The “Inspiration in real life” Edition :: Issue #86, Rusty’s Electric Dreams


:: :: You’re invited! I’m hosting an IRL (Inspiration in Real Life) picnic :: ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #086 :: The “Inspiration in Real Life” Edition :: 05:25:2016

Inspiration in Real Life…

Last week I went to dorkbotSF and was so inspired by the speakers! I need to keep this short but do keep an eye on the 747 Project. It’s ridiculously cool.


Don’t forget: RED is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FluffNStuff Artisan Marshmallows. It’s free to enter!

Have a great long weekend, everyone!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. A reader suggested that SJ’s venus flytrap be named, “FlyBye.” 🙂

This space intentionally left inspired

“Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.”

As seen on the Internets


French art train

:: Amazing ART TRAINS in France

:: Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby to be made into an indie film

:: “On Responsibility in Immersive Experience” by Foma Labs

:: Part 1 of the history of the Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures
:: Thanks, Slim!

:: Sidewalk poems you can see when it rains

:: Vodka made from NorCal FOG

:: Bryan Cranston’s Super Sweet 60

:: Tattoo inks that only last a year

:: F*ck Yes!: Artist Vik Muniz builds a free arts-oriented school in Rio

:: Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world” (2013)

Artist-in-Residence: Tex Allen


Why the Nose?

Love me some last-week-of-the-month interview questions…Here’s Tex’s answers to my questions!

RB: If you could tell your 35 year-old self one thing, what would it be?
TA: Let go and operate in trust…remember, all the epic stories you’ve already lived? There’s more…WAY MORE AHEAD OF YOU! Remember, you’re the one creating this sh*t!

RBHow young is your inner child?
TA: This many <3 (holds up four fingers and a thumb)

RBWhat are you currently working on?
TA: The largest moving art piece in Burning Man history and the Nose to go along with it. #believeit

RB: What are the three most luxurious items you possess?
* My double-ply turtleneck, black cashmere sweater coat.
* A pair of “only 500 ever made” 1985 RayBan Olympian III sunglasses in sport matte black in pristine condition
* The love and partnership that’s shared (not possessed) with my muse and goddess, Ms. Catherine Foshee, AKA: BattyKitten

RB: What’s the most surprising thing about you?
TA: I was adopted and all the records from the hospital and agency were destroyed in separate fires. My school records from 1st through 12th grade, also lost in fires. Memories and history from my first and second marriages…BOTH lost in fires and destroyed (neither of my doing)

I have little history, except for the present…apropos, yes? 

RB: Why the Nose? 🙂
TA: Because it makes people happy and creates precious moments of human connection and presence in a digitally distracted and disconnected world <3


Funn Pack


Funn Pack by Dan Das Mann

This is the Funn Pack

According to its creator (and model), artist Dan Das Mann, it has “12 lasers, 1000 watts of sound, 2 smoke machines, 1 bubble machine, 4 mirror balls” and is “powered by a lithium ion battery.” It weighs 50 pounds and is worn like a jet pack.

So, where is the party? Well, it sounds like Dan is first taking the Funn Pack to Lightning in a Bottle, a festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Bradley, California.

Hope he’s got some strong ear plugs!


Save the Date: IRL Picnic


Kaiser Center's Rooftop Garden in Oakland, California

Save the date: I’m hosting an IRL (Inspiration in Real Life) picnic on Tuesday, June 14th at 11:30 AM at the Kaiser Center’s Rooftop Garden in Oakland, California. The garden is an amazing 3.5 acre open outdoor area on the TOP of the Kaiser Center near Lake Merritt. There’s a POND, folks. 

The fun part: You will have 5 minutes to share something creative you are doing. It could be a project you started at home or something you are making at work. No project too small! No pressure! Or, just listen to what others are doing for inspiration.To get up there: Take the elevator to “RG” from the parking garage (garden is free, parking is not free).

The IRL Picnic is a BYOL event, meaning “bring your own lunch”!

Events of note


Mystic Midway

[6/24 thru Sept] Midwayville, a mixed reality popup carnival at SoMa StrEat Food in SF, 7 PM to 12 AM

United States
[Now until 8/19] Tiny Book Show, a touring bookmobile of little books handcrafted by artists and writers[Various dates] 420 GamesAlameda, California
[5/26] Early Pinball Art from the ’30s to ’50s at Alameda Museum, 7 PM to 9 PM, $10[6/5] Forbidden Island’s Annual Plant Swap, 3 PM to 5 PM

[Until 6/29] Island City Waterways: Waves of Inspiration, new landscapes with borax and shoe polish by Ginny Parsons at Rhythmix, 6 PM to 9 PM

[3/2017] Spannabis

[6/4-6/5] Chicago Redhead Days, 11 AM to 5 PM, City Hall Park

East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, California
[6/20-6/26] Camp Tipsy, an “annual rotten boat building contest and camp-out”

Fremont, California
[6/3-6/6] The Compassion Experience, “experience life in a developing country” Free [Register]

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18 to 7/3] Christo’s Floating Piers

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

Laytonville, California
[7/8-7/10] The Cannabis County Fair 2016, 21+ [Tickets]

Lisbon, Portugal
[11/7-11/10] Web Summit 2016

[5/26] Jelly Workshop (aka JELL-O) at Bompas & Parr

[July] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles

[Dates in Summer and Fall] Krampus mask-masking workshop

[5/29] E.T., the Extra Terrestrial screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

[6/4] The Legend of Krampus – Group Art Show and Exhibition at Hive Gallery, 8 PM to 11 PM

[6/11-10/2] Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad [pdf]

[8/14] BrunchCon LA at The Reef, 9 AM to 3 PM Thanks, Josh!

[Begins 9/13] 8-week long Neon workshop at Lili Lakich Studio, 6 pm to 9 PM

[10/1] Dolly Parton at Hollywood Bowl [Tickets]

[12/5-12/8] Henry Rollins at Largo

Marble Falls, Texas
[10/7-10/10] Camp Grounded, summer camp for adults

Melbourne, Australia
beinArt Gallery opens in early 2016

[6/12] Dr Sketchy Anti-Art School Melbourne: THE REBIRTH, 4:45 PM [Tickets]

Mountain View
[9/24] Dolly Parton at Shoreline, 8 PM [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
[Ongoing] Jungle-Ized by Sound Collective, Free
[Ongoing] The Ferry Play on the Staten Island Ferry, $1.99
[Ongoing] More NYC events


[Until 9/25] Altered State: Marijuana in California at OMCA

[5/28] Hubba Hubba Revue’s UPTOWN CABARET at the Uptown Club, 9 PM to 1 AM [Tickets]

[6/2] Beauties & Beasts Gala Costume Party at Children’s Fairyland, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

[6/5] Sweet Leaf Yoga, yoga enhanced with high-grade medicine at 3215 Lakeshore Drive, medical cannabis patients with ID only, $25 [Read about my experience trying it!]

[6/10-9/9] Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden Concerts, Fridays, 12 PM to 1 PM, Free Thanks, Jewelz!

[6/14] Rusty’s IRL Picnic at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, 11:30 AM, [BYOL: Bring your own lunch]

[6/15] Yarn, a new storytelling event by Heather Gold at the Octopus Literary Salon, 7:30 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[6/18] Burning Man PRECOMPRESSION at American Steel, 7 PM to 1 AM

[6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, 5 PM to 9 PM [Tickets]

[6/25-6/26] Burger Boogaloo, Mosswood Park [Tickets]

[7/9] Louis C.K. at Oakland Arena, 7 PM [Tickets]

Pacifica, California
[6/4] Aloha Screwdriver at Winters Tavern, 9 PM

Palm Springs, California
[7/8-7/11] Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) at the Ace Hotel, a “summer retreat for anyone who considers themselves a thinker, maker, creator, nerd, or weirdo.” [Tickets]

Paris, France
Editor’s note:
I had the good fortune to spend the night in an artist’s yurt. My photos from that visit are included in this show…in PARIS!
[Until 8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

Port Costa, California
[5/28] Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale, 9 AM to 4 PM

Portland, Oregon
[8/11-8/15] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

San Diego
[8/18-8/21] Tiki Oasis: “Monster Island”

San Francisco
“Best storytelling events in the Bay Area”
Upscale vs. Frugal SF
[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society
[Ongoing] More SF events

[5/26] Amicus Ex Libris – A party by the books, “a clothing swap, but for books” at Monument, 7 PM to 10 PM

[5/26] Phonographic Memory: San Francisco 1996 Retrospective at SF Main Library, 6:15 PM

[5/26] Ways of Knowing: Theo Jansen at the Exploratorium, 7:30 PM [Tickets]

[Until 5/28] Jason Mecier’s “Celebrity Trash” at 111 Minna

[6/4] Retro Rendezvous, An all night interactive art experience and fundraiser for Flaming Lotus Girls [Tickets]

[Until 6/5] Catch Our Style: California Regional Airlines 1950s–1980s at SFO Museum: Departures–Level 3 – Pre-Security

[6/5] DIY Taxidermy Squirrel Class at Paxton Gate, 11 AM to 3 PM [Tickets]

[6/5] Space Age slide show with Charles Phoenix at Grand Star Theater, 3 PM [Tickets]

[6/11] Wild Kingdom, an art car and fire art festival, 2 PM to 4 AM [Tickets]

[6/12] Cannaisseur Series: The High Tea, 12 PM to 3 PM, Venue TBA, $69 [Tickets]

[6/12] Bikes to Books Annual Springtime Ride, a literary bicycle tour, 1 PM to 4 PM, bring your bike!

[6/12-6/13] Season finale of Calling All Choir at Mission Dolores Basilica

[6/12] Mac Sabbath at Slim’s, 8 PM, all ages [Tickets]

[6/22] Art and Virtual Reality, 7 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[6/24 thru Sept] Midwayville, a mixed reality popup carnival at SoMa StrEat Food, 7 PM to 12 AM

[Until 6/24] Retrograde: Art by Winston Smith at Mule Gallery, reception 6 PM to 9 PM

[6/24-6/26] New Games with John Law

[7/10] Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[7/17] Dark Garden Annual Corset Rummage Sale, 11 AM to 6 PM

[7/22-7/24] J-POP Summit at Fort Mason Center [Tickets]

[7/23] The Murray Invitational. A Bill Murray Art Exhibition and Golf Party at Public Works

[8/5-8/7] Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park

[9/21-9/22] Dent: Space at Innovation Hangar

[10/1] Release party for Chicken John’s The Book of the Un at 111 Minna

[10/13] Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, 8 PM [Tickets]

[10/2017] 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

San Jose, California
[7/23] Blacklight Slide

SF Bay Area
[Ongoing] Best swimming holes in the SF Bay Area

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[Ongoing] Meow Wolf [Read this] [Tickets]

The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

[7/4-7/10] Nowhere

Sun Valley, Idaho
[4/19/2017-4/22/2017] Dent 2017, a creative retreat for people who want to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs once said. (Highly recommended!)


If YOU would like to co-curate an issue of Rusty’s Electric Dreams, I’d love to hear your idea! Please email me:

Know about a cool event? 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.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

Theodore Roosevelt



Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff. These personally-curated missives are beacons to signal and celebrate the global tribe of weird, wonderful, and unconventional people (“the Others“).

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