The “Poke-y-mon No” Edition :: Issue #095


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Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #095 :: The “Poke-y-mon No” Edition :: 07:27:2016

Poke-y-mon No…

If you’re looking for Pokemons here, you should go. 😉


Rusty Blazenhoff
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As seen on the Internets


The Great Tape

:: Cassette Tape tables via


:: Watch: Corpse Flower cam at New York Botanical Garden

:: Great advice from female artists

:: Sea glass candy

:: Don Knotts statue unveiled

:: “The simple beauty of Japan’s ‘rock-paper-scissors’ culture”

:: Dopey, a darkly comedic podcast on drugs and addiction

:: “What You Collect: The Ordinary and the Odd”

:: The Adventure Vending Machine for Burning Man 2016

:: I wish I had thought of this! Printing from utility covers!

:: “Not Going Gently – The Art of Living A Life That Kicks Ass”

Real thing you can actually buy: yay!

1941 Brook Stevens Western Flyer

Thanks, Kent Barnes!

Artist-in-Residence: Epiphany Jordan

It’s Epiphany Jordan final week as Artist-in-Residence (wah!), so I asked her a few questions…

RBHow did you get into your line of work?
EJ: Several years back, I was studying sacred sexuality and traveled to an event where my teacher was presenting. One of the offerings she had was Karuna Sessions. I remember a woman coming in who was a mother who had spent all weekend chasing her kids around. She came to get a session and was feeling guilty about taking time for herself. About five minutes in, she was relaxed and smiling and exclaiming how good it felt to receive.

I remembered this experience for many years, and especially remembered it when I was going through a divorce and feeling very alone. I wished that there was something like this available at the time.

A couple of years later, I showed the outline of the session to a friend, we started playing around with it and got really positive feedback. It’s something many people need at some point in their lives. We began offering it as a service.

RBWhat’s been your biggest challenge in regards to Karuna Sessions?
EJ: It’s such a new and radically different approach to health and healing that many people never consider that it might be what they need, though common feedback we receive is “I had no idea how much I needed *that*.” Couple that with the shame people have around feeling good in their bodies. People don’t think they deserve to be cared for, and they do.

RBCan you share a success story?
EJ: We had one client who was in his 50s and still a virgin. He had also had an abusive mother. The first time he came to see us, he cried through the entire session. He came back for a second and a third session, and was a completely different person when he walked through the door that last time. He was relaxed, smiling, open. He emailed us later on and  told us that he was finding it much easier to interact with people and start conversations. It was a huge leap for him.

RBIt puts the ___ in the ____.
EJ: It puts the toes in the Barton Springs…as we do in Texas in July. 😉

RBWhat’s the one thing you hope people take away from learning about your work?
EJ: That we don’t touch our friends enough. Take it beyond a hug hello and goodbye. Give each other manicures and pedicures, brush and braid each other’s hair, snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie together. Offer to hold someone when they cry after they’ve gone through a big loss. You’ll feel much better for it!

Thank you, Epiphany! Good luck with your business!

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

[9/3] Austin Stories Reunion Show at Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin, Texas 10 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
[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

[8/7] Intro to Improv at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 7 PM [Tickets]

[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]

Austin, Texas
[9/3] Austin Stories Reunion Show at Spiderhouse Ballroom, 10 PM

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!

[7/30] 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
[Ongoing] Madame Tussauds New York hyper-reality Ghostbusters Experience

[Until 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]

[10/26] Opening night for Wilderness, a “multimedia, documentary theatre experience that illuminates the quest for connection within the 21st century American family”

[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
[Until 8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité 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

[7/30] 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

[8/15] Cherry’s Cheeky Tiki Bang Gang: The Case of the Creepy Christian Camp book launch at Chez Poulet, 7 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
[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.

“I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.”
–Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”
–Aldous Huxley

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