Two speakers share their work in layperson terms. Fascinating and stimulating!
A community Salon! Webster's and Race Street Brew Works host a dinner salon featuring a prix fixe menu of
*Vegan Shepherd's Pie w/ sweet potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and lentils
*Salmon with Spicy Olive Tapenade
*Chicken Stuffed w/ Mushrooms, Provolone, and Marinara
-Kale Salad w/ cranberries & carrots w/ cranberry vinaigrette
-Cannellini Beans w/ fennel and mustard
-Pie or a gluten-free dessert option of fruit is available.
The dinners are all GF. Race Street Brew Works Pop-Up cash bar will be available throughout the event. Repertoire includes: the music of Domenico Dragonneti, Arvo Pärt, and Franz Joseph Haydn!
Dinner and Concert:
$45 adult/$30 student
$20 adult/$15 student
Colorado-based Doo Crowder returns to his native Central PA to entertain along with some local friends! No charge, but throw some tips their way. Promises to be a great night of summer loving with great music, great people, and community building. Come on out and give some attention to the best underground scene in State College.
Death Cafes happen all around the world. The first one was such a success, we’ll be offering this monthly in collaboration with Jackie Hook and Koch Funeral Home. These are discussion about living and making the most of life. We find that talking about death releases stigmas and allows conversations to emerge. Be a part of the conversation. Live a little!
State High Flute Student Ella Simpson has gotten The Flutopia Initiative inspiration, and has organized an open house concert to benefit the MALALA Fund supporting Equality and Empowerment for Women! Come on down to relax and donate!
Join me at Webster's Bookstore to welcome Blood Type X, the final book in the Persephone Smith trilogy which includes Storm Shelter and Type & Cross. Munchies, music, and more.
Blood Type X will hopefully (if they arrive in time!) will available for sale and signing. Want a teaser? Here ya go:
"Mysterious photos of the world’s most wanted killer, Dr. William Blaine.
Coded letters luring Persephone Smith to Spain.
A little girl who is not what she seems.
Criminal psychologist Persephone “Seph” Smith is back on the hunt for Dr. William Baine, a scientist who murdered half the world’s population with his Type O virus. Now, he plans to rebuild the world in his own image—starting with Seph. When the hunter becomes the hunted, Seph must rely on her genetic gift to outwit Baine—and his shadowy accomplice.
Blood Type X is the third installment of the Persephone Smith series, which includes Storm Shelter (“An unconventional mystery that’s smart and unpredictable” - Kirkus Reviews) and the Thriller Award-nominated Type & Cross."
Let's party like it's 1959! It's RAT PACK night with Kristi Jean & her Ne'er-Do-Wells...card games, cocktails, tuxedos and little black dresses (optional). Webster's is clearing EVEN MORE dance floor space for this vintage dance party! There will be FREE East Coast Swing Dance lessons before the show and the swingin'est, rockin' rockabilly with a touch of honky-tonk twang!
NERD NITE #4
Wednesday, May 8th 7pm
$5 at the door
POP-UP Bar by Race Street Brew Works!
One of the speakers for May is Dr. Jim Salinger, an internationally renowned climate scientists and NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT! You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Salinger speak before he heads back to New Zealand!
Court Room Wars Over Climate Change Down Under
Dr. Jim Salinger, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State, will talk about the Sherlock Holmes drama of a four-year epic saga of secretly-funded climate denial, harassment of scientists and tying-up of valuable government resources in New Zealand. But if you’re not a scientist and are genuinely trying to work out the facts when it comes to climate change, then it’s a story you need to hear too. It’s part of a much larger, ongoing war against evidence-based science.
Want to see the light between the trees? Then come along and share Jim’s epic drama and court-room battles over the science of climate!
Dr. Salinger, a climate scientist of international repute, was the first to uncover climate warming in the New Zealand region and the surrounding oceans over 40 years ago in the 1970s. Jim has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and has worked on climate trends, variability and climate extremes, including heatwaves and drought, and documenting the shrinking ice in the New Zealand Southern Alps mountain range. He was a Nobel Peace Prize recipient in 2007 to international assessments of climate change, and prolific communicator of climate change to the public.
Another speaker for May will be exploring ideas of nerdniness and Amish culture!
Are Amish folks supernerds or antinerds?: Stereotyping subcultures
By Lars Stoltzfus-Brown
In the US, perceptions of Amishness tend to be attached to an old-school perception of nerdiness of being awkward, socially naive, and slightly out of step with mainstream society despite having specialized knowledge. However, nerdiness can also be perceived as being technologically savvy, deeply involved in media lore, and invested in change, qualities seemingly antithetical to Amish life. This talk explores how popular perception of nerdiness and Amishness alike are surrounded by stereotypes of cultural change, tech gadgetry, and mainstream social norms.
Lars is a Ph.D. Candidate in Mass Communications at PSU. Their current work is on the role media play in identity formation among LGBTQIA+ former Amish, informed partially by their own Amish/Mennonite family background and lived experiences. Lars also researches political economy of media, focusing on marginalized populations.
We are excited about this topic and speaker for May Nerd Nite State College!
20+ years of crochet will teach you some sh*t
By Angela Kaye
It's rare that a person will pick up a new hobby and say "I can't wait to do this thing for 20 years or more!" Yet, here we are. This talk is not a historical account of crochet, a commentary on crochet as an art form, nor is it a chance for you to learn how to crochet. Sorry! It's just one person talking about the incidental learning that goes with doing something for a really long time. And, maybe a little encouragement for finding joy in something new, or rekindling an old love.
Born and raised in Michigan, Angela was raised to be a University of Michigan fan, but much to her father's chagrin, got a scholarship to Michigan State. Her degrees are in Psychology and Counseling, but she has been a waitress, backhoe operator, guidance counselor, commissioned watercolor pastel artist, private therapist, summer camp organizer, and most recently is in charge of several important things at the University. When Angela is not listening to her dashingly handsome husband play live music, you can find her at home listening to Jazz fusion, and crocheting with several personable, yet demanding cats nearby.
How did these speakers get into the Nerd Nite line-up? They went here: bit.ly/NerdNiteSC
Doug Morris will sing songs and tell some stories related to Pete and his music. Guests will be invited to sing along with Doug in solidarity and celebration of Pete Seeger's life and lifelong contributions to civil rights, the environment, social justice, and the labor movement. Come raise your voice!
$5 suggested donation at the door. Guests will receive a FREE copy of Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism