Hello again friends of Nerdnite. Our first ever month with two Nerdnites rolls on — 8pm, Monday April 30. We’ll be back at the Middlesex for this one, and we’ve got an awesome night of urban farming and music history in store. DJ Claude Money will provide the nerd-appropriate tunes — this time with assistance from Brobot Justin.
Here is the lineup for April 30:
Talk 1 – “Urban Farming: From Backyards to Rooftops”
by Brendan Shea and Jessie Banhazl
Brendan is a LEED Accredited Professional who started his career in wastewater treatment engineering for environmentally sensitive areas. After 10 years of poop jokes from friends, he moved up the wastewater chain, founding Recover Green Roofs, shifting from wastewater to stormwater management. Working on rooftop gardens led to a natural progression toward rooftop agriculture, where Brendan and Jessie started working together on Boston’s first commercial rooftop farm.
After becoming frustrated with the lack of access to fresh produce and green space in her Brooklyn neighborhood, Jessie left a career in reality television and moved to Boston to start Green City Growers. GCG sets up and maintains urban farming plots for schools, private residences, restaurants, and corporate offices. Jessie’s interests and experiences lie in education, marketing, social entrepreneurship, and organic vegetable production. She has a dog named Stella who loyally follows her throughout most of her work day.
Talk 2 – “Glam Rock 101 – Wolves in Women’s Clothing: The Differences between GLAM-rock & glam-RAWK”
by: Vadim Akimenko (aka DJ 45, aka Vadim Hansome Akimenko, aka King Crab Handsome)
Vadim is a Florida transplant and has been a resident of Somerville for six of his 11 years in Massachusetts, spending the last four years in The Square. Some have said he is a pompous wind-bag that will ramble on for hours splitting hairs about music. His friends describe him as “a true zealot and filled with the spirit of the Lord.” Vadim claims that he owns a thousand records and that dogs like him. Neither have been confirmed.