Come join us for a beer, learn something new, and meet fellow nerds.
Every second Thursday of the month at Gramps!

This month’s speakers are:

“Opera: What it takes, How is started, How it’s going”
by Amanda Crider

Opera is an art form that encompasses music, acting, costumes, makeup, visual art, orchestra, and even sometimes ballet. Learn what goes into becoming an opera singer, what it’s like to be on the stage, a brief history of the art form from the 1600s through today, and all of the special skills (pole dancing, riding a motorcycle, juggling….) that go into creating the drama.

Bio: Mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider has performed leading roles with Los Angeles Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, among others. She has been a soloist with organizations such as Calgary Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, International Contemporary Ensemble, New World Symphony and is a core member of the GRAMMY® nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire. Amanda is also the Artistic Director of the Miami based concert series, IlluminArts.

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“American Sublime: A Partial History of Landscape Images That Define Our Identity”
by Pete Wintersteen

The sublime as an aesthetic and philosophical concept has been studied and debated since ancient times, but its evolution in relation to the American Landscape evolved after the Industrial Revolution. From 19th century oil paint masterpieces to the latest Instagram #sunset, there is more behind every image than you may know.

Bio: From US Marine to wildlife researcher to artist and conservationist, Pete Wintersteen has spent his life traversing many landscapes in many facets. While pursuing his MFA in visual art, he sought (often surreptitiously) to find the aesthetic side of uranium mines and prospects in the American West, which are sprinkled among some of the oldest records of human culture and presence in North America.

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“Living in Miami sucks (a coral’s perspective)”
by Michael Studivan

PortMiami is a highly-dynamic environment, experiencing tidal cycles, riverine inputs, and coastal construction on a daily basis (aka, a terrible place to live if you’re a coral, and a terrible place to dive if you’re a human). In the past decade, there have been several key events impacting Miami’s coral reefs including the port dredging and the appearance of the most deadly coral disease epidemic described to date, named stony coral tissue loss disease. Yet remarkably, many corals within the port appear to be thriving, and researchers at the University of Miami and NOAA are actively conducting research to find out why. Come see why this masochist chooses to dive in dirty garbage water of PortMiami over the crystal clear Biscayne National Park, and learn about the ‘urban corals’ in Miami.

Bio: Dr. Michael Studivan is a coral reef molecular ecologist with the University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami. As a pessimist having little faith in humanity, he is trying to better understand coral diseases and treatments, genetic connectivity of coral ecosystems, and adaptation of corals in marginal and extreme environments to help save corals from extinction.