Past Salons

ODDMENTS 2016 ~ Dec 13 2016

A year’s end celebration of odds & ends, bits & bibelots, peculiar plots & strange sagas

LEGACY ~ Nov 22, 2016

Stories of inheritance & aftermath, legends, lore & the stories we leave behind

ESCAPE ~ Nov 8, 2016

Tales of bold break-outs & daring getaways, dodges, sidesteps & impossible flights

JUSTICE ~ October 25, 2016

Tales of honesty and equity, wrongs righted, righteous law, and how to cope when the defendant is dead.

TWIST ~ October 18, 2016

Tales of curving paths & convoluted narratives, zigs, zags & the delights of unanticipated outcomes

NEMESIS ~ September 20, 2016

Six stories of equals & opposites, of perfect enemies, unconquerable foes & divine retribution

HEIST ~ September 6, 2016

Tales of rip-offs, stick-ups & shake-downs; pinched valuables, cracked safes & improbable capers

MISCHIEF ~ August 23, 2016

Tales of schemes and plots, pranks, ploys & troublemakers run amok

ARCHIVE ~ August 9, 2016

Stories of incredible collections & wonderful assemblages, repositories, vaults & hoards of treasure.

ARTIFACT ~ July 26, 2016

Tales of unusual objects & strange provenance, discoveries, treasures, priceless relics & telltale remains.

ENDEAVOR ~ July 12, 2016

Stories of extraordinary effort & epic undertakings, heroic measures & of doing the utmost… against all odds

Odd Salon MAPPED

MAPPED ~ June 28, 2016

Stories of cartographic masterpieces, charted territories & terra incognita, of dragons & sea nymphs, surveyors & trailblazers & the myth of the fully mapped world

COSMOS ~ June 14, 2016

Tales of the universe expansive, the stars & planets & wonders of space, of invented worlds, imagined realities & our tiny place amongst it all.

Odd Salon LOGIC

LOGIC ~ May 24, 2016

Stories of reason & rationale, heated debates & carefully measured words, of common sense, uncommon insight & rare wisdom.

SABOTAGE ~ May 10, 2016

Tales of destruction & damage, espionage & subterfuge, of plans gone astray & plots masterfully undermined

Odd Salon FOLLY

FOLLY ~ May 3, 2016

Stories of failure and fortitude, bad ideas, rotten luck, lunatic ambition & the glories of ridiculous invention

QUEST ~ Apr 12, 2016

Tales of the hunter & the hunted, fabled treasures & impossible futures, legendary adventures, long-sought cures & quixotic pursuits

MUSE ~ Mar 22nd, 2016

Tales of inspiration & revelation, afflatus & stimulus, and the creative encouragement of fellow humans, divine entities, & mind-altering substances.

MEMORY ~ Mar 8, 2016

Tales of mind palaces & mnemonics, of extraordinary retention, agonizing loss, untrustworthy brains & why you can’t remember where you put your keys.

FATE ~ Feb 23, 2016

Stories of portents & omens & the illusion of free will, from the Scottish Play & Nostradamus, to the major arcana & magic eight balls


Rare Whisky, Silent Film, Explorers’ Tales & Penguin Sex – at The Interval, with the Long Now Foundation

TIME ~ Feb 9, 2016

Short talks from the odd corners of the history of time, from the mysteries of the Antikythera Device to the realities of time travel, the race to solve the challenge of determining longitude to the methods of ancient monumental time keepers.

ODDMENTS ~ Dec 15, 2015

An end of year celebration of stories that refused to be themed, of odd ends & spare parts, strange tales, sundries & wondrous miscellanea Featuring: Tamar Baskind, Lilia Gutnik, Frederic Lightning Leist, Christian Cagigal, Raven Ebner, Christopher Reeves and curated by Annetta Black

REVENGE ~ Nov 17, 2015

Stories of retribution & ruthless vengeance, ceaseless vendettas, satisfaction served cold & the many unpleasant forms consequences can take Featuring: Michael Sollazzo, Daniel Cohen, Marci Bennett, Isolde Honore, Kurt Larson, and Meeks Baker. Curated by Jade Hoffman

GRIFT ~ Nov 10, 2015

Tales of the hoax & the hustler, clever con men & daring pigeon drops, rackets, ropers & marks made of money Featuring: Casey Selden, Leonard Apeltsin, Besha Grey, Christian Cagigal, Imogen Speer, and Eva Galperin. Curated by Annetta Black

UNDEAD ~ Oct 20, 2015

Stories of revenants & apparitions, unquiet spirits, the dislodged dead, bloodsucking fiends & souls brought back from the other side Featuring: KC Crowell, Laura Rubin, Michael Brodhead, Daniel Cohen, Steen Comer, Chris Carrico. Curated by Annetta Black


MONSTROUS ~ Oct 6, 2015

Tales of the beastly & abnormal, fiends in the shadows, monsters of the imagination & creatures of the deepest dark. Featuring: Charles Lyon, Rachel James, Jeff Scattini, Christopher Reeves, Daen de Leon, Amy Widdowson Mains. Curated by Tre Balchowsky


ANOMALY ~ Sept 29, 2015

Stories of deviation & aberration, oddities, eccentric orbits & isolated ecosystems run amok Featuring: Kurt Larson, Besha Grey, Marcus Marchesseault, Aimee Pavy, Amber Guetebier, Hernan Pelassini & Rebecca Joseph. Curated by Tamar Baskind

Odd Salon MYTHOS - Nancy Mandeville Caciola

MYTH(OS) ~ August 4, 2015

Figments of the imagination & flights of fancy, heroes, villains, talking beasts & the spectacular horrors of the dissonant mind Featuring: Claudius Reich, Stuart Gripman, Jeff Scattini, Nancy Caciola, Andrey Tselikov & Annetta Black. Curated by Matt Nelson

Odd Salon Accident - Miles Traer

ACCIDENT ~ July 21, 2015

Tales of mishap & misunderstanding, fortune, freak chance, lucky coincidence & indirect routes to unlikely destinies Featuring: Justin Quimby, Michael Brodhead, Arthur Kay, Matthew Nelson, Isolde Honore, Miles Traer. Curated by Annetta Black.

Odd Salon Infamy

INFAMY ~ July 7, 2015

Stories from the underbelly of fame, of rogues & wanton women, scandal, outrage & lives lived large. Featuring: Andrey Tselikov, Rheanna Bates, Jade Hoffman, Egan Hirvela, and Kelly Jensen. Curated by Todd Barrett.

Odd Salon Covert

COVERT ~ June 23, 2015

Tales of the clandestine & concealed, furtive exploits, concealed intents & deals made under the sign of the rose Featuring: Beth Abdallah, Marcelo Pontin, Michael Brodhead, Tysa Marie Rauch, Lilia Gutnik, and Stephanie Rosenburg

Odd Salon Intrepid

INTREPID ~ June 9, 2015

Stories of brave souls & fearless minds, daredevils, risk takers, troublemakers & adventures from the ends of the Earth Featuring: Kelly Jensen, Chris Carrico, John Adams, Casey Selden, Josh Greenwalt, and John Law

Odd Salon Dystopia - Paige Lawrence

DYSTOPIA ~ May 26, 2015

Tales from post-apocalyptic visions & the desolate wasteland, from technology’s dark side & man’s crueler nature, to optimism in the face of almost certain doom Featuring: Paige Lawrence, Kaila Angello, Amy Mains, Alexander Seitz, Stephanie Rosenburg, Chris Taylor

Odd Salon Utopia - Tania Seabock

UTOPIA ~ May 12, 2015

Tales of paradise real and imagined, from Shangri-La & Eden to the idyllic land of “No place” Featuring: Marci Bennett, Emory Taylor, Tania Seabock, Rebecca Joseph, AJ Anderson, Arthur Kay. Curated by Tamar Baskind

Odd Salon Myriad

MYRIAD ~ April 21, 2015

Stories of flock & swarm, of infinite variety & massing hordes, murmurations, migrations & the power of 10,000 Featuring: Charles Lyons, Jeff Scattini, Leonard Apeltsin, Frederic Lightning Leist, James Manion & Tre Balchowsky

Odd Salon Rare - Kelly Jensen

RARE ~ April 7, 2015

Stories from the merely unusual to the exquisitely exotic, mysterious diseases & languages nearly extinct, to gems found only once in a lifetime Featuring: Kelly Jensen, Rachael Van Schoik, Frederic Lightning Leist, Isolde Honore, Lilia Gutnik & Todd Barrett

Odd Salon Cursed - Laura Rubin

CURSED ~ March 24, 2015

Stories of ill-fated adventure & horrifying luck, lost tombs & famous diamonds, evil eyes & incantations to steer the forces of fate Featuring: Ryan Galiotto, Kurt Larson, Casey Selden, Janelle Slavik, Laura Rubin, and Tamar Baskind.

Odd Salon Genius - Aimee Pavey

GENIUS ~ March 17, 2015

Spectacular savants & wicked brilliance, our never-ending search for knowledge & the mysteries of man’s most complicated organ Featuring: Steen Comer, Amber Guetebier, Aimee Pavey, Joule Aguila, Bart Bernhardt, Annetta Black

Odd Salon Method - Andrey Tselikov

METHOD ~ Feb 24, 2015

Tales of feigned madness and elaborate systems, cautionary tales of scientific process and legacies of artistic rigour. Featuring: Beth Abdallah, Egan Hirvela, Andrey Tselikov, Chris Carrico, Daen de Leon, and Tania Seabock

Odd Salon Phenomenon - Jade Hoffman

PHENOMENON ~ Feb 10, 2015

Stories of the unexplained and fantastic, from marvels of nature to quirks of the mind, and why we want to believe in the impossible. Featuring: Jade Hoffman, Amy Widdowson Mains & Miles Traer, Douglas Worley, Aj Anderson, Patrick House, Marcelo Pontin, and Raven Ebner.

Odd Salon ODDMENTS 2014

ODDMENTS ~ Dec 9, 2014

An evening of miscellanea & findings, bits, pieces & themeless wonders Featuring: Amber Guetebier, Stuart Gripman, Isolde Honore, Tamar Baskind, Miles Traer, and Fritz Striker


OBSESSION ~ Nov 25, 2014

Stories of passion & addiction & the fine line between preoccupation & mania Featuring: Daen de Leon, Rebecca Joseph, Beth Abdallah, Tysa Rauch, Rachel James & Sean Sanford


MACHINE ~ October 28, 2014

Infernal devices, brilliant technology, ancient inventions & robotic overlords David Lang/OpenROV, Karen Marcelo/DorkbotSF, Ezra Spier/Other Machine, Annetta Black, John Adams, Arthur Kay

Odd Salon BEAST - Annetta Black

BEAST ~ Oct 14, 2014

Tales of creatures tentacled & be-clawed, mythic & fierce Featuring: Stuart Gripman, Raven Ebner, Chris Carrico, Amy Widdowson Mains, Tim Guandalini , Rachel Youens

Odd Salon RUIN - Douglas Worley

RUIN ~ Sept 23, 2014

Stories of disaster & decay, lost cites, intriguing remains & beauty amongst the debris Featuring: Hernan Pelassini, Douglas Worley, Christina Macias, Frederick Lightning Leist, Annetta Black, Rachel James


SERENDIPITY ~ Nov 11, 2014

Tales of happy coincidence, fateful encounters, harmonious happenstance & miracles of chance Featuring: Frederic Lightning Leist, Andrey Tselikov, Isolde Honore, Michael Sollazzo, AJ Anderson & Ben Davis.


TREASURE ~ August 12, 2014

Stories of buried booty & shipwreck gold, golden hoardes, secret stashes & diamonds worth dying for Featuring: Steen Comer, AJ Anderson, Seana Miracle, Ryan Galiotto, Arthur Kay, Norman Eisely


ILLUSION ~ July 22, 2014

Stories of deception & mirage, optical oddities, false beauty & masters of manipulation July 22, 2014 at DNA Lounge Featuring: 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 … Read more


MADNESS ~ July 8, 2014

Troubled souls raving lunatics, missing marbles, belfry bats & great minds eaten away at the edges Featuring: Lizzy Lee Savage, Stuart Gripman, Marci Bennett, Fritz Striker, Jade Hoffman, Arthur Kay & Kaila Angelo


PRESERVED ~ June 24, 2014

Stories of conservation & extraordinary survival, shrunken heads & human taxidermy Featuring: Hernan Pelassini, Sean Sanford, Kelly Jensen, Daen de Leon, Annetta Black & KC Crowell

Odd Salon EVOLVE

EVOLVE ~ May 13, 2014

Stories of change & adaptation, miraculous transformation, isolated wonders & freaks of nature Featuring: Danielle Vincent, Chris Reeves, Chris Carrico, Chris Venter

Odd Salon SPICE

SPICE ~ June 10, 2014

Stories of exotic flavors & far away lands, secret missions & battles royale Featuring: Daen de Leon, Paige Lawrence, Frederic Lightning Leist, Tamar Baskind, John Adams, Kaila Angello.

Odd Salon CHAOS

CHAOS ~ May 27, 2014

Stories of anarchists & tricksters, hidden patterns in pandemonium & the dancing plague of 1518 Featuring: Rachel James, Jade Hoffman, Tre Balchowsky, Miles Traer, KC Crowell, Marcelo Pontin

Odd Salon - Grass Valley


Stories of debauchery and defiance, scandalous dancers and the unquiet dead. At the Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley, California Featuring: Sean Sanford, Matthew Nelson, Annetta Black, Lizzy Lee Savage , Rachel James & Matt Osbourn.

Odd Salon SECRET


The classified & covert, the cryptic, the covert & the concealed. Featuring: Steen Comer, Frederic Lightning Leist , Miles Traer, Douglas Worley , Annetta Black and Rachel James

Odd Salon LOST

LOST ~ April 15, 2014

Adrift, Astray, Forgotten, Vanished Without a Trace. Featuring: Beth Abdallah, Chris Carrico, Barry Synoground, Amy Widdowson, and Michael Sollazzo.

Odd Salon Fake

FAKE ~ March 25, 2014

Imposters & Bamboozlers, Forgeries, Phonies & Fiji Mermaids Featuring: Tamar Baskind, Marci Bennett, Steen Comer and Amber Guetebier.

Odd Salon Rogue - Marcelo Pontin

ROGUE ~ March 11, 2014

Dashing highwaymen & masked bandits, gunslingers & silver-tongued scoundrels. Fearturing: Amy Widdowson, Marcelo Pontin, Janelle Slavik, Josh Greenwalt, Matthew Nelson and Ian Dawson.

Odd Salon - Failure

FAILURE ~ February 25, 2014

Death, Defeat, Schadenfreude & the Great Molasses Flood Featuring: Todd Barrett, Kelly Jensen, Ryan Galiotto, Tre Balchowsky, Rachel James & Annetta Black.

ENLIGHTENMENT ~ February 11, 2014

Prison. Scandal. Blasphemy. Coffee. Featuring: Chris Carrico, Amy Widdowson, Jade Hoffman, Ryan Galiotto, and Christopher Wallis