Odd Salon’s 2017 Season

BADASS ~ March 7, 2017

Tales of epic badassery, from dashing duelers to warrior women, vengeful artists, intrepid explorations, some very angry birds, and patently insane early flights. 2017 OPENING NIGHT! March 7th, 2017 at Public Works SF.   Featuring Justin Quimby ~ Sophie & Jean-Pierre Blanchard: Balloonists Extraordinaire Leonard Apeltsin ~ Theodore Roosevelt vs. the… Read more

MARVEL ~ March 21, 2017

Stories of ancient wonders and sideshow spectacles, masterpieces of modern engineering and terrifying mythical beasts, the miracle of movable type, and eccentric collectors of curiosities. March 21, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Jonathan Pirro ~ What Are These Wonders, And Why Are There Seven? Aimee Pavy ~ Robert Ripley… Read more

CRISIS ~ April 4, 2017

Stories of survival and fortitude in the face of disaster, hope eternal, and the light that comes after the storm. April 4th, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring Arthur Kay ~ The Accountant Who Saved Manchuria Andrey Tselikov ~ One Wedding and a Thousand Funerals: Massacre de la Saint-Barthélemy Brianne… Read more

2017 Sailing Salon aboard the Lady Washington ~ April 14, 2017

Maritime heritage and peculiar histories unite for a special two-part event for adult audiences hosted by Odd Salon, a collective of experts and enthusiasts in obscure stories from history, science, art, and adventure. Each Sailing Salon will feature tales of peril and mystery and humor on the high seas from… Read more

2017 Sailing Salon aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain ~ April 16, 2017

Maritime heritage and peculiar histories unite for a special two-part event for adult audiences hosted by Odd Salon, a collective of experts and enthusiasts in obscure stories from history, science, art, and adventure. Each Sailing Salon will feature tales of peril and mystery and humor on the high seas from… Read more

CREATURE ~ April 18, 2017

Stories of mythic monsters and ferocious beasts, the feathered, the furred, the finned, and the weird in-betweens. April 18th, 2017, at Public Works SF.   Featuring: Paul Koudounaris ~ Humphrey: History’s Greatest Cat Raven Ember ~ The Art of Cryptids meets Natural History Frederic Leist ~ The Riddle of the… Read more

SIEGE ~ May 2, 2017

Tales of blockades vs. mighty walls, trebuchets and catapults, mercenaries, munitions, and strategies for deadly games of waiting. May 2nd, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Ronny Preciado – Of Buckets & Bloodshed: The Battle of Zappolino Kurt Opsahl – Constantinople 1453: The Last Stand of the Roman Empire Tre… Read more

SWINDLE ~ May 16, 2017

Stories of bamboozlers and the bamboozled, schemers, cheats, and opportunities far too good to be true Tues, May 16, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Lilia Gutnik – Old Mother Mandelbaum & her School for Thieves Christian Cagigal – The Rube Act: Canada Bill Jones & the Three Card Monte Lindsay Lelivelt… Read more

MUTINY ~ June 6, 2017

Tales of riots and rebellions, rank insubordination, and righteous uprisings against corrupt authority June 6th, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Jonathan Pirro – The Battle for Castle Itter James Manion – On a Raft, in the Sea: A Cultural Mutiny of Class & Art Lynne Rutter – Filthy Lucre: The Story of… Read more

CRACKPOT ~ June 13, 2017

Stories of odd ducks and maudlin eccentrics, mad scientists, snake oil salesman, and the thin line between genius and madness. June 13th 2017, at Public Works SF Featuring: John Brecht – Electric Frogs & the Secret of Life reigh robitaille – St. Anthony’s Fire and le Pain Maudit (a.k.a. the Cursed… Read more

STOLEN ~ July 11, 2017

Tales of purloined goods & pilfered ideas, plagiarizers, poachers & history’s most unrepentant thieves. July 11th, 2017, at Public Works SF Featuring: Casey Selden – Stolen to Steal: the Life Story of Ino Moxo Egan Hirvela – The Raiders of Tut’s Tomb: A Tale of Archaeology, Curses & Theft Arthur Kay… Read more

HOAX ~ August 1, 2017

Classic hoaxes and tall tales from history’s greatest liars — from the professional pranks of PT Barnum and wonderful lies of Baron von Munchausen, to the details of fake people and phony artifacts, miraculous bunnies, talking weasels, and the phantom isles of cartography’s past. August 1st, 2017, at Public Works… Read more

DUEL ~ August 15, 2017

Stories of grudges & grievances, swords, seconds & guns drawn at dawn. August 15th, 2017, at Public Works SF.  Featuring: Kat Bret ~ Feminist Floral Fight: The First Emancipated Duel Tamar Baskind ~ Flyting: Dueling with Words & Wit Kate O’Donnell ~ A Dogged Duel: The Murder Trial of Chevalier… Read more

EPIDEMIC ~ September 5, 2017

Tales of outbreaks & panic, death, plague doctors & the quest for cures. September 5th, 2017, at Public Works, SF Featuring: Michael Brodhead ~ Plague Masks: Pestilence & Pointy Noses Frederick Lightning Leist ~ Dr. Snow in a Time of Cholera Amy Mains ~ Media Delirium: From War of the… Read more

EXTINCT ~ September 19, 2017

Stories of ancient beasts & monstrous marvels, lost species, last chances & rare survivors: Odd Salon  September 19th, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: John Adams ~ Lost in Sound: A Brief History of Sound Recording Bronica Blue ~ Thylacine: Wolf, Tiger, or Devil? Reigh Robitaille ~ Vanishing Voices: Unwrapping… Read more

IMPOSTER ~ October 3, 2017

Stories of cunning charlatans & mischievous mountebanks, fakes, frauds & great pretenders October 3rd, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Barbara North ~ Delightful Deceits With Trompe-l’œil Eva Galperin ~ This Is Not My Beautiful Wife: The Capgras Delusion Matt Mills ~ The Ship of Theseus: How Do You Know… Read more

OCCULT ~ October 17, 2017

Tales of dark mysteries & alchemical pursuits, esoteric practices & the quest for arcane knowledge October 17th, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Christopher Reeves ~ Science vs. Ectoplasm: Your Orifices Aren’t Haunted Lindsay Lelivelt ~ Who ya Gonna Call?: Catching up with London’s Original Ghostbusters Tania Seabock ~ From… Read more

FORBIDDEN ~ November 7, 2017

Tales of the taboo & verboten, the underground, off limits & secrets behind closed doors. November 7th, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Brianne Hughes ~ The Fruit of All Evil Casey Seldon ~ A Swiss Sheikh Spy’s Daring Desert Discovery Sahil Bansal ~ The Doomed Romance of Salim & Anarkali… Read more

DAREDEVIL~ November 21, 2017

Stories of risk takers and adrenaline-driven adventures, those who defy death, gamble with their lives, and cast safety to the winds. November 21st, 2017 at Public Works SF. Featuring: Kurt Larson ~Abbas Ibn Firnas: A Man who Plummeted a Lot Gillian Wolfe ~ Mabel Stark: The OG Crazy Cat Lady… Read more

ODDMENTS ~ December 12, 2017

A celebration of odd bits & strange tales, overlooked marvels, unsung heroes, & uncommon knowledge, high adventure and scientific innovation, unlikely heroes and strange beasts, detachable heads and scantily clad beauties. December 12th, 2017, at Public Works SF. Featuring: Leonard Apeltsin ~ In Search of Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island Kate… Read more