The “No one knows I’m gay Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #106


:: ::  Cover my red hair and, should it ever be necessary, I can go anonymous. :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #106 :: The “No one knows I’m gay” Edition :: 10:19:2016

‘No one knows I’m gay’…

We are full-on in the belly of the holiday beast now, aren’t we? In September I can kind of pretend the holidays are far away. Mid-October, that’s another story.

The best of all the holidays kicks off first: Halloween. Amirite?

I dig it. Our ‘hood goes crazy with kids and decorations on the 31st. Total circus. I live on an island and sometimes they bring up the drawbridges to stop the influx of outsiders. I’m not kidding, Alameda has a moat.

Something I saw this week: Adam Savage walked around  the recent New York Comic-Con in disguise. He dressed as a giant Totoro. A big fancy Totoro with a camera on the inside to get people’s reactions. Love that.

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of wearing costumes myself, though I do try and make a moderate effort for Halloween. Several years ago, I dressed in a “talk show disguise.” I wore a “Republican”-looking dress, big glasses and put on a dark black wig. Printed on my custom-made “Jerry Springer” name tag was “No one knows I’m gay.”

While in that costume, I went to a party full of friends and not one of them recognized me. Cover my red hair and, should it ever be necessary, I can go anonymous.

Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. By the way, if you want to see what seriously wrong things we make our beloved pets wear, click here. (Thanks for that one, Greg!)

This space intentionally left dressed up

As seen on the Internets


"Floating pumpkin patches are a thing"

Floating pumpkin patches are a thing. (ThanksHeather!)

:: Fountain of FREE red wine opened in Italy

:: Dixie de la Tour (Bawdy Storytelling) now has a podcast!

:: Questions to help you learn more about yourself

:: The 4 stages of viral fame Thanks, Tyler!

:: Buy your own (self-sufficient) Scottish island Thanks, Whitney! 

:: Dang: Two-story mobile homes Thanks, Dixie!

:: Motel room #420

:: Want to sleep in late? “You could become an artist.” (a real ad!)
:: Thanks, Lily!

:: “The sun is disappearing, and you have only 10 months to prepare” Thanks, Kyle!

:: WHOA: “Negativland’s next album comes with a baggie of Don Joyce’s cremains”

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

High Five This Sign

High Five This Sign, Archie McPhee’s FIRST book! A collaboration with Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Jeans and Obvious Plant!

Real stunt that actually happened: no. way.

Holy wow: Drone “billboards” Thanks, Robert!

Artist-in-Residence: Kevin Evans

Painting, Acrylic on panel. ongoing series of paintings
based on selected sketchbook illustrations



Kevin Evans is a native Californian, born in San Luis Obispo, and resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985. His chosen mediums are painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media.

Since 1994, Kevin has worked as an artist in the CGI/computer games industry. He holds a BFA in illustration and painting.

Kevin co-authored, co-edited, art directed and was the primary illustrator for Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society.

Kevin’s artwork has been featured in various publications including “A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by HP Lovecraft.” Centipede Press, and Reader’s Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos, Gakken, Japan.

Events of note


Harry Nilsson's The Point!

[11/4 & 11/5] Cinefamily screening of The Point! at Bob Baker Marionette Theater (with puppet show) “On the heels of his Grammy win for ‘Everybody’s Talkin’,’ pioneering singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson submerged himself deep in an LSD trip and emerged with his sixth studio album, the hallucinogen-fueled, narrative-driven The Point!” [Tickets]

[10/28-10/30] Explorers Guild Caravan Rally 2016, “an epic journey crossing hundreds of miles, locating checkpoints, accomplishing outlandish tasks and doing so all in the company of some of the weirdest / greatest people in SF” [Register your team]

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

Various Cities
[Ongoing] Silent Book Club

[Until 2/9/2017] Mortified Live! “Witness a night of adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies)… in front of total strangers”

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

Alameda, California
[Fri/Sat/Sundays in October] Haunted Hornet at the USS Hornet [Tickets]

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

[11/10-11/13] Shoot The Moon! Pacific Pinball Expo #7 [Tickets]

[12/10] Accordion Babes Cabaret Revue at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 8 PM [Tickets]

Austin, Texas
[10/20] Pretty Witches : A Ladies Only No Alcohol Dance Party, 8 PM [Tickets]

[10/21] Gender Fuck It All Let’s Dance! John Waters Night!, 9 PM

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

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

Black Rock City, Nevada
[8/27-9/4/2017] Burning Man 2017

Boston, Massachusetts
[12/17] A John Waters Christmas at Berklee Performance Center, 8 PM [Tickets]

Carefree, Arizona
[Until 10/31] Ray Villafane’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

Denver, Colorado
[4/8-4/9/2017] DINK: Independent Comic Expo, “Urban art with literature, zines, small press publishers, underground comix and cocktails!” Thanks, Mike McDaniel!

[12/7] A John Waters Christmas at Boulder Theater, 8 PM [Tickets]

[April 2017] Allee Willis’ The “D” premieres at the Fisher Building, party to follow

El Cerrito, California
[10/16] Down Home Music Store’s Community Parking Lot Sale, 8 AM to 1 PM

Houston, Texas
[11/4-11/5] Puddles Pity Party at Alley Theatre, 8 PM [Tickets]

[5/12/2017] Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds

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]

Los Angeles
[Until 10/23] Creep Los Angeles

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

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

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

[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]

[10/31] Shep Gordon with Alice Cooper, 8 PM [Tickets]

[11/4 & 11/5] Cinefamily screening of The Point! at Bob Baker Marionette Theater (with puppet show) “On the heels of his Grammy win for ‘Everybody’s Talkin’,’ pioneering singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson submerged himself deep in an LSD trip and emerged with his sixth studio album, the hallucinogen-fueled, narrative-driven The Point!” [Tickets]

[11/5 &11/6] Krampus mask-masking workshops, 1 PM to 5 PM [Register for 11/5 event]

[11/10] Sam Green & Yo La Tengo Live Score: The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at Skirball Cultural Center, 8 PM [Tickets]

[11/10-11/11/2017] National Beard and Mustache Championship

[11/19] Publication party for The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas at La Luz de Jesus

[11/26] Krampus lecture with costumed characters, slides, and video at the Goethe Institut

[12/2] Fourth Annual Krampus Ball with D’Oberlandler Bavarian dance troupe and others TBA

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

[12/8] Los Angeles Krampuslauf at Downtown Art Walk.  After-party with Rosemary’s Billygoat at the Regent

[12/10] TORRANCE: Krammpstein at Alpine Village

[12/11] St. Nicholas-Krampus Play,  Austrian folk songs and stories by Michael Kaufmann, from Styria, Austria.

[12/17 & 12/18] Charles Phoenix’s Retro Slide Show, “Live Comedy Performance Celebrating 50s & 60s Holiday Life And Style!, Brea, CA

[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”

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

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

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

[11/27] A John Waters Christmas at City Winery New York, 8 PM

[Until 12/11] Root Collection: 20 Years of the Patti Smith Collection at Mills College Art Museum
[11/16] #PATTIGRAM opening reception

[Until 2/17/2017] All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 at OMCA

[10/21] Pop-up Talk: Kyle Mizono on Hot Tub Comedy at OMCA, 7 PM

[10/22] Opening reception for Parts & Labor, a solo show by Nemo Gould

[10/23] East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2016 at Park Day School, 10 AM to 5 PM [Tickets]

[10/29] Extra Action Marching Band with Bluball Review (burlesque) and DJ Justin Credible at Oakland Metro Opera House

[10/30] The Heritage Scare, an evening of competitive murder [Tickets] Thanks, Tommy! 

[ELECTION NIGHT 11/8] The SMASH Arcade Presents: Electoral Catharsis ” election results will be broadcast along with some live entertainment and a whole lot of smashing up of bullshit, arcade style” at NIMBY

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

[12/13] Tig Notaro at Fox Theater, 8 PM [Tickets]

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

[8/17-8/23/2017] Oregon Eclipse 2017, a “total solar eclipse gathering”

Palm Springs
[10/20-10/23] MOD Palm Springs at Caliente Tropics Resort [Tickets]

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thank you, Stefan Jewett!
[Until 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

Plains, Georgia
[Sundays] (Former President) Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class

Portland, Oregon
[11/20] PDX : Va-Jay-Jay Day! A Celebration of All Things Pussy!

Tulare and Sacramento, California
[Weekends until 1/6/2017] Global Winter Wonderland

San Diego
[12/15] Presentation on The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas at San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park

[3/4-3/11] JoCo Cruise 2017, “a whole cruise ship full of music, comedy, and general nerdery”

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

[Friday nights in October] Ask Dr. Hal at Chez Poulet

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

[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!
[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

[Until 12/31] Real Housewives of Macaroni, New portraits by Jason Mecier at Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street

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

[10/19] Immersive Experience Design 101 with Foma Labs, The Archery, 7 PM to 9 PM $50 [Tickets]

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

[10/22] Opening reception for Radioactive Swamp Art Show at JOY Gallery, 7 PM to 12 AM

[10//22-10/23] Internet! A Retrospective, a “gallery exhibition organized by Helen Tseng and Tim Hwang, celebrating the spirit of possibility and experimentation in the technology and early web of the 1990s and early 2000s.” [Tickets]

[10/23] Publication party for Al Ridenour’s The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas at the Elbo Room, 8:30 PM, FREE

[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]

[10/25] Odd Salon: Justice at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[10/26] RAW:San Francisco presents VERVE, 7 PM

[10/27] Author Dale Dougherty on the Maker Movement at Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room, 6 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[10/27-11/6] Secret of the Cursed Chapel (site-specific escape room) [Tickets]

[10/31] 5th Annual American Tripps Halloween Party at Pops Bar, 6 PM on

[10/31] The Night Circus Halloween Soirée, 7 PM to 12 AM [Tickets]

[11/1] Human Organ Painting Night at the Hotel Majestic, “An evening of wine, painting, science, hearts, and brains,” 7 PM to 9 PM, 21+ [Tickets]

[11/6] Children Are Forever: All Sales Are Final, a show by Julia Jackson at Stage Werx, 2 PM to 3:30 PM [Tickets]

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

[11/9] Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘More! More! More!’ at the Verdi Club, 8 PM

[11/17] Flying Robot International Film Festival at the Roxie Theatre, 7 PM [Tickets]

[11/19] Aerial Imagery Workshop Day at Monument, 11 AM to 7 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]

[11/30] A John Waters Christmas at Great American Music Hall, 8 PM [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

[1/1/2017] The 17th Annual Breakfast of Champions, 6 AM to 6 PM [Tickets]

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

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

Santa Monica, California
[11/6] LA: Va-Jay-Jay Day! A Celebration of All Things Pussy!, 2 PM to 6 PM

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

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.

“Yo Alek Trebek you best check your neck,
You got no respect for the nerdcore set,
And while we don’t forget, we been known to forgive,
So if you genuflect we might let you live.”

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

Rusty has collaborated 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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