The “Spooky AF” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #107


:: :: Bad joke alert: What room is useless for a ghost? A LIVING room, of course!  :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #107 :: The “Spooky AF” Edition :: 10:26:2016

Spooky AF…

Don’t look now but it’s nearly HALLO-fricking-WEEN. It’s on a Monday this year. Boo!

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that (our spooky af) Election Day is coming up fast too.

I’ll be doing my part and working the polls on November 8. They need more people! If you can help out, here’s the info (if you are in Alameda County):

There’s a small stipend but IT’S NOT ABOUT THE $. It’s about DEMOCRACY. <insert USA flag here>

If you’re not from around here, I’m SURE you could use the Goog to figure out where to sign up.

Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. Speaking of spooky af, who’s seen the new episodes of Black Mirror??

This space intentionally left boo!

As seen on the Internets


"Floating pumpkin patches are a thing"

“Look at this little tiny pumpkin face!” — Pee-wee Herman

:: Peter Max has an Instagram!

:: “The Island of Misfit Produce” Thanks, Noah!

:: “Grim, grinning ghosts” and other relatively obscure Halloween songs
:: Thanks, Greg!

:: It doesn’t get better than this: The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)

:: “How Charles Phoenix Became the Master of L.A. Nostalgia” (video)

:: Well, jingle my bell: Vaginaments, cute felt vagina ornaments Thanks, Jessica!

:: “Where Rococo Meets Space Age: Treasure Hunting at Italy’s Premier Antiques Fair”

:: Tesla’s dinner party

:: Perennials!

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

Halloween Spooktacular

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

[12/10] SOLD OUT! Mid-Century Supper Club Holiday Potluck Extravaganza! at the Eagles Hall, 6 PM to 11 PM

Albany, California
[11/11] Secret Identities, the Real Numbers & Jason Berk at Ivy Room, 9 PM show [Tickets]

Austin, Texas

Berkeley, California
[11/3] That Really Happened???, a monthly storytelling series at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM Thanks, Susie!

[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]

Burbank, California
[10/23-11/2] It’s the Great Pumpkin Art Show, Charlie Brown! art show at Creature Features Gallery

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

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 10/31] 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] The Heritage Scare, an evening of competitive murder [Tickets] Thanks, Tommy! 

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

[10/30] The Cory Beers Cimbalom Band at Museum of Jurassic Technology [Tickets]

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

[10/31] Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Spooktacular at Cinefamily, 7:30 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

[1/27-1/29] stARTup Fair LA, “Los Angeles’s contemporary art fair for independent artists”

[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”

Nevada City, California
[11/5] Mark Growden Quartet + The Calling All Choir, 8 PM

[11/6] Mark Growden’s Community Sing at the Nevada Theatre, 11 AM, donations accepted

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)

[11/13] California Typewriter at IFC Center, 1:30 PM [Tickets]

[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

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

[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]

[12/6] Yarn 4 : Comedy Storytelling hosted by Heather Gold

[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”

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

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”

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

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

[10/13-10/28] Into the Mouth of the Wolf Part I, a hybrid storytelling and circus show at the Great Star Theater
[10/29-11/13] Into the Mouth of the Wolf Part 2, a hybrid storytelling and circus show at the Great Star Theater

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

[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

[10/25] Odd Salon: Justice at DNA Lounge [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

[11/12] Concert: The First Annual SF SingFest with Mark Growden’s Calling All Choir at Mission Dolores Basilica
[11/13] The Community Sing: The First Annual SF SingFest with Mark Growden’s Calling All Choir at Polish Club, 3040 22nd Street, 6 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

[11/20] The Cannaisseur Series presents “The Harvest to Table Dinner,” Password: FRAULEINCHEF420

[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 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!)

Vancouver, BC
Personal Piñata: Craft and Artistry Workshop with Meaghan Kennedy, 12 PM to 4 PM

Vienna, Austria
[12/8-12/11] Roboexotica, a festival for cocktail robots


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.


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Mae West

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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