The “Raise your hand” edition :: Issue #088


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #088 :: The “Raise your hand” Edition :: 06:08:2016

Raise your hand

This comes up for me again and again, so I’m going to share my thoughts on “being picked.”

Most artists want to be discovered. They want their work to go “viral” on its own merit. Some of them want money or praise thrown at them as soon as they are finished working on a project.

Some artists want to know if their work is good enough to be discovered if they remain anonymous. Will it be seen, acknowledged, and appreciated if no one’s name is on it?

Sometimes artists are seen simply because they think they are good enough (or think they might be) to be seen. They raise their hand, and keep raising their hand until they are noticed.

I appreciate when someone raises their hand and asks to be seen and recognized. It makes my job easier. I mean, why do I always get to be the chooser anyway?

Well, do you have something you’d like to share with the class? 🙂

Hey wise women, I have a favor to ask from you. Go here.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. We have a winner! Alexander B. won $50 gift certificate to FluffNStuff Artisan Marshmallows. (I’ll be in touch, Alex!)

This space intentionally left classy

Praise: “…I hate the fucking news. Eat art for breakfast.”
Kimberley Cross, Cakewalk

As seen on the Internets


Eat Me

:: Eat Me, street artist turns found mattresses into “food”
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:: Former A-i-R Meaghan Kennedy has a brand new website!

:: Traditional Swedish costume made from IKEA bags

:: Laurie Anderson’s advice to the young (and young at heart)

:: Inspiration #1: want to do THIS but with weed 😀 Thanks, Heather!

:: Inspiration #2: Tiny Home Concert

:: Is Counterculture Still Counter? by R.U. Sirius

:: The Awesome Foundation: Oakland is reviewing $1K grant applications now

:: “If 70s moms had blogs” Thanks, Karen!

:: We’re going to need A LOT more lotion! Thanks, Rebecca!

:: So true: Things women over 30 should wear

:: Kyle was tricked by a great blue heron

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Awooga eye-popping glasses

Pee-wee Herman for President

Real things you can actually buy: no, just no

Artist-in-Residence: Russell Sparkman

Russell Sparkman

About the Photograph
The emerging drone camera technology is effectively providing photographers with a tripod in the sky, and one of the most compelling views from this flying tripod is called the “Eye of God.” These views are particularly compelling because they are from vantage points that are higher than the highest tripod, but lower than typical aerial photography from helicopters or airplanes (often no more than 100 feet off the ground).

In this 2nd image of a series of “Eye of God” photographs, you’re looking at a tractor plowing between rows of grapevines at a winery on Whidbey Island, Washington.

About the Photographer:
Russell Sparkman, CEO of digital marketing agency FusionSpark Media, Inc., was an early adopter of digital photography in the 90s, and authored a book called “Essentials of Digital Photography” in 1996. It was a natural evolution of Sparkman’s experience to start using drones, in this case a DJI Phantom 4. Sparkman is also co-founder of, a DBA of FusionSpark Media.

[I met Russell at Dent! –ed.]

Events of note

Rusty's IRL picnic
[6/14] Rusty’s IRL Picnic at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California 11:30 AM, [BYOL: Bring your own lunch]
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
[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

[7/4] The Mayor’s 4th of July Parade

[7/15-7/16] Vau de Vire Society presents The Soiled Dove at The Taxiway at Point Alameda

[3/2017] Spannabis

Belden, California
[7/1-7/4] False Profit Presents: Priceless 2016

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]

Los Angeles

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles

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

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

[6/25] Raising Arizona at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Tickets]

[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
[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”

[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

[6/9-6/26] The Great American Casket Company, an immersive play in a Brooklyn cemetery [reviewThanks, Oriana!


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

[6/10-9/9] Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden Concerts, Fridays, 12 PM to 1 PM, Free Thanks, Jewelz!

[6/14] Rusty’s IRL Picnic at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, 11:30 AM, [F*CK YA BYOL: Bring your own lunch]

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

[6/18] Burning Man PRECOMPRESSION at American Steel, 7 PM to 1 AM

[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]

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]

San Diego
[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

[6/8] Joey Skaggs’ Art of the Prank at Roxie Theatre

[6/8] Bawdy Storytelling: CraigsLust: Stories of Sex & Social Media at Verdi Club, 8 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

[6/8] Fireside Storytelling: Naked

[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]

[6/14] Odd Salon: Cosmos at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[6/15] Nerd Nite SF #73: Mudlarking, Strandbeest Machines, and Mite Sex! at Rickshaw Stop, all ages [Tickets]

[6/22] Art and Virtual Reality, 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[6/24 thru Sept] Midwayville, a mixed reality popup carnival at SoMa StrEat Food, 7 PM to 12 AM

[6/24] Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally, 6 PM to 11 PM

[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

[7/7-7/18] Flower Piano 2016 at San Francisco Botanical Garden, A must see! [Schedule]

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

[7/17] Dark Garden Annual Corset Rummage Sale, 11 AM to 6 PM

[7/22-7/24] J-POP Summit at Fort Mason Center [Tickets]

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

[7/31] 3 O’Clock Rock (kid rock) show with Meshugga Beach Party and The Jet Stars at Treasure Island Flea Market, 12 PM

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

[8/21] The New Pornographer’s at Stern Grove Festival, Free

[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

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

[6/11-6/12] Shoemaking Class with Jessica Brommer, 10 AM – 4 PM

[9/2] The 92nd Annual Zozobra

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

[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:

Know about a cool event? I can’t be everywhere and know about everything, so share it with me! I’ll do my best to include it in the next issue.


“When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.”
Brene Brown


Thanks, Benjy!
Thanks, Benjy!

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