The “They’re Magically Delicious!” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #127


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Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty O’ Blazenhoff
Issue #127 :: The “They’re Magically Delicious!” Edition :: 03:15:2017

They’re Magically Delicious!…

Hey all,

It’s that time of year when I get asked the question, “Are you Irish?”

Yes friends, near and far, I do have some roots in Ireland. Shocking, I know! Growing up, I always knew about my Irish heritage but I didn’t think too much about it. There are a lot of us folks on Cape Cod, after all.

Recently though, I became digitally-acquainted with a not-too-distant cousin of mine. Mayo-born Patrick Brannick and I met through the genetic service, 23andme. After swapping genomes, he mapped out our relation on our family tree. He’s my second cousin, 2x removed. How cool is that? He’s been walking the planet my whole life and we only just met for the first time. Magic!

We went back and forth in email for weeks. He shared an old grainy family photo with me from 1932. A bunch of sturdy folks, they were. Genealogy makes me happy. I can’t understand people who aren’t into discovering their roots. For me, it makes history come alive, both personal and world.

A couple of summers ago I went to Italy and accidentally met a cousin. Someday soon, I would like to visit another one of my “motherlands,” Ireland. If nothing else to hang out with the cool, cereal-pimpin’, rainbow-lovin’ leprechauns. And drink, because when in Rome… or in this case, County Mayo.

Anyhoo! This is a special “magically delicious” edition of the zine. I hope you like it.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. My friend Dixie (of Bawdy Storytelling fame) is teaching a 6-week storytelling class in SF and it’s almost sold out! If you want in, better grab one of those tickets now! (The story you tell, by the way, does not have to be a dirty one.)

This space intentionally left pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers

As seen on the Internets


They're Always After me Lucky Charms

:: Long but worth it: I LIVE for articles like this

:: WTF: Peppermint stick pickles

:: #exstrange, auctions as artworks
:: Thanks, Rebekah!

:: Brilliant: Portland Anarchist Road Care group fixes potholes

:: WOW: Isolated track of Grace Slick singing “White Rabbit”

:: Dave Chappelle’s looking buff (and he’s got a new special)

:: What’s up, Kentucky!? 

:: What’s up, Iowa? Thanks for both links, David!

:: An interview with Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffee 

:: Angelyne is crowdsourcing new LA billboards of herself, for us

:: Now you know: “Pumpernickel” literally translates to “Fart Goblin” in German

:: The many Buddhist teachings of Alan Watts

:: Kirk Demarais appraises the the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection Thanks, Richard!

March Artist-in-Residence: Suzanne Forbes

Painting a portrait is my chance to tell your true story.

Hi RED readers- here’s a little about how I make a portrait. For me, portraiture is a collaboration. I love the stories my clients bring me, the story of who they are or who they want to be for the image. Often there’s a trunk of dress-up clothes, a selection of props, some meaningful objects.

When Tess and Colin came to Berlin to have their portrait painted, they brought an assortment of attire and we settled on these outfits together. Colin art-directed the pose, and among the props was a bird cup bought here in Berlin. We spent four sittings of two to three hours together, over the New Year’s holiday, creating this vision of a scary doll and a sinister clown. I think Colin’s amazing documentation of the process shows how deeply happy I am making art out of their brilliant creative energy, painting the moments we spent together.

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 faux Irish items you can actually buy: O’!

Vintage ad for McDonald's Shamrock Shakes

Ah, McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes

These diet-killing icy atrocities* were first made available in 1970 as the “St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake.” In the beginning, McDonald’s made the shakes lemon/lime flavored (with a base of vanilla soft-serve ice cream). Just three years after they were introduced, the cold (not plastic-filled) treats were simply dyed green and had no added flavor. At some point the shake became minty flavored, as it is to this day.

In 1977, Uncle O’Grimacey (he’s Grimace’s Irish uncle, I kid you not) bounced into Mickey D’s TV ads as the green shake’s ambassador. Shiver.

In the 1990s and 2000s, it was up to regional managers if they wanted to carry Shamrock Shakes in their stores. Many did not and it was difficult to track them down. It became such an elusive seasonal item that when Jimmy Fallon found out that NYC’s Union Square McDonald’s was carrying the frozen dessert, he bought out the store’s entire supply. Who got them all? His audience members did! New Yorkers who wanted one but did not get one were upset by the great Shamrock Shake shortage. That was 2010.

In 2012, to keep up with demand of this cult menu item, McDonald’s made the minty green “Irish” beverage available at any of their restaurants in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. So, during the months of February and March each year, you can get your fix. Catch’em** while you can (or just make your own)!

*Medium size has 80 grams of sugar and more calories than a Big Mac!
** If you do get one, I want to see the evidence on Instagram!

See also: World’s biggest Shamrock Shake

Yep, it’s just like _that_

Then there was Cookie O’Puss

To understand Cookie O’Puss, we must first understand Cookie Puss (his “friends call him CP” by the way). CP is the original ice cream cake character created in the 1970s by Tom Carvel, the raspy-voiced founder of the eponymous frozen desserts chain.

CP is not only a cake-with-a-face but a “celestial presence.” Yes, he’s got a back story. Yes, he’s from outer space. Many people at that time though the cake was made in Tom’s likeness, but it wasn’t. Mr. Carvel, a self-made marketing genius (who never once hired an ad agency), started promoting CP in 1982 as a space alien. Why? Because E.T. was popular!

So later, for St. Patrick’s Day, Carvel introduced CP’s “good buddy,” one thick-brogued Cookie O’Puss. LOL, so good!

And we all rejoice for the brilliance of campy marketing. If you didn’t grow up with these ads, I pity you!

[Read the rest of Cookie Puss’ story here.]

Finally, Johnsonville’s Irish O’ Garlic sausage

I got nothing. I mean, IrishO’Garlic?? They literally added garlic to their regular sausages and marketed them as Irish. My ancestors are rolling in their graves.

Events + places to visit of note


The New Situationists

Oakland [Until 4/28] The New Situationists, the “first major survey of Bay Area avant-garde art and countercultural activities, influenced by the ideas, theory and techniques of the Situationist International movement” at Pro Arts Gallery, This is *us*!
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

[3/21] Design your vibrant vision, intention setting for creative professionals with Heidi Bennett at Phoenix (a brand new co-working space!), 6 PM to 9 PM

[3/23] Phoenix Stand-up, a comedy show at Phoenix in downtown Alameda, 8 PM to 10 PM [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]

[4/6] That Really Happened??? a night of true stories at The Monkey House, 1638 University Ave Berkeley, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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

El Cerrito
[3/30] Playland After Dark presents Grown-up Game Night at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 18+

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!

[Until 4/2] Pop Art Design at OCMA

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

[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

[3/25-3/26] Fear is What We Learned Here, a “synesthetic experience that explores the use of fear as a social framework for control. The experience challenges the individual to consider their own perception biases and asks what is necessary to subvert systems of manipulation in order to foster equality for all persons”

[4/1-4/23] The Nest, an immersive experience in LA, 21+ [Tickets]

[5/30] Bjork with orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall [Tickets]

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

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

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

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

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

[3/18] Medical Marijuana Farmers Market at Magnolia Wellness (must be a MW patient to attend), 9 AM to 5 PM

[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

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

Palo Alto
[4/4-5/23] The Art and Science of Leadership: New Tools for Organizational Design, a class at Stanford by Ellen Petry Leanse

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

San Diego
[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 March] Sound Meditation at the SF Conservatory of Flowers, “Walk through the botanical gardens, settle down for a soothing sound bath, and explore golden gate park in a lucid state”

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

[Now] Breaking Open, a  show by Angela Fisher (Angi Love) and Jason Thomas at Chez Poulet

[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

[3/31] Mystic Midway’s Mondo Nutopia, a Future Arts Salon, 8 PM to 2 AM

[Until 4/8] Putas Asesinas at an undisclosed private residence, formal attire highly encouraged

[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

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

[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]

[3/23] LIGHTS! CAMERA! NORTON!, an evening of three films about Emperor Norton at the Roxie Theater, 7 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[3/25] Eve Fleishman’s Atmospheric Epic Show with Justin Seagrave at Monument, 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

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

[3/31-4/5] Donnie Darko at Roxie Theater [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..”

[4/3-5/14] Dixie De La Tour’s Standing O Storytelling, a six-week workshop with a final performance at Valencia Gardens

[4/8-8/20] The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, an “exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films” at de Young Museum

[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

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

[4/14] 5th Anniversary Party at Obtainium Works, 5 PM to 12 Am [Tickets]

[Various dates in 2017] ART///SKY Sculpture Hikes for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program [Reservations begin March 1 at 9 AM]
[3/24] Hanky Code with at Trade, 9 PM to 2 AM

[4/8-4/9] DINK: Independent Comic Expo, “Urban art with literature, zines, small press publishers, underground comix and cocktails!” Thanks, Mike!

[5/20] RISK! with Kevin Allison at The Bluebird Theater, 9 PM to 12 AM [Tickets]
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!

[4/9] The Second Annual Chicago Pizza Summit at Chop Shop, 2 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[4/22] Chicago Donut Fest at Old Crow Smokehouse River North, 12 PM to 4 PM [Tickets]
[Until 6/4] Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man at Fuller Craft Museum

[Ongoing] Boda Borg

[3/26] Join Mimi in Fluff’s hometown of Somerville for a book talk and signing at the Somerville Public Library, 3 PM

[9/23] What the Fluff Festival

[Until 5/29/2017] Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning at Norman Rockwell Museum via

[3/22] Learn about Fluff’s sticky 100-year legacy from Mimi Graney herself at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for a book talk and signing, 6:30 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

[3/18] Hello Kitty Cafe Truck East at Northlake Mall, 10 AM to 8 PM
[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”

[3/25] 2017 Portland Onesie Pub Crawl
[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

[5/6] The Great Gatsby Lawn Party at Tulip Grove Mansion, 11 AM to 6 PM [Tickets]

[3/17-3/18] Questival Nashville 2017, a “24 hour adventure race” [Tickets]

[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
[4/7-4/9] 30th Annual Houston Art Car Parade and events, 11 AM to 4 PM [INFO]

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

[4/22] Drone Cinema Film Festival 2017, 8 PM to 11 PM Thanks, Scot!
[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
[Until 3/19] Adelaide Festival Thanks, Jeff!

[6/3-6/5] Forbidden Fruit Festival 2017 at Irish Museum of Modern Art

[9/9-9/24] Dublin Fringe Festival
[5/13-11/26] We are from the Dust is participating in VIVA ARTE VIVA, The Venice Art Biennale: 57th International Art Exhibition

“They”re Always After me Lucky Charms.”
— The Lucky Charms Leprechaun

Rusty’ 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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