The “Burstiness” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #176


“It’s a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.” — Abby Wambach

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #176 :: The “Burstiness” Edition :: 5:23:2018


A big “thank you” to everyone who applied to be the editor of RED. I didn’t think anyone would be interested in slogging through my typos and bad grammar, but I was wrong. I have chosen not one but TWO longtime friends of mine to do the dirty work: Carolyn and Joyce. Thank you, ladies.

Now I can say this…

From this point forward, any and all mistakes in this inbox zine are their fault.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. We finally welcomed two rats, Hoodsie and Pumpkin, to our home a few weeks ago. They enjoy hiding food and making lots of noise at night.
P.P.S. NO zine next week… have a good loooong weekend!

This space intentionally left Laurel

As seen on the Internets

Bitch Please eyelashes

:: Podcast: Ear Hustle shares stories from within San Quentin prison. It’s produced by inmates and a Bay Area visual artist

:: Podcast: WorkLife with Adam Grant studies how to make work not suck. It’s great! (This episode talks about “burstiness“)

:: Podcast: Archie McPhee now has a podcast too! It’s called Less Talk, More Monkey and you’ll hear the stories behind the products

:: Allee Willis on Taylor Swift covering “September“: “I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel…”

:: Norwegian teen drama: SJ got me into SKAM (where I learned about “Russ“)

:: Janelle Hessig scopes out quirky Bay Area roadside attractions

:: Blooper reel: Jim Henson’s 1977 Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas 

:: Oldie but a goodie: Robin Williams explains how his mind works

:: Photos: Goths at Disneyland

:: “The American backyard as we know it didn’t exist until after World War II”

:: Essay: Coyote remembers Larry

:: Abby Wambach’s badass commencement speech: “Failure is Fuel
:: via

:: Guillermo del Toro is bringing a horror anthology to Netflix

:: Better sit down for this one: What are the boundaries of your body exactly?

:: Consumerism: The Museum of Ice Cream is bringing products to Target

Real things you can actually buy: slay!


It’s funny ’cause it’s true: SJ and I recently went to SFMOMA. Later, after we got home, she said, “You know, I think I could’ve made some of that art.” I replied, “Then you should. I think you could too.”

Now, Third Drawer Down Studio and artist Craig Damrauer have made a keychain with a similar, though less encouraging, sentiment. It’s available for $9.07.

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


OMG WUHT AM I EVEN LOOKING AT: This is incredibly impractical but I love it so much. $4.55 + $4.75 shipping.

Featured Events

Low-Tech Renegade Karaoke
[5/31] San Francisco: Mark Krawczuk presents Low-Tech Renegade Karaoke at Stern Grove, 8 PM to 9:45 PM, Bring: low expectations

“Portable screen and projector, youtube lyric videos, no microphone, on the stage at Stern Grove.

Come feel like a star!

Best of all, NO ONE IS LISTENING, because no one else is there!”

Alameda, CA
[5/25] History Mystery “After-Hours” Tour on the (supposedly HAUNTED) USS Hornet, 7 PM to 10 PM, Bring your own flashlight, Tickets, 12+

[6/3] Dames Vintage Clothing Sale at Bridgehead Studio, 11 AM to 3 PM, suggested donation is $5

Berkeley, CA
[5/28] Heather Gold’s Yarn: Comedy Storytelling (“which is especially for women who are ‘Hollywood Old.’ So. Over 29.”) at Shotgun Players, 7:30 to 9 PM

[6/7] That Really Happened? a night of true stories at the Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Los Angeles, CA
[6/23 and 6/24] 49 Boxes is back! Three shows at one secret location.

[6/2] How to Hate Yourself comedy show at Hollywood Improv Lab, 7 PM

[October] The Pizza Experience, a pizza-themed pop-up museum, opens

Oakland, CA
[6/1] Orange -an EGGS Bar Fundraiser at Lounge 3411, 7 PM to 2 AM, Tickets

[6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, 5 PM to 9 PM, Tickets (all ages event)
Don’t miss thislive music is played in the nooks and crannies of a gorgeous columbarium in Oakland’s Piedmont neighborhood during the Solstice

[7/6] Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You opens in theaters (limited release)

San Diego, CA
[5/27] John “Halcyon” Styn’s Naked Inside & Out, EVE Encinitas, 4 PM to 7 PM

San Francisco, CA
[5/24] Buzzed Bee goes to Eleven, a “spelling contest and absurd theater” at Goldhive Gallery, 7 PM to 10 PM

[5/26 to 9/3] Inflatable Expanding Works of Art at the Exploratorium, curated by Colossal‘s Christopher Jobson, Tickets

[5/31 to 6/14] SF Docfest, 17th San Francisco Documentary Festival, various theaters

[6/3] The band Society of Rockets will be playing at the Elbo Room, 8 PM, $8

[6/6] Trolls in Yoga Pants, a one-night, one-woman show written and performed by Lisa Rothman, The Marsh, 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Biddy sez: “I’m excited to get the word out on my friend Lisa Rothman’s one-woman play Trolls in Yoga Pants. She has an audition performance for one night at the Marsh in SF on Wednesday 6/6/18 at 7:30pm. If her audition goes well, she’ll likely have a full run at the Berkeley Marsh this fall. Her last one-woman show at the Marsh ( “Date Night at Pet Emergency”) was extended three times.”

Santa Fe, NM
[6/16] Depressed Cake Shop at Meow Wolf, 12 PM to 6 PM

Vancouver, BC
[5/30] Pinatas and Pies: Pinata Workshop at Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe, 5:30 PM to 9 PM, Tickets


My Eternal Creative Struggle by Veronica Dearly

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