Join us this Valentine’s Day for three presentations that show that love is grand, but not always in the way you expect.

NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION AT ARTERRA EVENT SPACE* 2161 Quail Creek Drive (behind HyVee on Clinton Parkway)

Grab a drink, socialize and get your Nerd on! Thrilling raffle prizes! Challenging trivia! Engaging Presentations! Join us at the ARTERRA EVENT GALLERY (Maceli’s location in West Lawrence) for a delightfully square time!

“That Ain’t Love: A Murderous History of Romance Gone Wrong” by Maggie Bornholdt
Every day, reports of heinous murders make the news, many of which are so-called crimes of passion. What did these crimes look like a hundred years ago? History is rife with instances of courtship and matrimony with tragic, violent endings. From the Brides in the Bath Killer to Flypaper Lyda, learn about some of the most prolific murderers who killed under the pretense of romance during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

“Damn Your Love, Damn Your Lies: Romantic Relationships in Music”
by Nick Spacek
Exploring the intersection of musical collaboration and romantic entanglement of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Fleetwood Mac, and Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires to answer the question of how can you sing a song about breaking someone’s heart with the person who broke it?

“Love Kills: Leo Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata…” by Ani Kokobobo
In this presentation I discuss Leo Tolstoy’s 1889 novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, which narrates the story of a jealous husband murdering his wife. As the lynchpin of the author’s ideas about sexuality and human relationships, The Kreutzer Sonata is a manifesto for the end of romantic relationships. In Tolstoy’s, heterosexuality kills women and degrades men; instead of getting married and reproducing, he believes that human beings should live in sexless communes like bees and focus on caring for the already living human beings and children in the world.

*Maceli’s is making some exciting renovations to their downtown location and we are thrilled to enjoy and share their location in west Lawrence!