The “VOTE” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #108


:: ::  Bay Area Voter Guide included! :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #108 :: The “VOTE” Edition :: 11:02:2016

A BIG THANK YOU to Kevin Evans for being October’s Artist-in-Residence!

And, please welcome Michelle Bert as the new A-i-R! Michelle is a RED reader who submitted an event and next thing she knew, she had landed November’s slot! When she’s not reading RED, she can be found “painting away” at her NIMBY studio in Oakland. 🙂

Ok, now that Halloween is out of the way… let’s deal with this election.


First, I want to share our costumes! SJ went as the Mad Hatter and I dressed the part of my inner spirit… Pippi Longstocking! Despite Halloween being on a Monday AND that it started pouring, we had a GREAT time! Our neighborhood here in Alameda is really hopping on October 31st. It’s official: Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday now.

Ok, back to the election.

For my California readers, I want to turn your attention to the Suffragette Sundays 2016 Voter Guide. It was created by some super-smart lady friends of mine who have been getting together for months to “take progressive political action in 2016 and beyond.” It gives “recommendations for California state races, as well as all the props, with recommendations for select local measures in Oakland, Berkeley, and more in-depth information for the Alameda races.”

Disclaimer: So, I happen to agree with their choices. You might not. That’s cool. 🙂

For the rest of my readers, I don’t have a Voter Guide for you but do get out and vote (especially on the issues that affect your local community!). xo!

Rusty Blazenhoff

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As seen on the Internets


Vote by Michele Pred, 2016

Vote by Michele Pred, 2016

:: “Famous Artworks Ruined By Clients Who Think They Know It All”

:: Parasitic art Thanks, Greg!

:: You do you: Hobo ethical code (1889)

:: Available for preorder: Mimi Pond’s latest, The Customer is Always Wrong

:: Abba reunion in VR

:: How to notice joy

:: You gotta see this: Final video for Common Ground, the chain-reaction art installation ACROSS AMERICA!

:: “In 1961, Roald Dahl Hosted His Own Version of ‘The Twilight Zone'”

:: “The American Dream is Killing Us”

:: “I fooled the world into thinking I was a successful EDM DJ–for an art project”

:: There’s now a giant hotel at Graceland!

:: David Bowie emojis!

Artist-in-Residence: Michelle Bert


Common feedback I receive, especially from people who’ve seen my art in person, is that my paintings illustrate a sense of loneliness. I never set out for that but I’ve come to appreciate it as being a common thread in my work. I’m often drawn to creating images that depict some universally relatable aspect of the human condition, and since living is nothing if not a solitary experience, loneliness is an apt interpretation.

My daily life tends to be very lively and upbeat so to get this feedback regularly, and to connect to it on a personal level is rich- while I’m intending to portray something universal people are connecting to a feeling of isolation… it’s like they really get it. I love juxtapositions.

While making this painting I was thinking a lot about how much of life is spent moving forward- blindly caught in your own momentum; defined by your direction; lovingly keeping track of colorful memories… That necessary feeling of movement.

Michelle Bert

Events of note


Electoral Catharsis

Oakland, CA [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

Various Cities
[Ongoing] Silent Book Club

[Until 2/2017] A Good Trip Tour with Shaune Mauss, comedy centered around psychedelics

[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

Adelaide, Australia
[3/3-3/19/2017] Adelaide Festival Thanks, J James!

Alameda, California
[11/3] Bohemian Revival Reading #5 at The Black Pug Cafe & Roastery, 7 PM to 9 PM Thanks, Charlie!

[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]

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

Emeryville, California
[11/6] Hawaiian Holiday Bazaar & Brunch at Trader Vic’s, 11 AM – 3 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 11/26] Fridges Fight Back: a chilling look at the darker side of white goods, “a new exhibition curated by Bompas & Parr under the auspices of the British Museum of Food” at KKOutlet, FREE

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

[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]

[11/8] Einladung zum Los Angeles Krampuslauf, 8 PM to 10 PM

[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

[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

[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]

[12/18] Radical Self-Love at East Bay Meditation Center, 10 AM to 4 PM

[1/7] Tycho at Fox Theater, 8 PM to 11 PM

[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”

Pasadena, California
[11/25-1/28] Enchanted: Forest of Light, an interactive, nighttime experience at Descanso Gardens [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

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

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

[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

[11/4] Re:Dada exhibition opening and performances at swissnex, 7 PM to 11 PM

[11/6] 2016 Bay Area Record Fair at Swedish American Hall, 11 AM to 5 PM

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

[11/8] Odd Salon: Escape, “Tales of bold break-outs & daring getaways, dodges, sidesteps & impossible flights” at DNA Lounge, 7 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

[12/8-12/13] Golden Gate Men’s Chorus holiday concerts

[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]

[3/12/2017] Breasts. An Art Exhibit of Form and Function. 6 PM

[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

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.

I have voted.

“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.”
Maya Angelou

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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