Launching tonight: Odd Salon

Salons: they’re not just for hair.

Back in 17th and 18th century France, “salons” were gatherings of thinkers and intellectuals who discussed literature, politics, poetry, and more. Often held in private homes, salons were designed for more than drinks and good company: they were designed to educate and illuminate their patrons.

Fast forward several hundred years, and the salon has grown up — and gotten a little stranger. Public Works would like to introduce you to the ODD SALON, a new twist on an old classic: “Expert talks on odd topics; odd talks on everything else.”

Odd Salon is a new bimonthly (first and third Tuesday evenings) event at Public Works — and it launches tonight, March 7. Each Odd Salon features a slew of speakers and hosts, well-versed in odd topics (naturally!), all united by a shared love of discovery — and sharing their knowledge with the audience.

Tonight, Odd Salon launches with the BADASS Salon — a celebration of ass-kickers and takers of names throughout history. (Tonight’s festivities double as Odd Salon’s fourth anniversary party!) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-salon cocktails and a badass trivia challenge, and following shortly thereafter comes the evening’s slate of speakers:

  • Justin Quimby, speaking on Sophie & Jean-Pierre Blanchard: Balloonists Extraordinaire
  • Leonard Apeltsin, speaking on Theodore Roosevelt vs. the Deadly “River of Doubt”
  • Eva Galperin, speaking on The Baroque Badassery of Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Seth Rosenblatt, speaking on Onna-Bugeisha: Warrior Women of Japan
  • Casey Selden, speaking on Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Gentleman Badass
  • Stuart Gripman, speaking on The Great Emu War: Tiny Brains vs. Big Guns

General admission tickets ($15) are available right here. There will be a limited amount of seating available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We hope you can join us for tonight’s inaugural Odd Salon — but if not, keep your eyes peeled for the next installment on March 21. See you there!