Tuesday: Nerd Nite Baltimore

Jan. 19

[In best Ogre voice:] "NERRRRRRRDS!!!" But really, being a nerd is something to embrace now—just look at how people are geeking out over "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" without really being self-conscious about it. This is a good thing. Oddly, it is only now that Baltimore is getting its own Nerd Nite, a nerdtastic happy hour that's already in 90 other cities around the world. How does it work? Well, it's simple, really: You drink as a series of speakers talk about nerdy things. The event, as the Facebook page says, "combines imbibing and learning." Though this would seem to be a fundamental misunderstanding of how alcohol works. Anyway, the slate of speakers for the inaugural Nerd Nite Baltimore includes NASA astrophysicist Amber Straughn discussing the James Webb Space Telescope, Julie Lawson of Trash Free Maryland talking about the "Psychology and Ecology of Litter," and Dr. Neil Bardhan discussing nasal airflow and linguistics. See, super-nerdy stuff. After that, there's typically a 20-minute Q&A session, during which, I assume, it's more than OK to nerd out. 7-9 p.m., De Kleine Duivel, 3602 Hickory Ave., preregister through eventbrite.com (seating is limited), free. (Brandon Weigel)

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