The “Nevertheless, she persisted” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #123


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #123 :: The “Nevertheless, she persisted” Edition :: 02:15:2017

Nevertheless, she persisted…

Happy February 15th! That’s all I got this week.

What have you got?

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Take care of each other!

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As seen on the Internets


Sad sofa clown, found on Sunset Boulevard by Polly Harrold
:: Artists need Grit

:: DEVO Emojis (iMessage only)

:: Logan Everett, first-ever American Girl boy doll (my kid is gonna go nuts!)

:: Virtual reality arcades and pop-ups

:: The Man burns in 200 days, assuming the playa dries up first…

:: The secret taxonomy behind IKEA’s product names

:: “Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Free”

:: The Demolition Depot

:: Go to a cafe and freak everyone out with this! Thanks, Joseph!

:: Dolly Parton gives away free books to preschoolers so they’ll love reading

February Artist-in-Residence: Alexis Finch

My tiny porcelain cups for air plants at Crimson Horticulture

Creating based from my own personal inspiration is a wonderful experience. But what I’ve loved recently is the challenge and fun of co-creation, of coming to a design along with someone else. I’ve just started working with Crimson Horticulture in Oakland, California to create a line of orchid pots and air plant dishes specific to their aesthetic. They’re a funky little shop, and already match well to my own style.

I’m excited to build out my practice not just for my own personal enjoyment, but collaboratively. Maybe this is partly from working in UX for so long. Creative problem solving for clients means understanding their business needs, the stakeholders’ perspectives and the limitations of what realistically can be built. Yes, the users are part of that too, but you can’t just solve for their needs in a vacuum.

A large amber and green celadon porcelain serving bowl
If you’re a shop owner, or you know one, and are looking for custom plates, mugs, bowls or even a tile mosaic, let me know. I promise we’ll have fun coming up with something that’s completely you and that you and your customers love.

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 buy: no way!


Real things you can actually buy: Tiki!

Shag's Tiki Temple Tissue Box

Five-dollar Favor: Memorial Fund for Erich

Would you be willing to do me a (five-dollar) favor? Would you kick down 5 bucks to the memorial fund for Erich Schneider? While I didn’t know him personally, many of my friends did know him and are devastated by the news of his death (sorry for your less, everyone).

That’s my Five-dollar Favor* for this week: send $5 (or more) to this memorial fund. Erich’s wife needs financial support for the funeral.

*inspired by Adam Rifkin’s Five-minute Favor

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

Events + places to visit of note


Bawdy Storytelling

Los Angeles [2/25-2/26] Bob Baker Days at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Know about a cool happening, soiree, and/or event?  Been to someplace quirky? I need you! 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

[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
[Until 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

[2/16] Story Slam: Unrequited at Books, Inc., 7 PM to 9 PM

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

[2/20] Hands Across Alameda 3 PM to 3:30 PM

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]

Austin, Texas
[2/18] Spooning For Consent- World Record Event at University of Texas at Austin, 11 AM to 5 PM

[3/11] Art on the Edge at the Blanton Museum of Art, 8 PM to Midnight [Tickets]

Berkeley, California
[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]

[3/4] Freeze Peach Dance Party: Pogo With the Proud Boys at MLK, JR Civic Center Park, 1 PM to 4 PM

[3/4-3/5] Women and Cannabis Salon, 4 PM to 7 PM [Tickets]

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

Brockton, Massachusetts
[Until 6/4] Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man at Fuller Craft Museum

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

Costa Mesa, California
[3/15] Whipped Cream, a ballet with sets and costumes by Mark Ryden at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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!

[Dates in February] The Performance Lab at Skirball

[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

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

[2/25-2/26] Bob Baker Days at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

[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

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

[2/17] The Role of the Artist screening at Red Bay Coffee, 8 PM to 12 AM [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]

[2/25] Mark Growden and Amber Lee in Uptown Oakland at Octopus Literary Salon, 7 PM to 10 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]

[3/24] Extra Action Marching Band & Friends Standing Rock Benefit at Starline Social Club, 9 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
[2/16-2/26] Palm Springs Modernism Week

[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

Reno, Nevada
[7/1/2017-1/28/2018] City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man at Nevada Museum of Art

Sacramento, California
[Until 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! [on Juxtapox]

[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

[Dates in April] The Ask Dr. Hal Show [Tickets]

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

[Until 2/18] Some Things You Need To Know Before The World Ends: A Final Evening with the Illuminati at The Exit Theater–Stage Left [Tickets]

[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

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

[2/15] Nerd Nite SF #81: Memorization, Lock-picking, and Ancient Yeast! at Rickshaw Stop [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]

[2/22] Odd Salon: Badass at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 10 PM, 21+ [Tickets]

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

[2/24] Let My People LEGO, the LEGO-based art of Elbe Spurling at Four Barrel Coffee, 6 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

[3/4] Burning Man – SF Burnal Equinox Art Salon & Mixer! at Public Works, 6 PM

[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]

[3/30] The Residents at Exploratorium, 7:30 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

[Open now] The Art of Rube Goldberg at Museum of Pop Culture

Somerville, Massachusetts
[9/23] What the Fluff Festival

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

Sad Clown office chair

Sad office chair clown, spotted in Silverlake by Polly Harrold, artist unknown

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Senator Elizabeth Warren

Rusty’s 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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