Riverpedia archive - 10/19/2022

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Nerd Nights

These were a series of events I did between 2011-2015 in and around Santa Monica, where I invited local fans to hang out with me. It started as private movie screenings (the first two were The Neverending Story and Time Bandits) where I rented out the entire small theatre both times.

Subsequent Nerd Nights were all Shakespeare-related - either screenings of live performances; or an actual performance put on by a couple of different, local Shakespeare troupes that I supported.

On the eleventh Nerd Night, Brian joined me, and after watching a screening of Antony & Cleopatra, we played an acoustic version of "Cleopatra" for everyone.

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There was also a related daytime event that I called Dork Day, where I invited fans to bring their children out to watch a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Time magazine did a story about my Nerd Nights, written by Joel Stein; it was originally published in the November 3, 2014 issue.

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I go to sleep at 10:45pm every night. Alarm set for 6am.Sometimes I wake up earlier. I'm not a great sleeper.

From a Sept. 13, 2022 NYT interview I did:

Sleep has historically been a little challenging for me — I’ll often wake up in the middle of the night, wide-awake, and my body and mind have no interest in going back to sleep. But somebody told me if you tape your mouth shut with athletic tape, you’ll get much deeper sleep. I tried it, and it works great. At night, I say good night to my wife and then keep my mouth shut. The first night I was a little panicky, and gasping for breath through my nostrils, but then my body calmed down and I got a great night’s sleep.

Rivers Cuomo mouth taping Nexcare medical tape sleep mask and earplugs

10/17/2022 Will try these fancy ones out.

Box of mouth-shaped mouth strips/tape

Further reading:

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The 3rd Street Promenade

I'm not crazy about all the street performers. But we go there sometimes for date nights. There's not much else to do around here. It's a short walk from the "guitar shop on Santa Monica and 7th street" that I mention in Mexican Fender.

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