This is the “Bombay Beach” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #169


“Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and worthy of love and belonging.” —Brene Brown

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #169 :: The “Bombay Beach” Edition :: 3:07:2018

Bombay Beach…

On Sunday, I was shamed by a nearly-30 year old to get rid of all my CDs and cassette tapes. I estimate I’ve had them since about… oh, 1992.

I would be sad but I know someone shopping at the Goodwill in Alameda is going to be STOKED to get my Counting Crows CD.

(No issue next week or the one after. I’ll see you again March 28.)

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Sha la, la, la, la, la, la. Yeah.

This space intentionally left in the Salton Sea

As seen on the Internets

Bombay Beach Biennale
Pssst: A little birdie just sent me info on this year’s Bombay Beach Biennale (BBB), the underground art festival in Salton Sea. I can’t share the dates but can share that it’s happening real soon

As an anti-establishment and community building experience, the entire event is free of charge; it is not about making money. There is no advertising. There is no marketing. The only agenda is saving the Sea.

:: Last year, the New York Times called BBB the “Anti-Burning Man

:: Burning Man co-founder Danger Ranger’s account of last year’s BBB

:: See videos from past BBB

:: See photos from past BBB

:: Want a BBB ticket? (You probably do)

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:: “Gaming the lottery seemed as good a retirement plan as any.”

:: Photos of the SF Bay Area from the “edge of space

:: My pal Laura House has a new comedy special: Mouth Punch

:: How Lady Bird helped Heather Gold understand Sacramento (her in-city picks here)

:: Some transcripts from times when Apple employees walked into glass walls

:: “Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits

:: A map of the #1 songs in 3,000 cities (12/2017)

:: SF’s Wise Sons (Jewish bagelry/deli) now in Tokyo!

:: Shadow Traffic “produces free, accessible-to-all events and and curates immersive installations that celebrate and enhance DIY community, within interstitial areas of the urban landscape,” (ie. “cool shit“) — Mark Krawczuk

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


Matchy-matchy his & hers clothing sets by Sir Charles of Phoenix

I know… I let out an audible gasp of delight when Charles Phoenix announced his new his & hers clothing line! The matchy-matchy midcentury-inspired sets are sold under the brand Sir Charles of Phoenix (love it!) and are available as individual pieces in a wide range of sizes through Pinup Girl Clothing

Good idea: “Get Your Own Kyle”


Get Your Own Kyle

You can get Kyle

Ever been at a crossroads in your life, having all the tools you need to succeed, but paralyzed not knowing what direction to head in next…?

(Yeah, me too.)

My (absolutely brilliant) friend Kyle Kesterson is at that place right now. Instead of simply drifting along, he’s turned his “blank canvas syndrome” into a game. He’s put together this site (Get Your Own Kyle: and is taking requests to help him design his “next chapter.” How cool is that?

He told me that he already has several awesome proposals, just three days in.

(I’m totally stealing this idea and making it my own at some point.)

Featured events


Camp Wildflower

This one is for the ladies: My friend Heidi Bennett is co-hosting Camp Wildflower, an “unplugged 4 day, 3 night sleep-away-camp style getaway” near Murphys, California in early May. It looks to be an absolutely delightful retreat. Get on it!

Los Angeles
[3/17] It won’t be long now! The first Rusty’s Electric Dream meetup in LA

[Until 5/13] 50 Years of Planet of the Apes, Exhibit and Film Retrospective at USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, FREE Thanks, Joyce!

[4/19] Memento Mori: Lecture and slideshow with Dr. Paul Koudounaris a death talk at Hearst Anthropology Museum at UC Berkeley, 6 PM to 8 PM

[3/9-3/16/2019] JoCo Cruise 2019 (Mark Frauenfelder just got back from this year’s and raved about it)

San Jose
[3/9] Sonic Runway closing event and fashion show

San Francisco
[3/8] Society of Rockets at the Elbo Room, 9 PM

[3/28] DorkbotSF #99 at CounterPulse

[6/30 and 7/1] This year’s Burger Boogaloo lineup has been announced: DEVO! The Damned! John Waters! Etc.! Tickets available Wednesday 3/8 at 9 AM

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