The “Final Frontier” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #103


:: ::  Dent:Space was a blast! No pun intended. :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #103 :: The “Final Frontier” Edition :: 09:28:2016

The Final Frontier…

A week ago, I was feeling the pressure to stay home and work. Instead, upon the insistence of friends, I found myself at the Innovation Hangar in San Francisco for an event called Dent:Space. It was produced by Steve Broback and Jason Preston, the guys behind Dent (that creative retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho I love so dearly).

Everything about it was GREAT! Thank you for getting me to drive over, friends!

Dent:Space offered up not only top-notch speakers but stellar exhibitors too, including Jeff Dillon from PureRockets (see photo below). He makes turbine-powered drones for exploring space. Look at the photo below, at the end of each “arm” of that drone is a mini jet engine! How cool is THAT?

Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. Thanks for all the birthday wishes! You all mean a lot to me!

PureRockets, photo by Kris Krug

photo by Kris Krug

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–Julie Jackson, Subversive Cross StitchKitty Wigs and the Marie Catoinette coloring book

This space intentionally left out of this world

As seen on the Internets


Polynesian Culture

:: Artist Mark Ryden donated a bunch of SUPER-COOL stuff to Goodwill (LA)


:: Pacific Seas, the new tiki bar at Clifton’s Cafeteria opens in October


:: Canned pumpkin isn’t pumpkin after all!


:: I try not to get political but I do love this site’s body language analysis on Trump

Artist-in-Residence: Julie Casson

“The Dance”

Painted in Oils

When I created this piece, I wanted to play with textures. I wanted to have a really light item against the dark. I thought this made an interesting contradiction. Why is this woman out dancing in a dark jungle in a white skirt? And my thought is…why not?


Born in San Francisco, Julie Casson is a graduate of the Sonoma State University Arts program with an emphasis in figurative drawing. Her work has been shown in galleries in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, New York, San Francisco and Maryland. Julie’s goal is to tell stories with images primarily focused on the figure. You can follow her on Twitter @toysalsa. She also runs the travel website and blog Travel Nueva.

You can view her portfolio of selected pieces here.

Events of note


Make Your Pinata Creativity Workshop

[10/2] Breather presents: Make Your Pinata Creativity Workshop with former A-i-R Meaghan Kennedy, 2 PM to 7 PM [Tickets]

SF Bay Area
[10/7-10/9] The 20th Anniversary of ArtCar Fest
[10/8] ArtCar Fest Bash at NIMBY, 6 PM to 2 AM [Tickets]

[10/29-10/30] Treasure Island Flea Market, Treasure Island, SF

Various Cities
[Ongoing] Silent Book Club

[2017] Adam Ant goes on tour, playing his 1980 album, Kings of the Wild Frontier, live

Alameda, California
[10/1-10/2] 11th Annual Forbidden Island Parking Lot Sale, 5 PM to 7 PM

[10/8] BlackLight Art Show & Night Market at Studio 23, 7 PM to 10 PM

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

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

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

Burbank, California
[10/2] Serial Killer Speed Dating at the Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum, 8 PM [Tickets]

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!

[Until 10/30] Dinner At The Twits: “Join Mr & Mrs Twit in their windowless house and ghastly garden for an evening you will never forget.” [Tickets]

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

Los Angeles
[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 10/2] White Rabbit Red Rabbit: â€œA playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show by the Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour.”

[Until 10/23] Creep Los Angeles

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

[9/24-10/31] Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s “Halloween Spooktacular” [Tickets]

[9/25] Charles Phoenix: Retro Disneyland Slideshow, Palmdale, CA, 2 PM to 4 PM [Tickets]

[9/29-10/31] Queen Mary Dark Harbor at That Big Ship in Long Beach

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

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

[10/15] Charles Phoenix: This is Americana, Long Beach, CA, 8 PM [Tickets]

[10/15] Let’s Do the Time Warp (Again!)A Dance-a-thon Benefiting 826LA at iam8bit [Register]

[10/15-10/16] Taxidermy class: Lifesize Young Red Fox & Grey Fox

[10/28, 10/29 & 10/30] “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”: Danny Elfman Halloween show at Hollywood Bowl with special guests, including Paul Reubens (second two shows are sold out!)

[10/30] Alone: The Rite of the Anthropocene at an undisclosed location, 8 PM [Tickets]

[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

Malden, Massachusetts
[Ongoing] Boda Borg

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

Minneapolis, Minnesota
[10/14-10/15] Nerd Con: Stories

[10/2] Breather presents: Make Your Pinata Creativity Workshop with former A-i-R Meaghan Kennedy

New Orleans
[7/18-7/23/2017] Tales of the Cocktail

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

[10/7-10/9] Future of Storytelling Fest

[11/10]  55th Annual Gala for La MaMa experimental theatre (with a live performance by Allee Willis)

[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]

[9/30] 4th Annual Drawn Together: A Celebration of Bay Area Artists at Fairyland, 6 PM to 9 PM, 21+ [Tickets]

[10/7] ArtCars at Oakland First Fridays at Telegraph Ave at 23rd, 5 PM to 9:30 PM

[10/8] ArtCar Fest Bash at NIMBY, 6 PM to 2 AM [Tickets]

[10/12-10/15] 5th Anniversary Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt

[4/19-4/24, 2017] Psychedelic Science 2017 at Oakland Marriott Center [Tickets]

[11/13] An Afternoon with David Sedaris, 4 PM to 7 PM [Tickets]

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

[10/5-10/31] ERASERHEAD FOREVER exhibit at Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art

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

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

San Francisco
:: “Best storytelling events in the Bay Area”
:: Upscale vs. Frugal SF
[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society
[Ongoing] More SF events
[Ongoing] Prelinger Library events

[Until 10/2] Grace and Delia are Gone by Flyaway Productions, an apparatus-based dance company, held at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Weds. and Sundays, 7:30 PM [Tickets]

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

[Opening in Oct] The William Blake Gallery at 49 Geary

[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!)

[Through November] Come Out and Play SF 2016
Some highlights: Thx, Albert!
[10/8] Journey to the End of Night, 5 PM – 11:30 PM [Register]
[11/20] The Dance and the Dawn: Dreams of Ice and Ash, “An improvisational theater LARP, with high drama and emotional investment.”

[Until 12/18] Home Land Security at Fort Winfield Scott and the Presidio, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM, Free

[9/28] Jason Webley Tells a Tall Tale in San Francisco at Chez Poulet, 7 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

[9/28-10/2] Recombinant Festival 2016: Spatial Cinema & Sound at Gray Area Grand Theater [Tickets]

[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)

[10/1-10/2] 24 Hour Comics Day at Mission: Comics, 11 AM [Tickets]

[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)

[10/5] DorkbotSF 90 at Gray Area Art + Technology, 7 PM [Details]

[10/6] Cory Doctorow at SFMOMA, 7 PM [Tickets]

[10/8] Gonzo: 50 Years of Hunter S. Thompson at Swedish American Hall, 8 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[10/9] Burning Man Decompression: Heat the Street Faire, 12 PM to 12 AM

[10/9] Bikes to Books Three-year Anniversary Bicycle Ride, a literary cycling tour, 1 PM to 4 PM, 16+

[10/9] HIGHtoberfest, 2 PM [Code: FRAULEINCHEF420]

[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]

[10/14] Drunken Dino Happy Hour OMG Sketchnotes! at General Assembly, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

[10/13] Mark Bittman on baking at JCCSF, 7 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]

[10/16] UnPresenting workshop with Heather Gold: “Giving talks that are more fun, require less preparation & leave your audience feeling awesome.” [Register]

[10/22] 7th Annual SuperHero Street Fair 2016, 1 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

[10/25] Mark Frost / The Secret History of Twin Peaks at the Roxie Theater, 7:30 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[10/25] Llamas and VR at Upload Collective, 7 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

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

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

[11/19-12/18] The Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace [Tickets]

[12/7 & 12/8) “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Parts 1 & 2” at the Alamo Drafthouse

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

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

San Jose, California
[Until 10/1] Anne & Mark’s Art Party at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds [Tickets]

[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]

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

Scottsboro, Alabama
[Ongoing] Unclaimed Baggage Center Thanks, Farrah!

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

[10/27] Bawdy Storytelling: Wicked at Re-Bar, 8 PM to 10:30 PM

Sebastopol, California
[10/15] ThinkTank Stage Show

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

[10/7-10/9] Art Car Fest [Crowdfund]

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!)

Washington, D.C.
[10/3] South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action


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.

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”

–Andy Warhol

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“I want to be sure that future generations of weirdoes, misfits, and freaks have a voice and that we’re celebrating what’s good about alternative cultures.”
Rusty Blazenhoff, Alameda Magazine

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

Rusty has worked with some of the biggest names in the quirky-cool corner of pop culture, including Pee-wee Herman, Allee Willis, Laughing Squid, and Archie McPhee. Her offbeat zine is chock full of art, unusual products, worldwide event listings of note, and other fun surprises.

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