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Nerd Nite 61: Total Nerdicorn with help from AMODA

Where: The North Door

When: Wednesday Aug 13, doors at 7pm

August speed dating tickets are available now!

Ambassador program is open for August registration.

Performance and afterparty following the talks!


[ASL interpreters will be present]

You know it. We know it. Unicorns are real. Nerd Nite and our friends at Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA) scoured the world and captured three live specimens and we will display them on stage for you to enjoy. King Kong style. This Nite will be Total Unicorn.

Total Unicorn, for the uninitiated, is one of the most amazing performing acts in Austin. They combine live dance, visuals and music to create… well you’ll see. Each of the Unicorns will be presenting on their art-nerd specialty and doing a free live Total Unicorn performance. Y’all. You don’t even know. Or maybe you do. It is going to be amazing.

Oh and one more thing. The whole thing, the talks and the performance will be live-streamed for free courtesy of AMODA! We will share the livestream link once it is available.


This month’s talks:

“Finding the Right Tools for the As-yet-to-be-determined Job.” by Stephen Hal Fishman

A discussion of my attempts to try nearly every piece of filmmaking and graphics software I could get my hands on in the quest for the perfect set of tools. I’ve been at this the early 90s and I’ve had the opportunity to try a huge variety of hardware and software (from film equipment to analogue video machinery to software and digital hardware). I also give a little context about how useful/significant the gear was at the time and how it improved, expanded or hindered my work.

Stephen Fishman is an artist & filmmaker based here in Austin, TX. Although he does a lot of broadcast and longform work, he’s most interested in live animated projections, interactive software-based gallery installations and the symbiosis of music, dance and projected video. ”


“Interpretive Dance: Not as Lame as it Sounds.” by Lindsey Taylor

A brief introduction to classical concert dance forms of Western culture and how they influence my medium, interpretive dance, followed by an overview of my dance making process.

Lindsey Taylor is a choreographer/dancer working in Austin. She received a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas, and went on to create the award-winning interpretive dance trio Little Stolen Moments.


“This jam is a time machine. Music as the flux capacitor of the soul.” by Lyman Hardy III

Music and it’s relationship to the perception of time. A QuickStart guide to music as the gearshift to the time space continuum.

Lyman is: drummer, sound designer, beatmaker, time monitor, space measurer.



Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show:

…or just meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program:


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Doors at 7, talks start at 7:30. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

(Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!)