Let your inner geek flag fly at these cerebral celebrations happening across Orlando all month long. From trivia nights to brainy presentations, these intellectual affairs will give you some mental stimulation on your next date night.
Science Night Live
The grown-ups get the chance to take over Orlando Science Center during Science Night Live, a quarterly event with a special theme for each. Besides access to all the permanent exhibits, attendees can watch films inside the Dr. Phillips CineDome, view stars and distant planets in the Crosby Observatory and engage in science trivia to win prizes. Food and adult beverages are available for purchase and live entertainment is typical. Tickets are $15.
Affectionately known as ‘Discovery Channel with beer,’ these monthly gatherings feature a few 20-minute presentations by local luminaries who enlighten the crowd on everything from technology to environmental issues. Events, which are free, typically take place at Stardust Video & Coffee where attendees can nosh tater tots and drink craft beer throughout the evening.
Curtis Earth and his band of trivia masters can be found at bars across the city most nights of the week, where they serve up multiple rounds of trivia while the bar serves up pitchers of beer. Besides bragging rights, winners usually receive gift certificates or free pub grub.
Now in more than 100 cities across the world, PechaKucha nights give audiences the opportunity to listen to eight speakers who compress their message into 20 PowerPoint slides that transition automatically every 20 seconds. This 6-minutes-and-40-second format translates into engaging, polished and concise presentations that make for a highly entertaining night out. PechaKucha events happen quarterly in Orlando and tickets are usually $10 each. Here’s a link to the talk I did February 2014.
Head to The Geek Easy (114 S. Semoran Blvd. Winter Park), Orlando’s only geek lounge, on Fridays when this comic shop and bar features Nerdy Karaoke. Admission is free and the drinks are cheap.
Lovers of TED Talks will want to check out this local TEDx gathering, where a few dozen intellectual enthusiasts gather to watch free screenings of TED Talks on the third Wednesday of every month. Attendees watch two 18-minute talks with time allowed after each for discussion.