Valentine’s Day with Captured Aural Phantasy Theater

Love is in the Air! Join the Captured Aural Phantasy Theater (CAPT) group and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater for PUPPET COMICS LOVE, an evening of vintage Valentine treats that combines multi-media performances of vintage romance comics and the sweet seductions of the legendary, historic Bob Baker marionettes. The night includes live music and entertainment to stoke the passions of the season…and bring a smile to your face.

Live Variety Show

CAPT combines the art, drama and comedy of a vintage radio program with the live entertainment of a variety show. Shows are built around performances of vintage pop culture gems, usually comic book stories, along with live sound fx, music and projected art. In between the featured stories are short acts, sultry singing, prizes, special guests and live music. No joke is too low or innuendo left un-emphasized. The cast is comprised of a diverse group of Los Angeles based actors and musicians.

Romance Comics

Romance comics were a huge genre in the early 50’s (second only to horror comics of the time like Tales from the Crypt), each one filled with sordid tales of love gone wrong, hearts broken and happily ever afters. In the show, these vintage tales are brought to life for the 21st Century along with the classic, show-stopping performances by the Bob Baker Marionettes, who have been making LA swoon for over 60 years.

The show is open to all. Candy and refreshments will be available, even the adult kind. Proceeds go to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, as it builds plans for its future in Los Angeles.

The program will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available now.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is located at 1345 W. First St. Los Angeles, CA 90026, where it has hosted puppet shows since 1961. It received the designation as an historical monument in 2009.

San Francisco Welcomes the Miyazaki Art Show

Hayao Miyazaki is, without a doubt, one of the most respected Japanese animation directors of all time. The prolific director, nicknamed “The Japanese Walt Disney”. He has spent over 40 years making animated movies, taking on all roles including writer, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. In 2002, film critic Roger Ebert suggested that he might be the greatest animated filmmaker in history. In February, over 50 artists will gather for the Miyazaki Art Show in San Francisco.

Spoke Art is proud to present the Miyazaki Art Show – a whimsical showcase of over fifty artists from around the world celebrating the films of Japanese film-maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Taking inspiration from the Studio Ghibli director’s classic films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo to his lesser known work like The Wind Rises and Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess, each artist has created unique works inspired by Miyazaki’s imaginative universe.

Including a diverse array of original painting, sculpture and limited edition prints. The Miyazaki Art Show offers each artists’ perspective and interpretation of beloved characters and themes throughout Miyazaki’s films. Imbued with the legendary director’s sense of adventure, deep reverence for nature and strong female characters, this dynamic exhibition is not to be missed.

The Miyazaki Art Show opens Saturday, February 4th, with an opening night reception from 6pm-9pm. Costumes are encouraged and some artists will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

Participating Artists:

Eric Althin | Zard Apuya | Ana Aranda | Ryan Berkley | Laura Bifano | Eric Bonhomme | Ivonna Buenrostro | Rovina Cai | Elsa Chang | Tracie Ching | JAW Cooper | Rhys Cooper | Deangus | Emily Dumas | Jonathan Edwards | Tom Eglington | Jayde Fish | Monica Garwood | Sam Gilbey | Greg Gossel | Gina Hendry | Justin Hilgrove | Kevan Hom | Jackie Huang | Yumiko Kayukawa | Steve Kim | Cuddly Rigor Mortis | Jon Lau | Nan Lawson | Carrie Liao | Keith Lin | Adam Lister | Sergio Lopez | Felt Mistress | Ashley Mackenzie | Kemi Mai | Samantha Mash | Jose Mertz | Guillaume Morellec | Fumi Nakamura | Jeany Ngo | Chelsea O’Byrne | Kat Philbin | Corinne Reid | Allison Reimold | Matt Ritchie | Yohan Sacre | Leonardo Santamaria | Charles Santsoso | Chris Skinner | Annie Stegg | Meghan Stratman | Christopher Uminga | Edwin Ushiro |
Lauren YS | Adam Ziskie

WHAT: Miyazaki Art Show – a tribute to the films of Hayao Miyazaki

WHEN: February 2nd – 25th, 2017

WHERE : Spoke Art SF – 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco

RELEVANT LINKS: Spoke Art’s Website –

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A Moment of Magic Restoring the Magic of Believing

What is A Moment of Magic Foundation?

A Moment of Magic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that allows college students to volunteer as different characters at pediatric hospitals and social service institutions. We operate on the mission of restoring the magic of believing at a time when a child needs to ‘just be a kid’. Reminding them to be brave, strong, and fearless.

What made you want to start the Foundation?

Myself and my co-founder and best friend, Maggie McAndrew founded the organization in 2014. As just a fun way to give back to our community. We never realized the impact we could have or how much we would fall in love with it. But it has completely taken over our lives in the best way possible. Meeting so many incredible kids and families with such life-changing stories really made us want to do more. So in March 2016 we decided to become a nonprofit organization.

What kinds of services do you provide?

We really cater the the organization, hospital, or family we are working with. We’ve done bedside visits, playroom visits, classroom visits, large event appearances, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, individual visits, and facetime visits.

You take special care with training your volunteers. Can you tell us more about that?

Absolutely. What we do is so important and particular, our volunteers attend a 1.5 hour training once a week. We cover everything from talking, walking, and posing like a princess to HIPPA laws. To working with kids that are terminal, to even teaching specific phrases in Spanish and Sign language. What we do is so sensitive and we work with a community of children that deserve to have these dreams come true. But live in a reality where they may never be fulfilled. We need to be the same quality that they would receive if they were completely healthy and had all the resources to visit a theme park.
Moment of Magic Foundation

What’s been your favorite event/service?

I love all of the amazing things I get to do on a daily basis. But one of my favorite aspects have been visiting children with cancer individually, whether it be their birthday, or their last day of chemo, or before they go into hospice care. Getting to visit children in such a personal way on such a special day and being welcomed into their hospital rooms or homes is such a gift that I will always treasure.

The 250 Challenge that raised money for pediatric cancer just concluded. What’s the next challenge you’ll have?

The next challenge that we have is called Avery’s Challenge. Avery didn’t always have the ability to cheer with her cheerleading team because she was battling an even bigger opponent: neuroblastoma. Unlike other kids her age, Avery didn’t get to spend her time practicing flips and cheers, but instead was fighting for her life. Every day, seven children lose their ability to play sports, dance in a recital, score their first touchdown, or learn their first cheer due to pediatric cancer. And every day 250 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer. If you want to play for them, YOU CAN. By wearing our colors, our logo, doing a cheer to honor a child we met, or play a game in honor of a fighter, you can give your game purpose and raise awareness for one of the most underfunded and underrepresented diseases in the world. We are challenging sports teams to wear gold and purple and raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.

If some wants to get involved, how do they go about that?

They can reach out to me on our contact page on our website,

Evil Dead in Concert, A Halloween Experience

Tomorrow in Los Angeles, CA the Gothic 1920’s movie palace The Theatre at Ace Hotel will be transformed to celebrate Halloween. The World Premiere of Evil Dead in Concert, A Halloween Experience will be taking place at the famed theatre.

Hosted by Bruce Campbell

This event will be hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell! It will also include LA’s wild Up chamber orchestra performing a re-imagined score of Sam Raimi’s classic horror film live to picture. With score written by the film’s original composer Joseph LoDuca, who will also be a featured artist. Opening the show will be Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood, Evanna Lynch. As well as violinist Lili Haydn, performing the World Premiere of Joseph LoDuca’s The Tell-Tale Heart: A Duet In Terror based on Edgar Allan Poe’s horror classic.

Co-directing the event are Award-winning Jaime Robledo and Richard Kraft. The creative directors on the highly acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid In Concert at The Hollywood Bowl starring Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson.

The Making Of

In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, Evil Dead. Which Campbell starred and co-executive produced. The film was completed piecemeal over four years. Gaining notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining. Stephen King dubbed it “the most ferociously original horror film of the year.” New Line Cinema then stepped forward to release Evil Dead in the U.S.

Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the Evil Dead trilogy. Completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite. In 2013, Bruce Co-Produced the hit remake of Evil Dead. Bruce just completed the second season of the highly touted Ash Vs. Evil Dead TV series on Starz.

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Are You a Freak Like Me? Freak Show Horror Film Fest

The big question here is are you a FREAK like me? Freak Show Horror Film Fest has your answer! The Official 2016 Film Selections are here! The festival runs from October 21-23, 2016 at Premiere Cinemas 14 in Orlando, Fl located in the Fashion Square Mall.

Freak Show Horror Film Fest

In its 11th year, the international horror genre film festival is the creation of FEAR FILM Studios Owner Robert J. Massetti. Robert wanted to make a film festival that celebrates independent horror by giving the artist a forum to show his or her films. This 3 day showcase highlights the most talented filmmakers from around the world. It’s mission is to help filmmakers reach their true creative potential by opening up networking and visibility across the industry.    

The event will be hosted by Syfy Channel’s Scott Tepperman from Ghost Hunters International. Premiering opening night is a screening of THE 6TH FRIEND starring Jamie Bernadette (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DEJA VU), Chantelle Albers (MODERN FAMILY), Dominique Swain, Jessica Morris, Tania Nolan, and Monique Rosario. The blood red carpet event will feature the east coast premiere of the film! Accompanying the screening will be the short entitled GIRL #2, directed by David H. Jeffery.


THE 6TH FRIEND (USA) 2016 *East Coast Premiere
Directed by Letia Clouston
Description: In this slasher film with a paranormal twist, six college best friends throw their own private graduation party when the stoner of the group orders in a psychedelic from her drug dealer, who sticks around to join in their fun. Drugged and disoriented, the girls’ special night quickly becomes a dark, foggy nightmare of blood and violence. Five years later, the girls gather together once again in hopes of rekindling that close friendship that they once had, only to find themselves being hunted by who, or what, they do not know.

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Directed by Ryan Gregory Phillips
Description: Josh and Isabel Harris, after suffering the loss of their only child, relocate to a secluded hillside research facility with the hopes of repairing their broken family. After years of trying, Josh and his research partner, Thomas, have a breakthrough involving a cryptic shortwave radio signal and its universal origins. Something within the signal resonates with Isabel and she begins experiencing seeming hallucinations and visions of distant memories. Upon further investigation into the phenomenon, the scientists fear for Isabel’s health while Isabel fears the signal has attracted something sinister to their new home.

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Directed by Colin Adams-Toomey
Description: Eleven-year-old Peter Rowland has just moved with his mother to the town of Brackenvale. There he meets Maggie, a mysterious girl with whom he shares an instant bond. As Peter settles into his new life, he realizes something is wrong in the town. He is plagued by nightmares, and the scary things from his imagination are becoming more and more real with each passing night. With Halloween coming soon, Maggie and Peter discover something frightening waits in the woods near Lost Creek. They must band together to face their fears, and uncover the dark secret of Lost Creek before it’s too late…

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Directed by Sevé Schelenz
Description: What starts out as the last hurrah on the closing night of an infamous small-town strip club, quickly turns into a night of bloodshed when a crew of coal miners shows up and with them a deadly contaminant. Former baseball player and current club owner, Blue Jean Douglas has decided to hand over her bar to a new owner and leave town for good, but her plans are thwarted when she discovers the magnitude of the epidemic that has been unleashed. With victims piling up, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to protect her family, her friends and her bar before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.

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Directed by Jonathan Straiton
Description: Teenage friends out for Spring Break get unexpectedly detoured to an isolated motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.

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Directed by Bradley Stryker
Description: A Young Backpacker is lured through the third world paradise of Thailand searching for her kidnapped best friend and unknowingly she becomes the object of a sociopath’s obsession.

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Directed by Chris von Hoffmann
Description: DRIFTER centers on a pair of outlaw brothers, Miles and Dominic Pierce, in a post apocalyptic desert wasteland. They are on their way to kill the man who murdered their father however their mission takes a drastic detour when their car is hijacked causing them to take shelter in the eerie town of Deml. The brothers quickly discover the town is inhabited by a family of cannibalistic lunatics and their sadistic Mayor, Doyle. Now they must fight for survival to escape the town.

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SHELL (Germany)

Weekend passes are currently available for sale to the general public at Individual single block film tickets will be available soon both online as well as the Premiere Cinemas Box Office.

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Street Food Cinema: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

This past weekend, after a fun filled day at Nerd Bot Con, the Nerd Out team headed over to Victory Park in Pasadena for a Street Food CinemaWho Framed Roger Rabbit screening! I’m a huge fan of the film so I was delighted to see it on a big screen. Street Food Cinema surprised us with a table front and center of the gumbo screen they had setup! It was a lovely setup they had of blanket, table, cups, wine opener and assorted picnic needs.

Street Food Cinema

Food and Films

Street Food Cinema was launched in 2012 and has been going strong since. They bring together the best films, gourmet street food, and live music to one place! Speaking of food, they had quite the selection of food trucks conveniently lined up nearby. There seemed to be something for everyone as well as a special Roger Rabbit themed dessert. After a long con day, I got myself some pulled pork fries from Comet BBQ! Yum! Note, get there early for food, these events are popular so there will likely be a bit of a line. Then, we settled in…

Street Food Cinema

There was a live band that performed followed by an audience game! Participants got to wear a film noir style trench coat and hat which was adorable especially with the kids playing. Directly following the game they started the film. I was slightly worried about the sound, we were in a park after all! However, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and picture of the film. The film was a hoot, as expected, and was enjoyed by all. Lots of laughter throughout the crowd, and this event was pretty darn well attended. I look forward to attending more Street Food Cinema screenings!

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Mystery Subscription Box for Lady Geeks!

1. Tell us exactly what FanMail is.

FanMail is a bi-monthly (every other month) mystery subscription box for lady geeks! We curate each box around an overarching theme, and choose fun fandom items for the box based on the theme. We also source at least one item per box from a woman-owned small business or woman artist!

2. Where did the idea come from for FanMail?

Rose: I had subscribed to a few pop culture mystery boxes, and none was really capturing the fandoms I loved. I realized that a lot of that was because many of the featured fandoms were more likely to have a lot of fans who were men. My fandoms weren’t being represented, and so I asked Jenny if she wanted to help me create a box that not only concentrated on fandoms we (and other lady geeks) love, but also helped support other women who are out there making amazing things!

Jenny: I thought this was such a cool idea! Fandom is such a unique space and it is full of super creative fan creators and artists. We wanted to capture all of that in a box!

3. How did you two meet?

Rose: We actually met our first year in college at Brandeis University! My roommate, Sara, was good friends with Jenny, so we ended up in the same friend group and hung out throughout college!

Jenny: We had some of the same favorite TV shows – we both loved Smallville, Charmed and Merlin!

4. Why do you think FanMail is an important service?

Because we acknowledge both the power of fandom and the power of women. We are always looking for ways to support small businesses run by women and women who are out there creating pop culture content, or characters that are well-developed, diverse and compelling! We also love that we’ve been able to connect with so many people who love these fandoms as much as we do – they’re not just subscribers to us, they’re our community!

5. How long has FanMail been in existence?

We shipped our first box in June 2015! 🙂

6. How do you pick your themes?

That’s a big question! We look at the time of year, take into account events in pop culture that might be happening when our boxes ship, but we also absolutely love to come up with creative themes that just speak to us and fandoms we haven’t seen represented! We’ve had everything from “Super Sheroes” to “Galentines & Valentines” to “Toon Time” and we’re always coming up with new themes that we can’t wait to share!

7. What are some of your favorite past theme(s)/ item(s)?

Rose: I think that my favorites were February’s “Cracking the Case” (we got to include detective/crime-procedural fandoms like Sherlock, Hannibal, X-Files and Veronica Mars) and May’s “Magical Mystery” (Miyazaki, Penny Dreadful, Charmed – we did a P3 shirt!, and Pushing Daisies) – they just hit on a lot of my favorites, and have a good balance of classic and new fandoms!

Mystery Subscription Box for Lady Geeks

February 2016 – Cracking the Case

As for fave items…the nail wraps that we’ve done with Espionage Cosmetics (an amazing lady-run company out of the Pacific Northwest!) are probably my favorites. We did Orphan Black-inspired ones (They’re called “Sestrahood of the Traveling Genes”) as well as Harry Potter Hermione-inspired ones for San Diego Comic-Con this year (“‘Mione’s Magical Mani”). I also have a soft spot for the coloring book we created for “Wars Among the Stars” and the Lumberjanes variant comic book cover we did with IDW.

Jenny: One of my favorite themes so far has been April’s “This Means War”. This box contained some fun and unique items that I really loved curating and creating!

We worked with an artist to create an adorable Captain America: Civil War t-shirt and also designed a “Let’s Do The Time War Again” coaster, which was a mash up of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Doctor Who. We also partnered up with publishers to showcase upcoming science fiction and fantasy novels written by women by including a chapter sampler, a bookmark, and even a lip balm in the box!

Mystery Subscription Box for Lady Geeks

April 2016 – This Means War

I love the “Galentines & Valentines” greeting card set that Christie Hartman designed for us! They had some of my absolute favorite quotes on them, including “I’m with you ‘til the end of the line” from Captain America: Winter Soldier and “You poetic, noble land mermaid” from Parks & Recreation. I also really enjoyed the incredibly cute “Super Sheroes” magnetic bookmarks Kat and Derek from BeedooTO  made for us, featuring Storm, Lady Thor and Spider-Gwen!

P.S. Some of what’s mentioned above is available on our one-time shop and you can always see what we’ve done before on our Past Boxes page.

8. Can you give us any hints on any future themes?

We can tell you our October theme is “Things That Go Bump” and that we’ll be bringing you a month of spooky stories with the help of the International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club! We’re also announcing our first guest-curated box! Our friend, and amazing fangirl, author Sam Maggs (The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy) has helped us create a limited-edition box themed around her upcoming book “Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History”!

9. Anything else you’d like to add?

We’re always looking for fangirls and lady geeks to connect with, so follow us on social media or join our Facebook group! And if you’re in the Massachusetts area, Jenny will be at the first ever LadiesCon on September 17th! Come say hello and experience our “Build Your Own FanMail Box” station!

AND we’ll both be at Geek Girl Brunch NYC’s “Girls Night Out at NYCC” this year!

Mystery Subscription Box for Lady Geeks

May 2016 – Magical Mystery

San Francisco Welcomes the Return of Comic Con

The city of San Francisco has not seen a major comic con in five years and this past weekend proved that we were ready for a return. San Francisco welcomes the return of San Francisco Comic Con, which was held at the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco taking over four floors of the hotel. Thousands of people attended the 3-day event that welcomed a handful of celebrities available for photos and autographs and close to 200 tables of exhibitors and artists. There were also plenty of cosplayers ranging in characters from popular anime, movies and TV shows. It reminded me of comic cons from the past where the main the focus were on artists, comics and animation.
San Francisco Comic Con

Cartoon Art Museum

On our way to retrieve my passes, I walked by a room where a full model of Red Skull caught the corner of my eye. So after I picked up what I needed I headed into the room. There I found Jonathan Lemon, artist and creator of the “Bigshot” comic strip and current winner of the Harvey Award. He was also there to help promote the Cartoon Art Museum, a gallery in between places, that has featured Lemon’s work. Another notable artist in attendance was the legendary Allen Bellman, who as a teenager worked with Stan Lee at Timely Comics, known today as Marvel Comics. He had plenty of stories to tell about the Golden Age of comic books while drawing and sketching at his table.​

San Francisco Comic Con
Jonathan Lemon


San Francisco Comic Con
Allen Bellman

Artists and Writers

Of course newer artists and writers were there too promoting their latest comic books and graphic novels. A couple that caught my attention were Asylum by Wrought Comics, a story about a woman named Evie that takes place between our world and parallel universe and Black Jack Ketchum by Image Comics which is described as a supernatural western.

Other artist displays included Doug Rhodes who’s art was literally eye-catching with his mix of painting and photography will stop anyone walking by as well as anime artist Thao To selling her works of anime in both prints and charms.

San Francisco Comic Con
Doug Rhodes

San Francisco Comic Con

And if that’s wasn’t enough, voice over actors Grey DeLisle (Mandy from “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”), Chris Sabat (various voices including characters from Dragon Ball Z, YuYu Hakusho and Samurai 7) and Janet Varney (Korra from “The Legend of Korra”) were there as well as Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid, BBC America’s Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman and CW’s Arrow Manu Bennett. All were available for a nice chat, photos and autographs.

San Francisco Comic Con

The weekend was an overall success from what I could tell. Although, I don’t have any solid numbers on how many people were actually there. I can tell you by observation that it was a lot! San Francisco has been waiting for this and I hope this is the start of an annual tradition.

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You Knead These Nerdy Bakery Goods

It you missed our 1 Year Anniversary blog post…SHAME *ding* *ding*, but here’s your chance to make up for it! Kneady Bakery is the lovely company that provided all the yummy baked desserts we had at the party. CEOs / Co-Owners / Co-Founders Kati Angelini and Ashley Guerrero! You Knead these Nerdy bakery goods in your life!!

I’ll let them take over from here….

kneady bakery
suPIEnatural bar for Kings of Con Wrap Party

The 2 Baked Girls

The 2 Baked Girls (Kati and Ashley, CEOs & Co-Founders of Kneady, LLC.), personally create unique and original custom dessert and brunch bars for: Birthdays, Weddings, Showers, Kids’ Parties, Corporate Events & Meetings, VIP Celebrity Galas, On-Set & Backstage Catering, Award Shows & After Parties, Fundraisers, Gifting Suites, Book Clubs, Brunches, and ‘Enchantment Under the Sea’ Rhythmic Ceremonial Rituals. For smaller, more private events, or for personal hangovers or munchi cravings, the 2 Baked Girls will personally deliver items by the dozen right to your Los Angeles or Ventura County door with a 24 hour turn-around time.

kneady bakery
Jammie Doctors – Taste And Relative Deliciousness In Shortbread – photo by NIKKI MCFADDEN

They ARE the nerds you’re looking for. Any nerdy, geek-gourmet event, the 2 Baked Girls will theme the entire table to any fandom! There is no doubt that if you are hosting a nerdy event, you are KNEADY’s people, and they would be proud to serve on the Galactica with you. The 2 Baked Girls do NOT ship or have a storefront location (yet!), they rent commercial kitchen space, so every online order and catering event is made to order and does not include any preservatives.

Backstory on the girls? Kati and Ashley met freshman year of high school. Most of the time they ditched class to go to Disneyland or diners in Hollywood or just watch movies all day. When they did go to school, no one would enter into conversation with them because they quoted movies too much. (Eh, what do we care?) They’ve said it before, and they’ll say it again: NO CAKES OR CUPCAKES! (No, not even for you.)

Kati and Ashley met freshman year of high school. Most of the time they ditched class to go to Disneyland or diners in Hollywood or just watch movies all day. When they did go to school, no one would enter into conversation with them because they quoted movies too much. (Eh, what do we care?)They’ve said it before, and they’ll say it again:NO CAKES OR CUPCAKES! (No, not even for you.)


kneady bakery
Triple Chocolate Lord VoldeSMores – You-Know-Mmm

About our new “In Knead” program:


We are a tiny, barely profitable company who has squeezed our way into the Industry because we are fans. This is a really awesome way to merge our pop-culture obsession with our love of baking and creativity. We are lucky to be able to live in a country where two young women in their early 20’s can wake up one day with an idea, quit their soul-sucking day jobs to start a business (with literally NO money and HORRID credit), and make it grow into something they can be proud of.

Fandom and Charity

Something that makes people happy, and makes them laugh, and makes them nostalgic for their favorite movies, and makes them sick from eating too many Lord VoldeS’Mores (which we are not liable for..). But what if we took a page out of the Supernatural Family and Zachary Levi‘s book, and merged our fandoms with a way to give back? The solution was simple: donate $1 of each dozen treats ordered to the favorite charity of that treat’s fandom. For instance: For each dozen of Rice Krispin Glovers ordered, $1 will be donated to the Michael J. Fox foundation, and so on.

Read the full story and inspiration on our blog here:

Eat your fandom for those #inKNEAD.

Fan Fiction Themed Yoga at YogaQuest

What is Yoga Quest?

I’ve been asked that questions so many times, and somehow it doesn’t get any easier to answer. YogaQuest is first and foremost a community. It is also a unique blend of narratives with yoga. Basically it’s yoga for people who never thought they would set foot in a yoga class. We are non-compliant and refuse to follow the “rules” of western yoga.

How did you come up with the idea?

 The idea started percolating about five years ago when I was at a sci-fi convention. I looked around at the offerings and noticed that nobody was talking about wellness and that there weren’t any opportunities for geeks to move their bodies during the convention. Realizing that there wasn’t really an outlet for geeks to discuss self care in a productive (ie non shamy) way. I was already a yoga teacher and started to brainstorm how I could make yoga accessible (and fun!) for the geek community. YogaQuest has existed in some form ever since then, although we’ve evolved quite a bit (this isn’t even our final form!)


How long have you been hosting these classes?

I started teaching YogaQuest in its earliest forms shortly after that convention. Luckily there is a great geek culture here in Minneapolis, and I was able to team up with the Geek Partnership Society group Geek Physique to offer that proto-YQ. I knew that it could be an epic fail, but I wanted to try. Luckily it really resonated with people, and we moved from being a single class taught in a warehouse space, to opening our own studio and appearing at conventions all over the country, including New York Comic Con (NYCC) and Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2).

Fan-fiction story-telling, can you elaborate a little on that?

I believe that narratives are inherently powerful. In addition to running YogaQuest, I also run a counseling business (also geared toward those who consider themselves outside the mainstream) and work primarily in a narrative therapy style. So pairing yoga with storytelling is doubly impactful in my opinion. The way that we use this for class is to adapt something from Fandom, such as the X-files, and take an episode to send up with a fan-fiction treatment of it – just whittling the story down and playing up the in-jokes, adding in yogiography – assigning poses to certain names, actions, and objects in the narrative. Then we have a narrator who literally reads this script while we do yoga. It’s sort of like Simon says, or a much more wholesome take on a drinking game.


I love that you guys are body positive. Why is that so important to you?

People come in all shapes, sizes, races, levels of ability, etc. It bothers me greatly that many wellness spaces are only set up for a certain type of person. In the yoga community, that type of person is overwhelmingly white, upper-middle class, slender women. If I was going to create a space that was safe for the geek community, I had to make sure that it was inclusive. Unfortunately much of what we see in the media is shaming of people’s bodies. The purpose of this is to keep people feeling constantly less than so that they will buy products and feed into the diet industry which makes billions of dollars off people’s insecurities. I believe that how a person looks is not an indicator of their health or well-being. We take a Health at Every Size approach at the studio. Encouraging people to eat mindfully and to move their bodies because they care about themselves, not because they hate themselves. The language at our studio is very different than you would find in many wellness environments. We talk about bodies with respect and gratitude rather than disgust.

How do you come up with your themes?

Luckily the community is always requesting something new, so we’re never at a loss for themes. And there are so many fandoms to choose from, we could theoretically do fan-fiction yogic adaptations forever.

Are poses influenced by the theme?

We gravitate towards an established set of poses for each quest. We tend to assign certain poses to specific character types. For instance, the hero in a story will often be Horse pose (a wide-legged, powerful stance), while the villain will be Eagle pose (a convoluted twisty pose that you want to get out of as soon as possible).


What’s been your favorite theme to do?

I just love making people laugh while they’re moving their bodies. Since “fitness” is so often advertised as having to be punishing of our bodies, if we can bring a smile to someone’s face, and they walk away realizing they moved their bodies and had fun doing it, I’m happy. We recently did an event at the Mn Science Museum where we presented a 4-part Zelda: Ocarina of time quest. Watching people rocking out their Navi pose (chair with airplane arms to imitate wings) while they chirped “hey! Listen!” That’s the stuff that makes this work so great.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We just got back from appearing at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago – our 3rd year appearing at this event. And our crowds have grown exponentially. It’s clear that the geek community was longing for a way to engage with wellness on their own terms – we just gave them an outlet. And we were doubly blessed because Ida Gearon – costume designer for Army of Darkness, and wife of movie legend Bruce Campbell – came to our Army of Darkness quest. On purpose! Word is spreading about this geek wellness revolution and we’re loving every minute of it!

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