2014 Salons, Speakers & Stories

Odd Salon 2014

ENLIGHTENMENT

Feb 17, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Annetta Black ~ Bluestockings, Incorrigibles & the Age of the Salon
Ryan Galiotto ~ Coffee to Print: The Beans That Gave us Papers
Amy Widdowson ~ The Book of Everything
Tre Balchowsky ~ Mary Wollstonecraft: Mother of Feminism, Grandmother of Frankenstein
Chris Carrico ~ Experimental Science & the Rise of Societies
Jade Hoffman ~ Voltaire & the Rise of Snark
Christopher D. Wallis (Hareesh) ~ Bodhi svāhā! Eastern “Enlightenment” as Subversive Challenge

FAILURE

Feb 25, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Rachel James ~ Engineering Disaster: The Best and Worst Ideas in Industrial Design
Annetta Black ~ Died Trying: Dead Explorers & Expeditions Gone Horribly Wrong
Ryan Galiotto ~ Military Blunders from Bomb Dropping Bats to Steam Cannons of Doom
Kelly Jensen ~ Infernal Devices: Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions
Todd Barrett ~ Schadenfreude: Delighting in the Failure of Others
Tre Balchowsky ~ Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: The Hidden Power of Failure

ROGUE

March 11, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Amy Widdowson ~ She Sailed Under a Black Flag
Marcelo Pontin ~ The Midway, Carnies & the Murderous Lobster Boy of Gibsonton, Florida
Josh Greenwalt ~ The Mystery of Etta Place, Wild West Outlaw
Janelle Slavik ~ John Hawkwood, the White Company & the Days of Flying Pigs
Matthew Nelson ~ The Head of Joaquin Murrietta, aka: Zorro
Ian Dawson ~ Stand & Deliver: Tales of Gentleman Highwayman

FAKE

March 25, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Rachel James

Tamar Baskind ~ Shameless Charlatans & Predatory Impostors
Rachel James~ Elymr De Hory: The Uncertainty of Authenticity
Steen Comer ~ More Human than Human: Fake Flesh and the Uncanny Valley
Amber Guetebier ~ Mermaids, Sea-Hags, Vampire Squids: Real & Imagined Creatures of the Deep
Marci Bennett ~ The Wrath of Amazing Randi: The Epic Battle of Supernatural vs. Sleight of Hand
Annetta Black ~ The Amazing Voyage That Never Was

LOST

April 15, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Tre Balchowsky

Beth Abdallah ~ Bonfire of the Vanities: Extremism the Harbinger of Loss
Chris Carrico ~ Scurvy: Lost & Found
Amy Widdowson Mains ~ Amelia Earhart: The Woman Who Flew into the Sunset
Barry Synoground ~ Lost San Francisco: Earthquakes and Fires and Progress! Oh! My!
Michael Sollazzo ~ Tenochtitlan: Lost Beneath Mexico City
Tre Balchowsky ~ Directional Impairment & the Art of Getting Lost

SECRET

April 29, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Steen Comer ~ How to Keep a Secret: A Time Traveler’s Guide To Codes & Ciphers
Frederic Lightning Leist ~ Sir Isaac Newton & the Hunting of the Greene Lyon
Miles Traer ~ Howard Hughes, Clementine & the Plot to Steal Soviet Secrets
Douglas Worley ~ Joy Buzzers & Rideable Goats: Secrets of Initiation
Annetta Black ~ The Secret of the Locked Door Heist at Mont Sainte Odile
Rachel James ~ The Ship, the Psychic & the Ectoplasmic Seaman

EVOLVE

May 13, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Danielle Vincent ~ The Unique Evolutionary Peculiarities of the Naked Mole Rats; or OMFG WHAT IS THAT THING?
Chris Reeves ~ Stalk-Eyed and Bushy Tailed: A Crazy Little Thing Called Sexual Selection
Chris Carrico ~ Super Amazing Adaptations & Delightful Beasts
Chris Venter ~ Bizarre Freaks of Nature & Mutations That Shouldn’t Be

GOLD, MURDER & SPIRITS

May 17, 2014 at the Holbrooke Hotel & Saloon, Grass Valley. Curator: Rachel James

Sean Sanford ~ Black Bart: The Fine Line Between a Thief and a Gentleman
Matthew Nelson ~ Dueling Newsmen: The Battle of Words That Got Real
Annetta Black ~ Lola, Abroad: Sex, Scandal and the King of Bohemia
Lizzy Lee Savage ~ Booze & Spirits: Tipsy Tales from the Holbrooke Hotel
Rachel James & Matt Osbourn ~ Tale of Two Independence Days: WTF, Gold Country?

CHAOS

May 27, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curated by Rachel James

Rachel James – Riot! Controlled Chaos of the Hive Mind
Jade Hoffman – Anarchy in the (12th Century) UK
Tre Balchowsky – Chaos Theory: The Dirty Lies Pop Culture Told Us
Miles Traer – Billions of Years of Chaos that Shaped Earth—50 Years to Figure it Out
KC Crowell – How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Flamethrower Aimed At the Face
Marcelo Pontin – Chaos as Cosmogony: Stuff from Stufflessness

BEFORE SAN FRANCISCO The City Before the Gold Rush

June 3, 2014 at the California Historical Society, San Francisco. Part of the Bay Area Time Travel Project. Curator: Annetta Black

John Martini ~ At the Edge of the Known World: Wayward Explorers, Distant Empires & the Foundations of San Francisco
Miles Traer ~ Fauna, Flora, Floods & Faultlines: San Francisco’s Hidden Nature
Matthew Nelson ~ The Military & the Missionary Men: Exploration, Conflict and Compromise in Spanish Alta California
Annetta Black & Tre Balchowsky ~ Rogues Gallery: Brief Introductions to Interesting Lives in the City Before the City
KC Crowell ~ Guadalupe, María de la Luz & Juana Briones: San Francisco’s Original Start Up Sisters
Josh Greenwalt ~ Robert Ridley, Aguardente and the Art of Getting Drunk in Old Yerba Buena

SPICE

June 10, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Tre Balchowsky.

Daen de Leon ~ Introducing Spice: Ancient Spices, Spice Roads and Sake Dean Mahomed
Paige Lawrence ~ The Nutmeg Massacres: the Bloody History of the World’s Numbest Spice
Fredric Lightning Leist ~ Grains of Paradise Lost: How a Delicious Spice Disappeared from the Pantry
Tamar Baskind ~ Spice in the Time of Plague
John Adams ~ Gangs of the High Seas: Down with the VOC
Kaila Angello ~ Hot Hot Hot: Why Our Brain is Seduced by Spice

PRESERVED

June 24, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Hernan Pelassini ~ Headhunting, Tsantsas & How to Shrink a Human Head
Sean Sanford ~ Dried, Stuffed & Displayed: Making Art Out of Dead People
Kelly Jensen ~ Preserving Film Archives (Or, Why Vinegar is Bad for the Animal of the Week)
Daen de Leon ~ The Mummy’s Curse: Wrapped up in Myth
Annetta Black ~ Salvaged Spirits: Shipwreck Scotch & the World’s Oldest Wine
KC Crowell ~ Don’t Call it Salami: The Science of Delicious Preserved Meatstuffs

CITY OF SHIPWRECKSSan Francisco 1849-1860

July 1, 2014 at the California Historical Society, San Francisco. Part of the Bay Area Time Travel Project. Curator: Annetta Black

Steve Beck, Sutter’s Fort ~ Argonaut Realities: The Quest for El Dorado in California
Amber Guetebier ~ Brief Biographies: Characters of the Gold Rush City
John Adams ~ Abandoned Bounty: Shipwrecks under the City
Rachel James ~ Hounds, Ducks & Vigilantes: The Gangs of San Francisco
Kelly Jensen ~ Sam Brannan: What a Jerk
Taryn Edwards, Mechanics’ Institute ~ Passion, Pride and Principle: The Birth of the Mechanics’ Institute

MADNESS

July 8, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Rachel James

Lizzy Lee Savage ~ Mercury & Turpentine: The Paintbrush-Licking Mad Genius of the Masters
Stuart Gripman ~ Toxoplasmosis: Two Bugs, One Gut
Marci Bennett ~ Mass Hysteria: Penis Panic, Dancing Plague, and Other Worrisome Mind Contagions
Fritz Striker ~ “Bitches Be Crazy”: The Twisted Perceptions of Femininity & Madness
Jade Hoffman ~ Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: The Fickle Boundary Between Different and Crazy
Arthur Kay ~ Gaol and Bedlam: The Law of Criminal Insanity in the U.S. and U.K.
Kaila Angelo ~ Lobotomy: The Under-appreciated Cure for “Resting Bitch Face”

ILLUSION

July 22, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco.Curator: Annetta Black

Miles Traer ~ The Greatest Card Cheat & the Mythical Sleight
Justin Oliphant ~ Mystery Spots, Gravity Hills & the Perpetuation of the Mysterious
Laura Rubin ~ The Illusion of Perfection: Fake Boobs, Fake Butts & Our Unending Struggle With Human Inadequacy
Patrick House ~ Pulling the Puppet Strings: How the Brain Tricks Itself
Tysa Rauch ~ Space Aliens & Deadly Beauty: Cosmetic Triumph & Folly
Paul Nathan ~ How Do They Do That? The Art of Prestidigitation

SILVER CITYSan Francisco 1860-1880

August 5, 2014 at the California Historical Society, San Francisco. Part of the Bay Area Time Travel Project. Curator: Annetta Black

Isolde Honore ~ The Devil’s Teeth: Peril, War & the San Francisco Egg Industry
Kelly Jenson ~ The Wonders of Woodward’s Gardens
Tre Balchowsky ~ Brief Biographies of the Silver City
Frederic Leist ~ Rincon Hill: A Slippery Slope
Tamar Baskind ~ Badasses of the Railroad: Visionaries & Builders
Fritz Striker ~ The Monkey Block & the Emperor

TREASURE

August 12, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Steen Comer ~ Nazi Treasure and the LAKE OF DEATH
AJ Anderson ~ Traps! Booby and Death: A Look at Security Through the Ages
Seana Miracle ~ The Treasure of Santa Catalina Island
Ryan Galiotto ~ “We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat” – Admiral Zheng He & the Chinese Treasure Fleet
Arthur Kay ~ The Queen, the Craftsman, the Killer & the Thief
Norman Eisely ~ The Vagabond Thieves; How a Frenchman and an Englishman stole the true meaning of One Thousand and One Nights

GILDED LILYSan Francisco 1880-1900

Sept 9, 2014 at the California Historical Society, San Francisco. Part of the Bay Area Time Travel Project. Curator: Annetta Black

Amy Widdowson Mains ~ Brief Biographies of the Gilded City
Marcelo Pontin ~ Hillside Mechanics: Building the Cable Cars
Todd Barrett ~ The Red Lights of Morton Street
Kaila Angelo ~ Wonders & the World in Golden Gate Park: the 1894 Midwinter Exposition
Jade Hoffman ~ The Aesthete and the Bohemians – Oscar Wilde in San Francisco
Annetta Black ~ Sutro’s City at Land’s End

RUIN

Sept 23, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Tre Balchowsky.

Hernan Pelassini ~ Detroit: The Ruin & the Phoenix
Douglas Worley ~ The Ruiner: Heinrich Schliemann & the Discovery of Troy
Christina Macias ~ Chernobyl: “Just Breath, Blink & Radiate”
Frederick Lightning Leist ~ Balkh: From Metropolis to Debris Field (with a little help from Genghis Khan)
Annetta Black ~ Beautiful Lies: The Myth of Discovery at Angkor
Rachel James ~ Bones, Botulism & Bocce Ball: The Fickle Faces of an Accidental Sea

PHOENIX RISING

Oct 7, 2014 at the California Historical Society, San Francisco. Part of the Bay Area Time Travel Project. Curator: Annetta Black

Josh Greenwalt ~ Plague Rats & Black Death
Marci Bennett ~ Brief Biographies of the Turn of the Century City
Miles Traer ~ 1906: Shaking Earth & Burning City
Jim Schein ~ Remapping the Ruins
Fritz Striker ~ Tales of a Thief: Jack Black in San Francisco
Tamar Baskind ~ Rise, Ruins & Relics: The Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915

BEAST

Oct 14, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Stuart Gripman ~ Mongolian Death Worm: Acid in the Front, Voltage in the Back
Raven Ebner ~ Ambystoma in Wonderland: The Wonders of Reptile & Amphibian Sexytime
Chris Carrico ~ Monsters We Can Believe In: Dinosaurs and the Power of Legend
Amy Widdowson Mains ~ When Animals Lie: Creatures and Deceit
Tim Guandalini ~ Beastly Visions: A Pantheon of Demons
Rachel Youens ~ The Deadly Sting of the Sea Wasp

MACHINE

Oct 28, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

David Lang/OpenROV ~ Underwater Robot-Powered Adventure
Karen Marcelo/DorkbotSF ~ Shenanigans with Rotating Machinery and People Doing Strange Things With Electricity
Ezra Spier/Other Machine ~ Respect the machine: It Does Not Have a Brain… So Use Yours
Annetta Black ~ Silver Swans, Pooping Ducks & the Golden Era of Automata
John Adams ~ The Analytical Engine: The Greatest Machine That Never Was
Arthur Kay ~ Mad Science, Storm Prediction, Leeches & the Importance of Saying “Behold” Exactly Once

CREATURES OF THE NIGHTLIFE

Oct 30, 2014 at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. 

Hernan Pelassini with Rebecca Joseph ~ The Collect Call of Cthulhu
Marcelo Pontin with Tysa Rauch ~ A Connecticut Vampire in New England
Arthur Kay with Frederic Lightning Leist ~ The Swarming of the Ants

SPEAKEASIES & SKYSCRAPERS

Nov 4, at the California Historical Society, San Francisco. Part of the Bay Area Time Travel Project. Curator: Annetta Black

SERENDIPITY

Nov 11, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. 

Frederic Lightning Leist ~ Serendipity: How a Misapprehension Lost Half Its Meaning
Andrey Tselikov ~ The Three Princes of Serendip: The Strayed Tale and the Clever Deductions
Isolde Honore ~ Zemblanity: The History of a Calamitous Antonym
Michael Sollazzo ~ The Nag Hammadi Library: Thank God for Blood Feuds
AJ Anderson ~ Lost, Lucky & Dark Places: An Archeological Coincidence
Ben Davis ~ Origin Story

OBSESSION

Nov 25, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Daen de Leon ~ Feline Familiars, Extra Nipples & the Witchfinder General’s Search for Sorcery
Rebecca Joseph ~ True Love, Glory & Windmills: The Obsessions of a Knight Errant
Beth Abdallah ~ Maria: The Object of his Eternal Affection
Tysa Rauch ~ A Passion to Build: The Beautiful Obsession of Ferdinand Cheval
Rachel James ~ Infatuation with Flora: Making Nature Your Bitch
Sean Sanford ~ Best Served Cold: The True Story Behind The Count of Monte Cristo

ODDMENTS

Dec 9, 2014 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Curator: Annetta Black

Amber Guetebier ~ Ouija Boards & Dead Authors: Channeling the Lost Novel of Mark Twain
Stuart Gripman ~ Quantum Mechanics: Detangling (Un)Dead Cats
Isolde Honore ~ Saint Olga of Kiev and the Spectacular Art of Revenge
Tamar Baskind ~ Stagecoaches and Secrets: One-eyed Charley’s Great Adventure
Miles Traer ~ The 100-Mile High Club: or SEX…IN…SPAAAACE!
Fritz Striker ~ Lady Juliana: The Ship of Whores