the alligator, brachiosaur, blue whale, hummingbird, and Taylor’s personal favorite, the giraffe! And we’ll answer a strange riddle: why is a flight suit like a giraffe? Your heart will pitter-patter as you learn the answer.

Bio: Taylor holds a DVM and a Masters in Public Health Policy from the University of Georgia, and is an expert in One Health and International Development along with being a cardiology nerd on the side. She studied Tolkien in undergrad while getting a bachelor’s degrees in creative writing and biology. Also in undergrad, she took a pilgrimage to Oxford, England, to have a drink in Tolkien’s local pub, the Eagle & Child. Last year, she circumnavigated the globe while traveling to Uganda and New Zealand to complete her veterinary degree.