August 10th, 2023 7:30pm at River Arts District Brewing Co:

Meet your presenters for Asheville’s inaugural Nerd Nite!

Dr. A. Rider Barnum

Congratulations, You Have Superpowers!

…It Won’t End Well.

Everyone dreams of having superpowers to fly, fight, and save the day. Let’s ruin your dreams with SCIENCE, as your powers will probably kill you before you ever get a chance to wear the mask and cape.

Rider Barnum (he/him) holds a PhD in Chemistry as well as a BA in Theatre Arts. Originally from north Louisiana, he currently lives in northeast Tennessee with his wife and daughter. Professionally he has been an industrial research and development chemist for over ten years. In his spare time he enjoys doing science demonstrations for education outreach ever since grad school, as well as performing in community theatre productions. He is excited to be collaborating with NerdNite as part of spreading interest in STEM to a wide range of audiences in a way that is WAY more fun than your average class in school. IG: @DramaticChemist

Anna Diemer

The Science of Silly Voices

Ever wondered why your voice sounds like—well, you? Or how voice actors chameleon their voices to play a myriad of characters on the same show? Anna of Diemer Voice Studio will take Nerd Nite Asheville through a crash course in the science of voices and how to explore the gamut of voices you can make. Come prepared to make some silly sounds!

Anna Diemer (they/them) is a voice teacher, singing voice specialist, and professional singer based in Asheville, NC. Their studio’s mission is to empower voice users to have agency, command, and understanding of their voices so that they can speak and sing with their most euphoric sound. Anna works primarily with habilitation of avocational adult singers, many of whom come to the studio with complaints of vocal irregularities, tension, and fatigue, as well as with members of the queer and trans community seeking gender-affirming voice care. When Anna is not in the voice studio, you can find them cooking, hitting the stage as a drag performer, or crushing their to-be-read pile. Insta and Facebook: @diemervoicestudio Web:

Sara Rivera

Illuminating the Fabulous World of Fireflies

Ever been curious about the brilliant bioluminescent fireflies lighting up the night sky? Come be enlightened and learn about their crazy worlds filled with sex, deceit, cannabalism, and pure magic!

Sara Rivera (they/she) is a Masters student at Western Carolina University studying tropical fireflies. Out of the lab, they perform nerdy drag as Rubella Werk (@rubella.werk) and Syd Phyllis (@syd.phyllis). They also have a science communication organization called THEM in STEM (@them.instem) with Science Storytimes and local firefly walks in Sylva.

With your host and Nerd Nite Asheville Boss, Von!

This month’s mini-feature: Von’s five best so-bad-they’re-great episodes of Star Trek TNG-VOY

We thought space was the final frontier, but after hundreds of episodes, the Star Trek writers discovered there were WAY more f*cked up things in the universe to write about. Remember that time Riker tried to eat Captain Picard’s fish? Throughout the evening, Von will walk you through their favorite iconically absurd episodes of TNG through Voyager era Star Trek. Whatever you do, DINNAE LEIT THA CANDLE!

Von (they/them) is a local drag performer known for their radioactive style, political commentary, and inability to shut up about Star Trek. A lifelong nerd of both science and theater, they were an avid lover of Nerd Nite in Los Angeles before moving to Asheville and starting the local Nerd Nite Chapter.

Von claims this show for the Romulan Empire. (IG: @von.infinity)

Join us August 10th, 7:30pm at The River Arts District Brewing Co! 13 Mystery St, Asheville NC 28801. Cover $10, 21+

Be there and be square!

Want to present at Nerd Nite Asheville? Check out our presenter info page, or email !