The “Grow up” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #119


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #119 :: The “Grow up” Edition :: 01:18:2017

Grow up…

If you know me at all, you know that I’m the world’s youngest middle-aged woman, ie. I’m really in touch with my inner child. I’m also (mostly) a grown up.

Though, I got to thinking over the long weekend, “what does it mean to be a grownup?” So, I posed that question on Facebook. I got all kinds of responses. The one that was most insightful and poignant (to me anyway) was from my friend Veek who finished my answer of “being responsible for your words and actions” with “..and silences and inactions.”

Oooo, deep. And SO true.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Never grow up.

Thanks, Kitty!

This space intentionally left behind

As seen on the Internets



Popcorn popping in super slo-mo
:: A beautiful eulogy for Camp Grounded founder Levi Felix, who died way too soon
:: All about “Dark Patterns”
:: Thanks, Kimberley!


:: “Why psychedelics like magic mushrooms kill the ego and fundamentally transform the brain”

:: Plastic Player

:: Subversive Sounds: The Straight Men Who Made America’s First Gay Record

:: Inverted aquarium

:: The New Devil’s Dictionary

:: Lena Dunham’s “100 Years Of Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood”

:: The meatless, but bleeding, “Impossible Burger”

:: “Apply to be a 2017 Adobe Creative Resident” Thanks, Dixie!

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Color Wheel blanket

Artist-in-Residence: Angela Owre

“Margaret” was brought to life from a small photo in the 1965 Playboy feature on Bond Girls. The subject is actress/model/collage artist Margaret Nolan.

This painting was not for anyone in particular, mostly for myself. I loved the challenge of bringing out the richness of the colour contrasts; the radiant warmth against the velvety darkness. Her sun soaked skin with the super obvious tan line in a dark room setting is the kind of juxtaposition I love. Her devil-may-care tossed head gives it a bit of mystery. The toplessness does makes it stand out a lot, but I will say, painting a nipple is not easy. Nipples are hard work. This painting was done in oils, and lots of glazes.

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


Domain Swap

San Francisco [1/22] 1st Annual Domain Swap, like a clothing swap but for domain names, at Monument, 7 PM to 9 PM Brilliant!

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.

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


[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”

[Until 9/23] Dan Savage’s Hump! Festival

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

[1/19] Book Club Van Kleefs’ Artists Reception and Museum Open House at Pacific Pinball Museum, 5 PM to 9 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
[2/12] 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

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

[1/19-1/22] 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 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 <<–Great exhibit!

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

[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

[2/22-2/23] 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”

Palm Springs, California
[7/7-7/10] Yes and Yes Yes at the Ace Hotel

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

[Until 1/29] SF Sketchfest
–[1/25] Bawdy Storytelling with Dixie de la Tour at Punchline Comedy Club [Tickets]

[Until March] 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

[Until 4/18] Spirituality X: The San Francisco Documentary Film Series

[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

[1/22] 1st Annual Domain Swap, like a clothing swap but for domain names, at Monument, 7 PM to 9 PM

[1/25] Bikes to Books 2017 Beer Social, 7 PM to 9 PM

[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

[1/27] Mac Sabbath / ArnoCorps at Slim’s, 8 PM [Tickets]

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

[2/2-2/16] 19th Annual SF Indie Film Fest

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

[2/5] Cuddle Party, 6 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[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

[2/15] Chinatown Neon Walking Tour, 4 PM to 6:30 PM [Tickets]

[2/16] ARTandVR: A Futurist Festival at Hackt, 7 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

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

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

[2/20] The Edwardian Ball World’s Faire 2017 at the Regency Ballroom, 8 PM [Tickets]

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

[2/28] Gil Stancourt’s Dipped: The Tasting Party at the Homemade Cafe, 7 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[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] Market-Mission-Castro Neon Walking Tour, 5 PM to 7 PM [Tickets]

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

[3/12] Breasts. An Art Exhibit of Form and Function at The Public Works SF, 6 PM

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

[3/18] Luminary: Art, Tech, Music – Feat: Shigeto at The Midway, 6 PM to 2 AM [Tickets]

[3/19] Market-Mission-Castro Neon Walking Tour, 5 PM to 7 PM [Tickets]

[4/1] Cow Hollow Neon Walking Tour, 7 PM to 8:30 PM [Tickets]

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

[4/23] Guinness World Record – Longest Chain of Roller Skaters, Kennedy Drive at Golden Gate Park, 2 PM to 5 PM

[5/6] Tender-Nob Neon Walking Tour, 7:30 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[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

San Jose, California
[1/28] Mac Sabbath at The Ritz, 8 PM to 11 PM [Tickets]

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!

Vancouver, B.C.
[2/18] Pinata Workshop with Meaghan Kennedy at Blim, 2 PM to 5 PM

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

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself–nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address (1933)

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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