The “Time Killer” Edition :: Issue #205, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“A friend to kill time is a friend sublime.”

Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #205 :: The “Time killer” Edition :: 01:30:2019

Time killer…
Traveling to D.C. during the government shutdown in the winter may not seem like the best idea but, after discovering that my airline ticket was non-refundable, I decided to go anyway. I had originally planned on meeting a dear friend for the Women’s March but we then backed out over its anti-Semitic controversy. I had also hoped to catch the final weekend of the Burning Man exhibit at the Renwick Gallery but it was closed because it’s a Smithsonian (read: government run). So, with our departure date drawing closer, my friend and I came up with a big long list of alternative things to do in the area. We had two days to kill.Turns out, we’re really good at killing time. Like, pro-level time killers.On the first full day, we walked around D.C. itself. We ate lunch at the Dirksen Senate Building’s cafeteria where they serve the famous Senate Bean Soup (but we did not eat the soup). Afterward, we saw a big march was heading our way and realized it was the “March For Life” (anti-abortionists). We walked in the other direction to get to the SCOTUS (no RBG sighting, darnit!) and then walked the entire National Mall (which was full of trash) to end up at the Lincoln Memorial (where I just happened to capture that MAGA youth/Nathan Phillips scene).
Over twelve miles we walked on that first day. We went to bed relatively early that night because a) we were exhausted from all the walking and b) we wanted to get up early to go to Baltimore the next day.I had never been to Baltimore before. Did you know it’s only an hour from D.C. by car? I didn’t! We spent the bulk of our day at a place several friends recommended we check out: the American Visionary Art Museum. It’s full of works by self-taught artists and it’s TERRIFIC. We were going to stay for an hour or two and ended up being there for nearly five. I insist you go if you’re ever in town! Don’t miss Sideshow, the independently-run Archie McPhee-like gift shop that’s in the same building. (You know those fortune teller fish? Well, I got two vintage ones… of Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear — like these for cheap!)
Because I associate Baltimore with John Waters and because I adore him, I wanted to see a place — any place — he’s touched. So, we headed over to see a Pink Flamingos film locale. And not just any ol’ one… the one where Divine eats dog shit. Yup, I stood right where it happened nearly fifty years ago, fangirling my little heart out.I now love Baltimore. I will be going back someday to kill some more time.
Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Hey, since last issue, I officially became an Elk! If you live locally and want to check out their secret-ish bar as my guest, gimme a holler.
As seen on the Internets

Turn your sleep apnea “lemons” into… OH HECK NO!: “Tinker Gnome” Jared Gray was diagnosed with sleep apnea last May and now has to use a CPAP machine. So he decided to have some fun with it by turning it into an Alien Facehugger He bought a Facehugger replica and then just fit the machine’s mask into it. Clever, still… OH HECK NO!

:: The Yes Men strike again
:: Someone’s mom made a painting… and reddit took over from there

:: Great tips and thoughts on keeping a daily journal

:: High-end bike company cleverly fools couriers into handling their shipments more gently

:: In her youth, Bea Arthur was a Marine (though she denied it)

:: #Goal: Learn to whistle with your fingers

:: Nick Cave chimes in on whether AI will be able to write a good song

:: Sorry, Sweetheart

:: Fyre Festival LARPing is going to happen in Detroit (LOL)

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Betabrand's Leopard RBG print girlfriend shirt
No-no-notorious: SJ and I have seen both the documentary (RBG) and the movie (On the Basis of Sex) about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and agree she is a major badass. Now, companies are cashing in by riding the RBG wave in droves. Two examples: Betabrand has got a new leopard-print RBG shirt ($66.30) that’s selling like hotcakes (shown above). And Lipslut has got a new shade of RBG-inspired liquid lipstick (not shown) called “Bad bitch berry” ($19.95) (The latter donates a significant portion of the proceeds to a charity that you choose from a list of great ones.)

Real things you can actually buy: yay…?

What a croc: Astro-turf Crocs exist (and they’re already sold out at $60/pair).

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

These are so cute!: Artist Matthew Lineham makes super-cool retro-styled Valentines (and has for a few years). His 2019 sets include 80s classic movies (9 for $14) and New Wave (9 for $14) ones.

Featured Events

Noir City film festival
[San Francisco, CA & beyond] 
Happening NOWNoir City festival: Film Noir in the 1950s, Castro Theatre (I had to cut that image to fit and now it looks even racier than it originally did! Sorry…?)

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

Alameda, CA
[4/20] The Menagerie: Oddities and Curiosities Market at Alameda Elks Lodge, 11 AM to 7 PM, Tickets

Berkeley, CA
[2/7] That Really Happened??? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Detroit, MI
[4/28] No really, there’s going to be a Fyre Fest LARP on Belle Isle in Detroit

Lodoga, CA
[6/20-6/23] Camp Tipsy

Los Angeles, CA
[2/26-3/9] Hannah Gadsby is presenting a new work-in-progess at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth

New York City
RED pal Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[3/2-3/3] Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale, 10 AM to 4 PM

[2/7-3/2] Best of HUMP! film festival, years 2008-2017 at the New Parkway

[6/6-6/7] Burger Boogaloo, Jesus & Mary Chain, Scientists, Dead Boys, Shannon & The Clams, Billy Childish, and more! Tickets

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

[10/12-2/16] The Smithsonian’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit is coming to Oakland Museum of California

Reno, NV
[2/9-2/10] Reno Punk Rock Flea Market: “punk rock, art, activism and DIY culture,” 11 AM to 6 PM, Tickets

San Francisco, CA
[1/30-2/14] SF Indiefest (independent film festival), loads of great films and events, some are free

[2/2] SFMOMA Night of Ideas at SF Public Library, 7 PM, Free

[2/3] Celebrate Emperor Norton’s 201st Birthday, 12 PM to 5 PM. $30

[3/8] Bay Area Pun-Off, 7 PM to 10 PM

[3/17] Beware the Brides of March, wear a wedding dress and meet at Bar Fluxus, 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM

[4/25-4/27] Best of HUMP! film festival, years 2008-2017 at the Victoria Theatre

Scottsdale, AZ
[4/12-14] Arizona Tiki Oasis, a cool new weekender by Baby Doe and Otto, at the Valley Ho

Know about a cool happening? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!

The Three Stooges at Yosemite

This photo of The Three Stooges was taken by a Yosemite park ranger in 1969. It’s just surfaced via the ranger’s grandson.
Thanks, Mike! via Drew Friedman

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