Powder Keg Events

Here's a list of upcoming Powder Keg events. You can also see extra information about our Tuesday Nerd Talks.

Apr 28

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Apr 29

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

May 2

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Chaos & the Mandelbrot Set

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Chaos and the Mandelbrot set: We explore the strange behavior of simple functions that describe population dynamics and a variety of physical systems. The results include chaotic evolution of a population, behavior of certain types of oscillators that include non-linear factors and some applications in orbits and mission design. The images are haunting but simple to explain mathematically. This lecture includes some intriguing animations which illustrate this strange branch of mathematics.

Ed Friedman is a graduate of the University of Maryland (BS in Physics in 1966) and Wayne State University (PhD in Physics in 1972 with a dissertation on superconducting thin films). He worked for 42 years on remote sensing systems for civil, defense and intelligence applications. Prior to retiring, he was with Ball Aerospace a total of 15 years. While at Ball, he was Chief Scientist of the Civil Space group and head of an optics design laboratory. He was a Visiting Scientist at NCAR working on space-based remote sensing of climate change. In 2002 he was selected as a Boeing Technical Fellow. He has been a member of National Research Council advisory groups supporting NASA programs. He has taught astronomy and mathematics at the college level and was Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado while his student earned a PhD (2002) working on an electro-optics topic that led to refereed publications and a patent. He taught Orbital Dynamics for Webster University at Ball Aerospace. He is author of three books on electro-optics and was Chairperson of the 2009 AAS Guidance and Control Conference and editor of the proceedings. He now volunteers at several schools and is a substitute high school math and physics teacher. He is a consultant for NASA as a proposal reviewer.

May 5

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

May 12

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

May 13

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

May 16

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Hammerhead Sharks!

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza is a shark expert and Executive Director of Ocean First Institute (OFI), a local ocean conservation nonprofit. She will discuss her upcoming research expedition to Costa Rica, where she has been been tagging, tracking, and protecting juvenile hammerhead sharks. Dr. Mikki will also talk about the importance of education in conservation efforts, and discuss OFI's virtual outreach with students from around the world to help educate youth on the importance of sharks.

Dr. Mikki holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University and her outreach efforts have been covered by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada. She is a tireless advocate for sharks and shark habitat. Dr. Mikki seeks to to highlight their global population decline and to frame new directions for their conservation.

May 19

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

May 20

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

May 26

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

May 27

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Jun 2

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Jun 6

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - TBD

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

with Nico Hernandez

Jun 9

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Jun 10

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Music

Jun 20

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - The Siege of Leningrad

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Alyson Daly will discuss the Siege of Leningrad (also known as the 900 Day Siege) during World War 2.

Alyson has degrees in Russian Studies and Linguistics from University of Colorado Boulder. She has studied at Smol'ny Institute in St. Petersburg and is currently writing a book on the events on the eastern front leading up to and during World War 2.

Jun 23

Friday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Jul 8

Saturday

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Jul 11

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Retirement Income Strategies (what your advisor may not have told you)

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Planning for and managing income in retirement requires far more than a good investment strategy. Strategies that enhance retirement income and reduce income shortfall risk may be given short shift by advisers. This talk aims to highlight the advantages and dispel the myths of low cost annuities, reverse mortgages, the value of delaying social security benefits and more. It draws primarily on current academic research rather than the opinion of the speaker. The talk will also briefly discuss other key retirement income issues including spending strategies, the costs and benefits of advice and forecasting in a low return environment.

John Osborn, CFA, is a retired institutional adviser having provided guidance to large pension funds including IBM, Nestle and CBS for 30+ years. He no longer provides advice nor does he intend to, preferring to mountain bike, hike, ski and generally be a Coloradan. This allows him to share his views without the pressure of fees!

Jul 18

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

Aug 1

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - The Intersection of Politics & Religion in Ancient Mexico

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

with Jeff Brzezinski

Aug 15

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT with Amanda Hendrix

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Sep 5

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Colorado - A Naturalist's reasons for living here.

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Tim Henson will take us on a visual field trip through the life zones of Colorado from Prairie to Plateau, gleaned from decades of imagery, emphasizing the geology, plants and birds and other fauna of Colorado.

Tim is a retired biology/geology HS teacher who spent much of his 32 years in the classroom at Niwot HS. He is an avid naturalist and nature photographer with a passion for exploring the wild places of the world. His special focus is on the ecosystems of Colorado. A frequent question from former students and friends, as they look at his images from throughout the world is "What is the coolest place you've ever visited?"

His instant reply is COLORADO! It's why he lives here.

Sep 19

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Parting the Red Sea

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Exodus 14 describes Moses and the Israelites escaping from Egypt through the Red Sea, as the waters miraculously divide to let them pass. The pursuing chariot squadron of Pharaoh is drowned when they try to pursue. Scientists since 1879 have recognized that the ancient narrative sounds like a meteorological phenomenon known as "wind setdown," which is the opposite of storm surge. In 2008 Carl Drews decided to research the reported event with a modern ocean model, as part of his Master's Thesis at the University of Colorado. Under certain configurations of wind, water, and river channels within the Nile delta - it works! The simulated waters part to expose dry land for 4 hours, allowing Moses and company just barely enough time to make it across to safety. Join us at the Powder Keg Brewery for an exciting evening of terrified refugees, angry chariot drivers, Bronze Age topography, walls of water, and Biblical interpretation.

Carl Drews holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Master's Degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He works as a Software Engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.

Oct 3

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

TNT - Global Warming Demystified with Jeffrey Bennett

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

Global Warming Demystified

The Science, The Consequences, and The Solutions (and why conservatives and liberals can all agree)

Is human-induced global warming real or a hoax? Most people will express an opinion on this question, but relatively few can back their opinions with solid evidence. This is true on both sides, as most “believers” are no better able to explain the scientific case for global warming than “skeptics” are able to make a case against it. Many times we’ve even heard politicians and media pundits say “I am not a scientist” to avoid the issue altogether. But the truth is, the basic science is not that difficult. In this presentation, noted educator Jeffrey Bennett will give you the foundation you need to speak intelligently about the science behind global warming, and show you why the solutions to this important problem are ones that people of all political persuasions can agree on. If you have any questions or doubts about the reality of global warming or what we should do about it as a nation, you’re sure to come away enlightened. The level is suitable for anyone of middle school age and up. The talk is based on Dr. Bennett's global warming primer.

Astrophysicist and educator Jeffrey Bennett’s extensive experience includes teaching at every level from preschool through graduate school, proposing and helping to develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and serving two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters, where he helped create numerous programs designed to build stronger links between the research and education communities. He is the lead author of bestselling college textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics; of critically acclaimed titles for the general public including Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008/2011), Math for Life (Big Kid Science 2014), What is Relativity? (Columbia University Press, 2014), and On Teaching Science (Big Kid Science, 2014). His five books for children are currently orbiting Earth and being read by astronauts aboard the International Space Station for the new “Story Time From Space” program (storytimefromspace.com). Dr. Bennett was recently honored with the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award. His personal web site is www.jeffreybennett.com.

Oct 17

Tuesday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Talk

Cryonics

Powder Keg Brewing Company, Niwot, CO

"Cryonics" means freezing patients at the temperature of liquid nitrogen after death in the hope that future science (like nanotechnology) can revive the patients, cure the cause of death, and rejuvenate them. Cryonics is controversial – some doubt it can ever be done. "Cryobiology" means freezing and reviving tissue, and this is not controversial – tissues up to the size of the thumb are frozen and revived every day. The difference is that it takes longer to perfuse a human brain with the solution that prevents formation of ice crystals than it does to perfuse smaller tissues. The "vitrification solution" is toxic over these longer times, so we can only hope that the future can fix the damage it does. Cryonics, then, is not a certain "cure" for death – it only gives us a chance, a hope.

Alan Mole, vice president of Cryonics Institute, will discuss the state of research and the practicalities and costs of getting frozen after death, and the prices and differences between providers of the service.

Want to plan an event at Powder Keg? Contact [email protected].