Tag Archives: MIGeekScene

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor March

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!”

March may have roared in like a lion, but the awesome nerds of Ann Arbor are howling back! Up this month: the history of cataract surgery, how to be a great DJ in 5 simple steps, and how 80s cartoons can teach you to be a better writer.

Friends, beers, and nerdery–can you find a better Thursday night? See you this month at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor!

Sweet is the Light: Curing Blindness Through the Ages
Zvi Kresch

Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness on the planet. Long before anesthesia or antiseptics, cataract surgeries were being performed. This talk will touch on the evolution of the procedure from ancient to modern times.

A few of the questions we’ll answer along the way: Why is the sky blue? Is staring at an eclipse really bad for your eyes? Where do orange carrots come from?

Bio: Zvi Kresch is a faculty member at the UM Kellogg Eye Center. Prior to coming to UM, he spent a year traveling with his wife and practicing ophthalmology abroad. He was exposed to different types of cataract surgery and became very interested in the procedure’s origins. When not studying eyeballs, Zvi enjoys chess, making kombucha and playing the harmonica.

Elements of Style – How to be a Great DJ in 5 Simple Steps
Rolando Calip, Jr. AKA DEFTMIX

In this talk, DEFTMIX uses concepts from Strunk and White’s classic college textbook, “Elements of Style” to distill 5 Simple Steps to becoming a “Great DJ”.

Bio: Rolando Calip, Jr. is a 20 year DJ veteran residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has spent the last 2 years as the Nightlife Director/Saturday DJ Resident for Live Nightclub. Before moving to Ann Arbor in 2011, he lived in NYC for 10 years; DJing, curating music for hospitality groups, and managing DJs. Music has taken him all over the world; most recently Manila, Philippines; where he performed at Black Market Nightclub on NYE 2015. Follow him on Instagram: @deftmix

Knowing is Half the Battle: What 80s Cartoons REALLY Teach Us
Jerzy Drozd

80s cartoons were nothing more than half-hour toy commercials with a sprinkle of moralistic preaching to sweeten the pill for parents, right? Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd explores 5 writing tips one can glean from a closer examination of the cartoons of our youth.

Bio: Jerzy Drozd is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He leads cartooning workshops for children and teens in libraries and schools; podcasts prolifically about comics and how to make them at ComicsAreGreat.com, KidsComicsRevolution.com, and LeanIntoArt.com. He wrote and drew the graphic novel The Front, has worked on Antarctic Press’s Ninja High School and PPV: Pay- Per-View (which he cocreated with Tom Root, writer of Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken), and has drawn special projects for Marvel Comics, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, VIZ Media, and others. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two cats.

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NerdNiteAnnArbor

Con Ja Nai 21

Con Ja Nai is a FREE “not a con(vention)”, hosted by Animania, the Japanese Animation Film Society at the University of Michigan. Con Ja Nai has a few staples that make it worth coming to!

We’re bringing back our highly successful Maid Cafe!

Lots of panels with guests!

Raffle with some amazing prizes!

Be a contestant on some of our game shows! Check your anime knowledge on Anime Jeopardy! See if you can Name That Tune! Show off your best cosplay!

All the anime you can watch!

Support your local Geek events.
For more info, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1479278338954487/

George Benson of the Vault of Midnight

Upon entering the music venue room of the Pyramid Scheme, I noticed the promoter of the Super Heroes Unite dance party dressed as Aquaman. Instead of Arthur Curry, Aquaman was going by the name of George Benson that night. George, of the Vault of Midnight in Grand Rapids, was kind enough to do a quick interview on the spot.

Continue reading George Benson of the Vault of Midnight

Submitting Events

*****Please READ the following before submitting an event.*****

1. Please check the Calendar Map to see if your event is already on the site. There’s a possibility that it already is. If it is and you are fine with what you see, then you are set. If it is and you need me to update any info, feel free to contact me.

2. If I place your event on my calendar, I ask that you mention MIGeekScene on your social media. Please include either of the following links:
www.migeekscene.com
https://www.facebook.com/MIGeekScene

3. If submitting an event, please INCLUDE the following information in the contact form below:

  • Event Name
  • Dates
  • Time frames from open to close
  • Location Name
  • Full address of location including zip code
  • Official Description of the event
  • Event Logo/Banner if applicable with express written permission to use on my calendar.
  • Organizer Name (aka the Event/Organization group name)
  • Website of Event (if applicable)
  • Facebook event link (if applicable)
  • Organizer contact info (Event Web address will work)

4. Submitting an event does not guarantee inclusion on the calendar. I will use my discretion to determine inclusion.

VAULT OF MIDNIGHT PRESENTS: SUPER HEROES UNITE!

Similar to the Batman and Super Villain Dance Parties in 2014, we are back with DJ Adrian Butler and ready to kick off 2015 by assembling as many costumed heroes together as we can for the greatest night in the universe. The only question is… who is your inner hero?

There will be costume contests for best, worst, most mediocre and most original costumes!

Photo contests!

Support you local geek events.
For more info, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/414283388721577/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

http://pyramidschemebar.com/event/vault-of-midnight-presents-super-heroes-unite/

Nerd Prom 2015

West Michigan Convention Ventures presents Nerd Prom! This is an opportunity for everyone to have a wonderful night out with their significant other and/or with friends. There will be dance lessons, a dinner, dancing, table top and video gaming rooms, as well as a one of a kind party favor for you to take home.

Age restriction:
14-16 minors must have adult (responsible adult of 21 and older) supervision, and 17 and up without supervision.

Attire:
Formal, cosplay encouraged. Ask yourself, what would your character wear to a dance?

Registration/Pricing:
Tickets start at $25. Special package pricing on at-event dining and overnight accommodations features even more ways to make your evening memorable

http://nerdpromgr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NerdPromGR

Great Lakes Comic-Con 2015

The Great Lakes Comic-Con, Friday February 27th, and Saturday 28th, 2015. Macomb Community College, South Campus, Sports and Expo Center, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088. Special Guests include Tony Gray, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Keith Pollard, Jason Moore, Paul Storrie, Dirk Manning, the 501st Great Lakes Garrison, and more! Admission $10 each day, or $15 for a Two-Day pass. Children ages 10 and under are free both days. Free parking.

Support your local geek and nerd events.
For more info, check out:
http://www.greatlakescomiccon.org
https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesComicCon.org

Michigan State University Comics Forum 2015

Held every year on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University, The Michigan State University Comics Forum is an an event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.

The 2015 MSU Comics Forum will take place on Feb. 20th and 21st. The keynote address will occur on the first evening, Friday, Feb. 20th, 2015, while the panel discussions and artist alley will take place the following day, Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015. The location will be in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.

This year, the Forum is proud to announce that Sergio Aragones will be our Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker on Friday, Feb 20th, 2015.  Aragones is the most honored cartoonist, having won every major award in the field including the National Cartoonists Society?s Reuben Award and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.  He is widely known for his contributions to Mad Magazine and his long-running comic book series, Groo the Wanderer.  Recently, Aragones completed a Groo vs. Conan crossover with artist, Tom Yeates, and continues his more than 50 years of contributions to Mad Magazine.

http://www.comicsforum.msu.edu/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/MSU-Comics-Forum/337707622458

 

 

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor February

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!”

Check your assumptions about where UM students live (and vote), consider the role games and related storytelling play in our lives, and wrestle with the question of why the hell we haven’t cured cancer yet.

Sure, this sounds like a LOT to consider, but we’ll have some adept, smart, and irreverent guides to the topics, all in February’s super-packed edition of Nerd Nite!

Grab a friend, grab a drink, and join us for another great edition of Nerd Nite!

Austen Hufford, Pat Sier: “Beyond South U: Where Students Live and Vote in Ann Arbor”
While we all think we know where U of M students live, it’s harder to find out than you’d think. Austen and Pat will go through their method of coming up with a solid picture, and discuss what this means for students and residents alike every election cycle in Ann Arbor.

About Austen and Pat:
Austen and Pat are U of M seniors studying economics and public policy respectively. Austen will be working in journalism this summer at the Wall Street Journal and Pat will be working in Chicago at a marketing technology company. Find Austen on twitter: @austenhufford

Ryan “Gorgon” Jurado: “Why We Watch: How Everything From Football to Mario entrances us”
Games are a form of storytelling as old, if not older, than language itself, but we rarely stop to think why some games succeed and some fail. What do college athletics–which, despite being non-professional games earn nearly $1 billion per year–have in common with a fifteen-year-old Pakistani boy playing video games in China for the first time… to the tune of 770 thousand live viewers and $3 million in prizes?

About Ryan “Gorgon” Jurado:
With professional experience in publishing, music performance, gaming, podcasting, and three majors split across two undergraduate degrees, Ryan “Gorgon” Jurado is what you might call a renaissance nerd. These days, he spends his time studying the burgeoning realm of online spectator games, often called eSports, in which he is a data analyst and live commentator for audiences of tens of thousands. You can find him on twitter: @gotcowdota

Yijung Yang: “Why the hell haven’t we cured cancer yet?”
As one of the leading causes of death in the US, cancer has long been the focal point of intense study and public interest. However, after millions of dollars and countless hours spent on cancer research, the silver bullet cure remains elusive. Have you ever wondered why? Join us as we delve into the intricate nature of the disease and the difficulties physicians and scientists face when treating a patient with cancer. Along the way, we will discuss the biological origins of cancer as well as its pathology, epidemiology, and potential therapeutic options currently under scrutiny.

About Yijung Yang:
Yang graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. Then, after a two-year research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, moved to Ann Arbor to join the MD/PhD program at the University of Michigan, and is currently in the research phase of graduate training under the guidance of Dr. Diane Simeone, director of the Translational Oncology Program at UM.

Support your local geek events.
For more info, check out:
http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NerdNiteAnnArbor