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The NERDY CABARET Features QWOC Nerds on Wed June 22nd!

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on June 14th, 2011

The NERDY CABARET will feature a diverse line up of entertainment from secretaries, sluts, songstresses, and a sultriness of the intellectual sort. We’ve finally created a space where hipsters are encouraged to sport their fake wide-rimmed glasses and your came-after-work-didn’t-have-time-to-change ensemble could even pass as kinky. Nerdy science jokes, political sattire, hip-hop storytelling, and sexy role-play involving inanimate objects are all encouraged.

Wednesday June 22nd
472 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA

AUDIENCE: You are encouraged to wear wide-rimmed glasses, lingerie, or a combination of the two! :)

ADMISSION: Sliding Scale $8-10; RSVP on this site to get in for $8 that day.



SPECTRA is the intellectually artsy mastermind behind Spectra Events (and their new show, the Nerdy Cabaret). This creative nerd, introverted socialite, and femme-lovin’ Naija boi digs video games as commentary for the human experience and multivariable calculus as a metaphor for relationships. When s/he’s not making love to a piano (or other inanimate objects), s/he’s blogging about more serious stuff at www.spectraspeaks.com, espousing un-proofed formulas for optimizing polyamorous connections, and pondering the science of love at @iqwoc on Twitter.
Brand of Nerd: ARTSY

IDIALIA is a fierce Puertominican poet; a proud nerd, and a lover of safe words like pancakes, hickies, and sugarmelt. She began writing for herself, until she looked around only to realize the scarcity of voices like hers — queer brown artsy and kinky — in the media, so now she writes for everyone else; for the kid in kindergarten who cried after someone made fun of his accent, for her little sister who asked her to pass the “people colored crayon” (peach), for the transgender girl who smiled after putting on lipstick for the first time, and to the people privileged enough to ignore the injustices that exist in the world. Follow her on Tumblr and @idaliapoetry on Twitter, and maybe she’ll blow you a kiss.
Brand of Nerd: FLIRTY



Erika Musicmaker is a Boston-based performer, dancer and musician.

Erika is also the beloved host/MC of TranScriptions, a queer-themed (always ally-friendly) open mic every 2nd Thursday of the month that features poets, writers, musicians, performers, activists, and unique creative expressions of all kinds. Learn more about Transcriptions HERE. You can follow Erika on their truly nerdy Twitter handle @vectorial.
Brand of Nerd: CLASSICAL


Boy Baret a.k.a. Pampi a.k.a. Aparna Das
enjoys experimenting with video, poetry, movement and installation, though her forte is pen and ink. There is a marked obsession with blood, bones and goddesses. Saraswathi Jones a.k.a. Tanya K. Palit is a singer, song writer, and ukelele player in a local library-themed pop rock band. She fantasizes in her cubicle about potential dissertation topics. In their work, this dynamic duo critically engage issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and the body politic. You can follow their work at www.thirdeyefell.com, Twitter, and Youtube.
Brand of Nerd: BOLLYWOOD


J Mase III is a Black, Trans, Queer, Rowdy-as-Hell Poet with a capital [P] based in Philly. An organ donor, Mase is author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around and creator of the annual multi-city performance event Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement. A bit of a public intellectual (not in the snotty way, though) Mase can also be found contributing to various publications on the issue of gay teens in the church, gender (and genitalia), and a plethora of othe issues. You can stalk him at Facebook, GigMaven, and Youtube.
Brand of Nerd: REAL


Sapphira Cristàl , 22, with her bubbly personality and killer smile, reigns from Houston, TX. Often called the “Gospel Diva,” she is a wild energetic entertainer who captures her audience with her “unflinching Focus”. She can be found locally at Jacques Cabaret and Machine Nightclub in Boston. This Fabulous Ebony Diva is a classically trained singer and actor and can also be seen in the Ryan Landry original, ” Peter Pansy,” in Provincetown, MA. For the NERDY CABARET, Sapphira will be both singing and performing drag. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube!
Brand of Nerd: DIVA

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