The “There was an octopus on my cat’s face” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #099


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #099 :: The “There was an octopus on my cat’s face” Edition :: 08:24:2016

There was an octopus on my cat’s face…

This is the week I’m off to spend a week on those alkali flats in Nevada you’ve heard about, all in the name of FUN. I’m excited to go, though I feel like I am not ready to be there. I leave Thursday and packing starts tomorrow.

Stress dreams have been keeping me up. Last night I dreamt an octopus was trying to suffocate my cat’s face, and then mine! What does that even mean?!

And, for the first time in nearly two years, I’m going to skip an issue of RED.

I KNOW and I’m sorry to leave you. I’ll be back though. “See” you in September (or on the playa!).

Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. No, really… I’m coming back! Don’t worry!

Praise: “I love your newsletters. I immediately stop what I’m doing to open them & savor the links, looking forward to what I can “actually buy.” You made my day, again.”
–Julie Jackson, Subversive Cross StitchKitty Wigs and the Marie Catoinette coloring book

This space intentionally left tentacled

As seen on the Internets


ASCII Graffiti

:: “The Midcentury Glamour of the Jersey Shore” Thanks, Kimberly!

:: Little free food pantries 

:: That time Forever 21 made a Burning Man tee-shirt

:: Jockstrap planter (NSFW)

:: Cans of Phyllis Diller’s Philli Dilli Chicken Chili Thanks, Mimi!

:: “Why am I so fat?” by Sara Benincasa

:: How Zzyzx Road got its name Thanks, Tim!

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Concert ticket floor mats

Artist-in-Residence: Veronica Casson

“Flown Away”

After making a daring escape from her window, Claudette is taken by the ravens she was pursing.

materials: board, ink watercolor & marker

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



Various Cities
[9/11] 30th anniversary showings of Labyrinth

Alameda, California
[Starts 9/12] “Show Your Work:” Monday Book Club for artists & performers, 10 AM at Julie’s, Free

[Starts 9/15] “Show Your Work:” Thursday Book Club for artists & performers, 5 PM at Julie’s, Free

[9/4] The Booze Cruise: A Yacht Rock Party at Forbidden Island, 3 PM to 10 PM

[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]

Berkeley, California
[1/6] The Lookouting: A Celebration of Lookout! Records at 924 Gilman

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

[10/22] Austin Skipathon, 10 AM [Register]

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

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

[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

[8/24] Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, & Very Special Guest join Jeff Garlin & Associates at Largo, 7 PM [Tickets]

[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

[Starts 10/2017] Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at The Broad

[10/6-10/8] “The Joy of Bees” by Bompas & Parr, an “immersive experiential art installation and gastronomic tasting of honeys”

Maxwell, California
[6/15-6/18/2017] Camp Tipsy 2017, “an annual rotten boat building contest and campout”

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]

[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

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

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

[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]

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thank you, Stefan Jewett!
[Until 9/30] Surveillance: An Exhibition of Work on the Observation, Recording, and Storage of Human Activity at Esther Klein Gallery
Surveillance Drone Action Figure Workshop 8/27 1 PM

[9/6 & 9/13] Intro to Interactive Art and Intro to 3D Printing courses at The Hacktory, 6:30 PM (these are monthly)

[9/15] Adam Green’s Aladdin – Film and Concert at Milkboy, 8 PM

[10/5-10/31] ERASERHEAD FOREVER exhibit at Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art.  They are currently looking for all mediums submissions until 9/19

[11/9] Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, 8:30 PM

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

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

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

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

[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!)

[8/26] Mark Growden solo concert at the Lost Church, 8 PM [Tickets]

[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

[9/8] Bawdy Storytelling: “Talk Dirty to Me” at Re-bar Seattle, 8 PM [Tickets]

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

Sonoma County, California
[Until 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.

“Well it seems to me, that all real communities grow out of a shared confrontation with survival. Communities are not produced by sentiment or mere goodwill. They grow out of a shared struggle. Our situation in the desert is an incubator for community.”
–Larry Harvey, co-founder of Burning Man

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