The “Prunes of Britain” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #112


:: :: Shall we make Zwetschgenmännle?   :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #112 :: The “Prunes of Britain” Edition :: 11:30:2016

Prunes of Britain..

SJ celebrated her 12th birthday recently. She wanted to have a tea party with her friends. So, I bought some party supplies and food, including British “digestives.”

When she got home from school, I showed them to her and explained they were popular to eat while having tea. She gave me a disgusted look, based solely on their name, and said, “Are they like… the prunes of Britain‘?”

I laughed, of course. But, it did get me to thinking, “Why were they given that unfortunate name?”

This is what I found: “McVitie’s Digestive Cookies were given their name in the late 1800’s because it was believed that the high content of baking soda helped with digestion.”

Ah, ok. Still a hard sell to a newly 12-year-old girl.

Also, goodbye, and good riddance, November 2016.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. In Germany, it’s a holiday tradition to make Zwetschgenmannle (“prune men”). Not. joking. Make your own.

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Without searching, guess who said this:
“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
Answer at the bottom…

Real things you can actually buy: dismay!

Artist-in-Residence: Michelle Bert

by Michelle Bert

“I set out to make a brand new painting for my fifth and final week as Rusty’s AIR and gave myself the challenge of completing it in three days. Naturally (when faced with a large task and a short deadline), on the first day I spent about nine hours rearranging my studio before putting down the first layer of paint. By day three, I was declaring this my most favorite piece yet… That’s how I know when a painting is finished.

The scene you see here is, in essence, a real event which occurred over the summer.

Looking at this painting through that lonely feedback lens I presented four weeks ago, I can see how I may have done it again. I enjoy the strangeness of how the figures aren’t interacting with one another, and in truth, I’ve eliminated any character from the scene that would have been engaged with any other. This time I blame the holidays. They almost always make me feel curiously awkward and oddly serene. I hope, in the kindest way possible, this painting makes you feel similar.”


Michelle Bert

Events of note


Wunderfaire 2016

San Francisco [12/1] Wunderfaire 2016 at IDEO Pier 28 Annex The Embarcadero, 4:30 to 8 PM


All Cities
[12/5] International Volunteer Day

Bay Area, California
[12/30] Lost Horizon Night Market (new truck proprietors sought)

Various Cities
[Ongoing] Silent Book Club

[Ongoing] Escape rooms and adventures, curated by No Proscenium

[12/4 & 12/5] Spirited Away returns to theaters

[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!

Akron, Ohio
[2/10-5/7/2017] Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose at Akron Art Museum

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

[12/4] Intro to Improv with Dan Ronco at Rhythmix, 7 PM to 9 PM

[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
[12/10-12/11] 4th Annual East Bay Print Sale at Max’s Garage Press

[1/6/2017] 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

Chattanooga, Tennessee
[Until 10/31/2017] Wayne White‘s Wayne-o-Rama at 1800 Rossville Avenue, open Weds-Sun, 11 AM to 6 PM and by special appointment

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

Eugene, Oregon
[12/17] 2016 Eugene Santa Claus Pub Crawl #20, 6:30 PM t0 2 AM

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150] HIGHLY recommended!

Los Angeles
[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]

[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

[12/8] La Krampus Run and After Party at The Regent, 8 PM to 11 PM

[12/10] Silverlake Flea, 12 PM to 5 PM

[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] Cinespia’s The Shining + Party at Los Angeles Theatre, doors 7 PM, screening 9 PM [Tickets]

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

[1/19-1/22/2017] Riot LA Comedy Festival

[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”

Minneapolis, Minnesota
[11/25] Annual anti-Black Friday open house at Minneapolis Institute of Art, 6 AM to 10 AM, Free

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

[Sundays in December] The Doubtful Guest, “an evening of music, magic, and spirits” at LubDub Theatre [Tickets]

[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]

[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
[12/7] Movie Night: Dream of Life

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

[11/30] Special session of the Adventure Design Group at Newnow, 2100 West Street, 7 PM [Register]

[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

[12/10] The Annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest at Venue Ballroom, 11 AM to 6 PM

[12/10] On The Rocks: A Black Rock Lighthouse Holiday Party at Deathtrap, 9 PM

[12/12] Snoop Dogg at Fox Theater, 8 PM [Tickets]

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

[12/14] FLAME: A Keshet LGBTQ Hanukkah Revue, a “big, queer Hanukkah party with live music, Jewish drag queens, comedians, and more” at Uptown [Tickets]

[12/17] M0XY Krampus Party and Bazaar, 2 PM

[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

[1/29] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant PREVIEW Sale, 10 AM to 5 PM, $15-$20

[3/4-3/5] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale

[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
[Until 1/28/2017] Enchanted: Forest of Light, an interactive, nighttime experience at Descanso Gardens [Tickets]

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

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

Sacramento, California
[6/11-9/17/2017] Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose at Crocker Art Gallery

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
{Gallery] Keane Eyes Gallery featuring the art of Margaret Keane, 3040 Larkin Street

[Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day] Illuminate SF, a citywide festival of light [The PDF guide]

[1/12-1/29/2017] SF Sketchfest
[1/14] Kids in the Hall: “Brain Candy” Live Staged Reading at Castro Theatre
[1/25] Bawdy Storytelling with Dixie de la Tour at Punchline Comedy Club [Tickets]

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

[Until 12/18] The Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace

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

[Until 1/14/2017] Street Talk: Puerto Rico, MFA Thesis Show, at Desai | Matta Gallery

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

[Until 1/29/2017] Curious Contraptions featuring cabaret mechanical theatre at the Exploratorium [Tickets]

[Until 12/31] Cynthia Yee’s San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Tour, 7:30 PM

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

[12/1-12/3] ClownCon, Clown Conservatory’s Winter Showcase, 7:30 PM each evening [Tickets]

[12/1] Wunderfaire 2016 at IDEO Pier 28 Annex The Embarcadero, 4:30 PM to 8 PM

[12/1] Night School featuring Sean Cusack: Engineering Interaction 101 at Stage Werx, 8 PM [Tickets]

[12/6 & 12/7] Rick Prelinger’s “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 11″ at Castro Theatre, 7:30 PM each night [Tickets]

[12/7-12/9] Chronicle Books’ Biggest Warehouse Sale

[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

[12/8] Night School featuring Jennifer Tharp: Adoption Economics 101 at Stage Werx [Tickets]

[12/9] Singin’ in the Rain—Feature Film with Live Orchestra at San Francisco Symphony [Tickets]

[12/9] Hubba Hubba Revue at DNA Lounge, 9:30 PM to 2 AM, 18+ [Tickets] Thanks, t’!

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

[12/10] SF Rotor Derby – – FPV Racing meets Drone Combat

[12/14] Bawdy Storytelling: Happy Endings at Verdi Club, 8 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]

[1/21/2017] The Calling All Choir’s 2017 San Francisco Fall/Winter Finale at Mission Dolores Basilica, 8 PM to 10 PM

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

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

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

[12/10] Santa Fe Film Festival presents: ART OF THE PRANK at Center for Contemporary Arts, 1 PM

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

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

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

Sun Valley, Idaho
[3/19-3/22/2017] Dent 2017, a creative retreat for people who want to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs once said. (Highly recommended!)

Valetta, Malta
The House of Expressive Liberties NYE party (exhibit opens 12/31) at Splendid, 84, Strait Street, Valletta, MALTA, featuring the work of Spy Emerson

Venice, Italy
[5/13-11/26/2017] We are from the Dust is participating in VIVA ARTE VIVA, The Venice Art Biennale: 57th International Art Exhibition

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

Virginia Beach, Virginia
[Until 12/31/2016] Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art


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.

SHIRLEY TEMPLE said “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

“Now I know that there’s no such thing as the truth. That people are constantly misquoted. That news organizations are full of conspiracy (and that, in any case, ineptness is a kind of conspiracy). That emotional detachment and cynicism get you only so far. But for many years I was in love with journalism.”

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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