The “Black Rock City or bust (?)(!)” Edition :: Issue #097


:: ::  I’ve got an itch that needs to be scratched :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #097 :: The “Black Rock City or bust” Edition :: 08:10:2016

Black Rock City or bust…

I surrender!

I don’t talk about this much but it’s been a crazy few years. I left a cool gig unexpectedly. I have had more false starts than I can count on one hand.

Then, I had this kind of long drawn-out breakdown of sorts.

But, now I’m coming up for air and need to hit the big RESET BUTTON OF LIFE.


I’m pretty sure I’m going to Burning Man for a few days. First time since 2008 (and before that, 1998!).

I got thinking about it last week and suddenly had a real urge to be out there this year. When you get that itch, you just gotta scratch it. You know?

An early pass, a ticket, AND a car pass have already surfaced for me. Several friends are courting me to join their camps.

I think this is happening. <pinch>

I even found my tall, black boots that I bought in the summer of 1996 and wore to the playa in my sophomore year.

Stranger things have happened, right? In fact, stranger things have happened to me.

See you out there?


Rusty Blazenhoff

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This space intentionally left dusty and loud

As seen on the Internets


Dolores Jeanpierre of Ole's Waffle Shop

:: Dolores Jeanpierre, Ole’s Coffee Shop waitress since 1978 Thanks, T.C.!
:: Gay Monopoly

:: Destino, an animated film directed by Walt Disney and Salvador Dali

:: Sign up for the Human Card Catalog for Burning Man
:: Thanks, Jonathan!

:: NSFW: “BBC accidentally broadcasts Aziz Ansari subtitles over nature show”

:: Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy

:: “Weird, Inc.” — An article about the good folks behind Dangerous Minds

:: Abandoned Olympic venues from around the world

:: “Telephone Courtesy” (1940s) via

:: Gem of the week: OK Go’s pre-treadmill videos
:: & via

:: Video about the new “Good Times” album by The Monkees
:: Thanks, Sonia!

:: Brilliant and brutal: Milton Glaser analyzed the Olympic logos through the years

:: The Muppets’ Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem played at Outside Lands 2016

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Vintage suitcase boombox

via DM

Artist-in-Residence: Veronica Casson


Our heroine, Claudette, arrives at the haunted town of Blackmore.

Materials: pencil, india ink, Micron pens, watercolor and Copic markers.

Veronica Casson is a Bay Area Illustrator, storyboard artist, and Graphic Designer. She has shown in galleries in San Francisco, New York and San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.  Veronica has worked in comic publishing as a designer for over a decade. She can be found throughout the world with a sketchbook in hand.

More of her work can be found at She blogs at

Veronica’s work is currently showing at the Salada Cafe in Pacifica, California. From now through September.

Events of note


El Vez for Prez

Look Up
Perseid Meteor ShowersVarious Cities
[9/11] 30th anniversary showings of Labyrinth

Alameda, California
[8/12] 2nd Friday Artwalk at Studio 23, 7:30 PM

[8/12-8/14] Tomorrow Youth Rep’s Fiddler on the Roof at Kofman Auditorium [Tickets]

[8/15] Self Care Craft Camp #2 – Let’s Make Coconut Sugar Scrub!, 10 AM – 11:45 AM [Tickets]

[9/16] TILT! Stand-Up, Storytelling & Pinball at Pacific Pinball Museum

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

Austin, Texas
[8/12] Landry’s Austin, TX Solo Gallery Show, 7 PM to 10 PM Thanks, Piph!

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

Black Rock City, Nevada
[8/28-9/5] Burning Man 2016 See you there?

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
[9/30] Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club screening 6 PM [Tickets] Thanks, Heather!

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

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

[Until 10/2] The Tension Experience: Ascension, “more than immersive theatre, more than a haunted house, more than anything you could imagine.  It is a journey into darkness with the possibility of being reborn in the light” [Tickets]

[Until 11/27] Guillermo del Toro exhibit at LACMA

[8/13] Midnight Double Feature: Edward Scissorhands & Cry Baby at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Tickets]

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

[8/20] Black velvet painting class at Velveteria: the Black Velvet Museum, all levels, 2 PM to 4 PM, $15 total

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

[9/17] Horton’s Hayride in San Pedro, CA, 1 PM [Tickets]

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

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

[11/6] Krampus mask-masking workshop, 1 PM to 5 PM

[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

[9/17] Atlas Obscura: Printed Rivals

[9/22] Shep Gordon in Conversation with Anthony Bourdain at Kaufmann Concert Hall, 7 PM

[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]

[1st 3 Saturdays in August] Neon soldering party at Cool Neon

[Until 8/14] Opera at the Station, at Oakland’s abandoned station

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

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

[8/13] Full Spectrum guided studio tour at American Steel Studios, 2 PM to 4 PM

[8/18] Adventure Design Group, featuring Epic Immersive at the The Go Game HQ, 6:30 PM

[8/27] Puppeteer Tony Urbano at Children’s Fairyland, 2 PM

[8/27] Forbidden Puppet Cabaret at Children’s Fairyland, 21+ [Tickets]

[8/19] Summertime Cuddle Party, Kensington, CA, 7 PM [Tickets]

[8/19] The Lying Party, “an unpredictable evening of LIES,” 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[8/20] Learn Letterpress Basics at Compound Gallery, $125

[8/21] Flash Mob Short Play Festival

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

[9/10] Exploring Public Art Practices Symposium at Oakland Museum, 1 PM to 6 PM

[9/23] Chronicle Movie Night at Children’s Fairyland [VOTE]

Paris, France
[Until 8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
[10/22] El Vez, the Mexican Elvis at The Warhol Museum

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

[Through Oct] San Francisco Neon Survivors and Icons From the Archives, SF Library, Main Branch, 4th floor

[Until 10/30] Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (highly recommended!)

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

[8/11] Freq.Fest.SF [Tickets]

[8/12] Double Feature of The Goonies (7) and The Lost Boys (9:10) at the Castro Theatre

[8/12] “Connection,” Secession Art & Design’s 9th anniversary show

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

[8/12-8/14] Wes Ander-thon Weekend at Roxie Theater, [Tickets]

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

[8/13] 35th anniversary screening of The Great Muppet Caper at the Castro Theatre, 10:30 AM

[8/14] Chinatown Neon Walking Tour, $15

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

[8/16] Cocktail Icons: The Martini class at The Interval at Long Now, 7 PM [Tickets]

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

[8/27] Tender Nob Neon Walking Tour, $15

[8/28] The Cannaisseur Series: Summertime Wake-n-Bake Brunch at 12 PM [Tickets: FRAULEINCHEF420]

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

[9/16] Bona Fide (7:30)  and Bawdy Storytelling (10:30) at Verdi Club

[9/7] 7th Annual SuperHero Street Fair 2016, 1 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

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

[9/29] Bobby Bare Sr. + Bobby Bare Jr. at Doc’s Lab, 8 PM [Tickets]

[9/29-10/2] Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park, Free (but super crowded)

[10/1] Descent Into Madness, the release party for Chicken John’s The Book of the Un at 111 Minna, $20 admission (includes book price)

[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

[11/19] The Artumnal Gathering, 5:45 PM to 2 AM

[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

[10/4-10/7] Big Ideas Fest, “designing the future of education”

[10/14, 10/15 & 10/16] One-Day Taxidermy Workshop Series [Sign up]

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

Somerville, Massachusetts
[9/24] What the Fluff? Fluff Festival

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
[3/19/2017-3/22/2017] Dent 2017, a creative retreat for people who want to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs once said. (Highly recommended!)


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.

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
–Carl Jung

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