The “My Resistant Valentine” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #122


:: Now with too many links!  ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #122 :: The “My Resistant Valentine” Edition :: 02:08:2017

My Resistant Valentine…

Hey, that pesky Valentine’s Day (aka “Tuesday”) is here again. If you’re single, it can suck. If you’re partnered up, it can suck even more. So, this week, I’ve added too many links. Now, if someone asks you what you’re doing on Tuesday, you can tell them you’re catching up on some important reading.

Though, you could go to the Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing-a-Long at the Roxie. Just saying.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. You’re welcome, haha

This space intentionally left loved

As seen on the Internets


Can't I bring you to your knees too?

“Can’t I bring you to your knees too?” and other double-entendre Valentine’s
:: Destructables, a “DIY site for projects of protest and creative dissent”


:: CIA’s Simple Sabotage Field Manual (1944) Thanks, David!

:: Droplifting an Anarchist action figure in Target (2007)

:: Hater, a dating app that matches people on the things they HATE

:: Where slang comes from

:: Natures Dick Pics, the calendar

:: I want to be in this gang when I’m really old

:: Incredible: Ice Music

:: A real nailbiter: Ten Meter Tower

:: The new, “sexy” Mr. Clean

:: Honest movie posters

:: New York Public Library coloring book

:: Soooo cool: Radio Garden Thanks, Joseph!

:: Sno-Balls and Twinkies, as ice cream flavors

:: The Listserve, one person a day wins a chance to write to all its subscribers

:: Most stolen products in the UK, recreated in felt

:: Cement mixer turned into a space capsule Thanks, Andy!
:: (more)

:: Cards Against Humanity’s “Why Our Super Bowl Ad Failed”

February Artist-in-Residence: Alexis Finch

Sketchnote for 92Y’s Giving Tuesday event

Sketchnotes are a way of making complex ideas approachable and memorable. The way I create them, they build off how Memory Palaces work. By making the images funny and engaging, it’s more likely that they’ll stick in the memory along with the concept they represent. When I’m illustrating a talk or a lecture, I think of them as a series of hooks off which the big ideas hang. I don’t represent everything, just what’s needed to remind the viewer of the concept.

Excerpts from 500Startups Demo Days and The Great Work MBA

I’ve been teaching people how to do Sketchnotes since back in 2011. In my workshops I’ve taught everyone from computer engineers and marketers to illustrators and animators. I love getting people past that place where they insist “But I’m not an artist!” and to the point where they realize that adding images to words really does make an idea stronger and immediately memorable.

You can find more of my sketchnotes and doodles on my Instagram, Flickr, and website.

Alexis Finch is an East Coast expat living in Oakland, CA. She maintains that the Atlantic Ocean trumps the Pacific for swimming, but loves the color of water crashing in the sun under West Coast cliffs.

Alexis creates works in clay as Azimuth Ceramics, currently focusing on usable objects thrown on the wheel. She also dabbles in design by creating enamel pins as Puss-Pins with her roommate Stephen Welch. Since 2011 she has run GraphiteMind, a sketchnote service translating complex concepts into memorable visuals and teaching others to do the same.

When not up to her elbows in clay, buried by Copic markers, or lost amongst layers in Photoshop, Alexis runs AgentFin Consulting, a Design Research & Brand Strategy shop where she helps companies get their minds right. She also likes to teach and runs UX workshops for clients worldwide.

About the Artist-in-Residence program: Every month a working artist is selected to showcase their work in this inbox zine and talk about their creation process. What they do with this space is left up to them. If you would like to be considered for this spot, or know someone who fits the bill, please email Rusty with your interest.

Real things you can actually make: Resist

Subvervise Cross Stitch


Thanks, Greer!

Real things you can actually buy: Resist

Thanks, Michael!

Five-dollar Favor: Planned Parenthood

Would you be willing to do me a (five-dollar) favor? If you get something out my zine, meaning that you enjoy receiving it and it brings value to your life, would you kick down 5 bucks this month to Planned Parenthood? This organization has done a lot for me and my lady friends over the years and now I hear they are going to be defunded, which is total bullshit.

That’s my Five-dollar Favor* for February: send $5 (or more) to Planned Parenthood, right. now.

*inspired by Adam Rifkin’s Five-minute Favor

[If you’d like YOUR organization to be considered for the Five-dollar Favor, ping me.]

Real things you can actually buy: Aww

Fatally Yours

Or it gets the hose

Events + places to visit of note


Bawdy Storytelling

SF Bay Area [February] Dixie De La Tour’s Bawdy Storytelling (“true stories of sexual adventure”) celebrates its tenth anniversary with a sextet of Bawdy events [More info]

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
TEXT 415-NEON-RAT[4/7-4/10] Event Horizon, a “new standalone sci-fi larp for adults”Various Cities
[2nd Sunday of every month] Solidarity Sundays
[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, to “test” those ideas in the real world”
[Ongoing] Puff, Pass & Paint, BYOC painting events
[Ongoing] Joshua Raoul Brody’s Beatles Thingy

[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

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

[2/13] Design Your Vibrant Vision – A Creative Business Intention Setting Camp at the Sewing Room, 10 AM to 2 PM

[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
[2/11] Hippie Modernism Forum: Counterculture / Cyberculture at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 1 PM

[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]

[2/18] Hippie Modernism Home Movie & Family Album Day at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 1 PM to 6 PM

[2/24] The Pathogens at 924 Gilman

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

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

Brockton, Massachusetts
[2/11-6/4] Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man at Fuller Craft Museum
— [2/11] At 2 PM, Reception, then a panel talk with Karen Christians, Christine Kristen, George Post, and Sumner Silverman

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

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
[Ongoing] 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

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

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

[2/11] The 8th Annual Edwardian Ball Los Angeles at the historic Globe Theater, 8 PM , 21+

[2/18] Fleetmac Wood Presents Rumours Rave at Los Globos, 10 PM to 2 AM [Tickets]

[3/5] Charles Phoenix’s “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown Los Angeles, a “6-hour Walking And Bus Experience Of DTLA As A Big Theme Park!” 11 AM to 5 PM

[3/5] 7th Annual Burner Day at Disneyland, meet at 11:11 AM in front of the Castle, 10 PM for a drink at Trad’r Sam’s

[3/25] Immersive Performance Skills Workshop with Marissa Nielsen Pincus at Basic Flowers, 10 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 5 PM, $100

[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”

Nashville, Tennessee
[5/20] Charles Phoenix Retro Wild West Slideshow at Nashville Boogie, a “Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Country & Western Life & Style” 3:30 PM

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

[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

[2/9] Yarn, comedy storytelling esp. for women over 29 at Octopus Literary Salon, 7 PM

[2/16-2/19] Hot Couture 2017 at the Crucible [Tickets]

[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

[3/12] Sugar Rush: A Cupcake Tasting Event at East Bay Community Center, 5447 Telegraph, 2 PM to 5 PM [Tickets]

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

[4/7] Opening for Nasty Women Exhibition Oakland at Omi Gallery, 6:30 PM to 9 PM [Tickets] show runs through 4/30

[4/13] The New Pornographers at Fox Theater, 8 PM [Tickets] (2/2 presale code: kuhl)

[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.

[6/10] Figment Oakland 2017 at Mosswood Recreation Center, 11 Am to 6 PM

[7/8-8/20] KRK TV, The Art of KRK Ryden at Compound Gallery (“with ambient theremin music played by the artist”)

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

Palm Springs, California
[2/18] Charles Phoenix: Fins, Flair & Futurism a “Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Space Age Automotive Styling,” at Palm Springs Art Museum, 10 AM to 2 PM

[7/7-7/10] Yes and Yes Yes at the Ace Hotel

Pasadena, California
[Every Friday in February] Serial Killer Speed Dating: Escape Room Edition at The Bunker Experience, Old Town

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

Portland, Oregon
[3/25] 2017 Portland Onesie Pub Crawl

Sacramento, California
[2/3-2/25] ArtStreet, “a temporary series of arts events, which included exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions” {backstory} Thanks, David!

[2/18] A Vision Board Camp For Creative Entrepreneurs at Focus & Flow, 1 PM to 5 PM

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

[Until 3/30] Real Housewives of Macaroni, new portraits by Jason Mecier at Dolores Park Cafe
[2/9] Opening reception, 6 PM to 8 PM

[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

[NOW] The Cakeland Fete Noir: Scott Hove Returns to SF at Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, 12 PM to 4 PM (and by appointment)

[2/8] Fireside Storytelling: Surprise at Chez Poulet, 7:30 PM doors, 8 PM show

[2/9] Noise Pop NightLife with a live taping of Phonographic Memory (“sound-inspired storytelling”) at 7:30 PM, California Academy of Sciences, 6 PM to 10 PM

[2/9] Bawdy Storytelling’s Songs Festival SF with Rachel Lark, Jefferson Bergey & Amber Lee Baker at Doc’s Lab, 7 PM [Tickets]

[2/10] The Bay Area Pun-Off at The Go Game, 7 PM to 10:30 PM [Tickets]

[2/11] Last Gasp Open House and Sale at Last Gasp warehouse, 2948 20th Street, Noon to 4 PM

[2/12] Lost Landscapes Marathon, 8 years, 8 shows, 10 hours at Shaping San Francisco, Noon to 10 PM

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

[2/14] PillowFight SF at Justin Herman Plaza, 5:50 PM

[2/14] Decentralized Dance Party SF – Valentine’s Day 2017, Bring a boombox, 7 PM [Tickets]

[2/14] Anti-Valentine’s Day Power Ballad Sing-a-Long at Roxie Theater, 9:30 PM

[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]

[2/16] Microdosing: A Psychedelic Approach to Mood Disorders at Nourse Theater, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM [Tickets]

[2/16] Speechless, “Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters put their talents to the test,” at Public Works, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[2/18] The Power of Mindful Self Compassion at CISS Public Programs, 9:30 M to 4:30 PM [Tickets]

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

[2/19] BawdySlam, throw your name in the hat to get to tell a true story of sexual adventure, at Oasis, doors 6 PM, show 7 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]
[2/19] Backstage at Bawdy: Bawdy Got Me Laid, at Oasis, show 10 PM

[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

[2/25] Bawdy Storytelling’s 10 Year Anniversary show part 1: Decadent at Verdi Club, 7 PM start [Tickets]
[2/25] Bawdy Storytelling’s 10 Year Anniversary show part 2: Best of Bawdy at Verdi Club, 10 PM start [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]

[4/1] The Obfuscia Hotel at the Battery, 8 PM to 11 PM

[4/15] ResurrEGGtion2! The Second Coming at Sons of Italy Lodge, 5051 Mission Street, 8 PM to 2 AM [Tickets]

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

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

[4/26] Graduate with John Waters, an event where John Waters reads from his new book, Make Trouble (“inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and anyone seeking happiness and success on their own terms”), at Green Apple Books on the Park [Tickets]

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

[5/7] How Weird Street Faire: The Summer of Weird, 12 PM to 8 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 Mateo, California
[5/19-5/21] Maker Faire Bay Area 2017 – 12th Annual
[NOW] Call for makers

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

Santa Rosa, California
[3/31] An Evening with Neil Gaiman at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 8 PM to 9:30 PM [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!

Torrance, California
[2/11] Charles Phoenix: This is Americana, a “Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!”

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

“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”
— Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

Rusty’ Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff.

Back in the nineties, Rusty pursued “experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society” with the “randomly gathered network of free spirits” of the San Francisco Cacophony Society. Since then, she’s proven herself a Cacophonist for life. Her collaborations with some of the planet’s coolest people and organizations, including Burning Man, Pee-wee Herman, Allee Willis, Laughing Squid, Dangerous Minds, and Archie McPhee, inspired her title: “Professional Free Spirit.”

In her offbeat zine you’ll find wonderful weirdness in the form of art, unusual products, worldwide event listings of note, and other fun surprises.

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