The “We interrupt your previously scheduled programming…” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #113


::  A special edition focused mainly on the Oakland fire tragedy and the ever-evolving situation at Standing Rock  ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #113 :: The “We interrupt your previously scheduled programming” Edition :: 12:07:2016

We interrupt your previously scheduled programming…

In light of the recent current events affecting our (local and greater) community, this issue is a little different. While I was gathering firsthand accounts from “water protectors” at Standing Rock to share in this week’ zine, I learned of the fire in the Oakland art warehouse.

Well, the world is small and, not surprisingly, people I know and love have been affected by these events. In relation to the fire, in particular, the vibe is somber around these parts. Though, we are starting to band together to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

So, this week’s edition won’t be as lighthearted, but bear with me. I felt it was important to share information, resources, and stories to help “us” out.

Stick around. It will (most likely) be “business as usual” next week.

One last thing about this, if you lost someone in the Ghostship fire, I just want to say how sorry I am. My heart is breaking for you. I have included some resources (below) to help you through this horrible time. I can’t take the pain away from you, but I do care. Please get the support you need. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. You are loved.

— OK —

A big thank you to November’s A-i-R, Michelle Bert. Wasn’t it great how she described her work?

Lastly but not leastly, please give a warm welcome to December’s A-i-R, Felicia Ann. Her studio is near my house and I was able to visit her recently. My big takeaway: art is SO MUCH BETTER EXPERIENCED in PERSON. Felicia’s art is GORGEOUS!

Go out and see art in the wild, people!

–Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. This issue will be available shortly on the Archives page if you wish to share it.

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Artist-in-Residence: Felicia Ann

Counter-clockwise she dances.
A turbulent storm, she appears
through the gaze of mirrors and lenses.
Behind a moat of rock and ice,
in her six-sided fortress of light,
there you’ll find the shadow of a warlock,
The Sorceress of Saturn at night.

Felicia Ann | Digital Painter
instagram: @felishita
facebook: /feliciaannart

Pertaining to the Oakland Fire tragedy

Instead of going to the Ghostship party last Friday, David Le Brun opted to stayed home to bake Sables Viennois cookies. Now he’s selling them for $10/dozen. 100% of the proceeds go to the Gray Area Foundation’s fire victim relief fundYou can place an order here by emailing him: Thanks, Kirsten!


:: Relief fund for fire victims: by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (501c3) 

:: Relief fund for fire victims: by Oakland Athletics

:: Offer emotional support, in-kind donations, and/or housing to the survivors of the fire

:: “It Could Have Been Any One of Us”

:: DJ set by Nackt (Johnny Igaz, a victim of the fire) recorded in August 2016

:: An interactive guide to self care Thanks, Benjy!

:: how to support loved ones through loss by rachel diCerbo

:: Harm reduction for DIY venues

:: Practical fire safety advice (community crowdsourced)

:: Free safety audits of DIY spaces

Free ongoing grief & trauma support group at Pacific Center starting this Saturday (12/10) at 11 a.m. and continuing through 2017. (Yes, even on Xmas eve and NY eve). Address is 2712 Telegraph Ave in Berkeley”

“Please also let anyone affected by the fire know that if family/loved ones need a space to hold a memorial that Pacific Center will provide it at no charge. To arrange for the space, please contact Executive Director, Leslie Ewing at”


[12/7] Support for Oakland’s DIY Spaces, a meeting at Omni Commons, Oakland, CA

[12/7] Ghost Ship Benefit-Akatharsia/Void Omnia/Undō/Yarrow at The Golden Bull, Oakland, CA 8 PM to 12 AM

[12/7] Oakland Fire Benefits: 2 shows in one night ! Kimya Dawson / Torrey Pines / Johnny Physical at Midsummer Studios in Emeryville, CA, 7 PM to 11 PM

[12/8] Oakland Family Dinner//Ghost Ship Relief at First Church of the Buzzard, Oakland, CA 5 PM to 11 PM

[12/8] Benefit for Ghost Ship at The Golden Bull, Oakland, CA 8 PM to 1 AM

[12/9] The Vile Augury – Farewell to Dolores at DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA 8 PM to 12 AM [Tickets]

[12/11] Oakland Fire Relief Benefit: MOBY (DJ Set) + Lights Down Low, MPHD & Special guests at Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA 8 PM [Tickets]

[12/12] Bake Sale for Oakland Warehouse Fire at Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA 11:30 AM to 1 PM

[12/15] Meshugga Beach Party, “an evening of Hanukkah Hijinx and Yiddishe Yuletide”  and now an Oakland fire benefit at Forbidden Island, Alameda, CA 8 PM to 10 PM, $5

[12/17] Oakland Underground Benefit concert at Eli’s Mile High Club, Oakland, CA8 PM to 1 AM


photo by Alain Octavo

Pertaining to the situation at Standing Rock




From someone I know personally:

Silke Tudor [11/18]: “If I can carry one story from Standing Rock, this is it: The imprisonment of Red Fawn. Among the early Water Protectors to arrive, Red Fawn is known among the people I met as a fearless and tireless frontline leader (please read this article for a first hand account of the type of protection she provided during actions). Her tribe is originally from North Dakota. Targeted for arrest, she was taken down by police as she was leaving an action (this is a tactic I have seen firsthand) and subdued by six officers who flattened her spread eagle…”
Read the rest here

From friends of friends:

Shannon Rothenberger Flynn (Ojibwe) [12/4]: “Planning a trip to Standing Rock can make a person wonder. Will I be a help or a burden to this makeshift village of mostly poor people in the middle of the prairie? Do I have what it takes to create proper shelter in dangerously cold conditions? What is best to bring for myself, for the camp? Am I willing to get arrested, and can I deal with that, willing or not?…Resist the temptation. Indigenous people are tired of having their issues co-opted by other groups. This is not Occupy II. It is not Greenpeace, Black Lives Matter, ACT UP, PETA or the PLO. Although those are equally valid causes, Standing Rock has one message that must not be diluted: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.”
Read the rest here:

“Three Days at Standing Rock”: “Chris turned up around lunchtime with a story about a man who ran into the clothing supply tent soaking wet and frantic early in the morning.  They found dry clothes for him and someone took him to a Medic.  Afterward, Chris said, he just started crying overwhelmed by the fact that one human being would do such a thing to another.  ‘Everyone ran over and hugged me,’ he said, ‘and told me it would be alright.’ I gave him another hug and handed him a dish cloth.”
Read the rest here:

Michael Ulery “My Trip to Standing Rock” [12/2016]: “Day 2, Wednesday… upon awaking, i walked back up to frontline camp again, enjoyed some coffee and conversation around the fire with some protectors that where camping right on 1806 at frontline. Heard first hand accounts of the incident involving the dog attacks. etc. Like i said earlier, it was a quiet time at Oceti Sakowin that week. I had no indication that it would have gotten even more out of hand in following weeks and months with DAPL pushing through.”
Read the rest here:

From someone with cred:

Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe: “After a dinner of jambalaya at the Blackfoot camp, David and I walked up to Facebook Hill, so named as it was one of the only places in camp where cell reception existed. Even there, it was spotty at best. I checked a few emails, then posted one photo to my Instagram account just to let people know I had arrived at Standing Rock safely. As soon as the post went up, my screen immediately went a blank gray color, and the phone stayed frozen. I did a hard reset, and the screen showed that my battery was completely drained before the phone completely died. I had had at least a 50-percent charge seconds before. At the training earlier, David and I had scoffed to ourselves when the legal team had mentioned that people’s phones were acting bizarrely and that it wasn’t an accident, brushing them off as conspiracy theorists. Now I wasn’t so sure – I have been to many music festivals much larger than Standing Rock where getting service was impossible due to the amount of people using phones, but I had never had a phone do anything like mine was now. We went back to our tent, and before going to bed I plugged my phone into a rechargeable battery I had brought. The phone started right back up, the battery indicator showing half a charge. A bit of the old Big Brother paranoia rose up within me, and didn’t leave until I had been back home a few days.”
Read the rest here:



:: Unprecendented: Veterans ask for forgiveness from Native Americans

:: I posted this last week but I’m posting it again because it’s good
:: “Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice

photo by Overpass Light Brigade

Events + places to visit of note


Logjam Cafe

San Francisco [Until 1/15/2017] Promise me you’ll head over to the LogJam Cafe at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and go through the Space Program Indoctrination process. It’s FREE and part of Tom Sachs’ INCREDIBLE Space Program: Europa exhibition ($10), which you should also experience.
Big thanks to Cardhouse and the EPS for the heads up! photo by Rusty Blazenhoff

Know about a cool happening, soiree, and/or event?  Been to someplace quirky? 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.

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
[Ongoing] The Joy Experiment, “inspired by the ideas of the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu as chronicled in The Book of Joy, The Joy Experiment is an attempt to “test” those ideas in the real world”

[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”

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 1/1/2017] Must-see Holiday Lights at Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Avenue)

[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

[12/15] Meshugga Beach Party, “an evening of Hanukkah Hijinx and Yiddishe Yuletide”  and now an Oakland fire benefit at Forbidden Island, 8 PM to 10 PM, $5

[12/17] DJ Jello Biafra & DJ Sid Presley at Forbidden Island, 9 PM to 1 AM, $5 donation, 21+

Albany, California
[12/17] Shakedown: Burlesque & Live Music (with Aloha Screwdriver, Lulu Cachoo, Lady Monster, and more) at Ivy Room, 8 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

Berkeley, California

[12/10] The Annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest at David Brower Center, 10 AM to 3 PM. They are looking for volunteers and donations.

[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: Radical Ritual

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]

Cleveland, Ohio
[Ongoing] A Christmas Story House and Museum, open year round for public tours
Bid on a chance to spend Christmas (two nights) in the house!

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]

[12/7] A Very Cassie Ramone X-Mas (featuring Colleen Green) at Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater [Tickets]

[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

[12/9 & 12/10] Babes in Toyland (film) followed by a puppet show at Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater [Tickets]

[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

[12/18] Sweeties & Baubles, edible art and bauble making at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater

[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”

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]

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

[1/8/2017] No Pants Subway Ride 2017

[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

[12/10 & 12/11] Industrial Tool and Equipment Sale at American Steel Studios, 8 AM to 2 PM each day

[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]

[12/16] Acrobatic Storytelling— Intercourse (2 shows) at Gingerbread House [Tickets]

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

[12/22-4/2/2017] Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture at OMCA

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

[1/29/2017] Oakland Museum’s White Elephant PREVIEW Sale, 10 AM to 5 PM, [Tickets now on sale] $15-$20

[3/4-3/5/2017] 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

Portland, Oregon
[12/9-12/11] Crafty Wonderland at The Oregon Convention Center

[12/9-12/11] I’d Like to Get to Know You, an “immersive experience that blurs the line between audience members and performers to provoke moments of intimacy, whether that is sharing a secret, embracing a spontaneous dance party or holding hands with a stranger.” Free

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

[Until 1/1/2017] Fairmont San Francisco Gingerbread House

[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, a must see!

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

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

[12/7] dorkbotSF at DNA Lounge, 7 PM social hour, 8 PM presentations

[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]

[12/8] Tom Jonesing and the Assumed Consent at Martuni’s, 6 PM to 8 PM

[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

[12/13] Odd Salon: Oddments at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

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

[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

[12/21] Nerd Nite SF #79: Prehistoric Ecology, Metadata, and more at Rickshaw Stop [Tickets]

[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

[1/28-1/29/2017] Worlds Fair Nano [Tickets]

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

[7/21-7/23/2017] San Francisco Art Book Fair [accepting submissions in January 2017]

[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

[Until 1/1/2017] Krampus Christmas, a “kind of carnival ride through your Christmas nightmares” at Seattle Immersive Theatre

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
[12/31] 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

“Grief makes one hour ten.”
–William Shakespeare

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