The “Wet and wild” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #118


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #118 :: The “Wet and wild” Edition :: 1:11:2017

Wet and wild…

Hey everyone!

How is winter treating you? It’s been raining like crazy around here and I LOVE IT. We almost never get weather in California, so I embrace it when it shows its face. Even though it’s been chilly and wet, I have been finding myself more social. I’ve been showing up at parties (me! I know!), going to the movies (Moonlight, Arrival, Edge of Seventeen are all yesses), and sorting screws at an art exhibit’s cafe.

(As I was typing this out, there was a brown out and my computer shut down unexpectedly. Hello, weather!)

I even went on a walking tour on Saturday morning. I learned about some of the glass found in downtown San Francisco. SO interesting! Afterwards, my longtime friend Joyce took me for swanky lunch at an old-school restaurant called John’s Grill. We had a good time gossiping quietly in one of the dark and cozy leather-lined corner booths. Of note: the Maltese falcon (one of them anyway) lives upstairs here (in a glass cabinet near the restrooms).

Last but certainly not least, I want to extend a warm welcome to this month’s Artist-in-Residence, Angela Owre of Vancouver, B.C. This is her second week and she’s rocking it with her portraits of Mad Men ladies. Thank you so much to December’s artist, Felicia Ann. Gorgeous work!

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. You did real good with your juju last week, thank you! More info on that soon (I hope!)

I saw this written on a piece of tape at the top of Twin Peaks: “for a good time, TEXT (415) NEON-RAT.”

Text it. Seems to change daily.

(that’s 415-636-6728)

This space intentionally left soaked to the bone

As seen on the Internets


Leave me the f*ck alone sweater

The Leave Me (the f*ck) Alone sweater: Instructions via

:: A NEW Magic Castle is opening!

:: Congressional hearings on vaguebooking

:: Oldie but a goodie: Bohemian Rhapsody played on a 100-year-old fairground organ

:: Where SF’s Transamerica Pyramid stands today used to be an artist’s colony

:: “How to download your Flickr photo library and transfer it to Google Photos or iCloud Photo library”

:: CES of Shit

:: ICYMI: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”

:: Bawdy Storytelling’s first full-length podcast, recorded LIVE!

:: LSD microdosing in the New York Times

:: Broadway musical riff-off with James Corden and Neil Patrick Harris

:: California’s 43-day storm caused six months of flooding! (1861)

:: Coin-Op, a new Tron-themed bar and arcade in SF Thanks, Doc Pop!

:: “Inside Sears’ death spiral”

:: Fluff around the world Thanks, Brittany!

:: “This Guy Knits Places on Sweaters, Then Visits the Place to Get His Picture Taken!!”

Real things you can actually buy: Yasss!


Empathy greeting cards! More HERE for $4.50 each.  

Thanks, Julie!


Stand With Planned Parenthood tote bag!
Available HERE for $15. 

Thanks, Isadora!

Artist-in-Residence: Angela Owre


This painting is called “Joan.” It’s a still from the show Mad Men. It’s the sister piece to last week’s “Peggy.”

I felt the stark impersonal buildings of downtown New York standing cold behind the fiery will and dominant force that is Joan Holloway showed how her presence is felt on the show. I tried to convey her as a Jessica Rabbit-like silhouette emerging into the Madison Avenue power structure. The noir-ish tone gives her a more femme fatale feeling, but not one of a damsel in distress. It’s her office, we all are just working in it.

Done in oils.

Angela Owre is all over the place like most artists trying to make a living. She is an oil portrait painter, illustrator of family dogs and not very reassuring get well cards for family and friends, sign painter, storyboard artist, lazy cartoonist, tattoo artist and more I am sure. Her paintings have been featured in many shows in her new home of Vancouver, and she also loves to do commissions for people of people, animals, pet rocks, you name it. Her main source of inspirations are Robert McInnis, Robert Crumb, and Robert, I mean, Zack from Extra Fabulous Comics. Her website contains more good vibes check it out:

Events + places to visit of note


Tom Sachs

San Francisco: [1/13] “On Friday January 13 we will demonstrate our FINAL mission of the space program. wherever you are you can watch us on INSTAGRAM LIVE from 5pm to 12am(PST). A 6hour live demonstration streaming live to your device.
Tune in here for the real-time event. It won’t be recorded. But you can also watch alternate Instagram LIVE views on:
@ovandertuig @chbeesty@therealadamsavage
@sarahhoov @charlie_koss
The demonstration will also stream on Facebook live: @Ybca and @wired

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, especially if you get it to me before my deadline each week (Monday at 5 PM).

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”
[Ongoing] Puff, Pass & Paint, BYOC painting events

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

[2/3] I Am Not Your Negro opens in theaters

[Until 2/9] 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] Adelaide Festival Thanks, Jeff!

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

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

Alameda, California
[1/13] Opening party for Dead of Winter Art Party, former A-i-R’s Adam Davis new show, at Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 7 PM to 9 PM

[1/15] Envision Your Well Rounded Life – A Vision Board Camp For Creative Entrepreneurs by Heidi Bennett at The Sewing Room, 10 AM to 2 PM, $54 [Tickets]

[1/19] Book Club Van Kleefs’ Artists Reception and Museum Open House at Pacific Pinball Museum, 5 PM to 9 PM

[Every 3rd Friday] TILT, stand-up comedy and storytelling at Pacific Pinball Museum, 6 PM

[2/12] Pinball and Pints at Pacific Pinball Museum ANNEX, 1680 Viking St, 3 PM to 8 PM [Tickets]

[2/18] Bubbles after Dark at Rhythmix, 8 PM [Tickets]

Ano Nuevo, California
[Through March] Public Elephant Seal Walk, see a large colony of Northern Elephant Seals as they come to shore to birth and mate [Reservations]

Berkeley, California
[2/2] That Really Happened??? A night of true stories at the Monkey House, 1638 University Ave, Doors 7 PM, Show 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, BYOB, Sliding scale: $10-$20

[2/12] Eric McFadden Acoustic Featuring Queen delphine & Gabby La La at Revival, 9 PM to 11 PM , no cover

[2/17] Analog Light Show Workshop at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 6 PM to 8 PM [Tickets]

Black Rock City, Nevada
[8/27-9/4] Burning Man 2017Radical Ritual

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

Denver, Colorado
[4/8-4/9] 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

El Segundo, California
[1/27] Tikiyaki 5-0 plus Aloha Screwdriver at the Purple Orchid, 9 PM on

Emeryville, California
[1/14] Trader Vic’s Cocktail Workshop at Trader Vic’s, 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

Hermosa Beach, California
[3/11] Corey Feldman & The Angels at Saint Rocke, 9 PM [Tickets]

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.
[Ongoing] Mojo Maps: Venice Land Walking Tour, former Disney Imagineer and team “combine live performance, original music and interactive activities sending you on a journey to another time and place” via
[Every Wednesday] Scot Nery’s Boobie Trap, a “live variety show that features big names in cirque, variety, comedy, magic and music” at Cafe Club Fais Do-Do, 8 PM [TicketsThanks, Kyle!

[Until 4/2] Pop Art Design at OCMA

[1/14] Soulgasm black velvet art show opens at Velveteria, 711 New High Chinatown

[1/19-1/22] Riot LA Comedy Festival

[1/27-1/29] stARTup Fair LA, “Los Angeles’s contemporary art fair for independent artists”

[1/27-5/17] David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters at Forest Lawn Museum

[Starts 10/2017] Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at The Broad

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

Malden, Massachusetts
[Ongoing] Boda Borg

Maxwell, California
[6/15-6/18] Camp Tipsy 2017, “an annual rotten boat building contest and campout”

New Orleans
[Now until Fat Tuesday 2/28] Mardi Gras parades

[7/18-7/23] 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 1/8] Pip’s Island, an “indoor immersive experience lasting one hour for children between the ages of 4-10” [Tickets]

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

[Until 1/29] 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]

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

[Until 4/2] Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture at OMCA

[1/14] Mark Growden’s Calling All Choir Season Finale at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 7:30 PM Doors, 8 PM Show, Ticket donations at door

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

[1/21] Women’s March Oakland, starts at Madison Park, 9th and Madison, 10 AM to 3 PM [More info] [Register]

[1/21] Kinky Salon: Armagedd it on, 10 PM

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

[2/4] Bawdy Music Festival at Awaken Cafe, 1429 Broadway

[2/22-2/23] Mental Illness Happy Hour LIVE at New Parkway, 7 PM

[2/24] Puff, Pass & Paint, BYOC, 7 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

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

[3/25] 2017 Oakland Onesie Pub Crawl, 6 PM on

[4/19-4/24] Psychedelic Science 2017 at Oakland Marriott Center [Tickets]

[6/2] East Bay Open Studios at the Abandoned Train Station, hosted by Salle des Artistes. 9 PM to 12 AM.
Current CALL FOR ARTISTS: Looking for traditional artists, as well as short films, installations, projection mapping, and short dance performances. Cutting edge projects welcome. Also: Volunteers, help opportunities.

[8/17-8/23] Oregon Eclipse 2017, a “total solar eclipse gathering”

Pasadena, California
[Until 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
[3/25] 2017 Portland Onesie Pub Crawl

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

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

San Diego
[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 Societyhighly recommended!
[Ongoing] More SF events
[Ongoing] Prelinger Library events
{Gallery] Keane Eyes Gallery featuring the art of Margaret Keane, 3040 Larkin Street

[1/12-1/29] 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 1/14] Street Talk: Puerto Rico, MFA Thesis Show, at Desai | Matta Gallery

[Until 1/15] LogJam Cafe, part of Tom Sachs’ Space Program: Europa exhibition, a must see!

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

[Until 1/29] Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection at Legion of Honor Thanks, Whitney!

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

[1/11] Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Choose your Own Adventure’ at Verdi Club, 8 PM [Tickets]

[1/11] Fireside Storytelling: Second Chance at Chez Poulet, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

[1/12-1/14] Noise Club moves to a boat cruising the SF Bay, launching from Pier 40

[1/14] Popcorn for Breakfast: The King of Cartoons at Roxie Theater, 11 AM  to 12:30 PM [Tickets]

[1/14] Opening reception for The Cakeland Fête Noir: Scott Hove Returns to SF at Heron Arts, 7 PM to 10 PM

[1/14] Pop Americana: an evening of art, music and performances at the brand new DaDa Bar, Mechanics Institute Building, 65 Post Street, 8 PM on

[1/19] You’re Going To Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes at The Lost Church, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[1/20] OhNo!Gural Ball at Verdi Club, 8 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

[1/20-1/29] Noir City, the “world’s most popular film noir festival” at Castro Theatre

[1/21 & 1/28 & 2/4] The Cakeland Fete Noir: Scott Hove Returns to SF at Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, 12 PM to 4 PM (and by appointment)

[1/21] The Calling All Choir’s 2017 San Francisco Fall/Winter Finale at Mission Dolores Basilica, 7:30 PM Doors, 8 PM to 10 PM, Ticket donations at door

[1/26] The Real Numbers, David Brookings, Maya McNeil at Amnesia, 8 PM to 12 AM

[1/26] The Story of Anchor Steam with tasting samples at Presidio Officers Club, 6 PM, Free

[1/27-1/29] Fear is What We Have Learned Here, a “synesthetic immersive experience that explores the use of fear as a social framework for control” Must sign a waiver to participate (!) [Tickets] $50

[1/27] The Sound Healing Symphony at Grace Cathedral, 8 PM to 9:30 PM

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

[2/4] Opening party for An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki at Spoke Art, 6 PM to 9 PM

[2/9] Bawdy Music Festival at Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave

[2/10] Decentralized Dance Party SF – Valentine’s Day 2017, Bring a boombox, 7 PM [Tickets]

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

[2/18] 7th Annual Hard French Winter Ball at Gray Area’s Grand Theater, 8 PM to 2 AM [Tickets]

[2/19] BawdySlam at the Oasis, 298 11th St, 10 PM

[2/20] Opening reception for Meredith Dittmar: New Works at Mirus Gallery, 7 PM to 10 PM

[2/23] BUFFY Musical Sing-Along at The Lone Star Saloon, 7 PM to 11:30 PM

[2/25] Bawdy Storytelling’s 10 year Anniversary Show 1: Decadent at Verdi Club, 7 PM
[2/25] Bawdy Storytelling’s 10 year Anniversary Show 2: Best of Bawdy at Verdi Club, 10 PM

[3/2] Studies Have Shown, a live concert film event, featuring original music, dance, aerials, video projections, and more presented by Rachel Lark and the Damaged Goods at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[3/4] 2017 San Francisco Onesie Pub Crawl, 6 PM to 1 AM

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

[3/18] Beware the Brides of March 2017 at Bar Fluxus, 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM [More Info]

[4/21] Erika Chong Shuch’s For You at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [Application]

[6/25] NerdGASM!, Burlesque, gaming, comedy at STUDSF, 8 PM to 11 PM

[7/21-7/23] 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

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] Dent 2017, a creative retreat for people who want to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs once said. Highly recommended!

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

Mine (!): “If that’s true, then the image of the Muse whispering inspiration in the artist’s ear is quite apt.”
— The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
Page 117, 2nd sentence

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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