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Storytellers to Spin Yarns Tonight at ‘Nerds in NoMa’ Event

by Andrew Ramonas — March 24, 2015 at 11:50 am 2 Comments

Vijai Nathan telling a story at SpeakeasyDC event (Photo via Vimeo/SpeakeasyDC)If you love The Moth and This American Life, an event in NoMa tonight might be right up your alley.

Professional storytellers will share their personal tales of “funny, awkward and sometimes poignant moments” during a happy hour in NoMa tonight, one of the raconteurs said.

The “Nerds in NoMa” speaker series is back with SpeakeasyDC performers from 6 to 8 p.m., at 1200 1st St. NE.

The night will include yarns from local storytellers Vijai Nathan (pictured) and John Tong. Tong will tell how a cabdriver taught him “you can find something beautiful in anything,” even when his grandfather’s funeral became a “comedy of errors,” Nathan said. As for Nathan, she will talk about “the trials and tribulations that come with being ‘too American’ for her very strict, immigrant Indian parents.”

“SpeakeasyDC promotes true tales told live — and that is exactly what we’ll be doing,” said Nathan, who is the organization’s business development coordinator.

The event sponsored by the NoMa Business Improvement District is free but attendees are asked to register online. Drinks, as well as chicken sandwiches and tacos from Ooh Dat Chicken, will be available for purchase

Previous Nerds in NoMa events have covered local reporting, street art, D.C. water and NoMa development.

Photo via Vimeo/SpeakeasyDC

  • Guest

    What a cool event! Not free tonight, but will try to add SpeakeasyDC to my list of sites to check for activities about the neighborhood.

    • Glad you were interested. I had precisely the same reaction — can’t go tonight, but too bad

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