The “And the beat goes on…” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #114


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #114 :: The “And the beat goes on” Edition :: 12:14:2016

And the beat goes on…

Hello Beautiful Readers,

Since the Ghost Ship tragedy on Dec. 2, I’ve become involved with a newly-formed coalition of volunteers who are working hard to help artists stay in their work spaces. Evictions are already starting to happen, so we are moving fast.

The group is called We are the Artists of the Bay Area and it’s an impressive “dream team” of artists, makers, organizers, and doers.

I wish I had endless hours to pour into it. Having two of me would come in handy right about now!


<proud mom>My darling daughter got straight A’s on her first middle school report card. She even earned one of those “honor roll” bumper stickers. You know the ones.</proud mom>

–Rusty Blazenhoff
p.s. How are you? Are you taking care of yourself? What’s new? Talk to me.

This space intentionally left uh huh

Artist-in-Residence: Felicia Ann

Ghost Ship

Through my soul may set darkness
It will rise in perfect light
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night

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

As seen on the Internets


Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the 2016 version via
:: Welcome to “Cleveland,” suckers

:: “If Black Mirror Had a Showroom, This Would Be It”

:: Oakland-based kinetic sculpture artist Nemo Gould’s new pieces

:: “Driven to Drink: How 1930s Booze Labels Helped Americans Forget Their Troubles”

:: Prince’s friends share their best Prince stories

:: “Judgement and The Ghost Ship Tragedy: America Has Abandoned Its Artists”

:: “Why hasn’t it snowed in L.A. since 1962?”

:: Conan goes to Berlin

:: “Day of the Lie,” new song by The Billy Nayer Show Thanks, crumblydonut!

:: Nixie clocks Thanks, Greg!

:: SFO’s therapy pig

:: Disco ball cement truck

Nice to see McDonald’s is “spreading good cheer” this holiday season. via

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


Grand Moff Tarkin enamel pin by Doc Pop

This enamel pin is Doc Pop’s “homage to Grand Moff Tarkin’s rank in the original Star Wars movie.” Available for $16 each on Etsy
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Events + places to visit of note


M0XY Krampus Party and Bazaar

Bay Area location TBA [12/17] M0XY Krampus Party and Bazaar, 2 PM – 10 PM

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, Jeff!

[3/10-3/13/2017] WOMADelaide 2017, the World’s Festival Thanks, Jeff!

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

[12/15] 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+

[12/31] Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Forbidden Island, 6 PM to 2 AM

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
[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
[12/16] 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

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!

[4/2017] 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
:: Iconic diners of L.A.

[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]

[12/17] 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 2/17/2017] All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 at OMCA

[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]

[12/14] Oakland United: A Benefit For Oakland Fire Relief at Fox Theater, 7 PM to 10 PM

[12/17] M0XY Krampus Party and Bazaar, Bay Area location TBA, 2 PM – 10 PM

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

[1/7/2017] Tycho at Fox Theater, 8 PM to 11 PM

[1/15/2017] Tourettes Without Regrets at Oakland Metrohouse, $15

[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

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]

[Until 4/16/2017] Vintage: Wine, Beer, and Spirits Labels from the Kemble Collections on Western Printing and Publishing at California Historical Society

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

[12/14] Fireside Storytelling: Benefit Show for Ghost Ship Victims at Chez Poulet, 8 PM, $15

[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

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

[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]

[2/12] Phenomenauts ~ Mustard Plug ~ Aloha Screwdriver at Bottom of the Hill

[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]

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

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

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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