The first Nerd Nite of 2015 is upon us, and we’re excited to bring you lineup of talks that we’re sure will leave you thinking to yourself: “Huh. I didn’t know that,” or, “You don’t say…”. Where else are you going to find a line-up featuring a cat-lady/comedian, a drag queen, and a geneticist. Only at the greatest edu-tainment event in town! Not to mention it’s your one chance each month to nerd out righteously with your fellow Atlantans over a couple of drinks. Be there and be square!

Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/412953342195616/

What: Nerd Nite ATL, No. 16
When: Thursday 1/15 Show at 8:00pm, but get there EARLY if you want to get a good seat and get a jump on ordering food/drink.
Where: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave NE
Cost: $5 Cover

“It’s Kitten Hot in Here: The Culture of Cat Cafes” by Paige Bowman.

Cover fees are a nuisance generally associated with night clubs, but a few bucks can also get you time with another sort of VIP – a very important purrson. Cat cafes have been providing their customers with the temporary benefits of cat ownership for over 15 years. Spreading from Asia, there are now cat cafes in Europe, Australia and the United States, and they’re all full of cats for their patrons to play with, watch them sleep or turn into the next big meme.

Bio: Paige Bowman is a comedian and cat mother living in Atlanta, GA. She first discovered Cat Cafes after 10 of her Facebook friends sent her a link about wine for cats, which she has still not bought, because one hangover in the house is enough. With just two bottles of wine and one more date gone wrong, Paige will be opening Atlanta’s first cat café by charging admission to hang out in her apartment.

“I Was Run Over By The Knight Bus” by Chris Gunter.

Science runs on a publish or perish system, according to many people, but sometimes the difference between the two is not so clear. Chris spent a decade as a scientific journal editor, from the middle to the highest levels, and will give you a peek behind the curtain of this often-cursed profession. When you act as a cross between a rockstar god and Darth Vader, you come out with some pretty good stories about how science ultimately gets put into the public record.

Bio: Geneticist and attempted wit Chris Gunter is an Associate Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, and works at the Marcus Autism Center.

“Drag, a her-story” by Jaye Lish

Take a tongue in cheek tour through the history and evolution of female illusion. Learn the terms, tips, tricks and tea of the ins and outs of being a man in a

Bio: Jaye Lish is an entertainer, prop builder, makeup artist, drag queen and co-host of The Other Show. He enjoys horticulture, DnD, scifi movies and dreams of LARPing.