The “Sticky Sweet” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #125


:: Marshmallow Fluff is celebrating its 100-year anniversary! ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #125 :: The “Sticky Sweet” Edition :: 03:01:2017

Sticky sweet…

To those of you who took the time to fill out the survey* (and who wrote me personally), THANK YOU! In the near-ish future, I will be implementing your suggestions (and contacting you if you offered a raffle prize). For now, I have made one suggested change, to the format of the events. They are now categorized by STATE, then CITY. Let’s try that. I think it is a little easier to read.

Oh, and I also added your kind words to the Praise page. Wow! Thank you!!

I learned that RED has a lot of foreign readers, who knew?! We even have a reader from TASMANIA. I’m not kidding! (Anyone know of any cool events there for the listings?)

Of course, I’m thrilled that each and every one of you is here, regardless of your location.

Ok, ok. I have something exciting I want to share with you all. A few years ago, I corresponded with, and then met, Mimi Graney, my soul sister in marshmallow Fluff. Mimi is the founder of the big What the Fluff! festival in Somerville, Massachusetts and, now, for Fluff’s 100-year anniversary (read more about that here), she has written the book on it!

Wait, it gets better… I’m in the book! Well, a letter I wrote is in the book! Whatever, I can’t wait to see it. Squee!

The book is called Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon and TODAY is its release date! Would you like to win a copy? Enter the raffle!

Congrats, Mimi! I can’t wait to get my copy 🙂

Thanks again to Alexis Finch, February’s Artist-in-Residence! And, hello to Suzanne Forbes! She’s our first INTERNATIONAL A-i-R, sending pixels straight from Germany.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
*P.S. Should you wish to respond to the survey, I have left it open for a bit longer.

P.S.S. Apologies for the all the exclamation points, I really am that excited!

This space intentionally left fluffy

As seen on the Internets


Sam's books

Swoon: This Palm Springs trailer home is just $55K
:: When one door closes, another one opens

:: When one door opens, another one closes

:: Adventure Cats  Thanks, Greg!

:: SO COOL: Augmented reality ART

:: We’re already nostalgic for old models of cell phones!

:: In SF, of course: A gym where you can workout while high
:: Thanks, Margot!

:: Repackaging junk food so hipsters will buy it

:: Third Man Pressing, Jack White’s got a new VINYL pressing plant in Detroit
:: Thanks, Piph!

:: Heavy metal…beer?

:: “Why facts don’t change our minds”

:: First world dumbass: “Scraping by” on $160K/year

:: Oil paintings of Seinfeld reruns

:: Sylvan Esso’s new single, “Die Young” from “What Now” (out 4/28)

:: Photos: Art on ice, inc. Arthur J. E. Wren’s Birdhouse Thanks, Nina!

:: “Self-Righteous Devils: What Ozark Vigilantes of the 1880s Reveal About Modern America”

March Artist-in-Residence: Suzanne Forbes

Hi you guys! I’m Suzanne Forbes, an artist and art teacher in Berlin.

Many of Rusty’s amazing readers know me from the eighteen years I lived in the Bay Area. For many years I went to alternative culture events in and around San Francisco and documented them with live drawing, like a Velocicougar version of Toulouse Lautrec. I tried to tell the stories of our community at work and at play, loving and creating. You can see those hundreds of drawings, most of them licensed Creative Commons for your use and enjoyment, here.  Some are NSFW, fyi!

Portraiture, the art of making a person’s image while spending time with them, is my path as an artist. I believe that a painted or drawn portrait informs about the subject in a different way than a photographic portrait. A photograph captures an instant in time; a live portrait session moves back and forth through moments in time, as light falls on moving features and you tell me who you are.

My portrait work is collaborative, based in community and connection. My goal is to interact with people and learn about them, let them share themselves, and let that create the portrait. I am in the moment with them, listening and seeing.

I also do a lot of other art things, like embroidery, sculpture, doll making, jewelry, and bricolage, which feed and strengthen my core skills, and I’ll be showing off some of those while I’m here at RED too!

I’m thrilled to join the fabulous artists Rusty has featured here, and hope you’ll enjoy my work.

You can learn more about me at my Patreon,
or visit my blog,

Suzanne Forbes, Traditional Portraiture for Alternative Lifestyles

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: F(luff) Yes!

Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American icon

Events + places to visit of note


Library Music

San Francisco, California [Until 3/27] Library Music, a new composition by artists Andrew Cowitt, Suki O’Kane and Michael Wertz, who make up the musical combo BC3, at SF Public Library 2nd Floor, Free

MORE INFO: “Inspired by the idea of the traditionally quiet space of libraries, and the human and technological soundscape of the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, BC3 has created a sound experience that changes throughout the day, and varies upon your location in the reading room. Library Music is for everyone, and everyone is welcome!”

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

[Starts 3/6] Show Your Work – Creative Entrepreneur Share & Support 12 week Series with creative life coach Heidi Bennett, 10 AM to 11:30 AM [Tickets]

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

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

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

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
[Ongoing] Cinefamily events

[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!

[3/12] Trisha Brown: In Plain Site at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM [Free]

[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

[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

[3/17] Allee Willis, The Color Green – A Patrick’s Day Special at The E Spot Lounge, Studio City [Tickets]

[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

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

Menlo Park
[Until 3/31] The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY, a “series of interactive environments created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar that present the emerging work of fifteen cognitive neuroscience labs around the world” at PACE Art + Technology [Tickets]

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

3/3] March Open House at Because We Can, 5 PM to 9 PM

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

[3/5] Kraftworks Parking Lot Yard Sale at 2600 Magnolia Street, 9 AM to 4 PM

[3/10] Ganja Goddess Celebration Art Show, 5:30 PM to 9 PM

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

[3/17] Yarn, a comedy storytelling show especially for women who are “Hollywood old,” aka over 29, at the Octopus Literary Salon [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

[4/4] Yarn, a comedy storytelling show especially for women who are “Hollywood old,” aka over 29, at the Octopus Literary Salon [Tickets]

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

[4/8] Yuri’s Night – Bay Area at Chabot Space and Science Center, 7 PM, 21+ [Tickets]

[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

[7/1-7/2] Burger Boogaloo 5 Year Anniversary Party at Mosswood Park [Tickets]

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

Palm Springs
[Until 2/26] Palm Springs Modernism Week

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

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

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”

[8/10-8/13] Tiki Oasis: International Espionage

San Francisco Bay Area GENERAL

[Ongoing] Joshua Raoul Brody’s Beatles Thingy

[4/7-4/10] Event Horizon, a “new standalone sci-fi larp for adults” [Tickets]

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 March] American Anarchist, a film about William Powell, the author of The Anarchist Cookbook, at Little Roxie [Tickets]

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

[Until 3/18] Lovesick – The Cat Allergy Musical, a “comedic musical romp through the sad sad world of internet dating” at EXIT Stage Left [Tickets]

[Until 3/27] Library Music, a new composition by artists Andrew Cowitt, Suki O’Kane and Michael Wertz, who make up the musical combo BC3, at SF Public Library 2nd Floor, Free

[Until 3/30] Real Housewives of Macaroni, new portraits by Jason Mecier at Dolores Park Cafe

[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

[Until 5/29] Monet: The Early Years at Legion of Honor

[3/1] DorkbotSF 92 at Noisebridge, 7 PM to 10 PM

[3/2] PlaySFMOMA Mixed Reality Pop-Up Arcade at SFMOMA 12 PM to 8 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]

[3/2] Lost Levels, a “radically-casual annual “unconference” picnic during Game Developer Conference (GDC) that aims to be more inclusive and accessible,” under the Gazebo at Yerba Buena Gardens, Noon

[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

[3/7] Odd Salon: Badass at Public Works, 6:30 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[3/10] Holding the Edge at The Marsh, 8 PM to 11 PM

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

[3/12] Panic & Give Up with Rosin Coven & Victoria and the Vaudevillains at the K (a secret speakeasy location), 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM [Tickets] Password: panickedgoodbye Thanks, Suzanne!

[3/16] Reali-Tea Bites, topic: PRIVILEGE, a “tea-salon where people give talks/presentations regarding current events/issues, And there is tea. And booze. And booze in tea. And tea bites,” at The Uptown Nightclub, 6 PM [Tickets]

[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]

[3/22] Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Figments (“social-mixer-disguised-as-a-slow-dance-club”), a fundraiser to benefit FIGMENT Oakland 2017 at Verdi Club, 7:30 PM to 11 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, a big immersive art party by Foma Labs at the Battery (members only, sorry!), 8 PM to 11 PM [Tickets] “To begin exploring the Obfuscia Hotel now, dial the concierge at 415-769-3790, and tell us a story..”

[4/14-4/15] Queers & Comics Conference 2017 with Mariko Tamaki and Gengoroh Tagame at California College of the Arts

[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
[5/19-5/21] Maker Faire Bay Area 2017 – 12th Annual
[NOW] Call for makers

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

[Various dates in 2017] ART///SKY Sculpture Hikes for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program [Reservations begin March 1 at 9 AM]
[4/8-4/9] DINK: Independent Comic Expo, “Urban art with literature, zines, small press publishers, underground comix and cocktails!” Thanks, Mike!
Sun Valley
[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!
[Until 6/4] Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man at Fuller Craft Museum

[Ongoing] Boda Borg

[9/23] What the Fluff Festival

[Until 5/29/2017] Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning at Norman Rockwell Museum via
[4/2017] Allee Willis’ The “D” premieres at the Fisher Building, party to follow

[3/11] Glitch Art is Dead: Minneapolis – Exhibit Opening at Gamut Gallery, 7 PM to 11 PM
Black Rock City
[8/27-9/4] Burning Man 2017: Theme is Radical Ritual

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150] HIGHLY recommended!

[7/1/2017-1/28/2018] City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man at Nevada Museum of Art
Santa Fe
[Ongoing] Meow Wolf [Read this] [Tickets]
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

[3/18 Preview/ 3/25 Event] Dark Before Dawn, “Explore a vacant apartment building to discover speakeasies, a feminist nightmare, bedtime stories, psychic surgery, stellar displacement and much more” at a Secret Location by the Myrtle-Wyckoff L/M station [Follow]

[4/1] The 32nd Annual April Fools’ Day Parade will begin at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at 12 noon, rain or shine [Print your mask here]

[5/3] Cory Doctorow with Edward Snowden: Dystopia, Apocalypse, and other Sunny Futures at Celeste Bartos Forum, NYPL, 7 PM
Akron, Ohio
[Until 5/7] Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose at Akron Art Museum

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

[3/8 & 3/10] Comedian Laura House performs for a live taping, at Curious Comedy Theater

[3/25] 2017 Portland Onesie Pub Crawl
Philadelphia Thanks, Sam!
[Until 3/7] Anne Minich: The Truth of Being Both/And at PAFA

[Until 3/12] Sh*theads, a new play set in a dying bike shop [Tickets]
[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
[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
[3/11] Art on the Edge at the Blanton Museum of Art, 8 PM to Midnight [Tickets]

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
[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

[Until 5/31] The Found Footage Festival

[Until 9/23] Dan Savage’s Hump! Festival
[3/3-3/19] Adelaide Festival Thanks, Jeff!

[3/10-3/13] WOMADelaide 2017, the World’s Festival Thanks, Jeff!
[5/13-11/26] We are from the Dust is participating in VIVA ARTE VIVA, The Venice Art Biennale: 57th International Art Exhibition

“People feel a personal, emotional connection with Fluff, associating it with the innocence and comfort of childhood and home.”
― Mimi Graney, author of “Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon”
(A-men. –ed.)

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

Back in the nineties, Rusty pursued counterculture “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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