The “Speechless” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #110


:: :: I don’t know what to say  :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #110 :: The “Speechless” Edition :: 11:16:2016


I’ll find my voice but, for right now, I have no words.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. Take good care of each other out there, ok?

This space intentionally left speechless

As seen on the Internets


Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator

:: Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator speech (1940) Thanks, Jason!

:: Leonard Cohen’s final interview

:: “How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour”

:: Sesame Street takes on the “Mannequin Challenge”

:: Hayao Miyazaki to make one last feature film, Kemushi No Boro

:: The same people pose 40 years later for the same photographer

:: Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies

:: “Fuck Yeah Keming!” via

:: Philippe Glade’s new book: The New Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man 

And, for National Fast Food Day…

:: “If the gangsters of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas got into the fast food business, Foodfellas would result.” (violent)

:: Morgan Spurlock is opening a fast food chicken restaurant in Ohio!

Real thing you can actually buy: nay!

Beef Bowl Special smartphone case from Japan

Real election that actually happened: NAY!

2016 election results

Artist-in-Residence: Michelle Bert


While making this painting I was thinking a lot about how funny it is to be driven into action by a tornado of contradictory emotions. More specifically, that last chance moment to bolt. To give up on your hope in favor of  protecting yourself from the possibility of being absolutely, stunningly disappointed.

You know that moment… The one where you have thoroughly run through the list of all the crap that could go wrong. The chances of it all going right seem laughable, but there you are.

The thing that keeps me going in these situations is that somewhere in all that doubt, I believe in myself. Maybe not in my ability to make the immediate situation fulfill my enormous hopes, but in the way I always manage to laugh at my distress afterwards. Panicking is part of the process.


Michelle Bert

Events of note


Shoot the Moon

Stockbridge, MA [Until 5/29/2017] Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning at Norman Rockwell Museum via

Various Cities
[Ongoing] Silent Book Club

[Through 12/24] SantaCon

[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
[Until 1/8/2017] The Little Ice Rink at Alameda South Shore Center

[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

Austin, Texas
[4/20-4/23/2017] The Old Settler’s Music Festival at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood [Tickets]

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]

Cambridge, Massachusetts
[12/11 & 12/16] Club Drosselmeyer, a show created by “swing dancers, swing musicians, game designers and LARPers” at Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Howard Square

Chicago, Illinois
[12/8] Bawdy Storytelling: “Didn’t See It Comin” at Martyrs’, 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

Houston, Texas
[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 11/19] The Royal We, “features a dozen performance installations from up-and-coming Los Angeles-based artists” at The King Hing Theater [Tickets]

[Through 11/20] Hamlet-Mobile, “This meta-Shakespearean revolution on four wheels offers a unique, episodic take onthe Bard’s masterpiece, all for 1-4 audience members at a time”

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

[Until 12/10] Fireflight, an immersive experience that “takes the audience on a journey inside the mind and through myths, demons, and fairy tales” [Tickets]

[11/17-11/20] ABC Project: Barbershop: “Is his life is in your hands? Or is yours in hers? The second play in the ABC project shifts based on how you answer. Two audience members. One actor. Multiple outcomes.” [Tickets]

[11/18] Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with director Philip Kaufman in person, 11 PM [Tickets]

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

[11/20] Krampus mask-making workshop with Rev. Al Ridenour

[11/20] Craig Ventresco at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[11/26] Krampus lecture with costumed characters, slides, and video at the Goethe Institut, 6 PM and 8 PM [Tickets]

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

[12/3] CHARLES PHOENIX APOLLO SPACE CAPSULE HOLIDAY LIGHTING at Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey, CA, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM


[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] Santacon 2016

[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

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

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 [Tickets]
[Ongoing] The Ferry Play on the Staten Island Ferry, $1.99
[Ongoing] More NYC events
[Ongoing] Madame Tussauds New York hyper-reality Ghostbusters Experience

[Through 11/18] Full City+, an “immersive theatrical experience where spectators become patrons in a coffee shop populated by an eclectic staff, first dates, long distance meltdowns, and the next great American something” at Manhattanville Coffee [Tickets]

[Until 11/21] Theatre for One, a “unique, theatrical performance space in which one actor presents a 5-8 minute performance for one audience member” at Pershing Square Signature Center [Reservations]

[Through 1/8] Pip’s Island, an “indoor immersive experience lasting one hour for children between the ages of 4-10” [Tickets]

[Until 1/15/2017] Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest at New Museum, 235 Bowery, Manhattan, Free

[Until 1/29/2017] The Strange Undoing of Prudence Hart at The McKittrick Hotel [Tickets]

[Through 2/2017] Refuge, an “immersive performance and gameplay experience set in a mirrored 2016 reality where coastal cities are going underwater, temperature increases have caused nearly all vegetation to disappear, and natural disasters are wreaking havoc across every continent,” Needs a team of 4 to play [Tickets]

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

[11/15 & 11/16] Fifth Element, an “immersive screening featuring live opera, acrobats, DJs, and spectacle makers” at House of Yes, Brooklyn [Tickets]

[11/17-11/21] The Hunt, an “immersive theater production that takes influence from the 1692 Salem Witch Trials in a modern, abstracted setting” at the Temporary Storage galleries of Brooklyn Fireproof in Bushwick [Tickets]

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

[12/3] Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, a costumed Holiday Dance Party at the McKittrick Hotel, 10:15 PM [Tickets]

[12/19] Mark Ryden and Marion Peck sign copies of Pinxit, 2 PM to 4 PM

[Until 12/11] Root Collection: 20 Years of the Patti Smith Collection at Mills College Art Museum
[11/16] #PATTIGRAM opening reception
[12/7] Movie Night: Dream of Life

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

[11/19] Christmas Bazaar at Excelsior German Center, “German arts and crafts, German food, beer, Gluehwein (a warm mulled red wine- a German tradition), live music. Free admission. No need to call first. Just go” 10 AM to 4 PM

[11/19] Kinky Salon’s Pussyfest at a secret venue in Oakland

[11/28] Nerd Nite East Bay #48: Stoicism, Supernovae, and Health at Club 21 [Tickets]

[12/2] Jack London Square Lights Up For The Holidays, Jack London Square’s “annual tree lighting festivities,” 5 PM to 7 PM

[12/3] The 40th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade [Parade Route]

[12/4] KitLAB Maker Market at Gingerbread House, 1 PM to 5 PM

[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]

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

[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 1/15/2017] LogJam Cafe, part of Tom Sachs’ Space Program: Europa exhibition

[Until 1/28/2017] Past Tense, Future Tense, an exhibit at CIIS Main Building, Desai | Matta Gallery
(Psst! Our dear friend Nina Rawkstah is exhibiting at this show!)

[11/16 & 11/17] Feed the Kitchen, a “robust and physical comedy theatre piece with chefs, puppets, dance, and the audience being served a 4 course tasting menu” at Chez Poulet, 8 PM each night [Tickets]

[11/16] NERD NITE SF #78: Impractical Materials, Black Holes, and Suggestibility! at Rickshaw Stop, 7 PM [Tickets]

[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

[11/22] Odd Salon: Legacy at DNA Lounge, 7 PM [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

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

[12/10] San Francisco Fetish Flea at SF Citadel, 11 AM to 5 PM

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

[12/15] Buzzed Bee, “drunken spelling bee with fabulous prizes” at Monument 140 9th St, 7 PM to 10 PM, Free to attend & $10 to play

[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

San Leandro, California
[11/17] Official launch for We Are From Dust, a new non-profit which aims to take nine large scale Black Rock City inspired installations to 2017 International Art Exhibition in Venice, at the Gate 510, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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

[11/16] Bawdy Storytelling: “CraigsLust: Stories of Sex & Social Media” at Re-Bar Seattle, 8 PM [Tickets]

Stockbridge, Massachusetts
[Until 5/29/2017] Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning at Norman Rockwell Museum via

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
[11/26] 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.

“The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Alice Walker

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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