The “Fortified” Edition :: Issue #094


:: :: Now fortified with good ol’ fashioned co-curation! :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #094 :: The “Fortified” Edition :: 07:20:2016


From time to time, I wrangle someone into helping me curate this zine. 🙂

This week’s issue is co-curated by one of my longtime pals, Heidi Bennett. I first met her many years ago through Flickr which, at that time, was a great way to find people near you with shared interests. She was the manager of Julie’s Coffee & Tea here in Alameda, California (one of the Island’s treasure!).

Now, as a Certified Professional Creative Life Coach, she partners with artists, performers, and other multi-creative people (you?) to support their radical, unconventional careers.

A singer and artist herself, she understands the creative mind and offers a compassionate, non-judgmental approach with her coaching.

What else…?

Oh! She’s got a Self Care Coloring Camp coming up in early August! Learn about her other upcoming camps in Alameda and her coaching practice at her website.

Please read her piece on how to Find the Good & Dance Away the Bad.


Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. If you’d like to leave your mark in Rusty’s Electric Dreams, contact me with your idea for co-curation.

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As seen on the Internets


Toothpick carnivals

:: “The Folsom Prisoner Who Built Functional Miniature Carnivals Out of Toothpicks”
:: Thanks, Kimberly!

:: MIrrored nail varnish Thanks, Theo!

:: A dress made from WWII silk maps Thanks, Mimi!

:: Ayahuasca for entrepreneurs

:: Panorama of San Francisco (1878)

:: Bad Parent Theater, “lots of alcohol and real talk from actual parents, re: the trenches of parenthood.”

:: Creme de la Corn

:: Weird jobs in the Bay Area

Heidi Bennett chose the links below…

:: Building confidence as a photographer infographic

:: A podcast of 2 comedians sincerely attempting to write a hit song in 1 hour

:: Positive Doodles by Emm Roy

:: Her favorite artists on Instagram

:: Her favorite docs right now
:: Beauty is Embarrassing
:: Chris and Don, a Love Story
:: The Wolfpack
:: It Came from Kuchar
:: I Am Divine

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Cheeky Greetings

Artist-in-Residence: Epiphany Jordan

An excerpt from Epiphany Jordan’s Safety in Numbers:

“When someone comes to us for a session, they are scared. Sometimes they have suffered a sudden loss; other times their crisis is a long time in the making. Their bodies are tense and weary and distrustful, and I know that we will have to work hard to make them feel safe and in control before we can touch them. We honor them with our words and actions, and let them know that our only goal for the next hour is to serve and care for them. Slowly we acclimate them to the idea that they will be touched by a stranger, and that we will tell them what we’re doing every step of the way…” [Read more…]

Epiphany Jordan knows firsthand how skin hunger keeps us feeling alone, ashamed and isolated in our bodies. Over the past three years she has been studying both the biological mechanics of touch and oxytocin, and the cultural/social environment around it. Her Austin, Texas-based Karuna Sessions allows her to embody compassion, providing other humans with tangible emotional support and deep physical stress relief via platonic touch.

Events of note


Dill Pickle flavor ice cream by Archie McPhee

[7/30] H.R. Pufnstuf Print Release – Meet Sid & Marty Krofft & Shag at the SHAG Store, West Hollywood  7:30 to 9:30 PM
[8/13] Wait But Hi: A Global In-Person Hangout Thanks, Sam!

United States
[Now until 8/19] Tiny Book Show, a touring bookmobile of little books handcrafted by artists and writers

Alameda, California
[7/22] Vespertine Circus: Midsummer, 8 PM to 10 PM

[8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24] Intro to Cultivating Compassion with Heidi Bennett, at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 5 PM to 6:45 PM [Tickets]

[8/6] Free Edwardian Picnic Dance: 1906 at Lincoln Park, 10 AM to 4:30 PM

[8/8] Self Care Craft Camp with Creative Life Coach Heidi Bennett: “Let’s Color,”, 10 AM – 11:45 AM [Tickets]

[11/5] The 23rd Annual Le Bal des Vampires at Alameda Elks Lodge [Tickets]

[7/23] beinArt Gallery presents Luminosity & Dust opens

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

[Until 7/30] Bompas & Parr’s Alcoholic Architecture: “a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail as part of an installation that explodes drinks to the scale of architecture”

Los Angeles

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles

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

[Dates in JulyThe Day Shall Declare It Thanks, Albert!

[7/22] See Jane Sing with Jane Lynch at Largo, $30, 8 PM [Tickets]

[7/23] The Muppet Movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Tickets]

[7/24] An evening of Balkan song for voice and accordion performed by Eva Salina & Peter Stan at the Museum of Jurassic Technology

[7/30] H.R. Pufnstuf Print Release – Meet Sid & Marty Krofft & Shag at the SHAG Store, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

[7/31] Summer Soda Tasting 6 at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, 5 PM to 8 PM

[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

[Until 9/4] “Portrayals And Perceptions Of Gays In Hollywood” at The Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building

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

[10/8-10/9] David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption at Ace Hotel via

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

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

[7/16-8/7] Mushroom Cure, “Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology.” [Tickets]

[11/10] Allee Willis is performing in New York City [More details as I get them]


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

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

[7/29-7/31] Yard Sale of Epic Proportions at Bunnydome

[8/9] Heather Gold’s YARN at Octopus Literary Salon, 7 PM to 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[8/31] Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) performs a Living Room show, $35

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, Cite de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

[9/8-9/11] XOXO 2016 at the Revolution Hall [Register]

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

[Through Sept] Midwayville, a mixed reality popup carnival at SoMa StrEat Food, 7 PM to 12 AM

[7/20] Nerd Nite SF #74: Game of Thrones Geology, Flute-Making, and Epigenetics at Rickshaw Stop, 7 PM

[7/22] CCA MFA in Comics Presents: An Evening with Mariko Tamaki, 6 PM to 9 PM

[7/22] The Grand Newstand’s first anniversary and Kiosk Fest kick off, 6 PM to 9 PM

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

[7/23-7/24] Kiosk Fest

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

[7/23] Hugbomb by WhyTheNose?- 24 Hours of Worldwide Trust at SF Ferry Building

[7/23-7/24] The San Francisco Art Book Fair 2016 at 1275 Minnesota Street [Preview on 7/22]

[7/24] The Cannaisseur Series presents: Summer Soiree, 5:30 PM

[7/22-7/24] San Francisco Art Book Fair 2016, “an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications”

[7/30] Learning to VJ with gifSlap at Gray Area Art & Technology Theater, 4 PM to 6 PM

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

[7/31] Worldwide Skipping Day 2016

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

[8/10] Fireside Storytelling: “Nerve” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[8/12-10/1] The Speakeasy: illicit bar, crooked casino, immersive theatrical experience at a discreet location near you [Tickets]

[8/13] Daylong Retreat with Michael Taft, 10 AM to 4 PM

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

[9/14] Fireside Storytelling: “Storyteller’s Choice” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[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

[10/12] Fireside Storytelling: “Games People Play” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

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

[10/15-10/23] The Natives Are Restless: “From overthrow to uprising, an epic tale of Hawaiian resilience” at The Palace of Fine Arts [Info]

[11/9] Fireside Storytelling: “Caught in the Act” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

[12/14] Fireside Storytelling: “Hot!” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM

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

San Jose, California
[7/23] Blacklight Slide

[9/24] Art Party 2016 — An Occasional and Irrational San Jose Arts Fest, 6 PM

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

[10/7-10/9] Art Car Fest [Crowdfund]

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

[9/2] The 92nd Annual Zozobra

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

Sonoma County, California
[8/12-9/25] We Players presents Romeo and Juliet, “ a site-responsive staging of the classic” in Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, “a historic old California rancho” Thanks, Albert!

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!)

Tomales Bay, California
[7/30-7/31] Bioluminescence Kayaking-Salty Sound, “a 24 hour camping trip located on a kayak only group camp site”

Know about a cool happening, soiree, and/or 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.

“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.”
–Nina Simone

“Ego is the enemy.”

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff.

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