The “Feed me, Seymour” Edition :: Issue #085


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Issue #085 :: The “Feed me, Seymour” Edition :: 05:18:2016

Feed me, Seymour…

So, my tween SJ went to a sleepover this weekend. The next day, instead of going to the movies, the girls went to the nursery. The plant nursery.

Now, I’m not a “gardening” type person. I can only handle keeping myself, my kid, and our cat alive at any given moment.

But my kid has been wanting to buy plants, so we can, you know, grow them in our backyard.

Ok, this is the part where I feel bad: I haven’t rushed to buy any plants.

Well, To my amusement, SJ bought a VENUS. FLYTRAP. with her movie money! Ha! I’m so amused…what a total kid thing to buy! It’s the plant I would have bought if I was almost 12, saw it sitting there on the shelf, and had a pocketful of cash.

And, tada, here it is…!!

To the best of my knowledge, it has not been named yet.


This is exciting!

RED reader, Vortex, has offered a $50 gift certificate to FluffNStuff Artisan Marshmallows to giveaway. Besides having an inspired name, the folks at FluffNStuff make over 30 different kinds of gourmet marshmallows. If you’d like a chance to win, enter here. It’s free to enter!

Have a fantastico week, everyone!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. Today is “No Dirty Dishes Day.” Someone alert my dishwasher, please! <insert yuck yuck yuck laughs here>

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Rusty Blazenhoff and Dorothy Thomas

:: I said goodbye to Dorothy this week 🙁

:: This is so good: “How your insecurity is bought and sold”

:: “Hard work is merely preparation for a lucky day.” — Sir Mix-a-Lot

:: “Māori Modernism”


:: “In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time”

:: “Kevin Smith Is Making an Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai TV Show”

:: “This is where it’s at.” — Dick Clark on Jefferson Airplane, 1967

:: Pride ready footwear: Rainbow Converse

:: DIY Portable Animation Kit

Artist-in-Residence: Tex Allen


Why the Nose?

For your Wednesday morning wakeup, here’s a photo for perspective.

….a young woman and first time Burner who’d been drawn to the Playa for the “life-changing” experiences she’d heard about.

In addition to standing out amongst her peers by attending Burning Man, she’s also chosen to set herself apart by living her own radical, hirsute truth…

* against her cultural training
* against culture and it’s preconceptions of woman and beauty

and be beautiful with her chosen adornment of a thin and lovely mustache smile emoticon

People will stare
Make it worth their while.

Events of note


Jelly Workshop

[5/26] Jelly Workshop (aka JELL-O) at Bompas & Parr, London
United States
[Now until 8/19] Tiny Book Show, a touring bookmobile of little books handcrafted by artists and writers

[Various dates] 420 Games

Alameda, California
[5/21-5/22] Island City Waterway celebrates the birth of Alameda, California, with a free public art event open to all ages [RSVP]

[6/5] Forbidden Island’s Annual Plant Swap, 3 PM to 5 PM

[Until 6/29] Island City Waterways: Waves of Inspiration, new landscapes with borax and shoe polish by Ginny Parsons at Rhythmix, 6 PM to 9 PM

[3/2017] Spannabis

[5/19] Bawdy Storytelling: “It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time…” 8 PM to 10:30 PM [Tickets]

[6/4-6/5] Chicago Redhead Days, 11 AM to 5 PM, City Hall Park

Cold Spring, New York
[6/10-6/13] Camp Grounded, summer camp for adults

East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, California
[6/20-6/26] Camp Tipsy, an “annual rotten boat building contest and camp-out”

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18 to 7/3] Christo’s Floating Piers

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150]  HIGHLY recommended!

Laytonville, California
[7/8-7/10] The Cannabis County Fair 2016, 21+ [Tickets]

Lisbon, Portugal
[11/7-11/10] Web Summit 2016

[5/22] Yelp London’s Food Festival of the Future, an event that a combines London food, technology and food trends, Cargo, 1 PM to 10 PM Thanks, Alex!

[5/25] Romancing the Armpit #2, armpit sniffing dating night

[5/26] Jelly Workshop (aka JELL-O) at Bompas & Parr

[July] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles

[Dates in Summer and Fall] Krampus mask-masking workshop

[5/21] Swoon’s Pearly’s Beauty Shop, part exhibition, part live auction, part dance party, and part pop-up artist-run beauty salon at Superchief Gallery L.A., 7 PM to 1 AM [Tickets]

[5/29] E.T., the Extra Terrestrial screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

[6/4] The Legend of Krampus – Group Art Show and Exhibition at Hive Gallery, 8 PM to 11 PM

[6/11-10/2] Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad [pdf]

[8/14] BrunchCon LA at The Reef, 9 AM to 3 PM Thanks, Josh!

[Begins 9/13] 8-week long Neon workshop at Lili Lakich Studio, 6 pm to 9 PM

[10/1] Dolly Parton at Hollywood Bowl [Tickets]

[12/5-12/8] Henry Rollins at Largo

Marble Falls, Texas
[10/7-10/10] Camp Grounded, summer camp for adults

Melbourne, Australia
beinArt Gallery opens in early 2016

[6/12] Dr Sketchy Anti-Art School Melbourne: THE REBIRTH, 4:45 PM [Tickets]

Mountain View
[9/24] Dolly Parton at Shoreline, 8 PM [Tickets]

New York City
Quirky NYC by Oriana Leckert:
“From Bumper Cars to Torah Taxidermy: A Guide to 25 of Brooklyn’s Most Unusual Museums”
“From Elevators to Outsider Art: A Guide to 16 Under-the-Radar Museums in Queens”

[5/22] Be in a Logan Hicks mural [Info]

[Until 5/26] Then She Fell, a “fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which only 15 audience members per performance explore a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world”

[Ongoing] Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel
[Ongoing] Jungle-Ized by Sound Collective, Free
[Ongoing] The Ferry Play on the Staten Island Ferry, $1.99
[Ongoing] More NYC events

Northern California
[5/20-5/23] and [5/27-5/30] Camp Grounded, summer camp for adults


[Until 9/25] Altered State: Marijuana in California at OMCA

[5/29] Sweet Leaf Yoga, yoga enhanced with high-grade medicine at 3215 Lakeshore Drive, medical cannabis patients with ID only, $25 [Read about my experience trying it!]

[6/2] Beauties & Beasts Gala Costume Party at Children’s Fairyland, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

[6/15] Yarn, a new storytelling event by Heather Gold at the Octopus Literary Salon, 7:30 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, 5 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[6/25-6/26] Burger Boogaloo, Mosswood Park [Tickets]

[7/9] Louis C.K. at Oakland Arena, 7 PM [Tickets]

Pacifica, California
[6/4] Aloha Screwdriver at Winters Tavern, 9 PM

Palm Springs, California
[7/8-7/11] Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) at the Ace Hotel, a “summer retreat for anyone who considers themselves a thinker, maker, creator, nerd, or weirdo.” [Tickets]

Paris, France
Editor’s note:
I had the good fortune to spend the night in an artist’s yurt. My photos from that visit are included in this show…in PARIS!
[Until 8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

Portland, Oregon
[8/11-8/15] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

Riverside, California
[5/20-5/22] Beyond Brookledge at the Galleria at the Mission Inn

San Diego, California
[8/18-8/21] Tiki Oasis: “Monster Island”:

San Francisco
“Best storytelling events in the Bay Area”
Upscale vs. Frugal SF
[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society
[Ongoing] More SF events

[5/2] Bowling with Grace, Bowl with Alice Waters, Armistead Maupin, Terry Zwigoff, and more at Mission Bowling Club, 6 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[5/18] dorkbotSF #87, 7 PM, $5-$20 [Info]

[5/18] Nerd Nite SF #72: Submarines, Protein Movies, and Affordable SF Housing! at Rickshaw Stop, 7 PM

[5/20] Sound Meditation For Suicide Prevention Benefit Concert at Grace Cathedral, 7:30 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[5/26] Amicus Ex Libris – A party by the books, “a clothing swap, but for books” at Monument, 7 PM to 10 PM

[5/26] Phonographic Memory: San Francisco 1996 Retrospective at SF Main Library, 6:15 PM

[Until 5/28] Jason Mecier’s “Celebrity Trash” at 111 Minna

[Until 6/5] Catch Our Style: California Regional Airlines 1950s–1980s at SFO Museum: Departures–Level 3 – Pre-Security

[6/5] DIY Taxidermy Squirrel Class at Paxton Gate, 11 AM to 3 PM [Tickets]

[6/5] Space Age slide show with Charles Phoenix at Grand Star Theater, 3 PM [Tickets]

[6/11] Wild Kingdom, an art car and fire art festival, 2 PM to 4 AM [Tickets]

[6/12] Cannaisseur Series. The High Tea, 12 PM to 3 PM, Venue TBA, $69 [Tickets]

[6/12] Bikes to Books Annual Springtime Ride, a literary bicycle tour, 1 PM to 4 PM, bring your bike!

[6/12-6/13] Season finale of Calling All Choir at Mission Dolores Basilica

[6/12] Mac Sabbath at Slim’s, 8 PM, all ages [Tickets]

[Until 6/24] Retrograde: Art by Winston Smith at Mule Gallery, reception 6 PM to 9 PM

[6/24-6/26] New Games with John Law

[7/10] Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[7/17] Dark Garden Annual Corset Rummage Sale

[7/23] The Murray Invitational. A Bill Murray Art Exhibition and Golf Party at Public Works

[8/5-8/7] Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park

[9/21-9/22] Dent: Space at Innovation Hangar

[10/1] Release party for Chicken John’s The Book of the Un at 111 Minna

[10/13] Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, 8 PM [Tickets]

[10/2017] 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

San Jose, California
[7/23] Blacklight Slide

SF Bay Area
[Ongoing] Best swimming holes in the SF Bay Area

San Mateo, California
[5/20-5/22] The 11th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area [Tickets]

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[Ongoing] Meow Wolf [Read this] [Tickets]

The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

[5/5] Bawdy Storytelling: “Slippery Slope” 8 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[7/4-7/10] Nowhere

Sun Valley, Idaho
[4/19/2017-4/22/2017] Dent 2017, a creative retreat for people who want to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs once said. (Highly recommended!)

If YOU would like to co-curate an issue of Rusty’s Electric Dreams, I’d love to hear your idea! Please email me:

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The Houndstooth Glitch by Doc Pop for Betabrand

“There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behavior and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity. These are frequently artists and performers, adventurers and wide-life devotees.

Then there are those who feel their own strangeness and are terrified by it. They struggle toward normalcy. They suffer to exactly that degree that they are unable to appear normal to others, or to convince themselves that their aberration does not exist. These are true freaks, who appear, almost always, conventional and dull.”

— (RIP) Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff. These personally-curated missives are beacons to signal and celebrate the global tribe of weird, wonderful, and unconventional people (“the Others“).

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